NFL Players in Mahahual, Mexico

This is from the archives , I was looking back at some articles from a couple years ago I wrote, and I came across this.

Life at Mahahual, Mexico on the Costa Maya

Yesterday was kind of a slow day here in Mahahual.  There was only one ship in town, The Star out of New Orleans docked at 10am and was here until 6pm.  It was king of overcast and the weather was not great, so a lot of people stayed on the ship and did not a lot of excursions.  Well after a day of work at the port, I headed out into Mahahual to check on the tourists and see what was going on in town and have some lunch.  I was at my usual spot on the beach and just finished lunch when I noticed on the beach in front of me about 5 guys and their wives and girlfriends.  These guys were big guys and several of the black guys were not that big but you could tell they were very athletic by their build and stature.  I have…

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Medical and Health Care in Costa Maya and Mahahual, Mexico

I have gotten bunch of searches about health care here, I thought I would repost this.

Costa Maya Mahahual

I get a lot of questions from people who are thinking about retiring, or living in Costa Maya and Mahahual. One of the main questions I get from people is how good is the health care in Mexico, and Mahahual in particular.
A lot of individuals from the USA get a lot of bad information from the media there about Mexico, and healthcare is one of them. A lot of North Americans do not realize how good and affordable the health care here is in Mahahual, and for that matter throughout Mexico.
In general, health care in Mexico is very good…and in many places it is excellent. Most doctors and dentists in Mexico received at least part of their training in the U.S. (And many U.S. doctors have trained in Mexico, notably in Guadalajara.) Many of them continue to go to the U.S. or Europe for ongoing training. In fact…

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South Carolina People Here

One thing I like about living down here is, I am always meeting interesting people. it seems like you meet a lot of unique people when you are an expat living away from your home. In my travels here I am always running into people by chance and circumstance.

A couple of weeks ago I had a friend come down from South Carolina for a visit. He is a bird watcher and he wanted to go on a tour and also see some of Mexico. We went to watch some college football at the Tequila Barrel here in Playa del Carmen. We went to try to watch the University of South Carolina play, but they did not have that game on.

While were there the Clemson game was on so we sat down to watch, (Clemson is our arch rivals, and I love to see them lose). Well in the table right next to us were two couples from my hometown of Greenville, South Carolina. And come to find out one of the guys was Ben Martin, a PGA tour golfer who was in town for the PGA tournament they had in Playa del Carmen in November. He had played golf at Clemson University, and now lives in Greenville, South Carolina. He had missed the cut, so he and his wife and another couple were watching the game.

What I found was interesting was they were the first people I have ever met here in Playa del Carmen from my hometown of Greenville, South Carolina. I have met people from my hometown at the Costa Maya Port in Mahahual off of cruise ships, but these are the first people from my hometown not on cruise ships.

We talked and they asked me the usual questions, like what is was like to live here, and is it safe, and can you drink drinks with ice cubes in them here. I gave them my usual talk, and told them don’t believe everything you read and hear about Mexico, especially from people from the USA and of course do not believe anything you hear in Greenville, SC about Mexico, because most of it is untrue.

They were very nice people, and the two woman had very deep southern accents, and of course being Clemson graduates and southern belles, they both were blond. Reminded me of home.

There also was another couple sitting close to us, and come to find out, they were from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. They were there watching football and having food and drinks. They were South Carolina Gamecock fans,like us, and they had the game on the guy’s Iphone, and they kept us informed of the USC-Florida game score. So we watched the Clemson game and talked with the people from South Carolina, and had a good time.

After the game was over we said goodbye to the people we met from South Carolina, and as we were walking to the door, I guy mentions something to me about the Gamecock hat I was wearing. Come to find out he was another person from South Carolina, and he is from North Augusta, South Carolina. He is a PGA tour caddie, and he was also in town for the PGA tour here. His name is Don Cooper and he played golf at USC-Aiken, and now travels around the world as a professional caddie. He told me he was heading to Australia to caddie next. He also knew my ex-girlfriend from North Augusta, and her family, small world. Very nice southern guy, and good old boy.

As we were leaving I told my friend, Bob Critser, I bet this is the most people from South Carolina in one room in the whole state of Quintana Roo. That is the most people I have ever met at one time from South Carolina, since I have been here.

Lately I have been meeting more and more people from the USA down here. Every time I go to the Mega Store now I have to help people from the USA find stuff or help them out with the language. Yesterday I helped an older couple from Bronz, New York out finding soy milk, balsamic vinegar, sea salt, and a bunch of other stuff while they were shopping. It was their first time here, and the language was scary to them, and they were afraid to ask for help.

I have noticed the time I have been in Mexico an increase in people from the USA every year. Every year it seems more and more people are discovering Quintana Roo and Mahahual as great places to vacation or retire.

I am still surprised at meeting people from my hometown of Greenville, South Carolina here. I think I will be meeting a lot more in the future.

Thanks for reading,
Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina

Holiday Season Here

I am still in Playa del Carmen condo sitting for a friend while he is out of the country. I was supposed to have gone back to Mahahual by now, but at the moment, I am not sure I will be doing when I go back. There has been a change over at the Costa Maya Port, and let’s just say I will not be working at the port doing tour sales this year. In fact several things are are up in the air now, but I don’t want to go into any detail. So, at the moment I am technically unemployed, and staying in Playa del Carmen until I sort things out.

I have been in Mahahual and Caldaritas the last 4 Christmas seasons, and I have never been around a bunch of expats during the holiday season, like I am doing now here in Playa del Carmen. In Mahahual I worked at the port every day during the holiday season, and even on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day, I worked at the port. (Even though I worked on New Year’s Day, I still got off of work in time to watch my South Carolina Gamecocks play in their bowl games the last four years, sorry had to throw that in).

So in Mahahual I worked all during the holiday season, and only got to see the local side of Christmas in Mahahual, which was make as much money as you can during the holidays. So in Mahahual you wake up one day, and it is Christmas, and you get up and go to work. Christmas kind of “creeps” up on you and you are not exposed to the season like I am here in Playa del Carmen.

My friend who owns the condo was supposed to back in Mexico by now, but he has extended his visa to stay longer in the Philipines, (I think it may be female related). He does not like it to sit empty, so I have been here for awhile looking after the condo. The past week I have been getting the condo ready for some renters who are coming in January to stay for a couple of months.

I had originally planned to go back to Mahahual at the middle of November, but because i do not have job at moment, and I needed to pay some bills, and have some repair work done for the owner of the condo here in Playa del Carmen, I am still here.

Like I said earlier, this is really my first holiday season outside of Mahahual, and because of this I have noticed a big difference between expats and tourists down here during the holiday season in Mahahual and Playa del Carmen.

Christmas things for sale.

Christmas things for sale.

Snow man at Mega Store.

Snow man at Mega Store.

Playa del Carmen is much more commercial than Mahahual and other small towns in Mexico. Playa del Carmen has everything you need for the holidays. I was in the Mega Store around Thanksgiving, and I was surprised to see all the turkeys and holiday dishes they had. There was not a box of Stove Top stuffing left on the counter. They even had prepared turkeys, where all you did was carve off how much you wanted, and had it weighed, and then paid for it. They also have little 3 foot Christmas trees for 399 pesos and 5 foot trees for 599 pesos. (I tried to take some photos of all the stuff in the Mega Store, but they busted me and said no cameras allowed in store).

Also here in Playa del Carmen, you hear Christmas music everywhere, and people are wearing Santa caps in all the stores. Not so in Mahahual.

I have also met a lot of interesting expats here in Playa del Carmen during the holiday season. It seemed like around the first of November the condo complex filled up over night. There are a lot of Canadians that own condos here, and they come down from November to May. They have put up Christmas decorations and lights, and have had several Christmas parties and are starting to get in the holiday spirit.

This is also the first holiday season I have been able to watch football on Thanksgiving, and all the other games. So I guess while I wait to see what happens in Mahahual for me, I will be here in Playa del Carmen during the holiday season with other expats. It should be an interesting holiday season here, much different than I have experienced in the past in Mahahual.

Thanks for reading,
Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina

Cost of having Diabetes in Costa Maya, Mexico

CostaMed clinic in Mahahual.

CostaMed clinic in Mahahual.

I thought I would post this before I forgot about it. Yesterday I went to the local drug store here to get my monthly supply of diabetes medications. I have to take Metfomina and Glibenclanida daily to control my glucose levels in my blood.

I usually go to the Simalares drug stores because they have generic drugs, and are cheaper than the other drug stores here in Mexico. On Mondays they have 25% off on all medications, so I go on Mondays to take advantage of that. There are Simalares drug stores all over Quintana Roo, and I have used them in Chetumal and here in Playa del Carmen, and they are everywhere here in Quintana Roo.

So I was standing there yesterday waiting on the girl at the drug store to get my medications, and I looked over and I saw that there is also a doctor available there for consultation, and I noticed the cost for a doctor’s visit was 35 pesos,(about $2.69 usd). So I got to thinking, I wonder what the difference between the cost of having diabetes in Mexico was opposed to the USA.

My diabetes medications I bought at the drug store yesterday cost me 80 pesos ( about $6.15 usd) for the month. And since I do not have to have a prescription, I do not need a doctor’s visit to get my diabetes meds.

My doctor at CostaMed, Dr. Karla Velaquez.

My doctor at CostaMed, Dr. Karla Velaquez.

I did my reasearch last night, I found out that people with diagnosed diabetes in the USA, occur medical expenditures of about $13,700 usd per year on the average.. Metformin daily usage in the USA costs between $200-$500 usd on the average per month, not including other medications. And in the USA you have to see a doctor to get a prescription, here you don’t need that, a big savings.

In the USA, a person with type 2 diabetes
spends on the average more than $85,000 usd out-of-pocket expenses treating the disease and its complications over a lifetime. Lifetime costs for treating type 2 diabetes are slightly higher for women than men.

So I decided to add up my out-of-pocket cost for my diabetes treatment in Mexico. My diabetes medications for the year cost me around $74.00 usd, or around 900 pesos a year. I do not have to have doctors appointments for my prescriptions, so I save that, and even if I did have to go see a doctor, it would only cost me around $3 usd, or 35 pesos. So if I add up all my costs for my type 2 diabetes treatment over the year, it costs me less than $100.00 usd.

The way I figure it I am saving around $13,500 usd in medical expenses a year by living in Mexico. I don’t think I could live in the USA anymore being a diabetic, it would cost me too much.

And yes, the prescription medications here are just as good as in the USA, and don’t let anybody else tell you differently. I have been taking generic Mexican medications for about 5 years now, and I have experienced no problems, and my glucose levels usually run between 70-125 when I am taking my meds and eating right.

A lot of people, like me, have type 2 diabetes in the USA, and it is growing every year amongst the population, and medical expenses will continue to rise in the costs and treatment.

So if you are thinking of retiring or living in Costa Maya or Mahahual, and you are a diabetic like me, you can rest assured, diabetes is a lot cheaper to treat here than in the USA.

Thanks for reading,
Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina

Quintana Roo to get New Time Zone

This just announced today, I thought I would share this with readers of the blog.  This means that basically Mahahual and Quintana Roo now will be in the Eastern Time Zone, which is the same as the eastern part of the USA and Canada.  This also will help stop a lot of confusion amongst the cruise ship passengers, because most of the cruise ships are on EST also.  The article below is translated from Spanish.

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Q. Roo soon will have a new time zone hour
With 258 votes in favor, deputies authorized the creation of a new time zone, which would benefit the tourism sector.
Yesterday Thursday, December 4, 2014 17:48

With the new time zone state will have more sunshine hours, which will benefit the tourism sector.
Adrian Barreto / SIPSE
PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Q. Roo.- In ordinary session of the Chamber of Deputies, which was held today in the city of Mexico, was approved almost unanimous decision to apply the Law on the time zone change to govern Quintana Roo.
To change the modification of the second and third items are carried Hours Act System of the United States of Mexico , in order to create a new time zone to the southeast, which would be applied to the State of Quintana Roo .
New time zone in the southeast
In order to boost tourism in the state, deputies took a vote on the amendment for the time zone, with 258 votes in favor and only one against, Quintana Roo have a more sunshine hours, which would benefit the tourism sector.
The change in the time zone will translate to an extra hour of sunshine , which means that when in Mexico City are 6 pm in the State will be 7.
Modifications to the time zone governed Quintana Roo take effect after the change is published in the Official Journal of the Federation.

 

This change will help tourism, and provide more daylight hours for tourists to enjoy Quintana Roo.

Thanks for reading,

Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina

Five Inventions From Mexico, You Did Not Know About

From the pill to the tortilla machine, here are five inventions from Mexico.

Luis Miramontes, co-inventor of the pill.

Luis Miramontes, co-inventor of the pill.

Mexico News Daily | Sunday, August 17, 2014

The color TV, the pill and the tortilla machine all have something in common: these and at least two others are Mexican inventions. For some light reading, here are five inventions made in Mexico.

1. The contraceptive pill: Luis Miramontes, only 26 years old at the time and a graduate of the chemistry school at the National Autonomous University, worked with two other scientists in 1951 to synthesize the progestin norethindrone, which was used in one of the first three oral contraceptives.

Miramontes worked with George Rosekranz and Carl Djerassi at Syntex, a Mexican pharmaceutical company (now part of the Roche group) to develop the birth control pill.

2. Color television: Born in 1917, Guillermo González Camarena introduced color televesion to Mexico in 1940 with a color TV that he had built. The following year, at the age of 23, he patented his invention as a “trichromatic, field-sequential system utilizing the primary colors of red, green and blue.”

In 1946 he sent his first color tranmission from a laboratory in Mexico City, and in 1952 launched a TV station, XHGC Channel 5.

3. The Anáhuac propeller: Juan Guillermo de Villasana, born in 1891, invented the Anáhuac propeller in 1916. It was made of wood and utilized a design that improved the efficiency of a plane’s engine at high altitudes.

A graduate in physics and mathematics at the Scientific and Literary Institute of Pachuca, De Villasana became chief mechanic of the Mexican army, where he carried out the building of five airplanes with which the Mexican air force was launched, at which time he created his propeller.

4. The tortilla machine: Fausto Celorio Mendoza created the first automatic tortilla machine in 1947. It utilized rollers to shape the tortilla and a system of wires to separate them. Celorio continued to improve upon his invention over the years, and by 1959 it could make 130 kilos per hour.

In 1975 came another model that produced 200 kilos of tortillas per hour with a 50% gas and electricity savings, and more, better machines followed.

The inventor’s name lives on in the name of the company he founded, Celorio Máquinas Tortilladoras.

5. Tridilosa: Heberto Castillo Martínez was not only a community leader and activitist but a civil engineer. In 1966 he created tridilosa, a three-dimensional, structural construction system that employs a combination of steelwork and concrete in smaller quantities than had previously been required.

The product is light and versatile and has since been used in bridges, buildings and other forms of construction throughout Mexico.

Tridilosa saves as much as 66% on concrete and 40% on steel. It is light enough to float on water, but three times stronger than traditional construction methods. It was employed in the construction of the 54-storey World Trade Center in Mexico City.

Source: El Universal Union (sp)

 

I am finding out more and more about things about Mexico that I had never known before.  Mexico has an unique and interesting history, and I am trying to find out as much as I can.  I came across this article, and I thought I would share.

Thanks for reading,

Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina