The last three employees of PDV MANTENIMIENTO N.V., from the original group of 29 PdVM employees, left yesterday to go back to Venezuela. However, on Monday May 29th, 29 new staffers from Venezuela Y&V Group, www.yvsite.com will be starting as part of the larger JV consortium group coming in, financing included, to plan, inspect and … Continue reading Refinery News
Some information leaked the day before yesterday, from the office of the Land Department, a certain bureaucrat, gave another paper-pusher an order to release SEVEN parcels of land for construction. The terrain is located behind the Salina in Malmokweg, and is considered protected wetland. The story implied that the Legal Adviser told the bureaucrat to … Continue reading Malmok wetlands gifted for construction
Today, May 23rd, is Ed’s Aruba anniversary. He arrived on the island today, 30 years ago! He originally came here to work for a Minneapolis-based hotel company, when the Government of Aruba (ARUVEN) decided to divest, and sell its hotels, among them the Americana. In reality, back in March of 87, Ed had been asked … Continue reading Ed Malone Celebrates Anniversary!
We are proud of Ronchi de Cuba who for the past two decades plus, has been dressing us, and showing us a good time at fashion shows, at model competitions and at past Aruba In Style events. I think that his most important contribution to our island is his Pygmalion effect, which is the phenomenon … Continue reading Ronchi de Cuba, Island Chic, Master Designer
Oranjestad has a new park In the past two years, every time I drove down the boulevard, past Boy Ecury Plein, I looked at the old park and said to myself:” Self, this construction will one day come to an end, it must.” But the truth is that until the park was re-landscaped, we could … Continue reading About a Park and a Party
We visited the Kelkbooms in Bloemond this week, to see their eighty D’Abaru trees cunucu. It’s impressive. The story goes the following: Emile Kelkboom was a greatly-respected radio journalist, the owner of Radio Kelkboom, one of the oldest stations on the island. Then he decided to close shop and reinvent himself. He bid the airwaves … Continue reading The D’Abaru Cunucu at Bloemond, is worth visiting
For the past seven years, Audrey Lacle has been inviting me to come visit Cas Esperanza in Moko 28. It is a halfway house maintained by Adopt an Addict foundation. Ten years ago Audrey started the foundation in order to take drug addicted homeless off the main street and alleviate the pressure on the merchant … Continue reading Miracles in Moko
My girlfriend who lives in San Nicholas woke up one night, the dogs were barking, she went outside to check, and found that AVP had hammered, a humongous flag to her gate posts, we’re talking big. They never asked permission and they attached it in a way which is difficult to remove! So does that … Continue reading Do flags and stickers win elections?
Maria Teresa Madariaga is the high-priestess of junk, bangles clanging, earrings jangling! Her handbag occupies the space of a suitcase and her voice overtakes every room. She is a much appreciated local artist, a Cuban born diva with strong Aruban blood ties to the Chumaceiro family and half the phone book. When I met her … Continue reading Maria Teresa Madariaga is bigger than life
On March 16th of last year, I already wrote about the Customs strike in Barcadera. You will find it relevant if you read it: https://batibleki.visitaruba.com/8am-buzz/barcadera-a-union-battle-ground/ Aruba’s Customs Agents are the biggest crybabies, they flip out every second week, they strike, they slow work down, they inconvenience tourist-arrivals on the island. Last week again they went … Continue reading Customs Crybabies