IT'S LYNNY KANSAS
DON'T LET THE RUBY SLIPPERS,
OR THE DOROTHY INSPIRED NICKNAME
FOOL YOU., THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME,
BUT TRAVELING IS FUN.
I have always been interested in history, and anyone who knows me knows what a massive sentimentalist I am. Family history is particularly interesting to me, I love discovering little things that make me go "wow"! My Mum passed away in 2014 in the UK, after living for 50 years in the same cottage in Dunham Massey, Cheshire. She left behind some interesting items, photos, cards, etc that she had "saved," this in itself fascinated me, wish I could ask why she chose to keep the things she did. Perhaps I am like my Mum in more ways than one, because instead of tossing them, I stuffed them into a suitcase and brought back home to Virginia so I could take a closer look. I briefly went through them initially, but not in any great detail, and they have been sitting in the cupboard, waiting for me. Just recently, I decided to take a closer look (have to admit that this was spurred on by watching an episode of Marie Kondo's Tidying Up!!) and discovered a bag full of postcards that she had kept. Upon looking even closer, I found that some of these postcards were very old, the oldest dating back to 1905!! Yes, you read that correctly, 1905!!
After almost 8 years, the Singapore adventure is coming to a close. I started my blog soon after arriving in the Little Red Dot, back in March 2011. I thought it would be a great way to share photos and experiences with family and friends, also a way to document our trips. I was completely new to blogging, having never done anything like it before. It’s funny to look back at my early posts, and see how much I have learnt, and hopefully improved, but I still consider myself an amateur. I have learnt a lot though over the past 8 years, and not just about blogging. My time in Singapore has given me great insight into different cultures, and lifestyles, a definite melting pot here. Living in a small high rise apartment in the middle of Singapore’s Central business district has definitely been a far cry from my home with acreage just outside Leesburg, VA.
We have made the most of Singapore’s location to travel to other country’s throughout the region, so many spectacular trips and memories, all documented within my blog. I still cannot stress enough how Singapore should be on everybody’s travel bucket list.
And whilst it’s true that I won’t miss the constant heat and humidity here in Singapore, I will miss the amazing thunderstorms as well as the jaw dropping sunsets and sunrises that perfectly outline the amazing skyline. Most of all though, it is the people I will miss. So fortunate to have made many great friends both expat and local, through the AWA and through my husbands work. Whilst many people complain about Facebook, I am glad that I can stay connected with so many people who have been a major part of my Singapore experience.
Personally, I am ready to go back to my home In Leesburg. Unlike a lot of expats, our whole life was not moved totally lock, stock, and barrel to Singapore, so I made a lot of trips back and forth. Now it’s time to settle back in one place, time to work on my health and fitness, as well as my Mum and Grandma skills.
This blog has been a major eye opener for me. I never realized how much I could enjoy writing and sharing my experiences. So whilst the Singapore chapter is coming to a close, I hope to carry on blogging in some form or other, so watch this space
Thanks Singapore!! It’s been an epic adventure. I know I will be back for a visit at some point. The Little Red Dot has not yet seen the last of It’s Lynny Kansas.
Leesburg is expanding all the time, with new restaurants and businesses coming to the town, as well as to Loudoun County. We have great restaurants, tons of wineries and breweries in the area, plus music events, charitable events, parks and nature too! So it goes without saying that there are lots of great Facebook groups to follow which keep me up to date on what's happening.
For the last 6 years in Singapore, I have been fortunate to be a member of the American Women's Association. It's a great group of women from all over the World, and there are many great activities, volunteer opportunities and social events to take part in. Today, was the first of the monthly Dish and Dine events for 2018. Every month we experience a different venue. Today, we enjoyed a fantastic lunch at Meta on Keong Saik Road. It was a lot of fun to sit at the counter and see the Chefs preparing the dishes.
Check out this short video below.
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