Monthly Archives: September 2007

LA ORQUIDEA – Restaurante y Parrillada

Yesterday for lunch, I stopped at a typical Panamanian restaurant, a couple of miles before Dolega. When you drive to Dolega, after you pass Majagua on your right and the Pepsi (or whatever they are bottling now plant) on your left, and the horrid sign for Villa Escondido on the left, you will soon see the following sign on your right
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They show you how detergents take out bloodstains. I think if you’ve got a T-shirt with bloodstains all over it, maybe your laundry isn’t your biggest problem.

Dengue Fever Surges in Latin America

It is probably a good time for another Dengue warning. A Chiriquí Chatter reader sent me an email related to the increase of Dengue across Latin America. Here is a small excerpt from this current article.

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) – Dengue fever is spreading across Latin America and the Caribbean in one of the worst outbreaks in decades, causing agonizing joint pain for hundreds of thousands of people and killing nearly 200 so far this year.

The mosquitoes that carry dengue are thriving in expanded urban slums scattered with water-collecting trash and old tires. Experts say dengue is approaching record levels this year as many countries enter their wettest months.

“If we do not slow it down, it will intensify and take a greater social and economic toll on these countries,” said Dr. Jose Luis San Martin, head of anti-dengue efforts for the Pan American Health Organization, a regional public health agency.

Unfortunately, there is no preventative vaccination for Dengue. If you are traveling into Panama, or one of the other Latin American countries, it would be good to learn a little about Dengue. For the rest of the article, go here.

One out of every three Americans is suffering from some form of mental illness. Think of two of your best friends. If they are OK, then it must be you.

Have You Been Putting On Some Weight?

I swear that is what the fella on the other side of the mirror said to me this morning. What?! You have been hearing the same thing from the person on the other side of your mirror? Well, maybe we better take another walk today. I think my excuse is the extra pieces of cake that I have had lately.

I will do some stretching exercises, while you get your walking garb on. Continue reading Have You Been Putting On Some Weight?

I have six locks on my door, all in a row. When I go out, I lock every other one. I figure no matter how long somebody stands there picking the locks, they are always locking three of them.

The Noriegaville News Is Closed

I was just looking at my “Links from an external page” statistics and I saw that I had a large number coming from The Noriegaville News. I clicked over to the site to see what was on Okke’s mind today. The following appeared on my screen.;

Sorry, but The Noriegaville News is closed and is not coming back. Some deeply disturbed people have a problem with investigative in-your-face journalism in Panama and have not just kept their hate campaigns online but also moved them into the real world. The benefits of publishing this site do no longer outweigh the threats against family, people showing up with stun guns at my house and the abuse of Panama’s legal system and its backward libel laws for pure harrassment. It’s a great disappointment having to conclude that Panama does not offer a safe environment for free speech and publishing online, and that foreign rogues take advantage of these circumstances, but there is little we can do about it.

I will remove its URL from the Chiriquí Chatter Link section.