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 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 😉)

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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 😉)

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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 😉)

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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 😉)

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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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Monday Art by Murals Artist Yip Yew Chong

Pulau Saigon – 2020

“Once upon a time, there was an island in the middle of Singapore River, called Pulau Saigon. It was an important island at the crossroad of transportation and ethnic settlements. A historical railway track ran through this river island from around 1906 till 1932. The island was gradually merged to the south bank of the Singapore River from around 1972 to 1991. In 1984, I walked across the island daily for a whole month as I worked in a warehouse wrapping hampers during my school holidays, but I didn’t know it was an island then! Today, the Central Expressway tunnels underneath the expunged island. This painting also showcases several past and present landmarks around the Singapore river. Try spotting them! Hint: This view is seen form Pearl’s Hill.”

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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 😉)

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Monday Art by Murals Artist Yip Yew Chong

Christmas Lightup – 2019

“I always loved the "winter” season in Singapore, for its festive holiday mood and cool weather due to day-long rain around Christmas time. When I was in secondary school, I attended Aikido classes in the evenings. On my way home, I would intentionally take a bus that passed through Orchard Road so as to view the light-up, even thought the route was longer. The very first light-up took place in 1984. Seeing so many fairy lights for the first time filled me with awe, even more so when it rained. Sitting by the bus window, I left it ajar, allowing the wind and rain to caress my face, and the lights to flicker past. Such sweet memories.“

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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 😉)

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Monday Art by Murals Artist Yip Yew Chong.

Christmas at Parish Hall – 2020

“It was 1961 in the wee hours of Christmas Day. After Mass at St Joseph’s Church, the congregation crossed over to the adjacent Parochial House’s Parish Hall for breakfast. The Church and the Parochial House were built by the Portuguese Mission in 1012, and hence int those early years, mainly serve the Eurasian community. I’ve always wanted to paint a scene featuring the Eurasian people and the beautiful gothic-style Church, and thus took the opportunity when Christmas approached. But being unfamiliar with Eurasian culture, I visited the Eurasian Heritage Gallery and also consulted some Eurasian friends. I learnt a lot! I hope this painting appropriately features their beautiful culture. Loos at how they dressed, listen to their Kristang conversations, and imagine tasting the tea, Pang Susi and Sugee cakes!”

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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 😉)

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Monday Art by Murals Artist Yip Yew Chong.

Winter Solstice – 2017

“When it snows in the Northern Hemisphere and the day is the shortest, Singapore get really wet and cold. We celebrate the Winter Solstice with colourful glutinous dumplings that keep us warm, with the pandan leaves and ginger giving the soup a tropical touch. This painting depicts my siblings and my mother making and eating dumplings in an imaginary kampong house in 1973. We didn’t live in a kampong but many Singaporeans did at that time. WHen the monsoon season came the kampongs would be flooded. That made the best playtime for kids who would waddle or even swim in the water!”

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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 😉)

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Monday Art by Murals Artist Yip Yew Chong.

Pulau Kusu – 2017

“During the ninth month, my family would join throngs of people for the annual pilgrimage to Kusu Island in the south of Singapore. As a child, the boat ride felt very long and it made me seasick. But on reaching the island, the excitement of picnicking, swimming and climbing up the hill made the trip fell like a holiday to paradise! the island was actually made of two rock outcrops. On one sat a Chinese temple and on another, a Malay shrine atop a knoll. The two were linked together by a sandbar cross-able at low tide. Legend tells of how a Chinese man and Malay man were saved by a turtle from a shipwreck, after which the turtle turned into a rock.In 1975, the government reclaimed land around the outcrops and joined them to create one island.”

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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 😉)

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