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by ibanker
Tue Apr 23, 2013 8:44 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: tennis anyone? looking for a tennis partner
Replies: 2
Views: 764

Re: tennis anyone? looking for a tennis partner

I am back in Peru and looking to play again. Living in miraflores now so we can play in club miraflores. :D

Someone must play tennis here!
by ibanker
Tue Oct 16, 2012 12:04 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: beautiful penthouse (2011) for sale/rent in Miraflores
Replies: 3
Views: 1198

Re: beautiful penthouse (2011) for sale/rent in Miraflores

Hi Bart,

Your email doesn't seem to be correct. Could you please post the correct email, or alternatively, PM me the pics and asking price for the rental? Thank you.
by ibanker
Thu Sep 01, 2011 2:25 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: mid20's expats!
Replies: 63
Views: 18781

Re: mid20's expats!

I'm in my late 20''s and spend three weeks in Peru every 45 days for work. Usually have a table and bottles at Gotica in Larcomar booked every thursday and friday night. Next time I am in town I will let you guys know. Happy to have you all join in for drinks on me... Pre drinks are usually at the W...
by ibanker
Sun Aug 28, 2011 9:10 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Peruvian Airlines Reopens Saturday *edited
Replies: 76
Views: 13472

Re: Peruvian Airlines Reopens Saturday *edited

Just saw an expose on Peruvian Airlines on Cuarto Poder (Peruvian News Show). Items below are facts from the MTC (Peruvian Transport Ministry) suspension report for Peruvian Airlines: 1. 52 mechanical issues per 10,000 takeoffs vs. 18 per 10,000 industry average (3X higher) 2. A pilot knowingly flew...
by ibanker
Fri Aug 26, 2011 7:19 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Peruvian Airlines Reopens Saturday *edited
Replies: 76
Views: 13472

Re: Peruvian Airlines Reopens Saturday *edited

2 engine failures in one year in a very small fleet is dangerous. 25 year old airframes with thousands of cycles are dangerous. You are still mad about the difference in fares for foreigners. Thats fine. LAN is still going to be the dominant airline here and you can be self righteous all you want ab...
by ibanker
Fri Aug 26, 2011 1:43 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Peruvian Airlines Reopens Saturday *edited
Replies: 76
Views: 13472

Re: Peruvian Airlines Reopens Saturday *edited

LAN has a modern fleet and well trained and paid pilots. Why anyone would fly an airline like Peruvian using the oldest 737s available and that has now been suspended for safety violations is beyond me.
by ibanker
Wed Jul 27, 2011 9:41 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: How to play basketball professionally in Peru
Replies: 12
Views: 5143

Re: How to play basketball professionally in Peru

are you currently playing anywhere?

I will be in Peru most of August and would be keen to find a pick up game...
by ibanker
Fri Mar 26, 2010 5:44 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: caliber of Surgeons/Doctors in Peru....
Replies: 11
Views: 2615

Re: caliber of Surgeons/Doctors in Peru....

If you can afford the US, the best qualified doctors are there. If money is an issue, Peru isn't a bad choice vs. CR. I've never had problems with small check ups here. Surgery is obviously a whole other ball game though. Good luck.
by ibanker
Thu Mar 25, 2010 12:01 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Where is?
Replies: 4
Views: 1016

Re: Where is?

The Prima AFP building has a huge PRIMA sign on top of it so you can't miss it :D . It's in the corpac district. Any taxi driver should know it.
by ibanker
Wed Mar 24, 2010 11:58 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Living the Beach Life - Advice?
Replies: 5
Views: 1307

Re: Living the Beach Life - Advice?

Even though you discarded the idea your best best for real beachfront year round living is up north, not south of Lima. Given the availability of daily flights and good bus service up to/from Lima you could look at this option again. Last weekend a couple friends and I stopped in San Bartolo on our ...
by ibanker
Thu Mar 18, 2010 10:29 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Guinness Check...
Replies: 11
Views: 1790

Re: Guinness Check...

A family member of mine used to import Guinnes into Peru but unfortunately the beer companies here tie up all the points of sales with exclusivity contracts hidden in the smallprint of their contracts... what do the bodegas, bars and other points of sale get for their exclusivity? Posters and/or oth...
by ibanker
Tue Mar 16, 2010 11:00 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: tennis anyone? looking for a tennis partner
Replies: 2
Views: 764

tennis anyone? looking for a tennis partner

Hi Guys, I am looking for a new tennis partner since my current partner can only play Sundays now. I'd like to play a couple weekday nights and/or Saturday morning if possible. I am about a 3.5-4.0 player looking for someone in the same or higher level so that we can have competitive but friendly ga...
by ibanker
Sun Nov 29, 2009 5:42 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Discussion of New Peruvian Airline
Replies: 20
Views: 10332

Re: NEW PERUVIAN AIRLINE. LOW RATES FOR EVERYONE

which is it? Old planes are bad or old planes are fine? Do you have any maintenance records to prove your presumption that this new airline has unkempt planes? do you have anything that shows anything wrong or are you again just trying to allude to something you can not really show? You keep making...
by ibanker
Wed Nov 11, 2009 6:21 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: good Italian restaurants?
Replies: 7
Views: 2146

Re: good Italian restaurants?

Calmira woman wrote:La Bodega de la Trattoria - there are at least a couple of them. On the pricey side, but delicious1


The one in Miraflores is best. Enjoy.
by ibanker
Wed Nov 11, 2009 6:19 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Venezuela and Colombia
Replies: 11
Views: 2650

Re: Venezuela and Colombia

Dictatorship 101:

When faced with self-inflicted problems (water and energy rationing), create a foreign problem and play the nationalism "we are threatened" card.

So much for a socialist wonderland. I wonder if one of our esteemed commie members would like to go live there?
by ibanker
Wed Nov 11, 2009 6:17 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Economist de Soto angers Peru Natives, experts with document
Replies: 35
Views: 8427

Re: Economist de Soto angers Peru Natives, experts with document

I find it funny that a group of spear wielding natives seem to think that they can dictate the economic discourse in this nation. Garcia may not have the spine, but someone is eventually going to put them in their place.
by ibanker
Wed Nov 11, 2009 6:15 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: mining is going to destroy Peru
Replies: 5
Views: 1786

Re: mining is going to destroy Peru

Talk about picking an outlier worst case example and using it to tar an entire industry. The formal mining industry in Peru provides steady jobs (99% of mine employees are Peruvians), tax revenue (13% of total tax revenue), and counts for 11% of our GDP (2007 figures). Many developed countries (Cana...
by ibanker
Mon Nov 09, 2009 8:17 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Need dentist recommendation for teeth whitening
Replies: 26
Views: 9681

Re: Need dentist recommendation for teeth whitening

Thank you I shall try that.
by ibanker
Fri Nov 06, 2009 2:50 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Need dentist recommendation for teeth whitening
Replies: 26
Views: 9681

Re:

As a fanatic about my teeth, I did all of my dental work here in Peru over the last three years. Naturegirl who is a regulator on Expat is a friend of mine, and she can verify this. I have perfectly white, straight teeth thanks to the dentist team that I used. I only go to a husband and wife team i...
by ibanker
Wed Nov 04, 2009 11:09 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Avatars
Replies: 5
Views: 1137

Re: Avatars

let's see

edit: great feature. i could never get it to work before. thanks
by ibanker
Mon Oct 26, 2009 10:38 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: New Year in Lima
Replies: 16
Views: 7801

Re: New Year in Lima

Asia is the best, especially if you can get into one the nicer private beach parties. Playa del Sol or Playa Blanca are the best parties. If not, the boulevard is always full of club parties. You will have a blast either way.
by ibanker
Wed Oct 21, 2009 10:40 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Good bank
Replies: 12
Views: 2580

Re: Good bank

BCP is the biggest and their ATMs never fail unlike some of the other banks.

All banks are fairly cheap here compared to American or Canadian bank fees. The most I've paid is $5 a month... usually arond S/. 10
by ibanker
Wed Oct 14, 2009 6:21 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: I´VE BEEN ROBBED BY POLICE!!!
Replies: 6
Views: 1498

You risked your life over $5? interesting...

I applaud your principles, but it seems like you took quite a risk.
by ibanker
Tue Oct 13, 2009 10:17 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Singlefather no more where are you
Replies: 34
Views: 7981

man. poor guy. he seems to have had a decent amount of bad luck lately. too bad. hope everything works out
by ibanker
Mon Oct 12, 2009 6:42 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Vancouver Canucks Fans
Replies: 7
Views: 1369

excellent news. i should have thought of that. thanks!
by ibanker
Mon Oct 12, 2009 12:57 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: LAN now charging all NON-RESIDENTS a $178.50 fee
Replies: 307
Views: 124469

Americorps wrote:
No, my soul is worth more than a few bucks.


Well obviously we disagree on what constitutes sins which endanger one's soul.
by ibanker
Sun Oct 11, 2009 11:08 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: CIA involved in drug trafficking and $$ laundering in Peru
Replies: 1
Views: 858

means to an end... another fuji era example: Newmont paid Montesinos. The French did not. Newmont got Yanacocha. The French did not. Newmont got a $7B mine. The French did not. So if the US laundered some money for Montesinos, they obviously got something in return. National self-interest is usually...
by ibanker
Sun Oct 11, 2009 11:05 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: LAN now charging all NON-RESIDENTS a $178.50 fee
Replies: 307
Views: 124469

Do you guys really think LAN executives sat around and said "let's gouge the gringos"? I think the more logical and likely answer is that in typical LatAm fashion a well intentioned corporate policy was badly applied. LAN gives their customers the region's best and most efficient fleet. I ...
by ibanker
Sun Oct 11, 2009 10:59 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: OK, now LAN's cash grab tactics make sense
Replies: 2
Views: 1412

TACA and Avianca may be merging but they will still be second tier in terms of fleet and service compared to LAN. Business travelers know who is the best in LatAm. I don't know the metrics in LatAm but usually business travel is the most profitable market segment for airlines. So, whether or not LAN...
by ibanker
Sun Oct 11, 2009 10:50 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Vancouver Canucks Fans
Replies: 7
Views: 1369

It seems you are right. I will have to get my hockey fix during business trips or visits back home. Damn Gary Betman and no ESPN deal. Geez.
by ibanker
Sun Oct 11, 2009 10:42 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Help me enjoy my week in Lima!! All suggestions welcomed!!
Replies: 16
Views: 3321

I'm just an honest person so I would say if the OP is a guy his options specifically regarding the "safe" part are more varied vs. if the OP is a girl. For example if the OP is a guy he could just hang out around Parque Kennedy or Larcomar and eventually meet a girl to take clubbing, drink...
by ibanker
Sun Oct 11, 2009 6:25 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Help me enjoy my week in Lima!! All suggestions welcomed!!
Replies: 16
Views: 3321

are you a guy or a girl?

the options vary according to sex.
by ibanker
Wed Oct 07, 2009 6:29 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Vancouver Canucks Fans
Replies: 7
Views: 1369

lol. thanks Ron.

Anyway, the Corner will not be showing the game so im up the creek. still would be good to meet fellow hockey fans. I'll be around. Shoot me PMs or post here.
by ibanker
Wed Oct 07, 2009 2:49 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Vancouver Canucks Fans
Replies: 7
Views: 1369

Vancouver Canucks Fans

Any canucks fans on this board? We have started the season 0 - 3 and play Montreal tonight. Thinking of going to the Corner to watch the game... 10PM. Would be good to meet other Nuck's fans. No TV as I just moved to a new apt. in San Isidro and the cable company hasn't got around to the install yet...
by ibanker
Wed Sep 16, 2009 10:27 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: DHL Peru or Fedex Peru
Replies: 20
Views: 9535

I have heard from clients that Serpost is actually good and cheaper to boot.
by ibanker
Wed Sep 16, 2009 10:27 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Will Peruvian food conquer the world?
Replies: 29
Views: 9969

and I really hate when foreigners push cuy as a "national dish". show me one GOOD peruvian restaurant that serves that nasty dish and I'll show you an overrated restaurant. novoandina cuisine is what we should be pushing, not comida serrana that city dwellers in the developed world aren't ...
by ibanker
Wed Sep 16, 2009 10:21 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Will Peruvian food conquer the world?
Replies: 29
Views: 9969

although I do hope I am wrong!

If anyone is ever in Portland, Oregon they should try Andina's restaurant. Named one of the top 100 gourmet restaurants in the USA by Robb Report
by ibanker
Wed Sep 16, 2009 10:13 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Will Peruvian food conquer the world?
Replies: 29
Views: 9969

No because our business culture is too backwards to allow for such international expansion.
by ibanker
Wed Sep 16, 2009 2:54 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Why Peru? From a Peruvian perspective.
Replies: 48
Views: 7737

Every place has its good and bad. Having said that; the USA is the Roman Empire of our lifetime and I am always happy to visit and do business there.
by ibanker
Mon Aug 31, 2009 12:28 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Clueless Taxi Drivers
Replies: 14
Views: 2409

You can avoid this by calling Taxi A or Taxi La Molina etc. Not always convenient in terms of time but it's safe and they always know where to go.

and they even turn on the A/C sometimes 8)
by ibanker
Mon Aug 31, 2009 12:25 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Salon/Spa Tipping
Replies: 11
Views: 2940

10% tip for services no? that's too much, you don't even do that in canada, except for restaurants. In Canada, I would give a couple of dollars for a haircut. I would say a couple of soles. My bf says that people don't really expect tips in Peru. At spas and the barber I always leave something. I b...
by ibanker
Fri Aug 21, 2009 11:11 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Diplomatic Storm Brewing Between Peru and Bolivia
Replies: 9
Views: 2524

I would say that we should just annex them already, but that would probably cost more than it would benefit us.
by ibanker
Fri Aug 21, 2009 12:10 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Earthquake resistant adobe
Replies: 17
Views: 4793

Jimmy,

What do you think of the Golf Millenium in San Isidro in terms of earthquake survivalbility?

Thx
by ibanker
Mon Aug 17, 2009 11:20 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Any good restaurant open Sunday night?
Replies: 3
Views: 817

Thank you Mark I will try that one Sunday or another. I had forgotten how limited the Sunday dinner options are in Lima. Ended up going to Chili's.

Definitely not Astrid y Gaston :P
by ibanker
Mon Aug 17, 2009 11:19 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Planning on moving to Peru
Replies: 30
Views: 6492

Moving from California to Junin. Talk about culture shock. I would proceed with caution. In my own limited experience (and not as a parent by the way), I would agree with the poster above. Life is not always greener on the other side. Two little American kids going to school in Junin? I mean, if you...
by ibanker
Mon Aug 17, 2009 10:58 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Flights to Australia orChina
Replies: 4
Views: 1097

I'm a frequent traveler on the LIM-PEK route. The BEST way to get to China is United Airlines through SFO or Newark. They use newer 777's and if you can't travel business class then they have a great economy-plus section which for around $60 more each way gets you a ton extra legroom (it's really li...
by ibanker
Sun Aug 16, 2009 4:30 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Any good restaurant open Sunday night?
Replies: 3
Views: 817

Any good restaurant open Sunday night?

Something like Astrid y Gasto, La Mar, Bravo etc.? Anyone know. Thx.
by ibanker
Sat Aug 15, 2009 1:21 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Temblor
Replies: 20
Views: 3230

That was my first temblor. I was sleeping and it woke me up. I thought I was dreaming. It was quite loud here in La Molina since we are surrounded by mountains.
by ibanker
Mon Aug 10, 2009 3:20 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Networking
Replies: 4
Views: 1159

what do you do?
by ibanker
Mon Aug 10, 2009 3:19 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Salon/Spa Tipping
Replies: 11
Views: 2940

10% tip for services no?

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