A Total TaiTai Tale

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



Monday Art by Murals Artist Yip Yew Chong.
Jalan Singapura 4 – A New Beginning – 2020

“A sense of anticipation and renewal fills in the air. The row of wooden houses fronting the road have already been replaces with taller concrete apartment. The families of the last two kampong houses are seen moving out. The former farm areas further in are now construction sites for HDB flats.
This was the Singapore in the 1970s and 1980s that went through rapid and drastic infrastructure changes. I am reminded of my family’s resettlement in 1983 from our dilapidated house in old Chinatown, to the HDB flat perched on the 25th floor. I was just 14 years old, but was already excited and anxious about our new beginning.”


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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Let’s talk about S… weat 😉

Up until recently I thought:
I can do this.
It’s not as hot as I thought.
Humidity doesn’t bother me that much.
I even contemplated the idea that I might in a near future, when I got even more use to it, wear light pants again.

Then a couple days ago when I dropped off the kids at the bus stop at 6:50am (yes you read that right before 7am!) it hit (heat?!) me, you know just like when you open your oven after your cake just finished cooking… the heat, the humidity, the stuffiness and I swore right there, right then that I would never wear pants (& oh my lovely trusted jeans) in Singapore.

Fast forward to today with a big storm with heavy rain during the night and my brain went back to “it must be cooler let’s take this opportunity to wear pants”. Dropping off the kids was ok, then I spent the morning in the fridge (aka the hotel room – more on the fridge vs oven on a later post) so I was ok. Then, then I wanted/needed a coffee and decided to go to Starbucks, a 5-minute walk across the street at the nearby mall. And that’s when I swore for the second time in two days that I would hide my pants at the top of the tall cupboard to not even be tempted to put them on ever again…. Or maybe in 10 years when I’ll get use to the heat.



6-Dec-2021: D-195 before departure 🇸🇬

5.5 years later update.

No, I didn’t get used to the humidity.

Yes, I still think it’s freaking hot.

No, I haven’t really worn pants since then.

Yes, I still have all my pants at the top of my cupboards to not be tempted.

The end.


~~~ 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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