Aruba’s Social Column “Bati Bleki” by Rona Coster January 5th, 2015

Page-05HAPPY NEW YEAR. We broke with tradition this year, staying away from Eet Cafe the Paddock’s sluggish food and service, and gave our business to the lovely Carpe Diem, instead, New Year’s Eve, in downtown Oranjestad, as we congregated in honor of the Renaissance pagara for lunch, drinks and saca fuku. The old year was escorted out with a big bang, and I got to congratulate Zugheila Lindeborg and Paul Gielen as their company did a good job firing the firecrackers and cleaning them up. Carpe Diem stopped serving at 3pm, though their sign specifically said 4pm, and we were expelled into the street in search of a party. We found one at the square at the head of the main street where I love Aruba FM 106.7 had a tremendous set up with DJs and lights.

Pure Beach Bar Lounge and Restaurant New Menu Revealed

New Menu Pure Beach (23)Palm Beach – Located at Divi Aruba Phoenix Beach Resort, Pure Beach is a casual all day dining café and bar with European beach club aesthetics. Encircled by the waters of the freeform resort pool, and bordered by the spectacular beachfront, the café is outfitted with comfortable couches for lounging along with low tables and chairs, a friendly dining room set up and plenty of stools at the bar, all decorated in a chic beige and white color scheme.

5 tips for single homebuyers

Miriam artikel 9 augustusArticles seen weekly on Miriam Engeln has been writing about Aruba and has been selling Real Estate in ARUBA, since October of 2004 on this lovely sunny island.

Homebuying trends have changed over the last decade, and in today’s new market, more single homebuyers are entering the real estate market than ever before. Single women have now outpaced single men as a percentage of homebuyers.

Elmar Celebrates Christmas Under Twinkling Stars

Elmar 04Palm Beach – The annual, much anticipated Elmar employee Christmas party, unfolded this year al fresco, at the Divi Aruba Phoenix Beach Resort’s Pure Ocean Restaurant.

The elegant crowd arrived at the beautifully illuminated beachside party location and enjoyed an evening of exceptional food and sensational music with Tico Kock and his steel band at the beginning of the evening.

HumanHints, today ‘Acting From Emotion’

Life is fragile. The tiniest change in any given condition can destroy what we thought was a solid foundation. In the moments when our security crumbles around us, it is important to realize that we aren’t thinking like we normally do. Different external conditions trigger different hormones, which make us think, act and feel differently.

Today is Monday, Jan. 5, the fifth day of 2015. There are 360 days left in the year.

J.R.R. Tolkien, English author (1892-1973)Thought for Today: “It is the job that is never started that takes longest to finish.” – J.R.R. Tolkien, English author (1892-1973).

Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 5, 1925, Democrat Nellie Tayloe Ross of Wyoming took office as America’s first female governor, succeeding her late husband, William, following a special election.


ARUBA 00Oranjestad – Recently Aruba Tourism Authority had the great pleasure of honoring a group of devoted visitors as ‘Distinguished Visitors’ of Aruba. 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 a number of consecutive years.

A so called ‘Distinguished Honoring’ is for loyal visitors who visit the destination between 10 to 19 times and those who visit Aruba for 20 or more consecutive years are being honored  with the ‘Goodwill Ambassador Honoring’.

Join us for the “Big Bang” on December 31st at 1pm

541852_10151205820376365_696000469_nARUBA – As the New Year approaches, there is a non-stop concert of fireworks that has to be experienced to be believed. To bring good luck and get rid of any lingering bad karma we light a Pagara, a long snake of fireworks that can cover many city blocks. Once lit, it creates a deafening chorus of “bangs”, filling the air with smoke and leaving behind a red paper trail.

Join us for “Big Bang” on December 31st at 1pm on the LG Smith Boulevard infront of Renaissance Marketplace and Renaissance Mall Aruba located in downtown Oranjestad.


“Recognition and service are key” Amuse Bistro welcomes its new manager Christiaan Hoogland

april 2014 001ARUBA – Do you already know Amuse Bistro, tucked charmingly away on the driveway in front of the Playa Linda Beach Resort? Its Carte Blanche 3- or 5-course menu, a surprise dinner during which owner/chef Patrick van der Donk shows off his skills, is absolutely fabulous. Amuse Bistro serves French-inspired cuisine, from French classics with a dash of Arubian flair, to gourmet creations such as scargots, tenderloin and duck liver, Boeuf Bourguignon, crème brûlée and more.

George and Sue Menkes honored at the Divi Phoenix

??????????ARUBA – Recently the Aruba Tourism Authority had the great pleasure of honoring a very nice couple as Distinguished Ambassadors of Goodwill at the Aruba Divi Phoenix. 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.

Happy faces at Papillon restaurant!

Happy faces at Papillon restaurant 2014Santa Claus had a delightful dinner at Papillon Restaurant. Before Santa Claus left the Island he visited Papillon restaurant and he really enjoyed his dinner!

Papillon at the Village, across from the Radisson Resort is a most unusual restaurant: having been named after Henri Charriere, France’s most notorious escaped convict, its design is ‘prison-style’ chic.

Today is Wednesday, Dec. 31, the 365th and final day of 2014.

Daniel Webster, American statesman (1782-1862)Thought For Today:

The past at least is secure – Daniel Webster, American statesman (1782-1862).


Aruba’s Social Column “Bati Bleki” by Rona Coster December 30nd, 2014

Page-05THE MAIL SERVICE IMPROVED. Would you believe we got a Christmas card on time, from Miami, mailed December 8th, it arrived in my mail box on December 23rd.Things are improving at Post Aruba.

MORE DOG FOOD. JUST4PET, popular in Italiëstraat, opened another outlet, a mega store between Aurora funeral home and Kooyman Mega Store, a three-in-one emporium, with a grooming salon and spa, an Animal Health Veterinary Clinic and a complete pet supply store. They wished their furry clients and owners a very woofy holiday, from the new location!

At the Radisson Aruba Resort Casino & Spa Employees of General Air Services Enjoy Christmas Gala and Awards

IMG_2191Palm Beach – Managing Director and CEO Alejandro Muyale, and General Manager Dimitri Pavlowitch welcomed the employees of General Air Services to the Grand Caribbean Ballroom for the traditional yearend gala party and award ceremony.

The resort’s culinary team served a spectacular holiday buffet with live music and the dance floor filled with elegantly dressed couples and friends, as soon as the music started.

Usher in the New Year at Bugaloe Beach Bar & Grill!

Bugaloe New YearPalm Beach – The year 2015 is right around the corner and we’ll be ushering out the great year of 2014 with a bang! Bugaloe Beach Bar & Grill, located at De Palm Pier between Radisson Hotel and Riu Resort is celebrating New Year’s Eve like no other! Directly on the water, Bugaloe is excited to bring you the perfect spot to hang out and enjoy a 360° view of all the nearby hotels’ firework shows!

CILO’s Glitter and Glamour Party will be your best start of 2015

TV - screenARUBA – Dress up in your finest, shortest, sexiest and most glittering and outrageous outfit and go out on the town on December 31 to see in the New Year. Make new friends and be wild, uninhibited and filled with joy that a new year has begun. Where can you go? Well, one of your best choices is CILO City Lounge in downtown Oranjestad. This marina-view restaurant and lounge is ready to party, party some more and party again.

CATC Aruba celebrate 20 years of a model employee

CATC Aruba celebrate 20 years of a model employeeORANJESTAD – Caribbean Accounting & Tax Consultants N.V. (CATC) recognizes the achievement of an exemplary employee. Ms. Machteld van Agtmaal, manager of payroll services at CATC, celebrates 20 years at CATC without having gone on sick leave during her time with the organization.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Aruba’s leading financial organization.

HumanHints, today ‘Time Techniques’ Part 2

Yesterday 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. Focus on your future self and become aware of life through your future self’s perspective.

Today is Tuesday, Dec. 30, the 364th day of 2014. There is one day left in the year.

Wilson Mizner, American playwright (1876-1933)Thought for Today: “I respect faith, but doubt is what gives you an education.” – Wilson Mizner, American playwright (1876-1933).

Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 30, 1922, Vladimir I. Lenin proclaimed the establishment of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, which lasted nearly seven decades before dissolving in Dec. 1991.

Sail, Snorkel, Swim and Swing aboard Jolly Pirates – You had me at Rum Punch!

Page-02Malmok – Jolly Pirates, well known for infectious fun during sail and snorkel cruises, has long been a favorite activity among Aruba visitors.  Word-of-mouth approval has translated into online praise, and has brought Jolly Pirates and its crew recognition from Trip Advisor which has ranked Jolly Pirates a top performer with Certificate of Excellence.

Friendly, athletic deckhands will ‘wow’ you with their hospitality.

Daily sunset sails from 5:30 – 7:30pm with open bar have recently been added to the Pirates trajectory, offering an informal evening at sea for only $32 per person.

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.

Today is Monday, Dec. 29, the 363rd day of 2014. There are 2 days left in the year.

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The time will come when Winter will ask us: What were you doing all the Summer? – Bohemian proverb.


Caribbean Palm Village Resorts Honors Top Performers at a Year-End Party

Page-02Noord – Marilina Marcano Kuiperi, of the reservations department was honored at Caribbean Palm Village Resort as Employee of the 4th Quarter, and consequently Employee of the Year for 2014, in recognition of her outstanding performance and positive results.  Marilina was presented with a handsome plaque by Interim General Manager Astrid Muller, during an informal award ceremony, in the courtyard adjacent to the resort’s Sweet Peppers restaurant over cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, followed by a festive holiday dinner, many door prizes and dancing.

The award ceremony also lauded other 4th quarter nominees for the Employee of the Quarter title with Gregory Sanchez, maintenance, Rosalba Rasmijn, accounting, Carlos Henao, Pool, Agnes Rodriguez, Housekeeping and Evelyne Boekhoudt, front desk, among them.

Non-residents can buy a house in Aruba!!

LOGO MIRIAMAs seen on Aruba Real Estate Blog;

All non-residents can buy land or a house in Aruba going through the same process as the Aruban residents. They can buy a home on property land as well as on lease land.

French toast at Salt and Pepper for Paula and George from Massachusetts

French toast at Salt and PepperARUBA – “The French toast is awesome,” say George and Paula from Massachusetts about their favorite breakfast item at Salt and Pepper Restaurant in the Arawak Garden. The two are always on holiday on Aruba in November; this year they made an exception and came down in December.

George and Paula love the island, the people and the staff at Salt and Pepper and they promise they will be back soon.

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.

Masha pabien, Audrey!

Masha pabien AudreyARUBA – Salt & Pepper’s `super mom’ celebrates her 78th birthday with lots of hugs and kisses

“No presents please”, said Mrs. Audrey Gage, Salt & Pepper Restaurant’s favorite regular guest about her upcoming birthday. Audrey only wants lots of hugs and kisses and we are sure that she is going to be smothered by the staff of this wonderful restaurant in the Arawak Garden.

Lovely people enjoying the Holidays at Papillon restaurant.

Papillon restaurantThis lovely couple were celebrating their 10 years anniversary. They choose a nice wine and relaxed the whole night close to the Christmas tree.  They were happy after a delightful dinner including a fantastic wine.

Papillon at the Village, across from the Raddison Resort is a most unusual restaurant: having been named after Henri Charriere, France most notorious escaped convict, its design is ‘prison-style’ chic.

Today is Saturday, Dec. 27, the 361st day of 2014. There are 4 days left in the year.

Woody Guthrie - American Singer/Songwriter (1912-1967)Thought For Today:

Some men rob you with a six-gun — others rob you with a fountain pen. Woody Guthrie – American Singer/Songwriter (1912-1967).


Villa Royale opens just off Palm Beach. Pure Luxury with amazing view!!

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Aruba by Night

KAMAY HILLS, Aruba – Recently, more than 100 people, including brokers, business people and friends were welcomed to the grand opening of one of the most luxurious villas on Aruba.  The guest enjoyed a tour of the magnificent 8-bedroom mansion and garden while nibbling on hors d’oeeuvres and fabulous cocktails by Maurice from Aruba Wine & Dine Catering. He kept the bubbles flowing and gave white gloved service as everyone was in awe of the amazing surroundings.

Villa Royale is perfect for Weddings and Events with the most amazing lighting, glowing pool and blue spotlights.

De Palm Tours again awarded by Princess Cruises

Page-02ORANJESTAD – De Palm Tours is again honored with an award for the Princess Cruises high-volume tour as well as an award for the Best Tour Guide for the 2013-2014 season. Of all the destinations that Princess Cruises goes to, De Palm Tours 4WD Baby Natural Bridge & Arashi Beach Island Tour won its high-volume tour award and Brian Morris from Atlantis Submarine was voted the Best Tour Guide.

The Countryside Horseback Ride from Rancho La Ponderosa, also sold by De Palm Tours, won the low-volume tour award for the season.

Every season, Princess Cruises holds an award ceremony for the tours and activities offered at each port that are liked most by their passengers.

Sidebar bistro is open!

sidebaropen 03The Grand Opening of Sidebar in the Renaissance Marketplace was a blast!

The Grand Opening of Sidebar, a wonderful, new bistro and bar in the Renaissance Marketplace, was a blast last Friday, December 19th. Lots of friends, business acquaintances and well-wishers came to take a look at the spectacular restaurant, the incredibly well-stocked bar and the colorful mural inside and to congratulate owner Niels Stooter and his manager Kim d’Hont.

Senior Housekeeping Supervisor Juanita Dorothal Cordero, celebrates her 25th year of service at Caribbean Palm Village Resort

Juanita Dorothal 03Noord – Juanita’s career at Caribbean Palm Village Resort unfolded at the housekeeping department where she started as a Room Attendant, and following a number of promotions obtained her present senior position.

Hailing from Pinel, in the Dominican Republic, Juanita came to Aruba 26 years ago, and worked for a while as a restaurant bus girl and dishwasher, until she managed to get on her feet and establish herself here, get married and enter into service at her beloved second-home, the Caribbean Palm Village Resort.


Marriott Aruba Ocean ClubPALM BEACH, ARUBA – Recently the Marriott Aruba Ocean Club had the pleasure to do a photo honoring for Mr. Cosmo Guarriello and Mrs. Lissa de Angelis to thank them for their continuous loyalty of 21 consecutive years.

Mr. & Mrs. Guarriello are from Melville, New York and return to Aruba every year twice a year, usually in June and December, to spend quality time with their families.

Millionth visitor gets treated to a fajita lunch at MooMba Beach

Millionth visitor gets treatedARUBA – They did not know what happened: Nina and Vic from New York and Michigan were the one millionth visitors to the island and festivities burst out as soon as they landed. It was one big party and they were the shining center of it all. As this is the first time that Nina and Vic are on holiday together and their first time on Aruba, they chose their destination well.

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