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SPA LIFE at the Barceló Hotel Resort is

a healthy balanced experience in a luxury, art-filled environment attracting guests and local visitors.

people understand the basics of good health include organic food, exercise and peaceful thoughts. Millions of people visiting Los Cabos and hundreds of thousands new immigrants are choosing Los Cabos, looking for those things. Baja Sur and Los Cabos surely deliver. The temple of worship for body and soul health is the SPA. In a five star resort destination like Los Cabos the evolution in services has included extensive investment in state-of-theart Spa destinations. SPA LIFE at the new Barceló Hotel on the San José Riviera leads the way presenting an inviting environment to relax for the day. Manager Nelly Morales brought her decade of Los Cabos Spa management experience to the creation of the spa, overseeing every detail of the 1600 ;quare foot environment that soothes the senses as soon as you walk through the door. Aromatherapy scents permeate the air, soft light and candles highlight the inner rooms. The winding stairway and eye-catching pottery and art surround you at every turn, and the stress drops off by the minute as you’re led to the upper lounge area, with whispers and soothing music the only sounds. The large variety of menu choices of unique therapies and effective massage techniques are sure to address any ache or skin condition. Nelly designed a creative menu with a variety of services like body wraps, facials, romantic outdoor massage for two, 2 person Thai shiatsu, lymphatic drainage, lomi lomi, reflexology and of course regular massage like Swedish, sports and deep tissue are all found on their menu. They have packages, with the most popular being their wedding packages for her and him. Wanting to attract spa customers from the local community and surrounding resorts, SPA LIFE offers a day package for $99 which includes a 50 minute massage, breakfast orlunch, and use of their gym and all pools and Jacuzzis all day 9-5. Phone 163-7730


Extensive scientific research has been conducted over the past 40 years to track the benefits of natural healing methods. Massage is one of the easiest things to do with the greatest health benefits...and it feels soooo good.

STRESS REDUCTION: The level of stress indicator cortisol in the body before a massage is significantly lower after. HYPERTENSION: Massage reduces hypertension, suggests a good deal of research. This may be because it stimulates pressure receptors that prompt action from the vagus nerve, one of the nerves that emerges from the brain. The vagus nerve regulates blood pressure, as well as other functions. In a 2005 study at the University of South Florida, hypertension patients who received 10 massages of 10 minutes each over three weeks showed significant improvements in blood pressure compared to a control group who simply rested in the same environment without any massage. SPOT SPECIFIC: You don’t have to massage a painful area of the body but can get relief massaging other areas like the feet, hands and cranium. SELF HELP: Learning about energy flow in the body and massage techniques can help prevent body injuries. For example you can massage your arms and hands to prevent repetitive stress injuries from typing.

The more massage and bodywork you receive the better you will feel. SPA Life Manager Nelly Morales




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Where the Locals Eat

A hub for business and political leaders Now

tourists and visitors can discover what the locals have been raving about for years, Mercado del Mar Restaurant. Launched in San José in 1993 a move and expansion three years ago brought this social center to the San José Riviera zone, directly across the street from the Crown Plaza Hotel. This simple and tasteful restaurant provides a venue perfect for both business and pleasure. The high vaulted ceilings and spacious dining area enhances its inviting environment. Neutral colors, light wood, and calming background music add to the allure. The full bar located beside the dining area opens up to the outdoor patio facing the plush greens of the Mayan Golf Course. On just about any given afternoon or evening, the restaurant

Surf’s UP!

will be bustling with local businessmen, vacationing tourists, and private parties enjoying some of the best and certainly the freshest seafood San José has to offer. This restaurant prides itself on having “seafood so good, it is the preferred choice of locals, often weekly!” say all their regular patrons. All their fish comes fresh from local fishermen and is prepared in several different creative ways. The smoked Marlin stuffed mild chili appetizer is definitely a pleasing beginning to any meal. A unique on-site smoker produces some of the most sensational seafood dishes around. In addition to all of the typical seafood favorites, Mercado del Mar also offers an eclectic mix of dishes to please any palate. Their

wide array of seafood, steak, pasta, and Mexican cuisines are equally as enticing. Mercado Del Mar Restaurant is also the perfect place to hold private events. They offer a separate secluded dining room for up to forty

guests with a large flat screen TV with computer hook up, ideal for business presentations. This room also provides its own bar, separate from the rest of the restaurant. Now visitors and tourists know about it too!

Summer storms, winds and tides bring good surfing to the shores of Baja Sur. Migrating California Surfers are attracted to the empty beaches, no competition for waves, warm temperatures and great break points. Mike Doyle Surf School at the Cabo Surf Hotel on the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific coast Cerritos Beach surf shops offer two surfing environments, challenges and “surf scenes”. Experienced surfers head for remote points with surf breaks like no place1 else in the world.




FROM THE PUBLISHER Ah, Summer. I like this time of year….the long days and warm nights, the calm breezes and the change in the light and colors almost hour by hour. The late afternoon lunches often stretch to sunset, and there has been a steady stream of activities around town; openings of new restaurants, lighting installed along the 4-lane and the bridge to Puerto Los Cabos is a delight to drive across after the years of the bumpy dusty road through the arroyo. While there are less visitors and tourists here right now, there is a lot of activity going on behind the scenes. Most organizations are re-organizing and looking at new business methods. One thing that is new to tourist minded managers is the need to become more visible to the 400,000 people living between La Paz and Los Cabos. Destino magazine initiated a GO LOCAL campaign offering extra media visibility and big discounts to clients if they offer a discount to local people to help stimulate our economy while building a reputation. You’ll see three full pages of these value coupons in the magazine this issue offering some great discounts so check them out! It seems that during the world economic “dip” the large countries of the world are using their best methods to keep their citizens spending money at home. Seems like a good idea for us as well. I’ve always called shopping here “the hunt”, but have found that almost anything you may want in your life can be found between here and La Paz, but you have to hunt. As the marketing mantra reaches their business plans, we will find these gems and not have to travel north so much to shop. The President of Mexico Felipe Calderón slipped into town quietly in mid-June. I walked a few blocks to the reception at the new Barceló Hotel Resort in San José, passing about 20 Marines placed along the road..who all smiled and said hola as I walked by. The security



were all dressed as hotel workers, and I noticed that I received more scrutiny than normal as the only foreigner at the small reception. Other than traveling around with our Governor and Mayor with a police escort, El Presidente’s visit was nowhere close to the security display when the President of the USA travels around. Its not that there haven’t been a number of political assassinations in Mexico, but the lack of guns in the society seems to calm down general political violence and hyper-security. Luckily for Los Cabos, the Mexican government is directing multi-millions in infrastructure investment throughout the country. Like China, developing countries need roads and transportation systems and hospitals, which are all good public works, job programs. Baja Sur has received significant Federal infrastructure support, which is outlined in the feature story inside. A strong VIVA MEXICO has successfully brought new mainland visitors and investors. Our resort visitors are very happy and well entertained and want to come back again. Large mainland retail chains are opening stores in this State connecting us more to Mexican businesses while this country follows a road to economic independence not tied so closely to the USA. So, all looks pretty positive here for the future! Finally take a look at the pages about the Shaking Earth and perspectives of our planet from views other than geography. Our narrow peninsula surrounded by water is connected to the happenings on the rest of the planet and there is more to existence than what we encounter daily. “Ignorance is bliss”, but doesn’t give you much to think about. Have a peaceful summer. WRITERS

Susan Carol

Living in Baja Sur and like to write? Do you like active research & interviews? A variety of topic features are available for assignment. Send resume and work samples: destinoloscabos @gmailcom


Trina Brown

Consular Agent Boulevard Marina Plaza Nautica Hours: Monday - Friday 9 am - 2 pm Tel: (624) 143 3566


Marie-Evee Pomerieau

Consular Agent Boulevard Marina Plaza José Green Hours: Monday - Friday 9 am - 2 pm Tel: (624) 142-4333



President Felipe Calderón made a short, informal visit with local officials about progress on current investments and cut the ribbon making the official opening of the new Barceló Hotel and Resort. Speaking to a small, invited group and media, the President and his Tourism Director Gloria Guevera were clear about the importance of tourism to Mexico. Story starts on Page 18


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LAND’S END Intermediate-Advanced 50’-60’ and just 5 minutes by boat you’re swimming with sea lions and moray eels. Also explore a sunken boat. SAND FALLS Beginners - Advanced 30’-100’ Steep sand banks go down sharply to canyon filled wit tropical fish. A short boat ride to one of the deepest canyons in the world. PELICAN ROCK Beginners 25’-80’ Just 5 minute boat trip to this large rock that attracts tropical fish. NEPTUNE’S FINGER Advanced 80’-100’ 5 minutes by boat*. Spectacular canyon wall dive. CABEZA DE BALLENA Beginners 20’-40’ 25 minute boat ride* to dive through large boulders SANTA MARIA COVE Beginners 20’-40’ 35 minutes by boat*, or dive from the beach. The entrance to Santa Maria canyon have fish who feed right from your hand

East Cape Fishing Tournament Time! Don’t

miss the 6th Annual Van Wormer Resorts East Cape Dorado Shoot Out. This year’s event will be held on July 17th, 2010 at Hotel Palmas De Cortez. If you have not already done so, it’s not too late to sign up for your chance to win a $50,000 fully loaded 4x4 Honda Ridgeline, courtesy of Honda of Los Cabos. Here is how the tournament works: The entry fee is $350 per team. The tournament is a one day event taking place on July 17th. Every team who has paid their $350 entry fee will be eligible to win the $50,000 Honda Ridgeline. The Honda Ridgeline will be awarded to the team that brings in the heaviest dorado on July 17th. There will be four optional cash jackpots up for grab on July 17th, The 2009 award ceremony at the Palmas de Cortez in Los Barriles, gathered a $200, $300, $500 and $1,000 hundreds of fishing enthusiasts for a fun, low-entry-cost one day tournament jackpot. We have had over 130 that any boat could win. It’s a day of skill and luck, friendship and fishing!! teams each of the last 3 years. Last years jackpots totaled over $60,000. For more information on the 6th Annual Van Wormer There will also be terrific prizes awarded to Resorts Dorado Shoot Out, You can join all the fun the top three teams that catch the largest dorado. and excitement by simply downloading an entry Plus great drawing prizes of tackle, lures, and return form at trips to all three Van Wormer Resorts hotels. All call 01-800-836-2737 participants will receive a free tournament t-shirt and hat.

EL GAVILAN Intermediate/Advanced 70’-100’ 35 minutes boat time*. Rocky ledge leading into a canyon BLOW HOLE Beginners /Advanced 30’-70’ 35 minutes boat ride*, or just 10 minutes from Chileno beach. CHILENO Beginners DIVE CENTER • RENTALS • TRIPS 35’-70’ Large rocky reef with large variety of tropical fish. Sea turtles are often seen. Night dives. LAS SALINAS Beginners 30’-45’ 1.4 hours by boat from San Lucas*, or 1 hour by boat from La Playita. A sunken Japanese fishing boat attracts a large number of fish. Skip Jacks. CABO PULMO Beginner-Advanced 30’-100’ 2 hour drive East of San José then 5 minutes by boat you’ll find the only living coral reef in the Sea of Cortez.





Pedro Cervera, drummer and composer, was born in Buenos

Aires, Argentina, and has contributed much to the local music scene. As one of the premiere drummers in Los Cabos and a fun musician to watch, Pedro is dedicated to his instrument and to the music. He is a straight-ahead jazz drummer who knows how to drive the music. He can most often be seen performing with pianist Nahuel Bailo.Pedro was integral to the success of the June “Circular” concert performed by The Nahuel Bailo Sextet at The Seven Seas Restaurant at Cabo Surf Hotel. Pedro began playing drums at 11 years old in rock bands. When he was 15 he was admitted to the Avellaneda Popular Music School in Buenos Aries, where he began his “jazz drum” career. He has played with many famous musicians, and further information can be found on his website: Currently you can find Pedro playing drums at Esperanza with Singer Marie Helene Culien and at Villas del Palmar. He just concluded a outstanding season’s worth of performances at Casa Natalia on Wednesdays (Howie Clifton on saxophone, Nahuel Bailo on keyboard, Roberto Blanco on bass keyboard, Pedro Cervera on drums, with visiting weekly guests.) This gig will be sorely missed and we can only hope it will return in the fall!! Pedro Cervera recently released a new CD called “Circular”. It is a recording of original jazz pieces with a few cover songs, performed with the talented and well known guitarist Peter Sprague and double bassist Bob Magnusson. You will want to listen to Pedro Cervera performing on his new CD or live in local gigs around the Los Cabos area.

LIVE MUSIC Cabo San Lucas

THE OFFICE daily 7-10 pm Daline Jones, Diego Ramirez & Luciano Callado Tue/Wed Shalom with Tito Rodriguez Fri, Sat & Sun. AMARONE RISTORANTE Diego Ramirez and Daline Jones Sat. 7-10 pm BAJA BREWERY in Cabo Villas Sexto Sentido every Friday, 8-11, dinner, drinks, & salsa dancing. CABO WABO CANTINA, Sammy Hagar’s legendary night-club in Cabo San Lucas. Tel. 624-143-1188. SOLOMON’S LANDING on the marina. Monthly concerts. MAMBO CAFÉ Salsa, cumbia, meringue & disco every night 10-2 closed Mon LAS QUESADILLAS The Edgar Mendes Group with Francis Mendes. BAJA CANTINA Daily 7-10 VILLAS DEL PALMAR Tues. Edgard Mendes keyboard, Memo Ruiz guitar, Pedro Cervera drums EDITHS Restaurant Traditional Mexican music every night 6-10 pm TWO FOR THE ROAD in Tesoro Hotel Tues -Sun, after 6 pm. Montana, keyboard, and vocalist Kathy Daniels. HARD ROCK CAFÉ Rock-n-roll in English & Spanish Fri & Sat, 10-12 pm. Plaza Bonita Mall ESPERANZA The Roberto Blanco Trio Vocalist Elaine Culen Fri. & Sun 8 pm.Km 7 LATITUDE+22 Peter Bacon Thurs, Fri, Sat, 7-10 pm. LA FRIDA Pueblo Bonito Sunset Pianist Ricardo Ramirez, Lunda Itzel traditional Mexican songs; Trio Ornelas daily ex Sun.



TATWANA Pueblo Bonito Pacifica (world music) Wed. -Sun. 7:30-10 pm, SPA Sat. 10:30 interactive meditative concert. James CABO LOUNGE Jorge Cu Piano Thurs, Fri, Sat. 8-11 CASA RAFAEL Romantic ballads in Spanish and English Wed-Mon. 6:30-10 ROMEO & JULIETA Pianist every night except Mondays 7-10 pm 143-0225. BAROMETRO On the marina front, next to the mall. Changing performers

VOILA Marcie Castro, piano Fri 8-11 BAJA BREWING occasional live music. Historic District. RED Wine Bar DJ, electronic and pop music. Behind Mega. SHOOTERS BAR AND RESTAURANT. Tel. 1469900 across from Municipal Hall in San Jose del Cabo. OLD VILLANO, occasional live music. Centro. DIRTY SANCHEZ Weekends, Cuban music

SAND BAR Playa Medano, Gilberto “Hill” Garcia. Standards classic rock. Vocals and guitar Mon/Wed /Fri

RAICES Y BRAZOS Wed live music, Thurs. Open mike. Changing schedule so ck web

CABO REY Dinner Cruise Dining, dancing, floor show. Call 624-143-8260.


LOS CABOS WINERY Tel. 143-8088. For musicians who feel like jamming.


HOTEL MARQUIS Memo Ruiz Guitar. Jazz, romantic and the American song book. Evenings 7-10 except Mon, WESTIN REGINA Las Cuerdas Clasicas, Chamber music al fresco. Everyday but Wed & Thurs, 8-11am LAS VENTANAS Marci Castro piano Wed&Sun 7-10

LIVE MUSIC Pescadero

CERRITOS BEACH CLUB Daline Jones & Diego Ramirez Sun 2-5 PM SANDBAR Gilberto ‘Hill” Garcia Classic rock. Sat/Sun

LIVE MUSIC Todos Santos

HOTEL CALIFORNIA Flashback band Sat PM For additions or corrections to this schedule, please email


San José del Cabo BAJA BLUE NEW Bar & Grill (old Rusty Putter location) Friday live music LA INTERNATIONAL NEW Thurs & Sat Jazz & Blues across from Municipal on Plaza TROPICANA Grupo Cubano Tropicana Cuban music. Wed thru Sat 10 -1. Friday Dinner Show. CASA NATALIA Occosional music special during summer.

View from La International


One of the original buildings of centro San José with the best view of the plaza and church, has reopened with music and specials weekly, named LA INTERNATIONAL


AWARD WINNING Executive Souschef Rodrigo Bueno

The 2nd annual Tapas Contest

took place early June with a Mediterranean theme. Chefs from 12 hotels such as The One and Only Palmilla, Sheraton and Westin cooked magnificent tapas. The presentation was fun as it was set up so you could see the Chefs creating their masterpieces. Using ingredients like Kalamata Olives, Lamb, Italian Virgin  Olive Oil, Foie Gras, Saffron, Fresh Herbs, took tapas to a whole new level of tastes. The smells  permeated the restaurant and magic  started appearing on the judges table. New, modern chef Techniques were represented: Foams, Gels, Smoke pumps,  Agar, Agar  Oils.   Rodrigo Bueno, from Agua Restaurant at After two hours of CuOneandOnly Palmilla above, Winner of the Best linary Battle the verdict apTapas contest, below with Jacobo Klipp Director peared. And the winner is…. of PROEPTA, organizer of the event. “Executive Souschef Rodrigo Bueno Aviles”, from Agua Restaurant at “The One&Only Palmilla”. After the awards, we spoke with Chef  Rodrigo Bueno and he told us that the secret to keeping the full flavor in his tapas was to avoid playing with the ingredients. He also shared to always keep in mind the traditional kitchen, use culinary basics and in every contest just “go and do your best no matter what”!

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Fine Art Framing

the method of the art

by Pete Signorelli, custom framer Galeria de Ida Victoria.

A client once joked with Ida, saying

“One time, I would like to pay more for the art than for the framing.� This made her chuckle for a couple of reasons. For one, the painting the client was interested in purchasing was $10,000, so she was able to guarantee that the framing on this one would indeed be cheaper, and two, that we always hear people balk at framing their favorite art and photographs because of the cost, when in fact, their bill for one night out on the town can usually cost more. We have had clients come in with something they love, bought in China for $16, and put a $350 frame on it, and we have had clients that have an original Tamayo, but who refuse to spend more than $100 on the frame. There are really two parts to



picture framing- what you see on the outside and what you do not see on the inside. Framing a work of art is not only to make the piece ready for wall hanging and to be aesthetically pleasing but more importantly, picture framing is to protect the work of art from the elements and give it as long of a life as possible. When a client comes in with their art they rarely focus on the process of framing itself, being naturally more concerned with the finished look. Though it is not the client’s responsibility to make sure their works are being framed properly, it is essential for them to understand the importance of proper framing and ask questions to ensure their work of art will be handled properly and will last as long as possible. When choosing how you want your piece framed there are

countless combinations to choose from; not only the hundreds of moulding and matting choices but the actual frame package that will compliment and work best to enhance your work of art. When I am consulting with a client, I always starts by saying it is important to frame the work of art to match the art, not the couch or the drapes. This will guarantee that the picture frame will look its absolute best wherever it is placed. No matter the look the client is going for there are certain standards that must be followed. First, any material that will come in direct

contact with your work of art needs to be acid free. This includes the mat boards, the backing support and the tapes, papers or hinge glue used to hold the work in place. Anything that can be purchased in your local hardware store should not come into contact with your artwork. I have reframed works that were originally mounted using duct tape, masking tape, staples, glue and even fun tack. The second, is that anything used to mount or hold your art in place in the frame package should be reversible without leaving any residue or damage if it must be removed. Third; works of art on paper need to be placed behind glass and UV protected glass most importantly. There are other choices of glazing such as museum glass and anti-reflection, but UV protection

Segusino furniture founder Silvia Ruiz decorating homes in Los Cabos for 6 years+

value furniture with Style by Susan Carol


items in their catalog day in 2004 in 12 finishes. They the brother-in-law combines a wide of Silvia Ruiz asked variety of handcrafted her to open a store in features using San José as an outlet marble, tiles, wrought for long established iron, copper and Segusino Furniture cowhide and designs factory in Puebla. The and manufactures business was already upholstery. part of the family and Silvia is active he recognized the daily in her business, talents Silvia could add embracing the to the newly growing challenges of creative market in Los Cabos. design, client service, Six years ago marked staff management, the launch of Segusino b o o k k eeping, Furniture and interior product ordering, design services in stores display, and San José. However, of course family. Silvia’s arrival in Baja She’s expanded to Sur with her husband another store in La Carlos E Ceceña Ivich Paz. Enthusiastic in the 1990’s was full about any chance of many different to explore new activities. ideas and activities, Originally landing her creativity and in La Paz, where The San José Segusino team. from left, Jorge Wilkes , Anais Cota, Silvia Ruiz, Pamela Pérez-Arellano, Pedro Amaro Javier Garcia vision will surely Carlos developed the be interesting to Mexico, as a brand that delivers products with quality and value. Seafood distribution observe. Segusino knows its’ networks throughout the State and Veracruz born Segusino was awarded the national export prize in 1996 and have niche, and serves it well with Silvia was involved with raising two boys. The couple worked with local, national and international business to produce a stock inventory and Mexican had fled corporate lives in Mexico City where Carlos unique blend of tradition, quality and innovation expressed through prices with handcraft value. was a lawyer and Silvia a product brand manager for furniture. The Company has production flexibility offering 850 some large retail companies. After a few years in La Paz the prospect of opening Mercado del Mar seafood restaurant presented itself in 1993. They moved to San José where they both worked in the business, Silvia behind the scenes in accounting and Carlos as the host and kitchen manager. Mercado del Mar today still has Chef Loreto who started with them 17 years ago and is highly popular with locals. After a few years Silvia wanted to stimulate her creative side, and went to work for well-known local interior designer Paulina. She smiles, “I loved that job. Everything about it was interesting and challenging to me, and Paulina taught me so much”. Silvia was exposed to the large, expensive projects in Palmilla, and spent several years working in this environment. As Los Cabos evolved from high end ocean properties, to condos and neighborhood homes, Silvia saw a need for lower cost, yet stylish and fit for this environment furniture and accessories. This is when the Segusino opportunity came along. Segusino Furniture began as a humble furniture workshop in the outskirts of Puebla in 1982. Over time it established itself in international circles, plus 28 stores throughout



Craft Beer in Mexico Craft beer in Mexico may be a new concept, but it’s catching on fast. New beers are showing up in different corners of Mexico regularly. It wasn’t long ago that you couldn’t find a single ale in all of Mexico. This country has been called Lager land, where lager drinking is as old as chicken fighting. Lagers tend to be lighter bodied, fizzier and yellower than their ale counterparts, which are generally bigger bodied and more flavorful beers. Some new brands include TJ’s in Tijuana, Cucapá in Mexicali, Minerva in Guadalajara, and both Tempus and Calavera in Mexico City. All of them feature lagers and ales, with their very own and particular style; offering unique



flavors and interesting beer concepts. This is an exciting time for all of us who appreciate real ales and quality craft brew. The craft brewing trend is very new in Mexico, but strong as well. During the 70’s in the U.S. there were fewer than 30 breweries. Now there are around 1,500 brewpubs, microbreweries and big breweries. In Mexico there are two brewing companies that make over 99% of the beer. Just a few years ago no one knew what a brewpub was. At this pace it is very probable that in a very few years, microbreweries will spread all over the country just like in the USA.. Los Cabos is no exception to this trend. Our very own Baja Brewing Company in San Jose had its 2nd year anniversary in December. The brewpub makes eight styles of beer on a small brewing system, one batch at a time. The brewery recently opened a second location on the rooftop of the Cabo Villas Hotel on Medano beach in Cabo San Lucas. This is one awesome spot with a beautiful view; where you can enjoy great food and great beer. With all the beer drinkers in

this country it’s about time we had some new beers and new options. Guadalajara held its second annual beer festival this past October and it was a great success. It’s good to see how every year at least one new project joins the beer festivals and the craft brew world. This year, with over a dozen breweries participating from all over Mexico and abroad, there was no shortage of great beer to be had. The Baja Brewing Company was there, giving away samples of the Baja Blond, Pelirroja Red, and Peyote Pale Ale. All the microbrewers in the country are together in this challenge; we are all trying to open people’s mind to taste new flavors and let their palettes enjoy and learn more about craft beers. The Baja Brewing Company is the pioneer in Baja Sur and hopefully, very soon, more new entrepreneurs all over the country will join us on this journey. As I sit here drinking my second Escorpión Negro at Baja Brewing a smile comes to my face as I realize that times are changing, and for the better. Cheers!


2nd generation Rosa Luz Treviño Durán manages the family busines.

You’ve seen Sol Dorado at the airport...the store full of Mexican fine crafts and clothing. They have a few airport shops as well as a store at the Shoppes of Palmilla. Finding the best of Mexican creations, they have unique items like the “cow chair” Rosa is enjoying.



What could be more fun than

going to class, learning something you can use in the future, taking time to actually prepare an entire meal, then sit down and enjoy it. Top it off with state-of-the art cooking appliaces, a well trained local chef using video technology to share their techniques up-close

membership program! He’s well connected in the world of food and invites a variety of chefs and bartenders to conduct the Aroma classes. A typical week of classes includes “Fruit & light Desserts” with the chefs of Xoco restaurant. Sushi and Sake, California Cooking:



Visitors from past years will remember The Rusty Putter Restaurant between Mega Center and Hotel row. It is now Baja Blue with the same large palapa roof, the sports games on TVs, large bar, the ocean vistas. The grand opening in June attracted hundreds of locals glad to have this 7 days per week, 11 am - 12 am restaurant!

Talented owners bring a variety and depth to the Baja Blue operation. from left, Willy Jordan, Cherie Jordan, Carlos Anderson, Tammy Perconti, Brittany Neal, Matt Neal, Javier Mazoy, Carolina Mazoy and classmates eager to learn and have fun just like you! This is the Aroma experience! Intimate classes of 10 people maximum in a modern kitchen setting are provided apron, cutting board, all utensils and of course the food to follow along with the master chef of the day. The classroom-kitchen contains a video set up that shows the chef’s

Easy Appetizers, Italian Cooking; red & white lasagna and Cocktails” Margaritas & Guacamole. There are morning and evening classes, english and/or spanish and couples nights and wine and cheese nights, and some classes are offered over a month. They will design private classes and special menus upon request.

working area up close, so no student misses the great food tips shared during the two hours of the class. Founder of Amoma is David Camhi, a creative high energy man with extensive hospitality experience. He’s recently designed a wine club to compliment the tastings offered at the Aroma Culinary Center and in the future will have an exclusive wine club

Locating the Aroma culinary and wine tasing activities in Pacific Design Center, is a good way to present stylish kitchen equipment and accessories, while actually using them. On the 2nd floor of Peninsula Plaza in San Jose there is easy free parking and a vista of the ocean. To find out the current class offerings visit their web site





Loose a Pound a Day of Abnormal Fat??? Really!

By Robyn Littlewood, Personal Trainer. Desert Spa

Well folks, it looks like I may have

been proven wrong again. Those of you who read my articles may be weary of hearing me tell you that there is no fast way to lose weight and keep it off. The reason I give for this is that putting your body into a starvation state may lead to rapid weight loss but it also leads to muscle loss. This is because we still live in the bodies of hunter-gatherers who have become sitter-eaters in modern society. By virtue of the fact that we are walking on the planet today, we are efficient at storing fat. Our ancestors had to survive seasons where little or no food was available, (either drought or winter, depending on your heritage). Therefore, when the body thinks it is going into a famine state, it will choose to eat its muscle mass as well as its fat. Since muscle mass is the ONE AND ONLY thing that truly raises the metabolic rate of your body, many rapid weight loss diets doom you to failure. Not only because you still crave bad food after the diet but because your metabolic rate will slow down due to muscle loss. Because your body wants to make up for lost time, you will absorb every single calorie you

eat when you resume your normal eating habits. Hence, rapid weight loss usually leads to yo-yo dieting, especially for people with a lot of weight to lose. “Pounds and Inches Melt Away”

Enter the HCG medical procedure for rapid weight loss, originated by Dr. Simeons some fifty years ago. Dr. Simeons called his protocol “Pounds and Inches Melt Away” and published articles and books about the miracle of HCG for safe, rapid weight loss. HCG stands for Human Chorionic Gonadotrophin and is a natural hormone found in pregnant women. Pregnant women have loads of the stuff whereas the medical procedure uses only a very small amount for weight loss and men can use it as well. (Don’t worry guys, you wont grow breasts or start crying all the time or anything…). The natural hormone is extremely safe and has no adverse side effects. To say that I was skeptical about this protocol would be a vast understatement. I thought it sounded completely insane, as it flew in the face of EVERYTHING I would normally recommend a client do to change their diet for permanent weight loss and health. But I was faced with a growing

number of clients, (particularly middle-aged women), who had read about it or tried it and I was impressed with the results. Earlier in the year, I had a returning client who visits Desert Spa during her annual vacation and does personal training with me every year. She also happens to be a registered nurse that works at a prestigious anti-aging clinic in the New York area. She had lost an incredible amount of weight between her hips and ribcage and I almost didn’t recognize her. She told me that she had been doing the HCG protocol and had lost 40 pounds since I had last seen her, primarily from her mid-section. What that means in a nutshell is her face was not hanging limply off of her skull and her breasts and buttocks were still intact. I was very impressed, let me tell you. As the year went on I met more and more women and men who were looking and feeling great due to the HCG program. Faced with a small mountain of direct evidence, I decided to try it out to see what would happen to my muscle mass as this so-called abnormal fat “melted away”. At a height of 5`5 and a fairly muscular weight of 137 pounds, I didn’t really need to lose any weight but my body fat was a little over the recommended maximum of 25% so I thought it couldn’t hurt me. Plus, I will not recommend anything to my clients that I haven’t tried myself to make sure there are no side effects. Needles necessary When I read the required protocol more closely I started to balk. I hate needles. There was a sublingual formula available but I understood that it was not as effective as the needle method. Also, I would have to eat only 500 calories per day when I am used to about 2000. I was assured by all that I would not feel hungry because the HCG would mobilize around 3500 calories a day from my abnormal stored fat. The very restricted caloric intake and the skipping of my usual breakfast meal would put my body into starvation mode and the hormone would kick in to continued on page 16



DE-CLUTTER YOUR LIFE By Susan Biali, M.D. (ed note: Dr Biali is sharing excerpts of her new best selling book in each issue of Destino magazine)


of the most common ways that people block their lives, and block themselves from attending to their true needs, is through clutter. Clutter comes in many forms, not just the physical: elements of the past that you need to let go of; useless aspects of the present that get in your way; social clutter; financial clutter; and general chaos (often denied or avoided) that keeps you from moving ahead in the direction you’d like to go.

Clutter can represent fear. As long as it’s there, bogging you down, you don’t have to deal with the discomfort of moving forward into unfamiliar territory. What does your appointment schedule look like? Is it filled with activities that you care about, that are in line with your most important values or goals? Or is it filled up with unnecessary, timewasting clutter? Who are the people you spend most of your time with? Do they contribute something meaningful and positive to your life, or do they add stress and negativity? What about your work life? Are there unnecessary things that you are stuck doing that prevent you from meeting your professional goals? Do you need to organize your desk or your files? Are you aware of which of your various activities produces the most desired results? Do you plan your week, month, and year consciously or do you just plow through whatever comes your way, putting out fires as they appear and trying to survive? Once you open your eyes to the various forms of clutter in your life and start to peel it away, layer by layer, you’ll be amazed at how much less stressed you will feel. Even more important, you’ll finally be able to devote time to the things that really matter. Live a Life You Love: 7 Steps to a Healthier, Happier, More Passionate You by Dr Susan Biali is available on

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continued from page 15 mobilize the fat. So the net effect would be like I had 4000 calories roaming around in my system, (an amount about double what I try to eat normally). The calorie restricted part of the plan lasts 21 days. Then no sugar or starch for 3 weeks but that is pretty much how I try to eat anyway. I can do anything for 21 days but I still couldn’t face the needle by myself so I got someone else to poke my bum every morning with the small diabetic needle and was relieved that it didn’t hurt at all. As promised, the pounds and inches started to melt away. I had assumed that since I didn’t have very much to lose that it would work more slowly with my body than someone with a larger amount to lose. It was not so. I started losing weight so fast that it kind of scared me. Within 10 days I was down at a meager 128 pounds, a weight I haven’t been since I was a teenager. I let the scale drift up again to 132, by not following the protocol on purpose. Even though I like being very skinny, I was starting to freak out my loved ones with such a rapid change. However, the women I have talked to that are following the exact protocol are getting the promised result of an average of a pound or more a day of fat loss. Rather than weight loss, the point of my experiment was to see what the diet would do to my muscle mass and exactly where the fat would come off my body. The four things that impressed me the most about the HCG program were this:



especially for those of us over the age of 45. We don’t want to look like cancer survivors after losing weight. Weight lost quickly usually makes the face appear gaunt, with loose skin hanging down…..awful!


Even though I was not doing my usual intense weight lifting routine during the program my muscle mass actually went up slightly from 30% of my body weight to 31%.


The structural fat lost in my face, buttocks and breasts was minimal for such a sudden weight loss. The fat seemed to come mainly from my outer hips, upper back and abdominal area. This is important,


The diet does indeed appear to kill abnormal cravings for sugar and starch, as promised. This doesn’t mean you don’t want to eat them because they are still a temptation but it is easier to stick to a healthy eating regime after following the protocol. Keeping your blood sugar stable is the master key to a longer, disease-free life, (and healthier, younger-looking skin too). Avoiding processed sugar and starch is a sure-fire way to both improve your health and to look younger too.


The procedure makes you aware of how much of your eating is social, habitual and emotional. I knew I really wasn’t hungry most of the time but I still found myself wanting to eat out of habit, particularly in the evening. Social gatherings

and restaurant visits were a big challenge also. However, 21 days of having to prepare your own organic food and avoid restaurants pays for the cost of the program if you tend to waste money in restaurants like I do. In conclusion, I will definitely be recommending the HCG program to my clients who need to lose weight. Just 21 days of strict discipline could lead to a lifetime of health and wellness if you are willing to commit to a little psychological discomfort. Now it is time for the usual lecture from me on exercise. If you don’t do a muscle-building program either before or after this procedure, you will not get the same results that I did. Losing the fat over top of the muscle has produced a much more dramatic effect in the way my body looks and feels. Muscle doesn’t build itself people! Let’s get moving now! The HCG program is now available in Cabo San Lucas, at AMI Holistic Health Center 143-7705. In San Jose del Cabo, Spa Cielo at 105-2209. If you have any questions about HCG or starting a fitness program, please call or text to 624 129 6135. email


A real store open daily with air conditioning!


the end of the season for the San José farmer’s market, the quiet opening of Tiky Cabo Organic Market fills the niche for those seeking organic produce. They clearly have the largest variety of organic produce now available in town in one location. Vital, healthy fresh lettuces of many types, cilantro, multi varieties of vine-ripened tomatoes, squash, onions, fresh herbs, and more, arrive daily from farms in Miraflores. Also, organic chickens and eggs, machaka and regional cheese are found in the refrigerator. French Riviera restaurant, treating taste buds in the area for years, has a section of this market full of tasty pastries, fresh breads, pate, cookies, yummmm. Air conditioned, easy parking and right off the 4 lane highway in San Jose across from La Europea and Nissan, at the Autos San José lot. TiKy Organic market is open every day.

By Bill Sniechowski. DC

We are meant to eat food. The process of deriving

nutrients from food is called selective nutrition. You eat a variety of foods, your body selects the nutrients it needs in appropriate quantities, metabolizes them, feeds all of your cells and either stores or eliminates the rest. The nutrients contained in food are very complex combinations of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, catalysts, co-factors and, assuredly, any number of unknown elements Mother Nature has seen fit to include that make them vital, life sustaining and supporting little bundles of joy. A nutriceutical is a man-made isolate produced in a lab devoid of the synergistic elements that make it a food – a vital nutrient. Take Vitamin C, for example. A scientist named ZhentGyorgi is credited with discovering the formula for ascorbic acid, which he called Vitamin C. He conducted an experiment to study the efficacy of his pharmaceutical grade ascorbic acid on patients with Scurvy – a well-known Vitamin C deficiency disease. In this study, he didn’t have enough of his synthetic ascorbic acid to supply all of his subjects so he gave some of them cayenne pepper because he knew cayenne is rich in Vitamin C. All of the patients receiving cayenne improved and none of the patients getting the synthetic ascorbic acid showed any improvement. Mr. Zhent-Gyorgi concluded that there must be other synergist co-factors in cayenne that made ascorbic acid (“vitamin C”) effective in the treatment of Scurvy. Vitamins are complexes. At the center of the The TiKy Market staff from Miraflores, from left, Ramón, Mirna, Yesenia, Vitamin C complex is Tyrosinase, an Karina, Yessi and general manager Joel. organic copper enzyme. The Vitamin C complex also contains ascorbigen, Vitamin K, Vitamin P (bioflavinoids) and it is all wrapped in ascorbic acid – the antioxidant portion of the Vitamin C complex. Nutrition is utilizing food to repair, replenish and rebuild physiological processes on the cellular level to optimize health and well-being. The relatively Organic Market new fields of Nutrigenomics and Epigenetics are Saturdays currently studying how nutrition affects genetic expression. In other words, what and how you eat All summer 9-1, food and craft vendors are alters your DNA and you pass those alterations on invited to meet at Raices y Brazos center. to your offspring. You can turn on your “athlete” An active place offering Buddhaful Mind genes and turn off your “cancer” genes by how you Art exhibit, Watsu Pool, Alkaline Ionic Wafeed yourself – something whole food supplement ter, and great baked foods and warm fellownutritionists have known for generations. ship. For calendar of activities go to www. The problem with a nutriceutical is that it isn’t food. It may start out as food like, say, a carrot, but then

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it is boiled, bleached, denatured, fractionated, isolated, put in a pill and becomes beta carotene or “vitamin”A. When you ingest that pill, the first thing your body does is see it as a non-food so it increases circulation to drive it to your liver to be neutralized or to your kidneys to be excreted. And while it is in you, your body starts looking around for the enzymes, synergists, co-factors etc. to make it whole thereby depleting you of stored nutrients. So, instead of assisting and supporting your body’s natural, physiological processes, it further burdens them. And if you take enough of them for a long enough time, you can develop peripheral stress. That is, you develop the symptoms for which you are taking the “vitamin” in the first place. Another problem with nutriceuticals is they are prescribed and utilized with the Western medical take-this-for-that symptom suppression approach. “Take calcium for osteoporosis or potassium for muscle cramps or zinc for libido or coQ 10 for heart or iodine for thyroid problems.” When these products are taken in this manner, they force biochemical reactions that are harmful. You can beat a tired horse and make it run but if you don’t feed it, the poor nag will eventually collapse. And who said every woman over 40 needs 2500mgs of calcium anyway? Your nutritional needs are as individual as your fingerprint. Recently, a well-meaning person came to my office pitching a MLM product “that cleanses, detoxifies and then replenishes with 90 minerals and alkalized water.” I said, do I need 90 minerals and alkalized water?” She said, “Everybody does.”  That’s like saying everyone should buy my size 9 shoes because we all have feet. You must be treated as a whole, unique person and treated accordingly. For instance, I have an over40 female patient who was prescribed megadoses of calcium because she has a family history of osteoporosis. Well, all that calcium stimulated her parasympathetic nervous system to the point where she is now on high blood pressure medication which is stressing her kidneys so they are thinking of putting her on beta-blockers to slow her heart. We are now in the process of supporting her physiology with whole food supplements in functional, therapeutic doses appropriate to her specific needs and she is getting her life back.  The moral of the story here is that taking synthetic vitamin and mineral isolates may very well get you on the very drugs you are trying to avoid. Confused yet? I’m here to help with nutritional recommendations based on your unique needs and lifestyle. Call me at 624 118 1603 or email drbillbaja@ for your personal nutritional evaluation.




President Calderon Visits San José By Susan Carol

The Marines were posted at various

points along a few roads throughout San José. The police had the streets to the Barceló Hotel closed to traffic. Those were the only indication that the President of Mexico was in the area. While visitors walked through a metal detector, including van loads of tourists arriving for their vacations. The Barceló hotel lobby was lined with staffers from every department and in the front to welcome the President’s group were Bruce Wardinski, President & CEO Barceló Crestline Corporation, Alex Stadin VP Playa Hotels & Resorts Group, Miguel Angel Preciado Guardado, CEO Barceló Hotels Mexico, Hernán Venegas Pastrana Director general Barceló Los Cabos and the State Tourism Director Alberto Treviño. President Felipe Calderón Hinojosa arrived mid-day at the entrance to the Barceló Hotel, traveling with a group of 80 people including media. Dignitaries in this group were Federal Tourism Director Gloria Guevara, Health Secretary José Angel Cordova Villabos, High Court Justice Humberto Padilla Montiel, Director CONAGUA, General José Luis Luege Tamargo accompanied by Baja Sur Governor Narciso Agundez Montano, Los Cabos Mayor Rene Nuñez, President of the State congress Ariel Castro Cardenas and national media and extra security. President Calderón warmly

Feeding the President The President traveled to Los Cabos with 80 people, and they did not stay in town for lunch. Instead they ordered fresh seafood entrees from Mercado del Mar seafood restaurant in San José. Long known for the best seafood in town and the gathering place for the State’s politicos, they are obviously known in high places as the best!



greeted the Barceló people, slowly shaking hands as he walked through the lobby showing interest in the resort and its people. He cut the ribbon marking the official opening of hotel Barceló Palace Deluxe in San José on that June 15th day, then continued to give remarks to 200 local leaders and about 50 media people, mostly national TV and print representatives traveling with the President. “Barceló Los Cabos represents an investment of about $ 240 million in this beach front resort, which generated thousands of jobs in it’s construction and now has 700 permanent direct jobs”, said the President. Calderón added that this investment also generates at least two thousand additional indirect jobs in the area. He explained that “with this infrastructure, international tourism may enjoy the natural beauty of this area knowing developers chose this destination for its unique natural beauty, quality, access to international markets and especially by the warmth of the people...for the hospitality of the Baja Sureños. Here visitors can enjoy the spectacular beaches, fishing and the natural wonders among which is the annual arrival of the Gray Whale which is an extraordinary natural spectacle”. President Calderón acknowledged that last year was very difficult for Mexico. He said world media stories about the H1N1 flu, the violence on the borders, hurricanes along with the worst economic crisis ever, would have critically harmed a country less strong than Mexico. The damaged tourist industry seems to be coming back as Calderson reported the number of visitors to Los Cabos in May of 2010 was 90,000 people more than 2009, a 50% increase. Further, he was proud that Social Security reported 445,000 net new jobs (out of 100 million people in the country) created so far in 2010 throughout the country....about 3000 of these

Baja Sur Governor Narciso Agundez, President Filipe Calderson. Los Cabos Mayor Ren cut the ribbon for the official opening of Barceló Hotel, San José

in Baja Sur. “This is good news!”, stressed the President. In talking further about Mexico’s growth plans he stated investment in manufacturing as important saying that today Mexico competes as an equal with China, India and Brazil. With tourism a key money

generator for the country, the Federal government is making active infrastructure investments in roads, bridges, airports and health services which are opening areas of Mexico to Mexican tourists today, and international tourists in the future creating good paying jobs.

Greeting President Calderón at the Barceló Hotel are from left, Bruce Wardinski, President & CEO Barceló Crestline Corp., Alberto Trevino, State Director of Tourism, Alex Stadin VP Playa Hotels & Resorts Group, Miguel Angel Prediado Guardado, CEO Barceló Hotels Mexico and Hernán Venegas Pastrana, Barceló Los Cabos Director.

The Barceló Los Cabos


Federal Tourism Director Gloria Guevara with Governor Agundez

né Nunez and Bruce Wardinski del Cabo.

Both President Calderón and Tourism Director Gloria Guevara talked about the importance of tourism for the country and specifically for Baja Sur. They declared their strong support for the tourism industry of the State as proven by their infrastructure investment already allocated and in some cases in the works. President Calderon spoke specifically of the new highway between San José and Cabos San Lucas running parallel to the beach road but miles inland saying, “you give me the land and we already have the project and financial engineering to make this road”. Other Federal infrastructure investments in Baja Sur that President Calderson mentioned that are included in the 5 billion pesos tourism budget are: 2 billion pesos in health care services including new hospitals; 160 miles of road opening Insurgentes to San Ignacio and La Purisima; a 4-lane Hwy between La Paz and Cabo Can Lucas (La Paz -Todos Santos completed); an Integrally Planned Loreto town Center; expansion of Puerto Escondido and the Loreto Riviera. He stressed his ongoing support for the Los Cabos region as a precious asset for the entire country. He also said that a comprehensive marketing and public relations program is in progress, using the best agencies in the world to promote the image of Mexico.

opening of the deluxe Barceló Hotel in the San José del Cabo hotel zone adds a world known resort to the area. This new, all inclusive resort will not only capture regular Barceló customers, but attract large convention groups impressed with their 547 suites located on a spectacular 800 meters of white sand beach on the Sea of Cortez, multiple swimming pools and 34 ground level swim-up suites. There is first class cuisine in seven restaurants featuring French, Japanese, Mexican, Italian and American menus with settings casual and gourmet. They also have 3 million square feet of conference rooms and a Grand Theatre with nightly shows, all included as part of the Barceló experience. For the ultimate in luxury the 1600 square foot spa features 16 private spaces for a variety of Spa services varying from Vichy Spa to 2-person Thai Shiatsu. The soothing soaking pools, steam, jacuzzi, make this a destination Spa for visitors and hotel guests.

President and CEO of Barceló Cestline International, Bruce Wardinski, said the hotel group invests significantly in development and expansion. The executive said the chain currently has 11 hotels in Mexico with an investment of about $700 million, with a capacity of more than 4,000 hotel rooms. generating more than 5,000 direct jobs. Wardinski said the group Barceló Hotel and Resorts “will continue to expand its portfolio, and contribute to tourism development in the country, with heavy investment in its existing hotels and thus generating more jobs. We have a commitment to Mexico and therefore continue to invest in the future of this wonderful country,” he said.





studied academic and commercial art. He is “the artist of light”capturing the essence of city-scapes and landscapes with fluid and bold brush strokes of oil on canvas, branding his pieces with a unique

punch. Ezra is an award-winning artist who was selected by Southwest Art Magazine as “Artist To Watch” in February 2003 and was featured in an article in their May 2007


Ask around, you will find that most

of the local people you talk to are in fact not local at all. Most have come from Mainland, Mexico and moved here for work and/or a better quality of life. It is even more rare to be a choyero/a (a name given to people born in this area, after a local cactus) and have an innate artistic talent, as does Ezra Katz, who was born in La Paz in 1970. He began studying art at the age of seven, learning from several teachers who would come from Mexico City and stay at his family home for the summer. His formal education came from the University of Texas in Austin and Corpus Christi where he



“Moonshadow” by Ezra Katz, oil on canvas 12 x 16 inches - at Galeria de Ida Victoria

issue. Ezra was also Winner of the People’s Choice Award, Point Reyes Plein Air 2003. Ezra now makes his home in two places; California’s Bay Area and Todos Santos. Ezra is both proficient in studio and plein-air painting- a term derived from the French phrase en plein air, which literally means ‘in the open air’. Through painting outdoors and painting what he sees, his subject matter begins to fade as the most important aspect, and the challenge of painting what he sees, which is light, becomes the central focus. The color palette is bold, the brush strokes more quick and frenzied due to the artist’s goal of conveying the light of a scene. Nobody paints the light of Los Cabos like Ezra Katz! To see Ezra’s work visit Galeria Indigo in Todos Santos, or Galeria de Ida Victoria in San José del Cabo. At Galeria de Ida Victoria all of Ezra’s work is discounted by 30% for the summer months.


Leticia Schmidt

By Ida Victoria


of all the mediums used to create a painting, Encaustic Wax may be one of the least known techniques. Though it has been used in the creation of art since the Roman Egyptian times in the Fayum Mummy portraits up through the modern masters as Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns, it is still mostly unknown. Guadalajara artist Leticia Schmidt, known in the past for her abstract acrylics, has switched over and works exclusively now with mixed media and encaustic wax. Encaustic wax painting uses heated beeswax in which color, either powdered pigment or paint, has been added and applied to a surface, in most cases prepared wood board or a heavy paper. In

Leticia’s case she uses both board and handmade papers as her support. Metal tools and special brushes are used to shape and move the wax before it cools, or heated metal tools can be used to manipulate the wax once it has cooled onto the surface. Because wax is used as the pigment binder, encaustics can be sculpted as well. Other materials can be collaged into the surface using the wax as glue. Leticia adds handmade papers as well as little silver milagro icons to her pieces for another layer of texture and dimension. Her newest addition is silver leaf, which is a fantastic contrast to the dull finish of the bee-wax works. Leticia’s work is all about happiness, and the simple joy of daily life with love, laughter and poetry. She uses everyday, simple symbols in her art to tell her viewer of her main inspiration, her daughter. In a lot of her pieces a chair is placed somewhere, symbolizing the wait; her long wait to be a Mom. Fish are often seen floating through the

paintings as they symbolize good fortune, faith and hope. Most every piece has a heart and a moon and some have short phrases; poetry to go along with the jovial movement and energy in her work. Leticia’s palette ranges from the ochre family; warm reds, oranges, browns to what she calls “the happy colors”, blues and greens and has recently added vibrant pinks, reds and yellows. All summer, Galeria de Ida

Victoria has over 30 encaustic works ranging in all sizes and colors discounted by 20%. This is a great opportunity to add a little bliss (work of art) to your collection by a unique contemporary Mexican artist!



It Takes a Village To Raise a Child


with Benjamin Dawes

Youth Sports are Alive in the Baja Thanks to community donations and volunteers

The rapid growth of young families arriving in Baja Sur over the past 10 years for the growing tourist and construction industries has strained the tight public resources to keep up with education and nutrition. One program that was not funded by any public school was athletics. Along with the growing problem of childhood obesity an opportunity was seen by Ray Thomas and Steve Mills to create a soccer program for boys and girls of all ages. Originating in La Paz, and then moving to Cabo and San José, there are now over 3,000 children participating in sports programs organized by Grupo de Apoyo Ray Thomas (G.A.R.T.). Soccer programs un-coverd the need for breakfast programs and kitchens have been set up throughout La Paz and Los Cabos and today feeds hundreds of students breakfast. When children are fed, they are



ready to learn and have the strength for sports. Children also receive the experience of teamwork, so essen-


The Essential Meal Teachers of all levels agree that success in the classroom, begins with a healthy breakfast. Help ensure

tials for participating in a positive way to a community. The problems of overcrowded classrooms, understaffed schools and overworked parents are only intensifying. G.A.R.T. is committed to working with all the youth of our State, and the dedicated volunteers are grateful to receive your donation of money and time to help raise healthy children for our community.

On April 16th, one youthful Brit and his international film crew embarked on a 1,000 mile journey up the Baja Peninsula, r a i s i n g awareness for several children’s charities including Grupo de Apoyo Ray Thomas. This awareness, the film crew hopes, will shine a light on this under-discovered peninsula of the world. Just one week into the hike however, Dawes quickly realized that this light might not always shine so brightly. By day six, in a rather dispirited blog entry he writes, “due to crew sickness and my naivety, I found myself walking 55 km with only a banana and 3 liters of water. Arriving in La Paz dry retching and dehydrated I begged a man on a ladder for some water….Yes, I’m proud of the mileage. No, I didn’t enjoy today.” A few weeks later, the ritzy Cabo lifestyle of yachts and vacation homes and the familiarity and comfort of La Paz, turned into lonely desert dust. At the six week mark, despite menacing car troubles, a peso-pinching budget, an aching toe, and a few other setbacks, the crew found themselves fourteen days ahead of schedule. Track Ben’s trip through Baja on the web at and see live movie shorts from the small villages and local people on their route. Donations please go


Help raise healthy children in our community. Your donation will bring results! BREAKFAST PROGRAM SOCCER PROGRAM

that all students have a chance at becoming tomorrow’s leaders by getting involved with G.A.R.T.’s adopt a student

Thanks to generous food donations from local businesses and corporations, you can help feed a student for only $200 USD. This guarantees your child breakfast or lunch for an entire school year.

For $200 USD, you can sponsor a team of 7 for an entire school year. Each team will receive uniforms proudly displaying your logo or chosen team name, coaching sessions, games, tournaments, prizes, and more.

Contact Steve Mills:

signatures, separate and then in an occasionally beautiful swing style joining all six musicians together as one voice in a delightful musical experience. The 7 Seas is home to jazz concerts all summer on the Full moon. Check their web site



Premier of CIRCULAR original compositions by Nahuel Bailo. By Marilyn Graham



of the surf, sea, moon and stars from the lovely Seven Seas Restaurantat the Cabo Surf Hotel in Costa Azul provided a stunning backdrop for the concert called, “Circular”, which previewed the beautiful, original music of Nahuel Bailo in June. Nahuel, originally from Argentina and currently a resident of San Jose del Cabo, displayed his well known talent as a pianist with a presentation of his substantial talent as a composer. The two sets were performed by THE NAHUEL BAILO SEXTET, locally called “The Super Sextet”. The evening featured Nahuel Bailo on keyboard, Sabino Paz on double bass (visiting from Mexico City), Pedro Cervera on drums (the three of them previously known as the Jazz Monsters); Greg Haugesag on flugelhorn, Rey David Alejandre on trombone, and Mario Cerra on saxophone. All members of the sextet are originally from Argentina with the exception of Rey David from Cancun and Greg Haugesag, originally from Minneapolis and now a local resident. Nahuel Bailo composed all six parts of the music for the sextet. “I like writing for several voices”, he stated. Originally he had written the music for a quintet over a two year period while living here in Los Cabos. He later added the trombone. His good friend and drummer, Pedro Cervera, acted in the role of producer and suggested to Nahuel that they perform this concert at The 7 Seas Restaurant where good food and drinks enhance the scene. The majority of the songs performed both evenings were original compositions by Nahuel, songs named #8, # 1 and #2. When I asked Nahuel about the naming of his compositions, he explained

The Nahuel Bailo Sextet from left; Mario Cerra, saxophone, Nahuel Bailo, keyboard; Rey David Alejandre, trombone; Pedro Cervera, drums; Sabino Paz, double bass and Greg Haugesag, flugelhorn.

that he simply called his first composition #1, since it actually was his first song composed in Los Cabos; logically followed by #2 and then surprisingly #8 (this writer’s favorite.). Why did he skip to #8? Well, he made a conscious decision that he needed to compose eight songs, and this was the eighth. He then filled in the other numbers, but with names to the pieces, names such as Si Supieras, and Cabo Loco. Nahuel developed his composing style and techniques, by combining the various elements of music he learned in the School of Music in Argentina, i.e. arranging, instrumentation, vocals, etc. His inspirations are very “personal” he stated. He normally begins with a melodic idea, and then goes on to develop it. Composing for the sextet, he adds all six voices of the music, while still leaving room for improvisation. After playing at a number of venues over the past few months the Nahuel Bailo Sextet had become a very tight group. The next logical step will be a CD. There were a couple other surprises during the concert. Nahuel had the good fortune to take a Master Class from famous jazz musician Wynton Marsalis. He likes his music very much and made his own original arrangement, of Wynton Marsalis’s “Little RedHaired Girl”. The Nahuel Bailo Sextet also performed Bradford Marsalis’s “Mo’ Better Blues”. And a favorite of the evening was a performance of the Beatle’s “And I

Seven Seas Executive Chef Alejandro Rodriguez Ponce (with hat) and Manuel Bernal Barraza his assistant know well how to please their guests,

Love Her”, the original arrangement by Fred Hersch. However, Nahuel Bailo’s original compositions remained the stars of the evening. The concert, “Circular” was a thoroughly enjoyable experience, listening to six extremely talented musicians blend in deliberate discord or harmony, in various time



There’s a Word for it in Mexico

Todos Santos News RECYCLING Help eliminate usable trash at our dump; recycling finally comes to Todos Santos! Bring your aluminum, glass bottles, plastics and paper on Wednesdays 8am to 1pm to La Esquina Restaurant. Remember your 50 pesos at drop off helps in transportation, sorting and processing. 612 14 50851

Book Review by Janet Howey Owner Tecolote bookstore

BAJA BISCUITS famous for the great Italian sausages and “crispy cream” type donuts will be around all summer in their usual location, La Cañada on Saturday mornings! SAND BAR for 2 for 1 drinks 3 to 6 PM. Wed. all you can eat piazza, Fri night live music and Sat night 10 peso taco and movie night. NEW MUSEUM Resident artist Gabriel Rodriquez, better known as Gabo has opened a museum featuring Latin American and Mexican artists. Museo Barrio is located at Gabo’s studio near Calle Veruzco and Calle Cuauhtemoc. ASIA SHIPMENT At La Cañada: new shipments arrival in July from Asia! One stop shopping for your home or hotel! At La Cañada they have furniture and accessories all the way from Asia and Puebla, all under one beautiful gigantic roof. La Cañada also features the latest works of artist NANETTE. 612 1400069 WE FORGOT Destino would like to thank Kathleen Froese for her informative article  “Planting Seeds with the BECA Program” in the spring issue of Destino and also to Kaia Thomson for the accompanying photograph. LAS FUENTES Restaurant Bar open for the summer offering 2 for 1 drinks at their new Happy Hour 4 to 6!



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I loved this sentence: “Historians say that by 1630 most of the large number of lower ranking priests in Mexico were arrogant, ignorant, obsessed with sex and totally corrupt.” That was one of the many interesting things I learned from Boye Lafayette De Mente’s “There’s a Word for It in Mexico.” After spending considerable word power describing the church’s shocking history of abuse in the chapter, “La Iglesia”, he notes that by the latter half of the 20th century, “new generations of bishops and priests gradually became advocates of the people and began to assume roles that were positive rather than negative.” While he never pulls any punches, this evenhanded tone prevails throughout the book. Written as a guide for foreigners trying to make sense of Mexican culture, the book fleshes out in brief chapters the deeper meanings of 139 cultural code words related to many aspects of Mexican life, including politics, religion, customs, morality, love and sex. Though it gives historical context, it is not organized as a historical document, The chapters need not be read in order. The book works well as a reference guide to consult when a particular situation or puzzlement arises. I remember reading the chapter “Algo Sucedio” , which explains why

Mexicans often do not show up for prearranged meetings, and thinking “Wish I’d read this one when I first arrived.” One problem with the book is that it lacks citations. The reader is asked to accept all of its assumptions simply because they reflect the author’s “observations”. Another problem is that Mr. De Mente does what anyone must when describing a culture – he generalizes. Those of us who live here will find many exceptions to what he describes. Nevertheless, his work is interesting and thoughtprovoking. The reader who is willing to tolerate these limitations will likely learn much and be well entertained by this book.

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The Shaking Earth! More people and cities are in active zones than ever in history The red lines mark the various plates over the planet. Volcanoes and Earthquakes often happen where plates meet.

Earth’s deadliest earthquakes year location lives lost 1. 1556 Shaanxi China 830,000 2. 2004 Sumatra Indonesia 283,100 3. 1976 Tangshan China 242,000 4. 1138 Aleppo Syria 230,000 5. 1920 Gansu China 200,000


are one of the most dangerous types of natural disasters on the planet, with only floods and hurricanes causing more deaths in an average year. 2010 alone has seen the earth shake from Haiti to Chile, China to Sumatra, and Mendocino, California to Tijuana Mexico. The volcano in Iceland just calmed down after paralyzing air travel throughout all of Europe for weeks. An earthquake is the violent shaking of the ground caused by the sudden release of seismic energy. Most major earthquakes are associated with plate boundaries. and don’t last more than a minute except the rare occasions in 1964, the Great Alaskan Earthquake lasted for around seven minutes and the 2004 Indonesian quake lasting 10 minutes. Severe aftershocks; which can be potentially dangerous, often occur after a major earthquake. They are measured using two scales; the Mercalli Intensity scale which measures the destruction on a scale of 1-11, and a more reliable form of measurement uses the Richter scale which is more scientific and measures the size of the earthquake on a seismograph. The Indian Ocean December 2004 was the location of a massive undersea earthquake with the epicenter off the west coast of Sumatra, Indonesia.

This earthquake was caused because the fault line where the earthquake took place slipped about 15 meters along the subduction zone. This was due to a rupture about 400 km long and 100 km wide, 30 km beneath the seabed. This Earthquake had terrible effects and triggered a chain of devastating tsunamis along the coasts of most landmasses bordering the Indian Ocean. With a magnitude of 9.3 on the Richter scale, it was the second largest earthquake ever recorded on a seismograph. This earthquake had the longest duration of faulting ever known and it lasted about 8-10 minutes. This earthquake was so powerful that it triggered other earthquakes around the world a far away as Alaska. The earthquake itself was felt as far away as Bangladesh, India, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore and the Maldives. 230,000 people were killed. The tsunamis probably did the most damage and caused a huge economical and environmental impact. Many businesses and companies were lost during the earthquake as well as many habitats for wildlife such as mangrove swamps and coral reefs. Thousands of people ended up homeless because of the effects of the earthquake and the tsunamis.

Notable Volcanic Eruptions 20th Century 1902 1902 1902 1907 1911 1912 1914 1919 1930 1932 1943 1951 1956 1963 1963 1980 1982 1985 1991 1991

Soufriere, St. Vincent Mount Pelee, Martinique Santa Maria, Guatemala Ksudach, Kamchatka, Russia Taal. Luzon, Phillipines Katmai, Alaska Lassen Peak, CA Kelut, Java, Indonesia Merapi, Java, Indonesia Quizapu, Chile Paricutin, Mexico Lamington, Papua New Guinea Bezymyannaya, Kamchatka, Russia Surtsey, Iceland Agung, Bali Indonesia Mount St. Helens, Washington El Chichon , Mexico Nevado del Ruiz, Columbia Pinatubo, Luzon, Phillipines Cerro Hudson, Chile

21st Century 2001 2007 2010 2010 2010 2010 2010

Suribachi, Iwo Jima, Japan Merapi, Java, Indonesia Popocatepeti, Puebla, Mexico Galeras, Pasto, Columbia Stromboli, Italy Etna, Sicily, Italy Eyjafjallajokull, Reykjavik, Iceland

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1906 1908 1920 1923 1935 1939 1948 1960 1964 1970 1976 1976 1976 1980 1985 1988 1990 1993 1994 1995


San Francisco, CA 7.7 3000 Messina, Italy 7.0 110,000 Gansu & Shaaxi China 8.3 200,000 Tokyo, Japan 7.9 142,810 Quetta, Pakistan 8.1 30,000 Erzincan, Turkey 7.6 32.700 Fukui, Japan 6.9 5,300 Southern Chile 9.5 5,700 Southern Alaska 9.2 131 Northern Peru 7.9 67,000 Mindanao, Phillipines 8.1 8,000 Guatemala 7.6 22,780 Tangshan, China 7.4 655,000 El Asnam, Algeria 7.1 2,590 Michoacán, Mexico 8.1 9,500 Armenia 6.8 25,000 Western Iran 7.5 50,000 Letur, India 6.2 9.750 Northridge, CA 6.7 60 Kobe, Japan 6.9 5,300

21st Century Notable Earthquakes 2001 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2010 2010 2010

Guajarat, Peru 7.9 30,000 Southern Iran 7.0 8,000 Sumatra, Indonesia 9.3 283,100 Islamabad, Pakistan 7.6 30,000 Java, Indonesia 7.2 20,000 North Chile 7.7 2 Sichuan, China 8.0 90,000 Samoa, Sumatra 8.0 85 Haiti, Dominican Rep. 7.0 100,000 Chile 8.8 207 Taiwan, China 6.4 150 Qinghai, China 6.9 300




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Man-Made Dam May Have Triggered Great China Quake By Betsy Mason, 2009 Geology


weight of the water in a manmade reservoir may have triggered the massive earthquake that struck China in May 2008 killing more than 70,000 people. Immediately following the quake, scientists began to suspect the Zipingpu Dam may have set off the 7.9 jolt. Now evidence is starting to emerge that suggests they may have been right. The 500-foot tall Zipingpu Dam, built to generate hydroelectric power to support growth in the area, holds more than 300 million tons of water behind it and is located less than a third of a mile from the fault that ruptured and 3.4 miles from the epicenter of the Wenchaun Quake. The added weight of the reservoir may have changed the stress in the area just enough to set off an earthquake that was waiting to happen. “It’s like a house of cards swaying in the wind and you touch it with a feather and it falls down,” said geologist David Schwartz of the U.S. Geological Survey. “It was going to happen anyway.” Earthquakes that are ready to go can be triggered by many things such as mine activity, or injection of fluid into an oil well to push the oil. Recently there has been a lot of discussion among geologists about the possibility of tidal triggering of quakes. Most earth scientists agree that reservoir-triggered earthquakes do happen, but it is hard to definitively point the finger in any given case. And most of these triggered quakes are much smaller, usually less than magnitude 5. One of the largest was was a magnitude 6.3 in 1967 thought to be triggered by the Koyna Dam in India. It would be much more unusual for an earthquake the size of the Wenchuan quake, which ruptured around 175 miles of the fault, to be affected by a reservoir. Geophysicist Christian Klose of Columbia University recently estimated the filling of the dam to be equivalent to 25 years’ worth of stress buildup on the fault, according to a news report in Science magazine. This amount is minor in comparison to the natural stress that would build up over thousands of years and it is possible that the extra stress from the

reservoir was just enough to spark the quake. “The weight of these reservoirs themselves is insufficient to cause an earthquake,” said geophysicist Rob van der Hilst of MIT who has been studying the Wenchuan area for two decades. “It could be that the stress field is perturbed by the reservoir, but how exactly it translates into the onset of an earthquake, we just don’t know.” The potential influence of the Zipingpu Dam on the earthquake is clearly a touchy subject. A study published in a Chinese journal last month concludes that the reservoir did affect the local seismicity. It’s unclear whether the Chinese were aware of the fault. Most of the earthquakes in China are ultimately the result of the Indian tectonic plate pushing northward into the Eurasian plate. The fault that ruptured in May 08, and recently this year, is a major boundary between the Sichuan Basin and the Tibetan Plateau. More than 2.5 miles of uplift has occurred along the fault over the last 15 million years as the plateau pushed up above the basin. During the Wenchuan quake, more than 30 feet of slip occurred on the fault in some areas. “I’m sure we wouldn’t have built that dam [in the United States] on or so close to an active fault,” Schwartz said. “Would you build a dam across the San Andreas or the Hayward fault? No.” “There is a lot of concern because it is a very sensitive, almost political issue,” van der Hilst said. Hydroelectric power is a very important component of China’s development strategy for the area, but “if the reservoir can kill 80,000 people, then of course there will be a major uproar which would make dams harder to build.” The China Earthquake Administration installed 300 seismic stations in the area in 2006 which reveals a lot about reservoir-induced seismicity in general. The Chinese are keeping that information close for the moment. Critical will be an analysis of the pattern of earthquakes before and after the building of the dam, and as the reservoir level was raised and then as it dropped slightly in the week before the quake — a situation suspected of playing a part in reservoir triggering. The extensive research gathered large amounts of data pointing to reservoir stress....



Inclusiveness and Interconnection

Making Way for a New Paradigm by Nanette E. Hayles


are asking themselves this question these days, “what the hell is going on?” You turn on the news and see huge changes taking place on all levels everywhere! Some of the world’s most solid “dependable” institutions are literally falling apart. Even the Pope is being questioned for alleged cover-ups. Wall Street bail outs and its continuous stock market fluctuations, health care “battle”, mortgage problems, job loss, not to mention the continuous bickering, fighting, name calling and  racial outburst from “mature?” congress members. How can the rest of the nation  expect to be led by “leaders” displaying such behavior? There was a time when we believed that Congresses’ job was to uphold the Constitution, regardless of personal thoughts and views, but instead we see the presence of the old paradigm of “them vs. us.” But this conduct is not hard to understand once one realizes the paradigm we have been living under for the past several centuries; where division is the NORM: science and



religion, mind and matter, nature and man, man and woman, white and black, rich and poor...duality surrounds us. The most tragic response to the dualistic paradigm is that division always happens at the expense of someone or something else… always. In the dualist world, under this existing paradigm it’s the “them vs. us” mentality…one side is “right” and the other “wrong.” There are winners and losers. The problem is, when a group has their “securities” tampered with and in some cases destroyed, some are left with the grand realization of finding a new way  or making the old way work, as we are witnessing today. The result of making the old way work is called patchwork, blaming, bailouts, hatred, disrespect, procrastination and just plain laziness. We’ve heard about every ignorant excuse there is in the last 10 years. To compound the problem we have been fed by the shovels full,  lies and more lies, cover ups, irresponsible news,  manipulations, poor journalism, mis-information and representation, throw some more lies in and stir it all up and what do you get….A MESS! When one looks a little deeper, we find  the “them and us” mentality is really a struggle for power and beyond that, its all about control! Keeping the “them and us”  mentality


SEE TWO FACES? The above picture contains two faces. You may see only one, but two exist. One is a young woman looking over her right shoulder with a feather in her hair and a choker on her neck. The other is an old woman looking down toward the left corner of the picture. The old woman’s mouth is the choker and left eye the left ear of the young woman. alive keeps the focus on “them” and not “us” and for sure, NOT on the problem. To solve the problem you have to change the paradigm. As knowledge,  technology and the sensation of time speed up, we increasingly realize that there  isn’t a “them and us”, its WE. We can see it everywhere from the Twin Towers, to Wall Street,  the oil spills,  global warming, starvation and the mortgage problem (to name a few). Instead of  our politicians, scientists, economists and great minds being used to solve problems, and educate the public, for example, to brace for the economic repercussions; we witness more of the same: deliberate pre-meditated lies, stealing and self  aggrandizing in proportions that are unbelievable. These leaders do not think about “we the people”, they represent their own self interests and that of their largest contributors.  As for “us” and the problems; things are getting worse. WE each are now on the razors edge and under pressure to make daily decisions between the old paradigm of division and separation and the new one, of inclusiveness and interconnection. Science for more than one hundred years, helped by  Einstein,  proved our interconnection. There have

been pioneers within the last 100 years that have launched new ways of thinking and being: recycling, environmental protection agencies, women’s rights, civil rights, etc. Scientist today agree that there exists a web or grid that energetically connects us all (strong theory) and each being is just that energy! Our energies are interconnected with each other and everything else… regardless of one’s personal beliefs of race, religion, politics, education etc. This is the new paradigm that we must realize and accept, it’s a fact whether we like it or not. The suffering of humanity and of the planet has been grave, how much longer will it take for us to realize our interconnection and ACT accordingly?  We need not spend time making a list of all that has gone wrong under the “them and us” expression that has consumed our culture and institutions. The way we humans,  have acted towards each other and our planet, are testaments of our ignorance. Though the problems of our times are overwhelming, there is a way out.  We make choices each day that include or exclude being the old paradigm or the new. Any time you see yourself separate, stop and see that you and all of us and the things around you are connected. The more we make that choice, the easier it becomes.  The more we’ll see, the more we won’t react but ACT in cohesiveness to this new realization. There is no doubt of the difficulty of this endeavor nor is the destruction that the “them and us” mentality is leading us to! If we choose to believe as Einstein, that we’re all connected and act accordingly, then WE may have a chance for an inclusive world where all have the opportunity to just not survive, but live.


Stretch your mind at these web Sites. McKenna (mathematician) on culture 3. a great web site to aide one in thinking out of the box combining science, space, spirituality and consciousness. 4. (related to wingmakers web site but has a question/ answer (teacher/student) format available in English and Spanish.

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known restaurant owner “Big Tony” (Martin Antonio Alcazar Castañeda) and his wife along with the entire Zippers staff and close associates created a special day in April for the kids of Santiago. For many years Tony and friends have hosted different groups of kids from poor towns in the Municipality for Kid’s Day in the Spring and Christmas. The kids love to play on the beach and enjoy breakfast and receive gifts just for being kids. The Reason for these parties twice a year? Just to give the kids a good time in a place they don’t normally play. Zippers long known as the surfers headquarters due to its prime location on the San José Costa Azul beach is also a place of warm hearts and community spirit.

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Adobe Housing using tires and paper Recycling waste for low cost housing

By Randy Echter

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Homex premier vacation property concept is attracting buyers, and delivering stylish homes at their Campestre San Jose property

Adobe building is an ancient form

of construction used all over the world. About 38% of all houses in the world are said to be built of soil. In many areas, adobe has all but been forgotten, often seen as obsolete or only for the very dry regions of the planet. Many North American adobe buildings washed away in the rain over time, not The structure in Los Planes south of La Paz, having been cement-stabilized and uses local soil, papercrate, hay and cement. Low in cost and flexible in handling. being left exposed to the weather. Also, the lack of steel to reinforce relatively high labor requirements structures in the past led to their tend to direct building away from downfall. Steel and cement weren’t adobe in areas where labor costs very available earlier on. run high. Concrete and cement   The disintegration of adobe block occupy a large part of the structures has been a major factor market here in Mexico. Soil cement, in the decline of it’s use. Also, adobe mud with a small amount of cement, around 5%, can be used for building and reduces the cost of construction, as well as helping the environment by decreasing the total amount of cement used.   Soil cement (also known as cement-stabilized adobe) in the form of plaster can be used to cover straw bales, tires, papercrete, cement block, and others. Bricks can also be molded from the same mix. It’s necessary to study the soils in your area to choose the type that serves you best. Some soils are not well suited to combining with cement but there usually exists material somewhere nearby that works well. The best is to use on site soil, maybe resulting from the excavation made for the septic tank.   The thermal efficiency of thick walled adobe structures is well known with their wonderful cool temperature on a hot afternoon. Protected on the outside from water’s bad effects and reinforced with steel and cement, adobe today is quite a viable option for building.  For more information contact: Randy Echter;




HOMEX CEO Eustáquio Tomas de Nicolas Guitierrez (left) and Los Cabos Mayor Rene Nuñez cut the ribbon to mark the grand opening of Phase 1 and toured the new homes at Villas de Mexico, the lead project in the HOMEX luxury real estate division.

The Bancomer Banks of Baja Sur works closely with the Real Estate projects of interest to foreigners interested in financing. These Bancomer branch managers invited their clients to view the new Villas de Mexico project and share in the Grand Opening festivities. From left, Noelia Coronel, Edith Quintero, Luke Bocanegra, Gina Inzunza, Karina Arroyo (with Insight Ad Agency), Gaby Gutierrez and Susette Fenech.

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Roberto Blanco

Jazz Pianist by Marilyn Graham

A talented pianist who has become

part of the Los Cabos musical community, Roberto Blanco can be found playing solo gigs, with his own trio, or performing with other musicians like Speaking in Tones or jamming at Casa Natalia. Roberto was born in Michoacán, Mexico and moved to Mexico City at a young age. Like so many other local musicians, he was raised in a musical family. His father played the trumpet in the Philharmonic Orchestra of Mexico City as well as many other orchestras throughout Mexico, including the famous Bellas Artes. His mother taught and played piano. Robertos’s first lessons began at age 8 with classical music, trying first the violin and trumpet then gravitating to the piano.



He was lucky to have some influential teachers: Nadia Stankovich from Poland who guided his classical training and Gonzalo Gutierrez of Mexico from the Ollin Yoliatl school who introduced Roberto to jazz. His interest started in high school when teacher Tony Bravo encouraged Roberto toward the new sounding music of jazz. His father and friends were not fond of jazz but he continued to study it knowing it was a perfect “fit” for him. The first jazz group her performed with

called Noches de Asfalto a group of friends on bass, drums, guitar, sac and Roberto on paino. He later played with a quintet called Toxigeno where he gained popularity and learned composition. A hotel in Los Cabos contracted Roberto to play here for four months. After that taste he decided to move to the area with the help of Carlos and Sheila from Havana jazz club. He can now often be found playing with Paul Clade’s trio Speaking in Tones and with his Roberto Blanco Trio with Sabino Paz on bass and Pedro cervera on drums.


Thousands of workers with color coded shirts usually with the word CROC showing some place, marched in both San José and Cabo in May. Most resort workers are in a union, and they are very actively represented and protected by the laws of the country.

How the world really shapes up

These maps show an interesting perspective about our world. Rather than defining each country by size, these computer-generated modified maps - or cartograms - redraw the globe with each country’s size proportionate to its strengths, or weaknesses,

House Prices The most expensive housing stock per person in the world is in Europe, the cheapest in the African regions and Southern Asia - despite taking into account that money goes further in these territories. Britain, with its non-stop housing boom, looks disproportionately large.

Alcohol Consumption (2001) The average Western European drinks over a third more alcohol than the average person in any other area on earth. In some places there is practically no alcohol consumption, which is why many Middle Eastern countries are not visible on this map.

Wealth of Nations (1500) The big difference between 1500 and 2002 (next map) is that all that time ago, the vast bulk of the world’s wealth was contained in European and Asian countries. Measured by Gross Domestic Product per person, the wealthiest regions were Eastern and Southern Asia.

Toy Imports The following two maps demonstrate the passage of the world’s toys from east to west. The U.S. (blue) is the world’s biggest net importer of toys, followed by the UK and Europe (red). The lowest importer of toys is Africa (orange).

Wealth of Nations (2002) Today, 500 years on, the money has all moved west: 46 per cent of the wealth is in North America and Western Europe. Along with Japan, these are the regions with the most purchasing power per person, while the people with the lowest purchasing power are to be found in Africa.

Toy Exports As the world’s biggest net exporter of toys, China appears on the map like a vivid green giant, attached to the paler green Hong Kong, the second largest net exporter. Britain’s oncegreat toy export industry has all but disappeared.

Military Spending As the world’s biggest military spender in 2002, the U.S. appears hugely bloated in this map, taking up 45 per cent of the world’s land mass. It spent $353 billion on arms, out of a world total of $789 billion. While America spent the money, it reaped hardly any of the consequences - the U.S. shrinks to almost nothing in the map of war deaths on the right...

War and death In 2002, there were an estimated 172,000 war deaths worldwide, across 80 territories. The Democratic Republic of Congo (dark red) bore the brunt - 26 per cent - of the total figure. Nine territories accounted for 70 per cent of all deaths. Burundi had the highest death rate owing to war at 1.2 people per thousand of the population.



Destino Los Cabos Summer 2010  

President Calderon visits Los Cabos to inaugurate the new Barcelo Resort in San Jose. The shaking earth, how wealth looks, maps and more.