Mexico "Way"

My stupid blurbs about anything and addition to the ups and downs of living in Cancun, Mexico.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Moving Day!

Ladies and gentlemen, I have finally created my new blog. To continue to read my BS, please click on the following link:

See you there!

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Sunday, September 07, 2008

Perfectly Profeco

Last night my friend was driving me home after a night of UFC and salsa dancing (I know...they totally go together). I looked at him and noticed that his eye brows seemed more groomed than normal.

I turned to him and said, "How come your eye brows are so perfecto? You know, perfecto, not PROFECO? HA HA HA HA HA!". I busted out in giggles thinking about how I had just made a really good funny.

Except he wasn't laughing at all. He looked at me with a straight face and said, it's not funny I don't get it.

So I said, oh well in Mexico if you have problems with a store of some sort, you can go to PROFECO and they'll help you out. Get it? Perfecto...profeco....they sound the same...ha ha ha?

He says, "Yeah, um it's still not funny".

I said, "Oh" and sat there, silently confused. Not understanding why my play on words wasn't funny to him. Even though he is from Nicaragua and speaks Spanish, there are just some things that not everyone is going to ever get. But that's cool. I can dig it. It's like a secret society of expats that all make jokes about the same things and all know what each other are talking about.

So, I turned to him and said, "So seriously, why are the eye brows so profecto?"......

.....and then.......... he busts out laughing.

Perhaps I've converted him to a Spanglish speaking Mexpat?


He never did answer the freakin question. Must be a closet eye brow waxer....

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Fighting Road Kill

My mom and I headed across the boarder into the US of A (los EEUU) to do a little bit of shopping today.

We saw two road kill.

Neither were cats, dogs, horses or cows. Yes, I have seen all four in Cancun and surrounding areas. Lying there......gone. Road kill down there also consists of animals like oposums, crabs, lizards and giant locusts (as big as small birds) stuck to the windshield. It is a daily occurrence and unfortunately, most of the road kill is cat/dog related. That is simply because the unwanted pet population down there is unfathomably high. Too many kits and pups, wandering around, looking for food and a half-comfy place to sleep. The worst is that there isn't exactly someone you can call to remove the carcass. :( Poor babies.

While I was sad to see the two squished raccoons (they are the cutest things EVER) today.....I was relieved that neither were cats or dogs and certainly not horses (I can't get that disturbing image out of my head). They were wild animals that didn't know any better, just going about their natural business. They know how to find food on there own, and build a comfy house, they just haven't learned how to cross the street.

In the time I've been back in B.C., I've seen a bird or two on the side of the road, and a squirrel, and most recently the raccoons. Although it is sad to see that they lost their lives to speeding cars, it's nice to know, that it's not someone's pet, and that they probably had a full life before running straight into heaven.

Please think of the poor pups and kits in both Cancun & Playa del Carmen and either donate a little bit of time while you are on vacation there....or a little dinero that will go a long long way in helping these animals find homes. Please see links below. Kits and pups need homes, and when they have homes, they will most likely stay there, safe, where they belong.

There is no "SPCA" in Cancun or playa. These ARE the SPCA's of the area, run by people who care and want to help. Unfortuantely, there is no government assistance and in general, cats and dogs are low on the totem pole in terms of importance, so these shelters rely on the goodness of you folks.
Before I go, I just wanted to say that I'm sorry if this post seemed "harsh". But the truth is, it's reality, and it happens. The above 2 shelters are in desperate need of funds to help get these animals off the streets and into homes. So please, give a little and save them...... literally.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Touristing Vancouver

Oh how lucky I am to have been visited by two Cancun amigas last week! Lucky me, Joyce and her friend Marsha visited for about 4 days. Unfortunately, Deana, was only here for about a day or so but it was nice just the same.

I wanted to show JJ and Marsha how great Vancouver is and lucky me, they wanted to see the things I wanted to show them anyways!

The first afternoon they arrived they visited my departamento for a bit and had some local coolers (YUM). We started to get hungry so we went for sushi and headed to meet up with my bro and his woman. We met an interesting character who layed down on the floor and humped a chair, and showed us his hairy ass. You could say it was a bit of a gong show and it was. We were later joined by my amigo Edwin and his friend Daudy. Drinks and fun were had by all and the next day the tour was to begin at Granville Island!

Here is Diablo....Queen of the new pad:

I wanted to make sure my guests had some Candian junk food. They of course went home with the Dill chips. They are the bomb. *Sings THE BOMB*

Off to Granville mercado we go. It was a rainy day which kinda sucked but the coloUrs of the Island (it's not really an island fyi) are so vibrant we barely noticed.

I could go on and on and on about what we did and what we saw but you know.....reading is hard work. So check the pics out!

On first entry to the market:



Mini-grapes and giant grapes:

Princess cake. Not cheap. Princesses are not cheap. Thus the high price. (Shitty tag tho, get a new one.):

Did someone say they like CHEESE!?:

Use your imagination:

LEMONS. A rarety in Mexico:

"Me and Jenny goes together like peas and carrots." ~Forest Gump

Here fishy fishy:

For you kristin:

FlavoUred Honey:

And you thought YOU could pile some cherries. Yeah....sure:

Italian Deli yumminess:

You'd think this picture was taken in Nova Scotia or something:

Pull my strings:

Shop here if you would like to become a ventriloquist:

Joyce and her amiga Marsha said that they wanted to eat at the greatest Indian restaurant in the world, Vij's. Apparently it was in the New York Times and Anthony Bourdain boasted about it. I knew nothing of the sort but wanted to make them happy. So we figured we'd try and locate the place to get a vibe off it. Was it fancy? or Casual? What was the dealio. After finding the place, and a parking spot to die for, we decided to wait outside with the others until it opened. Good thing we stayed when we did because the line-up went down the frickin block!

Here is a portion of the deliciousness:

Thank god we stayed. The food was to DIE for. Really. It was that good. This was some seriously real Indian food and we stuffed our bellies. Don't ask me about the decor because I wasn't a fan but I think the point is THE FOOD. So if you're ever in town, go early and wait for your table. It is worth it. No reservations. Just show up.

The next day we headed to Stanley Park and Queen Elizabeth Park. Another MUST if you are a tourist in Vancouver. Thank god it was a nice day.

Here we are in front of the Vancouver Aquarium:

Bee on purdy flower:

Pond and natural beauty:

Monument to the fallen:

A tribute to the lumbermen of British Columbia. Lumberman's Arch:

Joyce looking all cute in the arch:

These leaves are bigger than two feet wide and I had to take a pic. In retrospect, I should have had someone stand there to show the size:

As a memorial, you can buy a plaque on a bench in the park and dedicate it to those loved ones who have passed:

First Nations Totem poles:

Views from Prospect Point:

North Vancouver:

Lion's Gate Bridge:


Throwin out my signs:

Fountains and the Bloedel Floral Conservatory in the background. When Joyce asked, "What's that!?", I said, "It's Cancun!". We went inside and she said "Ohhhh now I get it!". You see, it's all hot and muggy and jungly in there.

These are the famous Lions Heads of the Vancouver skyline:

Another view of downtown Vancouver and the mountains in the background:

Queen Elizabeth Park:

Make a wish, throw a peso:
Another view:

These caught my eye:

More to see at Queen Elizabeth Park:

Check out the face in the tree. Pretty cool huh!?

When Deana came we just hung out in my apartment and did as much shopping as we could so that she could get some treats for the trip back to Cancun. We all met up for a nice Dinner at Cactus Club Cafe (love the yam fries) and called it a night.

Everyone left the next day, and I was glad they all came to visitarme. :) Thanks guys!
Hope you liked the pics. If I had maybe two more days it would have beena more complete tour, but I think you get the idea. It's pretty cool up North (pun intended). HA!