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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. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. Bonnie

    ABC Poker Fun (or Fund) Raiser

    I notice that this event is advertised in the calendar and was recently posted by the moderator. I would like to know the mission of ABC (Amigos de Boquete Ciudad) and what a Poker Run is. More interest may be generated if a description of the organization and the event were included.
    1 Points
  7. This is very good news!!!!!! Thanks Bonnie.
    1 Points
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. I'm with Bud and Keith on this. This kind of over-simplistic hype promotes unrealistic expectations and subsequent disappointment.
    1 Points
  13. Thanks for these links. I've been thinking that maybe I'd like to try living as a broad. This will certainly afford a better perspective on time, happiness ... and hairstyle! Where can I find the appropriately-sized clothing? I'll be needing size eleven heels.
    1 Points
  14. Sounds more hyped than International Living. Each of us gets to decide our priorities.
    1 Points
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  16. Keith Woolford

    Vehicle Registration Fees Increase

    I'm aware that a lot of people from the U.S. call the annual Plate renewal fee here a 'registration fee', but that is a misnomer, it's an operation or circulation fee. A vehicle is only registered once, after it has been imported. The Registro Unico Propiedad Vehicular or Title is issued at that time. one time fees for imported vehicles. 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. Currently registered used vehicles are not affected.
    1 Points
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
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    -2 Points
  21. Mary D

    Annual water/garbage rate discrimination

    The increase in the annual water and garbage bill is not an isolated incidence. I just heard of the same situation with another Canadian couple who were charged $180 and for a Panamanian paying their bill, it was $64!!! And Panamanians aren't asked for their cedula or any identification. If you "look" Panamanian you pay the lower rate. This is illegal. Someone suggested we get a group together, with our receipts, and the Panamanian receipts and talk to a lawyer in David. Boquete cannot charge what they want, let alone a different rate for gringos. If the city officials in David find out about this, there will be a big uproar. In the long run, when foreigners find out about the 'discrimination' there will be less foreigners coming to the area and some may even leave. But the bottom line is -it's WRONG!!
    -2 Points