My Experience Acquiring Global Entry

June 22, 2016             When I fly, I never go through the body scanners. I am not convinced that they are safe. And more importantly, I want to exercise my right to choose. I choose the pat-down over the body scanner every time. Rather than feeling the pat-down is humiliating, I feel proud that I’m willing to experience the inconvenience of waiting to be patted down rather than just submit to whatever the government wants me to do because it’s more convenient. To me, it’s like making a choice between freedom and security. I like … Continue reading

My Bank Account In Australia was Closed!

June 2, 2016          When I returned back to the U.S. from my trip to Panama this spring, I had a check waiting for me from Australia. If you recall, I opened a bank account there when I was at Simon Black’s conference in Santiago, Chile back in 2013. The bank account was affiliated with a brokerage account I opened at a company called BBY. That account was opened at the same time, but I never used it. Last year, I received emails from the guy who opened these accounts for people at Simon’s conference. He said … Continue reading

Banking in Panama – Trials and Tribulations

May 11, 2016          I visit my bank, Banvivienda, every time I go to Panama, for one reason or another. This time, it was because I had forgotten to login to my bank accounts and transfer money between them often enough to keep them active. The accounts at Banvivienda are rendered inactive if you don’t have some activity in them within 6 months. Hence, it was a good time to stop by and get my accounts re-activated. And I wanted to deposit some cash I brought with me. The more money I get out of the U.S., … Continue reading

Protecting Possessions in Big Cities

April 28, 2016       One of the things I like about visiting Panama City is that I have a friend who lives there. She and I have been getting together for years…maybe since 2010. We always have a nice time catching up and she is into a lot of interesting things. She is an investor and has learned some valuable lessons about life in Latin America. She was robbed last December. She was walking home and was very near to her home when a guy on a motor-scooter drove by and grabbed onto her purse. She thought about … Continue reading

Doctors and Dentists in Panama – My Experiences

April 28, 2016        As long as I was going to be in Panama for a few days, I decided to visit a dermatologist. I had been to one in Panama in 2013 and had a very good experience. Therefore, I had no qualms about having this work done there. And I knew it would be a lot less expensive than having it done in the U.S. I set up an appointment a week before my visit. Once again, I’m pleased with the results. I had several (9) “spots” on my back cauterized and it only cost $150. There … Continue reading

A Mango Farm in Panama

April 13, 2016 I was in Panama two weeks ago. It was a quick trip. I was only there for 3 ½ days. The primary reason for my visit was to see a mango farm that was promoted by Live and Invest Overseas at the conference I attended last year in Medellin. The last piece of my international diversification plan, which I have not yet implemented, is to invest in real estate outside the U.S. I’ve been working and saving up money so that I could do this. Now I have enough saved for a modest real-estate purchase. What I … Continue reading