A Total TaiTai Tale

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

Month: September, 2019

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Monday Murals – My Chinatown Home 我家牛车水 by Yip Yew Chong.

This is probably one of my favorite of Yip.  It is so detailed and you can see how much his murals/drawings have evolved since he first started painting them, just a few years ago.

From his website:

This mural has got to be my most intimate mural ever painted, because it depicts my very first home in Sago Lane, Chinatown. Every detail and object in the entire composition was painted based on my fond memories of the home – from the common living room, the common long wooden bed where my siblings, aunt, and co-tenants slept on, the dining area, to the kitchen. I also painted my late Grandmother, who was a seamstress, sewing a patchwork blanket. On the long bed, my siblings and I were playing the “aeroplane chess”. At the kitchen, my mum was frying the new year sticky cake. Can you spot the cane, the mosquito coil, the cassette player, doorbell, wall gecko and the rat trap? Do you know why is that cabinet hanging from the ceiling?

My family was the anchor tenant of the house on the second storey, just above the funeral parlour on the ground floor. We rented it from an Arab landlord and sub-tenanted smaller units to 4 other co-tenant families. In 1983, my family had to  move out when  the entire street was slated for demolition as part of the big Chinatown cleanup. Apparently, all the waste water from the street markets and households in Chinatown flowed into the Singapore River. My family moved to the HDB block above the Chinatown Complex market at Smith Street.  Ironically, the plot lay empty for over two decades until the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple was built in 2007. My dear home is now a carpark next to the Temple. In a few years time, it will be the entrance to the Maxwell MRT Station.

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The Merlion, symbol of Singapore

The Merlion is a mythical creature with a lion’s head and the body of a fish that is widely used as a mascot and national personification of Singapore.

There are actually 7 Merlion Statues around Singapore.  The most famous one is at the Merlion park located near One Fullerton and the esplanade. It measures 8.6 meters tall and spouts water from its mouth (picture thousand of tourists having their picture taken with their mouth open trying to swallow the water!!) A Merlion cub is located near the original statue and measures just 2 meters tall. 

There is also a giant one on the island of Sentosa.  The 37-meter-tall gigantic replica – with Mouth Gallery Viewing Deck on the ninth story, another viewing gallery on its head and Sentosa Merlion Shop, and capable of shining laser beams from its eyes.  I took this picture last week on my way to a meeting and just read afterward that it will close on 20 October 2019…what a good timing!

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The typical Singapore breakfast at the hawker center: Kopi (I’ve talked too much about it already!), Kaya Toasts (toasted bread filled with butter and kaya, a jam made from eggs, sugar, coconut milk and pandan leaves) and 2 soft-boiled eggs usually eaten with soy sauce.

#BonAppétit

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You know you are not at an American “Welcome to Singapore” Coffee meetup when you get Cherries in Brandy shots in your goody bag 😉

#ViveLaFrance

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Every year, one weekend in September, a few streets in downtown Singapore are closed… people get behind fences to look at fast cars going in circle, 61 times to be exact, at ungodly speed and deafening sound.

The Grand Prix was last weekend… we went. I thought I owe it a little post, even a little GIF because it’s been too long 😉

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Wednesday Woodworking Workshop – Week 1

They let me use big machinery.

This is my 4th project with the team and when I started the scope of the projects were not as detailed. Nowadays we trim the process to ensure faster outcome. The cut on the bandsaw are a lot closer hence the carving are faster.

I love seeing how much Gangjun’s workshop has evolved and grew.

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Wednesday Woodworking Workshop – Week 1

It always starts with some pieces of wood that need to be trimmed, then curved before being assembled.

In between, there’s a lot of sweat, a few bad words might be muttered under one’s breath, maybe a few thoughts of quitting but at the end it’s all worth it… hence why I keep on coming back.

Right now I’m just mad at myself for forgetting to take a photo right at the beginning before I cut the pieces of wood but it’s all good.

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I’m going to milk this coffee posts as much as I can, well at least until I run out of photos 😉

I present you the trendiest coffee… Sweet Little Rain, which by the way we need badly to clear out that haze but that’s another story 😉

Looks beautiful, taste…..

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Monday Murals

A little departure from Yip Yew Chong Murals but in line with the last few posts about coffee. The original Kopitiam and their food cart.

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Continuing with my coffee posts.

On the other end of the spectrum… the very fancy coffee or when you cannot decide if you want coffee or ice cream, but don’t like coffee-flavored ice-cream. As messy as eating ice-cream in 40C/100F weather.

Coffee in a Cone at The Coffee Academics.

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