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Google Shopping Express: Free $15 and 6 Months Same-Day Delivery

Posted by on May 12, 2014 in Cash Back, Ebates, Mr. Rebates, Top Cash Back | 0 comments

Previously, I wrote about how to get free two-day shipping via ShopRunner. Well, it was only a matter of time before free same-day delivery became reality. Google recently launched Google Shopping Express in San Francisco and Manhattan, and the service offers same-day delivery from a variety of retailers. That means now, we can all become more of a hermit than ever before! For a limited time, sign up for Google Shopping Express and get the service free for 6 months. After 6 months, the service will automatically expire unless you choose to renew so even if you forget that you signed up, you won’t be charged anything later on. In...

Barclays US Airways Credit Card: Free 40,000 Miles

Posted by on May 1, 2014 in Airline, American Airlines, Barclays US Airways, Credit Cards, US Airways | 0 comments

You may be aware that American Airlines and US Airways recently merged earlier this year. What that means is US Airways is now part of the Oneworld alliance and when the merger is fully completed, US Airways Dividend miles will become American Airlines AAdvantage miles. As a result, I recently opened a Barclays US Airways credit card not only because it has a great signup bonus of 40,000 miles after the first purchase but also because this year could be the last year to get this large signup bonus. Eventually, Citi will become the official issuer of American Airlines credit cards, and US Airways branded credit cards will no...

Trip Review: What to Eat in Washington DC

Posted by on Apr 30, 2014 in Barclays Arrival, Credit Cards, Hotel, Hyatt | 0 comments

We recently stayed three nights at the Park Hyatt Washington and was able to try a range of restaurants in the city. While I can’t think of any food that Washington D.C. specializes in, we really enjoyed the food in the city. As a result, I thought I’d share with you ideas on what to eat in Washington DC.   What to Eat in Washington DC We liked the free breakfast at Blue Duck Tavern that was included in our stay since the menu items were quite varied and different from what you might see on typical breakfast menus. Dishes, such as Maryland crab with scrambled egg whites and...

Men’s Wearhouse Tuxedo Review and Missing Carolina

Posted by on Apr 25, 2014 in Macy's, Men's Wearhouse | 0 comments

Firstly, sorry for the lack of updates lately as I’ve been away. For the past week, my wife and I were in Tokyo, one of my favorite cities, and Hiroshima where we spent a fantastic day in sleepy Miyajima. Prior to that, however, we first visited Charlotte for our friend’s wedding, which was beautiful and the second most memorable wedding I’ve attended after my own. As best man, I delivered my best man speech and also suited up in a Men’s Wearhouse tuxedo for the first time. Previously, I wrote a negative review of Men’s Wearhouse, and a reader in the comments called me out for reviewing a product...

Writing a Great Best Man Speech

Posted by on Apr 9, 2014 in Miscellaneous | 0 comments

In a couple of days, one of my longtime friends is tying the knot and as best man, I’ll be giving a best man speech, which should not only cause the audience to kneel over in laughter but also emote immeasurable joy. It’s especially a daunting task, because my friend was also my best man when I got married last July, and his speech was pretty close to what I described. I’m happy to say that I’ve written an acceptable speech over the past month or so and in the process, I’ve also learned a few pointers. As a result, I thought I’d share with you some advice on writing...

Hotel Review: Park Hyatt Washington Park Executive Suite

Posted by on Apr 2, 2014 in Barclays Arrival, Chase Hyatt, Chase Ink Bold, Chase Ink Plus, Chase Sapphire Preferred, Credit Cards, Hotel, Hyatt | 0 comments

Recently, my wife and I decided to visit Washington D.C. for the opening weekend of the National Cherry Blossom Festival. We’re going to Japan in a few weeks and thought it would be great to get a sneak peek of the cherry blossoms here. While the trees haven’t bloomed yet due to the delayed Spring, we still had a great time in the city. Washington D.C. can be quite scenic and full of culture during this time of the year, and our stay at the Park Hyatt Washington Park Executive Suite was fantastic. During our Segway tour, we also met a British couple who were on their honeymoon so...

Change Back to Old Google Maps

Posted by on Mar 31, 2014 in Miscellaneous | 0 comments

I use Google Maps for everything especially planning our trips, vacation, and honeymoon. In minutes, Google Maps will tell you how to get from the airport to your hotel in a foreign city or how to navigate traffic to reach your restaurant reservation in time. If you are like me, however, and think the new Google Maps is horrendous then good news, because it’s very easy to switch back to the old Google Maps.   Change back to Old Google Maps Maybe they know that people will hate the new Google Maps, but Google has provided easy instructions to change back to the old Google Maps. To summarize, you...

Wedding Venue Cost: Chelsea Piers Lighthouse 2

Posted by on Mar 26, 2014 in Manhattan, Venue | 0 comments

Last time, I analyzed the cost of a Saturday evening wedding at Chelsea Piers Lighthouse and not surprisingly, the venue was quite expensive given its popularity and location in New York City. Nevertheless, if you really love the idea of a wedding along the Hudson River, you may want to consider a Friday or Sunday evening wedding at Chelsea Piers Lighthouse instead as you’ll save quite a bit.     Wedding Venue: Chelsea Piers Lighthouse Date Price Quoted: Winter 2013 Wedding Date Quoted For: December 2014 (Friday or Sunday evening) Price Assumptions: Includes ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception for 150 guests Room Name: N/A Capacity: 275 Venue Fee: $1,900 Catering Per Person: $195 Tax:...

Wedding Venue Cost: Chelsea Piers Lighthouse

Posted by on Mar 19, 2014 in Manhattan, Venue | 0 comments

Wedding venues in Manhattan often feature views of a park or a great skyline, but Chelsea Piers Lighthouse offers a dramatic view of the Hudson River in an intimate setting all without leaving Manhattan. The Lighthouse is one of the most sought-after venues in New York City and is a joint venture between Chelsea Piers and the highly regarded Abigail Kirsch catering company. We attended a friend’s wedding at Chelsea Piers Lighthouse earlier this year and not surprisingly, it was fantastic. Out of curiosity, I followed up with one of the sales manager and received a price quote for 2014.     Wedding Venue: Chelsea Piers Lighthouse Date Price Quoted:...

Trip Review: What to Eat in Miami Beach and Avoid Scams

Posted by on Mar 14, 2014 in Hilton, Hotel | 0 comments

We only stayed at the Hilton Bentley Miami South Beach for a weekend so our time in Miami Beach was relatively short. Nevertheless, we got to try a few restaurants and walked down the Art Deco District a couple of times so I wanted to share with you what to eat in Miami Beach. More importantly, I want to discuss the restaurant scams operating along Ocean Drive and how you can avoid these scams.   What to Eat in Miami Beach From the Hilton Bentley, it’s really easy to walk to tons of restaurant options. We really enjoyed Bolivar, a Colombian restaurant my wife found. It had great food...