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What my blog is about

A retired Canadian bus operator goes on a journey around the world seeking new experiences, like taking a TEFL course in Bangkok, then returns to become an X-pat when he buys a casa in El Salvador, which he turns into a B&B. See Pages and To view pictures click on new picasa albums

Rancho Las Brisas Reviews

December 14th, 2015


New reviews on Airbnb   Here


Restore expats rights to vote in Canadian elections

December 10th, 2015


Dear Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, please restore expats right to vote in Canadian elections.

Why is this important?

Canadians choose to live abroad for a variety of reasons ranging from work opportunities, experiencing different cultures, reduced cost of living or just to retire in a country with a better climate.

Just because we choose to live abroad doesn’t mean we don’t care about what happens in our native country, province and community. Most have children and extended family still living in Canada so we care what happens.

In this day and age of the world wide web with community newspapers having online editions and instant news`services available 24/7 we stay informed with the happenings at our former home.

Most importantly we are still required to fill out CRA tax forms yearly and pay our share of tax, as Canada is a democracy, taxation without representation should not be allowed!

Please sign this petition to assure all Canadians are treated equally and have the right to vote in elections.

sign here


No electricity, No problema

November 30th, 2015
Rancho Las Brisas added 3 new photos.

35 mins ·

The power goes off at Rancho Las Brisas (happens less frequently than with Ontario’s Hydro One), No Problemo, we have solar lighting as a backup, WiFi modem is battery powered which can be recharged with our solar system as can cell phones, water system is gravity fed, cooking is done with propane and wood. It’s business as normal. smile emoticon

Rancho Las Brisas's photo.

Rancho Las Brisas's photo.

Rancho Las Brisas's photo.


Snow Bird Special

October 6th, 2015
Snow Bird Special!

An early booking special for snow birds.
Book the Ranch House Room with private kitchen, from now until Nov 30, 2015 for a stay of 30 days or longer* between January 4 and March 31, 2016 for the low price$500 per month

Las Brisas 12   Las Brisas entrance

Las Brisas 2  Las Brisas kitchen

Las Brisas 4  Las Brisas bathroom

Las Brisas  Las Brisas 1

Similar arrangements may be made for other rooms.

*30 night minimum stay, extra nights only $16.66 per night


Rancho Las Brisas

September 9th, 2015

Las Brisas 1    Las Brisas     Rancho Las Brisas offers meal service specializing in Salvadorian dishes and Pupusas with various local beers available at modest prices.

We offer day use of the grounds and pool for $2.00 per day per person (children under 8 yrs free).

Las Brisas 12

Accomodation is available from $10.00 – $40.00 per night *

La Casita dorm, shared room Las Brisas 3 Las Brisas 8


The Ranch House Private Room Las Brisas 5Las Brisas 2


The Gardner’s Cottage Private 2 room rustic cottage Las Brisas 9 Las Brisas 10 Las Brisas 11


Relax in a hamock Las Brisas 6


Relax on a tropical evening listening to the surf breakingon the beach a block away


Good ideas never die

July 22nd, 2015

Back in the ‘90s I was a tad ahead of the times and had a store in Bowmanvville ON, Canada selling alternative energy and environmental products.

                         B'ville store

These included stoves: wood, wood pellet, corn and natural gas/propane

Solar pool and hot water heaters

Power systems: solar, wind, water

Composting and water saving toilets

Environmental cleaning and pest control products

Never did much business as people liked to talk big about saving the environment but when it came to putting their money where their mouths were, they instantly transformed into clones of Scrooge!

Granted these products were on the expensive side however the majority were Canadian or US made.

Fast forward a couple decades to 2015

Ontario and Canada are just memories as after selling my business there and a couple years travelling the world I have settled near a beach in the tropics just outside La Libertad, El Salvador where I operate a small B&B/Hostal as a way of keeping busy and meeting interesting people travelling through this beautiful country.


Here at Rancho Las Brisas we follow the environmental practices learned over the years as we are located at a tropical Playa there is no need for stoves for warmth but we do use wood and propane for cooking.

The pool requires no auxiliary heat as the sun keeps it nice and warm. Hot water is not a necessity and water saving toilets and shower heads are used in all rooms.

We use environmental cleaning and pest control products where practical also recycle what is possible and compost kitchen waste.

Due to all these practices Rancho Las Brisas has been awarded “Green Leader” status by Trip Advisor.

Here in El Salvador electricity is generated by petroleum products so any saving there is definitely good for the environment and mainly cost effective so when I had a guest a few months ago looking to set up a solar distribution company in El Salvador, we had a lot to talk about.

After months of trials and tribulations with the Salvadoran bureaucracy he finally has product to sell and I have become an agent for EPSCA SA de CV (Environmental Products Central America), Selling Solar products again!


However this time they are “ Made in China” priced reasonably and of good quality!

What was a good idea but ahead of it’s time in the ‘90s is still a good idea and hopefully, now Profitable!



July 9th, 2015

to the Bootsnall team for getting me access to my blog after microsoft hotmail locked me out of my account


New website

June 8th, 2015

                     Las Brisas 5 014

Rancho Las Brisas de Playa San Diego now has a new

website with a book now feature, click highlight to check it out.


Beer quest

May 11th, 2015

How I rate the beer I have tried in my travels.

Favourite: El Salvador – Regia Regia 

               Guatemala – Gallo  Gallo 

               Singapore – Tiger   Tiger

               Thailand – Singha  Singah 

                Cuba – Cristal      cristal-beer-cuba-300x225

                 Mexico Corona    corona

                  Laos – Beerlao  Beerlao

                  Canada – Molson Ex MolsonEx

                  USA – Coors light coors-light-thermo-6-sheet


Like: Thailand – Chang   Chang 

        Thailand – Archa    Archa

         Indonesia – Bintang Indonesia

         India – Kingfisher  India

         Myanmar – Myanmar Myanmar

         Australia – Victoria Victoria OZ

         El Salvador – Golden Golden

         Greenland – Gronland Greenland

         Philippines – Red Horse Philippines

         Colombia – Aguila  Colombia

Not bad: Thailand – Leo  Leo

             Tibet – Lhasa   Lhasa

             El Salvador –Pilsner Pilsner El Salvador

             Canada AB Pilsner   pilsner alberta

              USA – Coors       Coors.jpg 1   

             Nicaragua – Tona  Nicaragua

             Finland – Lapin Kulta    FINLAND

             Nepal – Mustang   Nepal

             New Zealand – Tui  NZ

             South Korea – OB   South Korea

             Iceland – Shjalfti    skjalftibottle Iceland

             Sweden – Mariestads  Sweeden 

             Norway – Ringnes     Norway

             China – Tsingtao    China

Drinkable: Malaysia – Jaz    Malaysia

               Mongolia – Xap  mongolian_beer

               Costa Rica – Imperial Costa Rica

               Japan – Asaki     Japan

               Panama – Panama panamabeers

               Vietnam – 333    Vietnam

Beware: Mexican – Tecate tecate beer

Absolutely Horrid: US – Lone Star Lone Star however drinkable during an Ontario beer store strike

                               Belize – Belkin   Belize


May/June Special

May 7th, 2015
May/June Special Pricing

Off Season Discount Prices *
La Casita mixed dorm $10 per person per night
Ranch House private room $24 per night
The Gardner’s Cottage $31 per night
*applies to direct bookings or Airbnb only