Saturday, November 26, 2016

Cumbaya, ECUADOR 'Quito Muscle Car' Club Show OUT!!! SAT 26 NOV 2016

Published on Nov 26, 2016
My Sweety-Pie walked in the door about 5:45pm from a long hard day of X-mas Shopping and said there was a Classic Car show going on at our subdivision community building parking lot just 3 - 4 blocks away in the middle of our neighborhood.

Earlier in the afternoon I had heard some loud music & an occasional revved up motor and burn out from time to time, but just shrugged it off to weekend warrior neighborhood kids.

I grabbed my day pack with my trusty Canon SX160IS and out the door we went. Sun comes up 6:15 and sun goes down 6:15 here on the Equator, so I knew I would be able to grab a few shots at least.

I was so delighted and surprised to see the over a dozen well preserved & some restored, and some slick custom work on 1) 1950 Ford Pick Up.

Mostly 6) Fords, 2) '69 Mach1's, BOSS 302, '68 Fairlane 4dr.,
2) Chevys, a '72 Camaro, and a '62 Impala,
2) Pontiac 'TA' Firebirds, a '76 Bandit Edition,
2) MOPARs, RoadRunner & a '74 Charger,
1) 80's Porche Carrera,

We walked up to the Show at about 5:55 and the organizers had some orange cones set up with various members backing up at a high rate of speed peeling rubber weaving through the cones backwards & forwards, and there was some 'Pilsner Beer' & 'Jack Daniels' involved to complicate things.

..well about straight up 6pm one of the neighbors must have called the LAW, well you know the 'Fuzz mannn...

The local Police Show up in a little 4 door KIA 4 banger sedan, The Club reserved & rented the community club house, and they were technically on private property, but with beer & whiskey bottles all along the side walks, the Club Members kooled their heels for a moment, and just as soon as the Law pulled out of the subdivision they lit the Muther Up..!!!

Monday, November 7, 2016

The five best places to move if you don’t like the US election results- FRI 04 NOV16

 Amy Schumer said she'd move to Spain. Bryan Cranston said he'd move to Canada. Jon Stewart said he'd move to another planet. At last count, 23 celebrities have claimed they'll leave the country if they don't like the election results.

No matter who becomes the next U.S. President—Clinton or Trump—a contingent of disaffected voters is likely to look overseas for better options. According to a new report from the editors of International Living, they'll find many that offer excellent-value, warm-weather and proximity to home. 

These are places where not only is the cost of living lower and the weather better, but where it's a lot easier to tune out the political noise back home, too. 

Here are International Living's editors' picks for the top five places to escape to if politics is getting you down.

 

Ecuador

Sea turtles, Galapagos Islands
Paul Kennedy | Getty Images
Sea turtles, Galapagos Islands-
"Ecuador really does have everything...from the Galapagos Islands to the Amazon basin and the Andes Mountains, from big, modern cities to small, quaint villages. And up until now, one particular area of Ecuador has been overlooked—and that's its 937 miles of Pacific coastline and its beautiful mainland beaches. 

Ecuador draws a wide range of foreigners: entrepreneurs, travelers, humanitarian workers, foreign officials, diplomats, business people of all stripes, and retirees looking to stretch their budget and experience a different way of life. Many expats are attracted by the country's less-intrusive government and the tranquility of being removed from the terrorist and antiterrorist campaigns that make headlines in other parts of the world.

Generally speaking, the expats who have settled in Ecuador are those who tend to blend into society rather than live together in expat-oriented communities. Nonetheless, a bit of time in any town of significant size in Ecuador is all it takes to find the gringo haunts and watering holes....<read more> http://www.cnbc.com/2016/11/04/the-five-best-places-to-move-if-you-dont-like-the-us-election-results-commentary.html 
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 THU 20 OCT16- 'The Heisenberg black hat in 'Breaking Bad' is made in Ecuador'
--"Anyone who has seen the TV series ' Breaking Bad ' can forget the moment the quiet Walter White becomes the "bad" Heisenberg. What few people know is that his inseparable black hat short brim born from a model made in Ecuador. In a factory yard hats toquilla Homero Ortega, in the city of Cuenca, hangs, among many other celebrities, a picture of Bryan Cranston, actor who plays a chemistry teacher .......


.....In recent times, and judging by the sales of countless pieces pattern of 'Breaking Bad' by the demand, as confirmed by Ortega, it appears that Heisenberg wins the game to other celebrities and even today, three years after the end of the series in the United States (2008-2013), continues to thrive."-- http://www.elcomercio.com/…/sombrero-breakingbad-pajatoquil…

Ninguna persona que haya visto la serie de televisión 'Breaking Bad' puede olvidar el momento en que el tranquilo Walter White deviene en el "malo" Heisenberg.…
elcomercio.com
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<Comments from me Journeyman Jack in Ecuador> 
Before moving down to Ecuador sight unseen, let me help you plan out a Custom Fitted 2 - 3 - 4 week Exploratory / Introduction / Relocation Tour.  Relocating & moving to Live in Ecuador can be challenging and rewarding as well. Allow me to show you the ropes with a "boots on the ground" Introduction.

About me: 

I’m Journeyman Jack Abercrombie, your Private tour guide for VIP Ecuador Relocation.  Tours streamlined down to 1 on 1 single person, 1 or 2 couples, a family, and businesses thinking of moving to any area or part of the Republic of Ecuador. (I do not offer tours in a mixed group setting / there are 2-3 good companies that provide that in a 20 - 30 - 40 persons group setting)

 I live in Cumbaya / Quito. I’m a dual EC/ US citizen and have lived & worked full time in Ecuador for going on 9 years.  I will help you pre-plan & custom fit your Tour to your wants & needs beforehand so that your time in Eucador is optimized to the maximum potential. 

Offering popular destinations in Ecuador:
  N. Sierra - Eastern Suburb Valleys of Cumbaya, Tumbaco, and 2 hrs North of Quito- Otavalo - Cotacachi & Ibarra. 


Coastal: Canoa - Bahia - San Clemente - Crucita - Manta - Sant Marianita - San Lorenzo - Puerto Cayo - Puerto Lopez - Olon / Montanita - Ayampe - Bellinita - Salinas - Playas ~


S. & Central Sierra: Baños, Cuenca, Cajas, Loja, Malacatos and Vilcabamba,



 Also offering unpopular destinations Mountain & Coastal for farming and self sustaining communities.


{Comprehensive Introductory / Exploratory Tours Custom Fitted to your Relocation wants and needs with Pre-Trip Planning, Reservations, Expats & Locals Meet Ups, Rentals / Realty, Survival Spanish, Intro to EC Customs & Culture, Translator, Shopping,....

(the following would come later if you decide EC is for you)> Immigration, Residency Visas, Import / Export- Pets, Air Cargo,
 Vehicle & Home Inspections, Marriage Registration, Dual Citizenship, Dual Passports, Document Translations, Insurance,
 Healthcare, Law / Tax, Banking, Farm Land, Property & Site Management, Sea Container Shipping & Logistics, Security & Safety Measures, Finding Missing Persons In EC., Skype Video Or Toll Free Tel. Consultations} 


I have 75+ references with their contact info I can provide upon request.

~All the Very Best on Your Endeavors in Ecuador~
All of my Services, web & blog links, articles, photos,
 videos, references, info and contact
 tel. #'s - US & EC. are all below:

Thank You,
Jack Abercrombie,
Cumbaya, Quito- ECUADOR
journeymanjack.com@gmail.com
see Ecuador: http://JourneymanJack.com/

toll free from U.S. & Canada:
770-828-7913,
Ecuador Off: 02-380-4088,
Claro: 098-806-6508,
Movistar: 098-743-3009,
Whatsapp: 593-98-579-0109,
Talk free on "skype" user name: "Jack.Abercrombie"

(In Emergency) Iridium Satellite Phone from the
US & Canada: 011-8816-2146-2897,
from within EC: 00-8816-2146-2897,

Fb Travel Page: http://www.facebook.com/JourneymanJackinEcuador

Blog: http://journeymanjackinecuador.blogspot.com/

'JJiEC' You Tube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzl4rnxszGXGXEn-WY91hzg

Linked: https://ec.linkedin.com/in/jackabercrombie

twitter: https://twitter.com/JourneyJEcuador

Karatbars Int. Self Funding, Self Perpetuating, Off-Shore
Gold Savings Program: https://www.karatbars.com/landing/?s=journeymanjack

JourneymanJack 100% positive feedback (1205*) eBay member since 12 NOV 2003:
http://www.ebay.com/usr/journeymanjack

My photos in Google+ / Picasa web albums:
 http://picasaweb.google.com/journeymanjack.com

My google maps - saved places - frequented in EC:
https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=212187393968777541090.000479e892ce8f4227992&msa=0

Photos of the Transport - Tour Vehicle: 2011 Kia K2700 Diesel 1.5 Ton 4wd / 4dr / half passenger van /
half truck: https://goo.gl/photos/YNfWxUoU1toAMpz9A

Journeyman Jack in Ecuador Tours, Van Service & Gen. Transport:
 (ecuador craigslist > services offered > travel/vacation services)

"The dogs were too big to fly from Quito to Cuenca, so we arranged to have them driven down by the
famous Journeyman Jack who specializes in relocation."
http://www.cuencahighlife.com/an-expat-familys-move-to-cuenca-handling-the-details-and-settling-in/

"The best driving routes, and driving times in Ecuador"-
This week I had the pleasure to interview someone that knows the roads of Ecuador better than ANYONE I know.
Jack Abercrombie, an American expat from Atlanta who has lived in Ecuador for over 8 years now and has a heavy-duty
truck he uses to help expats move heavy loads of belongings within Ecuador.- See more at: http://ecuadorrealestate.org/driving-times-in-ecuador/#sthash.hO5THOOg.dpuf

"Jack Abercrombie, a well known tour guide-driver from Quito (the capital of Ecuador) was visiting the area for a few
days and called for a gathering of friends at Fabiano's (our favorite pizza spot). He anticipated maybe 20-25 people.
We ended the afternoon at over 40!- http://www.retiredincuenca.com/2014/05/cinco-de-mayo-mexican-holiday-in-ecuador.html

"Some people choose jobs, some jobs choose people. Take “Journeyman Jack” Abercrombie. He’s based in Cumbaya, Ecuador, and is an expert on life as an expat the way few are. He can help you give birth to your dream of moving to Ecuador,
facilitate the transition with ease- https://www.gringotree.com/do-you-have-an-exit-strategy/?goal=0_abb51ee8d2-78784da2fb-109772665

RELOCATION SERVICES TO ECUADOR - TOURS TO ECUADOR - JOURNEYMAN JACK:
http://latinamericacurrentevents.com/ecuador-relocation-and-tour-services-journeyman-jack-2/34635/

"Time is the school in which we learn, time is the fire in which we burn." - Delmore Schwartz-



Saturday, October 1, 2016

All About Loja, Ecuador: Note:  Before I tell you more about Loja below, h...

Wednesday, September 7, 2016-

Note:
 Before I tell you more about Loja below, here's a link to the book documenting my first three years in Ecuador -- the first was in Cuenca and the rest in Loja.  The book was originally to share what we endured to get our residency visas, but since that took more than three years, it ends up explaining much about how things are in Ecuador for a North
American building a new life here.  If you want to check it out, you can see the book on Amazon by clicking here



<click here to read entire post> All About Loja, Ecuador:
Note:  Before I tell you more about Loja below, h...
: Note:  Before I tell you more about Loja below, here's a link to the book documenting my first three years in Ecuador -- 

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Manabi Capitol Justice in a Traffic Accident Ecuador EarthQuake Relief

 Car accident in Ecuador- by domenick buonamici-

28
Jul 2016 newsletter:

"Oh, sh-t" I thought as I sat there looking at the motorcyclist on the ground.

I had tried to make a quick U-turn (where maybe I shouldn't have) and a motorcycle trying to zip around me on the right clipped my bumper and him and his bike went tumbling down.

He quickly got up and got in my face as I still sat in the drivers seat.

"Give me $1000 now for the damage on my bike!"  He shouted as his bike laid in the street.

"Hey, I got insurance buddy,"  I said in my muffled Spanish.

Then... "Wham"!

A big noise made me cinch my face muscles.  I looked over my shoulder and I couldn't believe my eyes!

While the motorcyclists bike laid there in the street and he was arguing with me to give him a quick buck, another car came and run over his motorcycle!

It was now completely wrangled around the under-organs of the car that just passed over it.

The bike now totaled.  Before, it was damaged but he probably could have just drove off.

Now, there were two angry Ecuadorians yelling at each other and me to one side.  You see, in Ecuador during a car accident I think the locals think that whoever can yell the loudest will be granted the right of way.

Within a few minutes the police showed up.

Immediately, the police said all the vehicles would be impounded until a traffic court could determine guilt, unless we could work something out.

Then he asked for our documents.

License and registration.

And to my surprise, but I suppose not uncommon in Ecuador, both the motorcyclist and the other car driver had no license nor proper registration.

So the policeman quickly looked to me, the calm, bewildered foreigner with the proper documents and said to me... "give the motorcycle guy $100, give that car driver $150 cash... and get out of here."

My truck just had a few scratches on it after-all.

 "Yes, officer," I said joyfully and away I went!

That's how a car accident more or less works in Ecuador.

The wild west?  Yea, with these kinds of things I'd say so.

STORY PROVIDED BY ...

Jack Abercrombie, a guy from Atlanta who has been living in Ecuador a few years now.  

He has a truck he uses to help new arrival expats in Ecuador move large loads of goods and pets within Ecuador.  You can reach him at journeymanjack.com@gmail.com or 770-828-7913(USA) or 098-743-3009(ECUADOR).  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/journeymanjack 








Hasta pronto,
Dom Buonamici
Quito Airport Suites
Puerto Cayo Real Estate


Monday, June 13, 2016

Conspiracy theories for expats: Putting the wanna in wannabe,

Conspiracy theories for expats: Putting the wanna in wannabe, an important tip, and the worst reason for a plan-B in Cuenca

I’m Asian, and I didn’t want to end up in a camp — they’ve done it before,” after a second glass of wine, a Cuenca expat is quietly telling me why she left California.
chl scott logo
I worked in the industry. We left Seattle as soon as we saw the video and understood what happened at Fukushima,” from my chat with a young couple holding their toddler in a Cuenca restaurant.
In America, the food supply is dangerous. There’s not much there I want to eat,” a comment heard at a Cuenca cooking class.
I lost my job and house in Florida, then I lived in a tent for three years. I’ll never go back to the states. Here, I can afford some dignity,” on a Cuenca bus, an American economic refugee tells me her story.
When we got here, he was in a wheelchair and barely responsive. Right away our Cuenca doctor took him off all the prescriptions. Now, he’s walking and improving daily,” an American expat describes her husband’s struggle with Parkinson’s disease...read more... https://www.cuencahighlife.com/conspiracy-theories-expats-putting-wanna-wannabe-important-tip-worst-reason-plan-b-cuenca/

Thursday, June 9, 2016

SAT 11 JUN16 Reunion & Benefit for Ecuador Coast EarthQuake Relief~

Tix Admission: Bring a Can of Beans, or a Sack of Rice, Claw Hammer, Hatchet, Axe, Shovel, Diapers, Shampoo, Toilet Paper, toiletries, clothes, rubber boots, shoes, etc. etc... I will see to it that the donated items make it to the coast and get put to good use.
 
Reunion & Benefit for Ecuador Coast Terremoto / EarthQuake Relief, Supply Raiser Event. for Manabi victims / victimas / damnificados relief y recovery, bring donations like canned & other non perishable food items, tools, tarps, plastic, toiletries, shampoo, soap, cookware, clothes, children's school supplies, diapers etc, etc- for family life in a camping refugee situation & circumstance. Ivan Andres Romero Bahamonde- ROMERO IS UP TO IT and approves of this Community Service Message, and So Do WE! Hope to see You All there:)
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For Further info contact me / JJiEc:

There is no 'i' in team but there is in win.~ Michael(www.Aire.ec)Jordan~
'achievement',‘prevail’,‘triumph’,‘first place’,‘gold medalist’&‘champion’

  ~All you need is Ecuador, and all Ecuador needs is YOU!~...
...(Is for) YOU To Not cancel out your vacation, travel nor relocation
plans for this Year due to our SAT 16 APR16 MAG. 7.8 EQ!!....

"Many hands make light work" -
Prov. 'If everyone helps with a large task, it will get done
easily and quickly. Cleaning up the banquet room won't take
 long if we all help; many hands make light ...'

Please donate if you can, and please share! Mil Gracias!
With former 30 yr svc & Exp. in EC Peace Corps: Roger Lurie,
Gerry & Ursula Strauss & Journeyman Jack Abercrombie In EC:
https://www.gofundme.com/1f3ajg


~All the Very Best on Your Endeavors into, around and out of Ecuador~

All of my Services, web & blog links, articles, photos,
 videos, references, info and contact
 tel. #'s - US & EC. are all below:

Jack Abercrombie,
Cumbaya, Quito & Manabi- ECUADOR
journeymanjack.com@gmail.com
see Ecuador: http://JourneymanJack.com/

toll free from U.S. & Canada:
Mntn's.: 770-828-7913,
Coastal: 770-776-6937,
Quito Off: 02-380-4088,
Manabi Off: 05-267-3052,
Claro: 098-806-6508,
Movistar: 098-743-3009,
Whatsapp: 593-97-872-3921,
Talk free on "skype" user name: "Jack.Abercrombie"

call Iridium Satellite Phone from the US & Canada:
011-8816-2146-2897, (In Emergency)
 call Iridium Satellite Phone from within EC:
00-8816-2146-2897, (In Emergency)
"I always keep a Mexican restaurant on speed dial in queso emergency."
@BiIIMurray-

Fb: http://www.facebook.com/JourneymanJackinEcuador

Blog: http://journeymanjackinecuador.blogspot.com/

You Tube: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzl4rnxszGXGXEn-WY91hzg

Linked: http://www.linkedin.com/in/jackabercrombie

twitter: https://twitter.com/CatManDoTractor

Karatbars Int. Self Funding, Self Perpetuating, Off-Shore
Gold Savings Program: https://www.karatbars.com/landing/?s=journeymanjack

JourneymanJack 100% positive feedback (1205*) eBay member since 12 NOV 2003: http://www.ebay.com/usr/journeymanjack

My photos in Google+ / Picasa web albums:
 http://picasaweb.google.com/journeymanjack.com

My google maps - saved places - frequented in EC:
https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=212187393968777541090.000479e892ce8f4227992&msa=0

Photos of the Transport - Tour Vehicle: 2011 Kia K2700 Diesel 1.5 Ton 4wd / 4dr / half passenger van / half truck: https://goo.gl/photos/YNfWxUoU1toAMpz9A

Journeyman Jack in Ecuador Tours, Van Service & Gen. Transport:
 (ecuador craigslist > services offered > travel/vacation services)

"The dogs were too big to fly from Quito to Cuenca, so we arranged to have them driven down by the famous Journeyman Jack who specializes in relocation."...
http://www.cuencahighlife.com/an-expat-familys-move-to-cuenca-handling-the-details-and-settling-in/

"The best driving routes, and driving times in Ecuador"-
This week I had the pleasure to interview someone that knows the roads of Ecuador better than ANYONE I know. Jack Abercrombie, an American expat from Atlanta who has lived in Ecuador for over 7 years now and has a heavy-duty
truck he uses to help expats move heavy loads of belongings within Ecuador.
- See more at: http://ecuadorrealestate.org/driving-times-in-ecuador/#sthash.hO5THOOg.dpuf

RELOCATION SERVICES TO ECUADOR - TOURS TO ECUADOR - JOURNEYMAN JACK:
http://latinamericacurrentevents.com/ecuador-relocation-and-tour-services-journeyman-jack-2/34635/
{Custom Fitted Pre-Trip Planning, Reservations, Immigration, Residency, Pets Import / Export / Air Cargo, Vehicle & Home Inspections, Marriage Registration, Dual Citizenship, Dual Passports, Document Translations / Translator, Survival Spanish Lessons, Insurance, Healthcare, Law / Tax, Banking, Farm Land, Property & Site Management, Rentals, Realty, Expat Meet Ups, Shopping, Sea Container Shipping & Logistics, Security & Safety Measures, Skype Video Or Tel. Consultations}

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~Dante~
"The hottest places in Hell are reserved for those who in time of great moral crises maintain their neutrality." -Dante

— at Bahia de Caraquez - Manabí, ECUADOR - S.A.~~ 

The little light house beacon 'El Faro' is still standing in Bahia de Caraquez:) Glad to know my non- demolished photos are liked and appreciated.

~Where there is hope, there is faith. Where there is faith, there is miracles happen.~

"Winners are not people who never fail, but people who never quit,

"A dream written down with a date becomes a goal. A goal broken down into steps becomes a plan. A plan backed by action makes your dreams come true,"

'Don’t talk, just act. Don’t say, just show. Don’t promise, just prove',

-"Success in life comes when you simply refuse to give up, with goals so strong that obstacles,  failure, and loss only act as motivation..."
 
 
 

Saturday, May 7, 2016

A devastating 7.8 Magnitude earthquake struck Ecuador the evening of April 16, 2016

When on bended knee Please remember our Ecuadorian Masonic Brothers down in SA. as well as our NA Brothers living and practicing the craft abroad in Ecuador, ~JJIEC~

Cuenca Wayfarers Lodge #69
"--Earthquake Appeal:
A devastating 7.8 Magnitude earthquake struck Ecuador the evening of April 16, 2016. Hundreds are dead, many thousands are without homes. The need is acute. With the urging and approval of the Grand Master, CWL #69 has established a PayPal account to receive contributions for those desiring to help. All the money will go to assist our brother Masons and Ecuadorians in need of assistance. Three temples have been destroyed, businesses owned by brothers or which employ brothers have likewise been destroyed. Please pass this information along and post it on your social media accounts:
cuencawayfarers69@gmail.com
Here is a photograph of the remains of Renacer Alfarista Lodge #58 in Manta, Ecuador. The red drape in the background is the only item recovered from the lodge.
AlfaristaLodge58remains
Fraternally,
Ron Watkins WM
https://freemasonsincuenca.wordpress.com/
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The Following Comments by ~JJiEC~

 ~All you need is Ecuador, and all Ecuador needs is YOU!~...
...(Is for) YOU To Not cancel out your vacation & travel plans for this Year due to our
SAT 16 APR16 MAG. 7.8 EQ!!....

"Many hands make light work" -
Prov. 'If everyone helps with a large task, it will get done
easily and quickly. Cleaning up the banquet room won't take
 long if we all help; many hands make light ...'

~All the Very Best on Your Endeavors into, around and out of Ecuador~

 The little light house beacon 'El Faro' is still standing in Bahia de Caraquez:) Glad to know my non- demolished photos are liked and appreciated.





~Where there is hope, there is faith. Where there is faith, there is miracles happen.~

"Winners are not people who never fail, but people who never quit,

"A dream written down with a date becomes a goal. A goal broken down into steps becomes a plan.
A plan backed by action makes your dreams come true,"

'Don’t talk, just act. Don’t say, just show. Don’t promise, just prove',

-"Success in life comes when you simply refuse to give up, with goals so strong that obstacles,  failure, and loss only act as motivation..."
— at Bahia de Caraquez - Manabí, ECUADOR - S.A.~~