Posted by: pennyinparadise | June 14, 2016

Time Marches On!!

It’s amazing how fast 2016 is going by….here we are at the mid-point of the year.   Lots is happening down here in Panama….

PANAMA HAPPENINGS:

COPA Airlines continues to expand, as Central and South America’s biggest carrier and Panama City is their “Hub Of The Americas”.   Here’s the new expansion project going on at Tocumen International Airport, the largest and most modern in all of Central and South America.

New terminal at Tocumen

New terminal at Tocumen

The expansion of the Panama Canal, has been in construction for the last 10 years (exactly the same amount of time it took for the US to build the original canal in 1904-1914.  One hundred years later, the wider canal (which recycles a great deal of the water that is just flushed out to sea with every transit….millions of gallons for each ship) will transit the first PostPanaMax freighter on June 26, 2016.   The new Canal has unleashed a huge building boom at ports along the Gulf and US East Coast, to expand their port facilities to handle the PanaMax size freighters.

The new locks are situated near the original ones

The new locks are situated near the original ones

Giant rolling gates open the locks to level the water under the ships

Giant rolling gates open the locks to level the water under the ships

Recycle bays next to new Canal lane

Recycle bays recycle some of the 56 million gallons that dump into the oceans for each ship that transits.  That water comes down into Lake Gatun from the mountains where we live.

Panama City is becoming more beautiful every day….check out photos posted by Tom Brymer of Panama Advisory International.

Panama City Skyline

Panama City Skyline

Skyline at Night

Panama City at Night

Another Perspective of Panama City Skyline

Another Perspective of Panama City Skyline

GOLF IN CHIRIQUI:

We have a fantastic golf course development in Boquete, called Lucero.   They have built these tree houses overlooking the jungle, with views of the Pacific, which can be rented by the night.

Friend Kate and I play at Lucero

Friend Kate and I play at Lucero

Treehouses at Lucero, perched above the third tee

Treehouses at Lucero, perched above the third tee

The 14th Hole at Lucero

The 14th Hole at Lucero

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jim won the Valle Escondido Club Championship AGAIN….he’s the only person to have won 2 consecutive years in a row.  He awarded a bottle of Panamonte Rum to another player.

Jim with his foursome in the Club Championship

Jim with his foursome in the Club Championship

Another player won a bottle of Panamonte Reserva Preciosa Rum

Another player won a bottle of Panamonte Reserva Preciosa Rum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last time I showed you the BIG DIG in the back yard….now he’s installing a big drainage system of steel and concrete to ward off the rainy season erosion, and has laid hundreds of square meters of sod, with much more to go.

Upper tee box

Upper tee box

Cement, Steel & Manpower

Cement, Steel & Manpower

Sod by the hundreds of square meters

Sod by the hundreds of square meters

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Drainage project

Drainage project

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We decided to have a huge party one day with Jim conducting a Shoot Out….prize?  You guessed it….a bottle of Panama Red Rum.  Everyone wants it to become an annual event.

Jim scoring the Shoot Out

Jim scoring the Shoot Out

Looking up at the house from the tee box

Looking up at the house from the tee box

The Gallery

The Gallery

Golf6

Tee to Green

Tee to Green

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ISLAND FUN:

We recently visited the Pacific Coast with some friends, and stayed at the Bocas del Mar resort.   One day we hired a boat to take us to some of the island beaches off the coast, in the national marine park in the Gulf of Chiriqui.

Smiling Faces..Going Places

Smiling Faces..Going Places

View from our room at Bocas del Mar

View from our room at Bocas del Mar

Clear and beautiful water to swim in

Clear and beautiful water to swim in

 

Jimmy & Penny enjoy life in Panam

Jimmy & Penny enjoy life in Panama

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE LAST MOVE FOR MOM:

Mom had her 90th birthday in November, and she moved to be nearer my son Paul, who married last year and moved to Orlando.  Unfortunately, she suffered some black out spells which resulted in falls, and a 2 week stay in the hospital, where they implanted a PaceMaker.   Since then, her mental and physical states have declined significantly, and she now has 7 days a week visits from a caregiver.   This is difficult for us both, since I am down here.   So…I decided to buy a townhouse in Valle Escondido for her to live in.  It has an apartment downstairs, which will house a live-in caregiver.  It is just 20 minutes from our house, and my cousin Joy lives right next door.  We’ll be doing some renovations, adding a kitchen downstairs, and painting everything to make it light and bright for mom.  I’ve started buying furniture and stuff, and I’ll fly to the US in late July to bring her back down here to live.   Just the thought of it has really made mom perk up, and improved her outlook.   After all, I’m her only kid and she needs to be near me in her last days.  Here are some photos of the townhouse now….renovations to come.

View from the upstairs terrace

View from the upstairs terrace

Looking down from the upstairs loft

Looking down from the upstairs loft

Downstairs living room

Downstairs living room

Master Bedroom

Master Bedroom

Upstairs loft

Upstairs loft

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And, of course, her life will be enhanced by frequent visits from our Girls….Tessa & Becky.

Tessa & Becky are our GIRLS

Tessa & Becky are our GIRLS

So…stay tuned for more updates on this big change in both our lives….both mom’s and mine.   I can only hope it improves her life living here near us and the girls.

 


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