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Brad Watts – Farewell to a Friend

Brad WattsBy Molly McKeown

Recently our little community was rocked by the sudden passing of one the town’s most beloved residents, Brad Watts. Currently there is a palpable void in our community because we have lost a truly great man.  This loss has been compounded because we didn›t just lose a man, we also lost a charismatic musician with an irresistible smile, a respected business owner, a bad ass kayaker, a kick ass surfer and an amazing friend. Brad ‘Flip’ Watts was a one of a kind man. He had a huge heart, and an even bigger appetite for life, (and snacking . . . possibly in equal measure).

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5 Simple Ways to Detox Your Life

Waterfall blissBy Amber Zuckswert

As we step into the dawn of a new year we have one simple choice: To bounce out of bed with radiant energy, eager to jump into the adventures and endless opportunity of the day. Or, sluggishly roll out dreading work with brain fog, anxiety and worry. This vital choice begins and ends with what we decide to eat and how we move our bodies. Many of us have danced, drank and eaten our way into oblivion over the holidays. Excess sugar, fat, salt, alcohol and caffeine slurped down during those festive parties clog and slow the vital filtering abilities of the liver, kidney and colon. While lack of consistent exercise has stagnated lymph flow, slowed the metabolism, and atrophied muscle.

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Baby Steps

By Paul Gerace, Dominical

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I had been photographing this sloth with it’s baby for about a month and a half. The baby was always clinging to her and they were never apart. They stayed in the same tree for about a week at a time, but always returned to that same tree. 

With lots of patience I was lucky enough to see the baby sloth’s first venture out away from it’s mother. It was thrilling in slow motion. The mother positioned itself next to a branch above. Then sloth baby slowly climbs up mother’s body, over her shoulder, and steps off of her arm. Junior did different hanging poses and gave some glances towards it’s mother. About 15 minutes later it climbed back down and reattached itself to it’s mother. I was able to photograph the entire sequence.

Costa Rica, the Land of Tomorrow

By Pat Joffrion

In order to open a bank account, I need a CPA to verify and certify our income. I made an appointment for Tuesday at 2 p.m. and arrived promptly at his office in Quepos. “He will be in his office tomorrow,” the smiling secretary said to me. “But our appointment is for today,” I replied. “No problem,” she said. “You come back tomorrow.” 

Got my CPA paperwork on Wednesday morning and headed over to open our bank account? “The lady who does that will be in tomorrow.” 

Went back to the bank on Thursday, filled out all of the required documents, and pulled out several thousand dollars to deposit into our new bank account. “I’m sorry,” the teller stated. “But there is a 24-hour waiting period. You cannot make a deposit into your account until tomorrow.” 

I can’t wait to make my permanent move here. Everything is so relaxed. People don’t get excited about very much. I’ve learned that people here don’t die of heart attacks… because there is always TOMORROW!

Coconut On My Mind

alzheimer bookBy Jill Green

Thoroughly enjoyed my friend Nancy Buchan’s article Coconuts! I would like to add Chapter 2.

Today I celebrate life, one with a healthier mind and body. I’m on one of my kicks. This time it’s coconut oil. It all started with an article I read in The Tampa Bay Times about Dr. Mary Newport who says coconut oil has significantly lessened the effects of Alzheimer’s on her husband, Steve. I read her book from Amazon, Alzheimer’s Disease, What if There Was a Cure?, and found it amazing. Not only does coconut oil help reduce the ravages of memory loss, but also it helps in weight loss and a host of other neurodegenerative diseases. I immediately hacked down a coconut from my Costa Rican farm and started experimenting.

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Passing of our dear friend, GYPSY ROSE MCKEE

By Penny Watne

Gypsy & meThere are a couple of notes at the end of the theme music for the BBC program, Downton Abbey. These notes are unexpected, yet beautiful, and capture your attention. While the listener would have been content to peacefully sail along to the end of the piece, the writer chose instead to challenge the listener. With the passing of our dear friend Gypsy Rose McKee (formerly Eddie McKee,) I was reminded of how those two notes affect me every time I hear to that music. Gypsy’s passing was, like those notes, unexpected, as she was taken from us suddenly from natural causes in late September, but more than that, Gypsy was unexpected and that drew people to her. She exhibited what it was to be truly accepting, compassionate, loving and forgiving. She could sense when someone needed a friend to listen and there was no better listener than Gypsy. She was always patient and truly interested. Her grace and wisdom grew from her surviving a past filled with both unusual challenges and exhilarating joys. She thought always of others and was willing to give, even in times of personal struggle. The entire community misses her.                                                                                                                           
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Serpientes Venenosas de Costa Rica

(in English)

By Manuel Cabalceta Mendéz, Guía Profesional de la Selva
manuelstours@icloud.com, www.manuelstours.com, 8719-6195 

Jumping Viper/Mano de Piedra

Jumping Viper/Mano de Piedra

Entre los reptiles las serpientes son el grupo de mayor éxito adaptivo, se conocen alrededor de 2900 especies. En Costa Rica podemos encontrar 139 especies de serpientes, representando un 60% de los reptiles de nuestro pais, de las cuales 22 son venenosas, por lo que existen 117 que no lo son, podemos encontrarlas prácticamente en todas las regiones del país, desde el mar y llanuras, faldas volcánicas y cordilleras hasta unos 2800 metros de altura, abundando en zonas bajas alrededor de los 1500 metros sobre el nivel del mar.

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Venomous Snakes of Costa Rica

(en Español)

By Manuel Cabalceta Mendéz, Professional Rainforest Guide
manuelstours@icloud.com, www.manuelstours.com, 8719-6195

Translation by Brian Schoenholtz 
brian.schoenholtz@limecoral.com, (630) 760-8017,  (505) 8616-4365

Jumping Viper/Mano de Piedra

Jumping Viper/Mano de Piedra

Among reptiles, snakes are the most adaptive group and there are an estimated 2,900 species in the world. In Costa Rica, there are 139 species of snakes, representing 60% of the reptiles of the country. 22 species are venomous and the remaining 117 species are non-venomous. Snakes are found in almost all regions of Costa Rica, including the low lands, volcanic slopes, and even as high as 9,000 feet on mountain ridges.

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ASUQUE Torneo de Surf

Asociacion de Surfeadores Quepos - Torneo de Surf

Asociacion de Surfeadores Quepos – Torneo de Surf

By Georgia King  & photos by Ivan Castillo

If you were lucky enough to wander down the far north of the beach a few weekends ago, whether by chance or knowing what lay in wait, you would have had the chance to witness the Torneo de surf in Playitas Manuel Antonio-Quepos. On the 7,8,9 junio 2013 this tournament was presented for ASUQUE, Asociacion de surfeadores Quepos. 

ASUQE was the first surf association to exist here in Manuel Antonio. After a quiet period for a couple of years it is now organizing and running tournaments throughout the year in Manuel Antonio. 

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This last one was well attended with possibly more anticipation due to the fact that it was taking place during the tail end of a large swell that had hit the waters of Manuel Antonio. 

Waves over the weekend were frequently overhead and some entries into the water were proving to be tricky. Everyone pushed through and provided some fantastic demonstrations of surf and boogie board talent for the eager onlookers. Participants came from all parts of the country to compete and test their skills in the challenging waters off of Playitas beach. 


Leaping Lizard

Landlady with Iguana

Landlady with Iguana

By Eli Rowe

So, here’s an interesting story: 

About a week ago, I was in my room, using my computer, when I heard my boyfriend holler in the living room.  I got up to see what the fuss was about. He told me there was a huge iguana who just invited herself in and she was currently taking refuge behind our couch. Ok. No problem. I have experience with reptiles. My brothers used to keep several as pets. 

So, my idea was to shoo her from behind the couch right out the front door. Piece of cake. But, my boyfriend had a better idea. Why not corner her with the broom so he could pick her up? What a great photo op that would be! Hey! Maybe we could put it on the cover of the next issue of Quepolandia. 

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Sloth on the Rocks

Sloth on the rocksBy Jeannie Bird 

Back in Quepos/Manuel Antonio – this being my 7th journey to Costa Rica and every time there is always something to write home about. 

I choose to be on foot while living here for 3 months and find myself discovering wonderful quiet side roads, waterfalls, and pristine beaches. 

Into my second week I head out to the local playa with my dog Candi to spend some time for a swim.  I notice movement on the rocky ledge and walk closer.  Whow! “What are you doing here?” I ask.  Thus my conversation with a sloth begins.  This fellow obviously has fallen from a tree and there isn’t a tree close enough for him to climb back on and be where “a sloth should be – up a tree”!

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“The Best of Manuel Antonio & Quepos 2013” Questionnaire

Dear Friends & Neighbors, 

It’s time to make your voice heard in the community by voting for your local favorites. The results will be published as an eBook and a print book titled, “The Best of Manuel Antonio & Quepos, 2013.” This community project will culminate in a local event to honor the winners (date and location to be announced). The deadline to submit this questionnaire to evegal22@gmail.com is January 31, 2013. 

Grateful to live here,

Evelyn Gallardo,  Author of “The Best of Manuel Antonio & Quepos, 2012”

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Grandpa’s Christmas Story

William A. Dwyer, 1886

William A. Dwyer, 1886

by William Arthur Dwyer,
as remembered by his grandson, William Francis Dwyer

 My paternal ancestors emigrated from Ireland in the 1850s and settled in the geographical center of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula as pioneers. My great-great-grandfather, and other Irish immigrants, named the counties of Clare and Roscommon in Michigan after their Irish home counties. My grandparents, Will and Mildred Dwyer moved south to Jackson, Michigan, so that grandpa could take a U.S Post Office job that involved being in charge of the mail car of a Michigan Central RR train that ran daily between Jackson and Saginaw.

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The Scoop on the Manuel Antonio Ocean Rescue Program

Donation of Ocean Rescue Equipment

Donation of Ocean Rescue Equipment

By Harry Bodaan, President Chamber of Commerce, Industry & Tourism

Ever since the City of Quepos signed a Sister Cities Agreement (SCI) with the City of Fort Lauderdale now more than 7 years ago, the Ocean Rescue Committee of the Chamber has been looking for ways starting our very own Manuel Antonio Beach Ocean Rescue Program. The Quepos Sister Cities Organization together with the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Tourism of the Canton de Aguirre sent several delegations to Fort Lauderdale to compare notes with the Ocean Rescue Unit of the Fort Lauderdale Fire Department. Each participant paid for his own trip and no Chamber membership dues were used during any of these trips.

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Quepos Billfish Cup

Quepos Billfish CupMarina Pez Vela hosted the 1st annual Quepos Billfish Cup tournament of the Costa Rica Big Game Series from the 12th through the 15th of April 2012, offering an exciting and competitive event for everyone involved while benefiting charities to Protect the Children of Quepos.  Read More…