Mexico’s “Bicentennial Stars” commercials


Gorgeous, artistic, breathtaking, cinematography. Pristine shots filled with elegance, that tell a mesmerizing  story.  These are the commercials produced by tv network Televisa to commemorate Mexico’s Bicentennial celebration this year. The stunning commercials showcase all that is Mexico, its: beguiling people, its enthralling culture, luxurious natural resources, awesome geography, it’s  colorful, inviting flora, it’s rich & remarkable fauna….  In a word: its bewitching, miraculous, unique Magic. So far the first two commercials released feature the states  Tamaulipas & Chihuahua.
Among the Places showcased in these two videos :
Samalayuca Desert (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua)
Basaseachi’s Waterfall  (Copper Canyon, Chihuahua)
Bocatoma, “The Sky” Biosphere Reserve (Gomez Farias,Tamaulipas)
Morales Lake (Soto la Mariana ,Tamaulipas)
“The Barracks” Grotto (Aldama ,Tamaulipas)
“The Lush one”/ “Grassy One”  Natural deposit of spring water (Aldama, Tamaulipas)
They ran ads announcing open auditions for these commercials, I think. How awesome would it be to participate in such a beautiful, meaningful project!  If I lived in Mexico I would have so gone to the auditions.
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Simple Phrases in Aztec(Nahuatl)


Learn some simple, basic, very cool phrases in Nahuatl.

“Náhuatl – The Mexican language,
from the root
‘Nahua’ meaning
“a dance done with the hands
entwined, a concordance, to
move in cadence”
. Also known
as the
turquoise smoke
harmonious speech, which is pleasing to the ear.”-
casademexico.com

PHRASES

Tlazocamatli – thank you

Ikniuhtli – friend

Niltze – hi, hola
Amo – no
Kema – yes

Ken Motoka? – what is your name?

Nehuatl Notoka… – my name is…

Kenin Otimo Uika – how are you doing?

Kualli – good

Hue Kaulli – very good

For more tips on pronunciation, info on the Nahuatl alphabet, other phrases…etc,  feel free to visit the source link.

Source:http://casademexico.com/nahuatl.html

Mexico’s Fashion Week 2010


Cool Vids from Mexico’s (spring/summer) Fashion week 2010

Designers :

Alberto Rodríguez
Alejandra Quesada
Eduardo Lucero

Beautiful Mexican Poetry


SILENCE by Octavio Paz

As if from the background of music

springs forth a note,

that while it vibrates it  grows and thins out

till it becomes silent in other music,

It sprouts from  the background of silence

another silence, sharp tower,sword

and it rises,and it grows, and suspends us

and while it grows memories fall, hopes, small lies and the big ones,

and we want to scream and in our throats the shout fades away:

We flow into silence where the silences fade away.

SILENCIO , Octavio Paz

Así como del fondo de la música
brota una nota
que mientras vibra crece y se adelgaza
hasta que en otra música enmudece,
brota del fondo del silencio
otro silencio, aguda torre, espada,
y sube y crece y nos suspende
y mientras sube caen
recuerdos, esperanzas,
las pequeñas mentiras y las grandes,
y queremos gritar y en la garganta
se desvanece el grito:
desembocamos al silencio
en donde los silencios enmudecen.


sources:

http://www.poesia-inter.net/op01030.htm

Incluido en Obra poética (1935-1988). Octavio Paz. Seix Barral. Primera edición, diciembre 1990.

y en Libertad bajo palabra. Obra poética (1935-1957). Octavio Paz. letras mexicanas. Fondo de Cultura Económica. Primera reimpresión en España, 1990.


In our thoughts


Sad news for soccer fans this morning especially for those who are followers of team America(of the Mexican Soccer League). It was reported early this morning that around 5:oo am America’s striker Salvador “Chava” Cabañas had been shot in the head while out at a bar with his wife. He was apparently attacked while visiting the restroom. When brought in to the hospital Mr. Cabañas was still conscious, and was able to answer questions administered to him. He underwent surgery this morning and is said to be in critical condition. He was suffering of heart complications.  As soon as the news broke out, many of his teammates & franchise officials quickly made it to the hospital to offer their support to Chava & his family. Surgeons and specialists have announced that whatever measures or specific procures take place will have to be taken under careful and punctilious consideration, due to the precarious lodging of the  bullet.

“Cabanas is one of Paraguay’s most highly-rated players and was part of their FIFA World Cup™ squad in Germany. The striker, who has scored over 100 times in the Mexican top-flight, has netted 18 goals in 24 matches this season.”- www.fifa.com

This indeed is a heinous act perpetrated on a young man who is a bright talent. Soccer fans everywhere offer our condolences to his family on the occurrence of this horrible,odious ordeal and wish for a full & speedy recovery. May those at fault be brought to justice.

picture credits:

dailymail.co.uk

pe.com

Mexican Food: Make it HOT


When it comes to Mexican food and it’s flavors, specifically heat, it seems like I’m always hearing salsa this and salsa that.  Now, there’s nothing wrong with Salsa, it’s just that thanks to far too many stereotypes, & the lack of proper knowledge, the culinary art of salsa making has been devalued, reduce  to a very mild, & oversimplified one cheap trick pony. In reality, when it comes to heat & spicy flavors in the Mexican kitchen, the realm of  possibilities  is so vast.  Your options are so diverse, and varied that you can be at no loss when looking to turn up the taste in your dishes. With the right ingredients you can arm yourself with the ability to produce: unique, extraordinary, and super flavorful surprises. What sort of ingredients? Well, Take for example today’s spotlight food: “Chiles en Vinagre” = Chilies in Vinegar, pronounced (Chee -lehs- ehn -Bee-nah- greh). Chiles en vinagre are pickled peppers. Some use Serranos in their recipe, others use Jalapeños. The basic Chiles en Vinagre recipe actually calls for the pickling of green chilies,carrots,and onions. There are those that will add other things such as cauliflower for example, but I’m more familiar & used to the basic recipe.

So salsa gets all too often automatically associated with Mexican food, to the point that it leads to a constrained singularization. Though this is one of the first things to be mentioned when talking of Mexican cuisine,the fact  is that to some, Chiles en Vinagre are far more important. In some cases truly indispensable. There are people who claim they can not eat a proper meal without their chiles. To some this condiment is as  important as salt & pepper. Week after week this is something on my grocery list. In my house, on our dinner table there’s always been a bowl of “chiles en vinagre” present.

The spicy treat is a great addition to all kinds of food. You can sprinkle the pickled juice on almost anything, you can munch on a crunchy carrot, or bite on a spicy, juicy pepper while you enjoy your meal.  You can have “Chiles en Viangre” with : beans, eggs, on a torta(sandwhich),with tacos, along with stews, heck even with burgers or pizza… seriously the list goes on & on.  With these chilies you can add spice to an already flavorful dish or you can spruce up a simple & humble meal. The latter is the key that is at the heart of true Mexican home cooking.

Find Chiles en vinagre in your local supermarket in the international foods isle, hispanic products isle, visit your local Hispanic Super Market, or

find them online at :

http://www.mexgrocer.com/catagories-chile-peppers-sliced-jalapenos.html

http://www.mymexicanpantry.com/chili-powders.html

Latinos For Haiti


With warmth and brotherhood, with the spirit of cooperation, Hispanic Celebs will join forces to help Haiti during a special on the Univision network “United for Haiti”. As soon as the show was announced celebrities hurried to join efforts immediately. The show’s goal is to raise funds and obtain help in other forms as well for those in need.  The show will take place this Saturday starting at 7 PM/6 central .

Among the Celebrities who will be present:

Pee Wee

Alejandra Guzman

Ricki Martin

Daddy Yankee

Natalia( La Quinta Estacion band)

Pepe Aguilar,

Shakira

Gloria Estefan

David Bisbal

Paulina Rubio

Luis Fonsi

Talia

Willie Chirino

Graciela Beltran

Olga Tañon

Juanes

Alejandro Sanz

Chayan