Monthly Archives: November 2012

For Sale By Owner in Panama City – PARQUE LEFEVRE – EDIFICIO P.H. PARQUE LINDO II

I received a request from a Chiriquí Chatter reader in Panama City to post the following for sale by owner information.

If interested in this apartment, please contact Juan Carlos Bellina. Cell # 6980-3646 and email jcbellinab@hotmail.com. The apartment is located in Parque Lefevre.

EDIFICIO P.H. PARQUE LINDO II
AT PARQUE LEFEVRE, ERNESTO LEFEVRE AVE.
2 TOWERS OF 12 FLOORS EACH.
FIRE ALARM SYSTEM, INTERCOM , WATER TANKS, ELECTRIC PLANT.
2 ELEVATORS PER BUILDING.
2 PARKING LEVELS WITH SECURITY GATE.
1 PARKING SPACE PER APARTMENT. 8 FOR VISITS.
ON THE 3 LEVEL: SOCIAL AREA, SWIMMING POOL, EQUIPPED GYM, BIUSINESS HALL, EVENT HALL, BAR , BATHROOMS.

APARTMENT 9C, TOWER 2.
75 MTS2.
2 BEDROOMS WITH FULL BATHROOMS.
LIVING / DINNING ROOM, KITCHEN, LAUNDRY.
OCEAN VIEW.
PRICE $ 115,000
AVAILABLE: DECEMBER 2011.

Photos as of September 24 follow:

It’s a shame that stupidity can’t be converted into a usable energy source.

Car Dash Cams – Some thoughts

I know a lot of people are considering dash cams now by the number of emails I receive asking about mine and where they can get one.

I did not research the one I got and it is not one I would recommend because of some reasons, I will describe.

I rarely buy anything without researching it, but I did in this case. The camera I bought was bought by a friend of mine for another gringo that changed his mind and never came to pick it up. I thought a dash cam was a good idea and said I would take it without doing my research.

Most of the dash cams are made by small companies in China. The instructions they come with are generally poor. Most will work with Windows based PCs. Some will not work with Apple PCs. I have yet to see one that specified what PCs they will and won’t work with.

Because of this, I recommend that people, with only Apple PCs, be sure before buying if they can transfer the files to their PC and use the video.

Some have proprietary recording software and may only be played back on the device. All that I have seen use a mini SD memory chip to record on.

The cam I bought was only able to have the date and time set by recording the current date and time on the SD memory chip and loading it into the camera. Horrible design! My video quality is fair, but certainly not great.

You can spend from $30 to hundreds of dollars on a cam. The differences may be worth the money to you and they may not. Most people are buying them for insurance purposes and if one is ever used, what ever you paid for it will be worth the money.

GPS is on the more expensive models. It will record your trip and it can be displayed on a Google map. Those with GPS will probably record the speed you were driving and G-force of an impact.

Some are now coming out with dual cameras. I am going to include a video review of one of these cameras. By watching this video, you will learn several things about cams in general and questions to ask.

Here is another Dash Cam review site. They rate the camera in the video as having poor night vision. I would still like to have one. I refuse to drive at night in Panama and it should not be a problem.

CC Reader Car Cam Experience

I am posting this as a positive reinforcement that having a Car Cam in Panama is a worthwhile investment. I will also say that there are two sites in David that sell Car Cams. One is Planet Telecom and the other is in the Dolegita Romero’s shopping complex.

Hi Don,
Use as much or as little of the following as you wish for your blog.

CAR CAM HELPED SAVE MY ***
What is it with gringos and euphemisms?!
Anyway, I was in a crash with a bus which swerved into my path. No injuries, both vehicles disabled.
In the hearing yesterday, the facts of the case and the police diagram were in my favor. The video iced the cake.
I am now is a good position to claim more than $1000 from the insurance of the bus (my old beater Cherokee is too old to be covered in my policy).
These car cams are a great idea. The facts of a case will often be not clear-cut.The one I have can be ordered by going to http://boquete.ning.com/ and finding the link in the right-hand margin. I can’t seem to find them locally.

I, too, had planned on the Thanksgiving buffet at the Hotel Cuidad de David but had to go to the hearing instead. Fortunately I saw the notice in Chiriqui Chatter about Resturant Quatro and so went there for dinner.
Our party of four all had the turkey special. We all loved it! Add a wonderful bottle of white Spanish wine and the pecan pic dessert–bliss!


ES

The Good – The Bad – The Ugly

Yesterday, five of us went to Hotel Ciudad de David for Thanksgiving lunch. What a bargain! For the Jubilado price of $9.00 plus tax, we had an all you can eat buffet with multiple salads, soup, turkey, pork, mashed potatoes, plus other items. Dessert was pumpkin pie, blueberry mousse and some sort to tart. There was also several fruit drinks, tea or wine to accompany the meal.

We finished it off with a nice coffee, full tummies and thankful hearts.

It was a great meal at a great price and a great time shared amount friends. That was the good.

In the morning I had a call from the son of the gentleman I have been monitoring in the Regional Hospital. He said he just had a premonition that his dad was going to die on Thanksgiving Day. I told him, as of the previous day, he was still hanging on, but very weak, and I would check on him after lunch.

As I was leaving the house to go to the hotel, I got a call from the hospital telling me that the patient had passed away. A premonition fulfilled. That was the bad.

I decided to wait until after lunch to call the son. When I got home I had a message from the son saying a pharmacist in Coast Rica had called him telling him that his dad had died.

I called the son and confirmed that his dad had died and apologized for him hearing it from other than me. Now the process will begin of handling the deceased’s final requests. Being a holiday weekend in Panama and the U.S., things may not move as fast as they should. That is the ugly.

Regional Hospital Update

I got a call last night asking about an Antibiotic Resistant Disease in the Regional Hospital.

It is true, that the hospital has restricted visitations to patients to prevent others from getting the disease. There have been deaths as a result of this disease. Here are some current news articles. Click on Provinces.

The outbreak is Clostridium difficile. It is typically contracted by physical contact.

The call I received was related to people who were considering donating blood in the hospital. Everyone has to make their own decision in a situation such this. If blood is needed and not received, then that is a problem. I personally think donating blood is safe, but others may not.

The Blood Bank is on the second floor. I make it a practice to only use the stairs in the Regional Hospital. I never touch the banisters on the stairs and walk in the middle of the stairs. I don’t use the elevator to avoid contact with other visitors.

I have curtailed all patient visits to the hospital until I am certain that the problem has been solved. I am currently calling the hospital to check on patients.

I always use the disinfectant dispensers on each floor before entering and leaving. I try not to take chances with my health, but I also try to balance my safety with the needs of others.

Panama Guide Moves To Paid Subscription

Don Winner has notified his readership that Panama Guide is moving to a Paid Subscription format.

This encouraged me to test out all of the links I have in the Chiriquí Chatter Link Section (at the bottom of each page) for Panama related News sources. I needed to validate that they still worked. Some didn’t.

Most of the links in the CC Link Section are the sources that Don obtains his posts from. At the end of each of Don’s posts is his method of giving credit to the source of the article. I bet many people that don’t realize that Don is not the originating source, since the acknowledgement is fairly subtle.

If you are one of the ones that thinks they are going to go through Panama Guide withdrawal, then I am going to provide you a list that you can use to ease your suffering.

To do this, I am going to add another Link List Area called Panama News – English Translation.

Google does a fair job of translating a web page into whatever language you want. Drop the URL you want translated into the left location, specify the from and to languages, and it will give you a translation URL on the right.

I am sure Don uses a more sophisticated method to do his translation.

Granted this will require you to scan the entire periodical for the news and you won’t get to read Don’s witty analysis. If you really want his take on things, then you are going to have to fork out $20.

For those of you in Chiriqui, my recommendation is to pick up a copy of El Informe de David? It is free at most businesses and it will exercise your Spanish skills. I have added it to the English Translation area as well.

Remember the Link Area for all categories of links is at the end of each page. If you find any links that don’t work, please drop me a note and I will fix them or remove them. If you know of other links that would be beneficial, let me know and I will add them.