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Sunday, December 27, 2015

2015 Best of Baja Voting is CLOSED

THANK YOU FOR YOUR VOTES!
There was a total of 51,354 votes cast. Once we've completed calculating the votes, we will announce the winners.  Thank you to everyone who voted for the 2015 Best of Baja. We will announce the 2015 Best of Baja Winners on January 18, 2016 on the www.bestofbajaawards.com.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Are You Protected from an Unexpected Medical Emergency Mexico?

Protected: Best Doctors – Baja Good Life Group International Health Protection
Are You Protected from the Unexpected in Mexico?

The Baja Good Life Club  and West Coast México Insurance are happy to introduce The Global Health Plan for BGL Members is for catastrophic health protection. The Global Health protection is now at an affordable cost for BGL members to provide peace of mind in the unforeseen event of a major illness, cancer, and the associated conditions listed on the plan overview. We are providing peace of mind in the event of a Catastrophic illness or manifested medical condition. We are providing peace of mind in the event of a Catastrophic illness or manifested medical condition.  This is designedONLYfor Baja Good Life Club Members. Take advantage of our special pricing on our comprehensive Global Health Protection offer. See the Q & A Page - Best Doctors Medical Insurance

Monday, December 21, 2015

2016 Baja Whale Tour

BAJA WHALE TOUR
Experience the magic of the Baja whales of Ojo de Liebre in 
Guerrero Negro, tour the Saltworks operation,shop & sightseeing all of Ensenada. This is a Car-a-van tour, let us know if you will be Driving or Riding (share gas expenses); we will help pair riders with drivers. 


COST: double capacity (2 people per room)
Members: $175/person
Non-Members: $215/person

Monday, December 14, 2015

2015 San Felipe Shoebox Project

San Felipe Shoebox Project: Please bring or find shoeboxes for the Shoebox Drive Project to help the less fortunate children in San Felipe. Our mission is to ensure that every needy child in San Felipe has a gift this Christmas. With your help, we can accomplish this. More info contact debrahmoore@yahoo.ca.

THANK YOU DEBRAH MOORE for all you work on this project.

All you need is a shoebox or similar container to fill with small gifts for a child. The ages for the boxes are as follow:

  • Infant to 1 year
  • 2 to 4 years
  • 5 to 9 years
  • 10 to 14 and older teen

Please specify if the gift is for a boy or a girl and that is all there is to it! Please wrap the top and bottom of the boxes separately and do not seal the containers so they can be checked and contents added if need be.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Is Tipping the Right Thing to do, no Matter the Circumstance?

Living in Baja California has taught me that purchasing things from street tacos to hotel rooms cost about the same if not more than in California.  For instance renting a room at Hotel Fatima in the Valle de Guadalupe area costs $60usd, staying at Motel 6 in San Diego costs $56usd (cheaper if you search out coupon codes).  Tacos at Tacos El Trailero in El Sausal (Ensenada area) are about $20mxn (about $1.50usd), Tacos El Gavilan in Los Angeles are $1.39.  While the costs of purchasing things are close to similar, the worker wages varies vastly. Minimum wage workers in California earn $9usd PER HOUR, $72usd PER DAY (as of July 2014), in Baja California average minimum wage is $63.77mxn, about $4.91usd PER DAY.  That’s a $67.09usd difference in and 8-hour day.

For us locals, it can become a little tiring; tipping each and every person that helps us throughout the day. I put gas, I tip the gas pumper. I shop at Soriana, I tip the bagger then outside I tip the shopping cart pusher. I hop in my car, and then I tip the guy blowing the whistle.   When the dollar to peso ratio went up, so did the price of nearly every product on the market. Yet the salary wages remained the same.  So these service providers do count a lot on what we tip them.  I thought about the grocery bagger, if 50 shoppers gave 5 pesos, the total would be 250mxn, that’s less than 15usd.  I’ve

Saturday, December 5, 2015

169 years ago U.S. went to war with MX

By Richard Poynton
Mexico News Daily | Saturday, May 16, 2015

It cost Mexico about one-third of its national territory
For years the subject of the United States-Mexico War of 1846-47 was taboo in the Mexican school curriculum. Why? The war was a humiliation for Mexico and nobody wanted to talk about it.

When the peace treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was signed on February 2, 1847, only a year after U.S. forces had invaded, Mexico lost about one-third of its territory, including nearly all of present-day California, Utah, Nevada, Arizona and New Mexico, and parts of Oklahoma, Kansas and Wyoming.

Today, it is interesting to note, the same 10 states represent 136 electoral votes, more than half the votes necessary to win a U.S. presidential election. The treaty of 1847 established the Rio Grande and not the Nueces River, which was farther north, as the U.S.-Mexico border.

Under the treaty Mexico agreed to recognize the U.S. annexation of Texas, which had been a sore spot for Mexico for a decade. In addition, Mexico agreed to sell California and the rest of its territory north of the Rio Grande for the bargain basement price of US $15 million, plus a payment for certain war damage claims.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Pemex moves north, opens in Houston

It is the first of five gas stations it has planned for the city
Mexico News Daily Source: El Financiero (sp) | Thursday, December 3, 2015

The retail gasoline market will be open to all comers in 2018 when domestic and foreign competitors are expected to open gas stations in competition with the state oil company Pemex.

But in the meantime Pemex itself has made a competitive move of its own: today it entered the U.S. market by opening a gas station in Houston, the first of five it has planned for the Texas city.

More could well follow as the company embarks upon a strategic North American expansion plan to create more value.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Choral Pepper: A Baja California Explorer and Author

Source: www.bajabound.com 
By David Kier

One of Baja California’s biggest promoters from the 1960s until her passing in 2002 was author Choral Pepper. Choral Pepper’s books and magazine articles kept her readers motivated and inspired to go outdoors to make their own discoveries. Those that could not travel were kept fully entertained by her writings.
My awareness of Choral Pepper came about from reading about her and seeing her in many photos in mystery novelist Erle Stanley Gardner’s 1967 adventure book, Off the Beaten Track in Baja. Choral and husband Jack Pepper wrote for and published Desert Magazine during the 1960s. One day, Mr. Gardner dropped in on the Desert Magazine office in Palm Desert, California, and invited the Pepper’s to join him and his crew on an upcoming Baja expedition. Erle Stanley Gardner explored the desert southwest and Baja California when he was on break from writing and reviewing scripts for the Perry Mason television show.

Concertgoers Can Get Amazing Hotel Deals

Plus Help The Rosarito Boys & Girls Club

One deluxe lodging package costs less than concert tickets alone

ROSARITO BEACH, BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO---Those who attend the December 12th Mariachi Vargas performance at the Baja California Center will see one of the great concerts in the region’s history, and can also get amazing hotel deals and help the city’s Boys & Girls Club.

Dec. 12 at 8pm is when world famous Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán will perform for the first time with a binational full symphony orchestra in a gala concert at the state-of-the-art Baja California Center, just off the scenic road in northern Rosarito.

PEMEX - The Facts About Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel (ULSD)



by Aura Catalina, Baja Good Life Club Staff Writer
source: BGL Club - Nov 11, 2011

UPDATED - Dec. 3, 2015: See Below
Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel (ULSD) is the type of diesel fuel which has very low sulfur content. ULSD is more environmentally friendly as compared with Low Sulfur Diesel fuel (LSD). Starting with 2006, ULSD has been widely available across North America and Europe. This occurred because the countries from North American and Europe adopted new emission standards which involved extensive use of ULSD. Some countries from the rest of the world took similar measures while others lagged behind.

In 2004, a team of experts set up a plan which would substantially improve the quality of air in Mexico. The main recommendation of this plan was to have Mexico comply with the new emission standards already in use in many countries. Even though the Mexican environmental agency (SEMARNAT) stipulated that PEMEX should make ULSD widely available by 2009, it did not implement any new emission standards. As a result, PEMEX failed to meet the deadline, and ULSD can be purchased only in the northern border area, Mexico City, and Guadalajara.  

Starting with 2007, all Diesel vehicles manufactured in US have been designed for ULSD. There has been a lot of debate over the impact of LSD on newer diesels that run on ULSD. Many experts and owners agree that LSD does not affect the performance of the vehicle. The real issue lies in the fact that a person might lose their warranty for some components in case they use LSD on a ULSD vehicle.

The efforts of the Mexican government to make ULSD available have met with limited success so far. Owners of vehicles which run on ULSD can purchase the fuel in Northern Baja. Unfortunately, PEMEX gas stations located in Southern Baja sell only LSD fuel brought from the mainland. To find the stations with ULSD, look for the words "bajo azufre", which translated means “low-sulfur“, below the word "Diesel" on the gas station signage. 

UPDATE: 12/03/2015
ULSD (UBA) ultra low sulfur diesel is now available all over the northern states including Baja California Norte and Sonora. Nearly all stations in this region only carry low sulfur diesel and DO NOT carry regular diesel any longer.

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