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Re: A little different Maldives TR
« Reply #15 on: October 07, 2016, 09:08:59 AM »
So glad the trip worked out for you.

Maybe I'm missing something but why didn't you book a United flight to sfo from den... Isn't it the same price to include it?

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Re: A little different Maldives TR
« Reply #16 on: October 07, 2016, 10:48:32 AM »
Nice perspective on what ddf opened up for you.
Looking forward to the rest
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Re: A little different Maldives TR
« Reply #17 on: October 07, 2016, 01:26:42 PM »
Still stuck in Singapore?

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Re: A little different Maldives TR
« Reply #18 on: January 15, 2017, 01:47:34 PM »
Still stuck in Singapore?

Ok I'm back in Denver..LOL!  and I'm gonna do an installment now!  I was waiting hoping I'd upload and format my pictures but since that may not happen I'm gonna write the TR and just link to some other good pictures (yes, LAME, I know but at least you guys will get some info)!
So glad the trip worked out for you.

Maybe I'm missing something but why didn't you book a United flight to sfo from den... Isn't it the same price to include it?

NO, you can take a 15% discount from SQ if you only fly on their metal and since that was about 50k for both of us, just totally not worth it.  The best way would have been for us to use Alaska miles and fly on AA to LAX or SFO and then Cathay Pacific but those miles are harder to get.

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Re: A little different Maldives TR
« Reply #19 on: January 15, 2017, 02:03:46 PM »
SINGAPORE- a GREAT INTRO to ASIA!

Once I knew I wanted to go to the Maldives, I had to figure out the best route.  From Denver it's literally almost the exact same amount of time to fly east or west and we knew so much preferred to stop in Asia, basically leaving Hong Kong and Singapore.  We also didn't want to bring food from Denver and knew there were good kosher options in both those cities.  I chose Singapore because I was able to find flights in J on the dates I needed and because DH had never been to Asia (my parents were expats and I grew up there so have traveled a good bit there) and I feel like Singapore is the perfect city to introduce a newbie to that part of the world.  You get the feel for all the cool cultures in a former British colony that is super clean, everyone speaks English and it's extremely safe and just comfortable to walk around and explore.  Before we landed in SIN they handed us the immigration papers and it said it big, bolded, red letters something like: "WE EXECUTE DRUG SMUGGLERS" which cracked us both up and I told my husband see this is Singapore in a nutshell, they have some strict rules but hey they are pretty clear about their expectations and if you are a normal person that can follow them it's an awesome!  :P

We only had two days there because of flights and time constraints and I wish we would have had one more day but it was still a nice break.  We checked in late at night at the Conrad.  In general it's a horrific redemption BUT they often have C+P of 24k points and S$138 (one S$ is US$0.70) and since rooms were running S$450 a night it was a fantastic redemption.  In the morning I was up super early and my husband still wanted to sleep.

I decided to go by myself to the Gardens By the Bay, since it was close and my husband wasn't dying to go.  I would definitely recommend it.  Since I didn't have my bearings, I took a cheap cab over.

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Re: A little different Maldives TR
« Reply #20 on: January 15, 2017, 02:12:04 PM »
Ok I'm back in Denver..LOL!  and I'm gonna do an installment now!  I was waiting hoping I'd upload and format my pictures but since that may not happen I'm gonna write the TR and just link to some other good pictures (yes, LAME, I know but at least you guys will get some info)!
NO, you can take a 15% discount from SQ if you only fly on their metal and since that was about 50k for both of us, just totally not worth it.  The best way would have been for us to use Alaska miles and fly on AA to LAX or SFO and then Cathay Pacific but those miles are harder to get.


Ah got it thx

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Re: A little different Maldives TR
« Reply #21 on: January 15, 2017, 02:17:42 PM »
SINGAPORE- a GREAT INTRO to ASIA!

Once I knew I wanted to go to the Maldives, I had to figure out the best route.  From Denver it's literally almost the exact same amount of time to fly east or west and we knew so much preferred to stop in Asia, basically leaving Hong Kong and Singapore.  We also didn't want to bring food from Denver and knew there were good kosher options in both those cities.  I chose Singapore because I was able to find flights in J on the dates I needed and because DH had never been to Asia (my parents were expats and I grew up there so have traveled a good bit there) and I feel like Singapore is the perfect city to introduce a newbie to that part of the world.  You get the feel for all the cool cultures in a former British colony that is super clean, everyone speaks English and it's extremely safe and just comfortable to walk around and explore.  Before we landed in SIN they handed us the immigration papers and it said it big, bolded, red letters something like: "WE EXECUTE DRUG SMUGGLERS" which cracked us both up and I told my husband see this is Singapore in a nutshell, they have some strict rules but hey they are pretty clear about their expectations and if you are a normal person that can follow them it's an awesome!  :P

We only had two days there because of flights and time constraints and I wish we would have had one more day but it was still a nice break.  We checked in late at night at the Conrad.  In general it's a horrific redemption BUT they often have C+P of 24k points and S$138 (one S$ is US$0.70) and since rooms were running S$450 a night it was a fantastic redemption.  In the morning I was up super early and my husband still wanted to sleep.

I decided to go by myself to the Gardens By the Bay, since it was close and my husband wasn't dying to go.  I would definitely recommend it.  Since I didn't have my bearings, I took a cheap cab over.


Oh nice! Please continue!

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Re: A little different Maldives TR
« Reply #22 on: January 15, 2017, 02:31:04 PM »
I stayed at that Conrad last year! Looking forward to hear more-

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Re: A little different Maldives TR
« Reply #23 on: January 15, 2017, 11:22:17 PM »
Great report and thanks for sharing,  I'm aware  alcohol is forbidden from bringing into MLE, do they open up and inspect your luggage on arrival into MLE? would like to bring some of our own booz rather then spend on Hotel booz.

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Re: A little different Maldives TR
« Reply #24 on: January 15, 2017, 11:39:28 PM »
Great report and thanks for sharing,  I'm aware  alcohol is forbidden from bringing into MLE, do they open up and inspect your luggage on arrival into MLE? would like to bring some of our own booz rather then spend on Hotel booz.

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Customs seems pretty strict there. With that being said I'm pretty sure all you're risking is them confiscating it, though I can't say so from first hand experience as I didn't try bringing any contraband.

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Re: A little different Maldives TR
« Reply #25 on: January 16, 2017, 10:52:12 AM »
Customs seems pretty strict there. With that being said I'm pretty sure all you're risking is them confiscating it, though I can't say so from first hand experience as I didn't try bringing any contraband.
Customs at MLE opened up our bags on suspicion of bringing in alcohol.... all they found was a bottle of grape juice... which after further inspection they let us keep...


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Re: A little different Maldives TR
« Reply #26 on: January 18, 2017, 06:04:13 PM »
Ok I'm back for a little post.  So as I said Gardens by the Bay (where you've seen the pics of the SuperTrees) are really cool inside biospheres with lots of different plant, waterfalls and cool stuff to look at.  Since I saw how close it was back to the Conrad I was able to walk back past the Marina Bay Sands and the Singapore Flyer Ferris wheel and it was probably a 15 minute walk.  Since I'm super lame and lazy I'm gonna link to Yehoshua's awesome TR that shows some great pictures of the area:

http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=60135.60

When I got back to the Conrad DH was up and ready for lunch.  Since we didn't want to get lost we took a cab to the Kosher Coffee Bean.  It is straight down Orchard Road from the hotel and in a huge indoor mall.  I was glad we took the cab because he directed us to which building to go in and took us the right door and it was only a few dollars.  Here is where I wish I could upload some pictures of the awesome food.

This is from Dan's TR and just shows the cake and quiches:
http://www.dansdeals.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/IMG_3855a.jpg

We ordered beautiful salads and pasta and ended up ordering some extra sandwiches and quiches to take with us as well.  My husband had a business meeting that evening and I knew I wouldn't want to go out again by myself so we took enough for that night and if we wanted in the airport the next day.  We walked home and it was an easy 15-20 minute walk.  We walked right past where the synagogue, Jewish community center and meat restaurant were.  From the synagogue to the Conrad was a very short, easy and straightforward walk that could easily done with children (sometimes map will show something is close but it still isn't a good idea on Shabbat).  We just enjoyed seeing all the sights and people.  We stopped into the Raffles hotel, which is a really cool piece of history.

Before our trip I had ordered food from Amalfi (the local meat restaurant) to be packaged and frozen to bring to the Maldives.  Because they were a little annoying to work with and gave me only a limited menu, I decided to order all the meals via www.koshwhere.com and was really glad I did.  They had a full menu, I ordered online in five minutes and could put all my explicit instructions in the order.  When we got back to the Conrad, they said I had a delivery, so I saw that they came and were frozen and labeled.  They were not ready for an oven though or double wrapped, they were in plastic containers.  I figured that wasn't the end of the world though and I would have them double wrapped with saran wrap or transferred to tins and double wrapped at the Conrad Maldives.  They also made a mistake with some of the dishes that I had ordered double, and only sent one serving.  Because Koshwhere.com has such a great platform, I messaged them and they responded right away and refunded me for the dishes they didn't send.  I did feel better having the third party and being able to go to through the website without a headache.

My husband dressed and went for his meeting and I just hung out at the pool and relaxed.  It is a beautiful pool with nice views of the skyline and the ferris wheel.  Report to be continued later, including our visit to the Marina Bay Sands!



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Re: A little different Maldives TR
« Reply #27 on: January 18, 2017, 06:14:26 PM »
Thanks for the HT and link!

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Re: A little different Maldives TR
« Reply #28 on: January 18, 2017, 08:23:51 PM »
Thanks for the HT and link!


For sure, your TR's are great and helped me plan the trip (and are helping to plan my next one to Hong Kong).  ;D

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Re: A little different Maldives TR
« Reply #29 on: January 18, 2017, 08:28:11 PM »


For sure, your TR's are great and helped me plan the trip (and are helping to plan my next one to Hong Kong).  ;D
Yw in advance. I'm also planning another HKG trip for the summer.