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.
It gives me the feeling of Spring in Suriname which is a tropical country. We have two Greenheart trees inside the hospital, so when I saw that it’s the time of the year again, I captured the moment.
Here we are five months after our son is born. It’s funny to think that all those romantic moments had turned into sleepless nights, milk stains on clothes and diapers everywhere. But these parenting moments are all worth it every time our son smiles at us – it absolutely melts our hearts.
The weather’s messed up today. Well, actually it has been raining on and off for months now.
Tomorrow is supposed to be my first day at work after my maternity leave, but I have to call in sick because Nikolaj is having the common cold and slight fever. It’s like he doesn’t want me to go back to work. It’s a Sunday and his house doctor is closed, so we brought him to the ER for check up: Runny nose, teary eyes, slightly irritated throat and cough.
I know that what he has is a non-ER case and depending on how busy the ER is, we could have waited for hours. Luckily, it wasn’t that busy. The triage room was empty when we arrived.
I actually didn’t know that there is a poli located inside the hospital on weekdays and we could have gone there with his PZS insurance card.
My advice is don’t go to the ER if you don’t have an emergency situation, you will really wait for more than 4 to 6 hours (on the chair because most of the beds are always occupied!)
While I was renewing my passport, my friends also applied for a Report of Birth and passport for their 2-week old daughter. Here’s the process:
REPORT OF BIRTH
For Filipinos who gave birth in Suriname, there are two ways to apply for a Report of Birth: Send the requirements to the Philippine Embassy in Brasilia or wait for the embassy to conduct an outreach program in Suriname and apply for it personally.
REQUIREMENTS FOR REPORT OF BIRTH:
4 copies of the Report of Birth form, typed or written legibly in capital or bold letters and signed by one or both Filipino parents.
Original or certified copy and 3 copies of child’s birth certificate with English translation from a certified translator. NOTE: The birth certificate should have an apostille (authentication) from the local court.
Original and 3 copies each of the parent’s passport.
Original and 3 copies of parents’ marriage certificate (if married).
25 USD service fee
That would be 1 original and 3 copies of the above requirements.
If you prefer to send it to the embassy, the Report of birth form should be signed by two witnesses. You must coordinate with the embassy first before you send the documents.
Embaixada da República das Filipinas
SEN 801 Av. das Nações, Lote 01
PASSPORT APPLICATION FOR NEWBORN/CHILDREN
Passport application should be done in person, so it’s either you go to the Philippine Embassy in Brasilia or wait for the embassy to come to Suriname.
Duly accomplished passport form for minors, filled up and signed by either parent. For minors below 18 years old who are unaccompanied by both parents, a notarized Affidavit of Consent to Travel must be presented and signed by either parent.
Report of Birth, one original and one photocopy.
60 USD application fee
After submitting all the requirements, parents are asked to double check their child’s passport details being encoded in the computer. If everything is correct, the embassy will proceed with the picture taking and then it’s done! 😀
The processing of passports will take up to 8 to 10 weeks. You can always check the Tropang Suriname page for updates regarding the passport’s shipping, arrival and where to claim it.
There’s no appointment needed
Infants applying for passports are prioritized
If you have other inquiries, you can always contact the Philippine Embassy in Brasilia thru their FB page.
After two years of being married to my Dutch husband (and after receiving our Report of Marriage documents), I finally decided to change my surname to his. It wasn’t really a top-priority to change my last name, but I did it anyway thinking it would be a lot easier to apply for my son’s passport and stay permit if both his parents share the same last name. My passport is going to expire in 2020, so I was only planning to apply for amendment, but the embassy allowed me to renew and get the latest passport with a 10-year validity.
There is no Philippine consulate in Suriname, but fortunately (for four years now) the Philippine Embassy in Brasilia had been conducting yearly passport renewals here. If you want to be updated with the embassy’s outreach program in Suriname, you can join the FB page Tropang Suriname.
No appointment is needed for renewal or other services.
It’s a first-come, first-served basis.
Passports expiring the following year can already be renewed.
Wear collared shirt.
NO earrings or contact lenses during picture taking.
REQUIREMENTS FOR MARRIED WOMAN WHO IS USING HUSBAND’S FAMILY NAME FOR THE FIRST TIME:
Duly accomplished application form, typed or printed legibly in blue or black ink.
Latest passport and photocopy of its data page.
Original and photocopy of Report of Marriage duly registered at the Philippine Embassy (because I got married abroad). You can read about how I filed for Report of Marriage abroad here. If you got married in the Philippines, bring the original and a photocopy of your PSA Authenticated Marriage Contract.
60 USD renewal fee.
I filled up the form using my husband’s surname, signed it with my new signature, had my picture and biometrics taken then paid the fee. That’s it.
Updates regarding the new passports were posted on the Tropang Suriname page including payments for the shipping and where to claim them. My passport arrived after 2 months and I only paid an additional 10 USD for the shipping fee. I didn’t expect that I could easily change my last name without the hassle of submitting hundreds of unnecessary requirements.
For other inquiries, you can always message the embassy’s FB page here.
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. 😛