Tuesday, August 9, 2022

The Triple Play Parlay

As you all know by now, my book, Everyone's Advice Is Wrong . . . Including Mine, is set to be released in early July. Part II of the book is a step by step...

Platinum Points Paradise

I managed to escape the plebeian accommodations of the Bounty Hotel and check into the Sheraton Kuta. I booked the hotel completely on points and in nerdy points fashion calculated that receiving a standard room...

The Customs of the Chinese

Attending an international business school for my MBA, I was taught to appreciate the cultural customs of foreign countries. Certain behaviors that are commonplace in the United States are insulting abroad. But, this isn't a...

For the Young at Heart

I don't check into my points redemption Sheraton Kuta till tomorrow leaving me in need of a hotel for a night. Nostalgia set in and I booked one night at the Bounty Hotel whose...

Xiao Long Bao: A Tutorial

A trip to Shanghai would be all for naught if you do not have authentic, street inspired xiao long bao. They aren't your local Chinese restaurant's takeout dumplings and they aren't made better anywhere...

It’s an Institution Sir

"It's an institution sir." Words quoted by a the best lobby boy of all time. Days after leaving the Grand Budapest Hotel, I have found myself at another first rate institution known as the Waldorf...

A View from the Top

The Park Hyatt is located in the World Financial Center, the 6th tallest building in the world. Next to it is the Jin Mao tower which ranks 15th. Obstructing my view of the Huangpu...

The Sharks Are in the Water

"Swing by if you're in the neighborhood," Michel Jeries said months ago. Mikey lived in Michigan and I lived in Arizona so I only get to rage it with him a couple times a...

Shanghai a-live

It sure does feel good to be home. I'm back in Shanghai for the first time in four years and from the initial look of things, nothing has changed. The airport is still chaotic, the...

The Seven Cities of Gold

Gold toilets, gold mirrors, gold buttons. Emirates Shower Class suites were catered for Liberace. Elegant or gaudy? That is the question that begs to be asked when it comes to both the airline and...
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