Cruis Ship Evening, Aruba

Still working with the iPhone and now the iPad movie making video apps. The other app became very frustrating for editing, so I returned to iMovie, which is much easier although it does lack some of the capabilities. What works… works. At any rate, here’s a look at Royal Caribbean’s Adventure of the Seas, docked in Oranjestaad, Aruba.

Of course, in low light the iPhone and iPad cameras are mediocre at best. Then again, cameras, like eyes, require light. The better the light, the better the image, regardless of the camera because the camera is merely recording what’s there to the best of its ability. The work continues.

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Hung Paradise, Aruba

You’ll find solid, regular Chinese food at Hung Paradise located in the Seaport Marketplace, Oranjestaad, Aruba. All the standard dishes are on the menu and served by very friendly people. It’s not awesome, but fairly priced and reliable, which makes it a four out of five star joint. Let’s start with the wonton soup:

Wonton Soup at Hung Paradise, Aruba.

Wonton Soup at Hung Paradise, Aruba.

I like the extra cabbage and whatnot in the soup. Then there is the “Chinese Tomato Soup,” which was strange to hear but tasty to eat. Check it out in the following photo:

Chinese Tomato Soup at Hung Paradise, Aruba.

Chinese Tomato Soup at Hung Paradise, Aruba.

The tomato soup was an unusual item, one I would recommend. Give it a try. Another locally adapted item is the giant egg roll, which is nearly as big as the plate and stuffed with all kinds of things. Here’s one cut open:

Giant Egg Roll at Hung Paradise, Aruba.

Giant Egg Roll at Hung Paradise, Aruba.

Yeah, that thing is huge. Then there were some regular features like the kung po pork seen next:

Kung Po Pork at Hung Paradise, Aruba.

Kung Po Pork at Hung Paradise, Aruba.

The kung po needed more spice, more heat. Finally, there was a chicken with snow peas, another reliable dish you see here:

Chicken with Snow Peas at Hung Paradise, Aruba.

Chicken with Snow Peas at Hung Paradise, Aruba.

This was a good meal at a price that most visitors will find very affordable. Service is accommodating and cheerful. So, for something different, casual, and predictable, try Hung Paradise. Bon dia.

El Gaucho, Aruba (driving directions)

This video was made by special request for my friend, John, who enjoys El Gaucho’s steaks. The video begins on Aruba’s main highway, 1A, near the Talk of the Town traffic circle. From there, you’ll go directly to the restaurant.

There are other ways to get there, but I think this is easiest. Plus, you can see where to park as well as the location of Garufa, which is a great cigar bar across the street from El Gaucho. As always, please drive safely. Bon dia.

A Trolley Coming to Aruba

For the past several months, the infrastructure for a trolley system has been under construction in Aruba. Here are some recent photos. The first showing the Y junction behind the Renaissance Mall.

Y junction of Trolley in Oranjestaad.

The next photo shows the tracks down the center of the shopping street:

Trolley tracks down shopping street, Oranjestaad, Aruba.

Eventually the line will connect over to the cruise ship terminal. This will give passengers a new option for getting to the various shopping and dining areas around Oranjestaad. Bon dia.