Miscellaneous mirth in the month of May.
Is Nyan becoming better at soccer (football), now that he’s been at it for five months or so? We’d say so, marginally. What’s really important, though, is that he’s still enjoying it.
One important change: we found a stash of soccer/football jerseys in the closet – shirts we’d been waiting for him to grow into. He’s just about grown into them, so we’ve been busting htem out for practice. Looking good!
Let’s take a look at some live action. Here he is practicing his shots on goal. Practice makes perfect, eventually.
Soccer practice is usually a lot of drills, followed by a scrimmage of some sort. In this game, Nyan shows a little bit of defensive prowess (relatively speaking) And we also see the passion as tempers flare after a goal:
Speaking of defense, check out the boy’s defense in this drill!
Practicing ball control and footwork:
Scoring a goal (eventually) in practice:
Boys being boys:
Here’s some sort of game drill, in which Nyan decided he’d just stand in front of the goal, apparently:
Last but not least, it’s fun to wind down after practice by doing a little climbing on the nearby playground equipment.
Over the years, we’ve seen plenty of evidence of Nyan’s dancing prowess. Here’s some more.
Time for a periodic check-in on Nyan’s progress in martial arts. The short version: slow but steady progress.
The long version: here are some pictures and videos.
He has fun, but he also works hard at the various exercises and routines.
Oh yes, they still do the warm-up routine where the teacher dumps balls on the ground, and the kids run around picking them up.
Here’s Nyan practicing his moves, and being a little silly, one week when a substitute teacher was in.
Some sort of running exercise, with a little silliness thrown in for good measure.
Sometimes he catches Daddy taking a video. Oops.
All that hard work paid off when, in May, Nyan went for his grading exercise and passed! Here’s his teacher, Mr. Lee, awarding him with some new badges for his belt. Next stop: Yellow belt! Mommy and Daddy couldn’t be more proud.
Next up: Because Nyan is about to turn six (!?), he moves out of the “kinder” class and into the real intro class. Stay tuned!
As you’ve seen, our young man has gotten quite good at swimming – both relative to how he was earlier, and in absolute terms. But not to worry: the lad still gets up to plenty of goofy and silly fun in the pool. Check out these videos.
When he’s in the little pool, he likes to show off some routines. All of which he makes up on the spot, of course. Like “Monorail Explode” or “Balloon Circle Explode.” It’s kind of like modern, interpretive dance, maybe?
Here he is in his “Famous” phase, featuring maneuvers like “Famous Shipwalking” and “Famous Airplane Wing.” Also “Famous Train Whistle.”
Spinning around like a, uh, like a corkscrew in a swimming pool, maybe.
Finally, here’s our hero, and Mommy, viewed from 20 stories up. Note that Nyan is (successfully) walking while wearing diving flippers.
Singapore celebrates Mother’s Day in May, like the U.S., rather than following the U.K. calendar, which celebrates the day in March. Last year, we ended up taking a hike through the jungle along the seashore. This year, completely coincidentally, we wound up…taking a hike through the jungle. Wasn’t on purpose, but it was nice nonetheless.
We went to an interior part of the island, a hilly part full of water reservoirs surrounded by dense jungle, cut through with a number of well-maintained hiking paths.
This being Mother’s Day, Nyan allowed Daddy to take a fair number of photos in which he posed with Mommy:
We also tried out a newly discovered feature on Daddy’s camera phone, which takes “bursts” of shots – like dozens in a row. We thought we’d try to capture Mommy and Nyan both leaping high in the air together. We didn’t quite get the timing down. Nice photos though:
But maybe best of all: the rainforest here was thick with monkeys! We steered pretty clear, as we’d heard they might try to steal a water bottle or whatnot. Managed to get some good pics anyway.
Oh, and yeah, Nyan posed for some photos with Daddy. Although they pale next to all the shots with Mommy, and the monkeys too.
Nyan continues to take weekly, hour-long swimming lessons in our condo pool, and he continues to get better and better. He’s at the point now where he can do several different strokes and shows zero fear in the “big pool” – i.e., the pool where he can’t touch the bottom while keeping his head above water. (Not to worry – we still stay right by him when he’s in the big pool.) Let’s take a look at some recent videos and pictures.
This gives a good overview. It’s in the big pool (with little sound, because Daddy shot the video from far away so as not to disturb the lesson):
And the backstroke, of sorts, plus some other strokes:
Look at this. No fear:
He’s also learning to dive, sort of.
Some fun times: Nyan likes it when his teacher, Pang, tosses him high in the air:
And finally, just a few still pictures from various lessons and back-floatings.