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.


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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).

Aruba Prime Minister Mike Eman on hunger strike

10478678_699136326806851_2607054306539990205_nORANJESTAD – Aruba Prime Minister Mike Eman on Friday entered an immediate hunger strike following a decision of the Kingdom Council of Ministers to have the Governor of Aruba carry out an independent investigation of the 2014 budget and the tenability of Aruba’s government finances.

“Aruba is kidnapped, raped and humiliated by the Netherlands which is now only showing its merchant’s face and not the face of a pastor.

Art Rules Aruba At Cas Di Cultura Concludes its First Week

Art Rules Aruba 00Oranjestad - Art Rules Aruba has been offering kids age13-23 the opportunity to cultivate their artistic talents and skills, each summer since 2010, by organizing a two week intensive workshop program on the island.

The workshops Art Rules Aruba offer are conducted by expert, visiting international artists and teachers who come to the island every year to share their knowledge and passion with the aspiring young local artists. This year the program celebrates 5 years and later this summer it is also be expanding to the island of Curaçao, for the first time.

Real Estate Miriam answers all

LOGO MIRIAMAsk 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:

At Palm Beach Plaza Mall First mussels of the season at Taste of Belgium Restaurant

mossel at tobAlthough it might look like mussels are harvested from the fountain at the Palm Beach Plaza Mall in the photo, in reality they are flown in, dripping wet, from Zeeland in the South of Holland and the north of Belgium. The mussel season is starting tomorrow on Aruba, when Taste of Belgium Restaurant is the first to offer this healthy delicacy, which is chockfull of vitamins and minerals.

Roberta Rinaldi Decourt honored at the Playa Linda Beach Resort

Roberta 1Recently the Aruba Tourism Authority had the great pleasure of honoring a very nice young girl, who is a loyal and friendly Visitor of Aruba, as Distinguished Visitor, at the Playa Linda Beach Resort. 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.

Happy guests at Salt & Pepper Restaurant in the Arawak Garden

Salt & PepperARUBA – Meet these nice Salt & Pepper regulars, who have been coming to Aruba for years and years. Sometimes they arrive in the company of friends, often just the two of them, but every trip you can find them a few times at Salt & Pepper. There they order the pineapple shrimps, their favorite menu option and some beers.

Andreas and Hilda from Holland have fallen In love with Aruba and Tango Restaurant

Tango RestaurantARUBA – They look fantastically happy: Andreas Antonius and Hilda Beukema from Holland. And not surprisingly so: they have fallen in love. Not only with each other, but also with the island and with a restaurant they just happened to pass by. But first to the beginning: Andreas and Hilda had planned to stay on Aruba for three days, but they loved Aruba so much that they extended their stay to a week.

HumanHints, today ‘Stay On Your Path’

human_hints_logoAs Humans, We are continually subject to forces that distort us for their own benefit. Every moment of every day, we must remain vigilant that our decisions and actions keep us on the path we want to follow. In order to stay on our own track, we must always be aware of where we are, where we want to go, and where our decisions and actions might take us.

Today is Saturday, July 12, the 193rd day of 2014. There are 172 days left in the year.

Christian Nestell Bovee, American author (1820-1904)Thought For Today:

No man is happy without a delusion of some kind. Delusions are as necessary to our happiness as realities – Christian Nestell Bovee, American author (1820-1904).

TRASH BY RONCHI launches spectacular plus size collection for Summer 2014!

TRASH BY RONCHI (0)ARUBA – It is definitely the season to experiment with color. Summer 2014 fashion collections present several options to enhance your wardrobe with a dash of loud colors. Orange, sunflower yellow, electric blue, grass green and many more make up for this season’s color palette. Local plus size fashion leader TRASH BY RONCHI recently launched a fun and colorful collection for this casual season. Color denim and pencil skirts matched up with exciting print tops is a must-have this season. The boutique specializes in plus size fashions that are trendy and accessible. The prices are attractive and the service is superb.

Papillon’s mussels arrived again!

The 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.

Ready for your requests! Sopranos Piano Bar introduces pianist of the month Alan Sheppard

Ready for your requestsARUBA – Alan Sheppard is the piano player of the month of July at Sopranos Piano Bar in the Arawak Garden. The versatile artist is ready for your requests and hopes to make you more than a little happy.

Alan has been singing, entertaining and writing songs since he was 14 years old.

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 ‘Potential Pitfalls of Becoming Self-Aware’

Life doesn’t always seem like a joyous occasion, especially when we’re on the road to enlightenment. Becoming fully self-aware means seeing all of your self, including the parts of your self that you never knew were there. Seeing your own automatic expressions can be disconcerting, but it can also provide huge opportunities for personal growth.

Today is Friday, July 11, the 192nd day of 2014. There are 173 days left in the year.

Carr, Canadian artist and author (1871-1945)Thought For Today:

You come into the world alone and you go out of the world alone yet it seems to me you are more alone while living than even going and coming – Emily Carr, Canadian artist and author (1871-1945).

At the Bushiribana Goldmine Teams John Villar & Ranzinho Tromp, Audrey Wolff & Sofia Boekhoudt win the Radisson GM’s Challenge

GM challenge Bushiribana (00)Palm Beach – The Radisson GM’s Challenge Male and Female Relay Race took place over the weekend and pitched 16 male teams and 8 female teams, from among the Radisson Aruba Resort Casino & Spa associates, against each other and against the elements on the island’s north-western coast.

First place male winners John Villar & Ranzinho Tromp, and first place female winners Audrey Wolff & Sofia Boekhoudt joined all participants to receive their trophies and gifts against a magestic landscape, at sunset.

You are invited to watch FIFA World Cup 2014, semi-finals and finals at Amazonia

You are invited to watch FIFA World Cup 2014 01Palm Beach – You are invited to watch the 2 games left of the amazing FIFA World Cup 2014 at the Amazonia Lounge. The finals on Saturday, July 12th, and Sunday July 13th may the best team win!

As Sushi Salsa moved to the south wing of Amazonia, the spacious lounge was outfitted with large screen TVs becoming an active, friendly place for sports and entertainment, where guests may linger-longer in a comfortable area, sipping cocktails or sampling an array of bar-bites.

Vincent and Leah Carbonell honored at the Marriott Ocean Club

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At the Aruba Surfside Marina Deloitte shares important information regarding the latest tax development with local professionals

deloitte 02Oranjestad – July 4 2014. Michael-Leo van Romondt,  tax partner, Deloitte Dutch Caribbean, and Geert Weber, tax, co-hosted a Friday afternoon lecture on tax developments at the Aruba Surfside Marina.

Van Romondt explains that in light of recent important tax developments, Deloitte Dutch Caribbean decided to host a lecture by renown Professor Dr. Peter Kavelaars, focusing on a variety of tax issues.

A patriotic evening at the Casino at the Radisson

Casino at the RadissonPalm Beach – The Spin to Win, 4th of July Slot Tournament at the Casino at the Radisson featured winners galore from a mixed crowd of visitors and locals. The patriotic evening started with a signup at 5pm, and tournament action from 6pm. Guests were asked to buy in at $10, and re-buy at $4. Prizes were awarded for the Most Cheerful Participant, the Most Patriotic Participant, as well as the Special Rookie of the Night award.

Donald and Lisa Shauger honored at the Casa Del Mar Beach 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 Casa Del Mar 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.

HumanHints, today ‘Doubt – Friend or Foe’

human_hints_logoDoubt is a natural part of effort. When you feel Doubt, it is helpful to examine it, thank it and release it. When you welcome your doubt and use it appropriately, it will become a powerful and unique tool at your disposal. If you don’t use your own Doubt to your advantage, it will ultimately defeat you.

Today is Thursday, July 10, the 191st day of 2014. There are 174 days left in the year.

Germaine de Stael, French author (1766-1817)Thought For Today:

There are only two distinct classes of people on this earth: those who espouse enthusiasm and those who despise it – Germaine de Stael, French author (1766-1817).

Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino granted TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2014

Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino 00PALM BEACH – The Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino is proud to receive the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence recognition for the Resort, Simply Fish Restaurant and Ruth’s Chris Steak House.

The TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, which honors hospitality excellence, is given to only establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews. Only the top performing 10 percent of businesses listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious award.

Dinner at Fishes & More was great for Diane and Tom Lombardi

Dinner at Fishes & More wasARUBA – Diane and Tom Lombardi from Staten Island, NY, had a wonderful surf and turf dinner of tuna and lobster at Fishes & More Restaurant in the Arawak Garden. They saw an article in one of the papers about this popular restaurant and wanted to try it. Although this has not been their first trip to Aruba, it was the best ever and the food was a big part of it.

Tropical diseases – an article by Heidi Marchena, pharmacist at Botica di Servicio

ARUBA – When planning your holiday abroad the logistics of the trip are usually taking up all the time and attention.  However, what you also should keep in mind is how to stay healthy abroad. Your first line of defense against tropical diseases and other maladies is protecting yourself. The three main ways that disease is spread are: contaminated food, contaminated water, and last but not least bites from mosquitoes, flies, ticks, fleas and other insects. Before packing your suitcase you should consult one of the specialized websites or your travel agency to inform you about what current health risks may be at hand at your destination. You may need to get a prescription or even a vaccination as a precaution.

HumanHints, today ‘Define Your Life Structure’

We consciously direct our lives when we purposefully focus our Intent over Time. In Time, our lives become whatever we focus on, so it is important to be aware of where we choose to put our Personal Energy in every moment of our lives. When we focus on a goal, we draw it to us, but what if we don’t know what we want from our future? In order to focus our intent on a specific purpose, we must have a specific purpose in mind. We must have at least a general idea of where we want our lives to go.

Today is Wednesday, July 9, the 190th day of 2014. There are 175 days left in the year.

- Louise Imogen Guiney, American poet and essayist (1861-1920)Thought for Today: “Quotations (such as have point and lack triteness) from the great old authors are an act of filial reverence on the part of the quoter, and a blessing to a public grown superficial and external.” – Louise Imogen Guiney, American poet and essayist (1861-1920).

Today’s Highlight in History:

On July 9, 1944, during World War II, American forces secured Saipan as the last Japanese defenses fell.

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