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by chi chi
Wed Feb 18, 2015 9:04 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Reasonable apts. in Miraflores?
Replies: 10
Views: 1309

Re: Reasonable apts. in Miraflores?

Are all the print ads of El Comercio included in urbania.pe? If not, do you have to pay extra for the internet placement? Thanks I think that the internet add is still free. Last year, I advertised a property on urbania.pe and it was free. And I got a good response. Another good website is http://w...
by chi chi
Tue Feb 17, 2015 8:56 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Peruanas abroad
Replies: 47
Views: 5447

Peruanas abroad

My (Peruvian) gf and I moved to Spain. Now she no longer wants to go back to Peru. She only wants to spend vacations in Peru to visit her family but that's it. We have met other Peruvians and all of them wouldn't even think of moving back to Peru. There are Peruvians that have moved back to Peru but...
by chi chi
Tue Feb 17, 2015 8:41 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: The exuberance of Peruvian birthday parties
Replies: 17
Views: 2445

Re: The exuberance of Peruvian birthday parties

Interesting, as I've noticed exactly the opposite. My cousin turned thirteen on the 11th, and his father had a birthday on the 14th. In both cases, we had a dinner out with family, but the gifts were quite sparse, and not too much was made of it. And this is a family that, while not rich, certainly...
by chi chi
Tue Feb 17, 2015 4:32 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Housing Prices Starting to fall: Peru
Replies: 10
Views: 2463

Re: Housing Prices Starting to fall: Peru

It depends where in Peru. In Tarapoto, prices keep rising as there's a shortage of homes. As my home in Tarapoto is vacant at the moment, several people asked my neighboor if my home is for sale and ask her for my contact details as they want to buy my home and they offered much more than I paid for...
by chi chi
Tue Feb 17, 2015 4:29 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: The Frozen Food Aisle
Replies: 40
Views: 4046

Re: The Frozen Food Aisle

Hi. About Your question - Why do you think they haven't taken off here? I believe the frozen food is not a part of the Peruvian kitchen culture. People love to cook and love to eat. If it comes to lunch or dinner, people like to take time to cook and eat together with the whole family. Although ,as...
by chi chi
Tue Feb 17, 2015 4:26 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: The exuberance of Peruvian birthday parties
Replies: 17
Views: 2445

Re: The exuberance of Peruvian birthday parties

No matter how poor people are, they want the best for their children. There are many poor Peruvians who work long hours and 2 jobs just that they can pay for good education for their children. A friend of mine her parents worked 7 long days a week. They spendet allmost all their income on my friend ...
by chi chi
Sat Feb 14, 2015 9:19 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: What's the point ? Lima - London- Miami
Replies: 12
Views: 1764

Re: What's the point ? Lima - London- Miami

I don't think I would be happy living anywhere in Peru but Lima. Peru is fine, the people are nice, but I very much like a big city, modern conveniences. If you want to live in a big city then there are much nicer places in Latin America. Buenos Aires, Santiago De Chile, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Ca...
by chi chi
Sat Feb 14, 2015 7:40 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: What's the point ? Lima - London- Miami
Replies: 12
Views: 1764

Re: What's the point ? Lima - London- Miami

I also disagree with the general theme of this thread. I know many excellent folks living in Lima... many are from the provinces. :) The OP is questioning why foreigners would move to an ugly, expensive and crime ridden city instead to a cheaper, safe and beautifull place. I can understand that som...
by chi chi
Fri Feb 13, 2015 4:16 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: What's the point ? Lima - London- Miami
Replies: 12
Views: 1764

Re: What's the point ? Lima - London- Miami

miaperu, you are spot on.

When I came to Peru, I stayed in Lima. After 7 months I moved to Tarapoto. It was a complete different world.

In Tarapoto, the people are friendlier, you don't get hassled for money, you don't get ripped off if you are a gringo, the city is clean and very safe.
by chi chi
Fri Feb 13, 2015 5:15 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: US MEDDLING IN PERU : Troops
Replies: 60
Views: 10436

Re: US MEDDLING IN PERU : Troops

No, I have not noticed anything of the kind. Fruitless decades and hundreds of billions of dollars of US intervention in Columbia only made things much worse. The cocaine production simply moved from Colombia to Peru. And if they start getting tough on the cocaine production in Peru then it will mo...
by chi chi
Fri Feb 13, 2015 5:04 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: The Frozen Food Aisle
Replies: 40
Views: 4046

Re: The Frozen Food Aisle

It's almost impossible to make a truly great pizza in a normal domestic oven. It's the heat that's the thing... and quality of ingredients. But there are things like steel plates and pizza stones to help if you want to get the quality of your pizza up a notch... http://www.seriouseats.com/2014/04/e...
by chi chi
Fri Feb 13, 2015 4:59 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: A cautionary tale
Replies: 13
Views: 2291

Re: A cautionary tale

ironchefchris wrote:I feel sorry for the guy and hope he's learned something from his experience.


He apparently didn't because he came back to Peru.

No Spanish and no money so he destined for the gutter. Some people will never learn.
by chi chi
Thu Feb 12, 2015 8:41 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: A cautionary tale
Replies: 13
Views: 2291

Re: A cautionary tale

¡What a dumb gringo! What he did is like handing over your ATM card and the pincode to a brichera in La Calle de las Pizzas. :shock: He lived in Peru for 25 years and still can't speak Spanish. Logically, he's been taken for a ride. And why did he put the appartments in her name? And if he's doesn't...
by chi chi
Thu Feb 12, 2015 8:33 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Rents going up?
Replies: 17
Views: 2364

Re: Rents going up?

The demand for flats in Miraflores and San Isidro is lower than that there are flats offered for rent. Statistics from Adondevivir and recently published in Gestion show the contrary...Now are these statistics biaised? I have no idea. Buy El Comercio on Sunday morning, and call in the afternoon the...
by chi chi
Thu Feb 12, 2015 8:28 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Too tall for Peru
Replies: 12
Views: 1469

Re: Too tall for Peru

If you are very tall then it indeed will be tough to find trousers in Peru.

Why don't you buy a Scottisch kilt instead? :lol:
by chi chi
Thu Feb 12, 2015 8:26 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: The Frozen Food Aisle
Replies: 40
Views: 4046

Re: The Frozen Food Aisle

I agree with you thats why I make my own pizza from scratch including sauce and dough. The only thing I buy is the cheese and I buy that at an Italian store called Mr. raviolis in Monterrico. I bought a pizza stone and I enjoy making my own NY Pizza. You should try it. It is not that hard to do. Bo...
by chi chi
Wed Feb 11, 2015 6:34 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Rents going up?
Replies: 17
Views: 2364

Re: Rents going up?

Yes, rental prices for apartments in Miraflores and SI have lost a lot of heat compared to say 2011-12. Prices have remained flat or even gone down in some instances, from my experience and that of friends The demand for flats in Miraflores and San Isidro is lower than that there are flats offered ...
by chi chi
Wed Feb 11, 2015 5:10 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Buying a car in Peru
Replies: 2
Views: 588

Re: Buying a car in Peru

Seeking to buy a car privately. Where do I start? Forms, fees, etc. Or direct me to a link that provide a this info. Spanish is fine. Thanks! This website belongs to Elcomercio. (one of the biggest newspapers in Peru) http://neoauto.com/ Just be aware that second hand cars in Peru are expensive. Of...
by chi chi
Wed Feb 11, 2015 5:07 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Where to buy cheap towels, wash clothes, etc.....
Replies: 3
Views: 766

Re: Where to buy cheap towels, wash clothes, etc.....

Most supermercados like Wong, Metro, Tottus sell that kind of stuff.

I bought a few big towels at Wong. There was a 2X1 oferta.

Saga and Ripley sell also what you are looking for.
by chi chi
Wed Feb 11, 2015 5:04 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: The Frozen Food Aisle
Replies: 40
Views: 4046

Re: The Frozen Food Aisle

fanning wrote:Papa Johns


Their pizza base tastes like cardboard.
by chi chi
Tue Feb 10, 2015 9:12 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: I am proud to be a big loser.
Replies: 34
Views: 3028

Re: I am proud to be a big loser.

Exactly. Contrary to what was said up thread, just working alone isn't sufficient to lose weight should one consume the recomended amount if daily calories. As you just said, they need to work out/exercise after work, which goes back to all those who said the workout regimen you posted in your OP (...
by chi chi
Tue Feb 10, 2015 9:02 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Tarapoto for 3 meses, help on internet,lodging,and transpo
Replies: 19
Views: 1550

Re: Tarapoto for 3 meses, help on internet,lodging,and transpo

Pollution? Noise and exhaust from 30000 motos in such a small dirty town. You can't have a conversation on a sidewalk for the noise. After a day in Taramoto I wash my face and the white facecloth goes black from the pollution. Not hot? They cover their parked motos with cardboard from the sun. They...
by chi chi
Tue Feb 10, 2015 8:51 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: The Frozen Food Aisle
Replies: 40
Views: 4046

Re: The Frozen Food Aisle

I am not a fan of frozen food either. (apart from icecream off course :D ) I prefer freshly made food. I think that once food is frozen and reheated, it loses it's taste, color and tastes watery. I also prepare my own icecream and sorbets with chunks of fresh fruit in it. Much better than the factor...
by chi chi
Tue Feb 10, 2015 3:40 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Tarapoto for 3 meses, help on internet,lodging,and transpo
Replies: 19
Views: 1550

Re: Tarapoto for 3 meses, help on internet,lodging,and transpo

Pollution? Noise and exhaust from 30000 motos in such a small dirty town. You can't have a conversation on a sidewalk for the noise. After a day in Taramoto I wash my face and the white facecloth goes black from the pollution. Not hot? They cover their parked motos with cardboard from the sun. They...
by chi chi
Tue Feb 10, 2015 10:43 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Tarapoto for 3 meses, help on internet,lodging,and transpo
Replies: 19
Views: 1550

Re: Tarapoto for 3 meses, help on internet,lodging,and transpo

I like being right when you are wrong, it makes me happy. I would provide interesting info about Taramoto, if there was any. There is not. My friend calls it the armpit of Peru and I do not disagree with him. OP if your are believing the glowing stuff that chi chi is posting about Taramoto, you wil...
by chi chi
Tue Feb 10, 2015 10:36 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: I am proud to be a big loser.
Replies: 34
Views: 3028

Re: I am proud to be a big loser.

[Better than nothing, but looking at the average recommended caloric intake vs. calories burned by doing a desk job necessary for weight loss, there's just not enough working hours in a day to make a difference as far as losing weight. Working all day and sleeping 8 hours doesn't even burn off 50% ...
by chi chi
Tue Feb 10, 2015 5:33 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Rents going up?
Replies: 17
Views: 2364

Re: Rents going up?

So strange to hear about rising rents. Everyone I've been talking to has been saying rents have been going down a lot due to a glut of housing. I thinks it depends of the área where they are living in. I noticed that the rents in Magdalena Del Mar are gone up a lot but the rents in San Miguel are s...
by chi chi
Tue Feb 10, 2015 5:29 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Ethical Dilemma
Replies: 7
Views: 923

Re: Ethical Dilemma

Some great comments! She says she doesn't have S/.500 readily available money. Doesn't seem like much to us, but many people in her situation go month by month: rent, food, school fees, etc. To her, that is a lot of extra money. 500 soles doesn't seem much to ''us''. Who are ''us''? There are loads...
by chi chi
Mon Feb 09, 2015 6:05 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: I am proud to be a big loser.
Replies: 34
Views: 3028

Re: I am proud to be a big loser.

ironchefchris wrote:And how many calories does sitting on your butt, "working" burn? Or doing laundry? Or washing a car?




http://www.livestrong.com/article/28087 ... -of-sleep/
by chi chi
Mon Feb 09, 2015 4:11 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: I am proud to be a big loser.
Replies: 34
Views: 3028

Re: I am proud to be a big loser.

I could still lose a pound or two, but I'm not overweight. How many hours more would someone who sits on their but all day have to work to burn the same amount of calories as a bricklayer? It seems like one of those any number multiplied by zero situations. The answer is always zero. As in I don't ...
by chi chi
Mon Feb 09, 2015 10:57 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Tarapoto for 3 meses, help on internet,lodging,and transpo
Replies: 19
Views: 1550

Re: Tarapoto for 3 meses, help on internet,lodging,and transpo

While there's a very good chance that Lima supermarkets have it, I doubt that I'll find some in Tarapoto. Tabasco might be available, but Frank's Red Hot might not be. The things I want to know are something along these lines, and the typical Peruvian might not even be aware about the things I ask ...
by chi chi
Sun Feb 08, 2015 9:12 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: What to Do on Mondays
Replies: 8
Views: 1263

Re: What to Do on Modays

teamoperu wrote:Paint me surprised. I did not know that Miraflores (?) places are closed Monday. Sounds sort of civilized. In Piura Monday is no different from the rest of the week!


I think that the OP is a nightowl who only leaves her home between midnight and 6 am on Mondays. :lol:
by chi chi
Sun Feb 08, 2015 9:07 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: I am proud to be a big loser.
Replies: 34
Views: 3028

Re: I am proud to be a big loser.

Also the info that shows working can cause an equal amount of weight loss as going to the gym that you mentioned and I asked for earlier. Thanks. It depends of the type of job. A bricklayer will use more calories per hour than someone who sits in a callcenter. The callcenter agent will have to work...
by chi chi
Sun Feb 08, 2015 7:44 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: I am proud to be a big loser.
Replies: 34
Views: 3028

Re: I am proud to be a big loser.

On sunday, the gym and swimming is closed so I clean the house, and clean my motorbike and my gf her car so I lose weight as well. Don't be silly. Surely you do not honestly believe a bit of house cleaning, using your washing machine and wiping down your gf's small car is going to replace your 2 ho...
by chi chi
Sun Feb 08, 2015 7:39 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: What to Do on Mondays
Replies: 8
Views: 1263

Re: What to Do on Modays

If you live in Magdalena Del Mar then hop on the combi to Plaza San Miguel. Everything at the Plaza is open 7 days a week till late at night.
by chi chi
Sun Feb 08, 2015 7:37 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Ethical Dilemma
Replies: 7
Views: 923

Re: Ethical Dilemma

Unless she can't get another job that pays that kind of money then she has no other choice than paying the bribe. After all, paying a 500 soles bribe isn't too bad to get a job that pays 2100 soles a month. Life for a single mother is tough in Peru. There aren't childsupport allowances, social housi...
by chi chi
Sun Feb 08, 2015 7:25 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: I am proud to be a big loser.
Replies: 34
Views: 3028

Re: I am proud to be a big loser.

If working counts towards exercising, why isn't everyone who works fit and trim? Why is the guy who works behind the caja at a local tienda obese? He sits on his stool, working for over eight hours a day which would count as at least eight hours of exercise - right? Why are there fat bus/combi driv...
by chi chi
Sun Feb 08, 2015 4:59 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: I am proud to be a big loser.
Replies: 34
Views: 3028

Re: I am proud to be a big loser.

Most working family folks do not have more than 6 hours a day to exercise so your example is useless. You don't have to spend 6 hours a day at the gym or in the swimming pool. Working also counts towards excercising. On sunday, the gym and swimming is closed so I clean the house, wash clothes and c...
by chi chi
Sat Feb 07, 2015 8:27 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Tarapoto for 3 meses, help on internet,lodging,and transpo
Replies: 19
Views: 1550

Re: Tarapoto for 3 meses, help on internet,lodging,and transpo

Hi :D Thanks for your very comprehensive reply. Internet If youtube videos can be viewed at 720p without any problems, I guess that will work for me. However, I have concerns about not having a DNI or any proof of billing/income that might prevent me from subscribing to internet services. Accommoda...
by chi chi
Sat Feb 07, 2015 1:36 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Tarapoto for 3 meses, help on internet,lodging,and transpo
Replies: 19
Views: 1550

Re: Tarapoto for 3 meses, help on internet,lodging,and transpo

Nice to hear that your are going to move to Tarapoto. There are several internet providers. Claro and Movistar. I have Claro Móvil. I don't know about the speed but for me it works good enough and I watch a lot of movies and YouTube videos. It's easy to find affordable accomodation in downtown Tarap...
by chi chi
Thu Feb 05, 2015 7:42 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Shaman killed foreign tourist
Replies: 8
Views: 4068

Re: Shaman killed foreign tourist

If those weirdos didn't scam people by selling that poison then people wouldn't lose their money and life.
by chi chi
Thu Feb 05, 2015 9:54 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Shaman killed foreign tourist
Replies: 8
Views: 4068

Shaman killed foreign tourist

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2941085/Canadian-backpacker-dies-drinking-tea-Peru-shaman-ceremony-caused-vomit-passed-remote-rainforset-retreat.html A warning for anyone thinking of trying out those ''alternative medicins like Ayahuascu. She drank tea designed to make people vomit, purge an...
by chi chi
Thu Feb 05, 2015 8:34 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Bus/plane de-boarding in Peru
Replies: 7
Views: 892

Re: Bus/plane de-boarding in Peru

At least 95 times out of 100 I just wait in my seat until the aisle is nice and clear. Sometimes the row behind me backs everyone up when they grab their stuff from above and there's a gap. I'll take advantage of it if it's convenient to grab my stuff and go. I understand some people have a burning...
by chi chi
Thu Feb 05, 2015 8:22 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: I am proud to be a big loser.
Replies: 34
Views: 3028

Re: I am proud to be a big loser.

Peruvians have gotten a lot fatter since I was first here in 2009. All the fast food, ice cream vendors on every corner, snack shacks everywhere, etc. Peruvians need to know how to lose weight and the OP gives such info - thanks. I especially notice a lot of fat children and that's the fault of the...
by chi chi
Wed Feb 04, 2015 4:09 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: I am proud to be a big loser.
Replies: 34
Views: 3028

Re: I am proud to be a big loser.

Congrats on your weight loss. Your workout regimen is great unless you have a job! If you have a job then you skip the gym or the swimming pool. Working is also an activity that makes you lose calories. And you can also cycle or walk to work and if you live to far and have to drive to work then par...
by chi chi
Wed Feb 04, 2015 1:57 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Prostitution in Peru
Replies: 2
Views: 902

Re: Prostitution in Peru

Guiri wrote:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prostitution_in_Peru
:wink:


The article says: ''Individual police officers tolerate the operation of unlicensed brothels''

For sure the owners pay the pólice officers a ''propinita''.
by chi chi
Wed Feb 04, 2015 1:52 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Recent Borderhop(ish) Experience to Ecuador
Replies: 21
Views: 1851

Re: Recent Borderhop(ish) Experience to Ecuador

When border hopping, I should probably stay a night in Ecuador right? Why not? If after spending so much time and money on the road it would be nice to relax and have a look around in Ecuador. It's a nice country and food is very good. Two years ago, I went for a few days to Guayaquil. A very nice ...
by chi chi
Wed Feb 04, 2015 1:35 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Lounges/Romantic Restaurants
Replies: 5
Views: 894

Re: Lounges/Romantic Restaurants

A safe bet are the lounges at the nicer hotels, such as the Marriot and Hilton. :lol: I wouldn't recommend a gringo to go there with a Peruvian girl. People might think she's a lounge hooker or one of those birds that you picked in La Calle de las Pizzas. (When I was working as a flight attendant, ...
by chi chi
Wed Feb 04, 2015 1:15 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Recent Borderhop(ish) Experience to Ecuador
Replies: 21
Views: 1851

Re: Recent Borderhop(ish) Experience to Ecuador

So it appears (as Peru lacks any clear law on this) that if you leave some gaps between returning, and ideally return a following year, there's no questions about your length of time in Peru. Are you stating this is Peruvian policy or just your personal anecdote? I think it's his personal anecdote....
by chi chi
Wed Feb 04, 2015 1:08 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: I am proud to be a big loser.
Replies: 34
Views: 3028

I am proud to be a big loser.

Yep, I admit it. I lost big time. I lost a lot of weight. When I weighed myself in december, I weighted 82.3 kg. According to the BMI scale, I was obese. I was shocked. Worst thing was that I didn't feel fat or overweighted. I still fitted comfortably in a cattle class airline seat so I never though...

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