02 Apr

How to Build a Plastic Model Airplane from a Kit

Kids and adults alike find building model airplanes a fun and fulfilling hobby. However, if you are new to this hobby, you may find it hard to get started, so much more to finish your first model. But there are some helpful steps that can guide you.

Building a model airplane from a kit can be divided into four general steps and each step involves several sub-steps that you can easily follow through:

model airplane
Read More

Related Posts:

  • No Related Posts
16 Apr

Top 5 Military Fighter Planes in the World

With all the wars happening in various parts of the worlds, some people have become curious about the military planes used to win respective battles. Military planes play a vital role in warfare as they are used to survey enemy locations and destroy enemy equipment among others. Various countries in the world develop their own military planes.

Based on armament, stealthiness, range, speed and technology, we have listed some of the best military fighter planes in the world:

1. F-22 Raptor (USA)

F-22 Raptor is a single-seat all-weather stealth fighter aircraft operated with twin engines developed for the US Air Force.
Read More

Related Posts:

  • No Related Posts
11 Aug

Smokin’ Jimmy

I noticed that one of my friends who frequent the hobby shop has not been coming over for at least a week. I asked some of the guys why Jimmy doesn’t come every other day like he used to. They were surprised that I did not know what happened to him. They told me that he was diagnosed with bronchitis because he smokes two to three packs a day. They added that he just got home from a week long confinement at the hospital. I was shocked with what I have heard. I asked them if they already visited him and some of them said that they had, but they are planning to visit him again tomorrow. They added that I could come if I want to. I asked them where are we meeting and someone suggested that we meet at the shop after work.

I went home and told my wife about what happened to Jimmy. She was also shocked about it because she knows him. They used to be classmates when they were younger. She shared that he really was a smoker since then. I told my wife that she could come tomorrow. I told her that I could pick her up if she does not want to go alone to the shop. She remembered that I would be working there tomorrow, so it would be a hassle if I pick her up at home. She told me that she can manage to go to the shop alone.

The guys, my wife and I went to Jimmy’s home after work. Jimmy was so pleased to see us all. He was surprised that my wife also made it. We asked him about his condition and he told us that he had some problems breathing. He shared that he had chronic coughs and the phlegm and mucus had been giving him a hard time breathing. He tried to ignore it for weeks, but it became more serious as his wife even resulted to call 911 because he could not breathe properly.

Dr. Jackson told him that his symptoms are a toss-up between bronchitis vs. pneumonia and it was not hard to pinpoint because he just needs an x-ray and a sputum test to diagnose him properly. In just a few hours, the doctor told him that he has bronchitis and he was prescribed with antibiotics. He was also given a number of bronchitis remedies, like these. The doctor also asked him to try to quit smoking because it is just going to make his condition worse. However, his doctor told him not to quit right away to prevent withdrawal symptoms. He told him to lessen the sticks of cigarettes a day at a time until he finally consumes none. I asked him about his quitting experience and he told me that it is hard, but he did not have any choice and we all laughed. My wife told him that he should have quit when they were younger. Jimmy said that it is better late than never. We told Jimmy to take it a day at a time and he would surely be better.

Related Posts:

  • No Related Posts
10 Jul


When my wife gave birth to my eldest, Brad, she was so conscious about her body because she often research on the web with the keywords how to remove stretch marks. At first, I found it amusing because she was looking to have a tattoo over her body and I know her too well that she could not endure such pain. She used to tell me that her mom had to drag her down to the dentist and she did not want to because she is afraid of needles. I asked my wife about what she read about tattoo over stretch marks. She told me that she spent endless hours of searching about the accurate information about it and she found out that it was not advisable to do so because stretch marks are not a good spot to be inked because some of it would appear lighter than the rest of the design.

I asked my wife about her plans on how to deal with them and she told me that she read many homemade remedies like exfoliating the affected part with a mix of sugar and olive oil and rubbing lemon juice on it and let it stay for a few minutes before rinsing with warm water. She told me that she would try the two remedies that she mentioned for two weeks if it will work. She asked me a favor to photograph some parts of her stretch marks, so she could compare it after using the remedies for two weeks.

After two weeks, we compared it to her before picture and we saw some results, but it was not fast enough for my wife. She resorted to going to a dermatology clinic to consult her condition to the doctor. I accompanied her inside the clinic because she wanted me to hear what the doctor had to say. The doctor told my wife that her stretch marks are not that visible and she told her that it was because of the home remedy that she did for the last two weeks. The doctor asked her about the reason why she went to her clinic if she is already undergoing a treatment and my wife told her that it was not lightening as fast as she hoped. The doctor told her that they currently have an exfoliation treatment and a laser treatment for stretch marks.

Since my wife already had undergone exfoliation, she asked about the process of the laser treatment and its cost. The doctor told her that it would be twenty times pricier than exfoliation, but it would give her the results that she is longing for. My wife saw my reaction and she told the doctor that we still need to discuss about the treatment. We thanked the doctor for her time and we went home.

My wife and I discussed about it and we came to the resolution to be practical. I told her that the home remedies that she did is working, but it is not as fast as she hopes. I suggested that she does it more in a day to see better results and she agreed to try it for another two weeks.

Related Posts:

  • No Related Posts
08 Jun

No Right Answers

One night, my wife and I tried to humor ourselves and took an interest in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. It’s not really a test because there will be no right or wrong answers. I’ve heard various comments about it that it’s useless, baseless, and unstable but Forbes businessmen love it. It even made me more curious that psychologists, the creator’s peers, nullify the said indicator and chose other means to figure out personalities.

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is a very popular type of assessment tool which was designed to measure psychological preferences in how people perceive the world and make decisions towards relationships. Perception involves the ability to see things, people, happenings, or ideas in a certain manner depending on your character. Judgment involves all the ways of coming to conclusions about what has been perceived. The goal of Isabel Briggs Myers, and her mother, Katharine Briggs, was to make the insights of type theory accessible to individuals and groups.

We came up with the results INFJ relationships and ENFJ relationships, respectively. INFJ stands for for Introvertive, iNtuitive, Feeling and Judging. It says that INFJs are patient, devoted and protective lovers. They make excellent parents as they are heavily bonded with their children. They are also capable of great depth of feeling and personal achievement. However, they have real high expectations of their children as they have the need and desire to push them to their fullest potentials. Moreover, explicit inner conflicts are also common in INFJ’s since enhancing their self-awareness sometimes make it difficult for them to understand their deepest and most intricate feelings.

Meanwhile, my wife’s result was ENFJ. ENFJ’s are people-focused individuals. They live in the world of people possibilities. They have the most exceptional people skills among the other types. They have a good heart and always focus on things for the betterment of all. They love giving care and support as they are also focused on understanding, supporting, and encouraging others. They make things happen for people, and get their best personal satisfaction from this. They sometimes feel quite lonely even when surrounded by people. They can also be creative and diverse individuals who always see the good in people as they seek to develop the potential within their relationships. They are so ecstatic with their plans for the future but they don’t do too much about it in their present.

Bear in mind that the Myers-Briggs type indicator does not assess pathology because it just groups people into 16 basic personality types based on four basic dimensions. In my own humble opinion, the results gave us somewhat mixed conclusions as some are true, some are not. My wife and I were laughing and oftentimes contradicting results because we know each other too well that we don’t really need any test or exam to know if we’re compatible or not. I just know we’re compatible because we’ve been very happily married for the last 20 years and that is through love, compromise and understanding.

Related Posts:

  • No Related Posts
09 May

On the Road to Being Healthy

My wife and I have been trying to eat healthier as we had a neighbor who suffered a heart attack last week. She just had a sudden pain in right arm, then a heart attack. Fortunately, his wife was in the area and had the right mind to call 911. After a few minutes, the sounds of sirens surround our neighborhood. I was also alarmed that time as I thought there was a fire. I called my wife, Andrea, and she said I should go out. There were rumors that someone had a heart attack and had to be taken to the emergency room.

Minutes later, we had a talk that we have to take better care of our body. I obliged and suggested we refrain from eating processed foods and try to eat fresh, fibrous foods like fruits and vegetables. I also asked Andrea if she can abstain to eating red meats as it’s one of the leading causes of heart related diseases. We can just opt to eat leaner types of meat such as white meats of poultries. We can also try eating tofu instead. She told me we can try, but no promises as it’s going to be hard because we’ve been accustomed to eating red meat our whole lives. I am open to the challenge as it enables me to spend more time with our grandchildren. We just have to try it a day at a day.

The first day of our living healthier, I accompanied Andrea to the market to buy ingredients for an oriental baked fish recipe that she just got from the internet. We bought corianders, a big red snapper good for two, oyster sauce, garlic, peppercorns, fish sauce, lemon, chillies and a handful of fresh basil leaves. We were so excited and wary at the same time on changing our lifestyle. I was carrying the load of grocery bags to the car following Andrea as I ignore my itchy armpits. I was calling her and she thought there was something serious that I needed to say, then we had a good laugh about it.

When we got home, I started pre-heating the oven to 375 degrees while Andrea prepares the marinade for the fish. She mixed oyster sauce, soy sauce, garlic cloves, sugar, fish sauce, pepper, salt, chillies and lime juice and drizzled the marinade directly to the fish on both sides. She covered the whole fish with an aluminium foil to prevent unnecessary burning and to lock in the flavours. I put it into the baking tray and into the oven baking it for just 20 minutes.

We ate the red snapper with a side of red rice. Our first healthy dinner was scrumptious as it was a success. We are so happy that we tried eating healthy because it will benefit us longer lives. I know we still have more to do, but this is a good start for us. We told our children about it and were so thrilled to learn that we are trying to change our old ways for the better.

Related Posts:

  • No Related Posts
03 May

A Curious Man

can dogs eat bananasI’ve been a dog person for so long and I just thought of a silly question, can dogs eat bananas? This question hounded me for days and I decided that it was time to get some real answers. I know that bananas are very nutritious and beneficial to people, but with dogs, I don’t know. I went to the pet shop in front of the hobby shop to ask the owner if he knows some knowledgeable people that can answer my query. He gladly gave me a number and an address of his friend and told me to tell the doctor that it was he who referred me. I thanked him and off I go. It took me quite a while to search his clinic address. I tried to call his phone, but it wasn’t ringing at all. I tried asking people on the streets for the location of the address and luckily, I found someone who knew.

The doctor was probably puzzled when he saw me because I didn’t look like I’m sick. He asked me if there is anything he can do for me and I told him that his friend pointed me out to him to answer and shed light on my issues. I found out that he used to be classmates with the pet shop’s owner back in middle school. He told me that dogs can also eat people food as long as its healthy but it should be moderated.

Banana is a one of the world’s healthiest food as it has loads of vitamins and minerals like potassium, manganese, magnesium, sugar, soluble fiber, Vitamin B6, Folate, Iron, etc. Potassium helps the muscles and nerved to work properly while Manganese helps in the formation of connective tissues and the absorption of calcium to promote healthier and stronger bones. Magnesium, on the other hand, helps prevent osteoporosis, regulates hypertension, prevents cardiovascular diseases and even treats diabetes, migraines and insomnia. Vitamin B6 is also called Pyridoxine which helps maintain healthy and normal brain function, while Folate, or Vitamin B12 is key in the development of red blood cells or erythrocytes. A lack of this compound can make the body susceptible to cancer and other serious diseases. And lastly, Iron is essential for the proper growth and development of the human body. It helps metabolize proteins and plays a vital role in the production of hemoglobin and red blood cells.

With all the things he said about bananas, I could only just imagine how immense it would be if a dog would eat a banana a day as there are so many benefits he can get. He also shared with me that he prescribes vitamins for humans can also benefit animals like fish oil for dogs for a better and healthier skin.  It was fun meeting and talking to him as he was animated and gracious in dealing with a very curious, old man. I’ve learned so much from him in a very short period of time. By the way, I tried feeding a stray dog a banana, he just smelled it and go away. I think, it’s really an acquired taste just like us, human beings.

Related Posts:

  • No Related Posts
27 Apr

Fun Beach Getaways with Family

It’s been a while that our whole family got into a vacation in the beach. I coordinated with my sons to be available on a certain date and fortunately, we all synched out schedules nicely. My grandchildren were so stoked that we planned a beach getaway. My wife, Audrey reminded all of us to put on a sunblock with a high SPF an hour before going out under the sun and try reapplying every hour of whenever the lotion wears out.

The kids were now building sandcastles with me as my wife chills on a hammock under a good shade. My two sons brought out their surfboards and tried making another competition out of it. It really never goes old with these two as they always compete with each other especially when they were younger. I remember when they were young, Andrea bought them bikes and they always tried racing each other. It was a fun and healthy competition between the two. It always makes them strive and be better. As I still reminisce and being nostalgic, I saw my wife strolling down the beach and then I saw her talking with some other girls. It took her almost an hour chatting with them as I just sat in the shade drinking my iced, cold beer.

My grandchildren pulled me off my chair to ask me to help them again with their sand castles. I told them that the sands need to be wet and packed so that they will take their shape properly. They also have to use a solid instrument like a shovel to help them make designs. I told them that we also used to have these kinds of beach getaways when their dads were young. I also taught them making sandcastles as I was also teaching their children. I added that I was also the one who trained their dads on how to swim and surf and now, they are much, much better than me. They were shocked and awed with the stories I told them. They gave me a long, tight hug as I saw Andrea walking towards us.

Andrea came back and told me what happened. She saw girls who had a really bad second degree sunburn and they were applying toothpaste. She told them that it was just going to aggravate the wound and if they didn’t bring any burn anti bacterial ointments, they can ask nearby restaurants for some vinegar for sunburn. Vinegars are known as antiseptics and have anti bacterial properties that can heal wounds. They thanked Andrea profusely as she bid them goodbye. They even invited her for some drinks as a thank you but she told them she couldn’t drink because she had to take care of her grandchildren.

I was so pleased that Andrea shared some of her knowledge to other people thus helping them go through with it. I told our family what happened and they were so impressed with my wife. We are so proud of her. I love my wife Andrea.

Related Posts:

  • No Related Posts