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Hello lovelies!

So it has now been almost a week off the boat for me and Liam. Its been nice and its seems to be working out better and better for our teething man. The routine is morning walk to the dive shop usually to say bye to the divers for the day then off to breakfast, then a swim in the sea and nap by like 9:30-10am.


Day 1 - Waffles

The afternoons have been different each day, we had a day of eating waffles and walking about with some friends and a nice massage for me.

The waffles can be found at Bloom cafe on the walking street. It is the best place for a real good freshly made waffles. The place itself is very hip and more urban than island which I guess is a nice change from the island feel. They also do rooms upstairs. More like hostels but real trendy ones. It seems that they are picking up on the nice trendy hostels on the island which im pretty impressed with. Will try and update on some of the nicer hostels on the island later. 

Day 2 - Beach

Day 2 , we had a day with my friend S and her baby, looking for accommodation for my parents and a trip to the other side where we had a little late lunch at Castaway resort on Sunrise beach (or second lunch since we had the first at my friends place) such a beautiful place with amazing food. Its so calming there and great to have the babes crawl about in the sand as its got great shading from the sun.

Sunrise beach is lovely and I really would’ve loved to live on that side. Maybe a little later in the season if we can find a reasonable place.

Day 3 - Morning off for dad

Day 3 was the first time we stayed in for the whole morning cause T finally got a morning off. There are no days off for our awesome instructor here so a life on a holiday island is not really a holiday for some. It was a nice quiet morning then a quick lunch as a family which is pretty rare since T usually has lunch on the boat between dives.

Day 4 - More beach and hermit crab

This day was a little special for one of our friends C whom celebrates his birthday. We had breakfast at his favorite Café Lipe. Then for lunch we walked over to the Sunrise Beach and hung out at Castaway. Here is where our little man for the first time met a hermit crab. It was an interesting first meet. He was curious and was keen to pet it. It was definately a funny sight for us as he tries to touch the little crab with his little hands. Although it wasnt as succesfu as one would hope. The crab was to fast for him. Maybe next time. 😉

Meeting the hermit 🦀🐚

Well the week has certainly gone by fast and we are getting into somewhat of a routine. Im hoping for the teeth to come through as soon as possible so that he wont have to deal with the pain anymore.

Hope you’ve enjoyed the read. Till next time...

Have a fantastic day! ☀️Xx

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Hello lovelies!

Its been awhile since our last post. Sorry but we have been out diving. Cant believe that we’ve been here for almost 2 weeks now. Lots have happened. I’m not gonna be updating all the happenings all at once as it would take me all day to write but will try to update more frequently.

Today Liam and I are on land as the last few trips have been difficult for him. We discovered that he has been teething with not one but three at the same time. I had a feeling this day would come since hes only had two for the past 6 months. Now I think all of them are just gonna keep coming at the same time. Not the best to deal with especially with this heat wave we are having on the island. I thought being on the boat would help with the heat but since he’s probably in pain it didnt matter. I’ve had to come up to tears from a few dives now.

This morning we went to the dive shop to see the divers off and then went for breakfast at the Café Lipe they are know for the yummiest food and the cosiest setting. We had scrambled eggs, a fruit platter and a mango shake. We also got some complimentary yummy banana cake. After breakfast we went for a nice swim in the sea. That managed to tire him out that after a little rinse we was ready for a nap. Lately he’s been showing me when he is ready for sleep by going to a pillow and lying on it. He also has been wanting to drink formula by taking the bottle himself. (Which is a win since we’ve had a challenging time with the bottle for a long time)

We are now settling more and more as the days go by and I’m finding it easier to move around although eating out is still a challenge as there are no real baby chairs on the island, the ones they have are just an open highchair with no belt or anything to stop the kid from jumping off or falling over. Its mainly for bigger children that can understand that if you stand on the chair you will fall and hurt yourself. Liam is enjoying standing on the chair at the moment so this is not the best situation for us. We are lucky to have so great people around who love him so we all take turns holding him, keeping him occupied or taking him for a walk around. Yes thats another thing he’s enjoying at the moment walking around, although he is still yet to walk on his own he wants someone to walk with him. It is a tiring task for us all but enjoyable for him. And he also has a few favourite people that he loves to take on these walks on the beach, I too love these wonderful humans who seem to oblige our little walker around as after doing this for so many months now I feel that my back cant take it anymore.

Above are Jiab, Clements and Sean, some of the amazing people who Liam loves as when he sees them he lights up. ❤️

Here are some of the awesome guys on the boat ⚓️

Here he is with the captain. 

He is starting to get that looking out the front window of the boat is fun. 

I am so grateful to have such a great support system around as the idea of bringing up a baby on an island was daunting but having such loving people around who love Liam helps us feel at home. The customers have also been wonderful and even loving the novelty of seeing a baby on the boat. Right now I just wish this teething thing gets itself over and done with fast so that he can enjoy being on the boat again.

Have a fantastic day! ☀️Xx

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Hello lovelies!

Yesterday I decided to sit by the beach and maybe have a swim in the sea (yup third day and still had not gone in the water, sad i know) but the first day was exhausting cause we had to walk up to the walking street and by the time we got back he was exhausted and then by lunch we walked back up again to see T and then it started to rain. And it didnt stop till nightfall. 😑 Liam was relentless as he wanted to just crawl all over the dive shop. (T is a dive instructor so this is where we will pretty much some spent a fraction of our time.) Thank god for his amazing bosses we get to hang out there when we need to. Anyways, I am now discovering that I have to let go and not worry about cleaning the kid every time I see some dirt on his hands and knees. The whole sand on palms thing still needs a lot of work for me. He keeps putting his sandy hands in his mouth and trying to rub his eyes which freaks me out but it gets tiring to try and grab him and clean him every time and he gets absolutely annoyed when I try to. Although I think I’m still gonna try and do as much as I can do avoid the sand in eye situation but the mouth I guess I might have to try and let go abit. 😵

So, back to yesterday... first we had breakfast at our resort then I thought we could sit on the beach a little and then have a swim. We didn’t sit for long as he got tired real quick and wanted to just sleep. So we packed up again and went back to our bungalow. He slept for 2 hours. Then my friend came to get us for lunch. She lives on the island with her husband and their 13 month old little girl. They run 2 travel shops here. We used to work together on a couple of the resorts on the island when T and I lived here 5 years ago. Now we are a couple of mums on the island. She’s doing an amazing job and I’m so glad to have her here. So she picked us up in her motorbike. Yes motorbike. I don’t usually like motorbikes but she is one of the 2 people I trust to ride a motorbike with. The other is T. She even tried once to teach me to drive but it was a disaster so we decided to leave the driving to her. Yeh so she picked us up and it was en exciting new experience for Liam as he’s never been on one before. We went around the island and even visited our old work place. After hours of moving around we decided to go back to her place and have some food for the babies. Her daughter passed out mid journey. We tried putting Liam down for a nap but he seemed more interested to crawl about even though he was tired so she drove me back to our place. He fell asleep on the ride home. That was pretty much our day yesterday. Oh and we had some yummy pasta at the resort beside ours run by a lovely Italian family. The place is called Pataya Song if you are ever on the island and crave some real good Italian food go there. They have a really nice resort too.

So today we managed to move. To a place closer to everything and even to T’s work. The place is a tad smaller but its worth it cause I dont feel as lonely and exhausted anymore. Been able to see everyone and come back when needed with having to do the hike all the way back to the end of the beach. I did love te other place for its calmness but after walking back and forth twice the second day was knackered. And being here means T gets to come back for a shower and break when he wants to too. Even thought the new place is in the middle of everything we cant hear anything from the room which is perfect and it is also still a 2 minute walk to the beach. Im pretty stocked that i actually got to move on my own cause T was working. Lucky i got to leave Liam with my friend and got on a motorbike taxi and picked up all our stuff and moved it to the new place. The idea of dragging all of our shit back to the walking street with Liam in tow would have been a nightmare.

Anyways, thats pretty much the jist of the last couple of days. Can’t believe we’ve already been here half a week. Tomorrow we’re gonna try and do the other half of sunrise beach and hopefully check out a friend’s yoga studio. For now, hope you guys have a lovely weekend. Catch you later! 🏝

Have a fantastic day! ☀️Xx

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Hello lovelies!

So finally we made it to Lipe! It has taken almost 20 days of waiting but we made it! Yay! At one point I thought we would never make it here but thats just me being dramatic. haha. The trip of course started with us going to the airport with all our luggages.. Think T thought we would have to leave some more stuff behind. We only left behind like 20kg worth of shit. Seriously though how does one pack light to live on an island with a baby?? I guess we will be working all this out now that we are here if it is possible. The flight was smooth and I usually don't fancy a small propeller plane but this one was nice and Liam seemed to enjoy it too especially seeing the propeller outside the window. As we got to Langkawi it was raining but it wasn't too bad. Realised also that last time we were here was 2012, just after we left Lipe to move to Sweden.

The boat ride was choppy as hell and funny as they had Alien Covenant playing. Not sure if any of you have watched it but towards the end there was a scene of the escape and their ship was under attack, well it actually felt like we were in the scene. This I do not remember ever having travelling from Langkawi to Lipe. Anyhoo, If any of you are interested in making the journey to Lipe, It is usually easiest and fastest to do so from Malaysia via Langkawi. You could book a flight Malindo Air from Kuala Lumpur to Langkawi they usually have the best deals and they offer free checked in baggage from 15-40kg depending which plane you take. Flying from Subang airport will give you a minimum of 15kg for ekonomi and from KLIA you can get 30kg as they fly the bigger planes from there. Babies under 2 travel free ofcourse and get 10kg checked in bagage. Handcarry you can take up to 7kg each inclusive of 1 handcarry luggage and handbag or laptop bag. In our case diaper bag.

You can also book in advance your boat ticket from a number of the ferry and speedboat providers in Langkawi we got ours from the Telaga Harbour Speedboat https://telaga-terminal.com/ They are pretty fast and the roce is reasonable.

Lots have changed since we were last here but then again it still feels rather familiar. Saw many people that have been here since we were here last in 2011/2012. Some of my favourite cafes are still around so gonna try and do the rounds and try to remember which dish were my favourites. This will be fun. Liam ofcourse is having a ball exploring everything so its going to be a challenge to keep him still. Wish us luck! More updates soon. ☀️🏝

Have a fantastic day! ☀️Xx

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Hello lovelies!

So today our little man here is 11 months! I cant believe in a months time he will be a year old! 😱
We started off our morning with some yummy gröt (porridge) mixed with slices of bananas. Then in the afternoon we went to pick up our visas for Thailand. Yes finally we got it all sorted and tomorrow we are flying to Langkawi (an island in the north of Malaysia) and from there we will take a boat over to Lipe. I'm so excited I could smell the sea, feel the sand under my feet and wind in my hair already. ☀️🏝😎👌🏾

We’ve managed just to pack our bags to fit the weight limit of the flight. Malindo air allows 15kg per person for check in bagage and 7kg hand-carry, and I tell you it was crazy trying to limit all this packing to move to an island for 6 months with a baby! I thought I was gonna have a nervous break down. Luckily i had a husband thats good at packing. After a mini meltdown he seemed to repack the bags and after some negotiations we managed to work it out. My mum is also helping us out by flying over with us to Langkawi for the day as she’s got some errands to run so we gained an extra 15kgs to our check in luggage. 😅

Anyways, that was pretty much our day. Liam is now asleep and I think I should be heading off too so I can survive our day long journey tomorrow. Hope you all have a lovely day ahead. Will update more later and ofcourse more pictures to come as we settle down in Lipe! But for now enjoy Liam’s 11 faces! 😉🤪😍

Have a fantastic day! ☀️Xx

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Around this time last year I got to meet some of the most extra ordinary women, I got to share the beginning of a wonderful chapter in my life with them. T and I were placed in a "föräldrargroup" parents group to meet other soon to be parents in the area. This is a common thing in Sweden for soon to be mums and dads so that we can talk about how it feels to be expecting a new addition in our lives. T and i had just moved from Gothenburg so it was the perfect time to be coming in to a group just like this and we were lucky enough to be placed in a group of like minded people. .

People talk about how it could be once the baby comes but nothing can really prepare us for what it really is like till you are well and truly in it. 

This is a dedication to the ladies and babies that made Liam's and my year a wonderful one, my saviours as i would like to call it. For if it wasn't for these amazing women, my year would've been a whole other story.

Notice the little model second from the left there? 😉😍

We were 6 couples, some from around Sweden moving to little Oskarshamn for our better halves and a few amazing born and raised. We had 3 meets but the second was already missing a pair to which was joined by en extra little one by the last. I never thought I could meet such wonderful extraordinary individuals all in one place going through the same thing at the same time and I'm so glad i got the opportunity to now call them friends. It was the end of 2016 and by the new year, 5 of us became mothers and by the beginning of 2017 we were all complete.


The first couple of months went real quick and of course dealing with the new born in the dead of winter was a task but we seemed to manage by chatting with each other through group messenger. Didn't matter the time someone was always up and it help as we went through the nights knowing we were not the only ones up with a crying baby. We would chat with each other about everything from nursing to pooping. (yes i said it pooping) It was definitely something I can't talk about endlessly with just anyone and I must admit these ladies gave me my sanity at the worse of times.

We started to meet for lunches at each others houses and chat for hours until the teas and coffees got cold at the same time trying to figure out what our little humans are wailing about. Especially in the beginning it was the one thing I would look forward to as it was my safe place, it was where i could be with a group of people and not feel judged as i try to get used to dealing with this new thing called being a mum. We got to talk about our pregnancy, our delivery and everything in between. We would laugh cause as luck would have it we had the same kind of sense of humor and we got each other. As it got a little warmer we started to make our way out of our living rooms and have lunch dates at the local cafes. And with all our strollers combined, we came crashing in and start moving furniture around to fit our strollers. One of us even overheard a women calling us "mammamafia" (a nickname used for a group of mums) once at a cafe. It sounds terrifying but it would have to be the most hilarious thing to see if you have a sense of humor about it.

We even got to add two extra wonderful mums and bubs to the mix later on and we would all meet for the weekly mummy and me classes (öppnaförskolan), where we would sing and dance with the bubs and of course "fika" after. We did ‘babysim’ together too! Yes we pretty much highjacked a whole swim group of 8, we were 7. 😂 The dads made a debut for the beginning of the swim class and now that the mums are back at work they've made a couple of visits to the "öppnaförskolan" too. It’s wonderful that even the dads get along.


Now the year is slowly coming to a close and I find myself on the other side of the world missing my mammamafias, I look back fondly at the photos we took from the beginning till the last time I saw these amazing mummies and babies the day before we left. I am so grateful for the year we've had together watching our babies grow from small gems to crawling, standing and babbling little humans.

The end of the year will always be a happy time for me as I am constantly reminded of the most amazing thing to have happened in our lives, the time we get to celebrate the birth of our first born’s and the moments our lives changed for the better.

För allt ni gjorde för mig i år, jag kan aldrig tacka er mer

Längtar tills sommar när jag får se er igen! ☀️ Saknar er!

Tack Åsa, Hanna, Sofia L, Maria, Kim, Sofia M,

❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

Have a fantastic day! ☀️Xx

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It has now been just over a week and i think we have pretty much gotten over some of the jetlag. The week has definitely gone fast and even though we’ve been doing heaps it still
feels like we haven’t done much at all. We are playing the waiting game as we are unable to get our visas sorted till we get some additional paperwork done. Sometimes it truly feels like our lives is just about the waiting around for things to happen and as usual the minute what we wait for gets done everything happens real quick and we barely have time to think until we get to the other side of that moment.

Liam has been going through the 7th phase of his development. Incase some of you are wondering what that means, i am referring to the Wonder weeks app. I was referred to it by my bestie Sabrina in Melbourne whom swears by it a good percentage of the time and pretty much plans their holiday during the sunny weeks. I do have to say that it is pretty accurate majority of the time with us. All the little symptoms i find pretty much shows during the time phases. Although sometimes it feels like its stormy weeks all of the time. 🌩 but most of the time I do believe its teething issues although only two teeth remains. 😆
At the moment we have 5 days left till the end of this leap 🌩 and hopefuly during the sunny weeks we will truly see a sunny boy 🌞. The past week I’ve noticed that the symptoms are more prominent and accurate. He also has been refusing to eat certain foods, he does however love to snack on biscuits and crackers so I’ve resulted to mixing biscuits in yogurt which he absolutely loves. I do hope i don’t have to keep at this forever as it doesn’t feel like a particularly healthy diet. I’m nervous about how we will cope on the island as the option on baby food may be limited or super expensive. It will be interesting to try and discover new ways to eat as we wont have a kitchen in our little beach bungalow. It literally is just a bed and a bathroom. 😬

Tomorrow we are going for a little check up as I’ve been feeling a lump in my throat for the past two and a half weeks. I googled and feel that it could just be a simple globus sensation as the all the symptoms are there but of course I’m no doctor so we are gonna check it out with an ENT specialist tomorrow to just be on the safe side. I do hope i’m right though, a globus sensation would be a lot better than any other serious related issue.

Anyways, I’m exhausted from the day but i figured I’d post something tonight just cause. There will be more soon of course I hope you enjoyed the read and some of the photos from this week and last. I’m also trying out the lightroom app to tweak some photos so if you notice some difference in the exposure be kind I’m still a beginner at this. Till next time....

Have a fantastic day! ☀️Xx

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It has been an intense couple of weeks and an even more intense couple of days. We finally managed to pack up the house, get to Stockholm and fly out. The journey from door to door took just over 28 hours. It feels like we do this way too much even though we haven't visited enough. The trip went well, even better than expected to be honest so we are pretty happy about that. The jet lag however I'm not really sure. I have two sleeping boys and I'm exhausted but i can't sleep. It has most definitely been an emotional ride what with the decision to rent out our home indefinitely, packing our lives and leaving Penny for awhile.


Today we went to get our pictures taken for our visa application, got to the Thai embassy (which we have to go again tomorrow morning btw due to wrong time for application) and oh yes, back to the airport because after our long and taxing journey we completely forgot to pick up Liam's travel crib and tent from the special/oversized baggage area, so we had to drive all the way back to the airport which normally takes about 1 hour and a half in normal traffic but we are talking about KL traffic so we pretty much spent 90% of our day in the car today. Despite the long boring car ride Liam behaved like a champ with no complaints and I forgot to also mention that he didn't complain much during our long journey on the planes and through transit. I would be lying if he didn't whine a little but nothing a little movement couldn't help. At one point we even ride rode the straight escalator back and forth. Something I guess doesn't look as strange when you do with a baby. (I did enjoy it too haha) Anyways, the time is now 1am and i should probably get to bed. But mum just woke up and cooking up a storm so I'm eating first then bed. Till next time.....

Have a fantastic day! ☀️Xx

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The week has flown by. On saturday Liam turned 10 months, i did my last weekend at work, we rounded up babyswim class and i did my last choir session. Its been a hell of a week and we decided to rent out our house for longer than 6 months. Its a sad thought that we wont be able to come home to our house in the summer but its a relief that we had found a nice family to look after Penny while we are away. 😸❤️

Still packing up the house and managed to paint the last room too, which is a relief. 😅 will update more once i have more time. Maybe in the car on our way up to Stockholm tomorow. 🚗✈️🏝☀️😁👌🏾

Meawhile here are some pic of Penny 💕

Have a fantastic day! ☀️Xx

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Two weeks from now we will be in the sky somewhere over Finland. We are flying Finnair hence the possible over Finland. The idea that I won't be sitting here on my couch writing this or surfing the net or watching Code Black (flavour of the month haha) is a strange thought. I am a little nervous about flying this time as Liam is now more mobile and does not like being still and whats more worrying is that the second leg is longer than the last. 11 hours can change a life. 😬

Packing could be more of a challenge than last although i feel that i may have a some idea of what to bring and what not to bring as we were just in Malaysia in August. But we are staying a lot longer this time around and gonna actually be living on an little island. A part of me feels that it will be a great experience, another part of me freaks out every now and again. The idea of being away from our comfort zone, all the amenities easily obtain with a phone call or a drive i must admit is a little unnerving. But in saying that good friend on the island has managed to have her baby girl since she was 3 months old and that i have to say has given me some relief.

In the last few weeks he has shown more demand, more will to explore and of course he's being as cheeky as ever. One can't actually be angry at him for anything even when he's kicking, screaming, slapping my face or pulling my hair in protest of wanting the remote. I can't help but wonder if this will continue into his teens. 🙈

It is exciting to think that he would be taking his first steps on the sand.

Tomorrow we are going for Liams last swimming lesson and im a little sad as it is something we look forward to on a Monday. Last week Liam actually floated and moved around the pool without me have to hold him but with the help of arm puffers of course. I am glad that he actually enjoys the water as much as T and i do. Weve got a bubble maker in the works over here. 😉🐳👌🏾

Well its off to bed for me as its late. The rain is making me sleepy. 😴

Till next time...

Have a fantastic day! ☀️Xx

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