Category Archives: People

600. 12 Things Curaçao Expats Can’t Leave Curaçao Without

1. Ketjap Manis 2. Preimu Chines 3. The one and only “Air Conditioner in a Bottle” 4. Drop 5. Kroepoek 6. Maggi 7. Palu di Funchi 8. Curaçao Liquor (for your non-Curaçao friends)  9. Emergency Amstel Bright 10. Pika 11. Desiree’s latest cookbook 12.

600. 12 Things Curaçao Expats Can’t Leave Curaçao Without

1. Ketjap Manis 2. Preimu Chines 3. The one and only “Air Conditioner in a Bottle” 4. Drop 5. Kroepoek 6. Maggi 7. Palu di Funchi 8. Curaçao Liquor (for your non-Curaçao friends)  9. Emergency Amstel Bright 10. Pika 11. Desiree’s latest cookbook 12.

601. Awesome Viral Curaçao Marketing

Matador Network‘s Joshua Johnson visited Curaçao recently. Instead of writing cookie cutter travel blog fare about the things he did, saw and ate he decided to spotlight three awesome Curaçao locals who made his trip particularly memorable. How many of these

601. Awesome Viral Curaçao Marketing

Matador Network‘s Joshua Johnson visited Curaçao recently. Instead of writing cookie cutter travel blog fare about the things he did, saw and ate he decided to spotlight three awesome Curaçao locals who made his trip particularly memorable. How many of these

603. Curaçao’s ‘Forbidden’ New Year’s Tradition

Prolific Dutch writer Jan Brokken once described this forbidden new year’s tradition in all its culturally sensitive glory: “though man and woman don’t touch each other during tambú dance, they move more provocatively than a Dutch couple making love.” This form of recreation and

603. Curaçao’s ‘Forbidden’ New Year’s Tradition

Prolific Dutch writer Jan Brokken once described this forbidden new year’s tradition in all its culturally sensitive glory: “though man and woman don’t touch each other during tambú dance, they move more provocatively than a Dutch couple making love.” This form of recreation and

604. You’ve lived in Curaçao when… (Part 6)

You automatically wiggle your hips and upper-body (even when seated) upon hearing the first sounds of a tambú, tumba, merengue, salsa, reaggeaton, etc You make appointments at 3 when you want to start at 4   You get insulted and

604. You’ve lived in Curaçao when… (Part 6)

You automatically wiggle your hips and upper-body (even when seated) upon hearing the first sounds of a tambú, tumba, merengue, salsa, reaggeaton, etc You make appointments at 3 when you want to start at 4   You get insulted and

609. Tambú on Steroids

Broadwayworld.com writes: “Tradition is a tricky beast. There are those who would leave it as a dusty, living museum exhibit. Then there are others who see further, into the possibility of tradition, a line that runs through history all the way to

609. Tambú on Steroids

Broadwayworld.com writes: “Tradition is a tricky beast. There are those who would leave it as a dusty, living museum exhibit. Then there are others who see further, into the possibility of tradition, a line that runs through history all the way to

610. Curaçao’s Concierge

My childhood friend Gaby Lieuw has a keen eye for aesthetics; she has created a truly stunning site: Sand and Stilettos. Unlike ‘1000 Awesome Things about Curaçao’, Gaby’s site is a stylish travel guide filled with hidden Curaçao treasures (where to

610. Curaçao’s Concierge

My childhood friend Gaby Lieuw has a keen eye for aesthetics; she has created a truly stunning site: Sand and Stilettos. Unlike ‘1000 Awesome Things about Curaçao’, Gaby’s site is a stylish travel guide filled with hidden Curaçao treasures (where to

611. Curaçao’s Aretha Franklin

Born in Curaçao and raised in St. Eustatius, Shirma Rouse grew up around music and recalls singing in church with her grandmother from a very young age. Shirma was formally introduced to the Dutch music scene as back-up vocalist for Tasha’s

611. Curaçao’s Aretha Franklin

Born in Curaçao and raised in St. Eustatius, Shirma Rouse grew up around music and recalls singing in church with her grandmother from a very young age. Shirma was formally introduced to the Dutch music scene as back-up vocalist for Tasha’s

612. Curaçao’s Global Dancer

Born and raised in Curaçao, Edelmar Pieternelle (32), better known as ‘Pasty’, is fluent in Tambú, Ritmo Kombina and Tumba, but also Merengue, Bachata, Cha Cha and Salsa dance styles. Nowadays Pasty performs all over the world with his dance partner,

612. Curaçao’s Global Dancer

Born and raised in Curaçao, Edelmar Pieternelle (32), better known as ‘Pasty’, is fluent in Tambú, Ritmo Kombina and Tumba, but also Merengue, Bachata, Cha Cha and Salsa dance styles. Nowadays Pasty performs all over the world with his dance partner,

613. Curaçao’s Obsession with Dutch Royalty

King Willem-Alexander and his more glamorous half, Queen Máxima, visited the Dutch Caribbean islands for the first time as ‘official’ monarchs this past week. The King was inaugurated on April 30, 2013 and promised to continue his mother’s course, stressing

613. Curaçao’s Obsession with Dutch Royalty

King Willem-Alexander and his more glamorous half, Queen Máxima, visited the Dutch Caribbean islands for the first time as ‘official’ monarchs this past week. The King was inaugurated on April 30, 2013 and promised to continue his mother’s course, stressing

614. Curaçao Artist Giovani Zanolino

The Art People, a community of artists and art lovers from around the world — with over 91,000 Facebook Fans — has recently profiled Curaçao artist Giovani Zanolino in “Live to Create”. Giovani’s take on Degas. Excerpt from the article: ‘Giovani’s gorgeous, hugely compelling

614. Curaçao Artist Giovani Zanolino

The Art People, a community of artists and art lovers from around the world — with over 91,000 Facebook Fans — has recently profiled Curaçao artist Giovani Zanolino in “Live to Create”. Giovani’s take on Degas. Excerpt from the article: ‘Giovani’s gorgeous, hugely compelling

615. Curaçao’s Challenge Seeker

Ryan de Jongh (42) is Curaçao’s male version of Diana Nyad, the world record-breaking woman who famously swam from Cuba to Florida (110 miles) earlier this year. Ryan will be kayaking around Curaçao (99 miles) for the second time on

615. Curaçao’s Challenge Seeker

Ryan de Jongh (42) is Curaçao’s male version of Diana Nyad, the world record-breaking woman who famously swam from Cuba to Florida (110 miles) earlier this year. Ryan will be kayaking around Curaçao (99 miles) for the second time on

616. Curaçao in the New York Times

Folks, please meet Baz Dreisinger. She may or may not have inspired this website. Baz isn’t from Curaçao; she lives in New York City. She spent a short week in Curaçao, like most tourists. But Baz isn’t like most tourists: she

616. Curaçao in the New York Times

Folks, please meet Baz Dreisinger. She may or may not have inspired this website. Baz isn’t from Curaçao; she lives in New York City. She spent a short week in Curaçao, like most tourists. But Baz isn’t like most tourists: she

617. Curaçao’s Universal Beauties

Miss Curaçao, Curaçao’s national female beauty pageant, was founded in 1963 and has sent various stunningly beautiful contestants to the Miss Universe and Miss World pageants. Sample our awesome European – South American – West African melting pot by taking a look at some of our

617. Curaçao’s Universal Beauties

Miss Curaçao, Curaçao’s national female beauty pageant, was founded in 1963 and has sent various stunningly beautiful contestants to the Miss Universe and Miss World pageants. Sample our awesome European – South American – West African melting pot by taking a look at some of our

619. Curaçao Mangrove Project

Little known fact: Curaçao’s numerous inland bays are structural components of its extraordinary coral reef ecosystem. (#2 on Google’s Virtual Underwater Map!) These inland bays are home to mangroves and seagrass beds, nurseries for many Curaçao reef fish as well as nesting

619. Curaçao Mangrove Project

Little known fact: Curaçao’s numerous inland bays are structural components of its extraordinary coral reef ecosystem. (#2 on Google’s Virtual Underwater Map!) These inland bays are home to mangroves and seagrass beds, nurseries for many Curaçao reef fish as well as nesting

620. 100,000+ Facebook Fans for Curaçao

Blue balloons emblazoned with Curaçao’s flag floated over New York, Berlin, Miami, Atlanta, Shanghai, Athens, Amsterdam, Sao Paolo, London, Caracas, San Francisco and Zurich; almost two dozen cities around the world represented as Curaçao’s fans helped celebrate their 100,000th fan. Several of Curaçao’s Facebook

620. 100,000+ Facebook Fans for Curaçao

Blue balloons emblazoned with Curaçao’s flag floated over New York, Berlin, Miami, Atlanta, Shanghai, Athens, Amsterdam, Sao Paolo, London, Caracas, San Francisco and Zurich; almost two dozen cities around the world represented as Curaçao’s fans helped celebrate their 100,000th fan. Several of Curaçao’s Facebook