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.
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.
When my little pumpkin turned 4 months old, I DIY-ed an Iron Man photoshoot for him. The cake I ordered came around 4 in the afternoon, so Niko was really wide awake. I managed to take a few shots of him looking at me.
Yellow, red, white, black and blue colored papers for mask and breastplate
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!
I brought my little one to the RGD (Regional Gezondheid Dienst) or the Municipal Health Center today for his second vaccination. I wrote second because he already got his first Hep B shot right after he was born. A few days before going to the RGD, we went to the house doctor first to get his approval that our son can get the vaccine.(This is mandatory!)
When I decided to get out of my comfort zone, I realized that there’s more to life than what I was used to.
The thought of leaving home to work in a country where I’m not familiar with, was indeed scary. I was in doubt if I will make new friends. I know I can easily adjust to any situation, but will I ever belong?