Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Tiger Woods makes 75!

Tiger Woods makes his 75th PGA career win today at the Farmers Insurance Open in Torrey Pines San Diego, California.  The last couple of holes in the tournament was less than spectacular but there was never a doubt that Woods would not win the tournament.

So all Tiger needs is to bag 8 more wins so he can beat Sam Snead's 82 record wins!

Isn't that cool?  And did anyone notice all the paragliders at the tournament? What an awesome way to be a spectator at a major championship!

Friday, January 18, 2013

The new Palmer course

Ogie Alcasid, Rubby Lugtu, Dingdong Avanzado & Noel Cabangon
Have you tried the new Palmer course at Forest Hills Golf & Country Club? Yes, the back 9 has been completed and its worth
the trek to Antipolo to check it out.

par 3
The par 3 at the back nine has a stunning view.  Four bunkers heavily guard a tight green that quickly penalizes you for any errant tee shot.
Noel Cabangon
The course is most challenging. Choosing landing areas and playing for the next shot in mind is key.
Attacking the green may be the way to go for the single handicapper but certainly not for the less skillful player.
There's a fair amount of risk and reward for this new Palmer course and lots of reasons to try it out.


Monday, January 14, 2013

Club Champion dream

Club Champion Alex Ignacio with Erwin Temena, Jong Laput & Allen Santos
Most serious amateur golfers dream of being the club champion of their home course. But for most it remains a dream. I know for me it can only be a fantasy! For my favorite golfing partner Alex C. Ignacio this dream has become reality.

Alex Ignacio with his golf buddies at Eastridge Golf & Country Club

Congratulations Alex C. Ignacio for winning the 2012 club championship Men's division 1. 

Friday, January 11, 2013

To wake up to this...

Manila Golf
My dearest friend has a wonderful condominium that has a gorgeous view of Manila Golf from her penthouse balcony. So she wakes up every morning to this spectacle...

I seriously want to move in with her.

Monday, January 7, 2013

There's a first for everything...

Everyone has some kind of memorable "first".  Your first kiss.  Or maybe your first love.  These events may not be perfect but they are nonetheless,  unforgettable. I recently had my "never to be forgotten first".  My first SOLO flight!

Carmona fly site
It was such a euphoric experience. I was scared to death but at the same time excited like crazy.  As soon as my wing lifted me up and I was slowly soaring into the air i realized "this is it"! I am all alone and flying. My paragliding instructor Buko no longer behind me.

Then it hit me. An unexplainable calmness.  The elation of being one with your wing in the sky. This was quickly followed  by trepidation, distress.. and indescribable fear.  I looked down from above and made a quick calculation... "If my wing collapses from this height would I survive"???? Straightaway I felt light headed and my knees go weak at the thought. Then i heard Buko's voice on the radio.  "Relax Monique. Breathe. Look forward and raise your hand." I had no idea how he could read my mind right that very moment.   I immediately followed all his instructions.  "Ok, Monique now turn right".  I looked to my right, and shifted my weight towards that direction. All seemed well as I followed all of Buko's instructions. I was descending quite nicely and when i was around 5 ft. off the ground he asked me to slowly flare my wings and land.  What was only a few minutes of flying time seemed like an eternity.  But I finally did it! After all the tandem flights, ground handling, kiting and drills to get one ready for that first solo flight, I eventually did it. What heavenly joy that feeling was.

And I can't wait to do it again.