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by MarcoPE
Tue Jun 23, 2020 10:06 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Hiraoka
Replies: 4
Views: 244

Hiraoka

OK...I moved to Peru in 2010 and have loved shopping at Hiraoka in the past, loved their selection, etc. However, our microwave oven recently broke and I needed to purchase a new one. Hiraoka had the one I wanted at the price I wanted on their website. Saga had it too but it was a little more expens...
by MarcoPE
Mon Mar 16, 2020 1:52 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Coronavirus, Peru and the Positive Reaction of Peruvians vs Europe
Replies: 94
Views: 4098

Re: Coronavirus, Peru and the Positive Reaction of Peruvians vs Europe

Yes, I understand being cautious, but what Vizcarra did today is unacceptable and not very well thought out. Jorge Chavez now is a mess of people all together trying to get out and I imagine there are many Peruvians in the US and other places trying to get back. This policy, issued on a Sunday, allo...
by MarcoPE
Tue Oct 08, 2019 5:46 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: How can I watch US TV here in Lima ?
Replies: 4
Views: 848

Re: How can I watch US TV here in Lima ?

If you're here for just 6 months I would recommend finding the SAP setting on the TV or cable box and see what channels are available in English.
by MarcoPE
Sat Aug 17, 2019 12:47 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: How can I get my package?
Replies: 45
Views: 3398

Re: How can I get my package?

A friend from the US sent me a package using USPS of CBD oil (legal in Peru) & TUMS (not available in Peru). Customs now has the package (see below), but they provide no info (or phone #) how to pick up the package. Hoping someone can provide advice on how to proceed; what is "LIMA COLIS&q...
by MarcoPE
Sat May 11, 2019 1:08 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: TUMS - where to find?
Replies: 6
Views: 1204

Re: TUMS - where to find?

You won't find Tums or Rolaids here. The options here for antacid are lousy to be honest. As mentioned, there is Sal de Andrews and I believe another antacid product in a liquid recently became available (I've seen at Plaza Vea). The pharmacies sometimes sell Mylanta in tabletas or a similar type of...
by MarcoPE
Mon Mar 18, 2019 10:59 am
Forum: Buy & Sell
Topic: EvenFlo Child Seat
Replies: 0
Views: 808

EvenFlo Child Seat

Selling a (practically) brand new EvenFlo Chase Select Child Restraint System car seat. We purchased this in the US for use while we were visiting there. It was only used for 12 days. No stains, no tears; it is in perfect condition. Has cup/bottle holders and it is FAA approved for use for airline t...
by MarcoPE
Wed Jan 16, 2019 4:02 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Modifying my US cell phone
Replies: 10
Views: 2111

Re: Modifying my US cell phone

I received an expensive LG cell phone from the US as a Christmas present. Went to all the carriers here in Huaral (Claro, Movistar, B-Tel) & they all told me I could not just swap out the chip, I had to completely gut the whole insides & start new (expensive). What has your experiences been...
by MarcoPE
Wed Sep 19, 2018 9:26 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: How do I get OH! card?
Replies: 3
Views: 1879

Re: How do I get OH! card?

As far as I know, you can't. All the store cards I have encountered require Peruvian based income....doesn't matter if you make $10,000 a week from an outside source, if it's not Peruvian based then no card. If there is any way around it, I am sure not aware of it. One plus is with the CMR card...mo...
by MarcoPE
Wed May 23, 2018 3:35 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Cat Transportation
Replies: 4
Views: 2490

Re: Cat Transportation

Hi, I've got 2 kittens and am considering (though probably will be too difficult and expensive) bringing them back to the states with me. I have already contacted my airlines and am looking at the different travel requirements in the different states I will be flying through, but I was wondering if...
by MarcoPE
Mon Dec 04, 2017 8:15 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Peru may be cut off from USD clearing
Replies: 33
Views: 3610

Re: Peru may be cut off from USD clearing

The sanctions were effectively put in action in April 2017. Could you please cite a source for this? You have already seen that as premature inflation of basic goods (check your Wong or Vea bills), and the exchange rate will follow. I have seen some increases in some goods at the supermarket but (a...
by MarcoPE
Fri Jul 14, 2017 9:17 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Protestant Churches in Lima
Replies: 2
Views: 1926

Re: Protestant Churches in Lima

We're familiar with the Union Church in San Isidro, but are looking for any other non-ultra conservative options in either English or Spanish in and around areas out as far as Jesus Maria or Pueblo Libre. There is also the Anglican church, Church of the Good Shepard, with sermons in English, just a...
by MarcoPE
Tue Jun 27, 2017 8:59 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Magic Jack
Replies: 7
Views: 1762

Re: Magic Jack

I have several questions about a Magic Jack: 1. Do you get acceptable phone clarity using the MJ with the internet? 2. Are there any costs other than buying the unit? 3. Where can you purchase a MJ at democratic prices? 4. Does anyone have a used unit for sale? Thanks. :roll: :roll: My experience: ...
by MarcoPE
Wed Nov 09, 2016 6:30 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: USA Election viewing
Replies: 60
Views: 8516

Re: USA Election viewing

LOL :lol:
by MarcoPE
Wed Oct 26, 2016 11:34 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: RESIDENTS w/ C.E. -- I need help understanding 183-day limit for travel outside Peru
Replies: 11
Views: 2196

Re: RESIDENTS w/ C.E. -- I need help understanding 183-day limit for travel outside Peru

Maybe I'm wrong but I think you can't be out of Peru for more than 6 months when you have a CV. It seems to be 183 days consecutive.
by MarcoPE
Wed Oct 26, 2016 10:44 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: USA Election viewing
Replies: 60
Views: 8516

Re: USA Election viewing

Trump wasn't my favorite primary candidate but Hillary is just so absolutely corrupt, its quite the election cycle.. I disagree, but even if all the terrible things said about Hillary were actually true (which, for the most part, they're really not), I'd still prefer her over Trump. Much better to ...
by MarcoPE
Fri Oct 21, 2016 10:19 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: USA Election viewing
Replies: 60
Views: 8516

Re: USA Election viewing

Trump wasn't my favorite primary candidate but Hillary is just so absolutely corrupt, its quite the election cycle..
by MarcoPE
Wed Sep 21, 2016 11:12 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: My top 5 cravings from my home country
Replies: 18
Views: 3248

Re: My top 5 cravings from my home country

NY Style chinese food
Tex-Mex
Occasionally, a Wendy's Baconator
Real breakfast
Grinders
....and now I'm getting hungry.... :(
by MarcoPE
Thu Jun 09, 2016 11:23 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Dog Sitter/Reliable Boarding in Lima
Replies: 3
Views: 1062

Re: Dog Sitter/Reliable Boarding in Lima

We used La Casa de Bellota a couple of years ago (http://www.lacasadebellota.com.pe/bienvenidos) and they seemed pretty decent. You may want to check them out for yourself though because each pet has different needs.
by MarcoPE
Wed Jun 01, 2016 5:13 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Overstay then apply for residency? Bad idea?
Replies: 2
Views: 1419

Re: Overstay then apply for residency? Bad idea?

If you submitted your paperwork before your tourist visa expired then there shouldn't be a problem.
by MarcoPE
Sat May 07, 2016 9:11 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: USA Elections
Replies: 3
Views: 930

Re: USA Elections

If CA was the last state you were registered to vote in then go to https://www.fvap.gov/california and follow the instructions .... though I found it more helpful to go directly to the county website for the election official of my state ... yours would be here: http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/voter...
by MarcoPE
Thu Apr 14, 2016 12:35 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Peru Presidential Election
Replies: 70
Views: 18115

Re: Peru Presidential Election

If this were the US where voting is optional a lot of those people wouldn't bother voting, but since voting is mandatory here Veronika's supporters are going to have to hold their noses and vote for someone. Actually, you have to "vote" (or pay the fee).... but you DON"T have to vote...
by MarcoPE
Tue Mar 08, 2016 2:00 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Purchasing a used car - advice, tips, pitfalls
Replies: 5
Views: 1430

Re: Purchasing a used car - advice, tips, pitfalls

Thanks for all the good tips. I figured that odometer manipulation was a big problem here.
by MarcoPE
Fri Mar 04, 2016 9:44 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Purchasing a used car - advice, tips, pitfalls
Replies: 5
Views: 1430

Purchasing a used car - advice, tips, pitfalls

We are considering purchasing a car ... most likely will be used - 2010 or above - and just wanted to know any experiences about the process, what maybe to look out for, any other suggestions somebody might have, like reliable places to look or places to avoid, etc..

Thanks...
by MarcoPE
Thu Jan 28, 2016 11:30 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Pedestrian Fly Over Parque Maria Reiche, will it EVER be completed?
Replies: 8
Views: 1769

Re: Pedestrian Fly Over Parque Maria Reiche, will it EVER be completed?

JanD wrote:Does anyone know where one can make complaints (as inhabitant of Miraflores, paying my local taxes)?


Start with the mayor; his email address is at bottom of the page:
http://www.miraflores.gob.pe/_contenTempl1.php?idpadre=12&idcontenido=13
by MarcoPE
Wed Jan 20, 2016 4:37 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Serpost Strike
Replies: 28
Views: 8862

Re: Serpost Strike

So, should I do something now? If so, what? Or should I just wait? Forgive me if you already tried this, but check out the tracking for your service in the Netherlands using the same tracking number. I know when we have packages shipped to us I can only follow it till it leaves the originating coun...
by MarcoPE
Sat Jan 16, 2016 10:43 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Degree translation requirements
Replies: 2
Views: 698

Re: Degree translation requirements

For people here to provide a better answer you should probably mention your home country (for example in the US, state and most other docs are certified by the Sec of State for each state, while Fed docs are certified by the US Sec of State) and what language your degree is in. Aside from that, some...
by MarcoPE
Fri Jan 15, 2016 7:50 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Coming to Peru with Little Spanish and a four year old
Replies: 8
Views: 1969

Re: Coming to Peru with Little Spanish and a four year old

I have a list of international school in Lima but notice some of the school is very expansive, like near $10,000 a year. Is that true? Yes, many of the schools here are quite expensive...and many of the better schools are already enrolling this year to begin in 2017. Roosevelt School for example co...
by MarcoPE
Fri Jan 01, 2016 7:29 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Dog-friendly restaurants?
Replies: 4
Views: 970

Re: Dog-friendly restaurants?

If your dog is well-behaved you can try Café Buena Vida on the Malecon - Alt. Cdra 15 Malecon Cisneros del parquet Grau in Miraflores. I have seen other dogs there.(Tel: 724-0475)
by MarcoPE
Thu Nov 05, 2015 8:19 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Claro credit check
Replies: 4
Views: 7313

Re: Claro credit check

It's been a while but I think its *777
by MarcoPE
Wed Oct 07, 2015 9:25 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Should I marry my Peruvian boyfriend?
Replies: 20
Views: 4707

Re: Should I marry my Peruvian boyfriend?

If you are legally here in Peru, and decide that you want to get married (though based on what you stated earlier, I would definitely think long and hard about that), once the marriage takes place and all the documents required are submitted to DIGEMIN, it typically takes about 30 days for the proce...
by MarcoPE
Tue Sep 15, 2015 6:33 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Free Basic Spanish
Replies: 1
Views: 630

Free Basic Spanish

For anyone that maybe interested, there is a free 16-week basic Spanish course ($40 if you want a certificate) being offered by EdX.org from UPValencia (so I assume it is taught more as Spain Spanish than Latin American Spanish). I can't attest to its quality, as I have not completed it, but for tho...
by MarcoPE
Mon Jun 29, 2015 8:20 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: I have a carnet AND visitor visa...
Replies: 21
Views: 3924

Re: I have a carnet AND visitor visa...

Just an update on this: -- I went to Migraciones and explained my situation honestly and in detail. After talking to her supervisor the agent told me all that matters is that I have my Carnet and I should be fine from here. -- I left the country a week ago and presented my CE. No questions asked. -...
by MarcoPE
Fri Jun 19, 2015 10:22 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Quitting Smoking
Replies: 11
Views: 2628

Re: Quitting Smoking

Also, this year they approved Champix here which maybe another option ...

http://www.minsa.gob.pe/portalbiblioteca2/biblio/plm/PLM/productos/47938.htm
by MarcoPE
Fri Jun 12, 2015 3:19 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Security change at USA Embassy in Lima
Replies: 20
Views: 3999

Re: Security change at USA Embassy in Lima

I'm writing a letter to complain. Good idea...though based on the warmness and kindness of the people there, I can guess right where that will go. Oh, and bonus: not a single one of the security people spoke English. WTF?!?! Well, the security people that don't speak any English actually work for a...
by MarcoPE
Wed Mar 25, 2015 9:51 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: embarazo
Replies: 20
Views: 3953

Re: embarazo

Personally, I am a little confused.... do you have a girlfriend in Peru and love is guiding your way? or are you just looking for citizenship and a girl from any country in South America will do, as long as you can obtain citizenship? diabolical... and im only interested in south america....I blend ...
by MarcoPE
Fri Feb 27, 2015 2:04 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Cheap labor!
Replies: 14
Views: 2483

Re: Cheap labor!

see...and I thought there was nothing you and teamo would ever agree on .... turns out it's work ethic, whoda thunk. :lol:
by MarcoPE
Fri Feb 27, 2015 12:42 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Cheap labor!
Replies: 14
Views: 2483

Re: Cheap labor!

Being on time is highly over-rated. It is also stressful. Especially with crazy traffic. It will be a northern cultural artifact one day. Working like a dog is highly over-rated. It is also stressful. Especially when there are better things to do in life. Stop and smell the roses. That's fine .... ...
by MarcoPE
Fri Feb 27, 2015 11:54 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Cheap labor!
Replies: 14
Views: 2483

Re: Cheap labor!

Yes, I am sure there are exceptions (I would like to have contact numbers for those guys) ... but I find that , generally, getting them to show up the first time to start the job or on time throughout the job has to be something along the equivalent to finding a unicorn or sasquatch or a pot of gold...
by MarcoPE
Wed Feb 25, 2015 9:55 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Reasonable health insurance?
Replies: 19
Views: 4354

Re: Reasonable health insurance?

What's the minimum you should pay for decent health insurance? This is definitely a difficult question because you never really know how sick you are going to be and it is really a gamble ... if you think you will only have minor crap then there are many discount plans which are probably fairly des...
by MarcoPE
Tue Jan 13, 2015 12:46 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: TV - SAP Guide
Replies: 0
Views: 350

TV - SAP Guide

Since SAP (Secondary Audio Program) info isn't easily available from the cable providers, I thought I'd add it here for informational purposes (for Telefonica). If you have another provider or a Telefonica package with more channels, feel free to add it: SAP - Movistar/Telefonica - Basic Cable, Lima...
by MarcoPE
Tue Jan 13, 2015 12:41 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Anyone with Claro Digital TV
Replies: 5
Views: 917

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. I...
by MarcoPE
Tue Jan 13, 2015 10:42 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Anyone with Claro Digital TV
Replies: 5
Views: 917

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. Yes and no. For example, some channels through Movistar are offer...
by MarcoPE
Mon Jan 12, 2015 8:43 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Anyone with Claro Digital TV
Replies: 5
Views: 917

Anyone with Claro Digital TV

We are considering switching from Movistar to Claro Full Digital package. Does anyone that has Claro digital know which channels are available in SAP (Secondary Audio Programming). Sadly when you call Claro, their reps don't even know what SAP is.

Thanks.
by MarcoPE
Fri Dec 19, 2014 5:31 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Apostilization
Replies: 5
Views: 1809

Re: Apostilization

If what you need is a PoA notarized for use in the United States, then I am pretty sure your only option will be the embassy for notary services. Just looking at the website if you scheduled an appointment today the soonest you could get would be January 5th but there are quite a few other openings ...
by MarcoPE
Wed Dec 10, 2014 6:03 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Tourist Visa Question
Replies: 10
Views: 1740

Re: Tourist Visa Question

Well, if this was my TAM I'd go with 60 days - that's what it looks like to me - but you may want to follow up to verify as mentioned previously.
by MarcoPE
Sat Nov 29, 2014 5:09 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: No rental without a letter from employer?
Replies: 12
Views: 2286

Re: No rental without a letter from employer?

If it were me I'd try Sergio's idea first with hopes of negotiating a lower rent. Well, though this is a good suggestion for some, let's face it not every gringo comes to Peru with a wad of cash in his suitcase and crapping money out of their ATM's....But, to answer the original question, I have ne...
by MarcoPE
Tue Nov 25, 2014 2:51 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Make $500 bringing our dog home for the holidays
Replies: 40
Views: 5172

Re: Make $500 bringing our dog home for the holidays

adrian Thorne wrote:I suggest it is taken with a very large pinch of salt.


....and some tequila :lol:
by MarcoPE
Mon Nov 17, 2014 11:14 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Docs needed for travel to the US
Replies: 1
Views: 565

Re: Docs needed for travel to the US

As far as travelling to the US it sounds like you should be all set. The "form" I believe you are speaking of is called the ESTA and I think that only applies for travelers from visa waiver countries and does not apply to others who had their visa issued at the embassy. As for the CE, I am...
by MarcoPE
Thu Sep 18, 2014 8:37 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: lost passport
Replies: 8
Views: 956

Re: lost passport

And if you look at the US embassy website for Lima it states: Lost or Stolen Passports If your passport is lost or stolen, you are advised to report the loss/theft to the local Peruvian police in the area in which it occurred. Please bring the police report with you at the time of your interview for...
by MarcoPE
Sun Sep 14, 2014 1:53 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Difficulty with Sidewalks? please comment
Replies: 20
Views: 2348

Re: Difficulty with Sidewalks? please comment

Please...put yourself in a wheelchair and try to make it across town....without getting killed. I am not myself but I can't imagine how difficult it is here for people who are physically disabled.

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