ABOUT THE LIVING LIFE IN COSTA RICA BLOG

I (Vicki Skinner - aka "THE Sarong Goddess") created this blog in 2007 to share DETAILED Finds•Lists•Info•Events•Experiences to help bring more EASE to people living in, visiting or thinking of moving to Costa Rica since DETAILS are NOT easy to find!
I’m NOT an expert (an "expert" 2 ME knows 101%-NOT me). I believe in sharin info•helping where I can! And with over 2,200 entries, so some things might be out of date, so if you find old info PLEASE help each other by getting the updated info & sharing it with me to revise. At least you have some basic info to get you started.
VOLUNTEER TO HELP:
Better yet - do you have extra time on your hands & looking for a volunteer project? Since this blog is a labor of love & RARELY does anyone share a donation (even though MANY have said how much it's helped them), I could REALLY use help updating info. Spanish speakers ESPECIALLY welcome since my VicLish can be somewhat limited at times!!

DONATE:
Has my blog helped in any way? Helped find something•brought more EASE? More exposure or business?
I welcome you to show YOUR appreciation for my efforts!
ANY size DONATION is APPRECIATED!
(see below other ways to show your appreciation)
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ADD INFORMATION:
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LivingLifeInCostaRica@gmail.com

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

COSTA RICA - NICARAGUA BORDER CROSSING • VISA RUN - Los Chiles, Costa Rica to•from San Carlos, Nicaragua



MARCH 4, 2015 
I'm there NOW so this weekend I'll have SOOOO MUCH to revise and add!!!!!!!!!!


I'm JUST starting this page with info on how to do your Border Crossing • Visa Run from
Los Chiles, Costa Rica and then up the Rio Frio to San Carlos, Nicaragua. 
& I actually may be doing it next week so make sure to bookmark it & keep checking back as I'm planning on giving Step-by-Step on how to do the crossing plus places to stay & things to do on BOTH sides!!!!!!!!

This site is being developed since I'm going soon, and will have information for both Los Chiles, Costa Rica and San Carlos, Nicaragua
•  Before You Go
•  Advantages of this Border Crossing
•  Getting There
(via bus [in time driving instructions also])

•  Places to STAY•Accommodations
•  a Step-by-Step Border Crossing Procedure
•  Places to EAT•Restaurants•Bakeries
•  Things To Do•See
•  Misc. Info like atm machines•banks • great deals•specials

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Democrats Abroad Costa Rica•DACR - Monthly Meeting - FEBRUARY 28 - Discussion on the Proposed Nicaraguan Canal: Who is building it, who is paying for it and and especially its environmental impact

DEMOCRATS ABROAD Costa Rica
MONTHLY MEETING
Discussion with
Dr. Freddy Pacheco
on the
Proposed Nicaraguan Canal:
Who is building it, who is paying for it and
and especially its environmental impact.

Seminar - Benefits of Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy - PEFT


Renata Beffa
of
Healing House in San Jose
facebook.com/HealingHouseCR

is giving a 
FREE SEMINAR:
on the Benefits of Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy - PEFT

PEFT characterizes the therapy as a a non-invasive and pain-free treatment which stimulates the same meridian points as acupuncture.

It's been shown to benefit everything from arthritis, to circulation, to digestive disorders, sleep disorders, and cell regeneration, as well as many other conditions by using a device called a MicroMat - a flat electromagnetic field generator.

This is the system NASA uses to treat astronauts, athletes use to recover from sports injuries, and Linus Pauling and others have employed to stay young and vibrant.

The announcement said that this form of therapy has evolved from alternative to traditional medicine in recent years, with many prestigious hospitals and clinics using devices  with remarkable and measurable results. 

The technique was pioneered by veterinarians who used pulsed therapy to help horses with fractured legs. The pulses have a positive effect on bones and can help them knit.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved several devices that generate the  electromagnetic field.



WHEN:
Saturday - February 28  -  11am

WHERE:
San Isidro de El General • Perez Zeledon
Bazookas Restaurant on the InterAmericana Highway
(attendees are welcome to stay after the talk for lunch at this popular restaurant [that they pay for])

RSVP REQUESTED:
6036-4283  •  CarolVaughn2012@gmail.com
(tell them you saw it on Vicki's Living Life in Costa Rica blog)


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

HAIR SALON de ADY - an AWESOME Hairstylist that speaks ENGLISH in Escazu, Costa Rica

Every so often I decide to let go of MY need to control it all and be open to see what a PROFESSIONAL that understands bone structure, colics (however you spell it), tricks to take attention away from various flaws or enhance what you have - and I let THEM work their MAGIC!!

I did this the first time I went to Ady with SALON de ADY in Escazu!

Semi Permanent Make-up • MicroPigmentation - Where to find Semi Permanent Eyeliner • Eyebrows • Lip Liner in Costa Rica


After YEARS of searching for the right person to do
MicroPigmentation  •  SEMI-Permanent Make-up
(it's LIKE "tattooing" [though it really isn't])
Eyeliner • Eyebrows •
Lip Lining (Lip Liner) • Full Lip Fill In
that does it well, consciously, it's their PASSION, while still with decent prices - OH, and that speaks GOOD ENGLISH also - I FOUND an AWESOME ONE!!!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

SmartPhone App helps Locate, Review Gas Stations in Costa Rica!!!!



This seems like a MEGA HELPFUL app for your SmartPhone - ESPECIALLY because some gas stations are selling you CRAPPY gas that's doing damage to your engine (like all the other negatives here aren't harming your car big time - like the bad roads, potholes, removed manhole covers, high driveways/curves with the low cars, speedbumps (especially the un-colored/un-marked ones).


A study released this week by the Public Services Regulatory Authority (ARESEP) found that 57 of Costa Rica’s 348 gas stations last year failed to fully comply with technical regulations for selling fuel. That means that more than 16 percent of gas stations failed at least one of the national regulations on quality and quantity.
ARESEP inspections mostly found sediments in fuels, gas pumps dispensing less fuel than paid for by customers and incorrect ignition temperatures in fuels sold.

For the rest of this article go to:
TicoTimes.net/2015/02/13/smartphone-app-helps-locate-review-gas-stations-in-costa-rica


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SOON we'll have a NICE NEW Gas Station in Escazu - on the road between Paco Plaza - on the Right•East side of the street - heading towards Guachipelin Pista del Sol - Highway #27 entrance - just about across the street from the NEW AutoMercado!!
Details coming SOON!!!
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Medicines from the Edge: a Tropical Herbal Convergence - March 13-16, 2015 - Costa Rica


Medicines from the Edge: a Tropical Herbal Convergence
March 13-16, 2015
facebook.com/MedicinesFromTheEdge

An herbal gathering to celebrate the diverse abundance of medicines from the tropics. Termales del Bosque Hot Spring Resort, Aguas Zarcas

Join us for a gathering of herbalists from the Americas to celebrate our diversity and learn about the abundant medicines from the Neo-Tropics. Costa Rica, a bridge between North and South America has diverse micro-climates where we can find temperate familiars and exotic rainforest healers. Explore the range of ethnobotanically significant plants from indigenous and Afro-Caribbean, Costa Rica as well as other plants from the Americas.

The conference will cover a broad range of practical topics as well as focusing on tropical  plant identification, medicine making, permaculture and functional tropical foods Enjoy horseback riding, excursions to gorgeous waterfalls and Finca Luna Nueva, a biodynamic medicinal plant collection.

 The workshops will be bi-lingual, Spanish and English, with a profound focus on the unique micro-climates and various eco-systems of Costa Rica, a bridge between the Northern and Southern Hemispheres!

  
EthnoBotanicalJourneys.givezooks.com/events/medicines-from-the-edge-costa-rica-2015 .


Tuesday, February 17, 2015

JOANNA'S ECLECTIC FOOD GATHERINGS - Lunch Gathering • Singles Supper Gathering • Supper Gathering - Escazu


JOANNA'S ECLECTIC FOOD GATHERINGS!


JOANNA’S ECLECTIC LUNCH GATHERING
The 2nd Saturday of each month - 12pm/noon
DATES:
March 14 • April 11 • May 9 • June 13 • July 11 • August 8 • September 12 • October 10 • November 14 • December 12.


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JOANNA’S SINGLE ECLECTIC SUPPER GATHERING
The 3rd Friday of each month - 7pm
DATES:
March 20 • April 17 • May 15 • June 19 • July 17 • August 14 • September 18 • October 16 • November 20 • December 18


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JOANNA’S ECLECTIC SUPPER GATHERING
The 3rd Saturday of each month - 7pm till ???!!!!!
DATES:
March 21 • April 18 • May 16 • June 20 • July 18 • August 15 • September 19 • October 17 • November 21 • December 19


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PRICE:
Varies by how many plates you have & your drinks. 
Plates range from 1,000-3,000-colones - averaging 2,000-c.
Tips additional


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RESERVATIONS:
To ensure enough food for everyone - a 
Reservation is REQUIRED
in the form of a 5,000-c Pre-Paid Cash Deposit
Deposit can be made at Cocina EclecTica in Escazu (Trejos Montelegre) or Scotia Bank
Email for instructions:
JoannasEatz@yahoo.com


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Saturday, February 14, 2015

FOUND - MISSING PERSON - LACEY RABIDUE (or Joshua Robinson) - in Nicaragua, Costa Rica or Honduras


Sunday - February 15, 2015

LACEY HAS BEEN IN CONTACT WITH HER MOM!!!!!
Lacey's mom just contacted me to say that Lacey JUST sent her a very brief email saying THEY'RE OK 

and that they were hiking out in the middle of nowhere & someone approached them saying they'd seen the info they were missing (the power of people coming together!!!)

Mom does not have any more info than that•clarity on where they are & why she'd been out of contact at this time.

She said “Thanks to all of you Expats Angels and what you have done for me. I am grateful beyond words! You have no idea how relieved I am.”

YEAHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!



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MISSING PERSONS
LACEY RABIDUE & JOSHUA ROBINSON

A missing persons report has been filed via the U.S. Embassy in Nicaragua along with local police in Estile, Nicaragua for the whereabouts of Lacey Rabidue and Joshua Robinson.


PLEASE keep an eye out to help locate LACEY RABIDUE (Jipsē Rae) who was last heard from at 1am (conversation with her mother) - February 12, 2015 in Estile, Nicaragua. She had told her mom that they were heading to Managua on a 3am bus and she was supposed to call her mom the next day as she was booking a flight for her and she has not been heard from her since and she's one to touch in with her mom daily and post pictures on her Facebook.

Lacey is 23 years old 5'10" - 105 lbs, short blonde hair, blue eyes, long legs and has distinguishing tattoos and some piercings.

They had been planning on traveling around Nicaragua (possibly to Granada next), Honduras and down to Costa Rica - specifically hiking around and both had camera and filming equipment and Lacey had an Apple laptop on her.  They had been staying at a hostel in Esteli (not sure which one).

The guy with her in this picture and who is traveling with her is JOSHUA ROBINSON - facebook.com/konkre.films - and he has not been heard from either.  He was heading from Nicaragua via some time in Honduras, then to Costa Rica to film at ENVISION FEST February 26 (if anyone has connections with Envision Fest, PLEASE share this link around). 

Please share this throughout Nicaragua, Costa Rica & Honduras with various Facebook destinations, hostels friends family and churches or other organizations.  Perhaps someone in each city can share this link at at the hostels - both on their Facebook page, send them a PM on Facebook asking them to add it to their page and/or take their pictures around to various facebook pages.

If you have information about LACEY RABIDUE or Josh Robinson email her mother - Raeleen Woodbury at raeleenwoodbury@gmail.com Raeleen Woodbury (her mom) or her sister Sandra Raine Thomas

I've been in direct contact with her mother for updates.

If you have serious information and want the mother's phone number, call me at 1-941-312-7569 or skype - VallartaVicki - or in Costa Rica - (506) 8-378-6679 and I'll share it with you (she's pretty overwhelmed with people contacting her right now that are concerned so give her number to anyone with any serious leads if you can't email her)



Thursday, February 12, 2015

VALENTINE'S DAY • DIA de SAN VALENTIN - Where to Celebrate Valentine's Day in Costa Rica - 2015

Acabo de empezar esta lista de lugares y maneras de
I've JUST started this list of places and
MANERAS DE CELBRAR EL
DIA DE SAN VALENTIN
WAYS TO CELEBRATE
VALENTINE'S DAY
en•in
Costa Rica!

Nature Profit Collaboration & Training - Entrepreneurial Women... Growing Investments... Biodynamically...

 
Entrepreneurial Women... Growing Investments... Biodynamically...
facebook.com/events/793364587378285

PURPOSE: We are Entrepreneurial Women choosing to collaborate with other Business Women who are willing to learn how to grow are Personal/Business Investments in Harmony with the Natural World. WE will be guided by the Philosophy of Rudolf Steiner's Biodynamic Farming Concepts and extending these Principles into the Foundation of our Living/Business Practices. Between Living Rooms to Boardrooms all across the Globe, Women come together, declare our goals/dreams and collaborate in bringing our Mission into action, if we have not done so already!

FAMILIES • PARENTS • KIDS•CHILDREN • TEENS • YOUTH - List of Resources on Where • How FAMILIES • PARENTS • KIDS•CHILDREN • HOME SCHOOLERS • PLAYDATES can Connect. Most are in English for Expats &/or Foreigners Living &/or Working in Costa Rica



Raising kids in a foreign country - especially if you don't speak the language or are Home Schooling - can't be an easy thing - so I'm creating this page to share different groups on Facebook where parents & kids can connect.

Women's Club of Costa Rica (WCCR) - 75th Anniversary Luncheon - San Jose, Costa Rica - March 11, 2015


WOMEN'S CLUB of Costa Rica

MARCH 75th ANNIVERSARY LUNCHEON
CELEBRATING OUR LEGACY
75 YEARS OF MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN COSTA RICA

Featuring:
the PREMIERE of our new WCCR Documentary
highlighting our amazing history

RAFFLE:
Just wait to see the prizes!

And, of course, the opportunity for you to visit with old friends and to make new ones.


WHEN:

WEDNESDAY - March 11, 2015  -  11am-2:30pm



ENTRANCE•LUNCHEON:
12,000-c - PRE-PAID
Tickets are available from Board and Advisory Committee members or by contacting Ticket Manager Jenny Kitson at tickets@wccr.org


WHERE:
Holiday Inn - Aurola - San Jose - Downtown
Calle 5 at Avenida 5 - in front of Parque Morazan
2-523-1000 (hotel's number if you get lost)

PARKING: 
FREE parking
is located ONLY in the Herdonza Parking Lot 
which is on the East side of the hotel.  At the meeting they'll announce instructions and you'll get a voucher in the lobby from the Bell Boys to present (get there early to get a space as it fills up fast).




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MORE INFORMATION ON 
WCCR - Women's Club Costa Rica

LivingLifeInCostaRica.blogspot.com/2014/03/WomensClubCR.html






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Know any women living in Costa Rica - or thinking to move here?  Please share this link with them!

tinyurl.com/WCCRMeetingMarch2015
LivingLifeInCostaRica.blogspot.com/2015/02/WCCRMeetingMarch2015.html
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PET THINGS FOR SALE in Costa Rica - Dog Toys • Cat Toys • Dog Things • Cat Things • Dog Clothes • Cat Clothes • Pet Products • Dog Cage•Kennel • Pet Stores - STRONGEST Dog Chew Toy


FOR SALE - NEW
The STRONGEST CHEW TOY I've found for MEGA chewer•destroyer•tearing things up dogs - DuraChew by NylaBone!
I've seen chew toys by this brand in CR but not this one (perhaps it's because it's SOOOOO STRONG & doesn't get chewed up in a week or a month like all the chew toys I've seen when you have a dog with STRONG teeth!)

SIZE:
"Souper"•X-Large for dogs 50+ pounds
(BUT Odie the 10 pound/4.5 kilo Jack Russell TERROR [below] LOVES the Souper size & carries it around [he steals it from his brother]).

I'm a Pet Sitter & House Sitter
- LOVING YOUR PET HOUSE SITTING -
LovingYourPetHouseSitting.com  •  facebook.com/LovingYourPetHouseSitting
& I had the "Used" one in the picture used by a 80 pound American BullDog for a year AND a month with an 8 month Lab Puppy that could destroy a knuckle bone in 5 minutes (plus Odie & other dogs that I watch).

PRICE:
$20/each - FIRM
(only 3 left)


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Used DOG CAGE•KENNEL•CRATE

SIZE:
91cm•35"-Long x 58cm•22"-Wide  x  67cm•26"-High

Features: 
Single door. Plastic Pan pulls out for easy cleaning. Safe & secure slide bolt latch.

PRICE:
$60 or best offer


These are BOTH
LOCATED:
Escazu (Trejos Montelegre)

CONTACT:


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Do YOU HAVE SOME DOG•CAT•PET RELATED THINGS FOR SALE?
STRONGEST Dog Chew Toy • Dog Toys • Cat Toys • Dog Clothes • Cat Clothes • Pet Products • Dog Cage•Kennel•Crates • Pet Stores

ADVERTISE IT HERE!!

Make a DONATION to the blog
(PayPal.com - attention LivingLifeInCostaRica@gmail.com)
& get 1 picture • 1 paragraph description of the item(s) • Contact Info & a list of 10 other places you might post it.
(if you ALSO separately gift me with the item, I'll write a comment here as well which helps)

Email me at:
LivingLifeInCostaRica@gmail.com


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This page is
SPONSORED BY:

LOVING YOUR PET HOUSE SITTING
for all your Pet Sitting (in YOUR home) & House Sitting needs!
LovingYourPetHouseSitting.com  •  facebook.com/LovingYourPetHouseSitting


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PEQUENO MUNDO • Pequeño Mundo - one of the CHEAPEST places to find things for the home in Costa Rica



PEQUENO MUNDO
 



I think Pequeño Mundo has some of THE LOWEST prices I've found in Costa Rica for household goods.  It's kind of like the American Big Lots or the old time Pic N Save (are they still around??) where it's always different (ok, so that's how Costa Rica is overall) and most of it's the cheap quality "Made in China" stuff, but you can find LOTS of things here - to me - making it perfect for someone that JUST moved here as in many ways it's a one-stop-shopping place!!

They have everything from:
•  Housewares•many things you need to set up a new Home•Kitchen•Hogar (though cheap quality) from dishes sets for under $20, glassware
•  Decorative items
•  Hardware•Ferretería (a GREAT place to find everything from the old fashioned [healther for you] light bulbs, hammers, screwdrivers and all that type of stuff)
•  Food•Groceries•Abarrotes
•   Furniture (in the larger ones mainly)
•  Clothes for Kids•Niños • Babies•Bebes
•  Women•Damas • Men•Caballeros • Shoes•Calzado.

In "Summer" season - tents/beach things.  They're even good to find things for someone starting a restaurant as you can get SOOOO MANY things there!!!!!

NOTE that, as with MANY stores in Costa Rica, what you see today - chances are GOOD you will NOT see them tomorrow!!!!

I have some pictures of some things I've seen there over the years at Pequeño Mundo:


HOURS:  Daily 10am-7pm

LOCATIONS•TIENDAS:

They have 9 locations now!  The largest (hence BEST BY FAR!!) ones (3 of them) are
(NOTE:  I believe this map [off their website] is the old directions and they have re-routed it)

Escazu - GUACHIPELIN (2-288-2111)
THIS is their BIGGEST STORE!!!  They've just MEGA EXPANDED warehouse and it's HUGE and filled with even MORE!!!
DIRECTIONS (
It's off of the Autopista Próspero Fernández•Pista del Sol•Ruta #27 - 500 meter West of MultiPlaza though NOT easy to get to from MultiPlaza (at least I haven't figured it out yet [if you do PLEASE email me what you go to LivingLifeInCostaRica@gmail.com])Coming from Santa Ana:  JUST after the Guachipelin exit there's a NEW small exit that leads to Pequeño Mundo and the new Casino (I think it still says "Guachipelin").  Make an IMMEDIATE RIGHT and a Right into their parking lot. (I need to figure
Coming from San Jose:  Get off at the Guachipelin exit and go Left•South.  I think the easiest way to do it is to go under the overpass and get back on the Pista and get off at the first exit (a small one).  See the directions from Santa Ana above for the rest.


Cartago  (
2-573-3131)
DIRECTIONS: 
La Lima de Cartago, costado sur de Bomba Shell.

Heredia  (2-
237-6033)
DIRECTIONS: 
1Km al Sur del Mall Paseo de las Flores.




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REGULAR STORES:
Alajuela  (2-4311596)
 

DIRECTIONS:  Del cementerio•cemetery   central - 400 metros Oeste/West.

Curridabat  (2-
283-1972)

DIRECTIONS:  600 metros al este del San José Indoor Club.

Desamparados Y Griega  (2-286-0043)
 

DIRECTIONS:  Contiguo a la rotonda de la “Y” GriegaEscazú (San Rafael)  (2-289-9246)
This one is actually 4 small ones - the highest one/most West is Food and Hardware type items.  Next - Household decorations.  Then Women's Clothes.  And the one closest to Mas x Menos is Kids things.

DIRECTIONS:  Next door to Mas x Menos just West of the Scotia Split - Del cruce a San Rafael de Escazú 50 metros Oeste/West.

Moravia  (2-240-2700)

DIRECTIONS:  e la parroquia (church?) - 300 metros Oeste/West.

San Pedro  (2-253-4616)
DIRECTIONS:  Montes de Oca. Del Restaurante Río 100 metros al Este/East.


 Corporate Office - 2-280-1200  •  PequenoMundo@PequenoMundo.com)




Wednesday, February 11, 2015

SELF EMPOWERMENT WORKSHOPS in Costa Rica - February 2015

FEBRUARY 
February 13
Cantando la Vida
facebook.com/events/598266773639416

Hosted by Diane Britzke
 
WHERE:
Finca Amrta  -  FincaAmrta.com 

Cantando la Vida is a celebration of the voice! We gather together to sing songs of very high vibration. This is different than a festival. Read here the Agreements we've worked over the years which lead to a super successful, safe and stellar sing!!!

Come join in a weekend of sweet juicy music, filled with delicious harmonies, delightful melodies and sage messages. In the bamboo shade and under the tropical starry nights we will brew melodic magic of communal singing. Together we invite in the spirit of love made manifest through our shared song, our heart song!

Sing you Friday afternoon, family!

for recordings, directions and info about the global song community go to...
www.singingalive.org/costa-rica

for more information about Cantando la Vida email healthcoach@rosiekenny.com



LivingLifeInCostaRica.blogspot.com/2015/02/SelfEmpowermentWorkshopsInCRFeb15.html

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FEBRERO - TALLERES Empowering AUTO alrededor de Costa Rica - en español - Meditacion • Chakras


FEB 25  =  LOS BENEFICIOS DE LA MEDITACION
Wednesday, February 25 - 7-8:30pm

Hosted by Conferencias públicas en Heredia
 
EL PODER DE LOS CHAKRAS
facebook.com/events/386621451518220
Wed Feb 25 - 5-6:30pm - at Una Heredia

EL SIGNIFICADO DE LOS SUEÑOS
Fri Feb 20 at Biblioteca Publica Heredia

   
Conferencia Pública e invitación al Taller.
Expositor Argentino Carlos Garcia.
Universidad Nacional, Auditorio Marco Tulio Salazar.
Entrada Libre, inf. 8685-1344
Te invita: Instituto Cultural de Estudios Gnósticos de Costa Rica

Friday, February 6, 2015

FUTONS • SOFABEDS • FUTON MATTRESSES • FUTON FRAMES for sale in Costa Rica

Unique Wood QUEEN SIZE FUTON Sofabed
(made when you order)

Attractive Design • Easy-to-open & close • You pick the Wood Stain

QUEEN SIZE BED
 (154cm x 200cm mattress when flat)
NOTE: This mattress is an OVERSTUFFED mattress & is +$44 for this 100% cotton canvas)

The STANDARD mattresses is "flatter"



QUEEN SIZE FUTON FRAME ONLY: 
$360


FRAME + QUEEN 100% COTTON MATTRESS
(with standard thickness & fabric)
$633

AVAILABLE WITH COLLAPSIBLE ARM Rests add $45 to have made with arms *


CONTACT:
GarageSalesInCostaRica@gmail.com
(& I'll give you a Direct Connect!!)


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PEQUENO MUNDO
February 6, 2015 - I literally JUST came back from there but can't get the info/pics up here till Saturday but they ranged from 80,000-170,000-c or so I have a write up on them at:
LivingLifeInCostaRica.blogspot.com/2014/08/PequenoMundoCR.html

DETAILS COMING


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ALIS
Aliss Department Store is MY FAVORITE department store!!  
Had I known about it when I first moved here - I probably wouldn't have brought a 20' container!!  They have something for just for everyone - from WAYYYY COOL KITCHEN GADGETS • Bedding • even fountains & Furniture - but they have the largest selection of FUTONS I've found.  Though - they're all 
METAL FUTON FRAMES with FOAM MATTRESSES
and many of there were attached to the frame which I might not like if this was being used as a primary couch as I'd fear it getting pretty lopsided pretty fast.
BUT - they ARE pretty INexpensive.
(I saw some as low as 80,000/$160 and that includes the FOAM mattress).
See more pictures from my last trip to Aliss at:

SHOPPERS
Shoppers I hear is like Pequeno Mundo but possibly cheaper on some things.  MEGA stuff from China.
160,000-c
facebook.com/ShoppersCostaRica  •  ShoppersCR.com  •  4-052-4900



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Everything from furniture, futons, office furniture, etc. though cheaper quality.  Delivery was only around $15 to have a futon delivered to me in Escazu.
LOCATION:
San Jose (Downtown) - In front of Mercado Borbon (one block north of Central Mercado)


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OCTUBRE 54
(facebook.com/Octubre54  •  Octubre54.com • 2-232-2956 / 2-296-1525 / Traditional things - 2-232-5638 / 2-232-9025)
More contemporary design with some traditional styles and some COOL things!! Quite expensive/$$.
Some cool FUTONS (I JUST looked at their site on January 27, 2015 & didn't see much furniture & no futons so maybe they don't have any at the moment).
DIRECTIONS:
Rohrmoser - On the main road in Pavas, across the street from LaArtistica, 100 meters West of Antojitos Mexican restaurant


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BLOOD TESTS - LABORATORY / PHLEBOTOMIST in Costa Rica



WONDERFUL BLOOD LABORATORY in Escazu (Centro)
(and Clown!)

Laboratorio Clinicio San Miguel
(2-289-8415 / 2-228-9086 / 8-374-5074-Emergencies)
HOURS: Mon.-Fri. 6am-6pm, Sat. 6am-noon
LOCATION:  Escazu (Centro) - Directly in front of the bell on the North side of the church/iglesia   

I found an AWESOME laboratory for Blood work with GREAT prices AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, with a WONDERFUL phlebotomist - Renan!!!  He’s the BEST person I’ve EVER had for drawing my blood!!!  My veins are REALLY HARD to find (I’d make a horrible junkie!)!!  Most of the time they have to poke a couple+ times or dig around while inside but Renan gets a gusher the first poke & I rarely feel ANYTHING - going in or out!!!   Not only that but he said he could tell I was still a child so I got a cherry (my favorite flavor) sucker AND he made me a poodle balloon as on the side - Renan is also Mangongo the Clown (available for parties!! 8-374-5091 / 2-289-4611 / mangongo17@gmail.com in case you know someone that's seeking such a person).   He has GREAT energy!!!!  

Unfortunately the staff doesn't speak much English (see if a part-time worker Sigafrido is still working there) but I just had one of my English-speaking taxi drivers there to help me out initially (see my list of English-speaking Taxi Drivers at

I had a BIG TIME blood work-up - the type that does cholesterol and all that stuff PLUS an HIV/STD test (hey - I’m single) and the whole test was around $140.  Katrina had a similar test (withOUT the “extra” test) and paid almost double for it at a nearby lab.  

Patricia-Front Desk / Dr. Gilberto-Owner  


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MICROBIOLOGIST / CLINICAL CHEMIST / BIOCHEMIST / PHLEBOTOMIST

From what I keep hearing OVER and OVER, the BEST person in Costa Rica to go to for ANY type of DETAILED BLOOD TESTS / BLOOD WORKUP - MICROBIOLOGIST / CLINICAL CHEMIST / BIOCHEMIST / PHLEBOTOMIST - with some of the BEST/most advanced equipment in Costa Rica - ESPECIALLY for anything important is:

Dr. ALVARO APESTEGUI
with LABICLIN

I don't know if I've EVER heard such RAVE reviews as I have on this doctor!!

Dr. Alvaro was trained in the states at Tulane University and I hear when he and his bud/associate Dr. Paolo Castro get together, the conversations are out of this world as BOTH have such incredible PASSION for their fields and learning!!!!

LABS LOCATIONS:
They have 3 locations*:
West (Main) - Sabana Este (2-233-5545 / 2-233-5557). HOURS: Mon.-Fri. 6:30am-6pm, Sat. 8-11:30am. Alvaro is mainly here so if you really want him, call him on his cell (8-344-5600)
East - Curridabat - next door to POPS Ice Cream (2-281-2063) - HOURS: Mon.-Fri. 7-11am and 2-6pm, Sat. 8-11:30am
San Jose (Downtown) (2-223-6643) - next door to the pharmacy inside Clinica Americana 1st floor in Biblica in the old building - next to the drug store.
*AND, he can make Housecall's (start at 5,000 [within San Jose] - depending on your area).


DO I HAVE TO COME BACK TO GET MY RESULTS?
Alvaro aims to make your life easier (heck, just by the fact he has 3 offices tell you that!!) so he can give you a password where you (and/or your doctor) can get your results via the internet so you don't need to come back in.


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Laboratorio Clínico Fernandez  
(2-228-7474 / 8-391-9359) 
On the expensive side.  I hear if it’s needed, they can do HOME VISITS (for a fee).   
LOCATION:  in front of the Paco MALL (per Daniel)


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Thursday, February 5, 2015

PO•P.O. BOXES • APARTADO POSTAL at the Correo•Post Office in Costa Rica


P.O. BOXES•ARARTADO POSTALS in Costa Rica are actually a REALLY SMART thing to have for MANY reasons!  WHY??

#1 - Since "addresses" are few and far between in Costa Rica - it's a better way to guarantee your mail getting to you!

#2  -  Another BIG REASON MANY have shared with me as to why THEY have a P.O. Box is it seems that RARELY do their packages seem to get checked from the Aduana•Customs (don't EVEN get me started on that MEGA NIGHTMARE!!!!  I'm not telling you to bypass them - just sharing a hint that may help you avoid one of the less than logical ways of living in Costa Rica that could take HOURS and LOTS of $$ to deal with since taxes)

#3  -  It gives you the ease of not having to wait around or go into "the city"/San Jose or nearby to get your mail.


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HOW MUCH DOES A PO BOX COST IN COSTA RICA?
There are 2 things you initially pay:
#1 - 10,000-c is a one time mandatory "Right to Use it" fee
PLUS you pay
15,000-c for the year

(the price of a Postal Box is the SAME at various post offices•correo's throughout Costa Rica)

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 HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO RENEW MY PO BOX IN COSTA RICA?:
15,000-c for the year


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WHEN DO WE RENEW PO BOXES IN COSTA RICA
Correos de Costa Rica accepts PAYMENTS for Postal•PO Box starting around November 1/mid-November and they MUST be paid BY January 31 each year!!!
Or you loose it.




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WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE ARE LATE WITH OUR PAYMENT OF OUR APARTADO POSTAL?
If it's not paid by February 1st - you pay the annual 15,000-c box fee PLUS an ADDITIONAL 50%•7,500-c Penalty
If you have not paid it by March 1 - you loose your box!



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HOW•WHERE CAN YOU PAY TO RENEW YOUR P.O. BOX • APARTADO POSTAL
You can either pay it at a Correos • Post Office
OR
You can pay ONLINE with a Visa or MasterCard at:
Correos.go.cr/sc/ProductoApartado.aspx?ProductoId=127

*NOTE:  If you need to update any of your information, you can NOT make the payment online and will need to go TO the branch where you have your P.O. Box.


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CAN ANYONE GET AN APARTADO POSTAL•P.O. BOX IN COSTA RICA? 

YES

WHEN CAN I GET A NEW P.O. BOX?
These days you can pretty much get a P.O. Box*Apartado Postal year-round at most locations.  They now have plenty of boxes.  
In the old days (and maybe even still in some more remote areas) you couldn't often get it until March 1 (after they gave everyone a chance to pay their box - or loose it)
(I'm not positive if they're pro-rated)


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WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING TO SIGN UP FOR AN
 
APARTADO POSTAL•P.O. BOX IN COSTA RICA?
To purchase a PO Box for the first time, you must submit:
 
For a Personal P.O. Box:
A PHOTOCOPY (to leave with them) of your Cedula or Passport

For a P.O. Box for a Corporation:
 
A CURRENT (less than 30 days) PHOTOCOPY (to leave with them) of the corporations Personaria Juridica - PLUS a PHOTOCOPY of the Cedula or the Passport that can legally represent the corporation.

 
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CONTACT:
800-900-2000  •  or send them a message at - Correos.go.cr/contactenos.html
(NOTE:  I've tried this phone number numerous times with no luck getting an answer)

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MORE DETAILS ON APARTADO POSTALS•P.O. BOXES in Costa Rica:

Correos.go.cr/servicios/serviciospostales/Anualidad%202014%20Apartados%20Postales.html
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AMCostaRica.com/111912.htm reported that Individuals seeking a new P.O. Box•Apartado Postal that they need a cédula or other valid identification (hmmmm - does that mean that a non-resident can no longer get a P.O. Box?  Or is a Passport good enough??).


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I've written a post on the various aspects of the
POST OFFICES • CORREOS in Costa Rica
Everything from:
•  Zip Codes•Codigo Postals (YES - we DO have Zip Codes in Costa Rica now [even though at least BNC does not have a box in their system) 
•  Shipping Things TO Costa Rica
•  Shipping Things FROM Costa Rica 
•  Receiving Mail from Abroad
•  What you can't Bring INTO Costa Rica 
•  What the DUTY•TAX PERCENTAGE•% 
•  Where you can Ship something on a Saturday 
•  How your friends can properly Address a Letter to you in Costa Rica 
•  PO•P.O. Boxes•Apartado Postal in Costa Rica
at
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