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by Esteban
Thu Dec 17, 2009 8:02 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: No True Desire to Learn Spanish Even Though You Live Here
Replies: 68
Views: 7426

Re: No True Desire to Learn Spanish Even Though You Live Here

After four months I was hoping to farther along...but I'm not. I'm not giving up thought, study every day. I hate not being able to speak the language and everyone else hates when I speak English. Either way, I keep practicing. The hard part is that I speak only English to the children because its i...
by Esteban
Mon Dec 14, 2009 2:48 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: ATM withdrawl limit
Replies: 7
Views: 1908

Re: ATM withdrawl limit

As I stated in my post, PNC is in the states. They have a great online "Virtual Wallet", pay all my bills and even transfer money to personal accounts outside of PNC for free.

PNC.com
by Esteban
Sun Dec 13, 2009 2:37 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: ATM withdrawl limit
Replies: 7
Views: 1908

Re: ATM withdrawl limit

I looked for the same and never came across a machine that would ever give me more than 300. Now there is a work around if you are from the states. Open a free checking account from PNC, as long as you keep 2000 in the account you have free international ATM usage. Now, you up your withdraw limit wi...
by Esteban
Fri Dec 04, 2009 9:31 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Google Public DNS [speed up your browsing]
Replies: 14
Views: 6268

Re: Google Public DNS [speed up your browsing]

Kelly,
no offense, but you are just a speck on the google map.
by Esteban
Wed Dec 02, 2009 1:14 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: need cement work done
Replies: 2
Views: 461

need cement work done

Kind of odd question but I have no where else to go. We need to have a second floor put on a small house. You know, the standard cement wells and cement roof. We have someone that will do the tile and windows, just need the structure put into place. does anyone have a recomendation? Thanks for any a...
by Esteban
Tue Dec 01, 2009 10:57 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: 24% of Lima’s population has experienced robbery in the past
Replies: 23
Views: 4964

24% of Lima’s population has experienced robbery in the past

"According to a recent survey from the Public Opinion Institute of Lima’s Universidad Católica, 24% of Lima’s population admits to having been robbed in the past year. Haf of this statistic claims they suffered the robbery of a cell phone, purse or wallet. Hoeer, 20 percent of those affected b...
by Esteban
Mon Nov 30, 2009 2:10 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: security systems in apartments
Replies: 8
Views: 1088

Re: security systems in apartments

Yea...radio shack
Was looking at them the other day.
they have simple ones that makes a noise on any motion.
Runs on batteries so you can put it anywhere.
by Esteban
Sun Nov 29, 2009 8:05 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: security systems in apartments
Replies: 8
Views: 1088

Re: security systems in apartments

I was never concerned until the house next to us got robbed. They walked through three different apartments while everyone was sleeping. Took all their electonics and computers. They were the only house on the street that did not have the electric fence (they had flowers and plants)...the police ass...
by Esteban
Fri Nov 27, 2009 9:06 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: A store that sell hard to find expat foods
Replies: 46
Views: 6165

Re: A store that sell hard to find expat foods

I was mostly refering to "Danlac" milk. Its very similar to the milk in the US. It says on the carton that it is pasturized and homogenized (spelling?). I always wondered the difference in the milk here, especially Gloria milk which doesn't need to be refrigerated until after opening. I ha...
by Esteban
Fri Nov 27, 2009 6:07 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: A store that sell hard to find expat foods
Replies: 46
Views: 6165

Re: A store that sell hard to find expat foods

Whats up with stores only stocking items once in a while. For example, Vivanda every now and then has pasturized milk. They can't keep it stocked because it goes so quick. If I was in business, I would keep items like that stocked as much as possible...brings people in and I'm selling goods.
by Esteban
Fri Nov 27, 2009 11:54 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: A store that sell hard to find expat foods
Replies: 46
Views: 6165

Re: A store that sell hard to find expat foods

Right now I would pay 50 bucks for a hunk of real cheddar cheese...I am that desperate.
by Esteban
Wed Nov 18, 2009 8:54 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Introduction and school questions
Replies: 4
Views: 652

Re: Introduction and school questions

At this moment and time, yes I do regret my decision...and so does my wife. Or let me say its about 75% regret because when we see our children with the family...its priceless. The regret is for a number of things that have no impact on the children because we shield them, but in suddle ways they ar...
by Esteban
Wed Nov 18, 2009 6:59 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Introduction and school questions
Replies: 4
Views: 652

Re: Introduction and school questions

Just did what you are planning to do, been here 3 months now. Let me just say that at this moment and time, there is not a day that goes by in which we question our decision. My wife and I left good jobs to make the move. We hoped that our degrees and experience would help us find work. Its the good...
by Esteban
Fri Nov 13, 2009 12:14 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: mining is going to destroy Peru
Replies: 5
Views: 1344

Re: mining is going to destroy Peru

No propaganda! My point is clear, when the resources are depleted (because no natural resource last forever)...what do the indigenous people of the land have left. Its easy for us, we just pack up our laptop and move somewhere else, but what about them. Your right, I am just as guilty...hell we are ...
by Esteban
Thu Nov 12, 2009 9:06 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: mining is going to destroy Peru
Replies: 5
Views: 1344

Re: mining is going to destroy Peru

Oh look!...another example... http://www.livinginperu.com/news-10613-environmentnature-mercury-poisoning-destroys-madre-de-dios-jungle-peru Granted...big companies are not fully responsible...I give you that. But by no means are they innocent either...one drives the other. Oh yea, you can talk about...
by Esteban
Wed Nov 11, 2009 12:37 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: mining is going to destroy Peru
Replies: 5
Views: 1344

mining is going to destroy Peru

You have big companies coming in and destroying the land. When the minerals are depleted, they pick up and leave while the community is left with destruction....sad....very sad
http://livinginperu.com/news-10606-envi ... f-2300-km2
by Esteban
Mon Nov 09, 2009 5:47 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: about molasses
Replies: 2
Views: 1190

about molasses

I found "Melao de cana" in the store. It was right next to the jar of molasses. It was light brown in color and kind of like a syrup and made by "Dulcana". Would I be naive to think that this is just a water downed version of regular molasses? I'm looking to add it to brown sugar...
by Esteban
Sat Nov 07, 2009 3:31 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: velveta cheese
Replies: 5
Views: 2111

Re: velveta cheese

I don't know if you guys know what hany panky's are but I would kill for them. You take a pound of saugage and a pound of beef or turkey. Brown it and mix it with velveeta cheese. Now I don't know if you remember those mini loaves of bread you would find at the store. Anyway, you lay out little slic...
by Esteban
Fri Nov 06, 2009 5:35 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: velveta cheese
Replies: 5
Views: 2111

velveta cheese

I know...I know...I'm stretching it but has anyone seen velveta cheese. You know, the big block of soft cheese that is ooohhh so not good for you. Looking to make some hany pankys and looking for a soft cheese to hold the meat together.

Esteban
by Esteban
Thu Oct 29, 2009 11:40 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: looking for All-Spice
Replies: 2
Views: 991

Re: looking for All-Spice

I can answer my own question.

Stopped at Wong's in San Luis...they had everything. They had a whole spice rack with spices from the US. I found chili powder, cayenne pepper, ground cloves, garlic salt and all-spice.

It was a really happy moment for me :lol:
by Esteban
Thu Oct 29, 2009 6:12 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: looking for All-Spice
Replies: 2
Views: 991

looking for All-Spice

Has anyone seen "all-spice" in any of the stores? I know I am asking for a lot but lately I have been craving some comfort food from home, if you know what I mean :D
by Esteban
Thu Oct 29, 2009 5:46 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: has anyone seen canned chicken or beef broth
Replies: 1
Views: 682

has anyone seen canned chicken or beef broth

I know this is a far cry but just decided to give it a try anyway. I found out how to make it but don't feel like going through all the trouble.
by Esteban
Sun Oct 18, 2009 5:28 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: American schooling
Replies: 17
Views: 2166

We just moved here 3 months ago and were concerned that our children would need an English speaking school. Let me tell you, I was completely wrong! We placed them into a completely Spanish school and they are doing fine. Let me correct myself, they are doing great! They are 5 & 6 years old and ...
by Esteban
Sun Oct 18, 2009 7:40 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: WHEREVER YOU ARE FROM
Replies: 19
Views: 3563

I not sure how to answer this one because I am still in the transition stage, only been here three months. We moved here to take of my wife's mother and also to give our children the experience of another culture. We planned to stay here two to three years but at the rate we are going its doesn't lo...
by Esteban
Thu Oct 15, 2009 7:33 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Baseball and Beer Tonight?
Replies: 4
Views: 717

I was craving wings a week ago and went to hooters only to find out it was closed. We enquired about to someone close by and they said it was closed for good. Not a hundred percent sure, just giving you a heads up anyway.
by Esteban
Wed Oct 07, 2009 1:55 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: The concept of 'Blame' in Peru
Replies: 26
Views: 4280

Never truly understood this until I moved down here. For ten years I could never understand why I could never win a fight with my wife. The discussions always got twisted and manipulated to the point I walk away shaking my head. Having lived here for only two months, I now see why she is that away.....
by Esteban
Fri Oct 02, 2009 4:23 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: things to consider when moving from the states
Replies: 23
Views: 5059

Our two children, 5 & 6, have been having a hard time with the pollution and humidity. We were told by three different doctors that Lima is known for its problems with upper respiratory and asthma. Now here is the sad part that really upsets me. The first doctor we went to perscribed a huge list...
by Esteban
Wed Sep 30, 2009 8:28 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Cost of living in Peru
Replies: 488
Views: 191212

Re: 400 dollars a month for two people

GUYS, WE PAY 200 DOLLARS A MONTH FOR MY 2 BED RENTAL FLAT WE SPEND ABOUT 150 A MONTH ON GROCERIES AND WE PAY ABOUT 20 DOLLARS A MONTH FOR WATER AND ELECTRICITY WE SPEND 15 DOLLARS A MONTH ON TRANSPORT WE ARE NOT RICH BUT HAPPY. I NEVER GOING BACK TO EUROPE I AM WORKING 20 HOURS A WEEK. I COULDN´T S...
by Esteban
Tue Sep 22, 2009 2:04 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Withdrawing money?
Replies: 4
Views: 776

I know what your talking about. For example, my bank charges 3% of the total for any Visa cash advances off the teller...a whithdraw of a thousand is $30 dollars charge (not to mention the charge from the bank you are using). As for ATM withdraw, I notice that different ATMs charge various amounts a...
by Esteban
Sat Sep 19, 2009 9:25 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Personal Quandry
Replies: 36
Views: 5389

What I have come to realize is that there are people in this world whom do not like change. Their central train of thought gets locked into a one way vision of how things should be. They have become accustom with particular protocols and standards, any deviation from this idealism breeds fear and pa...
by Esteban
Thu Sep 17, 2009 1:14 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: things to consider when moving from the states
Replies: 23
Views: 5059

things to consider when moving from the states

Being new to the Lima Peru and wanting to share my experiences so far, I wanted to give a little advice to people wanting to move here from the states. * Money issue - You may be thinking about bringing money and/or transfering money. When you get money, first check to see how much cash you are allo...
by Esteban
Wed Sep 16, 2009 11:08 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Scotia Bank ATM
Replies: 25
Views: 9232

UPDATE!!!

I knew it was too good to be true.
A few day later the fee showed up on the account.

There is no such thing as free money :roll:

Esteban
by Esteban
Tue Sep 15, 2009 4:50 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Scotia Bank ATM
Replies: 25
Views: 9232

Thanks for the info!!! Just went to SciotaBank and used the ATM with my usBank debit card and took out money (dollars). I then checked my account online and WaLa!...no charge...thank-you...thank-you...thank-you. Anyone new to the area and using a debit or credit card from the states...beware! For ex...
by Esteban
Sat Sep 12, 2009 3:59 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Why Peru? From a Peruvian perspective.
Replies: 48
Views: 5544

I agree that I come to feel safer in my new home. I kind of see it this way. In the states I would go around and lock all the doors before we go to bed so we could sleep safely. Here it is the same way, its just you have one door and its on your property line. The cool thing here, that I have notice...
by Esteban
Fri Sep 11, 2009 8:12 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Why Peru? From a Peruvian perspective.
Replies: 48
Views: 5544

Being here only a month, I have to say that its starting to become a little difficult for me. Granted the weather is getting me down...boy I miss the sun. I knew that I would be alienated for a while until I become fluent in the language but there is something else that has been affecting me. Ultima...
by Esteban
Thu Sep 10, 2009 8:19 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Going through customs in Lima
Replies: 10
Views: 2487

I really don't think it will be an issue. As stated by the earlier post, just ask for the 183 and don't make a scene...you are good :lol:
by Esteban
Wed Sep 09, 2009 2:01 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Driving from USA to Peru
Replies: 10
Views: 1374

You must have some big ones to attempt something like that...best of luck to you. I watched a documentary one time which chronicled someones attempt to get through central america...what they went throught was insane. Ruts in the road...three feet deep at times. In one part, it rained and washed out...
by Esteban
Sun Sep 06, 2009 11:40 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: LAN now charging all NON-RESIDENTS a $178.50 fee
Replies: 307
Views: 109933

As a newbie to this country, I have been staying away from this thread because I don't know enough about the situation. But there is one thing for sure...this will only hurt tourism and business! Let me say, I have so many family and friends that wish to visit. If they are slapped with an unexpected...
by Esteban
Fri Sep 04, 2009 4:03 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Cast Iron Pot
Replies: 26
Views: 3907

Ohhh!...I know what your talking about. My wife bought me a cast iron set...loved to cook with them. Had to leave it behind and miss it so.

Making some chili tonight without my cast iron pot...wish me luck.

Esteban
by Esteban
Fri Sep 04, 2009 3:44 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Scotia Bank ATM
Replies: 25
Views: 9232

Was at Jockey Plaza the other day and was short on cash...used one of the ATMs (not sure which one) to pull money out of a us bank. The ATM charged me $4.50 and my bank charged me $3.50...I know...LOL. Anyway, opened an account with interbank the other day. Not to bad on the transfers fees and unlim...
by Esteban
Thu Sep 03, 2009 10:05 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: the DailyShow and 30 rock
Replies: 1
Views: 374

the DailyShow and 30 rock

I was missing my shows and was bumbed out to find that the Networks block Peru. Found this work around and wanted to share. You still need that trusty high speed conection though.

http://www.reddit.com/r/canada/comments ... lyshowcom/

Esteban
by Esteban
Thu Sep 03, 2009 9:33 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: how do these businesses survive?
Replies: 10
Views: 1212

how do these businesses survive?

OK, I have been here a couple weeks and completely baffled at how these businesses survive. In the states we seen huge jump in the prices of consumer goods over the past year, mostly because of the economy. But I have to say that merchandise/goods is 25% higher is Lima Peru. How do people afford the...
by Esteban
Thu Aug 27, 2009 1:21 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Magic Jack for calls to the US
Replies: 4
Views: 856

Magic Jack for calls to the US

I not sure if anyone posted on this or not but a friend of mine told me about the "Magic Jack" which you can pick up at any Best Buy in the US. He uses it all the time to talk to his family in Columbia. Anyway its just a little USB device you plug into your computer and you can hook up a r...
by Esteban
Sat Aug 22, 2009 4:36 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Can I bring my computer tower to Peru ?
Replies: 25
Views: 4850

I would definately buy your laptop before you come, the prices are extremely high compared to a place such as Best-Buy. I purposely purchased an HP because it was mentioned in another thread that there is an HP support center in Lima. Anyway you can find some good deals. I just happened to be lookin...
by Esteban
Fri Aug 21, 2009 6:43 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Can I bring my computer tower to Peru ?
Replies: 25
Views: 4850

Came through customs the other day. Had one of those small towers from dell in my case, as well as, my laptop and they didn't say a thing. I even got the red light for the extra scan and nothing was said. But once again, that was a mini tower and it didn't take up that much space.

Esteban
by Esteban
Fri Aug 21, 2009 5:03 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Nobody told me about the cold
Replies: 27
Views: 4259

Heading out tonight to see about a dehumidfier...thanks for the input guys. I will keep a close eye on it to make sure I don't dry out the house. What a beautiful afternoon we had, just that little bit of sunshine trying to break through those clouds (or should I say smog) was the little boost I nee...
by Esteban
Fri Aug 21, 2009 3:46 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Nobody told me about the cold
Replies: 27
Views: 4259

Nobody told me about the cold

Been here for three days now and totally freezing my ass off. Its the constant dampness from the concrete house that is getting the best of me. It wears on you after a while. I resorted to a shot of whiskey every now and then to get me going but quickly found out that it was not cost effective so I ...
by Esteban
Fri Aug 21, 2009 3:35 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Planning on moving to Peru
Replies: 30
Views: 5102

We just did what you are talking about. Moved with two children, ages 5 and 6, for the soul purpose of experiencing another culture and being with my wife's family. Our situation is a little different. We saved up for it and visited a few times so we know what we where getting ourselves into. In add...
by Esteban
Mon Jun 08, 2009 8:45 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Better to Marry in USA or Peru...our situation
Replies: 5
Views: 1178

Wow...don't know much about the peruvian side other than a lot of red tape and uncertainty. If its important, I would recommend to go to the US and wait out the process. Our lawyer informed us to not even leave the country(US) on our honeymoon. We were told to wait out the whole process (around 2yrs...
by Esteban
Thu Jun 04, 2009 10:49 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Be honest...how hard is it to adapt?
Replies: 28
Views: 7245

thank-you scubagirl01,
that is the best advice I have received. I will do my best to keep those thoughts in mind as I adjust to my new surroundings.

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