Monthly Archives: March 2014

What is an Estancia?

If you ever find yourself in a beautiful place in Argentina, Brazil, or in places that were under the influence of Spain at one point or another (like the Philippines), you will often hear the word “Estancia”. What is it?

It’s basically an equivalent to our ranch. It’s a very vast piece of land that was primarily for raising livestock back in the old days. The estancia was usually owned by very wealthy, prominent people.

Now, some have been converted to agricultural lands, while some have transformed into vacation spots and guest ranches where people can enjoy nature and undertake several outdoor activities like fishing. This is the case with the Laguna Verde.

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The Beauty of Patagonia, Argentina

I can tell you through flowery words and poetic verses how beautiful Patagonia, Argentina is, but I’d much rather show you through photos. If you find yourself restlessly wading through all the errands and work that routine has to offer, consider taking a break and visiting a new world that can give you a fresh perspective on life.


The photo above is from Erik Argotti and is featured on the official website of Estancia Laguna Verde (Donald Ray Bernard is the vice president of this piece of paradise)


This is a photo of Mt. Fitzroy taken by Chris Ford and posted on his Flickr account. If you are the adventurous sort, consider hiking up this mountain for a truly remarkable view. A warning though: it is considered one of the most technically challenging mountains on Earth for mountaineers

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401(K), Retirement, and How a bit of “Laissez Faire” is not all that Bad

Confession time. Have you ever given thoughtful consideration to your 401(K)?

Now don’t be shy to shake your head, because that’s not exactly a bad thing. If you’re the over-reactive sort who gets scared each time investment prices drop, you might be hurting yourself in the long run by always going out at a loss.

In fact, we have these people to thank for keeping the amount of pooled funds healthy.

Of course, you do have to spend a bit of time to make sure your investment is suited to you. If you’re in your 20s, for example, you can focus on higher-risk options. On the other hand, a 60 year old nearing retirement should focus on preserving his/her income and should opt for low-risk options.

People who are generally too intimidated about the whole idea of choosing the right option can just go for target date funds. In this alternative, you can choose the date you’d like to withdraw your fund. Fund managers are then tasked to ensure that the growth of your retirement money is maximized at the earlier years, and then preserved when the withdrawal date is near.

The bottom line for those who are not knowledgeable in finance and investment is to strike a balance between a laissez faire approach to your 401(k) and an excessively involved approach. This is absolutely important as more and more Americans are relying solely on their 401(k) for their retirement money.

Source: CNBC Article via Yahoo Finance

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The Best Bait for Trout

Bait selection is a huge debate among fishermen, so I’d like to ask you – what’s your favorite trout bait?

My favorite has always been live red worms. After all, what could be more natural than a wriggling worm underwater? A bait with an attractive, showy tail is also recommended – calf tail or marabou tail is good.

It’s best to bring several bait options with you to your fishing trip so that you can switch from one bait to another.

Share your thoughts below!

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Sight Fishing 101

Both seasoned fishermen and those new to the sport of fishing should try sight fishing at one point or another. Simply put, in sight fishing, fishermen actually see the fish they wish to catch! That makes it a lot less frustrating than just waiting for a theoretical fish to get the bait, especially for those who wish to just get their feet wet in the sport (pun intended).

But like all other types of fishing, there are tips you need to consider for a very fulfilling day:

1. Keep your distance and be very, very quiet

Fishes get scared easily so make sure you maintain a safe distance from them and stay still

2. Invest in a good pair of polarized sunglasses

This gives you a competitive advantage of your targets because it not only helps ward off the glaring rays of the sun, but it also helps you see clearer details, allowing you to differentiate between the color of the water and the subtle shapes of the fish underneath

3. Be Patient!

Patience is an important virtue in fishing, even when you can already see the fish within your reach! Many get the urge to just put the bait down, wait mere seconds, then pull it back out. This may cause some fish to lose interest, so keep your bait in the water for longer periods of time and relish not only the idea of catching a fish, but also the anticipation of doing so! And if it doesn’t work the first time, try changing your bait, moving to a different location, etc.


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The Jurassic Lake in all its Glory

Sight fishing at “El Puesto” in Jurassic Lake. Cool breeze. Nature’s quietude. The perfect formula!

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