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.

HumanHints, today ‘Learn To Laugh’ Part 1 – Laughter and Play

Learn how to make yourself laugh at will. This is a powerful technique that it is easier than you might think. We’re supposed to play thru life, but as adults, we think that doing is the only way to get thru life. The fundamental energy of playing and doing is completely different. When we do, we try to control. When we play, we allow Universal Grace into our lives.

Today is Wednesday, Dec. 24, the 358th day of 2014. There are 7 days left in the year.

Thomas Carlyle, English historian (1795-1881)Thought For Today:

If Jesus Christ were to come today, people would not crucify him. They would ask him to dinner, hear what he had to say, and make fun of it. – Thomas Carlyle, English historian (1795-1881).

Celebrate Caribbean Christmas at Bugaloe 24 & 25 December!

Bugaloe Christmas 03Palm Beach – Celebrating Christmas in a perfect Caribbean setting is a bucket list item to many. For those people Bugaloe is pulling out all the stops to ensure the best Caribbean Christmas Celebration setting with relaxing vibes and live music.

Bugaloe Beach Bar & Grill is located on De Palm Pier between the Radisson Resort and Riu Palace Hotel.

A special `It’s the holidays’ menu at CILO City Lounge

Kerst menu at CILO 2014The holiday season is almost upon us: there are countless office parties, dinners and other festivities coming up, just like anywhere else in the Western world. On Aruba, the season has its specific holiday food, blown over from South America, the USA and Europe. From December 22 until 28 you can sample these treats at CILO City Lounge in the Renaissance Marketplace downtown.

A feast for Maris Stella courtesy of the AWD Restaurant Week

Maris Stella courtesy‘Yum yum’ said the 115 clients at home of the elderly Maris Stella last week when they were treated to chicken soup and pea soup with bread and butter. The soup was a donation of the Aruba Wine and Dine (AWD) group and it followed in the wake of the second Restaurant Week, held from August 27 to September 3rd. During the Restaurant Week guests could enjoy a three-course dinner at one of the AWD restaurants, MooMba Beach, Hadicurari, Tango Argentine Grill, Salt & Pepper, Fishes & More and Cafe the Plaza for just AWG. 45,–;

Taste of Belgium is ready for the holidays

Taste of Belgium is ready for the holidaysIt is time to look on the bright side of life, the sparkling lights, the wreaths and colorful ornaments of Christmas. Decorations are part of the true Christmas spirit that prevails on the island, even though it is sunny and not snowing or freezing cold. At Taste of Belgium they have the right attitude: Christmas has already descended there.

Wesley Methodist Church yearly Christmas Eve Service

The Wesley Methodist Church on Long Fellowstraat 3, Oranjestad will be having their yearly Christmas Eve Service on Dec. 24 at 7 PM.  This service is very popular with guests from the United States and other countries because it is in English.

Sue and Mike Faulkner of North Carolina, USA have been attending this service since 2000.

HumanHints, today ‘External Forces’

Self awareness is the ultimate personal power. When you know your self, you become more aware of external forces forces acting on you. Your genuine self is the only baseline reference point by which we can measure external forces. When an external force acts on you, you can feel it. It is blissful at best and infuriating at worst. Your reaction to an external force depends on if you’re aligned with it.

Today is Tuesday, Dec. 23, the 357th day of 2014. There are eight days left in the year.

Grace Paley, American writer (1922-2007)Thought for Today: “If you want to do things, do things.” – Grace Paley, American writer (1922-2007).

Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 23, 1954, the first successful human kidney transplant took place at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston as a surgical team led by Dr. Joseph Murray removed a kidney from 23-year-old Ronald Herrick and implanted it in Herrick’s twin brother, Richard, who was dying of chronic nephritis. (Because the donor and recipient were identical twins, tissue rejection was not an issue. Richard Herrick lived until 1962; Ronald Herrick died in 2010.)

REALARUBA.ESTATE Aruba’s most advanced real estate portal

Page-02Oranjestad – The Association of Aruban Realtors, (AAR) together with Dot 1 Technologies have recently launched Aruba’s most advanced, and complete multiple listing website, realaruba.estate.

This state of the art website allows visitors to access information and find the most up to date and complete list of properties for sale and for rent on the island.

Through the partnership of Aruba’s fifteen largest and most reputable real estate/ property management companies realaruba.estate showcases more than 80% of the real estate available on the market here. This makes realaruba.estate the largest portal of real estate in  Aruba.

Aruba’s Social Column “Bati Bleki” by Rona Coster December 22nd, 2014

Page-05TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING. My sincerest apologies for missing the Onxy Boutique opening, and the Cartier Boutique event, heard it was great; I also couldn’t make it to the Jewels in Paradise, Italian Jewelry preview, which claimed the entire parking lot of Palm Beach Plaza Mall as reserved. I missed the Pachanga dance studio opening, the Bally cocktail party, the elegant Gemani event in the lobby of the Ritz Carlton, orchestrated by Octavio Hodge and not to leave out, the opening of Muscles & Lungs. Why can’t we spread these hooplas around a bit? For a full year nothing ever happens, then in December, during the first two weeks, all hell breaks loose.

Holiday season provides reason to celebrate Playa Linda parties at the Marriott

2014awards 02ORANJESTAD – High marks in hospitality and job performance were rewarded during Playa Linda Beach Resort’s recent year-end celebration. The entire staff enjoyed a festive gala held in the ballroom of the Marriott, sharing dinner, merriment and award ceremony to top of a successful year.

A highlight of the evening was the announcement of the ‘Best of the Year’ awards with Diego Vazquez, from the Front Office, named the Employee of the Year;

The island of Aruba receives an award

site ATA (4)ARUBA – Wichita Villacres enjoyed the distinct honor of collecting a plaque on behalf of the island of Aruba. The recognition handed out by SITE Florida & Caribbean chapter was awarded to the island for the excellent support given to the Site Florida & Caribbean chapter, in the past three year. The presentation took place December 9th in Miami, at Turnberry Isle.

The Marriott’s Aruba Surf Club, rewards Sales and Marketing Excellence

Awards Marriott Aruba Surf Club 01Palm Beach – A festive gala event in the ballroom of the Marriott Aruba Resort & Stellaris Casino, celebrated achievement in the sales and marketing departments of MVC, Marriott vacation club.

The award ceremony,  emceed by the sales and marketing leadership team, with Ron Moser, Ligenne Trimon, Mirna Loefstop  and Noanni Cham, was warm and congratulatory, as stars of the department were acknowledged and feted for their accomplishments.

Tango Restaurant is looking forward to see Marcy and Ernie again next year

Tango RestaurantARUBA – Marcie and Ernie from Lafayette Hill in Pennsylvania visited Tango Restaurant in the Arawak Garden for the first time ten years ago. They have fond memories of that time, as they celebrated Marchie’s parents’ 60th anniverary in the company of the entire family. Twelve people had a great time on Aruba, but especially at Tango.

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 Monday, Dec. 22, the 356th day of 2014. There are nine days left in the year.

Today is MondayThought for Today: “My mistakes are my life.” – Samuel Beckett (1906-1989).

Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 22, 1944, during the World War II Battle of the Bulge, U.S. Brig. Gen. Anthony C. McAuliffe rejected a German demand for surrender, writing “Nuts!” in his official reply.

ARUBA MARINE PARK FOUNDATION hosts a successful Fundraising Event

ARUBA MARINE PARK FOUNDATION 00To create more awareness and raise funds, Aruba’s Marine Park Foundation hosted a sold out and thoroughly enjoyable Lionfish and Wine Tasting Fundraiser Event beside the Hadicurari pier.

Great People, lots of Wine, awesome food- great view!

More than 150 guests attended at a lively get together upstairs at Nos Clubhuis, a particularly wonderful spot to view the sunset smiling upon you.  A touching performance of skillful violinists was given by Nicola Grigorin from Romania, Angela Flores of Venezuela and Heather MacArthur of Washington, DC.

Kozlov Dance Academy’s “The Nutcracker” Delights Sold Out Audiences

Kozlov Dance Academy 02After highly anticipated performances, students of Kozlov Dance Academy presented the holiday classic ballet “The Nutcracker” to sold out audiences at Cas di Cultura on December 13th & 14th.

This year’s performances were very special, as it was the first time the performances featured an all Aruban cast. Students of Kozlov Dance Academy danced all the roles from the lead part of Clara to Snowflakes dancing lively on pointe.

ARUBA MARRIOTT PRESENTS 2ND VLOGGERS FILM FESTIVAL

Vloggers Film Festival Marriott 08PALM BEACH – Aruba Marriott together with Diamond PR recently organized the “Partners in Paradise” press trip featuring the 2nd edition of the Vloggers Film Festival.

Four video bloggers together with 4 journalists were paired up in teams of two and were invited by the Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino and Diamond PR to capture the essence of the destination of Aruba and the resort on video.

Buying a Condo, a great investment.

LOGO MIRIAMAs seen on Aruba real estate blog; www.arubaconnections.blogspot.com

It is about time home buyers and investors consider the added value of investing in a high-rise residential development.

By adopting international standards in virtually all new developments in ARUBA, we are not only providing clients the convenience of having all things they need within reach, we also afford them peace of mind knowing that their properties are safe from harm.

CILO City Lounge is ready for the holidays

CILO kerstIt is time to look on the bright side of life, the sparkling lights, the wreaths and colorful ornaments of Christmas. Decorations are part of the true Christmas spirit that prevails on the island, even though it is sunny and not snowing or freezing cold. At CILO City Lounge they have the right attitude: Christmas has already descended there.

Today is Saturday, Dec. 20, the 354th day of 2014. There are 11 days left in the year.

Clifton Fadiman, American author, editor and radio personality (1904-1999)Thought for Today: “Experience teaches you that the man who looks you straight in the eye, particularly if he adds a firm handshake, is hiding something.” – Clifton Fadiman, American author, editor and radio personality (1904-1999).

Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 20, 1860, South Carolina became the first state to secede from the Union as all 169 delegates to a special convention in Charleston voted in favor of separation.

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.

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