October – November 2015 Daylight Savings Time Changes

October 3, 2015
For all the FB friends who have been posting Oct. 4’th  Daylight Savings “Spring forward” clock changes **
Daylight savings times do change tomorrow for a few of our mates:

Note that (most of) the USA “Falls back” on:  ~  November 1, 2015.~

Most of Mexico “Falls back” on: ~ October 25’th, 2015 ~

New Zealand “Springs forward”: ~ September 27 ~

**Australia “Springs forward”: ~ October 4 ~

UK ~ like Mexico ~ “Falls back”: ~ October 25 ~

Canada ~ like the USA ~ “Falls back”: ~ November 1 ~

People flying using CANCUN airport should realize that Q.Roo/Cancun does NOT change times at all during the year.

Cancun will go back to matching US East Coast time on NOVEMBER 1 …

Also expect confusion among ADO bus schedules and confused ADO employees (like last spring) when the times change for Yucatan – but not for Cancun Q.Roo … on Yucatan-Q.Roo bus routes. … *sigh* …

The Merida-Cancun drive still takes 4 hours – so check the ADO times vs. 4½ hour travel times.
* * * * * * *
Feel free to copy while giving proper attribution: YucaLandia/Surviving Yucatan.
© Steven M. Fry

Read on, MacDuff.

Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

Mexican Consulates Post Schedule for Cancelling – Surrendering Auto Temporary Import Permits

Sept. 26, 2015
The Mexican consulates in the USA have announced special days  when they will offer the service of canceling vehicle Temporary Import Permits (TIPs) in the following cities / dates for the rest of 2015:

Denver:    Thursday and Friday October 8 and 9,  2015
Houston:   Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday October 14, 15 and 16, 2015
Dallas:   Friday, Saturday and Sunday October 23, 24 and 25, 2015
Sacramento:  Tuesday and Wednesday November 3 and 4, 2015
Los Angeles:  Thursday and Friday October 29 and 30, 2015
Phoenix:  Thursday and Friday November 12 and 13, 2015
Chicago:   Thursday, Friday and Saturday December 3, 4 and 5, 2015


Readers can find more details on TIPs ( permiso de importación temporal vehicular ) and the importance of cancelling old TIPs at our main article on Importing and Driving Cars in Mexico at:  http://yucalandia.com/driving-in-mexico-issues-fun/importing-driving-a-car-in-mexico/

* * * *

Feel free to copy while giving proper attribution: YucaLandia/Surviving Yucatan.
© Steven M. Fry
Read-on MacDuff . . .

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Super Blood Moon Coming Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015

Sept. 22, 2015
The first “super-moon” total lunar eclipse since 1982 is coming this Sunday night, for people in the eastern half of the USA and … all of Yucatan.

This “blood moon” total lunar eclipse will start to have a super-moon in partial eclipse (penumbra) at 7:11 PM Central Daylight Time on Sunday 9/27/2015 for Yucatan Peninsula viewers.

With moon-rise at 6:30 pm, and sunset at 6:40,  we should have a fine FULL eclipse starting at 9:11 pm CDT of umbra (total eclipse) for 1 hr 10 minutes of viewing from 9:11 – 10:23 on Sunday evening (CDT – Yucatan) … peaking at 9:47. After 10:23, the moon then shifts back to penumbra until 11:27 pm CDT.

Yucatan Supermoon lunar eclipse 09/2015 foto by William L. Drennon

Yucatan Supermoon lunar eclipse foto by Bill Drennon

Let’s hope for clear skies next Sunday evening, since the next super-moon total lunar eclipse will not happen until 2033** – as lunar eclipses rarely happen when the moon is at the triple-event of simultaneously:
~ Moving through its closest point to the earth (perigee)
+  being “full” (syzygy – with sun/earth/moon in a line)
+   having the moon fall totally inside the shadow cast by the earth (umbra => total lunar eclipse).

This unique combination of celestial positions happens roughly just 5 times a century.

**The three 2033 Total Lunar Eclipses (including the super-moon total eclipse) … will not be visible from the USA or Yucatan.

So set aside this coming Sunday evening … just after sunset … for what will be the final chance for many of us to see this unique combination of heavenly bodies in our lifetime.

*     *     *     *

Feel free to copy with proper attribution: YucaLandia/Surviving Yucatan.
© Steven M. Fry

Read-on MacDuff . . .

Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments

2016 Traveller’s Alert for Americans Flying Inside the USA

Sept. 22, 2015

Under TSA’s upcoming Phase 4 of the Bush-Cheney 2005 “REAL ID” program, in 2016 some state’s driver’s licenses will no longer qualify Americans to board a domestic US flight. …  Flyers who want guaranteed access to their 2016 domestic flights should use their passports to meet the new TSA requirements.**

For example,  New York State standard drivers licenses do not meet the Bush-Cheney prescribed 2016 Homeland Security standards for approved Federal Identifications.  New Yorkers can pay an additional $30 for a new “enhanced” level NY state drivers license  (officially called an “EDL” for US states ) … or just bring your passport.

Pittsburgh International Airport November 24, 2010.


**Security Sidelights:   TSA security checks have stopped 0 (zero) terrorist attacks since Bush-Cheney created a whole new Fed. Govt. Agency:  Homeland Security  … Meanwhile on the real security front … Over 400 TSA employees have been convicted of crimes involving thefts of passenger’s goods, organized sexually assaulting passengers etc.
=> improved security ?

TSA’s troubling sub-culture of law-breaking is exemplified by a single TSA employee stealing over $800,000 of goods & cash from various passengers’ luggage …   *sigh*

(a very real problem for people like us who’ve had our luggage raided by TSA employees during “secure” baggage handling & “security” inspections …)



* * * *

Feel free to copy with proper attribution: YucaLandia/Surviving Yucatan.
© Steven M. Fry

Read-on MacDuff . . .

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Zika: A New Mosquito Borne Virus Arrives in Yucatan

Sept. 18, 2015
Time to add a new dot to the map. ~ Zika virus is in Yucatan. ~


Zika virus is spread to people through Aedes aegypti mosquito bites. Zika virus disease (Zika) most common symptoms are fever, rash, joint pain, and red eye. Symptoms are usually mild, lasting from several days to a week. Severe symptoms requiring hospitalization are uncommon.

Does this sound like any fever-disease(s) you already know?

Unfortunately, Zika presents very much like Dengue and Chikungunya.

Right… You just learned how to say “Chik” -“coon” – “Goon” – “ya” … and another Aedes aegypti borne virus pops-up.

There is no vaccine to prevent nor medicine to treat Zika. Protect yourself from this disease by preventing Aedes Aegypti mosquito bites: Use insect repellent, wear long sleeves and pants, and stay in places with air conditioning or that use window and door screens ~ especially in the morning ~ as that is when Aedes Aegypti females are most actively feeding.

Treatment for Zika is the same as for Chikungunya and Dengue Viruses: No aspirin, no NSAIDs (Advil, ibuprofen, Advil etc), rest, stay hydrated, and watch for serious symptoms during Days 4 – 6 of the fever.

Since Zika, Chikungunya, and Dengue viruses have so many of the same symptoms, it’s important to treat potential Zika infections just like the more dangerous Chikungunya & Dengue virus infections. Dengue infections can sometimes proceed to very serious bleeding into the gut (vomiting congealed blood like coffee grounds – or passing black stools) or bleeding from the eyes or profuse bleeding from the gums or nose …

So WATCH FOR nasty symptoms during Days 4-6 of the disease … and GO TO A HOSPITAL for treatment if you have these symptoms … as the patient may have dangerously low levels of platelets due to EITHER Dengue or Chikungunya virus infections … infections that present like the less harmful Zika.

Since Zika is caused by the same Aedes aegypti mosquitoes as Dengue and Chikungunya virus,   and because they have very similar symptoms,  please read about Dengue and Dengue prevention … AND TAKE ACTION
… because Chikungunya can cause fatigue and joint pain that last months to years
… and Dengue sometimes proceeds to the dangerous symptoms of Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever (DHF)

Dengue Fact Sheet


Dengue Fever Information: What to Do?

*     *     *     *     *     *     *
We know of only one lab in Merida that can test for all 3 of these viruses  ~ Clinica de Merida ~ on Avenida Izaes ~ …  Know that the treatments are the same, so knowing which virus you have does not change your actions nor your treatments  …

~ Also know that we should wait until at least Day 4 of infection to Day 6 of infection BEFORE getting tested,   because our bodies do NOT make enough antibodies for the hospital lab serum (blood) tests to work.

Blood antibody tests made earlier than Day 4 likely  INCORRECTLY report that you have no Dengue/Chikungunya/Zika virus.

Finally … Zika virus cases have been sporadically confirmed on & off for the past 3(?) months in Merida, but they were so few that it was unclear whether they were coming in with tourists/travellers – or whether Zika was here to stay (endemic) from entering our Aedes aegypti Yucatan mosquito population. … Based on recent Zika patients: It looks like Zika is endemic (here to stay) … and may be approaching epidemic levels.

~ But because Zika symptoms are so similar to Dengue & Chikungunya virus infections, that achy joint, feverish, and achy muscles you had these past 3(?) months, may actually have been Zika.

Keep your racquet at the ready … Keep your screens in good condition …

… and eliminate even table-spoon-sized mosquito breeding sites from inside and outside your house …
* * * *

Feel free to copy with proper attribution: YucaLandia/Surviving Yucatan.
© Steven M. Fry

Read-on MacDuff . . .

Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments

Mexico Medical Tourism Update: Mexican Government Changes Rules on Controlled Pain Medications

Sept. 7, 2015 Update:
We are happy to report this very good update from the fine Mexican Lawyer, Lic. Spence McMullen, as he has contributed many superb legal insights to Yucalandia.com in the past.   Lic. McMullen’s further research has found:
We have verified with COFEPRIS (The Mexican equivalent of the FDA) that the CURP field on the doctors online prescription system is optional and is verifiable on their web page at
http://www.cofepris.gob.mx/Paginas/Recetarios%20y%20libros%20electr%C3%B3nicos.aspx and
downloading their user manuals for Pharmacies
looking on page 13 where it says optional fields and one being the CURP number, best for people to print that page to be able to show Pharmacies that the CURP is not a mandatory field. ”

Sept. 5, 2015 Original Post – be sure to read the update (edited)
4 Mexican Doctors (2 in Guadalajara, 1 in Chapala, and 1 in Puerta Vallarta) are reporting that the Mexican government now requires that every prescription for controlled pain medications (like barbituates and opiates) include the patient’s CURP number. As has happened with Immigration & visas and Customs & importing vehicles, the Mex. Gob. now has the ability to tracks prescriptions with a new national computer data-base system.

This can present significant problems for Visitors in Mexico on Visitante / Tourist visas, because they have no CURP number. CURP numbers are mostly equivalent to having a US Social Security number – so temporary visitors to Mexico do not get CURPs with their visas. Residents, as Residente Temporal and Residente Permanente, do get CURPs as a part of their visa.

Specifically, medical tourists who come to Mexico for economical treatments may not be able to get controlled pain medications under this new policy.

Please read Lic. Spencer McMullen’s update on this at the top of this post.  Lic. Spencer McMullen’s further research into this issue believes that the CURP reporting requirement is optional.

We will provide updates, if there are changes in the law/rules, or if an amparo is filed.

Feel free to copy while giving proper attribution: YucaLandia/Surviving Yucatan.
© Steven M. Fry
Read-on MacDuff . . .

Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

INM Issues New 2015 Residency Application Forms

Aug. 4, 2015
INM issued new residency application forms, effective Thursday, July 30, 2015. The old forms are valid for 3 more months, but it’s better to use the new forms.

The new forms cover:
~ Renewing our Residente Temporal visas within Mexico,
~ Changing from Residente Temporal to Residente Permanente,
~ Changing from a Tourist visa to Temporary or Permanent residency in Mexico,
~ Registering of Employers.

Among the changes, note that the new forms ask us to report any prior criminal records. There is no evidence that they are investigating our criminal backgrounds, but it gives them significant future leverage if we have future problems and they find that we lied on our visa applications.

This link takes you to the new form:

This link takes you to the DOF citations for the new form:

For more info on visiting Mexico and Mexican immigration policies, please see our main article on immigration at: ~ Current Rules and Procedures for Immigration, Visiting, and Staying in Mexico

Feel free to copy while giving proper attribution: YucaLandia/Surviving Yucatan.
© Steven M. Fry
Read-on MacDuff . . .

Posted in Uncategorized | 6 Comments