A Total TaiTai Tale

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

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Monday Murals at Haji Lane

This is one of my favorite mural in Singapore. It brings a smile to my face each time I see it.
Unfortunately, to be able to photograph it you need to go in the early morning because the rest of the time there are table and chairs in front of it from the Singapura Club cafΓ©/bar where the mural is located and it’s easy to miss it.

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3-Dec-2021: D-198 before departure πŸ‡ΈπŸ‡¬

It seems like we have been standing still in the past 2 years and nothing much as changed but I keep going to places wanting to capture it one more time and they have either disappeared or changed. One example is this mural in Haji Lane. It was on the side wall of a restaurant in a popular street in Singapore full of Murals. It was huge and you needed to go early in the morning to take your picture or high tables and chairs would be along the wall. Now on its place there’s a blank wall.

While it doesn’t seem like we are moving forward, time still does.

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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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Monday Art by Murals Artist Yip Yew Chong.

Peranakan Wedding – 2020

“When I thought of painting a scene that is symbolic to the Peranakan community, I thought that an olden day wedding scene would be apt, because it would be colourful and intricate, qualities which Peranakan culture is known for. More so, it would be meaningful because that was how Peranakans came about –through intermarraige of the Chinese traders with local women in Singapore’s early days. Thus, we see an interesting blend of Chinese and Nusantara culture in their dressing, food, language, customs and architecture. As for the house, I chose the present-day ‘NUS Baba House’ at Neil Road, an iconic Peranakan museum painted in striking blue, because I pass by the museum almost everyday as a resident of the area. Just five doors away is the house that our first Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew lived in as a child. He is probably the most famous Peranakan in Singapore!’”

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Back in March/April Yip Yew Chong had a few exhibitions across Singapore. The first one was at ArtPorters gallery with some of his mural inspired art and then 2 exhibitions back to back, one at the Substation, followed by one in the hotel Sofitel. Those pieces were slightly different than his murals but still very intrigued and detailed paintings. You could lose yourself in front of each of his canvas. I will post one each Monday (it will last until the end of the year!!! Yeah one less post to think about πŸ˜‰)

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Monday Art by Murals Artist Yip Yew Chong.

Deepavali Eve at Serangoon Road – 2020

“In Covid-striken 2020, I ccreated this painting two weeks before Deepavali with hopes of stirring up some festivity for our HIndu friends. It depicts the hustle and bustle at Serangoon Road on the eve of Deepavali in 1984. To make the scene more realistic and relatable, I included familiar shop names like Jothi Flowers, Haniffa Textiles, Komalas and Govindasamy Pillai store – all written in Tamil too. A speech therapist wrote to me sharing her story of how she used the painting to successfully spark positive response from an Indian patient who had been very withdrawn. The patient was initially apprehensive, but she looked at the familiar scenes, she ran her finger on the mobile screen and started to describe what she spotted. The painting had made her cry, and the story made me cray too!”

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Back in March/April Yip Yew Chong had a few exhibitions across Singapore. The first one was at ArtPorters gallery with some of his mural inspired art and then 2 exhibitions back to back, one at the Substation, followed by one in the hotel Sofitel. Those pieces were slightly different than his murals but still very intrigued and detailed paintings. You could lose yourself in front of each of his canvas. I will post one each Monday (it will last until the end of the year!!! Yeah one less post to think about πŸ˜‰)

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Monday Art by Murals Artist Yip Yew Chong .

Timithi – 2020

“When my family was resettled into a HDB flat in Chinatown, we were lucky to be allocated the 25th floor. Not only did we have a panoramic view of the city, the sea and nearby Indonesian islands, we also enjoyed a bird’s eye view of the festivals in Chinatown. This painting show the annual fire walking festival, Timithi, held at the Sri Mariamman Temple which is ironically located in the heart of Chinatown. But in this depiction, I have turned the clock further back to 1909! It shows the original Gopuram -a simpler three-tier tower with a thatched roof leading to the tEmple altar. That thatched roof caught fire in 1910 and the Gopuram was replaced in the 1930s with a more intricate fIve-tier tower. To this day, the splendid Timithi festival is still held annually at the temple.”

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Back in March/April Yip Yew Chong had a few exhibitions across Singapore. The first one was at ArtPorters gallery with some of his mural inspired art and then 2 exhibitions back to back, one at the Substation, followed by one in the hotel Sofitel. Those pieces were slightly different than his murals but still very intrigued and detailed paintings. You could lose yourself in front of each of his canvas. I will post one each Monday (it will last until the end of the year!!! Yeah one less post to think about πŸ˜‰)

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Monday Art by Murals Artist Yip Yew Chong.

Preparing for the Haj – 2020

“Since young I’ve been fascinated by Bussorah Street for its "tunnel view” of the grand Sultan Mosque. Thus, I have painted many scenes of Bussorah Street, including a fantasy scene of the street covered in snow, painted in 1987! This most recent painting, set in 1972, is a very special one. It is most intricate and took the most amount of historical research. It depicts Haj pilgrims, families and Khaji shopkeepers busy preparing for the Haj. Singapore was once a stopover for pilgrims in the region who took the sea route to Mecca, and Kg Glam was where preparations for the journey took place. When I posted a photo of this painting on social media, it was very well received by the Malay/Muslim community. Many shared their memories of sending their grannies off at Kg Glam for the Haj.“

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Back in March/April Yip Yew Chong had a few exhibitions across Singapore. The first one was at ArtPorters gallery with some of his mural inspired art and then 2 exhibitions back to back, one at the Substation, followed by one in the hotel Sofitel. Those pieces were slightly different than his murals but still very intrigued and detailed paintings. You could lose yourself in front of each of his canvas. I will post one each Monday (it will last until the end of the year!!! Yeah one less post to think about πŸ˜‰)

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Monday Art by Murals Artist Yip Yew Chong

Geyland Serai Bazaar Raya – 2020

“From late 1960 to 2003, this was the scene of the bustling Geyland Serai Ramadan Bazaar? This painting depicts the market in 1970. At that time, Geyland-Changi Road was still bi-directional and the postal code was ‘14’. As a youth, I would make my yearly "pilgrimage” to this market during Ramadan. I loved open air markets and I loved its ethnic feel. I remember waiting at the Haig Road Hawker Centre at dusk to watch people have breakfast after the prayer calls. After dinner, I would cross the road ans squeeze through the packed market. I would queue to cross the overhead bridge to get a view of the light-up from the bridge, before taking my one-hour bus ride home.“

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Back in March/April Yip Yew Chong had a few exhibitions across Singapore. The first one was at ArtPorters gallery with some of his mural inspired art and then 2 exhibitions back to back, one at the Substation, followed by one in the hotel Sofitel. Those pieces were slightly different than his murals but still very intrigued and detailed paintings. You could lose yourself in front of each of his canvas. I will post one each Monday (it will last until the end of the year!!! Yeah one less post to think about πŸ˜‰)

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Monday Art by Murals Artist Yip Yew Chong
Tanjong Malang – 2020

“This unique painting defies time, straddling 1844 and 2020. It depicts a once-important bustling capetown called Tanjong Malang, in the south coast of Singapore. The town comprised a Malay fishing village, a Hakka temple village, a hilltop Mausoleum of a revered Muslim Saint (Habib Noh), a Mosque below it, and a Parsi cemetery. It was an exemplary multiracial settlement, alongside Telok Ayer to its north. As Singapore developed, the hills were leveled, the bay filled, and the beaches made concrete. Soon, it became Singapore’s Central Business District. Today, glittering towers and flyovers surround and conceal the only remnants of his historic town -the Mausoleum, the mosque and the Hakka temple.”

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Back in March/April Yip Yew Chong had a few exhibitions across Singapore. The first one was at ArtPorters gallery with some of his mural inspired art and then 2 exhibitions back to back, one at the Substation, followed by one in the hotel Sofitel. Those pieces were slightly different than his murals but still very intrigued and detailed paintings. You could lose yourself in front of each of his canvas. I will post one each Monday (it will last until the end of the year!!! Yeah one less post to think about πŸ˜‰)

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Monday Art by Murals Artist Yip Yew Chong

Kallang – 2020

“The flight is about to land in a few minutes, and a breathtaking view unfurls below. Flying over a familiar huge blue cylinder, I can see the street life below -buses, trishaws and people moving about. I can see a huge stadium and the tiny airport building on the left! The rivers are winding and converge into a large bay. A village in between, of attap houses and boats with tall masts, takes me back to the nineteenth century. As a plane glides over the long bridge, I can see a stone lion below a column at one end. On the sprawling bay teems boats, ships and flying-boats? Further beyond, another huge bridge seems to be under construction, and some strange seashell-like buildings glitter afar. A timeless view I wish could last forever, but alas, we’ll be landing at Kallang Airport…”

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Back in March/April Yip Yew Chong had a few exhibitions across Singapore. The first one was at ArtPorters gallery with some of his mural inspired art and then 2 exhibitions back to back, one at the Substation, followed by one in the hotel Sofitel. Those pieces were slightly different than his murals but still very intrigued and detailed paintings. You could lose yourself in front of each of his canvas. I will post one each Monday (it will last until the end of the year!!! Yeah one less post to think about πŸ˜‰)

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Monday Art by Murals Artist Yip Yew Chong

Dhoby Ghaut – 2020

“Dhoby Ghaut, which lies smack in the heart of the city, is a lively place today but not many people know why the place is so named. This whimsical painting peels off layers of time to showcase what Dhoby Ghaut, Orchard Road and Bras Bash Road were like in their early days. it is whimsical because it is an impossible scene – the landmarks depicted did not exist together at any one time, as some were demolished before the other were built. The view is seen form a prison (Gaol) where present-day SMU stands.It overlooks a sprawling filed dotted with white linen drying under the sun. the washermen from Inda (called Dobi) are seen washing laundry in the stream (Sungei Bras Basah). The stream still exists today, albeit hidden underground as the Stamford Canal, used to drain storm water from the Orchard valley. Scan through the painting and see how many past and present icons you can identify. Watch out for the train track that ran through Orchard Road.”

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Back in March/April Yip Yew Chong had a few exhibitions across Singapore. The first one was at ArtPorters gallery with some of his mural inspired art and then 2 exhibitions back to back, one at the Substation, followed by one in the hotel Sofitel. Those pieces were slightly different than his murals but still very intrigued and detailed paintings. You could lose yourself in front of each of his canvas. I will post one each Monday (it will last until the end of the year!!! Yeah one less post to think about πŸ˜‰)

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Shiok*

Singapore has 4 official languages: English, Mandarin, Malay (National Language) and Tamil

You would think speaking English would give you an advantage. Well it does to a certain degree but Singlish is really the lingua franca.

Singlish first emerged when Singapore gained independence 50 years ago, and decided that English should be the common language for all its different races. That was the plan. It worked out slightly differently though, as the various ethnic groups began infusing English with other words and grammar. English became the official language, but Singlish became the language of the street.

Among ordinary Singaporeans, Singlish tends to be spoken in informal situations – with friends and family, taking a taxi or buying groceries. It indicates casual intimacy. English, on the other hand, is used for formal situations – at school, or at work, especially when meeting strangers or clients.

Over time, it has become a social marker – someone who can effectively switch between the two languages is perceived to be more educated and of a higher social status than someone who can only speak Singlish.

Someone who can only speak English, and not Singlish, meanwhile, may be seen as a bit posh, or worse – not a real Singaporean.

*This was Shiok (very good/cool)

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