Aruban Flowers cast to the sea in tribute of Flt #17 victims

Aruban Flowers 00EAGLE BEACH – Both locals and tourists came out in numbers and various times during the sunset last evening to throw locally grown flowers into the ocean as a tribute to the victims and families of the Malaysian Flt #17 that was apparently shot down by missiles.  Nearly 200 of the victims were Dutch nationals and some personally known to locals here on Aruba and our sister island Curacao, who is morning the loss of one of their own who died in the crash.

People all around the world are shocked by this tragedy that touches the hearts and souls of most everyone no matter where they are from and that is why many made a silent prayer at sunset while gently tossing flowers from the shores of Aruba yesterday.

Chris and Heather Zirke honored at the Marriott Surf Club

Recently the Aruba Tourism Authority had the great pleasure of honoring a very nice couple whom are loyal and friendly Visitors of Aruba, at the Marriott Surf Club, as Distinguished visitors.  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.

World Cup star Dirk Kuyt at Papillon Restaurant

Dirk Kuyt 2014Dirk Kuyt, whose performances during the World Cup Soccer matches in Brazil were most impressive, is on Aruba. Better yet, he has been spotted at lovely Papillon Restaurant in The Village, one of his favorite restaurants on the island. Dirk and his family are enjoying  their holiday these days before going back to work in Turkey.

Hugs and kisses for Audrey Gage, the flower lady at Salt & Pepper

Hugs and kisses for Audrey Gage 01Today it is time for big hugs and kisses for Mrs. Audrey Gage, the lady who can be found at Salt & Pepper Restaurant every morning. Audrey is a much-liked, lovely woman, who brings flowers from her garden to decorate her breakfast table at the restaurant; that is why she is called the Flower Lady. Her positive vibes and smiling face are very welcoming and Audrey knows many regulars at the popular restaurant in the Arawak Garden by name.

Jessica Maduro is Employee of the Month at Salt & Pepper Restaurant

Jessica MaduroThe lovely girl with the biggest smile in the picture is Jessica Maduro, a great colleague and super waitress at Salt & Pepper Restaurant in the Arawak Garden. Jessica is always in a good mood, is helpful and ready to pitch in when extra support is needed. So reasons enough to put her in the spotlight and make her Employee of the Month at Salt & Pepper.


Symposium for InnovatorsEAGLE BEACH – 150 experts gathered in Grenada last week to examine a topic Bucuti & Tara Beach Resorts has been a leader in for decades, sustainable tourism. The Caribbean Symposium for Innovators in Coastal Tourism, which was the first of this kind in the region, served as a platform for industry leaders to share their thoughts and visions on innovative coastal tourism models including what they have accomplished to date and what opportunities lie ahead.

A full house for De Suikertuin’s terrific Vegetarian Evening

juli 2014 043It was a full house last Saturday evening at Restaurant De Suikertuin in the Wilhelminastraat, when its Vegetarian Evening with guest chef Rodney Theysen was held. As promised, the palate and taste buds  of the sixty guests went into overdrive. The lovely restaurant was filled to the max, yet it was not overcrowded. Chef Rodney had everything under control and the tasty dishes were much appreciated.

HumanHints, today ‘Learn To Laugh’ Part 1 – Laughter and Play

Learn how to make yourself laugh at will. This is a powerful technique that it is easier than you might think. We’re supposed to play thru life, but as adults, we think that doing is the only way to get thru life. The fundamental energy of playing and doing is completely different. When we do, we try to control. When we play, we allow Universal Grace into our lives.

Today is Wednesday, July 23, the 204th day of 2014. There are 161 days left in the year.

Jean Baptiste Massillon, French clergyman (1663-1742)Thought For Today:

To be proud and inaccessible is to be timid and weak – Jean Baptiste Massillon, French clergyman (1663-1742).


Treasure box found at De Palm Island

Proposal DPI 00Oranjestad, July 2014Chris Parillo and Heather Lavell found a treasure box on the ocean floor while snorkeling at De Palm Island.

Little did Heather know that her boyfriend, with the assistance of the staff at De Palm Island, had purposely put the treasure box amongst the coral where he knew they would be snorkeling. What was to be an ordinary day of enjoying all that De Palm Island has to offer such as banana boat rides, waterslides, all-inclusive food & beverage, snorkeling and more, turned out to be a very special moment for Heather. Upon discovering the treasure box Heather was at first hesitant to pick it up.

Aruba’s Social Column “Bati Bleki” by Rona Coster July 21st, 2014

Bati Bleki, July 20th, 2014RENT A CHEF. Chef Bas Kuurstra, who worked for 5 years for Taste of Belgium as executive chef, and before that chef and sous chef at Scandals and Ventanas del Mar, is now on the verge of starting his own company called Rent a Chef, gourmet chef services. He provides personal and private chef services, cooking at home for a dinner party or showing up once a week to make up to 5 days of family meals, to stock the freezer or fridge, so that dinner may always be ready, whenever you are! Bas can cook a special upscale 3 to 8 course menu, in the comfort of our home on special occasions. I love that idea. Look him up on FB.

Taittinger, the official 2014 FIFA World Cup Champagne and Romar Trading Company, entertain island dignitaries at Texas De Brazil

TDB Taittinger (10)Palm Beach – Wine Artist Clive Faustin welcomed champagne lovers to Lounge Rouge at Texas de Brazil for the relaunch of Taittinger Champagne, a 2014 FIFA sponsor. The group of distinguished bankers, doctors, and hospitality professionals enjoyed a unique tasting of three distinctly different champagnes, conducted by Faustin and his crew at Romar Trading Company, assisted by Ruchen Coffie, a member of Texas de Brazil management.

Real Estate Miriam answers all

Real Estate Miriam answers all- 19 juliAsk Real Estate expert Miriam Engeln anything about properties in ARUBA, such as how to invest in real estate, how to maximize occupancy in vacation properties, rental income tips, constructing a house, home exchange, house flipping, retire-/ moving to ARUBA and so on.

This week’s question and answer by Andrew Sawyer: Do you have any recommendations on real estate books?

Henrica Tromp is Employee of the Second Quarter at Caribbean Palm Village Resort

SONY DSCNoord - Each quarter, members of management and members of staff get together at Caribbean Palm Village Resort in the early morning hours, just before the beginning of the work day,  to celebrate achievement over snacks and refreshments.

The gathering is always marked by informal presentations of merit certificates,…

Preparing for the sixth Aruba International Regatta

Aruba International Regatta 04ARUBA - This year on August 15, 16 and 17 the sixth Aruba International Regatta will take place on Aruba. Three days of action and competition for yachts, beach cats, sunfishes, optimists, windsurfers and kite surfers; three evenings of music and parties for all participants and spectators.

The sailors will compete for the Budget Marine cup for the winner in the most competitive class. This cup will be awarded for the fourth time this year and has a value of afl. 1000. For the youngest sailors there will be optimist races and there will be down wind races for the kite surfers and wind surfers.

Presenting Caribbean Queen Yolanda Rivera

yolanda31Palm Beach – Every month, Caribbean Queen at the 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 July 2014, local artist Yolanda Rivera is the boutique’s celebrated Caribbean Queen, showcasing her craft for locals and visitors to admire and purchase.

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, July 22, the 203rd day of 2014. There are 162 days left in the year.

Dale Carnegie, American author (1888-1955)Thought For Today:

When fate hands us a lemon, let’s try to make lemonade. – Dale Carnegie, American author (1888-1955)


Chamber’s position on the conflict between Aruba and the Netherlands

kvk_arubaOranjestad - The Aruba Chamber of Commerce & industry wishes to make a public statement on its point of view regarding the events arising in the last few weeks in the conflict between the Aruba government and the Kingdom government. The Chamber will not give an opinion on the legal aspects of the matter, but wishes to focus on some other aspects that it considers pertaining more to its tenain, and that need to be addressed.

Papillon’s mussels arrived again!

Mossel papillon 2014 artikel aangepastThe mussels that are served in the weekends of July and August at Papillon restaurant in The Village are bursting with taste, fleshy and sumptuous.

Flown in from Zeeland in the south of Holland, they are still dripping sea water, so to speak. Early last month the first mussel crop was allowed to be picked and the verdict from the experts was that it was of excellent quality, even though the temperature of the water has not been as favorable as other years.

Hip, hip, hurray for Stefan for 10 years at AWD

Hip, hip, hurray for StefanAruba Wine and Dine, the umbrella organization that encompasses a number of successful restaurants, recognized the excellent services of Stefan van Geene, who has worked for the company 10 years.

Stefan started working at Salt & Pepper Restaurant as a waiter in 2004, but, as he gained experience, he moved up to Restaurant Manager.

HumanHints, today ‘Time Techniques’ Part 2

human_hints_logoYesterday we began a discussion of using our Thoughts to play with Time to our advantage.  Today we deepen our exploration of Time, and detail specific techniques that you can use in the moment.

When you’re in a bad place in life, think of yourself in the future, free from emotional burdens.

RBC Art Rules Aruba Receives Two thumbs Up from Sponsors and Partners

Art Rules Aruba 08Oranjestad – Art Rules Aruba unfolding at Cas Di Cultura for its second week received sponsors, partners and supporters for a courtesy visit showcasing the artistic accomplishments of the students enrolled in various programs such as DJ, Music & Performance, Dance, Theater, Culinary Arts, Fashion, Creative Media and a special Art Rules Junior, for 9-12 year olds.

Fishes & More is the favorite restaurant of Marcellus, Linda, Lisa and Bente

Fishes & MoreARUBA – Fishes & More Restaruant in the Arawak Garden gets a lot of rave reviews for their wonderful dishes, fresh fish and great service. This week we received such a review from a family from Holland that has been coming to the island eleven years already. Marcellus (55), Linda (51), Lisa (24) and Bente (23) just love Fishes & More.

Great graduation party for the students of De Schakel at De Suikertuin

Great graduation party for the students 03ARUBA – Historic De Suikertuin restaurant in the Wilhelminastraat in downtown Oranjestad proved to be a perfect location for the excited graduates of De Schakel, one of Aruba’s top schools. Proud parents, siblings and teachers were dressed to the nines, but the stars of the evening were undoubtedly the students, who had successfully finished their education.

HumanHints, today ‘Time Techniques’ Part 1

human_hints_logoThe Human Mind is beyond Time.  We can think of the past and we can think of the future.  A thought does not take time.  In moments of crisis, we can be aware of many complex, linear, coherent, meaningful thoughts in a single instant.

Our thoughts and emotions shape the energy of our three dimensional lives.

American visitors James Moore and his wife love to drink Balashi beers at Salt & Pepper

Salt & PepperARUBA – Balashi beer is the favorite beverage of James Moore and his wife. The relaxed couple finds the bottles really small, though, so they always order two per person per round of drinks and they crack jokes every time they visit Salt & Pepper restaurant at the Arawak Garden, where they are most welcome guests. Asked why they chose Salt & Pepper as their favorite restaurant, James says:

De Suikertuin organizes a terrific Vegetarian Evening with organic wines

suikertuinvegevening2014 01Restaurant De Suikertuin in the Wilhelminastraat, Oranjestad, is organizing a special event: a Vegetarian Evening with guest chef Rodney Theysen. The date: Saturday, July 19.  The Vegetarian Evening is one of a series of upcoming events at De Suikertuin: an Indonesian Night as well as a Healthy Cooking workshop by (Rent a) Chef Bas Kuurstra and more are in the planning.

Today is Tuesday, July 15, the 196th day of 2014. There are 169 days left in the year.

Today is TuesdayThought for Today: “Advice is a free gift that can become expensive for the one who gets it.” – Armenian proverb.

Today’s Highlight in History: On July 15, 1964, Sen. Barry M. Goldwater of Arizona was nominated for president by the Republican national convention in San Francisco.


page-02Recognised as a Top Performing Activity Provider as Reviewed by Travellers on the World’s Largest Travel Site

Oranjestad – Once again, this year De Palm Tours is the proud recipient of the TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. All credit goes to the three hundred staff members that work hard to provide the many different services and tours offered by the company. The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide.

Aruba’s Social Column “Bati Bleki” by Rona Coster July 14th, 2014

Bati BlekiCOMPUTER TROUBLE. The power supply part on my compute started beeping last night just as I was checking the latest FB postings out. Consequently today’s column is written on an iPad proving that when there’ a will there’s a way.

WHO IS DRINKING MY WINE. On Thursday I went to the supermarket, you know which one, the one that keeps switching things around to confuse us. I packed some wine, bubbly and juice, some designer water, nothing too extravagant, I was going to make an amazing sangria for friends dropping in for lunch on Saturday. On my way out of the market I stopped to congratulated Warren Stanley on raising a genius, a high-achieving kid who just graduated colegio brilliantly.

Dripping wet fresh Dutch Mussels are on the menu of Papillon Restaurant

Dripping wet fresh Dutch MusselsAt fabulous Papillon Restaurant the year is divided into culinary seasons: there is game at the end of the year, there is the white gold (asparagus) in the spring, there are berries in all colors in the summer and yes, there are Dutch Mussels in July and August. Justly considered a delicacy, the mussels are tender and tasty, with the scent of the North Sea still clinging to them.

New Pancakes in Town!!

New Pancakes in TownARUBA – Many of us have had the pleasure of meeting the dynamic and good-natured Diana Celaire during the years she worked for Café Restaurant Bingo and Café The Plaza. Finally, after 4 years of planning and preparing, she has opened her own place: Diana’s Pancakes Place!

She found the perfect location at the Old Windmill, the recognizable landmark at the beginning of the high-rise hotel area.


Urinary incontinence is the involuntary loss of urine. This condition affects 15 to 30 % of mostly older people. However, younger people can be affected as well, especially women who gave childbirth. Childbirth may weaken the pelvic floor muscles that support the bladder. Incontinence that occurs suddenly usually has specific causes

Today is Monday, July 14, the 195th day of 2014. There are 170 days left in the year.

Joseph Addison, English essayist and poet (1672-1719)Thought for Today:

“A man must be both stupid and uncharitable who believes there is no virtue or truth but on his own side.” – Joseph Addison, English essayist and poet (1672-1719).

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