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Ground Tax

The MinPres said my considerably increased ground tax liberated 12.000 under-privileged home owners on the island from the burden, and reduced the burden on additional 16.000. A total of 28.000 citizens are happier, the press release stated.

When I looked at the bill, it was no consolation. It sounded like a small increase as a concept, but on paper, it stings. First installment was payable March 31st. With the Ontvanger’s lust for boetes, watch out!

Lust for Boetes

Not long ago I received 23 naheffingsaanslag in the mail. I took a weekend off and spent time playing detective, determined to prove them all wrong. I collected materials, wrote polite letters, photocopied, stapled attachment and went to FMA Noord on a Friday to hand the evidence over. Not good enough. Submissions are only accepted at Ontvanger, and you have to stand in line roasting in the sun under the glass roof, with the rest of humanity.

I did. What choice did I have? BUT, we’re not living in North Korea, and we are free to protest the inefficiencies of our beloved tax collector. I basked in the glow of my attitude of gratitude.

If you were considering a mini market for a business, fuhgeddaboudit

The moratorium on mini markets has been extended to May 23rd, 2021. Apparently we already have 187 of them in different shapes and sizes. In a survey of 1,800 residents, 94% agreed we need LESS of those stores and 74.5% indicated there is no need for any more in their barrios. Applause. How about food trucks? Car washes? Hardware stores?

Congratulations Masters of their Craft!

I had the honor of serving as a judge for the in-house culinary competition among Marriott’s F&B culinary associates. The winner Miguel Angel Coronado, 10 years in F&B, 3 years with the resort, will go on to compete in the regional and later hopefully the semifinals, culminating in the Crowning of the Master of the Craft, in the fall in the presence of Mr. Marriott.

Miguel Angel prepared a fish dish, he cooked and seasoned it perfectly, the presentation of the plate was gorgeous. In my secret diary he got a few additional points for looking like Maluma.

The idea was to create a dish using the mystery ingredient, which was the Concomber di Aruba, yes, the humble cucumber.

Chris Webbs, had a fantastic fish dish with mango, with just 4 years in F&B and 6 months as an associate. He cooks with abandon, and confidence, and the sparkle in his eyes reveals the formation of a celebrity chef.

Nasir Soeratini, the only woman in the competition, 20 years in F&B and 6 months at the Marriott used the cucumber in a tasty ragout, and Jose Castillo, who finished the challenging contest first, 3 years in F&B at the resort, used the cucumber in a pesto.

Congratulation to Arturo Delgado for a great emcee job and competitors Adrian Florez, & Leandro Orozco for surprising us with such tasty dishes in just 40 minutes.

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May 18, 2019
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