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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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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STRI’s Punta Culebra Research Center

STRI Punta Culebra

Panamá City provides its visitors and Panamanians many great places to visit.  One of these is Punta Culebra Research Center. The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) initiative, the Punta Culebra Research Center, focuses in the education and awareness of marine sciences and environments, specifically the history and understanding of the Panamanian and Central America ocean habitats.

Rocky Shore

Punta Culebra Research Center consists of a series of open exhibits of natural life and natural environments the visitor can interact with, a marine science museum and trails within the center.  Every station provides clearly written explanations in Spanish and English.  The stations design provokes the curiosity of the reader and are entertaining.


Punta Culebra Research Center is located in The Causeway on the Pacific Ocean and provides an excellent view on the Panama Canal Pacific entrance.  As an added bonus you will be able to see the vessel entering the Panama Canal, as well as, the Las Americas Bridge.  The following map will aid you driving to the research center.

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