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Remember all that extra time I had off from work not too long ago? Remember how I thought I would accomplish so much in all that EXTRA time? Well it seems this summer was a summer of low tech relaxation. I avoided my laptop like the plague and it felt AMAZING. I should really do it more often, because it meant that I could really switch off and just enjoy life in the moment. Don’t get me wrong, I still was addicted to my phone.. but it was great to step away from work and just enjoy being at home.

I did manage to squeeze a lot into all that downtime I had. From flying to Toronto from Singapore, then to Philadelphia with my big sis for a EdTech conference, to Vegas to meet a dear friend from Singapore, to being back on the farm, to Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia, and then back to the farm for other local adventures. It was a fantabulous summer and I got to spend so much time with my family. I loved it. Sister time, niece and nephew time, parent time, aunts, uncles, cousins – gosh even cousins twice removed! It was a fun-filled family holiday! And I also got to see some of my friends in there too! Sadly, I didn’t get to see everyone I wanted to… which is always the case for my trip back home. How do you fit a year of being away into only a month?! C’est tout simplement impossible!!

And in no particular order… the highlights.

It was definitely a summer that will be tough to beat. But hey, I like a challenge!

But there is always an end to the summer fun, then the reality of moving back to Singapore sets in. This year, coming back was the hardest I have found it since that day at the airport 11 years ago when I first left. I cried my heart out saying goodbye to Mom and Dad. Then cried through customs. Then on the plane. And once more when I got back for good measure.

As amazing as life is over here, nothing can replace ‘home’.

I miss you guys!!!

xo Pinky

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About K.O.

I am a middle school Drama specialist and boxing enthusiast. I love to spend time with friends and family in Singapore and Canada, travelling, watching movies and then writing about my experiences here.

Posted on August 26, 2015, in Canada. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Great blog and pics. We had a great summer too being with you. The best is always having everyone in Khiva. We cried too! Goodbyes just plain suck. Here’s to next year!!

  2. Looks like you had an amazing summer, nothing better then time with family and dear friends!

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  3. picker@hay.net

    Oh Karianne maybe it is time for you and hubby to concider moving home again. I am sure your family and friends would love to have you closer again hoping you would be able to get a job here. I am not sure if I could handle having one of my kids so far away! Have a good year and hope to see you again next year!

  4. Keriann, the photographs are great! It seems that quite a few people are missing you back home, that’s really touching. Keep up the great work with your wonderful blog..!

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