A blog about me, Chalene & Chantel and anything under the sun
So I have been running regularly since last August. I reconnected with a running friend and we have been working out together 3 times a week: 2 intervals/HIIT on weekdays and 1 long run of 20-25km on weekends. We average about 100-120km per month. A running partner is indeed important because I don’t think I would have been able to wake up at 5.30am if I didn’t know that someone was waiting for me somewhere. The kids are still sleeping when I leave home and by the time I am back, they are already up and their daddy had already given them their morning milk. This is a good arrangement between me and the husband.
In other news … my office has shifted its location and is far from my place. Takes about 1 hour plus by train to get to work.
That’s the morning rush at the train station
Work is good. Busy at the moment but my work-life balance is still okay.
December was a pretty happening month and I will tell you why…
Lunch with sis without kids
Family time at Sentosa – we were at Mambo beach club
Late birthday celebration for my brother
Brought the kids to the indoor playground at Science centre.
Went on a family trip to Johor
Rented a huge car and a huge 3-storey house via Airbnb.
Visited Hello Kitty Place and Little Big World playground in Johor, Malaysia — our 2nd time there
Kids had Christmas celebration in their childcare — Gift exchange among their classmates.
On Christmas Eve we walked along Orchard road to take pictures of all the christmas lightings. It was a sweaty day.
Their christmas gifts
We went to River Safari on Christmas day
Celebrated Christmas with their cousins
And then came the new year… we celebrated the new year eve with friends at the chalet
We also cycled at Ubin Island
Swimmed at the beach
I also did ny last workout — followed a kettle bell workout on youtube
Then we were so excited to welcome the new year 2015
Wishing you all the best in year 2015!!
Related post: The girls’ 1st Birthday.
This is a super late post! C&C’s 2nd birthday was last November 2014. Well time flies and now we have two very active 2-year old toddlers whom we are constantly chasing after! This stage is pretty fun though — they understand better, we can have mini conversation and more interaction with each other. However, they can also drive us cray cray too many times! They are the naughtiest when they are together. Toddlers are so stubborn too. Chantel’s favourite sentence is “I don’t want.. I don’t want”. It can take forever to get out of the house, to get them dressed. They have small sisterly fights which is cute, fight over the same toys (what’s new?) and outfits (which is why I prefer to get similar outfits). The important thing here is to stay calm, not yell and be super patient. Of course this is easier said than done!
I made a small video using Magisto phone app (loving this app at the moment!) to remember their special day. Too bad I didn’t get to take many videos.
I bought a simple 2kg rainbow cream cake from PrimaDeli. It was enough to feed 30 pax including kids. I bought the bear cake topper many many months ago on Etsy (had already planned for a bear themed cake that long time ago when they became fond of bears). The night before their party, I decided to DIY a cake bunting.
Kids played at the playground after they ate.
After the Party
All the cousins went up and we sang the birthday song again.
Pampared with birthday presents
We opened all gifts the next day
Family vacation was great. 17 days in Mauritius flew by way too fast! The girls had a blast (it was their first time visiting the homeland) and had a good time catching up with their grandparents. Will just post some photos with captions.
We survived the pretty challenging flight. Not looking forward to flying anytime soon unless it is less than 2hr flight!
At the mountain.
At Trou Aux Cerf (dormant volcano) – Eating local raspberries
The loved it
We rented a car and went out every single day
We visited Mauritius in October, the end of winter- The best time to visit the island in my opinion
At Belle Mare beach
Crystal Clear water. Kids loved playing with the sea water
Chalene Singing — twinkle twinkle, 5 little monkeys jumping on the bed etc. I could barely understand lol
Boat ride while my mum babysitted the kids
Lots of fish
Kids having a blast
Glad that the girls are fan of the sand :)
Beach beach and more beach
Weather was awesome.
Best place to swim was at Pereybere Beach as the water wasn’t too cold
They love their new slippers
At the supermarket which was kind of empty
At Tamarin beach
Picnic by the beach (at Le Morne) – typical mauritian food
The girls enjoyed feeding all the birds
With grandma – At Le Morne
At le Maconde
At Le Gris Gris
Visit to the Botanical Garden
They were trying to feed the duck
A trip to Casela Nature Park
To the Safari
An ice cream while waiting for the safari bus
Feeding the zebras. Chantel was eating a “Marie Biscuit” and I took it from her and fed it to the Zebra. And the zebra actually ate it! haha
Feeding the peacock while having our lunch
Delicious Gateaux Piment by mum
Many more photos which I will keep for some other time…
Hi my name is Carine Olivia. I am a Mauritian living in Singapore. I'm a mommy to two beautiful daughters ... Read more ...