Our Review of Amazon Prime Membership

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Are you wondering if Amazon Prime is for you?

We have been Amazon Prime members for years and the membership brings many benefits, but for those of us who live in the Tropics the most important benefits are access to content, movies, TV shows, music and reading materials. There are many other benefits some of which may be of great importance to you. To read our review and a close to complete recap of the current benefits Prime membership includes read our complete review by clicking here.

Our Review of Kindle E Readers from Amazon

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Finally, You can Read in Your Language in Your New Home

We were early adopters of the first edition of the Kindle E Reader and have used the basic model for many years until recently when we upgraded to one of their more advanced models.  Both my wife and I are avid readers and we would be lost in our new tropical home without our Kindles.

Amazon has done a masterful job of placing a product at 4 different price points meaning there is a Kindle E Reader for every reader from the budget conscious to the luxury seeker.  You can read our review of the Kindle family of E Readers here, if you read you will need an E Reader.

Our Review of Kindle Unlimited Reading Subscription Service

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Do you miss reading materials in your new home?

We recently reviewed a wonderful way to receive reading materials written  in your native language in your new tropical home.  In our expat groups we constantly hear folks asking where they can find books written in English.

Sadly, there are not many local outlets but, Amazon has stepped in with their Kindle Unlimited Reading Subscription Service.  We have used it and written a review of it which you can read here.



Tropical Rain Forests

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Tropical Rainforest Facts

Before beginning your search for your ideal home in the tropics becoming aware of tropical rainforest facts is a critical item to understand because if it is green, if it is tropical it is most likely part of a rain forest.

Tropical rainforests have annual rainfall between 250 cm and 450 cm (98 to 177 inches) and the precipitation is frequently seasonal. It is estimated that 50% of the world’s flora and fauna live in the tropical rainforests which explains the beautiful lush green forests that abound.

Tropical rainforest map
As you can see if you are planning to move to the tropics you are likely to encounter rain

One critical thing to recognize is you will encounter months and months of rain and almost every day.

Finding fun things to do when you’re bored.

Clearly with so much time in wet soggy weather it is important to find fun things to do when you are bored. Most likely the best thing to do is to find a group of like minded friends and go out for a coffee and a snack. Dinners are also popular and can be enjoyed as a couple or with a large group of friends. Caution try to avoid the ever present complainer, they exist everywhere and serve no purpose other than to bring you down. The other thing to try and avoid is attending happy hours EVERY day of the week.

Indoor hobbies are a great way to pass the rainy system be it painting, playing cards, playing backgammon, checkers and or chess are all suitable ways to enjoy yourself indoors. Do you play music? Can you sing and dance? These are great ways to make friends and to spend your time alone.

If you are like my wife she prefers to talk talk talk and this used to be costly endeavour, but using Voice Over IP Internet telephone service has drastically reduced this expense. You can read a more thorough review of VOIP telephone systems here. In addition my wife likes to shop even if it is only window shopping. Since retiring in the tropics she has discovered online shopping and particularly enjoys comparisons shopping which she does at Amazon, Walmart and Ebay here. Truth be told I enjoy that too, just less than she does.

While my wife is a talker, I prefer TV, movies and music from my home country. The best solution to these services is android micro computers with the Kodi application available at the Google play You can read our review of the best of these products here.

In addition to android set top streaming TV micro computers Amazon has its own entries in the streaming media market known as Fire TV. Fire TV currently has two base hardware options, the Fire TV set top box is reviewed here. In summary it is competitive with other android TV set top boxes in both price and performance. The less expensive less powerful Amazon Fire TV Stick which we review here is both more portable and less expensive than the Android or the Fire TV set top boxes.

Online Comparison Shopping

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Can not find it locally? Shop Online!

One of the things people living away from their home country miss the most is the stuff that they could buy there but not where they have moved to. We hear this all of the time. 😥 To help relieve this we have set up our online internet shopping page and WE JUST MADE IT BETTER!!!

Now you can easily comparison shop Amazon, Ebay and Walmart all from our page. Each store will be open in its own separate tab making it easy for you to search the three and find the best price on the item you want. Shop on, Enjoy Shopping click here!


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Our Review of the Amazon Fire TV Set Top Box

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The Amazon Fire TV Set Top Box

We recently received the Amazon Fire TV Set Top Box and frankly we were blown away by both the video quality and the smooth quality of the streaming. To read our in depth review of the product you can do so here. Suffice it say we are impressed.


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Our Review of the Amazon Fire TV Stick

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Review of the Amazon Fire TV Stick

We recently reviewed the Amazon TV Fire Stick after our new one arrived at our home. You can read the full review here, but suffice it to say for what it does, it does it very well. Read more about it to get the full picture.


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