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About JohnF13

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    John P. Ferguson
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    Live and/or work in Chiriqui
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    In Chiriqui
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  1. Bonnie, Not sure I agree with you. Before coming here we did everything the Panamanian govt. wanted through a lawyer in Panama City. After out arrival we had our one year temporary pensionado card within three days. The permanent one arrive well before the expiry of the temporary card. So, it can be done, it just takes money (in our case around $3k for the both of us) and attention to detail.
  2. Dont know what is going on in my neck of the woods, but power in Potrerillos has been very "iffy" over the past two days. A 6 hour outage yesterday, a couple of minor outages during the night and two more this morning. Certainly not blaming Panama City, I suspect piss poor maintainance is to blame.
  3. And yet, crooked politicians move millions around with complete impunity.
  4. We are just going through this process now to move a car from Panama City to Dolega. I seem to remember that the last time we did this ( courtesy of Keith Woolford) it wasn't nearly as complicated. The only steps we have left to do is the DIJ inspection, then wait a few days for the official paperwork then go back to Dolega and get the revised title for the car. A friend of mine doing the same thing appears to be caught in some kind of black hole, he cannot get his plates even though he went theough the steps at the right time. He figures he has around 35 hours invested in the exercise. Moral of the story, if you don't have to do it, just don't. We have fun with this kind of thing, others may see it as a huge irritant.
  5. The 27% doesn't surprise me. After all, a lot of the U.S. Folk live nowhere near a border and don't have an exploring spirit - apart from the U.S of A.
  6. Roger, speed most certainly, but also poor maintenance and a cavalier attitude towards driving - and that's not just Panamanians!
  7. My memory bank (Jocie, my wife) just kicked in. When we first went to enquire about driver's licences we picked up the pamphlet explaining what was needed. One of those things was having our licences certified by the Canadian govt., so I had to go to Panama City, get that done then off to the appropriate Panamanian department on the Tumba Muerta (?) to register the certification. After receiving their blessing (and yet another stamped document) we could then get our Panamanian licences. An aquaintance of mine tried to get around that by making a scene at the David licence office. It did not go well. As I said above, Panama has rules and you have to cross every "t" and dot every "i" or you won't get the desired result. Do that and everything will go smoothly. Don't know about other Countries, but I was able to get both my and Jocie's drivers licences certified by myself, they did not need both of us there.
  8. FWIW, before arriving in Panama for the first (and only) time in 2013, we had conversed extensively with both the Panamanian Embassy in Canada as well as our Panamanian lawer, Mario Fonseca (I dont think he has any connection to Mossack Fonseca). With their help I managed to get all of the necessary documents together, got them apostilled by the Canadian government and couriered them down to Mr. Fonseca. He checked them over and said we had everything needed. After arrival we spent three days in Panama City during which time Mr Fonseca or one of his assistants ferried us around the City to various government departments. At the end of the third day we both had our one year temporary carnets (Pensionado cards). We did have a bit of a problem in the ensuing months due to the fact that the Panamanian govt. did not recognise my pension source as coming from a government agency, but once we got that figured out everything else went smoothly and we had our permanent cards after 8 months. As for driving on your "home" licence I am a bit fuzzy on that. When we went to Sertacen (?) to check on a Panamanian licence one of the ladies there enquied why we did not already have a Panamanian licence - can't remember when that was in the process. Anyway, we did go through the process and got our Panamanian licences a short time later. The first one had an expiration date that coincided with the expiration date of our temporary carnet. After the permanent carnet arrived our next licences were for 4 years. upshot of the story is that it is easily possible to have everything done before arrival and if that is done then the process should go easily. The SNAFU with my pension income showed how the govt. is VERY strict with paperwork and will not brook even the slightest deviation from the "norm". Just our experience from 4 years ago, as usual, YMMV.
  9. Bonnie, FWIW, my lawyer told me you need a special rider on your temporary carnet if you are going to leave and re-enter the Country. That was a few years ago so I do not know if it is current, might be worthwhile checking if anyone is in that situation.
  10. Embry was just here for coffee, was at the beach yesterday so out of cell range. He should be available early this morning before he goes to Church.
  11. Try Embry Koonz, 6758-6701 - he has whatsapp on that number. He has done a few kitchens with granite. Usual disclaimer, I am not involved in his business etc, etc, etc.....
  12. I do not know how Mae Lewis calculates initial charges, but as an example, when I went in with my neighbour they demanded $4000. The transfer ambulance was waiting outside to take her to Regional if we didn't pay. So as Bonnie says, have a healthy daily draw limit on your card or have good recognised insurance.
  13. Ahhh, the vagaries of the interweb. Personally, I blame Al Gore...
  14. until

    "Someone" broke in overnight and cleaned the place out. I know who did it, Lucy knows who did it, the police know who did it, nothing will be done.