table mountain

One Winter weekend in 2013, the VendAsta troupe embarked on another exciting trip to unwind and make the most of the weather. 🙂 The continuous banter and laughter kept our minds off the hour and a half drive to Table Mountain aboard our chartered bus.

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inside the bus…

Jack and Bella
Jack and Bella… my playmates…

Some opted to ski and… I decided to take snowboarding lessons with some of the other VendAsta peepz… (click here to check out how the lessons went… it’s sooooo…. :p).

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Jeff & Violet… getting ready to ski!

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Scott & Dan want to snowboard!

Bella and Jack
Bella & Jack… on top of Table mountain… TheCuriousMe is soo jealous…

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Aussie Alan and TheCuriousMe… nervously waiting for our snowboarding lesson

After a very eventful day, all of us met up in the chalet for a chillaxin’ moment with the VendAsta bear before going back to Toon City. See below for the snapshots:

allan and bella kushal and rebecca
bear with tony bear with thecuriousme and jellybean
bear with scott and brent bear with jeff guy and dan

Until next adventure… I’m lovin’ Winter! Woot! 😉
(Except in -45 to -50 degrees Celsius weather… 😦 )

skating

One Friday afternoon in 2013, with zero knowledge and background on skating, I excitedly joined the VendAsta troupe on the public ice skating rink downtown in Toon City.

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nice background Allan… ok.. and also the pose. 🙂

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scared mouse!

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Scott showing off!

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glide… glide… glide…

I grabbed a chair in order for me to get movin’ which also helped me balance and not stumble while skating. The most challenging part for me was climbing a REALLY tiny hill to get up to the rink… I got stuck on that spot.

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Alan also doesn’t know how to skate!

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my ice walker… :p

Nathan P had to help me tighten my skates so I could skate “better” and gave me a push to get me over the hill.

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with Nathan P
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After my first lap, I decided I’d had enough skating for that day and opted to hang out and chat with my colleagues.

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standing without ice walker 😀

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with Cody and Andreas

In any case. watching Michael Christian Martinez* and Kim Yuna** effortlessly glide, spin, jump and do other complicated techniques on the ice skating rink makes me wonder… how in the world did they do that?

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P. S.
* Michael Christian Martinez is the only figure skating athlete from South East Asia in the Sochi Winter Olympics 2014 and the Philippines first Winter Olympics representative ever. Coming from a country without winter, he’s absolutely amazing! More support from the Philippine government please… Michael deserves it!

** Kim Yuna is the figure skating representative of South Korea. She took home the figure skating gold and silver medal in the Vancouver Winter Olympics 2010 and the Sochi Winter Olympics 2014 respectively. I had goosebumps while watching her perform. Such passion and grace!