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JohnF13 last won the day on November 30 2018

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    John P. Ferguson
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    Live and/or work in Chiriqui
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  1. They told me that the fee for a US $ cheque written on my American account from Canada would be $300. That was 8 months ago. Colour me unimpressed
  2. JohnF13

    Where to pay the water bill

    We are in Potrerillos and pay ours at IDAAN in David. They have moved and are now on the Super99 road in David. We go there every year or so and pre-pay $20, keeps us going. I think you can also pay at the prepagos places. Don’t know the vagaries of the Boquete juntas though, so might not be of much help in your case.
  3. JohnF13

    Propane BBQ gas tank refill

    If you have the standard 20lb tank, change it out for a 25 lbs jobbie. Much cheaper.
  4. I’ll second these folks. Been in several times and always good and friendly service
  5. I know, BD, I’m just an old cynic.
  6. And everywhere I have seen it introduced for that reason, it turned out to be a scam.
  7. It’s not a matter of holding it in low regard, merely observations on the situation. Neither Hil nor I said Panama is a failed state but merely made observations that some things need to be adressed. There is always something that needs fixing.
  8. While Panama is not a failed state yet, it is heading down that road. The corruption amongst the Courts, the lack of ability to hold anyone accountable (except minor players) and the way in which legislators and others pass laws protecting and justifying egregious behaviour are some of the early hallmarks.
  9. That’s the one that closed Keith. There is still a big Scotiabank down near Box Shop, but it doesn’t seem to have the full service I need
  10. Didn’t get any explanation why the one in David closed. Given that, I can’t speculate on the one in Alto. It seems to be a popular expat bank, let’s hope it has enough business to stay open.
  11. Recently, Scotiabank in David closed and left no forwarding address. As I do most of my business etc in David these days (Sorry, Boquete..) I found myself in need of a full service bank in the City. Talked to my insurance agent (Gloria D) and she recommended Banco General. Good for me, as there is a branch in Terronal Mall and many others around town. So, off Jocie and I go to the bank, hoping for a quick transaction. Not so fast boyo! Firts visit the customer service rep. Explained what we needed (all in Spanish, no English there) and sent us off to get the required documents. First, a letter of referral from Scotiabank and proof of where our funds were coming from. Easy peasy....got that stuff and returned to the bank. The new customer service rep. Looked at the paperwork and said it wasn’t enough. We needed proof of where we lived and a personal reference (used Gloria D). Off we went again and returned the next day with the new info. We spoke to the first service rep who took all the info and then told us we needed to provide proof that our funds were being taxed in Canada. Left again. Out in the parking lot Jocie remembered she had emails on her phone from our Cdn accountant, along with our SIN numbers. Back into the bank, met with the rep again and showed her the info. She recorded the SIN numbers the reached into her desk and brought out the magic stamp. Stamped all our info and gave us Clave cards, telling us the account would be active next Wednesday. All in all, a not terribly difficult process “IF” we had been given all the requirements on the first visit. An adventure and a learning experience! To sum up, you need: Passeport/cedula proof of where your money is coming from. proof of residence (water bill etc) reference letter from your bank proof you pay taxes in your home country personal reference Other banks may be easier, our insurance agent recommended Banco General so we went with them.
  12. Brandy, and EXACTLY where does the urine and poop (and the diaper) get to when they are just dumped down the ravine or abandoned at the side of the road? Single use diapers are one of the most polluting things around due to their volume.
  13. You want to create less pollution, less garbage? BAN ONE USE DIAPERS. Cloth is just as easy to use and is environment friendly. I wonder how many plastic bags it takes to equal one diaper......And, just in case you think I don’t know what I am talking about, my daughter was raised on cloth diapers.....