In a carnival mood

In a carnival mood

At an event that brought Venice out east, junior reporters had their faces painted, saw glass being blown and went Zorbing


Clockwise from top left: Areon Cha, Nola Yip, Minnie Yip and Ruthie Laidler try new looks.
Clockwise from top left: Areon Cha, Nola Yip, Minnie Yip and Ruthie Laidler try new looks.
Photos: John Kang/SCMP
For the third year running, The Venetian Macao resort hotel and casino is holding its Italian-themed carnival. It features games, arts, and a great, carnival atmosphere. The free-entry event is on until May 26.

Six junior reporters went there to check it out. Here's what they thought.

Painted faces, here we come

A face painter smiled at us as she dipped a soft brush into green, blue, turquoise and white paints. She dabbed our faces with the colours as she transformed us into works of art - a mermaid for Minnie and a tiger for Ruthie. Children and adults both stared at us.

Face painting always brings back childhood memories. It's hard not to feel nostalgic when you see your friends' smiling faces painted beautifully in eye-catching ways.

Minnie Yip and Ruthie Laidler

Ah, the wonders of glass

From left: Nola Yip, William Cheng, Minnie Yip, and Ruthie Laidler with a glassblower.

We got a glimpse of the graceful art of glassblowing. We felt the heat of the furnace as we watched an artisan colouring and moulding pieces of world-famous Venetian glass. It's a painstaking process. It takes 40 minutes just to produce a multi-coloured dot on a piece of glass.

To our surprise, the actual "blowing" part of glassblowing is just a small part of the process. Most of the time is spent on melting glass in an oven and adding ingredients to change the colour.

William Cheng, Henry Lui and Areon Chan

The world in a whirl

Ruthie Laidler in her Zorb

Ever wondered what it's like to be a hamster? You can find out if you go Zorbing. You step inside a giant plastic bubble, and off you roll. It was nerve-racking at first, but we learned the trick is to keep calm - especially if the wind starts to blow you around. And be prepared to laugh a lot!

Henry Lui, Areon Chan and Ruthie Laidler

A 3D trip to Venice

Ruthie Laidler (lef) and Nola Yip watch The Magical Masks of Venezia

In the evening, we saw the 3D light and sound show, The Magical Masks of Venezia. It was a perfect end to a perfect day. Bright, colourful lights in the shape of Venetian masks and gondolas were projected onto The Venetian's walls, recreating Venice's unique charm. We sang and danced like native Italians.

William Cheng and Nola Yip

A dance of the masks

At the mask-painting booth, we were given masks to paint ourselves. We joined the other young visitors who were busy decorating their masks with crayons, glitter, and even feathers. We then all joined the Venetian mask parade wearing our creations.

Minnie drew a lot of shapes and filled them with the three primary colours: red, yellow and blue. It was so nice to feel like a child again!

Nola Yip and Minnie Yip

Before The Venetian Carnevale, our junior reporters also went to the CSI: The Experience exhibition. Check out their article on May 22!

Young Post organises regular activities for our junior reporters. If you wish to join, send your name, age, school and contact details to with "jun rep application" in the subject field.



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