Monthly Archives: September 2013

Curaçao and Kokomo EDM Anthem by Hall & Zanfa

We can’t believe we missed this earlier this month but German producer duo Hall & Zanfa (RBMC), consisting of Marco Zanfardino and Bernd Hall, produced EDM anthems for Curaçao and for Kokomo Beach!

Curacao EDM Anthem by Hall & Zanfa

Apparently they got inspired when they were in Curaçao last year for a vacation and a gig and couldn’t let go of the feeling. So they channeled that inspiration into the creation of these two tracks.

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First Curaçao Gay Pride is ON

Curaçao’s first Gay Pride started yesterday with the pre-activities and is set to go full-force this weekend with parties, after parties and a ‘Dance 4 Love’ on one of Willemstad’s main public squares. The event is already stirring up emotions of solidarity as well as some of the less pleasant emotions.. ..

Curaçao Gay Pride 2013

While in many parts of the world gay people are generally accepted, many of the Caribbean islands still have all kinds of taboos surrounding the LGBT lifestyle. Mostly this doesn’t go much further than name-calling and threatening with eternal damnation, but there have also been plenty of incidents of gay bashing or even murder in the Caribbean region. Luckily Curaçao has long been peaceful in this respect.

One of the reasons why we love Curaçao is the relaxed attitude towards its sexually diverse community. Same-sex couples can walk on most streets while holding hands and no one will bat an eye, the annual Get Wet Weekend was a success every year it was organized since 2005 and Willemstad’s downtown is often overrun by gays when a gay cruise arrives. Continue reading

CHATA Award Celebration Cancelled

CHATA Award Celebration CuracaoWe just received an email stating that CHATA has cancelled their CHATA award celebration at Kokomo, scheduled for this coming Saturday.

From their email: “Due to tough economic conditions putting pressure on our members spending and time, the Board of CHATA and Staff decided it is not possible to deliver an event that would do justice to both our members and industry.”

To us this sounds like they were either too ambitious in their plans or they just didn’t sell enough tickets (combination of both maybe?). We all know that the people here don’t decide what they’ll do until the last minute so we’re guessing it’s the tickets situation.

Also from their email: ” We hope you will understand the circumstances under which we have taken this decision. We value and respect our members and the budget of our association. We once again apologize for any inconvenience. Partners who already paid their tickets to attend will be reimbursed.

It really is too bad because we thought it was a great initiative to have a party on the beach instead of a boring awards ceremony in some ballroom somewhere.

Maybe they’ll try again next year with some more forethought?

New Miss Universe Curaçao – Eline de Pool!

Promotion campaigns on Facebook, photo sessions, tv performances and lots of different opinions. Yes folks it was that time of the year again; the Miss Universe Curaçao pageant was ON. Six beautiful young girls from our island with all one goal: winning that beautiful shining crown, the title and the opportunity to represent the island of Curaçao in Russia.

Miss Universe Curaçao pageant
All six misses, picture by Theo Meijer Photography

Last night the big finale was held at the Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort and on our Facebook news feeds we saw people speaking out for their favorite. Stephany Francisca was the favorite, a talented and experienced model who made quite the impression at the Caribbean’s Next Top Model competition in Trinidad (1st runner up). She did an amazing job on stage -according to many- with so much style and grace. But what can you expect with so much experience? Continue reading

Privilege Curaçao cancels Girls Take Over party

Late last night the Privilege Curaçao Facebook fan page posted a letter by the foundation’s president (Mr Martha) that they had to cancel the Girls Take Over party. This is the letter they posted:


For the people who don’t speak Dutch: mister Martha states that they had filed for the necessary permits on time. However -due to personnel problems- the fire safety permit wouldn’t be available until one day before the event. This wouldn’t give the organization enough time to file for the permit they need from the police so the permit situation won’t allow for the party to take place. Continue reading

Meet & greet with Into the Wild star Jack Hanna

Jack “Jungle Jack” Hanna, one of the most recognized authorities on wildlife conservation and habitat protection, and frequent guest on American TV talk shows and news programs, will make a special appearance on Thursday September 12 at L’Aldea Brazilian Restaurant for a Meet and Greet event to benefit Curaçao’s Parke Tropikal (our local zoo).


Jungle Jack, host of several popular TV programs including “Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild” will appear on Thursday September 12, 2013 from 5:00 to 7:30pm. The evening will feature Jack Hanna and his wife Suzi Hanna.

Get up close and personal with Jungle Jack and enjoy dinner at L’Aldea Brazilian Steakhouse! An experience you won’t easily forget. Continue reading

Prince & The New Power Generation in Curaçao

When management of the Curaçao North Sea Jazz Festival announced that Usher had cancelled (bummer!) and that Prince would take his place (YAY!) we definitely lost our cool in Curaçao. People raced to get tickets for the festival, talked about it on social media to no end and the anticipation for the festival heightened like never before.

And the show was great..!

When we arrived at the festival grounds Luis Miguel had just started on the main stage and the place was packed so we enjoyed him from a distance but when he finished and the crowd dispersed we went to stake our spot in front of the stage, 90 minutes before the show would start.

When the hour neared the crowd grew larger and larger. I’m quite tall (~2 meters) so I usually try to hang back a bit at concerts or try to stand to the side but not this time. When the first anticipated question came (‘You are so tall, can I scoot in front of you?’) I explained to everyone behind me that we had been waiting for more than an hour already and if I let one person in front of me then the next would come and I’d be all the way in the back in no time, but not this time!  Surprisingly, they all smiled and nodded their heads. 🙂

And then the big little man himself came on stage accompanied by a swinging brass section, 3 amazing background/foreground singers and of course the 3RD EYE GIRL rock women on guitar, bass and drums. That was the beginning of 75 minutes of pure and utter funktastic bliss! Continue reading