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Seeking WaterPik

Does anyone know where we can purchase a WaterPik for cleaning teeth? Thank you for your help.

The Future of China – Book Download Available

Announcing a new booked scribed by Sterling Kerr on the geopolitics of uncertain and volatile Asia called The Future of China.

When Dr. Kerr began teaching international studies courses on East and South China it became apparent that there was no up-to-date book available anywhere in the world. A second edition added interrelationship roles of China to Asian countries including Taiwan, Japan, North and South Korea, India and Pakistan plus China’s influence on Latin America. The book can be purchased at the blog www.sterlingkerr.com as a PDF for $10.

A combination of the book and a complimentary blog allows the subject matter to remain current. Readers may find themselves attempting to solve important problem-solving questions such as: How did President Xi Jinping become absolute leader of China? Will the emergence of neo-Maoism movement under President Xi address to the Red Nobility and corruption solidify the Communist Party? Will the anti-corruption campaigns conclude favorably or lead to revolt? How will the flash points of the disputed islands, China vs Japan, the Koreas as well as India vs Pakistan play out? How will China address the Muslim Uighur separatist problem? Will the Sino-Russian natural gas agreements change the geopolitics of the Asia-Pacific?

Dr. Kerr is a geopolitical professor who has spent years researching and periodically teaching courses on China beginning in 1999 at SUNY Potsdam in New York State and travels to China. More recently he taught courses emphasizing East and South Asia and the Middle Kingdom. The book amalgamates geopolitics, economics, demography and military strategy.

Prior to Kerr’s retirement, he was a Certified Financial Planner and investment advisor who lectured nationally and internationally. He has been listed in Marquis’ Who’s Who in Finance and Industry and International Who’s Who. He has a Masters and Ph.D. from Oklahoma University.

Dr. Kerr can be reached by telephone at 099 593 4458 or email at dionysosflores@gmail.com

English Speaking Endodontist

DR -SANTIAGO-TINOCODr. Santiago Tinoco offers general dentistry, x-rays, and endodontics (root canals) in his office at Consultorios Santa Ana (Torre I, Av. 12 de Abril y Paucarbamba). Clinic hours are 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., with a two hour lunch hour from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, and 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturdays.

Dr. Tinoco strives to provide dental treatment with the same professional care, skill and judgment that we would want for ourselves and our family members, including personalized treatment for each patient’s unique needs. Our goal is to preserve, protect and enhance your dental health by creating a caring and gentle atmosphere where the level of treatment is second to none.

When dental needs arise, you want to turn to an experienced professional who listens and responds, and can effectively diagnose and treat your specific needs. Our mission is to provide you with the highest quality endodontic care in a friendly, comfortable environment. Dr. Tinoco is committed to excellence in his field, and will utilize the latest technological advances to ensure you receive the absolute finest care possible.

To schedule your appointment, please call 07 410 3333, extension 400 or 099 284 0361, or by email by using the reply form below.


Two Furnished Homes For Rent

Two beautifully and fully furnished homes for rent, only six miles away from Cuenca.

House #1 has three bedrooms, three bathrooms, dining and living rooms, kitchen, pool table, laundry, warehouse, offers a lovely view of the mountains, and even includes hammocks $700.

House #2 is perfect for a couple – it has one bedroom, one full bathroom, living and rooms, kitchen, and it also has a lovely view of the mountains $300

These homes are located in the perfect place for living outside the city, but still close enough for easy access.

For more pictures, click here.

Artistry in Custom Wooden Furniture

Creacion Muebles LogoCreación Muebles y Complementos is pleased to invite the Expat community to visit our show room. Come see our display models, or have us craft custom wooden furniture to your specifications. Give elegance and distinction to your home with the best custom furniture made by Cuencano craftsmen.

We would also like to to join the crowd of satisfied customers and add our highest recommendation for Creación Muebles. Fernando recently delivered three custom pieces he had created from photographs or templates and they were all wonderfully made and finished. So good, in fact, that we just ordered several more pieces. He is very creative and not averse to experimentation. D., Cuenca

Creación Muebles y Complementos
La República 1-46 y Huayna Capac
(07) 286 0574 or 099 682 3249 (we speak English)

For more information, use the reply form provided below:


Hotel Victoria

It’s not too soon to start thinking about making Valentine’s Day romantic and memorable. Hotel Victoria may be just what you’re looking for to create that hotel-victoria-lobbyexperience. You’ve walked by and admired it many times – now step inside and be enveloped in old world luxury, tasteful decor and impeccable service.

El Barril is the hotel’s classic bar, offering happy hour from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. every day, and serving over 100 labels of wines and specialty cocktails.

El Jardín is the muy elegante, award-winning restaurant with a spectacular view. Your desire for a more casual meal can be accommodated outside on the tree-shaded patio.

And of course, Hotel Victoria offers luxurious habitaciónes and suites, complete in every detail with luxurious linens and elegant furniture.

Calle Larga 6-93 y Presidente Antonio Borrero

Visit their website at http://hotelvictoriaecuador.com/ or call 099 399 7434, or contact Hotel Victoria using the Reply form below.


Seeking Hearing Aid Repair

My husband’s hearing aid has ceased to work. We are in need of an audiology repair. Thanks for your help!

More taxi questions

Is there a minimum tariff for taxis? I caught a taxi yesterday and the fare came to $1 but the taxista insisted that the minimum fare was $1.50. Is this true? Also, is it correct that when you get in the taxi there is a base fare that is something close to 50 cents? What about in the evening?

Resident Application Forms Needed

I need to get two Pension Resident Applications forms. Is there a place in Cuenca where I can pick them up? Is there a cost? Thanks for your help. Please reply to Bob by email at calypsobob7@aol.com

Best & Worst Diets – Time Clarification! 11 am Thursday Jan 29

Best & Worst Diets!
With Susan Burke March, Registered Dietitian & Certified Diabetes Educator
At the Cuenca Chamber for Expats
Time Clarification!
Thursday, January 29 at 11:00 am (not 10 am…sorry!)
Chamber 1st floor: Federico Malo 1-90 y 12 de Abril
Free & FUN Presentation: Learn about the Best & Worst Diets – and What You Can Do in 2015 to stay healthy.
Susan Burke March

Azuay Community Theater – Poker Walk February 7

Your chance to win Azuay Community Theater (ACT) tickets!

Join the fun on our Poker Walk. Even if you don’t know how to play poker, you can still win! Draw your five poker cards while enjoying a stroll around el Centro, and win tickets to A.C.T.’s melodrama Shootout at Sadie’s Saloon.

The starting point is San Sebas Restaurant at San Sebastian Plaza between 2:00 and 3:00 p.m. Visit four other restaurants, and enjoy complimentary snacks and beverages for purchase along the way.

The end point is Fabiano’s Italian Restaurant. Final check-in is between 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. where winners will be announced. Tickets will be on sale at Fabiano’s for the melodrama (in case you don’t have that winning poker hand for free tickets!). Go on your own, or get a group of friends for this leisurely and fun afternoon.

No advance reservations are required, just show up at San Sebas between 2:00 and 3:00 p.m., buy your poker hand ticket sheet with instructions and walking map for $5, and let Lady Luck be your guide!

Watch for details on upcoming A.C.T. events such as:

The melodrama Shootout at Sadie’s Saloon on February 20, 21 and 22
The documentary play Seven on March 12, 13 and 14

Free Seminar on Visas and Containers

A free seminar on visas and containers is being offered this Friday, January 30 at 3:00 p.m., at the Find Health in Ecuador Clinic.

Ecuador Visas and Relocation Services of Ecuador discusses and answers questions on “Visas, Containers and Banking” here in Ecuador. This seminar is only applicable to those who are not yet residents of Ecuador. Reserve your space at the seminar by using the “Reply” button below:


Seminar address: Find Health in Ecuador Clinic, which is inside Edificio Medimagen, 2nd floor, located on the corner (esquina) of Av. Pumapungo y Av. Paseo de los Cañaris, Cuenca, Ecuador (any taxi driver in Cuenca will know this address).

Indigenous Healing Workshop in Cuenca

Next Friday, January 30 from 4:00 to approximately 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, January 31 you will have the rare opportunity to participate in a full-training indigenous healing course right here in Cuenca. The workshop includes international practitioner certification and is offered in English (Spanish speakers with a fairly good understanding of English can also attend, as we can make the class semi-bilingual).

What is Ama-Deus?

Ama-Deus is the 6000 year-old healing art of the indigenous Guarani people of South America. It is an energetic healing tradition that accesses pure unconditional love and uses sacred symbols to induce healing at the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual level. Ama-Deus is a heart-centered, earth-based spiritual path of love and service to self and others.

What can it be used for?

It can be used to heal and support people in your life (family, friends or clients) and for self-healing. Ama-Deus can be given in person or sent long-distance.

You will learn ways to support your personal growth, help alleviate the suffering of others, assist those approaching the end of life, and much more.

Who can take the workshop?

Ama-Deus is for anyone interested in developing their healing ability safely and effectively, as well as for those looking for a new, powerful, and simple healing modality.

What is the cost?             

The cost is $200 for the full course ($100 per level, as per international fee for this course).

 How do I register?

Please contact us at info@SouthAmericanHealth.com to reserve your spot. Spaces are very limited. First come first served. Location will be given to those registered.

Level 1: Friday, January 30 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. (approximately)
Level 2: Saturday, January 31 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (approximately).

Women’s Clothing for Sale

New and used women’s clothing, sizes large, x-large, and 2x. Price $8.00 – $5.00 each. American Eagle shoes, size 9 and Ecco sports shoes, size 9. Used once or twice; $10.00 each.

LG Countertop Microwave

White LG Countertop Microwave with an 11″ rotating plate. In excellent condition. Asking $40.

Brand New Men’s Shoes, Size 11

I am selling some new shoes I brought back from the U.S. Size 11, black Nike Air sports shoes with air valves; paid $160, asking $100. Size 11, brown Timberland boots; paid $180, asking $110 OBO.

HP Laptop Computer

Nearly new HP laptop with Spanish keyboard (U.S. or U.K. options availalbe) for sale. 4GB of RAM, a 500 GB hard drive, and a 2.13 GHz microprocessor. Windows 8.1 operating system. Bought in July at the HP store in Mall del Río. Same laptop is selling now for $577. Asking $400 OBO. Call 095-876-9541 or email sixtydbz@yahoo.com if interested.

Bacon in Paradise – Wednesday Expanded Hours and Specials

Hola! A quick post. We will be at Parque San Sebastian with expanded hours from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. on Wednesdays! Also this week we have two specials. Bacon is two pounds for $25.00 and we are offering a mini-sampler (1/2 pound each of bacon and sausage and 1/4 pound of ends and pieces) for only $15.00. Bacon day is here!

Contact Sandra at 0979070470 or you can place your order by hitting the reply button below


Great Rental Opportunity Available Today! Riverview Condo For Rent

timthumbLocated off Avenida Ordoñez Lasso in a nice building, this 2 bedroom/3 bathroom fully furnished apartment is spacious and offers spectacular views of the Tomebamba River. The 7th floor apartment is equipped with a furnished kitchen (refrigerator and microwave), a washer and dryer, and all other necessary furnishings.

The living room is expansive and perfect for entertaining. The river is just seconds away from the building, and has several walking trails. The utilities (electricity, gas and water), the building fee, and internet are included in the $650/month rent. Please be aware that the owner is looking for a one year lease minimum; this is not a short-term rental.


If you are interested in viewing the property, please respond using the contact form provided below:


Photography Show Opening

Exhibition of South American photography by Michael Hamilton
Opening night is Thursday, February 5 from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Friday February 6 from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Saturday February 7 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sunday February 8 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Conde Galeria de Arte is located at Calle Larga 4-32

Dining Room Table and Chairs For Sale

48″ diameter dining room table and six chairs. Solid construction, two years old, excellent condition.

Animal Cruelty Legislation

I attended a meeting today to show support for the discussion of new legislation against animal cruelty. The local government is meeting to debate this issue again on Friday in the building beside the tourist office on Mariscal Sucre opposite Parque Calderon. If you are in agreement that the situation regarding animals is abysmal here, then please come out and show your support. We need lots of people to show up and put pressure on the government officials. Please be part of the solution by helping us change the direction of thinking here regarding how animals are treated. Please.

If you have any questions, please contact Barbara at barbara.suderman@yahoo.com

Third Culture Kids

Hello! My family and I live in Guayaquil but are originally from the U.S. We have lived here for about five months now. It was a tough decision for us to move here because we have two young children (one and three) and we knew this would be a difficult move for them. However, we’ve visited Cuenca a few times now and, well, Cuenca feels like a dream compared to Guayaquil. We think Cuenca would be a much better fit for our children.

Does anyone have any advice on the effects of international and/or frequent moves on children? Especially young children? Will this be an overall positive experience? Or will frequent moves do permanent damage? Our three year old has really struggled to understand all of this and is weary about moves already.

Any advice?

Cuenca Warden’s Message Concerning Passport Pickups

The U.S. Consulate in Guayaquil has responded to a question you may have had about sending a representative designated by you, and on your behalf, to the Consulate to pick up your new or renewed U.S. passport. Marlene Phillips, Chief of American Citizen Services, said you may indeed send a personal rep, however that rep must bear with him/her a letter from you authorizing that person to retrieve your U.S. passport. For more information, please see https://cuencawarden.com/news.html. This info is not available on the Consulate’s website.

A Great Place to Enjoy Those Special Occasions

Make the Libélula Restaurant at Piedra de Agua Hot Springs & Spa a place to enjoy your special gatherings in a quiet environment, surrounded by nature. Some of our menu’s ingredients are grown directly in our own gardens.

To make your reservations, please call our bilingual personnel at 289 2496, reply by email using the form below, or visit us at www.en.piedradeagua.com.ec


Medical Support for Lung Transplant Recipient

I received a double lung transplant four years ago. I am thinking about moving to Cuenca. Are there doctors there that are familiar with treating transplant patients who are having a rejection or infection? I have been healthy for four years, but best to prepare.

Aromatherapy Workshop Offered

We still have space for our workshop this Friday January 30 from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Windhorse Cafe. Please contact Lindsay at lindsay.budika@gmail.com for more information and registration.

All who attend will receive a free gift set with five aromatherapy perfumes, the perfect starter kit to use your new wisdom!