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      The Boquete Feria de Las Flores y del Café   01/12/2017

      The Boquete Feria de Las Flores y del Café begins Thursday, January 12th and runs until Sunday, January 22nd. For those who have not yet seen -- and experienced -- this magnificent fair, you are in for a treat, and some inconveniences. Most importantly, you must see all of the flowers and the tiendas at and around the Fair Grounds here in Boquete.  During these eleven days you also need to be extremely careful, especially while driving and in planning your activities. In recent years there have been well in excess of 100,000 visitors to Boquete. Last year that number was closer to 200,000, and some predictions for 2017's Fair are closer to 300,000 people coming to our area to see the Fair. Traffic congestion will be the norm. Getting seats in restaurants will be difficult at times. Parking spaces will essentially be nonexistent. Buying groceries may be difficult and time consuming. Busses will be parked on the side streets, making driving difficult. There will be lots (as in LOTS) of people walking, standing around the bridge and the Feria and the many tiendas (small shops and stands [kiosks]) while taking pictures, talking, viewing the scenery, etc. Please be extremely attentive while driving, and drive slowly. Some streets will be blocked and require passes to use them. Other streets will simply be blocked based on congestion. Please be careful of your personal items, such as purses and wallets. Having so many people in one area creates a prime target for pickpockets and other maliantes to do their thing. To repeat, most importantly, you must see all of the flowers and the tiendas at and around the Fair Grounds here in Boquete.  Three closing thoughts. First: enjoy. Second: be safe. Third: you might wish to post your pictures, comments, reviews, etc., here on CL (start a topic or reply to an existing topic in http://www.chiriqui.life/forum/118-boquete-feria-de-las-flores-y-del-café/).   To provide general feedback or ask for help regarding Chiriqui.Life, please leave a posting in Problems, Feedback and Suggestions or email support@chiriqui.life or private message to @Admin_01.

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  1. Keith Woolford

    Annual water/garbage rate discrimination

    Rates for water service and garbage collection in the District of Boquete are determined by location, not by nationality. When I'm at the Tesoreria on Tuesday I will obtain a copy of the rate guide and post it here.
    3 Points
  2. Bonnie

    Hope for the New Year

    I would offer the following in response to the complaints: 1) I've never noticed that the parking in David is abundant. There are quite a few among us who have physical limitations that prevent walking long distances, particularly over the imperfect sidewalks and streets. I find myself bitching about this, too. But I've noticed that only prolongs the aggravation. 2) As to computer skills, there's no one who can help them if they won't help themselves. 3) Same with language and assimilation. Why did they even bother to move here? 4) Boquete is too small to support a movie theater. 5) The best way to meet like-minded friends is not in the local bar. Most of my friendships developed, and developed quickly, by joining charity groups. People everywhere are cliquish. All of us choose to be with those with whom we're most comfortable. That is different, of course, from downright prejudice, but I've run into very few people here who exhibit prejudice toward others without even knowing them. 6) Prices rise over time everywhere. It sounds like at least some of these folks moved here strictly for financial reasons. Poor planning and poor decision. The bottom line is that there is little to nothing we, as extranjeros, can do to change any of these things. (Of course, short term bitching sometimes is cathartic.) I saw this on Facebook today: "When you can't control what's happening, challenge yourself to control the way you respond to what's happening. That's where your power is."
    3 Points
  3. I think the hype is unconscionable. Among its worst aspects are that many people end up in financial ruin after selling everything and moving only to discover living abroad unsuitable for a variety of reasons seldom addressed in the hype. Then, they often lose money or haven't sufficient money to return home. Another issue is that the hype encourages people to expatriate who should never live in a foreign country. In my role as U.S. Warden, I received a call on Christmas Eve about a U.S. expat who had suffered a stroke and, having no insurance, was in Hospital Regional. Her husband, who suffers from dementia, had wandered into a neighbors' house. These folks should be home where family and/or social services would have helped them.
    3 Points
  4. They make it sound so easy. Only 4 hours to Houston, 2-1/2 hours to Florida from Panama City! What they don't say is first you have to get to Panama City, then wait maybe 4 hours for your next flight, because if you don't take the early flight from David, you will miss the international flight. So a 4 hour trip to Houston, factoring in the time of driving to David and all the waiting, is actually 12 hours. It took me 16 hours to get to San Antonio, and 19 hours altogether to get to Seattle. You're right B, it is hype.
    3 Points
  5. Joe Hart

    ABC Poker Fun (or Fund) Raiser

    The mission of the Amigos Boquete Comunidad (ABC) is to assist the Boquete Community, its citizens and residents, along with the first responders, by providing training, support and aid. ABC was the former IPA (International Police Association) started in 2013. In 2016 we expanded our focus to helping the entire community of Boquete. ABC hosted a Christmas party on December 6th, 2016, at La Posada to collect gifts for the needy children of Boquete. Over 100 gifts were given at the party as well as $50.00 in cash donations. Additional gifts were purchased with the donation money. The gifts were divided up to several groups to cover as many areas of Boquete as possible. The groups who received gifts were Bill and Gina Park Ministries, Louise Orr with Buenos Vecinos de Boquete, San Juan Baptiste Catholic Church to children in Los Naranjos area and to Miguel Castillo owner of El Rocio Restaurant located behind the new market. Miguel has been hosting a Christmas party on December 31 for all the local children for the past 25 years. More recently we have paid for the porta potty at the police check point on the main highway at Caldera Road and purchased $100.00 of personal care products to abused young girls currently under the watchful eye of the Boquete nuns. It is our intention to continue to support all the residents in Boquete. This will be the 2nd annual Poker Run we've hosted in Boquete. It is a fundraiser to be able to continue to support local groups and residents. A Poker Run or "walk" in our case, takes place during a afternoon of walking around the town of Boquete to participating local businesses. At each location a card is picked to build your poker hand. It usually lasts about 2-3 hours allowing enough time to visit each location and enjoy their specialty. Last stop is Senor Gyros where our judges will be on hand to determine the best hand winner. Additional cards can be purchased to increase your chance of winning. There will be lots of prizes to win besides the first prize. Its a great afternoon of fun, it isn't based on time. Unlike the word Run, it should say Fun. You do not have to be a gambler or a poker player to participate and win. Mark and Gary at Senor Gyros are fabulous hosts!
    2 Points
  6. Roger B

    Annual water/garbage rate discrimination

    Marie Elaine All of you. Legal residents of Panama with your Cedula and Visa are protected by our constitution and you have the same rights and benefits of all citizens in this country. The article of the constitution that talks about it is: Article 19. There will not be privileges or preferences neither discrimination by reason of race, place of birth, disability, social class, sex, religion or political ideas. So laws, taxes, fees, etc must be the same for everybody in the same condition. So in many cases some fees are based on the place you are living but they shouldnt be based on your nationality. If you are a legal resident they should give you the same rate.
    2 Points
  7. Brundageba

    Immigration Law Proposed

    Agree...you can't find stats...BUT you can step back and look at the cities where foreign residents reside in numbers and see how many charitable foundations, buildings,, activities and functions there are that enrich the community in general; then you can compare to that of other cities. It's fairly obvious. Foreign residents generally contribute to the well-being of the community in general. Feeding the poor, assistance to the handicapped, public library, volunteer labor to enhance school environments, contributions to the fire department, police and ambulance....there's a long list here in Boquete that has been provided by foreign resident. If you were to read the history of Boquete from it's roots, you would find that foreign contributions physically and intellectually were part and parcel of Boquete's advancement from the time of the completion of the Canal. Read: "Boquete, Rasgos de su History" by Milagros Sanchez Pinzon.
    2 Points
  8. Hil

    Hope for the New Year

    I don't understand people NOT WANTING to assimilated with these people and their culture. What were they thinking when they moved here? Parking isn't a problem for the Panamanians nor for me-----I adjusted for the parking and find a place and walk if necessary that way my lazy A$$ can get some exercise. Just look at how the panamanians use space in a house, store, or hotel. And, yes the parking spaces are smaller and limited. Solution, get a smaller car. What would be a nightmare is; if the majority of Panamanians were driving. Luckily only about 50% of the adults drive. Happiness comes from a roof, warm bed, food, clothing, a couple of dollars, and understanding YOU are happy whereever you take yourself.
    2 Points
  9. Keith Woolford

    Hope for the New Year

    Sounds like you attended a meeting of a Stitch and Bitch club. People who aren't interested in trying to learn anything new or attempting assimilation into the culture simply don't belong here, imo.
    2 Points
  10. Keith Woolford

    Feliz Navidad

    Best wishes for peace, love, and enjoyment throughout the Christmas holiday season and the New Year.
    2 Points
  11. Calling all Birders! Jaramillo Gardeners Trip to Oasis Linda. January 30, 2017, Monday 8:15 am. Meet at San Francisco Plaza to follow our tour leader, Dr Peter Sterling to this private estate on the other side of Potrerillos. $5 donation (benefits the Library) per person. Three hour visit, short talk with Linda, and time on your own to bird watch or collect cuttings and seeds, swim, take photos, eat your lunch, enjoy the gardens and water features, etc. Originally a citrus farm, this property has been 'wildscaped' to provide habitat for birds, butterflies and wildlife. Linda Scott is a photographer and has captured many rarely-seen birds on the farm, with over 350 species identified. She has given a talk at BCP Tuesday Talks showcasing her amazing photographs. See the link below... You are welcome to collect seeds and plant cuttings of the many native plants. Absolutely must wear long pants, long sleeves, and closed shoes. Bring swimsuit, binoculars, camera, bug spray, garden shears, plastic bags or a box for cuttings and seeds that you collect. Bring lunch and drinks if you want to picnic. https://oasislinda.shutterfly.com/
    1 Points
  12. Mary D

    Annual water/garbage rate discrimination

    Yesterday we went to pay our annual water/garbage bill in Boquete. We were told that the rate was $180-almost triple what we paid last year. My husband is fluent in Spanish and asked them several times why it was so high. She said all the rates went up. Finally after much discussion and after jubilando discount and early payment, we paid $101. Then we spoke with our Panamanian neighbor and he said he paid approximately $64. My husband went back inside to ask them and another Panamanian was paying $64 also. The girl then told him that we had to pay more because I was a "gringa"-the bill was in my name. She suggested we talk to the alcadia-so we did. He said "no" that was a mistake (the high amount). So we went back to the payment office with the alcadia's secretary. They cancelled our previous payment and reprocessed it-for $64 (after the 2 discounts). When we were in the mayor's office, there were 2 women from Santa Lucia (not native Panamanians, one had been here for 40 yrs.)Who were also very upset with the high rates. It seems if you live in a "residetiale/urbanizacion/private community"that they are trying to charge more. And they assume most of these residents are "gringos" and can pay without question. This seems like discrimination to me, and that's illegal here. We don't live in a private community, but they don't ask and there's no indication on your bill where you live. If you live in a private community, do they charge a different rate for the Panamanians and for the foreigners who live there? So watch and question your bill!
    1 Points
  13. Bonnie

    Message from U.S. Embassy re Executive Decree 590

    I received the below message tonight from the U.S. Embassy in Panama: Dear Wardens: Based on multiple inquiries from U.S. citizens in Panama regarding Decree No.590 dated December 28, 2016, the Consular Section contacted the Panamanian Servicio Nacional de Migracion (SNM or Panamanian Immigration Office) for further clarification on the length of time U.S. Citizens are able to stay in Panama as tourists. The SNM confirmed that U.S. citizens (as well as citizens of the UK, Canada, and Australia) are still allowed to enter Panama without a Panamanian visa and they can stay for up to 180 days as tourists. For more information regarding this matter, please visit the SNM’s Twitter account, which is available at the following link: https://twitter.com/migracionpanama?lang=en Kind regards, Stephanie Stephanie Espinal Unit Chief/Jefe de Unidad American Citizens Services/Federal Benefits Unidad de Asistencia a Ciudadanos Estadounidenses/Beneficios Federales Consular Section / Sección Consular U.S. Embassy Panama / Embajada de los Estados Unidos de América en Panamá e-mail: Panama-ACS@state.gov Tel: (507) 317-5000 http://redirect.state.sbu/?url=http://redirect.state.sbu/?url=http://redirect.state.sbu/?url=http://redirect.state.sbu/?url=http://redirect.state.sbu/?url=http://redirect.state.sbu/?url=http://redirect.state.sbu/?url=http://panama.usembassy.gov Fax: (507) 317-5303
    1 Points
  14. Bajareque

    JuiceMi restaurant review

    It's rare to find a good salad in Boquete. Even rarer to find a salad bar or DIY salad. Thankfully JuiceMi (not to be confused with the California drinks company of the same name) has come to the rescue of saladholics here. We came upon this restaurant (which offers a lot more than juices) because Renny scheduled our Spanish class to meet there. We expected a juice bar, but were pleasantly surprised to find a full service restaurant with a substantial breakfast and lunch menu (hours 10am-6pm). The highlight was the salad menu - pretty much a whole page unto itself. Juicemi offers standard salads, but the top half of the menu is dedicated to build-it-yourself choices with maybe a couple dozen ingredients to choose from. Choose up to 8 items and you get a regular size salad ($3.50) and up to 12 ingredients gets you a grande ($5.50). If you want protein you can add things like chicken, tuna, etc. for a small added charge. I ordered the regular size the first two days we were there for takeout lunch after class. The veggies were fresh and crisp. With the little bit of protein I added at home it was quite a satisfactory full meal. As there are enough ingredient choices to keep this from getting boring I think I'll make a habit of it. Juicemi is located across the street from Banco Nacional; catty-corner from the Delta station; across Avenida Central from Los Establos plaza (mas o menos).
    1 Points
  15. Penny

    Annual water/garbage rate discrimination

    I will get the definitive answer to this question when my Panamanian neighbor and I go together to pay our garbage bill right after the feria. If they are different she will ask the municipio to explain why and we'll see what they say.
    1 Points
  16. JudyS

    New - Custom-engraved ID tags for dogs and keys

    If only people would start using these, we wouldn't have so many lost dogs here.
    1 Points
  17. Bud

    ABC Poker Fun (or Fund) Raiser

    Joe, Your posting was very informative. Thanks for taking the time to respond to the question. Let's hope that the upcoming Poker Run is a rip roaring success because the proceeds will be used for a worthwhile cause. For those who were not able to participate in the pre-Christmas party that you mentioned, you can see our posting about that event at:
    1 Points
  18. Here's another article. http://www.panamatoday.com/panama/european-union-visas-will-no-longer-help-foreigners-entering-panama-3226 It would seem that the assumption by Panama is that the vetting processes of the four countries are equal or superior to their own.
    1 Points
  19. I'm with Bud and Keith on this. This kind of over-simplistic hype promotes unrealistic expectations and subsequent disappointment.
    1 Points
  20. 1 Points
  21. JudyS

    Vehicle Registration Fees Increase

    The article says those fee increases apply to imported vehicles. If I bought a Toyota from Ricardo Perez in Panama, is that considered an imported vehicle? Panama does not manufacture cars, so every car here is imported at some point. Does the increase apply only to cars individuals import, or to all cars? It is not clear. Will I have to pay $100 every year now to get my new plates?
    1 Points
  22. Keith Woolford

    Vehicle Registration Fees Increase

    Just emphasizing that these are one time fees for imported vehicles. Since all cars are imported here, new cars under $15k. will have an increase of $90 in registration costs, whereas a vehicle with a value of $30,000 will go up by about $290. Luxury cars will pay big time as will second hand cars being imported. These are registration fees, not duties or taxes, so before anyone asks, there's no Pensionado discount or exemptions.
    1 Points
  23. JudyS

    Donut Fever, Krispy Kreme Style

    Oh! Krispy Kreme! Please come to Boquete, or at least to David (maybe better, since I wouldn't eat so many).
    1 Points
  24. Bud

    Visitors (and foreign residents) to be Fingerprinted

    Marcelyn and I returned to Panama from international travel within this past week. On this entry we were NOT fingerprinted, but both of us were photographed. As in the recent past, the lines at immigration have been changed so that there now are three (actually, four) lines: returning Panamanian citizens returning Panamanian legal residents tourists diplomats and flight crew The immigration line reconfiguration actually works to our benefit because groups 1 and 3 were the longest. There were exactly zero in line for group 2, and so we were through immigration in less than five minutes. Fingerprinting or not is perhaps a changing policy based on their experience and results. BTW, the immigration officer (a lady) was very pleasant, had a warm and engaging smile on her face, and ended our interaction with "welcome home" (in English). We said "gracias, muchas gracias."
    1 Points
  25. Keith Woolford

    Annual water/garbage rate discrimination

    No, although I inquired. It seems that the 2017 rates for all areas have not been finalized yet. I'll keep on it.
    1 Points
  26. 1 Points
  27. Hil

    Peace Of Mind When Blogging

    I dream of a better tomorrow, where chickens can cross the road and not be questioned about their motives.
    1 Points
  28. Roger B

    Immigration Law Proposed

    Well people. As I have posted in the Boquete News Facebook page we should clearly know what is really going on. What is really the genesis of the problem and what is the main intention of some people regarding a new immigration law. I understand that Diputada Zulay Rodriguez is very passionate on her speech, that she is a 100% politic and her speech is also totally political but knowing the REAL FACTS will make you understand whats is the problem and what is the objective of a new law. I have to say that I am not a supporter of Zulay Rodriguez and the party she represents. I am not agree on some of her daily rants at the National Assembly. Some people says it is a law against tourist. FALSE. Some people forget the definition of what a tourist really is: someone who visits a place for pleasure and interest, usually while on holiday for a limited period of time. It is a secret well known that Panama is receiving a huge influx of foreign people coming from two South American countries and one of them have serious political problems and also big economical problems. Those people come to Panama as TOURIST but remains in the country as illegal aliens. Some people says it is a law against foreign residents. FALSE. All foreign residents in Panama that have done all their immigration paperwork correctly and have a legal resident status and show proudly their ID CARD, Visa or Cedula are protected by our laws and constitution and could enjoy freely and without problems all the benefits this country offers to all citizens and legal residents. It is a pretended aw to regulate the uncontrolled and probably corrupt situation at MIGRACION offices by allowing to much people, specially from those two countries, enter Panama and stay here without doing any paperwork to legalize their immigration status. It is not a tourist problem it is an immigrant problem. Some of those immigrants that are entering the country came with not enough economical means to be a tourist. They came Panama to look for new opportunities, to start a new life in a country that has to offer more than what they can get in their country of origin. But Panama is a small country with barely 4 million people. Panama has a lot of problems yet unsolved in areas like health, education, housing, infrastructure, etc and those problems are being aggravated because those foreigns people are now a heavy burden for the system. They are not helping our economy. They could be causing in short, medium and long terms problems in the country. Government agencies dont provide the exact number of foreign people in the country with this irregular situation probably because they wont like people to know what exactly is the size of the problem. Some people says: Border hoping is not illegal. That is correct. It is not illegal. It is not considered in the actual law as an illegal act. It is a hole in the law that some people took advantage of it without any problem. Something could be legal but not necessarily is right. It is not illegal to do that but according to the normal procedure people should legalize their status to remain in the country as legal residents and not as "eternal tourist". Here I stress again the real meaning of TOURIST versus RESIDENT. Regarding how a law is proposed and done. Zulay Rodriguez is proposing a new law to modify the current immigration laws in Panama. She must submit it to the National Assembly to be considered for discussion. If approved to be discussed it will have to pass three debates. On each debates the other Diputados of the National Assembly will discuss the law and ask for advice to the groups, government officer, etc about each article of the law. Even if the law is in its third and last debate, if there is one or more polemical articles of the law that did not have the consensus of all other diputados they could return this law to a first debate again. The main objetive of those debates is to make corrections to those polemic articles and rewrite the accordingly to the law and constitution of Panama. When the law passes the three debates it is sent to the President of the Republic and he could approve it or veto it and return it back to the National Assembly. So there is no need to fear. This particular situation has its genesis because the exagerate influx of South American immigrants that came to Panama and are wandering in the streets looking for job and others recently involved in criminal cases. Legal residents have your cold beer and watch the news quietly and with a big smile. Do not put attention to those people who present this news with the intention to scare a population of legal foreign residents and real tourist.
    1 Points
  29. MarieElaine

    Immigration Law Proposed

    Someone should study the number of Jubilados who live in Panama and what their total contribution to the economy is. Putting those numbers out there might change sentiment.
    1 Points
  30. Keith Woolford

    Immigration Law Proposed

    There's a good op-ed piece by Eric Jackson of the Panama News on the proposal and Deputy Rodriguez' speech to the Assembly here. http://www.thepanamanews.com/2017/01/prd-legislators-go-after-tourists-permanent-and-otherwise/
    1 Points
  31. JudyS

    Hope for the New Year

    I don't know who the people were at this meeting, but it sounds like they are more interested in changing Boquete than in changing themselves to adapt to their new community. I predict most of them won't be here very long.
    1 Points
  32. Jim and Judi

    Why is a Boquete Bank Account Needed?

    We second Schwab. And the few times we have needed a large amount of cash, we have called them to have the daily limit raised for the day without issue. We use Chase for credit cards with no foreign transaction fees. In 7 years, we've never needed a local account.
    1 Points
  33. TwoSailors

    Why is a Boquete Bank Account Needed?

    Dennis, One suggestion...get a Charles Schwab account! They reimburse you for all your ATM fees, no foreign transaction fees, from anywhere in the world and their service is bar none! They have no monthly fees and are highly rated! Why give your money to Wells Fargo? One of the worst rated banks, IMO, and from experience! As far as credit cards go we use Barclay bank...no foreign transaction fees anywhere in the world and again outstanding customer service! We own our home here, and find it very convenient to have a local account ( checking with debit card ) that we have with Banco General. $300 min balance and no fees! When we have repairs,upgrades, services, done, we like the fact of having a check as a paper trail should the need arise. Going to the ATM and getting cash especially large sums when needed, is neither convenient or wise.
    1 Points
  34. Keith Woolford

    Immigration Law Proposed

    This proposal, imo, is being put forth by a couple of opposition Deputies who seek to gain attention by appealing to anti-immigration sentiment which is directed towards Venezuelans and Colombians who are perceived as having overstayed their welcome and stealing jobs from Panamanians. It is not likely to become law. Coming from the south, they enter Panama by air, usually at Tocumen. The statement made by one of the two Deputies claiming that immigration is uncontrolled and there are over 1,000,000 foreigners in the country seems absurd.
    1 Points
  35. Brundageba

    The children are the future...

    From the album Brundageba's Photo Album

    May 2017 be a year of nurturing and advancement of our children
    1 Points
  36. TwoSailors

    Hope for the New Year

    Agree with Keith. Marcelyn, hope you don't have too many meetings with those folks. Would rather be around positive people. No place is perfect!
    1 Points
  37. Penny

    Tuesday Talks at BCP -- Hospice

    This is the 3rd time BCP has hosted the Hospice presentation. It has "sold out" every time. You have to know this information if you're visiting or living in Boquete. We're so lucky to have a Hospice organization here.
    1 Points
  38. And how does one vote?
    1 Points
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  40. Bud

    An Onslaught at PriceSmart on New Year's Eve 2016

    Marcelyn and I have been traveling, and returned home to Boquete late yesterday evening. Without thinking through things, we went to PriceSmart today to stock up on perishables, etc. Our plan was to go early just after opening, and then get back home. We arrived in the PriceSmart area about 10:45'ish. Going to PriceSmart today was a major mistake. We have NEVER seen PriceSmart so congested. The cars were queued up on the InterAmerican Highway for more than 1/2 KM just to get into the parking area. We opted to bypass the main entrance, and bogey on down to the Chiriqui Mall entrance and come in via the back route. Had to park on that back route and walk in. Cars were parked even on the entrance side road. Here is a picture of part of the congestion, but this picture does not come close to conveying the real situation. There were no empty parking places, tons of people in the parking lot, no shopping baskets were available outside the store, and so I thought I would be real smart and ask someone who was loading their goods into their car if I could have their basket when they were finished. However, it turned into a queue of five people wanting that one basket. Okay, being the clever dude that I am I got one of the few remaining large flatbed carts, and then faced another gauntlet -- that of getting into the store. We almost turned around at that point, but decided that we had driven all the way from Boquete so we were going to stick it out. We were queued up into a single line waiting to get into the warehouse itself. Once in, we could hardly walk it was soooooooo crowded. People everywhere. The queues for checking out, every one of them, were full, and backed up all the way to the opposite end of the store. I am not kidding here. Every line was at least 75 people with their carts. Movement within the store was very difficult. We decided after getting about fifty feet into the building and spending 30 minutes to get there that it simply was not worth it. We abandoned the flatbed cart, and exited, which was itself a gauntlet. Again, we have never seen PriceSmart so congested. I am sure that the employees are going to drop in exhaustion at the end of the day, assuming they make it that long. I bet PriceSmart is going to have a banner sales day today. We ended up getting some eggs at the Canasta Basica store at Plaza San Francisco, and then calling it an end to our shopping spree. We had a big laugh on the way home. BTW, forgot to mention that getting fuel in David was also an adventure. Our normal station in David (a Terpel station) had no fuel. None, Nada. Zip. Obviously the economy here in Panama is booming.
    1 Points
  41. Bud

    An Onslaught at PriceSmart on New Year's Eve 2016

    Adding a postscript to my above posting: there is an underlying public safety issue that needs to be pondered: Had there been a fire in the PriceSmart warehouse, it would have been a major disaster. My opinion here, not scientific data, but it would have been extremely difficult to evacuate the building given only two doors and the hordes of people inside. There likely could (would?) be injuries from the exiting hordes. And more importantly, the Bomberos would have found it incredibly difficult, if not impossible, to get their firetrucks to the site given the massive number of people and cars at that facility; there were simply too many cars that were parked in areas and in ways that significantly reduced vehicular access and maneuverability. I am thankful that none of that happened.
    1 Points
  42. I have to admit surprise at the number of people leaving. We have only been here 4 years but can't see us moving any time soon (except maybe to a different exotic location!). There must be "something" that causes people to come here then quickly become disenchanted, are there really a large number of people who buy the "it's a paradise here" or "God/my pastor told me to do it?" I know I read IL before coming here but I also did independent research. I wonder if some people are just lazy and accept the IL slant? Whatever it is, it is a tragedy for those that have to leave at a substantial monetary loss. I honestly believe that it is the "1 per centers" that wil thrive here, except in this case I mean those that not only have a well-developed sense of adventure but are also practical self starters. Back-to-the-landers would have been the 60's definition I suppose. Most of you try to emphasize the " come and try it" aproach, but it doesn't seem to get through to a fair percentage of folks. While being a big believer in personal responsability, I think the problems of the quick turn around people needs to be addressed somehow. I just don't know how.
    1 Points
  43. Sheila Strunk

    Protect Your Pets When Fireworks Occur

    Keeping Cats and Dogs Secure The next few days around New Year's will bring lots of noise as Panamanians celebrate with fireworks. This is the time when lots of animals run off and go missing because of the loud scary noises coming out of the sky. Below are a couple tips to hopefully keep everyone safe and happy Make sure your dog or cat always has somewhere to hide if he or she wants to and has access to this place at all times; this could be under some furniture or in a closet. Walk dogs during daylight hours and keep cats and dogs indoors when the fireworks are likely to be set off. At nightfall close the windows and curtains and put on music or the TV to mask and muffle the sound of fireworks. Don’t punish or fuss over your pet when it is scared. Make sure your cat or dog is always kept in a safe and secure environment and can’t get out if there’s a sudden noise. Keep yourself calm so no feeling of anxiety will pass on to your pet.
    1 Points
  44. NewsLady

    Tuesday Talk on Camels & Chameleons

    For all you folks who missed the very well received Tuesday Talk given by Darrel Eash (and for those there who asked to see the slides again), here's a link to the power point presentation. https://www.dropbox.com/s/2ij5153kx66mysa/Camels%20and%20Chameleons.pdf?dl=0 Next week we're presenting Hospice. No matter how often this talk is given, it's always a sell-out (tickets cost a whopping $1) and there's always new information presented to us by the hospice people. Please make an effort to come. We're not always able to send the information to folks who miss the talk.
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  45. NewsLady

    Children X-mas Party On December 31

    CLUB ROTARIO DE BOQUETE ALONG WITH MIGUEL CASTILLO & FAMILY ARE INVITING THE COMMUNITY TO THE YEARLY CHRISTMAS PARTY/PARADE FOR CHILDREN ON DECEMBER 31 20 On the street behind the new " Mercado de Boquete. THIS EVENT STARTED OVER 20 YEARS AGO BY MR. MARGIN CASTILLO. ON DECEMBER 31 YOU COULD TAKE COLORFUL AND WONDERFUL PICTURES OF NATIVE CHILDREN WITH THEIR FAMILIES. CHILDREN GET EVERY YEAR: A GIFT, A SANDWICH AND A BAG GOODIE BAG (with a fruit, cookies, candy and candy bar). WE NEED YOUR HELP CHILDREN FROM ALL OVER THE BOQUETE DISTRICT WILL COME TO THIS EVENT. TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE IT HAPPEN! TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE "AFTER X-MAS TOY SALE" IN MANY STORES. WE NEED AND WE ARE WELCOMING: -NEW & LIKE NEW TOYS (For Boys & Girls) -NEW & LIKE NEW CHILDREN SIZE CLOTHES AND SHOES. -INDIVIDUALLY WRAPPED: COOKIES, CANDY AND CANDY BARS. BRING THE GIFT OF HAPPINESS TO THESE CHILDREN. IF YOU ARE BRINGING WRAPPED TOYS AND CLOTHES (PLEASE SPECIFY AGE AND GENDER) Unwrapped used or new toys or children clothes are also welcomed. BRING YOUR DONATIONS DIRECTLY TO ROCIO RESTAURANT, AROUND BACK THE NEW BOQUETE MARKET. FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE email us at: jogreen11@gmail.com Or you could ask any Boquete Rotary member that you may know. THANK YOU FOR ALWAYS CARING AND FOR GIVEN. WISHING EVERYONE A SAFE AND HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON. CLUB ROTARIO DE BOQUETE
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  46. Evelyn Kendall

    Keep Your Dog Inside

    I have just read 2 notices of lost dogs who ran away because of fireworks. PLEASE help spread the word that ALL pets should be kept inside during fireworks displays.
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  47. Brundageba

    Solstice

    Mostly ...appreciate our days. We have a limited amount of them left. Merry Christmas to all !!!!! Bill and Alison
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  48. TwoSailors

    The Rock $99 New Years Eve special!!!

    Whow!!!! $99 for New Years per person??? They are crazy!!!! That is US big city pricing!! Good luck!
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  49. Pat

    The Rock $99 New Years Eve special!!!

    I didn't see this ad from The Rock, but what the heck do you get for $99? Must be really special.
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  50. Conner Craig

    Compact 2 Bedroom for Rent in El Alto

    This 2 bedroom casita, located close to town in Alto Boquete is secure, convenient, and has some appealing features including gas hot water, cable onda internet and cable (included), proximity to stores and public transportation and a covered parking space (great for the upcoming rainy season).Available for one year lease, this home will not last long so please contact Conner Craig via whatsapp at (507) 67243084 or email at connerc@gmx.com for more information, pictures or to organize a showing
    1 Points