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A Post-Christmas Staycation

Thanks to the pandemic, we couldn’t travel anywhere over the Christmas holidays. So instead we booked two nights at a local hotel called the Andaz. It’s fairly new, and pretty close to our home, on the edge of downtown. It was a nice little break. 

Here’s the outside of the building, and the lobby:

Here’s our boy and Slothie, relaxing by the windows and commenting, “I’m like a Roman emperor! Except with an apple instead of grapes.”

It’s a high-rise hotel; our room was on the 28th floor, the pool was on the 25th, and there’s a bar and open-air viewing platform up on the roof, at the 40th floor. So the views are pretty awesome.

And the infinity pool on the 25th floor was pretty nice too. Small, but nice.

We didn’t really do all that much on this staycation, since the whole point was to just relax. But we went to a few nearby restaurants, and had a walkabout through what’s called the Arab Quarter, the traditional Muslim neighborhood that the hotel is located right next to. The quarter is home to a beautiful mosque, so of course we posed for a goofy family pic.

We can’t wait til we are allowed to travel internationally again, but until then, little breaks like this help keep us sane!

 
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Posted by on January 20, 2021 in Uncategorized

 

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Another Singapore Christmas

We’ve lived in Singapore for nearly seven years now, and every year except one, we’ve celebrated Christmas right here in the tropical warmth. 2020 was no different, except we didn’t get to do our usual multi-day beach vacation either before or after the 25th, thanks to ongoing pandemic travel restrictions. Still, we made the most of the season!

Singapore got all dolled up, like it always does. A few random trees from around town:

We had a nice little holiday corner at home too:

Nyan turned the tree into a little play area over the course of the month.

On the big day itself, we opened presents, of course. Nyan got lots of books, which he immediately devoured, and some new pajamas , which he immediately turned into a hat.

We saved the best for last: A Nintendo Switch! “My prayers have been answered,” said the very happy young man.

We had a lazy rest of the day, including a swim and a movie matinee. The next day we spent at the home of Jayden and his family. Hilarity and hijinx ensued.

Bouncy balls:

An actor is born:

Goofball:

Still a goofball while playing video games:

All in all, a very fine Singapore Christmas!

 
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Posted by on January 15, 2021 in Uncategorized

 

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Playtime over the Holiday Break

Nyan had about three weeks off from school over the Christmas and New Years holidays. The challenge is, of course, how to keep him occupied and busy and engaged, and not just watching YouTube for four or eight or 12 hours a day! (He would if he could, I fear….) 

Happily, our boy has lots of friends, so he was able to have lots of playdates and sleepovers. 

He spent time in the pool with Ellie and with Nadia:

He played Monopoly with Hao Wei (those two also played a fair bit of Minecraft!)

There were playdate and sleepovers with Jayden, of course.

Those fun times with Jayden and Jonnie (his two brothers, we like to call them) included indoor sack races:

And indoor sack-and-dinosaur races:

And sliding-on-the-floor races:

And just general running around, boys-being-boys style:

Nyan also spent time at a week-long soccer camp with Edris. Check out those skills:

And being goofy with Edris:

Edris hung out at our place one day, and they went for a swim. Mid-swim, the heavens opened up. No worries: they were already wet, so they logically just kept playing in the rain and had a blast.

Lots of fun over the holiday break!

 
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Posted by on January 10, 2021 in Uncategorized

 

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A Visit to Tiong Bahru

Tiong Bahru is the name of a neighborhood not far from downtown Singapore. It’s known for its food shops, its cafes and its 1930s art deco architecture. One Sunday morning, Nyan and Daddy headed there for a casual stroll. It wasn’t all that exciting, but it was a nice change of pace.

We walked down the sidewalks and checked out the old wooden doors…

We admired a bright Vespa parked on the road:

Fun fact: Tiong Bahru is close to Singapore General Hospital, and back in WW2, the Japanese made a habit of trying to drop bombs on the hospital. Sometimes they would miss and hit Tiong Bahru, so the government built air raid shelters there, which you can still see the outside of. There’s a little display of old photos from inside, and an old advertisement from someone offering to build air raid shelters, I guess?

And finally: Tiong Bahru is kind of an artistic area, so we stumbled upon a mural of a giant goat. Not sure why, but we had to take photos, of course.

That’s it. Like we said, not the most exciting trip ever. But still nice!

 
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Posted by on January 5, 2021 in Uncategorized

 

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Random Fun in November 2020

Just a quick look at some random moments from the month of November 2020. Like these “epic” (Nyan’s words) videos of three friends, play-fighting on a Friday night. Very hyper after a long week of school!

Some random photos:

More friendly fighting:

More pictures

And finally: just a pile of stuffed animals, nothing more.

 
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Posted by on December 28, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

Babies, Dolphins and Socks

Well, to be precise, a baby, a (stuffed) dolphin, and a sock. Singular. 

First up: new baby! Nyan’s friend Edris welcomed a brand-new baby brother, Lemar, in September. Nyan got to meet the little guy in November, and it was nice. Nyan’s always been good with babies and little kids, and this was no exception.

The official name of Nyan’s class at school is Year 5 Dolphins. (Similar to how last year he was Year 4 Penguins, and before that, Year 3 Iguanas). As with the Y3 class and the stuffed animal Iggie (check it out here), Nyan’s class this year has a stuffed dolphin as a mascot. His name is Barry, and the kids take turns bringing him home and showing him around, and taking photos. In November it was Nyan’s turn. 

Here’s Nyan and Barry in various poses: on the balcony, in the bed, playing Minecraft, meeting Grandma and Grandpa on Facetime. 

In November, as we started gearing up for Christmas, bestie Jayden’s parents informed us that Jayden had decided to sew a Christmas stocking as a gift for Nyan. Wow!

What a thoughtful gift! Nyan was very excited (and surprised) when Jayden handed it over, and it looked quite nice on our makeshift mantle (actually a bookshelf) right next to the stocking Grandma made for Nyan many years ago.

A great way to get into the early holiday spirit! 

 
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Posted by on December 19, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

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An Afternoon in an Urban Garden

One weekend in November, Mommy signed up herself and Nyan for an urban gardening workshop, to get back in touch with their green thumbs.

They learned about different types of plants, planting techniques, and more. And it was hands-on! Lots of digging and planting — with several planters full of plants that came home and are now happily growing on our sunny balcony.

The instructors were friendly.

It wasn’t just inside though — there were lessons outside too. And chickens!

(Okay, yes, we know, technically that’s a rooster.)

Regardless, it was a fun and worthwhile way to spend an afternoon!

 
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Posted by on December 10, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

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This and That in October 2020

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. 

More pictures:

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:

And finally, some more pictures.

 
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Posted by on November 30, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

A Happy Birthday to Jayden

BFF Jayden turned 10 in October and threw a little party. For Nyan, it turned into a sleepover. Let’s check it out.

Here’s the whole birthday crew:

Nyan with his two brothers, Jayden and Jonnie:

Playing with the balloon:

Hugging and goofing the next day at a shopping mall:

And finally, Jayden showing off his polite-ness and being thankful for gifts. Also being calm and generous with his little brother.

 
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Posted by on November 23, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

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Fun with Friends, Indoors and Out

Nyan had a lot of good times with friends, both indoors and outside, during October 2020.

Such as playing in the pool with Nadia, as seen here from 20 stories up:

We had a playdate with Edris, which included reading at lunch and Lego playing:

Getting some exercise and fun at the playground with Jayden and Lily:

Nyan and Edris also spent some time at a mini soccer camp.

Here they are on a sweaty walk after camp:

And finally, some fun in the pool, and poolside, also with Edris.

Good times! 

 
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Posted by on November 16, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

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