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Goods For Sale/Trade / Re: Dell Gift Card Sales
« on: March 31, 2014, 08:33:04 AM »
I have $225 for sale. Best offer takes it.

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Deals/Deal Requests / Re: Windows 7 Professional licence keys $40
« on: March 30, 2014, 04:06:43 PM »
Gateway nv570p

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Deals/Deal Requests / Re: Windows 7 Professional licence keys $40
« on: March 30, 2014, 03:22:01 PM »
can this be installed on a laptop with windows 8?

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Deals/Deal Requests / Re: Charles Tyrwhitt Master Thread
« on: February 13, 2014, 11:39:10 AM »
CTSHIRTS.COM/ARRON
$39.50/shirt with free tie, with shipping in the US it comes to under $50.

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Deals/Deal Requests / Re: Nestle water 24 pack 16.9 oz for $2
« on: January 13, 2014, 01:39:41 PM »
Staples is limiting me to only 2 cases.

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On The Road / Re: $30 - All Inclusive in Puerto Plata, DR
« on: December 25, 2013, 09:11:01 AM »
Joe,  so it cost you 15-1600 just for the stay and an additional $99/ppd for the food?

I thought it was all inclusive?
Yes but the villa had 3 bedrooms and the price doesnt go up per person. They have 6 and 7 bedroom villas as well for not much more.

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On The Road / Re: $30 - All Inclusive in Puerto Plata, DR
« on: December 25, 2013, 08:25:02 AM »
You can tell pom when you want each meal. They'll print it on each meal with heating instructions and the hotel can heat it up and serve it to you anywhere.

Far cheaper, far better, far more flexible.
What do pom meals cost?

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On The Road / Re: $30 - All Inclusive in Puerto Plata, DR
« on: December 24, 2013, 03:49:00 PM »
I agree and have done that at all inclusive resorts before. However, there is something to be said about not having to worry about food and being wined and dined like all the other guests, not to mention having a shul with a possibility for a minyan over shabbos.

Great Trip report, Joesol.
Thanks. There is really a beauty to not packaging food and worrying about it. You dont have to go back to your room each time you want to eat. Its also nice to eat unlimited and knowing that its paid for already. It seems like I went at a very mild time in regards the minyan. There were apparently about 250 people last year for Pesach.

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On The Road / Re: $30 - All Inclusive in Puerto Plata, DR
« on: December 24, 2013, 03:47:22 PM »
Just to clarify was the Kosher food option $99/day/pp in additional to what you paid for the villa or did it include the villa's?

If so how much did you pay per night for the villa?
We paid around 15-1600 for a week (even though we didn't stay the week) and $99/day per person. Prices usually dont include the all inclusive rate.

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On The Road / Re: $30 - All Inclusive in Puerto Plata, DR
« on: December 24, 2013, 07:12:34 AM »
The $30 sale was for Tropical resort I believe. I don't think you will receive the bracelet to go to any pool, bar, beach and I would double check on the kosher food. The tropical is the oldest accommodation there and from the looks, didn't seem to be even worth the $30 (unless of course the kosher food is included).

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On The Road / Re: $30 - All Inclusive in Puerto Plata, DR
« on: December 23, 2013, 08:23:55 PM »
Sorry for the delay. Here it goes:

- The resort is made up of 5-6 different areas with each having at least 1 pool and access to the beach. There are motel style, hotel style and villas. We stayed in a 3 bedroom villa. The villas are really great. They have nice size rooms, all have separate central air zones, ceiling fans and full bathrooms. There was also an additional bathroom off the living room. There was a full size kitchen with a refrigerator stocked with bottled water, sodas, beer and cut up fruit (not under hashgacha). Each villa has a private pool.
- Transportation throughout the resort: You can call for a pickup/ride anywhere in the resort. The wait if anywhere from 1-10 minutes. Usually they send a golf cart to pick you up and take you wherever you want to go. If its busier, there is a shuttle that is constantly stopping at each restaurant/pool/beach.
- There is WIFI available for free at the sports bar. You can also pay for unlimited wifi access ($60 for 7 days) and there is service everywhere including the beach.
- Food & drinks: There are bars and restaurants everywhere you go. The Kosher restaurant is located near the presidential suites and is located within a traif restaurant. Breakfast was amazing. There are 20 different types of eggs/omelettes to choose from. There is a buffet of pancakes (one of the best I ever had)/french toast, fresh fruit, shakshuka, cereal, muffins (amazing!!) and beverages. Lunch is always dairy or fish and you can choose from a variety of items. The rabbi/mashgiach usually asks you to order lunch and dinner when you come from breakfast in order to prepare the right amounts (there were only 8 people including us when I was there). We had pizza, pasta and salads for most days. Dinner is always meat or fish and you can chose from skirt steak, rib-eye, baby chicken dark meat, grilled chicken, schnitzel and a variety of sides. The meat is delivered every few days from Miami (so we were told) and is not that great as far as taste. It didn't taste like freezer burn or spoiled but there was very little flavor to most dinner dishes. It was still better than packing and preparing out own food. The Rabbi is extremely nice and helpful and looking to make your stay as pleasant as he can.
- Tipping: We found it customary to tip $1/person at each meal to the waiter and a nicer amount ($10-15 total) to the chef at the end of your stay. We tipped the Rabbi as well before we left.
- Shul: There is a shul on site but there were no minyanim during our stay. We did not stay over Shabbos either.
- The kosher all inclusive is $99/day per person which was the same as the regular all inclusive. You can get soda and drinks at any bar, you are not exclusive to the kosher restaurant.
- Weather: It rained for about 5 minutes each day (locals claim that its only for the flowers)
- Airport transfer: The resort sends a shuttle to the airport (included in our price). They hold a sign out with your name as you exit with your luggage. The ride was about 20-30 minutes.
- The resort employees will try and convince you to become a member (similar to timeshare) of the resort and go on a tour of the property a few times throughout your stay. They aren't too pushy so feel free to tell them your not interested.
- We booked through a member (shareholder) and got a great deal. Please pm if you have questions or need contact info.

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Tech Talk / Re: USA Cell phone for international use Master thread.
« on: December 06, 2013, 02:14:41 PM »
going to dominican republic. I currently have verizon iphone. Whats my best option for data,text, and phone?

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On The Road / Re: $30 - All Inclusive in Puerto Plata, DR
« on: December 05, 2013, 12:38:36 PM »
I think its $100/day standard and $125/day kosher

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On The Road / Re: $30 - All Inclusive in Puerto Plata, DR
« on: December 04, 2013, 02:26:32 PM »
You got it. Pictures and all

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