Monthly Archives: July 2006

Bamvol S.A. Has A New Home

Linda, aka the David Shopping Diva, found Bamvol’s new home. To get there, turn onto Avenida Domingo Díaz from Calle Miguel Ángel Brenes (that is right by the Mitsubishi dealer) and drive to the next corner. You will see Acer Comp on the right side at the corner. Turn left and on your right is Bamvol. It appears to be a little smaller than the old location, but it also appeared that they might be adding more space in the rear.

Grisoft’s New Anti-Spyware

Grisoft, the company that provides AVG anti-virus software, is now providing a new anti-spyware product (ewido anti-spyware) as well. Ewido is removing more of those nasty tracking spy wares than Spybot and Lavasoft.

You can download it for free and try it out. If you like it you can pay $30 for a year’s license. Or you can continue to use it without having the online monitor and you will need to do a manual update of new spyware signatures. I do the later and find it to be a great addition to Spybot and Lavasoft. These are three good free products.

If you want to try it out, you can download it by clicking here.

US Consular Outreach in David, Chiriqui Friday

The following post was taken from a posting on some other local sites.

Dear Chiriqui Wardens:

I am writing to introduce myself as the new American Citizen Services (ACS) Officer and the Voting Assistance Officer (VAO) at the U.S. Embassy in Panama. I am pleased to inform you that I have scheduled, as my first Consular Outreach, a trip to David, Chiriqui, on July 28, 2006. The Foreign Service National Supervisor, Mayra Luaces, and I will be at the Hotel Nacional in David from 11:30 am to 3:00 pm on Friday, July 28th, and we need your help in getting the word out.

Please help us advertise this event to the U.S. citizens in Chiriqui. We will be providing the following services on Friday, July 28th, from 11:30 am to 3:00 pm:

1. Applications for Consular Reports of Birth Abroad (CROBA);*

2. Applications for U.S. passports;*

3. Notarial services*

4. Consular registration;

5. Voter registration procedures/absentee ballot requests

6. Drop off passports that have been received (Americans who have applied and are waiting to pick up their U.S. passports can e-mail us to arrange pick-up in David on July 28th)

* Please note that there are fees associated with these services and payment for these services will be accepted in cash only (no credit cards)

** No visa services will be provided.

This will be my first outreach to the interior of Panama and it would be a pleasure to meet you, if you are able to visit us in David. Thank you for your assistance, and thank you, as always, for the service you provide to the American community in Panama.


Michelle Javor

Vice Consul

Chief, American Citizens Services

Fees for Consular Services

Notarials: $30.00

Passports: First-time applicants or those not in possession of an undamaged, previously-issued passport, adults $97.00, children $82.00.

Passport renewal (when submitted with old passport), $67.00

Consular Report of Birth Abroad: $65.00

Chiriqui Tierra de Campeones

I stopped by the ballpark today and watched the teams work out. The last time I went to the park, I didn’t notice the billboard that has the prominent location directly in center field.

I am still trying to interpret this sign. It could be encouraging the batter to hit the ball toward the billboard catcher’s mitt and get a home run. It could be telling the base runner to be careful when sliding into home and to keep his head up. It could be telling the men in the stands that an Atlas beer will make any catcher look like this.

All I know is that if there had been catchers like this when I played baseball, I wouldn’t have given it up for basketball.

Back to the practice on the field. I watched for probably about an hour and a half as several different age groups went through their warm up exercises. Each age group was working out on different parts of the field.

Here are a couple photos of the main field workouts.

Beside these groups there was another group working out behind each of the right and left field bleachers. Panama takes baseball very seriously. One of the more famous professional players from Panama was Rod Carew who grew up in Gaton, Panama. I am sure that everyone I saw on the field today is hoping he can be another Rod Carew.

Watching their workout really wore me out. I had to trick my mind into thinking that when I got home the catcher on the billboard would be there, just so I had an incentive to make the hot walk home. She wasn’t, but it did make the walk take less time.