by Regin Reyno
As a traveler and adventure, I always wanted to try new things-to experience not just places, but also activities that not many people do. I go for the experiences that are beyond the usual. I make it a point that I get to experience something new-something that is not experienced by many. One example is "going local". I try to go local as much as possible and if I'm in a different country. By doing that, I get to experience things that can't be experienced everyday back home, and that makes my travel more meaningful. Those new experiences are what make my travel more meaningful. They say we only live once and life is short that's why we need to make the most out of it.
|photo credit: Lauren Metzler|
We went to Pattaya, a touristy coastal city an hour and a half away from Bangkok. We took the van in Victory Monument which cost 97 baht.
We arrived in Pattaya on a Saturday afternoon. There we met some of her friends from her former school who went to Pattaya that weekend to celebrate her birthday. After checking in at Radi Mansion, we went into a Mexican restaurant called Tequila Reef to celebrate her birthday.
|my room at Radi Mansion. Only 390 baht per night|
Prior to that, while we were enjoying our breakfast at the hostel, many fearful thoughts came into my mind. I've read about bungee jumping in the internet and I am aware of the dangers and risks that go with it. So I was so nervous and anxious that morning. But that didn't hesitate me from pursuing my plan, as I really wanted to experience it and I know I can do it.
As we drove to the bungee jumping site, we got more anxious. I couldn't stop from worrying. There were so many "what ifs" in my mind. What if the rope will break, what if they miscalculated the lenght of the rope, what if I'll get a myocardial infarction, or aneurysm due to increased blood pressure, what if my legs will be fractured, what if I'll have vertebral injury, what if I'll have retinal detachment, what if I'll have complications secondary to increase intra-cranial pressure. So many fears.
I finally saw the crane. It is 50 meters high. Ironically when I saw it, I became more confident. I know my capabilities, and seeing that thing, I knew this is just another drop.
The reason I became more confident is because I have been to countless theme parks around the world and I have tried their scariest rides and I know I can handle it.
Lauren and then Cin jumped first, and then It was my turn. As they were preparing the ropes, I went to the toilet and knelt in prayer asking God for protection, as any mishap can cause my life.
As they tied the rope to my legs, I still can't believe that I'll be doing it. They slowly lifted me up until we reach the top, with a height of 50 m. It was so high.
|The view from the top|
|the scariest part of the jump|
|theme park-like feel|
|I believe I can fly|
After the first bounce, I gained composure and pretended to be flying. That was when I enjoyed it. It was really exhilarating and fun. The feeling of fear was all gone the moment I was in the air.
After the jump, I realized that it's not so fearful after all. The only time when I got so scary was when I was about to jump, that's it. The rest was so much fun.
|after the first bounce|
|after the jump|
L-R: Cin (FRA), Lauren (USA) and I (PHI). We did it!
photo credit: Rachel Harris
|with wonderful people from all over the world. (L-R) Cin from France, Lauren from USA, Rachel from Wales, Kate from Scotland, and Will from England|
POST-BUNGEE JUMPING THOUGHTS
1. Life is short, live your life to the fullest.
2. Sometimes, our fears are nonsense. And because of fear, our potentials are limited.
3. God sends His Holy angels for protection.
4. Our perception of things are more fearful than what it really is.
5. Friends are a blessing from God.
How to get there
from Bangkok you can take a bus in Mochit station (norther bus terminal) or a van in Victory Monument.
Van fare: 97 baht
Bus fare: 120 baht
390 baht per night with AC, refrigerator, and hot/cold shower
Bungee Jumping Company
Jungle Bungy Jump
Once you reserve from the net or phone, they will pick you up in your hotel
Prices: THB 2,000-one jump, insurance, certificate, t-shirt
THB 1,800-one jump, insurance, certificate
THB 2,400-one jump, insurance, certificate, t-shirt, 25 photos (soft copy)
THB 2,500-one jump, insurance, certificate, t-shirt, DVD video
THB 2,900- two jumps, insurance, certificate, 25 photos (soft copy)
What was the scariest, craziest thing that you did in your travels?