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Celebrating Mommy’s Birthday in Style

There was no traveling for Mommy’s birthday in August, so we made do with what we could and booked a night at the Four Seasons hotel. Fancy! Even fancier when they upgraded us to a one-bedroom suite.

Pretty nice! Nyan did what he likes to do at hotels: eat fruit and proclaim he’s a Roman emperor.

The hotel had a small pool up the roof. We swam, we louned, we read.

And we just generally chillaxed in the hotel.

Daddy had mentioned Mommy’s birthday to the hotel, so they sent up a huge cart filled with a full tea set — sweets, fruit, drinks, and of course a birthday cake. Very nice!

On one ride down the hotel elevator, Mommy and Our Hero decided to have a quick dance party.

It was so much fun that when we were in another mirrored elevator at a nearby mall for dinner, they did it again!

And back at the hotel…again!

Pretty good dancers, we gotta say!

 
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Posted by on September 5, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

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Dance Class! And More Fun Times in July

As you’ve seen, July 2020 was a busy, busy month as we emerged from the coronavirus lockdown. There was more though. Let’s take a look at some random moments, in picture and in video. Some random photos:

Nyan loves to dance, as you’ve seen, so he grudgingly signed up for two sample hip-hop dance classes at a nearby studio. He was nervous that he’d be the only boy in the class, so we convinced his bestie Jayden to attend as well. A fine theory, but in the end they both just sorta goofed off a bit. 

More random photos: 

We did convince Nyan to return for his second class; Jayden couldn’t make it, which made Nyan even more nervous. But he bucked up and went. He was, in fact, the only boy the class (though we bumped into a school classmate on the walk there, and she was in the same dance class; that helped). Here’s the class:

A few more random photos:

One final video from that dance class.

He didn’t want to continue classes, sadly, and we chose not to force him…

More photos:

And last but not least, our hero enjoying a small bowl of gelato,.

 
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Posted by on August 25, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

Birthday Sleepover

Nyan turned 9 years old in July. We kept the celebrations low-key, centered around a sleepover and full day of play with bestie Jayden.

They swam:

They built Legos:

We had a casual birthday dinner at a local burger joint.

And of course, they posed for goofy birthday photos.

No, it wasn’t the most action-packed birthday ever, but Nyan got to spend it with his parents and, especially, his best friend. Hard to beat that!

 
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Posted by on August 20, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

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Summer Break: Tennis Camp

You’ve seen how Nyan spent a good part of his truncated summer break at soccer camp with his friend Edris. He also spent five mornings at tennis camp, also with Edris.

It was held outdoors, at the tennis courts attached to a hotel downtown. We didn’t get a lot of pics or video from the lessons themselves, but here are the kids doing warm-ups one morning:

And warm-up sprints:

And just being goofy.

Here are Edris and Nyan, walking through the hotel after camp:

In fact, post-camp was surely some of the most fun of the week. We had a decent little walk from the hotel to the train, including passing through a fancy mall. They enjoyed checking out the art gallery in the mall:

The train ride home was lots of fun too. The trains were almost always just about empty, giving the boys plenty of space to goof around, look out the windows, etc. Good stuff.

 
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Posted by on August 15, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

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Summer Break: Fun with Friends

We had plenty of playdates during Nyan’s month-long summer break. Let’s take a look at a few of them. 

We had Edris over one afternoon. They played Lego and Minecraft…

And went for a swim:

And goofed around outside:

And had dinner at Nyan’s favorite Italian restaurant.

Another time, Nyan went to Edris’s place and hung out a lot with Coconut, their dog.

We also had a playdate with Oscar and Noe, the identical twins in Nyan’s year at school.

More Minecraft, of course.

Chitchat by the pool:

And LOTS of vamping for the slo-mo camera in the pool.

And of course — of course! — we hung out with Jayden and Jonnie. Here they are, enjoying ice cream:

And enjoying a sunny, breezy day at the beach.

We’ll have more with Jayden soon, and with his other friends too. 

 
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Posted by on August 10, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

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Summer Break: Soccer Camp

As mentioned, Nyan was off from school from early July til early August. To keep him occupied, we signed him up for a few day camps — including two week-long soccer camps with his good friend Edris.

This was good as it got him exercise, got him socializing, and kept his soccer skills intact – all the more important since he was no longer doing his Saturday afternoon soccer class (they had to move the class to a location pretty far away, and it just wasn’t feasible).

The soccer camp was not too far away; a short bus ride followed by a nice early-morning stroll. We often bumped into Edris on that walk, and the boys goofed around.

The camp was held inside this cavernous concrete building, with about five kids total. They did drills, they worked on skills, they played matches. Let’s check out some of the action, shall we?

Penalty shots:

Some sort of skills drill. I’m sure there’s a point to this exercise.

Exercising:

Playing a match!

And finally: showing off, or trying to show off, his spin-the-ball-on-finger skills. 

 
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Posted by on August 5, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

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Summer Break: Riding a Bike

We got Nyan a bike with training wheels several years ago, and a while back we took off those training wheels and Daddy tried to teach him to ride down in the basement parking garage. It was not a success. Many months later Daddy thought he’d buy Nyan a real bike and take him to a park where he could ride on the grass — soft in case he crashed. But then the coronavirus came and… yeah. Didn’t happen.

Once Singapore came out of lockdown in June, bike lessons were a top priority for us. But we got smart: we outsourced! Found a local company that does lessons, booked a lesson (actually two lessons, a Saturday morning and a Sunday morning) and off we went.

It was a complete and total success.

First step was learning to balance. Piece of cake.

And then… he was riding. Pretty much just like that – within half an hour of the lesson starting. Impressive! We took a lot of video; here are just a few.

By the way, the lesson was held under a freeway bridge going over the bay. Made for nice views!

We went back for the second day of lessons. Not really necessary, but it made him get even better.

Then it was time to buy his own bike! We stopped by the local sporting goods store where he showed off his chops by riding through the store. (It’s fine; they encourage it.)

In the end, we ordered a bike online as an early birthday present. They delivered it one Sunday evening.

We took it out for a spin around the pool right away:

And many times over the following days and weeks.

It wasn’t long before it became a weekend routine for Daddy and Nyan to take long, leisurely bike rides along the waterfront. Very proud of our boy! 

 
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Posted by on July 27, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

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The End of a Crazy School Year

Nyan’s primary/elementary school Year 4 was… unusual, to say the least. We started in August 2019 by going to school for a week, then missing two weeks to return to England for a wedding. So it took a little while to get back up to speed. Then, when the coronavirus took hold, we switched to home-based learning in April 2020, which continued pretty much til June.

The year was supposed to end in mid-June, followed by a two-month summer break. Except they decided to split up the break into two one-month breaks; the first break was the entire month of May, with the school year then extended. So: Home-based learning in April, summer vacation in May, back to school in June (some at home, some back in the school building), and end of the school year in early-ish July, with the new year to begin in mid August. Got all that?

Here’s our hero on that last day of school on July 10, 2020:

One of the assignments early in the year was to write a letter to his grandparents. He did it late because we were in England, but he did it. And it’s a beaut:

At the end of the year, Nyan brought home a big folder chock full of various drawings, poems, and other stuff he had done throughout the year. Let’s take a look at some of them. We won’t bother to try to explain them all; most are pretty self explanatory. (Click on any pic to enlarge!)

MISC WORK PICS (Start with the portfolio cover oic)

Here’s some other assignments, with a more personal, who-is-Nyan kind of bent. Some great drawings too.

Finally, a bunch of random pictures from recent months. (Again, click any pic to enlarge). His attention to detail remains astounding! 

 
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Posted by on July 15, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

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A Slow Return to Normalcy

We started to slowly come out of coronavirus lockdown in June 2020, but in a very restrained way. 

Nyan started to go back to school, in proper protective garb:

But it wasn’t full-time in-class learning. Here he is in mid-June, excitedly playing some sort of on-line quiz in Mandarin class from home:

Toward the end of the month we were allowed to socially mix again, so we quickly put together a sleepover with Jayden. The boys had a blast of course, playing and watching a movie and reading.

We also took a quick trip one Saturday afternoon to Gardens by the Bay. All the indoor gardens were closed, but we could walk around the jungle-park areas outside. Had it almost entirely to ourselves, and it was a great little trip to get some fresh air and exercise.

How empty was it? This is the passageway from the subway to the park. Usually heaving with people.

To be honest, Nyan wasn’t especially thrilled to be there, as you can maybe see from his body language in these pictures. Oh well. It was a good thing to do.

Maybe best of all: our swimming pool reopened in June! We celebrated with a slow-motion jump:

Swimming lessons resumed soon thereafter, as did his usual goofing around with Pang, his instructor.

Nyan also showed off his somersault moves, after some prodding from Daddy: 

Yes, it was good to be back. Things started to really ramp up in July. More on that in upcoming posts!

 
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Posted by on July 10, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

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Lockdown: This and That

A few random photos from lockdown during April, May and half of June 2020. To be honest, there weren’t may photos from those two and a half months because we just didn’t do all that much!

Those signs were for a photo we took to send to Great Grandma on her 97th birthday in May. (And Nyan made sure Slothie was in the picture!)

The mini car was something we stumbled across on an evening stroll. Cute little car.

That’s just Nyan rambling and letting his imagination run wild. Not much else to do in lockdown!

 
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Posted by on June 28, 2020 in Uncategorized

 
 
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