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:

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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.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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