Journey Blasts Panamá!

When I first heard that Journey planned a concert in Panamá City, Panamá, I was unsure if I wanted to buy tickets for the show.  On one hand, I love Journey’s music and I grew up hearing the music.  Many songs from the group bring vivid memories of those days.  However, I worried they were just an over-the-hill band on a tour to cash on their past days of fame.  My wife and I decided to go to the concert when a friend told us he was attending the show with a group;  we all bought tickets together.  That was the best decision we could’ve made!

Journey did not disappoint.  On Saturday, April 9, 2011 Journey entered on stage of a packed Figali Convention Center and proceeded with a non-stop energetic concert that kept the audience standing most of the time.  Journey blasted their music causing an euphoria that could be felt all around.  They played all their hits from the 80’s.
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Panamá Canal’s Gatún Locks: Beyond the Visitor Center

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The Panama Canal consists of three set of locks, two at the Pacific Ocean side and one at the Atlantic side.  The two locks at the Pacific side are the Miraflores Locks and the Pedro Miguel Locks.  At the Atlantic side is the Gatún Locks.  Navigating from the Pacific Ocean a ship will first find the Miraflores Locks (Picture 2) after passing under the Bridge of the Americas (Picture 1).  These locks have two stages, meaning the vessel will rise twice before leaving the locks.  Next is the Pedro Miguel Locks (Picture 3) which have one stage, thus raising a vessel once.   These two set of locks place the vessel in the Gatún Lake; the vessel then navigates the lake, passing under the Centennial Bridge (Picture 4).  After crossing the lake, the vessel reaches the Gatún Locks which have three stages.  Here the locks lowers the vessel three times into Bahía Limón and the Atlantic Ocean.

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Hard Rock Cafe, Panamá

HRC Panamá

UPDATE 06-Nov-2013: I’m sad to report Hard Rock Cafe at Multi Centro Mall closed on September 2013.  The restaurant experience was unique and I will miss HRC.  You can now visit Hard Rock Cafe Hotel Megapolis across the street from Multi Centro.

Last Wednesday, April 27, 2011, we visited Hard Rock Café (HRC), located at MultiCentro Mall, to dine after my wife shopping spree.  As always, you can’t “just” eat at HRC; it is much more than a restaurant.  HRC always present a vibrant atmosphere, and gets involved with the community.

We were surprised to find the place packed full on a Wednesday.  We always see HRC crammed with people on Fridays and Saturday, with the live rock band playing or the karaoke night.  (Yes we’re regulars and biased!)  Well, we stumbled with the launch of the Ringo Starr Signature Series-28 to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Panamá.  You can follow the link provided to find out about Nicolás’ wish, granted by HRC.  The Panamanian singer Makano carried out functions as ambassador of the foundation.   We made our contribution to the activity, trying the Wish Drink specially prepared for the occasion.

HRC Ringo Starr Signature Series 28

If you are an expat in Panama, you will feel at home in HRC.  There is no other place in Panamá that shouts Rock & Roll so loudly.  The international and local crowds equally enjoy the experience provided by HRC.

Website.  Hard Rock Cafe – Panamá

Location.  MultiCentro Mall houses Hard Rock Café – Panamá on the second floor, looking over the  Balboa Avenue, in Punta Paitilla area of the very dynamic Panamá City.  You can get access to HRC through the mall’s main entrance on Balboa Ave. and take the stairs or elevator to the second floor.  Nowadays, technology aids us with locations, so I include a map for you.  Centered in the map is MultiCentro Mall and HRC.

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