I had some stressful moments there, where I actually did not know where I was. We went to Zeerover for dinner a few days ago, and suffered greatly on the way down to Savaneta through the bumpy, meandering, temporary lanes, scattered with cones, traffic barriers and rocks. No signage, no lights. It was hell. Never … Continue reading AAAUUUUUUGGGGGHHHH, or LOST on the road from San Nicholas
I recently spoke to an AZV consultant, and he made me feel good about AZV. He said we’re lucky we live here and not in Curacao, because as far as health care goes, we’re light years ahead, and that AZV courageously makes investments in public health. The hospital he explained, has undergone, DRG, diagnostic related … Continue reading As a culture, says my expert, we are in terrible denial about our health
I had coffee with Holmo Henriquez recently, and he made good sense, except for his view on gay rights and the LGBT community. I guess I cannot vote for him, and he is about to lose about 800 to 1,000 LGBT votes on the island, but otherwise he is a reasonably intelligent, educated individual, and … Continue reading Holmo Henriquez, MAS, makes sense on some issues, and no sense on others
The airport recently presented its vision Gateway 2030 under the “Innovating Happiness” subtitle. The presentation outlined the future expansion and redevelopment of Reina Beatrix. The new vision was created to accommodate the projected growth of our tourism, and to enhance the passenger experience, besides increasing the efficiency of the airport facility. Right now the good … Continue reading Gateway 2030
I just saw the “State of the Tourism Industry” report for the 1st half of 2017. It’s eighteen pages long and it has nice graphs. The report was sent out by ATA and it speaks well of the organization. The timing of the report is not coincidental in view that elections are just a few … Continue reading So how effective has ATA really been, and at what cost.
Last Tuesday morning at 4 am one of the Leatherback nests on Eagle Beach has hatched before the regular incubation period was completed. Normally Leatherback nests will hatch in between 60 – 70 days after the eggs are laid. But this nest came out earlier, unexpected, and the extra protection that Turtugaruba normally places around … Continue reading A brief from Edith van der Wal Turtugaruba: Leatherback hatchlings lost direction.
Did you know the sugar garden has a new owner, Dutch-born F&B professional Kim D’Hont. Kim has been living here for at least a decade and a half. She did the rounds, starting at Que Pasa in its former location. She was then recruited by the Marriott Aruba Resort & Stellaris Casino to run Simply … Continue reading Chef Bas delighted us at De Suikertuin
I recently went to see what the new and improved Tara Wing Suites looks like. Adjacent to the Bucuti it just underwent a $5 million investment which included all 44 suites, penthouses and bungalows as well as the lobby and the lobby lounge. Not surprisingly, it all looks luxurious, laid back, and very inviting, with … Continue reading The Tara Wing Suites complete renovations
For Saturday, a digital invitation described a modest fundraising event in my neighborhood, given by Marisol Tromp, now on the POR list. After arguing with Google Maps about the location of Salina Cerca 27 – it first took me to the other side of the salina – I arrived at a family residence where Marisol … Continue reading Fund Raising with Marisol
It’s easy to find. Just walk down the street to the King & Queen pictures, and you have arrived at The Pastechi House on Caya Betico Croes. The full size images were created as décor, in honor of the royal visit to Aruba, and ended up as a landmark. The way Justy tells it, every … Continue reading Pastechi house, a family business on the main street