Monthly Archives: January 2014

The Bookmark

I received a request to post the following. If you want to know the history of The Bookmark, you might like to read this post by it original owner.

The requested post follows:

Hello everyone,
My name is Michael Ellis, the owner of the bookstore “The Bookmark” located in Dolega. Many of you know me or at least the bookstore.

I wanted to inform everyone that The Bookmark is up for sale for $55,000 (BARGAIN). This does not include the property, only the books, furniture and of course having the honor of being the most famous bookstore in Panama.

Unfortunately, I also have a more pressing problem, I need to move the bookstore to a new location as my landlady has basically decided to move back into her house(IE my business) this upcoming month. I do have a year+ or so remaining on the lease, but, honestly it’s not worth the cost/effort/headache of going through a legal battle, which, in the end I would likely lose, being a foreigner in a foreign land (yes, that’s cynical but true).

And so, if you’re not interested in buying the business, please at least spread the word that I’m on the look-out for a rental, unfurnished, with a sq footage of approximately 500 sq meters (20X20). It wouldn’t have to be fancy, as long as I can fit around 45,000 books and shelving.

I can’t stress enough the element of time.

With that said, thanks for your help.


Michael Ellis; Contact Information:   776-1688   6468-9547

The Bookmark, Dolega.

Jewelberry in David

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If you like frozen yogurt, have I got good news for you. There is a frozen yogurt location that has opened up in David. It is on the InterAmerican Highway, directly across from Auto Centro. Here is a Google Map.

We stopped in the other day and everyone enjoyed what they got.

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Here is how it works. When you enter, to your right will be a line of yogurt machines. Take the size cup you want from a dispenser on the right of the line. I recommend the large size for your first time there.

Now for the tough part. You have to chose which flavor you want to eat. Of course, you can make it easy on yourself and choose several. That is why I recommend the large size for your first time.

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The price will be based on weight.

The line will then lead you to a toppings area and again, you can choose as many or as few as you want.

Next stop is the cashier, who will weigh your purchase and give you your bill. Very simple system and very tasty products.

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Now have a seat and enjoy. I didn’t take any photos of our selections. Mouth went into action before I remembered to take photos. Just take my word for it, you are going to enjoy yourself.


If you stop into Jewelberry, tell Julia, you heard about them on Chiriquí Chatter.


They say memory is the first thing to go. The second thing to go is memory.

February US Embassy Outreach

I just received the following message related to US Embassy Outreach in Chiriquí.

NOTE: This is a pre announcement. When the details are finalized, they will be posted.

Dear Wardens,

We would like to inform you that the first of our planned outreaches for 2014 are being finalized.  We will be sending an ACS officer and ACS assistant out to Chiriqui and Bocas del Toro in February.  We plan to be in David on 12 Feb and Boquete on 13 Feb.  A separate team will be in Bocas on 12 Feb.

We are tweaking the details of the days but we anticipate having a Boquete town hall with the DCM on 13 Feb.  We just wanted to start getting the word out to your areas.  As we finalize budget and plans we will start sending more concrete instructions, times, and details.


Chris Reyes

Vice-Consul, ACS Chief

U.S. Embassy, Panama

This email is UNCLASSIFIED.

SmokiN Momma’s

There is a new burger place that has opened up on the Interamerican Highway. They are on the same side and before you get to Mae Lewis Hospital. This is handy in case you eat too much and need your stomach pumped.

Natalie and I tried two of the burgers. I had the mixed burger (part pork and part beef) and Natalie had the all beef. We both gave then a thumbs up. I also ordered the onion bites. The were seasoned well and I liked them.

Between the onion bites and the burger, I was stuffed, however, not to the point I that I needed my stomach pumped.

You will notice that the burger does not come with the standard El Rey bun. They have their buns specially made.

I saw some Kabobs going to another table and that will be what I try next time.

I took a photo of Samual and  Adolfo (on the right) who is the owner of SmokiN Mamma’s.

They are open Monday through Saturday. They will be open Superbowl Sunday. If you stop into Smokin Mamma’s, tell them you heard about them on Chiriqui Chatter.

Land For Sale

I had a friend ask if I would post that he has some land for sale in Calmito de Anastacios. I would estimate that it is about 10 to 15 minutes from David.

This titled land contains between 23,000 and 24,000 meters and it is raw undeveloped land with lots of trees. If you are driving from David to Boquete it is on the west side of the road about 800 meters from the Boquete – David road. We drove out there yesterday and the roads by the property are good. The property has electricity and water.

I took some photos of the area to give you an idea. He is going to sell it direct and real estate agents need not respond. If you have an interest, email me you’re your phone number and any questions and I will give the information to him so he can call you. He speaks Spanish, so let me know if that is a problem.

Photos follow: Continue reading Land For Sale

My neighbor came over to borrow my lawn mower, I told him she was still sleeping and try back in an hour.


When I get on a project, it literally consumes me. Such is the case in researching what car I want to replace my sold Terios.

Buying a car in Panama is not as easy as it is in the US. There you can check Consumer Reports or other reviews and then go to the potential dealers of the cars in your final list and drive them the see which one suits your desires best.

In Panama your selection is dependent on what is available in Panama and what can be serviced. I have found that one of the best ways to research cars is to use YouTube. After selecting the type and make of cars you are interested in, there are a ton of reviews on YouTube.

It is easier if you see a car being demonstrated. In my case, I am looking for a small car that is not too small. I am looking for one that will spend 75 percent of the time fitting into a parking place in David. Parking and driving in David has become more of a problem over the 10+ years I have lived here. Taking a pickup or SUV downtown is not fun.

I looking for something in the hatchback category. The Terios was great because you could fold down the back seats and carry a lawnmower if you had to. Hatchbacks may not hold quite as much, but the ability to fold down the back seat is still something I want. Continue reading Consumed