Saturday, August 8, 2009

Saturday Pictures

My husband gave me a camera of his to use, it's a Nikon D100, so lately I've been experimenting with it.

Today we rode our bikes to the beach and while we were there I took some picture, here are some...

Macro (bee on a flower)

Sea Lavender & the Sky

Purple flower visitor

Cruising butterflies

Far ocean view

Friday, August 7, 2009

Proud to be...

a tree huger !!!

Yes, I have to admit it, as a big time nature lover that I am, I hold a very, very special place in my heart for trees. I love their roots, trunk, branches and their foliage, but specially love the tall, big trees.

When I was a little girl, used to think of trees like giants and specially the big ficus trees in the rain forest in Costa Rica I used to imagine them being huge dinosaurs legs.

Whenever I am around tree I like to imagine about all the time those trees have been around, all of the animals and insects that have used them as a home. How many different types of weather they've been through and more...

I've seen some amazing trees in my life and specially growing up in Costa Rica but I know there are many others that I still need to see and hopefully one day I get the chance.

Here are some wonderful looking trees from back home Costa Rica.

Our national tree (Guanacaste)

We call this one "Higueron" (cattle loves to lay down under these ones)

Me inside a Ficus tree (we named it Jungle Jim) Costa Rica 2001

My brother Mau and Me sitting on a tree branch that connects 2 ficus trees (the twins)

Trees at Corcovado National Park (see the roots? awesome!)

Here are some wonderful trees around the world that I hope to see for myself someday;

Basket Tree

Not sure what kind of trees these are, but I sure like them!

Baobab Tree

Another BIG Baobab Tree

Baobab Forest in Madagascar

Fig Tree
Famous Redwood

I think this one is a Joshua Tree (not sure)

And now some beautiful foliage trees;

Cherry Blossom Tree

Jacaranda Tree

Royal Poinciana Tree

And last but not least a couple of Bonsai that I find to be like a piece of art.

We have a few nice and big trees in the Cayman Island, but nothing like back in Costa Rica, I sure do miss big trees, so I guess for now until I go back to Costa Rica or I visit another place with big trees I'm going to settle with posting about them.

Have a great weekend!!!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Dellis Cay

The other day I happened to pick up a free magazine (Caribbean Construction) from the grocery store and to my surprise I discovered one the most amazing places being built right now in one of the cays in Turks & Caicos Island. The name of the development is Dellis Cay, so I thought I would share it with you...

I'm just going to give a little information on it and then will let you judge and enjoy the picture of this very amazing project.

Dellis Cay
has a surface of 560 acres and should hold 124 private villas, 154 residences, the Mandarin Oriental hotel, as well as a marina. The construction began on June 4th 2008 and is expected to be completed in the end of 2009. The vision of the project is to realize the beauty of nature by its architecture.

Seven of the world’s foremost architects will bring Dellis Cay to life with masterful designs that harmonize with the island’s natural beauty, such as Zaha Hadid, Piero Lissoni, Shigeru Ban, Carl Ettensperger, Keungo Kma, David Chipperfield and Chad Oppenheim.

The development includes the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Dellis Cay, The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Lissoni Beach House Residences, Lissoni Beach Villas and Lissoni Ocean Villas, all of which have sold. The comprehensive Spa at Mandarin Oriental Dellis Cay, designed by Kengo Kuma, will span 30,000-square feet and feature 15 individual rooms and 2 VIP couples suites and state-of-the-art heat and water treatments.

So here it is:
From my personal point of view I guess if I was to build my own thing at the beach I would go for a different type of architecture, maybe not so minimalistic and futuristic as this. But hell, I would take it! What do u think?

Unfortunately not only the project is sold out but I've also read that the residences will range from $2 million to $20 million USD! Although with that price I don't even want to imagine the insurance on it specially cause Turks & Caicos gets hit by hurricanes some times...

Well, at least we get to enjoy the pictures, right? LOL...

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Wednesday Movie Post

Since I haven't really watch any worth reviewing movies lately, today I've decided to review one of my all-time favorite foreign movies, Le Fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain (in English: The Fabulous Destiny of Amélie Poulain, aka Amélie).

This movies tells the life story of a sweet, innocent and naive french girl, Amelie Poulain. The story starts from when she was an only child born to some very exentric parents that because they never gave her enough love and attention to her, every time her father will come close or even touch her, her heart will be beating very fast, which made her parents think she had some heart condition so she was bound to stay at home without the possibility of having many friends.

Because of her very lonely childhood this sweet girl grown up to be a somehow insecure person but destiny makes her find a reason to help all sorts of people with random acts of kindness. But this also makes Amélie challenged with the fact that if she only helps others anonymously, she may live her life alone and without the happiness she brings others. Amélie's conflict is what rounds out the picture and makes it complete.

But besides the rich plot and great performances by many of the charactres, what I really like is the cinematography, the use light and color to take you experience a very unique world filled with many wonderful shots and ideas.

Althought this movie is in French, I believe that is not difficult to follow even without not knowing any French and with subtitles.

When you get the chance check out the movie. If nothing more, it will make you want to fall in love, make you want to change things in your daily life or to just enjoy the simple things in life.... Maybe it will even make you want to move to Paris!

Happy Hump Day to you!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

3-2-1 Anniversary Surprise

Although I already posted today I couldn't help to telling you all about a wonderful surprise that was waiting for me when I got home from work this evening.

First of all before I tell you my surprise I have to take you back to the afternoon when I talked to my husband last on the phone around 3:30pm and he asked if I was coming home straight from work and I said I was. Then after I left work I realized that I left my cell phone on my desk drawer but I did not feel like going back to get it. Then on my way to work I felt like renting a movie so I did a quick stop at the video store.

Finally I got home almost at 5pm (couple of minutes before) and my husband was in the front porch urging me to come up immediately, as soon as I got there he greet me with a big kiss and a smile saying: "You left your phone at work and I've been calling you, you barely made it at 5pm, anyway Happy 3(months), 2(days), 1(hour) Anniversary", so then I said: thank you baby, where's my gift? And then he was pointing at the couch where I can see a wrapped box. (Honestly I didn't really mean it and was not expecting anything at all, because I have never even hear of 3-2-1 anniversaries as he made it up!).

So the box contained a wonderful new Acer Aspire One mini Laptop (in blue) and all I can say is that I LOVE IT!I am excited to take my new "toy" to Costa Rica in a couple of week!

Video Tuesday

Last night we were watching a movie (Wayne's World) and I couldn't help but think how much I used to like watching Laverne and Shirley when I was young.

Although I don't think the show was around very long, the opening song was what I liked the best, so here's a little clip of it.

Now here's the Wayne's World Version (which I personally like much better)...

On other news... I have a very cool new Shark Brake Online Aquarium, check it out, you can choose your fish (shark, whale, dolphin, clown fish and puffer fish) on the left side bar and also on the top bar you can choose the background. The fish moves to the movement of the mouse, so the more you move the mouse the better, it is so much fun (specially when u move the mouse up and down fast, LOL!!!). Have fun and give your reviews on how well it works!

Have an excellent day!!!

Monday, August 3, 2009

My plans for August

Well, another month has come and go, and we are finally in August!!! I say finally because I've been looking forward to this month for a couple of weeks now and the reason why is because I am going back home to Costa Rica on August 20th and I can't wait.

Although this is really an "official visit" and not a vacation trip. The main purpose of the trip is because my American Visa is going to expire on Oct. this year so I have to go apply for a new one and for that you need to make an appointment, get and interview, bring a whole bunch of paper work and then hopefully get approved for another one.

But besides, that I also need renew my passport cause it is expiring on Jan. of 2010 so in order to apply for the American Visa I need to have plenty of time on my passport, otherwise they would not approve me for another visa.

I'm pretty confident that my embassy interview is going to go pretty good, I have all of the forms filled up, copy of the registry of my name (under my name), bank account statements, letter from my employer, 2 passport pictures and the rest of the stuff...

So, once I get all that done, then I can just lay back and relax, as I have to wait 4 business days after my appointment to get my passport back + there's a weekend in between, so in total I will be back home for 16 day, yey!

I am going by myself, and although I would have loved to go with my husband, I know that going by myself will give me the opportunity to go see a lot family and friends I haven't seen in years. I am already in contact (through facebook) with some of my friends from high school to get together while I'm there and most of my best friends are already planning a couple of parties.

And last I can't wait to go see my Labrador (Gaia), her mom (Negra) and her sister (Emma)...

The girls coming to greet me, last time I was home (march 09)

Negra (in the back is the mother), Gaia (my dog laying down) and Emma (closer to the camera)

I'm also looking forward to see my parents cat (Lea), she is just adorable! I am going to have a fab time...
Lea (aka: meuw) and Me!

So, as of today I have put a little countdown timer with a background image of my parents house to remind me every day that I am one day closer to see them again... Check it out on my side bar!!!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

3 happy months

Today is our 3 month anniversary as a happily married couple and so far I have to say that I am very, very happy with my life and with my new status as Mrs. Danziger.

So, to commemorate this "milestone" here are some pictures of us through the years.

Our first picture together (Sept. 2005)

Meeting you was fate, becoming your friend was a choice, falling in love with you was beyond my control!

Our first picture in Grand Cayman

"When you are in Love you can't fall asleep because reality is better than your dreams."
Dr. Seuss

Our first Date- Cuba Nov 2005

"In my world, I walked to a different drum. You came along and joined me in my journey. I am now in harmony and at peace in the world of love"

"Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy."

July 2008

"Two lives, two hearts joined together in friendship united forever in love."

"This day I will marry my friend, the one I laugh with, live for, dream with and love."

June 2009

I love being married. It's so great to find that one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life. ~Rita Rudner


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