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Back when "Flying Was Fun" Alexandra Smythe and Cate Clarke were Flight Attendants with a Major International Carrier. Prior to Private Jets coming into vogue, Alexandra and Cate traveled in the First Class World, meeting and greeting the top celebrities, politicians who would become Presidents, nouveau riche, and yes the occasional Headline Grabbing Criminal in Handcuffs!

What the two ladies viewed and experienced became fodder for the School of Flaunt, so much money, such bad taste and oh those terrible manners. Something had to be done! Hence, The School of Flaunt Handbook was born. Read More

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Category: SOF Divas’ Diaries ®  |  Permalink

Published: Thursday, February 3, 2011


A trip to Hong Kong would not be complete without going to Macau according to Mummy. She had booked us on the helicopter and needless to say there was a slight and I use that term loosely, baggage fee charge since we were over the fifteen pounds allotted each passenger. But that being said, Mummy did not want to travel by Turbo Jet Catamaran. As Clarissa said, "I'm too old for that; it was great fun when Cleland and I were younger but now time is of the essence."

At Jimmy's she had reminiscence about going to Macau in the 70's. So let us go back in time now. Our British darling always had the knack of meeting the movers and shakers. She was traveling on a Boeing 747 First Class with an upstairs lounge. Of course you know our Clarissa will chat up anyone and the next thing you know she was in heavy conversation with a group of four Chinese gentlemen in the lounge. The younger in the group was telling her that they owned the Casino Lisboa and Hotel and asked her if she had ever been there. Our ever so coy Clarissa said, "yes, but only for the day." And then went on to explain how she loved that "round" hotel and the gaming rooms were ever so lovely. "One would think you were on a movie set," she said batting her eye lashes.

Well, the business card appears and one of the gentlemen says, "I would be honored if you and your husband would be my guests when you are in Macau." And then Clarissa said, "He smiled and said, of course if you gamble I will not be able to give you your money back." Now seated across from them were his other three traveling companions. At this time one of them gets up and extends his card to her and says, "I own the Dog Track and would like you to be my guest there. Of course any money that you win will be yours and if you should lose any money of course I will make sure that you get it back." Ah nothing like one upmanship and he was definitely the owner!

It wasn't until years later that Mummy put together that she was dealing with the "real" movers and shakers in the gambling world in Hong Kong. Teddy Yip was a darling to her and she still says she misses him. He passed in 2003 at the age of 96. Obviously gambling didn't hurt his health.

But I digress. Mummy had made a reservation for us to stay at the Wynn Macau which is located right next to the original Casino Lisboa. The Casino Lisboa as I said is a round building and screams old Las Vegas. As Mummy said, "What would a visit to Macau be without going to the Lisboa?" So The Eight Restaurant there was on our list of things to do. Why? Because they serve 50 different Dim Sum items and Mummy said, "We need to have at least one Chinese Dumpling but actually the more we eat of them the more money we should make for the New Year!" Mummy giggled and went on, "Remember girls 2011 is the Year of the Rabbit and it will bring us peace, harmony and "positive" family relations." I could see Cate trying "not" to laugh at that statement. Positive in her relations would be a good thing. Our little Liz Taylor wannabe.

Getting back to the afternoon, we ate more than we really should have and had some wonderful tea with our lunch before setting out to see some sites. I must add here that Mummy said she was going back to the Wynn for a massage and little nap. She probably wanted to make sure she had plenty of energy for a gambling that evening! (Would you believe our suites all had their own private massage room. Now that is too special!)

As for Cate and I, we needed to walk off the calories from lunch and wanted to see some of old Macua. For those of you who don't' know this, Macau is a little peninsula that juts out from Mainland China. The Portuguese settled in this area hence its old world charm. So much history, with beautiful churches, Monte Fort and Senate Square. As Mummy said, "the first time we went to Macau I was taken back at its charm. And seeing all of those young Chinese children in their Catholic school uniforms, oh they were darling."

So after much hiking we returned to the hotel to find Mummy rested and relaxed and ready to go again. I really wanted to beg for mercy and plead exhaustion but let's face facts here, to have a 80 year old woman out last you is a bit humiliating! What's a girl to do? Cate and I changed our clothes and proceeded to follow her down the hall and to the casino. I was hoping that that the ghosts of Casino Lisboa would appear and make sure we got our money back but unfortunately that did not happen!

I have to admit we did have a good time though and Cate and I finished the evening with room service, in our "new" silk night gowns! Of course mine was red and had some beautiful gold embroiderer Rabbits on it.

Mummy won the endurance contest and stayed up half the night gambling with some Brits that she had chatted with. It was probably the Shandies that helped them all stay up so late! Better for endurance than Boodles! Obviously they will be her new best friends as Cate laughingly said.

Good night Macau! We love you and will be back!

Alexandra and Cate

P.S. Cate's and my mother really were the founders of the School of Flaunt. We did learn everything we know about "flaunt" from them. Thank you Ladies!

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