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About oscar

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  • Birthday 08/01/1967

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    San Juan Capistrano, CA
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    golf, outdoors, movies and TV
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    Nov 2004
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    Cape Town
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  1. oscar

    Kruger National Park

    Thanks Adventurer!
  2. oscar

    Kruger National Park

    We are planning a trip to Kruger National Park later in the year for a couple of days . We have not been there in over 30 years .Looking for suggestions of places where to stay that are reasonable. Any suggestions appreciated
  3. oscar

    Passport Renewal

    Thank you, I was expecting the six month period. I must say, I found the SA Consulate staff most helpful with the process and they did call me to say they had received my passport and were putting it in the mail. Its amazing how quick passports expire our US passports expire next year. its strange to think that we have been here for so long. So just a friendly reminder to all to be very aware of expiry dates. I was a little slow on the mark with renewing mine and the weeks and months can go slipping bye very fast.
  4. oscar

    Passport Renewal

    Just a quick update on my Passport. Application submitted at Consulate August 2, 2018 Passport issued in Pretoria December 21, 2018 Received passport from Consulate January 31, 2019 processing Time 182 days ... (6 months)
  5. oscar

    New Arrival Proceedure SA Customs JHNB

    Just a update on the baggage X-rays appears its a random check.
  6. As from 28 November 2018 there has been some changes on arrival with SA Customs. After you have collected your luggage from the carousel you then proceed to customs. When going through Customs all suitcases go through a X-Ray machine . This is causing in some instances long delays. Passengers are missing their connecting flights to other centers. On Friday last week there were a lot of disgruntled passengers trying to get through the process. also make sure you read the new information booklet from SARS : http://www.sars.gov.za/ClientSegments/Customs-Excise/Travellers/Pages/Arrival-in-SA.aspx http://www.sars.gov.za/AllDocs/OpsDocs/Guides/Customs-G001 - Travellers Guide new - External Guide.pdf although they say only some bags may be X-rayed they were making all passengers go through the X- ray process. With this new procedure, it appears when planning connecting flights from Johannesburg allow for extra time or take a later flight. The current 45 minute to 1 hour window period between flights looks like its going to be a challenge.
  7. oscar

    Passport Renewal

    Don't you guys have US Passports yet ? then you can do Europe without any problem.
  8. oscar

    Passport Renewal

    Well if you have a lot of $$$ take a quick 15 day trip to Cape Town and you can get it issued in two weeks. .... otherwise its a very long and painful wait. I'm speculating and hoping it arrives in January !
  9. oscar

    Passport Renewal

    Still waiting! application was submitted on September 1, 2018 it takes six months, so will probably receive it around March 2019
  10. oscar

    Passport Renewal

    Just an update on my passport renewal and application for a new computerized unabridged birth certificate. The Consulate called to say that my unabridged birth certificate has arrived - the process took 12 weeks, but that was expected. Still waiting for the passport to arrive possibly in January or February 2019. I was impressed that the SA Consulate had called to let me know about the unabridged Birth Certificate had arrived. Thank you guys!
  11. 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.
  12. oscar

    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.
  13. oscar

    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
  14. 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.
  15. oscar

    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