Monthly Archives: June 2014

Hotel Living

From early May through early June, we all lived out of a hotel room in Singapore. It was quite nice – large, great staff, fantastic grounds including playground and a huge swimming pool. We were certainly ready to move into our new place once we found it, but no complaints at all about the place we stayed (it’s called Tree Tops Executive Residences, by the way, and we recommend it highly). Here are a few photos and videos of what Nyan got up to during our time there. Swimming, playing, napping, waiting for a taxi with Mommy, etc.

Plus a couple of videos: one of his favorite games was to run through the hallways, looking for our room. They all tended to look alike, of course, which made it a challenge. And it also burned off some of his voluminous energy! Win-win.

And here he is, just relaxing on the couch, reading the paper. As you do.

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Posted by on June 25, 2014 in Photos, Video



The Singapore Zoo

Nyan loves animals – what kid doesn’t, of course – and we’d read that Singapore has one of the world’s best zoos. So last month, a few days after we arrived here, Daddy and Nyan spent a day at the zoo. We weren’t disappointed.

It rained heavily that morning, but the skies were clearing when we arrived at the zoo, shortly after it opened at 10am. The rain meant no crowds, which meant we had the animals mostly to ourselves. We started out at the polar bear exhibit, where Nyan was wowed as he watched the bear dive under the water and eat fish. (He still talks about that today, more than a month after our visit.)

A small sampling of some of the other animals we saw: zebras, giraffes, crocodiles, lions, birds, monkeys, kangaroos. And a cheetah.

And pygmy hippos.


And organutans.

And turtles and fish.


Monkeys too.


The highlight, perhaps, was the elephant show. All morning long, Daddy had been promising that we’d make it to the elephant show, which somehow in Nyan’s mind became ‘We’re gonna see the elephants dancing!” Well, they didn’t actually dance, but they did put on a nice show for us.

Video from the show:


He looks less than enthused, but that’s just ’cause he was paying close attention. And perhaps because the midday heat, the humidity, the jetlag and the hours of running around were all catching up to him: after the elephant show, we made our way to the exit, and he fell asleep in the car within a few minutes of driving off.



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Posted by on June 22, 2014 in Photos, Video


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Mia and Nyan

Nyan has always been a big fan of his cousin Mia. She lives in Iowa, so he doesn’t get to see her too often, but he’s always really happy to see her. She’s always really good with him as well. They got to hang out a good amount during our recent stop-over in Iowa, with plenty of goofing around, laughing, and hugging. Here’s some of it.


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Posted by on June 18, 2014 in Photos



Nyan Thomas, Gardener

Maybe it’s his Iowa farming roots, or maybe it’s his West Country of England farming roots. Or maybe it’s just that he always wants to help. Whatever the reason, Nyan loves helping out when Grandma is out in the garden. (Same here in Singapore: we have but one solitary houseplant so far, out on the balcony, awaiting transplanting into a bigger pot. Daddy can’t go out there to give it some water without a little helper tagging along and ‘helping.’)

Here are some shots from some cool early spring days in Iowa, Nyan doing his best to make sure Grandma’s garden looks great.

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Posted by on June 17, 2014 in Photos


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Packing for Singapore

As we start to get settled in to our new apartment in Singapore, we’re able to start sifting through hundreds of pictures and videos from the last couple of months – many of which will show up in this humble blog in coming days and weeks. For the moment, it seems fitting to share this one, from our final days in London. It’s Nyan ‘packing’ – and bidding farewell to London – as Mommy and Daddy sort through their stuff ahead of the movers coming to take it all away.


Bonus video: from the same day, Nyan looking out the window as Daddy sneaks a video of him through the wall mirror. Then he sees Daddy, giggles, runs around. Nyan being Nyan.

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Posted by on June 12, 2014 in Video



Nyan Thomas on the Phone

Another flashback, this one from early April as we packed up for our move: Nyan Thomas, chatting on the ‘phone’ (actually some sort of cleaning tool, I believe). He’s ‘talking’ to his friend Elizabeth, telling her about Dr Brown Bear and other highlights of his day.


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Posted by on June 6, 2014 in Video

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