Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Wild Pricing

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Obama Does It

Though his opposing political party will challenge him, President Obama has held true to his word of opening relations with the island nation of Cuba. Which ever side one is on socially or politically one thing has been certain, the embargo has done nothing but caused the citizens of Cuba to suffer. It has done nothing to drive out the Castro regime. Therefore I support this new initiative. Obama has been all about trying something different when its obvious the "good old boy" method (the current methods) have not succeeded.

"I was very insistent with him that we would continue to promote democracy and human rights and speak out forcefully on behalf of the freedom of the people of Cuba," Obama told ABC's World News Tonight in an interview conducted Wednesday.
Obama -- who announced Wednesday that the United States would seek to normalize relations with Cuba after more than 50 years of tensions -- said he and Castro delivered "lengthy" opening statements before having a dialogue during their Tuesday phone call.
"I think there's the possibility, by engaging, by making sure that the American people are able to travel to Cuba, that the Cuban people are able to see, firsthand, what American values are," Obama said. "That is going to spur change among the people of Cuba. And that's our main objective here."

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Connecting To Haiti

Regional airline InterCaribbean Airways is starting services from Kingston, Jamaica to Santo Domingo with a stopover in Port-au-Prince. There are Thursday and Saturday flights. The flying time from Jamaica to Haiti is 1 hour and 20 minutes, while the flight to Santo Domingo is another 55 minutes. In the past a longer flight to Puerto Rico or Miami had to be taken in order to connect. The flights are being added as Haiti seeks to develop tourism. 
The return flights are on Friday with a direct flight from Santo Domingo to Port-au-Prince. 
The flights provide Haiti with nonstop connections to Jamaica and the DR. 
Mr. Trevor Sadler, CEO of interCaribbean Airways, said: "We are pleased to offer these new routes to give travelers more choices and more connectivity across the Caribbean and support Haiti as it grows its appeal to the vacation visitor, while opening up new business opportunities. We look forward to increasing the frequency and number of destinations we serve in the new year". 

Friday, December 12, 2014

Welcome To Miami

We welcome Miami Boyz to our links section. Check the link for a look at their wonderful world of hot latin guys in solo and group action!

Monday, December 08, 2014

Sparks Fly At Contest

Standing at six feet four inches tall, Mark Sparks captured the hotly pursued title of Mr. Caribbean International at the thirteenth annual staging of the competition this past Saturday.  Before a sold-out audience at the Hedonism II resort in Negril, Jamaica, Sparks ignited the crowd and won over the adjudicators with his charm, chiseled features, statuesque physique and sharp intellect.

When asked what role he believes a man should play in his home and community, he empathetically stated that a man “should lead from behind and be a pillar of strength”.  Thirty-three year old Sparks, who is of St. Lucian and Jamaican heritage, was also presented with the award for Best in Interview and placed third in the competition’s rigorous fitness challenge.

Sparks was accompanied by 1st runner-up, Dwayne Walker (Jamaica) and 2nd runner-up, Godwin Charles(St. Vincent & the Grenadines) as the Top Three Finalists in the last round of competition.  Walker, who has represented Jamaica very well at several international bodybuilding competitions, also walked away as the winner of the fitness challenge and was presented with the sectional award for Best PhysiqueMeanwhile, Charles, a trained dancer, was presented with the award for Best in Talent.

Sparks wins a cash prize of $2,500 USD and a seven night stay at the Hedonism II resort.

Monday, December 01, 2014

World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day is held on 1 December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day and the first one was held in 1988.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Special Pricing

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Travel Easier

According the consul general of the United States Embassy in the Dominican Republic Sylvia Johnson, starting today, Wednesday 12 November 2014, getting a visa will be easier and less costly. 

The main change is that the applicant will need to make two appointments in order to carry out the application process for a visa, but the purchase of a PIN is no longer necessary. The appointments can be made online through the www.ustraveldocs.com webpage or by telephone. 

The first appointment will be to attend the new Visa Attention Center, (VAC) at the Galeria 360 mall on John F. Kennedy Avenue. There they will have their photograph and fingerprints taken. The second appointment, if required, will be at the United States Embassy for an interview with a consular official. 

The visa application fee will cover all aspects of the visa including the two appointments and the delivery of the passport. There used to be an additional fee for the delivery. Johnson said that the interview process at the embassy would be faster because more applicants can be seen each day and, therefore, waiting time for appointments will be reduced significantly. 

Renewals of the same type of visa do not require consular interviews. 


Friday, November 07, 2014

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

SW Airlines to DR

Southwest-branded flights have begun to Punta Cana with a announced new daily service from Chicago Midway. Southwest flights previously operated as AirTran Airways. Southwest now serves 97 destinations.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Another Oscar's Farewell

                                This is sad news out of the Dominican Republic

A fortnight ago, 22-year-old star in the making Oscar Taveras hit a tying home run for the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Championship Series – a sign, many said, of the greatness that was to come from him in the future.
His fluid swing with upper-cut power had baseball people making comparisons to the great batting style of Ken Griffey Jr.
Today, two weeks later, baseball is in mourning over the loss of Taveras who was killed in a car accident Sunday in his native Dominican Republican.
Taveras played in seven of the Cardinals’ nine postseason games this month, going 3-for-7 in seven pinch-hitting appearances.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Lovely Latin

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Farewell To A Legend

Oscar de la Renta dressed generations of the world's most iconic women, from former first lady Jackie Kennedy to lawyer Amal Alamuddin, bride to modern Hollywood royal George Clooney.

He died at home in Connecticut on Monday, surrounded by friends and family. He was 82 and had been diagnosed with cancer in 2006.
Tributes poured in on Tuesday for the Dominican-born designer, who moved to New York in the 1960s and defined American fashion over five decades, creating a multi-million-dollar fashion house.
"He died exactly as he lived: with tremendous grace, great dignity and very much on his own terms," said step-daughter Eliza Bolen and son-in-law Alex, executives at his company.
"While our hearts are broken by the idea of life without Oscar, he is still very much with us," the pair wrote, in a handwritten note posted on the company website.
"Through Oscar's example, we know the way forward. We will make Oscar very proud of us by continuing in an even stronger way the work that Oscar loved so much."

Friday, October 17, 2014

Friday Flashback

This is a current glimpse of a familiar face from the old Latino Fan Club label.
Can you remember his name?

Friday, October 10, 2014

A Thing Of The Past?

It displeases me that the Conde has lost its allure. As with so many cities, business follows the money into suburban areas. Then it cycles back into the city core as young professionals want to live closer to work and be centrally located. I suppose we must wait on that to happen in Santo Domingo since there is an obvious lack of motivation on the politicians behalf to be proactive with a real plan to invest in that area for the sake of the city, its history and its culture.

I suppose I am simply venting due to uncertainty of one of my favorite things. I enjoy sitting at Paco's with a limonada or limon froze and having the chicharron de pollo with papas fritas. The Dumbo's Restaurant variation is adequate, but the view and the buzz at Paco's is much better.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Bruno Mars at Festival Presidente

The Presidente Beer-sponsored Festival Presidente this year goes global and multi-genre. This year there will be pop, electronic music, R&B, rap and other urban music beats together with the Latin beats of salsa, bachata, merengue. On the list of performing artists is US singer-songwriter Bruno Mars. Franklin Leon, president of the Cerveceria Nacional Dominicana, announced that coming for this year's event, set for 3,4 and 5 October 2014, are Daddy Yankee, Mana (Mexico), Gilberto Santa Rosa (Puerto Rico), DJ Tiesto (Holland), Calle 13 (Puerto Rico) DJ Duck Sauce (US/Canada), Victor Manuelle (US), Wisin y Yandel (US), Prince Royce (US) and Daddy Yankee (US). Participating from the DR are Yiyo Sarante, Alex Matos, Hector Acosta, among others. 

The calendar is: 

Friday, 3 October: DJ Tiesto, Calle 13, Duck Sauce, Don Miguelo, Vakero, Mozart La Para. 

Saturday, 4 October: Bruno Mars, Daddy Yankee, Prince Royce, Chiquito Team Band, Sexappeal, Yiyo Sarante, Alex Matos, Hector Acosta, Miriam Cruz 

Sunday, 5 October: Mana, Wisin y Yandel, Anthony Santos, El Mayimbe, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Victor Manuelle. 

Friday, September 19, 2014

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

50 Years Of Fashion

Oscar de la Renta: 50 Years at Bellas Artes. Do not miss the exhibition on Oscar de la Renta and his influence and impact on fashion and design over the past 50 years. Opening Thursday, 18 September 2014 through 15 November 2014 at the National Gallery of the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Santo Domingo.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Vacation Planning 101

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Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Culinary Delight

The city's leading gastronomical event, Taste Santo Domingo 2014 will take place on 27-28 September 2014. French-Spanish chef Mikel Alonso will be doing cooking demonstrations this year. He is known as the Basque Food Ambassador in Mexico, where he has successfully blended his Basque culinary heritage with the influences of his adopted country. Colombian chef Jorge Rausch will also be attending. An economics graduate of Austrian descent, Rausch owns seven restaurants in Latin America and is a cookbook author and reality TV show producer in Colombia. 

The annual event will also feature wine specialist, Pablo Banos, who is the editor and founder of the Mexican wine magazine, "Mi Vino Mexico." 

This year's event also includes a culinary film festival at Palacio de Cine, with screenings at 3 and 5pm on 

Read more: http://tastesantodomingo.com 

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Colombia Is Calling

Change is coming rapidly to Bogota, with the spread of European style cuisine and lodgings-a matter of pride among Bogotanos. Yet the capitol of Colombia remains resolutely local, especially in the old Candelaria neighborhood.

In the middle of La Candelaria but on a quiet street you'll find Italian-owned Abadia Colonial, cast from a traditional Colombian residence. Rooms, simply furnished in period style, look out on a courtyard. Also notable: a glass-roofed dining area, from $68 dollars US. Those staying outside La Candelaria should try the homey Hotel Casona del Patio, in Chapinero, a quarter known for its bars; from $67.

The folksy, popular Casa de Citas Cafe Arte draws big weekend crowds with live music, salsa dancing and Peruvian dishes. You will taste country cooking the way it was prepared in Bolivar's day at La Puerta Falsa, founded in 1816. If it's full, check out two like-minded eateries nearby: the Antigua Santa Fe and La Puerta de la Tradicion, where you can sample Bogotano favorites such as ajiaco, a chicken-based stew.

Temperate weather reigns in Bogota; the driest conditions occur from December into March. Many newcomers feel the effects of Bogota's altitude (8660 feet). Common symptoms include shortness of breath, difficulty sleeping and mild dizziness. Acclimation usually occurs within a few days; limiting alcohol consumption aids the transition.

Colombia produces more emeralds than any other country. So, put that on your souvenir list. Colombia is also the world's second largest exporter of both coffee and flowers.

There is magic to be found in Colombia's many towns and cities, especially the walled city Cartagena, where stories of pirates, love and war are as alive and real as its welcoming cafes and restaurants.

Exploring Colombia may take you to the Caribbean Sea on the mini-paradise of San Andres island, where you can dive on dazzling coral reefs. Or head directly to Colombia's southern coast for a whale-watching jaunt. On Gorgona Island, just off the coast, nature lovers can hike nature trails or hang out on sparkling beaches.

Delve into more magic amid the intense green of the Amazon rain forest. You may also consider a visit to the San Agustin Archaeological Park where more than 500 imposing stone statues stand as testaments to the mythology of an ancient people who lived here and then mysteriously vanished. Or head up north to the Sierra Nevada de Santa Maria, whose peaks soar to 19,000 feet, and discover a lost city.

Whatever your interest, Colombia has something for you!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

August Men Finale

Alex in Columbia

Reuben in Barahona, D.R.

Roy in Martinique

Stephen in Bahamas

The Boss in Santo Domingo, D.R.