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  1. Private home in secluded setting by the Haven Spa. Recent remodel to USA standards. Totally furnished with custom cabinets and furniture. All Inclusive including internet and Netflix. On site laundry. Excellent security. Secure parking and off street parking. Long term only. This is a smoke and pet free property. Rental by the quarter with 60 day call. Deposits and references required. $795.00 per month. Available now. Contact off line only; almills10@gmail.com or 6509-3390 or 202-506-9169 in USA.
  2. A list of most of the phone numbers for Boquete's restaurants is available for viewing and/or downloading HERE The www.boquete.business site has been created by an associate who prefers to be anonymous at this time.
  3. As we finished eating dinner tonight at home, I said to my husband: "What would we do without PriceSmart Potstickers?" "They are consistently good," my husband agreed. To be fair, Candice Chrestman's Thai dipping sauce really made the meal. I love Pricemart Potstickers because I don't like to cook. I'm not good at it. Having a meal that I cook come out well is statistically at chance. I throw the cooking dice and hope for the best. Which is why I love restaurants. They do the cooking for me. I wish I could say that they all do it well, but here are some examples of some Boquete restaurant faux-pas (all restaurants are now out of business or under new ownership): A restaurant charged me for the meal which I wouldn't eat even though I complained that meat sauce thrown over lasagna noodles was not lasagna. They said it was "bastante bien." Maybe. But it wasn't lasagna. When I quietly pulled an owner over to let him know that my friend and I had both experienced food poisoning symptoms after eating at his restaurant, he yelled at me to "stay the f_ _k out of my restaurant." I did as requested. A fairly large restaurant had no waiters or bartenders when my husband went to order a pizza to go. He ordered it directly from the chef who didn't know where everyone was. If you've lived here for a while, I bet you have similar stories. I don't have any funny horror stories to tell about Retro Gusto, a new restaurant in town down the street from the Catholic church. It has an open dining area which is spacious and chic in an understated way and a nice selection of appetizers, salads, pasta dishes, meats, and pizza. I ordered the meat pizza and was pretty clear that I did not want chicken on it. It came with chicken. When I pointed it out to the waitress, she cheerfully returned it to the kitchen. My pizza (sans chicken) came back again with a light crust, a nicely seasoned sauce and tasty toppings. My husband had the pork chop, that although a bit overcooked, was "very flavorful." We then had the Nutella dessert pizza, which was delectable. A chewy crust with plenty of that sweet hazelnut filling. I could live on the Nutella's pizza alone. Considering the quality and quantity (a lot) of the food, the prices were reasonable. The menu said that the prices were "promotional" so I hope that they are not raised in the near future. They're just right where they're at. Nothing kills a restaurant in Boquete faster than overpriced food. Davide Care', the owner, stopped by to apologize for the mix-up on the order and to ask us how everything was, which is something that seldom happens in Boquete. He had previously opened a restaurant in Shanghai that was very successful, and I can see why, considering his attention to detail and concern about his customers. Davide's vision is "creating the first Italian farm to table in Panama which is in synergy with all the amazing producers of region. What makes a restaurant successful is location, concept and soul...you need the last one to succeed." And let's not forget consistency. In Boquete, owners practically need to live at their restaurants to insure consistency. Which, in addition to not being able to cook, is why I would never open a restaurant. Let me raise my glass of wine to toast the new Retro Gusto. May it continue to serve great food at reasonable prices on a consistent basis. May it become one of those restaurants that you automatically think of as an option when you decide to go out and eat. In the mean time, I have my home menu of either Potstickers, grilled chicken, or meat loaf. I can make a mean meat loaf when the cooking dice are in my favor.
  4. I am making a new post about our experience with Planet Telecom. I initially posted this reply in response to a discussion about CableOnda and Mobilnet. Within that post, a comment was made about buffering problems experienced with Planet Telecom with 3 Mbps. I don't know the reasons for the posters' buffering problems, but our experience is with only 2 Mbps, and it is completely different. _________________________________________________________________________ We've had Planet Telecom up here in Volcancito for over three years. We pay for 2 Mbps and we stream TV show, movies, music, Netflix and have a Vonage phone for business and personal calls back to the states. And we can do these simultaneously. In addition, we share the signal with two casitas on our property. The rental casita streams similar to us. Federico's casita primarily uses the internet for the children's schoolwork and his English lessons. We've had minimal problems with buffering and this usually occurs on Sunday when everyone is watching a football games or during the typical slow time for everyone between 6 and 9 PM. When people with CableOnda complained about buffering problems (on Ning) we rarely experienced those problems. You may want to check your configurations (router + wifi + computer) and also see what else is using bandwidth such as VPN or other applications. Leaving an email program running and even FB can use bandwidth. When we first rented here, we used MobilNet and paid for the upgrade to 2 Mbps and the buffering was terrible. This is our experience with Planet Telecom. Dave and Al have been easy to work with and have been very helpful in helping us configure our system.
  5. Boquete: Why Some Leave and Others Stay The average time an expat lives in Boquete is four years. At least, that is what I have been told. I suspect the number four was pulled out of thin air and presented as fact by someone. Why do people who come to live here decide to head back home? After four months, four years or fourteen years? For younger expats who are not ready to retire and who have children, a friend of mine summed up their reasons for leaving quite succinctly: "Friends of mine have left because of their kids as they felt this was not a great spot to receive a cutting edge education.Or they couldn't figure out a way to earn money here." Yep. That's right. The Panamanian educational system is ranked 112 out of 144 countries (2013, Global Competitiveness Index, World Economic Forum). That's not too good. Not good at all. And if you want to make a living here, an entrepreneurial spirit and skill set is needed. For expats who are retirement age, a friend says: I have heard people give all kinds of reasons for leaving Boquete, mostly it has to do with personal health and/or family health. Some have left for more cultural stimulation; concerts, restaurants, architecture, museums, etc. People who have health problems, especially chronic or life threatening ones, and are on Medicare (US) or the Canadian health care system often return to their native countries for quality health care that is covered in varying degrees by the government. Or they may feel they will get better care in a medical system that they are familiar with and whose medical staff speak their language. Being near to families is a big concern whether you are healthy or not. Many people move back to be with their children, grandchildren, siblings or other extended family. None of us are terribly fond of the power outages which occur on a regular yet random basis, but some of us can shrug it off with candles and a glass of wine. Others can't. Some crave more to do: more restaurants, more activities, more concerts and quality theater. While there are others who are content with the limited culture that Boquete offers as long as they can savor a cup of Boquete coffee and the company of good friend. Acclimating yourself to a new culture can be hard. It takes perseverance, acceptance of the idiosyncrasies of your new life, and a huge sense of humor. For some couples, one person likes it here in Panama while the other doesn't. This sometimes leads them to say "adios" to Boquete --or to each other. Why do people stay? "I stay because this is my home base. Natural beauty. Spanish language immersion. Clean, mountain water -no fluoride added." And another friend: "The reason I have stayed is natural beauty, climate and community. You really cannot top those three anywhere outside Boquete in my opinion." Another perspective: "I like being at a distance from the overstimulating, demanding culture of the North. I like the freedom I have here to make my choices and take whatever consequences these bring." As I sit writing this, I am drinking coffee grown at our finca. I'm watching hummingbirds eat from our feeder or sip from tropical flowers in my garden. The wind is blowing origami sun catchers that I made to prevent brightly colored birds doing the whole kamikaze thing against my windows. Thanksgiving with Canadian, American, Chilean and Panamanian friends was simply lovely. Simply lovely. For me, that about sums it up. Why I stay.
  6. Here is a one time catch-up post to our Youtube channel and our current inventory of videos available publicly. Going forward, TV Chiriqui videos will be posted here as they become available. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCL_HqV0_vNuvQF-6pwdKA2w Thanks to Bud for setting up this forum. Mike Moore
  7. Finca Santa Marta grows and distributes the one of the largest variety of organic vegetables in Chiriqui and our free range chickens and eggs are a tasty, healthy alternative to the “factory farm” products available at the local markets. Order Sunday by midnight for pickup at the Tuesday Morning Market or delivery to Dolega or David Tuesday afternoon. Check out our available products on our web site and to place your order. Email questions through the web site. http://www.fincasantamarta.biz/ Eat healthy and feel good. Ron and Kim Miller and the FSM crew.
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