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Nyan Thomas Does London

Long-time readers know that Nyan used to live in London, in a lovely and leafy area on the edge of the city called Wanstead. We returned to the UK this August for the first time since leaving more than two years ago, so we made sure to pop by the old ‘hood for some reminiscing, catching up with friends, and playing at the old playground.

We of course had to check out our former homes on Overton Drive and Fitzgerald Road, as well as his first school, Little Bears on Seagry Road:

We hung out with our friends Scott and Anya, checked out the scenery, ate at some of our old faves.

Nyan didn’t seem to remember everything about Wanstead, but he was certainly happy to be there, even if he was just skipping along and running through the grass.

All in all, a nice way to spend a (cloudy, of course) Sunday afternoon. After that it was a Tube ride into the city to take Nyan on his first-ever visit to the famed British Museum.

He did very well at the museum — was fascinated by the samurai warriors, some of the statues, and especially the Egyptian mummies. He also enjoyed just sprawling on the marble floor of the main entrance hall and drawing in his book.

We visited London on another (sunnier) day, along with Mommy and Phwa Phwa. Mostly checking out the olde tyme splendor of the City and the area near St Paul’s Cathedral and the Royal Exchange.

On yet another sunny day (we did have pretty good weather the whole time we were in England), we visited the old market town of Saffron Walden. Had a pub lunch, wandered the streets, found a Nyan-sized house. All good.

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Posted by on September 13, 2016 in Uncategorized


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Packing for Singapore

As we start to get settled in to our new apartment in Singapore, we’re able to start sifting through hundreds of pictures and videos from the last couple of months – many of which will show up in this humble blog in coming days and weeks. For the moment, it seems fitting to share this one, from our final days in London. It’s Nyan ‘packing’ – and bidding farewell to London – as Mommy and Daddy sort through their stuff ahead of the movers coming to take it all away.


Bonus video: from the same day, Nyan looking out the window as Daddy sneaks a video of him through the wall mirror. Then he sees Daddy, giggles, runs around. Nyan being Nyan.

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Posted by on June 12, 2014 in Video



A Day at the Park, and the Mall

Uncle Jeff came to visit a couple weeks ago, the same time that the former site of the 2012 Summer Olympics was formally opening as a public park. It was a cloudy, windy day, but Jeff and Daddy took Nyan out for a day of fun.

Here we are at the tube station:

At the park itself, Nyan ran around in the grassy fields, strolled along the banks of the River Lea, oohed and aahed at the tractors and trucks he saw, and oh yes: climbed to the top of the Helter Skelter with Jeff and took a ride down. Here they are, about to head up:

And some action shots of them coming down. Nyan doesn’t exactly look thrilled, but he was all smiles as soon as they came to a rest:

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All that fun helped us build up a good appetite, so we retreated to the nearby Westfield shopping mall – a huge place that happens to feature a microbrewery that Jeff wanted to check out. We got a couple of drinks and relaxed on some couches while we waited for our pizza to arrive. This is Nyan, waiting:

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He also waved at people walking by outside:


Finally, pizza:

Then it was time to head home. While Nyan insisted he wasn’t tired, his expression on the train ride home tell a different story, I’d say.

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Posted by on April 16, 2014 in Photos, Video


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Sunday Afternoon in the Park

Sunday was an absolutely brilliant day, weather-wise – not a cloud in the sky, temps in the low 60s Fahrenheit. What better way to celebrate then to head to the park across the street?

Here’s Mommy and Nyan, walking along as Daddy takes a video:

We bought Nyan’s red ball (and his green tractor as well) so he could show off his soccer/football skills. Um, let’s just say he’s got some work to do before he makes the national team:

It was our first visit to the playground since winter, and Nyan went right back to his little ‘store’ and offered to ‘cook’ some pasta and tea for Mommy and Daddy.

There was also an ice cream truck parked nearby, and Nyan insisted we buy him a cone. As expected, he showed no interest at all in actually eating it – he didn’t have one bite. Though he did enjoy walking around holding the cone, before finding a pile of old leaves and tossing them up in the air:


And here he is, wandering around the playground, trying to decide what to do next:


Not a bad way at all to spend a Sunday afternoon.

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Posted by on March 18, 2014 in Photos, Video


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The Museum of Childhood

Our family outing a couple Sundays back was to the Museum of Childhood. It’s in an old Victorian building not too far from where we live – just a couple stops on the tube – which made for a quick and easy journey. It’s basically devoted to toys, but it’s interesting because most of them are behind glass. So we went with low expectations, fearing lots of kids crying because they couldn’t play with the toys.

Not to worry though, as it turned out. Nyan was pretty fascinated with the displays:

And there were actually enough things for kids to do. Like ride a rocking horse:

And playing with a full-sized robot from Lost in Space:

We had a nice lunch in the museum’s cafe. This restored Nyan’s energy, which led to him… shoveling snow? What? Okay, if that makes you happy, buddy, shovel some snow:

And then… lunch break was over and Nyan was off like a rocket, racing up the ramp to find more toys:

It’s not the kind of place we’d feel much need to return to, I guess, but it was worth going to at least once, for sure. It was nice to be surprised on the upside.

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Posted by on March 11, 2014 in Video



Nyan Thomas Drives a Bus

And a boat. And other things. This is from the London Transport Museum, which we visited a few weeks back. Pretty cool place, with lots of old trains, trams, and buses that kids can climb aboard. Not to mention several simulators where kids can pretend to drive. If you know our boy, you’ve already guessed that he absolutely loved it.

Family portraits (check out his sweater; he was dressed for the part that day!):

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Here he is, overlooking the old rail cars, and also checking out a model train that was on display:

This is our hero driving the bus down the road – and forgetting to keep his eye on the road.

And here he is driving the same bus before getting bored and switching to a ferry which he then piloted down the River Thames:

He also got to steer an actual bus:

And a couple still photos of Nyan behind the wheel:

Of course we took the tube (aka subway) to get there. Here’s Nyan on the ride home – complete with his own big yellow bus that he bought at the gift shop. (Bought it himself, in fact – handed the money to the cashier, a fact that he still proudly talks about today, several weeks later.)

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Posted by on March 7, 2014 in Photos, Video



Nyan Thomas at the Science Museum

On a rainy Sunday a few weeks back, we took Nyan to London’s Science Museum. It is, like most museums in this city, free and sprawling and pretty great. It’s all about – you guessed it – science, in a variety of formats. Here’s the lad checking out the view from the balcony above the main hall:

That main hall, right when you walk in, has huge old Victorian-era steam engines. There are whole wings devoted to mathematics, and to space rockets, and to the Large Hadron Collider and the research that goes on there. (That last one is probably a bit too advanced for our boy (not to mention his Daddy)). So lots of stuff to see and do. He loved it.

He embraced his agrarian roots in the section on farming:


And there were plenty of open spaces for Nyan to run around, plus random displays of fascinating things to look at: Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on February 26, 2014 in Photos, Video



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