Dogs, Dogs, Dogs

It’s been well-documented that, once he got over his initial fears of dogs, Nyan absolutely adores the cuddly critters. And our condo complex, and neighborhood, has lots of ‘em, of all shapes and sizes. Let’s take a quick look at some doggo fun in the month of March,

First up is Enzo, a big lovable fella who we saw on a grassy patch at the condo complex one evening. Much fun ensued, and when a young yellow lab showed up, the fun went all the way up to 11.

This here is Bernie – actual name Kanji. He’s a Bernese Mountain Dog (hence our nickname) who lives across the street. Young, big, goofy and super sweet. Sorry for the lousy pic.

And finally, the crème de la crème, leading contender for Best Dog Ever. Pepsi! 

We can’t really have a dog ourselves for multiple reasons, but our neighborhood dogs aren’t so bad!

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Posted by on April 20, 2022 in Uncategorized



Our Hero Catches Covid

Two-plus years of caution, semi-isolation, mask-wearing, vaccinations and boosters, and yet – our hero somehow managed to catch a case of Covid in March 2022. We suspect he picked it up at school, though who can say for sure? 

It thankfully was very mild: one morning of a slight sore throat and a headache, mostly. But it was enough to knock him out of commission for a week, isolating in Mommy and Daddy’s room, with plenty of time for Youtube, Netflix and Nintendo. While being waited on hand and foot by his parents, bringing him all of his meals in bed.

And somehow, Mommy and Daddy managed to not catch it – we’re still not sure how. 

Not that anyone wants to get Covid, of course, but this wasn’t bad. After a few days he was feeling 100%, but that darn test kept showing the faint line, so we kept up the protocols. 

Finally, after a week, we got the green light to leave the house. We took it very easy, just a slow afternoon stroll down to the beach for some fresh air and people watching.

Could have been a lot worse, but we hope it never is.

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Posted by on April 8, 2022 in Uncategorized



More Fun in February

Some random pics and videos from February 2022. (Yes, yes, we know we are many, many months behind schedule. Apologies. Life has been eventful. –ed.)

We managed to get a taekwondo video for the first time in a while. (Yeah, it’s not a very good video. Sorry about that.)

More photos:

He really enjoyed using the leash-thing during his weekly swimming lessons

And finally, one last group of pictures:

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Posted by on March 30, 2022 in Uncategorized


Nyan Visits a Dog Café

What more is there to say? It’s a “café,” sort of, full of dogs that you can play with. Our hero was in canine heaven.

His favorite was perhaps Waffles, the corgi:

Or maybe it was this mellow little fella:

Or this spaniel:

That last pic shows Nyan giving the spaniel some treats. Yep, you can buy little bags of food to feed the little guys. So we did:

That dog was obviously tired and recovering from an injury. Waffles was far more energetic and aggressive when it came to treats:

A nice way to spend an hour-plus on a weekend afternoon.

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Posted by on March 22, 2022 in Uncategorized



More Fun with Friends

Some random fun times with two of Nyan’s besties in February 2022.

Guinea pigs with Jayden:

Goofing around at various restaurants:

Hanging outside on a windy day:

Of course, it’s not Nyan and Jayden without some screen time:

Fresh air, too:

A pool party and picnic with Nadia and some others:

And finally, strolling down the street with Nadia. Nadia is the taller one.

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Posted by on March 15, 2022 in Uncategorized



Nyan Takes to the High Seas

Well, not exactly the high seas. But a local bank offers free sailing sessions in Marina Bay, in downtown Singapore. It’s tough to get a slot as it’s very popular, and the program was halted for quite a while during Covid. But once they re-started the program, Daddy quickly scored some seats. He and Nyan kept it a surprise from Mommy, who loves to sail. Here are Mommy and Nyan just before the event:

Here we are, getting ready, and then boarding the dinghy that took us out to the sailboats.

We think the boats they use are known as SM40’s, if that means anything to you, dear reader. Whatever: it was pretty great! Check out all these pics.

Nyan helped out with pulling the lines and whatnot (can you tell your correspondent doesn’t know much about sailing?)

Some great views from the boat and the dinghy, too. Singapore sure is a photogenic place:

The whole thing lasted about 45 minutes. Highly recommended!

Afterwards, we took a casual family stroll around downtown, walking down some picturesque streets and ending up in Chinatown.

We posed for a few pictures too.

A really great weekend afternoon outside! 

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Posted by on March 8, 2022 in Uncategorized


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Covid Vaccine and other January fun

(Editor’s note: yes we remain months behind in posting these! Sorry. Life gets in the way…)

We were happy to sign Nyan up for his Covid vaccine as soon as he became available. He was nervous but put on a brave face. 

On the walk home we spotted a prize: his favorite car, a Rolls-Royce!

He had few side effects other than a slightly sore arm. Here he is the next day:

And some Covid-related art he drew:

What else did he get up to in January 2022? Let’s take a look. Some random photos:

He went to a movie one day with Nadia and a few other classmates.

And a few more random photos:

Not a bad month, all in all! 

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Posted by on February 25, 2022 in Uncategorized


Hungry Birds

Long-time readers will recall we’ve had a few olive-backed sunbirds build a nest outside our apartment. Early in the new year, we noticed a new nest going in, in a small shrubby tree that sits in a secluded corner of our balcony. After some research, we determined it was the nest of a  yellow-vented bulbul. 

We did our best to keep a serene environment, being very quiet and cautious when we opened the balcony door and closing the curtains at night so the interior light didn’t disturb. We also snapped a few pics through the window. Momma bird, resting on her eggs, didn’t look too pleased.

Before long…they hatched! We had two baby bulbuls. And they were hungry! And not shy about it either:

Mommy Bird took good care of them, and we took lots of video of her taking care of them:

We watched them get bigger and bigger over the span of just a couple weeks:

They really did grow up fast and we knew they’d be leaving soon:

And sure enough, without warning, a few days later… it was over: the nest was empty. The babies were gone. The bulbuls never came back.

Such is life! We enjoyed it while it lasted though.

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Posted by on February 20, 2022 in Uncategorized



The Return of the Light Festival

Singapore used to have an annual “light festival” downtown every year – basically a chance for artists to display some public light-based sculpture. We made a habit of going – see here – and it was always a pleasant evening out.

Of course, Covid put a quick end to that tradition. But in early 2022, even though we still had to wear masks indoors and out, the festival made a comeback. One Friday evening we renewed our tradition.  It was smaller than in years past but still quite nice.

The main thing was a series of lights projected onto the façade of one of the museums downtown. Kinda cool:

Nyan enjoyed it:

That museum, by the way, is the National Gallery, and it was open for touring, so we checked out some of the exhibits.

Afterwards we strolled along the river. In years past there’s been plenty of exhibits along here; this year, none at all. But it was still nicely lit, a pleasant stroll and a great way to end the evening.

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Posted by on February 15, 2022 in Uncategorized


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The Great Outdoors

January in Singapore means winter – but that doesn’t mean snow and ice. Instead it means slightly cooler temps (very slightly, but noticeably) and, often, a refreshing breeze out of the north. It’s certainly almost always the nicest month weather wise, and we took advantage of January 2022 with a good amount of time outside.

That included, of course, the swimming pool. There was plenty of slow-motion jumping into the water:

And flips too:

Our hero also continued to work on his diving, with the help of his swimming instructor Pang:

We also went for bike rides along the coast. I mean, just look at that:


Just lovely.

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Posted by on February 10, 2022 in Uncategorized


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