Marked 57 months with Andrea on Friday, and it was a pretty jampacked weekend.
Friday: Met up with the Angels (plus Jeng!) for our monthly meet-up at Conti’s. It was supposedly a dress fitting at Rosa Clara, but unfortunately, the consultant wasn’t around to accommodate our group. SADFACE (FORREALZ!). I was kind of looking forward to trying dresses on seeing Andrea in a wedding dress. (HAH!) I am secretly still wedding-fevered. ONE DAY, LOVE! Only about halfway there (if we’re to make it like these guys — tying the knot this November after 11 years of togetherness! I LOVE LOVE.)
(Under cut: Bowling, Krav Maga, all the other photos)
Saturday: Had a somewhat good bowling game with Team MassKara. YOU WAIT FOR US NEXT YEAR GUYS WE WILL BE AMAZING.
Andrea went to Fete dela Musique, which I skipped. She also attended a pottery workshop (insert Unchained Melody here. Also: Remember this video?) Clearly, she wins at life on Saturdays.
Sunday: Monthsary Super-Date — Lunch at Chef d’Angelo, then Krav Maga Safety Workshop (Defense against Assaults in Public Transit), then dinner at La Creperie at Eastwood before our first bowling date. ♥
Oo, kami na ang magjowang gustong nagsasakitan to celebrate our monthsary HAHA — my wrist hurts like hell (no puns no puns) from all that Krav Maga practice / all that time I had to pretend I was a knife-wielding thief that Andrea had to subdue.
Dindo de Jesus, country director of the International Krav Maga Federation in the Philippines, led the four-hour workshop held at the LTO Main Office on East Ave. in Quezon City, which featured actual demos on a PARTAS BUS I KID YOU NOT. It was pretty neat.
Situations discussed during the workshop involved:
1) A person who pushes up uncomfortably against you from behind — either to pick your pocket or to basically just harass you (unarmed)
2) A knife-wielding person who attacks from behind
3) A gun-wielding person who attacks a busload of passengers in a hold-up situation
Pretty nerve-wracking stuff; de Jesus was careful to note that the Krav Maga techniques were to be used ONLY IF YOU HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO FIGHT (e.g. If you’re a law enforcer — frankly, as a civilian, if attacked with someone with a gun, I’d just hand my wallet over) but everyone as in EVERYONE had a chance to disarm one of the IKMF guys who roleplayed as bad guys whose script included actually boarding the bus and announcing an actual hold-up, complete with a toy gun and YELLING. It was a pretty tense thing, especially with all that shouting, but I’m thankful to have experienced it. (When it was my turn, I accidentally hit the IKMF guy in the face, it was embarrassing.)
ANYWAY — next time you meet Drea and me, you’d probably have a Krav Maga demo. I hope by then my wrist is better.
To stay in the loop re: their various workshops all over the metro — from what we’ve heard, there’s an all-girl seminar in the works, and we’re totally in that when it comes around — you may get in touch with IKMF via Facebook on (facebook.com/IKMF.Philippines), Twitter (@ikmfphilippines) or through (0917) 8942728. Superb team over here, thanks for having us!
BOWLING! LOL it was a horrible game, and I hope it was by no means an indication of my game this coming Saturday. Also: Andrea can make her ball spin! How on EARTH.
Here’s to nearly five years of going on all sorts of adventures together. I love you, love!
PS. Andrea’s post re: this weekend on her LiveJournal here.