A Total TaiTai Tale

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

Month: March, 2022

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Well it wouldn’t be me if I didn’t commemorate the (almost) 2 years of mandatory mask wearing with a little photo project 😉

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atotaltaitaitale:

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Well Good morning Langkawi.

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31-Mar-2022: D-80 before departure

December 2017. Langkawi, Malaysia.

This was the second part of our mini vacation in Malaysia. After a few days of cultural exploration in Penang for the kiddos and I while J was working in Kuala Lumpur, we regrouped around the pool at a resort on Langkawi island… with some side exploration, because well we are who we are and cannot help it 😉

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~~~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. PS: you will then get 2 posts a day!!~~~

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Wednesday Wanderings and Wonderings

I’m going to repeat it again for the people in the back: Take the wrong turn, venture out of your usual path.

I was on my way to another discovery when I stumbled upon another discovery I had wanted to come for a long time.

One of the early playgrounds designed by the Housing & Development Board, Toa Payoh’s Dragon Playground is one of two remaining playgrounds with this dragon design in Singapore.

In the 1970s, the Housing & Development Board (HDB) designed a range of playground designs for its public housing estates. The first series was animal themed while the second wave of playgrounds featured objects and concepts easily identifiable with the local culture. The dragon design featured a larger head tiled with terrazzo and tiles as well as a body of colourfully-painted steel rings which children could either slide or climb through. The use of terrazzo tiles produced a mosaic aesthetic that remains beloved decades after the dragon playground’s construction.

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atotaltaitaitale:

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I have traveled alone,
I have traveled with my husband,
I have traveled with my husband & daughter,
I have traveled with my husband, daughter & son,
I have traveled with my daughter,
I have traveled with my daughter & son,
But I have never traveled with just my son.

I came to this conclusion because I was thinking it’s actually the first time I’m traveling just with the kids to a destination that is not our home country (France or USA) or country of residence (whatever the country it is at the time of the travel).

Holidaying by ourselves (only ½ of the vacation!)

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30-Mar-2022: D-81 before departure

December 2017. Penang, Malaysia.

The beauty of living abroad but especially moving around the world is that this amazing world is literally at your doorstep.

We like to collect moments/experiences more than things. Since they were little we always took the kids everywhere we went, even when we were told they wouldn’t remember and the little cheap souvenirs would have done just as well, but we remember moments and we discard things plus the experience they got was the souvenir.

Penang is a street food paradise and street arts heaven, two things I love so I was both in paradise and heaven. Stirring the ship to get the 2 teenagers moving in the morning was not for the fainted heart but make it fun (like a treasure hunt for street art) and they will follow you anywhere.

We also stayed at Cheong Fatt Tze – The Blue Mansion is not only described as “One of the 10 Greateat Mansions in the World” by Lonely Planet but is also a UNESCO World Heritage site which was a treat in itself.

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~~~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. PS: you will then get 2 posts a day!!~~~

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A milestone was crossed today.

Mask wearing outdoor is no longer mandatory after almost 2 years.

As I walked to the MRT, I first thought I had the date wrong because almost everyone was still wearing it. After a slight nod to a non mask person (foreigner might I add) I realized I was in the clear but still felt naked and naughty… until I reached the MRT and I had to pull my mask back on my nose.

Now I need to work on my bitch resting face because I might scare people. We don’t smile to strangers here so that part is taken care of 😂

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atotaltaitaitale:

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Good morning Luang Prabang.
What’s on the agenda.

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29-Mar-2022: D-82 before departure

October 2017. Luang Prabang, Laos.

Luang Prabang trip is one of my favorite memory for various reason. First we receive a typhon forecast from our travel agent, then the night before we were to visit the famous turquoise color (& highlight to any visit to LP) Kuang/Kouang Si waterfall the sky opened and pour all the water it could, turning the calm waterfall cascading into turquoise-color pool into mud color overflowing pools.

However because we had decided to stay slightly longer than the typical visit we got to enjoy Tak bat, the morning ritual where the Buddhist Lao monks collect food (starting at 5:30am) on multiple occasions, visit markets (my little sweet spot), other less visited waterfall and just appreciating the daily life of the city.

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~~~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. PS: you will then get 2 posts a day!!~~~

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Monday Murals – Chinatown Wet Market by Yip Yew Chong (December 2021)

Part 1 – The left side of the murals. Yip Yew Chong’s murals are getting bigger and bigger and with so much details that they are hard to photograph in one frame (plus they are often in arrow side alley)

The wet market scene is the 5th of 6 scenes I conceptualized back in 2016 to paint murals in Chinatown. I self-initiated the project following the warm public reception to the murals at Everton Road and Tiong Bahru. I called it “Dreams of Chinatown “ to pay tribute to the old Chinatown I grew up in with fond memories in the 1970s/80s. I managed to pull 4 scenes up in 2018, 2019. I hope the 6th scene (clog maker) can be materialized i. 2022. After this dream is full files, I’ll close shop in Chinatown. (From YYC Instagram)

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atotaltaitaitale:

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It’s not always easy but when your husband has a team building on a tropical island and he tells you you should join him for the weekend after said team building… you oblige 😉

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28-Mar-2022: D-83 before departure

October 2017. Bintan Island, Indonesia.

Not every get away have to be far away… but it does help when you have thousands (literally) exotic islands at your doorsteps.

While Singapore is a beautiful island and have decent beaches, the hundreds of tankers and ship containers awaiting on its shore does not make it idyllic.

Bintan island is a mere 80 Kms away from Singapore but it’s in Indonesia so one needs to take a 60 minutes high-speed catamaran ferry ride and go through immigration and customs which makes it international travel 😉

While I remember taking boats to go Islands hopping when we lived in Norway, we never ended up in a tropical paradise though, and didn’t need our passport either 😉

Team building for the win.

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~~~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. PS: you will then get 2 posts a day!!~~~

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Sunday Sound of Singapore – Public Warning System Test

Sound on 🔈

The Public Warning System (PWS) is a network of civil defense sirens installed by the Singapore Civil Defence Force on over 2,000 strategic points in Singapore to warn Singaporeans of impending dangers, air raids and atomic bomb blasts. Thus far, the siren network has only been used for occasional public awareness drills, monthly test chimes on the 1st of every month at 12:00PM (GMT+8:00 SGT) and for commemorating the island’s Total Defence (February 15) and Civil Defence Days (September 15) at 6:20pm [This is the sound in this video]

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~~Every city has its own color, smell, sound, and vibe. While I can share the colors through photography and sometime the vibe too, I thought I would try to share with you the sounds that are so specific to Singapore. ~~

#celineSoundOfSingapore

#sound of singapore

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atotaltaitaitale:

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Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque is one of the most beautiful mosques in Bandar Seri Begawan. Famed for its rich modern Islamic architectural style that is a fusion of both Mughal and Malay architecture, the mosque is a prominent historical site.

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27-Mar-2022: D-84 before departure

September 2017. Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei.

A little 2-day get away trip with hubby (the only one we ever left the kids both at the same time by the way). Since he used to come regularly for work, I decided to tag along on one of his last trip and “discover” Bandar Seri Begawan in Brunei for myself, plus checking off one more country in South East Asia.

The Island of Borneo is the only island shared by 3 Nations, Indonesia (¾ in the south of the island), Malaysia (¼ to the north) and the tiny country of Brunei Darussalam. However there are a few islands in the world which are shared by 2 nations; for example Saint Martin (Fr) & Sint Marteen (NL), Dominican Republic & Haiti, Papa New Guinea & Indonesia, East Timor & Indonesia, even Ireland & the UK come to mind.

We were there the week before the country getting ready to celebrate the golden jubilee (50 years) of the Sultan accession to the throne. We went to Kampong Ayer (Water village) which is called the Venice of the east (with a ton of other cities in Asia 😉) stretches about 8 km (5.0 mi) along the Brunei river and was founded 1,000 years ago. The village is considered the largest stilt settlement in the world with approximately 30,000 residents and 2,000 houses (roughly ten percent of the nation’s total population). We also took water taxi to mangrove trees trying to spot the proboscis monkey, where the male have a large bright orange colored pendulous nose and can only be found on the island of Borneo and Sumatera of Indonesia. We also visited a few beautiful mosques, Oh and hubby went to the office too.

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~~~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. PS: you will then get 2 posts a day!!~~~

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