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    David James Archuleta (born December 28, 1990) is an American singer-songwriter and actor. At ten years old, he won the children's division of the Utah Talent Competition leading to other television singing appearances.[6] When he was twelve years old, Archuleta became the Junior Vocal Champion on Star Search 2.[6] In 2007, at sixteen years old, he became one of the youngest contestants on the seventh season of American Idol.[7] In May 2008 he finished as the runner-up, receiving 44 percent of over 97 million votes.

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David Archuleta and the People of Chile

Posted by bebereader on Saturday, April 27, 2013


Since Elder Archuleta began serving a mission in Chile, I’ve been curious about the Chilean culture. I have already researched Chilean music, dance, foods and Chilean holidays. Now I’m curious about statistical information of Chile and what it’s like to live with the Chileans and their habits and customs. How does one go about finding this unless one travels to Chile?

Statistical information was easy enough to find; it came straight from Chilean websites and census data. For the real nitty gritty information, I searched through travelogues and blogs of foreign exchange students until I hit the jackpot! People actually keep records of their travel experiences. The quotes on various topics that I extracted from the blogs are in boxes.  Bloggers’ names have been omitted. Muchas gracias to those who unknowingly contributed.

Population: 17.27 million (2011) World Bank.  The population of Chile is expected to reach about 20.2 million by 2050.

The majority of the Chilean population live in the capital city of Santiago.

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Chile is one of the largest exporters of salmon. Chile also exports other fish, fruits, wine, chemicals, paper and copper.  Over 1/3 of the world’s copper production is produced in Chile.

Chile has one of the longest recorded dry spells in the Atacama Desert where it did not rain for 40 years.

Chile is a founding member of United Nations as well as of the Union of South American Nations.

Catholics make up 63% of the population. Protestants or Evangelical 15%.
Jehovah’s Witnesses comprise 1%. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 0.9%. Jews make up 0.4%. Atheists are 8.3%. Muslims 0.1% (From Census data 2011)

The Chilean Peso is the national currency of Chile and has been in circulation since 1975. One Chilean Peso is divided into 100 centavos.
One US dollar was worth 517 pesos in December 2011. (Imagine having to get used to using different money.)

The national sport of Chile is the Chilean Rodeo and is mainly practiced in rural areas. The most popular sport in Chile is what they call futbol but we call soccer.  The country stops when there is a soccer match and when they win, they go to Plaza Italia to celebrate. Chile has participated in the Olympics since its inauguration and has won 13 medals with tennis bringing in the most.

The literacy rate of Chile is 96.5%. The government provides free and compulsory education to citizens up to the age of eighteen. Chile has a large, well-educated middle class. Education is emphasized as a means to a better life, and the majority of young people earn a high school diploma.

The official language is Spanish; the one used is Chileno which is a mix of slang taken from old sayings and some American-Chilenisms like “Cachai“, which means do you understand or do you get it, coming from the American word “catch”.

On Language
“The Spanish is the worst!! I don´t want to speak like a Chilean but after being here for over a year everything I say ends in “kchay” and I can´t say “sí” or “no” – it´s “sip” o “nopo”.

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Chileans are a friendly bunch of people! The common greeting among friends and relatives is the abrazo, which is a hug and a handshake, sometimes with a kiss on the right cheek for women. It is repeated when saying goodbye. When conversing, Chileans tend to stand much closer to one another than in North Americas do. The common greetings are “¿Qui’ubo?” (What’s up?), “¿Como esta?“ (How are you?), “Gusto de verte“ (Nice to see you).

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In Chile, the custom is to give a child the last names of both the father and the mother, although the father’s name is the official one. The paternal surname comes first, followed by the maternal surname. (Example: David James Archuleta Mayorga)  Children are addressed either by using both names or by using only the father’s name. Wives keep their maiden names in addition to their husbands’ and they are also known by both names, although they sometimes prefer to use only their husbands’ name.

Avocados (“palta”) are plentiful in Chile and are added to any kind of burger, sandwich or hot dog. The very popular “Italiano” hot dog has ketchup or chopped tomatoes, mayonnaise and avocado on it.

On Italiano Hot Dogs
“And then there’s the combination of 3 ingredients, such as tomato, avocado, mayonnaise simply abbreviated as “italiano,” due to the 3 colors of the Italian flag (red, green and white). Once you know that, you can ask for any kind of sandwich and add “italiano” without any further explanation.”

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On Bread
“How much bread do Chileans eat? Two buns in the morning, one in lunch time, two or more at “Once” (pronounced own- say)…yeah that is a lot of bread. The toppings for bread: the regular stuff: butter, pate, scrambled eggs, jam, avocado…WHAT? yes, avocado, they eat it smashed with salt and oil. Bread with avocado is a 80′s classic and one of my favorites.”

“Chile has many kinds of bread, and the most common are “frica” (like a hamburger bun, but better), “molde” (typical slice), “marraqueta” (a crusty roll made with French bread dough, “hallulla” and “pan amasado” (both made with lard). Once I was eating one of these delights in Dominó (restaurant) when a guy from another Spanish-speaking country came in. When he finally decided from among beef, chicken, pork, tomato, avocado, bell pepper, mayonnaise, etc., the waiter asked:


“Huh?” asked the bewildered foreigner.

“FRI- CA- MOL- DE- MA- RRA- QUE- TA,” repeated the waiter, trying to be clearer.

By that time I was already well initiated in the ways of bread and was able to explain, “There are 3 types of bread, you need to choose one.” How was he supposed to choose when he had never even heard of a marraqueta or frica? But in the end, he loved the sandwich.”

On Onces
“Onces—or tea is a Chilean gastronomic institution. Inspired by the British tea, people gather in the early evening (mostly on weekends these days) to “ruin their dinner” (yikes, I’m channeling my mother!) for a carb fest of sandwiches (ham, cheese, and avocado are customary) and/or toast and jam, cookies, cake, and even ice cream (surprisingly often in reverse order). Oh, and the cup of tea is placed in front of you with the plate of food behind it, so that all the crumbs fall into the cup. Don’t try and change it around. It’s no use.”

On Coffee
“Most Chileans tend to drink instant coffee at home (Nescafé, sometimes referred to by purists as “no-es-café” – it is not coffee). When they go out, they drink “café café” (coffee-coffee) to explain that this is not regular coffee (which would be Nescafé) but rather REAL coffee. And it will probably come in a very small (demitasse) cup and often includes a small glass of soda water and a couple of little butter cookies on the side. If you go to a coffee shop they’ll ask if you want “express” (espresso), cortado (café con leche), or capucchino…”

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On Shopping
“Security rules in Chile can make shopping complicated. In small stores, shoppers must ask for what they want instead of taking it off the shelves themselves. Then they are given a paper with a description of the product. They take the paper to the cash register to pay for the item and go to another part of the store to pick up the item.”

On Things that upset Chileans
“Not wearing shoes at home.”
“Wandering around with wet hair upsets Chileans because they believe it causes you to catch a cold.”
“Saying that you don’t like sandwiches. Chileans love sandwiches, or “sánguches” in the local vernacular. They eat them for breakfast, onces (tea), snacks, and late-night noshing.”

On Dogs
“Chileans seem to have another kind of relationship with animals. It’s a live-and-let-live laissez faire attitude that endows domestic animals with the same apparent right to share public space as birds, squirrels (which, by the way, don’t exist in Chile), and, of course, humans.”

“Chilean dogs are often free to come and go as they please, and as a result, really don’t seem to care much about what anyone else is doing, and vice versa. Dogs are an extremely common sight on busy city streets and parks. Even the Plaza de la Constitución, in front of La Moneda, the presidential palace, is full of dogs—some with collars (i.e. owners), some without—that spend the entire day playing in the park and rarely seem to notice the hordes of tourists or uniformed officers or speech-making dignitaries or marching protesters or snuggling couples who want to share their space. Cats and dogs often wander in and out of casual restaurants. They are rather good-natured and healthy looking pooches, deep-snoozin’ on busy downtown street corners as pedestrians just step over or around them.”


“Leash laws—if they exist, I’ve never been able to tell— are not enforced. Dogs are allowed to “go out and play,” snooze when they’re tired, and come home when they get hungry. The streets are full of dogs just hanging out, having a good time, and generally not bothering anyone…By the way… the stereotypical dog’s name in Chile? Not Rover, or Spot, or Fido (have you ever really known one of those?)… The quintessential Chilean dog’s name is Bobby! (pronounced BO-bee)”

Chileans are passionate and fun loving people. I wonder if Elder Archuleta has picked up any Chilean customs or affectations. If I ever get the opportunity to visit South America, my first stop would be Chile. Of course my Spanish would be rusty but after reading so much about the country there is now a familiarity that exists for me, if only virtually. And I can’t shake the thought of seeing David, strolling down the street in Santiago, eating an Italiano hotdog. 🙂

90 Responses to “David Archuleta and the People of Chile”

  1. mspoohbear said

    Love the green eyes on the top photo. Very nice and interesting post Bebe. If Chile is only driving distance, I’d be there to visit a lot. Who knows, I might see Elder Archuleta walking around.


  2. bluesky said

    Bebereader! I LOVE this article! I have been a big fan and supporter of you doing these… and you never disappoint. Great job. Fun. Informative. Just delightful. ^_^ Big hug.


  3. Edvcroz Zed said

    love your articles…please keep on posting, you write with so much eloquence…thnx


  4. fenfan said

    Very informative article, Bebe. Love it.
    One of my favourite things to eat is avocado on toast. I dress the avocado with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper and pile it on the bread. Sometimes I add cherry tomatoes. The only thing missing would be the mayonnaise. I must have been Chilean in my previous life!
    Those green eyes are hauntingly beautiful.
    Will watch the videos later.
    I must go buy some “palta” tomorrow and try to make an Italiano hotdog.
    I hope I get the opportunity to visit South America one day. I want to see Chile and that famous swimming pool and also Argentina to see Gladys!
    “no-es-café” – haha I like that.


  5. bebereader said

    Thank you and kudos to Angelica for the beautiful pic up top!!

    Thank you for your unfailing support of my Chile articles!
    {{{Hugs}}} right back at ya.

    Edvcroz Zed,
    Wecome to The Voice and thank you for your comment!


    Muchas gracias!
    And here’s another look at your favorite swimming pool!

    credit: theamazingnewsdotcom


  6. bebereader said

    Click here to sign this group birthday card for Kari:
    Her birthday is May 4.


  7. Jen A Iowa said

    Bebe, thank you for this information! Isn’t it fun learning about the culture of other countries? Loved reading about the Chilean people!!


  8. cq#DA2014 said

    Loved the arcticle Bebereader, thank you.


  9. TOfan said

    bebereader, you’re such an amazing researcher! Wow!

    I’ve never been to Chile but long before I’d “discovered” David, I discovered the beautiful poetry of Chilean Nobel Prize winner Pablo Neruda (who is included as a “character” in one of my favourite Italian films “Il Postino”). If you guys have never read his poetry (in Spanish or the English translations), this might be the perfect time to start. 🙂


  10. emmegirl14 said

    Great stuff bebe – some really interesting tidbits! I really enjoyed it, and even moreso because you know he will carry a part of Chile in his heart forever.

    *and I loved the part about the dogs.
    Dogs allowed to be dogs.


  11. gladys1961 said

    During my chats after devotions, I had a weird experience with one of the dogs who walk quietly through Chile.
    I remember I was telling you my experience, I was in a chat room and suddenly I felt something warm on my thigh hhahahahahaha.
    A beautiful, large black dog had his jaw resting on my thigh and looked at me. I never have I had a fear of dogs, and instinctively I caress the jaw, he just closed his eyes.
    But then I remembered that I had a sandwich saved in my wallet, I had been on the plane, and forget to remove it. Conclusion, the love that I saw in his eyes the dog was not for me, it was for the sandwich, hahahahahah.
    But it’s true, dogs are well cared for, are large, and are affectionate, one of them cross the street with me.
    I’m still looking for a Chilean to do the same.
    hahahahahaha. sorry.


  12. betsy said

    Bebe, these articles are just what we needed. I love them. We get to learn all about Chile without doing any work. 🙂 Thanks for your hard work.
    I’ll take a cortado and some butter cookies, please. Oh, and that pool. Oh, and the bread thing? I am so there. Carbs ftw!

    (awkward segue into a random music video that I am still in love with)
    Happy Sunday, guys. ❤


  13. emmegirl14 said

    gladys, you are a great storyteller, lol!


  14. Thank you Bebe for your research and sharing with us all about Chile. Love the accompanying videos. The tourists seemed very pleased with their experiences. They all seem rather adventurous and enjoyed the culture and friendliness.

    Gladys, Loved the story about the dog and innuendo at the end.

    Greetings to all!!


  15. bebereader said

    Hey Jen and cq#DA2014,
    Glad you enjoyed the article!

    As a matter of fact, in my research I have come across Pablo Neruda’s name with regard to accomplishments of famous Chileans. I have not read any of his poetry yet. Thanks for the tip!

    ” I really enjoyed it, and even moreso because you know he will carry a part of Chile in his heart forever.”

    Thanks Emmegirl. Can’t wait to see what he brings back from this beautiful country.

    jajajaja I hear you!
    Thanks for the first hand information about the dogs in Chile. They seem like lost souls and I feel sorry for them. Glad to hear that they are well-cared for and affectionate.

    You make me laugh! And I love love love “Shout To The Lord”!!

    I’m glad the Chile articles are helping to pass the time until David returns to us. As soon as I found out he was going to Chile I started to get curious about the country I knew so little about except that it was in South America and Spanish is the spoken language. There’s a lot more to Chile and I’m having a fun time finding out about it. That pool is something else!
    Check this out! Three years ago, musical stairs were added to a subway station in Santiago.

    “Commuters in Santiago, Chile this morning were surprised to find the staircase in one of the subway stations transformed into a giant piano. Delighting children and adults alike, the musical stairs are part of an initiative to invite people to exercise and prevent cardiovascular disease.”

    credit AFT

    “The tourists seemed very pleased with their experiences. They all seem rather adventurous and enjoyed the culture and friendliness.”

    Glad that message came through in the videos.


  16. jans11 said

    Oh, yes, those David Archuleta eyes! ♥

    Great article, Bebe. You covered it all!! Chile seems like a nice place to be and I know David has to be flourishing. It’s not home, but he makes lemonade out of lemons in everything he does!

    I love avacodoes, but when I was younger, I hated them. They always say your taste changes every 7 years and I guess it does. But, I don’t like mayo on my hot dog! Ketchup, mustard, onion, avacado, relish but no mayo, please! ha! I would love to eat in the restaurant that overlooks the ocean. So cool! I did do that in Hawaii and it is cool! 🙂

    What an odd tradition to wear yellow underwear on New Years! haha

    Gladys, that is a real cute dog story! 🙂 The animals and people there seem so laid back. I love the spanish people and music. My family is multicultural. I have a latino son in law and a latino grand son in law and a daughter in law from India. And I love them all! So some of my grandkids and great grandkids are latino and Indian. We are having a big Cinco de Mayo celebration next Sunday on May 5th.

    That is the most gorgeous pool! But, I wonder why there isn’t any people there…am I missing a point or something? Just missing people that’s all! 🙂



  17. Abrra said

    Loved all the information on Chile 🙂 I get hungry reading your posts. 🙂 That is some hotdog LOL

    You made my eyes leak.

    WARNING!! Kari posted a new picture today!!

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    From @kariontour
    What would your caption be? Mine would be “April Showers Bring May Flowers” (KS)

    I’d give it a caption of “HAVE MERCY!”



  18. gladys1961 said

    I want to be THAT umbrella.


  19. djafan said

    Bebe, Love Love Love this! I appreciated the labor you put into this. If I were not the fear of flying type Chile is one place I’d love to visit. The Spanish program is great. Some of these cultural things are very real to me. I never was allowed to walk around barefoot and we put mayo on almost everything lol. Well I don’t anymore because it’s not the best thing for you. That hot dog is one I plan to try out on the family. We have one similar with bacon, grilled onions, tomatoes, bell peppers, jalapenos and mayo haha.

    I believe you should put all your Chile articles and send them to Elder Archuleta 🙂


  20. djafan said

    Now about those umbrella pictures, I wonder what they are for.

    ♥ ♪ ♫ #DA2014 ‏@CanadianArchie 4h
    @DavidArchie @kariontour David makes an umbrella look AMAZING!

    Maddy S 😉 ‏@BTR_Fans_ 1m
    @DavidArchie Life is not waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain 🙂

    kim ‏@kimak 5h
    @DavidArchie folks have no idea just how ‘classic’ you are but bet they will soon! #DA2014

    JosieA ‏@josieatwood23 22m
    @DavidArchie @kariontour “Under my umbrella ella ella” Thanks Kari for these pictures!!

    @GrayAAA: I had to do this. The look of @DavidArchie” << I LOVE THIS!! That "look" Gahhhh

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    I wanted to repeat how good the trending went. So many tweets of old and new because of the twitter party. I say we do one every month until the man’s return!

    Some random tweets 🙂

    wulan ‏@elizabethSWulan 7h
    RT @Disney_Dreaming: David Archuleta’s @DavidArchie Management Team Is Getting Ready For His Return

    #DA2014 ‏@ArchuletaCrush 6h
    “@MarissaFarrell1: I swear, David Archuleta’s voice just gets better and better the more I listen to him”

    Stephen Blue ‏@stephenandblues 8h
    50% Cutie + 50% Hottie = DAVID ARCHULETA. Admit it people. He’s hot! XD

    daniel abdi ‏@danzarchie

    Am addicted to you dont u know dat ure toxic @DavidArchie


  21. pepper8666 said

    OH MY MY MY!!! What an EXCEPTIONALLY HEART-STOPPING photo!!! Those eyes … those eyes … those eyes!!! Thank you so much for sending this to me. Susan


  22. Gracias,Bebe!♥, I have enjoyed reading all your informative articles on Chile, but I especially love this one!!
    “For the real nitty gritty information, I searched through travelogues and blogs of foreign exchange students until I hit the jackpot!” (I happen to love getting right down to the real nitty gritty)
    and indeed you did! What a great idea for any ‘vacation adventure’information travelogs and blogs!. This was so much fun to read and the videos, to watch♥ I want to go to Chile!
    ( this year would be awesome, of course,hehe)

    Now to this latest picture collage from Kari, can I just say dkjfhkjfhkljlkjaj!!ay yi yi! the ones on the left….’singing in the Rain’ come to mind. just ♥♥♥ that’s

    Gladys, he has quite a grip on that umbrella:))
    love your dog story Gladys♥ jaja,you are so funny.


  23. emmegirl14 said

    umbrellas, rolled up sleeves, flexed forearms, loose ties, looks, knit pants, unlaced boots, whistling, eyes, mad stomping in pretend puddles…

    (♥ MC)


  24. Bebe, I haven’t read it all yet but certainly will! The comments about the dogs answered some questions for me thank you. Rather amazing how they live. Here my daughter is working with the government and it will be passed, that dogs are not allowed to be on chains or ropes unless it is for a short duration. Fighting for their freedom and respect without terrible restrictions. I will copy and send this to her and she will probably forward it on to her people. So we learn from miles away…

    About two weeks to Bebe’s birthday! Yeah



  25. betsy said

    Hi everyone, just popping in to say that. 🙂
    And just because the top 4 are singing this week, I’m listening to David’s (one of) top 4 song.



  26. jans11 said

    17… ♫♪♫Just Singing In the Rain!♫♪♫



  27. angelofdja said

    Someone said classic? Could we possibly be getting a David album filled with some of the classics of old? Like Singing In the Rain? Unchained Melody? Could we maybe get the full version of My Girl? There are soooooo many classics I would want to hear Davids glorious VOICE sing. I am giddy just thinking about it…


  28. bebereader said

    “Singing in the Rain” was what I thought of too when I saw the new pics! Very generous of Kari to share with us. Hope she has more of the same up her sleeve, in her pockets, in her cap and anyplace she can fit surprises! 🙂
    I don’t like mayo on my hot dogs either. On my burgers, yes, with ketchup! But no avocado.Wonder if Elder Archuleta is putting avocado on his burgers by now.
    Jans, This video shows people swimming and kayaking in the pool:

    Glad you enjoyed the videos; youtube is a goldmine of information.

    If my memory is correct, your birthday is before mine. So that means it’s coming up very soon, maybe in another week. Someone else’s birthday is coming up in a day or two. Stay tuned. lol
    Kudos to your daughter for being an advocate for animal rights! Glad the little bit that I found can be of some help.

    I couldn’t agree more.


  29. jans11 said

    Here’s hoping these new pics that Kari sent us means a new “surprise”! 🙂 David’s bunch sure are on top of things, for sure! Love it!! ♥

    Bebe thanks for the added swimming pool pic! Glad to see people in it! Why on earth would that bother me??? But didn’t want it to go to waste!!! 🙂

    Betsy “*coughbecausehesthebestevernodenyingitbestvoicebestsingereveramencough*”
    me three!! 🙂


  30. skydancer1x said

    hahaha, the swimming pool…”Glad to see people in it! Why on earth would that bother me??? But didn’t want it to go to waste!!! ” now you have me wondering, do they have any lifeguards??like,a lot of them??

    Betsy, “*coughbecausehesthebestevernodenyingitbestvoicebestsingereveramencough*”

    amen to that !! ♥David♥


  31. bluebar said

    Inspired by the “David in the Rain” photos,
    I Believe, someday, somehow, somewhere,
    David will to sing this song for us:
    “For every drop of rain that falls…..”

    vd:Jordi Esteve


  32. cq#DA2014 said

    Bluebar, oh my gosh, I Believe..GAH, I can imagine what David would do to make this song his and with the right production…he could have a hit…I get all tingly just thinking about it, lol. right up our man alley. If he sang it in Spanish, don’t think I could survive, lol.


  33. cq#DA2014 said

    btw, anyone else notice David has that same sultry sexy eyes like Elvis..sigh!!!


  34. bluebar said

    Cq – Yes, and yes to your comments!!
    No way David isn’t familiar with this song… bet it would fall off those lips in a heartbeat!
    On second look, I was more struck that how the image of Elvis used for the video resembles the “green” photos of David in BEGIN cd.


  35. bebereader said

    Jans and Sky,

    Re: the World’s largest swimming pool . Here’s some more information:

    “It employs 41 lifeguards and has lifesaving devicies which pop out of the bottom in various locations in case of rescue requirements .”


  36. bebereader said

    Image and video hosting by TinyPic

    Tonight at 10PM
    Nandito Ako chat


  37. betsy said

    #33 cq – The eye evidence is screaming loudly to the left of comment #22. Striped shirt picture. 🙂


  38. betsy said

    I meant to the left of comment 20.


  39. Angelica said

    Betsy, you mean this old avi? >>>> sigh…I adore rain.

    Bebe, thanks for another interesting article about Chile. I appreciate all the effort you make to keep us informed. I think the one thing David will remember and cherish most about his time there will be the people he has grown to love and serve.

    I love the Chilean people’s attitude toward dogs too. I know I’m dating myself, but I can remember a childhood where leash laws were not strictly enforced. I also remember getting chased by dogs (a lot) but for some reason never getting caught. Most likely the dog was just enjoying the chase. Except one time on my bike, a dog caught up and grabbed my pant leg in his teeth and made me crash. I was so mad, I got up and chased him! haha! Good times! To this day, I never met a dog I didn’t like and always greet them like long-lost friends. In my younger days, I was driving and stopped at a light. A truck pulled up next to me with a dog in the back tailgate. I looked over and said, “Heeeyy baby!” Then I noticed the guy driving was smiling and waving back. So mortified. 😳

    David is probably loving all the avocado. Remember this tweet?

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  40. stenocruiser said

    Back from Red Hat Convention and catching up on the posts. Convention was held in Atlanta this year and I couldn’t help thinking of David being at that airport many times — had to look around just in case (lol) ! To get our return flight we had to take the airport train to Concourse D — for each stop a recorded voice called out the gates using military code, so when it got to Gates C – Charlie, I wondered how they could use Delta for D (would be kind of confusing) and lo and behold it was “Gates D – David”. So many reminders of him — in fact we were at the Marriot Marquis Hotel which of course is owned by the Marriots, an LDS family. And it poured and stormed in Atlanta enough to delay our departure by over an hour — sure could have used David and that umbrella on the way to the airport! I’m ready for some Nandito Ako.


  41. cq#DA2014 said

    Yeah Betsy, totally agree, gah…love that picture of our man.


  42. jans11 said

    31…Love Elvis, Love I Believe! David will kill it!!! And any other song that Elvis sings. David, like Paula said, I can’t wait for the whole world to hear you!….some more…. ♥

    35…Bebe, thanks for the added info on the pool. 41 lifeguards and lifesaving devices…awesome!

    39…love the quacamole tweet…can’t wait to hear his tweets again! 🙂 That’s the very first thing I want from David when he boards the plane telling us that he’s on the way home! Probably won’t get it, but I can dream! 🙂

    40…Steno, I used to be in the Red Hats. Ironically, I quit because some of them made fun of me liking David! I would rather talk to a fan that thinks like I do and understands ODD!! I really don’t like wearing hats anyway!! 🙂



  43. bebereader said

    It’s cause for a celebration!

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    Dear Betsy,

    Wishing you another wonderful year of happiness and joy.
    Happy Birthday!


  44. Abrra said

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    Love you baby Sis!



  45. funfee said

    Happy Birthday Betsy!!!! Hope it’s a great one!


  46. potluck8 said

    Happy Birthday Betsy, Wishing you a FANTASTIC DAY!


  47. angelofdja said

    All the best Betsy! Have a fantabulous Birthday and a beautiful year! 🙂


  48. cq#DA2014 said

    Happy Birthday Betsy!


  49. Angelica said

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  50. stenocruiser said

    Betsy, wishing you a wonderful birthday and a great year ahead !


  51. betsy said

    Thanks guys! Getting ready for work now, but this day could not be more gorgeous!
    78 degrees and SUNNY!
    My sister said she ordered this weather for my birthday, I’ll take it. 🙂


  52. djafan said

    Happy Birthday Betsy!!!!

    A birthday song from the best singer in the world ♥


  53. djafan said


    Sam Guevara ϟ‏@SamLouiseG2h
    @kariontour good morning, Kari. Just wondering if you ever recorded David playing guitar?

    Kari Sellards‏@kariontour1h
    @SamLouiseG yes I did.


  54. mspoohbear said

    Happy Birthday Betsy! Have an Archie fun-filled day!


  55. emmegirl14 said

    Happy Biiiiirthday dear Betsy, happy birthday to you!

    (coincidentally from the worst singer in the world)

    dja, meeee toooo!


  56. MT said

    Happy Birthday Betsy!! Hope you have a great day and a wonderful year!

    I finally finished your article. Great job! I love all the info, especially on the food. haha I’m a foodie. But I don’t think I could handle instant coffee. I am spoiled. 🙂

    Love, love, love the umbrella pics! The hair, the Hair, the HAIR!! ♥

    I want to see that guitar playing video, too. Who do we have to bribe?


  57. ronaleem said

    I just have to say this: I love David! Thank you, God, for David Archuleta!


  58. sweetonda said

    Happy Birthday Betsy!


  59. ronaleem said

    I’ve been late in commenting recently because life has been demanding my attention. The last two months, especially, have been pretty intense for me. I so appreciate David, his music, and his character, which have kept me positive and have helped me keep going in a forward direction. I also appreciate to no end the articles and the comments on The Voice, which are such a support to David and to each of us. So, thank you, my David friends.

    Betsy: Happy Birthday! Do you realize David will be back before your next birthday? Yay!

    Winnie: Belated Happy Birthday to you! David will be back in time for your next birthday, as well!

    Djafan: Thanks for your Sounds of David article. Your description of the event was just like being there for me—I loved it. Of course you brought up several things that were new to me, so I had to do some research. I spent some time in the vortex and discovered the interview Counting David’s Character had done with Dean Kaelin about his voice coaching for David—so interesting. Thank you for sending me in that direction. First-person accounts are so valuable for insight into who David is. The more I learn about him, the more I admire him and his character.

    Bebereader: I love your article on the people of Chile. Your research and reporting have created a clear context for what David is experiencing. Thank you for sharing your writing talents with us. My favorite part: hot dogs and real dogs!

    Angelica: Oh my word! Those eyes!

    Everybody else: Your comments in general and to one another specifically create a community in which David is the center, but also in which he is the catalyst for friendship and respect. Thank you for welcoming me into this community.


  60. jans11 said

    ♫♪♫Happy birthday, Betsy!♫♪♫ I could listen to David sing that all day long! 🙂 Or any other song! ♥

    Would absolutely love to see and hear David play the guitar!!!!!!! Oh Yeah!



  61. bebereader said

    The giant bowl of guacamole! How could I forget?

    The Nescafe? I’m sure the Chileans have their version down to perfection!

    Hot dogs and real dogs! Yeah! LOL


  62. fenfan said

    Happy birthday, Betsy! Here’s wishing you many many happy years filled with glorious archumoments!


  63. mspoohbear said

    #59 – Ronaleem, thank you for your bday greeting. Same here, work has been so demanding lately that I could hardly find time to visit this site. Though it does feel like there’s a hole or something missing in my life when I don’t visit here. I hope everything turns out okay for you.

    #53 – Djafan, I hope that a video of David playing guitar would be one of Kari’s surprises in store for us before David comes back. It would be nice if it happens really, really soon!


  64. bluesky4home said

    Dear Betsy, thank you for sharing yourself and your passion with us! And your fun! I hope you had the happiest Birthday ever. ^_^


  65. Happy Birthday Betsy!!…a day late but no less sincere. Have a great year:) Yes David will be back before your next birthday.
    ..and same to you Winnie!!
    …and anyone else I missed. Not getting here as often it seems 🙂

    Day 400!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  66. Dayzee said

    Bebe, love the info of all things Chilean. Very upbeat and interesting. Funny how things become more important to me when the have some relation to David. He has opened up a whole new perspective of the world for me.

    Belated birthday greeting to Betsy & Winnie. I love to see this site all decorated up for birthdays. Balloons and cakes and flowers and greetings. All the good stuff for a great occasion.

    While at my daughters home I decided to make a cd for my friend who speaks only Spanish. We opened up Abrra’s candy jar and helped ourselves to all songs sung in Spanish. On my way home I played the new cd in my car, only to find it had an annoying clicking sound. Finally realized my turn signal was on. How embarrassing.

    Gosh, that cd was so beautiful. Never realized how much I would enjoy music with no English. I have requested my daughter to fix me up with one of those.


  67. Abrra said

    Kari tweets!
    Here is a video of David w/ his cousin Vanessa Deliz singing one of her original songs called “Roller Coaster”-> (KS)

    David Archuleta
    Here is a video of David with his cousin Vanessa Deliz singing one of her original songs she wrote called Roller Coaster. You can check out some of her other music at I hope you enjoy it and check her out.


  68. betsy said

    I like her singing. 🙂
    So nice to get a glimpse of his genius harmony. He’s so respectful. <3333333333333


  69. Dayzee said

    What a fun little Video! I liked the parts in the 3:50’s and 4:50’s where he sings with his eyebrows. Makes me smile.


  70. djafan said


    “The more I learn about him, the more I admire him and his character.”

    I believe this is inevitable to anyone who takes the time to “listen” to David.

    Nice seeing David hanging out. Looks like he had his mission hair cut here, maybe done during the time preparing. Vanessa is nice and all but my ears and eyes were straining to hear and see David 🙂 Vanessa is responding to comments on youtube.

    We’re probably going to be getting surprises like this.

    Sorry I’ve been MIA. My father was hospitalized with pneumonia but is home now!!!


  71. djafan said

    The last part with David and Vanessa pointing at him, yes!!!!


  72. Dja♥♥♥,so happy to hear your father is out of the hospital, and back home! {{[hugs}}}

    ♥♥♥Hope your birthday was as wonderful as you!!! Happy belated Birthday!

    I love the video of David and Vanessa. … ..awww David♥ you are the sweetest!!!.
    I had no idea that Vanessa was a singer/songwriter! (where have I been?)


  73. betsy said

    A cute little story:
    A friend of mine at work was singing a song to me in Spanish yesterday, she said her mom used to sing it to her all the time (mostly for birthdays) and then she burst out with “DAVID HAS TO SING THIS SONG WHEN HE GETS BACK. I BET HE KNOWS IT. TWEET HIM”

    So funny when people start referencing him when the subject was clearly NOT him, but a song sung in Spanish. 🙂
    I had a difficult time remembering the name of the song so she wrote it down for me. Of course it’s sitting on a desk at work still.
    p.s. This is the friend who heard (when BEGIN came out) 15 seconds of David singing Angel and ran out of the room crying. Her Aunt sang it at her mom’s funeral. It was very emotional for her.


  74. fenfan said

    #67 I sat through the entire 5:02min of that video just to see and hear him. His harmonizing was spot on as usual. I want to hear him sing his own original songs.


  75. bebereader said

    Would love if David was the one singing and playing guitar while his cousin sang backup but we’ll take what we get. 🙂 David’s natural ability to harmonize is, as Betsy said, genius.

    dja, Glad your Dad is feeling better.

    Pamela Pike and Masterclass Lady’s new article is titled “David Archuleta Retrospective Series Part Fifteen: Fields of Gold”. It’s a good read!

    credit: YouCanCallMeTina


  76. Angelica said

    David’s cousin, Vanessa, in the video has talent and potential as a singer/songwriter for sure. Am I the only one who felt a sudden piercing joy at the first sound of his voice in that?

    Thanks Bebe, for the link to MC lady’s review of Fields of Gold. To quote her,

    “There is something about his voice that’s personal…..his voice is a kind of audible kiss.”


  77. djafan said

    Angelica, The sound of his voice, the sight for sore eyes and ……. the suitcases ;( , piercing joy through foggy vision.

    “There is something about his voice that’s personal…..his voice is a kind of audible kiss.”


  78. mspoohbear said

    # 65 – Thanks Heidijoy for your bday greeting!

    #67 – Abrra, the Roller Coaster video is a nice surprise, but it made me sad seeing the suitcases. 😦 Great song from a talented lady, just like her cousin. David is very humble and considerate, trying not to overpower the harmony with Vanessa or take away attention from her. I just can’t help it though, it draws me to his voice everytime he harmonizes with her. Lol!

    #75 – Bebe, love the “Fields of Gold” video. Thanks for posting the video and articles from Pamela Pike and MasterClassLady! Love the “audible kiss” part!!! 🙂

    Djafan, glad to know your father is feeling better.


  79. djafan said

    Get your David mail out!!!

    peacesignpam ‏@peacesignpam 1 May
    dear @kariontour when will you have another package(mail) for mr @davidarchie?

    Kari Sellards ‏@kariontour 1 May
    @peacesignpam @DavidArchie one is going out next week!

    Kari Sellards ‏@kariontour
    @arinimuchtaram @DavidArchie to

    David Archuleta
    PO Box 4297
    Apopka Florida 32704


  80. Wow, really late for your birthday party Betsy so belated birthday greetings! I see that Bebe had a great looking cake with balloons! I just have to find some chocolate cake!



  81. bebereader said

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    Awww…it sounds like he’s singing this to us!

    Think Of Me Lyrics

    Think of me, think of me fondly
    when we’ve said goodbye
    Remember me once in a while
    please promise me you’ll try

    When you find that, once again, you long
    to take your heart back and be free
    if you ever find a moment
    spare a thought for me

    We never said our love was evergreen
    or as unchanging as the sea
    but if you can still remember
    stop and think of me

    Think of all the things
    we’ve shared and seen
    don’t think about the things
    which might have been

    Think of me, think of me waking,
    silent and resigned.
    Imagine me, trying too hard
    to put you from my mind.

    Recall those days
    look back on all those times,
    think of the things we’ll never do
    there will never be a day,
    when I won’t think of you


  82. emmegirl14 said

    Really like Vanessa’s song, she’s got talent. Wish you could understand the words a little better.

    As you guys already said, the respect and humility, and the genius…. all glaringly obvious in this video.

    Each time I got to hear a note peep out of him I was begging for more.


  83. Blueberry Ice said

    Bebe; Loved hearing more about Chile and thanks to your wonderful informative post, it’s like I’ve been there but without having to spend any money. Thank you for the lovely trip! Life magazine recently put out a special edition called Paradise Found – 100 Places – Beautiful Beyond Belief and showed a lovely photo of Marble Caves in Patagonia, Chile, which is ‘among the world’s most beautiful natural formations’. Though David will not have any time during his mission, I hope that later he can return to leisurely enjoy the beautiful Chilean country.

    Dja; Wonderful summary on Sounds of David & you are dearly loved! Happy to hear that your Dad is home & hope that he is feeling better.

    Jans; #16 … How wonderful to enjoy the different cultural traditions and holidays of your family!

    Angelofda; #27 … Classics, standards, oldies? Yes, he can sing them all please!

    Stenocruiser; #40 … I recently saw group of ‘red hatters’ recently having breakfast. Interesting to read about how it started and their ‘legacy’ of fun, friendship, expression and dedication to fulfilling one’s dreams … kinda similar to the legacy of fans that David has brought together.

    MT; #56 … David playing guitar? Yes, please & I’ll add to your bribe in hopes of seeing it, lol! Thinking of you as I’m playing HFO. {{{hugs}}}

    Betsy; #68 … ‘genius harmony’! So true … never paid attention to ‘backup’ singing until David; only he can make it sound as good as the melody. Belated b-day wishes & hope it was a fabulous one! 🙂

    Angelica; Lovely creative artwork … the eyes had me hypnotized. Hope you’re getting better with each day!

    Emme; #82 … Yep, definitely not enough peep!


  84. pocoelsy said

    Sorry for always come in late, thank you for the article, love it<3 very informative 🙂 get to see some insight info and pic of how David spends his days is so good, love the tips about shopping, wearing shoes at home, wet hair !! these are little but very important things to learn !! Chile looks like a nice place to be too I love the landscape, snowtop mountains and that biggest pool !!! have to admit it looks scary to me haha it humonguusss !!

    Love the lead pic so beautiful and creative, LOVE those eyes thank you Angelica

    Thank you everyone, writers, commenters who faithfully deligently lovingly keep this wonderful site running for us to visit, thanks for all David goodies here ❤


  85. jans11 said

    Happy belated birthday, Winnie! Somewhere along the way, I missed it. And Kari got her birthday card today and thanked us all “being the best fans ever”!

    Love the David and Vanessa video. And I was trying to see more of David too! Wanted that camera to move over!! lol And would have loved to have heard more of his voice! It was just so awesome seeing him in a natural environment being his own awesome self! Vanessa done a good job. Seems like the whole family is talented! Hoping to hear/see David play the guitar soon! Looks like the same day he made the picture with the “I’ll be back” sign. He has the same clothes on.

    DJA, happy that your dad is on the mend. ♥


  86. jans11 said

    Want to give Kari another shout out…Happy Birthday, Kari! Hope you’re having a great day!

    That shadow act is totally awesome!!!

    Got to go shopping. Hope to be on chat tonight.



  87. Abrra said

    I took out my tinkering bag and made a mash up of David and Vanessa harmonizing. We always want more David, right?



  88. emmegirl14 said

    bebe, thanks for the link to masterclass lady, love reading their reviews of his work – the respect and admiration of his artistry.

    Fields Of Gold I have missed you.


  89. emmegirl14 said

    ♥ Abs.
    Mr. Smooth.


  90. Abrra said

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