A bit about life after work is done each day

I am a man, and I have to provide for my family. I am aware of that and will not complain, as it is in our genetic code to make sure that our loved ones have everything they need. That they have a roof over their head, food on the table and clothes to wear, just to mention the essential. And for that, I wake up every morning at 8 a.m. to get ready to leave for office. After enjoying breakfast with my beautiful wife and two kids, I am off to my 8 hours program, sitting at a desk. It is not something thrilling, but if I can pay the bills and make sure everyone is happy, then I am happy as well.

Still, most men, after coming home from work, throw themselves on the couch to watch TV. I am not like that. I try to take advantage the most I can of the remaining time, to enjoy together with my family. I can’t say I don’t feel stressed or tired sometimes, but my family and the great time we have together is the best remedy. A lot of men complain that they are too tired also to do things around the house or spend time with their children. But that is just such a big shame. Our wives also need some help, because most of them also work and take care of the children all day long. So they do appreciate if they receive a bit of your help. Plus, children grow up so fast, and if you are not there for them, you, as a father, will miss all those unique moments that will never come back.

One of my favorite thing to do is to cook together with my wife while the two children draw or do something fun until dinner is ready. We used to enjoy a glass of wine while doing that, laughing, talking about the day, in one word just spending quality time together. I use to chop whatever my wife needs for the recipe. We just split tasks and make everything really fun. The food also tastes better when it is done with good cheer and love. I forgot to mention that we also have a dog. My children wanted a dog, and we thought about getting one, as it teaches them a little bit about responsibility. Of course, they are still too young to be able to walk the dog, so I take care of that as well. But it is another great way to disconnect from work. I nice walk in the evening, gives me the chance to unwind and enjoy some air. And on the weekend, when I have more time, I also take the dog for a job, and take care of other errands and needs such as calling a carpet cleaner or getting some quotes to find out a pest control cost if the season is bad with bugs.

But it is not always about staying at home. We like doing all kind of things of diversifying our days. We go out for dinner, enjoy an afternoon in the park, and go to the cinema for a great movie night and many more. I think we are a great team and all the time we spend together will not only consolidate our bonds, but it will also help us relax and have a better life in general.

A much needed getaway for the fam

After a few long, hard weeks, it was definitely time to get away on a family vacation. As mentioned in my previous post, the flooding that hit Houston was quite rough and cause some drastic changes to people’s lives. Going to a nice tropical destination was awesome, so it only made sense to bring my readers into the virtual heaven that is Cancun, Mexico.

Here’s a little synopsis of what we learned on our trip.

Situated in the coast of the Caribbean Sea on the Yukatan Peninsula, Cancun with its vibrant beach hotels and nightclubs is one of the most important travel destinations of Mexico. Travellers to Cancun can surely expect to experience a gastronomic delight as the countless restaurants of this city serves all kinds of cuisines. Apart from the regular steak houses and seafood restaurants one can also find a large number of eateries specializing in Mexican, Thai, Italian, Chinese, French, Indian and Yucatecan cuisine.

In the rest of this article I am going to take you through some of the coolest dining places in the city.

  • Les Cepages: This 4 years old French restaurant located on Plaza Nichupte serves the most delectable dishes prepared from the freshest ingredients. This place is open on Tuesdays to Saturdays from 3 -11pm and on Monday from 6-11pm. This is a popular eating place for tourists so make sure to make your reservation before turning up. Try out the Roast Lamb Rack served with Mint demi glaze.
  • La Palapa Belga: This tiny open air restaurant which lies hidden in the Hotel Zone of the city is not yet popular with the tourists. La Palapa Belga serves amazing Belgian and French gourmet dishes and one can enjoy his dinner under the open sky while watching the magnificent view of the lagoon. Since the space is limited its suggested that you make your reservations beforehand. They are famous for their mouth watering French deserts and one should surely try out their superb crème brulee.
  • Du Mexique: Located in downtown Cancun on the Bonampak Avenue, Du Mexique is the ideal place for celebrating a special occasion like a birthday or an anniversary. Head chef Alain Grimond along with his wife Sonya makes the food themselves. The cuisine they serve is an exciting blend of French and Mayan cuisine so gear up for some surprises. While you can choose to nib on a spicy appetizer in the lounge, you can shift to the dining room for the main course and then enjoy your desert on the patio, as long as you don’t sit at a table with low hanging tree branches like we did. In all seriousness, we told the restaurant owner on our way out that he should call a tree removal company to take care of the patio section near table 24!
  • La Habichuela: This fine restaurant located in downtown Cancun serves mouth watering Caribbean, Mayan, Mexican and international cuisines. This restaurant comes with an exciting ambience which includes lots of trees, twinkling lights and indigenous sculptures. Make sure to try out their Mayan Coffee and the Flambe dessert.

The sister property of this restaurant La Habichuela Sunset is just a minute away. Enjoy a sumptuous dinner while watching the spectacular Cancun sunset or enjoy a live jazz performance every night at La Habichuela Sunset.

  • Puerto Madero: This is undoubtedly one of the best and most popular restaurants of the town. Named after the port district of Buenos Aires, Puerto Madero is the favourite dining place of the travellers. Though they specialize in Argentine cuisine you can expect to find a variety of fresh seafood, pasta, salads and steaks.
  • The Club Grill: One of the most posh restaurants in town, The Club Grill specializes in fine meat, duck and seafood. This cozy restaurant comes with a small dance floor and one can enjoy live jazz music while enjoying the dinner.

What’s new with you?

As many of you know, I used to write about the work I was doing with comic books and other interesting artistic adventures in my life.

Well, much has changed.

With a few kids and a lot different outlook on life, I’m working on a few things that are completely different  than anything I ever did in the past.

I thought it might be helpful to explain what I’m working on this week, and that will give you a little bit of a sense as to the current situation, and then we can dive in deeper during future posts about other things that are going on in my life.

As many of you know from recent news events and headlines, there was some severe flooding and a massive damage to many of the homes in my hometown of Houston, Texas. It was very eye-opening to witness the absolute 180° shift in mindset after the flooding earlier this week.

On one hand, it was unfortunate because there was so much damage to physical property and obviously the terrible loss of lives.

On the other hand, it has been really amazing to witness the generosity and all hands on deck mentality of the citizens in this area who are willing to pitch in and help each other out, especially those who were not even affected going and spending all of their time lately working with those who did have some pretty bad damage to their homes.



With all of the damage from flood water, people have been completely clearing their homes of all belongings. It is a tough time for many, and will be even more difficult as everyday needs come to the surface again and people find themselves without the normal comforts, such as couches and television sets, or kids’ toys, etc.

Many different reactions come from this type of a major life event, and it has been promising to see those who have decided to transform this into an opportunity to start anew.

For example, one gentleman I met on the street the other day has decided to go door to door asking homeowners if they need their junk hauled away from the curb. Apparently the city will come by and take it free of charge, but with the smell getting worse by the day, it will not be long before people decide it’s worthwhile to pay for their water-logged stuff to be taken away.

A good friend of mine owns a company up in Chicago that sells used storage containers, and he says business has never been better up in the Midwest. I asked him if would be possible to route some of his conex boxes down to Houston to help people who need massive amounts of junk shipped out of town to the nearest dump. There are also plenty of options down here in Texas, but the inventory seems to cheaper up in Chicago.

Last but not least, it will be important to stay connected to families throughout this whole flood mess. Whether loved ones are nearby in town, or across the country, or even overseas, it makes you realize what really counts when the material items get taken away in the blink of eye.

So stay strong Houston. This too shall pass, and Texans always find a way to prevail. We’ll have to see if the same holds true of Rick Perry in the upcoming presidential election — he says he is a different man now — we’ll have to see how he does!