More Hospital Regional Experience

I thought I would pass on some more recent experience in Hospital Regional. I am assisting a family of an individual that was in Hospital Regional and died.

The funeral home quotation has been provided and and I am enclosing the bill so you can see current costs for cremation. The first charge is transportation charges to take the body to Panama City and return the ashes. You will also see there is a discount for being a jubilado. Continue reading More Hospital Regional Experience

My exercise plan is really just reminding myself to stand up every once in a while.

Message for U.S. Citizens: Outreach in David, Chiriqui June 2015

Follwing is the ACS message on the U.S. Embassy Outreach:

The American Citizen Services (ACS) Unit at the U.S. Embassy in Panama would like to inform U.S. citizens in Western Panama that we will be visiting David, Chiriqui on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 to provide consular services to U.S. citizens.

We will be at the Hotel Ciudad de David in David, Chiriqui from 9:00a.m. to 3:00p.m. on Wednesday, June 17, 2015. We will offer the following services:

– Applications for U.S. passports (these services will be processed in Panama)

– Passport Renewal (adults and minors)

– Lost or Stolen Passports

– Notarizations

– Voting Registration (Please print and complete the form at:


1. Please bring photocopies of all documents to be submitted.

2. Please bring the exact cash amount to pay for the service.

3. Please bring completed forms. Please access the following link for information on fees, and forms you need to download, complete and bring:

A representative from the Federal Benefits Unit (FBU) will be offering the following services:

– Complete proof of life forms (copy of current passport or cedula will be required)

– Medicare enrollment/cancellation (copy of current passport or cedula will be required)

– Application for SS replacement cards (copy of current US Passport)

– Application for new SS card for children under age 12 (copy of US Passport for one of the parents, the child’s copia integra and passport)

– Change of address/residence (copy of current passport or cedula will be required)

– General inquiries

Please note: No visa services will be provided. Services will be provided on first come – first serve basis.

Thank you for your assistance. We look forward to seeing you.


American Citizen Services

U.S. Embassy Panama

MStore in David is Open

The new MStore opened on Tuesday. It is really nice to have a dedicated Apple store in David. This is an authorized retailer and servicer of Apple products.

The store is in Plaza Terronal and a few doors to the right of the Samsung store. I stopped in and took a few photos.

I spoke to one of the managers and asked a question I had been asked about training. I was told that training was something they would be looking at, but is not currently available.

English is spoken in the store.

Would sure like to have one of the new iPhones. Maybe for Christmas.

I played with the new MacBook 12 inch. I really like the keyboard and new trackpad.

The store also carries many accessories for Apple equipment.

This store is a good addition and another reason I don’t need to go to Panama City.

If you stop in to MStore, tell them you heard about them on Chiriquí Chatter.

ARANJUEZ Hotel & Suites in David

A new hotel has opened up in David. it is ARANJUEZ Hotel & Suites. On Monday I went to take a look at the rooms. I am impressed with the quality of this hotel. It’s website is very accurate and includes photos of all rooms as well as a google map of its location. It is on the road to the airport.

Yesterday, Lilliam and I went there for lunch to celebrate our anniversary. I am including photos of the menu to give you an idea of the current prices. We chose to eat the Executive Special. I had Lomo and Lillian had chicken breast.

I especially enjoyed the minestrone soup.

This is a first class hotel. It uses card access to the rooms and everything has been nicely done. It is really a nice addition to the David Hotels. It is now the most convenient hotel to the airport.

I am including some photos I took yesterday. If you stop into ARANJUEZ Hotel & Suites, tell them you saw them on Chiriqui Chatter. Check out their website for more photos and directions to the hotel.


It’s never too late to be what you want to be.
Unless you want to be younger. Then you’re screwed.

It is a Wonderful Day

One year ago today, a wonderful woman said she would share the rest of my life as my partner, my sweetheart and my wife.

It is interesting how life evolves. Little did I know when I moved from Boquete and started renting a room in David, May 2005, that the landlady would eventually fill a much more important role in my life.

Our relationship moved from a business transaction, to one of mutual respect, to one of friendship, to one of love, culminating our Las Vegas wedding last year.

I consider myself a very lucky man.

I can’t decide if life is passing me by or trying to run me over.

How is a man like a used car?
Both are easy to get, cheap and unreliable.

The female praying mantis devours the male within minutes after mating, while the female human prefers to stretch it out over a lifetime.