Red hot chilli peppers!

BPepper 01arry (our IT director) was drenched in sweat! Big beads of perspiration had gathered on his face. A cool breeze was blowing but all of us (except Ram and Bhaiya) were felling the heat. We were on the front porch of Bhaiya’s (Dr Reddy, a faculty at Xavier University) house. The conversation was interesting and the food incendiary!

HumanHints, today ‘Ego Exploits Imagination’

Human imagination holds the power of infinite creation, but in three dimensions, it is easily manipulated and abused by the Human Ego. Just like Einstein’s quip, “Great spirits will encounter fierce opposition from mediocre minds,” our powerful imagination is exploited by our insecure ego. When children play, they imagine themselves in another reality. Often, they get so into their alternate expression, they begin to loose the boundary between here and there.

Today is Tuesday, April 8, the 98th day of 2014. There are 267 days left in the year.

Susan Sontag, American author and critic (1933-2004)Thought for Today:

“The truth is always something that is told, not something that is known. If there were no speaking or writing, there would be no truth about anything.” – Susan Sontag, American author and critic (1933-2004).

Patty and Lydia Celebrate Birthdays aboard the Jolly Pirates!

Jolly Pirates 00Malmok - Jolly Pirates, well known for infectious fun during sail and snorkel cruises, has long been a favorite activity of guests on Aruba. Word-of-mouth approval has translated into thousands of repeat visitors each year.  Just ask friends Lydia and Patty what they love about a Jolly Pirates Cruise and they will tell you it’s the Jolly Pirates crew that makes their cruise worth writing home about.

Captains aboard the 85ft impressive teak schooners,  Ron, Julio and Edwin perform flips each day in providing their guests the most memorable Sail and Snorkel experience on the island.

Aruba’s Social Column “Bati Bleki” by Rona Coster April 7th, 2014

Bati BlekiIT WASN’T ME. Alex Luidens tells me on the phone that my dissatisfaction with King Ribs in the Wema Goes Memphis event was unrelated to him, because he did not participate. It was an imposter, he says, who left the membrane on the ribs, and did not cook the chicken thoroughly. I stand corrected. Sabrina, Alex’s daughter also assures me it was not her dad’s grill. Worried about their bruised name, she invited me to give their excellent food a try, soon.

ATA CEO launches Aruba’s Treasure Box guest amenity at Boardwalk Small Hotel

Treasure Box 03New approach encourages hotel guests to explore the island on their own

PALM BEACH, April 1 – Last week RonellaTjinAsjoe-Croes, CEO of the Aruba Tourism Authority (ATA)officially launched the newest guest amenity of Boardwalk Small Hotel, Aruba’s Treasure Box. By means of a ‘treasure hunt’ TjinAsjoe-Croes discovered Aruba’s Treasure Box on the hotels’ lush grounds.

King’s Day Café Restaurant Bingo!

Koningsdag 2014 01On Saturday, April 26th, we will celebrate King’s Day 2014. As always, we’ll make it a great event for all ages!

We’ll start the day at 10 AM, with games and activities for the kids such as musical chairs, mini-soccer, ‘sjoelen’, face painting, arts & crafts and a dino-jump. The Bingo! kitchen crew will offer a well assorted snack menu and a super fun clown will entertain the guests all day long.

LOCAL PRESS GETS ACQUINTATED WITH LA VISTA’S SEAFOOD SENSATION DINNER BUFFET

Seafood Sensation 04An introduction to Aruba’s biggest dinner buffet

Palm Beach – On Wednesday April 2nd, the Aruba Marriott team invited a selective group of the local media to introduce La Vista’s brand new dinner buffet, Seafood Sensation.

Honoring at Divi Village

Divi Village 02ARUBA – Recently, Ms. Marouska Heyliger honored Corey Center and Jim Exchange from Maine as Distinguished Visitors certificate in the name of the Aruba Tourism Authority. The event which commemorates their 10th consecutive visit to the island was held at the Divi Village. On the picture all the honorees together with Marouska and Raynedrick from ATA and Gloria from Divi Village.

HumanHints, today ‘Time’ Part 2

Yesterday, we discussed the idea that the Human mind is beyond time. We concluded that our thoughts can access all points in time, with any potential circumstance. We know it as our imagination. When children play, they make themselves aware of an alternate point in spacetime. They access a different potential of existence through their mind.

Today is Monday, April 7, the 97th day of 2014. There are 268 days left in the year.

On April 7, 1922, the Teapot Dome scandal Thought for Today: ”Lying is done with words and also with silence.” – Adrienne Rich, American poet (1929-2012).

Today’s Highlight in History: On April 7, 1922, the Teapot Dome scandal had its beginnings as Interior Secretary Albert B. Fall signed a secret deal to lease U.S. Navy petroleum reserves in Wyoming and California to his friends, oilmen Harry F. Sinclair and Edward L. Doheny, in exchange for cash gifts.

9 things before Moving Abroad

Moving abroad 01As seen on www.arubaconnections.blogspot.com

With the joy of the internet allowing us to explore the world from the comfort of our own home and dreaming about visiting far tropical sunny places; it seems that more and more of us are actually planning on moving abroad at least for a few years in a bid to broaden our horizons and experience different cultures and ways of life.

March has come to an end and the craziest bus on the island, KUKOO KUNUKUand their krazy friends had a blast throughout the month!

Kukoo Kunuku 01KukooKunuku enjoyed group tours with Amazing Selling Machine, Mercedes-Benz, Motorist Insurance Group, Academy Mortgage Awards and Colony Homes during the month of March celebrating their achievements Kukoo Style. Cruise ship passengers from Holland America “Zuiderdam” enjoyed the Dinner & Nightlife tour while in port.

The facts you have to know about blood pressure – an article by Heidi Marchena, pharmacist at Botica di Servicio

Blood pressure is the force of blood against the walls of arteries. The blood pressure is recorded as two numbers, the systolic pressure ( as the heart beats) and the diastolic pressure ( as the heart relaxes between the beats). The systolic  number is always mentioned first. Normal blood pressure is less than 120 mmHG ( systolic) and less than 80 mmHG ( dia-stolic). Blood pressure rises and falls during the day.

HumanHints, today ‘If Life Gets Challenging’ Part 2

human_hints_logoWhen life gets challenging and structure disappears, keep in the forefront of your mind that you will find a way past your obstacles and you will find your goals on the other side. With that foundation, discover your Unique Service that others value, then find a way to deliver it to them. When your service is valuable to people, they will return the value in whatever form you specify.

Today is Saturday, April 5, the 95th day of 2014. There are 270 days left in the year.

Birth, ancestry, and that which you yourself have not achieved can hardly be called your own - Greek proverb.Thought for Today:

Birth, ancestry, and that which you yourself have not achieved can hardly be called your own – Greek proverb.

 

At South American Championships Good result Aruban windsurfer in Argentina

South American Championships 00

ORANJESTAD – Mack van den Eerenbeemt with sail number ARU-11 booked a good result at the South American Championships last week. Gold, silver and bronze medals were given to Argentina, The Netherlands and the United States. Aruba came in 4th and was followed over the line by Brazil, Peru, Venezuela, Uruguay and Chili.

A total of 12 races, 30 minutes each, were held in Lake Potrerillos and 35 athletes competed in the class under 17 years.

A month-long contest announced, in honor of Children’s Day, at Benihana Japanese Steakhouse

Benihana 01Palm Beach — A recent press conference at Benihana Japanese Steakhouse at the South Beach Mall, announced an upcoming month-long contest and donation, benefitting the Clown Doctors Aruba

Restaurant Manager Morris Figaroa explains that on the 5th day of the 5th month in Japan, Children’s Day is celebrated.

Kelly and Larry’s home-run to Aruba and Bugaloe’s Karaoke Night

Bugaloe 01Canadians Kelly and Larry Brown from Oshawa, Ontario have been calling Aruba their second home for over ten years, and Bugaloe Beach Bar & Grill their all time favorite hangout on the island. Usually the couple spends their vacation in Aruba during the month of September, however a rough Canadian winter and inches of snow made them escape the cold and brought the Browns to Aruba this week for a mini-break.

Loyal visitors honored at the Costa Linda Beach Resort

Costa Linda 00ARUBA – Recently the Aruba Tourism Authority had the great pleasure of honoring a group of loyal and friendly Visitor of Aruba, at the Costa Linda Beach Resort, as Distinguished Visitors and 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 10 to 19 and 20 or more consecutive years.

Promoting the safety culture at the airport: Successful Airside Safety Week 2014!

Airport Authority 01ORANJESTAD – Aruba Airport Authority N.V. (AAA) held its annual Airside Safety Week, which was first introduced about 9 years ago. The Airside Safety Week is organized by the Airside Safety Council, and is held every year in the month of March with the purpose to continuously promote safety awareness and increase safety knowledge of all “Aeropuerto Internacional Reina Beatrix’s (AIRB) Airside users”.

Santa is welcoming friends and family members

Santa Donkey Sanctuary 01We would like to introduce Santa to you, one of the donkeys that has found a home at the Aruba Donkey Sanctuary. It took us a long while before we could capture this beautiful animal: our volunteers tried to catch him 80 times in 2.5 years’ time. No such luck. And there was a reason to catch Santa, as he had been in an accident and was limping along on a broken front leg.

HumanHints, today ‘If Life Gets Challenging’ Part 1

Life seems to be getting interesting. Like all things, we can look at it from any angle we choose. Times are changing, but they are not necessarily getting worse. The old system is falling away, and we must be clever to find our way through the maze of uncertainty that accompanies change. In uncertain times, we must rely on our Faith in our Selves. When structure falls away, we must make decisions based on what we want from the future and our personal belief system.

Today is Friday, April 4, the 94th day of 2014. There are 271 days left in the year.

Medgar Evers, murdered American civil rights activist (1926-1963)Thought for Today:

You can kill a man but you can’t kill an idea – Medgar Evers, murdered American civil rights activist (1926-1963).

 

The Casino at the Radisson reveals its activity-filled Easter weekend

Casino at the Radisson 00Palm Beach – The Casino at the Radisson is planning a fun-filled Easter Weekend to include a Freeze Out Poker Tournament, on Friday April 18th, buy inUS$100 + US$20 and received 10,000 tournament chips. Patrons are asked to sign up at 7:30pm, as the tournament begins at 8pm.

Two bingo dates, one on Saturday, April 19th, and the other on Sunday, April 20th, are planned. On Saturday, bingo starts at 1pm, US$6 a card, with US$1,000 in prizes, also offering door prizes.

Aruba Motorcycle Tours is a new adventure to the beautiful island Aruba

AMTAruba Motorcycle Tours is a new adventure to the beautiful island Aruba. The owners Arjen Hof and Lucienne Hof-Kalis have been living on Aruba with their kids for more then 15 years. Arjen started working on Harley Davidsons when he was just 17 years old and well known on the island for being THE HARLEY-DOCTOR. After working for the local Harley dealer for…

Employee of the month of March

Holiday Inn Hotel 02ARUBA – During the General Employee Meeting at the Holiday Inn Hotel the nominees and winners of the employee of the month of March were announced for both the “front of the house” as well as the “back of the house” areas. Nominees for the Front of the House were: Eddy Rivera (waiter), Shalisha Richardson (front desk) and Godofredo Rasmijn (housekeeping) and the winner was Eddy Rivera.

Honoring at Divi Village Resort

Divi Village Resort 01ARUBA – Recently, Ms. Marouska Heyliger honored Mrs. Antoinette Abela from Ontario with the Distinguished Visitor certificate in the name of the Aruba Tourism Authority. The event which commemorates Mrs. Abela 11th  consecutive visit to the island was held at the Divi Village Resort.  Mrs. Abela loves coming to the Island for it’s Beautiful Scenery and Culture.

John and Patti Herlihy honored at the Aruba Tropicana Resort

Aruba Tropicana Resort 01Recently the Aruba Tourism Authority had the great pleasure of honoring a very special couple whom are loyal and friendly Visitors of Aruba, at the Tropicana Resort and Casino 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.

Today is Thursday, April 3, the 93rd day of 2014. There are 272 days left in the year.

Honore de Balzac (1799-1850)Thought for Today:

Bureaucracy is a giant mechanism operated by pygmies – Honore de Balzac (1799-1850)

 

L.G. Smith’s Chop & Steakhouse is proud to introduce its new chef Kelvyn Garcia

L.G. Smith's Chop & Steakhouse is proud to introduce its new chef Kelvyn GarciaOranjestad — Chef Garcia just recently joined the culinary brigade at the Renaissance Resorts in Oranjestad, where he will be in charge of its flagship restaurant, an American Steakhouse, and the USDA-inspected Certified Angus Beef headquarters on the island,  the L.G. Smith’s Chop & Steakhouse.

Originally from Venezuela with a strong French and later Spanish cooking orientation the chef is on a mission to introduce bolder and bigger flavors to the favorite downtown steakhouse – think onions, garlic, wine, fresh herbs and butter – such as in the Big Oscar Prime Top Sirloin, Certified Angus Beef, topped with scampi King crab, tiger shrimp, poached lobster and lobster Hollandaise; or the Steakhouse Chop Salad with more than 10 delectable ingredients including applewood smoked bacon and aged cheddar.

‘Earth Hour’ for the third consecutive year at the Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino

Earth Hour 01ORANJESTAD – April – This is the third consecutive year that Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino contributes to ‘Earth Hour’ which is an worldwide event organized once a year by World Wide Fund of Nature (WWF). The goal of this event is to encourage households and businesses to take action on climate change and global movement by turning off lights for one hour.

Wednesday evening is Tapas Night CILO City Lounge gives an international twist to tapas

Cilo 01The Spanish tapa, originally a slice of Parma ham covering a glass of sherry to keep the flies out, has flown the coop and gained fame worldwide. It is more than a slice of ham nowadays; it is a fun way to have dinner: one chooses a few delicacies and a small dish of this or that. Surfing on the popularity of the tapa, CILO City Lounge in the Renaissance Marketplace downtown, has come up with a super…

Honoring at Divi Village

Divi Village 01ARUBA – Recently, 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”.

Friends of Bucuti & Tara Beach Resorts Honored

Bucuti 01ARUBA – Recently, Ms. Marouska Heyliger honored Mr. and Mrs. Frank and Renee Germano, residents of Middle Village, New York, with the Distinguished Visitors certificate in the name of the Aruba Tourism Authority. The event which commemorates the couple’s 10th consecutive visit to the island was held at the Bucuti & Tara Beach Resorts.

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