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Title: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: Marco Polo on July 29, 2015, 04:14:23 PM
 
    The planning for this trip started during our winter trip to Japan. While we were having a great time in Tokyo, we were looking forward to a warmer, beachier type vacation. We did throw around Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and potentially another Thailand and surrounding area trip, though as it has come to be, we wanted to follow in the footsteps of the AJK’s and decided to go with Singapore and Bali. Although they have not posted their TR on that trip yet (as of 7/27/15), we would be able to find out what they did and get some firsthand tips from them.
Below is a breakdown of our flights/hotels and what we paid/mileage used for them. I find it is very helpful when trying to plan trips when you can see the costs outright of what others did.

Flights: JFK-ICN-SIN (KE F), SIN-DPS-SIN (GA Y) and SIN-DXB-JFK (EK F)
(http://i.gyazo.com/aa9bb24a3e1f2394ccaf21f85f36c569.png)

Korean Air First Class Mileage: 95,000 per person and 9,500 for the infant.
Taxes: $249.36 per passenger and $1.80 for the infant.

Emirates First Class Mileage: 100,000 per passenger and $780.20 for the infant.
Taxes: $142.80

Garuda Indonesia Economy: $412.16 for two passengers and infant.

Hotels: Conrad Bali (5 nights), Grand Hyatt Singapore (4 nights) and Four Points by Sheraton Downtown Dubai (1 night).
Conrad Bali: $1039.94 (was cheaper to pay than use HH for this).

Grand Hyatt Singapore: 80,000 Hyatt.
Sheraton Dubai: $70.73 booking a SPG Hot Escapes night.Conrad Dubai booked for ~$200

Food: I purchased some frozen items and repackaged those along with some meals from Noah's Ark/Shelly's.
The store bought food was around $40 and the food from Noah's Ark/Shelly's was $250.

Booking the Flights

      Deciding on which airlines to book for this trip ended up being a lot easier than I had initially imagined. Since my son is still "free", I knew I wanted to use KE for at least one direction. For the way home, I was going to go for Singapore suites or Emirates suites.

     As it turned out, KE flights home from this trip hit their Peak Award Chart and would cost a considerable amount more in terms of miles. Knowing this, I knew I had to fly KE on the outbound and one of the others inbound. Korean Air is known to have incredible award availability, so finding flights were not too difficult and I put a few different routes and days on hold. While we were going to Bali first, I ended up booking us to Singapore on the KE ticket as KE does not fly a real First class to DPS. I placed my flights on hold (they allow for an incredibly long hold time, which makes booking them even better) and then I went to try and find SQ space. 

      After quite a few days of searching and nothing opening up, I decided to waitlist a route I was interested in and went on to check Emirates. With Emirates, I had a little help from D93 in finding the award space available on the two flights I needed, but I needed to call Alaska (AS) to book the flights. This was around the time where there was major speculation on the whole AS/EK partnership and there was no sure thing when it came to booking EK flights. After four failed attempts at getting an Alaska agent to book the flights for me (they “couldn’t” see the space), I gave up on EK and decided I will look into a more create return the next day. After posting about my unsuccessful attempts on DDF, I was encouraged to give it another shot and got out of bed for one last go around. This next rep I got may have been an angel and knew exactly what I was trying to do and how to find the space. Ten minutes later I had confirmations for my tickets and a way home with two showers to boot.

      I had initially booked a 16 hour stopover in ICN to take advantage of their free transit tours, but for some reason KE cancelled that flight and decided to put me on a flight 5 hours later. There were a couple of issues with that. First off, there were no real F class seats on the later flight and the extra 5 hours with an infant would likely be a bit much. I ended up switching to a flight leaving 4 hours earlier with a real F seat and missing out on one of the transit tours. If I wasn’t flying on a Thursday, I would have stayed overnight (KE offered me a hotel) and taken a different flight out.

      With all my “big” flights booked, I just needed to fill in SIN-DPS-SIN to complete my trip. I heard from AJK that he and the Misses were able to get flights on Garuda for ~$100 one-way and I decided to try that route. After weeks of finding nothing in that price range and no decent flight times on SQ, I thought I may take a LCC. I was able to find some flights that would work, but for some reason I pushed off booking it and ended up finding the cheaper GA flights the next week.

Booking the Hotels

   We stayed at the Conrad Koh Samui last year and the Conrad Tokyo in January and had an amazing time at both locations; we decided to book the Conrad Bali (not just because the AJK’s were there). Mrs. MP had recently gotten the Surpass card and I wanted to MS the points for our stay and get Hilton Diamond along the way. As we were nearing the last few thousand dollars to get the points and status, I found a deal going on from Hilton which made the paid rate cheaper than using points and we would earn a nice chunk of points from combining other promotions. (This worked out well for us as we were able to book EY F to MLE soon after and had the points to book the Conrad there).
      
    For some reason I was booked into the Grand Hyatt in Singapore (suddenly rethinking spending all our nights there...) as a Guest of Honor. This GoH would give me all the benefits of being diamond, without actually being Diamond. The Sheraton in Dubai was just something cheap I found for the one night we would be there.
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: Marco Polo on July 29, 2015, 04:16:54 PM
Leg One:

   We arrived at JFK around three hours before our departure time in hopes of lounge hopping a little. We decided to try and cut back on some luggage on this trip, so we only had two large suitcases, our Polar Bear bag with our food and a car seat to check. Walking up to the check-in counter, we were the only ones and were assisted right away. I did inquire as to how many other First Class passengers would be with us and delightfully found out we would be all alone.

Check-in:
(http://i.gyazo.com/caf1cd366d09fcfdd84a2d42bc99923f.png)
   
      After getting our boarding passes, we went through security and walked on over to the Air France lounge. We were advised as only French people can that we could not use the lounge unless we had Skyteam elite status. Armed with this news, we went over to the KE lounge and spent our time there. The lounge is very bare bones with self serve drinks and snacks. After drinking and eating some snacks and some TV, we were ready to head to the gate for boarding.
   
    As the only First Class passengers, we were the first ones on the plane and seated very quickly. Though shortly after, we had the entire Economy class walk through the First Class cabin to their seats. This was a different experience and one that made us feel a bit weird. Once we were airborne, we were served our meals, watched a movie and went to sleep for a bit. The rest of the flight was spent trying out different seats, drinking at the on-board bar along with more eating and sleeping. Before we knew it, we were landing in South Korea and on our way to the lounge.

First Class Seat:
(http://i.gyazo.com/dbf211f786e8b5b2c35eab7302ec1a61.png)

Economy Boarding:
(http://i.gyazo.com/fab3c1d031022d062af0d6926504b116.png)

Seat Options:
(http://i.gyazo.com/cf68f514f49bedba50f9bb78dea356fd.png)
   
    The plan for today is to take a couple of the free transit tours, which are offered at the airport, and experience a bit of South Korea. Once we are done that, it will be back to our gate for our next flight to Singapore.
Until later, enjoy.
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: Yaalili on July 29, 2015, 04:23:12 PM
And the live TRs are back awesome!
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: BrooklynCPA on July 29, 2015, 04:24:58 PM
WOW!!! Amazing start. This is what happens when you have neighbors like AJK!!! Looking forward to the rest!!

@ AJK: In case you haven't seen:" Although they have not posted their TR on that trip yet (as of 7/27/15)" :P
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: benjie1305 on July 29, 2015, 04:26:55 PM
Very nice. Hope you have fun. Looking forward to the rest.

Mind me asking, how'd you get the guest of honor promotion? Sounds like you were not expecting it.
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: yoruel on July 29, 2015, 04:33:17 PM
"I thought I may take a LCC."??

How is flying without wifi for such a long flight? How do these airlines not give wifi?
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: DMYD on July 29, 2015, 04:33:25 PM
EK F is 100K? isn't it 90k?
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: Marco Polo on July 29, 2015, 04:41:41 PM
Very nice. Hope you have fun. Looking forward to the rest.

Mind me asking, how'd you get the guest of honor promotion? Sounds like you were not expecting it.
No trickery involved, you just need a Diamond member to book you.
"I thought I may take a LCC."??

How is flying without wifi for such a long flight? How do these airlines not give wifi?
I haven't had the wi-fi on board yet, so can't compare. It was not bad at all.
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: Marco Polo on July 29, 2015, 04:42:18 PM
EK F is 100K? isn't it 90k?
90K to/from DXB. An extra 10k gets you another long-haul and shower :)
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: DMYD on July 29, 2015, 04:45:54 PM
90K to/from DXB. An extra 10k gets you another long-haul and shower :)
Ah didn't see SIN-DXB also.
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: rediplus on July 29, 2015, 05:27:41 PM
Excellent !!! Enjoy and keep it coming. TR hall of fame candidate 😁
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: nobiggy on July 29, 2015, 06:24:29 PM
Nice! Keep it coming!
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: Einstein on July 29, 2015, 06:38:13 PM
Wow cant wait to see the rest!
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: lunatic on July 29, 2015, 08:03:04 PM
These are awesome,  thank you mp
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: Chapshnell on July 29, 2015, 10:02:49 PM
love the cost breakdowns. good job
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: mochada on July 29, 2015, 11:07:46 PM
Hopefully, you won't have any flight path changes and lost bag hiccups this time around!
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: Marco Polo on July 30, 2015, 12:18:36 AM
Hopefully, you won't have any flight path changes and lost bag hiccups this time around!
I can use that again. Was nice to get have big chunk of our expenses paid.
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: Marco Polo on July 30, 2015, 12:24:12 AM
Back in the KE F lounge trying to work on a hotel reservation. Hope to have another post about the transit tour after i get off my next flight.
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: efflpetzel on July 30, 2015, 01:42:38 AM
I love the clear cost breakdown.
How was the kiddo on the flight
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: Marco Polo on July 30, 2015, 08:09:52 AM
I love the clear cost breakdown.
How was the kiddo on the flight
The kid was great. A lot less pressure when there are no other F passengers. On the ICN-SIN flight, he slept the whole time.
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: lunatic on July 30, 2015, 08:14:42 AM
The kid was great. A lot less pressure when there are no other F passengers. On the ICN-SIN flight, he slept the whole time.
How do you keep him quiet and occupied?
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: Marco Polo on July 30, 2015, 08:19:34 AM
How do you keep him quiet and occupied?
We brought along toys for him. On the first flight, he spent a lot of time going up and down the stairs and playing with the FA's.
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: lunatic on July 30, 2015, 09:12:55 AM
We brought along toys for him. On the first flight, he spent a lot of time going up and down the stairs and playing with the FA's.
I would be pretty nervous to bring my 2 year old in F...  He can't sit still
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: coralsnake on July 30, 2015, 09:58:27 AM
I would be pretty nervous to bring my 2 year old in F...  He can't sit still
Thats why big players like MP buy the whole F cabin.
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: Marco Polo on July 30, 2015, 10:31:44 AM
I would be pretty nervous to bring my 2 year old in F...  He can't sit still
My kid is at that point now. though he turns two in September, so this will likely be his last hurrah for a bit.

Thats why big players like MP buy the whole F cabin.
Let me know when your flight is. I'll see if i can work out an empty cabin for you as well  :P.
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: coralsnake on July 30, 2015, 10:37:36 AM
Let me know when your flight is. I'll see if i can work out an empty cabin for you as well  :P.
My next scheduled flight in a premium cabin is UA J EWR-LAX with 4 kids.

If you can arrange a private J cabin for that one you will be my new best friend.
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: Marco Polo on July 30, 2015, 10:41:40 AM
Day 1 (2?) Part and Leg Two:

   We got to the lounge around 10 minutes after getting off the plane at around 4:30 AM.  When showing our boarding passes to the lounge agent, I asked about getting some luggage tags as a souvenir (while it seems to be a little known fact, the KE F lounge engraves luggage tags). The tags took about ten minutes to make and can be picked up when leaving the lounge. After getting a few drinks, taking a shower and catching up on some work, we went out to find the transit tour desk. There was a kiosk that was supposed to open at 6, but no one was there so we walked around and came back around 6:30. Since this was not the main desk, the agent walked us back through security and directed us to the desk. Our plan was to take the 7:00 temple tour and then a 3.5-hour city tour, which would get us back a half hour before boarding opened. The agent didn’t think that would give us enough time, so we decided on the 5 hour Seoul City Tour. This tour would get us back around 1:00 and give us time to go to the lounge and then over to the gate.

   The first tour was about a 15-minute drive to the Yonggungsa temple, which consisted of a few buildings, a giant Buddha and a really old tree. We spent a little time walking around and then headed back to the bus for the drive back to the airport and our next tour. The next tour was and hour drive into Seoul, some time at Gyeongbok palace, another Jogyesa temple and then there was a lunch (had to pay $7 for it) and some street shopping at Insadong street. The palace was really cool, especially since it is right in middle of the city. The next stop was the temple, also in middle of the city surrounded by lotus flowers. It was interesting to walk around for a little, but this was a short stop. The final stop was the lunch (which we skipped) and walking around some of the streets. There were lots of antique shops and other touristy stores, but for some reason, it was not overly touristy which made it quite pleasant. Once back on the bus, we had an hour until we got back to the airport. 

Palace Front Entrance (from the inside):
(http://i.gyazo.com/056bada08fd249bc84c21b2776027e3a.png)

Palace View:
(http://i.gyazo.com/3714d9f297f892b7402bac7b88440253.png)

Another Area:
(http://i.gyazo.com/f90658408fdb8a9c0f9ab03115de1392.png)

Same Area, Different View:
(http://i.gyazo.com/dfba19cea588c574e3b51b7434a5b3b6.png)

For anyone interested, here (http://www.cyberairport.kr/contents/pa/en/c/PA_C_2350_POP.jsp) is a link to the tours and information. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who has some time during a layover.

   Once back at the airport, we were able to get a fast-pass for security and had a private screening and immigration experience. After that, we went back over to the lounge, had some more drinks and got our stuff together for the flight. This next flight was a six-hour hop from ICN to SIN, which gave us another couple amenity kits and pajamas. The flight was uneventful, my kid slept, we ate and slept, then landed. Upon landing, I asked about an arrival lounge, but was told there was none available. Though for some reason, the head of KE for the SIN airport was there (to meet us?) and he walked us over to the lounge they use for departures and got us in there. This was not expected, but a very nice gesture. We had planned (last minute) to get a hotel room for the night, but nothing was available anywhere, unless we wanted to spend hundreds of dollars.
   
    We decided to go get our luggage and see if we could check-in with Garuda and get rid of our bags (we were unable to do that). Now with no place to check our luggage, we settled on The Haven transit lounge (Priority Pass) and am currently here, We were able to shower, get some drinks and rest on the couches. It will be quite a few more hours until we can check-in and I know it will get rough, but we are almost at our first real destination, and the Conrad Bali!
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: Marco Polo on July 30, 2015, 10:42:05 AM
My next scheduled flight in a premium cabin is UA J EWR-LAX with 4 kids.

If you can arrange a private J cabin for that one you will be my new best friend.
I'll see if Jeff can do anything for you.
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: Yehoshua on July 30, 2015, 11:08:13 AM
Awesome TR so far! Looking forward to the rest.
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: Marco Polo on July 30, 2015, 11:12:50 AM
Awesome TR so far! Looking forward to the rest.
Hopefully i won't have to keep you or anyone else waiting too long.


Is there some kind of etiquette that should be followed with a crying kid in a lounge at night (not my kid).
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: @Yehuda on July 30, 2015, 11:33:53 AM
Awesome start! Thanks for breaking down the flights/hotels and costs. Keep it coming, but much more importantly - enjoy the trip!
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: Marco Polo on July 30, 2015, 11:36:38 AM
Awesome start! Thanks for breaking down the flights/hotels and costs. Keep it coming, but much more importantly - enjoy the trip!
I have been enjoying so far, but will really be able to relax once we get to the hotel in around 10 hours.
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: yochiek93 on July 30, 2015, 11:52:27 AM
Wow awesome tr thanx
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: dpk4588 on July 30, 2015, 12:05:49 PM
Great start. I appreciate the information in the intro.

I enjoy the "live" TR, but I feel like you've started a dangerous precedent, people are gonna expect every TR to be up as we go. Lets be honest DDFers can be demanding!  ;)
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: Marco Polo on July 30, 2015, 12:08:02 PM
Great start. I appreciate the information in the intro.

I enjoy the "live" TR, but I feel like you've started a dangerous precedent, people are gonna expect every TR to be up as we go. Lets be honest DDFers can be demanding!  ;)
I was/am nervous about it. Worst case is people want to riot for me not posting in a timely manner. At least this is the internet and Marco Polo is not my real name (i know, big surprise).
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: lunatic on July 30, 2015, 12:11:39 PM
You should be nervous. We are expecting daily posts
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: Marco Polo on July 30, 2015, 12:13:08 PM
You should be nervous. We are expecting daily posts
At least i am half a day ahead of the US so i can buy a little time.
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: dpk4588 on July 30, 2015, 12:42:14 PM
I was/am nervous about it. Worst case is people want to riot for me not posting in a timely manner. At least this is the internet and Marco Polo is not my real name (i know, big surprise).

Also if people riot while you're still there, you're half a world away and won't have to worry about it. I doubt people are dedicated enough to your TR to follow you to Bali to get it out of you.


At least i am half a day ahead of the US so i can buy a little time.
You just gave away your advantage  ;)
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: doodle on July 30, 2015, 05:05:04 PM
are you jewish/religous/
you buy kosher food , yet you went a pagan Temple ??
did you bow down to Budha?   
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: Aaaron on July 30, 2015, 05:14:14 PM
are you jewish/religous/
you buy kosher food , yet you went a pagan Temple ??
did you bow down to Budha?

(http://static.gamespot.com/uploads/original/516/5164498/2508061-2637968900-32215.jpg)
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: benjie1305 on July 30, 2015, 05:14:28 PM
are you jewish/religous/
you buy kosher food , yet you went a pagan Temple ??
did you bow down to Budha?

Nobody appreciates your judging and commenting here. If you want to ask a question, ask it in a normal fashion. If you are just trying to be rude, don't bother.
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: rileywiles23 on July 30, 2015, 05:15:48 PM
are you jewish/religous/
you buy kosher food , yet you went a pagan Temple ??
did you bow down to Budha?   
You know what, your an A**HOLE ( that's putting it mildly ) !!!!!!! You are such an arrogant imbecile !!!!!!! Take your hashkafos, and go to JS !!! stop clogging a nice, beautiful TR.......
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: doodle on July 30, 2015, 05:20:02 PM
it is forbidden to enter a pagan temple.
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: Marco Polo on July 30, 2015, 05:22:08 PM
it is forbidden to enter a pagan temple.
Not commenting on any religious thing, but going to and entering are different. We happened to have just gone and not entered. 
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: benjie1305 on July 30, 2015, 05:22:16 PM
it is forbidden to enter a pagan temple.

This thread is about OP's trip and his experiences he has and wants to share with us. Not about you and your mission to play rabbi.
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: Yehuda57 on July 30, 2015, 05:25:01 PM
The guy could have posted pictures of himself eating a stolen cheeseburger on Yom Kippur (Cholov Yisroel cheese, of course) and it would STILL be wrong of you to come here and criticize and accuse. This is his trip report. You have a question? ask politely. Otherwise head on over to JS and crap all over the threds there just like you have been.
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: shoobi on July 30, 2015, 05:30:00 PM
are you jewish/religous/
you buy kosher food , yet you went a pagan Temple ??
did you bow down to Budha?

this guy is nuts. No reason to take him seriously. See:

http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=54426.msg1222636#msg1222636

http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=54426.msg1222637#msg1222637

http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=54426.msg1222647#msg1222647
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: yoruel on July 30, 2015, 08:31:10 PM
Mods, can you delete some off topic posts?
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: Hershelsdeals on July 30, 2015, 09:12:59 PM
Mods, can you delete some off topic posts?
+1

Please
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: lunatic on July 30, 2015, 09:17:27 PM
Please keep your garbage out of here. We are enjoying the op's tr
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: Marco Polo on July 31, 2015, 05:31:33 AM

Leg Three:

     As it finally came time where we could pack up and leave the transit lounge, I was able to feel our spirits begin to lift. The final push to paradise was upon us. We packed up our stuff, got some more ice for our cooler bag ad headed out to the check-in desk. We waited for about five minutes before we made it to the front of the line. We were able to check our two large bags, our large cooler bag and a car-seat with no trouble at all. We had around an hour to spend before boarding, so we walked around and discovered some interesting perks at the airport. There is a movie screening room, which shows movies 24 hours a day, they have a butterfly room, koi ponds and a kid’s jungle gym. There may be even more stuff, but that was what we managed to see before we went to our gate.

"Bed" in the Lounge:
(http://i.gyazo.com/3f7eadbdb68d21c6463f0e484e6bbab2.png)

Butterfly Garden:
(http://i.gyazo.com/09449ad29760ad852e0591e62d27363e.png)

Koi Pond:
(http://i.gyazo.com/747e63ee56ea79ff4d1acb329c7aa44a.png)

Kid's Play Area:
(http://i.gyazo.com/15b96cf6aba86da87dcf059c9430c447.png)

Airport Traffic:
(http://i.gyazo.com/f607950659191b45af2fe19d5a03516d.png)

   We had a little bit of a longer wait time to board, but once they started, it was all very smooth and we were seated in our economy bulkhead seats, with the only extra seat open next to us. We did get meals on this 2.5-hour flight, which was really nice, as we had not eaten much all night. While it could just be the cattle class talking, this flight seemed longer than our 13.5 hour JFK-ICN flight.  Upon landing we were right of the plane and on to immigration. Recently US citizens stopped having to pay for a visa, which was an added bonus for us. After that, we were on to baggage claim and then to pass through customs. As we were travelling with a huge bag of food, we were a bit nervous for anything to happen. We walked up to the customs agents with our form and were waived by. We were out of the woods… or so we thought. There was then a line to scan every piece of luggage you were bringing into the country, which was bound to see our food. We put our bags through, didn’t hear anything and thought we had made it. Wrong again. We were then pointed out by a different group of customs agents who pointed to our bag and wanted to search it. Busted.

   As I was opening the zipper, I suddenly saw tradition soups for every meal for the next few days. I wasn’t too happy. The first thing the customs officer said was something along the lines of “dairy for baby”? Well we did have the majority of our food dairy and the baby was going to eat it, so we just nodded. They started sifting through all the food and picking out random ones to see what each was. By some miracle, they kept picking dairy and opened only one item, which was dairy as well. We were then told we were good to go and we got away as fast as we could. For some odd reason, the exit is through a duty free shop, but we were just focusing on finding our driver and getting to the hotel. Once out the door, we saw a sign with my name on it, we made eye contact, nodded and started walking to his car. We loaded the luggage, changed a little money and went off to the hotel.

   It is around 25 minutes from the airport to the Conrad, and it was never a dull moment. Driving in Bali is completely different than I have ever really seen. There are no real directions ass cars come from every angle and you just push your way through intersections. Arriving at the hotel was probably one of the nicest things we had felt for some time (or at least since finding out we had the whole F cabin to ourselves on the way to ICN).  Once parked, we went to check-in and were pleasantly surprised by the upgrade to a suite. We made up with our driver to meet him back out front an hour later, so we can settle in a freshen up. After gawking at the room, showering and changing, we got our first warmed up meal and went out to meet our driver. The plan was to go to Uluwatu temple and possibly some other places.

Conrad Path:
(http://i.gyazo.com/094030aa5379bf5b8284d67f9b8f7b95.png)

Conrad Walking Path:
(http://i.gyazo.com/177f1142be33cde767d7016f2a7efc27.png)

Suite Bathroom:
(http://i.gyazo.com/10463b1df9ec8b9ecfb5a1f474deca15.png)

Suite:
(http://i.gyazo.com/2071f6da36c09751f28a82d6835f15b2.png)

Suite II:
(http://i.gyazo.com/b085314f9de53d35d34ca7de169b102f.png)

Suite III:
(http://i.gyazo.com/11963f2fc8988a25a8ead1a363c3906a.png)

   The drive to the temple is close to an hour long. I slept a bit in the car, but had already decided this was going to be our only trip for the day. The temple is built along the side of a cliff and had some great views.  Apparently monkeys roam wild there, but they were not out for us. After spending some time walking around, we went back to the van and headed back to the hotel.

View From Top of Temple:
(http://i.gyazo.com/105221146ebbd7750d990170f3aac2c1.png)

   I am sitting in front of the suites only pool in a restaurant enjoying some drinks thanks to our Hilton Diamond status. There seem to be tea times and cocktail hours the whole day, so we will not go thirsty. I am heading out to prepare for Shabbat, but I’ll be back tomorrow night with another installment.

My Current View:
(http://i.gyazo.com/83a4a7a5259991ad875d375dba3051ca.png)
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: grodnoking on July 31, 2015, 07:20:59 AM
Love this TR!
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: @Yehuda on July 31, 2015, 07:37:43 AM
Nice installment - glad the food made it through!! Sweeeeet hotel!
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: benjie1305 on July 31, 2015, 09:07:14 AM
Leg Three:

 
   It is around 25 minutes from the airport to the Conrad, and it was never a dull moment. Driving in Bali is completely different than I have ever really seen. There are no real directions ass cars come from every angle and you just push your way through intersections. Arriving at the hotel was probably one of the nicest things we had felt for some time.

Favorite line!  ;D
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: yochiek93 on July 31, 2015, 10:38:18 AM
Nice hotel!!!! Can't wait to see the rest of the report
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: Yehoshua on July 31, 2015, 10:53:05 AM
Great installment! I hope shabbos was nice. Like the Mac! :D
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: maxmiles on July 31, 2015, 11:26:20 AM
Great TR so far!!!!!!!! Doodle is more like DOODY
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: doodle on July 31, 2015, 11:55:31 AM
It is Gd who forbids entering a pagan Temple, not me.
(its definitely safer to curse me out instead of HIM..)
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: lunatic on July 31, 2015, 11:58:04 AM
It is Gd who forbids entering a pagan Temple, not me.
(its definitely safer to curse me out instead of HIM..)
You have made your point. Now let's enjoy the tr
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: maxmiles on July 31, 2015, 11:59:20 AM
This thread is about OP's trip and his experiences he has and wants to share with us. Not about you and your mission to play rabbi.
+10000000
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: doodle on July 31, 2015, 12:01:04 PM
The guy could have posted pictures of himself eating a stolen cheeseburger on Yom Kippur (Cholov Yisroel cheese, of course) and it would STILL be wrong of you criticize and accuse.
 
SHAMEFULL
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: Marco Polo on August 01, 2015, 07:26:04 AM
Favorite line!  ;D
Little "Easter Eggs" for the diligent reader :)
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: Marco Polo on August 01, 2015, 07:50:41 AM
Part Four:

   While this will not be as exciting as the rest of the posts, I did promise another installment, so here it is. We had ordered our food to come right before Shabbat started and had them set it up on our balcony, where the candles were lit. There was a cocktail hour or two going on around the corner in the Executive Lounge, so we walked over (separately, as they do not let kids under 12 in) and got some drinks to have for the meal. We ate our luxurious Noah’s Ark meals, had some fruit and went to bed. We did have to turn away housekeeping and the turn down service, but we will get to enjoy that a few times before we leave.

   We were all up for the day around 5:30/6:00, so we got dressed and went for an early morning walk around the property. The property here is extremely nice and has lots of little nooks and walkways to explore. While not nearly as exclusive as the Conrad Koh Samui felt and was, this is still a great location. Walking along the beach we could see an aircraft carrier, or something of the sort parked right off the coast. Interestingly enough, it looked like an American flag flying from it (will get a picture tomorrow if it is still there). As Diamond members, we get complimentary breakfast, so we went in and had some fruit and drinks. The spread for breakfast was absolutely incredible, and would satisfy anyone for a full day. The rest of the day was spent hanging around the different pools and lagoon that wind it’s way throughout the property and some of the other hotel activities. This location has a great kids area and is free for kids 3-12. While we don’t fit in that age group, we were able to use the facilities when we were there to watch our kid. We also found out that we can get babysitting service for 50,000 IDR and hour (this is about $3.75) While we are not sure when we would need one, this is a great and very affordable option to have.

   While there weren't any temples to see or think about today ( ;P ), tomorrow we will take our first full day tour to Ubud, and hopefully a more exciting post to follow that.
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: Chapshnell on August 01, 2015, 08:46:47 PM
Where are you storing all the food? Big fridge in the room?
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: Marco Polo on August 02, 2015, 04:20:26 AM
Where are you storing all the food? Big fridge in the room?
Hotel freezer.
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: Marco Polo on August 02, 2015, 05:24:41 AM
Part Five:

   Our trip started with pickup at 8:30 from the Conrad Suites entrance. This was extremely convenient, as there are lots of steps just to make it to the lobby. Our trip today would revolve around Ubud and some of the surrounding areas. The drive to Ubud is around an hour from the hotel and most of the time more intense than the Road to Hana in Maui. While there may be “two” lanes here, there are cars and motorcycles parked along both sides of the street and cars and motorcycles are constantly cutting each other off with little to no signaling.

   Our first stop was the traditional Barong Balinese dance. This show was by far the most expensive thing we did (100,000 IDR per person ~7.50) and took around an hour. The dance is really some story about good and evil with what seemed like some “questionable” scene at the end. While not a must go, it was pretty Interesting, aside from the screaming the performers were doing.

Dance Musicians:
(http://i.gyazo.com/5abfdd27e4af915ea5f99fb17df87d10.png)
These guys looked grumpy the entire time.

Tiger:
(http://i.gyazo.com/c875e0b8812f1d8d0dd52ec8d0a1c0eb.png)
We were a bit late so did not get great seats.

Story of the Dance:
(http://i.gyazo.com/62439761fd75390298bad1686a5f2430.png)


   Stop two was in the art village at some random art shop/house/temple? We were escorted around and shown the different pieces of art, but it all looked kind of manufactured to me, with some kids looking at phones and tracing pictures. After about ten minutes there, we were ready to move on to the next stop.

   Stop three was the monkey temple and sanctuary. This was a really cool stop and blows the monkey show in Thailand out of the water. You walk around paths in and out of these structures, along bridges just looking out for monkeys. While looking makes it sound like they were hard to find, the monkey were in fact everywhere and were even jumping/climbing on people. There was a sign posted with some guidelines about what you should do if a monkey jumps on you, and screaming was one you were not supposed to do. However, some of the tourists could not help themselves and made matters worse for themselves. I believe the entrance fee was 10,000 IDR (about $0.80 a person), and the kid was free. We spent an hour or so walking around the area and then did a little souvenir shopping right outside.

Parent/Child Cleaning:
(http://i.gyazo.com/6c75480b738cbed90d7c16abc60f77b6.png)

Monkey:
(http://i.gyazo.com/815a3d1395e32777a0cc0b08178cfcd3.png)

Monkey Temple:
(http://i.gyazo.com/2a12e4098efc3797cd34c825cc0026e3.png)

   Stop four was a bit f the way up the road and at Ubud market and the Ubud Palace. Here our driver managed to squeeze into some spot with the help of a parking man(?), who you tip/pay afterwards. We did some walking around the different shops, but they were all very similar and did not have anything too intriguing.  At this point my kid was getting cranky so we stopped to eat lunch. We had asked the hotel to warm up our lunch for the day and have it ready for 8:15. We were then able to put it in our cooler/heater bag and had a reasonable warm lunch of pizza and mac and cheese. The Ubud palace was across the street and was a lot smaller than the one we saw in Seoul. After some pictures and walking around, we were off to our final stop.

   Stop five was the rice paddies. It was at least 25 minutes farther out of the direction we would eventually go back in, but it was something we wanted to see. When we arrived at the parking lot, there was a little booth to get your ticket (10,000 IDR per person) and the baby was free. Now the parking area is not by the entrance to the rice paddies. We were told to make a left and walk a bit down to see it. Well walk we did, and see it we did as well, however, we could not find the entrance to the rice paddies. We kept walking down stairs to restaurants and shops with amazing views, but no real way down the mountain. After some more walking around, we found steps that supposedly led to the paddies. For anyone with a kid or little kids, these stairs were not so easy at all and really take a lot out of you. By the time we made it down, we about had enough and decided to just walk back up, as the views were much better. There were 215 oddly shaped and placed steps to get back up, and it was rough. So a heads-up for anyone going, beware.

Rice Terracing from Above:
(http://i.gyazo.com/157a2bde3efb2744b2374bbdd6f0b2f4.png)

Another Shot:
(http://i.gyazo.com/c33e90fefd1014ea081dc89990c02ed9.png)

   At this point we were wiped out and just wanted to get back to the hotel. The drive was around 1.5 hours and much of the same repetitive stores and shops. We made it back in time for afternoon tea, where I am sitting with my feet up writing this. The rest of the day will be relaxing with a hotel/water sports day planned for tomorrow.

Low Tide on The Way Home:
(http://i.gyazo.com/53106004d50226a6f60dd812885048a4.png)
This was all water on the drive this morning.
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: chuchem on August 02, 2015, 07:28:41 AM
Can I ask politely how you can go to these places. Even just looking at them is considered having "hanoe" from avoida Zora! I am not trying to be frum here, but I dont see any type of heter here?!

Nice tr, but this makes me really curios, same goes for big buddah in hkg and other places?!
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: grodnoking on August 02, 2015, 08:21:24 AM
Can I ask politely how you can go to these places. Even just looking at them is considered having "hanoe" from avoida Zora! I am not trying to be frum here, but I dont see any type of heter here?!

Nice tr, but this makes me really curios, same goes for big buddah in hkg and other places?!
Can I ask politely how you can go and ruin this tr? If you feel your question is so important pm him. Oh, and your question is not important because im sure he's as jewish as you and spoke to his own rabbi... so shhh.
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: shwarmabob on August 02, 2015, 08:33:00 AM
Can I ask politely how you can go to these places. Even just looking at them is considered having "hanoe" from avoida Zora! I am not trying to be frum here, but I dont see any type of heter here?!

Nice tr, but this makes me really curios, same goes for big buddah in hkg and other places?!
MP is on vacation so probably he is relaxing and you can't expect him to give you a detailed answer. If anything you should wait with asking him these polite questions until he gets back. He already wrote that he did not enter but looked from outside which is different. Additionally, the places that look exotic to you and seem like A"Z are actually royal palaces (Ubud) and not A"Z.
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: lunatic on August 02, 2015, 08:43:02 AM
Can I ask politely how you can go and ruin this tr? If you feel your question is so important pm him. Oh, and your question is not important because im sure he's as jewish as you and spoke to his own rabbi... so shhh.
At least he asked politely....
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: AJK on August 02, 2015, 09:28:43 AM
Great TR! Empty F cabins are a joy.

But, dude, you really should focus on *enjoying* the vacation you're writing about instead of writing it  to satisfy the insatiable DDF masses.

It may not be the popular choice, but enjoy first, write second.

And, for the love of God, the halacha police need to vacate the premises. If you have a concern about someone's religiosity, the proper form of communication is PM, not calling him out in public.
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: dpk4588 on August 02, 2015, 09:32:11 AM
But, dude, you really should focus on *enjoying* the vacation you're writing about instead of writing it  to satisfy the insatiable DDF masses.
I do agree, and I don't know if this is why he's doing it, but I find its easier to write (not necessarily edit and post) a TR as its happening, since its fresh in your mind.
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: lunatic on August 02, 2015, 09:54:14 AM
Some people (seemingly mp included) enjoy writing as part of the trip
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: Marco Polo on August 02, 2015, 11:12:47 AM
I definitely do enjoy writing this up at the end of each day. I'm not taking away from doing anything else, rather writing as I enjoy a lounge or a nice sunset.
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: AJK on August 02, 2015, 11:57:30 AM
I definitely do enjoy writing this up at the end of each day. I'm not taking away from doing anything else, rather writing as I enjoy a lounge or a nice sunset.
Then more power to you. I just don't see how it doesn't take away from family time.

I enjoy it either way!
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: chuchem on August 02, 2015, 03:55:14 PM
Thanks for everyone's nice message

As this board is used by a mostly 'halacha keeping, keeping crowd I was wondering about a valid point. How would people like it when a guy wrote in his trip report that he went to a brothel every night?!
People take notes and plan their trip according to other trip reports and this could be a major 'chet' that people don't realize. This is not cholov stam or cholov yisroel issue.

The op can respond if he chooses to or ignore it. If you dont like the question to bad!



Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: ChAiM'l on August 02, 2015, 04:18:06 PM
Thanks for everyone's nice message

As this board is used by a mostly 'halacha keeping, keeping crowd I was wondering about a valid point. How would people like it when a guy wrote in his trip report that he went to a brothel every night?!
People take notes and plan their trip according to other trip reports and this could be a major 'chet' that people don't realize. This is not cholov stam or cholov yisroel issue.

The op can respond if he chooses to or ignore it. If you dont like the question to bad!
+1

TRs are a great resource for people who are planning trips. People assume that most TRs are written by frum jews and therefore wouldn't think that certain sights/attractions may be halachically problematic.

If the OP's Rabbi was ok with him visiting, he should - as most people do- make it clear this is something to AYLOR. There is nothing wrong in discussing it, it is discussed plenty in the Rome thread for example.

Having said that, the tone of the original questioner was definitely disrespectful.
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: Marco Polo on August 02, 2015, 05:20:22 PM
I do agree it is a AYLOR situation, but do people really follow blindly what others have done. I always use TR's as a guide and build off of that.
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: Marco Polo on August 02, 2015, 05:25:10 PM
As a side note, for anyone interested in going to Bali, or a place like Thailand, there are temples everywhere and can cannot be avoided. Almost every store has some kind of item for sale that also has what to do with this. I guess for someone who is worried, best to stay away from these countries.

I want to mention that I am not "going after" anyone about this, and everyone is entitled to their opinions. I do think it is a good idea to put all the cards on the table do people can make informed decisions. Though maybe this is not the best thread for it.
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: ual902 on August 02, 2015, 05:28:15 PM
As a side note, for anyone interested in going to Bali, or a place like Thailand, there are temples everywhere and can cannot be avoided. Almost every store has some kind of item for sale that also has what to do with this. I guess for someone who is worried, best to stay away from these countries.

I want to mention that I am not "going after" anyone about this, and everyone is entitled to their opinions. I do think it is a good idea to put all the cards on the table do people can make informed decisions. Though maybe this is not the best thread for it.

We Love your Trip Report and we love the Temples.
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: AJK on August 02, 2015, 06:01:09 PM
Thanks for everyone's nice message

As this board is used by a mostly 'halacha keeping, keeping crowd I was wondering about a valid point. How would people like it when a guy wrote in his trip report that he went to a brothel every night?!
People take notes and plan their trip according to other trip reports and this could be a major 'chet' that people don't realize. This is not cholov stam or cholov yisroel issue.

The op can respond if he chooses to or ignore it. If you dont like the question to bad!

+1

TRs are a great resource for people who are planning trips. People assume that most TRs are written by frum jews and therefore wouldn't think that certain sights/attractions may be halachically problematic.

If the OP's Rabbi was ok with him visiting, he should - as most people do- make it clear this is something to AYLOR. There is nothing wrong in discussing it, it is discussed plenty in the Rome thread for example.

Having said that, the tone of the original questioner was definitely disrespectful.

Again, no one is suggesting that asking the question is inappropriate.

However, the forum in which it was asked, the tone in which it was asked, and the manner in which it was asked, were all indeed inappropriate.  If you personally have a religious issue with someone's vacation choice, feel free to ask him via PM, or your LOR about it, and share that point of view--if you feel so inclined--in a separate thread.  It's isn't common courtesy to thread-crap someone else's TR with your own religious agenda, especially--as in this case--the issue is far from clear cut.

TR's are shared as a kindness to the community; the OP shouldn't have to defend his choices, or explain the motivations behind them, to the self-appointed religious hanhala of DDF.  At the very most, a respectful comment of "FYI for the community: visiting temples could be considered halachically questionable by some. It would be wise to consult your LOR before doing so. Great TR!"

Finally, anyone who follows blindly the trip-planning info contained in TRs without adapting that info to his own use would be akin to doing something "well, because he did it!"

I'll answer what every 2nd grade morah answers in response: "Well, if he jumped off a bridge, would you?"
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: AJK on August 02, 2015, 06:03:37 PM
I do agree it is a AYLOR situation, but do people really follow blindly what others have done. I always use TR's as a guide and build off of that.

+1, absolutely. It would be asinine to suggest doing the Kalalau Trail with 2 infants because "I saw on DDF that this other guy did it, so we can too, honey! Never mind we're different people, with different family structures, needs and desires!"

Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: chuchem on August 02, 2015, 08:10:26 PM
I think people are reacting badly here and taking it personal... maybe because they know they themselfs did it and can't really justify it, but never mind...

To the op, I did thailand 2 years in a row and while you see the a'z all over there is a difference of seeing it and not caring or specially going there and having 'hanoe' taking pics and saying how amazing it is...
I did hkg and didn't go look at the buddah or the summer palace in bejing and skipped the Tempel part

I will ask my own rabbi, but just curious if someone here did and got a ok or just doing it and not caring about the halacha
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: Hershelsdeals on August 02, 2015, 08:30:28 PM
How about moving the Halacha questions to a separate dedicated thread. Mods?
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: AJK on August 02, 2015, 09:54:51 PM
I think people are reacting badly here and taking it personal... maybe because they know they themselfs did it and can't really justify it, but never mind...

To the op, I did thailand 2 years in a row and while you see the a'z all over there is a difference of seeing it and not caring or specially going there and having 'hanoe' taking pics and saying how amazing it is...
I did hkg and didn't go look at the buddah or the summer palace in bejing and skipped the Tempel part

I will ask my own rabbi, but just curious if someone here did and got a ok or just doing it and not caring about the halacha

Finally the true colors shine.  You're "just curious if someone . . . is just doing it and not caring about halacha." Call the mashgiach! Light the pitchforks! Down with the OP!

OK, so now we know all know you skipped the Buddha and every other temple. Congratulations. Your holier than thou attitude is off-putting and has no place here. Either be respectful or move on, bro.

I'm done with this topic.
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: chuchem on August 02, 2015, 11:23:53 PM
yes, I am curious. Not about the op, but people jewish people in general going

A few people have writen that they went to these type of places and it seems that its ok and no issue to go, unless all people here don't care about basic haloche (one of the aseres hadibrois we read this shabbes!) So I am bringing up a valid question after reading such a visit once again


people take this question very personal here, I wonder why....
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: MosheD on August 03, 2015, 12:00:21 AM
people take this question very personal here, I wonder why....
We are liberal over here. The move is to attack the question instead of providing an answer.  :o :o
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: shwarmabob on August 03, 2015, 12:05:38 AM
I think people are reacting badly here and taking it personal... maybe because they know they themselfs did it and can't really justify it, but never mind...

To the op, I did thailand 2 years in a row and while you see the a'z all over there is a difference of seeing it and not caring or specially going there and having 'hanoe' taking pics and saying how amazing it is...
I did hkg and didn't go look at the buddah or the summer palace in bejing and skipped the Tempel part

I will ask my own rabbi, but just curious if someone here did and got a ok or just doing it and not caring about the halacha

chuchem, your have a valid question in general, however it may be the wrong place to ask when MP is on vacation. Maybe there should be a separate thread for the many valid halachik questions that arise while traveling. Also you can never blindly follow what other -even frum- people do, there are different hashkafos and minhagim, interests.
I am not sure where you get the idea that looking or taking a picture is "honoah". Additionally, most of today's idol-worshippers are not true idol-worshipers, they simply follow the tradition of their ancestors - they have their own yeridas hadoros - without actually worshiping and believing in idols - see Chullin 6. But AYLOR.
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: DMYD on August 03, 2015, 12:13:13 AM
I don't understand why anyone has the right to ruin MPs TR! He is writing a TR and stuff that don't belong here are being discussed. I hope Mods move them to the correct threads.
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: efflpetzel on August 03, 2015, 12:53:48 AM

yes, I am curious. Not about the op, but people jewish people in general going

A few people have writen that they went to these type of places and it seems that its ok and no issue to go, unless all people here don't care about basic haloche (one of the aseres hadibrois we read this shabbes!) So I am bringing up a valid question after reading such a visit once again


people take this question very personal here, I wonder why....
holy smokes. You really don't get it,
you wanna talk about a subject, fine open up ur own thread.

STOP CRAPING UP THIS THREAD

Especially when the OP's doing us a favor by writing this TR while he's on vacation
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: Super Speed on August 03, 2015, 01:35:01 AM
holy smokes. You really don't get it,
you wanna talk about a subject, fine open up ur own thread.

STOP CRAPING UP THIS THREAD

Especially when the OP's doing us a favor by writing this TR while he's on vacation
+1
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: MosheD on August 03, 2015, 02:33:49 AM
OK ok ok, everyone shut up! Everythe this is bumped I get excited about a new segment...
(I know I'm being hypocritical now)
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: Marco Polo on August 03, 2015, 07:30:01 AM
Part Six:

   Today was a day where we just hung out and relaxed at the hotel. Waking up a little later, spending some time at the pool and beach and just sitting around. We did have photo session that we booked through the hotel. They offer a free framed photo and some other packaged purchase options if you want additional pictures. Tomorrow we are going to be doing another full day tour, so having this rest day was really nice.

   Since this was a rather short post, I figure I can go over the food options we brought along. We had bought some frozen items from our local store and packaged them into meals we would want. For example, we put mozzarella sticks and pizza bits in a container and froze that. Doing this we were able to save some money on food costs and did not have lots of leftovers that would be wasted. For the rest of the meals we had some meat and some dairy dishes from Noah’s Ark/Shelly’s. Of the packaged food we put together ourselves, we found the eggrolls and blintzes came out fairly well and were a good options. The pizza bagels we brought did not work out, as the foil held onto all the cheese and we were left with a bagel and sauce. We had a similar issue with the pizza we got from Shelly’s, though we were not expecting that to be an issue originally. They did seem to have it packaged well, though for some unexplained reason, they put foil under the pan cover and we were left with no cheese. For the meat dishes we got from them, the chickens were great and we liked the meatballs and spaghetti. Unlike Pomegranate, you don’t really get much of an option for side dishes, and we had no say at all, as we ordered during the Nine Days and had to take what they had. For future orders, we will likely go with the “junior” size that Noah’s Ark offers, as we consistently have leftovers.

Until tomorrow…
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: yochiek93 on August 03, 2015, 10:05:12 AM
Thanks for everyone's nice message

As this board is used by a mostly 'halacha keeping, keeping crowd I was wondering about a valid point. How would people like it when a guy wrote in his trip report that he went to a brothel every night?!
People take notes and plan their trip according to other trip reports and this could be a major 'chet' that people don't realize. This is not cholov stam or cholov yisroel issue.

The op can respond if he chooses to or ignore it. If you dont like the question to bad!
you asked the question once and the op ignored it why ask it again leave him alone and this TR
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: coralsnake on August 03, 2015, 10:09:00 AM
Thanks for everyone's nice message

As this board is used by a mostly 'halacha keeping, keeping crowd I was wondering about a valid point. How would people like it when a guy wrote in his trip report that he went to a brothel every night?!
People take notes and plan their trip according to other trip reports and this could be a major 'chet' that people don't realize. This is not cholov stam or cholov yisroel issue.

The op can respond if he chooses to or ignore it. If you dont like the question to bad!




I would personally like to read that one.
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: AJK on August 03, 2015, 11:18:28 AM
you asked the question once and the op ignored it why ask it again leave him alone and this TR

Well, because then he couldn't "satisfy his curiosity" at the expense of the OP, that's why.

Must. know. whether. OP. is. committing. a. sin. so. I. can. call. him. out. in. public.

I would personally like to read that one.

You and me both :)
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: shwarmabob on August 04, 2015, 06:02:25 AM
Well, because then he couldn't "satisfy his curiosity" at the expense of the OP, that's why.

Must. know. whether. OP. is. committing. a. sin. so. I. can. call. him. out. in. public.

You and me both :)
lol, is there a guided tour?
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: Marco Polo on August 04, 2015, 06:44:28 AM
Part Seven:

   Today’s first stop was picking up Tom Brady from the Grand Hyatt. We had made up to share a tour for the today and we would pick him up. Once we got everyone together, we were off to our first stop on the East Bali tour. Stop one was the Kerta Gosha Justice Palace, which was a bit over an hour away from the Nusa Dua and the hotel area. The palace very similar to a lot of the locations we had seen already. There were some nice walking paths, a large area of water with some structure in the middle as well. This location happened to have a “museum” as well, which took about 5-10 minutes to walk through the three rooms. After walking through the area, we spent some time walking around the market area across the street. This was not a tourist market, and had some more local wares for sale.

Justice Palace:
(http://i.gyazo.com/94e4bfe68b5406053beff8b04be6feef.png)

Justice Palace II:
(http://i.gyazo.com/7803baafb3ac2a8484378d1a3da11683.png)

   The second stop was the Tenganan Village, which was around 35-40 minutes (IRRC) from the justice palace. This village I believe was to be what the people used to live like, but it didn’t seem much different than other places. Every door entrance was selling some kind of sarong or other souvenir to all the tourists. There were also a lot of roosters running around, some in very bright colors, while other were in some kind of a cage. We did see a sign promoting cock fighting, and some guy seemed to even offer us a show, but we passed on it. We did come across some cactus like plants that were covered in eggshells, with no real reason or explanation as to why that was.

Eggshell Tree:
(http://i.gyazo.com/4c84f06996c1ba8561ec5da942d33f1a.png)

Pink Chicken:
(http://i.gyazo.com/8afb31530322ef7da280c42deeb9ba61.png)

Interesting Village Signage:
(http://i.gyazo.com/958ef524295998a5052789dcb7eb7c45.png)

Village Cordless Phone:
(http://i.gyazo.com/697aa98c180308ab287c40909570c441.png)

   Stop three was the Tirtagangga water garden and another long drive to get there. As with the theme of the stops, this had lots of water features, walking paths, some structures and nice landscaping. They had a nice stepping path through one of the water areas that was pretty cool to walk through. They even had an area that you could go swimming in, for an additional fee. After walking around and hanging out for a bit, we were heading back to the car and our next stop.

Water Stepping Stones:
(http://i.gyazo.com/406f7cc5bf102a821ad302c5081cb713.png)

Stepping Stones:
(http://i.gyazo.com/c799952aeaf7c24aa03a296136fcc359.png)

Not Sure What This Means:
(http://i.gyazo.com/87e210dcbbd52917a3256fa1f39496d2.png)


   Stop four was the Ujung water palace. This was another drive and had similar features as the previous water garden. While a lot of the locations had very similar themes, it did not feel like we were seeing the same thing over and over again. This water palace had an enormous lake type area, much bigger than the others we had seen and a large walking bridge running right through the center. There were stairs going up the side, which provided a great view of the area.

View from The Top:
(http://i.gyazo.com/0f2724be03f75ab213d2230805b63565.png)

   The last stop was about and hour and half away, but back towards our hotel, so it was not too stressful thinking about the drive.  We were to be stopping at a salt making village, but it turned out to be more of a single hut that was making the salt. There was a guy that had buckets draped over his shoulders, he would fill it up in the ocean and then sprinkle it on the sand. They would then take the sand, press out the water through a filter, than let it sit in the sun until it became salt. IT was pretty interesting to see, but something you can see in ten minutes.

Salt Making:
(http://i.gyazo.com/d3c450dd692c8c22d0228df68853faaa.png)

   Once done with the salt, we were back on the road to the hotel. The drive went by rather quickly and we were sitting in the lounge sharing a few drinks before Tom Brady had to head back to his hotel. Overall, we had a nice time and found out a lot about Mr. Brady’s whirlwind tour through Asia and the Middle Eat (look out for his TR). Tomorrow is our last day here and we plan to spend most of the day just hanging around the hotel.  We are looking forward to getting some time in Singapore and ever closer to or Emirates flights.
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: mgarfin on August 04, 2015, 08:40:50 AM
Sorry for the ignorance who is Tom Brady?  :)
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: TimT on August 04, 2015, 08:44:29 AM
Sorry for the ignorance who is Tom Brady?  :)
http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?action=profile;u=20675
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: coralsnake on August 04, 2015, 08:46:48 AM
Sorry for the ignorance who is Tom Brady?  :)
Unclear if he's referring to:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Brady

Or:

http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?action=profile;u=20675
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: TimT on August 04, 2015, 08:50:54 AM
Unclear if he's referring to:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Brady

Or:

http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?action=profile;u=20675
GH Bali
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: grodnoking on August 04, 2015, 08:51:16 AM
Unclear if he's referring to:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Brady

Or:

http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?action=profile;u=20675
Maybe both.
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: coralsnake on August 04, 2015, 08:52:24 AM

Twas a joke ;)
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: Marco Polo on August 04, 2015, 08:53:14 AM
Unfortunately, it is the latter. Nothing against the DDF TB, but real life TB may have been cooler.

Side note, what can i do about a gecko in my room (witty car insurance commercials are welcome)?
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: grodnoking on August 04, 2015, 08:55:21 AM
Unfortunately, it is the latter. Nothing against the DDF TB, but real life TB may have been cooler.

Side note, what can i do about a gecko in my room (witty car insurance commercials are welcome)?
Ask it philosophical questions?

Maybe it had all the answers...
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: Marco Polo on August 04, 2015, 08:57:36 AM
Ask it philosophical questions?

Maybe it had all the answers...
If i could only catch it...
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: coralsnake on August 04, 2015, 08:58:48 AM
Side note, what can i do about a gecko in my room (witty car insurance commercials are welcome)?
ALOL.

I guess you can try to save 15% on your car insurance.  ::)
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: TimT on August 04, 2015, 09:01:11 AM
Call State Farm, they'd be more than happy to get rid of it for once & for all.
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: grodnoking on August 04, 2015, 09:03:09 AM
Call State Farm, they'd be more than happy to get rid of it for once & for all.
that is probably your best bet!
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: grodnoking on August 04, 2015, 09:04:45 AM
If you have nothing else to do i say call gieco and play the rep.
Persuade her its Giecos fault
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: coralsnake on August 04, 2015, 09:05:27 AM
But hide your money, they're known to steal.

Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: benjie1305 on August 04, 2015, 09:11:55 AM
Wait a minute. Where is the visit to the brothel? I was looking forward to that part.
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: coralsnake on August 04, 2015, 09:14:22 AM
Wait a minute. Where is the visit to the brothel? I was looking forward to that part.
You and me both :)
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: AharonInIsrael on August 04, 2015, 09:56:15 AM
Thanks for the live updates! I Lol'ed at "cordless phone". Hope the gecko is gone
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: Yehoshua on August 04, 2015, 10:54:29 AM
Nice segment, MP. Do you find that you have not enough, enough or too much time in Bali?
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: Dan on August 04, 2015, 11:23:57 AM
Unfortunately, it is the latter. Nothing against the DDF TB, but real life TB may have been cooler.

Side note, what can i do about a gecko in my room (witty car insurance commercials are welcome)?
That and a 4am fire alarm got us a free night and a nice resort credit at the GHK.
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: shwarmabob on August 04, 2015, 12:17:49 PM
Call State Farm, they'd be more than happy to get rid of it for once & for all.
Geckos catch and eat the bugs and mosquitoes that can eat you. Leave them alone. They are useful pets to have around.
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: shoobi on August 04, 2015, 05:06:08 PM
Wait a minute. Where is the visit to the brothel? I was looking forward to that part.

Like the old joke goes-

Buying a rental car is like going to a brothel for a wife. Anything thats been driven so hard by so many people, you dont want to put your key into!
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: Marco Polo on August 04, 2015, 06:21:01 PM
Nice segment, MP. Do you find that you have not enough, enough or too much time in Bali?
I think we could have done more here. We didn't do any diving or snorkeling, nor did we go to the volcano which is about 4 hours from the hotel. I'm happy with what we did do, but would come back here to do more.
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: 3yummyboys on August 04, 2015, 07:08:44 PM
Amazing TR!! How was your baby? Didn't mind all that schlepping?
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: Marco Polo on August 04, 2015, 07:47:32 PM
Amazing TR!! How was your baby? Didn't mind all that schlepping?
He was great. The long flight he slept a lot and played with the FA's for some time. The layover in SIN he slept and played in the lounge. Next time i will probably fly a little more direct, but this ended up working out.
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: 3yummyboys on August 04, 2015, 09:23:25 PM
I'm thinking more about the touring. My kids need to run around and touch everything!
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: Marco Polo on August 04, 2015, 10:32:14 PM
I'm thinking more about the touring. My kids need to run around and touch everything!
He would run around. Most places had a lot of open space. Just had to watch out for the water.
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: 12HRS on August 04, 2015, 11:00:02 PM
some people think a good vacation, is to leave the Torah at home...

did you read this past weeks mispacha magazine?
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: PETERP on August 05, 2015, 12:09:34 AM
I think we could have done more here. We didn't do any diving or snorkeling, nor did we go to the volcano which is about 4 hours from the hotel. I'm happy with what we did do, but would come back here to do more.



  Many thanks for taking the time and effort to write this up . A classy guy , always looking to help.
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: yochiek93 on August 05, 2015, 03:02:21 AM


  Many thanks for taking the time and effort to write this up . A classy guy , always looking to help.
+1
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: Marco Polo on August 05, 2015, 09:39:08 AM
Part Eight:

   Today was going to be another day spent at the hotel, as we had a flight out to Singapore in the afternoon. We spent a few hours by the pool/beach and then went back to the room to pack and wait for our ride. We got our stuff in the taxi and had a quick 20-minute ride to the airport. Unlike the arrival area, which was completely third world, the departure area looked recently updated and was very nice. We walked all the way to our gate and realized we had an hour to waste, so we went and used the Priority Pass at the Premier Lounge. The lounge only opened in January, and was nice enough for what it was. We were able to get some drinks and wait there until our flight. We got to our gate, waited about ten minutes and then got on the bus to meet our plane. We were a little delayed leaving, but eventually made it up into the air for our 2:20 minute flight. For some reason my kid was really hyped up and would not settle down on this flight, but it was a short one and we managed. No more economy for this trip! Though my kid did calm down when the Stogel meals came around, which was nice.

   Landing in SIN, about half the plane was already standing at the door before we even stopped at the gate. They must have been late for a connection, as the FA’s did not say anything. We were able to get through immigration and get our bags rather quickly. I changed some money and got in line to get a taxi to the hotel. There were set rate prices of $9 per adult and $6 for a kid by bus and around $35 for a taxi. We chose to tough it out with the meter and ended up paying $24. Check-in at the Diamond desk was smooth, although there was a slight miscommunication and they thought we had cancelled our reservation. Though we got that cleared up right away. We were booked into a suite on the 15th floor and were not expecting what we walked into. There were multiple bathrooms, a full kitchen, dining room, walk-in closet, desk area and much more. The fridge in the kitchen happened to be stocked as well. And now on to planning tomorrows itinerary.

Powder Room:
(http://i.gyazo.com/462b15904d11cf999683f63c2b45e190.png)

Living/Dining Room:
(http://i.gyazo.com/0ac78bb00f6d73d23c41ad4b4b86dc9a.png)

Writing Desk and Bedroom:
(http://i.gyazo.com/014d1a91d9a647bc121c4e93b55e5663.png)

Master Bath:
(http://i.gyazo.com/57220ed88ea50077e329af3f08e10468.png)

Walk-in Closet and Second Door:
(http://i.gyazo.com/c8e8090b1ca93e4721e80409a622d431.png)

Stocked Fridge 101:
(http://i.gyazo.com/76877b1a2fc9e4cb57b5ac812ad8ce7d.png)
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: chucksterace on August 05, 2015, 10:01:14 AM
Which hotel in Sin?
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: yoruel on August 05, 2015, 10:06:20 AM
 
   
Hotels: Grand Hyatt Singapore (4 nights)

Grand Hyatt Singapore: 80,000 Hyatt.


Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: enwhycee on August 05, 2015, 10:47:14 AM
Wait a minute. Where is the visit to the brothel? I was looking forward to that part.

Keep an eye on my South America TR in 2 weeks  ;)
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: enwhycee on August 05, 2015, 10:47:49 AM
Awesome thread MP! Just got caught up!
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: dpk4588 on August 05, 2015, 10:49:52 AM
We were booked into a suite on the 15th floor and were not expecting what we walked into.
That suite looks amazing!
How did you book it for 20k/night?
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: yochiek93 on August 05, 2015, 11:51:57 AM
Wow that suite looks amazing
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: AJK on August 05, 2015, 12:43:32 PM
That looks like one amazing suite! MP, is there a reason you chose the GH over the HR TST? Or are you staying at both?
This is in SIN...
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: Yehoshua on August 05, 2015, 01:06:49 PM
This is in SIN...
:-[ That's embarrassing. Thanks though.
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: PETERP on August 05, 2015, 01:07:22 PM
That suite looks amazing!
How did you book it for 20k/night?

Same question .
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: ADG on August 05, 2015, 01:36:08 PM
This is in SIN...

So your saying it is a sin  ;D
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: Marco Polo on August 05, 2015, 04:49:17 PM
I was booked as a Guest of Honor into a regular room. The Diamond account holder called/messaged and was able to get me upgraded.
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: Yehoshua on August 05, 2015, 05:11:16 PM
I was booked as a Guest of Honor into a regular room. The Diamond account holder called/messaged and was able to get me upgraded.
That's my exact plan.
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: enwhycee on August 05, 2015, 05:14:53 PM
I was booked as a Guest of Honor into a regular room. The Diamond account holder called/messaged and was able to get me upgraded.

Sounds like AJK hooked it up!  :D
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: morgs on August 05, 2015, 06:26:53 PM
Thanks for the awesome tr-love the live update style-enjoy SIN (and get ready to drop some serious cash :P)
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: Yehoshua on August 05, 2015, 06:27:39 PM
Thanks for the awesome tr-love the live update style-enjoy SIN (and get ready to drop some serious cash :P)
For what in particular?
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: morgs on August 05, 2015, 06:29:50 PM
For what in particular?
One of the most expensive cities in the world today (at least last summer it was)-we have never spent so much money in 2 days on a vacation like we did there....everything is just expensive!!
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: Yehoshua on August 05, 2015, 06:36:47 PM
One of the most expensive cities in the world today (at least last summer it was)-we have never spent so much money in 2 days on a vacation like we did there....everything is just expensive!!
Got it.
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: Marco Polo on August 05, 2015, 07:41:35 PM
Sounds like AJK hooked it up!  :D
While AJK has been a valuable resource, he was not the one to book me.
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: Marco Polo on August 06, 2015, 08:20:15 AM
Part Nine:

   Today was the latest we have slept the whole trip so far (7:00 AM), which was a nice change of pace. We did not have any concrete plans, but we knew we wanted to go around and see as much as we could. We decided we were going to walk around to different areas, stop at the Jewish Center for lunch, see some more places and take a cab back at the end of the day. And that is what we did.

Our Route:
(https://i.gyazo.com/b22ae0e949bb3998881b7f95e70ad427.png)

   The walk from the Grand Hyatt to Little India was around thirty minutes and not the most scenic walk. There was a point where we had to carry the stroller up a big flight of stair to cross a busy intersection with no crosswalk. Other than that one point, having the stroller was no issue at all, and was a nice addition to put our bags on and not have to carry anything. Little India was a few blocks of shops and stores and lots of people trying to sell you henna tattoos. We spent around twenty minutes walking around and then headed to our next stop.

Bracelets:
(https://i.gyazo.com/a5f5c350cff837f4debc79aafcb564cf.png)

Singapore Signage:
(https://i.gyazo.com/c2f965326dce8b6e2a0be44fdf384bbd.png)

Aladdin Shoes:
(https://i.gyazo.com/fa3bed672cf9d3e14832ffcdb49bc924.png)
 
   From Little India we headed over to Bugis Junction. Bugis Junction is a shopping area (one of many in Singapore) with indoor and some outdoors shops. There were also some market type shops outside which we spent some time walking around. While nothing much to do other than shopping, we found it a nice relief to get some AC during our walk.

More Singapore Signage:
(https://i.gyazo.com/f28056a3a1b86f949f81524641bd1bf3.png)

Bugis Marketish Area:
(https://i.gyazo.com/0ca1ca7d22a0cfd43b62ecc212f6c625.png)

Indoor Bugis Junction:
(https://i.gyazo.com/6ca3caef452ba59069c549b735193978.png)

   From the shopping area we walked over to the Jewish Center for Lunch. We had to show our passports to get past the metal barricade, and then waited for them to vet us before getting our visitor stickers. Once inside, we went upstairs to the restaurant and were the first ones seated for lunch. While we were first to be seated, we were probably the only ones who ate there for lunch as well. We ordered some spring rolls and hummus, pita and falafel balls for appetizers, and had schnitzel sandwich and some kind of local pasta and meat dish for the mains. Considering this was our first freshly prepared meal in over a week, we were very much looking forward to this meal. The food was nothing special, but being able to have anything in a foreign country is more than one can ask for, and I am just happy it is an option. While at the center, we made reservations for the Shabbat meals and checked out their little store. Lunch came out to ~$38 SGD, which was not nearly as bad as I thought it would be.

Jewish Center:
(https://i.gyazo.com/3bf7d438708c14fdc1d78f8bc3aa36fb.png)

Our First Real Food:
(https://i.gyazo.com/aa7a5629d0597d0d224d229ed2298a0b.png)

   From lunch we were headed over to the Singapore Flyer where we had purchased tickets online at the hotel before we left. It had just finished raining (or so we thought) as we left and were enjoying the cooled down temperatures on the walk. About five minutes into the walk, it started raining really hard, so we hung out by some building with other people until it calmed down. Once at the Singapore Flyer, we checked our stroller and started walking through the mini exhibits on the way to the ride. We arrived at the line to board the ride and were the only ones there, thus ensuring we had a whole cabin to ourselves for the thirty-minute journey around. While it was not the nicest day (it seems like Singapore is perpetually cloudy/smoggy/always raining look, the ride offered some great views and some nice picture opportunities. Once the ride was over, we went to get our stroller and were getting ready to head over to the Helix Bridge and the Marina Sands Bay.

Singapore Flyer:
(https://i.gyazo.com/bc85729a594294c7f62456b1f4f14abe.png)

Singapore F1 Racing Starting Line:
(https://i.gyazo.com/78be3dfb0fe325fe4586ddfa5057d36a.png)

View of the Gardens from the Singapore Flyer:
(https://i.gyazo.com/7d0b3a8743ed5c4dbee86d5c2fb70aac.png)

   Just before heading out, it started pouring again, so we had to hang around the Singapore Flyer. There were some shops, but we found an exhibit on Chinese business people in Singapore, which was being shown, so we sat down and watched that. Once that show was over, we got to walk around and see some placards with information on it, fill out a survey and get some SG50 swag. By this time the rain had stopped and we were set to go.

   We were going to check out the Skypark area on top of the hotel and decided to get a drink at the bar atop the hotel and not pay any fee to get up to see the view. We spent around 20 minutes taking pictures and hanging out there, then went back down to walk to the Gardens by the Bay.

View from the Singapore Flyer:
(https://i.gyazo.com/2faad39239321d5e882c2e897f3c0430.png)

   As it was getting late, we just strolled through the free part of the gardens and took lots of pictures of their super trees. There were lots of nice quiet paths that we spent time circling around and finally getting our kid to take a nap. The nap was very short-lived, so we decided to head back to the hotel and get some swimming in before dinner and bed.

   The hotel pool is nestled in some odd corner on some connected building and a pain to get to. The pool itself was nice and not too busy, with plenty of lounge chairs and cabanas available for use. After hanging out at the pool, it was back to the room for a shower and a steam (yes, the shower has a steam feature!), then up to the lounge for some drinks. I will now leave you all to enjoy this beer as I wind down m day and let all (or most) of yours begin.

Sorry i do not have more pictures from the end, my phone died after the Singapore Flyer.
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: AharonInIsrael on August 06, 2015, 11:23:44 AM
Really cool! Thanks again for sharing and for the live updates!
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: Yehoshua on August 06, 2015, 11:45:37 AM
That walking "tour" seems like a good idea. It'll come in handy for my trip. What did you end up doing for dinner?
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: yochiek93 on August 06, 2015, 11:47:15 AM
Thanx MP
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: Marco Polo on August 06, 2015, 06:17:39 PM
That walking "tour" seems like a good idea. It'll come in handy for my trip. What did you end up doing for dinner?
We had some leftovers, tradition soups and some snacks. We weren't too hungry.
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: Yehoshua on August 06, 2015, 06:34:17 PM
We had some leftovers, tradition soups and some snacks. We weren't too hungry.
Not bad. Seems that with only one restaurant bringing food like that makes sense for some meals.
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: Dan on August 06, 2015, 08:02:15 PM
You ordered Israeli food at Awafi over the local cuisine options?  :o :'(

Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: Marco Polo on August 06, 2015, 08:03:10 PM
You ordered Israeli food at Awafi over the local cuisine options??
We did get one of the local dishes. We didn't want to chance two new dishes right away. Sunday we will probably try out some of the other ones.

ETA: We got the Kuay Teow meat dish.
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: Marco Polo on August 08, 2015, 08:24:03 AM
Part Ten:

   Friday started off with a nice long walk to the Quay area and a ride on a Bumboat with River Explorer tour. The tour is about 45 minutes and it takes you around the bay and has a prerecorded video explaining the different sites as you pass along them. On the way to the river and start of the tour, we stopped at the Coffee Bean and got something to eat for breakfast. From CB, it was about 15.20 minutes to get to the river area along some residential streets. While we did not get any Sim card or wifi device for our phones, preloading the route on Google Maps worked just fine for us. The river tour was reasonably priced and provided some interesting information. It also was a nice break from walking around and had a nice refreshing breeze throughout the tour. Once we got back, we did some walking around the Quay area and then headed off to Chinatown.

River Explorer Entrance:
(https://i.gyazo.com/9a34bbdda71d0d21ab290df54b153d92.png)

On The Tour:
(https://i.gyazo.com/0f29a706d00d23ad45b36dbb4bea8ee3.png)

   Chinatown is every much the same as in most other areas and countries. There are lots of stalls setup with souvenirs and other items for sale. Most of the stalls had the same stuff, but it was fun to walk through and see some of the more interesting food shops. As we reached the end of the stalls, it started to rain We took shelter under some building and hung out there for twenty minutes until it stopped. While waiting, we were approached by some students looking for help with some school project and needed our advice/opinions.  Once the rain cleared up, we took a cab back over to the shopping plaza with the coffee Bean for some shopping and lunch. After lunch we headed back over to the hotel to hang out until Shabbat.

Chinatown:
(https://i.gyazo.com/407c26c0c13afed87904674ae1d543ff.png)

Chinatown and Our Shelter From The Rain:
(https://i.gyazo.com/dfa7ee66753a3be2cfaaac1384f169e3.png)

   We had made up to share a cab to the Jewish center with another DDF’er and his travel companion, which worked out nicely. Davening may have been a little longer than usual, but it was nice and I really enjoyed the actual shul itself. After davening, we had made reservations for the dinner and walked up the five flights to the dining area. There were many large tables setup with the option to just sit wherever you pleased. The food was very nice and the company was great. It is always interesting to meet new people and hear about their travels. Though I must admit, I do cringe every time I hear about people travelling so far in economy. Once the meal was over, we walked back to the hotel and went to bed. The next morning we left a little later as it was pouring, but still made it with plenty of shul left.  Many more people attended the lunch meal and we were able to shuffle our table a little to meet some new people. The walk back after lunch was a bit worse than the night before, but there was still plenty of shade along the way, which made the walk tolerable.  Tomorrow is the real start of al the SG50 celebrations, and we plan to go attend some of the festivities, with our own real festivity in EK F happening later that night.

Until tomorrow…
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: morgs on August 08, 2015, 03:22:38 PM
Sounds like you are really getting a lot of rain there-I guess we were really spared last year as we only got caught in one downpour while at sentosa-Enjoy the festivities and your flight tomorrow ( and please make sure to try some of the local dishes at awafi for dinner-they were really pretty good; FYI-if you need to take sandwiches/food to go for the rest of your trip/flights-Awafi packs up to go boxes really nicely). Enjoy!! Thanks for the write up.

BTW-did you also find chinatown to be super smelly (the smells of the food they were cooking at the food stands almost made my wife and me vomit!!
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: Marco Polo on August 08, 2015, 07:57:33 PM
There was a stretch of some kind of pork stand which was a bit intense, but nothing too crazy.
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: Marco Polo on August 11, 2015, 08:27:38 AM
Part Eleven:


     Sunday was the big day. Not only were we finally getting into EK F, it was Singapore's 50th birthday and there were lots of stuff going on. Though we would end up missing a lot of it, we wanted to try and see as much as possible. We started our day by walking to the Botanical Gardens, which is a UNESCO site as well. There was to be be some live music and other stuff going on there for SG50. It was a nice walk from the hotel and we ended up walking with a lot of other people as well. The subways were free for SG50, but with a stroller and all the people, we did not think it was a great idea.  Arriving at the gardens, we walked through some nice paths and got to see some of what was being offered, before we made it to the festivity area. They had some live music playing, some tents selling food and then there were some free tents offering henna, caricatures, face painting and some other kid stuff. We spent some time walking around and just enjoying the scene.

Garden Gates:
(https://i.gyazo.com/a60b26fdd3d5220a517a30bcfb30cbb0.jpg)

Pathway:
(https://i.gyazo.com/301d058e467fc79d94751de41ef72d59.jpg)

POW Bricks in a Garden:
(https://i.gyazo.com/39cb5c0644d261d9b89cce943cd57ffb.jpg)

    Our next stop was Haji Lane, which was the Arabic version of Little India. A lot of the stores were still closed, but we were able to spend some time walking through and checking out some of the stores that were open. From there, we walked over to Awafi for lunch only to find out there was a limited menu being offered. While not optimal, we had some food and started walking back towards the hotel. We took our time walking back and stopped off in some stores along the way. Once at the hotel, we finished packing, sent our luggage downstairs and headed up to the lounge to kill some time before our flight.

Haji Lane:
(https://i.gyazo.com/11f83969a9e14bc6502b98b72dec0ed1.jpg)

    We got a cab outside the hotel to take us to the airport, and got there pretty quickly as the streets were not crowded at all. From the cab we went straight to the Emirates First Class counter and started to check-in. I had asked the agent about possibly putting us on a later flight from Dubai home, and he mentioned going to the ticketing counter before he checked us in to ask. The agent at the counter was unable to help, even though there were plenty of seats available on the flight we wanted. With that news, we went to check-in and figured we would ask in the lounge for help. Once checked in, we headed to immigration only to be greeted by huge lines everywhere. We asked one of the workers if there was a line for First Class (always ask) and was pointed to the crew and dignitary line (not sure if it was because we had a kid, or our BP). Once through immigration, we headed to the lounge and were hoping our luck would be better there. We presented our request/question to the lounge agent who said they would would look into it for us. Meanwhile, we sat down, had some drinks, showered and waited. The agent came back saying we needed to speak to the agents in DXB as they could only help.

Drinks in The Lounge:
(https://i.gyazo.com/e82457c2fd2b155dd656cc3e227d54f6.jpg)

Our Plane:
(https://i.gyazo.com/27a60d130952e54464aa5617b78fd1d2.png)

   In SIN, they have the security setup by each gate and then there is a waiting area there for the flight. Not wanting to be sitting around too long, we walked around a little and came back for security. The First Class line was not setup yet, so they halted the regular line and sent us through, while we did get some stares, we got over it pretty quickly. We were told we had the cabin to ourselves, but it turns out we had to share it with one other person. With this information, i asked to shower twice, once after dinner and then again before we landed. I was told they needed to check if it was possible, and got the affirmative answer about five minutes later. Emirates F cabin is very ostentatious, but still gives a nice feeling. From the little vanity mirror to the non-chilled mini bar by your seat, it all adds up to a very nice product. Personally i did not care for it in bed mode, as my feet ended up in no-mans land, as the leg rest did not connect with anything. Additionally, i thought it was a bit off that they stored the bedding in the corner of each seat.  The amenity kit, pajamas and slippers were all nice, plus they gave a nice tote bag to keep all your goodies in. Before we knew it, we were landing in Dubai.

EK F Seat:
(https://i.gyazo.com/aaae585e65810f802ed37749b716293e.png)

(https://i.gyazo.com/a98eebb3fc3b69a1e335feb53bd887db.png)

(https://i.gyazo.com/2d558a96382648a78d38c9e0a0655938.png)

(https://i.gyazo.com/3e349ec2cdfd827d95f6b535588879f1.png)

Tail Camera:
(https://i.gyazo.com/f5093db23e3fc6ffb6a6931aa26d4d9f.png)

(https://i.gyazo.com/79adc4f55b47eb7b45e6d592257532f3.png)

Shower:
(https://i.gyazo.com/1b66a0f3562a38c5e13ed2df5dab765e.png)

(https://i.gyazo.com/3a4c28ef2658909d45ef4192dbbf5d44.png)


Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: Marco Polo on August 11, 2015, 08:50:24 AM
     Once we got off the plane, we started running around to different desks to try and get our flight pushed off. After an hour of running around and no real progress, we decided to just go to the hotel and try in the morning. We got a taxi and took the 15 minute drive to the Conrad Dubai. I had checked in online and our room, or our upgraded room was ready for us when we got there. I booked the cheapest room (IIRC ~$175) and got upgrade to the Conrad King Suite. As you can see from the pictures below, we walked into yet another huge room on this trip. There was a living room, hallway, multiple bathrooms, a kitchen and some other random space. Though we were only there for a few hours, it was nice to have a bed and not have to slum it in the EK F lounge.

Hotel:
(https://i.gyazo.com/428bf6a62eb6d87de20d22baf20efb36.png)

(https://i.gyazo.com/057d816e807909c84af19476da1f93fe.png)

(https://i.gyazo.com/b598e85fc6c75a4e7214852eab154d6d.png)

(https://i.gyazo.com/48a7b5d8cba4a84f828b43cf4c378191.png)

(https://i.gyazo.com/4b7a4c18608a57d0f344c239a8936c0c.png)

(https://i.gyazo.com/364634d75e806d51621f923f4fdb4a34.png)

View:
(https://i.gyazo.com/a7d10386f0498c0799f5a1d836330346.png)


    We were up bright and early and planned to get as much done since we could not change flights. We first we to the Jumeirah Mosque, the largest one in Dubai, but got there to early to really see anything. From there, we took a taxi to the spice market which was really nice. After walking around for a bit (was about 106 degrees), we decided to make some purchases. As always, there was a lot of haggling and i think we got a good deal.

    From the spice market, we took a water taxi across the river/creek to the textile market for one Dinar a person. The textile market was shady, but still very hot and a lot of the same stores. We did get another couple of items there and then decided to see the mall. We weren't paying attention and our driver took us to the Mall of Emirates and not the Dubai Mall. The MoE is still a very big mall, with indoor skiing and lots of shops. We spent some time there and then took a cab back to the hotel and right on to the airport. While i can't say this will always work, there is a 25 AED base charge to/from the airport. We just had our driver run the meter at the hotel while we loaded our bags. I think this saved us some money. From the hotel, we were off to the airport and the EK First/Business class check-in.

(https://i.gyazo.com/bcc8983ff704aa0a09b3b97126cb2f0d.png)

(https://i.gyazo.com/123ddfdecadc990eeeb4f3e09a1e00a8.png)

(https://i.gyazo.com/1c63b9271fb2659c15949b3d85e364c4.png)

(https://i.gyazo.com/13f2e163b7bcf393404bfd7d922cff8d.png)

Interesting Destination:
(https://i.gyazo.com/ceefc1f810374167f0207a27d06745dc.png)


    Since we already had our BP's, i just went to check to make sure they were still good (wasn't sure with all the messing around they did to try and get us on the later flight). From there, we had a nice long walk t the train to bring us to our gate area. Once off the train, we took a couple of elevators up to the First Class lounge. We got checked in and walked around the desk to the lounge area. The lounge (or the parts i was able to see) was a ghost town. It took us twenty minutes to find another F pax that was using the lounge there. The lounge runs the entire concourse with boarding gates and multiple areas to relax, eat, sleep, drink, smoke, shop etc. I do not think i would be exaggerating by saying it was a 7:1 staff to pax ratio. Once settled and our kid running around the play area, we setup massage times and got something to drink. Once all our extracurricular activities were done, we headed to the gate entrance and took the elevator right down to the jet bridge and our next EK F flight. The flight was fully booked in F, but my kid was even better on this than the empty legs. About 14 hours later, a shower, some sleep and drinks later, we were touching down in JFK. From the plane out the door was nice and quick thanks to Global Entry and priority bags. Overall, we got to fly some really nice products, stay in some great hotels and had fun time. Until January, this report is done.

The End.
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: AharonInIsrael on August 11, 2015, 09:00:21 AM
Thanks so much for sharing! Great TR as usual!
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: TimT on August 11, 2015, 09:09:46 AM
Interesting Destination:
(https://i.gyazo.com/ceefc1f810374167f0207a27d06745dc.png)
lol. It's actually Al-Mamzar park
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: Marco Polo on August 11, 2015, 09:12:42 AM
lol. It's actually Al-Mamzar park
I just know what i see. Maybe i should have made a stop there.
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: TimT on August 11, 2015, 09:14:17 AM
Maybe i should have made a stop there.
;D
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: Marco Polo on August 11, 2015, 09:15:26 AM
;D
Probably get less flak than the temples.
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: TimT on August 11, 2015, 09:18:50 AM
Probably get less flak than the temples.
too true. Well it was a great write up. Thanks for taking all that time to do it.
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: voldemort on August 11, 2015, 10:01:39 AM
Thanks so much for the amazing write up! It was really fun following along day by day.
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: dpk4588 on August 11, 2015, 10:44:17 AM
Awesome TR. Thanks for sharing. Hope you enjoyed.
Until January, this report is done.
Where you going in January?
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: Marco Polo on August 11, 2015, 10:45:34 AM
Awesome TR. Thanks for sharing. Hope you enjoyed.Where you going in January?
Have a trip booked to the Maldives with a brief stop in AUH.
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: Einstein on August 11, 2015, 11:13:59 AM
Was awesome reading through all that! Thanks!
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: yochiek93 on August 11, 2015, 11:29:31 AM
Probably get less flak than the temples.
;D

and thanx for the awesome report!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: Marco Polo on August 11, 2015, 11:32:44 AM
Found this in Singapore. Looks like the St. Regis and Park Hyatt had a baby.

(https://i.gyazo.com/f5ec0249a1f3c963cea937dfb1f675c2.png)
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: lunatic on August 11, 2015, 11:40:30 AM
Have a trip booked to the Maldives with a brief stop in AUH.
Without kid... I hope
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: Yehoshua on August 11, 2015, 11:41:29 AM
Wow, nice conclusion to a great TR! Thanks for writing, MP.
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: Marco Polo on August 11, 2015, 11:41:47 AM
Without kid... I hope
He turns two in September. This trip was likely his last hurrah.
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: Marco Polo on August 11, 2015, 11:49:40 AM
My kids updated flight list:

(https://i.gyazo.com/40fa4dc417975fb91579c05609aa5862.png)

Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: dpk4588 on August 11, 2015, 12:15:35 PM
My kids updated flight list:

(https://i.gyazo.com/40fa4dc417975fb91579c05609aa5862.png)
When I see things like this I get jealous that I didn't leave the east coast till I was 18. I guess I have to make up for that.

BTW, how did you do that map with the summary on the bottom? Or is the summary a separate thing?
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: Yehoshua on August 11, 2015, 12:15:55 PM
My kids updated flight list:

(https://i.gyazo.com/40fa4dc417975fb91579c05609aa5862.png)
That's quite impressive!
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: Yehoshua on August 11, 2015, 12:16:54 PM
When I see things like this I get jealous that I didn't leave the east coast till I was 18. I guess I have to make up for that.

BTW, how did you do that map with the summary on the bottom? Or is the summary a separate thing?
He's using flightdiary.net.
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: Marco Polo on August 11, 2015, 12:17:14 PM
When I see things like this I get jealous that I didn't leave the east coast till I was 18. I guess I have to make up for that.

BTW, how did you do that map with the summary on the bottom? Or is the summary a separate thing?
All the info is entered into flightdiary and they put together the numbers.
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: MeirS on August 11, 2015, 12:32:17 PM
Great TR!
My kids updated flight list:

(https://i.gyazo.com/40fa4dc417975fb91579c05609aa5862.png)
21.6 tons of CO2??
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: dpk4588 on August 11, 2015, 12:32:37 PM
All the info is entered into flightdiary and they put together the numbers.
Cool. Do you have to put in the flight data manually or does it import from your email like tripit?
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: Yehoshua on August 11, 2015, 12:34:07 PM
Great TR!21.6 tons of CO2??
Stupid liberals.
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: Yehoshua on August 11, 2015, 12:34:33 PM
Cool. Do you have to put in the flight data manually or does it import from your email like tripit?
It's supposed to pull from TripIt, but it's never worked for me.
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: MeirS on August 11, 2015, 12:35:31 PM
Stupid liberals.
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: Marco Polo on August 11, 2015, 12:53:28 PM
Cool. Do you have to put in the flight data manually or does it import from your email like tripit?
I've manually entered the data. Not too bad.
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: Yehoshua on August 11, 2015, 12:56:17 PM
I've manually entered the data. Not too bad.
Unless you entered every flight you've ever taken (300+), then it gets a bit tedious.  ;)
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: dpk4588 on August 11, 2015, 01:03:01 PM
I've manually entered the data. Not too bad.
I have an excel sheet with the data (not necessarily in the format they want, but converting it shouldn't be hard) but it wouldn't import :(
But fortunately (or unfortunately) I don't have as many flights to enter.
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: Marco Polo on August 11, 2015, 02:07:58 PM
Unless you entered every flight you've ever taken (300+), then it gets a bit tedious.  ;)
This is why i only started flights with my kid and not everything before.
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: Yehoshua on August 11, 2015, 02:10:41 PM
This is why i only started flights with my kid and not everything before.
And I had some free time on my hands, so I entered them over a couple of weeks.
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: enwhycee on August 11, 2015, 03:06:30 PM
Thanks for sharing, MP!
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: AJK on August 11, 2015, 03:41:42 PM
Nice report, MP.

Seems like you enjoyed yourselves, though you did missed a few things ;)

1) Diving in DPS
2) Marina Bay Sands in SIN
3) Grand Mosque in AUH, fountains by Khalifa, and indoor skiing!


The good thing? You have reason to go back!
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: Marco Polo on August 11, 2015, 03:44:24 PM
Nice report, MP.

Seems like you enjoyed yourselves, though you did missed a few things ;)

1) Diving in DPS Kind of hard with a kid. Hopefully in MLE January time.
2) Marina Bay Sands in SIN We were there, just did not get to the infinity pool.
3) Grand Mosque in AUH, fountains by Khalifa, and indoor skiing! I actually thought we were going to the mosque you guys went to, but was disappointed to find out it was in AUH. We will see that in January as well. Fountains is still on the list and we did see the skiing, but did not have time for it.


The good thing? You have reason to go back!
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: AJK on August 11, 2015, 03:49:15 PM
Going to the MBS, but not going to the infinity pool is like saying you went to Louvre but didn't see the Mona Lisa :)

And the the Grand Mosque was incredible. When you go back, make sure to go both during the day and at night.
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: Marco Polo on August 11, 2015, 03:51:41 PM
Going to the MBS, but not going to the infinity pool is like saying you went to Louvre but didn't see the Mona Lisa :)

And the the Grand Mosque was incredible. When you go back, make sure to go both during the day and at night.
Fortunately SIN is a place i will likely be flying through, and hopefully without the kid. That should make doing the infinity pool a little more feasible.

Notes taken on doubling up on the mosque.
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: maxmiles on August 11, 2015, 06:32:45 PM
Great TR MP! One of the best ones yet!
Title: Re: MP and Co's Trip Around the World in Thirteen Days
Post by: D93 on August 12, 2015, 07:39:09 AM
Great stuff and nice meeting you in SIN!