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Nov 13, 19, 5:24 am
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Views: 181,730
Posted By sidne

Yes! Tonight is my last night in HK for this...

Yes! Tonight is my last night in HK for this trip. I've visited many times over the last 10 years including a 6 week stint in summer 2012.

Staying in Mongkok at Royal Plaza Hotel. Attached MOKO...
Nov 11, 19, 1:12 am
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Views: 181,730
Posted By sidne

Thanks for the link. In HK now staying in Mongkok...

Thanks for the link. In HK now staying in Mongkok at Roral Plaza. Took taxis back and forth from TST this morning. Now in Stanley after another taxi ride. Drivers are going long way around and...
Jan 31, 17, 9:14 pm
Replies: 1,072
Views: 238,313
Posted By sidne

It just happened to me, too. I was able to...

It just happened to me, too.

I was able to get in on the app AND the mobile website from my phone. Trying to log into the full site via phone ended up with the same message.
May 28, 16, 7:59 pm
Replies: 595
Views: 71,625
Posted By sidne

On ORD - PEK yesterday, the bleu cheese in the...

On ORD - PEK yesterday, the bleu cheese in the cheese course had decidedly less bleu than my seat mate's. And he didn't even eat his!
Feb 3, 16, 8:13 pm
Replies: 600
Views: 64,564
Posted By sidne

Requalified as platinum on 12/30. Received my kit...

Requalified as platinum on 12/30. Received my kit on 1/31. MP starts with "X".

Boyfriend somehow qualified as silver (wasn't tracking, but didn't think he flew enough on UA for it). I assume he...
Forum: China
Nov 1, 15, 1:09 pm
Replies: 2,030
Views: 394,960
Posted By sidne

I work at a university. The visa expediter we use...

I work at a university. The visa expediter we use told our business office in no uncertain terms that if "education" or "academics" appeared anywhere in the visa application including invitation...
Sep 23, 15, 9:30 pm
Replies: 124
Views: 18,212
Posted By sidne

Anecdotally, there's at least some demand from an...

Anecdotally, there's at least some demand from an academic, me. I traveled to Xi'an last September and will visit again this October for work-related reasons. Some of my travel also includes...
Sep 23, 15, 9:22 pm
Replies: 136
Views: 28,110
Posted By sidne

In 2010 I was returning to the U.S. from...

In 2010 I was returning to the U.S. from Guatemala on pre-merger CO. My luggage arrived with no handle in MCI.

The baggage counter employee told me "The thing is, we don't cover handles." His...
Forum: China
Apr 7, 15, 3:24 pm
Replies: 2,030
Views: 394,960
Posted By sidne

For a tourist visa? I'm on the faculty at a...

For a tourist visa?

I'm on the faculty at a public university in the U.S. I've applied for and received 4 or 5 Chinese visas over the last few years. I've always checked "company employee" and...
Jan 2, 15, 8:43 pm
Replies: 269
Views: 19,317
Posted By sidne

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Nov 21, 14, 5:24 pm
Replies: 1,161
Views: 183,990
Posted By sidne

The flight attendants in C offered everyone a...

The flight attendants in C offered everyone a Mimosa on my IAH-CZM flight this morning. Said it was the first time they'd seen the sparkling wine catered and it was a surprise to them. It was their...
Forum: China
Oct 28, 14, 7:01 am
Replies: 21
Views: 2,186
Posted By sidne

The last couple of years I've needed to buy...

The last couple of years I've needed to buy tickets for groups of about 10. We've arrived in Beijing a few days before the train ticket was needed and I've had the hotel concierge purchase the...
Forum: Korea
Oct 24, 14, 8:07 am
Replies: 64
Views: 19,405
Posted By sidne

I'm in Seoul right now, just arrived on Tuesday....

I'm in Seoul right now, just arrived on Tuesday. I ordered a SIM from EG for my iPad Air a couple of days before my trip and picked it up at KBooks at ICN when I arrived.

I popped the SIM in to...
Forum: Korea
Oct 24, 14, 7:17 am
Replies: 26
Views: 28,403
Posted By sidne

Women's Suits?

Any recommendations specifically for women's suits? Some tailors seem to do great with cuts for me, but not so much for women.

Are any of the tailors mentioned above good for women's suits? Or any...
Forum: Korea
Oct 24, 14, 7:00 am
Replies: 5
Views: 1,687
Posted By sidne

This point cannot be emphasized enough! I'd...

This point cannot be emphasized enough!

I'd read a couple of threads that suggested the services were a little sparse in the domestic concourse at ICN. There is (almost) nothing there!
...
Forum: Korea
Oct 21, 14, 7:59 am
Replies: 5
Views: 1,687
Posted By sidne

Thanks. The flight really was from ICN, but after...

Thanks. The flight really was from ICN, but after flying out of the domestic terminal, I can see why someone would be skeptical.

I ended up spending most of the time in one of the restaurants...
Forum: Korea
Oct 20, 14, 4:51 am
Replies: 5
Views: 1,687
Posted By sidne

Transit in ICN

I'm flying UA into ICN, then after a 3 1/2 hour layover, continuing on to TAE on KE.

Any suggestions as to how to spend the time?

I know I need to pick up the domestic boarding pass in ICN...
Forum: China
Oct 10, 14, 7:52 pm
Replies: 3
Views: 1,313
Posted By sidne

I stayed at the Dolton Hotel for 2 nights on my...

I stayed at the Dolton Hotel for 2 nights on my first trip to Changsha last month. It is certainly nothing special. The lobby is nice. Rooms are worn. Big variation in room types. Some with the...
Forum: Africa
Oct 1, 14, 7:19 am
Replies: 53
Views: 9,608
Posted By sidne

In 2005 I took the Riverside Shuttle from Nairobi...

In 2005 I took the Riverside Shuttle from Nairobi to Arusha. The journey was interesting (and cheap!). At the border, we disembarked and walked through immigration/customs on each side. One other...
Forum: Asia
Jul 1, 14, 11:34 pm
Replies: 25
Views: 5,803
Posted By sidne

I hold a U.S. Passport and have flown on China...

I hold a U.S. Passport and have flown on China Southern into KTM multiple times. I've never seen them question (much less deny boarding) to anyone.

If you hold a relatively uncommon passport, you...
Forum: China
May 18, 14, 7:36 pm
Replies: 13
Views: 978
Posted By sidne

I love the Celebrity Rooms at the Astor! But...

I love the Celebrity Rooms at the Astor!

But I seriously would not recommend booking US MBA student groups there. A few would love it. But most would complain about the old rooms and furnishings.
Forum: China
May 16, 14, 12:27 pm
Replies: 13
Views: 978
Posted By sidne

In looking for other info, I ran across this old...

In looking for other info, I ran across this old thread I started years ago.

Since so many FTers recommended the Okura Garden back then, I thought I would update to say that I did book our group...
Forum: China
Apr 24, 14, 8:08 pm
Replies: 5
Views: 609
Posted By sidne

I haven't stayed there in a couple of years, but...

I haven't stayed there in a couple of years, but when I was last there the roads were easy to traverse with rolling luggage between that station and hotel.
Forum: China
Apr 23, 14, 1:50 pm
Replies: 22
Views: 2,562
Posted By sidne

I love staying at the Astor House. BUT, only in...

I love staying at the Astor House. BUT, only in the "celebrity" rooms. Great history. And one time when I was staying in Marconi's room, I was quite amused that the Internet was not working.

It...
Forum: China
Apr 23, 14, 1:07 pm
Replies: 2,030
Views: 394,960
Posted By sidne

I ended up putting down "Chicago." Once you...

I ended up putting down "Chicago."

Once you pointed it out I checked my current visa. It did say Chicago (in Chinese which is how I missed it) on the visa.

Thanks to everyone for the replies!
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