These Horoscopes are meant to be fun and enjoyed. They should not be taken too seriously.
- April 20-May 20
Happy Birthday all my fellow Taureans! For those of you that don’t know, we are ruled by the planet Venus (the love planet), the stoic bull (hence our stubbornness) the color green, and our bodies are ruled by our ears, nose and throat. We LOVE money, comforts and food, not necessarily in that order…so go and buy yourself a lottery ticket and pamper yourself cause this is definitely your year! Be contented destiny wise.
CELEBRITY TAURUS: Stevie Wonder
LUCKY NUMBERS: Any and all combinations of 2-5-7
- May 21-June 21
This month you will join the political action group “Whiners for Peace”, and will call up your senator’s office and whine at them. Don’t forget to sign up for the big “Pout Out” next month! You are being watched by a large penguin, act normal.
CELEBRITY GEMINI: Dennis Rodman
LUCKY NUMBERS: 34, 5, 9
Por Carol Vlassoff
Traducido por Carlos Chavarria
Es difícil imaginar que la persona tranquila, segura de sí misma sentado en su escritorio elegante en Manuel Antonio Estates una vez estuvo con frío y sin dinero en la autopista Trans-Canada en una noche de Diciembre, fijando sus esperanzas en un viaje hacia Vancouver y una nueva vida. Ese era Richard Lemire, ahora un respetado líder y hombre de negocios en el área de Quepos-Manuel Antonio, hace 29 años.
Richard recuerda lo que sintió esa noche. Había perdido todo su dinero en un casino en Edmonton, incluyendo el dinero que había ahorrado para un automóvil y viaje de regreso a Quebec para ver a su familia en Navidad. “Recuerdo que estaba pegado en las montañas en medio de la noche, medio congelado. Yo estaba feliz de irme de allí sin deberle ningún dinero a nadie, pero me di cuenta que tenía un problema serio” Amigos le habían aconsejado ir a Vancouver, por lo que pidió aventón hasta allí y durmió en un albergue. Encontró trabajo al día siguiente en un lavadero de carros, recordó, y, finalmente, consiguió un trabajo en la construcción. “Yo mismo me subí a la pista”, dice, “y estaba contento de haber vuelto a mis cinco sentidos en una etapa temprana de mi vida. Ahora no tengo problemas con el juego.” Read More…
by Carol Vlassoff
It is hard to imagine that the quiet, self-assured person sitting at his posh desk in Manuel Antonio Estates once stood, cold and penniless, on the Trans-Canada Highway on a December night, pinning his hopes on a ride to Vancouver and a new life. That was Richard Lemire, now a respected leader and businessman in the Quepos-Manuel Antonio area, 29 years ago.
Richard remembers what it felt like that night. He had lost all his money at a casino in Edmonton, including the money he had saved for a car and trip back to Quebec to see his family at Christmas. “I remember being stuck in the mountains in the middle of the night, half frozen. I was happy that I got out of there not owing anybody any money, but I realized I had a serious problem.” Friends had advised him to go to Vancouver, so he hitch-hiked there and slept in a hostel. He found work the next day in a car wash, re recalls, and eventually got a job in construction. “I got myself back on track,” he says, “and I was glad I came to my senses at an early stage in my life. Now I don’t have a gambling problem.” Read More…
Bienvenidos/Welcome to Quepolandia! We are happy that you have come to visit. We have a wonderful community – an exotic combination of x-pats and locals, who with our visitors, gives us a very international atmosphere. On a bus ride to the beach or out to dinner you could possibly hear 5 or 6 different languages and we all try to live with the Pura Vida attitude that is Costa Rica. Here it is May and as usual with the passing of Samana Santa (Easter) our rains have come back…..the beginning of “Green Season”..sounds so much nicer than “rainy season” right? We are happy to be greening up and cooling off….there won’t be enough rain to dampen your spirits or plans for your vacation so get out there and have some FUN!..try a few tours………explore our beautiful Paradise and have a great time…..when visiting our advertisers please let them know you found them in Quepolandia because without them we are “nada”… we would like to welcome Dra. Candy back to Quepos…with her is Linea Vital DE C.R. Emergency Medical – open 24/7 to help with your medical needs …call: 2777-6868….. we would like to thank our friend Myla for our beautiful cover shot & wish she hadn’t moved “up North”….we would like to welcome 2 new guest writers…Anita Kiesel of Indiana & David Seyhun of LA..check out their stories later in the month…..…please enjoy yourselves have a super time at our beach but remember the ocean is powerful & we want you safe – so take care and pay attention to the riptide—if you are here on the 31st – Memorial Day – don’t miss Papa & Harry’s 8th Annual Memorial Day Pig Roast at Pueblo Real – Damas – starts about 1pm with music by Robbie & Live Wire ……..so that’s about it…..caio for now…………………P
By Solar Costa Rica
As a solar energy company, we hear from a lot of people who want to reduce their energy bills. Some, like us, want to “save the world” by using renewable energy, others want solar or battery backup because of blackouts and excessive power bills. Either way, the first step is to look at how much energy is being consumed in the first place.
Solar energy does not reduce your power consumption. It simply supplies electricity from a different source. The equipment for capturing solar energy is expensive, which means that the first step is to reduce your need for energy, thereby reducing the size—and cost—of the system.
Even if you don’t plan to invest in a solar or battery backup system, taking stock of the construction of your home or business and your energy use patterns is a great idea that may allow you to dramatically reduce your bills and increase your comfort! Humans are very adaptable animals; some simple adaptations to your home and habits could significantly improve your day-to-day experience.
By Jack Ewing
Back in the 1970s Diane and the kids and I lived in the casona, the old Hacienda Baru home. We didn’t get around to digging a well until the early 1980s, and every year, the spring that supplied our water would dry up in mid February. To deal with the situation we carried drinking water in 5 gallon plastic containers from another spring two kilometers away and water for washing dishes and flushing toilets in 55 gallon drums. The girl who worked for us went to the Barú River to do laundry, and every afternoon around 4:00 PM everyone went to the river to bathe in the crystal clear water. The village of Dominical was out of water too, so most of the town – about 8 people at that time — met us there, and the afternoon bath became as much a social event as one of personal hygiene.
River Otter eating fish
Another daily visitor to the bathing ritual was the Neotropical River Otter (Lutra longicaudis.) No sooner did we started splashing around than a couple of otters would appear from down river, swimming toward our location at the “Paso del Guanacaste.” They would swim directly at us at high speed, and about four meters short of our location they would dive. Sometimes they stayed underwater only a few seconds and sometimes longer than a minute. When they resurfaced it could be anywhere, but it would definitely be at least four meters (13 feet) from the nearest person. It was like they were playing a game with us, but only to a certain point.
By Adriana Quesada, KSTR Manager & Monkey Bridge Program Director
Titi on a Monkey Bridge
KSTR has a program dedicated to help the Titi Monkeys (squirrel monkeys), as well as the other species of monkeys that live in the Manuel Antonio Area.
The leading causes of death for this endangered species are electrocution by electrical wires while crossing roads and being hit by cars. That’s why, as part of our plan to help the Titi monkeys, we have placed monkey bridges that cross above the roads of Manuel Antonio and surrounding areas to give these adorable creatures a safer way to travel in the rainforest, to get food, shelter and to be in good physical condition; yeah that’s right, Titi monkeys need to travel 17 km a day to be in good shape.