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.


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

The posts on this blog are auto-posted
(because WordPress is blocked in China!) from the original blog:
Sometimes it doesn’t work perfectly, sorry 😦




When you made it your new mission to show your local friends all the beautiful places in their city.

I dragged my friend all the way to the west part of the island to NTU (Nanyang Technological University) to take pictures of their new Gardens.

Last year around this time, I dragged hubby to the same area to have a look at the cool building, The Hive on campus.

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Wednesday Wanderings And Wonderings

Laundry day

The familiar laundry drying racks that dot Singapore’s public housing landscape.

These heavy bamboo poles loaded with laundry should soon become a sight of the past. Last year it was announced that they should be replaced with a new retractable clothes drying rack. So laundry drying outside is not going to disappear soon but it won’t be as prominent.

Flats built between 1987 and 1997 will be eligible for the upgrade under the extended Home Improvement Programme (HIP)

The new laundry rack comes with six horizontal stainless steel poles that can be extended and retracted within the frame of the rack. Residents can easily reach the poles from the kitchen window when hanging and retrieving laundry.

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Back Alley Life… where Real Life is in display.

The front can be all shiny but the truth is in the back

Stop Comparing Your Behind-The-Scenes With Everyone’s Highlight Reel”

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Monday Art by Murals Artist Yip Yew Chong.

Winter Solstice – 2017

“When it snows in the Northern Hemisphere and the day is the shortest, Singapore get really wet and cold. We celebrate the Winter Solstice with colourful glutinous dumplings that keep us warm, with the pandan leaves and ginger giving the soup a tropical touch. This painting depicts my siblings and my mother making and eating dumplings in an imaginary kampong house in 1973. We didn’t live in a kampong but many Singaporeans did at that time. WHen the monsoon season came the kampongs would be flooded. That made the best playtime for kids who would waddle or even swim in the water!”


Back in March/April Yip Yew Chong had a few exhibitions across Singapore. The first one was at ArtPorters gallery with some of his mural inspired art and then 2 exhibitions back to back, one at the Substation, followed by one in the hotel Sofitel. Those pieces were slightly different than his murals but still very intrigued and detailed paintings. You could lose yourself in front of each of his canvas. I will post one each Monday (it will last until the end of the year!!! Yeah one less post to think about 😉)

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September Sunday Sunrise.

A layer of moodiness and a layer of hope.

Cloud or Fog and Sun… a winning combination

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Buildings in Singapore try to incorporate greenery as much as possible which gives Singapore his nickname of “The Garden City”

This one is located at Funan Shopping center. Urban Farm operated by Edible Garden City is located on the seventh storey of Funan is an 18,000sq ft Food Garden where you can find more than 50 types of fruits and vegetables including mushrooms, edible flowers, okra, basil, mint, watermelon, lemongrass and passionfruit. The urban farm is also open to the public (one of the few!) and is a space where visitors can learn how vegetables are produced and harvested.

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Walking is still permitted.

Preferably not in groups*

I have clocked almost 400 kms in the last year alone (I’ve only been tracking with Strava since September 2020 🙄) and I’m only tracking when I “go on walks” not when I walk around town, visiting places, walk to the stores etc etc. Those are just “exercise” (I hate that term) walks. (plus 250 kms of outrigger canoe paddling)

* We were told that when we would reach 80% of people vaccinated, restrictions will be lifted (we didn’t think all restrictions but slightly less restrictive restrictions). Well we reached 81% of the population (and even 88% of the eligible population) and we are still under many rules. Xx

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When you end up having a Kopi with your Grab (Uber) driver because we had such great conversations during the ride.

Apparently I’m not a typical TaiTai.


Slow down and you end up meeting great people.

NB: I know how to take picture with the subjects in the frame… I chose to crop it to post here. 😂

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You Pay… I Do

Best tagline.

Wandering in neighborhood soon to be taken down

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You see these little “altars” all over the streets.

This is for Ghost Festival (Zhongyuan Festival 中元节) which is celebrated on the 15th day of the 7th month (August 22 this year) and last night was the end of the festival.

In Chinese culture, the fifteenth day of the seventh month in the lunar calendar is called Ghost Day and the seventh month in general is regarded as the Ghost Month (鬼月), in which ghosts and spirits, including those of deceased ancestors, come out from the lower realm

During this month, the gates of hell are opened up and ghosts are free to roam the earth where they seek food and entertainment. These ghosts are believed to be ancestors of those who forgot to pay tribute to them after they died, or those who were never given a proper ritual send-off. […] Family members offer prayers to their deceased relatives, offer food and drink and burn hell bank notes and other forms of joss paper. Joss paper items are believed to have value in the afterlife, considered to be very similar in some aspects to the material world. People burn paper houses, cars, servants and televisions to please the ghosts.

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