Monthly Archives: November 2015

A Modern Day Ansel Adams

Our boy has always had a bit of a creative streak (check out his drawings of trucks or sharks, or the expert way he colors in his coloring books). He loves to bang on his keyboard or strum Daddy’s guitar. He’s even picked up a camera from time to time.

On our trip to California this summer, he got ahold of Mommy’s digital point-and-shoot camera and, one jet lagged morning as we strolled around, he turned the quiet suburban office park into his palette.

In other words, he took a lot of photographs — at the office park and elsewhere. He’s some of his portfolio.

We think he did an excellent job of capturing the mood, the feeling, of the suburban office park – the ennui, the emptiness. See what you think:

He also did a decent job capturing shots of Mommy and Daddy, whether candid and casual or clearly coached by the photographer.

Nyan likes to look down when he shoots.

He also had a brief period in which he focused on fire hydrants.

The true artist is never bored. Strapped into a car seat while Daddy takes a leisurely stroll along the Pacific Coast Highway? Don’t get bored — get arty!

The artiste himself at work, taken by Daddy:

Regrettably, his photography days ended abruptly when he dropped Mommy’s camera on the ground. The lens no longer retracts, and the shutter no longer opens. Tough to take a photo without a working shutter. We’ll have to find him a relatively inexpensive point-and-shoot. In any case, we have a feeling we haven’t seen the last of Nyan Thomas, Photographer.

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Posted by on November 17, 2015 in Photos



Nyan Thomas in September

What a month it was. Phwa Phwa visited from England; corporations destroying the rainforests in Indonesia by burning it down — anything for a fast profit, the future of the planet be damned! — sent thick acrid smoke across Singapore for much of the month, and Nyan continued to refine his drawing and writing skills. Here’s a quick look back.

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Posted by on November 6, 2015 in Photos


Birthday Party Part One

Back over the summer – July 26, to be exact – our boy had a birthday. Turned four years old. We happened to be in Iowa at the time (to be precise, we happened to have planned our trip to make sure we’d still be there on the 26th) so Grandma and Grandpa helped Mommy and Daddy throw a big ol’ bash.


It was a real family affair, with dozens of aunts, uncles, cousins, you name it Lots of kids too, and they all had a blast together:

There were gifts to open too:

And of course, there was cake. Dinosaur cake.

And this wasn’t planned, but at some point, Mommy Daddy and Nyan were out on the front porch, and someone had a camera, so we did an impromptu photo shoot.

So why did we call this post “Birthday Party, Part One”? Because we had another birthday party when we got back to Singapore. We’ve got pictures from that one too, which we’ll share in the near future…

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Posted by on November 6, 2015 in Uncategorized


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Summertime and Time Capsules

We hear it’s well into autumn back in the US and UK. Well, it’s been lovely and hot and humid (but no haze!) here in Singapore, which I guess has put us in a summer-y sort of mood. So we’re looking back at some lazy days over the summer, when Nyan got to hang out in Grandma and Grandpa’s backyard, building a fire in the evening and lounging on the hammock in the afternoons. And always, always, his little mind whirring, his imagination in full gear.

At the end of that video, there’s reference to a time capsule. You see, Grandma and Grandpa had him fill a little metal box with some coins, a toy car and a note, and then they buried it near the apple tree they planted earlier. In a few years, we’ll dig it up.

Here’s video of the actual burying:

Finally, a panoramic view of the backyard itself. Lovely place to spend some summer time.


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Posted by on November 2, 2015 in Uncategorized


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