Circofest Puerto Rico 2014

My kids loved it!

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The circus is in town! There’s nothing quite like the circus; the painted faces and funny hats, the striped pants and acrobatics… It’s fun for all ages. This weekend and all through next week Puerto Rico is blessed with an international cast of circus characters. The first of its kind, Circofest has brought together artists from all over the world to bring joy and happiness to our little island.

Aerial Silk Duo Aerial Silk Duo

Jugglers, clowns, fire breathers, aerial silk dancers, slack liners, and daring adventurous magical people of all kinds. This weekend they filled the streets of Old San Juan with their art and will continue to spread the joy throughout various parts of the Island during the week to come. I recommend it. For schedules and maps check out their page I really hope they keep coming every year and I can get better pics next time.

This wonderful…

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1379337_660300460669026_1442412667_nLet’s Hack the town! Yup, that’s what this initiative is all about: Citizens coming together to hack communities and engage them in the process of planning its improvement. You see, nobody knows better what a community needs than the community itself. Through Communihack, college students and other professionals work together with the residents to establish integrative designs that will help improve the quality of life in the area by establishing a working, coherent, development plan that will beautify the town as well as maximize the use of space to increase self-sustainability. And that’s just phase one. After that, phase two intends to actually do the proposed plans, leaving run-down communities like Santurce looking like they used to or better. The plan intends to target a different community every year or so, until hopefully, Puerto Rico gets completely hacked. Just imagine…

Although still in developmental stages, ComuniHack is already lining up…

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Welcoming the New Year… a lo Boricua

Reposted from the new blog Puerto Rico Yarari. This is how we welcome the new year in Puerto Rico. Happy New Year everybody!

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I suspect every culture has a very peculiar and personal way of celebrating the New Year. As traditions go, this celebration is quite universal, even if very different from one place to another. An interesting life goal could be to experience a New Year celebration in a different country every year. But in order to get the real experience you need to celebrate with locals, otherwise you’ll just be in a hotel with cheesy music and muted versions of the real thing.  So here’s a taste of what it’s like to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Puerto Rico:

The Menu: Some items vary depending on who’s hosting the party, but certain things will always be there.

  1. Lechón (pork), usually left with the skin, is a favorite of all. A traditional way of preparing it is to roast the entire pork “a la vara” in a pit occasionally turning it.
  2. Arroz…

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Blogging Responsibly (The Chinese Ugly Divorce)

I have to admit I love blogging. It allows for practically anyone to become a “writer”, “reporter”, or “comedian”. But in this day and age of instant information, the reblog button should be taken seriously. People please do some research before you share that story or choose to reblog, re-report, etc. I even see this in actual newspapers. They seem to be in a rush over who publishes the story first and many times they end up publishing a correcting article afterwards because the original report was incomplete or mistaken. People check your sources!

Recently an old news from a year ago began resurfacing. Some Chinese dude had

The alleged family

The alleged family

apparently sued his wife (and won) for being ugly and hiding it. I see this link today on my facebook feed: with the picture on the right. Allegedly that dude sued that girl for having those ugly kids. Actually, according to the original story only the ugly little girl mattered. However, the original story is over a year old. Here’s the link:

It seems the ugly children were the result of mamma’s genes whose appearance had been altered by $100,00o dollars worth of surgery with the following results:

Before and after

Before and after.                                         

I think it’s clear the woman in this picture is not the same woman in the picture above. The before and after may be the same girl. Both of them do have the same hairline. Of course, it could be photoshopped. I’ll let this one up to doubt.

The above family picture, however, apparently was an ad for plastic surgery. At least, that’s what this site says:

Curiously enough, the message is similar. According to the site, the words written on the wall say: “The only thing you have to worry you about after plastic surgery is the explaining you’ll have to do to your children.”

Apparently Mrs. Feng had to explain to her children AND her husband. That’s what happens when you aim for the trophy wife and not the real woman.