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by curlyguy18
Mon May 28, 2012 9:42 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: do apartments typically allow pet birds?
Replies: 8
Views: 1981

Re: do apartments typically allow pet birds?

It really depends on the landlord. Some do and some don't, both in and outside Lima.
by curlyguy18
Sat May 19, 2012 5:43 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Asked for "Propina" to get CE - what can I do about it?
Replies: 18
Views: 4316

Re: Asked for "Propina" to get CE - what can I do about it?

Propinas are different from expedite fees. If this is not a legal expedite fee, then I would not pay a single cent and I would also try talking to someone superior to file a complaint. The whole process might be long and tedious but that's no excuse for asking for bribes.
by curlyguy18
Sun Apr 08, 2012 4:12 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: they walk like they drive
Replies: 138
Views: 24881

Re: they walk like they drive

I honestly have never experienced or even witnessed what you're describing; neither here nor abroad. And if it happens I'm pretty sure it's not common practice everywhere in Lima or in the rest of the country; meaning not everyone does this. And yes, Peru is being promoted as a tourist destination, ...
by curlyguy18
Sun Apr 08, 2012 11:02 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: they walk like they drive
Replies: 138
Views: 24881

Re: they walk like they drive

It wasn't said explicitly but it was implied. A comparison with Chile was made at the end of the post.
by curlyguy18
Sun Apr 08, 2012 10:07 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Working Illegally
Replies: 35
Views: 9217

Re: Working Illegally

Good point. Perhaps some people are hiding stuff and that's why they don't want to be legal. How they can live like that is also beyond me. As I've said before, it really bothers me that certain nation, alities can just get on a plane, come here as tourists and do whatever they want whereas I, as a ...
by curlyguy18
Sun Apr 08, 2012 9:57 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: they walk like they drive
Replies: 138
Views: 24881

Re: they walk like they drive

I find it a bit rich when foreigners call Peru or any other country uncivilized as if their own countries were very civilized. I can think of a lot of things about Europe and North America I would classify as uncivilized.
by curlyguy18
Sat Apr 07, 2012 11:37 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: they walk like they drive
Replies: 138
Views: 24881

Re: they walk like they drive

There is a minimum of requirements for all civilized people, ...... In Chile you can even complain to the police and they will get a night in jail for that kind of behavior . Falconagain, then what are you doing in an "uncivlised" country, as you have clearly implied in your post? Perhaps...
by curlyguy18
Sat Apr 07, 2012 11:22 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Working Illegally
Replies: 35
Views: 9217

Re: Working Illegally

Tons of respect to you, chi chi, but comments such as "you don't need a CE, just cross the border" and "so what?" do not give a good impression of you. As americorps said, it is a violation of the law, no matter how you look at it. It was about time someone did something about pe...
by curlyguy18
Tue Apr 03, 2012 10:52 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: they walk like they drive
Replies: 138
Views: 24881

Re: they walk like they drive

And as I said, venting in order to release and feel better is a human thing and there's nothing wrong about it. Taking it to extremes would be a problem :)
by curlyguy18
Tue Apr 03, 2012 10:33 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: they walk like they drive
Replies: 138
Views: 24881

Re: they walk like they drive

I get a kick out of expats that complain about things that simply cannot be changed in a country/culture. I'm not saying no one should vent, let off some steam, get something off your chest, whatever you wanna call it, but at the end of the day, you won't be able to change the way the population in ...
by curlyguy18
Fri Mar 30, 2012 4:31 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: they walk like they drive
Replies: 138
Views: 24881

Re: they walk like they drive

When in Rome....
by curlyguy18
Tue Mar 20, 2012 10:10 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Book club.
Replies: 0
Views: 414

Book club.

Does anyone know of an English book club here in Lima?

Thanks.
by curlyguy18
Fri Mar 16, 2012 11:12 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Applying for a visitor visa to Canada.
Replies: 14
Views: 3222

Re: Applying for a visitor visa to Canada.

yeah, that didn't come out very linear and it's a bit hard to read :(
by curlyguy18
Wed Mar 14, 2012 9:27 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Applying for a visitor visa to Canada.
Replies: 14
Views: 3222

Re: Applying for a visitor visa to Canada.

Hi itsallgood.

I was aware of the VAC services and I thought about going through them BUT they seem to charge 180 soles! Not exactly loose change in my pocket!
by curlyguy18
Sun Mar 11, 2012 7:01 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Daft Peruvian Myths
Replies: 60
Views: 13623

Re: Daft Peruvian Myths

As a Peruvian that has lived abroad, I have to say that Peruvian food is very good but I wouldn't say it's the best in the world. But yeah, I just smile when I hear my friends say our food's the best when they haven't tried much else.
by curlyguy18
Sat Mar 10, 2012 10:26 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Applying for a visitor visa to Canada.
Replies: 14
Views: 3222

Re: Applying for a visitor visa to Canada.

and it may be random, subject to the whims of the interviewing agent. That's very true. This seems to be the case mainly when you're applying for a tourist visa. When I went to England and the US it was for work and I had a company sponsor me and perhaps that's why the embassies didn't reject my ap...
by curlyguy18
Sat Mar 10, 2012 10:05 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Daft Expat Myths
Replies: 28
Views: 5721

Re: Daft Expat Myths

Chi chi, are you sure about that. Yes, there are lots of Chinese here but I would have thought most expats were Americans, Canadians and Europeans.
by curlyguy18
Fri Mar 09, 2012 11:19 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Daft Expat Myths
Replies: 28
Views: 5721

Re: Daft Expat Myths

I have heard more than one male expat say Peruvian women are sluts and that Peruvians are ALWAYS late. Talk about generalising.
by curlyguy18
Fri Mar 09, 2012 4:57 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Applying for a visitor visa to Canada.
Replies: 14
Views: 3222

Re: Applying for a visitor visa to Canada.

Thanks canadiantraveller. That is most reassuring. When your parents wrote the invitation letter, did they have to show proof of funds or proof of address? And did they notarise the letter?
by curlyguy18
Fri Mar 09, 2012 2:23 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Applying for a visitor visa to Canada.
Replies: 14
Views: 3222

Re: Applying for a visitor visa to Canada.

How did you manage to get her a work visa? You can PM me if you wish.
by curlyguy18
Fri Mar 09, 2012 2:17 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: UK Visa
Replies: 7
Views: 1731

Re: UK Visa

I forgot to mention it took them about 8 days.
by curlyguy18
Fri Mar 09, 2012 2:15 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: UK Visa
Replies: 7
Views: 1731

Re: UK Visa

Hi, there. When I applied to go to the UK, they sent my passport along with all my other documents to their office in NY. Now, as you said, they operate in Rio. I had to fill in the on-line form and make a payment online with a credit card. You also make an appointment online. On the day of your app...
by curlyguy18
Fri Mar 09, 2012 7:38 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Daft Peruvian Myths
Replies: 60
Views: 13623

Re: Daft Peruvian Myths

@lizzym, you must be having a hard time. My cousin won't let her 4-year old son go outside if it's just a little bit foggy and if he does he's wrapped up from head to toes. Also, if he's got a cold, he can't have a shower or else that will exacerbate his cold. My aunt's just come up with a new super...
by curlyguy18
Thu Mar 08, 2012 9:15 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Applying for a visitor visa to Canada.
Replies: 14
Views: 3222

Applying for a visitor visa to Canada.

Hi forum. I am trying to visit a friend in Toronto this winter (summer in Canada) and I was wondering if there are expats here whose friends or spouses have applied and obtained a visitor's visa to Canada. Basically, I'd like to go to Toronto for 2 weeks and I have a friend that is willing to write ...
by curlyguy18
Thu Mar 08, 2012 9:09 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Daft Peruvian Myths
Replies: 60
Views: 13623

Re: Daft Peruvian Myths

Never walk around barefoot or you'll get sick. Do not go out when it's foggy. Do not touch baby boys' bums too much or they might become gay.
by curlyguy18
Thu Mar 08, 2012 9:02 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: public transport in Lima
Replies: 11
Views: 3250

Re: public transport in Lima

The Metropolitano (with an o) service is excellent and the buses are clean and modern and they have assigned stops. The electric train is also a good idea. However, as someone mentioned previously, they only serve some parts of Lima. Something has to be done to improve public transport in ALL of Lim...
by curlyguy18
Thu Mar 08, 2012 12:44 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Anyone fancy a meet up second half of Feb time
Replies: 30
Views: 6140

Re: Anyone fancy a meet up second half of Feb time

I haven't been on the forum for over a month and missed this! Hopefully next time :)
by curlyguy18
Sun Feb 26, 2012 7:29 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: funny / embarrassing language learning mistakes.
Replies: 32
Views: 8022

Re: funny / embarrassing language learning mistakes.

Rama, the short name for Concepción is concho, with an o at the end!!!!!! :) The common meaning of concha is seashell and somehow, over time, it also became the slang word for vagina. I have made lots of mistakes learning English and I still do every now and then. A few of them are: 1) The dog leake...
by curlyguy18
Sun Feb 12, 2012 10:40 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: What Kind of Rights Do Illegal Workers Deserve?
Replies: 71
Views: 14959

Re: What Kind of Rights Do Illegal Workers Deserve?

That's true, falcon. As I've said before, the world is an unfair place.
by curlyguy18
Sun Feb 12, 2012 9:55 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Duel Citizenship
Replies: 3
Views: 840

Re: Duel Citizenship

I thought it was after 5 years that you could become a citizen. Perhaps it's different if you're married to a Peruvian.
by curlyguy18
Sat Feb 11, 2012 12:36 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: What Kind of Rights Do Illegal Workers Deserve?
Replies: 71
Views: 14959

Re: What Kind of Rights Do Illegal Workers Deserve?

Hi again.

Yeah, perhaps I should have stated this before. Of course I have got nothing against race, religion or anything. I appreciate your advice and I thank you for sharing your point of view on the matter at hand :)
by curlyguy18
Sat Feb 11, 2012 12:19 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: What Kind of Rights Do Illegal Workers Deserve?
Replies: 71
Views: 14959

Re: What Kind of Rights Do Illegal Workers Deserve?

Hi, windsport in Peru. Thanks for your expressing opinion about me. I have not really had a bad experience abroad; in fact it's here in my very own country that I have had a experience. At the language institute where I work there is a large number of foreign teachers working on tourist visas, and i...
by curlyguy18
Sat Feb 11, 2012 11:19 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: What Kind of Rights Do Illegal Workers Deserve?
Replies: 71
Views: 14959

Re: What Kind of Rights Do Illegal Workers Deserve?

@windsportinperu, easy for you to say. Your American/European passport is pretty much a VIP pass and that makes you feel like you can just go anywhere you want and do whatever you feel like doing. So Peruvians work illegally and therefore Americans can just come here and work illegally, too? How ver...
by curlyguy18
Wed Feb 08, 2012 5:26 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Anyone fancy a meet up second half of Feb time
Replies: 30
Views: 6140

Re: Anyone fancy a meet up second half of Feb time

So, when and where will the meet-up be?
by curlyguy18
Tue Feb 07, 2012 10:14 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: What Kind of Rights Do Illegal Workers Deserve?
Replies: 71
Views: 14959

Re: What Kind of Rights Do Illegal Workers Deserve?

Chichi, I was referring to those who were aware of what they were doing. And Kevin, well said.
by curlyguy18
Mon Feb 06, 2012 11:04 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: What Kind of Rights Do Illegal Workers Deserve?
Replies: 71
Views: 14959

Re: What Kind of Rights Do Illegal Workers Deserve?

Falconagain, I couldn't agree more with you. It is because of those that cheated and did not play by the rules that honest people with integrity like me can't enjoy the privilege of just hopping on a plane and travelling. Instead, I'm looked as a possible threat. As far as taking advantage of a syst...
by curlyguy18
Sun Feb 05, 2012 2:12 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Another Visa situation
Replies: 5
Views: 1308

Re: Another Visa situation

All the more reason to do things legally, mate! :D
by curlyguy18
Sun Feb 05, 2012 1:11 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Another Visa situation
Replies: 5
Views: 1308

Re: Another Visa situation

Yeah, just break the rules, overstay your visa, pay $1 a day and don't pay any taxes. I doubt that your 2 years of living here on a tourist visa count for anything. However, I'm glad to hear you want to formalise your status in this country as you're already living here and plan to continue living h...
by curlyguy18
Sun Feb 05, 2012 1:08 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Green tea
Replies: 6
Views: 1323

Re: Green tea

Te quiero té on 28 de julio perhaps?
by curlyguy18
Sun Feb 05, 2012 1:04 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: What Kind of Rights Do Illegal Workers Deserve?
Replies: 71
Views: 14959

Re: What Kind of Rights Do Illegal Workers Deserve?

Oh, and how about paying taxes when you're here on a tourist visa? Do you pay taxes and contribute to the country that way? Or do you feel like you're contributing enough by being an English speaker? There are lots of good non-native English teachers in this country (just because you speak English a...
by curlyguy18
Wed Feb 01, 2012 11:22 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: What Kind of Rights Do Illegal Workers Deserve?
Replies: 71
Views: 14959

Re: What Kind of Rights Do Illegal Workers Deserve?

First of all, I never created a separate topic entitled "what kind of rights do illegal workers deserve?" I don't want people out there to think I'm some sort of hater. @trevor33, what you've said is true. Foreigners can provide what Peruvians could probably not provide (native English spe...
by curlyguy18
Wed Feb 01, 2012 10:50 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: LGBT Expats, and friends and allies
Replies: 234
Views: 47885

Re: LGBT Expats, and friends and allies

It's been a while indeed. Either date's fine with me.
by curlyguy18
Sun Jan 29, 2012 4:23 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: What Kind of Rights Do Illegal Workers Deserve?
Replies: 71
Views: 14959

Re: Warning about Doyclases and info on Ministry of Work

No one is illegal. Everyone should be allowed to live where he wants. Everyone is supposed to be free. All those borders and rules are made through terrible wars. Wars were initiated and directed by the most brutal criminals in world history. Being illegal is not a crime. Calling someone an illegal...
by curlyguy18
Sun Jan 29, 2012 3:11 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: What Kind of Rights Do Illegal Workers Deserve?
Replies: 71
Views: 14959

Re: Warning about Doyclases and info on Ministry of Work

Besides, if Peru, or USA for that matter deported every illegal worker we'd both be back in the Stone Age. However not liking the idea of foreigners in your country is a different topic... I just think it's unfair. If you break the law, you should be punished. America was founded by illegal immigra...
by curlyguy18
Sun Jan 29, 2012 2:33 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: What Kind of Rights Do Illegal Workers Deserve?
Replies: 71
Views: 14959

Re: Warning about Doyclases and info on Ministry of Work

I think a lot of us make a distinction between what is legal and what is rightfully justified. Things might be generally less lax in the UK but a lot is also overlooked, and rightfully in my opinion. I must admit is was a long time ago but I once met someone who was working illegally with a tourist...
by curlyguy18
Sun Jan 29, 2012 2:29 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: What Kind of Rights Do Illegal Workers Deserve?
Replies: 71
Views: 14959

Re: Warning about Doyclases and info on Ministry of Work

curlyguy18 - Illegal immigrants get benefits of the system all the time in the States. Illegal immigrants can complain and/or sue pretty much anyone they want without being deported. There's a ton of good things the US gov does for illegal immigrants. Yes, some of the 60 or so million will be depor...
by curlyguy18
Sat Jan 28, 2012 3:59 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: What Kind of Rights Do Illegal Workers Deserve?
Replies: 71
Views: 14959

Re: Warning about Doyclases and info on Ministry of Work

I agree with both of you, Kevin and Sunflower. The Peruvian government should enforce the law, but alas, that won't happen any time soon.
by curlyguy18
Sat Jan 28, 2012 1:25 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Anyone fancy a meet up second half of Feb time
Replies: 30
Views: 6140

Re: Anyone fancy a meet up second half of Feb time

As I didn't get to meet you in the UK, it'd be cool to meet you here in Lima, Tom! :D
by curlyguy18
Sat Jan 28, 2012 1:22 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: What Kind of Rights Do Illegal Workers Deserve?
Replies: 71
Views: 14959

What Kind of Rights Do Illegal Workers Deserve?

I really do not mean to be a jerk here, but if I went to the US on a tourist visa and got work illegally, just like lots of people do here, and went to immigrations or the ministry of labour to complainabout not getting paid, I'd get my Peruvian bottom deported straightaway. I find it really unfair ...
by curlyguy18
Sun Jan 22, 2012 5:58 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Ordering books from Amazon.
Replies: 5
Views: 1726

Re: Ordering books from Amazon.

I think I'd rather wait until someone comes here from the States. I hate having to go to Serpost to pick stuff up.

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