A Total TaiTai Tale

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

Month: April, 2022

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Sometimes if you look at things from a different angle you discover a whole new aspect.

What you see depends not only on what you look at but also on where you look from (James Deacon)

I can decide I was stuck here in Singapore

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I can decide I got an extra 2-year bonus to explore more.

Currently down to 50 days left of exploring.

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atotaltaitaitale:

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While I post every day here, my photos are not necessarily in synch with my life; it loosely follows but it’s not a day to day account of my life. I don’t go every Monday in search of a murals, I batch post for my Monday Murals post for example 😂

However I have another personal A-Photo-A-Day* challenge where the photo needs to be taken on that day (I’m not sure why I do this to myself 😉). Some days I’m busy and have many things going on that would deserve a photo but I need to choose only one. Other days, well let say, are more challenging and I need to put my creative hat on to come up to yet another way of “documenting” chores day 😂

This is one of those days!!!

* I’ve been doing it since 24th December 2014. I cannot link to any of the photo since there are not made to be public. I made some photo books and also a big poster on my birthday last year (that’s how this whole challenge started!)

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30-Apr-2022: D-50 before departure

The Glamorous Expat Life.

For some, just because we live abroad, “normal” life seems to not be part of our life anymore.

We don’t show the mundane, lonely, dull moments; you don’t share them either why should we? We tend to share what everyone wants to see. We’ve become your entertainment, your window onto a “better” life. You don’t get a better life, a more entertaining life by just moving. You are the defining element of your happiness. Happiness is a direction, not a place.

A few years ago a friend told me, after talking about places I might not want to move to “I’m not worried, you will always bloom where you are planted.” With friends like this. 🥰

I have also had someone telling me on a photo trip: I didn’t expect you to be like you are. I was surprised because we had never met. It turned out they had built an image of me thru the (very few) things I post on Instagram and “made up their mind” how I was like. The 1% I share doesn’t define the 99 other percent.

“Stop comparing your behind-the-scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel.”

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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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Singapore the place where street cleaners can leave their little cart overnight and they will find it at the same place in the same condition the next morning.

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atotaltaitaitale:

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Perseverance and a slight stubbornness on my part but I finally found the “stairs that lead to a big open hole with the tree peeking through it”.

I took a friend on a photo walk yesterday around Chinatown and a street lined up with shophouses that I really like and it gave me the creative push to go and look for it today. I kind of knew where it was but it wasn’t actually where I thought it was. Lots of sweating walking around… and maybe a few wrong turns!

In fact, I “needed” a photo of stairs to complete the trio for my Instagram feed (I posted a different one there by the way) so it was either today or I would have had to come up with another solution.

#CreativityIsStubborn

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29-Apr-2022: D-51 before departure

Knowledge might be power, but it’s much more powerful when it’s shared.

When I arrived in Singapore in 2016 I asked so many people where this place was. It wasn’t a popular “Instagramable spot” yet and I had only seen a handful of photos with no information beside Fort Canning, and Fort Canning park is big! Each time I asked I got vague answers. Then one day I found the post and each time someone asked me I shared with joy the exact spot, pinpointed on the map, gave them the path to take. “Helping others is the secret sauce to a happy life” – Todd Stocker

I left for our first expat posting (in Buenos Aires) before internet; no expat forums, no social media, no group chats. I didn’t even know Expat groups existed and you could socialize around a coffee or lunch, ask your million questions without being judged, get support when you were feeling down, and get a bunch of friends (sometimes for life if you were lucky) out of it. There were so much support among each others and it is still true in the majority of the cases today even with all the information at our fingertips it doesn’t replace human interaction and first hand knowledge.

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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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Let’s the IB diploma exams begin:

12 exams papers in 6 subjects.

10 exams days over a 3+ week period.

17h15 of written examinations to sum up the last 2 years of the International Baccalaureate (IB) courses but also the 15 years of his schooling in 4 amazing schools in 3 different countries.

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atotaltaitaitale:

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Today was a “Loud music and killer dance moves in my active wear” kinda day at home.

It’s not because I now skipped the Monday walks because of ceramics workshops that my active wear has to be neglected, they only see the light of day once a week… I’m not that cruel!

Also that’s how I deal with housecleaning. I need distraction and social media is not a viable solution. For some obscure reason 5 minutes turned into 5 hours in front of the phone/computer and when I hear the keys in the door my first thought is that the kids must have forgotten something and I’m always surprise when they tell me they went through a whole day at school 😉.

PS: I spared you with a picture of me and my dance move… because I’m in talks with #nike #adidas #reebok #puma #asics #underarmour #lululemon #IHopeIDidntForgetAnySportBrands for sponsors blog posts 😜😂

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28-Apr-2022: D-52 before departure

Still living in a time vacuum some days.

I function better when I have things planned during the day. It doesn’t need to be a packed day, one thing suffice to get me rolling, focused and on track otherwise my mind wanders in many different directions and never gets to a finishing line.

But a wandering mind is great for creativity. By letting your mind and attention wander, you can engage with ideas in a new way. I always say I get my best creative ideas in the shower. (So nothing to do with the robot vacuum in this photo but a safer photo nonetheless 😉)

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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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No more TraceTogether but we are still watching you.

With a land area of little over 700 square kilometres (270 square miles), Singapore has more than 90,000 police cameras already installed across the city. The city-state of about 5.7 million people, is one of the safest countries in the world, according to a 2019 Gallup poll.

With about 15 cameras per 1,000 Singaporeans, Singapore is on the 11th spot in the top 20 list of most-surveilled cities in the world. Almost all the first 10 spot are cities in China -except for london at #6 and Atlanta in #10, then Dubai #12, Chicago #13, Sydney #15, Baghdad #16, Dubai #17, Moscow#18 Berlin #19, New Delhi #20

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In case one forgets that Singapore is on a Straits, just go to a rooftop to see how many ships/cargo are waiting/cruising by our shores.

The Singapore Strait is a 105-kilometer long, 16-kilometer wide strait between the Strait of Malacca in the west and the Karimata Strait in the east. Singapore is on the north of the channel and the Riau Islands are on the south. The Indonesia-Singapore border lies along the length of the strait. (WIkipedia)

Acting as the link between the biggest consumer markets in Europe and the Americas and China, the world’s largest exporter, the strait is one of global trade’s most important stretches of water.

Nearly 100,000 ships pass through the 105km-long waterway each year, accounting for about one-quarter of the world’s traded goods.

“A vast amount of world trade is coming through there, all the oil from the Middle East, all the iron ore into China, coal from Indonesia to India, it’s an incredibly busy shipping channel. In terms of tonnage, [the] Singapore Strait is still the busiest in the world,”  (TODAYonline)

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27-Apr-2022: D-53 before departure

We often associate islands with long sandy beaches and vacation. But while Singapore is indeed an island, it very much has a city feel.

Sure we have some sandy beaches and even the “satellite” island Sentosa, “an island resort off Singapore’s southern coast” but it’s also ranked as the top maritime capital of the world so tankers/ships are very much part of the coastline.

Just like when I worked in the south of France in a resort town and people noticed that I wasn’t very tan (I tend to go from white to red and back to white!), I must say that living on an island for the past 6 years hasn’t improved my tan (I just have weird tan lines😂)

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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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It’s over.

It’s all gone.

It was so much part of our life that I didn’t even think of taking a picture of it.

When I arrived this morning, the small maze of barriers leading to the Check-in stations wasn’t there anymore.

As I was climbing the stairs after stepping out of the MRT car, I took my phone out of my bag and opened the TraceTogether app to scan the QR that would show my vaccination status and thus allowing me to enter. I was prepared like I have been for the past 2 years.

It’s an automatic gesture as soon as we approach any mall/store/restaurant/bar/cinema/etc we are prepared to show our little swimming otter. We actually keep our phone in our hands because it’s easier: checking in checking out, checking in, checking out, etc etc.

Today Tuesday 29th April I have a little tears for all the people who just lost their job making sure we were compliant with the measures, but frankly they haven’t cared much for the past couple of weeks if I must say!

But that’s not all… there is also: No more group size limit on social gathering and household visit. No more self distancing. No more vaccination differentiation (except for large event, F&B). No more capacity limit. And a lot more “No more”. The Coronavirus/Covid-19 saga in Singapore thru my eyes can be read here: https://www.tumblr.com/tagged/c%26jfiguringoutcoronavirus?sort=top

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atotaltaitaitale:

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Going to Chinese HotPot seems to be our family “last dinner before we leave Asia” tradition.

This will most likely be daughter last dinner in Singapore (I would never ever say 100% sure because that’s what we thought in December 😉).

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26-Apr-2022: D-54 before departure

With the departure approaching we are starting to have One-Last-Time to-do list, and food is an important part of that list, well especially in Asia, we didn’t have one for Aberdeen and stavanger 😉.

We still remember our list from our 2 Beijng departure, and we had agreed that the very last meal would be hot pot. This time we are toying with either doing Chicken rice for example at a hawker center because it’s quintessential Singapore or keeping with the hot pot tradition. 🤔

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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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