Laura Alexander of Expats in Panama / Expat Explorers group has had her online accounts hacked, “My websites, facebook, paypal account, and emails have been completely hacked and taken out of my control. I have contacted the company authorities and webhosting services, however am having a hard time proving I am who I say I am because whomever hacked in has all of the information one would need to say the same thing. I may have to go to higher authorities, but the hosting services have stated that, so far, nothing seems to have been done at this time; yet it is obvious they wanted control for some reason”.
Laura fell in love with Panama in 2002 and organized trips and events for English speaking newcomers to Panama. Her organization work has always been unpaid, from the heart and often completely voluntary. Her events ran like well oiled machines. She sent out a popular monthly events newsletter through the Expat Explorers yahoo group.
........and we're not talking dancing!
Students in our free community programs need laptops! We have the teacher and the students are eager to learn. Right now they need your donation of a functioning laptop (not desktop) computer.
Rich Sumwalt and Vicki Oberstadt recently donated computers. The new computer class will be taught by volunteer Rich and is due to start soon. Kids are waiting in line until there is a laptop for them to use. Students in the world today cannot get by without them. The computer class will provide FLM students with an enriching experience and a competitive edge.
Mangos are a delicious start to the day, and so are smoothies! With such an abundance of mangos this season, freezing mangos is a great option for all those extra mangos lying around. Here is a great smoothie recipe to put all those frozen mangos to good use.
1 Mango frozen
* It is best to pre cut your mangos into cubes and freeze each serving in an individual bag to prevent your mangos from sticking together.
It’s that time of year again: Time for the CASA Annual “SUMMER” Beach Party, and the CHICKEN is back! So mark your calendars, invite your old friends and new neighbors, bring along a dish to share and your own liquid refreshment, and come prepared to have a great time at Costa Esmeralda on Wednesday, July 18th from 2-6.
Reservations need to be in by Sunday July 15 early evening. Again this year, a low cost for a great afternoon and great food: $3.00 for CASA members and $5.00 for non members. And, if you are not presently a CASA member there will be an opportunity to join CASA at the party and receive the reduced price.
Poco Loco’s debut performance drew a standing room only crowd to Picasso Bar & Restaurant in Coronado. The 7 member band played popular cover tunes from the 50s to the 80s. Poco Loco evolved over the last year from local musicians getting together to jam. Expect to hear more from this crew over the next few months.
Elementary students are invited to spend two mornings per week developing their second-language oral skills through fun activities including cooking, art, singing, and stories. Classes for students wanting to learn Spanish will be held Mondays and Wednesdays and classes for students wanting to learn English will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Well it looks like Coronado finally has its own gym, it's easy to find. On the right hand side, just after El Rey driving Eastwards on the PanAmerican highway, You'll find the new Bayside Center and in it, Roland's, Coronado's first real public Gym.The registration desk is staffed, with someone who speaks some English. Various food supplements and protein powders are for sale, behind the desk.
On Thursday, June 21st - Murder Mystery Musical & Co. had their debut preformance of "Pinchin de Picasso" at Picasso Bar & Restaurante. The perforamance was a huge success, gaining a lot of support from the community. As Roberto Chocolate expressed in his interview with Playa community: "It takes a community to build a theatre, and this is community theatre." It really was a community effort, as all of the cast members were infact members of the community.
The night was full of laughter and entertainment. The show was interactive allowing the audiance to partake in the mystery and help solve murder that took place right here in Coronado! To see pictures from the event visit us on facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/Playacommunity/photos
On Saturday June 30th, the new HIM location at Bayside Center is offering free maintenance on power tools by Black&Decker, DeWALT and TOPRO* (restrictions apply). The newest HIM location launches off the Coronado's foundation store and strives to deliver the same friendly approach that it has come to be known for. This approach is reflected in their free maintenance offer, and their effort to bring more people in community out to Bayside to meet their team. Alex Cheng, GM of the new HIM location, talks about the hands on approach to home improvement that the store offers, in an interview with Playacommunity:
"We wanted this store to be a little bit different says Alex, we wanted it to be a comfortable place, where you can walk in, browse, and really get creative with what you can do to your home to make it look even better."
Murder Mystery Musical Theatre Company (MMM & Co.) is set to launch tomorrow with their debut performance "Pinchin de Picasso." The sold out world premier is set to take place at Picasso Thursday, June 21st at 6:00pm.
MMM & Co. offers a unique murder mystery experience. Their productions will be campy, interactive, comical and stocked with sexual innuendos. As the plot thickens the audience will collect clues from the characters, helping them unravel the mystery for themselves. Everyone is a suspect, every character is wildly exaggerated, and everything ends in a song.
If you missed our Playa Party last month, this is your chance to join in the fun. Get ready to dance the night away with the Gorgons unplugged. The Gorgons are a popular local band that always put on a great show.
Hope to see you there!
Many people are have probably heard the news that that Ty and Michelle of Ty's Sports Bar in El Valle, got attacked on the beach, and have questions about what happened. Robert Chocolate spoke to Ty and Michelle and posted this update and message from them:
From the horse's mouth
Written by T. Rob Brown (aka Roberto Chocolate) Saturday, 16 June 2012 07:03
A Message from TY:
Michelle and I were saddened to hear about 2 of our fellow expats passing in El Valle. What happened to us pales in comparison to loosing a life long companion. Our deepest condolences to those who are suffering after such a loss. As for what happened to Michelle and me, I can not put into words how thankful we are for everyone’s concern, prayers and well wishes. It is deeply touching to know we have so many friends so far away from Canada. Many have asked us what happened.
People are always asking where to buy the delicious sausages that end up on BBQ grills at Pacific beach house parties. Parrillada El Pampero, which many simply call the green building across from Banco Nacional, is the place with the amazing chorizo. It has been in business for over 30 years. The open air restaurant is popular among locals and is economically priced. The outside looks much like your local fonda, but the place is actually quite large - there are more than a dozen tables inside. The walls are decorated with Panamanian handcrafts and the ceiling with bamboo sticks. The service is friendly, and the customers relaxed. A saying at Parrillada El Pampero is "se come rico, no rapido" (eat well, not quickly), which sums up the atmosphere well.
Panama Coast International School, in Gorgona is gearing up for the end of the international school year! The kids are excited and the parents are wondering what options there are at the beach area for summer programs. Well, PCIS will be holding summer sessions. Dates and programms to be announced soon! Watch Playacommunity for details.
Its mango season, and the trees are heavy with ripe mangos - why not try some in your sangria! You'll be delightfully suprised as how deliciously they blend with a good white sangria.
Here is my recipe:
1/2 a bottle of peachtree (peach schnapps)
1 bottle of Chardonnay
1 can/bottle of orange san pelegrino
1 Mango diced
2 peaches diced
Chill and Enjoy!
If you have yet to check out Queso Chela, you are probably wondering why every time you drive past there are cars lined up outside. Queso Chela is the bakery with a line around the corner - literally. Queso Chela first opened in 1969, and was quick to develop a following probably because everything is freshly made in store. These days, from store open to closing the counter is crowded with people placing orders. Queso Chela is a well known stopping place on the way to and from beach. Bread is baked fresh everyday, and not only that, it's creative! Order a kalamata chabata or a veggie twist and be delighted by how uniquely different it is than anything else available in the area.
Suan Sculpting Spa, specializing in non-invasive body sculpture has opened it doors to the public. Located at the new Bayside Center plaza, this clean and modern spa offers a number of great products and services for any individual seeking personal attention. Services are offered in a cozy and relaxing environment. The attendants are licensed, and continually trained to stay up to date on the latest procedures and developments. Spa director, Ana Colfer has been trained in cosmetics by Chanel and she insists on only using high-end products at the spa. In fact some of the products, like Phytomer skincare products are available for the first time in Latin America through the spa.
A Workshop Focused to Unleash the Artist Within
Fanco Getzy is a talented artist living in El Valle. He offers a cement sculpture workshop… sometimes - should the people and place line up syncronistically. Franco believes that the universe will provide all his needs, and lives his life with this philosophy. He tells a story of a time when he had no money and was craving a cup of tea. His need was met when a neighbor invited him to tea, nothing more, nothing less.
A South African native, Franco’s early years brought him to the center of the artistic world in his native land. He earned fame by pushing boundaries in ceramics and performance art. Political strife in South Africa, drove him to leave his career behind and find a new home in Panama, where he was free to explore his many talents: dance, art, and botanical gardening.
Hello There. I'm V, The Geek-Girl/Computer-Whisperer from Punto G Electronics in Coronado and I'd like to ask you a personal question: How's your computer? You know. The one you're probably reading this on. No. Really. How's your computer?
Fit Tip #15 - Getting Healthy at the beach in Panama with SunWave Fitness.
Does lack of sleep influence weight gain? If you suspect the answer is yes because you have experienced munchies on those days after you’ve slept badly and for too short a time, you are right!
When I started Playacommunity in 2007, I decided to limit the number of real estate companies listing properties on the website. My goal was to spend time building the site instead of selling to many people. To do so I offered exclusivity to Coronado es Vida and Concept Panama, two companies selling properties at the beaches. The arrangement has worked wonderfully over the years. With the support of these two dedicated companies I was able to build and grow the site to where it is now.
Things are changing in Panama, and here at the beach, we are certainly feeling the effects. The market is expanding at an incredible rate with many people arriving, looking for homes and setting up businesses. With the new immigration laws, we will see even more people flood into this interesting country.
The change has affected companies like Concept Panama, who have merged with the larger Panama Realtor to meet the demands of the expanding market. Coronado es Vida too is rethinking marketing strategy. Going forward, Panama Realtor and Coronado es Vida will continue to be clients of Playacommunity, however real estate listing and advertising will no longer be exclusive to the two companies. With deep gratitude for helping Playacommunity build a foundation, I look forward to a renewed relationship with these two companies and I welcome opportunities for new relationships.
Panama’s Pacific beaches areas are changing every day. New businesses are moving into the area and current businesses are merging or changing strategy to better address the needs of a growing market.
One such merger comes as a surprise to many at the beaches. Kaye Ashbridge and Jody Hessler of Concept Panama Real Estate, have just announced the merger of their company with Panama Realtor.
Run by Lucy Haines and Allen Blaney, Panama Realtor has been selling real estate across Panama for over 10 years. Lucy and Allen have watched the potential of Panama’s Pacific beach areas grow. “We promoted and believed in this area for over a decade”, said Lucy, “we have always had a presence here, and now we have a base”. Over the years Concept Panama and Panama Realtor have closed several sales together and enjoyed a synergy, which they attribute to their mutual principles of professionalism, and transparency. “It’s nice when you have a partner you can count on, specially in strenuous transactions. It’s nice to have an alliance versus a load”.