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Proceeds from Poco Loco Concert will help buy CASA Christmas Baskets PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Monday, 27 October 2014 11:36

poco_loco_800x600_600x600.jpegA message from CASA

November 1 from 8:00 p.m. onwards Poco Loco will be playing at Picasso Coronado. This event is a CASA fundraiser to raise money for Christmas Baskets provided each year to 80 families with disabled children.

The favorite local rock group, Poco Loco, is coming out of retirement for CASA and has offered to host this Charity Benefit Dance to help raise funds for the Christmas baskets! This Poco Loco reunion special may possibly be their last performance ever. So come, dance, have fun, and help families in need while doing so.

 
5 More Chardonnays and a Great Value PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Thursday, 30 October 2014 11:51

dry table wine 200x200Before I give my reviews of 5 chardonnays I recently tasted, I need to alert you to a real steal of a red wine I stumbled across. Purchased at PricsSmart, I don’t know if it’s their exclusive or is available elsewhere.

Senorio D Barriobero, Joven, Rioja, Spain. 
12.5% alc.  $4.65! I can’t find a vintage anywhere on the label.  This wine blew us away!  Sometimes we take a flyer on something with a great price and occasionally (rarely) find a real gem.  This is one of those gems!  Rich, balanced and complex.  A heavyweight at a lightweight price.  If anyone is going to PriceSmart soon, please get me a case! BEST BUY & HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Now, on to the chardonnays.

 
Isla Palenque: Escape from Civilization PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Tuesday, 28 October 2014 11:14

Photo_1_600x600.jpgQUOTE:  “Wanderlust.  The very sound of it brings a pang of unfulfilled desire.  Many of us harbor this secret desire to explore, to discover a new place, a place all one’s own.” Benjamin A. Loomis, President and Founder of Amble Resorts and Isla Palenque.

Sometimes one needs an escape from the everyday to appreciate what normalcy should be.  Thus, my partner and I ventured off to Isla Palenque, an island just off the south coast of Boca Chica.  Once our reservation was booked, we were e-mailed a questionnaire to fill out, asking what we expected from the trip, what tours we wished to pursue, and if we had any dietary restrictions or requests.  Having completed this task, off we went.  Once we reached Horconcitos, we were instructed to call the resort to let them know we had arrived. We then proceeded the 11 or so miles on to Boca Chica, parked the car, and were met by a concierge and boat captain at the main dock.  After a 15 minute boat ride, we arrived on the spectacular eco-resort, Isla Palenque.  Several articles have been written about this resort, but in my opinion, there aren’t enough words to describe the experience!

 
Mercadito Del Mar: Community Market in Coronado PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Thursday, 23 October 2014 10:59

chef-fair

This Saturday October 25 from 12:00 noon, visit the Mercadito Del Mar in the Rincon del Chef Plaza. The PlayaCommunity office will be open from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., so stop by and say hello! Don't forget to pick up your copy of the 'La Playa' newspaper, stocked with relevant information on the Pacific Beach area.

This is the first Mercadito del Mar that will take place in the Playa Communities. The event will bring artist, designers, gardeners and bakers to the charming plaza near the entrance of Coronado.

The market is a great opportunity for small vendors in Panama to showcase their products, and for shoppers to pick up unique gifts in time for Christmas. Vendors will be selling locally produced products all afternoon. Some of the vendors that will be there are:

Maudy Bom, who will be showcasing her photography as well as selling Pucha's Morgina trees. Secretos de Sirenas is an artisan vendor that will feature handcrafted Christmas decorations made from driftwood, shells and stones. Discovering Surfing Talents Panama will be there to chat with parents about surf lessons and upcoming surf competitions. Bongzaii will feature hand painted hats, and Caribbean & Pacific will showcase a variety of bathing suits. Chef will be cooking up some gastronomical delights so be sure to pay him a visit.

 
"I Love Boobies" PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Tuesday, 21 October 2014 14:53

blue_boobie-3_800x600.jpgTo the uninitiated, the title, “I love boobies” may come off as offensive, although to the “ornithologically” inclined this means something completely different. No we are not talking about the tatas, we are talking about the Sulidae family of birds known as “boobies”.

The Booby family is split into a tropical group and a temperate group (known as Gannets) and are large, sea-going birds that occupy a variety of ocean habitat. Boobies are large, typically larger than what most people think of the average Gull species (remember, we don't call them “seagulls” anymore, we learned that last time). Boobies have long pointed wings (up to 4 feet), long pointed bills, and webbed feet, and they come in a variety of colors but mostly brown, white, and black coloration is typical. They have a strange binocular-like vision with both eyes facing forward, which makes them awfully silly looking. It is thought that the spanish conquerors called them “Bobos”, which in spanish means something akin to stupid. They are often unafraid of humans on their breeding grounds, and easy to walk up to and kill. Furthermore, the courtship display of the booby is typically an awkward dance facing each other which is just plain dumb looking. This mixed with a silly look earned them the name, as the tale goes.

 
Golfing Vista Mar PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Thursday, 16 October 2014 12:40

vista-mar 800x600Last month a friend and I played a round of 18 holes on the Vista Mar Golf Course. I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed the day, although that may have something to do with the fact I birdied the 1st hole and nearly had a hole-in-one on another.  As a player with a 20 handicap, it was a bumper day!

The Vista Mar Golf Course is located just off the Pan American Highway, near San Carlos.  It is part of a larger residential development and is managed by KemperSports, which manages some of the finest golf courses in the world. Consisting of 18 holes, each with 4 tee stations, this J. Michael Poellot designed golf course is in very good condition.  Although not on the ocean, the Pacific is visible from several holes.

 
It's Hockey Night in Panama PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Thursday, 16 October 2014 10:03

hockeyWatch full NHL hockey games in High Definition with the Freedom TV Media Player by Panama A/V.

The Freedom TV is a Mini-computer/Media Player device which gives you the capability to watch what you want and when you want. Freedom TV just added access to all the NHL hockey games in North America.

Freedom TV is growing in popularity because of its access to thousands of movies and TV episodes, both current and old, hundreds of Live TV stations available from countries all over the world and its huge selection of Sports events, including, NFL Football, College Football, NBA Basketball, Soccer and, now, NHL hockey.

 
Help needed at the Hogar Beatriz Jaen Orphanage PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Tuesday, 14 October 2014 15:32

help_300x300.jpgA message from CASA

Last week CASA received quite a few messages from concerned citizens that heard that an orphanage in Penonome did not have enough money to buy food to meet the end of the month.  There are two reasons for this problem, they have more children that they should and that since the government has changed, the arrangements with suppliers are not finalized, so no food deliveries in the interim.

We are hoping that this is a temporary issue and that eventually all these issues will go away and they can go on with business as usual. A plea to the community was sent out and some funds were gathered to help with this immediate problem. CASA member Cilla Walsh was able to contribute $100 towards the problem and took care of business temporarily.

There are 43 children presently on site and what she was able to purchase will not last very long.

 
Panama Helpline to meet this Wednesday in El Valle PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Monday, 13 October 2014 09:56

stop crimeThe Panama Helpline will host a public meeting this Wednesday Oct 15th at 2 PM in El Valle. The meeting room is in the new El Rey Mall on the main road - the building closest to the main road, next to the Aroma Coffee shop. TV News cameras will be in attendance interviewing victims on crime situations in the interior, and inquiring if there have been resolutions. 

Panama Helpline is asking victims of crime to attend in an effort to send the message that crimes are not being resolved in the interior. In a recent email Rob Brown, founder of the helpline states "we need more police patrols, more vehicles (working vehicles with fuel), and we want to know where are the motorcycles from Coronado?" Rob continues, "members of the Helpline are asking for more community patrols, ATV's for police officers to do beach patrols, and better forensics teams." Rob concludes that these things are among those essential for a safe community, and that now is the time to speak up since it is budgeting time.

 
Battling Breast Cancer PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Sunday, 12 October 2014 09:51

IMG_3480_600x600.jpgIt’s amazing how a small itch can draw our attention to something way more serious in our bodies. Something that we should all jump up and pay immediate attention to, yet for various reasons, we choose to set those thoughts aside. Ultimately however, it is simply fear that keeps us from looking at many things square on.
 
As I felt the lump in my breast I froze, yet insisted to myself that it was ‘nothing’. I had been eating healthily, walking or running on the beach most days, and felt like I was in the best shape of my adult life. Stress? Well, there IS that. Being in real estate consulting in Panama, I had my fair share of stressful days, but not enough to warrant a lump. So, I pushed the lump down my throat and continued on through ‘high season’.  I thought “What could be wrong?” – I was in great physical condition, had a healthy lifestyle and was happy!

As work began to slow in April, I had noticed the lump in my breast had gotten much larger – and now there was another one in my armpit. The time was here to address this, so off I went to see Dr. Levy, who sent me away with a request for an ultrasound.

 
Keeping Our Beaches Clean: The PlayaCommunity Cleanup PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Monday, 06 October 2014 13:09

PCIS_Students_600x600.jpgAs part of Panama’s Ocean Month, communities throughout the country came together to clean up some of Panama’s most visited beaches. Over 50 beaches were cleaned on September 7 in conjunction with the 2014 National Beach Cleanup up. Some of the beaches along the Pacific coast visited included, Punta Chame, El Palmar, Punta Barco and Coronado.

PlayaCommunity coordinated the Coronado clean up, and with a lot of help from the community we cleaned a large stretch of the Coronado Beach, as well as a portion of Calle Punta Prieta. With supplies provided by Limpieza de las Playas Panama, we took to the beach at 8:00 a.m. Leaving from the Coronado Beach Club, we set off to Playa Serena Coronado walking the shoreline where most of the garbage had accumulated. At each public entrance a team of community members branched off cleaning up any garbage along the path. It was a very successful day. With over 25 beach cleaners in action, we collected over 32 bags of garbage and several large items including: a box spring and several fence posts.

 
Building the Beach Community PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Thursday, 02 October 2014 09:53

surfing1_600x600.jpgUntil recently, the expat community in the Pacific beach neighborhoods has been primarily made up of retirees. In the last 5 years a younger demographic has begun to arrive, and their needs are different than those who came before.

Many of the new residents have young children and seek social networks beyond what the beach community already offers. While “happy hours” have been the forerunner in community connection, there is now a growing need for more family oriented functions. Parents want events where their kids can meet other kids, they can connect with other parents, and spend quality family time.

 
Canadian Embassy will attend TryPanama X BluWater Bistro Happy Hour PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Tuesday, 30 September 2014 15:45

The_Canadian_Embassy_320x240.jpgThis evening (Oct 2, 2014), Débora G. de Herrera Consular Officer at the Embassy of Canada, will be at BluWater Bistro for the TryPanama Happy Hour. She will be there to informally chat with Canadians living in the beach community on what the Canadian Embassy has planned for 2014-2015. BluWater Bistro is located in the Bahia development in Gorgona.

 For directions or reservations contact George at: (507) 6469-0341

 
Hospice Care Foundation Now at the Beaches PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Tuesday, 30 September 2014 11:03

PHRF-logo_320x240.jpgThursday Oct 2. From 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Panama Hospice & Respite Foundation will be hosting a "Healthy Aging Seminar." Topics like health & medical insurance, legal documentation, estate planning, advance directives & general medical information will be covered. Early registration is offered at a cost of $20.00, or $25.00 at the door. Hosted by Grace Church - located in the Rey De Paz building past El Reys on Highway between the HIM Plaza & Caja De Ahorros Bank.

Caring for an elderly or terminally ill person at the end of their life can be difficult and emotionally trying. Here in Panama, when an expat needs this type of care, there is an additional level of difficulty involved. The person is out of a familiar element, and often away from an extended structure of close family and friends. For this reason The Panama Hospice & Respite Foundation (PHRF) was recently formed, offering hospice care to English speaking expats.

 
Expat Life Hacks PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Monday, 22 September 2014 21:29

advice-expat-self 640x480Thinking of moving to Panama? Knowing what to expect can make life easier!

Housing - Things are not built the way you might be used to. Items like dishwashers, screens on doors and lighting fixtures are not standard and might be missing when you get delivery of your new house or condo. Check with your builder or agent to know what is and is not included in your purchase, and be prepared to spend more than you expect to for a North American or European style home.

Water - Water pressure is not always consistent. Running water can vary from place to place and even season to season, depending on where you live. Some areas also face regular shortages. Be sure to ask about water problems in the area you a thinking of moving to. In most cases, having a well will ensure you have running water, even if the area does not.

 
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