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Filipino Food Dish: Sinigang

After a round of golf, the Pinoy Golfer would order something to eat from the waiter of the Clubhouse and he needs something, a dish that has soup that could replenish his perspiration. In most cases, the Pinoy Golfer would order “Sinigang”. This is a food dish which has a sour soup with a fish or meat and vegetables in it.

When I was in Grade School, this was the first food dish my mother would teach me to cook. Depending on the number of people who would share the dish, consider the amount of water to be placed on the cooking pan and the amount of fish or meat to be cooked with it.

Cooking a Sinigang dish is very simple. Boil at least 3-4 cups of water in a cooking pot; put chopped ripe tomatoes, at least 3-4 medium size; 2 pieces of ginger as big as the thumb, pressed and chopped; any sour fruit that is chopped (peeled ripe guava without the seeds or fresh green tamarind); half-kilo of fish, bangus/milkfish or lapu-lapu/maya-maya or salmon’s head are the prefered ones or half-kilo of meat, pork neck bones or pork meat from the belly; green leafy vegetables like pechay leaves or kangkong/camote leaves; and salt to taste. Once the water is boiling, place the tomatoes, ginger, and the sour fruit and let the flavor from these ingredients mixed with the water. Taste the water if it has the sour taste already and simmer the pot. Slowly, put the fish or meat at the pot. When the meat or fish is cooked, mix the vegetables and salt. Once the vegetables are blanched and slightly cooked, remove the pot from the stove and the sinigang dish is ready to be served.

In the absence of sour tasting fruits, a lot of fresh ripe tomatoes, chopped and cooked-well, with the boiling water would be enough to make the soup sour. Adding some spoonful of vinegar would be the last resort to make the fish/meat stew sour. To give a better taste to the meat or fish, the Pinoy Golfer could ask some spoonful of “patis” or salted fish sauce which could be added or used as a “dip” or mixed with the soup. 

Today, it is easier to cook sinigang because there are “sinigang broth mix” packs available at the grocery stores. This broth packs are mixed with the boiling waiter and just place the meat or fish with it and mix it with any available green leafy vegetables and you have already a hot sour stew.

Aside from my Pinoy golf buddies, most of my friends from other countries who regularly play in the military golf courses in Metro Manila attest to their preference to eat Singang after a game of golf. Their wives are requested to cook Sinigang for lunch at home when these foreigners play golf or even practice in the golf driving range.

My favorite dish is the Sinigang Salmon’s Head at the Camp Aguinaldo Golf Course which is available all-year round. If you have the chance to play in this golf course, try it!

 

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This is Hole # 16, the Signature Hole, of the Fairways and Bluewater Resort Golf and Country Club in Boracay Island. It is Par 3. 143 yards at the Yellow Tee/131 yards at the Blue Tee. It has a Handicap of 18.

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Raffle Prizes

Almost every week, there are golf tournaments that the Pinoy Golfer could join and compete, most especially in the military golf courses in Metro Manila. In my experience of more than one year assignment in Camp Aguinaldo (seat of the General Headquarters of the Armed Forces of the Phlipines), the Camp Aguinaldo Golf Course caters to at least 35 Golf Clubs whose members are being spread out from the different professionals, businessmen, doctors, politicians, actors, active & retired military personnel, and other groups of individuals. Most of these Golf Clubs conduct monthly tournaments.

The centerpoint of these tournaments are the raffle prizes that the lucky Pinoy Golfer/s could bring home to make his wife happy as these raffles prizes serve as “gifts” to the woman in the house. These tournaments have a corresponding ticket which amounts to two thousand to two thousand five hundred pesos per piece (P2,000-P2,500). In each ticket, it has a stub for the raffle prizes, a stub for the green fee & caddy fee, and a stub for the snacks & meals at designated snack bars along the golf course. The most important stub in one’s ticket is the raffle prize. The Pinoy Golfer would personally place his stub at the raffle bin/”tambiolo” just to be sure that he is included in the raffle.

I know of so many golfers who have completed their house appliances in their homes, from electric fans to flat irons to refrigirators and TV and air-conditoners. Most of the time for an ordinary tournament, the major prizes would be a 20-inch TV, a 10-cubic inch refrigirator, or an air-con unit (1.5 HP). Sometimes, there are also some minor prizes. In bigger and more prestigious tournaments supported and financed by well-known corporate sponsors, the prize for the “Hole-In-One”, if not taken by a lucky golfer who makes a “hole-in-one” in a designated hole, becomes a Raffle Prize! Most of the prizes in this category are brand-new cars!

I know of so many Pinoy Golfers who would join golf tournaments with the sole purpose of hoping to bring home one of the major raffle prizes.

I will never forget my experiences in so many tournaments where so many times I won Hair Dryer/Blower. It was really funny to be bringing home such items which I can not use because I am bald.

The truth is, raffle prizes in tournaments, is becoming the reason of a golfer-husband to have a valid reason to be out of the house during weekends and free from the guarding eyes of the wife. With a cheap stand electric fan or a flat iron or an oven toaster brought home by the husband could be a satisfaction from the eyes of the wife that her husband really participated in a tournament, it could be otherwise, as the husband could have bought the said item in one of the appliance stores and “wandered around” in other places except at the golf course.

But this “raffle prize” thing is no longer effective “alibi” for the golfer-husband to be away from the wife. My golf friend made a mistake on this. He did not know that his wife removed the Sand Wedge from his Golf Bag before he left for the golf tournament. When my friend returned home with an Oven Toaster as the item he won in the “golf tournament”, the wife asked him how many times did his ball landed on the Sand Trap. Of course, my friend proudly said that he almost landed in all the Sand Traps in the golf course but he luckily managed to bring his ball to the green and was able to save more strokes on his score. Well, my friend was immediately attacked by his wife with his Sand Wedge on her hands.

Moral lesson of the story? Play a legitimate golf tournament and hope to win a raffle prize and never use the tournament as an “alibi”. Be sure to physically check the contents of your golf bag and see if one of your golf clubs is missing.

More golf tournaments to join means more home appliances for the house…and the other houses.

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Lacoste Shirts

When I visited Bangkok, Thailand for an educational tour in 1997, the tourist guide would tell us that Filipinos are fond of the Lacoste T-shirt. We just laughed because we knew that the fake Lacoste T-shirts being sold at Greenhills came from Bangkok, Thailand.

In golf, the Pinoy Golfer would be proud to wear his Lacoste shirt, not a fake one, even if it is already old and faded. He wants to wear the loose golf shirts from Lacoste because it an expensive shirt and he looks “cool” and fresh wearing the bright and pastel colors of the shirt. The Pinoy Golfer is not only satisfied to wear a Golf Shirt but he tries also to pair it with a Lacoste Golf Pants and Lacoste Golf Shoes.

I like also to wear the Lacoste shirt, not because it’s the status symbol among golfers, but I like the stiffness of the collar. I am fond of having a “standing collar” with my Cotton Pique Lacoste shirt while playing golf. The collar does not bend or fall as compared to other expensive Golf Shirts. Playing with a standing collar would protect the nape from the heat of the sun when you tend to bend when putting your ball on the green. Sporting a standing collar would also give you a “mean-look” to your opponent of which you are much better looking if you are also wearing a nice sports sunglasses.

It is advisable not to wear “fake” Lacoste apparel in the golf course with your golfmates because it is sending a message that you are also a “fake”. The Pinoy Golfer being fond of Lacoste could determine a real from a fake one at a distance.

Seldom you could see Sports Lacoste Cotton Long-Sleeved T-shirts in Lacoste outlets because they are being bought immediately by Pinoy Golfers. This is the most sought after Golf Shirt by the Pinoy Golfer because it covers the whole length of the arms as it protects the player from the heat of the sun and it has a good selection of colors with it. 

For you want to look good and feel good in the golf course, wear a “real” Lacoste shirt during your golf game. Get the pastel colored ones. If you have a nice body and flat stomach, buy and wear the latest stretchable cotton pique Lacoste shirts.

Lastly, don’t forget to sport a “standing collar” look with your Lacoste shirt.

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Good-Looking Lady Caddy and/or Umbrella Girl

Pinoy Golfers are the most pampered and well-served players in the world. In the golf courses that I’ve seen and played in the United States and other ASEAN countries, most of their golf courses do not have any caddies, moreso, no umbrella girls. But in the Philippines, any golfer can enjoy both–a caddy and an umbrella girl.

The Philippine Army Golf Course has lady caddies and umbrella girls. The rest of the military golf courses in Metro Manila (Camp Aguinaldo, Philippine Navy, & Villamor Air Base Golf Course) have male caddies but they offer umbrella girls. In other “high-end” golf course outside Metro Manila, they have both lady caddies and umbrella girls (like Fontana/Clark Golf Course; Fairways & Bluewater Golf Club in Boracay; and others).

The Pinoy Golfer likes to play with a lady caddy and an umbrella girl. Not only that, they want a good-looking lady caddy and/or an umbrella girl. It is my personal observation that the “looks” of the lady caddy/an umbrella girl has a direct connection with the result of my golf game. If I have good-looking caddy/umbrella, I have a better rythym and a better score. It had been tested and I proved it to be true! I usually call this “Jovie’s Theory” in playing golf.

Visualize this, what is your temperament if your caddy is ugly? Of course, your concentration and focus to your game are affected and it will lead to your worst round of golf. You are not relaxed and comfortable because you are mad why in a hell that Caddy Master gave you an ugly one! In golf, you must be cool, relaxed and your body muscles are loose. The main opponent in golf is yourself! So, if you are mad and “hot-tempered” because you don’t like the face of your caddy or umbrella girl, be ready to lose with your bet or re-negotiate with your golfmates on your bet.

On the opposite situation, if my caddy and umbrella girl are “good-looking”, I am 100% sure that I have a nice game and sometimes win some money for an “extra tip” for them. 

In one instance, I heard an old golfer complaining to the Caddy Master why he was given a “not so good-looking & chubby” lady caddy. The old golfer said to the Caddy Master that he does not want that “as if his wife is guarding him all the time up to the golf course and telling him what to do!”. The old golfer had a valid reason and he got the youngest and most beautiful among the lady caddies. After 18 holes, I lost Five Hundred Pesos in my game to this old golfer!  

Whenever I play golf at the Philippine Army Golf Course, the Caddy Master always provide me with the best-looking available caddy and umbrella girl. This gives me the pleasure to play more concentrated and focused on my golf swing and more positive ball strikes with my golf club. Having a “good-looking lady caddy & umbrella girl” will also be a source of envy from your golfmates in a “golf flight” and this will distract the concentration of your opponents to the game of golf.

My advice? Get the Best and you will end up as the Best Player!

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The first thing that a person should know before driving/hitting golf balls at the driving range and getting to the golf course to play is the basic etiquette in golf. These are very basic but most of the time, older golfers would violate these “time-tested” rules of courtesy and finesse. After knowing the basic golf etiquette, every player should know the Rules of Golf. However, I will first deal with the basic golf etiquette I’ve learned.

1) Maintain Silence—When a player is addressing a ball before hitting it, you should maintain silence.

2) Keep yourself “Out of Sight”—Do not stand at the sides of the player hitting the ball or immediately infront of the player.

3) Distance of Ball From the Hole/Green—The player who has his ball farthest from the green/hole, plays first. The same etiquette is observed in the putting green.

4) Correcting One’s Swing/Telling One’s Fault or Mistake—This is the most memorable golf etiquette I learned from Ernie B, my classmate and golf buddy. He does not tell me my mistakes or fault while we are playing golf on the course. He waits until we finish the game and gives me suggestions where I could improve my swing and game. Most of the players immediately make comments and feedback on what went wrong with your swing and also give you corrective measures.

5)  No Movements—Do not move when a player is addressing the ball.

6)  Use Your Own Golf Set—While playing golf on the course, do not ask to use any club from the golf set of another player.

7)  Asking a Player What Club He Used—After making good shot and hit on the ball, you are not supposed to ask the player what club did he used to have the ball landing on the green or near the green.

8)  Complimentary Words—Always say words of praise to nice shots made by your co-players. Words like “Nice shot” would be a praise appreciated by the player.

9)  Honesty is paramount in the game of golf.

10) Cursing and Shouting—Strictly, there should be no shouting or cursing of a player who just made a bad shot or a miss putt.

11)  Shouting of “Fore”—Make sure you shout “Fore” if your golf ball “on play” appears to hit a player or players or persons ahead of you. The shouting of “Fore” gives a warning for an incoming wayward ball towards another person.

12)  Playing Golf always follow the “Summer Rule”—Always make the practice and habit to play your golf ball where it landed on the fairway. Do not try “to secretly fix” the position of your ball with your club or shoes.

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Rolex Watch

The only distinct jewelry the Pinoy Golfer can wear in a round of golf is the wristwatch. For him to make a statement to his golfmates is to wear an expensive Swiss Watch. Rolex Watch is the most prestigious and known watch by Pinoy Golfers. It symbolizes prestige, power, success, strength, and accuracy. To a Pinoy Golfer, he makes judgment or opinion about the background or status in the society on another golfer from the kind of watch he is wearing. Wearing an expensive watch, like Rolex, would invite respect & good impression about the wearer. 

If you are wearing a Rolex Watch, there is no need to brag about it. Moreso, there is no need to wear gold or two-tone or with diamonds Rolex watch in golf games.  A stainless steel Sports or Diver’s Rolex is enough.

Sometimes, if there are no more topics to be discussed after the game of golf, Rolex watch becomes the topic of discussion most especially when most of the golfers on the table are wearing such. If you happen to ask someone, how much he paid for the watch most especially if it is the later model, he will answer that the watch was a “gift” from his wife and that’s the end of discussion. If a Rolex watch is a “vintage” one, you can conclude that it was inherited from the parents or old folks.

It is suggested that if you play golf with somebody or invited to play with the members of the corporate world or foreigners for the first time, you should wear a Rolex Watch. However, beware not to wear a fake one because your golfmates will conclude that you are also a “fake”.

So, if you want to gain respect in golf courses and in the game of golf, invest, at least, in a stainless steel Rolex Watch.

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