A Total TaiTai Tale

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

Month: May, 2017

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Added 4 items on my to-do list (after I’ve done them) so I could cross them off.

Made me feel like I accomplished something today 😉

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Added 4 items on my to-do list (after I’ve done them) so I could cross them off.

Made me feel like I accomplished something today 😉

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When we moved to Singapore we were told there were two seasons: wet and wetter.

Well last year was apparently a “dry” season (read: it didn’t rain as much…. does NOT mean it was dry!), we are certainly paying for it this year… so far we have had wet, wetter and wettest season.

It’s not a few showers, it’s torrential rain and apart from the cold it puts Norway to shame 😂

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I didn’t plan on doing a walk today (even though it’s Monday) but then I saw the post on our Facebook page and realized it would be my last walk with my friend Vicki whose Singapore assignment has been cut short after 11 months (for good reason: a great promotion for her husband… when I tell you we have to be extremely flexible, us trailing spouses!). .

Vicki arrived from the States last summer, just a couple weeks before me. It was her first expat posting and walks after walks we became friends. We didn’t do a lot of things together (she’s into sport, it’s a well documented fact I’m not much 😂) but we did managed to go on a shopping trip to Malaysia and on a spa trip to Indonesia (I cannot say I travel to different countries with a lot of my friends!!) and she also famously ditch the Fashion show and left me all by myself 😉.

But this is expat life: Happy to Meet, Sorry to Part.

Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened. (Dr Seuss)

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Happy French Mother’s Day to me 🥂

We don’t like to conform us French… we like to celebrate Mother’s Day on a different day than a lot of countries.

Actually a lot of countries don’t celebrate Mother’s Day on the same day than the USA…. a few come to mind: Argentina, Scotland, Norway… and that’s just the countries where we lived ;-).

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Today was the opening of the Apple Store in Singapore. Yep I was also surprised that Singapore didn’t have an Apple Store (found out last month when I broke my phone and wanted to go to the Genius Bar)

Well the grand opening was today, we didn’t plan on going but we had to go in town to pick up something and we ended up across the street.

The only thing I had seen online (through a few Singapore Instagramers I follow and were invited to the pre-opening) was that their staircase was Instagram worthy -didn’t know some places where Instagram worthy either, I must be getting old!

Turn out the stairs were off limit so that’s all you got… part of the (Instagram worthy) staircase.

And as you can tell not much going on in my life that I had to post about the Apple Store opening 😂

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Hubby took a day off today and actually stayed off work. (A first!).

The key is to keep him occupied and entertained so he doesn’t go back to his default setting… a little bit like a kid now that I think of it 😉

#MyHusbandIsMyBiggestKid

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This makes country #34 where I can drive legally (past the 3-month tourist & 1-year resident period grace).

My French driving license allows me to drive in 31 countries of the European Economic Area (28 EU member states + 3 EFTA members; Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway)

I have a US driving license (well technically this one expired on my birthday)

Also an Argentina driving license and now… Singapore.

I can drive manual and automatic shift (+ a motorcycle with my French & Argentinean license). On the right side and left side of the road. In the Northern & Southern Hemisphere. It should pretty much cover most of the situations 😉

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When you go to a friend’s place and discover she has the perfect view of the building you’ve been wanting to take a picture of ;-).

On a side note: Reflections at Keppel Bay was designed by Daniel Libeskind, who also created the masterplan for the World Trade Center Memorial.

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There were technically no Around the Island Walk challenge yesterday but I felt a little pressure from my peers when they posted a Walk Around Coney Island (no, not this one… the one in Singapore!) on our facebook page.
However, we woke up to torrential rain and the walk was canceled. We don’t mind walking when it rains, especially if we have started already, but this kind of rain yesterday morning was not fun.
BUT I was already awake and I had my active wear on so decided to go to the gym (last time was exactly 8 months ago (here)!)

1 hour, almost 6km and 310 calories lost… thankfully regained right after with a cappuccino and a hot bun (or 2) 😉