growing baby corals

Check out this amazing talk by Kristen Marhaver!

"Kristen Marhaver studies corals, tiny creatures the size of a poppyseed that, over hundreds of slow years, create beautiful, life-sustaining ocean structures hundreds of miles long. As she admits, it's easy to get sad about the state of coral reefs; they're in the news lately because of how quickly they're bleaching, dying and turning to slime. But the good news is that we're learning more and more about these amazing marine invertebrates — including how to help them (and help them help us). This biologist and TED Senior Fellow offers a glimpse into the wonderful and mysterious lives of these hard-working and fragile creatures. " - TED.com

kura hulanda

For me, the Kura Hulanda Hotel in Curacao is one of the most beautiful hotels. It is a five minute walk from our office, and yet we do not go there often enough. Today I met a friend there for lunch - and snapped a few pictures afterwards. It is always such a lovely and serene place to visit. For more information on the hotel click here.

And if you are looking for a nice place for lunch, I suggest Jacob's Bar and Terrace.

Picture from my own collection. Taken with iPhone 5. Tips from  Eef Ouwehand's  book on Smartphone Photography. The statue is by Hortence Brouwn.

Picture from my own collection. Taken with iPhone 5. Tips from Eef Ouwehand's book on Smartphone Photography. The statue is by Hortence Brouwn.

Picture from my own collection. Taken with iPhone 5. Tips from  Eef Ouwehand's  book on Smartphone Photography.

Picture from my own collection. Taken with iPhone 5. Tips from Eef Ouwehand's book on Smartphone Photography.

Picture from my own collection. Taken with iPhone 5. Tips from  Eef Ouwehand's  book on Smartphone Photography.

Picture from my own collection. Taken with iPhone 5. Tips from Eef Ouwehand's book on Smartphone Photography.

Picture from my own collection. Taken with iPhone 5. Tips from  Eef Ouwehand's  book on Smartphone Photography.

Picture from my own collection. Taken with iPhone 5. Tips from Eef Ouwehand's book on Smartphone Photography.

Picture from my own collection. Taken with iPhone 5. Tips from  Eef Ouwehand's  book on Smartphone Photography.

Picture from my own collection. Taken with iPhone 5. Tips from Eef Ouwehand's book on Smartphone Photography.

Picture from my own collection. Taken with iPhone 5. Tips from  Eef Ouwehand's  book on Smartphone Photography.

Picture from my own collection. Taken with iPhone 5. Tips from Eef Ouwehand's book on Smartphone Photography.

Picture from my own collection. Taken with iPhone 5. Tips from  Eef Ouwehand's  book on Smartphone Photography.

Picture from my own collection. Taken with iPhone 5. Tips from Eef Ouwehand's book on Smartphone Photography.

Picture from my own collection. Taken with iPhone 5. Tips from  Eef Ouwehand's  book on Smartphone Photography.

Picture from my own collection. Taken with iPhone 5. Tips from Eef Ouwehand's book on Smartphone Photography.

Picture from my own collection. Taken with iPhone 5. Tips from  Eef Ouwehand's  book on Smartphone Photography.

Picture from my own collection. Taken with iPhone 5. Tips from Eef Ouwehand's book on Smartphone Photography.

morning swim

Why not go for a morning swim? Especially if you live on an island or near the ocean - even if you have a pool in the garden. This morning we woke up a tiny bit earlier to go for a swim at 6.30am. First an espresso, then the swimsuit, a short drive to the beach house and then that invigorating dive into the water.

A perfect start to a day.

Image via  here.

Image via here.

cooking class II

It was a challenge; but my mom and I learned how to fillet a lion fish. Helmi, and her team at Thelma and Louise, with her recipes from Spice Girl, designed a wonderful evening for us yesterday. A big thank you to them. For more information on the cooking class check out Spice Girl.

Image from my own collection. A pumpkin soup to start while reading through the recipes.

Image from my own collection. A pumpkin soup to start while reading through the recipes.

Image from my own collection. Learning how to fillet a tuna for the ceviche.  Spice Girl.

Image from my own collection. Learning how to fillet a tuna for the ceviche. Spice Girl.

Image from my own collection. Preparing the Hollandaise sauce for our lion fish.

Image from my own collection. Preparing the Hollandaise sauce for our lion fish.

Image from my own collection. The tuna ceviche. Divine.

Image from my own collection. The tuna ceviche. Divine.

Goat Merquez Sausages. Click  here  for the recipe.

Goat Merquez Sausages. Click here for the recipe.

The lion fish

The lion fish

Image from my own collection. We also prepared the Crispy yardlong beans with a truffle mayo. Click  here  for the recipe.

Image from my own collection. We also prepared the Crispy yardlong beans with a truffle mayo. Click here for the recipe.

Image from my own collection. And we had pumpkin cake to end the meal. Click  here  for the recipe.

Image from my own collection. And we had pumpkin cake to end the meal. Click here for the recipe.

Some wine, great people, recipes with local ingredients and a wonderful chef to guide us.
This was the first one.

This was the first one.

And the second one.

And the second one.

cooking class

Tonight we'll be joining the cooking class by Spice Girl. Learning how to cook with Caribbean ingredients - all with a modern twist. I am looking forward to it. Next week there is another class, so if you have some time and want get your creative juices flowing, make sure you sign up.

Caribbean Flavors with a twist
— Spice Girl
Deep fried Lion fish. Recipe by  Spice Girl . You can find the recipe  here.

Deep fried Lion fish. Recipe by Spice Girl. You can find the recipe here.

Image via  Pinterest Spice Girl.  This is pika - a spicy sauce we love to add to our food here in Curacao. You can find the recipe, by  Spice Girl, here .

Image via Pinterest Spice Girl. This is pika - a spicy sauce we love to add to our food here in Curacao. You can find the recipe, by Spice Girl, here.

Over the years my palate became more and more induced by the bright Caribbean flavors
— Helmi Smeulders
Sweet Potato. Image by Spice Girl via  Pinterest.

Sweet Potato. Image by Spice Girl via Pinterest.

Spice Girl is also featured in Curacao: Banda Ariba.

Buy the book via  Eef Ouwehand Photography.  Book by  Divas Publishing.
This colorful book gives a glimpse of the places one should not miss of the central and eastern part of Curaçao, named Banda Ariba.
— Divas Publishing

hello monday

Today, after an activity filled Sunday, I am ready to start another amazing week. We climbed the Christoffel, swam in the clear blue ocean at Klein Knip - and then I slept - a lot. :)

Hope you had a great weekend as well.

Enjoy the week. xx Pris

And at the end of the day your feet should be dirty, your hair messy and your eyes sparkling.
— Shanti
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