Chinese New Year 2018

February 16 was the first day of the Chinese New Year calendar in 2018. Traditionally – in line with the regular New Year – people make a lot of wishes during this first day. I have made my fair share of 7 wishes that I hope to come true in this Year of the Dog. They are all aligned with the major topics of this blog MANTA-FW, namely Military, Aerospace, Nutrition, Travel, Anime, Fishkeeping, and Writing.

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Mission to Mars

Going to Mars is not only for technological prowess, but for the survival of humanity. This fact couldn’t be understimated enough. With the current world population standing at 7.6 billion and expected to reach 11.8 billion in 82 years, there has always been infighting between people of different countries. The shortage of space and impending collision with asteroid 2013 TV135 isn’t helping with the situation either.

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Celestron Travel Scope 70mm

The Travel Scope 70 is a portable and budget-friendly telescope, weighing only 3.3lbs, instead of the usual 22lbs for some Newtonians. Aimed at the beginner astronomy enthusiast, the telescope comes with an attached backpack allowing for easy carrying to remote light pollution-free locations. The telescope is not suitable for those already in the hobby, however, because of its low magnification, flimsy tripod and findersope, and imprecise locking knobs. But if you have children who want to see the stars somewhat closer or if you’re also interested in uninverted bird-watching, this device would be a good choice.

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High-Speed Railroad Travel

In a world where messages are sent worldwide within a couple of seconds, wouldn’t it be nice to ride a high-speed railroad that can circumnavigate the globe in 2 hours? The drastic changes in scenery will be awe-inspiring and being able to traverse between continents in less than 30 minutes will be a huge practical advantage over other modes of transportation. The only other faster means of travel are supersonic jets and Elon Musk’s proposed plan of going from New York to Shanghai in 39 minutes.

Below’s an image of a future train cabin, courtesy of Stuff Magazine New Zealand.

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Day 9, 10, and 11: Seattle Amtrak, Museum of Anthropology (UBC), and One Pacific Swimming Pool (Downtown Vancouver)

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Day 9: Took the Amtrak and visited the Boeing factory. Obviously, aviation is my field of choice, but since they don’t allow phones and photo-taking, I can only remember and draw out every intricate detail later on.

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