Japanese bath house in Shanghai

Mr. Hal ( an American expat introduced me to the Japanese bath house )

All men are naked sitting in contemplative mood and talking quietly ( the women are in separate section )

Multiple pools of various descriptions – some with tiny bubbles, some with carbon-dioxide

At last The scrubbing I got form a gentlemen – I never knew I can have so many dead cells.. it was just like I was pealing off my skin for a brand new one

The spring fish and the pork neck were sublime

Japanese bath house in Shanghai

Mr. Hal ( an American expat introduced me to the Japanese bath house )

All men are naked sitting in contemplative mood and talking quietly ( the women are in separate section )

Multiple pools of various descriptions – some with tiny bubbles, some with carbon-dioxide

At last The scrubbing I got form a gentlemen – I never knew I can have so many dead cells.. it was just like I was pealing off my skin for a brand new one

The spring fish and the pork neck were sublime

#naked

#nakedbath

#shanghai

#bath house

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Shanghai street food

Love the pancake .. yummy 😋 ( I don’t want to mention the price so as not to insult the enormous elegance , and dignity of the chef and gargantuan taste.. I had fits of spasmodic delight ! )

#shanghai

#streetfood

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Not that eggs !!

Before leaving Dr. Terry and his lovely wife Dr. Ye Xiao warned me : there is freaking no bad food 🥘 there ..

What about Pad Thai, and quail eggs with mushrooms for breakfast !

It magnanimates (transitive : inspiring courage) me towards boldness!

This is a mere buffet at dazhong airport hotel PVG (Shanghai / Pudong International airport. The hotel is in the same complex as the airport. You can take the baggage trolley into the hotel 5 minutes after getting off customs !!

I did not know what else to get but The final photo is a smorgasbord of cold appetizers and oh delightful dessert ( not overtly sweet as in USA, but mellow)

Shanghai, ah, Shanghai

The first photo is Niu Rho Mian – beef meat noodles- flavorful broth and tender meat ( near Zenning road, at Jiangsu road station ) – met Hal, who had lived here in Shanghai for number of years – gave me the location The independent maxim – crowed place, go and eat!

The second photo is the inside of Line 2 metro ( connecting the airport to midtown and east Xinging. Long cars (similar to what I have noticed when I got on the metro in London at near shepherd’s Bush/ Piccadilly) : Washington DC does not have long cars like these.

The third photo is Pudong/ Shanghai PVG airport

Very smooth and neat metro 🚇 .

People are not rushing, kind, keeping to themselves and on their mobiles !

Metro – long cars .. 3 day pass 45 Yuan around 7 dollars ( agent about 45 mind in metro – underground .. still LTE and strong cell signal – almost instantaneous chat IM to Mark in Washington DC – 11,000 km in millisecond… approaching the speed of light !

Some folk are with nose and mouth masks but the are in a very small minority, almost beguilingly negligible ( well, beguiling because of the ‘news’ I heard in USA about how polluted Shanghai is ) .. people look fairly health , clean skin ,

All are in wide variety of jackets, light parkas,

Majority of folk are young and smart looking

Temp is cold around 7 degrees centigrade around 45 degrees Fahrenheit ( Friday, January 19th around 11:00 am Shanghai time )

Yuyuan road, Zenning road, Jiangsu road area neat with no trash, little mom and pop stores and easygoing vehicular traffic. And surprising of all no honks ! ( I heard maybe one or two in a few hours I spent here)

Near universal thing observed on the metro : It’s the same everywhere I suppose – giggling young girls showing photos to each other ! In Shanghai, Hyderabad or Washington DC

Happy journeys to you all my friends

TripAdvisor TripIndex Room Service

Asia Travel is by far the most rewarding experience  – especially to places like south India, Indonesia, Sir-Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos. China.

Once you get there, it is the cheapest place on the world to stay comfortably for a month with money spent on 10 Starbucks Venti Caffé Mocha Cappuccino per day. I am serious – you can live comfortably (good room, delicious food – breakfast, lunch and dinner), conveyance, and money to spare.

March 2014 release, amounts in British Pound Sterling. 1.7 US Dollars = 1 British Pound.

TRIP INDEX

This report indicates

Europe as a whole dominates the most expensive list laying claim to six of the top ten. Helsinki in Finland and Oslo in Norway take first and second place respectively while Zurich, Stockholm and Paris are placed fourth, fifth and sixth. Seoul is the only non-European city to be named in the top five most expensive destinations.

Travelers looking to bag a bargain should head south to Africa where three of the continent’s destinations feature in the top five places offering the best value – Tunis in Tunisia, Cape Town in South Africa and Marrakesh in Morocco. In Europe, the least expensive city destination for room service is Budapest, where a full set of basket items will cost over a third of the price of the equivalent items’ cost in Helsinki.

London is often considered one of the world’s most expensive destinations, but when it comes to the common costs incurred once checked-in to a hotel, the capital actually provides better value than many rival European cities. This year, the capital city is ranked 13th place in the priciest list – making it a cheaper option than New York, Paris or Tokyo. On average, London is more than two times cheaper than the most expensive destination, Helsinki, for each TripIndex Room Service item. In London, a club sandwich is £11.90, bottle of water £0.42, peanuts are £4.67, a can of coke £2.85, mini bottle of vodka £5.82 and to dry clean a shirt is £6.00. All together the basket of items costs £31.66 in London

Jakarta best value for room service and room rates combined.

While Tunis is revealed as the number one destination for best value room service, when you consider the cost of room service and room rate combined, at £111.87, the North African destination drops down to eighteenth place in the league table. With a total combined cost of £71.02, Jakarta, Indonesia replaces Tunis as number one destination for value overall.

In the most expensive list, it seems that pricey room service and pricey hotel room rates go hand-in-hand as eight of the costliest destinations remain in the top 10. This time however, New York City replaces Helsinki as the most expensive with a total cost of £258.35 compared with Helsinki’s £173.25, taking it down to eighth place in the league table.

Happy Traveling

Things to consider in Credit Cards for Travel

Traveling with a Credit Card is more advantageous than traveling with Cash for one simple reason: Loss of Cash is immediate and permanent, where as unauthorized charges, loss of Card can be dealt with after the fact.

So what are the most important basic things that we look for in Credit Card?

1) Points that can be converted to air miles or hotel points.

2) No foreign Transaction fees.

I personally have a wide variety of cards based on my travel needs.

For domestic travel – i have my Hyatt visa signature card.

At present it has 0 USD annual fee and 73 USD per year after the first year.

2 Free nights when you sign up. this is very good deal for international travel. Say for instance you want to travel to Paris in December.  And you want to stay at the Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome a category 6 hotel of Hyatt. it will cost you 812 USD per night. You can stay two nights for free!

5000 points can easily get you a Orlando hotel (3-4 stars) hotel with Hyatt. I presently have around 40,000 points which can use it for 8 free nights at any Hyatt in the USA

One bonus night free every year (this will take care of the annual fee)

For international travel –  i just can’t say enough about this card – i think it is the best travel Credit card ever. It is the Visa Signature card from Chase – the Chase Sapphire Preferred (CSP)

With the Signature class from Visa – the benefits are huge (Roadside Dispatch Rely 24 hour toll-free referral dispatch for emergency roadside assistance services like towing, fuel delivery, emergency card replacement, lost luggage reimbursement etc.).  In addition to that CSP offers 1point to 1 point transfer with no transfer fees (

Transfer points to participating frequent travel programs with no transfer fees and at full 1:1 value – that means 1,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points equal 1,000 partner miles/points. Travel programs include British Airways Executive Club, Korean Air SKYPASS, Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards®, United MileagePlus, Virgin Atlantic Flying Club, Amtrak Guest Rewards, Hyatt Gold Passport, Priority Club Rewards, Marriott Rewards and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards. )  THIS is extremely valuable. Just imagine – Air Cost is the most expensive item for international travel.

Now for the best part – Because this is holiday season – thanksgiving, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, festivus we are bound to spend. 40,000 bonus points with CSP if you spend 3000 USD in three months. Since my local HUB zone is United, and i plan on traveling to  south Asia (United Airlines south Asian countries : Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar (Burma), Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam). I can get a saver award for 65,000 points on United. That’s shaving off 800-900 dollars on my ticket. a 55-60% discount!!!

Happy Journeying