A Total TaiTai Tale

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

Month: January, 2019



Trying to get myself some pocket money.

PS: our car was at maintenance and that was the replacement car.
Family & Friends….Don’t panic

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Woodworking Workshop Wednesday – Project #3

They were teaching another class with different skills and I somehow got sucked into it.
This one requires precision (more then sweat)… tapping into my forte (NOT!)

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Tumblr is acting up lately.

First some of my posts got flagged as adult content last week (sunset?! Woodworking?!!) and this morning the whole blog was classified as containing sensitive media meaning nobody could see it (unless you were a subscriber).

It got sorted out relatively fast as soon as I sent an message and the “sensible content” got reviewed by an actual human.
Bots and AI still got a lot to learn (but I guess by reporting that my sunset was not flesh I contributed to their learning!)

Thanks to my loyal reader and FIL for notifying me.

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For some reasons, the post didn’t transfert automatically from my tumblr but here it is…



The result of my Friday night “Night Photography at Home” 😉

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Not in my wildest dreams did I think when I click on the publish button on August 4th, 2013 that I would still be posting every single day 2000 days later.

I’m actually at almost double the number of posts…that’s post #3,985th!!!

Let’s see where 2500 days take us…

PS: WordPress readers you need to click on the link below to see the (short and mute!) video. Yep still not transferring 😞

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Friday night.

Wanted to go shoot some night photographies but I wasn’t too sure about the weather and on top of it since it’s the weekend the place I wanted to photograph was going to be crowded so decided to do night photography from the bedroom.
Best of both world.

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Most likely not owned by a chinese.

NB: 4 (四 – Si) sound like to die (死 – Si) hence an unlucky number in China.
No 4th/14th/24th etc floor for example.

On a side note our car in Beijing had a 4 on its license plate (foreigner often had the “unlucky” numbers, first because the license plate were cheaper and they didn’t know better/weren’t superstitious) so when I asked our driver if he didn’t mind driving it he replied not at all because there were a 5 before the 4. 🤔
5 is “wu” (五) and sounds like “bu” (不) which means not; hence 54 (wu si – 五四) sounded like No die (bu si – 不死) 😉

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Woodworking Workshop Wednesday Finale

Tada…Here’s the final masterpiece and just like the chair it was signed by all involved:  GuangJun, owner of Tombalek, John the prime teacher (there was also Nic but it was his day off when I finished so didn’t get to sign it!) & Cheong master of finishing touches.  They all helped me out one way or another during the 4 classes/weeks (+ 2 extras).

The “Merci” t-shirt is for continuity with the end of Chairmaking photo:

The chronicle of the table making can be found here:

and the Chair (at least the beginning of the posts) here:

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Singapore being such a melting pot, there is always a festival going on.
While Thaipusam is not a public holiday anymore (it was until 1968) it still attracts thousands of Hindu devotees every year.

The word Thaipusam is a combination of the name of the month, Thai, and the name of a star, Pusam. This particular star is at its highest point during the festival. Thaipusam is celebrated on the full moon day in the Tamil month of “Thai”.  Thaipusam is a thanksgiving festival that involves asceticism and control over one’s senses. It is a day for devotees to celebrate the fulfillment of their vows. In Singapore, this religious festival attracts thousands of Hindu devotees who fulfill their vows through a 4km walk from the Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple (SSPT) to the Sri Thendayuthapani Temple (STT). (http://thaipusam.sg/)

The most iconic part of this festival is the kavadi itself. This intricate structure is decorated with flowers and peacock feathers (symbols of Murugan), can weigh up to 30 kilos and reach up to four meters. While this may seem like a harrowing experience, kavadi bearers often feel a sense of peace and may even enter a trance-like state. This is aided by live music played by urumi melam (traditional drum) groups.

But not all who join the procession have to partake in piercings from the kavadi. Some choose to carry the wooden structures without the spikes, while women and children under 16 years old carry pots of milk as offerings for Lord Murugan. (www.thehoneycombers.com)

PS: More pictures from previous years can be seen here: http://atotaltaitaitale.tumblr.com/tagged/Thaipusam

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