My Neighbor is an Opera Singer

La, La, La Traviata I’m not sure if this is auspicious or not, but my next-door neighbor is an opera singer. She has a lovely daughter who typically wails as her mother belts out songs, in alto, every evening. In … Continue reading

Christmas Message

Dear Friends, It’s a beautiful season. The lights on Bloor Street are discreet and charming. Small points of white light decorate the trees and plants that line what is known as Toronto’s Fifth Avenue. Who can believe that tomorrow is … Continue reading

Avatar

On an intercontinental flight from Paris to Toronto, I chose to watch Avatar. It was an excellent choice.  The film’s computer animation and special effects are spectacular. I was so engrossed in the movie, that the flight seemed to last … Continue reading

A Walk down Bloor Street

It was a beautiful, sunny day today and I decided to take a walk down Bloor Street and snap a few shots.

Here’s a shot of Dolce & Gabbana’s whimsical window display. You can see me reflected in the glass pane as well as traffic moving along Bloor Street.

Dolce & Gabbana

Here’s Michael Kors’ elegant window display consisting of women’s handbags:

Michael Kors

 

And the classic Tiffany & Co. looked like this:

Tiffany and Company

I can’t recall which well-known store the following mannequins were from, but they appear to blend with the buildings and street appearing surreal.

Mannequins and Buildings

As I turned away from Bloor Street and onto Queens Park, I saw this odd, striped, huge, Sphynx-like face (minus the body) in contradistinction to a woman working on a ceramic piece and contemporary buildings in the background.

The Gardiner Museum

When I later turned onto a side street, I noticed this flashy blue car. If you look closely at its front tire, you’ll notice what appears to be a red, embedded, wheel locking device. The traffic signs, apparently ignored, can be seen through the window.

The Blue Car

 

Enjoy the sunshine!

Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun, Mexico

Start the New Year in style by going on vacation and staying at Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun, Mexico. This is the ultimate in “chic on the beach.”

Surrounded by natural, verdant foliage and facing an impeccably tended, green lawn, a seemingly endless beach and an inviting, crystalline azure, Caribbean Sea, Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun is an oasis of luxury.

Would you like to see what’s happening at the resort in real time? You can do so by clicking on the “Live Web Cam.” When I did, I saw a group of people headed toward the vanishing edge, dual-temperature, heated-in-winter pool. This is what this amazing swimming pool looks like:

Secrets Capri Riviera pool

Image source:

http://www.secretsresorts.com/capri-riviera-cancun/photos-videos

Unlimited-Luxury® means that, like Ali Baba, your every wish will be fulfilled and your expectations ever exceeded. Amenities include elegant accommodations. The “Preferred Club Deluxe Tropical View” looks like this:

Deluxe Tropical View

Image source:

http://www.secretsresorts.com/capri-riviera-cancun/elegant-accommodations

Some of the other accommodations are the: Deluxe Ocean View Room, Jr. Suite Oceanfront Room, Junior Suite Tropical View 128 and Presidential Suite.

Other amenities are: a welcome cocktail and cool towel; Free WiFi and international calling & more; a private concierge on call 24/7; gourmet dining at five onsite restaurants; 24-hour room and concierge services; choice of mood-setting turn down service; complimentary mini-bar refreshed daily; unlimited premium drinks at four bars and lounges; and unlimited natural fruit juices and soft drinks. 1

In addition to swimming in the pool, there is a wide variety of activities to choose from during the day including golfing. The resort offers one complementary round per person per day at the Grand Coral Riviera Maya Golf Course and the Playa Mujeres Golf Course. 2 Be sure to also take advantage of the complete fitness center, world class spa, and Outdoor Jacuzzi. You can even go scuba diving, deep-sea fishing and participate in tours and excursions and more. 3

My personal favorites are: The Sea Side restaurant, Cactus Club, Taco Cevich  Bar and the possibility of setting up private dinners on the beach for groups and couples.

Although I would have preferred virtual tours to be viewed individually and/or grouped into categories, they are all bundled together here.

Customer testimonials include words and phrases like “great,” “wonderful,” “enjoyed our time here,” “enjoyed the food, the people and the customer service,” “the customer service here is fantastic,” “the guys and gals who work here always want to make you feel like you’re at home here,” and “very friendly, very hard-working staff.” 4

For more information or to book, click here.

You won’t be disappointed.

 

References

 

  1. http://www.secretsresorts.com/capri-riviera-cancun/unlimited-luxury
  2. http://www.secretsresorts.com/offers/cancun-golf
  3. http://www.secretsresorts.com/capri-riviera-cancun/activities-entertainment
  4. Guest testimonials. http://www.secretsresorts.com/capri-riviera-cancun/photos-videos

 

2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,400 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.

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Meet the Author

Although it seems counter intuitive, readers are primarily interested in the author after which they’ll read their books. An author could, for example, write prolifically yet have readers want to know intimate details about them. Readers, I’ve come to understand, long for this intimate knowledge combined with an emotional rapport with the author. It’s that “special bond” that lets readers know you’re human and that you care—about them and the world around you, generally speaking.

Let me tell you a bit about myself

When I was a teenager, I read Dr. Wayne Dyer’s book, Manifest Your Destiny. If you’ve been following my blog, you know that I already mentioned this. Although I’m repeating myself, I’d like to tell you more about my discovery now.

I read the book in a secret hiding place: our home’s verandah, where all the unused yet accumulated clutter was stored. I chose the verandah because I didn’t want anyone to know I was reading such a book. That’s because, on some level, I knew that what the book said was extremely powerful and that, provided one believed, it could happen. I remember squatting, surrounded by messiness (an old bicycle, my enormous, stuffed Clifford toy), staring at the book’s cover with its yellow hue and smiling author who mesmerized me. I looked at a then younger version of Dr. Dyer wondering, “Who is this man who knows such things?”

After reading the book, I promptly forgot all about it and proceeded to do all of the things (read, societally approved and expected behaviour) that everyone does. The idea, though, that manifesting one’s destiny was possible, however, remained planted somewhere in the deep recesses of my mind. It didn’t fade away. It remained for future reference.

As a teenager reading Dr. Dyer’s book, the idea that I could write books which would be distributed and sold all over the planet arose in my mind. It was probably too much for me to absorb, then, which is why I blocked it out.

There’s a time for everything

In the same way that we can’t force a flower to bloom, we can’t make an idea germinate before its time. Forcing something before its time can have counter productive, not to say disastrous, effects.

Dream time book planet

Image courtesy of dreamtime.