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Forum: Las Vegas
Jun 3, 13, 12:43 pm
Replies: 1,141
Views: 525,824
Posted By mlasser

$20 trick successful at The Orleans Hotel. ...

$20 trick successful at The Orleans Hotel. Waived all resort fees. Lowered average room rate by a few dollars a night. 4 PM check out. Upgraded to strip view high floor room. Saved $21 in fees and...
Forum: Hotel Deals
May 30, 13, 2:38 pm
Replies: 2,588
Views: 1,358,249
Posted By mlasser

$20 trick at Orleans

Got 4 PM late check out, removal of resort fees, reduced room rate beyond lowest internet rates.
Forum: S.P.A.M.
May 6, 13, 12:12 am
Replies: 2
Views: 649
Posted By mlasser

Anyone in SEA able to use a gift card for Tom...

Anyone in SEA able to use a gift card for Tom Douglas' restaurants?

Have one for $100 I wasn't able to use while in Seattle.

Found a taker.
Forum: China
Apr 23, 13, 3:04 pm
Replies: 68
Views: 12,056
Posted By mlasser

They're great. Lumbum is sort of a failed...

They're great. Lumbum is sort of a failed Tibetan monk but his uncle still lives at one of the monasteries. His wife Namdon works with him and they are a great team. They also know how the system...
Forum: China
Dec 26, 12, 5:44 pm
Replies: 82
Views: 5,521
Posted By mlasser

C'mon Moondog. be honest with them about the...

C'mon Moondog. be honest with them about the taxi situation. My wife and I are experienced world travelers and she was in tears over not being able to get taxis in Beijing. Less of a problem in...
Forum: China
Jul 11, 12, 12:02 am
Replies: 421
Views: 62,807
Posted By mlasser

Wait a second...two girls pick you up in an X5 in...

Wait a second...two girls pick you up in an X5 in the rain and offer to take you ANYWHERE you want to go and you don't ask them to take you to their place?
Forum: China
Jun 23, 12, 2:41 pm
Replies: 421
Views: 62,807
Posted By mlasser

My wife and I had a similar experience last...

My wife and I had a similar experience last month. After walking for hours and being jet lagged, all we wanted was to get back to the hotel. Same drill. No one would pick us up but the Chinese had...
Forum: China
Jun 20, 12, 4:35 pm
Replies: 3
Views: 736
Posted By mlasser

The Teddy Bear in is a hybrid hotel/hostel. I...

The Teddy Bear in is a hybrid hotel/hostel. I took a private room with bathroom when I stayed there and it was clean and had comfortable beds. It's close to everything including the hot springs and...
Forum: China
Jun 18, 12, 3:27 pm
Replies: 165
Views: 23,031
Posted By mlasser

I would def. use the train to go to Badaling. ...

I would def. use the train to go to Badaling. Even the best drivers in China can be horribly unreliable. We got up at very early (something we don't like to do on vacation) to "beat the traffic"...
Forum: China
Jun 13, 12, 1:04 pm
Replies: 19
Views: 5,404
Posted By mlasser

Sheraton was great. We had a quite and the turn...

Sheraton was great. We had a quite and the turn down amenities were nice. There's a good sized lounge for club level rooms and the breakfast buffet has massive food turnover which in my book makes...
Forum: China
Jun 7, 12, 11:44 pm
Replies: 37
Views: 4,964
Posted By mlasser

I have a guide that's been able to arrange Kham...

I have a guide that's been able to arrange Kham and Amdo trips. PM if you need that service.
Forum: China
Jun 6, 12, 1:30 pm
Replies: 37
Views: 4,964
Posted By mlasser

One interesting alternative for Tibet proper is...

One interesting alternative for Tibet proper is to take a trip to Amdo. This is an area dense with Tibetans and Tibetan monetarists but is not in the recognized state of Tibet. Historically, this...
Forum: China
Jun 2, 12, 4:51 pm
Replies: 38
Views: 3,608
Posted By mlasser

Moondog, I'm sure you're right. Not every...

Moondog,

I'm sure you're right. Not every place is to everyone's taste. Some folks love NYC, some hate it. I was pretty neutral on Beijing after my first visit but decidedly a detractor after...
Forum: China
Jun 1, 12, 12:55 pm
Replies: 38
Views: 3,608
Posted By mlasser

My wife and I spent a week doing...

My wife and I spent a week doing Beijing-Datong-Pingyao-Xian before heading to Tibet for a week. It was rushed but doable. FWIW, we loathed Beijing. My second time there and I wouldn't spend...
May 21, 12, 4:22 pm
Replies: 50
Views: 4,747
Posted By mlasser

Of course. Google it to make sure I got it right.

Of course. Google it to make sure I got it right.
May 21, 12, 3:27 pm
Replies: 50
Views: 4,747
Posted By mlasser

Colin Powell once wisely said, you should be...

Colin Powell once wisely said, you should be worried when people stop complaining. It's not because there are no problems. It's because they no longer think you're capable of solving them.
May 21, 12, 1:09 pm
Replies: 37
Views: 7,847
Posted By mlasser

It sounds like you don't know what you're talking...

It sounds like you don't know what you're talking about. In college I worked in kitchens and if a glass or a dish shatters on the floor, you have to toss all the food that's exposed, even on the...
May 21, 12, 12:42 pm
Replies: 37
Views: 7,847
Posted By mlasser

Not sure as I only saw it fall but not impact. ...

Not sure as I only saw it fall but not impact. I'm guessing it was the rim where the seat capsule meets the aisle as there's a hard ridge there that's at an angle.



Def. not tempered glass. ...
May 21, 12, 1:53 am
Replies: 37
Views: 7,847
Posted By mlasser

Smashed glass all over seat and FA makes an insulting joke. + the new FC amenity kit.

Just flew PVG-LAX on the 19th in F. Thirty minutes into the flight, a FA accidentally drops an empty wine glass that shatters into a millions pieces all over the chair, floor and tray table of my...
Forum: China
May 14, 12, 3:25 am
Replies: 4
Views: 719
Posted By mlasser

Yes ironic that it was historically a banking...

Yes ironic that it was historically a banking center. There are "big 4" ATMs but they are not in or near the walled city so you'll have to pay a taxi or tourist electric cart to get you to them if...
Forum: China
May 13, 12, 3:33 am
Replies: 4
Views: 719
Posted By mlasser

Shanxi Provence (Pingyao and Datong)

Pingyao has been a huge highlight of our trip. Nothing but thumbs up for visiting this city. If you do put it on your itin. change enough money before you get there as the only ATMs are Shanxi...
Forum: China
May 13, 12, 3:25 am
Replies: 52
Views: 19,274
Posted By mlasser

I didn't notice at first but my wife did. We had...

I didn't notice at first but my wife did. We had dinner with a dutch couple in Pingyao and the guy also hadn't noticed but his wife also said she had noticed the pantyhose. Ask the women. ;) ...
Forum: China
May 13, 12, 3:13 am
Replies: 67
Views: 27,224
Posted By mlasser

Sink was fine for underwear and socks. Local dry...

Sink was fine for underwear and socks. Local dry cleaner was getting 25 rmb for shirts, 35 rmb for shorts. Sheraton matched pricing but nothing like cheap per kilo charges in S. America and SE...
Forum: China
May 12, 12, 4:43 am
Replies: 67
Views: 27,224
Posted By mlasser

There might be laundry in backpaker havens like...

There might be laundry in backpaker havens like yangshoa, but we've found no such thing as laundry service in cities like Datong, Pingyao or Xian. There are dry cleaners that charge per piece and...
Forum: China
May 12, 12, 4:36 am
Replies: 52
Views: 19,274
Posted By mlasser

My wife and I are in Xian right now and were in...

My wife and I are in Xian right now and were in Beijng last week. The Chinese men do not wear shorts. They think it's childish. That said, I am wearing them, but you'll get stares.

Women do...
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