A day at the Paramaribo Zoo

In my almost three years in Suriname, I was finally able to set foot in the Paramaribo Zoo which is only a few minutes away from my house. My place is near the center, so it will take a 5-minute taxi ride and a 7 SRD (1 US) fare.

The Paramaribo Zoo was officially opened in 1972 and was founded by Prime Minister Johan Adolf Pengel in 1966. It was recently renovated and you can see newly built pathways and beautiful landscapes. There are on-going constructions in some areas, but you can just roam around.

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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. πŸ˜€

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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A Week Long Filipino Party

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. πŸ˜€

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!

Star of the night


JUNE 3: RADJIN’S BIRTHDAY

This is not a Filipino party, but some of the visitors are Filipinos. πŸ˜€ 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. πŸ˜‰


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. πŸ˜›

 

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The Blue Muisjes

“WHAT ARE MUISJES?” I asked my Dutch husband wondering why one of his relatives sent us a box.

“It’s a Dutch topping made of sugar coated anise seeds. In the Netherlands, people eat muisjes on top of a beschuit when a baby is born. Blue is for boys and pink for girls.”

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The Coffee Box

REVIEW

AMENITIES:

  • Lot parking and street parking
  • Takeaways
  • Reservations
  • Good for groups
  • Good for kids
  • Outdoor seats
  • Accepts debit card
  • Waiter service

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


LOCATION: Lalla Rookh Weg 22a, Paramaribo, Suriname
OPENING HOURS: Tuesday to Thursday, 8:00 am to 11:00 pm; Friday & Saturday, 8:00 am to 12:00 am; Sunday, 9:00 am to 11:00 pm

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Fort Zeelandia: Surinaams Museum

Another interesting place in Paramaribo is Fort Zeelandia, a star-shaped fortress used by the British and Dutch armies when they arrived in Suriname.

Located inside the fort is the Suriname Museum (Surinaams Museum) which houses a collection of cultural artifa

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Squeezy Hotpot

REVIEW

AMENITIES:

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

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


LOCATION: Plutostraat No. 62, Paramaribo, Suriname
OPENING HOURS: Monday to Sunday, 11:00 am to 11:59 pm
CONTACT NO: +597 551777 / 8527588

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Zus & Zo

REVIEW

AMENITIES:

  • Street parking
  • Takeaways
  • Outdoor seats
  • Guesthouse
  • Tours
  • Arts and gifts
  • Events
  • Good for groups
  • Good for kids
  • Accepts debit card and international card
  • Reservations
  • Waiter service
  • Alcohol
  • Smoking area

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


LOCATION: Grote Combeweg 13 A, Paramaribo, Suriname
OPENING HOURS: Monday to Sunday, 8:00 am to 11:00 pm
CONTACT NO: +597 520904

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The Sweetest Thing

REVIEW

AMENITIES:

  • Limited lot parking.
  • Takeaways
  • Reservations
  • Good for groups
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Outdoor seats

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


LOCATION:Β Johan Adolf Pengelstraat hk. Verlengde Hoogestraat, Paramaribo, Suriname
OPENING TIME: Tuesday to Friday, 10:00 am to 06:00 pm; Saturday & Sunday, 10:00 am to 04:00 pm
CONTACT NO: +597 883-4483

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Tasty Sandwich and Coffee Bar

REVIEW

AMENITIES:

  • Lot parking
  • Takeaways
  • Outside seats
  • Reservations
  • Accepts debit card
  • Waiter service

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


LOCATION:Β  Lalla Rookhweg 8, Paramaribo, Suriname
OPENING TIME: Monday to Saturday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm; Sunday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
CONTACT NO: +597 7400537

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