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Around the Condo

We’ve lived at our current apartment for several years. We know it well, and we know the neighbors well. And we love it: it’s got swimming pools, a gym, trees, green space…what’s not to love?

Nyan seems to love it too. Let’s take a look at our boy being a boy at various places around the condo complex.

Some days after school, he likes to walk along the narrow wall at the edge of the pool.

Some mornings, he’s full of energy as he heads down to the front gate to wait for the school bus.

Evenings often finds him running around with various other kids, like here, when he was running around with Howie:

Various photos from various times of day from various places around the complex:

We close with a moment of Zen, the pool on a peaceful, windy January evening.

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Posted by on February 10, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

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Uncle Jeff, Taekwondo and More

We got a visit from Uncle Jeff for a few days in January. Always good to see him.

(That one photo is Nyan measuring his height against Jeff, so we can compare the next time we see Jeff.)

Nyan continues his taekwondo, including sparring:

He had another grading session in late January, which — if he passed — would mean another level up.

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Did he make it? Tune in next time!

Finally, here’s a brief selection of some of the art and drawing that our boy got up to in January.

 
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Posted by on February 5, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

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December Fun and Games

Random shots and video from the final month of 2018:

One afternoon, down by the pool, we ran into the little two-year-old girl who lives across the hall. She was on her way to the playground, so Nyan decided to play Big Brother and play with her a bit. It was a nice blast from the past, returning to the playground where he used to play every single night.

More photos:

Lego robotics:

Still more photos:

And finally, a trio of videos showing our boy at his happy-footed best.

 

 

 
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Posted by on January 28, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

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Creative Pursuits: Drawing, Music & Science

Some of the creative endeavors Nyan got up to during the December break from school.

He did lots of drawing and writing, of course, as always. Including a get-well card for Uncle Iain, a letter of explanation to the Tooth Fairy, and some school work.

Nyan enjoys playing around with Daddy’s electric guitar.

He also had a blast when we went to a local music store one afternoon. He found his “dream  guitar” — a $7,000 sparkly Flying V. Save your pennies, kiddo.

He also did a number of scientific experiments, many of them with Mommy. Here they are in various science garb:

The masks were when they were doing geology, including pounding on various rocks with a hammer. Gotta filter out the dust!

Here’s an experiment on the viscosity levels of various substances. Peanut butter, honey, and olive oil.

And the creme de la creme: We took some pencils, connected them to a battery, put them in water. See those bubbles? That’s electrolysis!

 
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Posted by on January 23, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

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‘Tis the Season: Christmas 2018

There’s never a White Christmas in Singapore, of course, but we still manage to make the most of the festive season.

We got together with Jayden and his family, and another family, for a Christmas dinner and gift-exchange for the kiddos.

It ended up as a sleepover for our hero, of course.

We also enjoyed the various holiday decorations around town:

On Christmas Day itself, we went over to Kyle’s house for a lovely dinner with his family,  and other friends. The kids had a blast with various playtimes:

There was a newborn baby there, which Mommy had a blast with:

We opened presents on Christmas morning, of course. But we somehow managed to not take any pictures during the unwrapping! Oops. Here are some photos of the tree and various gifts, before and after opening:

And some videos of Nyan opening other presents: Grandma and Grandpa like to send over a big box full of presents for Nyan to open, one per day, every day in December. It becomes a fun morning tradition: bound out of bed and head to the tree to open that day’s pressie. Here are a few examples:

And finally, a couple of lousy-ish videos of Nyan’s class performing at the school holiday show. They did a song about “Santa’s getting fit for Christmas.” You can see Nyan near the front, off to the right.

 
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Posted by on January 18, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

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Christmas at Gardens by the Bay

Every Christmas, one of our favorite local parks — Gardens by the Bay — puts on a holiday extravaganza. There’s a skating rink, there are Christmas decorations, there’s caroling, there’s even fake snow! We went a few years back — see here  — and this year made a return. It was great.

We took lots of family selfies:

We enjoyed a local school choir’s performance:

And let’s not forget about the (fake) snow.

Gardens by the Bay is lovely any time of year, any time of day.

And finally, our goofy boy being a goofy boy in front of one of the decorations.

 
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Posted by on January 13, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

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Soccer and Taekwondo

Nyan’s still taking part in soccer practice, pretty much every Saturday late afternoon. It’s always a sunny, humid, sweaty mess, and it’s always a fun time.

Here he is at practice in early December:

Soccer practice isn’t just about kicking the ball. There’s also sprint races:

And drills to try to score past the goalie. He didn’t quite make it here, but he tried!

Then there’s taekwondo, every Thursday for two hours. There’s stretching and fun-and-games:

But the real fun is in sparring:

He’s getting better by the week!

We close with a few stills from sparring practice:

 
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Posted by on January 8, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

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