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Thursday, July 22, 2010
Kite Flying
[ZOMBiE CyGiG] ranted at 11:27 PM --- Post#3409754026169035378

Awesome day with Sher Hern. We went to Wendy's @ Lau Pasat and I though their beef patty is as great as Carls Junior's. We took a wrong turn and went from Lau Pasat to Marina Bay Sands. That place looks rather atas, with all the service workers in suit. The only thing not that atas is the random zhi cha store at the basement. Anyway, as usual, no matter now atas the place is, you will find Singaporeans in tees and shorts and slippers there.

There is this huge acrylic bowl artwork, which I couldnt be bother to take down it's name. There is a hole in the center of it that leads to a water pool in the basement. I supposed that is meant for water catchment during rainy days and but people had been throwing in coins as if it is a wishing well.

Sliding down would be fun. Sliding down and collecting those coins are funner!

Oh well, I guess that is a Singaporean culture...because I did it too:

Check out the "Sampan Service" available:

That is a real person. And yes, you got to pay to ride it. This idea may work wonders for Orchard Road when it floods.

Anyway, after taking a rest and walking over from MBS to Marina Bay MRT, we took a shuttle bus to Marina barrage. It was lightly drizzling and the "field" was wet, but not muddy. According to my dad, the compound they used to grow the grass on the Barrage isn't your everyday garden soil, but some other compound, and that might explain why the grasses are so dense, green and not muddy.

This is the first time I fly a kite officially. The last time I touched a kite was when I was -91230 years old, I could not remb if it took off or I just chewing it hungrily then. Here is my kite:

I wanted to buy the Smiley Face kite, but when the shop keeper told me it wasn't round, I changed my mind. Stingray looks better.

Assembling it is a brisk (it's just unpacking, fixing the spine and tie a know to the fin), flying it is not much harder. Given the high wind speed at the Barrage, kites took off without much effort. I got my kite for $8.80 and the reel for $9.90 at SKP. The reel features a static handle for your left hand to drip on, and a rotating outer reel on ball bearings that keeps the string. The string is fed through an outlet (the one ones on a fishing rod) before connecting to the fin of the kite. The rotating reel makes string feeding nearly automatic, ie when the kit gets blow by the wind, the kite will pull the string and the string turns the reel to feed more string while your left hand remains gripping the handle. To tension the string, I used my right hand to reel the strong back. You can use either the crank for a uniform slow reel in, or steer the outer reel for fast rapid pulls. I manage to get my kite flying in the air for quite some time, while i stupidly sit there and lock my eyes on it. It's flying over the sea, so I felt rather shaky.

That is around half the maximum string length. Since my kite is small, I dun see a point in letting it fly 999km away and looks like a dot from ground. Later kena the moon.

And here is the video...

The stores are the Barrage are ripping off the kite prices and still have the cheek to put a column of "outside price" against "our price" for comparison. I would consider the Barrage a tourist attraction: Scamming allowed.

I saw this humongous Tako kite:

It never managed to took off despite me standing there getting my camera ready to shoot a video of it rocketing up

A video of the Tako Kite.

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