Monthly Archives: November 2014

New Pakya Miami Address

I went by Multiservicios Internacionales De Chiriquí this morning to get my mail delivery from Florida. I was surprised to find that my Florida address would be changing on February 15.

I moved to Multiservicios due to poor service by my prior Florida mail forwarding company and the move required changing a large number of addresses with companies in the U.S..

My service with Multiservicios Internacionales De Chiriquí/Pakya has been satisfactory. I really don’t care for any mail forwarding companies, but they are a necessary evil if you are a U.S. citizen living in Panama and want U.S. credit cards sent to you. Many U.S. credit card companied won’t issue cards to a foreign address and it would most likely get lost in the Panama Post Office anyway.

I asked if the address could be changed prior to February 15th and was told “no”. What a bummer!

Luckily, I now have my address for the IRS and for U.S. Social Security listed at the David post office to satisfy the POL requirement by the Social Security.

Still I will have many addresses that must be changed. This is just another of the types of annoyances that come with the good weather that keeps me here. Oh, well. Nothing is perfect, some things less so than others.


Happy Thanksgiving to all Chiriquí Chatter Followers

Today is Lilliam’s day for the maid to come, so that prevents any outing for a Thanksgiving feast. For just us few it is not worth the hassle to buy turkey and make the fixings so it will be Panamanian tipica for lunch.

I do plan on watching football today. There are just some things you can’t give up. Go Cowboys!

I hope all of my family in the U.S. are enjoying this holiday and want you to know that you are all on my mind today.

I have said it before that I no longer need a day to give thanks. I am thankful everyday when I get up healthy and can take Koki out to pee. In fact I am happy that I am to be able to pee easily also.

When you see others at my age struggling to just get by or unable to get out of bed, it helps you to focus on what the important things are in life.

Health ranks much higher than money. I have had more, but I have not been happier than I am now.

I find it funny that they even celebrate Black Friday in Panama. Malls will be busy from now until the end of the year. Black Friday is much less in the U.S. than it used to be. The internet has changed all of that.

Looking at the news of the weather in the NE of the U.S. is another reason for me to be thankful. I may even take a dip in the pool as another reminder of how lucky I am.

Lilliam and I wish all Chiriquí Chatter followers a wonderful day.

If there’s a better way of showing thanks than eating a large bird followed by pie, I’d like to see it.

U.S. Embassy Outreach in David – December 10th

Here is the information on the December U.S. Embassy Outreach in David. You will already have received this message if you are registered on STEP.

The American Citizen Services (ACS) Unit at the U.S. Embassy in Panama would like to inform U.S. citizens in Western Panama that we will be visiting David, Chiriqui on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 to provide consular services to U.S. citizens.

We will be at the Ciudad de David Hotel in David, Chiriqui from 9:00a.m. to 3:00p.m. on Wednesday, December 10, 2014. We will offer the following services:

– Applications for U.S. passports (these services will be processed in Panama)
– Passport Renewal (adults and minors)
– Adding Pages to Passports (requires surrendering passport)
– Lost or Stolen Passports
– Notarizations
– Abandonment of Lawful Permanent Resident Status (please bring from I-407 and Permanent Resident Card)
– Voting Registration (Please print and complete the form at:

1. Please bring photocopies of all documents to be submitted.
2. Please bring the exact cash amount to pay for the service.
3. Please bring completed forms. Please access the following link for information on fees, and forms you need to download, complete and bring:

A representative from the Federal Benefits Unit (FBU) will be offering the following services:
– Complete proof of life forms (copy of current passport or cedula will be required)
– Medicare enrollment/cancellation (copy of current passport or cedula will be required)
– Application for SS replacement cards (copy of current US Passport)
– Application for new SS card for children under age 12 (copy of US Passport for one of the parents, the child’s copia integra and passport)
– Change of address/residence (copy of current passport or cedula will be required)
– General inquiries

In addition, a representative from the Embassy’s security office will be providing a Presentation on Personal Security Practices on Thursday, December 11, 2014 from 9:00am-10:00am in the Ciudad de David Hotel in David, Chiriqui. This event will be open to the public and all interested U.S. citizens are encouraged to attend.

Please note: No visa services will be provided. Services will be provided on first come – first serve basis.

Thank you for your assistance. We look forward to seeing you.


American Citizen Services
U.S. Embassy Panama

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