Monthly Archives: November 2014

Nyan Thomas in Langkawi

A while back (pushing three months ago, actually, but who’s counting?), Nyan took Mommy and Daddy on a lovely long weekend escape to the Malaysian island of Langkawi. Here, better late than never, are a bunch of photos and videos to commemorate the time.

One of the highlights of the trip was when we bumped into another family, British expatriates living in Singapore and working in finance, and spending a long weekend in Langkawi. Sounds familiar, no? They also had two kids, including Sienna, who is about Nyan’s age. They hit it off great.

One cool thing about the resort was they had these big pools full of fish, and every morning a staff member would come out with big buckets of fish food for guests to toss in. Nyan and Sienna had a blast:

Can’t really see in these pictures or videos but there were two huge (six-feet long) water monitors, big slithery lizards that are native to Malaysia. Very cool. Also a giant catfish.

Here’s Nyan, bouncing and then doing something called the crab dance. Showing off for the ladies, in other words.

There was plenty of time on the beach too, with proper protection against the sun, of course:


And oh what a beach. What a place. We loved it. Just gorgeous.

Just for fun, because it’s not the most illuminating video ever: at night, we had races on the beach. Can’t see much in this one, but you can hear Nyan being Nyan and eventually he shows up… just watch:

Another night, we walked by the resort’s lounge and someone was playing a lovely song on the piano. Nyan and Mommy couldn’t help but dance. (Note how Nyan says incredulously, “He’s making song for us??” and then starts in on his ‘dance’ (but at least it’s not the crab dance this time):

More nighttime fun: Nyan found a flashlight in our room and pretty much wouldn’t put it down. Even interrupted his meals to wander around and shine it on things. The resort was almost empty, and we had the restaurant pretty much to ourselves, so no problem.

The weekend was mainly a late-birthday celebration for Mommy, so one night at dinner, Nyan made sure that the waitstaff and a string quartet gave Mommy a fitting serenade:

Here’s Nyan at lunch (the white noise in the background is a little waterfall at the restaurant), showing off his coloring skills.

And just a random assortment of photos from the weekend:

Nyan was, as always, an excellent flyer on this trip. To pass the time on the 90-minute flight, he took some shots with Daddy’s camera:

Finally, here’s our boy at the airport and on the plane, happy after a fun-filled and relaxing family weekend.

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Posted by on November 30, 2014 in Photos, Video


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Fun with Daniel

Daniel is Nyan’s pal from the apartment complex. He’s about the same age (I think they were born a week apart) and they get along great. Daniel’s a sweet kid with a very vivid imagination that’s full of witches, dragons, and the like.

In this video, they are apparently using Daniel’s inflatable pool shark to form some sort of bulwark against an invading army of dragons. Or something like that. See for yourself:


Here we have the two lads randomly running around the playground and making random noises:


And a bonus video, Nyan on his own, building up a head of steam and then… jumping through the rope jungle gym. Sort of.

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Posted by on November 21, 2014 in Video



Photo of the Day: Water Park

The shopping mall down the road from our place has a small water park up on the roof. Pretty standard amenity for Singapore, frankly. Here’s the boy a few weeks ago, splashing away without a care in the world.


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Posted by on November 17, 2014 in Photos


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Nyan Thomas Feeds a Giraffe

Nyan took Daddy, Grandma and Grandpa to the Singapore Zoo last week. We happened to get to the giraffe enclosure right at feeding time – and for a few dollars, they handed us some carrots and let us feed the critter. Nyan was… well, he was less than impressed. And who can blame him, really – I mean, take a look at that long, black, snake-like tongue. Kinda creepy to a three-year-old.

Bonus: later, we came across a strange hairy monkey – seriously, dude was like a giant mustache that was swinging thru the trees – who jumped onto a fence post and checked us out. Nyan was still a little leery, but less so, and even managed to give a wave to the little fella.

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Posted by on November 14, 2014 in Photos


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Nyan Thomas, Lego Master

Our boy, like most kids, loves Legos. And Daddy, of course, loves to take videos of our boy. Put them together and we’ve got a trio of recent weeks showing Lego-playining best. First up, the artist builds an airplane that’s great until it crashes:

Next, relaxing after a long day at school by taking off the shorts and building a Lego model of Mommy’s building:

And finally, here we are with another loud airplane. And a special surprise at the end…


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Posted by on November 10, 2014 in Video



Swimming Lessons

A few weeks ago, Nyan joined his school friend Oregon and a few other kids for some rather casual swimming lessons at a nearby condo. We did about four lessons or so, before dropping it (it wasn’t really structured enough to be worth the time or money). But before that, we managed to get in a lot of fun, much of which was captured on video and in photos. They show how far Nyan has come, given that he hardly wanted to dip a toe in the water when we first got here six short months ago.

Look at that brave boy, floating and kicking without a care in the world.

There was plenty of time for fun too. Here’s Nyan with Oregon:

Here’s Nyan, sort of walking/strutting along:

And here is Nyan the dinosaur. Or is it turtle? Sea horse?

Finally, some fun with his classmates.

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Posted by on November 5, 2014 in Photos, Video



Playdate with Kyle, Part Two

After school the other day, Nyan invited his buddy Kyle over for a swim and supper. School is just across the street from Nyan’s apartment, so it was an easy trip. First, the two lads donned their swimsuits and hopped in the pool.

Kyle brought along some pool toys, including a battery-operated orca and a battery-operated whale shark. Nyan loved them, and didn’t exactly want to share:

It’s all good though. They still had a good time.

Later we went upstairs where the dynamic duo ate pasta while Nyan showed off his toys. Then he showed Kyle his room, including his books and the rocking horse that Uncle Scott made for Nyan.


Next up for these two: playing hookey on Friday and heading off to the zoo. We’ll let you know how that goes…


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Posted by on November 3, 2014 in Photos, Video


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