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It’s right about time for my first trip to Aruba this 2018 with none other than Maggie. We’re going to be down there on the island from February 24th to March 5th for a total of 9 days.


We usually have a stable routine which includes booking a pre-flight hotel and flying out from Newark airport in which we always manage to get the best airfare deals for us.


On this trip, aside from spending a lot of time on the beach as we normally do, we plan to hit Aruba Ray’s Comedy shows a couple of nights while we’re in there. If you’re a regular listener of this podcast, you’ll know that Maggie and I are huge fans of these Aruba Ray’s Comedy and we really can’t think of a better night-time activity in the island. For more information regarding this, check out their website at We’re also looking forward to hitting up Full Throttle Tours, which was covered on the podcast from episodes 101-102.


Another exciting event coming up is, of course, One Happy Podcast’s Hangout at Barney’s on February 27th starting at 7pm. To anyone who will be down on the island at this day, we invite you to join us! We’ll be ecstatic to meet you.



This episode will not be complete without listing out the restaurants that we plan on trying including a bunch of our staple favorites. As huge foodies, Maggie and I are always open for more culinary adventures.


As always, we will be reporting from the island via podcast forms as well as Facebook lives, so do follow our Facebook account here:


Again, if you’ll be in the island on the 27th, see you at Barney’s! Till next time.




  • Know why we recommend booking a pre-flight hotel.
  • Find out what is one of my goals for this trip.
  • Hear about Maggie’s little story from when she was a child involving her own version of “are we there yet?” during trips.




Aruba Comedy

Full Throttle Tours


Amigo Car Rental

Aruba Royal Car Rental


Marina Pirata


Yemanja Woodfire Grill

Papiamento Restaurant



Pickles, Sandwich Bar & More


Carnivorous Grill House

Sultan Restaurant & Cafe

El Mexicano



Quinta del Carmen

Direct download: Episode_107_-_Aruba_Curt_and_Maggie_Feb_2018_Vacation_Part_1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:32am EST

Here is your weekly dose of "what's happening around the island" on the latest episode This Week in Aruba, highlighting events and activities from February 19th to 25th.


First of all, I'd like to take this chance to truly thank you all for the encouragement you've given me throughout the years for One Happy Podcast by giving shoutouts to all the awesome people name by name.


Secondly, as an announcement, there probably would not be an installment of This Week in Aruba next week because I will be down on the island. I'll be podcasting but it's more of "in the moment" kind of episodes. But don't worry, I'll be doing plenty of recording and Facebook lives while I'm there in Aruba.


Also, if you happen to be in the island on February 27th, please do stop by at Barney's as we'll be having another "Friends of One Happy Podcast Hangout". You are most certainly invited!

Now let's head over to the cruise ship schedules to help you plan your week a little better.

 Of course, here are the events and activities for this week:


Cinematography Workshop: Aruba

Hosted by Mario Gonsalves

When: 19 February / 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Where: The Vault (Kruisweg 9, Oranjestad, Aruba)




The once a year workshop is back! This time focusing on cinematography.


Join me where we'll discuss the essence of cinematography, digital cinema cameras, storytelling, lighting, framing, camera movements and more!


We'll even build up a scene from scratch and setup a shot.


This is for intermediate photographers and filmmakers only.

Must know the basic or you might not understand the complete workshop.


Tickets: Afl 175,- ($100)


Purchase Information: or Whatsapp: +31646934409


Limited seats available.




Barefoot Beach BBQ

When: 22 February / 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Where: Renaissance Ocean Suites (Oranjestad, Aruba)



If you're not barefoot, then you're overdressed. Join us for the Barefoot Beach BBQ on the Renaissance Ocean Suites Beach!


A delicious BBQ made to order will be prepared for you accompanied by a build your own salad station, your choice of marinate, side dishes and a decadent dessert station.


Have some Family Fun around the grill with live music and a Beach Bar ready to serve you.


The all you can eat BBQ on the beach is only $35 per person and kids from 5 to 12yrs $17.50


Reservation is not required. Just walk-in and lets have some fun!




Moksie Sanie - Suriname Pop-Up Restaurant

When: 23 February / 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Where: Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino



The wait is over...Our Pop-up tour around the world continues and by popular demand this time we stopped at Surniname!


Join us for authentic Suriname Food with 2 Guest-Chefs all the way from Paramaribo - Suriname.


The menu will consists of a variety of typical and authentic dishes from Suriname like; 'Nasi', 'Bami', 'Pom', 'Pinda' Soup, 'Saoto' Soup and desserts like 'Boyo'... altogether a 'Sweetie Moksie Sanie'.


This Pop-Up event is one you don't want to miss out on! Serving only dinner on Friday February 23rd and Saturday February 24th, starting at 6PM till 10PM.


Location will be The Renaissance Mall.


See you there!


The Wine Dinner at Chalet Suisse

When: 24 February / 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Where: Chalet Suisse Aruba (J.E. Irausquin Blvd. 246, Palm Beach, Aruba)

Hosted by: The Art of Wines Import




After a one of a kind culinary and service experience at Texas De Brazil we will now continue this magical dinner at none other than Chalet Suisse


Experience: $125




A fantastic whisky tasting with menu teasers

When: 24 February / 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Where: Café the Plaza (L.G. Smith Boulevard, 00000 Oranjestad, Aruba)




Are you in for a whisky tasting? Come to Café the Plaza on Saturday, February 24 and enjoy the fabulous aromas and flavors of various excellent whiskies. The evening starts at 7 pm – it will be finished around 9 pm.


Named Whiskies of the World this tasting will take you to all the corners of the globe whisky-wise. The American whisky, featuring oak and leather, is compared with the Irish variety, which hints at freshly cut hay. In Japan the whisky has an overtone of sandalwood, while the Scottish whisky evokes images of heather and honey. Canada’s whisky tastes of melted toffee, say the experts. The brands that will be tasted are Buffalo Trace, Caskmates (Jameson), Hibiki, Chivas Regal and Tap8Rye.


The Whisky tasting at Café the Plaza in the Renaissance Marketplace is held inside the restaurant.




The Grand Fish Restaurant: 1 Year Anniversary Celebration

When: 24 February / 11:00 am - 10:00 pm

Where: The Grand Fish Restaurant (15 Taratata Road Unit #1, Oranjestad, Aruba)




We will be celebrating our 1 year anniversary and invite you to join us! We will have specials, surprises and live music!




Total Trail challenge powered by Total Services Aruba

When: 25 February / 6:00 am - 9:30 am

Where: Cunucu297 (Rooi Taki, 297, 3-G, +297 Balashi, Aruba)




Test your limits on this new course.


Registration is now officially open:





Matthew’s Beachside Restaurant
(J.E. Irausquin Blvd 51, Oranjestad)
- Karaoke Nights every Wednesdays, 9:00 - 11:00 pm

Soprano’s Piano Bar
(Lloyd G. Smith Boulevard 370, Noord, Aruba)
- Unplugged Nights every Saturdays, starting at 8:00 pm

Ricardo’s Restaurant & Bar
(J.E. Irausquin Blvd 53, Aruba)Website:
- Karaoke Dance Party! every Thursdays, starting at 9:00 pm



Last but definitely not the least, I’m here to remind you once again that Aruba Ray Comedy is down on the island. If you’re up for a night of laughter and good fun, check out the information below.


We are proud that USA TODAY has named this show as one of its “10 Best”!

And Aruba Today called this the ‘BEST SHOW IN ARUBA’ three years in a row… this is a standup comedy show featuring America’s finest comedians, all of whom perform regularly at the top venues in the United States. These are NYC-based and LA-based comedians.

The comedians have appeared on the Tonight Show, Letterman Show, Saturday Night Live, Comedy Central, HBO, movies, TV shows, Radio City Music Hall, Madison Square Garden, etc etc.


  • These shows sell out nightly.
  • The show starts at 8:30pm.
  • Doors open at 8pm.
  • Seating is first come, first serve.
  • Show is approximately 90 minutes long.
  • Any age can attend, however the show is intended for a mature audience!
  • Line-up subject to change.



Monday, February 19
Pete Lee, Tony V, Ray Ellin
Tuesday, February 20
Pete Lee, Tony Woods, Mike Vecchione, Tony V, Ray Ellin
Wednesday, February 21
Pete Lee, Tony Woods, Mike Vecchione, Ray Ellin
Thursday, February 22
No Show
Friday-Saturday, February 23-24
Tony Woods, Mike Vecchione, Ray Ellin
Sunday, February 25
Tony Woods, Chris Distefano, Mike Vecchione, Ray Ellin





There really are no shortage of activities in the island and you can surely find something for you. One of these Aruba outdoor adventures is a unique Pedal Kayaking excursion which I was clued in by a guest from episode 83 named Melissa Rose. During our interview she was positively raving about this excursion. It’s hosted by a guy named RJ, an Aruban local who’s really passionate with his business and for the place he lives. I have included an excerpt from Melissa’s interview in the episode so you hear all about her experience. If you wish to experience it for yourself, you can book it by going to


If there’s anything at that you would like to suggest for the show, please do send me an email at or drop a voice message on our hotline number  (302) 635-0815.


Again, for those of you who will be down in the island, guess I’ll see you on the 27th at Barney’s starting at 7pm for Friends of One Happy Podcast’s Meet & Greet or Hangout time. I’m excited to see you all. As for the rest of you, see you again in a couple of weeks for the next episode!

Direct download: This_Week_in_Aruba_-_19_to_25_February.mp3
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Take a trip to Andrew Farley’s Aruba, a three-time Aruba visitor from South Carolina who has been all around the world. Find out what makes Aruba as Andrew’s favorite island out of all the island he visited so far.


Andrew decided to purchase a Marriott timeshare in Aruba by being acquainted with the Marriott’s properties in South Carolina. He first came to Aruba on November 2013 and since then, he has not stopped coming back year after year every Thanksgiving.


As a tenured vacationer, Andrew has been to many different locations around the globe including other Caribbean islands like the Bermudas, Bahamas, Belize, Mexico, and Honduras. However, out of all of these, the happy little island of Aruba is what captured his heart.


Listen to him talk about how Aruba is a melting pot of cultures, why he fell in love with the island, and how he likes to enjoy himself while on vacation.


We also discuss, as usual, his favorite restaurants and excursions on the island including one very special experience involving a quaint and lovely little restaurant in San Nicolas. Tune in to discover what it is!



  • Hear a heartwarming and interesting of the Aruban hospitality that is unlike anything you have ever heard.
  • Know the purpose of the alternative bags they pass out at the airport.
  • Hear about his experience on the Marriott Surf Club.
  • Find out what’s on Andrew’s Aruba bucket list for his next trip.




- Marriott’s Aruba Surf Club

- Zeerovers

- Kamini's Kitchen

- Papiamento Restaurant

- Faro Blanco

- Red Sail

- ABC Tours

Direct download: EP106_-_Andrew_Farley_Appreciates_All_Aruba_Has_to_Offer.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:38am EST

Let's find out what's happening this week in Aruba, February 12th to February 18th.


As you know, the sole purpose of this podcast is to help you make your week in Aruba as flawless as possible and we do that by highlighting some of the events and activities in the island that you can add to your schedule as well as cruise ship schedules.


Events happening around the island are pretty sparse as expected due to Aruba Carnival having just ended, however, this is also the most romantic week of the year and there are a few places you can go to make your Valentine's Day more special.


But before that, let's get on the cruise ship schedules first, because what better way than to spend Valentine’s with your sweetheart than on the beautiful beaches of Aruba? Check out the schedules below to help you know which days are the most or least crowded so you can venture away to less-touristy areas:


Cruise ships scheduled in Aruba 12 February 2018 - 18 February 2018


All in all, it's a pretty light week as far as cruise ship traffic goes.


Now, let's talk about what's going on the island. The theme for the week is none other than romance. Those of you looking for a night-out have probably planned reservations. But for those of you who have not, here are some restaurants who are offering special Valentine’s events for you and your darling:


Valentine's Day Aphrodisiac Menu at White Modern Cuisine!
When: 14 February / 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Where: White Modern Cuisine (Diamante 300, NA Noord)

Book your table now to enjoy an evening of romance and mystique here at White Modern Cuisine with our special 4-course aphrodisiac menu for just USD $55 per person. You can also have this special menu with wine pairings for $85 per person! And what's on the menu? That will be in a separate post, but to summarize it here: 1st course is red snapper ceviche, 2nd course is Cajun-marinated tuna, 3rd course is pan-fried tenderloin, and dessert is In Love with Chocolate - all prepared as only WMC does it! Call us at +297 280-0280 to reserve your table.

Treat your loved one to a luxurious Valentine's day dinner

When: 14 February / 5:00 - 10:00 pm
Where: Matthew's Beachside Restaurant (J.E. Irausquin Blvd. 51, 0000 Oranjestad, Aruba)

Details for a successful Valentine's day night! Treat your loved one to a luxurious dinner at Matthew's beachside restaurant. Hearts will flutter over a glass of champagne included in our Valentine's day menu, followed by an intimate four-course dinner. This for only $47.95 (++)p.p

Click here for our menu

For reservation please call us at 588-7300.

Sandy Toes & Salty Kisses Dinner On The Beach

When: 14 February / 7:00 - 10:00 pm
Where: Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino (Oranjestad, Aruba)

Finding the path to a dream come true begins here. Kindle the evening with sizzle romance only on Renaissance Private Island. Delight in your own Aruban love story, as the evening sun sets the mood for your private Valentine's dinner - catered with a 4-course menu, a welcome cocktail to spice things up, a bottle of sparkling wine and a rose for the special lady. The 'Sandy Toes & Salty Kisses' experience will be $195 per couple excluding 15% service charge. This Valentine's Day...Surprise your loved one with a Romantic Private Island Dinner. For more information or reservation, please visit or call our Navigators at 5236115.


Of course, there is no shortage of world-class restaurants in Aruba that you can visit on that special day. I’m also gonna clue you in on a brand new restaurant that very few of you listening have visited so far.


If you’re familiar with the ultra-upscale limited seating single-service restaurant concept, where a restaurant has a seating for less than 20 patrons and the chef prepares a menu for those patrons only for the entire night. There’s a new entry in that category which is Senses Fine Dining. It’s only about a month old and is already drawing rave reviews. Do check out my interview included in the podcast with the owner, Sebastian Kruisselbrink, to hear about his humble beginnings and how he came to establishing his amazing restaurant.


To book a reservation on Senses, visit their website:



The bulk of this podcast has been Valentine’s Day, but also happening around the island are:


Aruba Sinatra Dinner Show at The Old Cunucu House Restaurant

When: 15 February / 7:30 - 9:30 pm
Where: The Old Cunucu House (Palm Beach 150, 0000 Palm Beach, Aruba)

Are you searching for things to do in Aruba? Aruba Sinatra Shows started 6 years ago and we would like to celebrate it with you while enjoying the good things of life any time this year. After more than 300 weekly performances Aruba Sinatra Shows is one of the longest-running productions in Aruba!

Experience beautiful composed, orchestrated and arranged music with wonderful romantic lyrics sung by Fred de Jong. Order local food and delicious drinks while watching our Aruba Sinatra Dinner Show at The Old Cunucu House Restaurant or ask for our Dinner Special Menu.

Live entertainment every Thursday from 7:30 till 9:30 pm featuring songs like:"Fly Me To The Moon", "I've Got The World On A String", "I've Got You Under My Skin", "My Way", "New York - New York", "The Way You Look Tonight" and many more...

The Show Ticket is only $15.00 per person (food and drinks, transportation, gratuities not included). During the show, you can eat and drink something a la carte.

Joyride LIVE at MooMba Beach

When: 18 February / 7:00-10:00 pm
Where: Moomba Beach (JE Irausquin BLVD 230, 0000 Palm Beach, Aruba)

Dave and his musical team are notorious on the island. Where ever they show up, a party is guaranteed. So, get ready for an evening with pop, soul, funk and most of all... FUN!

Blues Event: Cosy Cotton Band!

When: 16 February / 11:00 pm – 2:00 am
Where: Alfie's in Aruba (Oranjestad, Aruba)

Cosy Cotton Band's Bert Devries, Terrance Green, Arnold Mohamed and Rowald De Graaf will transport you from Aruba to a Chicago blues club, the swamps of Louisiana, the streets of Memphis, the Mississippi Delta, and back again! If you're a fan of the blues, you won't want to miss this!



If you’re a fan of Karaoke, here are some awesome places that offer Karaoke:


Matthew’s Beachside Restaurant
(J.E. Irausquin Blvd 51, Oranjestad)
- Karaoke Nights every Wednesdays, 9:00 - 11:00 pm

Soprano’s Piano Bar
(Lloyd G. Smith Boulevard 370, Noord, Aruba)
- Unplugged Nights every Saturdays, starting at 8:00 pm

Ricardo’s Restaurant & Bar
(J.E. Irausquin Blvd 53, Aruba)
- Karaoke Dance Party! every Thursdays, starting at 9:00 pm



This is most definitely not complete without Aruba Ray’s Comedy. Here are the details.




We are proud that USA TODAY has named this show as one of its “10 Best”!

And Aruba Today called this the ‘BEST SHOW IN ARUBA’ three years in a row… this is a standup comedy show featuring America’s finest comedians, all of whom perform regularly at the top venues in the United States. These are NYC-based and LA-based comedians.

The comedians have appeared on the Tonight Show, Letterman Show, Saturday Night Live, Comedy Central, HBO, movies, TV shows, Radio City Music Hall, Madison Square Garden, etc etc.


  • These shows sell out nightly.
  • The show starts at 8:30pm.
  • Doors open at 8pm.
  • Seating is first come, first serve.
  • Show is approximately 90 minutes long.
  • Any age can attend, however, the show is intended for a mature audience!
  • Line-up subject to change.



February 12-13 and 15-16, 2018 (no show on February 14)
Pete Lee, Tony V, Jared Freid, Ray Ellin

February 17-18, 2018
Pete Lee, Tony V, Ray Ellin

Aruba Ray's Comedy Lineup Feb 12,13,15th 2018

Aruba Ray's Comedy Lineup Feb 17-18th 2018



Feedback thus far has been extraordinary so thank you so much for everyone’s patronage. Although I would most likely not be doing an episode during the time I’m in Aruba from February 24th - March 5th.


If you’re down on the island on February 27th, I’ll be hosting another Meet & Mingle this time on Barney’s Aruba so if you’re available, please do stop by! It starts at 7pm and there will be free snacks (and special prices on food and drinks). See you there!


One Happy Podcast Meet and Mingle at Barney's Aruba


Please remember to leave a review on If you have any suggestions for topics that you want to be covered in the future, do shoot me an email on or call out hotline number (302) 635-0815.


Direct download: This_Week_in_Aruba_-_12_to_18_February.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:40am EST

Fresh from One Happy Island are all the highlights, activities, and events happening in Aruba from Monday, February 5th to Sunday, February 11th (or what may some of you refer to as timeshare week #5).


This week is also the final week of the 64th Aruba Carnival, and here are the events that you can look forward to:


Lighting Parade San Nicolas

When: 8 Feb. (Thursday), 8:00 pm - 2:00 am

Where: San Nicolas


Kiwanis Carnival Masquerade Party

When: 9 Feb. (Friday), 7:30 pm

Where: Renaissance Convention Center, Oranjestad


Grand Carnival Parade San Nicolas

When: 10 Feb. (Saturday), 12:00 pm

Where: San Nicolas


Aruba's 64th Grand Parade Oranjestad

When: 11 Feb. (Sunday), 12:00 pm

Where: Oranjestad


Burning of King Momo

When: 11 Feb. (Sunday), 7:30 pm

Where: Harbour Arena, Oranjestad


If you have special carnival stories and memories, please do tell me about it on or via One Happy Podcast's hotline (302) 635-0815.


Here is another event that I feel like everyone should take note of:


Soca vs Dancehall - AUA Carnival Edition

When: 9 Feb. (Friday), 9:00 pm - 3:00 am

Where: Sand Aruba (J.E. Irasuquin Boulevard 370 12000, Palm Beach, Aruba)



After a sold-out first edition on Aruba, we are ready to bring you part 2 during the carnival season.


Soca vs Dancehall started in The Netherlands in 2009 and is the largest Soca event and 2nd largest Dancehall event in The Netherlands at the moment. Artists such as Machel Montano, RDX, Skinny Fabulous, Farmer Nappy, Jeon, Fadda Fox, Asa Bantan, Red Eye Crew and many more have all performed on Soca vs Dancehall. The event is known for good vibes, unity and all out fun. It's time to bring the vibe to Aruba.

Also, don't forget that Aruba Ray's Comedy, everyone's favorite nighttime activity, is starting back up this week so do check out the following information below:


Aruba Ray's Comedy


Time: Doors open at 8pm, show starts at 8:30 pm

Where: Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino


February 6 - 8

Line-up: Chuck Nice, Christine Hurley, Lenny Marcus, Ray Ellin


February 9-11

Line-up: Chuck Nice, Christine Hurley, Tony V., Ray Ellin


We are proud that TRIPADVISOR has rated Aruba Ray's as Number One!


And USA TODAY has named it as one of its "10 Best"!


Named the 'BEST SHOW IN ARUBA' four years in a row...  this is a standup comedy show featuring America's finest comedians, all of whom perform regularly at the top venues in the United States. These are NYC-based and LA-based comedians.


The comedians have appeared on the Tonight Show, Letterman Show, Saturday Night Live, Comedy Central, HBO, movies, tv shows, Radio City Music Hall, Madison Square Garden, etc etc

As always, aside from the events and activities in the island, there are tons of excursions that you can enjoy. For one, I recommend Full Throttle Tours Aruba, an awesome speedboat/snorkeling excursion that takes you to the best places of the coast of Aruba to explore the undersea life. Find out why it's different from other snorkeling excursions on the podcast. You can also check out episodes 101 and 102 of One Happy Podcast to hear the exciting journey from the family behind Full Throttle Tours themselves. Visit their website on


Of course, this episode will not be complete without the cruise ship schedules:Aruba Cruise Ship Port Schedule Feb 5 thru Feb 11

Once again, thank you so much for all the support everyone has been giving One Happy Podcast.  Now please go leave a rating and review on iTunes, I would greatly appreciate it.

iTunes review link:

Direct download: This_Week_in_Aruba_-_5_to_11_February.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:52pm EST

This week's guest, Van Shumake, has been all over the world. Despite that, Van says that Aruba is one of the best places — if not the best place —  he's ever been in. Find out why on this episode of One Happy Podcast. 
Van Shumake was a member of the Marine Corps, and as such, he was able to travel the entire world and lists Greece, Italy, and Spain as some of his favorite travel destinations. He thought nothing could ever top these until April 2016, he set foot in the little paradise called Aruba for the very first time. 
"Aruba's different. Aruba's friendly. Aruba's fun," says Van as he recounts all the exciting activities he and his wife did in Aruba including suddenly renting out a car to go self-exploring the back side of the island, horseback riding, Sunset Sail, and Jolly Pirates. Van express his regrets of not being able to experience everything the island has to offer and he plans to make the most out of it on his next visit.
Among Van's Aruba Bucket List are:
1. Go scuba diving
2. Go skydiving
3. Try the Full Throttle tours (listen to Episode 101 and 102 for the Full Throttle Tours special)
4. Get to the top of the California Lighthouse
5. Climb the top of Mt. Hooiberg
6. Swim at all beaches if possible
7. Get the Italian ice sold at Baby Beach
Trying more stuff in Aruba is Van's goal. His military nature compels him to go off the beaten and immerse himself in the local areas. He will make sure that happens the next time he visits paradise.
Van also finds massive inspiration from Aruba which he applies to his t-shirt business. He sells Aruma-themed tee shirts which you can find on his website: or on Instagram @uncommon.societees
- Hear a funny story of how Van and his wife ended up walking from the lighthouse all the way to almost Palm Beach
- Know why he prefers Airbnb and timeshares as opposed to resorts
- Learn how he uses social media to get in touch with locals in Aruba
Direct download: Episode_105_-_Exploring_Aruba_with_First_Timer_Van_Shumake.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:42am EST

We are back with the second installment of This Week in Aruba, your guide to all activities happening in the island. This episode of the show will cover the events from Monday, January 29th to Sunday, February 4th.
First of all thank you so much for all the feedback you guys have given on the pilot episode. I really do appreciate all the suggestions. I will actually incorporate one of the suggestions on this episode which is to include a shortened form of an interview with a guest. I will try to incorporate all of the suggestions that were sent in over the course of time as the show grows and gains more footing.
Two big events dominate the schedule for this week, which are Carnival and Superbowl:
Jouvert Morning Pajama Parade
When: 3 February, 4:00 am - 9:00 am
Where: San Nicolas
Aruba's Grand Lighting Parade
When: 3 February 2018 / 8:00 pm - 2:00 am
Where: Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino (Oranjestad, Aruba)
Aruba's favorite parade is a visual treat. Thousands of tiny lights are incorporated into costumes, road pieces and floats, intensifying the dramatic effect to an already stunning, creative display. Be part of the fun with an exclusive view from our pool deck. #Aruba #RenAruba #RDiscovery#BusinessUnusual #Carnival
Superbowl 2018 LIVE at MooMba Beach
When: 4 February 2018 / 7:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Where: Moomba Beach (JE Irausquin BLVD 230, 0000 Palm Beach, Aruba)
MooMba Beach is ready for Superbowl 2018! Are you ready for the biggest game of the year? Slowly but surely the Superbowl Mania is starting to get its grip on Aruba. Hearts are starting to beat just a little bit faster, expectations are running a bit higher as the excitement keeps building. On the island there are several great location to watch this Game of Games, but there is one standing out: MooMba Beach, `the Aruban home for the Superbowl’. With a beach stadium, giant, mega and big screens all over the place and specials on food and drinks, the 400-plus spectators at MooMba are sure to enjoy the 52nd edition of this extraordinary event, which is held in the US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
At MooMba guests can choose between make their reservations for VIP tables with a dedicated waiter and bottle service or sitting in the stadium on the beach on February 4th. Starting at 6.30 pm the place will be filling up; inside the restaurant there will be big screens, so you can have dinner at MooMba while watching the action.... 
Super Bowl Xtravaganza 2018
When: 4 February 2018 / 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Where: Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort & Casino (J.E. Irausquin Boulevard # 85, Palm Beach, Aruba)
Kick back at kick off and watch the game on an 24 ft screen ascending from the surface of the ocean. View the game in the comfort of one of our lounge chairs or have a seat at one of our select beach tables. 
Feel like you’re at the game with a special Super Bowl themed menu.
For more information please call 523.4574 or email
On another note, I have included a recording from a listener and previous guest Volcano David (from EP. 48) that I received when I put up One Happy Podcast's hotline number on thr question of the week in our social media sites, asking "who do you think will win the Superbowl?" I have also included my own predictions if anyone is interested.
Another activity that caused my ears to perk up is:
Blue Moon Barbecue
When: 31 January 2018 / 5:00 pm - 1:00 am
Where: Tortuga Beach Bar (Boca grandi, N/A Sint Nicolaas, Aruba)
Join us on another one of our famous Full Moon BBQ sessions. Mixed grill platters go for $10. 
Now for the interview with Aruba Ray who is back to discuss the upcoming shows of Aruba Ray Comedy from February 6th to March 29th. As an introduction, we talk about the Superbowl because we are both fans then we delve into the details for the comedy shows including the amazing line-up, ticketing, other perks, amenities of the Marriott and Stellaris casino, and their sponsor, Hertz.
You can check out the website for more information regarding the shows. As an aside, we chat about the best ceviches in the island and the Acai bowls at Eduardo's Beach Shack. If anyone wants to add Aruba Ray on social media, his Instagram handle is @raycomedy and you can also find him on Facebook as RayEllin.
Lastly, here are the cruise ship schedules which you may find useful.
Direct download: This_Week_in_Aruba_-_29_January_to_4_February.mp3
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I am happy to launch a brand new segment of One Happy Podcast, This Week in Aruba, a work-in-progress weekly show meant to spotlight what's happening in Aruba like events and activities to keep you in the loop. This show will come out at the early part of the week to help you plan out your weekly schedule in Aruba. 
So what happened to One Happy Podcast, you may ask? Don't worry. It's not going anywhere. While One Happy Podcast is an interview show, while This Week in Aruba is more of an informative show.
Feedback is always welcome! Do let me know what you want to hear in the broadcast. You can always hit me up on social media platforms if we interact there or if you prefer email, do message me on Check this out though, we're stepping it up a notch by opening up a dedicated hotline number for One Happy Podcast. Ring us anytime to leave a message: (302) 635-0815
Here are the following events and activities in Aruba from 23 - 28 January 2018:
Aruba Carnival
This Week's Highlights:
- Carnival Queen and Mrs. Elections
When: 26 January (7 pm to midnight)
- Children's Parade at Noord
When: 27 January (starts at 2pm)
Betico Croes Day
When: 25 January 2018 (whole day)
Dia di Betico
When: 25 January / 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Where: Historical Museum of Aruba (Oranjestad, Aruba)
Hosted by: Museo Historico Aruba: Fort Zoutman & Willem III Toren
Fleamarket "Betico Croes Day" Rococo Plaza
When: 25 January / 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Where: Rococo Plaza Outlet (Tanki Leendert Rococo Plaza road 4a, 000000 Oranjestad, Aruba)
Rococo Plaza pays tribute to Aruba's greatest statesman who would have been 80 years on this B-Day by celebrating the national holiday called "Betico Croes Day". Space Rental to sell on your table clothor to put your table or tent  ONLY.  Everyone is welcome to celebrate this with us as long as you can find your spot. Info call Nancy ☎️ 741-5640
Antique shops are also open this day with specials from 9-2.
Betico Day Brunch
When: 25 January / 12:00 nn – 3:30 pm
Where: Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino (Oranjestad, Aruba)
Hosted by: Aquarius and Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino
Join us for a special 'BETICO DAY BRUNCH' with a local touch!
On this national holiday, you'll experience some true local flavors to celebrate this special day on the island. 
Brunch will be $32.95 per person excluding 15% service charge. Children between 5 - 12yrs pays half price. 
For more information or reservation, please call Aquarius at 5236156. *Reservation is required.
Betico Day at Sweet Peppers!
When: 25 January / 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Where: Sweet Peppers Restaurant & BAR (382-A, 00000 Paseo Herencia Mall, Aruba)
Why do we celebrate a holiday called #BeticoDay? It was Gilberto Francois “Betico” Croes who put Aruba on the path to becoming an autonomous commonwealth within the Kingdom of the Netherlands! Come raise a glass to him at Sweet Peppers Restaurant & BAR on his birthday, 25 January! Locals can enjoy a 20% discount with their ID Card and visiting tourists get a #FreeGlassOfWine when they book their reservation online! We open daily at 5PM for dinner. Call us at +297 5860740 to make a reservation.
Dinner Under The Stars at Renaissance Private Island
When: 24 January / 7:00 - 10:00 pm
Where: Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino (Oranjestad, Aruba)
Take a boat trip to Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino's Private Island and let your taste buds travel to paradise...
Enjoy our new menu consisting of suculent Herb Crusted New Zealand Lamb Chops or locally caught Snapper, while your toes get pampered in our white secluded sand. 
Our private dinner setting includes a welcome cocktail at former Carpe Diem Restaurant (across the Renaissance | Mall & Marketplace), boat trip to Renaissance Private Island, dinner on the beach and live entertianment for only $65 per person. Children from 5 to 12 yrs pay $32.50. 
For more information or reservation, please contact one of our navigators at 5236115 #Dinner #Sip #Savor #Beach #Stars #Romantic
Wine & Movie Night "Pick a Movie"
When: 25 January / 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Where: The Wine Room (L.G. Smith Blvd #126 Suite #1, 00000 Oranjestad, Aruba)
A Wine & Movie night where you pick the movie, the majority votes on a movie wins!
Complimentary glass of wine!
Pick out one of the following movie:
The most votes will be the movie of the night!
- Non-Stop
- The Tourist
- The November Man
Viva La France: a 4-course culinary French dinner menu
When: 26 January and 27 January / 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Where: Hadicurari Aruba (Beach side between Marriott Ocean Club and Moomba Beach)
Welcome to Culinary Secrets by Hadicurari! 
New chef Nando of Hadicurari Restaurant is filled with enthusiasm for the upcoming Hadicurari Culinary Secrets, a monthly adventurous trip of the palate. For January he has decided to go French, but with a quirky twist. On January 26 and 27 guests will be able to taste his creations from 5 – 11 pm. Of course, the regular menu will be available on those dates as well – the Secrets are just an added extravaganza for gourmands. Reservations are required, so please call 583-6377. The wine flight is carefully selected by Pepia Est’s sommelier Raymond Kok and the team of Hadicurari.
Oysters & Sauvignon Blancs
When: 27 January / 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Where: Aqua Grill (Palm Beach, Aruba)
Hosted by: The Art of Wines Import
A harmonious event featuring the pairing of Taonga Sauvignon blanc from New Zeeland & Clifford Bay Sauvignon Blanc from New Zeeland matched with fresh Oysters.
There will be 5 types of Oysters to try, all with different textures and taste & flavor.
There will be also a small presentation on Oysters and pairing.
There will be special prices on Oysters for the ones who would like to sample more.
Experience $65
Owl on driftwood by Maja Lepsanovic
When: 27 January / 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Where: Cosecha San Nicolas (Zeppenfeldstraat, Sint Nicolaas, Aruba)
Maja Lepsanovic invites you for an Owl on Driftwood workshop to start your creative year. Learn how to apply clay
details and further design your own unique owl with acrylic paint.
Price: AFL. 65,00 incl. material and refreshment.
Workshop for adults 18+
Sign up at or stop by personally at our shops.
If there's an event that you want me to add to the program, just contact me with the information provided above.
Now aside from events and activities, I'll share the Aruba cruise ships schedules. As you know, with the swell in population with tourists coming from flights and cruises, this might help you plan your day a little bit better.
* information may vary and is subject to change at the time of printing
In the future, I may spotlight an excursion or restaurant each week. So please do let me know what you think!
Direct download: This_Week_in_Aruba_-_23_to_28_January_2018.mp3
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Joining us on this episode of One Happy Podcast are Debbie and Hank Ecker — longtime Aruba lovers who have been visiting the island for almost 8 years — to share their Aruba story. I had the pleasure of meeting Hank down on the island so we got connected and here we are.

Debbie and Hank are from Pittsburgh, my hometown, so that makes our connection special. But what's even more special is how we talk about the couple's love for Aruba, their favorite place (mine too!)

Debbie and Hank first visited Aruba when it was recommended to them by a travel agent. They wanted to try a new island after visiting so many other islands in the Caribbean and various places. When they got to try the wonders of One Happy Island, they've never stopped returning year after year.

Debbie and Hank are experts when it comes to trying out different hotels in Aruba. They've tried all sorts of places to stay, including both the high-rise and low-rise areas. So they're also here to give a different perspective compared to tourists who have only stayed in one or two places.

We discuss their favorite restaurants in the island, specifics of Playa Linda, and favorite activities or excursions to do on the island.

It's going to be a fun ride with Debbie and Hank, so hop on in!

- Learn what Debbie and Hank think about the differences between high-rise and low-rise hotels
- Find out the difference between a palapa and a "chickee"
- Discover a "hidden gem" of a restaurant in Aruba and why Debbie and Hank loves it so much
- Hear how Debbie and Hank almost never pay for flights to Aruba using their credit card system
- Discover a unique brand of swimsuits for women that hasn't made its way to the States yet
- Find out what a Tahiti raft is


Direct download: EP104_-_Aruba_Happy_Hours_with_Debbie_and_Hank_Ecker.mp3
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Fresh off an amazing Aruba vacation, Phil Ridolfi, an avid Aruba lover, and listener of One Happy Podcast is the latest guest on the show. Just 6 days back from Aruba we talk about Phil' s journey from a cruise ship visitor to ending up as a timeshare owner on the island.

On their first visit to the island (via cruise ship), Phil and his wife Kaye were already longtime Marriott customers, which prompted them to stop by the Aruba Marriott Surf Club, to see what they thought of the property. Along the way, they fell in love with the island.

This is the first time Phil has been able to spend November on the island, and we discuss some of the differences he noticed, such as the weather being different than usual. Slightly cooler, not much sun, and more humid but still perfect. Well, of course, you should expect nothing less from Aruba! Phil and I both agree there is nothing better than spending time in your favorite place to decompress and that's exactly what they did.

We also discuss the Marriott's Aruba Surf Club in which Phil's family stays at in the island. The rooms are nice and spacious. It works perfectly for them with a full kitchen, laundry, and generous space. The property is cool as well with great pools, a lazy river, and of course a beautiful Aruban beach.

As always, the interview is not complete without asking Phil's favorite restaurants and excursions, among which he talks about his number one restaurant in the island where the guests can dine with their feet in the water. Any idea what this is? Listen to find out.


- Find out if Phil has ever seen the ever elusive green flash you're supposed to see in an Aruban sunset just as the sun jumps into the ocean.
- Hear why there needs to be a food tour in Aruba, similar to Kukoo Kunuku but with food.
- Hear stories of how Phil meets interesting people during excursions.
- Hear a funny story of their visit to Phillip's Animal Garden


Direct download: EP103_-_Phil_Ridolfi_from_Aruba_cruise_ship_visitor_to_timeshare_owner.mp3
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