Out in the western part of Singapore is a place called Haw Par Villa. They call it a theme park but it’s more like… a bunch of bizarre statues. Here’s what Wikipedia says about it:
“The park contains over 1,000 statues and 150 giant dioramas depicting scenes from Chinese mythology, folklore, legends, history, and illustrations of various aspects of Confucianism.”
It was built by a couple of Burmese businessmen who had made a fortune by developing Tiger Balm, and who wanted to do something with their fortune in their adopted home of Singapore. Since Mommy and Phwa Phwa are of course Burmese — and Nyan is half Burmese — it seemed a great place for a visit. So with a few other local Burmese women, off they went one Sunday afternoon.
There were plenty of group photos:
But mostly it was Nyan running around, being wowed by the exhibits, and being goofy with some of them.
There was also a sort of wrestling ring, which Nyan put to good use.
Changi Jewel — the fairly new and very fancy shopping mall attached to the airport, and the place with the gigantic indoor waterfall — wasn’t open the last time Phwa Phwa had visited us, so one evening during her visit in January we headed there for a walk around.
We came across a kiddie barbershop there, and since Nyan needed a trim, we got him one.
And we posed for a bunch of family pics. Nyan of course had to mug for the camera.
Phwa Phwa — Nyan’s grandma — came to visit in late December, and on New Year’s Day, we headed off on a jungle hike. It was a very civilized hike: we followed a carefully maintained metal boardwalk high up into the canopy and through the jungle, ending up at a place called Henderson Waves Bridge, this fancy pedestrian bridge that spans a canyon in the jungle below.
A few pics from the walk:
At one point there was a little paved area with these fun exercise machines. We had to imbibe, of course.
Here we are taking various family photos at the Henderson Waves Bridge.
We close with a few scenic shots from various points along the way.