To 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.
Last 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.
Watch 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.
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.
The 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.
It’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.
As 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.
Until 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.
This 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
Thursday 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.
Thinking 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.
Are you seeking a quiet retreat from technology? Try a night beneath the stars in La Yeguada, Panama’s first forest reserve. Located in Calobre Veraguas, La Yeguada offers two well-maintained campsites with a large lake, waterfall and volcanic range to explore. While facilities are basic, the landscape is breathtaking.
History The La Yeguada forest reserve was created in 1960 in an effort to preserve a part of the San Juan River basin it surrounds. The 1.125 Km2 lake is an old volcanic crater that supplies an abundance of clean water to the Yeguada hydroelectric plant. Today ANAM, Panama’s National Environmental Authority protects the lake and over seventy square kilometers of the surrounding area.
Who is the Panama Man you ask? Its Rich Novak of Re/Max Beach & City! Did you know Rich is also the host of The Panama Show, an internet radio show that speaks with expats living in Panama. We met with Rich to speak about his internet radio show. Rich explained that the show offers people who are interested in moving to Panama first hand information from real people who are already living here. Rich was looking for the perspective of a young expat living in the Pacific Beach area, so Jeff Hayden of PlayaCommunity sat down with the Panama Man himself to speak about life in Panama.
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Rotary International headquarters approved the Rotary Club of Playa Coronado on June 17, 2014. Only one week after getting their charter the Rotary Club of Playa Coronado took on their first International project, the Wheelchair Panama project. The Rotary Club of Playa Coronado has set a fund-raising goal of $30,000 before the end of August. At the date of publishing they had received a total of $17,600 in donations.
UPDATE: By Sept, 15 the goal was exceed by $3000, with a total of $33,000 raised.
We spoke with president Jackie Kendziorek on how the Rotary Club of Playa Coronado was formed. Jackie and her husband Mark have been Rotarians for 23 years, having belonged to several clubs in the United States. “We knew they wanted to continue their service as Rotarians in Panama” explained Jackie. “So, reached out to members of the community introducing them to rotary.” Community interest was high, and a group quickly formed. Jackie told us only once the group had 25 members, could they apply to become an official club.
Confucius say, “Man with one chopstick go hungry.”
Dragon Asian Bistro, where the Orient meets the beach. Having opened on May 29 as part of the Tryp Hotel in Coronado, Dragon is a refreshing addition to the playa community restaurant scene, offering a combination of Japanese, Chinese, Thai, and Vietnamese cuisine. The two spacious dining rooms are tastefully adorned with minimalist Asian accents, in a black and red color scheme. The restaurant is well equipped with capable and attentive kitchen, dining, and bar staff.
The menu features some traditional dishes as well as some new twists on the classics. Head Chef Wilson Lozano offers 16 different rolls and makis (5 or 10 pieces from $7-$15) as well as a lovely assortment of nigiri and sashimi. There are three soups and salads, and several hot and cold appetizers. We’ve dined at the restaurant several times and always try to order a couple of new things. On a recent visit we sampled the combination gyoza (beef, chicken, and veggie), which you can order steamed or crispy.