Monthly Archives: November 2013

My “investment portfolio” is just a collection of receipts for all my Apple products.

Happy Thanksgiving To All Chiriquí Chatter Readers

Today is the day that the US recognizes the Thanksgiving Holiday. It is probably an appropriate day for me to give thanks for the friends and family that bless my life everyday. I have been a very fortunate man. I can’t imagine living a more enjoyable life.

It is nice to have a day that is dedicated to giving thanks. However, I think the challenge is to recognize that everyday that you are able to open your eyes is a day to give thanks.

Many will be with family today. The majority of my family is in the US, but I have a wonderful family in Panama as well. In addition to that, I have an extended family that has grown because of the Internet. My entire family is in my mind and heart, whether nearby or far away.

As you read this, take a moment to say a silent “thank you” for how lucky you are. Call your friends and family and tell them you are happy they are a part of your life. Pass out smiles today with all the enthusiasm you can muster.

Enjoy today and every day that follows as if it might be your last. Life is short and no day should be wasted.

In closing, let me share the following video with you.

Happy Pet Is Moving

This is a notification that Happy Pet will be in its new location in David on December 16th. I will try to get by their new location after their move and take a photo or two.

If you have pets and haven’t heard of Happy Pet, you are missing out on the finest pet care in Chiriquí. Mark December 16th on your calendar.

If you stop into Happy Pet, tell Dr. Sam and Dra Patricia that you heard of them on Chiriquí Chatter.

Until December 16, you will find them in their current location.

Here is a google map of Happy Pet’s new location.


If you think I’m doing Twitter wrong you should see the way I do relationships.

Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular Closings

Here is the latest ACS Message.

American Citizen Services Unit

Consular Section

U.S. Embassy, Panama



The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Panama will be closed to the public on Friday, November 29, 2013. The Sectionwill also be closed on Monday, December 2, 2013 and Monday, December 9, 2013 for Panamanian Holidays.  No routine service will be available those days in the Visas, American Citizen Services, or Federal Benefits Units.  If you are an American Citizen and have an emergency, please contact the Embassy at 317-5000 and they will put you in contact with the appropriate officer.

On Tuesdays, December 3 & 10, 2013, the Consular Section will resume full operations with its regular schedule (please see

For Your Viewing Pleasure

A while back, I started my free month of viewing on Netflix. Had I known what I had been missing, I would have done it long ago. It didn’t take long for me to realize that it offers me much more than what I was getting from my cable offerings.

Last week, I went to Cable Onda and cancelled all of my premium channels. I also turned in my HDTV box for the standard box. I use Apple TV to connect to my TV and it connects with the HDTV cable and it, combined with Netflix, provides all the HDTV content I need.

By canceling the movie channels and the HDTV box, I removed over $30 a month from my cable bill. Netflix runs $7.99. The benefits are more than just savings. I like the ability to control my viewing content. I watch when I want, not when some cable or satellite company says I can watch.

I can start watching a movie or other selection and can pause for a bathroom break (as I have gotten older, i have found this is an important feature). If I get a phone call and have to leave for a couple hours, when I return, I can resume where I left off. The sound is sooooooooo much better than what I had on cable. I feel like I am in a real theater.

For those of us from English speaking countries, You will have much more English content than you will find on Cable Onda in Panama. I do depend on Cable Onda as my Internet and find them reasonably reliable. To this point, I have had very little problem with a movie pausing to buffer more content. It has happened a few times, but not enough to really bother me.

I do think it is better to have a direct connection to the Internet modem (ethernet cable – not wifi) to get the most from web content, such as Netflix. A wireless connection will lose enough speed that buffering will be a problem. My Apple TV is connected by ethernet to my router.

Netflix is offered on many devices, Apple TV and other TV streamers, Sony and other game consoles, “smart TVs”, laptops and tablets. If you are in Panama, you will most likely use the Latin American version of Netflix. I am currently using Unlocator and very happy with it. Prior to moving to Unlocator, I used WiTopia and still have it on my laptop.

However, I have found that my Unlocator capability allows me to view US content and my speed is improved by not having to encrypt and decrypt the transmission with a VPN. If you are not familiar with Unlocator, click HERE.

If you have a good Internet connection, a test of Netflix might add to your viewing pleasure.

I’m not saying you’re ugly. I’m saying you look better online.