Reliving history at Fort Nieuw Amsterdam

Fort Nieuw Amsterdam is located at the junction of the Suriname river and the Commewijne river. It was supposed to be a barricade to protect the crops from the river between 1734 to 1747. The materials used to construct the fort were supplied by the Netherlands and built by the slaves.

It was also a former sugar cane plantation. In the second world war, the Americans and the Dutch armies helped defend Suriname from the Germans. The Germans were interested in the supply of aluminum from Suriname.

Suriname maintained the fort and made it an outdoor museum for people to learn about the colonial and slavery period.

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WINTER WONDERLAND IN SURINAME

Who would’ve believe that it’s already my 6th Christmas in Suriname? WOW. Like how did it happened so fast. 😀

This year is actually the first time we’re going to celebrate Noche Buena. Unlike the normal eating and sleeping on Christmas Eve, I decided to make it out of this world. I put extra effort on this because it’s Nikolaj’s first Christmas, so it’s really special for us.

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DIY THE FLASH PHOTOSHOOT

My little Flash turned 8 months and well, it was pretty quick! 😛

Our DIY photoshoot was a success thanks to my husband who was a sort of distraction, so Niko can look at the camera. I just took a few shots because he wants to go everywhere. Yeah, that’s the disadvantage now of doing photoshoots with an 8-month-old because they want to get away and crawl whenever they feel like.

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DIY Boho Birthday Party

Time flies so fast!!! I just turned 34 this month (shout-out to all my fellow Scorpios!) and wow… I couldn’t believe that next year I would be in my mid 30s. Just wow! I don’t even feel like it. They said life starts at 40, so I’m kinda excited to see what’s in store for me.

It’s the 6th time I celebrated my birthday away from home. I never really put any effort to celebrate it ever since, but this year, I decided to make things different. I organized a Boho themed birthday party for myself.

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Die Lynel Die!

After FINALLY reaching Zora’s Domain, I started the quest of taking back the Divine Beast, Vah Ruta. Muzu asked me to climb up Ploymus Mountain and get 20 shock arrows to be used in restoring Vah Ruta. Sounds easy at first. Arrows, huh! The only drawback is the Lynel guarding the area… or let’s say living in the area.

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SAMBA CAFÉ

REVIEW

AMENITIES:

  • Lot parking
  • Reservations
  • Good for groups
  • Accepts debit card
  • Waiter service
  • Takeaways

FOOD: 3/5
SERVICE: 3/5
AMBIENCE: 4/5


LOCATION: Anamoestraat 72, Paramaribo, Suriname
OPENING HOURS: Monday to Friday, 7:00 am to 9:00 pm; Saturday, 8:00 am to 9:00 pm
CONTACT NO: +597 878-1113

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Celebrating the 120th Philippine Independence Day in Suriname

The Philippine Independence Day also known as Araw ng Kalayaan is celebrated every 12th of June, but the Filipino Community in Suriname decided to celebrate it two days earlier (June 10) because the date falls on a Sunday when most of the Filipino workers are free.

Invitations were sent to all Filipino expats and the organizers even went on a live radio interview to invite the locals and other nationalities as well.

JUNE 10, 2018

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Most of the Filipinos in every part of Suriname gathered at Sana Budaya to observe the first ever Philippine Independence Day in the country. Some even traveled 3 to 4 hours just to attend the event. The Filipino food and products were the highlights of the occasion. Most were sold before 3 in the afternoon, so there weren’t a lot left for people who came a little later.

Dinuguan and cupcakes

Special Filipino macaroons. You can order at Johnella’s Kitchen

Filipino products available at Wade’s Pinoy Shop

Filipino street food

The celebration started with the singing of the Philippine anthem and opening prayer. A group of Javanese girls performed their traditional dance and some of my kababayans (countrymen) showcased their talent in singing. The program included: a zumba dance organized by B-Fit Sportschool with local and Filipino participants, a few games and an on-the-spot singing contest.

It was a small but fun get-together. The best part of my day was eating Filipino delicacies that I hadn’t eaten for years especially the isaw. 😋 Yummers!

Javanese cultural dance

Zumba dance

Participants playing The Longest Line game

My very talented friend 😎

Though there weren’t a lot of activities prepared, I guess it was still a success thanks to all the Filipinos who were present. It was really nice to see how the Filipino Community in Suriname grew in numbers each year. Cheers to more celebrations together! 🍻

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