Monthly Archives: June 2009

Researching Hosting Possibilities

The last two months of disruptions, culminated with the Web host shutting down Chiriquí Chatter for a period of time yesterday, has led me to believe I need to start researching other potential hosting options.

Currently, I use HostMDS and they have been reasonable for the price. I am in a shared environment, which means that my IP address is shared with other websites. When I started with VistaPages, now HostMDS, Chiriquí Chatter shared its IP address with less than 100 other domains. Today, using DNSQUIRES, to determine how many other domains shared my IP address, I found 294.

That appears to be a little excessive.

Panama Guide has 2.
Boquete Guide has 5
The Panama News has 96.

I use the Google Page Rank to monitor Chiriquí Chatter’s relevance on the Internet. This is one indicator of how popular a site is.

Chiriquí Chatter has its Google Page Rank on the right Sidebar and I included it in this post as well. Continue reading Researching Hosting Possibilities

Popeye’s Pizza

Pino E Rinzo Pizza is now called Popeye’s Pizza. Same great pizza. Renzo is no longer associated with the restaurant, but Pino was the one that was responsible for the great pizza anyway. The pizza is brick oven fired and I guarantee you will love it.

Popeye’s is closed on Wednesday and open all other days.

Natalie is back and was hungry for pizza, so we went to Pino’s – oops Popeye’s.

We got the Cuatro Estaciones – this is about my favorite. Continue reading Popeye’s Pizza


I received a request to post the following:


Join us this Sunday, July 5 at 1:00 PM at Hotel Fundadores in Boquete for a showing of THE ADVENTURES OF PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT (1992) starring Terence Stamp, Guy Pearce and Hugh Weaving.  A discussion will follow the movie for those who are interested.

Donation: $2.00.

Parking in the back of the hotel

Please, Adults Only.


SYNOPSIS: The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, is an Academy Award winning, Australian comedy/drama about three drag queens who travel across the Australian Outback from Sidney to Alice Springs in a large bus which they have named Priscilla.  While on the road trip, they meet a variety of characters and have a variety of experiences.  The film is regarded as a camp classic; and portrays Australia’s Outback in an idyllic way, showcasing its beauty and remoteness. The film was ranked #11 on Logo‘s 50 Greatest Films.   It’s fun, daring, life-affirming, over-the-top and unforgettable, a road movie with attitude.

(From Wikipedia/

Look for Sunday at the Movies every first Sunday of the month.  Arrive by 12:45 pm to secure a good seat.  Bring your friends.

Our next movie, scheduled for August 2, is “Smoke” (1995).


Restaurante Maná in David

Restaurante Maná

A couple weeks ago I received the following email.

From……: Jorge Cedeño

Hi there, I am a Chiricano that just got back from Gringolandia in Michigan after 27 years of living there !!! I am looking to connect with a group of Gringos here in Chiriquí. I have but a few older relatives living here. My wife Vicky and I just opened a small restaurant and cafe in David and would love to have a group of people come and visit so we can get acquainted!!!

Please check out our novice web page. Our email address is and the phone number: 774-2506 and cell: 6038-6239. Our blog is
Hope to hear or see you soon,
Jorge and Vicky

Saturday, I had an opportunity to go by Restaurante Maná (Bread from Heaven). Here are the directions to get there. From the Parque de las Madres, go down the street where el Kiosko Baby is. You will pass Java Juice … Keep going down the hill towards the Colegio Felix Olivares about 300 ft. On the left hand side there is a house with a yellow and green concrete fence just before a small bridge. You can’t miss it.

Here is one photo of the dining area.

Here is the menu. Continue reading Restaurante Maná in David

Here’s Looking At You – Almost

Last Friday, I went to see Dra. Inés to replace some lenses that are cracked and I expect to break any day. However, when she checked my eyes, she told me I needed to see a ophthalmologist, because my left eye looked a little strange.

She said I was in luck, because an excellent ophthalmologist visited David twice a month and happened to be here. She got on the phone and called to see if she could get me in. I had an appointment on Sunday at 9:00 AM.

The doctor I saw was Dr. Adriano Young. He has an office in Mae Lewis. He obviously is highly respected and there were many patients there for followup visits following surgery.

He took a look and then added the drops to dilate my eyes. Then I went back to the waiting area to let the drops take effect and got to practice my Spanish with others waiting in the hall. Continue reading Here’s Looking At You – Almost

Martha’s Mexican Restaurant

My neighborhood is becoming a location for dining out within walking distance from where I live. Friday nights from 6:00 PM until 10 – 10:30, you can have a great time eating Mexican food. The menu is different every Friday. That should keep me coming back for some time.

To get to the restaurant, you turn onto the road in front of the El Rey super market from the InterAmerican highway. Then turn right at the third intersection. On the next corner (on the right) is a very nice house and the patio is where this delightful food is served.

Typical for me, I arrived early. I didn’t want to take a chance on any of the items on the menu might be missing.

The patio makes a peaceful setting to enjoy a good meal. Here is a photo of the area. The lady on the right is Martha, the lady who is sharing her beautiful house and food with you.

Here is a photo of an atrium area that also has a table you may use. The running fountain created soothing sounds to assist you in relaxing. Continue reading Martha’s Mexican Restaurant

Another Optical Option

I really had a great time at the Vision 20/20 inauguration the other evening. I even got to meet another Eye doctor that might be a consideration for those living in Bugaba or toward the Frontera or up in the Volcan area and don’t want to drive to David.

I spent a fair amount of time talking with Dra. Iris Alba who works in Optica Sosa y Arango, S.A. in the Bugaba office. She is a very charming young lady and has the personality to know how to handle patients. Let me introduce you to Dra. Iris.

While I am convinced that moving my business to Vision 20/20 is right for me, this might be worth considering for those that prefer not coming into David.

Here is Dra. Iris’ business card. Continue reading Another Optical Option