Não Quero Amigos Adultos Nem Chatos…

May 23rd, 2013 § 0

Sent this Video to my Friend Pedro Couto a while ago. Thought about sharing you u’all.

Political commentators in Portugal

April 15th, 2013 § 0

I arrived Portugal 4 weeks ago. And I hace been delighted with the Political scene in Portugal, much more funnier and messy then Chile. Recently, a ex-primer minister of Portugal, Sócrates, became a political commentator.

The first interview sky-rocketed the viewing shares but the next 2 where quite disappointing to say the least. I vouch for this other viewer comment:

Do ponto de vista das audiências, ficou tudo dito quando Sócrates decidiu que ia assumir o papel de porta-voz do PS. Ninguém está interessado em ver uma espécie de “Tempo de Antena” fora de horas. O que garante audiências a um comentador como Marcelo é a sua independência e ocasional imprevisibilidade. O comentário de Sócrates é previsível, monótono e cego. A cada resposta que aí vem, o telespectador sente aquela mesma agonia que invade quem se prepara para ouvir as intervenções d’Os Verdes ou do PCP na Assembleia da República: aquela náusea de quem sabe que vai desperdiçar os próximos 4 minutos da sua vida a ouvir um discurso vazio, unidireccional, previsível em detalhe, sem ideias novas, automático, repetitivo, fantasioso. Ninguém quer isto num Domingo à noite.

via Cunha, http://www.publico.pt/politica/noticia/socrates-perde-mais-de-200-mil-telespectadores-1591365

How to invoice a foreign company in Chile

April 4th, 2013 § 0

Chile, as a small and hided country between the Pacific and the Andes, seems not to be very used to work with foreign companies. Asking for an export invoice is a big nightmare.

Freelancers normally invoice you via SII (Serviços de Impostos Internos) with a “Boleta de Honararios”. In this specific case, one can use the RUT 44444446-0, which is a generic RUT for all foreign companies.

ssi_rut

For companies invoicing foreign companies, it’s not so easy, as they have to be registered for exportation and can only then, issue export invoices.

As a foreign company, it cannot pay PPM, Pagos Provisionales Mensuales, (http://www.sii.cl/preguntas_frecuentes/renta/001_002_0626.htm) so it’s the invoice issuer, the Freelance above, doing this retention ( http://www.sii.cl/preguntas_frecuentes/renta/001_002_3748.htm).

As the company is makes to retentions, the Freelancer, receives this money back in the end of the current fiscal year.

There are more literature about it:

http://notebookypc.com/emitir-boletas-de-honorarios-a-empresas-extranjeras

http://www.grafiscopio.com/como-teletrabajar-para-el-extranjero/

http://notebookypc.com/emitir-boletas-de-honorarios-a-empresas-extranjeras

Clean Google Mail and Get rid of Storage Problems

February 28th, 2013 § 0

So you wake up and find this message on the top of your Gmail account:

You have run out of space for your Gmail account. You will not be able to send or receive any emails until you delete some items.
You can view our tips on reducing your email storage or purchase additional storage.

and you can’t send or save emails… day seems to be broken and only solution is to pay around 40USD/year for more storage.

Other way, is to delete some of your email. The problem is, which one?

If you want to optimize this process, why not find the right email to delete like a pro:

larger:5m before:20010/01/01 is:unread

will find all of your emails, over 5Megas (probably with an attachment), before 2010 (a long time ago) that you never read (if you did not know about it you won’t miss it).

That’s all for today.

How to rent an appartment in Chile

January 11th, 2013 § 0

El departamento lo puede visitar hoy viernes entre las 15:00 hrs y 20:00 hrs. en Calle XXX depto. 123. Por favor confirmar

REQUISITOS PARA GESTIONAR ARRIENDO

POSTULANTE DEPENDIENTE
Copia de Cédula de Identidad, por ambos lados.
Tres últimas Liquidaciones de Sueldo.
Certificado de Cotizaciones Previsionales (AFP), doce últimos meses
Boletín Comercial de la Cámara de Comercio

POSTULANTE INDEPENDIENTE (Boletas de honorarios)
Copia de Cédula de Identidad por ambos lados.
Seis últimas Boletas de Honorarios (seis últimos meses).
Última Declaración de Renta.
Boletín Comercial Cámara de Comercio

POSTULANTE PERSONA JURIDICA
Copia de RUT Sociedad.
Copia de Cédula de Identidad del Representante Legal, por ambos lados.
Carpeta Tributaria del S.I.I
Extracto de la Sociedad.
Boletín Comercial de laCámara de Comercio

El postulante deberá demostrar ingresos 3 veces al canon de arriendo y los mismos requisitos del aval.

Tiago Matos - JumpSeller

October 18th, 2012 § 1

Doing my best with the Spanish…

Emprego de Professora no Chile

October 17th, 2012 § 0

S: Caros compatriotas
Sou professora do 1º ciclo e procuro emprego na minha área, se tiverem alguma informação,contactem-me, por favor…Muito obrigada;)

JC:: uma pergunta, vc está aqui no Chile ou em Portugal??

S: Em Portugal…

JC: Então primeiro seria necessário vc passar por certificar todos os seus estudos pela Embaixada do Chile em Lisboa, depois aqui junto de uma Universidade, solicitar as equivalencias para depois destes tramites poder exercer actividade na sua área…

S: O processo é sempre esse, certo? e mesmo chegando aí, há sempre o risco de não conseguir nada?!…

JC: é verdade, o processo é sempre este, e sim, poderá chegar aqui e não conseguir nada, a não ser que consiga préviamente um compromisso de trabalho, mas como deve calcular, na sua área, aqui não será facil, mesmo pela diferença de cultura de ensino basico, que como deve calcular, cada País segue o seu trajecto…já se pensar em mudar de área de trabalho, provavelmente será mais facil, mesmo pq a taxa actual de desmprego no Chile é baixissima…

S: Ok, já foi uma ajuda preciosa…muito obrigada JC ;)

CS: Eu no meu caso, como sou licenciada em comunicacao e em psicologia clinica bastou-me chegar com os titulos académicos legalizados pelo consulado chileno em Lisboa (como muito bem disse o José Cunha), traduzi-los e foram-me automaticamente legalizados pelo Ministério de Relacoes Exteriores aqui (porque há um convénio entre Portugal e Chile).Nao sei se no caso da educacao / pedagogia, direito e medicina (esses cursos mais especificos e que obedecem a normativos próprios do pais de destino) serao necessárias equivalências adicionais ou a realizacao de exames específicos. Em todo o caso, eu perguntei em algumas universidades públicas daqui e há que concorrer como qualquer outro professor chileno (ou seja, funciona por concurso como em Portugal), suponho que o mesmo em relacao ao ensino do 1ciclo…mas tente perguntar…pode é tentar dar aulas em escolas de línguas (eu estou, presentemente, a dar aulas de portugues porque é muito requisitado), tentar os colégios ou universidades privadas ou mesmo outro tipo de trabalho…aqui realmente a taixa de desemprego é muito baixa e mesmo para nós como estrangeiros há sempre algo disponível…corrijam-me os restantes compatriotas se estiver errada…Algo mais avise. Abraco e sorte!!!

S: Muito obrigada CS, pela orientação(sinto-me um pouco perdida)…muito obrigada mesmo;);)jinho grande

CS: Sempre às ordens S! beijinhos

Taken from a Chilean-Portuguese Facebook Group.

Chile, coming back

March 10th, 2012 § 1

Now, sleepless at a random morning hour in a lent empty central Barcelona flat, while waiting for my flight back to Santigo de Chile, I feel an urge to complete the thoughts I have posted before about Chile.

The writing, this time, will be about personal and business matters.

Doing Business in Chile
Startup Chile’s companies often consider a quest finding technical talent to join their projects, mostly web-related. It’s true most students and early graduate engineers are not ready to deliver value to a contemporary internet company: most of the Computer Science Engineers in Chile never heard about state-of-the-art programming languages, like Ruby or Python or software development methodologies like Scrum or TDD. Multimedia and Design students have never studied with markup languages, as HTML or CSS. Those who do are all self-taught enlightened ones.
The reason is simple, academia, wanting it or not, always follows market demand, if the market demands silver mining experts, geologists and mineralogist graduate from Universities. There is currently not enough market demand for Universities to be forced to include Ruby and Python classes in their curriculum, much less teaching Scrum and Agile methodologies.
Chile is a uber traditional country.
Business is done as traditionaly as it can be, it ignites from personal contacts and personal recommendations and after many face-to-face meetings are needed to get it all up and going.
Company incorporation in Chile is not as fast and simple as in most European countries but can be done as cheap as 500-700EUR by an attorney in a couple of weeks. Taxation is low, especially for startups. Bellow [10.000USD yearly revenue, I think.] there is no profit taxation.
Chile is a great platform to address other Latam markets, as it has been politically very stable and, due to copper exportations, one of the fastest growing economies in the world, with yearly numbers of % growth in line with only China, Brazil and India. Santiago is a very organized city, architectonically and communications wise, constructions on the best city’s areas, as Las Condes or Vitacura owe nothing to European capitals and transportation system (bus and metro) has been recently restructured, so life can be managed without the hazards of a car.

Life Quality
Life in Santiago is enjoyable, hosting roughly 6 million or almost three times the population of Lisbon not being, by any standard, a small boring city. I especially enjoy the old cinema theaters, my favorites is the “Boligrafo”, in Lastarria, 5 minutes walking from my place, Chileans call these old theaters “Cine Arte” and they all displays alternative cinema, especially European, Chilean and Argentinian.
I live in a 35m^2 apartment in the city center, Bellas Artes quarter, which is a not-so-cheap-not-so-expensive area allowing me to walk to work in less then 10 minute or get into the “tube” in 5″ . Its around the same price, or a bit cheaper, of what I would pay for a similar apartment in Lisbon down-town but 2 or 3 times cheaper than in Madrid, London or São Paulo.
Food and drinks are a relatively more pricey, a Rum with Coke (or Pisco with Coke, Piscola among the locals) will usually go from 2.000CLP to 3.000CLP (4-6USD) and a disco entrance from 3.000 to 6.000CLP (6-12USD). For the sake of accuracy, Amanda Club, in the posh area of Vitacura charges 5.000CLP entrance and 3.000CLP for a Piscola. Coldplay, Guns’n'Roses and U2 perform from 28.000 to 35.000CLP (60-70USD) and tickets never ran out, in fact I bought my U2 entrance on the day preceding the show, bellow market price to some busy Chilean folk.
Remember, electronics are 20 to 25% more expensive due to custome taxes.
Chile is known to be a thin and tiny South American country, if the first point is a well-known fact the second one holds no true. It holds 750.000km^2 of territory , 8 times bigger than Portugal and 2 times bigger than Germany. This funny geographical situation makes it a must-visit country to world-wide adventures and nature lovers.

While the South of Chile is a soul calmer, with its incredible green fields, active volcanos, icebergs and tasty lambs, the North hosts the most mind-blowing and infernal views one can have. Is remarkable how just by staring at the most clear sky in the world, allows you to have a perspective of the Milky Way without any astronomical instrument. I would like to invite all of you to just lay on your back, from La Serena to Calama and contemplate our own galaxy, as seen from Earth. Your understanding of how finite we individually are can smash your city-boy ego in a glimpse.
The eternal day temperature of Atacama desert, contrasting with their cool nights and volcanic activity creates an Earthly version of Hell. Santiago - Calama can be easily done under 100.000CLP and Santiago - Torres del Paine under 150.000CLP.

Personally speaking, as a young guy, single and making his living out of the Internet, Startup Chile provided my the root networks to feel myself comfortable living in South America.
I suppose it would not be the same without them. I can learn, share and do business around technology without going very far. English is the lingua franca in the office and many go around without knowing any Spanish.
As we all know, society in South America is fractioned, with their higher class mostly based in descendants from German, Italian and Spaniards immigrants. Foreigners are well received and perceived, most of the times, better than they should. When I was living in Germany and England, foreigners were received with an apatic smile, if lucky. Don’t underestimate how important this is if you ever want to spend a a long time in a country which is not yours.

Settle
Chile is an easy country to get legal permit to stay. There are several types of visa, student, worker, temporary residency, permanent residency and, perhaps, others ones. I will just focus on the temporary residency and permanent residency, as the requirements for the first two are very straight-forward understand and get..
The main difference between applying for a temporary or permanent residency visa is the amount of money you bring into the country.
Permanent residency visas, demand you to either show proof of consistent tax payments to the state and display a considerable amount of assets. This holds true for either a single person or a company.
Temporary (1-2 years) residency visas, demand you display the necessary proof and reasoning for such a long stay, either for personal or business reasons, and to prove you are and will not burden the state itself (social, medica care, etc).

I am proving here the link to my motivation letter and list of documents sent to the Chilean foreign office here, which was the base to have my 1y extension visa granted.

Some insights on SUP Experience.

November 6th, 2011 § 0

http://catnipdiary.tumblr.com/post/12012843769/words-to-santiago
http://catnipdiary.tumblr.com/post/12432990575/to-my-friends-in-santiago

Portugueses pelo Mundo

August 30th, 2011 § 0

Quoting someone I know :)

A cidade de Santiago não é dos locais mais interessantes, como o Tiago e outros dizem no programa, o melhor no Chile são as paisagens (deserto do atacama, andes, patagonia etc). No entanto, é sempre bom as pessoas ficarem a conhecer uma cidade da América Latina, com uma realidade muito diferente do que a maioria das pessoas imaginam :)
http://pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santiago_%28Chile%29

Parte 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wI2I06sOnVE
Parte 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nEiTSp6M-xU
Parte 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f5yDmHMxukM