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by Sergio Bernales
Fri Mar 20, 2015 9:34 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Here Comes The Sun
Replies: 2
Views: 717

Here Comes The Sun

I thought this was a great moment. The different ways the song was cut makes such a difference.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1Rxdeq ... 8&index=15
by Sergio Bernales
Fri Mar 20, 2015 10:23 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Evicting bad tenant?
Replies: 18
Views: 2207

Re: Evicting bad tenant?

Since your friends wants to do things the right way, the legal option is the only option available. This involves getting a lawyer and and start a lengthy process. Here in Huanuco people pay the police to evict a bad tenant. Not 100% 'the right way' but very effective. The combination of a lawyer a...
by Sergio Bernales
Thu Mar 19, 2015 10:02 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Carnet question
Replies: 6
Views: 881

Re: Carnet question

It's not the easiest of processes, so are you sure you're eligible for a carnet? The most common reason to get one is when you marry a Peruvian. You might be putting yourself to a lot of trouble for nothing.
by Sergio Bernales
Thu Mar 12, 2015 1:23 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: LGBTQ in Lima?
Replies: 29
Views: 4417

Re: LGBTQ in Lima?

If you're bothered what people think, then your best approach is to say nothing. Peruvians, in my experience, are very respectful of privacy and will not stick their noses into your living arrangements. Being completely open about your lifestyle, however, can perhaps lead to problems with some peopl...
by Sergio Bernales
Wed Mar 11, 2015 8:16 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Restuarant recommendations
Replies: 23
Views: 3977

Re: Restuarant recommendations

Recently ate at Rafael's El Mercado (http://www.rafaelosterling.pe/es/el-mercado.html) and at Francesco (http://www.francesco.com.pe/#_=_) and am dying to go back to both. Not cheap by any means, but oh, so worth it! I haven't tried Rafael El Mercado, but on San Martin, I found their flagship resta...
by Sergio Bernales
Wed Mar 11, 2015 8:05 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Coffee Thread - 2015
Replies: 55
Views: 7093

Re: Coffee Thread - 2015

Interesting articles. Those little espresso machines that work with the individually, proportioned packets sound more intricate than the average Krups machine. I don't blame you for not trusting Nestlé. I haven't since they started getting third world mothers hooked on baby formula, but their machi...
by Sergio Bernales
Wed Mar 11, 2015 7:43 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Living the Good Life in Peru 5
Replies: 14
Views: 2082

Re: Living the Good Life in Peru 5

Sergio :D we both know a massage on Mancora beach or one at the Decameron (!) are not at all typical, but I tip my hat to you for spoiling yourself on vacation. Well done! Living the good life. A few soles will mean nothing when you are dead. mauk mauk In Lima I pay S/.50 at two different places de...
by Sergio Bernales
Wed Mar 11, 2015 12:26 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: How soon is soon enough?
Replies: 8
Views: 1193

Re: How soon is soon enough?

Getting a job is hard, especially if you don't have a work visa because an employer must be willing to sponsor your workvisa and must prove that he can't find a Peruvian to fill the position. Let's be frank with Lola: getting a work visa is almost impossible unless you're an experienced civil engin...
by Sergio Bernales
Wed Mar 11, 2015 12:16 pm
Forum: Jobs in Peru
Topic: Sales Executives- 3M Networks
Replies: 7
Views: 1129

Re: Sales Executives- 3M Networks

I'd trust companies like this as far as I could kick 'em, but if you're desperate, what they're offering is the going rate. Sadly, that's life here. Otherwise, there wouldn't be millions of immigrants trying to get into the States and Europe.
by Sergio Bernales
Wed Mar 11, 2015 11:54 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Living the Good Life in Peru 5
Replies: 14
Views: 2082

Re: Living the Good Life in Peru 5

I'm leaning towards Silverback on this. Prices in Lima are getting a bit crazy even for simple things like fruit and veg that are grown locally. In terms of good value, my experience of Piura/Chiclayo/Mancora is that there are cheap hotels there and some excellent restaurants that charge a fraction ...
by Sergio Bernales
Wed Mar 11, 2015 11:30 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Haircut
Replies: 9
Views: 1925

Re: Haircut

This place might be good for you - a little more expensive than the average and you have to go to La Victoria/San Borja - but if you live near el metropolitano, there's a stop nearby. If you're a monoglot, I'm not sure how much English is spoken, though.

http://www.tomykospa.com/
by Sergio Bernales
Wed Mar 11, 2015 11:21 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Restuarant recommendations
Replies: 23
Views: 3977

Re: Restuarant recommendations

I'd have to suggest the Gaston chains like Tanta, Papacho and Madam Tusan - great value, great quality, great service. Huaca Puclluana is also an excellent choice and ain't gonna break the bank, Punta Azul on San Martin or Punta Sal if your friend likes seafood (If your friend is willing to venture ...
by Sergio Bernales
Tue Mar 10, 2015 1:39 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Coffee Thread - 2015
Replies: 55
Views: 7093

Re: Coffee Thread - 2015

It's worth bearing in mind that almost all coffee grown in South America is Arabica, so that might affect your grind and how you brew it. I thought this was a fairly good article, although it's really just for machines and doesn't mention French presses or mocha pots. The Gaggia Baby Class looks gre...
by Sergio Bernales
Fri Mar 06, 2015 11:32 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Coffee Thread - 2015
Replies: 55
Views: 7093

Re: Coffee Thread - 2015

I'm happy with a French press I bought in Wong for 23 soles, reliable, simple, gives a good crema even on the cheaper brands like Cafetal. My hunch is that for better brands like Tunki, it's worth investing in something better, maybe the aeropress, or even a simple moka pot. It was certainly nice wi...
by Sergio Bernales
Fri Mar 06, 2015 11:15 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Taking a trip south.
Replies: 6
Views: 1123

Re: Taking a trip south.

This place has a lot of character and isn't going to break the bank. http://www.elcarmelohotelhacienda.com/ I think Arequipa would make a good second stop. Moquegua is an attractive town, slightly off the beaten track. There are no trains in Arica or Tacna, only train museums. There used to be a lin...
by Sergio Bernales
Tue Mar 03, 2015 9:55 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Housing Prices Starting to fall: Peru
Replies: 10
Views: 2438

Re: Housing Prices Starting to fall: Peru

To my point about new construction maintaining their prices while resale home prices on the decline: GESTION.pe Prices of homes in the Peru will remain stable during the year 2015 and real estate companies will not reduce its profits to be put down, said the Director general of the Association of c...
by Sergio Bernales
Mon Mar 02, 2015 3:07 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Rooftop bar/restaurant in Lima?
Replies: 7
Views: 2315

Re: Rooftop bar/restaurant in Lima?

If you're looking for something fancy, Miraflores Park Hotel has a restaurant called the Observatory serving breakfast on the top floor, with lovely views on clear days.
by Sergio Bernales
Sun Feb 22, 2015 1:58 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Peru: Cost of Living 2015
Replies: 25
Views: 2972

Re: Peru: Cost of Living 2015

It is strange how the regular costs of any household are ever really mentioned. We lived in a very small 3 bed semi in the UK and paid around £1600 ($2400) per year rates. Here for a large five bed we pay $530 per year Total for gas, electric, water, telephone, internet. in the UK £4200 ($6300) per...
by Sergio Bernales
Sun Feb 22, 2015 1:35 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Peru: Cost of Living 2015
Replies: 25
Views: 2972

Re: Peru: Cost of Living 2015

I think sometimes we are inclined to forget the exchange rate has made a big difference to the value of Pound Stirling and is moving that way for the Dollar. I took a couple of items mentioned and did a quick check with a comparable supermarket on line against the UK. Garage One tank of Diesel 15 g...
by Sergio Bernales
Thu Feb 19, 2015 6:09 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Heinz Beans
Replies: 6
Views: 2226

Heinz Beans

First time I've seen Heinz baked beans in Lima. At almost 8 soles a can, I doubt they're gonna catch on. Surprisingly, they came in at 4th place in Which magazine's baked beans test, pipped at the post by Branston, Asda and Morrissons. http://www.which.co.uk/documents/pdf/p22-23_baked20beans_r3-1966...
by Sergio Bernales
Mon Feb 16, 2015 12:41 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Housing Prices Starting to fall: Peru
Replies: 10
Views: 2438

Re: Housing Prices Starting to fall: Peru

What puzzles me is why prices aren't falling more. What appears to be happening in the market is that developers are maintaining prices, but are facing about a 30% reduction in sales. At best, some are throwing in new kitchens and white goods. In a normal market, it would make sense to cut prices an...
by Sergio Bernales
Fri Feb 13, 2015 10:37 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: The Frozen Food Aisle
Replies: 40
Views: 3988

Re: The Frozen Food Aisle

There was about five times as much space for ice cream. Yeah, the tremendous popularity of ice cream here confuses me even more as to why all other frozen foods are unpopular. Concerns about electricity going out at home, cultural preference for "fresh" things, store owners cost to run th...
by Sergio Bernales
Thu Feb 12, 2015 10:49 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: The Frozen Food Aisle
Replies: 40
Views: 3988

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/es...
by Sergio Bernales
Thu Feb 12, 2015 12:49 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: The Frozen Food Aisle
Replies: 40
Views: 3988

Re: The Frozen Food Aisle

On the subject of pizzas... http://www.eldiariony.com/cucarachas-cierre-dominos-pizza-peru Now if it were Mexico, they could have argued that it was a new topping. Back to the original question, of why frozen food isn't common here - there is no one specific reason, but rather lots of little ones. M...
by Sergio Bernales
Wed Feb 11, 2015 11:30 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Where to buy cheap towels, wash clothes, etc.....
Replies: 3
Views: 754

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

If you're between Miraflores and Barranco, I would have thought your nearest big store would be the Plaza Vea on Republica de Panama. It's one of the cheaper supermarkets and I think the quality is okay.
by Sergio Bernales
Sun Feb 08, 2015 7:55 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: your dream house in Peru-post a link to the classified ad
Replies: 10
Views: 1202

Re: your dream house in Peru-post a link to the classified ad

another abandoned place in Punta Negra, just south of Lima. looks very unstable from the outside. Here's that same building that's been recently renovated, although I took the photo from a different angle, from the Panamericana Sur, so I'm not sure exactly what changes have been made to the origina...
by Sergio Bernales
Fri Feb 06, 2015 12:29 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Bus/plane de-boarding in Peru
Replies: 7
Views: 872

Re: Bus/plane de-boarding in Peru

Yup, no point in rushing if you've got luggage, there are no comfy seats in baggage collection. But it's always worth alighting quickly if you're near the exit and you've only got hand luggage. And it always feels like a bonus if you're at the back of the aeroplane and they open the back doors, too.
by Sergio Bernales
Mon Feb 02, 2015 10:11 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: How long to the airport from surco.
Replies: 6
Views: 952

Re: How long to the airport from surco.

How long is a piece of string? At that time of the morning, with rush hour traffic and roadworks on Costa Verde, you basically want to leave at about 7:00, which should get you to the airport before 8:00, but the later you leave it, the longer it takes.
by Sergio Bernales
Mon Feb 02, 2015 9:54 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Baptist
Replies: 4
Views: 797

Re: Baptist

This list of churches might help. I'm pretty sure I've seen a Baptist church. If I remember where I'll post again.

http://www.limaeasy.com/lima-info/paris ... es-in-lima
by Sergio Bernales
Mon Feb 02, 2015 9:43 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Mortgage as rentista?
Replies: 30
Views: 6452

Re: Mortgage as rentista?

Wouldn't be the reason not to give a mortgage as that in case you don't pay anymore, the bank cannot embargo your income, as it comes from abroad. That would make some sense. But nothing they have ever said to me suggests that is a consideration. Bear in mind that we are talking about a mortgage he...
by Sergio Bernales
Mon Feb 02, 2015 9:41 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: How to find an Apt in Cusco...
Replies: 2
Views: 585

Re: How to find an Apt in Cusco...

Thanks for sharing your experience, but one question, are these prices for short-term or long-term lets?
by Sergio Bernales
Tue Jan 27, 2015 1:15 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: pay for maid
Replies: 5
Views: 1116

Re: pay for maid

The above figures sound about right to me, although you can easily pay less, or more, but that depends on who you're hiring and how you do it. A lot of the agencies are costly, but unreliable, so personal recommendations are often the best, but even then... If no one has any specific recommendations...
by Sergio Bernales
Sun Jan 25, 2015 5:53 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Review: Al Toke Pez Surquillo
Replies: 5
Views: 1951

Re: Review: Al Toke Pez Surquillo

I saw that place on Bizarre Foods and I see you posted a link below to the places Andrew Zimmern visited. Good to hear that these little places that try hard are getting a bit of publicity.
by Sergio Bernales
Fri Jan 23, 2015 5:05 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Apt. Rental
Replies: 6
Views: 931

Re: Apt. Rental

I have to agree with Lloyd - you're not going to get a lot for that price - at least in an area you'd consider nice enough and safe enough - especially as you're a tourist on a short-term rental. You might find rooms for rent in shared apartments on this webpage for that price. Another alternative f...
by Sergio Bernales
Tue Jan 20, 2015 12:13 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: IDIOTS GUIDE
Replies: 32
Views: 5302

Re: IDIOTS GUIDE

If you're having doubts about marriage, it sounds like you shouldn't. However, if you're worried about financial assets in the case of a split, you can always consider a prenup, or separacion de patrimonios. http://www.expatperu.com/expatforums/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=19111&p=99727&hilit=sep...
by Sergio Bernales
Mon Jan 19, 2015 10:30 pm
Forum: Jobs in Peru
Topic: IT jobs in lima - any success stories?
Replies: 13
Views: 2537

Re: IT jobs in lima - any success stories?

I think your wife's (or wives'...?) idea of prices is five or ten years out of date. Even if you mange to get an IT job in Lima, $2,000 a month isn't much to live on if you're planning to start a family and send your children to private school. House prices in Lima have tripled in ten years. Unless ...
by Sergio Bernales
Mon Jan 19, 2015 4:21 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Internet Speed & Reliability
Replies: 48
Views: 19328

Re: Internet Speed & Reliability

I use filezilla (both server and client). I just ran a test to one of my servers and the speed is the same as it was. Thanks for letting me know. I did a speed test on my connection, so it's not that. So I'm a bit puzzled now. In the space of a week or so, I've gone down from about 600 KiB/s to abo...
by Sergio Bernales
Sun Jan 18, 2015 7:59 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Internet Speed & Reliability
Replies: 48
Views: 19328

Re: Internet Speed & Reliability

On a similar note, does anyone use FTPs like FileZilla? If so, have you noticed transfer speeds have dropped dramatically recently? I'm wondering if this is because of limitations between different ISPs. Any thoughts would be appreciated.
by Sergio Bernales
Sun Jan 18, 2015 7:55 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Hotels in Paracas
Replies: 3
Views: 1248

Re: Hotels in Paracas

It's high season, so if you can postpone your trip to March or April, when the schools go back, and avoid the weekend, you'll find places like the Doubletree Hilton drop their prices by quite a bit.
by Sergio Bernales
Sun Jan 18, 2015 7:48 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: IDIOTS GUIDE
Replies: 32
Views: 5302

Re: IDIOTS GUIDE

Is it correct as "kpw" implied, if I already have a daughter born and living in Peru. I am entitled to a C.E. without getting married ? That should help. http://www.peruthisweek.com/blogs-how-to-acquire-resident-visa-as-family-member-of-peruvian-citizen-or-resident-103310 By the way, if y...
by Sergio Bernales
Sun Jan 18, 2015 1:02 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: your dream house in Peru-post a link to the classified ad
Replies: 10
Views: 1202

Re: your dream house in Peru-post a link to the classified ad

another abandoned place in Punta Negra, just south of Lima. looks very unstable from the outside. That house/folly has been done up recently, painted white and black on the part facing the Panamericana Vieja. On the other side, it looks as if they're restoring the wood, but I'm not sure. I might st...
by Sergio Bernales
Tue Jan 13, 2015 2:20 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Buddhist Temples ---
Replies: 4
Views: 1062

Re: Buddhist Temples ---

I know it's a different religion, but the Hare Krishnas also have temples in Miraflores, central Lima and Chosica. I've always meant to try the restaurant in Chosica, but never got round to it. Has anyone been?

http://www.yogador.com/templos.html
by Sergio Bernales
Tue Jan 13, 2015 12:23 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Anyone with Claro Digital TV
Replies: 5
Views: 589

Re: Anyone with Claro Digital TV

I think there was a topic about this a year or two ago on expatperu.com, so I'm sure someone knows. Alternatively, there is always the rather long process of contacting the channels themselves. I did a quick search and there seems to be more information on their websites than there is on Claro's. In...
by Sergio Bernales
Tue Jan 13, 2015 10:22 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Anyone with Claro Digital TV
Replies: 5
Views: 589

Re: Anyone with Claro Digital TV

Interesting question. As far as I'm aware it shouldn't be a problem, because Movistar and Claro are only networks that carry the broadcaster's signal, so the signal with SAP is coming from the cable channel, not from Claro's network. Also Claro's network is generally much newer and they're even roll...
by Sergio Bernales
Mon Jan 12, 2015 7:22 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Buying ingredients for Tofu
Replies: 3
Views: 1500

Re: Buying ingredients for Tofu

I know you're just after the ingredients, not a method of how to make it, but the video below includes all the names and terms. Finding an online distributor, who'll deliver to you will probably be difficult in Peru. So your next best bet is to find out if there is a Chinese supermarket, or where Ch...
by Sergio Bernales
Mon Jan 12, 2015 7:14 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Source for Land Prices
Replies: 2
Views: 1043

Re: Source for Land Prices

If you're talking about land to build on, prices vary vastly within cities and even within districts. Not only are there big differences in districts, but the zoning and how high you can build is also really important. So a 500 square metre plot which has no height restrictions is worth several time...
by Sergio Bernales
Mon Jan 12, 2015 6:42 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: How do you change a computer to English, bought here ?
Replies: 12
Views: 1278

Re: How do you change a computer to English, bought here ?

I use the Office 365 for 2 years now ( as a home user ). The moment you download your version you get the option in what language you download it. Now you get 1TB of Onedrive on each of the 5 accounts you can create. Now my kid goes to highschool, so he got a PC for christmas, on which another vers...
by Sergio Bernales
Mon Jan 12, 2015 1:14 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: How do you change a computer to English, bought here ?
Replies: 12
Views: 1278

Re: How do you change a computer to English, bought here ?

Sergio it is a simple process to install the English language pack after installing the main programme. The language packs are available from Microsoft on line, but there are free editions available. Just do a search or better still go to: http://www.heidoc.net/joomla/technology-science/microsoft/7...
by Sergio Bernales
Sun Jan 11, 2015 7:26 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: How do you change a computer to English, bought here ?
Replies: 12
Views: 1278

Re: How do you change a computer to English, bought here ?

Similar query, but regarding Microsoft Office 365. I was thinking about buying Office 365 online, but I noticed buying the English version is more expensive than buying a disc in a package in Sagafallabella, but I'm guessing all the online support and functionality/interface will be in Spanish, or i...
by Sergio Bernales
Thu Jan 08, 2015 1:16 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Maps
Replies: 6
Views: 749

Re: Maps

South American Explorers used to have a good map collection, although I wouldn't know if they still do, or even if they have what you're looking for. You could drop in to their office, or even send them a PM here, as they occasionally post on the website.

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