Quepolandia logo

Stop the Fireworks in Manuel Antonio. Respect the Wildlife and Environment!

By Jennifer Rice

We are thrilled that hotel owners and wedding planners unanimously agreed to stop setting off fireworks in Manuel Antonio due to their negative impact on the wildlife and environment here! 

Fireworks create a very serious problem and a very dangerous one for the rainforest. We have found that most people do not want to cause harm to the wildlife of our area, that is part of the reason they are visiting or living here. But ignorance (which means “lack of knowledge, education and unawareness of something, often of something important”) is the main culprit. So by  writing this article, people will now know the effects of fireworks on the wildlife and the environment, and will understand the seriousness of it. 

Kids Saving the Rainforest Logo

Read More…


¿Qué Pasa en Quepos? – May 2012

Cover May 2012Bienvenidos/Welcome to Quepos & Manuel Antonio or as we like to call it ”Paradise”!………we are happy to see a little rain falling as we had gotten pretty toasted(as in dry not drunk).We look so much more inviting in multiple shades of green! It should not be enough rain to ruin your fun so get out there and enjoy everything our area has to offer – we doubt you will be disappointed……we have great restaurants offering all types of food with the freshest of ingredients & great drinking establishments to quench your thirst. Costa Rica has established the new No Smoking law which affects just about everywhere so now is the time to quit! Our friend, Virginia Utley, is celebrating her 90th Birthday on May 20th – this milestone surly rates a month long celebration and we wish the “Queen of Quepos” a very Happy Birthday! Quepolandia would like to thank Sjoerd Biesman of The Netherlands for our wonderful cover shot! We always enjoy “J’s” visits and he has sent in some great photos over the years- thanks! Quepolandia welcomes your comments and letters to the editor along with those vacation photos  – our email address is on the cover and keep in touch with us here online  …have a great vacation and come back soon……..ciao………..P


To Flow or not to flow, that’s the question?

By Mark Goldstein

The answer is; Absolutely, definitely. Yes. Flow!

After all, when you think about it, the opposite of flowing is stopping, or worse yet, stagnating, and we surely would not want that to be a part of our yoga practice. This month’s yoga pose is more of an intention then an actual pose,  it is to flow, big time. All this month in my classes we will focus on finding our flow in our yoga practices in a number of ways. The style of yoga that I offer to my students is named “ Vinyassa Flow Yoga”, and many styles of yoga also make use of this concept. What is this flow you might ask?

Playa Yoga

Read More…


Agreement/Matchment

By Os

You know the days of the week en español, don’t you?  Nooo? Why am I not surprised? Joke….Ok, let’s learn them: 

Domingo (Sunday) de Ramos, everybody gets a piece of palm to welcome Jesucristo.  El lunes (Monday), el martes (Tuesday) and el mièrcoles everything is normal until midnight when some people of the municipalidades are working (hard to believe but it is true, jajaja) and closing the liquor cabinets and cantinas with tape because it is prohibido to sell booze during el Jueves (Thursday) Santo and el Viernes (Friday) Santo. Tranquil@, you can come back to your favorite bar el sábado (Saturday) at 11 a.m. and el Domingo de Resurrección  you can eat red meat again in case your familia is very católica and they decided to do abstinencia during the Holy Week. 

Here we go guys: this is serious, very serious: 

EVERYTHING has to agree.

EVERYTHING has to match.

EVERYTHING has to agree and match.

EVERYTHING has to match and agree.

Os - Lost in Translation

Read More…


A Bridge to Nowhere

Arial photoBy Jack Ewing

Those of us who live within the bounds of the Path of the Tapir Biological Corridor are among a privileged few. With most of the world suffering the impacts of over development we live in one of the few places in the world where biodiversity is increasing and has been doing so since the mid 1980s. This is due to a number of factors including the work of many people who live here and understand the importance of restoring wildlife habitat. The work of the Asociación Amigos de la Naturaleza del Pacífico Central y Sur (ASANA) on the biological corridor project has been the driving force that has influenced the change.

Hacienda Baru

Read More…


Having a Swinging Time

rumba jamBy Jim Parisi  

Criollo music actually originated inPeru, and was quickly absorbed by Venezuelan and Argentinean musicians. But swing criollo with its tico flavor had its genesis here in the Sixties with a merger of American Swing music and a Latin style of music from Colombia called cumbia. Initially, it was frowned upon, considered an uncultured, even crude style of music to a point where in the Seventies in San Jose, there were many signs at dancehalls and clubs proclaiming, “Swing Dancing Forbidden”. But the style continued and grew, both in popularity and refinement over the next forty years. Last 30 November,Costa Rica’s president Laura Chinchilla and Minister of Culture Manuel Obregon officially declared swing criollo “one of the expressions of dance of the intangible cultural heritage of Costa Rica”.

Jaime Peligro Books and Music
Read More…


Wiener (& other) Schnitzels

By Bill Dwyer 

Wiener Schnitzels have been a traditional Austrian dish for at least 500 years. Literally translated from the German, it means “Viennese shred”, which I suppose is based on the fact that the meat used in making schnitzels is usually cross-hatched with a sharp knife before it is flattened. (Yes, we’ll be flattening meat again for this recipe, just as in last month’s Chicken Cordon Bleu).  Read More…


Vamos a aprender a usar el verbo SER y ESTAR

tico-talk-header

Complete las siguientes oraciones usando el verbo SER. 

Las flores __________________________________________. (Característica) 

La mariposa ________________________________________. (Característica) 

Carlos _____________________________________________. (Nacionalidad) 

Yo ________________________________________________. (Religión) 

Mi mejor amiga ______________________________________. (Profesión) 

La mesa____________________________________________. (Material) 

La botella ___________________________________________. (Pertenencia) 

Mi perro  ____________________________________________. (Característica) 

Mis vecinos  __________________________________________. (Nacionalidad y religión) 

El piso de mi casa ______________________________________. (Material) 

Read More…


Bamboo – an ancient alternative

hibiscus

By Donna Porter

bamboo

No one can dispute the exquisite elegance, beauty and allure of a masterfully-crafted and finely-finished piece of wood. Its brilliance and warmth, glass-like texture and intricately-designed natural grain are one of the most revered architectural elements known to man. It has graced castles and palaces of royalty and mansions of the rich and famous around the world, and will continue to do so at all expense. Tropical hardwoods such as Red and Cuban Mahogany, Primavera, Cocobolo, Teak, Purpleheart and Brazilian Cherry will forever be admired and cherished in the building and wood craft industries – unlikely to ever be fully replaced or forgotten. 


Read More…


There is more to pool care than just Chlorine and pH

By Glen Bain

Do you want your grout to last years longer? Then you need to keep your calcium hardness levels between 200ppm-400ppm. Most people are unaware that a pool water needs calcium and will seek its own level if you do not add this chemical.

Total hardness in the context of pool water refers to the total mineral content of the water. This is made up of calcium, magnesium, iron, manganese and other elements. These elements are present in the water used to fill the pool, and the levels can increase through the use of regular pool chemicals (e.g. chlorine composed of calcium hypochlorite).

Costa Rica Pools & Construction

Read More…


Inspiring Education Arises

By Tey Arce

A famous quote says “The important thing is not so much that every child should be taught, as that every child should be given the wish to learn.” Here is a simple question: How many special classes and teachers inspired your life? Was there any course you loved so much you didn’t want to miss a lesson?

Titi Conservation Alliance

Read More…


Strategic Planning and Organization 2012-2013

By Sabine Seifert

I learned about KSTR last year when I first spoke with Pía, the KSTR Wildlife Vet. We were talking about my Educational Program in “Project Management” and how it is a way to improve the efficiency in a business project.  KSTR was interested in learning about it and I was interested in putting it to work. KSTR consists of dedicated people with a keen sense of the environment and filled with fantastic ideas. To implement these ideas formally we began with the project “Kids Saving the Rainforest Strategic Planning and Organization for 2012/2013”. This plan serves as a structured framework in organizational developmental processes. The team consists of Costa Rican, American and German members.

Kids Saving the Rainforest Logo

Read More…


Baked Chicken Cordon Bleu (with optional Asparagus)

By Bill Dwyer 

In spite of the name, this dish does not come from the famous Cordon Bleu culinary school in Paris. It isn’t even a French recipe. Some American restaurant wanted to add some snob appeal to their menu back in the mid-1960s, and used the term “cordon bleu” instead of “deluxe” or “a la la-di-da”.  So don’t be intimidated. This is an easy dish to prepare and serve! 

Read More…


As Politically Correct As He Wants To Be

By Matt Casseday

A friend of mine who shall remain nameless collared me in a downtown Quepos bar the other day. “Have you heard about the new law?” he asked. 

I admitted I hadn’t. 

“The Costa Rican congress is about to pass a law making smoking in bars—and any public places, illegal.” 

My friend smokes a couple packs a day of a cigarette called Delta. I have sampled Delta cigarettes a few times over the years and am of the opinion that the name of this cigarette should be “Nicotine Bomb”, so briefly head-spinning is the rush from inhaling one. My friend lit one up and shook his head in disgust. “Its going to be just as bad as in the United States,” he said. “Once that law is passed they’ll probably have the health department making surprise enforcement visits. Busts left and right. Every bar in downtown Quepos will have “clausurado” stickers plastered on the doors and windows.” 

Read More…


Cosmic Confetti’s Horoscopes – April 2012

These Horoscopes are meant to be fun and enjoyed. They should not be taken too seriously.

ariesARIES – March 21-April 19

You will have a secret rendezvous with a representative of a large foreign corporation. The password will be…”fling me a spicy burrito, Stanley”. Unfortunately you may have to say this to quite a few people before you find the right one.

RULING GEMSTONE: DIAMOND


taurusTAURUS – April 20-May 20

Prefer pirates with a patch over their left eye, rather than the right, especially in piracy danger spots such as the oceans near the Philippines, the Congo, and Wall Street

RULING GEMSTONE: EMERALD

Read More…