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Happy New Year! Feliz Ano Nuevo! from Titi Conservation Alliance

Titi Conservation Alliance logoWe would like to again sincerely thank everyone who supported The Titi Conservation Alliance Annual Online Auction in November. We were so fortunate to have many generous donors and buyers and truly appreciate the support. Proceeds from the auction will be earmarked to strengthen our Environmental Education program that has provided free environmental education to 4th and 5th graders in our area since 2003.

Highlights 2016

The Alliance is proud to report that with close to 3,000 trees planted this year, we surpassed our goal of 70,000 total trees planted since our founding 15 years ago. We are so grateful to the landowners who participated with us in 2016-Sr. Carlos Mora and family in Pocares, the Gamboa family and Lic Manuel Solano and the Hogar de Ancianos in Naranjito, and the Gannon family in Anita. We now have reached a great milestone with over 40 landowners who have collaborated with our habitat reforestation program in the Naranjo River Biological Corridor..
Titi Conservation Alliance continued to grow this year, with the addition of several new members-Mid World Costa Rica Adventure Tours, Capris S.A., and 2 Costa Rica Real Estate became members and we urge you to support their businesses. Our new website at www.monotiti.org came on line in early May along with enhanced social media presence for the organization and its members. We also established new alliances with St Judes School in Lindora Santa Ana, and Best Adventure Travel, ground operator for Road Scholar travel groups to Costa Rica.

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¿Qué Pasa en Quepos? – January 2017

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Bienvenidos…Welcome 2017, we hope you had a wonderful Holiday. High season is upon us in Costa Rica and we are glad you are here to be part of it with us. Green season has provided us a beautiful backdrop to begin this new year of adventure. Our magazine is filled with the best of the best that the Southern Pacific Zone has to offer and should help your stay here be a trip you never forget.

Try something new this year like sport fishing for a record marlin (Marina Pez Vela). Zip Lining thru the tree tops (Titi Canopy). Paddling thru the mangroves (Tucanes Tours or Kayak Lodge). Hiking thru one of the most beautiful National Parks in the world. Just chillin on the beach? Try parasailing (Aquas Azles) or learn to surf (Blue Horizon or Marco) they will have you hanging ten in no time. So let the “Pura Vida” lifestyle set the pace for your 2017. Life is short….GO LIVE IT!

We want to thank Sarah Yunker Photography for the incredible waterfall cover. We are always looking for great new covers so please send your best shots to info@quepolandia.com for future consideration.
Looking for great food, great drinks, and NFL Football. Stop in to Hawg n Bill or El Sol at the beach, Sanchos or Byblos on the mountain, or Double Hook at the Marina to catch all the games.

We would like to welcome our new advertisers this month……. Arbol, Cafe Mono Congo/Phat Noodle, Funky Town Photography, Jackpot Sport Fishing, La Langosta Feliz, La Mansion, & Marco Surf School.

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

Peace and Enjoy…D

KSTR, Columbia & USA

KSTR met with Columbia & USAKids Saving the Rainforest met with the government of Colombia and the USA to teach them about the KSTR Monkey Bridge Program initiated in 2000, and the first in Costa Rica. The meeting was held with ICE, who have been helping us with the monkey bridges for over 10 years. KSTR has also planted over 7000 trees and is currently reforesting 94,000 rainforest trees on land donated to them. Plus the KSTR rescue center has rescued over 220 wildlife so far this year.

It is amazing to see that two girls had such a vision in Manuel Antonio 17 years ago and that it could come this far! Go kid power!

Soba Noodle Bowl

Soba Noodle BowlBy Desiree Brassert

This recipe is vegetarian, but you could also easily add flavored strips of meat or seafood to complete this one-bowl meal.
Soba noodles are a true Japanese delicacy. Thin like spaghetti, they are made with buckwheat flour and their nutty flavor makes an excellent base for stir fries and salads, hot or cold.

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In Pursuit of Modern Part 1

Modern or Contemporary?

Design WiseBy Shelagh Duncan

When we moved down here I was probably more drawn to the Tommy Bahama living room more than any Modern one.  How can our casual and laid-back lifestyle in Costa Rica relate to the cold, clinical steel and concrete interiors that are called Modern?

However, things change… Oscar Wilde penned “With age comes wisdom” and perhaps my new-found appreciation for the modern aesthetic is proof of that. The clean lines and minimalist approach do have a certain appeal, and I must admit, I have always admired the work of Frank Lloyd Wright.

Frank Lloyd Wright's Falling Water

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Falling Water

What can be confusing is that the concept of ‘Modern’ for many people also encompasses what we call ‘Contemporary’ design. These are actually two quite different styles, but the terms are often used interchangeably. Simply put, ‘Modern’ design has an historical reference: ‘Contemporary’ style reflects the current trends.

Iconic Modern DesignsSo what exactly is the difference? Modern design has its own specific place in history. It was born out of the Modernism era in the first half of the 20th century, and is in stark contrast to the previously ornate, hand-made furniture of the Victorian and Art Nouveau eras. Factories could produce more items, faster and cheaper, and this movement perfectly reflects the 2nd industrial age – and change. Poet Ezra Pound’s battle cry was “Make it new!” – and they did.

Modern design was functionally motivated, and followed the same principles as modern architecture – machine-like simplicity, smoothness of surface and an absence of ornament. Modern furniture embraced the new materials – steel  in its many forms, glass, molded plywood and of course plastics. The goal of modern design was to capture timeless beauty in spare precision. It gave us iconic and enduring designs, and names like Eames,  Saarinen, Le Corbusier, Breuer and Mies van de Rohe.

White living room with blue accentsWhite was the perfect backdrop for these new pieces:  it showed their form in the purest way. These modern rooms made liberal use of windows and light – again in complete contrast to Victorian homes, where the “Window Tax” produced those gloomy interiors!  However, it was the Englishwoman Syrie Maugham who gave us the first all white room way back in the 1920’s. Her white room was not in the Modern style, but this revolutionary concept helped change the way Modern designers thought about space. Airy interior spaces with sparsely furnished rooms, clean lines and asymmetrical balance characterized the modern look – and the rooms were white.

Modern is a design style attributed to a specific period of time, Contemporary is not.

Contemporary designThe word contemporary by definition means “existing, occurring, or living at the same time; belonging to the same time. And that is exactly the same for the use of the term in interior design.

Contemporary design is ever changing – it is of this moment. It is a living, morphing entity and will display itself in a very different form 10, or 50 years from now depending on the trending styles at that time.

Contemporary style refers to what is popular right now, and can be very eclectic for that very reason. It borrows pieces and styles from different eras. For example, furniture and art from the Modern era are often used in contemporary design, and we know that the mid-century modern look is very popular right now. However, traditional details and trim can also be incorporated into these designed spaces as well as industrial and rustic pieces.

The only caveat with this style is that, because it is ever-changing, it can look great today – but start to look dated after a while. So I guess we just have to keep buying new pieces to keep it updated!

So, you can decide whether your style is Modern or Contemporary, and really, unless you are a purist the terminology is not as important as the finished look.  Well designed homes and interiors can have the essence of the modern style with the openness and materials that reflect that time, but by including pieces that show your personality and taste you can enjoy a contemporary, and modern home.

Tropical modern homeTropical Modernism is something different again. As an architect in Sri Lanka, Geoffrey Bawa was one of the original proponents of Tropical Modernism – a design movement that, amongst other things began the integration of buildings and the landscape. This is when the blurring of lines between indoor and outdoor living began, and which we still enjoy today.

He built for the tropical climate. He recognized its special needs and combined those needs with the basic principles of Modern design. Bawa’s legacy was some beautifully designed hotels, a university campus and many public and government buildings, as well as many private residences.

What does Tropical Modernism look like today? This is the area that perhaps would be most relevant to us living where we do, so let’s look at this in detail next time. We will talk about the architecture, the furniture, the materials and the overall style.

Embrace the differences and enjoy the results!

Until next time,
Royal Palm Interiors – around the corner from BCR in Uvita – 2743-8323
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Memoirs or a Massuer – December 2016

memoirs of a massuer headerI am not a musician but if I was I would write a song about Manuel Antonio. My song would have community and fun as the refrain with lots of poetic verses of laughter and friendship and health. The base line would be gnarly yet bright, it would clearly make everyone want to get up and dance for joy. A positive base, picks up your feet while kissing your face. My Manuel Antonio song would have four beautiful back up singers, two male, two female. They would sound similar to Bob Marley’s backup singers the I threes, Rita Marley, Judy Mowatt, and Marcia Griffiths. Their buttery doo wap’s would transport listeners into a comfortable make believe spot on the beach, with an ocean breeze caressing their face. The lead singer would make us feel at home. Not just lyrically, but we would be vibrant and glowing and ready for just about anything. My Manuel Antonio song would feel like the right amount of vacation days and that post massage body high. Everyone would listen to it and have the same reaction….play it again and this round is on me!!!

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Kids Saving the Rainforest – December 2016

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Happy Holidays to all!

By Lexi Baca, age 12, KSTR spokeskid

Mr. Sloth got stuck in our neighbor's yard

Mr. Sloth got stuck in our neighbor’s yard

Why did the sloth cross the road? Because there were no tree branches or monkey bridges! Hi, it’s Lexi again, Kids Saving the Rainforest spokeskid. As a KSTR volunteer, I get to learn about certain things that KSTR does to help the welfare of their animals, or just animals in Costa Rica in general. There are a lot of things they’ve done to try and make sure that the animals who live here are safe, and this month I’m going to talk about the monkey bridges along with a personal story of a sloth who could have used one.

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Fiddlin’ Around – December 2016

Santa FrogIf you live here and are a compulsive and insatiable book reader like myself, then you probably get frustrated with the fewer options and availability of cheap reading material, and are always checking out who has free book exchanges. But it’s frustrating when you find a good stash of used books, because their covers are mostly lurid, or gone, or are abstract art that has nothing to do with the content. About the only exceptions are cookbooks—they have yummy looking food on their covers—or Westerns. They almost always have a guy on a horse wearing a cowboy hat rescuing a beautiful woman from getting scalped. Most of the time you just can’t trust the covers, so you have to take the time to read that page in the front that tells you what the book is all about and hope that doesn’t spoil it for you. I’m old school—I don’t have a Kindle or any electronic devices or books on my computer—I still prefer turning pages and dog-earing the corners. I might highlight a passage or quote, but usually forget about it by the time I get to the end and pass the book on to a friend or to the library in Uvita that benefits the D.A.W.G. organization. They have a pretty darn well-organized library above Dr. Fernando’s vet clinic in Uvita, and they do good work rescuing critters around here. I’m wandering off my point, which is that you just can’t judge a book by its cover, and that applies to musicians in a big way.

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The Sloth Institute’s WISH Program

Wild Sloth Health Lab exteriorBy Sam Trull

A question I get asked often is “Are sloths endangered?”. While the sloths of Costa Rica may not be categorized as endangered but they are still very much IN danger. Every day critical habitat is destroyed and sloths are injured by human encroachment. They can’t run across roads, jump through gaps in the forest or fend off dogs. In addition, underlying diseases and abilities to adjust to an ever changing world go un-detected without targeted research initiatives. There are active steps we can take towards creating a safer, healthier and happier future for wild sloths in Costa Rica.  But first we need to learn, what makes a healthy sloth?  What factors affect the health of individual sloths and sloth populations? In order to truly tackle these questions, through the generous donation of Dave Houck of Tulemar and our GoFundMe donors, we recently completed the build of Monster’s WiSH (Wild Sloth Health) lab.

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¿What did you do during the rainy season?

Spanish Sucks by Os¿Did you: 





I hope you DID those things.  I hope you did use and invest your time into the Spanish language and those 12 verbs which I told you are súper importantes 😉

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Titi Conservation Alliance – December 2016

Tree planting at the Gamboa Family Farm

Tree planting at the Gamboa family farm

As we approach the Christmas holiday and year end festivities, we would like to sincerely thank everyone who supported The Titi Conservation Alliance Annual Online Auction in November. We were so fortunate to have many generous donors and buyers this year and truly appreciate the support. Proceeds from this year’s auction will be earmarked to strengthen our Environmental Education program that has provided free environmental education to 4th and 5th graders in our area since 2003.

New Members

We are so pleased to welcome several new members to Titi Conservation Alliance!  Mid World Costa Rica Adventure Tours, came on board in September followed by 2Costa Rica Real Estate a well known local realtor and finally Capris S.A. one of Costa Rica’s most important hardware and heavy equipment suppliers. We are also happy to be allied this year with Best Adventure Travel a local ground operator for the Road Scholar tour groups.

We truly appreciate the support of these new businesses! Please be sure to thank the staff and owners for making the decision to support our conservation projects in Quepos- Manuel Antonio and surrounding areas.

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The Tourism that Dares not Speak its Name

shambling through paradiseI was seated in the bar of a downtown San Jose hotel, waiting for friends to arrive. An attractive young woman took the seat next to me. We exchanged holas. Then she told me that I reminded of her of that ‘galan’ in Hollywood, “como se llama?” I looked at myself in the bar mirror—with my recent haircut and beard trim, and the gray in my beard offset by my still dark head of hair, I ventured: “George Clooney?”

“Si, si,” she said. “Yorzh Cloney!” Then she offered to have sex with me for 100 dollars.

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Outdoor Rooms – Where Would You Rather Be?

Design WiseBy Shelagh Duncan

The outdoor living area has probably become one of the most important features in North American homes over the last few years. We however, have been lucky enough to enjoy our outdoor living areas ever since we arrived!

We love to spend our time outdoors – who would blame us! With the incredible beauty, and pure oxygen-rich air surrounding us, naturally  the covered terrace is where we prefer to spend most of our time. Typically that area has also become larger than our indoor living room, but how do we bring the inside out and the outside in?

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Quepos IS Safe & Friendly

Downtown QueposBy Vera Jones

The people of Quepos look forward to serving you and telling you about our town, a typical Costa Rican pueblo. Quepos provides access to all amenities, such as Supermarkets, ATMs, Post Office, Doctors, Dentists, Taxis, Buses, Souvineers, Shopping, Restaurants, a Casino and much more.

Quepos is safe and friendly. The people living here go out of their ways to be helpful, often speaking English as well as Spanish. So spend some time and enjoy shopping, dining and having a drink.

The streets have been recently repaved so walking and driving are easy. Quepos is on the ocean front and the boardwalk is the perfect place to sit and relax. There is an open-air market on Friday evenings and Saturday mornings with lots of exotic local fruits and vegetables.

What’s Shaking at Marina Pez Vela? – December 2016

With our 91 new slips completed and our commercial plaza now full of fabulous restaurants, shops and tour companies, we are incredibly excited for what is going to be an AMAZING DECEMBER and kick-off to the high season.  Make sure to start planning your month now, so as to not miss any of these amazing events.   And please join us for a sunset, a Thursday night happy hour with the RadioDos show live with Evan luck, or outdoor movie night.


The third annual Bright Lights boat parade promises to be bigger and better than ever this year.  This year’s event is going to include the traditional boat parade, circus performers, fireworks display and a lot of fun with our expanded commercial plaza and a chance for everyone to celebrate the start of our holiday season.  Charters are available so that you can enjoy the event FROM THE WATER and be a part of the action.  Reach out to the team at iFish Quepos for details on a  private or shared charter boat or to sponsor and decorate a boat.

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