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  1. After many devaluations of the peso, many years ago, Mexicans and others have come to view any kind of real estate as the only guaranteed investment. So any savings get put into building up the investment, one brick at a time.
  2. Google translate on your phone can be used in offline mode if you download the appropriate dictionaries. It can listen to a conversation and speak the translation. You can take a picture of a sign, and it will show you the translation, overlaid over the original picture. I'm pretty sure it would do what the OP asked.
  3. Those are pretty much obsolete, now that Google translate can be installed on your phone. Make sure you download the appropriate dictionaries so you can use it without an Internet connection.
  4. So I finally cancelled my Shaw account, too many channels lost when they moved to the new satellite. When I enquired about reselling my 630HD PVR recorder, I was told that these could no longer be registered to an account. Something about new receivers being necessary for the transition to 4K TV. Has anybody else heard something similar? Thanks, Pete
  5. You can get a test in Chapala. Faster, but more expensive, according to previous posts. $2800 vs. $1500 for PCR test. FYI, we just went to get tested this morning at the airport. They told me that tests are now sent out at 11:00am and not 12:00 as previously stated. Pete
  6. Thank you for the information. How long did you have to wait for the results? Pete
  7. I have read the previous topics on this subject, so far, it seems that Clinico El Lago was the best place lakeside to get a PCR test. However, it seems that PCR is not the only type of test accepted by Canada. Several other types are accepted, notably: Nucleic acid test (NAT) or Nucleic acid amplification test (NAATs) Reverse transcription loop-mediated isothermal amplification (RT-LAMP) Are these available here? My sister just came back from Florida and was able to get a free NAAT test at Walgreen's with results in 15 minutes! I realize they probably aren't free here, and probably only in Guad. Still, an interesting option, if available. I will contact El Lago to see if they offer it. Thanks
  8. Problem with Firestick Ethernet is that it connects through a USB port. Since it's not even a USB3 port, your bandwidth will be limited, and maybe that makes the Wifi faster. I can tell you though, I have two 4k Firesticks connected with Ethernet, and they work just fine when streaming 4k content. Ethernet will always be more consistent and reliable, but if Wifi works ok for you, great.
  9. Where would you want to send the pesos, if not a Mexican account? You might be able to register someone else's bank account and send the $$ directly there, I'm not sure if XE allows that.
  10. This thread was resurrected by a spam-bot. This board needs an option to flag this.
  11. I admit I was kind of skeptical at first. Covid was the bogeyman, and nobody knew how you could protect yourself. Then data started coming in. This article and other like it convinced me that masks were effective: https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus/how-two-hairstylists-with-covid-19-saw-139-clients-without-passing-on-the-virus-1.5023700
  12. You can stick your own router behind the Telmex one, or even just a Gbe switch. That's what I did. That way my devices can communicate at 1Gb/s. Pete
  13. XE works fine for me. Funds are transferred directly from my RBC account into my Bancomer account. Takes a few days. Setting up takes a while, to validate all the account information, but once done, it's a breeze. I have transferred amounts from $1000 to $10,000 C$, though have not done so recently. Pete
  14. Have you tried any third party apps? Linphone is free and open source. Pete
  15. You can try what many snowbirds are doing: have your car shipped across the U.S. border, fly down, then drive to Mexico. I don't know if that will work with a Mexican-plated car, though. It is also pricey, $1600 to take a car from Montreal to Florida, but you might be able to ship to a closer spot and drive down the rest of the way. Pete
  16. What's wrong with your existing one? Those things are pretty simple, it might be fixable. I know I had to replace the pressure regulator on mine. Unless it has been badly damaged somehow, it could be worth looking into. Pete
  17. So far, it seems that most of the infections in Canada have come from meetings indoors, where people were close for extended periods and not wearing masks (bars, partys, restaurants). It seems to me that in Mexico, where all of our gatherings are outdoors, the risk would be much less. Flying I am unsure of, though the airlines are really doing everything to minimise risks. Pete
  18. "Unsupported video signal" sounds like a problem with the TV not with the receiver. Check the cable between the two. Trying turning on the TV before the receiver or vice-versa. Pete
  19. You might inquire if your bank will accept deposits by mail. Fill in a deposit slip, include the check and mail it in. With a good VPN, there is no reason that the bank will know that you are in Mexico. Unless of course, they have registered your address in Mexico. In that case, they have flagged your account somehow and would also refuse it even if you were physically in the U.S. Pete
  20. If Wifi is your only problem, then get an separate router/access point, and turn off the Telmex Wifi. Pete
  21. Thanks for your responses. In the end though, wife decided on a totally different color... Pete
  22. Is there a local paint store that has computerized color matching? We want color to match some upholstery items. Thanks, Pete
  23. I think a lot of the ATMs we use already have a fingertip reader. That little window, with the green light? That's what it looks like to me, but I could be wrong. Pete
  24. Keep in mind that most cars on used car dealers's lots have all been detailed with engines cleaned, so it is difficult to know exactly what condition it is by looking at it. Many have also had their odometers rolled back. When we went with Spencer to look at cars, he would sometime point out how a car, showing 65,000 kms had evidence of a 90,000 km service in its service booklet. Buying from a new car dealer is a good option as they usually keep the 'good' cars for themselves. We are still very happy with our 2006 Honda CR-V. After 8 years it is still in great shape , with very little repairs needed. Pete
  25. I checked online and both WM and HD showed the product as unavailable. A couple of showings on Mercadolibre. I think I will try to get some Cynoff and a sprayer from the garden store. Thanks everyone. Pete
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