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En los tiempos de los coffee labs o cualquier nombre fancy que le pongan a las cafeterías, hay miles de tipos de café y cada uno de ellos es un mundo por conocer. En Panamá se ha desatado un boom de auto proclamados conocedores del café, desde los instantáneos de .50 centavos hasta los frappuccinos que rondan los $7. Pero si volvemos a la vida simple, un café no necesita tanto título, ni ser importado de Singapur procesado por las enzimas de un mono, ni caro cuando es bueno, local (¡apoya lo nacional!) y más que llegarte al estómago te llega al corazón.

Café Durán me dió la oportunidad de participar en un taller de preparación de recetas con su café. Me pareció una oportunidad genial, ya que hace varios años dejé de ser el estereotipo de persona creativa que no puede vivir sin café. Mas bien, si me metía mas, no iba a vivir lo suficiente. Entonces me convertí una cafetera ocasional y mis favoritos son los cafés fríos. Como buena sibarita, emprendí una nueva aventura culinaria y lo documenté.

Si les gustó el video, abajo les dejo fotos y comentarios sobre mi experiencia completa.

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Porque la vida es como es y el universo conspira, ya hace un tiempo Ed y yo trabajamos juntos. Y esto tiene sus ventajas, como no tener que rompernos la cabeza ni esperar a que se alineen los planetas para planear las salidas.

Somos unos nerdos y por lo general vamos directo a casa a jugar Nintendo o ver alguna serie. Pero conseguí una oferta de tokens en línea  de un arcade nuevo en un mall de la localidad llamado Johnny & Reds, así que decidimos ir a desestresarnos post faena. Quería grabar EL video, pero me quedé sin espacio en mi cámara, así que dejo por aquí unas fotos y un video cortito.

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My parents were part of the The Lions Club and wanted me to follow their footsteps, but I never did. I saw how they helped gather stuff for people in need, but oddly, I didn’t feel identified with the cause, maybe because I felt these organizations only benefited the rich and were more of a social status label, for the most part.

I think it was a couple of years ago when a friend contacted me for a volunteer job. At the time, I didn’t have much time off to go on activities, so I offered my graphic design skills. Then I got to know a little bit more about the Make a Wish Foundation.

You may wonder… what’s that?

Founded in Phoenix, Arizona in 1980, when a group of caring volunteers helped a young boy fulfill his dream of becoming a police officer, Make-A-Wish is one of the world’s leading children’s charities.

After the start of Make-A-Wish in the United States, interest in granting the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions quickly spread to other nations. In 1993, Make-A-Wish International was officially formed to serve the five countries outside the U.S. – and now helps to serve children outside the United States in nearly 50 countries on five continents through its 39 affiliates. Make-A-Wish America grants the wishes of children in the United States through its 61 chapters. With the help of generous donors and over 32,000 volunteers, Make-A-Wish has collectively granted approximately more than 350,000 wishes worldwide since 1980. (source)

Late last year I even granted a wish, along with my coworkers. We held a bake sale and sold ice cream sandwiches to fund it. Little by little we gathered the money and it felt so good. Something as simple as a new bike can make a kid’s day, or his entire year. If you have the chance, resources, skills or just want to bring a smile to a kid, and yourself, do it.

So, two weekends ago I had the honor to volunteer again, this time it was not design related (yay!), so I got up early on a Sunday morning (I know, the horror) and drove my way into the venue for Wish Day.

April 29th is World Wish Day®, the anniversary of the wish that inspired the founding of Make-A-Wish® in 1980 and a worldwide day of gratitude to thank our donors, volunteers, medical professionals, sponsors, wish kids and families.


Wish Day was basically a party/fun fair for the kids, their healthier siblings and their parents. I was in charge of the “Duck Pond” and gave away prizes for the children. I may and may have not cheated a bit and helped them out so everyone got something…and maybe I did give away extra prizes to some kids… but It was a day for them go to all out. There was all kinds of games and things to do. I couldn’t even take many pictures, those kids kept me busy. Not surprised though, they had free popcorn, cotton candy, raspao'(Panamanian shaved ice), popsicles, burgers, hot dogs… and a freaking CANDY BAR. There was a candy bar, okay?! Even I walked out with my Jolly Rancher stash. My precious.

Most importantly, the children had fun and once more, taught everyone in the room how appreciative we should all be of the little things in life, like fishing a rubber duck off a kiddie pool and it being the biggest achievement ever. Those little people have probably been through hell and they are still fighting through it all with a smile.

If you’re interested in taking part as a volunteer for Make a Wish, you can contact them directly by clicking here or through me. There are many ways to do it and it doesn’t take much, but gives you back a whole lot.

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