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    Operation Falcon: Major raids in Santiago, Santo Domingo and Punta Cana

    All these parties are analogous to Mafia families. They may squabble among themselves but will co-operate or accept each other's members when opportune. The main difference between them and European parties is that they have no ideologies. All European parties, at least until the recent vogue...
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    CPS SCAM/PROBLEMS?

    I have used CPS in Puerto Plata for five years (averaging maybe three packets per month). Rate is now RD$230 per pound weight (or part of pound) and has increased each year in line with devaluation of peso against US dollar. I have never been overcharged or suffered lost or delayed parcels...
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    Looking for a maid in POP

    Thanks AE. I did that, at least I think I did. Of my three posts here, the second and third should be private, but they appear to show on the open thread. Is it the case that only No Place Like Home and myself can see them? If all three are viewable to the world then I obviously did not do it...
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    Looking for a maid in POP

    As my post was ambiguous, I should clarify that I am paying her 700 pesos each day, so 2100 per week. It comprises 200 per hour plus 100 for transport. I appreciate this may be a little on the high side, but having been with me for twelve years she knows exactly what I want. I can leave her to...
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    Looking for a maid in POP

    Sorry for slow response I have been out all day. Does your wife speak Spanish? Enough to arrange a face-to-face meeting? I am not comfortable with this conversation being on the open board, but I cannot see how to conduct it by personal messages as was previously possible. Any ideas on this?
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    Looking for a maid in POP

    I have been using the same woman for cooking cleaning for twelve years, Very reliable, competent and honest. She is 34, haitiana. I pay her 700 pesos for three hours work, three times a week. She could use a few more hours. She lives in Urbanizacion Atlantica (not far from the stadium). She...
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    The Meeting Place, PuertoPlata

    Is the Meeting Place still functioning? Their website is hopelessly out of date. If still going, please post opening times and days. Thanks.
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    World Cup soccer in Puerto Plata

    Please post venues and dates/times for watching World Cup 2018 matches in this thread. Thanks. Belgian Mik at Tropical Bar (caseta #3) on the Malecon is showing today (18 June): Belgium v Panama at 11am (via internet link) England v Tunisia at 2pm (via satellite link) There will be an array...
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    Birthday cake for 3-year-old

    Can anyone suggest where I can get a small birthday cake for a 3-y-o boy lettered with his name and age? I have only tried La Sirena. No joy there. I need it for 11 am this Monday (5 Feb) but could order and pay tomorrow (Sat).
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    Can anyone recommend a kosher restaurant in Puerto Plata city?

    Can anyone recommend a kosher restaurant in Puerto Plata city? I will have an Orthodox Jewish acquaintance visiting.
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    Masseur/masseuse in Puerto Plata city?

    Can anyone recommend a masseur/masseuse in Puerto Plata city?
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    ITBIS and Service Tax chargeable at casetas on the Malecon (Pto Pta)?

    I have used various casetas on the Malecon (Pto Pta) since they were introduced. None of those I frequently used ever added ITBIS or service tax to the check. I assumed this was for one of three reasons: 1) The owner illicitly ignored these taxes to simplify his book-keeping and keep his prices...
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    Route of JC carrito publico from Costambar

    Can anyone tell me the route of the JC publico from Costambar? Does it pass the Cathedral and Parque Central?
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    Carrito publico on Christmas Day

    How is the carrito publico service between Sosua/Puerto Plata on Christmas Day, midday to early evening? Almost normal or very infrequent?
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    Possible for tourist to buy SIM card?

    An acquaintance from an EU country who arrived today for a 10-day holiday has asked me if he can buy a SIM card by showing his passport. I know it was possible some years ago, but I believe the system changed a couple of years back?
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    Aeropaq courier service (Puerto Plata)

    I live in Pto Pta. For the past year I have been using CPS courier service (border of Sosua/Cabarete). The service is excellent. But nowadays I rarely have reason to visit Sosua, so making a special trip each time to collect a package is inconvenient and uneconomical. In an old post here...
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    La Javilla

    There are areas in Pto Pta and the capital called "La Javilla". What is the derivation of this name?
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    Where to dance bachata in Puerto Plata?

    Imminent visitors have asked me where they can dance bachata in Puerto Plata. My days of frequenting dance-halls are long gone and my memory is fast following them, but: My main spot was La Canita, but that has long since closed. There were two places in 30 de Marzo: Plaza Caribe(?) and El...
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    Buying a gold ring in Puerto Plata

    Two Haitian acquaintances are getting married and my contribution is to buy the ring. I just want a cheap(ish), plain, gold ring. Can anyone recommend an honest store in Puerto Plata? I am not looking for a bargain, I just don't want to be sold a fake, as I would not know gold from brass. Ten...