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    The Boquete Knitters and Quilters are pleased to announce the delivery of 33 blankets, 23 sweaters and 43 caps to the Clinic in Palmira, the Centro de Salud in Bajo Boquete and Nutre Hogar residential treatment facility for severely malnourished infants and children. Our members create hand-crafted quilts, blankets, caps and booties for our tiniest neighbors. If you knit, crochet or quilt -- or would like to learn how -- or even if you're just curious about our organization, please contact Brandy Gregory by replying to this notice.
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    I do have one good piece of news that I should have reported earlier. None of the medicines or free eyeglasses they brought were stolen. Another group last week, 3 doctors and 35 construction workers who built classrooms , saw 150-200 patients a day and gave out nearly 500 prescription eye-glasses. So, this mission can continue as far as the work they were doing. They had already purchased their food at PriceSmart, and pre-paid the hotel before the robbery. The money was to be used to purchase additional medicines and things for the local Panamanians, not the doctors themselves. We do pay a local doctor approximately $200 daily to oversee us, but the theft mostly hurt local citizens and the poor doctor who lost his passport. Doug and I have put up a few folks in our house to defray expenses. I guess I'm more embarrassed and afraid Panama will be thought of as a dangerous place. These people went to Rawanda and Kenya recently with no incidents.
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    You're wrong on this. I have spent years working in virology research and your experience doesn't pass muster, I'm afraid. The odds are overwhelmingly in favor of the restaurant, based on your testimony.
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    Just curious how long after you ate until you got "deathly ill". Do you know what the "Classic Salmonella" incubation rate period is? It's generallly 2-72 hours, but could be up to 6 weeks.... To be accurately identified the actually food should be cultured in the lab... I have a feeling you ate from lots and lots of sources during a 6 week period. Why pick on the last place you ate? Do you know it could be Shigella? Or Campylobacter? The symptoms from those 2 are more severe than Salmonella. Was there blood in your stools? Hot food is very, very unlikely to be the culprit, it is much more likely in unwashed vegetables/fruits. Undercooked meat yes, but otherwise proper cooking kills most pathogens. I think perhaps you should share your SYMPTOMS here, rather than just your "feelings" on what you have. And never point to "who" or "where" in a public forum, as this can get you into huge legal jeopardy. I suggest you take the time in this same forum to "unpoint" your finger and possibly undo some damages. A trip to a physician/lab would have helped all of us. I feel so badly for any restaurant to be blamed based on mere assumptions. People often invest their life savings into their restaurants and have a right to not be devastated over some wild guessing.
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    David Cabalgata: in a bird's eye 19 March 2018, David, Chiriqui NotSereyus
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    This organization runs in the red every month. The cost for the spay clinics is at least two or three times what is brought in by charging the folks who are capable and willing to pay the small fee. The deficit has to be made up with fundraisers and donations. God bless these volunteers for finding a unique and fun way to raise money.
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    I went down on the elevator with a very nice young man and his parents. He looked at me and said: "I want to buy a cello and learn how to play". I looked at him an said:: "Me too. I bought one in Panama City, used after I heard my first concert of Dr Casal here. " He smiled and asked me for more information on how I found my cello. We both left enthusiastic hoping to one day be half as good as these players" These concerts not only bring enjoyment but as well encouragement to try something new. A bonus we never anticipated moving here ! Alison
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    Obviously, I’ve gotten my priorities wrong and my sense of community is twisted. After all, there’s at least 14 families here who would rather squeeze a couple of dollars out of their castoffs than support an important local charity.
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    From the album Brundageba's Photo Album

    Great cabins, restaurant and pool. Beautiful grounds an they allow dogs ! We had a great time
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    I have been working with several groups of medical missionaries this last month. Yesterday morning we picked up a group of ten doctors at the David airport in our large van (we have a school bus, a large touring bus, and vans). They asked to stop at a bank to cash traveler's checks and to exchange some foreign currencies. After leaving the bank, they went to Pricesmart to get supplies for their stay here. Around 1 p.m. our hired Panamanian bus driver, a professional who drives even our huge touring bus, was tapped on the back bumper by a car. When they opened the door to inspect the damage, their van was rushed by the passengers from the car that had just rear-ended them. Our doctors were robbed of $8,000 in cash and one passport. We were able to get a license number (photo), and vehicle description, and gave the police the information (a "mere" 4 hour process of paperwork/interviews). I hope they catch the thugs. Crime is indeed rising here, and I hate that. One bad experience like this hurts the reputation of the entire country. I hate to think it, but it is possible it was an "inside job" , that someone from the bank knew we had the cash. Or perhaps the thieves merely watched them go to the bank and took their chances that it might be an amount worth going after. Who knows? But, I will now not open my door if involved in an accident until I am in a safe area, or the police are present.
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    Titles are very prominent, Pat. Many may see it and not bother to read the discussion. Then the damage is done.
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    I’ve been at Multibank and seen customers walk out the door carrying large amounts of cash visible in their hands. Usually happens on payday Friday. Probably not a good idea.
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    At least retitle it, if not deleted.
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    The usual MO in these cases is that bad guys were watching the Bank and followed you around from there or tipped their accomplices. A terrible way to say Welcome to Panama 🇵🇦
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    Thank you for posting this. Bad news for the doctors, and a bad reputation for Panama. Lost passports and large amounts of money stolen really hurt the victims. Were any weapons used (guns, knives, etc.)? Is there anything the community can do to help? Just curious -- what nationality are the medical missionaries? Apologies for all of the questions, but this really ticks me off!
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    Bartelyby, you just don't get it or you do not understand the seriousness of your accusation. There is not a medical practitioner alive that would substantiate your "claim" of salmonella from a restaurant meal just eaten. Were you even diagnosed? You only make yourself appear more irresponsible by continuing this. The issue is that in my adopted country (of 6 years), we are more careful about making unsubstantiated claims. Time will tell whether you stay in Panama (I will not take bets on it).
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    9 hours doesn't mean it came from chopsticks. Whether or not you had chicken in your stomach has nothing to do with it. A virus, like norovirus, could have been in your gut for two days just waiting to explode. It's THE MOST common gastrointestinal disease and most likely what you had and you'll never know where you got it at this point. I really think this post should be deleted. It's irresponsible and potentially harming to the restaurant.
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    You state it appeared to be Salmonella without actually knowing and then you slam and blame the restaurant without taking more action on your part to confirm this. Sad for you!
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    The sale at the Handicap Foundation (FPI) on Saturday was a huge success. All previous records were broken within the first hour. Now, here's the thing. There's still a lot of stuff left over and a bunch of new stuff came in too late to sort and price. And new stuff is still coming in. We expect a lot of things will be brought in from the many moving sales in town. Although all the volunteers are pretty much exhausted, the decision was made to continue the sale during regular hours at the Handicap. We can do that with the full-time employee, Migdalia and a handful of volunteers. So, the sale continues . . . Thursday (3/22) 10-3; Friday (3/23) 10-3; Saturday (3/24) 9-12 The Handicap Foundation is located just north of the new policlinic (under construction) and across the street from Chopsticks Chinese Restaurant in Alto Boquete.
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    Hello: This information pertains to U.S. Veterans living in the area that have hearing aids and usually order their hearing batteries through the VA via eBenefits. In case you NOT have a local mail service/mailing address here in Panama and you do have your hearing aids delivered to the U.S., then shipped here to Panama ..... then this might interest you. I contacted JR at We Care Pharmacy in David regarding this and he was unsure about the topic and directed me to Hear4U in David. Since I have dealt with the doctor directly in Miami, I contacted her and her suggestion was that it was easier for Veteran's to utilize the Denver, CO website, via eBenefits. However, at the same time I texted her, I contacted FMP (via email) regarding the same topic. The following is a copy of our transmission: MY MESSAGE, dated 15 MAR 2018: to hac.fmp@va.gov Hello: I have a question regarding hearing aid batteries.... if a Veteran is service-connected for hearing loss and needs hearing aid batteries - must they order them from Denver OR can they purchase them here in the Republic of Panama, then submit a reimbursement claim to FMP?? Thank you, Brian THEIR RESPONSE, dated 19 MAR 2018: Sir Yes you can purchase them from a provider in Panama, just remember we need the invoice to show; 1. Name, type and serial number of the batteries, (to verify they are compatible for your hearing aid) 2. How many you are purchasing 3. Receipt of payment 4. Claim cover sheet. I have attached a copy of the most current FMP Claim Reimbursement form. Acquiring the batteries directly here in Panama allows for the Veteran to obtain the batteries quicker, IF they can incur the initial up-front cost. Then they just submit a FMP claim reimbursement form. If any Veteran requires assistance in completing this document, please let me know - I will gladly assist - I live near Boquete.... OR contact JR at We Care Pharmacy. Brian 6916-8521 Foreign Medical Program Claim Form_blank_NEW_2016.pdf
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    Speeding into Boquete won't work for long.
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    At approximately 1:30pm today (Monday) we were impressed when witnessing a speeding car being chased by Police. This happened near Cefati on the hill coming into Boquete. Other vehicles trying to make clear of the roadway.
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    I think they dump it on the Pan-American highway
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    Marcelyn and I attended a group meeting today at a relatively new eatery here in Boquete. We had not heard of this place until late yesterday when we were getting information about the group meeting / luncheon event. The name is Malu Café & Bakery. Little did we know that Boquete has a trailer park, and co-located on the same property is Malu. The trailer park is called Panama Camping Park. We understand that Malu has been open since January 2018. The ambiance was open, clean, refreshing, and inviting. Rina Samudio is the manager, and she checked on our group periodically to be sure that we all were being well taken care of. The food was good (Marcelyn and I shared a nacho plate with carne molida), and Marcelyn had an iced tea that she raved about (I did the Coke thing). Both of us had lunch for less than $10.00, and we did not ask for a jubilado discount. The service was very attentive, and always with a smile. Here are both sides of their business card. The email address is malucafepty@gmail.com. The telephones are 730-9251, 6747-0672, and 6777-7160. As to location, you can see from the map on the back of the business card that Malu is located one block farther east behind the Terpel (the one in Bajo Boquete) and Gymnasio del Cacho. Here is the Google Maps hotlink for Malu Café & Bakery: https://goo.gl/maps/8UMmwTSD7Xp, and also for Panama Camping Park: https://goo.gl/maps/hJ5xeU1sgZs. Actually, I believe there is an error in the map location for Malu in that it appears to be one block too far south on Google Maps. I've submitted a request to Google to correct this mistake. Here are some pictures taken during our group gathering today. First is the main entrance. Second is our group meeting. Next is a picture of Rina Samudio, the manager (left) and one of the employees. Next a shot of the kitchen area: And finally, both sides of both of their menus:
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    Maybe it was supposed to go the Turks n Caicos 🙃
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    MP in Chiriqui starts research into murder of pastor The Public Ministry through the Section of Homicides and Femicides in the province of Chiriqui, began formal research into the crime of Néstor Javier Morales Ortega, a citizen of 51 years of age. His death was the last Tuesday 13 March In the early hours of the night in his residence located in the area of Paso Canoas Arriba in the district of Baru. Humberto Rodríguez Batista, the prosecutor coordinator, indicated that the forensic medical examination carried out on the body revealed the cause of death to be cerebral laceration caused by a bullet in the face. The Public Ministry in conjunction with other security forces are carrying out various investigative acts, in order to be able to determine the facts that generated this crime, and a link to the possible perpetrators or participants of the same. http://ministeriopublico.gob.pa/mp-en-chiriqui-inicia-investigacion-por-homicidio-de-pastor/
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    Looks like good food at low prices. Now all the expats will start going there and demanding the jubilado discount, and the place will either go bust or raise its prices significantly.
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    We left a ton of stuff at the Handicap Foundation the other day and it is amazing what will be for sale. We dropped off an entire carton of DVDs and CDs......all in new condition. We left a swimming pool still in the box never opened we paid $80 for and other brand new things that we cannot use. Things like that...real deals for local folks. I do hope with the location on the main drag they will do well this year. We wish them well at the Handicap Foundation.
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    My wonderful Panamanian friend looks forward to the big Handicap Foundation yard sale. She has limited funds and must use bus transportation but finds needed items at this sale. She proudly tells me about each purchase.
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    Most expats can Doug, but not necessarily locals who have limited funds and transportation, and who often make up the majority of shoppers.
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    Seriously, I can't imagine any malicious intent. Every garage sale in the history of time runs on Saturday from 8-2. Even if it was planned to coincide, well maybe dueling yard sales will bring out more shoppers. And if it's only a couple of dollars of cast offs, as Keith implies, it's not going to be a big loss to anyone anyway.
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    I'll bet most people can visit both sales if they want to.
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    Good grief, your going to judge people wanting to have a yard sale? I don't suppose you're donating any of your used cars to the sale?
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    Ha Ha . Just not enough things to keep people occupied!
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    I have never thought to plan my yard sale around someone else's and I KNOW I'd never check a calendar to see if it's a date no one has taken. It's a yard sale. They're so common here now that, if you add them to the Chiriqui flea market, there may never be a Saturday without one. In fact, isn't that a thing? Get up and hit all the yard sales on Saturday morning? Jeepers, now we have the yard sale mafia...smh
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    Turns out the Pastor was shot in the face. Unless he was hooked into some really amazing Virtual Reality site, the laptop had nothing to do with it.
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    It's important to note that these two sales are not equivalent. At one there are 14 gringo families selling stuff at gringo prices. You should see the Handicap Foundation building. It's packed -- every inch has shelves and tables loaded with bargains. This is the sale the local population will go to and this is the sale I will patronize. It's impossible to calculate the impact of the private sale on the fund raising success of the Handicap Foundation sale. However, the fact remains that we asked Pat Mains last year to please not again schedule her sale on the same day as the Handicap Foundation sale and (I believe) she agreed. Yet, it was done again and done long after the Handicap Foundation had put their event into both the Ning and Chiriqui.life calendars.
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    Hello, With a very heavy heart we are so sad to have to say that our Sadie was killed earlier this week by a vicious serpent. Sadie was our "Mother" weimeraner that we have had since we arrived in Panama 7 years ago. She was loving and incredibly affectionate. Her guardian and hunting instincts eventually led to her demise as she simply couldn't help herself but to seek out and eliminate any yard threats. The snakes here are no joke and if you have a loved pet that likes to run around in the brush be sure to watch them carefully. She was a good dog and will be missed. Life goes on and so this week we went crazy cooking it up!! It's Pot Pie week and after all the preorders through our website there are only a few remaining. This week we have also added some Mexican Tortilla soup with black beans, grilled corn, roasted red peppers, and a delicious blend of aromatics. This soup comes with tortilla chips and serves up great with sour cream and cheddar cheese. Next we will have some Indian Chicken Tikka Masala. This version is more on the medium spicy level as the peppers we used weren't that spicy. It also has reduced sodium if you are watching your salt intake. Tikka Masala is a rich and exotic Indian dish that originated in the UK. Consisting of cream, tomato sauce, peppers, and garlic, with a cultured milk marinated chicken this dish is full of wonderful and authentic Indian flavors. Serve over Jasmine or Basmati Rice and a garnish of culantro to finish it off!! We have made some fermented beet and garlic sauerkraut this week. This sauerkraut has quickly risen to the ranks of top favorite in our kitchen as it really makes for a delicious fermented/probiotic rich snack. Check out this picture of a salad that we made using peeled oranges, fermented beet sauerkraut, feta cheese, mint leaves, and honey. Finally this week at the BCP market for the very first time we will be introducing our Artisan Salami with free samples. The actual product won't be ready for a few more weeks but we were able to pull some smaller diameter salamis from our drying chamber and I just couldn't help myself but want to share it with you. So if you plan on being at the BCP and want to taste some authentic "Old World" salami made with traditional flavors be sure to swing by the 2 Guys Booth!! This week we will have a Finocchiona (fennel) Salami and an Italian Spicy Cacciatore Salami. We are working on developing about 10 other outrageous flavors that will soon be available. Cherry Salami with a pistachio crust, black garlic and white wine salami, bleu cheese cranberry and walnut salami, just to name a few!! We will also be producing artisan pepperoni, coppa, lonzino, bresaola, pancetta, lamb and duck prosciutto, as well as some other really cool charcuterie plate options. The only down side is that they take a while to make!! If you've ever wanted to know what it takes to make salami I have posted a video for you to watch that covers the entire process. It's a rudimentary video that covers the basics and I was able to take 2 days worth of footage and condense it down into 20 minutes. I hope you like it and I can't wait to give away some SALAMI at the BCP on Tuesday!! Swing by and get yours. How To Make Salami. The Secrets Revealed!!! If you would like to sign up for our weekly newsletter and menu update please click this link and be sure to fill out the email form. We send out an email each week with updates from our kitchen. There's always something crazy going on over here!! Join By Clicking Here http://doshombrespanama.com/our-menu/ Finally please click this link to check out our menu. Our menu is ever changing and we add new items weekly to it. If you see anything that you like please complete the ordering process online and select how you would like to receive it. We try to make our service easy and convenient so if your experience is anything other than easy and convenient then please let me know... We are here to serve you. Thanks for letting me do your cooking!!
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    What's irresponsible is claiming **I** put people in danger. How did someone come up with that ? It was an isolated case, but 99% cause-effect. Not well stated in the OP by me. The odds are overwhelming that there was something, anything wrong with my food that day. I wish people would stop deflecting the truth. I like Chinese food. I had the same dish ( Curry Chicken ) in carry--out from them once before. No problem. I'm the one losing out by being forced to blacklist them now. My date had something entirely different and she did not get sick. I just related my experience and I am finished here.
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    A couple weeks back I got deathly ill from what appeared to be classic Salmonella after eating a sit-down Chicken Curry meal at the ChopStix in Alto. As one lady put it, "I thought I was going to die." describing her experience with food poisoning. I've had food poisoning before but nothing of the severity of this. Talked to a guy at Value Motors, he said he had heard that other people had gotten sick there. You've now been warned.
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