Masaki to compete at S Pellegrino´s Young Chef Award 2016

Panama, Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo

We are very proud of our Casco neighbors. It is a vibrant, talented bunch, and we always appreciate the good vibes and energy they put in Casco.  This week we learned that our neigbhor Masaki Uyema will be participating on June 7th in the semi finals of S. Pellegrino´s Young Chef competition. Click HERE for the info on this international award.  Masaki will be opening a restaurant in Casco soon! keep posted…

Go Masaki!

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Laundry opened in Casco Viejo, Panama

Panama, Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo

Now, this is exciting: a laundry opened in Casco Viejo!!! whohooooo!!!! Dry Clean and everything. Welcome Fashion & Clean!

Located at Casa Neuman, on the side street (Calle 8va) next to the small children´s park. I´m going to drop my stuff today and they promised to have it ready in a day.  I´m so excited!!! here are the photos and prices.

Schedules: Monday to Friday : 8a.m  to 5 p.m.

Saturdays: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sundays: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Enlaces Program Shows Trimester´s Work

Panama, Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo

Today, the program Enlaces put together a really nice performance for parents and program supporters showing the student´s latest work. If you don´t know much about the program, it works with children from Chorrillo, Santa Ana and San Felipe, developing skills and tools for life through contemporary dance.

Loved the choreography and how dedicated the kids were. Amazing music!

If you would like to learn more about Enlaces, click HERE.

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That’s how they roll!

Sundays are definitely a wonderful day to take a leisure ride! But instead of hopping in the car and burning your gas, take a nice bike ride to Casco!  By chance, this Sunday I ran into some friends whose hobby is bicycle riding. So they routinely ride their bikes with their whole family from Paitilla to Casco on Sundays. They told me that a lot of people like doing that because they can park their bikes at Unido where there’s a trusty bike rack (see picture), and then have a coffee inside. Afterwards they spend their Sunday walking around Casco. Lifestyle!

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Creative Writing Workshop in Casco Viejo

Panama, Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo

Funny, but once we are out of school / university, our lives tend to have on its natural flow mainly two types of communication: social media (and mainly emoticons!) and work related stuff.  I was warned by my old literature teacher that this was going to happen! but was she wrong?

Maybe. I mean, each one of us contains rivers of feelings, words, thoughts, and crazy ideas running inside us, we just don´t know what to do with it. Some people even create damns. But Lili Mendoza has no damns, I´ll tell you that. If you want to see a river in action, and risk having your own gates break open, you have to go to her creative writing workshop.

If you read Spanish, the following blog will give you an idea. It is signed by veterinarian Enrique Samudio: http://www.quevi.org/?p=91

Mainly in Spanish, but Lili is one of the few that can do creative writing in English as well. here is a bit about her: Stockton Times article. Be prepared for Spanglish, her favorite language.

How does it work? the group meets in a spot in Casco, which changes from day to day. The last class was held inside the Religious Art Museum by Arco Chato. Both for visitors and locals, it is a way to look at the city in a different way, to experience it from a different angle. Perfect recipe to start writing!

How to get in touch with Lili? usually her facebook is pretty good. Or if you would like to go to her QueVi website: http://www.quevi.org/    and her email info@quevi.org

 

 

Natural Beauty

Panama, Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo

Casco Viejo is full of beautiful moments in nature. I just wanted to take a minute to share some of the photos I´ve taken from the beach. I specially love mornings and evenings!

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A healthy investment starts with your involvement

Panama, Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo

Hate condo meetings? You are not alone. At their best, they are boring. At their worst… they put to the test your every skill , including – and not limited to- pranayama breathing. Spending your evening with your family looks like a really nice option. So is walking on top of nails. Anything but a condo meeting!

But here is the thing: whether you made an investment or you live in the building, the first step to long term value is your active involvement.

In Casco Viejo, where condos are small, this is particularly important. Do you really want big changes voted without your consent or even your knowledge? with only a few units on each building, this is perfectly possible. Make sure you are always at the table, and advocate for everyone to take and active roll. After all, most buildings in Casco (with a few exceptions) only have between 4 to 10 units.

Casco´s best buildings so far have shared that characteristic: owners who live in the building, are part of the board of directors.

They make for a healthier building, and a prosperous one. Investments are made in the right places, administrators and concierges tend to do a better job, and they are able to compete shoulder to shoulder with brand new condos that tend to have more amenities and even better design. They keep and raise their values in both rents and sales.

As you can imagine, the opposite is also true.

There are many ways to protect your investment. But very few as important and proven as living in the condo you buy or keeping a close eye / presence at the owner´s association meetings and a line of communicating with the board and administrator. If you feel they are not doing their job, you´ll have the tools to change it. And sometimes that energy is all a building needs to come back around.

 

Via Plural 2016 May 21st

Panama, Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo

Via Plural is a street art event that takes place at Avenida Central, Santa Ana. Last year, it gathered around 300 artists who performed along the commercial side of La Central all the way to Plaza 5 de Mayo.  From breakdance to really good bands, from street poetry to aerial dancing, we were impressed by the quality and the concept.

This year, Via Plural´s second edition is May 21st.  It is roughly from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Stuff will happen along Central. Mostly street art all day long, but what they call teh “artistic ciruit” will be from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.  An urban market will also be happening, at the other side: Plaza Centenario, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

HERE is their Facebook page if you want to learn more.


Morning Breakfast at Clementinas Roof Terrace

Panama, Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo

Loved the new breakfast at Las Clementinas! for all guests, it is now served at the roof terrace. My favorite: the burrito!

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UnderCover Boots opened in Casco Viejo

Panama, Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo

Shopping in Avenida A is getting better and better. This week, UnderCover Boots inaugurated a beautiful space, between Madrigal and Lupa. The place was packed with neighbors, children, everyone. A beautiful store, great products. Colorful rainboots for everyone (and right on time for Panama´s rainy season!) painted or created by local artists. Of course, I was already wearing them going in… mine had the “papo” flower, but I really loved the “guayacan” long boots and the Rana Dorada elegant black. Depending on the boot you buy, they donate to different organizations, including the Smithonian frog team in Panama, who are working on research and preservation of Panama´s golden frog.

CLICK HERE for their website

My favorite boots

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Me walking to the store, passing by Lupapassing by Lupa

Raincoat by Lupa, Top Model provided by Art Deco´s Model Agency  =)raincoat by Fraulamb Lupa

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