Monthly Archives: July 2006

New Daihatsu Terios in Panama?

I see that Daihatsu has updated the Terios. I haven’t seen it at the dealer. The new one has a definite Rav4 style to it. When I owned a Terios, I really liked it. I never got less than 34 miles to a gallon. It had a Toyota Yaris 1.3 engine in it. I see that the new one has a 1.5, which is the same size as the current Toyota Yaris.

I found this blog, which had a post on the Terios. I saw a photo in the July AUTOPISTA, so that implies it is now in Panama.

Now here is the model I would like to see here. I would buy one.

Rodeo Kids of Panama

As I was leaving PriceMart today, I noticed some function going on in the field next to the Chiriqui Mall. I went over and saw that they were having a rodeo competition for kids. From the barrel I take it that this is the Rodeo Kids of Panama.

I captured 4 photos and a short video before my batteries ran down.

The first shot is of two young ones competing.

This photo shows other that are waiting their turn to compete.

I think this must have been the youngest competitor here today. He was announced as three years old.

They competed within age groups. To see a short clip of one of the races, click here.

I understand that tomorrow there is going to be another competition in front of the Tía Maria Arroz Company on the Inter American highway going toward Concepción just outside of David. If I remember correctly, that would be on your left as you drive toward Concepción.

There Is Nothing Like A Panama Rain

Panama Rain
It is amazing to me how much the temperature drops when we get a hard rain. I bet the current temperature is down in the seventies. I am one of those people that really enjoy a good rain, and I am getting all the pleasure I can handle this afternoon. It is a rain like this that inspired me to write the poem Panama Rain.

If you want to see a short video clip of the current rain, just click on the photo.

Maybe You Could Do Me A Favor

I really appreciate your stopping by and spending a little of your precious time perusing Chiriqui Chatter. I hope sometimes you find something of value, sometimes something that makes you smile and sometimes something that makes you think.

Over the time I have been using the Internet for blogging I have gotten to know several other bloggers through their websites. Many I consider friends and when they are not posting I worry about them.

One such blogger is Omar whose blog is Epiac’s Place. Omar is a high school educator of business administration in both Spanish and English in Panama City. On July 1, Omar wrote a post apologizing for not posting lately. He normally would have a daily post on one of any number of subjects. Some were technical, some philosophical, and some humorous.

In his July 1 post he described a problem that had come upon him affecting his vision. Age wise Omar is a contemporary of mine and I consider him a good friend and blogging colleague. His post worries me, especially since he has not returned to the keyboard since July 1.

Now for the favor. If you wouldn’t mind, I would appreciate it if you would put in a good word with the MAN upstairs for Omar. Then if you have a little more time, you might go over to his blog and leave him a comment wishing him a quick recovery.


Don Ray

Guitars Made In Panama City

I think I have mentioned before that one of the things I have always wanted to do was to be able to play a guitar. While I was in Panama City I happened to go to a store called Supro in Albrook. They have all sorts of things in their store from exercise equipment, painting supplies, Victornix knives, etc. and I noticed that they had a large number of guitars (both acoustic and electric).

As I was looking at the guitars another person picked up one and strummed it a little. I asked if he was familiar with their guitars. He said not really, but that he had recently been given a guitar that was made by a man in Panama City. He said he loved his guitar and said that any guitar that this fellow made sounded good.

He didn’t have the contact information with him at the time and told me to drop him an email and he would send it. I received his email yesterday and am going to follow up on this project.

In case you are interested in getting a guitar built in Panama I will put the contact information below. Also if you know the builder or someone that has purchased one of his guitars, let me know.

Miguel Rojas.
Phone: 224-6022
Cell phone: 6625-1692

What Is Your HPI?

A Chiriqui Chatter reader sent me an article showing that Panama rated number five in the Happy Planet Index.

The Happy Planet Index website describes HPI as follows:

The Happy Planet Index is an innovative new measure that shows the ecological efficiency with which human well-being is delivered around the world. It is the first ever index to combine environmental impact with well-being to measure the environmental efficiency with which country by country, people live long and happy lives. The results are surprising, even shocking, but there is much to learn from what they show.”

Continue reading What Is Your HPI?

Turning the Pages

Among the things I did the last two weeks in Panama City was to visit three of my favorite authors.

The first book I read was “A Time To Kill” by John Grisham. John is one of my favorite authors and this was his first book. I have yet to read one of his books that I haven’t thoroughly enjoyed.

The second book was “Brunswick Gardens” by Anne Perry. Anne is a period writer placing her characters in England in the 1800s. Her books are mysteries and you never know how it is going to end before about the last eight pages. This book’s main characters are Thomas and Charlotte Pitt. I have also read several of her Monk books.

The last book I read was Clive Cussler’s book “Trojan Odyssey”. I got to know the Clive Cussler books when I came to Panama in 2002 and spent a month getting my pensionado card. The first book I read was “Inca Gold”. It got me hooked. Since that book, Dirk Pitt and I have been good friends. I like Cussler’s books because they have a lot of action, are written in a humorous vain and are real page-turners.

For Dirk Pitt fans, this book brought several surprises that caught me off guard. I won’t go into them incase you are also a Dirk pit fan and haven’t read this book.

Three books with completely different executions in style, I guess it is about time to make another trip up to The BOOKMARK and restock my reading material.