A Total TaiTai Tale

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

Month: October, 2019

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It’s called outrigger canoe… and to my own surprise I’m enjoying it a lot. The being in synch with all your teammates while paddling is great to my wandering mind… one split second of not concentrating and I’m off or not doing my strokes correctly.

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Monday Murals – Nature Zone by Yip Yew Chong

Another Murals from the same void deck of the HDB in the woodlands.

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I felt like a Chicken Rice lunch at the Hawker Center picture was needed.

Not every Sunday lunches are at “fancy” French restaurant 😉

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We are drawn to these type of shops… the vintage ones.

The more the merrier, plus the owners are always a treat to talk to.

Saturday shopping… I finally found the traditional Kopi cups used at the hawker center when you buy your coffee with the Kaya Toast.

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Visitors in Singapore are always surprised by how green the city is. One of my favorite thing is the roads lined up with trees overhanging over the road. It makes such a pleasant ride.

The drive from the airport into town is one of the loveliest of all the ride we’ve taken from an airport to a city center.

Ps rest assured this photo was actually taken on a old road which now served as a parking lot not while driving 😉

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Every year the AWA (one of the Women Newcomers Association) organizes home tour to some amazing houses/apartments. You get a glimpse of how other people lives.

This particular house was like a museum with so many things on display (I’m sure glad I’m not the one in charge of cleaning!). But my favorite one was another home with amazing contemporary art works (no photos permittted)

I was a bit more involved this year as I was in charge of designing the program/brochure of the tour. It was great working with an amazing team of women who work tirelessly as volunteers, plus it pushed me on my Graphic Design journey.

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Wednesday Woodworking Workshop – Week 4

“Arrondir les angles” – To smooth things out/over.

This is usually when I question myself for signing up with woodwork classes…. it usually coincides with the wood rasp and “disagreeing” with the teacher about how round the angles should be, but at the end we smooth things out 😉

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When you realize that the new activity you’ve picked up might not be the best for your tan line 🤔

Will have to remember to pull those sleeves to my wrists as the reverberations on water is strong.

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Monday Murals – Farmland & Kampung Zone Yip Yew Chong

Chasing some Murals in The woodlands neighborhood. I had seen this series (actually 3 different ones) of murals online and decided to go chase them one day I was close® by.

This is one of the Murals in a void deck of a HDB in the woodlands, the neighborhood near the bridge over to Malaysia (in Singapore language…. in a far far away land 😉)

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I usually don’t post movie I go see… it’s got nothing to do with expat life but in this instance, apart from the fact that I went with a bunch of women from 4 different countries living in another country that none of them was from, it appears to me how differently I saw the movie compare to the other ladies.

I don’t think I’m an expert in everything Chinese but after living in Beijing 6 years there were parts of the movie where I could see myself nodding, totally understanding what they were doing in a scene. It became even more obvious when we discussed the movie over lunch.  Most of the ladies were in Asia for a short while and/or only lived in Singapore so they were baffled with some of the concepts when I thought it was totally normal…ok not “my” normal but my “Chinese” normal 😉

Living abroad changes you, opens your eyes to new normal.

The Farewell (based on What You Don’t Know by Luke Wang).
Nikki’s family returns to China under the guise of a fake wedding to stealthily say goodbye to their beloved matriarch – the only person that doesn’t know she only has a few weeks to live.

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