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  1. Thank you for sharing this. I know some like to pooh-pooh the experiences of others, but when it comes to my eyes, I have to be honest and say I'm scared sh**less to have anything done, but I've reached the point where there aren't too many choices left. It's important that we hear the bad as well as the good. I'm so sorry things didn't go well for you. I can't even imagine what you've gone through.
  2. Super-enthusiastic thumbs up for Dra. Claudia. She did hubby's eyes last week with tri-focal lenses and his recovery has been amazing. I used her for a regular eye exam because I'd had a bad experience with another eye doc and she was really quick to respond to my e-mails when there were questions from Contacts.com. The difference in my vision, while subtle, has really made a difference...so much so that I'm about to book myself in for the same surgery as hubby. It was recommended to me in the past, but I've always been too scared for all of the obvious reasons. I'm still scared, but I don't think there's a better doc to trust with my eyes. For the top-of-the-line trifocals, the cost was $90k mxn for both eyes. As one poster said, you don't shop for a bargain when it comes to your eyes, but look for the best doctor you can get.
  3. Oops...I honestly don't know. I don't recall being asked age, but it's possible. The site was pretty comprehensive.
  4. In January, after reading about all of the strange things going on with renewal, I did it online. I paid at an Oxxo, kepa copy of the papers and receipt to show it had been paid, and then went to the Recaucadora last week to pick up the papers. Simple, no lines and no hassle.
  5. ExpressVPN will do it. I also like Amazon Prime and NetlixUSA. I got Hulu, too, but didn't like it. Free Vons rarely work for long, or they can't access everything.
  6. Well, I tip the taxi driver, regardless of who and where. Many times we leave super-early and the folks we call always show up early or on time. It's often around 2:30 or 3 in the morning, so I figure that by using the same people, and giving a decent tip, they'll remember us and continue providing great, timely service. For us, it's definitely worth the extra to make sure we're not watching our plane take off without us.
  7. Another plug for Dr. Barragan and his staff. Although he is not my "regular" dentist, I had had a horrible experience (pain) with a previous root canal. My regular dentist is fantastic, but she doesn't do oral surgery -- and that's when I had the awful experience with someone who came in from Guad. The next time I needed a crown, there was no way I was going to use that guy. I made an appointment with Dr. Barragan and had the root canal done by his recommended specialist. I was scared spitless because the doctor looked about 20. He was absolutely fantastic and the first dentist I've ever had who used a numbing agent for the numbing shot! He was so thorough that I felt almost nothing at all when he did give me the shot. While this wasn't Dr. Barragan's work, it was his recommended specialist, plus he and the staff just impressed the heck out of me.
  8. Don't worry about the general comments. You're always going to have naysayers, regardless of the topic. It's normal to compare prices to the US since that's your home country. Eventually, you'll find a balance. Shop around, check out the various docs and go where you're comfortable. You'll see high end for here (specialists out of Guad, usually) and low end and everything in between. When we need routine care, we go to Ajijic Clinic (Clinica Ajijic). We absolutely love Dr. Rodriguez. His fees are reasonable, the care is excellent, and he's very, very patient-oriented. For anything more specific (cardio, ortho, etc), we're really lucky in that we have access to all sorts of specialists here. If one isn't available, Guad isn't that far away.
  9. Due to an ever-changing eye prescription, I have a collection of 2.0 reading glasses that are in excellent condition. Obviously, I don't want to ditch them, so if someone reading this is a contact point for a local cause, please contact me and I'll drop them off. I tried looking for Casa de Ancianos, but couldn't find it. I also have unopened packages of balms and creams and a few other things that would be good for sensitive skin. Thanks in advance!
  10. The one just off the main street in Chapala is very good and she speaks English, if necessary. You get the photos immediately and the price is under $200mxn. I don't remember the name, but it's close to the Veterinaria, on the left hand side as you go through Chapala towards the malecon. There's usually a small sign on the sidewalk.My photos were done a few weeks ago and my passport has already been issued. . Hope that helps.
  11. Zeb, Please don't let the snarky ones get to you. While I don't necessarily agree with your views, I also don't disagree w/them. When I was much younger, I bought the standard medical treatment as the be-all, end-all (didn't help that both parents worked in the medical field). Now, I find that I'm a lot more open to the alternatives that are out there, thanks to a friend who's quite knowledgeable about natural medicine and my own reading. If nothing else, it's nice to have choices.
  12. You're right and I responded to myself (above) instead of your posting. Sigh...technodino strikes again!
  13. You're absolutely right. I was focused on the end and not how to get there. Thanks for pointing that out! Of course, the bottom line is it takes so little to show your appreciation and I think sometimes we forget that.
  14. Our maid and gardener both work 2 days/week, so the 2.14 calculations work out very closely to 3 weeks salary. We pay 3 weeks plus give them a decent basket (ham, nibbles, whatever) and a bottle of some decent beverage. For us, it's just a slightly extra touch to show our thanks. At the very minimum, go with the RollyBrook site. He's gone, as has been mentioned, but his wisdom remains. Happy Holidays to all!
  15. MaineCoons is absolutely right. There are also some other VPNs that thwart Netflix. If you try their free offer, you probably will get blocked, BUT if you talk w/the reps, they'll tell you which channels are still good. I watch Netflix US nearly every night, but often switch to Netflix Mex and get a heck of a variety of movies and series. Either way, Netflix is a good value and you can always cancel it. For around $10usd/month (taxes), what's not to like? Almost forgot...I also watch Amazon Prime videos, too. You have to do a little homework, but there are some good, strong vpn providers that are reliable. I use a different one than the one mentioned, but if you Google, vpns for Netflix, you'll find 5 that are highly rated.
  16. It could also be that your item can't be shipped to Mexico. I've used Amazon for a lot of things and my orders have always shown up early. There are some items, though (electronics, fragrances, etc) , that I either have to pay for mail forwarding or get a friend who's going north.
  17. That's why it's so important to mention this as often as possible...to try and save the trusting/naïve from this piece of shit.
  18. TOTALLY agree with you, Kam. Someone is brave enough to tell us how they got scammed - to keep the rest of us from falling for it - and gets ridiculed. What some don't understand is that the robbers are getting more and more sophisticated in their approach and it can be very easy to get sucked in. I won't go back over what happened to hubby, but it was 50% luck/50% timing. When one falls, it just makes them that more determined to continue. If someone asks you for money, no matter how convincing, try to remember to ask a question that only the real person would know. I'm really sorry for what happened to you, Camille.
  19. I just tried the place today with a friend and was really impressed. Janet walked around and checked that the customers were happy (I sure was!) and the waiters were very attentive. Portions were good, quality was excellent and the menu selection was amazing. My friend and I sat there for quite a while and never once felt like we had outstayed our welcome. I'll definitely be back.
  20. Again, thanks for the info, but I'm pretty familiar w/who pays what. The only question is CGT and the exemption and...oh, heck! I will update this once I speak w/the notario. I have the site that Pappysmarket recommend (thank you!) and it's giving me a very rough idea (heart is now off the floor), but I guess I could also flip a coin and have just as sure an answer. Gotta love living here!
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