Category Archives: Rants

Is Cable Onda Having Problems in Your Part Of Panama?

For the last few days, I have had poor service out of Cable Onda Internet. I don’t know if they are undergoing maintenance or if they are having problems, but the speed consistancy is down right lousy.

Sometimes it is OK and sometimes it almost doesn’t exist. It is the inconsistency that is as frustrating as anything. VOIP has been practically unusable for two days.

I just ran a speed test and it completed well with good speeds. An hour ago it wasn’t fast enough to download the speed test.

Yawn! This is Panama.

I Have Had It

I still feel like S**T and as I was coughing up more mucus from this flu bug, I smell the odor of smoke. Yep, another trash fire across the road. I sure don’t feel like sitting at the PC and writing this, but I am not going to let this go undocumented.

I am quite sure that this is the gardener that lit the fire, but it is the homeowner that is responsible for allowing it to be lit. Continue reading I Have Had It

Water Problems Continue

The water was turned on for long enough last night to take a shower and get the toilets flushed. However, the is no water again this morning. This has been the worst water problem this part of David has seen in my 5 years here.

UPDATE: Sometime this morning the water has returned a small amount. It doesn’t have enough force to give a warm shower, but we are grateful for what we have.

Hola Idaan – Que Pasa

6:00 AM – No water again this morning. Double Bummer!

As a side piece of information, when these apartments were being marketed, they talked about having a water reserve tank and a community area in the apartments. That is the difference between marketing in Panama and the real world. I remember almost renting a house in Boquete when I first moved to Chiriqui. I asked the builder about Internet and water and he said both were available. I subsequently asked the neighbors in the area and found that there were significant water problems and they had been waiting on a phone for two years.

UPDATE: 3:45 PM – the water has returned.

UPDATE : 9:30 PM – Water is back off.

UPDATE: May 4, 2010 – Have a trickle of water. Don’t think it is sufficient to kick on the water heater, so it will be a cold shower tonight. 🙁

No Hay Agua

There is no water. Last night, when I got ready to take my shower and go to bed, I found that the water was out. This morning I see that it is still out. I always like it when the rainy season comes, but for some reason the change always causes some days of water outage.

I guess the pipes just can’t handle all that extra water pressure or something happens to the water purity. Whatever it is, it is my current rant.

UPDATE: Water returned around 2:30 PM on the 29th, so less than 24 hours.

Que Pasa Cable Onda

The other day I was missing both the ABC and CBS channels (70,71). Today, I am missing CBS – 71. Que Pasa Cable Onda?????

UPDATE: As of Sunday the 18th, Channel 71 – CBS is still missing.

UPDATE: As of Monday the 19th, Channel 71 – CBS is still missing.

UPDATE:As of Monday evening, the 19th, Channel 71 – CBS has returned.

Cough Cough

More city fire violations. I am trying to call to report the violation, but the phone is not being answered. 103 is the number to call the fire department. I have been calling for 20 minutes and only get a busy signal.

UPDATE: After 30 minutes of busy signal, I decided to drive over to our local fire department.

I talked to Franklin who was in charge. He told me that the call really had to be made to “Corregiduria”. The number is 775-3142 for David.

I also got the local fire station number for the Terronal area. It is 774-4562.

If you live in David, I would recommend that you learn the number for the fire station that serves you. Obviously, you can’t count on the 103 emergency number.

Franklin also told me that the fire station sell fire extinguishers in case you wondered where to buy one.

I have called the Corregiduria and reported the incident. They said they would send an inspector.

UPDATE: When I did the original post, I made an error in the number for the Terronal Fire Department. If you recorded it yesterday, please use the corrected number above.