A Total TaiTai Tale

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



The Art of Making Memories

The Proust phenomenon or Madeleine Moment. A Madeleine Moment is a spontaneous and vivid memory that is easily retrieved and trigged by a taste. (From “In Search of the Lost Time” by Marcel Proust)

You would think that macarons from Laduree would trigger memories from my childhood or at least from my home country France but it actually doesn’t. It reminds me of China (& also Norway). Wait, what??!

J. would bring me back a box of Macarons from Laduree each time he would flight to Paris on a business trip. (there is a Laduree shop conveniently located next to the international departure gate at Charles de Gaulle’s Airport so it’s not like he had to cross Paris from east to west to get them 😉.

This was my little treat to make me feel better he got to go to Paris and I didn’t. It was especially appreciated on our first posting in Beijing when western food wasn’t yet easily available. I would cherish my box of 2 dozen macarons and reluctantly shared a few with the kiddos. Traditions continued when we were in Norway but because he traveled to Paris a lot more it became almost too common (so I would share my little macarons a lot more !!). We were back with the more occasional business trip to Paris on our second posting to Beijing but by then western cafe were everywhere.

When he arrived in Singapore last week I got my box of macaron ls from Laduree (I didn’t even ask for them) and all the memories came flooding back.

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Monday Murals at Haji Lane

This is one of my favorite mural in Singapore. It brings a smile to my face each time I see it.
Unfortunately, to be able to photograph it you need to go in the early morning because the rest of the time there are table and chairs in front of it from the Singapura Club café/bar where the mural is located and it’s easy to miss it.


3-Dec-2021: D-198 before departure 🇸🇬

It seems like we have been standing still in the past 2 years and nothing much as changed but I keep going to places wanting to capture it one more time and they have either disappeared or changed. One example is this mural in Haji Lane. It was on the side wall of a restaurant in a popular street in Singapore full of Murals. It was huge and you needed to go early in the morning to take your picture or high tables and chairs would be along the wall. Now on its place there’s a blank wall.

While it doesn’t seem like we are moving forward, time still does.


~~~ Just a little FYI So for my last 200 days in Singapore I have decided to reblog, in no special order, a post from the 6 years I will have spent on the Little Red Dot. I have excluded pictures of our trips because I have already reposted them while we were stuck on our Little island during the past 2 years (& you can find them here!). PS: you will then get 2 posts a day!! ~~~

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