Bati Bleki – May 14th, 2017

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Lots of good news at the beginning of the week.

Baptist Miami Cancer Center is exploring a collaboration with Imsan, the medical center in San Nicholas; an amnesty program is being prepared for kids under age 18, who spent the last ten year as undocumented aliens here; farmers will get a favorable water tariff and United Dogs of Aruba neutered about 400 cats and dogs during its recent campaign.

Then I debated what’s in the name, going down memory land to an assorted once-important people.

I also reported on Bonaire, as charming as ever and alerted all foodies to the fact that award winning chef Diego Munoz will be stopping here on his World Tour May 30th & 31st.

Towards the weekend, I gave you a No Hay Dinero update on the status of the refinery rehabilitation.

Mother’s Day gift ideas? Yes, from DUFRY’s and Maggy’s perfumeries.

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Bati Bleki – May 7th, 2017

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The week started with a triple happy hour, I was in three places at the same time, then went on to tell a charming tale of ancestry.

I expressed my disappointment that the vision of turning household waste into alternative energy fizzled, then I had random thoughts about AruParking, coffee-shops and new restaurants.

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Bati Bleki – April 30th, 2017

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Fun week in Aruba. To write or not to write was the question I asked at the beginning of the week, then the Diplomatico Rum Bartender Contest took my mind off existential questions.

Developer Raymond Maduro gave a talk worth publishing at the Aruba Beach Club 40th anniversary celebration.

A rock stack demolition derby ignited much controversy mid week, and an upcoming dog and cat spay & neuter campaign for St. Nicholas delivered anticipation.

Chogogo party bus gave us a good time celebrating Magic 96.5FM’s 19th anniversary, and then at the end of the week Op=Op excited Savaneta by opening a centrally located store.

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Bati Bleki – April 23rd, 2017

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The week set out with a column about PRECARIO, a new heavy levy imposed on the hotels, for the use of the beach, then I wrote a trashy story provoked by the amount of litter collected here after the Easter camping weeks. AirBnB took center stage because I thought some properties here have no clue how to price themselves.

Another dump story followed because it is an election year, and perhaps we can inspire politicians to take action. Attorney Roy Brown passed away and deserved a column. Then I made my lazy Tomato Soup recipe public and a Sushi Class and Wine Pairing grabbed my attention, offered by Azia Restaurant & Lounge..

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Bati Bleki – March 12th, 2017

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The ISA introduced a GED program offering hope and recovery to many who did not complete their high school education. Then the recently appointed MinTour decided to fire board members appointed by his predecessor; is the purge legit, or not, I debated the questions. Gelato, one of life’s simple pleasures is now available at the Marriott Aruba Resort & Stellaris Casino in the lobby, all natural and home made.

#BeBoldForChanage was the theme of the International Women’s Day Conference, which we enjoyed tremendously this week; it was the 6th annual, but the first as far as depth and honestly. The Mon Guerlain fragrance was launched worldwide and became as instant favorite. Then Aruba Doet, brought more than 3000 people together to volunteer for community projects.

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Bati Bleki – March 5th, 2017

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Carnival came and went, I loved its many different aspects. Papiamento was an item of discussion when a new form of expression came under fire. An update about the refinery followed,then I talked about my upcoming book launch on March 15th and about our national volunteer day when Aruba Doet rolls up its sleeves on March 10th & 11th.

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Bati Bleki – Februari 25th, 2017

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Every week is exciting, Carnival added extra zest to the mix! The Aruba Timeshare Association elected a new president. The blue party gained momentum by recruiting an additional member, Marisol Tromp. Two parades, the Lightning- and Jouvert Morning, were incredibly successful and enjoyable. The MinJust lashed out against a former colleague, and vandalism reared up its ugly head for twenty minutes.

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Bati Bleki – Februari 5th, 2017

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The week started with medical issues, talking about a Hyperbatic chamber so essential for wound care, then we went on and listened to the bureaucratic journey of a One Happy Island resident. Insel Air suffered some setbacks this week, and the stress drove us to Yoga 1.01 at Fly Fit Studio at Paseo Herencia.

The Calypso & Soca Monarch produced some interesting entries and controversies, then our dysfunctional MinPres took center stage with his never-ending photo opportunities and Fakebook posts.

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Bati Bleki – January 29th, 2017

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This week I wrote about the Aruba Tourism Authority’s town hall sessions in the Noord and Paradera with a View to the Future. I heralded the arrival of the Aruba Bird Calendar sponsored by the Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino. I debated why the banks are charging so much to move our money from one pocket to the other. I described the splendor of Renaissance Private Island, and lamented the closing of Aruba’s most charming boutique, the Caribbean Queen, at Palm beach Plaza Mall.

In between we also wondered why are long lines forming in front of the tax office, with islanders wishing to pay their car registration fees.

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