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What is Hogar Crea ?

Hogar CreaBy Max Spicer

Hogar or Home is a refuge for people who have been using drugs and who want to turn their lives around, also for Alcoholics, and those who are homeless and in need of help.

One of these houses is located in Paquita (Hogar Crea) & relies on donations of food, furniture, housewares, and of course cash to pay for electricity etc.

The house in Paquita is for men and you will see them in their chrome yellow Tee Shirts around town canvasing for donations. They are also available to do yard work, painting, & some types of work. Call the House at 2774-0410, or if you would like to volunteer & work for the steering committee call 2777-3671.

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¿What are you doing during the rainy season? Part 2


I hope you are doing those things. Otherwise you are not taking advantage of these articles in your free time… But I am not here to judge you, I am here to help you 😉

Let’s observe the endings together:

-AR verbs


  -ER verbs


-IR verbs


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Titi Conservation Alliance – November 2016

It’s an online auction time of year and we need your support! This is Titi Conservation Alliance’s primary fundraiser and your support is absolutely needed and greatly appreciated. All auction items has been given by our generous donors, including: fun adventure tours, fine dining offers from restaurants and wonderful stays at participating hotels all around Costa Rica. The proceeds from this year’s auction are being earmarked to improve our environmental education program. The auction will be held from November 5-23, 2016 and is available worldwide. We are ready for your bids and please spread the word! You can find more info on our website www.monotiti.org.

Online auction

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¿Qué Pasa en Quepos? – November 2016

Cover November 2016Bienvenidos… Welcome to the “Rain Forrest”, can’t say the brochure did not warn you. It will probably rain but don’t let that stop you. Manuel Antonio National Park is in full bloom which attracts frogs, hummingbirds and butterflies. Thank you Alissa Christine for the blue morph cover taken in the Butterfly Atrium at the Greentique Wildlife refuge here in Manuel Antonio and also your model and assistant Dina Tochluk and Marco Alvarado Porras.  It is also baby season here in the jungle so look closely a lot of the monkeys and sloths are carrying young on their backs. The humpback whales and their calves are still here so get to Marina Pez Vela for many options to view them as well as world class sport fishing. Our rivers are also flowing so give Quepoa Expeditions a call for some thrilling rafting. Don’t forget the 6th Annual Quepos Open Tennis Tournament being held Nov 5-6 and 12-13 at the Tennis Club.

Our many fine restaurants are serving up all your culinary delights, good idea to call ahead this time a year (phone directory page) We would like to wish everyone a Wonderful Thanksgiving, La Colina will be serving a traditional Turkey dinner on the mountain, Gabriella’s at the Marina, and Hawg and Bills Turkey and football at the beach.

Toys for Tots will have their collections boxes around the area so let us help the children by dropping off an unwrapped toy to help brighten someone’s holiday…. Santa Clause cannot do it all himself.

We would like to welcome our new advertisers this month: Blue Zone Reality, Double Hook Sports Bar, Hair by Monica, Jonathan Sequeira Segura Attorney, La Colina, and Puravida Rentals.

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

Peace and Enjoy…D

Choosing a Colour Palette for your New Home

Design WiseBy Shelagh Duncan

Building a new house in Costa Rica is an exciting venture for many of us. Sometimes it is our first custom home – our dream home.

There are always many details to think about and many decisions to be made, often ones you had not even considered. Choosing a good custom home builder and project manager who will help you through this process is a whole other topic, and one we have covered previously. However, this time we are looking at just one aspect – Colour – and how to choose the colour scheme for your new home.

Royal Palm Interiors

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That’s Fishin’ – September/October 2016

Breaching MarlinIt’s that time of year out there. It’s wild marlin time for a fads fisherman. It’s been an incredible run so far this FAD season, with all kinds of fantastic numbers being posted by multiple boats. Fishing out of Marina Pez Vela, Los Suenos and Golfito, this year’s sport fishing season has been unbelievable, and continues to be.

I’ve been lucky enough to fish on some of the top boats in Central America. I’ve featured many in my articles. This is the perfect opportunity to showcase Maverick Yachts and Sportfishing—as they do many fads/seamount trips. Due to their stellar reputation for building boats that raise fish, and take you on a ride in style, Mavericks ‘Fly’ boats are a sure thing. All of their Captains are seasoned veterans who are very well respected in the fishing community. With these two things combined, it’s hard to consider any other boats. For example, this was posted this past week on their Facebook page:

SEAMOUNT REPORT… Another two-boat trip with Capt. David Mesen’s Geaux Fly and Capt. Carlos Pollo Espinoza Jimenez ‘s Sea Fly? The result? Collectively 49 billfish… 45 Blue Marlin and 4 Sailfish released. Both boats raised 95 Marlin, hooking 68. Absolute insane fishing. Capt. Juan Carlos Fallas Zamora ‘s Spanish Fly heads out today to add to these crazy numbers. Ready for your trip-of-a-lifetime? 866-888-6426

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When the Timing is Right

memoirs of a massuer headerOh, how time fascinates me! I remember obsessively counting in seconds the last five minutes of class before the liberating school bell would ring. If I felt energetic I could speed walk home and catch a 3:00 TV program from the start. My earliest time of stress was caused by my 5:00 “be home for dinner” curfew, how I hated cutting a basketball game short. I absolutely dreaded the fact that I had to wait 3 more years in time in order to graduate high school, before I could finally move to another state for college and finally be on my own. Yet, my summer months on the shores of Lake Erie I wanted to last forever. Time is prevalent to most human beings regardless of their culture or heritage. None of us can ignore it, and most of us both love and hate this…clicking clock. It is even said that to have too much time on your hands is the devils workshop, very scary indeed.

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Agoutis, Agoutis & More Agoutis

Camera Trap

Camera Trap

A Fun New Way of Monitoring Wildlife

by Jack Ewing

“Oh my God”, I blurted out to no one in particular. “Absolutely incredible”. A full grown puma was walking straight toward me on the computer screen. The two receptionists who were in office and heard my exclamation hurried over to see what I was so excited about.  I restarted the 15-second video so everyone could see. An adult puma came walking straight at the camera, its eyes glowing from the infrared illumination. It looked like it was stalking the camera. At the last moment the large carnivore veered to the right and walked out of the field of view. It was a very exciting day. The presence of large carnivores in the Hacienda Baru National Wildlife Refuge was a clear indication of a healthy ecosystem. Since that first video in December of 2012 we have captured 87 more of pumas at four different locations within the refuge.

Hacienda Baru

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Blue Flags are Cool!

Blue flagIn September, Costa Rica celebrated its Independence and you were sure to see the colorful red white and blue flags all around the country. But if you looked closely, you may have also noticed another flag next to the national flag – a dark blue one with one or several stars. This flag means the school or institution is participating in one of the great conservation programs of Costa Rica, known as the Blue Flag or Bandera Azul. This program was originally started by the Costa Rica Water Institute in 1996 as a way to foster community involvement in cleanup of the nation’s beaches.

Blue Flag Beaches is a joint program with the Costa Rica Tourist Institute (ICT). Every year dozens of local citizen committees (110 in 2015 to be exact) are formed and agree to adopt a local beach to care for during the year. The participating beach is inspected 3 times during the year and rated on progress towards improvement in several different aspects: a) Ocean and potable water quality b) Waste collection and treatment c) Environmental education  d) Security and signage. If the beach qualifies then Blue Flags are given at different levels from1 star to a maximum 5 stars. Manuel Antonio National Park and its famed beaches has been the proud recipient of the Blue Flag since the programs inception, quite a feat!

Titi Conservation Alliance

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Fiddlin’ Around September/October

Fiddlin'AroundThe Hollywood Hoopla and show biz aspects of the American political election process are often embarrassing, and music is almost always part of the staged background. By the time this goes to print there will probably be radical changes in the political landscape, but ‘ya gotta admit it’s certainly been a banner year for comedy writers, impersonators and late night talk shows. I’m going to try to stay away from personal ranting and raving, though anyone who knows me probably knows I’m way out in left field. So let’s talk about how and why songs get used by the guys and gals trying to win our votes. Apparently politicians of all kinds think they are entitled to chop up and claim as their own the songs that musicians and writers have labored over and which often have a completely different intention than how they are used.

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Potato Latkes with Smoked Trout

Potato Latkes with Smoked SalmonBy Desiree Brassert

The locally farmed and cured smoked trout is a great substitute for smoked salmon that only comes from distant and colder waters.
Here’s a little spin on this classic bite-size appetizer.

Note: Vegetarian options are applesauce and cinnamon, or sour cream.

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I Need a New Signature

shambling through paradiseAnyone who has lived here long enough remembers the old days of going to the bank. There were no numbers to take, and few chairs in which to sit. Everyone stood patiently in line because the ability to stand patiently in line was in the DNA of most all Ticos. I have heard that the original Himno Nacional of Costa Rica even included a line that went ‘’esperando en fila con la paciencia de un santo’’ (waiting in line with the patience of a saint), before it was edited out for the sake of brevity.

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¿What to do during the rainy season?


Four years ago we learned how to play with verbs in present and three years ago we learned how to play with verbs in past.  ¿Remember the endings?

Let’s review both endings using boxes…

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KSTR’s Challenge of Growing 94,000 Trees​!

_2003841_origBy Jennifer Rice

After CR Tree Plantation harvested their teak last April 18, 2016, they donated the land–277 acres (112 hectares) to the organization Kids Saving the Rainforest (KSTR). KSTR is known for its rescue and release of wildlife, but also works to earn its moniker, buying and restoring the rainforest of Costa Rica.

This beautiful rainforest property is in the hills of Parrita, Costa Rica and will reconnect the corridor on 3 sides when finished reforesting.

KSTR met with the Costa Rican Government (FONOFIFO) to plant 30,000 native trees on the newly acquired land. The organization will create a nursery on the property and subsequently plant 40,000 native seeds.

Kids Saving the Rainforest Logo

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What’s Shaking at Marina Pez Vela? – September & October 2016

New Docks, new shops, new faces, more boats, and a few of the world’s largest mammals coming to visit are just a few items which are new around Marina Pez Vela. While the green season might mean a few less tourists in town, it is one of the busiest times for our local operations here at the marina and are months when our focus continues to grow on our local community, local and national celebrations and providing a world class space for locals to enjoy as the project continues to transform itself and our community. Here are some of the key news items for the project and we hope all of you will come out to spend time, support the new stores and enjoy this magnificent setting.

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