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Ramona Singer tells RHONY fans what ‘Turtle Time’ really means and how it got started

Throwback video shows Ramona Singer coining her catchphrase turtle time
New York housewife Ramona Singer explains her catchphrase ‘Turtle time’ in throwback video. Pic credit: @ImageCollect/StarMaxWorldwide

If you’ve been feening for RHONY, Ramona Singer has given us an epic throwback that is sure to keep you until the new season premieres.

This one is vintage, so if you haven’t been watching The Real Housewives of New York since the beginning it will probably go over your head.

Ramona posts a throwback video

A few days ago, Ramona — who has been a cast member since the show first premiered — posted a throwback video on Instagram with the caption, “This is how my catch phrase #turtletime originated!! #flashback #rhony.”

The video features Alex McCord, Bethenny Frankel, Sonja Morgan, and Ramona during their season 3 trip to the island of St Thomas.

The cast trip was in celebration of Ramona’s vow renewal to her now ex-husband Mario Singer.

The women enjoyed a drunken night of partying and dancing, and at one point, we see Ramona walk up to Bethenny, with wine in hand and screams, “Bethenny can we do turtle time for 15 minutes?”

The response? ” I cannot do turtle time.”

After which Ramona proceeds to do turtle time on her own, which seems to involve a lot of hip-swaying, neck swinging, and lots of crazy hand gestures — just all-out insane dancing, while sipping a glass of wine, obviously.

What is Turtle Time?

Actually, in a blog post in 2011, Singer explained exactly what turtle time meant saying, “Turtle Time’ is in the privacy of your home or a place you have fun with your friends. It means cutting loose, having some Pinot Grigio and even dancing.”

Since she coined the phrase, the Bravo housewife has enjoyed Turtle Time more times than we can count.

In 2018, the mom and entrepreneur enjoyed some turtle time while at Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa in New York.

Ramona posted a fabulous photo herself with this poetic caption:

“Age is just a number
It’s mind over matter
If you don’t mind
It doesn’t matter
#turtletime”

The 63-year-old looks just as stunning as ever, some would even say ageless! I suspect her skincare line, Ageless by Ramona Singer has a lot to do with how amazing she still looks today.

Ramona has  a memoir called Life of the Ramona Coaster and a website where she shares information about food, fashion, fitness, finance, and yes, RHONY.

But if you really miss seeing this vivacious housewife on your screen,  you’ll only need to wait a few more weeks. The new season of RHONY will premiere on Thursday,  April 2, at 9/8 central on Bravo.

Ramona, along with Tinsley Mortimer, Dorinda Medley, Sonja Morgan, and Luann de Lesseps will all be returning for season 12.

Bethenny Frankel will not be returning.

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