Last week, I joined our organization’s ad-hoc team in testing out their games for an event set on March. They wanted to polish all aspects of the games, specifically the mechanics so that when the event comes there would be no problems in execution.
I arrived late in the venue, the UP Amphitheatre, because I visited the Shopping Centre to check if they have some materials for my Forensics class. The group was already cuddled up in a circle, discussing a game they played a few minutes before I came. Though the atmosphere was kind of intense, a few smiles from the people there can be seen. Enjoying, eh? With the same degree of enthusiasm, I waited for the next round.
After the discussions, the new game was then introduced. It was a spin off from the Filipino game Tumbang Preso. The same mechanics apply: Armed with a rubber slipper, you will try to hit a can guarded by a person from the opposing team in a limited time. I already knew the game, and ahem, was a master of it way back then so I am a bit confident.
We are the first to take the offensive side. I borrowed a slipper from one of my team-mates and readied my self. As soon as the referee signalled the start of the game, I launched the first attack. The slipper I threw nearly hit the can with the opposing team’s “goalee” quick enough in blocking it. Frustrated, I requested the slipper of one of my team-mates. I threw once more. Unfortunately, it missed again to the delight of the other team. Arrgh!
A routine of hit and block soon emerged as the time runs out. Luckily, a speedy slipper hit the can in time for me and my team to get the thrown slippers. I laughed tremendously, up to the point that my cheeks felt like a worn out muscle after a day in the gym. It was the first time to laugh like that in years. And I really missed the feeling.
Sometimes, we need breaks from the daily requirements of school and work. A little stretching and a dose of fun to break the monotony of paper works, interviews, assignments and all. Of course, there’s nothing more precious than sharing the fun with your friends. So what’s next? Patintero or Luksong Baka? I say, Bring it on!