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  1. The death of a loved one takes many people by surprise. Besides the emotional burden and grief, one suddenly has to deal with legal, financial and administrative procedures, especially if the deceased did not have his/her assets organized. Everyday life can very quickly confront us with situations in which it is absolutely necessary to consult a legal expert. Knowledge edge in legal matters helps you to make an informed decision and protect not only your investment and assets, but also your family, heirs and loved ones. Two case studies from our legal practice regarding inheritance law in Panama. Let's make an analysis of two "figurative" case studies with their respective pseudonyms: Due to unpredictable circumstances, Michael Bauer arrives at the hospital in critical condition. He and his wife Carola moved from Canada to Chiriqui over three years ago. While the doctors try to establish his health status, Michael asks his lawyer to prepare the necessary documents to leave "everything in order”, and transfer his share of the family home located in an exclusive residential area in Boquete to his wife. I have a will, why do I need a foundation? Michael never wanted to create a foundation to protect his family's assets because he felt it was "too expensive" and an "unnecessary" expense. Unfortunately, Michael passes away before he could sign the legal papers. He leaves a vehicle (worth $10,000), his share of the house (worth $300,000 in total) in Boquete and a savings account at a local bank. There is a formal will signed before a Notary Public in Panama, declaring his wife Carola as the sole heir. She feels alone in Panama and wants to sell everything fast in order to return to Canada. However, two long years go by before she is able to transfer the title of the car and her deceased husband’s share of the house in Boquete to her name, and finally put the property and vehicle up for sale. But what happened? And, how could they have avoided this situation? Inheritance Law in Panama and its pitfalls The delay in the inheritance procedure is due to the legal basis in Panama. If the deceased had assets within Panama, in his own personal name, regardless of whether or not he has a will, a probate proceeding must be completed. In order to do so, it is necessary to hire a lawyer and to file a probate lawsuit (tested if there is a will, or intestate if there is no will, which in practice is almost the same procedure) before a judge in Panama. Courts and Judges Your file must go through different stages and hands in the court and once all the formalities are completed the judge will make a decision and assign the final beneficiary(ies). Legal procedures in Panamanian courts take their time, and even under the best conditions, it will take at least two years until your heirs have the right to transfer your assets to their names, so that they can finally sell them. In the meantime, they will have to pay for expenses, lawyer's fees (15% of the total inherited assets according to the minimum lawyer's fee in Panama), among others. Being Prepared… On the other hand, our second “figurative” case study is the case of Max Mueller. He has been a part-time resident of Panama for five years. Max has been traveling back and forth between Panama and Germany, but now it is too exhausting, his health is not good. Mr. Mueller owns a piece of land in Las Lajas (with a value of 40,000US$) in the name of a foundation, and a personal savings account at a local bank. On his last trip, he spoke with the bank official and filled out a form to leave his son Robert as the final beneficiary of the account. His lawyer has an original copy of his foundation's by-laws that declare Robert as the secondary beneficiary and secondary protector of the foundation. A foundation does not die After Max passes away in Germany, his son Robert contacts his father's lawyer in Panama. He sends him his father's death certificate, duly apostilled, and a few weeks later he travels to Panama. Since the foundation (which is a legal entity) is the owner of the land in the Public Registry of Panama and the duration of the foundation is perpetual, no lawsuit, process or legal procedure has to be filed. Robert now, in his role as universal beneficiary and protector of the foundation, leaves a signed mandate for the sale of the land, and immediately hires the service of a local real estate broker to sell the property. Before returning to Germany, he goes to the local branch of his father’s bank, complies with the internal procedure and can access the funds in the account. Create your individual estate plan A Panamanian Private Interest Foundation (PIF) can ensure that after your death, your estate passes to your chosen beneficiaries without any stressful complications, delays, or litigation. For legal purposes, the assets of a PIF constitute a separate estate from the assets of its founder and the beneficiaries. Just as in a will, the foundation's private by-laws govern the conditions of the PIF. It can be established how the assets will be distributed, and who has control over the administration of the foundation's assets. It is not required that the Founder be a resident in Panama, and with the telematics, originated due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Panama made an effort so that lawyers can create corporations and FIPs without the need for their clients to appear before a Notary Public. The commercial registry of the legal entity is filed electronically, making the registration process more expeditious. Knowledge edge makes the difference Carola is hopeful that the title to the house in Boquete will be transferred to her name soon, so that the property can be put up for sale. She has already traveled many times to Panama and sometimes she feels tired and exhausted due to so much protocol, stress and expenses. Robert received a message from the broker a few weeks ago. There is an interested party who wants to buy the land in Las Lajas. The down payment has been already made and the deal will be closed this week. In a few more days he will receive the funds from the sale in his bank account in Germany.
  2. I am sending this out as a public service announcement. Most of us want to be reasonably healthy so that we can enjoy our lives and extend them through that "ripe old age" we all aspire to. These are my thoughts on how to do that. Doctors and hospitals kill people? Yes, there have been reports that people were being intentionally (or apparently intentionally) killed in Elmhurst Hospital in Brooklyn during the COVID-19 virus scare, but that is not what I am talking about here. According to a 2004 report authored by multiple medical doctors (entitled “Death by Medicine”), the total number of deaths caused by conventional medicine in the US is an astounding 783,936 per year. You can read the article and the report, itself, at the link in the paragraph above. I believe that there is a place for doctors and hospitals, mostly in the areas of health maintenance, traumatic injuries and a few other areas. It is a choice for every individual to make. Unfortunately, most doctors are trained to believe that treatment with pharmaceutical drugs and with knives and saws are the best approaches to treatment when actually, they should be last resorts. I am now eighty-six years old and moderately decrepit but otherwise in rather good health. I have never had a broken bone and never had an operation inside my body. I have visited doctors maybe four or five times in the nearly twelve years we have lived in Boquete. I take no prescription medications. I do, however, take colloidal silver to strengthen my immune system and boron supplement to keep my bones strong. I also take a variety of carefully selected vitamins and supplements to maintain the health of my brain and body. I need to clearly say that I am not a doctor. I have a degree in biology and one in mathematics. My wife is a registered nurse; that's about as close as I come. But I study a lot about medical and health matters and am willing to talk with you and give suggestions for no charge with the caveat that they are only suggestions that you can follow or not follow. To the extent that I might recommend one or more products that I make and sell myself, this could be considered a form of infomercial. But as with any other recommendations, you can follow or not follow them. I have long followed the principle that I do not help little old ladies cross the street if they don't want to cross the street. Having said all of that, I would like to invite anyone who may have questions about how to maintain his or her health and possibly minimize medical visits and the use of pharmaceutical drugs to contact me and let me know a bit about your situation. Please be aware that one answer you could possibly receive from me is "I don't know." I only operate within the limits of my knowledge and experience, though I am willing to do some limited investigation. If you would like to receive a packet of information about my El Matador products, please mention that when you send an email. I can send it via email or WhatsApp. Feel free to share this post with other people you think may be interested. My email address is usn11958@gmail. com. Please mention CHIRIQUI.LIFE in the subject line. Thanks, Bob Gregory
  3. The El Matador Review The rainy season here has returned---with a vengeance. Rains in May and so far in June have been both heavier and more frequent. That's because of something called the Central America Gyre, a weather feature that can occur with changing seasons, leaving a low pressure system loitering over our area and dumping a lot of rain, often enough to cause flooding. One personal effect of this for most of us is more mold on furniture, rugs, draperies, shoes, leather jackets, coats, hats, etc. Preventive treatment with El Matador Mold Killer can save problems for you later. If you already are seeing mold, clean it off with a damp cloth and treat with the Mold Killer. El Matador products are mostly about your health, even the Mold Killer, because it kills and prevents mold in your home, reducing allergies and infections. El Matador Colloidal Silver can kill infections as well or better than antibiotics, but in a different way. It can kill bacteria, and, unlike antibiotics, not permit the bacteria to become resistant to it. It also kills viruses and fungi, which antibiotics cannot do. If you are ill with a cold, influenza or any viral or bacterial infection, two ounces per day for two days, followed by two tablespoons per day if symptoms persist will generally bring you back to good health. Prevention is even better than curing, and two teaspoons of El Matador Colloidal Silver per day will strengthen your immunity to many different kinds of infections so that you wil not be likely to become ill. You can also use El Matador Colloidal Silver on cuts, scrapes and, especially, burns. Keep some in your medicine cabinet. A handy adjunct to liquid El Matador Colloidal Silver is El Matador Ouch-Aid topical gel. It is made with stronger colloidal silver for topical use only, and it stays where you put it. It's great for cuts, scrapes, burns and for accelerating healing of all kinds, even after operations. El Matador Boron Supplement will strengthen your bones, prevent arthritis and osteoporosis and treat arthritis or osteoporosis if you already have them. It can also be used to treat internal candida infections. It that were not enough, it also helps balance both male and female hormones. A preventive dose is 3 teaspoons per day, and a treatment dose is six teaspoons per day. Other dosages apply for treating candida. With adjusted dosages, these products can also be very helpful for your pets. I also have available El Matador Pup-Fresh to make your dog smell better between baths and Nitenpyram capsules to kill fleas in 30 minutes with just one dose. I have a number of expat and Panamanian customers who regularly use these products and who may be willing to tell you about their experiences with them if you're interested. With the Tuesday market not currently in operation, most folks are coming to my house to pick up products. With email and WhatsApp texts, it's easy to coordinate a visit. For anyone who is interested, I can send a packet of information by email. There are prices and descriptions of the products and also documents that explain how to use them. One document is a 45-page Colloidal Silver Manual. If you would like this packet of information, please send your email address or WhatsApp number to usn11958@gmail.com. Use the subject line “El Matador.” Thanks, Bob Gregory
  4. I know, that got your attention, because it sure got mine !!!. https://www.sciencealert.com/virus Here is a little excerpt to wet your whistle .. .( not a politically correct expression these daze): A virus is genetic material contained within an organic particle that invades living cells and uses their host's metabolic processes to produce a new generation of viral particles. Are viruses alive? This is a question scientists continue to discuss as definitions of life and ecology change. Current thinking suggests viruses should be considered part of a complex living system, one that extends between all organisms. 'Virions' are the inactive particles that move through the environment, which we don't tend to think of as alive. Only once they're part of a cell do viruses take on living characteristics of their own, borrowing the host's biochemistry to reproduce. As such, it's more accurate to think of viruses as part of the continuum between chemistry and biology, one that isn't clearly divided into living and non-living.
  5. We are in a position of being unable to ignore the fact and the threat of the COVID-19 coronavirus. But it need not be the all-consuming central focus of our lives. The subject is difficult to avoid on television, but I am able to go out to my workshop and spend quiet time straightening things and sorting nuts, bolts, screws and other hardware. Our dog is unaware of the virus problem and is still excited about hunting and retrieving his toys. There are meals to prepare and dishes to wash. Life goes on, but with fewer places to go. Though we don't need to constantly think about the virus problem, we remain aware of the need to take extra precautions, wash hands regularly and well and, when going out, to be aware of the need to wear gloves or sanitize doorknobs and various handles, such as handles of shopping carts. If we do these things well and limit or stop visits in our homes, we should be able to maintain a good defense against infection from the virus. However, as we all know, perfection is very difficult to achieve. What if you don't remember to remove your gloves before touching your own doorknob? What if you need to ride in a taxi or to give someone a ride in your car? What if someone you're sure is "clean" visits in your home but later realizes that he or she has been exposed? Sanitizing will become the order of the day. See the information below. Ozone gas has been proven to kill the SARS coronavirus, and since the structure of the new COVID-19 coronavirus is almost identical to that of the SARS coronavirus, it is relatively safe to say that it will also work on the new coronavirus, though it must be noted that there are no studies to date except one that is currently ongoing in China at the Institute of Virology in Hubei with regard to this. Progress of that study has shown that it works, and the study should be concluded by the end of this week and officially published in the journal Virology. There are more than 17 scientific studies that show Ozone gas is able to destroy the SARS coronavirus. Ozone is a naturally occurring gas created from oxygen atoms. The oxygen molecule is made up of 2 oxygen atoms. These oxygen molecules are broken into atoms by the corona discharge during lightning storms or by UV light from the Sun. Single oxygen atoms cannot exist alone without regrouping back into di-atomic oxygen molecules. During this recombination stage some atoms will regroup into loosely bonded tri-atomic oxygen. This new molecule is called Ozone or O3. Ozone generators are able to make ozone from normal air and are commonly used as room disinfectants. The antipathogenic effects of ozone have been substantiated for several decades. It can spread to contact everything in a house. Its killing action upon bacteria, viruses, fungi, and for many species of protozoa, serves as the basis for its increasing use in disinfecting municipal water supplies in cities worldwide. Typically, viruses are small, independent particles, built of crystals and macromolecules. Unlike bacteria, they multiply only within the host cell. Ozone destroys viruses by diffusing through the protein coat into the nucleic acid core, resulting in damage of the viral RNA. At higher concentrations, ozone destroys the capsid or exterior protein shell by oxidation. Numerous families of viruses including poliovirus I and 2, human rotavruses, Norwalk virus, Parvoviruses, and Hepatitis A, B and non-A non-B are among many others that are susceptible to the virucidal actions of ozone. Most research efforts on ozone's virucidal effects have centered upon ozone's propensity to break apart lipid molecules at sites of multiple bond configuration. Indeed, once the lipid envelope of the virus is fragmented, its DNA or RNA core cannot survive. Non-enveloped viruses (Adenoviridae, Picornaviridae, namely poliovirus, Coxsachie, Echovirus, Rhinovirus, Hepatitis A and E, and Reoviridae (Rotavirus), have also begun to be studied. Viruses that do not have an envelope are called "naked viruses." They are constituted of a nucleic acid core (made of DNA or RNA) and a nucleic acid coat, or capsid, made of protein. Ozone, however, aside from its well-recognized action upon unsaturated lipids, can also interact with certain proteins and their constituents, namely amino acids. Indeed, when ozone comes in contact with capsid proteins, protein hydroxides and and protein hydroperoxides are formed. Viruses have no protections against oxidative stress. The enveloped viruses are usually more sensitive to physico-chemical challenges than are naked virions. Although ozone's effects upon unsaturated lipids is one of its best-documented biochemical actions, ozone is known to interact with proteins, carbohydrates, and nucleic acids. The new coronavirus is an enveloped virus. If you have an air freshening ozone machine such as an Alpine brand or similar brand, I suggest that you keep it operating in your home a lot of the time while limiting open windows. Just now, we are all properly taking serious precautions, and there seem to be few people in our area who are infected. That may or may not change. If you should know or have a strong reason to believe that an infected person has been inside your home (or car), and you want to sanitize with ozone, give me a call at 6745-2828 or send a WhatsApp message. The house would need to have all windows and doors closed, with no people, pets or house plants inside for four to six hours, depending on the size of the house. Incidentally, at the same time, the ozone would kill any mold and mold odors that may be in the house. Please understand that this is not crass commercialism or a big sales pitch. I provide scientific information, and you decide what to do. I have a high-output ozone machine usually used for controlling mold, mold odors, smoke odors and other odors. It happens that it is also effective against viruses, and I would not want to withhold that information or the machine's availability from anyone who should need it. The same is true of the use of colloidal silver to keep the immune system strong or to treat an infection. It is known that colloidal silver can kill more than 650 different bacteria, viruses and fungi. It is known to kill the SARS Coronavirus. If you would like more information by email, send a message to usn11958@gmail.com with the subject El Matador.
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    FACEBOOK GROUP --> https://www.facebook.com/groups/BQTPBC/ Introducing Boquete's First PLANT-BASED FOOD CHALLENGE - a full month of eating as many plant-based whole foods as you can. Join nutrition professionals, food specialists & wellness advocates for a guided journey towards better health. The step-by-step Challenge Guide, along with daily instructions, recipes, tips and resources are there to help you along the way. You'll also get access to special deals on gym passes, organic food products and more. What to Expect Each week, you will get an email with a new set of "challenge goals" worth points that you collect. Points are submitted and weekly prizes are distributed. Participants with the most points at the end of the month are deemed the challenge WINNERS. Participate alone or with a friend for a chance to win a GRAND PRIZE: a custom-made, plant-based meal for two, prepared by culinary master Chef Chris Young. Free to sign up and open to everyone. To participate, join this group and send us a message with your full name and email address. ARE YOU UP FOR THE CHALLENGE? To learn more, come to our Kick-off Event 2 PM on Feb 28th at Boulder54 Questions? Send an email to: wfpbchallenge@gmail.com FACEBOOK GROUP --> https://www.facebook.com/groups/BQTPBC/
  7. FACEBOOK GROUP --> https://www.facebook.com/groups/BQTPBC/ Introducing Boquete's First PLANT-BASED FOOD CHALLENGE - a full month of eating as many plant-based whole foods as you can. Join nutrition professionals, food specialists & wellness advocates for a guided journey towards better health. The step-by-step Challenge Guide, along with daily instructions, recipes, tips and resources are there to help you along the way. You'll also get access to special deals on gym passes, organic food products and more. What to Expect Each week, you will get an email with a new set of "challenge goals" worth points that you collect. Points are submitted and weekly prizes are distributed. Participants with the most points at the end of the month are deemed the challenge WINNERS. Participate alone or with a friend for a chance to win a GRAND PRIZE: a custom-made, plant-based meal for two, prepared by culinary master Chef Chris Young. Free to sign up and open to everyone. To participate, join this group and send us a message with your full name and email address. ARE YOU UP FOR THE CHALLENGE? To learn more, come to our Kick-off Event 2 PM on Feb 28th at Boulder54 Questions? Send an email to: wfpbchallenge@gmail.com FACEBOOK GROUP --> https://www.facebook.com/groups/BQTPBC/
  8. Calling all artists! Top Cat & Tails Gala Art Auction is soliciting donations for our online auction and live auction scheduled for January 23, 2020, at Boulder 54. The live auction is open now. Be part of the effort to raise awareness about the public health, ecological impacts, and economic advantages of humanely reducing the number of homeless cats in Boquete. This event is hosted by La Casa de los Animales, Amigos de Animales, Los Mininos Cat Sanctuary, and Salvadores de Animales, Inc. Our event is generously sponsored by Panama Relocation Tours. Art can be submitted here Follow the fundraiser on Facebook and on the website
  9. Boquete Newcomers - Useful resources (by no means, is this list complete but it can get you started with information about your new town) Public Facebook groups: (sign up for notices) - login into your Facebook page and search BOQUETE Examples: Boquete Community Group – information about what’s going on in town, places to rent, public notices Boquete Music Calendar – what’s happening at the bars / live music venues/ who’s playing Meet Boquete Newcomers – social group and information sharing efforts. BCP – Local Theatre, weekly talks, and sponsor of Tuesday Market 9.00 a.m. – 12 noon every Tuesday - across the bridge near the Feria. Mayor’s office : Alcaldia De Boquete ( public notices about water, elec., projects etc.) and Municipio Boquete Public websites: Sign up for notices news.boquete@gmail.com https://www.facebook.com/groups/News.Boquete/ http://www.chiriqui.life/ https://boquete.ning.com/ https://allaboutboquete.com/ APPs: Boquete and Beyond https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.app.chiriqui&hl=en ( listings of all kinds of things here – avail for Android) Panama Good Times (avail for Android and iPhone) – details about all types of things, tours, places, restaurants In need of health equipment /hospice /what to do if die in Panama : http:// www.boquetehealth.org ( can obtain printouts to complete) Emergency services/spanish translation/police contact/ambulance/fire contact/medical discounts: Rodny Direct ( subscription) https://rodnydirect.com/ Mail / shipping services : Post office is located across from the Park, in the corner of the Admin building MailBoxes Etc., EShop Boquete, UnoExpress (Alto Boquete), Fletes Chavales – overnight and goods shipping – approved by US Embassy Supermarkets ( Mercado ) e.g .Super Baru , Romero’s, Mandarin ( Bajo Boquete) and host of smaller ones; Alto Boquete : Ivan’s , Dorado, Mini Dorado, El Dorado Plus etc. (To get keys cut, plumbing parts and groceries = Mandarin) Banks: Multibank, Banco General, Global Bank, Banco National, Banistmo (David – has ATM in Super Baru) Cell phone services: Mas Movil, MoviStar ( have offices here) , Claro (David) Volunteer organizations: heaps of them!! for handicapped, dogs, cats, children, education, veterans, indigenous causes Social groups: several for women ( e.g. Chica’s, Girls and Gals ) and men ( e.g. Romeo’s) etc Boquete Newcomers - information sheet.docx
  10. Some of the most popular El Matador products "They kill what needs killing." El Matador Mold Killer and Preventer -- for leather coats, shoes, caps, backs of rugs and carpets, backs of furniture, draperies, backs and bottoms of upholstered furniture, etc. One treatment, and mold does not return. Available in spray bottles (16 oz, and 24 oz, depending on availability) $7 and $10 NOTE: I now sell the 24 oz size in 32 ounce bottles because I can no longer get 24 ounce bottles. If you want a full 32 ounce bottle, the price is $13. El Matador Colloidal Silver, 10-15 PPM -- For internal or external use. Available in eight ounce bottles ($15), sixteen ounce bottles ($24) and quart bottles ($45) The USFDA will not allow medical claims about colloidal silver because it is untested, but they won't test it because it can't be patented. Go figure. Meanwhile, we know that it kills over 600 microorganisms---bacteria, viruses and fungi. Use for colds, flu, gastroenteritis (stomach flu), cuts, scrapes, fungal infections, etc. Two teaspoons daily will strengthen the immune system and prevent many infections. Useful for pets. El Matador Colloidal Silver, 40 - 60 PPM -- For external use and for treating book spines and selected other materials to kill and prevent mold and mildew. Available in eight ounce bottles ($20) and quart bottles ($60) or for delivery into your clean, suitable container. Sometimes this is a special order item. El Matador Ouch-Aid Colloidal Silver Gel --- Made with 40-60 PPM colloidal silver. For topical use on cuts, scrapes, insect bites and particularly burns, for which it is miraculous. Useful for pet cuts, scrapes, skin infections, etc. Available in 90 ml jars. ($10) El Matador Boron Supplement --- Prevents and treats arthritis and osteoporosis. Balances hormones for both men and women. Treats intestinal candida (yeast) infections. Treats pet yeast infections which are marked by skin eruptions and listless behavior. Quart bottle lasts two months for maintenance, one month for treatment. ($12) El Matador Pup Fresh --- Don't wash your dog too often. It's bad for the skin. Between baths, use El Matador Pup Fresh to keep a nice, pleasant odor and to repel ticks and fleas. NOTE: Not for cats. 24 ounce spray bottle (Lasts a long time) ($8) Nitenpyram Capsules --- Your dog or cat swallows a capsule, and fleas are dying within 30 minutes. FDA-approved. From vets or online, these cost $2 to $3 for each capsule. Available from El Matador for only $1 each. Most people buy ten or more, but it's your call. (These are for large animals. Snip in half for smaller dogs or for cats.) El Matador Ozone Treatment Service --- Kills mold, mold odors, cooking odors, cigarette smoke odors, etc. in your house, apartment or car. High output ozone generator for shock treatment. Typically three to six hours for treating residences, one to two hours for vehicles. Machine rents for $20 for 24 hours, during which you have time for house, car, casita, bodega, etc. Refundable $50 security deposit CONTACT Bob Gregory at usn11958@gmail.com for more information. Use a subject line of “El Matador.” I’ll send you a complete list of these and other products, plus guide sheets and manuals for using El Matador products. You may send me an email with questions or orders for products. Products can be picked up at my house in Alto Boquete, or I can deliver them on Tuesdays at the BCP Market. I usually have a selection of products in my car at the market on Tuesdays. Watch for me in my white tee shirt with the red El Matador logo. Bob Gregory E-mail: usn11958@gmail.com
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    The New! Saturday 10:30- 11:45 a.m. Mat Class will instruct the Classic mat series, emphasizing the Pilates Principles of concentration, control, precision, flow, and proper breathing. Mat work specifically works the core or what Pilates referred to as the “powerhouse,” simultaneously strengthening and stretching the total body creating long, lean muscles. It also emphasizes the thighs and hamstrings, stretching and strengthening the anterior and posterior muscles of the upper-legs. Warm-up exercises will be done standing at the wall and/or facing the mirror, to observe and perfect one's form. We will begin with doing the exercises at the beginner's level. Those who can will be shown how to progress. In this manner all levels and abilities of students can work together. Variations will also be shown- utilizing props- for those with physical limitations. To whatever degree each person can perform each exercise, he or she is learning and doing Pilates. It is inevitable that with time, patience and practice, each student will acquire better concentration, control and form. Classes may be joined anytime. Regular attendance is preferred to progress with the class as it moves through the series. However, information regarding all levels of Pilates mat classes can also be attained on you-tube, to enhance one's attendance. The Teaser- An Advanced Classic Pilates Mat exercise. A number of variations of this exercise done at the beginner and intermediate levels [with or without props] tone the muscles and prepare the practitioner to eventually perform the full execution.. Notice the perfect symmetry of the entire body. The legs and lower back are long and strong as are her abdominal muscles. The shoulders and hips are square, and her arms perfectly parallel her legs. Too, her head and neck are connected with the spine, as her chest is lifted and she is looking forward at her toes. The demonstrator has control of her total body. All classes are $9 each, or a 4 class package can be purchased for $30, to be taken within a month. An unlimited class package is also available for $72. Holiday special for NEW Students! 4 Classes to be taken in 2 weeks for $24. All props are provided. However, do bring a Yoga mat if you have one, to be guaranteed two for comfort, when we go down to the floor. Interested, - but have questions? Email Susan Clare*, Certified Pilates Instructor, at suzeclare@gmail.com *In the US, Susan Clare was a Certified Yoga Instructor and Integrative Yoga Therapist for 20 years, a Personal Trainer in a hospital gym and a lic. Massage Therapist for 30 years. She has, since relocating to Boquete, been solely teaching Pilates for 6 years. Susan is Passionate about Pilates and totally devoted to preserving the Pilates method of exercise and movement. The more she explores & works it, the more she loves it!
  12. CSI Bob as many know him or Bob Rees is in serious need of A+ or O- blood.. He is in the hospital and is waiting for blood. He needs transfusions and needs multiple pints. PLEASE HELP! If you can help please do so immediately. Contact his wife or me by phone or whatsapp. Her name is Yaneth Rees her number is 6351 8495. My name is Tim and my number is 6781-4145
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    Join us this Saturday in our Wellness center in Hacienda Los Molinos for a Yoga Class. Time: 5:00 pm Price: $8.00 per person Remember to bring your mat.
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    As We Age...Even If We Have Been Doing "Normal" Or "Conventional" Exercise, Quite Often We Still Suffer From The Following... LOSS OF STRENGTH & STAMINA LOW OR NO ENERGY BALANCE OR EQUILIBRIUM ISSUES HIGH OR LOW BLOOD PRESSURE NO FLEXIBILITY BACK AND JOINT PAIN OVERWEIGHT ARTHRITIS FYBROMYALGIA Don't Believe Me? Just Look Or Ask Around! Do You Want To Stay This Way? INSTEAD OF ACCEPTING WHAT WE HAVE BEEN TAUGHT IF YOU CHOOSE TO WORK WITH THE INTELLIGENCE OF THE BODY, YOU WILL DRAMATICALLY SLOW DOWN AND RELIEVE WHAT HAS LONG BEEN ACCEPTED AS THE"NORMAL SYMPTOMS OF AGING". Why Not Choose To Be Different? Life Is Meant To Be Enjoyed - Not Endured! READ WHAT YOUR BOQUETE FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS ARE SAYING ABOUT The 5 Rites (15 Minutes Of Daily Exercise) Presented by Michael Cooper at The Haven Hotel Comments from recent attendees.... —MERL WILL-WALLACE, Boquete Resident & Businessman says “Ten weeks ago I took the Five Tibetan Rites at The Haven from Michael Cooper... For years I have had paroxysmal vertigo, which makes me sick to my stomach any time that I lay down or spin around... Within a week the vertigo was gone. Almost immediately I found I had a lot more energy. I have also lost 10 pounds with no change in diet, except I don't tolerate coffee as well as I used to (way too much energy now)...Most importantly, my stubborn high blood pressure is now normal. Overall I feel stronger, more flexible and, well, yes younger. Thank you Michael for introducing me to this miracle in my life." (SEE BELOW FOR MERL'S FULL TESTIMONY) --MERL WILL-WALLACE - UPDATE Feb 12, 2018 Michael, it has been 6 months now since I took your clinic on the five Tibetan rites and am still amazed by how increasingly healthy I feel. My energy continues to increase each week, leaving me to wonder if there is no top end to this practice and health. The five exercises have gotten easier and easier with each passing week to the point they seem effortless (even number 4, which I thought I could never do). I have to say, rain or shine, the five Tibetan rites are an essential part of my day. --ADRIANA SPITTELER, Boquete Resident says Michael has been one of the best teachers I've had. I joined his "5 Rites Clinic" in September 2017 and when I started I could not lift my head at all when lying on the floor. Michael showed me special exercises to strengthen my neck-muscles and I have fully regained my strength to lift my head, it's really incredible. I really love it and normally do my "5 Rites" in the morning. It takes me 15-20 min max, including some intermediary stretching exercises (introduced by Michael as well). Michael is not only a fantastic practitioner, but also an excellent teacher. With his skills, his passion and compassion he did instill a love for daily practice, which I never thought would suit me. I have to admit, the "5 Rites" have changed my life for the better and I thank Michael for convincing me to join his clinic. Do the same and you will see and feel positive changes soon! (SEE BELOW FOR ADRIANA'S FULL TESTIMONY) --LAURA, Boquete Resident says "Something my husband and I can do and encourage each other while doing....Notice increased stamina/strength....My clothes are and continue to get looser...must go shopping!...Now I look at my calves and wonder 'Whose are these anyway?' They look so different!...Like the convenience of doing it at home in comfy clothes...much more likely for me to keep it up if it's at home, doesn't take much time and I get noticeable results relatively quickly. Thank you Michael for all you do, Laura (SEE BELOW FOR FULL TESTIMONY) —CLEO, Boquete Resident says "I am 74 years old and a few months ago I attended The 5 Rites class from Michael. It has been very beneficial for me. Better balance, feel stronger and more stamina. I like the fact that I can do the exercises at home in a short amount of time." --BRAD DRAKE, Boquete Resident & Personal Trainer says "A year ago we began the 5 Rites exercise routine as taught by Michael at The Haven...it has become a part of my lifestyle, and a big reason I don't need adjustments anymore. I would recommend this short but powerful exercise routine for anyone and just about everyone." (SEE BELOW FOR FULL TESTIMONY) --EM, Boquete Resident says "Michael, thank you so much.... just wanted to say 2 days down but can already feel a big difference in myself afterwards. It seems to make me more energetic but also things are brighter and clearer. I am benefiting hugely from more blood flow and oxygen. Seriously, for 10 mins effort, this is a winner!" IF YOU WANT A "GOOD-HEALTH-SPAN TO MATCH YOUR LONG-LIFE-SPAN, THEN SIGN UP! What’s Included? Two - 2 hour sessions at The Haven One - 1 hour private follow-up session All personal instruction Printed Instruction With Pictures for use at home Q & A Session You'll be shown how to correctly and easily perform these 5 Exercises called the Five Rites from the world famous book Ancient Secret of The Fountain of Youth by Peter Kelder. Then by spending only 10-15 minutes a day doing these 5 exercises you’ll feel and experience the following... Benefits Strengthen core muscles, tone the body—Increase Energy & Vitality Relieves the pain from arthritis and fibromyalgia, increases mobility and range of motion in all limbs AND in the spine Increases strength and flexibility in the spine, legs, wrists & fingers, elbows, shoulders, knees & hips Increases energy and boosts or stabilizes metabolism Slows down the aging process and improves the quality of your life Improves balance and equilibrium which gives you better footing and quicker reaction time, helping to eliminate falls or lessen the severity of a fall You will look younger, fresher, and be stronger THE DETAILS Every clinic is limited to 8 people so everyone gets personal attention! When? Wednesday April 25 10:00am-12:00pm Friday April 27 10:00am-12:00pm (The final Follow-up Session Is Scheduled Individually) Where? The Haven Hotel & Spa, Boquete How Much? Suggested donation is $50 which covers both 2 hour sessions, the personal follow up session, all instruction and handouts, and Q & A Session. How do I Sign Up? 1. Reply to Michael at mic1951co@gmail.com or call or WhatsApp me at 6623 4860 to RSVP and and I will hold your space, then... 2. Stop by The Haven reception desk and the receptionist will accept payment and give you a receipt. 3. Payment In Advance Is Required To Hold Your Reservation. What do I Bring? Comfortable work out clothes, an exercise mat if you have one, and Your Happy Smiling Face! 1st Note This will be the best $50 you ever invested in your Life & Health! All that is required of you is 15 minutes or less a day. 2nd Note Through my 17 years of practicing and teaching the Five Rites, you will learn the overlooked keys to seamlessly integrating this routine into your daily life. You'll know the shortcuts to improving your posture, strength, flexibility, and physical stamina. 3rd Note If you are unsure of beginning this program because of physical issues, please email me to discuss and/or schedule a 20 minute consultation with me at The Haven. There is no fee for this consultation. mic1951co@gmail.com Register now as space is limited. Yours in Health, Michael Cooper Private Sessions Available mic1951co@gmail.com
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    You are invited to the ultimate Equinox renewal retreat! Just a few spaces are still available on this intimate soul voyage as we... -- Realign with the rhythms of nature deep in the untouched cloud forests of Panama. Epic prehistoric foliage, waterfalls and rivers will guide us. -- Harness the sacred Spring Equinox energy available as we plant the final seeds of intention and desire in our 2018 gardens. -- Awaken every layer of BEing with ancient wisdom and modern practices in mindfulness, movement, plant medicine and energy healing. _______________________________ WHAT'S IN STORE? -- Daily Hatha yoga flow -- Daily guided meditation -- Reiki Level 1 Certification with emphasis on crystal healing and plant medicine -- 60 minute healing therapeutic massage + sauna -- Guided waterfall + river hike -- Entrance to Orchid reserve with over 2,000 varieties -- Crystal and Herbal Toolkit to support your practice at home -- Locally-sourced organic vegetarian meals. ALL Breakfasts, Lunches, Dinners included -- 4 nights accomodations in a virgin cloud forest. It's pure magic and potent energy! _______________________________ CURRICULUM OF WELLBEING Awakening Physical Wellbeing Daily Hatha Yoga Flow Our body is communicating with us every moment of every day, quietly (yet persistently!) giving signs and signals of where it is functioning at its absolute best and where it could use a little help. In our daily Hatha flow, we will first learn how to clear away static in the channels of communication and tune into the infinite wisdom of our body. Then, we will explore kind, intentional, powerful movements to support physical wellbeing. The result is an immediate alleviation of tension, stress and dis-ease, and an awakening of vibrant energy. *** Awakening Mental + Emotional Wellbeing Primoridal Sound Meditation Learn an ancient meditation practice that is scientifically proven to reduce anxiety, lower blood pressure, improve overall health, reverse the seeds of illness, expand self-awareness, increase brain function, super-charge innovation, and inspire creative problem solving and allow you to live with unshakeable compassion for yourself and others. Together, we'll dispel the misconceptions about meditation, and help you develop a daily mindfulness practice that will support you all year long. *** Awakening Spiritual + Energetic Wellbeing Reiki Level I Certification with Crystal Healing An immersion for those ready to advance on their Spiritual path and serve themselves and the world by accessing this powerful energy-healing modality. Reiki means "Universal Life Force Energy" which comes from the divine and is connected to every living being. It travels through the practitioner, to heal on all levels – body, mind and spirit. Reiki is a very subtle, warming energy, inducing a state of relaxation and rejuvenation. It has the ability to harmonize energies, release blockages, accelerate healing, assist in cleansing toxins, treat chronic and acute physical conditions, enhance creativity and develop a deeper self-awareness. We'll learn to harness crystal healing and plant medicine to support our work as healers and practitioners. _______________________________ SOUL INVESTMENT $888 - $1288 Send email to monica@soulbare.com or whatsapp 6643 9543 for cabin availability. _______________________________ ABOUT YOUR GUIDE Monica Graves is an international Speaker, Educator and Retreat Architect who has been studying global health + wellbeing traditions for more than a decade. She spent 7 years as Master Educator and Retreat Host at The Chopra Center for Wellbeing in Carlsbad, CA under the mentorship of Dr. Deepak Chopra, Dr. David Simon and many other world-renowned visionaries, before launching her company Soulbare Retreats + Lifestyle in 2015. She now travels the world to facilitate adventure retreats, meetings curriculum, and transformational workshops, and is on an unapologetic mission to instigate healthy, whole, purpose-filled living within each and every person she meets. To learn more, visit soulbare.com/myjourney _______________________________ SCHEDULE + SACRED FLOW Day 1 - March 21 5:00pm - Welcome Reception, Orientation and Dinner 7:30pm - Opening Equinox Ceremony Days 2-4 - March 22-24 6:30am - Sunrise Yoga + Meditation 8:00am - Breakfast + Free Time 10:00am - Awakening into Wellbeing Workshop 12:00pm - Lunch + Free Time 3:30pm - Hands-On Reiki Workshop 5:00pm - Evening Meditation 6:00pm - Dinner 7:30pm - Optional Evening Activities Day 5 - March 25 6:30am - Sunrise Yoga + Meditation 8:00am - Breakfast + Time to Pack 10:00am - Reiki Certification Graduation + Closing Ceremony 11:00am - Depart *Schedule is tentative and subject to change as best supports the overall retreat experience.
  16. Hola from Finca Santa Marta We offer the freshest and largest variety of organic produce and near organic produce available at the Boquete Tuesday Morning Market including near organic goat milk and goat milk yogurt. To insure that you receive all your requested products, please order by midnight Sunday from our web site. Seehttp://www.fincasantamarta.biz/ to see what all we offer. Looking for fresh, organic, and nutritious kale and collard greens? We grow the best. How about fresh turmeric? We grow it also. We have some very nice zucchini starting to produce this week. Check our web site for more information. We also deliver to Dolega and David on Tuesday afternoon on our way back to the farm. The 1st and 3rd Wed. afternoon of each month, our associate, Vicki Scher delivers orders to our Volcan clients. Contact us for more information. We again have hydroponic lettuce grown without using any pesticides. These include Butter Crunch head lettuce, Red Leaf Lettuce and Romaine Lettuce and are grown in Boquete's largest hydroponic greenhouse. Or try our near organic Mixed Leaf Lettuce or Baby American Style Spinach grown in a large Volcan greenhouse also without the use of any pesticides. Here is short downloadable PDF from the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute located in Panama that explains the overuse of pesticides in Panama in detail. https://www.stri.si.edu/english/PDFs/culebra_education_eng/pesticides_panama.pdf We grow and process free range chickens and eggs in a government certified processing area. We also offer a multitude of organic products imported from the USA including Brown Rice, Quinoa, popcorn, Bob’s Red Mill mixes and grains including oats and muesli, food grade diatomaceous earth, peanut and almond butter and much more. Also pure essential oils and numerous spices including turmeric and cayenne pepper. Finca Santa Marta is owned by Expats Ron and Kim Miller and operated by 16 dedicated Panamanians who are all committed to growing the healthiest and most nutritious food products available in Panama. Founded in 2007, we continue to evolve and grow... pun intended. What can we harvest fresh for you this week? Questions or comments? Phone Richard at 6242-9308. He is our bilingual farm manager or phone Ron at 6459-5218. Salud y Saludos, Ron and Kim Miller
  17. Anyone playing Pickleball in Chiriqui? Fastest growing Sport in U.S.
  18. Hello, Can someone please tell me how medicine is procured in Panama. For example, we have been living in SE Asia for over a year and we have been able to get all of our meds over-the-counter, in pharmacies. We take GERD, Cholesterol, Asthma meds for example. Do you we need to visit a doctor to get a prescription? Or, do they sell these over-the-counter? Thank you for your help.
  19. It all started a few days ago when Keith took me to task on this forum for commenting about what was said in a Tuesday Talk without providing full reporting about what had gone on for those who couldn't attend. I agreed with Keith's comments, so I decided to video the talk this Tuesday by Dr. Digna Diaz of the Alpha Clinic here in Boquete. Being a person who seldom needs medical help, I barely knew that the clinic existed, right across from Mailboxes Etc. So I did video the presentation, which was excellent and informative, and Wednesday morning uploaded it to YouTube for all to see, thank you Keith. After that I ambled downtown to do some errands and stopped off at Mailboxes. As I prepared to cross the street to return to my car. I stepped up not quite all the way onto the pavement, my heel rocked back, I heard a loud POP and found I was hustling across the street with one leg working and the other about as useful as a stick. Instantly I realized that the Alpha Clinic was only ten meters away, so I hobbled in their door and collapsed in a chair. As I knew from just having watched their presentation, the Clinic operates on appointments and is not an emergency room. None of the principal doctors had yet arrived for their 4PM appointments. However, the receptionist was very accommodating and within five minutes an on-call internist appeared and diagnosed my injury. Fortunately it was not as serious as I feared, the nurse gave me a painkiller shot and in less than 20 minutes we were done. All for the princely sum of $25. Later examination by a senior orthopedic surgeon friend who happened to be in Boquete for a dinner party confirmed both the diagnosis and the quality of the doctor who attended to me. Leaving the clinic, Dr. Sue and Dr. Diaz had arrived along with a gaggle of mothers and children. I couldn't help noticing the friendly and personal doctor-patient relationships that were expressed. Two of the people in the waiting room had been to the Tuesday Talk and were there to sign up. Which brings us to the topic of improved primary clinical care in Boquete. Had my injury been only a little more severe, I would have been schlepping down to David for a visit to an emergency room for an ultrasound, at huge cost in time, frustration and money. Why don't we have this basic equipment in Boquete? Medical providers frequently use pre-paid medical plans as a way to raise money to improve facilities and services. In the last two weeks, we have had two plans presented to us - one from the Panamanian-serving hospital Cooperativo in David and this Tuesday, the Alpha Clinic in Boquete. It is not my purpose to do a complete comparison, but having seen both presentations, one huge item jumps out. The Cooperativo plan provides discounts on some covered procedures. However, the math doesn't add up. If you purchase the plan direct from the hospital for $120 and receive a 30% discount, it means that you have to spend $400 at the hospital - on covered procedures - before you begin receiving ANY discount - you have to "pay off" your initial payment. For jubilados, the scenario is much worse. Dr. Wong is undoubtably a wonderful and sincere doctor, but this is a structural problem with their plan. With the Alpha Clinic plan in Boquete, you pay $200, but that includes three free email consults with each of the principal doctors at the clinic along with other discounts. In short, the doctors are investing their own time and effort to match your financial investment. If you have chronic medical problems, or had a serious procedure at the hospital and need local followup, this could be worth the price of admission alone. They also provide discounts to Rodny Direct members even if you are not in a plan. As the expat population in Boquete grows and ages, there is great need for a fully-equipped primary care clinic in town. If you watch the Alpha Clinic presentation, you will see that they have such a plan for growth and are evolving it to better meet the needs of the expat community. I was very impressed with both their forward-thinking professionalism and the friendly atmosphere of the clinic. In Coronado, Rodny's sister helpline, the Panama Helpline, partnered with the local Rotary Club to deploy defibrillators. Maybe it's time for some of our forward thinking expat community leaders to begin working on how we might "invest" in equipping a first-rate clinic that would benefit everyone in town and in the end save us all a great deal more money than simplistic discounts and more ambulances. Thanks Keith, without your prodding and an unplanned slip in front of Mailboxes, I wouldn't be writing any of this today - from my bed with my leg up... Best wishes to all for a great Christmas. Mark
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    Ongoing Pilates Classes in the beautiful exercise room of the Haven. All props/exercise tools provided. For all levels and abilities. Class is conducted standing plus going down to a mat on the floor. Certified Pilates Instructor, Susan Clare teaches correct posture and movement sequences. Students learn the principles of the Pilates exercise technique and how to correctly use the various props for greater results. Develop overall strength, flexibility, body/mind awareness, strengthen your core, tone your muscles, and improve balance and coordination. Come home into your body, increase your level of fitness and feel more fully integrated and at ease. Questions? Email Susan Clare, Certified in both Pilates and Yoga with 25 years teaching experience at suzeclare@gmail.com
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    Click here for fast online signup Click here for complete information about Rodny Direct Helpline services Click here for complete information about Rodny Direct Member Benefits Click here for fast online signup Questions? email info@rodnydirect.com
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