Monthly Archives: July 2014

Photo of the Day: Tractor

Nyan keeps his riding tractor on our balcony. Here it is.


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Posted by on July 31, 2014 in Photos


Flashback: Expressions

Trying out a new technology; assuming it works, here’s a quick progression of Nyan showing off his various facial expressions, three days old.


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Posted by on July 27, 2014 in Uncategorized


Happy Birthday!

Our boy is three years old today. Here he is in July from 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.


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Posted by on July 26, 2014 in Photos


Photo of the Day: Cat in the Hat

You know the Cat in the Hat, right? The Dr Suess story? We’ve been reading that quite a bit lately. You know how the cat has a big floppy hat on his head? Well, the other day, Nyan grabbed a water bottle, placed it on his head, and said ‘I’m the Cat in the Hat! And sure enough, the bottle kinda sorta does look like the hat from the book! Kind of. Either we’re overly impressed with our offspring (quite possible, we admit) or the kid’s got a splendid imagination.


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Posted by on July 25, 2014 in Photos


Photo of the Day: Swimming with Mommy

Just a Mommy and her boy, floating along without a care in the world.


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Posted by on July 23, 2014 in Photos



New Friends

We’re extremely pleased to report that Nyan has started to make some new pals here in Singapore. After two months of hanging out with Daddy pretty much non stop, the poor kid, he’s now got some friends at his new school, and he’s started to pal around with kids here in the apartment complex too. The complex is five 21-story towers, built around a series of swimming pools and playground. On weekends and in the evening, the place is heaving with kids. The other day, Nyan noticed that one of the kids, a fella maybe six months younger than Nyan (his name’s Aiden, but they call him Danny Boy for some reason), had a plastic digger or bulldozer or the like. So Nyan went upstairs, got his own plastic digger, and went up to the little boy to share and play. And they were off to the races.


Later they moved over to the playground, where Nyan and Danny set up a shop, just like Nyan used to do back in Wanstead:

Danny’s older brother was there as well.

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Now, almost every day when Daddy and Nyan walk home from school, Nyan peels his eyes for Danny Boy. If he sees him, Nyan will run up to him, and then it’s a good hour before we’re able to get Nyan upstairs for dinner. But that’s perfectly fine! Here they are on another day, climbing up the jungle gym.

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Posted by on July 22, 2014 in Photos, Video



Photo of the Day: Nyan and Aiden

An old university friend of Beatrice’s, Brian, is from Singapore and lives now in Shanghai. He, his wife and their five year old son were visiting recently, so we all got together for an afternoon of dining and wandering around Singapore. Nyan and Aiden are two peas in a pod – energetic, boisterous, total boy’s boys. They got along great. Here they are in a moment (just a moment) of quiet reflection, looking at a cactus I do believe.


Bonus photo: Nyan got a hold of someone’s camera, somehow. Here he is waiting for just the right moment to snap his next masterpiece.


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Posted by on July 22, 2014 in Photos



Nyan Thomas, Kung Fu Master

Well, not quite. But he’s been going to a kung fu-for-toddlers class for a few weeks now. It’s every Sunday morning, about a 10 minute walk from our apartment, just off the beachfront park (which means we often end a kung fu session with a trip to the beach, to watch the ships in the harbor and catch some ocean breezes. Life is good). He enjoys the classes for the most part, though he does lack a certain, shall we say, focus. And the motor skills to do a lot of the activities. But more often than not, he tries, and seems to have fun. Here, then, a bunch of videos from recent weeks, showing off his moves, or lack thereof.

Of course, it’s important to stretch before exercise. (Shot via a mirror, hence the low quality):


There’s a lot of exercises that call for Nyan to run up to the teacher and punch or kick various things. Let’s just say he’s got some work to do


But at least he’s enthusiastic:


One of Nyan’s favorite activities is where he has to scale a wall, swing his legs over, and drop down on the other side. Fun to watch too:


There are somersaults too, which Nyan also enjoys:


And finally, here’s Nyan putting his kung fu skills to work on the streets. Or at a shopping mall food court. Same idea:



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Posted by on July 21, 2014 in Video


Photo of the Day: Spaghetti

When Daddy’s younger brother, Nyan’s Uncle Mike, was just a little thing, he fell asleep at the dinner table one time, plopping his face right down into a bowl of spaghetti. We couldn’t help but be reminded of that when we saw this photo. Maybe it’s the bowl of spaghetti, maybe it’s the 1970s-looking tablecloth, maybe it’s the 1970s-looking effect of the photo (brought on accidentally by an odd flash on this particular shot), maybe it’s the fact that Nyan looks remarkably like a young Daddy or a young Uncle Mike in this photo. Whatever; we like this shot.


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Posted by on July 21, 2014 in Photos



Photo of the Day: Durian

There’s a fruit in southeast Asia called the durian. Some call it the king of fruits; some say it smells nasty and tastes even worse. Daddy was game to try it, and sad to say, he found it incredibly unpleasant, with a nasty taste that lingered in his mouth for hours and hours. Yuck.

Coincidentally, the very next day, Nyan found a book at school that was all about… durian. It’s written in Indonesian, but seems to be about a little boy whose family wants him to try durian, but he is put off by the smell. Then he sees everyone everywhere enjoying the fruit, and has dreams wherein he is dancing around with giant durians, so he finally decides to try it…and he loves it! (I’m pretty sure the book was published by the durian growers association….)  Anyway, Nyan spent several days in a row seeking out the book and reading it all the way through. Or at least looking at the pictures and asking Daddy what was going on in the story. And no, he has not (yet?) tried an actual durian.

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Posted by on July 20, 2014 in Photos

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