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by Ron
Fri May 29, 2009 6:51 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: homeopathic remedies
Replies: 3
Views: 1240

You may want to try Dr Rafael Chung (Baltazar la torre 880, San Isidro
Phone : 2645390).

He is a Chiropractor/Acupuncturist educated in the US. I can't remember if he does anything with Homeopathy.
by Ron
Fri May 29, 2009 6:45 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Be honest...how hard is it to adapt?
Replies: 28
Views: 8246

My response would simply be: If you are worried about all the things that you are going to miss, why are you leaving? Would it not be better to stay where you are and try to work things out? If you have to move, then I would say embrace all you can about Lima and Peru. As for all the bad things abou...
by Ron
Mon May 25, 2009 12:37 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Stuff from Home
Replies: 35
Views: 6235

I echo MiaBruno's sentiments about Tim Hortons.
What I really missed while living in Lima was the fall. Sunny but not too hot, all the different colours and walking along the Elbow River with a nice double double! Also, it's hard to beat a good steak from the Keg!
by Ron
Mon May 04, 2009 12:02 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: getting fired with no reason and no warning
Replies: 12
Views: 2204

Having this type of clause in a contract is very common. All the independant contractors I hire in my clinic (in Canada) have a similar clause. I also added that either party can end the contract for any reason with 30 days notice. Even my Uncle, when he was hired by NATO, had a six month probationa...
by Ron
Wed Mar 25, 2009 12:23 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: ¿Do you?
Replies: 22
Views: 5083

I lived in Lima for three years, ran a business and married a local girl. We left Lima and moved back to Canada but return to Lima every X-mas for 2-3 weeks. We constantly talk about returning to Peru. We know all the pros/cons and we still love it. Peru has so much potential as a country! It is the...
by Ron
Tue Jan 27, 2009 5:40 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Peru - Love it or leave it?
Replies: 16
Views: 3303

Good stuff CJ, We brought my sister down to Lima over the x-mas holidays and all she did was complain for 2 weeks straight! We took her to great restaurants, the beach, shopping, clubs and even to Cuzco and Machu Picchu and still she complained! The traffic, the slow service, the language, no restau...
by Ron
Thu Dec 11, 2008 1:58 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Golf
Replies: 29
Views: 5620

Tom, Why not send a note/e-mail/fax from your club president or yourself as a golf coach the three private clubs in Lima (Lima Golf, Golf Los Inkas and La Planicie) and see if they will let you on? I played Lima Golf last year as a guest of the Country Club Hotel and my caddy told me that all the go...
by Ron
Tue Dec 09, 2008 6:19 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Golf
Replies: 29
Views: 5620

Tom,

I will be in Lima from the 12th to the 28th and would love to play! Let me know where and when.

Ron
by Ron
Thu Aug 14, 2008 9:04 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: naturopath-homeopath
Replies: 2
Views: 1164

You may want to try Dr. Rafael Chung at Salud Universal Baltazar La Torre 880, San Isidro, Lima Av. El Polo 422, Monterrico, Santiago de Surco, Lima 264-5390, 436-0140 [email protected].com He is a Chiropractor trained in the US but also does acupuncture and has many contacts in the natural health ...
by Ron
Sat Feb 09, 2008 12:09 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: ExPat Dialect Quiz
Replies: 17
Views: 4349

Scored a 75% - Southern.

Born and raised in Southern Alberta, Canada. Go figure!
by Ron
Fri Feb 08, 2008 5:32 pm
Forum: Jobs in Peru
Topic: Wanted: Elite company paying ExPats great rates
Replies: 54
Views: 15879

Businesses have one MO... to make a profit. Companies that do well will usually pay more inorder to get the best people, which inturn allows them to continue to become an even better company. If you are an expat with a good education and experience in your field you should expect to get comperable w...
by Ron
Fri Dec 07, 2007 10:40 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Restaurant - Astrid y Gaston
Replies: 10
Views: 2791

Great food and great service! The location is a bit odd, on sort of a side street, so I would take a taxi (what else!) because parking is at a premium.
by Ron
Wed Dec 05, 2007 12:34 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Why did you choose Peru?
Replies: 30
Views: 6577

Went to Lima on a one year contract, ended up staying for 3. Fell in love, married a Peurvian, but we moved back to Canada when the whole Fujimori/Montessino saga went down. Why Peru? Excellent question. For me it is the lifestyle. Slower pace (almost to a fault sometimes), cheaper (approx. 3x less ...
by Ron
Wed Dec 05, 2007 11:15 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Where to Purchase Office/Computer Desk
Replies: 9
Views: 3636

ACP,

You may want to have something custom made. Friends of ours did that with coffee/end tables and it was much less expensive and fit their space perfectly. I do not know who they used but I'm sure it would not be that hard to find someone.
by Ron
Wed Dec 05, 2007 11:06 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Partying D'Onofrio Style!
Replies: 14
Views: 3201

Jamie,
Bring some of that firewood up here! It's -15 celcius, -27 with the windchill!

I will, however, be in Peru in less than a week and can then replace windchill with seabreeze!
by Ron
Tue Dec 04, 2007 7:52 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Permit for tinted windows Peru
Replies: 33
Views: 8042

Very well. Just curious, has anyone actually paid a traffic ticket? I would not know how to go about it.
by Ron
Tue Dec 04, 2007 6:54 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Laundry- How do YOU do it?
Replies: 12
Views: 3291

I used to live in San Borja and work in San Isidro. I would take my laundry to the cleaners in San Isidro on Monday and pick it up Tuesday after work, washed-dryed-folded and wrapped in plastic. It was about 12 soles. They did it by weight. Fantastic!
by Ron
Mon Dec 03, 2007 5:18 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: New Year in Lima
Replies: 16
Views: 7490

We have been (twice) to a hotel in Miraflores called Sol de Oro. We rented a room for the night, there was a dinner and champagn on the rooftop while viewing the fireworks. They even threw in the party favors!
by Ron
Mon Dec 03, 2007 5:05 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Permit for tinted windows Peru
Replies: 33
Views: 8042

I agree with Rodd. We had a Toyota with tinted windows and never had a problem, not even going to and from the airport with it's security. Just remember, S/.10 and a sincere apology will usually do the trick.
by Ron
Mon Dec 03, 2007 4:48 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Scotia Bank offers loans as low as $17
Replies: 23
Views: 5964

Who was that yahoo from a earlier thread claims how great Canadians are? I think he was right!!!! Do you have a washer/dryer? Is your driveway paved? Fantastic, here is your new visa! The best part is the interest rate is only 40%! "What are you peolple, on dope!" Mr. Hand - Fastimes at Ri...
by Ron
Mon Dec 03, 2007 4:27 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Good cheap phone cards to call from Canada?
Replies: 6
Views: 2514

Hey jing,

We are in Calgary and buy the "Best Time" phone cards from the cornerstore. They are $5 each and you get approx. 3 hrs of calling time. We call Peru both on land and cell line and don't have any problems.

Hope this helps.
by Ron
Fri Nov 30, 2007 1:16 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Tipping?
Replies: 35
Views: 8436

The Ketchup Principle ....awsome! Do I smell a novel?
by Ron
Thu Nov 29, 2007 12:36 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Abuela the Pick Pocket
Replies: 37
Views: 8389

I absolutely agree! Watches, rings, chains etc... off. No wallets. When I hit the crowds I try to wear cargo pants/shorts and carry my money in the pockets that button shut. It's more of a hassle when you want to pay for something but if it's hard for you to get at then it is just as hard for the th...
by Ron
Thu Nov 29, 2007 12:27 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Tipping?
Replies: 35
Views: 8436

I think what "Canadian Eh" was talking about was Cow Tipping. And yes we are much better and quieter at it than most!

Right Alan?
by Ron
Thu Nov 29, 2007 12:09 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Tipping?
Replies: 35
Views: 8436

I tip in Peru the exact same way I tip everywhere else. I use this simple mathmatical formula that works (for me) in all restaurant situations: great service = great tip good service = good tip bad service = no tip BTW Canadians are also stronger, better looking and able to leap tall buildings!
by Ron
Wed Nov 28, 2007 3:02 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: chiropractor recommendation
Replies: 29
Views: 10009

Cajun,

When I move back you can have adjustments on the house!
by Ron
Tue Nov 27, 2007 10:53 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: chiropractor recommendation
Replies: 29
Views: 10009

Bill Black - he is a good San Fransico boy. CENTRO QUIROPRACTICO UNIVERSAL Calle Monte Rosa 125 of. 2C3 Centro Comercial Chacarilla. Phone : 372-7339 Paul Alfalla - he is a good NYC boy. CENTRO QUIROPRACTICO ALFALLA Email: Contactar al vendedor Teléfono 247-8831 y 247-9980 Dirección AV.SAN MARTIN 2...
by Ron
Tue Nov 27, 2007 9:43 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: The Spanish Translation Thread
Replies: 19
Views: 6768

I want incredibly bad foor for a super cheap price.
Yo quiero Taco Bell.
by Ron
Tue Nov 27, 2007 8:36 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Expats on a pdestal? I think not
Replies: 47
Views: 10438

Inka Market...that reminds me of a good story! I went there one day to buy a painting for my office. I found one I liked and we went back and forth on the price (in spanish) until we settled on one. I asked him to frame it and that I would pay half now and half on pick-up when it was framed. He wrot...
by Ron
Tue Nov 27, 2007 7:41 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Expats on a pdestal? I think not
Replies: 47
Views: 10438

Love the haggle, hate having to start at such a high price! What then is my option? That's right, just say NO and keep moving to the next.
by Ron
Tue Nov 27, 2007 7:22 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: looking for apartment in Lima
Replies: 10
Views: 3780

What I did to find an appartment to rent was to have a real estate agent find some nice places in the areas I wanted and in my price range. I ended up in a great new place in San Borja, 3 BR, 3 bath huge kitchen, maids quaters on two levels for $380. But beware, most new places do not come with frid...
by Ron
Tue Nov 27, 2007 7:15 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: surco or la molina
Replies: 8
Views: 2709

La Molina is like a suburb, far removed from the action of the city. I does have it's shops, malls, medical facilities etc... so you are not isolated. Getting a taxi to and from La Molina is also a bit of a hassle. And if you live there and are in the city, do not tr to return home during rush hour ...
by Ron
Tue Nov 27, 2007 6:33 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Private Clubs in Lima
Replies: 66
Views: 22263

Club El Bosque , been there and had a great time. Regattas , been there and it was overcrowded and had a terrible time. Lima Golf , been there and had a great time, but played a horrible round of golf. I hear it is in the $30-50K range to join. Brutal! We are looking at CC La Planicie. It's $20K to...
by Ron
Tue Nov 27, 2007 6:04 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: INTERPOL PERU
Replies: 36
Views: 19565

The only trouble I had at Interpol was getting in. I showed up in shorts and a T-shirt. They sent me home to put on something more appropriate. I came back in khakis and a dress shirt and they sent home to "try again". Came back the third time in a suit and it all went smooth from there.
by Ron
Tue Nov 27, 2007 5:58 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Cashless society?
Replies: 35
Views: 9691

Wow gypsy, you got real dark real quick!

Yeh to no sugar snacks and sodas!
Boo to more centralized control over my post tax dollars!
by Ron
Tue Nov 27, 2007 5:47 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Expats on a pdestal? I think not
Replies: 47
Views: 10438

Last time I was in Lima (Dec 06) and was looking for a taxi to San Isidro to my hotel. Guess how much I was asked for? By the way I am 6'3 and lily white but I speak spanish very well. First guy, $25, I said no and kept moving. He followed and by the time I was in the parking lot it was down to $15....
by Ron
Tue Nov 27, 2007 1:01 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Expats on a pdestal? I think not
Replies: 47
Views: 10438

Wow, it looks like I'm the cold-hearted one here! My brother-in-law makes S/.900 a month as a teller at Telefonica. He typically works 9-9 5 days a week. That would put his wage at about S/.45 a day, less than your driver friend. Does he try and charge people more on their phone bills so that he can...
by Ron
Tue Nov 27, 2007 12:25 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Cashless society?
Replies: 35
Views: 9691

I have just read at LIP that 3 new banks are going to be up and running by mid 2008. What this means is: "A higher level of competition will make it more likely for interest rates to decrease, making it easier for people to get loans and establish credit, said Enrique Arroyo, General Manager of...
by Ron
Tue Nov 27, 2007 12:07 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Cashless society?
Replies: 35
Views: 9691

As a business owner, I LOVE cash. Last year I paid my bank (Scotiabank) approx. $2700 CAN for the "convenience" of the debit/credit machine and the accompanying services charges. I have a 10 year lease on my office and so if nothing changes I am looking at giving the bank $27,000 so that p...
by Ron
Tue Nov 27, 2007 11:24 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Expats on a pdestal? I think not
Replies: 47
Views: 10438

Let me summarize then: Peruvians are poor and so I should not be upset when they are trying to take me for 3-5x the going rate for something because this is "just business" and I should expect it because I am a tourist (or at least look like one) and can therfore afford it. That it is unfa...
by Ron
Mon Nov 26, 2007 9:18 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Expats on a pdestal? I think not
Replies: 47
Views: 10438

Sorry Remi but we are talking about the same thing, doing something dishonest inorder to gain more money. Lying is just that, a lie. The size of it does not matter. Stealing to feed your family or stealing millions is, in principle the same, stealing. A taxi driver driving all day or an account wor...
by Ron
Mon Nov 26, 2007 6:26 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Expats on a pdestal? I think not
Replies: 47
Views: 10438

Let's get this straight. What we are talking about is the behaviour of one person trying to take advantage of another because you believe that they are in a higher social/financial standing. I understand that you believe that poor social conditions contribute to this and that it would look like it h...
by Ron
Mon Nov 26, 2007 5:35 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Expats on a pdestal? I think not
Replies: 47
Views: 10438

Are you asking me if poor social conditions are an excuse to lie/cheat/steal from others? I would have to disagree. Look at Enron etc...millionaires trying to become larger millionaires. This kind of behaviour happens all around us and to everyone we know. It happens to me in South America (not just...
by Ron
Mon Nov 26, 2007 4:39 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Expats on a pdestal? I think not
Replies: 47
Views: 10438

Sorry Parmentier but I have to agree with the others here. When I am in Lima I ALWAYS get the "gringo" price when going to markets, getting taxis etc.. I find it funny how the price contiunes to go up when my Mother (speaks no spanish white canadian) tries to barder for items at the market...
by Ron
Mon Nov 26, 2007 1:57 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Medicine in Peru
Replies: 18
Views: 18298

What you should do is go to a private clinic and make an appointment to see an orthodpod (tramatologo) and tell him/her your story and have them direct you to the appropriate person. They will have contacts and be able to get you quality medication. DO NOT got to the shady phamacies to get drugs for...
by Ron
Thu Nov 22, 2007 9:40 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: surco or la molina
Replies: 8
Views: 2709

The wife and I have discussed the same topic. Surco is still "in the city" where as La Molina is further away from the goings on but you can get a larger house, garden and even a pool for less. The other bonus is that La Molina tends to get more sun through the winter months. I lived in Su...
by Ron
Wed Nov 21, 2007 7:19 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: US Visa explained (slightly) -- 80% rejected
Replies: 59
Views: 12515

My brother-in-law was denied a visitor visa, to the USA, on Monday. The interviewer asked him 3 questions: 1. Where do you work? A: He is a student at Catholica. 2. Do you own any property? A: He is a student so, no. 3. Do you have a wife/children? A: No. Thank-you, but denied. Approx. 2 minutes. Wh...
by Ron
Tue Nov 20, 2007 12:29 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Religious culture
Replies: 23
Views: 4411

Try and answer these three questions: 1. What was Jesus's salary for spreading the "good news" and what is Joel Osteen's? Hint: Mr. Osteen has a new "church", the 16,000 seat Compaq Center, the former home of the Houston Rockets. 2. Why do non-profit churches keep asking for more...
by Ron
Mon Nov 19, 2007 1:38 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Nanny/Housekeeper needed Immediately!
Replies: 24
Views: 4201

Rachel, I think you have it right. Stick to your guns. Every job, everywhere has acceptable entry salary and/or compensation requirements. The more skilled/specialized the position is, the educational requirements, the experience needed etc.. should all be reflected in the pay/compensation that is g...
by Ron
Sun Nov 18, 2007 3:18 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Religious culture
Replies: 23
Views: 4411

AMG,

What we did to find a new church when our favorite pastor left to take care of his parents, we found other believers in our community and went around to various churches until we found one we fit into. My advice would be not to rush into and and to ask alot of questions.

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