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Hanging Out in Miri, Malaysia

Nyan had a couple weeks off from school, so in early April we headed over to Malaysian Borneo for some R&R. Our ultimate goal was a national park deep in the jungle — more on that soon — but we started with a couple days in the coastal town of Miri.

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That’s the Miri waterfront. Before we got there, though, here we are, leaving Singapore’s Changi Airport on our way out:

Miri itself is pleasant enough, although there’s not much exciting going on there — some okay diving off shore, which Daddy took advantage of, plus some shopping malls and pedestrian-unfriendly streets, and that’s about it — but we found a decent hotel to stay at. It had a nice infinity pool on the seventh floor, so we spent a lot of time there. Nyan enjoyed showing off his jumping skills.

One evening, while Mommy was getting a massage in the hotel spa, Daddy and Nyan went for a stroll and ended up having dinner under the streetlights at a dusty, random roadside place. We had steamed fish, and it was very, very good. 

Oh yeah, we also found a giant plant on the same walk. 

We had a propeller plane flight out to our next destination, and our ride to the airport ended up being a pickup truck. This pleased Nyan very much.

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Here’s our plane, and a fun sign at the Miri Airport.

Finally, this is how we kill time at an airport. Daddy got a new phone shortly before this trip, and while waiting for our flight, he realized that his camera has all sorts of silly and dumb cartoon effects. So of course he took a bunch of pictures with those silly and dumb cartoon effects. Enjoy! 

 

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Posted by on May 3, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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March Mirth and Madness

A quick review of some of the other silliness and fun times Nyan got up to in March 2018.

First up, another look at the construction site across the street from us. (You can probably expect to see lots of these pictures over the next couple of years!)

Playing a game of home-made putt-putt golf:

This is a drawing he did of his Race Car Engineering after-school class. It’s held in the school library – see?

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Random reading. He’s getting good, isn’t he!

Walking to school and chatting with classmate Riley.

 
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Posted by on April 30, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

An Afternoon at the Stadium

One hot Sunday afternoon in March, Daddy took Nyan to the free waterpark above the shopping mall that’s attached to the National Stadium. It’s not a huge waterpark at all — a small pool and a waterslide, basically — but it’s nice enough, especially for the price. Just next door is a lazy river attraction: for $2, you get an inner tube and unlimited spins around a slowly moving ‘river’. It’s quite pleasant. 

No photos of any of that, but here’s our boy doing a little dance after the lazy river. Not sure if he was dancing or trying to avoid the hot bricks. Maybe both?

As we were making our way home, we passed by the main entrance to the stadium. Turns out they were having an open house — inviting anyone and everyone to come in, check the place out and run around the track. So of course we did. We’ve been to the stadium many times, of course — for Monster Jam, for soccer matches, for rock concerts — but never been down on the floor when it was set up for athletics. Pretty cool. 

Nyan and Daddy went for a run, covering about half of the circular track. No video or photos of that either, though — we were too busy running. 

And finally, they had one of those awards-podium thingies like you see at the Olympics. Nyan had Daddy take a bunch of pictures of Nyan being No. 1. Then he took a picture of Daddy — but made sure that Daddy was number 2.

Competitive little fella, ain’t he?

 

 
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Posted by on April 27, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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A Week at the Office

Nyan got two weeks off from school for spring break in late March. We had a family vacation planned for week two, but nothing for week one. We decided he’d spend two days at work with Mommy, and two days with Daddy as he worked from home. (The fifth day was a public holiday.)

Mommy’s office happened to be hosting the company CEO and other top execs in from California that week, so our boy needed to dress up both days. We were a little worried he might fuss, given his usual leisure time outfit of tshirt and shorts, but not to worry – not a word of complaint. And check him out! He sharp up good.

At the office, Mommy had him do all sorts of tasks, like help fill out expense accounts. He proved to be a diligent worker:

But he’s still only six. While Mommy was on a conference call, he would keep quiet, but did ask her questions, and share important information via post-it notes:

(Jenny Johnson is the name of one of the execs who was coming to town. For some reason, Nyan has always been quite interested in her.)

Nyan likes to eat, so he and Mommy took frequent breaks in the food court downstairs:

After his stint at Mommy’s office, he got to stay home with Daddy a couple days, where his tasks included a lot of paper shredding. He was very much into that. And also just hanging out and eating, and putting ‘keep out’ notes across his bedroom door. (We think he may have been getting a little bored by the end of the week…)

All in all, I’d say he enjoyed his week of work. Although he didn’t seem upset in the least when it was time to return to school! 

 
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Posted by on April 24, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

Fun and Games with Nyan

When Nyan’s not reading or playing with his Legos, he’s doing… well, all sorts of things. Let’s take a look.

There’s his Lego robotics class every Saturday morning. Recently he built a Lego machine gun. 

Also on Saturdays is his afternoon/evening soccer class. Check out how excited he gets when he… kicks the ball.

Then there’s his Thursday evening taekwondo class, which always starts out with some stretching. (And of course, any video that Daddy takes through the window of the classroom inevitably ends with Nyan looking at the camera and grinning.)

Not all of his fun comes from a class, though. Several evenings per week, Nyan is downstairs at our condo complex, running around and playing. Usually with Jayden, but sometimes Jayden isn’t around, like one recent  evening when only Lily was there. Here they are playing a little one-on-one soccer.

Nyan has a complicated relationship with Lily: his bestie is Jayden, and Lily is also close to Jayden. Nyan does not like it when Jayden is playing with Lily and so is not especially warm toward the young lady. So, it’s somewhat remarkable, in a good way, that Nyan is able to play nicely with Lily. Of course, it tends to be only when Jayden isn’t around, but it’s something at least.

 

 
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Posted by on April 21, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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Celebrating Books at School 

Our boy likes to read just a little bit, as we’ve noted. So he was naturally very excited when his school announced they’d be hosting Book Week in March, a week full of activities around books and reading. Heaven for young Nyan.

Among the events was a Book Fair, where there were lots and lots of books to buy. Nyan bought a handful – mostly from his current favorite series, Geronimo Stilton.

Probably the highlight of the week came on Friday, when all the kids were encouraged to dress up as a favorite book character. Nyan decided he wanted to be Sir Lancelot, the knight from the King Arthur books (which we’ve been reading to him from time to time). He’s been a knight for Halloween, but we couldn’t just reuse that; we did use his old helmet and sword, but we made up a new shield, painted in roughly the colors that Lancelot was said to use (the historical record is sketchy, to say the least). Here he is, putting it all together and posing:

At school that Friday morning, all the kids marched out, proudly parading their costumes.

They posed as a class:

And they goofed around, as kids will do:

Surely the highlight of the highlight was when Darth Vader himself made an appearance!*

*No, Star Wars isn’t really a book (although, yes, they turned the stories into books), so dressing as characters from the film series is a *bit* of a cheat. But who’s counting. 

And finally, Nyan made his own book! At least a couple pages of it. Myles is one of his classmates; what the rest of the story is about is, frankly, a mystery. But it sure is creative!

Bonus pictures: on another Friday in March, the school had what they called “Groovy Glasses Day,” when everyone was encouraged to wear silly, goofy or groovy eyeglasses. Nyan took one of his fake pairs, put some colorful tape on it, and called it groovy. Works for us.

 
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Posted by on April 18, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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The Sleepover

Every so often – not often enough for the boys, to be honest – Nyan and Jayden have themselves a sleepover. We pretty much alternate between Jayden’s place and Nyan’s place, but no matter where it’s held, it’s sure to involve lots of toys, imaginative games, giggling, reading, staying  up too late, and being a bit tired the next day.

They had another one in March. Here they are, reading and goofing around:

And goofing around the next morning (do you see a pattern here?).

Lots of hugs, too, as they say goodbye in the morning (even though they’ll see each other again the next day at school, if not later the same day around the apartment complex!)

Yep, these boys sure do love each other.

 
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Posted by on April 15, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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