So I’m having an exceedingly odd issue right now with my internet provider, BTL, which is driving me crazy! Starting on Friday, I went to my bank’s website, http://www.belizebank.com, to access my online banking. I pressed the “log on” button, just like I always do, and instead of taking me to the log on page, Chrome is telling me “Google Chrome could not load the web page because online. belizebank. com took too long to respond. The website may be down or you may be experiencing issues with your Internet connection. “
Keep in mind, there is no problem with my internet connection. I can access any other website I try to with no issue. I called a friend, and they can log on to their account just fine. Completely confused and miffed, I’ve tried everything my little pea brain knows to do in a situation like this. I used a different browser. I cleared the cache, deleted my cookies, reset the modem and computer. No luck! Right now, the only way I can access it is to hide behind a VPN (Virtual Private Network).
Now why on earth, BTL, would I need to disguise that I am in Belize trying to access a Belize bank account online? This makes no sense. Even with the VPN, all I can do is view my account transactions. If I try to perform any functions, like transfer money from one account to another, or pay a bill, the VPN locks up and won’t let me. Grrrrrrrrr!!
So today, I will be going to BTL to find out WTF? It’s bad enough yesterday I had to waste my valuable time going to Central Cable Vision to pay my advertising fee for the month. I certainly don’t have time to run all over town paying my clients water, electric and internet bills that are soon to be due. I’ll keep you posted how this issue gets resolved. The joys of foreign technology!
We did have an exciting meeting yesterday with some local expat real estate investors. They recently purchased a piece of property on the Macal River in Santa Elena, right near the bridge that takes you into San Ignacio Town. They will be building six efficiency units there and turning them into rentals.
They wanted to meet with us so we could advise them before they started construction on what we felt the highest and best use of each unit would be, along with design and floor plan tips. We were happy to do so, since they’ll be hiring us to handle the property when it is complete. Having more rentals within walking distance to town is sorely needed in this area, and having them be in such a lovely spot on the river is unheard of. So exciting!!
And later that day, we headed out to our newest vacation rental, Avana Villa, and dropped off the official Belize Tourism Board license. This incredible 4-story home with a pool on 20 acres is now officially open for business. We have our first guests checking in this Saturday, and are already taking bookings for later this year. It really is quite an amazing house. If you haven’t already checked it out, you can take a look here.
What do you do when you have a computer problem you can’t solve?