Saturday, July 25, 2009

Roland's Garden

Last night we had a delicious dinner with some friends at a very unique place here in Grand Cayman, Roland's Garden.

Welcome sign

My husband Mark and Me

Here's the deal with this place. It is NOT a restaurant, it's a garden, own by German Chef Roland.

He cooks whatever he wants, you can expect a 4-5 course meal, lots of trees, plants, parrots, mosquitos (bring your own repellent) and even frogs.

Also it is a B.Y.O.B (bring your own bottle of buzz) kinda' place as he only serves water and soft drinks.

Can you find our wine bottle???

Of course this is a very down to earth and unique place, by reservation only and most people know about it by reputation and word of mouth advertising.

Appetizers time

We had a really good time... a must see if you are ever in Grand Cayman!

towards the end of the evening

Friday, July 24, 2009

Blue Blog

Today, I'm feeling pretty blue, I have some issues in my life but mostly in my head, it's kind of hard to think about it, talk about it, so never the less write about it...

Even though we use the word Blue to describe a feeling of sadness, depressed, low spirited, etc. Blue is such a beautiful color, that I decided to focus on the world in blue today...

Whale Shark
Blue Morpho Butterfly

Blue footed bobby bird

Blue Sky

Blue Flower

Blue Cup

The Deep Blue


Blue Day

On a different color note, my blog got the first award ever from one of my favorite blogger Jess, yey!

This is very exciting because as English is not my first language sometimes I'm not very sure if I'm able to express myself fully and sometimes I'm not sure if I'm even interesting enough to have a blog, but oh well, things like this give me courage and a BIG push forward with my blog, so here it is:

Thank You Jess!

Have a great weekend!!!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Fantastic Fantasy

A while ago a friend of mine shared the wonderful and fantastic world of Mr. Jacek Yerka with me, his pieces are unreal, unbelievably full of fantasy and imagination.

Here's a little background about the artist as well as some examples of his pieces, honestly he has so many good ones that it was quite difficult to settle in just a few to show in this post.

Born in Poland in 1952, Jacek Yerka studied fine art
and graphics prior to becoming a full-time artist in 1980.
While at university, Yerka resisted the constant pressures of his instructors to adopt the less detailed, less realistic techniques that characterize so much of contemporary art. Instead, he stubbornly continued to work in the classic, meticulous Flemish style he still favors to this day. In the end, it was his teachers who eventually relented, finally recognizing their determined student as a brilliant (although troubling) talent.

The pastoral atmosphere of the Polish countryside provides a solid, mimetic foundation for much of Yerka's art.

However, it is his own uniquely evocative dreams that limn the complex, often arcane imagery of his work.

One need only glance at the luminous surfaces of Yerka's canvases to perceive his adoration of, resonance with, the master painters of the 15th and 16th centuries, key factors in the development of this surrealist Cagliostro. Hieronymus Bosch, Pieter Bruegel, Hugo van der Goes and Jan van Eyck were powerful, early influences.

Basing on precise painting techniques, taking pattern from former masters like Jan van Eyck or Hieronymus Bosch but mainly on his unlimited imagination he creates surrealistic compositions, particularly admired by enthusiasts of sci-fi in all varieties.
Yerka inspired the fantasy writer Harlon Ellison to write 30 short stories which along with Yerka pictures constituted the publication entitled "Mind Fields".
The same American publisher "Morpheus International" released the album "The Fantastic Art of Jacek Yerka".

In 1995 the artist was awarded the prestigious World Fantasy Award for the best artist. He exhibits in Poland and abroad (in Germany, France and USA among others), being an esteemed representative of the science fiction stream of art. His paintings have recently inspired film makers.

I hope you enjoyed Mr. Yerka's fantastic world as much as I do, if you'll like more information about his art or want to see even more amazing paintings by him, make sure to check or click here. (Also click on each picture to see a bigger version)

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Locked out but not Lucked out of LOVE!!!

This morning I had a doctors appointment before work, so as soon as I got there I was already in a hurry cause I was late so I just put my car on park and literally run out of it not only locking my car keys inside but even leaving my engine running, IDIOT!

Yes I did that, all by myself without much effort. Then I had to swallow my pride and take a deep breath before calling my husband for help so he can go home and pick up our spare set and come an rescue me from the stupidity of my actions.

He was was such a sweetheart about it though, went all the way home, picked up my key and came back with a huge smile, first thing he told me is "I LOVE YOU baby, don't worry here's the key and it's alright, it could happen to anybody".

Boy I'm I lucky to have such a wonderful man in my life, thank you God, I sometimes think I don't thank you enough... But still, I am not proud to say that this is the way my day started, but oh well...

Besides that the big corporate guys from our US office are in town so everybody is trying to act cool, keep a low profile and go the extra mile (yeah right). I think they are pretty happy with my performance (well that is as long as they don't realize I'm updating my blog at work today, LOL!)

Happy hump day everybody!!!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Found my Kitty!

When I first move to the Cayman Island through the CI Humane Society I adopted a beautiful kitty of just a couple of weeks old, one of about 5 that were found on the side of the road by themselves because their mother got killed by a car.

This was a completely new experience for me, she barely had her eyes open and because she was so small I had to bottle feed her for a couple of days, then I had to teach her how "evacuate", how to go from formula to wet food and then eventually dry food.
Tica in 2005

So, having the opportunity to do this with such a small animal made the bond between us very strong and wonderful. And that's the story of how I got my cat Tica. She lived with me most of my time in the island of Cayman Brac from 2005 to when I moved to Grand Cayman in Sept. of 2006.

Then we got to Grand Cayman and I moved into this small apartment. Well, one day when I was at work and Tica was home, she was by the window and somehow the screen broke and she fell out of the house and by the time I got home from work a couple of hours later she was GONE!

Oh man, just writing about this brings back so many sad memories of that day. This day and the day that one of my dogs got run over by a car are in my top 5 saddest days in my life. The pain of thinking that she was all by herself, no food, no roof and probably super scared. We had less than a month at this place and plus she was indoor cat so she definitely didn't know the area to even come back.

I miss Tica every day of my life, and every now and then when I see a cat that looks like her I try to imagine that she was found and was giving a good home with love, food and specially treats that she loved so much!

Today I came across this wonderful video on the internet and I decided that this might be Tica and now when I think of her I'm going to imagine this is her getting all this love, besides this cat even looks like Tica!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Old Boots, New Boots

My husband has the pair of boots that he thing he's had since 1985, so about 14 years!!!

Can you imagine how they look??? Well one thing will be if he uses them only for work. But he doesn't, he uses them for work + yard work= lots of grass and mud on them.

I think that the worst the boots get, the more he likes them, he is so proud to wear those horrible boots, like they are brand new. I've try for him to get new ones, commented in front of other people to make him come to his senses and decide to buy new ones, and even people that work with him have mentioned something to him.

So, finally his birthday was this past July 11th and I offer to buy him a new pair, at first he said he preferred something else, something more fun!

After that answer I can of let go of the idea that I might just win over those horrible boots. But then last Saturday he was finally decided and we went to get some for him, so finally here are the new boots. What do you think? Big improvement, right???

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Beautiful Sunday

This morning we made to the beach for the first time in long time!

Yeah! Although we live less than a mile from the water sometimes it's hard to get to the beach.

For us, it's been because we built our new house last year, got a second dog, organized our wedding, got married and diving every weekend, we have barely made it to the beach like we used to when we first started living together...

But today, it was great to be at the beach, we got there early so it was not busy. We both read our books, lay down to catch some rays, I did a little snorkel and even swimming.

It's been a good day so far, now my husband is out diving with a friend and I'm at home chilling with the dogs!

So, here are a few pictures of our beautiful morning at the beach.

getting to our spot (that's my husband setting up the chairs)

can't get anymore shallow than that!

nice umbrella set up

underwater macro of the sand and shells

beautiful view

our set up from the back woods

the heart tree

perfect camouflage

juvenile grunts and squirrel fish on my snorkel ride


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