7 tips for first time home buyers

7 tips for first time home buyersBy Miriam Engeln, real estate agent at Century 21 Aruba.

There is no such thing as the perfect home, but there is a home that is perfect for you.

1. A house is probably the largest purchase you will ever make in your life, so make sure you understand the terms of your contract. If you don’t understand any of the terms, ask your real estate agent.

Ralph and Frances Ann Donofri honored at the Holiday Inn Resort

??????????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 Holiday Inn 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.

A Jubileum: The Annual Donkey Walk

Donkey SanctuaryAyo – Again this year the Aruban Donkey Sanctuary is organizing its traditional Walkathon, a walk of 6.5 kilometers.  Once again this is a tenth year and therefore a jubileum.  Young and old are invited to walk together through our Aruban nature.  Accompanied by some donkeys the walk will begin on Saturday 17 January at 5 pm starting at the Ayo Rock Formation park.

17th aircraft for InselAir to support growth plans

InselAir19 aircraft and 26 destinations by the end of 2015

While InselAir was still celebrating its new Aruba – Manaus route, its 7th MD  (17 in total), arrived at Curacao International Airport, yesterday, January 14th. InselAir plans to add more aircraft to its fleet this year to grow from 22 to 26 destinations by the end of 2015. New destinations include Havana, Cali and Bucaramanga in Colombia, San Juan in Puerto Rico and Quito in Ecuador.

Two Sisters, Twin Engagements, while vacationing in Aruba

Two Sisters 02 Two Sisters 01Eagle Beach – Rebecca Frey and David Ramos were engaged in Aruba at sunset on Eagle Beach, on January 1st, 2015. Rachael Frey and Ian Thompson did the same at the California Lighthouse at sunrise on January 6th, 2015.

The sisters were both vacationing on the island at La Cabana Beach Resort & Casino with multi-generational family members and boyfriends, when inspired by the island’s romantic spirit, the later popped the question, in two different iconic locations.

HumanHints, today ‘Passionate Journey To A Meaningless Destination’

It’s been said that in order to master the physical world, we must try as hard as we can to achieve our goals, then remain totally indifferent to even the greatest failure and success. This is the simple message of the famous Bhagavad-Gita, and is found most other places where enlightenment is discussed. It seems like a conflicting idea to our logical mind. Why would we even strive for something in the first place, if we didn’t care about the results?

Today is Friday, Jan. 16, the 16th day of 2015. There are 349 days left in the year.

Finley Peter Dunne, American humorist (1867-1936)Thought for Today: “A fanatic is a man that does what he thinks th’ Lord wud do if He knew th’ facts iv th’ case.” — From “Mr. Dooley’s Philosophy” by Finley Peter Dunne, American humorist (1867-1936).

Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 16, 1865, Union Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman issued Special Field Order No. 15, which decreed that 400,000 acres of land in South Carolina, Georgia and Florida would be confiscated, divided into 40-acre lots and given to former slaves. (The order, which was later revoked by President Andrew Johnson, is believed to have inspired the expression, “Forty acres and a mule.”)

Aruba’s Social Column “Bati Bleki” by Rona Coster January 16th, 2015

BAILA MALO, PASA BON. A little bird whispered in my ear that every Thursday at the end of main street at the Baby Back Grill on Hospitalstraat all of town’s Kizomba dancers congregate to slowly, smoothly and sensually dance holding on to their romantic partner tightly. It’s something to see. Rock-N-Blues lovers will be happy to know that Thursdays at the Alhambra Casino & Shops, Will Roth and his band Mojambo are performing live, entertaining patrons at the Hollywood Smokehouse and Fusion Wine Bar, with their classic Rock and Blue s repertory, from 8pm to 11pm. Last Thursday they had a crowd of music-lovers movin’ n groovin’ and having a great time.

Bati Bleki January 12th, 2015

Tourist Kids Give Back To Aruba

Page-02Kids Enjoy protecting Aruba’s Reefs by creating awareness with our Save the Reefs Bracelet Program 

Malmok- Aruba’s Marine Park Foundation in cooperation with the island’s popular water sports operators, Jolly Pirates have implemented an especially worthy “Protect the Reefs bracelet” program.

The simple concept of a set of three awareness bracelets has been initiated to develop more reef care awareness and educational programs on the island.

Loyal visitors honored at the Divi All Inclusive Resort

??????????ARUBA – Recently the Aruba Tourism Authority had the great pleasure of honoring a very nice couple and a very nice gentleman whom are loyal and friendly Visitors of Aruba, as Distinguished Visitor and Ambassadors of Goodwill at the Divi All Inclusive Resort. The symbolic honorary titles are presented in the name of the Minister of Tourism as a token of appreciation to guests who visit Aruba for 10 to 19 and 20 or more consecutive years.

Two for one price at CILO City Lounge on Friday afternoons.

Friday Happy Hour 2014Phew, the week is done, the weekend is looming! Two whole days filled with fun waiting for you, so time to celebrate on Friday afternoons.

CILO City Lounge has the perfect incentive for you: a two-for-the-price-of-one drink special. And we mean on every drink, cocktail or mix you can think of between 5 and 7 pm.

Food and water risks – an article by Heidi Marchena, pharmacist at Botica di Servicio

Botica di Servicio ArubaARUBA - When traveling abroad, it is most likely contaminated water and food that possibly can make you sick and cause disease rather than the potential mosquito bites. Many of the infectious diseases start with the contamination of food and water, but these can also be transmitted by fecal-oral exposure. As these bacteria, viruses and parasites are shed in human stools, and if the proper hygiene is not in place this can lead to contaminated surfaces, which in turn by a mere touch can translate into contracting a disease.

Lovely guests every week at Papillon restaurant

Papillon guests MartinoJack and Mary Ellen Martino come to Aruba for already 8 years. They have a busy life as owners of restaurants in New York. So they love to relax every year for one full month. The pack their bags and fly to Aruba and check into the Marriot hotel.

In a well-deserved vacation you also need the best food. So they go to Papillon restaurant at least one time every week.

Today is Friday, Jan. 9, the ninth day of 2015. There are 356 days left in the year.

Theresa Helburn, American theatrical producer (1887-1959)Thought for Today: “One’s lifework, I have learned, grows with the working and the living. Do it as if your life depended on it, and first thing you know, you’ll have made a life out of it. A good life, too.” – Theresa Helburn, American theatrical producer (1887-1959).

Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 9, 1945, during World War II, American forces began landing on the shores of Lingayen Gulf in the Philippines as the Battle of Luzon got underway, resulting in an Allied victory over Imperial Japanese forces.

HumanHints, today ‘Intention or Result’ Part 2 – Inner Competition

Yesterday we talked about how to judge our efforts and intentions. Today we continue our discussion. Only we can judge our own personal effort. Only we know if we do everything in our power to do the best we can. Only we can define our own abilities. Only we determine our personal weaknesses and strengths. Only we can devise life challenges that will make us grow in our intended direction, because only we know how we react to any given external force.

Peruvian Press Visiting One Happy Island

Page-02Palm Beach — Rex Broekman, editor The Huaraz Telegraph and news anchor at El Informativo, from Peru, is currently visiting Aruba and impressed with the excellent tourism infrastructure and exciting attractions decided to film a number of TV segments for his local news channel, Cable Andino Channel 3,  in Huaraz, his home town, population 120.000 just like Aruba, covering the history of the island, Sports, Gastronomy, Culture and Peruvian living in Aruba.

He recruited the help of his brother fitness instructor Roy Broekman who in turn recruited local film maker and movie editor Aaron Croes, Xtreme Productions Aruba, and together they lined up a great number of interesting people and gorgeous places to contribute to the raw footage which will be edited by the crew of Cable Andino in Huaraz, with five different introductions from iconic Aruba locations.

Soft opening Jet Centre Curaçao

Jet Centre CuraçaoWillemstad – This week the Jet Centre Curaçao started offering its VIP services to private and corporate jet users by means of a soft opening. An official opening is scheduled in the near future. The Jet Centre is Curaçao’s very first dedicated terminal that offers a segmented group travelling to and from Curaçao by private or corporate plane, a more luxurious comfortable travelling experience.

Aruba Tourism Authority honor Mr. Lee and Mrs. Marlene Purdy as Goodwill Ambassadors at Riu Palace Aruba

Aruba Tourism Authority 03ARUBA – Recently, Aruba Tourism Authority had the great pleasure of honored a loyal and friendly visitors of Aruba as Goodwill Ambassadors at Riu Palace Aruba.

The symbolic honorary title is presented in the name of the Minister of Tourism as a token of appreciation to the visitors whom visit Aruba for between 10 and 20 consecutive years.

HumanHints, today ‘Heart Protector Sensation’ Part 2

Heart protector naturally wants to open, where we feel unity with what we see as separate. It will open fully if it is not checked. We cannot exist in the illusion of separation with a fully open heart protector. We must be hurt from time to time so heart protector doesn’t open fully. Getting hurt is a built-in safety mechanism of the physical realm.

Today is Thursday, Jan. 8, the 8th day of 2015. There are 357 days left in the year.

Giovanni Ruffini, Italian writer (1807-1881)Thought for Today:

Curses are like processions. They return to the place from which they came – Giovanni Ruffini, Italian writer (1807-1881).


2015 kicked off with the busiest “Super Weekend” ever: Aruba Airport handled more than 25.000 passengers and over 400 aircraft movements

Page-02Excellent cooperation between public and private sector

ORANJESTAD – Aruba Airport Authority N.V. (AAA) kicked off 2015 on a positive note considering the amount of passengers and airplane movements handled in the first weekend of 2015, known as “Super Weekend”. The first weekend after New Year’s Day is historically the busiest period for passenger traffic at Queen Beatrix International Airport due to the amount of passengers that arrive and depart from Aruba after the holiday season.

Local Artists Ramona Verbeek-Geerman is Caribbean Queen for the Month of January

Local Artists Ramona Verbeek-Geerman 03Palm Beach – Each 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, and has been running successfully ever since. For the month of January 2015, local artist Ramona Verbeek-Geerman is the boutique’s celebrated Caribbean Queen, showcasing her hand-made jewelry collection.

Great addition to the Aruban food scene!

image1ARUBA – 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. After 4 years of planning and preparing, she opened her own restaurant: Diana’s Pancake’s Place!

Diana’s Pancakes Place is located next to the Old Windmill, the recognizable landmark near the RIU hotels at the beginning of the high-rise hotel area.

Red Sail Sports Introduces its full service DMC team

RSS 2014 (9)Palm Beach – Suzanne van Grinsven, Marketing & Events Manager and Isabelle Kainama Rugebregt, Sales and Marketing Manager, now head the team specializing in creating programs for incentive groups, at the helm of one of the island’s most dynamic Destination Management Company, Red Sail Sports.

As such Red Sail Sports handles airport transfers, activities, team-building events, themed events and amenities, and both talented and highly driven account managers on the DMC team are available to discuss customized programs and provide additional information, pricing and detailed planning.

Matt & Diane from Staten Island, New York

Matt DianeARUBA – Matt & Diane has been coming to Aruba for so many years fell inlove with the island ,the people and decided to buy a house right by Malmok Area.

Matt a cigar smoker & Diane had been one of regulars in the bar, made friends with the bartenders & piano players. Matt enjoying his Heineken beer and Bourbon while Diane always have her usual drink Goose on the rocks.

At Taste of Belgium Restaurant A Happy Hour that will make you extremely, out-of-this-world happy

Wednesday Happy Hour 2014Taste of Belgium Restaurant’s Happy Hour is a daily happening that has gained instant fame on the island. Not surprisingly, as this deal can be viewed as the deal of the century with a bit of imagination. So what’s so special between 5 and 7 pm at the popular restaurant at the Palm Beach Plaza Mall you ask?

Well, almost all drinks are half-price, including the terrific Belgian specialty beers, the fresh fruit Martini’s, the super premium mix drinks and all cocktails.

HumanHints, today ‘Heart Protector Sensation’ Part 1

Humans have a spherical protective sack around the heart, which modern medicine calls the Pericardium. Of course modern science stops at the physical, and does not consider the energetic purpose of what Ancient Chinese Medicine calls the Heart Protector. On an energetic level, the Heart Protector saves us from becoming too vulnerable to heartbreak. When we fall in love, our heart protector opens.

Today is Wednesday, Jan. 7, the 7th day of 2015. There are 358 days left in the year.

Golda Meir, Israeli prime minister (1898-1978).Thought for Today:

Whether women are better than men I cannot say – but I can say they are certainly no worse – Golda Meir, Israeli prime minister (1898-1978).


ALHYDRAN, a highly recommended medical moisture-regulating gel-cream in burn clinics worldwide, now locally available.

Page-02Tourists and locals love Aruba Aloe’s skin care and sun care products, but what most people don’t know is that Aruba Aloe also produces a highly concentrated moisture-regulating gel-cream called Alhydran, which is used for the aftercare treatment of burn scars, surgical wounds, redness, itching, rashes after laser therapy or radiotherapy, and other scar tissue. This very effective cream has become one of the new standards in scar treatment in university hospitals and burn clinics worldwide. Sold in over 22 countries, this unique Aruban export product is now locally available in all Aruba Aloe stores and on www.arubaaloe.com.

The Blue Lobster

aruba lobster xxARUBA – Be part of the innovative and a futuristic, simple but outstanding food journey, THE BLUE LOBSTER restaurant  is starting just this week, NEW DISHES ARE MAKING A DEBUT. Fresh fish and  fruits of the sea, brought in daily by the  local fishermen, will start a parade of succulent and delicious. NEW ways to indulge yourself in a fantastic and memorable diner with your loved ones.

First Ever International Swim Fashion Week Comes to Curaçao

First Ever International Swim Fashion Week Comes to CuraçaoMiamiʼs Fashion Show VIP is bringing top swim and resort wear designers to the Dutch-Caribbean island

Curaçao – The beautiful Caribbean island of Curacao will be dressed in glamour and excitement with the arrival of International Swim Fashion Week Presented by Fashion Show VIP.

On vacation with medication – an article by Heidi Marchena, pharmacist at Botica di Servicio

ARUBA - Planning a vacation usually includes a thorough check of the travel requirements such as flight, lodgings, passport, maybe a needed visa or preventive shots, etc. Something easily overlooked and forgotten is to make preparations for needed prescription medication, with the risk of turning the vacation into a nightmare. Prior to departure a few steps can be taken to eliminate future problems.

HumanHints, today ‘Develop Compassion’

To become enlightened is to become aware of your self. The more we can see our selves, the more we come to understand our relation to the illusion. Understanding how we relate to the illusion is to understand our reactions and motivations. We don’t want to see our selves because when we do, we become consciously responsible for our selves.

Today is Tuesday, Jan. 6, the 6th day of 2015. There are 359 days left in the year.

John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir, Scottish author (1875-1940)Thought for Today:

There may be Peace without Joy, and Joy without Peace, but the two combined make Happiness – John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir, Scottish author (1875-1940).


Aruba Motorcycle Tours is a new adventure to the beautiful island Aruba

Page-02Aruba Motorcycle Tours is a new adventure to the beautiful island Aruba. The owners Arjen Hof and Lucienne Hof-Kalis have been living on Aruba with their kids for more then 15 years. Arjen started working on Harley Davidsons when he was just 17 years old and well known on the island for being THE HARLEY-DOCTOR. After working for the local Harley dealer for…

13 years he spread his wings and started his own shop in 2011 “ THE BIKE CLINIC”.

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