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#29508 Movin, movin, movin.............

Posted by tijuanahopeful on 19 April 2014 - 07:30 PM

Bye, bye Tijuana, see you again.  I'll be moving back to San Diego next month, and signed the lease on my apartment yesterday.

#29444 SENTRI Approved!

Posted by tijuanahopeful on 07 March 2014 - 07:30 PM

I got sent to secondary for three months, and if I hadn't filed a TRIP Report to TSA about it, I'd still be getting sent there.  The whole problem is my income, and when I first applied, the very "young" officer (probably 40 years younger than me) apparently made the decision on his own that I was a smuggling risk, which is why I was going to secondary. I also posted the fact that I wasn't getting sent anymore in the thread that I started entitled, "Secondary."  If I go anymore, it'll just be random.


At the SY Sentri office, there are only 3-4 officers doing interviews, a receptionist at an outside check in window, and two people that process renewals and payments.  It's a much more relaxed atmosphere, no supervisors, and the officers joke around with each other. This officer was able to take his time interviewing me, and I explained to him about my part-time jobs being seasonal, and that it starts getting busy again in May, plus the fact that it's impossible to get full time work.  My income is below the poverty level, and my monthly expenses were more than my monthly income, so the first officer didn't bother to ask any more questions.


So now, I'll have to figure out how to get to the Sentri lane.

#28999 Apt Search... help?

Posted by tijuanahopeful on 04 December 2013 - 10:01 PM

This is true.  My landlord doesn't though, he only shows by appointment. But there are lots of others advertised in my neighborhood with signs out front.

#28997 Apt Search... help?

Posted by tijuanahopeful on 04 December 2013 - 08:04 PM

There are also Craigslist ads in English.  Look on the San Diego Craigslist page, type in Tijuana and your maximum rental amount in the search boxes.  Also, you should come down and walk around the neighborhoods.  My landlord advertises in English and Spanish.

#28474 CFE

Posted by tijuanahopeful on 08 October 2013 - 01:50 PM

I went to the CFE office yesterday to transfer the account into my name.  They wanted a copy of my id, and I didn't have a copy (who carries copies of their id, anyway), and they couldn't make a copy, so I have to go back.  Now I hear they want a deposit up front of 500 pesos or more to transfer the account into another name.


Does anyone know how much this deposit is, so I can have it with me when I go again? 

#28368 Dentist in Rosarito?

Posted by tijuanahopeful on 19 August 2013 - 04:08 PM

Some people cringe when they hear that people go to or live in Mexico.  I have people telling me all the time that because I'm moving to Tijuana, I'm going to be murdered by the drug cartels.  I just tell them it's just as safe as living in San Diego.

#28356 Got a Place!

Posted by tijuanahopeful on 14 August 2013 - 01:48 AM



It's on Calle Aldama, across from Oscar's Market.  I'm renting from a private owner, and it's a one bedroom apartment, but it's more like a cottage, and there's a yard, of which I plan to have lots of plants on pots.


The rent on my unit is $250, he also has another one bedroom for $200, and his studios are $125.  It's gated, and there are nine units total. 


I expect some initial difficulty adjusting, but that's normal, and I expect a learning curve.


I'm signing the lease on Thursday, paying the deposit and first months rent, and he's giving the keys at the same time, and said if I want to move anything in early, he won't charge me.  He pays for the water.


After Labor Day, I'll go to the CFE office and have the electricity put into my name.  I'll go to Cablemas the next week.


It would be nice if I could start moving now, but I calculated all of my expenses for September, due to the fact the insurance renewal on my van is due in August.  But I'd sure like not to fork over $780 to my current landlord, though.


I have to ask him to email me directions on how to get to the property to and from the border.  Other than that, I should be ok.  

#28351 Got a Place!

Posted by tijuanahopeful on 12 August 2013 - 06:44 PM

I'll be moving to Colonia Independencia next month.  I'm going on Thursday to sign the lease and pay the deposit and first month's rent.  It'll be nice to hear church bells instead of parties, car alarms and cat fights.....

#25590 SENTRI Approved!

Posted by tijuanahopeful on 20 May 2013 - 05:15 PM

I received an email this morning that my GOES status had changed.  Their website was having problems, but when I finally got into it and logged in, it told me that I was conditionally approved.  My interview and vehicle inspection is on July 1 at 9:30.  This was the only appointment that was offered to me, and also on their calendar, and I'm not going to be picky.


Hopefully, all will go well.

#25518 Things to ask/look out for when renting in TJ

Posted by tijuanahopeful on 09 May 2013 - 01:12 AM

I have a landlord (slumlord) here in San Diego that never returns deposits, he uses them for his vacations.  He's getting ready to leave for Hawaii for his latest vacation.  Most people where I live just move out without paying rent, and that takes care of the problem.

#25434 Mexican auto liability insurance

Posted by tijuanahopeful on 26 April 2013 - 01:30 AM

I haven't bought any yet, but I've been getting quotes. It looks like all they have it liability, and you have to do it online, though.  Mine is under $200 for six months, but it depends on your vehicle.  I have a 1994 Chevy Astrovan, so it's not too high.  My US Insurance is $218.90 for six months. It just went up, because it was $189.90 for six months, and I have full coverage.