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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.

Penny

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  1. I don't think that my Panamanian neighbor and I are in different zones.
  2. 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.
  3. I remember when Krispy Kreme opened in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Lines around the block. They were my favorite when I lived in North Carolina.
  4. I paid twice as much as my neighbor on each house. Still cheap !!
  5. Be very careful driving the Alto Lino loop after dark. Many folks get drunk at the feria and then walk home in the middle of that road.
  6. What Keith says may well be true, but I live in a basically Panamanian neighborhood and went with my Panamanian neighbor to pay and she paid half of what I paid and the explanation was that it was expected I would generate more garbage. This was last year. We'll see what this year brings. Still cheap and I'm still happy.
  7. Here's what you do: drive up the Jaramillo Arriba road. Just past the school on the right and the basketball court on the left is the Corrigadora's office on the left. There is a sign on the door. Tell her you need a "ticket para la feria" and she will understand what you want. She wants your plate number, your name, the type and color of your vehicle. She will issue you a pass to drive past the feria. However, common sense dictates that you don't do it after 5 or 6 every night. The road is packed with pedestrians and you basically have to tap them with your bumper to get them to move. Also, going around the Alto LIno loop isn't a good option after dark. There are many drunks wearing dark clothes walking on the road during feria. Best option is to stay home after 5 pm for the ten days of feria.
  8. I paid a friend's Tasa Unica ($300 for a corporation and $400 for a foundation) at Banco Nacional. I asked the service rep for 3 forms so I had one for my own fee and one for an extra. Today I went to Caja de Ahorros across the street from the new (still under construction) Deli Baru and I paid my own corporate fee. Many people aren't aware you can also pay at Caja de Ahorros and the lines are way shorter there.
  9. I paid my water bill today to the Jaramillo Arriba water system today. The bill was the same as it's always been -- $32.80 total for two houses. This represents a discount for paying the entire year in January. I'm happy about this amount having come from a place that the water bill was $60/month for one house in Michigan in 2002. Last year my garbage rate paid to the Municipio went way up. The reason given was that I was a gringo and put out more garbage. The new rate was $32.40/year for each of my two houses. I paid it without arguing the gringo question because it's still way less than the $6/week I was paying in 2002 in Michigan. And, maybe it's true that I do put out more garbage. However, I know for a fact that many Panamanian pedestrians bring their garbage from farther up the hill and dump it into my container. Let's just keep it in perspective folks.
  10. Marie I have a few more things to donate. Can I bring them next Tuesday to the ARF tent at the Tuesday market?
  11. Well, it's Wednesday and I finally got power back this morning. However,Cableonda isn't working so no internet or TV and Mas Movil isn't working in my neighborhood. Does anybody know anything??
  12. I also got Cableonda back just now but still no cell service.
  13. The speakers at this week's Tuesday Talks and the topic are so important that Mr. Bud will probably film it and publish it as a podcast. For those of you who don't know Bud, he's a true asset to our community.
  14. When I was growing up on the Great Lakes in Michigan, perch were plentiful and the basis for all fish fries. The perch are now almost gone in the Great Lakes and the few left are very, very expensive. Kind of like corvina is in Panama -- getting scarce and expensive. I think the solution to the Peacock Bass and also the Lionfish problem is "Eat 'em; beat 'em".
  15. An article in Newsroom Panama today indicated that about a dozen Panama banks have been fined for irregular practices. The two banks in Boquete that are included are Global Bank and the government bank Caja de Ahorros.
  16. Hi Bill There is no email address per se for the local FPI facility. Well, maybe there is but since the sole employee is Panamanian with only Spanish she probably doesn't ever read it and definitely can't answer you in English. I'm a volunteer for them and you can write to me at pjbarrett@aol.com. Another alternative would be to contact Susan Peterson. Write me at the above address and I'll give you her address.
  17. I'm looking for a handyman who is capable of drilling out a lock and replacing it and also replacing a couple of locks that don't need to be drilled out. I don't think I need an actual locksmith. Just a handy type guy. This is for BCP. We need to replace all the exterior locks and maybe one of the interior locks.
  18. I'm glad I wasn't invited to this "stitch and bitch" meeting. Those folks need a kick in the ass. Why don't they get off their collective asses and do something about their complaints?
  19. After having a checking account with MultiBank for at least 12 years, I just recently closed it. I figure if I need a check I'll pay the fee for a cashier's check ($5 at Banco General and $10 at MultiBank). I was hit with about $100 worth of low balance fees in my account at MultiBank a couple of years ago and should have closed the checking account then. Of course, they don't tell you that your balance is low so the fees just keep accumulating. I now have savings accounts at both Banco General and MultiBank. My account at MultiBank allows me to deposit a U.S. check of up to $3000 once a month with no charge and a 5 day clearing period. This is a special deal for folks who own a house in Panama. Fidelity has the same deal as Schwab. I use their debit card for purchases wherever Visa is accepted. No foreign transaction fee and they immediately reimburse all ATM fees . . . which have gotten pretty steep lately.
  20. Fellow Boqueteños: I normally send out the schedule for the Tuesday Talks on Saturday. However, this coming Tuesday we have such a spectacular program I felt many would like some advance notice so they don't inadvertently schedule some other activity on Tuesday morning. First of all we have one of the most important guys in Panama, Alberto Alemán, who ran the Panama Canal Authority for many years including the years of decision to enlarge the canal. As a last minute surprise to us, he's bringing with him, Lee McIntyre, who is the CEO of the company that was contracted to do all the project management for the canal expansion. These two guys together know more about the Panama Canal than probably any other in the world. If you're interested in the history of your adopted country, this is a don't miss program. 10:30 in the BCP theater.
  21. Thanks to Joy and Tom Shivers who took the mail Wednesday afternoon. Please, if you are planning on flying out on a Tuesday afternoon, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday, you could stop by the BCP between 11:30 and 12 and grab the bag of mail and take it with you. Now that Christmas is passed, we only have about 20 or 25 letters going out so it's not going to add a lot of weight to your luggage. Thanks so much.
  22. This is the 3rd time BCP has hosted the Hospice presentation. It has "sold out" every time. You have to know this information if you're visiting or living in Boquete. We're so lucky to have a Hospice organization here.
  23. When you drive a gold X-Trail and there's 30 more identical cars in Boquete, a few dents help identify and individualize the car.
  24. There is a recycling facility across the street from La Posada, the Argentinian Restaurant just before the curve on main street. For body shop work, I use Levis. He has a sign on the bus stop shelter just a little past CEFATI. Go down that road until it basically ends (i.e., turns into a cow path). Turn right and you will see his business.
  25. Please everyone, give a thumbs up to the Handicap Foundations video submitted by Linda Sherman.