A Total TaiTai Tale

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

Month: March, 2021

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Throw Back 2-Week – Family trip in April 2018 in Lombok, Indonesia

This was supposed to be a short get-away and it got even shorter: Read on (and a few pretty pictures of the sea, the pool, and some cocktails 😉 link here: https://atotaltaitaitale.tumblr.com/tagged/c&jLombok/chrono

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So to summarize: This summer I did a Throw Back Thursday of our summer vacations of the past 6 years (because that’s how far back this blog goes!).  I revisited the idea again with Throw Back Week with our October Break vacations, then I did another Throw Back Week of our Christmas vacation (but I did it in February – don’t ask!) so now it seems fitting to do it again with our Easter Break vacations (lots of solo trips, and a few family trips)

So once again enjoy the trips down memory lane… for those of you who have been following since the beginning of this blog and for the others the chance to discover old postings 😉

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Throw Back 2-Week – Photography Solo Trip in March 2018 in Paro/Thimpu/Punakha, Bhutan

Spring seems to be my time of the year when I go on my solo trip (photography trip or friend trip) so here’s another trip, this one was photography base.

Bhutan is a fascinating country, mostly visited by hikers or photographers; both of those things are not on my family list of priorities plus it’s fairly expensive to go (all tourists must travel on a pre-planned, prepaid, guided package tour or custom designed travel program).

I’m glad I went with photographers as we can take our time enjoying the site. I would go back with another group of photographers, the group I was with when I visited Yogyakarta for example (it’s on the list of Throw back) 😉

My iPhone photos and a little write up on the link here: http://atotaltaitaitale.tumblr.com/tagged/CelineInBhutan/chrono

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So to summarize: This summer I did a Throw Back Thursday of our summer vacations of the past 6 years (because that’s how far back this blog goes!).  I revisited the idea again with Throw Back Week with our October Break vacations, then I did another Throw Back Week of our Christmas vacation (but I did it in February – don’t ask!) so now it seems fitting to do it again with our Easter Break vacations (lots of solo trips, and a few family trips)

So once again enjoy the trips down memory lane… for those of you who have been following since the beginning of this blog and for the others the chance to discover old postings 😉

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It’s vacation time… Let’s go down memory lane and revisit some of the places we’ve been in the past 7 years. (Only because that’s how far back this blog go 😉 )

Throw Back 2-Week – Semi solo trip April 2019 on Silk Road, China

I had been wanting to go visit this part of China for quite some time; a few friends had made the trip over the years and well it’s the mythic silk road what else can I say. It was an amazing experience which I was lucky to share with my BBFF (Beijing/Belgium Best Friend Forever). Quite an adventure from time to time (you’ll have to read it!) and quite an eye-opener (well more like I can see it with my own eyes after reading about it…. the kind of trip I love).

To read all about one of my last (solo) trip (well Bangladesh was the last one) and see pretty pictures follow the link: https://atotaltaitaitale.tumblr.com/tagged/CelineDoesTheSilkRoad/chrono

E. are you ready for our next adventure doing the rest of the Silk Road in the ‘Stan? (Kyrgystan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan)

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So to summarize: This summer I did a Throw Back Thursday of our summer vacations of the past 6 years (because that’s how far back this blog goes!).  I revisited the idea again with Throw Back Week with our October Break vacations, then I did another Throw Back Week of our Christmas vacation (but I did it in February – don’t ask!) so now it seems fitting to do it again with our Easter Break vacations (lots of solo trips, and a few family trips)

So once again enjoy the trips down memory lane… for those of you who have been following since the beginning of this blog and for the others the chance to discover old postings 😉

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Dreaming of a time when we hopped on a plane to go onto new adventures. Nowadays we hopped on a bumboat to nearby island and watch airplanes taking off to nowhere.

And we are starting a 2-week school vacation. Wish me luck 😉

School vacations also mean, for you dear reader… 2 weeks of Throw Back posts of our holiday trips (a few family trips but quite a few of my solo trips 😉). Let’s the “Down Memory Lane” begin (well tomorrow 🙄)

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A couple weekends ago I volunteered for ItsRainingRaincoats, an NGO which helps Migrant Workers in Singapore since 2015 but had been especially crucial during the pandemics. IRR has been arranging thousands of meals and providing care packs, data card top ups and essentials to tens of thousands of migrant workers the past few months since the Covid-19 outbreak began. Migrants workers cannot leave their dorms outside of work so cannot go in town to buy some of their essentials.

It has also help brightened their day off by offering outings (organizing buses for them to see the Christmas lights on Orchard -that they install but rarely see) and for the past month and next month in coordination with the minister of manpower (MOM), Singapore Flyer (they open 3 hours earlier) and donations from individuals, a chance for them to have a ride on the Flyer and see from above the city that they basically built.

ItsRainingRaincoats was founded by Dipa Swaminathan, a Harvard educated lawyer and Singaporean, in 2015. It is an initiative for the benefit of migrant workers. IRR aims to improve the lives of migrant workers in Singapore, and build bridges to strengthen their integration into our broader community by using imaginative, innovative, authentic and nimble strategies. The raincoat symbolises the protection IRR provides them from their metaphorical thunderstorms. IRR has won various awards including the President’s Award for Volunteerism and Philanthropy in 2017.

I really encourage you to read the genesis of the project founded by Dipa here: https://www.facebook.com/thepeopleofsingapore/photos/a.344984128941348/701309176642173/

Seeing the twinkle in their eyes (it’s harder to see the smile on their faces with the masks) will chaperoning them thru the exhibition was the best reward. We sometimes forget the freedom of movement we get to have.Even if we think we are stuck on this island, we are still very much free to go wherever and whenever we want.

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Never quite understood why they always give you a fork & a knife when you order a Pain au Chocolat and/or Croissant 🤔

#CulturalDiversity

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Life in shades of pink.

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So how’s your evening going Celine?

Well…

NB: thank goodness for WhatsApp message exchange with BFF for post inspiration sometimes 😉

#6months

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A couple days before Sarah disappeared in the UK I was walking home, alone, a lot later than she did.

Living in Singapore, not once did I fear for my safety, not when I took the last metro home, not when I had to walk the last 2km (no more connecting MRT). My heart didn’t skip a beat when I heard footsteps behind me, I didn’t hold tightly onto my bag and start walking faster, we just exchange a “Hi” when he passed me. I was even listening to music and taking my time (I actually took a few pictures along the way).

As my friend C., a journalist when she lived in France, wrote in a post (loosely translated from her post in French). “[…] Here, I might have lost a few liberties but I gain on one account : I discovered that it is possible to not be bother walking down the street. It seems like trivial but it has been a revelation.[…] I don’t have to keep avoiding being bothered, so I can walk alone, at night, in a little dress and heels, in lost corners, without holding my bag, with guys hanging out outside, yet without getting bothered.[…] It was only by experiencing this “insouciance” that I realized how much I, like many friends, had insidiously internalized responsibility for the inappropriate attitudes of some, not all men of course, but still men. […] If there’s one thing I want to remember, it’s that it is possible. Testosterone cannot be used as an excuse indefinitely. The responsibility does not rest with women alone. Everything can be learned, everyone can be educated.”

A few years ago, an acquaintance (at this stage I don’t think friend is the proper term!) asked me if I regretted raising my daughter (and by extension both of my kids) in a bubble (she implied safety -between Singapore, China, Norway for the past 10+years) and after a few seconds of shock I replied well between what you called the bubble and the alternative of having a knot in my belly each time she step foot outside after dark, taking the metro and hopping in a taxi, the alternative of the bubble didn’t seem really appealing 🙄. She had a few more years of “Insouciance”, I also had a few more years of no worries and I could always warned her of the danger outside the “bubble” 😉

This was also quite a good article about what women have in their mind when they go out.

https://www.upworthy.com/women-safety-hypervigilance

After reading the article, I remember one tangible thing I see in my family; my husband always fall asleep when he’s in a taxi (or when I drive… but there’s no danger there and I do too when he drives -not as often though) and it does somehow bother me because I, as a woman, never even thought for one second I could do it. I will never have the luxury of being able to fall asleep in a taxi, ever, no matter how tired I am.

PS If you read to this point… we are back onto light posts from tomorrow. Thanks for indulging me 🥰

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Monday Murals

Used initially as private vehicles for noble families, the rickshaw soon became a popular means of transport for the masses

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When we went to Penang in Malaysia a few years ago for Christmas break we chased around town the murals and also found those iron “murals”.

I just found a few in a small alley between Club Street and Ann Siang Hill in Singapore (no other information found 🙄) so here are the close up for this month of Monday Murals posts 😉

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