My Bowling Days with PMC

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

First of all, I’m congratulating my office mates who won the recently held MVPO Bowling Tournament at Eastwood Bowling Center. The MEN and WOMEN teams won the silver and bronze medals respectively. Now that’s something I really admire. As for me, I’ve finally decided that my bowling career ends from last year’s company tournament. Just like all the other sports I’ve tried, this one’s definitely not for me, either.

I did have my moments with bowling. Actually, my first experience was very memorable to me. Not only because that was my first time ever but because I’ve gained friends. Up to now, ma’am Amy calls me “teammate.” :) I guess I was just fortunate enough to have been teamed up with great players and the best part? We won the game, as in champions. :) The credits go to them of course, not to mention ms. Miles mantra which she used against the opponents hehe. Of course that was just for fun. Due to my strong personal conviction, I do not in any way promote the using of mantras in any competition for that matter hehe. Anyway, we celebrated our team efforts by eating out thanks to ma’am Amy. :)

[caption id="attachment_758" align="aligncenter" width="480" caption="This was my uniform during the first tournament. Our team was neon green."][/caption]

Although I realized at an early stage that I really wasn’t for bowling, I was a bit sad when my first tournament experience was over. To express my appreciation towards my team mates who bore with me in all patience despite my downs and downs (hehe) I gave them each a hallmark magnetic card deco.

My second tournament was okay but my performance did not improve at all. It was so disheartening to always see my name at the bottom of the list. And so bowling and I made a mutual understanding: we do not like each other. Looking back, I’m really sorry now for my team mates because the best contribution I could give was my handicap score which is inversely proportionate to one’s actual performance. Meaning, the less great you are in scoring, the higher your handicap gets. So imagine how high mine was always! Well, I did try my best. At first, I was using a 6-lbs ball until I reached 8 towards the end of the game. But my control is really weak so whatever weight I used, the ball ends up in either the right or left gutter.

I’d like to be an optimist though, so even if I failed to get the most out of this experience, I’d like to at least share what I learned about bowling, 10-pin in particular.

The player should be equipped with appropriate bowling shoes and socks. The bowling centers usually provide the shoes for rent. The socks however should be purchased. A pair of bowling gloves could also help but is just optional.

There are 10 frames in every game and in every frame, a player gets to roll the ball twice. If in 1 roll, the player hits all 10 pins, it’s called a strike. However, if there are pins left, the player may roll the ball again. If the remaining pins are all hit, it’s called a spare. If the player hits a strike at the 10th frame, another 2 rolls will be given. If spare, the player gets to roll the ball once more.

The ball has 3 holes fit for the thumb, middle and ring fingers. The weight varies from 6 to 16lbs. Usually, choosing for the right weight considers the player’s experience and weight as well. Beginners, like me, usually opt for lighter balls because it is easier to control but the disadvantage is that they have less impact on the pins. Heavier balls tend to create great impact on the front pins causing them to hit the other pins at the back like a domino effect.

he lane is the long narrow portion where the ball is rolled. At the end of the lane are the pins arranged in triangular shape with the tip pointing towards the player. At the sides are channels or gutters. Right in front where the player releases the ball are dots which help them estimate where to drop the ball. The lane is greased with oil so that the balls could roll easily. Players are not allowed to step on the lane for safety reasons too maybe. It is actually very slippery because of the grease.

Each pin hit scores 1. However, if the player gets a strike, 10 plus the number of pins hit on the next 2 frames are added. If the player gets spare, only the pins hit on the next frame is added. This explains why a player gets 2 more rolls on the 10th frame if he strikes all 10 pins and 1 more roll for spare.

Overall, bowling could be a nice activity for friends. Plus it does have its health benefits too such as working out those biceps and other muscles. At the end of the day, it’s just another great opportunity for me to hang out with dear friends and make first experiences and great memories. :)
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A Beloved Blog

Monday, March 26, 2012

This morning, as usual, I opened my e-mail before anything else because I usually arrive at least 30 minutes before office hours anticipating most especially for blogs I follow. I was reading about Diane’s travel adventures to Hong Kong when I received this surprise towards the end of her second post:

Diane thinks I’m deserving of this badge and I’m definitely flattered and happy about if of course, this is totally unexpected. :) Thanks so much, Diane!

So what is Liebster blog? It originated from Germany and is given to blogs who are up and coming with under 200 followers. It means “dearest or beloved” in German. Wow, it’s really an honour to have my humble blog considered as that. Anyway, it’s a tradition to share the Liebster Blog Award to 5 other blogs. And so the blogs I chose to give this award to are:

    Fiery Waters’ World of Contrast
    Life and Liesure
    Musings and Writings
    Of Pinks and Fairy Tales
    On Life, Food, Travels, Books and Other Loves

Congratulations to the new picks! May your dearness spread throughout the net-world. :)
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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

I received the news about the death of a good friend two nights ago. I was never able to sleep immediately again when the news struck me. Anna Macatangay, the only other Scholastican from our batch who went to the same college with me, was only 28. Very young indeed. But who would have ever thought that her life was that complete span of 28 years. Usually people say “you’re still young, you’ve got your whole life ahead of you”. It’s definitely not in the numbers nor in any assurances that we can hold on to our lives. Suddenly, I felt fear, sorrow and all the other profound feelings brewing up inside my restless mind.

Just a year ago, Bes and I set a meeting with Anna to go over to their house and have a cooking session. Unfortunately, Anna got sick that weekend and setting up another schedule had been difficult after that. Even an after office dinner date was as difficult. She was working night shift while my weekends were occupied. Bes was just as fully booked as us. And so the days turned to weeks until a year passed by. Occasionally, Anna would pop a message in my ym and we’d talk just about anything. Just last week, she popped a message in my FB chat board. Two words, “hi jenny” and I was agitated to reply but I was helpless. FB was blocked in our office and we didn’t have internet at home or even if we did, she’d be working by night then. Several times, I tried to leave a message using my ym link with FB but to no avail. And now she’s gone. It’s so ironic that I’ll get to see her soon for the last time, but none of us she’ll ever see. Finally, I have found the time to meet her and I can’t help but think bitterly, “if only I’d exerted this effort earlier”.

It’s really scary how life can be taken from us without us knowing how or when. But it’s consoling to know that so many people cared. Anna was a silent girl but she was a great person. Now, people are attesting to that kindness and goodness, leaving messages of good will and all. She’s appreciated for the life she had lived and for the person that she was. I just hoped Anna knew about these while she was still living.

I remembered the words from a song way back when we were just 15, 3rd year high school girls. Way back, they were just words… but at present, these words demonstrate the meaning they convey such that they become understood not only by the mind but also by the heart. If life is so short, then we should value every minute of it…

“If Life Is So Short – Moffats”

Isn't it funny
How times seems to slip away
So fast
One minute you're happy
The other you're sad

In my memory, Anna will always be that shy girl who was a jolly company in campus. She’s one of those few people whom I trusted as a friend and felt comfortable to be with. She was definitely part of those good memories I keep treasured in my heart forever… Part of that happy youthful years in my life.
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