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  1. If the architect is wanting cash and charging taxes I would insist upon a approved factura.
    4 points
  2. Never pay any "TAX" unless you get a Factura, as proof you paid it. Lots of scams by Mexicans toward Extranjeros. You need to get advice from someone knowledgeable here before you start spending significant funds. Better be safe that sorry. This is not ":Kansas" and once it it gone, kiss it goodbye.
    3 points
  3. We went on Saturday night, after watching the Globos, because he is open until 10pm. There was one table of six, getting pleasantly plastered. Owner/chef Manuel was working by himself. As the other table had already ordered, that kept him pretty busy for 15 minutes before we could get drinks, but he was aware of us and apologized a couple of times. This kid was running between stations the whole time. We were inclined to just let it take its course. It's an unusual menu, with four categories: appetizers, tacos, burgers, and sides. Unfortunately, he didn't have many things on his menu; he had run out. Could do a shrimp burger; could not do a filet "burger"... could do a shrimp taco, but only one, and so on. Eventually we settled on ribs (a side) and french fries, because many taco items were unavailable. He offered to make a special vegetarian/shrimp dish, equivalent to two tacos, for my partner who doesn't care for anything picante (many of the dishes are). He did cook as quickly as he could, and was very attentive. No problem there. The ribs, as a small portion of four shorts with lots of meat, were parboiled and then grilled, and very tender. I asked for Bufalo sauce, not realizing that's just hot wing sauce out of a jar. Flavour was average. The fries were amazing, superbly cooked and covered with bacon, cheese, jalapenos and ranch dressing. We did ask for them without jalapenos, but he forgot that part. The "special" turned out to be two huaraches, with lots of nicely-grilled peppers and onions, and three shrimp. Unfortunately, even though my partner went to the "kitchen" to ensure nothing was picoso, it was pretty picoso. He forgot again. These huaraches were fair-sized, and made of very nice corn flour. Sounds not too bad so far, right? Except for two things: my partner couldn't eat much of anything, because of the heat. And when we got the bill, almost everything was wrong. Pop was listed at 20p; we were charged 25. Limonada was 25p; we were charged 30. And the "two tacos" huaraches... well, at $120p, that was unacceptable. So apart from questioning the bill, we asked him about the special. He said normally he would put four or five shrimp on a taco, yet here we were with two "tacos", being charged for four, with three medium shrimp (also cooked with chiles). He was very polite, but not happy, when he dropped the special price to 60 and corrected both drink prices. We left a decent tip, and without much humour. The guy can cook, but he needs to get his poop together. https://www.google.com/maps/uv?hl=en&pb=!1s0x842f440648183ec9%3A0xe0f8cc5e9a328208!2m22!2m2!1i80!2i80!3m1!2i20!16m16!1b1!2m2!1m1!1e1!2m2!1m1!1e3!2m2!1m1!1e5!2m2!1m1!1e4!2m2!1m1!1e6!3m1!7e115!4shttps%3A%2F%2Fpicasaweb.google.com%2Flh%2Fsredir%3Funame%3D104777825626755962808%26id%3D6438977822088941010%26target%3DPHOTO!5sforest grill menu ajijic - Google Search&imagekey=!1e10!2sAF1QipNN-gKYGXuG3zITf_drfNo_SJkkkkTF1C-NVrVn&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjcqe_51p3WAhXFp5QKHec8BxUQoioIygQwZA EDIT: Location: Immediately west of Rio Bravo, on the mountainside, which is before the Plaza Comercial La Huerta on the west side of Ajijic.
    2 points
  4. I've never heard if a bait. They only eat live bugs. The spray is effective in killing them before they sting anyone. Having your home sprayed will have the secondary benefit of controling the palmetto bugs, roaches. The Home Defense spray from Costco or Sams in the gallon spray bottle works well but don't expect to last 6 months here. Cynoff is really toxic and will last 3-4 months.
    2 points
  5. If you have filtered and softened water, you can use filters in your shower heads. If not, sand, and mineral deposits will plug the screens up more quickly than you would probably want to take them out and clean them. I REMOVED all the filters in my shower heads and faucets.
    2 points
  6. Gimpy Chimp said: "......You recommended Dra. Berenice to do it because she used to do "most of the surgery" at the Ladron clinic. Natasha clarified that although Dra. Berenice did many more simple surgeries there, the more complicated orthopedic surgeries were never done by her......" Exactly. I did not dis Berenice.... in fact she's a lovely person and I'm sure good at many things. I simply corrected an incorrect statement about her time at Ladron's clinic.
    2 points
  7. This is a cash society into which you have moved. Few people like carrying cash but it is what it is--get used to it as we all have. No one will want a US check--I think I've written 3 checks in 12 years. Many workers don't have a bank let alone a dollar account, so forget that. I have a Mexican checking account and have never written a check. Get your bank to increase your daily limit to $1000US as most of us have. And go to the bank every days like most of us do. Also, open Mexican bank account as suggested earlier and take out as much cash as you want. Do NOT inform your bank or Schwab, that you are living in Mexico. US banking laws are getting more strict and you may be dumped. INM can get you a CURP. If you pay your architect in cash, be SURE to get a factura, not just a receipt. Also, pay IMSS yourself. Don't let someone else do it and hand you a receipt which could be fake; then you will pay IMSS again before you canoccupy your house.
    2 points
  8. I know you have probably already figured this out, but the solution is to get that Mexican bank account opened asap, then you can transfer as much as you want into it and get as much cash as you need from the teller's window. You just need proof of address and ID such as passport at Multiva. I can't speak for the other banks.
    2 points
  9. Buy a packet of Cynoff powder at Jara or elsehwere. $60 pesos. Dilute with water in a garden sprayer and spray around baseboards of house interior and exterior. Repeat occasionally throughout the year. No more scorpions (or cockroaches). Safe for pets.
    2 points
  10. Honestly if you like flavored coffees and are living down here you're better off buying instant flavored or looking into the flavored creamers. Capsule and pod systems are very expensive on a per-cup basis, the coffee is lousy and the whole point of those systems is to lock you into buying the company's refills. Mexico is Nespresso and Nescafé territory, not Keurig so if you go that route I suggest buying a cheap Nespresso machine at Wal Mart and buying their capsules. Flavored coffee (other than café de olla) isn't popular here, but on the other hand Nescafé quality is easily as good as much of the brewed coffee you can buy. More on coffee options on my blog post about it here: http://eatinglocalatlakeside.blogspot.mx/2012/06/buying-brewing-good-coffee-at-lake.html
    1 point
  11. As ComputerGuy recommends, please disregard my experience of what I have seen with those 532e modems. If you use another modem and it gives you a higher speed, please don’t go to Telmex and request another modem.
    1 point
  12. This is fantastic as you stated today we have 25.28 and once we go 6 centimeters we will match last years high, something we should reach perhaps Wednesday and looking at the two previous years, the water continues to go up until late Oct. to mid November So our water levels could end up much higher than last year (I hope)
    1 point
  13. I have posted this same information before, but I am doing it again so that those who are reading the above posts have a better idea how things work. And, yes, my speed is faster than some of you are getting, but it is less than half of what some are getting now in Chapala I have had the same older Thomson Modem for more than 8 years (I think) During that time, the powers that be have entered my modem and changed the maximum speed allowed a handful of times. I am able to enter my modem with my laptop and my screen will display what speed they have set. And when I do a speed test my results are about 85% of those set in my modem. How do I get into my modem to see what Telmex has set to control my speed, I think I go to 192.168.1.254 (Why don't I know? I am on another computer at another location as I write this.) I am paying for the $389 package which gives me a speed up to 10 Kb/sec download speed My settings show 12.5?? down by 0.612 Mb/sec up Doing a speed test I get about 85% thereof often about 10mb/sec down by 0.5mb/sec up and that is what I am paying for. Now according to a Telmex office computer checking my account. My modem is 1070 meters from the internet connection point (Dslam card) and that my connection could handle higher speeds. It's just that they do not have the extra bandwidth to offer higher speeds in my neighborhood at this time. I hope this explanation helps you understand a little more about how Telmex internet works.
    1 point
  14. Lots of off site parking with courtesy buses appx 120 per day. Both sides of main gdl highway. On site long term is uncovered top floor.enter on ground floor and go to the top .you will encounter a barrier to get long term ticket.think was 130/140 pesos daily. On return pay at machine on ground floor before collecting your car.
    1 point
  15. Hopefully this link works and explains all. Will be good if it happens. http://www.insidelakeside.com/t19093-hospital
    1 point
  16. I got stung on the base of the back of my head spending the night in my friend's rarely used casita. I grabbed the scorpion off, tossed it on the floor and crushed it with my heel. Waking me up in the morning was apparently his/her mate (I hear they travel in pairs, and perhaps they do) stinging me on the outside of my right thigh and then again on another part of my right thigh when the first sting caused me to roll over on it. I got a jar and put that one in the jar. It was very light, almost translucent. It sure hurt a lot... more than other scorpion stings I have had... and more than wasp, hornet or yellow-jacket stings. I didn't take anything for it and about 30 minutes later, my lips started feeling numbs and my throat started closing off my breathing. Normally I would sluff off a scorpion sting, but I guess three stings within 12 hours imparted enough venom that I needed to do something. I decided to go to Cruz Roja but my right leg (gas pedal leg) was twitching involuntarily so bad that it was almost comical and I could not drive, so I had my buddy drive me. They put an IV port in a vein on my forearm and put in a pain-killer, and anti-venom and then another pain killer and made me wait for 30 min to make sure I did not have a negative reaction and let me go. I think it was $450 pesos -- or whatever you can afford. I think I gave them $1000 pesos. As for the scorpion in the jar, after it was dead, I put it on a small, pretty rock and covered it in Elmer's Glue... which dried out clear making it look like it was encased in plastic. It will last a couple years in that condition. Just another curio with which to decorate the garden.
    1 point
  17. Exactly. A couple of hundred feet and still marked from the ground breaking ceremony by painted white stones.
    1 point
  18. Not to mention, most local places use Bimbo buns, which are almost all air and begin to disintegrate as soon as they are touched... .
    1 point
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  20. I would like to join beg after and sell Chapala
    1 point
  21. Costco http://www.costco.com.mx/view/p/keurig-cafetera-con-24-capsulas-640154
    1 point
  22. El Saltos, I think you read into it things she wasn't saying. This thread is about orthopedic surgery. You recommended Dra. Berenice to do it because she used to do "most of the surgery" at the Ladron clinic. Natasha clarified that although Dra. Berenice did many more simple surgeries there, the more complicated orthopedic surgeries were never done by her. Joyfull stated that even today, Dra. Berenice still sends the pets to Guadalajara for orthopedic surgeries and does not attempt to do them herself. Natasha's point, which Joyfull confirms, is that Dra. Berenice does not have the experience at this point to handle more complex orthopedic surgeries which you were recommending her for, that's all.
    1 point
  23. Its no surprise that you have never heard of "Natasha", just as she has never heard of "El Saltos". Who knows, you may have met somewhere but this is what happens when you don't know each other's real name. I do know "Natasha" and I know that she knows an awful lot about the Ladron clinic, and has dealt with them for many years in various capacities. I doubt she is trying to "dis" anyone, but just wants to clarify the situation to the best of her knowledge.
    1 point
  24. Smart move, CharlieG. When the washing machine repairman told me there was no new motherboard available "anywhere in Mexico" for my 5 year old Samsung, I thought I'd check on Mercado Libre. Found one, new, in 5 minutes, ordered it, and was delivered in 3 days.
    1 point
  25. When my old modem failed a couple of months ago I contacted Telmex Mexico City and was told I would receive a new one within 3 days. Of course it never showed up and rather than deal further with Telmex I just bought a couple of new, latest model Telmex modems online from Mercado Libre. Around 200 or 300 pesos each delivered and I got them the next day. I bought one each of two different models to make sure one would work. It turned out that they both worked fine so I'm keeping the extra as a spare. Solved my problem.
    1 point
  26. Lake Chapala's watershed is to the south and east of us. Although we had very heavy local rains last year, the watershed received much less. This year we are running just a little over average but it is much wetter than last year over the watershed. The remains of Katia could bring strong rains to the watershed and bolster this effect. Wouldn't it be great to see the lake hit 96 meters again?
    1 point
  27. Agree. Bontepar if a thread doesn't interest you or you find it trivial, just ignore it. Thanks.
    1 point
  28. it's always low class to annoy your neighbors, no matter how much money you have. there are some tapatios building a family party house 2 doors down form us and we're wondering if it will be every weekend or twice a year--ezpz will be able to hear it from her house....this is a 3 story structure with a huge covered mirador with large grill, a pool and 3 story casita for 10 in the back. already looking at contingency plans....
    1 point
  29. Mod 5 is new and learning. Just wait until they make betty7 a moderator!
    1 point
  30. One thing we didn't think about before coming down is that we're South of the Tropic of Cancer, so sun actually hits the north side of the house at some points during the year, so don't neglect to plan for that as well. This includes planning for plants as well as humans. Having lots of cross ventilation is important for cooling, as others have said. During the hottest time of year, it's usually low humidity, so having shade, ventilation and fans are important for comfort if you don't have A/C. I'm with others who miss having a bathtub. We have 2 bathrooms, both with showers, but no tub. Occasionally I'd love to have a nice soak with bubbles, but we've survived 4+ years without (I take advantage of hotel tubs when we travel). Off street parking near the house entrance is a real convenience when bringing in groceries and other shopping items, plus it gives peace of mind about safety of the vehicle. When power or water pressure goes out, we use a bucket and get water from our fountain to flush toilets. Doesn't happen often, but it's a great convenience to have available when needed! Water features at the house are nice to have anyway, and that's an added bonus people don't think about. Look at the living area and consider where you'll put a TV. We have LOTS of windows and it's almost impossible to avoid glare when watching TV during the daytime, which we do more often now since we're retired. Consider water drainage during the rainy season. Look for streets with high curbs, indicating they might become temporary rivers when it rains. Will you be able to get to/from your house when it's raining? Will high water on the street possibly get into the house or parking area? If in doubt, ask neighbors about when happens when it rains. Remember that some streets are called "Rio" for a reason! I hope some of these are helpful. Enjoy your shopping!
    1 point
  31. I keep just such a folder if house notes & ideas in case I build another one some day. Our ceilings are 10' high. Take a lesson from the old south; the height lets the heat rise and cool so living level is always cooler. Terraces are hugely important as you will do a lot of living outside. To put a dining table and chairs and a seating grouping a 21' depth (front to back) on terrace is neccessary. Don't forget to include small tables for holding your drinks or kindles in your seating group. Ceiling fans in all rooms are very desirable for the couple of hottest months March and April. Don't forget to put fans over seating area and over table on terrace. We do use heat or air and the fan is all we ever need. Strange as it sounds, an outside fireplace on your terrace in a corner out of the wind is a real delight in the three cooler months for entertaining or just sitting. A faucet to water plants on terraces is desirable. The wonderfrul "miradores" are usless unless you have an elevator to haull you drink and snack cart to the roof level. You do not want any 3 part sliding doors to outside as it is very difficult to use a stick in a tripple. If constructing run conduit for speaker wire to any place you might ever want to have speakers, same for camera wiring and satelite cable for TVs. You have to really watch and verrify that the electrician actually runs the ground wire to all outlets and to the main box and then to a ground rod or two. Plan to bring quality receptacles like Levitron from the states or replace them latter. Closets need ventilation or small fans. An out of line of site for a clothes line would be really nice and I don't have one. The interior court yards or terrace gives burglars an out of site place to work at breaking in so designing it requires some thought. The drying conditions are always good here and electricity and propane for dryer is expensive. You will find drying the laundry outside and then tossing it in the dryer to soften it up would be the best choice. We have nearly all glass on the south side and we have tinted glass in all windows and doors. We have the darker tint, called "Uva" in the glass shops here and it makes the house much cooler. Skylights over your lavatorys and vanity counters are very useful and will need to be barred inside or outside for security. Electricity here is expensive, so think about sloping the roof to the south at proper angle for solar photovoaltics someday, or solar heat panels for the pool. With the price of electric power you need to use all LED bulbs to control cost. You will want outside security lights around the house and they should be on one curcuit and have a photo sensor to turn them off and on. You could use a utility sink somewhere for the house keeper/cleaner to fill her mop bucket. A fill pipe for your propane tank on the outside of your boundry wall will allow it to be filled without the gas guys coming inside. If you have a wall at the street you will need an intercom or camera to see or ask who is at the gate and you might want the electric lock you can open remotely. It is not customary for a contractor here to ask where you want phone lines and or computer lines, you will have to initiate this discussion. If you don't tell him differently the builder here will give you a dozen keys with every door keyed differently instead of all alike, be insistant! The clay tiles for the floor require refinishing and wear, spend the money and get good ceramic tiles (eg. Interceramica).
    1 point
  32. Tough question to answer as it totally depends on your style. I like character in my home. So I have niches and wrought iron rectangular grilled windows. I am not a fan of really high ceilings because, for the couple of months that it is cool at night makes it very hard to heat. I face east but have no windows at all on the north side and am grateful because the sun blasts the north side all summer long. And, as stated above, cross ventilation and good fans are a must. You can always renovate but as a friend stated "brick dust travels further than you would expect". Make sure you like the floor because it will be nasty to replace the tile. If your house is not grounded, it's not that big a deal to ground it...been there done that. Storage can be created. And DO take that marble with you and check both the terraces and the roof to make sure, not only that the rain drains away from the house, but that it also drains towards your exit pipes (gutters in the U.S. or eaves troughs in Canada) It's a journey... old Scottish saying "when your house is finished, the hearse is at the door"
    1 point
  33. Have plenty of windows for cross ventilation and the front living side of the should should face the south to get the sun in the winter to take advantage of the heat from the sun and the back non living area on the north where it gets the sun in the summer when it is warmer. Also in the winter the north side of the house is colder since there is no sun on that side.
    1 point
  34. When making the big move to Mexico, one soon discovers that most people have entirely too much to store. If people haul out all their clothes, they may end up dong some culling and sorting with three piles (1) things you actually wear (and will bring) (2) things to give away and (3) very nice things nobody wears; going to the consignment store. Same deal in the kitchen. (Even so, I have kitchen stuff I haven't used for 12 years.) Once in Mexico, with the typical older house with few closets, we discover the "armoire" as a substitute. Works well and many local carpenters will make them plain or fancy, at a reasonable cost. The cost of utilities here will make you seriously doubt the appeal of high ceilings. Af first, many people loathe the idea of barred windows and doors. Then, they are robbed and start looking at the decorative wrought iron solutions. Good luck, and welcome to the adventure!
    1 point
  35. I would check with Barbara's Bazaar in Ajijic about a block and a half West of The Lake Chapala Society.
    1 point
  36. I am interested in what you have learned about the design features of that contribute to general comfort in the climate and milieu - things like ceiling height, open floor plans (or not), orientation of the house, layout. So I am not looking for reminders about noise, neighbors car dependence etc. Having looked at many photos, I see lovely bright houses with lots of tall windows (which I suspect is expat, but also perhaps modern comfortably middle class Mexican style), and dark interiors (which I suspect is a traditional Mexican solution to heat and sun). One book I read mentioned poorly designed newer houses for the expat market (which I took to mean that expats want houses that incorporate features they are used too, even if not suited to the local climate and building materials)_. An example would be: shade on the south side of the house. Not: I would hate to not have a bathtub (though in fact I would hate to not have a bathtub!). FYI, we are planning an exploratory visit this summer. If we feel this is for us, I anticipate renting rather than buying, starting summer 2018. So right now, this all goes into the information hopper. But it's fun for me to speculate and learn more. I have already learned so much from comments on this board - like how much less storage space there is compared to most NOB houses built after about 1960. Thanks to all in advance, Elisabeth
    0 points
  37. I tried to join this group,but told I couldn't unless I had a profile pic...so I added one. Still not allowed to join! I have no idea why, don't know the owners of the group, so don't know how I could have offended(?) anyone. Boo-hoo...I would like to join...really.
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  38. I feel like the main thing the general population was permitted to select for their house comfortable was one moment of traditional style technique and the person partial everything else to white and dark like the entire side house.
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  39. I've stopped ordering fries in Mexican restaurants. They are almost invariably limp, undercooked, and/or greasy. Hamburger buns are also usually under-toasted so they end up all soggy.
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  40. Take an alley or marble the proof that all terraces are sloping in the correct direction away from the house. You may be very surprised
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