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Fiddlin’ Around – March 2017

Fiddlin'AroundYep, folks, these are some mighty strange times we are living in. It is not a very brave new world. It’s a world where alternative facts can be used to ‘prove’ any argument, and where long term planning and prevention and learning from our mistakes is not on the agenda. It’s like a bunch of 5 year olds disagreeing for the sake of disagreeing. “uh uh, no it’s not” “yes it is” “no it’s not” “yes it is”… After a couple of minutes and a couple of black eyes the original argument has been forgotten by the kids—but not the meanness.

Beethoven

Beethoven

So it is with some trepidation that I throw my hat into the political fact ring. But the facts I want to talk about here are about music and the role music plays in every society on this planet. America is not the only country who has to grapple with putting a price tag on art and music, but I am worried that everyone will lose if we do not support and help the creative types do what they do. Long after we have forgotten stupid tweets and egotistical rants and watching some loser getting their 15 minutes of fame, the music of long-dead guys like Beethoven will hopefully still be being played by a youth orchestra somewhere in Kentucky. Or Beirut or Stockholm or Singapore. Or at the music school in San Isidro where I teach. Beethoven will still be giving joy and meaning and beauty to the world long after we’re gone, and the skills and cooperation necessary to play and spread his music will still be relevant and welcome. But as with anything valuable, we must protect and insure that his notes are still out there to be shared.

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What’s Shaking at Marina Pez Vela? – March 2017

Billfishing is incredibly hot, the Tuna bite is on, tournaments are in full swing and the plaza is at maximum occupancy and full of special events, offers and new tenants! Marina Pez Vela is definitely the place to be and we are so proud to see the evolution of an environment which is bringing together our local community and their families, tourists visiting this region, anglers from around the globe and more and more national visitors from San Jose. Ultimately the public space, services and environment here is becoming part of the lore and culture of Quepos and Manuel Antonio and there is a lot more to come and enjoy!

QUEPOS BILLFISH CUP WRAP-UP

Marina Pez Vela welcomed some of the top anglers from Costa Rica and the USA to compete in the 6th annual Quepos Billfish Cup. The competition and prize money in this event is growing each year and the 2017 event saw some incredible anglers and a hot bite in the rich waters off the coast from Marina Pez Vela. After a tight heat after the first day of fishing, two teams began to separate themselves from the pack during Day 2 and never looked back. The Fish Tank and Billfish, battled to an epic finish with the team from Billfish clinching victory with an incredible final day which included 15 sails AND 3 marlins to bring home first place. The final day’s frantic fishing pace was followed up with an amazing closing ceremony and awards event. Our home team the BILLFISH took home first place and a big check!

Final Standings

1st place: Team Billfish
2nd place: Team Fish Tank
3rd place: Team WyBulu

Individual awards

Top Angler: Matt Rabenstine of Billfish
Top Female Angler: Laura Jessen of Fish Tank
Junior Angler: Sebastian Holman of Show Time

The tournament is more than just fun for the participating anglers but also for the community at large and we encourage everyone to share in the upcoming Marina Pez Vela Open and Offshore World Championships, both scheduled for April of 2017!

NEW MARINA TENANTS:

We have two new openings to announce here at the project and with their opening we have the entire commercial plaza running at maximum occupancy! This month is the grand opening of our newest retail store Bambamboo! This unique shop offers custom and hand-painted clothing with a focus on organic materials such as bamboo, hemp and organic paints and dyes. The line is super unique, comfortable and environmentally friendly so stop by for a present for that someone special or something for yourself!

The Double Hook Sports bar is now also officially open for business on the top floor above Mercato del Porto. DoubleHook and its team offer more than just a stunning setting with magical sunsets each night. They have a great menu for those looking for a casual meal or some delicious bar food to help with those cold beers and drink specials. They have over a dozen flat screen televisions and live feeds of virtually every sporting event you can imagine so whether you are looking to watch some March Madness, a local soccer game or spring training, Double Hook is the place to be.

FESTIVAL DE AGUA

In March, we will be hosting the month long Festival de Agua, featuring local school groups, folkloric dance presentations, art displays, and concerts with some up and coming bands. Be sure to check out www.marinapezvela.com and the Marina Pez Vela Facebook site for more information on each weekend’s activities. And remember we also have Outdoor Movie Nights every Friday at 7 pm, Free of Charge.

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¿Qué Pasa en Quepos? – March 2017

Cover March 2017Bienvenidos… Welcome to the tropics. We knew you were coming so we turn up the heat. So take off those layers and forget about those snow shovels and enjoy this Pura Vida weather. Whether you are here to relax at our many wonderful restaurants, explore our National parks, fish, surf our beach, zip line through the sky, raft our cool rivers, or a nice sunset horseback ride. This magazine can be your guide to the best this area has to offer.

Marina Pez Vella will be hosting the month long Festival of Aqua. In addition to a fleet of boats, spectacular restaurants, great air conditioned shopping. It is also home of Gelateria Amorosi so cool down with some of the area’s most delicious ice cream & treats. Tell them we sent you, our advertisers love to hear it. Don’t miss Movie Night under the Stars a wonderful night for the entire family. Congratulations to Matt Rabenstine and Team Billfish for winning the 6th Annual Quepos Billfish Cup.

For all you basketball fans March Madness is upon us. Catch all the action and great food at Sancho’s Restaurant on the mountain and at the all new Double Hook Sports Bar at the Marina. “Lets go Nova repeat”.

Respect to the Howler monkey and to Rodolfo Guzman for the March cover. In addition to the ONLY Ecotram in Costa Rica, Hacienda Barú has just added their newest attraction, The Monkey Challenge…Do you have what it takes?

We want to welcome to our pages Private Chef Kimberly Cubillo & Raw Foods Costa Rica.

We hope you enjoy our magazine and it helps guide you through this enchanting paradise we call home. You can always follow and share us here or on Facebook. We appreciate and welcome your comments.

Peace & Enjoy…D


Quelling My Inner Fascist

shambling through paradiseWalking the streets of Quepos on a hot and hectic Friday afternoon, two voices fight for space in my head. One is the voice whose philosophy is simply ‘Live and let live’. It is the voice that brought me here almost twenty years ago, the voice of tolerance and tranquility, a voice best personified by a man lounging in a hammock, eyes slightly glazed after a short smoke and a long drink, beatific smile painting his face as he stares out at a panoramic Costa Rican vista.

The other voice demands attention every time I see someone double parked blocking traffic, or aggressively and arrogantly turning a one way street into a two way street, or most definitely when I see that emaciated little guy wearing the second hand traffic cop vest in the street in front of the bus station and the Super Mas supermarket, blowing his whistle and acting like he is directing traffic, unhindered by the local police. This other voice is not charitable or tolerant or even remotely me, yet it occasionally boils up unexpectedly, like Volcan Turrialba, emitting gas and noxious smoke, and almost but not quite erupting and sending the passersby running for cover.

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Old-School Coconut Creme Pie

Coconut Creme PieA good friend gave me this surprisingly easy recipe and it’s been a hit every time that I make it. Allow for it to sit overnight and top it with the whipped cream right before serving.

For 8 portions.

Ingredients

  • 1 package of 150 gm “cocanas” store-bought coconut cookies coarsely broken up (pounding them in a bag with a mallet is a fun stress-reliever)
  • 3 tablespoons of Dos Pinos salted butter
  • 1 cup and 3 tablespoons of coconut flakes
  • 1 1/2 cups of crema dulce (Dos Pinos or other brand)
  • 1 1/2 cups of milk
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 3/4 cups of white sugar
  • 1/2 cup of wheat flour
  • 1/4 ts salt
  • 1 ts vanilla extract
  • 1 very cold 250 ml box of whipping cream (crema dulce again) + 1/3 cup sugar OR 1 cup of frozen whipped topping—thawed (yes, this option is perfectly acceptable and another reason to love this recipe).

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That’s Fishin’ – Feb 2017

MarlinBy Sarah Munro

So last month I told you all about how epic the fishing is here.  And now in January, Marina Pez Vela is hosting the ROCKSTAR Fishing Tournament, brought to you by Pelagic, January 12-14.  Expect this event to be exactly what the namesake says.  ROCKSTAR.  The bite is hot, and this tournament is going to make it hotter!  With $100,000.00 up for grabs in prizes, and top Rock Star status, its gonna be insane. Check back for photos and an update HERE in Quepolandia next month.  Check out the excerpt below taken from their blog:

The Rockstar! Offshore Tournament presented by PELAGIC is a team event with cash, prizes, and awards estimated to over $100,000. Labeled as “Costa Rica’s Funnest Big Game Fishing Event”, The Rockstar! features multiple marina-side bashes, a knock-your-socks-off rock ‘n roll band, and offshore tournament extravaganza. You bring your crew, we bring the fun – so join us this January in Costa Rica for an experience you don’t want to miss. Fish all day, party all night… If you dare!

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Baby Sloth and Mom re-unite, a happy ending and beginning!

Mom sloth looking out for her baby

Mom sloth looking out for her baby

By Sam Trull, Sloth Director and Co-Founder of The Sloth Institute

Whenever one year ends and another one begins we tend to reflect upon the past year’s achievements and make goals for the future. However, rather than go through a laundry list of our triumphs and failures from 2016, I would like to focus on the present and share a simple story. A few weeks ago we received a phone call from a nearby hotel, a mom and baby sloth had fallen and the mom shot back up the tree leaving her tiny baby behind! I asked them to please leave the baby where it was and stay with it to keep it safe until we arrived. Minutes later at the scene of the fall, we witnessed a TINY baby three-fingered sloth about half-way up a tree dangling from a thin branch. It would every once in a while utter a very soft and pitiful cry, but mom was nowhere in sight. At this point I asked to borrow a ladder and had it set up in the tree just in case we needed to grab the baby and then I asked everyone to please leave. This tree was already adjacent to a busy road and with all of the earlier commotion; if we were going to have any chance of reuniting mom and the baby sloth we needed there to be no audience.
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Collared Peccary

Their Intelligence Rivals That of Monkeys

Collared PeccaryBy Jack Ewing

Although I have lived at Hacienda Barú since 1972, I had never seen a peccary in the wild until 1997. Volunteers had come here, stayed a week or two, helped on environmental projects, and during that short time many of them had the good luck of seeing the collared peccary (Pecari tajacu), called zahinos locally. Our guides had seen them on numerous occasions as had our guests. My brother Rex came for his first visit in 14 years. He and his wife LaVonne did an overnight jungle camping tour with a sharp-eyed local guide named Deiner. I volunteered to carry the food up to the camp that afternoon. There had been a lot of collared peccary sightings recently, and I figured I had a good chance of seeing one during my hike up to the camp. I saw tracks everywhere and even caught a whiff of their musky scent. The ground had been dug up in several places where they had routed around with their noses for invertebrates, roots and tubers, but no collared peccary. When I got to the camp with the food, Rex and LaVonne couldn’t wait to tell me about the group they had seen, five of them.

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Spanish Sucks – February 2017

Spanish Sucks by Os¡Happy New Year!
¡Happy New 70 Verbs!
¡Happy New Flashcards!
Parte II

¡Hola amigos!  How did you feel filling the previous seven verbs:

AMAR,   AYUDAR,   APRENDER,   ABRIR,   BEBER,   CAMINAR,   CERRAR.

Good luck with the next seven:

COCINAR,   COMENZAR,   COMER,   CONDUCIR,   CONOCER,   COMPRAR,   DAR.

I chose those 70 verbs based on the frequency of use, the importance of complexity and the pattern of conjugation…  Every month I will give you seven flashcards to feel!  Go to my website and compare your fillings with mine!  http://www.oscostarica.com/printable-spanish-flashcards/

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Diversity

The beginning of a new year is a time for reflection—on the past, on the future, on our goals, on our missteps and screw-ups. I am writing this in January and am trying valiantly to let go of the bad and mean-spirited crap of 2016 and move on. But I can’t seem to focus in on one topic, so I’m just gonna talk about whatever comes to my little brain and celebrate the diversity of our planet and of our music!

Let’s think about the many geographical and environmental and physical influences that people are subject to and which define our musical paths. Humans have always had to fashion instruments out of the available materials where they live. An Eskimo in a frozen land might make a drum out of seal skin, or a flute from fishbone. A rural farmer in Mexico discovered that a horse’s jaw bone can become a percussion instrument. An Aboriginal guy in Australia might make a didgeridoo out of a tree to communicate with others or to provide the bass line for an Outback jam session. Some Celtic guy figured out how to turn a sheep’s stomach into a bagpipe or how to make strings out of catgut. A Brazilian native may carve a flute out of soft stone or a drum out of a gourd. Instruments are often made to imitate the sounds of nature—bird songs or the sound of rain or thunder or migrating herds. We use our human voice to interpret natural sounds as well as to communicate, and we learn through trial and error and example how the different sounds can be woven together. Just as the people on this earth are diverse, so are our habitats and the materials they provide. Once people starting working with metal, things changed even more. Then we got horns and trumpets and kazoos and snare drums…

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Bulletproof Decorating, Or How to Survive Living in the Tropics

Unfortunately there’s no way yet to create indestructible furniture and homes. However, there are steps we can take that will help them stand up to life with kids, pets & the jungle.

By Shelagh Duncan

Design WiseMy guess is that none of us came here to live a high maintenance lifestyle in high maintenance homes. We know that living here has its challenges, and keeping one step ahead of what life hands us is a constant battle.

So, when we purchase furniture and other things for our home we want them to last. Furniture is an investment and we take time to carefully select exactly what we want and plan on enjoying it for many years to come.Royal Palm Interiors

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A Titi Valentine

Mother and baby titiHappy Valentine’s Day to all our Quepolandia readers! While we humans are celebrating the month of love, you may be surprised to know that the Titi or squirrel monkeys celebrate Valentines around the month of August! And so, February actually marks the first month of the birth season, which lasts approximately three months through April. It is always exciting to spot the new mothers with their newborn babies clinging to their backs as the troops travel through the forest canopy searching for fruits and insects. While it may be tempting to help them, please remember not to feed the monkeys as the monkeys are highly susceptible to receiving diseases from human hands.

school children volunteersFebruary also marks the return of classes for the Costa Rican schools. Unlike the US and Europe, the school year  here  runs from mid February to early December, with several national holidays interspersed throughout the year. Everyone also looks forward to the 2 week long midyear vacation break in early July! Students in public schools wear a standard uniform of white shirt or blouse, dark blue pants or skirt and black shoes. Once classes get rolling, the Alliance begins to contact the principals and teachers of the schools to coordinate the various activities such as planting tree nurseries, field trips and tree plantings to be held during the year. Over  the years, the Titi Conservation Alliance programs have grown to reach over 16 different schools located in the Naranjo River Biological Corridor!

Titi Conservation Alliance logoWeFinally, just a quick reminder to all that the summer or dry season is in full swing so please be vigilant for fires out in the countryside. Forest fires are always a major concern during these dry months, and a careless match or cigarette butt can cause major damage to the habitat we are working so hard to preserve for the monkeys and other wildlife in our beautiful area!


Envision Festival Costa Rica, Feb 23-26

Envision Festival logoBy Lane Undjhem

Envision Festival is a conscious festival dedicated to awakening human potential and re-establishing our fundamental connection with nature. Taking place February 23rd-26th 2017 in beautiful Uvita, Envision has grown to become one of the most progressive festivals in Latin America. In its seventh year, Envision continues to flip the traditional festival model on its head. Four days of yoga, surfing, performance, music, educational workshops, and community building will continue to elevate this gathering to one of the premiere festivals in the world.

Envision embodies the ethos of the most recognizable transformational festivals, while also taking huge steps in the direction of sustainability. Partnering with Costa Rican based non-profits like Community Carbon Trees, festival organizers have systematically reduced the carbon footprint of the event, working hard toward the ultimate goal of carbon neutrality. In 2016, more than 200 trees were planted on-site at Rancho La Merced by attendees and volunteers in an effort to offset the carbon footprint of international travel. Envision is also one of the only events on the globe that has created system to deal with human waste. Instead of continuing the portable toilet model used by most high-attendance events, the Envision green team has built and implemented over fifty semi-permanent compost toilets on site. The saves an estimated 28,000 gallons of water and generates enough compost to fertilize the plethora of fruit trees at Rancho La Merced for most of the year.

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Touching Humanity

memoirs of a massuer headerHigh season is well upon us and everyone reading this deserves to give themselves the gift of love. The best love I can think of is treating yourself to a session of bodywork. Even now, in this day and age, I meet people who have never had a massage, who don’t like to be touched, who still have the decades old philosophy that it is something sexual. Well, I’m here to talk some facts and to share some of my nineteen years of experience as a full time body worker. I write this article to educate the public and to bring further insight into a field that always seems to be a bit murky for some reason.

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Happy Valentine from Kids Saving the Rainforest

KSTR logoBy Spokeskid Lexi, 12 Years Old

Hello again! It’s me, your faithful writer Lexi, here with another article. I have great news! My new school schedule this year leaves room for helping the environment even more! Starting this month, I will begin to give tours at the KSTR sanctuary, and try to educate those who take them. I am both nervous and excited, but overall I am so glad to be given the chance to seize this opportunity. I am, of course, afraid that I may get something wrong, but if that does happen, I know it won’t be the end of the world! It will take some training and experience and I’ll just keep trying until I get it right. I want more than anything to help both the people and the animals. I’m so grateful that I have the ability to do this, and hope to find more ways to help the animals, the rainforest, and our community in the future.

Lexi at Kids Saving the RainforestFriendly reminder to not feed the monkeys! (We know, Lexi, you tell us every article!)

With that being said, I’ve been away for a month. I went to the US to see friends and family for the holidays. I missed my old friends and was so happy to spend time with them, but while I was there I missed being able to care for—and even just see—the wildlife here in Costa Rica. Although there were, and are, many things I miss about the US, caring for our environment is my passion and I can do so much more here to directly impact its future. As a result, I am glad to be back and ready to find different ways to make this world a better place!
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