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What’s Shaking at Marina Pez Vela? – February 2016

By Scott Cutter, Sales Director (and die hard Denver Bronco fan)

Happy 2016 from the entire team and family here at Marina Pez Vela (MPV). It is such a tremendous honor for the team here at MPV to be able to share the amazing public space with the community of Quepos and Manuel Antonio. Your support of the project, the signature restaurants & shops, and the events our team works to create are what makes this project and our community great and unique here in Costa Rica.

Quepos Billfish Cup:

MPV is hosting our signature billfishing tournament this February 3-6th. We expect our largest angler and boat count in the history of the tournament and will be welcoming teams from around the country and the U.S. to compete this Quepos classic tournament. The tournament is a qualifier for the Offshore World Championship, another enormously important event we will be hosting later this year.

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¿Qué Pasa en Quepos? – February 2016

February 2016 coverBienvenidos/Welcome to our beautiful corner of Costa Rica…we are happy you chose our area to enjoy…we know you won’t be disappointed!…This is one busy month starting with the Quepos Billfish Tournament out of our beautiful Marina Pez Vela the 3rd-6th…there are lots of activities open to the public so check out their new column for details in “What’s Shaking at MPV”…then we jump right into Super Bowl 50. No worries you can watch it from the beach at Hawg ‘n’ Bill to the Double Hook in Quepos, to the marina…wherever enjoy…You can barely catch your breath and its Mardi Gras…always a big time at Wacky Wanda’s in Quepos…aslo help PAWS on Feb 11th …check info on page 22. For all you lovers that enjoy Valentine’s Day we have placed hearts on our restaurants that will have a special dinner so look for the red heart and make your reservations…we enjoy great restaurants, top notch tours, beautiful beaches and friendly people… so get out and have some fun, mix with the locals, enjoy live music at its best, sip a cold beverage and be sure to tell our advertisers that you saw them in the Quepolandia. Our cover is of Nauyaca Falls that I was lucky enough to visit this past month. One heck of a hike but beautiful to see and enjoy the refreshing water…its not far from Quepos & the directions are on line. You can do it on your own or check with a tour company. It’s a fun day trip. To all you margarita drinkers we just discovered Nat‘l Margarita Day on the 22nd and Dos Locos in Quepos makes a good one plus the bartender is Margarita! Action packed days & nights so have a wonderful time…enjoy it all and remember you can follow us on fb and at www.quepolandia.com. Tell your friends about our corner of Paradise and come back soon………ciao for now………P

My Profound Awakening

Epic Living logoBy Amber Zuckswert

I never used to think of myself as a spiritual person. I didn’t go to church, wasn’t interested in any formalized religion, and didn’t care or know I had a connection to a higher source of energy. My journey really began in high school the first time I ever meditated to overcome stage fright as a dancer. Back then I never could have imagined I would be here now writing to you from such an expanded place of understanding.

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That’s Fishin’ – January 2016

Sky and ocean view from boatBy Sara Munro

I think I gave away all my fish mojo to my friends. Seriously. I’ve been out fishing twice in the past week and the only bites I got were baitfish! They didn’t even bite; they nibbled at my bait until it was gone. Do you know how frustrating that is?! All of us say that any day on the water is a good day and that’s true. However, when you’re a very competitive person, and fishing runs in your veins, when you go out and get skunked, more than once in a row, well, you go a little crazy.

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Bird Watching Fever. Ecotourism at its Best.

Scarlet Macaw

Scarlet Macaw

The Dance of the Red-capped Manakin

By Jack Ewing

For the uninitiated, a bird watcher’s enthusiasm for hearing, sighting and studying our feathered friends, is hard to fathom. Why would anyone rise with the sun, walk for hours while toting binoculars, spotting scope, tripod, field guide, check list and notebook just to observe something so mundane as a bird? We all see birds every day, so what’s the big deal? Hard-core bird watchers have even been the brunt of jokes and cartoons. One of my favorites is a Gary Larson Far Side Cartoon with a view through a pair of binoculars, showing a large nasty looking bird sitting in an equally large nest, staring evilly at the observer — the person looking through the binoculars. Dangling from the edge of the nest are several pairs of binoculars, a birder’s hat and a tote bag with a Field Guide to the Birds of America. No caption was necessary.

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Memoirs of a Massuer – January 2016

By Todd Pequeen

“The best is yet to come” is something I remind myself of every day. Our life stories never stop happening. Sometimes our actions may seem repetitive or boring yet our lives are in constant change, evolving us into who we are becoming next. Like day to night, like seasons or swell in the ocean, like our very cells time marches on and we are helpless against it. Optimism is in fact something we can adopt into our nature. A few amigos of mine who have had much misfortune and pain are some of the most pleasurable to be around, they take and hug the passing of the hours like it is a friend, not a foe. I seek out good company because somehow something transfers from them to me. The exact same feeling I project when I massage clients. Smiles are infectious, happiness can be addicting, and it is my job as a body worker to not bring my problems to the massage table (literally). That is why optimism is my middle name.

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Fiddlin’ Around – January, 2016

ViolinistsBy Nancy Buchan

During the first week of December the fine folks who run the Escuela de Musica Sinfonica de Perez Zeledon, a private music school in San Isidro, schedule the end of the year examinations for all the students who study and receive music instruction there. There’s all ages enrolled in the school, and this past year my dozen students ran the gamut from 7 year olds playing little bitty violins to teen-agers with tuner and metronome apps on their cell phones. They get nervous over the testing, not realizing that I am not judging them for their performance that day (unless they are arrogantly un-prepared and insolent about it—which has never happened to me here in Costa Rica), but that my grades are based on their overall abilities and progress. I wonder if they are enjoying themselves and try to evaluate if they have consistently gotten better. Do they appear to enjoy the process? Is this the right instrument for them? For the struggling student should I abandon the rigid classical approach for a friendlier, learn by ear method? Are they capable of the repetitive practice and focus necessary to learn the skills they need? And then it’s back to the most important question—are they having fun?

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