|March 28, 2018|
The official animal of Aruba is the Aruban Burrowing Owl. (Athene Cunicularia)
The Burrowing Owl can mostly be found at the Arikok National Park, the island’s protected wilderness sprawling across 18 percent of Aruba’s land area on the Eastern part of the island.
Some tourist have spotted the Burrowing Owl hunting for food on Eagle Beach in the mornings. It’s supposedly a rare sighting so if you see it - take a picture!
There are roughly 200 other species of birds on Aruba. You can also see Topical Mocking Birds, Vibrant Orange Trupial, Yellow Head Parakeet, Scarlet Ibia, Black Noodies, and pelicans all over the island.
The Bubali Pond, a former saltwater pond, is a perfect place to find the birds and other exotic wildlife. The pond became fresh water because of overflow from the wastewater treatment plant
There are lots of lizards in Aruba. It is believed that half of all the known lizard species live in Aruba. They are just about every place on the island.
Iguanas are well present on the island. Most of them tend to stay away from the beach area. Usually, when you see one they are munching on leaves.
There are a few rattlesnakes that live in the Arikok National Park - far away from where tourist are enjoying their vacations. (An Interesting fact that no one has ever been bitten by a rattlesnake in Aruba.)
Lots of exciting Marine life: manta rays, stingrays, eagle rays, turtles, moray eels, barracuda, scorpion fish, jacks, yellow tails, groupers and octopuses.
There’s also donkeys, goats wondering around the rural areas of the Island.
|March 21, 2018|
Instead of renting a car, or taking a taxi, tourist can take the bus to various points on the island. On the island of Aruba the public transportation bus is the Arubus.
Arubus N.V. is the major public transportation of Aruba owned by the Government of Aruba. We provide public transportation over major areas of the island. We also provide public school buses and private charters.
Over the past 35 years Arubus has grown from a fleet of 14 busses to a total 42 busses.
Our fleet consists of: 15 International busses, 12 Yutong busses and 21 Volvo busses
The main hub is at the Oranjestad Bus Terminal, where you can connect to other buses to travel throughout the rest of the island.
There is two bus that travels along the route, the big bus and a little bus. The big bus cost a little more than the smaller bus.
All the reviews that I saw online talk about how clean the buses are and how friendly the drivers are. Make sure to let the driver know where you are going as they might recommend a different stop for you to get off on.
There is a smart card where you can get a reduce bus fair. However, you need to be a resident of the island to get the card. The Smart Card is only available at the Oranjestad Bus Terminal and not at the airport.
They only accept cash on board the bus, you can get change - so you don't need exact change.
|March 14, 2018|
A vacation is complete without finding something special to remember your trip. When picking out your ideal souvenir, you want something that is unique to the location.
Here are five "must have" souvenirs from Aruba from various island tourists.
This seems to be the most common thing that people get when they visit the island. You can buy the lotion at many stores on the island. Visit the factory to get a tour of how they make the location.
Aruba Aloe Factory, Museum and Store
The Aruban License plates are unique and make great wall decorations to a beach house. Someone that really likes Aruba has the license plate decorated around their hot tub at their home.
You can find them everywhere around the island. They are unique and not easily available off the island.
In the Palm Beach area are several small art shops where you can buy locally made pottery and art designs.
There is a flea market just across the street from the Renaissance Mall
A popular bag that you may see people have at the Aruba airport and beaches. The bag features: California lighthouse, Indian Cave Paintings, Immigration Stamps and the DiviDivi tree and the Aruba license plate.
You can find the bag at the Airport (Shopping Area and Gate 5), Marriott Vacation Club at Tropical Breeze, Renaissance Mall at Cocosol, Royal Plaza in Fantasea.
You can great deals on Watches and other Jewelry items in downtown Oranjestad.
The "Touch of Gold" store actually sells jewelry that is made on the island - which is considered rare since most stores just sell imports.
You can bargain with most stores to get a cheaper price than what you see.
There are several Pandora stores on Aruba, you can find an exclusive Aruba Charm. It's the Aruba symbol on an official pandora charm. It can only be purchased in Aruba.
|March 7, 2018|
There are two Aruba signs that are perfect to show everyone that you're in Aruba. One is the colorful Aruba sign with a star, and the other is the 'I Love Aruba' sign.
The purpose of this blog post is to show where you can locate these signs on the island. This is based on other blog posts and the GPS information on photos found online.
The best bet for finding these signs is visiting downtown Oranjestad.
Thanks to Eric Mijts for the 'I Love Aruba' photo.
There are two places where you can find this sign in Aruba. There is a smaller version of the sign that has been moving around the island on a trailer - usually park for a long duration.
Original and Largest Version
Downtown Oranjestad near the Marina and next to the Renaissance Hotel in Oranjestad.
In the Palm Beach area - in front of the Riu and Hilton Resorts.
California Lighthouse area - near the White Lighthouse Restaurant.
You can find the sign in Linear Park near downtown Oranjestad. It's located just off the Lloyd G. Smith Blvd. It's located on the right-hand side of the road, chances are you'll see it on your way to your hotel from the airport.
Palm Beach Area - There's a smaller sign near the Senor Frogs.
|February 28, 2018|
Your vacations plan to Aruba might be to sit and relax on the beach for the entire duration of the vacation. However, by day three you may get a bit bored and feel the need to venture away from the all exclusive resort.
Here are some island tours that might be interesting to take. (I haven't taken any of these, so I can't really speak on experience on how good they really are.)
See the beautiful deep Caribbean Sea from a U.S. Coast guard approved submarine. Tour last 1 hour 50 mins and cost $105 for adults and $79 for kids.
Tour the Island of Aruba from Aruba's #1 Jeep Tour Company. You can choose the Cave Pool & North-Coast Explorer, Rugged Natural Pool Safari or the Blackstone Treasures UTV Tour.
The Island Ultimate looks to be the tour to take. It's a full day tour where you take an adventurous off-road tour of the island. Cost is $108 per adult, a child is $70. Tour includes a Hot Lunch and Snorkeling Gear.
Surfside Beach Experience takes you from your hotel to Splash Park Aruba
Enjoy a couple of hours of fun in the water in Aruba's only inflatable water park - located just off Surfside Reach.
Cost is $45 a person for a two-hour fun time in the park
|February 21, 2018|
Queen Beatrix International Airport, is an international airport located in Oranjestad, Aruba. It has flight services to the United States, Trinidad, and Tobago, most countries in the Caribbean.
Thanks to Flickr user Rcoppola for the photo!
There is no Airport Shuttle service to get/from the resort. According to Marriott's Website, the estimated taxi fare is $30 one-way.
There are various limousine services available and they cost about $100 more.
There are no public transportation means to get to the Marriott Surf Club.
|February 14, 2018|
This spring we’ll be visiting the island of Aruba. This will be our first visit to this tropical island. Over the next few week’s I’ll be looking into interesting things about the island.
Aruba is a tiny Dutch Caribbean island off the coast of Venezuela, has dry, sunny weather, blond beaches, and gentle surf.
Aruba is a popular winter destination for those that live in the New England. It provides a great break from enduring the long frigid winter weather. There are non-stop flights from Boston, New York, and twelve other major United States Airport. Just about every location is at least one stop away from Aruba.
|June 28, 2017|
Have you ever worked on a document and then an idea came up for something completely unrelated to what your working on?
Ya, it happens to everyone.
The problem is if you completely stop what you're doing - you'll loose focus on the task at hand.
EverNote Helper (Menu Item) can be a real life saver. When you encounter a distraction thought, such as "I should really check out that Tom Cruise - Tom Gun Music Video" you can just make a quick note without closing the program you're in. This is possible because EverNote Helper is a Macintosh/Windows system-wide utility.
I have found that EverNote helper is good way to remember things when you don't want to interupt your current task.
As an added bonus, you can take a quick screenshot with your quick note. You don't need to take a full-screen shot - you can just take a picture of a selected area of the screen or any window.
Macintosh users can add a voice recording but I don't see any use for that. At my office it's pretty quiet - I don't think I would ever use this.
Don't think it's something you need to use? Check out some real world tasks that have happen to me:
At first I thought having another menu item didn't make any sense. However, I discovered that it makes perfect sense for just a quick note.
Once you remember the keyboard commands you'll be using this feature all the time.
Quick Cheat Sheet Guide.
Think about it - when was the last time your desktop sticky note had a screenshot?
|June 7, 2017|
EverNote is a great tool to organize everyday notes. You can put notes in Notebooks and tag them so you can easily find them later.
Did you know that EverNote Supports Emoji icons? It's a cool way to highlight notes or notebooks. Check out this example of the Done and Food Notebooks.
As you can see it's pretty easy to identify the use of those particular notebooks.
Emoji are a small digital image or icon used to express an idea, emotion, etc., in electronic communication.
You can use emoji within your documents. But did you know that you can use them in headers and in Notebook names?
This can make it easier for certain notes or notebooks to stand out. As in the above example, my 'Done' notebook is where I store completed Blog notes.
Androd Emoji and Apple Emoji are different, this is important to know if your using EverNote on different devices types.
Also keep in mind that Apple and Android don't have the same Emoji library. When Android encounter an Emoji that is not in their library, you'll get a box to indicate an incomplete emoji, If you keep a single OS platform, then this isn't a problem.
Using Emoji is a good way to make ordinary notes stand out. This is a great idea for those reference notes that you may need to use all the time.
Just remember to not throw an Emoji on synced Notebooks. (i.e. Notebooks that are being used by IFTTT, such as Twitter and IOS Photos.) If you add an Emoji, you're essentially changing the name and that may cause the sync to fail.
|February 26, 2016|
If you do a search around the internet for instructions on scanning documents directly to Evernote on a Macintosh, you'll find that many are out of date. You may think it's no longer possible. Well it still is...and it's very easy to set up.
Here's my simple instructions on how to capture scan images and put them directly into Evernote using Image Capture version 6.7 (OS X El Capitan)
Scan file items will appear as individual notes in Evernote. Immediately after the scan, you will have an opportunity to make some notes. This is a good time to comment on why you scan the item.
Evernote recommends to use Color as the "Kind:" and to scan at 72 dpi resolution. (See the example screenshot)
If you have Evernote Premium, the text in the scan items will be searchable. This includes photos. This means if you have a photo with an inspirational quote, you can search for it.
Note: This is backward compatible, which means that if you upgrade to Premium today, anything that you already have in Evernote account will be searchable. Make sure to give Evernote some time to scan and index all your document and photos after you upgrade.