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Final Playdates with Friends

We didn’t really know it at the time (though we kinda suspected/feared it), but March 2020 would be the last time for a couple of months that we could hang out with friends. As it turned out, Nyan took full advantage of that, with multiple playdates and casual hang-outs with his pals during the month. (His two-week spring break started midway through the month, which led to many more playdates. Singapore’s coronavirus lockdown started pretty much as soon as his break ended.)

There was, of course, lots of fun with Jayden: 

And hanging out with Jonnie:

He had a playdate with his school pal Arav:

And a playdate with another school pal, Edris:

Not to mention plenty of reading dates with school pal and neighbor Nadia:

Of course, any time with Jayden is not complete if there’s not a lot of wild craziness going on. 

And dancing!

The lockdown wasn’t much fun — more on that later — but at least Nyan had some good times leading up to it…

 
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Posted by on April 21, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

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Sports Update

Here’s a quick look at some of the sporting activities Nyan got up to in March 2020, just before the lockdown brought everything to a screeching halt.

Saturday afternoon soccer:

Swimming, viewed from 20 floors up:

He also took a couple of tennis lessons, a new sport. A little shaky at first, perhaps, but he had fun:

Getting better!

 
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Posted by on April 10, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

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Red Belt! And More February Fun

Nyan moved up yet another level in taekwondo in February 2020, getting the red belt:

Other highlights that month — a month when we were nervously hoping the world wouldn’t collapse under the weight of a viral pandemic (editor’s note: it did!) — included a quick business-trip visit from cousin Hoz, a.k.a. Harold, visiting from Maryland. We met up for a nice lunch.

Other random moments from February 2020:

Some more:

And just a few more pics from the month of Febuary 2020.

 
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Posted by on March 30, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

Back to the Singapore Airshow 2020

The Singapore Airshow is held every two years. It’s mostly a way for airline manufacturers and (especially) defense contractors to get together and sell their stuff to companies and governments across Asia. But they also open it up to the public who can come tour some planes, see fighter jets doing acrobatic things, and the like. We went in 2016 and again in 2018 (see here). So of course we were gonna go in 2020.

Or would we? The coronavirus was spreading ahead of the show’s February date, and restrictions were being put in place. There was even talk about canceling the show, but they ended up going ahead but with fewer tickets sold to ensure smaller crowds. We debated whether it was safe to go but correctly decided it would be. So Daddy and Nyan headed there one Saturday afternoon.

It was fun! It definitely wasn’t as big as in past years — several airplane exhibitors pulled out — but we still had a good time.

The Chinese Air Force was on hand, showing off their skills and their fancy planes.

The US military was also there, of course — two superpowers fighting for military and commercial control of Southeast Asia! Or something like that. Here are some of the planes on display — most years this tarmac is packed with aircraft and heaving with people. This year, not so much.

So, a subdued airshow. But still a good time. We’ll surely be back in 2022.

 
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Posted by on March 24, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

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Celebrating Kyle’s Birthday

Nyan’s long-time friend Kyle turned 9 years old in February. What was going to be a large gathering at an indoor playground place got downgraded (thanks to the coronavirus, just emerging at the time) to an intimate party of mostly family and a few close friends at the Chinese Swimming Club’s bowling alley. We had a great time, as we always do with Kyle and his family.

There was, of course, cake:

And bowling, plus an appearance by the birthday boy in a dinosaur suit:

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Mommy and Daddy had fun too; and check out Daddy with the stellar roll!

Finally, Kyle himself, playing with one of the toys Nyan gave him as a birthday gift.
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Posted by on March 18, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

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Monkeys on a Nature Hike

Off in Western Singapore is a fairly tall hill (by Singapore standards at least) that’s covered in jungle and criss-crossed with some steep, though well-paved, trails. It’s the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, and it’s a popular place for people to go hiking on the weekend. So one hot Saturday afternoon in February 2020, that’s exactly what we did.

It happens to be very close to where BFF Jayden lives, so Jayden and little brother Jonnie came with. And those three boys weren’t the only monkeys on the trail!

It was a good long hike, steep in parts (as mentioned) and very sweaty.

But it was a very nice stroll through the jungle.

Finally we reached the top and celebrated by climbing atop the ceremonial boulder.

Bonus behind-the-scenes material: Nyan and Jayden walking to the subway station on our way to the park:

And dancing as they waited for the subway:

Special bonus: just outside the park was a small cafe. We didn’t go in, but Nyan the sloth-lover absolutely had to get a picture taken with the sign.

An afternoon of sloths and monkeys. Nothing wrong with that! 

 
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Posted by on March 11, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

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A Trip to the Science Center

One lazy Saturday February afternoon, Daddy and Nyan decided to visit the Singapore Science Center. It’s a kid-friendly place filled wit exhibits, hands-on activities, demonstrations and interactive displays about all kinds of science. We’d been once before, soon after we moved to Singapore, and were less than impressed, but it turns out Nyan may have simply been too young, as he had an absolute blast this time around. 

The mirrored optical illusions and psychedelic video displays were cool:

Nyan was impressed by the bust of famed cosmonaut Yuri Gargarin (first human to travel into outer space, as Nyan has known for years!).

The hall-of-mirrors maze was a lot of fun, even if it did take us a while to find our way out!

Nyan loved to stomp on the digital floor fish:

And there was an escape room of sorts, except you were inside a crippled spacecraft and had to solve logic puzzles to fix the engine, get the oxygen flowing again, etc. Fun!

But the best part of the trip, in Nyan’s mind at least, was this. Sorry, but what 8 year old can resist a visit to the … Cheeky Fart Chamber??

Well, it was educational and it was science, and Nyan loved it. What can you do.

 
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Posted by on March 5, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

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Lots of Good Times in January 2020

Some random moments from the month of January 2020. Starting with waiting for the school bus in the morning with Helena and little Izzy:

Other random photos:

A pillow fight/dance-off with Mommy:  

More photos:

Goofing and dancing with Jayden:

Even more photos:

The young prince luxuriating as his staff (a.k.a. mommy) blow-dries his hair before bed.

Finally, yet still more photos to play us out:

 
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Posted by on February 26, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

An Afternoon at Haw Par Villa 

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.

A bizarre but cool place! 

 
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Posted by on February 22, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

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Visiting Changi Jewel with Phwa Phwa

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.

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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.

 
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Posted by on February 16, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

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