Monthly Archives: January 2017

Customer Service: How does the name appear on your credit card?
Me: If i had to guess, I’d say it’s 11 pt. Arial bold.

Another Living in Panama Guest Post

The author, of the following guest post, sent me a copy and said I could post it if I wanted. She had previously posted it on the Chiriquí Life forum.

If you are thinking about moving to Panama, it is always good to hear some straight talk from someone that isn’t profit motivated. By that I mean, selling property, in a tourism business giving lecturers, or in some business related to tourism.

There is a lot to like about Panama, but if you come here naive, you are going to get taken or worse maybe lose something more valuable than money.

The author also penned another experience related to healthcare on this blog.

The guest post follows and I will add a few more thoughts after the post. Continue reading Another Living in Panama Guest Post

We live in an age where mentioning you read a book seems a little bit like you’re showing off.

I have hope for the future, but I may build a bomb shelter anyway.

Going for a walk because I want to stay healthy. Taking along a box of M&M’s because let’s be honest here.

I’ve pre-planned my funeral to include a 32 minute montage of the times I’ve accidentally waved hello to someone waving to someone behind me

Here is the latest ACS message. My original post on POL is HERE.

U.S. Embassy in Panama

Consular Section: Federal Benefits Unit

Routine Message for U.S. Citizens

January 26, 2017

As part of the Foreign Enforcement Program, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has recently informed us that there are still over 200 Social Security benefits recipients residing in Panama who have not returned their “Report to the US Social Security Administration” form, which serves as their “Proof of Life.”  Please note that the Social Security Administration suspended those benefits for the payment dated February 3, 2017.


In May/June of each year these forms are sent to the mailing address recipients have on record with the SSA.   A second request is mailed in October.


If you are receiving benefits from the SSA and meet any of the conditions below, you were required to comply with this requirement in 2016:


vBeneficiary with a representative payee or

vBeneficiary aged 90 and over or

vThe terminal digits of your SSN ends in 00 – 49


If any of those requirements applies to you and you have not returned your proof of life form to the Social Security Administration or to the Federal Benefits Unit and you wish to obtain a blank form, please send an e-mail to   We will forward the form and instructions to you to have your benefits reinstated.

I learned from my father.
Dad [leaving for work when I was 9] You’re the man of the house while I’m gone.
Me: What do I do?
Dad: Whatever mom tells you

If there’s a hardship greater than putting cheese on a cracker and having it break before it gets into your mouth I’ve not heard of it.