I bought two Gandiva vouchers through Ensogo. Unfortunately, we were late for our appointment. At first, the Gandiva personnel refused to accommodate us, saying that our appointment had become invalid since we were more than 15 minutes late. We were at fault, no argument about that, but we were still hoping that we would be accommodated since all the other voucher merchants had accommodated us even if we were late. I got a little annoyed when the Gandiva guy stated that the 15-minute limitation was printed on the voucher when it was not. Anyway, after a few minutes, he said that he would ask his boss. The voucher cost P300 each. Bf and I did not want to kiss our P600 goodbye so we crossed our fingers. When the Gandiva personnel returned, he said they would accommodate us. Whew! and Yipee!
Even though we were off in a not-too-smooth a start, that Gandiva guy assisted us well during our stay. He was the one who briefed us newbies on how to use the equipment and how things were done in the archery area.
First, he taught us how to attach the bracer (arm guard that protected the inside of the arm holding the bow from being hit by the bow string and that prevented clothes from catching the string) and finger tab (for the fingers of the other hand). He attached our paper targets on the boards and brought us our bows and metal arrows contained in quivers. Bf's quiver was a belt-type one while mine had a hook for attaching to a belt hoop. He then told us how to position ourselves and how to draw and fire an arrow.
To prevent accidental death and loss of body parts, the archers had to retrieve their arrows from the target boards all at the same time. A signal was given before the archers were to approach the boards and another when the archers were to start shooting arrows. While waiting for others to finish, we could rest our bows on the Y-shaped stands.
|bows resting on bow stands|
I was hoping for a beginner's luck, like what I had when I first fired a pistol. Alas, luck was nowhere to be found that day. Instead, I sucked. I did not even hit any of the three concentric yellow circles in the middle. Kinda disgraceful since I was a Green Archer. Despite the suck, we enjoyed the experience.
Click here for a review of Gandiva Cafe's food.
The problem with our Ensogo voucher
Halfway through our session, another Gandiva personnel approached us. Apparently, he checked our vouchers and on his list, one of our vouchers was already marked Used. He couldn't tell us when it was used though so I didn't know how that happened. Was it a glitch on Ensogo's Web site? Did someone from Gandiva mistakenly mark our voucher? Did someone hack my Ensogo account then made a fake ID, and pretended to be me (a bit farfetched). Anyway, since we were already halfway through (no backing out) and it was a Saturday (Ensogo's office was closed), we just paid the regular price and would refund that voucher. Since my previous refund experience with Ensogo was terrible, I cringed and mentally screamed Oh no, not again!
Update: I got my refund.
Update: I got my refund.
Gandiva Cafe and Archery Range
7F One Corporate Center
Julia Vargas Ave cor. Meralco Ave.
Ortigas, Pasig City, Metro Manila