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Market Recap - 5/20/23 - everything is over bought
2023.05.30 22:03 yolorehab Market Recap - 5/20/23 - everything is over bought
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Fed's Barkin: There is more willingness among businesses to try to increase prices, and that will continue until demand falls. FED policy is in restrictive territory, but there is uncertainty around where rates need to go.
Core PCE is not moving fast enough. I feel a July hike is very much on the table now (still think June would be a pause). https://preview.redd.it/0m0in1i9h03b1.png?width=936&format=png&auto=webp&s=7fee67d20793caaea1b9103737ac2209b1c5d54e
Market implied June hike probability is now close to 70%. https://preview.redd.it/ghhdrjm7h03b1.png?width=2360&format=png&auto=webp&s=b1f59d5e44d4fa156ced417e8c5891ffa159c80a
Holiday travel spending remains strong. The U.S. screened nearly 9.8 million airline passengers over the four-day holiday weekend, surpassing pre-COVID 2019 levels by 300,000, according to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).
On the international front, Eurozone M2 growth lowest in history. They are heading toward deflation. https://preview.redd.it/4gp0rckkh03b1.png?width=936&format=png&auto=webp&s=89fb5b2e4d7a143c97741a6a370ef89af849514e
Italian PPI is in the negative territory -3.5% YoY -6.5% MoM https://preview.redd.it/0mk8fuimh03b1.png?width=936&format=png&auto=webp&s=0eed46a08fa9d1dd569d61456f3c88af42c3ae20
As I mentioned a while back, the Federal Reserve has been tightening its balance sheet for a while, while the European Union has just started the quantitative tightening (QT) process. Euro area money supply (M1) dropped 5.2%, reaching a historic low. If the decline continues (which it probably will), the EU zone will enter a recession in the second half of 2023 (Germany is technically already in a recession). https://preview.redd.it/sjnbwed5i03b1.png?width=936&format=png&auto=webp&s=160cbaea1e30f88be75b9c55560615e77a26e525 The Economy
May's Dallas Fed Manufacturing index fell to -29.1, worse than the estimated -18 and the previous month's -23.4. Notably, new orders, shipments, delivery times, and outlook all declined further, indicating a deeper contraction. Both production and capital expenditures shifted from expansion to contraction. However, like the results shown in other regional surveys, employment experienced a slight increase. https://preview.redd.it/hl2c37ini03b1.png?width=936&format=png&auto=webp&s=480ca3219f0ebbc90584101314e7f8ca2ec65f34 https://preview.redd.it/qbcivq2oi03b1.png?width=936&format=png&auto=webp&s=7897c9d07f0cc770dd595b54970b36801d8aa6ca
Conference Board consumer confidence declined slightly in May. “Consumer confidence declined in May as consumers’ view of current conditions became somewhat less upbeat while their expectations remained gloomy,” said Ataman Ozyildirim, Senior Director, Economics at The Conference Board. “Their assessment of current employment conditions saw the most significant deterioration, with the proportion of consumers reporting jobs are ‘plentiful’ falling 4 ppts from 47.5 percent in April to 43.5 percent in May. https://preview.redd.it/ixsdxhzui03b1.png?width=936&format=png&auto=webp&s=73e5b47362bad6b1975d8f3f1b6bfb5806862d3b
It's encouraging to see that most coincident economic indicators are holding up well and not signaling an impending recession. However, there are concerns regarding the retail and production sectors, as they have shown some weaknesses. https://preview.redd.it/susi3g72j03b1.png?width=936&format=png&auto=webp&s=3d3340ce3efac1efbd6422c9f88abf48c04a579a
Housing market is holding better than expected. Case Shiller 20-City Composite: +0.45% M/M, Exp. +0.05%; -1.15% Y/Y, Exp. -1.6%; largest declines are all on the west side. https://preview.redd.it/v8jk48w8j03b1.png?width=936&format=png&auto=webp&s=233e00c84216fc30eed7b7c74c7574fe59c7485e
JPM estimates restarting student loan payments could "lower consumer spending by the equivalent of about 0.1% of GDP... likely wouldn't be a game-changer for the fate of the expansion..." The Business
RBC is the latest to lift year-end target: “.. we are lifting our YE 2023 S&P 500 price target from 4,100 to 4,250 [and] lifting our 2023 S&P 500 EPS forecast to $213 from $200 .. the case against US equities relative to non-US equities has been overstated .. and think Small Caps are at an attractive entry point ..”
A great summary of the impact of US government spending on stock/bond performance. Stock tends to perform better when Uncle Sam is out shopping. Bonds tend to be under press as the spending was made on borrowed money.
The rally that followed the re-opening of China's economy has come to an abrupt halt, and certain indices are now nearing bear-market territory. https://preview.redd.it/poa1kmd4k03b1.png?width=936&format=png&auto=webp&s=6e79da31db2bd4f8742c39ec011a2ffd81009bf8
I have mentioned many times that large growth stocks have had a tremendous year so far, while small and mid-cap stocks have significantly underperformed due to economic uncertainty. However, if the uncertainty begins to settle in the second half of the year, small and mid-cap valuations will become very attractive compared to large growth names. https://preview.redd.it/ki5uvl4qk03b1.png?width=936&format=png&auto=webp&s=0194491ec0c7f2b45a60158e88e9f462a77f88a2 https://preview.redd.it/vygwe7iwk03b1.png?width=936&format=png&auto=webp&s=b516b3a98603349fa93d4073039c76d15c15796a
Many believe that semis are no longer cyclical because everything now requires chips, leading to a constant supply shortage. However, this chart suggests otherwise. If the PMI resumes its decline later this year (if indeed we are heading into a recession), semiconductor stocks will likely face demand shocks. https://preview.redd.it/jgc8cckil03b1.png?width=936&format=png&auto=webp&s=95622425bd6f8ce3354dfa8984d0989725a422e4
This is the first time I've seen someone quantify the correlation between forward equity returns and sentiment. Just not sure how strong the correlation is (probably not very strong). So may not be useful, but interesting none the less. https://preview.redd.it/uy3g5agpl03b1.png?width=936&format=png&auto=webp&s=68ba93480cf3d2c40bfff5fd17997863dc64884e
I am mostly cash at this point and some July IWM puts
2023.05.30 21:23 WarPigs02 How ‘Excuseflation’ Is Keeping Prices — and Corporate Profits — High
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This is Artificial inflation. Whenever Congress passes a law or pushes for workers to earn higher wages, the company board members, rather than dip into their profits dip, preemptively hike up prices onto the consumers so that the percentage of their earnings on the stock market still meets their goals. Companies likely abuse this further by tacking on extra unnecessary cost which is why so many companies thrived during COVID. submitted by WarPigs02 to antiwork [link] [comments]
It's also possible they and some of their largest investors are doing a bit of under the table insider trading.
2023.05.30 21:22 LoudPound8 Pass deferral forever?
I have had ikon pass last 3 years and gotten more than my full utility (80 days this season)
Currently living in SLC as a ski bum so bought the renewal as a no-brainer w the price hike/social pressure/general buzzing at the end of best ski season EVER.
I am now starting to realize I will likely rejoin the workforce this fall and might not be in the US next year (best case scenario) and ideally for 2-3 years. Does anyone know if you can defer the pass credits infinitely?? Or if customer service would take any pity so early in the off-season? 🙈
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2023.05.30 21:20 AdIllustrious9061 Year Sub Price Hike
Has anyone else noticed the price hike for the yearly subscription to Pro? I started using it last year in May, and it was only 59.99 for me. And now it's 69.99?? Like what...
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2023.05.30 20:44 HawkEye1000x FREIGHTOS BALTIC INDEX UPDATE — May 30, 2023
Freightos Data Overview — Excerpts:
Asia-US West Coast
prices (FBX01 Weekly
) fell 15% to $1,309/FEU
. This rate is 89% lower than the same time last year. Asia-US East Coast
prices (FBX03 Weekly
) were level at $2,328/FEU
, and are 84% lower than rates for this week last year. Asia-N. Europe
prices (FBX11 Weekly
) ticked up 3% to $1,420/FEU
, and are 87% lower than rates for this week last year.
Ocean rates across the major tradelanes may be reaching their new floor.
With the exception of prices for Asia - Mediterranean service, which, at more than $2,400/FEU remain 40% higher than pre-pandemic levels on resilient demand
, ex-Asia and transatlantic rates are all about on par with May 2019 rates.
Asia - US West Coast prices dropped 15% last week and are about 25% below the level achieved through mid-April GRIs. But at $1,300/FEU rates remain well above the lows seen in March, as carriers blanked fewer sailings in May
than in April but are managing capacity enough to keep prices from collapsing again.
As congestion has dissipated with easing volumes, transit times and schedule reliability
improved again in April, but carriers blanking sailings and slowing sailing speeds
to help reduce effective capacity may be contributing to reliability and transit times that still remain above pre-pandemic levels.
June GRIs are unlikely based on current demand trends, though low-water weight limits and surcharges
for shipments passing through the Panama Canal starting in June could put upward pressure on rates, especially for Asia - US East Coast containers.
Consumer spending in the US increased in April and some measures of inflation climbed too. These factors may make additional interest rate hikes in June
more likely, which could dampen consumer demand along with bringing down inflation.
The current disconnect between consumer behavior and freight volumes is likely due to a mix of a shift in spending toward services and toward different types of goods than those in demand during the pandemic, and to inventory surpluses built up in the first half of last year.
This build up could prolong the freight recession even if the economy avoids a recession, which is one factor in some expectations for a subdued back-to-school
season for logistics providers even if actual back-to-school spending is on par with last year.
The above are leading to speculation that – if it arrives at all – freight peak season will be later than usual, concentrated in September and October.
A soon-to-be released Freightos survey of SMB importers using the freightos.com marketplace
found that only about half of SMB importers expect to increase their shipping activity during peak season this year, with about 40% still contending with excess inventory.
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2023.05.30 20:39 raybeezzz ‘19 Rav4 Limited Hybrid vs ‘23 CX-5 Signature vs ‘20 4Runner
Hoping for a little help deciding on vehicles here and seeing past the fog.
Little bit about use case: hiking, camping, bike riding, and kayaking are a big part of our lifestyle. Just the wife and I for now, and we are in the financial position where we can afford any of the three vehicles below but the caveat is that it needs to last us at least 10 years. Preferably beyond to 15. We want to be able to have our family grow into this vehicle (just wife and I currently but kids expected within a few years).
Currently drive a 2009 Santa Fe. What I love: - 2 large hidden storage areas in cargo area under the floor (keep camp chairs, hammock, blankets, etc. ) - AWD - only one or two roads i’ve ever been on that I shouldn’t have been on and needed more capability. - has rear hitch for towing small u-haul trailers of dirt and moving items around as well as bike racks. Would like to be able to get a pop up trailer in the future which our current car can tow. - has creature comforts (good sound system, heated seats, sunroof, etc.)
What I don’t like: - does not drive nicely - poor gas mileage - reliability has been an issue
What we need in a new car: - storage room - reliability - minimum AWD w/ ability to do light off-roading to get to trail heads - ability to tow small loads and have a hitch for bike racks - ability to get kayaks on the roof - fit rear facing child seats without cramping front seats
What we are considering: - 2023 Mazda CX-5 Signature - $47k; 0km - 2019 Toyota Rav4 Limited Hybrid - $45k; 45k km - 2020 Toyota 4Runner Limited - $49k; 80k km
I recognize these are very different vehicles. The Rav4 hybrid is obviously going to be best on gas but I struggle with buying a 4 (almost 5) year old car for the same price as a brand new CX-5 when gas savings are only 3L/100km.
I have driven all three. The CX-5 drives nicest. The Rav4 has the nice power from the hybrid and Toyota name, and the 4Runner just feels like you’re commanding the road.
I’m really leaning between the CX-5 and the 4runner. The CX-5 gets us all the creature comforts but really lacks the ability to do any type of off-roading, doesn’t have a lot of storage space and I can see it getting tight with kids.
Anybody else really want a 4runner but settled with getting a CX-5 or Rav4? Or vice versa? Any regrets? What pushed you one way or the other in the end?
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2023.05.30 20:16 princess-sprinkles Charging for No water
Okay so I have a regular who used to order her refresher with no water and no ice, but since we started charging for no water, she had been getting it with “no ice and just a half ounce splash of water”. Should I still charge her? I admire the effort especially with sbux charging so much for everything already and hiking the prices every month, but I feel as though I should charge her. Mostly, I just don’t want to be reprimanded for it later. What do y’all think??
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2023.05.30 20:05 devponnanna Good days are coming
2023.05.30 20:04 devponnanna People of Karnataka played themselves
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2023.05.30 19:38 barham90 📬 This week's market research
2023.05.30 19:31 LazyHose Coal India hikes non-coking coal prices 8 per cent. Coal India Ltd CIL on Tuesday said it has increased non-coking coal prices by 8 per cent, a move that will help offset 50% of higher employee costs after wage hike announced in January 2023.
2023.05.30 19:30 That-Green7872 Good hiking shoes for women?
Hey everyone, my birthdays coming up in July and I’m going to be asking my family for a pair of hiking shoes/boots. I love being outdoors and exploring, but I’ve never had shoes dedicated to hiking and walking around and don’t really know where to start. I’ve asked a friend for recommendations, but said he couldn’t give me any, as everyone looks for something different, and told me to turn to this subreddit!
I don’t want my family members to go breaking their banks for my gift (~$100 or less would be a price point I’d be more comfortable with them spending on me) and I don’t really know what brands to turn to for what I like/need in a shoe.
I want something with good arch support but is still nice and cushy with good grip, and not necessary but have some colors for funsies and a personal touch :))
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2023.05.30 19:19 Marvellover13 I'm looking for the ultimate upgrade of my big 3, any recommendations?
Rn my big 3 consists of the naturehike Cloud up 2p tent (1780g with the stakes and ground sheet), an old (discontinued) Aztec sleeping bag I got from an uncle that's rated for -4C comfort (1315g with the compression sack), and a decathlon 50L backpack that is extremely basic, and missing some essentials features IMO (1400g)
here are the important features I'm looking for in each of the products, let's start with the tent:
- the tent has to be big enough for me (1.86m) and the backpack as well that's why I go with 2-person tents.
- the groundsheet is important unless the floor of the tent is extremely durable, the ground I hike at usually has thorns/sharp stones/etc...
- I prefer a semi-freestanding tent and one that is double wall, to limit the condensation that ends up inside the inner tent when hiking in extremely humid/rainy places.
- the breathability of the tent is important as well for nights when I get 30C+ degrees
- small pockets to put glasses and lamp
I think that's everything important for the tent, if I forgot to mention something please let me know.
for the sleeping bag/quilt (never used quilts before):
- has to be good and rated for comfort down to at least -5C
- double zippers that let me open for example a part of my leg while still staying inside
- separation for the pillow compartment or even a small pouch to put the pillow inside
I can't think of anything else for the sleeping bag, now for the backpack:
- somewhere between 40-50L, and the pack has to be small enough to pass as hand luggage when fully loaded out (around 50cm in height and 40 length)
- has to have a brain, bonus if it's detachable
- pockets at each side of the hip belt, big enough for a phone or passport
- has to have big and reachable mesh pockets for water bottles of 1.5L
- a big mesh pocket in the front of the pack (the opposite side you're facing while wearing) to stuff with things to quick access
- the ability to attach a sleeping pad either to the top or bottom of the pack (have existing straps or adjustable stretchy straps to hold things in place)
- the small loops for trekking poles that are adjustable
- have at least 2 straps to the sides of the pack where I can attach some carabiner if I need to.
I think that's all I could think about, though I probably forgot something important haha, budget isn't a problem but I won't buy a tent for 700$, I'm trying to get a sense of the market to see what are the prices for all of these requirements, and I'm not in a rush, so I can buy those slowly. I also didn't pin a target weight yet since I'm not sure what will be reasonable, for example, is it possible to get all 3 items at less than 2.6kg (which is almost a 2kg reduction, it would be amazing)
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2023.05.30 18:58 LifeCracker Will The Disney Dining Plan Have A Major Price Hike in 2024?
2023.05.30 18:53 marinaisbitch Cities that have great job markets for public health and a military base.
I'll graduate soon with a master's in Epidemiology, and my partner is a gov contractor data analyst for the DoD. We are looking for a place where that has a great job market for public health and also DoD/data science stuff. We would love to live in a city near good hiking, with a lively arts/music scene, and (I know it's unlikely lol) fairly ok housing prices. Avoiding really bitter cold would be ideal.
DC seems like the natural fit but I am curious if we have any other options besides that! Thanks for your help.
Edit: cultural diversity is important to us as well.
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2023.05.30 18:49 Visual_Contribution6 Two years since Whale Reports
This week will mark two years since I stopped writing my whale reports. True Safemoon OG will know who I am (DaddyByB). I wrote 67 days of daily reports tracking whale movements and overall SFM news; I had over 10k followers in the SFM community. I originally purchased 700B tokens the first week after launch for $12,000. This week I told the SFM community that the bear market was finally here and the "ride was over". On a normal night of reporting I would be showered with kind feedback and praise for the hours of time I was investing. Sadly when I told everyone the market was changing I was flooded with hate mail and various threats from dozens of people who felt I was their hero only 24 hours before. The amount of hate caused me to lose my shit and tell the whole SFM community to F*ck themselves and I was out! You can search Whale Reports in the SFM Reddit and find all the ones if you wanna see all the great times we had and the drama that ended it all. Originally I was extremely upset at the situation, however, I am THANKFUL to the entire community for pushing me away. I was able to cash out roughly $5M USD (400x-ish profits) . Had I continued to drink "John's Koolaide" my investment would be less than 90% of what it was when I sold.
For those who continued to hold, just know I tried my best every night for the community. I called almost every price hike we had within 2 days of it happening and even warned you that bad times were coming; feel free to look at the whale reports if you wanna challenge this claim. This week SFM also lost Trevor Ragnar, who was amazing at speaking and helped with initial marketing. He was pushed out by that goofy [email protected]
Ben, which was another huge red flag of things coming.
I still check the SFM Reddit every day, primarily because it's better than having a Netflix account. The desperation and cult following have grown SO much over the past couple of years. However, I am honored to see that I was able to earn a place on that Binance Flag they were posting every day for over a year. Thankfully since the last hack, it seems the community is starting to wise up and listening to more negative feedback.
This last tax change should be the final nail in the coffin for the token. Being a deflationary token with a high burn and redistribution was what attracted most investors. Now it is a standard MEME coin like Safemars and Elongate or the other thousands which launched at the exact same time? If you are a holder what reason is there to hold? Why do you think Safemoon is different than the other thousand meme coins with the same tokenomics? Do you think that every shit coin will one day return to its glory? If I still held shit tokens I would sell them and take the loss for the purpose of taxes. I often see people in the SFM Reddit say "Why would I sell now after having such a huge loss". If you live in the United States you can 'wash' crypto gains with losses. So if you buy XYZ crypto today for $500 and it goes up to $5000 when you sell, then you are required to pay tax on the $4,500 gained. However, if you sell your SFM for a $3000 loss, you can apply that towards the $4500 gained. Now you are paying taxes on $1500 of profits instead of $4500. I would highly recommend you folks use the free version of Koinly or other crypto tax software to track your profits/losses to see what tax effect you would get by taking the loss in SFM.
On a final note, I want to thank the admins who created this SFMInvesting Reddit. For a long period of time, the mods in the SFM Reddit were killing ALL negative comments and feedback. This is a great space for people to share the true viewpoints of SFM. Thanks to all of those who were truly nice and cared about those reports written 2 years ago, which is nuts to think it's been that long.
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2023.05.30 18:14 Luxniom 10 Days / 11 Nights Tokyo Trip Report (5/5 to 5/15) - Asakusa to Kyoto to Shinjuku/Shibuya
Original itinerary here for reference. We planned this trip primarily with Halal food in mind, along with regular sight-seeing locations + shopping for Switch games, clothes, and souvenirs Overall notes / Takeaways
* I rate our trip a 9/10. It was a great time with the authentic halal Japanese food, seeing all the cool sights & places, and experiencing a very nice environment + culture.
First part of the trip - East side of Tokyo: Asakusa FRI 5/5 Arrival
- The amount of researching / pre-planning can be a double-edged sword. Things that were unexpected were some of the best experiences. At the same time, if we tightened our itinerary and squared away some details better: we could have saved some cash, lessened on-the-spot deliberations / route planning; and perhaps, squeezed a few more places to visit.
- This is where the 1 point ding comes in, especially not realizing until after-the-fact that the 14 day JR Pass was not cost efficient for us, especially with our hotel locations utilizing local lines + purchasing two separate pieces of luggage whereas instead, we should have just brought them from home. (If we had our luggage situation better planned, we would have shopped a bit differently.) This 1 point ding is not a deal breaker at all, and we’re still super happy with the trip.
- For our trip with the Halal dietary restriction, it would have been helpful to pickup a sim card for a Japanese phone # to make some reservations ourselves and taxi’ing around in Kyoto when we got tired of walking around. At the end of some of the shopping trips, the 10-15 minute walk back to the hotels were very tiring, and the cost estimates on Google didn’t seem too expensive for short trips.
HND arrival was around 2pm, and we got to the hotel around 6:30pm. From there: We were able to start off our trip with Ramen for dinner @ Ayam-ya Halal Ramen Tokyo –> Senjo-jii and Nakamise Street at night (which was not crowded at all at night)
Notable Highlights Part 1
- Airport sidenotes: If you do the JapanWeb form online, make sure to complete it all the way until you get the QR code. I had started the day prior, but didn’t realized I left it incomplete. So we had to step out of line to manually hand-write. Also, we didn’t realize there’s two sets of lines / forms: the first for customs entry and second for customs declarations.
- SAT May 6: Edo Castle Ruins –> Tokyo Station (Ghibli, JUMP, Pokemon stores which were all super packed with long lines) –> (walked to Ginza and attempted late lunch at Ginza Tendon Itsuki, but line was too long and we went to MOS burger instead) → Tokyo Skytree Mall (first Takoyaki for my wife here! Some souvenir shopping here) –> Akihabara at night for videogame/anime trinket shopping → Antep Kebab Akihabara for dinner
- Sun May 7: Ueno Park –> Akihabara again –> Sushi lunch @ Sushiken Asakusa –> (skip daytime Senso-jii due to rain, and instead return to hotel) –> Yakiniku @ Wagyu Yakiniku Panga –> Rescue Cat Cafe Asakusa Nekoen
- Mon May 8: Early AM laundry @ hotel (only did this once), chill (play some Switch games) & Depart hotel (decided against baggage transport this time) –> Tokyo Station and some Ekiben from Ekibenya Matsuri –> Shinkansen
- Ueno Park was our favorite part from this portion of the trip - even though it was raining, there were so many unexpected sights! We thought Edo Castle Ruins would be closer to like how Ueno Park was.
- Getting lucky at the halal yakiniku place for dinner without a reservation! Being there at open and the rain may have helped.
Second part of the trip: Kyoto
- Going to Akibahara twice since the first time where second trip ended up mostly window shopping. The first night, I tried using Google Translate photos on the rows of Switch videogames. This was not efficient, and after the first night, learned it was better to physically and manually go through each game and ask the cashiers if they had specific games with photos/screenshots instead.
- We went to different stores each day, and it was really only the first night where we actually bought stuff. I did not find collector Switch steelbooks which I was specifically keeping an eye out for. We didn’t find much luck anime trinkets we wanted here, and instead found those at the next part of our trip.
- Notable Low-light: Even though the mall was fun for shopping and there was a festival ongoing, we were unable to reserve actual Tokyo Skytree Towers tickets. This stung a bit since this was after missing lunch at our original place. IIRC, I got stuck on the mobile webpage where it asked for a phone # that needed to be a JP #...although checking now, it doesn’t seem to ask for it.
* Mon May 8 continued:
Hotel arrival around 4pm –> Downtown Kyoto shopping (Surugaya) and clothes @ Coco → 7/11 dinner (taxi here would have been really helpful to go to once of the local restaurants, as I started getting foot pains)
Notable Highlights Part 2:
- Tues May 9: Gion & Nanzaka, light street food for lunch, including better street Takoyaki –>(skip Philosopher's Path and Central Kyoto area) –> went straight to Kinkakuji –> Downtown Kyoto (luggage, insole, not much luck at more games/anime trinkets at this time) –> South Asian @ MABRUR for early dinner –> called it an early afternoon due to fatigue/foot pain (finally installed the insoles this night with borrowed scissors from front desk)
- Wed May 10: Bus to Arashiyama –> Bamboo Forest –> (Missed the Sagano train, did not appear open) –> chill at the Katsura riverside instead → Japanese curry @ Yosiya –> Monkey Forest Hike –> (skip boat ride due to closure / high water levels) –> Fushimi Inari –> chill at Kamo River on our return to hotel –> called it an early afternoon with private onsen reservation waiting for us at hotel
- Thurs May 11: chill (play more switch games) and pack in the AM (we used luggage transfer this time) → Ramen @ Ayam Ya Karasuma Kyoto prior to Kyoto departure (which turned out to be her favorite meal from this whole trip) –> Back to Shinkansen
* Experiencing all the nature on WED was our favorite part of this portion, especially the rivers! We did not realize the “20 minute walk” would end up a 45 minute hike as we were not prepared, but it was a very fun going up and taking breaks at all the stops.
Last part of the trip: Shibuya/Shinjuku
- We did not expect downtown Kyoto to be as lively and cool at night as we saw it, since we mostly researched the traditional parts of this city beforehand; and we did not expect Kyoto to be where we’d get a lot of our shopping done. The Surugaya here had the most Switch games I purchased at best prices (and the anime bins for trinkets as souvenirs, my wife had a lot of fun here); Gion had a lot of other souvenirs; and downtown had a lot of clothes.
- Notable Low-light*: fatigue and foot pain at the end of those days when we did a lot of shopping, especially traveling between different stores (not all of which didn’t have what we were looking for, like the extra Bookoffs and Lashingbangs we visited). Some benches really would have helped. We did buy Dr. Schwartz insoles and cooling pads for our feets at the pharmacy stores here, which helped with some exhaustion, but not all.
* Thurs May 11 continued:
Reach Shibuya @ 6:30pm → Shibuya Scramble once –> Walk to Yakiniku @ GYUMON –> back to Shibuya Scramble and see Hachiko + Tower Record –> grab Chestnuts –> Starbucks at night with upper view of Shibuya crossing
Notable Highlights Part 3
- Fri May 12: Diet Building Observatory (no luck with viewing Mt. Fuji due to clouds, even on the Shinkansen rides) –> Ramen @ Honolu Shinjukugyoenmae –> Friday Congregational Prayer @ Tokyo Camii Center –> Harajuku & Takeshita Street (heavy snack with fried cheese stick + cotton candy) → back to Shibuya Crossing → Shibuya Mega Don Quijote (lots of shopping here) –> (missed the Pokemon Center) → picked up some takehome kebab from near Shibuya crossing → back to the hotel early afternoon/night due to rain and bags full of purchases
- SAT May 13: Shinjuku Bookoff (notable for large inventory, but not too cheap compared to Surugaya Kyoto) –> Omoide Ally short walk –> Godzilla @ Toho –> Kabukicho short walk (was looking for the large entrance side, but did not find) –> Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden (just the north part, mainly the Botanical Garden) –> Ramen @ Honolu Shinjukugyoenmae –> Nakano Broadway –> Golden Gai (was super crowded, left halfway) –> Uniqlo –> Shinjuku Don Quijote (mainly for luggage scale that we missed) –> Surugaya –> Subway for dinner since we were not able to get in Zen restaurant for vegetarian or seafood okonomiyaki
- Sun May 14: Tokyo Tower (one of the only reservations we made) –> Tsujiki Outer Market for light lunch (we ate only at places with small/no lines, everywhere else was packed) –> Odaiba & Diver City Mall + Gundam Base + Gundam Unicorn –> skip lunch for some crepes and banana smoothie, even though there were halal meat places around → (skip teamLabs that we didn’t end up reserving for) → Surugaya Shinjuku (last shot at games/trinkets) –> last Ramen @ Honolu Shinjukugyoenmae –> sad walk back to hotel, but also relief knowing that we’ll be done with all the walking soon.
- Mon May 15: finish packing –> taxi to airport (through Booking.com where we made hotel bookings) –> kebab lunch @ Mrs. Istanbul (had to utilize bus transfer between terminals after luggage dropoff) → final souvenir snack shopping inside airport → Depart back home to LAX!
- The Ramen with the Fried Chicken @ Honolu Shinjukugyoenmae was my favorite meal, especially coming back to it so many times!
- Friday congregational prayer at Tokyo Camii Center: the sermon was done in 4 different languages (Arabic first, then Japanese, then Melay I think, then English) - that impressed me along with its architecture. It was such a peaceful and familiar experience in a new environment. They gave out some food after (rice+natto I believe plus sesame ball sweets I believe), although we passed since we were still full.
- Shibuya Scramble was always fun to walk across! Busiest crosswalk in the world!
- Tower Tokyo tour was the nicest tower experience that I’ve had (they served us Lemonade!) and my wife got to take a photo with the Tokyo Tower Mascot, Noppon.
- Mega Don Quijote at Shibuya to finish up the bulk of our shopping, especially on souvenirs! Especially picking up Zelda Tears of Kingdom at release day!
- Gundam Base & live Gundan Unicorn transformation @ Odaiba Diver City! My wife went into it mostly blind, and was very impressed.
: Harajuka and Takeshita street were cool to window browse, but we didn’t find anything we actually wanted to purchase here. It made me realize, like our second time at Akihabara, that window shopping isn’t as fun as actual shopping. -Aside from the Gundam @ Odaiba, we didn’t get too excited about anything else here. If we visited here first / sooner, we may have had a better time (along with keeping an eye out for more Gundam merch earlier throughout the trip). There was a nearby amusement center that was on our original plan to visit too. But at this point, I think we ran out of gas. Notable Low-light
: * The last hotel for me, especially with its location being furthest out from nearest station and not being as nice as the first two hotel.
- The Subway sandwiches (shrimp and tuna respectively) were pretty sad on SAT, although the potato fries they gave were okay (we forgot to ask for ketchup). There was another halal yakiniku place nearby that we stopped by in front of, but decided against it as we wanted something quicker / more casual.
- Though not part of the actual trip, on upon LAX arrival: the lack of cleanliness, customer service and organization were immediately noticeable, which reflected on how nice Tokyo & Kyoto were!
- Biggest shoutout to my wife for being with me and her patience, especially while Switch game hunting and being chaotic while planning!
- Hotels: all our hotels were listed as 3 star hotels. We learned that every minute walk closer to the nearest station(s) really makes a difference – i.e. a 5 min walk back to the hotel wasn’t as bad as a 7-8 minute walk, and 10-12 minute walks back where the worst. We did keep an eye on square footage for the rooms (wanted to avoid less than 150 feet² for 2 people). We averaged around $95 USD per night.
- Henna Tokyo Hotel - Asakusa was a very nice hotel, especially with the animated front desk and great first time with bidets and warm toilet seats which the other hotels did not have. 183 feet² which felt small but sufficient.
- Second hotel - Kyomachiya Ryokan Sakura Urushitei in Kyoto - was a bit further from local bus points, but this was also a very nice hotel, especially as a Ryokan with great customer service and hidden shelve compartments in the room. We also did not expect a 2nd floor for the private garden view, which was also very nice. 156 feet² would have been small by itself, but pretty sure this does not account for the 2nd floor.
- Our last hotel, Cloud Himalaya felt like a re-designed local apartment, so it didn’t feel as nice, but it was the most spacious @ 291 feet². It was the furthest away from the local stops/stations. It was a low-light for me, especially compared to the first two hotels. My wife thought it was okay though: she thought it was comfy and the space inside the room made up for it.
- -Local Transportation: We only got on the wrong train once, and it was on our first night when leaving HND airport. For the rest of the trip, we didn’t have much issues. The learning curve for us was short to navigate the trains with GoogleMap, by looking at train departure times on our phone directions and platform # to match info listed on the electronic train station boards that have or switch into English.
- Even if we took an extra min or two to verify the train/bus to take, and we missed a train that was right in front of us, the trains were frequent enough such that it wasn’t a long delay – usually 5-8 mins at most. Having very little reservations in our itinerary helped in this aspect.
- The GoogleMaps LIVE view on directions was a useful feature in finding bus stops, especially in Kyoto and Shibuya/Shinjuku.
- Phone Plan: We decided against one Ubigi and one Airalo data plan and just got two Ubigi data plans. Overall, we used only 4-5 GBs each out of the 10 GBs available. Ubigi worked well throughout the 10 days. As noted earlier, having a JP phone # would have been helpful.
- Flights: standard flight experience with Delta - around $750 USD roundtrip for each of us. The lack of space didn’t bother us too much except when fumbling around with the meal trays. We requested special accommodations for Halal food on the HND inbound flight, and they provided vegan food which we didn’t enjoy that much (i.e. PICKLE SANDWICH!).
- On the return flight to LAX, we did not put in any special accommodations and had a better time with their regular vegetarian food (although the pasta salad was very creamy and the Hagan Dazs they gave were slightly melted).
- Language: We were able to get away with just using from sumimasen and arigato for the most part, and used English/non-verbal language most of the trip otherwise.
*more review/input on food commented in original plan here
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2023.05.30 18:11 FestusZ Router?
Just because of the hike in prices. I’m mobile and plan to return to home base in fall.
So I tested using my second iPhone it works quite well. Can I use the router just as a router? connect router for hotspot?
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2023.05.30 18:03 Foxychick1974 Can Landlord state Rent hike within next month even if there is already an ongoing legal Tenancy agreement?
I’m in Uk and need advice on if a Landlord can suddenly decide to hike Rent up within next month when a twelve month Tenancy Contract is already running at monthly price it has been for past two years ?
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