A Total TaiTai Tale

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

Month: January, 2020

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An open area, a few chairs…. Friday chilling Singapore style

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Yes I’m coughing, no it’s not the Corona Virus, just enjoying a Corona by the pool 😜

When you’ve had a cough for months you kind of quarantine yourself from public places because you are tired of people giving you the side eye…. it could be worse I could look like Asian and people would really freak out.

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Some parkings in Singapore mess up with your mind.

I’m letting you think this through….

Thinking…

Thinking…

Thinking…

Yep we drive on the left side of the road yet some parkings “insist” on messing up with you and make you drive on the right side until you reach the public roads then you have to go back to left side driving.

At least this parking is well marked, which is not always a given. Plus there are a lots of one-way streets in Singapore so you barely think about the left side driving anyway.

It’s my “It’s all Messed Up” days 😉

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It’s Tuesday but it feels like Sunday because yesterday was Monday but it felt like Saturday.

Day off during the week messes up my routine.

Plus it was a total waste of time going to the grocery store after the 3-day Chinese New Year weekend. We are on a mandatory diet 😉

#LeftTheStoreWithMoreThingsOnMyGroceryListThanWhenIGotThere!

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Monday Murals – Gambier Plantation at The Rail Mall by Yip Yew Chong

I almost didn’t see this mural as it was in a different part of the Rail Mall and a car was parked in front of it at first.

Gambier was a popular crop in the 19th century, for making medicine and dyes for fabrics and leather. The mural offers a glimpse of how the crop was plucked, boiled and sun-dried.

Gambier plantations existed even before Raffles arrived in Singapore in 1819. Owned mostly by Teochews and Malays, they lined present day Upper Bukit Timah Road, Seletar and Thomson areas. Many plantation farmers were killed by tigers in the Upper Bukit Timah area, to the extent that the British gave rewards to farmers and hunters who in turn, killed the tigers (lookout for this mural!)

By the late 19th century, Gambier plantations were replaced by the more profitable rubber and pineapple plantations. By 1930, the last tiger in Singapore was killed at the ‘10th Mile’ Choa Chu Kang 

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Starting the New (Lunar) Year with some of the traditions such as eating Dumplings to bring good luck and fortune.

饺子 – Jiaozi are often eaten on the New Year’s Eve for its Chinese name ‘jiaozi’ has a meaning of changing of years.

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It’s officially Chinese New Year or Lunar New Year or Spring Festival

Welcome to Year 4718 and Year of the Rat

恭喜发财 – Gong Xi Fa Cai

You’ve got one more chance to start your New Year Resolutions when you live in Asia. Let do a do-over 😉

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School parking lot.

Definitely not in the same cool club with my KIA 😂

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So many decisions to make in February… on so many levels.

Among other things, it’s the time of the year when 16-year-old need to make decision of what subjects they will need to study for the next 2 year for the IB.

And as an expat kids you’ve got the extra factor of “where Am I Going To Be For The Next 2 Years”?!

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You would think that when you live in the tropics you wouldn’t be yarning for seasons. You know it’s always warm/hot seems like paradise especially if you are under a foot of snow but I’m really looking for spring lately. It’s not only that the raining season seems to last forever this year (but I do like the “cooler” temperatures!) but this grey sky week after week is starting to be tiresome. I want real big fluffy white clouds and shadows. I really miss seeing shadows of trees.

Well it happened today… the blanket of clouds parted and fluffy white clouds appeared. Which means shadows. I had to go see for myself. Because well Palm Trees!!!

Note to self need to go chill by the pool more often because I bet I’ll miss it once it’s gone. Like everything you take it for granted when it’s under your nose.

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