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.

Today is Monday, Dec. 15, the 349th day of 2014. There are 16 days left in the year.

Christina Rossetti, British poet (1830-1874)Thought for Today: “Silence is more musical than any song.” – Christina Rossetti, British poet (1830-1874).

Today’s Highlights in History: On Dec. 15, 1944, the U.S. Senate approved the promotions of Henry H. Arnold, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Douglas MacArthur and George C. Marshall to the five-star rank of General of the Army and the nominations of William D. Leahy, Ernest J. King and Chester W. Nimitz as Admirals of the Fleet. U.S. forces invaded Mindoro Island in the Philippines, encountering little resistance from the Japanese. A single-engine plane carrying bandleader Glenn Miller, a major in the U.S. Army Air Forces, disappeared over the English Channel while en route to Paris.

KLM and Fresh FM awarded a radio listener a free ticket to the Netherlands

Fresh FM KLM winner ticket 00Giny Ossel will be joining her family for Christmas after beating cancer

Over the last few weeks local radio station Fresh FM 104.3 ran its campaign in conjunction with Royal Dutch Airlines (KLM) to award one of the listeners with a roundtrip to the Netherlands, home of the Dutch airline. During the campaign, called “Christmas You Celebrate Together”, the popular music station called for listeners to nominate someone who deserves to be in the Netherlands to celebrate the holidays with friends and family. A record number of emails were received.


WORLD RECORD ATTEMPT ARUBAHistory in the making at Ling & Sons Super Center

On Saturday December 13th from 5pm till 7pm a n official world record attempt will take place in Aruba under auspices of the international record authority Guinness World Records.

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?

Mr. Anton and Mrs. Emmy Bergman honored by Aruba Tourism Authority as Goodwill Ambassadors of the Island

Mr 03Recently, Ms. Darline S. de Cuba had the great pleasure to honor a Loyal and friendly visitors of Aruba as Goodwill Ambassadors as their home away from home.

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.

Minister Hooijboer-Winklaar receives her Aruba bird calendar

Aruba Bird Calendar 2015 11 December 2014Minister Michelle Hooijboer-Winklaar, responsible for education, received her Aruba bird calendar 2015 from Greg Peterson, chairman of Aruba Birdlife Conservation.

The theme of the calendar is “A call for nature conservation”. Nature conservation should be made a high priority by the Government of Aruba in 2015.


BRIDGE RESULTS ALOHA BRIDGE CLUB ARUBAThursday morning, 11 December 2014

A total of 12 pairs attended the bridge session at the members lounge of the Aruba Beach Club Resort.

The results 50% and higher are as follows:

HumanHints, today ‘Safe is Death’

This curious quote is the motto of NY Ranger Hockey Coach John Tortorella.  He displayed it with one other above the locker room entrance, and engrained them into his player’s collective and individual mind. Safe is death.  If we’re safe, there’s no reason for us to grow.  Without challenge we become complacent.  Challenge often includes relentless struggle plagued with unknown surprises, even if a part of us loves the challenge.

Today is Saturday, Dec. 13, the 347th day of 2014. There are 18 days left in the year.

Today is SaturdayThought For Today:

To know how to say what others only know how to think is what makes men poets or sages; and to dare to say what others only dare to think makes men martyrs or reformers – or both – Elizabeth Charles, British writer (1828-1896).


CJ Green Hotelier of the yearAruba resort owner is recognized in Caribbean Journal’s 2014 Caribbean Travel Awards

EAGLE BEACH – Ewald Biemans, owner of Bucuti & Tara Beach Resorts in Aruba, has earned the title of “Green Hotelier of the Year” in Caribbean Journal’s 2014 Caribbean Travel Awards.  This award recognizes Biemans for his leadership in eco-friendly practices and sustainability, which he has been committed to since opening Bucuti in 1987.

Gold Coast Introduces Its Last Phase of Development, the Boca Druif & Boca Grandi Condos

????????????????????????Oranjestad – Gold Coast, Aruba’s largest and fastest growing residential community,  is also the island’s newest master-planned residential community. While the majority of homes are occupied by happy owners, a great number of owned townhouses and villas are also renting to transient guests making Gold Coast Villas Aruba a unique vacation destination, open for leisure and ready for business.

Neil and Patricia Scala 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 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 ‘Powerful Prayer’ Part 2 – The Spoken Word

Yesterday, we discussed prayer to your Higher Power.  We discussed the difference between self-defeating and self-empowering prayer.  Today, we will explore the power of the spoken word, which is another form of prayer. When you speak, you pray.  You declare things about your life which the Universe then reflects back to you.  Your words express your inner attitude, and guide your life. When you focus on what you’re saying, you focus your power.

Today is Friday, Dec. 12, the 346th day of 2014. There are 19 days left in the year.

Franz Kafka, Czech author (1883-1924)Thought For Today:

There are two cardinal sins from which all the others spring: impatience and laziness – Franz Kafka, Czech author (1883-1924).


The Salamander Group Hosts Generous Tikkun Olam Event

Page-02Palm Beach – A heartwarming and congenial event was recently hosted by The Salamander Group at Caribbean Queen, Palm Beach Plaza Mall.

The evening was emceed by managing director Jodi Tobman, at the helm of the company and the driving force behind Tikkun Olam, named after an ancient Hebrew philosophical belief that the repair of the world, Tikkun Olam, is possible by means of charity.

The Salamander Group’s Tikkun Olam program was first launched in the fall of 2007, when Tobman announced the ongoing fundraising initiative, with regular donations presented to select not-for-profit foundations on the island.

Playa Linda honors its valued team members

PB200174ORANJESTAD – Kudos were once again in order at the Playa Linda Beach Resort as the popular timeshare paid tribute to its longtime employees. A recent celebration, held at Blossoms restaurant, provided recognition for six employees who marked a milestone number of years working at the resort over the last four months.

Thomas and Camille Burns honored at the Aruba Marriott Surf Club

??????????Recently the Aruba Tourism Authority had the great pleasure of honoring a very nice couple as Distinguished Visitors, at the Marriott Surf Club. 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.

The honorees were Mr. Thomas and Mrs. Camille Burns from Kearny NJ. Thomas and Camille are loyal members of the Marriott Surf Club and they love Aruba very much because of the friendly people, the climate, beaches, restaurants, relaxation and being on Aruba and staying at the Surf Club is like being home for them.

Like Share, Win event at Papillon Restaurant

Like Share Game meat dinner 2014The Like, Share & Win event of Papillon Restaurant on Facebook was a great hit! Lots of people responded and one of them is the winner of a three-course game menu and a bottle of Philip Mazei Cabernet Sauvignon. Tatiana Britten-Dubero is the winner of the Like, Win and Share, which was a shared promotion of fantastic Papillon Restaurant in The Village and wine importer Aruba Trading Company. Congratulations!

James and Linda Ritter honored at the Marriott and Stellaris Casino Resort

??????????Recently the Aruba Tourism Authority had the great pleasure of honoring a very nice couple whom are loyal and friendly Visitor of Aruba, as Distinguished Visitors at the Aruba Marriott and Stellaris Casino 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.

Caribbean Accounting & Tax Consultants reaches out to Helping Hand Foundation

HHF3ORANJESTAD – On Saturday, December 6th, at a special event at the Caribbean Accounting & Tax Consultants (CATC) building, CATC representatives Sandy Odor and Roxanne van Dinter presented Helping Hand Foundation founders Mr. Rocco Tjon and Giancarlo Croes, with a donation of 75 food baskets. The generous donation was a results of a collaborative effort of CATC and various companies on a mission to offering a helping hand to children in less fortunate circumstances.

HumanHints, today ‘Powerful Prayer’ Part 1 – Mental

Prayer is a powerful declaration of your birthright to create any reality you chose. When you pray, you declare to your Higher Power the fact of your abundance. Prayer should not be a powerless, “please help me…” energy. Powerful prayer is you thanking your Higher Power, telling It that your life is abundant, and expressing without hesitation or condition, how grateful you are to be alive.

Today is Thursday, Dec. 11, the 345th day of 2014. There are 20 days left in the year.

Christina Rosetti, British poet (1830-1874)Thought For Today:

Better by far you should forget and smile than that you should remember and be sad – Christina Rosetti, British poet (1830-1874).


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

Page-02KAMAY HILLS, Aruba – On December 1st, 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.

Swiss visitors choose Tango Restaurant 3 times!

Swiss visitors chooseARUBA – One of the many highlights of a vacation is dinner, and where to go keeps one occupied during the day. Unless you have a favorite restaurant where the staff is friendly and attentive and where you can order all the things you like most. Tango Restaurant in the Arawak Garden, across from the Occidental Resort, became the favorite restaurant on Aruba for the Zematt family from Switzerland.

Thirty times and counting…Lee, Barbara and Nelson like the pea soup at Fishes & More

Thirty times and countingLee Marmor and Barbara and Nelson Weisberg from Long Island, New York, have been on Aruba thirty times; they love the island, the people, the beaches and the food. One of their regular stops during their holiday is Fishes & More Restaurant in the Arawak Garden.

They learned about this place from friends and they are forever grateful to them. Dutch pea soup and grouper belong to their favorite menu options.

HumanHints, today ‘Loss and the Now Moment’

In the physical realm, we place a great deal of focus on endings and beginnings. When faced with loss, it is natural to forget that life is a circle.  These are the most important times to remember that there is no beginning or ending to life.  It is a continuous cycle of transformation. We all exist in a Now moment, which is constantly transforming the future into the past.  The Now Moment is literally the constant transformation of potential life (the future) into death (the past).

Today is Wednesday, Dec. 10, the 344th day of 2014. There are 21 days left in the year.

Oscar Wilde, Irish poet, dramatist, author (1856-1900)Thought For Today:

I dislike arguments of any kind. They are always vulgar, and often convincing – Oscar Wilde, Irish poet, dramatist, author (1856-1900).


Wedding bells for a Hong Kong couple at the Radisson Aruba Resort

Page-02The bride lived in Aruba 25 years ago and chose Aruba as her wedding destination

Palm Beach – The romantic wedding ceremony of Karen Cheung and George Ng took place on the beautiful beach of the Radisson Aruba Resort on December 5th. The Hong Kong based couple exchanged their nuptials in the presence of their family and friends who travelled from the US, Canada as well as from far Asia to be with them on this special day.

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