Monthly Archives: June 2010

Capoeira in Singapore?

During our visit to Singapore, we’re staying in a friend-of-a-friend’s apartment.  We’re so thankful for this opportunity, which is saving us tons of money!  The apartment is on the 23rd floor of a high-rise, so things are generally pretty quiet. A few days ago I could faintly hear some rhythmic singing and clapping, and we could not figure out where it was coming from.  I finally went out on the balcony and spotted them – a group of singing, clapping, and martial-arts-dancing people gathered in a circle.  It was too far away to really see what was happening, so I went and grabbed the video camera. 

This is the video I shot from the balcony, 23 floors up.  In addition, they were across the river and a few blocks away, so this was quite a distance!  Somehow the sound carried all the way up to us, but the quality isn’t too great.  This is one of those times when I was kicking myself for not having brought along our shotgun microphone!  You can tell how far away I am because of how the sound doesn’t seem to quite line up.

The video is a little over 3 minutes, but they danced for closer to 30.

 http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=12971709&server=vimeo.com&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=0&color=&fullscreen=1

Capoeira in Singapore? from Matt Menger on Vimeo.

This really reminded me of Capoeira, a Brazilian dance/martial arts tradition, and after some quick internet research it turns out that I was probably correct.  You can read about the group here, where they were featured on a Singaporean website.

This is one thing I didn’t expect to see in Singapore!

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Pool Time

After all of the craziness of moving and travelling, this week has been so refreshing for us to just have lots of time together to hang out at the pool and take naps. Here in Chiang Mai, the weather is warm, but not suffocating, humid, but not overbearing. It’s great “summer” weather to swim! Elizabeth has turned into a little fish with us taking her to the pool every day. She is now brave enough to walk off the edge into the big pool and trust that we’ll just catch her after she goes all the way under water!

Yesterday we went swimming with some good friends from our time in Dallas that just moved to Chiang Mai 6 weeks ago. Chris and Becca have a little boy, Luis, who is close to Elizabeth’s age and they had fun playing together. Here are some pictures of the little munchkins. Future World Cup? I love how serious they look about getting the ball!

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Today we went swimming in the afternoon, and Daddy and Elizabeth had a lot of fun playing together. I took way too many pictures, and here are some of the best.

So happy in the water!

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She loves to be thrown way up high and come splashing down.

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Practicing kick-kick-kicking!

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And even a little practice floating on the back. Look at that leg extension, Aunt Brittany!

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It’s crazy to see how long her hair really is in the water when there aren’t any curls :).

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All the way underwater with Daddy – and no crying!

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Such a water-baby.

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Going in all by herself – look Mom, no hands!

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She’s just the perfect size to throw around – and we sure do!

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The ABCs!

We just had to share this video of Elizabeth helping Kara with the ABCs.  Enjoy!

 http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=12634958&server=vimeo.com&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=0&color=&fullscreen=1

The ABCs! from Matt Menger on Vimeo.

Right now we’re in Chiang Mai, Thailand, enjoying some needed R&R before we move to Sulawesi.  It has taken the past few days just to get ourselves wound down and relaxed, and for Elizabeth to get back on a good routine.  We’ll be here until next Friday, when we head over to Singapore for a few weeks.

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