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Al Berca

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  1. Expats in Ajijic were originally the artsy, hippie ones. Chapala was retired military, as was Guadalajara. Many moved to Chapala from Guadalajara. One traffic light in 2004 followed by two more in 2005 in Ajijic. Then I stopped counting. Riberas del Pilar being called a failed fracc is absolutely correct. It is. One of the main reasons that Ajijic became the hub for expat activity, rather than Chapala, was the founder of the Lake Chapala Society, Neill James, who relocated it to her home and its beautiful grounds in Ajijic almost 35 years ago and willed her property to the Lake Chapala Society upon her death giving all area expats a place to meet and socialize, gather and share information and offer helpful classes and other forms of assistance to the local community.
  2. Agree with Chiles en Nogada. Everytime I go there, I keep telling myself to try something different, but it seldom happens.
  3. In Mexico, the best bank is where your money is safest.
  4. Multiva. Do a search for "Bancomer". That is the bank that customers accused of misappropriation of their bank accounts recently. HSBC paid a fine of almost two billion dollars for drug money laundering a couple of years ago and is still under close scrutiny for the same thing this year. I would not voluntarily do business with either one of them.
  5. Sounds like several of us bought that nice, large Hamilton Beach convection oven. I love mine. Don't know what I did without it besides waste a lot of propane waiting for the gas stove oven to heat and then more when I was cooking or heating something that wasn't a meal for four or more, but just me. Not to mention the stove oven could heat up half the house, so I couldn't use it for almost three months a year. No problems like that with the countertop convection. No wasted counter space, either. Sits perfectly on top of the microwave. One of my wiser purchases here.
  6. 65 posts and I recall 2 being helpful and appropriate. Sad.
  7. When that happened to me, I didn't want anything else, either and I didn't want to wait, so I gradually increased the number of that add on until they would let me complete the transaction and sold the extras here. I had nine to get rid of, but I did it. Not recommending that, but that was all I could think of to do. Mine was less than five dollars. Mexican flag? I did that, too. Not stolen. Arrived on time in perfect condition. Quality made nylon 3 x 5 or thereabouts, made in US with colors on both sides, not the one sided ones they sell here. Beautiful. There's your answer. Your Amazon order will arrive through UPS, FedEx or DHL, not the Mexican postal service and you will be able to track it online until it is delivered and signed for. Amazon is extremely customer friendly. If There are any issues you might need to report they have gotten back to me within a couple of hours and straightened it out, including an occasional refund.
  8. If your order is only six dollars it might be called an " add on" which means it has to be sent to you with another item with a higher value. That should be clearly shown on the item profile. They are putting it in your to be shipped later section because you have not added any other items. They will hold it there in your account until you increase the amount of your order and then ship it, also.
  9. Interesting. As of January, 2015 Mexico made illegal the importation or sale of all Electrónic cigarettes throughout the country. Enforced or not enforced? Good luck.
  10. I think these became illegal to sell in Mexico about a year ago.
  11. We should always help those less fortunate than ourselves. But, it seems that it is not going to get done any other way.
  12. Unable to use " like" button. When I try screen says I have used all Ten of my daily " likes" when I have used none at all. Dan Houck said you are the only one who can fix what he called a "software glitch". I really enjoy " liking helpful and positive responses. Hope you can help, thank you.

  13. I am being blocked from using the like function by the screen that says I have used my daily allotment of 10 when I have used none in over 48 hours. Can you help me? Thank you.

    1. Al Berca

      Al Berca

      After almost a week, it suddenly works again.

    2. Al Berca

      Al Berca

      Just got notice that all likes were used after giving two likes.

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      For stuff like this you have to contact ADMIN "Chapala."  He is at the top of the moderator list on the home page.  We don't have the ability to fix software problems.


  14. Effects sound similar to dry chlorine that is commonly used all the time in swimming pools. Don't get too close and inhale that, either.
  15. In the States, hospice care can begin when a terminal patient is expected to live six months or less according to physician in writing. That is when my mother's insurance kicked in for hospice care coverage. Probably, not the same here.
  16. Both reliable, positive experiences. Items usually arrive earlier than estimated.
  17. I had my electrician install a simple on/off switch for my doorbell due to similar problems mentioned above. When I am expecting someone, I turn switch on. When I am not, I turn switch off. I can ignore the shouting and banging, but that buzzer of a doorbell was my big problem. Not any more.
  18. I wanted a 12,000 BTU which is the largest size for 110-115. I don't have 220 and the expense to add it was prohibitive. ElectroVenta had a Mirage for under 6,000, but both my installer and myself felt the LG at Home Depot for 6799 was a little better quality with an almost silent condenser, which was important to me because it was being placed very near a neighbor's window. With materials, installation was 2300 for a total of 9099. Not the best deal in the world, but not the worst. Most importantly, now that everything is installed and working, I am happy with the decision. I do appreciate your comments and those of most of the other posters and did take those into consideration, even though the results may make it appear as if I did not.
  19. Mini split is installed. I took a recommendation from a friend on Face Book for Alberto Farias who had training in the States as well as working experience in all phases of making sure mini split is installed according to the code of his former U.S. city. I could not be more pleased with the quality of the work and the quality of the man, himself. Calls himself the Home Doctor and is experienced in plumbing, electrical, painting, pools, a/c, heaters, and all major appliance repairs. Strong recommendation. Lives in Joco and works all of lakeside. Alberto Farias 331 706 9407 . 387 763 1200
  20. Your best choice will be the one that your physician recommends to you that best meets your needs.
  21. Not sure I can make it to June 14. Is mini split the best way to go? How loud is compressor and what would be a minimum distance from windows? Electro Venta for sale and installation? Buy elsewhere and hire installer? Recommendations for installer? Only six questions. Not bad. Narrowed down from original 15. Thank you to anyone who has one and can give this a/c newbie some sound advice.
  22. I always go directly to the roof for parking. Right next to the elevator which exits at the walkway to terminal. Have never seen even a dozen cars up there.
  23. Friend would like to find professional counselor, social worker, psychologist short term to help in deciding some personal issues. Prefer lakeside, of course, but will drive to GDL if necessary. Fluent English required. Would really appreciate personal recommendations which may be pm'ed to me, if you prefer not to post. Thanks very much.
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