When I placed this picture on Facebook I promised I would post a few more photos of the shoot in my blog, as they all show nipples and I don’t want to be banned from Facebook, especially during these exciting times that the 30,000 sealed indictments are being unsealed and the most notorious sex trafficking paedophiles are being rounded up.
Often the last photo turns out the best. This was the last shot Sari Erdos took, and it is one of my favourites. I’ve called that photograph HOPE. To me it shows the little girl inside of me; a scared child; feeling worthless and hopeless. It also shows the woman inside of me; a vulnerable but strong warrior, fighting for justice and hopeful for the future.
This photo reminds me of the Egyptian goddess Isis, the patron saint of women, mothers and children. The children. How appropriate.
This was the first shot of the session. I’ve called that photograph BALANCE. In the year 2000 I received my first taste of yoga in India and I’ve been practising yoga ever since. Yoga has saved my life. It has saved me from drowning in depression. It has saved me from debilitating panic and anxiety attacks. I always tell my yoga students that the strong body is nothing but a bonus. But a nice bonus indeed. Looking closer at the photo I realized that the right side of my face is covered in scars. No need to explain how they got there. They are part of who I am.
I’ve called this photograph LITTLE FLOWER. It’s the title of a song I’m working on. The lyrics are coming along, but the melody will take a little longer.
Sometimes people ask me if I miss my country, Holland. No, I don’t. It’s a country I never really felt home for the simple reason that I dance too wild and I laugh too loud for the Dutch folks.
The rest of the photographs are called SEDUCTION.
Not only have we’ve been creative in the photography department, the past few months we’ve worked very hard in creating a video about El Jardin’s ‘Noche de Divas’. Many times before we’ve worked with Martin Wetheril, the Australian videographer. It was a wonderfully creative collaboration again.
Here’s the video Martin made for the Amarte Maroma Project, some 4 years ago..
Here’s the trailer of the documentary Martin created 6 years ago.
And here is the full documentary called ‘To sing for your Supper’. I know it’s a little long for today’s attention span, but still wanted to include the video.
This time Martin and I worked very closely together. Because he didn’t really knew any of the songs, he handed me every single clip he filmed. I then categorized over one hundred videos from six different shows and subsequently returned the exact footage and sequence to Martin.
The first video gives a general promotion of our show, with 5 different performers. The second video has more of a documentary element in it, as it shows many behind the scenes footage. I must admit I’m really proud with the result. I’ve been able to create a beautiful stage with a specific style of music and matching dresses. Not to mention the many talented performers who have walked into our restaurant for an audition.
We took a little break, but restaurant El Jardin will open it’s doors again on Monday June 4.
OPENING JUNE 4.
Friday June 8 we’ll continue with our ‘Noche de Divas’, introducing Miss Vronze, a possible new diva who is auditioning for a spot on our stage.
NOCHE DE DIVAS FRIDAY JUNE 8
No politics? Well, at this moment I only have one message: Follow the Q Phenomenon.
The writing is on the wall. It is time to stand up for what you believe in. Time is up. Let’s put an end to government corruption together. Follow the white rabbit to the Great Awakening. You are the storm and the storm has arrived.
If you are in the know about the Q Phenomenon, I don’t need to explain more. You probably have your citizen journalist sources, like YouAreFreeTV or our all time favourite Jordan Sather from DestroyingTheIllusion. For obvious reasons the Google Gestapo has terminated his YouTube channel for misleading content. Still, his and our voice will not be silenced. Not this time.
I found a very recent interview with Jordan Sather from the channel of Economy of World. Jordan gives a clear explanation of his view on QAnon and the geo political state of this planet, at this very moment.
And there’s a new, very bright, kid on the block, a bad ass ‘connecting the dots’ dude, or independent freelance journalist. His name is Jordan Sather and his YouTube channel is called Destroying the Illusion. But more about him later on.
So, what happened this past month that is of importance?
After my last show an older gentleman walked up to me and said: “The way you express yourself when you sing, you remind me of Maria Callas.” Little did he know that I had just finished a 500 plus page hard cover biography on Callas.
Besides her incredible voice and musical knowledge, her talent was indeed her dramatic expressiveness that made her roles come alive. She was also known for the many scandals that surrounded her. But more than often it was the media that jumped to conclusions, which were not favourable for miss Callas. Honest stories don’t sell so well, and scandal, even if it’s fabricated, does.
In the current state of (exo) political affairs I see the same thing happening. People are jumping to conclusions, based on mainstream media intel. Even in the alternative media circuit not everybody is seeing the bigger picture, especially regarding Trump. I had a gut feeling that the Trump administration is playing a 4D chess game, so to speak, and is simply distracting their opponents, the Deep State.
This chess strategy was presented by Jordan Sather.
This theory was confirmed when I came across Jordan Sather. Normally he gets around 5,000 views on his videos, but this particular one got over 50,000 views and a compliment of an ex-CIA agent and whistle blower Robert David Steele.
Have a look at this video and see if it resonates with you.
Then I came across another video that confirmed again that we’re on the right path. This one is from Bix Weir called The Good guys are still Charge. Just the 1st few minutes will give you an idea.
In short: The goodies are fighting the baddies, and the baddies are loosing. Is Trump a good guy? I don’t know. He’s certainly not a very likeable guy. But that doesn’t matter. His administration is doing the job: fighting the Deep State.
Why do we need to fight the Deep State, or the dark Cabal, or the ruling Elite?
Because they want a New World Order, a totalitarian Police State, with it’s population being nothing but mind controlled slaves.
Because they don’t want you to know about the Secret Space Programs that have been developed since WWII, which technologies would change our life overnight. Movies like Star trek and Star Wars are nothing but documentaries.
Because they don’t want you to know about our galactic ancestors, or the incredible variety of extra terrestrial races that our governments have been working with.
Now, here’s the tricky part: there are also malevolent extra terrestrial races. Races that feed from our fear, an energy called ‘loosh’. Can you imagine that those races have been working together with the dark Cabal, creating war after war, false flag after false flag attack? I hope you get the picture and are connecting the dots.
I hope you also get the picture of that pyramid and who’s on top of that pyramid. That’s right. That’s Lucifer or Satan. In other words, the ruling Elite is serving Satan, which makes them Satanists. And how do they serve Satan? By raping, torturing and ritually sacrificing children.
And here we have landed again on the subject of pedophilia or the infamous #pedogate or #pizzagate You may have noticed that there are pedophiles that get off by having sex with children, ranging in the age a few months to 17 year old. But then there are the satanic pedophiles that perform the most unspeakable acts on children of all ages, all in the name of serving Satan.
Why is it possible that these horrific and devastating acts have been going unnoticed for so long?
For one, the perpetrators move in the highest circles, covering each other’s back. I’m talking about Royalty, presidents, governors, senators, judges, police sheriffs, and the like. Even Child Protection Services, orphanages and juvenile detention centres are involved.
Second, you can’t believe this is happening. You simply deny it, saying: “Then why doesn’t anybody know about this?” Because it’s happening within highest circles. And because many investigators and journalist die an untimely death.
For example, Max Spiers, who was investigating a US army pedophile ring, suddenly died, vomiting 2 litres of black fluid. Here’s the article:
Or have a look at Trey Gowdy, holding back tears talking about the images of children being sexually assaulted, something that can never be erased from your mind.
Still, you don’t want to take these allegations seriously. Why? Because you are in fear of the pain. The pain of realising what’s happening to these hundreds of thousands of trafficked children. Because once you take this story seriously, it will haunt you every single day. There’s not a day that goes by I don’t think of these poor children. You can never again look at a sweet 4-year old girl with the innocent eyes you did before. And that hurts. It really does.
If you are still in doubt about the reality of this pedophile epidemic, then I have a few clear videos for you.
The video ‘Pedophiles Rule the World’ was removed.
Oops, that one was removed by YouTube. Go figure.
But here’s a blog from a British girl who did 7 short videos on the subject, until she got threatened and stopped producing these videos. They haven’t removed it yet, so be quick.
Now the mainstream media is starting to trickle articles on pedophiles running child trafficking rings being arrested, preparing your mind to the possibility that such practices exist, and to get you angry and upset.
First there’s an article on the U.N. peacekeepers that ran a child trafficking ring, without any body ever being arrested. Here’s the article:
Finally we’re also seeing a few arrests. Not the big ones like John and Tony Podesta or the Clintons. Not yet. But expect a lot of arrests in the near future, as it is estimated that between 35% and 50% of government officials are involved in pedophilia. Now you understand how the dark Cabal has been able to control its people in politics. Through blackmail. Jeffrey Epstein’s famous orgy island was especially created for these purposes.
Here’s an article of one of the first politicians convicted of child rape:
The swamp needs to be drained from those sick psychopaths. Especially the, by the Vatican-led, Ninth Circle sacrificial cult. On April 30, the satanic festival of Beltane or Walpurgis Night, hundreds of children will be ritually tortured and killed. This will happen in 9 cities in Europe and the U.S.
This report comes from The International Tribunal of Crimes of Church and State (ITCCS) Here’s the article:
Can we now please stop talking about these horrific practices? But of course! Because as soon as these bastards are put away for their heinous crimes, and nobody is being blackmailed anymore to further the dark Cabals agenda, we’ll have Full Disclosure.
What does that mean? That means we’ll finally meet our Galactic ancestors and family. That means that we will finally have access to all the technology developed at the Secret Space Programs during the past 75 years. I’m talking about replication technology, healing technology, and free energy technology, to start with.
I mean, where do you think that those missing $100 Trillion Dollars went to? That’s your tax money. You have a right to know.
Are the people ready for this information? I certainly think so; if you take into account that the most viewed FBI file is about UFO’s. Here’s the article called:
If you want to know more about the Secret Space Programs I suggest you follow Corey Goode of the Sphere Being Alliance. He’s a whistle blower who has been on such a program for 20 years. Here is the website: https://spherebeingalliance.com/
What can we do at this moment to speed up the process of Full Disclosure?
Very simple. Go within. Meditate. Forgive. Become a loving and kind person. Be of service to others: children, people, or animals.
Practice the Ho’oponopono prayer: I’m Sorry. Please Forgive. I Love You. Thank You.
Did you know that if enough people would meditate with loving and forgiving thoughts, we could stop every single war overnight?
Here’s an interesting article on the subject called:
I prefer to meditate by myself though. Recently my husband and I have joined Cobra with his weekly Sunday meditation. Cobra can actually be an interesting person to look into as well. This is the guided meditation from Cobra, although I apply my own version.
Have a look at this video. Remember: We are the ones we’ve been waiting for!
Let’s move from Space back to Earth, actually back to our restaurant El Jardin.
Next week we’ll start with a Karaoke for kids (and moms). Every Wednesday afternoon from 3 pm to 6 pm our stage is ready to receive aspiring young singers on our stage. We’ll have a dance teacher and a juggling teacher to further inspire these kids.
And last week I appeared in The Playa Times, a local newspaper, with a truly beautiful interview about my work. It’s called:
The other day I was talking with my Mayan chef Emiliano about the fact that within many of the indigenous communities the gay members of their tribe are called Two-Spirited People, and are even considered sacred and are highly revered.
Within moments my chef confided in me that he likes to dress like a woman, and has actually performed on stage. Soon there after the idea was born to organize a real ‘Transvestite Show’ at El Jardin, or as they say in Mexico: ‘Noche de Fantasia’. We had no idea what to expect, but our chef united quite a few members of his ‘Drag Queen’ circle and 6 performers were lined up for the evening.
To refresh your memory, this is how our chef looks like during the day.
And this is what he looked like that night, transformed into Valeria Castelly Miranda.
And this is Arlette Bracamontes impersonating Rocio Dulta
And this Taylor de Luna impersonating Jenny Rivera
There was also a Tina Tuner, a Beyonce, an Alejandra Guzman and a Lady Gaga. In other words, there was great variety, and above all, the quality of the performers was far above our expectations. And I had lots of fun introducing them all to our captivated audience.
In other words, it was such a great success that we have decided to repeat this show once a month. The next one will be on Tuesday the 16th of August. Be square and be there!
Something else that I’m more than excited about is that the publishing date of my next book is coming closer and closer. The content and the new cover have been submitted with Amazon, approved, and now we’re waiting for the shipment with a proof read of the actual paper book. Since we live in Mexico that shipment can take anywhere from 2 to 6 weeks. That’s also the reason why it’s complicated to set a publishing date.
Here’s the description on the back cover:
Book 4 of The Queen’s Saga can be read independently from the previous 3 installments. Paula Liebe continues to describe the dream she and her husband Honza are living against the backdrop of the lush tropical surroundings of the Mexican Riviera Maya. In their latest adventures, they continue to experience everything life has to offer, from spiritual highs like Honza’s visitation by hundreds of extraterrestrial beings, to terrifying lows wherein they were challenged to withstand evil and corruption. Paula’s books are always filled with a treasure of well-researched information about the true history of the human race, and past and current visitations of highly advanced extra terrestrial civilizations, and this 4th book is no exception. In order to release ourselves from the global turmoil we find ourselves in today, it is essential that we learn about our Galactic ancestors. Paula writes in her typically face paced style, brutally honest, and with a few sexual revelations that can’t be missed.
As soon as the paper version has received a final editing round, then the file will be conversed and formatted for an Ebook version, for a Kindle or any other reading device.
This is the 1st review I have received so far:
“Paula’s writing flows like water, so easy to read and easy to follow. I couldn’t stop reading and reading until I was finished. I laughed and I cried, and basically fell in love with her and her stories. This is her best piece of work. It is perfect. It is timeless. It’s one of her many masterpieces. She’s my hero!”
This coming Wednesday March the 16th El Jardin is celebrating its 1st year anniversary!
Needless to say that we’re throwing a big party with a large free Mexican buffet and DJ Greco will join us for some dance tunes.
You know we like our parties early and you know where to find us.
We’re happy to share with you that El Jardin is doing well.
From Tripadvisor we have been receiving (almost) nothing but 5 star reviews. Here’s a nice one titled:
“A PERFECT ANTIDOTE TO FIFTH AVENUE”
Great food, charming hosts and an oasis in the busyness of downtown Playa del Carmen. El Jardin, located behind thick stone walls and amidst towering palms, a tricking stream and small gardens is an extraordinary treat. The food is fresh, delicious, well-portioned, but the real treat is the live music on Friday evenings. Paula, one of your hosts at El Jardin has a stunning voice and repertoire–ranging from blues, to Jazz to soft rock and sentimental favourites. She also mentors local singers and regularly features local divas and the occasional divo. A night to remember and repeat.
Seth, the owner of that site, is a big fan and recently he even taped a short video.
We were also featured in a video made for PlayaPalms Condos and this clip gives a nice impression of our Noche de Divas, and some of our food styles. Yes, when the video was taped it was cold, hence the turtleneck.
Another big event in the history of El Jardin was the recording of an episode of Chef Rick Bayless’ ‘One Plate at the Time’, one time winner of Top Chef. On a Friday morning a crew of 16 people entered El Jardin and set up their stage in the kitchen of our Funky House. At the end of the day we received a signed copy of one of Rick’s cookbooks and in return he received a copy of my yoga DVD.
Guess what? He’s an avid yoga practitioner
He has a great sense of humour too.
Here’s a 1.30 minute ‘behind the scenes’ video clip of that specific day. They’ve edited it in such a way that it appears I’ve completely ruined Chef Rick Bayless’ recordings with singing Edith Piaf in the background.
All in all it was a great experience, but the only thing that we were rather disappointed with was the fact that the production team never told us that they would be entering our property with a professional production team to film an episode of a very famous chef. They booked our airbnb ‘Funky House downtown Playa’ without mentioning what is was intended for. Both Honza and I have had experience in the film production business, and we both know that a contract is presented before hand, and not after the filming. We also know that the price for a location is slightly more than an economic airbnb. In short; we felt cheated. And no matter how famous you are, this is simply not done. Period.
Blue Avian, one of the 5 races of the Sphere Being Alliance
Last but not least – and I’ve mentioned this before – I want to bring to your attention again that Honza was visited by hundreds of extra terrestrial sphere beings last year.
In one of my previous blogs I’ve posted a video that gives a good impression how these sphere beings look like. If you’ve missed it, here’s the video:
Within the Sphere Being Alliance there are 5 different races. The actual sphere beings are one these races, and so are the Blue Avians, of which I have placed an image. The Sphere Being Alliance is playing a very important role in the current transition process of planet Earth moving from a ‘war zone’ into a free, thriving and peaceful planet.
If you’ve missed the documentary Thrive, here’s another chance.
The technology to heal every single person from any imaginary disease is at our fingertips. So is the technology to clean our water, our air and the earth crust. And so is the technology to free ourselves from the control of the petrol industry and subsequently the financial tyranny of which we have been slaves.
So where is all this technology? As you may very well know, I’ve been studying these matters for many, many years. Countless books I’ve read, and Honza and I have been following certain scientist, journalists and bloggers for many years. A little over a year ago we started reading about whistle-blowers who – with fear of their own lives – were reporting about Secret Space Programs; Colonies on the moon, Mars and other locations that had been operating since the ‘50s.
The reason why these space programs were secret is because without this knowledge we could be controlled much easier.
Don’t you think you have a right to know where your taxpayer money went?
Don’t you think you have a right to know what kind of technology they have developed with your money?
Don’t you think you have a right to access to that technology, for which you paid?
Don’t you think it’s time to ask questions?
You know you’re too smart and too intelligent not to start asking questions.
Many of your questions will be answered in the following article, which gives an insightful overview of the history of this solar system, and the history of the Secret Space Programs, and which role you can play in the liberation of this planet. Here’s a link to that article. It takes about 2 hours to read.
Don’t you think it’s time to reclaim your freedom?
It’s been a few months since I wrote a blog. Why? There simply wasn’t alot to write about.
El Jardin survived the slowest months of the year. This period gave us the opportunity to add a few artistic details to our decor.
Other side of the bar
Kitchen with a selection of decorations
The decorations at the entrance you’re familiar with.
Now with the addition of a sign and a menu of the entrance door.
Our big new outdoor sign
Our new menus.
And here are a few artistic mobiles created by the Dutch artist Anna Liz Spann.
This period also gave us the time to find the right people to strengthen our team.
Anna, Marce, Carlos and Emiliano in the background with his sister helping him out.
Chef Emiliano is now assisted by Elvis, who is expecting his first daughter this coming January.
Emiliano & Elvis
Our waitress Anna is now assisted by Oscar, a young yoga teacher who knows how to charm the ladies, and who blended just perfectly in our family with his quirky sense of humor, and like Anna; an equally original sense of clothing.
Anna & Oscar
Nevertheless, El Jardin’s ‘Noche de Divas’ has been an ongoing success throughout the low season. Divas have left our stage; new divas have appeared, and surprisingly talented I might say.
I always love to sing classical repertoire with the talented soprano Victoria Carpio
Daniel Villareal made his debut last Friday and we’re planning many more duets.
Feliz Navidad was a great song to get everybody in the Christmas mood. But so was Eartha Kitt’s famous ‘Santa Baby’. I feel sorry I don’t get to sing it until next year. Ni modo.
Then a blogger called Janicita posted a video and wrote the following about last Friday: “In Playa Del Carmen, while you can enjoy readily the sun, sea and sand, there is not much of an arts and culture scene in this beach town. But one night, what a surprise discovery of live jazz and cabaret in a magical garden! Janicita is proud to present to you the ‘Divas of El Jardin”, live every Friday evening from 7-9pm!”
The only thing that disturbed our peace was the arrival of our new neighbours. When we signed the lease we accepted the fact that during the winter months a retired Canadian couple would stall their motor in our patio. Canadians and a motorbike; what’s not to like? Except when that bike doesn’t have 2 wheels, but 5. And… when it comes with a Spiderman design. And… when those 2 Canadians refuse to speak English, because they are from Quebec. We peacefully ignore and avoid each other.
Spiderman in full glory.
Pedal in the shape of spiderweb.
We’re not sure of Jesus believes in Spiderman.
Talking about Jesus, it’s the time of year where we celebrate Christmas with our loved ones. We hope you are all having a wonderful time during these festive days, filled with joy and laughter.
Applying the final touches.
You look so beautiful.
Merry Christmas to you all.
Not only do we want to wish you Merry Christmas.
We also have a wish for you for the New Year:
And we have another wish for you for the New Year:
RECLAIM YOUR FREEDOM!
It’s time that you free yourselves from the shackles of this prison planet. It’s time for Disclosure. It’s time that you demand the truth from your governments. The truth about historical and ongoing visitations from highly intelligent extra terrestrial races. And the truth about extensive Secret Space Programs where every imaginable technology is available; technologies that can help us heal our planet and heal ourselves.
For many of you this all may sound strange (to put it mildly) but I have been studying this material for well over 20 years. The evidence out there on the Internet is overwhelming.
The website of David Wilcock, called www.divinecosmos.com, is an example of one that Honza and I have been following for a long time, and we’ve read all his books. He’s a brilliant researcher, lecturer and author, and the reincarnation of Edgar Cayce, the sleeping prophet.
Another website of interest is www.spherebeingalliance.com, where you can find more information on the Secret Space Programs and the Sphere Beings that have visited Honza earlier this year.
For people who are relatively new to all this matter there is an excellent video that takes you through the rabbit hole from the start in a visually very clear way.
This planet and humanity is going through a very difficult time. But realise that we are part of the solution. And the 1st step towards a peaceful world is knowing the truth. The truth about who you are, where you came from and why you are here. Give yourself some time to inform yourselves. Please.
The biggest change in our lives was the visit of Honza’s 2 sons; Marnix aged 19 and Floris aged 17.
Marnix (right) & Floris (left)
When Honza and I rekindled our love 8 years ago we had spent a wonderful summer in Prague and in Honza’s summer house, his chalupa, where I met his 2 sons.
Floris (left) and Marnix (right) aged 9 and 11.
Immediately they fell in love with my Mexican dog Guapo.
Water biking on the Moldau with Guapo in the background.
Enjoying lunch in Prague along the Moldau. (check the light spot above Honza’s head)
Father and Son.
Father and Son.
We got along pretty good.
The following year we spent another beautiful summer in the Czech mountains.
Floris (left) and Marnix (right) 1 year later.
Preparing the nightly bonfire in front of our chalupa.
Hours and hours we talked staring into the flames and towards the stars.
Resting on a bench at the village of Vrchlabi. (Marnix calling his mom and Guapo came along again the 2nd year)
Father and Son.
Father and Son.
We always had so much fun!
Honza & Paula happy.
The Boys happy.
This summer we simply picked things up where we had left them, nearly 7 years ago.
At the family table of El Jardin.
We truly had a wonderful time getting to know each other again.
At Isla Mujeres enjoying a beer in crystal clear Caribean waters.
At WahWah’s after a long day at sea swimming with whale sharks.
At El Jardin seeing dad at work during a Noche de Divas.
At Rick’s birthday party at beach club Zenzi where the kids got a little drunk (including Paula) , but dad got us home safely.
In other words… we had a incredible time, and they’ll be back next year!
Another change was the decision of our Cuban soprano to choose a future that did not involve the family of El Jardin. A week after this photoshoot she decided not to return.
When this door closed, many new doors opened. Every week we offer more variety and more singers at the stage of El Jardin, and my dear old friend Ted Rhodes and newly discovered soprano Victoria Carpio perform with me every single week. We even offer an open mic after the 1st set and so far we’ve been surprised by a very lovely Argentinian soprano.
Ted Rhodes and in the background Victoria Carpio singing a duet.
Nevertheless, his uncontrolled alcohol consumption was affecting our business, so we had to let him go.
Within a week we had found another Mayan chef; young, talented and creative. His steady boyfriend of 3 years doesn’t drink, so chances are little we’ll encounter the same issues.
We also found the waitress we had been looking for all this time; a young woman with no experience, but a natural in this line of work. Together with our faithful Marce our team is complete to receive the high season.
Our new waitress Ana, with Marce in the background.
The last and maybe most important change is that we’ve found a new home. After 18 months moving from one noisy condo to another we’ve found a house in a quiet neighbourhood at the outskirts of Playa del Carmen.
I’m sure that, with a large private rooftop, we’ll do some star gazing and maybe… we’ll receive another visit from the Sphere Beings that Honza recently experienced. Hundreds of them. Here’s more information on this subject.
Honza said they look a little bit like this:
Oh, and 1 more change: Honza will be celebrating his 65th birthday this coming Wednesday, August the 26th, at El Jardin.
No way! 65 Already?
Lots of yoga and lots of sex with Paula will do the trick…
Anyway, you know we like our parties early, so we’re starting at 4pm at El Jardin with our well known DJ Greco for some sweet dance tunes. Chef Emiliano will prepare a generous Mexican buffet, and the bar will serve all beers for $20,- Pesos, and all wine and tequila for $40.- Pesos.
Faithful followers of my blogs may have noticed that the month of April went without a written report on our adventures. The reason is simple: starting a restaurant is a challenging and time-consuming business.
So, what are the latest developments at El Jardin?
In other words, we’re doing well and our guests are happy and keep coming back.
People are also coming back for the Noche de Divas. The 1st night was great fun and the place was packed.
We even have a little recording singing Hit The Road Jack.
Instead of a monthly event we decided to turn it into a weekly concert with a more classical theme, allowing our Cuban soprano Mayret Rosa Alvarez to shine and sing her classical repertoire like Puccini’s ‘O mio Babinno Caro’. If you are not familiar with this world famous aria, here’s a taste.
And now I could explore the classical repertoire I had been studying for many years myself. One of those arias was turned into a duet, and now Mayret Rosa and I sing together. Here’s an impression of that song.
Many people have asked me how I’ve found this lovely and talented Cuban soprano. The truth is; she found me.
But let’s first go back in history, the time when Mayret Rosa was born on the 9th of November 1987 in a small town called Media Luna in the South West coastal region of Cuba.
Media Luna Bay
Mayret began her musical career at the age of 7 when she started with guitar classes and eventually added piano classes as well.
Mayret at 3 years already showing her talent to entertain.
Mayret with her parents.
At the age of 18 she graduated from the Conservatorio de Musica Jose White with a degree in guitar.
It wasn’t until she had finished 3 years obligatory social services, where she worked as a teacher in musical history, that she started to study voice. After 5 years attending the ‘Instituto Superior de Artes’ in Holguin she graduated at the age of 26.
During those 5 years she first worked with ‘Ojare’, a group of musicians who presented traditional music of Cuba, then with the ‘Teatro Lyrico de Rodrigro Prats’ and eventually with a band called ‘Grupo Velas al Viento’, with whom she traveled to Playa del Carmen.
Then one night Mayret Rosa found herself at Le Lotus Rouge with her band, ready to play the keyboard after the performance of a lady she had never heard of before.
Natasha, the lovely and eccentric owner of the international restaurant and art school Le Lotus Rouge, had asked me to perform for the 3rd anniversary of her place, which fell on Valentine’s Day. I had prepared a beautiful romantic repertoire for her audience, and right after my show this little Cuban girl walks up to me and almost desperately asks, “Donde se puede cantar lyrico?” (Where can I sing classical). I smiled and answered, “Well, with me at El Jardin! But how do you know that I study classical voice?” She quickly replied, “I can hear from your singing technique.” The following week we met at El Jardin and talked about how we could study and work together. That’s when she told me about her personal living situation. The band with whom she had traveled to Playa had changed name and leader and from then on Mayret’s career went downhill. She got paid the equivalent of $60.- USD a month, no matter how many nights she played. She slept in a room with 2 men, not allowing her any privacy. But worst of all, they had taken her passport. You can all imagine my reaction when she told me all this, resulting in that Mayret opened her mouth demanding her passport back. The Cuban mafia, as Mayret called them, didn’t like a smart girl who starts talking and asking question, so she was basically kicked out.
Before we realised it she had found herself a small room and friends had already donated a table, 2 chairs and a few kitchen utensils. When I shared Mayret’s account with our audience they felt so touched by her story that more donations from our fans started pouring in: a bicycle, a refrigerator and even financial help. A week later she got married to a Mexican friend and her biggest fans were her witnesses. In other words; we kind of adopted her.
Since this wedding picture Mayret calls Honza a giant ET.
Admiring Mayret’s wedding pictures.
Having fun & feeling home.
For 2 months now we’ve offered the Noche de Divas to our Playa community and every week we receive a nice group of people who enjoy listening to opera, boleros, chanson and jazz. Some faithful fans never miss a concert.
We even bought a long gown for Mayret, the standard dress size when singing classical, because all her long dresses are still in Cuba. Since I’m studying Habanera from Bizet’s opera Carmen, I thought that this red one was a good match with Mayret’s coral.
We even sang Schubert’s Ave Maria as a duet on a special Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch at El Jardin. That was a dream come true. Glowing after our performance…
Mayret and I have also been pretty busy with our various voice students. Young girls, women my age, men in their sixties, we have students from all ages and all walks of life. We try to inspire and prepare them to join us on our stage.
And soon a few of our voice students will join us on our stage, so stay tuned.
With the birthday party our filmmaker Martin was able to shoot the last shot in order to finish the promotion video and here is the result. (The party starts at 2.10)
Needless to say that the day after we were finally able to rest and enjoy, and that’s what we did with quite a few mimosa’s, which we plan to offer at El Jardin.
But soon after we continued with the renovations of the kitchen.
The old floor went out.
A truck with construction materials was driven into our kitchen
The new floor is in and a new part of the bar is constructed
A new sink is being constructed
And there is our new ‘cocinita’.
Except renovating the kitchen we also had a solid floor placed where there used to be gravel.
And we had a waterfall with a little river constructed.
Then it was time to go shopping for a stove and pots and pans.
And before you know you have a fully equipped kitchen
Remember how we started?
And this is what we have now.
Now what’s a restaurant without a good chef? And where do you find one? As a true siren Paula had lured one in with her voice when she was practicing her Mexican boleros. Back in November last year chef Miguel stopped to listen to Paula’s songs and had asked if we needed a cook. Paula had answered, “Maybe in January we will need somebody.” Guess what? By the end of January he came back! But the best news is that Miguel turned out to be an excellent chef, more than we could have hoped for. Here we are checking out a new color ‘filipino’.
We also found a truly lovely waitress. Karla had been our yoga student for a few weeks, and one morning we asked her if she was looking for work. Guess what? Not only was she looking for work, she also had some experience.
For a week we practiced with a breakfast menu, which we serve all day, and next week we’ll add a lunch menu.
So, El Jardin is really opening it’s doors from Monday to Friday from 8.00 am to 4.00 pm for breakfast and lunch. What kind of food do we serve? Comida YucaCheca! What’s that? It’s the famous Yucateca kitchen from the peninsula Yucatan with a twist from our Czech chef Honza, hence YucaCheca.
So for breakfast you can expect typical plates like Enchilladas and Chilaquiles with all the sauces. Of course we serve organic coffee from Chiapas with organic milk, freshly squeezed orange juice and fresh coconut water. But we also have fresh fruit with organic granola or a variety of German breads with organic jam, and of course any style organic eggs.
For lunch we offer a typical Mayan plate called Tikinchic, which is fresh grouper served in a banana leaf.
Of course we serve a real Mexican chocolate mole made from scratch by our chef Miguel, and we have a vegetarian dish with eggplant, nuts and seeds.
Honza will take care of the daily menu, offering you a variety of his well-known dishes like the Czech goulash called ‘Segediner’, or his famous pork roast with red cabbage.
Unfortunately the liquor license is taking it’s Mexican time, and we keep hearing, “Mañana.”
It’s no secret that 2014 has been a rather interesting year for us. We gave up our home and business to bring Amarte Maroma back to life, only to be kicked out after 3 successful months.
Oh well, c’est la vie.
For the next 3 months we were homeless, our belongings stored at too many different locations and bodega’s, trying to make sense of it all. Finally, at the end of the summer we found a new home for ourselves and shortly after a new business opportunity presented itself: El Jardin.
The Universe works in mysterious ways. As you may remember, we had made a New Years wish; asking the Universe to help us find a bigger place and one a bit closer to the sea. The Universe gave us a little detour, because if it wasn’t for the experience in Amarte we never would have seen the value of El Jardin, and at this moment in our life that’s where we need to be.
Then sometimes these lyrics from Bob Marley pop into my head:
“Don’t worry about a thing.
Cause everything little thing gonna be alright.”
So what’s happening at El Jardin?
We’ve moved the weekly local market to the Saturday afternoon, offering people an opportunity to do their local shopping in the weekend. And we moved the monthly Bazar to every 1st Sunday of the month. The atmosphere is always great, old and new friends meet and I sing a few songs. Here’s an impression of those afternoons.
Taking pictures with a tablet
We’ve renovated the existing construction that held the pump, gas and water tanks that took up a lot of space, and moved the equipment up, creating an area for sinks and storage space. I know it looks scary when you suddenly find an enormous pile of construction material in the middle of your beautiful garden, so Honza was happy to only see the end result and that was shocking enough for him.
A big pile of construction material
Starting to mount the walls
Last finishing touches.
We’ve improved the stage even more and had the existing wood treated and the result is marvelous.
The existing wood removed for treatment.
The treated tropical hardwood starting to be replaced.
Don Jorge’s son learning the trade from his father.
The floor is finished and we are tired and dusty, but happy!
The same talented carpenter created a beautiful addition to our existing table, so we could fit more than 10 people on our table.
The reason why we needed to expand the table is because we were booked for an event, and that is one of the core businesses of El Jardin. A group of 13 French people had booked the table for a sit down dinner to welcome the New Year. They were familiar with Honza’s cooking skills and my French repertoire, and they were not disappointed.
Our carpenter created a seamless addition.
Paula singing to her French speaking guests.
The only eventful situation that presented itself that night was a power outage in the neighborhood, but within a minute the lights went back on. Except in the house, which we have promoted as a vacation rental. Our guests would return to a dark house with no running water. The next morning I assessed the situation. Nothing a seasoned property manager couldn’t handle. Except when it’s the 1st of January. I was so tired from working 2 months straight getting our place ready for guests, and the previous day having worked from 7 in the morning till 2 at night, I just broke down in tears. Oh well, shit happens. We gave them back their money and they left with a smile.
Another event we hosted was the yearly Christmas dinner for our company Star Condos.
Instead of choosing a fancy restaurant Honza insisted on cooking for our Mexican family and they were thrilled, cause Honza’s typical cuisine is well known with our team.
Honza’s famous caserolas
And Paula sang a few Mexican Boleros.
The last event we hosted was one for the charity organization Good Intentions
They teach English to Mexican children and offer them possibilities to develop themselves creatively and spiritually by giving art and yoga classes. Of course Honza cooked up a storm for 50 children. Giving back to the community feels good. Here’s an impression of that afternoon.
On their way to El Jardin – community center.
Receiving instructions for the art class.
A beautiful drawing.
And another one.
Honza ready to serve the buffet.
My fellow yoga teacher.
Soaked from a tropical shower.
So what’s planned for the near future? Since we’re still in the process of obtaining our licenses to legally open our doors, we can’t tell you when we’ll be able to serve you your 1st glass of wine. But we can tell you that Wednesday the 21st of January we’ll open our doors to celebrate Paula’s 50th birthday. We’ll be using the formula that has always worked in the past: Honza cooks an enormous buffet and you bring your favorite beverage of choice. Of course you can count on our famous DJ Greco to heat up the dance floor. And you know we like to start early, like 4 in the afternoon.
I had an idea for a picture for my 50th birthday invitation, but so far I’ll share with you the one that our friend Gary Wendt created for me 10 years ago.
The famous original from 10 years ago.
Sometimes Honza and I feel overwhelmed by the idea that we’re opening a restaurant, as we both know from experience what that entails. But then I think:
Most of our friends, especially the ones in Playa del Carmen, are very well aware of the fact that my husband and I love to dress up for Halloween.
My very 1st encounter with Halloween began in the year 2000 when I had just moved to Playa. I had found a nice dress, which I still have, and a French make-up artist had taken care of my make-up. My friend LaVonna had turned the villa behind restaurant Da Gabi into a horror house and we all had a spooky ball. I do have pictures of that event, but that was before the digital age, so they’re all stored in my mother’s cellar. However, a few months later I was asked to organize a big birthday bash for a friend of ours on the rooftop his penthouse. Besides many musicians and performers I had also invited that French make-up artist. This time I asked him to use the same colors but less spooky. I imagined myself some sort of a sea goddess. I do have a picture of that event with my dear friend Joyous, may she rest in peace.
The Mexican festivities of the Day of the Dead are a celebration of the deceased, to honor our loved ones who have passed away. Here’s a link to a nice article about this ancient tradition.
The next Halloween event that I remember having dressed up for is the one just 5 days after hurricane Wilma in 2006. Since there was not a green leave to be found in our paradise I asked my friends to come and dress in something green. I had braces at the time (believe me, it’s totally worth it), so I placed green sparkly sequins on the metal fixtures.
The year after that my friend Malonie was living with me and we had a ball preparing our fantasy costumes. In theme with the shamanic trips we had made to Peru we had created a deity from another world.
In the year 2007 I found myself in cold and windy Holland during Halloween. Summer love had turned into serious love, so what to do? I suggested to my little niece and her friend to go trick or treating, so off we went with our scary costumes. Of all the people who answered their door 9 out of 10 asked with complete surprise, “So, what do I do now?” I answered with a low, spooky voice, “The kids get a treat and a bottle of wine will do for me.”
The hat that I had bought that autumn in the Hague was going to be used for the following Halloween when Honza finally decided to join me in paradise. This was the 1st year I found out that Honza enjoyed dressing up.
Before we moved to the following Halloween there was another dress up occasion when our friend Sara celebrated her 40th birthday and asked everybody to dress up ‘80s style. Thanks to our hairdresser Doranna de Bartoli we were able to transform ourselves into ‘80s pop stars and we won 1st prize. Actually, that was the only time we won a price together, because usually by midnight we’re long gone from the party scene.
Inspired by Doranna’s talents we creatively found our next characters. The bride of Frankenstein goes porn, with her creator, the mad professor.
And then we found some wings and wigs and created the next set of characters; the fallen Angels.
Living in the Caribbean inspires to dress up like a pirate, and after the 3rd Johnny Depp ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ box office hit starring Penelope Cruz, we knew what to do. Days and weeks of sowing and hunting for the right accessories and we had a new set of characters.
It’s not a secret that Honza and I believe in the existence of a galactic space family. With the date 21-12-2012 in mind we thought it appropriate to dress up like ‘Chico & Chica Galactica’.
Last year I decided to recycle a costume. The white lace of the bride of Frankenstein had faded to a yellowish cream and was perfect for a sexy dead bride in the character of the Mexican celebration of the Day of the Dead.
We’re still a little short on cash, so this year we’re recycling again. Now what’s the key to a fabulous costume? Honestly, I don’t really know. I try to be creative and I go with the flow. Sometimes I start with a wig, sometimes with a dress, or another year with a specific color or theme.
But I do have the key to a fabulous place: EL JARDIN.
We’ve started with the cleaning process and have placed the property on airbnb.
We’ll keep you posted, but we can tell you that as of December we’ll start to host the weekly eco-market on Thursdays.