Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Car for sale - Meriva 1.8 MAXX

I'm just in the middle of writing a blog about security and safety here in Sao Paulo. It's one of our (expat) primary concerns moving to Sao Paulo but life in this city does not have to be in a glass castle. You can live a relatively "normal' life if you choose. I've heard Brazilians advise newcomers to not even walk on the streets here...

Our rule here on safety is being inconspicuous. If you are walking on the street, dress down, don't wear your watch or jewellery, dont' speak english out loud, don't carry your iphone in your hand. The same goes for the car we drive, I put a few scratches on it whilst learning to drive in this city (I'm embarrassed to say the "accidents" were with non-moving objects) but I honestly can say I would feel safer in this car than a bullet-proofed Range Rover in this city.

For Sale:
Meriva 1.8 MAXX
91,000 KM, Black, two owners since new and in very good condition. New tyres recently fitted, as well as new shock absorbers and clutch. It is the favored car of Taxi drivers and probably the most 'low profile' vehicle to use in Sao Paulo. The bodywork is in very good shape, though the wheels have some scratches.

Available for R$21,900 (FIPE valuation is R$ 22.599,00 Average Price of equivalent cars on Webmotors is R$ 23.495,76)

Please email tjchamberlain@gmail.com

Sunday, 12 May 2013

SP Night Connect in partnership with Ávila Steakhouse

Two great networking events going on this week. 

On Tuesday, Girls On It Launch Event in partnership with Aceleratech starts at 7pm. Tickets are available here. A bilingual panel discussion on Women and Entrepreneurship. Girls On It (GOI) is a global media platform focused on promoting, inspiring, and educating female executives and entrepreneurs in all industries. Our mission is to bring the global community of women and girls together, by highlighting and acknowledging the individuals, organizations, and companies that support them. Men are welcome too!

On Wednesday, SP Night Connect 2 is hosted by Ávila Steakhouse. You will be "connected" with the right people; whether you are there to find a job, looking for new clients, business partners, investors. This will happen over a meat and wine pairing with a presentation from the Head Chef. If you havent been to Ávila Steakhouse yet, I can't recommend it highly enough - their house cut is just incredible and you can't find it at 348. I had an emotional (crying-because-I'm-so-happy) experience when I first ate it. Incredible.

Purchase your ticket at http://www.spnightconnect.eventbrite.com 

Stephanie Cirihal

I wrote last year about how important it is to come with an open mind when you move to Brazil, or to any city for that matter. Things are different, difficult and you are away from all things that you love and know. This is exhilirating for some and just awful for others.

I do have my down moments. Just yesterday I cried talking about how my parents won't get too see my daughters grow up - but it was shortlived, this is a choice I have made and I want to be here. For me, living life, living this adventure is what I choose.

I understand that this option to choose for others is not always available. I read Stephanie's brutally honest blog, and I love it not because I can understand but it helps ME to understand. To not be so flippant or arrogant when people struggle to love to live here, or just to live here. It's so easy to say to someone, just go home! (I think I wrote that in a different post...). She reposted an archived blog the other day on feeling at home where ever you are and how important it is to see agitation as a temporary state. 

If you are reading this blog because you are about to move to Sampa, I say do it. Are you going to hate it? Maybe. Will you survive? Of course. Will you regret it?....