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2023.06.08 13:29 Wise-Security6387 Hotel Star Inn (Dimapur)

Hotel Star Inn (Dimapur)
Hotel Star Inn is an exquisite hotel nestled in the heart of Dimapur. Our utmost priority is to provide you with a comfortable and convenient stay, whether you're traveling for business or leisure. With a strong commitment to delivering top-notch hospitality, we guarantee that your visit to our vibrant city will be truly memorable. By choosing to book through Liamtra, you can take advantage of exclusive offers and deals for your stay at Star Inn.
At Hotel Star Inn, we strive to ensure your comfort and relaxation. Our dedicated staff is committed to providing excellent service, ensuring that your experience with us is truly delightful.
Dimapur, often hailed as the commercial hub of Nagaland, offers a captivating blend of rich culture and modern attractions. As a centrally located hotel, Star Inn provides easy access to popular tourist destinations, shopping centers, and transportation hubs. Whether you're eager to explore vibrant markets, visit historical sites, or immerse yourself in the local culture, our hotel serves as the perfect base for your exciting adventures.
We invite you to indulge in our excellent service, experience the utmost comfort in our accommodations, and savor delightful dining options. By booking your stay with Liamtra today, you can guarantee that your visit to Dimapur will be an unforgettable one.

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2023.06.08 13:23 inter002 7 Best Destination Wedding Places in India for This Wedding Season

7 Best Destination Wedding Places in India for This Wedding Season
1) The Leela Palace, Jaipur
Plan your dream wedding here! A quintessential venue that is purely the epitome of royalty and grandeur—that’s The Leela Palace, Jaipur, for you! A luxurious treat for you and your close kin, indeed. Have a look at the magnificence of the Leela Palace in Jaipur.
Located in the heart of Jaipur, this elegant hotel is situated on 3 hectares of beautifully landscaped gardens. The hotel is accommodated in a palatial building and is 10 km away from Amer Fort and 30 km away from Jaipur international airport, making it one of the best places to get married in a palace wedding in Rajasthan.

2) Lalitha Mahal, Mysore
On a low hillside, just a short distance from Mysore, the Lalitha Mahal is a stunning white-coloured hotel with a grand Italianate palace, double-coloured and domed, and surrounded by expansive terraced and landscaped gardens. One of the best destination wedding places in India, established in 1931 for the Maharajah’s special guests, this hotel is considered to be one of India’s finest wedding destinations, offering a true royal experience. Situated on a ridge, the hotel offers a breathtaking view of the gentle slopes and winding valley below.
The building is composed of two stories of twin ionic columns, an expansive porch on the first floor, circular domes adorned with lanterns, and a central dome that stands atop the hill. The hotel boasts an impressive banquet hall, which is designed in theatre style and can accommodate up to 230 guests. The poolside lawn can accommodate 250 guests, according to estimates. On the other hand, the royal terrace has the capacity to accommodate a small to medium-sized gathering of up to 25 people. With this option, you will be safe on the budget side, as it is a low-budget destination wedding in India. Additionally, the hotel offers theme weddings, adding an extra layer of exclusivity to one of India’s best wedding venues.

3) Taj Hari Palace, Jodhpur
Taj Mahal Palace is a luxurious oasis that sprawls across six acres of landscaped gardens. It’s known for its 21st-century luxury and is inspired by the Marwars and Moghuls. The domes, murals, columns, and interiors all add up to a dream-come-true experience.
The hotel has a high-end hall, the Amar Mahal, with chandeliers and arches and a jharokha that glows in the sun. Plus, the rooms are spacious and well-furnished. It’s the perfect spot for royal weddings, with grand processions and a band, as well as theme nights and gala dinners out on the sand dunes. Plus, there’s a special “mehfil” evening with Indian classic dances, fireworks, and lighting.

4) Oberoi Udaivilas- Udaipur
If you’re looking for an unforgettable wedding in India, Oberoi Udaivilas is one of the best wedding destinations in India. The hotel is located on the banks of Pichola Lake in Udaipur, and it’s a great way to experience the rich history of Mewar. It’s got courtyards and fountains that run all around, big pools, and lush gardens.
But it’s not just the grand exterior; the interiors are also stunning, with domes, paintings, mirrors, and artefacts that make you feel like royalty. The best part? A boat ride across the lake will take you to the ceremony. Plus, there are small lawns scattered all over the property, and you can get married anywhere from 2 to 50 people. And when it comes to menus and decor, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

5) Lalit Laxmi Vilas, Udaipur
This heritage retreat, constructed in 1911, offers a unique opportunity to experience the grandeur of the royal era in the Udaipur region. Surrounded by the stunning Fateh Sagar Lake and a panoramic view of the Aravalli Hills, the hotel is an ideal destination for couples seeking a D-Day escape in India.
With a combination of modern-day luxury and unique royal grandeur, the hotel offers a range of fine dining options and premium wedding arrangements to ensure that your special day remains unforgettable. The hotel’s Amrapali lawns and Zen Fountain make it an ideal venue for both weddings and pre-weddings.

6) Trident- Jaipur
Couples love to get married in Udaipur, as it is widely considered one of the best wedding destinations in India. It is considered as the most romantic city in the world. The number of forts, palaces, hotels, and locales in the city adds to the romantic atmosphere. Many couples choose to get married at the Trident Hotel, as it is located on the bank of Pichola Lake.
The hotel has easy access to the city centre and offers everything you need to make your wedding unforgettable. Trident Udaipur offers a perfect combination of modern yet traditional hospitality, and your guests will love the vibe throughout the festivities. It falls into the category of low-budget wedding destinations in India, so it won’t put much strain on your pockets.

7) Neemrana Fort- Jaipur
Neemrana is a picturesque hilltop fort-palace that has been built over 12 layers of a hill in a 2.5-hectare (6-acre) garden-palace. It is situated on the Delhi-Jaipur Highway and has been a dream destination for many to make their wedding vows amid its grandeur. The outdoor garden is a combination of mediaeval and rustic elements, while the sophisticated interiors are designed to be a royal wedding venue.
The fort has now been renovated and equipped with modern facilities, including a Roman amphitheatre that can accommodate 200 people, hanging gardens, and Uncha Bagh, which are ideal locations for day and night functions, as well as one of India’s oldest fort hotels. The hill fort, Kesroli, offers rooftop gardens with views of mustard fields as well as a wide pool deck, providing an enchanting backdrop for open-sky and starlit weddings.
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2023.06.08 12:41 psycotic_dragon_121 new home pick your poison

you are given a challenge survive 30 years in a remarkably unpleasant fictional location and you will not only be put back into the prime of your life but also get to live in paradise "whatever form that takes for you" with everyone you care about.
To sweeten the deal you get to pick your fictional place to live they are though your stay has been timed to meet the absolute worst of the events that occur there
mega city one: judge dread
mordor: lord of the rings
the overlook hotel: the shining
the land of always winter: asoiaf
district 12: the hunger games
zion: the matrix
silent hill: silent hill
innsmouth: shadow over innsmouth
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2023.06.08 12:37 OverlordVII Title: Seeking Advice for a Central, Affordable Stay in Paris for 2-3 Days

Hey, fellow travellers! I'm planning a short trip to Paris, mainly to see Ben Howard perform at the Philharmonic, and would love some advice on finding a central and reasonably priced accommodation option. I'll be staying for 2-3 days and I'm looking for a place to spend the nights that covers all the basic needs, but preferably doesn't wreck the bank.
I'm open to suggestions for bed and breakfasts or budget-friendly hotels that provide a comfortable experience. I understand that Paris can be quite expensive and I have had bad experiences in the past when going for cheaper places, so I figured that it might be a good idea to ask you guys for suggestions for places/websites/areas/etc. I can trust.
Ideally, I'd love to stay in a central location, allowing easy access to popular attractions and public transportation. Being close to the heart of the city would be a plus, as I want to make the most of my short stay and minimize travel time.
If any of you have personal recommendations or know of places that offer good value for money, I'd greatly appreciate your insights. Please feel free to share your experiences with specific accommodations, tips for finding affordable options, or any other advice that could help me make the most of my stay.
Looking forward to hearing from you lovely people! Thanks in advance for your help!
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2023.06.08 12:31 griko_earthian Appreciation post for Jaipur!

Appreciation post for Jaipur!
I spent six months as an intern in Jaipur in 2019, and I fell in love with the city.
It was an adventure from the raucous Sindhi camp to the serene Jal Mahal, from having poha near WTP in the morning to encountering a leopard at night.
I stayed at the "66 residency" hotel in Civil Lines and fell in love with its balcony rooms.
We went for late-night walks and returned after a cup of chai from Sahu ji chaiwale.
Samrat Kachori's Pyaaz kachori and lassi were delicious.
This city has a certain allure about it that you can never get enough of. I haven't been there in years, but a part of me misses the pink city.
Returning to the city in July!
गुलाबी शहर के इश्क ने मुझे भी गुलाबी करदिया
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2023.06.08 12:23 NineTalesScripts [M4F] The young master of the mafia clan [Possessive] [Blackmail] [Yandere] [Twist] [Criminal Underworld]

As always, you are free to voice, perform, fill, or whatever else you might want to call it, this script as you please, as long as you do not hide it behind a paywall. I would love to receive a link to the finished product, I enjoy seeing what other people make of my stuff
Changes you can make: I do not put particularly much care into my titles, so feel free to name it something different. If you do, please put the original name in the description or something.
Also, I am always open to feedback, be it about the script itself, specific phrases, or about the format and better ways to provide the script to VAs.

Premise: You are the daughter of the city’s second most powerful mafia clan. Since the death of the most powerful mafia boss in the city, his son has ascended to his position. Your mother sent you to him to deliver a traditional welcome, but also to see how the inexperienced boy can be used and manipulated. However, your expectations are soon to be subverted...
(Part 1: superficially polite conversation)
Speaker: *muffled, behind door* “Are there any more?... Oh no, I can still go on, let her in.”
[Door opens and closes]
Speaker: “Welcome, please come in and have a seat. Make yourself comfortable.” *To someone else* "You can leave us alone now… No, it'll be fine! We're all friends here after all! The criminal underworld has to stick together, am I right?... Oh yes, we're not supposed to call it that, are we? I apologize, I am still learning the ropes of this new… position I found myself in… Anyway, please leave us alone. I am sure nothing dangerous will happen. Your guys also searched her for weapons when she came in, didn't they?... See? Everything will be fine, so just go… Thank you. I appreciate how worried you always are about me!"
[Door opens and closes]
Speaker: "I am so sorry you had to see that. I hope you didn't feel offended by his suspicions."
Listener: *denies*
Speaker: "Thank you for being so understanding. My bodyguards mean well, but they can be a bit… overly zealous in their care from time to time. Especially after what happened with my father…"
Listener: *explains*
Speaker: "Oh that is so nice of you to say. Your condolences are really appreciated. His sudden passing came as a surprise to us all, and now I find myself having to fill his shoes. But so many of the city's other families have already sent their condolences as well. It truly warms my heart to see how well respected he was in this business."
Listener: *explains*
Speaker: "You brought something more?... Oh that is a beautiful flower arrangement! I will make sure to lay this on my father's grave the next time I visit. You said your family head picked it out herself? How is your mother by the way? I only remember seeing her once at that big negotiation a few years ago."
Listener: *answers*
Speaker: “That is so good to hear. It can’t be easy, managing the second largest family in town. I still don’t know how my father could lead one that is even bigger. Please give your mother my regards when you return.”
Listener: *agrees*
Speaker: “Now, this can’t have been the only reason for your visit, am I right? Why don’t you go ahead and tell me what else you have brought for me?”
Listener: *answers*
Speaker: “Just your condolences? Forgive me for doubting that. The other families all took the opportunity to propose some kind of deal as well. So why would you be any different? The only reason that your family took so long to send their regards is because you were still busy trying to figure out how best to use my father’s death.”
Listener: *denies*
(Part 2: Tone shifts, true nature is revealed)
Speaker: “Cut the shit! I am well aware that your mother sent you to… what? Seduce me? Or just manipulate me into doing your bidding?... Why are you acting so surprised? You are not the only child who grew up in this cutthroat world. I can see right through your every move, just as I can see through everyone else’s.”
Listener: *confused*
Speaker: *laughs* “The useless child? Yes, that is certainly the image I built for myself over the years. Did you know that I even introduced that specific nickname? All it took were the right rumors at the right time and place, whispered into the right ears.
Listener: *question*
Speaker: “Why? It is much better to be feared for your position and underestimated for your abilities than the other way around. Especially in this business. I prefer only the ones who work directly with me to know about my true nature. Everybody else can keep thinking of me as the naive, spoiled, oldest son of the city’s most influential family. It keeps them from crossing me without thinking, but makes them careless enough to make mistakes.”
Listener: *question*
Speaker: *laughs* “Your face speaks volumes, even if you do not want it to! ‘Why? Why did I not reveal my intentions sooner to you?’ That’s what you’re asking yourself, isn’t it? To be honest, I was going to humor your attempts at fulfilling your mother’s oh so secret mission, but it was just so pathetic to watch that I couldn’t bear it anymore. The awkward ways you snuck seductive glances at me, played with your hair, and even tried to establish skin contact were all so obvious. You really only have a pretty face, but none of the skills to use it properly.”
Listener: *angry*
Speaker: *laugh* “Are those tears I see in your eyes? Oh don’t try to appeal to my sympathy now. I can see those tears for what they are. Not tears of sadness or fear, but tears of anger and frustration. That pouting face of yours may just be more effective at rousing my interest than anything you tried before. But trust me, you don’t want me to do the things it makes me want to do to you.”
Listener: *pouts*
Speaker: “Now that we got the pleasantries out of the way, would you please just show me whatever business proposal you have in that bag of yours? I bet you even brought a pretty looking folder with fancy looking graphs and tables and everything... I’m right, aren’t I?” *laughs* “This is just precious!”
Listener: *gives proposal*
Speaker: “That’s more like it. Let me take a look at it… Colorful design, check. Graphs, check. Tables, check. Extremely disadvantageous terms for my family, check.” *laughs* “It’s refreshing to see how stupid you really think I am! Your people must have worked so long and hard at this proposal, trying to squeeze as much use out of me as you possibly could… Well, as you might have gathered from my reaction, your proposal is rejected. But since you went to the trouble of getting me such a nice folder, I have a similar one for you. Please, take a nice long look at it.”
Listener: *looks through the folder*
Speaker: *occasional chuckle*
(Part 3: Blackmail)
Speaker: “That’s right, those are all pictures of your family’s operations. Not all of them, but definitely enough to earn every single of your members a nice long stay in the crowbar hotel. In the right hands, this folder could implode your entire organization within a single night. It doesn’t stop at just the pictures by the way, there’s everyone’s home addresses, all your hideouts and warehouses, and so much more evidence. And this here is the coup de grâce, la pièce de résistance!”
Listener: *surprised*
Speaker: *laughs* “So you DO recognize it! Yes, that is indeed your family’s ledger, the one that supposedly was burnt to ashes a few weeks ago! Only… that it wasn’t, but that much should be obvious by now, even to you.”
Listener: *question*
Speaker: “How? Well, I happened to come into contact with a certain someone within your family who had enough reason to be close enough to the ledger to be able to facilitate an accident… Scary, isn’t it? Really makes you wonder who else of your most trusted members is on my payroll!”
(Part 4: Demands for submission and marriage)
Listener: *question*
Speaker: “What’s going to happen now? I’ll tell you what. First, you are going to take this folder back to your mother. She will think about it for a night or two, just to give herself the illusion of having some control over the situation. Then she will follow the demands I have written down in this envelope anyway, because she does not actually have a choice and she will know that as well as I do.”
Listener: *question*
Speaker: “You look curious again. Fine, I guess it wouldn’t hurt to tell you, seeing how the demands… involve you. There are basically two demands. The first one is that she is to step down from her position as family head and yield the position to you. I don’t care which kind of explanation or excuse she gives others, as long as it is believable. The second demand is that she personally marries you to me.”
Listener: *shocked*
Speaker: “You look so surprised! Surprised and a bit frightened now that I take a closer look. Like a helpless little mouse cowering in front of a snake. Say, do you mind if I call you that from now on? Little Mouse?”
Listener: *question*
Speaker: “Why am I doing all that? Have you never heard of a political marriage before, little mouse? Though I guess this one is a tad bit unconventional. The leader of the second largest criminal organization being led to the altar by the previous leader, and being married into another family. Oh, the confusion and humiliation that every single one of your underlings must feel at that! Simply exhilarating! And it will completely shake up this game board that I so carefully prepared.”
Listener: *question*
Speaker: “Yes, prepared. Do you still think my sudden rise to power was a coincidence, little mouse? No no, I’ve been spinning my web for years now, moving all the game pieces into the right places and waiting for the opportunity to strike.”
Listener: *question*
Speaker: “Did I kill my father? I’m going to leave that answer up to your imagination, little mouse. He was weak, and never knew how to rise to true greatness, despite everything at his disposal. I will make much better use of his resources than he ever could. Under my rule, the families will finally be united and form an actual front against law and order. This city will be ours!”
Listener: *defiant*
Speaker: “Oh no, the other families won’t do anything. At least not until it is too late. I don’t mind telling you a little secret that no one else knows. I have dirt on every single one of them. They all just believe that they are the only one, that I came across it by accident. So they will sit back and wait until one of the others takes the first shot at me, so they don’t have to suffer my retaliation.”
Listener: *confused*
Speaker: “Why am I telling you all this? Simple, because you won’t be able to do anything about it. You will walk out of here freely, but you will be painfully aware of the invisible chains and threads that bind you to me. But don’t worry, I take good care of my things. As long as you don’t act up and behave well enough, you will want for nothing, little mouse. Now that I finally obtained you, I am not going to let you go, ever!”
Listener: *question*
Speaker: “See who finally used her pretty little head for some thinking! If you can pick up on things like that, you may have more use than I initially thought. Yes, I did say finally. I had my eyes on you for years, ever since we met at that big negotiation. You were the only one close to me in age and status, so I naturally paid attention to you. There’s just something poetic about the younger generation overthrowing their parents and leading the way into a brighter future, isn’t it? So I spent the last years, plotting, planning, scheming, or whatever else you might want to call it, trying to find the best way to obtain you and achieve our… my goal. I spied, I threatened, I blackmailed, and I… hurt people, all in order to move all pieces into the exact positions they are in now.”
Listener: *stunned*
Speaker: “You might act frightened and shocked right now, but I can see in your eyes that you are beginning to warm up to the idea, little mouse. Now, I don’t know if that is because you simply gave up on resisting me, or if you genuinely find the idea of ruling by my side intriguing, and it honestly does not matter to me as long as the end result stays the same. So why don’t you take a bit of time for yourself and use that pretty little head of yours to figure that part out first? After you take this folder and my demands back to your mother, of course.”
(Part 5: Tone shifts back to the beginning)
Speaker: “If there is nothing else, please let me escort you to your car.”
Listener: *declines*
Speaker: “No please, I insist! It really is no trouble at all. I know that you can find your way back by yourself, but I would be a terrible host if I just sent you on your way from here… And I don’t want to reveal that side to my people just yet.
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2023.06.08 12:11 dubaifreezone0 Top D3 Business Setup Service Provider in Dubai

Dubai Design District (D3) is an exclusive development in Dubai that caters to the design community, including entrepreneurs, start-ups, and well-established luxury, fashion, and design brands. As a member of Dubai Holding and part of the TECOM Group, D3 offers tailored solutions for companies looking to establish their presence. The TECOM Group Free Zone business park is divided into three phases, with the completion of 11 office buildings in the initial phase back in 2015.
D3 boasts a range of facilities, including hospitality, residential, office, and retail spaces. Spanning a waterfront stretch of 1.8km, it will feature hotels, retail outlets, a multi-use outdoor area, and various food and beverage establishments. Situated adjacent to Business Bay and in close proximity to Mohammed Bin Rashid City, the Dubai Design District is strategically located behind Dubai Mall and Burj Khalifa, next to the Dubai Creek.
Our business service provider specializes in facilitating the process of establishing your D3 Company Setup, offering expertise and guidance every step of the way.
D3 offers three types of company formations:
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A Free Zone LLC is established as a distinct legal entity, with shareholders that can be individuals or corporate entities.
The minimum capital requirement for Free Zone incorporation is AED 50,000, depending on the nature of the business.
FZ-LLC license types:
Characteristics of FZ-LLC:
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This permit allows individuals to operate as freelance professionals and conduct business using their birth name.
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A branch of a UAE or foreign company is not a separate legal entity from its parent company. It manages operations inherent to the parent business. There is no share capital requirement for a branch company.
Branch company license types:
Characteristics of a Branch company:
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2023.06.08 12:04 HoneymoonInn_Manali Low Rate Hotels in Manali for a Perfect Holiday

Finding affordable accommodation is key to planning a perfect holiday in Manali. The city offers a range of low rate hotels that cater to budget-conscious travellers. These hotels provide comfortable and convenient stays without breaking the bank. With competitive Manali hotel rates, visitors can enjoy their holiday without compromising on quality. From small guesthouses to budget-friendly hotels, there are plenty of options to choose from. These low rate hotels in Manali offer clean rooms, basic amenities, and friendly service to ensure a pleasant stay. While the prices may vary depending on the location and facilities offered, they generally provide excellent value for money. Whether you're visiting Manali for a few days or planning an extended stay, opting for low rate hotels can help you save on accommodation costs, leaving you with more budget to explore the beautiful attractions and indulge in local experiences. Consider booking your stay at a low rate hotel in Manali, like the popular Holiday Inn Manali, to enjoy a memorable holiday without straining your wallet.
Factors to consider when choosing a low rate hotel:-
When selecting a low rate hotel in Manali, there are several factors to consider to ensure a comfortable and satisfactory stay. Firstly, it's important to compare Manali hotel rates and find a hotel that fits within your budget. Look for low rate hotels in Manali that offer competitive prices without compromising on essential amenities. Consider the location of the hotel, as it should be conveniently situated near popular attractions or accessible transportation options. Assess the facilities provided by the hotel, such as clean and comfortable rooms, Wi-Fi connectivity, parking facilities, and on-site dining options. Additionally, read reviews and ratings from previous guests to gain insights into the hotel's service quality and customer satisfaction. The Holiday Inn Manali is a popular choice among low rate hotels in Manali, offering a blend of affordability and quality. By considering these factors and conducting thorough research, you can find a suitable low rate hotel in Manali that meets your requirements and ensures a pleasant stay within your budget.
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2023.06.08 12:04 Cartoonfriendly First time traveling question

So I'm travelling to a city by myself for the first time in my country and I've booked myself a room at a hotel, other than my credit card is there anything hotel needs to know when I arrive?
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2023.06.08 11:26 fit_vivant Lessons Learned from Ironman 70.3 Victoria 2023

I did Ironman 70.3 Victoria last month (my first tri!) I wanted to give a few tips re: logistics that I didn’t see elsewhere on reddit or on the race website. This is mostly for my fellow Americans.
Getting there:
· There are 3 Vancouvers: Vancouver, WA, Vancouver BC, and Vancouver Island. Vancouver, WA is very far away - it’s on the WA/OR border. Victoria BC is on Vancouver Island. Vancouver BC is not. Generally, you have to take a ferry to get to Vancouver Island from the US or Canada mainland.
· The “travel tips” video on the race website tells you to take the Victoria Clipper ferry from downtown Seattle. It does not tell you the Clipper is a pedestrian-only ferry (bikes OK, but no cars.) You will need a car for the race – see “Race Site” section, below. If you plan to walk-on to the Clipper and rent a car in Victoria, I recommend planning this a few months in advance. UbeLyft is not available in Victoria. Clipper tickets are $100+ and sell out very quickly in the summer.
· There is a car ferry to Victoria from Port Angeles, WA (Blackball/Coho ferry). There are currently only 3 boats per day; 8am, 12:45pm and 5:15pm. It costs about $80 each way. You’re charged a nominal fee (about $12) when making the reservation, then pay the rest when you arrive at the ferry dock. You are required to be at the dock a minimum of 60 minutes before the boat’s departure time (unless you are a walk-on). 60 min before departure, they start letting the standby cars on. 25 spots are reserved for standby cars (first come first served); then they start giving away spots of those who had reservations but have not yet arrived.
· Prior to all of this, in order to get from Seattle to Port Angeles, you need to take a WA state ferry from downtown Seattle across Puget Sound. There are several cities you can take the ferry to, namely: Bainbridge Island, Bremerton, and Kingston. When selecting a ferry and buying tickets, note that some of these boats may be pedestrian-only, so pay attention.
· Furthermore, WA state ferries are named after other cities in WA that they are not sailing to. For example: the ferries from Seattle to Bainbridge Island are called the “Wenatchee” and the “Tacoma”; the ferry to Bremerton is the “Walla Walla.”
· The WA State ferries are typically running 30-40 min behind schedule, but the website lists the precise timeframes of delays.
· Alternatively, you can (and should) drive around Puget Sound. Because you have to drive south to go north, this can take 2.5+ hours.
· I bought my Blackball/Coho ticket a month before the race. Only the Friday 8am boat had available tickets at that point. I arrived 20 (not 60) minutes before departure. Cars had started lining up to get in the standby line at 6:30am. I couldn’t get on the 8am or 12:45 boat. I barely got onto 5:15pm.
· Returning home, passengers are required to be at the ferry dock in Victoria BC 90 minutes prior to departure. If you stay in a hotel on the inner harbodowntown, it’s at least very close by.
The Race Site:
· The race site is located about 7 miles from the inner harbodowntown Victoria (which is where any/all ferries will let you off). The only realistic way to get to the race site from the inner harbor (especially at 4:30am) is to drive.
· There aren’t many hotels near the race site. You may be able to find a motel or an Airbnb, but it will still be 2-4 miles from the race site. There are exactly two houses at the race site. One of those homeowners owns a ton of acres behind his house, and sells parking spots for $100. You would have enteexit privileges all weekend. I think he can accommodate 100+ cars.
· The other house, next door, appeared to be rented out by a team.
· The only source for drinking water (for spectators) that I could find at the race site was a single water fountain near the swim start. There was also a single food truck (Greek) that was selling bottled water, but I imagine supply becomes limited.
Check-in & Race Day – Site Logistics:
· Bring water and a lunch to check-in. See notes above re: water availability.
· Ironman water bottles sold out almost immediately.
· Spectators must be able-bodied, and ideally, physically fit. A lot of walking is required, as several gates/barriers are set up all around the course. I saw some younger people hopping the gates and bushwhacking to get from point to point (e.g. from the swim start to the swim finish). Otherwise there’s lots of walking through a maze.
· The 3 parking lots are each about 2 miles from the race site. There are school bus shuttles, which require some waiting.
· Porta-potties are abundant for athletes and spectators (separate).
· The park has a new bathroom that was built this year, however, at race check-in the sinks were already completely clogged with sand from swimmers. I imagine race day was worse. Public swimming still occurs during check-in and on race day (mostly families of athletes). The public swim area is roped/buoyed off.
· Spectators should bring lunch/snacks, lots of water, clothing layers (a packable down jacket is ideal), and something to sit on. If you care about your spectator, you should prep these things for them in advance. They will be spending 5-8 hours at the park, waiting for you. If they aren't triathletes or into socializing with them, they should bring a book. Families with young children and/or dogs swam and and played on the playground (near the swimming area) all day. This probably sounds like a nightmare to most Americans, but I noticed during my whole trip that Canadian children seem more precocious and well-behaved, and the dogs more mellow. It seemed to rub off on the Americans kids and dogs, respectively.
· Check in is very time-consuming unless you are a seasoned triathlete and/or have a partnespectator who is.
· You absolutely cannot leave your car unattended while you check-in your bike. If you are alone (i.e., don’t have another driver in your car), you have to give the race officials your bike, go park your car in the lot 2 miles away, shuttle back (which involves lots of waiting), check-in, get your timing chip, bib, and wristband, go thru the expo (it's thankfully small), bring your bike to the transition, and set up your transition area. A pre-race briefing is required (offered about every 1-2 hours). I also did a swim course recon.
· I also stayed for what was listed as a “swim clinic” (optional) - which turned out to be a lecture by Lance Watson with Life Sport Coaching. This was incredibly useful and single handedly calmed all of my nerves about swimming.
The race itself
· All 3 legs of the course are beautiful.
· The run isn’t flat. There are a few little hills. There are also some significant tree roots. I tripped a few times, and saw one older athlete take a tumble.
· I wore normal race-day running shoes. One guy ran it barefoot. I'm not sure how.
· There is lots of course support for all 3 legs. I was surprised (and comforted) by how many support vehicles were on the bike course.
Anyway, I hope this helps someone who plans to do the race in the future! Thank you for coming to my TED talk;)
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2023.06.08 11:23 Garbungie Looking for some opinions/ways to improve itinerary, first time in Tokyo/Kyoto

Thanks for your help if you can. I understand some of the days may look packed and am open to moving things around or off my list (my partner and I tend to be the busy types who like to do a lot of things each day). Some questions I have is how reliable taxis are (we like to save time if we can). Also, would a day trip to Kawaguchiko be recommended? Does anyone also recommend the Osaka Aquarium? Correct me if I am wrong and thanks again!
Fly out of LAX
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2023.06.08 11:04 Separate-Kick63 Is 8/10 review good or bad in your opinion?

We booked a stay through that had 10/10 rating and 2 reviews because we didn't have much choice (booked only one day ahead). Once there, it was much worse than in pictures, and the place had many issues. For example bad ventilation, stale air, uneven floor, filthy water cooker, the entrance was straight from the shady street to the room, window was also facing the street so you can't open it unless you want to say hi to passersby etc. The price was the standard price for a privately owned room in that city. Actually it was few euros more expensive than other 2 accomodations we had in the city, and both were better than this one, one being absolutely fantastic.
Anyhow... The rating. I gave it 8/10 because I didn't want to be too harsh, given that it only has few reviews, and of all the bad stuff I only mentioned uneven floor. I praised a few aspects and concluded that it's great considering the price.
Upon reviewing it, the owner messaged me on WhatsApp saying stuff like "thank you for ruining my business with your bad review" and "do you want 5 stars hotel for that price". I only responded that 8 is not a bad review, but she keeps going on and on how I can't give anything less than 10 for a cheap accomodation.
I personally feel that no matter the price, a place should be clean and have everything in it functioning properly. Only then I can give 10/10.
How do you rate your stays?
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2023.06.08 10:30 AutoModerator India tour

Destination Covered New Delhi – Agra – Jaipur – Goa


Day 01: Arrive New Delhi

On arrival Incredible Tour To India representative shall meet you at the airport to welcome you and transfer you to hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 02: Delhi

Enjoy full day city tour covering Laxmi Narayan Temple – The Place of Gods, India Gate – The memorial of martyrs, Parliament House – The Government Headquarters, Jama Masjid – The largest mosque in Asia, Red Fort – The red stone magic, Gandhi memorial – The memoir of father of the nation beside these some other places to visit are – Qutub Minar Complex and Humayun’s Tomb. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 03: Delhi to Agra

Today we shall drive you to Agra. Agra is 205 kilometers away from Delhi and take 5 hours drive to reach. Arrive in Agra and check in into hotel. Later, we shall take you for a city tour covering -Taj Mahal – a poem written in white marble, the most extravagant monument ever built for love, Red Fort – a visit to the fort in ‘Agra’ is a must since so many of the events which lead to the construction of the Taj took place here, Itmad-ud-Daula’s Tomb – The tomb is of particular interest since many of its design elephants overshadow the Taj. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 04: Agra to Jaipur

Early morning, drive to Jaipur. The city is 235 kilometers away from Agra and take 5 hours drive to reach. En route visit Fatehpur Sikri (Old Deserted town of Mughal Dynasty) and its monuments which include Jama Masjid, The Buland Darwaza, Palace of Jodha Bai, Birbal Bhawan & Panch Mahal. Arrive in Jaipur and check into the hotel. Later relax in the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 05: Jaipur

Today morning we shall take you for a tour to Amer Fort. Take joy ride on Elephant (presently Elephant Ride closed at Amber Fort for the time being). Afternoon enjoy city tour covering City Palace – occupies a large area divided into a series of courtyards, gardens & buildings and a perfect blend of Rajasthani & Mughal architecture, Royal Observatory – An observatory with some rare qualities to its credit, Nawab Sahab Ki Haveli, and the Bazaar etc. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 06: Jaipur to Goa

In the morning, you’ll be transferred to airport to board connecting flight for Goa. On arrival in Goa met our representative and get transferred to your Hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 07: Goa

In the morning, enjoy half day sightseeing tour of Old Goa. Evening is at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 08: Goa

Full day relax by the poolside/Beach. Overnight stay.

Day 09: Goa Departure

Morning is at leisure. In the evening, you’ll be transferred to the airport to board connecting flight for your onward destination.
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2023.06.08 10:18 QwertytheCoolOne Thoughts on some of my music taste?

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2023.06.08 10:17 PocketFMofficial Cathy betrayed Alex, but will she come back after knowing the truth that Alex is Millionaire? How will Alex heal his heart?

Cathy betrayed Alex, but will she come back after knowing the truth that Alex is Millionaire? How will Alex heal his heart?
Chapter 1
"Hello. Heavenly Lion Convenience," Alex Ambrose answered the store phone.
"I need a box of condoms and two packs of tissues delivered to room 1302 of the Sheraton South River Hotel. Hurry!" The caller hung up.
Alex shook his head. People never seemed to be prepared.
He packed the required items, put on a raincoat, and rode his electric bike toward the Sheraton Hotel on the southern side of the river.
It was nine o’clock in the evening and raining heavily, and his pants and shoes were soon wet and filthy. Luckily, the merchandise was still dry, but he didn't dare delay any longer, so he hurried toward the hotel.
When he arrived at room 1302, he knocked on the door, and it was opened quickly.
"Hello, here’s your—" Alex was stunned into silence.
The woman in front of him was none other than his girlfriend, Cathy!
She was dressed in a white robe, with her long, dark, wet hair draped over her shoulders. The scents of shower gel and shampoo assaulted his nose.
"Cathy? What are you doing here?" He stared at her in disbelief, still feeling dazed.
"What are you doing here?" Cathy asked. Her heart skipped a beat, and she took a small step back into the room. Her mind went blank and then started to spin.
"What's wrong?" Another guy walked up to the door, wearing a robe and slippers, and Alex immediately recognized him.
"You! You dare to touch my girl?" Alex couldn't suppress the anger welling up inside him, and he started moving toward Billy, determined to teach him a lesson.
"Stop!" Cathy stepped in front of Alex. After a brief burst of panic, she had managed to get back a bit of control. Since her boyfriend had already discovered her betrayal, there was no point in trying to hide it now.
She looked directly at him. "Alex, we need to break up."
"Break up?" Alex was stunned. He stared at Cathy with wide eyes. "Cathy, we've been together for more than a year. Are you going to break up with me now?"
"Yes. We need to go our separate ways." She kept steady eye contact with him and spoke with a strong sense of resentment. "Are you surprised? You have no money, Alex. You can only barely afford the cheapest essentials. We never have anything nice. As long as I’m with you, people will always be laughing at me, and that just isn't the life I want. I’m too good to be living in poverty like this. I was too naive when I was in my freshman year, and I let myself get tricked into being with a loser like you!"
She hugged Billy's arm and said to Alex, "Billy is my boyfriend now. From now on, I want nothing to do with you. Don't bother me again!"
"Well, seems like you’re just her good-for-nothing ex now!" Billy looked at Alex with a provocative smirk.
Alex, standing there in a raincoat and with mud stains on his pants and shoes, felt like Cathy was right. He was a complete loser. Billy took the plastic bag from his hand and took out the box of condoms. He waved it at Alex and laughed as he said, "I’m staying in a nice hotel, having my girlfriend’s ex bring me condoms. And you’re single. Sure was good of you to help me out."
"Why are you still here?" Cathy scolded Alex.
"Nah, it's good that he didn't piss off. Maybe you want to see me beat him down, huh, Cathy? Gotta give a lady what she wants," Billy sneered.
Alex felt utterly defeated. He slowly turned around and walked out of the room.
"Bro, you're not even taking the money? Heh, nice. I get a girlfriend and a gift." Billy felt great watching Alex's slumped, dejected posture as he closed the door behind him.
When Alex left the hotel, it was raining even harder than before. He took off his raincoat, allowing the cold rain to drench his entire body and help clear his head.
Cathy had discarded him because she believed he had no money. Losing such a materialistic woman should be something to rejoice over, so why should he be sad?
[Buzz buzz!]
His phone vibrated in his pocket. Alex took it out and glanced at it, but when he saw the number, he stopped walking. His entire body was shaking as he read the text.
[After a review, the Ambrose family has decided that their son, Alexander, has met the conditions required for entitlement to his inheritance. From today onward, control of his property will be returned to him.]
The bean-sized raindrops plopped onto the screen, causing the text message to gradually become blurry.
Alex's mind began to spin. If not for this message, Alex would have almost forgotten his identity as a super-rich kid. Over the last seven years, his family had been assessing him, withholding his fortune until they were satisfied he met their draconian conditions. And now, finally, it was over.
Everything that rightfully belonged to him was finally his to claim.
Alex woke up early the next morning and drove to the city. In a great mood, he got out of his car and went straight to Metro Sky Bank, right in the heart of the wealthiest part of the central business district of New York.
Various luxury cars were parked around the bank. The people walking in and out of the surrounding plaza were all rich; it was obvious from their clothing and demeanour.
Alex strode to the door of the bank and pushed it open.
The main door could be opened both inward and outward, and Alex had been a bit careless when he pushed it open from outside. As a result, the door had bumped into a long-haired young woman who had been heading out of the building.
He quickly apologized, "Sorry. I didn't see you."
"What do you mean, you didn’t see me? What am I, invisible?" She held a hand to her forehead and glared at him.
The bank’s assistant manager, Karen Young, had noticed the incident and hurried over. She checked on the woman first, and then looked at Alex in disapproval. When her gaze swept over him, a trace of suspicion appeared on her face.
Metro Sky Bank was different from most banks, as the clientele were almost exclusively high-end businesspeople. Karen knew the young woman was there with her father, but she didn't know why Alex was there. Judging from his appearance and age, he wasn't their usual type of customer.
"Sir, can I be of assistance?" she asked with a polite but forced smile.
Alex simply said, "I’m here to withdraw money."
"Withdraw money?" the sullen woman asked, sneering at him.
"Do you have a card?" Karen asked, continuing to smile politely.
Getting a Metro Sky Bankcard was not easy. A million dollars of savings was the minimum requirement to qualify. Karen felt certain that the man in front of her couldn't have much experience with the bank and wouldn't know their rules. Perhaps he had thought that other banks' cards could also be used here.
"No," Alex replied, shaking his head.
The woman he had accidentally hit with the door couldn't help but giggle when she heard his honest reply. He wasn't worth any more of her attention.
"Let’s go." Her father had walked up, still arranging the documents he was carrying.
"My dad and I are leaving." The woman shook Karen's hand, and then looked over at Alex. "Ms Young, having someone like this around could damage your bank's image and upset your customers. I hope this will not happen again."
With that, she took her father’s arm and opened the door.
"Take care, Mr Scott." Karen followed them out a few steps, watching as they got into a car and left. Turning around, she headed back inside, having made up her mind to encourage Alex to leave as soon as possible.
There was no one standing where Alex had been. Oh! Where’s he gone? she wondered.
Was it possible that the kid had been embarrassed and had quietly slipped away?
She felt relieved at the thought. Then, just as she was about to go back to work, she caught a glimpse of someone out of the corner of her eye.
There’s the brat! No wonder I didn’t see him at first, she thought. He had already reached the entrance to the VIP lounge, and a pillar had blocked her view of him.
The VIP room was only for high-status customers who were worth at least thirty million dollars, and this young man had admitted that he didn’t even have a card. If she let him get through, she would be in trouble with her boss.
"Stop! Don't move!" Karen yelled, feeling desperate. The other customers all looked around at her, obviously annoyed by her shouting. She could only smile apologetically as she walked quickly toward Alex.
But he had already walked through the lounge, opened the door to the VIP room, and stepped inside.
Chapter 2
Does he have no shame? Karen hurried after Alex with a look of chagrin on her face. She tried to open the door to the VIP room, but it had been locked from the inside.
"Hello?" Inside the VIP room, Robert Miller, the bank manager, was leaning against the sofa, looking at his phone. When the door suddenly opened, he quickly sat down and hid his phone away. Normally, when a VIP was coming in, Karen would notify him in advance.
As the customer manager, he was responsible for thirty-one VIPs, and he knew them like the back of his hand. He immediately began to launch into his normal professional greeting, hoping to undo the poor impression he’d made by slouching against the sofa, but when he saw Alex, his expression froze.
He was certain that Alex was not one of his VIPs, nor was he a relative of one.
"May I ask who you are?" Robert asked, looking at the young man, who appeared to be around twenty years old. Robert had no idea who he was.
Alex got straight to the point. "I'm here to get my money."
"You have one of our cards?" Robert asked, suspicious of Alex's calm expression.
"No," Alex admitted frankly.
Robert was relieved to seemingly be proven right, but even more confused. Access to the VIP room required a minimum worth of three million dollars, but this man didn't have any money. Why was he so composed?
"I'm sorry, sir. We can't give out money without a card. Do you require anything else?"
He's crazy, Robert thought. Why on earth did Karen let him in? I’ll have to speak to her about this at Monday’s meeting.
"You have fingerprint recognition here, right?" Alex suddenly asked.
The fingerprint ID system at the bank was for the wealthiest families and businesses to use. Only a few people had their fingerprints recorded in the system, at least in the New York branch, and no one had used it to access their holdings yet.
"You want to use it?" Robert could no longer bring himself to call Alex "sir."
"Yes." Alex nodded.
Robert was feeling more confused by the second. Why would someone who wasn't even a customer request to use a fingerprint ID?
To be honest, even though he was curious, Robert felt that it was barely worth humouring the request. But after considering for a few seconds, he finally decided to let Alex make the attempt rather than risk making him angry.
He opened the safe and brought out the fingerprint identification device, which he had never used before.
"Place your thumb here." Robert indicated the verification area to Alex, who placed his thumb on the sensor.
The device lit up with a glaring red light, and the LCD screen displayed the words [Fingerprint not recorded].
Immediately, Robert’s expression turned hostile, and he glared at Alex. He picked up his phone, ready to call the police.
"Wait, wait!" Alex said quickly. "Maybe that was the wrong print. I'll try using my index finger this time."
Robert smiled coldly. "What’s your plan here? Your thumb doesn’t work, so you’ll try your index finger. Then, if your index finger doesn’t work, you’ll try your middle finger. When you run out of fingers, will you try using your toes?"
But Alex had already pressed his index finger on the verification area.
Robert resolved that if the man’s fingerprints weren’t accepted this time, he would immediately call the police and have him arrested.
[Beep!] A green light appeared on the device and new details flashed up on the LCD screen: [Verification successful. Family account: 01. Verifier: Alexander Ambrose. Account: 01104.]
Robert gaped at Alex in disbelief for a moment, and then hurriedly squeezed out a smile. "Mr Ambrose, I'm sorry. I didn't realize. I'm Robert Miller, the customer manager for the New York branch. Please allow me to assist you."
"It's fine," Alex said lightly and stood up. "Can I see how much money I have left in my account?"
"Please wait a moment." Robert sat in front of the computer and typed away for a while. On his instructions, Alex provided a few more fingerprint scans as authorization.
"It's done, Mr Ambrose." Robert clicked the "OK" button on the screen, and Alex's account appeared.
Robert pointed to the computer screen and said, "Mr Ambrose, the balance of your account is currently eighty-six million dollars."
Robert couldn't help but suck in a breath of cold air.
This young man had an enormous fortune. It placed him in the topflight of the one per cent. Most people would never be able to even dream of that much money.
Alex felt strange as he stared at the numbers on the screen. He reminded himself that he needed to get used to his status as a rich kid as soon as possible.
"Oh, and you have other assets as well. Let me show you now." Robert clicked through to check several pages in a row. Finally, he clicked the "OK" button again.
The computer brought up a 4 x 4 grid of display screens.
"This surveillance screen displays all the physical assets that you hold elsewhere," Robert explained. He clicked on the upper left corner of the screen and brought up the feed from the bank's branch at The Hague, which revealed a sports car. In the lower right corner, it said, [Ferrari Pagani Huayra].
Robert opened up other screens for Alex, one after another.
The Hawaii branch displayed a Dominica blue pearl bracelet and four stacks of gold bars.
The feed from the French branch in Nice revealed three original Picasso paintings and two Rodin statues.
And the Cape Town branch had fifteen 10-carat diamonds, ten pieces of ivory, and another couple of stacks of gold bars. Robert's eyes almost popped out as he looked at Alex's assets. He had never seen anyone so rich. Maybe not even one-tenth as rich.
"All right, I’d like a card," Alex said before Robert could collect his thoughts.
"Yes, I will see to it right away. Please wait a moment." Robert immediately started to make the necessary arrangements. Within ten minutes, a Supreme Card was produced.
Robert looked at the Supreme Card and thought about Alex's assets. This card wasn’t good enough for Alex’s status, but it was the highest grade of card they were authorized to issue at the New York branch.
Robert presented handed the card over. "Mr Ambrose, your card."
"Thank you." Alex took the card, stood up, and went to walk out of the room.
"Mr Ambrose, please wait." Robert didn't dare to appear to be neglecting such an important customer. He should see him out personally, but the asset checking system on his computer had not been turned off yet, and the fingerprint verification machine, iris recognition apparatus, and other sensitive equipment had not been returned to the safe. The monitoring system in the VIP room was connected to the district manager’s office.
Karen was anxiously waiting in the hall. What's been going on in there for so long? she wondered. Could that brat have murdered Mr Miller in the VIP room?
The more she considered it, the more scared she became. She was on the verge of banging on the door and demanding a response when Alex walked confidently out of the room.
"Stop!" Karen shouted. She walked quickly over toward him and grabbed at his coat. "You can't leave. You broke into the VIP room. Once we confirm that nothing is missing, I will call the police and have them hold you for questioning."
"What are you talking about?" Alex asked. "Let go!"
Karen grappled with him for a while, but she couldn't manage to search his pockets.
What’s wrong with this woman? Alex thought. He wasn’t even arguing with her, but she was manhandling him.
"What is this?" Karen spotted the Supreme Card that was peeking out of Alex's pocket. She quickly pulled it out and looked at him triumphantly, as if she had found evidence of his guilt. "Oh, you stole a card. This is a crime, and I have to call the police."
It didn't even cross her mind that the card could belong to Alex. She imagined he had entered the VIP room, pretending to be there by mistake, and had then distracted Mr Miller with questions and stolen the card when the manager wasn't paying attention.
"Let go!" Alex was sick of this woman.
"Don’t you feel guilty about being a thief?" She was even more determined.
With the two of them creating such a scene, other customers started to walk over toward them, intending to help Karen keep Alex from getting away.
Just then, Robert, who had finished tidying up, strode out of the VIP room.
Having seen Alex's assets, Robert now knew he was the most important customer the New York branch of the bank had ever had. He had also noticed that the system listed Alex's was listed as just one of multiple accounts attached to a family group, labelled 01. If that single account was so lucrative, then what about the rest of the family?
It was rare to meet such important people, so Robert knew he had to be careful to curry favour with Alex. If they got along well, it would be a tremendous success for Robert, and the potential benefits were huge.
So, when saw Karen struggling with Alex, he was enraged. Karen's expression was hostile, and Alex was becoming very angry. Karen was an idiot who was playing with fire, and she might drag Robert himself down with her.
Of all the bank’s many, many customers, why did she need to pick this one to try and remove? A simple flick of Alex’s finger could be enough to end both their careers.
Chapter 3
"Stop!" Robert dashed between Alex and Karen.
Before Alex could speak, Karen waved the Supreme Card in the air. Her eyes flashed with triumph as she said to Robert, "Mr Miller, look! He stole a card from the VIP room!" She smiled at him, her expression a little smug.
Surely, Mr Miller would be happy with her for preventing theft. He had a lot of authority in the eastern district of Metro Sky Bank, and when he had arrived at headquarters, he had seemed impressed with her, so she was hoping for a promotion. Her imagination began to run away with her as she dreamed about her possible future.
Mr Miller's face had always been a little glum, but as she watched, his expression grew darker and darker. Before she could figure out why, she was startled by his explosive roar, leaving her entire body trembling.
"Let go of Mr Ambrose!" As he yelled, Mr Miller knocked the Supreme Card out of her hand, and she was so scared that she let go of Alex. Mr Miller pushed her aside and bent down to pick up the card. "Mr Ambrose, your card. I'm very sorry. I haven't trained Ms Young properly. I do apologize."
Mr Miller's expression showed a mixture of respect, embarrassment, and unease, as the bank's customers looked on in amazement. Karen was stunned.
Could the Supreme Card be his? she wondered.
Her eyes widened. No matter how hard she tried, she couldn't make sense of it.
If this man had a Supreme Card, then he had at least three million dollars, yet he appeared to only be around twenty years old. A poor, lower-class loser with that much money? No, it was just too unlikely.
"It's not your fault, Mr Miller," Alex assured him, slipping the card back into his pocket.
"Thank you, Mr Ambrose." Robert dipped his head and paused briefly before straightening up and shouting at Karen, "Why are you just standing there? Apologize to Mr Ambrose immediately!"
How could Karen still not understand? Robert thought. The young man standing in front of them was seriously rich and needed to be treated with respect.
Karen immediately bowed her head at Alex. "Mr Ambrose, I'm very sorry for my rude behaviour. I made a mistake, created a fuss over nothing, and put my hands on you. It was my fault, and I will reflect on my behaviour—"
Alex ignored her and walked away.
"Mr Ambrose," Robert called after him. "If you ever need anything, just give me a call, and I'll do my best to help."
Robert was excited by this opportunity. It was rare to meet someone as important as Alex, so he shamelessly tried to charm him.
"Okay, Robert." Alex smiled faintly. Robert had come to his defence, after all.
The use of his first name made Robert feel quite emotional. The wealthiest customers called him by his first name, and now so did this poorly dressed young man, who displayed not even a hint of arrogance.
Alex strode out of the bank and hailed a taxi to take him back to Preston University.
As Alex entered the university building, he accidentally stepped into a puddle, splashing a lot of mud on his legs.
He checked his watch then rushed toward the classroom, where Mr Morgan was already standing at the podium, lecturing. He spotted Alex out of the corner of his eye and a hint of disappointment flashed across his face.
Feeling guilty, Alex lowered his head.
Of all his teachers, Mr Morgan was his favourite. The other teachers tended to ignore Alex because he had no money, and some even openly mocked him. Only Mr Morgan treated him like any other student.
Alex slipped quietly into the classroom, aware that all the students were staring at him, and he could hear them whispering.
"He isn't usually late. Hell must have frozen over."
"Look at his pants! They’re filthy. Doesn’t he have any clean clothes?"
"Are you joking? It’s not like he’d have the money for new ones. It looks like he's just thrown on whatever he could find."
Some of the boys continued to talk, and the girls in the front row covered their mouths with their hands as they joined in. Their eyes flashed with contempt when they looked at Alex.
"Stop talking!" Mr Morgan said loudly. "And pay attention."
Throughout the lecture, Alex noticed that Mr Morgan kept glancing at him, his eyes full of disapproval, as if Alex had failed to live up to his expectations.
Eventually, the lecture was over.
"Class dismissed."
Mr Morgan packed up his textbooks and left.
"Cathy." The voice came from the doorway.
Everyone turned in the direction of the voice and saw Billy walking through the door and going straight to Cathy, who was sitting by the window. She stood and hugged him, both of them were in love
Many of the students turned to stare at Alex. Everyone thought that he was Cathy's boyfriend, and they weren’t aware that she had broken up with him.
Alex watched in disgust. He’d heard that Billy had taken at least five different girls to stay at that hotel. Cathy was just the latest in a long line, and Alex had no intention of fighting for her.
Billy strutted past Alex with his arm around Cathy's shoulder.
"Darling, wait a minute," Cathy said to Billy as she stopped in front of Alex and held out her phone. "Since we've broken up, I don’t want to owe you anything. Here's the phone you bought for me a few weeks ago. You can have it back."
Alex glanced at the Samsung Galaxy phone and then took it.
"Hah, you would have to work part-time for six months to afford one of these!" Cathy took a brand-new phone out of her pocket and showed it to Alex. "This is the latest iPhone, and it’s much better than your phone."
"Of course, it's far too expensive for a loser like him." Billy raised his chin and looked at Alex. "Cathy told me that she kept asking for that phone for six months before you finally bought it for her. Do you think you can pick up a girl so far out of your league? You're just embarrassing yourself, so give up. And I'm warning you now: don't even think about her. If I find out you’ve gone anywhere near her, you'll regret it!"
"Don't waste your breath talking to a loser like him. Can we go to De Luca’s for lunch?" Cathy had already dismissed Alex.
"Call me baby," Billy said, smiling at her.
"Baby, let's go." She flirted with him right in front of Alex.
"Cathy!" A petite girl stood up, glaring at her. "You're taking it all too far. I never thought you'd break up with Alex, and I'm ashamed of you."
"Emma, why do you care?" She scowled. When things had been going well with Alex, she’d been on good terms with Emma, who was a decent person. Sometimes, when Cathy had been fighting with Alex, she had asked Emma’s opinion about who was in the right.
"You gave up Alex for someone like Billy?" Emma asked. "How could you treat Alex like this? When you were sick and couldn't even get out of bed, Alex sent you lunch and dinner every day for a month. And when you were walking in the mountains and twisted your ankle, he carried you on his back for miles down the mountain. Don’t you remember that? You know he doesn't make much money from his part-time jobs, but when you wanted a phone, he worked hard for months to save enough money to buy it for you. And this is how you repay him? By breaking up with him and ridiculing him?"
Cathy scowled. "I never forced him to do anything. If he was stupid enough to go along with it, that's his problem! And so what if he bought me a cell phone? It was only a Samsung. And why would I want a Samsung when I can have an iPhone?"
Emma shook her head. "Cathy, I don’t understand you. Do you only care about money? Will money get you everything you want?"
"Yes!" Cathy barked out a laugh. She stared at Emma and said, "I admit that I like money. Is that so wrong?" She took Billy's arm and said, "Come on, baby, let's go. These two poor people disgust me."
She glared at Alex and Emma and then swept out of the classroom with her head held high.
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2023.06.08 09:29 fujianironchain 5 More Nights in Tokyo

I have previously written two posts about gay (sex)adventures in Tokyo about 6 months ago, they are HERE and HERE. I just made another trip last week, this time more focused on general tourist activities, including a side trip to hike near Mount Fuji. But nothing would stop me from exploring the night and sex life of the city. Hope you'd find the additional information useful:
About bars - I started the night in Tokyo Eagle then off to Eagle Blue to see a gogo dance performance by a group called Bear Train. Both places are in the middle of Shinjuku's gay district Ni-chome and are popular with muscle bears like myself. Eagle Blue is more of a basement club than bar; it was packed full of people that night. It's a cover charge of ¥1,500 that got you one big drink up to the same value. They do serve drinks in big plastic cups so one drink should be enough for a short visit. The atmosphere was great. If you happen to be in Tokyo during the weekend go check out their Twitter to see if they have any special performances.
As it was still early after watching the show in Eagle Blue, we went to check out the nearby Dragon Men, which has a more professional troupe of muscle gogo dancers. This is a legit dance club and I read that the US singer Lil Nas X was there having fun the weekend before while on a promotional tour in Japan. I gotta say the performance there was way better than Bear Train's in Eagle Blue. So unless you, like me, have a thing for bears, Dragon Men is probably more entertaining.
A few people have asked me about "masseurs" and "escorts" in Tokyo. This is not something I usually go for but since ¥ is really cheap against USD now, I can't say I wasn't tempted. You can get a full service massage between ¥15,000 (around USD110) and ¥20,000. I was traveling with 2 other buddies this time and one of them is sort of a connoisseur of sex workers in Japan - here is what he did. There is a website that lists all the available independent "masseurs" through out Japan. You can see their basic bios there, with links to their Twitter accounts, websites, etc. The site is in Japanese and English, and you can set your browser to auto-translate from Japanese to English when viewing the masseurs' own webpages.
Most masseurs prefer to be contacted by emails first. You can use English and from what my friend has shown me they have no problem replying in English too. You should also contact them at least half a day in advance. Check their availability on their Twitter and other social media accounts first. The Japanese are very orderly this way.
My friend hired one for an afternoon session; he was so happy afterward that he is still talking about it. But please be mindful that this is a list of "masseurs" even when some are very explicit in what additional services are being offered. Use your own judgement and be respecful when setting up an appointment.
Since I was sharing a room with a travel buddy, we did decide to stay in more expensive hotels this round. The first one we stayed was in Ginza, and the second one was a "hot spring" hotel in Shinjuku right next to the gay district Ni-chome. It has a large bath in the basement with one big hot pool of hotspring water that can sit up to 8 people comfortably. There are also two smaller ones in an sealed off "outside" area. If you like Japanese hotspring-style baths this hotel is a very good deal, with the additional bonus that it's popular with gay tourists and locals alike because of its proximity to Ni-chome. All of us have encountered some very discreet cruising while taking out turns to visit the bath.
I don't encourage anyone to cruise in a public place that is not exclusively gay, but a smile and a friendly nod to the right person can definitely make your trip more interesting. I did exactly that and ended up in another hotel guest's room one evening.
Much as I wanted to visit at least one gay sauna or sex club this trip, I decided not to. Monkeypox is still a concern in Japan, and people are getting infected despite being vaccinated. This is just my personal choice, but you can still read about the 24 Kaikan sauna chain and various sex clubs in my two previous posts.
It's still really cheap to visit Japan now but its economy is recovering faster than everyone else. It may not be cheap for long.
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2023.06.08 09:24 OkFly1268 Which is the best hotel in Shimla?

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When I first arrived at The Zion Hotel Shimla, nestled among the many Hotels in Shimla, I was greeted with a warm and pleasant atmosphere that immediately put me at ease. The hotel's proximity to Sankat Mochan Mandir, a location of spiritual significance and tranquillity, added to the beauty of my vacation. In this serene setting, surrounded by lovely foliage and the calming sounds of nature, I felt at ease and comforted.
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2023.06.08 09:00 Electronic-Bobcat-34 11-Day Itinerary Check (June 22 - July 2)

Hi, I’m planning to visit Japan with my wife from June 22 to July 2, both inclusive. Planned the whole trip alone and needed a second pair of eyes to help me with some questions.

The whole trip plan is Tokyo → Kawaguchiko → Kyoto → Nara → Osaka → Tokyo, which takes 11 days (10 nights), includes 5 different hotels and 2 Shinkansen rides to and from Tokyo.

Day 1: June 22 (Arrival to Tokyo, Check-in, Shinjuku):
- Arrive at Narita Airport at 18:30 in the evening
- Train to the hotel in Shinjuku and check-in
- Explore Shinjuku district (Kabukicho area and Golden Gai St.)

Day 2: June 23 (Shinjuku district):
- Tokyo Metropolitan Building
- Shinjuku Gyoen Park
- Omoide Yokocho

Day 3: June 24 (Shibuya district):
- Shibuya Crossing and Mag’s Park
- Shibuya Scramble Square & Shibuya Sky
- Shibuya Hikarie Building- Shibuya Center St.
- Niku Yokocho
- Yoyogi Park
- Meiji Shrine

Day 4: June 25 (No plan, just have fun):
- Tsukiji market
- Starbucks Reserve Roastery Tokyo
- Just walk around

Day 5: June 26 (Kawaguchiko day trip):
- Check-out early morning (~06:00)
- Bus to Kawaguchiko station and check-in
- Arakurayama Sengen Shrine
- Chureito Pagoda
- Kachi Kachi Ropeway
- Rent a bike
- Oishi Park

Day 6: June 27 (Kyoto):
- Check-out early morning (~06:00)
- Shinkansen to Kyoto and check-in
- Ninenzaka Street
- Starbucks Ninenzaka
- Kiyomizu-dera Buddhist Temple
- Samurai & Ninja Museum
- Nishiki Market
- Mameshiba Cafe

Day 7: June 28 (Kyoto):
- Arashiyama Bamboo Forest
- Togetsukyo Bridge
- Iwatayama Peak
- Kyoto Gyoen National Garden

Day 8: June 29 (Nara & Osaka):
- Check-out early morning
- Train to Nara
- Nara Park & Todai-ji Temple until after lunch
- Train to Osaka and check-in at the hotel in the evening
- Dotonbori Street & Market
- Kurobon Ichiba Market

Day 9: June 30 (Osaka & back to Tokyo):
- Check-out from the hotel in the morning
- Explore Osaka for the rest of the day
- Umeda Sky Building
- Osaka Castle
- Shinsekai District
- Shinkansen to Tokyo in the early evening
- Check-in to hotel in Ginza

Day 10: July 1 (Tokyo):
- Godzilla statue
- Tokyo Tower
- Senso-Ji Temple
- Tokyo Skytree

Day 11: July 2 (Departure):
- Check-out from the hotel early morning
- Have fun in the Ginza area until lunchtime
- Train to Narita Airport at 13:00

You can see that a couple of days are not filled as the rest of them, and are just being used for having fun without a strict plan, as I could not come up with anything for those days on my own. My wife and I are not interested to visit popular stuff like USJ or Ghibli Park, or shopping, so it’s only exploring the cities and their attractions. We travel with two carry-on suitcases and on some days will be bringing them with us for the walks around a city (not a good idea?)

The only things booked for now are the hotels. I am not sure if I need to book Shinkansen and bus rides right now already, or if I should wait to get to Japan first. Also, I think we will not need JR Pass as we only travel on Shinkansen two times (to and from Tokyo), and the cost of those tickets will be cheaper than buying JR pass. I am not sure about route Kyoto → Nara → Osaka (does it benefit from JR pass?)

Also, what is the best way to get from Kawaguchiko to Kyoto in the early morning? Going down to Mishima and taking the train, or going back to Tokyo by bus and taking the train from there (which is faster according to google maps)?

What do you think? Please feel free to give any advice or recommendation on places and transportation. I am open to anything.
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2023.06.08 08:51 Fantastic-Success-33 The 99-yr lease of 25% of the Old City’s Armenian Quarter has been signed away to an Australian-Israeli investor. 20 years ago, the Greek Church sold 2 Palestinian-run hotels in the Old City to foreign companies acting as fronts for an Israeli settler group.

The 99-yr lease of 25% of the Old City’s Armenian Quarter has been signed away to an Australian-Israeli investor. 20 years ago, the Greek Church sold 2 Palestinian-run hotels in the Old City to foreign companies acting as fronts for an Israeli settler group. submitted by Fantastic-Success-33 to armenia [link] [comments]