Returning to the home within

The search for self and the search for home are inexplicably entwined.

The writer will soon leave London and return home to her adopted country, Singapore. PHOTO: ST FILE
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On a fine June day in London, I sit with a friend beside the Serpentine, the lake in Hyde Park. When I was a small child, my mother brought me here to watch swans swimming in the water and to visit the statue of Peter Pan in neighbouring Kensington Gardens.

I have come home to London, the place of my birth, for the summer months. When this time is over, I will return home to my adopted country, Singapore. 

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