A Total TaiTai Tale

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

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I did a thing… before leaving Singapore.

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And See Everything (with your own eyes)

Let’s the new adventure begin.

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19-June-2022: D-0 before departure

Because moving back to your own country after living abroad for so long (24+ years of expat life in my case) is also an adventure.

Bring it on Paris, I’m ready.

Well the summer house in the French Alps first, then a bit of Switzerland for daughter’s graduation, then a bit of traveling in Ireland to visit the American in-law spending the summer and then the Netherlands for son’s university settling in but for sure Paris right after summer!

On a side note… if you plan to visit us, rather do it sooner than later, we don’t tend to stay put very long, even more so in France 😉

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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. 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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I loved our former apartment and I thought I was going to miss it.

But this is the view from my bedroom… literally when I open my eyes this is the view I see (I never close my curtains -there is absolutely nobody who could see into my bedroom)… the sunrise is not always this vibrant but it very very rarely disappoints.

PS… We moved to a different apartment within the same condominium but different building. The North exposure of our balcony is the same (so I can still see Malaysia far far away, under some weather conditions) but now my East facing bedroom isn’t obstructed by a building.

I just found a couple pictures of the view from my former bed… as you can see there was a building -the one I live in now!- obstructing the best part of the sunrise!!

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17-Jun-2022: D-2 before departure

I’ve had great views over the years and in the different countries we got to call home but never did I get this kind of sunrise view straight from my bed. No getting up involved either.

When I say that I would always choose an apartment for its view over its size I don’t mean the million dollar view with the iconic skyline… I don’t need the MBS or Eiffel Tower or Empire State Building to quality as a great view in my book.

This apartment has been a great little cocoon for J & I during the pandemic. For a city as urban as Singapore it was great to see Parks, HDBs as well as millions dollars houses all from the 270° view of my balcony.

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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 official name is D’Leedon.

I call it Club Med…

Well, with 2 large swimming pools, 4 children and relaxation pools, 2 large jacuzzi, 2 clubhouses as well as indoor and outdoor fitness facilities. Then 4 tennis court, 1 basketball court, bbq pits and that’s not counting 2 screening rooms, 2 golf simulator rooms, 2 billard rooms, 2 game rooms, 2 karaoke rooms, 1 piano room. add that 2 party houses, 2 functions rooms and several BBQ pits. We even have a maze 😂

With 1715 units it’s one of the largest condominium in Singapore (only outshined at the end of 2019 by a development in Tampines which will have 2,203 apartments, when completed) however the 7 towers in D’Leedon occupy less than 30% of the site, with over 70% given to landscaping & facilities.

Finished in late 2014, the Seven skyscrapers with flower-shaped plans are dotted across this residential complex in Singapore, which was completed by Pritzker Architecture Prize recipient Dame Zaha Hadid*

I was walking home around sunset a couple days ago and I decided to go to the HDB nearby to grab some pictures from a high point of the place I have called home for 5+ years (longest I ever lived somewhere). Wasn’t disappointed with change of light and the outcome.

Sometimes the Wanderings and Wonderings are just under your nose.

* Zaha Hadid was a predominant architect in Beijing landscape and I photographed a few of her buildings

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16-Jun-2022: D-3 before departure

We said a final goodbye to our little “Club Med” yesterday after giving back the apartment keys and the access card.

Choosing a house that will become a home is not easy when you arrive in a new country and unfamiliar environment. Every family has different criteria.

I go with a feeling. I learned that a smaller place with an open view (& good neighborhood) always far outweighs a bigger place with a shitty view (& dead neighborhood).

Back in the day when we were choosing we thought If we could have Apartment A in Compound B with outdoor living C, the choice would be easy.

Not sure if you are familiar with the Fast – Good – Cheap pricing method but the idea is that the client can only choose 2 of those words. You can have it Good and Fast it won’t be Cheap. You can also have it Fast and Cheap but it won’t be Good and finally you can have it Good and Cheap but it won’t be Fast. With the apartment the 3 choices are: Size, Location, View. You can only pick 2 options!!.

We ended up choosing the perfect place for us.

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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.

This is Holland Village

There are no windmills (but quite a few cranes!)

It wasn’t named because of the country (well actually Holland is a geographical region of the country The Netherlands which has 12 regions in total with 2 “Hollands”; the North Holland & the South Holland —The things you learn just by reading this little blog 😂)

It was named after Hugh Holland who was an architect and amateur actor and was an early resident of the area.

We are 1 MRT stop away from HV or about 15 mn walk. “The neighborhood is a popular shopping and dining destination for younger Singaporeans and expatriates. […] NB Holland Road is known as Hue Hng in Hokkien which means “behind the flower garden” the flower garden being the Botanic Gardens”

I had an hour wait between appointments, I could have gone for a mani/pedi at the shopping center, instead I opted for HDB climb to see the area from above 😉

NB: Thinking of petitioning for my neighborhood being renamed “Suiter Hood”. Well if Holland could I don’t see with I couldn’t 🙄

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15-Jun-2022: D-4 before departure

It’s easy to say goodbye to people, we know how to do it. But how do you say goodbye to places?

One of the questions that come up often expat forum is where should I live? This is such a personal question. First of there is really no bad neighborhoods in Singapore. Where you want to live depends on schools and/or office locations or your life style such as closer to bars/restaurants, near nature or the beach. Everyone think they live in the best neighborhood and that’s certainly true because it fills their need. Plus one gets attached not only to the place but to the people in it.

Holland Village was great for us, at the center location for school and office, with easy access to park and just a few MRT/bus stops to anywhere on the island.

I will miss this little village in the center of the big 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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Thankfully they gave me a new one after punching a hole in my face 😂

One more year on my LTVP

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14-Jun-2022: D-5 before departure

I had mentioned in a previous post about the unseen part of expat life and moving abroad with starting new: language, school, friends, activities, bureaucracy, etc… There is also the part which affect in a vast majority the women, the Trailing Spouse 🙄, we become dependent on the main visa holder. Depending on country we can’t have a bank account, or even a phone under our own name, working is often almost impossible. There can be feelings of isolation, lack of purpose or loss of identity (so much of one’s identity is often attached to their job in society) but in truth, a trailing spouse is usually the opposite of that because they play the supporting role. Happy Wife, Happy Life… even more so in Expat Life.

I will re share a post from a few years ago:

One of my friends who recently relocated to Cairo (but really it could be any location) posted on her Facebook that they attended a party and one of the guest told her that in another life he would like to be reincarnated as an Expat Wife. I think the guy is still alive 😉 I just let you imagine all of her friends’ (mostly expat wives!) replies to her post!!!

I had the comment a few times in our 16 years of this expat life. It used to exasperate me, I would try to justify all with do, what we sacrificed. Now, I just nod, smile and pity their wife who have to live with them. Don’t judge me until you walk a mile in my shoes. As a side note & gentle warning: HR department of any company should write in Bold & Capital letters in the handbook they hand out to their expat employees to never ever pronounce these words in front of any Expat Wives (or are we called Trailing Spouse now?); lives (& marriages) could be saved.

And now let me go back to sipping my champagne because if you believe the stereotype that’s what we do all day. (FYI it’s a joke I don’t drink alcohol 😉)

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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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And that’s 4 weeks in a row of Mother-Son weekly evening walk.

It’s actually our 4th walk together. After the Botanical Gardens (twice really), the Railway Corridor, the Southern Ridges, we have now ventured out even more to the west to Jurong Lake Gardens.

No beautiful sunset this week but what started as and was supposed to be a “Let’s walk next to each other and listen to our respective music/podcast while I show you around Singapore” has morphed into long conversations…. I, however, do not get to pick the subject of said conversations and I also do not dare to object. I merely listen. This week we (and by “we” I mean mainly “he”) talked about Qualia*

* I’m just going to put the definition here so you don’t have to google it 😉. “In philosophy and certain models of psychology, qualia (/ˈkwɑːliə/ or /ˈkweɪliə/; singular form: quale) are defined as individual instances of subjective, conscious experience. Examples of qualia include the perceived sensation of pain of a headache, the taste of wine, as well as the redness of an evening sky.” Yep!

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13-Jun-2022: D-6 before departure

The reason behind the extra 2 years in Singapore.

The blessing in disguise.

Because when he suggested that maybe he could stay in Singapore since the international school options in Paris weren’t a good match, it turned out that life in Singapore would also be a lot better during a great part of the pandemic. Yes there were restrictions but no lockdown and school was always in person which is important in High School.

On my part I got to keep doing my activities even of it was with 1, 4 or 7 friends depending on the level of restrictions. But among all the things I will cherish of my time in Singapore, I will especially remember our little evening walks*

*We did a weekly walk during our 9-week summer break then again a daily walk during the first 9 days of the year before school started. We clocked 60 kms each time and I got to show him “my” Singapore.

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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 called outrigger canoe… and to my own surprise I’m enjoying it a lot. The being in synch with all your teammates while paddling is great to my wandering mind… one split second of not concentrating and I’m off or not doing my strokes correctly.

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12-Jun-2022: D-7 before departure

When I started outrigger canoe sessions I did it because a friend invited me to try it. My husband was a bit surprised because my love for the beach, the sun and exercice are no secret, but somehow I persevered and I quite enjoyed it.

One of the benefit of weekly outrigger canoe session is that I made it to the beach and Sentosa island a lot more than I would have without it (probably almost never 😂).

We usually are on oc6 canoe (6 seaters) but during restrictions, we switched to oc2 so we could keep on training. Give us lemons and we make lemonade. Coach Denes has now found another way of keeping us interested by tying 2 oc6 together.

What was supposed to be just a tryout turned out to be a great activity, out of my comfort zone with an amazing group of ladies.

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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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I usually multiply myself but couldn’t resist doing it again with Henriette in front of the Bayfront Pavillion in Gardens by the Bay with the iconic Marina Bay Sands in the background.

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11-Jun-2022: D-8 before departure

I’ve posted a lot about landmarks, buildings and activities around Singapore. This post is about friendship.

The friends you found through your kids’ school, the club/organization you’ve joined, the workshops you decide to take or just the ones you finally got the courage to make the first move and step out of your comfort zone.

This is for the friends I met when I arrived, the ones I, unfortunately, met as I was leaving and all the ones in between. To all the people I met along the way being for 1 hour, 1 day, 1 month or 1 year you will always be part of me and I’ve cherished those moments spent together. I have been greatly enriched by our friendships.

I would be the first one to tell you that when you start to move around like we do (Expat’) you need to connect to people as fast as you can because you won’t survive without them. They are not your family but they almost become. Friendship abroad develops way faster than anywhere else because you share so much with each other, not only time but the ups and downs of your new life abroad. You might think that you have all you need back home but it’s not the same. It’s not the same talking on the phone and sharing your joy and sorrow around a cup of coffee in your new surroundings. Your friends back home will be there but they cannot understand what you are going through, how could they (unless they lived where you are living right now). Expat are a breed apart. Unless you’ve done it yourself you’ll never know what it feels like. You might read about the cultural shock, but unless you experienced it yourself you’ll never fully understand.

Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.” ~Anais Nin (1903-1977)

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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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Somehow I keep going on walks these days. I need to step away from Facebook so I’m not tempted to sign up.

This Group’s called the Wednesday Wanderers (most ladies are the same than our Around the Island Challenge group) and do shorter walks around Singapore scenic places. I wanted to do this one because I wanted to see the Marina Bay from the other angle (as opposed to the more frequent angle – and the one I photographed a couple night ago). It was still 5 kms and a little over an hour.

Somehow Singapore hot and humid weather makes everyone want to walk…. go figure 😉

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10-Jun-2022: D-9 before departure

Couldn’t not post a picture of the Singapore skyline in my top 10.

When you google Singapore Skyline, you usually get a variation of this photo or slightly cropped to the left with Gardens by the Bay’s domes, with the Singapore Flyer and the iconic Marina Bay Sands hotel.

Singapore’s skyline is a product of its rapid modernisation – an ever-changing cityscape that moves and shifts as the country carves out its future.

A city’s skyline is its public face but it only reflects a small part of a city and it’s only a reflection of a point in time because most will change over the years.

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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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