posted Awfully quiet on here
on the Philippines forum on December 10, 2013:
replied to the thread so many questions about Antigua
on the Guatemala forum on December 10, 2013:
For the past nine years I have lived outside the US, hanging up my hat in Brazil, Costa Rica, and Panama. I am very interested in moving to Guatemala. Antigua seems to offer the most of the many towns and cities I have visited. I have not been in Guatemala for a couple years, but I plan to travel there in January 2014. Hopefully someone will take the time to answer a few questions for me.
(1) Does Guatemala tax foreign pensions? Some countries do, some do not.
(2) Does Guatemala have national health plan to which holders of a visa de pensionado can belong?
(3) Do US expats use a mailing address in the US to facilitate the receipt of packages, correspondence, magazines, etc.?
In Panama many people, foreigners and Panamanians, use a service such as Airbox Express. If they buy something on the internet, the package is sent to a Miami address, forwarded to Panama, and finally delivered to the buyer at the office that services his area. A small packet costs about USD$10.00. Panama does not charge import duty on items valued at less than USD$100. If the item is of greater value, Airbox collects the custom fees from the buyer, avoiding long lines at Customs and lengthy paperwork. All items sent to a Panamanian POB, on the other hand, pass through Customs regardless of the declared value.
(4) What does Guatemala charge on imported items?
(5) About how much does a law firm charge for submitting the paperwork for a visa de pensionado? A ballpark figure?
(6) Between date of the request for a visa and the receipt of the visa, can an applicant leave Guatemala for a short trip?
In Costa Rica, a letter from an attorney verifying that a visa has been requested is sufficient to leave and re-enter the country. In Panama, a multi-entry visa is required (about USD$50).
(7) How is the taxi service in Antigua?
I do not recall using a taxi in Antigua. I think I took a tuktuk everywhere. The bus service to other cities and towns was quite adequate. Are there cooperativas (a central office for taxis)? Costa Rica has a very good taxi system, Panama has no system at all.
(8) Are there Lions and/or Rotarians in Antigua?
(9) Can you recommend a good practical book about Guatemala for a potential immigrant?
Good observation about cabbies. I make it a point to cultivate friendships with drivers wherever I go. Boquete is a small town in Western Panama. There is no central number for taxis. You can either flag one down (good luck!) or you can telephone directly. The snag is that, regardless of what they say, you have no idea when they will actually pick you up. Yesterday, for example, the driver who said he would pick me up in 10 minutes did not arrive for an hour. No phone call, no excuse, no explanation. / Really like the idea of the meals on wheels. Where do I sign up? Antigua has great restaurants. I do not recall losing any weight there. I appreciate your time and help.
I agree. As far as I know guatemala doesn't tax foreign pensions. And it's true anyone can be treated at a public hospital just like a guatemalan. Believe it or not, my brother (68 years old) about three years while visiting in Mazatenango ago was taken by ambulance to the Roosevelt public hospital in guatemala city where he was operated because of an brain aneurysm. Luckily he not only survived but had a remarkable recovery. Keep in mind guatemalans are real friendly. So, you can always ask among friends for a local cab driver they recommend for regular service. That way you can use someone you can trust and will charge you reasonable fares every time you need him. In fact in GC you can also have food catering service delivered to your home on a daily basis at very reasonable prices if you don't feel like cooking. I'm sure you can find the service in Antigua also. Compared to Mexico things are much easier to get done in guatemala and cheaper too.
replied to the thread Building in Pacific Harbour
on the Fiji forum:
Hi all :)
I was hoping that someone here has experince in purchasing a 1/4 block and builinding a 3 bedroom villa with pool or similar in Pacific Harbour, FIJI
Looking forward to hearing from you
Deppeler, has life become to much for you that you have to display such sarcasm? Try pretending life is beautiful. Maybe that will help your disposition.
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How very welcoming of you. Not!
replied to the thread PLS clarify the 12-X visa
on the Ecuador Welcome Forum forum on December 10, 2013:
In understood you get the 90 days to spend in any one year span - with multiple entries allowed. Which I interpret to mean that the count is on while you are in Ecuador but stops if you leave to return within the one year period. Is that correct. Immigration people give contrary opinions
The T-3 90 day visa is a stamp in your passport and the 365 days you have to use up the 90 days begins the date of the stamp. The 12-IX 180 day visa is a page in your passport and it runs without stopping from the date it is placed in your passport.
6 hours ago with:
p.s. The clock does NOT reset whenever you leave the country. If you have a 90 day visa and leave after 45 days and then return, you only have 45 days allowed here. I'm not sure if this is per calendar year or from the date of first entry.
replied to the thread a temporary place to stay in Bogota
on the Colombia forum on December 10, 2013:
I am going to arrive in Bogota and stay for about 10 days in Casa Paulina hotel (Calle 63 No 17-18 Bogota COL ). I was wondering if anyone knows the place and is reasonably safe for the first place as I am new to Bogota and until I rent an apartment.
Thank you so much!
3 hours ago with:
Thank you for the information!
So, how late is it safe to go out at nights taking the precautions?
Don't know the street physically, but Calle 63-ish and the area where it crosses with Kr 17 is actually quite safe.
But normal precautions still apply. ie: don't go around dripping in jewellery, fancy clothes, or someone might just be desperate enough to try and snatch it, and always be careful when using mobile phones on the street.
I go to Calle 63 every week, as my kids train at the centro de alta rendimiento, just along the street. Never have a problem, but still be aware of everything around you.
replied to the thread Holiday Events & Expat Gatherings in Belize
on the Belize forum on December 10, 2013:
What are your favorite holiday events in your area of Belize? Help other expats in search of some holiday cheer by sharing information on events that are open to the public or for expats.
If you would like to plan your own gathering to celebrate the holidays with other members of Expat Exchange in your area, we encourage you to plan it here. You could meet up with others at your favorite restaurant, a local coffee shop, a bar -- anywhere that's public!
Christmas Cookie Exchange
Its time again for the annual cookie exchange! The cookie exchange is FUN and easy. Everyone bakes cookies as many as you like (I recommend 3 dozen) we meet for lunch you bring your cookies. One dozen is donated to charity the others are all put on a big table and we swip swap and go home with a nice variety. If you bring 3 dozen you give one to charity and take 2 dozen gorgeous cookies home. The more you make the more you take! Come at 12:00 if you want to order lunch off the menu from Aguada, and fellowship with the ladies, or at 1:00 if you only want to participate in the exchange. By the dozen, candies, fudge, cupcakes, bars, anything that can be shared individually! If you don't bake, buy some! Get in the Christmas spirit and join us! Invite a friend , anyone with a plate of cookies is welcome.
Belizean Rum Popo Recipe
Belizean Liquor that’s similar to Egg Nog but can be more potent.
4 Nutmegs (Grated)
1 Oz Cinnamon Stick
1 Pint Colorless Rum
5 Tins Large (Grace) Evaporated Milk
3 Tins (Grace) Condensed Milk (Or to taste)
½ Lb Raisins
Prep Time: 30-40 minutes
Soak cinnamon stick and raisins in rum for 2 days.
Beat eggs well (15-20 minutes Removing beater and rinsing in clean water several times to remove strings (eye of egg)
Add Evaporated milk & beat again.
Add condensed milk and check for desired sweetness.
Add grated nutmeg & rum (that was used for soaking-strain before using)
Mix again and store in clean dry bottles.
Store in refrigerator.
Shake before serving.
replied to the thread Possible Move to T&T
on the Trinidad & Tobago forum on December 10, 2013:
Good evening everyone!
I am possibly looking at moving to Port of Spain in February 2014 for a three year contract in aviation. I will be moving with my family including three young children, all under 3 yrs!
We are hopefully being provided with accommodation and I am more interested in the way of life and cost of living ..
We have heard all the horror stories with regards the crime, drug and gang culture but we have been expats elsewhere and are used to the safe way of living.
Any advice or experiences you can pass on will be highly and warmly appreciated.
1 hour ago with:
No offence to Sade but she is a Trinidadian realtor who may therefore have a different perspective on things! I live in Port of Spain so can only give my opinion as an expat living here. I spent two years in Kingston Jamaica and felt a lot safer there. I have lived in several countries over the last 12 years and the difference I find with crime here is the threat of violence, especially guns. In truth the only time I have been a victim of crime was in my home town in the UK a couple of months ago. But last month a female expat was approached in long circular mall by a man who put his arms around her as if greeting a friend. She had to put all her jewellery and money in his pocket and was told not to move for five minutes until he could get away. He had an accomplice watching her. But if you are vigilant, go to the safe beaches like Maracas, don't go to dodgy cashpoints and leave the bling at home you should be fine. Then all you have to worry about is the way Trinis' drive but that needs a forum for itself lol
Thanks for the reply..
Our interview went very well and we should hear if we have been successful by Christmas.
Hopefully we will get chance to chat to a few of the company's employees in T&T before then.
replied to the thread Mexican perception of Afro-Americans
on the Mexico forum on December 10, 2013:
I am a recent (about 1.5 month) resident of Playa del Carmen.
I discovered through talking with the average middle class (men and women) they express a rather negative view of Afro-Americans, calling them : negro gringo or negro americano.
I am not an Afro-American , so I would love to understand where does this negative perception come from ?
All answers will be treated with respect, especially if they come from Mexicans.
Thank you for your comment !
yes, there really isn't an Afro-american as you ststed it but for lack of a better term it labels Americans who were treated as 2nd class citizens within their country of birth because of physical features and skin color.
Glad to hear about the experience of such people in your part of Mexico.
It probably needs to underline that the Mexican negative perception pertains to a non-major percentage.
Thank you for the invitation.
First of all, I must say this: There is no such thing as an "Afro-American" unless the individual was born in Africa and immigrated to the US and became an American citizen. Sorry. According to politically correctness, why am I not referred to as "Anglo-American" since my forebears are from England?
Now, having said that, I have a place in Tequisquiapan, QRO - a great little town north east of Mexico City - in the exact geographical center of the country as a matter of fact. I have several American friends there (who happen to be black) and are perfectly well accepted by the local denizens of this community. One friend, Brian, is actually loved by many here because he is such a decent fun loving individual. Black, White or Purple....just be decent and treat folks with respect and the same will come back on you. Thanks, and hey - feel free to go to Mexico!
replied to the thread Harley Dealers
on the Ecuador forum on December 10, 2013:
Are there numerous Harley dealers in the country?
You can bring your bike to Ecuador if you are just visiting, and then return it to the USA, but you will not be able to register it in Ecuador, nor will you be able to sell it. You cannot bring it into the country if you are moving here.
12 hours ago with:
Thanks for the reply. Do you know if I can bring my 06 hd to the country just to tour around? I have a nice one but I'm worried about some law they have that it cant be older than 1 year. does that apply to motor cycles?