replied to the thread LOOKING FOR ONE PARTNER FOR NEW BUSINESS
on the Colombia forum on December 06, 2013:
I own a property on the countryside of Bogota, It´s very near to the best residential zone of northern Bogota, at a 20 minute car ride (30 by public transport), starting at 83rd St with 7th avenue on the highway from Bogota to La Calera. The access to the property is paved and entrance is ½ block from the highway, we have a fence on all the exterior limits and share private parking zone, terraces, BBQ, open green areas with gardens and native woods surrounded by mountains, views to San Rafael's damn, clear nights with millions of stars, pure crystal air, security, privacy and tranquility. At walking distance there is access to public transportation, small food markets, several mountain bars and restaurants, horseback riding, 4x4 rentals, wall claiming, and nature strolls. At 10 minutes, by public transport / 5 by private car: Golf course, hangliding, supermarkets, banks, ATM machines, church.
PHOTOS AND DIRECT CONTACT: http://andresfelipemendoza.wix.com/refugiocalera
GOOGLE MAP: http://goo.gl/maps/h8IK2
The property has 5 spaces that need to be remodel and refurnished to attend a maximum of 10 VIP old folks. In that order of ideas, I need a partner with a capital of between USD$50k to $80K and availability of time to coadminister. The projected gross income per month is USD $22.500
PLEASE NO COLOMBIANS, THANK YOU!
Senor Bunny, if you would read after my original post, I immediately wrote another saying I was referring to the poster after you, second in the thread, which I am totally convinced is El Scammo.
Yours I am unsure about, but I am familiar with the highway from Bogota to La Calera, and just do not recall seeing some of the things you say are available on the short commute between Bog and La Calera. I do love the fincas and the area of La Calera, but does get lot colder than Bogota. So I am not sure of the integrity of your post, but it does sound little too good to be true. Pero buena suerte con tu proyecto! And like the other poster stated, junglebunny is a poor choice of names unless you are trying to insult a black. Might consider something else. Respectfully, Patricio cocoa beach fl
Good afternoon to all:
I have one investor that has come forward. So in order to respect his option, no further investor will be attended.
I wish that everybody enjoys the Christmas and New Year holydays with family and friends, including those of you who have posted miss leading appreciations creating bad thoughts where there is none. I guess some people’s nature is to ruin everything they touch, even if they don´t know exactly what is about!
Junglebunny – Andres Mendoza
Here is a little gift for all enjoy: the 2013 Meteor Showers
What is a meteor shower? Is a spike in the number of meteors or "shooting stars" that streak through the night sky; Most meteor showers are spawned by comets. As a comet orbits the Sun it sheds an icy, dusty debris stream along its orbit. If Earth travels through this stream, we will see a meteor shower. Although the meteors can appear anywhere in the sky, if you trace their paths, the meteors in each shower appear to "rain" into the sky from the same region.
Meteor showers are named for the constellation that coincides with this region in the sky, a spot known as the radiant. For instance, the radiant for the Leonid meteor shower is in the constellation Leo. The Perseid meteor shower is so named because meteors appear to fall from a point in the constellation Perseus. The Geminid meteor shower will reach its maximum rate of activity on or around 13 December 2013. Stars will be visible each night from 7 Dec to 16 Dec 2013. After you've escaped the city glow, find a dark, secluded spot where oncoming car headlights will not periodically ruin your sensitive night vision. Look for state or city parks or other safe, dark sites. Once you have settled at your observing spot, lie back or position yourself so the horizon appears at the edge of your peripheral vision, with the stars and sky filling your field of view. Meteors will instantly grab your attention as they streak by. How do I know the sky is dark enough to see meteors? If you can see each star of the Little Dipper, your eyes have "dark adapted," and your chosen site is probably dark enough. Under these conditions, you will see plenty of meteors. What should I pack for meteor watching? Treat meteor watching like you would the 4th of July fireworks. Pack comfortable chairs, bug spray, food and drinks, blankets, plus a red-filtered flashlight for reading maps and charts without ruining your night vision. Binoculars are not necessary. Your eyes will do just fine.
replied to the thread Ouch!
on the Colombia forum on December 05, 2013:
Today, was a good day until I stepped into Servientrega to mail a document to the VA's office.
As you might guess, mailing anything back to the gold ol' US is fairly expensive. However, my jaw dropped when the employee informed that it as 97k pesos to mail a one page form to the US. Mind you it was a simple transaction. As an excuse for the high prices he stated it was a four-day transaction.
Curious me asked, well, how about if I mail something later on, and I really don't need a four-day mailing. So, he casually thumbs through his price list and informs me it's 63k pesos without breaking a smile.
Perhaps, I am missing something here but there has to be another way to mail documents back home without lessing the Colombian debt structure. Any ideas?
replied on December 05, 2013 with:
Can you educate me on this service and is it widely available?
When I need to send mail to the USA and I can not wait, I use Fed Ex here in CTG. 60 mill more or less and it is arrives in 2 days. If there was a cheaper way, I have not heard about it. Rice and beans, 2mill, a taxi ride across town, 5mill, anything you want done right......priceless!
replied to the thread natural resources.
on the Colombia forum on December 05, 2013:
I read every ones posts on cmorr's site here, and it is an amazing thing keeping an open mind about the how, where, and when it is best to do anything that pays for everything needed during a month here in Colombia. 5 million poor people can be a close estimate. All that they need in Bogota has to come from somewhere doesn't it, and it has to equal the time, effort, and money used to be creditable, profitable? hmmm. I am currently in Ibague for 2 months until Christmas and I am helping a family with as much as I can out of my own pocket in return for joining them in daily activities. and learning Spanish, while doing as much as possible closer to home. Farmers are up in protest about business as usual, since there products are competing with more foreign goods being imported. I think that most people here realize when the ROOF is going to fall in on them, And all the natural resources will never solve the problems of this economy, that's why these people are more happy being on the poor side of things, they just know that in the long run it is going to hurt them. Time, and place are at issue in the here, and now, and all the resources are better left alone where they naturally occur. OK you all, this is my twist on life here. Remember I am not a resident, but I would like to give it a try one day soon.
replied on December 05, 2013 with:
@suadel The fact that you have born in Colombia not makes you a real Colombian. The only way to be Colombian is to work for the country and its people. You're not Colombian, you are perhaps a son of an immigrant, you are not 100 per cent Colombian because you never contributed anything to Colombia. Never say that you are Colombian because you don't deserve to be worthy of this privilege.
And let me clarify that I do not hate all the Gringos, but hate the Gringos who believe that they are great philanthropists when there are people who have foundations recognized as Shakira, Juanes or Botero or other foundations in the country that have a great history of aid in Colombia, is terrible to see Gringos who believe are major philanthropists when they have never contributed strongly to the country. And I hate the Gringos who believe that Latin Americans are people of the third world who cannot solve their own problems and in addition many gringos do not remember the problems that generated their interventionist policies in many countries of the world as the Monroe Doctrine. Colombia is tired of gringo interventionism.
If the Gringos really want to contribute to Colombia they must help with humility and they must remember that the interventionist policies of their countries have created many problems in our region.
replied on December 05, 2013 with:
I love it!
I agree with masterita:damned if you do damned if you don't.
I am Colombian by birth. I got nothing to do with that. I am an American Citizen by Choise! In Colombia I find myself between a rock and a hard spot. I leave it at that.
posted Holiday Events & Expat Gatherings in Colombia
on the Colombia forum on December 04, 2013:
replied to the thread More on "the Colombian Way"
on the Colombia forum on December 04, 2013:
Well, went to buy insurance so I could register my scooter with Departamento de Transito; they couldn't find my scooter model listed in the computer...what?...they can't just charge me based on the weight and horsepower of the scooter? My scooter has ro appear on some magical f*****g list?!?
So, I go back the next day with the US title and a printout describing the vehicle, and I'm told "Bogota has to enter that model into the system, come back tomorrow."I go back and the ONLY person in the office who can access the information is "running some errands"- during business hours - and I'm told to come back...
So, I go to Movistar to buy a modem - since there is no internet cable in my neighborhood yet - a one year waiting list; I'm told they have the new modems but they "haven't been entered into the system yet," to come back tomorrow.
I'm beginning to wonder if I can adapt to this stunningly inept country... :-(
replied on December 04, 2013 with:
Don't give up. Although things seem to be in chaos, I find that perseverance and a big dose of patience when dealing with the paperwork machine is a tactic to assist you. I had to let go of my way of thinking somewhat and understand that a cup of tinto shared with others really starts to bring down some difficulties with transactions such as these. Albeit when you're in the trenches, it does appear that business as we think or are used to should really run from point A to B and not A to Z and then back to B.
As we mentioned before, accountability, please come home.
you have to be very patient! remember nothing is consistent either. Enjoy the positive things, because if you focus on the negative stuff you wont last that's for sure. lots of negative things, but lots of positive stuff. every country has negative crap. Colombia sure as hell has a lot of problems, and a lot of things will stay screwed up for a while. We have our own version of the screwed up Obama care website and that's the immigration visa application website for Colombia, and I see it having problems for years. we have to deal with it.
posted Anybody going to U.S. soon ?
on the Colombia forum on December 02, 2013:
replied to the thread Hotel costs & aptm costs
on the Colombia forum on December 01, 2013:
look around this site with my identity. So you are coming here to teach. Good for you.
Problem is when you are coming. Jan. is okay but around Carnival time for a couple of days, they charge 3 times more.
Do not stay at approx. cra 53 on calle 76. Guellermo will ask you for a deposit and you will not get it back.
suggestions- when you 1st arrive , you will need a hotel room. Try City Suites Hotel (old name Atlantic Blue) at Cra.43, calle 79B. Clean, includes breakfast which is minimal but acceptable. Bargain and pay by the month. If they don't give you a good deal then bargain by the week. Pay what they quoted you for the month but get that by the week. They will quote you about 90 to 100 US/month but you can get that reduced substantially. Do NOT tell them I advised you to do this because the next time I go, they will not give me nor you a good deal. Draw back is that it is a hotel room and small. Tell them you want hot water for shower, and air condition, including breakfast. Wear clothes that is a little shabby or poor looking. It helps. They always want to get the better of the extranjeros.
The desk clerk will not have the authority to do this so give him a chance to talk to the boss. If boss is not there, say you will come back later. However you will have your suitcases with you, you may have to take it for a 1st week. Bargain again for the 2nd week etc till you get the price you want.
Another acceptable Hotel is Valclaire Suites at calle 72 and about cra 54 or 55. Bigger rooms and swimming pool.
Trouble with them is that you will have to deal with the manageress and not the owner but they will bargain a bit.
Holiday Inn is a rip off for what you pay and get and they are less prone to bargaining.
Tell them the Canuck sent you.
Aptm will cost you furnished, about $1,500,000 Col/mos and up = about $700 to 800 US.
When you are in Baq look around for an aptm to rent in levels 3 to 6, 3 being poorer and a little more dangerous. At levels 5 & 6 it is pretty safe. Never show your wealth.
You are going to find that renting, fully furnished is quite expensive for what the property is worth. When renting , go look at the place in mid afternoon when it is the hottest. That will give you some idea of how much electricity you will have to pay. Elec. here is expensive, double the US if you live in the upper strata. Find out what levels 1 to 6 mean. Do not live in levels 1 or 2. Too dangerous.
locales safe- Villa Santos (level 6), Buenavista Mall area(6), Unico mall area (3/4), Del Prado area(4/5),
I suspect that you are teaching English at a colegio or upper class school, and that wages should be around 4,000,000/mos. You will probably be getting paid double what the other teachers make. Don't tell them because they will be jealous. If so, then the school is probably in a safe area. I am a retired teacher.
Hope this helps.
replied on December 01, 2013 with:
DNAMRON, this is a great, positive, informative response to the questions posed.
We live in the country (Estrato 5). We pay less than half what electricity cost in the US of A. Gas pipeta (tank) service costs much less. And water is FREE!! (Wonderful, pure, tasty Andes Mountains water!). Marvelous Colombia! Luck & blessings to all who seek this paradise. -- Priscilla B
In private condominium. For couple.
20 minutes from pink zone.
Located within a 13 house private and secure condominium with a warm climate all year long and near the city of Fusagasugá 1 hour form Bogota (check it by Google), I offer a fine 3.230 ft² house on a 15.608 ft² private lot.
replied to the thread Looking to Visit Bogota for vacation..
on the Colombia forum on November 30, 2013:
I am looking to visit Bogota in the New Year for 2 weeks and check out what oppurtunties there may be for a English speaking IT professional, Any suggestions or help would be appreicated
replied on November 30, 2013 with:
Well thanks all for the feedback. I apologize if I may of offended any of you with my poor spelling. However the day I wrote this I was in a rush and did not spell check it.
Having said that I do not have any false ideas of Colombia, my family and I have hosted exchange students from all over the world including Colombia and we have Visited the Country three times in the last three years, I was just hoping for some different points of view.
Thanks Again for the Feedback
replied on November 29, 2013 with:
Although your argument is valid, I would like to add that every country including but not limited to Colombia borrows debt to pay for infrastructure, health costs and other economic concerns.
Colombia has in fact, borrowed heavily to develop it's country. http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/loans-credits/2013/09/06/colombia-enhancing-fiscal-capacity-to-promote-shared-prosperity-development-policy-loan
Let's define what third world means: if there is any consensus on websites that attempt to define it. Wiki states, that third world implies that the country is not aligned with other developed countries policies. Yet, another website e.g. http://www.investopedia.com/terms/t/third-world.asp, states that countries that lacked support by other nations and thus, created an implosion of help for example high rates of poverty and such.
Knowing who you are and what you are getting into is a key piece of information before you leap. Now, with this being said and yes, you will find horses on the road here but alongside of the horse you might just see a Colombian driving an Audi.
It is no doubt that the oil, coal and other commodity markets are gaining strength here in Colombia; however just as other countries that continue to grow and develop consideration of the many should outweigh the few who control the economic decisions of this country or any other countries.
I have resided in this country for a few years now. At this time, I still enjoy it. Although the lack of accountability is most annoying,. I circumvent things so that they do not take a toll on me personally.Now, where is my internet service. Oh wait, there is no one knows anything about my loss of service. Lol.