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The Bold, Boundless, Bizzare Bromeliads

By Donna Porter

The plethora of topical plants found within the borders of Costa Rica is truly one of the wonders that captivates its visitors and residents alike.  It is amazing to discover  the variety of places that a plant can actually situate itself and call “home”.  I am sure anyone who pays any attention to our natural landscape, has been awed by the sight of  seemingly hundreds of loosely vase-shaped plants nestled  and dangling amongst the branches of some trees.  At first observation one may think that this greenery is part of the actual tree, when in fact it is not.  These are our  native epiphytic-wonders called Bromeliads and there are an estimated 200 native species of Bromeliads alone in Costa Rica.

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Don’t You, Forget About Me!

By Dustin Ramsbottom

Oh, how I would love to be able to do exactly the opposite that the band Simple Minds had once suggested and forget Judd Nelson’s ridiculous wardrobe and how I had once mimicked it. Isn’t it surprising how corny 80’s movies like “The Breakfast Club” can seem so fresh in our minds, but here we are living in paradise and every day we battle with remembering the sheer beauty that surrounds us.

I came down here the same as most of us have, on a vacation that was simply too good to be true and now I am not sure if I could once again fare in the “real world”. I have recently opened up a tiki-bar on the beach not far from Manuel Antonio National Park that is a scene cut straight out of “Cocktail” (I really need to buy some new movies…), and I am once again a working man… if you can call it that.

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Estampas de Abril y Mayo

abril y mayoBy Jim Parisi

Manuel Obregon is an incredible pianist and an incorrigible musicologist who has definitely found his calling in life and is now reveling in it. Even before he helped form the Central American music label Papaya Music, he showed signs of his calling when he became enamored by the music of Paraguayan guitarist Augustin Barrios Mangore’ and transcribed and interpreted the compositions to piano. Along with being a member of Malpais, arguably the most popular band in Costa Rica, playing original tunes in a new style I have dubbed “modern folkloric”, Obregon also commandeers the Orquesta de Papaya, a culmination of musicians and musical styles from all of Central America. His last recorded project, “Piano Malango” was a unique presentation of instrumental interpretations, meandering down the river of historic and famous Costa Rican, Nicaraguan and Panamanian songs.

Jaime Peligro Books and Music

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Potty Time – August 2010

Potty Time


Cosmic Confetti’s Horoscopes – August 2010

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


leoLEO – July 23- August 22

Those born in “Leo” have a tendency to find themselves in trouble, they are as corruptible and they are powerful, and will seek to gain an advantage in any way possible, either in business(loan sharking) or love(a relationship between 2 people) Good month to waste your life watching television.

RULING GEMSTONE: PERIDOT, JADE


virgoVIRGO – August 23-September 22

More fun with twine this month, and do remember to hold your pinkie finger up when drinking tea. In this world you have a choice between being clever and being pleasant…I suggest pleasant.

RULING GEMSTONE: SAPPHIRE

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The Monkey Bridges Are Up Again!

Titi-on-Monkey-bridgeBy Adriana Quesada, Manager of KSTR

As most of you know, a huge storm hit the Manuel Antonio and Quepos area in June, downing thousands of trees and branches, which in turn destroyed numerous monkey bridges.

The KSTR Monkey Bridge Crew went out several times to evaluate the damages, and found that a total of 32 bridges were affected by the storm, some of them partially damaged and many of them completely destroyed.Kids Saving the Rainforest Logo

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¿Qué Pasa en Quepos? – August 2010

Bienvendio/Welcome -We are happy to have you visiting our corner of Paradise and reading Quepolandia . This is our “Green Season” so watch out for those afternoon showers as they can sometimes be quite heavy…..but even with a little rain you are sure to still have a great time…remember the insect repellent as we do have a few mosquitoes flying about – it also helps to take extra Vit B…………..Aug. 15th is Costa Rica’s Mother’s Day and it is a big event (as it should be!) so if you’re a Mom  from somewhere else– go ahead and celebrate twice this year – some of the restaurants are sure to have a special menu on that day…. ….speaking of Mother’s Day…we thought this great cover photo of Mono Titi “Moms” and their little ones was very fitting….thanks to Joshua Horn that snapped this shot while visiting in Manuel Antonio at Jungle Creek Vacation Rental …….now the World Cup has come to an end – we trade “futbol” for “football” but you don’t have to worry – if you need a sports fix you’ll find big screen TV’s at several drinking establishments in town….whatever you choose to do….have fun, stay dry – be safe and come back soon…….ciao….P


Party, Latin Style

Latin PartyBy Jim Parisi

When it comes to parties, no one does it better than people of the Latin culture. Spirits are high and conversations are animated, but best of all, the food is always delectable and the music upbeat and very danceable. None of these factors has was lost on Putumayo Music when they released their new album, appropriately titled “Latin Party”, a compilation of twelve modern, up-tempo songs from a varied reach of Latin regions and influences. Latin people are very proud of their heritage and I think this CD demonstrates how new musicians pay homage to their musical Latino roots, while putting their own spin on it.

Jaime Peligro Books and Music

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ANGEL VILLAREAL BOGARIN

Through Angel Villareal Bogarin’s hard work, initiative and leadership, the community of Matapalo has been strengthened in social infrastructure as he has inspired change and others to action. His participation as a community leader and his involvement with the Bandera Azul program, ASANA, as well as a liason for the Matapalo Beach Lifeguards has served as a grand example to other local Costaricans on the importance of being active community participants. His example has also shown the important role the private sector can indeed play to acheive stronger more united multi cultural communitities.

For first time readers to Making a Difference, here are the 4 principal and governing factors which allow our multi cultural community to become engaged.

1. Inspire Change.

2. Build Community.

3. Facilitate action.

4. Strengthen Engagement.

Here below ANGEL shares with us his current participation in community affairs.

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How Our Towns and Villages Got Their Names

Dominical-1868By Jack Ewing

The origins of the names of places are sometimes obvious and sometimes obscure. The stories of how the places in the south central coastal region got their names are often interesting and tell us something about the area where we live.

Many places in Costa Rica were named by the church and our region is no exception. Examples of these are San Isidro, San Juan de Dios and San Josecito. A few villages already had local names when the church decided to give them the name of a saint. In these cases the inhabitants didn’t always embrace the new name.Hacienda Baru
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Rene’s Banana-Chocolate Chip Cake

One of my first, and best, jobs was at Daiter’s Creamery & Deli in Kensington Market in Toronto. Daiter’s was a family-owned Jewish dairy that made the top quality cottage cheese, sour cream, farmer’s cheese, cream cheese, & yogurt. The deli was a busy, raucous place that sold dozens of types of cheese, cured meats, lox, herring salads, bagels, fresh-baked breads, new pickles, matzo crackers, gefilte fish; an unending feast for all the senses, especially for a budding foodie like me. The place was staffed mostly by high-school and college students and overseen by the family matriarch, Rene Daiter, who, when she wasn’t managing the store, spent endless hours cooking for her family…and for us kids. Read More…


Jeannette Pérez

(in English)
JeannettePor Carol Vlassoff
Traducido por Rosa Arechederra

Desde el momento en que puso  el pie en el barco de pesca deportiva de su amigo, Jeannette Pérez se enamoró.  Estamos en su oficina en  el segundo piso de un edificio modesto de Quepos y señala con el brazo hacia la ventana principal con vista al malecón del Pacifico que esta exactamente al otro lado de la calle. “Eso es lo que más me gustó Pérez”, sonríe. “Nunca olvidaré mi primer pez vela. Fue la cosa más hermosa! ”

Jeannette Peréz de cincuenta años de edad también recuerda su primera impresión  de Quepos en 1989. Había estado viviendo en los Estados Unidos y volvió para  visitar a su madre en San José con sus dos hijos gemelos de diez años de edad, Manuel y Carlos.  Cuando  le ofrecieron el trabajo como gerente de “Sports Fishing Costa Rica “decidió echar un vistazo.

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Jeannette Pérez

(en Español)
Jeannetteby Carol Vlassoff

From the moment she set foot in her friend’s sports fishing boat, Jeannette Pérez fell in love. She sweeps an arm toward her front window, with a view of the Pacific waterfront, directly across the street from her second floor office in a modest Quepos building.  “That’s what I loved,” she smiles. “I will never forget my first sailfish. It was the most beautiful thing!”

Fifty year old Pérez also remembers her first taste of Quepos in1989. She had been living in the United States and returned to visit her mother in San José with her ten year old twin sons, Manuel and Carlos. When she was offered a job as manager of Sports Fishing Costa Rica she decided to take a look.

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Potty Time – July 2010

Potty Time


Fishing Report – July 2010

By Jerry Glover

Greetings from Sunny Costa Rica!

Fishing continues to be very good in our area. Sailfish and Mahi Mahi are being released daily, with Tuna still being boated. A few boats have reported Wahoo being boated, some in the 50lbs range. Rooster fish action is good, with 2 to 3 fish being released on our half day charters. Several have been 35# to 40#. Fishing in Quepos is always good year round. It’s always an adventure to spend the day enjoying the ocean and the many species of marine life in our area.

Don’t delay!!! For your fishing adventure contact Luna Tours Sport fishing. We own and operate 4 Sport fishing boats (28 ft to 33ft) and can also arrange others boats for charter up to 46ft for a half day or full day charters. Contact us at (506) 2777-0725 (office), (506) 8869-4808 (24 hour cell), visit our web site at www.lunatours.net

Hope to see you all this season! Good Luck fishing, Wherever You Are !

Fishing Report