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  1. 5 points
    Angus, Please, you are being antagonistic, judgmental, and making a lot of assumptions about us before hearing our full story. I know you phrased them as questions, but they're loaded questions that carry judgments. To answer your questions, YES, we have, thank you very much. My wife has visited Tlaquepaque and stayed in someone's home, and I've been to the Yucatan and Isla Mujeres. I refuse to go near Cancun except as the place to fly to, to take the ferry away from it to visit IM. I am intermediate in Spanish, having studied it a lot in college and spending a month in Spain. My wife has also taken trips to the Amazon jungle, Ecuador, and Peru, and we honeymooned in Bali. Neither one of us enjoy things like all-inclusive resorts, big fancy hotels, or "ugly Americans" abroad. Do we meet your criteria yet? This is why we're researching, reading, and planning a visit, for crying out loud. Texas? Probably not. Arizona maybe. I cannot afford to live off freelance here in the states, but I probably could in Mexico. If we were to stay in the states, we'd have very different requirements; I'd need a decent paying job, probably at a university. We couldn't live in the middle of nowhere. So if we stayed here we'd probably land in Tucson. I saw the video and that's just advice for location choice. Can't we choose to live somewhat outside of town and thereby avoid quite that level of noise if we so choose? Look, I grew up on the lower east side of Manhattan and despise the "suburbs" I have found myself living in for my entire adult life. I'm familiar with noise. Medical is our other main concern and believe me, we're doing our research, and I welcome any and all advice on that front. If this area has gentrified beyond what we can reasonably afford, then sure, we'll look around more and I'll listen to advice on that score as well.
  2. 4 points
    Many of the most popular restaurants in Ajijic have no private parking. Tango, Cocinart, Gossips, Tabarka, Brunos, Pasta Trenta. They manage quite well.
  3. 3 points
    Mr./Mrs. Pappysmarket, Please allow me to clarify. 1) "Legal advice": What I wrote does not qualify as legal advice. It was a calculation simply based on the formula of the Mexican holiday pay under the Mexican Labor Law. Once we know how much and how often the maid works during the week, we will find the answer. That is a hard fact and we can only come to one answer. This is not legal advice. The accountant advice from another post was great! 2) "On a chat board": "It seems some of us have forgotten that this board strives to be an informative, useful, and interesting place for prospective newcomers, newcomers, and old-timers to share information and get their questions answered. It is not here for the purpose of expressing one's personal rancor towards another poster." -From Moderator 2, posted April 27, 2010 3) "Given by a newbie": I am indeed very new on the webboard the last 3 - 4 days and signed up in order to mail something for someone back to Amazon. Does it matter to you that much that the person is a newbie or has been there for 10 years if the person is willing to put in the time, read the law, follow the formula, and get the answer? 4) "Recipe for disaster?????" Hardly! I have read this board for 5 years and taken lots of notes on a variety of topics. I do not appreciate the way you responded to a new member of the community. I hope all of the members here continue to allow me to read the countless informative posts! This is my last post on this webboard. Please save your time and energy and take a long breath before you respond to me or anyone else on any matter. It is good for your health and good for everyone who reads it. Mr. Rolly Brook was a still a kind, loving, and helpful man until he passed away 3 years ago. Respectfully, Lily
  4. 3 points
    Well, aren't you welcoming. That's not very nice.
  5. 3 points
    ditto , I had a very serious problem with this man
  6. 3 points
    Maybe if people would cough up a few pesos for a lawyer instead of relying on "advice" from friends, neighbors and (shudder) chat board advice it might make their transition to the Mexican legal system a little easier and cheaper. As Angus well said, be prepared to follow the laws here or be prepared to pay the piper. Don't do the crime if you can't do the time. Viva Mexico!
  7. 2 points
    We ask questions because we are asked to give answers. If you are concerned about the costs for a quick visit you probably cannot afford to live here.
  8. 2 points
    Pappysmarket, As I stated in my original post, I just needed info to help plan our first trip there, but then I got roped in to ALLLLLLL the other issues involved with making this eventual choice. We only just started researching, literally it's only been 2 weeks, so no, I do not yet know the limitations of SP and IMSS, but I've started reading up on it, and yeah, of course medical care is one of our main questions. But all of you do it, somehow, so why can't we?
  9. 2 points
    It's very good bread with nice texture. However, do not expect it to have the marvelous flavor of SanFrancisco Sourdough.
  10. 2 points
    And....keeping Social Security, Medicare A & B, etc., when those things kick in; because you just might need them in your dotage, as we do. Yes, there is a lot to learn. So, visit as a tourist. Then move as Residente Temporal and learn as you go. Time and Mexico will change you. Life will be different.
  11. 2 points
    Legal advice On a chat board Given by a Newbie Recipe for disaster?????
  12. 2 points
    If people would see a lawyer before they hire a maid, gardener, etc. many, if not all, of these problems would go away. What's needed are preventative measures before anyone gets mad, quits, asks or demands a raise, etc. If you know how to handle these situations chances are nobody is going to waste their time taking you to court. They know there are enough dumb foreigners flubbing around who don't know what the hell they are doing. And you may be in the vast majority who has never had such a problem yet. You probably think you have wisely chosen your employees, are very kind to them, treat them better than the poor slobs who have these problems. May you never have a problem but the key word is yet. Talk to a lawyer and become an educated kind and gentle employer.
  13. 2 points
    I have been to court here, the man who owed me money was lying through his teeth but unless you can prove it via written statements and or with witnesses you are out of luck. My lawyer´s advce was he lies you lie too.. The courts are differnt in a way that you really have to have strong proofs here.. A receipt is not a receipt unless it specifies what it is for.. a check is not a proof for a specific payment etc... You really have to cross your t and dot the dots here . You just have to really understand how things work , what is acceptable and what is not all that if the judge has not been paid off.. I had what would have been acceptable written proofs in the States but at that time and I do not know if things have changede-mail were not acceptable in court so I did not get my money bacjk at that point, I then ask the lawyer, can I blackmail the guy, threaten him and harrasss him? The Answer was "yes" so I did just that and I got the money wthin a day.. As I said you have to know what you can or cannot do and go by the rules here.
  14. 2 points
    All laws were followed. The ploy was the worker's. Special Labor Lawyer hired to assist. Worker quit and claimed being let go. Arbitration Board found worker to have exaggerated claim. Worker objected to the arbitration findings. And proceeded to court. This was a matter of RISK intrinsic to hiring some who would take advantage. Lawyer advised that extortion is used often by workers. You are welcome to judge but please do so after a review of the facts. My posting was an offer to share my experience to help others to understand risks and the process of Mexican 'law'. No intention to offer advice...just to share what I had learned. from my own experience of having a hired a worker held in favor and great respect whose act of betrayal of truth and facts has provided a plethora of experience that perhaps can be avoided by others. Perhaps other than the current commentators, others might wish to advantage the details and use to their advantage! Viva Mexico...of course. Comments noted. But inappropriate.
  15. 2 points
    Dermika, 700 pesos total for all that need to be removed.
  16. 2 points
    If I lived close by and could walk to it, then I would try it. But I don't, so I won't.
  17. 2 points
    I know that Jocotepec was a 100% receiver with their first sister city. The same will most certainly be the result of this new city to city. The number of Jalisco born employees that work the vineyards of Amador County California was the reason that Plymouth Ca. asked to make the relationship. I have a copy of the proposal on this latest deal with the Driscoll peopleand it mentions how much the local people have done to make the success of the growing of Blackberry....Rasberry....strawberry a reality. This is a form of payback and a goodwill gesture to keep these pickers, planters, field owners as happy participants. I hate :"border" promotions but if you want to talk to me about the Zinfandel grapes and the conditions of the vineyards because of the local people that take care of them as legal workers or visit one of my fields here that grow the fruit that goes all over the world....pm me. The number of Jalisco born people in the business is staggering. Fred Habacht
  18. 2 points
    I’m from madison CT and indeed the cost of living here is indeed much lower.However you should know that the Lakeside areas most favored by expats have been hard hit by gentrification in the past 1 1/2 years especially and while costs have risen for most things for everyone (gasoline, food, internet, doctors) rents and home prices for expat-type houses (nice kitchen/baths, gardens etc) , in popular areas have really sky rocketed and continue to rise. . A $650/month rent would be hard to find, though not impossible if you’re not too picky (ie very basic small house , likely unfurnished, in a very Mexican neighborhood,). Working on-line is also very tricky. Again not impossible but because of poor infrastructure & exploding demand service is highly variable by area and even house to house .Come explore beautiful Lakeside just don’t expect the ‘cheap’ living of only a few years ago.
  19. 1 point
    I used to get this done at LCS but the guy who did it very well for me has been replaced with someone whose results are much less satisfactory. So I'm looking elsewhere. Don't need some high power doctor or clinic, just a practitioner who knows how to effective freeze off moles. Your suggestions appreciated.
  20. 1 point
    Thanks Kam! I understand making sure someone isn’t going into this all wide-eyed and clueless, but honestly, it seems some folks are here only to discourage more expats from coming. Your approach to medical sounds reasonable.
  21. 1 point
    Lol, claro que si! I grew up as a white minority in the projects on the lower east side of Manhattan, near Chinatown. Almost all my friends growing up were Puerto Rican and my high school was half Chinese. I think I'll be ok! (My wife, on the other hand, es muy blanca and grew up in CT, but loves other cultures so I think she'll be ok, too.)
  22. 1 point
    GREAT post Chillin'. Yes, I love the Mexican sense of humour and it is very similar to Canadian and British style humour. You nailed it!
  23. 1 point
    RV is right, if you are lucky, Mexico will "assimilate" you. This involves, not surprisingly, hanging around a lot of Mexican people. Yesterday, I spent most of a morning at a Mexican general hospital in Guadalajara (which accepts Seguro Popular insurance). We managed to see two Anaesthetists and a panel of five Urologists, including the head of Department. All conferring as to how to best remove a kidney stone. Myself, my wife, and our medical translator were the only pale faces out of a hospital full of at least five hundred people (Mexican doctor and hospital visits are often a family affair). Not one unfriendly face. Important breakthrough is learning Mexican humor. A nice, smiling older woman was seated next to me, and she asked in Spanish, how long I had been waiting to see a doctor. I told her Doctor, no, I was waiting for the number 65 autobus, late once again. She thought his was hilarious, and will probably tell her family this story over and over again. This is the heart of the common people, many who live on much, much less than what you describe.
  24. 1 point
    Hardly ever associated with expats in SMA. But, it's changed and I don't get the same magical feel that existed for me when I first walked the town. I flew into Guadalajara in Jan of '96 and had three weeks to explore. Took a bus to San Miguel after being in Ajijic for two weeks and that was that. Ajijic to me was boring and I thought I'd roll over and die. Now, I'm old and boring and I fit right in. SMA LIVES!
  25. 1 point
    That is one thing that SMA is definitely not. If you have the funds and are into that type of scene, no place in Mexico can beat it as a retirement place close to the US, IMHO. It is all that Ferret says and more. You need to experience it for a while, if you think you will like that scene. For me, I loved it, but loved being near Lake Chapala more, so I gave up all that SMA offered me that Lakeside does not to be near the water. Lake Chapala is MUCH more Laid-Back than SMA, and offers much less, IMHO. Each to his own. Go Good people in both areas, and also "turds".
  26. 1 point
    If your work is all online and all payment is received outside of Mexico, your visa status is not a concern. To do any lucrative activity in Mexico, you would need at least a Residente Temporal Visa AND specific permission from INM (Immigration) for that specific position, with support from your INM approved employer, etc. With a Residente Permanente Visa, you may work in Mexico with simple notification to INM. Consult with the Mexican Consulate near you. They can give you their requirements in greater detail. If approved, you will have six months to enter Mexico and then must report to INM within 30 days, with proofs of residence, etc. INM will complete the process (tramite) within a couple of months, and issue your actual visa card. Note that Residente Permanente are prohibited from having a US, or other foreign vehicle, or operating one in Mexico. So, if you go for that status initially, you should plan ahead. Otherwise, you may maintain Residente Temporal for 4 years, maximum, and will then transition to Permanente without further proofs; within Mexico. By then, you will have removed your foreign vehicle from Mexico and will have had to replace it with one purchased in Mexico. Naturally, your exploration trip will be as tourists.
  27. 1 point
    There are plenty of well off people who live here and many who live here without much at all. Generally people who come just to make ends meet are in two camps - those who are adventurous and charitable and accept living on the edge financially AND those who resent not having enough or more. The first are happy and the second are miserable. We are from the Midwest NEOhio and did not experience the "cheap" living here as many of our friends from the west coast have because this was primarily a lateral financial move for us in 2005 with obvious savings in electricity, mortgage and especially property tax and not so much savings in daily life food, eating out, entertainment etc... The cost of living here has pretty much kept pace with that of NE Ohio. It is just those big hunky money items that are missing. Even with that our monthly costs are more than the Mexican government requires to issue a permanente which I thought was around $2700 per couple. Enjoy your look-see visit. Much will change in the next couple of years - especially with a new government with a new philosphy. What you and a lot of others wanting to come here need to do is to find the NEXT Lakeside area.
  28. 1 point
    If you truly mean to live in Mexico, you will need to qualify, at a Mexican Consulate outside of Mexico, for a residence visa. Otherwise, you would be just a tourist with a 180 day, non-renewable tourist permit & have to leave Mexico before it expired. Those frequent trips would become an agrivation, as well as a great expense. Also, if you wish to buy property, register a vehicle, or do much of anything within the rules, you would need other government documents & most of them are only issued to legal residents; Residente Permanente, or Residente Temporal visa holders. The financial requirements are available from the Mexican Consulates, but you should plan on being able to prove retirement income of $1400-$1500 per month/individual, or some $90-100,000 in untouched savings over the last 6-12 months, depending upon which visa you desire. Only the Residente Permanente visa will allow you to work in Mexico without specific immigration permissions. However, if your work is online and based outside of Mexico and paid outside of Mexico, that will not be a concern for you. For your trip, you should simply have good debit cards from your home bank, and use local ATMs for your daily cash needs. Both food and transportation will be about half of what you might expect in the USA, but your habits will determine the baseline in the first day or two. Practice your Spanish......Enjoy your trip. We stayed for over 13 years, until age and infirmity forced us to Tucson and the availability of Medicare and the VA. Tucson is more expensive, and more boring, than Chapala, but less expensive than many other parts of the USA, as you seem to have already noticed.
  29. 1 point
    I second Liana. I use the Whatsapp web interface on my PC. So much easier to read and send messages.
  30. 1 point
    I think the expensive gap between San Miguel and at least Ajijic is closing. However, you have many less expensive options that are still well located along the lake here. Proximity to GDL for big city shopping and first class medical care: 40 minutes away. Big advantage: Costco. Thirty minutes to a major airport with flights to everywhere. Definitely more even climate. Very close to the beach. If your taste in restaurants runs to fancy and expensive, GDL has you covered. Personally, I'd go for Guanajuato long before I'd consider San Miguel.
  31. 1 point
    Last night, after long negotiation, Watsonville California signed the formal agreement to join as a sister city with Jocotepec. During ceremonies in the near future our municipality will be named the world capital of rasberry production. This agreement will and does include: San Pedro; San Juan Cosala; San Cristobal; Chantepec; Zapotitlan de Hildalgo and other incorporated villages within the municipality. Fred Habacht
  32. 1 point
    As a follow-up, Izzi bought or took over Telecable a couple of years back, so there is no more Telecable here. I took a long time to change their fleet advertising over. Telecable was pretty sad; Izzi's quality of service has made them look like champions.
  33. 1 point
    San Miguel is much more expensive. Always was and always will be. San Miguel is much colder in the winter so one adapts the layered look and peels off clothing as the day goes by... or heads to the coast for two months. It doesn't rain as much during the "wet" season. San Miguel has a much livelier evening scene, art scene and many more activities to choose from... classes for just about everything you can think of. It's a greater distance to the International Airport in Leon... and flights from the States always seem to arrive at night. Or you can take the bus to Mexico City Airport from Queretaro. Anything else you want to know?
  34. 1 point
    Have found it at SuperLake.
  35. 1 point
    "IMBALANCE OF POWER re LABOR LAWS" "Pitfalls in the bottomless pit of unjustice" With your conclusion I have to assume you had, in the past, been to court in your own country and know for a fact that their court system works in favor of the defendant when the accuser is lying in court and that your experience here in Mexico is the opposite. You are comparing similar situations here and there or are you simply not experienced in any other court matters except this one you have described as being predjuce against employers and foreigners? To me your above statement I quoted is a far stretch of your imagination and possibly predjuice because you lost and the liar won. I wonder if it only happens this way in Mexico and only to foreigners? Or in reality does it happen everywhere quite often? IMO
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  37. 1 point
    I often have the same problem that Barrbower mentioned, the blank screen changing to the blue list of forums that go nowhere. PITA. I've been a member here for 4000 years and nada. Alan, if a Chapala.com tech person ever answered a question here I would faint.
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    I'm new here and haven't paid a maid yet but I think this is how it works. The pay is based on the DAILY PAY RATE. Your maid's daily rate is 85.71 Pesos: (200 + 200 + 200) ÷ 7 Days = 85.71 Daily Rate × 15 Required Bonus = 1285.65 Pesos (Your maid's Christmas bonus)
  40. 1 point
    Certain high blood pressure meds will also cause a dry hack that goes away almost immediately upon changing med. I can start long after one starts that med. Been there done that.
  41. 1 point
    My download speed is always around 10 mbps here in Riberas. I stream videos and TV without problems. I connect to any website I desire without problems....except this webboard no matter how I try to access it. A few others I've talked to have the same problem connecting here that I have. So...What is wrong with this site? I was hoping a moderator or tech person associated with Chapala.com would answer with real info. Alan
  42. 1 point
    What Rick said, living pay check to pay check and no savings, not good because to even get a temporal(you want to live here right?), you need a decent bank account or are drawing a pension(something like $1400.00 a month) cause the Guv-ment wants to see that you can take care of yourself, otherwise 'no bueno' a 180 day visa is about all they're going to do for you. Rents here have gone up a lot, $650.00 a month is still around but don't hold your breath. I think a good bottom end rent would be around $850.00 or so in the surrounding areas of Ajijic, less if you want to go to Joco or Chapala then you might want to become a 'frequent flyer' on the bus which they have excellent public transportation here and it is affordable( 9 pesos to go from Ajijic to the plaza in Chapala one way). As far as internet goes, once again Rick hit the nail on the head. I did a speed test the other day and I had a download of 4.70 Mbps and I didn't even wait for the up speed but good luck in your quest.
  43. 1 point
    Also to be considered is 'can you qualify' for a Permanente or Temporal visa. You suggest that you live paycheck to paycheck and have no savings and that does not sound promising. An alternative to those visas is to use the 180 day Tourist Card but that is not renewable in the interior so one must drive/fly/walk back to the border to get a 'new' 180-day card. Many people do this but it becomes a drag sooner or later for a full time resident. A rental car would make checking out the various villages easier, but as mentioned above using the bus system will be a ton cheaper... and you get to observe more of life that way. If 'work remotely' means over the Internet, the quality/speed of the Internet Lakeside varies widely, not only from town to town, but neighborhood to neighborhood and even house to house so make sure you do more than just ask 'does it have Internet access'. Good luck with your quest...
  44. 1 point
    Investment to Mexico; business tourism; USD-(in this case), for local charities, local pride which grew after the first California town joined Jocotepec. Donations of surplus Bombero equipment and hospital material.etc. Driscoll and it's sister companies are the largest employer in all of lakeside and further to Ciudad Guzman and parts of Colima. Either way....no sister city agreement has ever caused material harm nor been canceled because the "sisters" found that they did not like each other any more. Fred Habacht
  45. 1 point
    I guess those of us who have been on this Board for along time are used to slow, unpredictable responses. Old overburdened servers act that way.
  46. 1 point
    The only way to request Uber is through the app on a smartphone. If done by phone or e-mail it is not going through Uber.
  47. 1 point
    In Barra and Melaque, kids run up and down the beach selling fresh oysters and clams. They will open up the oysters for you and serve them on a tray with lemon, etc, for $150p/dozen. I just get them to bring them to me in my fave restaurant and the kitchen staff deep fries them for me, battered. I do not like them raw, either combed cotton or jacquard.
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  49. 1 point
    You haven't yet been to the Tianguis del Sol? Oh my god, you are going to go nuts, CG. Get there around 10AM on Wednesday, Friday, or Sunday, plan to spend the entire morning or more, it's enormous. There's on-site parking. And if you get in the mood for a shrimp cocktail, look for the stand called El Ostión Feliz. Best shrimp cocktail in Mexico, bar none. As good or better a coctel de camarón as Taco Fish La Paz is with fish tacos. PLEASE tell doña Rosario that I said hello--tell her the woman who brought the El Mural reporters to eat at her puesto. I miss her, I miss sitting around her stand gossiping, and I miss her coctel de camarón. Her salsas--swoon. She sells jars of salsa, and I always bought her salsa with sesame seeds, makes smoke come out your ears but boy is your mouth happy. http://mexicocooks.typepad.com/mexico_cooks/2008/06/mexico-cooks-shows-guadalajara-to-guadalajarans.html Try to go on a Friday. Every day is great, but Friday is the best IMHO. The clothing dealers--new and used clothing that comes from the USA in huge bales--bring the new bales to unpack on Friday. I've bought things that that blew my mind: a brand-new pair of my-size suede Birkenstocks, tags still attached, for 80 pesos, for example. That bath towel I mentioned, also 80 pesos. Sweaters for 8 pesos. Bras for 50 pesos, major brand name and brand new, hang tags still attached. 100% cotton sheet sets still in the original packaging for 100 pesos. And clothing! Men, women, children's clothing for centavos to the peso, including the highest-end labels you can think of. There's one dealer who specializes in stuff like Ferragamo. The prices are probably higher now, but compared to retail? And brands you can't ever find in your size in Mexico? Of course there are zillions of stands selling fruit, vegetables, meats, fish, prepared food to eat there or take out--you name it, it's there. The Tianguis del Sol is one of the main things I miss in Guadalajara. I went every Friday of the world and loved every minute of it.
  50. 1 point
    Yes. Watch out too for tests resulting in the sudden discovery (by a member of the trusted team of specialists) of a life threatening issue that must be taken care of RIGHT NOW!
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