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About Bonnie

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    Bonnie Williams
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    Live and/or work in Chiriqui
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    In Chiriqui
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    United States

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  1. Where is the most economical place to buy essential oils in Boquete?
  2. If you're out of minutes, you can't call out. But people can still call you. (It's on their dime.)
  3. Thanks, Alan. I'll pass this info on to the Embassy in case they don't know. I'm hoping we will get the official word soon on what is required. The prescription requirement is just word of mouth at this point. But the delays are fact.
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    Thanks. Sounds great!
  5. I agree with BlueBird. Both potholes and patience are off-subject and, IMO, should be split off into their own categories. This category is about the significant development of delays in the importation of medications and other merchandise because of new customs regulations. It should not be cluttered up with extraneous topics.
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    Where will this be held? What will be served besides pancakes?
  7. I have a curry tree, Evelyn. PM me if you'd like to drop by and get some leaves.
  8. I had dinner at Retrogusto last week and had a similarly excellent experience. It was on Tuesday night, and the restaurant was packed. That's a good sign.
  9. Where have you seen such postings, Marie? This is the first I've heard about expats leaving in droves and the first I've heard about the Panamanian government being concerned about it.
  10. Poor dog. He looks like he missed a few meals. A special thanks to Juan.
  11. This is totally understandable. But I and many others don't understand the shotgun approach to the immigration and medication problems. The lack of notice too causes hardship. I've never subscribed to the cliche that we expats are "guests" of Panama; no one is putting us up. We're paying our way and paying taxes. But an important element of being a guest is the acceptance of hospitality. So even if you accept the proposition that we're guests, Panama is no longer hospitable in the way it once was. I am hopeful that this will run its course and that more level heads will prevail.
  12. In my role as U.S. Warden, I met with Velkys Munoz of Mailboxes, Etc. at her request on Tuesday. She sought my help in relaying to the expat community that customs is now requiring for certain things, including medications, very burdensome paperwork which includes a prescription from the doctor in the originating country, a doctor in Panama, and a signed statement by the recipient that the products are for personal use. Supplements require the signed statement of the recipient, too, as do other items like creams, makeup, etc. The delay time for receiving such items in Boquete therefore is approximately one month after the required paperwork is submitted. I contacted the U.S. Embassy to see if they could obtain a more official account of exactly what is required. The Embassy agreed to contact the Panamanian authorities and, once they have this information, will issue a Message to U.S. Citizens which I will post here. In the meantime, those of you who depend on imported medications need to start well ahead of time on your order if you cannot find the drug(s) in Panama.
  13. Contact Keith Woolford. He'll handle the entire sale from finding a buyer to taking care of all the paperwork. You'll be glad you did unless you have endless time and patience.
  14. Good. Maybe they can train the security forces here not to confiscate tape measures and lightweight metal bookmarks. It seems like every time I travel they find another obscure object in my purse to confiscate.
  15. So let them be angry. They should know the traffic laws and, for heaven's sake, there have been enough warnings about how not to park at BCP. And it's downright dangerous around Sugar 'n' Spice because of the poor parking, largely by gringos. If gringos are violating the traffic laws, it's unfair to attribute a ticket to an officer who "dislikes gringos." I suspect it's going to take tickets, trips to David, and fines to bring some folks to their senses. Expats are always complaining about the driving habits of Panamanians, but maybe they should take a good look at themselves.