A Total TaiTai Tale

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

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Wednesday Wanderings and Wonderings.

The hobby of Bird singing…. in time of social distancing.

A couple months ago while walking the Coast-to-Coast trail we walked not far from the Kebun Bahru Birdsinging club and I mentioned it to my fellow walkers. I was surprised none of them knew what I was taking about (one said she had heard about it but never saw it) so I made them do a little detour to show it to them.

We came across it not long after arriving in Singapore in 2016 so I’m always surprised people don’t know about these little gems.

The century-old Singaporean tradition of bird-keeping is itself an endangered species, its continuing survival dependant on a small community of passionate enthusiasts.

In an expanse of parkland just north of central Singapore, dozens of ornate cages dangle from tall poles, swaying gently in the breeze. In the cages perch an array of chirping songbirds; at ground level, their owners mill around, drinking tea and chatting. the tradition is social: it’s about a close-knit community of enthusiasts bonding over the intricacies of their hobby.

The Kebun Baru Bird Singing Club is the largest bird-singing and display arena in Southeast Asia – but they’re not the only surviving practitioners of the hobby. “There are many little pockets of bird displays all over the country,” explains Robin Chua. “These are often confined to one or two types of songbirds. They are usually on the ground floor of a block of public flats or just a small structure on the ground for hanging a few cages.” Locally, these are known as ‘bird corners’.

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Saturday night in the ‘hood.

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Wednesday Wanderings and Wonderings.

When you are searching for a coffee place and you randomly end up at this cool building nestled in the industrial area of Bukit Merah.

The Mill is a dynamic creative hub and event space for cross-disciplinary design initiatives. The building is made up of two towers – the one on the left is inspired by neo-gothic architecture while the other is influenced by post-industrial American architecture. It’s designed by Swan & Maclaren alongside James Adams, whose other masterpieces also include the Art Deco style Parkview Square that’s reminiscent of Gotham City.

As I was leaving the area I spotted an HDB across the road and had to climb the stairs to get another vantage view.

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Wednesday Wanderings and Wonderings.

In case we weren’t sure, we do live in the tropics and the jungle is never too far and never takes too long to take over.

This is part of the Clementi Forest and where the Malaysian railway run less than 10 years ago.

It is about 85 hectares in area and is the second largest patch of wildlife habitat, after Bukit Timah Nature Reserve.

When you walk/hike there you really don’t think you are in Singapore anymore and surrounded by high rise.

Singapore and Kuala Lumpur were once connected by a direct railway, which ran from Keppel Road near Downtown Singapore to the Kuala Lumpur Station. The railway was closed in 2011. While there once was a railway in Singapore, it was never Singapore’s railway. The land and tracks were owned by Malaysian Railways KTM, and Malaysia had partial sovereignty over this land (which was a sticking point for Singapore). After a land-swap deal the railway reserve has since returned as Singapore land.

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Wandering around HDB is like going down memory lane.

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Wednesday Wanderings and Wonderings.

I love those old buildings.

It doesn’t host the Lian Eng Electric Co., anymore but I love that they kept the signage (well it’s part of the building so harder to take down but still)

Some store also retained their old “devanture” (store front) in Paris.

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Bencoolen MRT station is the deepest MRT station in Singapore at 43m below street level.

The six-level underground station is only 22-meter wide as the space between buildings along the street is only 25 mètres. The interior walls are curvilinear that resembles canyon walls while earth-tone colors were used to represent the many layers of soil emphasizing the depth of space.

However I’ve been to a MRT station far deeper (2.5 times actually)…. can you guess where? (Answer here)

On a side note: Abesses Metro station in Paris at 36 meters below ground is not too far behind and the deepest station in Paris.

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The Marina Bay Sand building in Singapore is a little bit like the Eiffel Tower in Paris, you turn a corner and boom it appears no matter where you are in the city.

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HDB wandering

Where my heart is filled with joy.

No matter how many time I go and how many different one I visit I always find a little hidden gems.

This one is just across the street from our condominium but I usually stroll more around to the one that is on our side of the street (the pink building in the photo) but for some reason after alighting my bus I decided to have a quick walk around and that’s when I discover this cute little community garden.

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Wednesday Wondering (& Wandering)

Art exhibition at The Substation.

Formerly a power distribution centre, this building has been transformed into an arts centre occupied by The Substation, which is an independent, non-profit institution that relies on multiple funding sources (donations, government funding, etc) for its operations. It also rents out space for art exhibitions and its dance studio for dance classes, etc

I love how different the buildings in singapore can be.

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