Steve's Journals

Software Engineer, Avid Traveler, & Lover of International Cuisine………

My darling, beautiful daughter “graduates” Kindergarten…….

My princess has “graduated” from Kindergarten!!

Starting this September (2017), she will go to school for the first time………First Grade !!!

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I love you, my darling Keona……….



OK; maybe it’s a bit early for this…………but, I’m a dad :=)

 

One-year anniversary in Panama

This post is coming in a bit late :=)

I simply decided to do a little something for myself………..to celebrate my 1-year anniversary in Panama.

Cooked myself a very simple, but delicious meal of macaroni, chicken, with bananas and olives………..and complete with some red wine.

Very simply, very delicious. Nothing great. But, mine. Just for me.

 

Xmas 2016

I took a walk along the Cinta Costera a couple of days before the Xmas………….and I saw this…………….

Quite lovely, I had to admit.

And, it stayed this way until mid-January.

After 18 months in Panama, I use the “Facepalm” move too often……….

So………my lawyer just got back to me a few days ago, about the yearly corporation taxes which I owe.

(To recap: I set up a Panamanian corporation in February 2016, as it’s one of the requirements when applying for Panamanian residency. It doesn’t have to be a fully-functioning corporation; just something on paper, to demonstrate “ties to the country” and “a willingness to settle here” (frankly, getting married without a prenup would have been a lot less hassle !)).

Anyhow, from the beginning, I always knew that: to maintain this corporation would involve certain yearly fees (such as taxes, and such). Nothing surprising there.

…….except that I wasn’t prepared for the actual sum: 750 US dollars !!  Payable every year, February, like clockwork!

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, wow!!!!!!!!!

750 bucks. Every year. For a paper-company which just sits on my shelf (literally).

Yep. Not for the first time since moving here, I find myself sitting on my balcony, doing the facepalm-thing, while exhaling deeply )))))))

Oh, and wanna hear the best part??  I asked what I needed to do to dissolve this corporation; get rid of it. The reply: 500 bucks!!  Hahahahahahahaha )))))))

I have to admit: Panama just keeps getting better and better.

Dear God, save me from imbeciles…………..

……….Dear God, save me from imbeciles…………..

 

I miss you so much, my lovely Keona…………………

………wherever you are, my sweet, Princess Keona………know that I am always thinking of you…………………..

 

Remembering the 80’s…………

……..songs like these bring back the years……….childhood memories…………..

If I was capable of crying, I’d probably shed a few tears (lol); but, I’ve lost since the ability to cry over anything…..

….still, my heart does all the crying for me…………….I think………..

 

Can you pick the capitals in 30 seconds ?

Can you pick the capital for each country — all within 30 seconds ??

LOL. I always loved quizzes which test one’s intelligence. I’ve played so many of them, I’ve lost count.

Just 2 days ago, I came across this one online; you need to pick the capital for each country……..and try to do it in 30 seconds……..

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10 reasons you are surrounded by idiots!

10 Reasons you are surrounded by idiots.

1. Cultural Isolation.

Great leaps in human progress have often come from the meeting of minds. The Crusades brought Europe out of the dark ages. Christianity would have never evolved out of Judaism were it not for the cultural diffusion the Romans brought to the Middle East.  The founding fathers of America based many of their political ideas on what they learned from thinkers all over Europe as well as the Native Americans.

The printing press made the ideas cheaper and easier to transport, and the internet has sped up the growth of human knowledge exponentially, but throughout history our minds have been cut off from each other’s by physical…………….

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OH NO!! Liesl is dead !!

This is the saddest news I’ve received lately…………………..((((

Sound of Music’s “Liesl von Trapp” is dead…….

Yes; for me, she will always be……………

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