Happy New Year from Las Perlas Islands in Panama

Cave in Isla San Jose, Las Perlas Archipelago, Panama

(January 4, 2021) While sailing in Las Perlas (Pearl Islands) in Panama, we have been out of touch for weeks. We found no cellular phone connection. Most of the time, we were the sole human beings on the islands, total seclusion with only the sound of waves and birds. Watching stars and the moon, we celebrated Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve in a relaxed and very tranquil way. I was very happy to say goodbye to Year 2020 and welcome to year 2021. I silently sent my best wishes to our families and friends.

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Started Sailing in Las Perlas Islands in Panama

Sailing and Motoring to Isla Otoque, Panama

(December 21, 2020) Truth to be told for the last couple of months, I got addicted to political news on YouTube Videos. It was easy to do. Spending many hours watching videos made me feel bad. I don’t need to know the tips or cooking recipes suggested by an Artificial Intelligent Search Engine. My head ran in a cycle of happy and unhappy during the COVID Pandemic. As there is no choice, I have been learning “Waiting” for a better tomorrow, are vaccines a solution? Governments will let us know someday? In the meantime,

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Hiking in El Valle in the Central Panamanian Region

View of La India Dormida Mountain from Anton Valley, Panama

(October 12, 2020) We have been in Panama for far too many months. This is the longest time I personally have ever stayed in one place (other than in my home or on the boat visiting multiple countries.) As of today, Panama finally opened the international airport. Lockdown started on March 25, 2020, due to COVID-19. Freedom is great. I am finally able to breathe again; instead of choking on imprisonment, I feel the breath of fresh air and liberty.

Today, we went hiking at El Valle (La India Dormida Trail/Sleeping Indian Trail in Anton Valley).

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Making Bright Days during Coronavirus Dark Days

Open-Air Social-Distancing Yoga Practice with Other Cruisers: (from Left) Dennis from Holland, Melanie and Jan from Germany, Rita from Belgium, and Myself from Korea/USA on Helipad in Vista Mar Marina, San Carlos, Panama

Hosting Simplified Kimchi Making Class on the Boat; Ingredients are Napa Cabbage, Carrots, Garlic, Ginger, Onion, Red Pepper Flake, Salt, and Sugar.

Simply Yum! Kimchi Made on the Boat (from left Melanie, Betty, and Myself), Vista Mar Marina, San Carlos, Panama

Our Neighbor Jan’s (in the middle) Birthday Gathering, Vista Mar Marina, San Carlos, Panama

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Living for the Next 10 Years under Corona Virus Lockdown?

Reading the daily Corona Virus updates, I am wondering if this New Mask Wearing life will continue for a decade. Corona Virus Version 1 could be followed by Version 2, 3, or more… I hope not.

Three months ago, I naively assumed this Corona Virus lockdown would end in a month. Back then, I felt a hard-strike on my heart thinking about many impacts: (1) for me assuming possible financial insecurity, (2) for some people making zero income, and (3) for some business owners watching their sweat collapsing. I was sad not because of the Corona Virus but because of the collapse of many peoples financial security.

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Re-opening Plan in Panama

Mangoes and Coconut Found during the Walk, Vista Mar Marina, San Carlos, Panama

We have postponed our sailing to French Polynesia until next year.

The best time to sail from Panama to French Polynesia is from February to June. As of right now, many borders and airports are still closed. Our six-month visas will be running out in two-three months as well. Panama only allows foreigners to rent a car for the first 90 days of their stay in the country. We have been here for more than 90 days. So,

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COVID-19 Effect: No Sailing without Charts

Vista Mar Marina during Coronavirus Lockdown, San Carlos, Panama

(May 26, 2020): Panamanian lockdown Day #63. Coronavirus! Things were all going well until this pandemic lockdown was declared. Since March 25th, we have been under curfew in Panama. The only time we are allowed to go out is either for grocery or medication shopping and then only for a few hours on a certain day/time frame.

We stopped our future planning and sailing. I know that “Health is the most important thing.” However, life without freedom is not worth living for me. The longer we are under lockdown,

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Flu Shot Season: Ready for Panamanian Winter

During this Pandemic, I focused on improving my immune system. Vista Mar Marina and Golf Resort, San Carlos, Panama

Panama is located in the Northern Hemisphere. Strangely, Panamanians say that their winter starts in April and ends in November. At first, talking to local people, I thought we had a communication problem between English and Spanish. Later, I found out Panamanians get their flu vaccines (regular flu shots) in April for their Winter (April to November). There are two seasons in Panama: Summer (=Dry Season, from December to March) and Winter (=Wet Season). Normally in the Northern hemisphere,

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Waiting for Freedom of Movement in Panama

Waiting for a Beach Volleyball Game: New Basketball Purchased (No Volleyballs Available) just before the Coronavirus Lockdown. Coronado, Panama

Sailors and employees in the Vista Mar Marina (Panama) are healthy and safe. We are grateful for it. We have been following the Panamanian Movement Restrictions. It started with:

  1. Daily Curfew from 7 pm to 5 am.
  2. Which immediately changed to “Daily Curfew from 5 pm to 5 am”.
  3. Which went on to become only “2 Hours Movement per Person each Day” for grocery/pharmacy shopping.

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Living with 24 Hour Curfew in Panama

Practice as if my life is depended on it.

Meditation Practice, Vista Mar Marina, San Carlos, Panama
Melanie is from Germany on S/V Tore, She and her husband took two years of sabbatical from work in order to sail around the world. They need to go back to work by November but no one knows when we can sail again.

Before flying to Panama, living in Fort Lauderdale, I attended Tai Chi classes at the Broward Wellness Center (Broward General Hospital). I found it takes a long time to learn Tai Chi.

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