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  1. 5 points
    The problem is that Panama has not made any clear cut rules, it is all very wishy washy. The best way at this point is to hear about others experiences crossing the border, either by land or air. People have been attacked trying to tell their experiences, and that has shied people away from telling their stories. Maybe if this stops we can gain some insight. It has been said before 5 months have passed to stay out 30 days and you will be let back in, but if you reach your 6th month staying out for 30 days won't let you back in. If that is the case when can you come back, 6 months, a year? No one knows. It has also been said that if you have been border hopping for 2 years, you can't come back in. If so, how long before you can come back? It has also been said that if you are in the process of applying for residency to show a letter or paperwork from your lawyer and you will be let back in, but will you really be able to, is this good enough? Hopefully some will come forward and tell their experiences so others can benefit. If you have been border hopping for awhile at this point if I were to do a border hop, I would treat it as if I wouldn't be allowed back in just in case. Have someone caring for your pets, let your landlord know you may not be able to come back, maybe go so far as packing up all of your things or selling them.
  2. 4 points
    This is an ongoing problem with people who advertise their business or charity event. They get so caught up in their project that they assume everyone knows who they are and where they are. I know the Newslady and she refuses to screen the emails for missing information. This is the responsibility of those who write the news.boquete emails. It never ceases to amaze me how lacking in basic rudimentary knowledge of salesmanship most people are. They put stupid subject lines on their emails (like "please post") and never think for one second that they have to entice the reader to open the email in the first place. They spend 10 seconds slapping out an email on their I-pad and expect 2000 readers to care enough to open it and read it. It's my opinion that if you expect to burden almost 2000 inboxes, you ought to spend some time composing something that is complete, readable, informative and accurate. My dos centavos worth . . . .
  3. 3 points
    Welcome to the newsletter of Boquete Health and Hospice Is this email not displaying correctly? View it in your browser. Meet the Board In February Boquete Health and Hospice Foundation elected a new board. David Wulf- President, Merl Will-Wallace-Vice-President, Linda Sanchez-Secretary and Laurie Collier-Treasurer. Bev Tyler is the administrator of BHHF. The board held a retreat in March to formulate the goals of the organization for 2017. The goals include plans to create more community awareness of the services provided by BHHF, expand the volunteer base, reach out with services to more people in the Panamanian and expat community and to have a health fair later in the year. 2017 Volunteer Training On February 17, 20 and 22, thirteen members of the community made the choice of taking the Boquete Health and Hospice Foundation training. The training consists of an overview of all the requirements, information and skills needed to help our community with health issues. Some of the topics include: Explanation of services, discussion of grief and death and dying Presentations about comfort care, medications used in Panama Communication skills that include how a team is put together for a case, caring for the caregiver and final directives. For almost a decade BHHF has been helping the community by providing support for patients and caregivers when there is a serious illness, an injury, after surgery, or if the patient is dying. We also provide a blood donor list and loan durable goods such as wheelchairs, hospital beds, oxygen concentrators, walkers and other medical equipment. It takes a caring heart and dedication to become a volunteer of BHHF. Be watching for the announcements for future volunteer training sessions. New Website Boquete Health and Hospice has a new website. Be sure to check it out. http://www.boquetehealth.org/ We also have a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/boqueteheartshandsandhelp/ Blood Pressure Monitoring Boquete Health and Hospice offers free Blood Pressure monitoring every Tuesday at the BCP Market between 9 and noon. Stop by and let our retired professional nurses monitor your BP on a regular basis and try to answer your health questions. To Contact Us Hospice/Health: 507.6781.9250 Blood Donor Program: 507.6590.2000 E-mail: boquetehospice@gmail.com E-mail: boquetehealth@gmail.com Confidentiality All patient information shared with any Boquete Health and Hospice volunteer is kept in the strictest confidence. Copyright © 2017 , All rights reserved. Our mailing address is: boquetehealth@gmail.com Unsubscribe | View in browser
  4. 3 points
    President Varela has stated that “we cannot afford for the six-month tourist permit to be used to cross the border and then return, and stay here as if you were a permanent resident”. He said that on March 18. It seems to me that everything since early March has been Immigration trying to figure out how to implement a visa policy which accomplishes that. Yes, the 30 days out of the country rule was stated by Javier Carrillo, the director of Immigration, but that was also several weeks ago. As unsatisfying as it is, I think the focus ought to be on what Panama is trying to accomplish. I rather doubt that Panama is particularly motivated to provide a lot of clarity as to how to circumvent their stated goal. We can speculate that the reason for the new enforcement policy is the flood of non-Panamanians from South America fleeing poor conditions. There certainly is resentment against foreigners coming to Panama, competing with Panamanians for employment, and staying here indefinitely on a tourist visa. There is currently a lot of political pressure on the Panamanian government to do something about that. Panama encourages tourism. It wants to encourage business travel to Panama, as well. Being in Panama for extended periods is not the concern. It is the drain on social services, not the least of which is health care, by the people who live in Panama as if they are permanent residents but are not. And, undoubtedly, there is some resentment of foreigners in general moving into cities and neighborhoods throughout the country which also contributes to that political pressure. I have enormous sympathy for those who live in Panama on a tourist visa, especially those in this area who have made housing decisions, opened businesses, and made an enormous effort to relocate from far abroad. They are almost universally not the burden that Varela says "we (Panama) cannot afford." But devising a policy accomplishes Panama's goal without casting too wide of a net is nearly impossible. It has caught those who are contributing greatly to the country. It has snared those who employ Panamanians. It is devastating to those who can't (for very good reasons) obtain the documents necessary to apply successfully for permanent residency. For US citizens, it has caught those who no longer have suitable fingerprints that the FBI can accept in order to run the required background check to apply for a permanent visa. If the "30 days out of the country" rule if you're approaching the end of a 180 day tourist visa is the current policy at the border is truly a permanent and consistent rule (which I doubt), then it probably will eliminate those who can't afford to be gone from Panama for 30 days every six months. The intention may be that those people who can't afford it will be the ones who are competing for jobs and social services with Panamanian citizens and legal permanent residents. Obviously, the effect is far more broad and draconian than that. The bottom line is still the same. Panama does not want foreigners living here indefinitely on a tourist visa. It would be very surprising to me if the Panamanian government wants to really clarify how anyone can still continue to do so at this time. That's the new reality in Panama. Until it changes, of course...
  5. 3 points
    It's more a matter of how long you need to stay out rather than if you let your stamp expire. The information that people are wanting is if you leave at 5 months can you come back in if you stay out for two weeks or 30 days or 3 days? Also if you leave at your 6th month before it expires are you going to be let back in after 30 days, or do you need to stay out for 6 months or longer? Also does it matter how many border hops you have done in the past?
  6. 3 points
    Dottie, There is a very detailed explanation of this here: http://www.theverge.com/2017/3/31/15138526/isp-privacy-bill-vote-trump-marsha-blackburn-internet-browsing-history While using a VPN may give you limited protection on who can see your data, at some point your information travels in the clear. Instead of travelling in the clear from the ISP point, it is encrypted until it gets to the other end of the VPN and then once again travels in the clear on its way to the final destination. Basically, that means that your VPN provider can do exactly the same thing as your ISP - you are just changing the point your data is in the clear. Also, there is additional information that is always available in order for you to connect to your ISP. For instance, your account, your IP address, the time and length of your data connection (were you online at 3am or not). All of this information is valuable for marketing purposes. ISP's as well as VPN providers can collect and sell this information. The fight and rule change is about whether or not this is considered to be permitted. Yet as you dig deeper into it, even that statement is some what foggy as the governing body only interprets what is written and does no enforcement. My personal take on it is this... The collection of your data and surfing habits has already has been done for a very long time. This is not just a US thing as it occurs in most every country. To think that there is ANY privacy online is to not understand how your information is transmitted. For those of us old enough to remember it - think of the Internet as a giant party line in beginning days of telephone service. Everyone can pretty well see and hear everything. Some information can be encrypted and hidden but the very fact you are using the Internet, when and how long, is in itself valuable information. There is little to nothing you can do about it.
  7. 3 points
    I agree with Bonnie and interpreted Keith's actions as she did. Keith has provided many items of helpful information here on CL and deserves our thanks IMO. I'm not wanting to take anyone to task, but, please.....let's drop this and move on. More important items in life for us to deal with.
  8. 3 points
    Well. I think this is a very good theme to discuss and develop here. It has some sociology things involved. I has also a lot of common sense measures to be taken. Not something difficult but easy to accomplish. It is not rocket science. How could you feel at home in a place you are segregated and dont share with the locals. Not all panamanians are bad people. NOt all panamanians are trying to get advantage of expats. Not all panamanians thinks that all expats are millionares and full of money. How could you get away with the feelings you have that you are only a "guest" and not a resident. I have written several time that all of you "legal residents" in Panama have rights and duties in the country and community you live. You are now part of the country. Our constitution considers you as part of the country. So I do really think what Keith was trying to say is that there could be more expats living in Boquete to become more active and integrate with the community, local culture, local activities: see and being seen by the panamanians. Fight together for improvements needed in the community. To have a representative of the Expats community in the meetings with the local authorities to have a voice to be heard as active members of the community. Go to schools and donate a couple of hours of your time by teaching english to the kids. The actual president is aiming to increase the english language knowledge and this initiative will be highly appreciated. Also I know that some of the expats living there have some skills and knowledge of their former profesional careers. Teach young people new trades, new stuff from the accumulated knowledge you had from your country of origin. That really makes a difference and I am so sure that you will be appreciated kindly by those simple and humble people of Boquete and Chiriqui province. It is probably that the initial perception some of them could have will dissapear when they see you really care about that place and its people.
  9. 3 points
    Yesterday I learned critical information from Manuel Dixon, the owner of Dixon Laboratorio in David: that he is the ONLY accredited veterinarian laboratory in Chiriqui. Before my conversation with Manuel, I thought a blood test is a blood test. Wrong! Dixon Laboratorio runs expensive quality control tests once a week that labs in veterinary clinics do not. Without regular quality control testing, incorrect results are almost a guarantee. Medications based on incorrect blood test readings will be ineffective and harmful, for example when an animal is given unnecessary antibiotics. Or even deadly--for example, if an animal is given insulin based on an incorrect diagnosis of diabetes. Bad news! Manuel gave a recent example: A woman had had a blood test of her dog at a veterinary clinic in David, and medication was prescribed and sold to her. When her dog did not improve, she then took a blood sample to Dixon Laboratorio along with the results of the first test. The (correct) results at Dixon Laboratorio were completely different from the tests done at the veterinary clinic. The woman was angry at the veterinary clinic for the expense involved to render an incorrect blood analysis, plus unknowingly giving her dog improper medication. One veterinary clinic in David repeatedly gives an incorrect diagnosis of ehrlichia (tick fever), thus resulting in harmful and unnecessary medication being given to the dog. I have no affiliation with Dixon Laboratorio except as a grateful client. Their contact is 777-0481. Manuel is a kind man who speaks perfect English. (His technicians do not.) And the costs are very reasonable. The lab in David is very easy to find. I can give directions. Dixon Laboratorio also does tests for humans, agriculture, water. They are expanding and will soon include tests for biohazard substances, using positive pressure personnel suits and a segregated air supply room. Attached is a list of possible tests I've compiled for dogs. I intend to have some extensive tests done for two of mine. I discussed the attached list with Manuel and he gave me the proper vials for the tests I wish to have. At our next spay/neuter clinic (April 23), I am going to practice, practice, practice drawing blood from a dog's vein so I can do it myself. So if any of you (in the Volcan area) need blood tests for your dog, get the correct vials from Manuel (free) and I can (probably) draw the blood for you. No charge, of course. I am happy to help whenever I can. Dottie - 6517-8752 Blood Tests for Dogs.odt
  10. 3 points
    A year ago I wrote down this recommendation from several people about an excellent automotive air conditioning repair shop in David knowing that some day I would probably need it. This week I did and now I can pass along my endorsement of Super Frio. Owner Jaime Munoz diagnosed that the problem as a faulty evaporator which could be replaced by removing the dashboard and steering wheel. Little did I know that it would be as extensive as shown in these photos. All work was done in one day, outstanding customer service, six month written guarantee, perfect English. Jaime Munoz Autoaire Super Frio Calle Aristides Romero entre Av 7 y Av 8 David 775-9915 / 6572-1810 aasuperfrio@hotmail.com GOOGLE MAPS: https://goo.gl/maps/AZpqqirPeTr
  11. 3 points
    I also understood that clearly. We talked about participating with local authorities in meetings related to things in the districts, attending local cultural events, participating with activities of the local schools, etc. That your presence be noted and felt.
  12. 3 points
    Keith That is not good. By integrating as part of the local community and not only hanging out with people from your same country of origin you will be considered by locals as an important part of the community. There wont be any difference like: "us and them".
  13. 3 points
    The ANAM offices are 1Km south (toward David) of SuperCentro Ivan, on the same side of the road. There is a blue-roofed bus stop across from Seminario Franciscano. Coming FROM Boquete, turn left onto the unpaved road. Drive about 100 meters until you come to a cross-road, turn right and follow that road about 200 meters. The office is the single-story white building. There are signs (the one on the highway is more visible when you are coming from the south) that say "Agencia de Boquete". If you pass Instituto Guadelupano (on the south-bound side of the road) coming from Boquete, you've gone past your turn.
  14. 3 points
    Marie Elaine / Keith It is a very sad situation. We have had at least 3 governments that have turned their back to the agricultural producers in this country. You may know very well how hard is to be a farmer. The amount of hard work it involves but for the government officials it is better to impulse the imports of products from other countries. Why people from the interior of the republic emigrate to Panama City and live in slums? Because they dont have any chance to make a living in the farms. The most important agricultural and vocational schools in Divisa and other parts of the countries are abandoned and not well funded. We are killing our farmers!!! Everything is managed by people in the Metropolitan Panama City in well air conditioned offices that dont know anything about the hard work our poor farmers had to do to give us, in the city, something to eat at fancies restaurants. Sorry for my rant.... but this subject makes me feel bad and terrible about how our government offices abandon our hard working farmers.
  15. 3 points
    I give up. I'm beginning to think that it's impossible to put all this together, to get a straight answer out of anyone. My sympathies are with all of you trying to get a residency visa. As folks work their way through this process, I hope they will keep the rest of us updated on what procedures are being followed (as opposed to all of those that have been reported).
  16. 3 points
    It's a joy to know Joy and to be around her. Her takeover of the Café in the Hex Room is a lifesaver for the BCP and an assist to the entire community. I wish her every success.
  17. 3 points
    I don't know Joy, but I appreciate the personal element in her post. Marketing skills are not intuitive; usually one must have been in a business environment to master them. I understand why the Newslady is pissy (she's thick-skinned enough not to offended by the word) because she faces this all the time and doesn't have the time with deal with it. I say let's be glad that Joy is reviving the venue, appreciate the e-mail she sent, and gently remind her that she needs to include more information.
  18. 3 points
    The newslady doesn't get paid to edit news items. If the sender sends out incomplete information, the punishment is a loss of business. The newslady pays the mail server annually to send out the mail. She isn't going to stress herself with editing the emails.
  19. 3 points
    Longtime Boquete resident and former U.S. Warden Price Peterson, also perplexed by the new decree, contacted a friend, Diego Obaldia, who served as director of Migracion about seven years ago. Sr. Obaldia agreed to go to Migracion and seek clarification. Here is his response to Price: Thanks both to Price and Sr. Obaldia for their help with this matter. Neither had an obligation to do anything, but they graciously stepped in when needed.
  20. 3 points
    This is a game played by several restaurants. They make a lot of one menu item, put it on the chalk board as a "SPECIAL" at the regular price and then feel justified in not giving the discount. Chef Craig from Ruinas and most recently from Seasons was good at this ploy. I got soured on Seasons when I ordered their special rib dinner which wasn't on the menu but I was believing it couldn't be much more than the Rock charged for a rib dinner. Well, it turned out to be $29 and no discount was allowed.
  21. 2 points
    To the community of gardeners and friends of the Boquete Library: We write from Finca Tangara to thank you all for your patronage this year. Two plant sales at the Library, many visits to our farm for plants and compost, and invitations to consult at your gardens earned a grand total of $3401 for the Library's Endowment Fund. We, along with the Library Board, thank you for your patronage. All best wishes, Peter Sterling and Sally Zigmond
  22. 2 points
    Whatever happens with Martinelli is relevant to Panama, IMHO.
  23. 2 points
    This was just posted on Chiriqui Chatter. It appears that Don Ray and his wife are moving to the US and we are losing one of the areas most kindhearted and helpful men that the expat community has known. This is truly sad news and a great loss for the community. I wish Don and his wife Lilliam all the best. --- The David Warden Position For the U.S. Embassy is Available April 21, 2017Panama Journal With this post I am announcing that the David Warden position for the U.S. Embassy in Panama is available to be filled. Lilliam and I are going to move to the U.S. I resigned my position as Warden effective today. If you have an interest in filling this position, please email the America Citizen Services at the following email address (Panama-ACS@state.gov) and they will explain the duties and responsibilities. I will no longer be posting the Embassy notices. I encourage you to sign up with STEP (Smart Traveler Enrollment Program) and you will receive all communications directly from the Embassy.
  24. 2 points
    Don has shared, in private, "a reason" with me. I'm not sure it is the whole thing but guys, being U.S. Warden in David has just got to be soul sucking. Maybe he needs to reduce and reflect. Whatever, everyone needs to understand what he did and who he represented. Time for a new beginning for everyone I think. I wish him well.
  25. 2 points
    I don't believe Don Ray has ever done anything "abruptly". He is a meticulous planner. I don't believe he owes anyone a reason. The most important question is who will step up to handle warden duties with his departure?
  26. 2 points
    I think Joni said it best, Dan: They paved paradise And put up a parking lot With a pink hotel, a boutique And a swinging hot spot Don't it always seem to go That you don't know what you've got Till it's gone They paved paradise And put up a parking lot I have been reading Don Ray's blogs daily for over a decade, first from when he was in Boquete and later when he moved to David. I do not know of anyone who has done more for the expats in Chiriqui with no thought of reward. Lee Zeltzer and others have written blogs that at times have been helpful to a few but there was usually a revenue stream connected, and none of those people were boots on the ground when expats needed help. There were helplines around but all they did was try to dispatch local authorities who may or may not have been helpful. If Don Ray got a call from the embassy, he went. I think it is also proper to mention the amount of help Lilliam has been in these cases, too. She and Don Ray are the complete deal and their departure will leave a big void for someone to fill. jim
  27. 2 points
    I am well aware that not everyone was a Don Ray fan. Most everyone has their detractors whether they admit it or not. I am well aware of mine, they remind me often! The bigger point here was that there is a large group of expats moving out of Panama. While the short term residents are missed, it is the longer term residents that the community has come to rely on that will be the biggest impact. I fear for the next expat that needs the type of help Marion Clamp and others received. As the saying goes, you do not know what you have until it is gone. Then again the optimist says: you don't know what you've been missing until it arrives. Moving on... appreciating what I have... and waiting for what comes...
  28. 2 points
    I buy my hamburger from Palacio. It's about $3/pound. I like it because they grind fat in with it so it tastes more like what you get in the U.S. Most Panama hamburger has a funny, indescribable taste but I think it's because the beef is too lean. By the way, the butcher there has trained in the U.S. and will cut U.S. type cuts (e.g. chuck roast) if ordered in advance. His name is Sr. Alexandro and his phones are 730-3746 and 6969-1420.
  29. 2 points
    The language "as long as your 180 days stamp is not expired you should have no problem re-entering" concerns me, "should" being the operative word. I know that Michelle Walker's 180 days stamp had not expired when she was denied reentry at Paso Canoas. My fear is that the border officials may not all be in agreement about interpretation of the decree, and that fear is exacerbated when I can't get answers in writing. If I were here on a tourist visa I wouldn't know what to do. I have no record of the 317-5200 Security number that TwoSailors refers to. I wonder why you call "Security" to be referred to the "Duty Officer" (whatever that is.) The information I received from the Embassy is to call 317-5030 during the day and 317-5000 for emergencies. The emergency number is the most important to have with you should there be a problem after hours at the border or airport or when there is no one available at the main number. And now we have a third number. Well-stated, Sheila. I don't understand why it's so difficult for the Panamanian government to answer these questions. I don't believe the Embassy knows the answers, but I certainly hope personnel there are pressing for them. I wrote the Embassy again yesterday but have received no response.
  30. 2 points
    I was there too, but that was weeks ago and very early in the game. A lot could have transpired since then, but efforts to get more info from the Embassy have failed. I will try again.
  31. 2 points
    The US Ambassador at the town hall meeting that was here in Boquete. He also stated" Should a US citizen have an issue with re entry into Panama via the airport to contact the Embassy at 317-5000, as it is manned 24/7. At least that's what I understood him to say.
  32. 2 points
    One only has to attend a few events organized by the Municipality to realize there has still been very little integration by expats into the community at large.
  33. 2 points
    Bud & Marcelyn Thanks. I do really appreciate your kind words. I am also so honored to have you as friends too. Even that I dont know personally all of the members of CL and some old members of BN I feel them like old friends too: Keith, Fran, Penny, Judy S, Bonnie, Jim & Nena... and many others that I cant list all of them. I do really feel honored by exchanging information, ideas and words about Panama and its people with you all. Thanks again,
  34. 2 points
    Great thread here. Just for fun...how about if CL posted a new espanol sentence every morning? apenas para la diversion y la educacion una nueva frase en espanol por las mananas.
  35. 2 points
    We can all thank our friend Keith Woolford for starting this worthwhile subject. And yes, knowing Spanish is a major key to the success and enjoyment of living here. I personally appreciate Panamanians. Shy at first, but friendly and helpful once they know you. My Spanish needs a lot of help and I keep working at it. I have fun in stores (especially PriceSmart) where the locals want to practice their English with me and I try using my Spanish with them. These times end with everyone laughing while entertaining each other. Just a happy and good memory spot in the day.
  36. 2 points
    Well said. I second that.
  37. 2 points
    Jim You cant deny that you are a long time "Chirigringo". Great!!!
  38. 2 points
    So why don't you get the locals (with all the answers) to sign up and use CL? Their input would help with integration.
  39. 2 points
    That's it, Jim, Usually I can't tell heads nor tails about google maps, and I don't know street names (if indeed there is a sign). But the reference point of Super 99 makes it clear.
  40. 2 points
    Yes, I agree. A long course of doxycycline is major for animals and humans alike. I believe small vet labs will make a presumptive diagnosis on CBC results ( change in platelet count, anemia) and symptoms . To make a definitive diagnosis involves special tests, equipment and knowhow which may be more than you could expect from a small vet clinic. For years I had several friends that battled Lyme disease and as well Erlichiosis...both tick borne diseases . We had many conversations over the years on making the diagnosis and lab/medical ability to do so. It is not easy ( antibody tests, visual recognition under miscroscopic exam ). I think to pass judgement on a small vet clinic therefore would be hasty . Some responsibility rests with the pet owner on how to proceed in seeking care for their sick dog if there is suspicion of Tick borne disease. . That is exactly why I so appreciate your sharing the Dixon lab with us here !
  41. 2 points
    I suggest you go ask Manuel Dixon about this. It's very important to accurately diagnose ehrlichia and treat it, just as a false positive can subject a dog to unnecessary drugs that can also be harmful.
  42. 2 points
    In David, going toward Concepcion, turn left at the signal light that would take you to the old Super 99, Romero, Nissan dealer, etc. Go two blocks (the first block is a long one), then turn left. The lab is then in that first block on the right. Right now the sign just says "laboratorio" and it is not in great condition. As I mentioned, they are enlarging, so don't let the looks of the place from the outside give you the wrong impression. When you're in David, I suggest going by and talking with Manuel. If you like, you can print out the list of dog tests I attached previously and discuss them with him. Best to call and make sure he will be there. Sometimes he needs to go to a particular farm/dairy to do testing. I know you will like Manuel very much and will be pleased with his expertise! You can tell him I sent you if you wish. He has been a friend for quite some time.
  43. 2 points
    If they are not performing regular quality control tests on their equipment, the results are very likely to be incorrect. I posted to give information, and it's up to each individual to take it or leave it.
  44. 2 points
    I don't know the answer. You could quiz the lab about what quality controls they use regarding testing for animals and how often the run them--and hope they tell the truth. One way to be sure is to take the results and a new blood sample to Dixon Laboratorio to compare results. Extra expense, yes, but Dixon Laboratorio is very reasonable in cost, and if one person in Boquete does that, he/she can share the information with others. Inaccurate blood test results can be devastating. Better safe than sorry.
  45. 2 points
    Is there something about old, wrinkled fingers that makes the prints disappear? Surely not everyone without prints is in the witness protection program or ex- Mafia.
  46. 2 points
    I see that last night's quake has been reevaluated and is now a 5.8. That's more like what I felt.
  47. 2 points
    I totally agree with Alison. When I discussed moving back to Boquete with Nena after our retirement, she said no. I pointed out that our first 40 years together were mostly spent in the States with only annual trips to Panama to visit family (plus the trips her family made to visit us in the U.S.). I figured the next 40 years in Panama was only fair but she had become very adjusted to everything the US has to offer that Panama does not. She was born in Boquete but spent all the time she could in David with her aunts and cousins. She and her older sister moved to Panama City soon after and started jobs there. Her brothers and sisters all did the same when their chance came. While we love to visit, living there just does not interest her. In her words, there just isn't much to do there. As for chores, since the kids are gone, she and I can keep the house and yard maintained with almost no effort. We clean up after ourselves and the yard work is our hobby. It is tough to get the farm out of a farm girl. Then of course, there are the projects for the four grand kids we see every week. I spent a couple months leisurely building a playground and treehouse out back and the grands helped on the weekends. They had as much fun helping build it as playing on it. They added a request for a zip line! (we added one.) If your "quality of life" is suffering from having to do chores, then you might not want to add managing your hired help to the chore list. jim
  48. 2 points
    I will not name the company that offers 'secure' private safe deposit boxes as I would not want any legal proceedings to be prejudiced however it is in David at the Chiriqui Center mall, but here is my story and what seems to be happening. On February 20th, 2017, I went to the establishment to access my private safe deposit box, the secretary told me that it was not possible because only one person had access to the vault and that person would not be in the office that day. I explained that I was leaving for the USA on a morning flight the following day and would not be able to return. She called the fellow who said it would not be possible to access the box until noon the following day. Needless to say, that did not work for me. I returned from the USA and went to the establishment again, this time I was told they were doing maintenance on the vault and I would have to return the following day and the vault would be available after 9:00 am sharp, I returned the following day; had to wait until 9:40 but was able to access the box. I removed all of the contents and took them to a secure location and discovered that over $6,000.00 cash was missing, I also noted that the contents of the box were not as I had left them, a roll of bills had been pushed to the far end of the box, had my wife not noticed, I may have missed that. I went to Ciudad Judicial and filed a denuncia against the company that has the private safe deposit box service. While I was filing the denuncia, I looked at the two keys provided when I signed up and I compared them to a key I have from a box in the USA. They key from the USA is a greenish brown color and has the name of the box manufacturer stamped onto the head of the key. The ones from the private box are silver with no markings. So it appears as they made copies of all of the keys and kept the originals and gave copies to the box subscribers. I am not alone, the people that went into their box after me discovered gold missing, a person at Ciudad Judicial told me there were 3 other denuncias filed and just today I heard that someone is missing a Rolex watch that was in their private 'Secure' box. I have no delusions that I will somehow get my money back and am writing this as a warning for anyone that is thinking about renting a box at this place and to anyone that has a box to go and check it; if of course you can access it, I went by this afternoon and discovered that they are closed for 'repairs to the time clock on the vault', or perhaps they are closed so they can get as much as possible before the jig is up. Regards Dave
  49. 2 points
    Your post is not attacking me by name, but you certainly are attacking the group in which I and many others here who expect the discount law to be followed by business owners.
  50. 2 points
    The things has to do with legal aspects contemplated in the Panama's legislation system. It was easy to allow Uber to work when they were only a very personnel and exclusive transportation system. The taxi's unions and their lawyers were having some difficult time to get a case in order to cancel the Uber service in Panama. In some aspects they were not a very direct competition to the actual taxi service. Only a small percentage of Panama's population has credit cards and it made the Uber service a prime service for an specific market segment. Now with this idea of accepting payment in cash and lowering the rates and tariff puts Uber in the same level as the taxis and it will go directly against the actual legislation of public transportation.