EP103: Phil Ridolfi from Aruba cruise ship visitor to timeshare owner

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.

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EP102: Full Throttle Tours- Maddie and Morgan Zuschlag

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.

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EP101: Full Throttle Tours with Tammy and Jay Zuschlag

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 now reside in Aruba and that is not by accident. 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, why they chose a boating and snorkeling business, how they went about getting a boat, and what it was like to take it for that first spin.

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EP100: Aruba Curt’s Aruba Story

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…

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EP99 – Aruba Ray’s Comedy Winter 2017

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…

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Episode 98-D: Part 4 of October 2017 Aruba Trip Report

So here we are to finish out the last part of our play-by-play October 2017 Aruba Trip Report. At the end of part 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…

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Episode 98-C: Part 3 of October 2017 Aruba Trip Report

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 Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

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Episode 98-B: Part 2 of October 2017 Aruba Trip Report

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…

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Episode 98A: Part 1 of October 2017 Aruba Trip Report

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 on this trip. We started it with leaving Delaware for Newark where we stayed at 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.

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EP97 – Get From Under the Palapa and See Aruba

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!

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