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  1. Absolutely not. I've been using this machine for 10 years. That's why I recognized the new software. First screen tells you the bank fee. Then continuing you get the screen with the conversion rate. The new software has a lot of red. The screens are basically the same but slightly different. Usually upon hitting the decline button the cash pops out and the screen asks if you want to terminate or make another transaction. I'll repeat...my card popped out as soon as I hit decline. Screen stated transaction cancelled. I suspect that if I had hit accept then my pesos would have been delivered. 

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  2. I noticed the new software in the ATM at HSBC but initially there was no difference. Then when I declined the conversion rate it immediately returned my card and canceled the transaction. I tried again with same result. My bank statement showed the two transactions and both reversals. Anyone else with this experience? 

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  3. Thoroughly enjoyed lunch. My friend's Sushi and my Salmon were well prepared and delicious. Staff was friendly and attentive. Previously had the vegetable tempura that we shared and was very good. Hamburgers are a specialty.  We were there at noon but sign out front said breakfast 80 pesos. This restaurant is in Riberas, west of San Mateo and the garden shops. 

  4. I was using the wood slat baskets with coco coir and redwood chips. Now I've switched to the baskets with the molded coco coir liners. They will also hold soil as well.  I have two large fiberglass bowls filled with orchids and shredded coco coir. This year they produced 10 to 12 stems with blooms each. 

    Last year I wrapped PVC pipe with the coco coir and attached the plants. These hung from the railing of an upstairs balcony. They did well but required daily watering.

    In Florida I visited an orchid nursery. The shade house was filled with baskets mounted 15 feet high and the roots hung down almost to the floor. The watering system misted the room every half hour without warning.

    The vanilla bean comes from an orchid and each bloom lasts for 24 hours. It must be pollinated by a particular bee to produce one bean. Now they are in shade houses and women with very small hands do the pollination. Originally they worked with the orchids in the trees on the mountain. This was where they were discovered in Papantla, Veracruz, Mexico.




  5. I have a small yard. I mow with a push mower, edge, trim the bougainvillea, weed, spray fungicide, fertilize and the lime tree rewards me everyday with its fruit. Ernesto says he appreciates my desire to do it myself and is happy to do what I can't or would rather not do. I hope someday he's too busy for me, but until then I'm glad he comes when I call.

  6. 331 267 9364 Ernesto speaks perfect English.  Trained and educated in the States. Very reliable and knowledgeable.  He listened to my requests and made suggestions, then worked expediently to achieve the results I was hoping for in my garden. 

  7. I doubt we're talking about the same one. Ernesto has been punctual with every phone call and appointment. He made knowledgeable suggestions to my requests, gave me an approximate time to complete the work and a fair cost. I'm expecting him at noon tomorrow. 

    He related to me that he was working at a large landscaping company in Kansas and attending college when his father had a heartattach and he moved his family here. Very professional. 

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  8. First be sure they are bed bugs.  I know someone who thought she had them, but actually she had fleas. A friend was visiting with her dog and when she left some fleas didn't. This lady didn't have a pet and woke up with bites. With no animal blood source, she was the only available meal. 

    Boric acid brushed into area carpets, under furniture cushions and pet beds will work to eradicate fleas. I have treated area rugs in every room. My three dogs have never had fleas, play outside and are not treated with anything. Which reminds me...I bought a new rug recently and it needs to be powdered.



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