John Christopher Seeks Crowdfunding via Kickstarter for Word Battle: An Addictive Word Game on the My Life Book Social Network.

John Christopher Seeks Crowdfunding via Kickstarter for Word Battle: An Addictive Word Game on the My Life Book Social Network.

My Life Book is Facebook, Myspace, YouTube, Angie’s list, CareerBuilder, WordPress, Ebay and many others all rolled into one.

Baltimore, MD – November 18, 2014.

Crowdfunding is sought for a Scrabble-type of game that will be offered on My Life Book. Designed for anywhere from 2-4 players, Word Battle will pit players against each other as they prove their vocabulary skills on the newest social media platform My Life Book.

The founders of My Life Book were tired of the advertisements, the selling of their private information, the endless invitations from their friends to play games they didn’t care about and so much more.  Being fed up gave them the fire to create their own social media network that captured the very best of everything social media has to offer without the associated hassles and privacy intrusions.

Other social media websites promise to pay their partners a percent of their advertising revenue which sounds great until one considers that all of that user’s information and related content is up for sale to the highest bidder.  Millions of people are giving up their rights every day without even realizing it.

Their Kickstarter project is intended to change the entire paradigm in social media games through a fundamental change in the backend processing of these games which is driven by how game makers monetize the players of those games. On top of that is the philosophy of the founders who were tired of the data mining and psychological profiling that is built in to almost all the social media games out there not to mention the endless amounts of dollars players are enticed to part with.

Our plan is to build our own games minus all that crap. Host them on our servers and our social media site. No information will be transferred to anyone about anything you do. You won’t need to post and beg your friends to help. Games will be 100% fully functional.

If their crowdfunding goal is met, all costs to develop and build the game will be covered as well as all related Kickstarter and Amazon fees.  Should they exceed their crowdfunding goal, those funds will be devoted to creating new games for My Life Book.

The Word Battle Kickstarter Page – http://kck.st/1vkccO3

The Official My Life Book Website – https://www.mylifebook.me/

About My Life Book LLC:  Their #1 mission is to provide a private, advertising-free social platform giving people an oasis and a sanctuary from the increasing incursions into the private lives of anyone who wishes to engage in social media without sacrificing privacy. They create My Life Book allow users to get away from all the privacy intrusions of other sites. They have a firm commitment to never sell any information or use any user’s your information to sell anything while giving users total control over their privacy.

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What is My Life Book?

Ever since it first appeared around a decade ago, social media has grown so much than most, in fact almost all people all over the globe have an account on such platform. And while most social media sites provide you with a way to interact with friends and family, as well as numerous interesting additions, the reality is that many of them are filled with advertising and just unsafe, mainly because others can easily get access to your information. Let’s face it, having someone watching your every move behind your back is definitely unpleasant, and this is the reason why you need an alternative social media site.

MyLifeBook is a social media site that has been created specifically to suit the needs of those users that want a private, yet very fun experience. While using MyLifeBook you won’t have any privacy concerns nor think about data leaks, as the site has been built around the idea that social media should be fun, safe and entertaining. Let’s face it, we all use social media just to hang out with our friends and keep in touch with them, maybe play some games and read the news. Why see advertisements everywhere when we can enter MyLifeBook and forget about them completely.

You can create a MyLifeBook account for free and once you learn the ropes you can upgrade your membership. It will cost you around $5 a year, a small price to pay for a very reliable, reputable social network.

On top of that, MyLifeBook doesn’t only allow you to connect with others, it will help you do so much more. From here you can get to YouTube without leaving the site, find the latest news in the newsroom as well as see if there are any events.

Within MyLifeBook you will also have the opportunity to find coffee houses, contests while also being able to manage your friends, add new ones and insert new photos. After you choose the desired membership you will have the opportunity to enroll into a one of a kind experience that simply can’t be received anywhere in the social media world.

The best thing about MyLifeBook is that alongside the social media features that we all know and love, here you get the opportunity to find stores that allow you to purchase items online. You also get quizzes that are suitable for entertainment and, if you want, you can even create your own resume and apply to job postings without actually leaving the site. There are also auctions, crowdfunding campaigns as well as integrated apps that will make the whole experience worthwhile.

What we like the most is that MyLifeBook is a place for everyone, so no matter if you are a business or normal person, you will get what you want without a problem. Businesses can sell their services and make quite a lot of money online, while users can easily interact with other persons and take full advantage of the wonderful services that the platform is offering. MyLifeBook even comes with a rewarding referral system that allows you to make your money back from your subscription and much more.

Why would you enroll in MyLifeBook? They provide the safest social media site that you can find right now online, and here you can literally gain access to anything that you might need, from managing your friends to events, job postings, auctions, apps and reading news. With MyLifeBook you have everything under your fingertips, so we recommend that you give this great social media site a try right away!

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Chance to make $10K usd before Xmas!

 is offering to all of its members a chance to make $10K if MyLIfeBook reaches 50K paid members by the end of Nov. Think what you can do with $10K for Xmas? That is in addition to what you will have already made as you get paid a 50% commission. Membership are as low as $5 year. So if we don’t make it you still get paid! Its a win win!

The bonus goes to the member with the highest paid sign up numbers. You will need to acquire an affiliate code so your sign ups can be tracked.

There is also a coupon that will upgrade your membership and those you sign up to Free for life after your 1st year of paid membership. FREE FOR LIFE! That offer expires soon! Check the coupon section for more details.

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Monkey Monday

Monkey Monday Youtube Videos

This is from a recent trip to a local beach.  Its a blue flag beach. It has a very nice restaurant that is open Thursday – Sunday. Shaded areas, tables, and grills. Really a nice place to take the fam…
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Expats, Expats, Expats!

Expats, Expats, Expats!

Why are expats so set on setting themselves up to be an easy target? I can understand making a mistake here and there. I know don’t blame the victim. I get that, but why do something if you know you…
 To read the rest of the blog goto Mylifebook and sign up for an account today. $5 a year is all you pay and until 12/31/14 you can get a coupon in the coupon section that will make that $5 a year turn into $5 one time fee!!!! What a deal!!!! Join Today!!!!!
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I.C.E. on a Sunday?

I.C.E. on a Sunday????
by Best of Costa Rica
So today I got a bug up my butt about my internet provider metro wireless. I had to reset my router about 50 times today and its been acting stupid for about a month or more now. I even swapped the ro…

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Life in Costa Rica

Do you want to know more about Costa Rica? Do you have questions? Are you thinking of moving here? Maybe just a vacation? Join this group and find out everything you need to know from people who live here! What is the best places to stay. Where are the best places to eat. How does the healthcare system work? You name it we have the answer for you!

 

https://www.mylifebook.me/index.php?do=/expatscostarica/

 

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Expats, Expats, Expats!!!

“Why are expats so set on setting themselves up to be an easy target? I can understand making a mistake here and there. I know don’t blame the victim. I get that, but why do something if you know you are going to make yourself a target? This is what I don’t understand. Safety 1st and try to make yourself not a target! I wrote a blog on this from a individual perspective. Check out the link attached. Expats that own businesses here amaze me at what they do sometimes.”

You can find the rest of the blog here: Best of Costa Rica

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Win an amazon gift card today!

9/5/14: Update Contests begins!

Lets start a contest!!! It will start today 9/5/14 and end on Thursday 9/26/14 at 11:59 pm Eastern Standard time. The contributor who raises the most money via referrals will get a $5 amazon gift card for every $2k raised by the end of the contest. There will only be 1 winner. Every Friday until the contest ends I will post who is in the lead and how much they have raised so everyone knows. See the Gallery for the current graph. So lets get to sharing!!!

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/my-life-book/x/8546605#home

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Best of Costa Rica on Mylifebook.me

All new posts will now be on the blog section of My Life Book. You can find it at http://www.mylifebook.me

You can find us in the Coffee House section at Best of Costa Rica

There you can find my blogs, there is a live chat, videos, we can have discussions. You name it. Its a more interactive blog! So come join me there!

Here is what a current My Life Book member sent to his friends and us.

Here is a message from head of Marketing for My Life Book, LLC

 

Also My Life Book is running a crowdfunding project to raise money to place games on their site. Their games will have no advertising, no need to beg friends for help,they will be fully functional and not crippled and no privacy issues! So check out their funding site My Life Book Games.

If you own a business or sell products on ebay you want to check out these features of My Life Book!


Check out this other cool video telling you what My Life Book has to offer for members!



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Photo of the day

Photo of the Day

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Sorry to say, but happy to say at the same time

My new project My Life Book has taken over my life. In a week we have already gained almost 5K members! That is great. So much of my time is now spent there I can no longer keep this up over here as well.

So Best of Costa Rica now has a presence on MLB. All blogs and other items will be posted there. This site will stay here for achive purposes, but anything new will be posted on Best of Costa Rica’s coffee house page. Please follow me over on MLB.  You will get everything you get here, but there. If you sign up before Monday you get a free lifetime membership. After Monday there is a yearly subscription fee depending on what you wish to do.

Here are two video’s for MLB. Hope you enjoy them and will join us over there. Look us up.

Hopefully I will see you there!

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Funniest Pet Photo Contest!

Ok all you amature photographers out there. We are running a Funniest Pet Photo contest over a My Life book Join up and submit your photo for voting. The prize for the winner who gets the most votes is a $25 amazon.com gift card! So come check it out!

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My Life Book

The beta is open up and ready to go. There is a free blog application that I just installed! You can blog there and export to your site or you can blog on your site and import to My Life Book. Your choice. It works great! Fast and easy! I am accepting the 1st 2K users will get free membership for life! After I reach 2K it will be a $5 yearly subscription fee. That is nothing for the privacy you will get unlike other social networks. There will be true freedom at My Life Book. Come join us! Click on the images below.

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Joke of the day

An older, white haired man walked into a jewelry store one Friday evening with a beautiful young gal at his side. He told the jeweler he was looking for a special ring for his girlfriend.

The jeweler looked through his stock and brought out a $5,000 ring and showed it to him. The old man said, “I don’t think you understand, I want something very special.”

At that statement, the jeweler went to his special stock and brought another ring over. “Here’s a stunning ring at only $40,000,” the jeweler said. The young lady’s eyes sparkled and her whole body trembled with excitement. The old man seeing this said, “We’ll take it.”

The jeweler asked how payment would be made and the old man stated, by check. ” I know you need to make sure my check is good, so I’ll write it now and you can call the bank Monday to verify the funds and I’ll pick the ring up Monday afternoon,” he said.

Monday morning, a very teed-off jeweler phoned the old man. “There’s no money in that account.”

“I know”, said the old man, “but can you imagine the weekend I had?”.

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Photo of the Day Tio Mago

Hola. WARNING!! Don’t show this to the kids! Today it’s raw sex! We’ve had a recent hatch of “flutter-bys” and they are busy perpetuating their species. They meet at the “flower bars” and “hook up.” They don’t even bother getting a room. The first shot is a manage a trois, The other two are shown after the tryst when they are resting up with a tiny smile on their faces. They threw away their little cigarettes when they saw me coming. Seriously, you can see the difference of the top and bottoms of their wings. When folded the bottom is prevalent and serves as camouflage. For photographers the difficulty is timing their movements to catch them when they’re posing with their wings spread.

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Dental Procedure in Costa Rica

I asked a local dentist to send me some information on a new procedure they are doing and this is what I received. My wife uses them and she loves them! I hope you will enjoy it.

Over the past few decades, Costa Rica and plastic or cosmetic surgery have been become almost interchangeable. For the wealthy who wish to have their surgery in private, Costa Rica has become an internationally recognized center for high quality cosmetic surgery. Many consider it the ideal place to have surgery, due to its almost perfect weather and the peaceful natural surroundings in which to recuperate.

Due to the aforementioned reasons, we are able to offer the same or better quality than what you might receive in your own home town at a much better price. All this bined with the highly trained staff and quality medical facilities combine to make Costa Rica a much more desirable place to have dental work done.

If you are considering having cosmetic dental work done, we certainly hope you will consider a visit to Costa Rica. The savings you will enjoy, can also end up paying for a very nice vacation and more. Costa Rica dental implants are considerably less expensive, as are most other cosmetic surgery procedures, materials and treatments in Costa Rica.

Today I would like to speak to you about how much dentistry has radically changed over the past 20 years. For instance, in the past, we performed full mouth rehabilitation using large bone grafts involving complex hip grafting to restore a patient who was edentulous, that is being essentially toothless. As implant dentistry has become more technologically sophisticated we are able to address this condition in a more efficient and less invasive way. This name for this new technique is the All on 4. This new surgical procedure has become very popular because now we can treat many edentulous patients in a more economical and efficient way to obtain the best result for the patient in the shortest amount of time with less trauma. This new technique means fewer bone grafts, less aggressive surgery, more efficient use of implants with the tremendous benefit of having fixed non removable temporary bridges fabricated and attached at the time of surgery. You literally walk out of the office with a full set of teeth in one day! The advanced bone grafting protocol involving a mix of new materials has, in most cases, eliminated the need for complex bone grafts. This new grafting procedure has proven itself to be very successful and has become the medical standard. Using 3D technology permits us to fabricate a custom internal titanium frame structure for your temporary and permanent bridges. This results in a very precise fit over the implants and provides a long term resolution for edentulous patients, plus the maintenance of the bridges is simple and has a very low cost. Once again everything now is greatly simplified. With the new protocol the patient can be seen early in the morning and they can literally walk out with their temporary teeth fixed to their implants for one or both arches in a few hours. I have been doing this protocol for over two years now with excellent results. I will be more than happy to make myself available to call you to go through the process and explain it in greater detail. Also, I now operate my practice in a new, English fluent, multi-million, state-of-the-art facility with its own laboratory in San Jose.

I invite you to come and visit us at your pleasure to meet the staff and tour our new facilities. Please call 305.517.5172 to arrange a phone consultation or tour of the new facility.

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Dentists From 18 Countries Gather in Costa Rica for International Conference By TCRN on August 7, 2014

Dentists From 18 Countries Gather in Costa Rica for International Conference

The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – From August 21 to 23, the Congress of the Latin American Association of Operative Dentistry will be held for the first time in Costa Rica. This activity will include the participation of 56 international speakers who will talk about the latest advances in dental treatments.

The conference will be held at the Crowne Plaza Corobicí and will be open to students of dentistry who can listen to specialists from 18 countries, ranging from Mexico to Patagonia.

Sylvia Gudino, president of the Organizing Committee, explained that it is a unique conference, “It will cover operative, endodontics, cosmetic, bio-technological advances and then there will be four concurrent conference rooms where participants can decide which conference they want to attend.”

Most of the lecturers are professors from different universities throughout Latin America with the goal is to train dentists and refresh their general knowledge.

The Costa Rica News (TCRN)

San Jose, Costa Rica

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Food Chick tip of the day

Welcome to Meatless Monday! This is a fantastic side dish that easily becomes the main dish for anytime you want to go meatless. And the best part is that is so easy to make!
Pair this with a great green salad for a fantastic meatless meal. Don’t want meat but need the protein, grill some salmon or your favorite fish to complete this delicious dish!
One can White Beans, two tablespoons fresh grated Parmesan cheese, one handful organic spinach, salt, pepper and fresh basil.
Rinse the beans and add to pot with salt and pepper. Heat to warm on stove top. Add cheese and spinach and continue to heat until the cheese is begins to melt and the spinach slightly wilts. Add basil leaves and serve.
Bonus Tip – you can also prepare this on the grill by combining all of the items in aluminum foil and sealing. Be sure to spray the foil with pan spray first.

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Ready for Beta Testing!

Ok my new social media site is ready for Beta testing. So come and join us at My Life Bookprofile-jaylincostarica_2 (1)_1024

 

 

 

 

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Costa Rica starts imposing immigration law from 2010 as of 8/1/14

Costa Rica News – Seems that Costa Rica has finally decided to start getting imposing laws in regards to illegal immigration and visa status in the country. The $100 a month fine for over staying your visa is finally being implemented. There are also fines for hotels and landlords that are housing those that do not have legal visa status.  The question is will this have a negative effect in Costa Rica down the line?

nicaragua-costa-rica-border 1On 1st August, the Director General for Migration and Immigration announced that from that day forward, they would be imposing fines on employers with workers in either construction or the domestic service if they couldn’t prove the legal residency of these workers.

Kathya Rodríguez, the General Director of Migration, explains that the penalty range between ¢798.800 to ¢4,8 million, depending on the degree of the breach of the law.

This is how the General Migration Law is set up, which became valid on 1st March 2010. However, collection of these imposed fines was often not properly organised; firstly due to an amnesty, and then due to an extension period which lasted around 2 years.

Rodriguez and the Government’s vice-Minister, Carmen Muñoz, explained that they were awarded a new extension, but one which would apply only to employers in agricultural industries.

Businesses in this sector would have from now until the 31st January 2015 to put themselves down on a special register. Following that, they would have a year in which to work through the entire legalisation process.

Migration Police, by paying attention to complaints and general disruption, will be working to detect any sorts of irregularities surrounding migrant workers.

In the case of domestic workers they will be assessing their treatment, if they are receiving minimum wage and any bonuses or benefits they may be receiving; not just their own immigration status. The higher the number of breaches found, the higher the penalty to the employer will be.

For cases outside the agricultural sector, Migration will keep the same entry policy as normal. During past extensions, it was possible to begin the immigration process for a person who illegally entered the country; from the 1st August, this will no longer be an option.

Rodriguez said that they would only process cases where the person in question has had some sort of migration status, or where they still hold a valid passport.

First paragraph added by Dan Stevens, rest of article translated by Leah Hendre from La Nacion

Pura Vida! Well maybe not any more for some! This could get ugly.

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New Project

Is going to be taking up some of my time. So I will try to get you content as I can. I am in the process of created a new social media page called My LIfe Book. It will be a Facebook type of page without all the things we hate about Facebook. There will be a subscription fee, but we will keep it hopefully under $5 a year so you won’t have to deal with advertising. It will be a place where you can share your life with your friends and family and only your friends and family or the public if you want, but we won’t be changing things all the time. Once we have the look we want it will be set and other than some software updates no changes! You will be able to post messages, created groups, upload video and pictures. So please be patient with me and if you want beta access let me know. We have increased the number of beta testers. So if you want access  Send Mail

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Monkey Monday Youtube Videos

This is from a recent trip to a local beach.  Its a blue flag beach. It has a very nice restaurant that is open Thursday – Sunday. Shaded areas, tables, and grills. Really a nice place to take the family.

Playa Doña Ana

 

 

 

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Monkey Monday Photos of the day by Tio Mago

Buenas Tuckus all. Today it’s mono’s. Well, 3 of the 4. I’ve never seen a Spider Monkey…yet. But the search will continue.

Pura Vida!

 

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Joke of the Day

After I resigned from work, my wife insisted that I accompany her on her trips to the shopping mall.

Unfortunately, like most men, I find shopping boring and preferred to get in and get out. Equally unfortunate, my wife is like most women. she loves to browse.

Yesterday my dear wife received the following letter from the Supermarket.

Dear Mama Wep,

Over the past six months, your husband has caused quite a commotion in our shop. We cannot tolerate this behavior and have been forced to ban both of you from the store. Our complaints against your husband, Mr. Njoro, are listed below and are documented by our video surveillance cameras.

1.June 15: Took 24 boxes of condoms and randomly put them in other people’s carts when they weren’t looking.

2.July 2: Set all the alarm clocks in Housewares to go off at 5-minute intervals.

3.July 7: He made a trail of tomato juice on the floor leading to the women’s toilet.

4.July 19: Walked up to an employee and told her in an official voice, ‘Code 3 in Housewares. Get on it right away’. This caused the employee to leave her assigned station and receive a reprimand from her Supervisor that in turn resulted with a union grievance, causing management to lose time and costing the company money.

5.August 4: Went to the Service Desk and tried to put a bag of M&Ms on layaway.

6.August 14: Moved a ‘CAUTION – WET FLOOR’ sign to a carpeted area.

7.August 15: Set up a tent in the camping department and told the children shoppers he’d invite them in if they would bring pillows and blankets from the bedding department to which twenty children obliged.

8.August 23: When a clerk asked if they could help him he began crying and screamed, ‘Why can’t you people just leave me alone?’ EMTs were called.

9.September 4: Looked right into the security camera and used it as a mirror while he picked his nose.

10.September 10: While handling guns in the hunting department, he asked the clerk where the antidepressants were.

11.October 3: Darted around the store suspiciously while loudly humming the ‘Mission Impossible’ theme.

12.October 6: In the auto department, he practiced his ‘Madonna look’ by using different sizes of funnels.

13.October 18: Hid in a clothing rack and when people browsed through, yelled ‘PICK ME! PICK ME!’

14.October 21: When an announcement came over the loud speaker, he assumed a fetal position and screamed ‘OH NO! IT’S THOSE VOICES AGAIN!’

And last, but certainly not least:

15.October 23: Went into a fitting room, shut the door, waited awhile, then yelled very loudly, ‘Hey! There’s no toilet paper in here.’ One of the clerks fainted.

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Top 10 Happiest Countries In The World

Costa Rica made #1!!!!!!!!!!!! We who live here know this! 

The world is just full of happy people, from one stretch of the earth to the other.

Yet, some countries do seem to have a higher concentration of local joy and satisfaction than others,

featuring traits like high life expectancies, booming economies, and great education.

But what’s the secret to these happy countries – is it the location, environment, politics, culture, or just something in the water?

While we may never know the precise reasons, after compiling data from various resources like the Happy Planet Index, the World Happiness report, and Forbes’ list of happiest countries,

we can at least let you know what the 10 happiest countries in the world are.

Then, all that’s left for you to do is pack your bags, pick a country, and make your move.

1. Costa RicaCosta-Rica

Not only does Costa Rica abound with natural beauty, from the sandy beaches and ocean waters to the volcanoes and lush rainforests, but the people of this army-free country also report having one of the highest life satisfactions in the world. With a high life expectancy of 79.3 years, locals get to enjoy the pleasant living for years and years. It’s no wonder that their local saying, “pura vida”, loosely translates to “life is good”.

2. NorwayFjords-Norway

It’s not surprising that Norway tends to rank very high on world happiness reports – it’s one of the most prosperous countries in the world, has the 2nd highest level of satisfaction with standards of living, and three quarters of its residents report that they have more positive than negative experiences each day. The country is also one of the most naturally beautiful places on earth, with an abundance of fjords, glaciers, and mountains.

3. DenmarkDenmark

With its fantastic community, high environmental scores, and people’s great work-life balance, Denmark ranks number three in our list of happiest places. Its hydrocarbon economy is booming and unemployment rates are low, with well-educated people (partially due to their free education system) and a 100% literacy rate.

4. SwitzerlandSwitzerland

Switzerland is simply stunning, with its towering snow-capped mountains, beautiful lakes, and environments that range from lush to frozen. Its people are also some of the happiest, with higher than average life expectancies, strong health rankings, plenty of community involvement, and great safety. Plus, in a place that’s known for its abundance of delectable chocolate, how could you ever be sad?

5. VietnamVietnam

According to several reports, Vietnam is the happiest country in all of Asia. Residents have a very high level of satisfaction with their life, enjoying the gorgeous beaches, green mountains, dramatic scenery, and mouthwatering regional cuisine.

6. CanadaCanada

One of the largest countries in the world is also one of the happiest; Canadian people are incredibly content with their current lives and the direction that they’re heading in. Canadians have one of the highest life expectancies in the world, live in one of the safest of all countries, and have a top performing education system. Plus, 80% of all residents say that they enjoy more positive experiences than negative in the average day.

7. NetherlandsNetherlands

This European country isn’t all tulips, windmills, and clogs – Netherlanders rate themselves as some of the most satisfied people in the world. With their strong job market and great work-life balance, this doesn’t come as much of a surprise. In their very free country, locals also get to enjoy plenty of personal choice, from religion to sexuality and everything in between.

8. SwedenSweden

Sweden has both exciting big cities and stunning natural beauty, with thick green forests, rocky islands, and vast frozen landscapes. The country also scores high in areas of environmental quality, overall health, life satisfaction, and number of business opportunities.

9. FinlandFinland

Known for its great education system, this Nordic country also offers a high quality of life, low levels of corruption, high literacy rates, a small income gap, high life expectancy, and a great work-life balance.

10. AustraliaAustralia

Don’t let all the sharks, snakes, and venomous spiders fool you – Australians are some of the happiest in the world. Not only do they live in one of the most adored spots on earth (who wouldn’t like sunny skies, coral reefs, and white sand beaches?), but they also rank high in many life-happiness categories; they have some of the highest scores for community engagement, health, environmental care, and employment.

Pura Vida and Congratulations to Costa Rica!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Originally posted here: http://www.earthporm.com/top-10-happiest-countries-world/#.U8_kgcgM_PJ.facebook

 

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Interested in a Facebook alternative?

So here is an example of an alternative to facebook I am working on. My question is would you be willing to pay $5 or less a year for something that works the same, but there are no ads, no gps tracking, a dislike button! and real privacy when you set things to friends only! You see everything you want to see! We won’t pick and choose what you get in your feed. Blogs have their own tag to consolidate them in one area so people, me included, aren’t posting them all over the place. Here is a screen shot of what I have so far.

new facebook

 

I will beta test at some point so if you want in the beta let me know by sending an email to info@bestofcostarica.net. 1st 200 people to send me an email will get into the beta test. So share it!

Pura Vida!

 

 

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YouTube videos of the day (Monkey)

Here is a link to our YouTube Channel. We just uploaded a bunch of videos from

Playa Doña Ana

 

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Categories for Best of Costa Rica Awards 2014

OK, I want to hear from you. I have started a poll listing the Categories I think should be included in the 2014 Best of Costa Rica awards. This is just the 1st of a couple of polls. You can vote for as many categories as you like, You can only vote once, but you can add a category you don’t see. Please keep it clean if you add something!!!!!! Once the categories have been nailed down I will send out a poll for candidates in each category. Those polls you will be able to vote for as many as you like and also add some candidates. Again you will only be able to vote once so make sure you add and or vote for everything you wanted. So lets get it stated. I will have a plaque designed for them to put on their website and I may even have a physical one as well. We will have to see. I think this goes without saying, but I should say it. The categories have to relate to Costa Rica and once we start the candidate entries they have to have a physical location in Costa Rica.

 

Pura Vida!

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The More Extreme Sides of Life

After the events that caused me to post (and to remove) my last entry on this blog, I have begun to do some digging and engage in conversation with a few of the locals who have lived here for several years.

It turns out that my sweet little Caribbean town has a serious dark side to it.

Unlike the safer and more established Pacific coast, this side of Costa Rica is heavily influenced by drug traffickers who find particular ease in travel from South America to The United States, a country that boasts a $100 Billion per year illegal narcotic industry.  (Fun fact: Peru has now surpassed Colombia as the number one producer of cocaine and the coca plant.)  Because of this, crime is arguably more rampant in this part of the country than in any other.  Throughout my discussions, I am told stories of shootouts at local bars, violent robberies of tourists and even of a man whose son was killed a few years ago and who subsequently contacted local vigilante groups, offering $20,000 for the murderer’s head.

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Be on the lookout for this scam, it could cost you thousands of dollars

July 16th, 2014 (InsideCostaRica.com) While not a new problem in Costa Rica, credit and debit card fraud through the use of electronic devices called ‘skimmers’ is becoming ever more common as the skimming devices become ever easier to obtain.

 

The devices do their work after a criminal inserts the thin plastic device into an ATM machine’s card reader.  The device than reads and stores every ATM users’ card information the moment they insert the card into the machine.  The criminal returns later in the day and retrieves the device, which may by then have the full data of hundreds of cards stored on it. That information is later used to create clones of the users’ cards, or for online purchases.

 

Most of the devices allow the ATM machine to function like normal, and as a result many users have no idea that their card information has just been stolen.

 

Inside Costa Rica first reported on a rash of such scams in March 2013.  Recent reports by readers indicate that the scam is back and claiming more victims.

 

One reader reported to Inside Costa Rica that criminals nabbed $600 from her account and $2,000 from two other friends’ accounts earlier this month using ATM skimming devices, one of which was apparently installed at the Banco Costa Rica branch location in Grecia.

 

Upon notifying their banks (both U.S. and Costa Rican cards were cloned), the reader’s friends were directed to file a report at the courthouse, where she reportedly learned that a rash of clonings have occurred in recent weeks in six cities across the country.

 

Francisco Segura of the Judicial Investigation Organization (OIJ) said last year that many cardholders have no idea that they have become victims, and that many times it is instead the banks that alert judicial authorities to possible fraud.

 

In an operation last year, the OIJ conducted 13 raids in various locations, collecting evidence such as payment receipts, skimming devices, and computers.

 

The skimmers are also sometimes placed in the credit card terminals at retail establishments, restaurants, and other places that accept credit cards.

 

The skimming devices used by criminals can be found for sale on certain web sites in Costa Rica, sometimes carrying a price tag of nearly 1 million colones ($2,000).

 

To avoid becoming the victim of these fraudsters, it is suggested to check closely the area on ATM machines where you insert your card for anything that may look like a hidden our out of place device, and also to not allow retail clerks, gas station attendants, and others to take your card out of sight.

 

Image courtesy of Banco de Costa Rica.

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YouTube Video of the Day

Costa Rica living!!!! Gods I love it here!

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Driving in Costa Rica

I get this question all the time, “Should I rent a car when I come to Costa Rica to drive myself?” That is actually a very good question. When we came to Costa Rica for the 1st time in Nov. 2012 we brought a friend with us who has a son who lives here with his mother. He is familiar with the area and how they drive here so it was a win for us. He made it seem so easy. He found everywhere we wanted to go, driving was a breeze for him and it just seemed so simple.

We go home and decide this is the place for us. Our purpose of our trip was to look at houses and to live here for 10 days to see if we would like it. We did! Feb. of 2013 we moved here. Our friend Will made driving here look so easy I decided I would rent a car. We get into the airport at 8pm. Great! We head out and can’t seem to find where to go pick up our car? Damn!  We walk though the parade of taxi and bus people trying to get us to use them. We finally walk past all of those and are looking around. Nope nothing. So I call and they send a pickup for us. Great!!! Now we are on our way.

We get to the rental place and get all signed in and they get our car ready. A nice gentleman puts our bag in the car. I am talking to the rental agent and trying to get directions to our hotel. He gives me this map (I am horrible with maps!) OK, no problem he writes on it which directions to go and tells me to go out turn, than turn at the end of the road take it down past the bridge and yada yada yada giving me land marks to look for in true Tico (I didn’t know this than) fashion. Many times they use places like the Coke factory (Which has been closed for years) as a land mark, but luckily the sign is still there. Or you get turn left after the cow tied to the big mango tree. Sorry for people if that farmer ever lets that cow loose or has it for dinner. Off we go me thinking I can do this! My wife thinking, “Oh God we are never going to find this place!”. She knows me so well.

We get in the car and off we go. OK made the turn, yep I see the bridge OK going good. Wait what? That’s not a road! Keep going. Oh wait maybe it was. Nope didn’t look like one and there was no sign. Keep going, and going, and going. Nope I think we missed it.

So to make a long story shorter than it already isn’t. We arrive at 8 pm we didn’t get to a hotel (not ours) until midnight. After driving and driving and driving I stopped and asked a taxi driver to take me to the hotel. Well little did I know there were two of them with that name so he took me to the old one not the new one. I got a room and the actual hotel send a car in the morning to take us to the right hotel that was and I kid you not 10 min drive from the car rental place! Yep that was our 1st adventure in Costa Rica. I did however get to see a lot of Costa Rica that day! Back to what this article is about.

We have now been hear in Costa Rica for 1 year and 5 months! I have learned a number of things that will help you should you decide to drive yourself here in Costa Rica. Before I give you my top things you need to know one of the basic things you need is a course in defensive driving! You will need it! Here are my top things to know about driving in Costa Rica.

1. Laws we don’t need no damn laws! All traffic laws are just suggestions. You come to an intersection with a stop sign, expect someone isn’t going to stop! Be careful of any intersection no matter if it is a stop sign, a red light, a flashing yellow on their end, it doesn’t matter. Always check and be on the look out. Now should you be caught in violation of those rules you will be stopped and fined. So follow them, but know others may not!

OH and by the way this bike is for sale. :-) It is located in MD. Titan 9/11 tribute bike called “Rudy” That is Peter Reckell from Days of our lives. I bought it from him.

2. 2 Wheels Cool and 4 wheels drool! 2 wheel vehicles will come out of no where and dart in and out like nobody’s business. They will cut you off, they will come up behind you and along side of you even if there isn’t really a lane on either side. They are going to be hard to see and God help you if you are not on the look out for them.  They seem to think they rule the road and they really do not have to pay attention to any rules at all! None!

3. Honk if I’m sexy! Oh yea! They love to honk their horn! All the time and for any and all reasons. In the states we were always taught that you don’t honk unless it is an emergency! Here if you sit 2 seconds past the light changing they honk. They like your car they honk. You are going to slow for them they honk. They want you to get the hell out of their way they honk. They win the world cup match they honk like mad!!!! That one I understand! Go Tico! They didn’t win but they did one hell of a job. They see a pretty girl or a nice looking guy they honk. I think you get it they honk a lot!

This is a 2 way 2 lane highway. See a problem?

4. Leap Car anyone? If there is a car in front of you than you must pass it! It doesn’t matter if they are going the speed limit if they are in front of them they must speed up and pass any vehicle that is in front of them. I totally understand when there are slow moving cars or those big trucks that can’t do the hills. If I am going 10 km over the speed limit and you still feel the need to pass me you go right ahead. Make sure you honk at me as you pass me as well. :-)

5. Chicken anyone? Watch for vehicles coming at you in your lane!!! Again the whole passing thing. If they have to drive in the wrong lane to pass they will do so and will do so as long as they feel they can. I was driving on day and we had two lanes on our side and there was a very slow moving 18 wheeler on my right side lane so I was in the left. There was only a single lane for the oncoming traffic and it was a down hill thing. We had a double yellow line meaning neither I nor they should cross as well all know. Well good luck with that. A truck pulls out into my lane to pass the 18 wheeler and 3 other vehicles that were in front of him moving slowly down the hill. So I keep going and going and he is getting closer and closer and closer. Finally I had to speed up to pass the cars on my right so that I can swerve to the right so that he misses me by inches and he cuts off the 18 wheeler to miss me. Vehicles coming at you in your lane is not uncommon here. Either for passing or because the road on their side is so bad they need to move into your lane. Its just how it is.

6. No Hay Paso (gringo speak Do not enter one way) Yea ok sure! remember rule number 1. I can’t tell you how many times vehicles have come the wrong direction on a road just because it is quicker. I understand it to a point because sometimes in towns the way they have roads flowing just doesn’t makes sense. If it say do not enter don’t enter just because you are in a hurry.

7. Here a Tico there a Tico everywhere a Tico. Yes most don’t have cars so they walk everywhere. Day, night doesn’t matter the time you will have people walking in and along the street. Why? There are no sidewalks really. So driving at night can be a little dangerous as some like to walk in the road and wearing all black!!!!!!! Some do have reflective gear. Some don’t. People will ride bikes everywhere they go as well so they fall under rule #2 above. Now most people on bikes do wear reflective gear or have something reflective on their bike and some don’t.

8. Bark, Bark, Hissss, Moo, and Cockadoodledo. When driving please, please watch for the animals. There are a lot of street dogs that wonder the roads, or just sit in the middle of the road. That one I don’t understand as you would think as hot as it gets here the road would be so hot for them. Not sure how they can stand to do that. Most won’t chase your car. I always say if a dog barks at your car and chases you its an expat its not from here. Yes dogs, cats, cows, horses, rooster and chickens can all be found wondering the roads. Not just the back roads, but the main highways as well. So don’t think just because you are traveling a highway like 27 that there won’t be an animal or two or 20 that you must contend with!

9. Stop Police! There are a couple different types of police here, but for this article I will only speak about the Traffic police. There are usually somewhere a check point setup. If you are here for a few days or a week or living here now you will at the very least see one. If they step out and wave you down stop!!!!! You really don’t want them to come chance you and they will. They are checking to see if you are here legally. They will ask for the drivers passport and valid drivers licenses. Now a couple schools of thought on this. Most will only carry a copy of the front of their passport and the current visa stamped page. I hear that is ok. I carry my actual passport. I have heard stories of the police taking the actual passport and requiring you to pay them to get it back. I have never had that issue (*knock on wood) I also have only been stopped 1 in 15 months. The one time I was stopped my passport was in the back seat in my man purse. Yes I have a purse and I am secure enough to admit it! :-) They did let me get it, but he was willing to accept my wife’s as well who was sitting next to me. So up to you, but stop if they stop you! Only the traffic police can give you a ticket. The regular policía are for criminal activities only. The tráfico policía can only stop you for traffic violations. Now the tráfico policía are usually accompanied by regular policía at the traffic stops so that if you are in violation of immigration rules or criminal laws they can lock you up.

10. Last and by no means least! GPS systems actually do a fairly decent job here. Not wonderful, but most do work. So if you have one and it has Costa Rica maps that you can download you should do it. Get that done before you come and bring it with you. Do not leave it in plain site or anything of value when you leave your car. There is one system that I happen to love! It is called Waze! If you have a smart phone download it! You will love it. Our GPS is about 90% accurate with roads and such but Waze is 99.99% up to date at all times. Its great! If you have data on your phone it will give you live up to date traffic conditions from accidents to traffic stops! All entered by other Waze members as it happens. It really is great!

Not taken in Costa Rica, but it sums it up! :-)

So, that pretty much covers it. I am working on compiling some video’s of how they drive here and once I get that done I  will post it. I have a lot of footage to go though to pull out the specific examples so that is going to take a while to get done. I will get it done and post it here. So enjoy visiting Costa Rica and driving here. Really just use your head and be alert at all times and you should be fine. Think of it this way if you get lost what an adventure! Be sure to stop at the local places where you are lost and check things out, takes some pictures and enjoy it! Sample the local food and maybe just maybe if you don’t speak English you will run into someone who does and they will help you find your way. Even sometimes when you don’t speak Spanish you can still get a taxi driver to help you out like I did! Just pay them for their meter to take you where you need to go! That is what I did! Oh I almost forgot make sure you rental is a min. of 6 cylinders under the hood or you could be one of those slow moving cars on the road!

Pura Vida! 

 

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Photo of the day by Tio Mago

Iguana be loved by you, just you, nobody else but you. Iguana be loved by you alone…boop boop be doo.

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Food Chick Tip of the day

Today’s Chick Tip…..Do you love grilled corn on the cob but don’t own a grill? No worries, let your oven do the work for you. Husk your corn, spray with butter or your favorite oil and sprinkle with lemon pepper, salt and parsley. Roast in a 350 degree oven for 10-15 minutes and you will have amazing corn!

BONUS TIP…try fresh cilantro and cayenne pepper for a little kick!

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Photos of the day Tio Mago

Thought I’d bug you this morning. Here’s a Cone-headed Katydid, a Myassisdragonfly, and an Ooohwatsat.Phto

Pura Vida!

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ULTRA LOW-CARB PANCAKES – GREAT TASTING!

These pancakes will surprise you.  If you like a denser texture, then these lovely pancakes will delight you.  The secret ingredient is gelatin.  I use the NOW brand from Netrition.com.  When refrigerated, these remind me of the drop scones from my youth.  I don’t like pancakes and crepes that taste low-carb, so typically almond flour in crepes is out and coconut flour if used has to be used in small quantities so that it is not too obvious.  I was so happy with these and especially that they tasted so yummy to my taste buds.  They were even lovely just on their own with myHealthy Butter and a little fruit spread. They are very low-carb compared to anything you will find in our cookbooks as well.  The lowest carb pancake in our cookbooks is 2.3 grams carbohydrate per pancake, but most of them are around 4  or 5 grams of carbohydrate per pancake.  Let’s face it, there are a gazillion low-carb pancake recipes out there, but I’ll be honest with you, I am picky about my pancakes and crepes.  If they taste strongly of coconut flour, they will go in the garbage and if they have a funny texture due to almond flour or something else, same thing.  These passed the “Jen” test I’m happy to report.  Have a great day everyone!  Thank you so much for your support.  We need you guys!

4 oz regular cream cheese, softened (125 g)

3 eggs

2 tbsp coconut flour (30 mL)

2 tbsp vanilla whey protein (30 mL)

1 tbsp certified gluten-free oat flour (15 mL)

1 tsp baking powder (5 mL)

1 tsp unflavored gelatin (5 mL)  Can use unflavored gelatin from the grocery store.

1/4  tsp vanilla extract (1 mL)

 

In food processor, process cream cheese.  Add eggs, coconut flour, vanilla whey protein, oat flour, baking powder, gelatin and vanilla extract.  Drop by 2 tablespoonfuls onto lightly greased nonstick frying pan (if you have metal pancake rings, they will keep the pancakes a uniform size and shape) over low medium heat.  Cook until bubbles form and carefully flip when the topside is a little more set.  Make sure the pan is not too hot; reduce heat when necessary.

 

Yield: 12 pancakes

1 pancake

61.3 calories

3.6 g protein

4.4 g fat

1.2 g net carbs

 

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Another adventure yesterday in Costa Rica

bestandworstofcostarica:

i thought my wife was never going to make it home!

Originally posted on Keeping You In Stitches:

Thursday is a Beach Day and I decided I needed to have a hat that would cover my face – more than a baseball cap would.

Asked Denise and Michele if they would like to go to MultiPlaza on Sunday; they agreed to go. Spent most of the day there….yes, during the World Cup, we were shopping!

I look stupid in hats; just plain stupid!!! Felt even more stupid when I tried on “visor-type” with the top of my head sticking out. We searched and searched; into any store that had hats. Most hats are too big for me unless I stick my ears inside the hat, which is uncomfortable. However, if I “sit” it on top of my head, one gust of wind and off it will go!

Tried many hats with various brims sizes; finally settled on one; has any one bought a hat for themselves they have…

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Photos of the day by Tio Mago

Taken at Costa Rica’s honeymoon spot for seniors: Viagra Falls.  MEN: It’s the place to go if you want to be considered an upstanding citizen. Cialis wanted to sponsor the location but there was no way to get those 2 bathtubs there.

These were taken at the La Paz Waterfall Gardens near Heredia. I highly recommend the locale to touristas I meet. You don’t have to stay there and you can see a couple of the falls up close from the highway that runs by the site. It’s touristy, yes, but if you want to see a lot of Costa Rican wildlife up close, personal and all in one spot, this is the place to go. They have rescued animals and ones that can not be returned to the bosque.

Pura Vida!

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Joke of the day

Joke of the day

NAUGHTY KID: Hello! Do you have a refrigerator?
MAN: Yes, I have. Who’re you?
KID: Is it running?
MAN: Yes.
KID: Get hold of it… Otherwise it might run away.

Man slams down the phone.

Aftera few minutes, the phone rings again.

KID: Hello! Do you have a refrigerator?
MAN (angrily) : NO! I DON’T HAVE!
KID: Didn’t I tell you to hold it?

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Worst President Poll

Ok so was watching an episode of he view today and on Hot Topics they talked about a poll. The biggest thing was that only 1400 people voted. So I want to have more than 1400 people vote and I want people from all over the world to vote. So we not only see what we feel in the U.S. but also around the world. Please share this with everyone you know. I have also allowed comments on the poll. So you can tell us why if you are so inclined. Also if  you do please let us know what country you are from in the comments section.


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Joke of the day

A farmer is sitting in the neighborhood bar slowly getting drunk. A man comes in and asks the farmer, “Hey,why are you sitting here on this beautiful day getting drunk?”
The farmer says, “Some things you just can’texplain.”
“So what happened that is so horrible?” the man asked.

The farmer then decides to try an answer, “Well if you must know, today I was sitting by my cow milking her. Just as I got the bucket about full, she took her left leg and kicked it over.” 
“That’s not so bad,what’s the big deal?”
The farmer says, “Some things you just can’t explain.”
“So what happened?” the man asked again.

The farmer relenting, continued, “I took her left leg and tied it to the post on the left with some rope. Then I sat down and continued to milk her. Just as I got the bucket about full she took her right leg and kicked it over.”
“Again?”
The farmer says, “Some things you just can’t explain.”
“So, what did you do then?” the man asked, intrigued.

“I took her right leg and tied it to the post on the right. I sat back down and continued to milk her, and just as I got the bucket just about full, the stupid cow knocked over the bucket with her tail.”
“Wow, you must have been pretty upset!” but that’s no reason to just sit here getting all depressed.”

The farmer says, “Some things you just can’t explain.”
“So then what else did you do?” the man asked again.
“Well I didn’t have any more rope, so I took off my belt and tied her tail to the rafter. That’s when my pants fell down and my wife walked in…”
Pura Vida!

Don’t forget to check out our Cafe Press shop! $3 of every item purchased goes to Charities here in Costa Rica. They do mail to Costa Rica fairly cheap. I did a test of a mouse pad and got it in 12 days delivered to my house! Amazing!!!!



Also check out our House for Sale and Rent listings as well!  If you are traveling and you want a cheap $4.99 a month and good VPN so you can watch hulu, your countries Netflix, and amazon click here. Good for travel or if you live here in Costa Rica. Don’t forget about our Amazon shop as well!

Use this link to see all thing Costa Rica on Amazon! Make your purchase today! All things Costa Rica

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Photo of the day by Tio Mago

Are you web surfing this morning?

Pura Vida!

Don’t forget to check out our Cafe Press shop! $3 of every item purchased goes to Charities here in Costa Rica. They do mail to Costa Rica fairly cheap. I did a test of a mouse pad and got it in 12 days delivered to my house! Amazing!!!!



Also check out our House for Sale and Rent listings as well!  If you are traveling and you want a cheap $4.99 a month and good VPN so you can watch hulu, your countries Netflix, and amazon click here. Good for travel or if you live here in Costa Rica. Don’t forget about our Amazon shop as well!

Use this link to see all thing Costa Rica on Amazon! Make your purchase today! All things Costa Rica

Remember if you get an account with the Unblock-US vpn you can than Live stream your movie and tv shows at our link! 

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Joke of the day

What is Politics?

Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich, by promising to protect each from the other.
Oscar Am ringer, “the Mark Twain of American Socialism.”

I offered my opponents a deal: “if they stop telling lies about me,
I will stop telling the truth about them”.
Adlai Stevenson, campaign speech, 1952..

A politician is a fellow who will lay down your life for his country.
Texas Guinan. 19th century American businessman

I have come to the conclusion that politics is too serious a matter to be left to the politicians.
Charles de Gaulle, French general politician

Instead of giving a politician the keys to the city, it might be better to change the locks.
Doug Larson (English middle-distance runner who won gold medals at the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris, 1902-1981)

We hang petty thieves and appoint the bigger thieves to public office.
Aesop, Greek slave fable author

Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber.
Plato, ancient Greek, Philosopher

Politicians are the same all over. They promise to
build a bridge even where there is no river.
Nikita Khrushchev, Russian Soviet politician

When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become PM;
I’m beginning to believe it.
Quoted in ‘Clarence Darrow for the Defense’ by Irving Stone.

Politicians are people who, when they see light at the end of the tunnel, go out and buy some more tunnel.
John Quinton, American actor/writer

What happens if a politician drowns in a river?
That is pollution.
What happens if all of them drown?
That is a solution.

Pura Vida!

Don’t forget to check out our Cafe Press shop! $3 of every item purchased goes to Charities here in Costa Rica. They do mail to Costa Rica fairly cheap. I did a test of a mouse pad and got it in 12 days delivered to my house! Amazing!!!!



Also check out our House for Sale and Rent listings as well!  If you are traveling and you want a cheap $4.99 a month and good VPN so you can watch hulu, your countries Netflix, and amazon click here. Good for travel or if you live here in Costa Rica. Don’t forget about our Amazon shop as well!

Use this link to see all thing Costa Rica on Amazon! Make your purchase today! All things Costa Rica

Remember if you get an account with the Unblock-US vpn you can than Live stream your movie and tv shows at our link! 

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Why growing numbers of pot smokers eat mango before lighting up

Not only is the fruit high in vitamin C, it could be the secret to unlocking marijuana’s true potential

Why growing numbers of pot smokers eat mango before lighting up

This article originally appeared on AlterNet.

It’s not a proven scientific fact, but many pot smokers are consuming mangoes an hour before lighting up to boost their highs. According to Marijuana.com, there’s a good chance that the myrcene molecules found in mango can possibly “increase, strengthen and even lengthen” the euphoric feeling from smoking marijuana.

Marijuana already contains more than 100 terpene molecules that are responsible for affecting THC in the brain and giving highs their ebbs and flows. But marijuana contains the myrcene terpene more than any other kind. So, if you eat a mango rich in myrcenes, you can potentially improve the high for low-quality buds or give a high-quality bud a little extra. As for how myrcene and terpene work, the research is still in its infancy.

“I don’t know the answer and the reason we don’t know the answer is because our government in its infinite wisdom didn’t permit any research in this area for many years,” said Christopher Hudalla, chief scientific officer at ProVerde Labs. “In many cases we are just starting to do this research.”

Myrcene is responsible for the aromas of apricots, walnuts and Valencia oranges and is widely used in the perfume industry. It gets its name from the plant mercia and is also found in lemon grass, verbena, hops and the West Indian bay tree used to make bay rum. Its aroma is much like cannabis as it can be woodsy, citrusy and fruity.

But one of its lesser-known qualities is that the myrcene allows THC to pass through the blood brain barrier much faster. On average, it takes THC seven seconds to reach the brain after inhaling. But if you eat a mango — or a mango smoothie — 90 minutes before smoking, you could potentially halve that time.

The “Big Book of Buds” notes that the Cavalo, Rosa, Espada and Paulista variety of mangoes are excellent sources of myrcene.

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Costa Rica Night life? YouTube Videos of the day

What is Costa Rica Night Life like? This question has been asked of me many time. Since I usually am in the house by 9 pm I really couldn’t tell you. Yes I am that old. Well not really. Just not big on the night life scene. So here are some videos that hopefully will show it. Enjoy!

Pretty typical bar type of music and such. Than there is this type. If you don’t want to see 1/2 necked woman dancing on bars don’t play these videos. Also if you don’t like talk about prostitution here in Costa Rica read no further. I try to give all sides and prostitution is a part of the night life here. I just want to state I am not promoting this activity in any way. These are the facts. 

So this brings me to talking about Prostitution here in Costa Rica. Is it legal? The short answer is yes it is. Is it regulated? No. It is not like it is in other countries such as Germany or Amsterdam. In these countries unlike Costa Rica all the girls and guys have regular health checks and ID cards. Health checks are offered and free to prostitutes here in Costa Rica, but very few actually get them done. There is no way to know for sure if they have had it. Again no regulation at all.

Pimping is illegal in Costa Rica, but like most things here it is very lax on its enforcement. Again like most things if you are an expat and think of going into this business where locals are concerned it is lax with you they will not be so. You will at min. be deported if caught and worst jailed! You do not want to spend time for pimping in a Costa Rica jail as an Expat.

The age of consent is 18 year old. No if’s, no and’s,  no “I didn’t know she wasn’t 18″. or “She told me she was 18″. 18 is the age a person can charge for sex and do not get caught with or even offering to compensate them in any way to have sex if they are under the age of 18. Again deportation and or jail! By the gods people on Facebook are insane. So don’t look at, don’t offer, don’t speak to, don’t talk to anther person to have them make an offer to anyone under the age of 18 about sex, compensation for sex or anything else that goes along with sex. Simple 18 good under 18 bad get you thrown in jail and or deported in Costa Rica. I assumed that my The age of consent is 18 years old would have covered all of this, but some people need it spelled out for them. Insanity people insanity. 

So how do you know? Fake id’s are easy to get here. So that doesn’t help. There are a number of options. Massage parlous are you best option. They have set prices and the establishment get about 50% of what you pay. Remember I said pimping is not allowed? This like all things in Costa Rica is the work around. They do not consider this pimping. The reason this is the best option as the rooms are there and available and you do not have to go rent a hotel or bring them back to where you are staying.

Pickup bars are you 2nd best option. The girls hang out there and you will know who they are it is very clear. They are independent and set their own prices. No one takes a cut from them. The will tell you what they are willing to do and not do. It is my understanding everything is negotiable with them unlike other option that have set prices. No negotiations with the other options. The price is the price. Now here is the down side of this way of doing it. You have to provide the room. You have to be very careful when you book your room that they will allow prostitutes in. Many do not! Now other hotels will allow them in, but they will charge you an outrageous fee to do so. Again this is not pimping. :-) yea right. DO NOT and I can not stress this enough DO NOT take them to where you are staying!  Make sure you know what you are getting into before you book your room. Do it a head of time and ask the right questions before you book. If you are embarrassed about saying, “I want to book a room to have a prostitute for the night” you may not want to go looking for one using this option. Use the option above.

You next option is strip clubs. Now these while they are the 3rd best option are very dangerous. They work the same way as the massage parlous as they have a set price. The establishment gets about 50%, but there are many stories of people being held at gunpoint and being robbed or having huge charges on their bills and not being allowed to leave until it is paid. You must be very careful if the option you choose is a strip club.

Your last and final option and really should not be an option is street girls. This is the most dangerous. Really you won’t know what you are getting until you get them back to your room. I have been told that many are not as they seem. You may think you are getting a woman and when you get them back to your room “Crying Game!!!!” Those of you who don’t not understand that reference its really a man and not a woman. Many especially here in Costa Rica make very nice looking woman! So be careful! You are also more vulnerable to being robed this way. There is no way to really verify their age! This is a big problem! The other options above all involve establishments that will be sure that everyone is 18 or older. Please don’t chose this option.

While yes it is mainly men who do this there are many woman who also seek this type of service. The services also extends to people who are looking for gay hook ups as well. Costa Rica does have many options and many choices n this regard. You must know what you are getting yourself into and be very careful. It isn’t a world you want to really do with out knowing what you are doing. Check out everything ahead of time.

NBC report on the Sex Tourism in Costa Rica

So there you have it the Good, The Bad, and the Ugly side of the Night life in Costa Rica.

Pura Vida!

Don’t forget to check out our Cafe Press shop! $3 of every item purchased goes to Charities here in Costa Rica. They do mail to Costa Rica fairly cheap. I did a test of a mouse pad and got it in 12 days delivered to my house! Amazing!!!!



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Food Chick tip of the day

Photo: Today's Chick Tip.....kick your avocados up a notch by grilling them!  Lightly spritz with extra virgin olive oil, sprinkle with lemon pepper and grill open side down over medium heat for five minutes then flip onto the skin side for three minutes!  A great addition to any meal, anytime.   These bad boys are making their way to my Green Goddess Soup!

Today’s Chick Tip…..kick your avocados up a notch by grilling them! Lightly spritz with extra virgin olive oil, sprinkle with lemon pepper and grill open side down over medium heat for five minutes then flip onto the skin side for three minutes! A great addition to any meal, anytime. 

These bad boys are making their way to my Green Goddess Soup!

Pura Vida!

Don’t forget to check out our Cafe Press shop! $3 of every item purchased goes to Charities here in Costa Rica. They do mail to Costa Rica fairly cheap. I did a test of a mouse pad and got it in 12 days delivered to my house! Amazing!!!!



Also check out our House for Sale and Rent listings as well!  If you are traveling and you want a cheap $4.99 a month and good VPN so you can watch hulu, your countries Netflix, and amazon click here. Good for travel or if you live here in Costa Rica. Don’t forget about our Amazon shop as well!

Use this link to see all thing Costa Rica on Amazon! Make your purchase today! All things Costa Rica

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Photo’s of the day by Tio Mago

A new butterfly stopped by the house to say hello. I’ve never seen this species before. It is one of the few I’ve seen with eye spots on both the upper and underside of it’s wings. Anyone want to take a guess as to what species it is? I’m not a butterflyologist or any ologist for that matter. I just have a camera and a little patience. I’m sorry the pic isn’t as sharp as I like but he was a flitting and this was the only shot I got with the wings spread. As an apology I’ve posted a female Slaty-tailed Trogon to compensate.

Pura Vida!

Don’t forget to check out our Cafe Press shop! $3 of every item purchased goes to Charities here in Costa Rica. They do mail to Costa Rica fairly cheap. I did a test of a mouse pad and got it in 12 days delivered to my house! Amazing!!!!



Also check out our House for Sale and Rent listings as well!  If you are traveling and you want a cheap $4.99 a month and good VPN so you can watch hulu, your countries Netflix, and amazon click here. Good for travel or if you live here in Costa Rica. Don’t forget about our Amazon shop as well!

Use this link to see all thing Costa Rica on Amazon! Make your purchase today! All things Costa Rica

Remember if you get an account with the Unblock-US vpn you can than Live stream your movie and tv shows at our link! 

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