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Things that make you go…AWESOME!

A friend of mine recently posted on her Facebook status a link to someone else’s blog.  I don’t often have the time to click leisurely, but the title caught my eye.  ‘1000 Awesome Things’…  so I sat there and checked one million other status reports from other friends, and then I went back to it…hmmmm, 1000 Awesome things…  so I clicked it.

Apart from the title of the blog giving it away, the blog is about, funny enough, 1000 awesome things!  I read only 10 things and laughed, nodded, turned to my partner and discussed, smiled and even at one point yelled out “TOTALLY!”

Although I’m late to jump on this fast growing blog, it only recently got published as a book in April of 2010.  I totally recommend it to anyone who wants to remember what it’s like to laugh, cry, dream and explore.  The blog started back in June 2008 and it’s creator  Neil Pasricha has a smooth and easy to read style that makes you want to read all 1000 things.  The blog’s edge is the countdown from 1000 to 1.  It is currently at #495, so if you’d like to follow it along, simply click on the link provided below or on the right panel in our Blogroll.

I’m dying to get my hands on the book – a lot of people that know me well would be surprised at hearing me say that…  Pamela? Read? Really?!  I’m not a reader, I admit it.  I rarely want to read and have rarely picked up a book and read it from start to finish in my life. I’m more a magazine person.  Test me on Vogue, Harpers, Vanity or National Geographic. I’ve read them all.

But don’t get me wrong. I have read some books – when I was younger and had more time on my hands, I was all about reading…

First came my Anne Rice addiction :

Interview with the Vampire (1976)
The Vampire Lestat (1985)
The Queen of the Damned (1988)
The Tale of the Body Thief (1992)

Memnoch the Devil (1995)
The Vampire Armand (1998)

The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay changed my life.  Then the movie was so great that I decided I wanted to travel the world and see different worlds for myself.

The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant by Stephen Donaldson was another book that made me explore the world of fantasy fiction.  Now THAT book I could not put down and funny story, never got to finish because I left it behind when I moved from one home to another…I hear there are more books in the series now, so maybe it’s time I get reading again.

John Grisham’s The Pelican Brief also had me staying up late at night, my dad yelling out “Go to bed!”…that book made me want to be get into the legal world.

What books changed your life?  What books are STILL changing your life?  What are you reading now?  I love knowing what people are reading.  Even though I’m not currently reading anything, I love hearing people tell me what they are reading.  Their interphttps://i1.wp.com/www.cirkla.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/baby_laughing.jpgretations of someone else’s vision, story or life – it fascinates me!

Well, back to the 1000 awesome things, I would like to hear what you guys find awesome.  I find the laughter of a baby awesome, call it my getting clucky (oh oh, boyfriend watch out…) but nothing beats the purity of a babies laughter.

Alrighty folks, I really enjoy reading your comments and emails, as well as your Facebook messages and Testimonials on our site.  So keep them coming.  We have some pretty big news coming up soon, so stay tuned!

Over and out

Pamela




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Lela finally makes it to Chile

She made it!  Lela’s donation finally made it to Chile! 

Sister Gabriella Vergara Ríos was kind enough to send us a photo too.  In the picture, you see the head nun (centre), Sister Gabriella (holding the receipt from Western Union!) and a few of the students that were overjoyed to hear that a little pig from Mexico donated so much money.  In fact, we sent a total of  $336,582.39 CLP !!  On top of that, the girls and the Sisters wanted to express how very very grateful they are to EVERYONE who donated to Lela for the Chile cause – and religious or not – God bless you (in their words) 😉

Happy Chileans give thanks to Lela and your donations!

Western Union Receipt sent from Mazatlan

The money will go to helping repair the school which was badly damaged in the earthquake back in Feb (see past blog entry)

Again, we send a big big thank you to everyone and hope that Lela continues to help those around the world.

On another warming note – Mazatlan is heating up.  Our weather is slowly but surely getting warmer and warmer, with the humidity settling in just nicely.  For those planning on visiting soon, be sure to bring shorts, swimsuits and plenty of sunscreen, because Salsa and Salsa is about to get HOT HOT HOT!

Click the sun for Mazatlan weather!

Don’t forget to smile today 😉

Pamela


Imagine the Unimaginable!

Right, lets see, if it is unimaginable chances are I wont be able to wrap my mind around it. Why would I want to think about something unattainable, a feeling or thought  out of my restricted boundaries, perhaps setting myself up for potential failure or remorse,sadness or grief?

What is unimaginable anyway? Is it that our oceans are dying and filling with oil, global warming that will sooner or later destroy lakes and streams and cover inhabited islands. Is it unimaginable to think that we have lost half of the rain forest in the last 20 years or that in 40 years there wont be any fish left swimming? It is unimaginable to me that people still sleep in gutters by the road side and have no food or families or a hand to the nearest shelter. That floods destroy everything a person has worked for their entire life. That earthquakes can level off the lives of good people minding their own business.

Okay! Then what is equally unimaginable is that a ceramic piggy bank, named Lela, sits with her painted smile and red cross on a chefs table during a cooking tour on a speck of land in the middle of nowhere called Mazatlan, Mexico.
For an unimaginable moment in time, Lela answers prayers for Haitian victims, she re-builds schools in Chile,provides medicine and care, food and shelter for those who have lost everything in West Virginia and Nashville. This little unimaginable piggy sits and waits daily for those who reach deep,to help the less fortunate.
Because she exists help arrives!

A woman stopped me once while I laying food and water next to a sleeping bum. She said,”why bother?”  I continued with my service and wondered about that.  It would be unimaginable not to help him. We never know where people come from or how they end up the way they do. If we begin to exist like Lela, if we connect rather than disconnect then I am sure about one thing, doing the unimaginable for someone else we can truly begin to let us dream about the unimaginable for ourselves.
Lets take off the armor and gloves and begin to massage love and compassion back into the thread of society. Regardless how little we have, our little is an unimaginable treasure for someone else.

This little piggy went to the market…this little piggy…


Play Pacman on your Google homepage!

Ok, so if you’re a little bit of a nerd like me, you’ll be pleased to know that you can play Pacman on your Google homepage today!

By clicking the “Insert Coin” icon, (like the one in the diagram) it should start your game.  Simply aim to get all your pellets, eat as many of your enemy as possible and move onto the next level.  I haven’t been able to get ot second level, but I did only just begin!  Happy 30th Birthday Pacman!

My highest score so far is 3350…let me know if you beat it!  This brings back so many fun memories…hope you have fun!  It’s important to occasionally take a break and have a little fun!

Enjoy life,

Pamela


MSN.COM names Salsa and Salsa one of the world’s best tours!

It’s official – msn.com has named Salsa and Salsa one of the world’s top ten shore excursions! In an article that was published today, msn.com (well, Bing.com, an affiliate of msn.com) listed the world’s top 14 shore excursions, and Salsa and Salsa is number 3!

http://www.bing.com/travel/content/search?q=World%27s+Best+Shore+Excursions:+Mazatlan,+Mexico&FORM=RQTRAV
Named one of the best tours in the world

We’ve been pushing for the top ranking on Tripadvisor.com since Nov 2009, and only last week, reached #2, but with today’s announcement, we’re sure to secure our place on top (where we belong hahaha).

We’d like to thank all our guests, past, present and future, for their support and encouragement.  Being voted in the top ten is a humbling experience, but it makes us realize that we are a part of something much  bigger than just having a good time.  From our newsletter to our facebook page, we hear from guests who have salsa parties at home, to guests who never had cooked before the tour and now are enjoying the art of cooking with their partner, their children and other family and friends.

That’s what we aim for at Salsa and Salsa, we want you to leave us with not only the urge to cook when you get back home, but to experiment and try new things in the kitchen.

Well, just wanted to share the fantastic news with you all, keep on sending in your photos and comments – we love receiving them!

Good times!   Pamela


Old Fashioned Skills – who still has them?

We are slowly but surely, venturing into unknown territory when it comes to the world wide web.  Like most people, we too find it hard to keep up with all the new gadgets, social networking sites, uploading, downloading, stats, news, and everything online!

Salsa and Salsa on Facebook

Thankfully, I love it all!  I can’t get enough of Facebook – my personal page allows certain games (Bejeweled, Lexulous, Geo Challenge and a few others) and I dare anyone to try and beat my scores hahaha! Our facebook page for Salsa and Salsa tends to stick to just Salsa and Salsa, with photos, videos (well, one for now, but I encourage you guys to send us your videos of the tour, so we can post and share it with other Facebookers!) as well as lots of fun comments.

Review us on Tripadvisor

Tripadvisor is another forum which grabs a lot of my attention.  As most of you know, we have been trying hard to reach #1 on Tripadvisor and we are just about there…this week we reached #2, we were stuck on #4 for months!!  What a relief to jump from 4 to 3, then 3 to 2.

Now we’re knocking on #1’s door, ready to kick it down and take it off it’s hinges! hahaha.  It’s all about the reviews on that site, so if you haven’t reviewed us, go ahead and take a second to do so, it might just be the review that gets us to #1!

Our blog, of course, is always enjoyable to write and we love reading the comments from our readers.  The blog world is truly new to us both, and I myself (and I’m sure I can speak for Leonique) am amazed at how one person’s thoughts can reach another person who may just be on the other side of the world!  Awesome.

To Twitter or not to Twitter?

We have yet to venture into Twitterland…so many guests on the tour have said “NOOOO! Don’t do it!” – I’d like to hear from you guys – should we Twitter or should we not?!  What’s the biggest difference between Twitter and Facebook – aren’t they the same thing?  My understanding is that Twitter is simply just status updates.  No photos, no videos, no comments, just status reports… so if this is correct, what’s the point?  But I am willing to hear you Twitterers out (ok, I just made that name up, I wonder what the real term is), I am certainly opened to hearing from you and being swayed to the dark side…

How did you hear about us?

Cruise Critic is another forum which we have yet to join, although I know A LOT of cruisers frequent there.  Should we join Cruise Critic too?  How did you hear about us?

Sometimes I feel it’s all too much – all the technology – but truth is, where would we be without it?  I have yet to get an iPhone, although I had my eye on it months before its release, I am fighting the urge to just spring for it – I mean, who doesn’t need a gadget that can identify a song from simply holding the phone up in the air?  Or want to see if your table is wonky, hold the iPhone up and use the Spirit Level app that comes with the phone  (that one made me laugh!)  I was actually out with a friend at a restaurant when she pulled it out, checked the level of the table, and called the waiter over to let him know (I’m not joking, the funniest part of the story is the waiter just looked at her and said “ok, thanks?” hahaha)

With that in mind, I take a step back and think where would we be without all this technology?

Skype Me!

Skype helps me communicate with friends and family overseas, for free (if you haven’t heard of Skype, check it out – show your phone company that you have had enough of their ridiculous prices! and add the words “Skype Me” to your web talk repertoire).  I have to really rack my brain to think of items I can do without these days… I can certainly do without a car.  Even living in Mexico, I can find my way around easily, cheaply and without the added cost of gas, insurance, license costs, highway tolls and all the other costs that are inflicted on drivers.  I have been here for six years and have had no need (or desire) to buy a car.  On top of that, I feel very proud of the fact that I am doing my part in not contributing to the world’s pollution problem.

Computer – gotta have it.  No question about it – I could go without all the other things, but gotta have my laptop!

What can you go without?  More importantly, what can’t you go without?  Most of you will realize that it is hard to come up with the go without list…but try, it’s a good test on coming to terms with the fact that most of us surround ourselves with things we don’t really need.  We are all very lucky to live in a world that allows us to buy buy buy, all in the name of keeping up with technology.  I mean, I’ve fallen a victim to it – but I try hard to make up for it by giving back to the environment, spending time in nature (in other words, stepping away from the computer and getting outside!) and occasionally reverting back to the old fashioned ways, like riding a bike, drawing a picture (rather than taking a picture), whipping cream or eggs with a whisk (lol) and using a molcajete instead of a hand blender (double lol).

Food for thought…what old fashioned skills do you posses?

Till next time,

Pamela


Lela the Pig lends a hand in West Virginia and Chile

Our little Lela has come a very long way!  For the month of April, we have collected a whopping $754.47USD!!

We really are amazed at the generosity that everyone has shown for our little pig.  As Leonique says, it’s truly amazing that a little pig, in a little tour, in the middle of Mexico, can help and reach so many people…

April 2010 Donations

April donations will be heading to victims of the earthquake in Chile, which occurred a little while ago.  As most of you know, I was born in Chile and have most of my relatives there.  I have seen first hand the devastation through the eyes of my family, and the internet, I have seen photos, news footage and youtube clips of horrific damage, homelessness, destruction and looting.

Chile - Epicenter of the Earthquake on Feb 27, 2010

It will always touch my heart to see people pulling together in times of desperation.  And the support came from all over the world.  Not only did we have people donate at the show, we had people donating online, from as far as India and as close as the USA.  So thank you to everyone for their donations.  Lela will continue helping those who need her help!

We recently sent off the donations to the West Virginia Red Cross Chapter, to help the wives and families of the 27 men who lost their lives.  Our prayers go out to all those involved.  A total of $118USD was sent and collected in less than 1 week.

West Virginia Donation

It’s always fun to be able to come up with a new and innovative way to help others.  LELA really has been fun, with our Facebook Album #2, LELA has had her photo taken with more than 400 people, making her one of the most charitable pigs in Mazatlan!

GO LELA GO!

Changing subjects, we are now in May – Happy May Day to you all!  We have finally got our Newsletter up and running, so expect us in your inbox within the next 24hrs, with lots of fun new stuff for you to remember us by!

Haven’t joined the newsletter yet?  It’s easy, just go onto our website and on the top right, there is a box for Newsletter Sign Up.  Takes 5 seconds 🙂

We have a fun and exciting giveaway, so be sure to check it out!  Again, we thank everyone for their charitable donations and we hope the end of one month, brings change and a new sense of well being into the new month!

Hooray for May!

lots of love

Pamela

(aka dancing chef!)