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Welcome back to the latest episode of This Week in Aruba, which covers the events from Friday, October 19th to Thursday, October 25th also known as timeshare week 42. On this episode, we will bring you the latest events and happenings in Aruba.

 

The shoutout for this week goes to Amal who’s one of the owners of Alfie’s. Her birthday is on the 20th so Happy Birthday Amal! Best wishes.

 

Let’s head on over to the events section.

 

SPECIAL EVENTS

 

Eat Local Aruba Restaurant Month *updated*

When: October 2018

Where: Aruba

Source: https://www.visitaruba.com/things-to-do/aruba-events/eat-local-aruba-restaurant-month/

This month-long event throughout October highlights authentic Aruban cuisine. The restaurants’ prix-fixe meals allow visitors to enjoy local cuisine for a very reasonable price, with lunches costing $15 and dinners $30 - $40.

No passes, tickets or vouchers are required— attending diners can simply visit their favorite participating restaurants throughout the program dates to enjoy the special menu offerings. More than 65 restaurants sign up for this culinary event and incorporate authentic local dishes in their menu. Restaurants that already feature local menus are adding on specials and accenting on the local flavors.

Reservations are always recommended!

Click on selected restaurants to view their Eat Local special!

 

 

Other participating restaurants:

 

 

FOOD/DINING

Rosé All Day

When: 20 October / 5:00pm-12:00am

Where: Renaissance Private Island

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/451549965327435/

 

We're raising the bar (and our wine glasses) this year!

 

Are you ready for some sandy feet and salty hair...come live La Vie en Rosé on Renaissance Private Island.

 

Mark your calendar because Saturday, October 20th is time to EAT, SLAY and drink Rosé.

 

Tickets will be $40 which includes boat ride to Renaissance Island, access to the party, $10 Rosé credit and a goody bag. Available at the Navigators Desk in hotel lobby and at Arion Wine Company N.V.

 

*Admission 18+

*Dress-code: White / Pink

 

Greek Night

When: 20 October / 6:30-11:00pm

Where: De Suikertuin Bistro (Wilhelminastraat #64, N.A. Oranjestad)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/243026529669099/

 

Greek night with 4-course menu and welcome drink. Join us for some Greek food, drinks, and fun! Starts at 6.30 PM. US$ 37.50 per person.

 

The Full Moon Romantic Experience

When: 23 October / 8:00-9:30pm

Where: PASSIONS ON THE BEACH

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/1572363702854696/

 

Passions on the Beach restaurant invites you for a special 3-course dinner at every full moon.

 

Starting from 8:00 PM every full moon

 

  • 3 Course Dinner only - US$ 49,- per person
  • 3 Course Dinner & Wine pairing - US$ 65,- per person
  • 3 Course Dinner & Champagne - US$ 175,- for 2 persons

 

Menu

 

  • Appetizer: “Mariage de Séléné” (Bisque with scallop and lobster)
  • Entrée : “Terre et Mer” (Beef tenderloin and garlic shrimp, sweet potato puree, asparagus, stuffed mini sweet pepper )
  • Dessert: “Passion" Cheesecake

 

15% Service Charge, 1.5% tax & 2% Health Levy will be added to your bill. Reservation required. Please contact our Concierge at +297 527 1118 | concierge@amsterdammanor.aw | www.amsterdammanor.com

 

LIFESTYLE

Camino Walks Aruba

When: 20 October / 6:00-9:00 am

Where: Aruba

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/267474683903542/

Hosted by Gea Sougé Life Coaching

 

For the ones that like to practice for their future "Camino to Santiago" or just love walking long distances with others, I have scheduled 4 Camino Walks early Saturday mornings from 6 – 9 am. We will be walking approximately 10 – 15 km’s.

 

In 2015, I walked the Camino Frances to Santiago de Compostela in 40 days and averagely 22 km’s per day. In 2017, I walked via the Camino Norte and Camino Primitivo to Santiago de Compostela. And I just returned from Spain where I walked from Leon to Santiago in 13 days.  I love to share some of my best practices on the Camino whilst walking.

 

And it is also fun to practice together, share some pilgrim stories and have some meaningful conversations and grow our nature awareness together. Most of the time, I also share a nature-based tool that helps you discover more about yourself.

 

What to expect? These Camino walks are hikes mainly in nature with some climbs and approximately 10 – 15 km’s. Please bring a backpack with a snack, sufficient water, and wear good hiking boots.

 

Dates:

 

  • Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 6:00 am – 9:00 am – Calbas

 

Sign up at 594 4250 or email geasouge@gmail.com. Upon sign-up I will inform you about the meeting location.    

                               

The Camino walks are a gift to you. If you like to gift something, you are more than welcome.

 

Car Wash for Charity

When: 20 October / 9:00am-1:00pm

Where: Kooyman Aruba (Av. E.J. Watty Vos 20, Oranjestad, Aruba)

Hosted by: International School of Aruba

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/340722396486978/

 

The students of the Key Club of the International School of Aruba will be washing cars to raise funds for Fundacion pa hende muhe den dificultad (FHMD). FHMD is a local organization in Aruba that has been giving support and shelter to women  who find themselves in emergency situations.

 

Please visit us at Kooyman Aruba on Saturday, October 20th from 9AM to 1PM to support this organization.

 

  • Cars 20 AFL
  • Trucks/SUVs 25 AFL

 

End Polio Now 5 KM Fun Walk/Run by Rotary Club of Aruba

When: 21 October / 4:00 pm

Where: Plaza Nikki Habibe

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/174457720123449/

 

Last year we celebrated World Polio Day at the Fisherman’s hut, together with more than 1400 other Rotary Clubs around the world.

 

Join us this year on Sunday 21 October 2018!

 

Register HERE and use one of our 2 payment posts at Nature's Discount Seroe Blanco and Bestial Pet House.

 

Pantene Beautiful Lengths Hair Donation Day!

When: 21 October / 10:00am-2:00pm

Where: The Stars Beauty Salon (Dominicanessenstraat 18, 00000 Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/256410345063455/

 

On Sunday, 21 October from 10AM-2PM, The Stars Beauty Salon together with COMPRA LTD. and the Mary Joan Foundation are working together for a worthy good cause: Helping women who are bravely fighting a cancer diagnosis. When their medical treatments cause their hair to fall out, we want to help them with hair donations. Are YOU willing to help? In order to participate, the minimum length of hair we can accept is 15cm. Please show your support for women fighting cancer by supporting them with a donation of your hair!

 

ArubaSalsa's Dance-A-Thon Charity Event for Casa Cuna!

When: 25 October / 7:00pm-2:00am

Where: Emotions Nightclub Aruba (Pos abao z/n, Oranjestad Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/189472525280458/

 

Join ArubaSalsa's Dance-A-Thon Charity for Casa Cuna event!

 

ArubaSalsa is celebrating its 10th year of existence and we're having 5 days of events from Oct. 24th to 28th.

 

We don't just party however, we also love to give back to the community of Aruba. From free classes at Imeldahof, to participating every year in the reef care project, to helping out during ArubaDoet, we love giving back in any way we can.

 

That's why we now are helping out Casa Cuna with our Dance-A-Thon charity event!

 

Sign up with a dance partner and get ready to dance. We want to know who can dance the longest throughout the night. There's going to be 3 genres of music. Salsa, Bachata and Merengue. The goal is to dance non stop. The last couple standing is the winner.

 

There are amazing prizes also for the winners:

1st place: Weekend stay at Tropicana Aruba Resort

2nd place: Fun trip at sea on Jolly Pirates Aruba

3rd place: Dancing course for 2 at ArubaSalsa

 

Registration is required, and it's only Afl.15 per person.

Please register at www.ArubaSalsa.com or by sending a Whatsapp to 593-7506.



ENTERTAINMENT

Cosy Cotton Blues Band!

When: 19 October / 9:00-11:50pm

Where: Alfie's in Aruba

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/268457730676525/

 

Amal turns 35 at midnight, and we're celebrating with Cosy Cotton Blues Band! They'll take us from Aruba to a Chicago blues club, the swamps of Louisiana, the streets of Memphis, or the Mississippi Delta! If you're a fan of the blues, you won't want to miss this!

 

Rene Mazzelli Live at Rock'n'Rock Aruba

When: 19 October / 9:00pm-1:00am

Where: Rock’n'Rock (Caya Taratata, Coral Plaza 15 L-3, Pos Abao, AW Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/1074476322723244/

 

A graduated musician from the University of the Atlantic in Fine Arts with an honorable mention in 2016. Performer of Latin Rock. Handles a repertoire from Argentine Rock (Cerati, Spinetta, Soda Estero, Charly Garcia) to Britpop. He has played as a soloist and along different bands in places all around Colombia, alternating with bands of national recognition like Cielito Drive and Pernett, among others. He also plays covers of Oasis, Queen of Stone Age, RHCP, Noel Gallagher, and many more rock classics.

 

Rock'n'Rock feature Audiohazard Live!

When: 20 October / 11:00pm-12:00am

Where: Rock’n'Rock (Caya Taratata, Coral Plaza 15 L-3, Pos Abao, AW Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/598681917201301/

 

After a huge break, Audiohazard is going to perform on October 20 for the first time at Rock'n'Rock. Be there and don't lose this chance to hear them.

 

Jazz with Amado

When: 20 October / 8:30-11:00pm

Where: Café de Bonte Koe Aruba (Kerkstraat 4, Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/1872461729442940/

 

Swing, Blues, Rock'n Roll and Jazz. Every Saturday, live with Amado & Special Guest. Real instruments and real voices in honor of all the legends of those golden years. Come meet what Café de Bonte Koe Aruba has to offer, as a part of the Blauwe Steeg Oranjestad, Aruba. Where history, culture, and ambiance meet in one alley.

 

Rock in October "Rocktober"

When: 25 October / 7:00-11:00pm

Where: The Wine Room (L.G. Smith Blvd #126 Suite #1, 00000 Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/231970321006022/

 

This October, The Wine Room will focus on rock music every Thursday of the month so don't be surprised to hear Metallica, Nirvana or even Alice in Chains while you're sipping wine. We like to diversify things a bit sometimes. Hope you can enjoy it together with us. Cheers to Rocktober!

Guy Bavli: Master of the Mind

When: 23-24 October / starting 8:00 pm (recurring event every Tue, Wed, or Thu until Jan. 3, 2019)

Where: Alhambra Casino & Ballroom

Source: http://www.masterofthemind.com/aruba/

 

MASTER OF THE MIND - LIVE WEEKLY IN ARUBA! A LIVE INTERACTIVE MIND READING AND TELEKINESIS EXPERIENCE.

 

Come join hilarious mentalist, Guy Bavli, also known as KINETIC MAN from Stan Lee's Superhumans. Take a journey into the mysteries of the human mind.

 

Bavli starred in over 400 television shows, toured in 60 countries worldwide and headlined more than 1200 shows at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

 

Bavli is headlining in Aruba with his Award-Winning show – NOW APPEARING WEEKLY AT THE ALHAMBRA CASINO & BALLROOM - every Tuesday & Wednesday.

 

Very FUNNY. Very INTERACTIVE. Very INNOVATIVE. And always INCREDIBLY AMAZING!

 

Reserve your tickets today! Tickets are also available for walk-in at the door if there are available seats left. We recommend to pre order as we tend to sell out every show! (Come early at 7:00 for tickets at the door).

 

  • Doors open: 7:30 pm (Open seating – unless you have VIP package, then reserved VIP seating will be kept for you!)
  • Show time: 08:00 pm
  • Show is about 2 hours long, with short intermission.
  • Cash Bar is available at the lobby.

 

LEAVE YOUR LOGIC AT THE DOOR... AND TAKE A WALK ON THE MIND!

 

Aruba Sinatra Dinner Show at The Old Cunucu House Restaurant

When: 25 October / 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Where: The Old Cunucu House (Palm Beach 150, 0000 Palm Beach, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/968899453248017/

 

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.

 

KARAOKE/SPECIAL NIGHTS

 

Barney’s Restaurant

(Palm Beach 21 A Palm Beach, Aruba)

Website: https://barneysaruba.com

Karaoke Nights every Fridays, starting at 10:00 pm

 

Soprano’s Piano Bar

(Lloyd G. Smith Boulevard 370, Noord, Aruba)

Website: http://www.sopranospianobararuba.com/

Unplugged Nights every Saturdays, starting at 8:00 pm

 

Matthew’s Beachside Restaurant

(J.E. Irausquin Blvd 51, Oranjestad)

Website: https://www.matthews-aruba.com/

Karaoke Nights every Wednesdays, 9:00 – 11:00 pm

 

7 Club Lounge Bar

(Windstraat 32, Oranjestad, Aruba)

Page: https://www.facebook.com/7arubacom/

Karaoke Nights every Wednesdays, 7:00 pm – 2:00 am

 

Rock’n'Rock
(Caya Taratata, Coral Plaza 15 L-3, Pos Abao, AW Oranjestad)

Page: https://www.facebook.com/rocknrockaruba/

Rockaoke every Wednesdays, 10:00 pm - 1:00 am

 

Ricardo’s Restaurant & Bar

(J.E. Irausquin Blvd 53, Aruba)

Website: http://ricardosaruba.restaurant/

Karaoke Dance Party! every Thursdays, starting at 9:00 pm

 

The Rose Bar & Lounge Restaurant

(Boegoeroei 11-Z, Noord)

Page: https://www.facebook.com/therosearuba/

Karaoke Happy Hour every Thursdays, starting at 6:00 pm

 

What goes on at Bugaloe?

J.E. Irausquin Blvd. 79, Palm Beach, Aruba

 

Friday, 19 October: Travel Session Band & Lieke

Every Friday Bugaloe invites you on the dance floor with catching tunes of all time hits! Live music by the Travel Session Band joined by Bugaloe singer Lieke between 7-10pm. This is how life is supposed to be: Fun, Friends and Happiness! See you on Friday!

Saturday, 20 October: Spareribs and Karaoke Night

Every Saturday we welcome you to enjoy our delicious falling off-the-bone tender Spareribs for only $12,50! Later that night it’s karaoke! Hosted by Aruba’s number one entertainer Giovanni Trim! We will see you on Saturday between 8.30 pm and 11.30 pm for karaoke! Don’t be afraid to enter the stage, the stage is yours! Free entrance.

Sunday, 21 October: Travel Session Band

Sunday night means Travel Session Night! Every week the Travel Session Band is performing live on stage at Bugaloe, with your all time favorite hits from the 80’s, 90’s and nowadays. So, come on and dance, sing, swing... but most of all: have fun! Sunday night is your night out! Live music from 7 till 10 pm.

Tuesday, 23 October: Joyride Band

Every Tuesday from 7 till 10 pm Joyride Band live with a variety of 80’s, 90’s and all time hits!  Ease out your day and enjoy your cocktail while the sun sets from Bugaloe’s pier. Most of all: have fun! Tuesday night is your night out!

Wednesday, 24 October: Salsa Night

Bugaloe hosts a weekly FREE Salsa & Merengue workshop! Every Wednesday from 8.30-9.30 pm we will show you the ins and outs of Latin dancing. Our Motto: Everybody can dance! The whole night Salsa music will be played to set the mood. Whether you want to dance the night away or just relax and enjoy the tunes of salsa music, it's a perfect night out!

 

What goes on at MooMba?
JE Irausquin Blvd. 230, Palm Beach, Aruba

Friday, 19 October (8:00pm): Latin Night with C-Zar Olarte LIVE at MooMba Beach

Friday nights are for the Latin lovers as C-Zar Olarte takes the lead by singing and plating the hottest Latin beats. His distinctive voice is amazing, and his highest notes can put a lady's pipes to shame. Singing a wide variety of styles, such as merengue and salsa, C-Zar is popular among locals as well as visitors.

 

Everyone's sandy feet are itching to dance when hearing C-Zar perform at MooMba Beach. The always mellow vibes at MooMba, the relaxed atmosphere and terrific cocktails make even the timidest of us lose their inhibitions, but on Friday Nights, it is Latin party-time from the word go.

 

So, come on down to MooMba Beach to see international star C-Zar in action, dance and have fun! Latin Night starts at 9pm and the entrance is free.

Sunday, 21 October (7:00pm): Joyride Band LIVE

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

Monday, 22 October (9:00pm): The Untouchables LIVE

Lead singer Cesar Olarte of The Untouchables is a phenomenon on Aruba: his distinctive voice is amazing and his highest notes can put a lady's pipes to shame. Singing a wide variety of styles, such as merengue, salsa, pop and reggae, Cesar and his Untouchables are popular among locals as well as visitors. Everyone's sandy feet are itching to dance when hearing Cesar and his 4-man band perform at MooMba Beach, where he can be seen in action. The always mellow vibes at MooMba, the relaxed atmosphere and terrific cocktails make even the most timid of us lose their inhibitions, but on the days that The Untouchables are playing, it is party-time from the word go. So come on down to MooMba Beach to see international star Cesar and The Untouchables in action and have fun!

Wednesday, 24 October (7:00pm): Travel Sessions LIVE

Aruba’s hottest Caribbean style band with many international songs. The Travel Sessions formation makes sure you will get on the dance floor and make you soak in the authentic Caribbean feeling right at MooMba Beach. Happy moments!

Thursday, 25 October (4:00pm): Thursday's Karaoke Party

Have you ever wanted to grab the mic and belt out a song?

 

Most people love to sing in the shower - there, in the privacy of this super small venue, they are superstars. But now they can take their aspirations one step further: sing their hearts out during Thursday afternoon’s Karaoke Party at MooMba Beach. It is a weekly event, held from 4 to 6 pm, and everyone can join in free of charge. Rasta Alvin is the host of the party, which features bucket specials on Heineken, Amstel Bright, Chill and Balashi beer.

 

Be bold, break the mould, step out of your comfort zone and grab the microphone. Just do it - it will be one more great memory of your trip to Aruba. And who knows: you might be discovered at MooMba!





Let’s look into the cruise ships schedule portion for this week.

 

 

Our topic for discussion this week is something that’s relevant to everyone: the weather. It’s been raining in Aruba quite a bit. Just a little bit more than normal.

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

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Welcome back to the latest episode of This Week in Aruba, which covers the events from Friday, October 12th to Thursday, October 18th also known as timeshare week 41. Together with my trusty partner Maggie, we are bringing you the latest events and happenings in Aruba.

 

The shoutout for this week goes to RJ Aruba of Aruba Outdoor Adventures, one of the best, if not THE best snorkel excursions in the island. You can visit the website here: https://www.arubaoutdooradventures.com/ so he can hook you up with a pedal-kayak excursion and see a different side of Aruba that you don’t normally get to see.

 

Now, let’s jump straight ahead to the events section.

 

SPECIAL EVENT

Eat Local Aruba Restaurant Month *updated with 2018 specials*

When: October 2018

Where: Aruba

Source: https://www.visitaruba.com/things-to-do/aruba-events/eat-local-aruba-restaurant-month/

This month-long event throughout October highlights authentic Aruban cuisine. The restaurants’ prix-fixe menus allow visitors to enjoy local cuisine for a very reasonable price, with lunches costing $15 and dinners $30 - $40.

No passes, tickets or vouchers are required— attending diners can simply visit their favorite participating restaurants throughout the program dates to enjoy the special menu offerings. More than 65 restaurants sign up for this culinary event and incorporate authentic local dishes in their menu. Restaurants that already feature local menus are adding on specials and accenting on the local flavors.

Reservations are always recommended!

Click on selected restaurants to view their Eat Local special!

 

 

Other participating restaurants:

 

 

FOOD/DINING

Opening Charles Grill

When: 12 October / 11:00 am

Where: Charles Grill (Jaburibari 26B, Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/311138879668396/

 

In a few days, you will have the pleasure of tasting the best grilled dishes in ARUBA!

 

Aruba's Global Culinary Experience

When: 13 October / 7:00-10:30pm

Where: University of Aruba

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/2001970546553063/

 

Following last year’s very successful Al Fresco Fund Raising Dinner, the students of EPI HORECA and the Faculty of Hospitality and Tourism Management Studies (FHTMS) are again under the initiative and guidance of Marin Bijl and the Food and Beverage staff of Divi and Tamarijn All Inclusive Resort along with new participating partners, preparing another wonderful evening for the Aruban community.

 

This event will be slightly different. Instead of the five-course paired dinner, there will be taster stations, introducing the guest to the delicate tastes of a variety of global culinary regions. The foods will be paired with an assortment of wines and other beverages that will titillate the taste buds.

 

Vegan Night at Senses Fine Dining this October!

When: 13 October / 7:00-10:00pm

Where: Senses Fine Dining (LG smith Blv. 55 b, Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/227101044653030/

 

GOOD NEWS FOR VEGANS! On Saturday, 13 October, Senses Fine Dining will present a very special fine dining experience tailored to those of you who are VEGAN! We'll also feature a great selection of organic-friendly wines for your dining pleasure! Don’t miss this unique evening at SENSES this fall. The cost is only USD $100 plus taxes per person! Make your reservation at https://sensesaruba.restaurant/reservation/fine-dining-restaurant-aruba

 

LIFESTYLE

 

Camino Walks Aruba

When: 13 October (recurring until 27 October) / 6:00-9:00 am

Where: Aruba

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/267474683903542/

Hosted by Gea Sougé Life Coaching

 

For the ones that like to practice for their future "Camino to Santiago" or just love walking long distances with others, I have scheduled 4 Camino Walks early Saturday mornings from 6 – 9 am. We will be walking approximately 10 – 15 km’s.

 

In 2015, I walked the Camino Frances to Santiago de Compostela in 40 days and averagely 22 km’s per day. In 2017, I walked via the Camino Norte and Camino Primitivo to Santiago de Compostela. And I just returned from Spain where I walked from Leon to Santiago in 13 days.  I love to share some of my best practices on the Camino whilst walking.

 

And it is also fun to practice together, share some pilgrim stories and have some meaningful conversations and grow our nature awareness together. Most of the time, I also share a nature-based tool that helps you discover more about yourself.

 

What to expect? These Camino walks are hikes mainly in nature with some climbs and approximately 10 – 15 km’s. Please bring a backpack with a snack, sufficient water, and wear good hiking boots.

 

Dates:

 

  • Saturday, October 6, 2018 from 6:00 am – 9:00 am – Seroe Pela
  • Saturday, October 13, 2018 from 6:00 am – 9:00 am – Sabana Basora / National Park
  • Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 6:00 am – 9:00 am – Calbas
  • Saturday, October 27, 2018 from 6:00 am – 9:00 am – California Lighthouse

 

Sign up at 594 4250 or email geasouge@gmail.com. Upon sign-up I will inform you about the meeting location.    

                               

The Camino walks are a gift to you. If you like to gift something, you are more than welcome.

 

Farmers Market

When: 14 October 2018 / 10:00am-2:00pm

Where: Aruba Ostrich Farm (Matividiri 57, 59 Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/2505656752784846/

 

Features locally grown and handmade products of Aruba. Support our Farmers and Artisans!

 

New UTV Tour Launching 16 Oct at Fofoti!

When: 16 October / 8:00am-2:00pm

Where: Fofoti Tours & Transfers (Italiestraat 50, Orange Plaza, 00000 Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/298165684346442/

 

Are you ready for a whole new UTV Adventure with Fofoti Tours & Transfers? Well, hang on to your hats because Aruba’s Secret Places Adventure Tour is launching this month on 16 October! You’ll go on a thrilling 6-hour ride all over the island to see amazing sights, exploring caves, learning about the island’s history at the Industry Museum, eat lunch at Baby Beach, and visit iconic sights like the Bushiribana Gold Mill Ruins and California Lighthouse! Stay tuned for more details!

 

Presidential Aruba Caribbean Cup

When: 18-21 October / 10:00pm

Where: Varadero Aruba Marina & Boatyard (Bucutiweg #34, Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/2103764482969702/

 

Varadero Aruba Marina & Boatyard in collaboration with Presidential Challenge Charitable Foundation, Inc. are very happy to announce the return of our annual Presidential Aruba Caribbean Cup 🎣 Registration is open! Gather your crew, prepare your boat, as we get closer and closer to October 18th.

 

For more info please visit www.PresChallenge.com or send an email to info@preschallenge.com

 

ENTERTAINMENT

 

International DJ Marticos Hell (NL)

When: 12 October / 10:00pm-4:00am

Where: Virus Nightclub (Klipstraat 2, 00000 Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/529933504134144/

 

Marco Hellewegen x Marticos Hell

 

As a youngster Marco always had an interest in electronic music. Names like Secret Cinema, Joey Beltram and DJ Rush were giving him a sensation he never felt. Around the age of 13 he wanted to spin some records himself and create magic behind, what used to be, the wheels of steel. This interest became so big that he would literally stand inside the dj booth at local club Bassline to find out what it's all about. Not much later, he and his mate Damy, also known as D.M.Y, bought their first pioneers. At the same time Marco's taste developed, as he listens to names like DJ Rush, Oliver Kucera, Dax J, Ben Sims and Stranger.

 

In 2012, Marco's talent has been noticed, which resulted in several bookings including Strobe, Boothstock Festival, Toffler Festival and HEY!. He shared the stage with artist like Michel de Hey, Dave Clarke, DJ Rush, ROD and Slam.

 

Checkout his latest sets and not only hear, but feel his funky and massive sound.

 

With a fresh organisation Scherpe Randjes, Marco's throwing small intimate techno parties with all the talented guys out there.

 

Jazz with Amado

When: 13 October / 8:30-11:00pm

Where: Café de Bonte Koe Aruba (Kerkstraat 4, Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/1872461729442940/

 

Swing, Blues, Rock'n Roll and Jazz. Every Saturday, live with Amado & Special Guest. Real instruments and real voices in honor of all the legends of those golden years. Come meet what Café de Bonte Koe Aruba has to offer, as a part of the Blauwe Steeg Oranjestad, Aruba. Where history, culture, and ambiance meet in one alley.

 

Rock in October "Rocktober"

When: 18 October / 7:00-11:00pm

Where: The Wine Room (L.G. Smith Blvd #126 Suite #1, 00000 Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/231970321006022/

 

This October, The Wine Room will focus on rock music every Thursday of the month so don't be surprised to hear Metallica, Nirvana or even Alice in Chains while you're sipping wine. We like to diversify things a bit sometimes. Hope you can enjoy it together with us. Cheers to Rocktober!

Guy Bavli: Master of the Mind

When: 16 & 17 October / starting 8:00 pm (recurring event every Tue, Wed, or Thu until Jan. 3, 2019)

Where: Alhambra Casino & Ballroom

Source: http://www.masterofthemind.com/aruba/

 

MASTER OF THE MIND - LIVE WEEKLY IN ARUBA! A LIVE INTERACTIVE MIND READING AND TELEKINESIS EXPERIENCE.

 

Come join hilarious mentalist, Guy Bavli, also known as KINETIC MAN from Stan Lee's Superhumans. Take a journey into the mysteries of the human mind.

 

Bavli starred in over 400 television shows, toured in 60 countries worldwide and headlined more than 1200 shows at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

 

Bavli is headlining in Aruba with his Award-Winning show – NOW APPEARING WEEKLY AT THE ALHAMBRA CASINO & BALLROOM - every Tuesday & Wednesday.

 

Very FUNNY. Very INTERACTIVE. Very INNOVATIVE. And always INCREDIBLY AMAZING!

 

Reserve your tickets today! Tickets are also available for walk-in at the door if there are available seats left. We recommend to pre order as we tend to sell out every show! (Come early at 7:00 for tickets at the door).

 

  • Doors open: 7:30 pm (Open seating – unless you have VIP package, then reserved VIP seating will be kept for you!)
  • Show time: 08:00 pm
  • Show is about 2 hours long, with short intermission.
  • Cash Bar is available at the lobby.

 

LEAVE YOUR LOGIC AT THE DOOR... AND TAKE A WALK ON THE MIND!

 

Aruba Sinatra Dinner Show at The Old Cunucu House Restaurant

When: 18 October / 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Where: The Old Cunucu House (Palm Beach 150, 0000 Palm Beach, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/968899453248017/

 

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.

 

KARAOKE/SPECIAL NIGHTS

 

Barney’s Restaurant

(Palm Beach 21 A Palm Beach, Aruba)

Website: https://barneysaruba.com

Karaoke Nights every Fridays, starting at 10:00 pm

 

Soprano’s Piano Bar

(Lloyd G. Smith Boulevard 370, Noord, Aruba)

Website: http://www.sopranospianobararuba.com/

Unplugged Nights every Saturdays, starting at 8:00 pm

 

Matthew’s Beachside Restaurant

(J.E. Irausquin Blvd 51, Oranjestad)

Website: https://www.matthews-aruba.com/

Karaoke Nights every Wednesdays, 9:00 – 11:00 pm

 

7 Club Lounge Bar

(Windstraat 32, Oranjestad, Aruba)

Page: https://www.facebook.com/7arubacom/

Karaoke Nights every Wednesdays, 7:00 pm – 2:00 am

 

Rock’n'Rock
(Caya Taratata, Coral Plaza 15 L-3, Pos Abao, AW Oranjestad)

Page: https://www.facebook.com/rocknrockaruba/

Rockaoke every Wednesdays, 10:00 pm - 1:00 am

 

Ricardo’s Restaurant & Bar

(J.E. Irausquin Blvd 53, Aruba)

Website: http://ricardosaruba.restaurant/

Karaoke Dance Party! every Thursdays, starting at 9:00 pm

 

The Rose Bar & Lounge Restaurant

(Boegoeroei 11-Z, Noord)

Page: https://www.facebook.com/therosearuba/

Karaoke Happy Hour every Thursdays, starting at 6:00 pm

 

What goes on at Bugaloe?

J.E. Irausquin Blvd. 79, Palm Beach, Aruba

 

Friday, 12 October: Travel Session Band & Lieke

Every Friday Bugaloe invites you on the dance floor with catching tunes of all time hits! Live music by the Travel Session Band joined by Bugaloe singer Lieke between 7-10pm. This is how life is supposed to be: Fun, Friends and Happiness! See you on Friday!

Saturday, 13 October: Spareribs and Karaoke Night

Every Saturday we welcome you to enjoy our delicious falling off-the-bone tender Spareribs for only $12,50! Later that night it’s karaoke! Hosted by Aruba’s number one entertainer Giovanni Trim! We will see you on Saturday between 8.30 pm and 11.30 pm for karaoke! Don’t be afraid to enter the stage, the stage is yours! Free entrance.

Sunday, 14 October: Travel Session Band

Sunday night means Travel Session Night! Every week the Travel Session Band is performing live on stage at Bugaloe, with your all time favorite hits from the 80’s, 90’s and nowadays. So, come on and dance, sing, swing... but most of all: have fun! Sunday night is your night out! Live music from 7 till 10 pm.

Tuesday, 16 October: Joyride Band

Every Tuesday from 7 till 10 pm Joyride Band live with a variety of 80’s, 90’s and all time hits!  Ease out your day and enjoy your cocktail while the sun sets from Bugaloe’s pier. Most of all: have fun! Tuesday night is your night out!

Wednesday, 17 October: Salsa Night

Bugaloe hosts a weekly FREE Salsa & Merengue workshop! Every Wednesday from 8.30-9.30 pm we will show you the ins and outs of Latin dancing. Our Motto: Everybody can dance! The whole night Salsa music will be played to set the mood. Whether you want to dance the night away or just relax and enjoy the tunes of salsa music, it's a perfect night out!

 

What goes on at MooMba?
JE Irausquin Blvd. 230, Palm Beach, Aruba

Friday, 12 October (8:00pm): BAMBU ft. Eduard LIVE ON STAGE!

Rock, reggae, pop… and much more!

Sunday, 14 October (7:00pm): The Untouchables LIVE on stage

Lead singer Cesar Olarte of The Untouchables is a phenomenon on Aruba: his distinctive voice is amazing and his highest notes can put a lady's pipes to shame. Singing a wide variety of styles, such as merengue, salsa, pop and reggae, Cesar and his Untouchables are popular among locals as well as visitors. Everyone's sandy feet are itching to dance when hearing Cesar and his 4-man band perform at MooMba Beach, where he can be seen in action. The always mellow vibes at MooMba, the relaxed atmosphere and terrific cocktails make even the most timid of us lose their inhibitions, but on the days that The Untouchables are playing, it is party-time from the word go. So come on down to MooMba Beach to see international star Cesar and The Untouchables in action and have fun!

 

Wednesday, 17 October (7:00pm): The Untouchables LIVE on stage

Aruba’s hottest Caribbean style band with many international songs. The Travel Sessions formation makes sure you will get on the dance floor and make you soak in the authentic Caribbean feeling right at MooMba Beach. Happy moments!

 

Thursday, 18 October (4:00pm): Thursday's Karaoke Party

Have you ever wanted to grab the mic and belt out a song?

 

Most people love to sing in the shower - there, in the privacy of this super small venue, they are superstars. But now they can take their aspirations one step further: sing their hearts out during Thursday afternoon’s Karaoke Party at MooMba Beach. It is a weekly event, held from 4 to 6 pm, and everyone can join in free of charge. Rasta Alvin is the host of the party, which features bucket specials on Heineken, Amstel Bright, Chill and Balashi beer.

 

Be bold, break the mould, step out of your comfort zone and grab the microphone. Just do it - it will be one more great memory of your trip to Aruba. And who knows: you might be discovered at MooMba!




Let’s look into the cruise ships schedule portion for this week.

 

 

Our topic for discussion is a reminder to everyone to take care of yourselves because the sun in Aruba is very strong. Load up on sunscreen and if you’re sensitive to the sun, please do take precautions seriously.

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

Direct download: This_Week_in_Aruba_-_October_12_to_18_-_Presented_by_One_Happy_Podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:48pm EDT

Welcome back to the latest episode of This Week in Aruba, which covers the events from Friday, October 5th to Thursday, October 11th also known as timeshare week 40. Once again, I am with Maggie to bring you the latest events and happenings in Aruba.

 

The highlight or shoutout for this week goes to Meltaway Cafe which is an awesome new restaurant that opened up on the Palm Beach Area in Paseo Herencia Mall. It’s definitely a cheesy joint, in a way that it features all kinds of delightful cheese. Check out their Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/meltawayaruba/

 

Let’s start with the events section.

 

SPECIAL EVENTS

Eat Local Aruba Restaurant Month

When: October 2018

Where: Aruba

Source: www.visitaruba.com/things-to-do/aruba-events/eat-local-aruba-restaurant-month/

This month-long event throughout October highlights authentic Aruban cuisine. The restaurants’ pre-fixe meals allow visitors to enjoy local cuisine for a very reasonable price, with lunches costing $15 and dinners $30 - $40.

No passes, tickets or vouchers are required— attending diners can simply visit their favorite participating restaurants throughout the program dates to enjoy the special menu offerings. More than 65 restaurants sign up for this culinary event and incorporate authentic local dishes in their menu. Restaurants that already feature local menus are adding on specials and accenting on the local flavors.

Reservations are always recommended!

(Below menus were offered in 2017, menus for 2018 will be published as soon as they are released)

VisitAruba's Recommended Restaurants:

Other participating restaurants:

 

 

Aruba Art Fair

When: 5-7 October (all day)

Where: San Nicolas, Aruba

Source: https://www.visitaruba.com/things-to-do/aruba-events/aruba-art-fair-/

Website: www.arubaartfair.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/arubaartfair/

 

Aruba Art Fair has the vision to make Aruba culturally and economically richer; a vibrant, diverse, inclusive paradise where affluent people want to visit in order to look for culture, heritage and fine arts. We recognize the positive effect and the creative activity that it has on affluent tourism, therefore we want to provide enjoyment, enlivening spaces and enriching stories.

Culture makes places distinctive, engendering pride in the local community. It also makes a practical contribution in terms of sustainability, encouraging learning and inspiring people to adopt creative and active lifestyles.

Through culture communities we are able to engage young people in constructive activity and attract people and businesses essential for a prosperous local economy.

 

ENTERTAINMENT

 

OCTA LIVE! at Rock N' Rock

When: 5 October / 10:00pm-2:00am

Where: Rock’n'Rock (Caya Taratata, Coral Plaza 15 L-3, Pos Abao, AW Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/336272446938206/

 

OCTA is synonymous of classic rock of the 60's, 70's, 80's, progressive soft rock and blues. Therefore their own style guarantees you an amazing, enjoyable and a different night at Rock'n'Rock on this night.

 

Also new frontline and the drummer Rowald de Graaff.

 

Rock in October "Rocktober"

When: 11 October / 7:00-11:00 pm

Where: The Wine Room (L.G. Smith Blvd #126 Suite #1, 00000 Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/231970321006022/

 

This October, The Wine Room will focus on Rock music every Thursday of the month of October, so don't be surprised to hear Metallica, Nirvana, or even Alice in Chains while you're sipping wine, we like to diversify things a bit sometimes, hope you can enjoy it together with us, cheers to Rocktober

 

Guy Bavli: Master of the Mind

When: 9 & 10 October / starting 8:00 pm (recurring event every Tue, Wed, or Thu until Jan. 3, 2019)

Where: Alhambra Casino & Ballroom

Source: http://www.masterofthemind.com/aruba/

 

MASTER OF THE MIND - LIVE WEEKLY IN ARUBA! A LIVE INTERACTIVE MIND READING AND TELEKINESIS EXPERIENCE.

 

Come join hilarious mentalist, Guy Bavli, also known as KINETIC MAN from Stan Lee's Superhumans. Take a journey into the mysteries of the human mind.

 

Bavli starred in over 400 television shows, toured in 60 countries worldwide and headlined more than 1200 shows at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

 

Bavli is headlining in Aruba with his Award-Winning show – NOW APPEARING WEEKLY AT THE ALHAMBRA CASINO & BALLROOM - every Tuesday & Wednesday.

 

Very FUNNY. Very INTERACTIVE. Very INNOVATIVE. And always INCREDIBLY AMAZING!

 

Reserve your tickets today! Tickets are also available for walk-in at the door if there are available seats left. We recommend to pre order as we tend to sell out every show! (Come early at 7:00 for tickets at the door).

 

  • Doors open: 7:30 pm (Open seating – unless you have VIP package, then reserved VIP seating will be kept for you!)
  • Show time: 08:00 pm
  • Show is about 2 hours long, with short intermission.
  • Cash Bar is available at the lobby.

 

LEAVE YOUR LOGIC AT THE DOOR... AND TAKE A WALK ON THE MIND!

 

Aruba Sinatra Dinner Show at The Old Cunucu House Restaurant

When: 11 October / 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Where: The Old Cunucu House (Palm Beach 150, 0000 Palm Beach, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/968899453248017/

 

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.

 

KARAOKE/SPECIAL NIGHTS

 

Barney’s Restaurant

(Palm Beach 21 A Palm Beach, Aruba)

Website: https://barneysaruba.com

Karaoke Nights every Fridays, starting at 10:00 pm

 

Soprano’s Piano Bar

(Lloyd G. Smith Boulevard 370, Noord, Aruba)

Website: http://www.sopranospianobararuba.com/

Unplugged Nights every Saturdays, starting at 8:00 pm

 

Matthew’s Beachside Restaurant

(J.E. Irausquin Blvd 51, Oranjestad)

Website: https://www.matthews-aruba.com/

Karaoke Nights every Wednesdays, 9:00 – 11:00 pm

 

7 Club Lounge Bar

(Windstraat 32, Oranjestad, Aruba)

Page: https://www.facebook.com/7arubacom/

Karaoke Nights every Wednesdays, 7:00 pm – 2:00 am

 

Rock’n'Rock
(Caya Taratata, Coral Plaza 15 L-3, Pos Abao, AW Oranjestad)

Page: https://www.facebook.com/rocknrockaruba/

Rockaoke every Wednesdays, 10:00 pm - 1:00 am

 

Ricardo’s Restaurant & Bar

(J.E. Irausquin Blvd 53, Aruba)

Website: http://ricardosaruba.restaurant/

Karaoke Dance Party! every Thursdays, starting at 9:00 pm

 

The Rose Bar & Lounge Restaurant

(Boegoeroei 11-Z, Noord)

Page: https://www.facebook.com/therosearuba/

Karaoke Happy Hour every Thursdays, starting at 6:00 pm

 

What goes on at Bugaloe?

Friday, 5 October: Travel Session Band & Lieke

Every Friday Bugaloe invites you on the dance floor with catching tunes of all time hits! Live music by the Travel Session Band joined by Bugaloe singer Lieke between 7-10pm. This is how life is supposed to be: Fun, Friends and Happiness! See you on Friday!

Saturday, 6 October: Spareribs and Karaoke Night

Every Saturday we welcome you to enjoy our delicious falling off-the-bone tender Spareribs for only $12,50! Later that night it’s karaoke! Hosted by Aruba’s number one entertainer Giovanni Trim! We will see you on Saturday between 8.30 pm and 11.30 pm for karaoke! Don’t be afraid to enter the stage, the stage is yours! Free entrance.

Sunday, 7 October: Travel Session Band

Sunday night means Travel Session Night! Every week the Travel Session Band is performing live on stage at Bugaloe, with your all time favorite hits from the 80’s, 90’s and nowadays. So, come on and dance, sing, swing... but most of all: have fun! Sunday night is your night out! Live music from 7 till 10 pm.

Tuesday, 9 October: Joyride Band

Every Tuesday from 7 till 10 pm Joyride Band live with a variety of 80’s, 90’s and all time hits!  Ease out your day and enjoy your cocktail while the sun sets from Bugaloe’s pier. Most of all: have fun! Tuesday night is your night out!

Wednesday, 10 October: Salsa Night

Bugaloe hosts a weekly FREE Salsa & Merengue workshop! Every Wednesday from 8.30-9.30 pm we will show you the ins and outs of Latin dancing. Our Motto: Everybody can dance! The whole night Salsa music will be played to set the mood. Whether you want to dance the night away or just relax and enjoy the tunes of salsa music, it's a perfect night out!





Let’s look into the cruise ships schedule portion for this week.

 

 

Our topic for discussion is the weather that took place down the island on this week. The weather over there is mostly not a topic of interest because it’s consistently good. However, this week, they experienced weather that was out of the ordinary. We weren’t there to personally experience it, but thanks to modern technology, we were able to see how tropical depression Kirk affected the island. It’s not as devastating as other hurricanes, however for a couple of days it affected the people’s ability to enjoy their vacations and also did quite a bit of damage on some properties.

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

Direct download: This_Week_in_Aruba_-_October_5_to_11_-_Presented_by_One_Happy_Podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:30am EDT

Welcome back to the latest episode of This Week in Aruba, which covers the events from Friday, September 21st to Sunday, September 27th also known as timeshare week 38. Maggie and I are back to regular programming as our latest trip to Aruba has concluded.

The shout-out for this week goes to someone who is a friend of ours, Yan(?) Scherrenburg. We met up while we were down in the island and he showed me a side that I never knew existed. He does an amazing spot-on rendition of Fats Domino - Blueberry Hill. An incredible guy.

Now without further ado let’s head on over to the events section.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Caribbean Sea Jazz Festival

When: 21-22 September 2018 (all day)

Where: Renaissance Festival Plaza

Website: https://caribbeanseajazz.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CaribbeanSeaJazzFestival/

 

The Caribbean Sea Jazz Annual festival attracts about 8,000 local and international visitors who enjoy high quality jazz acts, combo's and bands. The Renaissance Festival Plaza is the heart of the festival, a one of a kind venue in the Caribbean that features a big selection of music, theater, arts, and food in one weekend.

 

The Festival's main goal is to create a stage for local and regional talent as well as big names. Headliners from past festivals have been Michel Camilo, Praful and Randal Corsen, Ploctoons, Moonbaker, Cubop City Band, Paoli Mejias, David Sandborn, Izaline Calister, Earth Wind and Fire, Mike Stern Band, Grupo Niche, and George Benson.

 

Performing Artists for 2018 Caribbean Sea Jazz Festival:

 

FRIDAY (Sept. 21): Jorge Celedón, Anacaona, Eric Essix ft. Karen Bryant & Kelley O'Neal, Habana Vieja All stars, Rincon Boyz, Tribute to Caribbean Jazz Project  ft. Andy Narell and Etienne Stadwijk

 

SATURDAY (Sept. 22): Sister Sledge ft. Kathy Sledge, Di-Mongo ft. Anton Goudsmit, Cyril Directie, Frank Montis, DI-RECT, Yellowjackets, Eric Darius & Althea René, Cosy Cotton, Tribute to Sade, Robert Pablo Trio, Memories of Tomorrow with Delbert Bernabela

 

General Admission: $65 for Friday and Saturday / $120 for weekend pass
$6 for Youth Tickets (age 18 years and below)

 

Contact the Purple Entertainment Group NV at Tel. +297 588 0211, E-mail or www.caribbeanseajazz.com for additional information.

 

Aruba Dolphins Open Water 2018 Annual Fundraising Event

When: 23 September / 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Where: Zeerovers

Source: https://www.visitaruba.com/things-to-do/aruba-events/aruba-dolphins-open-water-2018-annual-fundraising-event/

 

Get involved with the Aruban community by joining Aruba Dolphins Swimming fundraising event: "Open Water 2018 Swim Meet"!

Purpose:  Fundraising for the nonprofit organization, Aruba Dolphins Swimming & Water Polo Club

Highlights:

  • Categories for all ages
  • Zeerovers is a local favorite spot for fresh-caught seafood

 

FOOD/DINING

 

Journey into Cabernet Sauvignon

When: 22 September / 7:00-10:00 pm

Where: The Wine Room (L.G. Smith Blvd #126 Suite #1, 00000 Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/936174849909970/

 

Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the world's most widely recognized red wine grape varieties. It is grown in nearly every major wine producing country among a diverse spectrum of climates from Canada's Okanagan Valley to Lebanon's Beqaa Valley.

 

We will explore the following wines

 

  1. Criss Cross Cabernet Sauvignon Lodi California
  2. Bisquertt Ecos Cabernet Sauvignon Chile
  3. Tapiz Alta Cabernet Sauvignon Argentina
  4. Buiten Verwachting cabernet Sauvignon South Africa
  5. Valdivieso Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Chile

 

Experience: $75

 

Basic Customer 5%

Regular Customer 10%

Loyal Customer 15%

 

Konnichi Wow Sushi Night at BLUE

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

Where: Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/538914463245724/

 

Join us at Renaissance Aruba's BLUE Bar for an unforgettable Saturday evening featuring an eclectic menu of handcrafted sushi selections, imported wine and beers from Japan, authentic sake, and a LIVE sushi-making station run by its very own sushi chef!

 

RAW has never tasted so good!

 

The Full Moon Romantic Experience

When: 23 September / 8:00-9:30 pm

Where: Passions on the Beach

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/1572363702854696/

 

Passions on the Beach restaurant invites you for a special 3-course dinner at every full moon.

 

Starting from 8:00 PM every full moon

 

  • 3 Course Dinner only - US$ 49,- per person
  • 3 Course Dinner & Wine pairing - US$ 65,- per person
  • 3 Course Dinner & Champagne - US$ 175,- for 2 persons

 

Appetizer

“Mariage de Séléné”

Bisque with scallop and lobster  

 

Entrée

“Terre et Mer”

Beef tenderloin and garlic shrimp, sweet potato puree, asparagus, stuffed mini sweet pepper  

 

Dessert

“Passion" Cheesecake

 

15% Service Charge, 1.5% tax & 2% Health Levy will be added to your bill. Reservation required. Please contact our Concierge at +297 527 1118 | concierge@amsterdammanor.aw | www.amsterdammanor.com

 

More Pizza ~ More Pasta ~ That's Amore!

When: 24 September / 6:00-11:00 pm

Hosted by Fresco and Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/2347689955257701/

 

Feed your cravings for Italian at Fresco's 'That's Amore!'.

 

Join us every Monday for an all you can eat Pizza & Pasta for just $29 excl. service charge and local taxes.

 

A live Pasta station or build your own Pizza station is ready to satisfy your Italian cravings...and the best part; It's All You Can Eat!

 

Starting at 6PM with live music and an extensive Italian Wine list.

 

See you at 'That’s Amore!'

 

Dinner Under The Stars at Renaissance Island

When: 26 September / 7:00-10:00 pm

Where: Renaissance Private Island

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/1816910241760242/

 

Take a boat trip to Renaissance Island and let your taste buds travel to paradise.

 

Enjoy our 4-course dinner menu consisting of succulent 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 Lucy's Dock (across the Renaissance Mall), boat trip to Renaissance Private Island, dinner on the beach and live entertainment for only $65 per person. Children from 5 to 12 yrs pay $32.50.

 

For more information or reservations, please contact one of our Navigators at 5236115

 

Barefoot Beach BBQ

When: 27 September / 6:00-10:00 pm

Where: Renaissance Ocean Suites

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/1802955636487325/

 

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!

 

LIFESTYLE

 

JCI YALA: 2018 Peace Walk

When: 21 September / 4:30pm-7:30pm

Where: Linear Park

Hosted by: JCI YALA - Young Active Leaders of Aruba

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/532553933840394/

 

A 3k fun walk to celebrate World Peace Day. JCI YALA partners up with UNESCO and more organizations on a mission to spread awareness about PEACE. It's only Afl 5,- and will take place friday September 21 at Linear Park.

 

Las Virginia's 4-8 yrs

When: 21 September / 6:15-7:30 pm

Where: Aruba Dance Studios (Bellstraat 2, na Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/248739232449498/

 

This class is for the younger group of children age between 4 and 8 years old. These classes are entirely aimed at forming your child in all aspects. This entire week you can still bring your child for a evaluation and inscription. Contact us for more information 5922166. Class by Iliany Virginia Oberto

 

Dance Workout

When: 24 September / 7:30-10:30pm

Where: Aruba Dance Studios (Bellstraat 2, na Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/234372780562987

 

This is NOT a ZUMBA class!  We start with a warm up, Followed by a Freestyle Dancing Cardio Workout. Than continue with a Abs, Booty workout to finalize with a meditation. This program will help you release and let go of the daily stress while nourishing your mind, condition, body and soul. Music varies from Modern, Dance Classics, Latin, Caribbean, Urban, Afro Cuban to Afrobeat. It really is a fun hour of workout. Classes by Anthony Mezas.

 

Las Virginia's 9-17 yrs

When: 25 September / 6:15-7:30 pm

Where: Aruba Dance Studios (Bellstraat 2, na Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/309762229579031/

 

This class is for the older group of children age between 9 and 17 years old. This entire week you can still bring your child for a evaluation and inscription. Contact us for more information 5922166. Class by Iliany Virginia Oberto

 

Salsa Casino Level 2

When: 25 September / 8:00-9:00 pm

Where: Aruba Dance Studios (Bellstraat 2, na Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/551174595352621/

 

This class is where you learn many Cuban style partnering techniques which are commonly also used in a Rueda.  Before you can join this class you must dominate the basic steps and partnering of Salsa Casino Level 1. Or if you are an Intermediate level of the LA-style (On1) you can also join this class. Level 2 consists of 12 classes. You will learn various partnering techniques and their names. Classes by Anthony Mezas

 

Kids Dance

When: 26 September / 4:00-5:00 pm

Where: Aruba Dance Studios (Bellstraat 2, na Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/1875881832499651/

 

This is a fun dance class for kids (Boys and Girls) age between 8-16

Dance styles: Musicals, Pop, Latin (Salsa/Bachata/Merengue) and Streetdance (Hiphop/R&B and BreakDance)

 

Duration: 12 weeks

 

Contact: 5922166

Rueda Casino Class L1

When: 20 September / 9:00-10:00 pm

Where: Aruba Dance Studios (Bellstraat 2, na Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/2007643529528300/

 

In this Rueda Casino class you will learn in 12 weeks many basic calls used in a Rueda.

This is a fun social dance in which we hope to grow in numbers to eventually create a flash mob. Join us. Class by Anthony Mezas.



ENTERTAINMENT

 

Oldies Night with Amado Rosina

When: 24 September / 8:00-11:00 pm

Where: Flor de Oriente (Kerkstraat 6, None Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/2161123574155006/

 

Monday night at 8 pm Amado and Stevani are at the stage. Their gigs are dynamic and always fresh. They know how to give their audience what they want. You will love them!

 

Guy Bavli: Master of the Mind

When: 25 & 26 September / starting 8:00 pm (recurring event every Tue, Wed, or Thu until Jan. 3, 2019)

Where: Alhambra Casino & Ballroom

Source: http://www.masterofthemind.com/aruba/

 

MASTER OF THE MIND - LIVE WEEKLY IN ARUBA! A LIVE INTERACTIVE MIND READING AND TELEKINESIS EXPERIENCE.

 

Come join hilarious mentalist, Guy Bavli, also known as KINETIC MAN from Stan Lee's Superhumans. Take a journey into the mysteries of the human mind.

 

Bavli starred in over 400 television shows, toured in 60 countries worldwide and headlined more than 1200 shows at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

 

Bavli is headlining in Aruba with his Award-Winning show – NOW APPEARING WEEKLY AT THE ALHAMBRA CASINO & BALLROOM - every Tuesday & Wednesday.

 

Very FUNNY. Very INTERACTIVE. Very INNOVATIVE. And always INCREDIBLY AMAZING!

 

Reserve your tickets today! Tickets are also available for walk-in at the door if there are available seats left. We recommend to pre order as we tend to sell out every show! (Come early at 7:00 for tickets at the door).

 

  • Doors open: 7:30 pm (Open seating – unless you have VIP package, then reserved VIP seating will be kept for you!)
  • Show time: 08:00 pm
  • Show is about 2 hours long, with short intermission.
  • Cash Bar is available at the lobby.

 

LEAVE YOUR LOGIC AT THE DOOR... AND TAKE A WALK ON THE MIND!

 

Aruba Sinatra Dinner Show at The Old Cunucu House Restaurant

When: 27 September / 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Where: The Old Cunucu House (Palm Beach 150, 0000 Palm Beach, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/968899453248017/

 

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.

 

KARAOKE/SPECIAL NIGHTS

 

Barney’s Restaurant

(Palm Beach 21 A Palm Beach, Aruba)

Website: https://barneysaruba.com

Karaoke Nights every Fridays, starting at 10:00 pm

 

Soprano’s Piano Bar

(Lloyd G. Smith Boulevard 370, Noord, Aruba)

Website: http://www.sopranospianobararuba.com/

Unplugged Nights every Saturdays, starting at 8:00 pm

 

Matthew’s Beachside Restaurant

(J.E. Irausquin Blvd 51, Oranjestad)

Website: https://www.matthews-aruba.com/

Karaoke Nights every Wednesdays, 9:00 – 11:00 pm

 

7 Club Lounge Bar

(Windstraat 32, Oranjestad, Aruba)

Page: https://www.facebook.com/7arubacom/

Karaoke Nights every Wednesdays, 7:00 pm – 2:00 am

 

Rock’n'Rock
(Caya Taratata, Coral Plaza 15 L-3, Pos Abao, AW Oranjestad)

Page: https://www.facebook.com/rocknrockaruba/

Rockaoke every Wednesdays, 10:00 pm - 1:00 am

 

Ricardo’s Restaurant & Bar

(J.E. Irausquin Blvd 53, Aruba)

Website: http://ricardosaruba.restaurant/

Karaoke Dance Party! every Thursdays, starting at 9:00 pm

 

The Rose Bar & Lounge Restaurant

(Boegoeroei 11-Z, Noord)

Page: https://www.facebook.com/therosearuba/

Karaoke Happy Hour every Thursdays, starting at 6:00 pm

 

What goes on at Bugaloe?

Friday, 21 September: Travel Session Band & Lieke

Every Friday Bugaloe invites you on the dance floor with catching tunes of all time hits! Live music by the Travel Session Band joined by Bugaloe singer Lieke between 7-10pm. This is how life is supposed to be: Fun, Friends and Happiness! See you on Friday!

Saturday, 22 September: Spareribs and Karaoke Night

Every Saturday we welcome you to enjoy our delicious falling off-the-bone tender Spareribs for only $12,50! Later that night it’s karaoke! Hosted by Aruba’s number one entertainer Giovanni Trim! We will see you on Saturday between 8.30 pm and 11.30 pm for karaoke! Don’t be afraid to enter the stage, the stage is yours! Free entrance.

Sunday, 23 September: Travel Session Band

Sunday night means Travel Session Night! Every week the Travel Session Band is performing live on stage at Bugaloe, with your all time favorite hits from the 80’s, 90’s and nowadays. So, come on and dance, sing, swing... but most of all: have fun! Sunday night is your night out! Live music from 7 till 10 pm.

Tuesday, 25 September: Joyride Band

Every Tuesday from 7 till 10 pm Joyride Band live with a variety of 80’s, 90’s and all time hits!  Ease out your day and enjoy your cocktail while the sun sets from Bugaloe’s pier. Most of all: have fun! Tuesday night is your night out!

Wednesday, 26 September: Salsa Night

Bugaloe hosts a weekly FREE Salsa & Merengue workshop! Every Wednesday from 8.30-9.30 pm we will show you the ins and outs of Latin dancing. Our Motto: Everybody can dance! The whole night Salsa music will be played to set the mood. Whether you want to dance the night away or just relax and enjoy the tunes of salsa music, it's a perfect night out!

 

What goes on at MooMba Beach?
Moomba Beach (JE Irausquin BLVD 230, 0000 Palm Beach, Aruba)

Sunday-Monday, 23-24 September from 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Untouchables LIVE on stage

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/2142045739416351/

Lead singer Cesar Olarte of The Untouchables is a phenomenon on Aruba: his distinctive voice is amazing and his highest notes can put a lady's pipes to shame. Singing a wide variety of styles, such as merengue , salsa, pop and reggae, Cesar and his Untouchables are popular among locals as well as visitors. Everyone's sandy feet are itching to dance when hearing Cesar and his 4-man band perform at MooMba Beach, where he can be seen in action. The always mellow vibes at MooMba, the relaxed atmosphere and terrific cocktails make even the most timid of us lose their inhibitions, but on the days that The Untouchables are playing, it is party-time from the word go.

So come on down to MooMba Beach to see international star Cesar and The Untouchables in action and have fun!

Wednesday, 26 September from 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Travel Sessions LIVE at MooMba Beach

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/228238014521039/

Aruba’s hottest Caribbean style band with many international songs. The Travel Sessions formation makes sure you will get on the dance floor and make you soak in the authentic Caribbean feeling right at MooMba Beach. Happy moments!




Let’s look into the cruise ships schedule portion for this week.

 

 

Our topic for discussion on this week is an experience we had while we were down in the island involving the different traffic regulations that we were not familiar with.

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


Today on One Happy Podcast we are being joined by a special guest, Tiffany Howard, who appeared on an episode of HGTV Caribbean Life titled "Exploring New Terrain on Aruba" which originally aired Sunday, September 2nd at 9pm. If you weren’t able to watch it, you can check out your local listings for a replay. Tiffany and her family were featured on their search for a house in Aruba.

 

Listen to Tiffany’s story of how she and her husband discovered the island and how they came to the decision of purchasing an Aruban home. It’s definitely a journey full of twists and turns.

 

Their family’s fully-refurbished Aruban home which was completed last September 2017 has 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, a small pool, a couple of grills at the backyard, and is 10 minutes away from the nearest beach all encased in a beautiful house painted in Caribbean blue. They’ve had it available for people who want to rent it out as well.

 

Buying a home in Aruba definitely took some time, Tiffany says. It's not a quick process at all and it's very similar to the process of buying a house in the USA but with the added stress of being in another country. But everything turned alright in the end with some hard work and with the help of Tiffany’s team in Aruba. They have great communication. Every home that they keep is immaculate, clean, and consistent with amazing housekeeping and management. They really want to make their clients feel like the experience of living in Aruba even at least for a short while. Head on over to MyArubaDreamVilla.com for more information.

 

Lastly, Tiffany gives advice for those who are keen on seeking out a house in Aruba: be patient and find a good team to support you. There is a lot of work to be done but there are also people who can help you navigate those waters so don't be afraid.

 

ON THIS EPISODE OF ONE HAPPY PODCAST, YOU WILL:

  • Find out the full story, from start to finish, of how Tiffany and her family made their dream Aruban home come true
  • Hear about what they love to do in Aruba for fun
  • Listen to Tiffany discuss why she loves to immerse herself in Aruba’s culture
Direct download: EP117_-_Tiffany_Howard_of_HGTV_Caribbean_Life.mp3
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Welcome back to the latest episode of This Week in Aruba, which covers the events from Friday, August 31st to Sunday, September 9th also known as timeshare week 35. Now this isn’t the regular time period for an episode because we’ll be in Aruba this following week so here we are recording in advance. Today we have Maggie to join us for the podcast again.

 

The shout-out for this week goes to Nancy Gallagher who I interviewed in One Happy Podcast on episode 31. She’s actually down in the island right now. Nancy definitely loves the island and it shows on her posts on the Facebook groups.

 

With that being said let’s move into the events category.

 

FOOD

 

Aruba Wine and Dine Restaurant Week

When: 31 August - 5 September

Website: https://www.arubawineanddine.com/

 

WELCOME TO ARUBA WINE AND DINE!

 

Dine at 9 fantastic restaurants of Aruba Wine and Dine and enjoy an amazing FULL 3-COURSE DINNER for just Afl. 45,00 or Afl. 35,00

 

  • Cafe the Plaza
  • Dragonfly Sushi & Asian Restaurant
  • Fishes & More
  • Hadicurari Restaurant
  • Moomba Beach
  • Nos Clubhuis
  • Que Pasa Restaurant
  • Salt & Pepper Tapas Bar & Restaurant
  • Tango Argentine Grill

 

A variety of experiences. A consistent approach to quality and service.

 

When you believe that “Variety is the Spice of Life”, then Aruba is where you ought to be! From cheeseburgers on the beach to international cuisine and fine dining and everything in between: you can eat and drink at Aruba’s most popular restaurants brought to you by the Aruba Wine and Dine Group.

 

Known for their emphasis on the freshest foods, spirits, extensive wine lists, great entertainment, and impeccable service, the Wine and Dine Group is passionate about its goal to provide their guests with great value, top quality, and freshly prepared food, served by a friendly and professional staff in a relaxing, comfortable establishment.

Korean Night at Que Pasa

When: 5 September / 4:00-11:00 pm

Where: Que Pasa? (Wilhelminastraat 18, 0000 Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/1033585686797651/

 

A Korean night, a two-course feast for the palate, is going to be the highlight on the first Wednesday of September at Que Pasa restaurant in the Wilhelminastraat downtown. A special Korean BBQ is waiting for you to be sampled and savored on September 5. Of course, the evening starts off with Ramen soup. Ramen is one of Korea’s delicacies as well as a staple food.

 

For your main course there is a marinated meat platter with short ribs, chicken legs, beef strips and pork chops, served with fried rice, kimchi, Korean spinach and eggs. The price is $29.50 per person.

 

So, try something new, let your palate be surprised. The Korean Night at Que Pasa can promise you that!

 

BBQ Sunday at Nos Clubhuis with a BBQ platter for just $15 pp

When: 2 and 9 September / 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Where: Nos Clubhuis (J.E. Yrausquin Boulevard 96, 00000 Palm Beach, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/683285195200349

 

Liven up your Sundays: step into your car and drive to NOS CLUBHUIS, climb the stairs and voilà, you're ready for a great experience. At Nos Clubhuis, located right on top of Hadicurari Restaurant, things start hopping at noon. For just $ 15.-- per person one gets a platter with a grilled fish steak, a chicken saté skewer and ribs, French fries and a salad. But that is not all: there is a HAPPY HOUR with very special local prices going from 12 - 1 pm and from 5 - 6 pm. Yes indeed, twice a day!

 

Nos Clubhuis, the home away from home of the local fishermen of Aruba, also offers all day and daily Bucket Deals of Amstel Bright or Heineken beer for $ 25.-- or Balashi for $ 20.--. The amazing view over the fisherman's pier, the boats and the ocean is thrown in for free. Don't forget that Nos Clubhuis is upstairs, so take one of the two stairs at Hadicurari (between the Marriott Surf Club and MooMba Beach). The BBQ special runs every Sunday until 9 pm.

LIFESTYLE

 

Local Art & Farmer's Market "Under the Stars" (Music Edition)

When: 31 August / 6:00-10:00 pm

Where: Taste My Aruba (Zoutman Straat 1, Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/1183191275149409/

 

Aruba Cosecha, in partnership with Taste My Aruba, proudly invites you to 'Under The Stars' Local Art & Farmer's Market (MUSIC EDITION).

 

At Cosecha you can find a diversification of the Aruban craft heritage and artistic supply of artisans, through their personal stories, inspirations and craftsmanship exposed in their products. All products sold at Cosecha have received the Aruba Certification Seal.

 

Taste My Aruba celebrates our culinary heritage including our local farmers bringing food from the farm to your plate. Furthermore, we cherish everything that is authentically ours.

 

Come and mingle with our local artists, while nibbling away to Aruban delights on our beautiful downtown square. We promise to fulfill your five senses! Live like a local and be part of an authentic experience.

 

One Cool Summer 2018

When: 5-9 September / 6:00 pm

Where: Aruba International Raceway

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/2001224510192204/

 

A Drag Race Event in Aruba!

 

Fitville Fitness Festival 2018

When: 7 September at 3:00 pm to 9 September at 8:00 pm

Where: Eagle Beach

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/2167592210193631/

 

Fitville is a 3 day functional fitness competition designed to challenge every level of fitness. This competition is open to all same sex teams of 2 athletes, new, old and from fire breathers to veterans and rookies. All this in collaboration with Muscles and Lungs CF and High Performance Aruba.

 

Funstacle Masters X-TRA Fun

When: 7-9 September / 4:00 pm - 12:00 am

Where: Harbor Arena

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/465463770598423/

 

Funstacle Masters Aruba is celebrating its 5th anniversary this year. In honor of this milestone, we are going to take the fun and the obstacles to a whole other level with Funstacle Masters X-TRA Fun.

 

This will be our first ever 3-day event held at the Harbor Arena on, 7, 8, 9 September 2018. For the 7th edition of Funstacle Masters we are going big in collaboration with FITVILLE.

 

This will be Aruba’s first ever Fitness Festival. Funstacle Masters without a doubt will definitely surpass your expectations with this year’s obstacles.

 

September 7, 2018: Registration Date

- Online Registration payment & participation package pick up day from 4pm-12am, at Harbor Arena

- Afterwards you can enjoy our live bands and happy hour

 

September 8, 2018: Company Cup

- Company Cup starting at 3pm

 

September 9, 2018: Single, Friends & Family day

- Single, Friends & Family day starting at 3pm

 

ENTERTAINMENT

 

Energy Fusion

When: 1 and 8 September / 8:30-9:15 pm

Where: Divi & Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusives

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/214208372531590

 

ENERGY FUSION is performed at the Tamarijn Hotel by the Popcorn Dancers, one of Aruba's best Youth Dance Group. During the show the performers will entertain you with the most popular Modern, Caribbean, Latin & Local dance rhythms on the island. The Popcorn Dancers & magicians Jovi & Tridini are determined to bring pleasure for your eyes, ears, heart & soul.

 

Jazz with Amado

When: 1 and 8 September / 8:30-11:00 pm

Where: Café de Bonte Koe Aruba

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/1872461729442940/

 

Swing, Blues, Rock'n Roll and Jazz. Every saturday, Live with Amado & Special Guest, real instruments, real voices, in honor or all our legends of those golden years. Come meet what Café de Bonte Koe Aruba has to offer, as a part of the Blauwe Steeg Oranjestad, Aruba. Where history, culture and ambiance meet in one alley.

 

Joy of Aruba

When: 3 September / 9:00-10:00 pm

Where: Divi & Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusives

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/978687098958111/

 

Joy of Aruba is performed at the Divi Divi Hotel by the Popcorn Dancers, one of Aruba's best Youth Dance Groups. The performers will be presenting the most popular folkloric & modern music and dance of the island of Aruba. The Popcorn Dancers are determined to bring pleasure for your eyes, ears, heart & soul.

 

Bon Bini Festival

When: 4 September / 6:00-10:00 pm

Where: Fort Zoutman

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/395323790955574/

 

At the Bon Bini Festival the visitors will enjoy an evening filled with history, local arts & crafts, local food & drinks, poetry, film, live performance of folkloric & carnival music. The Popcorn Dancers will be presenting the folkloric dance rhythms & the carnival rhythm of Aruba.

 

Aruba Sinatra Dinner Show at The Old Cunucu House Restaurant

When: 6 September / 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Where: The Old Cunucu House (Palm Beach 150, 0000 Palm Beach, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/968899453248017/

 

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.

 

KARAOKE/SPECIAL NIGHTS

 

Barney’s Restaurant

(Palm Beach 21 A Palm Beach, Aruba)

Website: https://barneysaruba.com

Karaoke Nights every Fridays, starting at 10:00 pm

 

Soprano’s Piano Bar

(Lloyd G. Smith Boulevard 370, Noord, Aruba)

Website: http://www.sopranospianobararuba.com/

Unplugged Nights every Saturdays, starting at 8:00 pm

 

Matthew’s Beachside Restaurant

(J.E. Irausquin Blvd 51, Oranjestad)

Website: https://www.matthews-aruba.com/

Karaoke Nights every Wednesdays, 9:00 – 11:00 pm

 

7 Club Lounge Bar

(Windstraat 32, Oranjestad, Aruba)

Page: https://www.facebook.com/7arubacom/

Karaoke Nights every Wednesdays, 7:00 pm – 2:00 am

 

Rock’n'Rock
(Caya Taratata, Coral Plaza 15 L-3, Pos Abao, AW Oranjestad)

Page: https://www.facebook.com/rocknrockaruba/

Rockaoke every Wednesdays, 10:00 pm - 1:00 am

 

Ricardo’s Restaurant & Bar

(J.E. Irausquin Blvd 53, Aruba)

Website: http://ricardosaruba.restaurant/

Karaoke Dance Party! every Thursdays, starting at 9:00 pm

 

The Rose Bar & Lounge Restaurant

(Boegoeroei 11-Z, Noord)

Page: https://www.facebook.com/therosearuba/

Karaoke Happy Hour every Thursdays, starting at 6:00 pm

 

What goes on at Bugaloe?

Friday, 31 August & 7 September: Travel Session Band & Lieke

Every Friday Bugaloe invites you on the dance floor with catching tunes of all time hits! Live music by the Travel Session Band joined by Bugaloe singer Lieke between 7-10pm. This is how life is supposed to be: Fun, Friends and Happiness! See you on Friday!

Saturday, 1 & 8 September: Spareribs and Karaoke Night

Every Saturday we welcome you to enjoy our delicious falling off-the-bone tender Spareribs for only $12,50! Later that night it’s karaoke! Hosted by Aruba’s number one entertainer Giovanni Trim! We will see you on Saturday between 8.30 pm and 11.30 pm for karaoke! Don’t be afraid to enter the stage, the stage is yours! Free entrance.

Sunday, 2 & 9 September: Travel Session Band

Sunday night means Travel Session Night! Every week the Travel Session Band is performing live on stage at Bugaloe, with your all time favorite hits from the 80’s, 90’s and nowadays. So, come on and dance, sing, swing... but most of all: have fun! Sunday night is your night out! Live music from 7 till 10 pm.

Tuesday, 28 August: Joyride Band

Every Tuesday from 7 till 10 pm Joyride Band live with a variety of 80’s, 90’s and all time hits!  Ease out your day and enjoy your cocktail while the sun sets from Bugaloe’s pier. Most of all: have fun! Tuesday night is your night out!

Wednesday, 29 August: Salsa Night

Bugaloe hosts a weekly FREE Salsa & Merengue workshop! Every Wednesday from 8.30-9.30 pm we will show you the ins and outs of Latin dancing. Our Motto: Everybody can dance! The whole night Salsa music will be played to set the mood. Whether you want to dance the night away or just relax and enjoy the tunes of salsa music, it's a perfect night out!

 

What goes on at MooMba Beach?
Moomba Beach (JE Irausquin BLVD 230, 0000 Palm Beach, Aruba)

Friday, 31 August from 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Primo Bandits LIVE on stage

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/260294184761664

The local formation PRIMO BANDITS with lead singer Wilson always guarantee a 'beachy' vibe at MooMba with ballads from the 70's, 80's till now

Monday, 3 September from 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
C-Zar on stage at MooMba Beach

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/184981868733145/

Join us for an evening with C-Zar live on stage. C-Zar has a wonderful, unusual, voice which will keep you spellbound. Come and toast with us to another beautiful night in Aruba.




Let’s look into the cruise ships schedule portion for this week.

 

 

Our topic for discussion on this week is the plan for our upcoming trip to Aruba which is bound to be exciting. Anyone who wants to follow along can check our Facebook page. We’ll also be posting recaps and mini podcasts during the course of our trip on One Happy Podcast.

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


Welcome back to the latest episode of This Week in Aruba, which covers the events from Friday, August 24th to Thursday, August 30th also known as timeshare week 34. Today we have my partner in crime, Maggie, to join us for the podcast again.

 

The shout-out for this week goes to someone I’ve actually never met before: Sean Whelan, a retired NYPD officer who helped in saving the life of a little girl who suffered an accident while traveling in an off-road vehicle during a family vacation in Aruba.. Sean, not only performed CPR on the girl at the scene, but offered to pay $15,000 for the expenses to transport the child to Puerto Rico via air ambulance. Sean, you are a true hero. Way to go!

 

Now let’s move into the events category.

 

FOOD

 

Dine with Star Chef Nicolas Lopez

When: 24-25 August / 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Where: La Vista Aruba (L. G. Smith Boulevard 101)

Source: https://www.visitaruba.com/things-to-do/aruba-events/dine-with-star-chef-nicolas-lopez/

 

Indulge in another Aruba Marriott culinary event!

 

Star Chef Nicolas Lopez of "Villanos en Bermudas" will prepare an exclusive 5-course dinner menu with wine pairing during a special two night only event at La Vista Restaurant.

 

Nicolas Lopez is Founder & Chef of "Villanos en Bermudas" restaurant, which is #40 on the Latin America's Best Restaurants List, "99" restaurant in Chile, which is listed among the best 50 restaurants in Latin America, and "Tres Bastardos", a famed restaurant in Bogota.

 

"Villanos en Bermudas" was also named one of the ten coolest places to eat in 2018 by Forbes.

 

* Limited seating is available and reservations are required at 520-6343 / 520-6652 / 520-6670.

 

* Price: US $125 per person

 

Alfie's Palm Beach Pop-Up!

When: 24 August / 10:00 pm - 2:00 am

Where: Palm Beach

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/458558164620589/

 

We'll be serving our burgers, poutine, & wings right next to SandBar in Palm Beach!

 

And if you would like to vote for Alfie's star bartender Amal in the Heineken Star Serve contest please do check out this video https://starservecontest.com/bartender/amal/ 

 

HaîKobe Night at LGS

When: 24 August / 6:00-10:00 pm

Where: L.G. Smith's Steak and Chop House

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/702818816728185/

 

Downtown Dining has now a new meaning!

 

Join us every Friday at LGS for a special HaÎKobe night were every oz. matters.

 

As the only restaurant in Aruba serving this famous Japanese steak; Indulge in its tenderness and admire the well-marbled texture accompanied by high-end wines. The perfect combination you don't want to miss.

 

BBQ - Every last Sunday of the month

When: 26 August / 12:00 noon - 3:00 pm

Where: Burger Joint Aruba (Caya Ernesto Petronia, AW Ponton, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/173929070073386/

 

BBQ - EVERY LAST SUNDAY OF THE MONTH

FROM 12 PM - 3 PM AT BURGER JOINT

WEMA PONTON

 

A Taste of Aruba

When: 28 August / 5:00-11:00 pm

Where: Aquarius (L.G. Smith Boulevard 82, 0000 Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/364927160706675/

 

Aquarius will take you back in time with stories, local handcrafted arts and recipes. Celebrate our Island's rich multicultural history with locally inspired buffet.

 

Aquarius will serve a local buffet for just $39 including a Balashi or Chill Beer. Specials on Cocktails such as; 'Barbulet', 'Aruba Ariba' , 'Chuchubi Carnaval' and 'Yuwana Loco'. Discover Aruba through unique flavors!

 

Join us every Tuesday Night for this special local event with Live entertainment. For more information or reservation, please call 5236156 or visit one of our Navigators in the lobby area.

 

Dinner Under The Stars at Renaissance Island

When: 29 August / 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Where: Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/239249196676346/

 

Take a boat trip to Renaissance Island and let your taste buds travel to paradise.

 

Enjoy our 4-course dinner menu consisting of succulent 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 Lucy's Dock (across the Renaissance Mall), boat trip to Renaissance Private Island, dinner on the beach and live entertainment for only $65 per person. Children from 5 to 12 yrs pay $32.50.

 

For more information or reservations, please contact one of our Navigators at 523-6115.

 

LIFESTYLE

 

Aruba International Pro-Am Golf Tournament

When: 24-26 August (all day)

Where: Tierra del Sol Golf Course

Source: https://www.visitaruba.com/things-to-do/aruba-events/aruba-international-pro-am-golf-tournament/

 

Aruba International Pro-Am Golf Tournament

Professional and amateur golfers team up for the Aruba International Pro-Am Golf Tournament at the Tierra del Sol Golf Course.

 

Contact Tierra Del Sol at Tel. +297 586 7800.

 

More information can also be obtained through Aruba Tourism Authority at Tel. +297 582 3777.

 

Free Salsa, Bachata, and Kizomba lessons in San Nicolas!

When: 29 August / 6:30-9:30 pm

Where: ArubaSalsa Dance Company (Pos Abao z/n, Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/1073693239473263/

 

ArubaSalsa's Open House at San Nicolas is on Wednesday, August 29, with FREE lessons of Salsa, Bachata and Kizomba!

 

Our Open House starts at 6:30pm and will take place at Scol di Arte.

 

Limited space is available. Sign up at www.ArubaSalsa.com/join-us or call or send a whatsapp to 593-7506 today!




ENTERTAINMENT

 

Santo Blanco & Nancy Acid!

When: 25 August / 9:00 pm - 1:00 am

Where: Alfie's in Aruba

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/874645876073995/

 

Our fave garage/surf/psych rock kids are heading our way! Santo Blanco and Nancy Acid fly in and hit Alfie's stage for ONE night only!

 

Energy Fusion

When: 25 August / 8:30-9:15 pm

Where: Divi & Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusives

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/214208372531590

 

ENERGY FUSION is performed at the Tamarijn Hotel by the Popcorn Dancers, one of Aruba's best Youth Dance Group. During the show the performers will entertain you with the most popular Modern, Caribbean, Latin & Local dance rhythms on the island. The Popcorn Dancers & magicians Jovi & Tridini are determined to bring pleasure for your eyes, ears, heart & soul.

 

Jazz with Amado

When: 25 August / 8:30-11:00 pm

Where: Café de Bonte Koe Aruba

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/1872461729442940/

 

Swing, Blues, Rock'n Roll and Jazz. Every Saturday, Live with Amado & Special Guest, real instruments, real voices, in honor or all our legends of those golden years. Come see what Café de Bonte Koe Aruba has to offer, as a part of the Blauwe Steeg Oranjestad, Aruba. Where history, culture, and ambiance meet in one alley.

 

Guy Bavli, Master of the Mind

When: 28 August (SHOW FINALE)  / 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Where: Alhambra & Divi Resorts Aruba Banquet & Events (J.E.Irausquin Boulevard # 41, 00000 Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/153482718642217/

Tickets: http://www.masterofthemind.com/

 

Guy Bavli led a long, successful career filled with science-defying stunts and demonstrations, performing for fortune 500 companies, primetime television networks, and audiences around the world. Despite this, Bavli claims no superpowers. His skills actually lie in advanced applications of mind magic, psychology, physiology, and intuition, gained through years of intense study and practice.



Aruba Sinatra Dinner Show at The Old Cunucu House Restaurant

When: 30 August / 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Where: The Old Cunucu House (Palm Beach 150, 0000 Palm Beach, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/968899453248017/

 

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.




KARAOKE/SPECIAL NIGHTS

 

Barney’s Restaurant

(Palm Beach 21 A Palm Beach, Aruba)

Website: https://barneysaruba.com

Karaoke Nights every Fridays, starting at 10:00 pm

 

Soprano’s Piano Bar

(Lloyd G. Smith Boulevard 370, Noord, Aruba)

Website: http://www.sopranospianobararuba.com/

Unplugged Nights every Saturdays, starting at 8:00 pm

 

Matthew’s Beachside Restaurant

(J.E. Irausquin Blvd 51, Oranjestad)

Website: https://www.matthews-aruba.com/

Karaoke Nights every Wednesdays, 9:00 – 11:00 pm

 

7 Club Lounge Bar

(Windstraat 32, Oranjestad, Aruba)

Page: https://www.facebook.com/7arubacom/

Karaoke Nights every Wednesdays, 7:00 pm – 2:00 am

 

Rock’n'Rock
(Caya Taratata, Coral Plaza 15 L-3, Pos Abao, AW Oranjestad)

Page: https://www.facebook.com/rocknrockaruba/

Rockaoke every Wednesdays, 10:00 pm - 1:00 am

 

Ricardo’s Restaurant & Bar

(J.E. Irausquin Blvd 53, Aruba)

Website: http://ricardosaruba.restaurant/

Karaoke Dance Party! every Thursdays, starting at 9:00 pm

 

The Rose Bar & Lounge Restaurant

(Boegoeroei 11-Z, Noord)

Page: https://www.facebook.com/therosearuba/

Karaoke Happy Hour every Thursdays, starting at 6:00 pm

 

What goes on at Bugaloe?

Friday, 24 August: Travel Session Band & Lieke

Every Friday Bugaloe invites you on the dance floor with catching tunes of all time hits! Live music by the Travel Session Band joined by Bugaloe singer Lieke between 7-10pm. This is how life is supposed to be: Fun, Friends and Happiness! See you on Friday!

Saturday, 25 August: Spareribs and Karaoke Night

Every Saturday we welcome you to enjoy our delicious falling-off-the-bone tender Spareribs for only $12,50! Later that night it’s karaoke! Hosted by Aruba’s number one entertainer Giovanni Trim! We will see you on Saturday between 8.30 pm and 11.30 pm for karaoke! Don’t be afraid to enter the stage, the stage is yours! Free entrance.

Sunday, 26 August: Travel Session Band

Sunday night means Travel Session Night! Every week the Travel Session Band is performing live on stage at Bugaloe, with your all-time favorite hits from the 80’s, 90’s and nowadays. So, come on and dance, sing, swing... but most of all: have fun! Sunday night is your night out! Live music from 7 till 10 pm.

Tuesday, 28 August: Joyride Band

Every Tuesday from 7 till 10 pm Joyride Band live with a variety of 80’s, 90’s and all-time hits!  Ease out your day and enjoy your cocktail while the sun sets from Bugaloe’s pier. Most of all: have fun! Tuesday night is your night out!

Wednesday, 29 August: Salsa Night

Bugaloe hosts a weekly FREE Salsa & Merengue workshop! Every Wednesday from 8.30-9.30 pm we will show you the ins and outs of Latin dancing. Our Motto: Everybody can dance! The whole night Salsa music will be played to set the mood. Whether you want to dance the night away or just relax and enjoy the tunes of salsa music, it's a perfect night out!

 

What goes on at MooMba Beach?
Moomba Beach (JE Irausquin BLVD 230, 0000 Palm Beach, Aruba)

Sunday, 26 August from 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Party Posse LIVE on stage

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/642272829486952/

Party Posse is a band with an extensive repertoire of hits, covering the latest radio airplay as well as classic songs from the 00's, 90's, 80's, 70's, and 60's.

Monday, 27 August from 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
C-Zar on stage at MooMba Beach

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/184981868733145/

Join us for an evening with C-Zar live on stage. C-Zar has a wonderful, unusual, voice which will keep you spellbound. Come and toast with us to another beautiful night in Aruba.

Wednesday, 29 August from 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Travel Sessions LIVE at MooMba Beach

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/244018103036121/

Aruba’s hottest Caribbean style band with many international songs. The Travel Sessions formation makes sure you will get on the dance floor and make you soak in the authentic Caribbean feeling right at MooMba Beach. Happy moments!




Let’s look into the cruise ships schedule portion for this week.

 

 

Our topic for discussion on this week is about a thread on the forums regarding people’s preferences of the grocery stores in Aruba, specifically Superfood and Ling & Sons.

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


Welcome back to the latest episode of This Week in Aruba, which covers the events from Friday, August 17th to Thursday, August 23rd also known as timeshare week 33. Once again, I am accompanied by none other than my trusty co-host Maggie.

 

The shout-out for this week goes to the folks at Quickie Licky Laundromat around the Palm Beach area because that is an awesome name for anything and it makes me laugh every time I pass by it. I’ve never been there but I heard they do great work there. So kudos!

 

Now let’s move into the events category.

 

LIFESTYLE

 

Aruba's Annual International Regatta

When: 17-19 August (all day)

Where: Surfside Beach, Aruba

Website: www.aruba-regatta.com

 

This sailing event features fun, action, and competitions among international yachts, catamarans, sunfish, kitesurfers and windsurfers during the day, combined with music, beach parties, and dinners at night!

 

The sailors will compete for the overall trophy for the winner in the most competitive class.

 

Visit www.aruba-regatta.com for more information.

 

Contact the organizing committee atl +297 565 6887 for registration and additional information.


My Heart is in Havana - Midday Dance Fundraising Event Against Domestic Violence

When: 19 August / 12:00pm - 5:00pm

Where: Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino

Source: https://www.visitaruba.com/things-to-do/aruba-events/my-heart-is-in-havana-midday-dance-fundraising-event-against-domestic-violence/

 

Get involved with the Aruban community by joining the fundraising event: "My Heart is in Havana Midday Dance"!

 

PURPOSE: All resources are used to BREAK THE SILENCE and STOP DOMESTIC VIOLENCE on Aruba.

 

HIGHLIGHTS:

 

  • A fundraising event honoring all its proceeds to 'FUNDACION PA HENDE MUHE DEN DIFICULTAD'
  • Live music performances by ROBERT JEANDOR Y SU SOLO BANDA SHOW & 'NFUZION
  • Welcome drink and a buffet from 12:30pm - 3:30pm

 

COST: $175 (AWG. 315) per couple


Renew Your I Do's in Aruba

When: 22 August (all day)

Where: Eagle Beach, Aruba

Source: https://www.visitaruba.com/things-to-do/aruba-events/renew-your-i-dos-in-aruba/

 

What better way to celebrate your love than to renew your "I do's" on the most romantic and happy island in the Caribbean, Aruba!

 

Want to be a part of something BIG?

 

Aruba hosts the largest Vow Renewal Celebration in the Caribbean and we want YOU to be a part of this momentous occasion!

 

Couples from all over the world are invited to participate in this grandiose affair. Taking place on Eagle Beach, the world's No. 4 beach, the atmosphere is filled with love, passion and a real destination wedding feel.

 

Picture a romantic evening on a white sand beach, lively island tunes and a breathtaking sunset light up the sky as your heavenly backdrop. Participants alongside their close family and friends will enjoy a complimentary ceremony with champagne, hors d’oeuvres and local music.

 

To participate please contact Aruba Tourism Authority: support@aruba.com


FOOD

 

Konnichi Wow Sushi Night at BLUE

When: 18 August / 6:00 - 10:00 pm

Where: Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/478203485933762/

 

Join us at Renaissance Aruba's BLUE Bar for an unforgettable Saturday evening featuring an eclectic menu of handcrafted sushi selections, imported wine and beers from Japan, authentic sake, and a LIVE sushi-making station run by its very own sushi chef!

 

RAW has never tasted so good!

 

Sunset Wine Sail

When: 19 August / 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Where: The Wine Room (L.G. Smith Blvd #126 Suite #1, 00000 Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/486203525116296/

 

Sail the sunset with us together with Octopus Aruba's 41 feet Trimaran the pristine waters of Aruba. Explore the boutique wines of The Wine Room and enjoy a 3 hour sail while experiencing the best sunset in the world.

 

We will have the following wines: A refreshing sauvignon blanc and a medium bodied red blend wine to relax with.

 

Experience: $135

 

Tapas are in the works.

 

Attire: Beach (swimsuit, swim short)

Max participants: 40

 

Wednesday ALL You Can Eat RIBS

When: 22 August / 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/150395475571275/

 

Another delicious Wednesday ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT BBQ RIBS for only $22.50 p.p!!

 

Please make reservations at cafetheplaza@arubawineanddine.com or call 583-8826.

 

Dinner Under The Stars at Renaissance Island

When: 22 August / 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Where: Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/239249196676346/

 

Take a boat trip to Renaissance Island and let your taste buds travel to paradise.

 

Enjoy our 4-course dinner menu consisting of succulent 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 Lucy's Dock (across the Renaissance Mall), boat trip to Renaissance Private Island, dinner on the beach and live entertainment for only $65 per person. Children from 5 to 12 yrs pay $32.50.

 

For more information or reservations, please contact one of our Navigators at 523-6115


ENTERTAINMENT


Guy Bavli, Master of the Mind

When: 21 August / 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm (recurring event every Tuesdays until 28 August)

Where: Alhambra & Divi Resorts Aruba Banquet & Events (J.E.Irausquin Boulevard # 41, 00000 Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/153482718642217/

Tickets: http://www.masterofthemind.com/

 

Guy Bavli led a long, successful career filled with science-defying stunts and demonstrations, performing for fortune 500 companies, primetime television networks, and audiences around the world. Despite this, Bavli claims no superpowers. His skills actually lie in advanced applications of mind magic, psychology, physiology, and intuition, gained through years of intense study and practice. Tickets: $35


Aruba Sinatra Dinner Show at The Old Cunucu House Restaurant

When: 23 August / 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Where: The Old Cunucu House (Palm Beach 150, 0000 Palm Beach, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/968899453248017/

 

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.



KARAOKE/SPECIAL NIGHTS

 

Barney’s Restaurant

(Palm Beach 21 A Palm Beach, Aruba)

Website: https://barneysaruba.com

Karaoke Nights every Fridays, starting at 10:00 pm

 

Soprano’s Piano Bar

(Lloyd G. Smith Boulevard 370, Noord, Aruba)

Website: http://www.sopranospianobararuba.com/

Unplugged Nights every Saturdays, starting at 8:00 pm

 

Matthew’s Beachside Restaurant

(J.E. Irausquin Blvd 51, Oranjestad)

Website: https://www.matthews-aruba.com/

Karaoke Nights every Wednesdays, 9:00 – 11:00 pm

 

7 Club Lounge Bar

(Windstraat 32, Oranjestad, Aruba)

Page: https://www.facebook.com/7arubacom/

Karaoke Nights every Wednesdays, 7:00 pm – 2:00 am

 

Rock’n'Rock
(Caya Taratata, Coral Plaza 15 L-3, Pos Abao, AW Oranjestad)

Page: https://www.facebook.com/rocknrockaruba/

Rockaoke every Wednesdays, 10:00 pm - 1:00 am

 

Ricardo’s Restaurant & Bar

(J.E. Irausquin Blvd 53, Aruba)

Website: http://ricardosaruba.restaurant/

Karaoke Dance Party! every Thursdays, starting at 9:00 pm

 

The Rose Bar & Lounge Restaurant

(Boegoeroei 11-Z, Noord)

Page: https://www.facebook.com/therosearuba/

Karaoke Happy Hour every Thursdays, starting at 6:00 pm

 

What goes on at Bugaloe?

Friday, 17 August: Travel Session Band & Lieke

Every Friday Bugaloe invites you on the dance floor with catching tunes of all time hits! Live music by the Travel Session Band joined by Bugaloe singer Lieke between 7-10pm. This is how life is supposed to be: Fun, Friends and Happiness! See you on Friday!

Saturday, 18 August: Spareribs and Karaoke Night

Every Saturday we welcome you to enjoy our delicious falling off-the-bone tender Spareribs for only $12,50! Later that night it’s karaoke! Hosted by Aruba’s number one entertainer Giovanni Trim! We will see you on Saturday between 8.30 pm and 11.30 pm for karaoke! Don’t be afraid to enter the stage, the stage is yours! Free entrance.

Sunday, 19 August: Travel Session Band

Sunday night means Travel Session Night! Every week the Travel Session Band is performing live on stage at Bugaloe, with your all time favorite hits from the 80’s, 90’s and nowadays. So, come on and dance, sing, swing... but most of all: have fun! Sunday night is your night out! Live music from 7 till 10 pm.

Tuesday, 21 August: Joyride Band

Every Tuesday from 7 till 10 pm Joyride Band live with a variety of 80’s, 90’s and all time hits!  Ease out your day and enjoy your cocktail while the sun sets from Bugaloe’s pier. Most of all: have fun! Tuesday night is your night out!

Wednesday, 22 August: Salsa Night

Bugaloe hosts a weekly FREE Salsa & Merengue workshop! Every Wednesday from 8.30-9.30 pm we will show you the ins and outs of Latin dancing. Our Motto: Everybody can dance! The whole night Salsa music will be played to set the mood. Whether you want to dance the night away or just relax and enjoy the tunes of salsa music, it's a perfect night out!

 

What goes on at MooMba Beach?

Friday, 17 August from 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Party Posse LIVE on stage

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/642272829486952/

Party Posse is a band with an extensive repertoire of hits, covering the latest radio airplay as well as classic songs from the 00's, 90's, 80's, 70's, and 60's.

Sunday, 19 August from 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Untouchables LIVE on stage

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/1062732173889378/

Lead singer Cesar Olarte of The Untouchables is a phenomenon on Aruba: his distinctive voice is amazing and his highest notes can put a lady's pipes to shame. Singing a wide variety of styles, such as merengue, salsa, pop and reggae, Cesar and his Untouchables are popular among locals as well as visitors.

Monday, 20 August from 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
C-Zar on stage at MooMba Beach

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/184981868733145/

Join us for an evening with C-Zar live on stage. C-Zar has a wonderful, unusual, voice which will keep you spellbound. Come and toast with us to another beautiful night in Aruba.

Wednesday, 22 August from 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Travel Sessions LIVE at MooMba Beach

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/244018103036121/

Aruba’s hottest Caribbean style band with many international songs. The Travel Sessions formation makes sure you will get on the dance floor and make you soak in the authentic Caribbean feeling right at MooMba Beach. Happy moments!

 

Kukoo Kunuku Party Bus

Website: https://www.kukookunuku.com/

Phone: (297) 586 2010 / US: (305) 290 7423

Email: contact@kukookunuku.com

 

Monday to Saturday | 6.00 PM - 12.00 AM  (Closed Sunday)

$67.00 per person ($4.00 tax)

  • Pick-up from the hotel between 5.00 PM - 6.30 PM
  • Champagne toast at one of our special locations
  • Casual Caribbean Dining - including one drink
  • Three Bar stops, 1st drink is on us, other drinks at special prices
  • At midnight you will be taken back to your hotel

Check out: Wine On Down The Road (tour)

Tuesday & Thursday | 5.30 PM – 9.30 PM  (Closed Sunday)

Book now rate $95.00 ($5.00 tax)

  • Transportation from/to your hotel
  • Sommelier on board for the evening
  • First stop champagne toast
  • Visit four of Aruba’s top restaurants
  • Signature tapas, dishes and desserts paired with fine wines

 

NEW WINE TOUR: Wine On Down The Road with Kukoo Kunuku for an evening of sophistication, great food, perfectly paired wine and a dash of Kukoo of course. Our Sommelier will entertain and guide you through four of Aruba’s top restaurants, sampling their signature bites, dishes, and dessert with Fine Wine. Restaurants may include  Screaming Eagle, Hostaria Da Vittorio, White Modern Cuisine, Papimento, Azia and other gourmet restaurants (this can change depending on date). Whether you are a wine novice or an avid wine connoisseur we can guarantee that you will have a fabulous evening accompanied by great wine, excellent food and interesting conversation!

 

Check out: Beer Flights & Bites (tour)

Wednesdays | 5.30 PM - 9.30 PM       

$70.00 per person ($4.00 tax) BOOK NOW and get $10 OFF

  • Let’s "hops" on the bus and savor Aruba’s very own Brewery Fresh Beers by Balashi as well as Caribbean and European beers paired with local bites.
  • Visit three picturesque, open-air bars and cafes off the beaten path
  • Experience a fun-filled evening with music, food and beer
  • Beauty lies in the hands of the BEER holder!


Let’s look into the cruise ships schedule portion for this week.

 

 

For the last section of this show we’re gonna discuss a certain Facebook post that we found on All Things Aruba groups regarding the Aruba forums that is quite interesting.

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


Welcome back to the latest episode of This Week in Aruba, which covers the events from Friday, August 10th to Thursday, August 16th  also known as timeshare week 32. I am joined by the amazing Maggie again today and we may do this as a weekly thing on a trial basis.

 

The shoutout for this week goes to Regina Crusan. She’s been a guest on the show a couple of times (episodes 76 and 93) and is a frequent guest at the Renaissance. She Is actually down there in Aruba as we speak. If you’re reading this Regina, enjoy Aruba!

 

Now let’s move into the events category.

 

FOOD

 

A Taste of Italy at Mango's Restaurant

When: 12 August / 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Where: Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort - Mangos Restaurant

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/1924034267894062/

 

This three course menus is prepared from authentic Italian recipes.

 

Appetizer / Soup

  • Country Style Minestrone Soup or
  • Smoked Salmon Carpaccio
  • Mixed Greens & Toasted Pine Nuts

 

Main Course

  • Pasta con Scampi
  • Sautéed Shrimp with Garlic  
  • Fresh Herbs, Tomatoes, on a Bed of Spaghetti or Pollo Piccata
  • Chicken Breast Filet with Lemon Caper Butter Sauce Grilled Zucchini & Mushroom Risotto

 

Desserts

  • Homemade Tiramisu

 

Open from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM at Mangos Restaurant. US$32.50 per person exclusive 15% Service Charge and 6% Government Taxes.

 

Local Fishermen Night at Mangos Restaurant

When: 14 August / 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Where: Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort - Mangos Restaurant

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/1924034267894062/

 

Daily fresh catch-of-the-day prepared and served to your liking.

 

SOUP   

Corn chowder with chili flakes.

 

PLATED SALAD BAR

Garden greens with onions, tomatoes, cucumber accompanied with olives, pearl onions, boiled eggs, cheese, croutons, green asparagus and a dressing of your choice.

 

CAPTAIN'S CORNER

Delicious sides like pan bati, funchi, steamed rice, okra, sweet potatoes, fried yucca, garlic mashed potatoes, vegetable ratatouille.

 

MANGOS LOCAL RAW BAR GRILL

Choose from fresh Lion Fish, Mahi-Mahi, Wahoo, Snapper, Calamari and Tuna.

Let our chef prepare your choices a la minute from the grill, poached or sautéed.

 

FISHERMAN’S TALK

Our weekly changing dessert!

 

Open from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM at Mangos Restaurant. US$39.50 per person exclusive 15% Service Charge and 6% Government Taxes.a

 

Dinner Under The Stars at Renaissance Island

When: 15 August / 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Where: Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/239249196676346/

 

Take a boat trip to Renaissance Island and let your taste buds travel to paradise.

 

Enjoy our 4-course dinner menu consisting of succulent 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 Lucy's Dock (across the Renaissance Mall), boat trip to Renaissance Private Island, dinner on the beach and live entertainment for only $65 per person. Children from 5 to 12 yrs pay $32.50.

 

For more information or reservations, please contact one of our Navigators at 523-6115

 

Asian Delight at Mangos Restaurant

When: 16 August / 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Where: Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort - Mangos Restaurant

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/699716750360428

 

A taste of Asia. More flavors, more spices, more variety with our three course menu.

 

APPETIZER  

Soto Ayam | Indonesian chicken soup

or Chinese Veggie Spring Rolls  | Thai sweet chili sauce.

 

MAIN COURSE

Indonesian Rijsttafel | Beef Rendang, chicken sate peanut sauce

coconut curry shrimp, fried rice, green beans, plantain, pickled cucumber, Sambal and Atjar.

 

DESSERTS

Ginger mango sherbet.

 

Open from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM at Mangos Restaurant. US$32.50 per person exclusive 15% Service Charge and 6% Government Taxes.

 

LIFESTYLE

Martini Night

When: 10 August / 6:00-8:00 pm

Where: Ike's Bistro (J.E. Irausquin Boulevard 55, Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/266598553935786/

 

Every Friday we celebrate the weekend with $5 Martini Night. Come lounge and listen to the sounds of Lucre Houtman while sipping your favorite Martini.

 

Chasing Coral Screening at University of Aruba

When: 16 August / 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Where: University of Aruba

Source: https://www.visitaruba.com/things-to-do/aruba-events/chasing-coral-screening-at-university-of-aruba/

 

The University of Aruba and VisitAruba are hosting a free screening event of the Netflix Original Documentary, "Chasing Coral".

 

The greatest impact of our changing climate has been hiding in our ocean – until now…

 

We, in collaboration with University of Aruba and Aruba Int'l Regatta, are hosting a free screening of the Sundance award-winning Chasing Coral, a film that takes you on an eye-opening adventure to witness the collapse of our coral reefs.

 

We’ll be joined by special guests to discuss what this wake-up call means for the future of Aruba and the rest of the globe!

 

Speakers:

 

  • Father-Daughter team, Castro & Veronica Perez, will be present on behalf of Aruba Reef Care Foundation with insights on Aruba's own ocean care
  • Concerned Captain of Tranquilo Charters Aruba, Anthony Hagedoorn
  • Representative of the Dutch Marines Marinierskazerne Savaneta
  • Renata Goodridge, Director of Sailors for the Sea Caribbean
  • Eric Mijts: President Aruba Regatta Foundation / University of Aruba

 

Aruba Hotel And Tourism Association - AHATA's Environmental Committee team will also be present with info on the hospitality & tourism industry of Aruba

 

Join us for this special event and see what this film reveals about the need for ACTION!

 

Discover the story hidden below the waves... a campaign to inspire action in unexpected places.

 

CHASING CORAL is a film directed by Jeff Orlowski and produced by Larissa Rhodes, as an Exposure Labs production. It was filmed over three years, with 500+ hours underwater, includes footage from over 30 countries, and was made with the support of over 500 people around the world.

 

With its breathtaking photography, nail-biting suspense, and startling emotion, Chasing Coral is a dramatic revelation that won’t have audiences sitting idle for long.

 

For more information please contact the University of Aruba, view their Facebook event or email us at: va@visitaruba.com.




ENTERTAINMENT

Energy Fusion

When: 11 August / 8:30-9:15 pm

Where: Divi & Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusives (JE Irausquin Boulevard #45, 00000 Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/214208372531590/

 

ENERGY FUSION is performed at the Tamarijn Hotel by the Popcorn Dancers, one of Aruba's best Youth Dance Group. During the show the performers will entertain you with the most popular Modern, Caribbean, Latin & Local dance rhythms on the island. The Popcorn Dancers & magicians Jovi & Tridini are determined to bring pleasure for your eyes, ears, heart & soul.

 

Shortcutz Aruba Rewind

When: 12 August / 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Where: Ateliers '89 (Dominicanessenstraat 34, Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/244771049690948/

 

Celebrating the upcoming new season of Shortcutz Aruba, we will feature the past presented short films in one artsy night. This is a FREE EVENT.

 

Movie Night Under The Stars

When: 14 August / 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Where: Renaissance Ocean Suites Beach

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/399886853853015/

 

Pop the corn and dim the lights...we're staying in for Family Movie Night at the Renaissance Ocean Suites Beach.

 

Join us for a Family Fun Night with Movie Under The Stars.

Admission: RenAruba guests only.

 

An Evening With Brian James

When: 15 August / 8:00 - 10:00 pm

Where: Flor de Oriente (Kerkstraat 6, None Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/475200609557738/

 

I'm very excited to be playing a second show at this awesome venue. I will be performing material from "Right Here", "Let It Ride", as well as old favorites and new tunes from my upcoming album "Long Way Home". Bring your friends, have a drink and enjoy the music. Hope to see you all there!

 

ARUBA RAY’S COMEDY

Where: Amsterdam Ballroom, Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino

Website: http://www.arubacomedy.com

 

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.

 

LINE-UP (Last Night)

AUGUST 10: PETE LEE, BRIAN SCOTT MCFADDEN, RAY ELLIN

 

  • 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.



Guy Bavli, Master of the Mind

When: 14 August / 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm (recurring event every Tuesdays until 28 August)

Where: Alhambra & Divi Resorts Aruba Banquet & Events (J.E.Irausquin Boulevard # 41, 00000 Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/153482718642217/

Tickets: http://www.masterofthemind.com/

 

Guy Bavli led a long, successful career filled with science-defying stunts and demonstrations, performing for fortune 500 companies, primetime television networks, and audiences around the world. Despite this, Bavli claims no superpowers. His skills actually lie in advanced applications of mind magic, psychology, physiology, and intuition, gained through years of intense study and practice.



Aruba Sinatra Dinner Show at The Old Cunucu House Restaurant

When: 16 August / 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Where: The Old Cunucu House (Palm Beach 150, 0000 Palm Beach, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/968899453248017/

 

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.




KARAOKE/SPECIAL NIGHTS

 

Barney’s Restaurant

(Palm Beach 21 A Palm Beach, Aruba)

Website: https://barneysaruba.com

Karaoke Nights every Fridays, starting at 10:00 pm

 

Soprano’s Piano Bar

(Lloyd G. Smith Boulevard 370, Noord, Aruba)

Website: http://www.sopranospianobararuba.com/

Unplugged Nights every Saturdays, starting at 8:00 pm

 

Matthew’s Beachside Restaurant

(J.E. Irausquin Blvd 51, Oranjestad)

Website: https://www.matthews-aruba.com/

Karaoke Nights every Wednesdays, 9:00 – 11:00 pm

 

7 Club Lounge Bar

(Windstraat 32, Oranjestad, Aruba)

Page: https://www.facebook.com/7arubacom/

Karaoke Nights every Wednesdays, 7:00 pm – 2:00 am

 

Rock’n'Rock
(Caya Taratata, Coral Plaza 15 L-3, Pos Abao, AW Oranjestad)

Page: https://www.facebook.com/rocknrockaruba/

Rockaoke every Wednesdays, 10:00 pm - 1:00 am

 

Ricardo’s Restaurant & Bar

(J.E. Irausquin Blvd 53, Aruba)

Website: http://ricardosaruba.restaurant/

Karaoke Dance Party! every Thursdays, starting at 9:00 pm

 

The Rose Bar & Lounge Restaurant

(Boegoeroei 11-Z, Noord)

Page: https://www.facebook.com/therosearuba/

Karaoke Happy Hour every Thursdays, starting at 6:00 pm



What goes on at MooMba Beach?
Moomba Beach (JE Irausquin BLVD 230, 0000 Palm Beach, Aruba)

Friday, 10 August from 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Primo Bandits Live on Stage

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/260294184761664/

Join us for an evening with C-Zar live on stage. C-Zar has a wonderful, unusual, voice which will keep you spellbound. Come and toast with us to another beautiful night in Aruba.

Monday, 13 August from 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
C-Zar on stage at MooMba Beach

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/184981868733145/

Join us for an evening with C-Zar live on stage. C-Zar has a wonderful, unusual, voice which will keep you spellbound. Come and toast with us to another beautiful night in Aruba.

Wednesday, 15 August from 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Travel Sessions LIVE at MooMba Beach

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/244018103036121/

Aruba’s hottest Caribbean style band with many international songs. The Travel Sessions formation makes sure you will get on the dance floor and make you soak in the authentic Caribbean feeling right at MooMba Beach. Happy moments!




Let’s look into the cruise ships schedule portion which has a bit more activity compared to last week.

 

 

A piece of news for this week: Tony Roma’s, an Aruba staple for 25 years and probably one of the longest-running chain restaurants in the island, is closing down.

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


Welcome back to the latest episode of This Week in Aruba, which covers the events from Friday, August 3rd to Thursday, August 9th  also known as timeshare week 31.

 

Today, I will be joined by the lovely Maggie as my co-host so my shoutout for this week goes to none other than Maggie herself. She was my first ever guest in One Happy Podcast. Three years later, she’s still here by my side supporting me all the way.

 

Now let’s move into the events category.

 

FOOD

 

Chef Lucien Bastiaan at Windows on Aruba

When: 3 August / 7:00-10:30 pm

Where: Windows on Aruba (J.E. Irausquin Blvd 93, Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/586437261753898/

 

Join us for an unforgettable dining experience! All the way from The WOX restaurant in the Netherlands: Chef Lucien Bastiaan

 

For only $125, receive an Amazing French-Asian family style dining experience with Wine pairing!

 

For reservation call: +297 523 5017 or email us: rsvp@vibrationpr.com

 

Chaska - Indian Pop Up

When: 3 August / 12:00 nn - 11:00 pm

Where: La Linda Aruba (Caya G.F. Betico Croes 3, Oranjestad)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/209214043063816/

 

Once the capital of the spice trade, India has always been on the forefront of flavor.

 

Inspired by the street bazaars of New Delhi, #RenAruba presents a night full of zestful seasonings expertly blended together to recreate the authentic traditional taste of Indian cuisine.

 

Experience the art of Mehendi while sipping on Masala Chai. It's all about Discovering India.

 

Ex - La Linda (Children's Dept.) will be transformed for this authentic culinary journey.

 

Join us to CHASKA, Indian essence infused with Aruban Renaissance pop up event.

 

Wine and Food Pairing at Que Pasa for just $19.50 pp

When: 7 August / 4:00 - 11:00 pm

Where: Que Pasa?

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/384234832055257/

 

This wine and tapas pairing evenings at Que Pasa are fantastic fun, a delicious treat, and a great way to learn about wines and broaden your taste and knowledge on wine types. Que Pasa offers tapas snacks paired with 4 great wines for just $19.50 per person. Reservations are required.



Dinner Under The Stars at Renaissance Island

When: 8 August / 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Where: Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/239249196676346/

 

Take a boat trip to Renaissance Island and let your taste buds travel to paradise.

 

Enjoy our 4-course dinner menu consisting of succulent 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 Lucy's Dock (across the Renaissance Mall), boat trip to Renaissance Private Island, dinner on the beach and live entertainment for only $65 per person. Children from 5 to 12 yrs pay $32.50.

 

For more information or reservations, please contact one of our Navigators at 523-6115

 

LIFESTYLE

 

Pet Adoption Day

When: 4 August / 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Where: Bestial Pet House (Tanki Flip 119 Lok. 1, 00000 Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/231516277494684/

 

We welcome you to our Pet Adoption Day, where your furmate awaits you!

 

Adorable dogs and cats ready to go to their Furever home.

 

Adopting a pet is an excellent way to turn Love into Action. The Love you receive is an extraordinary extra benefit

 

Stargazing in Aruba: Mars Edition

When: 4 August / 8:00-11:00 pm

Where: Arikok National Park

Hosted by Space and Nature Aruba Foundation

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/297049400839705/

 

Grab your family, friends, or even a stranger and join the Space & Nature Aruba Foundation for our next 'Stargazing in Aruba' event, with focus on the red planet Mars.

 

The foundation members will make their telescopes available so the public can have a look at Mars, Jupiter and Saturn and maybe even the moon.

Guests can bring their own equipment and share their experience with other guests (not required).

 

During the event, short videos will be on display with information such as:

* Information about the red planet Mars.

* Introduction to Astrophotography.

* Telescopes, mounts, and other related equipment.

 

Bring your own chair, food & beverage and enjoy a pleasant moment under the beautiful Aruban night sky.

 

(Note: a donation to our foundation is always appreciated)

 

CrossFit A297 Aruba Cohen Weightlifting Seminar

When: 4 August / 4:00–7:30 pm

Where: Crossfit A297 (L.G smith boulevard 152, Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/974088396088192/

 

An Olympic Weightlifting seminar with the most decorated coach in the sport of Olympic Weightlifting! Michael’s seminars are designed for all levels of athlete, from beginner to advanced - athlete or coach!

 

Michael Cohen is a USAW Level 5, Senior International Coach, Olympian, Head Strength coach for USA Paralympic Basketball and 2 time Olympic Head Coach (2000, 2004 Olympic Games). As Head Coach of Team Savannah, Michael is the only coach to have produced medalists at all levels of competition—from National, International, Pan American, and Olympic.
Michael has been active in the sport of Olympic Weightlifting for over 50 years. His years of experience as both an athlete and a coach give him the extensive knowledge to adapt technique to individual body types – making each athlete more efficient, which crosses over to all levels of athletics!

 

Michael has produced: 43 National Champions, 82 Jr. National Champions, 32 Jr. World Team Members, 9 Senior World Team Members (including gold medalists), 4 Youth World Team Members, 2 Pan American Gold Medalists, 4 Olympians

 

$100 US

 

Ling & Sons Kidsfest 2018

When: 4 August / 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Where:  Ling and Sons IGA Super Center (Schotlandstraat #41, Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/431357867340661/

 

Free event for Kids!

 

Our annual Kidsfest is a fun filled day where we turn an area of our parking lot into a playground for kids where they can play games, enjoy the carousel and dinojump, win prizes, and have a great time before they go back to school. Join the fun at Ling & Sons.



ARUBA'S #1 Flea Market Rococo Plaza

When: 5 August / 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Where: Rococo Plaza Outlet (Tanki Leendert Rococo Plaza road 4a, 000000 Oranjestad)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/183517485854550/

 

ARUBA'S Number ONE Flea Market! A must go fleamarket with lots of bargains, food, drinks, music, and sellers with different merchandise. It is always an adventure! There are also plants, fruits, and Vegetables for sale. For the hungry people, there are homemade Indonesian snacks and real good homemade Dutch Vegetable meat soup with meatballs.

 

The Flea Market is surrounded by Aruba's only Antique Shop which is the largest one in the Caribbean. The Antique Shops of Louis XV are located at the inner court with a lot of showrooms and also an attic.

 

For more information:

Pls call or Whatsapp 00297-7415640



ENTERTAINMENT

 

Seven Day Pass, their second time Live

When: 3 August / 9:00 pm - 2:00 am

Where: Rock’n'Rock (Caya Taratata, Coral Plaza 15 L-3, Pos Abao, AW Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/267194174012815/

 

Get prepared for a night full of Rock classics!!!

 

If you missed their amazing first performance at Rock'n'Rock, here is your second chance. So head your behind over there and don't allow nobody tells you about a wonderful unplugged Rock evening.

 

Bon Bini | Buleria X BrianD (Aua)

When: 3 August / 10:00 pm-4:00 am

Where: Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino (L. G. Smith Boulevard 82, Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/217012875613700/

 

Bonbini to the hottest party of the summer! On August 3rd, Buleria will take you on a musical journey through time at the Renaissance Convention Center.

 

Experience a night full of ambiente, good vibes, and good times with entertainment by DJ Vibes, Phatunez, Big Rig, MC Oz and an exclusive performance by BULERIA Starring ROCCO'S classics, and the best of Buleria featuring Rocco, Ron, Ray, Buddy and Dwight.

 

To top it off BRIAnD will take us back in time as he performs all of your favorite Brian D hits and he’ll be presenting the newest single with Buleria live for the very first time.

 

This is the summer party you won’t want to miss so bring your most fashionable Summer outfit and get ready to dance all night long

 

We’re ready to give you a warm Bonbini

 

Tickets available at Aruba Vision Center Superfood, Hamaka SW Cafe, Citgo Blvd, Citgo Essoville

 

Phase 1 Afl. 55,-

Phase 2 Afl. 65,-

Phase 3 Afl. 75,-

General Afl. 85,-

 

To go VIP call +297 7408808

 

Do What You Want Soca Party!

When: 3 August / 9:00 pm - 5:00am

Where: RainWeststraat (WestStraat 3, Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/2068284976756821/

 

DO WHAT YOU WANT SOCA PARTY! Are you ready?!

 

On Friday August 3rd get ready to enjoy a night of sweet soca music with the KINGS OF SOCA and the BEST DJ'S on island!

 

LINE UP:

  • Galloway JR
  • Blacky
  • Buddy
  • Freddy Rasta
  • Oye Maiky
  • DJ Sky
  • Nutzbeatz
  • DJ Yeimy
  • Big Rig

 

SMIRNOFF SPECIALS ALL NIGHT LONG AND SPECIAL GAMES WITH THE ONE AND ONLY TYSON ENTERTAINMENT! Tickets at the door, party starts at 9:00 PM!



Energy Fusion

When: 4 August / 8:30-9:15 pm

Where: Divi & Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusives (JE Irausquin Boulevard #45, 00000 Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/214208372531590/

 

ENERGY FUSION is performed at the Tamarijn Hotel by the Popcorn Dancers, one of Aruba's best Youth Dance Group. During the show the performers will entertain you with the most popular Modern, Caribbean, Latin & Local dance rhythms on the island. The Popcorn Dancers & magicians Jovi & Tridini are determined to bring pleasure for your eyes, ears, heart & soul.

 

An Evening With Brian James

When: 9 August / 8:00-10:00 pm

Where: Alfie's in Aruba

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/2113853792162081/

 

Very excited to be playing this show back home on Aruba at this great venue! I will be performing songs from Right Here and Let It Ride, as well as old favorites and new tunes from my upcoming album. Bring your friends, have a drink and enjoy the music!

 

ARUBA RAY’S COMEDY

Where: Amsterdam Ballroom, Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino

Website: http://www.arubacomedy.com

 

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.

 

LINE-UP

AUGUST 3: DAN NATURMAN, BRIAN SCOTT MCFADDEN, ERIN JACKSON, RAY ELLIN
AUGUST 4: No Show

AUGUST 5: BRIAN SCOTT MCFADDEN, ERIN JACKSON, RAY ELLIN
AUGUST 6: PETE LEE, BRIAN SCOTT MCFADDEN, ERIN JACKSON, RAY ELLIN

AUGUST 7-9: PETE LEE, BRIAN SCOTT MCFADDEN, RAY ELLIN

 

  • 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.



Guy Bavli, Master of the Mind

When: 6 August / 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm (recurring event every Tuesdays until 28 August)

Where: Alhambra & Divi Resorts Aruba Banquet & Events (J.E.Irausquin Boulevard # 41, 00000 Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/153482718642217/

Tickets: http://www.masterofthemind.com/

 

Guy Bavli led a long, successful career filled with science-defying stunts and demonstrations, performing for fortune 500 companies, primetime television networks, and audiences around the world. Despite this, Bavli claims no superpowers. His skills actually lie in advanced applications of mind magic, psychology, physiology, and intuition, gained through years of intense study and practice.



Aruba Sinatra Dinner Show at The Old Cunucu House Restaurant

When: 9 August / 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Where: The Old Cunucu House (Palm Beach 150, 0000 Palm Beach, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/968899453248017/

 

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.




KARAOKE/SPECIAL NIGHTS

 

Barney’s Restaurant

(Palm Beach 21 A Palm Beach, Aruba)

Website: https://barneysaruba.com

Karaoke Nights every Fridays, starting at 10:00 pm

 

Soprano’s Piano Bar

(Lloyd G. Smith Boulevard 370, Noord, Aruba)

Website: http://www.sopranospianobararuba.com/

Unplugged Nights every Saturdays, starting at 8:00 pm

 

Matthew’s Beachside Restaurant

(J.E. Irausquin Blvd 51, Oranjestad)

Website: https://www.matthews-aruba.com/

Karaoke Nights every Wednesdays, 9:00 – 11:00 pm

 

7 Club Lounge Bar

(Windstraat 32, Oranjestad, Aruba)

Page: https://www.facebook.com/7arubacom/

Karaoke Nights every Wednesdays, 7:00 pm – 2:00 am

 

Rock’n'Rock
(Caya Taratata, Coral Plaza 15 L-3, Pos Abao, AW Oranjestad)

Page: https://www.facebook.com/rocknrockaruba/

Rockaoke every Wednesdays, 10:00 pm - 1:00 am

 

Ricardo’s Restaurant & Bar

(J.E. Irausquin Blvd 53, Aruba)

Website: http://ricardosaruba.restaurant/

Karaoke Dance Party! every Thursdays, starting at 9:00 pm

 

The Rose Bar & Lounge Restaurant

(Boegoeroei 11-Z, Noord)

Page: https://www.facebook.com/therosearuba/

Karaoke Happy Hour every Thursdays, starting at 6:00 pm



What goes on at MooMba Beach?
Moomba Beach (JE Irausquin BLVD 230, 0000 Palm Beach, Aruba)

Monday, 6 August from 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
C-Zar on stage at MooMba Beach

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/184981868733145/

Join us for an evening with C-Zar live on stage. C-Zar has a wonderful, unusual, voice which will keep you spellbound. Come and toast with us to another beautiful night in Aruba.

Wednesday, 8 August from 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Travel Sessions LIVE at MooMba Beach

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/244018103036121/

Aruba’s hottest Caribbean style band with many international songs. The Travel Sessions formation makes sure you will get on the dance floor and make you soak in the authentic Caribbean feeling right at MooMba Beach. Happy moments!




Let’s look into the cruise ships schedule portion which is again sparse because of low season.

 

 

Instead of a news section, Maggie and I will have a small discussion portion for this week about a certain topic that you may find interesting.

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


Welcome back to the latest episode of This Week in Aruba, which covers the events from Friday, July 27th to Thursday, August 2nd also known as timeshare week 30.

 

My shoutout for this week goes to the crew of My Aruba Dream Villa. If you want to rent a home in the island, the people at MyArubaDreamVilla.com will take good care of you. They have homes that basically suits all the preferences you may have — from practical to luxurious and from small to large. You can listen to the One Happy Podcast of my interview with Liz Ginocchio, one of the founders of My Aruba Dream Villa, here.

 

Now let’s move into the events category.

 

FOOD

Wine and Food Pairing at Que Pasa for just $19.50 pp

When: 28 July / 4:00 - 11:00 pm

Where: Que Pasa?

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/1013998095426637

 

This wine and tapas pairing evenings at Que Pasa are fantastic fun, a delicious treat, and a great way to learn about wines and broaden your taste and knowledge on wine types. Que Pasa offers tapas snacks paired with 4 great wines for just $19.50 per person. Reservations are required.

 

A Night in France at Mangos Restaurant

When: 30 July / 6:30 - 9:00 pm

Where: Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort - Mangos Restaurant

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/471996306558160/

 

Try our French menu! This special menu features French Onion Soup, a juicy grilled Filet Mignon and Crème Brûlée.

 

Appetizer

Soupe a à l'oignon gratinée - French Onion Soup

 

Main Course

Tournedos Café de Paris - Grilled Beef Tenderloin, Morel Sauce, Green Beans & Potatoes Parisienne

 

Desserts

Crème Brûlée - Classic French Dessert with a Rich Custard

Topped with a Hard Layer of Caramel

 

Open from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM at Mangos restaurant.

US$32.50 per person exclusive 15% Service Charge and 6% Government Taxes.

 

Our Chef goes wild on Mondays Tapas Night!

When: 30 July / 4:00 - 11:00 pm

Where: Que Pasa?

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/570326310078239/

 

Monday nights are terrific at Qué Pasa when our Chef creates a special tapas platter. Expect 4 delicious tapas and one glass of amazing home-made sangria for just $19.50 per person. This special is based on a two people order. Reservations are recommended.

 

Dinner Under The Stars at Renaissance Island

When: 1 August / 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Where: Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/239249196676346/

 

Take a boat trip to Renaissance Island and let your taste buds travel to paradise.

 

Enjoy our 4-course dinner menu consisting of succulent 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 Lucy's Dock (across the Renaissance Mall), boat trip to Renaissance Private Island, dinner on the beach and live entertainment for only $65 per person. Children from 5 to 12 yrs pay $32.50.

 

For more information or reservations, please contact one of our Navigators at 5236115

 

LIFESTYLE

 

Local Art & Farmer's Market "Under the Stars"

When: 27 July / 6:00 - 10:00 pm

Where: Taste My Aruba (Zoutman Straat 1, Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/1183191275149409/



Cosecha Aruba in partnership with Taste My Aruba, proudly invites you to our monthly farmer's market under the stars. Cosecha celebrates local artists that create beautiful objects of art and is the only art gallery on the island that represents artists holding the exclusive Aruban seal. Taste My Aruba celebrates our culinary heritage including our local farmers bringing food from the farm to your plate. Furthermore, we cherish everything that is authentically ours. Come and mingle with our local artists while nibbling away to Aruban delights on our beautiful square downtown. We promise to fulfill your five senses, live like a local, and be part of an authentic experience.

 

ENTERTAINMENT

 

Honey Pot Roots - Rock - Reggae, Live this Saturday!

When: 28 July / 11:00 pm - 3:00 am

Where: Rock’n'Rock (Caya Taratata, Coral Plaza 15 L-3, Pos Abao, Oranjestad)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/252580692201121/

 

Dead Guy Ale of Rogue Nation Presents this Saturday, the 28th, Honeypot Roots, Rock & Reggae Live at Rock'n'Rock, prepare yourself for an outstanding night of music and craft beer.

 

Bon Bini Festival

When: 31 July / 6:00 - 9:00 pm

Where: Fort Zoutman (Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/395323790955574/

 

At the Bon Bini Festival the visitors will enjoy an evening filled with history, local arts & crafts, local food & drinks, poetry, film, live performance of folkloric & carnival music. The Popcorn Dancers will be presenting the folkloric dance rhythms & the carnival rhythm of Aruba.

Movie Night Under The Stars

When: 31 July / 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Where: Renaissance Ocean Suites Beach

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/267615767128022/

 

Pop the corn and dim the lights...we're staying in for Family Movie Night at the Renaissance Ocean Suites Beach.

 

Join us for a Family Fun Night with Movies Under The Stars.

 

Epic Bingo for Adults at The Brick House Lounge

When: 1 August / 7:00 pm - 12:00 am

Where: Brick House Lounge - Aruba (Tanki Leendert 265 A, 297 Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/265033004282056/

 

Epic Bingo for adults is back with more epic prizes, epic fun and at a new epic location. Join us on Wednesday, August 1st, at the brick house lounge. Doors open at. 7 bingo starts at 8.

 

Bingo tickets are at 15,- (2 bingo cards per game)

 

Bar Prices are epic cheap! Entrance is FREE.

 

ARUBA RAY’S COMEDY

Where: Amsterdam Ballroom, Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino

Website: http://www.arubacomedy.com

 

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.

 

LINE-UP

July 27-28: NO SHOW

July 29-AUGUST 2: DAN NATURMAN, BRIAN SCOTT MCFADDEN, ERIN JACKSON, RAY ELLIN

 

  • 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.

Guy Bavli, Master of the Mind

When: 31 July / 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm (recurring event every Tuesdays until 28 August)

Where: Alhambra & Divi Resorts Aruba Banquet & Events (J.E.Irausquin Boulevard # 41, 00000 Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/153482718642217/

Tickets: http://www.masterofthemind.com/

 

Guy Bavli led a long, successful career filled with science-defying stunts and demonstrations, performing for fortune 500 companies, primetime television networks, and audiences around the world. Despite this, Bavli claims no superpowers. His skills actually lie in advanced applications of mind magic, psychology, physiology, and intuition, gained through years of intense study and practice.

Aruba Sinatra Dinner Show at The Old Cunucu House Restaurant

When: 2 August / 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Where: The Old Cunucu House (Palm Beach 150, 0000 Palm Beach, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/968899453248017/

 

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.

 

KARAOKE/SPECIAL NIGHTS

 

Barney’s Restaurant

(Palm Beach 21 A Palm Beach, Aruba)

Website: https://barneysaruba.com

Karaoke Nights every Fridays, starting at 10:00 pm

 

Soprano’s Piano Bar

(Lloyd G. Smith Boulevard 370, Noord, Aruba)

Website: http://www.sopranospianobararuba.com/

Unplugged Nights every Saturdays, starting at 8:00 pm

 

Matthew’s Beachside Restaurant

(J.E. Irausquin Blvd 51, Oranjestad)

Website: https://www.matthews-aruba.com/

Karaoke Nights every Wednesdays, 9:00 – 11:00 pm

 

7 Club Lounge Bar

(Windstraat 32, Oranjestad, Aruba)

Page: https://www.facebook.com/7arubacom/

Karaoke Nights every Wednesdays, 7:00 pm – 2:00 am

 

Rock’n'Rock
(Caya Taratata, Coral Plaza 15 L-3, Pos Abao, AW Oranjestad)

Page: https://www.facebook.com/rocknrockaruba/

Rockaoke every Wednesdays, 10:00 pm - 1:00 am

 

Ricardo’s Restaurant & Bar

(J.E. Irausquin Blvd 53, Aruba)

Website: http://ricardosaruba.restaurant/

Karaoke Dance Party! every Thursdays, starting at 9:00 pm

 

The Rose Bar & Lounge Restaurant

(Boegoeroei 11-Z, Noord)

Page: https://www.facebook.com/therosearuba/

Karaoke Happy Hour every Thursdays, starting at 6:00 pm

 

What goes on at MooMba Beach?
Moomba Beach (JE Irausquin BLVD 230, 0000 Palm Beach, Aruba)

Friday, 27 July from 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Primo Bandits LIVE at MooMba Beach

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/382389745615055/

The local formation PRIMO BANDITS with lead singer Wilson always guarentee a 'beachy' vibe at MooMba with balads from the 70's, 80's till now.

Sunday, 29 July from 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Untouchables LIVE on stage at MooMba Beach

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/1793833284042054/

Lead singer Cesar Olarte of The Untouchables is a phenomenon on Aruba: his distinctive voice is amazing and his highest notes can put a lady's pipes to shame. Singing a wide variety of styles, such as merengue, salsa, pop and reggae, Cesar and his Untouchables are popular among locals as well as visitors. Everyone's sandy feet are itching to dance when hearing Cesar and his 4-man band perform at MooMba Beach, where he can be seen in action.

Monday, 30 July from 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
C-Zar on stage at MooMba Beach

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/184981868733145/

Join us for an evening with C-Zar live on stage. C-Zar has a wonderful, unusual, voice which will keep you spellbound. Come and toast with us to another beautiful night in Aruba.

Wednesday, 1 August from 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Travel Sessions LIVE at MooMba Beach

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/244018103036121/

Aruba’s hottest Caribbean style band with many international songs. The Travel Sessions formation makes sure you will get on the dance floor and make you soak in the authentic Caribbean feeling right at MooMba Beach. Happy moments!

 

I don’t have any news this week because it’s a little bit harder to compile but if you have any leads or if there’s anything at all that you would like to suggest for the show or simply want to relay feedback, please do send me an email at curt@onehappypodcast.com or drop a voice message on our hotline number (302) 635-0815.


It’s my pleasure to present the latest episode of One Happy Podcast featuring Alessandra Colandrea, who despite being a relative newcomer in the Aruba vacationing scene has already jumped right in with both feet by buying her own condominium unit in the island. Today we’re here to listen to her Aruba story and it’s bound to be exciting.

 

She first visited the island on July 2015, after being convinced by her sister who is a longtime Aruba vacationer and parents who recently bought a house in Aruba. And as expected, it was love at first sight. Not long after, she decided to purchase a condo unit at The Pearl Condo Hotel which she named “Blue Marble”. The main reason which brought her to this decision is that her entire family loves Aruba so she’s positive that they can always visit the unit together when they want to.

 

The Blue Marble is available to be rented out. You may find more details on the website: https://bluemarblearuba.com/ or on Facebook and Instagram. With its capacity of 9 people, it is ideal for large groups like families or friends. It can also be divided into a smaller space for couples. There is a 20% discount for the rental rate until August this year so be sure to grab it if you have the chance! She has an amazing team that manages the unit for her while she’s away so rest assured that you are in good hands should you decide to rent it out.

 

Alessandra also supports local artists by commissioning them to decorate her unit and her goal is a “vacation rental with a cause”. She plans to give a certain percentage to charity foundations with the profit she makes. Truly, Alessandra does not only have an adventurous spirit but also a heart of gold.

 

ON THIS EPISODE OF ONE HAPPY PODCAST, YOU WILL:

  • Hear what first brought Alessandra to the island.
  • Hear the story of how Alessandra came up with the name “Blue Marble”
  • Find out Alessandra’s favorite places to eat and favorite things to do in the island
  • Hear about some of Alessandra’s challenges in running a rental unit in Aruba

 

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Welcome back to the latest episode of This Week in Aruba, which covers the events from Friday, July 20th to Thursday, July 26th also known as timeshare week 29.

 

My shoutout for this week goes to Marlene Scherrenburg, a resident of the island, who was my guest for the most recent episode of One Happy Podcast centered around the culinary scene in Aruba. Thanks Marlene for being my awesome taste-tester in the island!

 

Without further ado, let’s move into the events category.

 

FOOD

 

A Taste of Italy at Mangos Restaurant

When: 22 July / 6:30-9:00 pm

Where: Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort - Mangos Restaurant

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/1924034267894062/

 

This three course menu is prepared from authentic Italian recipes.

 

Appetizer / Soup

  • Country Style Minestrone Soup or Smoked Salmon Carpaccio
  • Mixed Greens & Toasted Pine Nuts

Main Course

  • Pasta con Scampi
  • Sautéed Shrimp with Garlic  
  • Fresh Herbs, Tomatoes, on a Bed of Spaghetti or Pollo Piccata
  • Chicken Breast Fillet with Lemon Caper Butter Sauce Grilled Zucchini & Mushroom Risotto

Desserts

  • Homemade Tiramisu

 

Open from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM at Mangos Restaurant. US$32.50 per person exclusive 15% Service Charge and 6% Government Taxes.

 

Vino & Relaxing Massage

When: 22 July / 4:00-7:00 pm

Where: The Wine Room (L.G. Smith Blvd #126 Suite #1, 00000 Oranjestad)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/566795240384438/

 

Come and relax with a glass of wine, and intensify the moment a little bit more with a relaxing reflexology or Neck and back massage.

 

Massage: 20 minutes

 

Experience: $65: Includes 2 glasses of wine, one before the massage, the other one after.

Also Chocolate covered strawberries at the end of your massage.

 

Only groups of 10 at the time.

 

A Taste of Aruba

 

When: 24 July / 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Where: Aquarius (L.G. Smith Boulevard 82, 0000 Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/236810863593036/

 

Aquarius will take you back in time with stories, local handcrafted arts and recipes. Celebrate our Island's rich multicultural history with locally inspired buffet.

 

Cocktails such as; 'Barbulet', 'Aruba Ariba' , 'Chuchubi Carnaval' and 'Yuwana Loco'. Discover Aruba through unique flavors!

 

Aquarius will serve a local buffet for just $39 including a Balashi or Chill Beer. Specials on LIFESTYLE.

 

Join us every Tuesday Night for this special local event with Live entertainment. For more information or reservation, please call 5236156 or visit one of our Navigators in the lobby area.



A Taste of Italy at Mangos Restaurant

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

Where: Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort - Mangos Restaurant

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/1724552097662554/

 

Daily fresh catch-of-the-day prepared and served to your liking.

 

SOUP   

  • Corn chowder with chili flakes

PLATED SALAD BAR

  • Garden greens with onions, tomatoes, cucumber accompanied with olives, pearl onions, boiled eggs, cheese, croutons, green asparagus and a dressing of your choice.

CAPTAIN'S CORNER

  • Delicious sides like pan bati, funchi, steamed rice, okra, sweet  potatoes, fried yucca, garlic mashed potatoes, vegetable ratatouille.

MANGOS LOCAL RAW BAR GRILL

  • Choose from fresh Lion Fish, Mahi-Mahi, Wahoo, Snapper,  Calamari and Tuna. Let our chef prepare your choices a la minute from the grill, poached or sautéed.

FISHERMAN’S TALK

  • Our weekly changing dessert!

 

Open from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM at Mangos restaurant. US$39.50 per person exclusive 15% Service Charge and 6% Government Taxes.

 

Dinner Under The Stars at Renaissance Island

When: 25 July / 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Where: Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/239249196676346/

 

Take a boat trip to Renaissance Island and let your taste buds travel to paradise.

 

Enjoy our 4-course dinner menu consisting of succulent 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 Lucy's Dock (across the Renaissance Mall), boat trip to Renaissance Private Island, dinner on the beach and live entertainment for only $65 per person. Children from 5 to 12 yrs pay $32.50.

 

For more information or reservations, please contact one of our Navigators at 5236115



Asian Delight at Mangos Restaurant

When: 26 July / 6:30-9:00 pm

Where: Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort - Mangos Restaurant

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/699716750360428/

 

A taste of Asia. More flavors, more spices, more variety with our three course menu.

 

APPETIZER  

  • Soto Ayam | Indonesian chicken soup or
  • Chinese Veggie Spring Rolls  | Thai sweet chili sauce.

MAIN COURSE

  • Indonesian Rijsttafel | Beef Rendang, chicken satay peanut sauce
  • Coconut curry shrimp, fried rice, green beans, plantain, pickled cucumber, Sambal and Atjar

DESSERTS

  • Ginger mango sherbet

 

Open from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM at Mangos restaurant. US$32.50 per person exclusive 15% Service Charge and 6% Government Taxes.

 

Fantastic 7-course dinner at Que Pasa for just $45 pp

When: 26 July 2018 / 4:00-11:00 pm

Where: Que Pasa? (Wilhelminastraat 18, 0000 Oranjestad)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/185960548750902/

 

Called ‘Just Crazy Delicious’, the upcoming seven-course, adventurous dinner event at Que Pasa Restaurant will be a culinary experience. Every month the menu changes, but it has one thing in common: it is going to be mouthwatering good.

 

The start of `Just Crazy Delicious’ is in the month of July and we are disclosing the menu with a flourish: the appetizers are a tuna tartare with a tandoori crumble and a red beet salsa and potato soup with escargot tempura and pecorino foam. Then comes the risotto with sun-dried tomatoes and smoked almonds, crispy pork belly with a black bean sauce and wakame, mahi mahi wrapped in prosciutto with marinated baked bell pepper and a noily prat sauce. Dessert is awesome as well: a blue cheese tarte tatin with an apple balsamic reduction and marinated red fruit and caramelized filo dough.

 

We can’t wait to try this sumptuous dinner at Que Pasa, can you? Make your reservations in advance and enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!

 

ENTERTAINMENT


Aruba Symphony Festival Opening Concert 2018

When: 21 July / 8:00–10:00 pm

Where: Cas Di Cultura (Vondellaan 2, 0000 Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/167894667227246/

 

The Aruba Symphony Festival 2018 presents the Female Choir Cantare, Ars Nova Choir from Aruba and the Reveron Piano Trio in its opening concert on Saturday, July 21, 8:00 pm at Cas di Cultura. You will enjoy works by Pergolesi, Mozart, Rutter, Mendelssohn, J.C. (Padu) Lampe, Rufo Wever among others.

 

Tickets available at:

Cas di Cultura, DeWit & VanDorp and at the entrance (Afls. 35,00).

 

Energy Fusion

When: 21 July / 8:30-9:15 pm

Where: Divi & Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusives

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/214208372531590/

 

ENERGY FUSION is performed at the Tamarijn Hotel by the Popcorn Dancers, one of Aruba's best Youth Dance Group. During the show the performers will entertain you with the most popular Modern, Caribbean, Latin & Local dance rhythms on the island. The Popcorn Dancers & magicians Jovi & Tridini are determined to bring pleasure for your eyes, ears, heart & soul.


Miss Gay Aruba 2018 Presents; "Animale"

When: 22 July / 9:00 pm - 12:00 mn

Where: Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/2165587990183140/

 

6 participants will challenge each other in fantastic creativity.

 

General admission Awg.55, = VIP if 10 person Awg:850

 

Joy of Aruba

When: 23 July / 9:00-10:00 pm

Where: Divi & Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusives

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/978687098958111/

 

Joy of Aruba is performed at the Divi Divi Hotel by the Popcorn Dancers, one of Aruba's best Youth Dance Group. The performers will be presenting the most popular folkloric & modern music and dance of the island of Aruba. The Popcorn Dancers are determined to bring pleasure for your eyes, ears, heart & soul.


Movie Night Under The Stars

When: 24 July / 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Where: Renaissance Ocean Suites Beach

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/204029393634458/

 

Pop the corn and dim the lights...we're staying in for Family Movie Night at the Renaissance Ocean Suites Beach.

 

Join us for a Family Fun Night with Movie Under The Stars.

 

ARUBA RAY’S COMEDY

Where: Amsterdam Ballroom, Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino

Website: http://www.arubacomedy.com

 

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.

 

LINE-UP

July 20-22: TONY WOODS, JON FISCH, RAY ELLIN (no show on July 21)

July 23-26: DON GAVIN, TONY V, RAY ELLIN

 

  • 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.



Guy Bavli, Master of the Mind

When: 24 July / 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm (recurring event every Tuesdays until 28 August)

Where: Alhambra & Divi Resorts Aruba Banquet & Events (J.E.Irausquin Boulevard # 41, 00000 Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/153482718642217/

Tickets: http://www.masterofthemind.com/

 

Guy Bavli led a long, successful career filled with science-defying stunts and demonstrations, performing for fortune 500 companies, primetime television networks, and audiences around the world. Despite this, Bavli claims no superpowers. His skills actually lie in advanced applications of mind magic, psychology, physiology, and intuition, gained through years of intense study and practice.



Aruba Sinatra Dinner Show at The Old Cunucu House Restaurant

When: 26 July / 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Where: The Old Cunucu House (Palm Beach 150, 0000 Palm Beach, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/968899453248017/

 

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.




KARAOKE/SPECIAL NIGHTS

 

Barney’s Restaurant

(Palm Beach 21 A Palm Beach, Aruba)

Website: https://barneysaruba.com

Karaoke Nights every Fridays, starting at 10:00 pm

 

Soprano’s Piano Bar

(Lloyd G. Smith Boulevard 370, Noord, Aruba)

Website: http://www.sopranospianobararuba.com/

Unplugged Nights every Saturdays, starting at 8:00 pm

 

Matthew’s Beachside Restaurant

(J.E. Irausquin Blvd 51, Oranjestad)

Website: https://www.matthews-aruba.com/

Karaoke Nights every Wednesdays, 9:00 – 11:00 pm

 

7 Club Lounge Bar

(Windstraat 32, Oranjestad, Aruba)

Page: https://www.facebook.com/7arubacom/

Karaoke Nights every Wednesdays, 7:00 pm – 2:00 am

 

Rock’n'Rock
(Caya Taratata, Coral Plaza 15 L-3, Pos Abao, AW Oranjestad)

Page: https://www.facebook.com/rocknrockaruba/

Rockaoke every Wednesdays, 10:00 pm - 1:00 am

 

Ricardo’s Restaurant & Bar

(J.E. Irausquin Blvd 53, Aruba)

Website: http://ricardosaruba.restaurant/

Karaoke Dance Party! every Thursdays, starting at 9:00 pm

 

The Rose Bar & Lounge Restaurant

(Boegoeroei 11-Z, Noord)

Page: https://www.facebook.com/therosearuba/

Karaoke Happy Hour every Thursdays, starting at 6:00 pm

 

What goes on at MooMba Beach?
Moomba Beach (JE Irausquin BLVD 230, 0000 Palm Beach, Aruba)

Monday, 23 July from 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
C-Zar on stage at MooMba Beach

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/184981868733145/

Join us for an evening with C-Zar live on stage. C-Zar has a wonderful, unusual, voice which will keep you spellbound. Come and toast with us to another beautiful night in Aruba.

Wednesday, 25 July from 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Travel Sessions LIVE at MooMba Beach

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/244018103036121/

Aruba’s hottest Caribbean style band with many international songs. The Travel Sessions formation makes sure you will get on the dance floor and make you soak in the authentic Caribbean feeling right at MooMba Beach. Happy moments!



Let’s head into the cruise ships schedule portion.

 

 

Episode 116 of One Happy Podcast will be released on Monday, probably on the afternoon, which will feature an Aruba lover who’s been visiting the island a couple of time and recently a purchased property in there. I had so much fun recording this episode so be sure to check it out!

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


After a brief hiatus, I am back in the studio recording another episode of One Happy Podcast! Today’s episode is all about my favorite topic in the world: food.

Our guest is Marlene, who's joined us on the show for episode 32. Now she's back to tell us all about the new restaurants in Aruba or some old favorites with slightly tweaked or new concepts. Marlene is a resident of the island and she volunteered to be my taste tester. On this episode, you will hear her take on several restaurants that many may not have experienced yet.

ON THIS EPISODE OF ONE HAPPY PODCAST, YOU WILL:

  • Not only learn new places to eat in Aruba, but also rediscover some places that may have missed your attention before.
  • Hear about the new tours that KuKoo Kunuku Bus are doing so be sure to catch up on that!
  1. Old Dirty Bird
  • Marlene's son's restaurant
  • he used to run the Local Store
  • serves authentic tacos in which everything is homemade
  • on average, the tacos are about $12
  • located at Aqua Windies

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ODB-OLD-DIRTY-BIRD-1836862156359394/

Contact Number: +267 661 1622

Email: olddirtybird2018@gmail.com

 

  1. YangMing Cuisine
  • started out as a sushi and stir fry restaurant
  • there's a Korean barbecue set-up with grills right there on the table
  • located at Coral Plaza, right at the main boulevard

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/biz/food_company/YangMing-Cuisine-202589196920495/

 

  1. Local Store
  • started out a new Breakfast menu called which Marlene loved
  • featuring a Chicken waffle with chorizo gravy

Website: www.localstorearuba.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LocalStoreAruba/

Contact Number: +297 586 1414

Email: info@localstorearuba.com

 

  1. Lucky Luciano
  • opened up just a month ago
  • right at the Palm Beach area across the street from Local Store
  • they have a full menu with really good pizza and pasta at a reasonable price

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/luckylucianoaruba/

Contact Number: +297 282 0585

Email: luckylucianoaruba@gmail.com

 

  1. Oak Restaurant
  • a beautiful restaurant owned by the owner of Ricardo's
  • gorgeous presentation for the dishes and they taste as good as they look
  • hidden away but not too difficult to find

Website: https://oakaruba.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Oak-Restaurant-Bar-Aruba-1242790239160231/

Contact Number: +297 280 4660

Email: ricardochirino27@gmail.com

 

  1. Suikertuin Bistro
  • has a new owner
  • they do a special menu each month with guest chefs coming on
  • full bar with an extensive collection of winers with a low markup
  • located downtown near Old Cunucu House and El Gaucho

Website: https://www.desuikertuin.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/suikertuin/

Email: info@desuikertuin.com



If you're a foodie, Marlene highly recommends these two brunches:

 

  1. White Modern Cuisine
  • menu changes monthly
  • $45 per person

Website: www.whitecuisine.com/
Contact Number: +297 280 0280

 

  1. Tierra del Sol
  • order of the menu and pick and choose as many as you want
  • $49 per person

Website: https://www.tierradelsol.com/en/the-restaurant-at-tierra-del-sol

Contact Number: +297 586 7800

Email: restaurant@tierradelsol.com



  1. Sultan
  • features authentic, delicious Arabic food
  • a little out of the local area but not difficult to find

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sultanaua/

Contact Number: +297 588 2598

Email: antoine.britten@gmail.com

 

  1. Indo
  • features authentic Indonesian food
  • located Noord Palm Beach area, just past the Island Yoga place

Trip Advisor: https://www.tripadvisor.com.ph/Restaurant_Review-g488162-d3419352-Reviews-Indo-Noord_Aruba.html

 

  1. Omakase
  • a different style of Japanese sushi dining experience
  • the chef used to be the chef from La Cabana

Website: https://www.omakasearuba.com/

Contact Number: +297 582 3444

 

Direct download: EP115_-_Talking_Restaurants_with_Marlene_Scherrenburg.mp3
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Welcome to the latest episode of This Week in Aruba, which covers the events from Friday, July 13th to Thursday, July 19th also known as timeshare week 28.

 

My shoutout for this week goes to Aruba Ray whose famed comedy show has returned to Aruba. I’m a big fan of this show and in my opinion is the best nighttime entertainment in the island. For more details, head on over to http://www.arubacomedy.com.

 

Now let’s jump into the events category!

 

FOOD

Chinese Night with 3-course dinner at Que Pasa Restaurant

When: 18 July / 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Where: Que Pasa? (Wilhelminastraat 18, 0000 Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/243894689675814/

 

A Chinese proverb states: "Food is the heaven of the masses". This clearly shows the importance of food to the Chinese. Here the traditional Chinese holistic approach regarding almost all things is expressed in many ways. An important criterion is the perfect balance of aroma, appearance and taste. Furthermore, a good meal must comprise the five flavors spicy, sour, sweet, bitter and salty, which also have to be in harmony. In addition, many ingredients are selected according to aspects of traditional Chinese medicine and are used only during the preparation of the meal and not in the dish itself.

 

Que Pasa is planning lots of great special events, so get ready for a Surinam night, a pizza night and a fish night. Let your imagination run wild and you will probably get what you are wishing for.

 

But first, the Chinese event on Wednesday July 18th: a special 3-course dinner menu with traditional and delicious Chinese dishes for just $29.50 per person. Enjoy!



A Taste of Aruba

When: 17 July / 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Where: Aquarius (L.G. Smith Boulevard 82, 0000 Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/653843194970710/

 

Aquarius will take you back in time with stories, local handcrafted arts and recipes. Celebrate our Island's rich multicultural history with locally inspired buffet.

 

Aquarius will serve a local buffet for just $39 including a Balashi or Chill Beer. Specials on Cocktails such as; 'Barbulet', 'Aruba Ariba' , 'Chuchubi Carnaval' and 'Yuwana Loco'. Discover Aruba through unique flavors!

 

Join us every Tuesday Night for this special local event with live entertainment. For more information or reservations, please call 5236156 or visit one of our Navigators in the lobby area.

 

Dinner Under The Stars at Renaissance Island

When: 18 July / 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Where: Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/2202766113289412/

 

Take a boat trip to Renaissance Island and let your taste buds travel to paradise.

 

Enjoy our 4-course dinner menu consisting of succulent 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 Lucy's Dock (across the Renaissance Mall), boat trip to Renaissance Private Island, dinner on the beach and live entertainment for only $65 per person. Children from 5 to 12 yrs pay $32.50.

 

For more information or reservations, please contact one of our Navigators at 5236115

 

LIFESTYLE

 

Next In Line - Talent Festival

When: 15 July / 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Where: Cas Di Cultura (Vondellaan 2, 0000 Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/221310425144378/

 

NEXT IN LINE is a Talent Battle between the Popcorn Soldiers. This year Popcorn Club is CELEBRATING DIVERSITY through different performances of Stage Art. Contact a Popcorn Soldier for your ticket NOW as every year they are sold out prior to the event.

 

More info about the Popcorn Soldiers, a group of professional dancers: https://www.facebook.com/popcornsoldiers

 

Bon Bini Festival

When: 17 July / 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm (every Tuesdays until December 18)

Where: Fort Zoutman

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/395323790955574/

 

At the Bon Bini Festival the visitors will enjoy an evening filled with history, local arts & crafts, local food & drinks, poetry, film, live performance of folkloric & carnival music. The Popcorn Dancers will be presenting the folkloric dance rhythms & the carnival rhythm of Aruba.



ENTERTAINMENT

 

What goes on at MooMba Beach?
Moomba Beach (JE Irausquin BLVD 230, 0000 Palm Beach, Aruba)

Friday, 13 July from 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Karla LIVE on stage at MooMba Beach

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/1050411838445142/

Caribbean and international music. Typical MooMba music for sunset party time!

Monday, 16 July from 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
C-Zar on stage at MooMba Beach

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/184981868733145/

Join us for an evening with C-Zar live on stage. C-Zar has a wonderful, unusual, voice which will keep you spellbound. Come and toast with us to another beautiful night in Aruba.

 

Honeypot LIVE at Chaos Cafe

When: 14 July / 11:30 pm - 3:00 am

Where: Café Chaos Aruba (LG Smith Boulevard 60, 0000 Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/431866350613818/

 

Get your Coronita Bucket at a special price of Afl25,- ALL NIGHT. We'll be bringing some Honeypot Classics to go along with your Coronita buckets. See you there!

 

Movie Night Under The Stars

When: 17 July / 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Where: Renaissance Ocean Suites Beach

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/275124666367305/

 

Pop the corn and dim the lights...we're staying in for Family Movie Night at the Renaissance Ocean Suites Beach. Join us for a Family Fun Night with Movie Under The Stars.

 

Guy Bavli, Master of the Mind

When: 17 July / 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm (recurring event every Tuesdays until 28 August)

Where: Alhambra & Divi Resorts Aruba Banquet & Events (J.E.Irausquin Boulevard # 41, 00000 Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/153482718642217/

Tickets: http://www.masterofthemind.com/

 

Guy Bavli led a long, successful career filled with science-defying stunts and demonstrations, performing for fortune 500 companies, primetime television networks, and audiences around the world. Despite this, Bavli claims no superpowers. His skills actually lie in advanced applications of mind magic, psychology, physiology, and intuition, gained through years of intense study and practice.



Aruba Sinatra Dinner Show at The Old Cunucu House Restaurant

When: 19 July / 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Where: The Old Cunucu House (Palm Beach 150, 0000 Palm Beach, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/968899453248017/

 

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.

 

ARUBA RAY’S COMEDY

Where: Amsterdam Ballroom, Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino

Website: http://www.arubacomedy.com

 

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.

 

LINE-UP

July 14: TONY WOODS, JON FISCH, RAY ELLIN

July 15: TONY WOODS, JON FISCH, AIDA RODRIGUEZ, RAY ELLIN

July 16: TONY WOODS, AIDA RODRIGUEZ, CHUCK NICE, TONY V, RAY ELLIN

July 17-18: CHUCK NICE, AIDA RODRIGUEZ, TONY V, RAY ELLIN

July 19: CHUCK NICE, TONY V, RAY ELLIN

 

  • 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.



KARAOKE/SPECIAL NIGHTS

 

Barney’s Restaurant

(Palm Beach 21 A Palm Beach, Aruba)

Website: https://barneysaruba.com

Karaoke Nights every Fridays, starting at 10:00 pm

 

Soprano’s Piano Bar

(Lloyd G. Smith Boulevard 370, Noord, Aruba)

Website: http://www.sopranospianobararuba.com/

Unplugged Nights every Saturdays, starting at 8:00 pm

 

Matthew’s Beachside Restaurant

(J.E. Irausquin Blvd 51, Oranjestad)

Website: https://www.matthews-aruba.com/

Karaoke Nights every Wednesdays, 9:00 – 11:00 pm

 

7 Club Lounge Bar

(Windstraat 32, Oranjestad, Aruba)

Page: https://www.facebook.com/7arubacom/

Karaoke Nights every Wednesdays, 7:00 pm – 2:00 am

 

Rock’n'Rock
(Caya Taratata, Coral Plaza 15 L-3, Pos Abao, AW Oranjestad)

Page: https://www.facebook.com/rocknrockaruba/

Rockaoke every Wednesdays, 10:00 pm - 1:00 am

 

Ricardo’s Restaurant & Bar

(J.E. Irausquin Blvd 53, Aruba)

Website: http://ricardosaruba.restaurant/

Karaoke Dance Party! every Thursdays, starting at 9:00 pm

 

The Rose Bar & Lounge Restaurant

(Boegoeroei 11-Z, Noord)

Page: https://www.facebook.com/therosearuba/

Karaoke Happy Hour every Thursdays, starting at 6:00 pm




Let’s head into the cruise ships schedule portion. Yet again, it’s a pretty slow week for cruise ships.

 

 

I don’t have a whole lot for the news section for this week aside from Aruba Ray’s Comedy starting up this month. As far as the podcast goes, there will be an episode of One Happy Podcast airing on Monday involving new restaurants on the island so do look forward to that.

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


Welcome to the latest episode of This Week in Aruba, which covers the events from Friday, June 22nd to Thursday, June 28th also known as timeshare week 25.

My shout out for this week goes to some people who are currently down there on the island: Sherry “Jello” Pence who was a guest in episode 60 of One Happy Podcast and Marcia and Roy Frost from episodes 23 and 92.

 

Now let’s jump into the events category.

 

FOOD

June Special with Coffee and home-made Apple Roll for just $4

When: 22-28 June / 8:00am-4:00 pm

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

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/630570163971159/

 

"Nothing makes sense before coffee." So true...! At Café the Plaza we are committed to always serving you the best products. For many years already we have – for our coffees – teamed up with Aruba’s #1 coffee brander Smit & Dorlas.

 

To celebrate the joy of coffee we proudly offer you during the month of June: COFFEE & HOME-MADE APPLE ROLL for just $4.00.

 

Yes, that’s correct… just $4.00 for a delicious cup of coffee and an apple roll!

 

See you soon at Café the Plaza!

 

HaÎKobe Night at LGS

When: 22 June / 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Where: LGS at Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/373809349799011/

 

Downtown Dining has now a new meaning!

 

Join us every Friday at LGS for a special HaÎKobe night were every oz. matters.

 

As the only restaurant in Aruba serving this famous Japanese steak; Indulge in its tenderness and admire the well-marbled texture accompanied by high-end wines. The perfect combination you don't want to miss.

 

Special Dutch Asparagus Menu

When: 22 June / 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Where: Amuse Sunset Restaurant Aruba (Bucutiweg 50, N.A. Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/204145123699341/

 

Appetizers:

  • White asparagus soup and ham - $8.50
  • White asparagus, smoked salmon and quail egg - $16.50
  • White asparagus, 5 oz lobster, lemon buerre blanc - $24

 

Main courses:

  • A la "Flamande" white asparagus, egg, parsley crumble, butter with nutmeg - $25.50
  • White asparagus, gam, crumbled egg, mustard sauce - $27
  • White asparagus with tenderloin with sweet potato and parmesan cheese cookie / USA Angus Tenderloin - $45 / Argentine Tenderloin $36
  • 3 Asparagus side dish $12 / 5 Asparagus side dish $20

 

Asparagus season lasts about two months in Holland. The first asparagus peek from the ground early in spring, around February or early March. They are traditionally harvested from the second Thursday in April until 24 June.

 

Spritz Tasting

When: 23 June / 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Where: The Wine Room (L.G. Smith Blvd #126 Suite #1, 00000 Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/576817202693874/

 

The drink originated in Venice while it was part of the Austrian Empire (see Kingdom of Lombardy–Venetia), and is based on the Austrian Spritzer, a combination of equal parts white wine and soda water; another idea is that the name of the drink would be linked to that of a typical Austrian wine in the region of the Wachau.

 

Experience: $45

Tapas: Quiche and Escargots



A Taste of Aruba

When: 26 June / 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Where: Aquarius at Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/197253207584584/

 

Aquarius will take you back in time with stories, local handcrafted arts, and recipes. Celebrate our island's rich multicultural history with a locally inspired buffet.

 

Aquarius will serve a local buffet for just $39 including a Balashi Beer or Chill Beer. Specials on Cocktails such as; 'Barbulet', 'Aruba Ariba' , 'Chuchubi Carnaval' and 'Yuwana Loco'. Discover Aruba through unique flavors!

 

Join us every Tuesday night for this special local event with live entertainment. For more information or reservations, please call 5236156 or visit one of our Navigators in the lobby area.



The Full Moon Romantic Experience

When: 28 June / 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Where: PASSIONS ON THE BEACH (J.E. Irausquin Blvd. 252, Eagle Beach, Aruba Palm Beach)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/1572363702854696/

 

Passions on the Beach restaurant invites you for a special 3-course dinner at every full moon.

 

Complimentary Welcome Drink: Martini-Pina-Colada Creation

 

  • Appetizer: “Mariage de Séléné” Bisque with scallop and lobster  
  • Entrée: “Terre et Mer” Beef tenderloin and garlic shrimp, sweet potato puree, asparagus, stuffed mini sweet pepper  
  • Dessert: “Passion" Cheesecake

 

$49.00 per person.15% Service Charge, 1.5% tax & 2% Health Levy will be added to your bill. Reservation required. Please contact our Concierge at +297 527 1118; concierge@amsterdammanor.aw



Dinner Under The Stars at Renaissance Island

When: 27 June / 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Where: Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/249398372482687/

 

Take a boat trip to Renaissance Island and let your taste buds travel to paradise...

 

Enjoy our new menu consisting of succulent 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 Lucy's Dock (across the Renaissance Mall), boat trip to Renaissance Private Island, dinner on the beach and live entertainment for only $65 per person. Children from 5 to 12 yrs pay $32.50.

 

For more information or reservations, please contact one of our Navigators at 5236115







LIFESTYLE

 

Red Cross Annual Fundraising Party

When: 22 June / 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Where: Surfside Marina

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/1623031144412087/

 

Red Cross Aruba's biggest annual fundraising event. Always a great way to give back to the community, but also a perfect fun evening to network, socialize, and have fun! For more information: info@redcrossaruba.com

 

Theme 2018: Garden Party

Dress Code: Garden Comfy



Seaport Plaza/Renaissance

When: 22 June / 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Where: Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/248965979178994/

 

Local artisans selling their handmade art & jewelry.



Nostalgia Party

When: 23 June / 8:00 pm - 1:00 am

Where: Kiwanis Club of Palm Beach (L.G. Smith Boulevard Neptali Henriquez Park, Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/181275859057234/

 

Back to the 50s, 60s, and 70s Fundraising Party

 

32nd Aruba International Triathlon

When: 24 June / 6:30 am

Where: Eagle Beach

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/212918252644345/

 

Olympic & Sprint Distance



ENTERTAINMENT



What goes on at MooMba Beach?
Moomba Beach (JE Irausquin BLVD 230, 0000 Palm Beach, Aruba)

Friday, 22 June from 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm:
Bambu LIVE onstage at MooMba Beach

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/622353588098736/

Introducing the most dynamic and entertaining all around dance band on the island of Aruba; ‘Bambu’. This band has rapidly evolved into one of Aruba‘s most requested dance bands to perform at weddings, corporate events, parties, cocktail hours, welcome receptions, clubs and festivals with mixed crowds. Capable of pleasing every type of crowd with their wide array of music. They cover various genres from Dance, Rock & Roll and Reggae to Merengue, Reggaeton, Bachata and Salsa. Bambu’s extraordinary chemistry and repertoire will have everyone movin’ and groovin’ all night long so, an unforgettable experience is always guaranteed.

Sunday, 24 June from 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm:
Party Posse LIVE at MooMba Beach

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/461763974236494/
Party Posse is a band with an extensive repertoire of hits, covering the latest radio airplay as well as classic songs from the 00's, 90's, 80's, 70's, and 60's. Party Posse is a versatile band that can give your event an exuberant party mode as well as a relaxing and elegant atmosphere. Having entertained at major large corporate gigs to weddings and private events, makes Party Posse the leading act on the island.

Monday, 25 June from 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm:
C-Zar on stage at MooMba Beach

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/184981868733145/

Join us for an evening with C-Zar live on stage. C-Zar has a wonderful, unusual, voice which will keep you spellbound. Come and toast with us to another beautiful night in Aruba.

Wednesday, 27 June from 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm:
Travel Session LIVE at MooMba Beach!

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/244018103036121/

Travel Session is a cover band playing different genres.



Guy Bavli, Master of the Mind

When: 26 June / 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm (recurring event every Tuesdays until 28 August)

Where: Alhambra & Divi Resorts Aruba Banquet & Events (J.E.Irausquin Boulevard # 41, 00000 Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/153482718642217/

Tickets: http://www.masterofthemind.com/

 

Guy Bavli led a long, successful career filled with science-defying stunts and demonstrations, performing for fortune 500 companies, primetime television networks, and audiences around the world. Despite this, Bavli claims no superpowers. His skills actually lie in advanced applications of mind magic, psychology, physiology, and intuition, gained through years of intense study and practice.



Aruba Sinatra Dinner Show at The Old Cunucu House Restaurant

When: 28 June / 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Where: The Old Cunucu House (Palm Beach 150, 0000 Palm Beach, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/968899453248017/

 

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 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.

 

KARAOKE/SPECIAL NIGHTS

 

Barney’s Restaurant

(Palm Beach 21 A Palm Beach, Aruba)

Website: https://barneysaruba.com

Karaoke Nights every Fridays, starting at 10:00 pm

 

Soprano’s Piano Bar

(Lloyd G. Smith Boulevard 370, Noord, Aruba)

Website: http://www.sopranospianobararuba.com/

Unplugged Nights every Saturdays, starting at 8:00 pm

 

Matthew’s Beachside Restaurant

(J.E. Irausquin Blvd 51, Oranjestad)

Website: https://www.matthews-aruba.com/

Karaoke Nights every Wednesdays, 9:00 – 11:00 pm

 

7 Club Lounge Bar

(Windstraat 32, Oranjestad, Aruba)

Page: https://www.facebook.com/7arubacom/

Karaoke Nights every Wednesdays, 7:00 – 2:00 am

 

Ricardo’s Restaurant & Bar

(J.E. Irausquin Blvd 53, Aruba)

Website: http://ricardosaruba.restaurant/

Karaoke Dance Party! every Thursdays, starting at 9:00 pm

 

The Rose Bar & Lounge Restaurant

(Boegoeroei 11-Z, Noord)

Page: https://www.facebook.com/therosearuba/

Karaoke Happy Hour every Thursdays, starting at 6:00 pm





Time to venture into the cruise ships schedule portion. It’s another slow week for cruise ships.

 

 

The news section for this week covers the dredging project to restore the beaches of Aruba, a canceled project that could have affected the ecosystem of the island, and positive flight price changes for Aruba visitors living in Pittsburgh during Winter 2018.

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


Welcome to the latest episode of This Week in Aruba, which covers the events from Friday, June 15th to Thursday, June 21st also known as timeshare week 24. With Father’s Day coming up, the island has several events in store to honor all Dads out there.

 

But before that, my shoutout for this week goes to Mark Ivan who has been working hard to provide tourists with quality food and service for a long time. He has managed a number of places for a while like Moomba and Local Store, and recently he opened up his own place called ODB. It’s near the Aqua Windies and specializes in Tacos. We will discuss O.D.B. more on the news section.

 

Now let’s get it started on the events category to find out where can you go on the island especially on Father’s Day.

 

SPECIAL OCCASIONS

Father’s Day in Aruba

When: 17 June (all day)

 

Remember the moments you have shared, and create more special memories this Father’s Day. Aruba is known for being the One Happy Island, but did you know that the Aruban community is very family-oriented? The locals love to celebrate life, and family festivities are no exception. As Aruba is a multilingual country, Father's Day is not only celebrated by the English-speaking, but also the Dutch-, Spanish-, and Papiamento-speaking families.

 

Check out the international greetings below:

  • English - Happy Father's Day
  • Papiamento - Felis Dia di Tata
  • Dutch - Fijne Vaderdag
  • Spanish - Feliz Dia del Padre

 

FOOD

 

Matthew's Father's Day Champagne Brunch

What: All You Can Eat Brunch Buffet for $ 36.95

When: 17 June / 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Where: Matthew's Beachside Restaurant (J.E. Irausquin Blvd 51, Oranjestad)

Website: https://www.matthews-aruba.com/

 

Celebrate your dad on this special day and treat him to an all-you-care-to-eat champagne brunch buffet at Matthews! Indulge on mimosas, delicious food and enjoy live music!

 

Note there is a senior discount available and kids 5-11 years are half price.

*Reservations in advance are required!



Dine with Dad at Aqua Grill

What: 3 Course Menu for $ 48.00

When: 17 June / 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Where: Aqua Grill (J.E.Irausquin Blvd 374, Noord, Aruba)

Website: www.aqua-grill.com/

 

Treat your dad to a seafood lover's dream - at a great price! Dine at Aqua Grill for the most amazing seafood selection on the island making for an experience to remember.



Father's Day Special At Taste Of Belgium

What: Brunch and Dinner Special

When: 17 June / 11:00 am - 10:00 pm

Where: Taste of Belgium (Palm Beach Plaza, Suite 101-102, L.G. Smith Boulevard 95, Noord)

Website: www.tasteofbelgium.aw/

 

Father's Day is coming up and what would be a better way to show your appreciation than a nice brunch or dinner at Taste of Belgium restaurant? A delicious meal and Belgian beer to wash it down is the way to your dad's heart!



Father's Day Breakfast At Fresco

What: Breakfast Buffet for $ 20.00

When: 17 June / 7:00 am - 11:00 am

Where: Renaissance Ocean Suites (L.G. Smith Blvd, Oranjestad, Aruba)

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FrescoAruba/

 

If your DAD Rocks...Treat him breakfast on Father's Day!

 

Fresco at Renaissance Ocean Suites will be serving a Father's Day Breakfast Buffet with unlimited mimosas for only $20 including service charge and local taxes.

 

After Breakfast let DAD join Solé Bar for the soccer game of Germany vs. Mexico. Solé Bar will have Beer Buckets Specials!



Papa Let's Brunch at Aquarius

What: All You Can Eat Brunch Buffet for $ 34.95

When: 17 June / 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Where: Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Aquarius-152947371410706/

 

A Sunday dedicated to DAD. Aquarius is having a Father's Day Brunch! An all-you-can eat buffet accompanied by flowing bubbles and mimosas. A Royal treat for a KING!



Dine with Driftwood for Father's Day 2018 in Aruba!

What: 3 Course Special Menu for $ 29.95

When: 17 June / 11:00 am - 10:30 pm

Where: Driftwood Restaurant (Klipstraat 12, Oranjestad, Aruba)

Website: https://www.driftwoodaruba.com/

 

This venue offers some of the best Aruban-style seafood dishes on the island! Open for lunch and dinner on this special DAD-HONORING DAY. P.S. this year marks Driftwood Authentic Aruban Seafood Restaurant's 30th Anniversary!



Buccaneer Aruba is Celebrating Father's Day 2018 with a Special Menu!

What: 3 Course Dinner Special for AWG 55.00

When: 15-17 June / 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Where: Buccaneer Restaurant (Gasparito 11C, Gasparito, Noord, Aruba)

Website: https://www.buccaneeraruba.com

 

Buccaneer Aruba is Celebrating Father's Day 2018 with a Special Menu! Treat your dad to a delicious and amazing dinner experience he deserves...he will not be disappointed!

 

Families L O V E to dine at this venue, not just for the yummy food, but for the aquariums full of bubbly marine life too!

 

Buccaneer Restaurant is offering a SPECIAL MENU ALL WEEKEND LONG, and they will be open earlier on Sunday, ESPECIALLY FOR FATHER'S DAY 2018!



Treat DAD to a Father's Day Experience at El Gaucho Aruba!

What: 3 Course Lunch & Dinner Special

When: 17 June / 11:30 am - 9:00 pm

Where: El Gaucho Argentine Grill (Wilhelminastraat 80, Oranjestad, Aruba)

Website: https://www.elgaucho-aruba.com/

 

El Gaucho restaurant is opening their doors on Sunday ESPECIALLY FOR FATHER'S DAY 2018! Enjoy a delicious 3 Course Brunch, Lunch, or Dinner Special with your choice of appetizer, entree, and dessert!

ALL DADS WILL BE TREATED WITH A FREE DRINK while celebrating at El Gaucho Argentine Grill for Dia del Padre (that's 'Father's Day' in Spanish *wink wink*)

 

LGS Daddy's Day Brunch

What: à la carte Brunch with unlimited Bloody Marys and Mimosas for just $44.95

When: 17 June / 11:00 am - 2:30 pm

Where: Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino

Website: https://www.lgsmiths.com/

 

Not your ordinary Daddy's Day Brunch!

 

Celebrate Daddy's Day in style with an all you can eat à la carte Brunch with unlimited Bloody Marys and Mimosas for just $44,95 excl. service charge and taxes.

 

Brunch will be served one plate at a time starting from 11AM till 2:30PM.

 

For more information and reservations, call our Navigators at 5236115 or LGS at 5236195. Reservation is highly recommended.

 

We set the ambiance, you just have to bring the right attitude!



Special Dutch Asparagus Menu

When: 15 June / 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Where: Amuse Sunset Restaurant Aruba (Bucutiweg 50, N.A. Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/204145123699341/

 

Appetizers:

  • White asparagus soup and ham - $8.50
  • White asparagus, smoked salmon and quail egg - $16.50
  • White asparagus, 5 oz lobster, lemon buerre blanc - $24

 

Main courses:

  • A la "Flamande" white asparagus, egg, parsley crumble, butter with nutmeg - $25.50
  • White asparagus, ham, crumbled egg, mustard sauce - $27
  • White asparagus with tenderloin with sweet potato and parmesan cheese cookie / USA Angus Tenderloin - $45 / Argentine Tenderloin $36
  • 3 Asparagus side dish $12 / 5 Asparagus side dish $20

 

Asparagus season lasts about two months in Holland. The first asparagus peek from the ground early in spring, around February or early March. They are traditionally harvested from the second Thursday in April until 24 June.



Dinner Under The Stars at Renaissance Island

When: 20 June / 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Where: Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/249398372482687/

 

Take a boat trip to Renaissance Island and let your taste buds travel to paradise...

 

Enjoy our new menu consisting of succulent 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 Lucy's Dock (across the Renaissance Mall), boat trip to Renaissance Private Island, dinner on the beach and live entertainment for only $65 per person. Children from 5 to 12 yrs pay $32.50.

 

For more information or reservations, please contact one of our Navigators at 5236115

 

LIFESTYLE

 

Seaport Plaza at the Renaissance

When: 15 June / 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Where: Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/245626916209484/

 

Local artisans selling their handmade art & jewelry.



Simply Woman book sale at Bruna Aruba

When: 16 June / 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Where:Bruna Aruba (L.G. Smith boulevard 136, Oranjestad, Aruba)

Hosted by: Aruba Connections https://www.facebook.com/arubaconnections/




ENTERTAINMENT



What goes on at MooMba Beach?
Moomba Beach (JE Irausquin BLVD 230, 0000 Palm Beach, Aruba)

Friday, 15 June from 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm:
Karla LIVE on stage at MooMba Beach!

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/882413485216587/

Caribbean and international music. Typical MooMba music for sunset party time!

Sunday, 17 June from 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm:
Untouchables LIVE onstage at MooMba Beach

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/607105589676623/

Lead singer Cesar Olarte of The Untouchables is a phenomenon on Aruba: his distinctive voice is amazing and his highest notes can put a lady's pipes to shame. Singing a wide variety of styles, such as merengue, salsa, pop and reggae, Cesar and his Untouchables are popular among locals as well as visitors.

Wednesday, 20 June from 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm:
Travel Session LIVE at MooMba Beach!

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/244018103036121/

Travel Session is a cover band playing different genres.



Guy Bavli, Master of the Mind

When: 19 June / 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm (recurring event every Tuesdays until 28 August)

Where: Alhambra & Divi Resorts Aruba Banquet & Events (J.E.Irausquin Boulevard # 41, 00000 Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/153482718642217/

Tickets: http://www.masterofthemind.com/

 

Guy Bavli led a long, successful career filled with science-defying stunts and demonstrations, performing for fortune 500 companies, primetime television networks, and audiences around the world. Despite this, Bavli claims no superpowers. His skills actually lie in advanced applications of mind magic, psychology, physiology, and intuition, gained through years of intense study and practice.



Aruba Sinatra Dinner Show at The Old Cunucu House Restaurant

When: 21 June / 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Where: The Old Cunucu House (Palm Beach 150, 0000 Palm Beach, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/968899453248017/

 

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.

 

KARAOKE/SPECIAL NIGHTS

 

Barney’s Restaurant

(Palm Beach 21 A Palm Beach, Aruba)

Website: https://barneysaruba.com

Karaoke Nights every Fridays, starting at 10:00 pm

 

Soprano’s Piano Bar

(Lloyd G. Smith Boulevard 370, Noord, Aruba)

Website: http://www.sopranospianobararuba.com/

Unplugged Nights every Saturdays, starting at 8:00 pm

 

Matthew’s Beachside Restaurant

(J.E. Irausquin Blvd 51, Oranjestad)

Website: https://www.matthews-aruba.com/

Karaoke Nights every Wednesdays, 9:00 – 11:00 pm

 

7 Club Lounge Bar

(Windstraat 32, Oranjestad, Aruba)

Page: https://www.facebook.com/7arubacom/

Karaoke Nights every Wednesdays, 7:00 – 2:00 am

 

Ricardo’s Restaurant & Bar

(J.E. Irausquin Blvd 53, Aruba)

Website: http://ricardosaruba.restaurant/

Karaoke Dance Party! every Thursdays, starting at 9:00 pm

 

The Rose Bar & Lounge Restaurant

(Boegoeroei 11-Z, Noord)

Page: https://www.facebook.com/therosearuba/

Karaoke Happy Hour every Thursdays, starting at 6:00 pm




It’s time to venture into the cruise ships schedule portion. Again, cruise ships are few and far in between at this time due to low season.

 

 

The news section for this week is also pretty sparse except for an interesting video circulating Facebook (and a friendly reminder to everyone in light of this) as well as additional details regarding the new restaurant opening I talked about earlier, O.D.B, including a look at their preliminary menu which sounds absolutely fantastic to me. They’re open from 8am to 7pm and located near Aqua Windies. Do check it out! I also got clued in that Local Store will be launching a brunch menu now. Keep your eyes peeled for that information too.

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


Here is the latest episode of This Week in Aruba, which covers the events from Friday, June 8th to Thursday, June 14th also known as timeshare week 23. This officially marks the start of this podcast’s shift to the new format of releasing every Friday instead of Monday.

 

This week’s shoutout goes to Derek Story, a relatively new acquaintance who I met over the internet and a member of the Friends of One Happy Podcast Facebook group. If you’re a diehard fan of Aruba, do join us over there to meet new friends!

 

Now let’s get it started on the events category.

 

FOOD

 

Soi Thai

When: 8-9 June / 12:00 pm

Where: Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/147587639428152/

 

From lightly prepared dishes with strong aromatic components and a spicy edge, we present to you SOI THAI.

 

For the Thai food lovers, we are bringing back the one cuisine in the world with attention to detail, texture, color and a lot of taste.

 

Friday, June 8th and Saturday, June 9th, The Renaissance Mall will convert into a special Thai Pop-up Restaurant. Starting at 12PM with lunch and going all the way till 11PM serving dinner.

 

Join us and discover why Thai dishes appeared on list of the "World's 50 Best Foods".


Fresh Dutch Asparagus at Café the Plaza

When: 8 June / 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/191261201508481/

 

The stalks are white, with golden tips, and they are soft and filled with flavor: the white asparagus, the white gold. A delicacy in Holland and Belgium, the asparagus season is much anticipated. And of course the asparagus is flown in to Aruba for asparagus lovers. At Café the Plaza the asparagus treats are going to be available from May 18: a creamy asparagus soup and traditional Dutch asparagus with ham, parsley, a boiled egg and melted butter, served with mashed potatoes. Mouthwatering, a true Dutch treat!


Special Dutch Asparagus Menu

When: 8 June / 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Where: Amuse Sunset Restaurant Aruba (Bucutiweg 50, N.A. Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/204145123699341/

 

Appetizers:

  • White asparagus soup and ham - $8.50
  • White asparagus, smoked salmon and quail egg - $16.50
  • White asparagus, 5 oz lobster, lemon buerre blanc - $24

 

Main courses:

  • A la "Flamande" white asparagus, egg, parsley crumble, butter with nutmeg - $25.50
  • White asparagus, gam, crumbled egg, mustard sauce - $27
  • White asparagus with tenderloin with sweet potato and parmesan cheese cookie / USA Angus Tenderloin - $45 / Argentine Tenderloin $36
  • 3 Asparagus side dish $12 / 5 Asparagus side dish $20

 

Asparagus season lasts about two months in Holland. The first asparagus peek from the ground early in spring, around February or early March. They are traditionally harvested from the second Thursday in April until 24 June.

 

The Private Dining Event!

When: 9 June / 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Where: Fusion Restaurant, Tapas, Wine & Piano Bar

(J.E. Irausquin Boulevard, Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/176251186412918/

 

Come enjoy an Amazing night with Top Chef Finalist: Tiffani Faison! and All the way from Amsterdam: Pasta E Basta Singers!

 

Dinner Under The Stars at Renaissance Island

When: 13 June / 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Where: Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/249398372482687/

 

Take a boat trip to Renaissance Island and let your taste buds travel to paradise...

 

Enjoy our new menu consisting of succulent 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 Lucy's Dock (across the Renaissance Mall), boat trip to Renaissance Private Island, dinner on the beach and live entertainment for only $65 per person. Children from 5 to 12 yrs pay $32.50.

 

For more information or reservations, please contact one of our Navigators at 5236115

 

FOOD + LIFESTYLE

 

Wine & Vinyl: Jazz Edition

When: 9 June / 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Where: The Purple Room (LG Smith Blvd, Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/2247718498788827/

 

A evening playing Jazz vinyls pairing it with premium wine

 

Experience: $50

Time: 3 hours

 

Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix LIVE

When: 10 June / 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/685109761871637/

 

Are you ready for another thrilling Formula 1 Sunday? The Canadian Grand Prix is broadcasted LIVE on big screen at Café The Plaza. Join us at 2 pm and come cheer with us for your favorite team and driver.


ENTERTAINMENT


What goes on at MooMba Beach?
Moomba Beach (JE Irausquin BLVD 230, 0000 Palm Beach, Aruba)

Friday, 8 June from 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm:
Primo Bandits LIVE at MooMba Beach

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/895553543964573/

The local formation PRIMO BANDITS with lead singer Wilson always guarantee a 'beachy' vibe at MooMba with ballads from the 70's, 80's till now.

Sunday, 10 June from 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm:
Joyride LIVE at MooMba Beach

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/1920909681276425/

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!

Monday, 11 June from 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm:
C-Zar on stage at MooMba Beach

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/184981868733145/

Join us for an evening with C-Zar live on stage. C-Zar has a wonderful, unusual voice which will keep you spellbound. Come and toast with us to another beautiful night in Aruba.

Wednesday, 13 June from 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm:
Karla LIVE on stage at MooMba Beach!

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/1406161896149061/

Caribbean and international music. Typical MooMba music for sunset party time!


Death by Audio - Live at Cafe Chaos

When: 9 June / 11:00 pm - 2:00 am

Where: Café Chaos Aruba (LG Smith Boulevard 60, 0000 Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/168727097141760/

Page: https://www.facebook.com/deathbyaudioaruba/

 

Come and celebrate with us our first show @ Cafe Chaos! We are a Local Rock Band from Aruba bringing Rock and Metal music to local events and clubs.

 

Guy Bavli, Master of the Mind

When: 12 June / 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm (recurring event every Tuesdays until 28 August)

Where: Alhambra & Divi Resorts Aruba Banquet & Events (J.E.Irausquin Boulevard # 41, 00000 Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/153482718642217/

Tickets: http://www.masterofthemind.com/

 

Guy Bavli led a long, successful career filled with science-defying stunts and demonstrations, performing for fortune 500 companies, primetime television networks, and audiences around the world. Despite this, Bavli claims no superpowers. His skills actually lie in advanced applications of mind magic, psychology, physiology, and intuition, gained through years of intense study and practice.


Aruba Sinatra Dinner Show at The Old Cunucu House Restaurant

When: 14 June / 7:30 pm - 9:30 pmp

Where: The Old Cunucu House (Palm Beach 150, 0000 Palm Beach, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/968899453248017/

 

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.


KARAOKE/SPECIAL NIGHTS

 

Barney’s Restaurant

(Palm Beach 21 A Palm Beach, Aruba)

Website: https://barneysaruba.com

Karaoke Nights every Fridays, starting at 10:00 pm

 

Soprano’s Piano Bar

(Lloyd G. Smith Boulevard 370, Noord, Aruba)

Website: http://www.sopranospianobararuba.com/

Unplugged Nights every Saturdays, starting at 8:00 pm

 

Matthew’s Beachside Restaurant

(J.E. Irausquin Blvd 51, Oranjestad)

Website: https://www.matthews-aruba.com/

Karaoke Nights every Wednesdays, 9:00 – 11:00 pm

 

7 Club Lounge Bar

(Windstraat 32, Oranjestad, Aruba)

Page: https://www.facebook.com/7arubacom/

Karaoke Nights every Wednesdays, 7:00 – 2:00 am

 

Ricardo’s Restaurant & Bar

(J.E. Irausquin Blvd 53, Aruba)

Website: http://ricardosaruba.restaurant/

Karaoke Dance Party! every Thursdays, starting at 9:00 pm

 

The Rose Bar & Lounge Restaurant

(Boegoeroei 11-Z, Noord)

Page: https://www.facebook.com/therosearuba/

Karaoke Happy Hour every Thursdays, starting at 6:00 pm


Let’s move on to the cruise ships schedule portion. It’s another light week this time around as the low season rolls along.

 

 

As far as news goes, I only have a couple of things. First off I want to give a shoutout to the crew behind Full Throttle Tours who have set up a over at the Costa Linda. Make sure to check them out! They’re a bunch of lovely people and Full Throttle Tours is an excellent excursion. They were guests at One Happy Podcasts episode 101 and 102. The other piece of new doesn’t really have much to do with the tourists in Aruba but it can affect Aruba’s tourism as it has something to do with the finances of the country.

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

Direct download: This_Week_in_Aruba_-_June_8_to_14_2018_-_Presented_by_One_Happy_Podcast.mp3
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Here we are for the latest episode of This Week in Aruba, which tackles the events from Tuesday, May 29th to Thursday, June 7th which actually runs from timeshare week 21 and 22. If you notice, this is a departure from our normal routine. You can hear the full explanation for this particular change upon listening to the episode.

 

Without further ado let’s get it started in the events category. As you all know, before this past Memorial Day weekend was all about Soul Beach Festival and with that came so many activities and parties which I’m sure took its toll on the Islanders’ and tourists’ energy. That said, this week is kind of a sleepy week with not much going around.

 

SPECIAL EVENT

 

Aruba Soul Beach Music Festival (final day)

When: 29 May 2018  (all day)

Where: Aruba Ports Authority

Website: http://www.soulbeach.net/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/soulbeachmusic/

SOUL BEACH DAY PARTY - (LP) Extended Play

10am - 3pm (Free Entry)

Moomba Beach (Palm Beach)

Featuring: DJ Diablo

 

LIFESTYLE

KLM Aruba Marathon

When: 3 June (all day)

Where: Aruba Marriott Resort

Source: https://www.visitaruba.com/things-to-do/aruba-events/klm-aruba-marathon/

Website: https://arubainternationalmarathon.com/en/runners/register

 

This is the 1st edition of the KLM Aruba Marathon!

 

The Race is AIMS/ IAAF certified and this road race is organized on the highest International level. The beautiful course will show you the best of Aruba, will take you along the from Palm Beach up to the famous California Lighthouse and Eagle Beach. We expect Runners and Walkers from all around the World and our main objection is to make this race for everybody unforgettable!

 

Every participant will finish approximately at the same time at the Beach. All family’s and friends are welcome along the course and at the Finish ( Beach "Celebration" Party). This unique family Running event is for young and old, schools and companies.

 

We welcome participants from all over the world. Hope to see you for your  “Aruba Runcation” and experience “One Happy Island”.

 

Event Details:

  • The Start & Finish is at the Marriott Resort and the Ritz-Carlton Hotel.
  • The Marathon starts at 3:30 am, the Half marathon at 5:30 am, the 10K (walk or run) starts at 7:00 am and the 5K (walk or run) at 7:30 am.

 

For registration information visit their website, contact IBiSA , or call +297 582 4987 for additional information or participation!

 

To register in person:

  • IBiSA - Frankrijkstraat 1, Oranjestad , Aruba
  • IBiSA - Dr Schaepmanstraat 52, San Nicolas, Aruba



FOOD

The Full Moon Romantic Experience

When: 29 May / 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Where: Passions on the Beach (J.E. Irausquin Blvd. 252, Eagle Beach, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/1572363702854696/

 

Passions on the Beach restaurant invites you for a special 3-course dinner at every full moon.

 

Complimentary Welcome Drink: Martini-Pina-Colada Creation

 

  • Appetizer: “Mariage de Séléné” - Bisque with scallop and lobster  
  • Entrée: “Terre et Mer” - Beef tenderloin and garlic shrimp, sweet potato puree, asparagus, stuffed mini sweet pepper  
  • Dessert: “Passion" Cheesecake

 

$49.00 per person.15% Service Charge, 1.5% tax & 2% Health Levy will be added to your bill. Reservation required. Please contact our Concierge at +297 527 1118; concierge@amsterdammanor.aw

 

Dinner Under The Stars at Renaissance Island

When: 30 May / 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Where: Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/2091850194188906/

 

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 succulent 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 Lucy's Dock (across the Renaissance Mall), boat trip to Renaissance Private Island, dinner on the beach and live entertainment 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

 

Special Dutch Asparagus Menu

When: 1 June / 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Where: Amuse Sunset Restaurant Aruba (Bucutiweg 50, N.A. Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/204145123699341/

 

Appetizers:

  • White asparagus soup and ham - $8.50
  • White asparagus, smoked salmon and quail egg - $16.50
  • White asparagus, 5 oz lobster, lemon beurre blanc - $24

 

Main courses:

  • A la "Flamande" white asparagus, egg, parsley crumble, butter with nutmeg - $25.50
  • White asparagus, ham, crumbled egg, mustard sauce - $27
  • White asparagus with tenderloin with sweet potato and parmesan cheese cookie / USA Angus Tenderloin - $45 / Argentine Tenderloin $36
  • 3 Asparagus side dish - $12 / 5 Asparagus side dish - $20

 

Asparagus season lasts about two months in Holland. The first asparagus peek from the ground early in spring, around February or early March. They are traditionally harvested from the second Thursday in April until 24 June.

 

ENTERTAINMENT

 

What goes on at MooMba Beach?
Moomba Beach (JE Irausquin BLVD 230, 0000 Palm Beach, Aruba)

Monday, 28 May / 4 June from 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm:
C-Zar on stage at MooMba Beach

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/184981868733145/

Join us for an evening with C-Zar live on stage. C-Zar has a wonderful, unusual, voice which will keep you spellbound. Come and toast with us to another beautiful night in Aruba.

Wednesday, 30 May / 6 June from 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm:
Karla LIVE on stage at MooMba Beach!

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/1406161896149061/

Caribbean and international music. Typical MooMba music for sunset party time!



Guy Bavli, Master of the Mind

When: 29 May and 5 June  / 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm (recurring event every Tuesdays until 28 August)

Where: Alhambra & Divi Resorts Aruba Banquet & Events (J.E.Irausquin Boulevard # 41, 00000 Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/153482718642217/

Tickets: http://www.masterofthemind.com/

 

Guy Bavli led a long, successful career filled with science-defying stunts and demonstrations, performing for fortune 500 companies, primetime television networks, and audiences around the world. Despite this, Bavli claims no superpowers. His skills actually lie in advanced applications of mind magic, psychology, physiology, and intuition, gained through years of intense study and practice.

 

Aruba Sinatra Dinner Show at The Old Cunucu House Restaurant

When: 31 May and 7 June / 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Where: The Old Cunucu House (Palm Beach 150, 0000 Palm Beach, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/968899453248017/

 

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 beautifully 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.

 

KARAOKE/SPECIAL NIGHTS

 

Barney’s Restaurant

(Palm Beach 21 A Palm Beach, Aruba)

Website: https://barneysaruba.com

Karaoke Nights every Fridays, starting at 10:00 pm

 

Soprano’s Piano Bar

(Lloyd G. Smith Boulevard 370, Noord, Aruba)

Website: http://www.sopranospianobararuba.com/

Unplugged Nights every Saturdays, starting at 8:00 pm

 

Matthew’s Beachside Restaurant

(J.E. Irausquin Blvd 51, Oranjestad)

Website: https://www.matthews-aruba.com/

Karaoke Nights every Wednesdays, 9:00 – 11:00 pm

 

7 Club Lounge Bar

(Windstraat 32, Oranjestad, Aruba)

Page: https://www.facebook.com/7arubacom/

Karaoke Nights every Wednesdays, 7:00 – 2:00 am

 

Ricardo’s Restaurant & Bar

(J.E. Irausquin Blvd 53, Aruba)

Website: http://ricardosaruba.restaurant/

Karaoke Dance Party! every Thursdays, starting at 9:00 pm

 

The Rose Bar & Lounge Restaurant

(Boegoeroei 11-Z, Noord)

Page: https://www.facebook.com/therosearuba/

Karaoke Happy Hour every Thursdays, starting at 6:00 pm




Onto to the cruise ships schedule portion. Things are pretty light this time of the year which is a good thing but there are some big ships that will be docking.

 

 

Lastly, we have the news section which is typically sparse but this time we actually have a quite a few things to go over including: the unfortunate closing of Legends Pub in Palm Beach (a restaurant that I was very fond of and whose owners, Scott and Leslie, I interviewed in One Happy Podcast) and some rumors going around that involve the Holiday Inn being sold to the Riu. Also, something that I’m excited about came from Amal and Peter of Alfie’s. They’re trying out this new thing on the restaurant called their Late Night Menu. Make sure to check them out!

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


Hi there and welcome to the latest episode of This Week in Aruba, which covers the events from Monday, May 21st to Sunday, May 27th or also known as timeshare week 20.

 

This week’s shoutout Louis Johnson, episode 6, episode 13th, interviewd me on 100th episode which was a huge milestone for me and OHP, kept me motivated to continue one happy podcast

 

You might as well call this episode the Aruba Soul Beach Music Festival episode because it is no doubt the highlight this week. We’ll talk about in detail so you’ll know everything you need to know.

SPECIAL EVENT

 

Aruba Soul Beach Music Festival

When: 23 to 28 May 2018  (all day)

Where: Aruba Ports Authority

Website: http://www.soulbeach.net/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/soulbeachmusic/

 

Join us for the 18th Annual Soul Beach Music Festival on the gorgeous island of Aruba, Memorial Day Weekend, May 23-29, 2018. Ride the waves of the Soul Beach Music Festival, which was voted one of the “Top Five Caribbean Celebrations by USA TODAY”, as well as #1 “Caribbean Summer Festival” by Jetsetter Magazine.

 

The 18th Annual Soul Beach Music Festival will offer a unique combination of excitement and sophistication nestled in an intimate setting, all on the beautiful island of Aruba. Be part of the action, because our festival is sure to amaze you with sultry day and night events, the hottest pinternationally renowned performing artists in music and comedy, all in one jam packed weekend of music, fun and sun! Just when you thought it couldn’t get any hotter, loyal followers and newcomers alike are sure to enjoy the sexy, smoldering beaches and entertainment!

 

So make your plans now because the Soul Beach Music Festival 2018 is being launched and discount packages are ready for pre-sales. Don’t miss out on the 2018 celebrations… it wouldn’t be the same without you!

 

*Performances by:

 

 

FOR TICKETS: Visit www.soulbeach.net for additional information or visit our Facebook page to get the latest information and event updates.

 

 

*View the official Soul Beach Music Festival 2018 schedule below!

Wednesday, May 23

ARUBA WELCOME CELEBRATION

Venue: TBD / 10:00 pm - 3:00 am

Featuring: Guest DJs

 

 

Thursday, May 24

SOUL BEACH DAY PARTY

MooMba Beach (Palm Beach) / 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Featuring: Guest DJs

*No outside bottles allowed

 

LIVE RADIO REMOTE BROADCASTS (free entry)

  • MooMba Beach (Palm Beach) / 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
    The AM/PM Workload Show w/GEE MONEY - LASER 101, ST. MAARTEN
  • MooMba Beach (Palm Beach) / 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
    ADAI LAMAR Morning Show Host - 102.3 KJLH, LOS ANGELES

 

HAPPY HOUR - LIVE RADIO REMOTE BROADCAST

  • Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino – Poolside (Oranjestad) / 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    Afternoon Rush w/ RUDY RUSH - 93.7 THE BEAT, HOUSTON/iHeartRadio

 

OFFICIAL SOUL BEACH ALL WHITE PARTY

Venue: Sandbar on Palm Beach / 10:00 pm - 3:00 am
Featuring: DJ Chris Dope / DJ Frank Ski

 

 

Friday, May 25

SOUL BEACH DAY PARTY

MooMba Beach (Palm Beach) / 11am - 3pm

Featuring: DJ E-Clazz

 

LIVE RADIO REMOTE BROADCASTS (free entry)

  • MooMba Beach (Palm Beach) / 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
    The AM/PM Workload Show w/GEE MONEY - LASER 101, ST. MAARTEN
  • MooMba Beach (Palm Beach) / 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
    ADAI LAMAR Morning Show Host - 102.3 KJLH, LOS ANGELES
  • Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino – Poolside (Oranjestad) / 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Afternoon Rush w/ RUDY RUSH - 93.7 THE BEAT, HOUSTON/iHeartRadio

 

COMEDY CONCERT

Renaissance Festival Plaza (Oranjestad) / 7:00 pm

  • MARLON WAYANS
  • Sydney Castillo
  • Buddy Lewis
  • Hosted By: Rudy Rush

 

OFFICIAL SOUL BEACH NIGHTCLUB PARTY

Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino - Convention Center / 9:00 pm - 3:00 am

Featuring: DJ Jazzy Jeff & DJ Outkast

 

 

Saturday, May 26

SOUL BEACH DAY PARTY

MooMba Beach / 11am - 3pm

Featuring: DJ E-Clazz / DJ Chris Dope

 

MAIN STAGE CONCERT

Harbor Arena (Oranjestad) / 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

  • Alicia Keys
  • Guy
  • Local Acts
  • Hosted By: Chris Spencer

 

SOUL BEACH NIGHTCLUB BLOCK PARTY

Venue: Two Clubs (Palm Beach) / 11:00 pm - 3:00 am

Featuring: Live Band (The Box feat. Tony Tatum) / DJ E-Clazz

 

 

Sunday, May 27

SOUL BEACH DAY PARTY

Baby Beach (San Nicolas) / 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Featuring: DJ E-Clazz and DJ Diablo

 

MAIN STAGE CONCERT

Harbor Arena (Oranjestad) / 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

  • Maxwell
  • Sevyn Streeter
  • Local Acts
  • Hosted By: Chris Spencer

 

SOUL BEACH NIGHTCLUB BLOCK PARTY

Venue: Two Clubs (Palm Beach) / 11:00 pm - 3:00 am

Featuring: Live Band (The Box feat. Tony Tatum)



LIFESTYLE

 

Local Art & Farmer's Market "Under the Stars"

When: 25 May / 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Where: Taste My Aruba (Zoutman Straat 1, Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/1183191275149409/

 

Cosecha Aruba in partnership with Taste My Aruba, proudly invites you to our monthly farmer's market under the stars.

 

Cosecha, celebrates local artists that create beautiful objects of art and is the only art gallery on the island that represents only artists holding the exclusive Aruban seal.

Taste My Aruba, celebrates our culinary heritage including our local farmer's thus bringing food from the farm to your plate, furthermore cherish everything that is authentically ours.

 

Come and mingle with our local artist, while nibbling away to Aruban delights on our beautiful square downtown. We promise to full fill  your five senses, live like a local and be part of an authentic experience.

 

Farmers that are interested in being part of this experience, please send us a message.



ENTERTAINMENT

 

What goes on at MooMba Beach?
Moomba Beach (JE Irausquin BLVD 230, 0000 Palm Beach, Aruba)

Monday, 21 May from 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm:
C-Zar on stage at MooMba Beach

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/184981868733145/

Join us for an evening with C-Zar live on stage. C-Zar has a wonderful, unusual, voice which will keep you spellbound. Come and toast with us to another beautiful night in Aruba.

Wednesday, 23 May from 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm:
Karla LIVE on stage at MooMba Beach!

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/1406161896149061/

Caribbean and international music. Typical MooMba music for sunset party time!

Friday, 25 May from 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm:
Party Posse LIVE on stage at MooMba Beach!

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/830660347135942/

Party Posse is a band with an extensive repertoire of hits, covering the latest radio airplay as well as classic songs from the 00's, 90's, 80's, 70's, and 60's.

Sunday, 27 May from 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm:
Untouchables LIVE on stage at MooMba Beach!

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/2002139926714318/

Lead singer Cesar Olarte of The Untouchables is a phenomenon on Aruba: his distinctive voice is amazing and his highest notes can put a lady's pipes to shame. Singing a wide variety of styles, such as merengue, salsa, pop and reggae, Cesar and his Untouchables are popular among locals as well as visitors.



Guy Bavli, Master of the Mind

When: 22 May / 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm (recurring event every Tuesdays until 28 August)

Where: Alhambra & Divi Resorts Aruba Banquet & Events (J.E.Irausquin Boulevard # 41, 00000 Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/153482718642217/

Tickets: http://www.masterofthemind.com/

 

Guy Bavli led a long, successful career filled with science-defying stunts and demonstrations, performing for fortune 500 companies, primetime television networks, and audiences around the world. Despite this, Bavli claims no superpowers. His skills actually lie in advanced applications of mind magic, psychology, physiology, and intuition, gained through years of intense study and practice.

 

KARAOKE/SPECIAL NIGHTS

 

Matthew’s Beachside Restaurant

(J.E. Irausquin Blvd 51, Oranjestad)

Website: https://www.matthews-aruba.com/

Karaoke Nights every Wednesdays, 9:00 – 11:00 pm

 

7 Club Lounge Bar

(Windstraat 32, Oranjestad, Aruba)

Page: https://www.facebook.com/7arubacom/

Karaoke Nights every Wednesdays, 7:00 – 2:00 am

 

The Rose Bar & Lounge Restaurant

(Boegoeroei 11-Z, Noord)

Page: https://www.facebook.com/therosearuba/

Karaoke Happy Hour every Thursdays, starting at 6:00 pm

 

Ricardo’s Restaurant & Bar

(J.E. Irausquin Blvd 53, Aruba)

Website: http://ricardosaruba.restaurant/

Karaoke Dance Party! every Thursdays, starting at 9:00 pm

 

Barney’s Restaurant
(Palm Beach, Noord 21A, Aruba)

Website: https://barneysaruba.com/

Karaoke Nights every Fridays, starting at 10:00 pm

 

Soprano’s Piano Bar

(Lloyd G. Smith Boulevard 370, Noord, Aruba)

Website: http://www.sopranospianobararuba.com/

Unplugged Nights every Saturdays, starting at 8:00 pm

 

FOOD

 

Sip Happens

When: 25 May / 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Where: The Wine Room (L.G. Smith Blvd #126 Suite #1, 00000 Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/562734890759208/

 

The last Friday of each month we will start opening at 5 pm, so come after work and enjoy this great "Sip Happens" concept

 

Deals on the following brands of wine

  • Criss Cross
  • Casa Donoso
  • Bisquertt



Konnichi Wow Sushi Night at BLUE

When: 26 May / 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Where: Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/587712631608342/

 

Join us at Renaissance Aruba's BLUE bar for an unforgettable Saturday evening featuring an eclectic menu of handcrafted sushi selections, imported wine and beers from Japan, authentic sake, and a LIVE sushi-making station run by its very own sushi chef! RAW has never tasted so good!



This week’s congestions will be happening around the Soul Beach locations like Moomba during the day and the Renaissance during the night so if you’re not there for the festival, you might want to avoid those areas. However, cruise ship schedules for this week are again pretty sparse so you should have no problem finding a great semi-private spot along the beaches of Aruba.

 

 

I don’t have any news for you this week but if there’s anything at all that you would like to suggest for the show or simply want to relay feedback, please do send me an email at curt@onehappypodcast.com or drop a voice message on our hotline number (302) 635-0815.


Welcome to the latest episode of This Week in Aruba, which covers the events from Monday, May 14th to Sunday, May 20th or also known as timeshare week 19.

The shoutout for this week goes to all the Moms. Without you guys, nothing will be possible. I want to thank my Mom for everything she’s done for me and also all of the Moms who may be listening to this podcast. One Mom in particular that I want to thank is Ann Fontaine. Maggie dubs her the “Aruba Mom”. She’s from New England but has a home in Aruba that we love to visit. Listen to her episode on One Happy Podcast.

As for the happenings going on this week, we are entering the low season so there is a lull with regards to the events.

FOOD

A Taste of Aruba

When: 15 May / 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm

Where: Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/161420891202347/

 

Aquarius will take you back in time with stories, local handcrafted arts and recipes. Celebrate our Island's rich multicultural history with locally inspired buffet.

 

Aquarius will serve a local buffet for just $39 including a BALASHI BEER or Chill Beer. Specials  on Cocktails such as; 'Barbulet', 'Aruba Ariba' , 'Chuchubi Carnaval' and 'Yuwana Loco'. Discover Aruba through unique flavors!

Join us every Tuesday Night for this special local event with Live entertainment. For more information or reservation, please call 5236156 or visit one of our Navigators in the lobby area.

 

Dinner Under The Stars at Renaissance Private Island

When: 16 May / 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Where: Renaissance Private Island

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/432845837159210/

 

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 succulent 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 Lucy's Dock (across the Renaissance Mall), boat trip to Renaissance Private Island, dinner on the beach and live entertainment 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



LIFESTYLE



Giro d'Italia LIVE

When: 15-20 May / 7:00 am - 12:00 nn

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

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/579452312413718/

 

Join us for the Giro d’Italia at Café the Plaza! Watch one of the world's biggest cycling races every day LIVE from May 4 till May 27.




SOUL & Mantra Singing on the Beach

When: 15 May / 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Where: Eagle Beach
Hosted by: Gea Sougé Life Coaching

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/215126155737249/

 

For quite some time I have had the honor to participate in the sound meditation, voice liberation workshops and choir of Jan-Hendrik Veenkamp. These evenings always helped me to go home to myself. Very empowering to use my voice authentically. Afterwards my heart and soul are always humming like a hummingbird. In the future I love to invite Jan-Hendrik to organize a Soul Singing retreat in Aruba. But for now I would like to share the mantras and soul songs that I will facilitate intuitively and will share my passion for voice liberation.

 

Besides my shamanic drum I have some other small instruments but we will mainly use our most powerful instrument being our voices. No need to have singing experience nor do you or your family have to admire your voice. This type of singing is intended to open your heart, go within and find what likes to be heard.  It would be wonderful if men would also join these evenings, because it is so beautiful to listen to their timbre.

 

What to expect? We will be singing meditative but also celebrative depending on the group. Please feel free to try it out, and discover something new about yourself.

 

Sign up at 594 4250 or email geasouge@gmail.com. The song & mantra singing evenings are donation based.



UEFA Europa League FINAL

When: 16 May / 2:45 pm - 4:30 pm

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

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/2064955650428398/

 

Join us Wednesday May 16 at Cafe the Plaza for the UEFA Europa League FINAL between Marseille - Atlético Madrid.



Buti Yoga Glow

When: 20 May / 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Where: Aruba Dance Studios (00000 Oranjestad, Aruba)

Hosted by: Aruba Dance Studios

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/518178001917644/

 

To all beautiful Women and little women come and join Gladys M. Duarte.

You will need is your yoga mat, a small towel and bottle of water ...

 

Gladys M. Duarte will break down for you the basics of Buti Yoga

 

More info and details to follow soon, start reserving your spot today!

For any questions contact 737 7078 or 5922166



Color Run!

When: 20 May / 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Where: Fisherman's Hut (Palm Beach, 00297 Noord)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/424642154624290/

 

The Key Club of the International School of Aruba in collaboration with the PTA is hosting a Color Run on Sunday, May 20th, 2018. Color Run is a fun untimed run/walk where the participants are showered with color powder.

 

All the proceeds from the event will be donated to Stichting Ambiente Feliz in order to improve their entertainment area for the clients. To get to know the wonderful people of Ambiente Feliz, please visit their Facebook page. The students of Key Club have been visiting the center once a month and organizing fun events for the clients.

 

The Color Run will start at 4 P.M. at the Fisherman’s hut. The cost to participate is 15 florins per person. Delicious fruits and a cool t-shirt are included in the entry fee.

 

Please go to the Main Office of the International School of Aruba or to Bestial Pet House to register Registration closes April 26th!.



ENTERTAINMENT



What goes on at MooMba Beach?
Moomba Beach (JE Irausquin BLVD 230, 0000 Palm Beach, Aruba)

Monday, 14 May from 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm:
C-Zar on stage at MooMba Beach

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/184981868733145/

Join us for an evening with C-Zar live on stage. C-Zar has a wonderful, unusual, voice which will keep you spellbound. Come and toast with us to another beautiful night in Aruba.

Wednesday, 16 May from 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm:
Karla LIVE on stage at MooMba Beach!

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/1406161896149061/

Caribbean and international music. Typical MooMba music for sunset party time!



Guy Bavli, Master of the Mind

When: 15 May / 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm (recurring event every Tuesdays until 28 August)

Where: Alhambra & Divi Resorts Aruba Banquet & Events (J.E.Irausquin Boulevard # 41, 00000 Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/153482718642217/

Tickets: http://www.masterofthemind.com/

 

Guy Bavli led a long, successful career filled with science-defying stunts and demonstrations, performing for fortune 500 companies, primetime television networks, and audiences around the world. Despite this, Bavli claims no superpowers. His skills actually lie in advanced applications of mind magic, psychology, physiology, and intuition, gained through years of intense study and practice.




KARAOKE/SPECIAL NIGHTS

 

Matthew’s Beachside Restaurant

(J.E. Irausquin Blvd 51, Oranjestad)

Website: https://www.matthews-aruba.com/

Karaoke Nights every Wednesdays, 9:00 – 11:00 pm

 

7 Club Lounge Bar

(Windstraat 32, Oranjestad, Aruba)

Page: https://www.facebook.com/7arubacom/

Karaoke Nights every Wednesdays, 7:00 – 2:00 am

 

Barney’s Restaurant
(Palm Beach, Noord 21A, Aruba)

Website: https://barneysaruba.com/

Karaoke Nights every Fridays, starting at 10:00 pm

 

The Rose Bar & Lounge Restaurant

(Boegoeroei 11-Z, Noord)

Page: https://www.facebook.com/therosearuba/

Karaoke Happy Hour every Thursdays, starting at 6:00 pm

 

Ricardo’s Restaurant & Bar

(J.E. Irausquin Blvd 53, Aruba)

Website: http://ricardosaruba.restaurant/

Karaoke Dance Party! every Thursdays, starting at 9:00 pm

 

Soprano’s Piano Bar

(Lloyd G. Smith Boulevard 370, Noord, Aruba)

Website: http://www.sopranospianobararuba.com/

Unplugged Nights every Saturdays, starting at 8:00 pm



There are cruise schedules for only one day this week so it really is the ideal time to be in Aruba.

 

 

There are a couple of important news items this week which includes a tragedy in Palm Beach and an island-wide power outage.

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

 

Direct download: This_Week_in_Aruba_-_May_14_to_20_2018_-_Presented_by_One_Happy_Podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:07am EDT

Today we have with us the owner of Barney’s Aruba, Eline Huijbers, to share her experiences with the restaurant, her Aruba story, and for us to get to know Barney’s.

 

Eline is originally from the Netherlands. When she visited Aruba at 20 years old for an internship, she fell in love with the island and decided at once to live there. So right after college, she took on many jobs like waitressing, bartending, and restaurant management until she finally established Barney’s Aruba together with her husband, Ron. Making the jump from managing to starting her own place was both scary and exciting for Eline but everything was well worth it because Barney’s business is flourishing.

 

What you can expect from Barney’s is an excellent selection of international, Dutch, American, and local food with good prices and a kid-friendly place. They also have different theme nights going on, specifically: All You Can Eat Fajitas on Mondays, Schnitzel Night on Tuesdays, Grouper Night on Wednesdays, All You Can Eat Ribs on Thursdays, All You Can Eat BBQ Night on Fridays, and All You Can Eat Steak Night on Saturdays. And for all you Karaoke lovers, they also have Karaoke nights every Friday starting at 10:00 pm.

 

To know more about Barney’s Aruba, do visit the website at www.barneysaruba.com. Barney’s Aruba is open from Monday-Saturday starting at 4:00 pm to 10:30 pm for the kitchen while the  bar is open until 1:00 am during the week and up to 2:00-3:00 am on Fridays.

 

ON THIS EPISODE OF ONE HAPPY PODCAST, YOU WILL:

  • Find out how did Eline and Ron come up with the name “Barney’s” and whether it’s really originally inspired from The Flintstones character
  • Know Eline’s personal favorite dishes from the menu and what is the dish and cocktail that you MUST TRY should you visit Barney’s
  • Eline’s thoughts regarding what Barney’s gets right that other restaurants may get wrong
  • Hear about Eline’s experiences of raising a child in Aruba and how her family takes their vacations.

 

RESTAURANTS MENTIONED ON THIS EPISODE:

 

Direct download: EP114_-_Eline_Huijbers_of_Barneys_Aruba.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:00am EDT

Hi there! This is the latest episode of This Week in Aruba, which covers the events from Monday, May 7th to Sunday, May 13th or also known as timeshare week 18.

 

My shoutout for this week goes to a good friend and supporter, Tracey Beaver. Every time I see her she just makes me smile and her words of encouragement have been instrumental to me. She is one of the earliest guests on One Happy Podcast on Episode 8 as well as Episode 74.

 

So this week’s highlight is Mother’s Day which is a very special day down on the island. Let’s head straight to the events section:

 

 

SPECIAL OCCASIONS

 

Mother’s Day in Aruba

When: 13 May (all day)

Where: Aruba

 

Are you in Aruba for Mother's Day?  Be sure to celebrate your mom on this special day! Many restaurants will be offering great deals and delicious menu selections making for a Mother's Day to remember!

 

FOOD

 

A Taste of Aruba

When: 8 May / 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm

Where: Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/161420891202347/

 

Aquarius will take you back in time with stories, local handcrafted arts and recipes. Celebrate our Island's rich multicultural history with locally inspired buffet.

 

Aquarius will serve a local buffet for just $39 including a BALASHI BEER or Chill Beer. Specials  on Cocktails such as; 'Barbulet', 'Aruba Ariba' , 'Chuchubi Carnaval' and 'Yuwana Loco'. Discover Aruba through unique flavors!

Join us every Tuesday Night for this special local event with Live entertainment. For more information or reservation, please call 5236156 or visit one of our Navigators in the lobby area.

 

Dinner Under The Stars at Renaissance Private Island

When: 9 May / 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Where: Renaissance Private Island

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/432845837159210/

 

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 succulent 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 Lucy's Dock (across the Renaissance Mall), boat trip to Renaissance Private Island, dinner on the beach and live entertainment 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.

 

Mama Let's Brunch!

When: 12-13 May / 12:00 nn - 3:30 pm

Where: Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/352230081957452/

 

Why brunch just one day if you can do it the whole weekend!

 

Aquarius is having a Mother's Day Brunch Weekend! Two days to enjoy the all-you-can eat buffet accompanied by flowing bubbles and mimosas. A Royal treat for a Queen.

 

Saturday, May 12th and Sunday, May 13th starting at 12PM for just $34,95 excl. service charge and taxes.

 

For more information and reservations, please call our Navigators at 5236115.

 

Make it a special weekend dedicated to MOM!

 

 

Konnichi Wow Sushi Night at BLUE

When: 12 May / 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Where: Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/375534396280176/

 

Join us at Renaissance Aruba's BLUE bar for an unforgettable Saturday evening featuring an eclectic menu of handcrafted sushi selections, imported wine and beers from Japan, authentic sake, and a LIVE sushi-making station run by its very own sushi chef! RAW has never tasted so good!

 

 

Serve MOM a Breakfast!

When: 13 May / 7:00 am - 11:00 am

Where: Fresco (L.G. Smith Boulevard #82, Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/304562720077030/

 

Wake MOM up and serve her breakfast!

 

Because of MOM, Fresco is having a Mother's Day Breakfast Buffet for only $20 including service charge and taxes...A royal treat for a QUEEN!

 

Reservation is required. For more information or reservations, please call our Navigators at 5236115.

 

 

Mother's Day at El Gaucho (3 Course Lunch & Dinner Special)

When: 13 May / 11:30 am - 11:00 pm

Where: El Gaucho Argentine Grill

Source: https://www.visitaruba.com/special-deals/aruba-offers/mothers-day-at-el-gaucho/

 

Celebrate Mother's Day with your loved ones at El Gaucho and everyone will leave satisfied thanks to their delicious 3-course menus offered on this special day. Choose from two different delicious menu options, enjoy lunch or dinner!

 

 

Mimosas for MOM: All you care to eat Champagne brunch buffet

When: 13 May / 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Where: Matthew's Beachside Restaurant (J.E. Irausquin Blvd. 51, 0000 Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/351636918578804/

 

Bring the whole family along on Mother's day!

"All you care to eat Champagne brunch buffet"

 

Omelet station, cold cuts, salad, pasta station, fruit display, hot entrees, desserts, tea, coffee, mimosa, orange juice.

 

Price for adults is $36.95

Mother 60+ yrs: 25% senior discount

Kids 5-11 yrs: half price

+15% service charge + taxes

(Complimentary for kids under 5 yrs)

 

Live music from 12 noon - 1pm with Mariachis

 

Only with reservations, call us 588-7300.

 

 

ENTERTAINMENT

 

What goes on at MooMba Beach?
Moomba Beach (JE Irausquin BLVD 230, 0000 Palm Beach, Aruba)

Monday, 7 May from 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm:
C-Zar on stage at MooMba Beach

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/184981868733145/

Join us for an evening with C-Zar live on stage. C-Zar has a wonderful, unusual, voice which will keep you spellbound. Come and toast with us to another beautiful night in Aruba.

Wednesday, 9 May from 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm:
Karla LIVE on stage at MooMba Beach!

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/1406161896149061/

Caribbean and international music. Typical MooMba music for sunset party time!

 

 

Guy Bavli, Master of the Mind

When: 8 May / 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm (recurring event every Tuesdays until 28 August)

Where: Alhambra & Divi Resorts Aruba Banquet & Events (J.E.Irausquin Boulevard # 41, 00000 Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/153482718642217/

Tickets: http://www.masterofthemind.com/

 

Guy Bavli led a long, successful career filled with science-defying stunts and demonstrations, performing for fortune 500 companies, primetime television networks, and audiences around the world. Despite this, Bavli claims no superpowers. His skills actually lie in advanced applications of mind magic, psychology, physiology, and intuition, gained through years of intense study and practice.

 

 

Death By Audio - Live At Alfie's!

When: 11 May / 11:00 pm

Where: Alfie's in Aruba

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/431557570617387/

 

Did you miss our last performance? Well here is your chance! Death by Audio will be live on stage once again, this time at Alfie's in Aruba. So be there and be ready to jump and to head bang with us!

 

 

Next we’ll tackle the cruise ship schedules which I include so you may plan your beach days or schedule accordingly. Luckily this week is a pretty light week in the island.

 

The only news I would say this week is a new restaurant opening called Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant near the Renaissance Marina and a few details regarding a potential law reform for the residency of Americans in Aruba.

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

Direct download: This_Week_in_Aruba_-_May_7_to_13_2018_-_Presented_by_One_Happy_Podcast.mp3
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I’m happy to have fellow Aruba lover Elizabeth McKay the founder of AllAroundAruba.com with me here for this episode of One Happy Podcast.

 

What I absolutely love about this episode is that Elizabeth and I share the same passion. We both fell in love with Aruba and can’t help but to share that love to everyone. So I started One Happy Podcast and she started All Around Aruba. One thing is for sure, she and I share the same desire to help everyone have the best possible experience in the island.

 

We also talk about Elizabeth’s love for the island and its locals. In fact, she got the idea of starting her website by talking to the locals so she can tell people about the different areas in Aruba that may not otherwise know about or try out. Elizabeth also discusses her way of recommending unique places around the island and how to find them.

 

For more information about All Around Aruba, it’s a website that details the “off the beaten path” parts of the island that may kinda get glossed over by other websites. All Around Aruba provides fairly easy access if you’re looking for smaller or local places and experiences. It basically highlights “the different side of Aruba”, focuses on getting attention to smaller businesses, and helps you to hone in on what you want to make the best out of your Aruba adventure.

 

Find All Around Aruba on www.allaroundaruba.com and on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter with the callsign @allaroundaruba.

 

ON THIS EPISODE OF ONE HAPPY PODCAST, YOU WILL:

  • Learn a valuable tip for smart travel that involves Renaissance Hotel and Renaissance Private Island
  • Know Elizabeth’s great thoughts about Airbnb and her wonderful experiences with the locals she rented a room with
  • Hear about Elizabeth’s favorite excursion in Aruba

 

RESTAURANTS AND EXCURSIONS MENTIONED:

Zeerovers

Pura Vita

Aruba Outdoor Adventures

Direct download: EP113_-_Elizabeth_McKay_of_AllAroundArubacom.mp3
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Time to kick off the latest episode of This Week in Aruba, which covers the events from Monday, April 30th to Sunday, May 6th or also known as timeshare week 17.

 

First of all, this is coming out a day late because of I was out of town for a very important family event, which is the wedding of Catie, Maggie’s daughter. Normally I would give my shoutout to a specific person or specific people, but for this week, I’d just like to thank everyone who made it to the ceremony and also to the ones who offered congratulatory and heartfelt words, great advice, and support to me. Thank you so much!

 

Now let’s jump into the events section:

 

FOOD

 

A Taste of Aruba

When: 1 May / 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm

Where: Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/1793343217426370/

 

Aquarius will take you back in time with stories, local handcrafted arts and recipes. Celebrate our Island's rich multicultural history with locally inspired buffet.

 

Aquarius will serve a local buffet for just $39 including a BALASHI BEER or Chill Beer. Specials on Cocktails such as; 'Barbulet', 'Aruba Ariba' , 'Chuchubi Carnaval' and 'Yuwana Loco'. Discover Aruba through unique flavors!

 

Join us every Tuesday Night for this special local event with Live entertainment. For more information or reservation, please call 5236156 or visit one of our Navigators in the lobby area.

 

Dinner Under The Stars at Renaissance Private Island

When: 2 May / 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Where: Renaissance Private Island

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/224282928150777/

 

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 succulent 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 Lucy's Dock (across the Renaissance Mall), boat trip to Renaissance Private Island, dinner on the beach and live entertainment 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.

 

Wine vs Jazz

When: 5 May / 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Where: The Wine Room (L.G. Smith Blvd #126 Suite #1, 00000 Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/428577077591810/

 

Wine versus Jazz will continue the Saga at The Wine Room

 

  • Experience: $65
  • 3 hour event
  • Tapas and wine event
  • Limited seats

 

 

Asian Guest Chef Night

When: 5 May / 6:00 pm

Where: Bistro De Suikertuin (Wilhelminastraat #64, N.A. Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/404966783309748/

 

Guest Chef Jordie will cook a delicious 3-course Asian menu including an amuse and welcome drink for only US $37.50.

 

 

LIFESTYLE

 

Open Dag / Open House Marine Barracks

When: 1 May / 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Where: Marinierskazerne Savaneta (Savaneta 532, AW Savaneta, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/417661875313877/

 

OPEN HOUSE: zipline, food court, market, used car sale, live music, gun demonstration and activities, RHIB Boat ride, coast guard, helicopter, lottery and so much more

 

Be treated like a king or queen!

When: 2 May / 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Where: DA Drogist Aruba (L.G. Smith Boulevard 134, Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/187573121879505/

 

A glamorous shopping night.

 

 

Ananda Aruba Yoga Retreat

When: 30 April - 5 May

Where: Noord, Aruba

Hosted by: Ananda Yoga Retreats (https://www.facebook.com/AnandaYogaRetreats/)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/2021033954830248/

 

Get ready for a powerful week of personal transformation

 

Our annual Aruba Yoga Retreat is a sacred space where holistic wellness, yoga, meditation, spiritual coaching and reiki come together throughout a 6-day series of hands on workshops, classes and cultural experiences.

 

Explore your sense of self, heal your past, learn about the yoga culture & philosophy and cultivate a yogi lifestyle.

 

Caitlan has created a retreat program that guides you through an applied yoga lifestyle that provides small shifts for radical change. Awaken to the ocean of knowledge that is yoga.

 

Our guided retreat program will give you insight and expansion into traditional Hatha yoga, Iyengar Yoga, Ashtanga yoga, Yin Yoga, Kundalini yoga & Vinyasa yoga.

 

Our group workshops and healing ceremonies provide a sense of tradition to honour the self and your journey. You will enjoy a like-minded and supportive community, homemade vegetarian family clean recipes, rejuvenating yoga, and the cleansing crystal clear energy of the open Atlantic ocean.

 

Aruba is known as the friendliest island in the Caribbean and its positive energy makes this a sacred haven to retreat and ignite your true self.

 

Expect to return home with more clarity, a healthy detoxed body and a deep understanding of the traditional roots of yoga and all it has to offer your life both on and off of your mat.

 

This is a program that will continue to inspire your life long after you leave.

 

 

Sunset Yoga April

When: 5 May / 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Where: Transition 2 Health (San Barbola 269, Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/1929176110486838/

 

Sunset Yoga is specially designed to keep in your body and your mind in balance and it is given by an expert in physical therapy and yoga. Perfect combination for a great guidance. Come and join us at the beach in between the Divi-Divi and Tamarijn beach resorts at 5.30 pm till sunset.

 

Farmer Market

When: 6 May / 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Where: Aruba Ostrich Farm (Matividiri 57, 59 Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/2178887678794772/

 

Come and support our local artisans and farmers. Unique and delicious products made in Aruba.

 

 

Danki Mami

When: 6 May / 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Where: CAGE Nightclub (King Placa Caya Harmonia 5 lokal 10, Bubali, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/190702061654074/

 

You will be enchanted with Fashion, Music & Love!

 

We have prepared an amazing night for you, filled with beautiful fashion shows by our professional models for a recognized clothing boutique. You will be delighted with amazing music performances by well known Aruban artists. With your entrance ticket, you will have the chance to participate and win incredible door prizes and so much more.

 

This night is going to be a unique night and we would LOVE to see you! Come and enjoy the amazing show, fashion, music and most importantly, we want you to feel loved and appreciated.

 

This is our way to say "Danki Mami".

 

 

ENTERTAINMENT

 

What goes on at MooMba Beach?
Moomba Beach (JE Irausquin BLVD 230, 0000 Palm Beach, Aruba)

Wednesday, 2 May from 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm:
Karla LIVE on stage at MooMba Beach!

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/1406161896149061/

Caribbean and international music. Typical MooMba music for sunset party time!

 

 

Guy Bavli, Master of the Mind

When: 1 May / 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm (recurring event every Tuesdays until 28 August)

Where: Alhambra & Divi Resorts Aruba Banquet & Events (J.E.Irausquin Boulevard # 41, 00000 Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/153482718642217/

Tickets: http://www.masterofthemind.com/

 

Guy Bavli led a long, successful career filled with science-defying stunts and demonstrations, performing for fortune 500 companies, primetime television networks, and audiences around the world. Despite this, Bavli claims no superpowers. His skills actually lie in advanced applications of mind magic, psychology, physiology, and intuition, gained through years of intense study and practice.

 

 

Jack Flash Tribute to the Rolling Stones

When: 2 May / 11:00 pm - 2:00 am

Where: Rock’n'Rock (Caya Taratata, Coral Plaza 15 L-3, Pos Abao, AW Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/369272016900859/

 

Jack Flash is Aruba's very own Mick Jagger, here to take you back to the Golden Age of Rock'n'Roll. Don't miss this Time Machine!

 

Aruba Sinatra Dinner Show at The Old Cunucu House Restaurant

When: 3 May / 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Where: The Old Cunucu House (Palm Beach 150, 0000 Palm Beach, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/1491881784266283/

 

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.

 

 

OCTA Gripping you with their Talent

When: 4 - 5 May / 10:00 pm

Where: Rock’n'Rock (Caya Taratata, Coral Plaza 15 L-3, Pos Abao, AW Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/373906719768011/

 

OCTA ripping the night with Classics, you name it! Latin and American Rock. Join us on the night before Cinco de Mayo.

 

 

ARTS

 

Workshop 3D make huge animals of recycled material.

When: 3 May / 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm

Where: Ateliers '89 (Dominicanessenstraat 34, Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/1840630412895967/

 

New workshop 3D, make large animals by Jerusalem-Israel artist teacher Yuval Rimon.

 

 

 

Next we’re going to jump into what looks like a very light cruise ship schedule for this week. I include this so you may plan your beach days or schedule accordingly.

 

So we will skip the news this week but I will mention that low season has officially begun in Aruba. It’s my favorite time of the year to travel down there. It’s just such an awesome experience when the island isn’t as crowded (well Aruba is always awesome no matter what time of the year) but the population can affect your enjoyment a bit. To everyone who’s down there at this time, do enjoy!

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


Welcome back to another episode of This Week in Aruba, which covers the events from Monday, April 23rd to Sunday, April 29th or also known as timeshare week 16.

 

My shout out for this week goes to Peter and Amal from Alfie’s in Aruba.  Originally from Canada but now full-time residents of Aruba, Peter and Amal who I interviewed on episode 79 of One Happy Podcast purchased a bar and have never looked back.   Alfie's in Aruba almost immediately became one of the favorite restaurants on the island and that is mostly due to the owners focus on a great experience and even better customer service. They serve pub fare so think burgers, rib, and awesome pulled pork.  And something that is completely unique to the island is their amazing poutine. If you’re someone who ever thought of opening up a bar in Aruba you really should listen to One Happy Podcast episode 79.  

 

With that being said let’s jump into the events section:

 

 

FOOD

 

 

A Taste of Aruba

When: 24 April / 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm

Where: Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/284921082045640/

 

Aquarius will take you back in time with stories, local handcrafted arts and recipes. Celebrate our Island's rich multicultural history with locally inspired buffet.

 

Aquarius will serve a local buffet for just $39 including a BALASHI BEER or Chill Beer. Specials on Cocktails such as; 'Barbulet', 'Aruba Ariba' , 'Chuchubi Carnaval' and 'Yuwana Loco'. Discover Aruba through unique flavors!

 

Join us every Tuesday Night for this special local event with Live entertainment. For more information or reservation, please call 5236156 or visit one of our Navigators in the lobby area.

 

Dinner Under The Stars at Renaissance Private Island

When: 25 April / 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Where: Renaissance Private Island

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/193877354724743/

 

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 a Beer braised Short Rib or Tandoori marinated Mahi-Mahi, while your toes get pampered in our white secluded sand.

 

Our private dinner setting includes a welcome cocktail at Lucy's Dock (across the Renaissance Mall), boat trip to Renaissance Private Island, dinner on the beach and live entertainment 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

 

Eat Local's Food Truck Festival

When: 27 to 28 April / 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Where:  Plaza Daniel Leo / Plaza Nikki Habibe

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/1304141779674820/

 

Ready to experience the deliciousness of Aruba's “cuminda di truck?” Get ready for Eat Local: Food Truck edition. Savor and experience the best of Aruba’s Food Trucks!

 

All of the islands best food trucks gathered in one place! Experience sizzling dishes and let your taste buds go wild. Bring your friends and family and enjoy great food, craft beers, and live music. Eat, drink, and chill the night away.

 

*Cash only!

 

Last year was a booming success with live music, full bellies, happy hearts, and culinary treats from the best food trucks of the island.

 

Are you ready for the next chapter of food truck bites in a cozy, festival-like setting? Accompanied by 3 Craft Beer companies and a Kids Corner presented by of The University of Aruba.

 

Confirmed Participating Food Trucks:

 

  • Candela
  • Chalo Burger
  • Eataly
  • The Little One - ft. Hollywood Smokehouse
  • El Mexicano
  • Nos Local
  • Piet su truck
  • Pofferdorie

 

Beer Trucks:

 

  • Craft
  • Craft Beer Lovers
  • Bros&Beer

 

 

 

Cheap vs Expensive Wines

When: 28 April / 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Where: The Wine Room (L.G. Smith Blvd #126 Suite #1, 00000 Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/2000321300294707/

 

A great session exploring wines blindly There will be 8 wines to taste and drink.

 

The main idea: Here we would like you to try cheap, entry level wines, mid end and high end wines blindly, meaning without seeing the label, and judge for yourself what wines you really like.

 

It’s going to be a fun filled evening with many laughs, so be sure to reserve today!

 

Experience: $85

Tapas: Shrimps, Picanha, and Grilled chicken

 

Seated wine tasting for only 10 persons, reserve your spot today!

 

 

I Love Wine & Cheese Event

When: 28 April / 12:00 nn - 5:00 pm

Where: Ling and Sons IGA Super Center (Schotlandstraat #41, Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/187155585253605/

 

Come and try out our great selection of wines and cheeses from around the world we have available in store. Great in store tastings, specials, and a chance to win a romantic dinner for 2. Join this unique experience at your #1 supermarket, Ling & Sons.

 

 

The Full Moon Romantic Experience

When: 29 April / 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Where: Passions on the Beach (J.E. Irausquin Blvd. 252, Eagle Beach, Aruba Palm Beach)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/1572363702854696/

 

Passions on the Beach restaurant invites you for a special 3-course dinner at every full moon.

 

Complimentary Welcome Drink: Martini-Pina-Colada Creation

 

Appetizer: “Mariage de Séléné”, Bisque with scallop and lobster  

Entrée: “Terre et Mer”, Beef tenderloin and garlic shrimp, sweet potato puree, asparagus, stuffed mini sweet pepper  

Dessert: “Passion" Cheesecake

 

$49.00 per person.15% Service Charge, 1.5% tax & 2% Health Levy will be added to your bill. Reservation required. Please contact our Concierge at +297 527 1118; concierge@amsterdammanor.aw.

 

 

SPECIAL OCCASIONS

 

King’s Day Aruba

When: 27 April (all day)

Where: Aruba

 

Official Holiday: A government ceremony paying honor to King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands is followed by numerous sporting events, and family-friendly celebrations. Sports competitions, kite flying contests and fun-filled activities are held at various sites including community centers. Also, many restaurants and bars hold specials and fun celebrations... don't forget to wear your orange!

 

Under the Stars King's Day Celebration

When: 27 to 28 April / 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Where: Aruba Cosecha / Taste My Aruba (Zoutman Straat 1, Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/590084058027261/

Aruba Cosecha, in partnership with Taste My Aruba, proudly invites you to their 'Under The Stars' local art & farmer's market, celebrating our King's Day!

At Cosecha you can find a diversification of the Aruban craft heritage and artistic supply of artisans, through their personal stories, inspirations and craftsmanship exposed in their products. All products sold at Cosecha have received the Aruba Certification Seal.

Taste My Aruba, celebrates the culinary heritage, including local farmer's, thus bringing food from the farm to your plate, furthermore cherish everything that is authentically local.

Come and mingle with our local artists & artisans and celebrate King's Day with us.

We promise to fulfill your five senses! Live like a local and be part of an authentic experience.

 

King's Day Bikers Parade

When: 27 to 28 April / from 3:00 pm

Where: Rond Aruba

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/189129288353850/

We are gonna go for a ride with one stop and after that we are gonna have an awesome event for our bikers!

 

LIFESTYLE

 

Flip Flop Festival

When: 28 to 30 April (all day)

Where: Bushiri Beach Arena

Website: http://www.flip-flopfestival.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/flipflopfestivalaruba/

 

The Flip Flop Festival, brought to you by Chill Beer is one of the biggest music festivals in Aruba. This event brings around thousands of people annually, getting better and better every year. You can expect nothing but loads of fun, music and entertainment on the beach!

 

*Official Artist Lineup for 2018 Flip Flop Festival:

 

 

 

 

*Official 2018 Flip Flop Festival Schedule:

 

  • Saturday, April 28th Opening Event at E MOTIONS Nightclub 10:00 PM - 4:00 AM
  • Sunday, April 29th Pool Party at Renaissance Marina 2:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Monday, April 30th Main Event at Bushiri Beach Arena 6:00 PM - 2:00 AM

 

* Tickets on sale at Citgo Palm Beach, Boulevard, St. Cruz & Essoville!

 

For more information and to purchase tickets visit Flip Flop Festival's Facebook page.
https://www.facebook.com/pg/flipflopfestivalaruba/

 

 

 

Yoga & Intro to The Bars Method (presentation)

When: 24 April / 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Where: Happy Buddha Aruba (Monserat 5, Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/1823426694344998/

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/yoga-intro-to-the-bars-method-presentation-tickets-44945245439?aff=efbevent

 

Register for this FREE EVENT "Yoga & Intro to The Bars Method" on Tuesday April 24nd 2018 from 6 - 8 PM. We start with a delicious 60 min yoga class (accessible for all levels), taught by Corinne Voermans, founder & director of Happy Buddha Aruba. Guest Teacher Gyonne Goedkoop, an Access Bars practitioner, will introduce you to The Bars Method / Access Consciousness, founded by Gary Douglas (www.accessconsiousness.com).

 

The Bars are a series of 32 points on the head, which when lightly touched releases old energies stuck in the brain and the body, allowing for tremendous and easy change.

 

Following the FREE EVENT you can sign up for a 30 min "Taster" (Bars treatment on Saturday April 28th or Sunday April 29th 2018). You'll receive more info on this during the presentation. Fee for 30 min Bars Treatment is $25 or AWG 45.

 

Open-air Market at Flor de Oriente

When: 28 April / 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Where: Flor de Oriente (Kerkstraat 6, None Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/2011492402511385/

 

Markt is a place where the community can come together and support the small local business movement. A place where the people can find, buy and sell products, foods and/or beverages on a monthly basis. Giving the local stores and owners as well as fishermen and artists a chance to gather at one location in the heart of Oranjestad, easy to find and attend for the local community of Aruba and visitors to the island.

 

 

I Love 2 Party

When: 28 April / 9:00 pm - 3:00 am

Where: Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/338319420011572/

 

ARUBA: I LOVE 2 PARTY. Get wild, get sexy, get ready. This'll be a night to remember. Get your tickets NOW and we'll see you this April 28th!

 

 

ENTERTAINMENT

 

What goes on at MooMba Beach?
Moomba Beach (JE Irausquin BLVD 230, 0000 Palm Beach, Aruba)

Monday, 23 April from 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm:
C-Zar on stage at MooMba Beach

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/184981868733145/

Join us for an evening with C-Zar live on stage. C-Zar has a wonderful, unusual, voice which will keep you spellbound. Come and toast with us to another beautiful night in Aruba.

Wednesday, 25 April from 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm:
Karla LIVE on stage at MooMba Beach!

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/1406161896149061/

Caribbean and international music. Typical MooMba music for sunset party time!

Friday, 27 April from 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm:
Untouchables LIVE on stage at MooMba Beach
Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/2065100077112537/

Lead singer Cesar Olarte of The Untouchables is a phenomenon on Aruba: his distinctive voice is amazing and his highest notes can put a lady's pipes to shame. Singing a wide variety of styles, such as merengue, salsa, pop and reggae, Cesar and his Untouchables are popular among locals as well as visitors. Everyone's sandy feet are itching to dance when hearing Cesar and his 4-man band perform at MooMba Beach, where he can be seen in action. The always mellow vibes at MooMba, the relaxed atmosphere, and terrific cocktails make even the timidest of us lose their inhibitions, but on the days that The Untouchables are playing, it is party-time from the word go.

 

So come on down to MooMba Beach to see international star Cesar and The Untouchables in action and have fun!

Sunday, 29 April from 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm:
Party Posse LIVE at MooMba Beach

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/904126583091968/

Party Posse is a band with an extensive repertoire of hits, covering the latest radio airplay as well as classic songs from the 00’s, 90’s, 80’s, 70’s, and 60’s. Party Posse is a versatile band that can give your event an exuberant party mode as well as a relaxing and elegant atmosphere. Having entertained at major large corporate gigs to weddings and private event, makes Party posse the leading act on the island. Their repertoire consists of Dance music, Latin, Jazz, Caribbean and Reggae to Top 40 Hits. Party Posse consists of a professional group of musicians and singers who not only look good and sound good, but know how to please a crowd and have them begging for more! The band has been playing together for 10 years and have performed at numerous private functions, corporate events and weddings at the most important venues and hotels on the island. The core group is made up of five musicians and when the budget or occasion allows, extra performers are often brought in.

 

 

Guy Bavli, Master of the Mind

When: 24 April / 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm (recurring event every Tuesdays until 28 August)

Where: Alhambra & Divi Resorts Aruba Banquet & Events (J.E.Irausquin Boulevard # 41, 00000 Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/153482718642217/

Tickets: http://www.masterofthemind.com/

 

Guy Bavli led a long, successful career filled with science-defying stunts and demonstrations, performing for fortune 500 companies, primetime television networks, and audiences around the world. Despite this, Bavli claims no superpowers. His skills actually lie in advanced applications of mind magic, psychology, physiology, and intuition, gained through years of intense study and practice.

 

 

I Wish You Were Here (Poetry Night)

When: 25 April / 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Where: Rock’n'Rock (Caya Taratata, Coral Plaza 15 L-3, Pos Abao, AW Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/182215239079958/

Hosted by: Basha Foundation https://www.facebook.com/BashaFoundation/

 

I wish you were here.

I wish I was there.

Come let's enjoy the wonderful atmosphere.

 

Make our wish come true and join us on April 25 at Rock’n'Rock.

 

Aruba Sinatra Dinner Show at The Old Cunucu House Restaurant

When: 26 April / 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Where: The Old Cunucu House (Palm Beach 150, 0000 Palm Beach, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/394983224271357/

 

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.

 

 

 

The Cheapest Wine | The Rise of a New Social Attitude

When: 28 April / 11:00 pm - 2:00 am

Where: Rock’n'Rock (Caya Taratata, Coral Plaza 15 L-3, Pos Abao, AW Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/1970934912976452/

 

Rockers! If you remember the last concert - on April 28th, you will all enjoy once again, one of the coolest performances in Rock n' Rock is back... So, flush your liver in the meantime! See you soon! The Cheapest Wine is Caribbean Punk Rock, The Rise of a New Social Attitude.

 

KARAOKE/SPECIAL NIGHTS

Matthew’s Beachside Restaurant
(J.E. Irausquin Blvd 51, Oranjestad)
Website: https://www.matthews-aruba.com/
- Karaoke Nights every Wednesdays, 9:00 - 11:00 pm

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

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

The Rose Bar & Lounge Restaurant
(Boegoeroei 11-Z, Noord)
Page: https://www.facebook.com/therosearuba/
- Karaoke Happy Hour every Thursdays, starting at 6:00 pm

 

ARTS

 

 

Acrylic & Design Workshop

When: 23 April / 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Where: Mia Secret Aruba (Belgiëstraat 5B, Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/984238335067041/

 

Workshop: Acrylic & Design!

Techniques:

- Acrylic with Tips and Sculptures

- 3D roses

- 4D Plastiline

- Chrome Effect

- Gel Paint

Inscription: Miss 21 Accessories

Tel: 5889128

 

Next, we’re going to jump into what looks like a very light cruise ship schedule for this week. I include this so you may plan your beach days or schedule accordingly.

 

The news section is probably the most sparse area of this podcast.  This is because I usually only include topics which are relevant to us visitors or tourists. One thing that should be of interest to all visitors of the island is safety and I will discuss how the island strengthened their security measures by using the technology available at their disposal. I will also talk about the safety of the wildlife and the state of the water in Aruba.

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

 

Quick note, I would like to apologize in advance for next week because This Week in Aruba will be posted a day later as I will be out of town.

Direct download: This_Week_in_Aruba_-_April_23_to_April_29_2018.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:46pm EDT

Here is the latest episode of This Week in Aruba, which covers the events from Monday, April 16th to Sunday, April 22nd!

 

My shoutout for this week goes to Scott and Leslie Steeno, the founders of the famed Scott’s Brats and owners of Legends Pubs which is a great sports bar in Palm. They are Wisconsinites who fell in love with Aruba and relocated there. You can listen to their One Happy Podcast episode on: http://onehappypodcast.com/ep61/. Fun fact: to date, this episode owns the record for day 1 downloads of any podcast done by OHP.

 

Now without further ado, here are the upcoming events in Aruba:

 

 

FOOD

 

Dinner Under The Stars at Renaissance Private Island

When: 18 April / 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Where: Renaissance Private Island

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/2026603387660740/

 

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 succulent 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 Lucy's Dock (across the Renaissance Mall), boat trip to Renaissance Private Island, dinner on the beach and live entertainment 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

 

 

Ceviche Pop-Up at The Lobby

When: 20 - 21 April / 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Where: Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/1919789001666755/

 

You are invited to taste the best flavor of Peru: their Ceviche!

 

Bring your family and friends to The Lobby – located at the Aruba Marriott Resort – for a Ceviche Pop-up, and indulge in Pisco craft cocktails as well as Peruvian small plates prepared by the expert hands of four well known chefs.

 

Guest chef:

Rodrigo Torres – Zadún Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Los Cabos

 

Host chefs:

Romeo Penacino – Aruba Marriott Resort

Ever de Peña – Aruba Marriott Resort

Teddy Bouroncle – Aruba Marriott Resort

 

The Ceviche Pop-up will take place on April 20th and April 21st starting at 7:00PM. Lounge music by live DJ. Price per dish is $12 each.

 

Please note that only 70 seats are available for each night, and reservations is required. For reservations, call us at 520.6648 from Monday to Friday between 9AM and 5PM.

 

 

Tasty Italy for Hadicurari’s Culinary Secrets

When: 20 - 21 April / 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Where: Hadicurari Aruba (beach side between Marriott Ocean Club and Moomba Beach)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/235446673681202/

 

Italian cuisine is not world-renowned for nothing: it turns quite simple, yet stunningly tasty dishes made with fresh herbs and vegetables into feasts for kings and queens. Fresh, top notch ingredients are key – your taste buds get to experience the finale. Four times Italy is the name of the next installment of Hadicurari Restaurant’s Culinary Secrets. The chef has come up with a lovely menu, which will surely appeal to you. Please don’t forget to make your reservations in advance!

 

The appetizer of the special Secrets menu is homemade ravioli with chicken, eggplant, Parmesan cheese and gremolata, a mix of wonderful herbs and garlic. Porcini soup with grilled scallops and green asparagus is next, followed by veal cheeks in their own gravy, spinach, mushrooms and truffles and a Chef's surprise for dessert.

 

Just a tip of the curtain of Italian cuisine gets showcased at Hadicurari during April’s Hadicurari Secrets dinner, but it will surely give you a chance to close your eyes and imagine yourself in Toscane, in the south or in Piedmont. Travel through your taste buds to Italy and enjoy!

 

The Art of Wine & Food Pairing "Chef Invitational"

When: 21 April / 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Where: The Wine Room (L.G. Smith Blvd #126 Suite #1, 00000 Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/357407994735950/

 

This time The Wine Room invites Chef/Owner from Screaming Eagle "Erwin Husken"

 

Chef Erwin Hüsken serves his ever new inspired interpretation of French-fusion boutique cuisine that brought him recognition by Caribbean Journal, voting Screaming Eagle the #1 Restaurant in the Caribbean on their Top 50 list for 2015, repeating to make his mark on the list for 2016 and adding this years Caribbean Chef of the Year Award for 2017.

 

Experience: $65

 

 

Rumshop Vibes l Pop-up local bar

When: 22 April / 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm (and April 29)

Where: Emotions Nightclub Aruba (Pos abao z/n, Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/192512674694850/

 

Join our pop-up Rumshop every Sunday from 5pm to 11pm with low bar prices, specialty cocktails, local soups and entertainment.

 

Beer Awg. 5

Mix Drink Awg. 10

*Check out our Cocktail Menu on our page!

 

FREE Entrance

 

ENTERTAINMENT

 

What’s going on at MooMba Beach?
Moomba Beach (JE Irausquin BLVD 230, 0000 Palm Beach, Aruba)

Wednesday, 18 April from 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm:
Karla LIVE on stage at MooMba Beach!

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/1406161896149061/

Caribbean and international music. Typical MooMba music for sunset party time!

Friday, 20 April from 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm:
Primo Bandits LIVE at MooMba Beach

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/441518332935295/

The local formation PRIMO BANDITS with lead singer Wilson always guarantee a 'beachy' vibe at MooMba with ballads from the 70's, 80's till now.

Sunday, 22 April from 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm:
Bambu LIVE on stage at MooMba Beach!

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/1859446114129278/

Introducing the most dynamic and entertaining all around dance band on the island of Aruba; ‘Bambu’. Capable of pleasing every type of crowd with their wide array of music. They cover various genres from Dance, Rock & Roll and Reggae to Merengue, Reggaeton, Bachata and Salsa. Bambu’s extraordinary chemistry and repertoire will have everyone movin’ and groovin’ all night long so, an unforgettable experience is always guaranteed.

 

Guy Bavli, Master of the Mind

When: 17 April / 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm (recurring event every Tuesdays until 28 August)

Where: Alhambra & Divi Resorts Aruba Banquet & Events (J.E.Irausquin Boulevard # 41, 00000 Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/153482718642217/

Tickets: http://www.masterofthemind.com/

 

Guy Bavli led a long, successful career filled with science-defying stunts and demonstrations, performing for fortune 500 companies, primetime television networks, and audiences around the world. Despite this, Bavli claims no superpowers. His skills actually lie in advanced applications of mind magic, psychology, physiology, and intuition, gained through years of intense study and practice.

Aruba Sinatra Dinner Show at The Old Cunucu House Restaurant

When: 19 April / 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Where: The Old Cunucu House (Palm Beach 150, 0000 Palm Beach, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/142342856422584/

 

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.

 

Banzaai LIVE!

When: 21 April / 11:30 pm - 2:30 am

Where: Café Chaos Aruba (LG Smith Boulevard 60, 0000 Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/319484141911204/

 

21 April! Chaos Cafe is it folks! We're a group of Asian friends that just love to play music.

 

Banzaai Page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/4banzaai/

KARAOKE/SPECIAL NIGHTS

Matthew’s Beachside Restaurant
(J.E. Irausquin Blvd 51, Oranjestad)
Website: https://www.matthews-aruba.com/
- Karaoke Nights every Wednesdays, 9:00 - 11:00 pm

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

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

The Rose Bar & Lounge Restaurant
(Boegoeroei 11-Z, Noord)
Page: https://www.facebook.com/therosearuba/
- Karaoke Happy Hour every Thursdays, starting at 6:00 pm

 

ARTS

 

Aruba Chamber Art Exhibition 2018

When: 20 April / 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Where: Aruba Chamber of Commerce and Industry (J.E. Irausquin Boulevard 10, n.a. Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/128955807951216/

Website: www.arubachamber.com

 

The Chamber cordially invites you to its 6th art exhibition: “Spot, Smear, and Discover” Part 2

presenting the interesting story and creations of ‘Stichting Mira’!

 

Entrance: Free!

 

For more information and questions about this event or to register, please contact us! Send an e-mail to: businessinfo@arubachamber.com or call at tel: 582-1566 ext. 42/30.

 

Let’s move in to the cruise ship schedules so you can plan your beach days or schedule accordingly:

 

Newswise, there isn’t much going on but I do have some updates on predicted wind and water conditions in Aruba.

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



Direct download: This_Week_in_Aruba_-_April_16_to_April_22_2018.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:18pm EDT

Let’s welcome back Amy White, a previous guest of One Happy Podcast back on episode 36. She’s here to tell us all about her latest vacation on the island, which just missed the Easter season.

 

Easter on Aruba is a very special time. Amy tells us how she witnessed the Arubans’ culture of setting up structures along the beaches to celebrate with their extended families. She describes it as being similar to a campground or the Carnival set-up. It is a unique cultural event that is incredibly interesting to learn more about and those who were on the island during that time are lucky to have been there.

 

Now going back to her first guesting, she told us about her discovery of the island and how she fell in love with it. Fast forward 2 years later and she is still madly in love with Aruba which will be very apparent on this episode. She also knows a lot about Aruba; having been visiting since 2002. Amy considers it as her home away from home. She also brings her 14-year-old son along to her frequent Aruba vacations.

 

Amy also describes the place they stayed at in great detail, which was the Caribbean Palm Village Resort. She likes that it’s peaceful and a little far away from everything without sacrificing the quality of the amenities and convenience. It has a very homey feel which is a far cry from the hustle and bustle of the highrise areas. She noticed that the guests are also much friendlier and you can really feel the spirit of the Aruban hospitality. It also has a lovely restaurant that offers great deals, free shuttles to and from the beach, some of the most visible security she’s ever seen on an Aruban resort, an orientation session, and an amazing welcome party in which the general manager comes out to introduce himself to the guests. All in all, Amy highly recommends this family-oriented, quaint, and affordable resort.

 

The highlights from her trip are Mama’s Food Truck and South Beach. But the best highlights of all are just the simple joy of spending time with her son and the peace of mind and relaxation that only Aruba can offer her.

 

ON THIS EPISODE OF ONE HAPPY PODCAST, YOU WILL:

 

  • Learn about Aruba’s bus service, and how much does it cost to ride from one end of the island to the next
  • Know how she got a discount on a rental unit just by listening to a half hour presentation
  • Hear about Amy’s great experience of availing a rental unit via Ebay

 

RESTAURANTS AND ESTABLISHMENTS MENTIONED:

 

 

If there’s anything at all that you would like to suggest for the show, or want to be a guest on a future episode, or simply want to relay feedback, please do send me an email at curt@onehappypodcast.com. You can also drop a voice message on our hotline number (302) 635-0815.

Direct download: EP112_-_Easter_on_One_Happy_Island_with_Aruba_Amy_White.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:07am EDT

Hey hey! Here we are again for the latest episode of This Week in Aruba which will cover the events in the island from Monday, April 9th to Sunday, April 15th.

 

First, this week’s shoutout goes to Vallon Davis, an Aruba lover and a Facebook friend. He has a deep love and appreciation for Aruba because he grew up in the Caribbean. He recognizes how special the island is and you can listen to my One Happy Podcast interviews with him on:

http://onehappypodcast.com/ep4-vallondavis/

http://onehappypodcast.com/ep70/

 

Now onto the events and activities in Aruba that you can check out for this week:

 

 

FOOD

Exclusive Dinner Under The Stars with Celebrity Chef Jose Luque

When: 10 April / 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Where: Renaissance Private Island (Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/276324576237145/

 

Experience an Exclusive Spanish Dinner Under The Stars on Renaissance Private Island

 

For one night only, Celebrity Chef Jose Luque will take you on a Spanish culinary journey.

 

Chef Luque will prepare a 6-course Dinner accompanied by perfectly paired wines. Arion Wine Company N.V. has selected the perfect wines for each course.

 

This Spanish Culinary Experience will be $95* per person including 6 wines, pairing for each course.

 

This special event starts at 7PM. Boats to the Renaissance Private Island leaves from Lucy's Boat Deck.

 

*Price is excluding 15% service charge and taxes.

Seats are limited. Reservation is required.For more information or reservation, please call our Navigators at 5236115

 

 

Latin Night

When: 13 April / 10:00 pm - 3:00 am (recurring event every Friday until June 9, 2018)

Where: AZIA Restaurant & Lounge (J.E. Irausquin Boulevard 348, 00000 Palm Beach, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/772320309618274/

 

Azia Restaurant & Lounge presents... Latin Friday in our Zen Garden! Join us on friday from 10PM till closing for great Latin music, dancing and special prices on your favorite drinks!

 

Malbec World Day

When: 14 April / 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Where: The Wine Room (L.G. Smith Blvd #126 Suite #1, 00000 Oranjestad, Aruba)
Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/141574999849931/

 

A elegant evening with all the best Malbec in Aruba to sample. The tasting will be blind.

 

Tapas: steaks & Veggie

We will sample 10 malbecs

Experience: $100

 

 

LIFESTYLE

Beginner's Series

When: 10, 12, 14 April / 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm (recurring event every Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays until 19 May)

Where: Island Yoga (Noord 19A, Noord)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/778374978999668/

 

Beginning your yoga practice is challenging. It is learning a new language, literally and physically! To support your journey, we have created a 6-week Beginner Series!

 

In this series, you will explore the yoga poses and breathing techniques that are offered in most yoga classes, how and why they are of transformational benefit to your body and mind, and how to access them intelligently. Each week we will explore a specific area of the body and the poses associated. You will discover areas of strength and ability in your body you didn’t even know you had!

 

Throughout the series, our certified teacher Jessica Rydh will provide one-on-one tips for your personal needs. Experienced yogis and teachers – We welcome you to join and refine your practice! There are always new layers to uncover in our ever-evolving bodies and lives.

 

Give yourself the foundation to truly live well in your body for the rest of your life, as well as the preparedness to continue your lifetime practice through our other classes and at home.

 

*Over these six weeks, you will also be free to take any of our regularly scheduled classes at no additional charge (not including SUP Yoga).

 

Date: April 10 - May 20, 2018

Every Tuesday + Thursday 7:15PM – 8:30PM, optional catch-up class on Saturdays 12:00PM - 1:00PM.

 

Kids Yoga

When: 14 April / 11:00 am - 11:45 am (recurring event every Saturdays until 16 February)

Where: Island Yoga (Noord 19A, Noord)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/182855808997539/

 

Bring your child with you for your Saturday morning practice! Share brunch in our Nourish Cafe after class, or drop them off and treat yourself to a fresh-pressed juice or coffee while they have fun.

 

This class is designed to offer the practice of yoga in a safe and fun way. Your kids can do their best cat and dog interpretations, maybe even a bear or a crab! Through moving their bodies and minds in this lighthearted setting, kids practice connecting with their body, their breath, and their hearts in gentle yet profound ways. Yoga gives us balance, answers in life and the power to shine with peace and joy in our hearts. These are life-changing tools for people of all ages to become aware of, and we are here to help our younger generations harness these tools early on.

 

Sign your child up online or at the front desk!

 

Teacher: Mary Pucci

Location: Island Yoga

Day: Saturdays, beginning September 16

Time: 11:00AM – 11:45AM

 

12 Hours of Aruba 2018

When: 14 - 15 April / 6:00 am

Where: Alto Vista Kapel (Alto Vista, Aruba, Noord)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/148440745918415/

 

The 12 Hours of Aruba mountain bike race challenge teams of 2, 4 or 6 to complete as many 4 km laps as possible in a 12 hour period, from 6pm to 6am.

 

The best way to enjoy a nice evening in Aruba, is to stay up all night with a bunch of your friends and ride your bike! 12 hours of music, performances, live radio, food, drinks and lots more.... That's right, break out the headlights, and come spend 12 Hours of Aruba with us.

 

Categories

Teams of 2 riders (18+, men, women, mix)

Teams of max 4 riders (15+, men, women, mix)

Teams of max 6 riders (15+ men, women, mix)

 

Registration @ FX sport, march 1st till april 13th

Fee awg 60 p.p includes:

 

Sleeping accommodation when you're tired, massage when you need it, but also a nice meal (pasta), drinks, coffee, fruit, t-shirt and one raffle ticket for a chance to win a brand new Cannondale bicycle! And if you ride hard enough you'll also win great Cash prizes.!!

 

For more information call:

Edwin 5922506

Mario 5937801

 

Need to rent a bike?

FX Sport 731-2991

Radio Shack Aruba 582-4269

Tri-BIke Aruba 585-2734

 

ENTERTAINMENT

Guy Bavli, Master of the Mind

When: 10 April / 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm (recurring event every Tuesdays until 28 August)

Where: Alhambra & Divi Resorts Aruba Banquet & Events (J.E.Irausquin Boulevard # 41, 00000 Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/153482718642217/

Tickets: http://www.masterofthemind.com/

 

Guy Bavli led a long, successful career filled with science-defying stunts and demonstrations, performing for fortune 500 companies, primetime television networks, and audiences around the world. Despite this, Bavli claims no superpowers. His skills actually lie in advanced applications of mind magic, psychology, physiology, and intuition, gained through years of intense study and practice.

 

Travel Sessions LIVE at MooMba Beach

When: 11 April / 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Where: Moomba Beach (JE Irausquin BLVD 230, 0000 Palm Beach, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/121066132072139/

 

Aruba’s hottest Caribbean style band with many international songs. The Travel Sessions formation makes sure you will get on the dance floor and make you soak in the authentic Caribbean feeling right at MooMba Beach. Happy moments!

 

 

 

Aruba Sinatra Dinner Show at The Old Cunucu House Restaurant

When: 12 April / 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Where: The Old Cunucu House (Palm Beach 150, 0000 Palm Beach, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/142342856422584/

 

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.

 

Karla LIVE on stage at MooMba Beach!

When: 11 April / 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm & 13 April / 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Where: Moomba Beach (JE Irausquin BLVD 230, 0000 Palm Beach, Aruba)
Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/231671944048611/

 

Caribbean and international music. Typical MooMba music for sunset party time!
HAPPY HOURS: 6 pm - 7 pm & 10 pm - 11 pm!

 

Alain Rockney LIVE

When: 13 April / 11:00 pm - 1:00 am

Where: Rock’n'Rock (Caya Taratata, Coral Plaza 15 L-3, Pos Abao, AW Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/166157180643846/

 

Alain Rockney is a soloist singer/songwriter who collaborates with different known artists of Aruba.

 

Alain plays the best of: Alternative Rock, Blues-Rock, Black Metal, Glam Rock, Hard Rock, Metal, Prog-Rock, Art Rock, Psychedelic Rock & Roll, Rockabilly, Roots Rock, Ska Punk, Country Rock, Surf, Indie Rock and Folk Rock.

 

IF HE KNOWS IT, HE WILL play it!

 

Untouchables LIVE on stage at MooMba Beach

When: 15 April / 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Where: Moomba Beach (JE Irausquin BLVD 230, 0000 Palm Beach, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/459552557794216/

 

Lead singer Cesar Olarte of The Untouchables is a phenomenon on Aruba: his distinctive voice is amazing and his highest notes can put a lady's pipes to shame. Singing a wide variety of styles, such as merengue, salsa, pop and reggae, Cesar and his Untouchables are popular among locals as well as visitors. Everyone's sandy feet are itching to dance when hearing Cesar and his 4-man band perform at MooMba Beach, where he can be seen in action. The always mellow vibes at MooMba, the relaxed atmosphere and terrific cocktails make even the most timid of us lose their inhibitions, but on the days that The Untouchables are playing, it is party-time from the word go.

 

So come on down to MooMba Beach to see international star Cesar and The Untouchables in action and have fun!

 

KARAOKE/SPECIAL NIGHTS

Matthew’s Beachside Restaurant
(J.E. Irausquin Blvd 51, Oranjestad)
Website: https://www.matthews-aruba.com/
- Karaoke Nights every Wednesdays, 9:00 - 11:00 pm

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

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

The Rose Bar & Lounge Restaurant
(Boegoeroei 11-Z, Noord)
Page: https://www.facebook.com/therosearuba/
- Karaoke Happy Hour every Thursdays, starting at 6:00 pm

 

ARTS

Drawing Portraits with pencils by Lorraine Evans

When: 13 April / 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Where: Sunrise Aruba (00000 Sint Nicolaas, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/700784466976252/

 

Learn how to work with all the parts face and how to put a portrait together. Measuring is very important and control of the pencil is a must. Draw a picture of a loved one or yourself. This class will be fast paced.

 

Location: Cosecha San Nicolas

Date: Friday 30 th March, 06 th April and 13 th April 2018

Time: 17.00 – 19.00 pm

 

Price: AFL. 125.00 incl. material and refreshment

 

Age: 14 years and up

 

Mandala Drawing

When: 14 April / 12:00 nn - 2:00 pm

Where: Island Yoga (Noord 19A, Noord)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/316751705515635/

 

MANDALA DRAWING WORKSHOP WITH COURTNEY BETTS

 

A mandala, which means ‘circle’ in Sanskrit, is a spiritual symbol representing the universe. In many traditions, mandalas are used as a guidance tool to establish a sacred space, focus attention, and aid in meditation. The beautiful symmetry and balance of a mandala makes drawing them a very calming, meditative practice.

 

In this workshop, artist Courtney Betts will guide you through a step-by-step process to completing your own mandala masterpieces. All supplies will be provided for you to use during the workshop and take home after (No need to bring anything other than yourself!). And no, you don’t have to be good at drawing to attend. Everyone can do it!

 

$40 USD | 72 AWG (Includes all supplies for you to take home!)

 

 

Weaving CRAFT workshop

When: 14 April / 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Where: Aruba Cosecha (Zoutman straat #1, Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/1620219308074815

 

Learn basic weaving techniques from the Master of Weaving Jess Wolff.

 

Price: AFL. 55,00 incl. material and refreshment

Age: 12 years and up

 

 

 

Onto the cruise ship schedules so you can plan your beach days or schedule accordingly:

 

There aren’t really a lot of pressing news in Aruba this week either than a little reminder about the weather podcasts.

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

Direct download: This_Week_in_Aruba_-_9_to_15_April.mp3
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This Week in Aruba: April 3 to April 8, 2018 - Presented by One Happy Podcast

 

Hey everyone! We’re back for the latest episode of This Week in Aruba which will cover the events in the island from Tuesday, April 3rd to Sunday, April 8th.

 

Technically it should have started at Monday, April 2nd, but due to Easter weekend I had to catch up on family happenings which caused the delay in production. As much as I’d love to keep things always on schedule, family comes first, so I apologize for any inconveniences.

 

Moving on, I like to give shoutouts every week, and this week’s shoutout goes to Marlene Scherrenburg, a resident of Aruba and also one of the people I always look forward to visiting in the island. She knows everything there is to know about the Aruba culinary scene. To listen to her episode on One Happy Podcast, hit up this link: http://onehappypodcast.com/ep32/

 

Now let’s head over to the events. Easter season is a laidback time in the island, so events are a little sparse. Nevertheless, it’s a great time to bond with the family or friends and loved ones.

 

 

FOOD

Olé - Spanish Pop-up Restaurant

When: 7 April / 12:00 nn - 10:00 pm

Where: Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/343242059528654/

 

Spain is known for its mouthwatering PAELLA, their good taste in SANGRIA and their popular TAPAS. Join us for this Spanish Pop-Up Restaurant...You'll be screaming Olé afterwards. This time serving Lunch and Dinner starting from 12PM at The Renaissance Mall.

 

*Menu will follow soon.

 

 

LIFESTYLE

 

 

Caribbean Fighting Championship 5

When: 7 April / 6:00 pm

Where: Centro Deportivo Betico Croes (Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/2030459017235254/

 

Aruba save the date! Next April 7 we are gonna have the best MMA event on the island with lots of amazing fights and surprises.

 

You can’t miss this! One of our top fights is between the UFC former fighter Michael Kuiper from Holland, and Aruba’s own Adrick "The Boss" Croes.

 

Be prepared because we have lot of surprises coming soon!

 

 

Egg Hunt Airsoft Battle

When: 8 April / 9:30 am - 3:00 pm

Where: AEG Airsoft Team (Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/579047045782873/

 

15 Fl P.P. to participate. Includes one food and drink. There will be prizes. It's a Fun Game

ENTERTAINMENT

 

 

Mercedes LIVE on stage at MooMba Beach!

When: 4 April / 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Where: Moomba Beach (JE Irausquin BLVD 230, 0000 Palm Beach, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/1406161896149061/

 

Happy Hours: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm & 10:00 pm - 11:00 pm!

 

 

 

Aruba Sinatra Dinner Show at The Old Cunucu House Restaurant

When: 5 April / 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Where: The Old Cunucu House (Palm Beach 150, 0000 Palm Beach, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/142342856422584/

 

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 beautifully 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.

 

 

Alain Rockney LIVE

When: 6 April / 11:00 pm - 1:00 am (recurring event on April 13)

Where: Rock’n'Rock (Caya Taratata, Coral Plaza 15 L-3, Pos Abao, AW Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/166157180643846/

 

Alain Rockney is a soloist singer/songwriter who collaborates with different known artists of Aruba.

 

Alain plays the best of: Alternative Rock, Blues-Rock, Black Metal, Glam Rock, Hard Rock, Metal, Prog-Rock, Indie Rock, Art Rock, Psychedelic Rock & Roll, Rockabilly, Roots Rock, Ska Punk, Country Rock, Surf, and Folk Rock.

 

IF HE KNOWS IT, HE WILL play it!

 

 

KARAOKE/SPECIAL NIGHTS

Matthew’s Beachside Restaurant
(J.E. Irausquin Blvd 51, Oranjestad)
Website: https://www.matthews-aruba.com/
- Karaoke Nights every Wednesdays, 9:00 - 11:00 pm

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

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

The Rose Bar & Lounge Restaurant
(Boegoeroei 11-Z, Noord)
Page: https://www.facebook.com/therosearuba/
- Karaoke Happy Hour every Thursdays, starting at 6:00 pm

 

ARTS

 

Weaving CRAFT workshop

When: 7 April / 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm (recurring event on April 14)

Where: Aruba Cosecha (Zoutman straat #1, Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/1620219308074815

 

Learn basic weaving techniques from the Master of Weaving Jess Wolff.

 

Price: AFL. 55,00 incl. material and refreshment

Age: 12 years and up

 

 

 

Onto the cruise ship schedules so you can plan your beach days accordingly:

 

A couple of news items that I want to cover this week: the usage of trash bins along Eagle beach and increase of passport prices.

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

Direct download: This_Week_in_Aruba_-_April__3_to_8.mp3
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Here we are for another episode This Week in Aruba which covers the events from Monday, March 26th to Sunday, April 1st or Easter Sunday.

 

First of all, I just want to give a shoutout to my good friend Regina for being so supportive of this podcast. You can listen to her One Happy Podcast interviews on the following links: http://onehappypodcast.com/ep76/ and http://onehappypodcast.com/ep93/.

 

This week is quite packed with events and activities so let’s get it started!

FOOD

Easter Food Show 2018

When: 26 March / 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Where: Ling and Sons IGA Super Center (Schotlandstraat #41, Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/526756234373270/

 

Everyone is invited to our Easter Food show which takes place on Monday March 26 from 6pm to 9pm. We will have in store tastings, live music and fun activities for kids. Join the Fun!

 

 

A Taste Of Aruba

When: 27 March / 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm

Where: Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino (Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/1701176733236617/

 

Aquarius will take you back in time with stories, local handcrafted arts and recipes. Celebrate our Island's rich multicultural history with locally inspired buffet.

 

Aquarius will serve a local buffet for just $39 including a balashi beer or Chill beer. Specials on Cocktails such as; 'Barbulet', 'Aruba Ariba' , 'Chuchubi Carnaval' and 'Yuwana Loco'. Discover Aruba through unique flavors!

 

Join us every Tuesday Night for this special local event. For more information or reservation, please call 5236156 or visit one of our Navigators.

 

 

 

Winesday for Locals

When: 28 March / 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Where: The Wine Room (L.G. Smith Blvd #126 Suite #1, 00000 Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/353371225171150/

 

From $ to AWG on all bottles of wine.

 

 

 

Barefoot Beach BBQ

When: 29 March / 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Where: Renaissance Private Island (Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/218575672032727/

 

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 let's have some fun!

 

 

 

Secrecy Sushi at The Lobby

When: 30 March / 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Where: Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris® Casino (L.G. Smith Boulevard 101, Palm Beach, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/564883643883525/

 

Our Executive Chefs Romeo Penacino, Ever de Pena and the culinary team of the Aruba Marriott Resort invite you to experience the first Secrecy Sushi concept at The Lobby!

 

A one night only event to escape and indulge in uniquely created sushi rolls, exquisite Asian small dishes as well as perfectly prepared craft cocktails and sakes.

 

Please note that only 50 seats are available for this event and reservations are required.

For reservations, please call us at 520-6648 from Monday to Friday between 9AM and 5PM.

 

 

 

Incredible Indonesian Buffet at Café the Plaza

When: 31 March / 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/157213001663585/

 

Looking gorgeous, smelling delicious, but tasting even better: that is what the upcoming Indonesian Table Buffet at Café the Plaza is promising. A rainbow of colors, a wide variety in tasty dishes and lots of side dishes will be available for the lover of Indonesian cuisine on Saturday, March 31. This feast for the senses will start a 5 pm; if you wish to come over for the buffet later in the evening, please keep in mind that the buffet is available until 11 pm.

.

Indonesian cuisine is very popular in Holland and for a good reason: the ingredients are fresh and they complement each other perfectly. Although some dishes may be a bit hot, others are mellow. All are delicious. The dishes will be served in a unique style: on your table on burners to keep them warm, hereby creating a festive and romantic atmosphere.

 

We’d like to take you through Saturday’s menu. It starts off with Soto Ayam, a clear chicken soup. The buffet has as main courses Babi Kecap (braised pork with a sweet soy sauce), Sateh Ayam (grilled chicken saté), Dragin Pedas (spicy beef with coconut), Sweet Chili Loempia (egg roll), Sambal Telur (sambal egg), Sambal Buncis (green beans with sambal), Nasi Putih (white rice), Nasi Goreng (fried rice) and shrimp crackers, sambal, seroendeng, peanut sauce and atjar tjampoer to season, enhance and complement the above-mentioned dishes. Dessert is Pisang Goreng, Indonesian Banana fritters.

 

Please make your reservations as early as possible via cafetheplaza@arubawineanddine.com or at 583 8826 for the fantastic Indonesian Buffet on March 31.

 

 

 

Join us for an unforgettable Easter Sunday Brunch

When: 1 April / 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Where: Matthew's Beachside Restaurant (J.E. Irausquin Blvd. 51, 0000 Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/155140528540073/

 

Bring the whole family along on Easter Sunday! "All you can eat Champagne brunch buffet."

 

Omelet station, cold cuts, salad, pasta station, fruit display, hot entrees, desserts, tea, coffee, mimosa, orange juice. Click here for our menu information:

https://www.matthews-aruba.com/specials/easter-brunch/

 

Price adults us $ 36.95

Kids 5-11 years half price

(+15% service charge + taxes)

Complimentary for kids under 5 years.

 

Live music entertainment by Mercedez.

 

Only with reservations, call us 588 7300.

 

 

 

A fantastic Easter Sunday Brunch at MooMba Beach

When: 1 April / 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Where: Moomba Beach (JE Irausquin BLVD 230, 0000 Palm Beach, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/1519041778207190/

 

On Sunday, April 1st, guests at MooMba Beach are in for a major treat: an Easter Sunday Brunch that beats all brunches. And it is a fantastic deal, as the brunch is unlimited. For kids there is a special program with a dino jump, face painting and a trampoline! The activities start at 11 a.m. and will continue until 3. Parents can sip their drinks in a relaxed mode as their children are enjoying the Easter-themed fun.

 

The Sunday Brunch is an extravagant buffet, with a Breakfast Station with omelets, French toast and pancakes, a Cold Station with an Asian noodle salad, bruscetta, a shrimp cocktail, a salmon wrap and a goat cheese salad. There are three soups: onion, seafood chowder and sweet potato and then there is the Main Course buffet, which includes a beef stew Burgundy style, grouper with a Creole sauce or a grilled chicken breast in a mushroom-truffle sauce. Dessert deserves lots of room in your tummy, so leave some for the chocolate brownie or home-made apple-cinnamon pie; ice creams are either banana, chocolate or vanilla or a raspberry or lemon sherbet.

 

The unlimited brunch is a treat which should be savored with ice-cold glasses of Mimosa or Sangria; these are on special as well (not included in the price).

 

Although it is still early days, it would be a good idea to make your reservations at MooMba as soon as possible, especially when you are coming with a large group of family members and friends. We can only say: enjoy and Happy Easter!

 

 

 

LGS Easter Sunday Brunch

When: 1 April / 11:00 am - 2:30 pm

Where: Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino (Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/1666667016759895/

 

Easter Brunch with an Attitude! Spent your Easter brunching in a stylish and sophisticated ambiance with flowing Mimosas. L.G. Smith's Steak & Chop House will serve an all-you-can-eat Easter Brunch for just $44.95 per person. For more information or reservation, please call our Navigators at 5236115. *Price is excluding 15% service charge and reservation is required.

 

 

 

Aquarius Easter Sunday Brunch

When: 1 April / 12:00 nn - 3:00 pm

Where: Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino (Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/201261200462899/

 

Celebrate this Easter among family and friends with the best brunch buffet on the island.

 

Aquarius will host its annual Easter Sunday Brunch with flowing Mimosas for just $32.95 excl. 15% service charge and taxes.

 

Children between 5-12 yrs pays 1/2 price.

 

Brunch will start at 12:00 PM and Reservation is required.

For more information or reservation, please call 5236156 or our Navigators at 5236115.

 

 

LIFESTYLE

 

Copa Cees Bossers 2018

When: 29 March - 2 April / 7:00 pm - 11:45 pm

Where: Beach Soccer Aruba (Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/1324906464278307/

 

Aruba's Annual Beach Soccer Tournament on Eagle Beach. Local Fun at its Best!

 

 

 

Extreme Sports Fundraising Event

When: 30 March - 1 April / 6:00 pm (Fri) / 10:00 pm (Sat-Sun)

Where: Aruba Ports Authority N.V. (Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/1837404396291517/

 

We will have ramps available to ride and shows, music, food and beverage and a lot more. Bring your BMX bike, in-line skating (rollerblading), scooting, longboard and skateboarding! Family fun!

 

 

Storytelling at the Museum

When: 31 March / 9:15 am - 12:30 pm

Where: Museum of Industry Aruba (Bernhardtstraat 164, Sint Nicolaas, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/1494743177319169/

 

For the Experience San Nicolas - Easter Edition at the Museum.

 

Storytelling group : 4-6 years

 

What can you expect:

- Storytelling at the Museum

- Color your own basket

- egg hunting at the Museum

- Parents tour at the Museum (optional)

 

Registration: infomuseumofindustry@gmail.com

Entrance fee: 10 pp this includes something to eat and drink and wonderful prizes during the EGG HUNT.

 

 

ENTERTAINMENT

 

 

C-Zar on stage at MooMba Beach

When: 26 March / 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Where: Moomba Beach (JE Irausquin BLVD 230, 0000 Palm Beach, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/184981868733145/

 

Join us for an evening with C-Zar live on stage. C-Zar has a wonderful, unusual, voice which will keep you spellbound. Come and toast with us to another beautiful night in Aruba.

 

 

 

Mercedes LIVE on stage at MooMba Beach!

When: 28 March / 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Where: Moomba Beach (JE Irausquin BLVD 230, 0000 Palm Beach, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/1406161896149061/

 

MERCEDES LIVE ON STAGE!

Time: 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Happy Hours: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm & 10:00 pm - 11:00 pm!

 

 

 

Primo Bandits LIVE at MooMba Beach

When: 30 March / 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Where: Moomba Beach (JE Irausquin BLVD 230, 0000 Palm Beach, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/183612292366190/

 

The local formation PRIMO BANDITS with lead singer Wilson always guarantee a 'beachy' vibe at MooMba with ballads from the 70's, 80's till now.

 

 

Aruba Sinatra Dinner Show at The Old Cunucu House Restaurant

When: 29 March / 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Where: The Old Cunucu House (Palm Beach 150, 0000 Palm Beach, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/142342856422584/

 

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.

 

 

DJ HOURS at Surfside Beach Bar

When: 30 March / 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Where: Surfside beach bar (Surfside beach, 00297 Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/1794956127182119/

 

Tropical beats, Deep house, Funky stuff - DJ Mista Tee spins it for everyone - Friday’s the lush is on - Happy Hour starts at 5:00PM!

 

 

 

Aruba Ray's Comedy

http://www.arubacomedy.com/

 

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

Where: Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino

 

March 26-29
Brian Scott McFadden, Dan Naturman, Ray Ellin

 

 

 

KARAOKE/SPECIAL NIGHTS

Matthew’s Beachside Restaurant
(J.E. Irausquin Blvd 51, Oranjestad)
Website: https://www.matthews-aruba.com/
- Karaoke Nights every Wednesdays, 9:00 - 11:00 pm

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

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

 

ARTS

 

 

Watercolor painting by Lorraine Evans

When: 27 March / 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Where: Sunrise Aruba (00000 Sint Nicolaas, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/419646891797566/

 

Come and learn how to paint Wet-into-wet and make a wonderful painting to display. With the help of the artist Lorraine, you will learn some color matching and how to let the paper show through giving the transparent look of watercolor.

 

Price: AFL. 50.00 incl. material and refreshment

Age: 14 years +

 

 

 

Art with Rice by GeDaMi

When: 28 March / 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Where: Sunrise Aruba (00000 Sint Nicolaas, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/339838783091766/

 

I bet you did not think of Rice as craft material! Get introduced to this craft, while the artisan Merveline teaches you how to create a form on canvas and dye the rice and much more. Join this workshop at Cosecha’s Creative Center.

 

Price: AFL. 55,00 incl. material and refreshment

Age: 12 years +

 

 

 

Drawing Portraits with pencils by Lorraine Evans

When: 30 March / 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Where: Sunrise Aruba (00000 Sint Nicolaas, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/700784466976252/

 

Learn how to work with all the parts of the face and how to put a portrait together. Measuring is very important and control of the pencil is a must. Draw a picture of a loved one or yourself. This class will be fast-paced.

Price: AFL. 125.00 incl. material and refreshment
Age: 14 years +

 

 

Now on for the cruise ship schedules so you can plan your beach days accordingly:

As far news goes, I only have one major thing to touch on this week which involves drilling contractor Seadrill.

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

Direct download: This_Week_in_Aruba_-_26_March_to_1_April_.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:17pm EDT

After a bit of a delay due to Maggie and I catching an unfortunate bout of the flu, we finally managed to record the last leg of our February/March 2018 Aruba Trip Report. So let’s get started with wrapping things up!

 

We just concluded Saturday (March 3rd) when we last left off, so this episode will be all about our last full day in Aruba, which was Sunday (March 4th) and departure day after that (Monday, March 5th).

 

For our last day, we decided to hang out in Eagle beach on the morning. There’s always that feeling of melancholy for the final day of vacation and that day was no exception. Also, looking back on it, we were already feeling lethargic as the first sign of the flu although we weren’t aware that we were sick at that time. We left Eagle to grab something to eat at a BBQ and pizza place then headed over to Arashi beach to spend the rest of the day and watch the sunset.

Usually, Arashi beach is peaceful on Sundays but it was unexpectedly packed that afternoon. There were big groups of families all over the beach doing BBQs and generally having a lot of fun. The day did wind down perfectly as we witnessed a gorgeous sunset. As far as we’re concerned, it’s the perfect way to signify the end of a vacation.

 

Dinner that night was spent at The Lazy Turtle, which we’ve tried for the first time. They had African-inspired cuisine that was just fantastic. Verdict: we definitely recommend it.

 

The next day is departure day. Instead of spending the morning at the beach like we always do in our trips, we opted to skip out because we were both feeling kind of sluggish (again, due to the flu that we were unaware of). We had breakfast at Bugaloe’s for a nice final view of the shimmering water. After that, we just finished the preparations to head to the flight back home and made it here safe and sound.

 

Some takeaways from the trip are the amazing new friends we made at the One Happy Podcast Meet-up over at Barney’s and the 4 new restaurants that we ate at for the first time: Kalin, Pickles, Delicious, and Lazy Turtle.

 

All in all it was a great trip and we have zero regrets. As usual, we’re already planning the next trip because one can never be too early in planning a vacation to paradise.

 

ON THIS EPISODE OF ONE HAPPY PODCAST, YOU WILL:

 

- Hear about the wild good chase of our quest for French Vanilla Ciroc all over the island

- Learn why you should always bring your preferred brand of exotic drink down on the island with you

- Learn which restaurant had a high-quality Ceviche that Maggie really liked

- Hear Maggie's thoughts on taking Panda Express on a plane

 

RESTAURANTS MENTIONED:

 

The Lazy Turtle

Kalin's Mexican Food

Pickles, Sandwich Bar & More

Yemanja Woodfire Grill

Bugaloe

Quinta del Carmen

Direct download: Episode_111_-_Aruba_Curt_and_Maggie_FebMar_2018_Vacation_Part_5.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:38am EDT

Here we are for another episode of This Week in Aruba, which covers the events on the island from Monday, March 18th to Sunday, March 25th.

 

First off, as you will be able to hear, my voice is thankfully back to normal compared to last week because my flu has almost fully subsided. I would also like to say a big thank you to Andrea and Jackie, who I met on the Aruba.com forums. They are amazing moderators who always keep the forums running smoothly. For anyone interested, I interviewed these lovely ladies on One Happy Podcast. To listen to their interviews, hit up the links below:

http://onehappypodcast.com/one-happy-podcast-ep2-aruba-then-and-now-with-andrea-j
http://onehappypodcast.com/ep20/
http://onehappypodcast.com/ep41/

 

This Week in Aruba has 3 sections: events or activities, cruise ship schedules, and the newest segment, Aruba news. So how about we kick off things with the events:

 

 

 

FOOD

 

A Taste Of Aruba

When: 20 March / 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm

Where: Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/1786239795016611/

 

Aquarius will take you back in time with stories, local handcrafted arts and recipes. Celebrate our Island's rich multicultural history with locally inspired buffet.

 

Aquarius will serve a local buffet for just $39 including a balashi beer or chill beer. Specials on Cocktails such as; 'Barbulet', 'Aruba Ariba' , 'Chuchubi Carnaval' and 'Yuwana Loco'. Discover Aruba through unique flavors!

 

Join us every Tuesday Night for this special local event. For more information or reservation, please call 5236156 or visit one of our Navigators.

 

 

 

Culinary Secrets with a culinary 4 course Spring menu

When: 23-24 March / 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Where: Hadicurari Aruba

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/2030235623901717/

Website: http://www.hadicurari.com/reservation

 

The extraordinary Culinary Secrets series at Hadicurari, which entails a fabulous, themed dinner, is getting frisky and in a spring mood. The March edition of the dinner is intriguing: the chef has come up with a delicious, eye-catching menu that will surely please the gourmands on this island. Spring is all about new, fresh and daring and that is what you will get.

 

On March 23 & 24 diners will be served an appetizer of graved lachs with a fish mousse, fresh herbs and tomatoes followed by a green pea soup with a cream cheese and bacon wonton. Seared scallops with a sauce of walnuts, a cauliflower mousseline and spring vegetables are the entree. A combination of chocolate, caramel and fresh fruits conclude this amazing treat.

 

At Hadicurari guests can choose where they would like to sit: inside, on the terrace or on the beach – of course with a view on the ocean and the fishing pier. Its incomparable view makes Hadicurari stand out: it is truly stunning. Hadicurari is located between the Holiday Inn Resort and the Marriott Ocean Club.

 

Please note that reservations for the upcoming spring edition of Hadicurari’s Culinary Secrets are strongly recommended.

 

 

 

LIFESTYLE

 

Spring Equinox Celebration

When: 20 March / 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm

Where: Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/541134292937979/

 

Don't miss this special Spring Equinox Celebration on Tuesday 20th March from 7-8:15 PM! Spring brings growth and trust in new life. It is about shedding old, stagnate ways of being and embracing new, vibrant growth bursting from within us.

 

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, spring is associated with the color green, providing us with healing and strength. Related to the element of Wood and Water, spring gives us fuel and flexibility as well as the cleansing power to move and change.

 

During this event, we will meditate and reflect on these themes. Through seated yin postures, we will practice acupressure to the areas related to the gallbladder and liver meridians, allowing us to detoxify, cleanse and confidently spark this new season! Throughout a fire ritual, you are invited to set your intentions and send them out into the universe. Please come with a large towel and if you have a journal and/or crystals, feel free to take them along.

 

Location: the beach in front of Spa del Sol (Manchebo Beach Resort)

Fee: 15 Florin upon arrival at the beach

Tea and water is included

Please RSVP via PM or whatsapp: 7420988

 

 

 

Feadship | Palm Beach International Boat Show

When: 22 - 25 March / 3:00 PM

Where: Palm Beach, Aruba

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/103802877058247/

 

The annual Palm Beach International Boat Show is one of the top five boat shows in the country - featuring more than $1.2 billion worth of boats, yachts, and accessories from the world’s leading marine manufacturers. It is truly an International Show. The event includes hundreds of Boats from 8-foot inflatables, power boats, fishing boats, center consoles, bow riders, personal watercraft to superyachts over 150’. The finest pre-owned yachts, tents full of the latest electronics and accessories, seminars and kids fishing clinics. Exotic cars, live music, and fun for all.

 

 

ENTERTAINMENT

 

Bambu LIVE on stage at MooMba Beach!

When: 23 March / 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Where: Moomba Beach (JE Irausquin BLVD 230, 0000 Palm Beach, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/1924529074434274/

 

BAMBU LIVE ON STAGE!

Time: 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Happy Hours: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm & 10:00 pm - 11:00 pm!

 

 

 

The Cheapest Wine you'll never stop Drinking!

When: 24 March / 11:00 pm - 2:00 am

Where: Rock’n'Rock (Caya Taratata, Coral Plaza 15 L-3, Pos Abao, AW Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/191986578232116/

 

The Cheapest Wine is a Caribbean Punk rock band originally from the island of Aruba.

 

The Music is Punk Rock in it's core, combined with Caribbean beats, resulting in melodic, energetic and semi-weird tunes. Simply put, it's Caribbean Punk Rock.

 

To this date, The Cheapest Wine has released 4 Albums and 1 EP. Doing everything on a DIY basis, from recordings to artwork, distribution, merch, bookings and everything in between.

 

 

 

Party Posse LIVE at MooMba Beach

When: 25 March / 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Where: Moomba Beach (JE Irausquin BLVD 230, 0000 Palm Beach, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/2036075396675247/

 

Party Posse LIVE on stage at MooMba Beach!

Time: 7 PM - 10 PM

 

 

 

Aruba Ray's Comedy

http://www.arubacomedy.com/

 

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

Where: Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino

 

March 19-20
Jessica Kirson, Brian Scott McFadden, Jimmy Dunn, Ray Ellin

March 21

Brian Scott McFadden, Dan Naturman, Jessica Kirson, Ray Ellin

March 22-25 (no show on March 23)

Brian Scott McFadden, Dan Naturman, Lori Palminteri, Ray Ellin

 

 

 

 

KARAOKE/SPECIAL NIGHTS

Matthew’s Beachside Restaurant
(J.E. Irausquin Blvd 51, Oranjestad)
Website: https://www.matthews-aruba.com/
- Karaoke Nights every Wednesdays, 9:00 - 11:00 pm

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

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

 

 

SPECIAL OCCASIONS

 

Earth Hour 2018

When: 24 March / 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Where: Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/180059706111203/

 

Join us and discover how you can #Connect2Earth and show your love for nature and our collective home.

 

Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino together with Renaissance | Mall & Marketplace will participate again by turning off the lights at the following areas:

 

- Marina Hotel: Blue spotlights at the facade

- The Boulevard strip including the parking lot

- The entrance of Renaissance Marketplace until and including the Seaport Casino facade

- Renaissance Marketplace facade

- Crystal Casino Tower

 

Together we can make a difference!

 

 

 

ARTS

 

Advanced crochet workshop by Marva Vlaun

When: 24 March / 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Where: Sunrise Aruba (00000 Sint Nicolaas, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/858861150962207/

 

Can you crochet and do you want to make your own handbag? Join Marva and Cosecha for a 5-weeks workshop and make a stylish bag for yourself. This workshop is for participants who can already crochet.

 

Price: AFL. 125,00 incl. material and refreshment

Age: 12 years and u

 

 

 

Now on for the cruise ship schedules so you can plan your beach days accordingly:

 

Lastly, we have the news segment which is still a work in progress. The main topic for this episode is the tsunami drill that happened in the island.

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

Direct download: This_Week_in_Aruba_-_19_to_25_March.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:55am EDT

Hey, everyone! We are back after a short break for another episode of This Week in Aruba which covers what's happening in the island from Monday, March 12 to Sunday, March 18th.

 

It's been a couple of weeks since I've spoken to you guys apart from the usual One Happy Podcast episode and that is because I was down in Aruba. While One Happy Podcast is relatively uncomplicated to produce while on the island, This Week in Aruba is a different thing altogether. However, I did miss it a lot! Listen to the podcast for a real-world example of how this show can help you out, based on firsthand experience.

 

You may also be wondering what happened to the last part of my Aruba trip reports, and I regret to inform you that I have come down with the flu and had been feeling under the weather since Maggie and I got back home. I apologize for that and the fact that my voice may sound a little off on this episode.

 

I also want to give a shoutout to a couple of people that I'm very thankful for in this podcasting journey. To Marcia and Ray Frost, who I interviewed twice before on episodes 23 and 92, thank you!  You've been a very positive influence on me all this time.

 

To listen to their interviews, hit up the links below:
http://onehappypodcast.com/ep23/
http://onehappypodcast.com/ep92/

 

So, with those aside, let's get into it. Here are the events and activities in Aruba from March 12-18, 2018:

 

Still life acrylic class

When: 17 March (recurring event) / 10:30 am
Where: Noord, Aruba

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/149738849070422/

 

Start a still life. From your own drawing or I have some prepared. Two-hour class, We will paint on paper but if you prefer to bring your own canvas. Paint, brushes, and paper are supplied for the cost of 25fls. per class is at 10:30. If you plan on continuing the still life. we will work on the next stage the following 2 weeks. So the plan is to make one large painting or 3 small pieces. If you plan to do it on your own canvas think about size before you purchase, make sure you get good quality or paint the surface with gesso before class.

 

 

 

Aruba's National Anthem And Flag Day

When: 18 March (all day)

 

A strong sense of pride is displayed each year as Arubans celebrate their Status Aparte and the Flag and Anthem Day. An impressive folkloric production marking the holiday is held each year on Plaza Betico Croes in Oranjestad.

 

This official holiday also features many events and activities for kids and adults.

 

9th Annual Charity Golf Tournament

When: 18 March / 8:00 am - 9:00 pm

Where: The Links at Divi Aruba (J.E. Irausquin Blvd. 93, Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/550481208664063/

 

Our club will be organizing its 9th annual 18-hole charity golf tournament at the Divi Links the Divi Aruba. All proceeds of this golf tournament our club will hand out donations to charity institutions.

 

Our golf tournament is known in the local golfing circuit as a fun and relaxed tournament with a lot of ‘ambiente’.

 

Driftwood Cunucu House with your Arubian flag

When: 18 March / 10:00-11:00 am

Where: Cosecha San Nicolas, Sunrise Aruba (00000 Sint Nicolaas, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/143728489657367/

 

The artisan, Natalia, will guide you to assemble a Cunucu House with driftwood and other scrap material. You will paint the craft to finish it off and hang your Aruban flag in the cunucu.

 

Price: AFL. 20,00 incl. material and refreshment

 

Age: 8 years and up

 

Aruban flag with beautiful scenery painting

When: 18 March / 1:00-2:00 pm

Where: Cosecha San Nicolas, Sunrise Aruba (00000 Sint Nicolaas, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/169657327008026/

 

Aruba dushi tera! This workshop by the artist Erika gives honor to Aruba’s Flag day and the beautiful island of Aruba. Join Erika and Cosecha on this National day and let’s make a piece of art that transmits the love we share for Aruba.

 

Price: AFL. 25,00 incl. material and refreshment

 

Age: 10 years and up

 

 

Aruba Ray's Comedy

http://www.arubacomedy.com/

 

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

Where: Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino

 

March 16-18
Jessica Kirson, Jimmy Dunn, Ray Ellin

 

 

KARAOKE/SPECIAL NIGHTS

Matthew’s Beachside Restaurant
(J.E. Irausquin Blvd 51, Oranjestad)
Website: https://www.matthews-aruba.com/
- Karaoke Nights every Wednesdays, 9:00 - 11:00 pm

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

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

 

Now on for the cruise ship schedules so you can plan your beach days accordingly:

 

Some of you asked for some news to be included in this weekly podcast. As with everything I do, what you ask for, I always try to deliver. While I will never touch on island politics that will need a lot of knowledge regarding the topic, I will bring to the table topics that may be of interest to fellow vacationers who go to Aruba in a relatively short time to escape such issues from your day to day lives. For this episode, the topics that I will cover is the weather, beach conditions, and traffic on the island during my stay.

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

Direct download: This_Week_in_Aruba_-_12_to_18_March.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:09pm EDT

Time for the 4th part of our February/March 2018 Aruba Trip and I am here with Maggie recording down in the island right now to report the events that happened from Thursday (March 1st) to Saturday (March 3rd).

 

Last time, we left off on Wednesday evening after going through the highest of highs to the lowest of lows all in one day. So we figured that we should put that behind us and go for a fresh start on Thursday by unwinding and relaxing all day in Eagle beach. It was a very long, satisfying, and perfect beach day with perfect weather conditions which we spent from morning until just before 7 in the evening. Our late dinner was spent at Kalin’s, the Mexican restaurant that we ate at just a few days ago. Since they are open until very late at night, it really is perfect for people like who us who are looking for a good fallback meal.

 

Friday was yet another beach day but this time in Palm Beach. The definite highlight of this day was the dinner at Delicious, the new restaurant near Palm Beach (where Diana’s Pancakes used to be). They literally just opened this week so they don’t even have a menu yet but the chef, who is the daughter from the family that runs Papiamento Restaurant, served us with surprise meals that were amazingly well-prepared and beautifully presented. She is passionate about her food and hearing her personally explain the dishes after the dinner was such a worthwhile experience.

 

The next day, we headed over to Arashi beach which hands down had the best water conditions out of all the beaches we went to this entire trip so far. Later on we met up with David and Brenda Cohen, who I interviewed in One Happy Podcast (episode 48) a couple of years back. We visited them in their own Aruban house and had such a great time. We also went to another Aruba Ray comedy show that evening and as always, they were phenomenal. Just a reminder that these shows do sell-out nightly so if you’re planning to come to one, make sure to book your tickets in advance on arubacomedy.com

 

So that wraps up our Saturday and we woke up the next day feeling a little under the weather. Hopefully, we won’t end up having the flu while down here in Aruba. We truly wish to finish our vacation in the best way possible. Tune in to the next episode for the conclusion of our Feb-March 2018 Aruba trip!

 

ON THIS EPISODE OF ONE HAPPY PODCAST, YOU WILL:

 

  • Know about an amazing chocolate dessert from Delicious Restaurant that is made up of unusual ingredients.
  • Hear a funny story of a guy from the Aruba Ray comedy show audience nicknamed “Bean”.



RESTAURANTS AND ESTABLISHMENTS MENTIONED:

 

Pickles, Sandwich Bar & More

The Bread Basket

Kalin's Mexican Food

Delicious

Gelatissimo

Tomato Charlie’s

Aruba Comedy

Full Throttle Tours

Direct download: Episode_110_-_Aruba_Curt_and_Maggie_Feb-Mar_2018_Vacation_Part_4.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:21am EDT

We are back for the third part of our Aruba February 2018 trip series. Maggie and I are currently stuck in traffic while on the way back from Eagle beach so we figured we might as well get the show started while we’re at it.

 

The following will be a recap of the events that occurred from Sunday night (February 25th) to Wednesday evening (February 28th).

 

To pick up where we left off last time, we went to Ling’s Chinese Restaurant for dinner. It was a nice, clean little place with decent food. If you’re looking for value and like Chinese food, then we definitely recommend this place.

 

Monday morning, we headed off to Palm Beach and set up our own little spot right between the Hilton and the Bugaloe. It’s basically a no man’s land with easy water access which is just perfect for us. However, the water topography was a little bit different than usual. It appeared a little murkier and was littered with numerous rocks, but nevertheless, that did not deter us from enjoying a beautiful day at the beach. We also stopped by at Eduardo’s to get our favorite Acai balls. They were lovely as always. Lunch was spent at Pelican’s Pier. Even though the food was good, the service leaves much to be desired which I suppose crosses it out from my list of restaurants to eat at from now on.

 

Moving on, that evening was truly a memorable one because we went to an Aruba Ray comedy show as planned. The funny thing is every time we watch one of those shows, we always say “that’s the best one we’ve seen yet” but this time, it really is the best. There were 5 comedians in the line-up: Ray Ellin (who’s always there), Tony V, Ricky Velez, Mike Vecchione, and Jim Colliton. All of them positively delivered. It was a phenomenal show. I am going to take this chance to encourage everyone that if you’re down on the island right now, you should absolutely check out Aruba Ray’s Comedy shows. You would be short-selling yourself if you don’t. The show will run until the end of March so don’t miss out! Visit their website for more information: arubacomedy.com

 

The next day, which is Tuesday, we woke up kind of late while still being pretty buzzed from the drinks we had at Aruba Ray’s open bar at the Marriott the night before. So it made for a pretty lazy day of hanging out at our favorite Eagle beach while stopping by for meals at Don Pistache and Pickles.

 

Come evening was an event that we were looking forward to the most: Friends of One Happy Podcast’s Meet-up at Barney’s. We are very thankful to the 30 or so people who showed up.  Thank you for hanging out with us and generally having a good time. It’s always nice to meet new people. Barney’s also did an amazing job with the snacks, special drinks, food, and service so kudos to them! One of these days I hope I can secure a podcast interview with them.

 

Wednesday was Full Throttle Tour day. Let me tell you that Full Throttle Tours is now in the top 5 of the best excursions I’ve experienced in Aruba. Maggie and I had a really fun time. Full Throttle Tours basically takes you on a speedboat to drift snorkel on different spots on the island. The big difference with other snorkeling tours is that the boat can move very fast, so it has the ability to take you from one end of the island to almost the next end. You can learn all about it in Episodes 101 and 102 of One Happy Podcast, in which I interviewed the family who runs the business.

 

After that, we had a little missing car fiasco which was thankfully resolved without further issues. So that evening, we opted for a quiet dinner and to just unwind by sitting at the beach and looking at the night sky and stars. It was the perfect ending to an eventful day and reminded us of the true spirit of vacation: relaxation.

 

ON THIS EPISODE OF ONE HAPPY PODCAST, YOU WILL:

 

  • Learn about the exciting snorkel locations we went to during the Full Throttle Tour.
  • Hear about a new restaurant that will open soon in downtown Aruba.
  • Hear the interesting cautionary tale about parking in Downtown Aruba.  Learn from my stupidity.

ESTABLISHMENTS, EXCURSIONS, AND RESTAURANTS MENTIONED:

 

Barney's Bar & Restaurant

Aruba Comedy

Full Throttle Tours

Ling’s Restaurant

Bugaloe

Hilton Aruba

Eduardo’s

Pelican Pier

Legends Pub

Alfie's

Don Pastechi

Pickles, Sandwich Bar & More

Lucy's Retired Surfers & Bar

Matthew's Beachside Restaurant

Direct download: Episode_109_-_Aruba_Curt_and_Maggie_Feb_2018_Vacation_Part_3.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:20am EDT

We're down here in Aruba right now for the second part of our February 2018 trip. Maggie and I are very excited to report to you this evening for the events that happened from arrival day until now.

 

So it started with us staying at our pre-flight hotel in Ramada, which was just nice. Nothing spectacular but it gets the job done. We arrived at the airport at around 4:40 am, with plenty of time to spare for our 7:00 am flight. We landed at Aruba just past lunchtime at 12:20 pm and everything went smoothly except for some minor hiccups over at Amigo’s when we got our rental car and our experience with the people at Super Food.

 

Our first meal in Aruba happened at Pickle’s, Sandwich Bar and More. As can be inferred from their business name, they specialize in sandwiches which were pretty great. Aside from that, we opted to get tasty smoothies too.

 

Afterwards, we spent some time in Eagle beach to nap but had to leave earlier due to a light sprinkle and an unexpected bout of cold weather. Well as cold as Aruba could get anyway.

 

Dinner was spent at Kalin’s and we highly recommend this place. Aside from the amazing Mexican food, their restaurant is open until 12:30 am during weekdays and until 2:30 am during weekends, which is just perfect for people like us who are looking to catch up on some late night dinners.

 

Come morning, we headed straight to Arashi and spent the entire day doing our favorite activity in Aruba: relaxing on the beach. The vibe was just perfect for a Sunday with families and their pets playing around in good-natured fun.

 

Tonight we’re about to eat some Chinese food on a place called Ling’s Restaurant and we will report on that next episode so stay tuned!

 

And of course, let’s not forget about Friend’s of One Happy Podcast’s Hangout this Tuesday, February 27th at Barney’s! We can’t wait to see you there.

 

 

As always, if you have feedback for One Happy Podcast or just want to leave any kind of message, hit me up on curt@onehappypodcast.com or call our hotline number (302) 635-0815. See you next time!

 

ON THIS EPISODE OF ONE HAPPY PODCAST, YOU WILL:




  • Know Maggie’s “Ceviche rankings” on the island.
  • Learn what is the food that I consider Maggie as an expert on.
  • Hear a cool story of how we ended up sitting together on the flight to Aruba.

 

ESTABLISHMENTS AND RESTAURANTS MENTIONED:

 

Kalin's Mexican Food

Pickles, Sandwich Bar & More

Ling’s Restaurant

Ramada

Amigo Car Rental

Super Food Plaza

Ling & Sons

Chihuahua’s Fiesta & Grill

Quinta del Carmen

Así es mi Perú

Bugaloe

Pelican Pier

Direct download: Episode_108_-_Aruba_Curt_and_Maggie_Feb_2018_Vacation_Part_2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:09am EDT

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 arubacomedy.com. 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.

 

ON THIS EPISODE OF ONE HAPPY PODCAST, YOU WILL:

 

  • 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.

 

RESTAURANTS, ACTIVITIES, EXCURSIONS, AND ESTABLISHMENTS MENTIONED:

 

Aruba Comedy

Full Throttle Tours

Ramada

Amigo Car Rental

Aruba Royal Car Rental

Alfie’s

Marina Pirata

Delicious

Yemanja Woodfire Grill

Papiamento Restaurant

Gostoso

Gasparito

Pickles, Sandwich Bar & More

Eduardo’s

Carnivorous Grill House

Sultan Restaurant & Cafe

El Mexicano

Chihuahua’s

Bugaloe

Quinta del Carmen

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

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)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/2106327312935828/

Website: http://mariogonsalves.com/

 

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:

info@mariogonsalves.com or Whatsapp: +31646934409

 

Limited seats available.

 

 

 

Barefoot Beach BBQ

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

Where: Renaissance Ocean Suites (Oranjestad, Aruba)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/265385583994816/

 

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

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/139176863446212/

 

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

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/353047301803238/

Website: https://www.chaletsuisse-aruba.com/

 

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)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/106322726835639/

Website: www.cafetheplaza.com/

 

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)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/146227046050767/

Website: https://www.thegrandfishrestaurant.com/

 

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)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/182924642467234/

Website: http://arubatriathlon.com/pages/enduro-race-total-trail-challenge/

 

Test your limits on this new course.

 

Registration is now officially open:

/pages/enduro-race-total-trail-challenge/

 

 

 

Matthew’s Beachside Restaurant
(J.E. Irausquin Blvd 51, Oranjestad)
Website: https://www.matthews-aruba.com/
- Karaoke Nights every Wednesdays, 9:00 - 11:00 pm

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

Ricardo’s Restaurant & Bar
(J.E. Irausquin Blvd 53, Aruba)Website: http://ricardosaruba.restaurant/
- 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.

 

LINEUP

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

Website: http://www.arubacomedy.com/

 

 

 

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 www.arubaoutdooradventures.com.

 

If there’s anything at that you would like to suggest for the show, please do send me an email at curt@onehappypodcast.com 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
Category:general -- posted at: 4:35pm EDT

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!

 

ON THIS EPISODE OF ONE HAPPY PODCAST, YOU WILL:

  • 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.

 

RESTAURANTS AND ESTABLISHMENTS MENTIONED:

 

- 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 EDT

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)
Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/182583869181635/
Website: http://www.whitecuisine.com/

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)
Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/405976013192270/
Website: https://www.matthews-aruba.com/

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 https://www.matthews-aruba.com/specials/valentines-day-special-2018/

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)
Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/152788042170978/
Website: http://www.arubaprivateisland.com/

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: https://sensesaruba.restaurant/

 

 

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)
Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/1659635364330869/
Website: http://www.freddejong.com/

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)
Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/1301276453351371/

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)
Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/166256510680124/

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)
Website: https://www.matthews-aruba.com/
- Karaoke Nights every Wednesdays, 9:00 - 11:00 pm

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

Ricardo’s Restaurant & Bar
(J.E. Irausquin Blvd 53, Aruba)
Website: http://ricardosaruba.restaurant/
- 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.

 

Website: http://www.arubacomedy.com/

 

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 onehappypodcast.com/itunes. If you have any suggestions for topics that you want to be covered in the future, do shoot me an email on curt@onehappypodcast.com 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 EDT

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 curt@onehappypodcast.com 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)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/525732981139397/

 

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

http://www.arubacomedy.com/

 

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 https://www.fullthrottletoursaruba.com/.

 

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:http://onehappypodcast.com/itunes

Direct download: This_Week_in_Aruba_-_5_to_11_February.mp3
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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: https://uncommonsocietees.com/ or on Instagram @uncommon.societees
 
 
ON THIS EPISODE OF ONE HAPPY PODCAST, YOU WILL:
 
- 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
 
RESTAURANTS, EXCURSIONS, AND ESTABLISHMENTS MENTIONED:
Direct download: Episode_105_-_Exploring_Aruba_with_First_Timer_Van_Shumake.mp3
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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 criselda.pinto@hyatt.com
 
 
 
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 arubacomedy.com 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 curt@onehappypodcast.com. 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. http://sweetpeppersaruba.restaurant/
 
 
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 arubacosechasn@gmail.com 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!

ON THIS EPISODE OF ONE HAPPY PODCAST, YOU WILL:
- 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

HOTELS, ESTABLISHMENTS, RESTAURANTS, AND BRANDS MENTIONED:

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.

ON THIS EPISODE OF ONE HAPPY PODCAST, YOU WILL:


- 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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On the last episode, we heard from Tammy and Jay Zuschlag about what it's like to move to Aruba and start a business. On this episode, we'll get to hear insights from their kids, Maddie and Morgan.

Making the move from America to Aruba wasn't easy for Maddie and Morgan. They had to move away from the life they've known as well as be away from all their friends and relatives. But they're here to say that everything has been worth it.

The girls talk about what the adjustment period like when they first moved and how they go about keeping up with their studies while on the island. We also discuss their favorite Aruba activities such as exploring the rough side of Aruba.

Maddie and Morgan help out on the family business, Full Throttle Tours, when it comes to guiding and serving guests and managing social media. They also give us an idea of what to expect on the tour. Basically, they fill in any blanks that may have been missed by Tammy and Jay on episode 101 of One Happy Podcast.

Full Throttle Tours can be booked online via www.fullthrottletoursaruba.com or Facebook (Full Throttle Tours Aruba). The 2 and a half hours journey filled with thrills and fun. Snorkel gear, cold refreshments (the rum punch is a must try!), and snacks are fully provided. It's a fun and safe experience that everyone should totally try. This excursion is also available for private group rental.

ON THIS EPISODE OF ONE HAPPY PODCAST, YOU WILL:
- Hear about some reservations the girls had about making the move.
- Find out what's the best thing to eat to get the salty taste out of your mouth after snorkeling.
- Hear cool stories about unique things seen at sea.
- Learn about the favorite restaurants of these nuevo locals

RESTAURANTS MENTIONED:
- Alfie's in Aruba
- Linda's Dutch Pancakes
- Pizza and More
- Baby Back Grill
- Chili's

Direct download: Episode_102_-_Full_Throttle_Tours_-_Maddie_and_Morgan_Zuschlag.mp3
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Are you familiar with Full Throttle Tours in Aruba? Whether you are or not, come tune in to this episode of One Happy Podcast to hear more from the couple behind it, Tammy and Jay Zuschlag.

Tammy and Jay have been residents of Aruba for a while now. They've planned to move to an island since long ago. While plans to move to other places like Belize and Barbados fell apart, everything just fell into place with Aruba and thus the whole family is now happily residing in the Happy Island where they started their business.

We find out about how long was the transition phase of fully integrating to the island. This information should definitely be considered as valuable to those planning or dreaming to one day do the same. We also talk about the reason why they decided to start the business, the reason they chose to start a boating and snorkeling business, how they went about getting a boat, and what it was like to take it for that first spin.

Some of the most interesting things we discussed are their thoughts on what are the easiest and most difficult parts of the process of starting up the Full Throttle Tours Aruba.

So what sets Full Throttle Tours Aruba apart from the rest? Well, on Full Throttle Tours you get to experience drift snorkeling at the Arashi Reef. For those not familiar, drift snorkeling involves floating along the current with the boat following you, which is a unique way to observe the underwater life. What really sets Full Throttle Tours apart is the thrill ride you get to experience all the way to Mangel Halto where you can then snorkel around a sunken ship and a gorgeous reef.

Full Throttle Tours can be booked online via www.fullthrottletoursaruba.com or Facebook (Full Throttle Tours Aruba). This is a unique 2 and a half hour journey filled with thrills and fun. Snorkel gear, snacks and cold refreshments (the rum punch is a must try!) are fully provided. It's a fun and safe experience that everyone should most definitely try.

ON THIS EPISODE OF ONE HAPPY PODCAST, YOU WILL:
- Hear a story about a family packing up and relocating to Aruba
- Gain valuable tips and information if you have plans to move and start a business there.
- Know how it's like to start a business in Aruba.
- Be absolutely convinced to go on a Full Throttle Tour!

RESTAURANTS AND PLACES MENTIONED:
- Alfie's in Aruba
- Full Throttle Tours Aruba 
- Renaissance Island

Direct download: Episode_101_-_Full_Throttle_Tours_-_Tammy_and_Jay_Zuschlag.mp3
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Let's get the show going for One Happy Podcast's long-awaited 100th episode, where we turn the tables by having a good friend and guest, Louis Johnson, interview me this time around in what we dub as the "Aruba Curt Special".

 

Louis is actually the guy who inspired me to continue on with this podcast when I was just starting out, so it really is meaningful to have him be with me in this special milestone of an episode.

 

In here, I get asked a bunch of questions about the podcast and myself including what made me decide to a podcast, how do I find guests, and do I have a certain criteria for choosing them. I also relay my Aruba story, and it may come as a surprise to you all that it wasn't love at first sight with the island for me at all.

 

We also talk about my first impression upon seeing the gorgeous sunsets in Aruba, know where me and Maggie usually stay in the island, our favorite restaurants, the excursions I like to go to, and recommendations.

 

One important point in our discussion is how do I convince people to go to Aruba. Among the reasons listed: Aruba is below the hurricane belt, there are direct flights coming from the USA, everyone speaks English in the island, American money is accepted, no one haggles you about anything, and the crime rate is very low.

 

Of course, a One Happy Podcast interview is not complete without the "Eye of the Hurricane", and in addition to that, Louis threw me a curve-ball in the form of a new segment called the "Millionaire's Dream Package". Tune in to find out what that is!

 

The interview ends on a positive note with Louis asking me what my plans are for One Happy Podcast going forward and him offering valuable suggestions.

 

I would also like to take this time to thank each and every one of you dear listeners who stuck with One Happy Podcast all this time. It has been an amazing journey. Here's to a hundred more episodes ahead!

 

ON THIS EPISODE OF ONE HAPPY PODCAST, YOU WILL:

 

- Hear why I decided to start One Happy Podcast

- Hear why I still get nervous before every show

- Have an idea of who would be my ideal guest in a podcast

- Hear about Cheryl Talcof, the woman who encouraged me to go Aruba skydiving

- Hear a great story about an Aruba kindness done to Louis, and paying it forward

 

SERVICES AND RESTAURANTS MENTIONED:

Quinta del Carmen

Yemanja Woodfire Grill

Skydive Aruba

Aruba Ray Comedy

Kukoo Kunuku Bus

CheapAir

Direct download: EP100_-_Aruba_Curts_Aruba_Story.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:17am EDT

Strap yourselves in for a holiday season full of raucous laughter as master comedian "Aruba" Ray Ellin joins us once again to discuss the return of Aruba Ray Comedy to One Happy Island this coming 12th of November to the 20th of December.

 

He is truly one of the most passionate Aruba fanatics I've ever met, and soon he'll back to Aruba with his merry gang of excellent comedians to make the entire island laugh.

 

I sure wish I could be down there at the same time. In case you're not familiar, Aruba can get slow around the evenings without a lot of entertainment options to choose from; and no doubt Aruba Ray Comedy is the best nighttime entertainment activity that you can get in the island. I've watched the shows multiple times and every single one of them had been hilarious.

 

Ray and I talk about the comedians that will join him. A lot of them will be first-timers in Aruba so it's bound to be exciting! He's positive that this might end up being the best line-up in the history of Aruba Ray's Comedy. The top-notch comedians are as follows:

 

  • Des Bishop
  • Mia Jackson
  • Don Gavin
  • Tony Woods
  • Anthony DeVito
  • Robert Kelly
  • Tom Cotter
  • Kerri Louise
  • Eric Neumann
  • Christine Hurley
  • Tony V.
  • Pete Lee
  • Joey Vega
  • Brian Scott McFadden

 

For more information about the line-up and shows, you can visit www.arubacomedy.com. It is encouraged for interested persons to purchase 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.

 

If by some chance you will have to give the upcoming shows a miss due to lack of opportunities in heading down the island (like me), don't worry! Aruba Ray Comedy does a series of shows for about 3 times a year so make sure to drop by in Aruba during one. One Happy Podcast and "Aruba" Ray Ellin himself will keep you posted for any updates.

 

ON THIS EPISODE OF ONE HAPPY PODCAST, YOU WILL:

- Learn why Aruba Ray Comedy is encouraged as an adult-only event; however, children are allowed on the parents' own volition

- Hear about Ray's experience at George Clooney's Halloween party

- Hear about Ray's performance at The Carney Awards in front of big time actors like William H. Macy

 

ESTABLISHMENTS AND RESTAURANTS MENTIONED

Direct download: EP99_-_Aruba_Rays_Comedy_Winter_2017.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:06am EDT

So here we are to finish out the last part of our play-by-play October 2017 Aruba Trip Report. At the end of episode 3, we were hanging out at Arashi beach enjoying the sunset but now we're in our living room back in Delaware, where it's a far cry from the nice and sunny weather in One Happy Island.

 

The last time we left off, it was Thursday around dusk. We went for dinner at Twist of Flavors, which was fantastic. We thought we would get food from the Eat Local Restaurant Month menu, but we just got what's in the regular menu because honestly, everything sounded great. Twist of Flavors was really nice. It's a small place but it has good service and tasteful décor.

 

Later on we headed home to unwind and play a game called Chill Out. It's basically a card game with a bunch of peppers on top. The goal is to get rid of your set of cards before anyone else. Maggie personally loves to play games with family, and we really enjoyed this one especially since we turn every game into a drinking game.

 

Friday morning, we woke up early to go to Mangel Halto. It was our first time there. Unfortunately Maggie and I didn't get to snorkel because we forgot to bring our snorkeling gear, but we did enjoy the scenery a lot.

 

Afterwards we found ourselves in one of our favorite spots in the island which we personally call Eagle Beach Adjacent. It's a little clearing between Oceania and Screaming Eagle that no one really goes to. There, we witnessed a lovely little wedding.

 

Following the wedding is our little detour to the Arubian Taste Rum Shop. You can sample more than a hundred different flavors of rum there. Every time we go, they seem to have a brand new flavor for us to try.

 

We had Alfie's for dinner that night. During our last trip to Aruba back in July, we didn't get to have poutine on Canada Day because they ran out, so we made sure we would get some this time and boy, it did not disappoint! It was as delicious as we remembered it to be.

 

As we got closer to the end of our trip, we made it a point to get up earlier so come Saturday morning, we were already at Palm Beach before 8 a.m. and didn't leave until around 5:30 in the evening. The rest of the day was spent with me meeting up with a new friend named Louie, and dinner at Quinta del Carmen's with our favorite waiter, Wilmer. He always takes care of us well whenever we go there. We ended the day on a pleasant note by playing Chill Out again. For us, playing cards with the family is a good way to unwind and look back on the events of the day.

 

Sunday was our last full day in the island so we got up early again and chose Eagle Beach Adjacent as our destination. We had about 3 and a half hours of perfect Aruba weather until it started pouring, so we got out to get pizza at a new place in Alhambra's called Hungry Piranha. It was alright; you can't really get amazing pizza in the island anyway to be honest. We went back to the beach for about 15 minutes until the rain started again so we just gave up, drove around, explored the island for the remaining hours. Dinner was spent on Chicken and Lobster which was pretty decent; funnily enough we didn't get chicken or lobster even though it's the namesake of the restaurant. The best thing about the place is the service, no doubt.

 

Come Monday morning, we had to deal with the sadness of parting with Aruba yet again. We headed over to Eduardo's for some snacks and Eagle Beach Adjacent for the last time to relax then straight home to finish packing before going to the airport. We had a little bit of a delay upon returning the rental car but everything turned out alright in the end. The flight back to the States was uneventful, just how we like it, and we arrived safely home around 7 in the evening.

 

That marks the end of our 4-part October trip series. All in all, it was a great trip and we can't wait to do it again. We hope you enjoyed the ride along with us. Whenever you feel like getting a dose of Aruba sunshine, just tune in to One Happy Podcast's numerous episodes, close your eyes, and imagine you're in Aruba.

 

ON THIS EPISODE OF ONE HAPPY PODCAST, YOU WILL:

- Hear a few more restaurant reviews including a couple of new (for us) places

- Hear about Maggie's experience with fresh aloe

- Hear about an awesome wedding experience we stumbled onto

- Find out what we did during our first ever Aruba rainout

 

RESTAURANTS AND ESTABLISHMENTS MENTIONED:

Twist of Flavors

Quinta del Carmen

Chicken and Lobster

Oceania

Screaming Eagle

The Arubian Taste Liqueur and Rum Shop

Hungry Piranha

Urataka's

Eduardo's

Bananas Apartments

L.G. Smith

Direct download: Episode_98_D_-_Part_4_of_October_2017_Aruba_Trip_Report.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:17am EDT

I'm back with Maggie to catch you guys up for the 3rd part of our October trip report. Right now we're at Arashi beach on location to recount what happened after where we left off last time.

 

So the 1st part was all about arrival day which was Sunday, followed by the 2nd day which was Monday, and now we are going to talk about TuesdayWednesday, and Thursday.

 

At the end of the 2nd part, I was preparing to go to One Happy Podcast's 3rd Anniversary Party over at Legends Pub. First of all, I sincerely want to thank everyone who came. The party was great and we had a really nice time. Around 70 people turned up, or maybe closer too 100 at some point. It exceeded all my expectations so I have nothing but gratitude for everyone who took the time to swing by.

 

We stayed at the party until about an hour before midnight, and afterwards we went back to our house to just zone out while sipping some picklebacks.

 

The next day, we had Don Pastechi's for breakfast which is one of our favorite places to eat in the island. If you're planning to head over there, you should come relatively early because the good stuff runs out pretty fast.

 

After that we headed over to Eagle Beach to just hang out. It was pretty busy for a Wednesday. We also had lunch at the Eagle Beach Food Truck. As usual, their food never disappoints.

 

We met up with our good friend Marlene later in the day at the Local Store, which in our opinion has the best burgers in Aruba and makes these amazing deep fried pickles. They also have an extensive craft beer selection — possibly the largest in the island — so if you have a love for craft beers, you should definitely stop by the Local Store!

 

We originally intended to spend the rest of our evening at Matthew's to watch a live performance, but when we got there it was already jam-packed and there were no seats left for us so we opted to just relax at home instead and play a card game.

 

Bright and early the next morning, we finally decided to climb Mt. Hooiberg for the first time. It took us around 20 minutes to reach the summit, which will probably take a much shorter time for folks who are in better shape. I did a Facebook live of my climbing experience if you were able to catch it. The view is  phenomenal at the top. Do try to climb it if you're up for the challenge! The view is worth it.

 

The descent went much faster than the ascent, which took only about 5 minutes. We swung by Bright Bakery for some delicious pastries before heading to the Animal Shelter. All the animals were in very good condition which made us feel happy. It's such a good place to be in, and I urge you all to make a donation if you can. The animals and the workers will truly appreciate every single dollar.  One day we vow to to bring a kitten back home with us.

 

So now we're back to Arashi beach which we went to following the Animal Shelter. It's now time for sunset and whoa, I really have to take a picture of this. Well you know how Aruba sunsets are. They're absolutely breathtaking. It looks like I'm getting mesmerized by the view again. Well, until next time! Be sure to stay tuned to the next episodes!

 

ON THIS EPISODE OF ONE HAPPY PODCAST, YOU WILL:

- Know about this 4 year old kid who was with us climbing Hooiberg. If a little kid can do it, we can to!

- Hear about the jet ski incident.

- Hear why purple food is not for me.

 

ESTABLISHMENTS AND RESTAURANTS MENTIONED:

Eduardo's Beach Shack

Don Pastechi

Screaming Eagle

Eagle Beach Food Truck

Matthew's Beachside Restaurant

Bright Bakery

Animal Shelter

Direct download: Episode_98_C_-_Part_3_of_October_2017_Aruba_Trip_Report.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:52am EDT

To pick things up from where we left off last time, I'm here in Eagle beach on record for the 2nd part  of my October 2017 Aruba Trip Report.

 

It's a perfect day out here with minimal clouds, warm but refreshing temperature, lovely breeze, and most of the all, the water feels great. I got out of the water to record this episode but I'm gonna hop back in again after I'm done.

 

Now for the recount of our experiences yesterday or day 2 of our trip. It was a Monday morning filled with busy work and errands. We rented a house instead of a timeshare so we had to take care of stuff for that. Afterwards, I went grocery shopping on Super Food and headed to the digital hotspot center to get my pocket Wi-Fi reactivated.

 

We headed over to Eduardo's for a well-deserved snack. If you haven't tried their Acai bowls, I definitely urge you to get one the next time you swing by Palm Beach. It's basically made up of some kind of puree at the bottom, granola in the middle, and assorted fruits on the top with coconut shavings.

 

Most of the day was spent at Arashi, which was bizarrely empty for long stretches of time so we had the pristine beach to our ourselves during the first and latter parts of our stay. Paradise on earth.

 

We intended to head out earlier for dinner but we opted to relax first at home after coming back from Arashi for some downtime with just us listening to music and sipping wine.

 

Later on we ate at Chihuahua's Fiesta and Grill for some good ol' Mexican food. It has the best shrimp ceviche I've ever tasted on the island and is definitely one of the best, if not the best, Mexican restaurants in Aruba.

 

Topping the day off were some ice cream sundaes from McDonalds which was a pretty decent way to end the day if you ask me.

 

So back to Eagle beach, I'm mostly just relaxing for the fun part later in the day — One Happy Podcast's 3rd Anniversary Party. The party will be at Legends Pub, which if you've never heard of, is the brain child of the geniuses behind Eduardo's Beach Shack and Scott's Brats. It's a cool sports bar that I totally recommend.

 

Be sure to stay tuned to the next episode to hear all about the happenings in the party!

 

ON THIS EPISODE OF ONE HAPPY PODCAST, YOU WILL:

- Get an heads up on why you should always carry an I.D. with you while you on the island.

- Know an inventive way I came up with to open beer bottles at the beach.

- Hear about me being a world class beach napper, or at least I think so.

 

ESTABLISHMENTS AND RESTAURANTS MENTIONED:

Do it Center

Super Food Plaza

Eduardo's Beach Shack

Scott's Brats

Chihuahua's Fiesta and Grill

Hooters Aruba

Cafe Rembrandt

Así Es Mi Peru

Pelican Pier Aruba

Bugaloe Beach Bar & Grill

Barney's Bar & Restaurant

Bavaria

South Beach Aruba

Hard Rock Aruba

Mcdonald's

Legends Pub

Direct download: Episode_98_B_-_Part_2_of_October_2017_Aruba_Trip_Report.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:52am EDT

I'm down here on location in Aruba with my ever loyal sidekick Maggie for our October 2017 Aruba trip. This time, Maggie brought her daughter Jess along. The three of us have so much planned for this trip and we can't wait to show Jess what the amazing island of Aruba has in store.

 

What I'm planning here is a blow by blow recap of our experience in this trip. We started it with leaving Delaware for Newark where we stayed on the Courtyard Marriott for the night before heading to the airport in the morning. We arrived smoothly on the island at an ideal time, which was followed by probably the fastest transition we've had from airport to car rental company to our rental house.

 

Like the last time we stayed in Aruba, we opted to go for Royal as our car rental of choice. But don't get me wrong, I like to switch things around with car rentals for the podcast so listeners will get a perspective for each of them. We got an SUV instead of the usual jeep because there's three of us with a lot of luggage.

 

Upon arriving on the island, we wanted to eat at Don Pastechi or  Pika's Corner but unfortunately they were both closed so we ended up at... you guessed it, Wendy's. One really has to wonder why Wendy's is so popular in the island. It's always so crowded. But I digress. We had a nice, pleasant, and quiet evening after that at Así es mi Perú, where the food is excellent. We recommend it.

 

To wrap up this episode, we have so many plans for the duration of this trip like mentioned earlier, including One Happy Podcast's 3rd Anniversary Party that I'm hosting at Legends Pub on the 24th of October. Do swing by at 7:00 p.m. if you're up for it! I would love to see you there. It's going to be a blast.

 

Don't forget to stay tuned for the next parts of our October Aruba trip!

 

ON THIS EPISODE OF ONE HAPPY PODCAST, YOU WILL:

- Hear a funny story of how we initially wanted to rent a Chevy Trax, thought we were getting a Chevy Equinox instead, but ended up with a Kia Sportage

- Know Royal's bait and switch tactic for customers

 

 

SERVICES, COMPANIES, AND RESTAURANTS MENTIONED:

 

Courtyard Marriot Newark

Springhill Suites

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel

Applebees

Aruba Royal Car Rental

Aruba Optima Car Rental  

Tropic Car Rental Aruba

Amigo Car Rental

Pika's Corner

Don Pastechi

Wendy's

Así es mi Perú

Direct download: Episode_98_A_-_Part_1_of_October_2017_Aruba_Trip_Report.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:40am EDT

How many years have you been going to Aruba? Have you explored Aruba during those years you've been there? On this episode of One Happy Podcast, Maggie and I discuss why we encourage people, especially the Aruba lovers, to go out and explore the island. There is so much to see and do!

 

It all started from a post I saw on the Aruba Forums of someone taking a picture of the menu of Fermin's. One comment read that they have been going to Aruba for more than 50 years but have never even heard of Fermin's. It made me kind of sad. To me, the experience of Aruba is not complete if you haven't seen all the wonderful things that island has to offer outside the resort areas.

 

I know that there are some people who just wish to decompress and relax, and that's perfectly understandable. It's your vacation. Your time. Your call. But you may never know what you're missing out on if you never step out of that comfort zone.

 

Bottomline is, I urge all of you who are tuning in right now to take chances and see what the entirety of Aruba has to offer. Rent a jeep. Just take off. Find a little nook or cranny of Aruba that you can call your special place. We've found ours. And it's our wish that you will find yours too.

 

On another note, if anyone will be down in Aruba on the 24th of October, come join us at Legends Pub at 7:00 p.m. for One Happy Podcast's 3rd Anniversary Party. We would absolutely love to meet you there. Come, let's chat, drink, and be merry!

 

ON THIS EPISODE OF ONE HAPPY PODCAST, YOU WILL:

- Know the positive points of visiting Aruba: under the hurricane belt, everyone speaks English, everywhere in the island is easily accessible to travel

- Discover an awesome blog from someone who moved to the island and started a tourism-based business

- Hear about our good experiences with all the car rentals companies we've had business with

- Find out the different kinds of properties in Aruba for you to stay on as well as our personal preference of accommodations

- Know more about the Carubian Festival

- Hear why we think San Nicolas will be the next 'hotspot' or trendy place in Aruba

 

RESTAURANTS AND COMPANIES MENTIONED:

Full Throttle Tours

Z island life blog

Fermin's  BBQ

Aruba Royal Car Rental

Aruba Optima Car Rental

Jay's Car Rental

CarVenience Aruba

Amigo Car Rental

Direct download: EP97_-__Get_From_Under_the_Palapa_and_See_Aruba.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:04pm EDT

Coming up is a delectably exciting event on One Happy Island. For the entire month of October starting from October 1-31, the island of Aruba will celebrate Eat Local Aruba Restaurant Month.  This is an event which encourages tourists to explore the culinary heritage of Aruba with locally inspired dishes.

On this episode, Maggie and I talk about what we know regarding Restaurant Month. Basically, it's a partnership with the tourism bureau to drum up more business for the participating restaurants. The entire goal is to draw in new customers who haven't been in the restaurant.

They will do lunch and dinner specials with reduced prices in a pre-fixed menu. I would have to say that some offer a pretty good value for your money, and some not so much. But don't quote me on that, you would to check for yourself to see. All the menus are available online on the website (link provided below). So before you walk in a restaurant, you'll know exactly what to expect.

During the podcast, I highlighted several places which I think nailed the idea of what Restaurant Month should be: providing value, having multiple selections, and well thought-out choices. For around 30 to 40 bucks, you will get a full meal for your money with an appetizer, an entrée and a dessert.

Lastly, next month marks the 3rd anniversary of One Happy Podcast. I'm inviting you all for a party on the 24th of October at Legends Pub. The details aren't set in stone yet, but I'll make sure to update all of you in future episodes so stay tuned!

On this episode of One Happy Podcast, you will:

- Get an idea which restaurants on Restaurant Month will give you the best bang for your buck.

- Get a rundown of the specific menu offerings from the aforementioned restaurants.

- Here what some restaurants do wrong

- Hear an announcement about One Happy Podcast's 3rd Anniversary celebration

Restaurants taking place in Eat Local Aruba Restaurant Week:

Participating restaurants include:

 

Direct download: EP96_-_Eat_Local_Aruba_Restaurant_Month_2017.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:06pm EDT

For 8 glorious days, Maggie and I will be down in Aruba on the 22th to 30th of October for our third trip of the year. As it is the third trip, we have to adhere to a stricter budget this time around while not skimping on the fun.

The three most important factors to keep in mind when traveling to Aruba are airfare, accommodations, and spending money.

For airfare, where you leave and where you choose to fly can have a huge impact on your flight. We like to find flights on CheapAir.com then follow it up with checking on the actual airline websites afterwards. It works well for us and gives us the best bang for our buck.

As for accommodations, there are plenty of choices: hotels, condos, all-inclusives, and timeshares. We personally love going for a rental because it fits our needs perfectly. Plus we really just need a place to rest and sleep that is comfortable, clean, has a convenient location, and gives us privacy so a rental home is our go-to.

Lastly, for spending money, people like to do a lot of various things. Some like to go to excursions while others prefer to just simply hop around the island to explore on their own. We're more of the latter but we want to change things around for this trip so we're planning to go to some excursions especially since we're taking Maggie's daughter along. We wish for her trip to be as fun and memorable as possible.

One of the excursions we're eyeing is Aruba Outdoor Adventures, which involves pedal kayaking. Another one is Full Throttle Tours, where they'll take you on a speed boat to a lot of different areas and snorkel.

As usual, we will be staying on the Palm Beach area which is a great launching pad for our adventures and is also an ideal location to get to anywhere in the island. This upcoming trip will be a little different compared to our trips. We intend to a experience a lot of new restaurants. The goal is to go to 4-6 new places that will excite our taste buds.

 Stay tuned for our future episodes because we will go very in-depth with the restaurants as well as document how we spend so you may be able to get an idea on how to manage your finances for your own Aruba trips.

ON THIS EPISODE OF ONE HAPPY PODCAST, YOU WILL:

- Find out why it's convenient to fly out on a Monday

- Listen to a funny story about me dressing up as Mr. T for Halloween

- Hear why Maggie has an aversion to snorkeling and string rays and how we're planning to break that on this trip

WEBSITES AND EXCURSIONS MENTIONED:

CheapAir

Aruba Outdoor Adventures

Full Throttle Tours

- One Happy Podcast EP95 Shownotes

Direct download: EP95_-_3_Key_Financial_Concerns_of_an_Aruba_Vacation.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:06pm EDT

Hello everyone!  We are in for a fresh and informative episode of One Happy Podcast as Beth Johnston, a travel designer and Aruba first time visitor, joins us to recount her familiarization trip with the island.

 

Beth is the first ever travel designer that I've had the pleasure of interviewing. As a travel designer who specializes in destination weddings and honeymoons, Beth's job involves handling all the arrangements for her clients in their trips. It's a career that Beth pursued after having the time of her life in a destination wedding vacation herself.

 

For the first time just last month, Beth decided to head off to Aruba, as a new travel destination offering for her clients.  Well-known for being out of the hurricane belt, Aruba is the absolute perfect place to plan a destination wedding.  This was a familiarization trip which is something travel professionals do as a way to get to know more about the island.  As you can imagine, in the process of becoming more familiar, Beth fell in love with Aruba as well.

 

Her stay on the island was basically non-stop resort-hopping, which included visiting the Aruba Marriott, Hilton Aruba, The Ritz-Carlton, and Divi & Tamarijn, among many other beautiful Aruban resorts. She describes the Holiday Inn as being reasonably priced with great service and an ideal location. Beth really enjoyed her time at the Bucuti and Tara, where she did sunset yoga on its gorgeous beach and even had a photoshoot.

 

The resort that she stayed at, the Brickell Bay Beach Club, was in her words economical, nothing fancy but very comfortable.  She also adds tht the Brickell Bay has a responsive staff and a cute little restaurant.

 

During the trip, Beth and the group she was with went to both hotel areas of the island - the high-rises along Palm Beach and the low-rises along Eagle Beach. She recommends visiting Ocean Z, a fairly new boutique hotel up towards Malmok that is upscale and luxurious, but affordable.

 

She also got to experience a 3-hour tour of the island, courtesy of De Palm Tours where they visited the California Lighthouse, Alto Vista Chapel, the Natural Bridge, Casibari Rocks, and Aloe Museum. Kudos to Beth for being Brave enough to climb the Casibari Rocks despite her aversion to heights.

 

In Beth’s words, it was fascinating to see the two contrasting sides of the island: the beaches on the touristy side and the raw natural beauty of the backside with its caves, crashing waves, and limestone formations.

 

Her first time in the island was definitely a memorable one. Not only will she return to Aruba to familiarize herself more for her clients, but also because she truly felt the wonders of Aruba that makes so many people come back time and time again.

 

ON THIS EPISODE ON ONE HAPPY PODCAST, YOU WILL:

- Learn what travel designers do.

- Know what typically goes on a familiarization trip in any location for travel designers.

- Hear about the qualities that drew Beth to Aruba.

- Listen to Beth give her opinion on numerous Aruba resorts

- Learn about a boutique hotel that not many are familiar with

 

ESTABLISHMENTS AND SERVICES MENTIONED:

Brickell Bay Beach Club & Spa

Ocean Z Boutique Hotel

Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino

Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino

Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort

The Aruba Ritz-Carlton

Holiday Inn Resort Aruba - Beach Resort & Casino

Divi & Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusive

Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort Aruba

Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa  

De Palm Tours Aruba

 

 

Visit Beth's website at www.bethsbeautifulgetaways.com, voted one of the Top 40 Destination Weddings websites and blogs.

 

You can also find Beth on:

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/BeautifulGetaway/

Twitter - @bethsgetaways

Instagram - @bethsbeautifulgetaways

LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/bethljohnston

Pinterest - https://www.pinterest.com/beibler/

 

Direct download: EP94_-_Travel_designer_Beth_Johnston_gets_familiar_with_Aruba.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:39pm EDT

Get your pen and paper ready because Regina Crusan and I are about to list down restaurants in Aruba that you should definitely check out! On this episode of One Happy Podcast, Regina talks about her upcoming trip to the island in a couple of weeks and we discuss the restaurants that she plans to visit as well as her all-time favorite places to get your foodie fix in Aruba.

Regina, which is a fellow Pittsburgher like myself, was a past guest in episode 76 in which she talked about her first time visiting Aruba and how she completely fell for the island. You can listen to that here: http://onehappypodcast.com/ep76/

Among her top five restaurants to eat in Aruba is Yemanja with their top tier food. She recommends everyone to get the goat cheese pastries which are to die for, as far as she's concerned.

Another one is El Gaucho. You can count on this restaurant for the best steaks in town. Regina can't praise their wedge salad enough too.

For seafood, Regina's to-go places are The Driftfood, The Old Fisherman, and Barefoot Restaurant. She enjoys the latter the most because you get to have the novel experience of dining while your feet are dipped in the water. In her words, it's a "true Aruban experience" that no one should miss out on.

She also mentioned LG Smith's Steak and Chop House, an old favorite of hers, which she always comes back to for a good meal and of course, excellent steaks.

I myself have a top five list. Included are Yemanja like Regina’s, Legends Pub in which the food is delicious and not too pricey, the Canadian-owned Alfie's with their excellent pulled pork and poutine, Barefoot where the atmosphere is great and the view from where you're dining is simply gorgeous, and last but definitely not the least, Quinta del Carmen with its beautiful courtyard and fine dining.

So now that you have more places on your list, time to check them out the next time you go down in Aruba!

ON THIS EPISODE OF ONE HAPPY PODCAST, YOU WILL:

- Learn Regina's full-proof method of discovering new places to eat in Aruba from the locals.

- Hear Regina talk about the benefits of an Aruba all-inclusive including how it's cost-effective, good for big groups, and a great opportunity to meet new folks

- Know which all-inclusives have exclusive restaurants and why the breakfast buffet is Regina's favorite.

- Hear about a waiter named Wilmer in Quinta del Carmen who Maggie and I are fond of.

- Wonder how come restaurants and stores close so early in downtown Aruba.

- Find out where most of the staff working in Aruba are from and hear us discuss their admirable traits.

 

Properties and venues mentioned this episode:

 

The Occidental Grand Aruba

The Renaissance Aruba Resort

Holiday Inn Resort Aruba - Beach Resort & Casino

 

Restaurants mentioned this episode:

 

Yemanja Woodfire Grill

El Gaucho Restaurant Aruba

The Old Fisherman Restaurant Aruba

Flying Fishbone Restaurant

LG Smith's Steak & Chop House

Quinta del Carmen

Legends Pub

Alfie's in Aruba

Barefoot Restaurant

Direct download: EP93_-_Talking_Aruba_Restaurants_with_Regina_Crusan.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:25pm EDT

Fresh back from their trip to the island are Marcia and Ray Frost, who are joining me for this episode of One Happy Podcast to talk about how they celebrated their 37th wedding anniversary in Aruba.

 

I first had the pleasure of interviewing this lovely couple back in episode 23, in which they told the story of how they fell in love with Aruba. You can listen to that here: http://onehappypodcast.com/ep23

 

Marcia and Ray, who are Aruba veterans, find comfort and enjoyment in exploring the island to interact and make friends with the locals. They just love to take in the vibe, the music, and the friendly atmosphere in a small island where everyone knows everyone.

 

They talk about their great experience in an all-inclusive deal with Divi Aruba, which is according to them, the best deal in town and a no brainer if you just wish to sit back, relax, and have everything ready for you. For a reasonable price, they got to enjoy accommodations, endless food, and drinks, as well as entertainment. It's perfect for anybody who wants to take a trip in a pinch.

 

For their next trip, Marcia and Ray are planning to take a bunch of newbies with them to the island who will be experiencing the wonders of Aruba for the first time. They can't wait to be the excited tour guides. In their words, "We love to take people for their first trip and for them to see Aruba with fresh eyes."

 

Lastly, but also very important to note, they recount their heartwarming tale in bringing puppies home on a plane to be adopted. As huge animal lovers, Marcia and Ray can't feel a lot of compassion for the stray animals on the island and they set out to do what they can to help.

 

ON THIS EPISODE ON ONE HAPPY PODCAST, YOU WILL:

  • Know all about Divi Aruba's Cyber Monday deals including the advantages and why you should consider it for your next trip.
  • Listen to us discuss the importance of tipping in Aruba and in other places for the staff who go out of their way to be helpful even in their own time.
  • Hear funny stories of the couple's search for a bandana to combat Ray's sweat which ended up with him getting an old school 80's sweatband instead and how he got the Patriot Cheerleaders to wish his father in law, George, a happy birthday.
  • Know the difficulties in finding bargains especially in flights and some useful tips.
  • Learn why it's important to be careful of the waves in Divi beach.
  • Hear about the strange condition Marcia falls into when swimming in the waters of Aruba, in which she gets seasick easily and how this seemingly also affects other people aside from her.

RESTAURANTS, ESTABLISHMENTS, AND SERVICES MENTIONED:

Divi Aruba All-Inclusive

Wacky Wahoo's

Pika's Corner Aruban Cuisine

Hard Rock Cafe

Passions on the Beach

Kukoo Kunuku Bus

Renaissance Aruba Private Island

Twist of Flavors

Iguana Joe's Caribbean Bar & Grill

ABC Tours

Casa del Mar Beach Resort and Timeshare

Playa Linda Beach Resort

Direct download: EP92_-_Returning_to_where_it_all_started_with_Marcia_and_Ray.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:34pm EDT

It has been a week since Maggie and I left the paradise of Aruba and we're here again to bring you the conclusion of our Summer 2017 Getaway trilogy. Don't forget to check out episode 89 and 90 for the first and second parts of this series.

 

I have to say, this has been one of the most laid-back vacations we've ever had. There was no adventuring involved this time. We just kicked back, relaxed, and basked in the calmness of the One Happy Island. Let me give you a summarized recount of our experience from our recent 8-day trip.

 

After a long work week, we couldn't wait to strap in and head out to the airport for our flight to begin our getaway. For the first time in the history of our vacations in Aruba, we didn't hit the beach on the first day which was regrettable, however, our night was a complete blast thanks to the celebration of Canada Day over at Alfie's.

 

This trip marked our very first 4th of July celebration in the island and now we want to do it every single year there. An absolutely breathtaking view of the fireworks from Palm Beach surrounded by friends in a great beach party? We couldn't have asked for more.

 

We laughed our tummies out at Aruba Ray's Comedy which we watched twice during our stay, featuring "Aruba" Ray Ellin, Pete Lee, Tony Woods, Mike Britt, Adrian Iapalucci, and Nimesh Patel. To find more about Aruba Ray Comedy, go to www.arubacomedy.com or listen to One Happy Podcast episodes 88, 77, 71.5, 71, 40, 21, and 7.

 

We also spent an amazing evening at Legends Pub for the biggest meet-up we've attended with people from the official Aruba forums as well as a pleasant dinner at Yemanja's with one of our dear friends, Anne.

 

There's always that bittersweet feeling when leaving Aruba which feels like we're leaving home somehow. And this trip was no exception. We're already counting down the days for our next trip!

 

So long, our paradise. Until we meet again.

 

ON THIS EPISODE OF ONE HAPPY PODCAST, YOU WILL:

- Gather our input from the restaurants we've dined at and some of the best dishes we've ever tasted.

- Hear my trick for scoring half price airplane drinks

- Listen to our discussion about the best places to get Italian hotdogs in North Jersey.

- Learn more about the unusual pickleback drink, Sherry "Jello" Pence, and Lia the talented little performer which were all mentioned in the previous episode.

- Hear about our regrets with missing out on a tempting offer from the Airline in exchange of a delayed flight.

 

RESTAURANTS, ESTABLISHMENTS, SERVICES, AND BUSINESSES MENTIONED:

 

Dickie Dee's World Famous Italian Hot Dogs and Pizza

Jimmy G's Famous Hot Dogs

Double Tree Hotel

Amigo Car Rental

Alfie's

New Wai Tai

Urataka Pizza

Pizza Bob's

Aruba Ray's Comedy

Eduardo's

Scott's Brats

Sole Mare

El Mexicano

Aruba’s Hands

Matthew's Beachside Restaurant

Ricardo's Restaurant and Bar

Barefoot Restaurant

Quinta del Carmen

Bugaloe Beach Bar & Grill

Legends Pub Bar

Fermin's Bar BQ

Yemanja’s Woodfire Grill

Direct download: EP91_-_Part_3_of__My_2017_Aruba_Getaway_with_Maggie_G.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:27am EDT

So this episode of One Happy Podcast was recorded down on the island.  What I wanted to do was capture the excitement of checking in with you guys on location.  So here we have yours truly and Maggie G. discussing some of the highlights of our Summer 2017 Aruba Getaway. While Aruba is widely regarded as a place that has perfect weather this past week, was an improvement even upon that.and thanks in part to that weather, this trip has been absolute perfection.

 

Our first night was spent in the company of friends at Alfie's in celebration of Canada's 150th birthday. It was a night jam-packed with fun and spent in a sea of red and white, which are the colors of Canada. Canada Day at Alfie’s was filled with good vibes, good food, and good drinks that never seemed to end.

 

As talked about in the previous episode, we celebrated the 4th of July at Palm Beach with the awesome folks from the Playa family in a huge beach party. The view of the fireworks display was nothing short of breathtaking. It really doesn't get any better than an up close, unobstructed view of the fireworks. I did a Facebook live of this event — if any of you were up to witness it — which basically was my way of bringing you guys into the Independence Day celebration that Aruba put on for us Americans.

 

We also attended one of the Aruba Ray's Comedy shows, which did not disappoint, of course. Maggie and I were in complete stitches the whole time. Those guys are absolutely hilarious and we recommend everyone to check them out! Aruba Ray has been on the show numerous times so even if you have not yet attended one of his shows, if you have been listening for a while you are probably familiar with him. However, if you are relatively new and you would like to know more about "Aruba" Ray’s Comedy you can get to know him by listening to One Happy Podcast episodes 88, 77, 71.5, 71, 40, 21, and 7.

 

Wrapping up our highlights is a recount of the wonderful time we had with friends from the Aruba.com forums.  We met up at Legend's Pub for a quick little meet and greet and also we had a superb night out with our good friend Anne at Yemanja, a new favorite restaurant of ours.

 

Make sure to stay tuned for the wrap-up of our Summer Aruba trip in the next episode! We'll list out a comprehensive list of all the restaurants we visited as well as our thoughts about them, a summary of our mini adventures, a recollection of the amazing memories we made, and much more.

 

ON THIS EPISODE OF ONE HAPPY PODCAST, YOU WILL:

 

- Listen to a story about what goes on in the casino after Aruba Ray’s Comedy.

- Learn why Canada Day at Alfie’s in Aruba was not to be missed

- Hear about how I became slightly starstruck upon meeting the actress Emily Tarver from Orange is the New Black.

- Know my reaction to an unusual drink I had at Legend’s Pub

- Find out about our jello shot filled nights thanks to a woman who's famous for making hundreds of them. (To know more about Sherry "Jello" Pence, check out episode 60 of One Happy Podcast.)

- Hear my account of why Playa Linda may be the closest knit timeshare property on the island.

 

ESTABLISHMENTS, RESTAURANTS, PERSONALITIES, AND SHOWS MENTIONED:

 

Alfie's

Eduardo's Beach Shack

Legend's Pub

Matthew's Beachside Restaurant

Passion on the Beach Restaurant

Scott’s Brats

Yemanja Woodfire Grill

 

Aruba Ray's Comedy

Marriott Hotel and Stellaris Casino

Playa Linda Beach Resort

 

Emily Tarver

Orange is the New Black

Tony Woods

Direct download: EP90_-_Part_2_of__Summer_2017_Aruba_Getaway_with_Maggie_G.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:41pm EDT

In just a couple of days, Maggie — who you may be familiar with in a lot of previous episodes — and I are heading out to Aruba for our second trip this year and we are ready to go beach hopping and have some fun in the sun!

 

This will be the first part of what I'd like to call our Summer 2017 Getaway trilogy. We'll be doing an episode before the trip which is this one, another episode during our trip, and then the finale, after the trip, as a post-vacation wrap-up.

 

The last time we went to Aruba was on March earlier this year, and now we are going back to the One Happy Island this summer just in time for the Fourth of July, in celebration of America's 241st Independence Day. This is our first time joining in the festivities while on the island and we're excited to see the fireworks display from Palm Beach. We'll make sure to have a toast for all of you listeners too.

 

We also talk about the things that we're looking forward to the most in this trip which include soaking up the sun in Aruba's beautiful beaches as usual, dressing up in red and white to celebrate Canada Day with friends on the 1st of July, gearing ourselves up for a night of laughter in Aruba Ray's Comedy show (EP87 went more in detail with this), having our curiosity piqued with Guy "Master of the Mind" Bavli's mind-bending performance, and of course, getting out tummies filled with delicious food. We list out a bunch of restaurants that we're planning to check out — from pubs to traditional restaurants to the most recommended places by our listeners to the best pizzerias in the island to Italian ristorantes. So many places, so few nights!

 

Maggie and I can't wait to see what the island has in store for us this time! We have no doubt that it will be a blast.

 

On this episode of One Happy Podcast, you will:

- Know our favorite beaches to spend time in and admire the aesthetics of.

- Get a list of restaurants that we want to check out, which YOU might want to check out too.

- Find out more about the Canada Day celebration at Alfie's and how I plan on being Canadian for a day.

- Hear about our experience in car rental, recommended companies, and some useful tips.

- Hear about a new speed boat excursion coming to the island of Aruba

 

Restaurants mentioned:

Alfie's

Legends Pub

Quinta del Carmen

Barefoot Restaurant

Flying Fishbone Restaurant

Local Store

Urataka

Pizza Bob's Restaurant & Pub

Casa Tua Pizzeria

Amore Mio Pizzeria

Yemanja Woodfire Grill

Gostoso

Gasparito Restaurant

Twist of Flavors Restaurant

Azzurro Ristorante Italiano

Sole Mare Ristorante

 

Services, establishments, music acts, performers, and personalities mentioned:

Royal

Amigo

The Black Sheeps

Aruba Ray's Comedy

Guy Bavli

The Alhambra Casino

Stan Lee

Direct download: EP89_-_Part_1_of_Summer_2017_Getaway_With_Maggie_G.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:06pm EDT

 

Give it up for one of the most hilarious and genuine guys I know, Aruba Ray Ellin, as we welcome him back for another episode of One Happy Podcast! Ray and I catch up with some things we've missed out on and talk about his upcoming shows of Aruba Ray's Comedy at the Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino.

 

Here's the thing - Ray has nothing but excitement and praise for the line-up so anyone who's planning to attend are in for a real good time. Along with Aruba veteran comedians, Ray will be joined by some new faces who will be making their first trip to the island. One thing's for sure, they are all on a mission to make Aruba ring with laughter.

 

Ray discusses all the perks one can get when attending the shows. Good food and drinks? Yeah. Great atmosphere? Sure. A grand time filled with endless laughs? Guaranteed. For each ticket, there will also be free slot cash or match play in the Stellaris Casino.

 

From June 24th to July 29th, a whole new set of shows will be happening at the Marriott. Here are the outstanding comedians who will be joining Ray Ellin in Aruba Ray's Comedy.

 

  • Tony Woods
  • Costaki Economopoulos
  • Gregg Rogell
  • Pete Lee
  • Mike Britt
  • Veronica Mosey
  • Adrienne Iiapalucci
  • Nimesh Patel
  • Dan Naturman
  • Brian McFadden
  • Chris Distefano
  • Chuck Nice
  • Tony V.
  • Gary Vider
  • Joe Vega
  • Lynne Koplitz

 

Go check out their website to find out more about this top New York City comedy club transported to paradise. www.arubacomedy.com

 

On another note, as I will be in Aruba on the 4th of July, Ray pitches in some tips I could use to make the most out of the experience and this goes for all of you who are also heading to Aruba on the same period.

 

Apart from that, Ray shares his experiences of going on trips to the other side of the island which looks far from the touristy side. Travelers who are looking for a more adventurous time would definitely enjoy the raw, natural beauty of the less-visited parts of Aruba. For the foodies out there, which I know most of us are, Ray lists a couple of food trucks or restaurants you can add to your list of places to eat in the island.

 

 

On this episode of One Happy Podcast, you will:

- Get to know more about the comedians that are included in the line-up for Aruba Ray's Comedy; where they have made an appearance and some of their credentials

- Hear Ray talk about Jimmy Fallon and how I share the same taste as Fallon when it comes to cheesesteaks

- Know why Aruba Ray's Comedy got a rating of #1 on TripAdvisor

- Listen to Ray explain the initiation process they've got for the new guys in Aruba Ray's Comedy (not to be taken seriously)

- Hear about what's it like in Aruba on the 4th of July and some tips that Ray can share for first-timers

- Find out what it's like on the other side of the island and what are the natural wonders you can see in there

- Know some of the best food trucks and restaurants in Aruba that Ray recommends

- Hear about Ray's wonderful experience with customer service in a car rental place in Aruba

 

Restaurants, establishments, properties, and services mentioned:

Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino

Alto Vista Chapel

Chalo Burger

Eataly Food Truck Aruba

El Mexicano Aruba Taco Truck

Fermin's Bar BQ

Legends Pub

Eduardo's Beach Shack

Scott's Brats

Hertz Car Rental Aruba

Direct download: EP88_-_NYC_Comedy_Club_in_Aruba_with_Ray_Ellin.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:52pm EDT

Joining me today on One Happy Podcast is an Aruba visitor who has been coming to the island for 45 years.  After being introduced to the island by her parents at the age of 4, naturally, Ginny O. developed an unbreakable bond.  That bond which was forged as Ginny was growing up was one she would hope to one day share with her family.  Now that the dream is a reality Ginny travels to the island with her family and they now all share that same deep connection with the island.  

On this episode of One Happy Podcast, Ginny takes us for a trip down her personal memory lane that encompasses countless Aruba trips spanning four and a half decades.  This is an awesome episode for you long time visitors with memories of the Aruba from yesteryear. However, short-timers will also appreciate Ginny’s love for Aruba and everyone will be able to appreciate the family aspect of this podcast.  

On this episode of One Happy Podcast, you will:

  • Hear about some of Ginny’s favorite places in Aruba to snorkel
  • Learn about Vincent the limbo dancer from 70s and 80s
  • Find out what it’s like to step on a sea urchin
  • Hear about some restaurants and properties you probably never knew existed
  • Learn the significance of the old Westin clock from one of the kids who grew up on the island

 

Properties and Services mentioned this episode:

Restaurants and Excursions mentioned this episode:

  • Skydive Aruba

 

  • Salt and Pepper
  • Club Visage
  • Gusto
  • Moomba
  • Tattoo Party Boat
  • The Paddock
  • Sole Mar
  • Passions on the Beach
  • Tulips

 

Links and Resources Mentioned in this episode of the show:

Direct download: EP87_-_Visiting_Aruba_for_45_years_with_Ginny_Ohl.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:32pm EDT

Episode 86 of One Happy Podcast is one in which we tackle the subject of renting a vacation home in Aruba.  As you already know I’m a bit of a veteran when it comes to vacation rentals, but to make certain I got the absolute best info for you guys I went out to get professional help.  So, I reached out to Liz Ginocchio of myarubadreamvilla.com to provide her expertise in Aruba vacation rentals.

 

Although private vacation rentals have been around forever, with the explosion of AirBnB over the last few years, they are finally coming to the forefront.  People are seeing the value and personalization that comes along when you decide to explore what’s out there and they are getting curious.  Anytime I am asked where I stay (and answer “in a private home”) it kicks off a conversation about what it’s like renting a home in Aruba.  Those questions and conversations were the inspiration for this episode of the show.

 

My Aruba Dream Villa is one of the top property management and vacation rental agencies on the island.  During this interview, we talk to Liz about not only her rental agency but about renting in general.  This episode isn’t about trying to sway anyone’s opinion as to which is the better vacation option. Episode 86 is all about providing information so you as the consumer are informed about all of your options.  

On this episode of One Happy Podcast, you will:

  • Discover why private rentals have amenities that can sometimes trump resorts
  • Learn what to look for in a rental
  • Find out the process for going from window shopping to booking
  • Hear why owning your very own Aruba vacation rental could be a great business decision
  • Find out how to get great deals on rentals
  • Learn about an exclusive concierge service renters can use

 

Links and Resources Mentioned in this episode of the show:

Direct download: EP86_-_The_Ins_and_Outs_of_Aruba_Vacation_Rentals_with_Liz_Ginocchio.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:20pm EDT

Joining me for  Episode 85 of One Happy Podcast is long time Aruba visitor Donna Dubrink.  How long has Donna been visiting Aruba?  She has been visiting for 24 years and still loves the island just as much as she did the first time.

 

Recently Donna was in Aruba staying at her beloved Playa Linda Timeshare and was nice enough to stop by to talk about it.  Now, just because Donna stays at a resort on a prime location on Palm Beach don’t think she only stays around the resort.  Donna is an explorer at heart.  This love for exploration has led her to discover countless nooks and crannies around the island.

 

So, on this episode of the show Donna takes us back 24 years to when she first stepped off the plane onto the tarmac of the airport.  Over that time she has experienced many different accommodations but the Playa Linda is home, and also the place where her most recent trip is centered.   We talk about that trip and how someone who has been visiting Aruba for more than 2 decades still finds a way to enjoy the island and discover new aspects of it.


On this episode of One Happy Podcast, you will:

  • Learn when to get a good photo of the most photographed trees in the Caribbean
  • Find out about the best spot on the island to watch the sunset with a bottle of wine
  • Hear what makes the Tranquillo different from other snorkel excursions
  • Learn what is drift snorkeling
  • Hear about Donna's favorite place to snorkel from the beach
  • Find out which restaurant would Donna recommend to a best friend who has never been to Aruba
  • Discover what water sports activity sounds like a freight train
  • Find out Donna's “goto” for 2 for 1 pina colada's

 

Properties and Services mentioned this episode:


Restaurants and Excursions mentioned this episode:


 

Links and Resources Mentioned in this episode of the show:

Direct download: EP85_-_Exploring_Aruba_with_Donna_Dubrink.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:42pm EDT

Joining me on Episode 84 of One Happy Podcast is Michelle Kalina.  Michelle is a yoga instructor, health and wellness coach and a fellow Aruba lover.  Last month Michelle had the unique opportunity of teaching a sunset yoga class at the Aruba Renaissance, a class that some of you may have had the opportunity of participating in.  

 

I intended to reach out to Michelle prior to the class taking place, but there just was not enough time.  However, after hearing just how awesome it was, I decided to reach out after the fact to see if Michelle would be willing to come on the show… she was.

 

So, this interview is Michelle Kalina sharing her Aruba story.  The main focus of this episode was the trip she and her family just returned from.  We talk about the Marriott where they stayed,  some of the activities they experienced and many of the restaurants they enjoyed on their vacation.  

 

What I really love about this episode is not only does it feature an awesome Aruba story, but also has an underlying theme.  This was a very active and fitness-focused vacation with the highlight being Michelle’s sunset yoga class.  I don’t know about you guys, but for me, when on vacation it’s sometimes hard to maintain any semblance of restraint.  Hearing the Aruba story of someone who lives such a healthy lifestyle not only provides inspiration but also gives me ideas on what I can incorporate into my next vacation.  Hopefully my interview with Michelle Kalina of Michelle K Yoga on episode 84 of One Happy Podcast resonates with you in a similar fashion.

 

On this episode of One Happy Podcast, you will:

  • Hear why you should never worry about the weather report in Aruba
  • Get Michelle’s take on the Renaissance Island experience
  • Discover how Yemanja makes it easy for those with dietary restrictions to determine what fits their needs.
  • Find out about the palapa procurement procedures at the Marriott Ocean Club
  • Get tips from Michelle K about how to eat healthy on a vacation in Aruba
  • Find out the deeper more spiritual meaning to the rock formations tourists refer to as “wishing rocks”

 

Properties and Services mentioned this episode:

 

Restaurants and Excursions mentioned this episode:



 

Links and Resources Mentioned in this episode of the show:

 

Direct download: EP84_-_Michelle_K_Yoga_in_Aruba.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:35pm EDT

On Episode 83 of One Happy Podcast, the officially unofficial podcast of the island of Aruba, I am being joined by Melissa Rose.  Having just returned from her second trip to the island, Melissa is already a full-fledged Aruba-holic.  Now Melissa was just in Aruba a couple of weeks ago and was nice enough to stop by One Happy Podcast to share her Aruba story.  

In this interview, Melissa tells me all about her family vacation spent with her husband and two teenaged boys.  Being a first-time vacation home renter, I was curious to hear about her experience with “Vacation Rental by Owners” (VRBO).  I was also curious to see how the rental life compared to her previous stay at an Eagle beach resort.  Melissa walks me through her family vacation including her trips to the various beaches of the island, as well as an excursion that she absolutely loves.  

The reason why this episode is a favorite is because not only does Melissa do a great job of providing useful information but she does it in a way that places you there.  By the end, I almost felt like I tagged along with them on their family trip.  Even though Melissa is relatively new to the island, this interview proves that everyone has something to teach.  I learned quite a bit from my talk with Melissa and I hope you will as well.  At the very least I guarantee you will be entertained and warmed by the love she shows for One Happy Island, on episode 83 of the Officially Unofficial Podcast of the Island of Aruba.

On this episode of One Happy Podcast, you will:

  • Hear what it’s like to rent a townhouse in Gold Coast
  • Listen to Melissa describe a buffet that you must visit if traveling with picky eaters… something for everyone.
  • Find out about an awesome local guided snorkel excursion
  • Learn ow someone who rents a vacation home deals with the Aruba beach palapa situation
  • From Melissa why you should be a guest on One Happy Podcast

Properties and Services mentioned this episode:

  • Gold Coast
  • La Cabana

Restaurants and Excursions mentioned this episode:

 

Links and Resources Mentioned in this episode of the show:

 

Direct download: EP83_-_Melissa_Rose_and_the_Aruba_Gold_Coast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:00pm EDT

On Episode 82 of One Happy Podcast, I am fortunate enough to be joined by two guests, Gae and Charlie Bailey.   The Bailey’s have been traveling to Aruba for 14 years and are absolutely in love with the island.  You could call their introduction to the island and act of divine intervention but you’ll have to listen to know what I mean.  Over time they have increased their time spent on Aruba with each visit.  This last trip the Bailey’s were able to stay for a total of six weeks, which is an absolute dream for most of us.

 

In this interview, Gae and Charlie take us on a trip to their Aruba, which is filled with friends, fun, and adventure.  Six weeks on Aruba is a long time and needs to be treated differently from your standard vacation. Gae and Charlie clue us in on how it’s possible to vacation for that long without breaking the budget.  Over the course of their trip, they stayed at 5 different properties and tell us about each of them.  Additionally, Gae and Charlie tell us about their incredible Carnival experience, some excellent and budget friendly Aruba restaurants and how they like to spend their days on the island.  

 

This episode is awesome because it gives you a different perspective on how to do Aruba.  For many of us, an Aruba vacation ends up being days on the beach, dinner in an expensive restaurant and then the casino at night.  That’s style of vacation isn’t sustainable for most of us over a long period of time.  This podcast episode is about an alternative method of Aruba vacation that emphasizes the island’s natural charm, incredible people and a sense of adventure, all of which are free.  If you are someone who has wondered what it would be like to stay on the island for an extended period of time you are definitely going to want to listen to episode 82 of One Happy Podcast - 6 weeks in Aruba with Gae and Charlie Bailey.

On this episode of One Happy Podcast, you will:

  • Hear how their discovery of Aruba can best be described as divine intervention
  • Get in-depth details about the 5 properties they stayed at around the island
  • Learn some awesome money saving tips that help make spending six weeks on Aruba affordable
  • Get tips on how to pack for a 6-week stay on the island
  • Find out what a Boat and Breakfast is and why you want to stay there
  • Have your soul warmed by the couple’s effusive love for Aruba

 

Properties and Services mentioned this episode:

Restaurants and Excursions mentioned this episode:

 

 

Links and Resources Mentioned in this episode of the show:

 

Direct download: EP82_-_6_weeks_in_Aruba_with_Gae_and.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:52pm EDT

Joining me for Episode 81 of One Happy Podcast is Kristina Tisellano.   Kristina is a repeat guest on the show (Episode 33) where we learned that she has been visiting Aruba since she was 4 years old. Kristina is an owner at the Playa Linda but her timeshare weeks are in the summer.  This time around Kristina was on the island for Carnival.  However, unlike most of us, Kristina wasn’t on Aruba to watch Carnival, she was there to participate.  

In this interview Kristina shares the story of her latest adventure which took place this February.  The main focus of this trip to Aruba was to participate in Carnival but the two of us discuss so much more.  Kristina shares with us, this awesome apartment she rented for the week.  Also, Kristina and I talk about a couple of topics I receive inquiries about on a weekly basis; healthy eating and nightlife.  Having basically grown up on the island Kristina is thoroughly in tune with the after dark festivities that go on around the island and as a self-described pescatarian she can speak to that a lot better than my meat loving ass.

This episode of One Happy Podcast was a lot of fun to record and also pretty inspirational if you are someone that has some trepidation about doing something on the island.  Kristina had a dream of wanting to be in Carnival, and she set out to make it happen.  During that same timeframe I was also on the island and went skydiving, making a dream of mine happen.  I’m sure you dream about something, we all do, go out and make yours happen.

On this episode of One Happy Podcast, you will:

  • Hear  about the nightlife on the island from someone who has been visiting since she was 4 years old
  • Get a description of what the morning after Carnival feels like
  • Learn why Aruba loves house music so much
  • Find out how to eat healthy while on vacation in Aruba
  • Learn a pretty cool Air BNB trick to expand your available options
  • Hear the difference between a Pitaya Bowl and Acai Bowl
  • Find out what it’s like to be in a Carnival parade

 

Properties and Services mentioned this episode:

 

Restaurants and Nightlife mentioned this episode:


Links and Resources Mentioned in this episode of the show:

 

Outtro music is called INSIDE THE THING by 'N FUZION FT. BUDDY the full video can be seen here  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IsA1ZlKkrM8

 

Also a very special thank you to Empire Carnival Group (Clary and Darren)

Direct download: EP81_-_Kristina_Tisellano_does_Aruba.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:38pm EDT

Today on Episode 80 of One Happy Podcast, I am being joined by a couple of Aruba-lovers who just returned from their 13th trip to the island.  Bev and Bill Flood first visited the island via cruise ship but very quickly they stopped window shopping.  The couple’s second visit to Aruba would be a full blown vacation, rather than a cruise stop.  By the end of that second trip, Bill and Bev would purchase a timeshare at the Marriott.  

This interview is the Flood’s taking us on a journey to their Aruba.  Not only do we hear about how they discovered the island, but we also get to hear about their most recent visit. Having just returned from the island literally earlier that week, Bev and Bill were full of enthusiasm and also information.  Additionally, we talk about an excursion they did on a past trip that still rings out as one of the biggest highlights of all their vacations to Aruba.

This episode of One Happy Podcast is a back to the basics episode, featuring a conversation with two fun-loving Aruba vacationers.  We talk about how they first discovered Aruba, where they stay, what they like to do and of course they visit the eye of the hurricane.  Then entire episode lasts about 50 minutes and it is chock full of good times and Aruba vibes.  

On this episode of One Happy Podcast, you will:

  • Hear about the procedure for getting a Palapa at the Marriott
  • Find out about the difference between pool people and beach people
  • Hear Bev and Bill’s perspective on when you should you rent a car or not
  • Find all about their experience with the Aruba Trike's excursion
  • Hear about a delicious dining in tradition the couple does on the island

Properties and Activities mentioned this episode:

 

Restaurants and places mentioned this episode:

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Direct download: EP80_-_Bill_and_Bevs_13th_Trip_to_Aruba.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

On episode 79 of One Happy Podcast, I am lucky enough to be joined by Canadians Peter and Amal Kasouf, the proprietors of Alfie’s in Aruba.  Peter and Amal discovered Aruba thanks to his father who had been a visitor for many years.  After visiting Aruba for a few years, the couple decided that maybe it was time for a change.  So, after booking an appointment to see a bar that was for sale, there live’s would be forever changed.

 

If you, like many visitors, don’t visit the downtown area very often, you may not be familiar with Alfie’s.  Alfie’s is a new-ish bar in the downtown area that in my opinion is going to be a destination.  Alfie’s isn’t the easiest place to find, but once you do turns out to be a real treasure.  Known for their juicy burgers and delicious poutine, to me the personalities of the owners is the real star of the show.  This is the realization of a dream by two crazy canucks who relocated and brought a bit of Canada to One Happy Island.  

 

Not only is this episode of One Happy Podcast full of personality, there is also plenty of wisdom.  It’s not often you get to sit down and talk to someone who actually made the move from conventional four season life to 365 days of Summer. If you've ever thought about purchasing a business and relocating to Aruba, you will want to listen to this latest episode of One Happy Podcast.

 

On This Episode of One Happy Podcast you will:

  • Hear the story of Peter and Amal purchasing a bar in Aruba
  • Learn the origin of the name Alfie’s
  • Find out why paying bills in Aruba is an all day process
  • Get advice about what it takes to make your Aruba relocation dream come true
  • Hear what two hard-working restaurateurs do on their one day off

Restaurants and places mentioned this episode:

Links and Resources Mentioned in this episode of the show:

Direct download: EP79_-_Alfies_in_Aruba_with_Peter_and_Amal.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

On this “Super-sized” episode of Aruba’s number one podcast, “One Happy Podcast”, I am being joined by my partner in crime Maggie.  We will be going over our most recent trip to Aruba which took place from February 25th through March 6th.  If you haven’t heard any of these recap episodes before, we basically go over everything we did on our visit.  We start from departing our home all the way through boarding the plane to return home.

 

During this hour-plus long episode of the show we go over several activities we participated in down on the island.  Some of these activities include Aruba Ray’s Comedy at the Marriott Stellaris Hotel and Casino, the brand new Kukoo Kunuku Wine and Tapas tour, watching the Grand Carnival Parade, beach hopping, bar hopping and skydiving.  We also talk about the restaurants we visited during the vacation.  Among the restaurants we discussed are some of our old favorites like Quinta Del Carmen and Azzurro as well as places we visited for the first time like Legend’s and Aflie’s.  All together I think we talk about more than 20 different eateries.  I’m not sure how you eat at more than 20 different places in 10 days, especially since we repeated a couple and packed lunches at times.  

 

While ten days is a nice length of time to be in Aruba, for some reason it still was not enough.  The need you feel for wanting to get back into your Aruba routine directly clashes with wanting to try new things.  For an island that is so darn small, no matter how many times or how often you visit there is always something new to discover.  Maybe that’s just one more reason why we all keep coming back.  

 

Maggie and I had a lot of fun on the trip and continued that fun during this podcast episode. We opened a bottle of wine, turned on the microphones and this is what happened.  Thank you so much for supporting the show. Also, please excuse my congestion going from Aruba to Baltimore clogged me up for a couple of days so I do sound a bit more nasally than normal.  

 

On This Episode of One Happy Podcast you will:

  • Hear about our experience at the Grand Carnival Parade
  • Find out about the brand new Kukoo Kunuku “Wine on down the road” wine and tapas tour.
  • Listen to me describe what it’s like to jump out of an airplane
  • Get our opinions about no less than 20 places around the island to eat
  • Find out why getting a rental with a full tank of gas is not all it’s cracked up to be.

 

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Direct download: EP78_-_Aruba_Curt_and_Maggie_Feb_2017_Recap.mp3
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Episode 77 of One Happy Podcast welcomes back Aruba Ray Ellin to the show.  Ray as you probably already know is the comedian responsible for bringing Aruba Ray’s Comedy to the Marriott Stellaris. Aruba Ray’s Comedy is basically a New York City comic club transplanted down to the island of Aruba.  In fact, it is actually listed as the number 1 show on Aruba.

 

Ray comes down maybe 3 times each year and currently is currently selling out shows at the Marriott.  Here are some of the comedians that will be joining Ray.

  • Robert Kelly
  • Tony Woods
  • Gina Brillon
  • Brian Scott McFadden
  • Joe Vega

 

Arubacomedy.com

Onehappypodcast.com

Facebook.com/onehappypodcast

Legends Pub

Eduardo’s Beach Shack

Scott’s Brats

Direct download: EP77_-__Aruba_Ray_Ellin_-_Aruba_Rays_Comedy.mp3
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