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Where can I get it? (Israel edition) I figured this would be a good idea for those living here or visiting for help finding hard to find products or any products for that matter.

September 09, 2014, 01:12:01 PM
Re: How To Pronounce DO? What Does It Mean?

JS, I can understand - it's a fetid cesspool of unvarnished linguistic manure, with lots of useless drivel and post-padding.
Very vivid description

April 01, 2015, 02:07:40 AM
Re: Evolution and the age of the universe

There are so many that I will need to sort them to find the best.
Still waiting. ...
Are you posting them?

April 12, 2015, 06:06:40 AM
85,000 hilton points with Amex HHonors Surpass card link
$3000 in 3 months
annual fee not waived
HT: Doc

June 16, 2015, 05:51:09 AM
Re: Reduce USA -> TLV flights by $415

And the vets were once noobs.
And sometimes still are

August 26, 2015, 01:31:05 PM
Re: Bali [Live]

but I have my own little secret forests where there are many more monkeys but not a single human.

October 16, 2015, 08:45:53 AM
Re: Hat Tip Leaderboard

ETA: I have 92. Need to update that number though :). Should be well over 1,000.
Remember that Amazon gold box deals don't count

November 10, 2015, 04:33:17 PM
Re: Thailand Master Thread

(Bear back riding, cleaning, feeding etc)
Went riding on a bears back? Cool!
Anytime you wanna clean crap give me a call and you can change my kids diapers, I'll charge you less also

December 16, 2015, 01:24:41 PM
Re: Sri Lanka Master Thread
Would also like to know as I am possibly going to be planning a trip there.
I'm going in a month

March 02, 2016, 04:36:38 PM
Re: Where can i get it? (israel edition)
You might want to do that. His waiters are good. However, they may be booked for Purim. In addition, they will not work for just an hour or two
Would need at least 5 hrs. Don't need good waiters, need good people.

March 13, 2016, 07:56:19 AM
New Years in Sri Lanka. I woke up way to and headed to the airport at 6am. My excitement was very slightly dampened when checking out the weather where I was and the weather where I was going.

 The Check in agent couldn't print me out a boarding pass for the AMM-AUH-CMB legs on EY for some reason.  25 minutes later I was in the Dan lounge, (nothing changed, the same substandard, mediocre lounge it always was.) 
More frustrating then waking up early for a flight is waking up early for a flight and then it getting delayed  :( though in this case it wasn't so bad as I had a 5 hr stopover waiting for me in AMM and I was fine missing part of that. 45 minutes after the original departure time I boarded and was in for a surprise when I saw they changed the usually scheduled train with wings to a lie-flat 787 :).

Soon after settling in I took my camera out of my carry-on to take some pics. I immediately had a stewardess come over to me and seductively whisper in my ear "are you going to be taking pictures of me"? Taken aback she then reworded it as a statement that I may not take pictures of the cabin or crew. The rest of the 1:15 that I was trapped in that tube with the 20 minutes I was actually in the air was otherwise uneventful and nonsexual. The cabin had 2-2-2 seating and felt extremely spacious and open, it just felt a little less private than lots of other configurations.  From my seat I was able to view the screen of basically every other seat which contributed to the lack of privacy feeling, other than that it was quite decent. The Doona I had purchased right before this trip was an absolute lifesaver and is one of the greatest travel inventions of all time.

Upon landing in AMM I was told by transfer desk that they also cannot provide an EY boarding pass and they would need to send an agent to the ticketing counter that was before security for me, but alas they only open 3 hrs before departure which was still an hr away. In the meanwhile I was stranded in the 20 ft wide arrivals hall with a toilet and a hard steel bench, (a little touch of NY airports :D ). Half hour later when it came out I was flying business they immediately changed tunes and an agent walked me past security and to the lounge where he then disappeared for way to long with my passport to procure my passes and check me in. The lounge was decently large and overlooked the entire terminal. Had an empty room of daybeds where I rested until time for boarding the next flight.

AMM-CMB was operated by EY A330 with lie-flats seats and had a full business class.

Good thing I boarded early as it took the flight attendant 15 minutes to connect the car seat.  The cabin had a 1-2-1 configuration which for some reason felt cramped yet more private.

There was no human meal served although they did provide Stogel cat food in case I brought my pet along. Since when are Muslims not allowed to eat Kosher? Maybe they realize that if they serve this to them the UN will jump up with claims of Zionistic mistreatment of Muslims.

 On second thought, I actually may have found something edible.

Cabin crew was very nice and extremely child friendly. There was no jet-bridge so we had that dreaded airport bus waiting for us. It was surprisingly pleasant and smooth with no waiting. Usually I absolutely hate them and would avoid airports and carriers that use them as the standing in smelly, seat less cattle cars waiting for yet another soul to be crammed in has the ability to ruin my experience.

AUH airport is immaculately spotless and well kept. I cringe every time I fly into the states and experience the subpar, pay $6 to rent a cart, $12 for WiFi, rundown infrastructure and rude CS .
There are huge 3 ft wide screens all over the airport with flight info, shop locations, and turn by turn directions to your gate or lounge.

I headed to the Etihad lounge in terminal 3. Its quite expansive and aesthetically pleasing . There are showers, spa, barber, salon.... They provide a short complimentary treatment for all passengers. There is a fully stocked kids room where people were leaving their kids with the attendants. My stopover passed quickly and I was off to my final leg.
I missed the business airport bus so was forced to endure a not brief enough reminder of why I fly premium. Aircraft was EY A320 with recliner seats in 2-2.

 Was 1:30 from boarding until takeoff. With a child this down time is by far the worst for me. As much as I hate it we lived to tell the tale.  60 seconds of grumpiness and my kid fell asleep. I tossed and turned before waking up to the same non-edible excuse of a meal. Upon landing in CMB it took a couple minutes to get through a joke of a passport control and headed into the duty free which for some reason is by arrivals. I was never under the impression that large appliances are a big seller by duty free although apparently here they are. 9 out of 10 shops were washing machines, ovens, fridges....strange.

 I found my driver waiting for me and picked up a Sim card for 1300Rs/$10 for a month with 5gb data and a bunch of minutes. There are a bunch of different kiosks in arrivals to pick up a Sim including ones that come free with some service that they hope you fill up at one of the million shops selling them around Sri Lanka ( funny thing, everyone has cars vehicles but gas stations are few and far between. No one has phones yet every other store sells sim cards and top-ups.)but at that price I just looked for the best which seemed to be Dialog. They only accept cash so go to the ATM prior. Walking out of the airport the humidity hit me like a truck. Below I have included a pie-chart I made to better illustrate the discomfort.

To hopefully be continued.....

April 17, 2016, 02:22:47 PM
Re: Really awesome appliance deals!
But still not enough to meet your threshold of disclosing the "smoking gun evidence" of who they are, right?
Are you my wife? Please dont put words in my mouth.

May 23, 2016, 10:28:33 AM
Re: Amsterdam Master Thread I concede that a TR will not be forthcoming so I wrote up a couple brief lines about my quick trip to Amsterdam a couple days ago.

Getting around.
Walk, its beautiful.
There are car lanes in the bike paths.
Taxis drivers drive cars, cool people drive Vespas, everyone else rides a bike.
Taxis from the airport are a thieving 50 each way. Avoid the highway robbery and pre-book for a third of that.

Andaz Hotel.
Wonderfully quirky, from the most unconventionally designed hotels I have been in. 
I would rate it a minimum 8/10. Only negative I had was lack of view.
Great Central location, 20 min from the airport and 5-20 minute walk to all activities and attractions.

Pizza and Co is a pizza store, its a pizza store with good pizza, but it's a pizza store, it also doesn't take CC so it's a decent pizza store that doesn't take CC.
HaBaron is right next door to the pizza store and the small kosher grocery. Small and basic menu but remarkably  phenomenal food. They take CC and charge for water.

Rijksmuseum is a vast collection of art in a vast building with a vast amount of humans.  Even if you despise art, paintings, and history there is still enough to keep you occupied for at least 9 minutes - taking into account a 3 minute bathroom break.

Anne Frank House was underwhelming and over-hyped. Blows my mind that people wait on line for 3 hrs to get in there. I guess when the book is mandatory reading for every student worldwide it holds plants interest and is intriguing to some. Viewing the wraparound line was a better use of my time. Buy tickets in advance or skip it.

Portuguese Synagogue is nice for a quick visit. A lot of info packed in there.

Heineken Experience was surprisingly interesting and fun. It's the first time I remember that it actually took me the full recommended time (1 1/2 hrs) to walk through it all. it baffles my puny mind every time I go to an attraction where people took the time to research and determine they wanted to do it but not to pre-book tickets. It isn't rocket science.

There are boat tours on every corner, no need to prebook. Easier than booking a cab or ordering a gourmet stain of cannabis.

Is crowded like NYC - but not quite.
Locals are outgoing and  friendly like the Irish - but not quite.
Has canals and is romantically charming like Venice - but not quite.
Has quaint and picturesque designed streets and buildings like Prague - but not quite.
Overall a wonderful choice for a shortish vacation of one to 3 days. Unless your an art snob in which case you should only buy a one way ticket.

July 06, 2016, 03:31:21 PM
Re: Shabbaton DO Master Thread
I can give the sermon
And for that reason I'm out.

August 07, 2016, 07:46:55 PM
Re: Brooklyn Restaurants
Good shwarma in brooklyn?
Olympic pita unless it changed recently.

September 13, 2016, 04:09:35 PM
Re: America's Got Talent I personally dont think standard singing acts should have a place on this show. There are enough platforms dedicated to that.
September 15, 2016, 02:52:00 PM
Re: Manhattan Kosher Restaurants
+1, only 2 solid dairy places in NYC, Noi Due and Basil.
Basil tends to be a subpar dining experience.

September 19, 2016, 07:31:23 PM
Re: Where Are You Posting From Now?
Upon the Golden Thrown

Giving out a Like to the person who knows what I'm talking about

Hint it's worth $2,000,000

September 21, 2016, 04:36:36 PM
Re: Acronyms Thread for the Uninitiated
Some members here.

October 05, 2016, 05:27:53 PM
Re: 2016 Election Pick Your Poison Master Thread
Assange claims to have more stuff.
Don't see what he's gaining holding off so long.
Unless news breaks that she fathered a child with Stalin named Osama no news will do much damage to Hillary.

October 10, 2016, 03:02:38 PM
Re: In A Tight Spot - Looking For Some Insight
Hi there,

I am currently in a bit of a bind.
I have numerous Chase credit cards as well as some from other banks that have all recently come due with their annual fees.
I have paid the fees in the past simply because I wasn't interested in hassling.
This was not the most responsible decision as I could not afford to pay the fees and most of the cards I barely use.
I understand that one can downgrade in certain  scenarios such as with the Saph Preferred to Reg Saph.
With these cards however, such as the Chase BA card and Chase Hyatt card, there is no lower tier card to downgrade to.
In a perfect world I would love to keep the cards and have them in my pocket in case I need to use one of the benefits, but realistically I cannot simply absorb the cost this time around.
Other than losing the benefits for a rainy day, I am most concerned about closing the cards, losing the credit, and thereby hurting my overall credit score.
So - other than calling and trying to waive the fees by begging (which I am really not in the mood of doing) what are my best courses of action?
Are there specific tactics one can use if I call where I would avoid begging but still convince them to maintain the cards through a waiver of the fee?
Would they be open to shifting all my credit lines to other cards?

I understand this post may have been a bit long winded but I wanted to ensure that I covered all the bases.
Thank you for reading and I would truly appreciate any advice.
Shifting credit before closing is easy.

October 11, 2016, 04:01:06 AM
Re: Boycott Kaporas?

45 dollars each=180. 

That's not expensive. Thats highway robbery.

October 11, 2016, 09:50:52 AM
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October 12, 2016, 02:35:58 PM
Re: Hertz Vouchers
I just made a hertz discussion whatsapp group please join if interested
There prob wasn't a need to triple post.

October 20, 2016, 09:58:59 AM
Re: Design Hotels brand to join SPG
not clear if participating totally or even if every hotel in their brand will.
potentially would be two new boutique hotels in Israel.  they pretty much all look great
One in Israel joined last week. Elma Arts in Zichron Ya'akov.

HT: @Moish

October 22, 2016, 02:30:17 PM
Re: DDF Members Sukkah Pictures
Because that's their minhag. Do you ask why about everything you do in yidishkeit?
Yes, and your entitled to.

October 23, 2016, 02:55:13 AM
Asia on a whim I'm writing this from the lounge in TLV. I should be doing  more productive things like arranging a driver or accommodations. I literally booked this flight 3 hrs before heading to the airport on a whim. I have nothing at all planned. I was counting on the WiFi that KE apparently doesn't have to book a hotel for when I land.

This isn't much of a TR start nor is it intended to be but I'm hoping this will push me to actually finish a TR for once.

October 25, 2016, 03:04:27 PM
Re: Appliance Repair Thread -- Any Technicians Here?

My memoir frost free freezer suddenly stopped running. Any ideas?
Maybe buy it a new pair of sneakers.
Sorry, I had to.

October 31, 2016, 12:16:17 AM
Re: Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem
if WAJ is only showing premium room availability (points at 183k) for the shabbos i want will that prevent me from trying to use a weekend night certificate from HHonors Reserve?
Did you try calling?  Occasionally there is some availability that doesn't show online.

November 03, 2016, 03:10:48 PM
Re: Hypothetical MS scenario/question
More and more this place is reaching new lows
like the overreacting of members when they think everything belongs in one thread?

November 22, 2016, 08:13:37 AM
Re: Hypothetical MS scenario/question
The place is starting to look like Reddit.
Yup. Full of crotchety, snappy, irascible, fedora wearing supervisors.

November 22, 2016, 08:19:48 AM
Cane yesterday. Thanks OP
Is the baby still a baby?

November 23, 2016, 08:24:31 AM
Re: Israel Master Thread: Things To Do, Places To Eat
Then I agree with your sentiment.
To explain, I am not a hater. Some of my friends are more religious than me regarding כשרות and therefore it can be a challenge finding a place suitable for our party. There is nothing wrong with the חרידים but like all, they aren't a perfect bunch. In turn, there is nothing wrong with wanting to get away from that  for a bit. But overall I feel the the positives outweigh the negatives with this group. Having explained all of that, do you have a place for us that matches the posted above criteria?
So let me get this straight, you agree with my hateful comment, then say you're not a hater, then proceed to defend the hate. I think I know your type.

Either way Haburganim on Paran in Ramat Eshkol. I don't think the Charedi vibes are to overwhelming and disturbing there.

November 27, 2016, 06:08:33 AM
Re: Website Hosting

I just purchased another 4 domains yesterday from Google Domains for that reason.
Namesilo is cheaper and also free privacy.

November 30, 2016, 07:01:16 AM
A quick getaway to the "Red City". A cliff notes TR of Marrakech. This trip was over a year ago so im having trouble remembering all details offhand and I dont have many pictures without me in then but after a couple requests i figured it may help some. Feel free to ask any other questions.

There are other routes or methods of travel I could have taken but to me this is one of the coolest airports and the only flight out of GIB that doesn't go to the UK is to Morocco so thats what I booked. GIB is a small, quaint airport that functions as an airport and no more. There are open air balconies overlooking the only runway and road  and facing the rock which was a great way to relax until the flight.
The main road cuts directly across the runway

Every time a plane lands the barriers go down and a street cleaner truck goes over the whole area in case of trash thrown from car windows. The airport isnt so busy but I was there during peak so I got to witness it quite a bunch.
Finally my Royal Air Maroc flight landed and I was off to CAS airport.

The airport terminal itself in CAS is quite small yet it seemed like we were taxiing for a ridiculously long time on both arrival and departure.
RAM business class actually looks pretty decent

Yea right, I wish! The cabin was the standard fake J. This is one of those flights that boggles my mind wondering how it exists. There def is string pulling keeping it going. There were less than 15 people on board and the Moroccan Jew on the flight who said he flies it often said its more full then hes ever seen.

 One of my main travel pet peeves which really annoys me is getting on a bus to get transported to/from the aircraft. I'm fine with walking across the airport but absolutely can't stand busing it, even though the business bus was infinitely more humane, so for starters this airport annoyed me.
 It was the 3rd flight of the day and my son finally fell asleep after being extremely overtired and cranky. As soon as I boarded the flight headed to RAK though, the steward decided that I had paid for parenting classes along with my ticket. He grabbed him out of my wife's hands and dramatically proceeded to show us how we are really supposed to properly hold him. I was literally begging him to stop as he violently woke my kid up and had him crying but to no avail. He had a remarkable resemblance to borat and sounded like him also. I was convinced that this was all a joke and I was on some hidden camera TV show and I was gonna leave with a new car or home remake-over  but alas it was simply an individual who's mind ran on a different frequency then most other humans.
Not a soul was in "business class" but the flight attendants had to make a large demonstration of closing the curtain between Y and J after takeoff. Economy was barely half full. It was a short walk from the plane to the terminal where the head of arrival security was waiting with my name on a card. I was directed into a small entirely empty and random arrivals lounge to fill out the arrival forms and was escorted through the diplomat line. The agents are extremely slow and not so helpful, (I heard they work for Iberia in their free time). I gave them all 3 of our passports and they were taken back like I just did something shocking and illegal. They made me take then back and slowly processed them one by one. I can't imagine that the people in back of the regular line waited under 1-2 hours. They don't give out forms on the plane and there are no signs by arrivals telling you to fill them out and where to get them nor are there any chances of finding or borrowing a pen so people wait on line, get told its not filled out then wait again. There was no no business class lines or any lines for that matter.
I got my baggage, withdrew money from the ATM, separated from my airport escort (after a tip of course) and met up with my driver who was waiting to take me to the Le Meridian.
To (hopefully) be continued...

December 04, 2016, 08:12:20 AM
Re: A quick getaway to the "Red City". A cliff notes TR of Marrakech. The Le meridian Marrakech is a strange mashup between a 5 star resort and a college dorm. While the lobby was inviting

and the grounds were relatively expansive and well kept,

the actual rooms felt drab, more dated than Freddie and unkempt with sparse furnishings.

My window view

My welcome amenity

Nonetheless at a Cat 2 SPG it was a great value ( It has since gone down to a Cat 1 making it a even more lucrative).
  The streets of Marrakech are a larger hazard than any Zika virus. Crossing the street is  a two person job, one to cross the street and one to pick up the pieces. There are almost no lights, stop signs, or order. Cars share the streets with tuk tuks, scooters, horses, donkeys and other sorts of fast erratically moving projectiles with the potential to change your bodily shape. Street marking are merely suggestions and Moroccans do not listen to suggestions.
Taxis were easy to flag down and were all  tuned into radio stations playing an eclectic mix of Muslim prayer calls and modern American pop songs,

   We headed to Majorelle Gardens for a respite from the hectic streets. It was mainly desert plants and was eerily relaxing and a sort of oasis from the crazy streets right outside. Its a different world in there.

  We spotted neon lights on the top floors of the mall across the street from the Le meridian and went to investigate. It turned out to be a new arcades and indoor kids amusement park. Was creepily empty with litteraly not a soul there besides 2 dozen workers just constantly sweeping the already sparkling white tiled floor. It was surprisingly nice and fun with some pretty cool games.
  There is a water and light show directly outside the mall, I believe it was on a 15 min circuit. The actual mall was brand new so parts were still under construction but there were some cool stores there. Like this Apple certified location that was selling android phones

To be continued....

December 05, 2016, 08:31:40 AM
Re: A quick getaway to the "Red City". A cliff notes TR of Marrakech. In the morning I went to check out Ben Youssef Madrasa, Its a tremendous 14th century Islamic school. The history didn't interest me as much as the ancient and intricately detailed architecture.

Decided to go for a camel ride as this guy we found hanging around the corner near the hotel looked cute and irresistible, dont you think so?

Jemaa el-Fnaa is a cacophony of lights, sounds, and smell. This is the main town square where hundreds of vendors and thousands of people crowd every day and night. Night and day are two different experiences, going shortly before sunset should help you experience both.
Dozens of food carts and pop up restaurants sell all sorts of grilled edibles and spices

(and non really edibles)

while countless juice carts all selling the same product vie for your business.

Colorful water sellers

and costumed entertainers roam the area somewhat aggressively looking for handouts while monkey abusers and snake "charmers" stage photo ops for a couple dirhams.

There are  other creatures too.

Acrobats, fire eaters, and boxing shows all compete for the crowds and tips.
Seasoned storytellers hold ever growing audiences rapt while they give over tales of traditional legends.

There are games such as this where you have to hook a bottle with a ring on a fishing rod. The reward is the bottle and the cost to play is more than that.

And then theres this guy who simply has a scale and a flashlight.

He looks old and wise though so i'm sure he has a plan.

I told myself I wasn't really going to spend any money or be conned into buying something I dont need, but somehow I walked out of there with a full goat skin/fur that felt and smelled straight off his neighbor Ahmeds goat. Its a year later and after trying every option to get rid of the odor it now smells like Febreeze, Dr Scholls, leather treater, bleach.....and freaken goats!

Too be continued....

December 05, 2016, 03:06:41 PM
Re: looking for cheapest place to print yard signs 18x24
anyone have experience?
Go around collecting all the non needed Hillary ones and put your own wording on them with something like this.

December 05, 2016, 04:32:51 PM
Re: A quick getaway to the "Red City". A cliff notes TR of Marrakech.
Cool start, keep it up!

Nice start! Keep going.

Wow, that's quite a start!

LOL, very well written piece. Great pictures, too.

a TR is worth a thousand posts! very interesting so far.

Nice TR so far! Looking forward to seeing more (hopefully).

Epic report, kept me laughing throughout.


December 06, 2016, 01:58:52 AM
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December 06, 2016, 09:03:03 AM
Re: Best way to hit the spending limits in first 3 months?
New user here and trying to figure out the best way to hit the spending limits for my first 2 new cards in order to get the bonuses.
send your wife to the mall.

December 06, 2016, 02:51:20 PM
Re: China: Wearing Yarmulka; Bringing in Food
Planning first trip to China. Two interesting questions:

1. Is it safe to wear a yarlmulka or is a hat necessary/recommended? 

2. What types of food, if any, can be brought in?

No one knows what a yarmulka is.

December 06, 2016, 05:25:35 PM
Re: Best one-liners
Maybe @TimT can help me find the post where I described being traumatized by sriracha sauce at a kosher restaurant where I ordered extra spicy orange chicken and they just gave me a scoop of the regular orange chicken and squirted sriracha on top.

December 08, 2016, 10:38:30 AM
Re: Great DDF One-Liners
Is there a "worst of DDF"?
Yup. JS.

December 08, 2016, 06:02:46 PM
Re: Cheapest Way TLV to Jerusalem?
After calliing bar ilan,they told me they didnt have anyone available, so with 2 adults , a baby,4 suitcases, 2 carry ons, and a stroller, I went with regular Nesher. They charged me 250 shek (65$). was a breeze...
They overcharged you. Can get a private taxi for that. A nesher costs 65 shek per person.

December 08, 2016, 07:22:19 PM
Re: Anglos In Jerusalem/ Community Resources
Hi, I hope this thread isn't superfluous. Creating a thread for Americans living in Yerushalayim. Ramat Eshkol,Maalot Dafna, Sanhedria/Murchevet etc... for any help, tips info etc..
There kind of already are threads.

December 10, 2016, 04:13:46 PM
Re: Brooklyn Restaurants
I'm at the court building on 360 Adams, any kosher food in the area ?
Depends. Did you bring any?

December 12, 2016, 12:10:59 PM
Re: Airbnb Amex 50 off 100
Any one wants Airbnb Giftcards at 17% please PM me. I have $2000 Airbnb giftcards. I can send them in few minutes.
Alternatively you can buy them for 20% off with GCM.

December 12, 2016, 12:49:29 PM
Re: 1 year fast hosting + 24h support + free .com/.net/.org/ etc for $1 !
Godaddy is really really bad.
No idea how they got to be so popular.
Lack of clothing can make anyone popular.

December 14, 2016, 04:51:33 AM
Re: DDF DO: Jerusalem Edition
Shuk fri I know a nice place for cigars & beer
Beer is for females, cigars are for old men, Friday is for those that don't make shabbos, and shuk is far.

December 14, 2016, 07:52:24 AM