Walmart in Ajijic, Lake Chapala

When I first heard of Walmart coming to Ajijic I had mixed feelings.  I did enjoy shopping at Walmart in the US and Canada but somehow it did not seem right in our little village in the sun.


I would not have voted to build a Walmart here but now that it is here I must admit I do go there at least twice a month.


I find the service very sporadic and finding someone to help you can be very frustrating.  There is very little English spoken so it is best to know the Spanish word for the article for which you are looking,


Today I went in search of certain king size pillows which I have bought before and like them very much.  They had them in standard size but not in king.  I grabbed an employee walking by and they said they would send someone to help me.  Someone did come but said they did not have the pillows I was looking for in king size and had no idea if they ever would.


I then went to customer service with the standard pillow to show what I wanted in king size.  After a very long wait I was told I could not order them, they did not have them and weren’t sure when or if they ever would.  They also said these pillows did not come in king.  I told them I had bought them several times in the past in king size so they asked a few more people with no appreciable result.


I then proceeded to the double doors of the back of the store across from the produce section and when someone came out I asked if I could speak to the manager.


Several minutes later Pauline came out, shook my hand and asked how she could help me.   I related my request yet again and she said “I will find out for you”.


She was gone for another several minutes she came back and said they did not have them at the moment but they were ordered and would be in in 15 days.


I was very happy to hear this and thanked her very much.


The moral of this meandering story is your best bet if you are looking for something that you cannot find is to go directly to the manager who seemed to be the only person in Walmart who was willing to help me.


That is what I will do next time instead of wasting a lot of time with people who do not seem to care if you find what is you want.


The manager certainly made up for this and I now have an answer and time frame for  procuring said king size pillows.  It is always a good idea to ask if they have what you are looking for in the back because many times it may not be on the floor but this does not mean they do not have it.

Amazon in Ajijic, Lake Chapala

My son is fond of saying that whenever he gives me something new technologically I am like a penguin with a fax machine.


This started when he gave us Chromecast for our TV which not only turns your TV into a smart TV it allows you to download anything you want and view it on your TV.  I am proud to say I have mastered this device and we love it.


Also we now have Netflix and I have a proper cell phone and am loving learning how to use it.  It is so exciting to be able to text.


Whenever I needed something that were unable to purchase here I would wait until someone was coming down or I would wait until we were visiting up north.


I now have a new resource which I am very happy about.  Amazon now delivers to Mexico and in most cases your order arrives the next day.


It is very easy to open an Amazon account.  You need an email address and password and credit or debit card. After your first order they retain your information as far as address and payment options.


Not too long ago when my husband was travelling in the US he brought us home two very nice King Size Sheet sets with the mandatory thread count and made of cotton.  We have enjoyed these sheets but they are finally wearing out both at once which is surprising.


I was going to wait until I went north in June (for the birth of our fourth grandchild) to buy new ones at Winners.


My wonderful Viki who helps me at the house has mended one set in two places but the other set are shredding and are not able to be mended.


The thought of spending 4  months on ripped sheets did not appeal to me so I decided to try and order them on Amazon.  Both my son, and son-in-law have accounts with Amazon and both have offered for me to use their accounts with my own credit card of course.


This gave me the sense that it was not that easy to open an account and make an order.  Clearly this is not the case and the order was made and the amount is already off my credit card.


I ordered two set of King Size sheets one in white and one in ivory and they also had sand and stone.


The categories at Amazon cover most areas of goods one would need.


I am anxious to see how long my order takes to arrive as is says between Feb. 22 and March 15 but most people seem to receive their orders the next day.


I have shopped online before (I am not a complete idiot) and must admit so far I enjoyed this experience and it nice to know it is another resource to obtain necessary goods.


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February 14th Valentine’s Day in Ajijic, Lake Chapala

Wednesday, February 14th is Valentine’s Day in many countries as well as Ajijic, Lake Chapala.


There are many ways to celebrate this day with flowers, chocolate and gifts of all sorts.


Also many restaurants in Ajijic, Lake Chapala have special Valentine’s Day menus for you to enjoy at all different prices.


La Nueva Posada has a very interesting special menu for you to enjoy.  Reservations are recommended.  They are located on Donata Guerra #9 in downtown Ajijic and their phone  is (376) 766-1444.


Manix also has a special menu which includes music for dancing.  They are located at Ocampo # 57 and their phone # is (376) 766-0061.


Elegante has a very special menu and the food is very good but expensive.  Prepaid tickets are necessary as there is limited seating at two sittings 5:30 pm and 8:00 pm.  They are located on Constitucion #59 and their phone # is (376) 766-1066.


There are several other restaurant offering a special Valentine’s Day menus and you can check them out in the January 27 issue of Guadalajara Reporter.


So get your special date or group of friends together and venture out for a pleasant, romantic evening.


Prices range from $295.00 pesos to $650.00 pesos per person.


Buen Provencho!



The Joy of Catering in Ajijic, Lake Chapala

Having a caterer who happens to be a world class master chef is a wonderful way to entertain your friends and family.


If you do not feel like cooking or going out having someone come to your home to cater a party or a dinner party is a wonderful way to entertain your guests with delightful creations and also have everything cleaned up so you have nothing to do but plan the menu with your chef and enjoy your guests.


Dos Fuegos has such a chef, Shai Buchler, who has many wonderful and unique ideas for your gathering large or small.


As they go back and forth to Puerto Vallarta quite often Dos Fuegos is always available to their clients here in Ajijic, Lake Chapala.


There might have been some confusion as to the availability of Chef Shai to do your function but he is always happy to look after his clients in Ajijic, Lake Chapala and continues to do so.


Chef Shai has already catered many successful functions from small intimate dinner parties to large weddings always to the delight of his clients who have left him rave reviews.


Check out Dos Fuegos Catering Co.’s facebook page for pictures and reviews.


Chef Shai has a large circle of repeat customers and would be delighted to add you to this satisfied group.


Contact them at 322 135 7845 or send a message to their facebook page to book Dos Fuegos for your next event small or large and take advantage of the 10% discount they are offering for the month of February,


Buen Provecho!

Marcelino Exclusive Designs in Leather in Ajijic, Lake Chapala

I wanted to let you know that there is a very good leather store in Ajijic, Lake Chapala.


I have bought several leather purses there and also had them repair a couple of designer purses.  I was  very happy with my purchases and repairs.


They sell leather garments in all sizes and colors and everything is custom made.


I had the chance to purchase a Luis Vuitton classic purse but the straps needed repair although the purse was new. They must have been damaged in delivery.


I took the purse to Marcelino and he had to go to Guadalajara twice to get the correct color of the Luis Vuitton leather often seen in their purses and luggage.


It is a beautiful creamy ecru leather which pairs very will the the dark brown leather favored by Luis Vuitton.


Marcelino’s shop is on the Carretera Oriente #8 in Ajijic across from Plaza de las Montanas.


Their hours are 10:00 am to 9:00 pm and his cell phone # s 045 333 597 2369.


Drop in and I am sure you will see something you will want to purchase on the spot.  I know I did.



Good News for Pizza Lovers in Ajijic, Lake Chapala

Most of you know about Alex’s Pasta Bar on Juan Alvarez #71 in Ajijic.


I was walking by Alex’s today on way to the Telcel outlet nest door and noticed a big “Pizza” sign next to the sign for Alex’s Pasta Bar.


After I finished my business with the lovely, helpful people at Telcel I popped in to the Pizza place and spoke to Cesar.


They speak English at this Telcel and are a pleasure to deal with and take as much time as you need to help you with wha ever issue you have.  I deal with Gabi and their phone # is (376) 766-1254.


Cesar tells me it is a thin crust pizza and you can have whatever kind of pizza you want.  Although, they do not deliver yet Cesar says that if he is not busy he will deliver it to you or you can pick it up.


We have always been happy with the food at Alex’s Pasta Bar and are very much looking forward to trying their pizza.


You can reach Cesar at  (376) 766-2034 ot cell 331 022 2034.


Buon Appetito!



Happy New Year (Feliz Ano Nuevo) 2018 in Ajijic, Lake Chapala

Well we are all back to normal but, for us, it has been less than normal.


Our Shaw receiver was not working so I could not hook up our new Netflix.  The microwave was not working, the vacuum cleaner was not working and I am still waiting for over 7 weeks for two new nightgowns being made for me.


Trying to get a white 100% cotton nightgown is not easy here in Ajijic, Lake Chapala.


We called Michael Merryman (Ajijic Electronics 766-1117) and his men came immediately and fixed the problem before I finished telling them what was wrong.  I was then able, with the help of our son) to get our new Netflix connected and on line.  Last year when he gave us the Chromecast attachment for our TV he said it was like “giving a penguin a fax machine”.  We are trying very hard to rid ourselves of this unfortunate analogy.


I tried the microswave again and it would appear that perhaps an electrical brown out in that area of the house caused the temporary problem.  You might want to check this possibility before you call for help.


Our handyman Richardo Anguiano (Cell 045 331 786 7313) came on a Saturday and fixed our vacuum which is now working fine.  Gracias a Dios.


This morning my Bancomer debit card did not work  twice at a store.  I checked the expiry date which was fine and knew there was plenty of pesos in my account which I confirmed on line.


After phone calls (4) to the bank  (376) 766-2154), phone calls (2) to the Call Center  (01 800 112 2999 x 2)and 1 phone call to the Customer Service Center (01 555 002 3539)  we identified the possible problems.


It would appear that my “token” is out of date.  This is a device that helps you sign into your account online.  Evidently, I was notified of this in December 2016 by email.  Having searched my email history I could find no such email.  Secondly, I should try my debit card at another store and if the same decline occurs I should go to the branch and get a new debit card as their may be damage to the CHIP.


Albeit none of these issues are life-threatening just annoying.


For the record I still do not have my new white cotton nightgowns but never fear I will prevail until they are hanging in my closet.


I hope 2018 is a wonderful, happy, healthy and trouble-free year for you all.

Happy New Year (Feliz Ano Nuevo) 2018

Welcome to 2018.  We are all hoping this will be a great year for everyone.


We had a lovely holiday break.  We spent 8 days with one of our daughters and her husband and our granddaughter in Puerto Vallarta.


They have a lovely apartment high above Puerto Vallarta with a view of the entire bay.  It is truly breathtaking.


We had two dinners out,  One at Trios which is a spin off of the very popular Cafe des Artistes and the other at La Palapa which is right on the beach.  Both were very good and we do not hesitate to recommend them.


It was wonderful spending this time with our granddaughter and we feel very blessed. We now are aficionados on the cartoon Peppa Pig and my daughter and I also enjoyed binge watching the second season of The Crown.


We flew on Aeromar which was very nice. It was a very short flight and they are a very pleasant airline.  For us it is better than a 6 or 7 hour drive.


For New Year’s we went into Guadalajara with friends and had a a very nice experience at Hueso which is a very unique family style upscale restaurant.  The price was very good and all drinks were included as was the tip.


We stayed at Quinta Real which we thoroughly enjoyed.  The beds are to die for and again our King Suite was very nicely appointed and reasonable.  We enjoyed a very good brunch at the hotel and were home by 12:30 pm.


What we found rather pleasant was there was no traffic whatsoever in Guadalajara.  Going in and coming out was a breeze as was the taxi ride to and from Restaurante Hueso.  I don’t think we have ever been to Guadalajara with no traffic and it was terrific.  There was also no traffic when we arrived back in Ajijic which was a nice change.


We are back to normal today and very happy to be home having had a lovely break.


Happy New Year and Feliz Ano Nuevo a todos.



Christmas (Navidad) 2017 in Ajijic, Lake Chapala

Christmas is a time of love, kindness, joy, family, good will and giving.


Some of us take these things for granted but they are very important every day of the year not just Christmas time.


I love the way Ellen Degeneres always ends every show with “Be kind to one another”.


There are many things wrong with the world at the moment and never has there been a better time not to fall into the divisive rhetoric being foisted upon us but to be kind and caring and try to get some semblance of civility back into our lives.


It is so easy to criticize people that are different from us or to judge without knowing the details of what one is going on with someone but a kind word or deed is a far superior approach to peace on earth and goodwill towards men.


Spending the afternoon drinking martinis and then attacking verbally someone who is minding their own business is not the definition of kindness.  Inviting them to throw your wine in their face or hit them does not promote the feeling of goodwill.


There is a lot of drinking this time of year and some people can handle it and clearly others cannot.


It is important to be careful as the alcohol spot checks are back in force until the New Year and no one wants to go to jail, have their car impounded or pay the exorbitant fine.


Don’t drink and drive, keep safe and be kind to one another.


This holiday is to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ which is mostly forgotten.  There are many church services listed in the Guadalajara Reporter  where one can celebrate Christmas.


I hope everyone has a safe, happy holiday and a very Happy and Healthy New Year.


Feliz Navidad y Feliz Ano Nuevo a todos.



Navidad (Christmas) 2017 in Ajijic, Lake Chapala

Navidad is a wonderful time of year in Ajijic, Lake Chapala.  Albeit it is a little colder than usual but at least we know it will be warm again soon.


There are many activities to enjoy at this time of year such as Children’s Posadas, Bazaars, Christmas Sales to name and few and other events.  You can check out the Ajijic News Web Page at which will give you a full listing of events and activities for this beautiful season.


The Noche Buenas or Poinsettas, which we always thought just came in pots in Canada, grow in gay profusion here and our garden is filled with a blooming Noche Buena tree.  They are everywhere and they are beautiful and very festive.


The Nueva Posada (Donato Guerra #9 in downtown Ajijic) is beautifully decorated and their Christmas tree is made totally out of corn husks.  Very festive and very traditional.  You can go there for a warm bowl of excellent soup and enjoy the lights inside and also outside in the garden.


Also there are many orphanages, charities and senior centers which would love to have a donation of money, gifts for the children or your time over the holidays.


Check the listings n the Guadalajara Reporter or Ojo del Lago to find out where the best Chrstimas dinners are being served.  When we are in town we would always chose to have Christmas dinner at La Nueva Posada, as for us, it was the best.


Arboles de Navidad (Christmas trees) can be found at El Bar Co. or Walmart and Walmart is also filled with wonderful decorations and gifts for those of all ages.


Although for us from the freezing north Christmas without snow is a little unusual I think you will find that Christmas in Ajijic, Lake Chapala is a wonderfully warm experience.


Feliz Navidad y Feliz Ano Nuevo a todos!