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An Afternoon at Haw Par Villa 

Out in the western part of Singapore is a place called Haw Par Villa. They call it a theme park but it’s more like… a bunch of bizarre statues. Here’s what Wikipedia says about it:

“The park contains over 1,000 statues and 150 giant dioramas depicting scenes from Chinese mythology, folklore, legends, history, and illustrations of various aspects of Confucianism.”

It was built by a couple of Burmese businessmen who had made a fortune by developing Tiger Balm,  and who wanted to do something with their fortune in their adopted home of Singapore. Since Mommy and Phwa Phwa are of course Burmese — and Nyan is half Burmese — it seemed a great place for a visit. So with a few other local Burmese women, off they went one Sunday afternoon. 

There were plenty of group photos:

But mostly it was Nyan running around, being wowed by the exhibits, and being goofy with some of them. 

There was also a sort of wrestling ring, which Nyan put to good use.

A bizarre but cool place! 

 
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Posted by on February 22, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

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Visiting Changi Jewel with Phwa Phwa

Changi Jewel — the fairly new and very fancy shopping mall attached to the airport, and the place with the gigantic indoor waterfall — wasn’t open the last time Phwa Phwa had visited us, so one evening during her visit in January we headed there for a walk around.

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We came across a kiddie barbershop there, and since Nyan needed a trim, we got him one.

And we posed for a bunch of family pics. Nyan of course had to mug for the camera.

 
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Posted by on February 16, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

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Jungle Hike with Phwa Phwa

Phwa Phwa — Nyan’s grandma — came to visit in late December, and on New Year’s Day, we headed off on  a jungle hike. It was a very civilized hike: we followed a carefully maintained metal boardwalk high up into the canopy and through the jungle, ending up at a place called Henderson Waves Bridge, this fancy pedestrian bridge that spans a canyon in the jungle below.

A few pics from the walk:

At one point there was a little paved area with these fun exercise machines. We had to imbibe, of course.

Here we are taking various family photos at the Henderson Waves Bridge.

We close with a few scenic shots from various points along the way. 

 
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Posted by on February 6, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

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One Magical, Monster-y Night

Sometimes the best evenings are the ones you don’t quite expect. That was a lesson our boy learned one late November evening.

To set the scene: he had been very much looking forward to a return visit to Monster Jam — the monster truck exhibition we had attended a couple years ago. (See our coverage of it here.) There was plenty of marketing, including giant print ads at bus stops, for the show, which was set for early December, a week or so from this particular evening.

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So this one weekday evening in November, we decided on a quick visit to the beach for some digging in the sand at dusk. Always a fun time:

After dinner at a waterfront restaurant, we took a stroll home. Our route happened to take us by the Roxy Square hotel, a popular and good-sized mid-priced hotel in our neighborhood. And lo and behold, what was parked outside the hotel to drum up interest in Monster Jam?

Nyan’s favorite Monster Jam truck — Megalodon!

He was over the moon. It was a dream come true — the answer to his prayers, he said later (he clarified that, were he the praying type, this is exactly what he would have prayed for).

Okay, this wasn’t that big a deal in the grand scheme of things, but it made our boy very happy. What’s not to lover about that?

Stay tuned for more about Monster Jam itself in an upcoming post…

 
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Posted by on December 21, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

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A Staycation on Sentosa

August brought Mommy’s birthday, which we celebrated by staying a couple nights at a hotel on nearby Sentosa island. It was quite a treat to be able to feel like we got away from it all, and to only need a 20-minute taxi ride to get there!

The hotel was the Sofitel Sentosa, and it was lovely.

We spent a lot of time in the swimming pool, which included a peacock or two.

The hotel was a short stroll away from the beach, so we hung out there too.

It also had a little pool full of those little fish that eat the skin off your feet and legs. It was a lot of fun!

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But the most basic goal of the little staycation was to celebrate Mommy, make sure she got to relax, and for everyone to enjoy some good family time. Mission accomplished!

 
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Posted by on September 3, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

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More Chinese New Year Fun

Chinese New Year, a.k.a. Lunar New Year, is a Big Deal in Asia, with pretty much everything shut down — like Christmas Day in the US or UK. 2019’s CNY ended up being a four-day public holiday weekend, so we took full advantage by relaxing and doing various other things.

Like an overnight to Malaysia! Mommy’s Aunt Jessica recently moved there, so she and Nyan crossed the border to visit Jessica and cousin Grace. (Daddy stayed behind, as he had work due for clients in the US who don’t recognize CNY).

There was also an afternoon at the beach with Aiden, the 9-year-old son of Brian, one of Mommy’s old school friends who is from Singapore but living in Shanghai — like many, many people, he and his family traveled home for the holiday.

Nyan’s school got into the fun too, with performances and all the kids dressing up in CNY gear. Here’s Nyan and his good friend Arav in their new year finery:

Here are all the kids goofing around before their on-stage performance:

And here they are making their way into the auditorium:

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Believe it or not, we don’t have any video of the performance — we were too far away, and it was too shaky and whatnot. Oh well. It was still a great capstone to a great Chinese New Year!

 
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Posted by on March 23, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

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Chinese New Year at River Hong Bao

Every year around Chinese New Year, they put on this big carnival downtown. It’s called River Hong Bao — which surely has some meaning that escapes us — and it’s pretty fun. We went down on evening after work.

The Singapore skyline was in fine form:

And we took lots of pictures of our hero, and his parents, and the general scenery.

What’s a carnival without bumper cars?

They also had various carnival rip-off games. Like the one where you ‘fish’ for prizes using a magnet at the end of a fishing line. We can’t recall what we won, but it surely wasn’t much.

Still: a fun time!

 
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Posted by on March 19, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

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The iLights Festival

Every year, they put on this series of art exhibits featuring light down along the Singapore River. It makes for a fun evening out — so nice, in fact, that this year we went twice.

One of the displays was a light show projected onto sprays of water on the river. Very cool.

They also had lights projected onto one of the river bridges. Also very cool.

Back on shore, there was a grassy field where they set up this big sort of geodesic dome made out of bamboo, covered with glowing LED lights that would change every few seconds. Very popular with the kiddos.

Other kids were doing cartwheels, so Nyan decided to take part as well. Cartwheeling, it turns out, is not one of his strengths. But he had a blast!

 
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Posted by on March 11, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

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Another Trip to the Auto Show

In January every year, there’s a big auto show at our local convention center, and just about every year, we manage to make it. Remember last year? And the year before? And let’s not forget 2015. Nyan always has a blast and this year was no different. It was maybe even better this year, since it came with an added bonus: Uncle Jeff was in town.

Nyan still loves to climb on the motorcycles:

And climb into pretty much any car he can.

Jeff enjoyed posing with the models, even if they were just cardboard:

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Speaking of models, they had one girl who was doing this spinny circle acrobatic thing. (yes, there’s surely a proper name for it, but the precise word escapes your author). Pretty cool, actually.

Nyan of course had to spend lots of time pretend-driving the big delivery trucks

And Nyan just wouldn’t be Nyan if he didn’t do his funky dance-walk wherever he goes. We love that he feels confident enough, and un-self-conscious enough, to do this!

 
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Posted by on February 20, 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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