Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Checking out at the 'SuperMaxi' Sup. Mkt. at Ventura Mall in Tumbaco

Checking in from the SuperMaxi (SM) at Ventura Mall in Tumbaco last night. MON 31 JUL17-
JIF Creamy Peanut Butter- Labeled as: "Net WT. 28oz. (1Lb 12oz) 793g. NON GMO*- Gluten Free, non affiliate price- $15.36 SM card affiliate- $14.63"

The ingredient labeling laws in EC are fairly stringent, straight forward & taken seriously, but maybe there are ways around that. 

Posted on August 1, 2017 • Filed under: Business, Economy, Ecuador


E.O. 12958: DECL: 08/08/2018

Classified By: Reason: 1.4 B and D.

"The Wright Family"

"--21. (SBU) The group is a leader in the commercial sector,
with its largest company being Supermarkets La Favorita,
better known as grocery stores Supermaxi and Megamaxi. The
Wright family changed the concept of grocery sales in
Ecuador, with the opening of the first supermarket chain in
Ecuador, Supermaxi (Ecuadorians used to buy their groceries
at farmer markets and at small stores). In 2005 La Favorita
had sales of over $690 million, and $355.5 million in assets.

In 2007 Lideres (El Comercio newspaper’s weekly magazine
which documents business leaders and business developments),
along with Price Waterhouse Coopers, ranked La Favorita as
the most respected company in Ecuador. Thomas Wright is the
head of the Wright family but rumors say he may be
contemplating retirement. The CEO and Executive President of
La Favorita is Thomas Wright’s son Ronald Wright; his
youngest son, Andy Wright, is Vice President. The family’s
political profile is low, although it made contributions to
different political parties during the 2006 presidential

22. (SBU) Other companies within La Favorita in addition to
Supermaxi are: Megamaxi (Wal-mart style superstore),
Superdespensa (supermarket), Bebe Mundo (similar to Babies r
us), Jugueton (toy store), Misterbooks (bookstore), Televent
(TV Sales), ComoHogar (household supplies), Importpoint
(import company), Pollo Favorito Profasa (chicken), Andean
Milk (dairy products), Maxipan (bread), Agropesa, and Lechera
Andina (dairy products), among others. The Wrights also have
a hydroelectric generation plant, Enermax S.A., in Cotopaxi
To just run in and out of a SuperMaxi in 30 minutes, to grab some milk, eggs, bacon, bread and a bit of chicken and a few odds & ends, barely covering the bottom of the grocery buggy is always a $100. bill for me and sweety.

I have 3 SM's in my area including a MegaMaxi, but prefer the smaller - medium sized SM store in the old Ventura Mall. It was built about 25 yrs ago, and has a good 99% occupancy of vendors & stores, No boarded up stalls nor stores going out of business: http://www.venturamall.net/

I have shopped in a many of the various SM's from one end of EC to the other over the years, if you see something on the shelf you may like or want, don't hesitate> grab it and growl, it may not be there next week....

There is a high concentration of old oil field workers from the UK - US & Canada in Cumbaya & Tumbaco Valleys since the 1960's, 70's, 80's & 90's from the good old EC oil field days, and run into them often at my local SM's they are normally easily approachable, friendly & welcoming to a relatively- newcomer like myself. (Cumbaya is 18 kms East of Quito, and 18 Kms West of the UIO Quito INT Airport, - UIO is way out in the middle of nowheres near rose plantation agriculture area since grand opening of FEB 2013.

If you see another foreigner in a SM, in the S. or N. Sierra, or Coastal, it's ok to make eye contact and or crack a smile, (unless you are on the America's Most Wanted list:) you might just make a really good friend with a boatload of knowledge & know how that's willing to share...?

--"To travel is to learn. Period!"-- 'If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home.'- James Michener-

In person face 2 face no one will judge you for your shopping cart having a few transgenico GMO products or enough booze for an entire oil field workers camp, you will only see that sort criticism on the various EC Expat groups, forums & social media like fb from behind the PC monitor.

...as an old friend that frequents the SM in Ibarra N. Sierra says:
"It ain't wine, but it's CLOS" (In 2008- 1 Ltr. was $3.85, now $7.65)

Author: Danielle Cearbaugh:

--"Did you know that a smile is contagious? It costs nothing to give, but reaps great rewards for both the receiver and the giver.

A Smile Spreads Good Cheer

Mother Teresa of Calcutta once said, “Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.”

It’s amazing that your simple smile can brighten someone’s day in a moment’s notice. Too often we underestimate the power of a smile. Although it may be considered the smallest act of caring and it takes little or no effort on our part, it has the power to turn a life around—in fact more than one.

Like the ripple effect of a pebble tossed into a pond, your smile will spread far beyond the first person who receives it. You never know how many people will benefit because you smiled first....."
Sorry for not posting a blog here on "JJinEC" since MAY17, it has been one introductory / exploratory road trip after another, and 1-2-3 months later same guest needs a move in and set up- for example, I had a great 2014, a slow 2015 & 16, but this 2017 is wide open, let's all go to EC at the same time, lol:)

"Road Trip UIO - Cotacachi - Mindo - Canoa - Bahia - Manta - Olon, Montanita, Manglaralto"

--"Pulled out of my driveway in Quito- TUE 11 JUL - returned home Two Weeks later TUE 25 JUL17 - 2,010 kms = 1,246 miles round trip~ On way up the Coast from Olon- North back to Quito stopped in and visited with the Zambrano Family in the Rio Canoa Community, 6kms inland from Canoa Beach~ https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1503032669763883.1073741879.112919505441880&type=1&l=9714b11078

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

WED 24 de MAYO 2017, Organic Ecuadorian Cigar Shop in Quito~

CATALOG Taita Cana.
Types of Tobacco TAITA CANA

All our tobaccos are made with Ecuadorian Tobacco and 100% organic grown in Olmedo and Loja - Ecuador you can find them in our local shop located in the colonial center of Quito, Barrio San Marcos Junín E2-17 and Ortiz Bilbao, Second Floor. Next to the museum of watercolor and painting.


Tabaco de calado Suave/Medio. Tiempo de fumado de 5 a 10 minutos. Envuelto en papel presurizado de tabaco 100% orgánico. Dureza media baja 3 gp, Ideal para combinar con bebidas calientes e infusiones taita cana o taita cana Late. O un cortado.

 Costo individual 0,40$ (Solo en el local)
Caja de 18 unidades 5,00$


You can make your own tobacco in the local is the improved chamico with filter and paper of bamboo, in different macerations 100% organic and natural, like menthol and red fruits. Smooth draft tobacco. Also in macerated menthol. Time smoked for 5 to 10 minutes. Based on chamico, with filter and 100% organic bamboo paper, low hardness 2gp. Ideal to combine with hot drinks and infusions taita cana, taita cana Late O a cut.

Costo individual 0,50$ (Solo en el local)
Caja de 10 unidades 4,00$

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Thu April 27, 2017 Water. Clean Drinking Water #AtoZChallenge

Drinking tap water in coastal Ecuador is a great way to get parasites. Or worse.
-- EJB

A few weeks after the April 16, 2016 7.8 Ecuador earthquake, Tennessee pastor Gary Vance arrived in Puerto López. He had a suitcase full of water filters and a plan - provide clean drinking water for those who needed it.
Clean water welcomed in a tent camp
Photo courtesy of Gary Vance
He offered to install a water filter for the Olón orphanage. We went there the next morning. Gary installed a filter and trained a thrilled staff on maintaining it.
Water filter installed at the Olón Orphanage
Photo courtesy of Gary Vance
Gary spent the rest of that trip traveling, making contacts, and installing filters in tent camps and communities throughout the earthquake damaged area.
Filters installed in a camp
Photo courtesy of Gary Vance

Gary was already planning his return trip and negotiating bulk filter pricing before he flew home. He founded the Tears2Water charity to "quench the thirst of victims of the earthquake devastation in Ecuador."
Gary's suitcase full of filters is behind him in this photo
Photo courtesy of Gary Vance
Gary has made six trips to Ecuador since the earthquake, spent 88 days in country, delivered 1000 filters, and documented over 5000 people who have gained filtered water.
Clean water!
Photo courtesy of Gary Vance
He trains local partners who install filters and train communities on proper use.
Filter installation
Photo courtesy of Gary Vance
Each filter provides enough water for 100 people per day. Small communities may only need one filter for all of their clean water needs.
Buckets with filters attached
Photo courtesy of Gary Vance
Elizabeth (pink shirt) training people on their filter buckets
Photo courtesy of Gary Vance

Bringing new filter bucket home
Photo courtesy of Gary Vance
Gary's seventh visit is in a few weeks. It won't be his last.
Did you ever begin a small project that turned into a passion?

If you are visiting from the #AtoZChallenge please include your blog link in a comment so I can check it out.

Related posts: Earthquake, Post-Earthquake

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

2nd. Passport- Simon Black- Sovereign Man- March 29, 2017-

via Simon Black- Sovereign Man- March 29, 2017-
--"I’ll never forget the day over 17 years ago, when the Fedex envelope finally arrived. Inside was my very first second passport. It was an incredible feeling. And one of the things that got me started on this journey.

Suddenly I realized that I was no longer beholden to one nation. That no single government had exclusive authority over me. I had more options. I had more freedom.

It was a feeling I’d never had before. It was like I had been missing something for my whole life, but never even knew it until that exact moment. Then I wondered how I had ever gotten along before without a second passport.

I cannot overstate the benefits of this. Having a second passport is something I call the ultimate insurance policy.

It ensures that, no matter what, you always have a place to go. To live. To work. To do business. To retire. And in some cases, even seek refuge.

Now, obtaining a second passport often takes time to establish, sometimes years. So it’s advisable to start thinking about your options sooner rather than later.

It took a long time for me-- probably more than two years. That’s because I had no idea what I was doing… no guidance, no tips, no contacts. I had to figure it all out for myself.

But if I knew back then what I know today, I would’ve obtained my passport in a fraction of the time-- just a couple of months.

This shows, once again, how oftentimes the right information can pay an extraordinary return on investment.

And that’s exactly the kind of information we strive to provide to our members here at Sovereign Man.

That’s why today, I would like to share with you a complimentary preview of one of our premium intelligence reports from Sovereign Man: Confidential.

Inside you will learn the fast track process that allows you to obtain a second passport in just a few months at almost no cost if you have grandparents from Italy.

This type of citizenship is known as jus sanguinis and is commonplace across most of Europe, including Greece, Ireland, Britain, Hungary and many more.

Remember, if you’re not part of the lucky bloodline club, anyone can obtain a second passport with a little bit of patience.

In many countries you can be eligible to apply for naturalization after a fixed number of years of continuous residency.

Oftentimes, you don’t even need to spend the preponderance of that time in the country and it can be as short as just two years.

And while you are waiting to become eligible to apply for naturalization, you still have legal residency in the country, which provides you the major benefit of being able to live, work, do business or retire there.

Getting a second passport is a no-brainer strategy that will provide a lifelong benefit not just to you, but your children, grandchildren and all future generations.

And with the right knowledge, anyone can obtain a second passport.

To your freedom,

Simon Black https://www.sovereignman.com/
  21 MAR 2017- GringoTree: --"One of the biggest choices facing an expat after moving to Ecuador and obtaining a Permanent Residency Visa, is whether of not to jump through the next procedural hoop of becoming an Ecuadorian Citizen. For those of you that are hoping to apply for citizenship, we’ve taken the guess work out of the entire process. Read on to find out about all of the current required documents, and procedures, you will need to obtain your citizenship... https://www.gringotree.com/ecuadorian-citizenship-naturalization-need-know/
 ~All the Very Best on Your Endeavors in Ecuador~
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"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.
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"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 Attendees- http://www.retiredincuenca.com/2014/05/cinco-de-mayo-mexican-holiday-in-ecuador.html

-Driving In Ecuador Vs The USA: 21 Major Differences- "This week I had the chance to sit down with one guy who knows the roads of Ecuador better than anyone I know, 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:

"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

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(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
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