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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EP67: Listening in on a conversation with Ann Fontaine

This episode of One Happy Podcast featuring 30 year Aruba visitor Ann Fontaine is one of my favorites. It’s a bit unique not only because it was recorded on location but also because there are four active participants in the conversation.  It wasn’t planned out that way but sometimes you just have to go with the flow.  While there were audible challenges that came with 4 people being limited to 2 microphones, the end result is something pretty special.  

So the interview took place at the Passion’s Beach Bar at Amsterdam Manor, during one of the bulletin board meetups.  The four of us commandeered a table and had a bit of a round-table discussion about Aruba.  The end result is a recording that gives the impression of a conversation being eavesdropped on from an adjacent table.  I really like doing the in-person interviews and would love to do more such interviews in the future.  

Over the course of this hour-long episode, we find out how Ann first discovered the island 30 years ago and what circumstances led to her purchasing a home.  Ann tells us all about her experience buying their home and also about the Aruba residency requirements.  We finish off the episode by talking about some of Ann’s favorite places on the island to eat.  While most of us can tell you about all the popular tourist places, it’s always nice to find out about lesser known establishments from someone who actually lives on the island.

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