I waited so long that I had time to read every placard on the walls leading up to the restroom. Though I appreciated the bit of Cuban history, I nearly starved to death. I even checked to see if the hostess forgot to place my order. It's just strange that I had to wait so long when the majority of the customers were actually just out for drinks. Either that, or they were waiting forever for their meal to come too.
PROS: variety of beverages including mango/guanabana shakes
CONS: You might die before the food arrives.
If you're not afraid of a change, definitely contact Jasmine to get auditions for hair shows. It's two days of work, but you get free hair products and $150. My one complaint is that she sends some pretty lengthy e-mails regarding what not to do. Jasmine focuses on keeping the lines of communication open, so she expects a callback whether or not you landed the audition. Aside from hair shows, there's a lot of promotional work for conventions or concerts.
When it comes to towing, you have to pick the better of two evils, and I say go with Quicksilver. If you're driving with no license and get caught, guess who'll come to the rescue! Of course, you need to work everything out with the police department before they'll release your car, but that's a fairly simple step at the police station. I didn't have to wait long for them to find my car in the lot. Their prices recently went up, but it cost me $169. I know that other places are usually $250. If it means anything, their office actually looks decent, unlike some of the other towing places I've been to.
It sounded too good to be true, and it was. I thought I would get my brakes changed for $79, but that's only if you have drum brakes. When are they going to give discbrakers a break? It cost me $177, but the person on the phone offered me a $10 discount when I whined about my useless coupon. However, the person at the front desk asked for a copy of the $10 off coupon, which I didn't have, so I really have no clue if I really got a discount. He looked confused when I asked him if my $10 discount was applied. He said that I could get that discount only if I presented that specific coupon. In the end, he claimed that he already took $10 off even before I asked about the discount, but I think he said that to appease me. All in all, I'm glad my brakes aren't squeaking anymore. Here's a plus: Brake Masters is open on Saturdays.
John walked in with a digital camera, laptop, and a portable printer to boot! He even burned the images of my property onto a CD for me to keep. I know it's not his job, but I couldn't help but ask for his assistance in prying open a cabinet that wouldn't budge. He gave it a go, and off the whole panel flew! It's been fixed since, but I'm still appreciative of John's great attitude. He explained which parts of my air conditioner might need tweaking and pointed out that my cold and hot water nozzles were reversed in my bathroom sink. It cost $200 for the inspection. We forwarded his report to the previous owners who agreed to refund $500 for repairs.
I was thrilled to find mini-tweezers, let alone colored ones. Although they cost $6.99, I was impressed that this store carried tweezers that I haven't been able to find at larger stores. They also carried my favorite liquid eye-liner in dark brown. What hooked me was the $2.99 bottle of nail polish remover. I just thought it was funny that a different store was selling it for 50 cents more. I guess the demand for nail polish remover must be higher as you get closer to the beach. Tony has the cutest Dachshund running around this shop. I like the fact that he is easygoing enough not to worry that the dog might knock things over. One strange thing that happened though is that my total was $11.98. I tried to pay with a large bill, but he didn't have change. When I returned, I jokingly asked if I could get a discount for going next door to break the bill. He actually said "yes"! However, my total turned out to be $16.37. I hope that the sudden price increase had nothing to do with me flashing my C-note.
We asked for a different room because my friend found dried vomit on the floor. I don't know if one thing led to another, but the next thing you knew, my friend was vomiting herself an hour later. Oddly enough, a second girl also threw-up the same day. Not a good sign, if you ask me. Luckily, I got there last, and that was when the new room was ready, so I was unaffected. Aside from the fact that a man was mopping the floor when I walked through [raise suspicious eyebrow], I found the lobby charming. Because my friends weren't feeling too well, we cranked up the heat. The heating system gets an A+. The pillows were very comfortable. I was happy that there was a free shuttle going to the convention center.
Hot coffee and a steaming bath? What more can a girl ask for? Extra towels, of course! I felt guilty for calling housekeeping at 1am. They came at the speed of light too! I thought it was cute how the coffee-maker was located in the bathroom. I was quite impressed by the selection of teas too. As expected, the bathtub was big, and there was a hairdryer. I would appreciate it if the parking lot was a bit closer, but I was lucky enough to find metered parking right across from the main entrance. It's $160 a night if you book in advance.
I buy aloe vera here, and that is the greatest dessert ever! There's also something called coconut jelly that rocks too. It's preserved in syrup that's similar to what canned peaches are preserved in. You can spend a whole day here trying to figure out what's in the colorful packages stacked in columns. If you like preserved prunes, they have an assortment here as well. I guess this is where I go when I have a sweet tooth. They sell lychee fruit from time to time. What a nice treat. Cheap too!
They have the best guava juice here. Everything is 1/3 the cost of things you get at Ralph's. They have so many choices of fish and shrimp. I keep coming here to buy my favorite vegetable, Ong Choy. Cherries are $1.59 per pound, and nectarines are $0.38 per pound. This is a huge market that has beverages like grass jelly and Vitasoy drinks. You won't be disappointed if you shop here.