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Newsletter Volume1 Number1

July 1st, 2008

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Paraíba Paradise Newsletter

Volume 1 Issue1

The get together on the 1st June at Arquipélago:

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Well, our 4th get together, on the 1st of June, at the Arquipélago restaurant, Av. Oceano Atlântico, 1660 – Intermares Cabedelo – PB was the most successful yet! Around 70 people attended and 15 sent their apologies.

The restaurant opened just for us, so it was good to see it so full. I think everyone was a little overwhelmed by the number of people that turned up. We had told the restaurant staff to expect around 40 to 45 people. We understand that some people had to wait a while for their meal, but by all accounts, the food was good and worth the wait.

Some people have asked us to make these meeting monthly; while others have said every 2 or 3 months would be better. There were people that would have preferred a Saturday get together while others said Sunday would have been better for them. These meetings are for everyone so let us know your preferences. We will try and accommodate everyone.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Gruber for playing live for us. What most people did not know was that Gruber had hurt his back a couple of days before the meeting. Being the professional that he is, he thought, “the show must go on”. Gruber can be contacted via gruber.music@gmail.com

A likely date for the next get together would be towards the end of August or early September. We were thinking about Manaira, Tambau or Cabo Branco. If anyone knows of a good restaurant that could manage a group of about 100 people, could they contact us via admin@paraibaparadise.com so we can talk to the restaurant. Comments and feedback as to how we could make these meetings better can be sent to that e-mail address too.

Pictures taken at the event can be viewed at the bottom of this page.

Thanks to everyone for turning up. We look forward to seeing you at the next one. If you would like a copy of any of the photos, place your mouse cursor over the picture and click on the right mouse button.Then move the cursor down to “save image as…” and you will be able to save the image directly to your computer. We can also send you a high quality copy of the picture if you send an e-mail to admin@paraibaparadise.com

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www.paraibaparadise.com

As many of you will be aware, we have set up a website about João Pessoa and Paraíba. Our aim is to have as much information about the area in one place.

It has beach reviews, restaurant reviews, information about many of the neighbourhoods and an amazing 12 month What’s on & Where guide, so you shouldn’t miss any of the great upcoming events over the next year. (We are currently building the Portuguese side of the site, this section is still very much under construction!).

We have tried to make the site as interactive as possible by enabling people to their own add comments and reviews on beaches, restaurants and on many other areas of the site. The above links can be found under the Paraíba | João Pessoa heading of the site. We have also added a forum, so people can post their thoughts, questions and just generally keep in touch with each other and keep up to date with news and current affairs. You will need to register to post in the forum but it is a very easy process.

In the General Information section, we have information about visas, how to open a Bank account, a step by step guide on how to open a business, how to obtain your CPF and more importantly, the annual procedure to keep your CPF clean, how to obtain a drivers license and much more.

The site also includes a property and investment section . It has an excellent guide for anyone thinking of buying property as well as other articles relevant to property and investment (this section is still under construction and has a number of errors that we are aware of. We currently have only a few properties, but this will increase over the next couple of months as many agents have expressed an interest in adding their properties to the site).

There is a membership section but, I will deal with that in the next article about The Paraíba Paradise Association.

Finally, there is the articles section (this is currently the most looked at part of the site). Here you will find many articles about João Pessoa and living in Brazil. These articles have been submitted by a number of people and cover many real life experiences. If you have a story to tell or know of an article that would fit well in this section, please, contact us as we are always looking for new information and contributors to add to the diversity of the site.

New information added to the site includes Ecology Matters (A guide to a greener João Pessoa) & Winter Walks or “Caminhos do frio”.

logo-paraiba-paradise-copy1All over the World associations are being set up to help and support people who have decided to live in a new country and to help foster good relations between newcomers and local people. In many cases, they are able to provide discounts and other benefits. We have set up the Paraíba Paradise Association (PPA) for just those reasons.

While we see information and assistance as our main aim, we also aim to provide discounts on many major bills and day to day items such as health insurance, car insurance, buildings and contents insurance, car hire, household goods, language courses etc.

Arrange social and sporting events

Provide a regular newsletter keeping members informed about changes in the law and useful information about João Pessoa and Paraíba.

Information seminars on Tax, local laws, condominium rules and other issues that affect our members (when funds allow).

We have already agreed a 20% discount with Unimed that will save most people R$1700 a year on a family policy; but Unimed and other companies all want a minimum number of 100 members. We currently have 20 people, who have indicated they wish to join, so we are still looking for many more people. Membership for the first 150 members will be R$150 per year. After this, it will be between R$200 and R$250 per year. The more members, the cheaper the membership fee.

As well as the above benefits, we intend to do deals with local business’s such as restaurants, shops, supermarkets, dentists, opticians and hotels. In exchange for them giving our members discounts, we will advertise their companies and services on our website and in the newsletter.

You can indicate that you would like to join the Paraíba Paradise Association by registering here at the website or by sending an e-mail to admin@paraibaparadise.com. This is not binding on you, it is just an indication that you would consider joining the association when we have the required numbers and provided a list of discounts.

If you know someone you believe would like to receive this newsletter, you can add their e-mail address here at the bottom of the page. If you would like to unsubscribe from this newsletter, you can do so by sending an e-mail to admin@paraibaparadise.com stating that you wish to have your e-mail address removed from the list. We will only remove you from the list if you send the e-mail from the address we send the newsletter to.

If you are a member of this e-mail list and have a company you would like to advertise, we are offering free adverts like those you see on the site now, so contact us and let us know.

Stop Press: Latest news

A number of people have mentioned they would like to get together, maybe once a week for football or volleyball on the beach, so I have started a thread in the forum, where you can indicate you would like to join in. You can find the relevant thread by clicking here.

We have also started an “Items wanted or for sale” section in the forum that is free to advertise in. There are currently a few items there, please feel free to post any items you are selling or ask about items you are looking for. If you have a problem posting in the forum please contact us and we will see what we can do.




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