Monthly Archives: February 2014

Attempting to locate a U.S. citizen

Message from the ACS in the U.S. Embassy in Panama City.

Hi dear Bocas del Toro and Chiriqui Wardens,
Greetings from the Consular Section!

We are attempting to locate a U.S. citizen named Rolando A. SUAZO, who is probably residing in Chiriqui or Bocas del Toro. We appreciate your assistance in posting a simple message in your websites, just asking Rolando A. Suazo to please contact the American Citizens Services Unit, Consular Section, tel: 317-5000.

I used to be afraid of the dark. Now I’m terrified of the electricity bill.

Bid for Boquete Date Nearing.

Posted By request.

BOQUETE, Panama – Bid 4 Boquete’s big annual weekend is fast approaching with something for everyone.  Mark your calendars for March 1st and 2nd, 2014. The Bid4Boquete weekend features a wine tasting, live auction, silent auction, a sweet bake sale, food, drink, children’s games, and then caps things off with the hugely popular Venta de Patio.

The festivities kick-off   Saturday evening, March 1st. with the live auction and wine tasting at the Boquete Community Players building. This event sells out early every year and has become the social event of the year in Boquete. Live auction items include furnishings, resorts, art/photos, adventures, and much more.

Wine lovers will be treated to a wide array of varieties paired with appetizers chosen to bring out the best of the vintages and sure to please the palates of even the most discriminating oenophile. Add entertainment to the menu of wine, appetizers, and hot auction items and you have a not-to-be-missed social event so buy your tickets early.  Tickets are available at Mail Boxes, Etc and the Tuesday BCP Market.

Sunday, March 2nd is the annual Bid4Boquete bake sale, silent auction, children’s games and Venta de patio sale. These events always draw large crowds and will be held at the newly remodeled Arco Iris room at the Fairgrounds across from the BCP. The bargains begin flying out soon after the doors open at noon.

Come with the family for a delicious lunch (either tipico or gringo) featuring the famous Burt’s hamburgers and French fries.  Enjoy a drink from John’s Bar. There is lots of fun for everyone

with kid’s games and Mike’s professional photos of the whole family.

Bid4Boquete is best known for its on-going web auction which also culminates that weekend with fabulous vacations, packages, products, gifts and services available that extend from the wilds of Africa to the shores of Boca Chica and the entire Boquete valley.

Bid4Boquete Co-Chair Penny Barrett says some of the best deals of the year can be seen in the Auction Gallery  where you can “buy it now” or wait and “hope” you win the best bid.  No matter which you choose, it all goes for a great cause; the less fortunate in our Boquete community, so bid now, bid later and bid often.”

Penny, Bonnie Williams, and Anayansi Menendez (las tres mujeres) also say to make sure you support the merchants and people who donate to Bid4Boquete: “It really does take a village to make this all work along with thousands of volunteer hours for which we are extremely grateful.”  Last year Bid4Boquete supported eleven different agencies or charities totaling more than $70 thousand dollars raised during its March fundraiser.


I paid $150,000 for a Klondike Bar because I thought it was a pub in Alaska.

If you want to know what life would be like if you were rich, look at your cats.

Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular Section Closed February 26

Following is the latest ACS message:



The entire Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Panama will be closed to the public on Wednesday, February 26, 2014.  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 Thursday, February 27, 2014, the Consular Section will resume full operations with its regular schedule (please see




La Sección Consular de la Embajada de los Estados Unidos en Panamá estará cerrada al público el día miercoles 26 de febrero de 2014.  No se realizarán trámites de rutina en las secciones de Visas, Servicios a Ciudadanos Estadounidenses ni Beneficios Federales durante esos días.  Si usted es un ciudadano estadounidense y tiene una emergencia, por favor llame a la Embajada al 317-5000, y ellos le pondrán en contacto con el oficial adecuado para atenderle.

La Sección Consular atenderá nuevamente al público en su horario regular (favor ver la siguiente página de internet: a partir del día jueves, 27 de febrero de 2014.

The definition of old age is doing the same thing four or five times and…….. Where was I going with this?

Marca Cocina + Vino – Inauguration

InvitacionLast December, I noticed that Cuatro had started their new service offering. That post contains some photos inside the business.

On February 6, Cuatro had the grand opening of Marca and I received an invitation to attend.

I have been fortunate to attend many such functions because of this blog and I enjoy each and every one of them. I get to meet a lot of nice people and am usually the only gringo around.

While I rarely go out in the evening, there is no way I would ever pass up going to an event that has Chef Luis’ catering the appetizers. I took no photos of them as I was too busy eating.

Luis and others spoke before the ribbon cutting ceremony. This business compliments his restaurant because you can stop in and find many things to take home. There is also a large selection of wines to choose from.

The event was set up in Cuatro’s parking lot. My photos are in an album at the end of the post.

Antonio Singh was there and I hadn’t seen him in some time. I met several new people. One was Vielka Ledezma, who has VLedezma Photography. She was photographing the event for Luis. Her business card and contact infer is in the album.

I also met Edwin Mirands, who was shooting photos for his website His card with contact info is in the photo album.

He obviously gets around to many of the events that are going on in this area. If you want to see a large number of the Chiriquí young ladies, just check out his site. Here are his photos of the inauguration.  Who knows, you might even find me in one of the photos.

Lilliam and I were the first to arrive (a gringo trait) and about the last to leave (a Panamanian trait). There was music playing and there was a continuous video of the restaurant and food preparation. I also noticed that the video featured Finca Santa Marta, owned and operated by Ron and Kim Miller, where Cuatro gets many of its organic products.

If you stop into Restaurante Cuatro of the new Marca Cocina + Vino, tell them that you read about them on Chiriqui Chatter.