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.
Time flies so fast!!! I just turned 34 this month (shout-out to all my fellow Scorpios!) and wow… I couldn’t believe that next year I would be in my mid 30s. Just wow! I don’t even feel like it. They said life starts at 40, so I’m kinda excited to see what’s in store for me.
It’s the 6th time I celebrated my birthday away from home. I never really put any effort to celebrate it ever since, but this year, I decided to make things different. I organized a Boho themed birthday party for myself.
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.
After FINALLY reaching Zora’s Domain, I started the quest of taking back the Divine Beast, Vah Ruta. Muzu asked me to climb up Ploymus Mountain and get 20 shock arrows to be used in restoring Vah Ruta. Sounds easy at first. Arrows, huh! The only drawback is the Lynel guarding the area… or let’s say living in the area.
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!)
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.
Invitations were sent to all Filipino expats and the organizers even went on a live radio interview to invite the locals and other nationalities as well.
JUNE 10, 2018
Most of the Filipinos in every part of Suriname gathered at Sana Budaya to observe the first ever Philippine Independence Day in the country. Some even traveled 3 to 4 hours just to attend the event. The Filipino food and products were the highlights of the occasion. Most were sold before 3 in the afternoon, so there weren’t a lot left for people who came a little later.
The celebration started with the singing of the Philippine anthem and opening prayer. A group of Javanese girls performed their traditional dance and some of my kababayans (countrymen) showcased their talent in singing. The program included: a zumba dance organized by B-Fit Sportschool with local and Filipino participants, a few games and an on-the-spot singing contest.
It was a small but fun get-together. The best part of my day was eating Filipino delicacies that I hadn’t eaten for years especially the isaw. 😋 Yummers!
Though there weren’t a lot of activities prepared, I guess it was still a success thanks to all the Filipinos who were present. It was really nice to see how the Filipino Community in Suriname grew in numbers each year. Cheers to more celebrations together! 🍻
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.