is it always this humid???

16 10 2008

I’ve been having headaches for about a month now. EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. So I finally made it to the doctor…after considering a hundred options, which included an MRI, I mentioned I hadn’t had my vision checked in like 5 years… So off we go to do a preliminary test…
both eyes
I couldn’t see the bottom 3 rows of the chart.. cover your left eye.. the same.. cover your right eye… OMFG I can’t see the bottom 6 rows… So yeah.. pretty soon I’ll be probably sporting a pair of spanking new contacts…
Yep, I love my HMO.. especially when within 3 hours I got a flu shot, 3 tubes of blood drawn, the vision test, more tests, a sinus x-ray, prescriptions AND an order for a sonommamogram…(for which, btw, I have to wait one week)..ahhh..the bliss of not knowing what the fuck is wrong with your body and what to do to fix it…

In other news.. I spent the weekend in Miami…well that is if you don’t count an impromptu trip to the middle of nowhere, aka LAKELAND to visit my family.. but it was soooo worth it.. I miss them so much, and it was great to catch up, and have organic food for dinner (which I managed to buy @one of the 5 Whole Foods in all FL, in West Palm Beach..) My uncles, the girls, my aunts, my crazy cousins (although in their book I am the crazy one)… sneaking a bottle of wine with Michaela while we watched my favorite Javier Bardem movie… So.. Miami.. my dad, the sunrise, Jeanellie (whom I miss more everyday)… Breakfast in Coconut Grove with her and Ami, beers with my dad, Saturday night partying (which due to the previously mentioned beers and latin food ended up being a girls only, please don’t interrupt us, we are fine at this table, can we have some dinner, and ok, it’s almost 5am, we should go kinda night)… My dad cooking for Jeanellie and me, an AMAZING movie (maldeamores, by lovely Benicio).. South Beach… long conversations with my dad.. more wine.. and an early trip to the airport..
and this…a few days of just me and my beloved…who I am afraid to say that ALMOST died on me this weekend… Thank god I have this on my wishlist.

more pics to come…

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jewish wisdom…

3 10 2008

“When faced with the choice of first healing ourselves or first healing the world, the answer is that we must do both simultaneously”
-Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan

As I have been studying more about religions that attract me, their interconnectedness is astounding. well, I am not what you would consider a “religious person” in any way.. But, in my constant quest for understanding, I’ve become very interested in Buddhism.. and as I have been learning, it has been surprising how much it relates to Judaism, to science, to psychology.. thus further supporting my way of life, where I try to learn as much as I can about a subject, incorporate what feels right and move on to the next one.. The other day I was reading an interview with a Buddhist monk, where he establishes the same principle… We do not function as individuals, we are part of a whole.. and this quote summarizes my current way of life at its best.. We can not reach a state of fulfillment if we only care for ourselves, we must care for the world at the same time..
Somehow, this view creates a bigger sense of purpose.. I am not here just for me, but for everything else.. I belong to the world, therefore I must care for it as much as I care for myself.. Little things, like eating organic local produce, make me feel better, because I am caring for my body and the environment in equal measure… In my job, I encounter situations everyday where people can chose to do the right thing for the world, thus also benefiting themselves, or they can chose to make those decisions from a selfish standpoint.. looking how they would benefit THEMSELVES, paying little attention to how this hurts their surroundings.. and it saddens me, in a way.. but it also empowers me, to try harder, to use the tools I have to educate them..

When I began developing my company, creating green education program ideas, developing an eco-friendly product from scratch.. people laughed at me.. saying things like, you are so smart, do you think you should invest your energy in something that will make you rich?? well, in the end, I am the one laughing.. even if I never make a dollar out of my projects, I am so so happy I got to do this.. because, in my world, every little thing we can do to help the environment, our communities, our neighbors, our enemies, counts.. if everyone just did a little, can yo imagine how powerful we could be??

However much time you invest in healing yourself, is pointless if you don’t work on healing the world, because, seriously, how well can you sleep at night, when you know there are kids DYING everyday because of corrupt governments and bureaucracies?? For how long can yo meditate, when you have seen the pictures of dead soldiers, sick kids, desperate mothers??

So let’s try to make our goal this month to, at least, think a bit about the current situation of the world.. about all the damage we have created.. about how we, while we take care of ourselves, can also heal the world..





The promised land…

17 08 2008

So…Since a day by day recap is out of the question because: 1) There were days in where, although relaxing, there is not much to talk about, and 2) I have lost track of which day we did what.., I will divide the trip’s posts by city…
Let’s begin…My first experience of Israel was Tel Aviv.. That magical place, according to my israeli friends, filled with hot israeli men and endless partying, not to mention the beach, and the food.. OK, first thing, these people need to travel more.. I mean, at any given point, if I disregarded the signs in Hebrew I could have sworn I was in PR, in the suburbs that surround Old San Juan.. The weather wasn’t as hot as I expected, and the infrastructure is very poor..

But I guess than when all the neighboring countries are trying to eliminate you, rebuilding the city just for aesthetics becomes second priority…

The beach, on the other hand, is amazing… What else would you expect of beaches in the Mediterranean? Although according to a certain Greek the waters here are murky compared to the ones on his end of this sea.. We were staying on Dizengoff, which according to the locals, is the place to be.. kinda central, full of cafes that never close, kinda hip, always busy…I was a 15 minute walk from the beach, and just around the corner there were more restaurants than I could remember.

Here are more pics..

Now, don’t get me wrong, this is definitively a magical place, but for a different reason.. This place has a vibe like no other I’ve experienced. Maybe the constant death threats make the people here really enjoy things.. They live hard..





and sometimes I forget to smile…

16 04 2008

Here, my friends, is an update…I took over 3,000 pictures, so I’ll be posting them from time to time..I have to go back and edit them..all of these are straight out of the camera..

Since we were already there, they took the opportunity to take us to visit the rock mines…and you know me, I’m always up for a challenge. So we drove about 3 hours south, to the mines, to take samples of the water and soil. Most of the mines in the area are abandoned, and heavy metals waste is everywhere. When it rains the water carries these pollutants down to the rivers, and renders them unusable.People live in these houses..at the base of the mine..at least they have a satellite dish…

The houses have beautiful brightly colored roofs.

The Fish drying out in the sun in the town
Market in Taean.

The Fish Tanks…In every restaurant in Taean, and some in Seoul, they have these tanks. They hold all sorts of weird sea life, from crabs, to eels, to things straight out of a National Geographic Magazine.

The lanterns were part of the Lotus Lantern Festival, celebrated every year for Buddha’s Birthday. It is celebrated on the 8th day of the 4th month..These hanging in Bongeunsa, one of the major temples in Korea…so so lucky to have been there for that date.

Nandaemun Market…a huge market, covering over 10 acres..Filled with stores, stalls, street vendors, and food. You can find everything here, shoes, clothes, bags, Ginseng, Makeup..

Being there was such an amazing experience. The sights, the people, the language, the sounds…things so foreign three weeks ago, have now become a part of who I am, of my own personal history…A little reminder of all the happiness there is out there for me to find..





Korea…

25 02 2008

Up until a month ago, my experience with anything that had to do with Korea was that I lived 10 minutes from Koreatown and had been to a couple Korean BBQ restaurants…Then we got a chance to bid for a job there…

Well yesterday I got news that our proposal was approved, and that we were expected to be there in three weeks….I am beyond excited!! I can’t talk about the project much, but our success in this site will have mayor implications in environmental regulations in Korea, not to mention that my current employment situation will go from good to incredibly lucky vice president…

So please say a prayer for me and my team…so that we are safe, and all goes well..and that in case things don’t work out as expected, we are allowed to return back home…