Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Living the life Ecuador coast

Cuenca Company Producing Computer Boards
A new Cuenca-based high tech company has started producing computer boards used in electronic products manufactured and assembled in Ecuador. According to the country's Ministry of Industry and Productivity (MIPRO), those products may soon include a digital tablet manufactured in Cuenca.
It is the first company of its kind in Ecuador and the Andean region of South America.
The company, Tarpuc, was formally inaugurated last week when MIPRO Minister Ramiro González visited the production facility in the Cuenca suburb of Ucubamba. Tarpuc is being assisted by new government rules mandating that 70% of computer boards, or "electronic brains," for cell phones, televisions, car radios, cook ranges, and other high-tech equipment, be produced within the country.
The company, which has 70 employees, is currently producing 7,000 units a day, working with equipment and materials from Japan and China. It hopes to produce 12,000 units a day by the end of the year.
Once it begins working at full capacity, Tarpuc will export its products to other Latin American countries.


San Lorenzo finds a home for another new business 






This Notaria is located behind Common Grounds opposite the printer, with a staff of three and speaking only Spanish.  They use Google Translate to communicate for different languages, so this can help.  This will save you time by not going into Santa Elena.
They do give a discount to 65 years and older.  For example, a will's cost is normal price $350.00, with the discount you only pay $175.00.
If you are from the US or Canada, it is a must to have an Ecuadorian Will in place; this could be the place for you.  





Health care in Ecuador

Since the changes in health care have been introduced by President Correa to improve the public health, it has been seen that there is a shortfall of doctors in the country.
This shortfall was recently addressed with a change in policy, that will now allow foreign doctors to enter and practice medicine in the public health sector.
All of the foreign embassies were contacted to promote this move. The Cuban government responded and have allowed 1000 doctors to come to Ecuador.
There has been a backlash to this move by doctors in Ecuador, and a number have resigned.
The Ecuadorian  government has responded by saying, "If that is what they want to do, then let them".














Saturday, 25 January 2014

Anniversary

30 and 2 years ago

Two great times in my life! I find it hard to believe that it has been so long a time that I first encountered a love that has stayed over time.
And just over two years ago, I felt the same wave of enthusiasm, excitement, and adventure.
Both of these times are providing me with a stream of wonder.
Let me go back to the first time I bought a computer. In University, I learned FORTRAN and COBAL , the machine code of the day. It was a slog to work it and I never got into it.
Like a lot of people at that time, we did not really know what to do with it. Then, along came The ZX81 with a 1K board. You could expand it to 16K and play games on it.
Then came the Atari. Now, this was a computer that you could buy games for and not have to write code for.
Then came the future! Only, we did not know it at the time and we still do not know all the innovations or uses it will be put to today.
Thirty years ago, I bought my first Mac computer. I did not know it then, but it has changed my way of life! I do not have that first computer, sadly, but I do still have and use an IMAC that is eleven years old.
This passion and loyalty I have developed for MAC continues today. I cannot say that for any other product. Happy Birthday, MAC!
 The first time that I ventured here was just under two years ago; and, from that first sunrise that I enjoyed, I felt a calming comfort from the country and the people that I encountered.
Like my MAC, I find daily excitement, wonder, and a passion to learn more about the place I now call home.
Not all of the people that we have met have remained in our lives, as time moves on and change is inevitable, circumstances dictate that new friends are made, and old friends become memories.
Like my MAC, I hope that the fire inside me to enjoy, learn, understand and become part of the country lasts at least as long as my passion for my MAC.
To the unknown I go?






Festival 2014

This year festival (Carnival) will be in March from the 10th-12th.  This is a time of many people in the area, and watch out for those bags of water and flour! The noise level will rise and it will be hard to do your shopping, so stock up on what you need or get to the shops early!








San Lorenzo welcomes new business! 
      Puerto Moro is a successful chain of restaurants in Guayaquil and has recently branched out to a location in San Lorenzo. We tried it last evening, and found the atmosphere quite pleasant, with excellent food and in a well presented fashion, very good service, and music with which you can comfortably converse. You can choose to sit either downstairs, inside or out, or upstairs, inside or out. We found it to be a great new addition to our other favorites in the area.


A mixed salad great taste and presentation 

maximum alert 
This is an alert 
People who say they represent the health department
Are offering the vaccine for the H1N1 virus
Have instead been putting people to sleep 
Then proceed to rob them or go onto their homes and take valuables






Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Health Insurance and Shipping Information


Please note the change



Change the meeting date from Monday 13th to Thursday 16

Relocation/Visa Seminar
11:30 A.M.
Smokin' BBQ, Malecon, Salinas
Social hour 11:30 a.m.
Presentation Schedule:
Relocation and Container Shipment 12:00 p.m.
by Paul Wilches, President of Relocation Services of Ecuador
Lunch 1:00 p.m. – Dutch treat, each one pays for what they eat
Visas - types and processing 2:00 p.m.
by Kelsey Gottschalk, Regional Director of EcuaAssist
Question and Answer period follows.
 On 16th  we will also have Mr. Chuchuca from BMI Health insurance give us a Special Group  Health Insurance Rate which can benefit everybody who attends the meeting.   BMI is one of the top and best insurance  you can ask any doctor you may know in Ecuador and every Doctor prefers BMI because they pay fast not like other insurance company which take over 45 to 90 days.









Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Air Conditioning Service

For the most part, we who have made this area our home have accepted that things here get done in a different way than we were used to, from wherever we came from.
Servicing of AC in your home or in your vehicle is no different; that is, until you need it to be carried out.
You can ask around and talk to friends, and most of them will not have a clue as to where to find a person to do the service or what is entailed in the service of the equipment.
This piece came about when some people we know came down from the mountains to the coast and found that their AC system was not performing as it should.








Gauges high/low and bottle of freon




Charging station for delivery and recovery of freon
The Air Conditioner is not  included in a 'standard' service, so it can be easily neglected.
In saying that, a regular vehicle service should always check for the more obvious faults which may be associated with an Air Conditioning system operating below expectations, such as:
  • The drive belt tension,
  • Visible signs of Refrigerant oil stains on the compressor, hoses, pipes or fittings,
  • Loose or faulty compressor or equipment mounting brackets.
Anything beyond this cursory inspection then requires a full Air Conditioning Service.
Basic tools needed to carry out a service on the AC system of your vehicle:
A set of gauges as shown in the picture above,a dial thermometer to record the temperature before and after the service;
A supply of freon, an inspection lamp, a hand held non-contact temperature recorder, and depending on the level of service, a freon sniffer, to help locate leaks from the system.

Below is what you hope to receive:
  
  • Inspection of drive belts and pulleys,
  • Checking the operation of valves and thermostats,
  • Inspection of hoses and components,
  • Evacuating system & Recovering refrigerant (weigh amount and record),
  • Adding required amount of refrigerant oil,
  • Charging system with recommended refrigerant type and capacity (if required),
  • Condenser temperature check,
  • Suction line temperature reading,
  • Leak test system lines and components with an electronic leak detector,
  • Run vehicle to check air vent temperature and report.
As we live on the coast here in Ecuador, you may be hard pressed to find this type of service.
I have tried and it has been found lacking.
What I have found is that a guy will come out to your vehicle and attach their set of gauges to the high pressure side only; the gauge is connected to a bottle of freon; and he will try and inject freon into the system, measuring temperature with their hand.
The cost for this service is between $30 & $50. It may or may not work; what you do not know is what type of freon they have and whether it is compatible with your system.
The ultimate test was to take the vehicle to the only dealer in the Salinas area and check out their service.
This is what happened. The technician came out to the vehicle, and placed the gauges on the system connected to the high side only, turned on the gauge (engine running). The gauge showed pressure; he then went to the other side of the vehicle, looked around, and after just one minute and thirty seconds, he declared that the condenser was faulty and would need to be replaced.
After this very cursory inspection, he told us that it would cost $450.00 and take about three hours.
We thanked him and the lady service writer. On leaving, I advised that they go to a place in Guayaquil that I know through another friend who would provide a better service.
On their way back to the mountains, they did stop in to have the AC serviced. Everything that I had explained to them that should be part of the service was carried out, for the princely sum of $65.00, which did not include replacing the condenser that was found to be in good working condition, after it had been cleaned. 





Please note the change


Change the meeting date from Monday 13th to Thursday 16


Relocation/Visa Seminar
11:30 A.M.
Smokin' BBQ, Malecon, Salinas
Social hour 11:30 a.m.
Presentation Schedule:
Relocation and Container Shipment 12:00 p.m.
by Paul Wilches, President of Relocation Services of Ecuador
Lunch 1:00 p.m. – Dutch treat, each one pays for what they eat
Visas - types and processing 2:00 p.m.
by Kelsey Gottschalk, Regional Director of EcuaAssist
Question and Answer period follows.
 On 16th  we will also have Mr. Chuchuca from BMI Health insurance give us a Special Group  Health Insurance Rate which can benefit everybody who attends the meeting.   BMI is one of the top and best insurance  you can ask any doctor you may know in Ecuador and every Doctor prefers BMI because they pay fast not like other insurance company which take over 45 to 90 days.