Simulation Paintball

Hey everyone, welcome back to my hobbies and leisure blog. I just got back from my first paintball simulation match and it was so intense! We simulated the US army and some Opfor soldier fighting for control of a small Favela and had over 100 players competing! I have never been in anything this massive and I must say this was one of the best experience of my life.

paintball simultor

For those who have no clue what I am talking about, paintball simulations are simulations of real military engagements with all paintball equipment. This means paintball guns that look like real rifles, handguns and machine guns and even grenades that spray paint everywhere. Some players even have knives that act as a paintbrush, which is slightly cheesy but still cool. I managed to but some paintball claymores before the match, and they saved us a couple times! Basically everything you use is similar to something that would be used in the military, but non lethal.

As for the actual simulation, I was on the USAF side and was assaulting the village. We had our group spread out, and with sniper support we attacked the village from two sides while having a third group do a delayed attack on the back, with both sides sweeping around the front after the delayed attack started. This allowed up push the enemy together and then ultimately encircle them. We won quickly after we had them surrounded, and it was amazing!

If you are already a fan of paintball, try out paintball simulation sometime. Finding a game near you is easy, and people are very friendly! Try it for yourself then let me know what you think in the comments below. Peace everyone!


Ballroom dancing

Hi everyone, how are we all doing today? Thanks for checking out my hobbies and leisure blog. I’ve had a bit of a busy week, taking my first ballroom dancing lessons this week.  I managed to find the best price for ballroom dance costumes here;

Ballroom Dancing

Ballroom dancing can be a hard hobby to get into.  It can be incredibly challenging in that it demands your full attention and focus.  You also have to be incredibly determined to succeed in it, and put a lot of time in.  However, it can be incredibly fulfilling and exciting, and is a great way to have fun with your partner.  You might find it’s the best time you’ve had in a long time. Plus, added bonus it has some of the funniest dance move names since I learnt some Golf terminology.


What is Ballroom dancing

When we talk about ballroom dancing we normally talk about International Style competition dances.  For this ballroom dancing is split into 2 different styles; Standard and Latin.  Whilst the two styles differ immensely in technique, style, rhythm and costumes, they both illustrate control, and working in sync with a partner. There are 5 different Standard dances, and 5 different Latin style dances. Most people will practice both areas of International Style competition dances, although some will just practice standard dancing, and other latin dancing.


The 5 ballroom dancing styles are; Waltz, Tango, Viennese Waltz, Foxtrot and Quickstep.  These range from 28 bars per minute to 60 bars per minute.  

Music you will expect to hear: Frank Sinatra, Michael Buble, Big Band, Orchestral works.



For the Latin ballroom dancing; Samba, Cha-cha-cha, Rumba, Paso Doble and Jive.

These range from 24 bars per minute to 56 bars per minute.

Music you will expect to hear: Latin music, Shakira, Elvis, Big Band swing.

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How do I get into ballroom dancing?

If you are interested in getting into ballroom dancing then your first step should be to watch plenty of ballroom dancing.  Thanks to reality tv, there is thousands of hours of ballroom dancing at your disposal to watch and learn about.

How much will it cost me?

One of the biggest draws of ballroom dancing is the cost. Thanks to the high cost of costumes, shoes, competitions, travel costs and tuition. However, there are ways to lower the cost to yourself. One of the best ways to share the cost is by getting your partner involved with yourself. Making something a joint hobby is a great way to share the costs out. Travel, training and competing costs can all be shared. Another great way to lower the costs is to look at purchasing cheap or second hand costumes.  You can buy cheap fashion items from online classified ads websites such as

What do I wear?

There’s a big difference between the type of outfit you will be wearing for your classes, and for competing. For classes, most dance studios will be able to provide you with information regarding their dress code. If not it’s best to wear something you find comfortable.  You will need to wear heels if you’re a woman, look for something with a 1-2” heel to begin with.  

For competing there will be a big difference in what to wear depending on which competition you are entering and what the dance is. A general rule of thumb is to check out what others are wearing.  

For Latin dances,I’ve found some of the best prices for cheap cha-cha-cha dresses online here;  

I hope you’ve enjoyed learning about ballroom dancing, and try it out for yourself!

Did anyone try out Ice Fishing, which we discussed last month?


Funny Golf words A-H

Golf terminology (A – H)

As everyone knows there are words and phrases used commonly in Golf that to the untrained ear sound mighty hilarious. I’ve scoured my brain to think of the best and funniest golf terms to share with you, plus other not quite as funny golf terms to help those interested in starting Golf.

Ball Washer

Very simple and unfortunately not as good as it sounds.  Found all over golf courses, and commonly at the tee boxes, Ball Washers are just the equipment used to clean your golf balls.


Scoring 1 under the par on a hole.  For example scoring a 3 on a par 4 hole.


Scoring 1 over the par on a hole.  For example scoring a 5 on a par 4 hole.

Chip Shot

Nothing to do with potatoes unfortunately.  A Chip shot is a short approach shot normally hit close to the green that has a low trajectory.

Chip In.

Again no potatoes.  But actually pretty good, a Chip In is when you hit a Chip Shot (above) into the cup.


The building at the back of the Golf Course where you go to drink, eat and be merry after a few holes of Golf.  Note there is a lot of showing off about sub par rounds whilst drinking.


The small holes on the golf balls.


Nope, no puppies running around the course.  A dogleg is a hole that has a bend after a period of straightness.


A group or 4 players.  None of the fun of a threesome.


The number of strokes a player takes on his round


Unlike on a computer, in Golf a hacker is someone not very skilled

Ice Fishing.

To start off my blog I wanted to talk about a type of Fishing that’s incredibly common here in the Great White North but not as common elsewhere in the world, Ice Fishing.  Ice Fishing is one of my favourite types of Fishing.  There can be nothing better than watching the water move freely below the Ice that you’re sitting on whilst nursing a warm cosy cup of hot chocolate.

Ice Fishing

The first thing to do if you want to try Ice Fishing is to make sure that you are dressed nice and warm.  There is an old saying ‘’You can always peel off layers if you’re too hot, but you can’t add them if you don’t have them’’  and this is so true to Ice Fishing.  You will need plenty of layers, including some winter sport basics. Start off wearing a cool-fit shirt and leggings which will keep so as dry as possible.  Then build up. You want to be dry and not sweating under your clothes as this can lead to frostbite and hypothermia.

The next thing is to invest in a pair of waterproof, well insulated and warm winter boots.  Pack Boots will do the trick in a pinch but remember that your feet bear the brunt of the freezing Ice.

ice fishing


Toboggan or Sled

  • To haul equipment onto the ice easier.

Ice Auger

  • To drill your hole


  • To scoop out the slush from the ice hole

Ice Chisel or Spud

  • To chop holes in the ice when it’s thinner

Bait bucket

  • To hold live bait

Gaff Hook

  • A large, heavy hook to hoist slippery fish through the ice hole.


  • To park your butt on.

Dip Net

  • To retrieve bait from buckets

Hook Disgorger

  • to remove the hook from the fish’s mouth

About me.

Hi there! My name is Martin, and thanks for stopping by. This is my brand spanking new Hobbies and Leisure blog, Fanfare Sint Martinus.

With over 50 years under my belt it’s fair to say that I’ve tried a lot of hobbies, too many as the misses says! And with all that knowledge and love for hobbies I wanted to create a space on the internet where I can share my hobbies, thoughts and ideas with other like minded people. I love to try different and unusual hobbies, last year I even went skY diving for the first time, and my next big thing is B.A.S.E Jumping at the end of this year.

My favourite hobbies are:
Fishing – Sport fishing, noodling, deep water fishing, even Ice Fishing.
Golfing – What can be better than hitting a few rounds of Golf and relaxing in the Club house.
Currency Collecting – Something my dad passed down to me.
Knitting – Probably my strangest hobby but me and the misses love to knit up the Christmas Jumpers for the family together.