A Total TaiTai Tale

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

Month: September, 2020

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One week… ? to go.

This seems a little bit surreal.

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We even have to check in and out to go to the beach and from October 17 we will need to make an online reservation booking during busy time 🙄.

I guess that’s the problem when nobody can leave our little Red Dot and to be fair I never realized how often people would go abroad on a regular basis… some had “withdrawals” after a month of not leaving!!!

Oh and social distancing also need to happen on the beach, hence those little mapped out square on the sand for social distancing the different 5-person group 😂

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Singapore home arrived at France house.

The boxes will be taken care, like almost all our previous moves, next summer

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So the new thing at restaurant is the little bag to slip in your mask while you eat.

The new normal

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One very last lunch en tête-a-tête at Tamarind Hill before he flew to Paris.

Set within a historic colonial bungalow and perched atop the forested Labrador Nature Reserve, nature and heritage harmonise at Tamarind Hill to present a gastronomic escape away from the city. With its timeless interiors, rustic-luxe décor, and epicurean dishes, the award-winning restaurant is an amalgamation of Asian and colonial influences, perfectly mirroring the city’s storied past.

I’m going to miss all those lunches, all across town in the last couple of weeks while hubby was on vacation but also at home during our 5-month quarantine/work-from-home.

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Expat kids…you send this photo to your friends and they know exactly which airport and terminal it was taken 😂

We also of course sent the picture straight to dear daughter telling her I finally caved in and got a dog. I think she never speed dialed quicker 😜

PS: NO we did not!!! Only helping a friend transporting his dog to Paris. Torturing our kids about dogs is one of favorite pastimes 😉

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She left me too 😦

My last link to “expat package” is gone. Back to MRT, Bus and Taxi. I will go thru this and survive. 💪

NB: this is sarcastic… while I enjoy and find having a car convenient (especially when I want to explore the “far away” places in Singapore) I have lived in other places without a car, plus public transport is amazing in Singapore, and I used it a lot the first couple of years here, then I got too comfortable 😉

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My morning room services ended this morning 😉

Maybe I should train the next generation? You know, non-selfishly, as a service to my future daughter-in-law.

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22° Halo on 22nd September.

As we were putting away our outrigger canoes this morning we got to see this phenomenon.

Halo (from Greek ἅλως, halōs) is the name for a family of optical phenomena produced by light (typically from the Sun or Moon) interacting with ice crystals suspended in the atmosphere. Halos can have many forms, ranging from colored or white rings to arcs and spots in the sky. Many of these appear near the Sun or Moon, but others occur elsewhere or even in the opposite part of the sky. Among the best known halo types are the circular halo (properly called the 22° halo), light pillars, and sun dogs, but many others occur; some are fairly common while others are (extremely) rare.

The ice crystals responsible for halos are typically suspended in cirrus or cirrostratus clouds in the upper troposphere (5–10 km (3.1–6.2 mi)), but in cold weather they can also float near the ground, in which case they are referred to as diamond dust. The particular shape and orientation of the crystals are responsible for the type of halo observed. Light is reflected and refracted by the ice crystals and may split into colors because of dispersion. The crystals behave like prisms and mirrors, refracting and reflecting light between their faces, sending shafts of light in particular directions. Atmospheric optical phenomena like halos were used as part of weather lore, which was an empirical means of weather forecasting before meteorology was developed. They often do indicate that rain will fall within the next 24 hours, since the cirrostratus clouds that cause them can signify an approaching frontal system. [Wikipedia]

When I mentioned it to hubby he said it was a sign of snow coming (that’s my Midwest boy!!). I’m pretty sure we are safe from this in Singapore, however rain that’s more like it.

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Inside The Hive.

One of the thing I like about Singapore is that you are always welcome to venture inside buildings and this was no exception, the only requirement was like in any other buildings, to check-in and have our temperature check, then we were welcome to explore the different floors.

Designed by British designer Thomas Heatherwick, The Hive is Heatherwick Studio’s first major building in Asia. The building consists of 12 eight-storey towers arranged around a public atrium. The towers taper towards the base and house 56 corner-less classrooms. The concrete stair and lift cores between the towers are embedded with 700 drawings from British artist Sara Fanelli that depict images from science, art and literature.

The building has received mixed reviews, with the Architectural Review saying that while “there is much to admire” about the building, “it gave off something of a forlorn car-park aesthetic”.

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