Monthly Archives: December 2016

Seaside Dining, with Planes

One of our favorite places to dine is an outdoor place on the southeast corner of Singapore. It’s right on the water, so it gives great views of ships and ferries and the sunset, and it’s also just before the start of the runways at Changi Airport. That means fantastic views of planes coming in for a landing — oftentimes literally right overhead.

It’s a great place to just chill and enjoy the breeze…

But the best moment comes every few minutes, when a distant light in the sky gets bigger and louder as it nears….

Of course you have to wave at the pilot:

Last time we visited, we even found a coconut that had fallen off a palm tree. Brought it home, cracked it open, enjoyed the insides. Not bad at all.


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Posted by on December 30, 2016 in Uncategorized


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Fun Times All Over the Place

Here’s a dump of a ton of photos and videos from the month of November 2016.

Splashing around in the pool:

Goofing around at a National Geographic exhibit:

Play-fighting with Adriana, one of his BFFs:

Goofing around in front of a mirror:

And finally: morning silliness.

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Posted by on December 26, 2016 in Uncategorized


The Robot Master

One of our Saturday routines is robotics class. It’s run by a former Silicon Valley engineer who now teaches kids to use Legos and computers to build little robots. Nyan’s a bit younger than the instructor – Coach G – usually teaches, but he agreed to give Nyan a shot.

Nyan’s been at it for about three months now, and while he isn’t always entirely focused for the entire 90 minute session, he does really well overall. Here’s a snippet of class from a few weeks back:

And a few photos from class, including a robotic Lego lion he built!

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Posted by on December 22, 2016 in Uncategorized



Nyan Thomas, Reader

It’s no secret that Nyan loves books and stories. No matter what or when, chances are he’ll ask Mommy or Daddy to tell (or better yet, read) him a story. Before bed, at mealtime, when brushing teeth, on the toilet, on the bus…. ‘Can you read me a story?’

What’s much lesser known is that the young man is no slouch at reading himself. And  every once in a while, we’re able to grab some video evidence.

Here he is, back in November, reading some Curious George before school:

Also in November, reading some Richard Scarry before bed (apologies for the slightly soft audio):

And finally, one morning I had asked the little man to make his bed. I left his room and came back a few minutes later, expecting to find a made bed. Nope. Instead I found this:

Hard to get mad at him when he’s doing that though, isn’t it.


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Posted by on December 19, 2016 in Uncategorized



Playdate at the Sports Hub

You read recently about the playdate Nyan had with Kyra and Chrysa at Gardens by the Bay. Not long after that, he met up with those two lovely ladies once again, along with fellow classmate Ming Xuan, for another Sunday afternoon of fun, this time at Singapore’s Sports Hub.

The Sports Hub is home to the National Stadium — a 60,000 seat domed affair — as well as a smaller arena, running tracks, tennis courts a large swim center, and (this being Singapore) a shopping mall. There’s also an exhibition space near all of this, and the day we went, there was some sort of tennis-related exhibition, to celebrate a big tennis tournament going on.

Some pictures of the kids:

We checked out the tennis bits, but the kids were more interested in goofing around inside the mall. Such as making goofy faces in the reflection of a car display:

Or just milling about among the crowds:

The real fun, though, came when we decided to get our swimsuits and head to the waterpark on the roof of the mall. It’s a small but great little play area, complete with water slides — here are Nyan and Ming Xuan cheering either Kyra or Chrysa as they come down the slide:

And general playtime:

Another great Sunday full of fun, friends and outdoor activities.

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Posted by on December 16, 2016 in Uncategorized


Jayden’s Birthday Party

One of Nyan’s best friends is Jayden, who lives in the same apartment complex as us. Jayden turned six back in October, and his parents threw him a party at a nearby indoor playroom. Nyan of course was more than happy to attend.

Here are a couple of silly boys:

Most of the action was just boys being boys. Throwing things, goofing around — just being kids, basically.

There were also a fair number of costumes and play areas where kids could dress up and pretend to do adult things. There was a pretend grocery store, for instance, and a pretend doctor’s office with doctor costumes and an examination table. Here’s Nyan, sort of dressing up as (we think) a police officer.

And finally, here’s Nyan pretending to be a (slightly chubby) stormtrooper:

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Posted by on December 13, 2016 in Uncategorized



Much More October Fun

Nyan had a busy month of October. Lots of playdates and Halloween, as you’ve seen, yes. But also just general fun, silliness and simply being Nyan. Let’s take a look.

One day in some random shopping mall, we came across a display of F1 racecars. They were set up as driving simulators and video games that Nyan just had to try. He’s not a very good driver.

Some random photos:

Check him out as he dances and bounces on the bed:

More photos:

Of course, he always loves to just dance/run around the house/be silly:

Still more photos:

A little singing while he reads:

Yet still again more photos:

Finally, after watching a Peanuts movie, dancing to the catchy song in the closing credits:

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Posted by on December 10, 2016 in Uncategorized

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