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  1. 6 points
    Sounds like someone was conducting an IQ test on social media.
  2. 3 points
    This is the result of what we called here: government and politicians "paternalism" or "populism". It is a bad strategy used by politicians to get support from uneducated, low income masses. The more ignorant and dependent thos people are the better for them to get their support at elections days. They create this kind of dependence and those people thinks that they deserve everything for free from government. I dont like to much all those "social" trips to poor areas in the comarcas to give food, clothing and toys a couple of times a year and what happened to the rest of the days in a year. I am a believer of this old saying: "Dont give people a fish.... teach them how to fish them." What is needed is to improve education. Increase health and create better conditions for creating good and new jobs. By giving away everything for free you create a society with parasites that dont want to work and pretend they deserve everything for free from the government.
  3. 3 points
    #22: You are banned from participating in a Boquete-centric website administered by non-Boquetenos because your knowledge of and opinions about life in Chiriqui Province are too inflammatory for the tender sensibilities of a few newcomers and a couple of old soreheads.
  4. 2 points
    MY IDEA???? Drive right on by. I don't even blink. It's an " I just don't buy it today moment"...then I go home and take a vitamin pill. (yup) Alison Time saver...no shopping no cooking...just swallow. Take a nap...
  5. 2 points
    I think when you see the men out on ladies day (and vice-versa) you are forgetting all the people who have passes. For example, all agricultural workers, bank workers, grocery store workers, pharmacy workers, gas station workers, medical personnel, etc, etc. In general I would say that this draconian lockdown is working. And I agree with Allison that there's going to be a lot of general unrest if things aren't loosened up by May 1.
  6. 2 points
    We informed our gardener about the possibility of a quarantine last week. We said that we would continue to pay him because it wasn't his fault and he still needed to provide for his family. He was most grateful ... especially when we gave him a little "extra".
  7. 2 points
    Sad......very sad. Our hearts break for Oso. All I can say is Javier and Magaly are very special people. They have very little (...money a/o time for themselves...) personally. They dedicate their lives to dogs who need help. They are amazingly empathetic people. We all need to support them one way or another. God bless you J & M!
  8. 2 points
    Dear Dog Camp...You have our support. We hope Anita gets well and finds a happy home real soon. Thank you and the person that found her for such compassion and dedication. Alison, Bill and Flossy ( who was once a street dog too)
  9. 2 points
    That is thoughtful of you to repay their kindness. Good people attract good people.
  10. 2 points
    Agree! There is more going on here then we know. Very sad for the dogs. It would be nice if there could actually be a public supported rescue and adoption center that is nonprofit on property legally owned by the organization. Maybe someone can donate some land and others donate construction resources? That would be a very worthwhile goal.
  11. 2 points
    A sad situation for the dogs. I can't help but wonder why a business like that (even if it is non-profit) would be in a rental property. Even with the best of landlords and the best of neighbors, 20+ dogs in a rental property is bound to cause issues. A rental is never permanent and subject to sudden change. It is just a matter of time. Hopefully all of the dogs can find better living situations. I would hope they do not repeat the mistake of getting into a rental situation with such a large number of animals again.
  12. 2 points
    My career before retiring was in global sales and marketing for a large multi-national health care equipment company. Spent lots of road time in Asia and Latin America, as well as US and Europe. In China, as an example, the rule of thumb seemed to be "if you're not cheating, you're not trying". Corruption often exists so deep in the layers of a culture, that it's hard to find whistle blowers, but easy to find folks who know what is going on and how things work. But at the end of the day, the winning value that allows corruption to exist, is based mainly in the materialist world view. A corrupt official or decision maker thinks they don't have or make "enough". So they can be corrupted, since the next level provider (maybe a sales person or distributor or other actor in the chain) needs to make enough (money, or make the plan or the quota or whatever). Then the next level in the chain, maybe the manufacturer or core provider of the product or service in another country (maybe a place with strong laws against corruption and a more advanced "moral culture"), makes sure they don't want to know how deals get done at the end user level, since they have investors and a financial constituency to answer to, and any hint of corruption being part of the material chain they exist in must remain silent. So, anyway, there's a long and deep chain of participants involved in any corruption scheme and it always goes back to a materialistic world view. And unfortunately the really good alternative world views are not well known or understood. But it could start with anyone trying to figure out for themselves, when is enough stuff enough. Sorry for spouting off with a long post. Too long to proof check for errors :-).
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  14. 2 points
    We have developed a scientific theory based on a lot of observation points. We have collected at least 10,000 cans (2-3 large bags per week for several months). The cans are split into 3 categories--sodas and juices near schools/bus stops, various items scattered around, and the HUGE winner (at least 70% of the items) are light beers. Most of the light beers are in groupings of between 6 and 50 cans. Based on our observations, we have a theory that the vast majority of littering of aluminum cans is by young men, because in our experience young men are the ones who drink light beers in large quantities (alone or with others). This is unfortunate, because these are exactly not the people who are cleaning up litter. We see kids picking up cans for their school programs--YEAH to the schools and teachers supporting these programs. We see parents and grandparents teaching their children/grandchildren by picking up cans and explaining the importance of not littering. We see people our age and older picking up cans and other litter around town. So, the question is, what do we do about this problem? From our observations, it appears that the majority of the littering is done by people who are currently not being reinforced for better behavior. A suggestion we have is to charge an amount of 5 to 10 cents per cans and pay people back at the grocery store for returning the cans. This worked well in California early on in the recycling effort. Since beer sells for 50 to 70 cents per can, adding on 5 to 10 cents (and paying it back for returning it), might make a serious reduction in the litter, particularly for those people dropping large quantities of beer cans
  15. 2 points
    Dunno Keith. It is hot in David, much cooler in Boquete at 4000 feet or so. If these folks had a brain cell between them the should be able to predict it would be a whole heck of s lot colder 7 thousand feet further up. Yes, make them pay for the rescue.
  16. 2 points
    “Statistical information” should be available on various information channels, and on a timely basis IMO.
  17. 2 points
    If I recall correctly, there's no way a toad could enter your property via the fence. So he must have come in through the bars on a gate. Buy some fine mesh screen (metal or plastic) and affix it to the bottom of the gates. I just use twist ties.
  18. 2 points
    I uploaded a document that gives instructions. If the vet has atropine, that is helpful too, after you've done the emergency treatment, which has to be done right away. Don't wait. Treatment for toad poisoning.doc
  19. 2 points
    His name is Jack and he very much enjoys being petted. Word has it he actually has a human and a house, but he likes to hang out on our street during the day.
  20. 2 points
    I also want to shout out to George and his wonderful staff at Zum Emslander (aka "The German Restaurant"). They have the best omelet in Boquete. It's a little difficult to decipher the menu description but it's basically a huge farmers omelet stuffed with potatoes, ham, onions, etc. All of their lunch and dinner menu items are also excellent. Their home fries are to die for. Prices are great and service is top notch. There's a small gang of us who breakfast there every Saturday morning.
  21. 2 points
    We also like Zum Emslander in the San Francisco Plaza. Good food, fair prices, wonderful wait staff, plus available parking. Great combination.
  22. 2 points
    We don't generally ask for the jubilado either unless the resteraunt is clearly charging N.A. Prices. We eat quite often at Zum Emslander in the San Franciso Plaza, his menus clearly state the regular and jubilado prices. Trout, salad and fries for two, less than $14 and the wait staff are excellent.
  23. 2 points
    We recently tried out Colibrí for the first time. The food was good, the service was as to be expected, but the attitude about the jubilado discount was thrown in our faces. We actually did order one of the main entrees, but apparently because it was the time of day that it was, then the discount did not apply. There was a good deal of arrogance about their "relationship" with ACODECO. Unlikely that we will return. We have better options without the attitude.
  24. 2 points
    Allow me to register a formal Request for Appeal from the Board of Negative Reputations here on Chiriqui.Life. Yet again, a (rather lame) attempt at light-hearted banter has been misconstrued as some kind of an affront towards: 1. Gringos 2. Canadians 3. Canadian Gringos 4. Gringo Canadians To reiterate, in my own defense, I hate everybody. I consider myself to be an equal-opportunity hater. I have worked very hard to be a kinder, gentler, and more compassionate hater. Additionally, it is well known that Canadians are actively involved in a fell conspiracy to conquer the world with their cheerful miens, their happy-go-lucky attitudes, their neighborliness, and other dangerous things like donuts. (Cheerful, friendly, neighborly donuts have already compromised my own ability to react forcefully to Canadian incursion by stealthily coating my manly fast-twitch musculature with multiple layers of too-sweet donut-meat.) Do not be swayed from the mission to closely observe and catalog wily Canadian Gringo methodologies! Beware the turtleneck! Oh. Yeah. And site Management? Remove this negative reputation immediately, or you may expect to hear from my team of Abogados! (Remember, Dear Reader, positive reputations are ALWAYS AVAILABLE here at wryawry.gov for only $9.99 Balboas, plus $9.99 Balboas shipping and handling.)
  25. 2 points
    The headline is misleading. Alto al Crimen Hotline Service and Rodny Direct terminated their contract with each other, but The Alto al Crimen Hotline Service has NOT been terminated.
  26. 2 points
    How about; you're not wild about Boquete because there are too damn many Gringos (bet I hit a sore spot here). :-)
  27. 2 points
    Nice thought Woody. I hadn't thought of Boquete as being a stage of a journey. It will be interesting to see what perspectives you bring to your next home. Bonnie, ever so true about carefully considering one's budget before you move here. But frankly, it is so much cheaper than it was in the US for us. Most of the people I know have left for legitimate health reasons- not excuses to return. Others just can't adjust to the culture and to the fact that Panama is still a developing country and has to develop a much better infrastructure. Panama isn't for everyone. It is like friendship- some people are a good fit for you as a friend, others aren't. It is all about how you mesh.
  28. 1 point
    We told our 2 employees ( married) who work inside and outside for us for 15 years to "Stay home" and they will be paid. I am concerned for their family as well as Dave and me. They whatsapped me this week that they miss working .. and us. I am very impressed with how very seriously our local community is taking all the rules.Palante, Palante, Keep on Keeping on. Salud our dear Boquete.
  29. 1 point
    Bill and I are taking credit on yard care. Two Ngobe families. Sort of a form of Cooperativa. We loan...they return service down the road when they are free.
  30. 1 point
    gracias for your continuous and dedicated efforts.
  31. 1 point
    THANK YOU to everyone that came out to help us (ACCBoquete and Club Rotary) to the Oktoberfest kickoff party last Thursday night at the Boquete Brewery. It was such a blast we blew the power out in all of Boquete. Just kidding!
  32. 1 point
    Hi! Can you please include me in your mailing list. My e-mail is: judithtovar@hotmail.com Thank you. Judy Tovar
  33. 1 point
    From another front, I learned of these alleged abuses through my work with Casa Esperanza. Those Panamanians who work closely with these children are well aware of this man's actions and the allegations made against him in Panama. The Panamanian police have done nothing and the abuse continued because of their inaction! As in most child abuse cases, fear is the controlling factor the abuser uses to keep the victim from talking. Loss of employment by the families was a major player in this persons play book as I understand it. While there are those that say this kind of abuse is a societal issue among the indigenous, no child should ever be subjected to this kind of torture and any person committing crimes against children should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law in my opinion.
  34. 1 point
    Now that we are down to one incident reporting service is it likely that more (any) statistical information will be made available?
  35. 1 point
    The party just keeps on going. This is the biggest and most well organized Independence Day(s) celebration I can remember. Possibly due to more support from the ATP Tourism Authority than in previous years. Many more photos and videos here: https://www.facebook.com/lujamluz?hc_ref=ARRjG6VLEZPQQqB6H3oUdfNfx1KtLi-j-4getgFVrtWXYp90ITuZPr8I-mwhtMqLxWU&fref=nf
  36. 1 point
    My Panamanian Son-In-Law spent 20 days in China last year promoting tourism for Boquete/Panama. This year he spent 20 days in Japan doing the same thing. He and another person were sent there by the Government Of Panama. They went on a grant provided by Panama. Varela and staff have been at this for his entire time in office. It's just slow going. The Chinese have been investing billions globally for some time. Panama will benifit in a huge way with this trip. I'm thinking the Education system might get some good direction now.
  37. 1 point
    Just FYI . Activated charcoal will permanently stain material. We use it in the E.R. for poisoning and patients sometimes would spit it out everywhere. . Some of my uniforms and as well the divider curtains had permanent grey spots on them as a result .
  38. 1 point
    Anyone who has not yet given this video a watch is really missing a brilliant piece of work.
  39. 1 point
    If only people would start using these, we wouldn't have so many lost dogs here.
  40. 1 point
    I took about my 6th or 7th dog to the clinic last Sunday. This one is a foster looking for a forever home. I'll post a photo at the end. The others have been mine or my neighbors. I'm always amazed at the caring and the efficiency displayed at the clinics. When the clinics started there were about 95% gringos as clients. Now the ratio seems to have reversed itself. I see local Panamanians who love their pets, walk them on a leash, feed them well, etc. Sorry to say that's not 100% but much better than it was 13 years ago when there wasn't a neuter clinic and no dog & cat rescue organizations. Thank you Amigos de Animales and thank you ARF. Here's a photo and bio of Wiley (Coyote) who's looking for a home. I've fattened him up and socialized him and he's very lovable and pretty well behaved for a 5 month old puppy. He gets along well with my other dogs. I suspect he would with a cat also.
  41. 1 point
    Here is a picture taken a few minutes ago. Note that Anouk is shunning the towels we put out as well. No bed. No towels. She apparently really likes concrete. Her choice.
  42. 1 point
    I don't understand. Are you saying that if two jubilados order one dish, the discount doesn't apply? How is the discount being "transferred?" It is my understanding that a jubilado cannot order two dishes, one for himself and one for a non-jubilado, and expect to receive the discount on both meals. But one meal and two jubilados? I would be interested to know on what part of the law you base your interpretation.
  43. 1 point
    A few years ago Bud and I attended a conference. Lots of good information, but the one "jewel" I appreciated was the saying "Go where you are treated best." We use this rule in just about everything we do; where we live, where we shop, our friends, etc. When we first heard this "motherhood statement" at that conference, we thought "how trite". But then it started working on us. We were noodling the implications of those few words, and the result has been enlightening and liberating at the same time. We frequently have choices in our lives, and this decision making rule works for us.
  44. 1 point
    To me, this blog is one of the joys of offering and administering CL. In my words, Twin Wolf is suggesting letting others experience life vicariously through the writings of someone else. That works for me as well. In fact, that was part of our vision about what CL could and hopefully would be. I also agree with NOT focusing on "selling" others on the value of moving here, but rather sharing of the ad hoc experiences that make this area so special, bordering on unique. Marcelyn and I have a [Canadian] friend who travels frequently, sometimes together with us, and who writes well. His blog entries make us feel like we are there traveling with him. The blogging is not long or tedious, but rather short with carefully chosen words, sprinkled with a few photographs. Hil is another CL blog owner who writes of his experiences. And then there are the activity announcements by JM regarding the periodic walks that he (assuming JM to be male) schedules. His photos are simply captivating to my way of thinking. There is a lot of bad stuff going on in our lives at this time, and these positives are definitely appreciated. Thank you Phyllis -- and Hil, and Twin Wolf, and JM, et al. P.S. For Phyllis, I am up to lesson 67 in the Language Transfer series that you brought to my attention. My Spanish language skills definitely are improving because of one of your blog posts.
  45. 1 point
    Another great resource is languagetransfer. I downloaded all 92 free lessons and practice every day. It is free and can also be watched online on YouTube. Other languages as well. Thanks Phyllis, great article!
  46. 1 point
    Phyllis, So glad that you are doing your blog. Interesting topics, and thought provoking at the same time. And this blog post has yet another nice picture. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with our community. Good job!
  47. 1 point
    #13 You never drive your car into the center of David . You park at Rey and take a cab. #14 You are 100% convinced that police checkpoints are a really good idea. #15 You love the bars on your windows.
  48. 1 point
    Had dinner at Retro Gusto last week. Pros: Great atmosphere, attentive servers, great menu and very reasonably priced and nice choices on the wine list. Agree with Phyllis that hopefully the "promotional prices" stay the same. Cons: Timing of meals coming out of the kitchen is very slow, took an hour to get our meals after we placed the order. There were only 5-6 other tables. Looking around at other tables people also were waiting for their food. Filet Mignon ordered Med Rare came out well done. Pork chop over cooked and dryed out. David did offer to re do the entrees but we didn't want to wait another hour and he did offer complimentary Limoncello. We will go back and give it another try.
  49. 1 point
    I've been a part of a few sites such as yours. All sites have a few minor problems at first. And, suggestions to you from members are considered promptly. Over all I find your site informative, well managed, and for the most part local. The rules are clear and concise. Some of us just need to reread them once in a while!!!!! lol Have a good day Bud. Hil
  50. 1 point
    Change in the law. Athena said it will definitely be a battle. The "rights of the child" was an obstacle that needs to be re-visited. I sense attitudes across this republic are changing as every sector is being increasingly impacted by juvenile criminals committing heinous crimes. A recent poll taken across the nation evidenced that the primary complaint the public has, is an increase in crime and a sense that something has to change. That was #1 over the concern over the rising cost of living !!...consider that. Gangs are shifting around...youth led by adult criminals. Vulnerable populous in the interior districts need the same protection as that of the more dense and affluent ones. One policeman for 1200 people 24/7 is a draw to the criminal. That was stressed. This was a meeting. Now we must protest, protest and protest some more. We heard the voice of the local municipality who are equally as concerned with regard to their sense of helplessness as we are as citizens. Consider that.
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