Monthly Archives: November 2009

blogging in the diaz-tanimura household happens around 1pm when nayou goes down for his nap, or after 8.30pm, after he’s out for the night. the problem with both of these times is that they usually come directly after surfing and eating, after which i am in no mood to write anything. in fact, i’m usually fast asleep next to nayou! we’ve been having a string of great surf days lately. not only have the waves been awesome, but we’ve also been lucky enough to get clicked into some of the other surf spots around sayulita. yesterday we discovered an amazing break that goes on forever! we woke up this morning excited to go back only to be greeted by drizzling rain. oh well. its good to have a day of rest to catch up on email and blog and stuff. otherwise we’d be doing this:


the day after rocky got snipped, we woke up to discover that his balls had grown back! actually the cut got inflamed and now he has a nasty infection. poor guy. he has to wear one of those silly dog cones to stop him from licking them. the cut has opened up and it looks really bad. he’s got an appointment with the vet tomorrow but for now the antibiotics and the anti-inflammatory pills are making sure he’s ok. at least he’s still got energy and an appetite. send your well wishes his way please!

nayou’s been really into towels and blankets lately. this morning on our way to the grocery store our bathmat kept him nice and cosy. and yes, the mat is clean – we forgot it at the laundromat!


in addition to lots of surfing, we have been around a lot of kids’ birthdays lately. one thing we’ve come to realise about mexican culture is that they love their birthday parties. in new zealand (or at least wellington), everyone loves to get dressed up in costumes. in mexico (or at least sayulita), birthdays are the thing. one of nayou’s friends perla had her shindig last night and what a production it was! huge cake? check. multiple pinatas? check. unholy quantities of amazing food? check. dancing competition to reggaeton? check check and check.






and speaking of birthdays, nayou is turning two in just over 48 hours. brenda and i were planning on being super low-key and not doing a party at all, but after seeing the extravaganza that the people here put on we decided to invite two of his close friends over for a small gathering. its still a bit hard to believe that our son is almost two… i was marvelling the other day at how much better he is communicating. we can have conversations now and actually “get” each other which is so cool!


i think i’ve mentioned nayou’s bff in sayulita – saul. he is the kid who lives next door and his morning visits are what nayou looks forward to most. as soon as he wakes up he starts asking for saul, and his attachment to him grows daily. this morning he went and dragged him over to our house by his hand. very cute. saul is so good natured and a pleasure to have around. although we can hear him throwing temper tantrums next door on a daily basis so i think he’s on his best behaviour at our casa.


something else nayou and i have been into lately – taking cheesy facebook profile pictures. ok maybe that’s actually just my thing but i drag him along anyway. my favourite is the last sexy cleavage shot. i’m sure you all agree.




that’s about all the happenings to report for now. oh, except one thing – post-production on the movie i’ve been slaving away on for the last two years have finally wrapped. i bailed out on the last three months of the project to hang out in sayulita, but i still feel a sense of relief. especially for all the wetans who stayed through until the end. congratulations everyone! the film comes out on december 18th. go see it!

on wednesday we made the fateful decision to forever deprive rocky of his manhood. the operation went well and he recovered splendidly, although the look in his eyes tells me that he knows things will never be the same again. here he is showing off his junk the day before the snip. he’s still just as shameless though!


our friend eric works at one of the surf shops on the beach. last week he told us that he was getting married to an argentinian woman after courting her for three (3!) days. passion runs high in the mexican male blood. his fiancee isn’t going to be back in sayulita until january, so he asked us to take some photos of him to send to her. brenda snapped some pretty manly ones this morning. sexy time!


i don’t think i need to say anything about this one:


now that the summer heatwave (and i’m being modest here) has passed, the weather in sayulita is just awesome. its sunny every day – just hot enough to lure you into the water – and in the evenings its nice and cool. plus the swell has been getting bigger and more consistent, which puts brenda and myself in paradise. a paradise with dengue, but a paradise nonetheless. a little bit of danger is the spice of life.

today is our three month anniversary in sayulita. its gone by in a big blur, but one thing i can say for sure is that we really like it here. as we do with every place we go, brenda and i have been casting an eye around for land where we could build an earthship. sayulita is the first place where i’ve felt that a project like this would be feasible for us – we could build one without going into huge amounts of debt, there is much less red tape with regards to zoning, and its an amazing climate to grow all kinds of food. not that we’ve made a decision one way or another – if its meant to be, the right land will show up – but it sure would be awesome to have a house here!

the other day our friend miguel showed us some land and also took us to all the gorgeous beaches in the area. there is one beach called litibu which is just stunning:



our day-to-day activities have stayed exactly the same since arrived, which means three months of beach, beach, beach. nayou is getting really comfortable in the ocean, thanks in a big part to the swimming lessons we have him enrolled in. he used to be really afraid of being on his back in the water, but now doesn’t mind it. he loves to kick his legs and do “open close” with his arms as well. he’s got a long way before he can propel himself in the water but he gets lots of style points!


this morning we said (a temporary) goodbye to our friends dmitri and heidi and their kids noah and naomi. the four of them arrived in sayulita within days of us and are pretty much doing the same thing that we are. they left for three weeks to attend a wedding in hawaii and for an ironman competition in arizona that dmitri is doing (yeah, they have it rough). nayou adores dmitri and heidi so he’s going to miss them tons, but at least we got to have one final dinner with them. we ate at  a restaurant that *might* have better burritos than burritos revolucion. it feels like blasphemy saying that… i guess we’ll just have to keep on eating them until we know!



and here are some other random cute shots of nayou.




at cafes in new zealand you can order a thing called a fluffy for yours kids, which is frothed milk in a cup. if you go to a cafe in wellington and look at the kids, pretty much every single one of them will have a fluffy in front of them. since neither of us are coffee drinkers nayou never got the chance to partake in the fun. but every now and then brenda will wake up with a burning  need for a decaf soy latte. the other day was such a morning, so we headed on down to our usual haunt to satisfy the urge. and this time around nayou got his first fluffy. did he like it? the video speaks for itself!

when we first moved to sayulita we were amazed at the number of doggies running around town. we assumed they were homeless, but over the course of our stay here we have found out that many of them have owners. i use the term owner in the loosest sense of the word, but at least there is someone keeping an eye out for them.

one of them, who happens to be brenda’s favourite beach doggie, has mange. its been getting progressively worse over the last few weeks so brenda made the executive decision to take him home. he’s been with us for three days now and he’s already doing so much better! the doggie was named “rocky” by the people at the animal clinic. thank god we didn’t have to name him or it would have been the end of his beach days! rocky is really mellow and very easy to take care of. there’s no crying, no peeing or crapping on the porch, and he’s learning not to come into the house (sort of). yet another amazing doggie that we would keep in a heartbeat if we only knew what our plans were!



other than expanding our family, things have been going great. brenda and i are getting better at surfing, and are pretty much completely addicted. when you have one of those great days where the waves are just perfect it feel so good! it makes you feel so lucky to be alive. no wonder why people travel all over the world looking for waves!

we’ve been going to be beach every day for just about three months now and it just doesn’t get old. its great for everyone because we usually run into some friends (or make some new ones!), and nayou amuses himself with all the other kids. even on the days when nayou is driving us crazy, we know we can go to the beach and it will be all ok.





one of nayou’s favourite things to do at the beach is to make a “baño”. for those of you coming at christmas – start getting your biceps in shape because you’re going to be doing a lot of digging!


and while we’re at home, nayou gets up to mischief with our neighbour’s son saul. its good to have an older kid around, especially because saul is a pretty good sharer and nayou needs a good example to follow!