Cinco de Yuca

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Tener el pelo largo significa que tengo que buscar formas creativas para atarme el pelo, especialmente en invierno cuándo mi pelo está mojado después de bañarme y me da frío sentirlo tocando mi piel. Usualmente hago un moño desordenado pero a veces trato algo diferente, incluyendo trenzas.

La única cosa es que Carlos se pone un poco raro conmigo cuando me ve con dos trenzas. Su rostro se ve como cuando nos conocimos, sus mejillas cambian a color rojo y sus ojos brillan. “Te ves tan bonita”, me dice, tirando las trenzas. Pensé que me veo un poco ridícula con trenzas. Yo ni siquiera salgo a la calle así, pero si Carlos le gusta, me decido a aceptar sus piropos.

El otro día, cuando tenía el pelo en dos trenzas, Carlos actuó de la misma manera, y luego me llamó su “cinco de yuca”.

“¿Cinco de yuca?” dije, “¿Qué es eso?

Carlos me enseño un video, “La Cinco de Yuca” por Los Caballeros del Sabor.

Ahora sé por qué se pone tan tontito sobre las trenzas!


Having long hair means I have to find creative ways to tie it back, especially in winter when it’s wet from the shower and it makes me cold to feel it touch my skin. I usually do a messy bun but sometimes I try something different, including braids.

The only thing is that Carlos gets a little weird with me when I wear my hair in two braids. His face looks like when we first met, his cheeks turn red and his eyes sparkle. “You look so pretty,” he says, pulling my braids. I always thought I look a bit ridiculous with braids – I don’t even go out in public like that, but if Carlos likes it, I decided, I will accept his flirtations.

The other day, when I had my hair in two braids, Carlos acted the same as he’s been acting, but then he called me his “cinco de yuca.”

“Cinco de yuca?” I said, “What is that?

Carlos showed me a video, “La Cinco de Yuca” by Los Caballeros del Sabor.

Now I know why he gets so silly about the braids!

21 thoughts on “Cinco de Yuca

  1. Tremenda la Cinco de Yuca, jajaja! Hmmm, debating if I like that new name better than Treixi, hermana… and the song has a little of the “there’s a hole in the wall…” song beat at the end, LOL!

    • OMG, you’re right! The part with the snake charmer!!… Ke$ha’s “Take it Off” ripped off Los Cabelleros del Sabor! jajajajajaja ;)

      As for adding “cinco de yuca” to my list of nicknames – I definitely feel part of the comunidad Latina with all these apodos everyone has for me jajaja :)

    • I loved your post! LOL.

      As for braiding – you can’t braid? I was the biggest tomboy growing up but I learned to braid, (which wasn’t real useful back then since my hair was always real short.) … There’s got to be some good video tutorials online. It’s really not difficult – Three sections per braid, and then you just keep going over the middle piece. Right over the middle, left over the middle. Right over the middle, left over the middle. Try it!

  2. Gracias por la traducción al inglés. Me ayuda bastante.
    No te preocupes por las trenzas, se te ven muy bien.
    Otra cosa, qué significa “cinco de yuca”.
    Buen post.

  3. Que mujer mas facil! Que barbara LOL. No ud…la yuca lady :) Si me hecho trencitas o se las hago a mi nina, mi esposo nos llama “La India Maria”…Su carlos si le ha de gustar!

  4. jajajajaaja que funny. No sabía de la existencia de ese video o de esa banda! Y qué de la chica haciendo un medio Belly Dance jajajaajaj y en bikini frente al Tazumal WTH!!! Too funny.
    Asi que de ahora en adelante te llamaremos 5 de yuca!!!

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