18. April 2013 06:17
Recently we took a tour with some of our clients from Canada to show them some highlights of Guadalajara.
We are always so pleased to show people the healthful snacks that you can buy from a street vendor in the Centro or historical district. Just look at the veggies that you can eat as you stroll - much better for you than ice cream or cookies.
Another stop we made was at the Mercado Abostas, the immense wholesale market in Guadalajara. The fresh fruits and vegetables are plentiful and in top condition. Yours to enjoy.
We have a very healthful diet here in this wonderful country of plentiful produce.
In previous blogs I have share with you the local berries we buy here at such a reasonable price - strawberries, blackberries, raspberries and blueberries year round!
Come, visit and enjoy!
17. April 2013 07:50
Those of you who follow my posts, may remember that 2 years ago I was diagnosed as pre-diabetic. My Mexican dra. has kept we well balanced through diet and Metformin. I also have a daily exercise regime.
While we were in Japan last June and July I e-mailed her my glucose readings from my dLife app. so that she could monitor me from her office in Ajijic, Mexico.
This article came in today and I am so pleased to see that more doctors are using media to monitor their patients.
Here is a clip from the article and a link to the article itself. Good reading!!
“A surprising finding was the impressive strength of electronic communication utilization—providers in public health clinics were shocked and had no idea so many patients would be interested,” said Schickedanz. “Providers realized they could manage ‘Mr. Smith’s’ diabetes control from home, that he could log glucose levels and send them in, as opposed to having him travel an hour each way to come in and get vital signs checked. Overall, it’s been a nice moment—to learn what can be done for patients and providers alike.”
I would love any comments that you can offer. Cheers, Linda
14. April 2013 09:10
Don and I returned from the frozen North (Toronto, ON and area) this month after a 9 day visit. It was a whirlwind time as we visited all sides of Don's family, 3 sets of friends at lunch and had our Canadian stores "fix" - Canadian Tire, Home Hardware, The Bay, Tim Horton's, Cleo's and of course Dollarama! We would have loved to have the time to visit Chapters and many other favourites, but time would not allow. Next time for sure. We had a little bit of business to take care of also.
We were not home (Ajijic) long before it was time for the Canadian Club meeting, which we were pleased to be able to attend. The following information is taken from a brochure distributed at the meeting.
"March 13 Hector Espana Ramos took office as Delegado of the Village of Ajijic.
One of his first actions was to form a Citizens Advisory Committee. He asked them to advise him on projects which would enhance the quality of life of Ajijic residents."
The committee consists of 7 foreign residents and one Mexican resident. The Lake Chapala Society is represented. A major goal of the committee is to expand its' representation, especially among young Mexican professionals.
He also asked them to assist in fund raising for such projects.
Potholes, beaches have been attended to. We had noticed sidewalk ramps for wheelchairs and learned that he was the man behind the additions to the streets. New sidewalks are being installed.
If more people in government were as pro-active as Hector, things would look brighter for a lot of people in expat countries.
As a speaker, Hector was entertaining having a great sense of humour. You could see that he was embracing his new position with energy and true devotion.
We encourage all foreign citizens to help as they can - every small bit will help. Find out who the donors are. We are so fortunate to have them in our community. Should you wish to take part, contact committee chairman, Harry Bublin at 766 4282, e-mail - firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enjoy the summer, Linda
4. February 2013 11:55
I have the pleasure of taking blood pressures with Chick at the Lake Chapala Society. He related this story to me and I just had to pass it on. This is Chapala!
"You asked for a write up of my tale of the baby girl at Cruz Roja, here it is.
My wife and I are newly arrived long term residents at Lakeside. One of the things we have thought to bring with us to become a useful part of our new community is some skill sets.
On Sat. 12 January -having had all my necessary credentialing accomplished and checked and registered with Cruz Roja- I arrived a Cruz Roja Delegacion Chapala for my first initiation ride with a Cruz Roja mentor Paramedic. (I am a US National Registry Paramedic as well as a Virginia registered Paramedic, Certified CPR instructor, and am Certified for Advanced Cardiac and Pediatric care)
I was surprised to find a happy healthy about 6 month old baby girl comfortably resting on the bottom bunk in the EMT bunk room with a collection of toys hanging overhead, clean new clothes etc. Being new I assumed that it was normal for a young mother returning to work or perhaps baby-sitting for a daughter or sister to bring the child to the clinic if necessary. But being curious after watching the three EMT professionals male and female and the two nurses from the clinic taking turns fondly being sure the baby was being fed, changed, amused, burped and the other necessary baby things I asked for some information on the baby.
On Friday evening Cruz Roja received a call for a child in distress. Upon arrival they found a child who was cyanotic (sign of lack of oxygen, distress, weak breathing etc.) and very neglected, unbathed, dehydrated, probably unfed, ill clothed etc. They brought the child to the clinic immediately. The Doctor and nurses stabilized the child, and verified the ambulance crew’s judgment that they were dealing with an abused child. As this is a small town and everyone knows each other it was relatively easy –even though all the official government offices who are involved in these issues Social Services, DIF etc. were closed- to get the verbal authority to retain the child under clinical supervision until formal action could be taken (probably Monday or Tuesday of the following week). Unhappily the home setting of the child did have a history in the social service and police files.
Immediately the child became Cruz Rojas’, it was cleaned up, the EMTs and nurses pitched in money to get diapers, formula, bottles, etc. The EMT dispatcher went home and brought baby clothes from her own household. There was no question that the baby was theirs to care for and love and enjoy. There was no hesitation. The needs of the child came first regardless of the slow turning wheels of the official apparatus.
On their own time Saturday AM the appropriate lady from both Social Services and DIF came in -along with their friend the President of the Damas of Cruz Roja (the ladies support group for Cruz Roja)- to visit and check on the baby. While appropriately oohing and aahing and doing all the appropriate cuddling of the happy baby girl they held a strategy meeting on the dilapidated couch (seats sunken to the floor etc.) and chairs in the EMT ready room laying out the administrative strategy to be accomplished during the coming week. The baby signaled its agreement by burping after its feeding and spitting up on the senior Social Services lady who dealt with it as any loving woman would as an expected non-event.
It was a delight to see how the ideal small-town-everywhere and very Mexican way a practical problem was resolved with the focus on what matters; take care of the child. The responsible people all dealt with the human need first and lovingly and then professionally coordinated the always complex apparatus required to deal with such an issue in coming days. The particular ease with which the Cruz Roja staff quite simply made the baby family without even a skipped beat was a pleasure to witness.
Observations: I am most proud to be associated with the Cruz Roja team in Chapala and hope that I can bring value to their work. They Cruz Roja team cares. Their work is a calling and an underpaid one that is also unhappily resource short. I was able to see the same feeling in other –until now faceless- parts of the governing structure in our community.
Let’s get the EMTs a new couch set in their ready room and a couple of chairs! One couch about max 240 cm (94.5 inches) with another closer to love seat size under 190 cm (75 inches) I can haul it if needed. (-: Let us all continue to work to help improve the resources available to a good team that serves us.
Cruz Roja Paramedics
5. December 2012 06:40
I saved an article from the The Guadalajara Reporter issue October 6-12, 2012 -"Solar energy turning Jalisco green" by Duncan Tucker. I was taken with the information and would like to pass it on and share it.
Don and I have always thought that with our year-round sunshine in Mexico, the country should really be taking advantage of the solar energy freely given by the sun.
The article states that the state of Jalisco is home to more solar panels than any other Mexican state and the majority are found in the expat community of Lakeside.
We invite you to learn more about installation costs and return on investment from Jsun Mills, a Californian who founded eSun Energy in Ajijic about five yeas ago. He has since expanded his business to other areas and is the man to talk to regarding the service.
Tel: (376) 766 2319 Car. Chapala-Ajijic 32. Plaza La Floresta. email@example.com www.esunenergy.com
23. November 2012 06:33
Returning from Guadalajara recently I pointed out to Don the bright blue signs with a camera icon and "Photo Infraction" printed in large letters posted on the side of the road. We talked about something new was about to enacted.
Then next day we received a ticket in the mail showing pictures of our CRV and the license plate going over the 10 KM allowed amount. The date was in August when we drove to the Enart show in Tlaquepaque. So the cameras were installed back a few months before those in the Ajijic area were.
Then we read in the Guadalajara Reporter that mobile speed cameras were to be installed in October. Motorists snapped driving over the speed limit will receive their fine through the mail. You will have 10 days to pay the fine (464 pesos) with a 50% discount, so we paid 232 and have used our cruise control since when driving to Guadalajara.
According to the Jalisco Transportation Secreatary Opertations Director, the cameras on the Periferico (ring road) are a major reason for a significant drop in the number of accidents and fatalities on the highway.
So beware and notice the often changing speed signs on the way to Guadalajara, even though some may not make much sense to us.
13. November 2012 12:58
My blog is a follow up to one on October 1st about the Sazon Cafe and another blog on Nov 5th referring to "The Mexico Report -Why I Love Mexico."
Don and I continually find out new things about this wonderful state of Jalisco that we live in. I checked out the institute where Gabriela took her food preparation course in Ajijic.
ideft is subsidized by the Jalisco Government and other parties.
It is a ..."decentralized agency of the State Government, whose commitment is to offer various training options and upgrade formal work to improve the skills of people of working age, to be incorporated in a better position to productive activity either through a job or preparing for your own company and promoting the establishment of the region where is there is a presence of IDEFT." (I used an internet translation).
I received a program schedule of courses that run from Monday to Friday. The cost? $350-500 pesos!! Gabriela took the Cocina International Gourmet course.
There are requirements to be met in order to take a course; older than 13 years, 3 passport photos, literacy, able to cover the fee, birth certificate, voter registration card, record of most recent studies and proof of address.
Investigating a little further, I found there are 7 similar institutes in Puerta Vallarata. Zapotlan, Amatitan, Tlajomulco, Arasnas, HuejuQuilla and Mascota. I won't pretend to know where they are, but it is impressive.
There are 26 courses offered from tourism, fashion design, many types of crafts, industrial arts, production and more.
So it looks like the Jalisco Government is interested in helping people get ahead - the programs are governed by a Board consisting of people in responsible business positions. Graduates of the courses add to the productivity of the community in which they live.
If you know of a young person who qualifies you may want to offer assistance so that they may take advantage of this super initiative.
You can visit the facility which is in the same buildings as the Artisan Store and the auditorium in Ajijic. They make do with little, but it works as Gabriela is a proven example.
To learn more and see pictures of the classes go to www.ideft.edu.mx.
5. November 2012 07:53
A friend suggested that I read this blog and it took me a while to get around to it and now I am happy that I did. This is exactly how Don and I feel about Mexico.
The blog starts out with: Guest blogger Sandy Pool shares with The MEXICO Report why she loves Mexico so much:
...One of the questions I am often asked, is why I live in Mexico, and what makes me stay.
One of, or probably more accurately, the biggest reason to me, would be the people. Mexicans are open, friendly and sharing is done without even a thought. They have taught me to slow down and enjoy what and who is around you. To absolutely live in the moment. Walking down the street, everyone makes eye contact and greets you. I have been invited into homes for parties and to share meals, by total strangers, just because I was in the vicinity. Laughter, music, food and drink have no language barriers.
Follow this link to read the entire blog:
1. October 2012 10:27
Sunday mornings we enjoy breakfast out. The past month we have been treated to super breakfasts at Sazon cafe at the Ajijic Plaza on the top floor for of the Cultural Centre. We sat at a table on the balcony, enjoyed the street scene and cool breezes while we ate. Last week we had 2 eggs over easy, crispy bacon, home fries and a small assortment of seasonal fruits on the side. Warm bread with home made mango spread and coffee topped off the meal. All this for $84 pesos(~ $7usd) for Don and I. We returned this week and had an egg white omelet filled with shredded zucchini, mushrooms and spinach and all the same side items.
We chatted with charming Graciela and learned that her mother owned the former Beer Garden in Chapala on the lake, learning at her side. Then Gabriela spent 4 months at an International Gourmet Course held at the Artesan building in front of the Ajijic auditorium. She certainly learned her craft. Any one interested in good food when dining out should try her menu. The diet Chicken Salad looks scrumptious and she offers a daily special, catering and home delivery.
She is open 8am to 5pm, closed on Wednesdays. Try it, you'll like it!
28. September 2012 11:23
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