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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La Digue (Seychelles time)

It’s been a little while but it’s Seychelles Time again!

La Digue is the third most populated island in the Seychelles.  From Praslin it is a 15 minute ferry trip.  Going to La Digue really is like going back in time, its so quiet and life is slow there!

We recently took Arthur for the first time with Mum and Dad.  This was Arthur’s first time on a boat, he was really good and loved looking overboard, particularly at the boats wake.

La Digue is a Awesome place to hire bikes, its the best way to get around the island and its really safe as there are hardly any cars at all.  We decided not to this time as we wanted to be able to keep Arthur in the shade so the push chair was the best for that.  We walked around the North side of the island which is nice and quiet, a really beautiful walk.

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We followed the road around to the George Camile gallery, Arthur had lots of fun crawling around there, although I think thats more due to the fact the floor was nice and cool rather than him being particularly interested in the art!  To be honest he kinda took over the place!!!

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Dad bought a nice Embossed copper picture in there, they had been looking forward to visiting his gallery as his stuff had caught their eye on Mahe, last time they were visiting in the Summer.  Mark and I house sat for George Camile over new year so it is nice that they now own some of his work.  If you would like to check out his website take a look here 

This time we didn’t walk round to the Coconut plantation where the gorgeous Anse Source d’Argent beach is as it was a little far to go without bikes and plus the walk around the North coast took us longer than expected!  Anyway here is a picture from a previous trip as its really pretty so you might want to see 🙂  It’s in the National Geographic top 10 beaches in the world so it can’t be half bad right!!

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So thats it for now!  Hope you enjoyed a little bit of Seychelles time, see you next time!

 

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My Mother’s Day weekend

So I’m sorry as I’m sure everyone is totally over Mother’s Day by now but I haven’t had chance to write about mine yet, and it was my first one so I’ve gotta get it written down!

As far as I can gather Mother’s Day isn’t celebrated in Seychelles. If it is there is certainly no big deal made of it and no holidays here are commercialised like they are everywhere else I’ve been!  There are no special mothers day cards, gifts etc!

Despite it not being a big deal here its something we still celebrated and I was lucky enough to have my mum and dad here too so we could all celebrate together!

On Saturday, Mum and I went to the gorgeous Waterfront Spa at the Black Parrot Suites in the Coco de Mer Hotel.  The view from the treatment room is absolutely amazing, we both had the ‘Signature Scrub’ which was made up of honey, sugar and orange.  After the scrub you have a shower which looks right out onto the Ocean its so so beautiful I didn’t want to get out.  That’s followed by a massage using an oil that is suited to your “element”.  Apparently I’m fire….that didn’t surprise anyone too much!!!  I didn’t take any pictures there, but here is one from their website.

Waterfront Spa treatment room

 

On the Sunday we all had a lovely day when we went for Lunch at the Beach Bar and Grill in the Constance Lemuria Hotel.  It’s a gorgeous place to have lunch.  It is built into the rocks and overlooks the beach, the food was absolutely incredible.  Dad treated us all to a lovely bottle of champagne!  Arthur had a little bit of everyones food but mostly he loved the chocolate Ice cream!!!

 

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Pretty view at the Beach Bar & Grill

 

chocolate ice cream treat!!

chocolate ice cream treat!!

We went onto the beach and had a swim afterwards. The weather was pretty overcast and in the morning we had some pretty epic thunder which was really needed to break up some of the humidity! My mum is a big lover of storms so she loved it! Arthur’s little Billabong swim/sun suit is so cute. Mum and Dad brought it out for him, we’ve been getting lots of use out of it already, he seems really happy and comfy in it too!

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Cuddles with mama

Swimming :)

Swimming 🙂

 

So that was my mothers day weekend, I loved it!  I hope you all had a lovely time with your families!

MIA

Just wanted to do a quick little post to acknowledge that I am a little MIA here at the moment!  

 

We are having a lovely time with my parents being here, Arthur is loving spending time with them and they are of course loving every second with him!

Mark has been working this week so in the mornings once he goes I have been off up to where they are staying and spending the whole day together.  Arthur’s been spoiled rotten and we have already had some fun times swimming!

As of Thursday Mark finishes for Easter holidays and he will have three weeks off so we can do lots of fun things together.

On Friday I’m booked in for a dive with my mum and dad which will be amazing as the last times they have been here I have been pregnant/first few weeks after having Arthur so it will be great to finally be able to go together.

On Saturday Mum and I are booked into a spa for our Mothers day treat which will be lovely!

 

I’ll try to make sure I don’t go totally off the radar and keep in touch about our nice family times!

They’re coming!

My parents arrive on Saturday!   I’m so excited!  We haven’t seen them since Arthur was a month old.

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Muuuum where are they?!

They will be here for a month and are staying in a really nice (like nicer then our house) self catering apartment.  Of course we have said that they can stay with us but really there isn’t the space, we’ve got two bedrooms and I love Arthur but I don’t want to have him back in our room again!!!!  Anyway it will be good for everyone to have their own space.

This week I am mostly trying to keep really busy (you know because running around after an 8 month old doesn’t keep you busy enough!) so it doesn’t drag.  Its not been really keeping busy with fun things though.  I’ve been doing all those horrible jobs around the house that you put off forever.  Theres nothing like your parents coming to visit to make sure you have a sparkly clean house!!

So this is a quick one as now I need to go and remove dead geckos from door frames and windows…………….still jealous of Seychelles life?

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SuperBusyMum

Boat Trips {Seychelles Time}

This is the first ‘Seychelles Time’ post.  I’m going to start with the ultimate!  Boat trips.  We have been lucky enough to get to go on some amazing boats and have had opportunities to do some fantastic boat trips.

We have yet to take Arthur on a boat trip but I imagine it won’t be too long!

There are some gorgeous little islands that surround Praslin that are beautiful to snorkel and swim by.  The favourite of boat skippers seem to be the sister islands (grande soeur and petite soeur), Coco island, and Félicité.

Félicité is a private island where some mega luxury apartments were being built but the project ran out of money and it has been abandoned.  Now it looks like doctor evils lair!

Coco island was actually used in a Carling beer tv advert.  The one where the crab is running on a treadmill to keep the fridge cool!?

Here are some pictures of the islands, us and the fun things you find on these trips 🙂 I hope you enjoy Seychelles Time

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Pregnant Snorkeling

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Hawksbill Turtle

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Fruitbat

The best boat trips end with a beautiful sunset 🙂

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Being a Seychelles mama 0-8 months (the harder bits)

This post is all about the things that aren’t so great about being a Seychellesmama.  These things do not outweigh the positives of living here for us.  I’m not looking for sympathy here (and know I won’t get it!!!) but I thought it might be nice to share that living in the Indian Ocean does have its drawbacks!!

  1. I’ll start with the obvious!  Being away from family and friends.  I won’t get into this too much, it speaks for itself really.  There are days that are harder than others!  To be honest though, I lived about 5 hours drive away from my parents before we moved here and okay tack another 10 hours to that to get here by plane but its safe to say that the views are a lot better here!!  Another reason why this is hard is for help with Arthur.  Mark and I really have raised him by ourselves, which I’m not complaining about but there are days where you would like to drop him off at grandparents for the afternoon and take a little break!
  2. Weather.  Yes its glorious, and yes it makes getting Arthur dressed very easy however for the last month he has had perpetual heat rash and that sucks!!!
  3. Availability of anything.  To me this is the hardest thing.  This isn’t just baby stuff, although that effects us most these days.  You can not consistently get anything here.  The thing this bothers me most with is nappies.  The shop at the top of our road is generally very good and does order things for us but if it runs out on Mahe (the main island) then we have to wait a few weeks/months until another shipment comes in from whatever country.  There will always be some sort of nappies that we can get but for some reason people here prefer cheaper brands that are really plasticy and horrible 😦 to me buying nappies like that are false economy, although they are cheaper you get through so many more because you have to change them every 5 minutes!
  4. Medical care.  So this has only been highlighted in the last month where I took Arthur for the doctor for heat rash and a second time where we went to hospital.  We have to pay, it’s not America expensive, but its not cheap!
  5. There are no groups/classes.  I’m talking parent and baby groups, I do always feel a pang of jealousy when I read on twitter about mummies going to different groups or classes with their babies.  It seems like a nice way to meet other parents and its something thats missing here.
  6. There are no pavements in most places.  This is a bit of a pain for going for walks.  The roads are mostly very quiet and so its not too bad but it’s not ideal!

Okay so I think thats the main things covered, can’t really think of anything else right now!  I’m not sure how this list will change as Arthur gets older, i’ll be interested to look back on this!!

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SuperBusyMum