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Cosmic Confetti’s Horoscopes – June 2011

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

geminiGEMINI – May 21-June 21

Walk without shoes for a day and you will soon understand the nature of the soul! Get it? People will start to resent your annoying habit of repeating the last funny thing said and then laughing.

RULING GEMSTONE: ALEXANDRITE


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CANCER -June 22-July 22

Although it may be true that you are being hunted down by pirates, you may wish to avoid using the name “Long Dong Silver”. Brown is your unlucky color this month. Avoid it where possible.

RULING GEMSTOME: RUBY

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¿Qué Pasa en Quepos? – June 2011

June's cover photo by Sean Johnstone

June's cover photo by Sean Johnstone

Bienvenido/Welcome to Paradise! We are happy to see you and know you will have a great time visiting us whether this is your first trip or a return visit. June is a great time – not so hot – rain in the afternoon and plenty of fun things to do…..if you should get caught in a downpour while driving  just slow it down and take your time – our scenery is beautiful so enjoy it…. at times the streets of Quepos can flood so if you are wading around trying to reach a dry spot just remember to really wash your feet when you get back to your hotel…….we have all the great tours available in our area – just take a look at our advertisers…..from paddleboarding, white water rafting, fishing and zip lines to just about anything else you want to try….they will take great care of you & you’ll have a blast……….our beaches are beautiful but the sun is strong even this time of year so don’t forget the sunblock and watch out for the rip tide if swimming……we would also like to mention that a couple of our estuaries at the beach are home to large crocodiles…please exercise caution with small children and dogs…we would like to thank Sean Johnstone for our cover shot….send in those photos and you might make a cover!………please mention to our advertisers that you found them in Quepolandia and follow us here online when you get home…have fun – be safe and come back soon……….ciao…………P
 
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Introducing Chef Edgar Vargas Romero

chef edgar vargas romeroBy Ana Lyons

One Sunday afternoon in the sleepy village of Matapalo, while enjoying a visit with my friends Susanna and Jean-Louis Mari, owners of Express del Pacifico Restaurante, a “new face in town” entered to have a cold beverage and some conversation.  After exchanging pleasantries, we found out that Edgar Vargas is the new executive chef at Parador Hotel’s restaurants in Manuel Antonio – enjoying his day off in our little slice of paradise.

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Eka Pada Rajakapotasana or Pigeon Pose

sport-yoga-pigeon-poseBy Mark Goldstein

May’s Pose of the Month is Eka Pada Rajakapotasana, or Pigeon Pose.

This pose is a wonderful hip opener, because of that it can help out many types of lower back pain. As a massage therapist, the most common issue that I hear from clients is regarding back pain. Of course it can feel wonderful to have some great massage strokes done to your back when you are in pain, but, I find that whether we are healing through massage or yoga, that we always need to address the front of the body too in order to really make your back feel better.

As you will see, Pigeon Pose is a great way to do this through yoga.
Playa Yoga

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Varieties – Adding Spice to our Lives

hibiscusBy Donna Porter

A tree is not just a tree, a flower is not just a flower and a fruit is just not a fruit.  To describe a plant by saying that it is a “tropical tree with green leaves and yellow flowers” is similar to describing a person by saying “it is a Latino man with black hair and dark skin”. This oversimplification of descriptions leaves one scratching one’s head in wonder and as clueless as ever.  Plants, as humans, are not all created equal. They are characterized and classified in an assortment of ways to distinguish them, or their groupings or types, and to help in their identification.  Having an identity is as important in the plant world as it is in the human world, although, plants, unlike humans, can be preserved for future usage and benefit – an even greater reason for correct identification.

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Overnight Success in Just a Decade

Lucho CalaveraBy Jim Parisi

Lucho Calavera and his band La Canalla recorded their entire debut album “Ni Pa’ Que Te Cuento” in the Papaya Music Studio in Alajuela in just two and a half months, an incredible, very efficient accomplishment. Then they spent nearly a year crafting and polishing their model. A band that has a reputation for enjoying themselves onstage, including live dancers as part of their entourage, became very serious in the studio, expanding the band from five players to nine, to include more percussion and a horn section, further indication of the scope of their vision. That vision is initiated by singer/songwriter Lucho Calavera, the altered ego of Luis Arena, who has been in the Costa Rica music scene for some time. He recorded two albums in the late Nineties with El Parque, the second CD on the Sony Music Label. They were the first Costa Rican band to air a video on MTV Latino. He then went solo, working on projects with other local bands, most notably Evolucion. He also sat in with Soda Stereo, a popular band from Argentina. Arena then relocated to Madrid, evolving musical influences and his pseudonym, with gypsy bravado wrapped around it.

Jaime Peligro Books and Music

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Crab Melts

By Bill Dwyer

Melts are open-face sandwiches, with melted cheese as the common denominator. They are usually made with a meat or seafood salad mixed with cheese. Here is my version of a favourite of ours – the crab melt.

I don’t follow a recipe when I make these, but to write this column and tell you how to make crab melts, I did some measuring as I added ingredient after ingredient. I put each ingredient into a measuring cup without packing them down – just left loose; so keep that in mind as you build your own crab melts. And don’t feel you have to match my measurements exactly – just fairly closely. By the second or third time you make crab melts you probably won’t need to do any measuring.

You can use this recipe to make shrimp, chicken, or even hot-dog melts by substituting the crabmeat.

Ingredients

  • 1 six-oz can   crabmeat (Roland white crabmeat is available at Supermas)
  • 1 cup               grated radishes
  • 1 cup               green onions (scallions), thinly sliced
  • ½ cup            celery, finely chopped
  • ½ cup            cucumber, finely chopped (seeds and pulp removed, but unpeeled)
  • 12                    green olives, finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp            fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup           mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup           Dijon mustard
  • salt and white pepper, to taste
  • 6 oz                Emmenthal cheese, grated
  • 8                      English muffin halves, toasted

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Cambios ortográficos en Pretérito Indefinido de la tercera persona

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a)  Conjugue los siguientes verbos singular y plural de cambio: o-u, e-i.

El __________ (repetir)  muchos verbos en la clase de ayer.

  1. Ellos __________ (dormir) ocho horas anoche.
  2. Carlos __________ (morir) en un accidente el año pasado.
  3. Nosotros __________ (invertir) en hoteles de playa.
  4. En el restaurante él __________ (pedir) un plato de mariscos.
  5. Las saloneras __________ (servir) la cena a las 7:00 p.m.
  6. Yo __________ (reir) mucho en la película de ayer.
  7. Costa Rica __________ (competir) en la Copa Mundial de fútbol en 1990 y en el 2002.
  8. El policía __________ (seguir) al ladrón.
  9. 10. Nosotros __________ (divertirse) mucho en la fiesta.
  10. 11. Mi esposa __________ (sentirse) mejor después de la visita al doctor.
  11. 12. El perro __________ (perseguir) al gato alrededor de la casa.
  12. 13. El testigo __________ (mentir) en su testimonio.

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The Guy with the Black Hat Riding the Bicycle

by Jack Ewing

The Story of a Campesino Called “Tornillo”

Everyone who lives near Dominical has seen Tornillo (pronounced tor-knee-yo) at one time or another. He’s the guy with the black hat riding the bicycle toward Platanillo every week day in the mid afternoon. For twenty-four years Daniel Valverde Granados has lived in Platanillo and worked at Hacienda Barú. His work day begins at 6:00 AM, which means he has to leave home around 4:00. The ride down takes less than an hour, putting him at Hacienda Barú before sunrise. That leaves an hour to drink coffee and chat with his fellow workers, who usually begin arriving at 5:00. After eight hours of swinging a machete, building fence, planting trees and driving a tractor, Daniel again mounts his bicycle and begins the grueling uphill ride back to Platanillo, this time an hour and a half ride. As you might suspect, with an exercise-filled day like Daniel’s, he is in excellent physical condition. Now that he has decided to retire, he is worried about getting fat.
Hacienda Baru

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Reflexology: An ancient healing art treating modern aliments

reflexologyby Shelley Workman

Working with many different holistic modalities over the years and with many people with different types of health concerns, reflexology has been a powerful healing tool for a variety of reasons.  Why do people love reflexology so much?  Bottom line–it is totally relaxing.  Reflexology works the whole body through the feet, so the patient does not need to turn over, undress, or use oils.
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The Making Of A Monkey Troop

By KSTR Vet Pia Martin

KSTR monkey cageWhite face monkeys are very intelligent new world monkeys. They are omnivores who eat fruits, veggies, insects, eggs, lizards and almost anything that moves. In the wild they are always in the canopy and travel during the morning and afternoon in troops of 7 or more individuals. They are very active, curious, and playful all the time. Their big eyes, pink nose, stand up position and fingers make them very similar to people. Many humans get confused and think that this cute animal will become fabulous and funny pets. However they can’t be more wrong.

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Pilates

By Evelina Bolognini – Pilates instructor
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WHAT IS PILATES ?

Pilates is essentially a body / mind conditioning method  created by Joseph Pilates whom actually call it Contrology.

Contrology, known today as ‘Pilates’ is a Method for whole health, ‘whole’ body movement, rehabilitation, re-education and complete wellbeing.

Pilates connects you to a whole and efficient strength that support and move you as ‘one’ with power and grace. Enhancing, accelerating and maximising your physical and mental performance, it brings about your greatest potential in both movement and Life.

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Cosmic Confetti’s Horoscopes – May 2011

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

taurusTAURUS – April 20-May 20

As accurate as the weather report might be, you must be careful to avoid the 3011 bus. Danger, excitement, thrills. Even spills. These are all buzz words which may catch your attention this week, possibly in the form of a horoscope. Having reached a personal goal, the future looks rosier for you!

RULING GEMSTONE: EMERALD


geminiGEMINI – May 21-June 21

 

Animals with big eyes should be avoided as they invariably have pointy claws which could, in the worst cases, grab you by the shoulder and carry you screaming helplessly in the air on the 7th of the month.

RULING GEMSTONE: ALEXANDRITE

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Nice Catch!

By Joshua Stewart

March with the highest numbers

2011 began with a great bite so far. First two months had good reports from all the boats around Quepos. Thumbs up for all the crews, owners and everyone involved with Sportfishing in this area. You all do a great job that keeps Quepos on the map as one of the greatest places around the world for Sportfishing. March gave the highest numbers on the reports. Ojaran II, Ojaran III and Reel Deal boated and released 224 sailfish, 6 Dorados, 2 blue Marlin (one on the tournament), some Roosters, Jacks and many Mackerels. April means the end of the High Season and also gives a poor report on the first days. Only 13 sails, 2 Dorados, 9 Roosters and again some Mackerels especially because customers choice has been inshore. Ojaran III had 6 Sails, Reel Deal had 2 and 1 Dorado last April 6th which means that it’s not going to be that bad.

Fishing Report

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¿Qué Pasa en Quepos? – May 2011

cover-may-11Bienvenidos – Welcome to Quepos & Manuel Antonio……….we are happy to have you here to enjoy our little bit of Paradise!…our rains have started but fortunately in the late afternoon so that none of your fun should be washed out – we do live in the Rainforest and rain it does!! “Green Season” doesn’t that sound better than “rainy season”!…so just go out and enjoy all the great tours we have including great fishing…while visiting our advertisers to share a meal or cold drink – please let them know you found them in Quepolandia.…..look for the PAWS booth at the feria on Saturday and stop and talk about all the great things going on to provide a healthier home for the cats and dogs of our area…a big congratulations to PAWS on a successful Fundraiser –soon they will have a Mobile unit for spay/neuter clinics!…….We would like to thank Manuel Cabalceta for our cover shot of the howler monkey (cebidae-alloutta). Manuel is a guide for the Manuel Antonio National Park and can be reached for tours at 8719-6195 or manuel.cabalceta@gmail.com… It is worth having a guide to see more animals!…….please enjoy yourselves – have a super time at our beaches but remember the ocean is powerful so take care to pay attention to the riptide………..on May 30th Papa & Harry will be hosting their annual Memorial Day Pig Roast at Rancho Leon – it generally starts around Noon or 1pm with live music by Robbie & Live Wire—come on out for a great day…well that about wraps it up – follow us here and we hope you come back soon…………caio………………..P

*Stay Alert – there have been a few instances of trouble on the road to the Nature’s Beachfront Hotel  beach entrance – so it would be best to not walk it alone and stay alert to people following you.