Posts Tagged ‘Rona’

Aruba’s Social Column “Bati Bleki” by Rona Coster November 17th, 2014

LE CHIC DICTATES GETTING OFF SOCIAL MEDIA. A recent invitation to a swanky birthday party included a loud and clear disclaimer to keep party selfies off social media. I guess the counter-movement has begun. The chic crowd keep images to itself, no publicity please. BREAKFAST IS THE MOST IMPORTANT MEAL OF THE DAY. Towards the [...]

Aruba’s Social Column “Bati Bleki” by Rona Coster November 10th, 2014

MY LOVE AFFAIR WITH EVERYTHING ITALIAN. I went to the Bulgari & Gandelman reception at the Hyatt Regency this week. As I was among the first party guests to arrive I was welcomed at the door by elegant and understated Robert Gandelman and a dashing Italian. I had them both, all for myself, for 15 [...]

Aruba’s Social Column “Bati Bleki” by Rona Coster November 3rd, 2014

REMEMBER RIO GRANDE. The totally ridiculous idea to recreate Rio Grande reminded me of a Taxidermist’s plan to kill and skin a rare bird in order to stuff and mount it as a trophy. The bird is dead, the trophy is dust-collecting.  Rio Grande was demolished by bulldozers the morning after Landa Henriquez’ successful Pasion [...]

Aruba’s Social Column “Bati Bleki” by Rona Coster October 27th, 2014

NEW EATS. We understand that Quinta Del Carmen, the historic residence in Bubali will be converted into a charming landmark eatery by a team of Barefoot culinary experts. We’re looking forward to their new creation. A new eatery named Twist of Flavors, TOF, will be checking into Alhambra Casino & Shops by Susan Toonen of [...]

Aruba’s Social Column “Bati Bleki” by Rona Coster October 20th, 2014

HORECA HALLOWEEN NIGHT AT HOLLYWOOD SMOKEHOUSE. Pepia Est Aruba, an import & distribution wholesale company of premium liquors & fine wines, partners with the Hollywood Smokehouse at the Alhambra Casino & Shops,  to host a HORECA night once a month, on the last Monday of the month, from 11pm to 1am, with specially priced mixed [...]

Aruba’s Social Column “Bati Bleki” by Rona Coster September 29th, 2014

THE GRANDE DAME OF PALM BEACH, AN UPDATE. Some of my friends in tourism circles indicate that the Grande Dame of Palm Beach, the first luxury hotel on the island, which was designed by famed American art-deco architect Morris Lapidus, might end up in Aruban ownership, if the bid by the Aruba Growth Fund, a [...]

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

CASA ALISTAIRE, SAVANETA. One of my local media celebrity friends celebrated her birthday at Casa Alistaire in Savaneta this weekend. The reason her name shall remain unknown is that she only invited a handful of people instead of the usual armies, so to avoid dark feelings of rejection, her name shall remain secret! The historic [...]

Aruba’s Social Column “Bati Bleki” by Rona Coster September 15th, 2014

MAD MEN. I subscribed to Netflix perhaps two years ago and then just didn’t bother to really take advantage of the service because, I have already seen all the good movies in the movie-theaters, and there was never anything exciting on the menu. Then one day I actually listened to a girlfriend who suggested that [...]

Aruba’s Social Column “Bati Bleki” by Rona Coster September 8th, 2014

THE WINDMILLS OF OUR MINDS. The concerned residents of Urirama who mounted quite a successful campaign to nix the windmill development project won a small battle, but it looks like they lost the war. Only 8 windmills will be erected instead of 10 planned in order to conserve the aesthetic look of the neighborhood. A [...]

Aruba’s Social Column “Bati Bleki” by Rona Coster September 3rd, 2014

NEW SUSHI BAR. Remember the darling Mylene Lapinid? The diminutive female sushi chef who made the House of Japan famous?! She also manned the sushi bar at La Cabana Beach Resort & Casino a few years back. Well, she has a new home, at the Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa where management built an entire [...]

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 [...]

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