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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DIY AQUAMAN PHOTOSHOOT

Oh my… I know I’ve been a few weeks delayed with my monthly post, but as promised, here is Niko’s 10th month photoshoot.

Because of the Aquaman hype last December, I decided to go with it for Niko’s 10th month birthday theme. I was a little confused about which costume to make: Aquaman’s official gold and green costume or the topless one. Of course, I went with the easiest one. ๐Ÿ˜›

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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. ๐Ÿ˜€

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. ๐Ÿ˜€ 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. ๐Ÿ˜‰


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. ๐Ÿ˜›

 

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RIET PETITE

REVIEW

AMENITIES:

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

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


LOCATION: Hoek Bindastraat 69, Paramaribo, Suriname
OPENING HOURS: Monday to Thursday, 7:00 am to 12:00 am; Friday and Saturday, 7:00 am to 2:00 am; Sunday, 4:00 pm to 12:00 am
CONTACT NO: +597 530490

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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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Yong Hua Chinese Restaurant

REVIEW

AMENITIES:

  • Limited lot parking
  • Takeaways
  • Reservation
  • Good for groups
  • Good for kids
  • Waiter service

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


LOCATION: J. D. Gomperstraat 136, Paramaribo, Suriname (beside Best Mart)

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How to Holi in Suriname

Holi Phagwaย also known as the Festival of Colors is celebrated every March in Suriname. It marks the victory of good over evil. It is a celebration where people (friends or strangers alike) smeared each other with different colors as a sign of love and belongingness.

In other Hindu tradition, it is a day for leaving the past and conflicts behind. It also signifies the coming of the new season, Spring, and people symbolized it as a start of a new beginning.

HOW TO HOLI IN SURINAME:

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Keti Koti 2016 in Suriname

Keti Koti is a Sranantongo word that means “the chains are broken” or “the chains are cut”. It marks the end of slavery in Suriname from the Netherlands in July 1, 1863.

Keti Koti became a national holiday and is celebrated every July 1 in Suriname, Dutch Antilles and in major Dutch cities like Amsterdam and Rotterdam.

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