Monthly Archives: January 2009

Boquete Is Going To The Dogs on February 14th


Ok, maybe the title is a little misleading, but it made you read the post anyway. The Panama Kennel Club is having the first sanctioned dog show in Boquete on the 14th of February.

For more information:

(David) Garsavi@cwpanama.net or 6615.9718
(Boquete) Colon Eloy 6677.6552
(English Speaking) Kristine Berg fordogs@howlingsuccess.com 6473.8418 Continue reading Boquete Is Going To The Dogs on February 14th

Of Interest to Retirees Using Tricare

I received the following email regarding Tricare in Chiriquí.

As of 1 February 2009, Hospital Chiriquí will no longer be accepting Tricare as payment for services rendered from military retirees and their families. Tricare has restricted the payments for services for
the Panama area, due to continuous overcharging in this area (actually by this hospital), and this hospital will not accept the fee rates applied by Tricare for this area. This is the same thing happening at Hospital Nacional in Panama City.

After talking to Javier Adames at Hospital Mae Lewis, here is their status: They have sent Tricare a letter, and are expecting an answer soon. Once this answer is received, they will have a meeting with
their doctors and decide if they will be accepting Tricare as payment for services, or not. He further stated that if the doctors vote “No” to accepting Tricare payments, other services at the hospital MAY still be accepting Tricare for services (ie. Lab, X-Ray, Hospitalization, etc). More to follow on this when Mr Adames gets back to me.

This means that we may end up paying for any/all services at the hospitals, and submitting to Tricare for reimbursement. For those who are living on military retirement only, or even with minimum SSA
income, this could become a problem.

If you want to talk more about this off of the group, feel free to email me at wapagel@yahoo.com , or call me at 775-9091/6682-1650.

It may be beneficial if all of the military retirees contact Mr Javier Adames at Hospital Mae Lewis, and let him know your concerns. It can only help, not hurt, the situation. Thanks.

Bill Pagel

Two Cars For Sale

I received the following two emails for cars for sale:

From……: bob reazer
Email…..: rebob2002@yahoo.com
Url…….:

1999 ROVER/HONDA
This car has a re-built (I had it done) HONDA motor with ONLY 10,000km
on it at present. Automatic transmission. Leather seats. Full power.
Car is in as good condition as a ten year old car can be!

$4500

Robert——–6436-5056

From……: LARSON
Email…..: FIRSTCAPRO@HOTMAIL.COM
Url…….:

FOR SALE’
99 SUZUKI GRAND VITARA

ELECTRONIC – 4 WHEEL DRIVE
AUTOMATIC
GASOLINE (NO MORE DIESELS!!!)
VERY ECONOMIC
US VERSION
POWER WINDOWS
POWER EVERYTHING!
ALL EXTRAS
GOOD QUALITY TIRES, ALMOST NEW
ALARM
EXCELLENT CONDITION IN AND OUT
RUNS PERFECT AND EVERYTHING WORKS
ONLY 130,000 KM
PLEASE CALL – 6675-9100 LARSON

FirstCaPro@hotmail.com

Dragon of Beijing & Cultural Differences

Yesterday I received an email from Antonio Singh that I could see the Dragon of Beijing today between 9:00 AM and 10:30 AM. The location was in front or the ARC Mandarin store. Now I didn’t know what I might see, but it sounded interesting and I set my clock to be at ARC Mandarin at 8:55 AM.

This is where cultural differences comes into play. Another person said shewanted to go with me and I said fine, and told the time of the event. Everyone that has known me for any amount of time knows that I am never late except when things happen beyond my control.

So at 8:30 AM I am beginning to think that my fellow viewer is running behind schedule. To make a long story short, wegot to the ARC Mandarin at 10:00 AM. The performance ended at 10:02. GRRRRR!

Not that this is a big thing in the grand scheme of things, but it is a cultural difference that I run into all the time with Panamanians. You will even hear them joking about whether you are measuring time on Panamanian time or not. That means, something that is scheduled for 9:00 may begin at 10:00. Something that is scheduled for tomorrow may happen in a week. Something that is scheduled for nex month may happen in 6-8 months and may in a year. Well, you get the gist.

Now back to what the post should have been about. The event was a group of Chinese dancers in traditional dress doing the dragon dance. I did manage to get two photos which follow. Continue reading Dragon of Beijing & Cultural Differences