A Total TaiTai Tale

Tale of a Total TaiTai who was in Beijing & Beyond and is now in Singapore & Surroundings!

Welcome to my little corner of the Web

Starting Was Easy…
Keeping It Going Is Harder.

I show up here every single day and post (at least) one picture…
and it’s been going on since 5th August 2013.

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This is the follow-up of a little personal blog started in 2006 (!) when we moved to Beijing, followed up by a blog of our time in Norway (but abandoned after 2 years) but…

We are back in the ‘Jing….
Let’s the madness begin.
We are not new at this…
It’s 20+ years in the making:
USA, France, Argentina, Scotland, China, Norway & China (again) are the places we lived.
As for the places we visited… Should I do an A to Z list?!

Update: We left the ‘Jing and move to Sing’…. 20 years and we are still spinning around (with) the world

PLEASE NOTE:
The posts on this blog are auto-posted
(because WordPress is blocked in China!) from the original blog:
http://www.aTotalTaiTaiTale.tumblr.com.
Sometimes it doesn’t work perfectly, sorry 😦

 

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Throw Back Week – October Break 2014 in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau

The year we didn’t leave China but we left China…. kinda. 😉.

We are left the “People’s Republic of China” (PRC aka China) and went to the “Republic of China” (ROC aka Taiwan!!). It’s all in the subtlety of the “People” ;-). Then after 4 days on the island of Formosa (yep that’s another name for Taiwan…. confused yet!) we went to a Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People’s Republic of China, you might know it as 香港 (Xiānggǎng or Hong Kong). And because we like to confuse our children even more we also hopped on a boat and paid a visit to another SAR, 澳门 (Àomén) which you probably know as Macau (or Macao). #LoveAllAroundUs

It looks comfusing but it was a great trip, judge for yourself here: https://atotaltaitaitale.tumblr.com/tagged/c&jTaiwan&HongKong/chrono

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Just an reminder: Inspired by the Throw Back Thursday of our summer vacation I did in July and August and since we cannot travel again during this October Break, I’ve decided to revisit the idea with a Throw Back Week of our trips around Asia during school vacation for the past 6 years. It’s not because we cannot physically travel that we cannot at least escape in our head.  Enjoy the others it’s a chance to discover old postings 😉

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Sunday quote

Things don’t need to be perfect, we are creatures eminently suited to “good enough”

When you walk slowly and open your eyes you see signs all around you.

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Taking a break from posting about our October Break trips over the weekend and will come back with the rest of them on Monday. You can catch up here

Apparently I like taking pictures of our departure at the airport and also my packing 😉

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Inspired by the Throw Back Thursday of our summer vacation I did in July and August and since we cannot travel again during this October Break, I’ve decided to revisit the idea with a Throw Back Week of our trips around Asia during school vacation for the past 6 years. It’s not because we cannot physically travel that we cannot at least escape in our head. Enjoy the trip down memory lane

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Throw Back Week – October Break 2015 in Delhi, Agra & Jaipur, India

This has been a long wait trip. I have been wanting to go to India since our first posting in China (2006-2009) but hubby wasn’t keen on the idea. I kept bugging and thought that I might have to go on my own (most likely with a group of photographers) when all of a sudden I heard “How about we go to see the Taj Mahal on our next vacation?” (thank you to whoever mentioned their trip at the office 🙄)

Turned out that it was one of his favorite trip ever. (Moral of the story: always listen to wifey 😜)

There are a few places that will stay with you and seeing the Taj Mahal with your own eyes is one of them (walking on the Great Wall of China is another one for me and I’m thinking Petra in Jordan is probably another one that I would like to experience).

We cannot say we visited india (just like you cannot say you’ve visited China by just going to Beijing, they are such vast and diverse countries ) but we did Old Delhi and New Delhi, Agra with the Taj and the red Fort and Jaipur with Amber Fort. The typical triangle visited by most when they are in this part of India.

The highlights were that the perfect timing of our trip allowed us to visit the Taj at night (only around the full moon -two days prior, the day of and two days after- for 4 hours per day with a limited number of people (50 people) by batch of 30 minutes. So only 400 people per day or around 2000 per month.) and having my picture taken by an old street photographer with its box camera and he knew my friend Lucas who did a documentary about those camera box. #SmallWorldAgain

Incredible India indeed. All the photos here: https://atotaltaitaitale.tumblr.com/tagged/c%26jIndia/chrono

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Just an reminder: Inspired by the Throw Back Thursday of our summer vacation I did in July and August and since we cannot travel again during this October Break, I’ve decided to revisit the idea with a Throw Back Week of our trips around Asia during school vacation for the past 6 years. It’s not because we cannot physically travel that we cannot at least escape in our head.  Enjoy the others it’s a chance to discover old postings 😉

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Throw Back Week – October Break 2016 in Bali, Indonesia

You would think that when you live on a tropical island you wouldn’t go on vacation to another (even smaller) tropical island… but come on it’s BALI.

It was not our first time in Bali but we had just moved to Singapore a couple months before and it was an easy solution for our October break…. and come on it’s BALI.

We opted however to get away from the touristy part of the island around Seminyak and go to the East of the island around Amed. It’s more well known for the great diving than the fine sand beach. However they have black sand beach thanks to being close to Mount Aging, Bali’s largest volcano plus the drive among the rice fields is well worth it.

We also stop, on our way back, for a couple day in Ubud. It’s is known as a center of traditional crafts and dance and in the last few years has become a little hipster.

Get the pictures here: https://atotaltaitaitale.tumblr.com/tagged/c&jBali2016/chrono

On a side note: while in Ubud we rented diving equipment from the shop near our hotel and one of the receptionist happened to be French…. from my little 1000-inhabitant village in France. How wild!! I didn’t know her she is way younger than me and she arrived after I had moved to the states but my cousins knew her! #TheWorldIsASmallPlace.

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Just an reminder: Inspired by the Throw Back Thursday of our summer vacation I did in July and August and since we cannot travel again during this October Break, I’ve decided to revisit the idea with a Throw Back Week of our trips around Asia during school vacation for the past 6 years. It’s not because we cannot physically travel that we cannot at least escape in our head.  Enjoy the others it’s a chance to discover old postings 😉

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Throw Back Week – October Break 2017 in Luang Prabang, Laos

Luang Prabang is often a long weekend destination from Singapore or a stop during a Loas trip but we decided to extended our stay to 6 days, first because we couldn’t do a multi destination as C. needed internet access to study for her exams and we thought we would do a little be of slow traveling.

We ended up loving the slow pace, going multiple time to the same cafe for our breakfast and getting to see the buddhist monks collect the alms in the early morning, going several time to the open market (and night market) and justnplainly enjoying the a UNESCO world heritage site.

We unfortunately planned to go to turquoise color Kuang Si Falls the day after a big storm so turquoise the water was not but not every experience needs to be instagram photo worthy, there’s beauty everywhere (but do check the photo in the link below 😉)

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Just an reminder: Inspired by the Throw Back Thursday of our summer vacation I did in July and August and since we cannot travel again during this October Break, I’ve decided to revisit the idea with a Throw Back Week of our trips around Asia during school vacation for the past 6 years. It’s not because we cannot physically travel that we cannot at least escape in our head.  Enjoy the others it’s a chance to discover old postings 😉

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Throw Back Week – October Break 2018 in Sri Lanka

This was a road trip:

  • Kandy and its Tea Plantation,
  • Ella and the ride on the famous train,
  • Galle and the famous stilt fisherman (more for the photographers nowadays!) and its beautiful fortified city founded by the Portuguese
  • And finally Colombo the Capital with an amazing tour guide in a tuktuk.

Well all the gorgeous photos: tea plantation, elephant sin the wild, the famous blue train, and much more are here: https://atotaltaitaitale.tumblr.com/post/179276384949/and-if-you-are-interested-in-seeing-what-our

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Just an reminder: Inspired by the Throw Back Thursday of our summer vacation I did in July and August and since we cannot travel again during this October Break, I’ve decided to revisit the idea with a Throw Back Week of our trips around Asia during school vacation for the past 6 years. It’s not because we cannot physically travel that we cannot at least escape in our head.  Enjoy the trip down memory lane 😉 

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Inspired by the Throw Back Thursday of our summer vacations in the past 6 years,  I’m revisiting the idea once again with a post each day of a trip from our past October Breaks.

It’s not because we cannot physically travel that we cannot at least escape in our head.  

Enjoy the trips down memory lane… for those of you who have been following since the beginning of this blog and for the others the chance to discover old postings 😉

Throw Back Week – October Break 2019 in Komodo and Flores National Parks, Indonesia.

This was quite the journey to reach those gems but places out of reach are more often than not oh so worthy.

Amazing 3-day cruise around Komodo National Park with amazing views from Pagar Island, stopping at Pink beaches and walking amongst the Komodo Dragons, followed by 5 days on Flores Island with rice fields, quaint villages and breathtaking sunset on top of Kelimutu and the 3 color lakes and we finish our trip like we started it for a night in Labuan Bajo.

To see the pictures of this amazing trip of slightly more remote indonesia you’ll have to follow the link: https://atotaltaitaitale.tumblr.com/tagged/c&jFlores/chrono

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Mental Health Day 2020

How this photo came about:

A while ago I was listening (ok dancing all by myself at home!) to Dua Lipa’s Physical and the intro of the song sounded familiar.

I dug a little and found (again) French artist Therapie TAXI and their song J’en ai marre. After listening to the catchy song several time, I was wondering what they were really talking about (on the first pass you might think they are talking about a partner but in fact it was about their alter ego).

I wanted to do one of my Multiple Photo  and the primary colors of the Physical video gave me an idea. So here’s what came out of my brain: a Multiple with a twist.

Enjoy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKB_vBbktBY

Edit: J’en ai marre lyrics translated in English and Dua Lipa’s Physical Video

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Mental Health Day 2020

How this photo came about:

A while ago I was listening (ok dancing all by myself at home!) to Dua Lipa’s Physical and the intro of the song sounded familiar.

I dug a little and found (again) French artist Therapie TAXI and their song J’en ai marre. After listening to the catchy song several time, I was wondering what they were really talking about (on the first pass you might think they are talking about a partner but in fact it was about their alter ego).

I wanted to do one of my Multiple Photo  and the primary colors of the Physical video gave me an idea. So here’s what came out of my brain: a Multiple with a twist.

Enjoy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKB_vBbktBY

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