Monthly Archives: February 2010

Banco Universal ATM Limits

The other day I needed to make two large ATM withdrawals. I expected to make $600 withdrawals. The first day I used two accounts because one account is limited to $500 and the other account is much higher.

When I counted the money later, I noticed that the Banco Universal ATM in El Rey had only given me $500. I checked the account on the Internet and saw that it only took $500 from the account. I was pretty sure I had asked for $600, which is not an automatic selection and has to be entered manually, but thought I might have made a mistake.

The next morning I went to the same ATM and carefully entered $600. When the money came out it was $500. The Internet has verified that only $500 was removed from the account. Continue reading Banco Universal ATM Limits

For Rent in Potrerillos

For Rent I received a request to post the following

From……: Bob Brunelle

Hi Don – Would appreciate it if you could post the following house we have for rent.  Thanks – Bob

Furnished, newly constructed 1-bedroom, 1-bath house located in Potrerillos.  $250/month – 6 month minimum.  About 30 minutes from David or Boquete.  Expected to be available in April.  The house is situated on a large piece of property along with a larger home in a private, country setting.  Rent is negotiable if tenant is willing to maintain the lawn.  For more information, contact Bob at 6887-6009 or 6883-2659, or email

Volcan Town Meeting – March 10, 2010

The monthly Cerro Punta/Volcan Town Meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 10, 2010 at our venue, Restaurante Polineth ( Paul’s) in Volcan on the road to Cerra Punta approximately 1/2 mile from the police station. In our meetings at this venue, Paul will be serving Passion Fruit Ginger Candied Chicken Wings along with his other regular dishes. Paul will also be offering Organic Honey from his orange grove.

The meeting will begin at 10:00 AM with discussion following the presentation. For your calendar, Town Meetings are always held on the second Wednesday of the month.

Last month, we were very honored to have Dr. Fausto Abril and his wife Dr. Mai, who discussed with us the art of Chinese Medicine and the science of acupuncture. We also had Mr. Stewart Kime discuss exercise and related health benefits.

This month we feature Dr. Jennifer Daniels, who we had in last November’s Meeting, when she spoke very briefly but effectively, in a cameo role with Herbalist Franklin Gruber. Continue reading Volcan Town Meeting – March 10, 2010

WOW 8.8 Quake in Chile

Panama was on a tsunami watch for a while, but it has been removed from the list. That is the largest earthquake I can remember.

So far, I only read of 78 deaths. How can that be?

I see that Chile is recorded as having the largest earthquake on record in 1960. It was 9.5 on the Richter scale. They have obviously been through this before and their building codes must be better than other parts of the world. Makes me wonder about Panama’s building codes. I just won’t think about that anymore or I won’t sleep tonight.

UPDATE 2: I have had an enormous number of hits on the Tsunami warning post of August 16, 2007. I believe it is safe to say that Panama is out of the woods on the current warning. I believe current warnings have expired for Panama.

Now You Seeum – Now You Don’t

Yesterday was a day that was very interesting for Lucca. We both went to Yanni’s Salon ( my favorite barber) and had some hair removed.

Then yesterday afternoon, Lucca went to a neighbor’s house, that just happens to be a dentist in Bugaba, and he got rid of two lower loose teeth that had been bothering him.

Wonder if he can whistle now.

UPDATE: Lucca was visited last night by “El Raton Perez– the rat”. Panama does not have a tooth fairy; it has a rat instead. El Raton left him $2.00 for his two teeth. I guess ratons are not effected by the world economic situation. No wonder the members of congress in the US are so caviler. It must be integral to the species.

Felipe Motta Wine Store

I need to take a new photo of the store front and when I do, the following photo and this statement will be removed. I just forgot this morning.

This morning I finally had a chance to visit the new Felipe Motta Store in Plaza El Terronal. I viewed the store with Gina Munoz, who told me that this store is the second largest Felipe Motta store in Panama. If I understood Gina correctly, Motta is the importer of all liquors into Panama,

This is a high quality store and a nice addition to the family of stores that are part of the second phase of Plaza El Terronal.

As you enter the store, you will be greeted by a well organized store containing a large selection of beer, wine, liquor, and all sorts of things to create a party.

I don’t have photos of all that is available in the store, but you should get a fair idea of what they have from the photos that I did take.

This photo gives an idea of the depth of the store. On the left are displays of chips, nuts and other goodies. Continue reading Felipe Motta Wine Store

ACS Message February 25, 2010

Dear Wardens:  Please disseminate this message to U.S. citizens in your area.  Thank you.

American Citizen Services Unit

Consular Section

U.S. Embassy, Panama

Date:         25 February 2010

To:            U.S. Embassy Warden System


Dear Wardens:  Please disseminate this message to U.S. citizens in your area.  Thank you.
New Law Makes Absentee Voting Easier for Overseas Americans

On October 28, 2009, Congress enacted the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE) Act.  This legislation amends existing law regarding overseas voting in federal elections, and should make voting easier for overseas Americans.

New Procedures for 2010 Elections Continue reading ACS Message February 25, 2010