Monthly Archives: December 2019

Favorite things, day 1: podcasts

Podcasts make me smarter. It’s that simple. There is so much great information from so many smart people out there, on any topic you can think of. My favorite podcasts are from experts who know what they’re talking about. Even … Continue reading

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Rakesh’s travel secrets for your holiday travels

Having flown more than two million miles, including more than 45,000 in the past month, Over the years, I’ve developed strategies for coping with the hassles of air travel. I hope you don’t need any of them on your holiday … Continue reading

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Favorite things, day 2: credit cards

There are many reasons I love credit cards. As a payments nerd, I marvel that I can be on the far side of the world, tap a card and walk away with things I want. As a marketing nerd, I … Continue reading

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Favorite things, day 3: Hawaii

(All photos taken by me; message me for licensing.) Sun, sand, beach, surf, ancient cultures, outdoors — there’s so much to love about Hawaii. An archipelago of 8 primary islands, it offers a great break far away from most things. … Continue reading

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Favorite things, day 4: TiVo

For the days leading up to Christmas, I’m counting down a few of my favorite things. These are not in priority order. The closest thing there is to an order is least surprising to most surprising. TiVo has a special on their … Continue reading

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Favorite things, day 5: Alaska Airlines

What’s not to like about an airline that more or less runs like the good old days of air travel? Courteous staff, clean planes, great terminal facilities at San Francisco and Seattle, where I travel the most. Their social media … Continue reading

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Favorite things, day 6: First Republic

I had somehow left my card in Hong Kong and was on my way to Zimbabwe. ATMs are common, but few businesses take credit cards. So I needed cash. I emailed by banker and she offered a couple of options. … Continue reading

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Favorite hotels from around the world

Here’s a list of my favorites. St Regis Vommuli Resort This is in a class by itself. St Regis New York St Regis Princeville, Kauai (now the Princeville Resort) St Regis Dubai (now the LXR Habtoor Palace) St Regis Deer … Continue reading

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