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Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks

February 6, 2011

Well, I hate to call myself an ‘old dog’, but I guess a rose by any other name smells as sweet. So, even calling myself a ‘young dog’ is not going to change the facts! My husband has encouraged me over the years to learn to play golf. I have made the decision to play twice before in my life. At the time, I played a game of golf each time. The clubs were heavy, I really didn’t have lessons, and I couldn’t hit the ball half the time! I could think of a myriad of other things I would rather be doing, scrubbing the grout in the bathtub, cleaning lint out of the dryer tube, and anything else that popped into my head!

Before moving to Singapore, I decided that I was going to try one more time. After all, I am an empty nester, and I have not committed all my time to volunteer opportunities yet, so I might as well give it a try. I thought it would be nice if my husband and I could share some enjoyment in the sport.

I have taken two golf lessons now, and with no other background, we took a two day trip to Batam, Indonesia over the Chinese New Year holidays. We really had a wonderful time. I played 9 holes on Thursday, and 18 holes on Friday! I didn’t keep score, but for playing golf for the 3rd time in my life, I didn’t think that I played that badly! On one Par 3 hole, I actually hit the green in three and sunk the ball in another 3. I know that isn’t spectacular, but for a beginner, I was excited!

We had a wonderful time during the Chinese New Year holiday! It was so much fun. Here is the New Year tree in the hotel lobby –

There was a celebratory dinner, Thursday, the 3rd of February, and it started with the traditional Yusheng toss. Basically, food items that are auspicious to the new year, are placed on a platter, and everyone takes chopsticks and they give everything a toss.

The traditional lion dance. I love the movement of the lion, it is magical!

I am playing 9 holes on Thursday. Am I becoming a golf nut?

Happy Quilting . . .






3 Comments leave one →
  1. February 7, 2011 3:37 am

    Glad you are enjoying a new hobby. I retired my golf clubs when my first husband drove the cart into the woods, handed me a tree limb and told me maybe I could do better with that. I chose tears instead of life in prison and have never touched a golf club again. Great photos of Chinese New Year. How fun.

    • Nalasa Designs permalink
      February 7, 2011 6:13 pm

      Debby, that is terrible! I had to laugh though, if that had been my husband’s comment, I might be in prison now. lol. We will see how it goes. I am going to put in a lot of effort this spring to see if I get to a point of enjoyment.

  2. February 9, 2011 6:24 am

    What fun! I grew up in a family of golfers and I tried–I did, really–to learn to hit that tiny, wee ball with the great long skinny club, but to little avail. If we ever meet, I can share (over a bottle of wine) some really humiliating, but now funny, stories about my failed attempts. Funny thing, once in a while I think about trying again. I caddied for my dad and always loved that part of being on the course–fresh air, hills to climb, and so on. Thanks also for the great New Year’s images. I can almost hear the music and smell the food!

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