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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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