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A free consultation with the House Doctor – June 2011

Hello fellow Quepolandiacs,

Just because the “Caja” is in crisis doesn’t mean the “Casa” is too. I promise not to lose my bed-side manner. (It’s more of a hammock-side manner anyway.) Just to keep your issues from requiring tissues, here are a few tips to keep your wallet safe and healthy.

I get the privilege during my house calls to experience the unique perspective of listening to my patients calmly explain to me how the last professionals that serviced their property “totally –expletive- expletived  everything up!” ending in any messy scenario involving water, fire, electric, money, arguments, and sometimes strange disappearances of any number of proper nouns. Where is the accountability for failure in remodeling or simple home repairs? The simple answer you already know.

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Raising and Preparing a Kinkajou for a Life in the Wild.

By Pia Martin DVM KSTR Wildlife Vet

Kinkajous (Potos flavus) and in Spanish “Martillas”, are medium size mammals (40-55cms long, weighing 2-3kg), brownish colored from the Procyonid family. This means they are nocturnal, live in pairs or by themselves and are arboreal and terrestrial; just like raccoons (Procyon lotor) and coatis (Nasua narica). However, they have unique characteristics that make them very special in the rainforest. For example: although they are categorized as carnivores, they do not eat meat. Their diet is basically fruits, flowers, and rarely they will eat a bird’s egg or an insect. They have a 5 inch tongue that helps them get nectar from flowers making them pollinators. Their ankles and wrists can rotate more than most mammals helping them climb up and down trees and walk in branches easily. They also have a long prehensile tail that can wrap itself around a branch and hold on to most of the animal’s weight so it can hang and reach for a fruit in a lower branch.

Kids Saving the Rainforest Logo
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Meditation…Why do it?

By Shelly Workman

Scientists and doctors agree, more and more, that meditation is having a direct impact on the way the brain is ‘wired’. There has, in recent years, been a dramatic rise of the research and testing of meditation and the exact effects meditation can have on the brain and the heart. This connection helps to build up immunity and prevent diseases.  Meditation is a reliable medication that has no side effects but can bring slow healing through the nervous system. There are various forms of meditation, all of which have separate characteristics that offer a unique method for healing. Stress has been proven to result in depression and fears. That depression from excess stress can result in physical injuries and negative health disorders such as heart disease. Meditation is proving to reduce the risks of such conditions by first reducing the stress. When your bran is relaxed, a dramatic improvement to your mental health occurs, which, in turn, reduces the risks to poor physical health as well.
Holis Wellness Center

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Four Important Steps to a Clear & Inviting Pool

By Costa Rica Pools and Construction

The four points below are the basics of excellent pool maintenance.  Pay attention to these areas to help your pool look its best.


Pool water must be circulated for your pool care products to work their best.  The more your water in motion, the harder it is for bacteria and algae to grow.  And the more water that passes through the filter, the more debris is captured.  The best time to circulate water is during the day, for 10 hours or more.

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tico-talk-headerDecían los antiguos romanos: “Mens sana in corpore sano” (Mente sana en cuerpo sano), para mostrar que la salud depende de la armonía entre el alma y el cuerpo. Los médicos y los psicólogos modernos han comprobado la veracidad de este dicho clásico porque han visto muchas enfermedades psicosomáticas que tienen efectos físicos, y también problemas psicológicos que han resultado de defectos orgánicos o de insuficiencias bioquímicas.  Read More…

Rio Naranjo Biological Corridor Meeting

Titi Conservation Alliance invites the general public to the first Rio Naranjo Biological Corridor open meeting to be held June 24th at MINAET´s local offices 2 PM within the Zona Americana. The agenda includes a brief presentation of the corridor, its real value for the area and a good cup of coffee! Everyone is welcome to participate. Contact us: info@monotiti.org

Titi Conservation Alliance

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.



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.


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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
Happy Father’s Day!

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.


  • 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

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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