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The ultimate tool – Duct tape.

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This is my duct tape. I carry it around with me wherever I go. I use it for almost everything from day to day. Duct tapes are well known for fixing broken or torn things and having a very strong durability at the same time. Literally, you can think of repairing anything with duct tapes.

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Now, if you try to think about the things you can do beyond just repairing things with duct tapes, the possibilities are endless…. I find this simple tool extremely useful in lots of situations, and here are some of my examples:

1.) Wrapping around a mouth mount.

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Since I often film a lot of action videos, I tend to put my camera into my mouth to get a realistic first person POV shot. However, biting down on the hard piece of plastic can be dangerous for your teeth and your jaws will cramp over time. The solution to that is to get some duct tape, and roll around that biting piece until the layers of duct tape starts to get thick. That way you can have some cushioning on your teeth and not worry about breaking them. Even a lot of professional surfing, skateboarding athletes (and others) recommend using the duct tape for the mouth mount. Beware that you are still putting something in your mouth, so be careful with whatever you’re doing.

*Quick fact: Duct tapes were first made and used for military needs in order to keep firearm magazines moisturized. Then they were used again to save the Apollo 13. That is convincing enough for me.

2.) Emergency bandages

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Got an open wound on your leg? Got no bandages? In this case, duct tape might be able to help out a bit. This may sound unrealistic, but knowing that duct tapes were made for the military and patching up a space ship, the amount of pressure applied to the skin is actually strong enough for the tape to temporarily close up an open wound ( I do not recommend testing it out, but if you’re out of options in a very urgent matter then duct tapes will come in handy).

3.) A compact packing kit

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Need more space in your luggage? No problem. Take two or three items, strap them up tight together with duct tapes, then you’ll end up having more space to put whatever you have to. If the luggage starts to look like it’s going to blow up then put some tape around the luggage itself.

 

There are probably way more things you can do with duct tapes as long as you use your imagination. A purse, a ball, a watch,…….

The Seatless Pain

 

The request for the production of this video was voted by countless MYP5 students and even teachers.

The aula, which is now completely taken over by the MYP1s and MYP2s, is getting more and more crowded, with no other space left for the MYP5 students to eat.

The quiet study areas? NO EATING.

Word Cafe? DPs ONLY.

Recently, the linking space between the aula and the library has been converted into a new “Quiet study area” only for MYP1 students when the MYP5 students requested for more space! We understand that other students have the need of using spaces for studies, but looking at our current situation now, is there even a balance?

 

Historical trip to Ypres (MYP5 2016)

On the 21st of November, we took off to a town in Belgium, known as Ypres. This town played an essential role back in first World War in geographical and tactical aspects. Thousands of soldiers from different countries who fought the war were buried in and around the town, thus resulting in multiple cemeteries and monuments built to commemorate these lost souls.

Knowing that the monuments and the sceneries in Ypres would be a potential opportunity for videos, I brought my cameras and gears along to see what I could do. I first did not have any structured plans or predictions of what the final product would look like, but after 2 days of exploration in and around the town I started to draft out ideas.

Eventually I came up with making a short video with a Black & White colour filter, since I personally find the town a bit depressing in terms of the mood due to everything that happened back in the past that moulded its atmosphere. With large commemoration monuments built in the town to remind the people of its horrible past and having the same ceremony every night, I think that Ypres embodies the very symbolism of eternal grief (not that I’m against it or that it’s bad in any way). Therefore I thought removing all the colours except for B&W would give it a sentimental yet peaceful touch (as bright colours usually symbolises hapiness or excitement). In a way, this video honours the soldiers and victims who were involved in the pointless war and the countless inhumane horrors they faced.  Today it’s up to politicians to decide whether history is worth learning from to avoid conflicts that lead up to the same mistakes.