A Family And Lifestyle Blog With A Tropical Seychelles Twist!

Month: December 2014

Flying to, and arriving in Sri Lanka: My experience and tips

Having visited Sri Lanka and having a few incidents I thought i’d write this post about flying to, and arriving in Sri Lanka.  Of course, I’ll share my tips on how to avoid the mistakes we made too!   Flying To Sri Lanka We flew […]

Review: One Piece Sunsuit from

Not every day is like a holiday here, there’s normal daily stuff to do, yep, even in paradise!! But living in the Seychelles means we are out and about in the sun a lot!!  This makes sun protection something that is very high on my […]

An Expat Christmas

An expat Christmas

This year will be our 3rd Christmas as expats, and our second as parents!

An Expat Christmas

Last year was obviously special as it was Arthur’s first Christmas and we made a big of a deal as we could by doing a big British Christmas dinner with our closest friends. However, as much as we love living in the Seychelles (and we really do!), we can’t help but find Christmas a bit of an anti climax. Hearing Rudolph the red nose reindeer and Santa Clause is coming to town just doesn’t seem right on a tropical island!!!

But this year, we are doing something a bit different and heading to Sri Lanka.

With this in mind our parents have sent our Christmas presents out early to us. So we could have our Christmas early, truly an expat Christmas.

Now, we have fallen out of love with the postal system here of late. When we first moved here it would take 10 working days for post to arrive with Royal Mail. Now we are lucky if it gets here within a month.
My parents sent stuff over with plenty of time and two packages have yet to arrive. To give credit to the Seychelles Postal system we’ve never had anything not turn up….one package took 6 months, but it still got here.

Mark’s sister works for a big courier company and so his family sent stuff with them. We had a phone call a couple days later to say it had been seized by Seychelles customs office. We are now dealing with a clearing agent to get that….I guess chocolate and Christmas presents for a 18month old is pretty serious stuff to be sending!!!!

As our internet allowance here is pretty restricted…..9GB/month we live for the weekends skyping our families. We get an additional 2.5GB internet to use each weekend!

So with us leaving for Sri Lanka on Saturday (13th) we arranged for our expat Christmas Skype with my family to be this Saturday just gone.
We arranged our time to fit in with everyone and Mark, Arthur and I sat on our bed with our presents chatting to my Mum, Dad, Brother and the dog. To me it felt just as good as our previous two Christmases here!! Just as much excitement and fun!

I’m hoping we can get our remaining packages this week before we go and go wild and do mid week video Skypes to our families before we go, if not it will be something to look forward to when we are back!!

My parents have sent a couple things for us to take away to open on Christmas Day so we still can make some kind of event of the real thing!
The hotel we are staying at is also putting on some kind of big special dinner too so that should be fun!
Mark and I have decided to buy presents for each other when we are in Sri Lanka. Just small things, again to have something to open!

Arthur will have his Christmas present from us when we are back, we are having an easel made for him while we are gone!!

To me this whole thing kind of sums up being an expat.
Having Christmas at the beginning of December via Skype and then off seeing the world for the big day itself!!

Seychelles Mama

Toddler Psycho shower scene {Wicked Wednesdays}

This week I present to you: The toddler Psycho shower scene…… After another fun filled messy play session this happens. I’m no longer expecting sympathy! I clearly have not learned my lesson! Joining brummymummyof2 for wicked Wednesdays

Packing for Sri Lanka with a toddler in tow

Going to Sri Lanka is a pretty big deal for us. Mark and I have never been to Asia, never done a holiday where we travel to different places, and perhaps the biggest thing is that this is our first proper family holiday with Arthur. […]

My Expat Family 5

My Expat Family 5

Hello and welcome to the ‘My Expat Family’ blog link up.  I wanted to say a big thank you to everyone who joined in last month’s link up!  There were loads of amazing posts linked up, I loved reading them all!

As usual, the link up opens the second Thursday of every month and stays open throughout the weekend!

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This months link up will open Thursday 11th December, I look forward to reading all about your expat family!


Seychelles Mama

My Expat Family.  A linky for expat family/parent bloggers to share stories of family life as an expat.

Lunch at Constance Lemuria Hotel {The Ordinary Moments} #32

This afternoon to celebrate the end of the school term and the start of the Christmas Holidays we went down to have lunch at Constance Lemuria hotel, along with some of our friends who also work with Mark. We love the Takamaka bar! A simple […]