EP49: Cheryl Talcof and Yappy Hour

Joining me on this 49th episode of One Happy Podcast is friend of the show, Cheryl Talcof. Now as many of you probably remember, Cheryl was a guest on a previous episode, just about one year ago. Actually I recorded her first appearance on May 19th of last year. Well she is back once again to talk about some things happening on the island.

We start off talking about a new gourmet grocery store that is coming to the island. I’m sure this will be a welcome addition to not only residents but those of us who don’t mind cooking while on vacation. Cheryl also breaks the news about a very popular pizza parlor that is making a major location change. Rounding out our food talk is her endorsement on a restaurant that I missed the last time I was down in Aruba. Its called La Terrazza Italiana and I was bummed that it was closed our last night in paradise.

Cheryl and I also spend a bit of time talking about the Aruba Animal Relief Foundation, including a new(ish) event they have going on. You may have seen postings or advertisements about something called Yappy hour. Well, Aruba Yappy Hour is actually Cheryl’s baby and whatever you read about it, doesn’t do it justice the way hearing it straight from one of the organizer’s will.

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EP 48 : Volcano David and Brenda Buy Their Aruba Dream Home

Joining me today on One Happy Podcast is a relative newbie to Aruba, David Cohen. However despite having only been to the island a handful of times David is so far ahead of most visitors in one aspect. They not only decided that Aruba was the place they would like to eventually retire to, David and Brenda actually purchased a home there.

After having first visited the island on their engagement cruise, David and Brenda would return to the island to be married (which is a story in itself). The next time, Aruba whispered in their ear to buy a timeshare, and they did, at the Playa Linda. Shortly thereafter Aruba made another suggestion, why don’t you buy a home here, and they did. I guess it’s one of those things where when it feels right there is no use deliberating, you just make it happen, which is exactly what they did.

On this episode of the show we start out hearing about the process of getting married on the island. Also David fills me in on how someone manages to go from first time visitor to purchasing a home in Aruba in three short years. David tells the story of how they knew which of the nine houses they viewed was the right one. He also gives a little advice that may be helpful to anyone who is thinking about purchasing real estate on the island. We also talk about the activities David and Brenda enjoy while on island and it wouldn’t be a show without discussing which restaurants make the list.

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EP47: Janice Tells Us About the Costa Linda

Joining me today on One Happy Podcast, Aruba’s Officially Unofficial Podcast is 18 year Aruba veteran Janice Worters. Janice and her husband Bill first discovered Aruba in 1998 on the recommendation of a friend. On that initial visit, of course the fell in love and decided to return the following year. That next trip in 1999 was the first time they laid eyes on the Costa Linda and knew immediately it was the right property for them. Janice and Bill purchased a timeshare at the Costa Linda and have been calling it home ever since.

On this episode I speak with Janet about what her version of Aruba looks like. We go from that initial visit all the way through her most recent vacation which took place just last month. Along the way Janice and I discuss the wonderful people of Aruba, exploring the island, some of her favorite restaurants and also the possibility of an extended two or three month vacation to the island.

The interview itself takes just short of an hour and is chock full of both information and enthusiasm. This episode of the podcast will be especially fun for those who have stayed at the Costa Linda before. However even if you have never set foot onto that particular property you will want to give this episode a listen. Janice’s love for all things Aruba shines through so bright that when this is over you will want to book a trip to Aruba immediately. Who knows? You may even want to book a stay at the Costa Linda for your next trip.

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EP46: Learning About Aruba’s Hands by Gaby

Today on One Happy Podcast I have a very special treat for you all. I am being joined by a guest who is originally from South America but has been living in Aruba for the past 13 years. Over the course of that time she has gone on a journey that has included getting married, raising a family and setting up a business of her own. Many of you are probably familiar with this business as it’s brought joy to so many of our lives. Of course I am talking about Gaby of Aruba’s Hand’s by Gaby.

If any of you have had the pleasure of meeting Gaby you would know that despite not being from Aruba she is the living embodiment of everything we love about the island. This spirit that Gaby possesses comes through in the artwork she sells as jewelry on the island. Gaby’s warmth, joy and happiness is directly translated to everything she makes. In fact, it wouldn’t be a stretch to say that every piece of jewelry contains just a bit of Gaby inside.

This interview which lasts about 50 minutes talks all about Gaby’s relationship with the island of Aruba. Additionally we learn all about Aruba’s Hands and why the art she produces is so much more than just a souvenir. You will learn about Gaby’s introduction to the island, how she met her husband and also about her family. We talk about Aruba’s Hands and what that name means and why it is important. In every civilization throughout history art has played such an important role in the identity of a culture… Aruba is no different. On this 46th episode of One Happy Podcast Gaby does a fantastic job of explaining why if you love Aruba you owe it to yourself to take a piece of that art and culture home with you after vacation is over.

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Aruba Secret Picture Game March 28th Edition

So once upon a time I did something called the secret picture game. In a nutshell I would have a picture of something that exists in Aruba. I would then crop out a portion of that picture and blow it up to a much larger size. Those playing the game would then see if I see if they could guess what the larger image is from the fragment supplied. The game ran for a while on Facebook but was a bear to keep up with since I posted it on a number of different groups. I also posted it over at the aruba.com forums where it ran, pretty much until I ran out of usable photos. Well now the Aruba Secret Picture Game is back and better than ever.

So here is a fragment of a photo that many of you have seen before. Can you guess what the picture is in its entirety?

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