Welcome to Panama

So Why Panama?
Panama is such an amazing country and surprises everyone who visits. I joke with our friends that if they are planning on coming to Panama be prepared to be overwhelmed.

So Why Panama? Is there a reason - No, There are several reasons -- the opportunities are plentiful, albeit the prices are going up.

We have really taken to the Caribbean coast as it offers so much nicer water and beaches.

Costa del Este
Panama City, Panama
They Need Your Love
They Need Your Love - animal shelter in Arraijan near Panama City. Hundreds of dogs and cats that have been rescued from a life on the streets, starving, hurt, and unloved.

We have set up a web site to help.

You can Adopt a Pet no matter where you are in the world. For as little as $15 per month you can help make the life so much better for one dog or cat.

Donate Now

The 2012 Spay Panama calendar is now available and it's their best ever! Both Panamanian AND U.S. holidays are labeled. The pictures featured are all of formerly homeless dogs and cats that were neutered and lucky enough to have been adopted. All proceeds go to support the wonderful efforts of Spay Panama to control the overpopulation of unwanted pets. Since its inception in 2002, Spay Panama has sterilized over 24,000 animals! The yearly calendar is their main fundraising tool and they really need your support. Like most other non-profit organizations, Spay Panama has seen a severe drop in donations due to the economy.

So, by purchasing a calendar you get something truly useful and you help out a great cause at the same time! The price is a ridiculously low $7.00 and the calendars can be found at: the U.S. Embassy, Excedra Books, Balboa Dental Clinic, Los Angeles de los Animales (cell 6781-2641) or Mailboxes, ETC in Coronado

Pat Chan


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Since we moved to Panama in 2006 every time we tell one of our friends that we moved to the Republic of Panama, the first question is always "Why Panama". So we decided to build a web site to help them understand how simple the decision to choose Panama really was to us. We have included some links to other sites and to articles we think might help understand Panama. This  is  by no means exhaustive, so be sure to move through the suggested sites and explore the links and resources they suggest to ensure  you get as much information as possible.

News and events


Another couple of weeks have gone by since I've posted. My sister arrived with her friend for a visit and that makes me address something very difficult for me.

Sixteen years ago a little furry pup was born. She lived with my sister Mardi and visited us often. She helped fill a hole left behind by our two former dogs Kara and Casey. Cricket was such a force in all our lives. Over the years she ended up spending more and more time with us as we worked from home and Mardi was out often. By the time we moved to Panama she had been with us quite a while and we asked Mardi if she was ok with Cricket moving to Panama with us. For eight years Cricket enjoyed her life in Panama, interspersed with times that she did not enjoy when it thundered or someone set off fireworks.

Crickets last day with us was October 1st. We had a grand day. We got up and took her for her favorite thing - a car ride to the Amador causeway. We walked and enjoyed seeing her sniffing and taking everything in. She has a great meal and treats when we got home. We had arranged to have our vet come to our home as well as a service to care for her remains. This had to be the hardest thing I've ever done - to say goodbye to our best friend.

She will be with us forever - we loved her like a child. Check out Donna's comments an pictures.

We've decided not to be puppy parents again - but we will babysit - if you have a pup and need someone to spoil them rotten while you are out of Panama - we are your people.

November is a crazy month in Panama. There are so many holidays it is really hard to keep track of them. November 3, 5, 10 and 28th. Our office works but everything else is closed. We just returned from Playa Blanca and the traffic was crazy - everyone from the city seemed to be heading somewhere on the Pacific. It took us forever to get from the city to the condo at Playa Blanca.

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Before I finish this note, I want to make sure I take the time to acknowledge how much we appreciated the professionalism and caring we found from the people at www.mascotas-panama.com - they took Cricket from us when she was gone in a very loving way and returned her remains two days later in a nice heart shaped box that sits on my desk.

We had a new cutting board build by Chris from Hancock Studio - incredible - it is 36 x 22 x almost 4 inches thick - this guy knows wood and how to create a piece of art. We will have him build more things for us for sure - I was blown away by his finished work. Check out his studio at https://www.facebook.com/hancockstudio

I met Bob Adams almost 8 years ago when I ran across Retirement Wave www.retirementwave.com - Bob provides a very detailed and professional view of Panama. His news items are very detailed and help people thinking of Panama as a new home. Bob has decided to start an online conference as a new service. This conference at the end of November will allow subscribers (free) to ask real time questions of experts on Panama.

We had some sad news that our best friend Sandra in Mendoza Argentina is facing treatments for lung cancer - she is very positive about the prognosis - it just brings home to me how fragile our life is and how we really need to think how we need to consider our time. I saw a great video on Facebook this week where a fellow took jelly beans to represent the total number of days we have on average and how we spend (use) those jelly beans. He ends the video asking the question, "if you only had one day left - what would you do with that one day?" - Good question - what would you do ???

If you are considering Panama - do your homework - I've mentioned it before but it is worth repeating - there is a lot of information available from a number of sites - check them out - ask questions - we love Panama but I understand it is not for everyone and it is a very diverse country. I want them to have seen the beaches, the two oceans, mountains and the city. All of this where muslims, jews, christians, hindus, and who knows how many other religions get alone with no wars, riots or killings. In fact during the Noriega days the owners banded together to forcibly protect the free zone - it was never looted. Check out the article at "The Arab Traders of Colon"

If you want, write us if you have questions - we love to help.

Check out our site - we listed People and Services we have found we trust - we also have contacts for even a great handyman - Juan

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Donna started iCanGarden.com and now almost 18 years later it has become Canada's largest Internet gardening resource site. Several thousand people visit her site every day. Spend some time looking over the thousands of pictures of gardens from all over the world.

We are so proud of the TV special just aired by Recreating Eden - entitled "the Gardening Tourist".

Donna recently changed the look of the site - - if you enjoy it - let her know - I am really proud of her.


In 2006 Donna started a site dedicated exclusively to her garden tours.

For more than 8 years she has been hosting groups of gardeners to gardens all over the world.

Donna has some incredible garden tours lined up for 2013 and 2014 - her 2012 tours were all either fully booked or over booked. China 2013 is already closed as it is full. 


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