Monthly Archives: November 2015

I remember when Halloween was the scariest night of the year. Now, it’s Election night.

Message for U.S. Citizens: FRENADESO and SUNTRACS Protests

Here is the latest ACS message.

FRENADESO and SUNTRACS announced protests from Porras Park to the National Assembly today (November 24, 2015). Expect major traffic disruptions throughout the city.

For up-to-date information on security, Americans traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department’s Internet web site at Further information on safety and security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

U.S. citizens who travel to or reside in Panama are encouraged to enroll in the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). By enrolling, you make it easier for the U.S. Embassy to contact you in case of an emergency.

Setting Records

It seems that I am gaining a new talent. I have been banned from the second Chiriqui forum. First by Boquete Ning and now by Chiriquí Life.

I had respectfully requested that my membership and profile be removed.from Chiriquí Life twice. I first requested by Chiriqui Life messenger and once by email.

This was my third request.

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I see that part of my request was granted, however is a manner that was not requested and that I find offensive. The profile was not removed but instead, I was banned from visiting the site.

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I better be careful or I will find out that I have banned myself from Chiriquí Chatter.

Message for U.S. Citizens: Outreach Trip to David, Chiriqui — December 9, 2015

Following is the latest ACS message.

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 9, 2015 to provide consular services to U.S. citizens.

We will be at the Hotel Ciudad de David in David, Chiriqui from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 9, 2015. 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 legible 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:

– 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

A representative from our Regional Security Office will be on hand to answer security questions.

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

My dream woman was a special combination of inner and outer beauty and, most importantly, too naive to know she was way out of my league. Lilliam was my dream come true.

MC Update November 22

The previous week was an interesting week. It had ended on all it of a down bringing us to this week.

This week there was no progress to speak of.

Yesterday, they scheduled an endoscopy do take a look at how things were going inside. Deborah spoke to the doctor last night and he said that things looked good, no scaring and there was still some inflammation, which he said was the reason for the slowness of moving to solid food.

When we went today, Marion was in good spirits. I think the endoscopy results has eased her mind. She is beginning to eat, so keep your fingers crossed. We want to see continued progress this week.

Appropriately, this is Thanksgiving week.