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panamama replied to the thread noisey S.P.I on the Panama forum on December 19, 2014:
panamama initially posted:
The SPI is a police academy located in the corozal / los rios area of panama. These cadets are supposedly Panamas elite. They are a noisy bunch...graduation, new years, christmas, mothers day and sometimes just because its friday night ITS PARTY TIME... Does anyone know whose in charge of them? who can i inform that panamas elite are destroying the quality of life in these lovely neighborhoods? Something has to be done.... thx
panamama replied 16 minutes ago with:
yes! you both have very valid points. however, its on the excessive side... i will practice patience because at the end ofthe day you guys are right and i am in their backyard. Strange because the neighborhood commitee have various rules about how and what you decide to do in terms of constuction and esthetics of your home..
pollokeeper replied 28 minutes ago with:
Personally, I appreciate the freedom's we have here in Panama. Well, if you are from the US this is true anyway. The Panamanians have the freedom to make all the noise they want. I don't like all the noise. However, I appreciate the fact that if I wanted to I could go outside and make all the damn noise I wanted. That is part of my freedom here. Having to put up with some noise or other aggravations is a small Price to pay for the freedoms I enjoy in Panama. Those of you that don't appreciate this can just sit there and sulk for I care. If you want peace and quiet, look for it. Don't expect it to find you here in Panama. I applaud the Panamanian people and its culture for protecting our freedoms. Well, at least we have more freedom here tan we had back in the US. I'll take the noise.
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kimbattlincoln posted Yoga/gym availability on the Panama forum on December 19, 2014:
My husband and I have property in Playa Las Lajas. We will build as soon as we can sell our Idaho cabin. Anyway, I'm an exercise enthusiast. Is yoga or CrossFit available in David or Boquete? Is being a teacher of one of these disciplines considered a job that Panamanians could not fill, or are they plenty of opportunities? I know there is nothing like this in Las Lajas. Thank you, Kim B-L
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williamgafford replied to the thread Alta Boquete on the Panama forum on December 19, 2014:
williamgafford initially posted:
Can somebody tell me if Boquete has areas of higher elevations and what the approximate elevation ratings are for any Altas of Boquete and Boquete itself? We are currently residing in a hotel in Volcan while we look for a long term rental anyplace where the weather is not hot or too far away, considering anything at 2000 ft or higher. It seems there are not many places to rent here in Volcan, which is at 1500 meters. Thanks, William
williamgafford replied 4 hours ago with:
@Panamajames, Thank you for taking the time to clarify. William
panamajames replied on December 18, 2014 with:
Pardon my math slip up in my last post as I was talking feet, and then switched to meters. I meant ¨1500 feet, not meters. Big difference...... Volcancito and beyond would be close to 1500 meters........Dolega would be close to 1500 feet.
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CasaIsabela posted Need building Manage in Casco on the Panama forum on December 19, 2014:
Hi. My group is looking for someone to manage a new building in Casco Viejo. There are six apartments to be used for vacation rentals. Responsibilities would include: 1) acting as concierge from 9-5, 2) managing booking, 3) managing staff: cleaners, handymen, night porter, 4) maintaining regular contact with owner, 4) bilingual English/Spanish (or at least working knowledge of both languages). Please contact Shawn -
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ranadelnorte replied to the thread Panama James in South America on the Panama forum:
panamajames initially posted:
If you need any info about South America, I just landed in Uruguay last night, staying at the City Hotel Piriapolis which is not 5 star by any means, but it is nice. Breakfast in the morning, right on the ocean or bay, and although the hotel is very old, it is very nice. Comfortable Queen bed and a single bed, with a room facing the ocean, nice hot shower although tiny, and works out to $81 a night. We have a little fridge. Water from the tap is drinkable. Pesos here are 20 to 1 US dollar. By Panama standards, Uruguay is very clean with little garbage around, very European, and the people in Uruguay are not nearly as friendly or happy as Panama people. You say hello and people are wondering if they know you. It is cold here in comparison. 80 in Boquete where it is 60 in Uruguay. Wearing a jacket for the first time in 5 years. Nice restaurant nearby with a hamburger to die for. $5 or 100 Pesos with 2 patties, a fried egg, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, fresh bun, bacon, ham, and fries. It is a little rainy here, and a Pacific North West type of rain where it never stops. At least in Boquete, it rains for an hour, then the sun comes out. Not here.........Next stop is Punta del Este.
ranadelnorte replied 13 hours ago with:
Panamajames: Thanks for the lively travelogue about Buenos Aires. Here are some additional observations about actually living there (2 years), compared to living in Panama City (10 months so far), based on my personal experience. The economy of Argentina has been chaotic for decades: currency controls, periods of hyper-inflation, and stubbornly high unemployment. The political situation has been quite unstable as well. These conditions make for uncertainty and civil unrest, as you observed with several street demonstrations. The Argentineans do not have as bright an outlook on life as the Panamanians, and this shows in their interactions with each other and with foreigners. The positive side of the economic situation is that those who have income in a hard currency like the U.S. dollar will find their money goes farther. However, not knowing from one week to the next how much basic goods will cost gets to be a drag in the long-run. Panama has a much brighter economic future in my opinion. Buenos Aires is a huge, sprawling city with bad traffic and choking air pollution. Commute times from the suburbs to the city centre can easily take more than 1 hour. There are many more highway fatalities in Argentina than in Panama. In PTY, you know where the no-go zones are; in BA street crime is more diffuse – not concentrated solely in certain areas. The pick-pockets are masterful. Also BA has a hard-drug problem. I feel safer in PTY. In BA the housing stock is not as modern as it is in PTY. The upside of this is that you can find a place with old-world charm. The cultural scene is more varied and much more sophisticated in BA: museums galore, theatre, music, film, art, antiques, and so forth. The cultural activities are on par with any major world city. BA has a climate similar to parts of eastern North America: cool/cold winters when you definitely need winter gear, and broiling hot summers. Despite Argentina’s strong European roots, it is more remote than Panama. Argentina feels like Australia that way. By comparison, PTY is a transportation hub where you can get anywhere in North or South America or Europe with relative ease and speed. BA is a fun and interesting place to visit, but for my money and sense of well-being, PTY is a better place to live. Enjoy the rest of your trip!
panamajames replied 18 hours ago with:
For a moment, I am going to go over what I see in the black market - U.S. blue dollar in Argentina. Dec 11th it was at $12.65 according to twitter and they produce a daily price if you wanted to search it. Dec 12th it was also $12.65, Dec 13th it jumped to $12.85, Dec 17th it jumped to $13.10 and Dec 18th a jump to $13.15. That means that every day, your American dollar is growing, as it compares to the Argentinian Peso. The longer you wait to cash it in, the more Pesos you can buy. Of course, it could crash and burn, but it seems to be on a steady rise as we head towards Christmas. For most people, Argentina is a great deal with fabulous prices, however I met some folks who are moving here from Venezuela, and some just staying here on a holiday, who complained at how high the prices are here, compared to what they were paying in Venezuela. So, it appears, living very cheaply can be done in Venezuela, but there are few people who would agree that moving to Venezuela, is a great thing to do now, with the current Government. As an example, here in Buenos Aires, I was able to purchase a litre bottle of beer (about 3 small beers) for a dollar which would cost an Argentinian with Pesos, a dollar and a half. Doing my laundry once a week, while it cost $6 a load in Uruguay, it cost us here in Argentina, $2 a load, where in Panama it was costing $3 a load, the same as an Argentinian using Pesos would be charged in comparison. So your US dollar in Argentina is doing well for those who have them. And Uruguay is just too darn expensive to live for those on a limited income. But it is a beautiful place if you have the money. The economy in Argentina is generally is a little shaky overall, so I would not suggest that investing in this country is great, but this is a beautiful place. I saw properties on the river today in Tigre, that could probably be bought for a song, and are heaven on earth. The population makeup in Argentina appears to be more than 50% with Italian heritage, 20% Spanish background, and the rest made up of Europeans and a small number of North Americans. The official language here is Spanish, with an Italian and Portuguese influence. The people here are very proud. They were able to gain independence and freedom for themselves in 1983 and got rid of military control. While Panama was still under the control of Manuel Noriega, Argentinian people were declaring a democratic country, waving flags, beating drums, having parades, and declaring power to the people. Last night there was a group who began to demonstrate in the early evening, and were beating on drums for hours, calling themselves Frente Inversal or something like that. Lots of people gathered for a rally. I didn´t find out too many details. 4 Police officers keeping things under control, and families taking part in the demonstrations, mothers breast feeding babies, little kids beating drums or shaking tamborines. It ended with a huge fireworks display and explosions, outside our rooms in the hotel. A typical night in Buenos Aires it seems. The annual parade last Saturday, the largest party that I have ever been a part of, was a tribute to that freedom, democracy, and good riddance to military rule. Parades, peaceful demonstrations, and a very large party at the Pink House, Argentina´s version of the White House, in the Plaza de Mayo, and the President spoke to the nation on TV. Another exciting day in Argentina Saturday as someone told us that we had to visit the Plaza del Mayo for the festivities. We were hoping to just go to the Satuday San Telmo market, but we found out that the big market is Sunday, so we decided to check out Plaza de Mayo. On Sunday they close off 10 streets on Defensa and it is wall to wall merchants with everything you could possibily think of for sale, or services rendered. So, last Sunday was another of the world famous San Telmo Sunday markets that we were looking forward to. It is similar to the market in Montevideo Uruguay that they hold every Sunday. It is all cash so you come to deal and barter. Bands were also setup on various corners to entertain the folks and pass the hat. There were all types of bands, with a few players, up to a dozen musicians and singers. Accordion players are big in this country, of course the drummers. If you thought that you heard a lot of drumming in Panama, wait until you visit Argentina. Violins, trumpets, trombones, percussion, keyboards, guitars, singers and dancers. Tango couples were performing. This Sunday market is an event, and it happens every Sunday. Boquete has a Tuesday market that pales in comparison, but for the size of the town, it´s not bad. David and Panama City have many large markets as well, but they don´t have the entertainment factor that I see here in Argentina. Lots of freebee hand outs from companies as well, promoting their products. There was some sort of sweet cake in chocolate that was being handed out and they were great. I am looking forward to the Otavalo market in Ecuador that we will attend around the first week of February. It was an 8 hour day at the market, and my wife shops til she drops, and she was dragging herself back to the hotel around dinner time and was out like a light. Down for the count. I took it a little easier in the square and chatted with folks. It was a very pleasant day and perfect weather. On that same day, Sunday in the evening, it was soccer time, Futbol on every TV set in the nation. A team called Racing was in the playoffs and obviously they had a lot of Buenos Aires fans. When a goal was scored, a huge blast of noise could be heard all over the city. Well Racing won and into the wee hours of the morning, the fans took to the streets in their cars and honked horns and made noises like the world was coming to an end. They love their Futbol. There was fireworks, screaming and yelling everywhere. If you weren´t used to living in a Sports town at championship time, you would probably be very afraid. So the weekend in Buenos Aires was over. Monday morning came way too soon, but it was time to find more excitement. We traded a bunch of Blue dollars in for Pesos and looked for a travel agent to buy tickets for our upcoming adventure in Iguazu Falls and Mendoza, also in Argentina. We had talked about doing the 20 hour bus rides, but then decided that the Blue dollar rate was so good, let´s fly. So, we got our tickets. In some of these travel agent places, you will also find Tourism Info. That is one thing that I highly recommend to do when first landing in a place where you are vacationing. Find a Tourist information place. They just sit around the office all day long, hoping that you will come in and talk with them. They will dig out a map for you, and you really need a map, they will mark it for you, and tell you a few of the sites that you must see. There was a fellow in Colonia Uruguay at the bus station, who has the most entertaining two or 3 minute introduction to his town that I have ever witnessed. He was a cartoon character. I wish I could have recorded him. He has the smile and the almost English words down pat. He most likely does this all day long and has perfected his spiel. He may have been a robot......... In Argentina, look for local Tango events at a Malonga. They pick you up at 8, or 8.30 or quarter to 9, whenever they get there. Dinner, a Tango show, and they drive you home by midnight. El Querandi was our choice. The history and the essence of Tango in Buenos Aires. An outstanding show. Many dancers, some opera like singers, and a band of amazing musicians. They were all great, but this violinist in his solos was so good, that he could make you cry, along with making his violin cry. I was hoping to hear the song Don´t Cry For Me Argentina, but it didn´t happen. It´s not really Tango and this was traditional. If you visit the Niagara region, you must see the falls, if you come to Panama, you must see the Canal, and if you come to Argentina, you must be entertained at a Tango show. It´s a play, it´s a show, it´s great entertainment. We had a great dinner as well. If you need some web sites to check out look at these.......... where you can find some free walking tours. where all the buses travel. Check out these restaurants. Anything that says Tenedor Libre, which means Free Fork, but what that means is, that you have a variety of food to choose from, and you get it in plastic containers, weigh it, and pay by the weight. Most of them are chinese food places, but you look for the word Parailla which means Grill and you will most likely find ribs and steak, pork and chicken, all barbecued to perfection. Here is one that we loved. Some are take out only, but this one is both, take out or eat in. It was called Rising Sun and it was at 722 Defensa. There are many of these places, and we are finding them daily. You can get a really big meal for $4, an average meal for $3, and a bite to eat for $2, maybe less. Egg rolls, chop suey, chow mein, chicken wings, rice, all for a few dollars. Pasta and meatballs for a few dollars. And you can top it off with a Fried Egg which seems to be the tradition around here. Today, we went to a burger place in Tigre and got their special. It was a hamburger with fries, and on the hamburger, was a fried egg, cheese, and a huge amount of bacon. You could add your own onions, tomatoes, pickles and condiments. The only ketchup we can find here in Argentina and Uruguay was Hellmans. And we like it, we like it a lot. Heinz has gotten a run for it´s money here, and perhaps lost out. I´m getting hungry.............more later. Jim in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
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afortunada replied to the thread My recent trip to Panama conclusion on the Panama forum:
davisodb initially posted:
The rest of the journey was a slog. A planned two nights in Coronado Beach turned into one as I was so pissed off that I couldn’t get into the private beach but had to taxi the long way around. Once at the beach, I was afraid a taxi might not come by and it was way too far to walk so we just took the same taxi back. We went back to PC and changed our flight plans flying out on Friday instead of the following Tuesday. American Airlines raped us on this change. Before I forget, American dollars are not only accepted everywhere, they are the only currency--Panama has no local currency apart from coins that are synonymous with our dollar, quarter, dime, nickel, and penny coins. My Conclusions, and I stress mine alone for it is obvious there will be those who disagree and they are not wrong for doing so: Panama is not for me and my wife though it certainly may be for others thinking of retirement there (I assume those who have retired there are mostly pleased with their choice); I make no judgements here, it is simply a matter of preference. The language barrier is too great for my wife, English is her second language, she is reluctant to learn a third. A second reason is very intangible and perhaps only a matter of perception. It just feels boring in Panama yet I must confess, what do I do in America that can’t be done in Panama other than visit current friends? Expats are best answering this as they are living through it. I noticed that expats, other than those living in Boquete where many expats live, seem starved for conversation with fellow Americans or Canadians. I understand this feeling as it is what I experienced when I lived in the Philippines. The slow pace in Panama is maddening because I am always in a hurry. Service is slow in restaurants and they make too many mistakes with your order, even if you point to the picture on the menu (when ready to leave, ask for the bill or you’ll be there forever). I am not trying to duplicate in Panama what I have available in America, only attempting to decide if the lifestyle changes are something I am willing to accept. Because it has been mentioned in other posts, I’ll just say that I did find the litter problem huge, but not as bad as I was anticipating (I’ve been to other third world nations). In PC, the side walks ARE very broken up, uneven, or there are other obstacles in the way, at least in the down town busy section where I stayed. Finally, Panama IS a third world nation and one needs to get used to the occasional whiff of raw sewage (less so in Boquete) and just a general atmosphere of minor uncleanliness. The country does feel safe though around the Casco Viejo it seemed real edgy, bordering on Brazilian Favela type atmosphere. I’m sure I’ll think of more but I hope this helps those thinking of either vacationing or retiring in Panama. I would add that I believe the standard of living will only improve there, driving up prices, but making it much nicer to live and visit.
afortunada replied 14 hours ago with: Google search: FilComPanama or "any Filipino community in Panama?'/ Panama Forum.....for a thread discussing Filipinos in Panama.
wicmeister replied on December 18, 2014 with:
My Filipina girlfriend and I are considering retirement in Panama and plan to visit this coming spring. I really appreciate your honest opinion and evaluation. I'm hoping our experience is better than yours (and I mean that in the nicest way possible!). Anyone with any information pertaining to a Filipina retiring in Panama would be VERY welcome!
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panamajames replied to the thread Pleading for Guidance on the Panama forum on December 19, 2014:
abcdef814 initially posted:
I may well be testing the patience of avid followers of this site by once again asking for help. I have a reason though - we made the mistake of installing a metal roof in Nova Scotia Canada and lo and behold the internet provider could no longer provide. After 8 weeks sans communication, we now have a satellite provider. So, now to my plea for help with our second recon visit to Panama loosely scheduled for November, 2015. Several of you responded when I asked for suggestions on locations where we would find: an expat community, reasonable services, access to water and affordable housing. BUT -- given the aforementioned fiasco with internet service, your good advice has disappeared. So far, the next trip includes one week in Bocas del toro; 4 days in Boquette (just because we like it so much and; 3 days in David (because I thought someone mentioned a location close to David we might like). We have one more week. Took a hard look at Taboga but think that's not the environment for us on a long term basis. Looking for any and all suggestions on what location would best fit our 4th location to ensure a well rounded exposure to Panama while being a contender for our ultimate retirement spot. Thanking you all in advance !
panamajames replied on December 18, 2014 with:
I would love to put a cork in it myself and even turn back the clock when things were twice or three times as cheap. If history repeats itself, that just won´t happen, but I love the wishful thinking. In Argentina now, things are very cheap, even cheaper than Panama, but the infrastructure is starting to deteriorate as a result. I met some people from Venezuela who came to visit, and feel that Argentina is very expensive. It´s all relative I suppose. If you need really cheap, it´s good to know that Venezuela could be one of the cheapest places on the planet now, to live. The politics there, are a bit of a problem. I think we are better off in Panama and deal with inflation as it comes and hope that our social security keeps up with it..............
pollokeeper replied on December 18, 2014 with:
I personally do not want or need growth where I live nor consider it a positive aspect of the área. Things were better when prices were cheaper. In the past 5 years the cost of realestate has doubled. Food has been going up at least 10% per year. This type of growth is not good for retiree's.
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panamajames replied to the thread High Speed Internet in Panama on the Panama forum on December 18, 2014:
sovereign77 initially posted:
Hello, I may be able to relocate to Panama while continuing to work for my U.S. based employer, but high-speed Internet is essential. Can anybody provide info on the availability, reliability and cost of high-speed Internet in Panama? Not just Panama City, but other parts of Panama as well, such as Chiriqui Province. With my service provider here in the states, I have high-speed Internet with up to 8 mbps upload speed and up to 25 mbps download speed. I have heard some good things about Cable Onda in Panama, but it sounds like their high-speed Internet maxes out at about 15 mbps. That may be adequate. I'm just trying to get an idea of what to expect. Thanks.
panamajames replied on December 18, 2014 with:
I really like Chitre as well and am quite suprised that more expats have not moved there. It is a very nice sized city with lots of stores and restaurants, and it seems to have good utilities according to panamabob. I go there often, mostly on my way to our condo loft in Pedasi, but I really like it there and Las Tablas. By the way, our condo loft may come available in January as the long term renters are leaving. I am in South America for 4 months, so it´s going to be tough to arrange keys and things. No guarantee, but if you are looking at Pedasi long term, this place is 5 star and practically right on the ocean. You could sit in the pool and with a good arm, toss a skipping stone to the sand, maybe the ocean with a great arm.
sovereign77 replied on December 18, 2014 with:
Thank you panamabob.
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panamaguy replied to the thread Vehicle Insurance on the Panama forum on December 18, 2014:
joanegz initially posted:
Did anyone have the experience of bringing a vehicle into Panama that has a lienholder (making payment)? My lienholder is agreeable if I can provide proof of insurance. Seems as though insurance can't be issued until vehicle is in Panama???
panamaguy replied on December 18, 2014 with:
Hi You can not acquire insurance from a company in Panama until the vehicle is properly registered in Panama and only then can you acquire insurance and Panamanian licence plates. I am surprised a lien holder would let you reregister the vehicle here in Panama as the lien will not follow the car. As well you may have trouble having the car released from customs in Panama if they search the title and find a lien on it.
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