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Royboy
7/15/2019 12:30 EST

I have seen a large number of Expats planning to come to Ecuador alone or as a couple perhaps coming on their first trip. Most lack alot of information and are somewhat unprepared or misinformed.

I came here a few years ago alone, unprepared and without the ability to speak the language. I was naive and unprepared. I made alot of mistakes and I wouldnt wish that experience on anyone. It would have been so much better to have had a friend here to call for help or even just some advise.
My wife and I have a business here now, a comfortable house with a pool and several apartments in and around Guayaquil. We also have a couple of beach houses near Manta. We have cars as well as a motorcycle as I am uncomfortable with public transportation.
Some of the most popular Expat comunities are located in places like Cuenca, if you enjoy the mountains, or Salinas and Manta for those that prefer the beach. Additionally those cities have some of the best healthcare and public transportation. Most expats that choose to live in or near Guayaquil, generally do so more for employment than pleasure, In my opinion, Playas is generally for vacationers and not so many expats retire there.
If you find yourself in a problem or need assistance of any type, I can probably help you. Im not interested in your money. Any assistance you get from me will be free. If I give you a place to stay for a day or two, that also will be free. While many in this forum will give you alot of advise, good and sometimes not so good, few if any, will actually be willing to help you physically or monetarily.
Whether you are recently arriving to Ecuador or have been here for years, if I can help you I will. I can always be found around Manta, or Guayaquil.
Regards, Ed 0979410182 only whatsapp, or by PM.

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JedEcuador
7/16/2019 19:04 EST

You know what they say about offers that sound too good to be true. Ecuador has its fair share of shady expats. So beware. ed

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Royboy
7/16/2019 19:32 EST

Sometimes, Jedecuador, good people just want to help..

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FromSeattle2Manta
7/23/2019 08:19 EST

I just arrived in Manta, and intend to stay. I do speak Spanish but I am not fluent, yet. But I hope to be soon.

Where can I find a Christian Church in Manta that offers translation service?

Eventually, I will not need it. But until I'm more fluent, I would love to attend services.

Thanks in advance.

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FromSeattle2Manta
7/25/2019 08:46 EST

I don't visit this forum that often but I wanted to stop by and say thanks to RoyBoy publicly.

I recently had the great pleasure of meeting him and his wife.

They're great people, and I have only kind words to say about them.

I'm glad I made the move to Manta. I'm learning the language and really look forward to more positive experiences here in Ecuador, like I had when I met RoyBoy and family.

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Kita57
8/21/2019 23:00 EST

Ed,
You are very generous.
We are visiting and are currently in Cuenca. We are going to Oson on Saturday. From what I can tell, the buses run frequently from Cuenca to Guayaquil and from there a CLP bus goes to Montanita. We are staying at Villa de los Suenos for 2 nights and returning on Monday afternoon.
Any advise? Does this seem correct to you?
Thanks

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Royboy
8/22/2019 08:36 EST

Hi Kita57.

I do hope you are enjoying your visit to Ecuador with your niece. Dental work can be much cheaper here and there are many very good dentists and doctors in Ecuador. As your post states, there really are many buses traveling between Cuenca and Guayaquil. I think you likely meant to say that you are going to be staying in Olón. Olón is very near Montanita and also alot quieter and more peaceful. I am not familiar with "Villa de Los Sueños" but there are many nice places to stay there. You can always try internet sites like airbnb if you prefer a home or apartment. I live about an hour away in Puerto Cayo. I will send you a personal message with some additional info should you need any help. Regards. Ed

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Explorer88
9/7/2019 16:37 EST

So what's your angle, real estate mogul?

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Royboy
9/9/2019 00:34 EST

????? I really have no clue what you're asking Explorer88. Are you asking what I get out of helping others?

If you would try it yourself, you'll probably understand better. Helping others has its own reward.

I dont have anything to sell and I have no alterior motive. I am simply trying to be friendly. Something I wish I had found when I came here.

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kmoriarty45
9/9/2019 09:45 EST

Royboy,
Unfortunately, there are so many people out there who have become so suspicious and so cynical that they cannot see that there's still many individuals in this world who help others simply because they want to. Others feel that by helping those less fortunate, those in need, or simply those who need some advice or guidance, that they are fulfilling what is required of them by their religious faith.
I respect and admire your openness and willingness to help others. Bravo!

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Royboy
9/14/2019 22:56 EST

The whatsapp number I gave is good for within the country. If youd like to reach me on whatsapp from outside of Ecuador you will need to enter it as +593979410182. +593 is the area code for Ecuador.

I am very sorry for any mixúp..

Ed

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mantatiger
9/15/2019 21:09 EST

FYI, from the Expats and Amigos in Manta Facebook group:

Looking for an English speaking church in Manta? A small Protestant nondenominational house church would welcome you. The service includes a potluck breakfast beginning at 9 am, a message in English on podcast or video, followed by discussion. We are currently studying the Gospel of Mark. Contact Marlin or Sharon Statema at , , or Julia Baumgarner at

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cursor
11/23/2019 09:39 EST

Hello Robboy. I use WhatsApp occasionally on my phone, and just installed the Windows desktop version. Clicking "new chat" then pasting +593979410182 in the "type contact name" field ... I get "no contacts found". Can you advise?

t h x

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spikerivet
11/23/2019 13:28 EST

Well put, Kmoriarty!
I was just passing by Ecuador to see if the political situation has calmed down as it seems to be escalating now in Colombia and Chile.

In fairness, There are countries on these forums that have a high number of people who first are kind and helpful, but are soliciting. That usually starts with PM"ing.

But to automatically assume that is just pure distrust and shows a lack of faith in people in general. If everyone assumes that position from reading Royboy's initial post, no one would have rewards of helping each other. Perhaps that is something you two couldn't understand.

You're entitled to your suspicions, but not your facts. And that would assume that they are proven to be facts

I probably won't be able to take you up on it, but thank you for your offer, Royboy!

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remoore2001
11/24/2019 09:35 EST

As the old saying goes, no good deed goes unpunished. You keep doing as your doing Ed. And the best of luck to you

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Royboy
11/29/2019 08:04 EST

Hello CURSOR. I'm not familiar really with the desktop version of whatsapp. Why not just install it onto your phone from the play store and then contact me? I think that that way at least, it will work.

Ed

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kmarch
11/29/2019 08:09 EST

WhatsApp for PC from CNET:

https://download.cnet.com/WhatsApp-for-PC/3000-2150_4-76640933.html

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icemeister
11/29/2019 08:24 EST

@cursor...To send a Whatsapp message to a new phone number using Whatsapp Desktop you first need to add that number to your Contact List in your phone.

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cursor
11/29/2019 17:00 EST

Thanks icemeister — adding Royboy as a contact in my phone worked just fine. I have since contacted him on WhatsApp.

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