Papillon Restaurant celebrates its fifth anniversary with High Fives!

Papillon Restaurant 5 yearsFive is the magic number at Papillon Restaurant in the month of May, the fifth month of the year. Why? Well, the exquisite, theme-based restaurant with its excellent French-Caribbean cuisine is celebrating its fifth anniversary this year. Of course manager Tina van Mal and Executive Chef Bas Kuurstra do not wish to overlook this momentous occasion and they invite you to join the celebrations, which include a 5-course dinner with 5 wines for % 50.– per person; the fifth guest at the table gets 50% off his cheque. The festivities start on May 5 (5/05) and continue until June 5, (5/06). The menu will be extraordinary, we promise.

Madison Mackey honored at the Ritz Carlton Aruba

Ritz Carlton Aruba 03ARUBA – Recently the Aruba Tourism Authority had the great pleasure of honoring a very special visitor of Aruba on her 10th consecutive visit to the island, as a Distinguished visitor. This special event took place at the Ritz Carlton Aruba for the first time since the Resort just opened last November. The symbolic honorary title is presented in the name of the Minister of Tourism as a token of appreciation to guests who visit Aruba for 10 to 19 consecutive years.

BONBI CAME OUT TO PLAY AT THE ARUBA MARRIOTT RESORT

Marriott Resort 05Aruba’s official mascot first resort visit

PALM BEACH – On Wednesday April 16, guests young and old at the Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino received a special visit from Bonbi, Aruba’s official mascot.

Home exchange; as seen on Aruba real estate Blog; www.arubaconnections.blogspot.com

Home exchange logoOwning a second home in Aruba means you can enjoy your vacation time in the sunshine whenever you wish.

Also you can travel the world and use your second house (in Aruba) for home exchange. Home exchange is to swap a house/ apartment with like-minded travelers all over the world without paying for it.

Journalists Dominic and Rose Prince from England are amazed with Aruba

Journalists Dominic and Rose Prince 02ARUBA – Recently the Aruba Tourism Authority hosted a journalist couple from England on Aruba, to cover a complete story about the Island’s tourism industry, lifestyle, culture, tradition’s and history. The journalists were Mr. Dominic Prince who is also an author and film documentary maker and he is writing a travel feature for the Daily Mail, the biggest national newspaper in the…

Italian Journalist amazed with the Aruba experience

Italian Journalist 04ARUBA – Recently the Aruba Tourism Authority hosted a journalist couple from Italy on Aruba, to cover a complete story about the Island’s tourism industry, lifestyle, culture, tradition’s and history.

The journalist were Mr. Franco Bortollotti from Florencia and Mrs. Stefania Lancelotti from Milano,

HumanHints, today ‘Personal Boundaries’

Saying no is really difficult for many people. As foreign as the idea is to some, a great challenge for many people is to learn to say No without feeling guilty. The less we define our own boundaries in the moment, the more life will step on us, so saying No is an important ability. One reason it’s hard to say No is fear of rocking the boat. It is so much easier to let the situation go away by not saying anything, but we all know the situation doesn’t just go away.

Today is Wednesday, April 23, the 113th day of 2014. There are 252 days left in the year.

Thought For Today: Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them - From "Twelfth Night," by William Shakespeare (1564-1616). Highlights in history on this date: 1533 - Catholic Church inquiry declares marriage of Catherine of Aragon to England's King Henry VIII void. 1621 - Protestant Union in Germany is dissolved. 1633 - South German Protestants sign League of Heilbronn with Sweden and France for mutual support against imperialists and Catholic League. 1635 - A boundary dispute between Maryland and Virginia erupts into a naval skirmish off the coast of Virginia. 1728 - A huge fire destroys a large part of Copenhagen. 1795 - Warren Hastings, former British governor general of India, is acquitted of high treason. 1848 - French voters, with universal male suffrage for the first time, go to the polls to elect a national assembly. 1873 - Ashanti War breaks out in Africa; Dutch war against Sultan of Achin in northwest Sumatra, Indonesia, begins. 1895 - Russia, France and Germany protest against cession of Chinese territory to Japan. 1904 - United States acquires property of French Panama Canal Company. 1935 - Poland's Constitution is adopted after nine years of discussions. 1938 - Sudeten Germans in Czechoslovakia demand full autonomy. 1964 - Copenhagen's trademark Little Mermaid statue gets her head sawn off by unknown men. The head is never found and a new one is molded and welded on her. 1968 - The Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren Church merge to form the United Methodist Church. 1969 - Sirhan Sirhan is sentenced to death for assassinating New York Sen. Robert F. Kennedy. The sentence is later reduced to life imprisonment. 1972 - Two U.S. Apollo 16 astronauts blast off from the moon and rejoin command ship for journey back to Earth. 1975 - South Vietnam's cabinet resigns as panic grips Saigon and U.S. President Gerald Ford declares that the Vietnam War is over. 1985 - The Coca-Cola Co. announces it is changing the secret formula for Coke. Negative public reaction forces the company to resume selling the original version. 1986 - White-led South African government commits itself to scrapping dozens of laws restricting movements of blacks. 1988 - A pickup truck rigged with explosives rips through a crowded vegetable market in Tripoli, Libya, killing 54 people and wounding 125. 1989 - Israeli soldiers shoot and wound 22 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip as widespread stone-throwing erupts. 1990 - Premier Li Peng arrives in Moscow for first visit by Chinese head of government to Soviet Union in 26 years. 1991 - Tens of thousands of striking Soviet workers fill the streets in Minsk on the eve of the Communist Party plenum. 1992 - South African President F. W. de Klerk proposes holding a multiracial election; McDonald's opens its first fast-food restaurant in the Chinese capital of Beijing. 1993 - Lalith Athulathmudali, Sri Lanka's top opposition leader, is assassinated by a lone gunman. A commission later claims involvement by President Ranasinghe Premadasa, who was assassinated by a Tamil separatist rebel suicide bomber eight days later. 1994 - Two ANC activists are killed in South Africa as they try to put up election posters. 1995 - Tens of thousands of people, most wounded or sick, flee along muddy roads from the refugee camp at Gikongoro where at least 2,000 people were killed by Rwandan soldiers or trampled in stampedes. 1996 - Fire races through deserted villages around the Chernobyl nuclear plant in Ukraine, sending wind-whipped radioactive particles skyward 10 years after the world's worst nuclear accident. 1998 - James Earl Ray, who confessed to assassinating the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968 and later insisted he was framed, dies at a Nashville hospital at age 70. 2000 - Colombia's second-largest rebel group releases a national soccer star Andres Estrada, two days after kidnapping him and violating a holiday truce. 2002 - Pope John Paul II opens a meeting at the Vatican with 12 of the 13 U.S. cardinals and the heads of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops about the mishandling of sexual abuse cases in the U.S. church. 2004 - U.S. President George W. Bush takes steps to restore normal trade and investment ties with Libya as a reward to Moammar Gadhafi for eliminating Libya's biological, chemical and nuclear weapons programs. 2005 - A Yemeni court upholds the death sentence of a Muslim extremist convicted of assassinating a prominent politician in 2002 and helping to plot an attack that killed three American missionaries - including a Kansas native - in a hospital days later. 2006 - Hungary's Socialist-led governing coalition wins runoff parliamentary ballots, becoming the nation's first administration to win re-election since communism fell. 2007 - Former Russian President Boris Yeltsin, who hastened the collapse of the Soviet Union by scrambling atop a tank to rally opposition against a hard-line coup and later pushed Russia to embrace democracy and a market economy, dies at 76. 2008 - The Olympic flame arrives in Australia for the next leg of the torch relay and is immediately whisked away to a secret location to avoid anti-China protesters. 2009 - Suicide bomb blasts tear through crowds waiting for food aid in central Baghdad and inside a roadside restaurant filled with Iranian pilgrims Thursday, killing at least 78 people in Iraq's deadliest day in more than a year. 2010 - The U.S. and NATO agree to start transferring control of Afghanistan back to its leaders by year's end but acknowledge that achieving stability will take decades. 2011 - A nervous leadership in Iran imposes a media blackout on President Bashar Assad's struggle against a swelling Syrian uprising and Tehran faces the unsettling prospect of losing its most stalwart ally in the region. 2012 - Sudanese warplanes bomb a market and an oil field in South Sudan, killing at least two people after Sudanese ground forces had reportedly crossed into South Sudan with tanks and artillery, elevating the risk of all-out war between the two old enemies. 2013 - A car bomb explodes outside the French Embassy in Tripoli, wounding three people and partially setting the building on fire in the worst attack on a diplomatic mission in Libya since the U.S. ambassador was killed last year. Today's Birthdays: William Shakespeare, English poet-playwright (1564-1616); William Turner, English painter (1775-1851); Max Planck, German physicist (1858-1947); Sergei Prokofiev, Soviet composer (1891-1953); Haldor Laxness, Icelandic writer and Nobel laureate (1902-1998); Sandra Dee, U.S. actress (1942-2005); Shirley Temple Black, U.S. diplomat and movie star (1928-2014); Michael Moore, director (1954--); Dev Patel, British actor (1990--).Thought For Today:

Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them – From “Twelfth Night,” by William Shakespeare (1564-1616).

Hyatt Regency Casino gives away over $59,000 in prizes in less than two weeks

Hyatt Regency Casino ORANJESTAD – Tourists that come to our island, without a doubt like to have fun, and that includes  being entertained at the casinos. Hyatt Regency Casino is one of them that truly caters to their visitors.

In just two weeks, Hyatt Regency Casino gave away over $59,000 in prizes to its visitor. Here are just a few of the winners…

Aruba’s Social Column “Bati Bleki” by Rona Coster April 22nd, 2014

Bati Bleki by Rona CosterSCARLET RIBBON CUTTING. The cutest little girl in the universe cut the ribbon at Scarlet’s Client Appreciation and Grand Opening reception on Thursday, assisted by her father Luis Miguel Mansur and suave, laid-back, Dutch-born boss, Gert Post. On the island since 2003, the company is growing under the leadership of its secret weapon, Bettina Daal, who just moved the head office from Savaneta to luxurious digs in Oranjestad. Diario TV was there to cover the event and stream it live,  making the footage available on line. I need a Static IP Address, Bettina said. OK, I’ll come see you, pronto! 

The Salamander King Pins Enjoy a Memorable Bowling Outing

The Salamander King Pins Enjoy a Memorable Bowling Outing 01Palm Beach – The associates of the Salamander Group, enjoyed team spirit and joyous camaraderie at a fun bowling session at Dream Bowl, Palm Beach Plaza Mall. The bowling outing was organized by Managing Director Jodi Tobman who reports her staffers were bowling in each other’s lane, often, and sometimes, they did not even hit a single pin, landing in the gutters, but what they lacked in bowling skills they made up in laughter, dancing, and encouragement or consolation hugs, as the evening went on, fueled by delicious snacks and cocktails.

With a first lecture at the Playa Linda Beach Resort – FCCP furthers its education campaign about prostate cancer

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPALM BEACH – The fight against prostate cancer has found a strong, proactive voice in the non-profit of  FCCP (Fundacion Contra Cancer di Prostaat). The foundation launched its awareness campaign with a lecture to the general public, organized through the Aruba Cancer Funds (KWF), soon after it was founded in November 2013, and is now broadening its reach by visiting individual companies.

For the AHATA Recycled Art Competition 2014 Playa Linda creates functional art

recycling competition ENG 01PALM BEACH – The Playa Linda Beach Resort is once again a proud participant of the AHATA Recycled Art Competition, with the functional art of a standing lamp representing the creative reuse of materials by the resort’s Maintenance Department. Micheal Barrosa, Pedro Ogando and Jomar Obian, a.ka.

HumanHints, today ‘External Forces’

Self awareness is the ultimate personal power. When you know your self, you become more aware of external forces forces acting on you. Your genuine self is the only baseline reference point by which we can measure external forces. When an external force acts on you, you can feel it. It is blissful at best and infuriating at worst. Your reaction to an external force depends on if you’re aligned with it.

Today is Tuesday, April 22, the 112th day of 2014. There are 253 days left in the year

Today is TuesdayThought For Today:

For a man learns more quickly and remembers more easily that which he laughed at, than that which he approves and than that which he approves and reveres – Horace, Roman poet (65-8 B.C.)

HOP ALONG TO LA VISTA RESTAURANT FOR A FUN FILLED EASTER SUNDAY BRUNCH

La Vista Restaurant 00Enjoy complimentary mimosas and champagne

PALM BEACH, ARUBA – La Vista Restaurant invites you and your family to come celebrate Easter Sunday with a fun filled brunch on Sunday April 20. La Vista is preparing a delicious brunch with a wide variety of food selections and festive activities for this special day.

La Vista’s wide-ranging Easter brunch starts at 7:00 am and will continue until 2:00 pm. A variety of food selections is offered; omelet station, pizza station, garlic spiked prime rib, peel and eat shrimp, smoked salmon and grouper in tomato basil sauce.

Eat like a local on Easter at Bugaloe!

Bugaloe 03Palm Beach – While it is a true Aruban tradition to eat fish at home on Easter, Bugaloe Beach Bar & Grill, located on the pier between Radisson and Riu hotel, would like to continue this tradition. We are opening the doors of our home, and invite you to come and enjoy typical Aruban food, this Easter Sunday and Monday.

Lots of activities coming up at Café the Plaza in the Renaissance Marketplace

Café the Plaza 01ARUBA – Café the Plaza’s end of the month calendar is filled with lots of activities, all them them worth a visit to the popular café in the Renaissance Marketplace. We start off with Good Friday, April 18, when one can enjoy Dutch fish specialties (lekkerbekjes and kibbeling, fried fillet of haddock and fried whitefish).

Loyal visitors honored at the Costa Linda Beach Resort

Costa Linda 04Recently the Aruba Tourism Authority had the great pleasure of honoring a group of loyal and friendly Visitors of Aruba, at the Costa Linda Beach Resort as Ambassadors of Goodwill. The symbolic honorary title is presented in the name of the Minister of Tourism as a token of appreciation to guests who visit Aruba for 20 or more consecutive years.

John and Debra Miller love the grouper at Fishes & More Restaurant

Fishes & More 01ARUBA – John and Debra Miller from New York do not hesitate one second when asked what the name is of their favorite restaurant on the island:

Fishes & More Restaurant in the Arawak Garden on the hi-rise strip. The couple happened to pass by the restaurant on Good Friday five years ago – since then their choice is easy.

This Easter Sunday at 8:00 pm Grand opening of a new “hole in the wall”.

UNIQUE COCKTAIL LOUNGE logoARUBA – Right in the center of the hot spot  area at South beach mall (at Palm Beach). UNIQUE COCKTAIL LOUNGE is going to be unique in its own kind with, ambiance and character (classic with a modern twist). It’s a bar that focuses primarily on the LGBT (gay) community.

Unique cocktail lounge is the first of its kind with a wide variety of drinks including Molecular mixology and cocktails;

HumanHints, today ‘Satisfy Your Desire’

Human desire is a tangible sensation that drives us to expand and grow. The problem arises when we become fixated on the desire itself, which only empowers the feeling of wanting. We don’t understand the concept of desire, so we don’t know how to use it as a tool. We make the mistake of focusing on the sensation of desire itself, instead of the driving force it provides.

Today is Thursday, April 17, the 107th day of 2014. There are 258 days left in the year.

Woody Allen, U.S. director, actor (1935--)Thought For Today:

There are worse things in life than death. Have you ever spent an evening with an insurance salesman? – Woody Allen, U.S. director, actor (1935–)

 

Tya Hurkmans is Caribbean Queen for April

Page-02Palm Beach – Every month, Caribbean Queen at Palm Beach Plaza Mall honors one local female artist who lives and creates here.  The Caribbean Queen program was launched when the store opened in late 2011. For the month of April 2014, local artist Tya Hurkmans is the boutique’s celebrated Caribbean Queen, showcasing the art of glass in the boutique.

Of Dutch origins, Tya Hurkmans was born on our neighboring island of Curacao, but has been living on Aruba for many years. The married mother of three is a busy caregiver working as a nurse in the psychiatry department of the local hospital.

Aruba Meets Europe with Toes in the Sand at Divi Phoenix

Aruba Meets Europe with Toes in the Sand at Divi Phoenix 03Palm Beach -Delegate of the annual Aruba Meets Europe, AME, hoteliers and members of the Aruba Tourism Authority and the Aruba Hotel & Tourism Association enjoyed a most creative evening offered by Divi Resorts and hosted by it Managing Director Alex Nieuwmeyer and his executive staff at the Divi Aruba Phoenix Beach Resort.

Dennis and Marge Hart coming to Aruba to celebrate their Golden Anniversary

Dennis and Marge Hart 01Next Friday Aruba will receive the visit of a very lovely couple, Mr. Dennis and Mrs. Marge Hart, this very nice couple are loyal and friendly visitors of Aruba for more than 25 years, and they will be staying at their home away from home the Costa Linda Beach Resort. Marge & Dennis Hart are coming to Aruba to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on April 18, 2014.

A group of Loyal Goodwill Ambassadors honored at Costa Linda Beach Resort by Aruba Tourist Authority

Honoring at Costa Linda 3 may 2012 02Recently, Ms. Darline S. de Cubahad the great pleasure of honored a group of Loyal and friendly visitors at Costa Linda Beach Resort as Goodwill Ambassadors. The symbolic honorary title is presented in the name of the Minister of Tourism as a token of appreciation to guest who visiting Aruba for 10 and 20 years consecutive. 

Radisson commemorates Earth Day 2014

Radisson commemorates Earth Day 2014 01Palm Beach – Tuesday, April 22, 2014, is commemorated as Earth Day this year. Earth Day was first recognized in 1970 and has become one of the biggest global movements towards a more sustainable future. Each year, over a billion people in more than 190 countries around the globe demonstrate their support for Earth Day by planting trees, cleaning up their communities, participating in recycling efforts and much more.

Beach Soccer Aruba Celebrates 15th Annual Copa Cees Bossers on Eagle Beach.

Beach Soccer 02ARUBA – This Thursday April 17th, Beach Soccer Aruba kicks off the 15th annual “Copa Cees Bossers”. Aruba’s prestigious Eagle Beach has been transformed into a sandy white soccer field for an amazing four days of Beach Soccer. Players face off to showcase their talent on Aruba’s Eagle Beach, named #5 of the Best Beaches in the world by Tripadvisor.

HumanHints, today ‘The Power of Time Projection’

As Humans on Earth, we have an interesting relationship with Time. From the viewpoint of our bodies, time seems constant and unchangeable, but in our minds, time is fluid and always changing. Depending on the situation, it can seem either very slow, very fast, or somewhere in between. Time is a construct of the mind, to facilitate the inescapable Hologram in which our three dimensional lives are played out.

Today is Wednesday, April 16, the 106th day of 2014. There are 259 days left in the year.

Mike Mansfield, U.S. ambassador to Japan (1903-2001)Thought For Today:

The crisis you have to worry about most is the one you don’t see coming – Mike Mansfield, U.S. ambassador to Japan (1903-2001).

 

AME Lunch & Business Session unfolds at the Radisson Aruba Resort Casino & Spa

AME Business Lunch 00Oranjestad – The Sunset Grille Restaurant at the Radisson Aruba Resort Casino & Spa was buzzing with activity as Aruba Meets Europe, AMS, delegates enjoyed a delicious business lunch, a welcome respite in their otherwise busy agenda.

Immediately following lunch they joined a work-session at the Grand Caribbean Ballroom, focusing on the island’s relationship with its European travel partners.

SUCCESSFUL ARUBA MEETS EUROPE 2014 EVENT WRAPS UP IN STYLE

ARUBA MEETS EUROPE 02PALM BEACH – The fourth and final day of Aruba Meets Europe (AME) 2014 started off with a market place at Renaissance Convention Center, offering all 40 participating tour operators from 11 European countries the opportunity to meet with Aruba’s larger hotels and local destination management companies.

ALPHA 2 PRO WAVE SLOT MAKES ITS DEBUT IN SOUTH AMERICA AT THE ARUBA MARRIOTT

Stellaris Casino 01PALM BEACH – The Stellaris Casino at the Aruba Marriott is the first casino in South America to launch the award-winning ALPHA 2 Pro Wave slot machines from Bally Technologies.

The Pro Wave brings a new level of gaming platform design to casinos with its trailblazing 40-inch/100-centimeter curved high-definition monitor.

At Amazonia Churrascaria Wine Tasting with Monrick Croes of the Art of Dining Service Management

wine tasting and pairingPalm Beach — Staffers at Amazonia Churrascaria convened in the private banquet room for a wine tasting orchestrated by wine expert Mondrick Croes. The gathering was designed to pair food and wine, and to enhance the understanding of wine production and marketing, as it relates to today’s lifestyle, customer preferences and wine sales.

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