A Total TaiTai Tale

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

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The quarantine-free VTL across the Causeway between Singapore and Malaysia started yesterday.

Thousands of family have been separated for the past 20 months (since March 2020 when the borders were closed) and can finally reunite. Technically cross-border travel resumed in August last year but with the cost of 2-weeks, then 3-weeks than 1-week quarantine and PCR tests on each side it wasn’t feasible for almost anyone of the daily commuters. It is one of the busiest border crossings in the world, with 350,000 travellers daily. A vast majority of these travellers are Malaysian citizens working or studying in Singapore.

Up to 2,880 people will be able to travel each day, with 1,440 travellers in each direction. Travellers have to be citizens, permanent residents or long-term pass holders (work permit, employment pass, student’s pass or long-term visit pass) of the country that they are entering.

They must also use one of the 64 daily designated VTL bus services, 32 in each direction, which will run from 7.30am to 9.30pm every day.

Imagine being separated from your family for almost 2 years, if you wanted to keep your job in Singapore, by a causeway of 1 km (0.62 mi).

So this is not a “back to normal” situation but more a way for many to at least go see their loved one for a little while, have a little break.

If you would like to see the craziness of crossing the causeway by car, motorcycle or even as a pedestrian check this article.

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When you are really bored on a rainy Sunday, you color code the different phases of Singapore Restrictions during Covid. (Please don’t message me telling me I need a life, I already know it 😂)

Here’s a bonus picture of a Rainbow outside my window… because without the rain there would be no rainbows.

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Once again I was starting to scratch my head for what I would post today but the Singapore Government saved the day.

Within minutes of the umpteenth announcements since the whole Covid-19 debacles, my WhatsApp messages alert from different groups started to light up like a Christmas tree (well timed allegory!).

We are back to 5-pax vaccinated gatherings (from Monday 22 November); cafés, restaurants, in house guests, walking (yep walking with more then 1 person was not permitted!) and we are almost celebrating like it’s the end of World War Covid.

So basically we are back to the period of August 10 to September 27 when fully vaccinated group of 5 people could gather and eat out together which was followed by an excruciating 2-month period of 2 pax max gathering! (Let’s hope the pattern doesn’t repeat!)

On a side note, I joked in a previous post that the end of the music ban at venues was not our main priority but it was indeed nice to have soft music in the background while we were at the restaurant last night (the little thing you don’t really notice until they are gone!)

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Tuesday Talk in Town.

We’ve been checking in and out of venues (& even the beach) for so long that it became second nature. Take your phone (well actually keep it in your hands at all time it’s better!), open the TraceTogether app and scan the QR code to enter and don’t forget to check out either or you’ll be at multiple places all across the island 😂.

Recently with the restrictions of entrance to malls, movie theaters, restaurants, etc to only vaccinated people we need to not only show the screen of our Checked-In status but also our Vaccinated status.

The 2-step procedure was taking too long at the entrance of the establishments so within days the TraceTogether app was updated to a 1-step procedure. In order to deter people from doing a screenshot of the Vaccinated Status they have added a swimming otter 😂 (As you can see when I screen recorded the app it even added a transparency seal mentioning it was indeed a screen recording).

The little otter has been the talk of the town in the Expat Wives forums…. What can I say, we are easily amused and there were not much more we could talk about from the Christmas decorations on Orchard road anyway. 😉

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13 more minutes before landing.

417 days since he left Singapore.

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Blast off… Reach for the moon you might end up in the stars.

My star is currently in the sky 💫

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Here’s your fortnight update on “Let See What They Came Up With This Week To Make Our Life Better” Singapore Edition.

So last update was: nothing change (same 2-people restrictions) but to sweeten the “promise to lift the restrictions that we are now not promising you but we will in two weeks time” the Vaccinated Travel Lanes were announced. For us it was great because it meant that hubby, after 417 days apart, could come visit. But it still meant that we weren’t allowed to meet up with more than 1 other friend for coffee, lunch, dinner, drink or even just a walk, and could only have 2 visitors per day!

This week deal sweetener of the “promise to lift the restrictions that we are now not promising you but we will in two weeks time, for suuuure” is that group of up to 5 fully vaccinated people could dine together…. BUT they need to be from the same household. So again great for us as hubby is arriving soon but it still mean I cannot go have coffee, lunch, dinner, a drink or go for a walk with more than 1 friend, and can only invite 2 people per day in my home!

Now the headache for restaurants, which face up to S$10,000 fine and possible closure if in effraction, starts as they need to make sure that all dinners are indeed from the same household. 🤦‍♀️. As a side note, until yesterday family members of more than 2 people could arrive in the same car or taxi but couldn’t be seated at the same table in the restaurant and the reason given was it was too difficult to monitor 😂

Oh and I had almost forgotten soft recorded music will be allowed at F&B outlets (it was banned since June 18). Yes this is definitely what the people wants more than anything else, our number One priority: soft music in restaurant (NB Live music and entertainment are still not allowed)


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November 5… 50 days until Christmas.

Singapore Christmas decorations on Orchard…. Are we seeing too much in the theme chosen this year? 😂

I know the Expat Wives are a bunch of Unsatisfied Spoiled Brats at time so it’s either too Disney sponsored for their likings or they see Golden cages everywhere. 🤔

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J. first test.

He’s not pregnant… I mean he doesn’t have Covid-19.

He can keep being educated in person at school 😂

NB: as I said before I’m documenting this because in a few years there will be questions and I can say check on the blog for your answer (talking from personal experience 😉)

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So a couple days ago the Singapore government announced that “Primary school pupils will need to take an antigen rapid test (ART) every two weeks until school closes for the holidays in November, said the Ministry of Education (MOE)”

I started to see comments on the expat forum saying it would most likely be implemented at international schools too (the first announcement is always about local schools then the international schools are notified a few days later).

Well we just got an email from our school that students (all grades!) need to do the ART test before going back to school on Monday (tomorrow). We’ve been on a 2-week October break. (& yes I survived, thanks for asking 😉😂)

The 2 packages of 3 kits were already in my mailbox (complementary of the Ministry of Health)


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