A Total TaiTai Tale

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

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Singapore where the airport is a great place to take your date 😉

Going down memory lane this past 2 weeks with October Break Throw Back and this summer with Throw Back Thursday of our summer vacation I realize how lucky we’ve been to visit so many amazing places … and this was just the vacation I had documented on this blog, Facebook was kind (or is it cruel this year?) enough to remind me of our other October Breaks trips: London in 2011, Prague in 2010, Rome in 2009, Tokyo/Kyoto in 2008 and Guilin & in 2007.

Actually, the best gift you could have given her was a lifetime of adventures.” –Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

2015 was quite the year, trips wise. From my trip in Nepal with a slice of earthquake to the trip in North Korea, I clocked in 10 countries in 12 months that year Vs 0 country in 12 months in 2020… maybe I should go on a nostalgic trip to Changi Airport 

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Throw Back Week – Solo Trip 2015 in North Korea

Let’s end this Throw Back October Breaks series with a bang 😎

So this one was not a photography (per se) trip nor a “en amoureux” trip it. It was a “ 20 years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do…. Sail away from the safe harbor… Explore. Dream. Discover” Mark Twain. Here’s the post where I explain: https://atotaltaitaitale.tumblr.com/post/134729643366/celinenorthkorea

As usual all the pictures of the trip are here: https://atotaltaitaitale.tumblr.com/tagged/CelineInNorthKorea/chrono

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Just an reminder: Inspired by the Throw Back Thursday of our summer vacation I did in July and August and since we cannot travel again during this October Break, I’ve decided to revisit the idea with a Throw Back Week of our trips around Asia during school vacation for the past 6 years. It’s not because we cannot physically travel that we cannot at least escape in our head.  Enjoy the others it’s a chance to discover old postings 😉

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Throw Back Week – Weekend Get Away Trip 2017 in Brunei

So this trip was not a photography trip but a “En Amoureux” trip. Yep some couples go to exotic/paradise island weekend away I chose to go to Brunei 😎.

Hubby was going regularly to Bandar Seri Begawan (that’s the capital) and he mentioned that if I wanted to ever visit it (and put a check next to it on my “Countries Visited” list) I should do it rather sooner than later as the business trip were not goigg by to go on forever. It was a pleasant trip and is you check out the list you’ve learn a few trivia things about this interesting nations. (The length i go to make you click on those links 😂) https://atotaltaitaitale.tumblr.com/tagged/c&jBrunei/chrono

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Just an reminder: Inspired by the Throw Back Thursday of our summer vacation I did in July and August and since we cannot travel again during this October Break, I’ve decided to revisit the idea with a Throw Back Week of our trips around Asia during school vacation for the past 6 years. It’s not because we cannot physically travel that we cannot at least escape in our head.  Enjoy the others it’s a chance to discover old postings 😉

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Throw Back Week – October Break 2013 in Myanmar

This was also a long awaited trip but for different reason than the India Trip. We had planned to go to visit Myanmar during our first posting in China, we had started to plan but there were starting to be some unrest in the country and the local office of my husband company advise us to maybe wait and see then the Saffron Revolution happened so it was a good call. Other trips were then schedule and when we left beijing in 2009 we didn’t managed to squeeze it in. So many places to visit so little time. So when we got posted a second time to Beijing Myanmar was the first trip on our list.

At the time I had just started this little blog and I thought I was only going to post about the quirky little things about life in Beijing so unfortunately I only posted a few pictures (a couple months later actually) but nonetheless it will give you a general impression of this amazing country: https://atotaltaitaitale.tumblr.com/tagged/c&jMyanmar/chrono

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PS: I got so much better at journaling our future trips, giving more of a story telling then just showing pictures. None of the behind the scene and what made this trip so unique (hand written plane ticket, boarding number on an actual board on a stick, our a transfer to our hotel in inlet lake on a piroge boat and so so much more) made it to the blog :-(.

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Just an reminder: Inspired by the Throw Back Thursday of our summer vacation I did in July and August and since we cannot travel again during this October Break, I’ve decided to revisit the idea with a Throw Back Week of our trips around Asia during school vacation for the past 6 years. It’s not because we cannot physically travel that we cannot at least escape in our head.  Enjoy the others it’s a chance to discover old postings 😉

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Throw Back Week – October Break 2014 in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau

The year we didn’t leave China but we left China…. kinda. 😉.

We are left the “People’s Republic of China” (PRC aka China) and went to the “Republic of China” (ROC aka Taiwan!!). It’s all in the subtlety of the “People” ;-). Then after 4 days on the island of Formosa (yep that’s another name for Taiwan…. confused yet!) we went to a Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People’s Republic of China, you might know it as 香港 (Xiānggǎng or Hong Kong). And because we like to confuse our children even more we also hopped on a boat and paid a visit to another SAR, 澳门 (Àomén) which you probably know as Macau (or Macao). #LoveAllAroundUs

It looks comfusing but it was a great trip, judge for yourself here: https://atotaltaitaitale.tumblr.com/tagged/c&jTaiwan&HongKong/chrono

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Just an reminder: Inspired by the Throw Back Thursday of our summer vacation I did in July and August and since we cannot travel again during this October Break, I’ve decided to revisit the idea with a Throw Back Week of our trips around Asia during school vacation for the past 6 years. It’s not because we cannot physically travel that we cannot at least escape in our head.  Enjoy the others it’s a chance to discover old postings 😉

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Taking a break from posting about our October Break trips over the weekend and will come back with the rest of them on Monday. You can catch up here

Apparently I like taking pictures of our departure at the airport and also my packing 😉

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Inspired by the Throw Back Thursday of our summer vacation I did in July and August and since we cannot travel again during this October Break, I’ve decided to revisit the idea with a Throw Back Week of our trips around Asia during school vacation for the past 6 years. It’s not because we cannot physically travel that we cannot at least escape in our head. Enjoy the trip down memory lane

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Throw Back Week – October Break 2015 in Delhi, Agra & Jaipur, India

This has been a long wait trip. I have been wanting to go to India since our first posting in China (2006-2009) but hubby wasn’t keen on the idea. I kept bugging and thought that I might have to go on my own (most likely with a group of photographers) when all of a sudden I heard “How about we go to see the Taj Mahal on our next vacation?” (thank you to whoever mentioned their trip at the office 🙄)

Turned out that it was one of his favorite trip ever. (Moral of the story: always listen to wifey 😜)

There are a few places that will stay with you and seeing the Taj Mahal with your own eyes is one of them (walking on the Great Wall of China is another one for me and I’m thinking Petra in Jordan is probably another one that I would like to experience).

We cannot say we visited india (just like you cannot say you’ve visited China by just going to Beijing, they are such vast and diverse countries ) but we did Old Delhi and New Delhi, Agra with the Taj and the red Fort and Jaipur with Amber Fort. The typical triangle visited by most when they are in this part of India.

The highlights were that the perfect timing of our trip allowed us to visit the Taj at night (only around the full moon -two days prior, the day of and two days after- for 4 hours per day with a limited number of people (50 people) by batch of 30 minutes. So only 400 people per day or around 2000 per month.) and having my picture taken by an old street photographer with its box camera and he knew my friend Lucas who did a documentary about those camera box. #SmallWorldAgain

Incredible India indeed. All the photos here: https://atotaltaitaitale.tumblr.com/tagged/c%26jIndia/chrono

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Just an reminder: Inspired by the Throw Back Thursday of our summer vacation I did in July and August and since we cannot travel again during this October Break, I’ve decided to revisit the idea with a Throw Back Week of our trips around Asia during school vacation for the past 6 years. It’s not because we cannot physically travel that we cannot at least escape in our head.  Enjoy the others it’s a chance to discover old postings 😉

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Throw Back Week – October Break 2016 in Bali, Indonesia

You would think that when you live on a tropical island you wouldn’t go on vacation to another (even smaller) tropical island… but come on it’s BALI.

It was not our first time in Bali but we had just moved to Singapore a couple months before and it was an easy solution for our October break…. and come on it’s BALI.

We opted however to get away from the touristy part of the island around Seminyak and go to the East of the island around Amed. It’s more well known for the great diving than the fine sand beach. However they have black sand beach thanks to being close to Mount Aging, Bali’s largest volcano plus the drive among the rice fields is well worth it.

We also stop, on our way back, for a couple day in Ubud. It’s is known as a center of traditional crafts and dance and in the last few years has become a little hipster.

Get the pictures here: https://atotaltaitaitale.tumblr.com/tagged/c&jBali2016/chrono

On a side note: while in Ubud we rented diving equipment from the shop near our hotel and one of the receptionist happened to be French…. from my little 1000-inhabitant village in France. How wild!! I didn’t know her she is way younger than me and she arrived after I had moved to the states but my cousins knew her! #TheWorldIsASmallPlace.

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Just an reminder: Inspired by the Throw Back Thursday of our summer vacation I did in July and August and since we cannot travel again during this October Break, I’ve decided to revisit the idea with a Throw Back Week of our trips around Asia during school vacation for the past 6 years. It’s not because we cannot physically travel that we cannot at least escape in our head.  Enjoy the others it’s a chance to discover old postings 😉

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Throw Back Week – October Break 2017 in Luang Prabang, Laos

Luang Prabang is often a long weekend destination from Singapore or a stop during a Loas trip but we decided to extended our stay to 6 days, first because we couldn’t do a multi destination as C. needed internet access to study for her exams and we thought we would do a little be of slow traveling.

We ended up loving the slow pace, going multiple time to the same cafe for our breakfast and getting to see the buddhist monks collect the alms in the early morning, going several time to the open market (and night market) and justnplainly enjoying the a UNESCO world heritage site.

We unfortunately planned to go to turquoise color Kuang Si Falls the day after a big storm so turquoise the water was not but not every experience needs to be instagram photo worthy, there’s beauty everywhere (but do check the photo in the link below 😉)

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Just an reminder: Inspired by the Throw Back Thursday of our summer vacation I did in July and August and since we cannot travel again during this October Break, I’ve decided to revisit the idea with a Throw Back Week of our trips around Asia during school vacation for the past 6 years. It’s not because we cannot physically travel that we cannot at least escape in our head.  Enjoy the others it’s a chance to discover old postings 😉

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Throw Back Week – October Break 2018 in Sri Lanka

This was a road trip:

  • Kandy and its Tea Plantation,
  • Ella and the ride on the famous train,
  • Galle and the famous stilt fisherman (more for the photographers nowadays!) and its beautiful fortified city founded by the Portuguese
  • And finally Colombo the Capital with an amazing tour guide in a tuktuk.

Well all the gorgeous photos: tea plantation, elephant sin the wild, the famous blue train, and much more are here: https://atotaltaitaitale.tumblr.com/post/179276384949/and-if-you-are-interested-in-seeing-what-our

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Just an reminder: Inspired by the Throw Back Thursday of our summer vacation I did in July and August and since we cannot travel again during this October Break, I’ve decided to revisit the idea with a Throw Back Week of our trips around Asia during school vacation for the past 6 years. It’s not because we cannot physically travel that we cannot at least escape in our head.  Enjoy the trip down memory lane 😉 

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