Badminton

BADMINTON! This sport has been a craze here in our place since 2004… and people from all walks of life have been enthused to play this sport.

My Spiritual Family, or in simple term churchmates, is having a sports’ day every Sunday. We, i should say “they” since I do not play due to my eyesight problem, start playing every 5 o’clock in the afternoon til 8 in the evening.

So what do I do since I am not playing? I just cheer. To motivate, especially my husband, everyone from playing. Oh by the way, my husband does not play badminton. He plays basketball with the other men. The ladies and few guys play badminton… sometimes, our badminton players will rent 2 badminton courts. Normally, they play doubles.

Now, we do all these badminton and basketball games in one venue. Our city has this place called BIG SHOT. It all started as badminton courts only but later on converted two badminton courts into a basketball court.

We have been doing this consistently every Sunday unless of course when the venue is closed for holidays. We started this weekly event last March 2009.

Here is the trivia about badminton

The sport of badminton is one that has roots heavily planted in history, as an early form of the game existed with the ancient Greeks and Egyptians. At that time, the activity was referred to as “The Game of Badminton,” until a shortened version of the name (“Badminton”) became the official label.

The coming years brought a wealth of changes for the sport, including the 1901 switch in indoor and outdoor play and hourglass-shaped courts becoming rectangular.

Night Zipriders

I went to visit my hometown. That is Malaybalay, Bukidnon, Philippines. It was a short visit. I had to meet my very good and great friend, Christine. She is from Germany and she is my spiritual mom (christians coined this termzipzone1 “spiritual parent” for their disciplers that minister to them as they begin their walk). Christine, pronounced as /krIs.tI.nI /, was a missionary here in the Philippines from late 90’s up to early 2004. Her family came to visit Malaybalay. Since I am currently residing away from my hometown, I had to travel 7 hours just to see  her and her family.

Anyway aside from seeing her, I got the chance to see my old friends and my spiritual family from CCF. My girlfriends – Abie, Marie and Relaine, took me to DAHILAYAN ADVENTURE PARK. As of today, this park offers the longest zipline in Asia. It is located in Brgy. Dahilayan, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon.

Dahilayan Adventure Park boasts of two 840 meters Ziplines with a drop of 100 meters. Zipriders are transported via 4WD Safari Cruiser to a launch tower at 4500′ ASL. Zoom thru a rainforest canopy at 60-80 kph to land at Carrier type flightdeck using a special arresting gear system. They also have 320 mtr and 150 mtr ziplines for the family.

This park also offers a Tower of Ropes Course, a twelve stage High and Low Wire obstacle course complete with a multisided Rockwall, Rappeling Tower and Zipline. This Course is definitely good for team-building among company or office workers.

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Of course, I got to ride all their ziplines from 150 to 840. Since there were so many Zipriders, my group came last for the 840 meters. Eight of my friends backed-out since it was already dark and scarry. But Kuya Francis, Kiko, Abie and I never thought to crawfish out from zipping. Well, the nerve to zip through the night, you say. But we never thought of any possible problem or the “what if” as we zip through the dense canopy of the pine trees. You bet, it was really dangerous considering that the place is new and there were no electric lights, so we literally zip blind, we do not know if we are at the end of the line… and it was the first time of the park to have Night zipriders. My mom would panic if she’d know about it. Yet, at that time, I honestly never thought of that. After the experience and looking back, that was really brave of us then. Abie said she will never do it again – ME? I can’t tell. I realized I was never afraid of heights… which I thought I was…  the fear being inside the elevator is probably not of the heights but because I may be am claustrophobic. I enjoyed zipping and I love it. I wanna zip again.

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and oh! Riding the Safari Cruiser was really fun! My group really whooped, screamed and even shrieked!zipzone4