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    Pat and Susan Farrell
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    video directions to Finca Azul
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    Directions /Location: https://www.facebook.com/Finca-Azul-561678603986652/?hc_location=ufi http://finca-azul.com/
  4. 20.9 MP 1"-type Exmor R CMOS sensor 28-100mm equivalent F/1.8-4.9 lens Continuous shooting up to 10 FPS ISO 160-12800, expandable ISO 100, 125, and 25,600 3.0 inch tiltable TFT LCD with 1,229,000 dots 1080 60p/24p HD video with full exposure control (MPEG-4/AVCHD) Raw/JPEG/ Raw+JPEG Steady-Shot image stabilization Rear control dial and customizable front control ring Includes expandable Smart Accessory Shoe for system accessories Built-in WiFi and NFC for sharing and remote camera control 1-Inch 20.2 MP Exmor R sensor for extreme low-light shots Bright F1.8 Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T lens w/3.6x zoom Simple connectivity to smartphones via Wi-Fi or NFC Recording Media Types: PRO Duo / Pro-HG Duo media Memory Stick, SD, SDHC and SDXC Memory Card Also included: leather camera case ($80.00 value) 4 GB memory card battery charger and spare battery car adapter Paid $650 for camera only - asking $400 info @ finca tierra pura boquete .com thanks
  5. If someone attacks you on your post, does not contribute anything positive but so disagrees with the content or the person that they cannot reply in a constructive manner, then it would seem that the person who attacked you should have been reprimanded and the posts removed but not remove the ability of others to reply. I am still learning this site, but what I am seeing is the ability to customize your feeds. Is this similar to News Boquete discussion and the suggestions offered by Bonnie on how to avoid those posts in your feeds? Can this be done with the classified posts if someone does not wish to see the replies? And it appears that all of the topics in the Classifieds are not the "same". Some posts will be generated by the person selling an item or the business and some posts will be made by those trying to share resources. For example, I would like to post about Boquete Gardening Services and I am sure that when others see the post about Nemesio and his group, they will also comment on the services he provided to them. Here is where you build the credibility of the business or service.
  6. Thanks for your replies. I can understand not wanting to read the banter for someone selling an item but it seems to me that there are instances when dialogue within the classifieds would be be helpful to the membership. And sometimes rules are made and then a situation arises which may require a revisit to the rules. I can answer Dottie's questions but I cannot reply to her post. I can send her a private email but then that info is not shared with the members. I have collected many resources over the years that I am willing to share, but my past experience is that someone will ask me a specific question about the resource and the answer is of benefit to all of the members. In the current system I can only reply to individual. When I created the Rolodex in Ning, with some posts but not all, someone would post a question or an additional comment supporting the reference and this contributed to the overall quality of the post. If the only option in this situation is to reply privately, then information gets fragmented. Just my observation mind you. Thanks again. Susan
  7. Hola I notice that you cannot reply to the Classified Ads. I tried to reply to Dottie's question in the Miscellaneous section but there is no reply feature. Then I started looking at some of the other ads, ads where people were selling items, and there is no reply feature in these posts either. Is this by design? Thanks Susan
  8. Even with the proper documentation and good Spanish communications skills, collusion in a foreign country is very difficult to fight against.
  9. I will try to find the model number, it is a three door with the freezer on the bottom, 26 cf. Audiophoto and Panaphoto have this model. The other point is that we've had smaller items break down and we just decide what is worth our time and aggravation - this refrig was $1800.00 so it was initially worth our time and aggravation but this experience was so bad, we decided to walk away from it. It was taking up time that we'd never get back.
  10. Yes we did everything that Roger suggested and more. This wasn't our first rodeo and you need to know when to just walk away. Roger heard about our plight and started a Twitter campaign and got the attention of Samsung and ACODECO. We are very grateful to Roger for helping us to get resolution of this problem. I posted this as an advisory so that people will be aware. I have also heard a few good stories about ACODECO which is why we were surprised about our dealings with them. I only posted the main highlights, there were other absurd and aggravating interactions with ACODECO and Audiophoto. The worse was when the ACODECO rep and the Audiophoto rep spoke in Spanish in front of us thinking we would not understand and they made derogatory comments about us being "Americanos" and they were not going to negotiate with us. We've never experienced that before in Panama. Apologies were eventually given by ACODECO and Audiophoto but it shouldn't have been this bad of a situation in the first place.
  11. We wish your friend luck in dealing with ACODECO. We had a terrible experience and after a year or so we gave up. Roger Bellido heard about our experience and started tweeting to key Twitter accounts and created a lot of noise for us. We finally were able to get our refund and we purchased a refrigerator at another store. This was a nightmare and the excuses, now, are laughable. Below is a correspondence during this time. ____________________________________________ We purchased the refrigerator in December 2013 and it was delivered in December. We plugged the refrigerator in and about a week later it starts to make a loud banging noise at random times. Sounds like a hammer on a metal pot. Loud. Twice the food in the freezer partially melted. In January 2014 we went to Audiophoto and we were told to contact Samsung. In February a Samsung technician came to the house, heard the noise, said it is a common problem with this refrigerator, it cannot be repaired. A search on the internet and Youtube shows the numerous complaints this model of refrigerator has. We waited for Samsung to send us the report and no replies. We went to Audiophoto several times and first asked for a replacement with a different refrigerator that was not the Samsung. They said no. We then asked both Samsung and Audiophoto for a refund and we were denied. We have been ignored by Audiophoto and we no longer want to conduct business with them. We want a refund. We also contacted Samsung and we were told that the loud banging noise is normal for a refrigerator. We were then told to make a video recording of the noise and send to them. This is absurd. We exhausted all efforts and decided to file with ACODECO. XXXXX at ACODECO told us that the law states that Audiphoto has 30 days to make some type of offer to settle this problem. Since they ignored us and let the 30 days lapse, ACODECO told us that they have essentially lost their case / rights and must refund our money. ACODECO was finally able to get the technician's report from Samsung. XXXXXX said that a video recording of a noise is not admissible evidence. He said he would schedule us to appear before the ACODECO "judge". We had many delays in getting the appointment but we finally were given an appointment on September 15th. We were told to arrive early so we could complete the paperwork giving permission for Nancy Burgess to act as an interpreter/translator. Nancy was told to bring a copy of her passport so that she could complete the paperwork that gives her permission to interpret for us. We arrived at 2 PM for the 3 PM meeting and twice asked for the paperwork and twice were denied. They claimed they were busy however they were just sitting at the desk. We were then taken into an office with an ACODECO representative, a female who did not give us her name. The meeting was suppose to be with XXXXX. We never could get an answer why we were not appearing in front of the ACODECO judge. The ACODECO woman made it very clear to us that she wanted nothing to do with resolving this situation. She would not answer our questions about why we were not in front of the judge, what the law states in regards to the 30 day limit, or anything. Both the ACODECO person and the representative from Audiophoto made derogatory comments about us being "Americanos" thinking we did not understand Spanish, even though we had an interpreter with us fluent in Spanish. The ACODECO woman made us sign a paper that said we will reschedule because we do not have the paperwork completed allowing for the interpreter. We said that we were denied the paperwork at the front desk. She ignored us.She would not look at us and or answers questions. On our own we attempted to settle this with the Audiphoto representative. Audiophoto said that Samsung said they do not trust the judgment of their own technician and they want us to record the sound. We asked how do I record a sound that is random. A sound that occurs at 2 AM. She said when I hear the noise at night, to get up and record it. I said that is after the noise occurred. She laughed at us. I said that ACODECO/ XXXXXX told us that a video of a noise is not admissible. When question the ACODECO woman would not answer us to as whether this is true. We then said that Pat could stand in the background and make the noise with a hammer. The Audiophoto person laughed and nodded her head (yes). We asked how do we get this video to you. How to record? On what format? The Audiophoto rep had no real answers because the request was so absurd. Then both the ACODECO person and the Audiophoto person said to bring the recording to the store in David and they will decide. We said that is not a compromise. And we did not agree to be bound by the decision made by Audiophoto after viewing the video. They wanted us to agree to this but we would have done this silly task, Audiphoto would listen to the tape and say nope and then that would be perceived as an agreed upon settlement. We refused. We were told to schedule another meeting. Our interpreter had a difficult time getting the appointment. They kept telling her that ACODECO has done all they can do. Nancy replied that ACODECO has done nothing and has not even attempted to mediate this claim. We contacted our attorney and he also ran into problems and we then decided to let this drop. Too much time and aggravation. Then Roger Bellido intervened and we were able to sort this out with ACODECO and Audiophoto. During this time, we were told that the case was closed because they scheduled us for another meeting but we never showed up. We were never contacted. There were many half-baked excuses offered. _______________________________________ Bring lots of documentation with you. Good luck.
  12. http://www.acodeco.gob.pa/acodeco/Chiriqui.php has the exact address and you can pull it up on Google maps parking is terrible so park in El Campeon, do some shopping there and then walk over to ACODECO
  13. looks like all of the photos did not come over with the notice and the formatting changed here are the Moringa photos that went out with the notice
  14. I am still navigating this site, here is a message I sent to Bud, but it seems appropriate to post it here now. ____________________________________________________________________ hola Bud We greatly appreciate you creating Chiriqui Life Forum. I do not know if there was a previous post about this, but for what it's worth, we enjoy having the News Boquete and other notices in the Activity Stream. If it is in the Activity Stream, then we get an immediate notice instead of going to the individual areas to look and see if anything new is posted. We believe it will be a disservice to those who send out these notices, as it is likely that many will not go to search for these notices, and many notices are sent out only a day before the event. If the notices are in the activity stream, more people are likely to see it, which supports the purpose of the notices. [And the purpose of the Activity Stream]. Just wanted to share our thoughts on this. Gracias, Susan & Pat
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