Aruba Style “Twas the Night Before Christmas” 2014

So here I am just finished wrapping presents with nothing to do. Not really anything I want to watch on Netflix so I decided I wanted to do something “Christmasy” for the podcast. Although I started out pretty unimaginative, luckily I had a friend hanging around to help me out. After about a half hour of brainstorming my friend glasses o’ wine came up with a brilliant idea. He said to me why don’t you redo Twas the night before Christmas, with an Aruban twist.

Now I know it’s been done quite a few times in different ways but after glasses O prodded me 3 or 4 times I decided to go all in. So here it is, my rendition of Twas the night before Christmas Aruban style. I hope you enjoy.


EP4 – Tourism Done Right with Vallon Davis

Joining me today on One Happy Podcast is Vallon Davis. Vallon comes to us from the Southern Caribbean Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. Vallon reached out to me for an interview via the “share your story” link located at the top of this website and was nothing short of fantastic.

Being that Vallon lives amongst the Caribbean vibe he has a spirit that over the course of the interview you really learn to appreciate. In fact, as you will hear, he even finds a silver lining in a dark cloud that would have ruined vacation for most of us. By the end of the episode it really is clear just how much Vallon loves Aruba.


EP3 – Investing in the Family with Cindy and Rob O.

In my ongoing quest to find the best guests for One Happy Podcast I was thrilled when Rob and Cindy O from the message boards accepted my invitation. Rob and Cindy have been visiting Aruba with their daughters since 1997 and have over that time accumulated a number of timeshare properties.

As Rob and Cindy gear up for their 19th trip we discuss what made them choose Aruba as a vacation destination as well as what keeps them coming back year after year. Seventeen years ago Cindy and Rob made a decision that would lay the groundwork for a lifetime of harmony, happiness and togetherness. That decision was to make an investment in their family. This is that story,


EP2 – Aruba Then and Now with Andrea J.

Relatively speaking I’m a newbie when it comes to Aruba vacations, so when I wanted to find out what Aruba was like before it became so popular I knew exactly where to turn. On today’s episode of One Happy Podcast I talk with Andrea James who has been visiting the island for over 30 years.

Over the course of those 30 plus years Andrea has seen Aruba transform from little known Caribbean paradise to one of the most popular Caribbean vacation destinations hosting over 1 million visitors each year. When not in Aruba, Andrea also doubles as one of the “Rockstar” forum moderators over at Today we talk to Andrea about not only how the island has changed but also what it’s like to tasked with keeping arguably the most active Aruba online community drama and spam free.

Over the course of the 46 minute interview one thing becomes clear… Andrea loves Aruba. Andrea’s passion for her second home definitely shines through and will leave you wanting to book a trip the minute you finish listening.


EP1 – Beach Bumming in Aruba With Maggie G

What is your version of Aruba like? Join us as Maggie G takes us on a journey to her Aruba. Maggie G is an Aruba fan who first visited the island 10 years ago on a cruise who has decided that one day in port isn’t enough and now visits a week at a time. Maggie also happens to be my best friend on the planet.

While in Aruba Maggie spends her time preparing for her dream job of being, a professional beach bum. In the rare times when Maggie is not lounging around on one of Aruba’s beautiful beaches she also likes exploring the rugged North Shore of Aruba. At night there is a game called, “which Palm Beach restaurant is my favorite?” Maggie plays.

Just like the rest of us it’s clear that Maggie loves Aruba and I really think that comes across in this interview. She shares some of her favorite restaurants, activities, resources and at the end enters into the eye of the hurricane.