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Vinon posted Advice on Home Insurance on the Philippines forum on October 23, 2014:
I was wondering if anyone had any thoughts on the value of buying home insurance. Whilst my house was built to a standard that has taken , hurricanes and earthquakes into consideration, nothing is immune from these natural disasters or indeed other factors such as fire/flood etc etc. If the house were severely damaged in such a scenario it would be financially crippling. I have done a little research on line but as always I find the best way to secure information is through forums such as this. Has anyone insured their property, if so could you give an idea of cost and reputable companies?
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dumluk replied to the thread Leaving Ecuador - selling everything on the Ecuador Welcome Forum forum on October 22, 2014:
CoenVanIwaarden initially posted:
Hello Everyone, We're leaving Ecuador and we're selling most items we had in our home here in Quito. The list includes: Large office desk + side cabin + desk lamp + extension cord = $300 HP scanner/printer + extension cord = $45 Adjustable ergonomic office chair = $200 2 pers. bed + two side cabins + two grey side lamps + 2 pers. matrass Chaide&Chaide Continental de Lujo + king size reversible textile cover + cushion covers + large cabin for clothes = $700 Ivory color square dinner table with 6 chairs = $150 Large black/white TV cabinet + Samsung 32’’ TV + Samsung DVD player + extension cord = $600 Haceb large refrigerator and freezer, only 1 year old = $500 Graco foldable baby bed + Fisher Price baby seat + plastic bathtub = $ 100 Children’s table + three chairs + car seat + play mat + TrippTrapp® adjustable chair for children = $ 220 If you’re not familiar with the Tripp Trapp® chair see more here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPgIBo0IJI4 Children’s bed with foldable security rack and cabinet with drawers. Can be converted to a regular bed. Includes children matrass and 1 pers. Chaide & Chaide matrass. = $300 We have a similar bed with a brown lower part, orange rack, and white cabins, with only a children’s matrass. Is of less quality. Goes for $ 120 Everything we own for the kitchen various electrical items (toaster, blender etc.), pots & pans and a lot more (open doc. Below to see pictures) = $225. The water dispenser includes two water tanks (refillable for $2.75 per tank). Vacuum cleaner + drying frame + cabins for dirty laundry & to hang clothes + dustbins + iron & ironing board + 2 shelves + cabinet on wheels = $170 Large black drawer + standing lamp = $ 170 LG washing machine 14 KG = $ 300 Kitchen and oven with grill = $ 100 Chaide & Chaide Continental de Lujo 1 pers. (new) = $ 125 Hair trimmer = $ 20 Electric heater = $45 Gas tank = $45 (refillable for $3) We have 3 – all 3 go for $120 You can find photosof all items here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/1artwx7p3q1syk5/Items%20for%20sale%2C%20Ecuador.pdf?dl=0 (I can't get the hyperlink to work. You can select the link, right click, 'open link in new tab' to vizualize). If you're interested, you can write me at coenvaniwaarden@gmail.com or call 0984425981. Kind regards, Coen van Iwaarden
dumluk replied on October 22, 2014 with:
May I ask what could have happened to provoke you to sell everything and leave Ecuador? Just as I was thinking about selling everything and moving to Ecuador? I would be very interested to hear..............
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RussellO replied to the thread English book store on the Colombia forum on October 22, 2014:
dnamron41 initially posted:
If you can't find a good English book store, look for where they have used books. Go there and tell them you will be back in a few days to see what English books they found. specify what type you want or they will bring out lots of kid stuff.
RussellO replied on October 22, 2014 with:
I owned a used bookstore in costa rica for many years. when i needed books I made deals with the ama de la llave at the hotels. you should be able to buy books from them for a buck or so. Maybe everything they have as they use the money for fiestas.
RussellO replied on October 22, 2014 with:
I owned a used bookstore in costa rica for many years. when i needed books I made deals with the ama de la llave at the hotels. you should be able to buy books from them for a buck or so. Maybe everything they have as they use the money for fiestas.
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richardschlinder replied to the thread Cost of living assurance, please on the Costa Rica forum on October 22, 2014:
camaromom initially posted:
My fiance is very stressed that we would not have enough money to live on with his pension of $4900/month. We have two girls and we are looking to own acreage and have a mini farm, so would be hiring a caretaker and providing room and board. We will be paying for the property outright so will not have a mortgage payment. Am I missing something, or shouldn't we be able to live very comfortably?
richardschlinder replied on October 22, 2014 with:
In the articles I have read about media notification ,no where was it written "publish with the approval of the Casa de Blanco". I do not believe Pres.Solis is in office to squash media reports. He only asked for notification and respond. I just wish Obama was as open about his administration as Pres. Solis is about his.
karenmmm replied on October 22, 2014 with:
If you reread your last, Luv, "Just wish you´d spend your time promoting it rather than bashing CR." To respond 1) Please don´t suggest what I can and can´t say...the topic was fascists...Don´t be one. 2) My response is to camaromom, who wants to learn the TRUTH about CR. As far as your experiences yet to reveal "a single fascist lurking." CR still has laws on the books that make it illegal to criticize elected officials in print. Newspapers must walk a very fine line. Parmenio Medina, a famous radio journalist, who revealed factual inside dirt on CR pols was murdered in 2004. That is a brutal example of the fascism I´m referring to and it´s designed to keep future journalists quiet along with the well respected Mr. Medina.
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boatmax replied to the thread Rental income on the Ecuador forum on October 22, 2014:
Lucilene initially posted:
Hello Everyone, I am thinking about moving to Ecuador, but I am not retired yet and need to find a way to provide for myself. I am not looking to work or open a business. My question is whether or not it is possible to invest in real estate and live on the rent? If so how much is necessary to buy a property/properties to generate an income of around $ 1500 and where is the best area to do so? I am a single lady and was thinking about renting a modest place while living off the income. I appreciate any suggestions. Thank you. Lucy
boatmax replied on October 22, 2014 with:
I am currently getting $1200/mo annual lease with increase each year. The leasee is a US contractor, who wants it for 3 more years. yes it is on the coast almost new. With that rental income, I can live anywhere (almost) rent free.
remoore2001 replied on October 22, 2014 with:
If you want 1500 in rental income it will probably have to be something on the coast. With about a 90,000 ddl investment my upstairs neighbor receives 850.00 on a long term rental and 1100.00 on a short term rental. those numbers are per month. the investment includes buying the condo and furnishing it
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justathought replied to the thread Best President of Ecuador on the Ecuador forum on October 22, 2014:
windshadow initially posted:
Who was the best President Ecuador has ever had?
justathought replied on October 22, 2014 with:
Remoore2001, "What I was trying to point out with my first post is the question is one that can't be answered by most of the gringos here" I will add to that, once again, that Gringo voting for the best President of a foreign country as is valuable and enlightened as the citizens' of Ecuador, France, Russia, and Norway voting for the best President of the USA. As for the person who lived in Ecuador 4 years ago and still does not get it what happened in Ecuador then, well, so much for the Gringo interest to the country in which they live
justathought replied on October 22, 2014 with:
Windshadow, You wrote to me, and another poster "If you don't know anything", apart from being very rude, tell me, bro, how do you know that there one person on that earth who does not know anything? As for your, "it is alright to remain silent. It is not necessary to always post.", just stick to this wisdom, and learn some manners, might help
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lauraazelie initially posted:
Hi, So, I am coming to Ecuador with 2 other people from October 1-27. We will first be in Cuenca, then head to Vilcabamba around the 14th. We are looking for property to create a selfsustaining community. Right now we are also looking for people with certain skill sets that want to belong to a community. Here they are: Detailed Computer/electronic/mechanically inclined inventor: Living Food Chef person – who is crazy great with anything that has to do with food. Building/designing/landscaping/gardening type person If you fit any of these descriptions and are interested in what I have presented here, contact me back on this forum or at lauraazelie@hotmail.com We would like to scheduele a meeting with you when we are in Ecuador. Thanks -Laura
remoore2001 replied on October 22, 2014 with:
In my time they were called communes. And yes I left home in Calif at 15 in the late 60's and stayed on one for the summer. My job for most of the summer was attending our only cash crop. Had a good time met a lot of people. Problem were some people had more ambition than others.
iguanab1 replied on October 22, 2014 with:
Intentional communities have existed for a long time. The Amish and Mennonites are examples. I do know that there are intentional communities in Vilcabamba - from an eco-related community to raw food communities. To each his/her own.
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Bahamas411 replied to the thread Moving to the bahamas on the Bahamas forum:
Mjoseph initially posted:
I am planning to transfer to the Bahamas in the tourism industry may I know how expensive renting May be and how is the cost of living out there.
Bahamas411 replied on October 22, 2014 with:
Hey there MJoseph, Average rentals in a nice community ranges from around 1000 - 3,000 per month. As far as cost of living we u currently tax free until Jan. 1st 2015, when VAT will be implemented @ 7.5 %. If you require further info or need assistance finding a rental unit please contact me @ anthonya@leno-realty.com
GailHanna replied on October 02, 2014 with:
Hi Mjoseph - I would be able to assist if you provide details on your budget and what would appeal most to you. Send me an email at glmhanna8@gmail.co,
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LeftClique replied to the thread Border Hop Information for Perpetual Tourists on the Panama forum:
panamajames initially posted:
People ask me all the time, tell me about stamping in and stamping out in Costa Rica. Three crossing stations serve to accommodate Panama-Costa Rica travelers: Paso Canoas on the Pacific side.................... One of the busiest border crossings in Central America, and potentially the most confusing – you can easily drive over the border without realizing it. On the Costa Rica side, you’ll find a bustling town full of shops and restaurants, whereas the Panama side is little more than a few border crossing with offices that look much the same as the other buildings nearby. Non-Spanish speaking travelers crossing at Paso Canoas might benefit from the aid of a translator. With proper preparations, the entire process should only take about 45 minutes. I have seen people there for hours on end............ Rio Sereno on the Pacific side................................................................. In contrast to Paso Canoas, this border crossing station is low on traffic and high on diligence. Some people describe Rio Sereno as “the best, cleanest, and friendliest crossing of the three.” Limited supply of computer equipment there, if you are feeling a little dodgy about life and times, that day. If your gadgets are low on juice, rest a moment in the gazebo in Rio Sereno’s central park, where you’ll find free wi-fi and electrical outlets, although you may have to compete with schoolchildren for a chance to plug in................................. When crossing at Rio Sereno, you will need to provide a copy of your passport’s face page – not a law, but you won’t get very far by refusing to comply. Officials with little better to do than conduct thorough vehicle and baggage inspections may come off as overzealous; failure to present proof of insurance on a privately-owned vehicle could result in an unplanned trip to Paso Canoas. There are tow trucks galore in Paso Canoas with a seedy group of teethless drivers, just waiting to haul away your vehicle if you don't have the proper papers. And you better get it out of the compound quickly as it is a great daily expense to have your vehicle, stay over in their luxurious compounds. Don't leave anything in the vehicle that you would like to see again. I had friends who left their Tab and iPhone and laptop in their car as they felt it wouldn't take too long to straighten this mess up, and of course, these items were never seen again. However, if your documents are in order, you should enjoy a swift 30-minute crossing at Rio Sereno. My recommendations are never to take a Panama car, over to Costa Rica. You really have to know your stuff.......... Sixaola/Guabito on the Atlantic (Caribbean) side............................................................... You’ll find this off-the-beaten-path option to be fairly relaxed and straightforward. At Sixaola/Guabito, adventure travelers get the added bonus of walking over wooden planks of the former railroad bridge that takes you between Panama and Costa Rica. When to Go.................................................... Paso Canoas is open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Costa Rica side) or 11 p.m. (Panama side) every day. For a busy border crossing station like this one, it is recommended you time your arrival for noon or later – early morning border crossings take longer due to commercial truck traffic. Rio Sereno and Sixaola/Guabito border crossing stations are open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Lunchtime closings at Rio Sereno (noon to 1 p.m. Panama time) give you an opportunity to pick up a few necessary items, do some shopping, or grab a bite yourself at an open-air restaurant on the Panama side of this border crossing station.
LeftClique replied on October 22, 2014 with:
PSF: "You didn't misunderstand" I suspected it was more involved than it seemed. We'll take another look at Nicaragua. Thank you very much for your input and good luck
politicalsciencefiction replied on October 22, 2014 with:
You didn't misunderstand. The Friendly Nations visa requires that bank account (not usually a quick process), plus either a job offer from a Panamanian company, or as an investor owning your own Panamanian company. I have been working on the paperwork, including getting all paper notarized and apostilled for the last 6 months in order to apply next month before my FBI clearance is considered "stale." The whole process is a lot more complicated than it's usually described.
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kimbattlincoln posted vaccination cost on the Panama forum on October 22, 2014:
My doctor told me to get a shingles vaccination. It costs $300 in the States and is not covered by insurance. I'm coming to Panama this winter and wondered if this vaccination is offered there and at what cost? Thanks, Kim
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