Yesterday marked my 31st year of existence (insert obligatory OMG-like-I-am-so-frickin-old-already rant here). Birthdays aren't really something to look forward to once you reach this age range (i.e. 25 to 60), at least for me, for the following reasons:
- You're nearing your expiration date, one excruciating year at a time.
- If you're still single, people will ask WHY you're still single. You're mom, who used to discourage you from getting into relationships while you're still studying, will even go to great lengths to play matchmaker for you.
- If you're in a relationship but not yet married, people will ask WHEN you'll get hitched.
- If you're married but still childless, people will ask WHY and would even pressure you more with that Biological Clock shi--stuff.
- People will ask you why you're not yet migrating to the US, or Australia, or Singapore, or wherever. So they really want to get rid of you that badly, huh?
- People won't be giving you gifts or treating you out anymore. What's worse, THEY'LL be expecting that YOU prepare some blowout feast of some sorts. Wow, palamunin much?
- Every year, you'll question yourself if you are really turning out the way you really wanted.
Can't do anything about it, really, so let's just get on with the festivities.
REUNITING WITH THE ARCHER IN ME
It's been YEARS since I last held a bow and arrow. It was during my PE classes in UPLB where I first tried archery, and I chose that sport because I'm not really the sporty/athletic type and that I want to try out something different. Modesty aside, the instructor even attempted to recruit me in the varsity. But when I learned that a bow costs around 14,000 PhP AND that I still need to lift some weights to work out my back (for pulling the string and stuff), I chose not to pursue the sport and just enjoy the experience for a semester or two.
I might've mentioned to Ge that the only sport I got to enjoy was Archery, because for my birthday he surprised me with this activity. He found about Gandiva Sports and Cafe through spot.ph, and since the place was fairly near, he decided to treat me to one round of shooting.
We got to the place a little past 12 noon, so we had our lunch at the cafe. The menu was completely vegetarian, so we ordered pasta and pizza (we also have a choice of ordering soy-based meats like chicken, burgers, or even bacon but we weren't that adventurous that time).
Our reservation was for 1400H, where one of the attendants gave an introductory lesson on how to properly handle the bow, where to notch the arrow, stances, and other basic stuff like that. Once we were able to handle the bow properly (and shoot the first arrow), we were pretty much left on our own, save for a couple of times when the instructor would adjust our sight when he observed that our arrows were clustering on one particular part of the target.
Walk-in Archery Trial is available for 600++ PhP per hour, which includes the use of Archery equipment and facility w/ assistance of a well-trained archery pro-staff.
Gandiva Sports and Cafe
ADDRESS: 7/F One Corporate Center Building Julia Vargas St. corner Meralco Avenue Ortigas Center, Pasig City, Philippines
CONTACT NUMBERS: (+63-2) 638-4549, (+63-2) 638-8771
[Edit (2017): The original post was made in my Tabulas blog, but I wasn't able to retrieve the whole text. I was, however, able to retrieve the pictures from my Photobucket account--apparently, we had dinner at Healthy Shabu-Shabu (forgot which branch). I'll just post the pictures below sans narrative.]