Singapore is a pretty urbanized, built-out, concrete jungle, but there are a few places where the natural, leafy jungle still rules. The local government has done a good job of protecting these places and putting in well-maintained trails for residents to get back to nature. On two Sundays in October, that’s exactly what we did.
First up was a family outing to a place called Dairy Farm Nature Park. It was, in fact, the site of a dairy farm at one point; the first in the tropics, I’m told. Now it’s hilly paved trails leading to an old quarry. It’s quite popular; too much so, I would argue, but that’s life on a densely populated island during a pandemic when no one can fly away!
We digress. Check out these pics from the hike. There were monkeys:
And there was that quarry:
And some family pics and family selfies:
It was a short walk, and very crowded, but still nice.
The following weekend, Nyan and Daddy set off for a more private hike, this time at a place called Thomson Nature Park. They carved it out of the jungle just a couple years ago, and it’s obviously not too popular yet. That was fine by us! We had the hills and trails mostly to ourselves.
The jungle here was thick:
Some of the leaves grew quite large. Yes, that’s actually a Nyan-sized leaf; it’s not a trick of perspective.
A lovely little stream:
Both hikes were, of course, hot and sweaty, but well worth it. Always nice to get out into wild nature.
He loves to put on a grumpy face for the camera, eh?
Nyan takes the bus to school this year, as does Ellie, the younger girl who lives in our building. They always have a lot of goofy fun on the walk back to the apartment from the bus stop.
Yeah, they held hands briefly one day. When both sets of parents casually mentioned it… well, they both got embarrassed and stopped. Ah well.
Also in August, we made a Sunday afternoon visit to the Art Science Museum to see the futuristic exhibit we’d been to before. It’s kinda a hodge-podge of visual exhibits, and kinda cool.
One bit has you coloring in a fish or a UFO or the like and inserting it into a computer; a few seconds later, your drawing is making its way across a big screen with everyone else’s. Kinda cool.
The highlight is the exhibit featuring tens of thousands of LED lights arranged in a sort of maze; they flash and change color and it’s all quite cool.
Bonus: we went to the beach one day. Because of the summertime prevailing winds and currents, in August the southern-facing beaches are just covered in flotsam, jetsam, and other garbage thrown overboard by ships (thanks) or washed away from coastal villages that have no waste management to speak of (thanks to you too). It’s nasty, but this day some volunteers were clearing the beach of the debris. Nyan saw and wanted to help! Quite proud of him.
Kyle is Nyan’s oldest friend in Singapore; they met and instantly clicked at preschool way back in July 2014. It’s always a great time when we get together with Kyle and his family, and one Sunday afternoon in August was no exception.
There were Pokemon cards:
There was lounging on the couch:
And there was a lot of indoor basketball, featuring slo-mo slam dunks:
Kyle’s got some serious hops too:
Mommy did some reading with younger sister Kara, and Nyan had to take part too:
Here’s some more of Mommy and Kara:
At the end of the night, Kyle’s daddy Bryan drove us home in his convertible.
Bryan showed off the car’s sound system. Nyan dug it.
As you’ve seen, July 2020 was a busy, busy month as we emerged from the coronavirus lockdown. There was more though. Let’s take a look at some random moments, in picture and in video. Some random photos:
Nyan loves to dance, as you’ve seen, so he grudgingly signed up for two sample hip-hop dance classes at a nearby studio. He was nervous that he’d be the only boy in the class, so we convinced his bestie Jayden to attend as well. A fine theory, but in the end they both just sorta goofed off a bit.
More random photos:
We did convince Nyan to return for his second class; Jayden couldn’t make it, which made Nyan even more nervous. But he bucked up and went. He was, in fact, the only boy the class (though we bumped into a school classmate on the walk there, and she was in the same dance class; that helped). Here’s the class:
A few more random photos:
One final video from that dance class.
He didn’t want to continue classes, sadly, and we chose not to force him…
And last but not least, our hero enjoying a small bowl of gelato,.