Rune & Anne Karlsen from Norway received Distinguished Visitors honoring at Radisson

Rune & Anne 00Recently Rune & Anne Karlsen from Stavanger, Norway were honored as Distinguished Visitors after returning to Aruba for 14 consecutive years. 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 20 years consecutive. Ms. Marouska Heyliger representing the Aruba Tourism Authority conducted the joyous ceremony at the Radisson Resort.

Rune and Anne, who are the first Norwegian to receive the honoring, visited the island in 1999 for the first time and returned the year after for their honeymoon.

The International Supplier Exhibition at Banjolux Draws a Large Interested Crowd

Banjolux 01Oranjestad – Following last year’s success, the 2nd Annual International Supplier Exhibition 2014, at the showroom of Banjolux on Schotlandstraat, in Eagle, brought together a solid representation of the island’s top contractors, architects, civil engineers, and resort chief engineers, who mingled with visiting specialists representing the world’s top tile makers and bathroom design firms.

The game meat of this week at Papillon Restaurant is ‘Hazenpeper”.

Papillon RestaurantJugged hare slowly cooked in red wine, served with “hutspot” and a tartar of quell eggs.

Try this traditional game dish or one of other game specialties such as wildboar or deer. Only a few weeks available at Papillon Restaurant, don’t miss out!

Europeans love eating game.

Chef Balchi impresses with his breakfast at Soy Saludable

Soy saludable BalchiSoy saludable is a program with episodic of Aruba Healthy Island.  As the title already indicates, the focus lies on healthy eating habits. For Taste of Belgium’s chef Balchie, starring chef of last week’s series, cooking a healthy breakfast was not a difficult assignment: he made a delicious fruit salad with yoghurt and muesli and flourless banana pancakes with fruit.

Endless love at CILO during a live performance

CILO Singing ladyThe weekly live performance of guitarist Kevin and vocalist Mirugia got a special, loving touch last week when a lady, listening to the music, made her beer bottle into a microphone and started singing a love song to her man. She told the waitress that the two of them have been together for fifteen years already, but that they are just as much in love now and fifteen years ago. She just wanted to sing for him, she said. Photos show how much fun her shadow performance was!

Aruba Tourism Authority honored a group of loyal visitors at La Cabana

La Cabana 012Recently, Ms. Darline S. de Cuba honored loyal guest a Goodwill Ambassador and 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 between 10 and 19 consecutive years.

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 Thursday, October 30, the 303rd day of 2014. There are 62 days left in the year.

Marie Curie, Polish Nobel Prize-winning chemist (1867-1934)Thought for Today:

Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood – Marie Curie, Polish Nobel Prize-winning chemist (1867-1934).


Aruba Airport Authority N.V. signed MoU with the Government of Aruba and Fondo Desaroyo Aruba

MOU Happy Flow 00ORANJESTAD – Aruba Airport Authority N.V. (AAA), represented by AAA CEO Mr. James Fazio and AAA Director Operations Mr. Jurgen Benschop together with the Government of Aruba represented by Prime Minister Eman and Fondo Desaroyo Aruba represented by Mr. Edwin Roos and Mr. Glenn Thode signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the realization of the Happy Flow project during the Green Aruba where Europe meets the Americas Conference being held in Aruba.

The Happy Flow project which was announced last year, makes use of facial recognition technology and state-of-the-art gates, and aims to enable a seamless, faster and more intuitive airport experience, which does not require passengers to present their passport and boarding pass on numerous occasions during their airport journey.

Bluegreen announces closing of Sales and Marketing Operations in Aruba

Bluegreen announces closing of Sales and Marketing Operations in ArubaARUBA – Craig Robbins, Vice President of National Sales and Marketing for Bluegreen Properties N.V. explained to all of our employees that we have had to make the difficult decision to close the Sales and Marketing operation at LaCabana Beach Resort and Casino in Aruba, which unfortunately affects 42 jobs. All current jobs are being eliminated.

Inchi & Juancho retire from Divi resorts

retirement (45)Eagle Beach – Managing Director Alex Nieuwmeyer, was joined by his entire executive team for a recent  retirement party of thirteen employees at the Alhambra Ballroom, among them Seferina Briezen a Reservations Agent, better known as Inchi, who was the queen of the reservation department for 45 years, anticipating and fulfilling guests special needs and requests, and bartender Juan Tromp, better known as Juancho, a veteran of 45 years, a masterful mixologist from the Pelican Bar, who together with Inchi enjoyed a thundering round of applause during their retirement party, for completing their long and successful careers.


ValerocartahandlingfeeTo whom it may concern

Every single soul in Aruba is living with a concern that Valero is going to dismantle the Refinery, and that is what the Arubian people are very concern about and totally disapprove this reprehensible attitude.

Honoring at Divi Village

Honoring at Divi Village 01Recently, ATA representative Marouska Heyliger had the great pleasure in honoring many loyal Aruba visitors with their distinctive certificates. These certificates are a way to  say “Masha Danki” for continuously choosing Aruba as a favorite vacation destination. The titles are as following: 10+ years “Distinguished Visitor” and 20+ years “Goodwill Ambassador”.

La Cabana Beach Resort & Casino Offers Associates a Breast Cancer Awareness Presentation

GH Breast Cancer Awareness 01Eagle Beach – The resort’s Green and Health Committee recently asked Consuelo Cameron, social worker for the Mary Joan Breast Cancer Support Group to conduct an awareness session on breast cancer for the associates.

Consuelo gave a thorough explanation on what cancer is, how it develops, the risks involved, and shared tips on how to reduce the risk of getting it.

HumanHints, today ‘Learn To Laugh’ Part 2 – How To Make Your Self Laugh

Yesterday we discussed the importance of laughter and playing thru life. Laughter and play allow the frequencies of Universal Grace into your life. How do you make yourself laugh? Think of something that has made you laugh in the past. Think of a situation or something that someone said or a situation that made you laugh out loud, then let yourself laugh out loud again.

Today is Wednesday, October 29, the 302nd day of 2014. There are 63 days left in the year

Dame Edith Sitwell, English poet (1887-1964)Thought for Today:

Good taste is the worst vice ever invented – Dame Edith Sitwell, English poet (1887-1964).


A scary event coming up: the Halloween Warm-Up party at Nos Clubhuis!

Page-02‘Cops and Prisoners, Bandits and Police’ is the theme of a great upcoming Halloween Party at Nos Clubhuis, upstairs from Hadicurari Restaurant. The theme party is a warm-up event for the Halloween night of October 31 and it promises to be a scary, fun event. Drinks with a view , says the poster, which also promotes an all-night  $ 5.– Bud Light special and a special bucket price.

The Halloween Warm-Up party starts early with a 5 – 7 Happy Hour, followed by a $ 20.– Open Bar from 7 – 9 pm. There will be live music, a DJ and raffle prizes.

McDonald’s presents The Book of Life™ Halloween Pail Happy Meal® program

McDonald 02Aruba, October 17, 2014 – This fall, Fox Animation will release The Book of Life™ — an animated movie described as a Romeo and Juliet inspired love story set during a Day of the Dead celebration. The movie follows Manolo, a young and talented matador that secretly dreams of being a musician, and Maria, a beautiful princess-in-waiting. Through music, laughter, and mayhem, Manolo and Maria learn the importance of looking towards the future while honoring the past.

Protect your skin from Sunburn – an article by Heidi Marchena, pharmacist at Botica di Servicio

Sunburn is the result of overexposure of the skin to ultraviolet radiation. There are two types of UV rays, UVA and UVB, both of which can harm your skin. UVA rays penetrate deep into the layers of the skin and lead to premature signs of aging. UVB rays are the primary cause of sunburn, because they penetrate the outer layer of skin and can damage skin cells.

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 Tuesday, October 28, the 301st day of 2014. There are 64 days left in the year.

Kathleen Norris, American author (1880-1960)Thought for Today:

Life is easier to take than you’d think; all that is necessary is to accept the impossible, do without the indispensable and bear the intolerable – Kathleen Norris, American author (1880-1960).

Emil Ter Horst new director National Park Arikok

Page-02The board of Aruba’s National Park Arikok has appointed Mr. Emil Ter Horst as the new director.

Mr. Emil ter Horst has full-scale experience with the development of sustainable smart communities. During his last project he was the international coordinator of an extensive sustainable project for the municipality of Almere, which involved 6 countries and was valued at over 30 million euros. Ter Horst was also responsible for acquiring the subsidy from the European Community for this project, totalling 11 million euros.

Aruba’s Social Column “Bati Bleki” by Rona Coster October 27th, 2014

Page-05NEW EATS. We understand that Quinta Del Carmen, the historic residence in Bubali will be converted into a charming landmark eatery by a team of Barefoot culinary experts. We’re looking forward to their new creation. A new eatery named Twist of Flavors, TOF, will be checking into Alhambra Casino & Shops by Susan Toonen of the popular Bread Boutique at Sun Plaza, and her Corleone pizza making, The Upstairs bar-tending partner. The place is destined to become an all day casual eatery.


New Luxurious Bahia Principe Hotel to Open on Aruba in 2016

New Luxurious Bahia Principe Hotel 02The Palma de Mallorca-based company’s new hotel is expected to open its doors in the summer of 2016, and will comply with the chain’s highest standards of luxury and exclusivity under the Luxury Bahia Principe Don Pablo Collection brand.

The Luxury Bahia Principe Baby Beach Don Pablo Collection will have 950 rooms, the majority of which will be Junior Suites (908), and the rest Suites (42).

On International Air Traffic Controller Day: AAA surprised Air Traffic Controllers with a cake

International Air Traffic Controller Day 01ORANJESTAD – In honor of the International Air Traffic Controller Day on October 20 last, Aruba Airport Authority N.V. (AAA) decided to surprise the employees working on this date with a cake as a token of appreciation for their valuable work that they provide at Aeropuerto Internacional Reina Beatrix.

The job of an Air Traffic Controller at Aruba is very essential for the proper coordination of the air traffic flow at the airport.

EQ3 Aruba October: New arrivals! Be Ready for the Holidays!

EQ3 Press Release October in English 03Oranjestad – EQ3 is Aruba’s favorite place for modern furniture and accessories. We design, produce and sell affordable, modern furniture for every room in your home.

As a Winnipeg-based company, EQ3 Aruba has built a reputation for design and quality as gracious and lasting as the furniture it makes.

AAA gave a presentation to the Parliament’s Tourism Committee and the Committee on Government Companies and Utilities

Tourism Committee visit 01ORANJESTAD – Aruba Airport Authority N.V. (AAA) sent an invitation to Aruba’s Parliament offering an afternoon of presentations on ongoing projects at the airport and also to give an impression of the coming winter season.

The Tourism Committee, chaired by Mrs. Jennifer Arends-Reyes and the Committee on Government Companies and Utilities, chaired by Mr. Andin Bikker, gladly accepted the invitation and attended the informative meeting the airport held in October recently.

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 Monday, Oct. 27, the 300th day of 2014. There are 65 days left in the year.

Dylan Thomas (1914-1953)Thought for Today: “He who seeks rest finds boredom. He who seeks work finds rest.” – Dylan Thomas (1914-1953).

Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 27, 1914, author-poet Dylan Thomas was born in Swansea, Wales.

Changes in the public parking lot at the airport

Page-02ORANJESTAD – In relation to the ongoing Solar Car Park project at Aeropuerto Internacional Reina Beatrix, Aruba Airport Authority N.V. (AAA) informs the general public and also staff parking lot users that the next phase of the Solar Car Park project will start this week.

This will entail changes to the location of the current public parking area.
The entrance and exit will both remain the same, but the new public parking area will be moved to the north of the current location (indicated in the color purple). The temporary car rental parking lot area has already been moved to their original location with the completion of the previous phase.

Saving that Real Estate Commission

LOGO MIRIAMAs read on the Aruba Real Estate Blog by Miriam Engeln:

Everyone likes to save money. So how can you save money in a real estate transaction? Find that new “e-Realtor” with a discounted commission? Or, better yet, don’t even use a Realtor at all? A FSBO (For Sale by Owner) is bound to save you a bundle. Right?


Bridge-Club-ArubaThursday morning, 23 October 2014  2014

A total of 9 pairs attended the bridge session at the members lounge of the Aruba Beach Club Resort.

The results 50% and higher are as follows:

Eleonor and Jon at Salt & pepper

Eleonor and Jon at Salt & pepper14th visit to Aruba and even more to Salt & Pepper for Eleonor and Jon Moteland from Medway

Years ago, Eleonor and Jon Moteland from Medway, M.A., found Salt & Pepper restaurant in the Arawak Garden. Since then they have always gone back for its excellent breakfast, its escargots and burgers and to have a drink with Nick.

Itinerary/Itinerario Aruba International Bike Week 27 October – 2 November, 2014 8th Annual Betico Memorial Ride

tentative programMonday 27 Oct Opening Bike Village and Pre-registration day 1

18:00 – 24:00  Opening Bike Village at Sporthall Sta.Cruz. Entertainment by DJ

Pre-registration day.

HumanHints, today ‘Higher Power’ Part 3 – Judgment

We have devoted the past few days to the idea that a Higher Power is, by definition, beyond good and bad, beyond Human Emotion. But what about Final Judgment? How can our lifetime be judged, if Higher Power is not capable of Judgment? We look to what is able to Judge. Humans. We know what good and bad mean. Humans understand the concepts of good and bad better than any energetic expression because we’re not only exposed to them, we’re trapped within them.

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