Thursday, February 28, 2019

Strangers - John Simm (2018) - Rotunda do Istmo, Taipa

Another quick shot that doesn't really show us anything other than some of Macau's sights. This time it is a roundabout on Taipa called the Rotunda do Istmo. I guess it, and the roads that lead to it, mark where the southern Taipa shoreline once stood before it was all filled in to create the Cotai Strip. You can see a few of the resort casinos in the background. The Venetian is on the right, followed by the Four Seasons and then you can just make out the Parisian and its fake Eiffel Tower. On the left is the Crown Towers part of the City of Dreams, followed by the cluster of the St Regis / Holiday Inn / Conrad / Sheraton.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Strangers - John Simm (2018) - Rua da Felicidade, Macau

Another slight detour as the taxi gets his monies worth by then taking Jonah all the way down to the Rua da Felicidade. This "Street of Happiness" was named so due to its previous incarnation as a popular red light district. It was basically one long street full of brothels. This time it's only Jonah getting screwed.

Strangers - John Simm (2018) - Rua de S. Miguel, Macau

In the process of being taken for a ride (literally and figuratively) Jonah is driven along the rather picturesque Rua de S. Miguel. This view shows us the view looking back towards the intersection with Calcada da Igreja de São Lazaro. On the other side of the junction (where the green netting covers the building) the road becomes the Rua de Eduardo Marques and continues on up to the St Michael cemetery (the pastel green blur in the far distance is the church that sits in the middle of the burial grounds).

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Strangers - John Simm (2018) - Macau Maritime Ferry Terminal, Macau

Jonah follows David and catches the ferry to Macau. He then hops in a Macau taxi cab at the front and is taken on what must be the most realistic aspect of this series i.e. being taken on an overly circuitous ride by a local taxi driver. Remember that he only needs to go around the corner to the Legend Palace Hotel Casino.

Strangers - John Simm (2018) - Legend Palace Hotel, Macau

David has gone to do his deed at a casino called the "Illusion Hotel and Casino". In reality it is the relatively new Legend Palace Hotel, built on the site of the fake Chinese fortress/temple at Fisherman's wharf. It's a really quick walk (< 3 mins) to the main ferry terminal.

Monday, February 25, 2019

Strangers - John Simm (2018) - Sai Van Bridge, Macau

Greetings peeps. After a rather long lay off as I spent the last few weeks in Europe, I can restart the Strangers posts with the second half of episode 4 as the action moves to Macau. David Chen (Anthony Wong) heads there to meet a contact and Jonah (John Simm), being suspicious, decides to follow him. Cue a nice shot taken from Penha Hill looking south towards Taipa and the Sai Van Bridge, one of the three bridges that connect the Macau peninsula to the (former) island.