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All hand made and embossed, these leather bags from Chiapas are amazing. You can find them easily in Tulum now, but imagine in Chiapas? Hmmm ,I think it is the time to plan our next trip to Chiapas as much as we anticipate to be there and heard so many good things about the place. I may have to bring a container to fill up with all these beautiful textile and objects.

I especially dig the easy slip through hand carved wooden pin closure. They come in million shapes and sizes with all different embossed motifs. These are perfect little rustic flair that you should mix in with something more modern. Throw a curve ball to your Spring outfits!











Edgar is our main contact for our interest in real estate in Tulum. The more we travel the more interesting people we meet. We meet we talk we share. From Mexico city to Tulum changing his life yet growing bigger dream to build a top notch artist, sound and photo studio in the middle of jungle of  Tulum.  Meet our new friend, Edgar and his Sound Design for Hasta Los Huesos!

Edgar says, “Well, Hasta los Huesos is a 9 minute short film that took 2 years and a half to finish it, you know, everything was sponsored, materials, film, and everybody’s work. About 80% of the sound design was made specifically for this short and the other 20% was from sound libraries. It took me almost 4 months to do the 9 minutes, and mix it in THX.
I remember playing 64 tracks at the same time, it was awesome! The music was done by the best Mexican rock band called Cafe Tacuba. The animation is in stop motion which is frame by frame, and the director is Rene Castillo from Guadalajara.”

Long chatting and long night over the bottles of wine with Edgar and Jorje at Edgar’s home. Great place and great time!






IMG_8762Edgar, Thank you for having us. Gracias por la tua Hospitalidad!! Keep building your sound and dream!

On a way to Valladolid, we stopped by at a couple of Mayan souvenir shops on the road. You know how usual Souvenir shops are… but one really stood out from others and quite inviting. Airy, looking more interesting somehow.

Yeah!  Pretty much I felt like I hit the Jack Pot! Beautiful rustic traditional terracotta potteries, home made Pinata in work hanging from the ceiling, beautiful rich garden and the most graceful Mayan owners of the place. ( by the way this place does not have a name…)

IMG_8832Hand made,12 hour baked then decorated Mexican traditional terracotta potteries. We got one of this mega size ones for the holidays and dinners with friends: you  can do so called ” Cazuela” , the one big pot dish baked or simmered with broth in the oven. They come in all different sizes and shapes. They also come in as small plates and bowls. You can cook food in these terracotta pots on the stove top or inside oven. The secret to use it for the first time is to rub the bottom where the flame will hit with Garlic, which suppose to help not to penetrate the odor or the flavor of the flame through the pottery.


IMG_8837Then, while  I was taking pics of these poterries, I couldn’t ignore interesting looking outdoor kitchen behind through the camera lense: a man cooking something on the wood chip fire pit. He was cleaning chilli peppers and checking on something time to time…



I walked up to him and said with my broken Spanish that I really loved his Kitchen. Then That was it! I met Don Diego. The owner of the shop and a proud man of the family with beautiful wife and life he built where he is now with his gorgeous crib and a lush jungle like garden!


IMG_8854Wow , Check this out. His Paella! and black beans getting socked for his home made tortillas. This man knows how to cook! He told me he was waiting for his companies to arrive to have lunch together. In my head… “Don Diego , Can you please invite us to join you? I’m dying to taste them!”


IMG_8856Serrano chilli. Don Diego’s hand holding it.


Then he wanted to give all of us a tour of his beautiful lush garden and the house he built. And they are gorgeous!







Below are the Pinatas in progress: drying up hanging from the ceiling.. I must say I much prefer this newspapered simple sphere ones. They are somewhat Modern and cool. They look almost like an Art installation.



IMG_8887Don Diego greeting his just arrived guests. (mmm Yum!!)

Don Diego, Thank you for the wonderful tour and your graceful authority and pride you shared with us. For your land, for your family and as a man yourself.  You just made our trip that much more special!

I had written up a small blog about Coqui Coqui, Tulum from our last trip in December ( You can “search” our blog page on the left top corner). I do think most of you already know about this place.  At least many New Yorkers would since many of us come down to Tulum.  Emi has been telling me we should check out Coqui Coqui in Valladolid this time, so we did. Boy! What a place they have!!  An exquisite perfumery carrying through their passion and love for the life with style and 1 drop dead gorgeous room with a balcony up for your swanky stay.

Here, feed your eyes with beauty of Coqui Coqui at Valladolid.

From the top: the entrance, reception area with Perfumery ( by the way this place well reminded me of Merci in Paris and Darr and Butter in Brooklyn), connecting entrance from the perfumery to the clothing and jewelery shop, the shop carries well edited local textile, hats and others, the view to the perfumery from the garden, the 1 and only room for rent; ahhhh I love it!, the terrace, the view to the street from the terrace, a little cafe and the lush garden with a pool.

















Beautifully painted in rich Spanish colonial flavor, Valladolid is a Must Visit to taste a Maya city culture in modern day and the first signs of the Mexican revolution of 1910.  Located at about a half way from Tulum to Merida’ ( the capital of Yucatan), Valladolid offers lots of laid back charms as colonial era cathedral,Cathedral of San Gervasio in the heart of square, a hustle and bustle local market filled with colorful fruits and flowers and amazing food that represents the town’s history. And also new additional perfumery of Coqui Coqui ( amazing Taste!!) just add more reason to pay a visit to the town!

IMG_8900Cathedral of San Gervasio. Cathedral of San Gervasio is 1 of 7 churches in Valladolid along Convent of San Bernadino. I just love simple yet beautiful charm of this church. The 2 palms are placed just perfectly. I find the color of the fence around the church changes time to time whenever we visit here.  A typical elder lady in Valladolid with a signature scarf on. I think only the elders wear this. All hand made in silk.


A house of culture in square: beautiful ceiling and tiled passage way and the typical court yard.  The house offers various claases for cultural dances, music and more.




On a way to the market. You will see many old school Beatles and more old mobiles around the town.






IMG_8953Near the market, awesome barber shop.




IMG_8975The vibrant market! These are hand made bee wax candles. It smells delicious! 10 pesos each ( about $0.85). We got 5 of them. Below from the top; Jicama, Banana leaves and 10 pesos a bag mixed fruit. yum!





How amazing is this Barber/tailor/fruit shop!! My favorite is #4.




Fried Yuca balls with home made honey. Again 10 pesos for the whole bag. They are delicious! And the big brown things with holes are  caramelized squash.


IMG_9017Now it’s our lunch time! This 17 century Spanish colonial hotel, El Manson del Marques on the square is absolutely gorgeous with amazing court yard and a beautiful and exquisite restaurant Hosteria del Marques, which serves  regional specialties. Love!







IMG_9048Planton de La Casa: Plate of the House which gives you a chance to taste variety of regional food. Mexican chorizo, pork, turkey and egg.  It was more like a enlightened experience of Mexican cuisine. It’s far way more than rice and beans. Well balanced seasoning with great texture and layers of flavor. Amazing.

IMG_9049Another amazing dish and the specialty of Hosteria del Marques: Stuffed cheese stew with capers, olives, pork and chicken, almond, raisins and secret spices. A powerful bursting flavor in your mouth with just a spoonful first sip. It killed me.

IMG_9054Yes. We loved it and We cleared it!  It was ammmaaaazing!  Mmmm, Happy….!






I put 40 photos in this blog but I still have 150 more. It’s a quick trip so well worth to do. You will have a great time. Be inspired. Valladolid.

The Maya site may have been formerly also known by the name Zama, meaning city of Dawn. Tulúm is also the Yucatec Mayan word for “Fence of wall” (or trench), and the walls surrounding the site allowed the Tulum fort to serve as a defense against invasion. From the numerous depictions in murals and other works around the site, Tulum appears to have been an important site for the worship of the Diving or Descending god. There’s is no such tall pyramid in Tulum ruin site, but the location of this ruin is very important. Right on the Ocean: great benefit of stiff cliff that protected the whole site and also the trading of  Salt and Textile then.

The ruins at the north side tip of Tulum beach, from  the top: the entrance to the “Fenced Wall’, temples with usual 2-3 windows and narrow columns, Gael and me looking over the look out of the beach at ruins…




Wow!! The Dos Ojos Cenote is unbelievably beautiful. We have been to a couple of other cenotes including a small water hole by the beach, but this one is the best so far. Somehow it reminds me of Puglia, Italy.

10 minute car ride up north of Tulum, Dos Ojos awaits you to come and experience what nature is all about. Wow…!  Now. all I want to do is taking serious lessons to be the professional scuba diver and do Cenote hopping!  In ancient Mayan, the word Cenote meant ” Sacred well”. This clear fresh water holes erupted all along the Yucatan Peninsula are exclusive gem to here and only a few island of Caribbean ocean in the world, so it’s quite unique and proud natural source of Mexico.

Now come with me to do a tour of Dos Ojos!!
IMG_8505IMG_8547IMG_8519Emi getting ready!  Yes he does have a licence to dive and Emi’s brother, Andrea is a well known professional diver who works with world archaeologists. Including Gael, we did get to see beautiful under water of Dos Ojos with Emi’s guide. I am so bugging Andrea this summer to have him teach me!  It really didn’t strike me until this time to have the urge of learning how to do scuba diving.


IMG_8553Denny, Emi and Gael. It’s Gael’s turn now to get to see what’s under the water. I mean it was AMAZING to look up to see the cave and the bats! and also under the water…!




IMG_8508IMG_8509IMG_8511IMG_8518IMG_8595Nice mask mark Jaehee! and Mowgoli the jungle boy, you did great job today! Mommy’s so proud of you!



It was healing then. Now it’s all about having fun! I love you Emi, Gael, Denny and you, Tulum

From the top: the bridge of Boca Paila, Casarosas on the beach, Gael chasing mommy, the men of the family; the fisherman, 3 men breaking down the coco!, a smarty Pelican waiting for some fish bit from the human, Emi looking out to Biosphere near Boca Paila, Jaehee enjoying the beautiful light and sunset over the Biosphere…. And Repeat.


A few friends have had bit cold days in Tulum recently, so I was bit nervous when we woke up but we had great hot sunny day all day. Nice breakfast in Copal terrace overlooking the ocean and we even bragged about how hot the sun was and Gael even asked me to tie his hair in a pony tail.





IMG_8099Stretching and scratching, just ordered breakfast and just like 2 big cats under the sun. haha!

IMG_8116Hey, 3 boys. It makes me feel so happy to see Gael, Emi and Denny are all together. Like Daniel said, the Blood is thicker than the Water. The Love. The Bond. The Generation. Brother, are you here with us…?


IMG_8120OK, That was Heavy but Good!

Now we are going for a walking tour of where we are staying at, Copal.


IMG_8126I need to ask about what this is. I do think people go in there? Right in the middle of it, there seems a fire pit. Below is the Yoga house of the Copal.







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