Yes! It was that time again…..filipino basketball tournament time!
Though it was a 4 hour drive, I managed to get there fully awake and ready to see what our basketball team could do. We checked into our hotel and the greatest thing was right beside us. Yup…It was a McDONALDS! Late night munchies solved with a selection from the value pick menu and infinite refills that could satisfy hundreds of thirsty athletes.
Our team didn’t do too well… we actually lost all our games. However, it was a great to see how sport brings together many different cities and people. From little kids to the seniors of 30 years and above – playing basketball. Who says competitiveness decreases as you age? Those seniors and masters that played in that division were as competitive as the much younger athletes.
A great coincidence was that our hotel was near the shore of the windsor/detroit tunnel. It was about a 5 minute walk from our hotel. The last night of tournament we made our way over there and caught some fireworks that occupied the sky and reflected on the water.
Here’s to having a great time with great people! And here’s to sport being such an amazing life teacher !
Sunday, August 17th 2014
As soon as I realized I had no work scheduled on Sunday I did some quick thinking…
Summer would not be complete without a spontaneous visit to somewhere – and BAAM! why not CNE?
I called up my trusty companions (aka Rehab Crew) and I invited them out to this land of overpriced food and rigged games.
I ended up getting to the grounds first and decided to walk around and have some well deserved “me” time. Though I admit I didn’t get the chance to walk around the whole park, with a brochure in my hand I picked a couple of sites to check out. With just a bag and a camera, I wandered off snapping pictures of the rides and of random people. A family caught me taking pictures of them and ran away as soon as I tried to take another. At that point I realized how creepy a little short filipino with a camera by himself was, but I shrugged it off and was on my way.
I ended up stopping by the Direct Energy Center where there was a Celebrity Expert Stage and numerous vendors. Further back within the center was a unique gardening showcase area and a sand sculpting competition. YEAH I REPEAT, A SAND SCULPTING COMPETITION. A ton of people were crowding around the remaining artists in the sand pit – in complete awe of their work. There was an old looking fellow who effortlessly made a sculpture of different sized rocks balancing on one another and I happened to catch the intensity of the moment…
Soon after I headed back to the entrance of the CNE and hung out at the Pan-Am Sports Zone where all games were free (this obviously was my favourite area in the park). Just in time, the crew appeared and it was time take a second lap around the park.
I came to CNE with the mission of spending only 15 dollars on games and food. Yeah, mission completed – no big deal. I spent $13 on games : $5 for 3 shots at a basketball game, $5 at a water gun game and the rest at this little bowling game. I lost every single game. But I did win memories.. (cue sappy music here)
We took full advantage of all the free stuff : the pan-am sports zone where we played wheel chair basketball, watched the CNE junior rising star talent show, & YEAH A WATER RE-FILLING STATION.
This was one of the performances. YEAH! This little girl did a somersault like about 123889217 times and landed them like a boss.
Duncan’s reaction was like..
Overall, t’was a Sunday Fun-day!
I am heavily thinking of going back just to catch the finals of the CNE rising star talent competition – those people are amazingly talented.
P.S How do you like them GIF’s?