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  1. According to Sr. Google, it is: Centro Laguna Dirección: Carr Chapala - Jocotepec No. 206 Local Rest 2 Col. San Antonio Tlayacapan Horario: lu-do: 10:00-20:00
  2. Cedros, that's my point: you wanted--and they gave you—a package, not a plan, and the two animals are very different. The terminology is confusing: a plan recurs from month to month by pre-authorizing your payment to them via cc or bank debit to continue for a period of time for the period you sign for. However, you and I don't have a package: we have a plan, whereby we buy x amount and pay for the specified $amount only; at the end of the usage period for that $amount, there is no renewal unless you make another purchase and apply it to your phone by recarga or by purchasing another card. Here is a link to several Telcel Amigo packages (NOT plans): http://www.telcel.com/personas/telefonia/amigo/tarifas-y-opciones#!paquetes-amigo-sin-limite And here's a link to Telcel plans (NOT packages): http://www.telcel.com/personas/telefonia/planes-de-renta/tarifas-y-opciones Hope this helps clarify what you received--and seem to have wanted.
  3. Rather than being a "ripoff", I think much of the confusion is in the language of the Telcel offerings. Recently I took a friend to help her find out why she now is receiving 23 days of use instead of her previous 30 (and yes, the number of days did decrease on some choices.) Telcel has plans AND packages (these are different animals at Telmex) that you pay for as invoiced; it also offers an Amigo plan that has x airtime minutes for a prepaid fee. By adding an Amigo $ amount to your phone number (either through a recharge or by scratch-off code) you get 60 days of usage for the $ amount you pay for, plus bonus airtime (which increases depending on the $ amount you apply.) The invoiced packages give you x days of usage and you must pay your bill before the due date. You can (and friend did) set up your package to be paid through a bank draft or credit card every x days. Google Telcel planes y paquetes or Telcel plan Amigo and the links will give you a large variety of options. The sucursal at Centro Laguna has several English-speaking reps who will assist you; "Ana" has been particularly helpful for expat friends with limited Spanish, so you might ask for her. Because I use my Mexican cell irregularly, I use the Amigo plan and purchase a few $100 cards, each of which is good for 60 days and I apply one at a time to re-up a day before my expiration, giving me adequate usage (albeit not the cheapest rate available) for the money. Any remaining funds on the card roll over to the next period.
  4. He said this was my "one warning". I will call US CBP next week. We've been doing this for 10 years and never heard this argument before, nor can I find any info related to this.
  5. It seems that US Border agents are getting crazier and more power-hungry. We crossed last night at Columbia (one US passport, one Canadian with a green card for US, residente permanente in US with a Mexican-plated, properly nationalized vehicle from the US, with all papers.) The border agent says that we cannot bring a Mexico-plated vehicle into the US unless we are Mexican nationals since we do not pay US road tax on the vehicle. Discussing the issue with him was fruitless and he said he marked our computer info as "Non-conforming vehicle." I'll work on contacting US CPB but, in the meantime, has anyone encountered such a thing and anyone have any suggestions?
  6. From the SAT website: Los pasajeros mayores de 18 años, ... hasta tres litros de bebidas alcohólicas y seis litros de vino.
  7. Here is the info you are looking for, straight from the TxDPS website. The CBP agent is incorrect. http://dps.texas.gov/DriverLicense/reciprocity.htm Select LanguageSpanish Powered by Enter Text Below Driving Privilege Reciprocity Driving privilege reciprocity allows a person to use a valid, unexpired foreign license to operate a motor vehicle in Texas for up to one year or until a person becomes a Texas resident, whichever date is sooner. Once a person becomes a new Texas resident, they must apply for a Texas license within 90 days to continue to drive legally. For more information, please review the Moving to Texas page.
  8. Feel free to ask Justin and Marilú for whatever you want: more of this, no that.... they are very accommodating!
  9. We had the pulled pork and the Philly cheesesteak (and smashed taters with gravy) yesterday. Both sandwiches were delicious and, like other posters, we will be back to try the other menu offerings. Justin and his wife are a lovely young couple trying to make it in Ajijic's restaurant scene: with our support, they'll do well. They have brought family recipes from back home in Mississippi, are eager to please, a joy to talk to, the indoor seating area is comfortable and clean, and the sandwich offerings are seriously good. They've only been open a few weeks; their hours will be 11:30-8 everyday except Sundays (closed) for a much-needed day off. Good luck, kids! You are off to a great start!
  10. We add and remove our Mexican-plated vehicle to our policy with our stateside agent and insurer, but also maintain a US address and other covered vehicles year-round, but this might be the same situation with the OP.
  11. I paid $350 in February in Chapala; price posted on the wall over the inspection bays. Have your tarjeta de circulación paper for verification and entry into the computer.
  12. Are you thinking of La Letra "Che"?
  13. I have no personal experience with this topic Lakeside, but I have had eyebrows and eyeliner done (and a touchup) in Dallas by a plastic surgeon and 10 years later I am still very happy with the results. After all those years, I still have a visible eyeliner but none is left on my eyebrows. My two cents worth is from my experience and research: (1) Be sure you check out your practitioner: see before and after photos. Price does not determine quality but sometimes you get what you pay for. Changing your facial appearance isn't where I'd cut costs: it's difficult to fix. (2) Check out the color palette and choose carefully. Color fades over time: this goes for permanent makeup. Nothing is forever but this stuff does last and it tones down...the initial application color is deeper and brighter than it settles, IMO. (3) Mexican styles (especially eyebrows in this part of the country) are highly exaggerated: if that's not your look, be very clear in your expectations and take pictures with you of the look (fine, medium, heavy) you hope to achieve. (4) I am red-haired: many redheads have issues with all this stuff. I lost a patch of eyebrow during the procedure because it is really a drill that puts your color in the skin: 10 years later it still hasn't grown in and I have to cover it with makeup so as not to show a hole. Not uncommon with fair-skinned, redheaded people. (5) I did not have novocaine injections: instead, a numbing cream was used that was sufficient (and I have a low threshold for pain). If novocaine is an issue for you, perhaps the cream is available here. (6) I used to get cold sores all the time: I was told by my practitioner that I was not a good candidate for any lip liner because the application can trigger a cold sore and screw up your lips. Worth knowing. (7) Like any tattoo, you crust, peel, look awful at first. You cannot wear any makeup on the tattooed spots until you are healed and most certainly cannot rub or pick at the crusting since that can leave scarring and remove the pigment that is there. Leave sufficient weeks at home and out of the sun to properly heal.
  14. National Unity sells short-term auto insurance for Mexico-plated vehicles online through segurogringo.com and, in fact, is the same insurance carrier as that offered in Mexico before the US border bridges. You can purchase Combined Single Limits policies up to $300,000 US, including bodily injury and property damage; they have a rider that adds on coverage in Canada.
  15. At the INM office prior to (and a few blocks from) paying the bridge exit toll on the Mexico side, and before crossing the bridge. I posted turn-by-turn directions on a thread a few months ago in response to another poster's query for driving directions. On your return, you'll work thru the INM officer at the airport.
  16. Yes, see another thread--and today's confirmation by Spencer--that we (residente permanente, temporal or turista) must complete the FMM form both outbound from Mexico and inbound upon return, whether by air, land or sea. There are potential fines and loss of time accrued toward your "visa" for irregularities, which include missing inbound/outbound immigration stamps in your passport or your "ins" not matching your "out" records. OK, here it my post from March 6, 2015. Everyone is supposed to complete the FMM immigration form on the way in and out of Mexico. These are directions to the Laredo Bridge II Juárez-Lincoln. IMN at Bridge II is not the easiest to find, the first time, or in the dark because the way there is somewhat convoluted. But it is large and staffed 24/7. Colombia is more direct but comes out about 20 min N of Laredo and is not open 24/7. It's also deserted for a stretch coming off the cuota...on both Mexico and US sides. It is a much faster crossing due to fewer vehicles. The process is identical. For Bridge II, come into Nuevo Laredo and follow the clearly-marked signs after the cuota for Puente Internacional II; it's a few miles, then the sign will have you turn right onto Blvd Luis Donaldo Colosio (and I think there are signs pointing to the zoo, as well as speed traps galore from hereon in due to the various soccer fields etc. Stay well within the ridiculously low posted limits...it's mordida country.) You'll end up dead-ended at the Rio Grande. You actually want to turn to the left (where the bridges are) but doing so takes you to the tolls and bridge, which you don't want yet. To get to INM you need to make a right at this dead end, make your first retorno to get onto the far lanes (there are 2) that hug the river (not the internal lanes in the same direction which block you from where you want to go) heading in that direction. (When in doubt, hug the river. You follow it and are almost under the access to the Mexico/US bridge.) On your left in about 1/2 mile or so and past various soccer fields, parks etc you can see up on the left hill where the incoming buses have to stop at INM. You make a left turn into the large parking lot (it is a one story white building), park, and go into the building. There's a money exchange directly ahead, bathrooms upstairs, and the door to the INM area is to your right. Get on line and, if there is a long line, let someone in a uniform know you are filing your FMM de salida como residente permanente. That will shorten the line for you as, at that point, everybody funnels into the available agent(s). We've sometimes had no wait, on one occasion the wait at a holiday period was over 4 hrs. Note that no pets are allowed in the building so if this applies to you, take the docs (including your completed FMMs) for the dogcatcher in the car and when, the agent asks, tell him that the other person is in the car with the pets. I've done this every time, successfully, albeit sometimes begrudgingly.
  17. Wish I had the same positive experience, and Alberto came highly recommended: I went in for a quote, looked at fabric books and Alberto called Guadalajara to confirm fabric availability, then I set up appointment for him to come out in two days (his choice of day and time) to measure the large chairs to be reupholstered. He missed the appointment, citing forgetting it; when he did come (several hours later, after my call) his wife had taken the fabric books he was supposed to bring so we could check fabrics against others in the house, and to this date we've never heard from him again for quotes on different fabrics, which he promised that same day. And the quote (same fabric) from Oscar was slightly less. Decided not to chase Alberto to give him the business.
  18. I know they do at the Joco location as we ordered one for a birthday several months ago.
  19. And the one in Joco, at least, is THE place for special-event cakes (wedding, big birthday). It is the bomb!
  20. Despite that some posters above have encountered no problems, previous posters have had problems driving in TX with expired registration/plates, and immediately upon crossing the border into TX. Here is the official position of Texas Dps, from their website. Travelers facing this situation might want to call a Texas DMV office closest to their point of entry and speak to someone official. (The below quote refers to TX tags and registration, but a quick google of other states, seems to present the same position); "...Although you can renew your license plates and vehicle registration up to 90 days before the listed expiration date, the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) understands that sometimes life's other responsibilities get in the way of completing this task.After your license plates and vehicle registration have expired, you can still legally drive your vehicle for up to five business days with no penalty. If you fail to complete the renewal process within those five days, however, you could get a traffic ticket of up to $200 if a law enforcement officer stops you for driving with an expired registration. How to Renew an Expired Vehicle Registration Unfortunately, once your vehicle registration and license plates have expired, you're going to need to visit the county tax office or an approved TX DMV substation in order to complete the renewal process. Don't forget to bring your registration renewal notice, your registration receipt from the previous year, your license plate number, or your VIN.There is a 20% late fee for expired license plates and vehicle registration. However, you will only be assessed this penalty if you have been given a ticket for driving the vehicle without the proper license plates and registration."
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