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Back to School and More: August 2021

It was back to school in mid-August for Year 6, Nyan’s final year at his current school. Was he excited?

He actually was. He just has to vamp for the camera. 

What else did he get up to in August 2021? We did some taekwondo:

Random photos:

He programmed robots:

More random photos: 

 Check out the concentration while doing homework:

One last batch of photos:

And last but not least, a slo-mo front flip into the pool!

 
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Posted by on September 25, 2021 in Uncategorized

 

Celebrating Mommy’s Birthday in Style

Mommy had a birthday in August. She wanted to celebrate with afternoon tea at the Raffles Hotel. So off we went!

As you know, we spent a couple nights at this gorgeous hotel back in June. It was just as nice in August.

Nyan posed with Mommy:

And we asked the waiter to take a few family photos:

Nyan helped Mommy blow out the candle:

And mostly Nyan was just…. Nyan. Happy birthday, Mommy!

 
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Posted by on September 8, 2021 in Uncategorized

 

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Random Scenes from July 2021

Summer was in full effect in July, so there was lots of sleeping, reading, swimming… well, here: take a look at these random moments from the month.

There was goofing around during swimming lessons: 

Still programming robots:

And plenty of piano practice. 

 
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Posted by on August 29, 2021 in Uncategorized

 

Space Camp and Mountain Camp 

Since we couldn’t travel this summer — for the second summer in a row, not that we’re bitter — we found several different day camps to occupy Nyan’s time during summer break. You’ve seen his efforts from cooking camp; in July, he was off to two more (before new Covid restrictions put an end to day camps, aargh!)

One was called Mountain Camp — a sort of multi-activity five-day camp that featured lots of outdoor activities as well as indoor action like artwork and meditation. Nyan had a blast. Here’s some of the action:

They did some work on emotional resiliency and whatnot (which we loved!) and check out some of the art Nyan drew as part of that.

The camp was held at the Swiss Club, up in the hills on the west side of the island. Nice place!

Nyan also spent a few days at Space Camp, learning all about outer space and space exploration. He did a fair bit of writing in the class:

And maybe best of all, he got to keep his very own space astronaut uniform:

As you can see from some of these pictures, Jayden attended both of these camps as well. So not only did they get to spend entire days and weeks together, they also got to get together after camp for the occasional dinner and playdate! 

Not a bad summer, not a bad life. 

 
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Posted by on August 20, 2021 in Uncategorized

 

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Birthday Madness #10

Our hero turned 10 years old in July! Singapore was back on Covid restrictions so we were limited in what we could do, but we still managed to make it a nice day for the boy.

His bestie, Jayden, certainly helped, as he came over for a mythical, rarely-seen “double sleepover” — two nights in a row of sleepover! They spent a lot of time in the pool:

They played a lot of computer games.

Nyan wanted Shake Shack burgers for his birthday dinner, and since restaurants could only do takeaway, we got takeaway:

More time in the pool: 

More games in the mornings:

And Nadia came over on his birthday night for birthday cupcakes and general silliness:

Remember the recent post where Nyan played on the Oculus virtual reality headset with Kyle? We all enjoyed it so much that we got one for Nyan for his birthday. He, Jayden and Nadia all had a blast with it. Check out all these videos:

Silly and fun – just how a birthday should be! 

 
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Posted by on August 15, 2021 in Uncategorized

 

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Virtual and Actual Fun with Kyle

We got to spend time with Kyle, Kara and their parents in July.  As you’ve seen, it’s always a great time when we can manage to get together.

The big draw this time around was the Oculus – a virtual reality headset that lets you play games, visit the International Space Station, prepare virtual meals, and much more. We all liked it so much that Nyan got one for his birthday a few weeks later!

Here’s Nyan playing a virtual boxing game. The kid’s got a mean swing!

The boys also found time to just veg on the couch playing non-VR games.

A good time for sure!

 
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Posted by on August 10, 2021 in Uncategorized

 

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A Visit to Sungei Boleh

In the far northwest of Singapore is a place called Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, a coastal nature reserve featuring jungles and wetlands, with boardwalks and trails and viewing platforms to look at the birds and lizards that live there. It’s quite a haul from our place, but one morning in July Nyan and Daddy headed up there for a morning of light hiking and communing with nature. We were glad we did!

It’s a beautiful place. Supposedly there are crocodiles there, though we didn’t see any. We did see this water monitor lizard though:

Nyan had a good time.

Listen to those jungle sounds! 

At the end of the trails is a more curated area with small man-made ponds you can sort of walk through. Bit different from the raw nature of the rest of the park, but fine enough.

All in all, a great way to spend a few sweaty hours! 

 
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Posted by on August 5, 2021 in Uncategorized

 

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More Fun in the Early Summer

Here’s a bit of randomness that Nyan got up to in June 2021.

Yes, a fair number of pictures of Nyan sleeping. It’s summer!

Cheating a lil with this video: This wasn’t really summer break; it was an online math exercise he did in the waning days of online learning before school let out for the summer in mid-June. But check that concentration.

And finally, some more photos.

 
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Posted by on July 29, 2021 in Uncategorized

 

Nyan: Master Chef

We signed Nyan up for a series of day camps throughout the summer, and the first one kicked off in late June: five full days of cooking! 

There was lots of stirring and squeezing:

Each day they chose two separate regional cuisines to focus on. Japanese; Thai; American; SIngaporean; French; the list went on.

As for specific foods, that list was long too. Tacos. Churros. Butter chicken. Eclairs. Sushi. Burgers. Satay. Spaghetti. And a lot more.

He’d been looking forward to this camp since the day we signed him up for it back in the spring, and it did not disappoint.

Each day, he brought home that day’s creations to share with Mommy and Daddy. Yep, he was proud of himself, and rightly so.

A great week of learning and fun!

 
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Posted by on July 23, 2021 in Uncategorized

 

A Sunday Morning Nature Hike

One steamy Sunday morning, Nyan and Daddy set off on a jungle hike to a place called the MacRitchie Reservoir. It’s a series of trails along the shores of a man-made lake. It was hardly roughing it: the place is a 20-minute taxi ride away, all the trails are wide, well-maintained boardwalks, and the place was mostly heaving with other people having the same idea. Still, it was a nice escape. 

This being the Singapore jungle, yes there were monkeys.

And plenty of turtles in the near-shore areas.

Pretty great scenery and a good little break, complete with fresh air and (modest) exercise.

 
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Posted by on July 16, 2021 in Uncategorized

 

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