Following up on Afshin’s article, here are some photos and clips. What’s most amazing is Rodman’s makeup didn’t run.

Rodman Shows His Artistic Side At The Venetian Macao

January 17th, 2012 | Afshin Ravanbaksh

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It’s not often that you get to see fantasy meet reality, but that’s exactly what happened December 18, when basketball great Dennis Rodman got a colourful makeover – à la Cirque du Soleil – ahead of his exhibition match at The Venetian Macao.

Known as much for his off-the-court flamboyance as he is for his on-the-court defensive skills, Rodman didn’t disappoint, as he put on a great show for fans at the CotaiArena, with a little help from the talented makeup artists at ZAiA.

Rodman was in Macao for US Pro-Ball Legend Asia Tour 2011, which brought together some of basketballs greatest players, including Scottie Pippen, Penny Hardaway and Gary Payton. The former pros played a fantastic game in front of the CotaiArena fans, demonstrating exactly the type of impressive skills that have made them enduring legends of the sport. The day before the big game, their coaches put on a very successful basketball clinic for some of the members of the Macau China Basketball Association Training Team, but only after giving the young Macao athletes a rare opportunity to watch some of the basketball greats from the tour in a practice session.

Our Growing Blog Team: Afshin Ravanbaksh

January 17th, 2012 | J.C.

Afshin

Afshin joined The Venetian Macao in August 2011 as Public Relations Manager in charge of editorial content. He’s a journalist by training, having worked at CNN, The Weather Channel, and as a freelance video editor. A native of Iran, he grew up in southern Louisiana and has lived in Asia a total of eight years. His passions include music, technology and tennis, and he’s the proud father of four girls. We’re glad he’s joined the blog. His first post tells about the day basketball great Dennis Rodman–and other greats–came to play ball in Macau.

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day!

January 16th, 2012 | J.C.

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Yesterday was the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr., America’s greatest civil rights leader and Nobel laureate. He was only 35 years old when he was honored with the Nobel Peace Prize, making him the youngest man to have received the award. We hope all our team members will take some time today to reflect on Dr. King and his legacy.

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Marcia Friedman’s terrific interview with  “Philanthropist Extraordinaire Sheldon Adelson.”

What was it like growing up so impoverished?

For several years the whole family – my parents, two brothers, and my sister – lived in one bedroom. The living room was a storefront where my mother ran a knitting store. Besides that, there was a little sitting area, a bathroom, and a kitchen. But there was always this blue and white pushke on the kitchen table. My dad, being a cab driver, always came home with a lot of change in his pocket, so he would take all the change in his pocket and put it into the pushke.

One day I asked him what he was doing and he said, “I’m filling the box.” I asked him what happens when it gets full and he said, “I take it down to the place,” which turned out to be the Federation office. “They empty it and give it to poor people, then give it back to me and I fill it up again.”

I said, “But Daddy, aren’t we poor?” He said, “Yeah, we’re poor, but there’s always somebody who’s more poor and you have to help take care of them.” I didn’t want to believe that, because nobody ever helped me. I had to do everything on my own. He made me promise that I would put money in a pushke every day. I don’t quite do it like that, but I think he’ll forgive me because I do it “in bulk.”

Read the rest here.

I have always dreamed of jumping off a plane somewhere in New Zealand but haven’t gotten around to doing so. This year, instead of spending my New Year’s morning recovering from a night of celebration, I was privileged to be a part of what I consider the most exciting event at Marina Bay Sands yet!

At 8.30am on New Year’s Day, I had my iPhone pointed towards the sky as 6 daredevil BASE jumpers leaped off the Sands SkyPark Observation Deck. Talk about throwing yourself into the New Year! Watching the bright yellow parachutes float down onto the Bayfront Bridge was truly a sight and I am so glad that I got to share the moment with our Twitter followers that morning.

Your turn. Let me tell you, I had the chance to be at the SkyPark during their practice jump a couple of days earlier. It was a completely different experience from being on the ground as I got to have a look at the excitement on the jumpers’ faces.

Kicking off the New Year by being a small part of this adrenaline-pumping event must be a sign for me to fulfill my dream this year. Happy New Year everyone!

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Pretty cool:

At the 2012 Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas, NV, attendees will now be able to use Google Maps on their Android devices to help them find their way in the sea of exhibitors and attractions throughout the Las Vegas Convention Center, select resorts and casinos along the Las Vegas strip, as well as the Las Vegas McCarran International Airport.

Since November of last year, you’ve been able to use Google Maps in select places to get detailed floor plans and indoor location information within a few meters, as well as an accurate floor level location. Today, we’ve expanded the list of places with indoor maps by partnering with MGM Resorts International, Caesars Entertainment and others, to provide indoor maps for Caesars Palace, Bellagio, The Venetian, The Palazzo, MGM Grand and many more.

We hope that these indoor maps will come in handy when finding your way through the slots and to the shops.

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As we usher in the year 2012, let us not forget the memorable moments of 2011. I’d especially like to congratulate our team members for being so active in the community. Marina Bay Sands Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program supported a variety of charities and causes, particularly those related to youth and education. In 2011, we donated to numerous charities, ranging from art education to special-needs schools. Beyond cash and donation-in-kind sponsorship, we also provided job opportunities for youths at risk and youths with special needs through our Youth Inspiration Internship Program.

In addition, we actively supported community events that added to the vibrancy of Singapore. Key events included the Chinese New Year celebration at the Annual River Hongbao, the Singapore F1 Grand Prix and Singapore’s National Day Parade. And we’re not letting up. To mark the start of 2012, we were the main sponsor for the Marina Bay Singapore Countdown 2012.

When you get a chance, do check out our Facebook Album on Corporate Social Responsibility.

In Case You Missed It

January 5th, 2012 | J.C.

ArtScience Museum

Marina Bay Sands voted top hotel two years in a row. CEI Industry Awards:

The integrated resort topped all hotels for the second consecutive year. George Tanasijevich, president and CEO of Marina Bay Sands (MBS), says: “This award is a strong recognition of Marina Bay Sands becoming the number one choice for event planners in Asia within a short time.”

He believes the biggest appeal lies in its integrated resort model, which combines the best of MICE facilities with luxury accommodation – at 2,561 rooms and suites, it is the largest capacity in Singapore – plus world-class entertainment, shopping and dining, right in the heart of town. At MBS, delegates can network and be entertained from morning to night.

“Our multi-faceted destination opens up more opportunities for organisers to stage creative and memorable events, such as hosting a cocktail reception at the SkyPark, followed by a private launch at the ArtScience Museum and ending off with a party at Avalon. [Read More]

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In honor of the most celebrated sign of the Chinese Zodiac, The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas are commemorating the prosperous holiday with a ceremonial dragon dance at 1 p.m. on Jan. 23. Symbolizing good luck and prosperity for the upcoming year, the dragon dance is an important ritual of Chinese culture. Complete with firecrackers and an eye painting ceremony, the dance will begin at The Venetian porte cochere, and then make its way through The Palazzo. The colorful spectacle will feature a parade of dancers and musicians dressed in elaborate costumes playing authentic music.

The Waterfall & Atrium Gardens of The Palazzo will also host Las Vegas’ premier Chinese New Year attraction: a 128-foot hand-crafted, fire-breathing dragon suspended above in the 65-foot-high space. [Read More]