Friday, November 21, 2014

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Travel Easier

According the consul general of the United States Embassy in the Dominican Republic Sylvia Johnson, starting today, Wednesday 12 November 2014, getting a visa will be easier and less costly. 

The main change is that the applicant will need to make two appointments in order to carry out the application process for a visa, but the purchase of a PIN is no longer necessary. The appointments can be made online through the webpage or by telephone. 

The first appointment will be to attend the new Visa Attention Center, (VAC) at the Galeria 360 mall on John F. Kennedy Avenue. There they will have their photograph and fingerprints taken. The second appointment, if required, will be at the United States Embassy for an interview with a consular official. 

The visa application fee will cover all aspects of the visa including the two appointments and the delivery of the passport. There used to be an additional fee for the delivery. Johnson said that the interview process at the embassy would be faster because more applicants can be seen each day and, therefore, waiting time for appointments will be reduced significantly. 

Renewals of the same type of visa do not require consular interviews.

Friday, November 07, 2014

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

SW Airlines to DR

Southwest-branded flights have begun to Punta Cana with a announced new daily service from Chicago Midway. Southwest flights previously operated as AirTran Airways. Southwest now serves 97 destinations.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Another Oscar's Farewell

                                This is sad news out of the Dominican Republic

A fortnight ago, 22-year-old star in the making Oscar Taveras hit a tying home run for the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Championship Series – a sign, many said, of the greatness that was to come from him in the future.
His fluid swing with upper-cut power had baseball people making comparisons to the great batting style of Ken Griffey Jr.
Today, two weeks later, baseball is in mourning over the loss of Taveras who was killed in a car accident Sunday in his native Dominican Republican.
Taveras played in seven of the Cardinals’ nine postseason games this month, going 3-for-7 in seven pinch-hitting appearances.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Lovely Latin

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Farewell To A Legend

Oscar de la Renta dressed generations of the world's most iconic women, from former first lady Jackie Kennedy to lawyer Amal Alamuddin, bride to modern Hollywood royal George Clooney.

He died at home in Connecticut on Monday, surrounded by friends and family. He was 82 and had been diagnosed with cancer in 2006.
Tributes poured in on Tuesday for the Dominican-born designer, who moved to New York in the 1960s and defined American fashion over five decades, creating a multi-million-dollar fashion house.
"He died exactly as he lived: with tremendous grace, great dignity and very much on his own terms," said step-daughter Eliza Bolen and son-in-law Alex, executives at his company.
"While our hearts are broken by the idea of life without Oscar, he is still very much with us," the pair wrote, in a handwritten note posted on the company website.
"Through Oscar's example, we know the way forward. We will make Oscar very proud of us by continuing in an even stronger way the work that Oscar loved so much."

Friday, October 17, 2014

Friday Flashback

This is a current glimpse of a familiar face from the old Latino Fan Club label.
Can you remember his name?

Friday, October 10, 2014

A Thing Of The Past?

It displeases me that the Conde has lost its allure. As with so many cities, business follows the money into suburban areas. Then it cycles back into the city core as young professionals want to live closer to work and be centrally located. I suppose we must wait on that to happen in Santo Domingo since there is an obvious lack of motivation on the politicians behalf to be proactive with a real plan to invest in that area for the sake of the city, its history and its culture.

I suppose I am simply venting due to uncertainty of one of my favorite things. I enjoy sitting at Paco's with a limonada or limon froze and having the chicharron de pollo with papas fritas. The Dumbo's Restaurant variation is adequate, but the view and the buzz at Paco's is much better.