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First hand knowledge and experience.
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Goodbye to an artform

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This was sent in from Fred in Panama City - click the links for youtube video's. Roberto 

The government has taken over the pubic transportation sector in Panama and is buying these old U.S. school Buses from the private operators and replacing them with modern air conditioned buses. Problem is the art of these privately owned moving art galleries are to be scrapped and the art will be gone forever.

Last Updated on Monday, 26 March 2012 16:45

Humor: Enlightenment Came to me Today

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 This was sent in by Stan from Anton, Panama. Roberto

Enlightenment came to me today!

I became confused when I heard the word "Service" used with these agencies:

Internal Revenue 'Service '
Telephone 'Service '
Cable TV 'Service '
Civil 'Service' 
Customer 'Service '

Last Updated on Friday, 17 February 2012 00:28

Panama's newest export

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Panama’s latest export: remittances
January 20, 2012 by Ron Buchanan

Forget the wide-brimmed white hats that Panama is synonymous with. The country’s latest export? Remittances.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 January 2012 21:59

$5,000 to import a used Honda Odyssey

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 OK - so International Living, Live and Invest Overseas, and every other real estate company (which they both  are) tout the Pensionado benefits. However, they fail to tell you:

Panama has quietly canceled the "import a car tax-free every two years" benefit.

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 November 2011 15:40

Harper majority, NDP Opposition

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Two different points of view:
STEPHEN HARPER'S CANADA: Abandon hope all ye who enter here!… LURKIO
silent majority rules: I wonder if the star and it's readers will ever learn to not overlook the silent majority that...… Camorda

Thank you Liberals: for calling the election , Conservative Majority now.… Poindexter

Conservative Party leader Stephen Harper wins a majority government, and Jack Layton, leader of the New Democratic Party now heads the Official Opposition. For more details:


Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 May 2011 14:27


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Palm trees in paradise - Santa Clara, Panama

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The Retirement Detectives mission is to provide you with authoritative, unbiased information about current and emerging retirement destinations based on the first hand knowledge and experience of our roving investigators.  These are REAL people with no axe to grind who either live in or have visited the destination on an extended stay that allows them to see what it is really like to live there. The good. The bad. The bizarre.

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Stay healthy my friends!

T. Rob Brown (aka Señor Roberto Chocolate)

Last Updated on Friday, 07 May 2010 19:35

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To keep our research as impartial and unbiased as possible, we do not accept payment from any of the destinations we research or review. We do not accept compensation for any products, services (such as hotels) we mention in our articles. That allows us to "tell it like it is" in every article we bring to you. We are not affiliated with any real estate organizations or developments. In the future we will sell in-depth reports on various destinations as they are completed.

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Last Updated on Friday, 07 May 2010 19:34

Hotels In Santa Clara

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 Hotels and B +  B's in or near Sants Clara - easily Panama's nicest beach. Located at mile marker 113 on the InterAmericana - the beach is 2.5 km east of The Royal Decameron Beach Resort - and 2 km east of the about-to-be-opened international airport in Rio Hato.

Last Updated on Monday, 25 March 2013 15:46

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