Monthly Archives: June 2012

A Day Trip to MONO FELIZ (Happy Monkey)

Back in May, our friends, Ken and Sharon, asked Lilliam and I if we would like to go with them to see MONO FELIZ. We jumped at the opportunity. I had seen Sharon’s photos of past trips and we are always game for a day outing.

This ecological refuge is located in the north western part of Chiriquí, close to Costa Rica. The owners, Juancho and Luz Mila, are friends of Ken and Sharon and they had been there several times.

Sharon had invited us on previous occasions and this was the first time we were able to go. What an adventure!

We had to leave early in the morning, because we were going to go along the coastal area and it require that the tide be out. This would give us a few hours to sight see before the tide came back in.

The first part of the trip was easy. David to Puerto Amuellas. I have been to Puerto Amuellas a couple of times and each time it is the drive I enjoyed more than the destination.

From Puerto Amuellas, the road quality will get continuously more challenging. This is definitely four wheel drive territory. Ken kept me in stitches all the way by his story of the first time he had made the trip.

It seems that British friends of ours had told Ken about Mono Feliz. They said they had driven there and it was easy to get to. So as Ken and Sharon headed out on their first trip, Ken thought, “If a crazy Brit can do it, I can do it”. Continue reading A Day Trip to MONO FELIZ (Happy Monkey)

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Yesterday Was A Great Day

It was a wonderful reminder of how lucky I am to be surrounded by people that love me and not by people that are only motivated by money. They are never happy, no matter how much they have, and they seem to drag down everyone around them.

It seems like some external power has always been looking out for me and when I was in need, the need was fulfilled with abundance. In one case, my need was to share life with a wonderful person and at a time when I needed someone most, Lilliam was magically placed into my life.

I fully believe this was Karma at its best. You get what you deserve. I have always believed in fairness, but when confronted with greed and meanness, I have been known to take a hard stand and let Karma take over.

Mercado de Pulgas

I received a request to post the following:

Many people have asked us if we made up the Spanish phrase “Mercado de Pulgas” and the answer is NO. The people in Panama have long used this phrase which translates directly into “FLEA MARKET”.
So, just to remind you that the 3rd monthly Mercado de Pulgas will take place on Sunday, July 1 between 11:30 and 2 pm.
The place is the Chiriqui Storage property just a little north of the Terpel Gas Station in Dolega.

Vendors and buyers come from David, Dolega, Potrerillos, Volcan and Boquete

We have expanded the under cover space, enlarged the parking lot, added electrical outlets, and have a plan for better parking.

Hope to see you there.

For more information email
Linda, Hellmut, and Penny

Chiriqui Storage
Located 1.5 miles north of the Terpel gas station in Dolega

I went to the first of the Flee Market (Mercado de Pulgas), and have been meaning to post photos. Here it is, the third Sunday flee market coming, and I still haven’t posted them. As with many things lately, my good intentions got side tracked. I am going to post the photos I took Below. The highlight for me was the pulled pork BBQ sandwich I bought. It was worth the trip all by itself. In all likelihood, the flee market is even larger now.

This market occurs the first Sunday of every month.

Here is an album with some of the photos I took on the first Sunday.


Friends finally ask me out to bar… Designated driver.

I am thinking the unthinkable. HOW IS THAT EVEN POSSIBLE?!

Feel Good Time

I received an email this morning with a YouTube video that had music from the Bee Gees placed with many old movie clips. While the music is from my time and I have always liked it, what made this so interesting was to see Fred Astaire and so many movie stars dancing to it.

If you have a little time to spare, you might enjoy THIS VIDEO. See how many stars you can find. I will give you a couple you might miss on the first viewing. Frank Sinatra and Jimmy Durante.

I’d love to make money at home in my spare time. But counterfeiting is harder than you’d think.

A July 4th Voting Reminder From the U.S. Embassy

U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama

Message for U.S. Citizens

A July 4th Voting Reminder

26 June 2012

Happy 4th of July!  U.S. citizens around the globe will soon mark the 236th anniversary of our Nation’s Independence Day with family and community gatherings, food, and fireworks.  For U.S. citizens living outside the United States, the 4th of July is an opportunity for all of us, regardless of political affiliation, to celebrate our shared values as citizens of the United States of America.


Have a say in our country’s future.  One of our most treasured values is the right and the privilege to vote – to participate actively in our country’s democratic process.  This November, U.S. citizens will elect a President, a Vice President, one-third of the Senate, and the entire House of Representatives.  The U.S. Embassy in Panama encourages all U.S. citizens to participate in this year’s elections, and stands ready to help you vote.

Almost all overseas U.S. citizens can vote.  Twenty-two states and the District of Columbia now allow adult children who have never resided in the United States to vote using their parents’ state of voting residence.  Details are available on the FVAP website at

Register and request a ballot.  To vote, new laws require you to complete and submit a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) this calendar year.  The FPCA allows you to register to vote and request an absentee ballot.  If you haven’t yet done so, we urge you to do so now.  The easiest way to complete it is online at  Depending on your State’s rules, you then send it to your local election officials electronically or by mail.


Mailing guidance.  Print out the completed FPCA and the (U.S.) postage-paid envelope containing the address of your local election officials.  You can drop off the postage-paid envelope (containing your FPCA) at the Embassy and we will mail it back home for you without the need to pay international postage.  If it’s easier for you to use Panama’s postal system, be sure to affix sufficient international postage and allow sufficient time for international mail delivery.


  1. International Letter Mail:  You may mail your Federal Postcard Application or voted ballot to the United States through the Panamanian mail system, with appropriate international postage.  Mail to the U.S. takes approximately ten days.
  2. 2.    Domestic Mail:  DPO mail to some destinations in the United States takes approximately 8 days.  Voters should submit their ballots to the U.S. Embassy no later than two weeks prior to Election Day (October 23).  Ballots must be in a pre-paid postage envelope or the sender should attach first-class U.S. postage (45 cents).  Envelopes without postage will be returned to sender.  The DPO’s service hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  The DPO is located in the US Embassy compound at Clayton.  Ballots may be deposited in the wooden drop box at the service CAC. 


Need help?  Here is a list of events in Panama where you can receive in-person assistance from our Embassy Voting Assistance Officers or private U.S. citizen volunteers.  (NOTE:  It is acceptable for private U.S. citizens or U.S. citizens’ groups to collect FPCAs and deliver them to the Embassy on behalf of other eligible voters, as long as each FPCA is in its own U.S. postage-paid envelope.)

Make your vote count!  Follow your State’s absentee voting procedures carefully.  Send in your FPCA before the registration deadline.   When you get your ballot, vote and mail it promptly so it reaches local election officials by your State’s absentee ballot receipt deadline.

Questions?  If you have any questions about registering to vote, please contact Panama’s Voting Assistance Officer at 507-317-5000.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:  New absentee voting laws are in effect for the 2012 elections.  You may no longer automatically receive ballots based on a previous absentee ballot request.  All U.S. citizens outside the United States who want to vote by absentee ballot in U.S. elections should complete a new Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) every year.  States are now required to send out ballots 45 days before an election.  No matter what State you vote in, you can now ask your local election officials to provide your blank ballots to you electronically (by email, internet download, or fax, depending on your State).  You can now also confirm your registration and ballot delivery online.  Be sure to include your email address on the form to take advantage of the electronic ballot delivery option.  This is the fastest and most reliable way to receive your ballot on time, and we strongly recommend every voter take advantage of it.  Learn more at the Federal Voting Assistance Program’s (FVAP) website at



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