Wednesday, November 6, 2013

In Isla Mujeres Daily News Wednesday, November 6 The Afternoon Edition

..This is the live webcam at North Beach / Playa Norte



The "Morning Edition" has translated headlines &  newspaper photos. This Afternoon Edition has  translations of the articles,  Daily Events & Live Music Schedules  & the "Around the Internet in the Past 24 Hours" section including photos & info from individuals & local businesses ....Daily In Isla Mujeres. There are always links to the original articles in Spanish.


Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

Renovation of Rueda Medina resuming after three years

Retomarán obras de remodelación

Martes, 05 de Noviembre de 2013 22:24

De la “Rueda medina”, tras un trienio en el abandono

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It appears the project of removing the overhead wires and their poles downtown on Rueda Medina, will resume soon.  A group of workers inspected the work previously done the main street, and were comparing their plans with what they observed. One of the workers explained that they will report the results of their inspection to the CFE (Federal Electrical Commission), because work is scheduled to begin soon, which will improve the image of the island. The lines will be placed underground. 

 Catholics remember Fernando Garcia Zalvidea

Católicos recuerdan a Fernando García Zalvidea

Martes, 05 de Noviembre de 2013 22:18

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The island community joins the family García Zalvidea in grieving the loss of Cancun businessman Fernando García Zalvidea who was involved with the construction of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in La Gloria, as well as the remodeling fo the Chapel to the Virgin of Guadalupe in colonia Salinas Chicas. He had strong friendships in Isla Mujeres and is remembered fondly.
Marthy announces start of "Sheltering Families with Love" 

Calor humano, a la orden

Martes, 05 de Noviembre de 2013 22:17

Marthy marca inicio de “Abrigando Familias con Amor”

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This annual program, Sheltering Families with Love (Abrigando Familias con Amor”),will be coordinated between the state and municipal DIF agencies from November 5 to December 13th to collect blankets and coats in good condition. The general public is encouraged to donate, as well as businesses, merchants, and officials. Donations can be dropped off at the DIF office in La Gloria until the 13th. Donations in cash may be made at Banamex branch 151 account 7088753  Reference: ABRIGAFAMCONAMOR08, clave 002690015170887530.

 Tvisla Mujeres

DIF begins "Sheltering Families with Love" program
Arranca DIF su programa “Abrigando Familias con Amor”

Noticias de  Quequi......

  Finishing the final details


Noticias de Diario Respuesta...

Vets sterilized more than 50 animals

Esterilizan médicos a más de 50 animales

Esterilizan  médicos a más de 50 animales
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Mundaca's grave suffers deterioration in the cemetery

Sufre grave deterioro tumba de Mundaca en el panteón

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 DIF initiating campaign against diabetes soon

En breve iniciará el DIF campaña contra diabetes


 Diario La Verdad

Diario La Verdad

 por esto

Business improved for the boat tours
“Respiro” económico para lancheros[+] Ver mas
Nautical tour providers experience an increased demand for their services on Tuesday, after the weather improved, prompting the arrival of hundreds of tourists. More than six boats departed which was considerable since there are days when only two boats go out, or days when there are no tours. The boats were carrying 10 to 15 people, depending on capacity, most of whom were domestic tourists. The tours included the sale of barbecued fish / tikinxik, in addition to visiting the main beaches and attractions.  Tourists were seen shopping and patronizing restaurants and bars, and the best turnout was at the beaches of the Posada and Punta Norte, where hundreds of visitors enjoyed the warm weather.

Problem with the Hyperbaric Chamber
Fallos en la Cámara Hiperbárica[+] Ver mas
Although two specialists have been hired to operate the Hyperbaric Chamber, after two years of inactivity it is not yet operational because of a failure of one of the "empaques" of the machine, which is probably a gasket. It is expected to be ready on Wednesday or Thursday. (It is used to treat decompression illness, which is a risk for the fishermen diving for lobster, whose season is over at the end of February.)

Schools operating normally in Isla Mujeres
Escuelas de Isla Mujeres, trabajan con normalidad [+] Ver mas

Although there are teacher's strikes at several campuses in Benito Juarez municipality (Cancun), classes continue normally in Isla Mujeres, both on the island and in the Continental Zone. There are about 3000 students on the island and mainland areas of Isla Mujeres.

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Fine dining a few steps away at Da Luisa or try the traditional neighborhood eateries a couple blocks farther. Stroll five minutes down the coastal sidewalk to Mango Cafe or Monchi's,shop at Chedraui or visit restaurants, bars, & beach clubs; minutes away by bike or on foot. Our guests recommend the Yoga classes a couple villas away at hotelito Casa Ixchel. Fresh juice, produce & tortillas a few blocks away in the village, as well as a pharmacy and variety of other stores and small local restaurants

November Calendar of Events .

Sesoloco restaurant reopens Friday Nov 8
los amigos y clientes de Restaurant Sesolocos se les informa que abrimos nuevamente apartir de este viernes 8 noviembre, tel. 8771446.

Nov 1 Dia de los Muertos / All Saints Day
Nov 2 Dia de lost Muertos / All Souls Day
Nov 3 US Time Change / End DST
Nov 7 Art Fair at Town Square  4p-7p
Nov 7 Benefit concert for Red Cross  6p at Hotel Ixchel 50p
Nov 8 Last day of Hanal Pixan
Nov 11 US Veteran's Day Canada Remembrance Day
Nov 12 Postal Worker Appreciation Day Mexico
Nov 14 World Diabetes Day  5p Health Fair La Gloria Dome 
Nov 15-18  Buen Fin (discounts)
Date of Caribe Maya Cultural Festival TBA (Was this w/e in 2011 & 2012)
Nov 16 International Day of Tolerance
Nov 18 Day off for Revolution Day (date of parade TBA)
Nov 20  Dia de la Revolución
Nov 21 US Thanksgiving holiday
Nov 24 Solemnidad de Cristo Rey (Christ the King Day / El día de Cristo Rey)
Nov 25 Día Internacional de la Eliminación de la Violencia Contra la Mujer
Nov 27 Hanukkah begins
Nov 28 Beginning of Festival for Town Saint through Dec 8: Virgin of Immaculate Conception (exact date TBA)  HERE is an article about the Festival
Nov 30 Hurricane Season Officially Ends

Full Moon on Nov 17. Moonrise over the Caribbean (East) at:
Nov 17  5:21p
Nov 18  6:09p
Nov 19  6:57p
Nov 20 7:47p
Nov 21  8:37p   and ~50 minutess later nightly

John Cain's schedule 
Tuesdays, Cafe Del Mar 8 to 10 pm,
 Saturdays, The Sunset Grill from 6 to 8 pm
 Sundays, The Sol Rockers, Bahia Tortuga 7 to 930 pm

Banda Sin Nombre at Chuuk Kay 3:30p Sat & Sun

Fenix Lounge   Domingo Salsa en Vivo con ¡¡Puro Sabor - Salsa Cubana !! :: Sunday Live Salsa with ¡¡Puro Sabor - Salsa Cubana !! + Gratis/FREE Chilpachole Pa' la Cruda! + Tragos/Drinks + SUP & Kayak :: See You There!! / No Falten!! — at Fenix Lounge.
Domingo Salsa en Vivo con ¡¡Puro Sabor - Salsa Cubana !! ::  Sunday Live Salsa with ¡¡Puro Sabor - Salsa Cubana !! + Gratis/FREE Chilpachole Pa' la Cruda! + Tragos/Drinks + SUP & Kayak :: See You There!! / No Falten!!
·Iguana's has been having Caribbean-Tropical music on Saturdays  & Sundays starting around 6. The Sol Rockers play at Bahia Tortuga on Sunday evenings. You may find live music after 9 or 10 on Hidalgo at Fayne's, La Terraza, or  Comono, and at Poc Na Hostel.

At Poc Na Nov 24 8p..Fidel Nada Full Band
Poc-Na Hostel's photo.

On the internet in the past 24 hours...

From Isla Animals..  Please vote (once logged in once not logged in) and help bring home this prize to Isla

From Tiffany of Barlitos:  This Thursday is the Isla Mujeres November Artist Fair! We hope everyone that is on the Island will come on down to the Zocalo from 4 to 7pm to support 40 incredibly talented people from our community! We also want to give a huge thank you to Corona who has agreed to supply our tables & chairs each month. For anyone who has been involved in the Fair, you know how challenging this has been. With Corona's help we can have an unlimited amount of artists come high season! This is awesome for the Fair & the Island! Come celebrate art with us!

Participating artists:
Daryl Adler, sea glass expert & artist, paintings Yazmin Aguirre, Sugar & Spice Sweets Rose Arriaga, clothing designer & accessories Leandro Arzumendi, Holistic Center Nirit Ben David, acupuncture & Chinese medicine Santos Caamal, handmade leather goods Guadalupe Camara & Cecelia Marin, Women's Bead Coop Ana Codero, paintings Gloria Garcia, angels & accessories Marypaz Fentanes, clothing designer & accessories Bessie Hamaker, shell mirrors, beach sculptures & gourmet dog biscuits Ray Heath, jewelry & paintings Sandra Herrara, recyclable artist Wayne Jahr & Bob Knight, housewares & accessories Gigi Kraycar, jewelry & the Little Yellow School House Liw Larsen, paintings Damien Lemee, recyclable artist, sculptor Rosie Lizama, tamales Sally Margolis, jewelry Carol Ann McDonald, paintings Lalo Meraz Contreras, photographer Marielos Migoni, paintings Marisa Moreno, educacion Liberty Lisbeth Moreno, tamales Jose Pech, sculptor Nora Perez, accessories Todd Pierce, Coda Design jewelry Eileen Regn, Isla Animals Liz Rosales, paintings, drawings & accessories Sergio Rivas, batik artist Alison Sawyer Current, Author & Isla Animals Emilio Sosa, sculptor Susan Stowell, clothing designer, jewelry & accessories Victor Villegas, recyclable art, sculptor Carla Weaver, homemade almond milk Ted Wyman, musician Sebastian Arreche, jewelry Gretchen Araujo Campos, jewelry

There is a benefit concert for Cruz Roja tomorrow evening (Thursday) at 6:30 at Hotel Ixchel. Cost for tickets is only 50 pesos. Kathy Ennis has 5 tickets to sell so if someone would like to make a donation for Red Cross and enjoy lovely music please contact her (or me & I'll connect you up). Thanks.
Not in Isla Mujeres......Diane White Daniel shared a link.
Estudio revela que los tacos al pastor son más nutritivos que barras de fibra
"Study reveals tacos al pastor are more nutritious than fiber bars"

 tacos-al-pastor Una razón más para optar por lo tradicional, cuando se trata de un simple antojito.
 "Another reason to opt for the traditional, when you want a simple snack"
This article in Spanish says.....
      A study by Department of Chemical, Environmental, & Gastronomic Engineering at the Universidad del las Americas en Puebla (UDLAP) determined you can eat three tacos al pastor or four flautas of cochinita pibil without feeling guilty or dashing to the gym.
    Orders of each food were collected, put through a blender, and then dried and analyzed.The  tacos al pastor were 12% fat, 21% protein, 24% carbs, while flautas of cochinia pibil were 12% fat, 4% protein, and 41% carbs.  The tacos and flautas contained similar amounts of moisture (tacos 42% and  flautas 43%).
        To the researchers, these are acceptable statistics, since the amount of fat is lower than foods such as chips, donuts, and even some energy bars, which can contain up to 30% fat. It is noted that the tacos al pastor could be considered an energy food, and that you should control your daily intake of  food for a healthy diet.

I posted the Before Photo of Ernie (whose intake sheet just had the description "dirty curly"). He was a street dog in Punta Sur. As it turned out, Marla & Javier had been giving him food and water when they saw him around. He got rounded up and sterilized at the Isla Animals clinic on Sunday-as well as a massive hair cut ( freeing him
From sharp burs and dreadlocks) mani-pedi, flea and tick treatment, worm treatment, ear mite treatment, treatments for wounds from the burs and the living on the street and lots of TLC. He was such a friendly pup-He went back to Punta Sur and lucked out and got to spend two nights at Marla and Javi's place so he could recover-and they were amazingly able to find him home with someone on Punta Sur. He now has horses and a new chocolate lab friend in his new home. Check out his After Photo. What a lucky guy!!! Gold star to everyone who helped and as always Eileen Regn & Alison Sawyer Current!

I posted the Before Photo of Ernie (whose intake sheet just had the description "dirty curly"). He was a street dog in Punta Sur. As it turned out, Marla & Javier had been giving him food and water when they saw him around. He got rounded up and sterilized at the Isla Animals clinic on Sunday-as well as a massive hair cut ( freeing him
From sharp burs and dreadlocks) mani-pedi, flea and tick treatment, worm treatment, ear mite treatment, treatments for wounds from the burs and the living on the street and lots of TLC. He was such a friendly pup-He went back to Punta Sur and lucked out and got to spend two nights at Marla and Javi's place so he could recover-and they were amazingly able to find him home with someone on Punta Sur. He now has horses and a new chocolate lab friend in his new home. Check out his After Photo. What a lucky guy!!! Gold star to everyone who helped and as always Eileen Regn & Alison Sawyer Current!

Maya of the Yucatan:  Surrounded by Spirits
By WentCoastal
Bribing the Grim Reaper....

Here is an account (I edited) from Brinton, Daniel Garrison. (2013). pp. 168-9. Essays of an Americanist. Hong Kong: Forgotten Books. (Original work published 1890)
         A singular ceremony is at times performed to prevent the death of those who are sick. The dreaded being who in Medieval l symbolism was represented by a skeleton, (the Grim Reaper) is known to the Mayas as Y^l^n (Yum) Cimil, Lord of Death. He lurked around a house where  a person is ill, ready to enter and carry off their life when there is an opportunity.
       He was, however, willing to accept something in lieu thereof, and to bring about this result the natives perform the rite called kex, or "barter." They hang jars and nets containing food and drink on the trees around the house, repeating certain invocations, and they believe that often the Lord of Death will be satisfied with these, and thus allow the invalid to recover.

The Friendly Balams
  p 169& 170, 1890 (2013) edited,  same source:
      To the Maya, the woods, the air, and the darkness are filled with mysterious beings who are always ready to do him injury or service, and the greater number are malevolent sprites.  Among the kind spirits are the Balams, who are very ancient men that oversee and guard the towns. One stands north of the town, a second south, a third east, and the fourth to the west. They are usually not visible during the day, and when one is seen, it is a sign of approaching illness.
      At night the Balams are awake and vigilant, and may prevent bad events from befalling the village, such as violent rains, tornadoes, and pestilential diseases. They summon each other by a loud, shrill whistle; and they fly through the air with the swiftness of a bird, although they do not have wings. Occasionally they have desperate conflicts with the evil powers who would assail the town. The signs of these nocturnal struggles are seen the next day in trees broken down and uprooted, the ground torn up, and large stones split and thrown around.

The scary Mayan spirits

X'tabay - She manifests as a beautiful mestizo woman, perched in a lush ceiba tree combing her long hair, singing to entice her next victim (usually a drunken man) with her charms. In the wee hours of the night, she transforms into a thorny snake-dragon in his arms, causing him to die on a cacti. Those who survive are left completely crazy. Article I wrote about her and the unique Yucatecan liqueur associated with her.

Aluxes - They are child-sized and never sleep, roaming the jungle at night and entering houses, causing fevers and chills, so it is best not to try and catch them.  They can run forward and backward very quickly, and they throw stones, causing dogs to howl. Farmers burn incense and place markers in homage to the agricultural dieties, and in return for this respect, the Aluxes may protect their milpas. A travel writer visiting Isla Mujeres in the late 1950's was told about an encounter with Aluxes near the runway, by a member of the Lima family.

La Cola Negra -  This is ash colored snake that is 6-12 feet long, with a black tail that is wide and forked, which it puts into the nose of a breastfeeding women while it steals her milk. In Maya it is called La Ekuneil. In Mexico in general, the snake that steals human milk is known as Chayilcán. Link

Cucalkin - This is Mayan for "priest without a neck". This aberration roams the roads and countryside of the Yucatan, wearing a religious habit.  It walks with arms extended, goosestepping, with its head and eyes planted in its chest.  In the late 1800's, two campesinos overcame their fears during an encounter and scared one away with a knife, and after searching for a long time they found it in a tree. Link 

Che Vinic -  The Man of the Woods, or Salonge, is a huge fellow without bones or joints. If he lies down he cannot rise without extreme difficulty; therefore he sleeps leaning against a tree.
       His feet are reversed, with  heels in front, and  toes behind. He is red-colored,  larger and stronger than a bull, and carries a stick the size of a tree-trunk. He watches for those who stray through the woods, and, if he can, will seize and devour them. 
      But a ready-witted man has always a means of escape. All he has to do is to pluck a green branch from a tree, and waving it before him, begin a lively dance. This invariably throws the Wood Man into convulsions of mirth. He laughs and laughs until he falls to the ground, and once down, having no joints, he cannot rise, and the hunter can proceed leisurely on his journey. It is singular, says Dr. Berendt, how widely distributed is the belief in this strange fancy. It recurs in precisely the same form in Yucatan, in Peten, in Tabasco, around Palenque, etc. LINK/source   

El Chivo Brujo - This one is more of an urban legend, and has origins in Campeche, where an arms dealer is said to have used the superstition to his advantage. This male witch-goat has the torso of a hairy man with the head and legs of a goat. It has large twisted horns, and evil red eyes which can drive men mad. It is incredibly strong, preys at night, and likes to remove the meat from your bones. LINK  


Here's an excerpt from today's specials at my Specials, Menus  & Delivery blog. There is always a link at the top of this page. There is a Specials tab for each day of the week, that is usually updated daily.
Loncheria Manolitos 12:30-5p

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They are a few steps from the Guadalupe chapel, near Mango Cafe, ~2 mi south of town on east side. Salina Chica/Meteorologica
«Loncheria MANOLITOS»»
Horario: 12:30 del dia a 5 de la tarde

Nov 6..

*QUESO RELLENO  Edam cheese stuffed w ground meat w 2 sauces
*CALDO DE RES Beef soup
*POLLO FRITO CON SOPA Fried chicken w soup
*MILANESA DE POLLO Parm breaded chicken
*MILANESA DE PUERCO Parm breaded pork
*POC CHUC seasoned grilled pork pieces
*CHULETAS A LA YUCATECA pork chops Yucatec

Photo: todos los sabados
apartir de las 8 am
*por kilo
y apartir de las 12 del dia
*queso relleno
*puchero de dos carnes
estamos hubicados a unos pasos de la capilla de guadalupe pedidos al 9981448474Photo: SABADO



    QUESO RELLENO:   Edam Cheese stuffed with picadillo (seasoned ground meat & finely diced vegs), with a white & a red sauce.
Picadillo is similar to hash, but with different seasoning. The seasoned ground meat is cooked with very finely diced vegs. Included in the recipe often are: green peppers, onion, tomatoes, garlic, bay leaf, cloves, cumin,olives, cinnamon, chile.  It means "bits & pieces", and is often made from a mix of ground beef and pork.

Chuletas a la Yucateca is made by marinating pork chops  in achiote and sour orange juice, and other recado* spices may be added. They may be grilled or fried to brown them, then baked (and may be covered with banana leaves while baking.)
Leslie Woodbridge   Manolitos Milanese de Pollo... The bestt!

Manolitos Milanese de Pollo... The bestt!

 Pork or Chicken Milanesa:

is similar to  "Chicken Fried Steak" and "Chicken Parmesan";  a seasoned, breaded,  fried cutlet Photo from MexicoFood&more 

 Poc chuc is grilled pork slices, marinated first with sour orange* & seasonings that may include garlic, onions, achiote ricado*, & black pepper.

*Recado: spice paste with some combination of cloves, cinnamon, black pepper, oregano, cumin, garlic, coriander, vinegar, and sour orange. Comes in many variations, of which the most common is achiote recado.
*Achiote: from the seeds of the annatto plant, used for flavor & color in some recados, tikinxic (grilled fish), pibils, poc chuc, & many other yucatec dishes. Sold in cakes (pressed powder) & often combined with sour orange to make a paste or marinade.
    • Daily Update: I just have to start by saying happy birthday to my daughter Abigail. Happy Birthday sweetheart. Last day of the clinic today. We weren’t sure if would do a fifth day but we have lots of animals and everyone was up for it. What a fantastic group of volunteers, they’ve been terrific. I love this picture, talk about “a deer in the headlights,” these poor dogs just don’t’ know what’s going on but it’s all good in the end. On the sad side the distemper is really on the rise, we lost two dogs yesterday. I try not to post negative things but this distemper is the worst. Good for North America for keeping it under control. It’s just so preventable with vaccines. We have a meeting tomorrow to put together a plan. Here is something new: We are excited to announce that we’ve partnered with Compación to bring you some exclusive Limited Edition apparel! Ha ha, Isla Animals has never had a T shirt of it’s own, only once for the K9K, that was part of another group raising money for a school here, but this one is just for Isla Animals. So,for every item you buy, Compación will donate US$7.00 to Isla Animals. Please click on any of the links below for more information. This is a limited time offer (Nov. 6-16) and now is your chance to get hold of some in high fashion to support our work here on the island. Thanks! Don’t forget to vote.

  Playa Norte now in real time in Isla Mujeres   

 "Time Lapse" of Playa Norte Webcam:  LINK  
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