A Total TaiTai Tale

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

Month: May, 2021

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It’s Friday and we survived week #1 of this-is-not-a-lockdown-aka-circuit-breaker.

I’d better start digging into old pictures because I’m starting to bore myself with the latest posts 😂

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Realized this morning that I hadn’t left the apartment since Friday afternoon so put on my active wear and went on a little walk… initially just around the condo, then decided to go down the street and I ended up at the Botanical Gardens🤷‍♀️.

The hardest part is starting.

PS: realized as I was leaving the gardens that I’d better grab a photo so I would have something to talk/post about 😂 not the best representation of said gardens but I wasn’t going to go around another time (remember I had started this whole thing with just a walk around the condo 🙄)

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And we are back to Home Base Learning and Zoom conferences.

It’s only 4 weeks until school summer break and 2 of those weeks are Internal Exams, which until further notice (there seems to always be a last minute curve ball), have been allowed to take place in school.

Let’s hope the numbers don’t go up so we don’t go into full lockdown because it’s going to be a loooong summer otherwise.

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While I post every day here, my photos are not necessarily in synch with my life; it loosely follows but it’s not a day to day account of my life. I don’t go every Monday in search of a murals, I batch post for my Monday Murals post for example 😂

However I have another personal A-Photo-A-Day* challenge where the photo needs to be taken on that day (I’m not sure why I do this to myself 😉). Some days I’m busy and have many things going on that would deserve a photo but I need to choose only one. Other days, well let say, are more challenging and I need to put my creative hat on to come up to yet another way of “documenting” chores day 😂

This is one of those days!!!

* I’ve been doing it since 24th December 2014. I cannot link to any of the photo since there are not made to be public. I made some photo books and also a big poster on my birthday last year (that’s how this whole challenge started!)

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Monday Murals

A few “Yip Yew Chong” inspired murals are popping up around Singapore. This one is in Little India.

PS: I reached out to the Artist and he said that the restaurant didn’t seek his permission and were actually pretty rude about it. He told him that he took a photo of the murals in a public place so he could do whatever he wanted with it. #PeopleNotUnderstandingHowCopyrightWorks 😞

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And the second one is in the bag arm.

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When you are lucky enough that your last monthly outing with your group (of 5) was scheduled just before the lockdown-that-is-not-a-lockdown.

Second time lucky.

It’s a great thing that new people arrive in Singapore to “force” me to go to Gardens by the Bay at night 😉

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#TellMeWithoutTellingMe

Tell Me Without Telling Me, also known as #TheTellMeChallenge, is a social game in which social media users ask others to share personal opinions and beliefs without using direct mentions of the subject.

I present you the Singapore version… tell me we are in lockdown, sorry Circuit Breaker, without using the words “lockdown” and “circuit breaker”.

So from May 16 until June 13 we are back to group of 2 (we JUST went from group of 8 to group of 5 a week ago!), no dining in (so restaurants are back to being take-away and delivery services), work-from-home will be the default mode for workers (the 50% to 75% back in the office was only implemented back about a month ago!) and Operating capacity at attractions cut to 25% from the current permissible capacity of 50%. Also we strongly encourage everyone to stay home as much as possible, go out only for essentials reasons.

It’s not a lockdown, it’s only a lockdown-like conditions.

Well it is what it is. The only thing you can control is how you react to events as they unfold. As Epictetus said, “We cannot choose our external circumstances, but we can always choose how we respond to them.”

I cannot control everything in life
But I can control where my attention goes.
And where my attention goes,
My energy flows

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Today it’s Hari Raya Puasa and a holiday in Singapore.

Eid al-Fitr (Hari Raya Aidilfitri), also called the “Festival of Breaking the Fast” or Lesser Eid, or simply Eid, is a religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide that marks the end of the month-long dawn-to-sunset fasting of Ramadan.

I have already explained how the 11 national holidays are divided in Singapore here.

And in 2 weeks we will celebrate Vesak

Vesak, also known as Buddha Jayanti, Buddha Purnima and Buddha Day, is a holiday traditionally observed by Buddhists and some Hindus. The festival commemorates the birth, enlightenment, and death of Gautama Buddha in Theravada and Tibetan Buddhism.

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Wandering around HDB is like going down memory lane.

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