A Total TaiTai Tale

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

Month: August, 2021

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As usual the behind the scene of the Cardboard box wedding portrait.

I had seen a few of those cardboard box portrait of famous people floating around and I thought I would try to do one since it suited the narrative of our expat life.

It was not as straightforward as I thought. I had to tweak this original photo because there were too many details that would not transfer well on a small scale format, then on my first attempt I didn’t cut deep enough but I eventually managed to do one that worked.

Enjoy the Making Of video

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Monday Art by Murals Artist Yip Yew Chong.

Hungry Ghost Festival – 2019

“Sago Lane was well known as the "Street of the Dead”, for its funeral parlours, coffin makers, paper effigy maker and everything related to the dead. As I grew up and lived there til age 14 (1983), I wasn’t afraid of seeing corpses and rituals for the dead. One festival I especially enjoyed was the Hungry Ghost Festival. A month before, we would fold colourful papers into bundles of hell notes. On the fourteenth evening of the seventh lunar month, we would burn all the bundles on the street as offerings to the ghost. When many families did that at the same time, it was a sight to behold – the whole street would be filled with smoke, ashes, and an unworldly festive mood!.“

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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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We started dating and 2 months later we took our first road trip.

A few years later we got married and 2 weeks later we left on our first expat posting (Buenos Aires) for what should have been 2+ years.

Well it’s been over 20 years of cardboard boxes moving around the world so I thought it was appropriate to once again recycle this wedding photo* into cardboard box art.

🥰🥂🍾HAPPY 23rd ANNIVERSARY Babe 🍾🥂🥰

*I really need to scan more of our wedding pictures from our albums stored in France (yep we got married before digital photography… that4s how long we’ve been married 😂)

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Since I’m in my Documenting Singapore days on my posts lately, here’s another tidbit information.

Tuesday (August 24th … yep during Mrs VP visit and more importantly frankly the day I usually have my outrigger canoe session 😉), more rain pelted western Singapore in three hours than the country had previously recorded for the whole month of August.

National water agency PUB said the heaviest rainfall recorded in the morning was at the Bukit Panjang Road rainfall station, which saw 159.8mm of rainfall from 7.50am to 10.40am. […] This corresponds to 109 per cent of Singapore’s average monthly rainfall in August, and lies within the top 0.5 per cent of maximum daily rainfall records since 1981,” said PUB. […] As at noon on Tuesday, 239.8mm of rainfall was recorded in Mandai and 226.2mm in Bukit Panjang. They are the highest daily total rainfall for the month to date. The previous high in August was 181.8mm, which was recorded in Changi on Aug 22, 1983.

A series of pictures of hikers and cyclists trying to cross hike and bike path were all over the internet with water way over their waistline, but by the next day I was back on track with my hiking group and just had to manage a little bit of over flooded part on our path.

Also read that “Temperatures dipped, with the lowest temperature at 21.3 deg C” (even worse than the 22°C a couple years ago) 😱🥶😂

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Alamak Kamala was in town!

Alamak is Kamala spelt backwards

Alamak: Origin: Malay – An exclamation word to express shock or surprise. “Oh my god”

The US Vice President was on a 3-day visit in Singapore (august 22-24) and one Singaporean politician (& CEO of NTUC Fairprice), Seah Kian Peng, got in a little bit in hot water for writing a post (since deleted) on Facebook about the funny occurrence.

NB…. As you know by now I probably had nothing much to post today and thought I’ll document this, so in years to come when I “need” to remember when Mrs Harris came to Singapore I can search my blog and say: I was there 😂😂😂

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Mother and Son Evening Walk #9

This will conclude our Mother & Son Evening Summer Break walks. I’ve added “Summer Break” to Evening Walks as when I mentioned that we could continue, maybe not weekly but (bi?) monthly, he didn’t object. In my book when it’s not a firm no it’s a yes 😉.

So for his ultimate walk before the start of the school year (even though this is posted way after he went back to school), it was a little bit of nature as with started at Fort Canning (but missed the photo op since a wedding photography was in session) followed by urban walk finishing at Marina Bay by the Merlion and Marina Bay Sands hotel.

NB: my posts are rarely in sync with my real life… these walks are done and dusted weeks ago 😉

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Wednesday Wanderings And Wonderings.

Sometimes in a search of something, you find something else.

A small birdsinging corner while searching for a special HDB number.

Keep exploring new places.

Keep finding new things.

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Temperature check (top) at the entrance of any stores, restaurants, malls are a thing of the past. But safe entry log in (bottom) are still in place

Since April 20th of last year, those temperature check were a common sight at every business entrance. This came to an end last week (August 20). 16 months of 2 beeps each time we enter any places: Hand hold to the sensor for Temperature: Check ✅. Phone (or token) hold next to the other sensor for Safe Entry: Check ✅. We now have to get used to only 1 beep.

I read that there are around 15,000 workers that had been placed into public sector or government-funded short-term Covid-19 roles since the start of the pandemic (temperature check and Check-in verification). For now the workers are still checking our Check-in but where will those temperature check machine end up?

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Monday Art by Murals Artist Yip Yew Chong.

Mid-Autumn Night – 2017

“The fifteenth night of the eight lunar month was always the most enchanting night in Chinatown. Set in 1979, this painting expresses my memories of the charming scene. While my siblings, neighbours an I played with candle-lit lanterns on the streets and in back alleys, our mothers would be at the windows, praying to the moon. The men would gather at the five-foot way, enjoying moon-cakes, pomelos, yams and ta and bit-chatting through the night.”

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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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Here’s a picture of the fireworks from last night. Not the best but sometimes you have to compose with what you have been dealt with.

Most of the area around the esplanade was cordoned off to prevent people gathering but just a few hundred meters away we all gathered 🤷‍♀️

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