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Forum: Aruba in General Monday, November 12th, 2012, 01:09 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 4,637
Posted By JohnJT
Re: Restaurant Tipping Ettiquette & The "Service Charge"

Just my opinion if they add 15% to the bill:

If the service is awful...they get nothing.
If the service is good or better...add 5% or whatever you might add accordingly in US.

It is a...
Forum: Aruba in General Thursday, May 17th, 2012, 04:44 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,375
Posted By JohnJT
Re: Best Market to Pick up some groceries

On the original topic, we personally like Ling's.
We stay 3 weeks so we also look at the other major markets.
It would be great if the new Super Food is ready when we go in September. We do think...
Forum: Aruba in General Wednesday, October 5th, 2011, 11:26 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,326
Posted By JohnJT
Re: resizing a pic

I am mystified by the whole process.
I'd like to put pictures in some e-mail that would not be "jumbo" size...ones that would expand if you click on them.
If you can share a method, please let us...
Forum: Aruba in General Sunday, August 14th, 2011, 11:02 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,323
Posted By JohnJT
Re: Resource For Available Timeshare Weeks?

Maybe it is late in my time zone. Maybe I don't understand.

It is great to snag a bargain. Since we have fixed timeshare weeks, I don't know the best route. We usually try (and book) about 6...
Forum: Aruba in General Thursday, August 4th, 2011, 03:36 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,726
Posted By JohnJT
Re: Aruba Bound!!

Kent,

You are indeed the grand ambassador of the snorkeling world!
I am sad that I've lost the ability to snorkle (age and bad knees).
Also sad that I'm not in Aruba when you are.

We just...
Forum: Aruba in General Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011, 05:05 PM
Replies: 2,467
Views: 574,827
Posted By JohnJT
Re: let's do a countdown part 2

We're just back from 2 weeks in Hawaii for a family reunion/wedding.
Now the countdown can begin to our 3 weeks in Aruba...starting on September 10th. I think that is 6 weeks from this coming...
Forum: Aruba in General Monday, August 1st, 2011, 11:57 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,749
Posted By JohnJT
Re: Magic show at westin

We've met Adam on at least 2 occasions, so he is a "fixture" on Aruba for a few years. He has the skills to please an audience. He is very pleasant when chatting...working a potential audience. As...
Forum: Aruba in General Saturday, July 2nd, 2011, 07:35 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,350
Posted By JohnJT
Re: Did i make a mistake?

If the behavior is as bad as reported, we are certainly glad we go in September.
I just do not understand it...from those who do it and those who tolerate it.
It's seems like a mess...and a big,...
Forum: Aruba in General Monday, June 20th, 2011, 09:22 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,528
Posted By JohnJT
Re: Fly fishing in Aruba

Sorry to send the topic off in a different direction.
However, Kent, after reading your messages, I am very sorry that I am too old and decrepit to enjoy snorkeling with you. Haven't snorkeled...
Forum: Aruba in General Monday, June 20th, 2011, 09:08 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,587
Posted By JohnJT
Re: Stale?

Amy is very informative.
In my opinion, things did change when one person ended her association with this board.
It was much more vibrant.
Forum: Aruba in General Wednesday, June 8th, 2011, 01:33 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,648
Posted By JohnJT
Re: An aruba happening

Charles:
The similar link on that OTHER bulletin board does not seem to work.
It does not lead to the story and comes up with a cryptic message that one cannot post to the bulletin board.
Glad I...
Forum: Aruba in General Saturday, April 30th, 2011, 11:25 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,654
Posted By JohnJT
Re: Kiosk at Aruba airport?

There used to be a "cart" in the hallway on arrival. Gone now!
Now, it is a fixed location just beyond the baggage carousels...if you are exiting the airport, it is in the far right corner of the...
Forum: Aruba in General Monday, April 25th, 2011, 04:08 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,562
Posted By JohnJT
Re: Aruba Cuaresma Celebration

Thank you for the excellent description of the Easter holiday/holyday in Aruba.
We've not been there at Easter itself, but we were there when the Queen's Birthday/Labor Day holiday happened near a...
Forum: Aruba in General Tuesday, April 12th, 2011, 05:54 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,466
Posted By JohnJT
Re: Bus stops

Age creates confusion.
But I thought I'd try to make a comment about bus stops in the low-rise area.
Northbound, from the city to the hotels, the bus comes out past the Tamarijn and Divi Aruba...
Forum: Aruba in General Thursday, April 7th, 2011, 03:03 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,978
Posted By JohnJT
Re: excited and curious...

Thanks again, LocaLisa!
After all these years, I did not realize that beach areas along that waterfront had names like Playa Fofoti and Playa Klip.
I'll wager few tourists know that.
We go back to...
Forum: Aruba in General Wednesday, April 6th, 2011, 11:02 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,978
Posted By JohnJT
Re: excited and curious...

We've been visiting in September (every year) for 23 years.
I'm trying to understand how the closing of 'Main Street' will impact traffic from the airport to the low-rise timeshares...or any hotels....
Forum: Aruba in General Friday, April 1st, 2011, 06:25 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,235
Posted By JohnJT
Re: Linda - Linda's Pancakes

We do extend our sympathy to family and friends.
I don't think we have met Linda, but we have certainly enjoyed our visits on several occasions.
We hope the business survives!
Forum: Aruba in General Monday, March 21st, 2011, 04:04 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 5,247
Posted By JohnJT
Re: 5 Guys Burger"s Now on the Island

Going through northern Europe years ago, the standard was to have mayonaise with fries (pronounced something like my-o-nessa). It reminded me of something like tartar sauce...not straight mayonaise....
Forum: Aruba in General Thursday, March 10th, 2011, 07:33 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,238
Posted By JohnJT
Re: Citi Visa compromised in 3 days in Aruba

So far, we haven't had a problem with credit cards in Aruba. Knock on wood.
We DO notify credit card companies. Chase has made it "automated"...they don't even want to know where you are...
Forum: Aruba in General Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011, 03:57 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 7,889
Posted By JohnJT
Re: Fruit in aruba

We have a watercolor drawing of the place (near the Royal Plaza) that LocaLisa describes. We remember when it was called The Fruitmarket and it is mostly what was sold. We're going back to the late...
Forum: Aruba in General Monday, February 21st, 2011, 03:29 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 5,247
Posted By JohnJT
Re: 5 Guys Burger"s Now on the Island

I guess Five Guys franchises are exploding around the country and now the Caribbean.
They recently moved into 2 locations in Daytona Beach - Port Orange, FL.
We ate a Five Guys in the Albany, NY...
Forum: Aruba in General Thursday, February 10th, 2011, 12:46 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,765
Posted By JohnJT
Re: Connecting on Aruba

These kind of posts make me envious as I don't really have a need for a cell phone in Aruba.
(I only have a pay-as-you-go phone in the US)
If the need arrives, we will contact Charles.
Forum: Aruba in General Thursday, January 27th, 2011, 07:45 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,611
Posted By JohnJT
Re: Fast Phones Aruba - Fantastic!!!

These posts make me wish that I really had a need for a cell phone in Aruba every September.
If we reach that day, I'll contact FastPhones.
Forum: Aruba in General Friday, January 14th, 2011, 02:35 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,542
Posted By JohnJT
Re: Never Rains In Aruba !?

It may not be a climate change, but a weather change is happening.

Lots of rain in Aruba...much more in September than we have experienced in 22 years.

We're northeast of Orlando, but Orlando...
Forum: Aruba in General Tuesday, January 11th, 2011, 03:35 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,689
Posted By JohnJT
Re: pics from aruba

Great pictures.

I guess the water park is now closed for all time.
No one will be willing to invest in this loser.
I wonder if arson is suspected.

Is there a website for The Pearl?
Looked at...
Forum: Aruba in General Monday, January 10th, 2011, 09:34 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,704
Posted By JohnJT
Re: Help seeing island

I don't know if you have investigated tours from the ship.
One of them might take you on a 4x4 tour.
I know they are usually rather expensive, but from our experience, they come with the guarantee...
Forum: Aruba in General Wednesday, January 5th, 2011, 11:33 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,215
Posted By JohnJT
Re: rain rain go away

I know September had a lot more rain than usual...our 20-year experience.
A friend wrote that they had poor weather in November...2 sunny days in 3 weeks...chilly and rainy. They have been going...
Forum: Aruba in General Tuesday, January 4th, 2011, 09:32 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 6,855
Posted By JohnJT
Re: Cell Phone Questions

Chip,
Very interesting post!
I was not able to connect to Netflix and US TV networks in September.
Got back messages that said things like "we recognize you are outside the US and its territories"...
Forum: Aruba in General Tuesday, January 4th, 2011, 06:03 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 6,855
Posted By JohnJT
Re: Cell Phone Questions

We don't have to call home on a regular basis.
Casa Del Mar sells a phone card in the cologne shop. I think it was 120 minutes for $10.
You call a local number in Aruba to connect to the USA.
Our...
Forum: Charles' Stories Sunday, January 2nd, 2011, 01:53 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,231
Posted By JohnJT
Re: The water tank at alto vista

Beautiful story as usual. We also consider ourselves blessed as we enjoyed the company of friends in our senior community.

We have enjoyed the September view from Alto Vista tank many times,...
Forum: Tasty Tidbits Wednesday, December 29th, 2010, 03:38 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 5,493
Posted By JohnJT
Re: Wacky Wahoo Cuban Black Bean Soup

Last year, I had black bean soup with the entree. My wife had the Aruban fish soup with the entree. We did not finish the pan-fried wahoo special. It was OK since we used the leftovers for a...
Forum: Aruba in General Tuesday, December 28th, 2010, 06:41 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,718
Posted By JohnJT
Re: Today in New York & Aruba 2010

We spent our working years in the NY Capital District, so the pictures brought back old memories...never again memories.
We're shivering because it was 24 degrees last night in Florida, but no snow...
Forum: Aruba in General Monday, December 27th, 2010, 09:35 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 4,263
Posted By JohnJT
Re: Rain

Sherry gave a good synopsis.
We always had great weather for 3 weeks starting in mid-September for 20 years.
This year, a lot less favorable. Flooded roads were quite scary.
A friend wrote that...
Forum: Aruba in General Friday, December 24th, 2010, 03:37 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,047
Posted By JohnJT
Re: A warning

I know the Visa and MasterCard pre-paid cards have outrageous fees attached. A few years ago, we wanted to give our daughter and son-in-law a $100 card for an anniversary dinner gift (so they could...
Forum: Aruba in General Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010, 08:03 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,770
Posted By JohnJT
Re: stay out of the surf!!!!

In September, we experienced the poorest weather and the worst driving conditions in 22 years. It was a supreme challenge to get to Ling's or Kong Hing. Roads were severely flooded. Cars stalled...
Forum: Aruba in General Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010, 07:39 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,047
Posted By JohnJT
Re: A warning

We always travel with a wing and a prayer.
In AUA, we use credit cards at our resort, at the rental car place, at Ling's...often at restaurants. No problems in 22 years.
Traveler's Checks are...
Forum: Aruba in General Friday, December 17th, 2010, 12:40 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,091
Posted By JohnJT
Re: Weather in Ruba Last Week

We did a fly-in vacation to Saint Martin in 1990 stayed on the French side...not a very positive experience. Since that time, we have now been more impressed with the Dutch side of SXM in about 6...
Forum: Aruba in General Tuesday, December 14th, 2010, 06:38 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,091
Posted By JohnJT
Re: Weather in Ruba Last Week

While we're not in Aruba, we did a cruise in the Eastern Caribbean from the 4th to the 11th.
The ship visited Nassau, St. Thomas and St. Maarten...all north of Aruba.
The weather was mixed, but...
Forum: Charles' Stories Monday, December 13th, 2010, 10:05 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,757
Posted By JohnJT
Re: Through his eyes

Excellent story!
The older I get, the more I think about more simple, earlier times.
I wish I could tell some stories with this eloquence.
Forum: Aruba in General Thursday, December 2nd, 2010, 07:24 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,897
Posted By JohnJT
Re: WOW Thanks so much!

Are you published...in print?
I know...we are moving to the point where they will say: What's a book?
(As they now say, what is a dial telephone? You had to contact an operator before making a...
Forum: Aruba in General Monday, November 22nd, 2010, 09:43 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,438
Posted By JohnJT
Re: Weather or not 'tis the question ...

I will not bash Aruba.

Saying that, here's our story...the weather has been strange.
I just DO NOT understand.
We have gone every year since 1988 for one to three weeks...and 2010 weather was...
Forum: Aruba in General Tuesday, November 9th, 2010, 06:04 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,924
Posted By JohnJT
Re: Allure of the Sea

Tina,
I wander from the topic.
I visited Stockholm way back in 1971...so you know I am much older.
We have read and enjoyed the Larsson books in English (of course).
Just curiousity, but I was...
Forum: Aruba in General Sunday, November 7th, 2010, 07:04 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,924
Posted By JohnJT
Re: Allure of the Sea

Tina,
Did he ever try a product like Bonine? It's non-prescription, non-drowsy formula.
(Maybe I'm wrong to presume that it is sold internationally)
My wife was afraid of cruising until we...
Forum: Aruba in General Thursday, November 4th, 2010, 03:56 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,877
Posted By JohnJT
Re: Car Rental

We've used Payless/Optima for the last 3 years.
No complaints, good rates, good service, quick pick-up at the airport.
Previous to that (and the extra airport tax), we used Econo and Economy...
Forum: Aruba in General Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010, 04:15 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,924
Posted By JohnJT
Re: Allure of the Sea

Tina,
Our cruise goes to Nassau, St. Thomas and Sint Maarten.
My wife loves to shop in St. Martin for tablecloths and linens.
I get to purchase a bottle or two of premium liquor at lower prices...
Forum: Aruba in General Monday, November 1st, 2010, 09:42 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,539
Posted By JohnJT
Re: Aruban people's hospitality

I think this was told elsewhere, so I'll try to keep it brief.
We flew to Aruba about 10 days after 9/11/2001.
All Arubans were kind, sad about the events, yet glad we made it to Aruba when many...
Forum: Aruba in General Monday, November 1st, 2010, 03:50 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,924
Posted By JohnJT
Re: Allure of the Sea

Our local news in Florida said the clearance was about 20-inches (about 0.5 meters).
Wow!
We're sailing on the sister ship, the Oasis, on December 4th.
Forum: Charles' Stories Friday, October 22nd, 2010, 10:27 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,131
Posted By JohnJT
Re: Interested in your honest opinion.

I love stories.
The art of story-telling seems to be lost to many young people.
Maybe I'm totally wrong, but too many only seem to understand something like:
I M OK. HOW R U?

I can't respond...
Forum: Aruba in General Monday, October 18th, 2010, 08:14 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,286
Posted By JohnJT
Re: Adam's Ale

I don't want to malign the wrong company, but it used to say...bottled from the municipal water suppy in Queens, NY.
After we moved to Florida, we found that bottled water could come from a...
Forum: Aruba in General Saturday, October 16th, 2010, 02:59 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,286
Posted By JohnJT
Re: Adam's Ale

If you are going to avoid tap water in some places, you MUST ALWAYS AVOID things like salads where the greens are washed in their water.
We believe this was our problem on Margarita Island,...
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