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.
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.
It’s the time of the year again when the Greenheart trees in Suriname turn to yellow and shower their petals on the ground, making it a bed of flowers. This happens usually around August to November, a sign that the dry season has come.
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.
I welcomed June with a full tummy and an extra weight. Ugh. My week started with two birthdays, two anniversary celebrations and one we-dont-have-salary-yet-so-we-are-going-to-cook-lechon kind of party! The last one is funny because it’s true! It’s one of the best thing I like being Filipino. Even if we don’t have any money, we still find a reason and a way to celebrate and bond with friends. 😀
JUNE 1: WADE’S BIRTHDAY AT SCHOOL
We celebrated it in his school along with his classmates. I made a separate post about it here since it’s Nikolaj’s first children’s party.
JUNE 2: THE LECHON PARTY
A combination of Wade’s birthday, Cailey’s 13th month birthday, Angelica&James’ anniversary and Ella&John’s anniversary. And yes, we didn’t have salary yet, but we were able to eat lechon!
JUNE 3: RADJIN’S BIRTHDAY
This is not a Filipino party, but some of the visitors are Filipinos. 😀 This is the first time I attended a Hindustan birthday celebration. They have this tradition of popping three balloons filled with confetti on top of the celebrant’s head.
JUNE 6: ANGELICA AND JAMES’ ANNIVERSARY
Also called as the Papancit party with lechon paksiw. Filipinos always know how to make use of the leftover lechon. 😉
JUNE 7: ELLA AND JOHN’S ANNIVERSARY
A.K.A. the Batchoy party. We need to find a way to make use of the leftover lechon!
I just hope it’s easy to lose the weight I gained this week. 😛
Yesterday was the 3rd birthday of my friend’s son, Wade and he celebrated it in his school. We were invited along with my other mommy/daddy friends and their kids. It was so cute hearing his classmates sing a birthday song for him… in Dutch. 😀
Though Nikolaj cannot play with other children yet, it was still nice that he was able to experience his first children’s party.
He was also given a birthday treat, but the Mermommy was the one who enjoyed it!
My family spent Mother’s Day having brunch with a few of my MOM friends and their family in Suriname. We’re so glad Nikolaj was well-behaved the whole time, though he was slightly annoyed when hungry. 😛
Being a mother is indeed the toughest but most rewarding job in the world. The no-sleep and no-freedom moments are all worth it when you see that little bundle of joy all happy and healthy. I really appreciate all the hardwork every mom had to go through in order to raise those tiny humans. I appreciate my Mom more and more every day, without her effort and love, I wouldn’t be where I am now.
Happy Mother’s Day to my Mom and to all the Super Moms out there!
For Filipinos planning to apply for a Schengen VISA (tourism) in Suriname, VFS Global is the agency that offers their services to help and guide you with the processing and releasing of visas. This means that you don’t need to go to the Dutch Embassy anymore.