Raised Vegetable Garden

It's been a joy and truly a labor of love piecing our raised bed garden together. We learnt a lot from our last/first attempt at gardening and this time we were better planned.

The Best Pizza Dough

We got a bit tired of our whole wheat pizza dough I think we got too accustomed to it and decided it needed some tweaking.

US Road trips

We've made a few road trips around the US. There's a lot to see here and a lot of distance to cover. Here are some of our trips on the east coast.

Panama

Panama's carnival celebration in Panama City are supposed to be the second largest in the world. Enjoyed this big party with fantastic street food, dozens of stages and loud music blaring at every corner.

Canada

Canada has some of the most beautiful sceneries and landscapes. I hope to drive across to the West coast some day but till then here's a glimpse of Toronto and beyond.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Snorkeling with turtles at Akumal beach , Mexico

 Lunch with this view
I didn't expect to see turtles with my limited swimming skills and so didn't equip myself with an underwater camera. I was pleasantly surprised to spot 3 of them as we snorkelled at the beautiful Akumal beach.

 Akumal also known "Place of Turtles" is one of the most beautiful beaches I've been too. The Centro Ecological Akumal runs a program to protect, research, and conserve sea turtles.

You can even adopt a sea turtle if you'd like.


Akumal Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches I've been to

Sunday, October 07, 2012

Mayan Ruins at Tulum, Mexico

The ancient Mayan city of Tulum is located right on the Caribbean coastline. Tulum was a thriving capital and a major link in the Maya's extensive trade network. Both sea and land routes converged here. The earliest findings from the site is A.D. 564.
Mayan Ruins at Tulum, Mexico
The first Europeans to see Tulum were probably Juan de Grijalva and his men who sailed along the Eastern coast of Yucatán in 1518.

The Spaniards later returned to conquer the Peninsula. Tulum like many cities before it was abandoned to the elements.

 The ruins at Tulum are now one of the most popular and largest Mayan ruins in Mexico.

You can access one of the most beautiful beaches just by descending down the steps at the ruins.

Tulum's greatest attraction is its location and the view facing the rising sun looking onto the Caribbean is just spectacular.

Tulum ruins looking onto the Caribbean

Mexican Iguanas at a tropical Caribbean beach

We must have stumbled upon over a dozen of these stealthy calm creatures of the tropics on our Weekend at Riviera Maya. I regret not getting hold of an underwater camera in time to catch the turtles at Akumal and the shoal of fish I swam with.

 Thanksgiving Weekend on the Mayan Riviera

Mexican Iguanas

Mayan Riviera, Mexico


We decided to spend the thanksgiving weekend down in Mexico at Tulum.

on the Mayan Riviera. The beautiful white sand, blue skies and fantastic weather makes this once place I'd love to visit again.

A visit to the ancient city of Tulum, swimming by the ruins, spotting iguanas, snorkelling with turtles at the beautiful Akumal "Place of Turtles" beach, partying into the wee hours of morning at Hacienda Dona Isabel and a lot of swims and live music were some of the highlights on this short but eventful getaway.


The Mayan Calendar - The significance of December 21, 2012

Mayan elders do not prophesy that everything will come to an end. Rather, this is a time of transition from one World Age to another,whatever that means.

To understand this date you'd need to dig further into a typical long count date which has the following format: Baktun.Katun.Tun.Uinal.Kin.

Kin = 1 Day.
Uinal = 20 kin = 20 days.
Tun = 18 uinal = 360 days.
Katun = 20 tun = 360 uinal = 7200 days.
Baktun = 20 katun = 400 tun = 7200 uinal = 144000 days.

The kin, tun and katun are numbered from zero to 19;
The uinal are numbered from zero to 17;
The baktun are numbered from one to 13.
The Long Count has a cycle of 13 baktuns, which will be completed in 1872000 days (13 baktuns). This period equals 5125.36 years and is referred to as the “Great Cycle” of the Long Count.

21 December 2012 marks the end of this 5125 year long cycle in the Mayan calendar. This is often interpreted as "The end of the world on 21 December 2012, at 11:11 UTC".

Sunrise at the Mayan Riviera