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December Fun with Jayden

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The Christmas holidays brought three weeks off from school – and that brought lots of time for Nyan to hang out with his bestie Jayden, as well as brother Jonnie and the rest of the family. Let’s take a look. 

Some time in and around the pool:

The boys spent a fair amount of time outside, walking around fields and on abandoned rail tracks near Jayden’s place:

There was bowling too. Strike!

One evening, Jayden and his family headed for a sunset picnic near downtown, and they invited Nyan along. What great views!

We also went to the Science Center one rainy afternoon. The kids mostly ran around and ran away from the adults, so not many pictures – but we did manage this video:

And finally, Nyan spent New Year’s Eve on a sleepover at Jayden’s, at which everyone managed to stay up all the way til midnight. Much fun – and twerking – was had!

 
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Posted by on January 25, 2022 in Uncategorized

 

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Christmas at Kyle’s

Remember how we said our Christmas Even plans got scuttled because of some ill-timed fevers? It was Kyle and his sister who weren’t feeling well. By a few days after Christmas they were back to 100% strength so we went for a rescheduled Christmas dinner over at their place. 

Was it worth the wait? The kids sure seemed to think so: 

Little Kara is getting so big! 

We ate like kings and queens, of course:

And we posed for pictures:

A very nice afternoon and evening. At the end of it, Bryan drove us home in his convertible:

Nyan loves it with the top down:

Singapore at night:

Singapore at night, with the occasional Christmas light thrown in:

Merry Christmas!

 
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Posted by on January 20, 2022 in Uncategorized

 

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One More Christmas in Singapore 

2021 brought us another tropical Christmas. In normal times we would of course do a family vacation around the holidays, but with Covid still floating around, December 2021 was still not a normal time. So, we stayed home and made the most of things. 

Gardens by the Bay is always lovely at Christmas time:

At school, Nyan’s class did a video retelling of the Grinch Who Stole Christmas:

Christmas morning, of course, brought presents to open.

Followed by a delicious full-course breakfast.

Maybe it wasn’t the most thrilling Christmas ever, since we were stuck on our little island, but it sure wasn’t bad!

 
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Posted by on January 15, 2022 in Uncategorized

 

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A Grand Time with a Grand Piano

On the Christmas Eve excursion you saw in the previous post, we wandered around the super-fancy shopping mall for a little while. One of the shops there is a Steinway piano “gallery,” filled with some really, really expensive grand pianos. We’re talking literally hundreds of thousands of dollars for some of them. (One of them tried to justify that price by having a small diamond embedded into the body. I mean… what’s the point??)

Clearly we are nowhere near that level of nouveau riche to be buying anything even in the same universe as those pianos. But they were there for the playing, the salesman was friendly and welcoming, and Nyan loves to play the piano, so we spent a good amount of time in there.  

Not bad, eh? Check out the awesome lighting in this next video; that’s all the doing of the store – sorry, the gallery – not your humble photographer/blogger

Not that we would mind having our own grand piano, or even a real piano, if we had the space and the cash. We don’t have either, of course, so this will have to do for now. Not a bad way to spend a little time on a holiday though!

 
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Posted by on January 10, 2022 in Uncategorized

 

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Christmas Eve, High Above Singapore 

We had big plans for Christmas Eve – swimming, dinner, hanging out with friends, etc. But those friends came down with last-minute fevers, so the plans got scuttled. Disappointing! But we took advantage of having a wide-open day with no work or plans and made the most of it, by heading to one of the highest points in Singapore for a holiday high tea.

It was at a restaurant at the top of Ion Orchard, an upscale mall and luxury condo tower in the heart of the city. It’s 50-something stories tall, one of the tallest buildings in the city, and offers great views:

Mommy and Daddy enjoyed themselves too.

Afterwards, we had a stroll around the shopping mall, which was jam-packed with last-minute holiday shoppers. We weren’t shopping, just browsing; Nyan got tired of the browsing and entertained himself by sitting outside a store, drawing.

There was one other big activity we did at the mall, but we’ll save that for the next post…

 
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Posted by on January 5, 2022 in Uncategorized

 

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Randomness from November 2021

Here’s a quick look at what else our hero got up to in the second-to-last month of 2021.

This and that:

A goofy dance at our regular Italian restaurant:

More this and that:

He had a school project where he and some classmates did a rap version of a Dr Seuss book. Here he is , practicing his lines on a Zoom call with his classmates, and mostly being shy for the camera:

And one last set of pictures. See you next month!

 
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Posted by on December 28, 2021 in Uncategorized

 

More Fun with Friends 

Just a quick look at Nyan and some of his friends in the month of November 2021.

He’s often in the pool with Nadia; here they are from ground level and from 20 stories up:

Hanging out with Ellie in the mornings, waiting for the school bus:

Chilling with Jayden, often while staring at a screen, for better or worse.

And a two-fer of Ellie! Thist time with Orie, a gentle old man of a dog who lives in the same apartment block as all of us.

 
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Posted by on December 21, 2021 in Uncategorized

 

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Christmas Warm-Up Sleepover

Not that Nyan and Jayden need an excuse or a theme for a sleepover, but an overnight in November ended up being a pre-Christmas sleepover.

We got the tree ready:

And the evening’s activity centered around gingerbread men. We bought some cookies at the store and the boys set out to decorate them.

And… eat them.

It wasn’t all about the holiday, of course. There was time to draw:

And, since both boys take piano lessons, there was some work on a duet.

Notice how Jayden is wearing an eye mask in that video? Yeah, that was a whole thing for a while: wear masks around the house and try to do stuff.

Goofy boys. But hey, they had fun, and that’s what counts! 

 
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Posted by on December 14, 2021 in Uncategorized

 

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Going Downhill, Fast

Singapore has an entertainment district on a near-shore island called Sentosa. It’s attached to Singapore proper by car, walkways and whatnot, and it’s got hotels, beaches, the amusement park, the aquarium, etc. And…a luge ride! Basically motorless go-carts. One day in November, Nyan went with Jayden and his family. 

You have to ride a ski lift-style cable car to get to the site. Pretty great views from up there! 

And finally, the ride itself! 

Not much more to say. I think Nyan was a little nervous ahead of time, having never done this before, but he had an absolute blast and is already making plans to return!

 
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Posted by on December 7, 2021 in Uncategorized

 

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What We Did in October 2021

Our usual monthly wrap-up of some small moments from the month of October 2021.

Some random photos:

We went to the local sporting good store and tried our hand at basketball dribbling:

One Saturday afternoon, Nyan and Daddy played some games together on the Nintento:

Still working on jumping across that gap outside our local Italian restaurant:

A few more photos:

And finally, a Saturday morning filled with gentle liquid sunshine.

 
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Posted by on November 29, 2021 in Uncategorized

 
 
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