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My shot at a fantastic job opportunity.

 So, I saw this incredible (and BIG) creative digital production company (MediaMonks) was landing in Mexico City for the first time, and I did not hesitate, applied for the copywriter position not knowing if I’ll get an answer (self-doubt sucks) and they did answer!

I was asked to write a piece about an event/activation at the San Diego Comic Con, so I wrote the following:

Everybody was dreaming about this, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan made it real for you.

Thanks to the mesmerizing take over SDCC that this renewed franchise just landed, people can now talk about what it feels like or should feel like to be into the world of VR.

When people talk about VR, they have this idea of what it should be, a concept that can go from videos of people falling or screaming to a VR reality activation in the mall, to the adventure took upon by the remake of the classic Tron movie.

We all started to jump into activations, videos or anything that got us closer to that feeling. Have you seen that video of America’s got talent with the mesmerizing VR experience? I believe that this Tom Clancy’s activation feels exactly like that. link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7sjqX4E3qsE

Today, we have the movie Ready Player One and this jaw-dropping video making people aware of the possibilities that VR brings to us; the keyword is experiencing and usually to do so in the world of Virtual reality, we just needed to put on a helmet and let ourselves go into what our eyes watched. Not for Jack Ryan, no sir. This franchise just took the same concept of being just an analyst turned operative and made you not only wearing a VR helmet and “analyze” what you’re seeing but turned you active into the world of this character. They brought us an Immersive immersion, and it is pure gold.

You’re repelling, running, suppressing enemy fire and driving to get back to safety in the heart of the middle east while standing in San Diego, moving around an entire 60,000 square foot city block, making the Virtual Reality your actual reality as you are physically active.

Making immersive interactions just got to a new level, more in-depth into what the customers think this experience should look and make you feel. This experience seems to be just like the lost City of Z, and we just found it.

Photo by Alexa Mazzarello on Unsplash

I did not get the job unfortunately but writing this kind of renewed my incline into wanting to write for a living and pursuing a career related to this. The whole process of searching, proofreading, writing a draft, delete a part, all of it, writing it again a hundred times. It was energizing.

“The first draft of anything is shit” – Ernest Hemingway

Hopefully, I will land one of my shots at jobs as a copywriter right in the bull’s eye one of these days.

A year in review

The plane lands swiftly in the airport of San Jose del Cabo, Baja California Sur, Mexico. I pick up my luggage which was as heavy as if I was carrying my whole 30 years accumulated in a couple of weary bags.

December 4, 2017, 15:45 Pm. 

So far so good, this could have gone good or bad, and for me, this was the beginning of a mere, lousy, dull bad year in so many levels.

A job offer that, I’m not going to say was fraudulent, but it was something within those grounds — an injury on my knee on a level that was impossible for me to evade surgery and the town of San Jose where I was not feeling in tone with myself.

So well, I am not going to type in how bad my luck is and how everything is fallin’ apart, how I hate my job and I’m not comfortable with anything here because it is not true and it would be too much a hypocrite of me to even think this.

The thing that marked me the most this year was the knee injury. I am now on a full year of no exercise (other than walking around on my job) and a lot of Netflix but no chill IYKWIM. Yes, there isn’t even a girl on this year’s story, and it sucks, but I do believe that IF I had not injured my knee, the lousy year would have transpired… slightly wrong, given that I would have been able to do, box, running or playing football.

Photo by Joshua Earle on Unsplash

In retrospective, I have a job, a place to sleep, food to eat, beer to drink and a couple of friends here that can make my lousy year just that, bad luck. One thing I can say is that bad luck is not definitive. Sometimes you are up and sometimes you are down. Hopefully, this next year I can get back up and stay there longer than the opposite.

So, in the words of Henry Rollins.
“I want to move forward as fearlessly as possible.”

2019, bring it.

Michelin Star Chefs that Rock: Paco Ruano

Rock Star Chef: Flavors from the Pacific with Francisco Ruano.

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Last 27 & 28 of July 2016, one of the finest gastronomic events there can be on this destination took place; Rock Star Chef dinner, a unique experience that can only be lived in this resort, at the hands of the elite of the culinary world, both national as international. In this gala dinner, a special menu was elaborated with a series of courses that are not available at any of our specialty restaurants, as usual, these courses are exclusive creations from the host Chef.

The host of this occasion, Francisco “Paco” Ruano, is the owner and main chef of ‘Alcalde’ (mayor, in Spanish); considered the finest restaurant in Guadalajara, Mexico, and it is there where this avowed Chef shares his “hearty cuisine” as he himself defines it; forthright and purely simple flavors that seek to aggrandize his hometown cooking. It is such his reputation that it is to be known in Guadalajara to be two mayors, him that takes care of the law & such, and Paco Ruano, leading from inside the kitchen.

Bringing this gastronomic event and being able to see how our guests delight in it, is something that brings us great satisfaction, being so that it is not only pleasing their taste; it is all about giving their visit an unparalleled feeling, creating experiences, and what a better way to do it than adding exclusive flavors to it.

On the event’s first night, we got to know the Orellana family, who enjoyed every course and the particular flavors that the Chef created in them; they, a father from Honduras & Italian mother, with two young North American daughters, wherein their second night at the hotel on their first time visiting Mexico, while at the same time, traveling to a different place, gastronomically speaking, from their table.

from my past job as a Marketing Copywriter for Hard Rock Hotels Mexico.

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While Mr. Orellana was being taken back to the Latin American flavors that reminded him to Honduras and his mother’s cooking as he put it himself, his wife enjoyed flavors that were nothing like what the food back in New York; their daughters were savoring for the first time a curd ‘gordita’ and beef’s tongue. The youngest of them loves to get into the kitchen and cook diverse kind of dishes, their parents told me, and this was what made the Chef to kindly get close to say hi and exchange a few minutes of conversation with a possible future culinary Rock Star. This experience gives them an added value to simply visit the Caribbean Sea and its turquoise water; something they can talk about with their friends when they tell them about that first time they visited Mexico and stayed at Hard Rock Hotel Cancun.  

Wondering how to rock your wedding?

This bride (now happy wife) shows you how it’s done.

Meet Nakyia Whitty Davis, one of many brides who’s special day finally came and like planned, went down as special as it could with that person who’ll forever be her always, in an amazing fashion.

Nakyia got married a few weeks ago at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana & from the pictures you can see how much the bride and her bridesmaids are loving their natural looks, proving it to be as timeless as a classic.

from my past job as a Marketing Copywriter for Hard Rock Hotels Mexico.

While having all this joy and happiness Nakyia was just being herself as she has always been along with her now characteristic hairstyle which she has crafted along over two years now with the help of his proud husband Jay, but little did she knew, she and her hairstyle were about to rock the internet.

But what was that made such an impact and provoked so many reactions filled with love and support? –

Well as she mentioned to The Huffington Post “…I’m glad the stereotypes and negative image on our hair are being exposed. Whoever said our natural hair couldn’t be versatile, classy, or professional? Whoever that was, lied.”  

It was that natural attitude and style the reason why Nakyia rocks and furthermore, it is how proud she wears her everyday looks that got so many to fall in love with her vibe. We can only thank her for sharing with the world how nowadays just being yourself is always the best way to enjoy life and the happy moments it brings.

Thanking again for letting Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana host this lovely couple at this special moment, we wish this new chapter in their lives last forever and gets filled with love, memories & stories to tell.

The art of selling yourself short.

I believe that the correct title of that song is ‘the science..’ not the art, but I also have reasons to believe that selling myself short has become an inherent part of my persona, in such ways of an artist.

It has happened to me on several occasions, in my work life, with my friends and when I’ve been ‘in love’. Mostly it happens with work, which frustrates in such ways, that I don’t know what would be of me if I wasn’t so patient and even-tempered. I have lost myself into fake friends, people that pretended (very well) that they cared for me and into job positions without securing myself the appropriate paycheck. Making the story short, the last time, I moved to a new location for a job with a considerable good paycheck. I was until I arrived that I had to sign over again my contract with a considerable paycheck reduction.

I think I just trust too much in people and think that everybody is good in essence. bleep word… 

I am two weeks from reaching a year on my current job, a year of short-term contracts, of a very low paycheck, of disliking the job. To be fair, it was only 10 months of that because after begging for 8 months, I finally got the paycheck I was promised in the beginning, but still only a 2 months contract so, it will be a full year of uncertainty, of not knowing if I will have a job after the contract’s time is done and that my friends, that is what sucks about my current situation.