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Nyan Visits a Dog Café

What more is there to say? It’s a “café,” sort of, full of dogs that you can play with. Our hero was in canine heaven.

His favorite was perhaps Waffles, the corgi:

Or maybe it was this mellow little fella:

Or this spaniel:

That last pic shows Nyan giving the spaniel some treats. Yep, you can buy little bags of food to feed the little guys. So we did:

That dog was obviously tired and recovering from an injury. Waffles was far more energetic and aggressive when it came to treats:

A nice way to spend an hour-plus on a weekend afternoon.

 
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Posted by on March 22, 2022 in Uncategorized

 

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Hungry Birds

Long-time readers will recall we’ve had a few olive-backed sunbirds build a nest outside our apartment. Early in the new year, we noticed a new nest going in, in a small shrubby tree that sits in a secluded corner of our balcony. After some research, we determined it was the nest of a  yellow-vented bulbul. 

We did our best to keep a serene environment, being very quiet and cautious when we opened the balcony door and closing the curtains at night so the interior light didn’t disturb. We also snapped a few pics through the window. Momma bird, resting on her eggs, didn’t look too pleased.

Before long…they hatched! We had two baby bulbuls. And they were hungry! And not shy about it either:

Mommy Bird took good care of them, and we took lots of video of her taking care of them:

We watched them get bigger and bigger over the span of just a couple weeks:

They really did grow up fast and we knew they’d be leaving soon:

And sure enough, without warning, a few days later… it was over: the nest was empty. The babies were gone. The bulbuls never came back.

Such is life! We enjoyed it while it lasted though.

 
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Posted by on February 20, 2022 in Uncategorized

 

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Dogs and Other Friends

Just another in our periodic check-in of Nyan with his friends. This edition features all people and canines from our apartment complex.

It’s always a good time with Nadia – whether that’s a playdate, a lunch date, or a mini-picnic with Nadia and a few other friends.

And finally. Do we love dogs? We do. The little one is Lemon, who belongs to another classmate who gets off the bus with Nyan; the other is a random golden retriever we met outside the complex one night. Sweet pup.

 
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Posted by on October 20, 2021 in Uncategorized

 

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A Visit to Sungei Boleh

In the far northwest of Singapore is a place called Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, a coastal nature reserve featuring jungles and wetlands, with boardwalks and trails and viewing platforms to look at the birds and lizards that live there. It’s quite a haul from our place, but one morning in July Nyan and Daddy headed up there for a morning of light hiking and communing with nature. We were glad we did!

It’s a beautiful place. Supposedly there are crocodiles there, though we didn’t see any. We did see this water monitor lizard though:

Nyan had a good time.

Listen to those jungle sounds! 

At the end of the trails is a more curated area with small man-made ponds you can sort of walk through. Bit different from the raw nature of the rest of the park, but fine enough.

All in all, a great way to spend a few sweaty hours! 

 
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Posted by on August 5, 2021 in Uncategorized

 

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A Sunday Morning Nature Hike

One steamy Sunday morning, Nyan and Daddy set off on a jungle hike to a place called the MacRitchie Reservoir. It’s a series of trails along the shores of a man-made lake. It was hardly roughing it: the place is a 20-minute taxi ride away, all the trails are wide, well-maintained boardwalks, and the place was mostly heaving with other people having the same idea. Still, it was a nice escape. 

This being the Singapore jungle, yes there were monkeys.

And plenty of turtles in the near-shore areas.

Pretty great scenery and a good little break, complete with fresh air and (modest) exercise.

 
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Posted by on July 16, 2021 in Uncategorized

 

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A Visit to River Safari

River Safari is this sort of zoo-aquarium hybrid. It’s mostly outdoors, a smallish animal park with displays of the animals that live in some of the world’s great rivers. It’s right next to the Singapore Zoo, and it’s fairly compact and makes for a nice three-hour visit. One day during Nyan’s spring break in March, we grabbed Nyan’s friend Edris and headed out. 

There was lots to see – and yes, there are exhibits that include birds and monkeys (which technically live alongside some of these great rivers, I guess that’s why they are included?)

Did Nyan and Edris enjoy themselve? They did! Check out the excitement in these pics:

One of the main attractions of River Safari is the Panda House, which is home to two Great Pandas. (As far as we can tell, there is zero connection to any river here — we imagine that China offered Singapore a coupe of pandas for the Singapore Zoo, which would be the natural place for them; probably some internal politics among the local wildlife conservation scene led to the pandas going next door to River Safari instead. But anyway…)  

The boys were excited:

We had some great views of the big fellas:

The pandas themselves were either napping or chewing on giant piles of bamboo. Living the panda life, basically.

(Added in August 2021: It was just announced that, back in about April of this year, these two lovebirds, er, love pandas became in a family way, and gave birth to a bouncing baby panda in August! How cool is that!)

Back to River Safari. There’s also a brief boat ride that took you through the Amazon river.

And of course a stop for lunch.

It was a really fun day!

 
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Posted by on April 12, 2021 in Uncategorized

 

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Of Forts, Friends and Feathered Friends

Nyan spent some time in January building a couch fort. It became a favorite place to chillax and read (or play video games):

We spent a lot of time with pals in January, as usual. There was a playdate with Oscar, Noe and Edris:

Fun times with Haowie:

And of course, sleepovers and other fun with Jayden:

And we went on many bike rides along the coast. On one of them we came across a pair of hornbills up a tree. Very cool!

 
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Posted by on February 17, 2021 in Uncategorized

 

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A Visit to See Dinosaur Bones

Who knew there were real dinosaur bones right here in li’l ol’ Singapore? We had kinda heard about a museum with such a display, but hadn’t done anything about it until recently, when we made a Sunday afternoon family trip to a natural history museum out in the west of Singapore. And sure enough, it has has several dinosaur skeletons on display!

Check out them bones:

It’s a pretty cool place even aside from the dinosaurs, with lots of animal and plant exhibits:

And a dolphin skeleton too:

Oh, and plenty of space to dance:

Nyan’s favorite part was in the special exhibit on Christmas Island, which detailed how the island is completely overrun by red crabs at spawning season each year. They had an interactive light display on the floor, showing crabs crawling around; you were supposed to avoid them, but Nyan decided it would be more fun to stomp on them:

The museum is in a pretty cool building, with lots of plants and space:

And more space for dancing:

The museum is part of a university, and we strolled around the campus afterwards. Found a grassy field for students to hang out at; Nyan thought it’d be fun to run down the hill.

The simple pleasures in life for a city kid! 

 
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Posted by on June 10, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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Another Trip to Chicago

We punctuated our trip to Iowa with a quick roadtrip in to Chicago to see some dear friends. Most notably, Pearl – Nyan’s first canine love.

Of course, whatever continent he’s on, you can always find Nyan with his nose in a book.

Though he did manage to squeeze in some ping-pong.

And he hung out with Pearl in front of a Christmas tree:

And helped Todd and Linda decorate their tree:

Todd and Linda happen to be renovating their house, so we got to take a tour of the very unfinished new master bedroom, and poke around the construction site. Nyan made himself useful by moving handfuls of gravel from one pile to another.

A fun trip, a short trip. But a long drive – which found Nyan doing what he does best on a long drive: dozing.

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Posted by on January 27, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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Dogs

As you may know, Nyan has never been too fond of dogs. He’s long had a healthy skepticism of them, a skepticism that often has spilled over into outright fear. It hasn’t helped that, living in a high-rise in one of the world’s most densely populated cities, he doesn’t have a lot of chances to have long interactions with the furry fellows.

Happily, that changed in September when visiting Phil, Jill and their three boys in Chicago. They have a lovely little rescue dog named Pearl, who’s quite mellow and sweet. Nyan has met Pearl before but never really clicked, but this trip, something came together in his head and before we knew it, Nyan was all over the friendly pooch.

Here he is, walking and cuddling Pearl like they had always been best pals:

Cuddling his new pal:

It wasn’t just Pearl though. He brought his new-found love of canines back with us when we returned to Iowa City. Check him out here with Aunt Maggie’s pooch:

And then there was the Beast, a.k.a. Lily, one of the sweetest dogs you’ll ever meet. She’s Cousin Mia’s pooch, and Nyan loved Beast too.

Okay, so it took a minute. But once they warmed up to each other, it was all love.

Happy to report that he’s still into dogs now that we’re back in Singapore. No fear of them at all. Such a nice change. He’s even mentioned, a time or two, getting a dog himself. Uh, we quickly change the topic. Dude, we live in a not-huge apartment on the 20th floor – not so great for a dog.

Still, pleased as hell that he’s finally into dogs. Our boy is coming along nicely.

 

 
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Posted by on October 24, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

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