I recently attended a Oaxaca promotion dinner at Geulaguetza restaurant – an authentic restaurant serving Oaxacan cuisine surprisingly located in the heart of Koreatown Los Angeles. One of our contributors and photographers Michelle Yam recently went on a trip to Huataluco along the coast in the state of Oaxaca and invited me to this dinner.
The presentation was to promote tourism to the region, inspire and excite us about the wonders of Oaxaca including Oaxaca city the capital of the state, the beautiful ruins of Monte Alban and the picturesque coastline of Huataluco and nearby Puerto Escondido.
On June 7, Aeromexico began weekly non-stop service between (LAX) and Huatulco. This is a significant time savings over previous connecting flights – ie through Mexico City. Now via this new non stop flight, you can be sunning on Huatalco after just a 4-hour flight!
Earlier in the day I raced up to the Crossroads of the World located along Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. This is one of LA’s oldest outdoor malls. A globe spins on top of a 60 foot tower and the entire building is in the shape of a boat. Currently the offices here are home to many creative individuals including film and other arts. It has appeared in a number of movies including the recent Ben Affleck directed Argo.
Note: I would love to eventually get away from using the keyboard for writing – it is old fashioned, hard on the hands and most annoyingly – slow. This is our first blog post using the “pages app” dictation on the iPad – with some minor editing afterwards. Now if only we could tell the post to upload photos rather than using the keyboard!
Suzanne Fluhr (Just One Boomer) says
So, did you enjoy the restaurant?
Do you have to speak abnormally slowly in order for the pages app to transcribe accurately. I’ve noticed that the speech recognition is much improved on my new Galaxy S4 smart phone. It’s hard to imagine a day when I would rather dictate than keyboard — but there are all sorts of things that I never imagined that I do quite happily, so …….
Suzanne – technology changes so fast. Even more things are coming to make transferring data from our minds to a useable format including Google Glass being just one of them! Eventually we can probably just hook up to circuits and transfer thoughts that way.
I can talk rather quickly as long as I speak clearly and the app does a good job of recording what I say. I find it a bit annoying to say “period”, “comma” and other grammar notes as I am speaking. The other hard part of using this app is I have to be connected to the Internet when speaking in order for it to record. Also if you are not a natural speaker, it is more difficult to formulate thoughts quickly (at least for me) – rather than the time one has when typing. I guess lawyers have been using voice dictation for a long time…
Actually I had somewhere to be that evening and was unfortunately rushing through dinner. The restaurant was supposed to be authentic Oaxacan cuisine – the food was decent – next time I won’t be in as much of a hurry!