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Un concierto de calidad internacional

0En el marco del X Encuentro Internacional de Guitarra de Panamá.
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Presentan en la Biblioteca de Boquete el concierto de dos de los invitados internacionales:
• Max Zuckerman
• Piotr Pakhomkin

Esta presentación sería el domingo 16 de junio en horario de 4:00p.m. a 6:00p.m.
Entrada General US$10.00

A Beneficio de los programas de educación musical en la provincia de Chiriquí.

3Presented in Boquete Library concert of  two international guests:
• Max Zuckerman
• Piotr Pakhomkin

This presentation would be on Sunday, June 16th from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
General Admission U.S. $ 10.00

1A benefit of music education programs in the province of Chiriqui.

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CNN just said the world is 40 trillion dollars in debt. My question is – Who does the world owe? Jupiter?

Motores Japoneses

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P1030361I stopped by Motores Japoneses yesterday in Plaza Felipe Rodriguez specifically to look at a new line of cars that they are carrying.

Motores Japoneses is the selling arm of Suzuki in Panama. A few months ago they started selling the Great Wall and JAC products from China.

I spent the last few days researching the Great Wall on the Internet. This is a company that is on the move and they are putting money into their products to make them a world product.

While Motores Japoneses sells the vehicles, Felipe Rodiguez does the service in David and provides the showroom.

P1030366My focus on this visit was to take a look at the Chinese products, but I did take this photo of a new Suzuki that had just come in. Motores Japoneses carries a large selection of the Suzuki models.




Following are photos of the Great Wall pickup. The pickup has an Isuzu motor.


Here are some photos of the Great Wall Haval H5 SUV.


The Haval H5 uses a Mitsubishi Diesel engine. I was pretty impressed with the interior. It has an all leather and all the bells and whistles. The radio even had bluetooth to connect with your phone.

Here is a photo of the JAC car. The interior was also impressive on this car.


Here is the Great Wall Panama dealer website.

Here is the Panama JAC website.

Here is a review of the H5 in 2012. While it doesn’t get an outstanding review, it does get a respectable review.

The Chinese seem to be where the Japanese were 40 years ago and the Koreans were 20 years ago. The Chinese have proven they can build quality products,

I have seen Chinese cars and pickups being driven in David before, but this is the first time I have seen them in an actual dealership.



If you drop in, tell Alexander that you learned about him on Chiriquí Chatter.

I have either gained a few pounds or there is a bowl of Jell-o following me.

Studying Scrivener

I have a few projects that will require more effort than what I typically put into my blog posts. I would call it doing some serious writing, however anyone that knows Chiriquí Chatter realizes that serious writing is not a forte of mine.

Blogging, for me at least, is just documenting what is going on in my life. The people I meet, the stores I visit, the technology I am using, the restaurants I visit and the flowers I smell all make up a portion of what winds up in Chiriquí Chatter.

Phase one of this project required furnishing my writing studio with a set of writing tools.

In the old days this might have been a desk, a comfortable chair in a secluded spot, a file to hold research, a good dictionary, a thesaurus, a pen and inkwell, and a perhaps a muse.

I replaced the pen and ink well with an Apple Macbook Air. It is a used 2011 model, but less taxing on my wallet. It allows me to do my writing in the most convenient location at the time.

It is light, fast, and integrates perfectly with the rest of my technology.

My current location is on the terrace looking at a beautiful view and listening to a melodic rain. I have some happy music playing on Pandora (Currently Guy Clark is strumming his guitar).

Fortunately , except for the physical setting and the laptop, I have filled all the other necessities with a single program called Scrivener. This is a marvelous program that works in both the Windows world and in the Apple OSX world. It was designed for the Apple, so the Windows version is currently a little less capable.

This product helps you organize your thoughts and your research material. It is more than a word processor, though it is good at that as well. It contains a spellchecker, a dictionary. thesaurus and much more. You can keep photos, videos, websites, an other materials in your research area.

This tool was recommended by a good friend of mine and this is my notification to her, that I am a believer. After I unpacked it, I realized that with all of its features, I needed a little study to get the most out of it.

The developer’s of Scrivener even thought about that. They included a tutorial and after completing it, a person should be ready to take the leap and create a project. Today, I went through 2/3 of the tutorial and I thought I would take a break and tell you what I have been doing today.

I also took some time out and took some photos that will appear in a post soon.

I know that mentioning photos will keep all my male readers checking back.

I am still hoping to find my muse. The closest I have come up with so far is Natalie. Every morning, when she sees me she says, “Have you started writing yet?”.

I tell her I am still getting set up. Maybe that is a typical problem with engineers.

She gets more emphatic and says, “Quit goofing off and start writing”. Yes, I need to find a more amusing muse.

The kids text me “plz” Because it’s shorter than “please”. I text back “no” because it’s shorter than “yes”.

An Evening With Ambassador Farrar and His Charming Wife

As I mentioned in a previous post, I attended a meeting with other Panama Wardens at the U.S. Embassy in Panama City on May 8 and May 9.

Besides the valuable education and tour or the ACS operations area within the Embassy, we were treated to a Warden Appreciation reception at the Ambassador’s residence in La Cresta.

Invitation to Ambassadors Reception

Before I tell you about the reception, I have to tell you a story about my late arrival at the first day’s meeting.

On my last trip to the Embassy, I had hailed a cab and asked if the driver knew the way to U.S.Embassy. The driver said he did and off we went. Soon I found myself in an older part of Panama City, that you do not want to visit. Continue reading An Evening With Ambassador Farrar and His Charming Wife

bebé nook

I am always happy to introduce new Panamanian businesses to my readers. This post is about a new Internet business owned and operated by a young couple in my church.

I told them I would be happy to spread word about what they are offering.

I am sure that most of my readers won’t be in the market for the products as they are aimed young families, but I am going to tell you why you might be interested in remembering this website.

First you can just spread the word about what they offer. You may have young families in your area that may not have heard of bebé nook.

However, maybe more important, you might want to use this as a way to help a young Panamanian family that is struggling. For instance, you might make an anonymous 3 month purchase of formula or diapers for a new born.

Most of us come down here to live the good life and forget that many are just trying to make ends meet. I am sure bebé nook will be happy to deliver to a family for you and keep it anonymous.

You say you don’t know any such young couples, but if you did you would be happy to help. I will tell you a secret, if you go to any church in Panama and ask the pastor if someone in his congregation could use your help, you will have a dozen names before you leave. Deliveries are free in David. Outside of David, will require a small delivery charge.

Following is the information for bebé nook.

Hello & welcome to!  My name is Carmen & along with my husband, Daniel, we are the parents of two fun-loving kids.  Like you we are very acquainted with those daily visits to the pharmacy or supermarket hunting for just the right items to keep our kids healthy and on the go.  Each year we would visit our family in Panamá and noticed that parents still had to take precious time from their day to go to the store to pick-up diapers and other items for their babies. So it hit us! enables you to buy what you need from the comforts of your home or office and we will ship right to your front door.  All this with the advantages of not only saving time but also with the guarantee of getting great brands & high quality products. Let our Family help make your life a little easier…
Putting the easy into life…


Somos Daniel y Carmen, papás de dos hijos de 5 y 3 años. Como es de esperar, al tener niños pequeños es parte de la vida diaria hacer visitas a la farmacia o supermercado en busca de artículos para el cuidado de nuestros queridos hijos. Pero fue en Panamá, visitando a nuestra familia, que nos dimos cuenta que no existía una alternativa para simplificar la vida ocupada de tantos papás. 
Entonces nació nuestra idea!

Una empresa confiable que le permite ingresar sus pedidos de artículos para bebés y niños por Internet desde la comodidad de su casa u oficina y recibir su pedido a domicilio. Todo esto con la ventaja no sólo de ahorrar tiempo sin tener que pensar en el tráfico o haciendo largas filas, pero principalmente garantizando la entrega de productos de calidad reconocida y con el respaldo, cuyo propósito es el bienestar de su familia.


Color Me Lucky

I was just thinking how lucky I am. I could not live in a better climate or in a more friendly neighborhood.

On most mornings, when we go for our morning walk, we pick up an avocado or mango that has fallen to the ground and is just asking for it to be saved before the birds find It.

Our year old papaya tree is producing more papayas than we can eat. We now have two other papaya trees growing.

We have over 20 pineapples growing in the back yard. We have had several watermelons act like they were going to grow. I am still waiting for a good one.

I have about five projects I am working on. I can have three new project created by just opening my morning emails.

I am never bored. If I were to become bored, I could read one of the 30 some books I have stored on my iPad. I am considering canceling all of the extra channels I have on cable. I am not watching TV enough to justify the expense.

I have no less than 5 excursions planned and haven’t found the time to take any of them. Life is good.

The best thing is that if I don’t finish a task or read a book or do what ever was planned today, I always have tomorrow. After my recent physical, it sounds like I still have a fair number of tomorrows in the future.

Today Dario asked if I could help him with some conversational practice with two of his students. Totally unplanned, but I was there and happy to help.

It was interesting because both students were from Northern Spain and lived in cities close to each other, but had never met before joining Dario’s English lessons.

Both had husbands that were supporting Panama hydroelectric projects. It is such a small world. I had a great time talking to them. My day just seems to abound with interesting things to do.

Did I mention that I love my life? It just doesn’t get any better than this