Our Cost of Living in Cancun

Lately I’ve been seeing a few blogs and forums talking about this, and yesterday I got a comment asking about it, so this weekend, ya’ll get to hear about…

Our cost of living in Cancun!

Jorge and I probably live more expensively than most people here my age, but much, much cheaper than others. (We spend more than most people here make.)

Also keep in mind that Cancun, as a tourist destination, tends to be more expensive than other cities in Mexico.

Our Monthly Expenses (Pesos/approx US dollar amount)

Rent (3 bedroom , 2 bathroom house with small yard): $4500/$360

Water bill: $50/$4

Electric: $350/$28

Sky (satellite TV): $280/$23

Cell phones: $300/$24

Groceries: $800/$64 (varies)

Expenses (taxis and buses to work/school, lunch every day for both, outings with friends, takeout): $7200/$576 ($1800/$144 a week)

Extras (dog grooming, gas tank refill for the stove, special outings, etc): $500/$40

Total: $13,180 pesos / $1,054 US Dollars

Kinda scary to see it all laid out like that!

Not nearly as inexpensive as Leslie Limon! Lucky.

How does yours compare?

How to Speak Like a Mexicano: "Streep Dancing"

Wow, it’s been awhile since I’ve done a “How to Speak like a Mexicano” post!!

A pretty well-known local gym uses this to advertise its classes:

In case you couldn’t figure it out, this gym offers stripping classes.

Here in Mexico, the word for stripper is “stripper”. (I love how they choose English to describe the more vulgar and shallow things in life. Very smart on their part.)

However, with Spanish pronunciation, the word is pronounced more like “eh-STREE-per”. Since they use the long “ee” sound to pronounce it here in Mexico, I guess the owners of this gym assumed strip was spelled with a “ee”. Good intentions. Bad follow-through.

Once in Acapulco, I saw it advertised as “strep dancing”. Kudos on getting closer to the correct pronunciation… but naming a dance after an illness is definitely not sexy.

Can you spot the other mistake on this ad?

Also… can anyone tell me what “gap” is?

Just Thursday

Thursday is now one of my fave days of the week. Why? Because it’s Just Thursday with Murdock’s Mama! Click on the button and link up if you want to join along!

Outside my window..kinda weird… it’s sunny, but there are lots of cloud out, so it looks  kinda gray.

The time is..9:28 am
Today I feel..ready to start the day and get some work done, and I’m also kinda excited about the upcoming weekend.
I am thinking.. that I’m not sure if I should splurge on buying a sugar cookie from a coworker (I bought a cupcake the last 2 days in a row)

At the moment, I am thankful.. for my husband! He surprised me with family-sized Nutella last night!! I’d been avoiding buying it for years, because I have a tendency to get a bit addicted…
I am going..to Vegas next month for my sister’s wedding! I just officially got signed permission from work to go. Hurray!
I am wearing..work uniform. Blah.
I wish..some kind stranger would give me a million dollars.
I am reading..Book of the Dead by Patricia Cornwell (still!!)
I am working on..putting together a schedule for cleaning the house. I figure things will be easier if we just do 1 chore a day or something. Cleaned the bathroom yesterday… can I just say that Easy Off BAM is friggin awesome?
I am hoping..that there’s been some sort of misunderstanding. It seems as if my fave burrito place has closed down! But they were doing so well! I need delicious burritos!
I am hearing..the clicking of keyboards
I bet you didn’t know.. that I’ve been having all these crazy dreams this week!! Never had dreams this real before:
Dream 1: Jorge has died and my friends are worried about me because I keep seeing hallucinations of him
Dream 2: I’m in an “Inception” situation. An evil guy wants me to break into my cousin’s dreams. Her subconscious people realize I’m an intruder because I say something in Spanish
Dream 3: My town is at war and I’m in hiding with people I don’t know. Enemy soldiers find us and slit the throat of the guy next to me, then they slit mine.
Dream 4 (last night): I broke up with Jorge before the wedding and am now married to a guy who is nice enough, but EXTREMELY BORING. I see Jorge a lot and realize I still love him.
Needless to say, I was extremely relieved to wake up after each of these dreams and realize they weren’t real!
One of my favorite..cereals is Corn Pops. (Jorge called them “Porn Cops” by mistake the other day. HILARIOUS.)

Weekend Plans..
We plan on staying in Friday and Saturday to save money, but the plan is to go to Isla Mujeres on Sunday!! (I always say that, but I’m gonna lay the pressure on this time! haha)

Luna Blue's "Mexico is NOT a War Zone"

Tony and Cheri at Luna Blue express what expats in the Riviera Maya are all thinking… please check it out.

Mexico is NOT a War Zone

Great facts, impressive numbers, and real feelings. I almost cried.

If you have comments, please leave them on Luna Blue’s site.

Saludos a todos!

Movie Character Crushes

It’s Sunday night, and tomorrow will be busy at work, so I’ll go ahead and leave you with my favorite movie character crushes of all time.

Rent the movies, and thank me later.

Bill Pullman as Jack in While You Were Sleeping

Alan Rickman as Colonel Brandon in Sense and Sensibility

Johnny Depp as Crybaby in Crybaby

And everyone’s favorite…

Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice

Who do you think is the hottest movie character ever??

The Mexican Monster Cricket

Went to Jorge’s soccer game last night.

My friend Viri went to the restroom, then came out and told me she “wanted to show me something”.

Went into the ladies’ room and saw this:

I was so sure it was a fake plastic bug… until it moved its back legs and did this:

**Note: Viri refused to put her hand up to it for size comparison. Can’t blame her. I tried to keep the second image true to size… about the length of 1.5 average-size index fingers. GAH!

**Extra note: Just found out this is a locust.


Remember Monday when I posted about our weekend at Sandos Caracol EcoResort and Spa?

Today I’m going to show you our room! It was simple, yet cheerful. I loved the layout, and someday would like to have a Master Suite with a similar one.

I love the big closets in the hallway

Yes, we each brought our own suitcase just for a weekend. Don't judge me.

view from one of the windows... the kids' water park. The other window looked out over beautiful gardens and the mangrove forest.

Anyway, the coolest part of the room was right by the door…

In order to turn the power on for the room, you had to insert your room card into a slot. What does that mean? That when you’re not in the room, everything is turned off. Love that idea!!!!

The hotel is also undergoing renovations on the guestrooms in order to (1) make them more fabulous and (2) make them some of the region’s most ecofriendly rooms. Good job, Sandos Caracol.

Just Thursday and My New Dream House

It’s that time of the week again! Just Thursday with Murdock’s Mama! If you want to join in, click on the badge and link up!

Outside my window.. Today’s view, lots of wispy clouds and sunshine, but for some reason the hotel zone looks dark…

The time is.. 9:17

Today I feel.. frustrated because one of the dogs chewed up my somewhat expensive beach dress… and there’s no way of knowing which one it was. I know who I suspect it was, though…

I am thinking.. how much work I can get done today

At the moment, I am thankful.. for air conditioning

I am going..to go out to lunch with coworkers today. Where will it be?

I am wearing..my ugly, ugly work uniform

I wish..I could stretch my money more

I am reading..Book of the Dead by Patricia Cornwell. Dang, that woman has a sick, sick mind.

I am working on..learning to cook! It usually goes better when Jorge helps.

I am hoping..to be back here soon:

I am hearing..the voices of my desk neighbors chatting

I bet you didn’t know.. that Jorge and I are kinda hooked on Parental Control on MTV. We’re so lame.

One of my favorite..new places to live is Bali! Just saw an episode of House Hunters International last night. Dream house with pool and amazing bathrooms for $330,000 dollars? I’ll take it!
Here are the pictures from the Seri Villas website: