Archive | April, 2012

Flans

17 Apr

I’m so happy to hear that Flans actually knew how to sing. They weren’t just a plastic girl group that lip synched to everything. There was ACTUAL talent! The 80’s had their Mexican version of Destiny’s Child. Who hoo!

 

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Angelica Vale

12 Apr

Angelica Vale has been making me laugh for years. Her spot on imitations of Mexico’s most famous female celebrities are absolutely genius. From hand gestures, body movements, singing voices, smiles, outfits, and phenomenal dialgue Angelica Vale is an A+ imitator. Her work in the show “La Parodia” is what truly convinced me of her talent, but her role of Letty in “La Fea Mas Bella” is her most memorable. She is awesome!

#1 Angelica Vale imitates Paulina Rubio, Veronica Castro, Alejandra Guzman and Thalia.

Paulina Rubio is freakin’ hilarious to listen to with her chilanga/Spaniard accent. She sounds horrible. And Angelica Vale captures the pathetic accent so well. Veronica Castro and her one liners and smile are awesome in this sketch. In addition, the imitation of Alejandra Guzman’s on stage antics are well done by Angelica. She cusses out the camera, creates a scene, and captures Guzman’s hilarious laugh. But the BEST is the imitation of the always ditzy and child sounding ex- Timbiriche, Thalia. Rumors have circulated around Thalia in regards to her nose jobs and rib removal surgery hence Angelica’s shirt that says, “Costillas Completas.” (I want that shirt!). The child like annoying voice, ditzy comments (she happily mentions that she married Sony Records owner Tommy Motola), and lack of logical comments that leave her sounding like an airhead.

 

#2 Mala Nacha No con Lucia Mendez y Veronica Castro

Again, a phenomenal imitation of Veronica Castro. From her opening sequence with the smoking background, fan in her face, and  freeze frames to the deep voiced laugh, Angelica’s imitation is spot on. In a split screen skit, Angelica also imitates the always conceited Lucia Mendez and her arrogant persona. The best is the quick paced dialogue that allows the media created real life rivalry between Mendez and Castro: HILARIOUS! The best is Angelica singing “Macumba,” Castro’s trademark song. And who remembers “Don Corazon” by Lucia Mendez? LOLs!

 

# 3 Maria la Del Barrio (parodia)

A 20 minute parody of Thalia’s starting role in “Maria la del Barrio,” this skit is, in my opinion, the best of “La Parodia’s” sketches. This is a great take on the hilarious yet highly successful telenovelas known as the “3 Marias” (Maria Mercedes, Maria la del Barrio and Marimar). From the opening song, sung by Angelica, to the end, this skit is full of comedic detail that took me 2 or 3 times to watch and figure out. First, Angelica captures Thalia’s ditzy and childlike voice and overdramatic performance (check 12:10). Second, the sketch writers of “La Parodia” snuck in Jitomata and Perejila, the cross dressing perverted cooks, that serve as a chorus/commentary during the sketch. Check 4:01 for Perejila. Their double entendre jokes are OMG!!!!! at 8:46. Arath de la Torre is also one of the best imitators in the Spanish speaking world and he does a great job as the rich self obsessed bachelor.

 

 

#4 Polecias

OK this one is funny because Jitomata y Perejila come out as transvestive prostitutes and Angelica Vale is trying to arrest them. This is a parody of “Cops.”  Look for the twitch in Angelica’s eye and the double entendre of Jitomata y Perejila.My favorite line, “Soy una perdida!” LOLs!

 

 

 

What its like to be an Undocumented Immigrant

12 Apr

yay Oprah! Awesome in depth articles on what its like to be an undocumented (and sometimes documented) immigrant

http://www.oprah.com/world/What-Its-Like-to-Be-an-Undocumented-Immigrant-in-America/6

Wisdom Teeth

6 Apr

Here’s a change of pace. I remember when my brother and sister were put down to have their wisdom teeth taken out. They both woke up super sentimental and crying. My sister kept trying to text her bf and my brother kept asking for his “daddy.” This poor teenager got her wisdom teeth taken out and this is what happened when she woke up. Good quote to look forward to “I live in Hogwarts.” and “I have my lightsaber”

 

“Subasta de Puertas” by Yahir Duran

6 Apr

“Puertas se abren para partirnos en la madre…” (Doors open to kick us in the ass) starts this song by singer-songwriter Yahir Duran. I first heard this song when Ruby Castellanos was beginning to sing at different events and before Taller Sur was formed. Ruby played at Chapman University’s inaugural Generación 2006- Spanish Club event and the club thought it would be great to have the lyrics in Spanish and English displayed behind Ruby while she sang. For years, one of my co-workers bugged me to convince to Ruby play it. The song had truly struck a chord with her. While stummbling around old youtube videos, I finally found the song name and author. I was so happy to have found it.

“Subasta de Puertas” means “Door auction.” Its a bohemian song peppered with a rap filled with a very rhythmic guitar and a melodic chorus. For years I always remembered the chorus of “puertas puertas.” The fuzzy distorted electric guitar in the background makes this song even more unique. The lyrics are a wonderful extended metaphor on the choices and opportunities in life. “Hay puertas grandes hay puertas chica” (There’s big doors and little doors) “y abrirlas no tiene sesos” (and opening them doesn’t require a brain). “Elije cual ha de ser la tuya” (choose which one is yours.”

Here is the full song:

http://www.myspace.com/yahirduran/music/songs/subasta-de-puertas-46501717

Ruby Castellanos singing “Subasta de Puertas” at 2:45

Here’s another clip

15 Things You Should Give Up to Be Happy

6 Apr

A former co-worker that I didn’t really get along with (yet we won’t delete each other as friends on fb) posted this and I wanted to share

 

From http://www.purposefairy.com/3308/15-things-you-should-give-up-in-order-to-be-happy/

 

Here is a list of 15 things which, if you give up on them, will make your life a lot easier and much, much happier. We hold on to so many things that cause us a great deal of pain, stress and suffering – and instead of letting them all go, instead of allowing ourselves to be stress free and happy – we cling on to them. Not anymore. Starting today we will give up on all those things that no longer serve us, and we will embrace change. Ready? Here we go:

1. Give up your need to always be right. There are so many of us who can’t stand the idea of being wrong – wanting to always be right – even at the risk of ending great relationships or causing a great deal of stress and pain, for us and for others. It’s just not worth it. Whenever you feel the ‘urgent’ need to jump into a fight over who is right and who is wrong, ask yourself this question: “Would I rather be right, or would I rather be kind?” Wayne Dyer. What difference will that make? Is your ego really that big?


2. Give up your need for control. 
Be willing to give up your need to always control everything that happens to you and around you – situations, events, people, etc. Whether they are loved ones, coworkers, or just strangers you meet on the street – just allow them to be. Allow everything and everyone to be just as they are and you will see how much better will that make you feel.

“By letting it go it all gets done. The world is won by those who let it go. But when you try and try. The world is beyond winning.” Lao Tzu

3. Give up on blame. Give up on your need to blame others for what you have or don’t have, for what you feel or don’t feel. Stop giving your powers away and start taking responsibility for your life.

4. Give up your self-defeating self-talk. Oh my. How many people are hurting themselves because of their negative, polluted and repetitive self-defeating mindset? Don’t believe everything that your mind is telling you – especially if it’s negative and self-defeating. You are better than that.

“The mind is a superb instrument if used rightly. Used wrongly, however, it becomes very destructive.” Eckhart Tolle

5. Give up your limiting beliefs about what you can or cannot do, about what is possible or impossible. From now on, you are no longer going to allow your limiting beliefs to keep you stuck in the wrong place. Spread your wings and fly!

“A belief is not an idea held by the mind, it is an idea that holds the mind” Elly Roselle

6. Give up complaining. Give up your constant need to complain about those many, many, maaany things – people, situations, events that make you unhappy, sad and depressed. Nobody can make you unhappy, no situation can make you sad or miserable unless you allow it to. It’s not the situation that triggers those feelings in you, but how you choose to look at it. Never underestimate the power of positive thinking.

7. Give up the luxury of criticism. Give up your need to criticize things, events or people that are different than you. We are all different, yet we are all the same. We all want to be happy, we all want to love and be loved and we all want to be understood. We all want something, and something is wished by us all.

8. Give up your need to impress others. Stop trying so hard to be something that you’re not just to make others like you. It doesn’t work this way. The moment you stop trying so hard to be something that you’re not, the moment you take of all your masks, the moment you accept and embrace the real you, you will find people will be drawn to you, effortlessly.

9. Give up your resistance to change. Change is good. Change will help you move from A to B. Change will help you make improvements in your life and also the lives of those around you. Follow your bliss, embrace change – don’t resist it.
“Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls” 
Joseph Campbell

10. Give up labels. Stop labeling those things, people or events that you don’t understand as being weird or different and try opening your mind, little by little. Minds only work when open. “The highest form of ignorance is when you reject something you don’t know anything about.” Wayne Dyer

11. Give up on your fears. Fear is just an illusion, it doesn’t exist – you created it. It’s all in your mind. Correct the inside and the outside will fall into place.
“The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself.”
 Franklin D. Roosevelt

12. Give up your excuses. Send them packing and tell them they’re fired. You no longer need them. A lot of times we limit ourselves because of the many excuses we use. Instead of growing and working on improving ourselves and our lives, we get stuck, lying to ourselves, using all kind of excuses – excuses that 99.9% of the time are not even real.

13. Give up the past. I know, I know. It’s hard. Especially when the past looks so much better than the present and the future looks so frightening, but you have to take into consideration the fact that the present moment is all you have and all you will ever have. The past you are now longing for – the past that you are now dreaming about – was ignored by you when it was present. Stop deluding yourself. Be present in everything you do and enjoy life. After all life is a journey not a destination. Have a clear vision for the future, prepare yourself, but always be present in the now.

14. Give up attachment. This is a concept that, for most of us is so hard to grasp and I have to tell you that it was for me too, (it still is) but it’s not something impossible. You get better and better at with time and practice. The moment you detach yourself from all things, (and that doesn’t mean you give up your love for them – because love and attachment have nothing to do with one another,  attachment comes from a place of fear, while love… well, real love is pure, kind, and self less, where there is love there can’t be fear, and because of that, attachment and love cannot coexist) you become so peaceful, so tolerant, so kind, and so serene. You will get to a place where you will be able to understand all things without even trying. A state beyond words.

15. Give up living your life to other people’s expectations. Way too many people are living a life that is not theirs to live. They live their lives according to what others think is best for them, they live their lives according to what their parents think is best for them, to what their friends, their enemies and their teachers, their government and the media think is best for them. They ignore their inner voice, that inner calling. They are so busy with pleasing everybody, with living up to other people’s expectations, that they lose control over their lives. They forget what makes them happy, what they want, what they need….and eventually they forget about themselves.  You have one life – this one right now – you must live it, own it, and especially don’t let other people’s opinions distract you from your path.