Saturday, January 14, 2017

Olympic rowing

Late last year I had the pleasure to get on the water with Singapore's first olympic rower, Saiyidah Aisyah. After returning from Rio Aisyah joined us to christen our new quad which carries her name.

Aisyah was patient, generous and charismatic. Good luck for the Asian Championships Aisyah.



Friday, January 13, 2017

This is not a baby blog

However my child was born at 10:18am on Jan 5th, 2017 and that probably warrants an entry.



At 2am in the morning I was woken by a fully dressed Amanda who was on her way out for a brief check-up. I was assured everything was OK however Amanda wouldn't be able to sleep until the doctor told her that. I was told to stay in bed and after a brief protest, I agreed. But I would take my phone off silent because I am a dutiful & loving husband who is invested in this birth as much as Amanda is.

5 minutes later, as I heard the front door open I came to my senses and chased her down. Arriving at the hospital there were no nurses or doctors and we were a little stressed. Apparently it was the night for deliveries. We were eventually seen to and told we would be overnighting and would see the doctor at 7:00am.

Upon his arrival we are quickly told that this was happening as soon as a room could be found. I was wearing shorts and thongs (not how I wanted to make my first impression), was due at a site inspection in 3 hours and we didn't own any nappies. Amanda had not yet handed over to maternity cover and was mentally far from ready.

With Amanda's shoes stuck down the back of my shorts I waited in the fathers' room in a hazmat suit. After discussing potential bogan names (and the potential classic name Jon Bon Gervay) with the family I was summoned. Despite the early arrival, the baby then decided the he didn't like the look of the light at the end of the tunnel. The doctors were quite tense and frantic, the forceps would end up leaving a bruised and red head, and the anaesthetist was squeezing Amanda from the chest down like the last toothpaste from the tube.

But with an imagined "pop" and a first powerful yelp, a tiny little tadpole weighing in at 2.8kg came into this world.

Theodore Zoli Chan Gervay.


Sunday, August 28, 2016

Dad's 70th in Fiji

To celebrate the birthday boy's milestone, Clan Griswold went to Malolo Island in Fiji for the week. I can't quite recall the last time we had all 14 of us together - it has certainly been a while. Snorkelling, diving, kayaking, eating, sleeping, reading, partying, reading, a surprisingly busy week for doing nothing.

A tough start to the trip.

 Tough night conditions.

 And even tougher daytime conditions.

 Just like Fiji water.

 Somehow roped into refereeing the brutal inter-island grudge match. After my island team lost, I find out the tourist boat has gone home and I have to take the players boat home learning Malolo Island is back in the comp after a year's suspension for a record number of yellow & red cards.

 We're quite happy with ourselves.

 Too lovely for a caption.

 Magic days.

And magic people.


Thursday, June 30, 2016

Sunday, June 26, 2016