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Lots of Good Times in January 2020

Some random moments from the month of January 2020. Starting with waiting for the school bus in the morning with Helena and little Izzy:

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A pillow fight/dance-off with Mommy:  

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Goofing and dancing with Jayden:

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The young prince luxuriating as his staff (a.k.a. mommy) blow-dries his hair before bed.

Finally, yet still more photos to play us out:

 
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Posted by on February 26, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

An Afternoon at Haw Par Villa 

Out in the western part of Singapore is a place called Haw Par Villa. They call it a theme park but it’s more like… a bunch of bizarre statues. Here’s what Wikipedia says about it:

“The park contains over 1,000 statues and 150 giant dioramas depicting scenes from Chinese mythology, folklore, legends, history, and illustrations of various aspects of Confucianism.”

It was built by a couple of Burmese businessmen who had made a fortune by developing Tiger Balm,  and who wanted to do something with their fortune in their adopted home of Singapore. Since Mommy and Phwa Phwa are of course Burmese — and Nyan is half Burmese — it seemed a great place for a visit. So with a few other local Burmese women, off they went one Sunday afternoon. 

There were plenty of group photos:

But mostly it was Nyan running around, being wowed by the exhibits, and being goofy with some of them. 

There was also a sort of wrestling ring, which Nyan put to good use.

A bizarre but cool place! 

 
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Posted by on February 22, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

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Visiting Changi Jewel with Phwa Phwa

Changi Jewel — the fairly new and very fancy shopping mall attached to the airport, and the place with the gigantic indoor waterfall — wasn’t open the last time Phwa Phwa had visited us, so one evening during her visit in January we headed there for a walk around.

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We came across a kiddie barbershop there, and since Nyan needed a trim, we got him one.

And we posed for a bunch of family pics. Nyan of course had to mug for the camera.

 
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Posted by on February 16, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

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Sports Update

A quick look at some of Nyan’s sports activity in the month of January 2020. Here he is, enjoying a mid-winter swim:

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And some taekwondo:

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Some soccer, including some dance moves:

And this doesn’t really count as taekwondo, but at the end of his lesson, he likes to burn off some steam by running and jumping. He’s started to get his classmates to do it too.

 
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Posted by on February 11, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

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Jungle Hike with Phwa Phwa

Phwa Phwa — Nyan’s grandma — came to visit in late December, and on New Year’s Day, we headed off on  a jungle hike. It was a very civilized hike: we followed a carefully maintained metal boardwalk high up into the canopy and through the jungle, ending up at a place called Henderson Waves Bridge, this fancy pedestrian bridge that spans a canyon in the jungle below.

A few pics from the walk:

At one point there was a little paved area with these fun exercise machines. We had to imbibe, of course.

Here we are taking various family photos at the Henderson Waves Bridge.

We close with a few scenic shots from various points along the way. 

 
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Posted by on February 6, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

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Fun Times in December

Some random pictures and videos from December 2019:

Nyan bumped into Nadia outside the neighborhood supermarket one day. Hilarity ensued. 

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Practicing his wall-leaping skills after taekwondo: 

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Skipping on the way home after school: 

Still more photos:

Another episode of wall-leaping:

And one more batch of photos: 

An evening at the beach:

 
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Posted by on January 30, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

Christmas in Singapore

It’s never a White Christmas, but the holidays in Singapore are still a special time.

Here’s our cute little Christmas tree and other accoutrement, including a gingerbread house that Nyan made with Nadia.

One of our family traditions is to visit the Christmas display at Gardens by the Bay each year. This year was as lovely as ever, although awfully crowded. (This was before the viral pandemic, keep in mind!)

We took some family selfies:

And enjoyed this egg-shaped light display in one of the pools. Not very Christmassy but very cool!

Another holiday tradition is having Christmas dinner with Kyle, Kara, Bryan and Sara at their place. It also involves the kids playing with their new toys.

Oh, and presents on Xmas morning? Yes, yes, of course.

Merry Christmas!

 
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Posted by on January 25, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

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The Return of Monster Jam! 

As we hinted as last month, December saw the return of the monster truck show, Monster Jam, to the National Stadium. Nyan went along with Jayden and Jonnie. And bought a tshirt:

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We had pretty good seats:

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And we had some goofy boys.

Let’s not forget the main event! There were a lot of flipped trucks by the end of the night, as you can see in two of these three videos. 

Loud and fun. Every boy’s dream!

 
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Posted by on January 20, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

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Christmas in the Maldives!

In mid-December we hopped a Singapore Airlines jet for the Maldives, the low-lying island chain southwest of India. We’d long been fascinated by the place, after seeing pictures of coral atolls and sandy beaches, so we headed to a resort for a week or so, a little bit before Christmas.

It was amazing and we can’t wait to return!

We stayed at a resort called Kurumba, which took up the whole of a small island a short speedboat ride away from the island where the airport was built/ Check out these pictures of the resort and the surrounding beaches and water.

We had a little cabana right on the beach.

The resort offered diving, yoga, swimming… typical beach resort amenities. There wasn’t really all that much to do overall — which was exactly the point. Daddy went diving a lot, but otherwise we dd a lot of hanging out, reading, relaxing.

Nyan on the gorgeous beach that surrounded the entire island:

The lagoon around the beach were very shallow and warm. Sometimes a baby shark would swim by:

Don’t worry, the sharks weren’t dangerous. So Nyan spent a lot of time in the water too.

We took a lot of family pictures too:

Mostly we walked around the resort but one day we indulged Nyan’s desire to get a ride on the golf cart.

Yeah, Nyan spent most of the time being his normal self. Reading, sleeping, just being Nyan.

Including being a goofball from time to time:

Fianlly, some shots from the traveling experience. On the plane, at the airport…

And on the speedboat on the ride to the airport our last morning.  Ahh. Lovely.

 
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Posted by on January 15, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

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Dinner and Games with Kyle

One evening in early December, we met Bryan, Sara, Kyle and Kara at a local shopping mall for an evening of fun. We started off with a sprawling dinner at a nice Japanese restaurant. The kids posed for pictures, being adequately goofy.

Afterwards we strolled around the mall and ended up at games arcade. Lots of fun was had; even Mommy got into it!

 
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Posted by on January 10, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

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