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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There is no better motivation than urgency.

For one of us, it was time related and for the other one it was convenience.

With J leaving Singapore next week and me lacking a car soon after it gave us the motivation to make a quick detour in the west part of Singapore and the university to finally see in person The Hive.

The Hive, also known as the Learning Hub, is a building located in Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. The S$45 million building was designed by Thomas Heatherwick and completed in 2015. Colloquially, the building is known as the “dim sum basket building” due to its likeness to the steamer baskets used to serve dim sum. [wikipedia]

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One of those places you know exist and you put on the list of In-Case-I-Am-Nearby.

Well we weren’t nearby but we had some free time on our hands before heading back home so it made sense to stop for a coffee. #DoneAndCheckedOffTheDone

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We keep touring Singapore like one of us was leaving soon 😂

Gardens by the Bay was on the list. We took a right turn instead of the normal left turn and finally got to see this structure.

Take the path less travel you’ll be often surprised. Plus the metallic trees have been visited and photographed before.

Ps there’s another picture of the Marina Bay Sands hotel taken through one of this opening but I’m a couple years too late… a building sits in the middle of the structure now and said photo is not possible anymore. You cannot get them all 🤷‍♀️

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Ok one last post from the Sungei Buloh Weltand Reserve and its friendly inhabitants (but you’d better not have food in your bag or they’ll steal it and go thru it in no time).

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Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve.

To be fair I really wanted to revisit Sungei because when I did the walk nearby 4 years ago we didn’t go into the Reserve so never got a change to see the few “pods” and I wanted a picture of them (I can do crazy things for pictures!!)

The buildings you see on the horizon are actually across the Johor Straits and in Malaysia.

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Yes we also check-in to go to the beach.

But we are allowed to take our masks off when we paddle (but not before we are all in the boats).

Singapore has a way of making everyone a rule-follower which in essence put everyone as an equal hence less resistance when everyone follows the rules and nobody feels they can get a pass.

With no case in the community we feel safe because there is very very little change we would encounter somebody sick plus with contact tracing we would be notified immediately.

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Just like every time we are about to move out of a country hubby wakes up and wants to do all the things he didn’t have time to do the whole 4 years we lived there. 🙄😂

On today’s agenda was going all the way to the north of the island just across the Malaysian border for a walk at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve.

SUNGEI BULOH WETLAND RESERVE IS A fresh spark of natural greenery and rich biodiversity, something which is largely uncommon in Singapore. The unique rustic charm is especially beautiful around the mangrove areas. In many ways, it almost feels like you’re entering the tropical rainforest of Malaysia or Indonesia

But in fact you are here in the far northwestern area of Singapore in a unique wildlife haven. Sungei Buloh, Singapore’s first ASEAN Heritage Park, has its trails pass through coastal areas, forest trails, mid-canopy walks and migratory bird trails. The entire route covers the distance of 3,700 meters. The reserve is an important stopover point for over 150 species of exotic migratory birds from as far as Alaska, Siberia, Northern China and Australia, making this an important ecological site forming the East Asian Australasian Shorebird Site Network.

When I did the Around the Island Walk Challenge, 4 years ago I was lucky I got to see a lot of the slightly out of the way parts of Singapore. I talked about it but we never managed to go back. Well another mission accomplished today.

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We finally made it to Church.

The White Rabbit has been on my list of restaurants to try for quite some time but it skips my mind each time I need to pick a restaurant which is sad because it’s very close to where we live.

The White Rabbit is located atop lush Dempsey Hill and is set within a restored Ebenezer chapel built in the 1930s

Well we can cross off this one from our list. With hubby leaving Singapore soon we have been on a roll checking out a few restaurants lately. On a side note this reminds us of our time in Scotland where churches were often repurposed… we came across some transformed as bars, night clubs car repair garages or even homes.

NB: We didn’t go today (Sunday), we went during the week for lunch. Son has a limited capacity of trying out restaurants with the parentals 😂

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For a split second I thought one of my favorite little bookstore had closed.

No they have just decided to be extra cautious. Plus it might be cheaper for them to stay close than reopen for long hours with few customers.

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Laundry day in Tiong Bahru.

Oh funny that we often take pictures of clothes drying when we are in foreign countries and find it quaint (I’m looking at you Spain and Italy) but would never think of doing it in our own country because we would find it boring 🤔😂

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