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. 😛
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.
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!)
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. 😛
Nikolaj got a REALLY REALLY nice present today. He was given a gift card for a baby photoshoot. I was actually planning to do a newborn photoshoot for him, but we decided to wait until he’s a little bit older. LOL. I mean like two months old or so.
I remember the first time we took a passport photo for him in the studio. He was about 3 weeks old and had been sleeping most of the time. He got so pissed when we woke him up. In exchange, we had the grumpiest-not-passport-accepted photo ever! So, we are going to do it again before his passport appointment in June. At least, he would be older by that time.
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 artifacts and exhibit halls that will take you back in time. This is the best place to learn and discover the fascinating history of Suriname, though most of its articles are written in Dutch. Google translate will come in handy or you can bring someone who knows how to speak the language.
On the first floor, you can find information about the Creoles, Maroons, Indians, Javanese, Hindus and Chinese and how they became a part of Suriname. There are several written articles and preserved artifacts that represent the various cultures and religions in the country.
An old but well-maintained apothecary is found on the ground floor which displays instruments and equipment used from centuries ago including a wooden wheelchair.
It became a controversial site in 1982 where 15 men were tortured and shot due to an attempted coup. The dark and tainted event was known as the December murders. A plaque was placed in the area to honor the memory of those who were killed.
There is an entrance fee of 20 SRD or 2.50 US. You can explore the museum yourself or join their free tour every Sunday at 10:30 am and 12:00 noon. You don’t need to register, but you have to be there 15 minutes before the tour starts. You can also find a souvenir shop inside and a restaurant overlooking the Suriname river.
Exploring the fortress will take less than an hour. We went inside all the rooms and took lots of photos, but there is one area that doesn’t allow pictures and videos because it contains some really precious artifacts.
The colonial fortress is included in the UNESCO World Heritage list. For expats and tourists, this is a great place to learn about Suriname because the museum is full of information not found on the internet.
LOCATION: Abraham Crijnssenweg 1, Fort Zeelandia, Paramaribo OPENING HOURS: Tuesday to Friday, 09:00 am to 2:00 pm; Sunday, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm; Closed on Mondays, Saturdays and Holidays TEL NO: +597 425 871
Holi Phagwa 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.