Friday, November 22, 2013

KISS Playa! Share the love!

Although we only get to spend a small portion of our time in Playa del Carmen at the moment, we always feel like we have returned home when we arrive there. There is a continuous air of happiness around - not only from the tourists who are enjoying their beautiful surroundings but also from the local residents. We are constantly greeted with smiles and gestures of kindness in Playa.

As we feel that we "belong" when we go to Playa we like to give something back in return. One way we like to help is to support the KISS program (Keep Kids In School) - it is an amazing program that gives help, to the poor neighbourhood schools, through donating school supplies and by having volunteers come to the schools to assist with English language classes. It is great fun to be one of these volunteers.

I wanted to share their update with everyone about the newest neighbour that the organization is helping 

If you ever have the opportunity to assist with this wonderful organization please don't hesitate as it is an awesome way to give back!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

BPM Festival January 2014

If you LOVE electronic music and are going to be in Playa del Carmen January 3 - 12, 2014 you're in for a music festival that is VERY cool!

The BPM Festival is returning to Playa for it's 7th year and will take place at Mamita's & Kool on the beach. There's going to be 10 days of partying on the beach and I'm told it is a totally incredible experience.

If you want to learn more about this festival check out their website at

Early bird tickets already started selling on September 6th; get more ticket information here -

The following link is a more in depth article about the event.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Life in Playa is always an adventure!

We have recently returned from another great stay at our condo in Playa del Carmen. It was interesting this year in that we were there later in the season than we have been in the past. This time we experienced more of the colours of Mexico as more of the tress and plants around Playa were in bloom or beginning to bloom. What wonderful rich colors - brilliant reds in the flamboyant tree; trailing yellow flowers on the trees along 30th and purples in other trees were just beginning to show as we were leaving.

As well we got to experience the beginning of the rainy season in the Playa area; which we are told begins the end of May and boy did it begin. Apparently we really got to experience it as the rain was for much longer duration than is normal. Usually when it rains in Playa there is a downpour for a brief period then it stops, the sun comes out, the earth starts steaming and everything dries up again. However this year a big tropical storm came through and hung around for about a week. It was definitely a new experience for us! We had to go purchase an umbrella in anticipation of walking 2 blocks from our condo to the bus depot just in case it was raining when we were leaving and sure enough it was. The day we were leaving there was another big storm; thunder, lightning and rain like the skies had opened right up - oh and don't forget to add wind to the mix just to keep things interesting. We decided to flag down a taxi as we would be soaked trying to pull 2 large suitcases, two carry ons, juggle a purse and umbrella. The first guy decided he didn't want to get wet and get out to help load our luggage. The second guy - bless his heart - stopped for us, got out, grabbed an umbrella and helped load our luggage and got totally soaked in the process - even with an umbrella. He graciously drove us the 2 blocks to the bus depot so needless to say he got a big tip! 

The Playa area doesn't usually get huge rainfall and therefore doesn't have the type of drainage system you would find around other parts of Canada and the U.S. During tropical storms there tends to be quite a bit of flooding until such time as the water seeps away. Every little dip becomes a big puddle but the fun part is - it's still warm! Life in Playa is always an adventure and we enjoy each and every adventure thrown our way! Can't wait to go back and find new adventures!

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Wonderful program to help kids!

This year while in Playa del Carmen I have had the pleasure to become involved with a group that helps the kids in my adopted second home! I attended the luncheon meeting put on by the Rotary Playa del Carmen Seaside where I met Janet. Janet explained to me that she is part of the KKIS (Keep Kids In School) Project and she immediately asked me if I would like to go the next day and help teach the children English. Well of course I was thrilled to have the opportunity to help and look forward to making this a weekly event while I am in Playa.
It was so much fun - once I got over the fact that my Spanish isn't that good; I was working with grade 2 students and I tell you those little kids sure do talk fast - there was no hope of me understanding them by talking but I was surprised that I did get the general idea. I'm sure with continued exposure to them I will find that I'm more comfortable and my ears will become more tuned in to actually hearing and understanding their words. In the meantime - it's lots of fun and I look forward to a continued involvement with this great organization while I am in Playa.

Friday, March 29, 2013

A good organization with a good cause!

If you're going to be in Playa del Carmen over Easter here's something you might like to participate in. 

Are you a cat lover? Coco's Cat Rescue in Playa del Carmen works to help all the stray cats in the area. 

They are a non profit organization with a no kill policy, dedicated to reducing the cat population in Playa. They  use a trap spay/nueter and return (TNR) program for feral cats and a rescue, spay/neuter and tame program on kittens under 3 months. They then find permanent homes for all the cats they help.

Because Coco's is a non profit organization they frequently hold fundraisers. Their 4th annual cocktail party is coming up on April 7th at the Blue Parrot. Tickets are on sale now and  include 3 hours of open bar, live music, appetizers and a silent auction. 

If you would like more information please check out their facebook page:

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Mérida, the capital of Yucatán state

Well so far during all our journeys to Mexico we have not made it over to Merida. We have discussed it many times but somehow just haven't been able to work it into our plans - YET! So I cannot speak from personal experience but I am told it's a beautiful part of the country to see, with a very different flavor from what you would find in a tourist destination.  

This article about Merida,

was recently shared with me and I wanted to pass it on for everyone to enjoy. When we do finally make the trip there I will be sure to post some pictures and stories about it.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

A feel good Mexico story!

I borrowed this from Living in Mexico's blog - as it's very indicative of the people in Mexico.

A feel good Mexico story! This just posted by Rob Birce ...owner of the bookstore in Puerto Morelos..........

We that live here do a fair amount of whining about the things that are more difficult to accomplish here in Mexico than they are where we are from. Banking, paying a bill etc.

Here is one thing that was much easier to handle here in Mexico. I came out of Sam's Club in downtown Cancun today and my truck would not start. It would only click sadly, but not turn over. A fellow shopper asked if I needed help and he offered a boost which unfortunately did not do the job.

We figured the starter was dead and he offered to call a mechanic he knew. He then did his shopping and drove away, leaving me the phone number of the mechanic and his own personal card. The mechanic showed up about 10 minutes later. He attempted a boost too, which failed, and diagnosed the starter just as we did. 

Rather than tow the truck, he offered to remove the starter and repair it at his garage. He would then return and put the rebuilt starter on the truck, all for about 600 pesos.

That is exactly what happened. Took about 90 minutes from start to finish.

In Calgary, I would have called CAA (AAA) and had the truck towed to my mechanic. He would have ordered a rebuilt starter and would try to squeeze me in to have it replaced in a few days...likely Monday. Cost would be a few hundred dollars for the part and a few hundred more in labour.

Viva Mexico!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Wine & Food Tasting event.

Well if you're in Playa on March 22nd and would like to support the community, here is something you might enjoy.

Rotary Club 
Playa del Carmen Seaside...

is delighted to invite you to join them for an evening of fun at the

Wine & Food Tasting 

Friday, March 22nd at 7pm.
5th Ave & 2nd St.
Playa del Carmen

Cost:    400 pesos

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Playa del Carmen now has English Rotary club.

I would like to introduce the Rotary Playa del Carmen Seaside. Recently a group of English speaking professionals decided to start an English speaking club in Playa del Carmen and they are making great strides to be involved with their community and give back in various ways. 

Their newest event in April will be a Rubber Ducky race. So if you're in town and want to participate it should be lots of fun. They also have paypal access if you're not there but would like to participate. The grand prize is a house in Cancun.

If you'd like to be there you could check out our condo which is centrally located in Playa.