My Life In Panama

A Second Generation Immigrant’s Dream in Panama

Once Wee-Yiong Fung obtained his education in the US, he headed back to the land of opportunity, the place where his immigrant parents from China and Yugoslavia found hope: Panama.  Along with other visitors to the Best Places site who were treated to a video of a narrated car ride Wee-Yiong provided as part of his answer to the question “What's it like to drive in Volcan and Cerro Punta, Chiriqui Province?” Jet now takes us on another journey with Wee-Yiong, one that is marked...

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The New Coastal Strip of Panama,The Subway, and Raspao

Yesterday, Holy Saturday, Mary and I Mary looking through telescope at Coastal Strip in Panama at night – Best Places In The World To Retire – International Livingwent to the church to ask God for the peace of the world and ask for our union.  It was a very beautiful and emotional Mass of 3 hours with songs and candles.
Then, after Mass, we went to see the new coastal belt.  We have no words to describe our excitement at seeing Panama growing this most beautiful day.  The belt goes from the Old Town (Casco Viejo) to the Bridge of the Americas.  It has playgrounds, skating parks,...

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"Cinta Costera in Panamá" (Boulevard by the Bay)

What defines a modern world? Panama City Panama as Viewed from Cinta Costera 3 – Best Places In The World To Retire – International Living A modern country?
We can certainly say: their people. If the people of a country are not proud of what they have, nothing can be done properly.  And that is the reason of this story.
Panamá has one of the Eight Wonders of the World..... the PANAMA CANAL, as well as buildings and places that have been named as "Patrimony of the Humanity" because of  what they represent in history, like the "Casco Viejo", a place where old...

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New Metro (Subway) in Panamá

Public transportation in Panamá made Metro in Panama City Panama showing train and boarding area – Best Places In The World To Retire – International Livinghistory last April 5, 2014 with the inauguration of the first metro (subway) in Central América.
Above and  beyond all expectations, the construction of the modern metro was made in 38 months.  It has 20 trains of 3 wagons each, accommodating 600  people per train.
But the most amazing thing is that the President of Panamá, Mr. Ricardo Martinelli, a nice and simple fellow,...

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Anne of the Wild and Sea

Not many little girls who love animals grow up to be animal trainers in films, but as Jet Metier found out about Anne Gordon de Barrigón, that was one of her earlier steps to do what she really wanted to do: swim with dolphins and whales as a way of life.  And along the way she married a man from a native Panamanian tribe and opened a B & B on Contadora Island that offers studies for those interested in spiritually connecting with dolphins and whales.

This interview...

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The Beach, the (Holiday) Breaks, and the BBQ

Jet Metier has noticed there are three things you can do after reading a person’s reason for moving to Panama. You can 1) learn from them; 2) laugh with them; or 3) interview them to learn and laugh some more with them.
Giselle Otero lives in a world in which she hears operatic airs from humpback whales and smells the “life-giving bitterness” of the flowers that lent their essence to coffee beans.  In this interview, Giselle shares with...

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About Sloths In Panama

A couple months ago someone told us they saw a Sloth across the street in the woods. OK... Cool; I've  never seen one. Well, a week ago while walking our dogs we saw one hugging a tree about ten feet off the ground.
Yesterday (again walking the dogs) a man was standing still looking up into the trees and voila......if we looked hard and long we saw a Sloth all curled up on a fairly small branch at least 40 feet up.  The guy said he saw it at the same place...

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Racing Through The Panama Canal In A Dugout Canoe

Denque Fever On The Panama Canal – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingIt was literally with a splash (more on that below) that Jet Metier interviewed one of Best Places in the World to Retire’s earliest contributors, Renate Jope, about her life in Panama, intending to talk about one subject, and then finding herself veering headlong into another: Renate’s experience canoe racing through the Panama Canal. What follows is the instant message (IM) interview.
Jet Metier: Good morning Renate!  How was the race?Denque Fever On The Panama Canal With Other Boats – Best Places In The World To Retire – International Living


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PANAMA, the Country

Panamá, one the smallest countries in the American continent, with just  3.5 million inhabitants nationwide, is one of the greatest countries in terms of importance, history and tradition.
The only place on earth in which you can scuba dive on both Pacific and Atlantic ocean the same day without getting on a plane.  Great...ahh?   The only one that joins the world through one of the Eight Wonders of the World...the Panamá...

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Towers and Bells in Panamá

Since colonial times, Panamá has had a traditional cultural and historical trajectory.

The Torre de Panamá la Vieja (the Old Panama Tower) in San Francisco, Panamá is now a World Heritage site. The importance of this tower goes  back to the 16th century when the pirates burned down the city and a new tower was built in the quarter Panamanians now call  Casco Viejo.

Other examples of exceptional historical buildings are...

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