One Happy Podcast is a podcast centered around a love for the island of Aruba.

Join us as the host “Aruba” Curt Robinson interviews travelers, locals, business owners and residents who all share a common love for Aruba.  Everyone has a story to tell.  Let hearing the story of how these individuals experiences in Aruba help you plan your next vacation, or perhaps re-live the one you just finished.

If you are anything like me you can never get enough Aruba, it truly is unlike any other place in the world.  The problem is once vacation ends, most of have to leave Aruba to return to the real world. While we all try to take the spirit of One Happy Island home with us, with “One Happy Podcast”, you can always experience Aruba On-Demand.

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EP71.5 – Closing out the year with Aruba Ray’s Comedy

For some of you episode 71.5 of One Happy Podcast will be familiar as it is a remix of the Thanksgiving episode. Since that particular episode of the show was so time sensitive I decided to cut out the part that was no longer relevant and repost. The reason for this is because Aruba Ray’s Comedy show is still happening over at the Aruba Marriott Stellaris and it is absolutely amazing.

I’ve been to this comedy show probably 6-8 times and each time is funnier than the last. What I didn’t want to happen is even one person missing out on getting this information. Prior to going to my first comedy show I honestly didn’t think I wanted to take time out of Aruba to sit inside a comedy club. After I took that chance the first time, I will never miss a show. To this day we still laugh about some of the jokes we heard at that very first show.

A few times each year, Ray brings down some of his fellow comedians from New York City and they recreate a comedy club down on the island. The intimate venue seats maybe 100 patrons or so and each night there are 3 or 4 comedians featured. Listen to the episode to hear about the show directly from Aruba Ray Ellin and then head on over to Arubacomedy.com to check out the lineups for a particular night and to purchase tickets.

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EP71: The Thanksgiving Episode with Aruba Ray Ellin

On episode 71 of One Happy Podcast, I am trying something a bit different. This podcast episode basically has 2 separate parts, Aruba Ray’s Comedy and Thanksgiving on Aruba. In the past, I’ve mentioned how I want to mix up show formats. In addition to the hour-long interview style shows, I also want to do topic and information based shows. Episode 71 is kind of a glimpse into what a second weekly episode of the show could look like.

In the first half of the show, I am being joined by Aruba Ray Ellin who is here to tell us about the latest installment of Aruba Ray’s Comedy at the Marriott Stellaris Hotel and Casino. Aruba Ray’s Comedy runs from November 19th Through December 20th and features a lineup comprised of mostly Aruba newbies. To me this makes Aruba Ray’s Comedy extra exciting as the energy these comedians bring will be something different than anything the island has ever experienced.

The second half of the show has to do with celebrating Thanksgiving on the island. While I was surfing around I noticed some of the restaurants on the island set and posted menus. The more I came across the more I realized that some of you on the island may be able to make use of this information. This led to me recording the second half of the podcast episode which is me highlighting ten Aruba Thanksgiving menus. So on this part of the show I share the menus with you and give my recommendations on which I would choose.

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EP70: An Aruba Comedy of Errors Featuring Vallon Davis

Episode 70 of One Happy Podcast features a guest who has was on the show way back in episode 4 of the show, Vallon Davis. On my last trip down to Aruba in mid-September, Vallon and I both occupied the island at the same time. We didn’t have the opportunity to meet, just because vacation and scheduling oftentimes don’t mesh well. However, upon both of us returning home we made it a point to catch up.

On this episode, Vallon shares the details of his trip to Aruba. We talk about the challenges of getting to and from one Caribbean island to another. What it’s like landing on Aruba at night, the Marriott and the Aruba based books written by Daniel Putkowski. This interview is nothing like his first one which followed my tried and true formula. Since Vallon has been a prior guess this is pretty much two friends sitting down and chatting.

One of the main purposes for Vallon making this trip to Aruba was to reunite with old friends from the island. One thing that you will learn from his story is just how much of a focus his friends were. While Aruba is different things for different people, for Vallon it’s not about the fancy restaurants or excursions. His trips are about visiting a place he absolutely loves and hanging out with the people who make those visits complete.

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EP69: Frank Tisellano Sr. and the Playa Linda

One Happy Podcast would like to welcome to the show Frank Tisellano Sr., a 20-year member of the Playa Linda Family. Twenty plus years ago, Frank and his wife Patricia took a trip to a place called Aruba. Shortly thereafter they completely fell in love with the island and decided to purchase a timeshare there. That timeshare was at the Playa Linda which has been home to Frank Sr., Patricia and their children Frank Jr. and Kristina.

Frank and I sit down for about an hour to discuss his love for Aruba and what the island has meant for him and his family. Having introduced their children to the island when they were only about 4 or 5 years old, Aruba has been part of their family dynamic nearly as long as anyone can remember. I guess you could say the children grew up on the island.

This episode seems to follow the theme of family. There is Frank’s actual real family but also another one. Being an owner at the Playa Linda for so long, the other families who share the same weeks have also become a sort of family. This is a running theme I have heard from many of the guests I have had that own a timeshare. However, I’m not sure if I’ve ever seen it represented as extensively as what you get at the Playa Linda. If you have doubts, just wait until you hear episode 69 of One Happy Podcast – the officially unofficial podcast of the island of Aruba.

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EP68 – Sean and Khanisa Darby talk about One Happy Island

Joining me on this episode of One Happy Podcast are Sean and Khanisa Darby, two guests who love Aruba.  Although Sean and Khanisa have only been visiting the island for a couple of years, they are definitely hooked, which is completely understandable considering their grandparents have been visiting for more than 20 years.  Now as…

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