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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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