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The Singapore Auto Show

Mommy and Daddy aren’t particularly into cars, and thus an auto show doesn’t hold a ton of interest for us. But you know who is particularly into cars? If you guessed we’re talking about Nyan Thomas, you win!

Last weekend was the Singapore Auto Show. It was held a convention center an easy 10-minute bus ride away, and tickets were cheap, so we figured we’d give the boy a fun afternoon. Mission Accomplished!

It was, I suppose, a typical car show (I have to suppose on that point, as this was our first such show). Lots of new cars and trucks on display, most of them available for people to climb in and pretend to be driving. A few tall models standing by some of the cars, and plenty of salespeople ready to pounce if you show any interest in a particular car.

(Any interest? No. Why? Cars here are expensive! One car on show was a Ford Fiesta. A very basic car. In the US, they retail for $15,000, give or take. In the UK, you can find one on the lot for about £10,000 (which happens to be about US$15,000). This Ford Fiesta in Singapore? S$105,000. That’s the equivalent of about £52,000, and also the equivalent of about US$84,000. So, no – no interest.)

In any case, Nyan loved it. We had serious trouble getting him out of there when it was time to go – just like we had serious trouble getting him out of any particular car or truck. Only thing that worked was to point out another car or truck nearby, at which point he’d climb out of one and head right to the next. But hey, the kid had a blast, so who are we to complain.

Some photos:

And here he is inside the cab of that delivery truck, explaining what he’s delivering.

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Posted by on January 23, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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On the Beach

A few weeks back, Nyan’s friend Aiden came to town with his parents, so we all got together down at the beach, a 10-minute stroll from our apartment. We don’t actually go in the water at this beach — too much trash and lord knows what else, thanks to the scores of ships that drop anchor just offshore, as you can see in some of the pictures — but it’s a lovely place to catch some sun and breeze, kick a ball around, and build a sand castle or three.

Not a bad way to spend a January afternoon.

 
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Posted by on January 22, 2015 in Photos

 

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What Nyan’s Been Up To

Just clearing the decks of a handful of recent videos, showing our boy at his finest and his silliest.

Here’s Nyan being a ‘baby crab.’ Which seems to mostly mean rolling around on his back and making odd noises.

 

Playing with his cars at home. And being silly when he realizes Daddy’s got the camera trained on him.

 

Just jumping.

 

Just silly. Trying out his vocal range.

 

When Nyan rides a double-decker bus, he likes to sit up top. And he has to be in one of the very front seats, so he can drive the bus. Like here.

 

Speaking of cars and driving, here he is, driving a coin-operated car at a nearby mall.

 

Last but surely not least, another from our series of Nyan playing with his silly-but-sweet friend from the next apartment tower over, Daniel.

 
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Posted by on January 21, 2015 in Video

 

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A Snowstorm in Singapore

No, not really. But a place here called Gardens by the Bay — a sort of high-tech botanical garden, and one of Daddy’s favorite places in Singapore — pulled out all the stops for Christmas. Holiday lights were everywhere, and a couple times a night they turned on some snow machines, which belched out large flakes of fake snow. How could we resist a draw like that?

First, let’s take a look at some of the lights. Gardens by the Bay has these things called Supertrees — tall metallic tree-shaped structures that have plants growing up their sides. They’re really cool on a normal day, and even more so in fancy lights:

Here’s some photos of the snow storm. And a video too:

We all had a great time, in spite of the icy fake snow that turned the field into a muddy mess, and in spite of the tremendous crowds that meant it took us an hour to get served dinner at the on-site restaurant, and half an hour to get a taxi home. Here are a few more shots of Nyan being Nyan:

And let’s take another look at some of the lights, shall we?

 
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Posted by on January 11, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Pirate Ship!

Back in November, when Auntie Zuzu and Uncle Iain were in town, we pulled Nyan out of school for a day and took him to Sentosa Island — the resort island just south of Singapore — for some time at a waterpark. It’s called something like World of Water or Port of Fun or something along those lines, but ’round these parts at least, we call it the Pirate Ship. Because it’s basically one giant pirate ship:

There are buckets that dump huge amounts of water on your head. There are water slides. There are water cannons. There are little splash pools. There’s a friendly and surprisingly decent cafe right there. And it’s all pretty much perfectly sized for an energetic three year old.

After a few hours of splashing and sliding and generally running around, the lad was exhausted, and he fell fast asleep in the taxi on the way home. All in all, we’d call the visit to the Pirate Ship a complete success!

 
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Posted by on January 10, 2015 in Photos

 

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Nyan Thomas, Hoops Star

The hotel we stayed at in Vietnam offered a basketball hoop to the side of the tennis courts, so one cloudy afternoon, Daddy and Nyan grabbed a ball and shot around for a little while. Let’s just say that what they lacked in skill, they made up for in effort. (This sadly applies to both Daddy and Nyan). Check it out…

 
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Posted by on January 3, 2015 in Photos

 

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Happy New Year!

A very happy new year from everyone here at Nyan Thomas World HQ, to all our loyal fans and readers around the world. This year promises to be an exciting and fun-filled year, but we thought we’d kick things off with a quick look back at the year that was. 2014 was pretty eventful for us – a move from London to Singapore, exploring the Little Red Dot (as this island is known), traveling around Southeast Asia, settling in to a new apartment and new school, making new friends… whew!

Eventful, yes, and overall very successful, we’d say. Nyan continues to amaze and delight his Mommy and his Daddy — that is, when he’s not exasperating them with his cleverness and mischievousness. As we tell each other all the time: Hey, he’s three years old – what do you expect?

No further ado, here’s a review of Nyan Thomas in 2014.

January 2014 — What’s With All the Clothes? It was a typically dark, damp and chilly January in London. It’s weird now to see Nyan dressed in long sleeves, winter coats, etc.

February 2014 — Big Boy Bed. Winter continues, but Nyan’s happy – especially when we convert his crib to an open-faced Big Boy Bed. He’s growing up!

March 2014 — Spring Soon Come. Still in London, but a lot of outdoor pictures from this month. Perhaps getting in shape for all the time we spend outside in Singapore?

April 2014 — A Farewell to London. Our final days in London featured a going away party, lots of packing and last-minute errands, and some dudes breaking into our house in the middle of the night as we slept upstairs, making off with our car, Daddy’s camera, a couple computers, some cash, etc. A typical month, really.

April/May 2014 — Interlude.  Nyan and Daddy spent three weeks in Iowa, soaking up that Midwestern goodness before heading east.

May 2014 — Hotel Living. A few weeks in temporary housing as we start to settle in to Singapore.

June 2014 — Settling In. A new apartment, a new school, then another new school after the first new school doesn’t pass muster.

July 2014 — Three!  Nyan turns three years old. Time flies.

August 2014 — Meet the Panda.  We met a panda at a local wildlife park. We traveled to Indonesia. Nyan visited the dentist for the first time. Action-packed month!

September 2014 — Langkawi. We visited Langkawi, Malaysia, and also took up some swimming lessons. Definitely feeling settled in here by now.

October 2014 — Dr. Nyan Thomas L. Nyan dressed up as a doctor for Halloween. He also hung out with his pals Kyle and Daniel, continued to swim, and mostly just kept being Nyan.

November 2014 — Visitors!  Grandma and Grandpa L., followed by Auntie Zuzu and Uncle Iain. A very good month.

December 2014 — Holiday Cheer. We visited Vietnam. We visited Changi Beach Park. We celebrated Christmas. Not too shabby.

Not a bad year at all, we’d say. Here’s to an even better 2015!

 
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Posted by on January 2, 2015 in Photos

 
 
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