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The human stupidity and urge to throw away your trash regardless where you are never ceases to amaze me.

Whine Wednesdays Pigs In The Paradise

Last week, I was in Phuket with some friends and we decided to go to Phi Phi island for a couple of nights and stay at the Holiday Inn Resort there (that actually turned out to be quite nice). [click to continue…]

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Although I have been taking flights on Malaysia Airlines quite a few times as of late (due to their great business class sales from Bangkok), it took me a while to catch this Journey Prayer that is at the end of their safety briefing.

Whine Wednesdays Journey Prayer

Many of the Gulf airlines do have some sort of prayer/welcome message at the beginning of their flights as well, but usually it is in Arabic and thus I don’t understand it. [click to continue…]

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This appears to be one of those yearly Whine Wednesdays pieces, but the internet connectivity is really becoming an issue even for a Western travelers or expats that used to be able to bypass the “Great Firewall of China” relatively easily.

Whine Wednesdays Internet In China

Before of my current trip to China, I did see some reports on media that China had started to more aggressive blocking that was preventing many accessing Google’s Gmail when in the mainland. [click to continue…]

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This week I am whining about things that happen at hotels due to lack of training and/or manager oversight.

Whine Wednesdays Hyatt Touch Grand Hyatt Berlin

Earlier in the week, I was “stranded” in Berlin for roughly 22 hours due to airberlin’s airplane woes (EC 261/2004 case coming). The airline would have paid for the Mercure by the airport, but I decided to book something more comfortable by myself and ended up at the Grand Hyatt Berlin for my very first and last time. [click to continue…]

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When you travel, there are so many opportunities for you to part with your money and this Dynamic Currency Conversion scam, which I have written numerous times, is one of the worst ones.

Whine Wednesdays InterContinental Semiramis

This means that the merchants credit card machines spits out a slip that shows the transaction in the currency of your card and not the local one. This usually includes a fee of 3% to 5% for this “service” (really just a scam). [click to continue…]