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  1. My next to my neighbour used this carcinogen last year profusely, but stopped after getting weird and freakish looking algae growth. I moved to MX in part because of fewer rules and regulations, but I am saddened to say there ought to be law forcing users to post warning about using this sh*t.
  2. Your sim card has the version number printed on it, though you may need a magnifying glass to see it.
  3. The Amigo sin limite works perfectly for me in the US and Canada. Check your SIM card, you may need to replace it, as warned on telcel website, because 3G networks telcel used to default to in the US are no longer supported. Your sim card must be 6.2 version and support volte: https://www.telcel.com/personas/telefonia/la-red-de-mayor-cobertura/red-tecnologia/4g/volte
  4. Delish Haas avocados are, and have been for years, 5 x $2.99 at nofrills and freshco in Ontario. Some people would't allow themselves to be caught dead in these stores, chosing loblaws or metro instead. And that's why they'll be paying off debt in afterlife, when they could be sitting in shade of their own Mexican avocado tree long before retirement age.
  5. I've never noticed buffering when using a VPN, even when our internet was a dismal 5MB download / 1MB Upload. A quality VPN provider should offer fast servers and updates to its systems soon as online / streaming services catch up.
  6. We've been using similar lanterns to the one linked here, but solar-powered, with rechargeable batteries, they also double as a phone charger (through a usb port). They last all night, and are super bright. Bought on mercadolibre about 5 years ago (off brand, about $6 a piece). Highly recommended.
  7. Thank you for all your replies. I canvassed 8 neighbours (permanent residents and naturalized citizens). Only one moved all assets to Mexico. The others didn't move money because of the hassle, family who live up north and will inherit, or (majority) keep their money north in case personal circumstances change and they need to go back. So it seems a matter of choice and personal circumstances...
  8. And it is clear that I know zero about keeping assets in Mexico, hence the topic. Although, I should add it was a brilliant idea to buy property here just before inflation wipes out our bank accounts...
  9. We will. But I expect the answers we'll get will match answers we get now from anyone we tell about moving to Mexico: blank eyes or "are you crazy"? Which is why I also want to hear from those of you who've been here a long time.
  10. Meaning: maintain banking accounts in Canada to keep most assets there, and only do day to day banking in Mexico?
  11. Do you mean stability of Mexican financial institutions? Government interference (if one exists)? etc?
  12. I was going to ask to take into account geopolitical considerations, such as governments freezing bank accounts, but thought it was too political for the board...
  13. Just to add: We've been wintering in Mexico for 20 years, and own a house here. The permanent move is in the works, with the aim to receive residency later this year, prior to packing up in Canada and coming down one way in 2023. Looking for practical boots-on-the ground pros and cons of keeping liquid assets in Canada vs moving all of it to Mexico as only long term expats would know.
  14. We're getting closer to moving permanently to Mexico. What to do with liquid assets in Canada? A) Move it all to Mexico? Where to? B) Better to keep it all / part in Canada? Why? C) ? Fuller picture: 1: By the time we move we won't have family / relations left in Canada, and once we sell the house we won't have a residence. 2: We're not looking to buy bullion or crypto. 3: We have RRSPs, which will take time to withdraw. Not seeking legal or accounting advice, just tips from experienced expat perspective...
  15. CIBC. This was in 2020, when in fact they did not want to see us at all in person (pandemic). At first they sent password-protected PDF files, where we filled in various forms, and copy-pasted scanned signatures, and emailed back. We've done all kinds of other remote-signing with them since. They now send you a link to a secure server where they host PDFs for signing, and you can download them for your records. Actually very easy and convenient process.
  16. To clarify: they emailed the pdf files, we took pictures of signatures (had to match what they have on file in the bank), and copy-pasted into the pdf, and emailed back. that's it.
  17. Talk to them. We did it remotely from Mexico, they sent in pdf paperwork and accepted digital signatures to wire money for house purchase.
  18. What do you mean by large? When we wired money to buy a house it was large and required signatures. To finance our stay in Mexico we routinely wire several thousand at a time to our Mexican bank without any hassles. CIBC has free worldwide money wire at exchange rates competitive to any other wire service. Check if TD or scotia offer same directly from your account. Be prepared for 2FA verification if you're already abroad, and / or use a VPN.
  19. Ads when using a web browser? As Alfa mentioned use some sort of adblock + ublock origin add on to browser. Or: If you're seeing ads elsewhere then you likely have a phone with built in ads, just about every chinese phone comes with those, but also samsungs. You should be able to opt out, but have to chase those in multiple places. Generally open settings for any system app, and opt out of "show recommendations" or something to that effect. You can also eliminate ads altogether by deleting the system app that is responsible for advertising, but you will have to use an ADB. For example in xiaomi phones the advertising app is called "msa". You can also use a firewall app such as "netguard" or "noroot firewall" or "blokada" to block the system app responsible for ads. Or, and perhaps the simplest way, use a vpn with built in ad blocker and trackers, such as surfshark. My personal preference with any new phone is to root, and block any and all tracking / advertising for good.
  20. We are using VIRBAC for our dog and cats, topical liquid. No side effects on our pets, and it stopped an incredible flea infestation brought by the cats.
  21. It is a sticker shock for me too, even after 20 yrs of wintering in Mexico. I understand rates are different off the Gringo trail, vary greatly and may be worth investigating. Slightly off-topic: neighbours in their 70s moved to Patzcuaro couple years ago where they have a lived-in nurse @ under $1000 / month, and a buddy left SMA for Lake Atitlan (Guatemala) and employs a full time young doctor for slightly more (but worries the doc will leave because it isn't such a great career move.) I have no idea whether these rates are high or low, but both expats are happy with the arrangement. Of course lived-in care, even if medical professionals, are no substitute for proper emergency insurance...
  22. A naïve question (even though I've been spending winters here these past 20 years, and own a property now, but have only travel insurance): Are you, and others who commented previously, surprised the hospital charged you at all on top of surgeon fees, or because they charged this much / more than expected? And, would they charge as much if you had private insurance, or are these wild rates only for self-financing individuals?
  23. The idea of having to pay cash for a house here was nerve-racking at the start of the process, but turned out surprisingly smooth. We're going to keep and lease the house in Canada as long as it keeps appreciating in this crazy real estate market, and when the time comes to sell it will provide the medical slush fund and them some...
  24. 1: Climate - Tired of 6-7 month winters, and unbearably humid / tropical Ontario summers. 2: Culture - Love the people and the culture of Mexico 3: Lifestyle 4: Costs
  25. Thanks everyone for the fascinating topic. Now I understand why so many Canadians do not / cannot move down permanently, and cling on to their Canadian healthcare: I just scheduled a surgery in Canada for the summer...
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