Bati Bleki – September 17th, 2017

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The week started with a positive column, about the successful evacuation of patients from Sint Maarten and their arrival here. Then I published an elaborate plea for funds, and fund raising which was penned in the UK.

Saturday Night in Aruba was a column of mixed thoughts and places, including a new Night Club in Paradera. Virtual Electoral Reality was discussed next, along with Gas & Petroleum explorations here.

The weekend was dedicated to music! Best concert this year, Ruben Blades at the Renaissance Marketplace arena for the 11th edition of CSJF.

 

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Bati Bleki – September 3rd, 2017

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This week started nice and easy with the running princesses challenging themselves into shape, while raising funds. Then I heard that my friend GM Joel Bunde was leaving and that Carlos Cabrera was returning to replace him, at the Hyatt Regency.

I sang the off season blues, as it is difficult to make ends meet in the lull. The Balashi bridge was the butt of all jokes this week, and I thought it was ridiculously expensive and bombastic.

Dedicated followers of fashion enjoyed the first production of the Fashion Society at Pure Beach, and the kill cage in Wayaca, used to dump unwanted animals, surfaced in connection to politics

 

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Bati Bleki – August 20th, 2017

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The opening of a gay, hetero-friendly club in Oranjestad last weekend was good news. Then hotelier Louella Brezovar got a nice promotion at the Ritz Carlton.

I also wrote about the minimum wages increase, and about a private citizen trying to keep GOA honest, at election time.

I visited Gino Frans who runs a detox-rehab farm in Paradera, and was disappointed to encounter state-sponsored political-hooliganism during the electoral debate. Then a short lesson in history about old mango trees.

 

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Bati Bleki – August 13th, 2017

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The week started with a rant against an Instagram influencer, a so called Italian Millionaire, who later in the week lost his assets to the tax collector. Then I wrote a nostalgic column remembering Ling & Sons supercenter in its original incarnation.

Pika’s Corner got a write up, Arubian food with a soul. A mass renewal of vows on Eagle Beach was very inspiring with 160 couples saying I do, at sunset. Pepe Marin, a new friend, a video-journalist visited Aruba to shoot a couple of food culture documentaries and then I met a Life Coach and Trainer, Nathaly Cabrera, and was impressed.

 

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Bati Bleki – August 6th, 2017

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At the beginning of the week we set expectations for Friday, Aug 4th, the day the political parties, were to hand in their lists. It went as expected, smoothly. Then I interviewed political MEP candidate Sharlene Starke, and Eddy Paris. I took a break from politics to write about brunch at Windows on Aruba, then expressed my random thoughts about the upcoming elections, and repeated what people said about them.At the beginning of the

At the beginning of the week I had a talk with the leader of MAS, an educated, sensible gentleman, on most issues, except some. No one is perfect. Then I quoted a well informed source in AZV circles about our denial of how unhealthy we are, with Diabetes on the rise.

I got lost on the under-construction-forever road to San Nicolas, and voiced empathy with those traveling the distance every day. Applause, AHATA will be hosting the local tourism awards in December.

Then I wondered how a loved musician could possible fit into politics; playing music and playing politics requires different sets of skills.

 

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Bati Bleki – July 30th, 2017

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At the beginning of the week I had a talk with the leader of MAS, an educated, sensible gentleman, on most issues, except some. No one is perfect. Then I quoted a well informed source in AZV circles about our denial of how unhealthy we are, with Diabetes on the rise.

I got lost on the under-construction-forever road to San Nicholas, and voiced empathy with those traveling the distance every day. Applause, AHATA will be hosting the local tourism awards in December.

Then I wondered how a loved musician could possible fit into politics; playing music and playing politics requires different sets of skills.

 

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Bati Bleki – July 23rd, 2017

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The week opened with fundraising with Marisol, a political candidate for POR. Then I visited the Bucuti & Tara beach Resort to congratulate management on the just completed renovation of the resort!

Chef Bas delighted us a De Suikertuin with a New Latin menu, then we received a discouraging report from Turtugaruba regarding leatherback turtle hatchlings that never made it to sea.

ATA reported some of its achievements, then the airport received some attention with its expansion plans!

 

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Bati Bleki – July 17th, 2017

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Lots went on this week: I wrote about the Antraco Plaza, as the previous retain space is re-purposed.

The five stages of grief and loss came to mind in the wake of the Boegoeroei tragedy.

ATA held an excellent presentation, introducing itself as a DMMO, instead of a DMO, and I explained the difference.

Queeny, who organized a political debate targeting the Millennial generation received compliments for a job well done.

I urged bikers to install bells and then visited The Pastechi House, an authentic family business with an authentic local product.

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Bati Bleki – July 9th, 2017

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The free concert on Friday night at the end of the main street at Djiespie’s place is an authentic experience.

However, the costly concerts last weekend saw government ministers, and their staffers enjoying VIP tickets at no cost, I asked why? The Shoco nest relocation, a nature conservation program, received a generous donation from the recently launched Shoco Beer.

Jet Blue continues to deliver passengers from Fort Lauderdale to Aruba and we might get a second flight there.

My article ‘Back to Square One’ talked about a recent urgent procedure in the local courts and L.G. Smith’s Steak & Chop House hosted a lovely party spreading the good news about the arrival of its new menu and raft cocktails.

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