Mountains Of Flowers In Hokkaido Japan

Shibazakura in Hokkaido Japan

A Surreal Floral Experience In Hokkaido

Babies! I’ve spent the last year bouncing around the globe shooting videos for the site and I’m really excited to finally be able to start sharing them with you!

This first video is from an incredible and surreal adventure I had in Hokkaido, Japan this last May. While researching an upcoming Spring trip to Japan I came across a picture of these mountains covered in flowers and I just couldn’t believe they were real. I had to see it for myself, so I planned a trip to experience Shibazakura in Japan first hand.

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OZO Wesley Hong Kong Video Review

OZO Wesley Hong Kong Video Review

Welcome to my very first video review! Even though the motion picture has been around for more than 100 years I’m just getting around to bringing it to my site now. I think that video is a great way to share more of the travel experience with all of you and I hope that you find it a welcome addition to the site.

Now, on to the review!

If you aren’t much for moving images then here is a brief summary of what I liked about this hotel.

What I liked about the OZO Wesley Hotel Hong Kong 

  • Centrally located
  • Clean
  • Quiet
  • Comfortable bed
  • Decent breakfast

OZO Wesley Hong Kong Breakfast

OZO Wesley Hong Kong Breakfast
OZO Wesley Hong Kong Breakfast Seating

I can imagine nothing more annoying than being caught on video while trying to eat breakfast at my hotel so I have zero interest in subjecting other guests to it. Therefore, there is no video footage of breakfast. Just simple pics from my phone, which I think are enough to get the gist.

OZO Wesley Hong Kong Breakfast
OZO Wesley Hong Kong Breakfast Options

The breakfast spread was totally adequate. It had a few good western and Chinese options and then several continental options.

OZO Wesley Hong Kong Breakfast
OZO Wesley Hong Kong Breakfast Coffee

And most importantly, it had decent coffee. Dear, sweet, coffee. Giver of life, divine nectar of the bean, you get the idea. I love coffee and thankfully it’s pretty easy to get decent coffee almost everywhere now and this hotel was no exception.

OZO Wesley Hong Kong Breakfast
OZO Wesley Hong Kong Breakfast
OZO Wesley Hong Kong Breakfast
OZO Wesley Hong Kong Breakfast Cheese and Meat
OZO Wesley Hong Kong Breakfast
OZO Wesley Hong Kong Breakfast

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Lounge Review: Cathay Pacific The Bridge Hong Kong

Cathay Pacific The Bridge HKG

Cathay Pacific The Bridge Business Class Lounge, Hong Kong International Airport (HKG)

Cathay Pacific The Bridge HKG
Cathay Pacific The Bridge HKG Entrance

Cathay Pacific’s lounges in Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) make connecting in Hong Kong as close to a delight as can be said about waiting for a flight. Over the past 5 years I’ve spent a lot of quality time in airport lounges and I still look forward to landing in Hong Kong and heading to a Cathay Pacific lounge. The consistency and quality of both their business class and first class lounges means that I can depend on a nice warm meal and a hot shower to have me feeling refreshed before catching my next flight.

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The Best Option For Traveling Around Japan

Temple in Nagano

Why You Should Use Award Tickets To Travel In Japan

The first time I visited Japan back in 2012 (which was also the first time I used miles to fly first class) common wisdom held that the JR pass was by far the best and most cost effective way to travel within Japan and so I shelled out the $600 or so dollars to Shinkansen my posterior all over the country. I went to Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Miyazaki, Arita and Nagano and while I definitely got my money’s worth out of the pass, I have since found a faster and cheaper way to get my Japan fix without spending all my cat cafe money on a JR pass.

AA first class
Where it all began…

I have since learned that award tickets present a much better value than the JR pass.

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How to Check Bank of America Credit Card Application Status

How To Check Your Bank of America Application Status Online

Bank of America Application status
Oh please, oh please, oh please!

If you’ve been playing the credit card game for any length of time being instantly approved for a new credit card application is likely just a distant memory. Instead, “application pending” messages and reconsideration calls are now par for the course.

So as part of my ongoing effort to make myself useful I will provide you with all the tools that you need to turn that “thank you for your application” into a “You’ve been approved!” with the least amount of crying and pulling your hair out.

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The Flying Mustache News: May 5th, 2017

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On A Plane: Etihad Business Class Review

Etihad Business Class Seat

Etihad Flight 403 Business Class Review

Flight du jour:

EY 403

Bangkok (BKK) to Abu Dhabi (AUH)

December 1st, 2015

Departs: 8:35 AM

Arrives: 11:59 AM

Duration: 6 Hours 24 Minutes

Etihad LiveryThe Etihad flight du jour.

The time had come for another adventure and this one was off to a good start with our Etihad Chaffeur picking us up in an black Mercedes Benz and whisking us off to the airport (Etihad discontinued their Chaffeur service for partner award tickets on August 10th, 2016). We booked the tickets pre-devaluation using 30,000 American Airlines Aadvantage miles each way (the new award price between Asia 2 and the Middle East is 40,000 AA miles) and $91.40 in taxes and fees total for the outbound and return segments.

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Etihad Business Class Seat

My first thought upon entering the cabin was that it looked like someone had stolen the upholstery from my parents couch and sold it to Etihad.  Airlines tend to put a lot of thought into their premium cabins but the striped seats looked like everything about the 1980’s that we don’t want to remember. Maybe they were trying to replicate the fake wood grain on the adjacent side tables, or maybe stripes were super hot when they put in the order for these seats, but whatever the case may have been they weren’t looking so hot now.

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How to Check Your Chase Credit Card Application Status

How To Check Your Chase Credit Card Application Status 

Chase Application Status
Chase Is Looking Forward To Serving Me…

If you’ve been playing the credit card game for any length of time being instantly approved for a new credit card application is likely just a distant memory. Instead, “application pending” messages and reconsideration calls are now par for the course.

So as part of my ongoing effort to make myself useful I will provide you with all the tools that you need to turn that “thank you for your application” into a “You’ve been approved!” with the least amount of crying and pulling your hair out.

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Hack The Planet! All The Airport WiFi Passwords

Hack The Planet! All The Airport WiFi Passwords

All the airport WiFi passwords
All the airport WiFi passwords

Traveling can be tough and it is my personal goal to make your travel a little bit easier. To that end, I am introducing a semi-regular series called “Hack The Planet!” where I share my favorite practical travel hacks that are useful no matter what cabin you are traveling in.

We’ll start things off with a really useful hack for anyone who finds themselves waiting in an airport without free wifi and doesn’t have access to a lounge. As much fun as it would be to strike up a conversation with your nearest no-wifi neighbor, wouldn’t it be even better to connect to the wifi and then share the password with them too?

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The Coral Executive Lounge DMK Bangkok, Thailand

The Coral Executive Lounge Bangkok, Thailand. Don Muang International Airport (DMK).

The Coral Executive Lounge DMK.

What I liked about this lounge:

  • 15 minute free massage
  • Hot and cold food options
  • A few special/unique food and drink options
  • Ample seating
  • Attentive staff
  • Clean and quiet
  • Well designed and decorated

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