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Angler Jargon

By Leanne Batten 

Want to impress your family and friends with your next Quepos fishing trip? Throw these terms around when you get back home describing your adventure, and you will have everybody around you green with envy! Meet us here in Quepos for some Costa Rica fishing this high season! 

Action: Self Explanatory– “Lots of action today! Released four Sailfish and got a nice Dorado on board for dinner!” 

Bluewater: The clear cobalt water that billfish and other predatory fish prefer to hang out in offshore, the magical place where memories are made! 

Bring to color: Bringing a fish to visibility in the water during a fight, hence “I see color!”. 

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Save money with a high-efficiency variable speed pool pump

By Costa Rica Pools & Construction

There is a lot of talk about saving money on your pool with the new high-efficiency variable speed pool pumps. One manufacture, Jandy says their new VS Flo Pro pump can “reduce energy use up to 90%”. Single speed pumps generally end up using more energy than variable speed pumps so the money conscious tend to choose the latter.  A good working pool pump not only can save you money but also can ensure the water you swim in is clean and clear.

Costa Rica Pools & Construction

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First things first/Primero lo primero, Second part/Segunda parte

By Os
Hola amigos:  Happy New Year! – Feliz Año Nuevo! I hope you had a Feliz Navidad and everything is all right.

Did you have any trouble during your X-mas shopping understanding some numbers-números?  Problems with the totals-totales?  Still struggling to understand how much the bill-la cuenta is?  You can’t even get a telephone number?  You can say uno-dos-tres and that’s it?…Let’s fix that…Now-Ahora!

Familia “Sésamo Street”:

1 uno – 2 dos – 3 tres – 4 cuatro – 5 cinco

6 seis – 7 siete – 8 ocho – 9 nueve


Familia “weirdos”:

0 cero – 10 diez – 20 veinte – 30 treinta

100 cien – 500 quinientos

1.000 mil (don’t say “un” mil, just mil)

Os - Lost in Translation

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Costa Rican Moonshine

Clandestine Still

Clandestine Still

 By Jack Ewing

I haven’t had a drop to drink, of any alcoholic beverage, since May 17, 1977. I quit drinking because I figured that I had already drunk enough to last me a lifetime, and it wasn’t necessary to drink any more. Prior to that date, I was quite an expert on all things relating to alcoholic beverages including Costa Rican moonshine, known locally as guaro contrabando.

Hacienda Baru

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Farewell to a Legacy

By Jim Parisi

Fidel Gamboa When he passed away unexpectedly on August 29, Fidel Gamboa shocked music fans all over the world and left a void that can never really be mended. The founder, songwriter, guitarist and lead singer of the highly popular Costa Rican band Malpais was honored on November 18 at the National Stadium in west San Jose with a concert by the remaining members of his band and guest musicians such as Bernardo Quesada, Adrian Goizueta, Humberto Vargas, Max Goldenberg, Walter Flores, Cantoamerica, Peregrino Gris, the Nicaraguan rock band Perrozompopo, and the Costa Rica Philharmonic Orchestra throughout the night, including an incredible version of “Historia de Nadie” with Maria Pretiz. The real surprise was the appearance of Ruben Blades, a three-time Grammy Award winning Panamanian musician who was loudly received by the sold-out audience in the stadium. The show continued well past the scheduled two and a half hours, with Fidel’s guitar standing upright in its stand onstage, alone, all night.

Jaime Peligro Books and Music
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Self Sufficient Living

By Vernita Gundy 

Self Sufficient Living… HMMMMMM…What is that? I am a US citizen who lives in the City of Philadelphia in Pennsylvania and although I’ve heard of self-sufficient living, I have never learned what it actually meant until now. Self-sufficient living means self reliance in learning to grow your own, make your own, sell your own and bake your own, for homesteading, urban homesteading or mini farms. 

 I’ve been in Costa Rica volunteering for Kids Saving the Rainforest the last 3 months and I have slowly started to understand what it is all about and how important it is to change our way of living so we can all be on this earth for years to come. 

Kids Saving the Rainforest Logo

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First things first/Primero lo primero, First part/Primera parte

By Os

Just for this month I am gonna show you something sweet about Spanish:  The pronunciation of the stuff.

¿How on Earth: ¿won and one?, ¿bear and bare?, ¿weight and wait?, have the same pronunciation???

In Spanish, when you see a letter such as “A”, it sounds like /ah/ in Anita, /ah/ in padre and /ah/ in any single word that has an “A” in it.  Period.-Punto.

In English, when you see a letter such as “A”, it sounds like /ey/ in Amy, /ah/ in father and who knows what else in another word that has “A” in it.

En español the letter you see and the sound that is gonna come out of your mouth when you see that letter is always the same.  En inglés the letter you see and the sound that is gonna come out of your mouth can be different.  Sorry about this but it super sucks.

Os - Lost in Translation

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Something New

Try Something New Every Day

Try Something New Every Day

 By Mark Goldstein

Decide right now that you will try something new today.

O.K., did you do it? Did you commit to yourself that you will try something new? It could be anything, anything at all. If not, try again. Did it? Good.

Maybe you’re reading this on the publishing date, January 1st. 2012. Or maybe you’re reading this as a back issue in June. It doesn’t matter. Try something new today.

Playa Yoga

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Fishing Report – January 2012

A lot is happening in Quepos with the month of November finished up.  Visitors that came for the week of Thanksgiving kept the fleet of charter boats busy fishing catching record numbers of Marlin, Sailfish, Dorado and Tuna.

For the month of December, hope everyone had a Merry Christmas!  Our fishermen are gearing up for the high season starting “NOW”, the month of January.  All captains and mates changing lines, polishing, cleaning and looking over every part of their boats to be ready for another great season here in “Fishing Paradise”. 

Quepos Tropical Waters Sport Fishing

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Nina, the Spider Monkey’s Story

By Volunteer Christine Ellenburg 

Some animals are happy to be pets, like cats, dogs and fish. Other animals want to live in the wild, like monkeys. My name is Nina and I’m a spider monkey. I started off happily in the wild. 

Life was great I would wake up in the morning to the “hooo doottt hooo doottt” of the Motmots. I would go for breakfast with my brother Manny or a swing with my sister Stella until one day I woke up to a different sound… 

Kids Saving the Rainforest Logo

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Pretérito Imperfecto


A.        Escriba el uso del Pretérito Imperfecto según corresponda:

  1. Yo estaba viendo una película de historia de Latinoamérica ayer. 
  2. Mi tío Plutarco acababa de cerrar la puerta cuando recordó que había dejado sus llaves dentro del carro. 
  3. Nepomuceno y yo queríamos comprar una tabla de Surf a medias. 
  4. Mi hermana iba a traer a sus amigas a la casa, pero no consiguieron transporte. 
  5. El estudiante cantaba en español  mientras completaba la práctica.
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Cosmic Confetti’s Horoscopes – January 2012

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


CAPRICORN – December 22-January 19

The truth is much harder to find than fiction. Don’t be afraid to spread damn dirty lies. This month, your seasonal destiny feels like the lowest berry on the mistletoe.


aquariusAQUARIUS – January 20-February 18

Half of what you think you are good at is actually a complete fluke. This month might see the end of your futile efforts to get good at something.


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¿Qué Pasa en Quepos? – January 2012

Quepolandia January 2012Bienvenidos/Welcome to our beautiful Paradise of Quepos/Manuel Antonio…we hope you enjoy your visit & find our magazine helpful & entertaining. We wish you a HAPPY NEW YEAR – FELIZ AÑO NUEVO. You should find plenty to keep you busy, from great tours of all sorts & wonderful restaurants to try. We hope you will tell our advertisers that you found them in Quepolandia….be sure to take in the Manuel Antonio National Park & spend some time on our wonderful beaches. Quepos is World Famous for it’s sport fishing so give it a try – you will not be disappointed.  All of our charter fleet practice catch & release of billfish so that our waters will continue to have plenty of fish for generations to come…check out our pages for sport fishing charters…our thanks to Marcos Porras of Quepos Tropical Waters Sport Fishing for our cover shot of the Sailfish…we would like to mention that the sushi bar is back at the “new” Barba Roja Restaurante so if you haven’t been by in a while, stop in & meet Mike & check out the menu changes…well that about takes care of us for this month…don’t forget to check back here regularly…Quepolandia would like to thank all of our wonderful advertisers of 2011 as we look forward to a PROSPEROUS 2012 for all…thanks for visiting & tell all your friends about us…ciao…P

Do you often have cloudy pool water?

By Costa Rica Pools & Construction

Cloudy water can be caused by a number of factors. It can be a symptom of inadequate filtration, pH imbalance, or inadequate chlorine levels. The cure depends on the cause. Inadequate filtration from failure to run the filter long enough, insufficient or inconsistent backwashing, or a dirty/ worn filter are the first potential causes to consider. If filtration is not the problem, pH is the next likely cause. pH is the one of the most important aspect of pool maintenance. When pH rises above 7.6, calcium precipitates out of the water in the form of scale or suspended particles that can cloud the water. Although not the same as pH, proper total alkalinity does help stabilize pH. If your total alkalinity is too low, the pH level will be very sensitive and may suffer drastic swings. A high alkalinity level, in addition to contributing to cloudy water and scaling, can keep your pH rigidly fixed.

Costa Rica Pools & Construction

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El Regreso Soundtrack

el regresoBy Jim Parisi

Writing a soundtrack is tricky business. The music needs to compliment the action and images of the movie of the film without being pervasive. It needs to follow the storyline so in this way it is almost like an assignment. And all good musicians want to put their own personal stamp on their music, so it needs to fall into the category of artistic expression as well: no musician wants their work to become wallpaper. This article is a review of the soundtrack of the new Costa Rica movie “El Regreso”; it is not a review of the film, which is wildly popular right now.

Federico Miranda picked up his first guitar with serious intentions at the age of twelve and taught himself to play. In 1993, he formed the popular Costa Rican rock band Gandhi, one of the first of this genre in this country. They have since released four albums and in 2005, Miranda also teamed up with pianist Walter Flores to work on the Baula Project, a fusion quartet who dedicated this album to the preservation of the leatherback turtle.

Jaime Peligro Books and Music
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