Monthly Archives: April 2013

Chiriquí Singles Meeting in Boquete

I received a request to post the following.

Chiriqui Singles will be gathering at The Oasis every Friday from 4:00 to 6:00 PM, beginning THIS FRIDAY, May 3rd. We want to invite “Adult Singles” of all ages to come mingle and make new friends.
Although we are meeting in Boquete, we hope that our friends from David and the surrounding Chiriqui region will also come join us in this weekly social gathering.
Please do not crash this event if you are not single. (You know who you are.)
If you have questions/comments, please see the discussion or event posting on http://boquete.ning.com

Volcan Town Meeting Wednesday, May 8th, at 10:00 AM at Mana’s Restaurant

I received a request to post the following.

Greetings to Everyone:

Title: WHAT ARE THE BIGGEST THREATS TO YOUR RETIREMENT INCOME?

1. Our first speaker is an expert on nursing homes as an Administrator. He is very much aware of how to transfer benefits and the latest laws involved in doing so.
He brought his mother to this area due to the fact that he is able to receive a better standard of personal care for her at a much lower cost.

2. Another speaker on the panel is a medical doctor and will discuss the cost savings for the same services here in Panama over the costs for the same services in the U.S.

3. Another speaker will talk about the reduction of our buying power due to inflation which is defined as an increase in the volume of money and credit relative to available goods and services resulting in a continuing rise in the general price level. This same speaker will talk about the Yen, Dollar, the Euro and the gold manipulation by Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs.

Town Meeting, Wednesday, May 8th at 10:00 AM at Mana’s Restaurant

My life is just a bunch of “it seemed like a good idea at the time” strung together.

The Handicap Foundation of Panama in Boquete

Last month I was fortunate to be invited to the Handicap Foundation of Panama Boquete Chapter). This was a followup to my visiting Buenos Vecinos de Boquete in February.

The Handicap Foundation of Panama, as the name implies, focuses on the handicapped population. To get a real appreciation of the aid that is provided and to feel the sense of gratefulness from the clients, you really have to visit the site in Boquete.

I met Gail Cody at the Branding Iron restaurant and followed her to The Foundation’s Boquete Site. Following is a photo of the entrance.

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The first thing I noticed upon entering was the distributions for Buenos Vecinos de Boquete.

P1030314BVB has been packing food at the Handicap center for about 4 years.  It is convenient for the Handicap members to pick their food up when they come for their weekly meeting, Buenos Vecinos packs for 45 members currently. They represent over half of our clients. BVB appreciates having the use of their facility.
It is also easier for BVB to have the large volume of food delivered there and much better for packing. They buy in bulk so they get more food for our $$$.

Volunteers were helping in all sorts of activities. Here puzzles were being assembled.

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P1030318I got to meet Rodny Moreno, who is the voice you talk to when you call 911 Alta al Crimen. Not only does he answer all calls, but he manages the resident database and contact list. Good English, Great Attitude and an inspiration to those of us that sometimes need push to help others.

I visited a room where clients were getting physical therapy. Many of the clients have more than one handicap. They may be blind and crippled. Human touch is very important for them to feel loved.

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You will have to take my word for it, the young boy on the left had been waiting for this person to give him his therapy. When she started, he was overcome with laughter. You cannot be near a situation like this and feel no emotion. At least I can’t.

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Two more clients of the Foundation.

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I visited the kitchen. Family members are required to help in anyway they can. This is not a drop off babysitting site. Care and attention are provided for all, but participation is expected. There was a wood fire going outside and soon rice would start being cooked.

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P1030328I got a photo of three of the honchos of The Boquete Foundation. Susan Peterson is on the right and she provided me a writeup on The Handicap Foundation. I am going to attach it at the end of this post.

The next two photos were taken in the language class for deaf people. In this class, the individuals are given the tools to function in a sound oriented world. Can you imagine the difficulty of learning a language without being able to hear?

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To do this, they have to learn to sign and as they learn the sign, they also must lern how to write the word. In the next photo you see the instructor doing the instruction and she has an assistant that is writing the words on the board.

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Here are a couple photos taken in an English class.

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The following photos provide an interesting story. The lady you see here is a volunteer that comes and gives massages to the clients. The young boy is also a client here that is deaf and has had a difficult time learning to participate. While watching the massages being given he started wanting to help and now enjoys massaging lotion. He is now calmer and has probably gained a sense of accomplishment.

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I want to thank The Handicap foundation for inviting me and Gail Cody for making sure I didn’t get lost. If you sometimes feel lost and are not feeling a real sense of value in your retirement days, this is a place that will remove that feeling. I encourage you to participate with this worthwhile community project either in time or with financial assistance.

Following is Susan Peterson’s writeup on The Handicap Foundation. Continue reading The Handicap Foundation of Panama in Boquete

Restaurante El Golazo in David

Apparently this Peruvian restaurant has been here a few years, but it was just last month that a friend of mine took me there. While I didn’t take a photo of the menu, I thought all prices were reasonable.

Here are couple photos taken out front and one on the inside. Use this Google map to find the restaurant.

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Everyone enjoyed their meals. One thing I didn’t try was a Pisco Sour. An error on my part.

It is also on my list of restaurants to return to. If you drop in, tell them you learned about them on Chiriquí Chatter. An album of all dishes tried follows. Eat your hearts out, or better yet, drop in and eat your fill. By the way, I enjoyed my fried ice cream for dessert (the last photos).

Restaurante Bistro Aleman First Visit

DSC00913Sundays are for sauerkraut and red cabbage. At least yesterday was. After posting about Bistro Aleman, I have had a hankering for some good German food and Sunday seemed like the time to give it a try.

DSC00914After church, four of us headed up to Algarrobos in search of the Bistro. From talking to the proprietor, I earned that it has only been open for about three months, so many around here may not have heard of it, just like I hadn’t.

Following the map on the previous post, I was able to locate the restaurant, even with the messed up roads going to Boquete.

There was no menu. We were just told what was available and it was two dishes, one was a pork dish with red cabbage and the other a german sausage with sauerkraut. Three of us had the pork and one had the sausage. Both were accompanied with a round patty that is very similar to a thanksgiving stuffing.

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Everyone was very pleased with their selection. I was ready for a good strudel, but alas, there were no desserts.

The restaurant is open every day except Monday, which is the day that all new fresh products are obtained- The restaurant also sells various sausage, bacon, meatloaf and maybe something I didn’t see for takeout.

If you have a desire for some real German food, you might want to give it a try. It is on my list of places to revisit. Remember to tell them you heard about them on Chiriquí Chatter.

I hate people who say ‘Age is just a number’ — Age is clearly a word.

Counting My Blessings and Wasting time

I have no less than five posts with photos that back up into March that I have not gotten around to posting. However, residing in the world of mañana sort of makes it easy to fall into that pattern.

I have been busy, but can’t point to much that gives me a feeling of accomplishment. Still I feel lucky to be where I am and doing (little as it is) what I am doing. Were I in the US, I most likely would be worried about any number of things – all related to money.

I have attacked a few technical projects. I have been able to sort through some of my computer files and get them better organized. This is necessary for a couple projects I want to get to when the mañana symptoms lessen.

I think I had mentioned that I had picked up a Macbook Air that I am integrating into my life. This week, besides beginning the file organizing, I set up a file sharing and printer sharing capability between my Macbook Air and my Mac Mini. The Mini has my real storage capability and is the one that is constantly backed up, and it also is where my printer is connected.

Now I can sit in the terrace, as I am now, listen to the gentle rain, enjoy the coolness of the afternoon and write in a less confined space. The rainy season is at our doorstep and David is turning into the place I love this time of year. I can get my mandatory tasks done in the morning, take a dip in the pool and read on the terrace in the afternoon.

I have continued to read, as I mentioned in a previous post, with the hope that some other’s talent in writing might enter into my body as if by osmosis. Not sure that is happening, but I am enjoying the process and it is being an enabler in my mañana attitude.

I have not turned on the news since the Boston bomber was captured. I can’t handle the continued analysis of what was done wrong by whom and when. I can’t believe these people get paid to state the obvious. At any rate, it pushes me away from the TV and makes reading a book delightful.

I am currently reading a book called Open Season on my iPad. One of the best things I did was to buy a set of Klipsch earbuds a couple years ago.

Now I just open Spotify or Pandora, pick some good background music and really immerse myself into reading. This afternoon, I had Pandora on an Easy Listening station. It added to the environment of the book’s setting. The earbuds quality are better than listening to big speakers.

So while I was reading, I got to thinking how lucky I am. I am getting to live a life that many my age would die to have in the US. I have no pressure to do this or that on any schedule other than one I impose on myself.

I have the benefit of great friends around me. I never miss a meal or worry about the electric bill being paid. I do have the annoyance of my eye that I am still waiting to get seen, but I know it will be get done when it gets done.

The birds that are whistling in the trees may be as carefree as me. I have one bird that visits me every morning and he entertains me by taking dips in the pool. He sits on the railing and then flies down, hits the water and goes back to his perch. He spreads his wings, whistles some more than takes another pass.

I really love my live. It just doesn’t get better than this.