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sacha08 posted meeting expats on the Panama forum on September 22, 2014:
We are coming to Panama this week and would like to meet expats to get their views on living there. Is there a restaurant or bar where I might meet some people?
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panamajames replied to the thread What's it like to live in Bocas on the Panama forum on September 22, 2014:
bocasbound initially posted:
We are thinking about moving from Boquete to Bocas. Whats it like to live there? Can I get a long term (several years) rental for about $600/month that is decent? What are the Pros and Cons?
panamajames replied on September 22, 2014 with:
I know several people who have a place in Bocas and a place in Boquete, and they go back and forth, sometimes renting either place for various periods. For the most part, it is going to be difficult to find a place long term in Bocas, as most people who have vacation rentals, prefer short term. If you search high and low, you might find something like that in Bocas. Bocas is mainly a small beach town for short term vacations. Most property is ROP as it's a group of Islands out there. Spend some time there and get the feelers out. Not just sending messages to the universe, but getting information to the people. Make business cards with your goal in mind. Get to know people. Let everyone in town know what you are looking for and how to reach you. Most everyone knows everyone who lives there, so soon, you will get some answers. If you want to do it, just do it, but it might not come quick and easy. Good luck with that adventure........
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jonoyakker replied to the thread El Valle de Anton and surrounding area rental help on the Panama forum:
corinna initially posted:
Hello, I will be moving to Panama permanently sometime in November with my mother and 2 cats. We plan on taking our time and really investigating different areas to decide where we ultimately settle down. We have decided that El Valle and the surrounding area would be a perfect place to start. Unfortunately the online ads for rentals are very few unlike Boquete and David. I know that the best way to find property, rental and for purchase is by word of mouth and actually being there looking. I would like the peace of mind of having at least our first rental secured. Anything from a 1br/1bath to a 2br/1 or 2bath would be fine. We don't need anything fancy but it would have to be furnished and a clothes washer would be a plus. If anyone has any knowledge of rentals I would really appreciate your help. Thanks, Corinna
jonoyakker replied on September 21, 2014 with:
Sure-El Valle is surrounded by tiny communities but there are very few expats that live in them with the exception of Altos de Maria. Check that out. They also have a Yahoo group. Do a search here as well.
jonoyakker replied on September 21, 2014 with:
Everyone and their brother has been looking for a place here-and this is the slow season...although most have been looking for small places so you might have luck. I would join here and post:
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jonoyakker replied to the thread Christmas Season has started in Panama City on the Panama forum on September 21, 2014:
MaryAnnR initially posted:
If you love Christmas, Riba Smith in the MultiPlaza Mall in Panama City, is filling the aisle that had school supplies with Christmas lights, stockings, and decorations. Alissa, a type of department store in the mall, has a big department filled with wreaths, wooden Santa Clauses, and a lot of sparkly decorations.
jonoyakker replied on September 21, 2014 with:
I was in a store the other day and yes, there was stuff on a shelf. Wow-I thought the commercialization is wasy overblown in the US.
panamaexpat replied on September 20, 2014 with:
If you ever go to The Albrook Mall, don't miss the largest Nativity scene I have ever seen. It's just beautiful and displayed all year round.
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ExploreLife replied to the thread Quality Restaurants on the Panama forum:
janetsf initially posted:
wondering what people's thoughts are on the often short lived restaurants in PTY and Coronado?
ExploreLife replied on September 20, 2014 with:
Thanks so much for this list. We have spent the last 2 weeks in Panama and used this as a guide with wonderful, tasty results. Tinajas was tonight. the Corvina de tinjas con langastinos was amazing. Thanks again
janetsf replied on August 29, 2014 with:
And yes that is exactly what I mean re: a pop up! A temp resto with a prix fix menu et al. Will keep everyone posted! Do they use eventbrite or another event ticket selling app in panama? Thx everyone!
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panamajames posted Azeuro Water Alert - Chitre, Las Tablas, Pedasi on the Panama forum on September 20, 2014:
The American Citizen Services Unit would like to alert U.S. citizens residing and/or traveling in the Azuero Region about a water contamination issue. Please visit the following link to see the announcement that Panama's Ministry of Health (MINSA) placed on their facebook page: This announcement included recommendations from Panama's Red Cross regarding water usage in this region. The Red Cross guidance states that water in this region is not currently suitable for drinking, cooking, bathing children under age 2, or consumption by pets. The guidance states that water in this region can be used for bathing, washing clothes, household cleaning and watering plants. Kind Regards, American Citizen Services U.S. Embassy Panama
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panamajames posted Noriega - New Trial on the Panama forum on September 20, 2014:
PANAMA CITY – Panama’s Supreme Court has confirmed that former dictator Manuel Antonio Noriega is to be tried for the murder of an opponent in 1969, a case that was initially dismissed five years ago. In a statement released Thursday, the court said that a lower chamber had filed charges last month against Noriega for the alleged murder of opponent Luis Antonio Quiroz Morales who went missing after being detained by Noriega. In addressing an appeal by the public prosecutor’s office against the case’s earlier dismissal, the lower court said there was evidence that placed Noriega in the location where Quiroz was last seen alive. This evidence, the court argued, indicates “physical presence and opportunity.” According to the case file, on Aug. 19, 1969, Noriega, then a commander in the Panama National Guard, accompanied by other officers, arrived “in a jeep at Luis Antonio Quiroz Morales’s residence, put him in the vehicle and since then nothing is known of his whereabouts so he is presumed dead.” Quiroz Morales, the court said, “was accused of collaborating with suspected guerrillas.” It is now up to the Superior Court of the Third Judicial District to set the schedule for legal procedures and the eventual murder trial. Noriega’s defense will be presented by attorney Gisela Vega, the Supreme Court said. After his ouster as Panama’s leader in a U.S. invasion in 1989, Noriega has served prison terms in the United States and in France for drug trafficking and money laundering. He is currently in a Panamanian prison serving a 60-year sentence for human rights violations. There are at least two more trials pending against Noriega for the disappearances and deaths of opponents between 1968 and 1989.
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lapapuja replied to the thread About taxi fares on the Panama forum on September 20, 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.
lapapuja replied on September 20, 2014 with:
Immigration. I have done that trip. $3.50 with my extra in the price. If my friend goes with me they pay 40 cents per zone so 80 cents more..
MaryAnnR replied on September 20, 2014 with:
The Numbero estimate to immigragion in el Dorado from our street in Punta Pacifica was $10.62 with the $1.25 start price and $2.60 for wait time. Without the start price and wait time charges, the estimate is $6.75. We split the return trip to stop for lunch, on the direct route back. The fares were $2.50 and $4.00, without the tips. With tips, we paid $8.00. I think learning the fare for each zone is the best way to go. Numbero is ok for a rough estimate for an unknown location. Neither taxi driver expected a tip. Both tried to give us the change back, but both were happy to get a tip. On the longer trip, the driver stopped 3 times before finding a single to pick up. He made sure the extra passenger's destination was on our route. It was no big deal. Also, there were many single people trying to hail a taxi and there were not enough taxis to go around. I think the shared taxis may explain why we see people in the front seats. If the back passengers exit first, it will leave a single up front with the driver. Another tip is that taxis looking for a fare will toot, toot to let you know they are available. The big mistake: Our trip to immigration cost $20 because we asked for a taxi in the wrong lane in front of our building. The first lane is for "cars w/drivers" and the second lane is for taxis only. So for new people living in PC buildings or visitors staying in PC hotels, make sure to get in the correct lane if you want a taxi. It was a $12 mistake and very embarrassing to arrive at immigration like that. For the next trip to immigration we will wave a taxi near the Super99.
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ranadelnorte replied to the thread Visa requirements for living in Panama on the Panama forum on September 20, 2014:
arya6000 initially posted:
I am considering living in Panama for about a year to see how I like it. I am not looking to get employed in Panama as I run my own online business. Can I exit and reenter the country every few month to have my visa valid? or should I be applying for residency visa?
ranadelnorte replied on September 20, 2014 with:
And make sure that your passport is valid for at least 18 months after you first enter Panama if you plan on staying for 12 months with a break at the six-month mark.
jonoyakker replied on September 19, 2014 with:
No, just go on your passport. You will need to exit and re-enter at the 6 month point. You drivers license will only be valid for 3 months however before you have to do the border jump.
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jonoyakker replied to the thread car on the Panama forum on September 19, 2014:
phenard initially posted:
Can someone tell me where to sell or advertise my 1995 Mercedes CL 500 as a project car or a parts car here in Panama?
jonoyakker replied on September 19, 2014 with:
hmmm. Craigslist Panama, Encuentra 24
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