Enjoying a Cigarette

A man enjoying a cigarette in the Chinese neighborhood of El Dorado in Panama City, Panama. Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.


4 thoughts on “Enjoying a Cigarette”

  1. Hola Omar,
    Is that the “Incredible Hulk” on the hood of that Toyota? Maybe the Hulk is getting ready to leap out and take that gentleman’s cigarette? Decals on cars are popular now, my niece bought “pestañas” for her daughter’s car when she visited us. Must be some Diablo Rojo effect? haha

    I am glad that I stopped cigarettes 30 years ago and continue to stop to this day. As satisfying as it is, the health risks are too great.


    1. Hola Jim and Nena:

      You have very good vision. I had no idea that the “Incredible Hulk” was there until you singled him out. I was looking at the man smoking.

      Yes, as you know our culture is very oriented towards bright things and loud noise. Decals are adhered on just about everything in this country. I understand the same is true in the Far East,

      I never learned how to smoke. I tried it a few times when I was a kid, but on every single time I almost choked. Couldn’t breathe. So the adventure was over and never tried to smoke again. I’m glad I did.

      You took a wise decision, Jim. Smoking is a sure kill. Cigarettes are heavily taxed in this country to prevent people from smoking, but still people cling to their old habits.

      Best Regards,


      1. My brain isn’t wired correctly, Omar. haha When I look at a photo (or anything really), I look at every part of it separately. I worked as a proof reader for years and got a habit, I guess.

        When I saw your photo, I imagined the Hulk getting ready to jump off the hood and take the man’s cigarette from him. That would certainly break me from smoking!

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