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llseldon replied to the thread Name Calling on the Panama forum on September 30, 2014:
GlamBabe initially posted:
I truly felt this forum had reached a low point with the immature bickering going on. Now I realize I was wrong. When someone feels its appropriate to call someone not just a name, but an obscenity, there is something very wrong and it should not be tolerated. Obviously many of us have agreed to disagree, on locations, favorite places, even level of safety for expats. But when I see someone use a nasty derogatory term to describe someone, I see a bully who has no other form of intellectual expression. Please refrain from swearing at women, James. You would never had said that to a man. It's misogynistic and a way to intimidate a woman to stop speaking her mind. We are all entitled to our opinions, but if we feel the need to be nasty, do so privately with a friend, not in public. Despite your best efforts at bullying anyone into submission it will not happen. If anything us b~s will remain active and stand up for ourselves. As a woman who volunteered at a domestic violence shelter I can tell you words are just as much a form of abuse as your fists. And I can't stand by and watch abuse without making it clear it is not ok under any circumstances. So as I said before, in case you did not see it, ENOUGH. You and Mary Ann don't agree, now let it go. This forum is not the appropriate place for the rest of us to have to deal with something private between the two of you. Thank you.
llseldon replied 29 minutes ago with:
Interesting, I have coined the term "internet rage", but REALLY, let's get over it & put this string to bed. PanamáLou
kombutz replied 45 minutes ago with:
It is interesting that psychologists say that people operate as either adults, parents or children. It is very evident on this forum that they are right. You post determine which of these operational stances you are using. Accept the consequence of that choice and do not defend parent or child behavior by blaming others for that choice. Adults respect and treat others in responsible ways, parents take charge and discipline, children whine and blames others. Finally, the American constitution guarantees freedom of speech to everyone, however, for some people, the mere expression of that freedom is an abuse of it. Anger, sarcasm and ridicule have no place on this forum. Choose the responsibility of adulthood as the modus d' operandi in this forum. Thanks for the informative posts that mean so much to many of us.
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hostelpanamacentral replied to the thread New Hostel in Panama City - El Dorado on the Panama forum on September 30, 2014:
hostelpanamacentral initially posted:
As Expats our self we are proud to announce our new hostel in Panama City. The website is and we are looking forward to plenty visits from other Expats. So far there are no guests and it gets a bit boring, so if anybody wants come by to have a nice chat and a cup of coffee, that would be awesome too. Cheers!
hostelpanamacentral replied 8 hours ago with:
Thanks a lot Jim, I am still drinking Duran's coffee, compared to coffee back home it is a milestone but I am sure coffee from Boquete is something else. Best, Pascal
hostelpanamacentral replied 8 hours ago with:
Hi MaryAnnR, I am working on the translations, the site will be also published in German and Spanish. In the mean time I am happy to answer your questions. Best, Pascal
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jonoyakker replied to the thread Expats robbed in El Valle on the Panama forum on September 30, 2014:
panamajames initially posted:
Thank you to Gerlinde for this. This can happen anywhere in Panama, so it is always good to be on your guard. Make your place and person, less attractive to banditos. On Monday, Sept. 22nd. three expats were robbed in their home on Capirita street close to the soccer field. They were tied up and one of their cars were stolen which later on was found in Pacora. This happen during lunch hours among heavy rain. However, their garden gate was open and so was the house door.The thieves (2) were on foot and armed. This incident is very disturbing, especially that it is very close to our area where we live. Please keep your gates and doors locked at all times. Gerlinde
jonoyakker replied 5 hours ago with:
IMO I think that EV is one of the safest places in Panama and violent crime is not common in Panama period, especially if you keep your nose clean. But crime is always scariest when it is close to home. Thefts of various sort are not that unusual depending on the location but fortunately they rarely are violent. I do think that creating at least the perception that you don't have much is always a smart thing. And remember, if you are confronted by a robber, don't resist.
CarrieW replied on September 29, 2014 with:
I realize that this can happen anywhere but this is disturbing, since this is the top of our list of spots to live. We are basically coming down with very little in terms of value! I guess that is a good thing! Does anyone happen to know what triggers the thefts? Do they see a TV? A ring? A car? Is there a pattern? Again, not bringing much with us, but I am curious.
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MaryAnnR replied to the thread Is Panama City the World's most Charming Place? on the Panama forum on September 29, 2014:
MaryAnnR initially posted:
This is the first installment of charming little things about Panama City that I did not learn from the internet. -PC residents are dogs lovers and the dogs are everywhere in residential neighborhoods, all sizes, on leashes. Pet stations are popping up around the city. -If you see a fancy carriage on the sidewalk, it may be filled with Yorkies instead of a baby. -PC dogs sometimes wear booties to protect their feet. -Dog walkers are as popular as nannies in PC. -PC allows small business entrepreneurs to sell coffee, sodas, and even their crafts along a residential street, allowing them to earn a living. -PC allows residents to hang their laundry from their balconies. Not everyone has a w/d here. -PC allows residents to sell their wares in stopped traffic. -No canvas martyr bags at the grocery stores. The baggers double bag almost everything. PC trash chutes prefer small bags and grocery bags are perfect. -The grocery store loves pennies. If you do not have the right amount of pennies, the cashier may round up or down. -PC residents still sit on the park bench and read newspapers. Individuals walk the streets selling the newspapers and earn a living. -Fireworks go off often in PC. Sometimes they are right outside my balcony. Scary at first, but it is nice to see them so close up. -PC has the most spectacular and beautiful thunderstorms. They build between the mountains and ocean. Panama City is a mixture of old and new. The people of PC are very happy and share their happiness through their friendliness and kindness. I understand why there are few expat groups in PC. Just talk to people and you will get any help you need. I found out about vet for my dog, just by talking to someone in the neighborhood this morning. I think Panama City is charming. The residents of PC are even more charming.
MaryAnnR replied on September 29, 2014 with:
The post on PC was a sincere list of little things I have noticed while exploring the city, The title was satire.
splainin replied on September 29, 2014 with:
Anyone, name the city you think is the world's most charming city. I bet you I can come up with 10 reasons why it's not. OK, first one. So many cities in the world to bash. Let's have fun!
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MaryAnnR replied to the thread Border Hop Information for Perpetual Tourists on the Panama forum on September 29, 2014:
panamajames initially posted:
People ask me all the time, tell me about stamping in and stamping out in Costa Rica. Three crossing stations serve to accommodate Panama-Costa Rica travelers: Paso Canoas on the Pacific side.................... One of the busiest border crossings in Central America, and potentially the most confusing – you can easily drive over the border without realizing it. On the Costa Rica side, you’ll find a bustling town full of shops and restaurants, whereas the Panama side is little more than a few border crossing with offices that look much the same as the other buildings nearby. Non-Spanish speaking travelers crossing at Paso Canoas might benefit from the aid of a translator. With proper preparations, the entire process should only take about 45 minutes. I have seen people there for hours on end............ Rio Sereno on the Pacific side................................................................. In contrast to Paso Canoas, this border crossing station is low on traffic and high on diligence. Some people describe Rio Sereno as “the best, cleanest, and friendliest crossing of the three.” Limited supply of computer equipment there, if you are feeling a little dodgy about life and times, that day. If your gadgets are low on juice, rest a moment in the gazebo in Rio Sereno’s central park, where you’ll find free wi-fi and electrical outlets, although you may have to compete with schoolchildren for a chance to plug in................................. When crossing at Rio Sereno, you will need to provide a copy of your passport’s face page – not a law, but you won’t get very far by refusing to comply. Officials with little better to do than conduct thorough vehicle and baggage inspections may come off as overzealous; failure to present proof of insurance on a privately-owned vehicle could result in an unplanned trip to Paso Canoas. There are tow trucks galore in Paso Canoas with a seedy group of teethless drivers, just waiting to haul away your vehicle if you don't have the proper papers. And you better get it out of the compound quickly as it is a great daily expense to have your vehicle, stay over in their luxurious compounds. Don't leave anything in the vehicle that you would like to see again. I had friends who left their Tab and iPhone and laptop in their car as they felt it wouldn't take too long to straighten this mess up, and of course, these items were never seen again. However, if your documents are in order, you should enjoy a swift 30-minute crossing at Rio Sereno. My recommendations are never to take a Panama car, over to Costa Rica. You really have to know your stuff.......... Sixaola/Guabito on the Atlantic (Caribbean) side............................................................... You’ll find this off-the-beaten-path option to be fairly relaxed and straightforward. At Sixaola/Guabito, adventure travelers get the added bonus of walking over wooden planks of the former railroad bridge that takes you between Panama and Costa Rica. When to Go.................................................... Paso Canoas is open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Costa Rica side) or 11 p.m. (Panama side) every day. For a busy border crossing station like this one, it is recommended you time your arrival for noon or later – early morning border crossings take longer due to commercial truck traffic. Rio Sereno and Sixaola/Guabito border crossing stations are open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Lunchtime closings at Rio Sereno (noon to 1 p.m. Panama time) give you an opportunity to pick up a few necessary items, do some shopping, or grab a bite yourself at an open-air restaurant on the Panama side of this border crossing station.
MaryAnnR replied on September 29, 2014 with:
The temporary visa is valid for one year. The permanent cards are estimated to arrive in 2-3 months. Once the permanent visas arrive, we have to turn in the temporary visas and pay $100 each to receive the new cards. There is no expiration or renewal of the Pensionado Visa, at least as of now. In case anyone was wondering the multi-entry permit is just a stamp placed on a page inside your passport.
CarrieW replied on September 29, 2014 with:
MaryAnnR, Is there a time limit on this visa? Does it expire? thank you in advance, Carrie
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jonoyakker replied to the thread Best place to live in safety panama or costa Rico on the Panama forum on September 29, 2014:
Thomasmints initially posted:
We want to live by the ocean in safety ,we want to rent
jonoyakker replied on September 29, 2014 with:
I've never lived in CR-only visited but I keep hearing about crime there from others. I find Panamanians to be peaceful and respectful. Of course, exceptions exist.
pattibeau replied on September 29, 2014 with:
Safety means different things to each of us and we need to be aware of our surroundings. That said, what is your reason for saying Panama is a better choice? I'm not trying to start a fight with anyone, just asking for more information.
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douglitas47 posted flea markets--tianguis on the Panama forum on September 29, 2014:
where can you buy used items in Panama? furniture, tools, auto parts, art objects, appliances, etc...
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MaryAnnR replied to the thread About taxi fares on the Panama forum on September 29, 2014:
lapapuja initially posted: Use this to see what the taxi rate is for where you are going. One thing to keep in mind is that while fuel prices have gone way up the fares have not. So an extra 25% should be added for fairness. Taxi drivers can spot a foreigner and many try to over charge. Know what your fare should be before you go. When ever possible use a Metro bus or the Metro line. Buses are 26 cents, Metro is 35 cents. The same card is used for both. The card costs $2.00, then you add money to the card. If any of you want to know more about the Metro bus or Metro line, just ask. The bus can be confusing due to all the names of the routes.
MaryAnnR replied on September 29, 2014 with:
Coronado Gold Coast Shuttle base price is $95.
lapapuja replied on September 29, 2014 with:
If you found someone who will take you and your luggage to Coronado period... that is great. $120. is fair. It is round trip for them.
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Panamajack replied to the thread insulation on the Panama forum on September 29, 2014:
douglitas47 initially posted:
seems like some parts of Panama are really hot and A/C is exorbitantly expensive. Has anyone looked into really good insulation for the roof of the house? Solid foam boards 4" thick can add R20 to the roof...this will significantly block the penetration of sun's rays. Available in Panama? thanks.
Panamajack replied on September 29, 2014 with:
Hi Richard, The 2 drums equal a "drum set" parts A and B. This will cover approximately 3,000 sq. ft at approx 1 inch thick--(R7). The equipment has not been used since early last year and would need extensive cleaning via chemicals and flushing. As I wish to simply get rid of the "stuff" I am asking $2,500 for everything "as is". I actually have a part drum set also of foam but there is only a bit in them probably enough for 500 sq. feet--good for practicing. If I were to stay in the business I would buy a new gun and the best is the Graco Fusion unit and they cost about $2,500.--worth it! I thank you for the interest.
Panamajack replied on September 29, 2014 with:
Hi--2 years ago I invested in spray foam equipment (SPF poly foam--closed cell, 2 pound density). It IS the way to insulate but--the cost came out to about $3.00 per square foot per inch of thickness and the jobs that I quoted the people didn't want to spend that much money. The equipment and 2 --55 gallon drums of material is for sale--cheap!
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BoqueteGirl replied to the thread Chiriqui Mall in David on the Panama forum on September 29, 2014:
jscissell initially posted:
Anyone what stores are in the Chiriqui mall in David? Titan or Costo
BoqueteGirl replied on September 29, 2014 with:
In the Mall we have several small clothing stores, Nike, a food court, Super Baru grocery, Immigration building, drivers license office, some stores carry Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Guess. In town we have DDP clothing which carries Tommy Hilfiger and Ralph Lauren. Other places in David: Firestone, McDonalds, KFC, PriceSmart (Costco,) Payless Shoes, Columbia Clothing Store, several furniture stores and electrical supply stores. Being the second largest town in Panama we have many stores to choose from. Not to mention several casinos and grocery stores. Not sure what kind of stores Titan & Costo are. Does this answer your question??? Regards
volcan357 replied on September 28, 2014 with:
There is not too much at the Chiriqui Mall. However we have Panaphoto, Conway, Aroche, Noveys, Do-it-Center, etc. at the other end of town.
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