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  1. Marcelyn and I attended this June 15th concert at the library. This was an exceptionally good performance (not wanting to detract from others, but this just really was our kind of music). Here are the pictures and videos that were taken during the performance. Note that only a few of the songs were recorded, partly because I had only one camera and can do only one kind of multimedia recording at a time, and partly because the lighting was such that I felt the visual part of video recordings would not be attractive (that turned out to be the case). The performers were well received by the audience as witnessed by the many energetic standing ovations. Our community owes a huge "thank you" to Elsa Castillo for bringing such talented musicians to our special community in the Chiriqui highlands. Here are the pictures. And here are the videos. And finally, here is the program brochure.
  2. Based on personal experience, this news put a big smile on my face. Thank you to all who made this happen, and so successfully.
  3. Three of us recently tried out the cuisine at a relatively new "food truck" called El Turko. El Turko is located across the street from Tres Scalini, which is one of the many high end eateries on "restaurant row" in Bajo Boquete. Besides El Turko, there are also Mr. Burger and Fabrica Cubana in the same general patch of land. Parking was off-street and no charge, even though there was a sign saying $3 parking. Tony is the proprietor of El Turko. From the business name one would be correct in thinking of Turkish cuisine. Food prices were quite reasonable, the food quality was excellent. Can't say much as to authenticity because none of the three of us is an expert on Turkish food. But we enjoyed it and will go back. If there is any complaint it would be that the servings are quite large, and so all of us had some doggie bag food going home with us. Tony assisted with packaging of the food for our doggie bags. Here are some pictures taken during our first outing at El Turko.
  4. Donna has given permission to provide her email to you. Please see the PM (private message) that has just now been sent to you.
  5. Will contact Donna to she if she is okay with releasing private information.
  6. Marcelyn and I attended this first ever ACCBoquete Bingo fundraiser that was held at La Posada. Although I like to play bingo, I had been requested to take pictures, and so my role was to circulate among the participants and document the event. Maybe on the next bingo night I will be able to play and win the big prize. Speaking of prizes, they ran anywhere from $25.00 to $200.00, all cash prizes. It was an energetic group of participants. The event itself was hampered by rain (we understand that stopped some from participating because they would walk to La Posada), the loss of electricity (La Posada has a generator, and so the outages were few and short-lived as the generator came online), and an audio system that did not work. In spite of those problems, the bingo match was successful and apparently well-received based on the large number of smiling faces at the various tables. The event was masterfully emceed by Marc Rosen, and assisted by Arturo Gonzales (of MBE Boquete fame). The really encouraging thing to my way of thinking about this bingo match was that it was a mixed culture group, meaning locals and gringos participating together. I do not speak for the organizers (ACCBoquete), but understand that over $500 in cash prizes were on the docket and that all of those prizes were won, some by locals and some by gringos. And the event was in black ink, including accounting for expenses and cash prizes. The entire community benefits because ACCBoquete raised funds to help the first responders and needy community members, and the participants had a lot of fun with the bingo and the good food and drinks provided by La Posada. Neither of us drink beer, but we understand that beer was on special for $1.00 for this event. Service was prompt and efficient, the food quality was excellent (we did a pizza and had a coke and coffee for drinks; I also had an ice cream dish); good value for the dinner and drinks because our total bill for the both of us was less than $20.00, including tip, and I did not request any jubilado discount. As an aside, these bingo events are now scheduled for every other Tuesday at La Posada. On the intervening Tuesdays is the Team Trivia competitions that are held at Skateworld in Alto Boquete. Thus, if you are a game junky, then you can get your fill on Tuesday evenings by going to bingo games and trivia contests every Tuesday evening. The next Team Trivia will be on Tuesday, June 18th, and the next ACCBoquete Bingo will be on Tuesday, June 25th. Check on the "Upcoming Events" panel here on CL for reminders (look at the right side on the CL homepage). If you need more information about ACCBoquete, please contact Linda Hart at 6716-1151. If you need more information about ACCBoquete Bingo, please contact Marc Rosen at 6363-0479. Here are the pictures that were taken on this first round of ACCBoquete Bingo here in Boquete.
  7. Interesting posting. In my 18+ years of living in Boquete this is the first news of a waterspout in Panama that I can recall. As a long ago navy guy (don't ask), I learned that a waterspout is basically a tornado that has formed over water. There are two kinds of waterspouts: tornadic and fair-weather. Once a waterspout comes over land it is then a tornado.
  8. I ***DO*** appreciate all of the postings here. Good information. After this transaction is completed, I will post as to the procedure used and the outcome. It is quite nice to have people, some of whom we don't even know, helping in this journey through life in Boquete. Thank you.
  9. Thanks to both of you. Will let the sender decide which method works best from the sending end.
  10. A friend is wanting to send us some cash. That friend lives in South America and would be sending US dollars. The question I have is how to get that money to us? We have zero experience in this kind of business transaction. We are not talking about a large sum of money, so hopefully we wouldn't raise any concerns about money laundering, illegal activities, etc., none of which apply. I think there is (or was?) a Western Union office across the street from Multibank. Is that service still available, and if so how does it work? I thought about suggesting PayPal, but don't know if and how that works either. Some Google searches this morning were, at best, confusing. Suggestions, recommendations, information about reliability and timing and fees, etc., solicited.
  11. I’ve read this topic several times and still do not understand what the problem is. I do understand that Skype does not offer Panama phone numbers like they do for some other countries. To answer your question, we do have Skype, but don’t use it very much because of the quality of the audio when talking. We have and use all the time a “business” phone service using VOIP technology through a company based in Arizona called Nextiva. That service allows us to pick any state for our phone number (we selected a 713 area code number since we vote in Houston) plus unlimited incoming and outgoing FAX service (also using a separate 713 number) that has saved our bacon on several occasions. They also provide an app for our iPad that means the Houston number “follows” with us while in travel mode anywhere in the world, providing we have [good] Internet access. Both phone numbers are unlimited calling to anywhere in the US and Canada, and very attractive rates per minute for international calling (meaning any number outside of the US and Canada). I sometimes even use our Houston line when calling to PC because the quality of the audio is so much better than using our Panama landline service. (We are not big on using cell service.) The expensive part of Nextiva is buying the phone instrument itself, which is a one-time thing. You do need good Internet service, but that applies to Skype as well because they both are VOIP technology.
  12. Wow, bring on the chicken pot pies. One of my favorites.
  13. I was recently provided a paper straw at Mike’s Global Grill. It seemed to hold up well during our entire dining experience.
  14. I talked with the bank manager for our bank (Multibank) earlier today and she assured me that there are no plans by their management to make any changes. She was aware of reports from others that some other banks are making changes, some with onerous fees and others with dramatically high minimum balance requirements. She even mentioned that if the idea were to come up within Multibank that she would advise management against it because she knows many of her customers would go elsewhere. We were relieved to hear her feedback because that is how we get our funds into Panama from our US bank. (For us we just write a check on our US bank account and deposit it in Multibank, then a five day hold, and no fees involved, but with a $3K limit at each instance; never been a problem for us.)
  15. So pleased to see the above responses on the topic of education. I have maintained for almost my entire time here in Panama (now 18+ years) that education is the number one priority that needs "fixing". Just never seems to happen. And then there is another posting from the newspapers here on CL this morning reporting that the Chamber of Commerce is saying that education, health care, and Social Security should be the top priority for the country and the political aspirants in the upcoming May elections. I agree, as long as education is the first on that short list.
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