Thursday, December 6, 2012

Jungle Bungy Jump, Phuket, Thailand

I am gonna write this as if I just got out of rope holding on to my life as I jumped off that 50 meter high crane to do my first ever bungy jump. it's just a big and crazy "WAAAAAAAH". When I was a kid I remember visiting Subic Bay, Olongapo, in the Philippines with the whole family and I already heard of this bungy jump activity that they have there. Of course I was like 10 or 11 during that time so doing it is still a no no and no one would actually pay for it so I could jump.

I was already enticed to do that jump although it was scary by merely looking at it. The crane going up with this square cage carrying you and once it reaches its designated height, you only have 3 choices. You jump. You let someone push you. Or you go back down which is probably the most embarrassing thing to do since you were so brave to go up, the only way you should go down is by jumping off. Well you are not gonna die anyway. Unless the unlucky faith of that rope snapping off right when it's your turn is just the unluckiest timing of all.

Later on I heard that the bungy jumping in Subic has closed down. Did somebody die? I never really found out but I guess it closed down at the same time that Subic Bay was crumbling down when the Americans left. When I started working I heard about the Macau Tower doing that bungy jump as well. I had a friend who visited Macau and encouraged me to go to Macau but not jumping off the Macau Tower. The trip never materialized and I can not remember why. I guess I was not really prepared back then.

Come 2012, after five years of working in Singapore, my colleagues Jen and Calice planned a trip to Phuket, Thailand for the three of us. and this was it. I finally got to do this bungy jumping things. It was morning of our 2nd to the last day, December 2012, when we went to this bungy jumping area. I was dead scared but I was ready. The owner is a guy from New Zealand, who was not really friendly, accommodating and was very discreet in answering my questions, I did not like him to make it short but then, he is not the one bringing me up, he just owns the place so I just paid him and talked to the guys who will actually prepare me for the jump. I paid like USD 50 for that 50 meter jump. 

The video is a bit long so you may want to forward it. Upon reaching the top, I really thought I could not do it. The guide actually offered if he can push me instead but I said no and then just dropped myself away. IT. WAS. F*CKING. CRAZY. It's crazy and I would do it again.

Watch the video:





And here are some of this pictures:





I visited Phuket Thailand from December 2 - 6, 2012 with my friends and colleague Calice and Jennifer.
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jigomeister
01.30.2014

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