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by yoenlima
Thu May 03, 2012 7:47 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Help obtaining peruvian retirement in US
Replies: 3
Views: 3542

Re: Help obtaining peruvian retirement in US

My father in law retired from the Policia Nacional and was getting his retirement money at Banco de la Nacion. They would then use their Banco de la Nacion ATM card at Bank of America, and that is how they were able to access their money in the US. I understand however, there is a process in which y...
by yoenlima
Wed Feb 01, 2012 12:16 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Silly pleasures from home
Replies: 53
Views: 8401

Re: Silly pleasures from home

Cheerios... I miss Cheerios. I don't understand, they sell Cap'N Crunch and not Cheerios... =(
by yoenlima
Wed Dec 21, 2011 7:45 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Pomegranate and Vanilla Beans
Replies: 4
Views: 1063

Re: Pomegranate and Vanilla Beans

I was too looking for Pomegranates and was told by the local frutero that they are in season from August through October.
by yoenlima
Sun Dec 04, 2011 9:31 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Unique Christmas gifts?
Replies: 13
Views: 2200

Re: Unique Christmas gifts?

If you have any young girls or ladies in your recipient list, the colorful fabric bags sold at ferias are very popular with them, they look like the things women use to carry their children in their back. My nephew's girlfriend love it!
by yoenlima
Mon Nov 21, 2011 7:20 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Juicers
Replies: 7
Views: 1883

Re: Juicers

I had a Jack Lelanne juicer in the states, about four years ago. I hated it! I was getting one glass of juice out of a whole pineapple, two oranges, one apple, one banana and half a papaya. I gave it away after using it for one month. Here in Lima I have a Moulinex. It works soooo much better!
by yoenlima
Tue Nov 08, 2011 12:00 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Need a beauty supply store!
Replies: 4
Views: 1959

Re: Need a beauty supply store!

There is a supply store in Miraflores, it's on Esperanza, the crossing street would be Larco, is just next to Rincon Chambi, a peruvian food place (if you Google it, the beauty supply place is just next to it). They sell peruvian, european, and some other imported products. It's pretty well stocked....
by yoenlima
Mon Oct 17, 2011 9:57 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Where in Lima can you buy cheap kids books?
Replies: 3
Views: 915

Re: Where in Lima can you buy cheap kids books?

If you are looking for spanish books, take the metropolitano and get ott at La Colmena station, nearby you'll find several little books shops that sell books (including educational) cheaper than in a bookstore. I've just bought some educational math and language flash cards for my little girl (three...
by yoenlima
Sun Oct 02, 2011 11:29 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Hair and humidity.
Replies: 9
Views: 3036

Re: Hair and humidity.

Yes, the serum works much better than the spray. Also, the styling cream leaves your hair like any mousse would. I don't like it. But the serum works well.

For a 20 soles charge, I usually leave about 3 soles. Hope this helps.
by yoenlima
Sat Oct 01, 2011 7:44 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Hair and humidity.
Replies: 9
Views: 3036

Re: Hair and humidity.

The Freaze-ease line of products (serum, straightener, styling cream) is available at Saga and I could swear I saw it at Plaza Vea. I'ts a bit expensive, but it works.
by yoenlima
Wed Sep 28, 2011 7:27 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Palma's Tradiciones
Replies: 2
Views: 772

Re: Palma's Tradiciones

In the link below you may find an explanation of who Santiago el Volador was.

http://www.incaland.com/MuseoFAP/SANTIAGO.htm
by yoenlima
Fri Sep 23, 2011 11:17 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Favorite Breakfast Places
Replies: 21
Views: 4348

Re: Favorite Breakfast Places

Food is great at Vlady's (I'm a regular), but service is awful! Two months ago, I was with my 4 year old and she wanted an ice cream. I purchased one and asked the lady to have her cone placed in a cup (my daughter would have made a mess in the car if she was to handle the cone by herself. The serve...
by yoenlima
Sun Sep 04, 2011 10:55 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Hot n Sour Soup
Replies: 1
Views: 1062

Re: Hot n Sour Soup

No, I haven't found a single place that makes this delicious soup in three years of my stay in Lima. You'll be better off making it yourself, that if you can find the ingredients. Below a link to a recipe. http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/tyler-florence/hot-and-sour-soup-recipe/index.html
by yoenlima
Fri Aug 19, 2011 9:59 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: seasonable fruits & vegetables in Peru
Replies: 1
Views: 1032

Re: seasonable fruits & vegetables in Peru

During summertime you can find mangoes, a wider grape variety (not only the red globe) the ultra delicious uva italia and borgo~a, strawberries, you can also find plums of different kinds. These are not usually available during the cold season.
by yoenlima
Fri Aug 19, 2011 9:53 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Best e-reader for a Peruvian?
Replies: 3
Views: 683

Re: Best e-reader for a Peruvian?

I have a Sony reader. It works really well for me. I check books from the library in California with no problems. You can also purchase books from the Sony site.
by yoenlima
Tue Aug 16, 2011 9:43 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Marinera skirt
Replies: 7
Views: 2285

Re: Marinera skirt

Have you tried calling one of the Club Departamentales? Club Lambayeque is on Av. Del Ejercito in Miraflores and Club La Libertad is in Magdalena (assuming you need a marinera norte~a skirt). They should know people that sell skirts and marinera accesories.
by yoenlima
Sat Aug 13, 2011 8:05 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Salary to Maid(Empleada) by law
Replies: 9
Views: 2452

Re: Salary to Maid(Empleada) by law

In the US, my nanny used to get paid, whether we were home or on vacation. The only time she got paid half her salary was when we gave her one month's notice. That was the agreement we both made when she got hired. Here in Peru we apply the same rule. The rationale was: if we were on vacation, the n...
by yoenlima
Fri May 20, 2011 5:14 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: SODIMAC, TOPITOP, RIPLEY, MAESTRO PRICES
Replies: 14
Views: 4048

Re: SODIMAC, TOPITOP, RIPLEY, MAESTRO PRICES

And now each store is required by Indecopi to have a 'claims book'. The minute you ask for that book, things should start going better....
by yoenlima
Wed Feb 23, 2011 1:06 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Green space/park/oasis within Lima!
Replies: 5
Views: 913

Re: Green space/park/oasis within Lima!

El Parque Reducto, is a nice place to go too! I love it there. Since it's an enclosed park, you don't get to see
'heladeros' or unleashed dogs... you may get to see people practicing yoga or tai-chi, other than that it's pretty quiet!
by yoenlima
Mon Feb 07, 2011 8:53 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Getting a DNI for the first time - how long does it take?
Replies: 3
Views: 2346

Re: Getting a DNI for the first time - how long does it take?

My oldest son was recently here in Lima and tried to obtain his DNI for the first time too. First, you'll have to obtain a recent copy of your birth certificate, you do this at RENIEC. After this, you'll have to pay a fee. With your BC on hand go to the information booth at Reniec. They will let you...
by yoenlima
Sun Feb 06, 2011 9:30 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Book Swap
Replies: 21
Views: 3110

Re: Book Swap

I also wanted to thank you Kelly for hosting the book swap. It was great meeting you and those who showed up. It was fun.
by yoenlima
Thu Jan 13, 2011 6:34 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: LADIES! Anyone else not a size 4?
Replies: 9
Views: 1400

Re: LADIES! Anyone else not a size 4?

La Quinta, a t-shirt store mostly, sells brands like Banana Republic that carry t-shirts in american sizes (including L and XL). Be careful though, petite sizes and regular sizes are mixed together and the sales people have no idea of this (I used to work in retail in the womens area for over 7 year...
by yoenlima
Sat Jan 08, 2011 4:56 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: A different account of life in Lima
Replies: 114
Views: 27070

Re: Struggling to adjust to life in Lima...

Don't feel bad. I was born in Lima, lived here 20 years of my life then moved to the states for 20 and some years and came back with my family, and I AM STILL ADJUSTING! My 15 year old is having the hardest time. But as I will tell him: We are going to stay here for two more years (since this is our...
by yoenlima
Thu Jan 06, 2011 8:59 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Have an interest in traditional Mexican Food?
Replies: 0
Views: 641

Have an interest in traditional Mexican Food?

If you are interested in Mexican Cuisine, the University of Texas has a blog showcasing recipes from their Mexican Cookbook Collection. They will be publishing new recipes on a regular basis. If you browse through the 'older posts' options, you'll find some interesting ones like Caldo de Camaron de ...
by yoenlima
Wed Jan 05, 2011 9:45 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Tamales
Replies: 8
Views: 2623

Re: Tamales

I know what you are talking about Polaron... living in So. Cal with a bunch of mexican friends, I got to taste some good stuff. For some weird reason, I have a feeling that if someone knows how to make humitas (the salty kind), this same person should be able to make the mexican version with the rig...
by yoenlima
Wed Dec 29, 2010 9:16 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: How Prevalent is Getting Sick...
Replies: 10
Views: 1333

Re: How Prevalent is Getting Sick...

Sometimes is just common sense. If you are susceptible to stomach problems, just be careful of not overeating. Peruvian food is very rich. On Christmas eve I had a small portion of the traditional Christmas Eve dinner and the next day I had the bright idea of eating out at one of Gaston Acurio's res...
by yoenlima
Tue Dec 21, 2010 11:38 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: What exactly do I do with chancaca?
Replies: 3
Views: 1139

Re: What exactly do I do with chancaca?

You can make 'mazamorras'... have you tried mazamorra cochina o de cochino? (not sure which is it)... or arroz zambito? it's the 'chancaca' version of arroz con leche. Don't ask me for recipes, I am not very good with desserts, I just eat them. But you probably can find recipes on line.
by yoenlima
Sun Dec 19, 2010 7:57 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Where to Eat on Christmas Day
Replies: 24
Views: 4134

Re: Where to Eat on Christmas Day

I know Fiesta Casino is offering a Christmas dinner for 22 soles per person. Not sure if it's served on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, but next time I'll pass by, i'll confirm. The menu seems fairly varied.
by yoenlima
Sat Dec 18, 2010 12:40 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Books in English
Replies: 11
Views: 3613

Re: Books in English

Audible.com run by Amazon, also has an app the lets you download audible books to your iPod. Right now they have an offer that allows you to download a free book to try their membership for 14 days. You'll have to cancel before then if you choose not to keep the membership...
by yoenlima
Wed Dec 15, 2010 11:20 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Water hygeine and children
Replies: 24
Views: 3387

Re: Water hygeine and children

I agree with Sunflower. My 3 year old has been ok since we moved to Peru two years ago. So far, she hasn't gotten sich with her stomach. She also brushes her teeth with tap water. If you want to be extra careful, you might want to consider purchasing one of those water purifier steripens sold in Ama...
by yoenlima
Mon Nov 22, 2010 9:36 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Getting a Peruvian Driver's License?
Replies: 29
Views: 4769

Re: Getting a Peruvian Driver's License?

Rob, did you have to purchase the official Driver Record Request (purchased from the DMV) or did the system generated one worked.
by yoenlima
Wed Oct 20, 2010 5:04 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Help. Digital camera repairs.
Replies: 7
Views: 1194

Re: Help. Digital camera repairs.

The place in Porta is a bit expensive. To clean a dirty lense on a point and shoot camera, I was charged $100.00 (yes, one hundred dollars).
by yoenlima
Mon Oct 11, 2010 10:25 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Cheerios
Replies: 2
Views: 1299

Re: Cheerios

Thanks Kelly. I'll give them a try.
by yoenlima
Mon Oct 11, 2010 6:28 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Cheerios
Replies: 2
Views: 1299

Cheerios

Has anyone seen Cheerios or something like it anywhere in Lima? My daughter loves them and misses them so much. I have looked everywhere: Vivanda, Wong, Metro and so far nothing. Thanks in advance.
by yoenlima
Tue Aug 24, 2010 9:08 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Help Me Figure this one out! Name changes..
Replies: 21
Views: 2814

Re: Help Me Figure this one out! Name changes..

When I called RREE they told me that the certificates may take anywhere from 3 weeks to 6 MONTHS!!! I couldn't wait that long...
by yoenlima
Tue Aug 24, 2010 2:16 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Help Me Figure this one out! Name changes..
Replies: 21
Views: 2814

Re: Help Me Figure this one out! Name changes..

Both my children were born in the US. The only difference is that my husband used my maiden name for the US birth certificate. Now, after the birth of my daughter (second child) in the US we decide to register them both in the peruvian consulate because we were thinking in coming to Peru for a while...
by yoenlima
Tue Aug 24, 2010 2:01 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Ghosts of Lima, Peru?
Replies: 21
Views: 5385

Re: Ghosts of Lima, Peru?

It is my understanding that most historical sites have some form of paranormal activity, and the only way to find out would be to actually go to the site and perhaps interview workers or residents of the site. El museo de la Inquisicion is a good place to go too. I am pretty sure it's haunted! Just ...
by yoenlima
Mon Aug 16, 2010 9:55 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Ghosts of Lima, Peru?
Replies: 21
Views: 5385

Re: Ghosts of Lima, Peru?

The Real Felipe Fort/Castle in El Callao is also a source of some serious paranormal activity you may be able to find plenty of information on the web. La Quinta Hereen in Los Barrios Altos, is another one, although it may not be safe to wonder around since its vecinty it is also plagued with crimin...
by yoenlima
Wed Aug 04, 2010 9:12 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: BEST INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL IN LIMA
Replies: 8
Views: 5206

Re: BEST INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL IN LIMA

IB=International Baccalaureate, at a glance: "The IB Diploma Programme is designed as an academically challenging and balanced programme of education with final examinations that prepares students, normally aged 16 to 19, for success at university and life beyond. The programme is normally taug...
by yoenlima
Sun Jun 06, 2010 9:52 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Tourist killed by altitude sickness in Peru
Replies: 25
Views: 15652

Re: Tourist killed by altitude sickness in Peru

I don't know about the Sorojche Pills. I took them on our way to the Colca Canyon and they didn't work for me. They did work for my husband and my 14 y.o. son. Our guides had to stop on the side of the road and picked some wild grass which they rubbed in their hands and made me smell, and slowly the...
by yoenlima
Mon May 31, 2010 7:34 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: looking for xl shirts
Replies: 5
Views: 992

Re: looking for xl shirts

And if you don't feel like venturing all the way to La Victoria (Gamarra), la Quinta in Miraflores (Larco and Diez Canseco) sells overstock t-shirts from Nautica and other brands that run larger than the regular L and XL shirts found here in Peru. They even carry XXL. I know there are other La Quint...
by yoenlima
Sun May 16, 2010 11:27 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: What's Missing?
Replies: 86
Views: 17119

Re: What's Missing?

Yes, I'd say mexican. Having lived in California and used to some of the best mexican food ever, I do miss a good plate of Pozole every so often. Also pizzas, are ok here in Lima, according to my professional pizza taster, my son, but in general, italian food is extremely expensive and not so great ...
by yoenlima
Sun May 16, 2010 11:17 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: BOOK SWAP AT EL SOL
Replies: 16
Views: 2036

Re: BOOK SWAP AT EL SOL

I am sorry I missed the book swap. We started running errands early, and somehow ended up stuck in a department store. Hope to make it next time.
by yoenlima
Thu May 06, 2010 7:41 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: BOOK SWAP AT EL SOL
Replies: 16
Views: 2036

Re: BOOK SWAP AT EL SOL

... I meant 'thing'... it's hard to type with a 2 year old pulling from your pants...
by yoenlima
Thu May 06, 2010 7:40 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: BOOK SWAP AT EL SOL
Replies: 16
Views: 2036

Re: BOOK SWAP AT EL SOL

14 and 2... I will try to make it. We usually do the 'Mother's Day' think on Saturday, not Sunday...

My name is Astrid. If I do come, hope to see you there.
by yoenlima
Thu May 06, 2010 5:50 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: BOOK SWAP AT EL SOL
Replies: 16
Views: 2036

Re: BOOK SWAP AT EL SOL

I have some children books, I wonder if there will be any interest, also, since they've been read by my children, they are not in perfect condition.... is that a problem?
by yoenlima
Fri Jan 29, 2010 6:47 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Peru 2010 Calendars
Replies: 1
Views: 323

Re: Peru 2010 Calendars

I've seen some cheesy ones around, nothing I'd like to buy. Perhaps, some of the most talented members of this forum can share some nice pics and you can have one made in one of those photo developing shops. It'll have some meaning at least...
by yoenlima
Tue Jan 26, 2010 4:18 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Idea for northern beaches
Replies: 6
Views: 1402

Re: Idea for northern beaches

They should also include some of the gorgeous beaches in the 'Norte Chico', the area in the Huarmey area (Ancash). Have any of you been down that way? Beaches are beautiful and they don't have the traffic that most of the other popular destinations have.
by yoenlima
Tue Jan 26, 2010 4:13 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: THYROID MEDICATION IN LIMA!
Replies: 7
Views: 1670

Re: THYROID MEDICATION IN LIMA!

Just yesterday I paid 48 soles for a box of 50 in 'Boticas & Salud'.
by yoenlima
Mon Jan 25, 2010 7:24 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: THYROID MEDICATION IN LIMA!
Replies: 7
Views: 1670

Re: THYROID MEDICATION IN LIMA!

I used to take Synthroid in the US, but ever sice I moved here I started taking Eutirox (Levothyroxine) by Merck and I had no problems with it. I take the 125 mcg dosis and find it easily in most pharmacies (large chains).
by yoenlima
Mon Jan 25, 2010 7:18 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Earthquake in Pucallpa...
Replies: 20
Views: 2718

Re: Earthquake in Pucallpa...

I felt it, I was on a building, in Lima... :?

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