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Kite 101

Published February 27, 2012 by The OC

"Imagination is the highest kite one can fly." -Laura Bacall

Did you just bought a kite, flew it, made it crash, and then just destroyed it? Ever wondered how you can repair your kite? Or how you could make one? Well, don’t fret! I just happen to have these easy steps in making a kite.

First, you need to gather the materials needed for the kite. Of course, no materials mean no kite. Prepare a pair of scissors, a roll of tape, two sticks (one should be longer than the other), a spool of strings, and a garbage bag. We’re going to make a traditional diamond-shaped kite by using these easy-to-get and low-cost materials.

After gathering the materials needed, we then start making the skeleton before the other parts of the kite. The skeleton is the framework of the kite. It makes the kite’s structure firm and strong as it hits the wind. Using the two sticks, place it like a small letter “t”, being the longer stick under the shorter stick. Tie them together using the string by doing a crisscrossing pattern on the intersection of the two sticks making sure they are not lose.

We then make the sail of the kite. Spread the garbage bag and lay the skeleton on top of it and tape it so that it won’t move when you’re working on the sail. Using the tape, preferably a masking tape, make a diagonal pattern by connecting the endpoints of the sticks. Make sure you leave at least an inch for allowance around the frame. Cut the diagonal pattern; a diagonal kite is much easier to make compared to other kites. Now, using the strings tie the edges of the garbage bag to the endpoints of the sticks but make sure that it’s tight enough for the kite to fight the wind or else it will just loosen up and cause the fall of your kite. After tying the edges, remove the tapes you put for securing the skeleton on the sail then adjust the bottom string at least an inch up for the tail.

Now that the body of the kite is made, take the remaining  parts of the garbage bag and cut at least three to five straight strips and attach it to the bottom end of the frame by tying them using the string. The tail makes the kite soar higher and catches the wind more making your kite flying even longer. The tail also creates a balance for your kite.

Next, tie a string from one point of the vertical stick to its opposite point, leave at least two to five inches allowance. Do the same to the horizontal sticks; make sure that the horizontal string is under the vertical one. Using the end of the string of the spool, tie it to the intersection of the two strings, the vertical and horizontal.

If you have finished doing all the steps, you are now successful in making a kite! The kite is not a hundred percent sure to fly but it’s still best to try to adjust it. To fly the kite, of course, go outside your house and make sure that the place you’re going to fly your kite is an open area meaning no trees or electric posts or fences or anything, just a plain open space. It’s better to fly a kite on a windy day because it makes your kite fly higher and stay longer on air. Ask someone to hold the kite for you while you unwind your string. The person holding the kite must stand opposite the direction of the wind. You then, release the kite and run for initial lift of the kite. When the kite is on air, you can make it go higher by unwinding more string or lower by pulling the string. The most important thing to do is have fun! :)

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Head In The Bucket

Published February 27, 2012 by The OC

“Do not lose hold of your dreams or aspirations. For if you do, you may still exist but you have ceased to live.”

-Henry David Thoreau

What do you want to do before you die?

Death is an inevitable phase of life. Death, according to Wikipedia, is the cessation of all biological factors that sustain a living organism. Death is life’s ending. We cannot escape death. We cannot live forever. With our life gone, so as our dreams and aspirations disappear. With no life, there is no more chance of doing the things we want to do. There will be no more chance of fulfilling one’s happiness. As what most people say, live your life to the fullest for the fulfillment of your life lies with the things that you accomplished for your happiness.

With the limited undefinable time I have in this world, before I die, first, I would want to be able to go to Paris, France and go up the Eiffel Tower. I have been living a frenzy, always been dreaming to go to that famous city. I want to see what other people have seen and to know what really is like to go to Paris and if lucky, fall in love there. The stories I hear and read about France have ignited my desire of visiting the country. The Eiffel Tower, aside from being a famous landmark, has always been a pleasing view in my eyes. It just looks so beautiful to me that makes me want to go and be there. In line with this, I also want to be able to work and live in Paris before I die. I plan on working and being the CEO of Banque Nationale de Paris Paribas. So much for conquering the world, working for the top bank in the world would be such a great prestige for me. Next, I want to travel to all European countries. Since I have been laying my eyes on France, the impact of European countries has been greater than before. It seems to me that going to Europe would make you feel like an elitist and being one is an experience I would want to have. Europe holds such beauty and royalty that makes one want to see it and witness its flair.

Before I die, I would also want to be able to have my pastry, dessert and pasta shop. Baking and cooking is one of my passions which I would like to enhance and make a profit of. Doing what you love makes your life worth living as many would say, and I believe that owning my own shop would add to the fulfillment of my life. Then, after I’m able to travel and have my business, I want to have my family. I want to be married to the guy who has always been there for me and will forever more be there for me. I want to have my twins, a boy and a girl, so I won’t have to go to labor twice. I want me and my family to live in a beautiful house and stay there happily. I want to experience having my grandchildren visiting me and my husband in our abode like how I want my parents to hold their grandchildren before they leave us. And by family, I also mean being able to see my sister be just like any other normal child in this Earth. My sister suffers from an unidentified brain deficiency. She cannot walk or talk or play like other kids do. She just lays in her bed and rolls around and sit sometimes. It would be a pleasure to witness my little sister be happy.

These are the things I want to do before I die. These are just simple things but I know it will give me the utmost happiness and sense of fulfillment. I know my life will be worth it when I get to do my dreams and see it. If I can do this before I die, death will be just another word in the dictionary.

Om Nom Nom Nom

Published February 7, 2012 by The OC

Cookie Monster

I bet most of you will recognize this young fellow above without reading the caption, right? Well, I do! Most of us do! It is an undeniable fact that at some point in our lives, we watched cartoons and children shows or at least heard about them. We actually even enjoyed them in our childhood. We even dressed like them, acted like them, imitated them by all means possible, or whatever we did that involves them, we sure can’t forget it.

Childhood is a big part of our lives. Aside from the fact that we all went through this stage (unless we’re Benjamin Button), most of our happy memories involves the seven-year old you who slipped and fell on your butt or that three-year old kid who just lost his tooth. We all went through childhood, but it all varies from person to person. Some of us might have had the princess-like childhood that I’ve always dreamed about, or for those who were not so lucky, an abused relationship with their parents. But whatever our childhood had been, may it be a good or a bad one, I bet we have something to look on to for us to be happy. It maybe the blue fluffy googly monster puppet who always eat cookies or that yellow silly old bear with a red shirt who loves to eat honey or the simple teddy bear or doll we always carried anywhere we go or even those friends only you could see.

Cartoons and toys played a big part in our childhood. It taught us how to be responsible and caring. It taught us how to share and love. But I think the most important lesson these characters taught each kid is to imagine beyond what we can see.

Years may come by and pass, but memories won’t fade. You might be surprised how old you have become when you get to see those pictures of the cartoon characters from your time and start to reminisce about the scenes you’ve always liked or hated. One good thing about childhood is that it creates a mark inside all of us, that even if we grow too old, we still have a little child living inside our hearts. Childhood is a never ending story. We were kids and we will be like kids before we die. Remember, one sign of growing old is being importunate. Growing old might mean we are near our end, but it also means we’re just going back to the time when we all feel young. ♡

“The things which the child loves remain in the domain of the heart until old age. The most beautiful thing in life is that our souls remaining over the places where we once enjoyed ourselves”

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