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Bird Park and Bye-Bye

The final day of Tam’s stay

was spent with the birds.

What a way to spend a day!

Her visit blessed us beyond words!

It would’ve been a great tragedy if we had been remiss in not making a point of bringing my ornithologist of a sister with us to the Jurong Bird Park. Besides, we were blessed to have free passes through Andrew’s work, so we hardly had a good excuse for not going. Instead we were full of good reasons to go!

The last picture of Aunt Tammy & Gideon together

The last picture of Aunt Tammy & Gideon together

I have to say though, as much as Tam enjoyed the bird park, I think she was as equally impressed with the orchids that graced the entrance to the bird park.

The flowers were pretty - but my sister is prettier

The flowers were pretty – but my sister is prettier

As we were walking between exhibits, my sister called a halt and pointed out a beautiful butterfly. I can’t remember the name of the butterfly. Something like, “hairy tale,” or “little hairy” – I know those are wrong, but maybe my sister can refresh my memory later.

Good eye Tam! (And knowledge too, to know what it was called ... unlike me!)

Good eye Tam! (And knowledge too, to know what it was called … unlike me!)

I’m always impressed by the variety of birds God has created. From Scarlet Ibis:

The scarlet in their name is an apt description!

The scarlet in their name is an apt description!

To large Emus:

This emu growled at me!

This emu growled at me!

Did you know that Emus can growl? It’s true. At first I was like, “um… what did I just hear? And why is that bird making that noise at me?” But then we read a plaque that described how the large bird can make grunts that sound like a growl!

Andrew and I were eager to get to the Aviary, the largest in the world. (We remembered it being one of our favorite things from our last visit.) We weren’t disappointed!

Large enough to house a huge waterfall! (Look closely, there's actually a black and red bird in mid flight next to the waterfall in the shot.)

Large enough to house a huge waterfall! (Look closely, there’s actually a black and red bird in mid flight next to the waterfall in the shot.)

Watch out for the birds! Well - it is a bird aviary after all :)

Watch out for the birds! Well – it is a bird aviary after all 🙂

Okay, maybe we were slightly disappointed that we weren’t in the aviary closer to feeding time when more of the birds would’ve been out and about, but it was still enjoyable.

The picture doesn't adequately represent the iridescence of the birds!

The picture doesn’t adequately represent the iridescence of the birds!

Although the birds were pretty, the waterfall was probably the most impressive thing in the aviary.

Couple Shot

Couple Shot

Tam and the waterfall

Tam and the waterfall

I got the handsome guy to smile for the shot!

I got the handsome guy to smile for the shot!

Gideon was asleep when we took the waterfall shots, so he had to be content with his picture being taken with the fountains later.

I think his mom was hoping he would be more impressed. Oh well!

I think his mom was hoping he would be more impressed. Oh well!

I think we all secretly wished we could douse ourselves in the cool water of the fountain, because we were all SWEATY! Because we were so warm, and Tam wasn’t interested in seeing a lot of the birds she had seen multiple times in the past (birds like flamingos/etc) – we were able to make our visit shorter than we originally expected. This meant we were able to get some lunch in an air conditioned facility and then head home for a break.

After cooling off at home, Tam was ready to go out for a simpler outing of a bike ride with Andrew.

Riding her temporary bike!

Riding her temporary bike!

In many ways the bike ride was a fitting way for Tam to spend her last afternoon with us. It demonstrates her love for the simple things in life, her athleticism, and her enjoyment of the outdoors. She was so easy to please, and I think really enjoyed her time with us. I know we really enjoyed our time with her.

What we didn’t enjoy was the fact that she had to leave the next morning.

Gideon's sign and face tell all!

Gideon’s sign and face tell all!

Well, it’s taken me a while, but I’m finally finished with posting regarding my adventures with my sister Tamarah. But, the Lord is good. Since these memories took place, I have found out wonderful news. Another sister of mine has bought tickets to visit us. So, Lord willing, I will have even more memories made with another sister this summer! And Gideon will get to meet another aunt and for the first time, some of his cousins! Doubly blessed.

Telunas, Indonesia – Taking the Plunge

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. But I suppose some fun pictures with a few captions makes for a great story.

The morning of our last day in Indonesia dawned clear and calm.

"He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. " Psalm 23:3

“He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. ” Psalm 23:3

But our nerves weren’t quite as calm as our surroundings.

You see, Telunas has this dock of sorts that the call the high jump.

The High Jump

The High Jump

With the height of the tide taken into account, the platform was approximately 5 meters (that’s 18 feet in American) above the water.

It was the last “activity” on our list of things to do before we left. I mean, where else do you get to jump 18 feet into the calm open water? Tam stayed with the napping boy so that Andrew and I could take the plunge.

Andrew was the first to go up.

The long climb before the high jump

The long climb before the high jump

After he did the jump, I did it. Finally, Andrew switched out with Tam for Gideon duty so that she was able to come give it a go. (I should give Tam credit, she did the jump 3 times! Andrew and I only did it once each.)

I think it best that I give you a play by play comparison of our jumps.

The Preparation

The Preparation

  • Andrew: “Why am I doing this?”
  • Adrielle: nervous excitement
  • Tam: peaceful resignation
The Launch

The Launch

  • Andrew: oh boy
  • Adrielle: yippeee
  • Tam: Ms. Proper, “Mustn’t get water in my nose!”
The Descent

The Descent

  • Andrew: brace for impact! “Am I there yet?”
  • Adrielle: “Ooo, this is actually pretty fun.”
  • Tam: still holding that nose!
Prepare for Entry

Prepare for Entry

  • Andrew: “This is gonna hurt”
  • Adrielle: gracefully turns towards the camera
  • Tam: points her toes, and yes, still holding onto her nose
The Splash

The Splash

  • Andrew: As you’d expect
  • Adrielle:  the splash matched the graceful descent
  • Tam: happily average 🙂

Here are some of our favorite shots:

Andrew's huge splash (almost as high as the jump itself!)

Andrew’s huge splash (almost as high as the jump itself!)

Andrew’s advice to those considering the high jump is to try to minimize your surface area impact. This is not so much to minimize your splash as it is to minimize the later pain in your rump from the landing.

Unintentionally picture perfect

Unintentionally picture perfect

Andrew pointed out that the water was so calm that you could even see my reflection right before I entered!

 

"The Getting Closer" Approach

“The Getting Closer” Approach

I’m not sure that her approach actually accomplished anything compared to Andrew and my more care-free approaches, but she had fun nonetheless.

It was a great way to make memories on our last morning right before we finished packing to leave. Wouldn’t have it any other way 🙂

All four of us

Thank you Telunas for a wonderful memory-filled vacation!

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Telunas, Indonesia – Getting Away

There are so many vacationing spots and sight seeing destinations in Southeast Asia. I am convinced that even if we lived in Singapore for a decade, we wouldn’t have enough time to see all that we would like to see. That being said, we are doing our best to take time while we live here to visit other countries and enjoy the diversity that is SE Asia. Unless we have a good excuse not to (like having a baby) we try to take the opportunity to visit other countries while family is visiting us. For Tam’s visit we decided we wanted to get out of Singapore with her. As a surprise to her, we booked a trip to Telunas Beach Resort in Indonesia.

The Trip There

In order to get there we had to take a ferry from Singapore to Batam, Indonesia.

Excited sisters

Excited sisters

Somewhere on the ferry ride we realized that most of the other passengers on the ferry were guys. I theorized that there must be some sort of Men’s Retreat happening. Sure enough, we would later find out that the a the men (and young guys too) from International Baptist Church (the church we attended before Crossroads) were going to the same resort as us for a weekend retreat.

Once we got out of customs in Indonesia, a host from the resort met us, two females, and the large group of men. He helped us transfer to the local boats that would see us to our destination.

Our "sweet ride" awaits

Our “sweet ride” awaits

Gideon didn’t care so much for the excitement in the air and all the admirers he had, he just wanted his next meal.

Happy mommy & impatient baby

Happy mommy & impatient baby

… but eventual he got what he wanted.

And we're off!

And we’re off!

Up until this point we had still been relatively close to Singapore, but now we were really leaving Singapore behind!

Goodbye Singapore! Hello Indonesia!

Goodbye Singapore! Hello Indonesia!

though we love Singapore we were looking forward to the vacation, even Gideon was happy (now that he was fed).

They had a baby life jacket if we needed it, but Daddy's arms were a more welcome feel I think!

They had a baby life jacket if we needed it, but Daddy’s arms were a more secure feel!

Gideon (and the rest of us) did fine for the first part of the trip. But as the trip droned on, the adults began to wonder how much longer it would be and the infant started to protest. We couldn’t tell why he was protesting. Nothing seemed to calm him; he screamed for the last 30 minutes of the ride. 😦

Finally! The daylight was quickly slipping away, but the lights of the resort were getting bigger and brighter as we drew nearer.

Finally! The daylight was quickly slipping away, but the lights of the resort were getting bigger and brighter as we drew nearer.

I was ready to get off the boat and figure out what the little guy wanted.

Tam's smile in the dim light reflects how we felt after seeing the resort ahead

Tam’s smile in the dim light reflects how we felt after seeing the resort ahead

As we got closer the boat driver shut off the engine. The whrring subsided as he directed our boat close to the dock. Even better the screaming child in our arms stopped crying. Apparently he didn’t like sitting right next to the engine for over an hour! Note to self: don’t sit in the back near the engine when with Gideon in the boat next time.

We were welcomed by a warm and friendly staff offering a welcome drink (think Orange Julius with mango and spice). We took our drinks to our new room and then ate dinner. After our travels we got Gideon into his PJs.

A much happier and quieter Gideon ready for bed

A much happier and quieter Gideon ready for bed

We must’ve been tired too, for we laid down while Gideon was drifting off only to find ourselves drifting off to. I woke in the middle of the night to take off my contacts and slip into PJs – but otherwise we ended up sleeping through the night as much as Gideon! The next morning I remarked to Andrew, “My, you got dressed quickly.” Only to realize he never switched what he was wearing! :p

Our home away from home – First Day

The extra sleep must’ve been needed, because boy were we rested. What a nice way to start out our time at the Telunas Beach Resort.

The view behind my pillow as I gave Gideon his breakfast

The view behind my pillow as I gave Gideon his breakfast

It was so relaxing to wake up in a chalet on top of the water!

All of the buildings were on stilts above the water

All of the buildings were on stilts above the water

The dawn light allowed for the perfect opportunity to quietly soak in our surroundings

The wonderful Deluxe Family Room accommodations at Telunas (baby not included)

The wonderful Deluxe Family Room accommodations at Telunas (baby not included)

The peaceful view wasn’t the only perks of the resort. The sounds were relaxing too. Depending on the weather and time of day, there was either the calming white noise of rain, the chirp of geckos hiding in the rooftop (I didn’t know geckos chirped. Did you?), the quiet crash of small waves, the gentle lapping of water, the creaks of the floorboards as someone walked on the boardwalk, or silence!

Although our main object of getting away was to relax and spend time with Tam, we did plan to take a hike while we were at Telunas. After breakfast and Gideon’s first nap, we headed out with one of the staff, our guide for the hike, along with about 10 other people from the men’s group. The hike was wonderful, but worthy of its own post (to come soon). I will tell you though that it was a beautiful day for a hike in Indonesia!

Gorgeous weather

Gorgeous weather

The rest of the day was spent practicing the art of doing nothing.

Day 2

The next morning we walked down the long boardwalk to the beach.

The walk from our chalet to the beach

The walk from our chalet to the beach

We  asked one of the men from the Men’s group that was wandering around on the beach to take our picture(s).

The Randles at Telunas

The Randles at Telunas

The Randles Men

The Randles Men

Gideon & Mommy

Gideon & Mommy

Pictures wasn’t the only way we sought to take advantage of the water. Gideon and Mommy played in the water while Daddy & Aunt Tammy went Kayaking. The usually robust Andrew decided that he was more used to biking than Kayaking. (Not to mention the kayak wasn’t built for someone of his stature, and his long arms got injured just moving the paddle around!) The seasoned kayaker of our group (that would be Tam) went out for a solo kayak run after Andrew had his fill.

Tammy finishing her solo Kayaking

Tammy finishing her solo Kayaking

By the afternoon (it’s Sunday now) the men’s group and any other resort guests had headed back to the mainland and we had the resort to ourselves!

Gideon discovered that he had the resort’s two boxes of toys entirely to himself. He was in heaven!

Gideon was enamored with all the toys!

Gideon was enamored with all the toys!

I think he would’ve been just as content with just the jumbo legos from the box though. It definitely made entertaining him easier. All the playing tired him out!

Fast asleep for his nap in the play pen/cot provided by the resort

Fast asleep for his nap in the play pen/cot provided by the resort

The playing also seemed to produce quite the appetite in the fellow.

Eating BBQ sauce (it's really jarred prune and apples)

Eating BBQ sauce (it’s really jarred prune and apples)

Candlelight Dinner

Gideon wasn’t the only one who was thoroughly happy with his meal. One of our favorite meals (actually – I can’t think of one we disliked) was our candlelight dinner. Seeing it as an option on the resort’s website, we figured that it was a good opportunity to enjoy a couple’s dinner. It felt a little silly though as Tam was the only guest who ate the “regular” dinner… 🙂

We had our dinner in twighlight and candlelight set up on a secluded pier. The staff that was our server asked us what the special occasion was. We replied, “We have a babysitter. That’s the special occasion.” She seemed satisfied with the reason. (We certainly were.)

We were served Nasi Kuning (Indonesian for “yellow rice”) served in a lumpeng (“cone”). The rice loosely resembles a pile of gold and is usually saved for special occasions. (Due to the dim romantic lighting, we actually couldn’t tell that it was yellow until we looked at our pictures later.) The delicious rice was served with all sorts of delicious Indonesian dishes from beef, to chicken, to coconut veggies, and more! (Though we didn’t have the courage to try the side that our server indicated, “Eh… yes… it’s spicy!”)

You can see the top of the cone on my dish behind the serving platter.

You can see the top of the cone on my dish behind the serving platter.

The only downside of the dinner was that we could hear Gideon off in the distance, not exactly happy with being left alone with Aunt Tammy for the evening. But he eventually went to sleep despite Mommy & Daddy being away on a date.

After the dinner, Andrew and I spent the rest of the evening talking with Tam on our “porch.”

The walkway in front of our "porch"

The walkway in front of our “porch”

Last Day

The last day of our stay dawned. It was so silent. There was not lapping of the waves to be heard underneath our floorboards. We peeked out our chalet to find that the following scene!

"He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. " Psalm 23:3

“He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. ” Psalm 23:3

The calm water reflected morning sun beautifully.

Telunas Tranquility - Made us want to consider extending our stay!

Telunas Tranquility – Made us want to consider extending our stay!

It also figuratively reflected the peace we felt after getting away from Singapore for a few days.

The High Jump

Despite how relaxed we were, we had one more activity that we wanted to complete before heading back. The High Jump! We each had fun jumping into the cool calm water. The pictures we snapped are priceless, but [again] worth their own post.

The Trip Back

Before hopping into the small boat with our luggage and our host, we stopped to take our final group shots.

Gideon's shirt was very appropriate - it said "Later <picture of alligator"

Gideon’s shirt was very appropriate – it said “Later

So glad that this trip we were able to have a fourth in our group shot:

All four of us

All four of us

Then we took a local boat to a small town on the water where our resort host bought us tickets for a local ferry that would take us back to Batam.

Heading back to SG (And we remembered not to sit too close to the loud engine for Gideon's sake.)

Heading back to SG (And we remembered not to sit too close to the loud engine for Gideon’s sake.)

It’s not unusual for Gideon to get attention wherever he goes. But in Indonesia, the sight of westerners with a blond baby who was happy to smile at those who wanted to give him attention … well, let’s just say the whole town seemed to be smitten with him. Normally I don’t mind people’s attention (I’m sure I would do the same if I were in their place), but I did have a few minutes of nervousness. It came when a lady gestured her request to hold Gideon. Since Gideon was already being quite friendly with the lady, I let her hold him. What I didn’t expect was the lady to walk away from me carrying Gideon excited to show him off to others. My heart started pounding, but was calmed by the fact that our resort host followed the stranger and eventually brought my son back to me.

The experience did teach me to be a bit more cautious when it comes to friendly strangers wanting say hi to my smiley son. Next time when we’re in a very foreign place where Gideon is ogled by the Asians, I think I’ll try to keep him in the carrier where the most people can do is look and touch his hair.

In any case, our ferry came after a few minutes. I’m sure we made quite a scene as we got onto the local ferry baby in hand and later put him in his carrier while he was crying and going to sleep. But the other passengers were kind enough to keep their interest limited to staring and cell phone shots. I later joked to Andrew that I’m sure a picture of our blond boy is being sent to cell phones across Indonesia!

We arrived back in Batam where another resort staff member helped us make our connection for our ferry back to Singapore. It was a bit of traveling, but we made it home in one piece (or in 4, since there are for of us?). All the traveling was worth it. I would highly recommend the Telunas Beach Resort… but even more, I would recommend going with my sister. 🙂

Monkey business on the Waves

We were hoping to visit the MacRitchie Resevoir with Tam to show her that even in Singapore you can get away from the noise and city life. But between not being sure how well Gideon would do on a long hike and not being optimistic about our own energy level we opted for some simpler parks instead.

Our outing started out at the Alexandra Arch.

Alexandra Arch

Alexandra Arch

It was lightly raining so we made our way on the Forest Walk to an overhead canopy for we could wait for the rain to subside. We then made our way through Telok Blangah Park which connects the Alexandra Arch to the Henderson Waves Bridge (the true destination of our walk).

Lead on to the Henderson Waves Bridge

Lead on to the Henderson Waves Bridge

We started at the high end of the bridge.

76 meters above sea level

76 meters above sea level

From this high up you could see beautiful views!

The colors were so bright (brought to you by the HD app on Andrew's phone)

The colors were so bright! (Brought to you by the HDR app on Andrew’s phone)

Despite the view of buildings displayed in the picture above, there really was quite a bit of greenery and the setting was in its own way picturesque. And the bridge was quite enjoyable in its own rite too!

Look, we're all the same height! :)

Look, we’re all the same height! 🙂

As we were almost to the end of the bridge, we realized that we weren’t the only creatures out for a walk.

A family of monkeys out for a walk enjoying the Henderson Wave Bridge too!

A family of monkeys out for a walk enjoying the Henderson Wave Bridge too!

I was thrilled that we got to see monkeys on our walk. The cutest of the monkeys was a mommy monkey and her baby.

If I were the mommy monkey, I wouldn't let my baby walk on the edge like that though!

If I were the mommy monkey, I wouldn’t let my baby walk on the edge like that though!

The monkeys were definitely photo-worthy!

Who is photobombing who?

Who is photo-bombing who?

Once we were able to pull ourselves away from the cute monkeys we headed through Mount Faber Park.

We were impressed with how well Gideon was doing on our hike/walk

We were impressed with how well Gideon was doing on our hike/walk

Tam was doing well too (but we expected she might) ;-)

Tam was doing well too (but we expected she might) 😉

Ready for a break and a snack of granola bars, we stopped at the Cable Cars.

The Cable Cars going from Mt. Faber (our location) to Harbourfront then onto Sentosa

The Cable Cars going from Mt. Faber (our location) to Harbourfront then onto Sentosa

We weren’t too interested in riding on the cable cars, but we did think it was worth getting our photo taken while we were near them.

Taking our picture in one of the "parked" cable cars

Taking our picture in one of the “parked” cable cars

Gideon seemed to notice we got a snack and he wanted one too. So we extended our break for him.

A snacked-up and happy Gideon and Daddy

A snacked-up and happy Gideon and Daddy

Even though it was a wonderful way to spend the day hiking through parks and on bridges, you can only stay in parks so long in Singapore. We did accomplish our goal of getting away from the noise, but in the end the trail led us to the largest mall in Singapore. Kind of an ironic way to end our hike.

VivoCity - where we caught the train back home

VivoCity – where we caught the train back home

Just Me, My Sis, and G

As I write this, my sister should be almost back home to her South Carolina home. I’m going to miss her. And I don’t mind repeating myself by saying that I am really thankful for the time we got to spend together. Nor do I mind telling people multiple times that I enjoy going back over the pictures of our time together. Consequently, here’s another post commemorating Tam’s visit.

I am so grateful Andrew took time off of work during Tam’s visit. This meant that we were able to do a lot and see a lot as a family. However, since Andrew still went to work some of the days during my sis’ visit, we had some outings with just Tam, Gideon and me.

Singapore Botanic Garden

One day I had to make a “quick” trip to the pediatrician with Gideon. Since the Botanic Garden entrance is literally across the street from the Doctor’s office, it seemed like the opportune time to make a visit to the gardens with Tam.

I couldn't let her go without the iconic gate picture

I couldn’t let her go without the iconic gate picture

We walked through the garden with dark clouds ahead trying to make it to the National Orchid Garden. We hoped it wouldn’t rain since we didn’t have any umbrellas! Thankfully the only water we encountered was in the form of a beautiful manmade waterfall 🙂

Peeking at each other from different sides of the waterfall (two pics side by side)

Peeking at each other from different sides of the waterfall (two pics side by side)

The orchids were really the point of our visit. We weren’t dissapointed.

We weren't disappointed by the display of orchids

We weren’t disappointed by the display of orchids! (Tam’s pictures)

Gideon didn’t really take a nap like he was supposed to. Consequently he wasn’t as eager as we were to enjoy the flowers. Despite his crankiness, he allowed us to take some cute shots with him.

The Giraffe was also agreeable for a quick photo shot

The Giraffe was also agreeable for a quick photo shot

And we couldn’t forget a shot in front of the orchids!

Group shot in front of the white orchids

Group shot in front of the white orchids

Before leaving, we realized that I hadn’t gotten a shot of Gideon with his Aunt during our time in National Orchid Gardens. I’m glad we remembered to pause, because it ended up being a fantastic shot!

On of my top favorites of Tam's whole visit

On of my top favorites of Tam’s whole visit

It seems a shame that the orchids have become “commonplace” to me. I hardly took any pictures despite being surrounded by such lush scenery. Most of my pictures were of Gideon… and he was cranky! Thankfully my sister wasn’t entirely distracted by Gideon’s cuteness to ignore taking pictures of other things. She even kindly took a picture of me.

I'm glad she insisted on the flower prop! :)

One of the few pictures of “just me” (aka “sans Gideon”)

She insisted I put the flower that had fallen to the ground into my hair for the shot. I’m glad she did.

Swimming Pool

VBS/summer camp songs always have a pesky way of popping up in one’s head when you least expect it. One such song goes:

Swimming. Swimming.

In the swimming pool.

When days are hot,

when days are cold,

in the swimming pool.

Back stroke, side stroke, pretty diving too!

Now don’t you wish that you were in,

in the swimming pool.

Well, it might not be cold, but it certaintly hot enough to swim here in Singapore. I have often told my sister that ever she did visit me I would surely “splurge” the $1 entrance fee to the local swimming pool just for her 🙂

I had to remain good to my word, so we gladly took one hot afternoon to travel to the nearby swimming pool.

Staying cool at the pool

Staying cool at the pool (Ignore my odd look; I was avoiding a Gideon splash/wack!)

Gideon enjoyed himself for at least a half hour in the shallow wading pool while his aunt swam several laps.

I always admire Tam’s athleticism. She’s tough on herself saying how she wished her breathing technique were better and that she didn’t tire out as quick. But I’m sure she would breath better and outlast many of us even if she doesn’t improve her technique!

Chinese Garden

The Chinese Garden has become our favorite “local tourist” spot to take visitors. It’s away from the hubbub of the downtown city life, and connected with the Japanese Garden as well, you definitely get the asian feel throughout the greenery.

Decidedly asian

Decidedly asian

The last time we had been to the garden hadn’t turned out so well, but when we were here with my mom, it was a delightful visit. I was hoping that the visit with Tam would end up being more like the latter rather than the former.

Not sure how much time we would be able to spend at the garden we mapped out where we were going to walk.

"I think this would be the best way"

“I think this would be the best way”

It was decided we’d head to the Japanese Gardens first. I think our favorite aspects were the red bridges and ponds. One of the ponds was filled with what I thought were lilies.

The pond was covered with green leaves and pink flowers like these!

The pond was covered with green leaves and pink flowers like these!

My botany expert sister informed me that they were actually lotus flowers.

In front of a backdrop of a pond filled with lilies

In front of a backdrop of a pond filled with lilies lotus flowers

The weather held up nicely even though there were some dark clouds ahead. Indeed, the storms rolling overhead only produced a refreshing breeze where we were located such that we were able to traverse most of the paths in both gardens.

The breeze blowing his baby fine hair

The breeze blowing his baby fine hair

Even though Gideon only napped briefly he held up almost as well as the ominous dark clouds. (Although… I’m beginning to sense a link between Gideon’s napping habits and outings. I don’t like the link.) It could be he was experiencing some symptoms of teething which were making him irritable and less willing to take a nap. Regardless of the reason, he was determined to rally himself to spend some happy time with his aunt.

Gideon's shirt says all: "Wild about Auntie"

Gideon’s shirt says all: “Wild about Auntie”

While we were out enjoying the gardens, Andrew was hard at work finishing the last touches on a 100+ page report. It was his last day at work before our weekend getaway! I’m sorry he had to work while we enjoyed the outdoors, but I am for sure not sorry I got to do so with my sister!

In Chinese culture Red symbolizes celebration: We were indeed celebrating that  our sister/aunt was with us!

In Chinese culture Red symbolizes celebration: We were indeed celebrating that our sister/aunt was with us!

Gideon’s Aunt Comes to Visit

We moved to Singapore over two years ago. Since then, my sister, Tamarah, has been praying that the Lord would open up an opportunity for her to visit us while we are living here. Last week we had the incredible privilege of seeing the Lord fulfilling the answer to the prayer.

As is the case with many flights from the east coast, hers arrived after midnight. This meant Andrew was able to stay home with the little guy while I went to pick her up.

It was late enough that I was on the last train to the airport

It was late enough that I was on the last train to the airport

It took some waiting as I got to the airport around midnight (early enough to still use the train to get there) and her plane didn’t arrive till after 1am. But my wait wasn’t as long as her 24hr-ish trip!

In any case, the wait was worth it!

In any case, it was worth the wait to see my sister's cheerful face (she doesn't look jetlagged!)

Look at my sister’s cheerful face, she doesn’t even look jetlagged! 🙂

Gideon didn’t get to meet his aunt until the next day, but he was happy too!

Aunt and Nephew meet each other

Aunt and Nephew meet each other

This was the first relative that he got to meet in person besides his grandma who was here when he was born.

Sister similarities :)

Sister similarities 🙂

And wouldn’t you know, even after all this time apart, we still share similar tastes and dress alike!

Even though it’s been a few days since she arrived, we’ve already made so many memories and been on quite a few adventures. Hopefully I’ll get to post more pictures and stories soon!