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Old November 29, 2017, 03:07 AM
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adam bhaiya, star kabab kobe jaben? apnar treat roilo kintu.
I intend to go early in the morning 7 am. You are welcome to join me too.
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Old November 29, 2017, 10:07 AM
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I intend to go early in the morning 7 am. You are welcome to join me too.
daily?

7am is too early for me brother. I live in Mirpur and will take a while with the traffic. PM me your number if interested.
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Old November 29, 2017, 10:56 AM
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daily?

7am is too early for me brother. I live in Mirpur and will take a while with the traffic. PM me your number if interested.
I dont intend to go daily . Dont think stomach can handle it.

I like going for morning walks early in the morning and then after working up an appetite have breakfast at 7 am. The rest of the day I am mostly socially tied up. All my friends who work meet me for breakfast before they go to their office.

Mirpur is a long way from Star Kebab. Ok lets see what we can do. I will keep you posted.

I have asked my family to get me some sim cards so dont have a number for now.
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Old December 4, 2017, 06:01 AM
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Can someone easily in Bangladesh open an Amazon account to use for a Fire Kindle tablet? Are there any verification steps other than the normal one where you verify by clicking on the link sent by Amazon to your personal email account?
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Old December 4, 2017, 06:12 AM
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Can someone easily in Bangladesh open an Amazon account to use for a Fire Kindle tablet? Are there any verification steps other than the normal one where you verify by clicking on the link sent by Amazon to your personal email account?
As far as I know(I have sent one to BD) it is the same as usual.

But it is better if you make an account in the US and use it in Bangladesh.
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Old December 4, 2017, 06:15 AM
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Good luck for your trip to Bangladesh, seems like it has been a long time since you last went.
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Old December 4, 2017, 06:20 AM
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As far as I know(I have sent one to BD) it is the same as usual.

But it is better if you make an account in the US and use it in Bangladesh.
I was wondering the same. Thanks for the advice.
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Old December 4, 2017, 06:20 AM
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I was wondering the same. Thanks for the advice.
Anytime.
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Old December 4, 2017, 06:21 AM
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If you have not been to bangladesh, for a long time. Don't expect things to improve.

After not going for 8 years, I thought the conditions had improved. Oh, how wrong I was.
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Old December 4, 2017, 06:49 AM
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If you have not been to bangladesh, for a long time. Don't expect things to improve.

After not going for 8 years, I thought the conditions had improved. Oh, how wrong I was.
I was there 3 years ago.

Some small improvements I have seen:
Less hassle at airports and you get free wifi. I think quality of internet is also improving at least in homes. Quality of restaurants are getting better. TV shows and local movies also are becoming better.
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Old December 4, 2017, 07:08 AM
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I was there 3 years ago.

Some small improvements I have seen:
Less hassle at airports and you get free wifi. I think quality of internet is also improving at least in homes. Quality of restaurants are getting better. TV shows and local movies also are becoming better.
The country won't improve unless we get rid of road side slums, mud huts,rickshaws and local buses that stop every 2 minutes. The root of all evil is corruption

We need standardised living/welfare to reduce the amount of slums.
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Old December 6, 2017, 06:47 AM
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Good luck for your trip to Bangladesh, seems like it has been a long time since you last went.
Missed this comment. Thanks for the wishes

Its been a few years but seems like ages. I just hope I can dodge all those dawats I am more worried for my son's health especially with Dengue and Chikungunia around. InshahAllah I hope we dont catch any diseases
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Old January 8, 2018, 07:03 AM
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Hi,

Came back from my Bangladesh trip and it was amazing. I couldnt many things due to time constraint but here are my tips and advice

Bargains:
- 1 TB Hard Disk (BDT 5,100 Transcend) loaded movies from my home's intranet server. You get software and games too.
- Aarong Shawls BDT 500.
- Large Ludo boards for kids
- Blade Shave and Head Massage in Dhanmondi Road 4 or most saloons
- Horse Carriage : BDT 8000 for the whole day
- Original Boxers Lacoste BDT 250
- Children's slippers Bata BDT 250
- Tailoring

Experiences
- If possible go in the evening to Baridhara DOHS lake. Be careful of the monkeys. Also there are small boats for hire.
- Dhanmondi lake has a ok place to take a stroll with some bridges. You can people watch here while sipping on some hot tea. In the morning you can see all these elderly people on morning walks and medical people spot checking blood pressure and glucose
- A gaye holud to me is a comedy, watching the youth dance like there is no tomorrow to bollywood songs with tacky dance moves.
- We went to a tea garden for a whole day in Sylhet.
- We went to Dusai the whole place just to visit is nice. Pricey but worth it
- Chittagong had some amazing things to look at: the ship breaking yard and the ship accessory stores and finally the yatch club just outside the airport area is an amazing place to watch the ships pass you by.

Eating Out:
- Star Kebab's breakfast is amazing and cheap. You need to get there before 7.30am for the paya. I loved the tea and would go there mainly for that. AVOID the sheek kebab and chicken kebab. Skip the faluda too.
- BBQ tonight was one of the most awesome outside dinners we had. If only they would decorate the place a bit better
- Tehari ghar in Shobhanbhag is still amazing.
- Westinn buffet is value for money and surprisingly the Bangladeshi food is better than the international cuisine. And unlike other steak places, this place actually does its steak medium rare.
- Fresh coconut water is refreshing
- Cilantro is a small but cosy cafe. The service is aweful and slow.
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Old January 8, 2018, 10:44 AM
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Thanks for sharing, a lot has changed in 4 years I guess but the Lacoste I was aware of too .
The 2011 BC get together was at BBQ Tonight and that was an amazing experience with Zunaid Bhai, Mahmood (an old friend before BC), Dr. Miraz, Auntu, Ammark, Max100, Warwolf etc.
Star Kebab's paya breakfast is also my favorite. Yumm.
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Old January 9, 2018, 03:53 AM
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Thanks for sharing, a lot has changed in 4 years I guess but the Lacoste I was aware of too .
The 2011 BC get together was at BBQ Tonight and that was an amazing experience with Zunaid Bhai, Mahmood (an old friend before BC), Dr. Miraz, Auntu, Ammark, Max100, Warwolf etc.
Star Kebab's paya breakfast is also my favorite. Yumm.
I usually give a synopsis of my trip. Yes Bangladesh has changed in few aspects.

- On 31st night I saw the adopted Chinese tradition of flying lanterns and fireworks. Rooftop parties were banned and helicopters were flying to keep an eye.
- More Chakma/Rangamati looking people in Dhaka working at shops and part of the community
- Traffic was a bit more bearable but I stayed in the Dhanmondi radius mostly or travelled at night time
- Loads of more shopping malls, cafes and high rise buildings

Btw You could have told me about the Lacoste prior to my trip Why did you keep it undercover (mind the pun)

I also wanted to meet up with mufi bro, but time didnt allow.

The star kebab paya is a nice treat but I heard there is a better one in Mohammadpur. Visually the paya at Star lacks but taste wise it is very nice especially during winter.
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Old January 9, 2018, 09:37 AM
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^sorry I missed you bro. I was very busy on dawats for the last few days. have you tried malancha?

on food I tried

star - went for kacchi late one night. it was okay.
haji's - was in bongo bazar to buy some stuff. walked over to haji's. finished 3 plates on the spot.
gloria's - it was okay. went to see bpl final in the big screen. there were some cute girls.
malancha - very good khichuri. the meat is just perfect.
chap shamlao in banana - pretty good.
shawkat kabab in mirpur - the best I had.
take out burger in shatmasjid road - easily the best desi burger I had. it was so good that I had it again when I was in banani.
chotpoti in new market - best as ever.

missed out on shaad tehari and razzak this time.

and finally my mom's home cooked meal. khashir mogoj, murgir roast, jhurjhura beef bhuna, bhaja ilish mach, shutki. walking up every day and having porota and kolija or paya.

man I miss those food already
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Old January 9, 2018, 09:51 AM
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no diarrhea??

thats my rate limiting factor in dhaka. hate my life!
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Old January 9, 2018, 10:02 AM
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no diarrhea??

thats my rate limiting factor in dhaka. hate my life!
nothing too bad. I was careful with water. at home used filter and then boiled that. when eating out, just had cold drinks. also took Imodium and flagyl.
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Old January 9, 2018, 11:09 AM
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^sorry I missed you bro. I was very busy on dawats for the last few days. have you tried malancha?

on food I tried

star - went for kacchi late one night. it was okay.
haji's - was in bongo bazar to buy some stuff. walked over to haji's. finished 3 plates on the spot.
gloria's - it was okay. went to see bpl final in the big screen. there were some cute girls.
malancha - very good khichuri. the meat is just perfect.
chap shamlao in banana - pretty good.
shawkat kabab in mirpur - the best I had.
take out burger in shatmasjid road - easily the best desi burger I had. it was so good that I had it again when I was in banani.
chotpoti in new market - best as ever.

missed out on shaad tehari and razzak this time.

and finally my mom's home cooked meal. khashir mogoj, murgir roast, jhurjhura beef bhuna, bhaja ilish mach, shutki. walking up every day and having porota and kolija or paya.

man I miss those food already
You had more outdoor gastronomic action than I did! I stopped going to bongo as everyone says that place has lost its former glory. I visited Dhaka College to everyone's recommendation but I didnt find anything I fancied apart from Lacoste boxers.

Was going to Gloria but ended at cilantros where food was good but service moving at snails pace.

But I was fortunate enough to eat at Tehari Ghor where the Tehari taste hasnt changed since 1995 I am glad to say.

Didnt have time or stomach space for take out with Mum feeding us. She made the stuff I liked Khichuri, Eid Beef, Deshi Chinese and Paratha

Allhamdullilah me and my family, especially my son didnt suffer from diahrea either. Its the fuchka you have stay away from. Luckily we went to a Gaye Holud which had a fuchka stand
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Old January 9, 2018, 11:16 AM
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Just wanted to add I was looking for nice Punjabis and I dont think they are as good as they used to be.

Aarong: Still makes the best punjabis, but you are looking at spending 5k bdt for anything decent IMO. Yes there are cheaper but they dont look very nice. Their shawls are reasonably priced.

Kumundini: They stopped making nice Punjabis like they used and they are not that cheap either compared to Aarong

Busundhara City: Yes they do have Punjabis but all look so bright and tacky and very Kabli/Sherwani

Yellow: I found the worst as they lack design and the sales people are idiots (in Dhanmondi)

Elephant Road: Nice Punjabis but refused to buy as they were Indian. Shopkeeper was surprised and happy that I preferred Bangladeshi

Manyvaar: Didnt even visit as its Indian

KayCraft: Was rubbish when they started and things havent changed

Noir: This is a hidden gem in Dhanmondi Shat Masjid Road. The prices are reasonable and the Punjabis are quite trendy and modern. Not typical punjabi design but made in Bangladesh. Bought many pieces.
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Old January 18, 2018, 10:29 AM
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Here are some of the highlights I had at eating joints when I was in Bangladesh


West Inn Buffet: Sushi Bar


Tehari Ghar: Tehari and Borhaani


Star: Nehari and Naan


Star: Faluda


Star: Nehari (Day 2)


BBQ Tonight: Faluda

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Old January 18, 2018, 10:58 AM
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Here are some of the highlights I had at eating joints when I was in Bangladesh


West Inn Buffet: Sushi Bar
Is that a piece of salami???
Was it any good? Was the chef Bengali or Japanese?
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Old January 18, 2018, 11:13 AM
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Old January 18, 2018, 11:20 AM
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Is that a piece of salami???
Was it any good? Was the chef Bengali or Japanese?
The staff are all Bangladeshi, but judging by the taste of the food, they have had some outside influence. The sushi was fresh and so was the made to order noodle soup.

Surprisingly the Bangladeshi food is brilliant. You get everything from beef curry, biryani to sorisher illish.

The cold cuts like the salami were ok, but nothing spectacular.

I asked my beef to be medium rare assuming that they will will actually do it medium like they normally do in Bangladesh. And it actually was medium rare.
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Old January 18, 2018, 11:22 AM
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They serve ham in your country?
No pork products at this buffet. The only restaurant in BD I went to in the past that did serve pork was at the sheraton which is now ruposhi bangla.
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