Wednesday, April 30, 2008
I was chatting with the bank teller the other day about the significant rise in the cost of living. She jokingly told me that it was a good time to go on a diet now, as everything is so expensive. Then, she blurted out... "Bueno, hay que seguir p'alante!" (Translation: well, we just have to keep going forward)
"P'alante" (pronounced as "pa-lante") literally means to go forward. I like using this word because of its positivity. If I'm not mistaken, as I'm not sure if it's spoken in other Latin American countries, it's mostly used in Puerto Rico. In "official" Spanish, it would be "para adelante." In English, I suppose, "chin's up" is the closest expression to it. Puerto Ricans love to say "p'alante" when a difficult situation arises. I would say this is a reflection of their positive attitude towards life.
If you're going through a rough patch in life right now, just think of the word... "p'alante!"
(Note: the photo above was obtained from www.boston.com)
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Thursday, April 17, 2008
I think Spanish is a beautiful language and I find the use of Spanglish to be quite disrespectful. Unfortunately, as I live in Puerto Rico, I am surrounded by Spanglish! I think this is a tragedy. Everyday, when I look through the paper, I just can't seem to avoid words that are not part of the Spanish language. It just feels utterly wrong to see and hear them being used. Here are some examples:
Thursday, April 10, 2008
I was in Viejo San Juan today running some errands and I wanted to make the most out of my time there. So, I decided to whip out the camera and take some pictures. The weather was great and the trees were in full bloom. This is absolutely my favorite area in San Juan, it's great for walking and I just love the Spanish colonial architecture and narrow cobblestone streets.
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
For those planning to visit Costa Rica, and interested in visiting this gorgeous park, I would recommend you to spend at least two nights in Manuel Antonio. Although the park is not huge, there are a few trails with some spectacular views and the beach is really pretty. If taking public transportation from San Jose, it'll take about 4 hours, and there will be quite a few stops along the way. There are also express buses available. The bus station is located in Quepos, a nearby town, where visitors can find a wide array of affordable dining options and accommodations. Just so you know, the park is closed on Mondays and please do not feed the animals!
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Well, as we all know, the race between the two Democratic candidate hopefuls has been neck in neck and every delegate counts. Both Obama and Hillary are sending their spouses here. So, Bill will be visiting this weekend to help gather up support, momentum, and (of course) money! He's scheduled to appear in several events, one of which is hosted by the Puerto Rico's Manufacturer's Assocation. Michelle Obama is said to be coming sometime in May. Stay tuned, the battle continues.
(Photo Credit: Charlie Riedel/AP)