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¿Qué Pasa en Quepos? – August 2015

August 2015 coverBienvenidos / Welcome to our beautiful corner of Paradise…. we know you’ll  have a great time. Our little area has everything you need to enjoy a great Costa Rica experience. We have every sort of tour from white water rafting, zip lines, sport fishing or take a walk on the wild side with Jungle Night Tour … you can also “Captain” your own boat with Tres Niñas Boat Rental or take one of their Captains  to snorkel, fish or just enjoy a sunset and now is Whale Watching time so see their ad on page 13…want to play a little tennis?…we are home to an outstanding facility, Tennis Club of Quepos, which offers lessons for all levels, set up a game on one of the two courts…see their ad for more info. After all this activity you are going to be thirsty so drop by one of our drinking establishments, mingle with the locals and have a great meal at one of our many wonderful restaurants…check out Runaway Grill and Mercato del Porto  at Marina Pez Vela…you can also call the Marina Shuttle for a free ride(see their ad pg.27) and in Manuel Antonio  we have great continental  cuisine at Kapi Kapi with  an elegant  atmosphere, plus the Parador Resort & Spa for  a choice a restaurants in a beautiful location… try the oven baked pizza at Hotel Shana or take a spa day…we would like to welcome new business…Lush Tapas & Lounge located on 2nd fl. Plaza Vista  behind Promerica bank…actually the list goes on and on so please enjoy and tell them all that you heard about them in Quepolandia.  August 15th is Costa Rica Mother’s Day and it a big holiday (as it should be) we wish all the Mothers a happy day…..our cover shot is by Sylvia Lyloc of Toronto, Canada a beautiful Passion Flower—thanks Sylvia!…so send in your best shot and you might make the cover of Quepolandia………the Que Quieres Fishing Tournament is Aug 22 to provide food boxes to local families…there may still be openings to participate if interested … don’t forget our beautiful beach and you can try Hawg ‘n’ Bill or d tapas restaurants if you are hungry after that swim!… that wraps it up for this month & remember you can follow us on facebook.com/Quepolandia & here online…have a great vacation………..ciao…………….P

…we would like to express our deepest sympathy to Clark McMillan and Paula Bowers for the recent loss of their son, Kory, in Canada.

White-tails and Brockets

White-tailed Deer — Odocoileus virginianus

White-tailed Deer — Odocoileus virginianus

By Jack Ewing

Hunters in general and deer hunters in particular are one of the most serious causes of forest fires in Costa Rica, especially in the tropical dry forests of the northern Pacific part of the country. Every year during the dry season forest fires rage in many parts of the country, but the Santa Rosa National Park in Guanacaste is usually one of the hardest hit. Even though it is illegal to hunt in the park poachers continually pursue the deer there. Since animals have a natural fear of fire, the hunters start a blaze in a place where they think it will scare the deer into running in a particular direction. Their buddies will be waiting, rifles ready, where they think the deer will emerge from the burning forest. The problem is that the fire has a mind of its own, and doesn’t always burn in the direction the hunters want it to go. And, of course, it usually gets out of control and burns vast areas of forest destroying not only the vegetation, but also the wildlife that lives there.Hacienda Baru

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That’s Fishin’ – July 2015

Offshore World ChampionYou can feel the energy before you get there.  You can smell it. You can taste it. And when you arrive at Marina Pez Vela, you can experience it. ‘IT’ is The Offshore World Championship.

Wonder why there’s energy? Why you can taste the competition and the fish in the air? It’s because each of the qualifying 67 international teams had to WIN a qualifying tournament the previous year. Then, they had to get sponsors and get here–with all their gear.

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Tico Talk – July, 2015

tico-talk-header¡No más miedo al Subjuntivo! (PARTE II)

En la edición anterior, dimos inicio al viaje del Presente del Modo Subjuntivo, para ello se estudió el primer uso y en esta edición trabajaremos con el segundo uso. Sólo deben recordar que el Subjuntivo no es difícil, pero sí se deben tomar ciertas consideraciones para que todo sea un éxito.

Uso #2 Se usa el Presente del Subjuntivo para expresar emoción, sorpresa, temor, esperanza o extrañeza + que + subjuntivo:

Verbos que se usan para expresar emoción, sorpresa, temor, esperanza y extrañeza









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KSTR Kid’s Camp

By Tammy Bushby, Volunteer

In March 2015 Kids Saving the Rainforest launched their monthly kid’s camp. Kids from throughout Quepos/Manuel Antonio and surrounding areas participated in an educational day about conservation and animal welfare. Throughout the day the kids took part in activities developed to teach them the importance of the local biodiversity in the forest and how they can help with the conservation of their local area.

KSTR summer camp

The day was also about getting an introduction to some of the animals native to their country as well as some foreign ones. They were given a tour of the KSTR sanctuary and animal clinic which is the temporary home of some soon to be released rehabilitated wildlife, as well as some permanent members which unfortunately cannot be released into the wild for reasons such as injury or inability to cope in the wild.

Kids Saving the Rainforest Logo
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When the Timing is Right

By Todd Pequeen

Oh, 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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Bamboo and Rattan Furniture – Is there a Difference?

Rattan growing wild

Rattan growing wild

By Shelagh Duncan

What better furniture to use in Costa Rica than tropical rattan or bamboo—it is sustainable, lightweight, natural and looks great.

Exotic woods like Ron Ron, Laurel and Cristóbal, are rich in grain and colour but these trees take many decades of growth to produce these beautiful woods. Bamboo and rattan however grow very fast, and rattan actually aids the forest where it grows and is totally sustainable – and as a bonus it is one of the world’s strongest woods. Yes, it actually is a wood.

Royal Palm Interiors

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Viola and ViolinBy Nancy Buchan

One of my best girlfriends and someone who regularly de-railed my train of thought and my life in general, was my viola playing friend Kitty. She was a bit of a classical snob, and I totally understand that, ‘cause most classical players work really hard to master the skills necessary to play that type of music and they are in an elite category. Kitty was particularly interested in the ‘Baroque’ style of music and the kind of odd-ball instruments used at that time. Music, of course, is a continually evolving art form, and when folks talk about ‘Baroque’ music they are usually referring to a pretty broad range of styles and techniques that came from Europe during the Renaissance and Baroque periods. ‘Course it’s the musicologists and historians who have named them that—they didn’t know they were Baroque musicians, they were just doing what musicians do. The so-called Renaissance period started in the 1400’s and the Baroque era lasted for 150 years or so, from 1580 to 1730.

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Haber = To have #3  REVIEW

By Os 

¿How are you guys?  ¿How have y’all guys done?  😉 This is the last review of this series.  I promise.

Remember that when we want to say something like:

I have spoken / I have eaten / I have lived / I have been / I have had / I have gone / I have driven / I have gotten / I have done something / I have made something / etc, etc, etc…

Because we want to indicate something that has been done in the past. We do have to use the verb:

HABER  +  p.p. 

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The Girl On the Train

Girl on the train coverBy Jim Parisi 

Paula Hawkins has been a professional journalist for more than fifteen years. She recently published the novel “The Girl On The Train” and it  has become the new “it” novel, heralded as the next “Gone Girl”, last year’s “must read” novel, which I reviewed (positively)  in an earlier edition of The Howler.

Being a bookstore owner, I need to know about these things, these popular new novels, these chance-taking authoresses. Before reading the press and doing my homework, I read the book and independently recognized the similarities with “Gone Girl”, sensed the similarities. Proclaimed them to customers as I read Paula’s book and drew conclusions on my own.

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Let’s Save Our Rivers

(en Español)

By Susan Jones Valverde

I have vivid memories of what rivers symbolized as a child growing up in San Carlos.  They were more than a flowing body of water, they were an adventurous Saturday or Sunday morning. They represented family outings lasting hours in the water before being convinced we absolutely had to go home.  Sometimes we had inflatable tubes, sometimes fishing poles, and sometimes we just walked along the river bed upstream to float downstream.  On very special occasions we would take trips to Lake Arenal to meet up with family and friends.  Although Lake Arenal trips were very few and far in between, they left a lasting impact on what La Fortuna means to me.  Even though I now live in my native country, and can visit the very same rivers that I have a very strong connection to, times have changed.

Rio Platanar – Above the dam it runs free. Photo: Bruce B. Jones

Rio Platanar – Above the dam it runs free.
Photo: Bruce B. Jones

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Salvemos Nuestros Ríos

(in English)

Por Susan Jones Valverde

Tengo recuerdos vividos de lo que simbolizaron los ríos como una niña que creció en San Carlos. Eran más que un cuerpo que fluye del agua, eran una aventura sábado o domingo por la mañana. Representaban salidas familiares, horas en el agua antes de ser convencidos de que absolutamente teníamos que volver a casa. A veces teníamos neumáticos inflables, a veces pescábamos con caña y otras veces entrábamos a lo largo del cauce del río, aguas arriba, sólo para flotar río abajo. En ocasiones muy especiales hacíamos un viaje al Lago Arenal, también para reunirnos con los amigos y familia. Aunque los viajes al Lago Arenal eran muy pocos y distantes entre ellos, dejaron un impacto duradero en lo que significa La Fortuna de Arenal para mí. Pero los tiempos han cambiado y aunque ahora vivo en mi país natal y se pueden visitar los mismos ríos con los cuales tengo una conexión muy fuerte, estos han sido cambiados.

Rio Platanar – Por encima de la presa se ejecuta libre. Foto: Bruce B. Jones

Rio Platanar – Por encima de la presa se ejecuta libre. Foto: Bruce B. Jones


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This article was oLos numero uno del Mundo! federacion de Surf de Costa Ricariginally published June 7, 2015 on isawsg.com. Photos: ISA/Nelly

The final day of competition at the 2015 Nicaragua Unica… Original ISA World Surfing Games presented by Lafise and Claro ended with an international celebration for the sport of surfing. Twenty-seven National Teams flooded the sands of Playa Popoyo, Nicaragua alongside thousands of spectators to cheer on the action.

The entire day was full of fantastic surfing in overhead to double overhead waves.

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¿Qué Pasa en Quepos? – July 2015

July 2015 coverBienvenidos/Welcome to our beautiful green Paradise! The rains have returned and we are every shade of green plus cooler weather for you to enjoy everything our little area has to offer…and that’s ALOT…..white water rafting with the rivers up, the trip will be exhilarating, zip lining with the best and safest, sportsfishing…or spend some time at Rafiki Safari Lodge racing down the waterslide…parasailing on the beach…you name we have it! We also have beautiful beaches and the world famous Manuel Antonio National Park all just waiting for you to enjoy…please be careful of the riptide while swimming and playing in the ocean…it can be very strong at times. We would like to thank Mike Preston, local ex-pat for our wonderful cover shot…Mike snapped this one while enjoying a sunset with the adorable monotitis at Salsipuedes. Remember, you too might make the cover or Quepolandia so send in those vacation pics…read about the specifications in the magazine…to keep your strength up so you can have all this FUN……we have the BEST RESTAURANTS with a huge variety from gourmet to gourmet ceviche…this month we congratulate Z Seafood & Grill on their new beautiful location at Marina Pez Vela, the same great food(fresh oysters!) and new items plus a great location & now open for B, L & Dinner…also new at the marina with a killer view and outstanding seafood, steaks and pasta is the sister restaurant to Victoria’s in MA, the new Gabriella’s…in Quepos have some great Mexican food at Dos Locos with a tasty margarita or ice cold beer or feeling like awesome Italian try Escalofrio, L’Angolo or La Dolce Vita…or blue Restaurant & Social Lounge recent winner of Best Ceviche Award… pizza at Miguelito’s, Mira Olas above Kamuk or The Boorklyn Bakery(yum yum),  heading up to MA try some great food poolside at Sabor Caribeño Marisqueria above Mimos Hotel, or a tasty breakfast, late lunch or dinner poolside at Mymosito’s at Villas Mymosa… you will find the best of the best advertising within our pages and please tell them you found them in Quepolandia…we would like to welcome back Raphael’s Terrazas which includes the new home of Tropical Sushi by Fuji and a big welcome to the new Oh! Diosas Ceviche, a great little coffee shop, with awesome ceviche & fish tacos just across from the soccer field- upstairs in MA … this is just the tip of the iceberg for our great restaurants…also in MA take in a sunset at Ronny’s Place, awesome food and drink El Lagarto BBQ RestaurantAgua Azul, and Restaurante El Gusto at Hotel Shana  and at the beachHawg n Bill & d tapas, or grab a bite before the Park at La Posada…we want you to have a great time visiting with us…follow us on facebook.com/Quepolandia and here online when you get home and tell your friends what an incredible place our little corner of the world is…..ciao for now……….P

Coffee as an Ingredient

The Coffee CookbookBy Jim Parisi

It is no mystery that Costa Rica is renowned for its high-quality coffee production. Certainly, the cultivation of this bean has permitted opportunities for independence in this country and enjoying a café with friends and family is as much a part of Costa Rican culture as gallo pinto. Thanks to the publication of a new book, “The Coffee Cookbook”, the status of the coffee bean has been elevated even higher. The book is by authoress Yazmin Ross, with recipes by Camille A. Ratton, who is currently the chef at Restaurante Kalu. I must admit that I never thought of coffee as an ingredient in a recipe, but “The Coffee Cookbook” is so much more than just that.
Jaime Peligro Books and Music
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