PROMOTION. Steven Marra is now the new General Manager of the Playa Linda Beach Resort. Steve who was complex director of Food & Beverage at Marriott International here in Aruba for almost five years, also spent one year as Resident Manager at The Occidental Grand Aruba, making General Manager Jesus Cardoso look even better than he usually does, before joining Playa Linda earlier this month. Steve brings with him lots of solid resort experience, so expect great things from that direction.
REPATRIATED. Our very own Maurice van der Linden, is now Executive Assistant Manager, Director of Food & Beverage, at the Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort, Spa & Casino. If you remember, he went with the Hyatt to Curacao and was part of the opening team of the Hyatt Regency Curacao Golf Resort Spa & Marina, under the leadership of General Manager Flor v/d Vaart. Then when the Hyatt pulled out Maurice came back home to an attractive promotion. And talking about Flor, he is now General Manager at Hyatt Grand Cypress in Orlando Florida, so you can pop in to say hello to him if on vacation in that popular area.
NEW COMPUTER, HERE TODAY, GONE TOMORROW. My computer geek, Onno van Cooten warns against leaving boxes of recently purchased printers, computers or large screen TVs, outside for the garbage collectors. It is a loud and clear indication that you recently went shopping, he says, so don’t be upset when some low-life walks in uninvited and helps himself to your new toy — you literally invited him by dumping the packaging in your trash! Onno who is a quirky personality, also turned me on to a fun website: LifeProTips.nl. The site dishes out important advice such as: If you have a runny nose tilt your head all the way back while drinking water, OR to get rid of fruit flies, fill a bowl with apple cider vinegar, and a bit of soap. The vinegar attracts them, the soap demoralizes them to become lazy and drown! I told you Onno is a quirky personality, but otherwise he is great!
THE BIBLE ON HOW TO GROW A GARDEN. Fantastic Garden just launched a Plant Finder on its website which we can log onto by using our green Plant Miles card. While I did not figure out how to log in, it looks promising with the exact specification on growing conditions for flowering plants, foliage, trees, herbs and vegetables. The Plant Finder will be taking the guessing out of gardening, says Grace Maduro. I am looking forward to becoming a regular user.
TIARA AIR, EXPENSIVE. Photographer Steve Keith, who just turned father again, to a little boy named Wyatt – Congratulation to mommy Jeanette, and big sisters Kyara & Kanzis – loves Tiara Air, especially the flight from Fort Lauderdale which saves him time and money, since he lives in the area and likes to fly to Aruba via that airport. But booking him is always a challenge. It’s impossible to get the airline on the phone and while the website looks new and updated it is not always easy to charge a ticket to a credit card. Best of all, the ticket in April was $334, the ticket in August is $742, because, says helpful sales representative Suriany de Mey: It is high season due to the end of vacation in Aruba, and the beginning of vacation in Venezuela, and low rates are all booked! Well Alejandro, consider this part of your wedding gift, from us. As you know the charismatic aviation man at the helm of the airline company just got married last week, to lady-love Sheryl Rodriguez, at an elegant ballroom affair at the Marriott Aruba Resort & Stellaris Casino. Expensive wedding. Expensive airline ticket.
FRASA INTERNATIONAL TRADING, MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE. I found out this week that Frasa International Trading is like an iceberg. Most of the iceberg is under water, but only the tip sticks up. In essence: There’s more to it than we think. I visited their headquarters just before the upcoming First Frasa Food Show scheduled for Thursday, at the Renaissance Conference Center and walked through the cool, cooler, cold, very cold, super cold, freezing and deep freezing refrigerators, to learn that every item on my shopping list requires its own particular storing temperature, which contributes to its freshness when sold, and to its shelf-life when resting in my fridge. If you think that fresh fruit and vegetables get delivered in open boxes piled up on flat bed trucks, think again. At Frasa, even the unloading docks are refrigerated. I was impressed, it’s all so clean and organized and the endless rows of offices are tastefully decorated and freshly painted, in color-coordinated shades, the walls graced by framed artwork of artist Romero Britto. The decorator I understand, is the talented queen of hearts, Ana Maria Figueroa, partner to diligent Managing Director Francis Saladin Jr. For those invited to the show, Pastas Roma will be offering a delicious lunch, as part of the day’s events, by invitation only. Established in 1980 by the enterprising Francis Saladin Sr., Frasa has obviously grown over the years. And I admit, most of the goodies in my pantry, fridge, bathroom and laundry room are imported to Aruba by them, including French’s, Butterball, Kashi, Conimex, Del Prado, Manal, and Durex, just to name a few. Contact Ana Maria Ramirez, Marketing & Brand Executive if you’d like to be invited to the show!
PICAS IN THE SUPERMARKET. Pica 96.5% will air a live show from Ling & Sons Supercenter on Wednesday at 11am, on the occasion of the First Annual Meat Festival. Pica 1, Jacqueline Suttle, Pica 2, Tabitha Fecunda and Pica 3, Rona Coster, will be talking their heads off, from the meat department. And the festival is programmed to feature the chef of L.G. Smith’s Steak & Chop House, on Wednesday, the culinary brigade of White Modern Cuisine, on Thursday, the grill-masters of Amazonia Churrascaria on Friday and the cooks of Waka-Waka Adventure Cafe & Cantina on Saturday. Then on Sunday, it will be the turn of Ling’s chef to shine! The supercenter will be serving up Certified Angus Beef all week! [email protected]