22 July 2014

July 22, 2014

Hi everyone!

It’s time for the President’s Cup Badminton Doubles Open! Here are the top 6 reasons you should join this tournament:

You can: 

1. Demonstrate your manly (or, OK, womanly, gaily, whatever) skill at propelling an oddly shaped object, resembling the Apollo XI space capsule, but made out of feathers, over a net that seems unfairly high, compared to the adjacent tennis courts, using a racket that seems like the kiddie version of a tennis racket, but costing at least as much;

2. Shout invective at the top of your lungs in an enclosed and highly resonant space, and, on the sidelines, speculate and argue heatedly about the origin and meaning of the word “shuttlecock”;

3. Sweat copiously, and appear, to casual observers, that you are straining every muscle in your body and having an excellent workout, even though, actually, it’s just the humidity, and you are drinking way too much “sports drink”;

4. Apropos of the above, treat yourself to a steak at Mark’s Prime Rib afterwards, thus negating the 31.48 calories you may have allegedly burned, mostly by constantly bending over and tightening your shoelaces, with your expensive racket clutched between your knees;

5. Look really good in shorts, and view other members looking equally good in shorts (this is a double-edged sword, isn’t it?);

6. And, most importantly, have a great time, ridiculing others worse than you... unless there is no one worse than you.

7. Champions get complimentary overnight stays at Balesin Island Club! Runners-up get free dinner for two at any TCC outlet! Trophies all around! Did we say top 6 reasons? We meant 7.


 Please click here to view the President's Cup Badminton Doubles Tournament Details.

And, if you have always felt that badminton is seriously lacking in such moves as standing on your head, while roundhouse-kicking innocent bystanders, we’re bringing Capoeira to The City Club! Capoeira as easy to do, as it is to pronounce! Okay, slightly harder. But you’ll be speaking Brazilian. 

We’re offering free classes from July 21 to August 2, Mondays and Wednesdays from 7:30PM - 9:30PM

Originating in Brazil, Capoeira is both a dance and a martial art. Brazilians were prohibited by the Portuguese colonists from practicing any form of martial art, so their fight training was hidden in the guise of dance. The result is a martial art, with music, that’s really fun to watch. The truth is, it’s not particularly deadly, but hey, neither is wushu, and that has swords and spears and stuff. 

Alessandro “Fantasma” (“Ghost” or “Spirit") Coqueiro, from Brazil, the head of Escola Brasileira de Capoeira, will be offering the free classes, and we are very lucky to have him teach his undiluted style of Capoeira (shown in photo). As you can see, it involves long, curved sticks. And tambourines. And chicks in tank tops. How bad could it be?

See you at the club!

Apa “Palhaço” Ongpin
General Manager