Just a quick look at some random moments from October 2020. First, some miscellaneous pictures (click the arrows to see them all)
We try to get Nyan to help out in the kitchen when we can.
Parents don’t get to stay at his taekwondo studio during class anymore due to the pandemic, so we don’t get many videos of him in action. We snuck a quick video in October though, at the start of class during warmups:
Singapore is a pretty urbanized, built-out, concrete jungle, but there are a few places where the natural, leafy jungle still rules. The local government has done a good job of protecting these places and putting in well-maintained trails for residents to get back to nature. On two Sundays in October, that’s exactly what we did.
First up was a family outing to a place called Dairy Farm Nature Park. It was, in fact, the site of a dairy farm at one point; the first in the tropics, I’m told. Now it’s hilly paved trails leading to an old quarry. It’s quite popular; too much so, I would argue, but that’s life on a densely populated island during a pandemic when no one can fly away!
We digress. Check out these pics from the hike. There were monkeys:
And there was that quarry:
And some family pics and family selfies:
It was a short walk, and very crowded, but still nice.
The following weekend, Nyan and Daddy set off for a more private hike, this time at a place called Thomson Nature Park. They carved it out of the jungle just a couple years ago, and it’s obviously not too popular yet. That was fine by us! We had the hills and trails mostly to ourselves.
The jungle here was thick:
Some of the leaves grew quite large. Yes, that’s actually a Nyan-sized leaf; it’s not a trick of perspective.
A lovely little stream:
Both hikes were, of course, hot and sweaty, but well worth it. Always nice to get out into wild nature.