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Trip Reports / Re: zow’s Panama TR 2019 🇵🇦
« on: January 21, 2020, 11:03:14 AM »
Part 9: Day 7, Shabbat

We initially had two rooms at the Sortis -- one on 5 and one on 18. The higher floors are so-called “Elite,” I guess because they provide better views.  We had wanted to be on the same floor as our girls to facilitate Shabbat logistics, but we were told at check -n that nothing would be available until Friday. (Some big convention all week at the hotel.) When Friday afternoon came around, we actually leveraged a complaint from two days prior (our girls had been told they couldn’t use the pool late one afternoon due to a private function...there had been no such posting or notice about it) to get ourselves moved to a suite.  Unfortunately the suite wasn’t available on same floor, but we decided it would be fine being separated. 

The stairways have motion-sensitive lights and an alarmed door on the lobby level. The staff said they could turn the alarm off for a period of time if they knew when I was going to be coming down on Saturday morning, but they couldn’t put lights on all the time -- had to remain motion-sensitive, so we didn’t use.  I told front desk staff that we would not be able to carry key or ID on Shabbat and would need someone to accompany us in elevator to return to our room on Friday night and Saturday afternoon.  That worked out fine.  On Saturday morning, we just waited by the elevator for other guests to come and use it to go down to the lobby and tagged along with them.   The entrance to the hotel has electric doors but also has adjacent manual doors that worked fine.

We davened at Beth El (Ashkenazi) both Friday night and Saturday morning. Friday night was nice, had a little dancing after Lecha Dodi, brief dvar Torah from Rabino Laine (in Spanish, of course… I didn’t follow most of it), and then a beautiful dinner at the home of Rabino and  Rebbetzin Laine, along with two other (local) families.

Saturday morning, the davening was a little slow and long for my taste. Most of the sluggishness was during the Torah service, lots of hugging and downtime between aliyot, and Rabino (or, once, one of the other rabbis in the community) spoke for 5-8 minutes between each aliyah, rather than having a full-length dvar torah.   Seemed to me to drag a bit.  I also found that there was quite a bit of talking among the kahal during much of the service, especially after Aleinu.

We had lunch at the shul. Apparently they have lunch there every Shabbat, and our experience was typical. They ask for a donation (in advance, obviously) of $20-25 pp. The meal was excellent. Salads, chicken, brisket, cholent, dessert.  There wasn’t much alcohol -- pretty limited to the Rabino’s table -- but that was fine.

We walked back to the Sortis, and after getting out of our sweaty Shabbos clothes, we hung out by the pool for about three hours. We then returned to the room, had a little Seudah Shlishit, davened maariv, made havdalah, and then went to Kava.  After dinner, we Ubered to Casco Viejo, had yogurt again at Forever (because the more proximally located yogurt places were already closed for the evening), and walked around for a bit.  Took a while to get an Uber back to the hotel from there -- kind of congested with traffic, which must be an Uber disincentive -- but eventually got back fine.  Three of the four of us seem to have gotten some minor food poisoning from Kava, possibly from a side of spicy mayo, though not certain -- thankfully nothing serious.
arriving Thursday night and don’t think I will have time on Friday to bring passport to shul, is there an email or something where I can send them my copies? Also re shabbos meals can I rely on getting a meal Friday night for dw & kid ?

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Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Panama Master Thread
« on: January 20, 2020, 06:04:51 PM »
planning a trip to PTY and would like to stay Sunday-Wednesday on island, supposedly Caribbean side is nicer (San blas) but am open to Contadora etc. can anyone share experiences with any decent hotels ?   also Uber vs car rental ($2 per day!) ? travelling on more of a budget so not planning on hiring tour guides unless necessary.... 

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Panama ? @Denverite

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Credit Cards / Re: Misc Credit Card Questions
« on: January 15, 2020, 12:59:25 PM »
Downgraded csp to vanilla sapphire now I want to refer p2 and a still have a link saved (link works) question is will I still get the 15 k referral  points ?

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On The Road / Re: Car Rental Corporate Codes Roundup
« on: January 05, 2020, 08:25:23 PM »
Any codes for thrifty ? Need underage

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Tech Talk / Re: App that scans handwriting
« on: November 24, 2019, 07:10:46 PM »
It does?! How?
https://lens.google.com/ the lens button on the bottom middle on iPhone

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Tech Talk / Re: App that scans handwriting
« on: November 24, 2019, 05:30:44 PM »
Google photos does that among other things...

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Trip Reports / Re: Alaska - 8 days - August 2019
« on: November 20, 2019, 09:12:48 PM »
Wow!! Really appreciate the time you took to post all the resources

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Credit Cards / Re: 500 UR For Using Contactless
« on: November 20, 2019, 03:13:52 PM »
email   says its automatic  no need to sign up
probably targeted

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Credit Cards / Re: 500 UR For Using Contactless
« on: November 20, 2019, 03:08:40 PM »
Get 500 UR for using card 3 time min $1.75 purchase nov 20-dec 31
Link ?

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Credit Cards / Re: Chase Debit Card Transactions
« on: November 19, 2019, 10:37:27 AM »
I raised mine from $1000 but it's still below my average daily balance.
i don’t remember the exact wording of the rule, could be average of the past 30 days...there still is a limit though, I doubt they will let you withdraw huge amounts via ATM

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Credit Cards / Re: Chase Debit Card Transactions
« on: November 19, 2019, 10:15:42 AM »

I went to a branch and they raised the daily limit on the spot.
Daily limit on ATM withdrawals is $1000 or the average daily balance On the account, I have tried raising mine multiple times through the phone ,through my banker and the rule cannot be broken. Via tellerr you can usually withdraw all your money unless it’s held for check or a bill pay

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Just Shmooze / Re: Random questions.
« on: November 18, 2019, 10:22:55 PM »
Anyone know how much Chase charges to stop payment on a check?
GIYF $25

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Goods For Sale/Trade / Re: US mint Coin deal
« on: November 13, 2019, 10:56:59 PM »
What about using PayPal on tomorrow deal ? 5% on chase

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