Mon, 8 April 2019
Today I bringing you the second part of my March 2019 Aruba trip report. This was actually recorded a while ago, but due to technical difficulties was not released until just now.
On this episode, we talk about some of the restaurants we visited during the second part of our trip, including a couple of new ones. We also talk about adopting our kittens from the Aruba animal shelter and the process of securing a flight home for those kittens. Also, we talk about the Airbnb we used for the second half of our trip to the island. So if any of this sounds interesting to you, please do enjoy episode 122 part B, of One Happy Podcast... the Officially Unofficial Podcast of the island of Aruba.
Tue, 2 April 2019
Hey all! Maggie and I are down in Aruba as of this moment for our first vacation trip in the island for 2019 and we’re here to give you a blow by blow report of our experience so far.
Upon departing, we left Delaware on Friday night to fly out of BWI. We stayed at the Sheridan this time around which was great and ate some really good crab cakes which are Maryland’s specialty. After that, it was an early start the next morning for a 4 ½ flight to Aruba.
We chose Amigo for our car rental and saddled into our Kia Picanto. It’s a great little car that’s ideal for parking anywhere. Our plan for accommodations on this trip is to stay at our usual rental in Palm for the 1st half and then at an Airbnb in Noord for the 2nd half.
Dinner was spent at The Lazy Turtle, which was becoming a 1st-day tradition. The French Onion Soup they had was notably excellent. We planned to watch the Lighting Parade which was supposed to start at 8 pm until around midnight but we ended up coming too early and missed it.
The next morning, we had a lovely brunch with our friend Ann at Windows Restaurant and later in the day got the chance to head to the beach. Meltaway Cafe was the destination for dinner. It’s a cool place with a unique concept which is serving cheese-based food.
Today we opted to go to the beach early and spent almost the entire day at Palm while grabbing some food at Eduardo’s and Scott’s Brats in between. We didn't leave the beach until 5:30 pm, then headed to dinner with Ann again at this new place called Opus Restaurant. We definitely recommend this place. Their food was awesome and they had an excellent staff. This was followed by a short trip to Marriott Stellaris for some gelato which in our opinion is the best on the island.
This day was filled with excitement as we headed over to the animal shelter, and ended up choosing 2 kittens to adopt. We named our two new bundles of joy Kiki and Koko. We still need time to work out the adoption process so we can fly them back with us to the U.S. but we’re very looking forward to welcoming them in our family!
That’s it for our trip report for part 1, stay tuned for the remaining parts!
ON THIS EPISODE ON ONE HAPPY PODCAST, YOU WILL:
Hear about my story of...
- almost losing my credit card
- our flight attendant showing her bartending skills
- the waiter at The Lazy Turtle being unintentionally funny
RESTAURANTS AND SERVICES MENTIONED:
Sun, 17 February 2019
Grand Children's Parade
When: February 17 (Sun) / 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Route: Aruba Entertainment Center - EX DOW, Oranjestad
OTHER CARNIVAL EVENTS:
La Ora Loca Jump Up
When: February 15 (Fri) / 8:00 pm - 1:00 am
Where: Santa Cruz
Transfer of Command
When: February 17 (Sun) / 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Where: Bestuurskantoor, Oranjestad
Yoga + Full Moon Circle
When: February 20 (Wed) / 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Where: Cirkel (Caya G.F. Betico Croes 97-1, Oranjestad)
Hosted by Tribuluna
Wed, 23 January 2019
Today I have a very special returning guest who hasn’t been around for a while. Master comedian “Aruba” Ray Ellin joins us once again to talk about the return of Aruba Ray Comedy to One Happy Island this coming 4th of February to the 3rd of April.
Aruba Comedy is a New York-style comedy show held at the Marriott-Stellaris featuring a top notch line-up with his fellow master comedians. Trip Advisor rated it as #1 on Tripadvisor in the “Nightlife” Category, the “Fun Activities and Games” Category, and the “Show” Category.
For more information about the line-up and shows, you can visit www.arubacomedy.com. It is encouraged for interested persons to purchase discount tickets online because it’s more guaranteed and can save money. As an added perk, there will be a raffle after the show for a few lucky ticket holders.
The incredibly strong line-up for the upcoming shows consists of the list below. Most are familiar faces in Aruba Ray Comedy but some are first timers.
Ray and I also talk about our mutual interest in football and his show “This Week at the Comedy Cellar”. It’s one of the premiere comedy clubs in the world. So many comedians have passed through there on their journey to fame. To find out more about this show, you can visit: http://www.cc.com/shows/this-week-at-the-comedy-cellar
Direct download: EP121_-_Aruba_Rays_Comedy_Returns_to_Aruba_2019.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:19am EDT
Sun, 20 January 2019
This week in Aruba is evolving yet again and I hope you enjoy these changes we are making. On this episode we talk about the following:
Additionally there is a new segment called “The Good, the bad and the ugly”. And of course we talk about a couple of events happening and the cruise ship port schedule for timeshare week 3 of 2019.
Children & Youth Carnival Queen Election (January 19, 2019)
Aruba's Carnival Queen & Mrs. Carnival Elections (January 24, 2019)
Wed, 16 January 2019
Today we invite to the show, Jeremy Patterson, an incredible guest who I met via Instagram. He reached out after having discovered the show and we have been talking back and forth ever since. Jeremy runs a website called whenisyournexttrip.com. "When is your next trip" is dedicated to Jeremy's travels and you really should go there to check out some of his photography.
So, Jeremy stumbled upon the podcast while he was looking for Aruba content and was blew away by the fact that it has more than a hundred episodes. I was absolutely thrilled to know that One Happy Podcast usually accompanies him on his daily commute because that's exactly what I envisioned this podcast's purpose — to be able to listen to it while you're doing something else in your daily lives.
On this episode, Jeremy and I will discuss the place he usually stays at in Aruba, his favorite activities and restaurants, and basically his experiences in Aruba.
He is a fellow Pittsburgher who's been to Aruba 9 times over the past 12 years. He first came to Aruba back in 2006 by a family invitation and stayed at Divi Aruba. Everywhere he’s stayed at ever since he started going to Aruba is pretty much around the Divi property.
Fishing is one of the activities that Jeremy is fond of doing on the island. Jeremy also enjoys heading over to the Renaissance Private Island, sunset cruises, relaxing and people watching. Jeremy also happens to take incredible pictures using his iPhone.
The restaurants he enjoyed from his trips include ODB, Hopi Bon, Dutch Pancake House, Casa Tua, Fusion Wine and Piano Bar, Matthew’s, Ricardo’s, Lucy’s, MooMba, Bugaloe, Nos Clubhuis, and Zeerovers.
ON THIS EPISODE OF ONE HAPPY PODCAST, YOU WILL:
ESTABLISHMENTS AND RESTAURANTS MENTIONED:
Direct download: EP120_-_Jeremy_Patterson_Shares_His_Aruba_Story.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:29pm EDT
Mon, 14 January 2019
Happy New Year! Welcome to the first episode of This Week in Aruba in 2019. We're gonna switch things up a lot this time and flush the format. So last year, TWIA was more events-based, but this year, we'll be focusing more on commentaries for what's happening around Aruba or some topics from the view of the people who love to visit Aruba via the Facebook and forum posts.
We have a couple of topics that we want to go through:
We’d love to hear your opinions on these topics as well! You can contact us via the One Happy Podcast hotline at (302) 635-0815 or send us a message on Facebook or via email to email@example.com.
So now we’re gonna jump into the events happening this 2nd timeshare week in Aruba from Friday, January 11th to Thursday, January 17th.
Aruba Carnival Season
When: January 5 to March 3, 2019 (all day)
Prins & Pancho
When: January 12 (Sat) / 7:00 pm - 12:00 am
Where: Carnival Harbour Arena (Oranjestad)
In the past, we used to have a long list of events but this time we just want to focus on a main event per week. We will have more events listed in the future, but for now, we just want to keep this episode short and sweet.
Onto the cruise ship schedule for this week:
Before we go, we’re giving a shoutout to Vallon Davis who I recorded a One Happy Podcast episode with. Thank you for being patient with me on your episode despite some technical problems.
We hope you enjoyed this episode of This Week in Aruba! Let us know your thoughts over the new format by contacting us via the One Happy Podcast hotline at (302) 635-0815 or send us a message on Facebook or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Direct download: This_Week_in_Aruba_-_January_11-17_2019_Week_2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:05pm EDT
Mon, 7 January 2019
It's a new year, which means it's time for the first podcast of 2019. On this episode, we welcome back Vallon Davis who was a past guest in One Happy Podcast. Vallon is someone who is very passionate about Aruba and it's always a pleasure to have him on the show.
Now, this won't be the usual format of OHP because Vallon and I have done all that before. This podcast episode will simply revolve around our conversation as he recounts his experiences from his latest trip to Aruba last September 14-26, 2018.
Vallon is from Trinidad, so he's a bit different from my usual guests who are mostly from the States. He talked about the flight difficulties that he encountered, which you may not expect, considering that he lives in the same region as Aruba.
We also discussed the different properties that he stayed at. He has a penchant for finding off-the-beaten-path kind of accommodations which is very interesting to hear about.
Other topics that you will come across: how the movie-watching experience is in Aruba for those who haven't tried it yet, the restaurants that Vallon visited, and other small challenges that he faced during his journey down in Aruba.
ON THIS EPISODE OF ONE HAPPY PODCAST, YOU WILL:
ACCOMMODATIONS AND RESTAURANTS MENTIONED: