Sunday, December 21, 2014
Friday, November 28, 2014
Monday, November 24, 2014
Monday, November 17, 2014
|Chateau Villemaurine, St. Emillion|
|The vineyards at Chateau Villamaurine, St. Emillion|
Friday, November 7, 2014
|Monte Carlo Golf Club|
La Turbie is the the site for paragliding in Monaco. The forecast for the day was strong winds. That ruled out paragliding for sure. So the next best thing to do? No, not shopping. Golfing! I didn't bring any clubs with me and ended up renting a 20 year old golf set which was a mix of Callaway's Biggest Big Berta, some Taylor made irons and a Zebra putter in a Ping golf bag. There were no caddies and no golf carts but what a gorgeous view! It was pure bliss to be 900 meters above sea level in a heavenly golf setting between the French and Italian Riviera.
Monday, October 20, 2014
It was an adventure of a lifetime for us to paraglide in the French Alps this year. From fly sites in Samoens and Annecy all the way to Le Puy. We experienced some of the best paragliding in the world. We trekked our way up Le Mont Criou and flew around its snow capped mountains. In Annecy the Col de La Forclaz flights were jaw dropping gorgeous. From take off to landing in Talloires, Doussard, Semnoz- everywhere we went was just incredible.
Monday, October 13, 2014
Friday, October 10, 2014
Friday, September 26, 2014
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Thursday, September 4, 2014
Yes it is that time of the year again when we do our annual trip to Timbis in Bali for paragliding.
Last year was a blast so it's started to become an annual journey for us...
Paragliding in Bali from monique ignacio on Vimeo.
There's always some kind of magic in the air in Bali. She is usually gently and calm. You can just sit back and literally fly for hours and enjoy the coastal view. Lots of surfers and people sunbathing below you while you fly and hover around them.
On my last flight today I decided to gate crash on a party happening by the beach.... Sorry guys. I just couldn't resist....
Bali Beach landing from monique ignacio on Vimeo.
Monday, September 1, 2014
Sunday, August 31, 2014
|Paragliding Team Philippines|
|Pilot Ian Veneracion proudly flying our Philippine flag at the openeing ceremonies of IPAC 2014|
Accuracy landing entails that a pilot take off and land at a designated target on both feet. If a pilot falls before the wing is on the ground, he or she is penalized for it.
|Monique Ignacio landing|
To win in this competition your foot must touch the center of the target upon landing. An electronic target pad is used to measure how close you are to the bullseye. For a spectator, being able to land dead center may look easy, but I can assure you it is not. Our take off point is some 1,000 feet above and controlling your wing can be tricky if strong winds and thermals happen. You may be approaching your target and then a sudden gust off wind right before landing can quickly push you back making you miss your target. You can also easily overshoot your goal by miscalculating your approach. Personally I think "timing and feel" is as import as your landing technique. Much like in golf where if your timing and feel is wrong, you miss your sweet spot.
|The gorgeous Sarangani Bay is a sight to behold as you fly|
Paragliding is a sport dominated by men. It was encouraging for us female pilots to see however, a growing interest from more women taking up this exciting air sport. From 15 pilots representing the Philippines, Five of us were women including the youngest Filipino pilot Dids Veneracion who is only 13 years old. Amongst the top scorers in the leaderboard from the other countries were also female. In fact Indonesian female pilot Liz Andriana came in for 3rd runner up.
Asians have become a force to rekon with in paragliding competitions lately. So it didn't come as a big surprise that the top prizes in this accuracy landing competition went to Taiwan, Japan and Indonesia.
|Lis Andriana (Indonesia 3rd runner up) is surrounded by the Ms. Earth beauties who graced the IPAC award ceremonies|
|67 year old Yoshiki Oka (Japan 2nd runner up ) showed everyone that paragliding has no age limit|
|Luis Liu of Taiwan wins the top prize|
It was a fantastic week of flying for all of us. Blessed with good winds and new pilot friends to share the skies with. Until the next International Paragliding championships!
|Go Paragliding Team Philippines|
Sunday, August 3, 2014
Ground handling or kiting is an important step to becoming a skillful pilot. It's a prerequisite in order to acquire the proper aptitude and flying competence to be rated as a USHPA "P2" level pilot. I had my ground handling exercises by Ocean Beach in California with my instructor Jeff Greenbaum of Airtime San Francisco. What fun that was. Here he is showing me how to kite with no hands.
Kiting with no hands from monique ignacio on Vimeo.
Thursday, July 31, 2014
Golfing in the Philippines spoils us. Caddies are mandatory with every game. Until you golf in North America and get a reality check. Carry your own bag, figure out your own yardage, wipe your own clubs and read your own putts.
But golf we must, and golf we shall.
|With Christian Ignacio at Crystal Springs Burlingame California|
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
One of the prettiest courses in the San Francisco Bay area is at Half moon Bay. There's a breathaking view of the ocean as seen on the 18th hole in this picture. When I played this course I couldn't concentrate on my game as I was itching to take pictures the whole time. Cypress trees and dogleg fairways make for a landscape that is picture perfect on every hole.
Finish your round with a nice bubbly or roast marshmallows and make s'mores by the fire pit while waiting for the most fantastic view of the sunset.
Monday, June 16, 2014
Sunday, June 15, 2014
Friday, June 13, 2014
La vue etait belle! Such breathaking view from close to 7,000 feet over Lake Annecy in France. This has got to be one of the best paragliding tandems I have ever been on with my dear friend and instructor Armand Dard. We hit thermal after thermal, free flying for over an hour. It was simply amazing. A ride I surely will not forget.
Thursday, June 12, 2014
From London it was a two hour drive to Stonehenge. It's been called one of the man made wonders of the world. Erected some 4000 years ago, people still wonder why exactly this was built. Some say it was used as an astronomical observatory. But until today, nothing has been really clear as to why and how Stonehenge was built.
I still had to see it for myself and managed to persuade my longtime college girlfriend Meg to go with me through a local tour company operating out of London. We called the whole adventure the "Stonehenge Express" because when you get there everything is so hurried and you are given less than two hours to stay and explore the place (including the museum on premise) before heading back to London. The nice thing is you can actually get up close and take pictures. But you aren't allowed to get close enough to touch the stones.
Meg and I came prepared with a picnic complete with Champagne and Pate which we quickly consumed before heading back to London. I would love to visit again and stay longer. Perhaps shoot proper pictures when the sun either rises or sets. But to do this, you would have to drive instead of take a tour bus so you can stay longer. Maybe on my next visit. Hopefully soon.
Monday, May 19, 2014
Friday, May 9, 2014
Sunday, April 20, 2014
Saturday, April 19, 2014
I am not sure how it is in other countries, but in the Philippines there is no golfing on Good Friday.
But as soon as the sun rises on a Saturday you can be sure the golf courses will be open. And so my usual Saturday golf group was up early today to be able to finish 18 holes before it got scorching hot!
As there were no golfers on Good Friday, the ducks on hole 8 (who are so used to players bringing them food) were really hungry. Check them out...
Saturday, April 5, 2014
|Heidi Schettkat's eagle in Southwoods|
The last time I played golf with Heidi Schettkat she made back to back birdies followed by an eagle.
Now she makes another eagle...
Then she says casually she's already had three holes in one and 3 eagles.
I seriously need to play with her more often.
|1st Quarter Forest Hills Ladies tour 2014|
Hole 1 had us teeing off from a meter high tee.
For some it made no difference. They hit it as far as they would with a normal tee. Amazing.
But most would hit the tee and not the ball.
Our foolish holes:
Hole 4 - One golf club until holing out
Hole 8 - Use two clubs the entire hole
Hole 10 - Use your driver instead of a putter to hole out
Hole 14 - Everyone gets a mulligan
Hole 18 - The sand trap on the green is the hole
Of course the blue team wins....