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Can You Trust Agoda?

I am not a big fan of booking hotels online. I would rather just turn up on the day and pay at the hotel, which is more convenient and quicker. Unfortunately, a lot of hotels now require customers to book through a third party platform or penalise them...

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Review: Xiamen Airport VIP Lounge

This lounge is the one used by Cathay Dragon and a slew of other airlines. It is situated at gate 17, one level up. The lounge is spacious and has good views out onto the tarmac. That also makes it feel quite light. There is a large open...

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Free Happy Hour Drinks On a Toin Coss

We’ve featured a number of interesting happy hours lately and here is another one. Coffee shop Winston in Sai Ying Pun has a promotion for its Thursday night happy hours where you choose your side of a toin coss and if you choose right, the round is free....

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Live Standup Comedy in HK

The live standup comedy scene in Hong Kong is booming and it is now possible to watch live comedy four or five nights a week if you are so inclined. Here we cover standup – there’s also a burgeoning improv scene. In English Monday – there is open...

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What’s the Macau TurboJet like in economy class?

We’ve reviewed the Cotai Water Jet service between Hong Kong and Macau before. The other ferry service between Sheung Wan and Macau is the longer standing Turbo Jet service. Departure and arrival points Like the Cotai Water Jet, Turbo Jet offers service from Hong Kong’s Macau ferry terminal,...

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A Beautiful Colonial Hotel in Mérida, Mexico

I recently stayed at the Gran Hotel in Mérida. The hotel is situated in the heart of the colonial old town, with tourist sights, restaurants, cafes, and a bookshop all a stone’s throw away. As a tourist, the location could not be better. The accommodation was around four...

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How to Thank Taxi Drivers in Hong Kong

Hong Kongers often complain about local taxis and see no special reason to thank the drivers. On occasion, though, one gets excellent service from a taxi driver and wants to thank them. For most of us, a verbal thank you will suffice. Some may tip, although as explained...

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Cute But Costly: Liangzhu Lifestyle Hotel, Xiamen

Xiamen feels a lot like Taiwan. That makes it a popular place to visit, and as it gets more popular its tourist infrastructure continues to grow. The city has a lot of hotels but the Liangzhu Lifestyle Hotel is a different experience from a standard Chinese hotel. A...