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by ironchefchris
Tue Jun 28, 2016 8:30 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Coconut Vinegar
Replies: 5
Views: 2578

Re: Coconut Vinegar

Lol. It's as easy and time consuming as brewing a pot of tea. Looney indeed. :lol:
by ironchefchris
Mon Jun 27, 2016 3:44 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Coconut Vinegar
Replies: 5
Views: 2578

Re: Coconut Vinegar

I've never seen it, but that doesn't mean it's not for sale somewhere. It's pretty hard to find speciality products here and if lucky enough to find them it's usually the case that they are comparatively expensive. With that in mind I find it best to make for myself as much as possible all of those ...
by ironchefchris
Fri Jun 10, 2016 12:11 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Has PPK won?
Replies: 27
Views: 6938

Re: Has PPK won?

The trend seems to be that they all shift to the right once they enter office. Don't know how that will work out this time since PPK is a bit to the right already.
by ironchefchris
Thu Jun 09, 2016 8:49 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Has PPK won?
Replies: 27
Views: 6938

Re: Has PPK won?

Came across something yesterday that said neither side will declare victory or concede defeat until 100% of the vote has been counted and someone in Keiko's party saying they will not contest the results. .009% to go.
by ironchefchris
Wed Jun 08, 2016 3:55 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Has PPK won?
Replies: 27
Views: 6938

Re: Has PPK won?

Forget about being accepted gracefully or not, I'm wondering if it'll even be accepted at all. Haven't been watching the news today. What's up with the previously mentioned 360,000 disputed votes that are being reviewed? If Keiko loses by .25% does she have the right to call for a recount?
by ironchefchris
Tue Jun 07, 2016 12:42 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Has PPK won?
Replies: 27
Views: 6938

Re: Has PPK won?

Not sure if this is what you're referring to. From the above link to the WaPo story: About 1,200 handwritten tallies of some 360,000 votes were being disputed and were sent to a special electoral board for review, Mariano Cucho, the head of Peru’s electoral authority, told RPP Radio on Tuesday We co...
by ironchefchris
Tue Jun 07, 2016 10:23 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Has PPK won?
Replies: 27
Views: 6938

Re: Has PPK won?

If the gap continues to close and the final results are even closer does this turn into some variation on the 2000 US Bush/Gore election fight with recounts of recounts and teams of lawyers taking things to the Supreme Court? Is there a spanish equivalent of "hanging chad?"
by ironchefchris
Tue Jun 07, 2016 9:20 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Has PPK won?
Replies: 27
Views: 6938

Re: Has PPL won?

With about 13% more of the outstanding votes counted between 6 and 8 it looks like Keiko has closed the gap by another 7%.
by ironchefchris
Tue Jun 07, 2016 8:23 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Has PPK won?
Replies: 27
Views: 6938

Re: Has PPL won?

The gap is narrowing. As of six this morning: ACTAS PROCESADAS: 96.670% PERUANOS POR EL KAMBIO 8,338,579 Votes 50.153 % FUERZA POPULAR 8,287,713 Votes 49.847 % Pre-coffee math shows Keiko down by 50,866 with 572,736 votes yet to be counted. She needs close to 59% of the outstanding votes to win. Of ...
by ironchefchris
Sat Jun 04, 2016 9:51 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: What is it that you like about Peru?
Replies: 9
Views: 1635

Re: What is it that you like about Peru?

The people, the food, the climate, the culture in general.
by ironchefchris
Fri Jun 03, 2016 11:11 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Incorrect info?
Replies: 4
Views: 832

Re: Incorrect info?

A Google search comes up with this site as it's first hit: http://www.xe.com/currencyconverter/ It's always done well by me when I want to get a GENERAL IDEA of what to expect, but I find it's never reflected exactly on the street or in financial institutions. XE also has a smart phone app so you ca...
by ironchefchris
Thu Jun 02, 2016 4:29 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: New to Lima from California
Replies: 6
Views: 2320

Re: New to Lima from California

I don't know if I'd be overly worried about people trawling this forum looking for marks - but you never know so better to play it safe. I'd be worried that a person who is so loose with putting out their personal info online signifies that they might be just as loose with their info (and safety) in...
by ironchefchris
Fri May 27, 2016 3:47 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Professional or QUACK?
Replies: 14
Views: 1457

Re: Professional or QUACK?

Maybe chuck meant ex-wife, or uses the terms g.f. and wife interchangeably, as if he feels the g.f. is his "wife" or may as well be but for the legal paperwork? Not really my business, meant no offense, just thought I remembered mention of a Peruvian wife and saw mention of a g.f. and made...
by ironchefchris
Fri May 27, 2016 12:47 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Professional or QUACK?
Replies: 14
Views: 1457

Re: Professional or QUACK?

Thanks to all that have posted here and sent me PM's. I have decided to forgo any further action in this matter for these reasons: 1. When I was at an interview meeting at Idecopi with the dentist, he made threats to me & my gf. Good Morning, I have my BS degree in Education from a US universit...
by ironchefchris
Thu May 26, 2016 9:05 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Internet specials?
Replies: 2
Views: 485

Re: Internet specials?

www. claro.com.pe/internet movistar.com.pe/internet star.com.pe/superinternet.php That last one I believe is just a regional division of Movistar in Southern Perú, so depending on where you're moving may not service your area. There may be other options depending on where you're moving to. A Google ...
by ironchefchris
Thu May 26, 2016 6:11 pm
Forum: Jobs in Peru
Topic: Telecommuting insurance sales
Replies: 7
Views: 1261

Re: Telecommuting insurance sales

Are you sure? I clicked on the link from the original post and about half way down a very short and simple web page it says in bold print: If you are interested in this position, please take the Aptitude Test and fill the form below, we will email you a time for an interview: "Aptitude Test&quo...
by ironchefchris
Mon May 23, 2016 1:45 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Best place to open a basic bank account
Replies: 2
Views: 510

Re: Best place to open a basic bank account

Thanks for the info. Thought I'd ask here first instead of dealing with lines at the banks.
by ironchefchris
Mon May 23, 2016 10:19 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Best place to open a basic bank account
Replies: 2
Views: 510

Best place to open a basic bank account

I'm signing up for a subscription service that bases my membership based on where I'm using their product and it is far easier to open an account in Peru instead of doing my usual and relying on my US bank account as I do for PayPal, etc.. I have my Carnet, so that's not an issue. I only plan on usi...
by ironchefchris
Sun May 22, 2016 10:01 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Where can I buy Crown Royal?
Replies: 1
Views: 613

Re: Where can I buy Crown Royal?

I've never seen it, but I've never looked. If it's not in the markets, maybe at the duty free shop at the airport?
by ironchefchris
Tue May 17, 2016 4:16 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Dual-SIM phone options?
Replies: 3
Views: 672

Re: Dual-SIM phone options?

Thanks for the advice/info. None of the Claro stores I went to offered dual chip phones with a contract extension or otherwise. Entel does according to info from a newspaper ad, but I'm not sure if they'll sell you the phone and give you the "gift" of one of their chips and that's the end ...
by ironchefchris
Sat May 14, 2016 3:48 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Dual-SIM phone options?
Replies: 3
Views: 672

Dual-SIM phone options?

Looking for opinions/suggestions on dual-SIM phones. Going to check some out later but thought I'd check here as well to see if anyone had recommendations on a specific model. Not looking for anything real fancy or the latest, like the latest #'ed Samsung Galaxy Edge or iPhone, but not the most basi...
by ironchefchris
Sat May 07, 2016 8:48 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Peru Presidential Election
Replies: 70
Views: 15235

Re: Peru Presidential Election

I'm as concerned, if not more, about the non-politicians behind the scenes who are the real power as I am the politicians whose names are on the ballot. In Keiko's case she just seems to be a public face (and name) for the party, which I'm thinking is staffed with plenty of politicians and others wi...
by ironchefchris
Wed May 04, 2016 9:08 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Peru Presidential Election
Replies: 70
Views: 15235

Re: Peru Presidential Election

Ok I think I got it, you are now saying the other candidates do have democratic vales. Do I have that right? This is rather too obvious wilful misunderstanding. Yup. I'm sensing something that shouldn't be fed. :roll: Saying 'Rosa is a pretty girl' does not equate to saying, accusing, or even imply...
by ironchefchris
Mon May 02, 2016 3:53 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Most efficient hot-water system?
Replies: 7
Views: 923

Re: Most efficient hot-water system?

The last place we were at ran on solar panels but if it was early in the morning, cloudy or rainy and you really wanted a hot shower we could flip an electrical wall switch for maybe an hour before hand to get a real hot shower. Currently just running solar which is fine after 830 - 9:00 a.m. 98% of...
by ironchefchris
Fri Apr 29, 2016 8:02 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: new president
Replies: 4
Views: 847

Re: new president

I know it's petty and is a terrible thing to judge a candidate by, but I just can't stand that Keiko Orange.
by ironchefchris
Wed Apr 27, 2016 1:36 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: What does Peru need?
Replies: 15
Views: 2686

Re: What does Peru need?

An employment agency for expats. It was suggested it might be a business opportunity for someone.
woodchuck wrote:With all the options in the Yellow Pages, there may be a few that cater to expats.
Anyone have any experience with any of these?
If not, that might be a business opportunity for someone. :roll:
by ironchefchris
Tue Apr 26, 2016 2:24 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: What does Peru need?
Replies: 15
Views: 2686

Re: What does Peru need?

Soft pretzels. It's national pretzel day in the states and I have a craving. A nice selection at the mustard bar would be nice, but I'll take what I can get.
by ironchefchris
Thu Apr 21, 2016 4:51 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Changing money to soles before trip?
Replies: 7
Views: 1023

Re: Changing money to soles before trip?

Thanks for the tip, fanning.
by ironchefchris
Thu Apr 21, 2016 11:14 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Changing money to soles before trip?
Replies: 7
Views: 1023

Re: Changing money to soles before trip?

Any suggestions on what to do with those bills not accepted at casa de cambio because of minute tears, pen marks, etc.? I've accumulated a bunch that I wish I changed for newer bills on my last visit to the states. I've been offered opportunities to sell them, but for a discount, but if they won't c...
by ironchefchris
Thu Apr 21, 2016 11:04 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Peru Presidential Election
Replies: 70
Views: 15235

Re: Peru Presidential Election

We were talking about those polls last night. I was kind of surprised. Makes things more interesting. Read an old thread from five years ago where people were discussing what they'd do and what would likely happen to Perú should Humala win. Haven't seen or heard much in the way of similar reactions ...
by ironchefchris
Thu Apr 14, 2016 2:01 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Peru Presidential Election
Replies: 70
Views: 15235

Re: Peru Presidential Election

That's true. I wonder how many will leave their ballots blank. PPK has a tough campaign in front of him. Looks like to win Keiko only needs about 1 in 4 votes from those 39% who didn't vote for her or PPK in the first round. It'll be interesting to see how much of an anti-Fujimori sentiment exists, ...
by ironchefchris
Mon Apr 11, 2016 4:33 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Peru Presidential Election
Replies: 70
Views: 15235

Re: Peru Presidential Election

What's interesting to me, (and I guess how elections setup like Perú's with a first round and a second round of voting) is to see how the 30-something percent of those who supported neither Keiko or PPK will vote in the second round. If this were the US where voting is optional a lot of those people...
by ironchefchris
Mon Apr 11, 2016 4:16 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Peru Presidential Election
Replies: 70
Views: 15235

Re: Peru Presidential Election

From a Google search - Fujimori corruption conviction. One link of many: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/former-peru-president-convicted-of-corruption/ LIMA, Peru - A three-judge panel in Peru convicted jailed former President Alberto Fujimori on Thursday of funneling more than $40 million in public fun...
by ironchefchris
Mon Apr 11, 2016 3:00 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Peru Presidential Election
Replies: 70
Views: 15235

Re: Peru Presidential Election

There's already tons of information from reputable sources re: Fujimori and corruption so no point in me making references or posting links. Generally speaking, I agree about sins of the father/daughter, but when it comes to politics I'm not as forgiving. If the son/daughter was running against the ...
by ironchefchris
Mon Apr 11, 2016 1:47 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Peru Presidential Election
Replies: 70
Views: 15235

Re: Peru Presidential Election

I just don't get why eliminating Shining Path or doing something about terrorism should give one free reign to loot the treasury and engage in other forms of corruption. I don't see the correlation. It reads to me like Fujimori thought corruption was his reward for doing the job he campaigned for; l...
by ironchefchris
Wed Apr 06, 2016 12:27 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Peru Presidential Election
Replies: 70
Views: 15235

Re: Peru Presidential Election

Sounds similar to what people who've been in a cult for a long time go through. After so many years you have so much invested financially and/or mentally that it's hard to give up, even if you know what you've believed all these years is utterly false. Cognitive dissonance.
by ironchefchris
Wed Apr 06, 2016 12:48 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Can Openers
Replies: 25
Views: 4800

Re: Can Openers

RadioShack. Go for the can openers, stay for the customer service. Eternal de nadas.
by ironchefchris
Tue Apr 05, 2016 11:56 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Can Openers
Replies: 25
Views: 4800

Re: Can Openers

dez wrote:You are mistaken, I never said permanently. Read it again.
Do you know were to find a can opener? Thanks.
by ironchefchris
Tue Apr 05, 2016 11:33 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Can Openers
Replies: 25
Views: 4800

Re: Can Openers

Okay. Sorry. Nope. De nada. :roll:
by ironchefchris
Tue Apr 05, 2016 11:15 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Can Openers
Replies: 25
Views: 4800

Re: Can Openers

From your thread "Over Stay." Maybe I just read it wrong, but when Polaron offered advice for leaving the country you posted back looking for his/her advice. Whatever. Good luck on the can opener, leaving the country, and anything else. http://www.expatperu.com/expatforums/viewtopic.php?t=...
by ironchefchris
Tue Apr 05, 2016 11:05 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Can Openers
Replies: 25
Views: 4800

Re: Can Openers

Aren't you trying to leave Perú permanently? Is a can opener part of your plan?
by ironchefchris
Tue Apr 05, 2016 11:03 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Peru Presidential Election
Replies: 70
Views: 15235

Re: Peru Presidential Election

A few people have told me she doesn't have much support from the middle class, but mostly from uneducated campesinos whose votes can easily be influenced with gifts of a kilo of sugar or rice. She sounds to me like a professional politician with no real accomplishments and people are paying her to t...
by ironchefchris
Tue Apr 05, 2016 4:16 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Peru Presidential Election
Replies: 70
Views: 15235

Re: Peru Presidential Election

I don't get why Keiko is so far ahead in the polls. I'm not saying there isn't a reason, just that I don't know what it is. From what I understand she hasn't really accomplished anything. The only reason she's a contender is because of her last name. Her big qualification seems to be a feeling of en...
by ironchefchris
Mon Apr 04, 2016 10:40 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Peru Presidential Election
Replies: 70
Views: 15235

Re: Peru Presidential Election

That Panamanian money laundering story along with the Unaoil story are pretty interesting. Same as it ever was.

Wonder if Keiko's "Commitment of Honor" means anything at all to Keiko detractors or the Peruvian people in general, or if it's just a piece of paper. More empty promises.
by ironchefchris
Mon Apr 04, 2016 9:16 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Peru Presidential Election
Replies: 70
Views: 15235

Re: Peru Presidential Election

Lol at Sergio's (disappeared?) comment on Keiko. I try not to hold the offspring accountable for the sins of the parents, but it's hard not to when it comes to politics where the offspring tend to rely on the same advisors/etc. as the parents. Anybody watch the debate? First one I've seen in Perú. I...
by ironchefchris
Sun Apr 03, 2016 8:47 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Shipping time from Canada
Replies: 2
Views: 361

Re: Shipping time from Canada

Arrived at my door in the provinces in three weeks.
by ironchefchris
Fri Apr 01, 2016 2:55 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Peru Presidential Election
Replies: 70
Views: 15235

Re: Peru Presidential Election

Has Keiko ever done anything? Any accomplishments of note in the public or private sector?
by ironchefchris
Mon Mar 28, 2016 8:23 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Peru Presidential Election
Replies: 70
Views: 15235

Re: Peru Presidential Election

Now that we're closer to the election, I've noticed the people I talk with regularly formulating opinions beyond the usual "they're all corrupt." Many of the people I've spoken with were supporting Guzman and liked his "outsider" status. Some say they're now looking at Barnechea....
by ironchefchris
Sat Mar 26, 2016 10:10 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Over Stay
Replies: 21
Views: 3326

Re: Over Stay

If you're from the US, sounds like you earned under the threshold where you'd be required to file taxes with the IRS. Best advice you've gotten here (imo) is to go to your embassy. What are your other options?

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