Posts Tagged ‘Rona’

Aruba’s Social Column “Bati Bleki” by Rona Coster August 25th, 2014

THE SHALOM BODY & SOUL SPA. Located at the Alhambra Casino & Shops, under new management, the spa is a great asset to the complex. For the opening on Thursday, they had a nice spread pampering a small, intimate crowd, so I decided to give them a try, incognito. I met super-friendly owner, receptionist and [...]

Aruba’s Social Column “Bati Bleki” by Rona Coster August 18th, 2014

HOOTERS IS HERE. Saturday evening marked the opening of Hooters, South Beach Centre. The place is absolutely gorgeous, with five-star interiors, showing off 50-shades-of-blonde wooden floors, with matching 50-shades-of-blonde inlaid natural stone walls, a large exhibition kitchen and an army of thirty most-adorable Hooter girls, who all look spectacular in orange. The opening was officiated [...]

11th, for the Popular Radio Talk Show on Magic 96.5FM

Palm Beach – Pica 96.5% returned to the airwaves at the end of the summer vacation. The show went for a much-needed break just before the FIFA World Cup Games 2014 and during the summer vacation weeks. The show is back full force for its regular schedule on Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday on Magic 96.5FM, [...]

Aruba’s Social Column “Bati Bleki” by Rona Coster August 11th, 2014

WELCOME TO FITBIT. One of my friends turned me on to Fitbit. Alex Nieuwmeyer was wearing a narrow rubber band on his wrist and I asked what it was. You know I am always curious. It turned out, this band may track our activities, track our sleep, it can even track our heart rate and [...]

Aruba’s Social Column “Bati Bleki” by Rona Coster August 4th, 2014

NEW RETAIL OUTLET, NUN K. Admittedly, Giovanni Rafini has a colorful personality. His previous claim to fame was Underground Cycles fashion boutique, festooned with radical choppers, rusty Rat Rods and the tattoo parlor. He moved them from their original humble location on the boulevard to an ambitious spot in the back of Palm Beach, under [...]

Aruba’s Social Column “Bati Bleki” by Rona Coster July 28th, 2014

RAIN SONG & DANCE. Bachata super star Romeo Santos broke the long spell of drought on Aruba, delivering a deluge of much-needed rain water on the night of his performance. My friends who bought the $400.- concert ticket report finding shelter under tables, and soaking their butts in three- inch of muddy water. Some opted [...]

Aruba’s Social Column “Bati Bleki” by Rona Coster July 21st, 2014

RENT A CHEF. Chef Bas Kuurstra, who worked for 5 years for Taste of Belgium as executive chef, and before that chef and sous chef at Scandals and Ventanas del Mar, is now on the verge of starting his own company called Rent a Chef, gourmet chef services. He provides personal and private chef services, [...]

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

AN ISLAND OF ESCAPE ARTISTS. Life as we knew if, came to a complete stand-still during the FIFA World Cup 2014 games, as we all escaped into the bars, surrendering to a soccer addiction. You should have seen the celebration at the Moomba Beach arena at the conclusion of the Netherlands Vs. Costa Rica match. [...]

Aruba’s Social Column “Bati Bleki” by Rona Coster June 30th, 2014

COFFEE FULL HOUSE. This week I endured a nostalgic moment. When I first arrived on the island light-years away we used to heap powdered Nescafe into a cup, and chase it with two overflowing spoons of Nestle Sweetened Condensed Milk. While the water was getting ready to boil I used to make a caramel-colored cream [...]

Aruba’s Social Column “Bati Bleki” by Rona Coster June 23rd, 2014

BILLY & JEAN LOVE ARUBA. My friends Billy & Jean have been coming to Aruba since the 80s. They stay at the Dutch Village, walk the beach, dine out at Chalet Suisse, and buy every kind of Dutch premium cheese they find. They both have their hair braided on the beach, which makes Jean look [...]

Aruba’s Social Column “Bati Bleki” by Rona Coster June 16th, 2014

CHEF MOORE IS A SUPRSTAR. From Louisville, Kentucky, Chef Moore was invited to create a special menu for L.G. Smith’s Chop & Steakhouse. He delivered Bones & Brews Smith’s Style and dazzled press members with his cooking this week as he conducted a tasting at the kitchen of the Renaissance Conference Center. Josh Moore, Executive [...]

Pica 96.5% continues to have fun on the air

Palm Beach – Three local radio personalities, Jacqueline Suttle, Tabitha Fecunda and Rona Coster host a morning radio show on Magic 96.5FM, the program and its entertaining and diverse topics continue to surprise listeners with fresh commentary and original thinking with music by DJ Vibe! Nicknamed Pica 1, Pica 2 and Pica 3, the trio of [...]

Honoring at Playa Linda

ARUBA – Rona and Steven Schmidt and Jerry and Joyce DeMarco were recently honored as Goodwill Ambassadors due to their 20th  consecutive visit to Aruba. Ms. Marouska Heyliger representing the Aruba Tourism Authority conducted the ceremony held at the Playa Linda Resort. According to the couple’s, they love the island and the nice people.

Aruba’s Social Column “Bati Bleki” by Rona Coster March 19, 2013

BANANA MOON. The Easter vacation is coming and with it the much-anticipated beach ritual of camping in bikinis. You’re gonna love me after you finish reading this blurb, because I found a most amazing new swimwear store. Don’t ask me about fit, or size, or price point, I didn’t check, but I can tell you [...]

Aruba’s Social Column “Bati Bleki” by Rona Coster March 11, 2013

ARUBA INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY. March 8th was a good day, with more than 600 women registered for the conference organized by the Minister of Economic Affairs, Social Affairs and Culture, the ever-warm, beautiful and charismatic Michelle Hooyboer Winklaar. The day offered a mix of traditional and new age wisdom and was both thought-provoking and entertaining [...]

Aruba’s Social Column “Bati Bleki” by Rona Coster March 4, 2013

TIERRA DEL SOL OPENS NEW CHAPTER. Two condo owners at Tierra Del Sol, both well-established businessmen in the real estate and customer service fields are heading a group of investors taking over a minority interest in the fabulous property. They will also take over the managerial responsibilities and within four months at the end of [...]

Hot Topics on 96.5% Pica, Magic 96.5FM

Palm Beach – In late September of 2012, three well-established media personalities took to the airwaves for a new talk show with no-holds-barred! Aruba’s broadcasting queen Erin Croes, the owner of Magic 96.5FM, recruited them to heat up her radio station, three times a week, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, from 11am to 12noon. Erin personally [...]

Aruba’s Social Column “Bati Bleki” by Rona Coster February 25, 2013

ARUBA ON A ROLL. Eagle Beach Aruba was rate #9 among Trip Advisor’s best 25 beaches in the world. I am surprised they did not specifically name Bucuti Beach Resort & Tara Suites, quips the perhaps a tad presumptuous Ewald Biemans! Aruba has been on a roll, congratulations he adds. I went on line to [...]

Aruba’s Social Column “Bati Bleki” by Rona Coster February 18, 2013

ZSAZSA THE QUEEN OF BIJOUX. Kimberly Wever is as beautiful as she is talented. In May of last year she got interested in jewelry, pursuing the subject with a passion. If you see some of her creations, you’d think she’s been in the biz for years. Check out her collection at Masy’s Boutique, on Santa [...]

Aruba’s Social Column “Bati Bleki” by Rona Coster February 12, 2013

VIVA CARNIVAL. We watched the 59th edition of Aruba’s Grand Carnival Parade from the shaded sidewalk just across the governor’s mansion. By the time Royal Carnival Group got to us, their Proud Peacock was wilted and dragging. Carnival looked surprisingly sad and lifeless, though our beautiful Carnival Queen and her dancers did their best to [...]

Aruba’s Social Column “Bati Bleki” by Rona Coster January 28, 2013

BEST DESSERTS. I went on and on last week about how press-members enjoyed the hospitality and the food at L.G. Smith’s Steak & Chop House, when we were entertained by chef Scott Neuman, from Oregon USA, who talked about his childhood culinary roots in Texas, while introducing us to his authentic Western menu. Western as [...]

Aruba’s Social Column “Bati Bleki” by Rona Coster January 21, 2013

ECOTECH DESERVES PRAISE. At the beginning of the year my friends at ECOTECH sent me a small questionnaire asking me to rate their performance. As I was giving them top ratings in 8 service areas I realized how good and reliable this company is in managing and disposing my household waste. Thank you for everything. [...]

T-on-T Hosts a Post Holiday Reception at Fusion

ARUBA – Alhambra Casino & Shops – Radio and TV personality Tabitha Fecunda offered her clients, fans and friends a post-holiday reception at Fusion, a stylish music, cigar and wine lounge with live piano entertainment alternating with the enchanting sounds of singer, guitarist Angelo Kolman. The evening at Fusion started with a champagne toast as [...]

Aruba’s Social Column “Bati Bleki” by Rona Coster January 14, 2013

WINE FOOD & ART. Today’s columns only talks about Wine, Food & Art, which reminds me that the Westin Resort Aruba just announced that its annual festival is set for June, stay tuned for exact dates, and that this year promises new event formats and guest celebrity chefs! FOOD GLORIOUS FOOD. I feel like I [...]

Aruba’s Social Column “Bati Bleki” by Rona Coster January 7, 2013

NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS. We noticed over the last few days more people jogging, walking and biking. Apparently they all made a new year’s resolution determined to win the battle with their bulge. Me too. And that’s why on January 2nd, 2013, I showed up at Runners at Plaza Margarita, a specialty store for runners, bikers [...]

Aruba’s Social Column “Bati Bleki” by Rona Coster December 31, 2012

WHER’S THE BEEF? AT URATAKA CENTER. We were invited this week for Happy Hour in the cunucu, in Santa Cruz, at some off-the-beaten-path hilltop with a nice breeze, where the goats, lizards and chicken, frequently feast on the beans, peanuts and corn, our farmer-at-heart host was attempting to grow. Right at the center of the [...]

Aruba’s Social Column “Bati Bleki” by Rona Coster December 24, 2012

SOME OF THE HASSLES, DIM THE APPEAL OF AIR TRAVEL . Two of my friends booked a trip to Aruba in December, making the reservation as early as September. Since they were coming from Venezuela, they tried to fly Tiara Air, but could not get any air seats, so they naturally opted for DAE, Dutch [...]

El Gaucho Entertains Magic at a Fantastic Holiday Party

Oranjestad – El Gaucho Argentine Grill hosted a group of radio personalities for dinner and drinks, celebrating the successful conclusion of 2012. The party was given by Magic 96.5FM director Erin Croes, better known as the queen of the airways, and her business associate Jacky Erasmus. Invitees included all DJs and news reporters, attesting to [...]

Aruba’s Social Column “Bati Bleki” by Rona Coster December 17, 2012

GLITSINESS AT LA CABANA. Over the past few months, construction took place within the lobby of La Cabana Beach & Racquet Club, where they built an in-house casino! Finally on December 5th, Glitz Casino opened its purple doors, and within the first 48 hours overpaid all jackpots – something about the machine settings paying out [...]

Aruba’s Social Column “Bati Bleki” by Rona Coster December 10, 2012

FOR THE LOVE MUSIC. The Hard Rock Café introduced a band which would be playing every Tuesday, from 9 to 11:30pm, Mojambo, put together by Will Roth, a quirky sound and light man from Ohio with a passion for Folk Rock. Will recruited the rock-steady Eric Jan Eman on guitar, classically trained drummer Michael Bislick, [...]

Aruba’s Social Column “Bati Bleki” by Rona Coster December 3, 2012

DAHER & CO WILL GLAMORIZE YOU. The new store at the Alhambra Casino & Shops is fabulous. Claudia Daher Ponson, stocked the fashions, from Brazil, one-of-a-kind outfits, shoes, clutches and jewelry, and decorated the place fabulously. I put a glitzy dress on hold, then forgot to stop by and try it out this weekend, but [...]

Aruba’s Social Column “Bati Bleki” by Rona Coster November 26, 2012

URBAN REVIVAL. I went downtown this week to see for myself how gorgeous it will be, and confirmed it will. The main street is shaping up as a promenade with coconut trees and flower-beds, shops and eateries. And there are visible signs that things are turning around significantly, with new stores and new facades to [...]

96.5% Pica New Radio Talk Show on Magic 96.5FM

Palm Beach – Three popular media personalities are celebrating 60 days on-the-air next week. In late September broadcasting queen Erin Croes, the owner of Magic 96.5FM, conceived a brand new radio talk-show, starring three of her close friends, Jacqueline Suttle, Tabitha Fecunda and Rona Coster. She even gave it a name, 96.5% Pica – which [...]

Aruba’s Social Column “Bati Bleki” by Rona Coster November 19, 2012

YESTERDAY, TODAY & TOMORROW. Rory Arends’ book should be available for sale at all book stores this week. Launched Thursday with the help of the Minister of Tourism, Rory’s book recounts history from his own individual perspective, having witnessed the island’s growth, working as a professional in the tourism industry, from the late 50s to [...]

Aruba’s Social Column “Bati Bleki” by Rona Coster November 12, 2012

SAMOA THE TREASURED ISLANDS OF THE SOUTH FACIFIC. So the last time we spoke I was in Sydney Australia, admiring the nicely sculpted legs of Aussie joggers. On our last day in the city we took a ferry from Circular Quay to Manley beach, which is an hour away at the mouth of the giant [...]

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