Wednesday, July 24, 2013
High ball-Low ball is a golf format I like to play. It's especially fun when you are familiar with your golf partners game.
It's team work and yet allows you to play your own game. My golf buddy Ogie and I won our High - Low match in our foursome with 5 up. And that's without really trying. Some days are just like that....
Sunday, July 21, 2013
Blessed are Sundays in Carmona when we can paraglide. The winds were right and there was a window to fly, so we wasted no time and drove over to Carmona to squeeze in a flight. Today I was lucky and did four flights before the rains came.
|Instructor Buko with Andrew Chinalpan|
Top landings today for Dids Veneracion (the youngest female pilot in the Philippines) and Andrew Chinalpan. So that made our Sunday even more special.
Thursday, July 18, 2013
Thursday, July 11, 2013
I finally organized my wine ref. It had become such a mess that I was no longer sure what I had in it.
This despite the fact we have a couple of glasses every night. No excuse. Because of this I discovered several bottles that i thought would be way past its prime. I randomly opened a couple only to realize that some of the wines had began to die .... The lesson here is that you shouldn't keep waiting for "that right moment" to open a good bottle of wine. There almost always is a good reason to open a bottle of wine! Plus somewhere around the world it's happy hour :-)
So tonight I decided to open a 17-year old bottle of Chateau Ducasse Graves 1996 i had bought from Bacchus years ago. I was crossing my fingers and hoping it was still alive.
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
I love a good cup of cappuccino in the morning. I will maybe have another in the afternoon as well. It's the one thing I indulge in. My dentist tells me coffee, tea and red wine are the culprits for teeth stains. But i prefer to have regular whitening treatments than to stop having my cup of coffee. Through all these years my Saeco coffee machine has been with me. Rain or shine it made me a faithful cup. Until recently she gave up on me. After 10 long years she conked out. No amount of repairs helped. I searched around, considered numerous other brands and after weeks on end of comparing coffee machines i ended up with an improved version of her...
Next step was to froth the milk. They say there's nothing like full cream milk. However if you want to cut on some calories you can can use low fat milk. The downside is that the milk will not froth as much with low fat milk. Boy was I pleasantly surprised that even with low fat milk my new Saeco could froth just as nicely as full cream milk!
I added a dash of cinnamon and voila! My daily morning cup of Cappucino fix.
This time i hope she gives me more than 10 years!
Sunday, July 7, 2013
Well you could practice your golf swing.
In my case it was a side hill/down hill lie. Plus, it was 27 km per hour against the wind.
Saturday, July 6, 2013
Recently paragliders from all over the country gathered in Sarangani near General Santos to enjoy some flying time. It was my first time to visit this beautiful province and fly at the SAFI Ranch. We had 4 glorious days of flying and even managed to squeeze in a dive at the Lemlunay Dive resort. Our last day in Sarangani was the most exciting day for me as I did my first top landing.
A top landing is when you land in the same area where you take off. For beginners like me it can be frightening to attempt to top land. Our take off point was 970 ft above sea level where the winds were turbulent at times. Executing a top landing could be tricky for my skill level.
|Take off site|
It took me several attempts to land and there were moments where I felt lots of rough and bumpy winds much like a strong air pocket that you feel when riding a plane. It was nerve-racking. Then I heard Buko say "look at me, focus on me Monique". That's all I needed to hear. In a situation when your heartbeat is racing and there's a million things going on in your head it is easy to panic and lose focus. So zeroing in on a target (in this case my instructor) and staying locked on that focal point really helped. I made three unsuccessful attempts and came close to landing only to abort because of the strong winds. But I was determined to top land and I tried one last time and finally made it!
|With Buko after my top landing|
I have a long way to go before I can become an intermediate pilot and there is still so much to learn. So I am certain there will be more “firsts” for me to experience. Until then, staying UP is Great!
Tuesday, July 2, 2013
|Flying over Sarangani Bay|
|SAFI paragliding site|
|Paragliding pilots from all over the Philippines|
The tricky part was that landing inside the target area was not enough. You had to be landing standing up and on both feet or it didn't count.
This is how it looks like from the take off zone. You would have to fly all the way down from some 970 ft. and zero in on your target to win. So it's not as easy as one would think. At least not for me.
This year had the most number of participants which made the competition much more interesting.
The big winner was German National Uwe Klein who landed right on the bulls eye. Other winners include Nixon Chua and Moon Yeen of Davao and Andrew Chinalpan of Sagada.
It was an awesome experience to fly, and to do so in such a picturesque flysite with such wonderful pilots. I am so looking forward to the next fun fly event in Sarangani next year.