sometimes paradise is perfect…

akumal beach

The is a view from Akumal Beach at night. What else is there to say.??!! It’s gorgeous πŸ™‚

My lovely friend P., the photographer, took this beautiful shot πŸ˜€

Have a great weekend everyone.! I’m sure we all deserve it.!!

feliz cumple.!!

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It was my birthday the other day.!! Yay me πŸ˜€ Birthdays are funny. Some years you welcome them, some years you want to hide from them, and some years you meet them in full party mode.! This year, my birthday was pretty tranquil. My father is in the hospital still, so not much partying going on there. I missed the birthday lunch I have with him. Hell I missed him saying happy birthday to me too. He still has limited vocal capacity. And yes I know, he wishes me happy birthday from his heart…low key. See what I mean.?

Also, many of my good friends are out of town, so I have to wait to see them in order to celebrate. My birthday buddy will be in town for the 4th of July so we’re holding off on our regular birthday bash until then. But I have to say the amount of emails, texts, calls, and Facebook messages was astronomical. Even fellow bloggers wished me “a happy birthday”. I definitely felt special. And of course, I went out with several friends for a round of birthday lunches and dinners. Maybe a few cocktails too πŸ™‚

But all in all, very low key. Next year’s birthday is a huge milestone; therefore, I’ve decided to have a big birthday blowout.! Yes, I know from one extreme to the other. jajajaja… I think I might actually go to Croatia.! I’m thinking about it. And you know what they say, you go where your eyes go.! See you tomorrow for another beautiful photo of Playa del Carmen.!

Canadian Club steps up for Father’s Day…

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Feliz lunes.!! Happy Monday.!! I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend with their special father whether it was your dad, grandpa, spouse, or significant other.!! My dad is still not home, so I visited him at the rehab hospital. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to eat our favorite weekend lunch of chicken wings and pizza, but spending time with him was still special. My dad still can’t talk full sentences as his throat is healing from the respirator. He has managed to say my name and a few other words, but that’s it. I miss talking to him 😦

Every year on Father’s Day when I wish him “Happy Father’s Day”. He always says, “Thank YOU for making me a father.!” I’m the oldest πŸ™‚ I definitely missed him saying that to me this year. Tomorrow is also my birthday and I’m not sure he will be able to wish me happy birthday either. But I remind myself, he is still around and he is getting stronger and better every day.! And next year this time, I will get to hear his voice saying my favorite words πŸ™‚

Corona is taking a break this week, so that we can honor my dad with a Canadian Club commercial. My dad was a huge rebel, macho man, and a breaker of the rules, so this commercial seems very timely. I’m sure if he was around during Prohibition, he would have been smuggling whiskey himself.! He was known to make moonshine back in the day.! I tried it once and almost died.!! jajaja… I hope everyone enjoys their week. See you in a few days for more of Mexico.! Until then, enjoy.! Y salud.!!

sometimes paradise is purple…

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Beautiful picture of the beach in Playa πŸ™‚

Also…Happy Father’s Day.!! Feliz DΓ­a del Padre.!! I’m going to go hang out with my dad now – I will tell you all about it tomorrow.!!

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find your beach take 14

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Feliz martes a todos.!! Happy Tuesday everyone.!! It’s been a crazy week.! Really it’s just been a crazy year.!! But it was a good one nonetheless πŸ™‚

How do you know when circumstances have gone from horrible to way better.? You visit your dad in the hospital and he swings one leg over the bed, grabs your arm, and says, “RuΕΎa, idemo (Rose, let’s go)“. I was relieved and amused.! Welcome back dad.!! I have sorely missed you… Unfortunately, he still has a lot of healing to do before he can go home. But so much better than those early dark days of May.

I’ve been under so much stress that I’ve been fantasizing about the beach again.! Didn’t I just go.!?! jajaja… This week’s Corona commercial is awesome. It’s just a guy, a girl, the beach, and some beer. What more could you ask for.? Ok…don’t answer that. Lol.. I’ve got a few things I could still ask for.!! Enjoy.! Y salud.!!

sometimes paradise bites…

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I promised when I first started this blog that I would talk about the good, the bad, and the ugly of living in Mexico. Most of the time, I forget to talk about the ugly because I’m usually a positive person and I like to leave bad memories, bad incidents, and bad people in the past. But recently one of my friends who still lives in Mexico posted the above statistics on minimum wage.

While, one of the reasons I left Mexico was to be closer to my family especially my father. He is getting on in years and has been sick before. And as recent events have shown with my dad, I’m really glad I was close by during his most recent illness.

But I also left Mexico because I couldn’t make enough money. For a foreigner, I had a decent salary. I made about $1,000 USD plus tips. But I didn’t make enough to save. After paying the rent, groceries, utilities, transportation to work…sometimes I made enough to buy shoes or a purse for work use. But that’s about it. I never made enough to save. And that’s important because emergencies happen or you need a plane ticket to go home πŸ™‚

It makes me sad to see that many residents of Mexico still do not not make enough to enjoy a secure living. Of course, there are people in Mexico who make good money. But so many more, especially in the service industry do not. And that includes police officers as well. According to Huffington Report – “a report by the government’s National Public Safety System says the average wage for state police in Mexico is 9,250 pesos, which is equal to about $670 per month or about $8,000 annually.” (Sep 25, 2011)

I doubt wages have gone up much since 2011. Anyways, there you have it. I know money can’t buy happiness.! Don’t I know it.! But I also know money erases a lot of stress, helps pay doctor’s bills, helps you buy fresh food, and gives you peace of mind. Here’s wishing for peace of mind for everyone πŸ™‚ And back to ‘the good’ posts with Corona in the next blog post.!

sometimes it doesn’t rain in paradise…


And you get beautiful snapshots of the beach like this one.! Not that the photo of the storm from last week was shabby. My friend P., the lovely photographer, took this amazing image.! Don’t you just want to sink your toes into that warm sand and cool water.?? I know I do πŸ™‚

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Feliz miercoles.!! Happy Wednesday.!! I hope your week is going amazingly well.! I’m happier today because my father finally left ICU and was transferred to a rehab hospital. I know it’s still a long road ahead, but I feel like good progress has been made πŸ™‚ While my dad is finally alert, it’s still a few weeks away before he will able to talk to us. I can’t tell you how much I am looking forward to that day.!! I miss his voice and all the cute nicknames he calls me ❀

I'm also in a good mood because it's finally a beautiful sunny day in Chicago. You know the kind of day that makes you want to take a walk outside, eat some ice cream, or sit outside and people watch. It's been a long time since we've had a Corona commercial. But I think today is the day and this particular advert is fitting. So sit back, kick off your shoes and relax…. Enjoy.! Y salud.!!