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Going Inshore

By Joshua Stewart

Do you eat fish?

If you do, inshore fishing is better than ever. As Mahi-mahi and Tuna are not really out there, smoked fish lovers will be more than satisfied with the abundance of Spanish mackerel. Ojaran III and Ojaran II have had more than seventy mackerels in the last month. You can also have some snappers, jacks and in a big quantity, fun to catch but not eatable, Roosterfish. Talking about offshore action, Sailfish is on the top. Ojaran II has released five Sailfish on the first seven days of the month. Ojaran III has had thirteen. A few Marlin and a few Mahi have been caught.

What’s on?

Extreme weather changes have been affecting water temperature. This is a The La Niña Phenomenon year.  The La Nina is usually described as a cooler than average sea surface temperature in this area of the Pacific. The La Nina phenomenon is known to occur every few years in this area and beyond, and it is known to last anywhere from a few months to as long as two years or so. Some fish like Dorado, need warmer water temperatures.

Those Lucky Days.

Captain Junior and mate Alex caught 1 Marlin, 4 Sailfish and 2 Dorado on January 29th. Captain Mike and mate Joseph caught a 65 pounds Yellow Fin Tuna on February the 5th. Ojaran II had a broken rod when a huge Manta ray pulled like a bull in a split second. (Sorry Mike).


Contact Luna Tours Sportfishing at Hotel Best Western Kamuk lobby, downtown Quepos central. Book now Ojaran II, Ojaran III, Magic Moon and the Reel Deal (27 ft to 33ft) on full days or half day charters. We also arrange other boats for charter up to 46 ft. Contact us at 2777-0725 (office), 8869-4808 (24 hour cell) and visit our web site www.lunatours.net. And remember, if fishing is interfering with your business, give up your business.

Fishing Report

Cosmic Confetti’s Horoscopes – March 2011

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

piscesPISCES – February 19-March 20

Like your life, peanuts can be dried, roasted, blanched and put inside little potato coatings. Just like your life. You will be plagued by happy people, but don’t be swayed by them, stay miserable.


ariesARIES – March 21-April 19

This month is for lovers everywhere. Find positives wherever you are and accentuate them. Do not dwell on the negatives and you will have happiness. It’s really quite simple isn’t it? You get better looking every day. I bet you can’t wait for tomorrow!


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¿Qué Pasa en Quepos? – March 2011

March CoverBienvenidos/ Welcome to our corner of Paradise……….a BIG welcome to my granddaughter, Kara, on her first trip to CR and to all those on Spring Break..we hope you have a great vacation!…..Our weather is pretty close to perfect this time of year –particularly if you like it warm & sunny…not much rain if any so you can enjoy everything you plan to do……….March brings St. Patrick’s Day so look around for green beer and lots of fun — – this month has double holiday fun with Mardi Gras and another wild time at Wacky Wanda’s complete with beads and masks…………….the 11th & 12th brings the Costa Rica Classic Billfish Tournament benefiting the Boomer Esiason Foundation (all money raised stays in CR!) tickets to events are available from those Sponsoring, www.costaricaclassic.com…which brings us to our cover shot provided by David Tuplin at www.davidmarktuplin.com and Bluewater Sportfishing–8705-4026– of a beautiful sailfish on the fly(remember all our boats practice catch and release of billfish)……….we have the best tours in CR and the finest restaurants so get out and have some fun – enjoy a cool drink & delicious meal– visit with our advertisers and tell them you found them in Quepolandia… come back soon….ciao……….P

To all my fans

By The House Doctor

All I want to do is turn you on, and you let me down. I want this relationship to be over, but alas, you’re the only fans I can get. Overpriced Chinese garbage. We just have to learn how to work together.

Welcome to Fans 101 my fellow Quepolandiacs, the first way to keep these fans lasting is preventative maintenance. The most commonly trashed fan here is the oscillating floor stand type. One day it’s working, the next, just a humming sound and eventually, if unchecked, the lovely aroma of frying electrical innards. By this point, you just may have to pronounce the patient dead on the scene.

Remember when servicing electrical appliances, be sure they are unplugged, I know, I know. You knew that right! So let’s begin.

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A Brief Introduction to Ginger’s Family

hibiscusBy Donna Porter

Ginger.  The word, in and of itself, has an essence of beauty and intrigue.  It can stir your senses with images of the exotic, or bring feelings of delight to one’s lips by its soft pronunciation of syllables or to ones taste buds by its savory, tangy flavor.   But, here in the tropics, Ginger brings pleasure to the eyes as well.  It is the name commonly bestowed upon hundreds of plants that belong to the family Zingiberaceae, which include approximately 52 genera and 1,300 species.

Zingiber officinale is the culinary and medicinal ginger whose aromatic, rhizomatous root is world renown. It has been in cultivation in India and China for millennia, and therefore its exact origins are unclear.  Unlike many of its Zingiberaceae relatives, its claim to fame is its swollen, antler-looking roots, and not a colorful, showy flower or handsome foliage.

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How I became a Five Element Acupuncturist

By Michael Arnold

I am always fascinated how life has a way of guiding you in a particular direction, often without asking you first.

I didn’t start out to become an acupuncturist. My first passion was biology and the study of what makes living things tick. It always amazed me how much is going on inside our body right now that we are completely unaware of. Even something simple like breathing involves millions of chemical reactions and has taken millions of years to evolve.

It was with this in mind that I embarked on a degree in Neuroscience at aged 19. There is so much we don’t understand about how the brain and mind works. Scientists can’t even agree on what it means to be “conscious”. I wanted to get involved in research that was attempting to answer some of these big mysteries.

However fate had a different idea for me. While at university I started to suffer from insomnia. Someone suggested I try acupuncture and I thought I might as well give it a try.
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By Matt Casseday

Someone recently asked me to describe the strangest thing that had ever happened to me during my 20 plus years of living in Costa Rica. My first memory was of an incident that occurred in downtown San Jose in the early 1990s. I had spent the night in a pension in Barrio Mexico. The following morning I walked the kilometer or so toward the small, congested center of downtown San Jose. The most direct route took me through a bedraggled district of cheap all-night bars populated by loud and broken-down street people, but as I was walking among a multitude of pedestrians all en route to downtown, the scene—which was right out of Hogarth’s Gin Lane—seemed harmless. At 6 feet 1 inch, I had no problem seeing over the heads of the people walking in front of me, and ahead I saw a small, boisterous woman, standing in the street and clutching a sort of bedroll. The first thing I noticed was that she was missing an arm. The second thing I noticed was that she was staring right at me. Her wild eyes locked onto me as I approached and did not waver. I glanced away and glanced back and the look in her eyes suggested that I might have been a walking composite of every man who had ever wronged her on her life’s tortured path, As I passed where she stood, I saw a sudden motion from the corner of my eye, then was struck hard on the side of my head by the thing she had been clutching. If it was a bedroll it must have been of the cement lined variety. I reeled and grabbed the shoulder of the person in front of me to keep from falling as she continued whacking me with all the force her one arm would allow. She was saying something as she swung, but I did not understand. Within a couple seconds I was out of her reach, absorbed by the flow of the pedestrians. I heard laughter coming from across the street as I regained my senses and continued toward the city.
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Sharing Yoga

By Shelly Workman

As I pondered over the close of an old year and in quest for capturing the most in the year to come, I decided to revisit some Yoga books that have encouraged my journey and inspired me along the way.  Even after studying Yoga for over 14 years, I still love going into the basics and principles of Yoga to reflect and reconnect.  Most of what I have learned about myself and how I move through my days and in relationship, I have learned on my Yoga mat.  This ancient art when practiced with dedication becomes a figurative expression of what is literally going on in my life, so I can see more clearly and decide how I want to be.  One thing that I know for sure is, if I need to see the joy in my life, it becomes more obvious after my Yoga practice.  If  I have muscular tension or a lot of stress, I go to the mat and it is literally transformed.  If I need space or even an attitude adjustment, I show up fully to breath and workout hard to detox my mind, body and spirit.  Yoga has become such a resource to me to live and live well.  For this reason, I am inspired to share with you more about Yoga.  I will leave you with a quote from and amazing Yogi that has taught me so much and then I will hope to see you in the studio.  Namate.

¨Yoga is about achieving a balanced mind-neither being swayed by too much ambition nor dragged down by failure.  Yoga teaches you not to over value achievement, to take in stride setbacks and to reassess, and push ahead with life. The practice of Yoga can help you to find peace in having achieved your best.¨  Shivapremananda

Shelley teaches Fusion Yoga for all levels at Holis Spa, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:30am and again at 9:00am and Yoga for Surfers every Wed at 9:30am.  To reserve your spot call 2-777-09-39 or www.spaholis.com.
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tico-talk-headerLocaliza y subraya las preposiciones que aparecen en el siguiente texto:

La lectura tiene una gran importancia en el proceso de desarrollo y maduración de los niños. Desde hace unos años se está notando un creciente interés de los padres por la lectura de sus hijos, quizá porque saben —se les dice así desde los medios de comunicación— la relación que existe entre lectura y rendimiento escolar.

Desde estas páginas quisiera hacerles conscientes de que el potencial formativo de la lectura va más allá del éxito en los estudios; la lectura proporciona cultura, desarrolla el sentido estético, actúa sobre la formación de la personalidad, es fuente de recreación y de gozo.

La lectura constituye un vehículo para el aprendizaje, para el desarrollo de la inteligencia, para la adquisición de cultura y para la educación de la voluntad.

Los significados de las preposiciones son muy variados: movimiento hacia un término, modo o manera, finalidad, lugar, posición, compañía, causa, instrumento, oposición, posesión, origen, tiempo, materia, dirección, causa, instrumento, carencia, orden…

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Petroglyphs, Head Hunters, and Gold Seeking Grave Robbers

By Jack Ewing



Quite a few years ago someone wrote a short article for a local magazine in which they stated that at the beginning of the twentieth century the area around Dominical was covered with forests and inhabited by indigenous people who lived at peace with each other and in harmony with nature. The person who wrote those words obviously hadn’t studied any of the available evidence about indigenous people in this part of Costa Rica and was writing straight from their imagination. The part about the area being covered with forest is true, but at the beginning of the last century, there were no Indians here at all, and hadn’t been any for at least four hundred years. The last Indians to inhabit this region, far from living in peace with their fellow man were head hunters, who practiced slavery and human sacrifice. Whether or not they lived in harmony with nature is a matter of debate, but they were fairly advanced agriculturalists and must have done a lot of deforestation in order to grow the corn that was the basis of their diet. Nevertheless, they probably didn’t do as much damage to their environment as modern humans.

Hacienda Baru

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Potty Time – February 2011

Potty Time

Hay Niños Aqui!

malpais ninos aquiBy Jim Parisi

In a career that is approaching a decade, Malpais has become one of the most popular bands in Costa Rica. Their appeal, like the band, kept growing. And I think this is one thing that adds to their popularity: they continually expand the realm of their influences. Malpais has gained the affection of their continually growing audience because they never forgot their roots. Their songs are snapshots, histories, reflections and all human and tangible. The new album “Hay Niños Aqui” keeps them on both roads of staying grounded, while spreading out.

Jaime Peligro Books and Music

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The Tree Pose

tree poseBy Mark Goldstein

I’d like to present an important concept from yoga, one which I encourage in every pose that we practice. There is not really a name for this concept, rather a description.

It can be summed up as: “In a pose, what parts of my body do I need to use, and which ones can I let go of?”

When practicing yoga, many people seek, and achieve, improvements in their physical bodies: six pack abs, less fat, more muscle, increase in flexibility. All of these are great goals, and can look and feel great as you achieve them. Many of these results come when we use our muscles, and burn calories. That’s fine, however, that’s not really where the “yoga happens”.

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The Kids Saving The Rainforest Wildlife Rescue Center

By DVM Pia Martin, KSTR Wildlife Vet

The Wildlife Rescue Center was very busy in 2010 and it was also very successful. We received 116 injured, sick, or orphaned animals, which is 37 more than we received in 2009. Most of them were titi monkeys and both species of sloths, the 3 toed and the 2 toed. However we also treated porcupines, kinkajous, white face monkeys, howler monkeys, ocelots (a wild cat also know as the Dwarf Leopard), and even one otter, among others! Our success rate is increasing year after year, right now with a remarkable statistic of over 50% release percentage. We feel very enthusiastic by this number considering that other wildlife rescue centers barely release up to third of the animals accepted.
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How to Beat an Unfair Traffic Ticket

By Lic. Hiro Yatabe, Attorney at Law & Public Notary

This article aims to provide information about what to do if you are given a transit fine that you think you do not deserve. Or, at least, which legal strategy you can follow to delay or avoid the payment.

NOTE: This procedure of “IMPUGNACION DE MULTA DE TRANSITO”, works mainly (or only) for fines where there is not a definite proof of your responsibility of committing the infringement. Your chances of winning are scarce, in cases of: getting caught with the radar driving at 120 km an hour, speeding in front of a school or driving under the influence of alcohol (and you are tested), among others.

After you are given the fine, you have 10 days to appeal it (IMPUGNACION DE MULTA DE TRANSITO).

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