A Total TaiTai Tale

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

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At 100m above ground CapitaSpring building also has the Green Oasis, a mid-air botanical promenade which spirals from Levels 17 to 20, with a total height of 35m.

Over 38,000 plants from 70 species have been planted at the promenade. The walk through the promenade is a great to enjoy the view and greenery, and take in some fresh air (a lot cooler than the 51st floor)

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Thankfully I have friends who still call me when they go out shooting at night to join them.
Next challenge accepting their invitation for sunrise shoots.
Baby steps 😉

Garden by the Bay all light up for the mid autumn festival.

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11-May-2022: D-39 before departure

Find your people as soon as you arrive somewhere. Don’t wait. Jump right in. You have a limited time frame. Take the risks. Don’t waste time. Don’t be afraid of making mistakes. Try new things. Change courses.

And yet you’ll meet amazing people right as you are about to leave. That’s life.

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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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The new roof top in town

Situated on the 51st floor of the new CapitaSpring building, the Sky garden offer a 360° view over the city, 280m above ground.

It’s Singapore tallest publicly accessible observatory deck and tallest urban farm, spanning 5,000 sq ft.

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June… the Cry Me A River month in the expat world.

A year ago we were starting a month of good bye parties to friends in Beijing.
Today I opened a random book and found this “GoodBye” photo from one of the last party.

As this is our first year in Singapore the good bye parties are not much in our agenda but 2 friends are leaving (my walking around the Island buddy and a mom from school who was great at welcoming me and including me in her outings even though she’s been here 6 years and have a steady group of friends).

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10-May-2022: D-40 before departure

The hardest part is not to leave a country, because you can always come back to it. No, the hardest part is to leave the people because you’ll never be able to recreate this moment in time and place. You can meet again but it’ll be different; not better, not worse, different.

Kirsty Rice from “4 kids 20 suitcases and a beagle” blog says it best.

Moving from country to country is the easy bit.

Anyone can pack up a kitchen or a closet, but it takes guts and courage to walk away from one life, to say goodbye to everything you know.

To leave the comfort of the familiar and loved, to begin a new life from scratch – that’s when the fearless, the brave stand up”

And we do it over and over again, each time saying goodbye to the people we got to know and love. The people who became family because they were there at key moments of your life.

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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 – “Drawn of a New Age” by Sam Lo aka Skl0

Painted in March 2021 on the side of another Coliwoo co-living building at 1557 Keppel Road

This piece celebrates the vibrant energy that powered this change and the confidence and optimism that comes from a strong community.”

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Ladies’ Night Out

The shock of horror when I said I wasn’t particularly drinking when invited to a Ladies Night Out and being described the whole drink menu.

I could see them thinking; “I’m not sure she’s actually French” quickly followed by “I wondered how she survived 18 years of expat life without hitting the Gin & Tonic”!! Because you know as the stereotype goes we, all expat wives, start drinking cocktail at 5pm -or apparently when it’s 5pm at any place we had been stationed!

I think some things must stay unsaid until one knows me better. Yes I go out and have a good time without (much) drinking… Thank you very much! I can provide letter of recommendation even 😉

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09-May-2022: D-41 before departure

The funny part about being yourself is that it attracts the right kind of person, the ones like you, the ones who don’t judge you, the ones who value you.

True with booze, values, interests, etc. You don’t need carbon copy of yourself, just understanding. Quality over Quantity always.

Friendship in the expat world is interesting. First you often have a limited set of time together… yes it can go beyond but it will never be the same combination of time-place-people. Second you get access to other worlds that you didn’t have before. We are all in the same situation, so we understand each other. The friendships that you create abroad are really strong because you really need each other.

Sometimes the best friendships are ones that are unexpected. You may leave behind friendships along the way, but you’ll always keep the memories.

There is the saying that “People come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime” that is often seen as a negative. I don’t feel like this, just because you outgrow a friendship doesn’t mean you don’t value the time you spent together. Some people come into your life “for an important phase, but not forever.”  Cherish the people and cherish the time. They might have come for a reason or a season but they might end up for a lifetime… or not

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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 – Hawkers Center

Sound on 🔈

The hawker centers are truly a melting pot of people where every social economic categories mix and eat next to each other. They serve as community dining spaces for all. There are more than 100 hawker centres and some 6,000 hawkers who serve about 150 to 200 affordable meals daily. More than 80 percent of the population visit hawker centres at least once a week.

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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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A couple weeks of Going-Away parties, Birthday parties, End-of-the-School-Year parties and frankly Any-Excuses parties are coming to an end.
We will trade rooftop bars in Singapore (with usually the Marina Bay Sand Hotel for background!) for backyard BBQs in France with Childhood friends and Scattered-Around-The-Globe-Friends Reunion parties for the next 7 weeks.
See you back in Mid August Singapore.

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08-May-2022: D-42 before departure

You can feel it in the air.

The rumors have started.

Subtle hints thru the selling of belongings or not signing up for later events.

Will they, won’t they?

It had been others for so many years, now it’s their turn.

Let the parties begin… and Singapore is finally ready to party.

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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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Today I broke a thing so I could fix the thing.

Kintsugi workshop with my friend Jenny.

Kintsugi (金継ぎ, “golden joinery”), also known as kintsukuroi (金繕い, “golden repair”), is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery by mending the areas of breakage with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum; the method is similar to the maki-e technique. As a philosophy, it treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise.

It was her birthday present from her husband and she asked me to join her since it was a +1 present (sweet sweet husband of her).

Lately kintsugi emerged as a source of comfort. It has been used as a metaphor for rebuilding after tragic events such as dealing with loss, sickness, trauma, and the disruption of daily life.

Maybe that’s what we both needed since we will both move back to our home country in just a few months, rebuilding a new life.

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Oh Paris we never have enough time.
I so want to wander aimlessly in your streets, stop at your cafés and do some more people watching.
I might have to come back.

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07-May-2022: D-43 before departure

Summer 2014-2019: our annual side trip to Paris

Be careful what you wish for 😉

In the past few months, I have been told I need to say that I’m moving to Paris with a happy tone, apparently I’m saying it in a somehow sad (resigned maybe?) tone and it upsets people 😂

I do know that Paris is a dream destination for a lot of people and I’m looking forward to rediscovering the city with an open heart after being away for more than 2 decades. Plus it’s not just the city/country it’s about the people and I’m really looking forward to reconnecting with people in Paris, France and Europe.

Let’s the travel begin.

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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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