Sean is a huge scaredy-cat, much more so than Brian ever was. When we first went to Disneyland, he was afraid of every ride, even the spinning teacup ride. Who is ever afraid of getting on those cute teacups? He's also never been keen about the carousel. When he finally mustered the courage to go on one, he'd only sit on the carriage, not the horse.
However, yesterday, with a 3.5 year old girl (Janelle, a friend's daughter) asking that Sean come along for the ride, he cautiously allowed me to hoist him on to a horse. While I was taking this picture (top left picture), and before the carousel started, his face started to change. He began to look really worried and in about a second, would have wanted to get off. I immediately stopped taking pictures, and went to him to assure him that I'll be holding on to him.
When the ride started, he realised there wasn't really anything to get scared about, and he began to relax and finally enjoyed the ride. One more fear conquered! Thanks to Janelle and our outing to Gorky Park.
You would probably have heard of Gorky Park; the title of a novel and boxoffice movie, some spy movie I think. It is located by Moscow River and has a big amusement park inside. We met up with the little girl Janelle, her mother Michelle and her 2-year old brother Zachary; newcomers from Singapore. Actually, this family is the only one from Singapore we know with kids.
Here are some pictures of Gorky Park; we didn't go into the amusement park which wasn't open till noon (the rides look really dated so I don't think we missed much). The carousel ride was located just outside Gorky Park, so we allowed the kids to go on it as consolation.
Entrance to Gorky Park.
See if you can spot Brian.
Flagging us in.
I have two annoying boys who won't pose for me! Brian keeps doing silly stunts while Sean keeps coming really, really close to my lens, making me stop to shout that if his nose touches my lens, I'll knock his big head so hard he'll faint (actually I used the word pengsan). They always laugh so loud at my threats...no respect!
You can see part of the ferris wheel right at the back behind the trees. There is also a huge German-made roller coaster from dunno which decade, no way was I going on that.
The boys with Janelle and Zachary who are a lot more well-wrapped up. On the right picture, sitting on the park bench, instead of Ronald McDonald, you have this strange plant-man creature...creepy.
Janelle insists not only on holding Sean's hands everywhere they went, but that I cannot hold his other free hand. Really funny to watch.