I want to be a tai tai.

I would like to think that I am a tai tai.


But then again, what exactly is a tai tai?

I googled it and found a definition at Hello Tai Tai

– noun 1. A term used in Chinese circles for supreme wife (implying situation where a man is wealthy enough to have several “wives’) but no longer strictly interpreted. Term now applies to citizens of the world with an Asian viewpoint who have bounds of time and money. A Tai Tai is a privileged lady of means.

To qualify as a Tai Tai, one has to have lots of leisure time, lots of money to spend and lots of gossip to exchange. A Tai Tai would win if Shopping were an Olympic event!


That confirms it. I don’t qualify. *dreams shattered*

And here’s my take on the difference between a tai tai and a home maker.

Tai Tai – wears diamonds.
Homemaker – wears a badly scratched plain white gold band. A polishing is due.

Tai Tai – wakes up looking forward to lunch with the ladies.
Homemaker – wakes up looking forward to leftovers from last night’s dinner.

Tai Tai – takes up cooking lessons or origami classes.
Homemaker – relies on cookbooks and free online photography classes.

Tai Tai – manages the household with $6000 allowance a month.
Home maker – manages the household with $600 a month.

Tai Tai – leaves the chores to the hired help.
Homemaker – distributes procrastinates her house chores throughout the week.

Tai Tai – Her best friend is the staff at the LV store.
Homemaker – Her best friend is her laptop.

Tai Tai – has manicured nails.
Homemaker – has boxes of household gloves.

Tai Tai – carries a spectrum of credit cards.
Homemaker – carries a spectrum of discount cards. Mostly supermarket ones.

Tai Tai – leisurely activity is shopping or an evening at the casino.
Homemaker – leisurely activity is a walk at the local supermarket.

I guess me the hubby has to work harder. *stress stress*

*Disclaimer – This is merely for amusement. No offence intended to the real tai tais out there. I want to join the club!*



  1. I’m also waiting for the day I can join this exclusive club! Ok, right now I need to heat up my overnight dinner as lunch and have to leave my best friend (lappy) alone (but just for awhile). Toodles.

    • Get in line, Tsu Lin! Haha.. =)

  2. Love this post! Darn! the queue is getting longer, can I squeeze behind u gals? lol….

    Heard this on the radio on my way to work, grocery bills are going up in NZ. sigh…

    • I can feel the men sweating! haha..

      grocery prices going up? aiyoh! now the men are REALLY sweating. =)

  3. what about mahjong?

    and holiday = lavish shopping trips round the world…
    and competition = who has the newest LV bag?

    • oh yah.. I totally forgot about mahjong. Haha..

  4. Hi, good share !! I think best to be in between tai tai and homemaker, live to a meaningful yet leisure life, I like it when there is a choice.

    • yeah! half of each side would be just perfect! =)

  5. While trying (and failing) to deny that I’m an expat Sing tai tai in my blog post (http://littlemacaroon.blogspot.com/2011/07/tai-tai-time-wasting.html) I fell across your funny article about wanting to be one!
    It totally cracked me up! Really like your style ;0)

    • Hi Little Macaroon! Nice knowing a fellow mate in the battle of tai tai denial. Hahaha… I’m writing a post on the pros and cons of being a housewife. Stay tuned! =)

  6. You have your points there :)Haha~ i wish to be a Tai Tai * too but reality Tai tai need to sort out lots of family matters! hoho!

  7. Boo! I don’t qualify either :)

  8. hahaha recently my office’s IM status is “my ambition is to be tai tai”

  9. This is so funny! All my friends think I’m a taitai because I’m married and live overseas with my husband. Apparently I’m a tai tai who drinks coffee at nice little cafes! Truth is, I make my own coffee at home. :)

  10. I begin to try understand about tai-tai from your analogy, ma’am… Hahahaha

  11. I made the honest mistake of calling some pretty ladies tai-tai .. The looks I got were nothing less than frosty… No wonder! Lol

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