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kmoriarty45 replied to the thread Emergency Vehicle Lights on the Ecuador forum on June 30, 2015:
General initially posted:
Does any other country use its police and emergency vehicle lights all of the time as does Ecuador?
kmoriarty45 replied on June 30, 2015 with:
Police vehicles aren't the only ones sporting the ubiquitous blue lights. Motorcycles, taxis,. buses, semis, and some tricked-out cars also have them. They are so common that I guess everyone simply ignores them - including the bad guys. Ditto for car alarms.
General replied on June 30, 2015 with:
Years ago in Hawaii they put constant blue lights on police cars until they realized that it gave the criminals a warning. Here it seems it was a new technology, like parlantes, and the jefes wanted to show off their new toys not knowing any better and it became the paradigm. How do they expect deaf or hard of hearing drivers to know when to give the right of way to emergency vehicles or to stop for the police? Along the same lines I wonder why they do not ticket vehicles driving without lights or with burned out lights? Is that like not arresting and prosecuting petty thefts <$300? But then this is the culture of "listo" where the only thing you can do wrong is get caught. I take it that the US prisons being overcrowded with convicts of victimless crimes makes it reasonable where there is a culture of dishonesty. Why else would an Ecuadorian ask another with whom he is doing business and suspects of being overcharged, "Que te ves, una cara de gringo?" (What do you see, a gringo's face?) BTW, there are plenty of things that are dysfunctional about the USA, and this is mostly in hopes that some Ecuadorians will want to make Ecuador more civilized. It is like saying, "The king has no clothes."
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kmoriarty45 replied to the thread Ayuda en Guayaquil on the Ecuador forum on June 30, 2015:
boogaloo initially posted:
I am going to Guayaquil next week to pick up my son on Monday, who is flying in for a visit. Looking for a recommendation for a place to stay close to the airport that night, and also during the day, my wife and I will be on a recon mission looking for ingredients for Asian cuisine, specifically fish sauce, glass noodles, spring roll wraps, and other hard-to-find items. Could also use a reference for a capable driver in Guayaquil. Any on-topic suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks.
kmoriarty45 replied on June 30, 2015 with:
Oh my, oh my ! Do I smell romance in the air or that just Susan's cheesecake ?
livefreebstrong replied on June 30, 2015 with:
Oceanhideaway! I do believe you're flirting.... I'll be there.
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OceanHideaway replied to the thread cobbler on the Ecuador Welcome Forum forum on June 30, 2015:
nanblake initially posted:
I just made a peach cobbler.Im not sure if you can get peaches? mangoes will also work! Chef Jim
OceanHideaway replied on June 30, 2015 with:
Yup mangoes are are avocadoes... I agree about the bananas...the recipe I wrote uses about 1/2 what the original call for and I bet you could halve it again or go with panela (dark brown sugar aka first press raw sugar which has a high mineral content) It's definitely something to mess around with. And what I went for was basically something you could run to the tienda and grab stuff for... and by tienda I mean anyplace with a 3 walls anda roof that sells egg, margarine and leche... The hard part might be finding the oven :)
windshadow replied on June 30, 2015 with:
If you use mangos I recommend you do not use ripe mangos. Makes a sickening goo of sweet yuk. Get the picture. If you want buttermilk just add a couple of tbs of vinegar or lemon to milk and it makes buttermilk that tastes great! Cook with it a couple of times per week. If you use any flour other than that OH recommends, be sure and sift out the bugs.
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difaf replied to the thread stranger in a strange land on the Ecuador forum on June 30, 2015:
difaf initially posted:
I need some advise i am iraqi married and have a seven year old daughter she speaks english arabic and some french next year will be attending second grade. We are planing on moving to ecuador next july but findinga school for my daughter is an issue and renting a place and many other issues as well but mainly school can you guys help me find one i know i will be stuffing her brain with anther language to deal with i dont know what to do i hope she will not lose interst in school
difaf replied on June 30, 2015 with:
Thank you so much for taking the time to answer me back. We mainly counting on the fact that chlidren are very absorbant Difaf
windshadow replied on June 30, 2015 with:
Great! There goes the f'ing neighborhood!
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OceanHideaway replied to the thread What is an Apostille? on the Ecuador forum on June 30, 2015:
OceanHideaway initially posted:
Once again we have a new poster asking a very basic question -- and while questions in and of themselves are never stupid, it does raise the case that if a person asks a very basic question, does it not reflect on the questioner about their own capabilities in the Great Adventure of Being an Expat? ...My answer is...yes. If they cannot at this point in the 21st century navigate the internet ...they will have a very difficult time navigating a foreign street with a foreign name that might not even be on the sign post up ahead. For example the term apostille. Yes it was new to me too once way back when (1985 actually) and I learned about it in books. Today anyone can find out what it is via Google ... About 672,000 results in 0.27 seconds). and that includes services that can get whatever you need notarized and apostilled, give you the reason, the history, who is under the convention treaties, and who is not. Go ahead, go Google, or Yahoo, or Bing...whatever your flavor. Because the person who goes looking for the answer has proven curiosity, they have shown incentive to look and initiative. And that is what a person looking to live abroad requires. Sucking down pablum predigested to make your move smooth and easy and ...easy to blame on others...well that is a very North American United States trait. If you fit into that second category -- be sure to bring lots of really nice stuff -- you'll get good prices for it when you sell it all to head back home in the usual 2 years average most folks in that category stay before they bug out and head that cheap condo back home. Maybe wiser, maybe humbler...definitely a whole lot poorer than when this song began.
OceanHideaway replied on June 30, 2015 with:
Yeah! Gosh what could possibly go wrong with that scenario as an example to follow... I rest my case... pretty much a slam dunk... (would anyone like to explain that to windshadow because I just ate and it would really upset my digestion)
windshadow replied on June 30, 2015 with:
What is all the fuss. It is a guy, mostly Jewish, that followed Jesus and taught people how to be Christians. Does Paul ring a bell. So, duh! Why all the fuss!
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LADDIED replied to the thread Preparation Requirements on the Ecuador Welcome Forum forum on June 30, 2015:
lgpars initially posted:
My husband and I are considering a move to Ecuador. Is there a list anywhere in this forum or elsewhere on everything you have to do to move there like Visa info and documents needed, etc. written in an easy to understand way? If we get a passport to travel there, do you get the Visa there or here in the U.S. Before coming there? In other words what all is required from us?
LADDIED replied on June 30, 2015 with:
Familiar with your story about the man in the flood rejecting the help God sent him. Got one on faith to add. A man falls of a cliff. He grabs a bush and is hanging on with one hand. The bush is gradually tearing loose from the cliff. The man prays to God for help. God answers, " Do you believe in me son? Yes father. Do you have faith that I will save you? Yes father. Are you sure? Yes father. Turn loose of the bush. Bull crap father. " So much for faith. There no atheist's when you are in a small boat in a storm at sea. Much personal experience.
LADDIED replied on June 30, 2015 with:
As you point out, gratitude is essential to maintaining the flow of blessings from God. If you are not grateful for what you receive however humble, you cut off the flow of blessings from God. You also as you point out, have to listen to your inner voice. Every time I turned a deaf ear to the inner voice, I suffered for it. May the blessings be.
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Whisperer replied to the thread Bringing pets to Ecuador on the Ecuador forum on June 29, 2015:
jenkinslj initially posted:
Who has brought dogs and cats with them to Ecuador? Is the process difficult? Was there a quarantine period? Is there a limit of how many dogs and cats you can bring into the country, or is it just an airline rule per flight?
Whisperer replied on June 29, 2015 with:
kmoriarty45: I Agree with you, there are breeders for profit (puppy mills) that is, then there are breeders for improvement of particular lines for specific purposes. I definitely classify myself in the second category. I too have repossessed German Shepherds when the home did not work out. I can not imagine my life without my dogs. Horses, I had a wonderful Quarter Horse, she passed away several years ago, I don't think I could ever have replaced her.
OceanHideaway replied on June 29, 2015 with:
It is in total -- a matter of being aware. We have a pool of knowledge here -- from a number of experienced persons. What I did not mention but what is known to the readership pretty much is that I have been working in dog rescue, rehab, training and rehoming for many years. My first degree was biology and my work from that time was animal behavior and I grew up n a show dog family -- so yes I have a little background. I work with rescue, retraining and rehoming here in Ecuador too -- it's not something you ever really give up right? We haven't even covered the world of fleas and ticks we or don't we have heart worm, current dog legislation and our bully/roti breads, and so much more... Then there is the sharing of info on who is training or schutzh√ľnd in Ecuador (yes, the Army, and I have contacts for anyone in the Salinas area) So keep this thread open...
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OceanHideaway replied to the thread Certified Marriage License and Apostille on the Ecuador forum on June 29, 2015:
lgpars initially posted:
I understand we would need a certified and recently apostilled marriage license if we want to apply for a residency Visa in Ecuador among other things. I have ours from way back in 1972 which is a certified copy. Do I have to apply for another certified copy of it with a recent date before I have it apostilled or would I just give them this copy to apostille? I have never heard of apostilling something before now. Who does this type of thing? Are there any other documents they make you do this to for the Visa? How about birth certificates?
OceanHideaway replied on June 29, 2015 with:
Addendum to GringoinQuito: If your document is one that is signed on the Federal level (that would be the national Level) for example your FBI Report, then the appropriate apostille is that of the Secretary of the United States. And Ecuador is actually a tad more Social ...than the USA... as you will discover entering into the bureacracy of acquiring a visa. As you have also not provided which of the many visa categories you wish to acquire -- let me guess -- Pensioner? Because you just can't afford to live in the USA ...but you can "live like a King on a hotdog budget" in Cuenca. And I notice you let the same sex union comment just slide on by... but Yes for those who are curious -- Ecuador does allow same sex couple to apply with rights and privileges. Very advanced for a Catholic Country.
GringoinQuito replied on June 29, 2015 with:
To get a document apostilled it has to go to the Secretary of State of the state where it was issued. There are online services which will do this for you.
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livefreebstrong replied to the thread San Clemente Ecuador on the Ecuador forum on June 29, 2015:
Wayneo221 initially posted:
Planning to build on a lot I purchased last year anyone have information on contractors?? Thanks Wayne
livefreebstrong replied on June 29, 2015 with:
Kmoriarty, I knew what you meant. Using the word "contractor" helps new persons get the idea of the functions of the builder (Maestro) But since Wayne is starting out, I wasn't sure if he knew what he was asking for. If he would accept a "Maestro" as well as an official "contractor". This permit business is fairly new. Only recently is it being enforced. I miss the days when you could just build something, making sure it was well constructed simply because it was ethically correct and it was yours. Built to last. Lots of things are cheaper in Ecuador. Electricians, Plumbers, Tile setters, Windows and installations But those slabs of polished granite stones...I enjoy walking through the ones that are on display in different stores or almacences Not because I'm looking to buy any, but because they're so beautiful. Amazing stuff.
kmoriarty45 replied on June 29, 2015 with:
Wayne, Livefree's post reminded me why I should never post until I have had my second cup of coffee. He's absolutely spot on about everything. We didn't use " contractors " but maestros for the various phases of construction. My wife did hire an architect to draw up the floor plans etc. which really expedited the permitting process. Permits are essential and imperative At the same time we were in construction, the neighbor across the street was building a wall to front part of his property. He was shut down twice because he hadn't gotten the proper permits and another time for building without proper submission of plans to the city. The inspectors were over there frequently. To my knowledge, we never saw an inspector. My wife made sure that everything had been properly filed and we had all the necessary documentation and permissions. I second lfbs's comment about the affordability of tile, marble and polished stone - huge savings from the States.
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kmoriarty45 replied to the thread specialty fabric in Guayaquil on the Ecuador forum on June 29, 2015:
mschuller initially posted:
Looking for a place to purchase neoprene fabric in Guayaqil (the material that is used for wetsuits). Any help would be appreciated
kmoriarty45 replied on June 29, 2015 with:
Check with the National Police River Patrol and see where they purchase their suits. That contact should lead you to the manufacturer and to the material provider. Another possibility is a marine dive shop in Guayaquil. They should be listed in the phone book.
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