The Inn at St. Johns Review

The hotel is absolutely gorgeous, and is situated in a similarly beautiful golf course. After checking into the hotel, visitors will begin to see the sheer amount of care that has been placed into the St. Johns experience. Parking is expansive, allowing for little fighting over spaces – one will be able to walk right up to the front desk and get squared away. As one enters, a door on the left allows access up to the rooms without having to stumble through the opening foyer.


For those that wish to stick around the hotel, the 5ive Restaurant provides top-notch food and drinks, all captured in a stylish location. During our visit, dinner was served quickly and exceeded even our expectations. After we had finished up dinner, we stopped by our room to place our leftovers in the refrigerator and went down to the pool. The pool is more than a tepid tub – The Inn at St. Johns has included a whirlpool along with a waterfall, with ample space for numerous guests. Where there is typically a paucity of sheets on a hotel bed, we had to actually kick off some of the myriad of covers and sheets that the Inn at St. Johns had placed. The larger size of the rooms (especially the raised ceilings) makes for a more serene and restful experience.

Visit their website at for more information about the hotel, the restaurant, the golf course, and the wide array of amenities that the facilities provide. The Inn at St. Johns is simply sublime, and is the best hotel that I have stayed at. I would recommend it to anyone that has any sort of business or vacation trips that would take them to the greater Detroit metro area.

Rating: 9.7/10

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Halo V Headband Review


When we received a Halo V headband for review, we were a little skeptical about how well sweat would be shunted from our faces. The headband is incredibly fashionable and thin, consisting of a shiny fabric (Dryline) that looks too sheer to hold any moisture. After completing an exercise in the Halo V, we were absolutely astounded at how well the company’s headbands work. The SweatBlock Seal (patented by Halo) keeps all moisture away from the face and eyes, while the headband’s closure ensures that it will remain wherever one places it.

Halo V comes in black, white, red, and royal blue colors, and can be utilized equally well by males and females. Halo has provided purchasers with a full one-year warranty to protect against manufacture issues. We’re pleased to report that after a few workouts that the Halo V has not become deformed or any less efficacious in its primary duty. Making sure that the headband is clean is utterly simple; make sure one hand-washes the head band and hangs it up to dry. The silver ions that are present in the Halo V decrease anti-microbial growth, which has been determined to be a primary cause of the “workout clothes” funk.

The Halo V can be purchased online for around $15, and will work perfectly for any sort of workout, occupation, or situation in which an individual would sweat. Visit the Halo Headband website for more information about their variety of products and to receive the latest news about the brand.

Rating: 9.0/10

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Pacsafe Z-28 Anti-Theft Urban Backpack Review

This is one of the smartest investments that we have had the chance to make in regards to our safety. The various benefits that are provided by the backpack and the overall peace of mind that one will have when they have their valuables in the Z-28 is priceless. Furthermore, the amount of space that the backpack provides ensures that one can stash their laptop and other peripherals without cramming anything in (which normally causes scrapes or other damage).

Pacsafe offers a 2 year warranty for the backpack, while the sheer ruggedness of the build design ensures that purchasers will not have to send it back. The additional features that are present in the bag make carrying the Z-28 extremely easy; the padded straps and back support allow the weight to be properly distributed over the whole of the body. The eXomesh ensures that a thief cannot simply cut through a part of the bag, without adding much to the weight of the bag (when all is said and done, the bag weighs a hair over 3.5 pounds). Furthermore, the presence of a number of locks will make the Z-28 utterly impossible to break into.

The Z-28 is a massive bag but is ultimately yieldable by a wide array of users. For those that are unable to fit the bag into their plans, the Pacsafe website has a listing of their various efforts. If you own a laptop and are concerned in the slightest about the safety of your goods, make it a point to purchase a Pacsafe bag. It will be able to take whatever beating that you can throw at it while still looking fashionable and being extremely intuitive in its use.

Rating: 8.4/10

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La Quinta Harrisburg, PA Hotel Review

In the interest of full disclosure, I have had some great nights at the La Quinta hotels in Detroit, MI and Meridian, MS.

I found a great deal on the new La Quinta in Harrisburg, but had some complaints about the property.

There was a set of lights in the room that would not turn on, and the water was not hot in the slightest. I’d venture to say that the temperature of the water did not exceed about 80 degrees.

The internet service was complimentary, but the wireless signal continually disconnected. I run an internet business that requires constant online access (utilizing Paypal to transfer funds, invoicing) and was unable to finish any transactions during my stay. It is much smaller of a complaint, but the floor of the elevator was sticky from gum being rubbed into the carpet.

Finally, the back door was continually propped open, instead of letting the door lock. I was concerned about the safety of the hotel.

There were some positive things to be had about the hotel stay. The breakfast was functional, while the room itself was very large. Happy with the hot tub and pool as well.

Thanks for reading the complaint. The La Quinta in Harrisburg can’t be beat for price, but there are a number of concerns that should be fixed before it is an all-around great hotel.


La Quinta Inn & Suites

265 N. Hershey Road
Harrisburg, PA 17112
Phone: 1-717-566-7666

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True Sport Duffle


The True Sport Duffle is one of the best bags that we have received for review. The bag is surprisingly deep and contains a number of different pockets in which to place various dirty, ill-fitting, or easily misplaced objects. The build design of the True Sport Duffle is substantial, ensuring that the bag can kick around a truck or take a number of bumps and scrapes before even showing the slightest bit of wear. The zippers and tracks on the bag will keep their form and not tear even with huge loads of clothing, books, or whatever one wants in their True Sport Duffle. This is due to the bag’s Laundry Compression Technology.

The Laundry Compression Technology ensures that individuals can stash a great deal more than they would be able to otherwise fit in a traditional bag. I like the listing that is present in the True Sport Duffle that ensures that the person packing the duffle has everything before they set out on the road. The bag can be utilized for workout gear as well, ensuring that gloves, changes of clothing, chalk, fat grips, and a whole slew of supplements can all fit in with room to spare. The only drawback that the True Sport Duffle has is that the strap could bear to be a little thicker; I feel that what is provided is a little bit on the thin side.

The True Sport Duffle can be purchased from the Genius Pack website for $178. Their company website provides listings for the variety of different products that they offer.  What have your experiences been with Genius Pack or the True Sport Duffle specifically?

Rating: 9.2/10

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Brick House Tavern and Tap Review – Akron / Cuyahoga Falls


The clean interior of the Brick House Tavern feels inviting, especially when one considers the fireplace and couches that comprise a large amount of the non-bar area. The Yard Bird Sandwich was the hero of the day, containing bacon, provolone, hot (sriracha) mayo, lettuce, tomato, and pickles. While the sandwich seems busy, I can assure you that the constituent parts unite to make something considerably greater than the sum of its parts. The Black and Blue Burger is dusted with Cajun seasoning and contains blue cheese and caramelized onions and mayo; the array of flavors make the burger pop in your mouth. The rest of the Brick House menu is stacked, with a set of brick-fired pizzas, salads, meatball meals, and some crazy sides to tide individuals over until their meal comes. Wings are here, but Brick House Tavern offers soft pretzels, calamari, and even meatloaf sliders.

For those that wish to have a drink or two, their bar is the best stocked that we have seen at a chain store. There are 40 ounce beer bottles, microbrews, foreign efforts, and even the company’s own brand of beer. Factor in a well-stocked amount of wines and spirits, and one will be at home watching the numerous televisions placed around the restaurant. The hand-pulled cask beer is fairly cheap ($6/7 for a 16 or 22 ounce bottle) and is a considerably different from macro lagers and microbrews alike.

Brick House Tavern has a number of locations in Ohio, New York, Kentucky, Illinois, Florida, and Texas. Check out their website for their menu, locations, and get used to a man cave write large. We reviewed the Akron / Cuyahoga Falls store; check out their quick service, clean digs, and tremendous menu as soon as possible.

Rating: 8.1/10

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A Sneak Peek at NeuFutur’s Travel Section

We’ve just placed live a few reviews that we’ve done in the last year with a focus in travel. We will be hosting a grand opening of the travel section on September 15th. Keep an eye out for this grand opening, as we will be exposing some of the best attractions that the Windy City has to offer. We’ll be offering giveaways and more in the weeks to come. Continue reading “A Sneak Peek at NeuFutur’s Travel Section”

Pastitsio Restaurant Review (3716 Butler Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15201)

Myself and the wife like Greek food. While we have some love for the gyro or the generic Mediterranean food shop (check out South Side 6 in Bowling Green, Ohio or Continental Grill in Kent, Ohio), pure Greek food is hard to get. Pure Greek food that is actually well-made and cheap is even harder to get. Continue reading “Pastitsio Restaurant Review (3716 Butler Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15201)”



Cheap prices and a strategic location are always nice, if you don’t really mind the place. But in this hotel I stayed in during my trip to New York City two years ago, you can’t help but notice how bad the place is. And it’s a good thing I don’t explore the internet too much back then, since a recent search turns out many surprising facts about this hotel, more precisely, unsavory facts.

Finding a cheap accommodation, close by to the favorite tourist sites was not easy to find, especially in a place like New York City. I was pretty surprised to find a room for just $120 a night for a twin room in a hotel. There are four of us traveling together so each of us end up paying only $80 for two nights for the accommodation, but what really surprises me was the location. It was located only a block away from the world famous Times Square, the Crossroads of the World, located dead middle in the world’s most populated island, Manhattan. The only thing lingering in my mind was only one; it is too damn good to be true.

By the time our flight touched down at the airport, it was already few hours pass the check-in time for our hotel. Instead we decided to find another place to stay for a night before moving to that hotel the following day. After a few rides on a bus and on the subway, we checked into a hostel near Central Park. We spend the rest of the day walking around the city, including getting to the top of the Empire State Building around midnight and watch the city lights twinkle for a few minutes before each of them died into darkness.

The next day, we checked out of the hostel (with a wake-up call from a pigeon making weird clicking noises right outside our window) and took a subway into Midtown Manhattan. In half an hour, we rode across town in a subway car, snap endless pictures of The City That Never Sleeps on the way and made our way to the 43rd Street. We can see the old, looming building up ahead with a striking sign on top, forming the names of the hotel. We dragged ourselves (and our luggage) to the direction of the aging high rise that housed the hotel and when we entered the lobby, we were surprised.

On the hotel’s website that we checked before we make our arrangements, they mentioned that the hotel ‘has just undergone a renovation’, complete with a picture of an ornate, marble lined lobby that looks like it was transported straight from the 1940s. Now we are standing right in that lobby, the same place, only it was brightly lit with colorful neon bulbs snaking all the way across the ceiling in weird, flashy colors. On our way to the reception, I even managed to steal some chatter from two British guys, amazed by the neon bulbs shooting everywhere, “Wow, I feel like I’m inside a strip club.” They said.

We checked in and then followed the bellboy into a small, claustrophobic elevator that creaked as it goes up. Now I was actually thinking whether this elevator had ever snapped off or killed somebody as it goes up. It actually seems like it did. But I ignored it, must be some sort of a wrongly placed hunch, I thought. I was thankful because the elevator reached the floor where our room is before it really snaps off. As the bellboy took us into the corridor heading to the room, my mind wanders again, now to a scene from The Godfather.

The corridor’s walls were coated with a smudged white paint, peeling in every side, on the ceilings, cobwebs and dust form a barely invisible line of threads all over, and the corridor was dimly lit with sad fluorescent orange light bulbs. The hotel was renovated alright, forty years ago. I had no hopes of seeing a nicely renovated room when I entered, and it’s a good think I have none, because it’s really not renovated at all, and it’s totally decaying. The old television was dead, and the heater isn’t working, the window can’t be closed, and the bathroom looks like a crime scene. Now I really can’t help but imagine all kinds of funny, weird things. At least they make the bed before we came. And yeah, it’s a good thing this isn’t winter.
But the good thing is, I survived my two nights of staying there without getting chopped off by a psychotic killer or got stuck in a narcotics bust by the police. After we check out of that place two nights later, we never heard anything from that place again, until recently.

I was doing research for my upcoming novel, coincidentally set in New York City. It calls for a cheap, seedy hotel for a shootout scene and the first hotel to come in my mind was that same place we stayed when we were in New York two years ago. I keyed in the hotel name at Google, and the first headline to come was ‘Dirtiest Hotel in America, ‘That’ Hotel’. It turns out that very hotel has won the not-so-prestigious award for the Dirtiest Hotel in America for three years in a row by a travel advisory website. I scroll down the articles until something else caught my eye, ‘Murder at ‘That’ Hotel’.
It turns out that a year ago, a female tourist staying in the hotel ended up being a victim of a brutal murderer. Curiosities did drive me to do some more research until I end up in another article about that hotel.

Facts had shown that she’s not the only person departed on that hotel. Ever since the hotel first opened in the 1930s, there have been nine more deaths reported in that place, not to mention the unreported deaths. And do you know the most interesting part of all? That creaky, old elevator I rode did kill somebody in 2005. I was lucky I didn’t know all of these exhilarating facts until two years ago. One thing for sure now, if I’m coming back to New York City, I would never sleep in that place again, I would rather pay a little bit more to live in a more expensive hotel. No, thank you. I had enough looking at the crazy facts.

Next time you found a ridiculously cheap hotel in a ridiculously expensive city; do some very good research on it first before you end up paying your booking fee. Like I said, things like that are far too good to be true.


By Reva Wibowo