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  1. #737
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    Mahalos

    As always, great knowledge from the ohana here.

    I guess I should be happy, then, as I use both the XE currency app and have been to the aforementioned Waikiki store to exchange my USD to yen.

    Back in 2015, it was 121 . Huuu boy did I make it rain all up in Japan! So much omiyage brought home to friends and family.

    Craving Tobita now- too bad it's a snowball chance in Hell to ever revisit that place. Sigh.

    Mahalo nui loa.

    Braddah H.

  2. #736
    Quote Originally Posted by CoffeeBean  [View Original Post]
    Going Vegas next month. Any leads. Would like a massage with HE in room. Anyone try providers there? Or are there any good AMP?
    Looking for only a massage and he? Or more? Pm me.

  3. #735
    Quote Originally Posted by Poiuy2  [View Original Post]
    There is slightly better rates available at DFS right across the street. They trade about 1. 5 yen +/- from the actual rates. If the dollar gets weaker on a certain day, DFS still uses the previous days rates. It's been trading around 105 if you're buying yen. 108 if you're selling. The 3 yen spread gives you the 1. 5 up and down. Go at night. They clear out everything at night and start with just USD in the morning. Limit is $999 per day per person. If you go with three other people, you can trade up to $3996.
    You can call DFS to get a recorded message on that days rates. *(808) 931-2700. Then press 1, 1, 1 to skip ahead in the recording to get the actual rates. Again, go at night. They will have a lot more yen available due to all the Japanese trading during the day. It's in the middle of DFS, street level. Next to the area that sells Big a Island Candies and Honolulu Cookie Co. Street level and 2nd Floor are accessible to the general public.

  4. #734

    Yen exchange

    Quote Originally Posted by VanDeventer  [View Original Post]
    Best place to get yen has been pacific currency exchange in Waikiki. They are basically buying yen from tourists and selling to locals or back to the tourists, so the buy / sell spread is pretty tight, as they are the only middle man. If it happens to be a day when they are holding a lot of yen, they will sell the yen to you at a favorable rate, likely to minimize their overnight exposure. This kind of situation normally occurs when there is a surge in Japanese visitors, like special holidays. I don't know if they do other currencies.
    There is slightly better rates available at DFS right across the street. They trade about 1. 5 yen +/- from the actual rates. If the dollar gets weaker on a certain day, DFS still uses the previous days rates. It's been trading around 105 if you're buying yen. 108 if you're selling. The 3 yen spread gives you the 1. 5 up and down. Go at night. They clear out everything at night and start with just USD in the morning. Limit is $999 per day per person. If you go with three other people, you can trade up to $3996.

  5. #733

    Correction: Pacific Money Exchange

    Quote Originally Posted by VanDeventer  [View Original Post]
    Best place to get yen has been pacific currency exchange in Waikiki. They are basically buying yen from tourists and selling to locals or back to the tourists, so the buy / sell spread is pretty tight, as they are the only middle man. If it happens to be a day when they are holding a lot of yen, they will sell the yen to you at a favorable rate, likely to minimize their overnight exposure. This kind of situation normally occurs when there is a surge in Japanese visitors, like special holidays. I don't know if they do other currencies.
    Sorry, had the name wrong the first time. It's Pacific Money Exchange. Best to call several days before you need the yen, so they have time to accumulate It if they do not have enough.

  6. #732

    Pacific Currency Exchange

    Quote Originally Posted by FCH300  [View Original Post]
    It isn't enough to be able to track exchange rates. There are a number of phone apps that can and will provide you with international banking exchange rates (I use the iPhone App "XE", for example). The app will tell me what the current exchange rate might be but the real key to find someplace that will match that rate.

    For example, I'm planning a trip to Japan in the near future and needed to land with a little bit of local currency. I need to find a place that will give me a good rate here. I look at XE and find that the going bank rate today is $1 US = 106.7550 JPY. However, when I call the Currency Exchange, they are only offering 102.25 JPY per dollar + $9. 95 service fee + $5 handling fee. BOH offering no fees but exchange rate of 99.425 JPY per dollar.

    It is a marketplace like any other where demand dictates price, The best you can do is to known what the big boys are trading at and try to get as close to that rate as possible. That knowledge is what the app provides.
    Best place to get yen has been pacific currency exchange in Waikiki. They are basically buying yen from tourists and selling to locals or back to the tourists, so the buy / sell spread is pretty tight, as they are the only middle man. If it happens to be a day when they are holding a lot of yen, they will sell the yen to you at a favorable rate, likely to minimize their overnight exposure. This kind of situation normally occurs when there is a surge in Japanese visitors, like special holidays. I don't know if they do other currencies.

  7. #731
    If you have friends that own stores in Waikiki, you can do this. My friend's store would take yen, but of course, their rate would be kind of low to the tourist. Using FCH's low buy rate of 102, the store would pay maybe 95. I could then buy it from my friend at the 95 rate, and amass enough for travel. Likewise, if you have Filipino or Korean friends, they may have some pesos or won you can buy from them at a good rate.

  8. #730

    Currency Exchange

    Quote Originally Posted by Hinode  [View Original Post]
    Knowledge is power.

    The seniors (OG) who paved the way for me here, I show homage to the founding fathers. You know who you are.

    Just curious, for the worldly traveler; in this day and age of technology, how do you track currency? Example, say you want to get the best bang for your buck, knowing what the United States dollars is, compared to say the Philippines pesos. Do you use a web site? Or know a trusted company that always gives the best rates? Mahalo in advance.

    H.
    It isn't enough to be able to track exchange rates. There are a number of phone apps that can and will provide you with international banking exchange rates (I use the iPhone App "XE", for example). The app will tell me what the current exchange rate might be but the real key to find someplace that will match that rate.

    For example, I'm planning a trip to Japan in the near future and needed to land with a little bit of local currency. I need to find a place that will give me a good rate here. I look at XE and find that the going bank rate today is $1 US = 106.7550 JPY. However, when I call the Currency Exchange, they are only offering 102.25 JPY per dollar + $9. 95 service fee + $5 handling fee. BOH offering no fees but exchange rate of 99.425 JPY per dollar.

    It is a marketplace like any other where demand dictates price, The best you can do is to known what the big boys are trading at and try to get as close to that rate as possible. That knowledge is what the app provides.

  9. #729
    Quote Originally Posted by CoffeeBean  [View Original Post]
    Going Vegas next month. Any leads. Would like a massage with HE in room. Anyone try providers there? Or are there any good AMP?
    Spring Mountain Rd. In China Town get several AMPs. Tried couple times. Had both decent and bad experiences. For me, they always try to upsell. IMO not worth it. One girl wanted $$/ tip for just BJ. I walked out. To me, the AMPs in Honolulu is the best. Of course, as always TEHO. I rather just gamble when I'm in Vegas anyway. But, that just me. Good luck.

  10. #728

    Currency.

    Howzit Hinode! Mahalo for all your posts. Enjoy all the commentary. Been using yahoo currency converter. This is update almost daily. If you type in country or currency type it will take you to a page with all the info, trends etc. By and large I have had the best success converting cash at the airport upon arrival before leaving baggage claim but before customs. Sometimes currency exchange is after customs. Just depend on the country. I would rather exchange currency at airport rather than hotel. Also if you have a friend there sometimes black market is better exchange. Have done that In Bali and PI and got a better rate. Make sure you trust the person before handing your cash over. Have fun!

    Aloha.

    Quote Originally Posted by Hinode  [View Original Post]
    Knowledge is power.

    The seniors (OG) who paved the way for me here, I show homage to the founding fathers. You know who you are.

    Just curious, for the worldly traveler; in this day and age of technology, how do you track currency? Example, say you want to get the best bang for your buck, knowing what the United States dollars is, compared to say the Philippines pesos. Do you use a web site? Or know a trusted company that always gives the best rates? Mahalo in advance.

    H.

  11. #727

    Vegas

    Going Vegas next month. Any leads. Would like a massage with HE in room. Anyone try providers there? Or are there any good AMP?

  12. #726
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    Posts: 1532

    My online ohana: currency overseas

    Knowledge is power.

    The seniors (OG) who paved the way for me here, I show homage to the founding fathers. You know who you are.

    Just curious, for the worldly traveler; in this day and age of technology, how do you track currency? Example, say you want to get the best bang for your buck, knowing what the United States dollars is, compared to say the Philippines pesos. Do you use a web site? Or know a trusted company that always gives the best rates? Mahalo in advance.

    H.

  13. #725

    Miami

    Going to Miami for a weekend. Anyone partake in some fun activities there? Thinking about hitting up one of the agencies but not sure which ones are good. May just hit up a club too to see if I can find some beauties. Would appreciate any info or recommendation. Please PM me. Thanks!

  14. #724
    Quote Originally Posted by DeadRater  [View Original Post]
    Hey, I'm planning to go to Japan (Akihabara area) and I wanted to know is there any good stuff around there? Any places / area's to go or avoid would most helpful. Thanks!
    I've never experienced, but I read online that this is a pretty easy to use system. In fact, if you look on You Tube there is a video of someone who shows you where it is. Again, I've never done this but it looks like you just go to an office, place your "order" on a computer and then meet the girl at the love hotel. If you do this please report.

    https://hentaitokyo.com/

  15. #723
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    Posts: 1532

    Japan

    Quote Originally Posted by DeadRater  [View Original Post]
    I see. I wasn't really looking for stuff for self play and was hoping for a little action with some girls. Sucks about the language barrier. My plan to learn how to speak Japanese now. Damnit should plan to go to Osaka for the first time rather than Tokyo. Oh well. Also you lucky SOB that sounds like a fun time and thanks for the warning. Will make sure to avoid the area (not too sure what ROB's mean) and didn't think I would have to watch out for the Japanese Mafia for trying to play with the fishes XD.

    I look Japanese enough but I can't speak a lick of Japanese. Thanks for warning me of that area.
    ROB = rip off b*h.

    Basically what he's saying is think of Tokyo = Waikiki. It's a tourist trap and every boner walking around wanting to dip his chopsticks into some sushi will get suckered into a money trap.

    You right. Should have went Osaka. Damn I can only dream of going back there. Also, like others have said, at least try learn the basic stuff like thank you, please, how are you, etc. Goes a long way even though you look like a local.

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