Now, how cool is this…you learn something new every day! 🙂
With the burgeoning pile of paper boats on DD’s table day after day that’s threatening to rival the opening scene from Troy, I’ve decided to capitalise on her current interest to teach her about a different variant of the generic “boat”. So we are going to be making a model of an eighteenth/early nineteenth century Xebec. Click here to read more about what a xebec is.
You will need the following materials:- Old magazines, blu tack, toothpicks, scissors.
1. Cut out one square and two triangles from your magazines. Set aside. [Here, we decided to make the square sail a bit fancier]…
2. Fold one sheet of magazine paper into a basic boat shape.
3. Stick three blobs of blu tack on the inside part of the boat, at the front, middle and back.
4. Carefully, poke a toothpick through each of the square and triangle sheets to make three sails.
5. The square sail goes on the front of the boat. Bury the sharp end of the toothpick into the blu tack. Do the same for the remaining two triangle (lateen) sails.
Run some water in the bathtub and have fun sailing your very own Xebec!
Definition from the Merriam-Webster online dictionary
Main Entry: xe•bec
Pronunciation: \’zē-,bek, zi-‘\
Etymology: modification of French chebec, from Arabic shabbāk
: a usually 3-masted Mediterranean sailing ship with long overhanging bow and stern
When the alarm rang in the morning, being totally reluctant to get up, I threw off the covers, and rolled onto my side with my knees sticking out off the edge of the bed.
DD who was just leaving the room with DH and DS, ran back, patted me gently and said “Mummy, lie properly. If not, you’ll fall down.”
Awww! And that’s one effective way to get mummy awake!
Don’t these look like gold ingots? 🙂
DH’s mum made homemade fried wontons for dinner. They were such a work of art.
And we polished off the whole plate in 20 minutes. 😛
If you don’t mind waiting in the hot humidity of a Sunday afternoon with grouchy kids who’ve been woken from their blissful naps on the car ride…this may not be for you.
But after all, this is Singapore. Where if you want good food, you must be prepared to toe the line in the queue. [pun entirely intended]
And face stubborn proprietors who will not budge on the way they allocate tables.
Boy, wouldn’t it be great if I could start a business like this – where I could just wave my hand at eager customers hoping to be the favoured ones to be assigned a table soonest, and ask “You, how many?”, and tell the impatient ones, “You just have to wait. I don’t know how long it will take. Hah, you want to split table? Cannot. Then I must reassign you to the back of the [now 8 table long waiting] queue. You say you want 7 person table, you must wait for the 7 person table.”
Anyway. After you get your table, the food arrives pretty quickly. And it is very good. For something where the filling is the same, only the wrapping is different..like the guo tie and Chinese pizza. *rolls eyes* We are such gullible creatures.
The length of the waiting line outside never waned all the time we were there. Phew. Like I said, super good business. Damages came up to $112 for seven adults and three toddlers. 😛
I was cleaning up the kids’ room the other night and found these! 🙂
…a family of frogs…
…an army of crocodiles…
…a fleet of boats…
Sugar and spice and all things nice.
Huh. Yeah, right.
Mine is currently besotted with grasshoppers, ants, frogs, and alligators.
Illustrations in books, folded paper ones, pretend ones and REAL ONES. City mouse mummy is squirming, “Eeeks!!”
No pics…I’m too squeamish!