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Submission of Proof of Life form 2023

FYI…

I emailed FBU Santo Domingo to ask about submission of the 7162 Proof of Life form this year. This is the return message from them:

Good morning,

This year we don’t needed your SSA 7162 as your benefits are not suspended.

You will be receiving a form to your mailing address once we need you to complete it.

Regards,

JAR – FBUSDOe

Lynn J: lynnjuanes@msn.com .

City: Cuenca

Recovery from alcoholism

Alcoholics Anonymous
*Daily English AA meetings in Cuenca.
*Open meetings at noon daily. “Open meetings” are open to anyone.
*Women’s meeting at 10:30 AM, Wednesdays.

*Overeaters Anonymous meeting Tuesdays at 10:30 AM
*Al-Anon meetings at 2:00 PM Mondays & Thursdays at 10:30 AM

*7-68 Presidente Borrero between Mariscal Sucre and Presidente Cordova. There is usually a vendor selling nuts and candy in the entrance way. Pass the stand and go upstairs to the 2nd floor.

Contact via Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AA-Cuenca-104295705583962

Daily noon-1 PM, see schedule above, free, 7-68 Presidente Borrero, Cuenca.

A friend of Bill Wilson: .

City: Cuenca

The inside information from the insurance business in Ecuador

Over the years, as a broker, I have seen the good and the bad in the insurance industry. The questions and problems that I have repeatedly run into have allowed me to create services that meet the needs of the market, especially those which fill the holes in the Ecuadorian private insurance sector. Many of the questions that have come up from customers over the years have a lot to do with the differences between health coverage in Ecuador and health coverage in the United States.

There are many ways to receive high quality private medical services in Ecuador from top-level professionals, 24 hours a day and seven days a week. These private clinics are part of the Ecuadorian health system but externally partner with insurance companies. This means that once a patient has received medical attention the clinic is not responsible for contacting the insurance company to obtain payment or reimbursement. This responsibility falls on that of the patient, or affiliate, and they must obtain the correct documentation of services in order to do so. This is the first major difference between the US healthcare system and Ecuador’s system. In the US, medical clinics and health insurance companies work together and the patient simply has to wait to receive a bill or reimbursement, more information about their next appointment, lab tests or referrals. In Ecuador, this type of communication between the clinic and health insurance company is not typical, despite the fact that the clinic and insurance company have contracted agreements.

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Fr. Crespi

On Thursday, Pope Francis declared Father Carlos Crespi Croci of Cuenca a venerable servant of God, putting him on the path toward canonization. Fr. Crespi was born in Italy, then came to Cuenca where he served and died.

This little city now has four saints/candidates: Fr. Matovelle (venerable), Fr. Emilio Moscoso (beatified), Hermano Miguel (saint), and now Fr. Crespi. That is actually a lot, in case you are wondering.

They have very different life stories – Fr. Matovelle was abandoned in the streets of Cuenca at birth by his mother, and brought up by aunts in desperate poverty; Hermano Miguel was born in that huge house next to Casa del Parque and was related to absolutely everybody; Fr. Moscoso at neither extreme — again, half the city seem to be his cousins. Is why someone always picks you up when you fall.

Lucy Hancock

City: Cuenca

New Ecuador-based support group for long-covid sufferers

Attention Long-Covid sufferers:

Long Covid (or Long-Hauler’s Syndrome) is an insidious and debilitating condition that one-in-five people who had Covid-19 are now dealing with (or had it, and eventually recovered). 65 million people worldwide are estimated to have the condition, which can last anywhere from a few months, to several years.

Ecuador is a unique place to have Long Covid, because we lack a lot of resources that sufferers in more-developed countries have, including expert physicians on the condition, certain medications and supplements, and various treatment options that are available elsewhere.

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Informative videos about Ecuador – Emilio Morocho

A lot has happened in the last week. I try to update you on places and events in my YouTube video. Please watch. Let me know if there is a special place you might like me to review.

Recently I opened a new YouTube website with information for expats.

https://youtube.com/@expatsincuencaecuador

I will cover trips around Ecuador, visits to historic places, and more. I plan to post on weekends. Please check it out and subscribe if you like it. Thank you.

Emilio Morocho: Emiliodriver@hotmail.com 098 699 5694. Call after: 8 AM.

City: Cuenca

Transportation to Cajas fishing place

Which bus company will drop us off at or near The Rancho de los Hermano’s Prado?

Are they open on Monday?

Price range for fishing/meal?

Thanks

Marc: +593 (0) 96 192 2997. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

“Gizmo,” the kitten

Thank you for everyone who reached out to me about adopting the quirky kitten that was posted on Saturday.

It was because of GringoPost and kindhearted individuals like you, that a kitten is off of the streets and has his forever home.

Thank you.

Dee

City: Cuenca

Tourist visa and tourist visa extension in Ecuador

Tourist visa and tourist visa extension, Ecuador.

As you know, Ecuador gives 90 days of tourist visa, for a lot of countries.

Venezuela, Africa countries and more, are excluded of this benefit, but, North America countries and Europe are into this benefit.

So, let’s suppose this. Our friend Joe, from USA-Canadá-Europe, arrives into Ecuador for first time in his life, and he arrives on June 23, 2023.

At the immigration point in Guayaquil or Quito airport, the Immigration Police check his passport and after creating him into the data base, receive 90 tourist visa days…

Option one: After some days or weeks, Joe decide to leave the country and just leave as any other traveler, and he thinks that maybe he will never return.

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The Essential Cocktail Recipe: Champagne Cocktail

Cocktails, mocktails, or juices anyone?!

“The Essential Cocktail” features essential oil-infused drink recipes to give your healthy (or party!) side a whole new level of therapeutic fun.

Today’s recipe: Champagne Cocktail

Why we love this cocktail

Oh, we’re not about to judge you for indulging in a Champagne Cocktail all on your own. Go ahead and treat yourself with this sweet and smart drink served up by the poolside on a sunny day or any time you need a cool way to let the world know you’re off the clock.

Time to make
3 minutes

Servings
Serves 2

Ingredients

• 2 Organic Sugar Cubes
• Angostura Bitters
• Champagne
• Splash of Cranberry Juice
• 2 drops Wild Orange Essential Oil
• Orange Zest Twist for garnish

Directions

Soak sugar cubes with 2 drops Wild Orange Essential Oil and a bit of Angostura bitters. Split between two champagne flutes and top with champagne and a splash of cranberry juice.
Garnish with an orange zest twist.

Therapeutic Benefits

Wild Orange Essential Oil brings a flurry of energy to the party.
It contains 80-97% Limonene, a constituent that benefits nervous system health. It also has 1-2% Geranial, which acts as a tonic to revive feelings of vitality.

Make a twist to your favorite drinks, wow your friends and enjoy the healthy benefits of your oils in the process.

Find essential oils and ingredients at Cuenca Shop
Coronel Talbot 8-66 (Parque San Sebastian)

Sofia Bustamante: 098 200 3096. Call Noon.

City: Cuenca

Cooperativa CREA / deal on interest rates / Giovanna Rivera

Greetings dear expats,

CREA Credit Union in order to make an official announcement needs to inform that We will be paying a special and highest interest rates on new Investments this month depending the time and amount of the Investment and previous authorization from our CEO.

If You have an offer from another bank, please let me know and we will see if we are able to match it!

Just a reminder of all the benefits You Can have at CREA:

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Get to know Ecuador better – Emilio Morocho

Recently I opened a new YouTube website with information for expats.

https://youtube.com/@expatsincuencaecuador

I will cover trips around Ecuador, visits to historic places, and more. I plan to post on weekends. Please check it out and subscribe if you like it. Thank you.

Cuenca Car Share is your key to explore Ecuador

Emilio Morocho: cuencacarshare@gmail.com 098 699 5694. Call after: 8 AM.

City: Cuenca

Get to know Ecuador better – Emilio Morocho

Recently I opened a new YouTube website with information for expats.

https://youtube.com/@expatsincuencaecuador

I will cover trips around Ecuador, visits to historic places, and more. I plan to post on weekends. Please check it out and subscribe if you like it. Thank you.

Cuenca Car Share is your key to explore Ecuador.

Emilio Morocho: cuencacarshare@gmail.com 098 699 5694. Call after: 8 AM.

City: Cuenca

Ingapirca Ruins Complex – reserving now “required”

I just returned from Ingapirca. The ticket clerk was unequivocal: reservations are required (link below). If you show up and there is space, then they will let you in of course. But if there are 7 buses of visitors, as there were on a rainy Friday, then you’ll have to wait.

Also, FYI, the road was washed out a few kilometers from the site (on the smaller road), and it was very difficult in a smallish rental car. We almost got stuck in the mud. Thus, I would recommend an alternate route: Tambo on the E35, then Carrera Ingapirca. Much shorter from E35 on an easily passable road.

Reservations:
Click here


Google Directions:
Click here


Paul

City: Cuenca

Soccer/futbol tickets

Hello All,

We went to the stadium in Cuenca today to buy tickets for 13 March, and we were told we had to buy them online. Does anyone know what website to go to? I can’t find anything other than some pricey package on TripAdvisor.

Anybody out there planning to go?

Thanks!

Lauren Martin: sewinglauren@gmail.com On WhatsApp 1-719 499 8035. Call after: 8 AM.

City: Cuenca

Best way to bring 6-7 suitcases into Ecuador

My friend is moving to Ecuador with 6-7 large duffel bags, some may be over 70 pounds. I’m looking for recommendations for the best way to ship/fly/get them to Ecuador from the US.

Thank you in advance for your assistance.

Holly: .

City: Cuenca

Psychic reader

Would people on this site be interested in a gringo psychic reader located in Cuenca?

I have over thirty years’ experience. I was a primary psychic reader recommended by the Edgar Cayce org. (A.R.E.) of NY for over 20 years.

Fees would be reasonable ($30 per hour) and availability would be flexible. Please let me know if this is a service people would be interested in. Thank you!

Revkevo@yahoo.com

Kevin OKane

Unlimited acupuncture for the Month for $150

Do you want to see the full benefits that acupuncture can offer? Commit to a month of acupuncture, and put it to the test. $150, for a limited time.

My name is Dr. Drew Pollack, I am a doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. I studied at the oldest acupuncture school in the US, Pacific College of Health and Science. I provide a high level of service for my patients with the goal of deep relaxation and pain relief. I have many years of experience working in busy clinics in California and New York.

Acupuncture is very effective for chronic and acute pain, headaches, low back pain, neck pain, jaw tension, neck and shoulder tension, sports injuries, insomnia, fertility, PMS, and stress relief

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Will there be a paro on March 8? I explain you the indigenous demands

Hello Community!

If you would like to understand what the new demands of the indigenous movements represented by CONAIE (Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador) are and what they indicated that will now happen in March, I invite you to watch the following video in which I will talk about the 14 resolutions presented by CONAIE on February 24, 2022.

In this video I am explaining most of these resolutions, which include the withdrawal of the indigenous movement from the negotiation tables that started after the general strike of June 2022, and their new demand for the resignation of the president Guillermo Lasso:

https://youtu.be/YFnnWG8AO30

Luis: Luisvpazmino@gmail.com .

Familial health insurance, When and why?

In Ecuador, family insurance is available for both heterosexual and same-sex couples/families. I felt this was important to note since not all countries recognize the marriage of same-sex couples and this recognition was only recently made in Ecuador in 2019. Currently same-sex marriages are totally legal in our country and are protected by law.

If you are thinking about starting or adding to your family, we recommend that you get a health insurance plan as soon as possible before taking that next step. This is recommended because in the event that you or your wife becomes pregnant immediately and you contract a health plan after, this pregnancy will be considered a pre-existing condition and will not be covered by your health insurance. In order to ensure coverage, insurance must be contracted three months before you plan to conceive a baby in Ecuador. If contracted at least three months before, the mother and the unborn child will definitely have coverage before, during, and after the pregnancy. In the event of complications at birth, thermal cribs, surgeries, or immediate care for catastrophic illnesses is needed, this will also be covered by the company.

As for vaccines for newborns, these vaccines are covered by the Ecuadorian public health system. Additionally, preventive vaccines against influenza, HPV, yellow fever, and more… If you are looking for affordable health insurance for your family, IESS is also an option to consider. In order to get familial insurance you will have to notify IESS of your familial affiliation. There is no additional charge for dependents under 18 years old and spouses will make a contribution that is less than the monthly payment. This contribution is determined at the IESS offices once you notify them of your familial status. Remember that if you join IESS, medical care will only be available to you and your family at authorized IESS offices and specialist appointments will only be made after visiting a general practitioner.

Another benefit of familial health insurance is the ease of routine exams and preventative care. Within a health plan you have access to annual exams such as pap tests, prostatic antigen tests, mammograms, ecograms, vasectomies, and others that are useful before forming your healthy and well-planned family.

In regards to transgender and gender-affirming care, unfortunately, most medical procedures and treatments are not covered. Hormonal treatments, aesthetic surgical procedures, implants, or any procedure that is related to modifications through aesthetic surgeries or hormones is not currently covered.

A health policy also includes exclusionary clauses for certain medical expenses. Any type of preventive treatment, vitamins, hormonal treatments, excess medical fees, unreported pre-existing conditions, discarded medical tests or tests not related to the diagnosis presented in the insurance are not covered. Documentation is also very important when getting reimbursed. Most health insurance will not cover invoices or reimbursement documents that are stained, altered, corrected, or made by the client and not by the doctor. Lastly, and most importantly, in Ecuador the policyholder is in charge of the reimbursement, rather than the insurance company, which is typical in most other countries. In Ecuador the private insurance regulation laws protect companies in their request that the client be the one responsible for all documentation of their reimbursement. For this reason, any clients choose to take out health insurance through a broker, which is an agent specialized in insurance that can guide you throughout the reimbursement process. If you already have a broker and they have not managed your reimbursements as you expected, you can always change brokers. If you believe your broker has harmed you or not acted with your best interest in mind you can report them to the Superintendence of Securities, Insurance and Companies, which protects the affiliate and the insurance company, in addition to regulating active brokers in Ecuador and their work licenses.

There are a few things to remember and consider if you opt for family insurance through IESS. Medical services through IESS are not always available and one of the requirements of IESS is that the member first goes to a general doctor before seeing a specialist. Getting appointments with specialists could take up to six months. Additionally, exams, ultrasounds, MRIs, and x-rays are sometimes rescheduled or pushed back due to damaged equipment, lack of resources, or lack of workers. We believe that IESS is a good option when it comes to healthy families or for pre-existing conditions that are not covered by private insurance.

Starting a new family involves considering a number of options. From the most basic options to the most complex, one has to consider the best insurance for their family, their family budget, and what is included in that insurance. Our base recommendation will always be the combination of an IESS health plan and a private insurance plan which averages the cost of $39.20 per month, per person. Another option is two private insurances with full coverage up to $500,000 for a price of less than $100 per month per person for the insured family group. The options are varied, and it is always better to get several quotes and choose the most appropriate for your family. Lastly, we always recommend that you get insurance through a broker since the price will be the same but your broker will guarantee that your claims will be reimbursed.

Carlos Ramirez

This week specials at Kolo; hope to see You soon!

Breakfast special :
Biscuit and gravy, served with hashbrown and egg
Coffee or tea or Juice $6.

Lunch Special:
Salisbury Steak, served with mushrooms gravy, potato chips and asparagus. Iced tea, lemonade or fresh juice, $8.

March 1st from 8 AM to 3 PM

Luis Cordero 5-65 y Juan Jaramillo

Frank: frankic85@hotmail.com 099 297 5788

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The inside information from the insurance business – Carlos Ramirez

Over the years as a broker I have seen the good and the bad in the insurance industry. The questions and problems that I have repeatedly run into have allowed me to create services that meet the needs of the market, especially those which fill the holes in the Ecuadorian private insurance sector. Many of the questions that have come up from customers over the years have a lot to do with the differences between health coverage in Ecuador and health coverage in the United States.

There are many ways to receive high quality private medical services in Ecuador from top-level professionals, 24 hours a day and seven days a week. These private clinics are part of the Ecuadorian health system but externally partner with insurance companies. This means that once a patient has received medical attention the clinic is not responsible for contacting the insurance company to obtain payment or reimbursement. This responsibility falls on that of the patient, or affiliate, and they must obtain the correct documentation of services in order to do so. This is the first major difference between the US healthcare system and Ecuador’s system. In the US, medical clinics and health insurance companies work together and the patient simply has to wait to receive a bill or reimbursement, more information about their next appointment, lab tests or referrals. In Ecuador, this type of communication between the clinic and health insurance company is not typical, despite the fact that the clinic and insurance company have contracted agreements.

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Citizen test for Spanish aptitude

Hi Gringos. Has anyone heard of anyone who has been able to take the Spanish aptitude (not the Ecuadorian History) test in order to get citizenship? Our application was accepted in Azogues a year and a half ago, but as far as we have heard, since then no one has been granted citizenship because they cannot fulfill the requirement to pass a Spanish Aptitude test that has not been written yet. I would appreciate any information.

Ellen: 098 386 4409. Call after: 8 AM.

City: Cuenca

Scobies looking for a nice loving home

I thought it might be a good idea to make some kombucha, but as I found out I don’t really like it that much. So I would love to donate my scobies to someone who can take care of them.

Cuenca Chica: 098 689 8827. Call after: 5 PM.

City: Cuenca

Attention Expats!

We are pleased to announce that this coming Tuesday, February 28, we will have a free medical screening day for all our expat retirees. Take advantage of this excellent opportunity to review your health and prevent the development of future health issues. Services will include blood pressure, height, weight, vital signs, glucose, eye exams, and dental checkups.

The medical event will occur at the GRACE Foundation medical center, located at Calle Mariscal Lamar 25-01 and Guillermo Medina (in front of El Molinero park).

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Financing for Yunguilla lots and houses as low as 5 percent

Rich soil, moderate climate, irrigation for all plants. Everything grows here.

30 years construction experience

1000 square meter lots up to ten hectare parcels

Torrin: brauchtorrin@gmail.com +1 239 848 5876. Call after: 6 AM.

City: Yungilla

Cuenca Quiroprácticos Clínica Amigos

A new clinic coming to Cuenca. Stay posted for the time and address.
Contact … alejafimu@hotmail.com for more information. Two experienced practitioners.

WhatsApp only Spanish or English +593 99 284 6194

Yennifer Murcia: alejafimu@hotmail.com +593 99 284 6194. Call after: 8 AM.

City: Cuenca

Vacuum packaging machine

1. What is a food vacuum packaging machine?

Food vacuum packaging machine is a special machine that can put food into packaging bags. The machine will first extract the air from the bag. When the packaging bag reaches the vacuum level set by the machine, the sealing process is completed. In this way, the food will be completely and safely packaged.

Have you ever seen this machine in your life before? If you have not seen the machine in your life before, it is okay, because you must have seen the vacuum-packed food in your life everyday especially in a convenience store, shopping mall, airplane or even in a pharmacy.

In the food industry, vacuum packaging applications are very common. Such as various cooked products such as chicken legs, ham, sausages, grilled fish fillets, beef jerky, etc.; pickled products such as pickles; and soy products, preserved fruits, etc.

A variety of food products that require freshness are increasingly being vacuum-packed. Foods that have been vacuum-packed have a longer refreshing time and shelf life.

2. What are the characteristics of a food vacuum packaging machine?

There are two types food vacuum packaging machine for you to choose, including household types and commercial types.

The characteristics of household food vacuum packaging machine:
A household food vacuum packaging machine has great vacuuming performance. This machine is suitable for vacuum packing of many kinds of plastic bags and compound bags. The food that has been sealed by the packaging machine can be kept fresh at room temperature for an extended period of time. This can effectively prevent the food in the refrigerator from being smelly, spoiled, dehydrated and cracked.

A household food vacuum packaging machine has super vacuum function. This machine designed with digital control of heat-sealing time and overheating automatic protection alarm device that can seal all kinds of plastic bags with high degree of automation.

A household food vacuum packaging machine saves electricity with small size and light weight. They are highly portable with simple structure and it is convenient for you to use.

A household food vacuum packaging machine is widely used in your daily life, and now is more and more popular.

The characteristics of commercial food vacuum packaging machines:
After the food is put into the vacuum bag, the air in the bag is evacuated through the vacuum packaging machine.

When a certain degree of vacuum is reached in the packaging bag, the sealing process will be completed. Of course, the characteristics of vacuum packaging machines with different structures are also different.

Mechanical extrusion vacuum packaging machine: It uses sponge-like items from both sides of the packaging bag to remove the air in the bag, and then uses heat to seal the bag mouth to complete the vacuum operation.

Now in business, the most mainstream food vacuum packaging machines are the Chamber Vacuum Packaging Machine and Thermoforming Vacuum Packaging Machine. If you are in small business, then I highly recommend you the Chamber Vacuum Packaging Machine. If you have a long industry chain, a large business, and need efficient machines, then I highly recommend you the Thermoforming Vacuum Packaging Machine.

3.What Is the operation method of food vacuum packaging machine?

The operation method of household food vacuum packaging machine:
• Open the sealer.
• Place the package opening in the black sealing ring.
• Close the sealer.
• Turn on the switch.
• The green light is on to pump air, and the red light is on to seal.
• The air extraction effect is shown in the following figure, without any bubbles.

If you are a housewife, and often need to use a food vacuum packaging machine. Well, I highly recommend you this small style household food vacuum packaging machine. Simple and convenient to use.

The operation method of Commercial Food Vacuum Packaging Machine:
Each commercial food vacuum packaging machine is used differently, but these machines are fully automatic. And the operation method is very simple, as long as you follow the instructions of the machine to operate, you don’t have to worry about making mistakes. But just in case, when the staff is operating, please assign a supervisor to supervise on the side.

Next, we will take Double Chambers Vacuum Packaging Machine as an example to teach you how to operate this kind of machine.

Preparation before operation:
You need to check whether the oil level of the vacuum pump is correct, and check whether the vacuum pump oil is lacking.
When packaging products, you should pay special attention to the fact that when vacuuming salt-containing liquid products such as pickling liquid. The liquid will enter the vacuum pump oil and cause vacuum pump oil pollution. In this case, you need to replace the vacuum pump oil. Then you need to make a power connection and start preparing to operate the machine.

At first, you need to turn on the vacuum pump start switch, and the vacuum pump starts to run. Then you should turn on the heating switch to preheat. Then you have to confirm the vacuum and heat-sealing time, and choose the vacuum and heat-sealing time according to the packaged product. Because the time setting is according to the product size or the thickness of the bag to be adjusted.

Finally, you have to turn on the main switch of the machine, and the machine starts.

Operation of the Machine:
When you place the product, you need to place it according to the length of your own product. Because the belt runs continuously, you can continue to place the product.

The machine will work continuously, and you can turn off the start switch so that once the machine cycles, it will stop at the beginning, so when you click, you can move on to the next job.

Your machines will be equipped with emergency stop devices. If something goes wrong while the machine is running, you can push the emergency stop button so that your machine can stop working immediately and the studio will go up.

The operation method of the automatic food vacuum packaging machine is very simple, have you learned it? If you still do not understand, you are welcomed to consult us. In your life, have you observed which foods can be vacuum-packed and which foods cannot be vacuum-packed?

4.What Can be Packed by the Food Vacuum Packaging Machine?

Pickled Products: Sausage, ham, bacon, duck, etc.;
Pickled Vegetables: Mustard, dried radish, kohlrabi, kimchi, etc.;
Soy Products: Dried tofu, vegetarian chicken, bean paste, etc.;
Cooked Food Products: Roast chicken, roast duck, sauce beef, etc.;
Convenient Food: Rice, instant wet noodles, cooked vegetables, etc.;
Soft Canned Food: Bamboo shoots in water, fruits in sugar water, eight-treasure porridge, etc.

5.What Kind of Foods Are not Suitable for Vacuum Packaging?

Fresh plant seeds, corn kernels, whole grains, and so on are not suitable for storage in vacuum bags. Because the living seeds will carry out respiration, even if the air inside is exhausted, it will also carry out anaerobic respiration by itself.

If the seeds are vacuum packed, the bag will bulge. A lot of gas will bulge the bag, so the seeds need to be dried before being vacuum-packed.

Plant rhizomes, ginseng, radish, ginger, and so on are not suitable for storage in vacuum bags. For example, some pickled vegetables, there may be shredded ginger and minced ginger in the vegetables.

If the cells are still alive if they are not pickled, they will also undergo respiration and will swell.
Fresh vegetables and fruits. Here refers to green leafy vegetables. The leaves need to undergo photosynthesis, if there is no oxygen, it will accelerate its corruption, and the fruit needs to breathe, so it is recommended to use a fresh-keeping box at this time.

The vacuum degree should not be too high, and appropriate you need to leave some air for them.

Food vacuum bags should be selected from safe and healthy materials, such as three-sided sealing bags made of double-layer composite films or three-layer aluminum thin composite films.

Vegetables have a relatively short shelf life and should be eaten as soon as possible.

Chris Wang: ckpjasperhk27@gmail.com .

City: Ambato

The Essential Cocktail Recipe: Champagne Cocktail

Cocktails, mocktails, or juices anyone?!

“The Essential Cocktail” features essential oil-infused drink recipes to give your healthy (or party!) side a whole new level of therapeutic fun.

Today’s recipe: Champagne Cocktail

Why We Love this Cocktail

Oh, we’re not about to judge you for indulging in a Champagne Cocktail all on your own. Go ahead and treat yourself with this sweet and smart drink served up by the poolside on a sunny day or any time you need a cool way to let the world know you’re off the clock.

Time to make
3 minutes

Servings
Serves 2

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Few spaces left on our next day trip to Gualaceo

On Wednesday, February 15th, we will be taking a trip to Gualaceo and Chordeleg. We meet at the foundation for breakfast at 8:30 AM and then take the short bus ride to the Makana Museum. At the Museum you will learn to weave and how dyes are made from natural ingredients such as insects and other materials. You will also learn about how they work with the community and teach those living in poverty how to weave and make things to sell. You will meet those from the community.

At the end, you will get to take home something you made yourself. Then we head to Don “Q” for a fabulous lunch. After lunch we will go for a walkabout in Chordeleg where you will explore this unique community of artisans specializing in gold and silver jewelry. On the way back we will stop at the Orchid Farm shop where you can purchase orchids.

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The Essential Mocktail Recipe: Mango Mule-icious

Cocktails, mocktails, or juices anyone?

“The Essential Mocktail” features essential oil-infused drink recipes to give your healthy (or party!) side a whole new level of therapeutic fun.

Today’s recipe: Mango Mule-icious

Why We Love this Mocktail

This delectable twist of sweet mango, spicy ginger, and zesty lime takes you back to those outrageous vacations you end up needing a vacation to recover from! But don’t worry – you can enjoy this one in the comfort of your own home – and without wearing yourself out.

Time to make
4 minutes

Servings
Serves 2

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Epson printer

Looking for an Epson printer L365 or other model ecotank (wireless) printer, that works fine and Includes USB printer cable, with WiFi, with auto fill ink tanks on the side.

Please contact Samuel at 099 263 6311 or write to:

Samuel: dr.samuelsami@yahoo.com 099 263 6311. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

Epson printer repair

Epson Printer Repair Service is a special service designed to help users resolve problems that they may encounter with EPSON printers. Epson is a well-known printer brand that is widely used in both personal and business environments. However, like any other part of technology, Epson printers may encounter various problems that may prevent them from working properly.

Common Epson printer problems include paper jams, defective ink cartridges, connection problems and software errors. When a printer is broken, it can cause too much frustration and discomfort, especially in the work environment. Therefore, it is important to have a reliable Epson printer repair service that can quickly identify and correct the problem.

A good Epson printer repair service should have trained technicians who are familiar with a wide variety of Epson printers and can cope with any problems that may arise. The technician should be able to define the problem and provide a solution that will run the printer again as soon as possible.

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How to get physical copy of US social security income statement?

In order to renew our cedulas, we need to have printed copies from Social Security of our annual income benefits. I can see where to download it from ssa.gov, but they want you to “create an account” and to send a text or phone code for verification. They won’t accept our US magicJack number (“This number is a web-based (VOIP) phone service. Please select a different number and try again”) and they won’t accept my Ecuador cell number (“We are unable to verify phone numbers from Ecuador”).

Any ideas/suggestions for other steps?

Carolyn V Hamilton: carolynvhamilton@gmail.com 099 998 8777. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

Gracias, gracias, gracias

Thank you for the great Samaritan that assisted me on Friday morning in women’s bathroom at Supermaxi El Vergel. She answered my cry for help and stayed there until she was no longer needed. Other great Samaritans to thank are the ones who asked if I needed assistance once I was outside of Supermaxi sitting on steps. Two females and one male. All, my guess, Ecuadorians. Gracias, gracias, gracias!

“When angels visit us, we do not hear the rustle of wings, nor feel the feathery touch of the breast of a dove; but we know their presence by the love they create in our hearts.”

― Mary Baker Eddy,

Alisha: solarbirdking@aol.com .

City: Baños de Agua Santa

The essential juice recipe: Beet the Day

Cocktails, mocktails, or juices anyone?!

“The Essential Cocktail” features essential oil-infused drink recipes to give your healthy (or party!) side a whole new level of therapeutic fun.

The Essential Cocktail Recipe: Beet the Day

Why we love this juice: When you’re in the mood for something with deep, natural sweetness and just a hint of spice, this juice is ready to provide you with hydration, blood sugar support, and antioxidants.

Time to make
10 minutes

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Driver’s License Exchange (Canje de Licencia Extranjera)

This is the information I obtained at the ANT in Cuenca on Tuesday afternoon. I went to find out exactly what to do now that the individual who is considering this option has his Permanent Visa. FYI, I am fully bilingual and our driver’s licenses are USA issued.

I asked the guard who I needed to talk to to get information about the “canje”. He directed me to an office and told me to wait for the lady to come back.

The lady asked the following information to verify that the one we want to exchange is OK:
1- Country (in our case, she looked up the State)
2- Type/Class
3- Expiration date

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The essential cocktail recipe: Cosmopolitan

Cocktails, mocktails, or juices anyone?!
“The Essential Cocktail” features essential oil-infused drink recipes to give your healthy (or party!) side a whole new level of therapeutic fun.

Today’s recipe: Belini Citrus Twist

Why we love this cocktail

Did anybody say, “Sunday brunch?” Obviously… This twist on a traditional belini is the perfect complement to brioche French toast or a smoked gouda quiche.

Time to make
2 minutes

Servings
Serves 2

Ingredients

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Beautiful Lab pups vaccinated

Beautiful Lab pups! Vaccinated and ready to go. One yellow female and one black male left.

Asking only $150.

Dan: 095 903 7179. WhatsApp. Call after: 7 AM.

City: Cuenca

Free day for Ecuador, on Feb. 6th

Hi all,

As you know, this coming February 5th, the different provinces in Ecuador will elect new authorities…
Counties will elect new mayors and provinces will elect new Prefectos.

Also, parishes will choose new Presidents of the parish and more.

So, President Guillermo Lasso, with executive order, gives a free day to all Ecuador for February 6th, the day after the elections; no work in public and private institutions, no schools, high schools or universities, but, the public administrations will have to work an extra hour per day, until they recover the free day.

For private workers, the boss and the employee have to decide how to recover the free day.

Any questions, ulisesacostac@gmail.com

Here the link to one of the Ecuadorian newspapers with extra details https://www.eluniverso.com/noticias/politica/como-se-debera-recuperar-la-jornada-laboral-del-6-de-febrero-nota/

Ulises Acosta: ulisesacostac@gmail.com .

City: Cuenca

Fudge, fudge and more fudge

Due to the Cuenca Coop in the Sunrise Cafe closing, I would like to offer the following: I am Granny Annie and if you would like to purchase the following, I can deliver downtown a few times a week.

Fudge 8oz $5.50
Pepper jelly $4.50
Lemon curd $4.50

Please order through WhatsApp

Thanks,
Granny Annie

Ann Ready: 097 922 4943. Call after: 10 AM.

City: Cuenca

Attention all crafters

I have a large amount of crafting items that I am selling!

3 pieces of shiny, shimmery cloth, each piece is 1/2 meter approx. 20 inches
Styrofoam Cones and Balls – 4 cone shaped in 2 sizes, 30 small and 35 medium size balls
Natural just twine 2 sizes
Cord in 2 sizes and 4 colors
Ribbon galore – several colors and many shapes and sizes
Lights and Bells – 1 strand long LED nights and 3 mini LEDs, 2 faux candle lights,
1pkg 9pc large red bells 2 pkgs 20 pc med silver bells and 3 pkgs of 30 pc small silver bells
2 small hot glue guns with glue sticks
Various beads, gel stickers and glitter
Various Christmas decoration pieces

Please contact through WhatsApp +593 99 846 6859 with a reasonable offer. Thanks

Eva Hollister: evakholli 099 846 6859

City: Cuenca

Son of Man: Urantia, About page and Podcast

From the About page at SonofMan: Urantia at robertakezer.substack.com/about

Hello Everybody!

This is Bobby Kezer, and you are at the Son of Man: Urantia, project.

Welcome! And I hope you’re having a fantastic day out there.

So, Son of Man: Urantia is the short form of the life and teachings of Jesus found in Part 4 of the Urantia Book. In other words, I’m rewriting the original story into language accessible to more people. I’ve been posting chapters and highlights weekly on the Son of Man: Urantia podcast, and here on my substack page since last October. And people, this is turning out to be the most exhilarating experience of my life. Talk about being humbled. Anyway, I get goosebumps, like I’ve got right now, every time I see another example in the news of how timely and needed these lessons are in what seems to be a world becoming more confused with itself every day.

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Accessible Art feeds 33 families!

Food kits for 33 have already been fully funded by this event. The Cuenca Soup Kitchen’s goal is to fund 102 families or about 510 people! You can help to make that happen.

The generosity of the nine artists in this show makes it possible for you to buy beautiful original art at competitive prices. When you take this art home, you change the world in three important ways:

* you make your world beautiful
* you support the art community
* you feed the hungry in our community

Visit idiomART (Mariscal Lamar 14-25) and find your treasure!

Show closes February 2.

Cuenca Soup Kitchen: info@cuencasoupkitchen.org .

City: Cuenca

Cuenca Ecuador YouTube video:

https://youtu.be/0xY2M-FE72M

Attention all travelers! Are you considering a trip to Cuenca, Ecuador? This YouTube video is a quick review of the beautiful city of Cuenca and the popular expat neighborhood of Gringolandia. There are some tips and lessons learned for making the most of your trip and avoiding some common issues. There will be several more videos soon that discuss the topics of cost of living and other tips for both travelers and expats.

Johnnie J

City: Cuenca

New Immigration Police fees

Hi all,

As you know, every year, with the increase in the Ecuadorian minimum wage, some fees, taxes, etc., update the amounts to be paid.

This year, the new fees for the different process with the Immigration Police, are:

– Immigration Movements certificate, $5, same as the previous year.
– Tourist visa extension, $150.
– Overstay fee, $225.

You have to add to this amount, the bank fee, $0.57.

Picture of the immigration police ticket information, attached here.

Any questions, ulisesacostac@gmail.com

Ulises Acosta

City: Cuenca

Cooking with Essential Oils – free eBook

Essential oils offer a world of flavors to help make food feel even more magical.

In this eBook, you’ll learn more about why people choose to cook with essential oils, what safety measures and best practices exist, and even which ideas and recipes for cooking with essential oils you can try.

Also, you will find the answers for the most common questions when cooking with EO:

Why Cook with Essential Oils?
Is Cooking with Essential Oils Safe?
Dos and don’ts when cooking with EO
What oils to use and how much
Recipes

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Visa facilitator

If you are filing for a temporary/permanent visa, I offer a 100% money back guarantee. That’s right. If I don’t get you your visa, you pay nothing. My name is Isabel Mosquera. I am an Ecuadorian, who studied and lived in Canada for many years. I have been a visa facilitator for over 9 years and have assisted hundreds of Expats in obtaining their visas, temporary and permanent, cedulas, translations, health insurance, housing and much more. These services are available as one fee package or individually. I own a car, so transportation is always included at no extra charge. I have always gotten my clients their Visas, even under the most difficult of circumstances, such as unreadable fingerprints for FBI reports.

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Thank you, GringoPost!

Your staff really worked fast in responding to my request. I just wanted to be sure that you know that such action is normally not undertaken even half as fast as this! Thanks so much for being a new, improved and important part of my days here.

Jack Roberts, a happy consumer

City: Cuenca

Happy 2023

If you are reading this, your light is much needed in this world and I hope you know you are special and capable of amazing things. Wish you lots of love, health and success. Happy 2023.

Andrea Orellana: .

City: Cuenca

Gov’t sanctioned theft

I really wonder if any other foreign residents here are as ignorant as I was about government regulations allowing Ecuador to take/steal your money? Silly me thought that getting 8.5% interest on my money in a CD at JEP was a good deal. Not true.

When I went to JEP to arrange to have my money sent to my account in the US, I was informed that the Ecuadorian government can legally keep 4% of my money. So, I really get 4.5%, not 8.5%. Even less, because I’d have to pay another $150 to do the wire transfer.

Am I the only one who didn’t know about this ripoff?

Christopher P Brown: cbgal@yahoo.com .

City: Cuenca

Dear donor/volunteer, thank you for making 35 Christmas meals possible

Thank you to those that made this campaign possible!

Fulfilling our promises of honesty and transparency we want to tell you the details and costs of the organization:

– We started with a fundraising campaign to be able to celebrate the 35 families that participate in the Foundation’s programs, requesting $30 – to sponsor each family.
Thanks to the generosity of 15 donors, we were able to raise $1,148. Final amount received with transfer fee’s deducted: $1,074.
We prepared gifts for 64 children, from 0 to 14 years old, with toys, clothes and shoes that we had patiently collected throughout the year.

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Visa appointments online are back

Hi all, From today, January 3rd, Azogues office is working again with the appointments online system as before, same page, same procedure.

Ulises Acosta: ulisesacostac@gmail.com

City: Cuenca

Happy New Year from Izhcayluma Eco-resort in Vilcabamba

For 22 years our doors and hearts have been opened wide to guests who come to us from the most remote corners of the world. For us, Izhcayluma is not just a business, but a way of life. A dream come true, which we happily share with our visitors. Many of them became friends. For many years, guests have used the term “Izhcayluma family” because no matter how far they were from home, they found a new one with us.

With great gratitude in our hearts, we would like to thank the expat community in Cuenca for their support during the pandemic. Thanks to your stays with us, we never had to close the doors and were able to keep our employees during those challenging times. Because not only our guests belong to our Izhcayluma family, but also our employees for whom we have the social responsibility.

We wish all of you in Cuenca and elsewhere in the world a hopefully peaceful and healthy New Year, full of joy and contentment.

May all your wishes and dreams come true.

See you soon
Peter, Dieter and Raik

Peter Schramm: 099 915 3419. Call after: 8 AM.

City: Vilcabamba

Happy New Year from Izhcayluma Eco-Resort in Vilcabamba

For 22 years our doors and hearts have been opened wide to guests who come to us from the most remote corners of the world. For us, Izhcayluma is not just a business, but a way of life. A dream come true, which we happily share with our visitors. Many of them became friends.

For many years, guests have used the term “Izhcayluma family” because no matter how far they were from home, they found a new one with us.

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The essential mocktail recipe: Holy Cranberry Spritz

Cocktails, mocktails, or juices anyone?!

“The Essential Cocktail” features essential oil-infused drink recipes to give your healthy (or party!) side a whole new level of therapeutic fun.

Today’s recipe: Holy Cranberry Spritz Mocktail

Why We Love this mocktail:

When you need a perfect festive drink for any holiday party, look no further! A glass is not just another bubbly treat; it’s also packed with antioxidants from cranberry which are also a treat to your body.

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Lional Todd

As you may or may not know, former Cuenca expat, Lional Todd passed away on December 7th shortly after a lengthy heart surgery. Lional and his wife Bailey moved back to the States in August of 2021.

To view Lional’s online tribute page or to read the obituary, follow this link:
https://www.carecremationservice.com/obituaries/Lional-A-Todd?obId=26607369

You will be sorely missed my friend.

Katie Bishop: 098 026 5238. Call after: 10 AM.

City: Cuenca

‘A Simple Box of Food’ says thank you

Well, you did it!

You all helped us to make so many people happy, hopeful, and amazed this Christmas.

With your generosity we were able to not only reach our goal of raising $3,500, but to well surpass it, bringing in $5,235!!

This meant we were able to give out 100 ‘Simple Boxes of Food’ and 90 Kids Boxes (with big bags of animal crackers and candies, coloring/reading books, and even colored pencils with pencil sharpeners)!

It was a long day of deliveries all over the Yunguilla Valley (until 7:30 at night on Christmas Eve Day), and an early morning on Christmas Day to drop off the last of them. Thankfully, with the help of friends, we got it done!

Now, let’s get down to what really matters.

‘A Simple Box of Food’ fed hundreds of people on Christmas Day throughout the valley. We were even able to bring some Simple Food Boxes and Kids Boxes to a local orphanage that has 30 residents.

Of the money collected, we spent $5,213.64 on food and Kids boxes, and $20 in gas for the two delivery vehicles. Leaving us a little over a dollar to carry forward. In other words, we made use of everything you donated!

The additional money above our original goal helped us to buy extra food above and beyond what were in the Canasta boxes. This food will help these families to eat for at least another 5 to 7 days.

With that said, we want to give you our sincere thanks for helping us to help them all. I’m going to leave you with something that was sent to us by a man who is sort of the spokesperson for the disadvantaged people in our part of the valley. He is not usually one to offer praise. This goes out to all of you who gave from your hearts.

“Gracias infinitas.por su buena buenísima ser humano regalando alegría y dibujando en los niños una esperanza de bondad y generosidad. Los pueblos fueran mejores si todos hubieran esa entrega como la de usted.”

This roughly translates to:

“Thank you infinitely for your good, very good human being, giving joy and drawing hope of kindness and generosity in children. The towns would be better if they all had that dedication like yours.”

One of the locals who received a Simple Box of Food, who we had never met before, later told this man, “Ángeles caídos del Cielo,” or “Angels dropped from the sky.”

You all did this. You are the Angels she spoke of.

So, smile at that and be happy that you were part of giving here in the Yunguilla Valley!

Thank you again from the bottom of our hearts.

Michael: AnewleaseinCuenca@gmail.com .

City: Yunguilla

The essential cocktail recipe: ChocoMint Martini

Cocktails, mocktails, or juices anyone?!
“The Essential Cocktail” features essential oil-infused drink recipes to give your healthy (or party!) side a whole new level of therapeutic fun.

Today’s recipe: ChocoMint Martini

Why We Love this Cocktail

No offense to the original Chocolate Martini, but this minty spin has got the crowd lining up. Enjoy it cozy or enjoy it out and about. It’s like an oxymoron in a drink – how could anything be so warming and invigorating at once?

Time to make
4 minutes

Servings
Serves 2

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Fountain pens and Nutribullet

Happy holidays to all!

I am looking to purchase vintage fountain pens and, yes, I know they’re pretty scarce around here. Just to let you know, I’m pretty picky about what I want so please don’t be offended if you have something and I am not interested. Vintage preferred but good quality newer pens may be of interest, too. Possibly some rollerballs or ballpoints, too.

Note: Back in November I posted a similar request for pens. Someone said they had a Mont Blanc, that had belonged to a relative, and they were going to contact me, this month, when they returned from a trip to the US. I haven’t heard back and just wanted to let you know I’m still interested. Sorry, I misplaced your contact info or I’d have reached out.

Also, I’m looking for a Nutribullet personal blender/smoothie maker (no other brand). I am not interested in Hamilton Beach, Magic Bullet, etc. Preferably, it will be 900w or more.

Please email me at ckalus@gmail.com. Photos are appreciated.

Chuck Kalus: ckalus@gmail.com 593 098 693 2459. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

The Essential Juice: Tropical Twist

Cocktails, mocktails, or juices anyone?!
“The Essential Cocktail” features essential oil-infused drink recipes to give your healthy (or party!) side a whole new level of therapeutic fun.

Why We Love This Juice:
The tropical fruits in this juice are perfect for cleasing, hydration, digestive, and weight management due to their high antioxidant levels.

Time to make: 10 minutes

Servings: Serves 1

Ingredients
• 2 Grapefruits
• 6 oz. Coconut Water
• 1/3 Pineapple
• 1 drop Lemon Essential Oil
• 1 drop Lime Essential Oil
• 2 drops Grapefruit Essential Oil

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Thank you from Dr. Grace

To all our dear patients and friends who have donated for the Toy Drive event,

We want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all your kindness. We appreciate you so much!

We want to let you know that Dr. Grace has delivered her first batch of toys last week; every kid received their toy according to their age. The smile on the face of every kid filled us with joy and made us shed tears of joy. We can’t thank you enough to everyone and we want to share this experience with some pictures of the event.

We will continue to deliver the rest of the toys and keep you all updated and share more pictures.

Grace: graceord13@hotmail.com

City: Cuenca

The essential cocktail recipe: Americano

Cocktails, mocktails, or juices anyone?

“The Essential Cocktail” features essential oil-infused drink recipes to give your healthy (or party!) side a whole new level of therapeutic fun.

Today’s recipe: Americano

Why We Love this Cocktail:

Refreshing. Bitter. Sweet. All at the same time. This delightful aperitif is perfect before any meal. And thanks to the spunky addition of Cinnamon and Tangerine essential oils, it’s also a drink that lets you be dance in style with healthy blood sugar levels.

Time to make
3 minutes

Servings
Serves 2

Ingredients

• 3 oz Campari
• 3 oz Sweet Vermouth
• 6 oz Soda Water
• 1 drop Tangerine
• 1 toothpick Cinnamon Essential Oil
• Orange Zest to garnish

Directions

Pour liquor into a glass with ice and top off with soda water. Add essential oils and stir.
Garnish with a twisted orange zest.
When to Enjoy
Enjoy your Americano on a hot summer evening. The subtle tease of Cinnamon with the burst of Wild Orange are the perfect complement to a summer sunset.

Therapeutic Benefits

Tangerine Essential Oil brings an energy of childlike playfulness.
It contains one of the highest Limonene contents of the citrus oils (80-99%), which provides its energizing and vitalizing effects.
Cinnamon Essential Oil is a sultry, seductive aroma with a reputation for enticing intimacy.
It helps fight cold and flu bugs with the immunostimulant Eugenol (1-10%). It also contains the constituent Cinnamaldehyde (45-80%), which has been shown to help balance blood sugar.
Find essential oils and ingredients at Cuenca Shop (King Smoke House)
Coronel Talbot 8-66 (Parque San Sebastian)

Sofia Bustamante: 098 200 3096. Call after: 10 AM.

City: Cuenca

The Essential Cocktail: Cosmopolitan

Cocktails, mocktails, or juices anyone?!

“The Essential Cocktail” features essential oil-infused drink recipes to give your healthy (or party!) side a whole new level of therapeutic fun.

Today’s recipe: Cosmopolitan

Why we love this cocktail:
This one is for the friends who always have your back. It’s for the friends who bring life and laughter to the party. It’s a multi-citrusy twist on the classy cocktail that you know means you’re all about to get dressed up and hit the town like you belong anywhere the fun is.

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Thank you from Sole, help me to help Jean McCord

I just want to say thank you to all the Expat community in Cuenca and out of Cuenca.

We have received not only cash, also hope, optimism and love.

Thank you again to you all.

Jean is back at home in a good spirit and ready to start her recovery, she has fantastic people around her who are helping and supporting her.

Thank you again from the bottom of my heart.

Sole Riquetti: 098 945 6551.

City: Cuenca

Cooperativa SAC now in Cuenca

Cooperativa SAC offers you financial credit and investment services.
The investments with the best rate in the market are around 11% and have opened 15 agencies nationwide, the last being in the city of Cuenca.
Located in the historic center of the city of Cuenca on Sucre and Presidente Borrero streets.

Santiago Velez: jvelez@coopsac.fin.ec 099 802 1984.

City: Cuenca

Mujeres Con Exito needs donations for Christmas for our moms and kids

We are short $3450 for Christmas. Can you help us out?

Dear Friends,

As the holidays rapidly approach, we continue to work to meet the needs of the women and children we serve.

Every year we learn new things about the culture of our adopted country. Did you know that children in Ecuador receive only one gift for Christmas? And only if their families are able. Such a striking difference from the materialism of the US at holiday time! Our goal this year is to honor that tradition and help the women in our program provide a wonderful Christmas.

Our school supplies drive was an overwhelming success, but we must return to you, our dear friends and supporters, to ensure the children in our program have a magical Christmas.

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New Ecuadorian minimum wage, and changes in fees and more

Hi all,

From January 2023, the new Ecuadorian minimum wage, will be $450. It is an increase of more than was expected, but also was a promise of Guillermo Lasso campaign to become president, to increase the minimum wage to $500 in his 4 years as Ecuadorian president.

So, the minimum wage in 2024 will be $475 and in 2025 will be $500. But, for now, this increase affects the fees, taxes and more, based in the Ecuadorian Minimum Wage, from January first 2023:

The minimum income for a retirement visa, will be $1,350. The Investor Visa in a CD or property will be $45,000.

Also, traffic fees, Notary fees, and more, based on percentages of the minimum wage, or one, two or three minimum wages, will have some increase.

Any questions, please email… ulisesacostac@gmail.com

Ulises Acosta: ulisesacostac@gmail.com .

City: Cuenca

Thanksgiving passed, but I still want to thank you all!

Hope you all had a Happy Thanksgiving!

One year ago, I made a survey about tourism in Cuenca that in a way helped me to start shaping my project, and later I made a video for Thanksgiving 2021 in which I thanked to the community living here.

I couldn’t post my message of Thanksgiving for 2022 on time for GringoPost, but I still want to thank you, and share with you a new video posted from the YouTube channel of my Tour Operator, which is part of this project built because of what I have learned from all of the people living in Cuenca, mainly people who came from abroad to make Cuenca their home.

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Help Jean McCord with medical expenses in Cuenca, Ecuador

Jean McCord, a well-known writer in Cuenca, Ecuador, needs help with medical expenses to cover a failed hip replacement surgery. Her left hip has dislocated three times after recent surgery, causing severe pain. She is at the IESS hospital in Cuenca but IESS does not have the necessary resources to do the surgery. The three private hospitals in Cuenca that could do the surgery have all refused to accept a transfer of Jean due to IESS’s ongoing financial problems and failure to pay its external medical providers. The cost of Jean’s surgery is estimated to be $30,000 to $40,000 which is also contributing to the private hospitals’ reluctance to accept a transfer. Jean has exhausted her funds.

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Injured or killed in a traffic accident? Govt program offers assistance

The Ecuadorian government has a program that offers economic assistance to anyone injured or killed in a traffic accident on a public road involving a motor vehicle, whether driver, passenger or pedestrian. Even bicyclists who are hit by motor vehicles upon a public road within Ecuador are covered by this program. Determination of fault in the cause of the accident is not required, and there is no limit placed on the number of compensable victims in a single traffic accident.

Funding for the program is through fees included in vehicle registration (matriculación).

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Cooperativa SAC now in Cuenca

Cooperativa SAC offers you financial credit and investment services.
The investments with the best rate in the market are around 10% and have opened 15 agencies nationwide, the last being in the city of Cuenca.
Located in the historic center of the city of Cuenca on Sucre and Presidente Borrero streets.

Santiago Velez: jvelez@coopsac.fin.ec 099 802 1984. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

“Gastropod” podcast on coconuts

The folks at “Gastropod” do really good work, like their especially good 2-part series on coffee from back in March. This time around the topic is coconuts and it’s really fun as well as informative.

“All around the world, people who live alongside the coconut palm refer to it as the ‘tree of life,’ thanks to its ability to provide food, oil, fresh water, and the sturdy raw materials to build homes, clothes, and even musical instruments-all from one plant. This episode, Gastropod cracks open what makes coconuts so great, including their role as everything from a Presidential lifesaver to the missing ingredient in nuclear fusion.”

Title:”Trouble in Paradise: Coconut Water Wars and Coconut Oil Controversies”

URL: https://gastropod.com/trouble-in-paradise-coconut-water-wars-and-coconut-oil-controversies/

File size: 46.6 MB, runtime: 48:28

David Johns

City: Cuenca

Willing to carry some items from Europe free of charge. Dec 5, 2022

Will be arriving in Cuenca on Dec 5. Travelling from Europe. Willing to carry small items with me free of charge. Thinking documents, letters, etc.

Items would need to be posted to a UK Postal Code

You can reach me at jbmcbride@gmail.com

Jim: jgmcbride@gmail.com .

City: Cuenca

e Bikes, e Motorcycles and e Scooters

Hello Everyone

An important reminder for anyone considering buying any electric personal transportation vehicle.

Please research the proper care and maintenance of these new and wonderful modes of transportation.

The following I got from Googling this topic:

Complete E-Bike Battery Care Guide – Electric Bike Action

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eBikes, eMotorcycles and eScooters

Hello Everyone

An important reminder for anyone considering buying any electric personal transportation vehicle.

Please research the proper care and maintenance of these new and wonderful modes of transportation.

The following I got from Googling this topic:

Complete eBike Battery Care Guide – Electric Bike Action

Many stories are coming out regarding the batteries used for powering the above-mentioned.

Batteries are exploding and causing personal injury and property destruction.

Enjoy the personal freedom of using them in a safe manner.
Please do your own research online.

Alice

City: Cuenca

6 on 6 Volleyball: 1 AM, Sunday, October 13 – free

Come join us or come to watch. Sunday, October 13th from 11 AM to??? (Weather Permitting.)
We are an international group of dedicated 6 on 6 volleyball players
The net will be set up at Parque El Paraiso on the green space north of the bathrooms and concession stands and west of the lake.
You can also join us on our Facebook page (Cuenca “Bump-Set- Spike” volleyball) for updates.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1959316564147789

Garry: gl.e.volleyball@gmail.com .

City: Cuenca

US income taxes are around the corner!

Jacob Elliff from Elliff CPA PLLC – a Texas-based accounting firm – will be in Cuenca from the 15th to the 18th of November. He is currently making his way through Ecuador enjoying Quito today, then Cotopaxi. He will be happy to meet potential new clients in preparation for the 2022 tax season.

Jacob and his team will be holding scheduled appointments at Grace & Nelson’s Law firm located at Luis Cordero 6-41, Cuenca.

Email him today to schedule your appointment.

US number: (469) 291 7623
Jacob@elliffcpa.com
http://www.elliffcpa.com

Jacob Elliff: Jacob@elliffcpa.com .

City: Cuenca

Veterans Day event – this Friday

Veterans Day is this Friday, and we have a flag ceremony planned at noon at the planetarium at Park de la Madre, followed by free lunch at Golden Prague around 1 PM.

Please complete this form if you are able to attend and have lunch with us. We need to let the restaurant know how many people and food choices to expect. Keeping it simple is the only way to make sure we all get served and are able to eat within a reasonable amount of time. Use the link below to go to an online survey, where you can make your own choice and one for your spouse/partner.

surveymonkey.com/r/SCX9NYZ

Anthony

City: Cuenca

You put the smiles on these faces!

You can do it again by visiting the Cuenca Soup Kitchen Angel Tree (follow our progress on Facebook at Cuenca Soup Kitchen).

Sponsor one or more children of the over 200 vulnerable children served by the Cuenca Soup Kitchen. You can choose to donate gifts or to donate $25 for a child and let us do the shopping.

This is a great option if you are out of town for the holidays!

To help, please go to the “Angel Tree” link: signup.com/go/bEauMHn

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Migratory Amnesty

Greetings to all.

As some of you already know, since September 2nd, the appointment system for visas in Ecuador has changed. Now the attention is according to the order of arrival at the office in Azogues, Machala and others in Ecuador. Quito, Guayaquil and Manta, the online appointment system is still working as I am writing this.

But, along with this change in the way visas are processed now, the first part of the “Migratory Amnesty” for Venezuelans began, but under some conditions:

– They must have arrived in the country in a regular way, up to a certain date.

– Regularly means that they have to have a passport and have entered Ecuador through a migration control point, airport, seaport or land-border point, and have an entry stamp in the passport.

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Security alert: US Consulate General Guayaquil, Ecuador (Nov. 1, 2022)

The following email arrived overnight (Nov. 1/Nov 2). News stories have already been published, but this might add a little information, or at least catch the attention of anyone who hasn’t seen the latest news…

From ACSGuayaquil@state.gov
Date: November 1, 2022
Location: Guayaquil and Esmeraldas

Event: The Government of Ecuador declared November 1 a 30-day State of Emergency for Guayas and Esmeraldas provinces in response to ongoing coordinated attacks by transnational criminal groups and local gangs. The order permits the government to increase police presence in the affected provinces and imposes a daily 9 PM curfew each night. Violent attacks on police and public spaces in Guayas and Esmeraldas provinces continue. We urge you to remain vigilant, avoid public and crowded areas and venues, and closely monitor the situation for updates.

Please take the following actions:
> Exercise extreme caution and maintain increased vigilance in Guayaquil and Esmeraldas.
> Be aware of your surroundings and avoid large gatherings.
> Limit travel to daylight hours.
> Monitor local news for updates.
> Keep a low profile.
> Enroll in STEP to receive security updates. (https://step.state.gov/step/)

Assistance:
> US Embassy Quito, Ecuador
> +(593)(2) 398-5000
> +(593)(2) 398-5000(after hours)
> ACSQuito@state.gov

> U.S. Consulate General Guayaquil, Ecuador
> +(593)(4) 371-7000
> +(593)(4) 371-7000(after hours)
> ACSGuayaquil@state.gov

David Johns

City: Cuenca

Public display of courtesy at Supermaxi

Of late, we’ve read screeds about the rudeness of folks in Cuenca. Whether its drivers being discourteous to pedestrians, or some young person, standing in the seniors/disabled line at the grocery store.

I’d like to share the opposite experience. As a pedestrian and sight-challenged man, I’ve frequently had buses, taxis and passenger vehicles stop and wave me across busy intersections (I can pry one eye open).

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You put smiles on these faces…let’s do it again!

Last year you gave these children what their parents couldn’t – Christmas.

We hope that you will help again this year.

As you know, the Cuenca Soup Kitchen gives a hand up to vulnerable people in Cuenca, Ecuador who struggle to provide their children with food, clothing, and education.

Now we need your support to provide these children with a small Christmas gift. If you can help again, please go to the CSK “Angel Tree” at:
signup.com/go/bEauMHn

You can also donate via PayPal (please indicate Christmas 2022):
jeffrey@jlsdesigns.net

You put smiles on these faces last year…let’s do it again!

Thank you for you continued support of the children and families of our community!

Des Dizney, Bill O’Brien, and Smith

Cuenca Soup Kitchen Directors: info@cuencasoupkitchen.org .

City: Cuenca

Drivers and pedestrians

Please…drivers. Signal your intent. Most walkers yield at intersections and are considerate to traffic. But many drivers zoom at hyper-speed to an intersection and quickly turn, blasting their horns, because the pedestrians assumed someone at hyper-speed and not signaling is going straight.

It’s called common courtesy.

Generally, consideration and kindness are attributes of the everyday resident – except when they drive.

If you’re that much in a hurry…leave earlier.

Please respect pedestrians and display some consideration and respect.

Jerry Straka: jlstraka32@gmail.com .

City: Cuenca

Cooperativa CREA-credit card on CDs available now! Giovanna Rivera

Cooperativa CREA is a credit union in Ecuador, doing business for almost 60 years. We have expanded the capability to include a great initiative serving Cuenca’s Expat community providing VISA Credit Card for our Investors! Numerous branches around Ecuador, monitored by the Government, and the Deposit Insurance Corporation (COSEDE) insures your funds with our institution, CREA also has 4 Quality International Certifications including ISO9001, ISO37001,ISO27001, ISO23709.

These are some of the benefits, hard to beat, If you join to CREA:

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6 on 6 Volleyball: 11 AM, Sunday, October 23 – Free at Parque El Paraiso

Come join us or come to watch. Sunday, October 23rd from 11 AM to 1 PM. (weather permitting.)

We are an international group of dedicated 6 on 6 volleyball players
The net will be set up at Parque El Paraiso on the green space north of the bathrooms and concession stands and west of the lake.
You can also join us on our Facebook page (Cuenca “Bump-Set- Spike” volleyball) for updates.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1959316564147789

Garry: Gl.e.volleyball@gmail.com .

City: Cuenca

Be Santa Clause with a cause with CSK!

You can give a child a meaningful Christmas by visiting the Cuenca Soup Kitchen Angel Tree. Here you can choose to sponsor one or more children of the over 200 children who need your help this Christmas. You can choose to donate gifts or to donate money and let us do the shopping.

Three ways to be Santa:

1. Make a donation of $25 per child and we will purchase the gift for you – this is the best option to provide a gift from outside of Ecuador or if shopping is difficult for you. Go to:

signup.com/go/bEauMHn

2. Choose a child from the Angel Tree. Please purchase and deliver one of the suggested gifts by November 18th. Go to:

signup.com/go/bEauMHn

3. Donate via PayPal: jeffrey@jlsdesigns.net. Please indicate Christmas 2022.

You put smiles on these faces last year…let’s do it again!

Thank you,

Des Dizney, Bill O’Brien, and Smith

Cuenca Soup Kitchen Directors: info@cuencasoupkitchen.org .

City: Cuenca

24 hour veterinary clinic

If you are looking for a 24h/7d/365d Veterinary Clinic, Clinica Veterinaria Mora is your choice! we never close, we offer many kind of treatments for our patients, we have allopathic and homeopathic medicine and the professionals that know when to use each kind and when to use both, if your pet has a chronic disease that does not evolve well, or just want a more thorough treatment we will be gladly to help you!

Clinica Mora: 410 9141 / 410 9262 / 099 570 3533. Call after: 8 AM.

City: Cuenca

To enter Ecuador, no need any more PCR test or vaccine card

Hi all, since last midnight, it is not a requirement to show covid vaccine card or PCR test to enter Ecuador or Galápagos Islands… there is an official resolution from the COE.

Ulises Acosta: ulisesacostac@gmail.com .

City: Cuenca

Thank you from FAAN to “Breakfast for Dogs” volunteers

Thank you to all of our animal-loving friends who attended this weekend’s “Breakfast for Dogs”. Guests of honor included our very lucky volunteer pets as well as two of our wonderful dogs from the shelter, ready for adoption and forever homes.

We did some “Braindancing for the Dogs” to the music of Hound Dog, Bird Dog and Who Let the Dogs out and came up with some pawsome ideas to reach our goal of raising $65,000 to purchase the land for Ecuador’s most modern shelter and education center for animal welfare. Our temporary lease expires in 2023 and our grassroots group is bringing our combined experiences to achieve this vision of better lives for abused, abandoned and neglected animals.

What else happened at Breakfast for Dogs? Generous volunteers started our own Circle of Gold, Silver and Bronze Paws ($1,000, $500 and $100 Angels) so we can achieve our goal of creating Ecuador’s most modern and sustainable shelter. Thank you to every donor at every level of giving.

Join our community of animal-loving volunteers and donors who are making a difference in contributing their time, talent and treasure. We’re a fun and friendly pack of volunteers!

To volunteer and participate in our events and support the 130 dogs in our care and/or or to join the Paws Circle of Friends with your donation, contact Rosemary or Barry Rein, reinrosemary@gmail.com. You may also donate to the project through PayPal using the foundation’s email address: faanfundacion@gmail.com

Rosemary Rein: reinrosemary@gmail.com 096 920 9764. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

Storytelling open mic

All of us have stories and many of us enjoy sharing them, while others enjoy listening. Sometimes we struggle with shyness or even feeling like nobody wants to hear our story. Others may have stories they want to share beyond their circle of friends and family, but don’t know where.

Our Storytelling Open Mic at idiomART is the perfect venue for you!

This is an opportunity for you to both practice telling your stories in public and listen to others…what they talk about, how they tell the story…

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Renewal of debit card

A couple of expats who lived in Cuenca decided to return to the US (both are in an advanced age), they left some money at their account in Banco Pichincha. Their debit card unfortunately expired and now they are stuck: they cannot travel to Ecuador to handle their debit card renewal, their money is frozen at the bank. I tried to help them, I went to Banco Pichincha. Unfortunately the answer I got did not do anything to resolve my friends’ problem.

If anybody else confronted the same, or similar problem would like to share their experience and give some suggestions how to help to resolve this issue I will greatly appreciate it.

Elzbieta Jablonska: russtaylor354@hotmail.com 094 043 0276. Call after: 5 PM.

City: Cuenca

Cedula Digital

Dear foreigners who live in Ecuador. I have excellent news for you. You may have heard about the new Digital ID. It is something very recent that the civil registry has released as a new modality here in Ecuador.
We will no longer have to walk with the fear that if I lost the ID and it ceases to be such a vital document that losing it has generated so much discomfort.

It is an optional non-mandatory service, and a digital version of the identity document, so it has the same validity as the physical one. It can be accessed through the Gob.EC platform installed on your cell phone.

I leave you here the link so that you can access it. It will be valid very soon, so don’t worry about getting it yet, wait a bit:
https://www.registrocivil.gob.ec/cedula-digital/

While this happens, so you don’t lose your ID I’m going to leave you a very good tip: leaving the civil registry on the right hand side going down all those steps there is a store that says Photo Clone “Foto Clon”. Ask them to make a laminated copy of the identity card. Say, “por favor, una copia plastica de mi cedula”. The cost to do it is $3; the best payment you will ever make, and you will have an exact copy of the cedula to the one you carry now as an identity card.

Follow me for more advice,

Monica Gonzaga: monicagonzaga.facilitator@gmail.com .

City: Cuenca

So, Turi is open again. How are the steps?

Meh.

Now that the top end is basically done, the maintenance window for the steps is probably closed, so if you like steps, you’ll have to negotiate a neglected and unimproved route which now includes a brief “off-trail” scramble to get through.

My last batch of photos is from Sunday, Oct. 2. The URL to the Turi Flickr album is: https://bit.ly/3UVAgpe

Scroll down to the “older/latest” separator image near the bottom of the album, and the new stuff is below that.

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