A Total TaiTai Tale

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

Month: July, 2014

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This is what Expat shopping looks like for some (not us, thank goodness).

When essential is not available or 10 times more expensive, part of your summer shopping is done at the grocery store 😦

Life as an expat is not always that glamorous!!

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When I see the sign at the entrance of the village that say I have officially enter it I feel I’m almost home. We then slowly climb the road to reach the center of the village which is on top of a hill, overlooking the Isere valley and has the Vercors in the background.

Just after the last curve, the roof of the village Church points behind the trees (more or less hidden depending on the season) and I know I have finally arrived.

A few more sights before I have to say “See you next year”

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Another “So glad to see you after all this time, let’s start our conversation just where we left it last time!”

We have Buenos Aires (Argentina), Aberdeen (Scotland) & Pau (France) in common but we parted for Abu Dhabi & Luanda (Angola) for her and Beijing (China) & Stavanger (Norway) for me.

But more especially we have the Expat life (ups and downs) in common and just with that we could talk for hours 😉

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10 years ago we went to France to Baptist our son (we lived in Scotland at the time) and we ended up buying a summer house 😉

From the outside it doesn’t look like much changed but it’s been a labor of love on the inside (and still laboring!!!).

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This year has been a very productive year in my catching up with French literature (or at the very least reading in French, something I rarely do outside of summer vacation). 
14 books in 7 weeks. Liked every suggestions I got from friends or the librarian and LOVED quite a few. Until next year.

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It’s the little things that make life easier.

After 5 years I finally have handles on my “new” doors in the summer house.

Baby steps, baby steps.

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Kids summer camp is over and I’m on my way to go pick them up. It went so fast and I hope they had fun even with the very uncooperative weather this year.
This is one of J’s letter… I love his witty side 🙂

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Going vintage.

When the electricity goes off the new phones don’t work but the good old ones do (they only need a Phone plug, no electric ones).

Plus I decided it goes better with the house style. Hello retro

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You go to a party.

You see a girl who reminds you of somebody you’ve photographed before.

So you just ask her if you can photograph her too

Life in small villages is simple because everybody knows somebody who knows somebody. Nobody’s a stranger for long.

I think I might be ready to pick up my big camera and do this again.

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A frame collecting dust + a dishcloth bought at “le Marché” in Provence = a very simple but cute solution for my large empty wall in the kitchen/dining room.