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  1. I went to the Federal Office Building at Av. Alcalde 500 in Guadalajara for my INAPAM card and received it the same day I applied. No fuss, no muss, no line. I travel a LOT in Mexico, and 95% of the time by bus. All buses--whether local or long distance--offer 50% discounts on tickets for INAPAM card holders. Last year alone I probably saved 6,000 to 9,000 pesos, maybe more--which amounts to about 600 pesos per round trip from Morelia, Michoacán (where I live) to Mexico City.
  2. And of course the word on the street is that it took two men (Hidalgo and Morelos) to replace one woman (Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz) on the 200 pesos note.
  3. Residente Temporal and Residente Permanente are visas, each with an income requirement, and are administered by the INM (Instituto Nacional de Migración). Mexican citizenship has no income requirement and is administered by the SRE (Secretaria de Relaciones Exteriores).
  4. If you don't mind going to the Mercado de Abastos in Guadalajara, the store Mamá Coneja will certainly have the quantity you need.
  5. Yesterday (June 25, 2020) I received a letter dated May 24, 2020 with the letterhead "The White House", signed by 45, and mailed by the IRS. It states that I am eligible for the stimulus payment and that it will be direct deposited to my bank account. It doesn't indicate whether that will be my USA bank account or my Mexican bank account. Is there a way to know, and a way to find out the approximate date the deposit will be made? It's already been more than a month since the letter was mailed to me, but I've seen no deposit in either account.
  6. Most all of the metal garden furniture made in Jalisco and Michoacán is made of sand-cast aluminum; I haven't seen real cast iron for many long years. Cast aluminum is quite heavy and durable. IMHO the best is made in Tzurumútaro, Michoacán--between Pátzcuaro and Tzintzuntzan. Much of what's made there is sold in Tonalá/Tlaquepaque, and it's less expensive to buy from the maker. I had this set made for me in Tzurumútaro about a year ago (table is 2 meters in diameter, there are six chairs). It's very heavy and cost me about 5000 pesos total, including the custom paint job and delivery/placement of the set. I bought the cushions separately, on Amazon.com, for about $40USD including shipping for the six.
  7. We felt it in Morelia's historic center--more than anything, it made my ceiling lamps sway widely back and forth, and some molinillos that I have hanging in the kitchen. Luisa and I went out to the street and there were some people who had come out there when the quake happened, but pretty soon we all went back inside. In Mexico City, friends report that it was very strong and fairly long, making buildings sway and scaring the pants off people. One friend reported that she had hurried outside and all her neighbors saw her in her underpants. Another friend in the northern part of the city reports that it was VERY strong there. In Oaxaca, friends in Oaxaca City say that it was terribly strong and extremely frightening. So far the people I know there are reporting in little by little that they are well other than the fright. The proliferation of hilarious memes about the earthquake/Covid-19 connection make the earthquake's occurrence almost worth while. Almost.
  8. My SS benefit amount is direct deposited to my Bancomer account. The rate of exchange I receive is the rate used that day by Banxico, (Bank of Mexico, the national bank of Mexico), which handles the transaction. The deposit does NOT go directly from Social Security into any ordinary commercial bank in Mexico, it goes through BANXICO. Your personal bank does NOT determine the exchange rate. The Banxico rate is always a SPEI bank-to-bank rate and much better than the rate an individual account-holder receives. Here's the explanation, direct from the Banxico website. Yes, it's in Spanish. https://www.banxico.org.mx/servicios/sistema-pagos-electronicos-in.html
  9. Same here. I have received no paper check and no direct deposit to Bancomer. And I have written to my US Senator about it, but without response.
  10. Apolanco, thank you very much for posting this important information!
  11. More Liana

    Sour cream

    I like Aguascalientes brand. It's not crema acidificada (sour cream) though--it's standard Mexican table cream, and delicious. It comes in several sizes:
  12. The same way 43 students disappeared in Guerrero, on September 26, 2014. No solutions, no re-appearance, no bodies, no clues. The article below is more guesswork than anything else, take it all with a huge grain of salt. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2014_Iguala_mass_kidnapping
  13. I think this statement is confusing and misleading. It sounds like a nit-pick, but it's really incorrect. Most Social Security payments to retirees living in Mexico are made to their USA bank accounts, not to a Mexican account. At one time I received Social Security to my USA bank; now I receive that benefit to my Mexican bank. Two different things altogether. The number of American retirees who receive Social Security payments abroad would be better stated as, "The number of American retirees living abroad who receive Social Security payments..." etc.
  14. I have received nothing. I used Get My Payment and, prior to the announced cutoff date, followed their instructions to the letter. I still get the message "Payment Status Not Available". I have written to my senator without response. I don't know what to do next. $1200USD may not be much to some of you, but it is a lot to me and I am eligible for the payment.
  15. Mexican breweries are scheduled to resume production as of June 1, 2020. https://www.infobae.com/america/mexico/2020/05/17/industria-cervecera-mexicana-ya-tiene-fecha-para-regresar-a-la-produccion-de-las-bebidas-alcoholicas/
  16. The most common name in Spanish for these masks is "cubrebocas". Mouth covers. Many people don't "get it" that the nose also needs to be covered.
  17. I use my Bancomer debit card OR my BBVA Wallet. Both work fine.
  18. The link broke after I posted the first plumbago photo.
  19. I have used medicines from Farmacia Similares in various towns and cities--Ajijic, Guadalajara, Morelia, Pátzcuaro, Mexico City, etc--for nearly 20 years. In the beginning, I studied the ingredients listed on each medicine's box to make sure that they were the same as on their corresponding brand-name medicines. I have never seen that the ingredients on brand-name medicines that have been prescribed for me are different from those listed on the boxes of generics from Farmacia Similares. I have been 100% satisfied in all of my dealings with them and in all that time, I haven't purchased meds from any other pharmacy. I ALWAYS take advantage of Monday's 25% discount--this past Monday, I bought 2 boxes of a medicine I regularly take and the discount from the regular low price was 64.50 pesos. In addition, for any minor ailment I have (I am susceptible to earaches, for example), I see the on-site doctor at any of the Farmacias Similares. For an earache, the doctor prescribes what I need, I pay the 40 peso fee, and buy my medicine right there. Dr. Victor González, the founder of Farmacia Similares, has done a tremendous service for all of us who live here. Inexpensive, reliable medicines are a boon. I am grateful for his making my life better.
  20. In my post above, I posted a photo of hydrangea (it's still there in the post) and another of plumbago. The plumbago photo has disappeared. Here's another of plumbago. The flowers are very different from hydrangea and the leaves are nothing like hydrangea--and plumbago is a vine, while hydrangea can grow to be a large bush.
  21. It's a hydrangea, known in Spanish as hortensia. Look at the shape and pointed edges of the leaves, and look at the individual flowers which will continue to open to form balls of flowers. This is the time of year when hydrangea macrofilla is in bud and in bloom. I just took the picture (the pink and blue flowers, green leaves) in my patio. Cape leadwort (aka plumbago) is a different plant. Look at the leaves, they are nothing like the leaves of the hydrangea.
  22. This is great news for those of us who have our SS direct deposited to a bank in Mexico, Ginger. I also have my SS monthly benefit deposited to Bancomer, but have yet to see the deposit of the stimulus benefit.
  23. If Soriana has both light and dark brown sugar--the kinds normally used in the USA and Canada--I'm impressed. I've never seen either in any Mexican supermarket or municipal market. If you find them, could you take a picture of both packages? I'd like to see what you've found--so I know what to look for should I go to Soriana. Thanks!
  24. In case anyone wondered, "brisket" in Spanish is "pecho". It's a big cut of meat; you want either the point or the flat but probably not the whole pecho.. Point cut corned beef are rounder and they generally have more marbling or fat. This is the reason why a lot of people find them to be more flavorful, tender and more juicy. Flat cut corned beef (also called round cut), on the other hand, are leaner and easier to slice, so it looks better for presentation.
  25. Do any of you remember Sharon Scherner and Sheila de la Fuente, her wife? They lived in Ajijic and then in Chapala from about 1998 until 2002, when they returned to the States. Sheila passed away in Eugene, Oregon on April 20, 2020. She is survived by her wife, Sharon, and their daughter, Tara Scherner de la Fuente. In the photo below, Sheila is seated. Her obituary: https://musgroves.com/tribute/details/187977/Sheila-de-la-Fuente/obituary.html#tribute-start
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