Learning Languages

Languages are fascinating, if a bit difficult to learn, especially when the characters are completely different. Here in Aruba, there are many Chinese people, and they operate various businesses, including restaurants. Each December they give away calendars for the new year coming. An example of a particularly nice example is seen below:

Calendar with Chinese characters.

Calendar with Chinese characters.

That’s a nice looking hand out that serves the usual purpose of keeping the days of the week. But you can also use it to learn Chinese characters for months, days, and numbers. Take a closer look at the numbers here:

Chinese and western style characters on a calendar.

Chinese and western style characters on a calendar.

The western style numbers and Chinese equivalents are side by side, giving you the opportunity to see and learn them easily. Not that it is all that easy. You have to write them regularly to make them stick in your mind. Here’s a close up of more:

Detail from a Chinese calendar with western characters as well.

Detail from a Chinese calendar with western characters as well.

By trying to write the characters and pick up a few words in the course of a meal, you’ll be surprised how much you learn. Plus, it’s lots of fun. Not to mention, it would come in handy depending upon where you travel and who you encounter along the way.

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Cultural Mashup in Aruba

In Aruba, you’ll find a crossroads of various cultures including Caribbean, European, South American, North American, and Chinese to name a few. A perfect illustration of this is the “Refresqueria Banzai” which is a little rum shop in the middle of Oranjestaad that you see in this photo:

Refresqueria Bonzai in Oranjestaad, Aruba, DWI.

Refresqueria Bonzai in Oranjestaad, Aruba, DWI.

Here you can get cold drinks, snacks, and more. Not sure exactly how the “banzai” fits in, but I’ll check it out soon. Going to make a little video of the Chinese operated rum shops and restaurants very soon. Therefore, you’ll want to check back frequently here at BentPage to view the latest. Bon dia.

San Pellegrino, Limonata

For many years, I’ve enjoyed San Pellgrino sparkling water. Every once in a while, I indulge in a “limonita” as they call it. There’s tons of lemon flavor in it as you can see indicated on the can in the photo:

San Pellegrino, Limonata.

San Pellegrino, Limonata.

It also serves well as a mixer for some favorite drinks, putting that extra punch into the beverages. Best served very cold, in my humble opinion. Enjoy all the flavors you can find!

Wine Station

Walking through the Miami International Airport, I passed by this clever device, appropriately labeled “WINE STATION.”

Wine Station vino dispenser.

Wine Station vino dispenser.

These machines have been around for a long time, serving restaurants and bars by providing a convenient way to dispense wine by the glass while keeping what remains in the bottle fresh. Clever idea, one I think would be very helpful for home use. Hmmmm…..

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