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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Scrap Work of Art – How to Make a Tin Can Toys

Scrap Work of Art – How to Make a Tin Can Toys
By: Noel N. Villarosa

People who are born with artistic talent can spot a probable art out from scrap that was disposed of. Roaming the street while walking or jogging is where a greater chance of finding the would-be art to build and to enhance. The scrap we trampled every day could be our diversion from being idle into being ingenious.

Every day people used to consume different kinds of drinks: bottled or canned drinks, but there is one thing you could not ignore, these things aside from the refreshing feelings we get from drinking it, but also the designs that come along with the container.

The easy to mold tin can is a conceivable material. It can easily cut into a desired shapes and sizes. The canned drinks have many colorful designs that you can classify according to its color to have a uniform background as its design. We can design any toy out of tin can. Preparing the following materials will help us to build the desired design:

  1. Tin can
  2. Tin snips (to cut sheet metal)
  3. Gloves (to protect your hands when working with raw cut edges)
  4. Cutter (to start a small cut to allow scissors’ pointed blade make the starting point cut)
  5. Super glue or Steel Epoxy

The canned drinks like Pepsi, Coca-Cola, Mirinda and many others would splice to form a great artwork. You can visualize the body parts of a toy car.

Preparing the wheels. The bottom part of a tin can will be cut--you need two tin cans to be able to collect two bottom parts--what you need to do is to overlap the two bottom parts to create its wheels--so for this, you need to have 8 tin cans to create 4 wheels.

Preparing the axle shaft. The left over from the cut-out tin can that we used in making wheels will be used as the axle shaft. We will cut again to the middle to stretch it, and cut a smooth edge on every corner. Fold it in horizontal circular shape to make an axle shaft (you need to join its end by using super glue and to maintain its circular shape). Then for each end, try to cut a petal form and flatten it to stick in the middle of the wheels by using a super glue (press it, up to 10 seconds to stick hardly). You do not need to fix the other end of the wheels until you insert the part of the axle inside the rivet ring of the tin can, which you are going to use as the steering knuckle.

Preparing steering knuckle. You need to have a suspension component to hang the axle shaft at the chassis of the toy car so the wheels will move freely. What you need to do is fix a two ring-pull tab (from the canned drink) at the chassis of the car--to fix this, you need to cut a two separate small opening (maybe 2 inches apart) to fit the ring-pull tab (use super glue to stick it inside the cut). Leave the rivet ring to expose and push inside the axle shaft. This time you have to fix the other wheels like what you did with the first wheel attached to the axle shaft.

Molding the car body.  Have a picture of your model car that you would like to copy. Cut the desired shape of the body and piece by piece connect it to form the desired design of the body, you can use the super glue to stick the pieces, and do whatever jazzing up you want to put into your car is not impossible.

The piece of artwork that you will create from this tin can is worthy of admiration and wonder, as the artistry is done with strict patience and dedication. This is also a unique gift to give your child before he succumbed into the electronic gadgets.

Manila - A Smiling Place To Visit

Manila - A Smiling Place to Visit
By: Noel N. Villarosa
30 December 2012

Aside from the beautiful scenery, enticing foods, and the exciting long trip to a place--nothing would hold back the longing to set your foot in the same place you have visited because there is something that you treasured most.

Manila, the capital city of the Philippines--with a few remaining old facades resembling landmarks of great history are still intact to mesmerize you on remembering the good old days. Now highly urbanized with many skyrocketing buildings and malls to prance in--the big advancement will transport your curiosity to know more about this place.

Manila if not the most charming destinations in Asia is nestled attractively on the eastern shore of Manila Bay flanked with expressways, main roads and streets, and Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

The dazzling attraction of this place can widely be seen with the people’s accommodating smile, eagerness to help when somebody is looking for a place, and leaving no baleful scheme, and a generous trust that you will partake in when these people are talking. Makati is one of the cities of Metro Manila and the financial center of the Philippines, known also for its cosmopolitan culture because of relationships among individuals marked with diversity in their beliefs. Moreover, its major shopping centers, condominiums, financial hubs, hotels, and entertainment hubs reconcile these differences. What makes it more appealing is the Greenbelt Chapel at the center of its busy shopping mall. Preserved with its dense green forests and the remarkable sculptures you will find in every corner. This chapel is included among the top ten things to do when visiting Manila.

Who will not be entertained with the wonders brought while visiting Rizal Park, also known as Luneta Park, in the heart of Manila, made known as historical because it was the place where the famous National Hero (Dr. Jose Rizal) was executed thru a firing squad. The place is next to the old walled city of Manila, known today as Intramuros.

Luneta located along Manila Bay has been the favorite spot for socializing; fortifies family bonding by making it as their house extension for an open air sharing of foods, talking, and a chance to visit the Museum of the Filipino People, Japanese Garden, National Library of the Philippines, Rizal Monument, and enjoy the music from the concert at the park. It is home to various groups with common goals in life.

The marvel architecture of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, which is located in Pasay City, has been the flagship venue for various local and international performances and exhibitions. The Tanghalang Pambansa (National Theater) is its headquarters. Designed by National Artist for Architecture Leandro Locsin, its design has been qualified to be an important cultural landmark.

The fascinating simple lifestyle of the people attracted many tourists to revisit this city. The trademark smile of the people will greet you from the very first day of your stay up to the day of your departure. Come and experience the best accommodations that simply offer you the best food and a soothing relaxation point. Manila City where the fun begins from its busy streets and into every place that you come across will leave beautiful memories to your heart.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Jack and Jill with Incredible Hulk (Fictional Story)

By: Noel Nicolas Villarosa

Once upon a time, there lived three good friends: Jack, Jill, and Incredible Hulk. Jack and Jill were loyal friends to Incredible Hulk. One day, Incredible Hulk heard a story of the magic well at the top of the hill that whoever washed from the water will take away the curse on him. He heard that it was up on monkey’s hill. Incredible Hulk thought to himself that he could not go out and let other people be scared of his image; so he thought of sending his two best friends (Jack and Jill) up the hill to retrieve the magical water for him. Therefore, he called for Jack and Jill. He told them to go up the hill and fill the pail with water. Being as loyal as they were, Jack and Jill went up the hill and filled the pail with ease. Just then, as they were walking down the hill, little by little-- the water in the pail was leaking out and was emptying its content.

Jack and Jill hurriedly gave the pail of water to Incredible Hulk and hoping that a drop of the water from the magic well will break the curse, and will restore his normal image as a person. What they didn’t know was that it should be fully filled and be showered down to the whole body of Incredible Hulk, while that little water left in the bucket was not enough to take away the curse of Incredible Hulk. Therefore, what Jack and Jill did was to replace the bucket with a new one with no hole in it, so that water will not leak and could bring a bucket full of the magic water. The two went up again, while the two take long in climbing up the hill, Incredible Hulk could not wait for so long and he got angry and start smashing the ground, and because of the shaking of the ground that caused the two friends (Jack and Jill) on tumbling down without bringing a pail of water from the magic well. From that day on, Incredible Hulk did not see them again as they were buried under the ground. Incredible Hulk remained as a monster and could only express his heartfelt sorry to Jack and Jill by singing this song:

Jack and Jill went up the hill to fetch a pail of magic water
because I smashed the ground
That caused Jack to fell down
And Jill came tumbling after.

The pail of magic water did not reach the ground
Up to this day, I remained a monster
A lesson to remember on how to hold my anger
Now I’m holding a broken crown they dropped from falling down

La, la, la, la, la, la, la


Thursday, November 29, 2012

Creative Ways on How to Play Hide-And-Seek Game Using Video Calls

By: Noel Nicolas Villarosa

The advent of computer and internet technology has changed our awareness about these "heritage games." Nowadays, children have rarely played these once enthralling and highly imaginative traditional games.

Parents who once cherished these traditional games can still bring back the rollicking fun of playing these in many different ways, but you need to enhance the mechanics of the game in order to adapt to the new mindset of the younger generation nowadays.

There is one traditional game, however, that has its illustrious past and becoming unfamiliar with kids nowadays: the hide and seek game. It is normally played either outdoors or indoors, but have you ever considered playing it through video calls? This is most likely to happen between a child and a long distance parent--a child would still be cajoling to play this kind of game while video calling. How to make it more interesting to a child will be challenging your creativity.

Here are some creative ways on how to play hide and seek game using video calls:

Choosing the players. In video calling, you will choose some unusual players:

1. The hider that could be a stuffed toy or any little toy (for which a child should hide during video calls).
2. The seeker (remotely connected to a PC in a different location) that could be a computer-enhanced image of Superman will be an exciting image to show with a child. (Some webcams have designed many captivating features to choose from for jazzing up your image while video calling.)

Choosing the venue. Since you are video calling, the place from where you are sitting will be your venue for playing this game. Your computer and internet connection will serve as the backbone for playing this game, and both players will need to explore their imaginations.

Starting the game. Announcing of who will be the "It" and proceed by closing the eyes of the one seeking. A child needs to hide his/her little toy, and the remote seeker upon counting backward from ten to one should start calling out, "Ready or not here I come."

Using Imagination. The remote seeker disguised behind a computer-enhanced image, while a child holding his/her little toy will spark a good interactive play with both focused on using their imaginations. The remote seeker may tell to a child that he/she is going to search for his/her little toy through his/her imagination, and might force it to show up by sending an army of ants that would lift his/her little toy out from its hiding place. The child will also use his/her imagination to prevent the ants from coming closer by putting up spider webs to block their way. The remote seeker will try to envision another thrilling scenario, for instance, like calling one-by-one all superheroes and try mentioning their powers to persuade a child to let his/her little toy emerge from its hiding place. The exchange of envisioning will keep the game more fascinating, like preventing and counter-attacking from one another. If by all means, the remote seeker will fail in all his/her attempts, then he/she may try using some conjuring tricks (unmindful to a child), like getting a pen and a paper and try drawing images or scenarios to incite curiosity to a child that would make him/her relinquish his/her toy to its hiding place.

This is what you called mind empowering to adapt the full capacity of playing hide and seek game through video calling. You are not only introducing this kind of traditional game into a new concept but also you are able to enhance the mechanics of the game as an additional attraction to a child in playing this kind of game in this digital age.

Monday, September 24, 2012

A Beautiful Day Even Without the Sun (Personal Story)

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A Beautiful Day Even Without the Sun (Personal Story)

By: Noel Nicolas Villarosa
24 September 2012

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As everything that has ever existed has occupied time and space, there will be another next in line to occupy the same. In a place where no lights to hold back your sanity in dreaming all the pleasures in life; where no noise to lay closer and to pound behind ears; where houses dwelt in were made from wood and nipa palm; and where simple life has never been touched by arrogance was where a mother and her son lived.

One day, relatives coming from an urban area paid a visit to the mother and her son and were bringing with them all electronic gadgets just to survive boredom. It's been many years since their relatives have gone to the city, and there have been no communications at all between them. And that moment was only the best time to say regards to each other when the one considered as the pillar of the home had died, and relatives were there to pay their last respects to the departed one. The relative's children have so much fun playing with their electronic gadgets, not appreciating the real fun life of playing outside the backyard. The mother and her son simple living were not affected at all by the wonders of these gadgets; instead, they stayed calm and happy by the beauty of the surroundings.

There was a moment when the son was playing with a coconut husk (as the ball to kick), the cousins would laugh and would tease her son that the coconut husk is not a ball but real dirt. Once her son played spider encountering a fight with another spider and was using a stick as the arena--the cousins would show off and tempt her son to use their PlayStation. Her son would enjoy riding at water buffalo's back rather than riding to the cousin's bicycle, and would always enjoy playing instead of listening to the cousins' scoffing. Every day, her son would start and end a day with pleasures and contentment beaming into his face. Disgusted, one cousin asked, "What keeps you lively and inspired living in this ho-hum place." The son had seated and faced them, and started revealing the secrets he learned from his departed father. The son had continued to relate every moment that his father once shared with him. His father would usually end a day by talking to him under the moonlit landscape; it is a paragon and a timely conversation to let the son know what to do if such time will come that his father will no longer be around to start and end a day with him. His father had told him to sit on the same place where they were having conversations, and to look up to the same moon that was staring them at every moment of their talks, and could probably accompany him through all the misty evenings, and to just talk as he is talking to his father for the wind will reverberate each reply. His father once said, "In the morning while the sun glares and no one to take you to the place where you want to play, just feel the warmth it gives you and think that I am always with you through all your undertakings. When it rains, it is an invitation for you to go out and play counting the earthworms, for it is the best time that earthworms come out to remain moist and absorb oxygen, and also gets the chance to watch frogs hopping, and listening to their songs to guide other frogs to meet them will be fascinating to your eyes. And from this day on, keep all my memories and as you cherished this day by day, you will never feel alone, and you could still enjoy a beautiful day even without the sun." All his cousins were listening so eagerly that they forgot what they were supposed to do. The story has inspired them to appreciate every moment of their lives.

From that day on, his cousins were now seen playing with the coconut husk, and equipped with sticks they went out hunting for spider to play with, and when it was raining, instead of cuddling up to their blanket, they went out to splash around the rainwater to bring back memories to cheer them up.

You can still make life so simple and happy going on if you choose to live with it. It is through your own will that you will survive, and by the wisdom, you stay connected.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The Clock (Short Story Personification)

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The Clock (Short Story Personification)
By: Noel N. Villarosa

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It's half past twelve, "Tick-tock... tick-tock... tick-tock... " This sound filled the quiet room. And from unexplained events and very strange thing to know, that there were these three allies: the hour, the minute, and the second who are always ticking for joy during midnight. For at this time there will be nobody watching them hanging on the wall, as everyone has fallen asleep and nobody to see what their time to show. That evening is only for them. So second did a little ticking and said, "I will run around so quickly to sweep the floor and clean it in a second," While minute did also the ticking and said, "I will run around minutely, much slower as second took one round of sweeping the floor, then I will take one step ahead so that a minute pass to the floor makes a good clean," Then hour did also its own ticking much slower than the second and the minute. Each takes their turn at their proven pace; mapping for a path to set a unique time for a final sweeping of the floor that will make it really promising, so that in the next morning, everybody in the house will be surprised that the floor is within the realm of a credible dimension. Everybody will ask, "Who did the sweeping of the floor?" But nobody will think it was the three allies: the hour, the minute, and the second who did the sweeping of the floor, because in the morning they are just being watched as an ordinary clock hanging on the wall, reminding us when to start another day; what is next to be done and to plan, but at night nobody knows that they are doing amazing things like sweeping all our dirt left on the floor. It is clearing the path we have messed around to get us going the next day.

The floor is the stage where we performed our greatest act in life. Time is only essential as a testimony that we have done something good or bad, and once slipped by, just think that time has polished and kept it for a while, and for the time being would be something to reminisce about in the future. So time just keeps on passing by and never had a passion to sleep, let's make it worthwhile to harmonize with the cycle of the time.

Friday, August 17, 2012

A Request for a Special Time

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A Request for a Special Time
By: Noel N. Villarosa
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Before the young man would go to sleep, he will never fail to say a prayer, at least one for the surviving relatives and the other one goes for the departed loved ones. He would also wish that someday, someone will say a prayer for his soul.

His life becomes his own time; manage everything minutely and clearly. In the span of an hour, he makes sure something has done, if not perfect, at least he stepped into being in control. The birthplace has been his soul mate; nostalgia haunts the good old days and the child within himself.

His youthful age is seemed to be chasing time after time. He never skipped great opportunities that come into his life, even the future he mildly envisioned what he would be. There was time, he would wish to turn back the clock to do what is left undone, or to pass again a moment that needs to be corrected. Many times he begged to disarm his memory of all the heartaches and misfortunes stacked in his mind. He just quietly took in control of all this as he goes along with time. He never failed to look back where he came from, and from that point, he would start to pick-up the pieces and create pictures to be his artifact to look up in the future.

All had changed and now working for his family; this time he prayed that he can provide a good life for them and that means a good job for the rest of his career. Great competency is pushing him to decide to work outside the country and look for a good paying company in order to sustain other needs of his family. He cannot go back anymore because his priority is to support and to earn for his family. He is contented to go on vacation once every year and a daily online video makes his daily life being normal in romancing distant moments. It was only through online chatting he could get news about his family's living condition, and all his life is focused on working for a living for his loved ones. As all had changed, even his prayer had changed, and this time a request that God will provide him a special time that will turn around its clock 5 times faster than its normal cycle, in order to reach retirement age and get the much-awaited reward for his remuneration of service, sacrificing his juvenile years mingling with his loved ones. And the little years left to spend, he prayed, to be considerate of him and let time slow down for the time being to be able to harmonize with his yearning to his loved ones. This request he prayed to Almighty God.

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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Dare to Communicate With Your Child

Dare to Communicate With Your Child
By Noel Nicolas Villarosa

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Conventional wisdom says that a child usually communicates using his vast imagination, and as a parent, you try to discern what message your child is trying to convey. Slowly as you try to rationalize your child's apparent inquisitive behavior and to prove certain things that he would not understand at his age.

Every single day both parents and child seek an opportune time to bond with each other. It is a kaleidoscopic endeavor in communicating with your children and there's nothing more exciting than to hear them telling their own story.

Allow me to share with you this noted hearty conversation between my wife and our son:

Our son: "Does God love music? I know, I'll pray and ask Jesus." (Then our son prayed and returned shortly to confirm that God said yes.)
My wife: "Yes indeed God loves to hear every child's prayer and you should be thankful for all His blessings."
Our son: "Why is there a big shining star in the picture?"
My wife: "It is the Star of Bethlehem which led the three Magi to the birthplace of baby Jesus."
Our son: "Oh, I know, God wants to say 'good job' because it had a picture of a star."

You could easily pinpoint from these perspectives that a child's determination is based on what he sees and hears. In this way, you are giving your child enough leeway to express himself with confidence; cognizance of how to conquer fears, and how to satisfy dreams through his imaginative intellectual play.

On why there should always be stories to tell with your child is a fun way of getting to know him better. On how your child perceived information is how deep your understanding and adjusting to events will be tested.

Your child has his own logic to explain the situation. There was one moment when my wife has to convince our son that the game is called "hide and seek" and not "hide and see" (as what our son believes). Our son explained that when playing the game, he was tagging every searched friend by saying, "I see you." And that was how our son arrived to call the game as "hide and see."

A child's play is always accompanied by imagination--where he would usually create a story, assign characters to act in (just like watching a great shadow puppetry act), and try to create the impression of moving humans (of why they are there and how they would think and act). It is impressive to see that a child has his own way of using creativity.

You should try to limit your child's use of screen media and electronic toys. Instead, take the advantage of letting your child play outside with other children of his age and mingling with them will teach your child the art of interaction. Once more, share with your child the good old days playing on traditional games that he might be interested in exploring.

The child shows interest in art. He starts making a straight line, a circle, or any shape that his uncontrolled hands could go so far. And through his imagination, he can be able to interpret his drawings.

Go invest in art supplies that your child may see and use for his creativity, and at the same time building and enjoy each other's imagination. In setting free a child's imagination is aiding his dreams to come true.

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