Who’s that girl? Chantal Jago

Ordinary Women

Today’s “girl” is one that I have a long history.  We ended up in the same class in Std 8 (Grade 10) and that was the start of a many an adventure.  Chantal and I also had the opportunity to work together before she left our shores to move to Australia.  See what she has to say.

Getting to know you:

cropped-images.jpg    Tell us a little bit about yourself?

CJ:  Expat living in Australia with an awesome husband & 2 beautiful boys, and living life now with a brilliant work/family balance and loving it!  My biggest wish, that my family & friends could all come & live here!

cropped-images.jpg   Daily routine?

CJ:  Up at 7am, at least 2 cups of coffee before doing ANYTHING!  Make the kids brekkie, get their lunch boxes ready for school, get them ready for school, leave home at 8:45.

Drop kids at school, head off to work, work until 2:30, back to fetch the kids from school at 3pm, on the days I don’t work – back home to do the cleaning, washing, ironing, etc or somedays, just a coffee with a friend! Arvo – sport, any appointments, normally home by 5pm, homework & supper gets underway. Supper is normally around 6:30-ish then it’s shower & bed for the kids around 8pm. Relax, catch up with Steve on how the day went & get anything ready that may be needed for the next day.  Bedtime (with a good book of course) is around 10pm

cropped-images.jpg  Things you miss about living in South Africa?

CJ:  Oh, here this could go on & on, but I wont!!  Ah, friends of course!  I miss my friends & my family the most!  Being able to buy Aromat off the shelf.  Aquafresh toothpaste (although we can get Oral B toothpaste here now & it’s almost as good!)  Bunny Chows, Vetkoek and The wild Coast.

cropped-images.jpg   Things you love about living in Australia?

CJ:  The freedom we have.  Being able to go out with my girlfriends for a feed & not having to worry about my safety.  The beaches.  The choice of goods available. The laid back lifestyle.  The opportunities that the kids have, now & as they get older.  The volunteering I do for WIRES.  Having Sydney within an hours drive (it’s even better than CT!).  The good friends I’ve made

cropped-images.jpg   Biggest adjustment you have had to make since moving?

CJ:  Having to learn to speak ‘Australian’ English & not using South African slang!!!  Learning to live with no family support structure.  No maids, garden boys or tea girls!  Getting used to over-protective parents!  Letting the kids walk down the road to go play with their mates.  Learning not to ‘demand’ things but asking for them pleasantly in a (very) long winded fashion!!  Being amazed at how the communities pull together in times of need.  Otherwise life if pretty similar to living in SA!

cropped-images.jpg   What is your middle name?

CJ: Vashti 

cropped-images.jpg Fears?

CJ: Heights and fire!

cropped-images.jpg One thing you consider yourself to be good at?

CJ:  Learning new things – everyday (well almost) I learn something new here in Australia!!

cropped-images.jpg   Anything you wish to change about yourself?

CJ:  Longer legs & more patience!!

cropped-images.jpg  List 3 of your best personality traits?

CJ:  Helpful and a true friend (Nix – I think 2 is enough here 🙂 )

cropped-images.jpg   List 3 of your worst personality traits?

CJ:  Impatience, Perfectionist & can sometimes be a procrastinator!!

cropped-images.jpg   One thing not many peoples know about you?

CJ:  I can be a bitch

cropped-images.jpg   Do you have any bad habits?

CJ: Hell yeah

cropped-images.jpg Which bad habits, if any, drive you crazy?

CJ:  The kids bad habits of leaving their plates, cups, toys, clothes, etc all around the house!


 The fun stuff:

cropped-images.jpg   What was your nickname in high school?

CJ:  Mossie

cropped-images.jpg  Any tattoo’s or piercings?

CJ:  Who hasn’t now days!

cropped-images.jpg What is on your beside table?

CJ : Shaka – the Great

cropped-images.jpg   Are you a morning or night person?

CJ:  See above

cropped-images.jpg If you could get a free airfare, name a country you would visit?

CJ:  Turkey

cropped-images.jpg  One luxury you can’t do without?

CJ:  Fresh cherries!

cropped-images.jpg Favourite song at the moment?

CJ:  Toto – African Rain, I can listen to it 10 x over…..

cropped-images.jpg   Ninja’s or pirates?

CJ:  Ninja’s – the purple one 

cropped-images.jpg   Favourite childhood television program?

CJ:  There was TV when I was a kid??

cropped-images.jpg Are you a collector of anything?

CJ:  Yes, crap!

cropped-images.jpg What is your first thought when you wake up?

CJ: Grrrrrrrr, coffee………..

cropped-images.jpg Last thought before you go to sleep?

CJ:  That I will wake up in the morning?  Normally about what tomorrow will bring……..


Dream job?

CJ: Do you get these?  Seriously?  I’d LOVE to work with Dolphins – corny hey!

cropped-images.jpg   Any hidden talents?

CJ:  Beautiful signing in the shower – NOT!  Um…… I’m sure I do have but they seem to still be hidden!

cropped-images.jpg One thing not many people know about you?

CJ: Learning new things – everyday (well almost) I learn something new here in Aus!!

cropped-images.jpg Are you mostly a clean or messy person?

CJ:  I’d say clean, Stephen would say messy!

cropped-images.jpg Name one regret you have?

CJ:  Not spending enough time with my mom before she died, not only after her diagnosis but through life.  We always think our parents will be there forever but they wont

cropped-images.jpg  One thing you miss about being a kid?

CJ:  The carefree days of mucking about with my mates!!

cropped-images.jpg One thing you love about being a woman?

CJ:  YOU are in control of YOUR destiny!

The serious stuff:

cropped-images.jpgDo you think morals are universal or relative to the beliefs, traditions and practices of individuals or groups?

CJ:  Personally I think they should be universal but in reality – life turns in the same circle.

cropped-images.jpg    Do you think God exists?

CJ:  Yes

cropped-images.jpg    Do you think any kind of afterlife exists?

CJ:  Yes

cropped-images.jpg    Do you vote? Why/why not?

CJ:  No – cant vote in SA because I don’t live there, can’t vote in Australia because I was only a resident BUT now that I’m an Australian citizen I can vote!

cropped-images.jpg  Your thoughts on gay marriage?

CJ:  I’m not for it but I’m not against it either, each to their own, but God did make men & women!


Chantal Jago

Chantal Jago


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