Monday, September 3, 2012
Week in week out we see golf ranges filled to the max with regulars, new learners as well as seniors working hard on their game. We don't see that many in the bowling alleys. It is not a coincidence that golf is such a popular sport. We cannot ignore the fact that golf is an essntial tool in business whereas bowling will probably never be one where people can talk about multi-million dollar deals.
Then there's the travelling factor. I only know a few people who will make their way to Malaysia or Thailand for bowling tournaments. Golfers do travel quite a bit for their game. Take in some greenery as well as enjoy the climate in another country, it all adds to the game experience. Honestly one bowling alley don't look that different from another...
Then there's the perceived inequality. The other guy got a better ball. He's bowling on an easier lane. The oiling suits him better etc etc etc. I guess we have too many players with sour grapes in bowling. Houseshot or sports pattern. $300 balls or 2nd-hand balls. If a little kid can make a strike or spare with a 12lb plastic ball then there's no reason why an adult cannot do the same. Its down to accuracy and consistency. In golf it is much more straightforward and people acknowledges the better golfer more readily no matter which tee they starts from (at least that is what I observed).
As bowling alleys start to close down one by one, we are stuck with a big question. Do we make the lanes tougher or easier? Tougher and varied lane conditions will keep the hardcores coming back for much challenges, but will scare the average/poor players out of the game. "Easy" house patterns will keep the players happy as they will get more strikes and feel good about themselves but will be pretty boring after a while.
But things are not all that gloomy. I do see high takeup rate of lanes from schools these days. And we have a few bowling academies grooming future talents. Most may not make it big to change the landscape but we are assured of a generation of bowlers. At least that will keep the lanes in business.
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
|Dogs sleeping while I play Valkyria Chronicles|
Monday, March 19, 2012
|Bowling lesson conducted by Agape Academy @ Tampines Safra|
Sunday, March 18, 2012
|Roadside stalls selling toys and iPhone covers|
|The Mac @ East Coast|
|30 years later... its a further drive to East Coast Seafood Centre for seaside Mac experience|
|Unusually crowded Sunday night~~|
|Korean UFO BBQ Buffet will move to Geylang Lor 15|
|Baby J will never have a chance to take these rides~~|
|Never had a chance to drink at the beach bar|
|Scruffy Murphy's - had many a good breakfast there|
|Very soon Marine Cove will be there no more~~|
Reached home at 1+pm to send my MIL to Sai Baba Centre along Moulmein Road and also get some Lim Chee Guan BBQ pork from Chinatown.
Reached home near to 3pm and I took a short 15-20min nap while the F1 was on TV and the rain provided the lullaby. When my wife woke me up it was nearly 3:30pm, and was nearly 4pm by the time we reached the lanes.
The lanes were fully occupied with a birthday party occupying 6 of the 24 lanes. Quite a few lanes were occupied by people we knew from Marine Bowl. Its really similar to those days in Mei Foo HK when we knew many people from the bowling alley. Likewise over here we are starting to make more friends either through chitchats at Sam's Pro Shop or through games on Thursday league.
By the time we gotten our lanes it was 5pm. Played 4 games before we had to fetch our dogs from their bath at the groomers.
Played 4 games finishing with an average score of 195.00 pinfalls (780 pinfall total):
Gm 1 - 165
Gm 2 - 237
Gm 3 - 177
Gm 4 - 201
All in all a pretty good Sunday! Any day with bowling is considered a good day to me! Hahaha~
Saturday, March 17, 2012
|Walking towards the Flyer from its carpark|
|Can see the outside of the Singapore Food Trail from the bridge linking the carpark to the main building|
|Stalls that looked like they time-travelled from the 70s|
|Can even see double yellow lines!|
|Clockwise from bottom : Ngoh Hiang, Popiah, Chicken Rice, Fried Oysters, Rojak, Satay Bee Hoon|
|The Flea Market @ F1 Pit Building|
|All ladies'/girls' stuff...|
Friday, March 16, 2012
|My hands on the new iPad!!!|
|The rear of the iPad|
Thursday, March 15, 2012
|Map of the zoo|
|The animal show|
|Some monkey climbing on a vine over the audience|
The animal show was a bit disappointing for me. I thought there were going to be more actions and animals gracing the stage. I guess its a zoo and not a circus. After the show we followed the recommended itinery and followed the feeding trail. We saw the feeding for the white rhinos, cheetahs and lions among others. Compared to sunny days when the animals would take their food back under the shade, the rainy day actually made the air cool enough that they actually just eat out in the open. 1 positive point for the rainy day~~ Along the way we also saw a new area being developed for future exhibits like the pandas and a river safari. That means another trip here next year!
|New panda enclosure coming soon!|
|White rhinos getting their afternoon feed|
|Up close with the cheetahs|
|The cheetahs getting their chicken meat|
|The lions looked so magnificent!|
|Lunch was quite ok for me~~|
|Chicken rice for me. Fried food for the rest~ Not a common scene!|
|Baby J in front of 2 roaming monkeys|
|Bunnies at the KidzWorld|
|J getting a feel of a bunny|
|Goats and more goats|
|A waterpark for the children. Too bad we didn't pretty swimming suits|
|Malayan Sun Bear|
|Manatee during feeding|
|A giraffe against the evening backdrop|
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
|Early morning flight to HK...|
|The hell that was TST... too many smokers!|
Managed to catch up with my closest HKUST classmates on a Friday evening and we all had a great time catching up. Everyone loved to play with J and we proceeded to my hotel room even after our dinner.
|Baby J visits HKUST~|
February also saw my return to league bowling. Definitely rusty due to work commitments but I bit the bullet and went ahead. Needless to say my first few games were crap~ New bowling balls didn't help my cause~ But the season is long and I'm sure I will improve... provided I have the opportunity to improve. Because I also started by golf lessons at Asian Golf Institute.
Life with Baby J, bowling, golf and plotting how to earn more money, buying a bigger house and replacing the car takes up all 24 hours of my life! Every moment of my life is important because we never know when we will sleep and not wake up.
A friend of mine passed away in his sleep on a Thursday morning. All I know is he has been working on this project for his company and has been working hard. Even a day before he passed away he was updating his FB wall on how the project may go either way, glory for all involved or crash-and-burn. Little did any of us know that would have been his last transmission. Subsequently it was his elder sister who has been updating his FB wall with what little information we all had of how he passed on. Even till today we still have no idea what killed him...
Should we let our job dictate how we live our life? Should we let it kill us? Did the job kill him or did he let his job kill him? We will never know until we next meet on the other side. If I have one major regret this year that would have been the failure to organise a bigger gathering for the entire HKUST cohort. But given his busy schedule I doubt he would have been able to make the appointment anyway... or maybe he could? I will never know... He left behind a lasting memory of a friend who always have a smile~
Monday, March 12, 2012
|Goodie Bags for kids!|
|This is what I got for my dear son~ His fave toy now!|
|Home-made banner! A few of us came up with this in one night!|
|Balloons from Parkway Parade~|
|Balloons all around the poolside~|
|3-tier cake with a replica of our dog, J's best friend!|
|Toys galore for the little prince~|