Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Mr. Livin' La Vida Loca Himself, Performs His Famous Song Down Under and Triggers Some Memories

I've been a fan of Ricky Martin for a very long time. Yes, I do know he is gay. Trust me I never dreamed of a romantic connection with the Puerto Rican heart throb. I have admired his persona, outlook on life, showmanship, songs and of course his amazing chiseled good looks! Who would not admire his beauty? I mean really! Ricky 'has angel' is what they would say in Latin America, loosely translated to 'has charisma,' or a something special which can't be explained.

When I started my blog, back in 2008, upon arriving in Australia, I thought it would be appropriate to name it 'Livin' la vida Australia' because it sort of described the whirlwind life I was experiencing down under (a crazy life in Australia). Grant it, I didn't "wake up in NYC, in a funky cheap hotel, blah, blah, blah..." as Ricky's song says, but I have felt like I had bullet in my brain, more than once, but such is life, regardless where one lives.

Ricky is one of the judges on Australia's 'The Voice' and the other night he and the other three judges performed his infamous 'Living la vida loca' song, and upon watching it on YouTube, I was instantly transported to 1999. I was living in NYC, working as an Art Director at Time Inc.'s Parenting Magazine, just married and with a little baby on the way... pure bliss. Who would have guessed that Ricky and I would cross paths in Australia 14 years later? Still BLISS, only with three daughters, still married, and working for Property Portal Watch in a totally different role, Editor. I guess when you change hemispheres, you change your calling too.

One thing still true, I'm still a Ricky fan. Thank you Mr. Martin for funneling some awesome memories into my present.

Meaning of Tener ├íngel (to have angel) in Spanish... no Enlish, sorry.

Monday, March 11, 2013

I Can't Take This Heat Anymore

It's been over a year since my last post. Has my life been lacklustre and event free, that I have not had anything to write about? Hardly, quite the contrary actually. 2012 has been chock full of work and family responsibilities that, I have not had any time for anything else. So far, 2013 has been a repeat of last year, however I am in desperate need to vent today, and so I have taken to blog about that which troubles me... the heat.

I think I can only blame myself for the state I am currently in. Yes, I have brought on the terrible and scorching weather which has Victoria on its knees, due to the five years of daily complaints to God about Melbourne's dreadfully cold and gloomy weather. Now, I have been rewarded with the heat-wave of all heat-waves, and I recognise that I have gone too far with my prayers.

The message has been received, loud and clear. I now understand that I am most definitely supposed to live in a cold climate, and that my DNA was not programmed for this infernal heat. OK, lets turn back the thermostat dial now, please? God, are you listening? Pretty please?

Australian Bureau of Meteorology temperature map - with a new colour for 52-54C. (125-120F)



This is the current temperature, and it's evening.