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
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http://www.aTotalTaiTaiTale.tumblr.com.
Sometimes it doesn’t work perfectly, sorry 😦

 

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Made it to our little corner of France. And yep this might be a problem 🤔

Plus I couldn’t resist using this picture of Singapore as a little “Clin d’œil” to my usual Monday Murals Post

from Tumblr http://bit.ly/2IYt1Zu

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Changi, probably the only airport in the world you arrive early to be able to enjoy everything it has to offer… and with the Jewel now opened we arrived extra early and had dinner before you boarded our flight.

Summer 2019 in France… let’s do this.

from Tumblr http://bit.ly/2WYFPcg

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In case one forgets that Singapore is on a Straits, just go to a rooftop to see how many ships/cargo are waiting/cruising by our shores.

The Singapore Strait is a 105-kilometer long, 16-kilometer wide strait between the Strait of Malacca in the west and the Karimata Strait in the east. Singapore is on the north of the channel and the Riau Islands are on the south. The Indonesia-Singapore border lies along the length of the strait. (WIkipedia)

Acting as the link between the biggest consumer markets in Europe and the Americas and China, the world’s largest exporter, the strait is one of global trade’s most important stretches of water.

Nearly 100,000 ships pass through the 105km-long waterway each year, accounting for about one-quarter of the world’s traded goods.

“A vast amount of world trade is coming through there, all the oil from the Middle East, all the iron ore into China, coal from Indonesia to India, it’s an incredibly busy shipping channel. In terms of tonnage, [the] Singapore Strait is still the busiest in the world,”  (TODAYonline)

from Tumblr http://bit.ly/2x6sYoL

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Summer Solstice.

The longest day of the Year… or just any other day in Singapore.

There’s a whopping 8 minutes and 42 seconds difference between the longest day and the shortest day of the year in Singapore!! (Sunrise is between 6:45 and 7:15am – Sunset between 8:50 and 7:20pm).

In comparison in Stavanger, Norway (the more north we’ve lived) the shortest day was 6h11mn16s and the longest day 18h29mm33s (that’s 12h18mn17s amplitude!!) Earliest sunrise was 4:24am, latest 9:30am. Earliest sunset 3:39pm and latest 11:53pm

from Tumblr http://bit.ly/2ISaJJa

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Summer Solstice.

The longest day of the Year… or just any other day in Singapor.

There’s a whopping 8 minutes and 42 seconds difference between the longest day and the shortest day of the year in Singapore!! (Sunrise is between 6:45 and 7:15am – Sunset between 8:50 and 7:20pm).

In comparison in Stavanger, Norway (the more north we’ve lived) the shortest day was 6h11mn16s and the longest day 18h29mm33s (that’s 12h18mn17s amplitude!!) Earliest sunrise was 4:24am, latest 9:30am. Earliest sunset 3:39pm and latest 11:53pm

from Tumblr http://bit.ly/2WYJJBC

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It’s the Cry Me A River season in the expat world.

Every year around May-June we have to say goodbye to friends. That’s part of the expat experience, but the 3-year mark in a posting (especially in “our” field) makes the list a little more substantial.

You are either on the “leaver” or the “stayer” list in any conversation around this time of the year. We are on the “stayer” list this year again but celebrate, usually on a rooftop bar (it’s Singapore after all), all the good time spent together.

from Tumblr http://bit.ly/2ZBGHjA

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Wednesday Wanderers Wonder.

I was wondering last week who still uses them and I found someone.

from Tumblr http://bit.ly/2XXn5Gs

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Apocalypse now.

I frankly don’t remember the rainy season this bad last year.

It’s not that it rains all day but maybe because I’m more home this year I notice the crazy sky more.

from Tumblr http://bit.ly/2KZoOYe

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Monday Murals – ArtWalk in Little India


A Sailor’s Guide to Little India by A’shua Imran – 2 Veerasamy Road, Alley on side of Tiny Island Productions


It’s an imagined map that reflects the journeys of the people who first arrived in Little India that tells stories about their lives and encounters.

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NB: This will be the last posting of Monday Murals before the summer break. I have a few more from Little India I didn’t get the chance to post and I’ve heard that my favorite Singaporean Artist Yip Yew Chong had painted a couple more so I guess Monday Murals will come back in September 😉

from Tumblr http://bit.ly/2Y0HOJD

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Not sure if it’s true in every countries but in Singapore, find the parking lot and you’ll most likely find a great view of the city.

Lunch at one of my favorite neighborhood in Singapore: Tiong Bahru.

from Tumblr http://bit.ly/2WNZBag