Searching for a flight to Suriname is difficult in summer months.  You will hear the sound ‘All Full’ across the bureau of the Travel agencies including Mao Asam travel agency in Curacao. Yes full, via Miami full, via Trinidad and Tobago full. ‘Let’s try this one- let’s try that’; so much patience! Until finally, hoping gor a call  ‘wait a minute’. There is One Hope. Finally got closer on ‘their line’ (stretched my neck) to one message exalted through the rest of messages above all Full Flight Companies. Then an announcement, without hesitating “The Fly All Ways Surinam Company starts new schedule on the 25th flying Surinam – Curacao/ Curacao- Surinam. Well, Book that than, I thought silently but impatiently. It was my luck one of those days. Who could resist. And this flight starts on my wish for  25th of June. That date is to be remembered. Starting off on this date, after checking in at the airport,  I checked out this new installed clean furniture and special interior secretly – I had no particular claim for the outside look either; was  as good as measurable standard usual size, one will trust upon. Getting on board, the passengers were being guided and seated, all procedures to make sure were intact to  understand ( ahah, uhuh, understandable)  After all hens on deck, precautions and taking off, then high on air, the relaxing moment started.  After us taking care of Head and Feet, we got surprised with colorful packages snacks and beverage. Now longing for and graceful waiting to be in Suriname, there I was flying high in the sly to get there.

A few weeks there having a great time and enjoying my weeks occupying with my Arts obligations and presenting my New release Prose Book in a come together, time had arrived  to fly again with Fly All Ways.  Too soon but true, want to be a little longer in Surinam.  But, time to go HOME now. Much to my surprise a big crowd were standing there, aligned to check in. Who are they, and in this familiar color?  Well, nothing more than youngsters and leaders from the Bonaire Karate Club. They’d visited Surinam for a 3 days Karate competition event. These Bonaire kids in their outfit got my blushing away, attention, catching their smiling faces, to keep asking.  I got so thrilled to know more and more details. Plus  they were on my flight.

Bonaire is my baby island-(you know, Curacao, Aruba and Bonaire !), so after getting more releasing news; their chilling story here in Surinam, I knew they would come up with some big surprise.  While standing in the queue, waiting to check in I came to know how many medals they ended up with and of course a GOLD CUP.

15 medals and One Gold Cup.  So Happy for the Group and Bonaire Karate Club


After running along waiving, I got first to meet in the long queue (most  Competitive groups on their way to Home this early Sunday morning) for passport checking before get to the cozy Waiting Hall.  Slight scaring off red sweaters and sneakers outfits from Trinidad were in front on me and brought my attention to ask again.


Some chit chat you know, of course what they were up to in Suriname. So, I said carefully. ‘I saw the Bonaire group, had some information, how much yours in medals and cups’. ‘More than 10 and One bigger Gold Cup, in total 7. And Second place’. Who is the number one, I asked? SURINAM. Oh Fantastic.  Well I answered quickly, you of course Second. ‘And Curacao Third and Bonaire 4th’ place.  So Trinidad and Tobago the big Second’. Huge! Awesome.

So very inspirational all together in swift of time, I wondered. I counted how I got inspired by the country Suriname in total  4 times coming here. Carifesta, the Literature Group encounter, Javansese Batik studies and Creole African design studies. Than organizational skills with Surinamese Art centers .  Plus totally enjoyed the heavy rain fall ecactly every other day and the language Sranan. So I promised I will get through this language at 5th encounter,

So on board a total quietness, every one caught up in their own world to total relaxing. Seemed all tired but satisfied. The flight was cool.        Disembarking, through passport control,  Oh Too late a snap!

Coming into the Hall with luggage, A crowd: SURPRISE. Yeah. THE Curacao winning group on the photo. Cups, Trofee and Medals in the hand. CONGRATULATIONS CURACAO. Photo Mine quickly. Ah, too late, but …..



Asyla ten Holt/funart88




The drag of endless trying out,
protect and maintain the rights of the child
in a constant violation with little conviction.

One shoved a vote to maintain the rights – beat off another representative in exile. Defended itself into other’s eyes by so filed a damage to the rights of that child.

With Law that protects — must we be in constant fear, an official representative act showing disrespect! Important leader exposing childish act! A hilarious kind of power, different color, and the child

endlessly waiting.

A. Holt

Funark / Book launch & Bio Asyla Holt (page revised)

Funark (non-profit) Foundation Initially started in 1989 by me as visual artist-author Asyla ten Holt living on the North coast of Curacao island in Dutch Caribbean- to put  Arts, Writings and Performing Arts more on the foreground.  First encounter was interviewing Artists from all grounds living in the Antilles. Afterwards the interest continued in Solo and Group- Exhibitions with Poetry booklets, offer workshops and making reviews about Outdoors happenings. So the spotlight was for the entire Netherlands Antilles, now 3 Autonomous islands next to 3 Provinces of Netherlands.


Recently Funark Foundation is being explored to acquire materials through sponsors for workshops, attending outdoors Art-Cultural In-Residency projects  and Fund Campaign for Launching New book and Monograph Exhibits as Artistically Heritage promotion. In this case Prose writings with full color beautiful illustration images ‘ Enliven Emotions’. (AuthorHouse) is first time published in US/UK with big opportunity for online marketing like with Amazon etc. A second Prose writing is with polishing to be ready produce.


Asyla ten Holt- a Visual Artist/Author promotes herself indoors and online. A selection of Mix -paintings in Conceptual and Expressive Art plus Monographs can be admired and offered at her Atelier in Tera Kora area-Kaya Piedra Machu 37 in countryside of Bandabou-Curacao, inclusive on Google search-net.  Her aspiration as an observer comes from her community with distinctive outcomes and judgments that ultimately will lead to attract in Asyla’s Art.  The addressing issues will gain mental transformation when drawing narrative aspects from a complex Contemporary Culture. To proceed, her driving force will enhance her value as citizen-artist in Dutch-Caribbean and she’ll carry on creating historical events to survive as single and self supported woman.

Within constant expectations for change, a first significant prose-book publishing (former random islands publishing were rhythmic poem booklets and illustration works presented in Solo-Art exhibitions), became opportunity to lay down islands’ vulnerable confronting issues into titled pieces in humorous Creative Writings. The moods from both lower- and upper trends of individual-living and nature-preservatives are extracted in a segregated manner to questioning Prose-like. The one aspect holds on to survive, struggle with emancipation and criticize corruptible functions, while at other end the feel for extraordinary comfort remains;  The keeping a total distance from what’s daily going on social-politically on drilling arguments. It starts with the  somewhat negligence of the native tongue wanting to be on second place and the Dutch the first. But then secondly Racism is still hard to explain. The commodity in a fancy lure will justify unevenness but still chances are enact. The usual divisiveness exist in conservative capitalism of richness, no matter what island’s on and off fraction in colonial identity expresses in a black community. Though an intermezzo will enter concerned ‘equality’ in every ethnic group, when nature urges to act on  fondness  feeling free which is a unique form of being.

Ultimately Asyla’s Visual Arts and Prose writings will favor for being part of societies’ development and seek voluptuously offered choices– even if seems difficult in a strong ethnic mingled and diverse culture hungering for the same or other? When vulnerable identities are fully recognized inside potential promoting markets to uplift – most likely a distinguish extraction of flavored skills will comply with demand instead of create vulgar behaviors or ignorancy. Taken this in mind, trends in society can still continue focusing on maintain the European flair , than others the Latin American or the Caribbean or mixed with USA-one, the Hip-hop and fast-food included. Everyone belongs.

author-asyla-holt With promotion of the book,  Asyla wants to launch it by ways of travel (Europe-USA-Caribbean) linked with Authors’ Funark Foundation’s existence of 28 years promoting Arts/Culture. It will direct to the interest of collective traditional heritage groups in societies.  The Cover ‘Enliven Emotions’ with colored images, is focused on example of the ‘strength of the women’, as well ‘Settled heritage’ and ‘Political tradition toward somewhat gained then disrupted currency on societies’ Emancipation’. Finally the ‘Nostalgia’s overwhelm and excite of culture and nature’, but also the traditional flair like so called ‘the drum’ within Black community. Then the climax running down in peace.

This new approach is chosen – next to interest in resource-works – with favored language through my rooted English families in Windward Islands. The meanings exposed are daily facing facts in Lower Islands were I live and are for gaining growth and awareness. It awaits discussions and arguments in course of time. Paintings and Pictures are from the Artist and her Children.

The 36 pagesEnliven Emotions’ inclusive images of photo’s and paintings can be ordered at Amazon, Barnes and Nobles,  Goodreads  and Publisher Author House-England and USA/UK and others. This Prose-book was possible through receiving Grant from Prins Bernhard Funds for Dutch Caribbean.

A 2017 sponsor campaign for launching the book and travels to Surinam (Polished here) Bonaire (with Engraved design Launch) and Holland were settled by ways of  Promotion works and independent Artists’ Marketing. ( see and web-page ‘I am made in Curacao’-Asyla ten Holt). Furthermore for Launch activities within the islands, Caribbean and USA please direct to  Asyla ten Holt at my mail address and or online LinkedIn or Facebook Asyla’s Art and for personal ordering her book.  2018 awaits a second Prose writing and intention is to Auction Asyla’s Retrospective Arts.  For Appointment  0-5999-5268813 (app) and or