The Grand Opening of Sidebar is today!

Page-02Yesss, the Grand Opening of the latest and greatest restaurant on Aruba is taking place on Friday, December 19. Invited guests are expected to show up to admire the wonderful mural, the fantastic, cozy bar and the spacious terrace of Sidebar between 5.30 and 7.00 pm; everyone else is invited to come and enjoy the action, have a bite to eat and dance to the music of the band Joyride from 7.00 on. Joyride will play from 7 pm until 10; Sidebar’s kitchen will be open until 11 pm and the bar till 1 am, so come on down any time you like.

Sidebar has already seen a soft opening these past two weeks and countless curious friends, colleagues and walk-in guests have enjoyed the superb food.

Wine & Cheese event at Caribbean Queen

Wine and cheese at CQ 10Palm Beach – An enticing event at Caribbean Queen, Palm Beach Plaza Mall brought fans and friends of the store together for an evening of gourmet wine, cheese & holiday cheer, catered by Rent a Chef’s Bas Kuuestra.  The store’s Keep Calm & Shop On campaign drew a lot of attention as shoppers received a raffle ticket for every Awg 25 spent, for a chance to win a shopping spree of $1,000 with the drawing held on midnight December 31st!

Loyal visitors honored at the Marriott Surf Club

??????????Recently the Aruba Tourism Authority had the great pleasure of honoring a group of loyal and friendly Visitors of Aruba, at the Marriott Surf Club as Distinguished Visitors. 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 consecutive years.

Special guests were honored at the Divi Phoenix Resort

Divi Phoenix honoring 04ARUBA – Recently, Nancy & Denny Joseph, Nellie Rivera and also Altagracia Pacheco were honored as an distinguished visitor after returning to Aruba for more than 10 years consecutive years and also Daryl Collier & Len Gordon were honored. an Ambassador 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 between 10 and 20 years consecutive.

Stephen & Barbara Berger were honored at the Costa Linda Resort

Costa Linda Resort honoring 02Recently, Stephen & Barbara Berger were honored as an Ambassador of goodwill for the island of Aruba after returning to Aruba for more than 20 years consecutive. 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 between 10 and 20 years consecutive.

Kenjah Howell celebrates five years at Caribbean Palm Village Resort

Kenjah CPVR (2)Noord – As the supervisor at the front desk, Kenjah Howell has contributed greatly to the success and smooth operation of the Caribbean Palm Village Resort over the past five years.

She became Employee of the Year, for 2013, outshining all other nominees with her performance.

Today is Friday, Dec. 19, the 353rd day of 2014. There are 12 days left in the year.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)Thought For Today:

And so, as Tiny Tim observed, God Bless Us, Every One! – the closing line of “A Christmas Carol,” by Charles Dickens (1812-1870).


HumanHints, today ‘Life Goes On’ Part 2

Life goes on.  The question is, what role will you play in your ongoing life?  Will you let trauma destroy the rest of your life even if you’re still in a body?  Or will you use the sudden shock to transform yourself into a helpful contribution given your new situation?  The difference is infinitely subtle and even more powerful.  We have said many times that we are not defined by what happens to us.  We are defined by our reaction to what happens.

Renaissance Marketplace is ‘the place to be’: a variety of charming shops, bars and restaurants.

Page-02Oranjestad, Aruba – Renaissance Marketplace

Renaissance Marketplace is ‘the place to be’: a variety of charming shops, bars and restaurants. The owner of this beautiful complex was missing one thing: a shady spot right in the middle of this square.

He approached the Dutch company Poly-Ned and they were asked to come up with a creative solution to this open space: a roofing that withstands sun, rain and gale force. In addition to fulfilling these functions, there was the desire that this roof would be a landmark, visible on the island and from the sea.

Your Side or mine? Just come inSide…Side Bar, the newest restaurant on Aruba is about bourbon and burgers, and way, way more!

IMG33274Side Bar is the newest restaurant on Aruba, and oh boy, it is a beauty! Unique in a trendy, sassy and sexy way, it is ready to welcome all of you. Common ground and denominating factor of the guests includes the enjoyment of life, in particular the good things, such as great bistro food, wonderful drinks and a relaxed, happy atmosphere. Side Bar is the name of a stylish, hip restaurant on the side of the Renaissance Marketplace;

Isabella Kainama-Rugebregt joins Red Sail Sports as Sales & Marketing Manager

IsabellePalm Beach – Red Sail Sports, operating exciting watersports and a collection of retail stores on the island for the past twenty-five years, invited  Isabella Kainama-Rugebregt to come on board and head the company’s ever-busy Sales & Marketing department.

Isabella has over the past years amassed a great deal of experience in the food & beverage, banquet, catering and special event field which she is now planning to put to good use in her new position.

Curaçao and the United States Sign Agreement to Share Tax Information

Curaçao 02Curaçao’s Minister of Finance Jose Jardim and U.S. Consul General James Moore signed today an intergovernmental agreement to implement the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) to promote transparency between the two nations on tax matters. The agreement underscores growing international cooperation to end tax evasion everywhere, and it builds on the existing tax information exchange agreement (TIEA).

Aruba Tourism Authority honored a Goodwill Ambassadors of the Island at Casa Del Mar

Casa del Mar honoring 03Recently, Darline S. de Cuba honored loyal guests a Goodwill Ambassadors of Aruba.

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 ‘Life Goes On’

When faced with traumatic events and total disruption of life as we know it, it is important to remember that after the dust settles, life does go on.  Humans are extremely resilient, clever and adaptable when they need to be.  Believe it or not, we can even be cooperative under the right conditions. Life goes on, and that can be one of the greatest challenges of these times.

Today is Thursday, Dec. 18, the 352nd day of 2014. There are 13 days left in the year.

Carl Jung, Swiss psychologist (1875-1961)Thought For Today:

The only thing we have to fear on this planet is man – Carl Jung, Swiss psychologist (1875-1961).


Hearing Healthcare Practitioner Cory Soal Volunteers While on his Family Vacation

Cory 00Palm Beach – As a guest of the Radisson Aruba Resort & Casino, Cory Soal enjoyed soaking up the sun, as well as the sights and sounds around the resort tropical pool. He was especially fascinated by Rendolf “Renny” Richardson, the Beach and Pool Attendant, who seemed to be having a great time caring for sun-seekers, delivering fresh towels and lounge chairs and in general making sure every guest was equally pampered from sunrise to sunset.

As a Hearing Healthcare Practitioner it became immediately clear to Soal that Renny has never heard his own voice, being hearing impaired and that he could use a state-of the art hearing aid to facilitate his communications with the world.

T.H. Palm & Company Hosts 11th Annual GNO

GNO 07Palm Beach – Friends and fans of T.H. Palm & Company looked forward with a great sense of anticipation to one of the season’s best parties, Girls Night Out, in its 11th edition this year, and were not disappointed when it festively unfolded just recently.

Managing Director Jodi Tobman and the Salamander Retail Group family members welcomed guests to the store, located street-side at Playa Linda Beach Resort, for an event themed “How Sweet It Is,” serving mini desserts and chilled champagne in celebration and appreciation of local clients.


OSPITALITA 08Palm Beach – Master Chef Vittorio Muscariello of Hostaria Da Vittorio, assisted his family members and by Otmar Oduber, the island’s Minister of Tourism unveiled the Ospitalita Italiana bronze plaque  awarded to him by the Chamber of Commerce of Italy and multiple ministries including the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Culture, Economic Affairs, Tourism, Agriculture, Alimentation and Forests, recognizing his commitment to everything genuinely Italian, especially his famous cuisine.

The Radisson Aruba Resort Casino & Spa Makes a Cool Donation

Donation 05San Nicolas – The Ibero American High School in San Nicolas was the grateful recipient of eight inverter air conditioning units, courtesy of the Radisson Aruba Resort, Casino & Spa. In a recent ceremony at the school, Director of Human Resource Glenn Farro and HR Manager Angelique Croes, had the distinct pleasure of pressing the remote control buttons to activate the air-conditioners, welcoming climate control into the school’s auditorium.

Caribbean Accounting & Tax Consultants Award FEF 2014 Best Thesis Winner

CATCORANJESTAD – Caribbean Accounting & Tax Consultants (CATC) proudly presented the 2014 Best Thesis Award to Jessleen Cortés from the Faculty for Finance, Accounting and Marketing of the University of Aruba (UA). The annual event, organized by the Office of Student Affairs (OSA) was held on September 23rd. Every year CATC along with the instructors of the FEF select from a group of candidates, the best thesis.

HumanHints, today ‘How To Deal With Intense Emotion’ Part 2

I can’t wait to come out the other side of my present personal trauma.  In order to speed up the process, I am accepting the waves of emotion as they come, feeling them fully to the point of indulging myself in them, then allowing them to fade away.  When they return, I let them come and I do it again. It’s easy to lose yourself in intense emotion.  The challenge is to not let it swallow you.

Today is Wednesday, Dec. 17, the 351st day of 2014. There are 14 days left in the year.

Robert Bertie Charles Forbes Writing at his DeskThought For Today:

You have no idea how big the other fellow’s troubles are … Bertie Charles Forbes, Scottish journalist (1880-1954).


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

Page-02Tourists and locals love Aruba Aloes’ skin care and sun care products, many of them become loyal customers once they have tried it, ordering their products online or visiting the shops once they are back on Aruba. 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 locally produced cream has become one of the new standards in scar treatment in university hospitals and burn clinics worldwide. Sold in over 22 countries, ranging from countries in Europe to even South Korea, this unique Aruban export product is locally available in all Aruba Aloe stores, and since the month of June in MEDIQ pharmacies.

Miss Tourism World spends the night at Wonders

Miss Tourism WorldGorgeous Miss Tourism World, Tomomi Kondo from Japan, spent the night at Wonders Boutique Hotel last week. She flew in from Venezuela, where the Miss Tourism World election was held, for a stopover on Aruba. Tomomi won the World contest, but she unfortunately lost her credit card. Nothing could spoil her day, though, and she came to Wonders in the Emmastraat with a beautiful smile on her face.

During Breast Cancer Awareness month: Employees of Aruba Airport Authority N.V. donated to Mary Joan Foundation

???????????????????????????????ORANJESTAD – Aruba Airport Authority N.V. (AAA) is very proud to share the news of its recent donation, because this donation was made possible with donations from AAA employees themselves. During Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2014 AAA encouraged its employees to donate to Mary Joan Foundation to promote Breast Cancer Awareness to Aruba.

CILO’s fruiticilious mojito’s are a sure hit!

Fresh fruit mojito 2014CILO, the harbor-view restaurant on the corner of the Renaissance Marketplace, has a new wine and spirits list. There is so much to choose from, that every guest will find something to his or her liking, as the beverages are ranging from sweet to sour, from original to extreme. Among them are fresh fruit mojito’s, a sure hit among those who know their mojito’s.

At Salt & Pepper Restaurant Pancakes for Michelle and Jim Kraus from Mona, Utah

Pancakes for MichelleJim and Michelle Kraus have been coming to Aruba for many years. They found out about the awesome breakfasts at Salt & Pepper Restaurant when walking by the Arawak Garden across from the Occidental Resort one day. They stepped in, ordered the pancakes and they were sold. The couple from Mona, Utah, now comes in for breakfast every day of their annual holiday.

HumanHints, today ‘How To Deal With Intense Emotion’ Part 1

While we each deal with emotion differently, we have all experienced the horrors of intense emotion. No matter how strong we feel in any given moment, crushing news might be just a moment away. We each hold different triggers that focus on different emotions, but being Human means being susceptible to sudden intense emotion.

Today is Tuesday, Dec. 16, the 350th day of 2014. There are 15 days left in the year. The Jewish Festival of Lights, Hanukkah, begins at sunset.

Helen Keller, American author and lecturer (1880-1968)Thought for Today: “There is no king who has not had a slave among his ancestors, and no slave who has not had a king among his.” – Helen Keller, American author and lecturer (1880-1968).

Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 16, 1944, the World War II Battle of the Bulge began as German forces launched a surprise attack against Allied forces through the Ardennes Forest in Belgium and Luxembourg (the Allies were eventually able to turn the Germans back).

Vittori receives the ‘Ospitalia Italiana Award’

Vittorio (0)Palm Beach – Master Chef Vittorio Muscariello of Hostaria Da Vittorio has just received a bronze plaque which he will attach to his restaurant’s wall this week, attesting to the fact that the Chamber of Commerce of Italy and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Minister of Culture, the Minister of Economic Affairs, the Minister of Tourism and the Minister of  Agriculture, Alimentation and Forests have recognized his commitment to everything genuinely Italian, especially his famous cuisine.

They made him the recipient of a special award, as the Italian international Ambassador of Taste and Culture.

Aruba’s Social Column “Bati Bleki” by Rona Coster December 15th, 2014

Page-05BEAUTY IS IN THE EYES OF THE DESIGNER. With all due respect, but the MFA building in Noord is incredibly out of place, with motley-brown coloring, and an uncommon structure silhouette with a flipped front and spindly columns. We know it was designed to simply provide cushy, air-conditioned employment to loyal voters in the district. If you had used the money to refurbish schools and facelift Noord’s Centro di Bario you would have put public funds to better use. I would have traded the MFA in a heartbeat against the Rio Grande Rum Shop. Here, demolish this modular cube thing. Hands off the rum shop. Also on Malmokweg some developer with deep pockets has been refurbishing a villa, en route to Tierra del Sol, with not just one but fourteen half-naked Roman Vestal virgins in the front yard.

Aruba Tourism Authority honored a Goodwill Ambassadors and Distinguished Visitors of the Island at Paradise Beach Villas

Paradise Beach Villas honoring 05Recently, Darline S. de Cuba honored a group of loyal guests a Goodwill Ambassador and Distinguished Visitors of Aruba.

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.

Loyal Visitors honored at Divi Village by Aruba Tourism Authority

Divi Village honoring 01Recently the Aruba Tourism Authority had the great pleasure of honoring a very loyal and friendly Goodwill Ambassadors of Aruba

The honorees are:

Mr. William Welsh and Mrs. Wendy Wyman

With Hanukkah around the corner, the Jewish Community of Oranjestad is organizing a public celebration at Paseo Herencia on Palm Beach, on Sunday December 21st.

Hanukkah Jewish CommunityThe lighting of the Menorah will be followed by the story of the holiday, and an artistic program.

This is to remind all those interested that the festival of Joy & Light, Hanukkah, is unfolding December 16th to the 23rd.

The Menorah Lighting will take place every night during the holiday, at 7PM, at Beth Israel Synagogue in Oranjestad.

HumanHints, today ‘Company Equals Scrutiny’

When other people are around, we are under their scrutiny, and they are under ours.  In quantum physics, energy expresses itself as a wave or a particle, depending on how we look at it.  The pupil gets nervous and changes his behavior when the professor watches over him.  Watching something changes its behavior.  Solitude is Purity.  We can express our genuine selves only when we’re alone.

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