Hi everybody! Time has come -yes, again- for this blogger to take a well-deserved vacation… in Yucatán, of course! where else?
So starting today (Dec. 21) and until my pesos run out, I will be somehow out of touch, hopefully taking long siestas, sipping tequila and stuffing myself with cochinita pibil (which, for some odd reason, is not part of the Hot Latin Diet.)
In the meantime, keep reading. Remember I’ve been posting stuff for almost two years now, enough for you to get acquainted with Latino media and pop culture.
Otherwise, just take the poll and tell me what you’d like the Reyes Magos to bring you back from “down there.”
Former FARC guerrilla hostage, Ingrid Betancourt this week was in Mexico City, presumably talking about kidnapping and stuff. But also -as shown here- she took the opportunity to mingle with some Catholic church guy and to pose next to a properly dressed virgin… unlike you-know-who.
Wondering what to get your familia in these times of economic uncertainty? How about a front-row ticket to see some real fighting between Mexican wrestling legends and a bunch of Americans dressed as Border Patrol agents?
George W. Bush proved to be unusually alert -and agile- when dodging a shoe attack this week during a press conference in Iraq. Thus, Spanish blogger Polonio 210, is now proposing a new game, the Wii Zapatilla, challenging players to finally get W with a buen zapatazo.
(UPDATE: Spain’s Prime Minister, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, kindly asks you to spare him the jokes.)
Life is not a tómbola. It’s just one big fat irony. Félix Batista, an American security consultant who has helped negotiate the release of dozens of kidnapping victims in Latin America, this week was kidnapped in Mexico.
According to the New York Times: The consultant, Felix Batista, 55, was giving security seminars for business owners in Coahuila State when he was abducted by a group of armed men.
As of Monday night, officials in Mexico and the U.S. were still trying to figure out the whereabouts of Batista. This blogger, meanwhile, was going, duh, that’s really messed up!
Enough with virgins. Let us move onto a more intellectual subject: books and the people who write them.
Take Niurka Marcos, the untalented, promiscuous Cuban “actress”-turned TV host, who this week released her first book: Soy (as in “I am” not as in “soy milk”), an autobiography of sorts showing us she might not be as illiterate as we originally thought.
Soy has a first print run of 10,000 copies, way fewer than the 80,000 sold by Playboy Mexico’s December issue. Still, the voluptuous thespian-turned-scribe is poised to oversell Talk Dirty: Spanish, by yours truly… It’s gotta be the cleavage.
December 12 is one of Mexico’s most important holidays: It is the celebration of the Virgin of Guadalupe. And what better way to honor our Santa Patrona than gracing the cover of Playboy with Virgin Mary herself?
Well, sort of. This is María Florencia Onori, posing as Virgin Mary for this month’s Playboy Mexican edition, which in a matter of days has sold 80,000 copies, proving -once again- that print is not quite dead yet.
In marketing and advertising, the term “transcreation” is defined as “the process of using an original text as a brief for writing new copy that meets the conditions of the target audience.”
So I guess that’s why Captain Tsubasa, the Japanese manga, anime and video game series, has not only been re-named Oliver Atom in the Mexican version of the series (Los Supercampeones), but when in danger, he manages to be saved by the Virgin of Guadalupe. ¡Milagro!
Now I wonder if the dad’s moustache is also part of the Mexicanization of the series… anyone?
You might not know this, but people from Cataluña have a peculiar fixation with defecating people. Thus, the popularity of the caganer, those little statues that have become a true Christmas tradition, along with Tío de Nadal, whose droppings eventually turn into wonderful presents for children (do not ask!)
After a few days in Barcelona, I have encountered dozens of these funky statues, but today I finally came across one that explained what President-elect Barack Obama really meant when he kept saying ¡sí, se puede!
Inspired by the popularity of the Latin Grammy Reading challenge, I decided to serve my readers with yet one more mind-boggling defiance: Without reading the following press release twice –and based only on the following first paragraph– please answer the question: What is The Hive Model all about?
Ok, Ok… once you finish reading the whole thing, the answer becomes crystal clear:
Campos asserts judicious diligence in finding the right environment to expand their offering. He confirmed the uniqueness and comprehensiveness of their proposition provide the essential foundation to enable several opportunities.
[I’m just glad they will not specialize in writing press-releases]