In Panama, retirees of the Social Security (CSS) receive their paychecks every fifteen to seventeen days. In order to get paid, you can either go to their payment centers and wait in line to get your check, or you can authorize the Caja de Seguro Social (CSS) to deposit your check directly to your savings account. I preferred the latter.
Electronic banking in Panama is thriving and my bank—Banco General—is second to none in providing this service. Their Clave Card (debit card) is accepted by more then 95 percent of local merchants, plus with Clave you can withdraw cash through the ample stock of ATMs conveniently located all over Panama City. Waiting in line to pay for my electric, telephone or water bills is a thing of the past.
The first thing we do after getting paid, is rush to El Machetazo supermarket at San Miguelito to buy our food and household items. First things first. After taking care of your belly, the rest can wait.
Last Tuesday, my wife and I went to El Machetazo for our bi-weekly food purchase. Our total grocery bill was $149.95 which is astronomical for only two persons. Inflation is a great concern for people with a low to middle income in Panama. It’s getting more and more difficult to make ends meet. It’s almost a mental torture going to buy groceries nowadays.
While walking the aisles of El Machetazo, my wife noticed a beautiful pair of slippers with a tempting price of $3.99. She couldn’t resist the price, so she purchased them before they were gone. Five other clients followed suit and soon the shelf was as clean as a child’s butt.
I didn’t take good look at the slippers until we got home. They are the most attractive pair of slippers I have seen in quite a while. In fact, I liked them so much, I decided to take several pictures before they lost their charm after being used.
With my Birthday camera in my hands, I softly placed the slippers on the living room table, turned off the lights, and illuminated the room with a small candle, in an effort to create an appropriate scene for my wife’s new slippers. I was pretending to be a photographer, mind you.
Since the pictures were taken in the dark , I decided to call the slippers, The Midnight Slippers, even though it was only seven o’clock in the evening. I was also pretending to be a writer. (Grin)
This is what came out of the magic box last Tuesday, shortly after supper. Here we go.
In the dark room, the candle in the pot resembled a full moon graciously illuminating the slippers. (Credit: Omar Upegui R.)
(Credit: Omar Upegui R.)
An artistic version (Fresco) of previous photograph which enhances the beauty of the slippers. (Credit: Omar Upegui R.)
A close up view of one slipper that looks as sensual as a woman in the obscure scene. (Credit: Omar Upegui R.)
Notice how the slipper glows like a lamp in the dark. (Credit: Omar Upegui R.)
An artistic version (Fresco) of previous photograh making the slipper glow like a lamp in the dark. (Credit: Omar Upegui R.)
In this picture I tried to apply the Rule of Thirds in an effort to improve the perspective of the subjects. You decide if I succeeded. (Credit: Omar Upegui R.)
In this picture the slippers glowed like a Christmas tree in the dark room. There's light all over the place. (Credit: Omar Upegui R.)
Even though my wife paid only $3.99 for these Chinese slippers, they looked to me like a million bucks. Beauty has nothing to do with money. It’s us humans who confuse values. Good Day!
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