Monthly Archives: June 2008

Rayitos de Colores de David

While I was paying my water bill today, I spied this area all decked out with balloons and two adorable clowns. Music was playing and I had to see what was going on. It was a promotion for a new store that I will talk about in another post.

These two clowns (some of the prettiest clowns, I have ever seen) were blowing up balloons for all the kiddos and passing out fliers for the store.

I may have to have a party just so I can have them blow up some balloons for me. If you are having a party and want some entertainment, they might be just what you need.

Steak and Eggs

For lunch today, I went to The Steak House. I was planning on just eating , but when my plate came out it looked so good, I had to take a photo. The photo above is the Ambassador Steak. The price is $13.50 and worth every penny. The meat was fillet mignon and tender as a maiden’s heart. I did enjoy it.

I have to admit I was surprised when it came out with two fried eggs. Sure beat the steak and eggs I was familiar with in Texas.

My grandfather’s a little forgetful, but he likes to give me advice. One day, he took me aside and left me there. -Ron Richards

The Danger of Plastic Bags

Today, I received an email that contained a PowerPoint file with a presentation on the problems with plastic bags and the environment. I felt that it was extremely important for this information to get out and is very relevant to Panama and the future of Panama as well as every other location on this Earth.

I searched the Internet to try to find the presentation so it could be viewed, but I was unable to find it. Since it is 3.5 meg of information, I decided it would cause too much traffic for my  site, so converting it to a post became the next best option.

If after reading the post, you want the original PowerPoint presentation, you can email me and I will send you a copy. You email provider will have to allow large attachments.

So lets begin.

The Danger of Plastic Bags

Data released by the United States Environmental Protection Agency shows that somewhere between 500 billion and a trillion plastic bags are consumed worldwide each year.
Source:National Geographic News September 2, 2003

Less than 1% of bags are recycled. It cost more to recycle a bag than to produce a new one.
Source: – Christian Science Monitor News Paper

Continue reading The Danger of Plastic Bags

Bringing Pets To Panama

I get many requests about the requirements for bringing pets to Panama. My experience is 5 years old and out of date.

Living in Potrerillos has a current article addressing that subject.

I will add a couple thoughts that I didn’t see in the article.

  1. Don’t plan on bringing a pet with you, when you visit Panama to see if you want to live here. This is a stressful ordeal for animals and should be done, in my opinion, only after you know that this is going to be your permanent home.
  2. Insure that during your flight time, that there are no embargo in place for carrying animals. If there are, you will not be able to have them loaded on the plane. Certain times of the year, airlines have these embargoes, and with the 10 day window that you have to accomplish the trip, it can get tricky.

I know that pets are family and this is an important question. Thanks go out to Joyce for this timely post.

Once Upon A Time

Once upon a time, a long long time ago (January 28, 2007), I wrote about taking on a commitment to help a young lady to pass the TOEFL examination. When I was first asked, if I would help, I had no idea what I was signing up for, because I did not understand what TOEFL was.

Withing the first few days of researching the subject, I had a better understanding of the mountain to be climbed. You can even see that, when I wrote my post last year, I thought the exercise was to prepare Natalie to work in another part of the world, which demanded English.

Actually, it was to prepare her to work on an advanced degree, in another part of the world, and the degree required adequate skill in English. With my research, I learned that TOEFL is an acronym for “Test of English as a Foreign Language” and is used by universities to evaluate if students can succeed in an English based curriculum. Continue reading Once Upon A Time

The reason grandparents and grandchildren get along so well is that they have a common enemy.

Fourth of July Buffet

I received the following email today.

4th of July Buffet
Caffe Pomodoro & The Wine Bar
at Hotel Valle del Rio
(address below)

Dinner, Wine
Fireworks, DJ Music
& surprises!

7:00 pm
****Pre Sale: $20.00****
on and after July 2nd: $30.00

*RVSP and tickets: 720-2525 & Hotel Front Desk*
*Address: Bajo Boquete, **to the right just before Valle Escondido’s gate*

Hotel Valle del Rio, S.A. – Boquete, Chiriquí
Tel. 720-2525

Way To Go Boquete

It had been implied HERE and HERE that tourists have recently undergone a form of harassment by uniformed officers checking passports and visas of clients in some restaurants in Boquete. They even were escorting those, that did not have cedulas/pensionado cards or passports on them, to their hotels to verify that they were here legally.

A follow up account, HERE, presents the other side of the story. Now that the second account has come out, it appears that a little inconvenience can be a good thing.

I know every time I drive to the Frontera, I have to show my identification. When I first moved to Panama, and didn’t speak any Spanish, it was a little bit intimidating. Now that I know how many cars are stolen and taken to Costa Rica and how many drugs traffic across the border, I think that the stops are called for.

With the recent crime wave, that went on in Boquete, I am pleased to see that there is a visible response being taken. Way to go Boquete.