A Total TaiTai Tale

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

Month: August, 2019

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When you are comfortable enough with your BFF that you don’t mind having your virtual coffee chat barely awaken… but decide to spare your readers with your barely awaken face 😉

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Singapore is an expensive city, there’s no doubt about it but you can also enjoy so many outdoor places for free and Singaporeans take full adventage of it.

From the lawn at the Marina Barrage for a picnic with amazing views of the city skyline to free music concert at the Botanical Garden, to daily light show at the Marina Bay or even like this the open space with fake grass and beansbag at Chjimes… there’s a place for everyone.

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When you have a very organized daughter (albeit sometimes doing thing a bit on a late timeline for our liking), flat furniture ordering and delivery coordinating with her three roommates is a breeze.

Only missing the color-coordinated excel table and she would be the carbon copy of her daddy.

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September is the opening of the friendship hunting season in the Expat community world.

Many coffee meet-up to attend to find activities you can join to fill up your day but also an opportunity to meet new people to replenish your address book.

As an extra bonus I was greeted by big posters each of the 3 ads I designed for the American Women Association and got comgratulated by the photographer of the photo of this particular ad. Yeah me 😉

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When you are so busy with your Stay-At-Home life that you need to pin in your Coffee & Chat with your friend.

NB: we live in different time zone hence the discrepancy of the time in our personal agenda. Just wanted to point this out before I receive messages 😉

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When you enter the parking garage and wonder if you should have double checked the charges per hour 🤔😉

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Singapore loves light shows.

Not only do they have light shows every night at the Marina Bay Sand AND Gardens By The Bay but they put at least 3 different light shows in the city throughout the year.

Each festival usually focuses on a part of the city, Civic District for Light to Night, Marina Bay for iLight Singapore and Bras Bash/Bugis for Singapore Night Festival. Tons of light attractions throughout the city which a lovely to enjoy but difficult to photograph.
Animation with lights on the facade of buildings is one of their top favorites. This one was projected on the National Museum and I learned later that it was created by a French company: Spectacular (Cocorico!!!)

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Saturday night at the movie.

The old fashion way… at The Projector.

The only way to go more vintage would be to find a Drive-In Movie 😉.

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By now you must have seen all the posts on social media about the catastrophy that is the burning of the Amazon Forest.

While I was in St Barts I noticed that some beaches had some sort of algae. Some with just small patches and some with thick layers.  Locals explained that unfortunately, because of Intensive farming in Brazil and deforestation of the Amazon… the whole of the Caribbean was struggling with “Sargasses” (Sargassum).

It does come and go. It could be good on one day and bad the next (for each beach). On this particular stretch of land, it was piled high (no beach so less likely to be clean manually)

Sargassum is a genus of brown macroalgae (seaweed). The Atlantic Ocean’s Sargasso Sea* was named after the algae, as it hosts a large amount of Sargassum.

In summer 2015, large quantities of different species of Sargassum accumulated along the shores of many of the countries on the Caribbean Sea (…).  Another large outbreak occurred in 2018.  The algae wash ashore, pile up on beaches, and decay, often causing a foul odor, releasing fumes of sulfur compounds (…)

Researchers say that the Sargassum outbreak started in 2011, but it has become worse over the years.  As it is cleaned up on the shorelines, in a matter of a week, the shorelines are once again filled in masse(…).  Several factors could explain the proliferation of Sargassum in the area in recent years.  These include the rise of sea temperature and the change of sea currents due to climate change. Also, nutrients from agricultural fertilizers and wastewater from the cities that end up in the sea could also make the algae bloom.  Deforestation and fertilizer use are among the factors thought to be driving the growth.  “As people cut down more trees, when precipitation occurs, more nutrients can be washed off into the river,” (…)  “And when rain washes up on the land, fertilizers can potentially leech into the water itself.

”Some species of Sargassum – a group of seaweed – live on the ocean’s surface, where they attract fish, birds, and turtles.  “In the open ocean, Sargassum provides great ecological values, serving as a habitat and refuge for various marine animals.”  However, too much of the seaweed can smother corals and seagrasses, and end up on beaches, releasing gas that smells like rotten eggs.

* yes, the same Saragossa Sea with the high concentration of non-biodegradable plastic waste aka the huge North Atlantic Garbage Patch. 

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I might or might not have gone to the MacRitchie Reservoir to join the hiking group so I would have something to post about.

A sporty girl would never tell

Also a sporty girl wouldn’t forget to take a great picture.

To be fair (to sporty girl!) we never walked by the water only in the woods which is not that appealing as far as photography opportunities.

So here’s a picture in the wood during my 2h37mn32s and 11.07km Walk (my watch told me!) so I could have something to illustrate today’s rambling.

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