It’s almost that time of the year again. Chill is already permeating in the air and the greens will quickly wither soon.

Before winter depression kicks in, I think it is time to book a flight once again to Mexico. But I am changing destination again this time.

Puerto Vallarta bus station

Puerto Vallarta bus station

Although I would really love to be in Acapulco again because of the connection I made with people and a semi-permanent address I already established there, the latest issues with the city does not seem to be changing anytime soon.

So, for this trip, I will be at Puerto Vallarta.

Puerto Vallarta is a gringo paradise. From my research, many Canadians & Americans call PVR home – either temporarily or permanently. And on this trip, I’m taking into consideration making her my long-stay home, as well.

Puerto Vallarta was never in my plan. Just like Mexico was not originally on my agenda. But when I briefly visited Puerto Vallarta last time, I liked what I experienced there and I’m interested in exploring the place more.

Puerto Vallarta beach

Puerto Vallarta beach

While most Canadians stay at gringo enclaves of the city – I don’t consider myself a gringo, so, I plan on staying at mostly Mexican neighborhoods; probably stay in a cheap hotel for a day or two, but will move as soon as possible.

Last time I was there, I stayed in a 100% Mexican neighborhood. Nobody speaks English, so I was forced to speak only in Spanish, which I find very challenging!

La Cruz de Huanacaxtle

La Cruz de Huanacaxtle

And I was very surprised to find that a typical Mexican neighborhood have so much similarity to a typical neighborhood in my homeland (the Philippines).

Everything looks so familiar. It feels so familiar that it didn’t take me even a minute to adjust to the situation.

Experiences like this remind me of my days in the Philippines and that’s probably why more and more I am loving Mexico. Mexico is very close to Canada with a culture and weather that is almost like my homeland – the only missing part to make it complete was the Filipino food.

And that is why I am now learning to cook Filipino food! So, wait for me once more, Mexico! I’m coming over!