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Bandabou(w) is where I’m located as legitimate Curacao-Visual Artist. Bandabou means the Lower land or Lower part of island Curacao(although has highest mountain) Lower Antilles in Dutch Caribbean. As often mentioned, this part of the island is known as best cultivating and recreating. It pertains the best natural beaches, old antique style houses, historical land-houses from slave histories – peaceful valleys -creeks  (rainwater dams) and mountains picturing wild blooming trees, cactus and wild traditional bushes.

kibra hacha-asyla ten holt (640x480)

Twice a year (February and October after rain) the famous national  tree blooms – it’s the yellow wild flowers of ‘kibra hacha, which covers  awesome parts of hills- and mountains sides giving a bride- groom effect and instills the nerves when watching. from afar.  Also  the  hibiscus- like sweet Cherry-trees called ‘Shimaruku’ will flourish in heavy rains and give us opportunity for its vitamin C while cover vallaeys and alleys along goat roads.

Fanciful are the style houses with beautiful flowered- and fruits gardens, big charming veranda’s and diversity of birds chirping around in tranquil traffic areas. Other sites you’ll find flamingos on large scale coming in from Orinoco River in Venezuela to nestled in our lakes in serene quiet areas where formerly salt was found.

DSC09972in Jan Kok area.

Most people are very kind and going about their own business. Interesting is that in the old days Bandabou could see neighborhoods providing in their own needs like the old-style skills with farming and cattle holding.  But also craftsmanship  was ample available like shoe makers, sewers and providers of various kind utensils.


Furthermore famous story-tellers arose and troubadours with their cultural  drum and composers, singers, best  mechanics, , wood carvers, wine makers, boat builders, groceries merchants, politicians, herb healers and candy makers all in one breath.  Furthermore Bandabou had the old- African custom-ways of holding it’s  traditional language high up in existence, now exploring and researching nowadays to maintain its  past traditional oral tongue. This interest is to preserve  the Islands Native Papiamentu-Creole  all together which literary means ‘talking language’.  It’s a combination of different tongues, mostly derived from Spanish and Portuguese (80%) along with Dutch and many African words, somewhat English mixed with.

Majority of population our islands take, are originated from slaves from West-Africa through Dutch colonization. Than soon you’ll discover mixed citizens of Jews (A’dam-Brazil-Israel), Portuguese(Brazil-Portugal), Windward Islands (Caribbean). Suriname, Venezuelan,  Lebanese, India(n) Dom. Republic-Colombian together with more Dutch.  Following immigration has expanded with Jamaicans, Haitians, Americans, English, French, Africans unto a general Multi mix inclusive minor other Cultures.  From former Dutch Antilles of 6 islands -3 incorporated itself into BES-providence under Dutch Reign, while remaining Aruba-St. Marten en Curacao  are in Autonomous state  still in  Corporate Dutch Dominion.  Willemstad Center is the Heritage UNESCO big  Business Capital and Governing site with Dutch style Architectural main interest and Tax free Businesses


The Eastern part (Bandariba) has majority Dutch settlements and man made Beaches  and other boosting business Trades and Real Estate facilities like in other parts of Island including rising effect in Bandabou. These for mostly  Dutch tourists and Dutch Investors  that emerge in mushroom-styles.  Bandabou is more a quiet part but sneakily tend increase its touristic Dutch landscape with little Resorts and Beach owning. Hopefully there is larger space left where peace and tranquility will still remain for the larger part living on the island that yearn for this peace.

Asyla ten Holt-All rights reserved. Revised February 2018