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    San Juan Capistrano, CA
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    golf, outdoors, movies and TV
  • First Name
    Oscar
  • Landed
    Nov 2004
  • SA Location
    Cape Town
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    Afrikaans

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  1. oscar

    California Road Trip

    When visiting Napa Valley you may want to consider staying in Calistoga is a small town outside Napa. There is also an APP you can get for your iPhone called "Napa Valley" to give you some ideas.
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    California Road Trip

    Napa Valley is a touch too far for a day trip you could do it from San Ramon but it will be tight. Its best to do it more leisurely and spend a night in the Napa area.
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    California Road Trip

    I just came back from a vacation to Vancouver, Seattle and Portland... Marijuana whiffs everywhere. Our friends in Portland actually have three big healthy marijuana plants growing in their garden. Legally they are allowed to grow 3-4 plants. Seattle has bad traffic as well. interestingly if you live in Washington state you only pay Federal tax but no state tax. Sales tax is 10% but a lot of People drive to Portland for monthly shopping to save on the sales tax
  4. oscar

    California Road Trip

    The hotel is close to a metro station it may not be the Bart train but there is train service to the city. Traffic to SF appears to always be congested especially peak hours.
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    California Road Trip

    Correction the Hotel is Hyatt House San Ramon , you get a room with double bed and a pull out sleeper couch. The room comes with a kitchen area, stove, fridge, microwave, cutlery pots and pans for a family of four. Also has a dishwasher. HYATT house San Ramon 2323 San Ramon Valley Blvd, San Ramon, CA 94583 US ReservationCounter.com: 844-372-5802
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    California Road Trip

    Walking across the Golden Gate Bridge is a fun activity, done it t four times. Suggest driving across the bridge and parking on the other side. There is a fairly large parking area and toilets. There is a few toll to be paid around that area cost around $30.00 car hire companies rub the charges in and there is no option of paying the toll in cash at the bridge. Hotels around Union Square can be expensive. Stayed at the Hilton using points had vey nice views of the City on the 39th floor some of rooms have balconies. We had marijuana aroma from a room below, so you cannot escape the marijuana fumes weather you are on fisherman's wharf or in your hotel room up in the clouds. Napa Valley ( wine route) is about 2.5 hours north of San Francisco is also an option, if you want to be adventurous. I have been to San Ramon for work a couple of times. The Hilton in San Ramon is often fully booked as people stay there and commute to San Francisco by car or Bart Metro. The metro is quicker as the 1.5 hour drive to SF can be very congested on weekends. In the summer the roads are very congested in and around the city and the roads to the beaches are a slow crawl on Sunday afternoons. Take a windbreaker it can suddenly get foggy and cold on the beach. Visit a marijuana shop just for the fun of it, you don't have to buy anything. All you need is a positive form of ID before they let you in the shop. There are all kinds of marijuana extract candy and balms / creams for arthritis and sleep, not to mention getting any type of Marijuana, Bubba Kush or any other variety is available from about $20.00 the candies are around $35.00. Just a word of caution don't take out of the state you are visiting. MJ is available in California, Washington and Oregon. Canada is going to legalize recreational MJ in the next few months. They only take cash an do not accept credit cards. I was amazed how busy these shops are and you may find yourself in a line of 15 people to get to the cash register.
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    Passport Renewal

    Did the passport renewal yesterday at the Consulate. it will take about six months to process. Interestingly speaking to the Consular officials they don't know why it takes so long as the diplomatic bag is sent to Pretoria every two weeks. Home Affairs is problem. Interestingly this affects our professional golf players and other sports professionals equally there is no way to speed up the process everyone is stuck in limbo.
  8. oscar

    Passport Renewal

    Thanks Malamute and RubyShoes, its such a slow process.
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    Passport Renewal

    Has anyone renewed their South African Passport Recently. I was advised by the SA Consulate that it takes six months to get a new one. They also sent me a Passport application as well as a new ID application which requires you to get all your fingerprints. They also require a copy of the letter you received when you applied for Dual Citizenship. its the Certificate of Exemption in terms of Section 6 (2) of the South African Citizen Act. The only problem is getting the forms fingerprinted and notarized. I called the police and they refuse to take your fingerprints, I also called a few places advertising that they do fingerprinting but its only electronic digital fingerprinting that cannot be transferred to the ID document and the passport application. So it looks like the only way to get this done is go to the SA Consulate. Has anyone had similar experience in getting fingerprinted and how long did the process take ?
  10. oscar

    Immigration Reform

    So far four immigration plans have fallen flat in Senate votes. The house is deeply divided on immigration on providing the dreamers with a path to citizenship.
  11. oscar

    Immigration Reform

    In the news today the government plans to launch the framework for Immigration reform on Monday : The four areas to be covered in the proposed legislation: DACA - Path to citizenship for up to 1.8 million Dreamers $30 Billion funding for Border Security "Chain" Migration limited End of the Diversity Visa Lottery They hope to have legislation by February 8 Let's see what happens !
  12. oscar

    Dv-2018

    Rather than jumping the gun why don't you get a current evaluation of your property from a couple of Estate agents. They will provide you with a letter at no charge.
  13. oscar

    South African Post Office mail tampering

    Any package 6 weeks or longer. Letters / birthday cards takes 3 - 5 weeks. it just depends when the SA post office opens the containers / mail bags Also with the closing of certain local post offices in Cape Town, mail takes even longer to be delivered to its final destination.
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    H-1B Visa Renewals

    Trumps new changes to the H-1B visa Renewals. As from today the renewal of an H-1B visa will undergo more scrutiny than before. Previously the renewal of an H-1B was a smooth process, but as from today any renewal will be reviewed as thoroughly as the initial application.
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    Bill proposed that would impact the DV lottery

    I agree with SJ272. if you take all the school shootings and other mass shootings it's mostly been by white males.
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