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Looking for a getaway from east coast in August for me and wife, would be nice if resort has private pools or perhaps just a great island with villa rentals. Just want 3-4 days and direct flights from NYC area
Thank you

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Dubai Master Thread
« on: March 10, 2013, 01:41:33 PM »
Noticed some people had some trip reports but figured would be helpful opening a new master thread...

I have a 20 hour stop over.. curious as to whats recommended.. I'm definitely going for some early morning skiing...  looking for a safe market to buy some purim costumes.. what else is really neat?

What else is recommeded? land at 8am and leave at 4am... flying EK first (4 legs) happy to hear some feedback as well how the meals are... I'm on 2 380s and 2 777's

Has anyone Jewish looking gone? Thanks

Goods For Sale/Trade / $770 Shaitel credit for $600
« on: February 04, 2013, 01:42:51 PM »
My wife is in NY til tomorrow night and is looking to sell a $770 credit at Shaina wigs for $600..

If you're interested pls msg me...

Ok, So I recently got approved for two citi cards and amex platinum.

Have some spending plans, wanted to check if any of them are risky.

1. my landlord is willing to take rent from me using paypal, can I send him $1400 through paypal using my Citi card? Will citi flag it? is it risky? will it give them reason to look into my finances? (how much percent do I lose?)

2. I want to order 2 unlocked iphones and ipad mini from apple. want to charge it to my new amex (I have other amexes with them for long time) total cost about $2000, is there any risk that it's high unusual spend that I have to worry about? FR? I would ship to different address but call amex in advance to add it as additional address.

Thansk and sorry if this is a repeat...

Just Shmooze / Challah Board - Any good suggestions?
« on: August 03, 2012, 05:53:56 AM »
The cheap Chinese knives keep breaking, the boards get messy and don't last.. the nicest onces I guess are the glass but they get wet or crumbs under and it's impossible to clean (or you clean and it gets rusty or something)

Anyone have any good suggestions? looking for something top quality that will last and is nice..


General Discussion / Getting Scuba license, PADI vs SSI
« on: May 01, 2012, 09:20:22 AM »
I'm planning on getting the open water license..

I would rather learn the theory at home so I save some time when I travel. SSI offers it online free of charge while PADI charged for e-learning.. any disadvantage to getting SSI? Anyone familiar?

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Maldives Master Thread
« on: May 01, 2012, 09:15:36 AM »
Going to the Maldives in June.. I noticed there isn't a thread dedicated to this so I figured worth starting one.

I am going biz with Qatar and returning biz via SIN-ICN-SFO (2 singapore business legs, and ICN-SFO on united biz)

I'm having a hard time deciding on resort.. We're taking our 1yr old there... so I'm probably not interested in Over Water, probably interested in beach villa.

I want a resort which is on the quieter side, where we won't see too many people.. very picturesque and decent house reef.

Another point, I leave MLE at 11:30pm... so I probably want one of the resorts accessible by speed boat, as that way I can stay at resort until late and arrive at airport just before flight.. if I need sea plane they can't guarantee schedule and they can send you at noon or 1pm and you're stuck at the airport..

I am open to considering the Conrad Rangali as they said there's a good chance I can take a late plane out at 5pm or so.. if anyone has been there would love to here how private the villas are...

Lots of great hotel options so very hard to chose. Currently my best options seems to be the Coco Palm Bodu Hithi as all their rooms have private pools and seem very spacious. I may consider a night in the over water, as it's somewhat bigger than others I've seen (and traveling with a baby you need room...)

Once I decide on hotel I'll check what food options I have.. I would have liked bringing wine, but customs are super strict and I hear no chance of getting any alcohol in.

If anyone has any tips or pointers please let me know.

An advantage to taking a place within speed boat distance you save about $250-350 per person on transfer, and you can use that towards your room.

For anyone wondering, the Hyatt is suppose to be a very nice island, it's a schlep however. You need to take a DOMESTIC flight from Male, and only after that a speed boat.. Transfer is about $500.. Also accommodations didn't seem quite as luxurious as other places I've been looking at. The island itself seems very nice..

A note on when I'm going: I've had great luck with off season traveling.. I've been all over SEAsia during off season months and it's really worth it. Places are quiet, weather has been great, and price is normally less than half...

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