Kyle is Nyan’s oldest friend in Singapore; they met and instantly clicked at preschool way back in July 2014. It’s always a great time when we get together with Kyle and his family, and one Sunday afternoon in August was no exception.
There were Pokemon cards:
There was lounging on the couch:
And there was a lot of indoor basketball, featuring slo-mo slam dunks:
Kyle’s got some serious hops too:
Mommy did some reading with younger sister Kara, and Nyan had to take part too:
Here’s some more of Mommy and Kara:
At the end of the night, Kyle’s daddy Bryan drove us home in his convertible.
Bryan showed off the car’s sound system. Nyan dug it.
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.
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?
Some sort of skills drill. I’m sure there’s a point to this exercise.
Playing a match!
And finally: showing off, or trying to show off, his spin-the-ball-on-finger skills.
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!
We didn’t really know it at the time (though we kinda suspected/feared it), but March 2020 would be the last time for a couple of months that we could hang out with friends. As it turned out, Nyan took full advantage of that, with multiple playdates and casual hang-outs with his pals during the month. (His two-week spring break started midway through the month, which led to many more playdates. Singapore’s coronavirus lockdown started pretty much as soon as his break ended.)
There was, of course, lots of fun with Jayden:
And hanging out with Jonnie:
He had a playdate with his school pal Arav:
And a playdate with another school pal, Edris:
Not to mention plenty of reading dates with school pal and neighbor Nadia:
Of course, any time with Jayden is not complete if there’s not a lot of wild craziness going on.
The lockdown wasn’t much fun — more on that later — but at least Nyan had some good times leading up to it…