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  1. 3 points
    This urban legend has been floating around the internet for years without substantiation. Unless someone knows this has actually happened, this "warning" is about as helpful as warning you that someone may throw dog crap at your windshield. You'll also find Utube videos trying to replicate the "egg and water, when they join, form a viscous substance like milk that will prevent you from seeing where you are going, blocking your vision as much as 90%" scenario without success.
  2. 3 points
    It seems ludicrous to attach blame for any of these incidents on the presence of a Police checkpoint, which in the opinion of officials and other residents, has lowered crime in the area. Who's to say that the officers from there would be reassigned to the village of Boquete, anyway?
  3. 3 points
    Well consider the folks at the very bottom of the pecking order....the Ngobe who do not have any insurance and are barely feeding the family. What kind of care do they get? They suffer. Many of us who have lived here for nearly a decade care for one or more of these families when they need help, a birthday or Christmas party. The burden is substantial and constant but we realize they have zero options but to ask for help. The family we are most attached to had their father in critical health in the ICU of the Regional hospital. Finally the hospital told them to take him home. They hauled him home and nursed him until he died . Meanwhile they started to dig his grave in his backyard..imagine that. We helped pay for the hospital and the wood box. Same thing happened with their daughter hit by a car. They carried her home with forced discharge and nursed her themselves. She recovered ( brain damage). Another 2 yr old child in that family we helped bury last year. In January another needs reconstructive surgery to his knee ( failed previous surgery and he's now a cripple) ; the child is retarded as well. Long list. Keeps us humble and thankful for what we have. I
  4. 3 points
    Thanks for expanding on your post Jim. After thinking it sounded 1000% better than Boquete, I realized the tranquility there is artificial, maintained only by the vigilance of the security people who are keeping the gang wars away from the town. I even know Mexicans who won't go to Mexico. They are too scared. You certainly have been busy in your scouting. Thanks for doing some of the work for the rest of us.
  5. 3 points
    Happy to elaborate, but perhaps in a private conversation, not in a broadcast. I can say that we have lived as retirees in the USA, Chile, Australia, and Panama, and have scouted other venues such as Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Uruguay, South Africa, Mauritius, Argentina, Hong Kong... and our first choice remains Boquete, warts and all. The knocks on Mexico include the burden of heavy security imposed by the civil war, urban congestion, taxation of one's worldwide income, and the complexity of estate planning.
  6. 3 points
    I forgot to mention, you need to send the MINSA form 3 days before you travel. Their hours are 8am-11pm. You will supply your travel information on that form so they are sure to be there when you arrive with your pet(s). also, upon arrival at PTY, you WILL have to put your animal in it's carrier thru the x-ray machine before bring it to the MINSA office.
  7. 2 points
    It's my personal opinion that immigrants to a foreign country should, without losing their identity, make an effort to assimilate. That includes keeping up to date with current events. The value derived is, in part, a better understanding of local people, their culture and governance.
  8. 2 points


    We attended this event as well. Considering that this was the first one ( of hopefully an annual event) we thought it was very well organized and pre-planned for. Lots of volunteers and servers waiting on everyone. Food and beverages received very quickly. Of course, there is room for improvement and the organizers are probably well aware of it for next years planning. A big Thank you to all!! You folks came together and pulled off a nice event!
  9. 2 points
    Bless you for caring and your efforts to help, Brundagega. None of us can do everything. I do the same for dogs and cats that need help. Every one one of us "privileged" people living in Panama can do something to help the people or the animals. Sadly, too many are either blind to the problems or they don't give a crap and are too involved in their gossip sessions and group functions. I know people in the Boquete area who are absolute champions--and you are among that number. Thank you again for your efforts, whether for human or animals.
  10. 2 points
    We have now found a foster for Joanne. If you would like to donate towards her medical expenses, please go to http://www.arf-boquete.com/donate.html
  11. 2 points
    Two special people who have dedicated their lives to animals that have been neglected, lost a/o mistreated. If I were one of those little creatures I should hope that there would be a Javier & Magaly to love and care for me. If only one or two dollars, lets all pitch in to help. What a difference that could make!
  12. 2 points
    Situations like this, although too "usual," absolutely break my heart. Attached are pictures of my dog Sweetie. before and after. I found her while I was walking and immediately called my employee to bring my car to take her to my house. She was within a week or two of dying because her organs would shut down from starvation. Sweetie came right up to me, like "OK, take me home with you." She wasn't afraid of people like many of the abandoned, homeless dogs are. (I have many other examples other than Sweetie about the dogs who live with me.) Sweetie also has a scar around her neck, and she had two ulcerous sores on her hind end, like she had been tied and had to sleep on concrete. Who knows? Maybe she had been tied up and escaped, or maybe someone brought her to Volcan and dumped her. She was apparently under six months of age at the time and had never had puppies. Her physical build at the time was the same as now. When I brought her home she weighted 25 lbs. Now she weighs 55 lbs., perfect for her size, and she is happy and healthy. I'm so glad Sweetie and I found each other. It was/is a blessing for both of us. Helping as many animals as I can is my purpose in life here in Volcan. I have 18 rescues, now all healthy and happy after proper treatment and many times surgery by our wonderful Dr. Tello. I simply don't have room for for more dogs. My heart bleeds every time I see a female dog in heat, many males hanging around to molest her, or a skinny female dog with big full tits obviously nursing puppies that will suffer and probably die a painful early death. And when people call me or I find one what has been hit by a car so badly that they can't be saved, and I have to put them down. (Two in the last 10 days.) I cry every time. I applaud those of you in Boquete involved in the rescue efforts. Here in Volcan, I'm the only one. People do call me--often-- but I'm expected to be the "solution." Sometimes I can help, but right now I think I'm close to burnout from the work and sadness this creates. but I doubt there will be any respite. The clinics we have here are a lot of work and they are emotionally satisfying. But those we can't help weigh heavily on me. I will continue as long as I can. See the pictures of Sweetie before and after. I really hope there is reincarnation and I hope those animal abusers return in physical form to be abused in the same manner that they subjected to these animals.
  13. 2 points
    In my life prior to Panama, I worked in the field of governmental ethics. Virtually without exception, when I spoke to government officers and personnel in second and third world countries and brought up laws prohibiting the use of public position for private gain, they looked at me like I had two heads. In discussions, I learned that in many cases bribe money made up the majority of a public official's or employee's salary. In these cases, the fault lies with the governments that won't pay a living wage. In the case of high level, well-compensated officials, they justify bribery and other forms of misuse of office on the basis of common practice. They maintain that it's the only way most people know how to do business. It's just the way it is. This is an educational issue, but a very difficult one.
  14. 2 points
    Same for us, but probably for different reasons. There are positives and negatives associated with living anywhere. It's how they're scored on a personal basis that counts. Thanks for sharing, Jim.
  15. 2 points
    Price controls apply to the entire country, not just to those areas harboring expats. I have heard that Colombia, unlike Panama, taxes income received from outside the country. Anyone considering a move there may want to check this out.
  16. 2 points
    I'm surprised there aren't more serious crashes here in Boquete, on the main road into town. My first walk at just before 6am each morning goes from the Haven, where I currently live, down to the main road by Superiores, then left to the direction of town, then left at La Karreta to the side road and back to the Haven. It's only about 25 minutes, with 10-15 minutes on the main road. And at this early hour I see lots of vehicles leaving and entering town at speeds of at least 60 mph and up to 80+mph (personal estimates). And to make it more exciting, many of them pass other cars that are going fast as well. I've been honked at from behind from one car passing another into town when I have to step off the "sidewalk" in those places where the "sidewalk" is gone. I know I, as a pedestrian I have no rights and need to look after myself. And I've learned to live with that reality. But the other seeming anomalies are that I see police on motorcycles and in vehicles driving at safe and normal speeds, but being passed by speeders without said police responding to give citations; and that many or most of the highest speeders are the Colegials taking kids to school (hopefully). Maybe it will take a major crash with kids hurt to incite the local police to enforce safety guidelines (if they exist). And this brings up one of the only advantages to traffic jams due to whatever circumstances: driving is slow, even if the "me first, before you" attitude is still extant. In the meantime I hope we can all get used to always giving a right of way and not reacting to perceived slights to our egos.
  17. 2 points
    I just imported 2 dogs and 2 cats from South Carolina, on 2 different trips 3 months apart. The process seems overwhelming, but it wasn't too bad. Did it all myself without paying for any special service. The dogs flew in the belly of the plane on one trip; on the next trip, the cats flew in the cabin. When you accompany the pets, that IS NOT considered cargo. Cargo is when you're shipping pets. Cargo is very expensive. When you're accompanying the pets the cost is less. I found American Airlines to be the cheapest for flying my dogs. $200 per dog, when I was accompanying them. Flying the cabin pets was a bit cheaper, $125 per cat. The most complicated part of the transport was flying. There are temperature parameters and temperatures in the US and Panama don't correspond, so that was tricky. The dogs were flying in the belly of the plane and we had to change planes in Miami. By the time we were due to arrive in Miami, the tarmac temperatures were going to be too high and therefore the dogs wouldn't be allowed to fly. The way we got around that is, while my bags were checked straight thru to PTY, the dogs were only checked thru to Miami, where I collected them in baggage claim, watered and fed them, walked them in the Airport's doggie park, and then we waited in the air conditioned terminal until we had to go back thru security. We had a 4 hour layover, and by the time it was time to fly again, the tarmac temps had cooled somewhat, so we were within the temperature parameters. We were arriving at PTY at 8p.m. so there was no problem with the temps at this end. Not all airplanes are equipped for putting animals in the belly of the plane. So when booking a flight for animals who'll be traveling in the belly of the plane, be sure the airplane can accommodate your animal. The airline reservationist had to search several flights until she found the flights with the "equipment" that could accommodate the dogs. From my airplane seat I could see the cargo being loaded into the plane's belly. I also spotted my dogs' kennels and was obviously interested in how they handled the dogs' kennels and whether they'd just toss the dogs in the cargo compartment. I was gratified to see that they handled the dogs' kennels respectfully. Coming thru Customs in PTY was pretty simple. I collected the dogs in baggage claim, and brought them to the MINSA office and waited until they did their end of the paperwork. They peeked inside the kennel, I paid the money, and we were out of there. Before leaving Panama for the animal-transport-trips, I went to the David airport and rented a Hilux to accommodate the large kennels; paid a Panamanian acquaintance to drive to PTY to meet us, and we shared driving back to Chiriqui. It was a win-win event. I saved a lot of money not hiring a service, and he enjoyed driving the Hilux. When transporting the cats, I did the same thing, only rented a Toyota SUV so the cats could ride inside the car in their kennels. Rental companies don't permit animals in the cars, so if you bring them inside the car, be sure to keep them in the kennels so no animal hair gets on the car seats. Paperwork requirements weren't too confusing. The main thing is to do all the paperwork on time, for instance: the Health certificates need to be done 10 days before you travel. If you don't live within a reasonable driving distance to the USDA-APHIS office, you have to fax or overnight those docs, including the rabies certificates to them, and get them all back so you can then send them to the Panamanian Consulate for your part of the Country for Apostille. Then, you have to be sure to fax, or scan and email the Minsa, Home quarantine form plus the Rabies and USDA-APHIS docs to cam@minsa.gob.pa. The USDA-APHIS Veterinary Certificate of Health is specie specific. There is one for dogs and one for cats. It's actually the same form for both species, but choose the appropriate form for your animal. The form is applicable for multiple animals of the same specie, i.e. more than one dog on a USDA APHIS form. Airlines won't transport certain breeds. My dogs were BOTH breed mixes that couldn't be transported OR imported. One terrier mix, and the other a pitbull mix. NOTE: the Rabies certificate indicates the breed. So on the Rabies certificate, my vet "re-classified" my dogs. The Pitbull is now an Australian Heeler mix. And the terrier, was re-classified "jack russell mix" we just left off the word terrier. It all worked fine. In addition to Rabies Certificate you need the attached forms completed by the Vet: The MINSA form for Home Quarantine is completed by you, not the Vet. Remember, the Veterinary Health Certificate is Specie specific. I've attached for dogs, but if you're bringing in cats, download the one for cats. Vet Health Cert. dogs to panama.pdf USDA Health Cert. form sm animals.pdf MINSA Panama English.pdf
  18. 2 points
    The only thing I got out of this is that some businesses are unhappy that their parking spaces are being appropriated by customers of nearby restaurants. Of the five paragraphs, four are incomprehensible to me. I can't even figure out what area the writer is referring to.
  19. 1 point
    Awareness is good, but this is not the kind of assault we're likely to be dealing with here.
  20. 1 point
    We are very happy and proud, we were able to bring this new and unique experience to our community. It was a big effort from both organizations with the support of the community, residents, businesses and institutions. We have received many comments about the wonderful time it was had: great food, beer, wine, sweets, ice cream. Lots of thumps up! They love the different bands and DJ......People were dancing and singing along .......what a great time. Under the positive points: We delivered a unique event that is being talked about in Boquete and David. Everyone who came from David had fun and positive comments. I also heard from friends from David, who could not come. They were so sorry they didn't come after they heard comments from the ones who came. We were able to unite the community. We had such good mix of Panamanians and foreigners. This so positive. To be able to have our community dancing, eating, enjoying themselves..... makes all worth it! We also had some not too happy comments, of course no event will please everyone. We look at these comments in a positive way as they all had one common denominator......the music was too loud. Most people love loud music, many would like it lower. We learned that we need to find a happy medium. Also we need to add a bit more "Um papa music". Everything else was GREAT! We do not have the final figure yet.......it will come soon. We do want to give a huge THANK YOU! to the community for the support we received from : The Municipality and the Mayor of Boquete The Fair Ground Patronato Supermercado Baru Garden Inn Heaven Spa Price Smart Skate World Sugar & Spice El Pianista Milan Italiana Restáurate Novedades La Reyna Jackie Jeffers Pilar Esquivel. VENDORS: Emma's Truck, Frank Big Daddy, Chris and Justin. The Boquete Brewery, Mort's Bakery, Bertie. Tito's Ice Cream Linda's sweets To all our wonderful VOLUNTEERS THANK YOU!!! As always, we had some very dedicated people who were working constantly weeks before the event. They also came early to open the event, stay the whole time and close the event. From: Rotary Club: Ralph Day, Betsy Day, Lucie Connor and Jim Mc.Callum. From ACCB: Linda Hart, Joe Hart and Edie Baxter. Thank you so much. Yolanda Vega. Organizers : CLUB ROTARIO DE BOQUETE AND ASSOCIATION OF CHARITY OF BOQUETE. Replay to : ytvega@gmail.com
  21. 1 point
    FYI - I don't post much anywhere but I do edit the PanamaLinks web-page,. In fact I have edited it 22 times since February 2016. As always, I am looking for new links of general use. Please let me know if you have any you would like added. I would be especially interested in moving companies that ship OUT of Panama. It is a question that pops up fairly often and I have never seen an actual recommendation.
  22. 1 point
    Every time we drive through there now and the police aren't there I'm bummed. I really miss those guys. BUT we do have Flossy !
  23. 1 point
    Everyone is quick to admire and thank Javier and Magaly for the work they do, so I couldn't help but notice that the fundraiser for them, held this afternoon at the Amigos de Animales facility, was only modestly attended. There were some wonderful prizes in the bingo games (restaurant certificates, an eco tour, overnight stays at Finca Lerida and in Volcan, etc.), and the lasagna lunch was excellent. Nancy Halbert and Nairn Kennedy donated all the proceeds from the lunch, even the cost of food, to Javier and Magaly's dog camp. Charities work hard to sponsor events such as this rather than depend solely on donations. The least we can do to support them is to attend these fundraisers. They're fun, and they're a great way to meet your neighbors. Make time for them; put them on your calendar when they are announced.
  24. 1 point
    Blessings to Javier and Magaly. They are doing a wonderful job, giving from their hearts. I wish I could contribute financially to them, but I have everything I can do with my own 18 dogs, the clinics, and the other dogs in the Volcan area that need my help. Many people in this area say I am "the best vet" in the entire area, even though I'm not a vet. People often bring their sick or injured animals to me, and I can usually help them. Never in my previous life would I have dreamed my life would turn out this way, but I am grateful for it.
  25. 1 point
    Yes. Well sometimes it's hard to break out from the clutch. Folks tend to group together and stay in that groove. Language is another issue esp when it comes to a relationship with Spanish speakers. To care for the poor, the sick and the critters that can not fend for themselves allows us to receive their love in return.....and that's the real gift. We are the very lucky ones Dottie. If we had stayed in the USA I doubt we would have had the opportunity. ....we'd be staying in our rut. Surf...eat...sleep...repeat...etc. We were pretty isolated and selfish and I admit it.
  26. 1 point
    Do they really expect to be able to read this? Dark letters on dark background colors?? Good luck.
  27. 1 point
    It's time to help animals in your Community! Dog Camp in Boquete have 33 rescued dogs right now and need your support! GOFUNDME: gf.me/u/ddrrng THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! Javier and Magaly Pet and house Sitting <javierandmagalyhouse@gmail.com>
  28. 1 point
    Yah I find it useful as well. I always use one when I put streaks in my hair....and you can see the difference one plastic bag makes!
  29. 1 point
    Thank you Dottie. And we have spoken with the owners, but they are awful people and, until I can get the dog away from them, I don't want to go any further for fear they will mistreat her more. They have no fear of the law as they are in jail regularly. After I have her safely away, believe me, I will file and I have many pictures and witnesses!
  30. 1 point
    "We feed her daily and are trying to find her a new home. In the mean time, she still lives with the bastards who tied her up and starved her." File a denuncia against those bastards! To treat a dog like that is a criminal act. In addition to the current animal abuse law, it will soon require jail time for the abusers. It has passed all three "reviews" in the government and is now just waiting for the President's signature. Also, I understand that now a formal denuncia does not have to be filed. Here in Volcan we've been told to take pictures of the abusive situation and the corregidor will take the police to advise the abusers of the law...up to a $500 fine, for one thing. Hopefully that would change the abusers deeds. Not long ago I went to the corregidor and had him accompany me to talk with an owner about what I thought was a dog being abused. Fortunately that wasn't the case; just visually from the road it appeared to be. It turned out that I know the owner (by face, not by name), actually a nice guy, and he had had the dog previously sterilized at our clinic. We did ask him to report any animal abuse that he witnesses. So every effort helps.
  31. 1 point
    My heart aches with yours Dottie, in your burn out and I can only say how grateful we are that there are people like yourself who do what they do. Our rescue dog Flossy came to our house wandering for weeks through our neighborhood. Her charm and loving nature fortunately brought her food from almost everyone she encountered, so she was not in the condition that Sweetie was. That said, we constantly are amazed that anyone would abandon a dog like our Flossy. Then who knows, maybe she just ran away in a lightening storm and got lost. We will never know. What Bill and I do know is folks like you deserve sainthood. thankyou Alison Thank God for this little rescue dog that has brought so much joy to our lives !
  32. 1 point
    This is a great survey done by Robert Adams from Retirement Wave web site. http://retirementwave.com/surveyreport.pdf He has given permission for it to be posted here on CL. Very thorough report, with no sales pitch. Very interesting read. His website is: http://www.retirementwave.com/
  33. 1 point
    Hmmmm. So where was this" head, guy "for the last year? On vacation?
  34. 1 point
    Hello everyone. Well August was a bit better than the past several months when it came to donations vs expenses. Donations totaled $4118.00 and expenses were $2527.00……thank you everyone, we really needed this little boost to replenish our account a bit! Adoptions were good this month again. 5 dogs and 2 cats found their forever home. We are hoping to gain more awareness – and thus, more adoptions thru our monthly adoption event that is held at the Boquete library on the first Saturday of each month from 10am-12N. We are just getting started (the first event was held in July) but hopefully it will gain momentum and those looking for a companion animal will know to come see us at this monthly event. Don’t forget, we also incorporate a bake sale at this event. We have many talented ARF volunteers who bake the most scrumptious cookies, brownies, cinnamon buns, lemon bars, etc., so come on by and grab a treat. ARF T-Shirts are now available for sale. We have V-neck and crew cut shirts in a variety of colors. They are good quality shirts and wash well. The ARF logo is embroidered so it is very durable. Cost is $15.00. Contact us at arf.boquete@gmail.com for details. Emergency preparedness for your pets: With all of the crazy weather incidents that have been going on, please remember to have a plan for your furry family members as well. Panama does not experience hurricanes, but we do endure earthquakes as well as mudslides in the rainy season. Here’s a link that might give you some ideas on how to prepare: http://www.petmd.com/dog/centers/nutrition/disaster-preparedness-tips-to-keep-pets-safe The thunderstorms here can also be quite distressing for animals. Try to provide a secure and insulated/quite place for them to retreat to. One of my dogs runs for her life to her hiding place at the first “scent” of rain. Thunder is a traumatizing experience for her. I bought her a thunder shirt, which helps but she always needs that “safe” place to go which happens to be in the second bathroom in the shower where I have set up with a comfortable bed for her. The thunder shirts are also available for cats. Lately we have had a couple of adoptions fall thru. It is always important to remember that animals have very distinct personalities just as we do. We realize some adoptions may not always be the right fit, but we try in earnest to ensure that the animals will easily adjust to their new environment and it is a good match. Admittedly, we can sometimes be too critical and quick to scrutinize a potential adoptee but please realize that we spend a lot of time, love and money in getting our rescues to the point where there can be considered adoptable. We want the very best situation possible for both the animal and new owner. Here is a link on our website to help guide you when you are considering opening your home to a new pet: http://www.arf-boquete.com/choosing-your-pet.html Reminder-The Focus of ARF: ARF does not rehome animals. Again this week we have had many requests for help from people moving that have chosen not to take their animals with them. We offer suggestions on where to post the animal on social media but we cannot take on this responsibility. We understand that there may be circumstances beyond the owners control where it is not possible to take their animals, but please make every effort to take them with you. They consider you their family. Our resources are very limited, and although we have an incredible group of volunteers including some great fosters, our primary focus is on those animals that are homeless, neglected and need medical attention – we are not in the position to help those looking to find homes for animals they chose to leave behind when moving away. We reserve our very limited foster space for our rescues. This also brings up another point for pet owners to consider - what would happen to your animals if you should unexpectedly pass away? Do you have friends or family that you have spoken to about arrangements for your animal(s). Another installment in the Cat Lady of Jaramillo story. The shelter that was built doesn't look like much but it was constructed of donated recycled materials and it serves its purpose. Here is the update from Gabriela, the Cat Lady’s niece: "Since the last update we have achieved great things. 12 more cats were spayed between July and August giving a total of 28 cats spayed to date. Eight (8) cats were adopted, four of them at ARF events. In August Ray built a cozy cat shelter outside my aunt`s house, giving them a place to live other than my aunt’s small kitchen. This makes my aunt very pleased. Dario was the first to inspect and approve of the new shelter. Then the other cats followed and are comfortably sleeping in their new space. During the day they rest on top of the shelter. Carlos and I are currently fostering the last 2 kittens. ARF continues donating cat food for my aunt’s cats and helping us with vet visits, medicine, kitten food and litter. We are getting close to the finish line. We would like to say a special thanks to ARF for all the help we have received from them. Honorable mention is given to Dra. Chely who has been very supportive to our cause and of course a huge thanks to Kirsten and Ray for their commitment to our cats and good vibes." Featured dog: Say hello to Mani. She looks and behaves like, at least part, Weimaraner. Though still a pup, she will grow into an aristocratic young lady with the right owner. Mani needs an active owner who will exercise with her regularly. Couch potatoes will likely drive her to be bored and destructive. Like most high strung Weimaraners, she likes to go for runs and most any athletic activity to burn off her energy. Long hikes and agility training are probably right up her alley! She is a mischievous girl who likes to steal things like shoes. Mani has a loud bark, but will stop when you tell her to. She does not like being alone or being bored. She is afraid of strange noises like the microwave, but doesn’t seem bothered by thunder. Mani enjoys chewing on plastic bottles and cardboard. She is learning how to behave around other dogs and enjoys playing gently. Mani is smart and will respond well to further training. If you have plenty of time and energy to spare for this beautiful girl, she will be a loyal partner who will reward you with her companionship. Featured cat: XieXie (pronounced ShayShay and means "thank you" in Chinese) - If you are looking for a true companion kitty, XieXie is your guy. He is very interactive. Loves to hang out with you. Follows you like a puppy. And, he is gorgeous! His coat is a silky gray and white. And, his eyes are green rimmed with black. XieXie gets along well with other cats, and dogs. He is confident and curious. He is a great escape artist so he needs to go to a home with secure windows and doors. XieXie is about 1 1/2 years old. He has tested negative for feline leukemia and FIV. He is vaccinated and neutered. ARF is a small non-profit animal organization dedicated to the rescue, care, foster and adoption of the unwanted and neglected animals in Boquete and the surrounding areas. Please visit our website at http://www.arf-boquete.com/ if you are interested in adopting an animal. You can also help with the financial support of these animals by clicking here http://www.arf-boquete.com/donate.html 100% of our donations go to the animals. Our email address is arf.boquete@gmail.com Please visit and “like” our Facebook page on https://www.facebook.com/ARF-Adopt-Rescue-Foster-Boquete-Panama-260616740779036/ YouTube: Adopt Rescue Foster ARF Boquete Panama Also, please visit our sister site Pets Want Homes if you are interested in adopting an animal on http://www.petswanthomes.com/
  35. 1 point
    It is a good idea to also carry the Receipt from the Municipality showing that the Placa has been paid,
  36. 1 point
    The vehicle can be operated as long as the Permiso de Circulacion is up to date.
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  38. 1 point
    Who has the power to stop it? Only the people doing it. Highly unlikely. Where are the comments from the "it's the culture" defenders? I guess even they can't justify this deeply embedded cultural practice. Some things are just wrong, culture or not.
  39. 1 point
    There have been landslides all week on this road which winds through Parque de la Amistad on route to Costa Rica. It's been closed and re-opened several times, it's closed again this afternoon. Please avoid this route.
  40. 1 point
    For what it is worth, I was told (about a year ago) that customs views the various mail services different depending on if they are classified as cargo or as courier. Mailbox Etc is classified as a cargo service whereas the service I used (Servitechnics) is classified as a courier service. My experience was that occasionally my packages coming through Mailbox Etc got opened and examined but in 4 years none of my packages coming through Servitechnics were opened. Perhaps someone that is more informed than myself could speak about the truth of this and how various services are classified. After my experience with several services, I ended up using Servitechnics in part because my packages arrived without being opened and examined, possibly delaying them.
  41. 1 point
    If you bring this on your personal luggage there wont be any problem unless you bring an exagerate amount of products. When I travel to US I usually buy all the medicines, supplements and vitamins and bring them in mu luggage without any problem. It is enforced on items imported and received by the mailing services.
  42. 1 point
    Hallelujah my arch supports have arrived along with that bad bad eyebrow pencil. Upside is it has been deemed safe. I'm relieved. Meanwhile I received a box (heavy) full of exotic spices that zoomed right through the gauntlet like it contained laxatives. Try figure. Alison
  43. 1 point
    I sure hope not as we are returning to the states for a quick visit and I've been ordering things that gets caught up in the new intercept.....like perfume, makeup, skin care items.
  44. 1 point
    Kate and I spent the first two weeks of August in Ajijic, so it is very fresh in my mind. We also have a lot of background in Mexico, having spent many months in each of Puerto Vallarta, La Paz, Mazatlan, Zihuatenejo, the Mayan Riviera, as well as having visited most of the "Silver Cities" (Zacatecas, Aguascalientes, Taxco, Guajanajuato, and more, including San Miguel de Allende). We love Mexico, but the consequences of what I will call the civil war have made us choose to settle elsewhere. Ajijic is a little oasis in the Sierra Madre - the authorities are making sure that the lucrative, public relations-generating community of expats are protected from any molestation. I can assure you that the crime level 30 minutes away in Guadalajara (second largest city in the country) is elevated - homicide statistics have turned up since 2015. The video is an accurate representation of what we found. A traditional Mexican village, but overrun by expats, with a high density of really "geriatric" folks (and the video certainly shows that). The average apparent age has to exceed, by a very large factor, the profile of the Boquete gringo community. The expats we met struck us as less adventurous than our Boquete friends and acquaintances. Although the video plays up local involvement, we didn't find anything close to the varied and vibrant charity & volunteer activites in Boquete. Very few locals were interested in conversing in Spanish with me - they automatically default to English. They don't mention the lake very much, because no one goes swimming in it due to pollution. Hardly any boating, either. Ajijic has a WalMart and and an Autozone. We drove 30 minutes to get to the big mall where we could choose between Costco, Sam's Club, Home Depot, and Sears. We lunched at Applebee's but could have chosen PF Chang's, Chili, Carl's Junior, etc. You get the idea. Our first meal on the lake was at the American Legion Post... We felt like we were in an outer suburb of San Antonio or something. Ajijic has a lot to offer, and we may well visit again (easy destination during the peak of our rainy season), but we will confine ourselves to just a visit.
  45. 1 point
    The guy who sent it to you is right. Looks 1000% better than Boquete. I wonder what the downside is (there always is one)?
  46. 1 point
    Boy you never know. We old farts of the 60's fail to sometimes understand that the smoke and smell of marijuana that sails in the wind could be picked up by a person who truly believes that the smoking of weed is a really really bad thing. We're not in "Kansas" where times have brought change. Beats me why this man was nailed.
  47. 1 point
    Traditionally the "Octagon Room" is a place for meetings, get togethers, movies, crafting, cards etc. A lot of people drop by for coffee or a meal throughout the day. The kitchen has undergone some change over and there is now a new management group so we will need to wait and see what they offer.
  48. 1 point
    Hi all. This is another installment in the Cat Lady of Jaramillo story. The shelter that was built doesn't look like much but it was constructed of donated recycled materials and it serves its purpose. "Since the last update we have achieved great things. 12 more cats were spayed between July and August giving a total of 28 cats spayed to date. Eight (8) cats were adopted, four of them at ARF events. In August Ray built a cozy cat shelter outside my aunt`s house, giving them a place to live other than my aunt’s small kitchen. This makes my aunt very pleased. Dario was the first to inspect and approve of the new shelter. Then the other cats followed and are comfortably sleeping in their new space. During the day they rest on top of the shelter. Carlos and I are currently fostering the last 2 kittens. ARF continues donating cat food for my aunt’s cats and helping us with vet visits, medicine, kitten food and litter. We are getting close to the finish line. We would like to say a special thanks to ARF for all the help we have received from them. Honorable mention is given to Dra. Chely who has been very supportive to our cause and of course a huge thanks to Kirsten and Ray for their commitment to our cats and good vibes." ARF is a small non-profit animal organization dedicated to the rescue, care, foster and adoption of the unwanted and neglected animals in Boquete and the surrounding areas. Please visit our website at http://www.arf-boquete.com/ if you are interested in adopting an animal. You can also help with the financial support of these animals by clicking here http://www.arf-boquete.com/donate.html 100% of our donations go to the animals. Our email address is arf.boquete@gmail.com Please visit and “like” our Facebook page on https://www.facebook.com/ARF-Adopt-Rescue-Foster-Boquete-Panama-260616740779036/ YouTube: Adopt Rescue Foster ARF Boquete Panama Also, please visit our sister site Pets Want Homes if you are interested in adopting an animal on http://www.petswanthomes.com/
  49. 1 point
    I felt the two little shakes yesterday but thought it was the dump trucks running up and down the road to the new water distribution site beside my casita. Isn't the world supposed to come to and end today? There are predictions that we are going to be hit by a planet that does not exist per NASA. While I do worry about all the natural disasters that seem to be happening lately, l believe that the "doomsday" folks should research more carefully before putting predictions out there.
  50. 1 point
    This sounds like a very warm gathering of friends and family. Have fun and enjoy the turkey and fixin's. This topic caused me to go into a bit of nostalgia about my first visit to Canada. I was working for Hughes Aircraft Company back in the 70s and 80s and 90s prior to my first retirement. I was traveling on company business, probably around 1984, although it might have been 1985, and was in Europe. While there I got an urgent message that I needed to go to the Toronto area for a short noticed meeting. The company travel office changed my travel documents, and upon departing Berlin, I was headed to Toronto. It was October, and our travel people did not know that Canada celebrates Thanksgiving in October. Duh! I arrive in the Toronto area, expecting to go into meetings the next morning, only to be told upon checking into the hotel that it was a Thanksgiving weekend. That turned out to be a wonderful experience for me. Here I was in Toronto, on company business, but having everything delayed for a short period. With my rental car, I drove outside of Toronto, to the north, and the weather was simply beautiful. I recall stopping by a park and river landing area, got out of the car, walked around, could smell the smoke of charcoal grills, etc. One couple in the near distance had some classical music (Mozart and Chopin) playing. It was heavenly. I have never forgotten my first experience in Canada. Friendly people, wonderful scenery, and feelings of peaceful harmony surrounding me. (BTW, the business meetings that were delayed were successful as well, and I did travel several more times to Canada, both on business and personal time. I like Canada, and Canadians.) Wishing you all the best on your special day of giving thanks for the many blessings that you have had, currently have, and hopefully will continue to be enjoying.
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