The Sunday Bucket List

If I had a bucket list, surely I would have crossed out a lot of items after the 28th of July. That Sunday was so full of activities I can’t even imagine how I and my friends got to do all of them.

Together with two of my friends from work, Mhel and Je, we started our Sunday really early. We planned to jog all the way to MOA but decided against it eventually. We ended up doing our random photoshoot first.

photoshoot

The mall has not yet opened but there were tons of people in green running singlets for a marathon. So we went to the bay-side where there were less people and started feeling the day. As the sun peeked through the clouds, we started randomly capturing photographs around the bay area. It took us about an hour or a bit more before finally deciding to go get something to fill our stomachs with.

photoshoot2

After enjoying a breakfast buffet, we took some more random photographs while waiting for the mall to open. Apparently, we went there really early that we had too much time before we could start our next activity inside the mall — that is ice skating.

ice-skating

It was my first time to try on a pair of ice skates and slide against the icy floor of the rink. Quite embarrassing really, I fell on the rink after a few minutes of struggling on my rented skates. A few people watching outside the rink were apparently entertained by this. Well, I found myself also laughing anyway. It was a thrilling one-and-a-half hour. We then decided to go to Binondo and look for a place to eat a scrumptious Chinese meal.

lunch at Binondo

The food may seem few at first but we couldn’t finish all of it. Everything was delicious, especially the cute dumplings we had. My tummy was definitely satisfied with those that filled it during lunch. It would have been great if I could take a nap after eating, but there were still a lot of things to do. Even though the rain poured heavily and it flooded the entrance to our next stop — the National Museum — we decided to continue our little escapade, skipping the museum and going straight to the Archery range.

archery

This day was full of firsts because it was also my first time to hold and shoot a bow and arrow. This was another fun activity, less painful than ice skating perhaps. After a few instructions about the basics from the coach, we got the hang of it as we let it rain arrows on our target sheets. I only got three shots that made it to the bull’s eye but at least I landed some. Perhaps I can be an archer someday, just need a bit more practice…or not. 😉

ending a day

After our shot on archery, we went back to the mall and played billiards. Not really my first time, but I am definitely not good at this game. But it was still something I would do for fun. After getting a dose of milk tea, we went back to the skating rink to try our luck on becoming the greatest hockey players…just kidding. I actually wished I didn’t return to the rink because I fell for the third time, and this time, it was really painful that I went home with a sore back. But I think it was worth it because in the end, I had to spend my day doing a lot of leisurely activities and not worrying about other things that stress me out day-in and day-out.

Hopefully soon, I could do this again with more friends. 🙂

Photos courtesy of:
Mhel, Je and Kem

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Team Spirit [?]

It saddens me somehow to see my Twitter feed get flooded with all these NBA Game 7 updates. I am not a hater, just to clarify, but I guess not being a fan of Basketball makes me a bit less passionate compared to my overly ecstatic friends who subconsciously keep me updated of the happenings.

What makes me sad is that none of my friends seem to know that the Philippine Volcanoes — our own national Rugby team — will be participating in the coming Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013 at Moscow, Russia. I’m not a big fan of Rugby either, but I did tweet about them, wishing them luck on their competition because I do feel a certain affinity with them since they are also Filipinos.

I’m not a big follower of sports, but I do like watching it. However, I believe that as a Filipino I should show more passion in supporting the national team over a foreign team. I am not saying that we should not support the teams we believe in whether it be foreign or local, but rather, we should also be supportive of our very own national teams. Not just Rugby or Basketball, but with all the other athletes of all the other sports.

Maybe if we show the same passion we have for foreign athletes to our own local teams, it would help boost their morale and even become champions in the big league. With just a little bit of Team Spirit from each of us, we may be able to make a difference. Maybe someday the Philippine Athletes will become overall champions in the world.

That, my friends, is a very attainable dream only if we put our hearts into it.