Archive for June, 2010

VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITIES IN THE BANDERAS BAY

Grupo Ecológico de Puerto Vallarta, A.C.

Programs for adoption of dogs and cats. Volunteers and animal handling equipment needed. Forms available in English and Spanish for making an ecological complaint to local authorities. Contact R.C. Walker 222-0897 rc_walkermx@yahoo.com.mx.

 Navy League

The Puerto Vallarta Navy League offers help in the transportation of donated supplies and equipment from the USA to the Banderas Bay area via the US Navy’s ‘Hand Clasp’ Program. In addition, crew members donate part of their shore leave to paint and do maintenance on local schools, orphanages and rehabilitation centers. For more information, contact Jerry Lafferty at (322) 221-6156 or Jeff Miltenberger at navyleague@prodigy.net.mx.

PEACE

(Protection, Education, Animals, Culture & Environment) is a Banderas Bay non-profit endeavor that acts as an umbrella organization for Casa Comunidad, Ayuda Los Animales, (Help The Animals) a Women’s Co-Op, (Manos de Mujeres Unidas) and Community Pride. Offering free community service programs such as animal spay and neuter clinics and English classes for children and adults, PEACE is a U.S. non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and a Mexican Civil Association that issues facturas for donations. Please contact us for more information at nicole@peacemexico.org.

 

PV Little League

Help support Little League Baseball in Puerto Vallarta. A nonprofit organization, Little League Baseball is dedicated to helping kids develop the qualities of citizenship, discipline, teamwork and physical well being. But here in Puerto Vallarta, they cannot afford to play! Team sponsorships, baseball equipment and financial support are needed. Contact Bob Cohen at bob@banderasnews.com.

Vallarta Botanical Gardens

Gardens were founded in 2004 and was opened to the public in 2005. Our Vision: to build Mexico’s greatest botanical garden here in the enchanted highlands of Jalisco, Mexico. Our staff is dedicated to the research and education of plant life, as well as showing the public all the beauty that nature has to offer. Donations to the Vallarta Botanical Gardens are tax deductible in the USA. For more information call (322) 223-6182 or email info@vallartabotanicalgardensac.org.

 

Children of the Dump

They leave Andales Restaurant every Monday at 2pm (return around 430pm). Always need volunteers and supplies. Call or email Gary Green gary@greenandassociates.org (322) 150-7214.

 

Pasitos de Luz

Non-profit organization dedicated to achieve the rehabilitation of children with physical and intellectual disabilities as well as taking care of their basic needs. For more information please contact us at 2994146 with Luis Alonso Téllez or Mario Martínez; and 2993625 / 2993605 with Luz María Ramos or Yolanda Sánchez or at fundraising@pasitosdeluz.org / administracion@pasitosdeluz.org.

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PVRPV’s Featured Property of the Week: Casa Aneila

This incredible, spacious 2000 square foot Puerto Vallarta Condo rental is a perfect mix of Old Mexico charm with the modern amenities. As soon as you enter the private entrance into the complex you will be greeted by the tranquil tropical setting of the courtyard, pool and waterfall.


The condo provides you with large private patios and you can easily enjoy the views of the Conchas Chinas beaches and the sound of the waves hitting the sand just below the PV condo.


The owners of Casa Aneila have spared no expenses and provides you with 2 bedrooms, each with attached private bathrooms and French doors leading to private terrace, 2 king size beds or 1 king and 2 twins, air conditioning and ceiling fans throughout the condo, built-in gas BBQ on the large living room terrace, satellite TV, DVD, CD player in living room, wireless high speed Internet, Skype telephone, purified water system, washer and dryer, fully equipped kitchen, maid service twice per week – additional maid service available for an extra charge.


The common areas of the condo building have the following amenities, heated common area pool, gym, sauna, Intercom system, waterfall and a tropical setting.


If you want to explore more and enjoy your Puerto Vallarta Vacation and see the famous cobblestone streets you can walk out the front door and take a bus, taxi or car and you will be in Puerto Vallarta downtown in less than 10 minutes. For the more adventurous guests you can walk down to the Conchas Beach and walk along the waters and in a short 15 minutes you will reach Zona Romantica also known as Old Town. There, you will find many little local Mexican shops, restaurants, art galleries and much more. If you continue walking along the beach you will reach the new developed Malecon sidewalk and within another few minutes you will reach the tourist area of Puerto Vallarta. Once you want to return to Casa Aneila simply jump in a taxi and ask him to return you to Conchas Chinas, right next door to the Oxxo store.

For more information on Casa Aneila please contact any one of our PVRPV experts and they will be able to provide with any additional information needed in order for you to make your decision.

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Dark Fields is Filming in Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit

By Juan Pablo Hernández

Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit were elected to film important scenes for the US production Dark Fields, directed by Neil Burger (The Illusionist) starring Robert De Niro and Bradley Cooper.

The film’s story-line actually takes place in the Mediterranean, and it tells the story of a copywriter who discovers a top secret drug that enhances intellect and other abilities. The Dark Fields production in Puerto Vallarta will produce a welcome economic increase, locally, between hotels, restaurants and services provided, so the film commissions of both neighboring destinations have given their full support.

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The Gecko – An Incredible Folk Reptile from Puerto Vallarta

by Jesús de Ávila PV Mirror

Observing closely the coat of arms of the municipality of Puerto Vallarta, we could think that the predominant figure of the pez vela (Istiophorus platypterus), would have the same roots within the regional folklore like what happens to the royal eagle – undeniable symbol of our Mexican identity. In this case, the situation is far from reality, since whatever was arranged officially does not agree with the preferences of the community and taking into consideration that sportfishing – which is represented by the pez vela – is not a substantial part in the everyday life of the local people who have chosen the green iguana and the cuiza (Hemidactylus frenatus) as an esential part of their traditions.

These reptiles are the main models for the decoration of a great variety of Mexican arts and crafts, t-shirts, caps, facades of hotels and commercial establishments, and it is even possible to observe them on human skin in the form of tattoos. In addition their names are generally applied to baptize restaurants, shops, brands of cloth, non-governmental organizations, nightclubs, and shopping malls, as well as residential areas.

The gecko is the only reptile which is capable of vocalizing in a regular manner. Its common name gecko or “kisser” comes from the typical cry it utters, some kind of “gec-gec”, “kic-kic”, or “toc-toc”, sounds that are audible from a great distance. It is about a nightlife organism which moves his tail from one side to the other while stalking its prey, rivaling cats that prepare themselves for the capture of moving objects. Its habit of feeding on insects has gained it the acceptance of human beings in their houses, because it eliminates many “plagues” like ants, spiders, flies, mosquitoes, cockroaches, ticks and even scorpions. In fact it is so valuable as a controller of harmful animals that some people deliberately introduce great quantities of theses reptiles into their homes. Several hotels even distribute small information brochures among their guests that illustrate the importance of this specie, preventing its physical harm, since some tourists are disturbed by the presence of these defenseless and inoffensive organisms inside their hotel rooms.

Through a documentary shown by the Discovery channel, we know today that geckos stick to anything except teflon. New investigations have allowed us to learn that this great adherence of their feet is due to the existence of approximately half a million tiny hair called “setae” on the feet’s surface. There are a million of microscopic extremities called “espatulae” at the tip of each “setae” which are responsible for generating an incredible adhesive force. Its adherence is such that theoretically a gecko held up to the ceiling face up could sustain a knapsack of 40 kg without falling down. This has called the attention of space engineers and scientists, to such a degree that investigations are sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Unfortunately not everything runs smoothly for the geckos of Banderas Bay, since some people do eliminate them systematically based on the false belief that their bite is poisonous.

Even though this small lizard forms a part of the popular tradition of this region, it is not Mexican. It is a species that was introduced from Southeast Asia and Indochina traveling like pullets on cargo vessels. It is found on the Pacific coast of Mexico from the northern part of Sinaloa to Acapulco and in the rest of the world, it is located in Australia and Southeast Africa. Without any doubt the green iguana enjoys a greater popularity in this region; however it seems as if soon the gecko will be more popular than Spiderman himself!

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Show Us Your Shirt! PVRPV Contest – Puerto Vallarta

PVRPV is conducting its first Show Us Your Shirt! Contest. In these 5 years in business we have given away more than 10,000 shirts to our clients and now Tim has started a search to find out where have all our shirts gone?

We will be presenting the best, most original and craziest pictures in our website and you will be able to vote for your favorite. The voting will start on November 1st and we will announce the winners on January 3rd 2011.

The prizes for the first places will be:

1st Place

1 weeklong stay at Casa Playa in the luxury Molino de Agua Residences on Los Muertos Beach with availability for up to 6 guests – Estimated value: $3,000.00 USD

2nd Place

Full Gourmet Dinner Service for 6 at Teatro Limón (doesn’t include liquors and gratuities) – Estimated value: $3,450.00 pesos

3rd Place

Gift basket from Xocodiva, Artisan Chocolates – Estimated value: $1,200.00 pesos

4th Place

Gift Certificate from Banana Cantina – Estimated value: $1000.00 pesos 

The Show Us Your Shirt! PVRPV Contest is open to all of our PVRPV clients, owners and friends and will run from now until October 31st 2010 at midnight. So put on your shirt and start taking pictures, if you don’t have one, there’s no problem! You can drop by our main office and buy one, the cost is $90.00 pesos and all the monies raised will go directly to support Puerto Vallarta’s Little Baseball League.

For more information click here: http://www.pvrpv.com/contest/

And what better than to win a week in the luxurious Molino de Agua Residences while helping a good cause and having fun!!

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THIS COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE IN AN EARTHQUAKE

EXTRACT FROM DOUG COPP’S ARTICLE ON THE ‘TRIANGLE OF LIFE’

My name is Doug Copp. I am the Rescue Chief and Disaster Manager of the American Rescue Team International (ARTI), the world’s most experienced rescue team. The information in this article will save lives in an earthquake.

I have crawled inside 875 collapsed buildings, worked with rescue teams from 60 countries, founded rescue teams in several countries, and I am a member of many rescue teams from many countries.

I was the United Nations expert in Disaster Mitigation for two years. I have worked at every major disaster in the world since 1985, except for simultaneous disasters.

The first building I ever crawled inside of was a school in Mexico City during the 1985 earthquake. Every child was under its desk. Every child was crushed to the thickness of their bones. They could have survived by lying down next to their desks in the aisles. It was obscene, unnecessary and I wondered why the children were not in the aisles. I didn’t at the time know that the children were told to hide under something. I am amazed that even today schools are still using the “Duck and Cover” instructions- telling the children to squat under their desks with their heads bowed and covered with their hands. This was the technique used in the Mexico City school.

Simply stated, when buildings collapse, the weight of the ceilings falling upon the objects or furniture inside crushes these objects, leaving a space or void next to them. This space is what I call the ‘triangle of life’. The larger the object, the stronger, the less i t will compact. The less the object compacts, the larger the void, the greater the probability that the person who is using this void for safety will not be injured. The next time you watch collapsed buildings, on television, count the ‘triangles’ you see formed. They are everywhere. It is the most common shape, you will see, in a collapsed building.

TIPS FOR EARTHQUAKE SAFETY

1) Almost everyone who simply ‘ducks and covers’ when buildings collapse ARE CRUSHED TO DEATH. People who get under objects, like desks or cars, are crushed.

2) Cats, dogs and babies often naturally curl up in the fetal position. You should too in an earthquake. It is a natural safety/survival instinct. That position helps you survive in a smaller void. Get next to an object, next to a sofa, next to a large bulky object that will compress slightly but leave a void next to it.

3) Wooden buildings are the safest type of construction to be in during an earthquake. Wood is flexib le and moves with the force of the earthquake. If the wooden building does collapse, large survival voids are created. Also, the wooden building has less concentrated, crushing weight. Brick buildings will break into individual bricks. Bricks will cause many injuries but less squashed bodies than concrete slabs. Concrete slab buildings are the most dangerous during an earthquake.

4) If you are in bed during the night and an earthquake occurs, simply roll off the bed. A safe void will exist around the bed. Hotels can achieve a much greater survival rate in earthquakes, simply by posting a sign on the back of the door of every room telling occupants to lie down on the floor, next to the bottom of the bed during an earthquake.

5) If an earthquake happens and you cannot easily escape by getting out the door or window, then lie down and curl up in the fetal position next to a sofa, or large chair.

6) Almost everyone who gets under a doorway when buildings collapse i s kill ed. How? If you stand under a doorway and the doorjamb falls forward or backward you will be crushed by the ceiling above. If the door jamb falls sideways you will be cut in half by the doorway. In either case, you will be killed!

7) Never go to the stairs. The stairs have a different ‘moment of frequency (they swing separately from the main part of the building). The stairs and remainder of the building continuously bump into each other until structural failure of the stairs takes place. The people who get on stairs before they fail are chopped up by the stair treads? horribly mutilated. Even if the building doesn’t collapse, stay away from the stairs. The stairs are a likely part of the building to be damaged. Even if the stairs are not collapsed by the earthquake, they may collapse later when overloaded by fleeing people. They should always be checked for safety, even when the rest of the building is not damaged.

8 ) Get Near the Outer Walls Of Buildings Or Outside Of Them If Possible – It is much better to be near the outside of the building rather than the interior. The farther inside you are from the outside perimeter of the building the greater the probability that your escape route will be blocked..

9) People inside of their vehicles are crushed when the road above falls in an earthquake and crushes their vehicles; which is exactly what happened with the slabs between the decks of the Nimitz Freeway. The victims of the San Francisco earthquake all stayed inside of their vehicles. They were all killed. They could have easily survived by getting out and lying in the fetal position next to their vehicles. Everyone killed would have survived if they had been able to get out of their cars and sit or lie next to them. All the crushed cars had voids 3 feet high next to them, except for the cars that had columns fall directly across them.

10) I discovered, while crawling inside of collapsed newspaper offices and other offices with a lot of paper that paper does not compact. Large voids are found surrounding stacks of paper.

In 1996 we made a film, which proved my survival methodology to be correct. The Turkish Federal Government, City of Istanbul, University of Istanbul Case Productions and ARTI cooperated to film this practical, scientific test. We collapsed a school and a home with 20 mannequins inside. Ten mannequins did ‘duck and cover,’ and ten mannequins I used in my ‘triangle of life’ survival method. After the simulated earthquake collapse we crawled through the rubble and entered the building to film and document the results.
 
The film, in which I practiced my survival techniques under directly observable, scientific conditions, relevant to building collapse, showed there would have been zero percent survival for those doing duck and cover.Turkey and the rest of Europe, and it was seen in the USA, Canada and Latin America on the TV program Real TV.
 
Spread the word and save someone’s life… The entire world is experiencing natural calamities so be prepared!

There would likely have been 100 percent survivability for people using my method of the ‘triangle of life.’ This film has been seen by millions of viewers on television in

Doug Copp

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WORLD’S LARGEST FLOWER IS MEXICAN!!!

Titan Arum: with two meters high and weighing 75 kilos, also known as “Bunga Bangkai” or “corpse flower” due to the hideous and unpleasant odor the fly-pollinated inflorescence produces, made its apparition in Rio Blanco in the high mountains of the Estado de Veracruz, México, listing it as the largest flower of the world.

Its country of origin is Sumatra, Indonesia, and belongs to the family of Araceae. Besides its extraordinary size, as mentioned before, it has another characteristic which makes it unique: it emits a fetid odor of rotten flesh which makes it really hard to be near it for a long period of time. But although its fragrance is pretty unpleasant for most of us, it attracts a lot of insects whom involuntarily contribute with the plants pollination. The plant takes from 9 to 21 months for the stem to flower –to only last less than a week, as once it reaches full bloom the spadix collapses from its own weight and the spathe withers away, possibly never to bloom again. Its flowering is quite an event as it has the peculiarity of blooming only during three days every 40 years, but I can assure you that during these days, the Titan Arum does not go unnoticed, since the species is an herb that can reach heights of 7 to 12 feet and weigh as much as 170 pounds! And its leaf can reach 20 feet tall and 15 feet across! Not only it is the world’s largest flower, it is one of the most bizarre and improbable organisms on the planet.

Titan Arum is developed by the parasitic Euphorbiaceae, the Rafflesia Arnoldii, which is also found in the humid forests of Sumatra and Borneo in Indonesia, as well as in the jungles of Southeast Asia. It was discovered in 1818 by Thomas Stamford Raffles & Joseph Arnold. The inflorescence may reach almost a meter of diameter and can weigh up to 11 kilograms, making them the biggest plant in the world. They are fleshy, red or orange colored flowers, with 5 lobes that remain open between 5 and 7 days. And as with many other humongous plants, this happens once in several years.

Flowers that emit a strong fetid scent, similar to rotten meat, are capable of emitting heat. It is believed that this mechanisms work for them in order to mimic the heat and the odor of a dead animal to draw the attention of flies, which are insects that pollinate it. The plant doesn’t have any leafs, buds nor roots; you can only see its flower, therefore it doesn’t make the photosynthesis process. It is a plant that is a parasite to trees by growing on its roots, in order to obtain the necessary nutrients. Its vegetative organs are reduced into a web of cellular fibers that in their majority are found between the tissues of the host plant or by forming a twisted and underground organ called rhizome.

Titan Arum: a privilege that Mother Nature bestowed on this town in Veracruz.

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PVRPV’s Featured Property of the Week: Bugambilias 4

The small, quiet Mediterranean style building offers easy access to Los Muertos Beach and all the activities of the friendly Zona Romantica, also just 5 minutes from the front gate. You’ll never need a taxi here, as the whole of downtown Puerto Vallarta is a short walk from your door – beach, dining, bars, discos, the Malecon (boardwalk), shopping and all the art galleries Vallarta is known for. And if you just need some quiet time, there is always the pool with its relaxing bay and city views. In addition, there are several intimate patios scattered around the building secluded by lush tropical foliage where you can enjoy the breezes and views.


Totally remodeled in 2009 by a professional Los Angeles-based designer, this Vallarta Vacation Condo is completely updated to today’s standards and is spread over two floors for maximum privacy and views. The extra large terrace is the place to be. One of the largest (approx 500 sq ft) private condo terraces in town, you’ll see the cruise ships sail into the bay every morning, be awed by the spectacular sunsets every evening and then enjoy the twinkling city lights laid out at your feet at night. Vallarta loves fireworks and most nights after sunset there is a short but beautiful display over the bay.


Decorated in a combination of contemporary and Old Vallarta styles, the main level features a spacious, open floor plan with living room, dining room and kitchen all oriented toward the view. A wall of glass sliders disappears to create a seamless indoor/outdoor transition to the upper balcony. The modern kitchen with custom tropical hardwood cabinetry and granite and marble counters and backsplash is outfitted with brand new appliances and fully stocked for all your cooking needs. The main bath features a large, pebble-bottomed shower, granite counters and marble floors and walls. The lower level features a large master bedroom with King size bed, private 1/2 bath, plenty of closets and a wall of sliding glass doors leading to the terrace. Marble floors and air conditioning are featured throughout. The unit comes complete with all furnishings for a comfortable stay including cable TV, WiFi internet, CD player and iPod dock, local telephone service, all linens and twice weekly maid service. Enjoy the books provided at this Vallarta Condo for Rent and if you have any extra novels or magazines, please feel free to leave them for the next guest.

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Please help Puerto Vallarta by voting for it in Travelocity’s contest!

The battle has begun! Vallarta is on the top 3 to become the best destination. Please vote for Puerto Vallarta as the best destination in Mexico by going to:

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PVRPV’s Featured Property of the Week: Bugambilias 15

This condo over looks the entire area of Vallarta and the Bay of Banderas. It features travertine floors, marble bathroom, marble and granite kitchen, living room with big screen TV with satellite, DVD player, I-Pod docking station, air conditioning up and down, and a well equipped kitchen.


Enjoy ocean and city views on the balcony equipped with a gas barbeque and eating area.


The living room opens to ocean view and breezes and you can listen to the the state of the art Sony stereo system connected to TV & DVD player. A local phone is provided for local calls. Prodigy Infinitum High Speed internet is provided for your vacation convenience. Ample parking, bus and taxi stop in the front of this condo.


PVRPV will also provide full concierge services for tours, restaurants and fun!

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