Saturday, November 17, 2018

Real estate buyers, read this

Lots of information and tips about investing in Aruba, for first time buyers on the #onehappyisland of #Aruba
See link;
If you have any comment/ question please contact me at;

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Over 14 years posting Blog updates

hi all,
Over 14 years I have been posting Blog updates about Aruba, real estate, and so on.
It is time to find myself guest bloggers.
Do you have a story to share, pictures or tips for Aruba and/or real estate lovers, please contact me;

Saturday, August 04, 2018

Real Estate in Aruba

so many great listings, where to start?

the best is to check the website for yourself, see link; if you are interested to buy a condo, house, piece of land, or rent long term in Aruba, please contact me via;
Yearly property tax is just 0.4%, I know, hard to believe it can be that low. Rental income is high, so it is easy to make money with your investment #Aruba.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Social media versus blogging

I have been changing the way I post my pictures and stories on-line;
blogging since 2004, posting on Facebook since 2007, and on Instagram since 2017.
Not sure which is the best way to go, to promote Aruba "one happy island" on-line as Aruba Connections, but for sure, all 3 will be updated by me on a regular basis.
Posting on Instagram has been proven to be the easiest from my cell phone, since my camera stays at home most of the time, and the Samsung S7 is a great mobile to take pictures with (day time), at night; not so much.

Therefor I have linked my ArubaConnections Insta and FB account, so both share the pictures and text I am posting. Time savings, my favorite :-)

De Palm Island- Aruba _totally all-inclusive

See Facebook link;

Picture by Visit Aruba

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Retire in Aruba

Do you want to #retire in #Aruba?
See this link where you can read about the process:
Basically you need proof of income, to start with.

Aruba is a small and friendly hurricane free island, and real estate prices are great. see link; and/or email me your inquiries;
English is the international spoken language on the island, and the sun shines every day of the year.
You will love it here. See you there :-)

Friday, June 08, 2018

Jolly Pirates- Aruba

Such a great trip, day time/ night time, snorkeling, open bar, whatever you feel like. Last time we had seen large sea turtles during snorkeling. 
The Best!!

For inquiries/ reseverations, please contact;

Phone: +297 586 8107

Sunday, June 03, 2018

de Palm island- Aruba

This unique coral island, just off the coast of Aruba, offers something for everyone! Just bring your towel, swimwear, camera and enjoy. de Palm island, the place to be.
Breakfast & lunch buffet, open bar, snorkel gear, guided snorkel tours, beach relaxation, snorkeling, biplane, air-jumpers, water park, unlimited banana boat rides, salsa lessons, beach activities and more.
Available upgrades:
Sea Trek, Snuba, private beach cabanas, VIP Palapas, temporary tattoos and massages.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Rumor has it; Mermaids will visit Aruba

Today I hope to witness a Mermaid sighting.
Somewhere in Aruba on a sandy beach, location is a secret, there is a change we will be able to see a Mermaid in the ocean. Mermaid sightings are very rare nowadays, because less people believe in them. I believe, so I have a chance in spotting them. I will wear anything I have Mermaidy, to see if my sisters will come to shore.

I will bring my camera too and will post anything interesting here on this blog, once mermaids are seen. If this week they do not show, I will go back tomorrow and update you.

Friday, April 13, 2018

writing for the Simply...Woman Global Summit

What am I doing in Aruba at the moment?

Well; I have a new writing assignment, which is going to be great. It is called: "Positive thinking, it is a lifestyle". That 7 tips document, will be my Free bonus gift to you. It is about learning how to think more positive. You can really learn it and it is a change of mindset. It is a wonderful thing, once you train this ability. When you sign up to my news letter here on this webpage, I will email you this Free bonus gift.. 

Crystal Andrus Morissette has gathered together 29 magnificent women who have risen against the odds for the first-ever Simply...Woman Global Summit and it starts this Saturday, April 14th!

You will want to meet these women, listen to their stories, and reap the benefits of their profound life lessons!

Every day for 30 days, you'll get to watch (or you can listen to the audio-only version) of a 30-minute interview I have with each of our contributing authors for the new book, "Simply...Woman! Stories from 30 magnificent women who have risen against the odds."

On day two, meet Shelli Lether as she recounts her life in Hollywood, married to a blockbuster movie producer who battles her own demons as she realizes she does not have the skills to parent her children and she is imploding. Her picture-perfect life is far from perfect.

You'll also want to meet Neyor on Day 3 from Liberia, Africa as she shares about her life growing up and the devastation of the Liberian Civil War. She has adopted 44 children -- many who were children soldiers. Her story is so powerful!

You'll also want to meet Hamda, who lives in Palestine. Her harrowing tale of travelling through the Occupied Territory for close to 12-hours to get out of the country into Jordan and then the long flight home to America, where her sister has gone missing, and the police are searching for her is riveting!

These are just a few of the stories in our Simply...Woman Global Summit. I guarantee, all these women will leave you laughing, crying and cheering not only for them but your own life, as well!

Plus, you'll receive a gift from all of our authors -- as well as from Crystal! In fact, there are over 60+ bonus gifts up for grabs including the '12-Week Emotional Edge Telecourse' that starts in September!

All you have to do is register; there is no charge!

#TogetherWeRise #TimesUp #SimplyWoman

Monday, April 02, 2018

Moving abroad

Moving abroad- People often ask me; "how did you do it"?
Moving to Aruba, finding a job, getting the permit, and buying a house. It is not that difficult but you need to do some research before moving, save some money, get your paperwork in order, and have a place to stay (rent) for the beginning of your stay in a new country.

I moved from the Netherlands to Spain (Southern Europe), then to Belize (Central America) and last but not least; Aruba (Southern Caribbean).
In each country the government officials need to see either; proof of income, and/ or an employer signing for you to work for them.
In order to get your residence to work or retire, there are several things needed;
a clean police record, in some countries a lung photo or another doctors proof that you have no illness that can spread, a birth certificate, a proof of income and/or savings, proof of (travel) insurance.

In Aruba there is a website where you can book an appointment with a government official, see link;
Their language options are Dutch, English and Spanish.
On their website, Dimas provides you with information about which paperwork you need to hand in and that is also where I started myself; Dimas. After spending 10 days on the island, I knew right away; "this is where I want to live".

Within 6 months after that first visit to Aruba I moved to Aruba, rented an apartment, started to work within approx. 3 months (waiting time to get the work permit) and we are now 14 years later, and I never looked back. This sunny & friendly island makes my heart happy.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Flip Flop Festival April 30, 2018 Aruba

Flip Flop Festival Welcomes The World Famous Reggae Artist Alborosie Official Page. He Will Be Rocking The Stage With Hit Tracks Such As: Kingston Town, Poser, Respect, Still Blazing, and many more.

Jamaican Dancehall singer BEENIE MAN referred to as the world's "King of Dancehall" will also be performing at the Flip Flop Festival 2018! Are You Ready to dance to Girls Dem Sugar, Who Am I, Sim Simma and many more.

order your tickets via;

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Simply...Woman -Order your book here and now

I am so proud to offer you this book, written by 30 strong women.

Order your online book HERE via Paypal;

Regular sales price is $15 but when you order through this link, we will provide you with an on-line version of the book for just US$10,-

Once I receive your Paypal payment, I will send the on-line version of this inspirational book to your email address.

Our new book, "Simply...Woman: Stories from 30 magnificent women who have risen against the odds!"

Real Estate tips for buying in Aruba

Buy land, a condo or a home on Aruba.

Very often we hear from our clients that they were told that non-residents cannot buy land, a condominium or a home in Aruba. We can tell you that these stories are not true. All non-residents can buy land or a house in Aruba going through the same process as the Aruban residents. They can buy a home on property land as well as on long lease land.

Long Lease land

Besides property land you can buy a house which is built on lease land. This land is owned by the Land of Aruba and the lease is for 60 years.

A yearly fee is paid for these lease rights. After the 60 years, the lease period will automatically be extended with another 60 years. The only thing that might happen when the lease period is extended is an increase in the yearly fee.

Most of the houses situated in Arashi, Malmok, Tierra del Sol, Topaz, Safir, Esmeralda, Ruby, Opal, Salinja Serca and Palm Beach are built on lease land. Many non-residents have bought there and will keep buying in those areas although the homes are built on lease land!

The reason they keep buying houses in those areas is because of their locations. These areas are close to the spas, golf course, tennis courts and shopping malls. Another huge advantage is the distance to the ocean.

Condo projects

Currently there are several condo projects in development on Aruba. For more information about these projects, you can contact us and we will be more than happy to assist you. 


The most attractive fact when you are thinking of buying a house in Aruba is that the costs related to the ownership of a house or land are very low.

The only yearly tax you have to pay is called land tax. This land tax is usually based on the selling price. The first USD 34.000 is free of tax. On average you pay USD 4 per USD 1.000.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Flag day in Aruba 2018, March 18

The Flag of Aruba was officially adopted on March 18th 1976, along with the official anthem; Aruba Dushi Tera, composed by Padu del Caribe (Lampe), Hubert Booi and Rufo Wever.
A strong sense of pride is displayed each year, as Arubans celebrate their Flag and Anthem Day.
There are many activities to do and see, see link:

Friday, February 23, 2018

International Women's day, March 8

Dear friend,

Who doesn't want to mix and mingle with like-minded, fascinating, fun, loving, intuitive, creative people who make you feel good about yourself?

Who doesn't enjoy live music, bongos, swaying, and singing?

Who doesn't love a celebration of life, love, and all things divine?

Who doesn't love a get-together with other fabulous women, good food, and great times?

And who doesn’t love a getting a great new book signed by your favourite authors?

Well, we know you do! Because you're fabulous too! And we want to celebrate you!

On March 8th -- International Women's Day and the 9th Anniversary of the S.W.A.T. Institute -- we're having a party in Toronto, Canada and you're invited! Men are very welcome too.

Please come and help us celebrate:

~ Our new book, "Simply...Woman: Stories from 30 magnificent women who have risen against the odds!" We have contributing authors who are flying in from around the world! Let's show them how amazing Canadians are! A book by best selling author Crystal Andrus Morissette

~ The 9th Anniversary of the S.W.A.T. Institute! We’re now in over 30 countries empowering women worldwide!

~ International Women's Day – March 8th – this year is THE YEAR for women!

~ SWAYoga -- a new kind of yoga designed by women for women! This yoga is going to ROCK your world and heal your body!

~ And.... Julia's, new TV show GlamMasters, produced by Kim Kardashian West that premieres February 28th on Lifetime!

We've rented the ballroom at the Radisson Admirable Harbourfront Hotel in Toronto, and we're planning a really fun evening!

Our special guests, The Oracle -- Colette Baron-Reid will be doing random readings for guests!

And Juno-Award Winning, Errol Starr Francis will be introducing our new music for SWAY! The vibe is incredible and my husband Aaron Morissette will be joining him on bongos.

Come! Have some fun! Put your worries away for the evening and let's celebrate!

Click here for details:

Mark your calendar now and grab your ticket before we sell out!

Huge love,

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