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The Park Hyatt Maldives: Three days in paradise

“I did nothing. I did absolutely nothing, and it was everything that I thought it could be.” – Peter Gibbons, Office Space. Amy and I spent three relaxing nights at the Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa this past March. The nightly rate at the hotel can exceed $1,000 – before accounting for food, drink and transportation costs. […]

Japan Revisited – Ten Years On

I first visited Japan ten years ago as part of a study abroad program at Nanzan University in Nagoya, Japan. I went with a good friend from school and, after five weeks of pseudo-study, we booked tickets on the Japan rail pass and explored the country from Tokyo to Nagasaki. In those pre-iPhone days and before […]

Flight Review: United Airlines Flight 1 from San Francisco to Singapore

In January, United Airlines announced that it would begin operating non-stop service between San Francisco and Singapore. The flight commenced service on June 1st and is operated by a stretch 787 Dreamliner. The new service holds several distinctions: It is the longest route operated by a Dreamliner (just shy of 16 hours); and It is the only non-stop […]

Trip Report: Singapore to Washington DC (Flight 3: Toronto to Washington DC)

Introduction Flight 1: Singapore to Tokyo Flight 2: Tokyo to Toronto Flight 3: Toronto to Washington D.C. Flight 3 – Economy: Toronto Canada to Washington DC (Dulles) Bombardier CRJ-200 Operated by Air Canada Express – Air Georgian Despite sleeping for a considerable portion of the Tokyo to Toronto flight, I was exhausted and not feeling well […]

Trip Report: Singapore to Washington DC (Flight 2: Tokyo to Toronto)

Introduction Flight 1: Singapore to Tokyo Flight 2: Tokyo to Toronto Flight 3: Toronto to Washington D.C. Flight 2 – Business Class: Tokyo Narita to Toronto Canada Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner Operated by Air Canada After disembarking from our ANA flight, we went through a short security line at Narita airport and then headed directly to the ANA […]

Trip Report: Singapore to Washington DC (Flight 1: SG to Tokyo)

Introduction Flight 1: Singapore to Tokyo Flight 2: Tokyo to Toronto Flight 3: Toronto to Washington D.C. Last week, Amy and I travelled back to the U.S. from Singapore. We used my entire balance of United MileagePlus frequent flyer miles, along with several thousand points transferred from my Chase Sapphire Preferred account, to book our business class flights. This is […]

Trip Report: Singapore to Washington DC (Introduction)

Introduction Flight 1: Singapore to Tokyo Flight 2: Tokyo to Toronto Flight 3: Toronto to Washington D.C. A few months ago, Amy and I began to plan our trip home this summer. At the time, I was beginning to worry that future airline mile devaluations could further erode my Chase Ultimate Rewards point balance. Rather than continue […]