Monthly Archives: January 2014

Whole Recovery Center in Boquete

I received the following request for a guest post. I know nothing about the organization or facility and am posting as a matter of public information.

Hello Don,

I am the founder of Whole Recovery addiction treatment center in Boquete, Panama. I’d like to post a guest blog on Chiriqui Chatter regarding alcohol and drug recovery and rehabilitation in Panama in general.

Vlad Kogan, CEO
Whole Recovery Center

And now for the guest post.  Continue reading Whole Recovery Center in Boquete

Lilliam suggested we just go crazy tonight, but I think that’s unfair. I’d have a huge head start.

You should never run away from your problems. Unless your problem is, like, you’re being chased by a bear.

I slept like a rock last night meaning I woke up in the flower bed with the house key under my belly.

Car Shopping Observations

As you may have noticed, the Terios post has been taken down and it will be picked up Monday when the title is transferred to the new owner.

I haven’t spent anytime looking at new cars since 2004, when I bought the Terios. I had a car picked out, prior to the Terios sale, but that deal fell through.

Thursday, Natalie and I went to almost all of the dealers in David to get an idea about what was available. I am going to give you some of my observations from that exercise.

First, I made three trips to Grupo Siliba, over the last week, because I thought the Kia Soul was the car I wanted to buy. The first two visits were ordinary, just looking and I did pick up a Kia Soul brochure. Continue reading Car Shopping Observations

House For Sale near USMA in David

I received a request to post the following, As with all such requests, it is the buyers responsibility to do his own due diligence.

Hi Don Ray,

I have a new lakefront house located near USMA and about 7 minutes from Do It Center.

It is 2 bedrooms and 1 bath, about 1000 sq. ft. on a 5000 sq. ft. lot, fully furnished with washer, dryer, air, sony flat screen, and fully fenced.

It’s a nice urbanization, and extremely tranquil here.

The listing price is $65,000.


phone 6203 5123

Koki is an *excellent* guard dog. As long as the burglars remember to knock on the door.

Delicia Italiana – Go For The Gelato

UPDATE – March 2015 I stopped to get an ice cream and found it closed. Bummer!
You may remember that I had a post on Delicia Italiana some time back and commented I was disappointed because I saw the Ice Cream freezer, with the label Estrella Azul on it, and assumed they just carried the local ice cream. I had gone in specifically because I wanted to try the gelato.

Luckily, the owner got directed to the post and gave the straight “Scoop” about what they were serving and invited me back.

After a morning of looking at cars, all over David, Natalie and I decided to give Delicia Itiliana a try yesterday. I am happy to report that it was fantastic.

Apparently those living in Boquete have been enjoying this ice-cream because it is being brought to David from there.

My favorite place for ice cream in David had been Gelato Pacifico at Chiriqui Mall, however, it has not been open the last couple of times I have gone there. I just wrote David Stewart an email to find out the status.

However, if there is one thing we can always use, it is another option for great ice cream and Delicia Italiana is a great option. I think Luis, at Cuatro across the street, should add this ice cream to his menu.

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I was told that there are usually about eight flavors to choose from. I took a photo to give you an idea. Before you ask, FRAGOLA is strawberry.

Pistachio - Click to enlarge
Pistachio – Click to enlarge
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I had a pistachio and Natalie has some sort of chocolate with nuts. The scoops were very large and well worth the $2.00. Both were outstanding. Creamy, smooth, luscious, what more could you want in an ice cream?

I spent a fair amount of time talking to Yantzel who served us. She spoke very good English and promised to send me information on the school she had attended in David, which I had not heard of. As we were talking about Panamanians learning English, I had mentioned I thought it was a matter of the student having the desire to learn it.

She cracked me up when she said she hated English, but hated bad grades more. She said that getting a mark below a 4.0 drove her crazy and since the school she went to required English and not learning it would lower her grade point, she worked hard to learn it.

IMG_0907I salute her. I hope that Antonio, the owner of Delicia Italiana, realizes how lucky he is to have Yantzel being the image of service at Delicia Italiana. I liked her attitude toward life. I liked her service and I liked her friendly smile. If you stop into Delicia Italiana (which I highly recommend if you want to try some exceptional ice cream), tell Yantzel you saw her on Chiriqui Chatter.