Feb 13 2024

Uber in Rio

We used Uber to get around in Rio de Janeiro. They’re not always cheaper. Once we took the taxi at the half cost of Uber, which was also a long wait. Waiting around for a Uber is the downside of it. But it’s convenient: just open the app and you don’t need to stick out your credit card.

Bloomberg News reports Uber has a banner quarter, up 30%, while Lyft is down 80%, which has very limited worldwide presence. My last encounter with Lyft was horrible, from both the driver and the company.

The location service is spotty in Rio. Many times, the drivers couldn’t find us. One time at the beach, the driver of a Black Fiat (lic ending I33) drove away from us, that was a terrible experience. We would spend next 30 minutes waiting for another car. It drained my battery as well. If I were to cancel it, Uber charges me a cancelation fee. It doesn’t seem fair.

On our trip to the GIG airport, the driver has a yellow tank in his truck. What is it?

One interesting thing to note: many Uber cars in the airport are mini, without a truck! We put our two carry on in the front passenger seat.

As of now, I still haven’t figure it out how to tell Uber the number of passengers, other than myself.

Above my pay grade topic. Uber 的季度业绩表现出色, 增长了 30%; 而 Lyft 则下降了 80%, 在全球范围内的业务非常有限.
几年前在旧金山Lyft 的司机无缘无故说我的狗在他车里💩了 加收$80. Lyft不调查 (照片的meta data was striped …) 说收的对… 当然我赢了. 这么烂的公司 简直了.

今天Uber 小哥看俺在照相 好心提醒俺 “… 小心 不要被人抢手机…”
这是来后第一个提醒. 俺觉得Rio 挺安全, 虽然最好的酒店都有些惨不忍睹 周围环境本应该高大上 但也就是New York 23 街的感觉.
满大街卖冰/水的小贩们 人手一个收银机. 在这个背后 不知道信用卡公司的努力
相比之下 德国🇩🇪小商店都还是现金…



Feb 13 2024

Amex @ GIG: Plaza Premium Lounge

Third floor at T2 @ RIOgaleão – Tom Jobim
Rio de Janeiro

… more pix at Google Maps

This airport lounge is pretty good, especially when our British Air flight is delayed.

The cream of wheat is wonderful. The coffee barista is efficient.

However, they don’t have bottled water, from the tapes only.

Feb 12 2024

Parque Garota de Ipanema

Av. Francisco Bhering, 2-224 – Arpoador,
Rio de Janeiro, – RJ, 22080-050, Brazil

… more pix on Google Maps & TA

A park that has direct access to Arpoador beach. It was local holiday and we didn’t really explore the park, other than to the beach, where was packed.

Feb 12 2024

Arpoador beach

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

… more pix on Google Maps & TA

A smaller beach, W of Copacabana with great sunset view. It’s an easy walk from Copacabana Fort.

We were there on their holiday Monday, the beach is jammed with people. The waves are pretty strong to swim. It has access to a beach that faces east, which has relative calm water.

We entered the park at Garota de Ipanema, which has access to the beach.

Feb 12 2024

Diabo Beach

State of Rio de Janeiro

Praia do Diabo is a small beach, not far from the southern end of Copacabana Beach. The water is colder.

… more pix n videos on Google Maps

We went there yesterday, which was a public holiday. It was packed, at 5pm.

Feb 12 2024

Chon Kou 中国餐馆

Av. Atlântica, 3880 – Copacabana
Rio de Janeiro – RJ, 22070-002, Brazil

Will return.

… more pix on Google Maps, Yelp & TA

How did we end up here: we planed to have lunch at Emile. Google shows it opens 24/7 but when we got there at 2:50 – spent too much time at the top. They said come back at 7.

So we walked toward south and saw a Spanish and Chinese restaurants. We picked the Spanish, oh how I would love to have paella. But the young maid said to in low voice: “just you know this is a Spanish, the Chinese is next door.”
So here we’re, the unwanted guests -:)

The location is excellent, on the second floor, looking out to the Copacabana Beach. A silver of Hotel Emile can be spotted from the windows.
The decor is 1972, the year they started in business.
The service is good, other than messed up order. We’ve pickled cucumbers, mapo tofu 麻婆豆腐and eggs with tomato 番茄炒鸡蛋. They totally forgot the cucumber and eggs tomatoes became eggs and ham. Their food is so much better than Canton. And this is the only meal that we finished everything, a small feast.
They’re kind enough to charge our phone – thank you.

Feb 12 2024

Café 18 do Forte

6:02pm, Feb 12, 2024
Copacabana Fort – Praça Cel. Eugênio Franco, 1 – Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro – RJ, 22070-020, Brazil

One of two cafes inside the Fort. We’ve lunch at Colombo, and chose to have drinks here.

… more pix on Google Maps

It was sunset time. The copacabana Beach looks much calmer. We didn’t stay long because I wanted to do the paddle boarding – which I did.

The red wine came with corks and they poured me another glass. They were also very kind to lent me the charging box to refuel my phone.


Feb 12 2024

MDN Tabacaria

… so you know I don’t smoke

Av. Nossa Sra. de Copacabana, 314 A – Copacabana,
Rio de Janeiro – RJ, 22020-001, Brazil

Def will return.

… more pix and videos on Google Maps

What a send off for us.

The shop is a bit trashy (bright light, tile floor, the noise …) but is the best thing In Copacabana neighborhood, from the staff to the customers. We really enjoyed our last night in Rio, thank you.

Copacabana Palace supposedly their best hotel but the hotel itself seems could use some TLC – a lot of it, and the neighborhood feels New York 23rd Street. Buildings around the CP look shabby.

When we came to this cigar lounge, we were overjoyed. So we decided to spend last night here.

We were out the whole day and phone battery charger was long gone. They were kind enough to charge my phone – so we can Uber home.

The young guy who served the humidor is handsome and polite. The young lady at the bar makes the best Tanqueray and Tonic: she added peppercorns!

A regular, who said he’s of Lebanese descent was helping us with translation, and let me try his hoka, which is also becoming more popular in Rio. The lounge serves decent food – from the food he ordered.

The one last round of drink, to send us off. I couldn’t drink any more, only tried a little – it was yummy. No I don’t remember it’s name

As the night going deep, the noisy level increased. By then we were ready to leave. It was just a relaxed night and thank you all for your hospitality.

Feb 11 2024

Bota Restaurante

Av. Infante Dom Henrique – Glória
Rio de Janeiro – RJ, 20020-140

… more pix on Google Maps

Three restaurants (Kitchen, a fusion and an Argentina Corrientes 348) on this marina and non of them are on the water. Maybe their sensibility is different from ours.

They’ve indoor and outdoor seatings.

We got there at 5:48 and no they don’t have tables on the water. So we chose to seat inside. It was quite hot out there. By 6:12, they offered us to sit on the upper deck which is looking over the water. By 6:21, the loud music begins to blast – good it was only testing; it didn’t come on again till 7pm when we were done with our dinner.

The floor of the upper deck isn’t the most stable. Most people there were drinking. Guess they eat late.

We’ve octopus and steak. Octopus is gigantic. They cared to know if my food was ok, I told them the truth – just tooooo big of a portion. The steak is more like breakfast steak.

They sell cigars too. Oh well.

Feb 11 2024

Cantón – Peruvian & Chinese

R. Rodolfo Dantas, 26; Copacabana,
Rio de Janeiro – RJ, 22020-040

… more pix on Google Maps, Yelp & TA.

So will not return.

Location: cross street from Copacabana Palace hotel, and half block from the famous prestige beach. However, the neighborhood feels crappy, like New York 23rd street.
Air conditioning: lacking
Decor: a little overdone but tolerable
Service: ok
Food: subpar
Tableware: plastic and some are chipped
Utensils: fast food or school cafeteria

They opened late on this Sunday. One waitress serving the small room, who looks shaky when serving the wine. They don’t have tea, the hot steaming yummy tea.

Food: we’ve wanton, mapo tofu and garlic charsui (pork).
Fried Wanton: so so. Only because I wanted dumplings during the Chinese lunar new year. The filling isn’t too bad
Mapo tofu 麻婆豆腐: is 家常豆腐. No spicy at all. I asked for some spicy sauce, it came sweet.
Garlic charsiu: what’s the hell is this one? Where is my garlic?!? Both tofu and this one use the same dark sauce, which is, so $5.99 Flushing.

Bathroom has no ac, on a 92 degrees day.