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Re: Free night Hilton Certificates
As reported the weekend nights do work during the week as well.
True, but I had to make 10 phone calls until I got a very nice guy from the diamond desk that converted my nights into points (same amount required by the desired hotel) then booked the nights. By mistake he redeemed only 1 certificate for 2 nights. Stay is over and I still have the certificate available. Do you have a easier way to do it?

May 16, 2019, 09:22:14 AM
Get 30% bonus Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles From now till 6/22 you can get a 30% bonus when transferring ThankYouģ points to Virgin Atlantic.
May 22, 2019, 03:31:36 PM
Re: Hat Tip Request Thread (Status for posting deals that are posted to main site)

1 HT

May 29, 2019, 05:00:08 PM
Re: Paris Master Thread
I'm planning a 3 day trip to Paris and have a few questions, any help would be very appreciated! (Just a couple, no children)

1) I want to do top of Arc de Triomphe at sunset, but have no patience climbing the steps. Any DPís how to get into the elevator, which is officially only for handicapped?

2) Any Chabad/Heimish Shul with a Mikvah and 8ish - 9ish Shachris?

3) The PH seems to be the rage. However, Hyatt now has "Small Luxury Hotels of the World", and there is a Hotel called "Grand Powers" which seems to be way better than PH in luxury and location. Also the "Le Narcisse Blanc H‘TEL & Spa" looks better than PH. Anyone stayed here/knows about the experience? Or is PH really the holy grail and I'm just being blinded by TripAdvisor...

4) I like renting cars in European cities. I am landing at ORY and leaving CDG. Is there a one way rental fee? Or is it like NYC where they don't charge one way fees airport-to-airport?

5) I have 2 mornings, where I am eating breakfast, top 2 CY places?

6) Seems like Kavod is only Glatt option this summer, correct?

7) I have patience for only one art museum. Louvre or Orsay? (Don't feel a need to tick off Mona Lisa, but want the better overall experience)


1. Not that many steps.
2. 49 rue petit 75019.
4. No (mind the transmission though). -Edited
6. Where you bring that from? Many more
7. Orsay definitely. No line and not too crowded.

June 21, 2019, 10:47:25 AM
Re: Paris Master Thread
I have 2 mornings, where I am eating breakfast, top 2 Cholov Yisroel places?
Sareden Halavi (not the parev one)
Chez akol is not far from sareden but just cheap and not such a clean place. They do have a larger seating area. Sareden is way better.

July 10, 2019, 08:04:23 PM
Re: Citi Double Cash Cash Will Be Convertible To Citi ThankYou Points 1:1 Rate Starting 9/23
Weird, why do they advertise "Points are Worth 25% More on Airfare 60,000 points are redeemable for $750 in airfare
on any airline, anytime with no blackout dates when booked at If you don't have enough points to cover all of your airfare, you can also use a combination of points and your Citi PremierSM Card."
Typical for Citi. They don't know their own product.

September 23, 2019, 02:36:07 PM
Re: Bingo Wholesale Club Lakewood
Did it in bp. Half of my grocery was fruit & vegetables, took me so long to find the items on the screen. Now that everyone uses it the lines got very short so back to the old way with no wait.

September 26, 2019, 08:57:20 PM
Re: Farewell to El Al's 747 from NYC!
From Sam:
"Our flight was operated by Captain Maoz Tsur "

It's funny, but that's his name.

November 04, 2019, 11:18:17 AM
Re: Hilton Aspire Resort Credit
How can I pay without physical card? I am traveling to Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa and want to use the credit for spa.
Ask the hotel for a link to pay towards your portfolio.

November 12, 2019, 05:52:34 PM
Re: Maldives Master Thread
I realize that this is a highly subjective question, but here goes.

I have a couple of nights booked at the Waldorf for a stay next month. It's a standard room, so king beach villa with pool. I'm still working out the details with them, but I'm diamond so presumably I'll be getting something for breakfast for free.

I can book an over water villa at the JW or the St Regis, just no status with them.

So the question is, do I choose what is (maybe?) a nicer hotel, without as fancy of a room, and get whatever they give me for breakfast, or a fancier room in a (maybe) not as nice hotel?
Next month is 2020, you can 'downgrade' for free to an overeater/reef villa. Just ask them and they will do it for you.

December 19, 2019, 05:53:07 AM
Re: Why Do Lubavtichers Wear Their Shirts Untucked? #7

January 03, 2020, 11:16:55 AM
Re: Paris Master Thread
Whats the best way to walk?
Through the park hands down.

January 06, 2020, 03:42:15 PM
Re: Booking El Al with Qantas - master thread
Can someone please share the WhatsApp number for booking seats. I called Elal to select seats and they said to call Qantas because it was booked through Qantas. I knew they were wrong but I called Qantas anyway and they of course said Elal has to do seat selection as the operating carrier. So instead of going in circles I'd like to contact them via WhatsApp.
+972 53-566-3033

January 13, 2020, 12:46:28 PM
Re: Airline Gift Cards And Vouchers Master Thread
Buying Delta GCs $50 denomination at 85%
Need at least 5.
Easy transaction with @easygoing77 & @ShimshonK  Thanks!

January 13, 2020, 07:36:16 PM
Bangkok, Koh Samui, Singapore and Maldives TR This is my first trip report and Iím excited to share it.

I will review many details of my trip but particularly I will detail prices and deals I got throughout the trip.

I first booked the Waldorf Astoria Maldives on February 15th, 2019 when I read that they will be opening. The Maldives was a destination my wife wanted to go since we got married 3 years ago but was mostly a far dream. We like brand new hotels and we learned about the WA opening it was like a sign that now itís the time to go there.
It was about a year in advance of the booking and was mostly a theoretical booking that we didnít know the chances of it happening. At that time our daughter was only 7 months old and we didnít know what to expect when she will be 18 months. We already traveled with her to France, The Bahamas, and Cayman Island and everything went smoothly with her. One thing was sure, weíll take her with us all the time in our vacation, that the education we got ourselves and we just love being with her on vacation seeing her happy face all the time.

We then decided to go ahead with it and to add the Conrad Koh Samui to the trip, I talked to my wife a few months before about this hotel on a cliff with private pool in each villa and it was definitely in our bucket list. It did take time though to convince her to go to Asia as it will be our first time and my wife had some phobia, but then she fell in love with it. We weren't sure if we go before or after the Maldives and we finally booked 5 nights before arriving in the Maldives.
At that time we didnít have tickets and we knew that we can cancel or modify it at any time.

A few months later I booked the tickets. I knew I will book with Amex points transferred to AC because of the 20% bonus at that time and their cheap rate for lap infant.

Flights booking:
I transferred 255K Amex to AC with the 20% to get 305K and I booked the following:
JFK-ZRH-BKK in J with Swiss, for 77.5AC ◊2 +62.40 CAD taxes (+100+2.10 CAD for lap infant)
BKK-USM in Y with PG, rev ticket for $91◊2 (+$40 for lap infant)
USM-SIN in Y with SilkAir rev ticket for $353 for both adults and lap infant (there wasnít availability in points).
SIN-MLE in Y with SQ, 9065 SQ miles ◊2 + $74 in taxes (+$58 lap infant) (I booked it previously for 18K SQ each but in late January they came up with the 51% off for February 2020 redemption booking and my flight was still available so I cancel the previous one and rebooked for 9065 SQ each, I was later refunded on the cancellation fee). I called them to attach my USM-SIN ticket with the SIN-MLE ticket to check baggage through.
MLE-SIN-TPE-JFK in J with SQ & BR (-last leg), for 75K AC ◊2 (+100+55.70 CAD for lap infant)

Hotels booking:
Marriott FNC (35K) for the St Regis Bangkok 1 night
380K HHonors for 4+1 nights at the Conrad Koh Samui (When I booked it I was short of 5K points on my account at that time and the representative added them for free to my account before making the booking)
240K HHonors + 1 Weekend night certificate for 3 nights at the Waldorf Astoria Maldives

After booking the hotels and flights, I began to read a lot about the Conrad USM and the WAI on FT. I read all the pages of these 2 hotels for a month and I knew exactly which villa I will take and what to expect pretty much. I can say that I enjoyed reading every page there and it helped me a lot also for a deal I got in one of them that I will share later on.

The day in Bangkok was mostly to catch up some jet lag and rest before heading to Koh Samui. In Singapore, we just had a few hours to go visit around between our flights. 2 weeks before our flights, my younger brother went on Shlichus for a year in Singapore so we had another reason to be there.

Iím now already back from the trip and Iíll begin to go over the trip in detail.

February 08, 2020, 11:26:32 PM
Re: Bangkok, Koh Samui, Singapore and Maldives TR Flight from JFK to Zurich and Bangkok with 7 hours layover, January 25th-27th:

Our flight from JFK was scheduled for 9:10 pm on Saturday night (LX 15). We live in Crown Heights with 2 cars and we didn't want to ask from family members to keep moving our cars for alternate side parking. I made 2 round trips to the Ohel in Queens the previous Thursday and Friday to bring the 2 cars and park them there and ask also a blessing from the Rebbe for a safe trip. We could've gone on Saturday night first to the Ohel with the 2 cars and then to the airport but then it would've been too stressful and we'll have to rush after shabbos.

All our luggage were ready before shabbos. After shabbos, we quickly made Havdola, showered and packed the last items including YO Yogurts for my daughter from the fridge. All other food items were dry items.
We took an Uber to the airport and arrive around 7 pm at JFK. They quickly printed our boarding passes, took our luggage and we went to the TSA pre line that was emptier than the priority line. I don't have myself TSA but always make sure to put my daughter under my ticket and I usually get it automatically.
The Swiss lounge was under renovation so they told us to go to the Etihad lounge instead.

We ordered 2 Mojito but I drank most of both

We saw already a few Chasidishe Yidden in the lounge so we knew that there will be Yidden in the business cabin.
I reserved in advance the bulkhead seats 6 D-G and at my right (6K, maybe you read this ) it was a yid. (the best seats on the A333 and B777 are 4 & 5 as they are together with First but it's reserved for Senator & HON circle members or 24 hours before departure).

We flew on the A333 which is a bit different and older than the LX B777 but overall it looks the same.
They brought us some toys for the baby (We got also in the 2nd leg so I kept 1 aircraft for myself )

We slept a good portion of the flight, my daughter slept together with my wife.

The KSML was Borenstein (VK) on this flight, the meat from the main dish was good.

Before they served breakfast pretty much everyone davened in their seat, the Europeans didn't seem to like it, but who cares.

After landing we went to buy train tickets to the city and we headed to Maadan Bakery.

We sat at a table and ordered a few items; 2 coffees, a smoothie, a salad, a bread, and a croissant sandwich for $43. I asked the lady there to warm up my lox croissant and she refused, then when she saw that I'm insisting she grabbed it from my hands and gave me a bad attitude. Unfortunately, I'm too used to the bad European service but this was surprisingly bad, thankfully, that was the only bad service we got during our trip.
I have a T-MOBILE family plan with unlimited 2G data and text in 210 countries so I had minimum data wherever I went. Enough to use the map and some texting.

We then went back to the train to go to Uetliberg which has trays and nice lookouts to the whole city. We took the small tray and went to the top. Our daughter was sleeping comfortably in the yoyo and it was a sunny day. It was interesting to see many small families with children coming there for a Sunday outing. You could've seen the family values they have and how well behaved the children are, things that you observe only when you're a parent yourself.

We took some pictures and headed back to the train station that will take us to the airport.

It was still 3 hours before the flight and we went to the Business lounge E. It's a very spacious lounge with floor to ceiling glass windows on both sides of the lounge and an outdoor area that you can watch the planes.

I had some phone calls to do to my customers and the time was perfect to call NY in the morning. I went to one of the call room and had some work done.

We went then to take a shower, you need to give them the boarding passes and they give a key to one of the showers room. The shower was large and very modern. One sure thing is that it was the highlight of Swiss air for my wife.

We then went to our flight and had the seats 8 D-G. I selected months in advance the bulkhead seats but in September they change the flight schedule by 5 minutes and that caused the removal of my selected seats. I realized only a month before the flight what happened but it was too late. Luckily I got at JFK 2 seats with direct aisle access as the flight was full.
The B77 was more modern and seats were a bit more spacious but I could've felt the smaller legroom (I'm 6'1).
My daughter got more toys.

Sometimes I'm wondering if the toys were for my daughter or for me

The food wasn't good but I got a small Barkan wine and smoked fish that made me very happy.

Breakfast with some French cheese.

Second Shacharis after only 12 hours.

We landed in Bangkok and saw that everyone was wearing a mask because of the virus...not so reassuring but there was no way I would change my trip as I spent so much time and energy to make it perfect (and I went to the Ohel also).
We cleared immigration pretty fast and took our luggage. I knew I had to withdraw cash for the taxi so I went to the nearest ATM and withdrew 1500 Baht. I used my Sofi card that I transferred money from my checking account a week before (I opened in October and made a few $100's in referrals) and they automatically refunded me the 220 Baht ATM fees I was charged. It was my first time trying Sofi for an ATM and I was very impressed by how fast they refunded it.
I opened the grab app and ordered a taxi SUV (I checked before the trip how can I pay and the only way was to top up with AliPay, that's why I needed the cash, and the app lets pay in cash at the end of the trip).
I was pretty impressed by how everything went very smoothly on a continent that we're visiting for the first time.
The taxi arrived after 5 minutes to our arrival gate, it was a nice Toyota SUV and we drove to the St Regis Bangkok. The trip cost was 619 Baht.

February 09, 2020, 06:15:22 PM
Re: Bangkok, Koh Samui, Singapore and Maldives TR January 27-28 STR Bangkok.

It took us an hour to arrive at the STR Bangkok with some traffic towards the end. They quickly took all our stuff from the cab and brought us to the 12th floor where the reception is. It's really a beautiful and tall building and was happy to spend just a FNC of 35k for it.

I previously had the check-in in the app for the Met suite as a platinum member and was pretty excited about it because usually they give an upgrade to the deluxe room only. We arrived at the reception and they brought us cold towels and drinks.

The check-in process took a bit too long and then he tells me that we got the deluxe room. I show him my app where it shows the Met suite, he makes a phone call to let me know that I can get the suite only at 3 pm but the deluxe room is ready for us now. It was only 1 pm so we just took the deluxe room, besides that the view is much nicer in the deluxe room. On my way out, the chef Dwayne Krisko comes towards me telling me that he has some salads from the Kosher restaurant for us.
I emailed the hotel a few weeks before to inquire if they can take care of the Kosher food from the Chabad restaurant with delivery and I'll pay them directly. They replied to me positively but I didn't follow up with it.
Now I felt a bit embarrassed that he went to order for me already from the menu. I told him that I really appreciate it and please send it and bill it to my room. He insisted that the hotel wants to offer it as they want to satisfy me etc. That was nice! We had a chat there, he told me that he came 2 months ago to Bangkok and he worked in many hotels around the world and also in Miami so he's a bit familiar with Kosher food.
We went to the room, showered and ordered 2 burgers and the roast beef teriyaki. I placed the order by WhatsApp (found online) and paid with a link. Total was 1120 Baht including 150 for delivery.
Our room (1704) was right on top of the pool with a nice view of the golf park.

The food was ok but we were starving.

I also ordered from JCafe some sandwiches for the next morning breakfast, and a friend from Chabad in Bangkok brought it to me since he had to pick up some American sim cards from me.
In the afternoon we went for a stroll in the nearby park, it was nice and quiet and the baby was sleeping in the stroller.

We also went to sit next to the pool and I took my daughter for Ďhakofosí around the pool for who knows how long.

It was our first day in Asia and I was so impressed by how everyone from the staff personnel were smiling and trying to play with my daughter. They all were nice and patient.

We went then to the Happy hour cocktail and told them we want the Platinum menu. It's a cocktail menu to order without any price complimentary for platinum members and up. We took 2 drinks and went to sit outside with the same view from our room.

When we came back to the room our Butler prepared us a nice surprise in our bathroom and we were thrilled.

In the meantime they brought us the salad that the chef ordered for us. We ate them later, it was fresh with lots of dressings on the side.
We didn't have time to visit Bangkok and we were too tired for it. That day was just to get a break from the flights and to catch up a bit with the jet lag before going to Koh Samui. I also gave my Butler that day 8 dresses to press complimentary for platinum members and they came back the next morning.

The room was spacious with a large bathroom open to the room with slide walls. We loved the room but weren't too excited because we knew where we headed the next day.

In the morning we woke up early and went to breakfast to get some fruits, veggies, fruits juices and smoothies.

They were very nice to us, especially towards my daughter. We ate after our sandwiches in the room and made ourselves ready to check out.

Flight with Bangkok Airways was at 11:30 am so we left the hotel at 9 with a taxi from Grab.
My daughter threw up in the car but nothing that we couldn't handleÖ the ride was shorter than the previous day. That ride was 735 and I gave the driver extra for the incident.
We checked in our luggage, we had more than 50kg but they didn't say anything (we were allowed 20+20+10).
We went to the Blue ribbon lounge with the PP card, just to have a quiet place for ourselves (because there's nothing more than that there).
We boarded on time, the plane was full but everything goes smoothly and fast, unlike other countries. We had fruits in our 'KSML' which was funny. (Why do they serve a free meal in a short hour flight?!)

At USM we had to wait a long time for our suitcases, DW & daughter went for a troll in the small airport and I was melting in the heat.
But who doesn't like small airports?

After our suitcases came we went towards the parking and the Conrad driver waited for us with the Conrad sign.

(someone was holding this sign... I was confused because it didn't say Conrad on it and the booking was on my wife's name anyway...)

He gave us cold towels and offered us water in the car. As I requested in the email they had a cute car seat waiting in the car, because I love when the hotel doesn't forget small details.

February 11, 2020, 04:30:40 PM
Re: Bangkok, Koh Samui, Singapore and Maldives TR
Before I continue with the Conrad Koh Samui I need to put a small introduction.
A few weeks before our trip I was scrolling the threads of all kinds of goodies that DDF'rs were selling on the GFST board. I saw then a thread for Aspire credit ($250 credit at any Hilton resort) selling at 50% and lower. I know that they changed recently their policy for advanced purchase rate which can be one of the factors for this low price but I was still very impressed. I figured that I can pay all the Kosher food and the activities straight from my room folio and prepay the hotel in advance with third-party Aspire credits. Many people might not be so comfortable doing so but I took the challenge, especially that the reward was very attractive. I emailed the hotel in the beginning asking them to charge 2 ◊ $250 and they asked me to fill up a form with the cardholder picture ID and the picture of the actual CC. I filled up everything and ask them to charge me the equivalent amount in Baht. I did it for 6 cards in total ($1500) and then the hotel told me that this is the maximum amount allowed from third parties cards.
I paid these credits between 40-45% each, which is a ridiculous amount for what I can get with them. Since I had the opportunity to get everything for cheaper, I figured I'll spoil my wife with a huge 2 story villa and a separate bedroom for our daughter for our stay. We didn't really need the 2 extra bedroom but mostly for the fact that the villa has a living room and a kitchen (and so much bigger). I emailed the hotel for an upgrade to the 2 bedrooms and they quoted me 10000 Baht inclusive. I asked them to upgrade us for 3 nights out of our 5 nights (I figured that they will be willing to give us the 2 remaining nights for free and it came out that I was right). I also need to mention that when I was prepaying by email, the hotel mentioned that in case of unused credit, they will not reimburse to the credit card but rather they will give me the money in cash with a 5% fee. I knew previously that the hotel was giving cash to their guest and then charging their credit card so this wasn't a surprise but rather a confirmation that it can work the way around (paying first [at 45%] then cashing out [at 95%]).
Because I and my wife signed up in November for the free Aspire credit card, I realized that I can basically enjoy the upgrade and the Kosher meals, etc. at a very small cost as you'll see later. (I might take off this section if readers find it too informative so enjoy it before it's gone...).

January 28th, Koh Samui.
I choose the taxi from the hotel directly and not from (the cheaper) Mr. Samui as everyone recommends on FT because it's actually cheaper with the Aspire credits that I previously loaded to my room folio (that's it, now you know why everything is charged through the hotel directly...). The cost for the ride is 1500 Baht per way or 3000 Baht round trip from the airport to the hotel inclusive (prices in this hotel could be inclusive or before charges and taxes so I'll try to make it clear every time. Usually, when it's not inclusive, it's 10% charge + 7.7% VAT +1% city tax which basically means that you need to add 18.7% on top of the gross amount). I choose the cheapest option for the hotel ride and this was already very nice, a brand new sparkling Toyota SUV with only 6000 KM on the counter!

There were cold towels and free water, as well as a good reliable Wifi (much better than my slow 2G speed from T-Mobile).

The ride to the hotel takes about an hour, there's only one road for the island which is a ring that goes around all the island. The airport is on the east side of the island (near Chabad and main beaches) and the Conrad is on the west side of the island, and basically on the opposite side. Traffic can be slow when too many trucks are on the road as the road can go uphill many times and it slowdowns trucks.
Just before arriving at the hotel the driver has to go up the hill that is very steep and narrow so 2 guards have to coordinate to let only one driver at a time go up or down. (Any driver can go up but you'll probably be very amused to drive the steep hill).

We arrived at the hotel around 2 pm and they took our passports for the check-in process. They brought us cold towels and drinks and we sat in the lobby which is located on top of the hill.

The view from the lobby (or anywhere in the hotel)

The lobby itself is open to the outside and there are few chairs and couches along the glass wall that looks at the resort and the ocean.

They also brought a lizard and a starfish toy for my daughter and she was so happy (especially that she slept so well in the car...).

Our butler was Natt and she was really great towards us the all stay as I will point out endless of time. She told me that we got room 501 as requested in the email. The reason I requested this one is that is the more isolated 2 bedroom and there's nothing to its right.

I told her that we'll appreciate if we can keep the 2 bedrooms for the remaining of the stay and she told me that she will try her best. She took us on a buggy to our room from the reception which was a short ride since the 2 bedrooms are in the high up section of the cliff.

I'm not gonna describe the villa because many here already did but let me just put here a video tour so you can all see by yourself.

Monogrammed bathtubs, pillows sleepers and bib.

She gave me her Whatsapp number and told me to ask her anything through this channel. She also gave us 8 vouchers for free drinks at Azur bar (by the pool) because of our Diamond status. (Most of the things that I'm writing here weren't new for me as I've read the whole thread in FlyerTalk about this hotel, yes the effect of surprise is nice but I like to know everything in advance and play accordingly).
Although we knew exactly how the room looks like, we were really excited just from the view. It's not just a luxury room that we felt like fancy guests, it's the magnificence of nature opening up in front of your eyes and you can see it from the garden, the living room, the master bedroom... anywhere! It filled me with emotions and excitement, I knew at this exact moment that it was all worth it. (funny story, one of the nights I posted on Instagram a lapse time of the sunset from my GoPro and someone asked me and I quote, "How did you find this specific location with amazing sunset view?" you get my point).
I was pretty amazed that it's already afternoon and we didn't feel tired after only 2 days being on another time zone (because right now, 5 days after the trip writing these lines - I'm still jetlagged...) I guess the excitement kept us awake.
At this point, the Kosher food that I ordered the day before arrived, I went to the microwave, cleaned it and boiled water for a couple of minutes then heated the food.
The way it works with the Kosher food from Chabad; the hotel offers free breakfast from Chabad for diamond members for all the guests in the villa (yes, even for my 18 months old daughter). We can order from the meat or dairy restaurant an item for each. It needs to be ordered the day before, before 11 am. Around 12 pm the shuttle from the hotel stops at Chabad and pickup the breakfast for the following day. Anything you want to order from Chabad (through the hotel or Chabad directly) can be delivered at the same time at no charge. If it's requested for another time or the driver left already, then there's an 800 Baht charge which is the same amount that the restaurant itself charges. The hotel has an older version of the meat menu and 1 or 2 items are more expensive, otherwise, it's the same prices and prices are inclusive but I don't think we got points on this kind of spending.
There's someone responsible for the 2 kitchens and he always can help via Whatsapp. I didn't pay a single time during my stay for the delivery fee and always made sure to place my order on time. When the driver was coming back around 1-2 pm, he had our lunch and dinner and also breakfast for the following day. I asked my butler to always bring us all our food straight when it arrives and not to keep it, we were then storing it in our fridge and warm it up later with the microwave.
We got that day a burger, Pad Thai and a chicken breast salad. The burger was much better than in Bangkok and my wife liked the Pad Thai and salad.

After we unpacked and enjoyed looking for the many aspects the villa has we went for an hour swim in our pool, it was relaxing and enjoyable to see our daughter having so much fun.

We went after to the Azure bar to get the free drinks and sit at the pool. We called a buggy to go to the main pool/bar and they came pretty fast. (Usually, we didn't wait more than 3-4 minutes although the hotel was at 80% occupancy.)

Because every room/villa here has its own pool, no one really hangs out in the main area unless they want to eat in the restaurant. We were in the highest season of the year (right after the Chinese new year), and it always felt empty (besides breakfast).

Back to our villa for sunset

After spending some time there we headed back to our villa and went to the shower. My daughter was already tired so I put here to sleep and she fell asleep in minutes. That was actually a big relief because I was afraid that she will feel uncomfortable in this new place and this is the first time she has her own room beside at home. Turned out that to have the 2 bedroom was a big game-changer for our 5 days. After she was sleeping and closing her doors, we basically had the whole night for ourselves. Yes, even with a baby - isn't as bad as you think...
I had to catch up with some phone calls to the US and then went to sleep for a long quiet night.

February 12, 2020, 11:28:07 PM
Re: Global entry application fee for sale Selling 1 for $15
February 13, 2020, 10:48:38 AM
Re: Bangkok, Koh Samui, Singapore and Maldives TR
How did you book it?
Why don't you read here?

February 14, 2020, 09:56:22 AM
Re: Paris Master Thread
and was very not happy to hear the guy chatting in Arabic for 2 hours straight.
You're hilarious!
not discriminating against Arabs
Apply it to yourself first...

February 19, 2020, 04:24:42 PM
Re: Tweets, Pictures, And Videos That Are Coronavirus Related This is is my favorite!
March 13, 2020, 02:57:34 PM
Re: TPG Master Thread
March 14, 2020, 09:55:40 PM
Re: How much is COVID-19 affecting your life now?
You trust them?
From the email they sent today:
"Make it easier to adjust travel plans. We know customers trying to contact us are experiencing extremely long wait times, and we are continuing to do everything possible to address your needs as we work through a solution. Our teams are currently focused on helping customers whose travel is scheduled within the next 72 hours. If your travel is further out, you may cancel or change your flight anytime before your travel date using My Trips on To allow even more flexibility, any Delta ticket expiring in March or April is being extended to enable rebooking and travel until Dec. 31, 2020. Whenever your travel may be, rest assured that all changes will be processed and applicable credits will be issued; if you donít take your flight, your ticket number automatically becomes an unused eCredit within 24 hours. We promise to resolve your issues and sincerely appreciate your patience."

March 15, 2020, 11:00:41 PM
Have point/mileage values gone down? Or is the "market" in shutdown mode?
The latter

March 16, 2020, 08:42:50 PM
Re: How much is COVID-19 affecting your life now?
March 18, 2020, 08:26:06 AM
Re: Canada closing borders to most travellers who are not citizens
Quoting from someone in Montreal who spoke to border control and said that even US citizens in Canada are not allowed to come into America and are stuck there. As for Canadian citizens, they are being allowed into Canada for now. A minor who is a US citizen can go into Canada with a parent who is a Canadian citizen. However, a spouse who is not a Canadian citizen is not able to come into Canada even with proof of marriage.
Sounds very strange that a country wouldn't allow a person to go back to his home country. Especially that they announced it to be effective the same day without prior notice. DROBC and use common sense.

March 18, 2020, 05:03:43 PM
Re: Corona virus and your shull
If I'll manage I will post later on a video that is going around on WhatsApp of the bochurim that arrived in Israel being told their status. They are basically all being moved to isolation at a hotel in Jerusalem. Each getting their own room. Anyone presenting symptoms will be moved to a medical facility. Health ministry is assuming anyone arriving from Crown Heights is positive.

All videos with the hotel tour...

March 19, 2020, 11:33:49 AM
Re: Corona virus and your shull
@dealfinder11 will tell you that it's because they closed the shuls and yeshivas...

March 19, 2020, 12:40:05 PM
Re: Shop Local!! (When it's safe to do so) So my local supermarket doesn't do delivery to "new customers" meaning ppl that never ordered online before. Yes, I always go shop myself there and never used their free service, now I can't use it when I need!
I don't feel sorry for them and I'll not shop there when it's over.

March 20, 2020, 10:45:39 AM
Re: Flights still operating (USA-Canada)?
How is my flight not cancelled between USA and Canada if border is closed? Trying to get money back from AA but they say flights is operating as scheduled.
If you're Canadian you're allowed to enter.
Border is not closed, there are restrictions to enter.

March 25, 2020, 12:00:05 PM
Re: Flights still operating (USA-Canada)?
I am a USA citizen who was supposed to travel for wedding but not going for obvious reasons. To my knowledge, the border is closed to people like me.
Yes you're denied entry if you don't have immediate family or can't quarantine.
You can also receive a travel credit regardless if you can fly or not, because all airline issued a waiver (usually only free change or future travel credit).
Now look back at your question, you asked how the flight is not cancelled since the border is closed?
The border is not closed and your flight might still fly. If you want a refund to the original payment, you'll need better than that.

March 25, 2020, 12:10:10 PM
Re: Flights still operating (USA-Canada)?
didn't realize is still open if able to self-quarantine. have any suggestions on getting a refund?
I was banking on fact that "border was closed" to get my money back.
You can definitely get a credit for future travel.

All of that assuming your flight is in the next 2-3 days, otherwise wait a bit, it will be probably cancelled.

March 25, 2020, 02:00:47 PM
Re: Tweets, Pictures, And Videos That Are Coronavirus Related .
March 25, 2020, 11:03:30 PM
Re: Corona virus and your shull
Can anyone show me where R' Chaim said not to have minyanim? All I saw that he said was about people who are either sick, or in contact with someone sick or who is supposed to be in quarantine by the health ministry. It doesn't seem that he has changed his opinion.
He didn't. Or to be more clear, no one asked him...

March 29, 2020, 01:04:16 PM
Re: Corona virus and your shull There are 2 main differences between the FAKE 'Mesirus Nefesh' of today's Minyonim and the mesirus nefesh in Russia and the Holocaust (besides the fact that it's against the Rabbonim and so against the torah).
1. Back then it was שעת השמד where the Gemara says אפי' ערקתא דמסאנא (Google it).
2. They weren't putting other ppl in danger without their knowledge (today they spread the virus beyond the Minyan)

March 30, 2020, 03:23:15 PM
Re: Maimonidies
My brother's neighbor dressed up as a doctor to check on his father. Saw patient lying on the floor. Asked the nurse what's going on? She said he didn't want to drink his water, he can stay there until lunch! Scary stuff! I hope someone has some evidence and people are held accountable.

March 30, 2020, 09:52:20 PM
Re: Corona virus and your shull

Some are making the argument,
from the day the Schools and Synagogues  were shut ,
Deaths in the religious community have heartbreakingly soared.
Because people are not learning and praying,
they are no longer protected . !
posting stupidity

March 31, 2020, 09:19:36 AM
Re: COVID-19 (Wuhan Novel Coronavirus) Pandemic Master Thread
Please post the entire article. There is a paywall. Thanks
.בשם אומרו

April 03, 2020, 11:54:55 AM
Re: Why are men passing away at a higher rate than women? Both my parents got it, my father was in bed for 2 weeks +hospitalization (now out BH), my mother was sick just for 2 days.
Usually when it's the flu, my mother is sicker than my father (by far). There's for sure something about this virus and men.

April 06, 2020, 12:01:00 PM
Re: COL video about Maimonidies, a must watch
Can someone post links?
I don't twitter.  :)
Video #2

Video #3

April 13, 2020, 09:52:55 AM
Re: COL video about Maimonidies, a must watch Ok it was on YT.

April 13, 2020, 10:19:19 AM
Re: Corona virus and your shul
They rely on the comment
All you need is a keyboard and a printer...
There's no signature so it's worthless.

April 14, 2020, 12:18:55 AM
Re: Corona virus and your shul
Did you read it? Its a psak from X years ago related to the only answer to a mageifah. X being I dont know how many years ago R' Chaim Palagi lived or for that matter who that is.
Sure, then there's that Gmara etc etc. The question is not about bringing sources but rather from a rav that give a psak for the current situation.

April 14, 2020, 12:25:24 AM
Re: Corona virus and your shul
Every one should seek their own halachik guidance from their posek. Even in Lakewood their are some that differ in pesak.

Imagine someone would force you to listen to their rabbi or church leader.

Why is it so hard for some to live with the fact that others will make decisions in life [even life threatening] that you don't necessarily agree with.
The guy had ppl in his front yard coming. He can at least have a say on his property...

April 14, 2020, 06:06:47 PM
Re: Halachik Status of Illegitimate Minyanim
Lakewood Psak was NOT because of safety. It clearly states because of איבה.

Why do we read stories of people who sacrificed their lives not to eat horse meat in the Holocaust. We call them heroes. Nobody says ahhh but וחי בהם......

Follow your Rabbi and stop knocking other rabonim period. We will never have the geula with all this hate.
It was already explained before the difference; שעת השמד

April 16, 2020, 09:36:39 PM
Re: Mazel Tov!!! Mazel tov @jj1000 for the triplets!
April 16, 2020, 09:50:38 PM
Re: Air routes suspended due to virus
Anyone know what's considered a "significant schedule change" that the DoT requires a refund?  My Air Canada CAN-US flight was changed by 12 hours from Sunday evening to Sunday morning. (They are not canceling flight)

My flight was changed by 12 hours.
Is that considered a significant schedule change that requires them to refund?


April 17, 2020, 01:46:10 PM
Re: Tweets, Pictures, And Videos That Are Coronavirus Related
not at all. Didnít see that part
Yea... I wonder what bothers him more, the business going down or people offering him money...
There are videos going around, ppl are buying from him meals for soldiers to give him some business but he used to give for free for IDF so it's a big pain for him too.
In one video you can see a full parking lot with ppl coming to buy a falafel (with social distancing), that's what he really aimed to.

April 20, 2020, 08:05:01 PM
Re: American Express SPG Luxury
can you put up a link for the g.c. On their website, I canít find it

April 21, 2020, 07:39:21 PM