A Total TaiTai Tale

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

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Another beautiful day spend on the boat chasing creature on land and in the sea.

You get a lot of reading done in real life when you aren’t distracted by online life.

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Internet is sooooo slow today…. The only thing missing while I wait and wait and wait some more for upload/download is the dial-up sound!!!
Well I guess I’ll play with Lego instead 😉

Reposted from 5 years ago (above) and below a post, from an old blog, written on the 20th anniversary:

The Iconic Photos of the T@nk M@n…

was May 35th (as some Chinese like to call it in order to bypass the
censorship) and it’s the 20th anniversary of VIII-IX-VI-IV (another way
of writing those infamous 4 numbers).

“It all started with a man
in a white shirt who walked into the street and raised his right hand no
higher than a New Yorker hailing a taxi,” James Barron wrote the
following day in The New York Times. The picture appeared on the front
page of this newspaper as well as in countless other publications around
the world.

To this day, the identity and fate of the man in the
picture remain unclear. A riveting documentary, “The T@nk M@n” by PBS
Frontline in 2006 explored his fate. Yet still, no one knows for certain
who he is or what exactly happened to him. The image is largely blocked
on the Internet in China. Despite its iconic status and historical
significance elsewhere, most young people there do not recognize the

Few images are more recognizable or more evocative.
Known simply as “tank man,” it is one of the most famous photographs in
recent history.  There was not just one T@nk M@n” photo. Four
photographers captured the encounter that day from the Beijing Hotel,
overlooking Changan Avenue (the Avenue of Eternal Peace), their lives
forever linked by a single moment in time. (photo from NYTimes)

Stuart, Arthur, Jeff, and Charlie

And a never published one:


… And Daring The Censorship

late February, Zhang posted without comment a Roman-numeral T-shirt
design that’s now making the rounds of other blogs as well as the
foreign media.

VIII= 8 ; IX=9 ; VI=6 ; IV=4

Blogger’s T-shirt gesture breaks the taboo on Ti@n@nmen rebellion (Timesonline)

to the 1989 army crackdown on student demonstrators in Ti@n@nmen Square
are taboo in China. If mentioned at all, the protests are described as a
“counter-revolutionary rebellion”. […]
His T-shirt reads VIIIIXVIIV.
The photos are accompanied by a hint that reads: “Here’s a clue – these
are four numbers.” […] “This year this kind of T-shirt is very much in
fashion. The design is very beautiful (those who don’t understand should
do some careful thinking, those who understand shouldn’t say a word).“
Chinese refer to the day when the People’s Liberation Army swept
into Beijing to end weeks of demonstrations led by students encamped in
Tiananmen Square with the loss of hundreds of lives simply as “6/4” or
June 4. […]

Full post here: http://cjsuiter-english.blogspot.com/2009/06/may-35th-or-viiixviiv.html)

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Bye bye Beijing.

Thank you for welcoming me in style ;-).

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To wrap up my time in China, I stayed a few days in Beijing with my friend.

It’s a weird feeling to visit a place you’ve called home for a few years (twice 3 years in our case for Beijing). Everything looks familiar, as much as it can be with the very fast changing pace in Beijing, yet everything is different. You are not on daily routine mode, you are on tourist mode but yet you are not really the typical tourist.

What I liked about living close to the center in Beijing was that I could wander around different neighborhoods on my Vespa but this time I was constrained by taxi and my walking. But I did manage to walk 13 km that day; from Jinshang hill, around the Forbidden City to Qianmen with a little side tour to The Egg. It was a gorgeous day with blue sky and perfect spring temperature… just the way I want to remember Beijing.

There’s also the fact that a place is usually associated with the people you meet there and after almost three years of being away, and by the nature of our expat life, most of my friends have left. I did manage to catch up for coffee and lunch with a couple and had dinner on my last nights with a few more.

Will the China chapter truly be closed this time? Only time will tell 😉

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Here’s the map of our trip if you are curious what the trip physically looks like.

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And this is the end of our Silk Road plane/train/road trip.

There is so much you can share through pictures and words, but there’s so much more when you are actually there. Seeing it with your own eyes, the pictures you didn’t take, those little furtive glances of daily life, those chitchat which give you little insider knowledge, it’s all about the feelings you get when you are actually in a place. And it’s especially true with trips to certain part of the world. I could talk for hours but not everything can be written because of so many factors involved.

Keep traveling. Experience the world with your family, with your bestie or even by yourself. Your badly taken pictures are worth so much more, because of the feelings and memories it will bring back, than the best photos from a book.

“Better to see something once than hear about it a thousand times”

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On our last day in Kashgar, we were going to go see the livestock market before heading to the airport for our mid-afternoon trek back to Beijing.

The day begins with Uyghur farmers and herders trekking into the city from nearby villages. By lunchtime, just about every saleable sheep, camel, horse, cow and donkey within 50km has been squeezed through the bazaar gates. […] Trading at the market is swift and boisterous between the old traders; animals are carefully inspected and haggling is done with finger motions. {LonelyPlanet}

As we were approaching our guide told us that apparently the market was closed for “quarantine/cleaning”. We were not the only ones caught off guard by the look at the number of trucks loaded with animals on the side of the road.

So I didn’t get to take pictures of the animals, just a little video of the side of the road through the car window :-(.

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This was quite an interesting mosque to visit.

First time I have to pay to enter a place of worship (all religions included). I usually pay for Museum.

The Hall of Prayer is built on a high platform and it contains three parts: the Inner hall, the Outer hall, and the Hall Entrance, all which sit on a dais over one meter high over ground. The roof of the Outer Hall is supported by 140 light blue wooden pillars. These seven-meter high pillars were laid out on a grid pattern, artistically spaced. On the roof and on the pillars are exquisite carvings and beautiful pictures. The brick gate tower, which faces Id Kah Square, is full of elaborate flower-pattern carvings, mainly in green.

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While waiting for the prayer time to end (but no prayers) we went to have tea at a traditional tea house. Just watching those old men going about with their social life was a treat.

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The Id Kah Mosque.

It’s is the largest mosque in China. Every Friday, it houses nearly 10,000 worshippers and may accommodate up to 20,000. {“Potential houses”}

The mosque was built by Saqsiz Mirza in ca. 1442 (although it incorporated older structures dating back to 996) and covers 16,800 square meters.

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