Monday, March 28, 2016

Health Care in Mexico

I am trying to find the best possible health care solution for expats. On my research, I found this article and thought it is worth sharing it.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

How safe is where you live?

“Better the devil you know than the devil you don't'”
How often do you choose to deal with a situation that you are familiar with than trying something else, even when it is not ideal?

When it comes to safety, we usually go for what we know.
Lately there has been too much noise in the news about drug cartels and violence in Mexico. The media has created this idea of Mexico as a dangerous place by publishing mostly alarming news to get the attention. Where is the core principle of fairness and impartiality in the news? Where are the good journalists?

It is true that bad things happen in Mexico. Bad things happen everywhere but getting a perspective from a local is a wiser thing to do. Look at the chart (bottom of the article) taken from Numbeo 2016 Crime Rate Index, the world’s largest database of user contributed data about cities and countries worldwide.

Would you go to Tijuana before going to Detroit, Chicago or Puerto Rico? How about Mexico City or Guadalajara?

I have been living in the United States for more than 25 years and the image that I get about Mexico from the media is constantly very negative.

My family lives in Guadalajara and I am motivated to go but if this wasn't the case, I don't think I would go given what I get from the news. My comfort comes when I see my nieces coming and going alone to the disco every weekend in Uber or Taxi. In Mexico discos and nightclubs usually start at midnight and close at dawn and; until now neither my nieces nor their friends have ever had an incident.

Mexico is a great place to live, the climate is nice, the people are warm and the cost of living is less when compared to other countries. Thousands of people from the United States, Canada and Europe are moving to Mexico every year. Get the facts straight, experience Mexico.

Crime Index
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Detroit, MI, United States
Rochester NY, United States
San Juan, Puerto Rico
St. Louis, MO, United States
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New Orleans, LA, United States
Mexico City, México
Philadelphia, PA, United States
Surrey, Canada
Atlanta, GA, United States
Miami, FL, United States
Puebla, México
Washington, DC
Nottingham, United Kingdom
Brampton, Canada
Milwaukee, WI, United States
Kansas City, MO, United States
Rome, Italy
Tijuana, México
Guadalajara, México

Sunday, March 20, 2016


What kind of lifestyle do you have in mind for your retirement?

I live in a big house in suburbia and when I retire that last thing I want to do is to clear snow in the winter, rake leaves in the fall and groom the yard during the summer time. I don’t want to spend time or money clean or maintain unnecessary living areas. My dream is to live in a small city, by the ocean with plenty of amenities and things to do.
What is your dream?
Fro one of my friends, her dream is to live in a farm with sheep and a vegetable garden. Another one would rather live in a house in a country club or gated community and one of my best friends retired to a small beach town and lives in a big house with a pool and a tropical garden.
I have been reading lots of blogs about retiring to a different country and the most common concerns that I hear about are the weather, the cost of living, access to professional and affordable health care and the safety and infrastructure of the country of interest.
While the specific location (urban, suburban, rural) and set up (house, apartment/condo, community) may not be the first thing in people’s mind it is very important to consider when choosing where to live. While there are places that offer all the varieties within a certain area, that may not be the case for all.
I highly encourage you to do tours that cater to people with the specific interest of retiring somewhere else. If you want to learn about Manzanillo and the surrounding area in Colima, join the conversation and start a discussion or post a question or comment.
We are planning to do a tour on November and would like your feedback.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Perhaps It Never Crossed Your Mind!

Perhaps it never crossed your mind how the cold weather affects your HEALTH and MOOD!

It’s True! The Cold Weather Affects You!

When it is cold during the winter season, it is common to see health problems rise.  
“The cold weather brings a number of risks, especially for older adults,” says geriatrician Dr. Suzanne Salamon, an instructor at Harvard Medical School.
If you live in a place with frigid temperatures and limited sunlight during the winter, you are vulnerable in more ways that you may ever imagined.
Perhaps it never crossed your mind how the cold weather affects you.

Depression - SAD (Seasonal affective disorder) is a type of depression related to changes in seasons. A Mayo Clinic study concluded that for most people, SAD symptoms start in the fall and continue into the winter months. If you are one of those people affected by SAD, very likely you’ll feel moody and lethargic.

Immune System - during the winter, people spend more time inside and in a closed environment allowing the flu, coughs, and colds to spread more easily.

Heart - Cold weather acts as a vasoconstrictor, which means it narrows blood vessels increasing the risk of heart attack.

Balance - Icy sidewalks can make falling easier, putting you at risk for fractures.
Skin Infections - Dry winter air can dry your skin. When the skin dries, it can become rough and flaky, with small tears that can lead to cracks and potentially serious infections.

Body Temperature - Older adults are at risk for hypothermia, in which the body’s internal temperature falls too low. “Even prolonged exposure to mild cold can cause it,” says Dr. Salamon.

Sleeplessness -  Your melatonin production can be affected by the cold disrupting your sleep cycle.

Weight Gain -  In theory, we should get thinner but for many people it is the opposite. As the cold weather activates the good fat in your body to keep you warm, you burn more calories. However, many people tend to decrease their level of outdoor activities while increasing their consumption of richer foods.

Fatigue - Is it hard for you to get out of bed every morning when the temperature drops and the mornings are darker? You’re not alone. Cold and shorter days can mean you don’t get enough vitamin D, and that can make you feel tired. Your body is designed to get the vitamin D it needs by producing it when your bare skin is exposed to sunlight.

Decreased Sex Drive - Have you ever noticed a change in your mood when it’s nice, sunny and warm outside?  Exposure to sunlight is thought to increase the brain’s release of a hormone called serotonin. When your serotonin levels are low, it can have a high impact on your mood, energy, attention, pain, hunger, weight and even our sex life.

Now that you know this, are you taking any action?

What is your next step to attain a healthy lifestyle and happy retirement?

Let the weather be your MEJOR AMIGO!

Monday, February 29, 2016

Another Place To Discover

How about spending the rest of your life in a place with unbeatable weather, great food, beautiful beaches and affordable top-quality health care?

Three out of 5 Americans want to retire somewhere else and finding a lower cost of living is "extremely important" when choosing where to retire, according to a national Bankrate survey.

The International Living Magazine, estimates that approximately one million Americans live in Mexico because of the weather and all of the benefits of a high quality lifestyle at a much lower cost.
Yes, in Mexico, your money can go much further in terms of real estate, rent, health care, food, and labor. All you need to do is find the right place and take action.

While there are many great retirement destinations in Mexico and some are widely advertised, there are several up and coming towns and cities like Manzanillo in Colima that are under the radar.

Manzanillo is becoming the most important commercial port in the Pacific coast of Mexico and because of that, it’s infrastructure and tourist attractions are rapidly growing.

Manzanillo’s climate is a tropical savanna. The dry season runs from November to May with an average temperature of  24 °C (75 ° F) where the coolest month is January and the driest is April. Most rainfall is seen during the summer, from June to October, with temperatures averaging 28.3 °C (83 ° F) in July.

During the summer, Manzanillo is the most quiet because tourists don’t know about the spectacular tropical rain forests of the season, the deserted beaches and the lower prices, but for those who live here year-round, it's a beautiful time to enjoy the area.

Manzanillo has two golden sand bays, the Santiago Bay and the Manzanillo Bay, both stretch for five miles along the Pacific Coast and are separated by the Santiago Peninsula. It is a perfect place for beach, ecotourism and aquatic activities.

The renovation of the historic center of Manzanillo along with the extension of the Boulevard Miguel de La Madrid are one of the many strategic projects that the state of Colima has in the works to increase Manzanillo’s competitive edge in tourism and commerce and to improve the life of its inhabitants.

Manzanillo’s proximity to the metropolitan city of Colima (104.6 km/65 miles) and cosmopolitan Guadalajara (298.3 km /185.3 miles), makes Manzanillo a have it all place. If you are interested in archeology, architecture, arts and crafts, nature, history, gastronomy, golf, ecotourism and other adventure activities, you can have it in Manzanillo and surrounding areas.

Health care is a big concern when planning to live abroad and many are surprised when they find out the highly skilled professionals and the quality of health care in Mexico. Many Mexican physicians do post-graduate training in Europe, the US or Canada and are fluent in English.
There are several private hospitals and clinics with the highest level of technology in terms of medical devices.

Housing in Manzanillo is more affordable than some other renowned places and that is because Manzanillo is yet to be discovered.

For your daily life, you can find stores like The home Depot, Walmart, Office Depot, Sam's Club and many others. Plaza Punto Bahía is under construction where you can find La Marina, a large department store with high end brand names, Cinépolis with 7 movie theaters, and many other shops (The Athlete's Foot, Black Coffee Gallery, etc.) and food franchises (Subway, Michel Salad, Carl's Jr, Domino's Pizza, etc.).

Get to know Manzanillo, the safest city on the Pacific coast and easy access from many cities in the USA and Canada. You can fly from Saint Paul MN, with Sun Country Airlines for less than $ 450 and be here in less than 4:30 hrs.
The main Airlines flying directly to Manzanillo are Alaska Airlines, Delta, Sun Country, United, American Airlines and Aeromexico.

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