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
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.

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


This weekend is an historic time for Panama. This weekend Panama opens the new 3rd lane of the canal. After a little more than 100 years since the first 2 lanes opened to the world. The Panama Canal was a wonder of the modern world but it was built by the Americans. These lanes have lasted for over 100 years and while they could have been larger they have served the world well with little or no major issues. The third lane was built solely by the Panamanians. Always the optimist I have high hopes for this new lane and for Panama. It was a huge undertaking, 9 years in the making, billions of dollars and lots of controversy.

Lots of our employees and friends took advantage of the free tickets to be at this historic occasion. Months ago I had the privilege to walk in the locks where the boat is traversing today. It was another historic event. We couldn't go this time as I could not get a ticket for Donna as she was away. Too bad.

We had a great time celebrating Donna's birthday. We went to Thai2112 again. This restaurant continues to give us great food, ambiance, prices and service. What more can you ask in a restaurant.

Last night we had another coupon from OfertaSimple to try out a place called Casa Jaguar in Casco Viejo. When we looked at the facebook page it sure didn't look like a place we might enjoy but we were wrong. The tapas were great - we had sliders, pork buns, and a plate of meats. I am not sure we'd enjoy it several hours later when the 20 something crowd arrived.

We wandered around Casco Viejo and I never forget how impressed we were with it 10 years ago when we first arrived. If we didn't have a business to run, and if we could have retired I am pretty sure we would have chosen to live there.

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Wandering around our neighbourhood, Costa del Este, I was struck by how some buildings have tried to become more eco friendly and how others say they they are - like this one.

If you know LEEDS it is a registration designates a building as "LEED-certified buildings are resource efficient. They use less water and energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. As an added bonus, they save money. Learn more about why LEED continues to be the leading benchmark in green building."

Well here is a LEEDS buidling in Costa del Este - does this look like a building that is eco friendly? I had to laugh when I saw the moisture on the windows. Our office building is so much more eco friendly with double pane windows. We never have this kind of condensation.

When we were out for our walk we noticed a new construction sign where the old car was located. Our little area has so many changes going on - this one is Krispy Kreme - who would have believed it - Krispy Kreme, IHOP, Burger King, McDonalds, and so many other North American restaurants and stores in our little area.

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

We add to the areas of the site like people, sites, and services as our experience with each of them change so you should feel comfortable dealing with any of them.

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Donna started iCanGarden.com and now almost 20 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 18 years she has been hosting groups of gardeners to gardens all over the world.

Donna has some incredible garden tours lined up for 2016 and 2017 - her 2015 tours were all either fully booked or over booked. 


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