Single in Aruba for Valentine’s Day? Here are 7 options

Let me see if I have this right. Its February 14th? You’re single? You’re in Aruba? While being single on Valentine’s day isn’t exactly ideal, all things being equal you could be worse off. Sure you may not have anyone to wine, dine and ummm stare longingly into their eyes but you are in Aruba and determined to make the best of it. Shouldn’t be too hard, Aruba has so much to offer, even to members of the lonely heart’s club on the most romantic day of the year.

Here is list of 7 things to do should you find yourself single in Aruba on Valentine’s Day.


EP40: Aruba Ray Ellin presents Aruba Ray’s Comedy

On the 40th episode of One Happy podcast, Aruba Ray Ellin stops past tell talk about the newest installment of “Aruba Ray’s Comedy”. He and his cohorts will have shows running from February 3rd through March 4th at the Aruba Marriott Stellaris Hotel and Casino. Each night will feature Ray Ellin as your host and two other New York city comic’s doing a 90 minute show.

In my opinion Aruba Ray’s Comedy is the best way to spend an evening on the island. In September I was able to catch two shows and both were fantastic. If you are a fan of comedy clubs there is nothing else like this in Aruba. If you are someone who has never been to a comedy club Aruba Ray’s Comedy is a great introduction into what you have been missing out on.

Ray himself is an extremely accomplished NYC comedian and all of the guests he brings down to the island are equally incredible. These guys and girls have been featured on late night shows such as the Tonight Show, David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel and Conan O’Brien. The have been in major motion pictures such as “Trainwreck” with Amy Schumer, “Invincible” with Mark Wahlberg and “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” with Ben Stiller. I have actually been a fan of one of the comics, Tony Woods for about decade when I saw him in “P. Diddy’s Bad Boys of Comedy”. So many of you will probably recognize many others Last Comic Standing, TRU Tv, HGTV and comedy specials of their own on HBO, Showtime and Comedy Central. Basically what I am saying is normally you would need to visit a big city comedy club to see this level of talent.


6 Awesome Places in Aruba to Watch Superbowl 50

If you are a resident of Aruba or have some friends living there you may be invited to one of the many private parties that will be happening. For the rest of you who will be on island looking for someplace to watch or maybe just gather, here are my suggestions for the best places to watch Superbowl 50 in Aruba.

6 Fantastic Places to Watch the Super Bowl in Aruba


EP39: What Curt Spends While Vacationing in Aruba

An Aruba expense report is the topic of discussion on episode 39 of One Happy Podcast. The idea for this episode came from a few questions I recently saw on the Aruba Facebook groups. Would be visitors to the island were asking for advice on how much they would be looking at spending while on the island. Estimates were all over the place, with none being very specific. I don’t blame the people answering the questions for this vagueness as it’s a natural limitation to Facebook groups. It’s just really hard to give a complete answer on a one paragraph Facebook post. Thankfully I have a podcast, which allows me to give a much more detailed answers.

On this episode of the show I use my September 2015 Aruba trip as an example of what a trip to Aruba can cost. What I do with that data is list actual prices we paid for car rentals and dinners on the island. Hopefully by providing that information to you guys it will help you figure out your own budgeting. This post is geared more towards Aruba newbies but can also prove helpful for anyone wondering how their expenses stack up.

Sometimes it comes off like it’s taboo to discuss specific numbers, but in my opinion specifics are the only way to be helpful. When someone asks for recommendations for an affordable place to eat if only a name is tossed out it means nothing. Affordable to you may be completely different than it does for the person asking the question. By providing not only the actual amount spent at a particular restaurant but what it was spent on it allows for a more complete picture for the person making the inquiry.


EP38: Native of Aruba Howard Nedd Shares His Thoughts

On this, the 38th episode of One Happy Podcast I am being joined by native Aruban Howard Nedd. Howard and I connected via Twitter and where he expressed an interest in coming on the show to speak about growing up in Aruba. Although Howard was born in paradise he like many other Arubans now resides in the Netherlands. As many of you know Aruba natives relocating to the Netherlands in search of more opportunity is a common theme. Well now Howard has reached a point where he is giving serious consideration to moving back to Aruba.

Seeing as it is currently winter for most of you listening I am sure you are also wishing you could move to Aruba. While the constant 86 degree and breezy weather is a huge plus, Howard’s reason for contemplating a return to his home is different. Any day now he is expecting the birth of his first child.

Anyone with open eyes and a bit of common sense realizes the way children grow up on Aruba is different than in major metropolitan areas. Children kicking the soccer ball around on the beaches or enjoying nature is a sharp contrast to the Xbox and PlayStation culture common in the United States and other areas of the world. Part of that has to do with our weather not being anything close to what Aruba has to offer. Another part has to do with us forgetting to pay attention to how beautiful this world we live in truly is. The rest has to do with a misguided belief that because people have so much darn money these days we need to spend it on “stuff”. Howard hopes to avoid falling into that trap by relocating back to the island to raise his son in a culture that values experiences over things.