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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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Day Trip to Pulau Ubin

Nyan had been to Pulau Ubin — a sparsely populated island just offshore from Singapore, home to numerous nature preserves and hiking and biking trails — once before, back in 2015, but that’s more than three years ago. So one Sunday morning, we loaded up Grandma and Grandpa and headed over for some outdoor fun.

To get there, you have to take a 15-minute ride on a small, rickety wooden “bumboat.” It’s quite pleasant.

Once you’re there, you can wander around the tiny port town — which is home mostly to local seafood restaurants and bike rental shops — or you can go hiking or rent a bike. Outisde of the town are monkeys, waterfront trails and even an old Tudor-style house that’s now serving as a slightly run-down museum. We skipped the bikes and took a taxi van to an area called Chek Jawa Wetlands.

Among the attractions here is a somewhat rickety lookout tower, maybe 200 feet tall, offering very nice views over the jungle canopy and the water.

The highlight of Chek Jawa is the boardwalk itself, a couple miles of trail through tidal flats, mangrove forests, jungle and open water. We saw crabs, lobsters, fish, lizards and birds. It was lovely.

Pulau Ubin is definitely a place that should be near the top of the list for any visitor to Singapore. Residents too.

 
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Posted by on December 24, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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A Night at the Circus

The Moscow Circus came to town, so we took Grandma and Grandpa to see it, along with Nyan, of course. It was at the same location we saw Cirque du Soleil a year and a bit ago, and while it’s hard to compare, we think we might have to say Moscow was even better! Nonstop action, laughter, thrills…  no animals, either. Just freakishly talented people doing acrobatics, contortion, motorcycle tricks, etc.

Motorcycle tricks? Yeah. Like four motorcycles zooming round and round inside a tiny metal ball, and somehow managing to not hit each other.

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Check out the faces during the show. Spellbound!

We actually took hardly any photos of the show itself; too busy being enthralled. Here are a couple shots of the scenery outside the big tent, on a beautiful full moon night:

And finally, just goofing around with camera filters, and with the reflections and the CC tv display at the subway station just outside the circus. Silly boy.

 
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Posted by on December 8, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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Universal Studios with Zuzu and Iain (and Mommy)

One of the highlights of Uncle Iain and Aunt Zuzu’s visit in October — which happened to coincide with a week off from school for Nyan — was a day spent at the Universal Studios theme park. Even better, Mommy took the day off and joined in!

There was plenty of fun to be had.

They went on the miniature indoor ferris wheel:

And the merry-go-round:

Nyan’s favorite ride by far, though, was the one called Dino-Soarin’. It’s part of the Jurassic Park section and, as the park’s website puts it, allows children to “ride on the back of flying dinosaurs called Pteranodons, soaring up into the sky or plunging down into the shadows.”

Whatever it was, Nyan kept going back to it, over and over again.

A fun day at the theme park with no school and a trio of doting adults? A little boy’s version of paradise!

 
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Posted by on November 11, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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Lightning Fights and More at Night Fest

Every year, there’s a week-long event in downtown Singapore called Night Fest. It’s a whole bunch of cultural events, food and music, art displays, and other cool things. We’d never made it down before, but we did this year.

There were several things we wanted to be sure to see, including a visit to the Gem Museum. (Who knew there was a Gem Museum in Singapore? Not us.) It was a small but nice little place run by the local association of gem-sellers. One of the officials took to Nyan, who was very excited to see all the gemstones, especially the ones from Myanmar.

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The main event, for us, was this display called Lords of Lightning. It’s two guys up on tall pillars that double as Tesla coils, zapping huge amounts of voltage at each other. It was pretty intense and really cool

Then there was a random marching band, which led to our boy doing his dance thing:

Elsewhere, they were projecting a cool light show onto the facade of one of the art museums.

All in all, a really cool and fun night!

 
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Posted by on September 21, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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