I am Jeannine (Nicknamed Jini by my sisters), a mother, wife of one, teacher and writer. I am a self confessed logophile and I love books, stationeries, perfume and necklaces;the chunkier the better! I own hundreds of DVDs-mostly books turned into movies. I am a trained lecturer/teacher of media, communications and film studies. I do some freelance writing and I have been published both in UK and Seychelles. I am married to a quirky and funny English/Scottish man (Please do take note that most of the time I do not get the British humour but I just go along with it!) and I have two beautiful British/Seychellois children (one born in each country!) My blog is a space to share life experience, inspirations, travel and cuisine (spicy it will be!) Put it this way…my blog is all about the musings of an islander turned into a metropolitan mama! Does that make any sense? Never mind, that’s me again trying to be clever with words! Oh did I mention that I am an islander who cannot swim or ride a bike? Well, now you know!
An interview with myself…
The home I grew up in … is in Seychelles and my mother still lives in it. I visit it every summer.
My home now… is in Kent, United Kingdom. I have also spent a couple of years in Australia.
When I was a child… I wanted to be a Hotel manager because my mother worked in a hotel and I was fascinated by the well-dressed managers there but my love for reading and writing took me in a different direction.
I am very good… at mastering foreign languages, I speak French, English and Creole but I know quite a few words and sentences in other languages so I like to think that I am “almost multilingual” 🙂
You might be surprised…I am a princess… Believe you me! My great grandfather Mohamoud Ali Shire was the Sultan of Somaliland and no I do not live in a castle!
The moment that changed my life… was having my first child because life was no longer about me.
What scares me the most… Numbers! Give me a maths paper and I will run a mile.I carry a calculator everywhere. My daughter has been deemed as gifted in maths and that’s a mystery as both my husband and I are hopeless with numbers!
The one thing I’d change about myself … is my fear of water. I hate getting my head under the water, I have missed out on learning how to swim properly and sometimes I wash my hair wearing goggles because I cannot stand the water in my eyes…yeah, I’m a weirdo, I know!
What I see when I look in the mirror… a caring person who loves her family and friends.
My real life hero… has to be Barrack Obama for chasing his dream and nailing it!
My real-life villain… is anyone out there who is cruel to another human being.
My style icon… has to be the simple elegance of Michelle Obama but unfortunately I cannot afford her wardrobe and my husband is not planning to run for Prime Minister any time soon!
The best invention ever… has to be the plane. I have visited so many countries.
A book that changed me… Little Women. The determination of the girls and their mother was inspiring. It woke me up.
My favourite work of art… I do not know anything about art and my husband is an artist and art teacher!
My favourite item of clothing… a Phase Eight red dress, I feel glamorous (Marilyn Monroe-esque) when I wear it.
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, I can spend a small fortune on a scent!
All my money goes on… paying bills and my children.
If I have time to myself… I read and write.
Most cherished piece of work…A tribute to the late Nelson Mandela which I wrote for a lifestyle magazine in Seychelles. A lot of people bought the magazine to read the tribute and to have a keepsake of the great man.
Any secrets…It will not be a secret if I tell you …well people outside Seychelles do not know that I was a television news presenter in Seychelles before I moved to UK!
Any regrets…just one, changing my travel plan in 2011. I decided to go to Seychelles for Easter 2012 instead of Summer 2011 and my father suddenly passed at the beginning of 2012 and I never got to see him alive that year. It’s been 5 years and I still miss him.
My most valuable possession is…A silver bracelet, a gift from my sister who lives in Australia. I feel really close to her when I wear it. I never leave the house without it!
Movie heaven… Anything funny, uplifting, romantic and with a killer storyline.
The last album I bought/downloaded ….
To Be Loved by Michael Buble and I am slightly in love with him! I recently bought 1989 by Taylor Swift for my 12 year old daughter and I did listen to it! The New Michael Buble album gifted to me by my daughter for Christmas.
In 10 years’ time… I hope to be the person who still loves life and looking forward to the future.
My life in five words… Loved, lucky, blessed, happy and privileged.