How to make a paper clover

There’s a saying that goes like this: catch a fish for a man and he’ll eat it in one day, but, teach him how to catch a fish, and he’ll be eating fish for the rest of his life. The point is, you just need to teach someone how to do something once and he’ll know how to do it for the rest of his life. So today I’m going to teach you how to make paper clovers.

Basic steps in making a clover, numbered for convenience. I didn’t make these though.

Okay, showing you pictures just isn’t going to work. Someone realised that long ago, so instead, she sent me examples of steps on how to do it. The photo above shows some of her examples. But since I don’t have all your addresses, I’ll just show you a video (1MB)

So basically, you’ll need to find a SQUARE piece of paper. Size doesn’t matter, but for your information, I’m using 4cmx4cm. You probably can buy pre-cut papers at gift shops or stationary shops but I decided to cut them instead. Takes time, but it was easier than going out and buying a whole stack of pre-cut papers. I used wrapping paper of different colors to give the colorful appearance.

Here you can see the wrapping paper that I used. The hearts in the bin are made using the steps shown in the video.

You might have already realised that it takes 4 “hearts” to make one clover. And you are right. After you make 4 “hearts”, just put them together. I think putting them together is very obvious and self-explanatory so I won’t need to tell you how.

These are not done yet. The edges are still pointy. I still need to fold them down to give it a curved look.

Completed clovers. This is how the final product should look like.

Anyways, like I said, someone sent me some examples on how to make paper clovers. So it would be rude not to send something back. To show my gratitude, I decided to make some and send them back. Here’s how many I sent back:

Try counting.

I sent all those through citylink and I was quite worried that they might get lost because I spent some time making those. But they didn’t, and they got to their destination safely.

Now they’re lying in some box somewhere =D

The moral of this post is don’t fold too many paper clovers or you’ll go crazy use citylink if you want your stuff to arrive safely at their destination. Happy folding! Continue reading

Sony NW-E407 mp3 player

There was a time when I was obsessed with this particular player. No thanks to its good looks and stunning battery life (18 hours). It also has ATRAC3 compression for songs. The final file size is smaller than using mp3 compression and the audio quality remains similar. But I’m not going to talk about all the technical specs because you can easily do a google search on it.

Very sleek design.

I had the chance to try out this player which my friend lend me to copy some manuals. I must say I was instantly hooked on to its clear and easy to read green display. It reminds me of the old VFDs found on VCRs.

Easy to read and it looks great!

Loading of the songs into the player can be a real problem. It doesn’t support the all-too-easy to use drag-and-drop interface. Probably Sony’s way of limiting song swapping between devices. You have to use Sony’s own software called SonicStage. It’s actually not so hard to use. You select the songs that you want, then you press send. The software will convert the songs and load it to the player.

Quite easy to use. But it takes a few more steps than just dropping the songs on to a player.

The player acts as a thumb drive also. The downside is you have to carry around a special cable for it because the player itself doesn’t have a USB port. The player charges through the USB port and 5 minutes of charging can give you 3 hours of playback if I’m not mistakened. I have yet to see this player run out of juice.

The scrolling display looks amazing at night!

The sound quality of this player is superb. Using my Koss earphones, the bass was more than enough for the average listener. I had to lower the bass using the player’s equalizer. The music is also clear and rich sounding. It doesn’t sound dull or muffled.

The navigation buttons and jog dial is also very easy to use. The player allows you to sort songs according to the artist, group (?) or album. That might make song searching a little easier. To skip a song, you simply twist the top and you’re on the next song.

The design just looks so right!

With looks to kill, and a battery life to die for, the only thing that’s going to stop you from getting one of these is the price. I can’t really recall how much they were going for when they first came out, but it was about double the price of their competitor. Hopefully when the newer players get released, the price of this will drop. Then you can be sure I’ll have one with me ;) Continue reading

Towing a 777

This is something most of you probably won’t be able to see or experience. Sitting on a tow truck while it tows out a 777 and watching it start its engines up close and personal. So I have a video here for you. The video is 4 minutes long and it’s 5.55MB. It won’t take long to load, and I can assure you, this is worth watching.

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Slowing down

Life is passing me by so fast that I feel that I’m missing out on a lot of things. But then again, sacrifices must be made. It’s been quite a busy weekend for me. Going to pudu, amcrop mall, nilai. Usually I just stay at home and enjoy the day off haha

I went pudu to get some parts to make an EL (or reverse glow) meter for my car. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find anyone there selling the stuff that I need. I mean it’s just sad la. You can find vibrators everywhere but you can’t find a single piece of electroluminsence plate.

Amcrop Mall. Shot taken from Taman Jaya LRT station.

Next stop was Amcrop Mall. On the way there using the LRT, it started raining. So when I got to the station, I was stuck there for probably 30 minutes. In the end when it was just drizzling slightly, I walked over to the building.

Hilton PJ. Paris Hilton comes here often since she gets to stay in the VIP suite for free.

There’s a lot to see in Amcrop Mall. Antique shops, RC shops, bookstores. They even sell the old vinyl records! I got a book on how to fix almost everything around the house from a 2nd hand bookstore. And I went and took a look at the touchscreen laptop that was selling for RM899. The touch screen works like a charm, but the screen brightness and contrast seem to be lacking. Probably due to the old age.

And the surprising thing is I slept at 10pm and woke up at 12pm the next day. Then went for lunch with friends, went to get my bike back, and dropped my brother off at Nilai, which is exactly 70KM from my apartment to his hostel block.

On the way back, I noticed that my car engine was running a little rough. Rougher than usual. So I decided to check my oil level once I got back. And lo and behold! The level was BELOW “LOW”! It has just passed the 5000km mark and it’s only been 3 months. I’m taking it for an oil change tomorrow. Continue reading