Here’s a look at some random moments from across the month of January.
And still being silly.
That’s our boy.
We try to always emphasize to Nyan the importance of exercise and movement – running around, swimming, walking, just moving. We’re blessed that the Singapore climate means cold air doesn’t keep us inside for several months of the year, so we do our best to take advantage. Let’s take a quick look at some of his activities.
There’s plenty of soccer, of course. We think he’s showing slight improvement! Slight, but it’s better than nothing. And, of course, the whole point is to get some exercise, learn teamwork, and get outside.
Here’s some recent taekwondo photos:
Sometimes he joins Mommy for some yoga:
Finally, for good measure, one more video of Nyan Thomas, soccer star.
If we wanted to, we could make this blog be nothing but photos and videos of Nyan reading, since he seems to always have his nose in a book. Not that we mind one bit! Among his current favorites are the Geronimo Stilton series, the Captain Underpants series, the HiLo series, as well as anything related to science, engineering, or how things work in general. Dr Seuss remains a favorite too; we’ve been reading him the legend of King Arthur too. It’s a long list.
Here’s some recent videos and pictures of the scholar, reading.
Enjoying one of his favorites, Geronimo Stilton:
Reading from one of the books that he’s assigned to read aloud on a nightly basis:
And a few more random shots:
Will there be more evidence of his love of reading in the future? Count on it.
Here are a few random moments shared between Nyan and various friends in January.
His friend and former MMI classmate Abi had a birthday party — at which we took hardly any photos, for some reason — so we got to see some of the old crew. Including Adriana; she and Ryan splashed in the pool together quite a bit.
Another day, we went to the cinema to see the latest Star Wars movie, the Last Jedi:
On the walk home, we happened to bump into Kyra and Chrysa and their folks on the street. Always nice to see them.
And of course, no review of Nyan’s friends would be complete without mention of Jayden, his classmate and friend who lives in the apartment block across the pool from us. They are quite similar and have such a great time together; it’s quite lovely to see.
(Nyan also gets along well with Jonnie, Jayden’s four-year-old brother. Nyan acts almost like an older brother to him at times.)
In downtown Singapore, there’s an art deco-style skyscraper called Peninsula Plaza. It’s a shopping mall on the first few floors and then an office tower above that, and it’s sometimes called Little Burma, because the place is chock full of Burmese restaurants, groceries, travel agencies and shops.
It’s a place we’ve been to a lot, so when Nyan had a school assignment to write a little bit about a special place in Singapore that his classmates may not know about, he opted for Peninsula Plaza. We didn’t really *have* to pay it a visit, since we know it so well already, but any excuse for some good Burmese food. So off we went.
That’s the building itself, and Nyan standing outside it on a sunny Sunday afternoon.
The place was packed – there are thousands of Burmese domestic workers and construction workers here, and Sunday is their day off, when they all converge on Peninsula Plaza to eat and socialize – but we managed to find a table at a restaurant in the basement.
When Nyan wasn’t eating, he was drawing.
Maybe the best part of Peninsula Plaza, for Nyan at least, is a store on the first floor called Sin Toy. It’s full of cheap, junky toys, but every once in a while you can find a gem – like a die-cast metal airplane. It’s the shop where his big Singapore Airlines A380 model came from, and on this visit, he managed to convince Daddy to buy him a Jetstar plane.
Not a bad day.
Time for a periodic check-in to how Nyan’s doing at school. In short: just fine.
Here are some random pictures of the walk to and from school:
Walking around with various friends, mostly Jayden:
Here’s just a wee bit of his recent school work. We’ll have much more on this in the near future.
We live in the tropics – just north of the equator, in fact – which means we sometimes get tropical downpours. In January, we had a lot of them, usually at the exact time when we were heading home from school. No problem, though, with umbrellas and raincoats.
And finally, some of the funny faces our boy makes in the mirror of the elevator as we’re heading to school in the morning or coming home in the afternoon.
Phwa Phwa – Mommy’s Mommy – stayed with us for a few months, escaping much of the cold, dark, dreary and damp English winter. It was lovely to have her, and Nyan certainly enjoyed the companionship and attention.
She spoiled him, as grandmothers are wont to do. (To be honest, she somewhat spoiled mommy and daddy too, cooking us delicious meals nearly every night!)
All good things must end, and in late January, she needed to return home. Seeing her off at the airport brought a special treat: a model showing what the place will look like once they build the new, gigantic Terminal Five about a decade from now.
Then it was time to say goodbye, in a lush flower garden they installed inside the airport terminal. We do love Changi Airport.
Farewell, Phwa Phwa, and come back any time!