Monthly Archives: August 2007

Is Your Water Pure?

A Chiriquí Chatter reader directed my attention to a current article in La Prensa which says that several bottled waters being sold may not be pure. They are Brisa, Purissima, Agua Premium, San Benedeto, Agua Purificada El Machetazo, Los Alpes, and Agua Frizz. The forming-colony unit was > 300 milligrams, while the maximum allowed in Panama is 100 milligrams to avoid health risks.

Here is a rough translation of the final paragraph in the article.

The National Union of Consumers and Usuarios of the Republic of Panama (Uncurepa) recommends that consumers verify that the bottled water is transparent and that it does not display any type of impurity. When buying a bottle, the buyer must make sure that the cover is sealed and that the package contains the sanitary registry of the Department of Food Protection of the Ministry of Health.”

Living well really is the best revenge. Being miserable because of a bad or former relationship just might mean that the other person was right about you.

Sorry For Not Writin

By Don Ray Williams
August 30, 2007

Well, it’s been some time since I last wrote,
Seems like I never find the time.
So before I go on my way today,
I thought I’d tell you what’s on my mind.

Been readin the paper way too much,
It’s really getting quite depressing,
This world of ours sure is in a mess,
On this there’s not much debatin.

Today I see a U.S. Senator got caught with his pants down,
Course he says his actions were misinterpreted
He was just wantin to poke a little fun,
And for this, he almost got incarcerated.

And Iran has told Iraq not to worry,
When the time has come and the US leaves,
Iran will protect its neighbor’s interests,
Why is this not hard for me to believe?

I found out that all the Christmas presents that I just bought,
For my grandkids have to go,
Seems they all have tainted paint from China,
And Mattel has issued one giant recall.

And if this wasn’t enough, the clincher come from Castro.
He says the winning ticket is going to be Hillary and Obama.
With that I vowed to stop reading the news,
I am not sure who would be laughing more – Castro or Osama.

It will probably be awhile before I write again.
Cause next time I want to be upbeat.
I will want to tell you that the world is great,
And the future’s outlook is really sweet.

Chiriquí Driver’s License Schedule Begins Today

Today is the first day to receive the new digital drivers license for the Chiriquí Provence. I doubt if I will make it this week. If you have gone and have gotten the new license, let me know how the process worked.

UPDATE: I just received the following email:

Hi Mr. Williams!

Another face of Panamanian time:
1.Not today, but Sept 7, ( source: an employee of a car dealer who goes to the transit office almost every day). I trust this one.
2.Not today, but sometime next week. ( from a policeman I don´t know, who answered a transit office department phone in case of an accident. He identified himself, but too quickly.)

If I know more, I´ll gladly let you know.
meanwhile: calma, calma…

If you woke up breathing, congratulations! You have another chance!

A Legal Crisis – Expatriates in Panama

If you recall a previous post about Peter Gordon Vs. HSBC, then you may be interested in the new discussion that is filling some of the Yahoo Groups. In a Yahoo post called “Peter Gordon Case Exposed to the world

I am not familiar with International Problem Solvers, but their website contains URLs to both a English PDF and Spanish PDF report entitled “A Legal Crisis – Expatriates in Panama”. The report discusses two cases that are currently before the Panama Supreme Court.

I think that anyone that is living in Panama, moving to Panama, considering moving to Panama, or has been aware of either of these two cases will be interested in reading the reports. There is a lot of visibility to these types of problems because of the Internet. The power of the Internet makes it easier to track the progress and outcome of the problems as well.

I have been interested in the HSBC case because the bank I have used since I moved to Panama is Banistmo and it was acquired by HSBC. The Peter Gordon case has given me reason to reflect on the possibility of using a different banking institution.

Learn to pick your battles; ask yourself, “Will this matter one year from now?
How about one month? One week? One day?”

Back Up On Linux

I am now back up on Linux. I could not find out what caused the problem. I backed up all of my Evolution files and re-installed UBUNTU. I then moved the Evolution files back and Everything is working fine. There is no longer a problem with the keyboard. If it happens again, I hope I have a better understanding of what was going on when the system became corrupted.

U.S. Consular Section Closing for Move To New Location

Here is the latest ACS message:

U.S. Consular Section Closing ? (Move To New Location) – Thursday, August 30 To Friday, September 14, 2007

The U.S. Consular Section will be closed during the move to its new location in Clayton, Edificio 783, Avenida Demetrio Basilio Lakas

This is a change on previous notice sent 7/26/07. The US Embassy Panama announces that its Consular Section will close temporarily August 30, 2007 to September 14, 2007 during the move to its new building in Clayton. In case of emergency during this period, please call
207-7307/7482/7344 or send an e-mail to

Those persons traveling during the next months are invited to start their applications for US passports as soon as possible. On Monday, September 17, 2007, the Consular Section will resume full operations and services to the public.

For updated information on the security situation in Panama, please contact the American Citizens Services Unit of the U.S. Embassy at 207-7030. The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy is located in The Clayton Building (formerly Fort Clayton Building 520) in the Clayton section of Panama. The Consular Section fax is 207-7278. The Embassy web site is and e-mails should be addressed to

Exposición Estándar de Flores del Club de Jardineria de Chiriquí

If you live in Chiriquí, you owe it to yourself to visit the El Chiricano website every now and then. I just noticed on that there is going to be an flower exhibition put on by the Chiriquí Gardening Club in the Gran Hotel Nacional in David.

The event will be from 3:00 PM until 10:30 PM this Friday the 31st of August. It will also be open from 9:30 AM until 4:30 PM Saturday September 1.

The price of admission will be $2.00.