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We Are Being Mauled Malled

When I was with Marion getting her driver’s license renewed, I saw that Chiriquí Mall is expanding. An addition, equal to the original, is being added to the side going to the frontera.

We are definitely being mauled malled. Where all the shoppers are going to come from for all the new locations is a question I have no answer for.

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MStore Offer

I received the following request to post.

Don i don’t know if you would like to post this offer in your blog:

Get a $100.00 MStore Gift Card with the purchase of any Mac Computer. Offer only valid at our Plaza Terronal Store in David, Chiriqui from 12pm December 22 – December 24, 2015 when purchasing a MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Mac mini, iMac or Mac Pro. Must present this ad to receive Gift Card. One Gift Card per client. We have 10 Gift Cards available for this offer.
If you should have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.


Rogelio E. Chiari Brin
Grupo Mac Store
Tel. +507-305-5750

Elmec Inauguration In David

On December 2, Lilliam attended the inauguration of the new Elmec store in Design Plaza in David. I had mentioned talking to Lic. Elvis Samudio in November on one of Lillim and my morning walks.

Mr. Samudio followed up our morning conversation by sending me an invitation to attend the inauguration event.

You may wonder why I would want to attend an opening of a new building center. I guess you might say I like to stay “abreast” of what is going on in housing design, fixtures, flooring, lighting and well you know… Continue reading Elmec Inauguration In David

TIME to see the Time Doctor

I don’t remember when Lilliam first told me about El Marquez Watch repair. The first time I wrote about it is HERE and it gives directions.

Today we had 5 watches to have batteries replaced and/or band lengths adjusted. I took a couple photos while we waited.

The first has Marques adjusting one of the watched. It also shows some Grand Father clocks he has serviced.


The second photo has several was clocks in various stages of repair.


I have had Marquez come to the house and service some of my wall clocks. He is capable and I trust him to do the work.

As always, if you see Marquez, tell him you heard of him on Chiriqui Chatter.


Super 99 Revisited

A little over a year ago, Super 99 opened its new store across the InterAmerican Highway from Plaza Terronal.

As I look back on that post, I was not all that impressed. What a difference a year makes. Recently I have made several trips to the new Super 99.

There have been a couple things that Rey did that caused me to take another look at Super 99.

The first straw was when Rey removed several products, that I always purchased, to make room for their “Rey” branded products.

The second straw was the lack of ice cream choices in Rey. Not only choice limitation, but I have picked up more than one container that had been thawed and refrozen. Yuck.

So I decided to take a second look to see if my missing products happened to be in Super 99. Son of a gun. My latest walk-throughs have found a very nice store. The isles could be a hair wider, but there seems to be much more variety than in Rey.

If you like ice cream, Super 99 has more brands and favors than in any other store in David. Not only that, but they have Friendly’s Ice Cream. You may not know this brand, but when I lived in Virginia, one of my favorite outings was going to a Friendly’s Ice Cream store.

Three Hagen Daz pints will run you close to $18. One 1 1/2 quart container of Friendly’s will cost you around $5. To me, the Friendly’s is every bit as good. I have had “Banana Split”, “Maple Walnut”, “Vienna Mocha Chunk” and “Fruit Swirl”. My favorite is Maple Walnut.

The only complaint I have, and the thing that prevents me from shopping there more, is that I hate the aggravation of having to cross The InterAmerican Highway.

Who knows where I will be shopping in the future. RIBA Smith?

New Federal Mall and New Bus Terminal Complex

Okay. I have been sleeping at the wheel and only recently tuned into the new planned Federal Mall and new Bus Terminal complex that is breaking ground. I was aware that the new bus terminal was scheduled, but since I try not to use the bus, I ignored the when and where.


But now! Wow! Imagine a $180,000,000 development, which will house approximately 400 new stores and employ over 4,000 employees. For me the best part is that it is only 5 minutes from where I live.

Now I will be able to get a Cinnabon without having to go to Panama City. If I am really lucky, maybe there might be a Taco Bell in the food court. Please start that rumor!

And, because I live so close, I will be able to go at the optimum time of the day and avoid all the new traffic, which will stress the already crowded David infrastructure.

The plans do look impressive and it is supposed to be done in the next few years. I think the plans call for 2017, but I have never seen anything constructed on schedule, so I will expect the soonest will be in 2018 or after.

The worst thing about it will be the construction time. The construction of the highway to Boquete seemed to go on forever and during that time, traffic was rerouted and impacted.

People living adjacent to the construction will be subjected to huge trucks, noise and other annoyances.

However, after it is complete, it will be a hub that will attract people from all over the internal areas of Panama and even from Costa Rica. Who in his right mind will want to go to Panama City, when there is a high quality mall in David.

Maybe this will be the catalyst to actually bring in direct flights to the David airport. I still won’t hold my breath.

Most of the information promotion of the new mall is being done by real estate associated businesses. Expect to see prices go up. Expect to see false claims. They will tell you that you better buy your home in paradise now, before the prices go up.

The money sharks are already in the water.

Following are some artist representations of the new mall and a YouTube video.

We, who are in Chiriquí, are living in exciting times.


EP Furniture KUDOS

The other day I wrote that we need to recognize good service. Following that I received the following email.

Hi Don,
Reminder, you referred me to EP Furniture. The attached letter speaks for itself. Hope you can post it on CC, below is body you can copy/paste.

15 junio 2015

Lic. Alexis Ortega
ACODECO Director, Chiriquí Province
David, Panama

Lic. Ortega,

I am sure that nearly all of your work is handling consumer complaints. My issue is the opposite — I wish to register a vendor compliment.

Last October, I purchased a dining table and two chairs from EP Furniture in David. Then shipped them to my home in Isla Bocas.

In April, I observed that one chair was severely damaged, coming apart at wood joints.
This type damage could only be the result of a factory defect, not from use or shipping. Checking my receipt, I read that my 3-month Guarantee had ended months before.

This chair being part of a 3-piece set, I had to have a matching replacement. In May, I went to EP in David to plead my case in words and photos, hoping to at least get a replacement at cost.

Sra, Marisol Somoza De Mat, EP General Administrator in David, unhesitatingly offered that she would happily replace the chair. For free! A few days ago, we exchanged chairs; my replacement chair is in perfect condition.

I am not a big, repeat customer of EP. This small purchase was my first. The only incentive Sra. Marisol’s had to serve me, long after any contract obligation, was her willingness to do the right thing. Such outstanding character notes recognition.

Sra. Marisol and EP have earned my personal appreciation and continuing loyalty. I hope my experience encourages you also to patronize EP.

Larry Shane