Travel: Salvador, Brazil

I travelled to Salvador, the state of Bahia in Brazil last week for work. It was my second trip to Brazil but first time in Bahia.

I was super excited for this trip because I haven’t traveled for work since July last year. So it was nice to travel and have sometime alone. I think all moms feel the same way no matter how much we love our kids.

One mini incident was that my checked luggage didn’t arrive with me. I was supposed to take the luggage out at Sao Paolo, but the united agent told me that it was checked all the way to Bahia. So I didn’t have my luggage for a day. Fortunately I was prepared for it and had all the pumping equipment with me. Lesson learned, have all the necessities in carry-on.

We stayed at Mercure Rio Vermello hotel, with a small beach. This is the view from the gym when I logged my runs.

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the hotel was just okay. The room was small and basic. The food was average but the view was amazing.

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I always have egg omelets, fruits and toasts with butter for breakfast.

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but tried local food as well: this is a coconut tapioca porridge

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a tapioca flour pancake. I had ham and cheese as filling.

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then cheese bread.

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It was a privilege to work by the infinity pool. Such a relaxing view.

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Local food is mainly seafood. So I had plenty of them. this one is a seafood stew cooked with bread.

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on the last day of work, I went to explore the city with colleagues and we had some snacks by the beach

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we had coquettes, one with meat and one with salted bacalao.

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then we had street food for dinner

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this is acaraje, a dish made from peeled beans formed into a ball and then deep-fried in palm oil. Super rich dish.

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and a tapioca pancake

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I had one with cheese, sun dried tomato  and basil. Super super tasty! I loved it, will definitely try to make it soon.

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My flight was scheduled for 4:30pm, so I went to explore the old town called pelourinho. It was the city’s center during the Portuguese colonial period and was named for the whipping post in its central plaza where African slaves received punishment for various infractions, as well as for disciplinary purposes.

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then it was time to go back home. I missed the girls so much.

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Lizzy had fever for 3 days. Tony was super worried because I was not there to tell him what to do. And seeing Lizzy down was heart breaking to him. But fortunately she didn’t seem too bothered as she continued to eat and sleep well, and the fever went away by itself.

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Tony was in charge of giving Lizzy bottle in the early morning (6am) and take Sofia to school.

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but he did so well. I’m so proud of him.

Once I was back Saturday morning, I spent the day unpacking, catching up with the family and in the evening, we took Sofia to a Halloween party at a community center.

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Sofia had fun and came back with a lot of candies.

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on Sunday it was Pumpkin caving time! As usual Tony was in charge.

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Sofia helped to take out the seeds

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and Lizzy was in charge of being CUTE 😀

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we had the idea of putting her in a pumpkin for a long time! We couldn’t find a big enough one to fit her in, so we did some carving and voila!

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and the final product

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final product, thanks to Tony

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it was a busy week. Traveling is always tiring but it was a good getaway for me. It made me realize even more how lucky I am to have the family I have, to have a supportive husband, a helping mom and two lovely girls.

I love my life!

Life: first race with Tony

It took me 10 days to write this post, a living proof of how busy I have been. On 9/17, Tony, Sarah and I run the Clarendon down hill 5k. First time running with my favorite people!!! It was so much fun. But first let’s see what else have been happening lately

Lizzy is as cute as always!!! 🙂

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We leave the house around 7:45am. If I want to run, shower and change, then it means no time to have breakfast at home. So I’ve been having oatmeal in the office, in peace, slowly, without rushing. Love oatmeal in a jar

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specially when there’s plenty of PB in the bottom

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I went to a seminar about how to connect with your kids. Quite interesting.

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with Lizzy I only need to connect through touching and milking … heheh….

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on Saturday 9/17, Tony and I went alone to the race. It was his first time ever running a race. I was super excited… maybe even more than him. So happy he’s sharing my passion for running.

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and what a great way to hang out with my good friend Sarah. We’ll be running/racing buddies for many years to come.

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I didn’t plan to run fast because I was still recovering from the half. But the route was all down hill, so I just went with what my body felt like. And I went fast! I finished with 24’15”, that’s almost 2 mins down from my PR. Wooo!!!

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That weekend Sofia had two birthday parties. One at Little Gym

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in which kids had organized activities and free play

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then the next day we went to her favorite playground for another of her friend’s party

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oh… someone turned 5 months on 9/18!

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I almost forgot to take pic that day, so by the time we took it, it was her bed time already, so she didn’t give us a smile. But… she’s lovely nonetheless, especially when all she wants to do is turn/turn/turn.

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Time tracking day 7

4:15 awake and couldn’t fall back into sleep 

5:25 got up. Pump 

6:00 8 oz out. Went to nurse Lizzy 

6:15 oatmeal and small cup of decaf 

6:45 out the door for long run 

8:15 back home after 8 easy miles. Felt strong 

8:20 prepared Sofia to go to swim class 

8:30 shower / compression socks 

8:45 breakfast (breads with guacamole and eggs)

9:00 nursed Lizzy 

9:15 put ingredients into the bread machine to make buns for parents 

9:20 organized the house a bit post party 

10:10 Sofia was back 

10:20 went out to do groceries 

12:00 back home. Made lunch (another quinoa salad with Japanese sweet potato)

1:15 nursed Lizzy 

1:45 napped

2:30 got up. Had some cereal and mixed nuts 

3:00 change/ make up for the photo session 

3:15 changed Lizzy and Sofia with grandmas help 

3:30 out the door 

4:00 arrived Costco. I went to buy with Sofia while Tony got gas 

4:25 heading to the photo session place 

5:00 photo session 

5:49 way to home. Lizzy was quite annoyed by then since she didn’t nap since 1:15 

6:15 bath Lizzy, nursed her

6:45 dinner (sautéed zucchini with broccoli with olive preserve, water melon)

7:20 rest a bit while Tony took Sofia to buy cake for tomorrow‘s party at class 

7:30 took off makeup / put Pj

7:45 ate kabocha 

8:00 Lizzy woke up screaming, nursed her again 

8:20 read a book with Sofia, song, kiss and hug 

8:40 chocolate milk in bed 

9:10 transferred Lizzy to bed 

9:20 time with Tony 

10:00 zzzz

Time tracking day 6

5:45 got up 

5:50 water, pump 

6:10 nursed Lizzy 

6:20 pumped  

6:30 put 8 oz of milk into bags and freezer 

6:35 MUTU 1 and core 1

7:20 played was Lizzy and Tony on bed 

7:45 prepared breakfast for the family 

8:00 breakfast together

8:45 started organizing the house and preparing for the party

9:00 take Sofia to buy paper plates and cups, balloon and nail polish for her 

10:00 back home and painted her bail 

10:40 rest. Was feeling tired from the day before

11:00 nursed Lizzy and played with her while had apple and cereal 

11:30 made empanadas with mom

PM

12:20 lunch time . Empanadas and sweet potato for the family and another salad for me.

1:15 nap for all 

2:15 got up 

2:20 hungry again so I ate a corn and chocolate milk 

2:40 nursed Lizzy 

2:50 set up the table, drinks, last minute arrangements 

3:30 change and put on some makeup

4:00 party!!!

6:30 cleaning and eating. I was starving 

7:00 nursed Lizzy and put her to sleep 

7:30 gift unwrapping 

8:45 sing song to Sofia 

9:00 still hungry so I had kabocha 

9:30 in bed, exhausted and excited how well the party went 

10:00 zzzz

Time tracking day 4

2:50 up and checked Lizzy. She was again awake eating her finger. Back to sleep 

3:00 back to sleep

5:25 got up

5:30 water, pumped while having cereal and coffee 

5:55 done with pumping (8 oz) and went to nurse Lizzy. She was awake all this time but didn’t make any noise 

6:20 changed cloth

6:25 elliptical for 45 min

7:10 prepared breakfast for Sofia and Tony. Finished packing lunch for Tony and breakfast for me (oatmeal with Pb)

7:20 change/ make up / had half muffin 

7:40 out the door 

8:20 drop Sofia at the daycare while Tony parked the car 

8:35 met tony and way to see podiatrist for him 

9:30 finished the appt. goodbye kiss and walked to office 

9:50 oatmeal and coffee ricotta cheese 

10:30 pump 6.5 oz while working 

1:00 lunch meeting with A friend who got caught up in a meeting so I got a lame salad and ate at desk

2:00 work

2:30 pump 6 oz

3:30 hungry again, had oatmeal with PB

4:30 went to get ice because I forgot the ice pack. Got a cereal bar too

5:30 left office 

5:45 picked up Sofia with tony. Terrible traffic

6:45 home finally. I was starving!!!! I asked tony to do bath alone with Lizzy because I needed food!!! I had rice with sautéed cabbage and tilapia cooked with soy sauce 

7:00 nurses Lizzy 

7:15 pack lunch for tony for next day. 

7:20 ate corn, then 2 slices of bread with laughing cow, ricotta cheese and some Aduki bean. I don’t know why I was so hungry! Maybe is the breast feeding, maybe the lame salad.

8:20 read a book with Sofia, kiss and hug and told her she was my life.

8:30 transferred Lizzy to bed and nurse new minutes 

9:00 in bed with chocolate milk and runners magazine 

9:25 zzzzz

Time tracking day 5

5:20 got up, water, pump

5:50 Lizzy was making noise so I went to nurse her 

6:05 continued to pump, coffee, cereal 

6:30 out the door for easy run

7:20 back home / prepared breakfast for Sofia 

7:25 shower 

7:30 prepared breakfast for Tony and me. I had two slices of Ezekiel with two fried eggs and laughing cow 

7:45 nursed Lizzy 

7:55 out the door 

8:30 dropped Sofia and Tony 

9:00 arrived shoppers, got things for tomorro’s birthday party 

9:40 arrived trade joes for more 

10:10 whole food for kids juices 

10:25 home and started the preparation. Made biscottis, Aduki cake, mini cheesecake, apple pie, magic cake 

11:45 nursed Lizzy and continued the baking 

1:30 lunch (greens, cherry tomato, quinoa, chickpea, guacamole, roasted pepper, heart of palm, dressed in Balsamic) soo good and filling 

2:45 nurses Lizzy 

3:00 head to Hmart for buy fruits and eggs

3:45 back home and started baking the cake 

5:30 Tony texted me that metro is in delay, he might not arrive the daycare on time. So I was on my way to daycare

6:15 Tony arrived on time so I waited close to office and they walked to me

6:30 heading home 

6:55 arrived home and dinner. I was starving so I asked Tony to bath Lizzy alone while I ate. I had chicken soup with black fungus, vermicelli, and sautéed cabbages 

7:30 nursed Lizzy 

7:45 cake assembly 

8:00 ate a corn and some fiber cereal 

8:40 sing song to Sofia.

8:50 transferred Lizzy to bed. 

9:00 on bed with chocolate milk and exhausted!!!!   But glad that I did everything planned 

10:00 zzzz

Time tracking Day 3

AM

3:00 checked Lizzy, she was up and crying a bit but fell asked by 3:20

3:45 back to sleep 

5:30 up and prepared to pump

5:45 Lizzy was up so I went to nurse her

5:55 continued to pump while had coffee 

6:25 8 oz milk done, freeze. Pack lunch for Tony and change  running outfit 

6:35 put squash into the oven. Out for a run – hill work 

7:20 back home. Took squash out of oven. Prepared breakfast for Tony. Packed breakfast for me (oatmeal with PB) and snack (baked delicata squash)

7:25 shower/change cloth

7:35 nursed Lizzy 

7:45 left the house. Did make up on the road.

8:30 dropped Tony at metro, arrived daycare, say goodbye to Sofia, walked to office. No phone on the way but focused on smiling and observed other morning commuter. So much variety of expressions.

9:00 arrived office. Heat oatmeal. Chatted with a colleague while my stomach was grueling for food 

9:30 breakfast finally 

10:00 work

11:00 pump while working (6oz)

PM

12:30 lunch with a friend 

1:30 back to office. Coffee. 

2:00 dentist 

4:00 back to office and pumped 5 oz

5:00 heading to pick up Sofia.

5:35 pick up Tony on the way

5:55 arrived home 

6:00 dinner (porridge, sautéed romaine lettuce and green bean)

6:20 bath/nurse Lizzy 

6:50 pack lunch for Tony tomorrow 

7:00 ate two corns. Dinner left me hungry.

7:30 lie on the coach with tooth pain and headache. Took 2 ibuprofen. Had some cereal and chocolate milk.

7:55 personal care

8:10 read two books with Sofia and good night kiss and hug

8:30 transferred Lizzy to bed, nursed her a bit

8:35 zzzzzzzzzz