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    Bonnie Williams
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    Live and/or work in Chiriqui
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    In Chiriqui
  • Birth (home) country:
    United States

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  1. Good seamstress in Boquete?

    No. I believe the sign says "Sastreria," which would make sense as a tailor's shop. "Modista" is close, though, meaning a designer or dressmaker, according to my research. I assume it denotes something fancier, more fashionable than a sastre or sastra.
  2. Preschools and kindergartens are not common in Panama, where extended family usually take on the responsibility of caring for children while parents work. Even if you can locate one, so far as I know they are not regulated in any way by the government as to staff-to-children requirements, adequate space, and background checks. In my view, it would risky to place a child there unless you are intimately familiar with the operation and its operators. Probably your best bet if you require child care is an in-home sitter whom you have carefully vetted. Or, if you know other expats with small children, perhaps you can share childcare responsibilities.
  3. Good seamstress in Boquete?

    I believe "sastre" is the masculine singular, Bud; "sastres" is plural. A seamstress if a "sastra." I believe their sign says something different, though, but I can't remember what.
  4. Although I have no firsthand information about this, common sense tells me that everything that comes in must go through Customs. If some packages are treated differently than others, the first thing that comes to mind is bribery. Does anyone know exactly how this works?
  5. Okay. I understand that the Embassy has responded individually to at least one person who brought this matter to their attention. I therefore wrote today and asked if the Embassy intended to provide a copy of the guidelines obtained from MINSA to the Wardens and/or to issue a Message regarding it. After exchange of a couple of emails, here is the final response: Ms. Williams, At this time, we feel that it would be better to provide information on a case-by-case basis. They may change in the future, but right now we feel that this is the best approach. I am sorry to hear that you have been swamped with inquiries, and I would ask that you refer anyone with questions to the ACS inbox and we will do our best to answer them as quickly as possible. That should be easier now that we have some guidance from MINSA. We sincerely appreciate your continued assistance and we do not want our wardens to be overwhelmed with questions, so please refer them to the ACS inbox Regards, Thomas Hayes Vice Consul American Citizens Services/Federal Benefits Unidad de Asistencia a Ciudadanos Estadounidenses/Beneficios Federales Again, the email address is panama-acs@state.gov. The phone number is 317-5000.
  6. http://speedtest.cableonda.com/ I pay for 30 and register 61 this morning without resetting.
  7. You CAN'T get sick, Dottie. Way too many animals depend on you!
  8. Bochinche or not, it certainly makes sense. Thanks a lot. I have yet to hear from the U.S. Embassy.
  9. I'm delighted to hear this, Doug. Others, however, have been waiting for weeks. The uncertainty remains. That's what's maddening, particularly when one's well-being can depend on receiving the drugs. Who's your courier, if I may ask? It'll be interesting to see if this makes a difference.
  10. Because the unvaccinated are a threat to the health of others.
  11. No drug is without risk. That's why there are so many lengthy warning notices in ads and in the drug's info. The choice is to weigh the possible side effects and the percentage of their occurrence (the risk) against the potential benefit. I agree that your decision is a reasonable one, Jim. My quarrel is with those who cite anecdotal evidence, repudiated studies, and quack science to support their point of view.