A Total TaiTai Tale

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

Month: May, 2022

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Am I buying or am I selling? 😂

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This photo had absolutely nothing to do with the Light To Night Festival, except for the fact it’s light and it’s night!

The Capitol Theatre was just around the corner and I’ve been wanting to take a picture of the Art Deco facade for a while but I seem to always be in the neighborhood during the day and it’s not quite the same.

So voila…. another tick on my Ta-Da list

NB: a Ta-Da list is a list you make after you have completed something vs the To-Do list where you write things you need to complete in the future…. the Ta-Da list is way more satisfying 😂

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31-May-2022: D-19 before departure

I was lucky to be invited to an event at the Capitol Theater soon after I arrived in Singapore. The inside building is gorgeous.

Capitol Theatre boasts a neoclassical architecture designed by British architects Keys and Dowdeswell and built by Messrs Brossard and Mopin, starting with the construction of its foundation in mid 1929. Conceived as a theatre and cinema, the building’s general plan, seating arrangements and even lighting was inspired by New York’s famed Roxy Theatre. The architecture was remarkable for its time with the theatre’s roof able to slide open to create more ventilation.

Architecture in Singapore is a treat for the eyes, where Peranakan shophouses are next to futuristic buildings. Every street corners can hide a little gems.

Pocket of Art Deco buildings from the 1920s & 1930s (Tiong Bahru is a prime example of streamlined modern, a late development of the Art Deco movement), International Style from the 1950s to 1970s (usually seen in public housing), Brutalist Style from the 1970s (like Pearl Bank Apartments, People’s Park Complex or Golden Miles). From the 1980s a proliferation of what might be called ‘modern tropical’ architecture, or neo-tropical architecture. Like many other global cities, the Singapore government consciously launched in the late 1990s, a drive to develop ‘iconic’ landmarks in the city to strengthen the Singapore brand identity.

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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 – “Community” by Sam Lo (Skl0)

Painted in January 2020 on the side of Shake Shack building on Neil road.

This piece was specially commissioned by Shake Shack as a live letter to the neighborhood. From the green blocks, the roof eaves, floor tiles to the (mythical) animals like the Qilin, every element is inspired by the beautiful architecture that surrounds it, with a modern take. (Instagram)

Done in January 2020

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While this ad was actually made for/against Brexit (tag line reads “we are not an island, we’re home to so much more”) it spoke a lot to the Expat Community (and the debate about whether HSBC was actually a good or bad bank for expat!).

The dreaded “Where Are You From” question for all the TCK (Third Culture Kids). I actually like the question “Where do you feel at home?” Well that’s the beauty of having moved around the globe so much… they feels at home everywhere because they can relate to a lot of the situations they encounter.

#TheBestGiftIHaveGivenMyKids

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30-May-2022: D-20 before departure

A widely-accepted definition of a TCK is: “An individual who, having spent a significant part of the developmental years in a culture other than the parents’ culture, develops a sense of relationship to all of the cultures while not having full ownership in any”

So it gets even more complicated when the parents are from different culture and they all live not only in a third culture but fourth or fifth or sixth culture because they move so often. Every culture gets a small imprint onto them.

Traveling is about enriching your own life. It’s about making memories, creating life-long friendships, and so much more. Taking the jump, going out of your comfort zone and moving abroad makes your resilient, resourceful. You adapt to new situations, differences. It heightens your awareness of the many fascinating cultures around you.

You also learn that “Just because it’s common (where you come from), doesn’t mean it’s normal (in other part of the world)”

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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 – my Tuesday Outrigger Canoe session

Sound on 🔈

It might not be a typical “Sound of Singapore” for everyone but it was definitely one of mine for almost 3 years.

My first recording was just about the sound of our paddles hitting the water but then I realized I needed to include our dear coach Denes for the full experience.

Missing from the recording are his interpretation of minutes. We call it Hungarian minutes because it goes: 3 minutes left…5 minutes left… 30 seconds left then about 2 minutes after his last 30-sec countdown he calls… and easy!).

When I went to my try-out session with my friend Sophie, I remember telling her wow he doesn’t talk much. Her reply… oh no he was very chatty today 😂. Nevertheless for somebody who doesn’t like the beach, the sand, the sun and the water I somehow kept on going every Tuesday and may I say enjoyed it (to the disbelief of most of my friends!!)

Mahalo Denes.

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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. ~~

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We went back to Chinatown, first because we wanted to go back to a little restaurant we went to when we arrived 6 months ago and second because we forgot to look for the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple last weekend.
Turned out it was literally just around the corner of where we were for Chinese New Year.

It’s a gorgeous Buddhist temple… inside and outside. Now I want to go back with my big camera (not just my iPhone) and take a picture at dusk.

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29-May-2022: D-21 before departure

The excitement of when you first arrive somewhere and discover the places.

When you are a tourist to tend to plan your outing because you don’t want to miss anything while you are visiting but when you live in a place, you discover it at a slower place, you take your time and wonder around. You might miss something but you can always go back and back again, at a different time, during different occasion and see it on different light and mood.

After 24 years of visiting Paris as a “tourist” (we only stay a couple days each year for some meetings/business we have to take care of) it will be nice to take my time to wonder around and (re) discover it at a slower pace.

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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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We have 2 large pools, 2 small pools, 2 jacuzzi pools in our condo and yet I need to go to a hotel to get myself in the pool.

It’s the Elsewhere Is Always Better syndrome.

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There is no better motivation than urgency.

For one of us, it was time related and for the other one it was convenience.

With J leaving Singapore next week and me lacking a car soon after it gave us the motivation to make a quick detour in the west part of Singapore and the university to finally see in person The Hive.

The Hive, also known as the Learning Hub, is a building located in Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. The S$45 million building was designed by Thomas Heatherwick and completed in 2015. Colloquially, the building is known as the “dim sum basket building” due to its likeness to the steamer baskets used to serve dim sum. [wikipedia]

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28-May-2022: D-22 before departure

Almost 2 years later we are back to square one with “Too many places to see (one last time) and too little time”.

Because it’s a little bit out of the way and also a university building, it’s not a crowd favorite to visit but it’s a gorgeous building inside and out plus there’s a few other places around it “Instagramable” 😉

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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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We went on a road trip.

A whole 8.5kms from our own apartment.

We finally followed the masses and had our own staycation at Raffles Hotel, while the boy is celebrating IB & graduation in Koh Samui, Thailand with his friends.

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Catching up on the news, chatting with your friends by the sound of your signing bird. That’s not a bad morning if you ask me 😉

I have had asked around about bird signing because I had seen the hook in Tiong Bahru but I was told that it wasn’t really popular anymore.

Well perseverance is the key!!

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27-May-2022: D-23 before departure

A few months after arriving in Singapore I went to the Kebun Bahru Birdsinging club (mentioned here several times) and I mentioned it to a friend who had lived in Beijing (old people walking around and gathering in park with their birds is a thing we both enjoyed in Beijing). While on a walk a few weeks later she stumbled upon a group of people with the birds gathered in a HBD so she asked me if I wanted to go back….but of course!!!

We observed, we talked to them and then they were ok with us taking pictures. Plus we got the other good spots of bird signing gathering from them.

Walk away from the common path, you’ll discover treasures

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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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