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Dr. Alfonso Gaspar Martinez del Pino

(in English)
Escrito por Carol Vlassoff

Traducido por Rosa Arechederra

Dr Martinez con perroDr. Alfonso Gaspar Martínez del Pino, nacido y educado en Cuba, dice que  pensó en quedarse en Costa Rica desde el momento en que decidió aceptar la invitación para asistir a una conferencia aquí, en 1995. Dejando a sus amigos y familiares se vino  con 63 libras de equipaje (59 libras de libros), 145 dólares en el bolsillo y se dedicó a empezar  una nueva vida aquí. Dio varias conferencias en la   Escuela de Veterinaria de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma en el Barreal de Heredia, y a continuación, dice, “me quedé.”

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Dr. Alfonso Gaspar Martinez del Pino

(en Español)
By Carol Vlassoff

Dr Martinez with dogDr. Alfonso Gaspar Martinez del Pino, born and educated in Cuba, says that he planned to stay in Costa Rica from the time he accepted an invitation to attend a conference here in 1995. Leaving his friends and family, with 63 pounds of luggage (59 pounds of it books) and $145 in his pocket, he set out to establish a new life here.  He gave several lectures at the Escuela de Veterinaria de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma en el Barreal de Heredia, and then, he says, “I stayed.”

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Your Fruits and Veggies

By Donna Porter

We would all like to think that because we live in this warm tropical paradise, where plant life exudes from even the tiniest crack or crevice, that it is “a piece of cake” to grow beautiful, healthy plants. In some respects that is absolutely correct; plants do grow rapidly and sometimes, it seems, with the greatest of ease. Just cut a limb from a tree or shrub and stick it in the ground (in the rainy season of course) and in weeks it will start to leaf out and grow. But, our tropical paradise is no exception when it comes to the manner at which unblemished fruits and vegetables are produced.

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Costa Rica Reggae Nights

By Jim Parisi

Costa Rica Reggae NightsThe origin of reggae in Costa Rica dates back to the 1920s, when Jamaican leader Marcus Garvey evoked his ideas and beliefs throughout the Caribbean province of Limon. Born in St. Anne’s Bay, Jamaica, the future birthplace of Bob Marley, Garvey is considered the prophet of Rastafarianism. So, it is easy to see how reggae music is considered a kind of Costa Rican folk music.

Remaining consistent in its mission statement, Papaya Music recently unveiled its newest release, Costa Rica Reggae Nights. The CD embraces a variety of Costa Rican reggae bands and styles. Included on this disc are eleven bands, demonstrating the versatility during a span of the past two decades of reggae in this country. All the recordings were previously unreleased and the compilation offers songs in Spanish, English, and Limon Creole.

Jaime Peligro Books and Music

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Potty Time – April 2010

Potty Time


Cosmic Confetti’s Horoscopes – April 2010

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

ariesARIES – March 21-April 19

Happy Birthday you gorgeous Ram! Not only are you HOT this month, you are also oh so clever. You will invent a night light in the shape of a chess piece, which you will smartly name “Nighty Knight”! Let’s hope it goes over well, you could use the money! Invest in yourself and silver since you most likely can’t afford gold, and the dollar is in the toilet.

CELEBRITY ARIES: Julia Styles

IDEAL JOB: Donut Hole Cutter


taurusTAURUS – April 20-May 20

This month you will become incensed at the thought that you missed out on all the fun during the 60’s and 70’s and will change your name to “Sunflower”. That is SO Taurus of you! Focus on variety this month, give the chocolate lobster tail a try and accept love and sugar graciously. Sweet baby Sweet!

CELEBRITY TAURUS: Eva Peron

IDEAL JOB: Ripened Fruit Checker

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Batalla de Rivas – 11 de Abril de 1856

tico-talk-headerEn esta fecha se conmemora el día en que Juan Santamaría quemó el llamado Mesón de Guerra, acto que permitió a los costarricenses vencer a los filibusteros de William Walker y quedarse con la ciudad de Rivas en su poder.

Se conoce con el nombre de Batalla de Rivas a una batalla que se dio durante la Guerra de 1856, entre las fuerzas del ejército de Costa Rica, dirigidas personalmente por el Presidente Juan Rafael Mora Porras, y el ejército filibustero estadounidense dirigido por William Walker, en la ciudad de Rivas, Nicaragua. Read More…


¿Qué Pasa en Quepos? – April 2010

Bienvenidos/Welcome to our beautiful tropical Paradise..we are happy to have you visiting…….wishing everyone a Happy Easter and a safe Semana Santa (Costa Rica’s Holiday for Easter that begins on the Thurs. before Easter through the holiday) It is a time when many Ticos come to visit their beautiful Manuel Antonio Beach & Park so if the road to the beach is crowded take it easy & enjoy the scenery during these few days…………..CR has new laws concerning driving so be sure everyone in the car fastens their seat belt, be careful how much you have to drink & drive defensively……………..congrats to Janet Brent of Kingston, Ontario Canada and frequent visitor to MA for the great sloth photo on our cover………..as you are visiting our advertisers please let them know you found them in Quepolandia…..where the finest restaurants advertise –we have great places to eat so enjoy…its hard to single one out but if you’re looking for  special ambiance for a special evening we know you will enjoy Kapi Kapi as we did recently- delicious ! & while there see the beautiful Global Gypsy Collection of jewelry by Suzan Crane. Don’t miss our drinking establishments with plenty of cold beer for these HOT days..& our advertisers can also hook you up with fishing, canopy tours, white water rafting, horseback riding …..just to name a few of our fun tours…………….we would also like to mention our GUEST CHEF this month – Tracy Maue of La Hacienda Restaurant – watch for her recipe later this month – she will also have a terrific Easter Menu at La Hacienda….hope you hear good music, taste wonderful food & good drinks and have a terrific time while you are here to enjoy our part of Paradise… stay in touch at www.quepolandia.com ……hasta luego…………P

Our small community was saddened over the past Feb-Mar when we suffered the loss of our friends; Claire, Janet and Travis. Each of them was special to us – each gone far too soon in their life and will be missed by friends & family.


The Tale of a Titi Monkey

By Pia Martin, DVM

Right after his surgery

Titi monkeys (saimiri oerstedii citrinellus) are small but very intelligent and dexterous.  They are unique to the Manuel Antonio area.

Last august, some kids were visiting Playa El Rey in the National Park and found a very young monkey on the ground, he was hurt and couldn’t move. They felt sorry for the little guy and carefully picked him up and put him in a box. They took him to MINAET not knowing what else to do. MINAET brought him to us. The little titi was about 6 months old and had a very serious fracture in his arm and another in his clavicle. He could have fallen from a very tall tree just when he was learning to move on his own.

These kids saved his life; he would have been eaten by a predator or would have died alone of hunger.

Kids Saving the Rainforest Logo

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Día del Deporte (30 de marzo)

tico-talk-headerComplete el asocie  y encuentre  las ocho razones por las cuales debemos hacer ejercicio y practicar deportes en nuestra vida cotidiana.

1. Ayuda a controlar el peso: (  )   mejora su postura corporal, devuelve tono a sus músculos, la ropa se le ve mejor, le da un aspecto más bonito y saludable a su piel.

2. Moldea su cuerpo: (  ) si padece insomnio o alteraciones del sueño es importante que haga alguna actividad física de intensidad suave o moderada que le ayude a relajarse y a cansarse.

3. Lo mantiene en forma: (  ) si es constante no sólo perderá el peso que le sobra, sino que activará su metabolismo, lo  que hará consumir más energía durante todo el día.

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Beach Life at Manuel Antonio

By Katreena

Life at the beach here in Manuel Antonio is magical. An oasis that transcends one into a timeless state of relaxation and peace. Truly a tranquil paradise comprised of natural beauty, amazing wildlife, and the soothing sounds of the ocean’s waves. Nature creates the perfect setting for relaxation as the tropical breezes melts away your stress and worries from everyday life.

It is a wonderful feeling to witness the magic of this beach and its effect on people. How fortunate to actually see people literally transform into a joyous carefree ZEN state. There are so many happy people here. People come to the beach for different reasons, but leave with the same feeling that they have experienced something very beautiful and special. Smiles are beaming as a person proclaims: “Wow…This really is picture postcard perfect!!!.”

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PAWS – Pets of Aguirre Welfare Shelter

PAWS - Pets of Aguirre Animal Welfare ShelterWe are happy to announce the launch of the PAWS website and PAWS Face Book page. We are very excited about this giant step forward! We hope everyone will take a minute to check out www.paws.cr and let us know what you think. We will be adding more as we go along. We need lots of volunteers-even if you aren’t living in the area we can use you help to spread the word. If you have a website and can add a link to PAWS that would be appreciated also. Also, you can make a PayPal donation here.


The True National Religion

by Matt Casseday

One day last week, I had to pay visits to three different government offices. I spent a lot of the day seated, waiting and waiting for my number to be called. Each office was similar: A casher seated behind a plexiglas window; an armed guard seemingly ill-prepared should he – God help us all —  ever have to actually use his gun; a number of sober-faced Ticos behind desks; and a much larger number of patient citizens awaiting their numbers to be called. I had forgotten to bring something I had recently purchased to avoid long waits: My own roll of numbers just like the ones you pull off from the dispenser in order to receive attention. Mine were the real thing, courtesy of the ´´Take-A-Tab´´ company. The trick is to wait until they call a ´dead´ number, that is, a number no one responds to. Then quickly and surreptitiously leaf through your Take-A-Tabs until you get the number you need. Much time can be saved employing this method; all you need is your own personal roll of numbers, but I had forgotten mine.

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What goes “CHRIT-CHRIT-CHRIT”, Licks its Eyeballs, & Gives You a Stinky Piece of Tail Whenever You Try to Kill it?

By Jack Ewing

Most people don’t like bugs. The term brings up negative images of all sorts of undesirable things, both living and not. If there’s a bug in your computer program, some obscure little quirk is making your life miserable. “Don’t bug me!” means don’t annoy me. A bug can be a germ, vermin, flaw, wiretap, defect, fault, or problem. It can mean to pester or bother. My thesaurus lists only one synonym with a positive connotation, the word enthusiast. In Spanish, the word for bug, “bicho”, is often used to mean a very undesirable person.
Hacienda Baru
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Rio Naranjo Biological Corridor Project Enters New Phase

By Marina Ocampo

After nine years of work and almost 30,000 trees planted, the Naranjo River Biological Corridor project is coming to a new phase. This oldest project of the Titi Conservation Alliance is currently going through the process of formal acceptance in the system of biological corridors of Costa Rica and the Mezo-American Biological Corridor.

The main objective of the project is to create biological connectivity between the two most important wild areas of the Aguirre county – Manuel Antonio National Park and Cerro Nara Protected Area. This connectivity will allow movement of the wildlife, and especially isolated troups of Titi Monkeys. When small groups of animals are isolated, they are forced to interbreed and the small genetic pool leads to poor health and eventual extinction. It is particularly tragic when the species are rare or endemic (do not exist anywhere else in the world) such as titi monkeys (subspecies Saimiri Oerstedii Citrinellis).

Titi Conservation Alliance

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