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I received a request to pot the following:

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*mobility *endurance
*flexibility *muscle strengthening
*balance *cardio conditioning
while having fun and meeting with others of like mind.

Last week, on Wednesday the class opted for an AQUAYOGA class. Great for balance and flexibility. We played volleyball for a few minutes and had good fun. Come join us!

Numbers are limited so sign up soon.
Fee is $10./ class
Deborah Raymond is a certified aquafit instructor with

Contact Deborah @ or call 6389-5285

Señores Presidentes de Latinoamérica:

The following was posted on my local neighborhood Watch WhatsApp Group. It was so well written and poses a great question to other Latin American Countries that I felt I should post it.

The first part in the original Spanish follows. After that, I will have Google assist me in posting in English.

Señores Presidentes de Latinoamérica:

1. Trump está defendiendo a su país, y Ustedes no hacen nada para terminar con la corrupción.

2. Trump se preocupa porque los empleos crezcan en Estados Unidos, ustedes provocan que la gente huya de Latinoamérica por la falta de empleo.

3. Trump está recortando el 60% de los trámites burocráticos del gobierno, y reduciendo la nómina gubernamental, ustedes han creado un viacrucis para todos lo empresarios con sus cada día más costosos trámites y requisitos fiscales, y lejos de eficientarse y adelgazar la nómina del gobierno, está haciendo todo lo contrario.

4. Trump tiene un plan agresivo para reducir la delincuencia en su país, Latinoamérica cada día está peor.

5. Trump sabe que dependemos de Estados Unidos en cuestión de alimentos del campo, ustedes que han hecho para arreglar el terrible retraso que tiene el campo Latinoamericano ?? Cuándo vamos a ser autosuficientes en alimentos? Cuándo !??

6. Trump está tomando acciones concretas para que el poder adquisitivo del americano suba, ustedes cada día lo destruyen más.

7. Trump dice que Estados Unidos será grande otra vez, y ustedes? Porqué por lo menos no le copian algún plan? Cuándo Latinoamérica será grande otra vez?

8. Trump, va a recortar el déficit del su país, ustedes siguen subsidiando miles de cosas, todo lo que usted administran representa un gasto que no nos beneficia a nadie más que a los que reciben sueldo del gobierno. Opere su gobierno más eficientemente, que no sabe cómo?

9. Trump le va a dar contratos del gobierno sólo a compañías americanas, ustedes le está dando todos los contratos del gobierno a compañías españolas, americanas y europeas, porque?

10. Trump bajará impuestos para que las empresas produzcan más y creen trabajos, ustedes sube los impuestos.

Todavía tienen tiempo señores Presidentes, hagan algo que valga la pena.

No se enojen con el Señor Trump… el va a gobernar su país,
hará reformas, impulsará cambios, sacara a las personas que considere un peligro para su nación, sacara a los indocumentados, porque nos enojamos???

…Ese señor es nacionalista, velará y cuidará a su gente… a su pais…No señores, no hay que inconformarnos con él…Hay que inconformarnos con los Presidentes que hemos tenido….con los politicos que nomás saquean a Latinoamérica,
a sus Estados, a sus Municipios,
Vamos a enojarnos con estos líderes sindicales
corruptos que hacen grandes fortunas a costa de sus agremiados…Hay que enojarnos con los ineptos
que establecen el salario mínimo que no alcanza ni para darle una sola comida a su familia, hay que enojarnos con el titular de los Ministerios, con los que están al frente de las Secretarías de Estado y no hacen nada para generar empleos…
no hay que buscar enemigos fuera del continente
aqui los tenemos, aqui están , saben donde los encontramos??
Estan durmiendo en sus curules en el Congreso, en las Cámaras
de Diputados y Senadores, ahi están aumentándose el sueldo y
fijándose bonos por cualquier cosa,



Google English Translation follows: Continue reading Señores Presidentes de Latinoamérica:

Lost and Found

UPDATED February 3

Lilliam and I spent the last couple of days on another Embassy case. A US Citizen had spent about 15 days in the Regional hospital and had died there. The Embassy had been contacted and the hospital had said they didn’t have his passport, which the Embassy needed.

Lilliam and I went to the Regional Hospital to see if we could find the Passport.

Personal items such as passports, wallet and other items of value, are normally kept in safe keeping in one location in the Regional hospital. We went there and they had no record of any items being stored. They said to check the emergency area, where the individual would have first entered.

We went to the emergency room and were escorted back to the area that kept a hand written ledger of personal items that were with patients when they came in. On the day the individual had arrived, there was no entry for this individual.

The head nurse said she would check with the 5th floor to see if it is possible that the items might be there. We were told there were no items there. Continue reading Lost and Found

Another Living in Panama Guest Post

The author, of the following guest post, sent me a copy and said I could post it if I wanted. She had previously posted it on the Chiriquí Life forum.

If you are thinking about moving to Panama, it is always good to hear some straight talk from someone that isn’t profit motivated. By that I mean, selling property, in a tourism business giving lecturers, or in some business related to tourism.

There is a lot to like about Panama, but if you come here naive, you are going to get taken or worse maybe lose something more valuable than money.

The author also penned another experience related to healthcare on this blog.

The guest post follows and I will add a few more thoughts after the post. Continue reading Another Living in Panama Guest Post

Happy Birthday Great Grandson Nealon

Nealon, you have come a long way. Entering the world two months early is never easy and you did keep all of us on pins and needles.

However, looking at the progress you have made, your future accomplishments should be much easier.

Lilliam and I promise to make it to your next birthday.

Thanks to my granddaughter Lindsay for doing such a good job in being the most prolific photographer in 2016. Following is her video of year one in the life of Nealon.

Good Luck Mr. President

Yesterday was quite a day. I thought it went off well.

I especially liked the Inaugural Parade. Is there anything more patriotic than a marching band.

I have always liked listening to John Philip Souza. There is nothing better than the patriotic sounds that Souza created. I remember watching the movie Stars And Stripes Forever.

I watched it again last night on Kodi. It is nice to be able to search on Kodi and watch any movie.

I followed that movie with the James Cagney movie Yankee Doodle Dandy, which was about George M Cohen.

Souza and Cohen did a lot to raise the patriotic feeling in the US, when it was needed. The US needs to return to its patriotic roots. Both Cohen and Souza looked at the flag with reverence.

I hate seeing the flag burned. I have never felt that was a proper way to protest. When I see the flag burned, it burns me.

In my search for the two movies I wanted to watch last night, I found a YouTube of Bob Hope and James Cagney. These were performers, I admired. I can’t think of many actors now that I would give your 2 cents for.

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Inauguration Day Demonstration on January 20, 2017 at 10a.m.

Following ACS Message was just sent out.

U.S. Embassy in Panama

Security Message for U.S. Citizens

January 20, 2017

The U.S. Embassy in Panama City informs U.S. citizens that it has received a report of at least one planned demonstration on January 20, 2017 in Panama City related to the Inauguration.  One demonstration is scheduled to begin 10:00a.m. in Parque Belisario Porras.  All U.S. citizens are reminded to remain diligent in your personal security.


U.S. Citizens should plan their travel accordingly and avoid all confrontations.  Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  You should avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.  Review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news stations for updates.  Maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.


For further information about security in Panama:


  • See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Panama Country Specific Information.



  • Contact the U.S. Embassy in Panama, located at Building 783, Demetrio Basilio Lakas Avenue Clayton, Panama, at +507-317-5030, 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Friday. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +507-317-5000.


  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

Metro Optica Guest Review

I had mentioned in the past that Dra. Ines Chang had been recruiting ophthalmologists to office in Metro Optica. I just received a review from a Chiriqui Chatter reader who has recently visited one who is moving his practice to David.

Following is a guest post of the reader’s experience.

We now have an eye specialist full time in David. Dr. Andres Osigian moved to David from Panama City officially in December and set up his office with Dra. Ines Chang at Metro Optics.

I have developed glaucoma and now have cataracts. Dr. Osigian was very thorough, answers questions and is very careful in making sure you understand the medication. I now am using four kinds of drops, all must be applied at different times and spaced out over the day. He made sure I understood how to make this all work. He also showed me the most efficient way to get the drops in my eyes and not down my face, an excellent way to save on refilling prescriptions.

The doctor is still settling in and must move his equipment from Panama City and make arrangements to use hospital facilities. My next appointment is in May when we will make arrangements for surgery for the cataracts. I will report in to Don Ray after that to relate that experience.

I know Ines has worked very hard to get a specialist to David and she is very pleased to have Dr. Osigian with her. He speaks excellent English, as does the rest of the staff there. Having any kind of health problem is unsettling. Being able to go for help where you feel comfortable and confident makes it easier to deal with. Not having to travel to Panama City makes it even better.

Metro Optica is across the street from Super Star Computer in the following map.