September 2014


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Two is no joke.  This girl is growing up and showing us her true, vivid colors.

  • No baby.  There’s no baby updates here, because Hazel is a walking, talking, toothy, potty-trained, feeding-herself, sleeping machine.  We got no more babies.
  • Longs.  I’ve mentioned it, but this girl loves to cover her knees.  Her favorite clothes are long pants and “sport shoes” – with socks!  We can sometimes convince her of a dress if the modesty content is there (only lower leg showing).  At night, she sleeps in her “Gruffs”, some pajamas with magical healing powers.  They have long pants of course.
  • Green.  Anything that is green was obviously made for this girl.  It’s not quite an obsession or requirement, but if it’s green it is so much better.  Caveat: this does not apply to food.
  • Sleep-over.  This is kind of a baby update.  Hazel really needed to take some naps in the afternoon to boost her dinner time spirits.  Luckily, she is happy to crash out in her lower bunk for a “sleepover”, either with daddio or some of her guys.
  • Pee-Ahnk!  Hazel is still completely devoted  and attached to her Pinky, who has been compadre numero uno from the beginning.  She could face fire with that fluffy pink monkey’s tag between her forefinger and thumb.  Got an owie?  She’ll run to fetch you a Pink.  There, doesn’t that feel better already?
  • Wailing.  Not exactly the meltdowns I expected from a tantruming two year old girl, Hazel just bursts into tears and howls when things aren’t going her way (mostly when Miles has derailed things from going her way).  It’s a raw and true expression of emotion that yields maybe one to two tears only before it’s over.  And then it starts again 5 minutes later.
  • Spunk.  Hazel has spunk, she’s feisty, she is fun to be around and can be so loving and sweet, melting into my lap at times that I do cherish.  We love this little girl!

It’s that time of year again – mooncakes, lanterns, and Chinese costumes!  We celebrated on Gurney Drive with friends, Song River and a bit of pyrotechnics.  The moon was out in it’s full harvest glory, and Hazel was in a particularly good photogenic mood.

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A friend of mine here in Penang takes gorgeous portraits, so when she mentioned she would like to build her portfolio with some fitness shots – of course I jumped at the chance to model for her!  You can see more of her work on her facebook page: Henny Gorin Images

It was fascinating to watch her work with all the lighting, backdrop (which I maxed out the height on in the 4th pic there), and just with holding these poses for so long to get a frame.  As you can see, she’s also a magician with photo shop!

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Tim often judges the success of a photo outing based on the number of “five star” snaps he catches. He is frugal with the stars, the whole 30,000 photo library has only about 100!  If an outing produces even one, it’s a winner.  This time he got two:

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We have been lucky enough to be around for every Georgetown Festival, a month-long cultural and arts event in Penang.  Much like SxSW, there are hundreds of different acts and expositions, every space is fair game for a venue, and it makes being in Penang awesome!  Here’s what we got up to one Sunday with the kids:

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Building, planning, destroying at the Lego Living City

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Dosai Lunch!

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Miles was Here.

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Resting up in a colonial building after a photo exhibition, which was inspiring to Tim (obviously by the great photos that came out of this day!)

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Floor Art in a Shophouse

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Taking in Sekeping Victoria.

Miles and Tim celebrated our 5th (Malaysia’s 57th) Merdeka day this year with a father-son photo shoot.  After a week at school learning about the Malaysian flag (in Bahasa Malayu, of course), Miles was determined to take a picture of every flag he came across.  Tim mostly took pictures of the budding photographer, so serious.

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