Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween from Oaxaca

Blog post by Tina Winterlik © 2012!/zipolita @zipolita Google+

So I didn't know they celebrated Halloween in Oaxaca. I always thought it was just Dia de Los Muertos. But we found out tonight they definitely do celebrate it and actually I think they may be better at it than us.

The day started a little craZy. We got in a collectivo heading to Pochutla but going around a corner a big bus and the taxi collided. It was weird, it was all slow mo and I was like just not believing it was happening. The taxi was stuck at first and couldn't go, then the bus move a bit and it took off. The taxi turned around and started chasing it with us in it. I started yelling saying to stop because I paid for tix to Oaxaca and we needed to go right now. So he stopped and we got another collectivo taxi and got to town on time as all went well.

We had a good ride to Oaxaca. Angel didn't get sick, she was very nervous as it is a very windy trip and last time it was really hot but this time was much different. The mountains were so pretty and it's cold up there. There were tons of flowers everywhere, patches of marigolds and then blue, pink and purple flowers. Plus all the pine trees and others are lush green. It was really spectacular.

Anyways we arrived safely and decided to walk to the hotel as it was close. As we came upon our familar street it was filled with flowers pink and orange and the pungent aroma of copal was everywhere. I almost started crying, it was so beautiful and it was everything I dreamed of.

Angel wanted pizza, so I decided to treat her. As we were crossing the Zocalo, all these people came around the corner all dressed up. It was great timing. And even though it had started to rain, nobody cared and everyone was having a great time.

While we were having pizza another big group came by with stilt walkers and it was really fabulous.
I made a video so you can see for yourself.

On the way home we stopped an bought chocolate skulls. Yummy!
Photos by Tina Winterlik © 2012

Photos by Tina Winterlik © 2012

Photos by Tina Winterlik © 2012

Photos by Tina Winterlik © 2012

and looked at all the other treats.  I bought a holder for charcoal and to put the copal in. This is for the altar that I am going to make tomorrow. You make an altar for the people you loved that have passed on. You place their favourite foods around it and photos and things they liked.

Anyways, I ran out and got us a cup of hot chocolate and it comes with Pan de Muerto for only 15 pesos. Less than a $1.50. So we enjoyed a delicious cup of Oaxaca chocolate.

Now my video is up so I'm going to share it with you and head off to bed. Have a great night everyone.
Hope you had a HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Pan de Muerto y Altars

Blog post by Tina Winterlik © 2012!/zipolita @zipolita Google+

Pan de Muerto- Here is the first Pan de Muerto I have ever seen in person. It was made by my dear friend Elia and it was delicious.

Photos by Tina Winterlik © 2012

Photos by Tina Winterlik © 2012

Photos by Tina Winterlik © 2012
From Wikipedia
The pan de muertos (Spanish for Bread of the dead) (also called pan de los muertos) is a type of sweet roll traditionally baked in Mexico during the weeks leading up to the Día de los Muertos, which is celebrated on November 1 and 2. It is a sweetened soft bread shaped like a bun, often decorated with bone-like pieces. Pan de muertos is eaten on Día de los Muertos, at the gravesite or altar of the deceased. In some regions it is eaten for months before the official celebration of Dia de los Muertos. In Oaxaca, pan de muertos is the same bread that is usually baked, with the addition of decorations

People in Zipolite are starting to build their altars. Here are some of the flowers they will use.
Photos by Tina Winterlik © 2012
From Wikipedia
Some families build altars or small shrines in their homes;[2] these usually have the Christian cross, statues or pictures of the Blessed Virgin Mary, pictures of deceased relatives and other persons, scores of candles and an ofrenda. Traditionally, families spend some time around the altar, praying and telling anecdotes about the deceased. In some locations, celebrants wear shells on their clothing, so when they dance, the noise will wake up the dead; some will also dress up as the deceased.
Public schools at all levels build altars with ofrendas, usually omitting the religious symbols. Government offices usually have at least a small altar, as this holiday is seen as important to the Mexican heritage.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Blonde Girl Begging Strikes a Nerve

Blog post by Tina Winterlik © 2012!/zipolita @zipolita Google+

Last week I too shared the photo of the little blond girl on Facebook. I hesitated because I didn't know if it was real or a hoax , I'd even tried to google it to see if it maybe an art project to provoke the feelings that have arose...when you see a white child begging opposed to a brown or black child.

Our world is so warped. And that's exactly what happened. People all shared that photo and you can read what happened at the link below.

MEXICO CITY (AP) — At a busy intersection, a girl with a high half ponytail looks at you as she begs for coins. There is dirt beneath her fingernails and her pink shirt looks unwashed. The image in the photo could fit thousands of impoverished Mexican children who sell gum or beg for money in the streets, but for one thing: The girl in this picture is blond.
The flurry of internet attention to the photo, and the quick way officials reacted, has renewed a debate about racism in Mexico, a nation that is proud of its mestizo heritage but where millions of indigenous people live in poverty and passers-by often barely notice the dark-skinned children begging in the street.

"The solution is not to arrest the mother or take the girl from her," she said. "We should be asking what do we do to help these children?" Read More Here

 I don't know what can be done, but it's sad and there definitely is racism everywhere and my daughter while being half mexican does not look dark like the majority of Mexicans. I'm glad I came home and had her in Canada

My mom and I had discussed the difficulties her father must have endured and still does endure because he is fair and looks more caucasian. While in someways it can be beneficial, at other times when people are not enlightened or educated about racism then sad elements of this arise.

I feel so sorry for the mom now. I feel so much like her but I am fair not dark. I would be horrified if something like that happened to me and I pray it never does and I'm saying lots of prayers for her and that little girl. I am also praying for all the children who have been taken but that no one is looking for them.

Also here in this culture, many times when the father leaves they tell the mother to tell the child he is dead. This is probably why she lied. It's so sad. I hope they will all be okay. Sending love and support to all. 


Friday, October 26, 2012

Día de los Muertos-Day of the Dead

Blog post by Tina Winterlik © 2012!/zipolita @zipolita Google+
Day of the Dead (Spanish: Día de los Muertos) is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and around the world in other cultures. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. It is particularly celebrated in Mexico, where it is a national holiday, and all banks are closed. The celebration takes place on November 1, in connection with the Catholic holidays of All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day (November 2). Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed and visiting graves with these as gifts. They also leave possessions of the deceased.

La Calavera Catrina («The Elegant Skull») is a 1910 zinc etching by Mexican printmaker José Guadalupe Posada. The image has since become a staple of Mexican imagery, and often is incorporated into artistic manifestations of the Day of the Dead in November, such as altars and calavera costumes. The etching was part of his series of calaveras, which were humorous images of contemporary figures depicted as skeletons, which often were accompanied by a poem.

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Hurt my wrist...OUCH!!

Blog post by Tina Winterlik © 2012!/zipolita @zipolita Google+

Hi Everyone, Angel's typing for me. I fell down and hurt my wrist, at first I thought it was broken, but it's not luckily, just very badly sprained.

 Last night. I slipped on some rocks and fell down a small trail. I landed on my butt but my wrist bent completely backwards and I heard it go " pop ". It was completely numb, you know that feeling when your hand's asleep. I held my hand and said. " OMG, I think I broke my wrist. "

Angel says : I Burst into tears and dropped my hermit crab coming down.

We went to gloria's and she gave me tylenol and ice and wrapped my hand in a tea towel.

mums tired so I ( angel ) am going to tell this part . she put it in ice and told me to run to Magarita's. I told them she possibly broke her wrist and brenda came zoomin' over.. They thought she cut her wrist off. LOL.

But mum told them and they helped her.

 then I caught a crab which possibly could have been grandma.

so we took mom ( and the crab ) to abuela's and Abuelo Massaged it, Abuela comforted me, and Magarita put Aloe vera on her arm.

Today we went to Pina Palmera and got it massaged, And they gave her a brace and told  her to come back in two days.

 I got to play with some toddlers and had fun. Even got to see a cat so old her voice was cracked with age and sounded like a parrot. " squak sqak sqeak " Send love and preyers to mah mum.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Surf's Up!!

Blog post by Tina Winterlik © 2012!/zipolita @zipolita Google+

Surf's Up! This was being shared on the Oaxaca Facebook Page.

This Animation totally ROCK'S or should I say "Surf's..UP"

SMILE - "Perfect holiday", by Karim Rejeb from December Producciones

Today the ocean was lovely, very shallow and I really enjoyed playing in it. The colours are gorgeous blues and greens. Sometime the surf is huge and too rough. You have to be careful . If your a Surfer or Boogie Boarder you'll love Zipolite. 

Photos by Tina Winterlik © 2012

Photos by Tina Winterlik © 2012

Photos by Tina Winterlik © 2012

Friday, October 19, 2012

The Flight of the Butterflies- Trailer

Blog post by Tina Winterlik © 2012!/zipolita @zipolita Google+

WOW! I so badly want to take Angel to Morelia or near there and see the Monarchs. What an lifechanging experience that would be. :D

From WikipediaMonarchs are especially noted for their lengthy annual migration. In North America they make massive southward migrations starting in August until the first frost. A northward migration takes place in the spring. The monarch is the only butterfly that migrates both north and south as the birds do on a regular basis. But no single individual makes the entire round trip. Female monarchs deposit eggs for the next generation during these migrations.[22]

 By the end of October, the population east of the Rocky Mountains migrates to the sanctuaries of the Mariposa Monarca Biosphere Reserve within the Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt pine-oak forests in the Mexican states of Michoacán and México. The western population overwinters in various sites in central coastal and southern California, United States, notably in Pacific Grove, Santa Cruz, and Grover Beach. The length of these journeys exceeds the normal lifespan of most monarchs, which is less than two months for butterflies born in early summer. The last generation of the summer enters into a non-reproductive phase known as diapause and may last seven months or more.[8]

During diapause, butterflies fly to one of many overwintering sites. The generation that overwinters generally does not reproduce until it leaves the overwintering site sometime in February and March. It is thought that the overwinter population of those east of the Rockies may reach as far north as Texas and Oklahoma during the spring migration. It is the second, third and fourth generations that return to their northern locations in the United States and Canada in the spring.

How the species manages to return to the same overwintering spots over a gap of several generations is still a subject of research; the flight patterns appear to be inherited, based on a combination of the position of the sun in the sky[23] and a time-compensated Sun compass that depends upon a circadian clock that is based in their antennae.[24][25]

New research has also shown that Monarch butterflies can use the earth's magnetic field for orientation. The antennae contain cryptochrome, a photoreceptor protein that is sensitive to the violet-blue part of the spectrum. In the presence of violet or blue light it can function as a chemical compass, which tells the animal if it is aligned with the earth's magnetic field, but it is unable to tell the difference between the magnetic North or South. The complete magnetical sense is present in a single antenna.[26][27]

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Abarrotes Elvy in Zipolite, Oaxaca

Blog post by Tina Winterlik © 2012!/zipolita @zipolita Google+

Aborrates is your friendly neighbourhood tienda that carriesa  great selection of everything that you may need for your stay in Zipolite. Fruits, Vegetables, Milk, Bread, and of course, Cold Beer! LOL!! Located in Zipolite, Oaxaca Mexico

Photos by Tina Winterlik © 2012

Photos by Tina Winterlik © 2012

Photos by Tina Winterlik © 2012

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Esmeralda's Jewelry Store - Huatulco, Oaxaca, Mexico

Blog post by Tina Winterlik © 2012!/zipolita @zipolita Google+

Do you LOVE  Mexican Silver Jewelry? Well this is your store!

Esmeralda Jewelry Store/Joyeria has an excellent selection of beautiful silver necklaces, bracelets, rings and more.

Silver 925, Genuine Gems & Opals at Factory Prices

You have to see it to believe it, so be sure to drop by.
Located in Huatulco, near Santa Cruz Playa where the Cruiseships dock.

Look for the Santa Cruz Crafts Market/ Mercado de Artesanias in Stall #44

Photos by Tina Winterlik © 2012

Photos by Tina Winterlik © 2012

Photos by Tina Winterlik © 2012

Photos by Tina Winterlik © 2012

Photos by Tina Winterlik © 2012

Mari's Tienda in Zipolite

Blog post by Tina Winterlik © 2012!/zipolita @zipolita Google+

Located on the main street of Zipolite this lovely little boutique has an excellent assortment of beautiful cotton clothing such as dresses,  pants, blouses, scarves, as well as sarongs, in many styles and colours. Be sure to check it out when you visit Zipolite, Oaxaca, Mexico

Photos by Tina Winterlik © 2012

Photos by Tina Winterlik © 2012

Photos by Tina Winterlik © 2012

Modas Nallely

Blog post by Tina Winterlik © 2012!/zipolita @zipolita Google+

I bought a lovely pink sun dress and hat from this store and it was a very good deal of about $25. The owner is very nice and helpful. Located on the main street of Zipolite, next to San Cristobal Restaurant.

Photos by Tina Winterlik © 2012

Photos by Tina Winterlik © 2012

Photos by Tina Winterlik © 2012

Updated & Rebranded All My Blogs

Blog post by Tina Winterlik © 2012!/zipolita @zipolita Google+

I've been working really hard the last two days but it's all come together now. I rebranded and updated all my blogs so they all have a similar theme. Watch the blue's sort of my logo, but that's next...I'll figure one out one of these days. I added links to all my blogs on the right so have a peak when you have a chance. Okay have a great night. Buenos Noches!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Shambhala Vision- Recovering Well After Carlota!!

Blog post by Tina Winterlik © 2012!/zipolita @zipolita Google+

Oh Gosh I'm tired, it's nearly 4:30 in the morning here but I just wanted to put up these videos for Gloria of Shambhala. Everyone has been working so hard and you can see that the new paint really lifts Shambhala's Spirits. We've had the greatest time's been so quiet, there are very few tourist, we've had the beach practically to ourselves. That's a great reason for you to come on down and stay at Shambhala now, as it's so peaceful and tranquil. The waves are gorgeous and everything is lush green from all the rain. Be sure to watch all the videos below, then you will see what I am talking about!

Photos by Tina Winterlik © 2012

Photos by Tina Winterlik © 2012

Photos by Tina Winterlik © 2012

Photos by Tina Winterlik © 2012

Shambhala in September 2012.

Shambhala was hit hard by hurricane Carlota in June 2012, but Gloria's staff are working very hard to clean up and it's coming along beautifully. The ocean and the beach is as gorgeous as ever. Come and Visit Shambhala. Your guaranteed a life changing experience I promise.

Shambhala October 2012 #1

Shambhala was badly damaged by Hurricane Carlota but they have been making an amazing recovering. Check out how beautiful the Bohemia looks with new paint. The ocean is as blue and mesmerizing as ever. Come and Visit Shambhala in Zipolite. Visit Ohm Playa, have lunch in the restaurant and gaze out at the incredible awe inspiring view. Visit the Meditation Point. It will change you life! Seriously!

Shambhala October 2012 #2

The Earth is My Church, this song perfectly describes the beauty of Shambhala's Meditation Point and all of Shambhala. Green and Gorgeous in October, the rainy season has just ended and there's lots of butterflies and everything is lush. Visit Shambhala and see for yourself. Experience the Meditation Point and enjoy the magnificent view. Relax, De-stress and Enjoy Mother Earth!

Shambhala is located in Zipolite, Oaxaca, Mexico

Shambhala Visions Facebook Page

From the Shambhala Vision Website

Greetings and Salutations!

Shambhala is a natural rustic retreat nestled on a hillside on the Pacific Coast in Oaxaca, Mexico. We have been in operation for over close to 40 years and have evolved into a colony of Bohemian tourists and expatriots from different countries. 

We are proud to be the only ecologically sound business in Playa Zipolite (zee-po-lee-te). The beach the Zapotecs used for grand visions on their quest for harmony with nature and the universe. 

Shambhala still preserves that vision for our visitors and friends of Shambhala who continue to visit our sacred space at the far end of Zipolite beach for a wonderful respite from the stress of city life. 

Please take a moment to visit our site, we have many blissful experiences to offer.

Monday, October 15, 2012


Blog post by Tina Winterlik © 2012!/zipolita @zipolita Google+

NOVEMBER 1-5 /2012


Carnaval Zipolite
Millones de Motivos para vivirlo... del 1 al 5 de Noviembre de 2012, el Carnaval mas Importante de toda la Costa Chica de Oaxaca. conciertos de diferentes generos (Rock. reggae, electronica, troba, salsa, grupero, Muestra Gastronomica, Carros Alegoricos, Concurso Srita. Bikini y Playeras Mojadas, Muestra de Cine , Torneo de Futbol y volivol Playero, feria, paseo de arte, paseo de artesanias, Muestra Gastronomica, Feria, Monumentales Figuras de Arena y mas... VIVE ZIPOLITE VIVE

El comité organizador Zipolite Vive Zipolite y Stage 111 Conciertos,a  preparado para ti y tu familia un evento mágico, lleno de color, música y diversión. Así que no lo pienses ven porque hay millones de motivos para vivir el “CARNAVAL DE ZIPOLITE 2012del 1 al 5 de Noviembre. Todo ello desarrollado en el marco de la Naturaleza de un hermoso y enigmático paraje denominado “Zipolite” perteneciente al municipio de San Pedro Pochutla, Oaxaca. Además de sol, arena y mar, encontraras eventos deportivos, musicales, culturales, gastronómicos para pasarla en grande, donde podrás disfrutar de la exuberante belleza de la Costa Chica de Oaxaca. No faltes el “Carnaval  de Zipolite 2012” te espera.

The organizing committee Zipolite Vive Zipolite and Stage 111 Live Concert, has prepared for you and your family a magical event, full of color, music and fun. So do not think because there are millions of reasons to live "ZIPOLITE CARNIVAL 2012" from 1 to 5 November. This developed as part of the Nature of a beautiful and mysterious place called "Zipolite" in the municipality of San Pedro Pochutla, Oaxaca. Besides sun, sand and sea, you will find sporting events, music, culture, gastronomy to have a great time, where you can enjoy the lush beauty of the Costa Chica of Oaxaca. Do not miss the "Carnival of Zipolite 2012" awaits.
Learn More Here

Map- El Mapa de Carnaval Zipolite

El “CARNAVAL DE ZIPOLITE 2012” tiene para ti los siguientes eventos:

The "ZIPOLITE CARNIVAL 2012" has for you the following events:

•Desfile de carros alegóricos (Parade floats)
•Monumentales figuras de arena (Monumental sand figures)
•Muestra Gastronómica (Gastronomic Festival)
•Ofrendas alusivas al día de muertos (Offerings alluding to the Day of the Dead)
•Feria (juegos mecánicos) (Carnival)
•Muestra de Cine (Film Showcase)
•Quema del mal humor (Burning of Bad Humor)
•Playeras Mojadas y Srita. Bikini (Wet T-Shirts and Miss Bikini)
•Paseo de Artesanías (Walk Crafts)
•Teatro Musical (Musical Theatre)
•La Guelaguetza (The Guelaguetza)
•Torneos de Futbol y Volibol Playero (Football tournaments and beach volleyball)
•Danza la magia del Bellydance (Dance the Magic of Bellydance)
•Globos de Cantoya (Cantoya Globes)
•Festivales y conciertos de diferentes géneros musicales (Festivals and concerts of different musical genres)
•Varios Stands de Nuestros Patrocinadores (Several of our sponsors Stands)

Estos eventos estarán enmarcados por magníficos escenarios naturales como: la Playa de Isla Zipolite y la Playa de Bienes Comunales de Zipolite serán el escenario ideal para los torneos de futbol y volibol playero y conciertos de Música Tropical y Electrónica, así como las mega monumentales figuras de arena, mientras que el Campo de Futbol de Zipolite será el escenario perfecto para los Festivales de Cumbia, Salsa, Tropical, Teatro Musical, Danza, Reggae, Rock y Grupero,  además en El Adoquín de la colonia Roca Blanca,  se realizaran los conciertos de Trova y Bossanova, danza y performance.
Nota: Cada festival que tendrá un costo de $100.00 peso general por evento, La feria y Muestra Gastronómica tendrán precios muy accesibles todo los demás es totalmente gratis.

These events will be framed by magnificent natural scenery as the Island Beach and Playa Zipolite Communal Property Zipolite be the ideal scenario for soccer tournaments and beach volleyball and music concerts Tropical and Electronics and the mega monumental figures sand, while the football field in Zipolite is the perfect setting for festivals Cumbia, Salsa, Tropical, Musical Theatre, Dance, Reggae, Rock and Grupero also on El Adoquín, the paved road in  Roca Blanca, concerts held will be Trova and Bossanova, dance and performance.
  Note: Each festival will cost $ 100.00 per event overall weight, Gastronomic Fair and affordable prices will everything else is free.

Have Questions- Check out Carnaval Zipolite Facebook Page 

Or Contact
Y síguenos en: Zipolite
01 958 58 43124
Subsecretaria de Promoción Turística
Secretaria de Turismo y Desarrollo Económico Del Estado de Oaxaca
Agencia de Viajes Oficial


Luna Y Sol Pizzeria- Zipolite, Oaxaca

Blog post by Tina Winterlik © 2012!/zipolita @zipolita Google+

Craving Pizza? Then head on over to the Luna Y Sol Pizzeria.
Photos by Tina Winterlik © 2012

Photos by Tina Winterlik © 2012

Photos by Tina Winterlik © 2012

Photos by Tina Winterlik © 2012

Muy Delicioso! Que Rico!

Delicious hand-made pizza baked in a brick oven.

Located in Zipolite, Oaxaca, Mexico

Angel- Disco Spider #2

Blog post by Tina Winterlik © 2012!/zipolita @zipolita Google+

Angel's the disco spider. credit to Fluttershy is the Disco Spider.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Angel -The Disco Spider

Blog post by Tina Winterlik © 2012!/zipolita @zipolita Google+

and now for something completely different....HERE'S ANGEL - THE DISCO SPIDER!!

Here is the orignal version

And here are some Videos that Angel would like to recommend to you ...if you are ever feeling a little blue...these will make you smile and laugh!!

El Paisano Tienda in Zipolite

Blog post by Tina Winterlik © 2012!/zipolita @zipolita Google+

El Paisano Tienda. This little store has everything you need for you stay in Zipolite. Located in Roca Blanca, Zipolite.

Photos by Tina Winterlik © 2012

Photos by Tina Winterlik © 2012

Photos by Tina Winterlik © 2012

Translated with Bing Translator

Tienda el Paisano. Esta tienda tiene todo que lo necesario para que la estancia en Zipolite. Situado en Roca Blanca, Zipolite.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Piedra de Fuego Restaurante- Zipolite

Blog post by Tina Winterlik © 2012!/zipolita @zipolita Google+

Piedra de Fuego Restaurante- Zipolite - Do you like fish?  

Can you eat a lot? This excellent restuarant serves huge portions of fish, with a delicious salad. They also serve delicious drinks of mango, pineapple, cantelope, papaya. Come Hungry!!

Photos by Tina Winterlik © 2012

Photos by Tina Winterlik © 2012

Photos by Tina Winterlik © 2012

Photos by Tina Winterlik © 2012

Photos by Tina Winterlik © 2012

Photos by Tina Winterlik © 2012

Located in Zipolite near the reserve. Watch for signs on the main road, or just ask anyone.
Open in the late afternoon and evenings. Super friendly staff.