A Total TaiTai Tale

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

Month: April, 2019

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Saturday Night… Satay Night.

When they close a whole street, set up tables and you get to sample all the different satay that are on offer.

#LifeInSingapore #LauPatSat

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19 years ago, in Buenos Aires I became a mom for the first time.

Joyeux Birthday Mi Vida💕

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When it’s raining outside
When you are trying to recreate a little bit of “hygge*”
When your candle doesn’t want to be part of it and try to escape 😂

#LifeInTheTropics

*Hygge (/ˈhjuːɡə/ HEW-gə or /ˈhuːɡə/ HOO-gə) is a Danish and Norwegian word for a mood of coziness and comfortable conviviality with feelings of wellness and contentment. (…° In both Danish and Norwegian, hygge refers to “a form of everyday togetherness”, “a pleasant and highly valued everyday experience of safety, equality, personal wholeness, and a spontaneous social flow”. The noun hygge includes something nice, cozy, safe and known, referring to a psychological state.

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Photowalk in Tiong Bahru with a friend’s cousin who wanted to take street pictures of less touristy places.

I always enjoying talking photography so I didn’t pass the opportunity when my friend asked me this “favor”. We had a great time sharing about gear (also a Fujifilm shooter) and photographers we follow/like (Zack Arias, David Hobby… etc). I like the technicalities of photography and don’t find a lot of my (female) friends like this aspect so it was great walking around a few neighbors I like with Shaun just chit chatting.

Those laundry poles are quintessential of the HBD flats in Singapore.

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I got the chance to have a sneak peek into the soon to open Jewel at Changi Airport.

The one-of-a-kind lifestyle destination, 135,700 sqm complex, built on the site of the former Terminal 1 open-air carpark, is designed by world-renowned architect Moshe Safdie [who also designed Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands Ed.] and features a distinctive dome-shaped façade. It will offer both local residents and international visitors a multi-faceted experience that includes attractions, unique shopping, and dining concepts, as well as airport and accommodation facilities. “The vision for Jewel Changi Airport is to be a destination where ‘The World meets Singapore, and Singapore meets the World”.

The majestic 40-metre HSBC Rain Vortex, the world’s tallest indoor waterfall is the piece de resistance of the Jewel. But there’s a lot more to see…the Forest Valley, an indoor garden spanning five storeys; and Canopy Park at the topmost level, featuring gardens and leisure facilities. The complex is spanning 10 storeys – five storeys above-ground and five basement storeys.

Contrary to the Pre-Visit of the terminal 4 last year this was a little bit chaotic and there were a LOT of people. I will go back in a few weeks (and in the middle of the week) to appreciate it more.

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I’m on morning duty and I’m quite enjoying drinking my coffee on the balcony.

PS: Hubby… don’t get too exited you are back on as soon as you are back 😉

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Back to our Murals Monday regular programming.

We are now going to explore some of the murals around Little India for the next few weeks.

Little India neighborhood in Singapore has quite a few murals and it has become a prime area for street arts largely thanks to the ArtWalk, an annual arts festival.

A Ride Through Race Course Road (by Jaxton Su with the help of migrant workers and students). The 20m mural shows a racehorses galloping thoroughly crowded traditional Indian street market.
The murals tell you how this road got its name, from the nearby Farrer Park area that used to be a horse traveling track.

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Back to regular programming. 😉

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Bye bye Beijing.

Thank you for welcoming me in style ;-).

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To wrap up my time in China, I stayed a few days in Beijing with my friend.

It’s a weird feeling to visit a place you’ve called home for a few years (twice 3 years in our case for Beijing). Everything looks familiar, as much as it can be with the very fast changing pace in Beijing, yet everything is different. You are not on daily routine mode, you are on tourist mode but yet you are not really the typical tourist.

What I liked about living close to the center in Beijing was that I could wander around different neighborhoods on my Vespa but this time I was constrained by taxi and my walking. But I did manage to walk 13 km that day; from Jinshang hill, around the Forbidden City to Qianmen with a little side tour to The Egg. It was a gorgeous day with blue sky and perfect spring temperature… just the way I want to remember Beijing.

There’s also the fact that a place is usually associated with the people you meet there and after almost three years of being away, and by the nature of our expat life, most of my friends have left. I did manage to catch up for coffee and lunch with a couple and had dinner on my last nights with a few more.

Will the China chapter truly be closed this time? Only time will tell 😉

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