Wednesday, September 18, 2013

corner view - evening

**  Corner View is a weekly appointment created by Jane but hosted by Francesca.  It’s where bloggers from all corners of the world share their view on a pre-arranged theme.

Well for today’s CV I’m coming to you from Singapore.

I’m here to meet and pick up my daughter who made her trip from Sydney to Singapore and I made mine from Kazakhstan to Bangkok to Singapore.

We’ve spent our evening together, catching up. 

She has so much to tell me about school and her time away from us and  I want to hear everything she has to share with me. 

We even made a trip to the city on the metro into Singapore.


Also this is where we’re spending our night in Singapore, The Crowne Plaza.  Best thing about the hotel, it’s near the airport.  Handy when we have an early start . 

Tomorrow we start our trip back home to Kazakhstan!!

crowne plaza 

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Friday, September 13, 2013

corner view - lunch

**  Corner View is a weekly appointment created by Jane but hosted by Francesca.  It’s where bloggers from all corners of the world share their view on a pre-arranged theme.

I’m late for the view this week, but here it is.

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Well it’s been 2 years since we came to Dostyk village, in Atyrau and everyday of the week they come home for lunch. – both my kids and husband leave their school, and the workplace and come home to eat with me.

It takes planning on my part to make sure I have something ready for them but also to make sure I am home for lunch.  Everything is planned around lunch.  I think you could say this is our meal together at the table. 

Which makes dinner time  pretty casual cause everyone has something going on.

Of course there are days I wish they didn’t come home for lunch but I know I may not get this type of deal anywhere else. 

So for now, I just enjoy it.

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Monday, September 9, 2013

monochrome monday

_MG_0014  _MG_0017 It’s the beginning of another week. And I have a feeling it’s going to go by fast!

The weather is changing.  It’s getting cooler but the sun still shines and it really is lovely kind of weather.

I’m getting excited.   I can’t believe that i have only a week till I get to go meet my daughter half way to bring her back here for school term break.  I cannot wait to see her.

It’s going to be a busy week but it’s all good.

what does your week look like?

Happy Monday and happy week.

# I’m trying to use my camera more.  here are my photos for Monochrome monday – my glass jug.

And I’m continuing my count to 1000 over here.


Sunday, September 8, 2013

weekends are for….

trying a new recipes with my thermomix. _MG_0007

baking snacks for the kids for the school week

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and having fun at our Community End of Summer BBQ.

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I hope you all had a lovely weekend.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

corner view - away

It’s been a long summer, and it’s been a while since my last CV.  And it’s good to be back.

Well not only was this a long summer, but a summer of change for our family dynamics.

Renee has now been away from us for almost 2 and a half months.   It’s been different – for the 4 of us to be back here in Kazakhstan while Renee is in Australia. 

But she’s really enjoying boarding school and I’m so glad that she is.

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**  Corner View is a weekly appointment created by Jane but hosted by Francesca.  It’s where bloggers from all corners of the world share their view on a pre-arranged theme.

wordless Wednesday


i know this meme is suppose to be without words, but…….

received news from home that a cousin of mine passed away.  She was in a car accident and died instantly.  others that were in the vehicle with her are all alive but have critical injuries.

Life is precious.  hug someone today.  tell them you appreciate them and love them.  Tomorrow is not promised to us.

R.I.P. Betty.  Bamahuta.(good-bye)

Monday, September 2, 2013

and so it’s September

where did August go to?

Oh that’s right, it was a month in Bangkok and then it was getting my big girl ready for boarding school.

It feels like just yesterday we all went out for summer break with friends and families.  And  now we’re  back into schedules and routines and time is going by fast.

Do you agree?


Anyway with the turn of the calendar month it shows in the mornings.  It’s not as light/bright as it was a couple of weeks ago and the kids are telling me that it’s getting darker sooner.  It’s also cooler.  although summer here has not been as hot.  which we’ll take but it was just unusual.

You notice these things even when things are mundane. you notice these things.

Well here’s to another week.  We have our  “End of Summer”  community BBQ at the end of the week and I have to gather my props for some games for the grown ups. 

It should be fun.

I’m continuing to give thanks over here


Happy Week. 

The photo above is my sister and her kids with JJ and I at Bangkok Safari.  And yes that is a baby tiger we’re feeding!

Sunday, September 1, 2013

weekends are for

birthday parties, dinner with our neighbors and friendly hockey and cricket games.


And this weekend was Father’s Day in Papua New Guinea.   Happy Father’s Day hubby.  We love you and appreciate you very much.

hoping you all had a lovely weekend too.

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