Readers often say, “You should write about this or that.” I sputter and reply, “But I already have THREE posts on that.” When one wag retorted, “There’s GOLD in them thar hills,” I realized I was a Bad Blog Mother and needed to take better care of you, Dear Reader. So this is an attempt to help you prospect your way through the hills, to the – possibly many – posts that would interest you in the back issues.
It’s alphabetical to make main categories easier to find. Topics are listed with a link to their grouping, then with a link to the post. Some posts fall into more than one category, so they are listed more than once. I hope it helps.
THE LIST of CATEGORIES
(Click on a Category to go straight to the listings on it.)
- ACTIVITIES & STUFF TO DO (Living Here or Touristing)
- CULTURE OF PANAMA – Customs, Fiestas, Folklore, Local Color
- EXPAT IN PANAMA – General, Exercise, Touristing, Tropical Life Hacks
- FOOD – Adventures in Feeding
- GARDENING & PLANTS
- HOUSING in the Azuero – Building, Buying, Renting
- LIFE HACKS – Making Your Tropical Days Easier (also under Expat)
- MEDICAL – Docs, Meds, Hospitals and Old Wives
- MONEY in the Azuero
- NOBLE CAUSES
- PETS in the Azuero
- SERVICES – Electricity, Garbage, Gas, Shipping, Water
- Learning SPANISH
- TECHNOLOGY in the Azuero
- TRANSPORTATION – Cars, Motorcycles, Scooters, License & Registration
- WILD LIFE – With Chitin, With Fur, With Scales, With Wings
- Azuero Life Hacks: Time and Tides – want a local tide chart? Got one for you.
- Hot Bod: Getting Exercise in the Azuero – what’s to do here for exercise besides take a walk on the beach? Find out.
- Hot Bod: Gyms and Aerobics in the Azuero – where they are, what theyoffer.
- Beisbol (Baseball) in the Azuero – want to watch? Better yet, want to play? Find out how.
- Hot Bod: Water Aerobics in the Azuero – exercise without stressing your joints and cool off at the same time.
- Hot Bod: Cycling in the Azuero – there is a Cycling Club here. Hook up!
- Local Resource: Zumba Class in the Azuero – love Zumba? We’ve got a dynamite instructor.
- Local Resources: Fishing in the Azuero – lots of different types of fishing, lots of different places.
FOLKLORE in the Azuero
- Book Review: The Art of the Pollera – a look at the national dress of Panama by our own Bonnie Birker of Guarare.
- Dressing for Mil Polleras – any woman is gorgeous in a pollera, but she needs help to put it on!
- How Las Tablas Got Its Name – why is this place called “The Boards”?
- How Playa Uverito Got Its Name – it’s party time under a most useful tree.
- Handicrafts at Panama’s Annual Artisan Fair – 2014 was the best year yet for molas, carvings, jewelry, etc., etc.
FESTIVALS & FIESTAS in the Azuero
To learn if there might be something happening on a specific date, check the CALENDAR.
- The Mil Polleras – Early every January, the women of Panama gather in Las Tablas for this spectacular display of Polleras, the National Dress of Panama
- Dressing for the Mil Polleras – every woman is lovely in a Pollera, but she needs help to put it on!
- Book Review: The Art of the Pollera – a fascinating look at the many styles of the Pollera and how they are made by our own Bonnie Birker of Guarare.
- The Romance of Las Tablas Carnaval – some of the early customs of Carnaval.
- Carnaval Prep: The Tale of Arriba and Abajo – the rivalry between the two sets the stage for Carnaval.
- Las Tablas Carnaval Songs – The Cockroach Song – you can even hear it sung!
- A Whole Lot of Bull – the annual Los Santos Feria is like a state fair, with plenty of animals, plants, goodies for sale and fun for all.
- Santa Librada, Las Tablas Patron Saint – Santa Librada has a surprisingly interesting history…
- Dias de Patria, 2013 – Panama has delared independence from several countries and celebrates for each one.
- Panama Independence Days, Part 2
- Happy Thanksgiving! – Expats gather for this day, and locals often wish them “Happy Thanksgiving.”
- Panamanian Custom: The Matanza – a wonderful Panamanian barbeque.
- Merry Christmas in the Azuero – how the Panamanians celebrate.
- Panamanian Customs: Innocent Butterflies – an interesting “April Fools” variation in December.
- Panamanian Customs: Happy New Year – some New Year customs in the Azuero.
CUSTOMS in the Azuero
- A Festival of Firecrackers – why are Panamanians so very fond of firecrackers?
- A Panamanian Civil Wedding – Soraya and Jorge tie the knot.
- Take Some Food with You, a Panamanian Custom – why you might receive a bag of beans when you leave someone’s home.
- Hot Times in Santo Domingo: El Perote – singing and dancing and drinking and walking – a fun time.
- Lent in the Azuero – a surprise for JK, a comforting ritual for local Catholics.
- Panamanian Custom: The Matanza – an authentic Panamanian barbeque.
- Mannequin of Another Local Color – the display mannequins here are DIFFERENT.
- Neon Treats in Panama – this is the kind of thing that makes you love the place.
- Transitory Hangovers – Butt a Cultural Tidbit – a bit about local buses.
- Political Differences – politics are a different kind of game here.
- Refrigeration vs. Air Conditioning – more about buses and a bit about hospitals.
- Tales of the Azuero: Why La Mierda Is No More – a fun little chunk of not-too-recent history.
- Tales of the Azuero: Why Tete Changed Its Name – times change, morés change.
- Walking the Calf – not quite a pet, but hey!
- Simply Super – Grocery Stores in the Azuero – supers, mini-supers…
- Message in a Bottle – witchcraft has not left the house.
- Do You Feel Welcome Here? – a brief discussion of prejudice.
- A Visit with the US Ambassador to Panama – it’s good to know our country loves us.
- Automate Your Life in Panama – suggestions only.
- Temporary Cultural Differences – being blind-sided where you least expect it.
- Azuero Life Hacks: Noise Reduction – why complain? No worries, be happy.
- Water Shortage in Las Tablas – an often present problem.
- How to Call a Taxi in Las Tablas – more complicated than you might think.
- Should You Carry Your Passport? There’s a lot of flap about this.
- Getting Your English Fix: Kindles et al – buy before you leave home.
- Getting Your English Fix: Print Books vs. Kindle -there are no English bookstores here.
- Border Drama and Drug-Sniffing Dogs – a bit of excitement at the Costa Rican border.
Getting Some Exercise
- Azuero Life Hacks: Time and Tides – want to go to the beach? How about a tide chart?
- Hot Bod: Getting Exercise in the Azuero – what there is to do here besides walk at the beach.
- Hot Bod: Gyms and Aerobics in the Azuero – where you can go to work out.
- Beisbol (Baseball) in the Azuero – Panama’s favorite sport. Want to play? You can…
- Hot Bod: Water Aerobics in the Azuero – cool off with the “Las Tablas Mer-Matrons” and exercise without hurting your joints.
- Hot Bod: Cycling in the Azuero – join the local cycling club, race or tour the countryside.
- Local Resource: Zumba Class in the Azuero – a dynamite teacher and an enthusiastic group – have fun, exercise and meet new friends.
- Local Resources: Fishing in the Azuero – places to go, what you can catch.
- Panama Relocation Tours – a group with no axe to grind will show you Panama.
Tropical Life Hacks (click here)
- Fun Plants in the Azuero: Moringa – this tree likes tough conditions and cures almost anything!
- More on Miracle Moringa – our very own miracle cure, right here in Las Tablas.
- Poof! You’re a Papaya – 18 months from seed to fruit – incredible!
- How Playa Uverito Got Its Name – a (tall?) tale about the naming of “The Boards.”
- Trellis Gardening is the Answer – way to maximize your garden space! From the 2014 Los Santos Feria
- Lessons in Diversified Farming – the Azuero Earth Project in Pedasi holds a seminar.
- Ten Things to Do with A Limon – this little fruit is good for everything!
- Dire Warnings: Real Estate Fraud in the Azuero – good title is a serious issue in Panama.
- Adventures in Renting: A House at the Beach – JK’s landing pad in the Azuero
- Adventures in Renting 2: Life in a Quincha House – JK’s second attempt
- Adventures in Renting 3: Rent in Las Tablas – the boll weevil finally finds a home
- Adventures in Renting 4: A House Sit in the Azuero – what else you can find – report from a buddy
- Adventures in Renting 5: Finding a Las Tablas Rental – a compilation of how-to best practices for the area
- Azuero Life Hacks: Noise Reduction – JK has a secret weapon…
- Azuero Life Hacks: Receiving Mail – various options
- Azuero Life Hacks: Time and Tides – here’s your access to a local tide chart
- Duct Tape is Not the Answer – not in a tropical climate, any way.
- Shopping in Panama – do’s and do’s.
- Vinegar Cures All – an amazing use for a tropical problem
- Wur Havin’ a (Tropical) Heat Wave – it’s so HOT here, ideas for keeping cool
- How to Do Laundry in Panama – why it’s more fun in the tropics
- JK Builds a Screen Door – keeping out the bugs the homemade way
- The Great Screen Door Redesign – a good idea made better
- Asthma Attack in the Azuero – a midnight introduction to the local medical facilities
- Ten Things to Do with a Limon – here’s a cure for this and that
- Hanta Virus Threatens Azuero – taking precautions never hurts
- Chiropractors in Panama – Las Tablas needs one here
- A Visit to the Optometrist – a familiar medical procedure
- How Playa Uverito Got Its Name – step on a sea urchin? Try the uvero tree cure
- Blog Technology Revisited – taking the dog for a blog
- Garbage Pickup in the Azuero – not what you’re used to…
- Get Wired: Electricity in the Azuero – more complicated than you would believe
- Water Shortage in Las Tablas – a frequent problem nearly everywhere in Panama
- Contaminated Water Everywhere, Not a Drop to Drink – Really Big Scandal
- Tricky Little Trampas – “false cognates” can really make a fool of you
- Dreaming in Spanish – when you start dreaming in Spanish, there is hope for you
- Fun with False Cognates: On Compromise – be careful with this word!
- Fun with Spanish: Bad Word! Bad Word! – don’t believe what the subtitles tell you!
- Fun with Spanish: Just Call Me Mami – when a mother calls her child “Mami” what’s going on?
- A Sad, Sad Story about Why It Is Essential to Learn Spanish in Central America – I almost had a free car…
- Learn Spanish! Translate the Internet – an excellent online experience!
- Learn Spanish – On Being Incoherent in Public – Nobody cares, they just think you’re funny.
- The Joys of Machine Translation – if you REALLY want to sound incoherent…
- WOK-FI: Truly Tasty or Pan Pu-Pu? JK attempts to get better reception
- Automate Your Life in Panama – a few suggestions
- Claro Prepaid Data Plans in Panama – “how to” you won’t find elsewhere.
- TV, Movies and VPNs in Panama – if you want to see movies here, read this
- Stop Ad Tracking: Close Your Online Curtains – or make sure to wear pajamas
- Coming soon…
- Buying a Car in the Azuero – one expat goes at it in a unique way
LICENSE AND REGISTRATION, PLEASE
- Vehicle Registration in the Azuero – a multi-part process, the biggest part being frustration
- Update on Vehicle Registration – Getting the Insurance and then getting frustrated
- Registration Renewal in Panama – getting inspected and sending the papers off
- Vehicle Registration in Panama: The Final Segment – getting the papers back and transferring registration to Las Tablas
- Legal to Drive in Panama – getting a Panmanian driver’s license
- Speed Racer vs. Gringo – why do people always think the local drivers are bad?
MOTORCYCLE OR SCOOTER
- Bugging You: The Assassin Bug – this is one nasty customer
- Bugging You: Fleas and Ticks and Chiggers O My – possible relief for your torment
- Lions and Chiggers and Ticks, O My – More on my favorite bloodsuckers
- Bugs That Sing – that deafening noise is just a bug
- I Swallowed a Fly – P’raps I’ll Die – the philosophical approach
- Prehistoric Bug Look-Alike Straight from the Pleistocene – the photo is priceless
- Tis the Season of the Bicho (Bug Season) – what to expect and fly traps you can make.
- Coming soon…
With Slime or Scales
- Danger to Dog and Man: The Bufo Frog – a serious problem in this area