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volcan357 replied to the thread Volcan on the Panama forum on July 27, 2015:
cgeis initially posted:
Are there any web sites, news letters or blogs with good accurate info about Volcan, the weather there, the expat community, cost of living etc. I'm currently living in Ecuador and am thinking a change may be on the horizon sometime in the future. Also how does Volcan compare to Boquete?
volcan357 replied on July 27, 2015 with:
I have lived in Volcan for 15 years. Not exactly in Volcan but just a very short distance outside of it. Good climate and has most of what you need. Most people go to David a couple times a month for shopping. If you want to live near a large expat community then Boquete is better however the countryside around Volcan is much more attractive. I don't bother much with expats since I have become very fluent in Spanish except to comment on this forum. Property prices have become what I consider to be excessive in this area but rents are pretty cheap.
stgibson replied on July 27, 2015 with:
We live in La Acequia, Potrerillos Abajo and love it here. Temperate climate, no need for A/C or heat and not as damp and cool as Boquete or Volcan. We are a 15 minute drive to Boquete and 15 minute drive to David which is reported as the fastest growing city in Central America. We are in the country and many farmers here so fruits and vegetables are plentiful and cheap. Our neighbor produces 12 dozen fresh eggs per day @ $2/dozen. We are 15 minutes to David and major shopping, hospitals, etc and closer to the beaches. Great community here with monthly meeting to discuss the community, water, undesirables and who is doing what. Kind of like the old "town hall meetings". If you are in the Boquete/Volcan area please get in touch and come by. It is certainly worth a look.
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Gmancopecito replied to the thread bars on windows on the Panama forum on July 27, 2015:
mima1895 initially posted:
I was reading some of the posts on crime here in panama and thought i woudl say something about bars on windows. I have lived here in panama for 8 years now. When i bought my first house here, I really did not like the idea of bars. However, fortunately our good panamaen neighbors in our very nice neighborhood told us we would be asking for trouble if we didnt put bars on the windows and doors. This was a very good safe upper middle class neighborhood. near the lake in Las Cumbres just outside panama city. We put the bars up and soon we didnt even see them anymore. We slept well at night. We also had an wrought iron wall around the property with an electric gate over the driveway as did most of our neighbors. If you live in a place where most people have bars n the windows and you choose not to have them, where do you think the robbers will go first? I am from the U.S. where in most cities bars are illegal due to fire regulations. We are not used to them at all. Here, everything is made of cement, whats going to burn? Many expats think that a camera system is the best protection. do that too if you like but having a camera system without bars is like shutting the barn door after the cows have gotten out. People often say things like, I have never had bars on my windows and I have always been safe.. You will always be safe until you are not. Prevention is the best cure.The saying goes.. when in rome do as the romans due. when in panama, put bars on your windows and sleep well at night.
Gmancopecito replied on July 27, 2015 with:
Not familiar with Bahia. I have heard though that from 5th story on up it may be safe unless your building is close to others or tree branches which can facilitate access. These guys can be monkeys at time.
rnykamp replied on July 27, 2015 with:
How about high rise condos such as Bahia?
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llseldon replied to the thread 1 week stay first visit to Panama on the Panama forum on July 27, 2015:
Flowerchild initially posted:
We (husband,self and teen daughter) plan to visit Panama for the first time in October 2015. We want to explore the country as much as possible, so are looking for a central base or two. We fly in to PC, but don't really want to stay in the city (not really interested in PC) We plan to rent a car. We are concerned about safety, although I'm originally from CA US, so am alert and bring my brain with me when traveling. We won't do much tourist activities (except hit the beach a bit.) I have researched for about a month and am feeling overwhelmed and under informed. The choices are vast and incredibly varied. Can anyone recommend a contact to assist us in choosing a vacation rental, based on preferences?
llseldon replied on July 27, 2015 with:
BTW & FYI I have about 11 pages of Info on hotels, where to eat, organizations, eco sites, etc available by request via pm with an email address Salidos amigos de Panama
Flowerchild replied on July 27, 2015 with:
Thank you everyone for your replies. I have been pouring over this exchange and find it very helpful and informative.
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Travelocity replied to the thread Musicians in Panama on the Panama forum on July 27, 2015:
bevrobb initially posted:
My guy and I plan to retire in Panama in 5 years. I know it is a long way off, but I want to retire that would be good for a musician who plays blues/classic rock. We want to be near the beach and not in the city. Where would be a good place in Panama?
Travelocity replied on July 27, 2015 with:
they don't want to be in PC. + that is closing due to new hotel being built at the end of the year. not sure if he is closing it or moving it
llseldon replied on July 27, 2015 with:
Don't miss P.C. The Wine Cellar in the Las Vegas hotel in El Cangrejo has good jazz. ~~ Lu
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Gmancopecito replied to the thread Murder near Gualaca/Boquete on the Panama forum on July 27, 2015:
panamajames initially posted:
On Saturday night July 18 2015 At 8:30pm, Betsy Waddington, her 92 year old mother, and husband Joe, were watching TV in the downstairs apartment of their home in River Ranch, some 2km off the main Gualaca road, in between Gualaca and Boquete. Three intruders entered through a screen on an open window in the pantry, not 30 feet from where the family was sitting. They burst into the kitchen/living room area, the leader brandishing a silver revolver. Joe Potrebenko, sitting next to the TV, stood up and raised his arms and was instantly shot once in the chest from a distance of about 5 feet. Total elapsed time, less than 5 seconds. Of the seven guard dogs, not one of them detected the intruders. Joe fell to the floor. The intruders grabbed Betsy and her mother, and threw them face down on floor next to Joe. They were tied with computer cords and Betsy was gagged. Within 5 minutes, Betsy felt her husband take his last breath. Meanwhile, the criminals were screaming questions at them in a gutter Spanish - demanding to know where the guns were and where was the money. During the entire event, the leader, the murderer, was on the cell phone getting instructions from someone unseen. For the next two hours they ransacked the house, upstairs and down, opening every drawer and container, throwing the contents around. Even though the killers were not masked, Betsy and her mother, terrified for their own lives, are unable to identify any of them. They seemed to be very frustrated, because these Canadians had no guns and lived a very modest lifestyle. In the end, they escaped with 5 laptops, three of them old derelicts, a collection of “antique” cell phones and about $50. They stole the family car and returned to the house to demand the gate keys whey they discovered they could not get out. Another hour passed before Betsy and her mother were able to free themselves and drive to the nearest neighbor to call the police. Both on the night of the 18th and today, the 19th, large contingents of police were investigating, taking finger prints and such. Betsy describes them as very supportive and sympathetic. The stolen car is still missing at this time. Please be on the lookout for a red Nissan Frontier pickup with plate # 782 874 The question of why, remains unanswered at this time. This was clearly an organized hit, with the leader frustrated and taking directions during the event. Were Joe and Betsy really the intended victims? No guns, no money, no valuables. It seems likely that the shooting was in fact an accident, a reflex by a novice shooter high on adrenaline and what else? Make no mistake, Betsy has seen her idyllic life in Panama destroyed and will never recover from this incident that will haunt her forever. What can we all learn from this tragic event? First and foremost, not taking care of your personal security is not an option. In no country in the world can the police protect you from this kind of attack. It is up to YOU to provide for the safety of your home and your life.
Gmancopecito replied on July 27, 2015 with:
Nefarious is correct! The Drug Cartels have been and currently are very active in most CA and Caribbean countries. This is no secret and anyone who disagrees with this is due to lack of knowledge and interest on the subject. This issue has to do 100% with the security instability of the country. You said it: Look at MEX, Haiti, Honduras and others. The younger generation in the hills in PTY where I grew up some 60 years ago no longer want to work the fields like they used to. Instead, now they prefer to make a quick buck selling cocaine and marijuana. The war on drugs will continue to generate "unintended consequences" -- significantly affecting producer countries -- which undermine SECURITY development, governance, health and human rights. It's an epidemic!
Gmancopecito replied on July 27, 2015 with:
Nefarious is correct! The Drug Cartels have been and currently are very active in most CA and Caribbean countries. This is no secret and anyone who disagrees with this is due to lack of knowledge and interest on the subject. This issue has to do 100% with the security instability of the country. You said it: Look at MEX, Haiti, Honduras and others. The younger generation in the hills in PTY where I grew up some 60 years ago no longer want to work the fields like they used to. Instead, now they prefer to make a quick buck selling cocaine and marijuana. The war on drugs will continue to generate "unintended consequences" -- significantly affecting producer countries -- which undermine SECURITY development, governance, health and human rights. It's an epidemic!
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stgibson replied to the thread Goods Shipped to Panama on the Panama forum:
Georg initially posted:
One poster wrote that, once there, "be prepared to spend thousands more" getting one's goods. I have a small business I wanted to do there upon relocation. It would in no way compete with any Panamanian. Having all components and materials held to ransom more cash would make Panama untenable. Has anyone had experience with this? I'm not taalking about more than half an Int'l shipping container and I already have a quote to Bouquete from the iternational mover in FL, who assure "door to door" service.
stgibson replied on July 27, 2015 with:
Maxi, you are probably better off shipping a container and then renting a storage facility at Chiriqui storage. If you buy the container the steamship line will charge you a minimum of $500 bunker fee if it is not their container and you will have to purchase insurance as under maritime law if the ship sinks you are liable for your portion of the ship if the container is yours. Then when it reaches customs in Panama you will have to pay an import tax on the container and then you will have to hire a crane or two backhoes to get it off the truck and build a foundation for it. I looked into this a couple of years ago and found that if I paid $1200 for the container by the time I got it here it would cost me another $4000 plus unloading and setting it. You can rent a unit for $90-$160/ month. I am renting a 2 bedroom 1 bath apartment in Dolega to store my stuff for $100/month until I finish my bodega.
stgibson replied on July 27, 2015 with:
Maxi, you are probably better off shipping a container and then renting a storage facility at Chiriqui storage. If you buy the container the steamship line will charge you a minimum of $500 bunker fee if it is not their container and you will have to purchase insurance as under maritime law if the ship sinks you are liable for your portion of the ship if the container is yours. Then when it reaches customs in Panama you will have to pay an import tax on the container and then you will have to hire a crane or two backhoes to get it off the truck and build a foundation for it. I looked into this a couple of years ago and found that if I paid $1200 for the container by the time I got it here it would cost me another $4000 plus unloading and setting it. You can rent a unit for $90-$160/ month. I am renting a 2 bedroom 1 bath apartment in Dolega to store my stuff for $100/month until I finish my bodega.
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stgibson replied to the thread Shipping a Boat from Panama to US on the Panama forum on July 27, 2015:
mariapanama initially posted:
I want to ship my boat from Panama to Miami. Anyone know how and how much it costs?
stgibson replied on July 27, 2015 with:
It would of course depend on the size. Small plastic boat like you use in the tub..... under $10. 65' motor yacht probably better to hire a captain.
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llseldon replied to the thread Bottled Water in Panama Fails Standards on the Panama forum on July 27, 2015:
panamajames initially posted:
Most bottled water sold in the country does not meet the quality standards required by the Panamanian norm. The Specialized Institute of Analysis (IEA) at the University of Panama analyzed all the watermarks that are sold in the country and concluded that a 'lot' of them do not meet any of the 30 measurement parameters. The study was ordered by the Ministry of Health (MoH) and the report was delivered in April. Vasco Duke, director of the IEA, said that more than 50 samples were taken and recorded some not recommended neutral pH. This is because, according to Duke, that during the purification process ozone is added to kill bacteria and the water can get a bit acidic and obviously does not meet the specifications required by the country. Another of the measured parameters, some brands did not meet was the heterotrophic bacteria, which resulted with exceeding the provisions of the standard, which is up to 100 parts per milliliter of water levels. Duke stressed, however, that bottled water sold in the country is fit for human consumption. 'It should be clear that the Panamanian rule is quite strict compared with other countries, however, that does not mean that it must reform' said the expert. In other countries, he said, they do not measure the heterotrophic bacteria, but the Panamanian required standard itself. Also accepted levels to 5000 parts per milliliter of water. 'Many of the parameters of water samples here failed the test are totally acceptable in the United States,' he said, as an example. But under that premise he stated that both domestic and imported brands not comply with the standards required by the country. These tests look for the MoH and the Panamanian Food Safety Authority strengthen controls and inspections of companies, the specialist said. Duke considered, moreover, that the problem of bottled water is increasing by improper storage. In some companies, as well as in shops, water is not stored properly, and is exposed to high temperatures, it is dusty and the product is affected. Vasco Duke, chemical training, recommended to drink bottled water only if the packing date is recent. The water which distributes National Institute of Aqueducts and Sewer is of good quality and they have shown analyzes practiced to water sources, said Duke. ========== BUSINESS AND SPRING The bottled water market is worth about $ 20 million per year. The country has about 125 springs located in Capira and Cerro Azul that are used by domestic companies. In Panama bottled water both at home and consumed imported. http://laestrella.com.pa/panama/nacional/agua-embotellada-incumple-estandares-calidad/23881140
llseldon replied on July 27, 2015 with:
Stgibson. Seco es mejor. Saludos ~~ Lu
stgibson replied on July 27, 2015 with:
Or you could just drink the Vodka and not worry about contamination or expiration date. Probably costs about the same too.
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abcdef814 posted OTC Meds on the Panama forum on July 27, 2015:
Does anyone here know if Fluvoxamine Maleate (Apo-Fluvoxamine) is available without prescription in Panama ?
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panamajames replied to the thread Coronado or Beach Rental on the Panama forum on July 27, 2015:
GlamBabe initially posted:
We are super close to signing our lease in Decameron, but....I am still looking, as a last ditch effort, for a home in Coronado for rent. It needs to be at least 3 bedrooms, 4 would be better. Reasonably priced. Anywhere from Coronado towards Santa Clara, not Gorgona or that direction please. If anyone has anything or knows of anything I appreciate it tremendously. I only have a day or two at the most to find something else. This is a hail mary, lol......
panamajames replied on July 27, 2015 with:
GlamBabe is already here in Panama, and has been for awhile!!! The Decameron is really your very best bet GlamBabe. You will love it there. Best of luck with getting your great place in paradise..............
PanamaJackie replied on July 26, 2015 with:
wait wait wait!!! It would be much better to get a short term rental for a month. Then take your time to find just the right place when you get to Panama and you can actually SEE the place. read my 17 tips for renting in Panama http://panamarelocationtours.com/17-tips-for-renting-in-panama do not sign that lease at decameron! Jackie
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