In the heart of Coronado is a gem of a spa, offering top of the line products and constantly evolving services. From rich exfoliations paired with deep tissue massages to on-the-go facials, Suan offers the most professional beautifying service available in Pacific Beach Area. Specializing in Phytomer products and treatments, professionalism does not come easy. Each year, the licensed estheticians and massage therapists at Suan go though vigorous training sessions with Phytomer technicians.
Jan Philip Braunisch set out on a trip through Central America in early May. He intended to visit nine countries in three months. Those countries were most likely Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Belize and Mexico.
Philip’s plan was to fly into Bogota, Colombia and hike through the Darien on foot. His last blog post on May 15, 2013 read: “ I’m in Riosucio now, on the Atrato River. From here it’s not far from Panama. There are supposedly quite many paths from here to Panama. We’ll see how it goes.” (http://centramerica.wordpress.com/2013/05/15/update/).
While Philip was well travelled, having visited over 50 countries at the age of 26, traveling from Colombia to Panama through the Darian on foot is extremely dangerous.
Philip’s family has not heard from him since his last post. On July 4, 2013, Philip’s little sister contacted Don Winner, as the family began their search.
Happy Independence day to all of our American friends! Each year, the 4th of July rolls around and there are more and more great parties to attend! This year, if your American, La Teca welcomes you with a free glass of champagne and Paraiso has John July playing some of his classic tunes. If you can’t get all your celebrating in tonight, don’t fret… Picasso will be celebrating on the 6th with the talented Poco Loco!
Grom, short for grommet, is surfer slang for a young surfer. Tao is the ultimate grom, he is a dedicated surfer and student with serious drive. This year Tao is competing to be Quicksilver’s King of the Groms!
From July to November hundreds of humpback whales spend “winter” in the tropics. These giants migrate to warmer, plankton-rich waters to mate and calf. Humpback whales can be seen around Panama City and Taboga Island, although their favorite places are close to Contadora Island in the Pearl Archipelago and off the Azuero Peninsula near Pedasi. Warm, shallow protected waters offer the ideal environment for breeding and raising young ones. This migration is the first of two humpback migrations that travel through Panamanian waters.
Humpbacks migrating through Panama from the southern hemisphere come from as far as Antarctica, the journey is the longest mammalian migration to ever be documented.
On September 29 2013, at about two in the afternoon I found myself in Panama City… A friend had reminded me the day before that Panama’s Gay Pride parade was going to fall on the 29th this year. I took the metro bus to Via Argentina where the parade was set to begin. Inside the crowded bus I realized I was sitting near a transvestite. She was wearing bright colorful clothes, a mask and flashing antennas. I watched closely as she retouched her makeup and perfume, I felt bad when I realized my curious glance was among other glares less friendly. Looks of astonishment, confusion and disapproval traveled back towards her seat.
I got off at the top of Via Argentina, Ricardo Cabrera followed suit. Ricardo Cabrera, a.k.a La Riguichi, was the the flashy transvestite racking up dirty looks on the bus. We spoke for a while as we walked towards the parade. She was funny, it made sense when she reviled she’s actually a well-known comedian. La Riquichi has attended all 9 Pride parades that Panama has hosted. I was already on a roll, showing up with a vetran.
Looking at the latest robberies and events at the Panama Beaches Area, our concerns and worries are increasing. For that reason J2L Insurance Consultants would like to guide people on how to review the Home Owners package Insurance in Theft and Assault coverage’s for your benefit.
Even though this package contains Fire, Water Damages, Liability, Travel Assistance, Electrical Equipment and many more; here we will only concentrate today on Theft and Assault.
Find Attached a general description of this section, usually to amounts are enough for most regular households; if you feel that you have items of concern or higher numbers feel free to contact us for further advice.
“A baby came to us sick” said David. “He was covered in scabies and wasn’t crying. We knew it was a bad sign.” It was David’s call to send the newborn to Panama City for treatment, a 2-hour drive from the small Ipeti Guna community he was working in.
Every other week David leaves Coronado for the Darien to organize groups of North American medical students. He is part of non-profit student led organization called Global Brigades.
Global Brigades has had a presence in Panama for over 5 years. Medical clinics are one of many community outreach programs GB facilitates. “It is not an easy task to organize a clinic,” says David. The program must work with village leaders to shape each clinic to suit the community’s specific needs and wants.
A typical clinic offers regular check ups and dental extractions. Furthermore their medical education program, CHARLA, helps teach healthy habits to limit disease and infection. Small acts like brushing teeth regularity and washing food all work to create healthier communities.
“We can only offer the community what they are asking for. If we force something on them they don’t want, we will not be welcomed back.” The community’s cooperation is vital to the clinic’s success.
The medical program has also to overcome legal limitations. Since one must be a Panamanian citizen to practice medicine in Panama, the North American doctors and medical students work under the license of a Panamanian doctor. For this reason, among others, invasive procedures cannot be preformed at the clinics.
Panama’s Gay Pride parade will take place, Saturday June 29th 2013, in Panama City. The parade will leave from the corner of Via Argentina and Via Espana at 1:00 p.m. This year the parade will be supported by several public figures, including Dr. Ricardo Garcia (Regional Coordinator of UNAIDS) and Panama’s carnival queens.
As part of the pride celebrations a pink egg will be awarded to the most homophobic institution or person in Panama. To determine the candidates the public submits stories of homophobia encountered, the public then votes on a winner…the winner is rewarded the big pink egg.
This years nominees are: Clarence C. King for his opinion articles, La Estrella for manipulating headlines, The Scouts of Panama for marginalizing gays, Casi Creativo for suggesting that homosexuality is the ideal of Lucifer and Alvaro Alvarado for keeping his scilence about hateful language.
Ever wonder what some of those funny fruits and vegetables are at the local, produce stands? What is that that thick, brown, tree trunk vegetable that looks more like something you’d throw in your fireplace than eat for dinner? And how about those oversized bananas that are purchased green or black, neither look good enough to eat.
Todo Sabor, or “All Taste” in English, is an authentic Italian experience that won’t disappoint. Alfredo is an incredibly skilled chef, with several awards under his belt. His creativity and attention to detail makes each dish unique, not to mention tasty! Barbara and Alfredo, owners of Todo Sabor, left Sicily just over two years ago to open a restaurant in Panama.
After stumbling upon the quite town of San Carlos they decided on this central location for their restaurant. The choice was made with a vision of music playing, children laughing and the community coming together over good company and delicious food.
At Todo Sabor is all about taste. The food is prepared with care and cooked to perfection. Alfredo often brings a muse on the house to warm up your taste buds. Barbara isn’t shy, she fills each large wine glass with a healthy pour.
This is a great place for a special night or just a regular Monday, when many restaurants in the area are closed. Regardless of when or why, it is a sure bet that you will enjoy this lovely couple and the slice of Sicily they’ve brought to the Pacific Beach area.
This year Canada’s top female surfer, Leah Oke, found herself back in Panama to surf amongst some of Panama’s best surfers on the national circuit.
Leah got to know Panama last year when she represented Canada in the 2012 ISA World Surfing Games, held in Playa Venao. After getting a taste for the variety of consistent waves Panama’s Pacific coast had to offer Leah decided to stick around.
It didn’t take Leah long to fall in love with sleepy surf town of Cambutal. She spent half of 2012 surfing and competing here in Panama, gaining the experience she would need to stand out. Her performances on the national circuit so far this year prove she is fierce a competitor.
I met Leah this year at the 2013 ISA World Surfing Games held at in Santa Catalina. We had never met before, but her fire engine red hair and Canadian flag towel made her easy to spot. I introduced myself having only ever spoken to her via email. Leah was very humble and happy to chat.
I asked Leah what competitions she had been surfing in recently. The list was long.
Expats get involved!
Bobby Henderson and his new band gave a benefit concert on Wednesday June 19th at Picasso’s from 6:00 to 8:30 pm. for the benefit of the SOS Children`s Village in Penonome and raised $689.00 which he topped off to a generous $700! A great time was had by all, listening to oldies, playing along to the trivia questions and dancing up a storm!
Bobby and his team have done several activities peppered with his music to help SOS orphanage and their supporters. He has put together in the past Trivia nights, Play that Tune and general concerts to benefit this organization.
Asados del Campo is a great place to meet friends for drinks, or to bring the whole family for dinner. The open-air restaurant is the perfect setting for the culinary experience served up. The smell of barbeque wafts though the restaurant, assuring your pallet’s decision to order a plate of mixed roasted meats.
Order as a group to get a taste of everything they have to offer. Choose from several roasted meats including whole roasted chicken, beef & pork. Try some traditional sides like the patacones, yucca or rice and beans.
If you are looking to pick up some quality food on the go, Asados also does take out. Open 7 days a week! Give them a call at
Rob Brown, Founder of Neighbors Helping Neighbors (NHN) proudly announces that the launch of the NHN HOTLINE.
The search for two HOTLINE operators has begun. Rodney, the HOTLINE operator for Alto Al Crimen (AaC) in Boquete is searching for a member of the Paraplegic Association of Panama, as he is the President of the Association, and he is hopeful that a fellow paraplegic can find employment with NHN as well.
Less than 3% of paraplegics in Panama have a job, and Rodney has proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that he can not only perform the job - he excels at it! Rodney is a Rock Star in Boquete.
From Ricardo Martinelli's office to Salomón Shamah, the Minster of Tourism, all levels of Government are aware and interested in cleaning up the criminal element at the beaches. That was the message brought to the meeting at Rancho Los Toros, on June 6, 2013. There was a strong show of support from the expat beach community with over 120 concerned residents showing up.
A number of things came out of the meeting - this article will attempt to sum it all up.
Feedback from Police and Government
There was a strong show of support from Government and Police. Cynthia Meneses, Commissioner of the Tourist Police in Panama said that they are aware that San Carlos and the surrounding areas are becoming a hot spot for tourism. Her office plans to provide cars with Tourist Police to patrol the area.
A young Harpy Eagle named “Panama” will arrive on the isthmus on June 17th…provided she makes her American Airlines flight.
“Panama” was born at the Metro Zoo in Miami in September of 2009. At 3 years and 7 months she will be the youngest Harpy at her new residence, the Municipal Summit Park.
The park has had four Harpies, but all of them have since reached adulthood. Harpies generally live to about 40 years old. "Cheyenne", the oldest at the park passed away last year at the age of 51.
Since endangered species cannot be donated, given as gifts or sold, “Panama” will come to us on loan. The main goal of the female Harpy’s vacation to Panama will be for her to find a mate.
The fisherman was hungry. It had been sixteen hours since he left Gandia, a sleepy port town south of Valencia. The sea had been rough, and the sun, which had beat down hard in his small, lonely panga, was sinking like a rock into the water. He had made his way through the Ibiza Channel and into the Balearic Islands where the blue-fins and dorados roam.
In a small pan on an even smaller burner in the stern of his rusty boat, the fisherman sautéed mussels, cuttlefish and shrimp (which were caught that morning for bait). To the seafood, he added a sofrito of garlic, onions, peppers, tomatoes and olive oil. The aroma, as it mixed in his nose with the salty breeze, made his stomach growl with anticipation. Then he added short, thin noodles and a spoonful of fish stock. He stirred and stirred and stirred, adding more stock as needed. And beneath the ancient stars, with two lines cast out over the lip of his skiff, he ate the same dish his father ate under the very same stars. The dish is Valencian Fideuà.
In the mountains of Capira 14 families live and work together in a sustainable organic farming community.
Rebecca, a native Panamanian, with a flair for color, design and fabric combinations, had studied in the United States for many years. Upon her return to Panama, a friend introduced Rebecca to the small farming community. Watching villagers work, Rebecca became inspired by their craft and the co-operative manner in which they lived and worked together.
From June 8th – June 16th Panama will join 30 Countries and 300 of the World’s Best Junior Surfers to compete at the World Junior Surfing Championship (WJSC) in Playa Jiquiliste, Nicaragua. This is the world largest and most important junior competition. Each National Team will consist of up to 4 under – 18 Boys, 2 Under – 18 Girls, 4 Under -16 boys and 2 Under 16 girls as well as Team Officials The Panamanian team is as follows:
Around this time each year, on the Pacific coast of Panama, world renowned waves begin to break. Well known surf spots like Santa Catalina offer consistant, powerful waves, bringing an abundance of surf competitions to the secluded shores.
Last month La Playa went to Santa Catalina for the International Surfing Association’s (ISA), World Surfing Games (WSG). We watched excitedly as Panamanian Jean Carlos “Oli” Gonzalez won the silver medal in the men’s open competetion, securing Panama a spot in the upcoming ISA China Cup in January 2014.
This was the first time Panama has placed in the medals at ISA WSG, an event recognized by the International Olympic Committee.
|Coronado Area Restaurant Hours|
|Asados del Campo||11-9pm||11-9pm||11-9pm||11-9pm||11-10pm||11-10pm||11-10pm|
|Don Chachos Grill||11-9pm||11-9pm||11-9pm||11-9pm||11-9pm||11-9pm||11-9pm|
|El Meson Suizo||11-10pm||CLOSED||11-10pm||11-10pm||11-10pm||11-10pm||11-10pm|
|El Rincon Cubano||6am-9pm||6am-9pm||6am-9pm||6am-9pm||6am-9pm||6am-9pm||6am-9pm|
|La Ruina Taberna Antigua||CLOSED||CLOSED||CLOSED||12-11pm||12-11pm||12-11pm||12-11pm|
|La Joya de Chicá||rsvp||rsvp||rsvp||rsvp||rsvp||1-cl||9am-3pm|
|Locos Backyard Grill||CLOSED||CLOSED||CLOSED||5-cl||5-cl||5-cl||12-5pm|
|Paraiso Bar & Restauran||9:30am-10pm||9:30am-10pm||9:30am-10pm||9:30am-10pm||9:30am-12am||9:30am-12am||9:30am-12am|
|Picasso Bar & Restaurante||CLOSED||CLOSED||4-10pm||4-10pm||4-10pm||4-10pm||4-10pm|
|Punta Chame Villas||7:30am-10pm||7:30am-10pm||7:30am-10pm||7:30am-10pm||7:30am-10pm||7:30am-10pm||7:30am-10pm|
|Rancho Los Toros||RESO||RESO||RESO||RESO||RESO||RESO||RESO|
|Rincon Del Chef||CLOSED||1-9pm||1-9pm||1-9pm||1-9pm||9am-10pm||9am-10pm|
|Terrazas Del Mar||11:30-9pm||11:30-9pm||11:30-9pm||11:30-9pm||11:30-9pm||11:30-9pm||11:30-9pm|
|Todo Al Carbon||CLOSED||10-9pm||10-9pm||10-9pm||10-9pm||10-9pm||9-9pm|
The second robbery of Rancho Los Toros, a restaurant / hotel located on a San Carlos farm, has the expat community concerned about safety. A recent crime wave of violent home invasions without any known arrests has people wanting solutions. The situation is driving three community safety groups in Panama to come together: Neighbors Helping Neighbors (NHN), Alto Al Crimen (AAC) in Boquete and Gorgona Vecinos Vigilantes are working on the Rancho Los Toros case together.
According to an email sent by Rob Brown of Retirement Detectives:
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The EMS unit fine-tunes the electrical system in your home or facility. This fine tuning reduces heat generation, reduces amperage and results in reduced consumption of electricity. It causes less waste of electrical energy while increasing the life of the inductive equipment in your home or facility. It protects against power surges and increases the capacity to the electrical panel by making it run cooler. All this means extra dollars in your pocket. All EMS products are backed with a comprehensive full five year factory warranty.
"I'm frustrated, Im disgusted." Said Joe Camdon Wilmoth, owner of Rancho Los Toros. "I'm alive", he added. His restaurant / hotel was violently robbed on Tuesday, May 28, for the 2nd time in 4 months.
The first time it happened was on February 15th, 2013. That night, 5 men wearing ski masks, carrying guns and machetes, stepped out of the darkness and held 15 people hostage. It was an evening of sushi at Rancho Los Toros and several people were there to enjoy the creations of Chef Andres. The thieves terrorized the hostages for several hours before they took off with around $15,000 in cash and property.
That robbery created an outcry in the expat community, which was answered with a community meeting, well attended by Police and expat community leaders. The Police announced that they were 80% progressed in their investigation of the Rancho Los Toros robbery. Everyone expected arrests were around the corner.