Monthly Archives: January 2015

La Parrilla de la Estancia – David

After making our weekly run to Hogar Santa Catalina, Natalie and I were starved. I remembered a sandwich shop I hadn’t been to in a long time in Plaza Real. The sandwich shop was gone and in its place was La Parrilla de la Estancia.


If you have visited any of the food courts in the Panama City Malls, you may have eaten at this restaurant. It specializes in grilled meats. Chicken, pork, beef and they also had a fish fillet.

I had pork chops and Natalie had the fish. We both enjoyed our meals and the quality was very good and the prices were very reasonable.

If you stop in, tell them you heard about them on Chiriquí Chatter.


By Don Ray Williams
January 29, 2015

Here I sit, listening to old music and reminiscing.
Thinking of times gone by and old friends that are missing.

When we were young, we thought that we would all live forever,
We thought that we were invincible and would always be together.

And now as we get older, we start to notice that there are fewer of us around.
Old friends are disappearing, no longer to be found.

Second by second, minute by minute, hour by hour, and day by day,
Winter followed by Spring then summer and autumn, time unnoticed, slips away.

Today I shed more than a tear as I considered the time that I’ve lived.
Touched by many and while they’re gone, the memories they left me were truly a gift.

Missing My Sole Mate

Today, I spent a lot of time on YouTube playing some of my favorite music, mostly music of the 60s and 70s.

I don’t know why, but I guess that I have had a feeling of melancholy surrounding me for the last month or so. I have received at least four emails, within the last 30 days, telling me that old friends have passed.

Lilliam is in Costa Rica and when she is gone I feel such a void. Natalie is here, but there is never a replacement for one’s sole mate no matter how hard others try.

The emails, Lilliam being away and the music had a dramatic effect on me. Tears streamed down my face and memories flashed through my mind relentlessly.

Beyond the current emails, I began to count other friends that have left all too soon. I doubt if they knew how much they meant to me. Each and everyone left an indelible print on me that will never disappear.

Many of the artists I listened to today occupy another part of my memories. I can hear a song and almost picture where I was and what I was dong when I first heard it.

I think had all of the Peter, Paul, and Mary albums. I was a big fan of the Chad Mitchell Trio. I remember when Chad Mitchell decided to go solo and brought in a unknown replacement by the name of John Denver.

I must have listened to more than 11 hours of YouTube of these artists today.

It seemed that the more I listened the more I was touched by how quickly time passes and how fragile life is. I also realized that the older I get the faster time goes.

As I listened to the music, I picked up my iPad and wrote a poem to remind myself that time is valuable and should not be wasted.

I called it Reminiscing.

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: March for Justice and Dignity Protest

Here is the latest ACS message from the U.S. Embassy in Panama City.

American Citizen Services at the U.S. Embassy in Panama would like to make U.S. citizens in Panama aware of an organized march, the “March for Justice and Dignity Protest,” which is scheduled to take place tomorrow, January 29, 2015 at 4PM in Panama City. Currently available information indicates that this is intended to be a peaceful protest against corruption that will begin in the vicinity of the Iglesia del Carmen, on the intersection of Via España with Federico Boyd, and which should conclude near the Parque Porras on Avenida Peru. Other areas could see similar marches or demonstrations. Some schools have cancelled after-school activities for tomorrow in anticipation of additional traffic congestion which could impact bus routes. The U.S. Embassy alerts U.S. citizens to possible street closures and traffic congestion as other areas could see similar marches or demonstrations. All U.S. citizens are reminded to remain diligent in your personal security.

For up-to-date information on security, Americans traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department’s Internet web site at Further information on safety and security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

U.S. citizens who travel to or reside in Panama are encouraged to enroll in the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). By enrolling, you make it easier for the U.S. Embassy to contact you in case of an emergency.

Los Molinos 2nd Annual Yard Sale Sat Jan 31st 8 to 1

I received multiple requests to post this.

Los Molinos 2nd Annual Yard Sale Sat Jan 31st 8 to 1

Not sure how many participants but the big house next to the restaurant for sure!

  • 3 garages full of furniture,
  • white sofa with 2 matching black and white side chairs,
  • massive wood and iron table and 6 chairs,
  • kitchen island,
  • large square coffee table,
  • set of three wood and iron swivel bar stools,
  • lamps,
  • dvd’s,
  • cotton queen sheets,
  • lots of kitchen misc like a Margaritaville margarita maker,
  • 3 in one crockpot machine,
  • small deep fat fryer
  • and much more…

See you on Sat! Just say “yard sale” at the gate!


I am going to change some of the ways I operate this blog. By that I am talking about what gets posted.

In the past, I have allowed any comment to be posted on whatever post it was responded to. The change I am going to make, related to comments, is that they must now be related to the post.

As an example, yesterday I got a comment on some post asking where the best bars were in Panama. If you have a question, unrelated to a current post, use the “Offline Contact” section. If I know, I will answer it. If not, then I may write the question as a post for others to answers.

However, then it will have to be a question I find beneficial to the types of readers I try to cultivate and “The best bars in Panama” would not qualify. For that, ask Don Winner. But then you will most likely have to subscribe (PAY) to his site to get an answer.

I have no problem with general discussion, as long as it is civil. Comments keep any post honest and usually help all readers looking for information. Continue reading FYI

I Err On The Side Of Caution

Maybe it is time to put out another warning to newcomers to Panama. Crime and gangs are on the uptake in Chiriquí and though out Panama. Crime has been continually growing since I arrived in 2003, but more recently it has become physically violent.

In the past it was mostly petty theft and crime of opportunity, such as leaving a new step ladder where it was easily stolen. Now it is often more important for thieves to enter a home while it is occupied, especially if it is known that there is a safe inside and the combination is needed.

Crime always increases during holidays and festivals. The Boquete Jazz Festival is approaching and there will be two opportunities for thieves. One, the many people going to the festival and two, the empty houses when people are at the festival.

Recently there was a 80 year old man was killed in Caldera. His hands and feet were tied and he suffocated because a plastic bag was put over his head.

In the La Prenza Article, it stated that there had been 9 violent deaths in the first 25 days of 2015 in Chiriquí. The increase in crime is attributed to the growth of gangs. Continue reading I Err On The Side Of Caution