Yesterday, October 1st, we moved to the place we rented before our house at Las Olas project is built. It's basically two apartments, that we converted into a single house. It's been completely renovated (they are still working on it as we speak), and pretty well located. We have a nice view of the Rio Chone and we are walking distance from everything.
We hope it will be quieter than at the other place... The first night was ok, but it was still a little noisy. The main issue is the fact that the windows are SO CHEAP!! I've been discussing that with David Maksymuik of Las Olas who showed me the high-quality PVC windows they will be using at Las Olas. That's the kind of windows we are used to in North America, so it makes me laugh when people here are saying it doesn't exist in Ecuador. It exists if you are willing to pay for it!
Taking about Las Olas Ecuador, the construction is progressing well. They recently started to build the retaining wall between the first and second row of golf course homes in the Vista al Mar community and pouring concrete. I haven't been to the property this week, but I saw some pictures and spoke with new owners who went to visit. Trenches to put the underground utilities are also in the making and they are preparing the ground in order to pour the first foundation. I'll keep you updated with that in the next weeks.
We are also preparing a visit, so the kids can experiment the shorter tee box distances at Ceibo Valley golf club at Las Olas. We were thinking of doing that this Sunday, but since we still have a lot of things to do at our new place, we might delay that by a week or two. Anyway, I will take photos and videos and share these moments with you. I think it will be pretty cool. If all was well designed, my kids should be approaching the green with a similar club as I will do. Isn't great? I always found it weird that they can't score a par because the hole is simply too long for them to be reachable in regulation. The design of Ceibo Valley should allow them to have much more fun playing golf!
From what I've heard, holes #13 and #17 are nearly in final shape condition. The construction crew will soon be jumping to holes #12 and #18. Once that is done, they will only have holes #10 and #11 to do before completing the back nine.
Irrigation system and seeds are on their way and the final work should start on holes 14, 15 and 16 during the month of November. Of course, we cross our fingers that El Nino won't show up...
Back to our new apartment, we bought a desk chair that required a screwdriver to be assembled. As you can imagine, we left all tools in Mauritius, so I went to the hardware store and bought this nice basic tool box
I was pretty happy with my finding, but as I started to unwrap the packaging, I realized that it's impossible to remove the plastic cover... without a screwdriver!! ;)
Anyway, I managed to grab the screwdriver and the right Phillips bit to deliver my new tools from the package. We now have a nice new desk chair and another story to tell to our friends.