Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Merry Christmas!

I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas Day. Whether you celebrate or not, I'm sure most of you had the day off and were able to enjoy it with your family. I am in Canada now for the holidays, hubby is back in Cancun as he had to get back to work.

Thought I'd share a little photo with you all, and I'll be sure to update soon. This prego mama-to-be doesn't have a ton of energy these days, however I'm definitely due for some posts!!!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Maternity Packages - Having a baby in Mexico Continued....

As promised, I thought I'd share a few of the options available when having a baby in Cancun, Mexico. Bearing in mind this is through private insurance, and at the hospital where we are covered in Cancun - Hospital Galenia.

I think it's pretty self explanatory, but as you can see the packages range from a vaginal delivery, vaginal delivery in water, and a c-section. You can also see there are different room types you can get, standard to presidential. To my American readers/friends, is this what it's like in the USA? In Canada, you get a room. I think for $35 in Alberta you can request a private room but it's a first come first serve basis. Anyways, all new to this gal...Not used to private insurance at all. LOL.

Well, this is a very brief package review. You can see there are additional costs for birth certificates, circumcision, blood work, incubator, etc.... Just your basic needs are covered here. 

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Black Friday in Cancun...Sorta

Now that hubby and I are on the lookout for all things baby, we are also looking at prices. Things in Cancun are much more expensive than they are north of the border. Hate to say it, but the quality isn't always there either.

Most of our friends usually take a few trips a year to Florida and do their shopping there. They buy in bulk, and take full advantage of the better prices. Hubby and I were thinking about going for Black Friday, but I've been told not to fly that much right now. A few pregnancy complications that I can get into another time.

Anyways, we were at Paseo Cancun last week and look what we found? Sales, real sales!!! Paseo Cancun is considered an outlet mall here in Cancun. Don't get too excited, it's not a real outlet mall if you ask me. However, better than nada!!

Now these prices may look a little expensive, and they are however it was take an additional 50% off the last price!!! Now that is a deal.... At least here in Cancun it is. We didn't end up buying anything...We are just 20 weeks pregnant now, and don't want to jinx ourselves. We will wait until some time in the new year. However, we still like to look. Baby things are just toooo cute. 

Did you find any Black Friday deals?!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Look what I found!!??

It's like Christmas has come early!!!

Salt and Vinegar, Ranch, Sweet Onion....WOW!!!

I've seen these at Chedraui, but found these bad boys at Mega and for half the price. My prayers have been answered. Chips are about the only junk food this gal eats, and snacks on. Soooo excited right now :)

Friday, November 9, 2012

A picture is worth a thousand words....

Don't you just love rainbows?

Took this picture last week....Thought you would enjoy :)

Over the lagoon......

Wonder if there is a pot of gold?!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Old Wive Tale - Mayan Style!

Old Wives Tale:  Mayan Tale

There are soooo many old wives tales related to pregnancy it' is somewhat ridiculous. I'll be honest, I don't read too much into them. Heck, there's a 50/50 chance they are right. LOL.  However, it's unbelievable to me how many Mommas out there do believe in this stuff. I'm not judging, just shocked. I have complete strangers tell me - Oh you're having a girl because your tummy is high. Or, you're having a boy because your skin is clear. Hahaha. It's hilarious. I love playing along...I'll be honest.
Well here is one I bet none of you have heard? Or maybe I was the only one... The Mayans have their own old wives tale. Shocker!! The Mayan tale adds the mothers age at conception and the year of conception.  If the result is a even number then mom is having a girl.  If the result is an odd number then a boy is on the way!  According to this, we are having a girl.
Looks like we will find out in 4 1/2 months....!!!
Did any of these tales work for you? Do you have any more good ones for me??!!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Hard Rocks Grand Opening

If you are a reader of this blog you'll remember I wrote a few posts about the transition of the Cancun Palace into the Hard Rock Cancun. I posted a few photos of the renovations that were being completed, and haven't posted since.

A few weeks ago the Hard Rock Cancun had it's official Grand Opening. The owners spared no expense. Celebrities took over the resort. If you were lucky enough to have been a guest at the time, you would have been surrounded by B and C list celebrities all week. Still, not bad. The Goo Goo Dolls performed, Flo Rida, and a few more artists. There were three days of parties that lasted well into the early morning.

The hotel is officially open for business. The pool renovations are complete, the rooms are all finished, the restaurants. I must say I love it. I really wasn't sure what I'd think? I'm not a huge fan of rock music. I may be an 80's child, but I certainly don't remember them all that well. I was more of an 80's baby. 90's child. Oh the dreaded fashion of the 90's...I digress.

Here are a few photos from the night of the event. Were you there?

The exclusive bracelet - worth about $6000 pesos!!!

The front entrance lit up at night

Just some of the delicious food being served...YUM!!

Hubby and his gang :)

Flo Rida... 

The pool lit up - I love pools :)

Hubby and his Wilmer Valdermoment :)

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Another lost in translation post!!

Well, many of you who read my blog or know me personally know that I am pregnant, and loving it. Being pregnant in Mexico is quite a different experience for me, than my friends north of the border. Heck, I was in Calgary two weeks ago and my Dr does things so differently than my Doctor here, can't even begin to explain.

One of the things that is needed when pregnant is a pap. Yes, this will be my second post about pap smears. Typically in Mexico your Obgyn would do your pap, however, when prego they like you to have a full meal deal. Get checked for everything. This is normal everywhere. I had to book an appointment at a clinic that specializes in all sorts of testing. I've been there before for blood work, and other things. So no biggie.

The nurse was very kind, and of course didn't speak a word of English. I am getting so used to doing all of these things in Spanish, and must admit I am proud of myself. It's one thing to order a happy meal, but quite another to order a pap!! I changed into my robe as I was told, I laid down on a VERY cold table and I waited. Waited. Waited even longer. Finally the Dr came in who would be doing the test(s). Again, what a nice man. He was telling me he has been to Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto. He loves Canada, and Canadian people. Hahaha. I hear this often to be honest.... Funny, no one has ever been to Calgary!! Could it be it's reputation? Cold, cold and freezing!!

The Dr just explained to me what he would be doing, when he was starting, and that I was doing good. Kinda cute as you wouldn't really know the difference between this, and your regular pap. LOL. Oh well, he was just doing his job. He would say some words in English "Speculum", hahaha. It was so cute as he was really trying to make me comfortable. When he was all said and done he came out with something I was not expecting at all "You have a very clean vagina". Hahahaha. I honestly wasn't sure I had heard him right.... I know in Spanish it would have made more sense, but I couldn't stop laughing...Poor guy had no idea what he had said to me. Hahahahaha. He just got his words a bit mixed up....

All in all I felt pretty good. I have a clean vagina. Who wouldn't feel good about this? Hubby and I had a huge laugh about this. I think it will be one of our best "lost in translation" stories ever... We have a MUCH better one, but perhaps not one I'd be willing to post on the blog!! Sometimes things just don't come out that well in writing. Especially when I'm not the best writer out there. Ah well....

Yay for clean vaginas!!

Friday, October 26, 2012

If you think you've had a bad day....

I recently had the pleasure of meeting, and listening to Nando Parrado speak, and tell his story of survival. Nando was one of the 16 survivors of a plane that crashed on Friday October 13th, 1972 in the Ande Mountains. Not only was Nando a survivor, but he was also the leader of the group. With out Nando, none of the passengers ( team mates on the same rugby team) would be alive today. Nando, and the others spent 72 days in the freezing cold mountains, no food, no water, nothing. They were surrounded by arctic temperatures, avalanches, dead bodies of their friends, etc... Nando, and another friend Roberto climbed for 10 days. They climbed with out any equipment, their tennis shoes, no gloves, starving, and exhausted. They never gave up.

I do not want to go into too much detail, however some of you may remember a movie that was made "Alive: A Miracle in the Andes". It came out in 1993, and I will never forget it. I was young when I saw it, however, I still recalled pieces of it. A story like this, you will never forget. Nando lost his mother, sister and best friends in this crash, yet he was still pushing to live.

It was an absolute honour to meet such a person, and listen to such a story of survival. Luck, and smart decisions...This is what Nando said. He also told me that he believes they survived as they were all friends, team mates on the same rugby team. Wanting to live, wanting to help one another.  Someone had to take the plunge and go for help.

I'm not sure if anyone will read this blog post as it's nothing to do with living in Mexico, or Cancun. However, I couldn't not share my experience. Whenever you think you've had a bad day, or that some things just aren't fair.... Watch this video if you have time.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Baby Immigration Update

In my last post I wrote about my not so great news with regards to obtaining Canadian Citizenship for my baby. I was told the process takes about a year, and that I would still have to apply for a passport. I was a little down, to say the least.

After I received my email from the Canadian Consular in Cancun, I emailed them back looking for information on obtaining a visa for my baby. I was happy again to receive a response in less than 48 hours. Que miraglo!! Basically I wanted to know how long it would take to get a visa for my baby, so that we could travel to Canada to visit my family. Here comes the good news??!!

I was told that we wouldn't be able to apply for the visa, as it's not applicable in our situation. That is if we have applied for Citizenship, which we will do immediately. No question about that. Our option is to plan a trip, and purchase the airfare. Go to the Consular, and with proof of travel and we may be granted a temporary passport for our baby to travel. We were told this usually takes about 16 days...  Of course I wrote back and wanted to know what are the chances of this happening? Is it typically granted, or does it depend on a situation, or day to day?  I am now awaiting their response, however it's the weekend so probably won't hear anything until next week.

Again, I have some faith that this could still work for us!!! I have until February to make a decision, as after that travel is not recommended, and I run the risk of my Dr not approving travel past a certain number of weeks.

I'm really hoping this option works for us. I can't imagine the chance of my hubby not being there for delivery.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Having a baby in a foreign country

The other day I wrote briefly about hubby and I having our baby in Mexico, or in Canada. For us, we weren't worried about obtaining Citizenship for our little bambino. However, we were worried about the lengthy process that it could take.

I wrote the Canadian Consular in Cancun the other day, and in less than 48 hours I received a "detailed" response. Firstly, I'd like to share what I wrote so that you have an idea of the response I was looking for.

"I am writing as my husband and I live in Cancun, Mexico. I am Canadian by birth, and my husband has his Canadian Citizenship as well, nationalized Canadian.

We are expecting a baby in April 2013 and are wondering the process of obtaining Canadian Citizenship for our child. (wrote a bit more, but nothing important). I am hoping you can assist, or provide a specific link? We have a lot of questions/concerns."

Now for the not so great news....

I was provided with the webpage where I can apply for Citizenship, but I already had that. It isn't helpful, as it's just an application - doesn't answer any questions. It is more beneficial for those applying for Canadian Citizenship with a sponsor. Not because their parents are Canadian Citizens, and they were born in another country.

They advised I wait until my child is born. I figured as much... However, you never know.

I will need to provide official translation of my birth certificate, hubbys, and our childs. They did provide a list of professional translators in Cancun that we can hire. These translators must be registered with the Canadian Consular Agency.

Once the translation is complete, the translator will go to the Consular Agency to have the signature authenticated by the Consular Agent. Must call to ensure the Consular is available.

The parents should come at the same time as the translator with all the paperwork ready, including application form, pictures of your child, original birth certificates and original ID of Canadian parents.

The form for this type of citizenship is the CIT 0001, under section 3 proof of Citizenship.

The fee for this is quite inexpensive at $75 Canadian dollars, or $965 pesos. This fee is subject to change.

The time frame for the citizenship is around 12 months. Once you have your Citizenship Card you an apply for the passport.

Okay..... So 12 months?? I am not very happy about this. I heard from a Canadian friend of mine, who lives in Puerto Vallarta that her process was 6 days!!! Now this was 5 years ago, and prior to Mexicans requiring a visa to go to Canada. If this whole Visa process didn't go into effect, this would be a non-issue. I am just worried it will take just as long to get a Canadian Visa for my child.....

Now I really am unsure what we are going to do. I never in a million years thought it would take a year! I was thinking a few weeks. I'm Canadian, hubby is Canadian. My family will not be impressed if I tell them it will be a year before they get to meet their grand baby. Also, that means a year before I get to go home and visit. I'm not cool with that.

This was probably the worst news I could have received.... Now I really am unsure of what to do. I am one bummed out chica right now.... What to do, what to do?

Monday, October 15, 2012

Having a baby in Mexico

I'd like to start off this post by thanking each and everyone one of you who have sent me messages congratulating me on our pregnancy. Truly, your blessings and prayers mean the world to us.

I am now carrying a baby the size of a lemon, 3 inches long...Haha so funny all these pregnancy apps compare your baby to fruit. I love it. In a few days baby graduates to a naval orange, at 4 inches long.

When I first found out I was pregnant I really wasn't sure. The process here in Mexico is so different than in Canada. Heck, we tried to find some early predictor tests and they were nowhere to be found. We went to Walmart, Costco, and a few other pharmacies - nada. All they had were these ancient type tests. No fun, so we had to wait a little longer than I wanted. Turns out the pharmacy in Galenia has them, but the pharmacy was being renovated, and was closed when we needed one!!

Once the HPT confirmed I was indeed expecting, off for the blood test we went. A couple of hours later, and some $700 pesos I received an email with my pregnancy results. Positivo!! Called my obgyn, and he wanted to see me for an u/s? I couldn't believe so early...Typically in Canada you'd go back for betas, and they won't do an u/s until you're in your 13th week or so. Not in Mexico, I had an u/s every week from that day forward. So cool to see the changes in size from week to week. Also, when speaking to my girlfriends in Canada they were slightly envious. They all wished they could have had their ultrasounds earlier. I did have to remind them that in Canada they are free, and here you pay!! It adds up quickly let me tell you!!

Hubby and I are currently exploring our birthing options. We still have a ways to go, but you need to plan these things. If we deliver in Cancun, it will go through our insurance. We will have a deductible, but there are many packages for us to choose from. I will have to post them here one day.... You can book a presidential suite, down to a regular room. Crazy. Also, your obgyn will most likely be your delivery Doctor. Not like in Calgary as it depends if they are working that night, however again it's free. Not here. Hahaha. There is a pattern....

I do have an obgyn in Canada as well that I am seeing, and she has agreed to work with me regardless of where I end up delivering. Seeing as that I am constantly travelling back and forth, I needed this option. We are 95% sure we will deliver in Mexico, but I am looking into any complications for my babies Canadian citizenship. I know they are legally entitled, but what will be the cost? A long delay? That won't work.... As soon as I am cleared baby and I are going to Canada to visit the familia!!

Okay, well I am really making this a long post. I don't want to bore you all with the small details, but in case others out there are curious....I wanted to make sure I posted about my experience.

Ciao for now!!

Friday, October 5, 2012

Coming 2013.....

Yay, I can finally let the cat out of the bag....Finally!!

This chica and her hubby are expecting a bundle of joy in 2013!!!! We couldn't be more excited, and are so happy to share the news finally. Hardest secret EVER to keep.

Other than being utterly exhausted all day long. I feel great. I am so lucky, sooooo lucky. Most of my girlfriends have/had the worst morning sickness....

Okay, well anyways...This is one of the reasons I haven't been blogging again. I am so tired. After a day of work sitting at my computer, and replying to emails form friends...The last thing I feel like doing is writing on here. I'm so lazy. Haha.

I am writing this post as I have to share with you a photo of our nursery!!!!!!!

Entrance to the nursery!!

Crib and change table!!!
We aren't going to find out the sex, and we thought this was perfect for unisex!!!!!

I plan on writing as much as I can about the process of having a baby in Cancun. Currently I am looking at all of my package options through Galenia Hospital. Our insurance is through them. Hubby and I have private insurance coverage through his work, we pay roughly $6000 pesos a year each for this, and his company covers the rest. Of course there are deductibles. What a change this all is for a girl from Canada where healthcare is FREE!!! Again, I'll be sure to write all about this process the next few months....

Okay, well thanks for letting me share my news!!!!!

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Weekly song!!!

Hey Everyone - since I can't upload pics, I'll just go with a weekly song for you all :)

I hope you love it as much as hubby and I do!!

Friday, July 27, 2012

It's hot down here!!!

Okay, so I haven't been posting as my lap top is not cooperating!!

I can't upload any pics, etc.... This is my crappy work lap top, and the MAC is not available as the screen cracked. LOL. Ahhh well, as soon as I figure it out I'll be posting more frequently!!

What have I been up to? What haven't I been up to!!! I've been so busy that I can barely keep up with anything. Hahaha.

Hubby and I finally went to the Dentist the other day for our teeth cleaning. I mean it has been years since we have done this, and finally we went. We have pretty decent benefits from hubbys work, well we pay $600 dollars a year, each, for it. Should be more than decent for a gal from Canada who is used to FREE!!! Anyways, the appointment was only 280 pesos, hahaha, and it was covered. Why didn't we do this before? Well, simply put, we were too cheap. Hahahahaha. Pathetic, I know.

We also recently went to the Aventura Spa Palace for a day.... We went with our best friends, and had a fantastic time. I wish I could post some of those pics, the place is beautiful. I love going there....Kinda a hike from Cancun, but worth it. The men surprised us with a candlelit dinner oceanside. It was amazing, and we were very surprised!!

What else. Oh, nuuuumerous trips to the Dr's office, and lab the past couple of weeks. I was referred to an Endocrinologist as I have now been diagnosed Hypothyroid, and have something called Hashimotos Disease. I am very happy that this was caught, and it explains sooo much to me. Small weight gain, tired, miscarriages, sore joints, etc.... Anyways, I have now been put on Synthroid for life and go back in a couple of weeks to have my TSH levels tested again to make sure my dosage is correct.

Well everyone, I better run - I normally LOVE posting pics so hopefully can do that soon.

Chat soon everyone :)

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Weekly song!!!

Mana, has got to be one of my favourite bands out there.... I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. Hubby introduced me to their music about 10 years ago. Just love listening to them.... :)

***My computer is giving me heck, so I haven't posted this week. I have lots to write about - been VERY busy***

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Weekly Song!

Okay, I hope this counts as my weekly song! Just in time for the weekend...LOL!!

It's not the original lyrics of "Follow the Leader", LOL.  That song takes me back to Springbreak 2000 in Puerto Vallarta with four of my girlfriends. Oh disaster!

Anyways, I hope you like this. The video shows Acapulco - looks beautiful. Also - how good does J-Lo look? Oh my gosh is her body to die for, and her skin is amazing!!

Do you like???!!!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

The sign says it all!

 I think it's safe to say that things are moving along - gone are the days of the Cancun Palace!

This is the new entrance to the hotel. I think it actually will add a little flair to the Cancun Hotel Zone.

What do you think??!!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Hoping and Praying!

No, no, this post is not about the Presidential election that just took place in Mexico this past weekend!! I wouldn't dare go there.... LOL!!!

This is slightly more personal, and heck, I just want to write about it. I've made no secret to any of my friends out there that hubby and I want kids. Heck, if it were up to hubby we'd already have five (kidding!). I had told hubby for years that we should wait. What's the rush? Fast forward a few years and I'm now 31 years old, and we are still two DINK's!! (double income no my friend likes to call us).

The truth of the matter is we have been pregnant twice, and unfortunately it was not meant to be.  After that I really needed some time "off.  We started again about 7 months ago. Only this time my cycle was CRAZY. I saw my Dr in Cancun, and he decided it would be best for me to go back on the pill for four months....You know, to regulate my cycle. Who am I to argue? Anyways, I am off the pill this month, and hoping to get the green light from our Doc to start trying again!

We've been paying our seguros through hubby's work for a year now, and it is NOT cheap! In order to qualify for the type of coverage for all things pregnancy, you must be insured for a minimum of ten months.... Needless to say we are more than covered now.

I see my Dr again next week, and I'm hoping for some good news. The "go for it" news. Of course I am well aware it's not going to happen over night. I'm no spring chicken.... However, I really am just hoping for the best.... I'd like to be pregnant for Christmas of this year. You know?

I'm really trying my best not to stress out about it all...Hubby has been amazing. So has our Doctor here in Cancun, I am MORE than impressed.

Have any you out there had a similar situation? Or were you the type who blinked and it happened? LOL!!

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Weekly song....

Albeit, not Spanish, but VERY popular south of the border.... )))

Do you like????

Friday, June 29, 2012

Cancun Realty - Boom or Bust?

So many people out there believe that owning a home in Cancun is a dream come true. For many it is, and for some not quite.... 

The Real Estate Market in Cancun is somewhat of a mystery to me. New developments are constantly under construction, people want new homes. In other areas it is not uncommon to see homes for (re)sale for years. I'm not kidding. Are they asking too much? Is the home a dump? I have no clue, and there are a LOT of them.... Ask any Cancunese. There are no shortage of homes for sale, or rent in this city. 

Hubby and I purchased land in Cancun about 5 years ago now. We haven't done anything with the property, and are waiting to see what develops around us. That part is also scary.... The last time we drove there, albeit one year ago.... It was not exactly an up and coming neighbourhood in our eyes. We have decided to hold onto it and sell it as land in the future. 

With Real Estate like this in Cancun, I have never met so many renters in my life. Hubby and I included. 

My in-laws own their home, and so does my sister in law. However, most of our friends rent. I think they all think it is just very risky to buy a home here, as who knows how long it will take to re-sell it? I hope I'm making sense..... 

Well, guess what we did? Hubby and I just purchased a small home here in Cancun, 3 bedrooms, and 2 full bath. We have no intention of living in it, and bought it strictly as a rental property. So although we live in a rental ourselves, we are now owners who rent. LOL. 

Okay, so call us crazy..... Would you ever want to get in the business of renting? 

Monday, June 25, 2012

Beauty and the Beast - Cancun Style

As many of you are well aware,  Cancun has had rain, rain and more rain.

Hubby sent me this pic, and video... I think it shows Cancuns beauty, and the beast that can be (sometimes)!! LOL!! I just told hubby that we MUST get an SUV or Truck asap....

This sweet video was taken in the Hotel Zone today...... Thanks hubby :))

This shot was provided by hubby as well, courtesy of the Beach Palace webcam; taken at 2:00 pm today JUST before the storm really hit!

What's the weather like where you are? Anything like the tropics?

Saturday, June 23, 2012

A great song - Music in Spanish!

One of my favourite things about living in Mexico has got to be the music!!

Not all of the artists I love are Mexican, but they do sing in Spanish... Something I did not get to hear on the radio in Canada. Hubby actually can't believe how much I love the music. I like all of it. I don't get all hissy about the neighbours playing Norteno music all hours of the night. I must say I embrace those experiences.... Weird? Perhaps...

I've decided to try and post a weekly video of a song that I love. I hope you enjoy the posts, and perhaps you'll fall in the love with a song? You never know... I have to thank my good friend who's living in the Dominican for reminding me of this song today. I actually have the CD, but a video is always better ....

Do you enjoy the music when visiting a foreign country? Or can you not wait to hear good old top 4o?

I hope you enjoy :)

Thursday, June 21, 2012

House Hunters International!

Sooo, like many of you out there, I am absolutely obsessed with watching the hit show International House Hunters. It makes the unimaginable, well...imaginable!!

Today I was watching and the couple were moving from Wisconsin to a small city in Paraguay. The couple reminded me so much of myself and hubby.  They share very similar reasoning as my own with regards to living in a foreign country....

I am harassed often questioned, why?

Why do you live in Mexico?

A. I like it

I'm not going to blog about all the reasons I love Mexico, and all the reasons I love Canada. Been there,  done that. I'm sure I'll do it again. Just not today.Instead, I am SERIOUSLY considering getting in touch with International House Hunters and applying to appear on their program!! Why didn't I think of this before? Hubby and I were house hunting last year around this time, and we must have seen a dozen or so places before we made a decision. Surely good enough for a bit of entertainment!!

Okay, so I'm going to do it!! I'll let you all know what I find out, or if I hear anything back from them.

Where was your most memorable location featured on the show?

Monday, June 18, 2012

Lobby pics - Hard Rock Cancun

Okay, so hubby snapped a few shots of the lobby for yours truly today!!!

Let me know what you think.... I'm pretty impressed.

Now hubby and I were just in San Diego, and we paid a  visit to the Hard Rock there.... Although nice, it doesn't compare to the one they are completing in Cancun!! WOW. I am so impressed.  I will keep posting more as the renos continue....

What do you all think?

Friday, June 15, 2012

Hard Rock Cancun

Many of you know that hubby worked for the Palace Group of Resorts here in Cancun. You know, the same group of brothers that also own Chapur... For those of you not familiar, Chapur is Liverpools competition here in Cancun. Both fantastic department stores, but a bit pricey if you ask me.... No great deals like The Bay, or Nordstroms!

Well, sometime last year they announced that the brothers were splitting the business. I am not sure of the details, and to be honest, none of my business. However, hubby was working at the Cancun Palace and it was announced they were changing brands over to the Hard Rock chain....

At first we weren't sure if this was a good, or bad thing. What do we know about hotels anyways? Not sure what people are looking for. I loved the Cancun Palace, but I have to say this new venture seems very exciting. There seems to be a large demand for Hard Rock locations... Who knew?

Here's a little picture of the outside of the hotel taken yesterday, and a photo a few months ago...The transition begins!

Annnd a terrible before pic. Sorry. Just imagine, white and gorgeous clean lines...

Have you ever been to a Hard Rock?

Sunday, June 10, 2012

2012 - Update

Oh my goodness, I can hardly believe this is my first blog post for 2012. Where has the time gone?

I did want to provide a bit of an update as I have some big news. I have been travelling back and forth, between Calgary and Cancun for the last 8 months. Has it been a challenge? Yes. Hubby and I have never been apart for such a long period of time...However, it's been so wonderful as we see each other every 3 to 4 weeks, and soak up every second of time we have with one another.

Hubby and I are both in Calgary right now, he's been here for 4 weeks, but goes back to Cancun tomorrow. You know, that thing called work. I am headed there again in July for another visit for 15 days... Then happy to say I will be moving back permanently!! Yup, finally, back with hubby again.

I'm going to be putting my car up for sale here in Calgary asap, buy something cheaper and just leave it at our place here.  We are so excited, I can't hardly wait.

Okay, well we are busy watching the Euro Cup right now, but promise I will be posting again. YAY!