Daily Archives: March 12, 2011

Saturday in Aruba: I’m a Gamblin’ Fan

It was a beautiful day in Aruba.

i was standing ocean-side for this shot, looking up at the beach and the resort

I did not win at BINGO.

Saturday tends to be a bit quieter here because it is a travel cross-over day – lots of departures and check-ins. The BINGO pots were only in the $80 range today – I would not have complained, though, had I won!

I stayed by the pool this morning because I managed to score a prime piece of chickee real estate!

chair in the sun, water in the shade...

There’s even a nail so you can hang your bag!

is the number in case you forget where you are??! maybe that happens after a couple of mojitos n mudslides!

I changed the background for today’s tanning report:

i'll be able to squeeze out about 3+ hours tomorrow, still, before Project Black must come to an end!

I was a little knitting machine this morning. I am making great progress on A’s sweater:

the cable pattern is a mind-twister! i hope to get this front piece finished by the end of tomorrow - think i'll knit on the plane!

Sitting poolside in 98 degree weather, knitting, is a great conversation starter! I happily knit and socialized the morning away. And read:

i think the last "marie claire" mag i read was in aruba three years ago!

In chatting with My Moms earlier this week, it came out that they had played penny slots over at The Occidental the other night. Ginger won $600! Since my BINGO luck was non-existant this week, I decided to head over there, and see if I could make a little of Ginger’s magic happen myself.

Since I am secretly 88 years old, I went over at 3:30 in the afternoon. Not exactly a rockin’ time o’ day to go gambling.

casino at the occidental

Now. A couple years ago, we went over to The Holiday Inn down here and played slots. My mom and dad were down here at the time, too. Not being up on Casino Culture, we were snapping photos left, right and centre, when suddenly security came up and gave us a rather stern warning that no pictures were to be taken in the casino.

But…I really wanted some photos this aft of my slot machine adventure. So I turned off my flash on my camera, and stealthily snapped away…

i'm no cool hand luke

I forgot to ask Ginger exactly which machine she played.

which one is the lucky one??!

So I wandered around til I found “my machine.” It ended up being…

oh yea, party time!!!

I only brought $5 with me to play with. The Girls said you need to play the max number of lines possible. So 20 lines per hit it was.

I started off with a couple of good ding-dings!

at least we're heading in the right direction!

then i got to pick one of the presents on the screen to win extra credits!

Sadly, it was all down hill from there on out. Seven minutes after the Party started, I was outta credits. Game Over. Obviously, Ginger took all the luck back with her to New York.

Ah, well. To be honest, I had more fun playing James Bond with the secret photo-snapping than I did with the slots!

Tonight I need to pack up, check out, get my boarding pass organized, and knit. I won’t be going out drinkin’ and gamblin’ on my final night in Aruba – told you I was 88!

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Remember to turn your clocks ahead one hour tonight – Daylight Saving Time begins! Hallellujah. This time adjustment works perfectly in my favour: since Aruba is already one hour ahead of the time zone at home, and they DON’T go ahead one hour tonight, I already made the change when I arrived!

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Of Gardens and Greenery

I went on a sight-seeing excursion in my Aruba ‘hood, looking for some of the best examples of indigenous foliage to show you. Mission accomplished!

[Sidenote: Aruba is unique because of the diversity of its landscape. The resort-heavy side of the island is a beach lover’s paradise; however; if you travel to the other side of the country, you will see uninhabited and completely different sights. We have never ventured away from the resort section; one year, we walked to the Lighthouse and back…

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…what a hot trek that was! – but our ambition always wanes within 7 hours of arrival…just be aware that there is a lot you can see, and many places to explore should you choose!

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The Divi-Divi tree is a unique sight to North American eyes:

the trunks are pushed sideways because of the constant ocean winds

But my favourite tree is the palm tree. If I could have my own personal tree-as-symbol, it would be this one.

a grove!

Let’s take another look!

beautiful!

Indulge me – one more!

maybe i should get one for inside the condo casa! it IS a two storey loft!

OK, last one.

how can you not love the sight of palm trees

You’ll also find giant cacti!

cacti-on-'roids??!

The best place to see gorgeous foliage is next door to us at the Hyatt. BFF Debbie: if you ever travel to Aruba, you are only permitted to stay at the Hyatt. Every square inch of this luxurious property exudes your vibe and style. Here is proof:

the "grotto" restaurant; i adore the stone architecture and tranquil environment; not technically a garden, but close enough

adjoining rock gardens...

look what we found?!

 For Little E!

how many fish can you count?!

 For Baby C!

can you spot the birdie??!

 I would consider camping if I could do it on the grounds of the Hyatt. Just a wonderland of beauty and class. The upkeep is perfection.

The Radisson also has divine landscaping.

is there anything more stress-reducing than the lull of a waterfall?

"silver dollar" leaves??!

vibrant pink!

and delicate pink!

There you go – just a taste of the captivating natural beauty in Aruba!

Andnowanotherpalmtree – bwah-hahahaha!!

ahhhhh!