Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Let's Go Fly A Kite! - WW

Uncle Tan teaching ECL how to use his reel

While touring the Marina Barrage with my overseas friends, I met several retirees who were having fun flying kites.

Their kites were soaring high in the sky. Many visitors crowded around them to watch. I noticed they were using some contraptions.....

Uncle Sim bought this reel from Beijing for S$40. It inspired his kite flying kakis (buddies) to make their own reels. Among the 3 of them, they have tens of kites and several self assembled reels.

ECL holding Uncle Tan's self-assembled reel and trying her hand at kite flying. Using recycled materials, the reel cost him only S$11. With the reel, it was easy to control the kite line. The kite was flying at 300 miles 30 metres (about 15 storeys high, my mistake) above ground. We saw only a tiny speck of the kite in the sky.


Uncle Loh showing us his kite flying skill. We are going back to see him again as I have an eagle kite which I bought a decade ago and it has never soared in the sky. haha....


Uncle Loh's 'diamond studded' BMW reel!

Uncle Loh glued two metal plates together to make this reel, he even added fake diamonds for an expensive look. lol



Note :
'Go fly a kite' can be considered rude or aggressive because you are abruptly telling the other person to go away


First Commenter - Jaymes

61 comments:

  1. So when are we going to see the Uncles for kite flying lesson? hee hee ....

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  2. whata kitey activity!!! missin' this kinda fun-filled moments ECL!

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  3. ..hope can do this one lah this summer!

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  4. Hi ECL,

    Marina Barrage is the hottest place to fly traditional kites while Clarke Quay is the place to go to fly electrical kites!

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  5. Oh fun day with your Uncle huh! My little boy would love one:)

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  6. Jaymes,
    Do you have the time? I'm bringing the little ones. :)

    You prepare food for the picnic. :P

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  7. Gagay,
    Brings us back to our childhood days eh.

    The men were having so much fun, it's their favourite past-time.

    Go get one and have fun!

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  8. sgshortstories,
    Yes, more and more people are flying kites at Marina Barrage. It's windy plus the place is so scenic!

    Transport is a problem though unless you drive a car.

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  9. Yen,
    lol... I met these guys while sight-seeing with some friends.

    I had fun flying a kite. I last flew a kite when I was a kid. :)

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  10. Kite flying is a wonderful hobby here in the U.S. too, ECL! Great shots! :)

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  11. mary/theteach,
    I heard there are competitions too.
    Thanks for stopping by. :)

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  12. Monica,
    Have to let others know the actual meaning mah. haha.....

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  13. Wow that's some pretty fancy kite gear. I just had a ball of string last time I tried to fly a kite.:-)

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  14. You are having some fun. That is quite a way to do it?

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  15. Hi ECL,
    Yay! kite flying..missing this! we used to do this at my grandparents farm, I kinda suck..this is really fun thing to do. Wish to do it again.

    Take care ^_^ btw, following ur blog..

    sigh.. missed FC! huhuhu

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  16. What a wonderful pastime. I haven't fdlown a kite since I was a kid

    http://inspiritone.blogspot.com/

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  17. Looks fun. Would any of those kite flyers entertain me if I try to talk to you when I visit the Marina Barrage?

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  18. Hi ECL,

    Easter Holidays are about to begin here in the Philippines :) Hope you have time to rest too this week :) I might even go fly a kite like you too hehehe I havent done that for quite a long time now and am a bit envious so I am planning to go on the drawing board to make my own hehehe :) Wish me luck heheheh. Warm hugs from the Philippines as always :) xoxo

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  19. hi ECL! im so envious of u lar! i've been wanting to fly a kite for so long but still got no chance yet. Looks fun!! :)

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  20. Ecl,
    Could there be a typo mistake? I don't think a kite can fly as high as 300 miles.

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  21. It is a couple of years since I flew kites. The clear skies are calling me again. :)

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  22. It's been ages since I flew a kite. You've reminded me what fun it can be

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  23. 300 miles high :lol:

    Looks like you had fun and I had never seen the wheel thingy before.

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  24. I really wish we could fly kite to other countries.... *giggles*

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  25. wah! looks like ECL had fun flying kites. :)

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  26. oh the freedom of kiteflying - haven done that in awhile. i shld aim to b a guardian like u so tt i can take off during the day time too!

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  27. I remember when I was a kid, I used to fly kites with my brother and it was so much fun:) I miss those days.

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  28. First time seeing the huge reel for the kite! Must be a big kite.

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  29. Ha ha! Ur boy is the 1st commenter!;)

    Reminds me of my kite flying experience in lim chu kang...

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  30. It seems like you had a lot of fun with your uncle!!! :-)

    Have a great WW day.

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  31. Cool one for Wordless.... looks you guys are having fun. Have a great day!

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  32. They seem very dedicated to the kite flying craft :) Hope you get yours off the ground one of these days Happy WW

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  33. i love flying kites. there are some serious kite fliers here in Manila. it's a wonderful outdoor activity.

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  34. Wow! Nice kites! Is the diamond studded BMW reel for sale? : )

    Btw, you might be tagged! : )

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  35. Wah, when was the last time I flew a kite? 20 odd years ago!! Would love to do it again one day. Wellington should be the best place, so damn windy. lol

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  36. Beautiful shots for wordless seeing those smiles says it all!

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  37. Haha! I just saw my friends flaying a kite this evening. Penang received too much rains lately, the sky is not so welcoming. But today, it's as clear as it could be. I am bad at it though (flying a kite) and that just a regular rectangular kite for god sake! lol

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  38. That looks like a proper kite real, rather than a cheap imitation.

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  39. LOL....diamond studded reel! Uncles also know how to add bling bling to their toys!!

    I tried to fly kite once on Keppel Island but got told off by their security guard. What's wrong with Singapore? Fly kite also got so many rules one....

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  40. Great way to recycle! Love the fancy "diamonds!" ;)

    And, you're right "go fly a kite" is rude, but "let's go fly a kite" is a song from Mary Poppins. :)

    Hope you can stop by and see photos from our crazy camping trip!

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  41. Looks like fun. Yes, you should take that old kite out and dust it off... let it spread its wings! ;)

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  42. I've never successfully flown a kite. I tried when I was a child but never since. I'd love to be able to try again. One day! :)

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  43. Flying the kite 300 miles above the ground? That's almost reacing the moon... ;)

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  44. Oh, I miss flying kites. I wish it's summer already!

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  45. A lot of children are flying kites in my place as well. It's the season of fly kite! Not the other kind of fly kite though xD

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  46. Looks so cool and your so clever! I want to come and visit and try too!

    Happy Easter :-)

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  47. Hi! May I just inform you that you have an award waiting for you at my blog.

    Thanks!

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  48. How fun~ Nobody really flies kites around here and I wish they did. Love the kites

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  49. Ahjie
    I think there is a typo
    A kite can't fly 300 miles above ground
    That is almost 480,000 meters
    From Singapore to Ipoh / Taiping

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  50. I never tried flying those big kites. It must have been so much fun.

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  51. Any wonder the marina barrage is the venue of choice for kite-flying ? very windy.

    You should have been there on evening, with families (along with their maids/dogs) , picnicking and lazing along the grassy patch . lagi atmospheric . The Singapore flyer , with its fluorscent lights on, makes for a nice backdrop 2

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