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Coronado, Panama…..Not To Be Confused With San Diego

Back in the 1940s, Coronado was just a few sleepy ranches alongside an unspoiled stretch of blue Pacific and black-and-white speckled beaches. However, Coronado is now a highly popular beach town on the Pacific coast of Panama.

Located an hour from Panama City, it is on the ‘Arco Seco’ (‘dry arch’) stretch of coastline, so named because of the remarkably low rainfall it receives each year.

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So What’s Up with WhatsApp?

Before moving to Panama I had never heard of the popular app WhatsApp. We did our homework and learned that almost everyone with a smart phone here uses it! So I figured I would share a little about it, and what has made it become so wildly popular that they now claim over 600 million users worldwide!

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Here’s a short list of reasons that contributed to its increasing usage since 2009 and facts about WhatsApp

  • All you need to sign up is your phone number
  • WhatsApp tapped into your contact list to display friends already using the app.
  • All you need for WhatsApp is an internet connection or WiFi
  • Free for a year and $0.99 a year for unlimited messages
  • MMS was rarely used due to its cost, WhatsApp made it affordable with its photo sharing feature
  • Cross platform compatibility (still includes Symbian!!) saw users in emerging marketing jump on the bandwagon

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WhatsApp got a lot things right in the beginning and its growth rate is reportedly faster than Facebook’s. With Mark Zuckerberg even saying “WhatsApp is on a path to connect 1 billion people.”

On February 20th, 2014 Facebook purchased WhatsApp for $19 Billion yes that’s a “B” billion dollars!

The thing is that it’s just insane the amount of money being tabled for a messaging app. And can Facebook recoup their investment in WhatsApp? The social media giant announced they will keep it independent, and with no advertisements scheduled to appear. Yet, the question of the day is: Where’s the money going to come from?

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Coronado Bible Church, Playa Coronado, Panamá

Right in the heart of Playa Coronado, Panamá is a great Church we found shortly after arriving in Central America. That is right I am writing a blog involving religion, don’t worry we will likely refrain on blogs about our opinion on Politics, as we know that is another quite touchy area. Ha Ha. I try to live a light life that is not too serious, which sometimes backfires, anyhow back to the topic at hand.

Coronado Bible Church is located in the Coronado Mall aka Super 99 (noventa nueve) shopping center on the 3rd floor (piso 2 in Panamá) directly above the Flamingo Casino. After some searching online we were able to find details on Church options in the Coronado area, as with anything in Panamá finding details or a website for business is tough.

We have been regulars for a few months now at Coronado Bible Church and have made some great new friends in the community. Coronado Bible Church is a Non-Denominational English speaking Church which we are really enjoying being part of.

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Terrazas de Panamá in Playa Coronado coming very soon

Terrazas de Panamá in Playa Coronado is a new shopping mall / center that is just about finished being buult. We arrived in Playa Coronado, Panamá around 4 months ago and this project was hardly block walls and steel coming up from the foundations. Now it is being painted and is looking like it will be opened any day.

Here are some photos I captured of the new murals today at Terrazas de Panamá Playa Coronado.

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Terrazas de panama tropiclivin shopping center playa coronado panama oeste

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It’s All About the Agua!! How Safe is the Water, Really?

After now living here for 4 months its safe to say that we have a pretty good idea of how safe the food and water is! I am a big blogger and fan of groups on Facebook. One of the groups that I check in on daily always has questions about living and moving to Panama.  A post just came up asking about the water and food, and was it safe to eat and drink here. The answer is very much YES!!

The community that we live in is lucky to be supplied by well water. It’s so fresh and pure and tastes great. Some other communities are supplied by IDAAN which is the water service for the whole country of Panama. They might have some issues with water if they have old pipes, or a leak in the system but that could happen in the USA or Canada.

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Staying Healthy Tips:

Travelers in Panama should have no problem staying healthy, as

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