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


It seems these months just zoom by - it has been almost 7 weeks since Cricket passed away and yet it is just like yesterday. We were walking Alan & Geri's pups yesterday and ran across a young girl and her little dog "guachita" and she asked where our dog was and Donna had to explain Cricket was no longer with us - it still brings a hug lump to my throat. 

My sister Mardi and her friend Rodger were here for just about a month and while I didn't get to spend too much time during the day with them I think they enjoyed their stay. They told me the highlight was the 4 days at the house on the Caribbean and I understand that :}

During the month we visited a few new restaurants and bars. My friend Jordan has a jazz band and he was playing at Gula, here in Costa del Este so we went and had lunch and listened to them. The burgers were crazy - they were so big I know Donna and I could easily share one. Here is one sample of what the burgers look like.

Jordan also had a "gig" at the new tequila bar here in Costa del Este called Xuvia Lounge - what a cool place - it has an inside area that is air conditioned and an outside area where the music/band is set up. We sat outside. I asked the owner Nick for his recommendation as I know nothing about tequila - he suggested a "Nick's lemonade" - tequila, ice and lemon - wow - it was delicious - very refreshing.

There is also a new chinese restaurant coming to Costa del Este in the Ocean Plaza - that will pretty cool. There are going to be so many great restaurants in walking distance - we went to Tre Scalini again last week and it is just 5 minutes down the street - or 15 minutes walk to Athanasiou - yummy.

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I had the chance to visit the new Frank Gehry museum of Biodiversity with Mardi and Rodger and it was really interesting. Pricey for non residents or jubilados - $22 - but only $6 for me. Not what I was expecting but interesting and worth the visit - there is only one real exhibit open of 3 planned. The next two will add quite a bit to the experience. The only thing I would say I didn't like is the way they have people move through the building - we almost missed two pieces of the museum.

The rainy season is winding down - Donna really does not like the dry season but I do as I prefer walking on dry sidewalks. Speaking of weather - I''ve been keeping up on Edmonton - last week - 12 below. Yuck. I am going to visit Las Vegas and Vancouver in a couple of weeks and I am not looking forward to the weather :}

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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