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Unidentified Flying Object? No, it’s not.


I was walking to the car park and suddenly I saw something in the air, flying towards my direction. I wanted to run, but my knee wobbled and I was grounded to the spot. I decided to crawl into my car nearby and observed the flying object from inside my car. The object flew closer, then slowly descended down and landed on the tree. It is yellow and red in colour, with a string attached to it. I took a photo of it before I got closer to inspect it.

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It’s a kite! :grin:

I went and took the kite with me back πŸ˜›

I was flooded with sudden burst of childhood memories, looking at the kite. I used to make my own kite when I was a kid. The simplest kite I ever made was using just ‘satay sticks’ (the satay snack you bought at the shop and the stick is from coconut tree leaves) and a piece of paper, which I ripped off from magazines. Here is how you make this ‘cheapo’ kite.

1. Prepare 2 satay sticks.Β  The stick you are going to use for the horizontal piece has to be ‘balanced’. The way to test whether it is ‘balanced’, you make a mark at its center point, place the center point on your finger. If the stick drops to one side, shave a little piece from that end. Once you have shaved the piece off, test it again. Repeat this process until the horizontal stick is balanced. This is to ensure your kite will not fly side way because it is heavier on one side haha!

The vertical piece should be tested the same way except; this piece should be heavier at the bottom. Mark the end that dips toward the floor. If it is balanced, shave a piece off one side. Make sure you mark the end that is the heaviest. You will need to know this when you are assembling your kite.

Yes I know. I love MS Paint.

2. Then get a piece of paper, back then I used toΒ  paper from magazine or old school workbook haha! Paper from newpapers is too thin. Take the center page of a magazine so I could make a bigger kite. Then cut out a square shape, and insert the satay sticks. Then you fold the paper on both sides of the satay sticks, secured the string at correct locations and ta daa!! Off you go!

The both sides of the horizontal and vertical sticks should be folded up, to give better wind resistance. LOL!

Ehem, this simple cheapo kite can fly okay.. for real! Tried and tasted many times when I was around 7-8 years old, battling my ‘cheapo’ kite with other kids. After a while, I decided to make a better and proper kite using bamboo, coloured ‘mahjong’ or tissue paper – nicely designed and decorated and went to conquer the neighbourhood ‘battle of the kites’ with ‘glass’ strings! So much fun! Probably one day I should do a post how to make a kick-ass glass strings. Heh?

The games we played as kids back then normally involved running around under the sun (or rain), not sitting on a comfortable couch and only moving your fingers, chewing on Mister Potato chips. We went fishing at ponds, catching small fishes at drains, cycling from one ‘ghetto’ to another, playing marbles, sand balls fight at construction sites, shooting game, police and thief, rubber bands ‘shooting’ competition, flipping cards and many more. We went from one neighborhood to another and if you are good, people from other places would come just to ‘challenge’ you. We battled it out there face to face, not sitting behind a computer screen and clicking mouse. LOL! Damn, time flies, waiting for no one heh?

So anyone want to go fly kite with me? :wink: :wink:

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22 Responses to “Unidentified Flying Object? No, it’s not.”

  1. daniel wrote on Aug 15, 2008 at 11:58 am

    That’s a pretty simple kite. You made me recall much of my childhood. It’s so true, during our days (10-15 years back when we were kids) we had a whole lot of fun outdoor. The air was fresh, the rain was less acidic, the cars were less in the neighbourhood.

    I never tried a kite competition before, I better call you sifu.

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  2. bongkersz wrote on Aug 15, 2008 at 12:04 pm

    It is very simple Daniel haha! But it can fly!! Well, things you do when you were a kid, used whatever available resources around.

    Yeah, I enjoyed the outdoor fun during that time.. very much.

    Not competition, just kids from different places gathered at one place/field and battled it out LOL!

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  3. drumsticks wrote on Aug 15, 2008 at 2:00 pm

    hehe exciting the way you wrote it.. i tot what..

    we may be from the city but i played kite too last time! heheheh.. but didn’t put glass on the string ler.. felt it was too dangerous!

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  4. Sarawak Laksa wrote on Aug 15, 2008 at 2:34 pm

    Oy, you are such a teaser with the intro! I thot WHAT?! πŸ˜› BTW, i hv a kick ass kite i bought fm bali few years ago. It’s an eagle…huge, really nice when it’s in the air!

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  5. bongkersz wrote on Aug 15, 2008 at 2:40 pm

    bought one cannot count. that’s cheating! must make it on your own haha!

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  6. bongkersz wrote on Aug 15, 2008 at 2:42 pm

    really? damansara utama got place to play? hehee! glass on strings only at the front portion.. not the entire thread. πŸ˜›

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  7. drumsticks wrote on Aug 15, 2008 at 3:34 pm

    that time staying at tmn plaza.. near your KJ apartment.. the park there can play.. also a lot of cows visit every night to ‘oh see’.. imagine what you’d see the next morning.. plenty of cow dung. hahahha

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  8. |1f34|-|1r3 wrote on Aug 15, 2008 at 9:20 pm

    Bong…aku xmain layang-layang..aku main wau jer…wau bulan yg lagi besar dr saiz badan aku lg…haha πŸ˜€

    buat layang-layang ngan pencucuk sate bleh ke? besar mana layang2 ko ni ? πŸ˜•

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  9. bongkersz wrote on Aug 15, 2008 at 9:46 pm

    ala time tu aku umur 7-8 tahun, buat layang-layang pakai pencucuk sate kira terer lah bro! πŸ˜€ boleh terbang betul! tak lah besar sangat.. kertas dier ambik dari tengah majalah aper haha! wau aku tak pernah main hehe

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  10. |1f34|-|1r3 wrote on Aug 15, 2008 at 9:51 pm

    beb..ko try main wau yg besar nyer..serius masyuk…dengan ko2 skali rasa nak terbang…haha πŸ˜†

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  11. cc wrote on Aug 15, 2008 at 11:46 pm

    Oh I remember when my grandpa made the first kite for me! This brings back such sweet memories. Hugh rush of nostalgia.

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  12. suituapui wrote on Aug 16, 2008 at 9:06 pm

    Your first engineering project!!

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  13. bongkersz wrote on Aug 18, 2008 at 8:35 am

    sekarang mana nak main wau lagi bro… πŸ˜›

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  14. bongkersz wrote on Aug 18, 2008 at 8:37 am

    ah, so sweet! πŸ˜› you still have the kite? haha!

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  15. |1f34|-|1r3 wrote on Aug 18, 2008 at 9:06 am

    ada aper beb…tetiap tahun kt kelantan ada pesta wau sedunia..siap ada pertandingan wau lg…ko xcaya ? πŸ˜₯

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  16. bongkersz wrote on Aug 18, 2008 at 10:08 am

    actually.. no. haha!

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  17. cc wrote on Aug 18, 2008 at 2:56 pm

    Nope, it’s long gone. It was made of bamboo and newspaper.

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  18. Woof-woof wrote on Aug 26, 2008 at 9:24 am

    Ooooh….I rmbr making kites too and also making glass string to fly those kites. Errrm…is dog poo one of the ingredients u used for the string? That’s what we used…LOL* Rmbr having kite fights with my brother n his friends….So much FUN!!! Thanks, dude for reminding me of the simple pleasures of life πŸ˜€

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  19. bongkersz wrote on Aug 26, 2008 at 9:35 am

    Are you for real? Dog poo???!! No, we didn’t use that hahaha! Simplest ingredient we used before would be using rice and ‘glass flour’. Yes, use rice and mix it with the ‘flour’ to get the paste. We also used glue, mixed it with the ‘glass flour’ made from crushed pendaflour/flourescense light tubes or just glass windows we stole from empty/abandoned houses.

    It was fun! :up: :up:

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  20. Woof-woof wrote on Aug 26, 2008 at 9:42 am

    Yep….Dog Poo, it was! Was very reliably informed by my brother that it gave killer strength to the glass string….Errrm…U think he was just pulling a fast one on me???!!! It was a mix of dog poo, glue, crushed glass fm light bulbs n flour.

    DAMN!!!! πŸ˜€

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  21. bongkersz wrote on Aug 26, 2008 at 9:48 am

    Ah, I think your bro took you for a ride HAHAHAHAHA! What killer strength LOL! Let me do a fast google to verify this ‘killer strength’ material πŸ˜›

    ….

    No such thing!! πŸ˜› Kakakakaka! ‘Evil’ bro you got their haha! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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  22. Woof-woof wrote on Aug 26, 2008 at 10:04 am

    Hmmmm….too true, Bongkersz! Sigh…. πŸ˜€

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