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

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We went back to Chinatown, first because we wanted to go back to a little restaurant we went to when we arrived 6 months ago and second because we forgot to look for the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple last weekend.
Turned out it was literally just around the corner of where we were for Chinese New Year.

It’s a gorgeous Buddhist temple… inside and outside. Now I want to go back with my big camera (not just my iPhone) and take a picture at dusk.

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29-May-2022: D-21 before departure

The excitement of when you first arrive somewhere and discover the places.

When you are a tourist to tend to plan your outing because you don’t want to miss anything while you are visiting but when you live in a place, you discover it at a slower place, you take your time and wonder around. You might miss something but you can always go back and back again, at a different time, during different occasion and see it on different light and mood.

After 24 years of visiting Paris as a “tourist” (we only stay a couple days each year for some meetings/business we have to take care of) it will be nice to take my time to wonder around and (re) discover it at a slower pace.

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~~~Just a little FYI So for my last 200 days in Singapore I have decided to reblog, in no special order, a post from the 6 years I will have spent on the Little Red Dot. PS: you will then get 2 posts a day!!~~~

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We have 2 large pools, 2 small pools, 2 jacuzzi pools in our condo and yet I need to go to a hotel to get myself in the pool.

It’s the Elsewhere Is Always Better syndrome.

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There is no better motivation than urgency.

For one of us, it was time related and for the other one it was convenience.

With J leaving Singapore next week and me lacking a car soon after it gave us the motivation to make a quick detour in the west part of Singapore and the university to finally see in person The Hive.

The Hive, also known as the Learning Hub, is a building located in Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. The S$45 million building was designed by Thomas Heatherwick and completed in 2015. Colloquially, the building is known as the “dim sum basket building” due to its likeness to the steamer baskets used to serve dim sum. [wikipedia]

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28-May-2022: D-22 before departure

Almost 2 years later we are back to square one with “Too many places to see (one last time) and too little time”.

Because it’s a little bit out of the way and also a university building, it’s not a crowd favorite to visit but it’s a gorgeous building inside and out plus there’s a few other places around it “Instagramable” 😉

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~~~Just a little FYI So for my last 200 days in Singapore I have decided to reblog, in no special order, a post from the 6 years I will have spent on the Little Red Dot. PS: you will then get 2 posts a day!!~~~

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We went on a road trip.

A whole 8.5kms from our own apartment.

We finally followed the masses and had our own staycation at Raffles Hotel, while the boy is celebrating IB & graduation in Koh Samui, Thailand with his friends.

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Catching up on the news, chatting with your friends by the sound of your signing bird. That’s not a bad morning if you ask me 😉

I have had asked around about bird signing because I had seen the hook in Tiong Bahru but I was told that it wasn’t really popular anymore.

Well perseverance is the key!!

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27-May-2022: D-23 before departure

A few months after arriving in Singapore I went to the Kebun Bahru Birdsinging club (mentioned here several times) and I mentioned it to a friend who had lived in Beijing (old people walking around and gathering in park with their birds is a thing we both enjoyed in Beijing). While on a walk a few weeks later she stumbled upon a group of people with the birds gathered in a HBD so she asked me if I wanted to go back….but of course!!!

We observed, we talked to them and then they were ok with us taking pictures. Plus we got the other good spots of bird signing gathering from them.

Walk away from the common path, you’ll discover treasures

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~~~Just a little FYI So for my last 200 days in Singapore I have decided to reblog, in no special order, a post from the 6 years I will have spent on the Little Red Dot. PS: you will then get 2 posts a day!!~~~

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When you are not quite invited to the party and are seated on the sideline 😉

Eating at local places as much as we can before the hawker centers are just a memory of the past.

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Last microchip for the family implanted 2 weeks ago and should now be fully activated. 😂

We can go back to restaurants!!!

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26-May-2022: D-24 before departure

Because a third of our stay was under Covid-19, it’s a big part of our Singapore Story.

Nowhere in the world had a perfect plan and hindsight is always 20/20 but if we had to do it again knowing what we know now we would make the same choice.

Even with the restrictions (group size, social distancing, etc…) our daily life was as (the new) “normal” as possible. J. had barely any home based learning (apart from the 8-week lockdown at the very beginning) and I enjoyed all my activities with 1, 4 or 7 friends depending on the group size but I’m not a large group type of person in general so.

Not being able to leave Singapore without the fear of being strengthened outside was the big negative however and not something I wanted to risk.

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~~~Just a little FYI So for my last 200 days in Singapore I have decided to reblog, in no special order, a post from the 6 years I will have spent on the Little Red Dot. PS: you will then get 2 posts a day!!~~~

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Wednesday Wanderings and Wonderings

Sometimes when you walk around aimlessly, you come upon a cute vintage place

Since our founding in the 1920s, Chin Mee Chin has remained a proud family business inspired by the Hainanese spirit. From our early beginnings as a bread delivery business to the iconic coffeeshop for communities around Katong, we’re a living story of tradition preserved with the test of time.

Housed in the very same shophouse where we first started, the space has been lovingly restored with original elements for lasting preservation. As one of the oldest coffeeshops in Singapore, the nostalgic ambience and experience is for all generations to savour. Step into our revamped home and choose between indoor seating for marbled tables on vintage tiles, or our outdoor patio against a backdrop of potted plants and passing cars. Whether you’re here with family or friends, just order your favourite old school pastries, kopi or teh done your-way, and let the feeling of yesterday sink in. (Chin Mee Chin)

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The protagonists…. Robin and Batwoman I mean Me 😉

He seems angry here but he loves working with me…. even if I made him signed my chair (like I do with all my projects).

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25-May-2022: D-25 before departure

I wanted to document some of my highlights of my 6 years in Singapore and the woodwork workshop at Tombalek was a big part of my time in Singapore.

I originally went because I wanted to go back to working with wood. At the time they were only offering guitar making and I was willing to do it but then a chair workshop was offered and I signed up. I kept on signing up for other workshop: a table, a little bench, another chair and so on.

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~~~Just a little FYI So for my last 200 days in Singapore I have decided to reblog, in no special order, a post from the 6 years I will have spent on the Little Red Dot. PS: you will then get 2 posts a day!!~~~

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I thought I would have Chloe on the left side to recreate the walk after graduation from 4 years ago. Unfortunately her school schedule didn’t permit her to come even with a tight turnaround.

We will celebrate all together both of their graduation with both set of grand parents in July.

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