something better than a dance flashmob // plus star wars!

Just wanted to take a quick second to show you this awesome video I found while in Facebook! It’s of a town in Mexico that borders where I live.

The city’s youth orchestra surprised the public in a shopping mall with a flashmob, only that this wasn’t a dance! (I’m tired of those, aren’t you?) In lieu of its soon release (6 days to be precise!) they played the Star Wars theme song. HYPE!!

Click here to see the video in Facebook!

(I tried to embed it but wordpress didn’t let me. Sorry folks. You can still watch it even if you don’t have a Facebook. But I’m pretty sure everyone has now nowadays. Wait, my mom doesn’t have one.. Ok, maybe not everyone! But yeah!)

That video made me so happy! It helps as a distraction for those having a bad day and it is something different for our community that promotes a wonderful thing: MUSIC! And let’s not forget, Star Wars!! (Sorry, I’m just so excited with all of the promotions for this movie).

Enjoy!

–diana

comics, hot dogs, burgers, and a retro restaurant

hey friends! I feel I haven’t been on here for a bit. I’ve been missing out on reading your blogs! How’ve you been?! Anything new?

the other day david and i took his brother to the comic book store.

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meet diego! a badass and a star wars lover.

after picking up some comics, we sat in the car thinking of where to eat. i was craving a hot dog so bad. thanks to siri and google, we discovered that a retro diner that was near us carried hot dogs, so we went.

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probably one of the coolest restaurants in our town…

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i know some of you might not care, but excuse my hair. i had just gotten out of school. i was also too lazy to put on makeup. i’m glad david loves me regardless of how i look.

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this was david’s bacon and blue cheese burger. i ordered a chili cheese hot dog, which was delicious and just the perfect meal to end this day. sorry for the lack of picture. i was too excited that when it got to the table the first thing i did was take a bite! can you blame me?

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happy diego, proud of only eating tater tots that evening, haha

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an afternoon with these two is always fun.

How’s your tuesday so far, dear reader? Are you having fun? What’s the coolest themed restaurant you’ve ever been to? Do you have a retro one in your town? Let me know, I like reading your comments and stories. :)

–diana

día de los muertos

in mexico on november 1st and 2nd, people honor their loved ones that have passed on by remembering and celebrating them with different traditions and many festivities. this year my family and I went to a cemetery in mexico to take flowers to those we have buried there.

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we take fake flowers, so they last more. but many people purchase real ones. there are many vendors outside the cemetery in case you want to buy some.

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if you’re from the u.s. you know that the majority of cemeteries don’t look anything like this. they’re mostly just grass with a plaque on the floor or a cross. I personally like how the ones in mexico look; big cement tombstones where you walk around and not step on. however, as you can see in the photos above, they might break after years. and since this is an old cemetery, the tombs are really close to one another too. still like it though.

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to conserve the tombstones clean, from both weeds growing and dirt getting on them, men or kids offer you their services to clean them. some people just do it themselves.

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musicians also offer to play your loved ones’ favorite songs.

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my mom tells me, and I also have very faint memories of when I was younger, that in years before this area would get so full of people and merchants. now they built a bridge that makes it harder to navigate around, and also the violence here got worse that many people moved out and are scared to visit.

since my grandmother’s house is a few blocks straight from this cemetery, mom and her siblings would offer their house’s front ward to park cars. it’s was like a mexican version of a lemonade stand to make money, haha.

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the best part about being mexican: FOOD!

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the white and chocolate bread are called conchas– delicious by the way! and the bread next to them is the pan de muerto, the traditional bread.

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delicious pastor above // the making of enchiladas below

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how mexican housewives become immune to the heat of a stove and oil is beyond me! I can’t even flip a tortilla without it hurting..

IMAG0292 my breakfast: tamales made by abuela.

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If you read my blog, you know I always say this, but I’m gonna say it again:

I love Mexico.

I do. The people, the culture, the places, the food. <3

Nothing other like it.

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I hope you enjoyed this post and that if maybe you’ve always wondered how people in mexico celebrate day of the dead, this helped you visualize it a little more. of course there are way more traditions that people do, but this is what we do in our little town :)

Have a good week, dear readers.

–diana

fotos análogas de una feria mexicana

Analog photos of a carnival in Mexico.

Analog photos of a carnival in Mexico.

I finally got some film developed. One of the rolls included these pictures I took in september when my family, David, and I drove to our neighboring town in Mexico and to their feria. A mexican feria is almost the same concept as an american carnival– lots of lights and rides, games to be played and prices waiting to be won, filled with delicious food, both local and from out of town. You can also listen to bands play or admire cattle. They, however, don’t compare when talking about the experience. In my opinion, ferias are more fun and since the moment you walk in, you get an adrenaline thrill.

I know carnivals vary from town to town but something I haven’t seen in our local carnival, besides food and candies being entirely mexican, is that ferias have vendors selling multiple things like bedlinen, dinnerware, decorations for the home, jewelry, bags, and other handmade accessories. Did I also mention there are indigenous men throwing themselves from an almost 100 ft pole and flying?

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 Sorry about the bad quality, but this is what the bedlinen stands look like. The seller is up there with a microphone talking like an auctioneer would. He gathers different products and sells them to you. You cannot go to the feria without hearing these men making deals; it’s almost like a tradition, really.

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Not my photo. The Voladores de Papantla doing their traditional dance/ritual. There are 5 men; 4 jump and one stays on top playing the flute. It’s mesmerizing. Total respect for these men who do it continuously.

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a few analog photos from our time there:

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grandma went too and she was telling us stories about how she, her friends, and sisters would go to the feria before getting married. she said they would all make deals where they all had get on every ride and no one could say no. she also remembers going to the feria with my grandpa. the first time they went together on a date was my grandfathers first time ever on a ride. oh how I wish I could see how this town looked like in the 60s in person..

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picture by my little sister: david and I

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we must get a corn every chance we get. family rule!

Photos taken with a Minolta XG7 in Kodak Portra 400 film. I’m still practicing film photography. I thought these weren’t going to come out good since I was having trouble with this camera. But no, once I got my hands on these pictures I was happy. I am in love with my minolta and this film. Always room for improvement though. I just wanted to document this day.

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I hope you have a nice tuesday.

Thanks so much for stopping by and reading this post!

–diana :)

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p.s. – in february david and I went to the carnival. you can check out that post here.
p.s.s. – (just in case you noticed) I had published this post before, but look it down because of some technical problems.

honoring grandpa – heirlooms from the 50s

Photos from the 50s that belonged to my grandfather.

my grandfather was really fond of photography. he lived from march 1932 to this past june; 83 strong years. to this day my family and I are still discovering pictures he had stashed in different briefcases, bags, and folders from many years ago; some only his eyes had seen. we’ve also found several cameras that not even my grandma knew he owned. she said he would buy a camera and hide it from her because she would get mad at him for purchasing yet another camera. oh, grandpa. i get you. i, too, am obsessed with different cameras.

grandma’s recent discovery were a few photos which she believes are from the 50s, meaning my grandfather was in his early twenties when these were taken. it makes me happy to be able to see what he saw when he was about the same age as I am today.

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these two photos above are from a bridge that was placed temporarily after a massive flood destroyed the actual bridge that united the mexican-american border on our town.

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my grandfather’s father.
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my grandfather’s grandmother.
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my grandfather’s mother.
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a man and his tractor
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my grandfather in the middle with his buddies jokingly putting horns on his head for this photo

you don’t know how grateful i am that he took these photos. they are amazing. they give me an opportunity to picture what it would’ve been like to live in those times. it’s almost like experiencing it. thank you so much grandpa.

–diana

farmer’s market: september

the other day I stumbled upon this picture of the first time my boyfriend and I went to our local farmer’s market. it made me miss it and want to go. all of the food and the fun him and I had –that was a good day!

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then last saturday I woke up at 9 am randomly, like something told me to wake up. I look at my phone and it has a notification saying “farmer’s market today!” so I had to tell david and an hour later we were on our way. oh how he spoils me even when he’s half asleep! <3

 

boyfriend had many taquitos, I had a corn and a lemon paleta. happy, happy campers! :)

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so we passed by a floor full of chalk drawings and i mean…how could we say no!?

my work of art: celebrating my pug’s birthday!
david’s artwork: a very happy poop :D!

I took my minolta with me and shot some photos of this day + the buildings around us. I would gladly share them..but I’m a very lazy human that hasn’t developed that film yet, sorry, hah! david took his lego star wars minifigures and shot several pictures too! (you can follow him on instagram here!)

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ok, I don’t know how this is gonna sound, but you know don’t know how happy it made me to see that someone made and sold natural deodorants in my hometown (and in such a cute packaging!). in case you’re interested: it works, it smells good, you can make your own by following recipes online,  and best of all: it’s not bad for your body. yay!

oh, and that orange mason jar is a carrot cake for my grandma! it smelled soo good!

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the sky looked so pretty that day. we just had to go on the rooftop again.

I love local events. I’m glad David likes them too.

well, until next time friends :) thanks for stopping by!

diana & david

farmer’s market: june

Because today was our town’s farmer’s market and we didn’t get to go and we are sad, I wanted to share a couple of cute pictures my boyfriend took of Max last month that we went. For memories and such.

Just look at him! Happy boy. Oh and look at the size of that mango in my hand! Huge!

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All smiles + my grandma in the background, hey!

We even made it to one of the local magazines:

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Picture from the article. So famous, that Pug!

Regardless of his popularity and our happiness produced by the food present, Max had a little..accident, if you will.. I completely forgot to bring doggy bags until he reminded me by leaving a present for the grass. Oh, Max… All of us, even grandma, had to pretend we didn’t know that had happened. We just left laughing. What else could we do, haha! Sorry!

Oh, also this really creepy old truck driver guy came up to my sister and me and started flirting with us and telling me that I should dump my boyfriend, and that he was in a hunt for a wife that looked like me. We ran.. haha

Anyway, leaving the poop and creepy guy talk behind, I hope your day is good and that you are happy :)

Thanks for stopping by, and don’t talk to strangers, kids! See you soon :)

artisan bazaar

in our little town, there have been many events this year so far. friday was the first

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and of course, david, my handy camera, and i were present! we got there a little late, so we couldn’t see many of the artists, just a few. we promised that next time we’ll get there earlier. (and take more cash to buy everything!)

our local artists are amazingly good! i didn’t know we had so many hidden gems out here. it was really good to see that. it made me happy that our town gave them the chance to show their art to the community.

again, we only caught a few artists, (and to others i was too shy to ask for a picture), but i couldn’t resist to share with all of you what we saw! here are some pictures with the people that created those awesome art pieces:

to get more information about the artist, you can click on his or her name to go to their page :)

Rebeca Guevara

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this woman had the most original idea: she made embellished post cards!

here’s what i mean:

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you can write behind them and send them without any  problems :) the art of handwriting letters is dead, but vintage things are always cool. just imagine getting this  beauty on the mail? <3

i wanted to buy everything! not to send ’em, but to have them in frames. these are too pretty to not see daily.


Amanda michelle

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if you’re mexican, don’t her paintings just bring back childhood memories of playing loteria at your grandma’s house? cuz that was exactly our reaction! loteria is a mexican game similar to bingo. just that instead of numbers and letter being called out, cards with images like the ones she has painted appear. the carta, playing card, she had there was my favorite!


José Luis aun

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this guy’s art was amazing! it was like mythical creatures and forests. he had a little bio on the table that said that his work has been features in many countries.

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we know that there are still more local artists out there who are really good at what they do. if you’re one, i really encourage you to showcase your work like this. even if you don’t sell it, you give it exposure :) the art scene in our town is growing, and for you to be a part of it would be awesome!

extra pictures from the bazaar and downtown:

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like if we were in ‘Big’

* big as in tom hanks BIG, the 1988 film, carnival scene where he makes the wish to zoltar. (haven’t seen the movie? what?! you must!)

we’ve been saying for years that the next time the carnival comes, we’ll go and get a corndog. that has not happened until it finally did last week :D! no corndog though. i didn’t crave it at the moment. i regret it now :(

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we only got on two rides cuz the lines were too long and david and i don’t have patience for that. also we were super hungry and just wanted to eat and not throw up in a ride, haha.

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i can’t believe we ate from here, haha. our moms would disapprove so bad!

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we passed by a stand that had birds and bunnies (as prices, we supposed) (i know, it’s horrible, don’t even get me started cuz i’ll cry of anger). we loved that little white bunny, though. he looked like he had no worries in the world. happy fella! sorry we couldn’t rescue you, boy :( …

besides bunnies,

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I LOVE merry-go-rounds! not riding them, but looking at them. their details, and colors, and lights. everything!

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if you’re a Bob’s Burger’s fan: i took this picture with Tina in mind.

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bye, carnival! see you whenever i crave a corndog again!
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candid picture of david. we were both exhausted!!

we decided to go home to sleep. but on our way, we started talking, woke up a little more, then passed by walmart and i got the urge to go purchase things i swore i needed haha. it ended up being a star wars lego run as both of us got one.

mine: a mini millennium falcon!

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see, just the necessities!

 
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david: thank you for waiting for me while i took pictures and for buying me lemonade. i love you. and sorry i dropped your stormtrooper’s helmet under a stranger’s car. my bad :( you’re a good sport!

farmer’s market: valentine’s day

david and i aren’t the kind of people to celebrate valentine’s day. just not our thing. however, when we found out the farmer’s market was going to be that saturday, we decided to go out:) (also he had a gig that night – went well btw! people had a good time!).

our farmer’s market is not that big, but we like it. it is held downtown in a little historical plaza once a month. the people are nice and there is always a lot of delicious mexican food.

we got there early so there weren’t many people; thus we got to comfortably enjoy every booth. this time we also invited grandma and my sis to join us. they really liked it! especially my grandma, who went crazy buying flowers and herbs and veggies– the main reason why i took her.

here are some pictures from that day!

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we also went last november. here are some pics i never got a chance to share:

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that’s a tortilla made with nopales. might be green but it was good

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i love our downtown. i’m glad it’s being appreciated more and more once again.