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Forum: Aruba in General Tuesday, April 17th, 2012, 07:37 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,395
Posted By charlescroes
Re: Aruba loves ya

The book is out. Check out the link below.

Aruba I Am Your Island | Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/ArubaIAmYourIsland)

be well amiga

charles
Forum: Aruba in General Tuesday, April 17th, 2012, 12:54 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,395
Posted By charlescroes
Aruba loves ya

Stand alone on the North Coast and scream "I LOVE YOU"
The South coast will respond "FORGET ME NOT"


I wish so much that I could find the words to let you know how much I love my island. Share...
Forum: Charles' Stories Monday, January 30th, 2012, 07:33 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 3,147
Posted By charlescroes
Re: Aruba is my home

Thanks ladies.

be well
charles
Forum: Charles' Stories Monday, January 30th, 2012, 01:27 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 924
Posted By charlescroes
Short love talks on the aruba beach

SHORT LOVE TALKS ON THE ARUBA BEACH

A couple walks down the beach and as they do they hold hands and talk. The dialogue in BOLD is the male.


How many times you figure?
Funny you asked, I was...
Forum: Aruba in General Saturday, January 28th, 2012, 08:29 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,155
Posted By charlescroes
My home is aruba

http://bb.visitaruba.com/f36/aruba-my-home-18076/#post108780
Forum: Charles' Stories Saturday, January 28th, 2012, 08:28 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 3,147
Posted By charlescroes
Aruba is my home

Home
More than ever I realize that home is not where the house is nor is it where the heart resides. For me, home is where it is that I measure life with a yardstick of simple moments and where it...
Forum: Charles' Stories Friday, September 30th, 2011, 11:47 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,502
Posted By charlescroes
All things aruban

A few nights ago, a new friend of mine invited me to a family celebration. In fact it was the birthday of his grandfather, a man that I met about 25 years ago when I contracted the (Then relatively...
Forum: Aruba in General Wednesday, September 7th, 2011, 10:27 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 898
Posted By charlescroes
Dancing marionettes

Hope you enjoy.
be well
charles


http://bb.visitaruba.com/f36/dance-thing-17382/#post107685
Forum: Charles' Stories Wednesday, September 7th, 2011, 10:25 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,595
Posted By charlescroes
The dance – the thing

THE DANCE – THE THING
The earliest I can recall noticing her is when I was just a boy. That is when I became aware of her.

Everywhere we went, she seemed to have also been invited, perhaps not -...
Forum: Aruba in General Sunday, August 28th, 2011, 10:02 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,159
Posted By charlescroes
Is aruba the right vacationing choice???

http://bb.visitaruba.com/f36/aruba-right-vacationing-choice-17338/#post107633
Forum: Charles' Stories Sunday, August 28th, 2011, 10:01 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,875
Posted By charlescroes
Is Aruba the right vacationing choice

Is Aruba the right vacationing choice
THE CHOICE – SHOULD WE OR SHOULDN’T WE
Making a vacation destination choice can be influenced by things we are only marginally aware of at best, such as:...
Forum: Charles' Stories Friday, August 26th, 2011, 04:34 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,887
Posted By charlescroes
Re: Constantly counting

Thanks "Dog". That is a nice compliment.
c
Forum: Aruba in General Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011, 10:40 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,008
Posted By charlescroes
Constantly counting

Hey all, thanks for coming back to our mutual home - Aruba. Hope you enjoy.

http://bb.visitaruba.com/f36/constantly-counting-17304/#post107585
Forum: Charles' Stories Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011, 10:38 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,887
Posted By charlescroes
Constantly counting

I write this for the many people that keep returning and calling Aruba a special place. Thank you for that.


I counted my year, then months and as they dwindled down I counted the weeks. Now it...
Forum: Aruba in General Saturday, August 20th, 2011, 11:16 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,624
Posted By charlescroes
Re: As good for you as it was for me

Yeah - I goofed up. It works now. Hope you enjoy the link LINC

Thanks for reading me.

be well
charles
Forum: Charles' Stories Saturday, August 20th, 2011, 11:11 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,194
Posted By charlescroes
As good for you as it was for me

I come to you arriving in a setting of madness, seeking my way – less blindly this time than last – to your welcoming face and the bed you offer. At the end of first night, the sun taps its’ golden...
Forum: Aruba in General Saturday, August 20th, 2011, 12:16 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,624
Posted By charlescroes
As good for you as it was for me

http://bb.visitaruba.com/f36/good-you-me-17284/#post107561
Forum: Aruba in General Saturday, August 20th, 2011, 02:44 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,104
Posted By charlescroes
An imaginary Beach scene

Dreaming is fun.

http://bb.visitaruba.com/f36/threads-white-cotton-17278/#post107553
Forum: Charles' Stories Saturday, August 20th, 2011, 02:42 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,025
Posted By charlescroes
Threads of white cotton

I slip the through threads of white cotton curtains that sway, almost sensuously, to a rhythm of island breezes. At my door I stop and look out - coffee in hand leaning against one side of the frame....
Forum: Aruba in General Friday, August 5th, 2011, 05:47 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,959
Posted By charlescroes
Re: Skype?

I saw a guy walking around the pool deck at the Marriott with a small lap top that had a camera installed and he was on skype talking. Interesting

be well
charles
Forum: Aruba in General Friday, August 5th, 2011, 05:35 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,498
Posted By charlescroes
Smart time to rent

I was asked so I will post it. If this is taken off, I harbor no hard feelings.

There are quite a few cell phone rental companies on the Island. We are all more or less the same and each rental...
Forum: Aruba in General Friday, August 5th, 2011, 05:13 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 10,106
Posted By charlescroes
Re: Bad experience U-Save (ACE) car rental

I hate to read this kind of thing. Over the last year or so, I have been recommending "Smart-Rentals" as a good option. They just took care of four rentals to one large group that I sent there and...
Forum: Aruba in General Tuesday, July 26th, 2011, 07:02 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,741
Posted By charlescroes
Re: Magic show at westin

Junior and I were at (CLIFFIX) the local and only instrument store because he wants a drum set. OMDB (overmydeadbody) and he starts up the conversation with Adam who then feels obligated to do a...
Forum: Aruba in General Monday, July 25th, 2011, 05:48 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,741
Posted By charlescroes
Magic show at westin

We went to the magic show at the Westin. It had some neat tricks but it was actually not as focused on magic as it was just being very good entertainment that had me doing something I haven't done...
Forum: Aruba in General Thursday, July 14th, 2011, 12:40 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,349
Posted By charlescroes
Thank you - Hang in there

Hi all, I have received several mails regarding my lack of posting stories. Explanation is that we are in the last phases of the book project and it is all consuming. I'll be back!!!
be well...
Forum: Aruba in General Thursday, June 23rd, 2011, 09:28 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,520
Posted By charlescroes
Re: Fly fishing in Aruba

Hi,
Try GOOGLE and look up Fly Fishing on Aruba. There is a great guide that handles fly fishing in the mangrove areas, including Spanish Lagoon. I have never used him but understand that he is...
Forum: Lisa's Box of Treasures Thursday, June 23rd, 2011, 09:19 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 4,970
Posted By charlescroes
Re: Legend of Pirates

Lisa,
Great story that hits on several interesting and probably very true points. As you may have guessed by now, I am putting together a book and that required research. I love research but the...
Forum: Aruba in General Wednesday, June 8th, 2011, 12:19 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,641
Posted By charlescroes
An aruba happening

http://bb.visitaruba.com/f36/aruba-happenings-16970/#post106994
Forum: Charles' Stories Wednesday, June 8th, 2011, 12:12 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,540
Posted By charlescroes
The Aruba Happenings

Things happen all over the world that should be remarked on, unfortunately, the fodder for our attentions is often the darker news and information. Perhaps there is a different side to things.
...
Forum: Aruba in General Tuesday, June 7th, 2011, 12:55 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,824
Posted By charlescroes
Re: A vs C

Hi
It all has to do with the attitude you go there with. Aruba is wide open to relaxation and fun. Here, you are catered to and much attention is paid to how it is our tourists feel while here. ...
Forum: Charles' Stories Friday, May 27th, 2011, 03:16 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,403
Posted By charlescroes
In The Beginning

When uninhabited, it must have been an unforgiving place. Everything was subject and slave to the bending powers of the winds and the harshness of a daytime sky. This place was sheltered from the...
Forum: Charles' Stories Saturday, May 14th, 2011, 12:47 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,389
Posted By charlescroes
An aruban heroes lament

Sitting in his parlor room, he looked off to the side. Almost a stare but yet there was an intensity and a glimpse of loneliness that made up his stare. His right hand mindlessly scratched his left...
Forum: Aruba in General Wednesday, May 4th, 2011, 11:06 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,111
Posted By charlescroes
Alto vista

A favorite place of mine and one that I seldom write about. I was inspired to do so and for this I say Thank You.

http://bb.visitaruba.com/f36/alto-vista-16794/

be well
charles
Forum: Charles' Stories Wednesday, May 4th, 2011, 11:03 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,271
Posted By charlescroes
Alto vista

A special place needs few words.


There is a silence there that speaks loudly to the visitor. Awe sets in and consumes your thoughts about how it was probably constructed and the huge effort...
Forum: Aruba in General Saturday, April 30th, 2011, 11:40 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,651
Posted By charlescroes
Re: Kiosk at Aruba airport?

Not that it should be a preoccupying thing, however if you think about it, many of the shops and Kiosks continue to re-shuffle and change locations. I asked one of the kiosk (store) owners about...
Forum: Aruba in General Friday, April 22nd, 2011, 01:42 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,068
Posted By charlescroes
Forum: Aruba in General Thursday, April 21st, 2011, 07:40 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,068
Posted By charlescroes
Re: What's cookin at Cubas Cookin?

My friend, that place has all of the craziness and wonder of a real Caribbean story. When I find out, I will lwt you know.
c
Forum: Aruba in General Thursday, April 21st, 2011, 12:47 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,068
Posted By charlescroes
What's cookin at Cubas Cookin?

Found out that CC is moving to another (easier access) destination soon. Major focus seems to be to maintain the total charm that the place currently has. I think ownership can pull it off.
This...
Forum: Aruba in General Tuesday, April 19th, 2011, 01:34 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,571
Posted By charlescroes
Aruba and how it works

As some of you know, I have been working on a book since I was seven months old and am half way through it. The problem with the written word is RESEARCH. You have to look up and verify and compare...
Forum: Aruba in General Thursday, April 14th, 2011, 12:28 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,546
Posted By charlescroes
Praise is sometimes needed

Every once in a while, praise is really needed. In the past weeks, I have seen some interaction between local businesses and our valued tourists that I can assure you was above and beyond the call...
Forum: Aruba in General Friday, April 8th, 2011, 02:45 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,846
Posted By charlescroes
Re: Personalized Aruba Postage Stamps.

I was told but do not remember. It isn't much at all. Give me a few days to research this further.
be well
charles
Forum: Aruba Timeshare and Vacation Property News Thursday, April 7th, 2011, 01:11 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,464
Posted By charlescroes
Timeshare a House

One of the most interesting things going on now-a-days is the timesharing of homes. What happens is that (as an example) 6 couples get together and buy a house. Between themselves, they set up a...
Forum: Aruba in General Wednesday, April 6th, 2011, 05:15 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,846
Posted By charlescroes
Personalized Aruba Postage Stamps.

Hi all,
Just found out about a neat item on Aruba. wish I had thought of it myself. You can go to the post office at Palm Beach Plaza Mall and to the post office and they take a picture or let you...
Forum: Aruba in General Tuesday, March 29th, 2011, 01:26 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,130
Posted By charlescroes
The Walk

I was motivated to write this as my wife and I sat by the sea.

It was a special day.



http://bb.visitaruba.com/f36/walk-16598/#post106361
Forum: Charles' Stories Tuesday, March 29th, 2011, 01:15 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,435
Posted By charlescroes
The Walk

It happens all the time that we see these visions and just don't talk about them. This particular one happened to be my wife at the time. Lovely lady to say the least.

I had just finished...
Forum: Aruba in General Sunday, March 27th, 2011, 02:54 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,666
Posted By charlescroes
Re: Fishing?

[QUOTE=rooster;106295]I will be visiting Aruba for the first time during early May, and I’m an avid fisherman.

Following is my advise _ humble as it may be.

I plan to arm myself with a...
Forum: Aruba in General Monday, March 21st, 2011, 12:02 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,204
Posted By charlescroes
Rancho

As promised

http://bb.visitaruba.com/f36/rancho-16558/#post106278
Forum: Charles' Stories Sunday, March 20th, 2011, 11:59 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,729
Posted By charlescroes
Rancho

“Rancho”
As promised:


It is shown on some maps and on others where it perhaps it should be, it isn’t. It is a section that abuts the immediate Northern border of the Oranjestad Township. It...
Forum: Aruba in General Thursday, March 17th, 2011, 07:51 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,438
Posted By charlescroes
Re: Aruba vs SXM

Am very familiar with both. As Local Lisa pointed out, there are some ethnic and cultural differences and others will point out the geography etc. My take on it is this:

It's about people and...
Forum: Caribbean Palm Village Tuesday, March 15th, 2011, 06:41 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,299
Posted By charlescroes
Re: New Board of Directors

About 18 years ago, we were in the process of writing timeshare law guidelines for Aruba and eventually St, Martin. In that process, it was suggested that ANY BOARD had to go through a full change...
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