On November 5, I’m going to be hosting a Fundraiser at Hacienda Victoria, Casa de Refugio Orphanage in Rosarito Mexico. Please join me while we spread the Thanksgiving love with the children in need in Rosarito, Mexico.
The itinerary will be as follows, we will get to the orphanage at 8am on November 5, and we will be hosting games from 8-12pm. All ideas are welcome.
Here is how you can help:
Donating $50 for a kid, this will help the administration give them gifts for Christmas
Donating staple foods or lightly used clothing
Submit any game ideas suitable for children 4-15 years old
Please email if interested at email@example.com.
All contributions will be welcome. Help me be the change for our children of the future. God Bless!
Pura vida Mae, as the people would say in Costa Rica. There’s no better way to describe a way of living than “Pura Vida.” It encompasses the “no worries”, “all good”, “this too shall pass”, and beyond. I went to Costa Rica with an agenda and stressed because I want to do more than I was able to on a daily basis, but then a wise person said, “Lorena, sit down in a hammock, lay back, relax, and Pura Vida.” That’s when I realized that not only I should be doing this on every vacation, but that I should be doing it on a daily basis. Don’t sweat the things that are beyond my control, work to earn a decent living, be kind whenever possible, and is trust me is always possible.
I started my vacation in Playa Grande Guanacaste. We stayed at Palm Beach Estates at the wonderful Casa Cameleon: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/250371 (Check it out) Murat was the property manager and he couldn’t be more hospitable. From there, we took a boat to Tamarindo and met with the local surf school crew, and the hooked it with surfboards and amazing Guaro. (Guaro: sugar cane rum, must try)
After a couple of days we ventured out to Playa Santa Teresa. WOW. Best waves, people, and scene. We were greeted by Dave, owner of The Greenrooms: http://www.the-green-rooms.com/. Great host and chef. He showed us around town, gave us decent pricing on room rentals, and treated us like family. Great guy, if you go to Santa Teresa, please at least stay a night there. Don’t forget to say hi to Eva and Tiffany. Make sure you visit the best beachfront bar in town, Banana Beach, (Where dreams come true) visit Tiffany, best bartender in town. She has a loose pour. https://www.facebook.com/Bananabeachrestaurant
Lastly, a couple of days before we left we visited the Playa Grande elementary school. I talked to the director of the school, and she told me the children needed school supplies, toys, and games. Since the school is low on funds there isn’t budget for teachers and the director is also the children’s teacher. It is very sad. But trust me this lady does miracles, and the children are very happy to be there. What also surprised me about the school is the it was gated and locked in chains. I asked why was that the case and she told me children were getting kidnapped and killed. I asked more questions about it and I was horrified.
People in Costa Rica are one of the nicest and most humble people I have met. People that come to visit and stay in Costa Rica acquire the same cultural attributes, they are happy and stress free. Costa Rica is on my top favorite places to go to visit as of right now. Will definitely visit again soon. Especially go back to Playa Grande School and bring more supplies to the children.
If you are interested in donating or become part of part of this good cause and helping children around the world, please email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org. I am trying to connect the dots to generate more funds and help more children. PURA VIDA!
A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to go to Oahu, Hawaii. Surfing Waikiki has been in my bucket list ever since I was kid. I am blessed to have had the opportunity to visit this pristine island, and be welcomed and catered by the amazing locals. Every second spent in Oahu felt like a dream, I asked to be pinched a couple of times to realize it was real. Check out the what to do in Oahu list below:
Waikiki Beach – if you want to get submersed in the touristy, cultural flow of the island, you have to at least visit downtown Waikiki once. If you want to surf long easy waves Waikiki Beach is where is at. Clear blue waters and soft waves. Keep in mind is extremely crowded, so be courteous and cautious. If you like shopping, you definitely need to go to Waikiki Beach, Best shopping in the island, again super crowded and parking may be a challenge and expensive. If you want the Luau experience please get the Diamond Head Luau package. Amazing show and a complimentary tickets to the Waikiki Aquarium.
NorthShore – biggest waves in the island. Very touristy, but less commercialized. Visit Waimea Bay, Waimea Bay Falls, Pipeline, and don’t miss the Haleiwa Farmer’s Market every Thursdays. If you want beachfront dinning visit Olaat Turtle Bay Resort. Please don’t forget to stop at the Dole Plantation and get the best pineapple ice cream, obviously.
Waihe’e Waterfalls- if you are feeling adventurous and want to get a good workout and chase waterfalls, please go to Hamama Falls. Locals hiking track, please email me if interested in going: email@example.com
Lanakai Beach and Hanuama Bay – beast beaches in the island. Great for snorkeling and diving. You must visit them.
Dining – Must go to Heavenly Cafe, (downtown Waikiki) and get the Acai french toast and dine at The Pig and the Lady, (downtown Honolulu) order the fried chicken. In case you are wondering where to have lunch, go to any food trucks, they are cheap and delicious. I was usually full from breakfast.
Is that time of the year Coachella Season! Oh I remember those days when Coachella was only one weekend and the wristbands were plastic. Happy Days! In 2010, there wasn’t a celebrity VIP, and I remember seeing Kate Bosworth walking in front of me and thinking: “Damn she is skinnier in person and her skin is orange.” Back then people didn’t care as much about their attire or how they looked like. People were ready to rage, DO IT ALL, BODY PAINT? YES! Now, not only Coachella has two weeks, California’s Spring has become a festival season. Every single store has a “Festival Section,” every chick including myself are going to look the same. I better create my own outfit or become part of the shepherd.
Aside all my pessimism, I still enjoy Coachella a ton and I since I’ve been more than 3 times I’ve become “The Basic Bitch or Bro of Coachella,” not ashamed. I care more than ever how I look than the music. Quite the transformation I must say. I have been dieting for the past two weeks and doing bikram yoga twice a day. However today, I am starting my 2-day cleanse before this weekend. See the 2-day agenda below:
Blend 1 cup of skim (or soy, almond, rice, hemp) milk
1 cup of berries
1 tsp of peanut butter
1 cup of ice until frothy
1 cup of sliced cucumbers
1 cup of green tea
Steamed or raw greens (romaine, spinach, mesclum mix, bok choy, arugula, watercress, frisee, endive, etc.)
4 oz of lean protein (white meat chicken, firm tofu, lean beef, fish)
2 tsp oil (olive, sunflower, walnut)
10 asparagus spears, blanched
1 cup of green tea
Steamed or raw greens
4 oz lean proteins
2 tsp oil
Let’s see how this cleanse goes. I am sure that I will come back with 10 extra pounds that what I left with. Truth be told is that I am a curvy Puerto Rican my weight goes up and down faster than a see-saw.
Also, take LA Times WHAT TYPE OF COACHELLA-GOER ARE YOU? TAKE OUR QUIZ AND FIND OUT: http://www.laweekly.com/music/what-type-of-coachella-goer-are-you-take-our-quiz-and-find-out-5473769
Find out more bonus tricks for the 2-day cleanse in: http://positivemed.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/naked.jpg
You are incredible. But why was it so hard to adapt to your culture when you have everything I need? Beaches, good waves, mountains, snow, deserts, HOLLYWOOD, diverse people, and delicious tacos? How would an Island girl, moving from Puerto Rico make it happen in your overcrowded jungle? For me, this move was an emotional turmoil but I defeated by going through the following stages and transitional thoughts:
I wasn’t prepared for what I was getting into. Sudden decision. Pack 2 suitcases, found a roommate and move to Long Beach. Slept 2 days in a row after I moved.
Why did move by myself? I didn’t know anybody.
Girl, you are weird! Hi where’s that accent from? Figured out how people interacted in different settings: school, work, groceries, and the like.
4. Inner focus
If you think I am weird I am going to focus and get weirder. Decided to join the gym combined different workouts including yoga, pilates, surfing, and skating. Went out to dinner by myself and enjoyed diverse cuisines. “Are you eating by yourself?” … Yes I was born by myself.
I got involved in nonprofit organizations. Help those in need and volunteer for a good cause. Trust me making children happy is extremely gratifying.
Felt in control of my habitat and started LOVING my new journey.
7. Cali girl with a Puerto Rican heart
Transformed into a better person. Learned more about myself. Recognized my limits. Set goals. Reflected on who I was and realized that I wasn’t proud of who I was. I let my past go and moved on with my journey.
Tips: You are your center. The mind is very powerful and deceiving. Experience life wisely and plentiful. Don’t let anyone tell you no. There’s always a way to do things or a solution to your problem. And remember to live in the moment because, “This too shall pass.”