My Birthday at Raffles

Last week was my 28th birthday!

I was treated to a lie in as Arthur had gone for a sleepover at my Mum and Dad’s apartment.  I say lie in but we are talking 7am, yes that is a lie in for me, sad isn’t it!!

My present from Mark this year was my PADI advanced divers course, i’ll talk about that in a separate post!

Mum and dad got me a pretty play suit and an iPad mini and my brother got me a lovely case for it.

Daddy   Arthur got me some earrings I had my eye on!

So I had been suitably spoiled!

 

We then went out to a mystery location for my birthday lunch which turned out to be Raffles!  I had been wanting to go for ages so I was delighted when we pulled up!

We went to the pool bar it was gorgeous!

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The waiter asked if we lived here……What!?  Don’t we look like we belong in Raffles, what gave us away???!

We had a starter of Sushi and a mixed platter with things like samosas and mozzarella sticks….yum!

For lunch my dad had a smoked Marlin wrap which he said was delicious but honestly I think he made a bit of an error because the rest of us had the burger and it was the best……….I’m not talking any burger here though this was a Wagyu burger.

I can now write this like I know what I’m talking about, I don’t, but I looked it up and apparently it means something along the lines of the cow was fed Beer and Sake and it gets regularly massaged, lucky cow!

So anyway the burger tasted awesome, it was massive and cooked how I wanted and it came with chips, what more could a girl want on her birthday?

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Cocktail and burger, they don’t come classier then me!

Oh right, yeah, cocktails of course!! It’s kind of obligatory to have some kind of ‘sling’ cocktail since it was Raffles who invented the Singapore Sling (the Raffles in Singapore obviously!).  I went for the Paris sling, but I of course also tried my Mum’s Singapore sling, oh and we had to have a Margarita, it’s kind of our thing!

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After lunch it was swim time.  Where we had so much fun splashing around (only partly cocktail induced), jumping in-between the two layers of infinity pools, making a built in sun bed thing into a slide.  Arthur slept until Mark decided to do a bomb into the pool!!

At around 4 it all clouded over and the heavens opened, we took it as our cue to leave!

The evening was spent having sandwiches and a big yummy birthday cake! All in all it was an awesome day!

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A wet Seychelles weekend

On Praslin there are pretty much just two roads; the one that goes round the coast (yellow) in a horse shoe shape and then the one that cuts through the Vallee de Mai (the little white one running through the middle. 

Praslin road map

Praslin road map

The coast road is a really windy and really hilly (we are talking 30% gradient in places!) road that is only really wide enough for one car most of the way round.

The road through the vallee de Mai is also really hilly but it is in much better condition and is wide enough for two cars all the way (so it’s the main road used).  It’s also much quicker to get from one side of the island to the other this way.

A couple of weeks ago we had some bad storms and there was a landslide that cut off the road at the Vallee de Mai.  These are pictures that Mark took as he tried to get to work.  He then had to turn around and go via the coast road.

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The Vallee road remained closed for over a week while they cleared the road and secured the banking.  The only way round was the coast road.  This road isn’t built for as much use as it got and within a really short space of time the road was rapidly deteriating, large pot holes started to appear and the road even giving way in places.

Fast forward to Friday night and we get A LOT of rain.

Saturday, Mark has to go into school as there is a rehearsal for the production he is working on with our neighbour J.  I get a text from J’s boyfriend D telling me that they had got to school but that the Vallee road is closed again (turns out they didn’t do such a great job of securing that banking!).  Then at around lunch time I get another text from D saying the he thinks Mark and J should come home because the weather is getting bad again and that there’s a rumour that the coast road is also going to be closed!!

About an hour later (usually the coast road takes around half hour) they get home.  Mark is soaked!  Turns out a tree had fallen and he and a Seychellois man had to saw it in half to get it out the road!  There was also a house that was being emptied as it was about to fall in a mud slide 😦

After that the rain just kept getting worse and worse.  We heard that the coast road had then been closed and the Vallee road re-opened (as it was the least dangerous of the two!?).

This is the front of my house on Sunday morning

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You can’t really tell in this but a lot of this is almost knee deep!!

Luckily the rain has now stopped and as the ground here is pretty much just sand the water soon drains away.  Both roads are now open again!

It was quite a dramatic weekend all in all but being stuck inside the whole time was not fun!

 

Map of Praslin credit: [https://maps.google.com]