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That’s Fishin’ – May-June 2016

Catch your own monster

Catch your own monster

By Sarah Munro

It’s that time of year where the buzz and the bite are equally hot. For instance, the recently completed third leg of the Los Suenos Signature Triple Crown brought in 832 more fish than last year. During the 9 days of competition, this tournament brought in 6570 fish, and released them all. Coming up before this article goes to print, is the Offshore World Championship, held here at Marina Pez Vela April 16-23. Tight lines to all competitors!

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Can’t be That Long Ago, Can It?

Titi monkeysHard to believe it but it’s a fact-the Titi Conservation Alliance was founded 15 years ago by a group of hard working business people of Quepos Manuel Antonio who wanted to make sure our lovable Titis weren’t pushed out by tourists and other folks. Our sincere thanks to the founding visionaries and to the staff and volunteers who have worked for TCA over the years.

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Fiddlin Around Fools headerApril Fool’s Day was just a month or so ago and for once no one master-minded any mean or rotten tricks to play on me. Not even any little playful pranks. My friend Danielle and I have been pulling stuff on each other for decades, and we are both wary of even answering the phone if we see our caller IDs. So I guess I was actually the fool again, ‘cause I had an uneasy day just waiting for her to do something to me. Folks all over Europe, some parts of India and even China have hosted April 1st as a day of silliness and tricks and frivolity for centuries. Its exact origin is lost to the mists of time, though Geoffrey Chaucer’s “The Canterbury Tales”, written in 1392, is the first recorded mention of April 1st and foolishness. Many other chroniclers of ancient folklore have sited the unofficial holiday as a way for the lower classes to blow off some playful steam. Shakespeare even wrote a part for a fool in his play King Lear. He was the king’s confidante and counselor—and was actually a wiser man than any of the king’s other advisers or minions.

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The Value of a Tree 

Milena & babyBy Sam Trull, Co-Founder/Sloth Director; The Sloth Institute Costa Rica (TSI)

When I was an elementary school child, I used to plant acorns. One by one I would dig out little tiny holes in the ground, drop in the acorn, cover them up and keep them watered. I would check on them every day. When they first started sprouting I was SO proud. As they continued to get a little bigger I kept an obsessive watch. I would play near them every afternoon just to be with them. In fact, I remember taking my little tiny toy cars (no gender stereotypes here!) outside and I would drive them around the small saplings as if they were giant redwoods. I knew those skinny little green beings would grow up to be big tall trees one day. I remember thinking that I would need to replant them somewhere with more space once they were big enough…I used to daydream about the spots were they would eventually live. They deserved lots of room for their leaves, roots and eventually…their own little acorns. I visualized the birds that would perch on their branches, the woodpeckers that would pound on their trunks. Even at that very young age I understood the value of a tree.
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What’s Shaking at Marina Pez Vela? – May/June 2016

By Scott Cutter, Sales Director

Our thanks to the Bonnier Organization and the Costa Rica Tourism Board (ICT) and the whole Quepos community for once again welcoming the 350 anglers from around the world to last month’s Offshore World Championship. It was an exciting and dynamic event with teams coming in from as far away as Angola and New Zealand. We are proud that Marina Pez Vela and its hard working team was able to bring this great event to Quepos for the 4th straight year.

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¿Qué Pasa en Quepos? – May-June 2016

May - June 2016 coverBienvenidos/Welcome to our little corner of beautiful Costa Rica we are happy to have you visiting….we have had one of the hottest summers anyone can remember. If you see us out dancing in the rain just join in as we really need the rain to put the green back in our rainforest! Look for afternoon and evening showers and enjoy as they won’t slow down you fun! We have all the great tours available for your enjoyment from white water rafting to zip lines and now new to our pages is the EcoTram tour at Hacienda Baru. The tram is the first of its kind in Costa Rica and provides you with your own personal tram car to tour the rainforest at your own speed…you are able to stop it, rotate and back up for better views all under your own control! Wow what a great way to see the animals and birds of the rainforest….Hacienda Baru is about 20mins south of Quepos just before Dominical..check out their ad for details on page 2. We would also like to welcome Skydive Costa Rica to Quepolandia…for all you daredevils and thrill seekers here’s your chance to jump tandem with a qualified expert and really take in the view! See their ad on pg 11—for all the details. We would like to thank John Westgard of Mono Azul in MA for our great cover shot…the adorable coatimundi making its first debut on the cover of Quepolandia…thanks John! Time flies it seems as here it is Miss Virginia Utley’s birthday again on May 20th. We are wishing the Queen of Quepos a very Happy 94th Birthday! Party on girlfriend- we love you! …new hours at Mira Olas @ Hotel Kamuk 6am-10 & 5pm-10pm and now Happy Hour everyday from 5-7pm with a great sunset view! That about wraps it up for our two month issue so we will see you back here in July…have a wonderful stay and tell your friends about us…follow us on facebook.com/Quepolandia and here  …now get out and have some fun…..ciao………P

See you at the PAWS fundraiser June 25 Runaway Grill Marina Pez Vela! 5-9

The 20/80 Rule.  PARTE I

Spanish Sucks by Os

Imagine that with only 20% of vocabulary you could be able to handle 80% of normal conversations.  Imagine that instead of trying to memorize 1000 words; 200 would be enough.  Imagine that instead of learning and conjugating 100 verbs; 20 would be sufficient.

Well, that’s what the experts call the 20/80 Rule.

Today, I am going to present a list of some of the most common words in Spanish.
Spanish Pura Vida

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Quite the Contrary

By Todd Pequeen

I expand my possibilities by cultivating the opposite in myself. When I was young I did not have much choice. As an adult I do, so I use my free will to be the antagonist from within. I understand that no matter how correct I think my decisions are, or how black and white a situation seems, there are always shades of grey or layers of circumstance that I may be unaware of. This requires humility beyond the four decades of lessons I have learned. A set frame of mind can be my own worst enemy. Cultivating the opposite moves my life towards the pursuit of liberation. Freedom from all lesser pursuits (that often revolve around money, food, sex, and power) can be greatly empowering. The value of seeking change and enlightenment enriches my days beyond what I have previously dreamed.

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Education at Kids Saving the Rainforest

Janine & Aislin, 9 years old

Janine & Aislin, 9 yrs old

By William Westwood, Educational Intern

Hi, my name is Will and I’m here to tell you all about Kids Saving the Rainforest and the fantastic educational programs that we are currently running.

Kids Saving the Rainforest (KSTR) began in 1999 in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica when Janine Licare and Aislin Livingstone were 9 years old. Janine and Aislin saw the rainforest disappearing from their beloved home and the negative impact it had on the animals, particularly the squirrel (mono titi) monkeys. They were kids who were inspired to save the precious rainforest and thus, Kids Saving the Rainforest was born!

Now, 17 years later, KSTR operates a variety of projects, including: reforestation, installation and maintenance of monkey bridges, a wildlife rehabilitation clinic and terrific educational programs.Kids Saving the Rainforest Logo

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Wild Animals are Smarter than We Think

A Glimpse of Intelligence and Adaptability in Tropical Nature

by Jack Ewing

Great Tinamou

Great Tinamou

The Jungle Chicken

The great tinamou, called gallina de monte or jungle chicken in Spanish, looks like a grouse. With great effort it can fly, but not far or high. When you are walking through the jungle and a horrible ruckus that scares you out of your wits erupts from the base of nearby tree, it is almost certainly a tinamou. The interesting thing about these chicken-sized, gray colored birds is that they don’t always startle easily. At Hacienda Barú National Wildlife Refuge we discovered years ago that we can use them as a barometer to indicate the prevalence of poachers in the reserve. When lots of illegal hunting is going on the tinamous are very skittish and will take to flight at the slightest provocation. Although the poachers are usually after paca or peccary they will kill the great tinamou as well. On the other hand, after several months without being shot at, they become very tame. I have seen them walking along no more than three of four meters away from people who are hiking through the jungle. What amazes me about this is that the change in their behavior takes place within a short period of time. They apparently learn quickly when people are a threat to them and when not.

Hacienda Baru

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Vietnamese Green Papaya Salad

Chef's Corner logoBy Desiree Brassert

This salad is sold as a refreshing snack in the street stalls of Saigon and goes well with beer.


  • One small green papaya—I just ask a neighbor if I can pluck one off their tree!
  • One packet of beef jerky, finely cut with scissors –Jack links have finally arrived in Quepos, but other brands are fine
  • 1/3 cup chopped peanuts or other nut of your preference
  • Handful of chopped cilantro leaves

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From Rocks to Recliners  –  The History of Upholstery

By Shelagh Duncan

Egyptian couch

Egyptian couch

One of the things we learn early on in CR is that Tico chairs and sofas leave a lot to be desired in the comfort department. The mattress, chair and sofa are the most important pieces in your home. They are where you will spend most of your time typically, and so they need to provide good quality and comfort. But a comfortable, upholstered piece of furniture wasn’t always an option.

When did we humans stop sitting around in the dirt or on a convenient rock and start wanting the comfort of something better? Well, nothing happened fast in the  history of mankind but about the time Stonehenge was being erected and we were just beginning to work with bronze, the people of ancient  Egypt were already enjoying their leisure time with semi-comfortable furniture.  If you had the prestige, power and ‘purse’ to allow some leisure, then there were animal hair-stuffed cushions, fine fabrics draped across daybeds and gilded and decorated chairs to offer relaxation.
Royal Palm Interiors

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Spanish Pocket Dictionary (Published by Larousse)

Larousse Spanish Pocket DictionaryBy Gary Garrett

You’re saying to yourself “Really? He’s reviewing a dictionary? Alrighty, then.” But seriously folks, a Spanish-English Dictionary can be an invaluable tool for our local English-speaking tourists and those residents that have not honed their Spanish skills as yet. To be sure, there are many available in the US and other English-speaking countries but finding one locally might be a challenge. Here at Jaime Peligro Books and Adventure, we chose what is considered by many to be the best-selling version available today. Published by a 150 year old French publishing company, Larousse, the dictionary comes in 2 handy sizes for pockets, handbags, and backpacks.

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The Sloth Institute Release Project: Ellen & Kermie

Kermit sleeping in vines

Kermie sleeping in vines

By Sam Trull, TSI Co-Founder/Sloth Director

The past few months have been a whirlwind—so many exciting new project ideas and so many projects that have been underway for a long time…finally showing the fruits of our labor! I am very excited to report that Ellen and Kermie’s release is underway! (For those of you who haven’t read about Ellen and Kermie, they are a pair of 2-toed sloths that were brought to KSTR within days of each other, at the time they were barely a week old, and had been orphaned by their mothers. I hand-raised the pair and last September, they were brought to the soft release cage).

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Manuel & Nancy in Jaco

Manuel & Nancy in Jaco

How do you make the transition from reading the notated music in front of you on a piece of paper to closing your eyes and just playing the music that somehow occurs to you? I’ve been asked this question a lot, especially from classically trained violinists who for some reason can’t make the jump from reading music to playing without written music and improvising. In my case, in order to get heard around my house you had to start improvising. Everyone in my family played music—usually written music, but when the whole family got together, unless you could ‘wing’ it, you wouldn’t be able to join in the fun. There were too many people crowding around the piano to see the music anyway. But I was lucky in having this background, because it was normal for us to play without written music and it wasn’t really a big deal. It was just what we did.
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