Some random photos and videos from February 2019.
He loved his new shirt:
Some of his Lego Robotics output:
Getting tossed by Pang, his swim instructor:
More Lego robotics:
And finally, goofing around with Jayden:
Chinese New Year, a.k.a. Lunar New Year, is a Big Deal in Asia, with pretty much everything shut down — like Christmas Day in the US or UK. 2019’s CNY ended up being a four-day public holiday weekend, so we took full advantage by relaxing and doing various other things.
Like an overnight to Malaysia! Mommy’s Aunt Jessica recently moved there, so she and Nyan crossed the border to visit Jessica and cousin Grace. (Daddy stayed behind, as he had work due for clients in the US who don’t recognize CNY).
There was also an afternoon at the beach with Aiden, the 9-year-old son of Brian, one of Mommy’s old school friends who is from Singapore but living in Shanghai — like many, many people, he and his family traveled home for the holiday.
Nyan’s school got into the fun too, with performances and all the kids dressing up in CNY gear. Here’s Nyan and his good friend Arav in their new year finery:
Here are all the kids goofing around before their on-stage performance:
And here they are making their way into the auditorium:
Believe it or not, we don’t have any video of the performance — we were too far away, and it was too shaky and whatnot. Oh well. It was still a great capstone to a great Chinese New Year!
Every year around Chinese New Year, they put on this big carnival downtown. It’s called River Hong Bao — which surely has some meaning that escapes us — and it’s pretty fun. We went down on evening after work.
The Singapore skyline was in fine form:
And we took lots of pictures of our hero, and his parents, and the general scenery.
What’s a carnival without bumper cars?
They also had various carnival rip-off games. Like the one where you ‘fish’ for prizes using a magnet at the end of a fishing line. We can’t recall what we won, but it surely wasn’t much.
Still: a fun time!
A quick look at Nyan’s taekwondo actions in February.
First and foremost, most importantly: a new belt! Blue-tip.
He continues to enjoy the sparring part of taekwondo lessons. It’s more than just hitting each other though. There’s a lot of running and push-ups too.
And finally, various poses in his uniform:
Every year, they put on this series of art exhibits featuring light down along the Singapore River. It makes for a fun evening out — so nice, in fact, that this year we went twice.
One of the displays was a light show projected onto sprays of water on the river. Very cool.
They also had lights projected onto one of the river bridges. Also very cool.
Back on shore, there was a grassy field where they set up this big sort of geodesic dome made out of bamboo, covered with glowing LED lights that would change every few seconds. Very popular with the kiddos.
Other kids were doing cartwheels, so Nyan decided to take part as well. Cartwheeling, it turns out, is not one of his strengths. But he had a blast!
Decathlon is a sporting-goods chain store. Wide range of stuff, decent quality overall, good prices. This year they opened up a new “lab” store where you can basically try out everything. We decided to make a little trip out of it.
The personal trampoline was a good workout:
The bouncy ball was a lot of fun:
He worked on his sit-ups:
And on his hula-hooping:
He also spent a good deal of time working on his skateboarding skills. He has a ways to go, but he’s out there trying!
February was a good month for catching up with good friends, thanks to a convergence of birthdays and sleepovers. That’s no exaggeration: on one busy Saturday in early February, Nyan attended two afternoon parties and then capped it off with a sleepover at Jayden’s.
First up was Adriana’s birthday. We hadn’t seen her in many months — same for Kyra and Chrysa, who also attended — but they quickly all got reacquainted and back to their old tricks.
There were balloons too.
What kid doesn’t like bouncing a balloon around? Until the goody bag is handed out, of course.
Then it was off to Kyle’s birthday at a local wall-climbing gym.
There was cake, of course.
And lots of pictures with Kyle and sister Kara.
And just a good sweaty time in general.
There wasn’t a lot of energy left by the time he got to Jayden’s for the sleepover, so they started out with some video games.
Don’t worry, they managed to find plenty of energy for a night’s worth of fun! The next day it was off to the skatepark, where the boys played in the adjacent field. Nyan and Jayden worked at “whacking” the trees, as they called it:
And generally running around and being boys.
Not a bad 24 hours for our little guy!