A Total TaiTai Tale

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

Month: June, 2021

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Wednesday Wanderings and Wonderings.

In case we weren’t sure, we do live in the tropics and the jungle is never too far and never takes too long to take over.

This is part of the Clementi Forest and where the Malaysian railway run less than 10 years ago.

It is about 85 hectares in area and is the second largest patch of wildlife habitat, after Bukit Timah Nature Reserve.

When you walk/hike there you really don’t think you are in Singapore anymore and surrounded by high rise.

Singapore and Kuala Lumpur were once connected by a direct railway, which ran from Keppel Road near Downtown Singapore to the Kuala Lumpur Station. The railway was closed in 2011. While there once was a railway in Singapore, it was never Singapore’s railway. The land and tracks were owned by Malaysian Railways KTM, and Malaysia had partial sovereignty over this land (which was a sticking point for Singapore). After a land-swap deal the railway reserve has since returned as Singapore land.

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When the weather is really not playing nice after you woke up early and took the 45-minute MRT ride to Sentosa Island for your weekly outrigger canoe session.

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Monday Art by Murals Artist Yip Yew Chong.

Hari Raya Tea Party – 2020

“My flat overlooked the former Tanjong Pagar Railway Station, thus the Station and its railway tracks have a special place in my heart. The Station’s backyard was once a lively place that housed many families of the Railway Company’s staff. During Hari Raya Puasa, they would hold tea parties at the old Railway Club. This digital painting depicts one of those celebrations in 1070. People dressed in their best, chit-chatted and ate delicacies, while children played near the train turntable, which was used to turn train heads around manually. In 2011, the last train left the station and the backyard fell into disuse”.

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Back in March/April Yip Yew Chong had a few exhibitions across Singapore. The first one was at ArtPorters gallery with some of his mural inspired art and then 2 exhibitions back to back, one at the Substation, followed by one in the hotel Sofitel. Those pieces were slightly different than his murals but still very intrigued and detailed paintings. You could lose yourself in front of each of his canvas. I will post one each Monday (it will last until the end of the year!!! Yeah one less post to think about 😉 )

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Hope you had a great weekend.

Continuing my search of fancy coffee (here are #1 & #2).

This one was by pure coincidence. We stopped by The Refinery for lunch after my ICA appointment (immigration), when I asked for the menu for dessert & coffee I noticed that they had one called Coffee Baller and I remembered it was on my list of place to visit.

And that’s how you get another check on your endless ToDo/ToVisit list.

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Starting the 11km loop around MacRitchie reservoir 45 mn earlier than usual made such a difference on the atmosphere of the place. Amazing light ❤️

We were supposed to do a different hike with my group of hiker friends but since some of the restrictions have been lifted (gyms are opened again for example) some of the ladies bailed out. I just said in the chat that if anybody still wanted to go I was game since I had blocked out the time on my calendar. Ask and you shall receive ;-). Plus I always have great talk with Tori.

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Thankfully they gave me a new one after punching a hole in my face 😂

One more year on my LTVP

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The game we play.

Currently at odd between getting up early to enjoy the “cooler” temperature (and it’s “cooler” in its comparative form!) and going with my daily tasks at normal hours and playing hid and seek with the scorching sun 🤔

On the plus side you get to try out creative angle with the sun and the shadows for your pictures 😉

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When you are all so excited to be able to go to the restaurant even if it’s just 2-person seating allowed that you need to document it so that in years to come you’ll remember this moment 🙄😂

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See you on December 21st little Solarcan to find out the result of a 6-month long exposure with a pinhole camera tracking the sun from the Summer Solstice to the Winter Solstice.

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Monday Art by Murals Artist Yip Yew Chong.

Masjid Omar Kampong Melaka – 2020

In 1820, one year after Raffles’ landing, Arab merchant and philanthropist Syed Omar bin Ali Aljunied built the very first Mosque in Singapore – the Masjid Omar Kampong Melaka. The Mosque served the early Muslin settlers in a Kampong south of the Singapore River which Raffles designated for Muslims, including Raffles’ tutor, Munshi Abdullah, who once lived in the kampong. This digital oil painting is a re-imagination of the Mosque in 1920. It was specially painted for a book that commemorates the Mosque’s 200th anniversary

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Back in March/April Yip Yew Chong had a few exhibitions across Singapore. The first one was at ArtPorters gallery with some of his mural inspired art and then 2 exhibitions back to back, one at the Substation, followed by one in the hotel Sofitel. Those pieces were slightly different than his murals but still very intrigued and detailed paintings. You could lose yourself in front of each of his canvas. I will post one each Monday (it will last until the end of the year!!! Yeah one less post to think about 😉)

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