Shiny Armadillo - Photo Flashback

Happy United States Independance Day!
 
This gaudy sculpture represents something that its live form is pretty common in the area where it is located.  There is a flag that allows the location to be determined pretty easily, although I'm looking for a more specific description. ...

Summerfest - my favorite part of living in Milwaukee

I've lived in Milwaukee for more than a decade now.  Much longer than I ever thought I would, and often much longer than I wanted to, but there are lots of positives here too. 

The Calatrava-designed pavilion of the Milwaukee Art Museum on the lakefront near ...
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Cloudy Islands - Photo Flashback

This was taken just offshore on a boat tour.  These islands remind me somewhat of Phang Nga Bay near Phuket, Thailand, but this spot is much closer to home and temperatures rarely are as warm as in Southeast Asia.  The nearest city where we left from is named for a politician who played a ...

Booking my Singapore Airlines First Class Award - Singapore Award

On the weekend in July 2012 when Singapore was changing over their computer systems which allowed SQ premium cabin space to be booked by Star Alliance partners.  I don't often jump on these crazy deals, but I couldn't let this pass me by.  I have always been intrigued by the Singapore ...
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Where should I use my 3 free Starwood nights?

Its a good problem to have; 3 free nights at any Starwood property in category 1-6.  

I'm asking you, dear reader, for suggestions for where to go.
Starwood tends to be my primary hotel chain.  I have a lot of stays in cities for my business travel, and Starwood's reach ...
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Hello from the Maldives

It's been quiet on RegionalFirst of late, but that is because I'm really enjoying my time mostly disconnected at the Park Hyatt Maldives.

 
reflections on the main pool at the Park Hyatt Maldives


Prior to our arrival here, we did some touring in places new to us ...

My favorite airline pajamas

There are many perks to international premium class travel.  Pajamas being provided on long haul flights are high on my list.  
 
I think its fair to say that most carriers with a first class cabin provide pajamas on their long haul first class flights.  Some carriers ...
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Off on my Singapore Airlines First Class trip!

After nearly a year since this trip was booked; my wife and I are off on our anniversary trip to Southeast Asia and the Maldives on Singapore Airlines.
View of a Singapore Airlines A380 from a previous trip
I'm not one to have a 'bucket list' per se, but Singapore Airlines has always had ...
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A great day on United, but some concerns: Channel 9, etc.

I've had some struggles with recent travels on United, but (knock on wood) I'm pleased to report my last few trips have been smooth.  My trip back home this week from Philadelphia was about as good as can be for a domestic short haul trip.
Dusk behind the Philly skyline
I had to ...
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Floating Garden - Photo Flashback

This photo is another from a past trip that has brought back many memories of my experiences.  
This location is closer to home then many photos in this series and was a brief break on a business trip.  This is located within a quiet respite in the midst of a very busy area.  The ...

Lifetime Gold Status at Starwood

Lifetime status sounds really impressive, especially since I hope to have many decades of travel in my future.  I have just attained a lifetime status for the first time:  

This took a few days after my last stay posted putting me over the 250 night threshold.
Lifetime Gold ...
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Southern coastal view - Photo Flashback

This photo is another from a past trip that has brought back many memories of my experiences.  
This one is probably difficult to guess, but here are some clues:  This photo was taken near the second largest city on the southern coast of this divided country. It is a major port, and ...
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Wrap up of my recent streak of delayed flights on United.

Unfortunately, I've been on quite a run of delayed flights lately.  I've had business trips several weeks in a row, and each trip had some significant delays. I summarized them in these posts: Delayed from Philadelphia, delayed into Las Vegas, and Los Angeles delays.
Flight status of ...
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Some new friends? - Photo flashback

This photo is another from a past trip that has brought back a flood of memories of my experiences.  
I guess in some places a tall white guy is a novelty, so I occasionally get asked to be in photos.  This rather funny photo shows one of those moments.  The woman on my right ...
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United adds PreCheck info to boarding passes

Beep Beep Beep!  YES!

PreCheck is probably the best innovation brought forth by the much maligned TSA.  And now, its even easier to know if you qualify before you head to the airport.  Airlines have now added information on boarding passes that show if that particular flyer ...
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Another messed up trip on United, but maybe my luck is changing?

Another day, another delay.  Sadly, that been the streak I've had recently on United
 

I don't normally talk too much about my typical domestic travel.  That is mostly because, thankfully, it's often uneventful, so I don't bother sharing too much here.  My ...
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Half a Face - Photo Flashback

This photo is another from a past trip that has brought back a flood of memories of my experiences.  
This is one of many sculptures and other pieces of art in a large garden near a famous city.  This area is slightly removed from more noted areas, but its an easy walk. 
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