Thursday, November 21, 2013

Aruba Nov.24 Reef and Mangrove Clean up

Volunteers needed!!!!! Reef and Mangrove Clean up

On initiative of FlyFishing Aruba this Sunday November 2 4th,  there will be a Clean up of the reefs and Mangroves. Starting from 1pm at the AWS pier (next to Marandi Restaurant).

Aruba Wakeboard School, Tranquilo Charters  Aruba  and  Fly Fishing Aruba, decided to take action after seeing more and more plastic and other items ending up in the ocean, straight from the dump; dirtying the beach shore, ocean and island, killing the ocean life and environment.

“Enough is Enough”he thought, and Flyfishing guide Laurenz van Mook posted his idea on Facbook  and many great responses came in right away. People and businesses directly got to work with his idea and offered to volunteer people, boats, gloves, and garbage bags, dumpsters, printing posters, food and drinks for the volunteers and so on.

It will be a great accomplishment on Sunday November 24th from 1pm till 6pm. Starting at the AWS pier (next to Marandi Restaurant), behind the airport.

Please come and help, and make sure you wear your water shoes and protect yourself from the sun.

For more information, please follow the Facebook page of FlyFishing Aruba.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Feng Shui choices when buying a condominium

When you are looking to buy a condominium, your Feng Shui criteria will certainly be different from the criteria of buying a house.

Good Feng Shui is good Feng Shui, and understanding what good energy is made of, will come in handy when you decide to go house hunting.

Add this Feng Shui list to your "must-have" list and you are ready to find that perfect condo.


1. Building location and energy.

The energy of the building influences the energy of the apartments in it. Since you have no control over the main entry of the building, be sure to choose wisely. A clean, well-lit main entry of an apartment building in a safe, friendly location is always a wise choice.

Feng shui-wise, you might be wondering which of the main doors can have your lucky feng shui directions: the main door of
your apartment or the main door of the building? The answer is: the main door of your apartment.

Another popular feng shui question: how important are the numbers of the building or condo? Not that important, I assure you. The concept of numbers in feng shui is a highly charged one. Feng shui of number 4 seems to be the one taking most of the hits, all based in a misunderstanding of a cultural interpretation. Number 4 is considered bad in traditional Chinese feng shui because it sounds like "death" in Cantonese.

Furthermore, how would you deal, feng shui-wise, with house numbers that you consider to be bad feng shui?

Let's start with the big picture.

Once you connect deeper to the energy of your home, you begin to understand how the feng shui of
your bedroom, for example, is connected to the state of your health; or how good feng shui at the main entrance strengthens the energy of the whole house


If possible, choose a condo on a higher floor, rather than on a lower level. The feng shui and real estate reasons behind it are obvious: the higher you go, the less condo’s above you, which means lighter energy for your condo. There is also more natural light, as well as a better views.


Feng shui-wise, it is best to avoid a condo directly facing the elevator or the staircase doors.


It is very important to check the flow of Chi, or energy before buying a condo/apartment. Later on it might be too expensive, or just plain impossible to make the desired changes for better feng shui.

Do you face a wall as soon as you enter your condo? Do you step into the kitchen right away?

Be sure the Chi either already flows smoothly in the condo, or you can adjust its flow with easy feng shui decor and furniture repositioning.

One of the basic ways to check the energy flow in your home is to imagine Chi, or energy, as water. If water where to flow into your home from the main door, where would it stagnate?

Would the water harmoniously and smoothly flow to all areas of your space, gently refreshing them, or would it rush right out the back door?

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

The best time to buy a property is now

 For many years now we are noticing the interest to sell is much bigger than the interest to buy, so we call this a buyer’s market.
Meaning that buyers can negotiate prices much more than some years ago. Remember that prices will rise in some time from now, so the time to buy affordable Real Estate is now. Waiting means fewer options.
There are many properties for sale, and fewer buyers. Interest rates are still lower than some years ago, so check out the local realtor websites so see if there is anything of your liking.

We have no MLS in Aruba yet, so please check the following websites for Aruba’s Real Estate listings: and so on.

It is still cheaper to buy then to rent. Buying a home gives you a chance to start building equity, and you are investing in your future. Even if you end up selling your home in 5 or 10 years, you could profit from the sale and invest that money elsewhere. If you’ve been dealing with rising rent or the hassles of costly moves for the past few years, settling in to a home can stabilize your housing expenses – especially if you get a fixed-rate loan at a great rate.
You won’t have to worry about your monthly housing expenses changing significantly for a few years, and you will pay for something that has more value than a rental property. Consider the benefits of making this type of contribution to your future month after month.

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