Monthly Archives: March 2011

Condo in Boquete – FSBO

I received the following to post:


From……: Mark Woolley

Hola Don Ray,
I hope that you’ll post this notice for my condo in Boquete that I have for sale. It is probably the nicest unit of the Boquete Country Club condos and I am selling it for less than the developer is selling the others. There are many upgrades and add-ons included and the views are wonderful. Full details can be found on Craig’s List at

Thank you for your help.
Saludos, Mark

You Too Can Make A Difference

Yesterday, I watched the movie about Nelson Mandela. The title of the movie was Invictus, named after the poem by William Earnest Henley. I have to admit that was a powerful movie and one that carries a message that I always believe in. That message being that one person can make a difference.

In the movie, and I assume it is correct, Mandela said that the poem Invictus helped him in some of his darkest hours and kept him standing when he wanted to lie down. How anyone can spend 27 years in a small cell and not come out bitter? That shows the true strength and character of the man.

If you have not seen the movie, I encourage you to rent it and watch it. I don’t think anyone can watch that movie and not be impressed and not be inspired. It is rare that an individual is given the opportunity to make an impact as Mandela was given. It is even more rare that an individual will rise to the challenge as Mandela did and not fail.

If you happen to be finding your life riddled with some of life’s pitfalls, health, money, relationship, etc. just consider Nelson Mandela spending 27 years in a small cell only to become the president of a country and change the course of history for that country. Your problems may become smaller. Who knows, you may also come out of your trials and make a difference in someone’s life.

Let me leave you with the poem that Mandela said helped him through some of his darkest hours.

By William Ernest Henley

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

The Other Side Of The Story

Panama is always hard to define, when it comes to healthcare. You can hear stories of super care and professional bedside manner and you can hear about uncaring doctors that see gringos a source of money to be grabbed and discourteous service.

Truth be known, you can find both sides and the key is to have good advice ahead of time in case of an emergency. I have had doctors that I have felt were equal to the best I have had in the US. I have also had some that I felt saw me only as a source of money and the chosen treatment might have been decided on which would bring in the most profit.

I was just reading a blog post by a friend of mine, Bob Hatting describing a recent scare he had. I had talked to him right after the first scare and his current blog post describes what happened after I had talked to him.

I think reading his post is wise to anyone moving to Panama and interested in healthcare in Panama. Anyone can have Bob’s experience. When you get to be Bob’s and my age, things are going to break and you need to know the right fixer-upper before you go take who is on call.

HERE is Bob’s post.

Parque Cervantes Free WiFi

I had to go downtown today to meet a lady that had found an American Passport. The US Embassy had contacted me yesterday and asked if I could pick it up and hold it for them.

While I was waiting, I used my iPad via the free Panama WiFi network (InternetParaTodos) that has many locations around the country. Parque Cervantes is one of those locations.

The speed was fine and the signal was strong. Because of the way you connect using the network, I feel it is reasonably secure. None the less I still activated my VPN and was totally secure.

This is really a great service that Panama Is providing its people!

AirBox Express Changes

I had to go to AirBox Express today to pickup my mail. What a difference I found. Everything was organized! The phone was not ringing off the wall and not being answered. There were three people there, two permanent staff of David and a representative from Panama City who was doing training.

I must say I was impressed and feel that the changes are going to have a very positive effect. Since I had complained in the past, I felt that I should report that the complaints have been heard and are being acted upon.

Tribunal Electoral en David

I have had to go to the Tribunal Electoral many times. This is one place you have to go to to get may certified documents, such as death certificated. Panamanians will have to go there to get their cedulas.

It used to be to the left of Centro 123. The other day I was passing by there and noticed it hac moved and the doors were shut. There was a note taped to the doors saying it had moved. If you go by the old location you will currently see this.

The note on the door tells you that Tribunal Electoral has moved to the old C&W building. If you are at the old location facing the closed doors, walk to the corner and turn left. Walk to the end of the block and across from Daisy you will see the old C&W building. Here is a photo,