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Saturday, August 6, 2016

My Top 14 Unforgettable Adventures of All Time

My Top 14 Unforgettable Adventures of All Time

Traveling is not just about going to other countries, to explore and experience the food and culture. It's also about doing extreme adventures, to finally tick off that bucketlist of yours out in the open air. They said out of your comfort zone is where fantasies comes to life and dreams turns to reality . I've done a lot of crazy stuffs for the past few years. Here's my 14 memorable adventures of all time:

1. Skydiving
This by far is the most exhilarating thing I've ever done in my whole existence. Skydiving is an extreme sport of jumping off a plane, free falling for a few seconds and pulling a parachute to land on safe ground. I didn't intend on doing it this year, never really planned when to do it but I knew I must do it someday. Good thing, I had the courage to do it before I ran out of teeth. It happened on a perfect day in Bantayan Island in Cebu, Philippines. A few weeks before our scheduled booking I had both of my stupid tooth removed, i mean wisdom tooth sorry about that. The risk of snapping one of the threads really worried me, both sides of my checks were visibly swollen. But I made the decision and I was going for it no matter what. There are decisions in life that you just have to go for it or you'll regret not doing it for the rest of your life. I totally love the adrenaline rush it's very empowering, I can't imagine how the instructors keep it cool under pressure. 

2. Scuba Diving

One of the scariest adventure I've ever done as i conquered my fear of drowning and the underwater silence. It's intimidating not to be in control of things especially with one's breathing, so when I had the chance to go scuba diving I really had to swallow my fear whole enough that it won't leave any trace of residue in my skin, little did my dive instructor know about the active volcano inside of me. I realized that the underwater world is such a fascinating and magical place to be. It looked like autumn season with leaves in varieties of colors but in a very unique kind of form. No wonder people are hooked to this kind of sport because it's dangerously and mysteriously beautiful. I heard people getting lost down there, I believe there's this unknown force that draws you to the unknown. You see the dark side of the water thou you know its not a good idea to go to that side but you just want to be there. Maybe that's where we got the phrase "curiosity killed the cat." Eventhou I have this wild imagination about what could possibly happen I've still managed to go scuba diving. I'll drink to that achievement in my life,  Cheers!

3. Swimming with Whale Sharks
Here's a another one that really made me wet my pants. Good thing this happened in the water. I've never been a big fan of humongous marine creatures. Yes they do look magnificently beautiful but I'm not brave enough to hold my breath and see them up close. My mum showed us this movie entitled "Orca" at a very young age that's how my fear started, besides I have all the right to be scared because I'm also not a good swimmer. I don't think so I can even save myself in case of water emergency. Friendly advice for all parents out there please avoid showing this kind of traumatic movies to kids for goodness sake. But as what they say in life you will need to face your fear someday. I faced another fear of mine on that very day. I wanted to scream when I saw for the very first the gentle giants of the sea, however no words and not even a single sound came out instead just utter amazement. Out of nowhere the song "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" by Frankie Valli started to play in my mind. My eyes just grew bigger and bigger after seeing one whale shark after the other. It was bigger than our boat, even two fishing boats can't make up to its enormous size. Just another memorable experience that I'll never forget.

4. Water Rafting
The most awesome water rafting experience I've ever done was in Krabi, Thailand. We did the extreme level for beginners, Grades 2-4 for a 7 kilometer route rafting. It was even more interesting as the stream was stronger that day due to the rain. When everyone took off in the 5 kilometer route, we stayed behind and fought the aggressive waters with our ecstatic faces. The captain kept on telling us to maintain the balance, that was a hard task as everyone except for me and my friend was left on the raft. The raft bounce harder as only four people kept it afloat. I shouted and laughed like a small kid jumping on tarpaulin with splashes of water on every stride. When we got to the end part of stream the guys seriously asked us if they can capsized the raft, I replied breathlessly yes with a question mark. They suddenly act as if they were doing it, I screamed at the top of my lungs as if I'm being chased by a ghost and and we all laughed like drunk men when the raft rested on a nearby rock. I really thought they're going to do it but it was all just a joke. I partly knew that but with those playful guys anything is possible. I love how we ended our water rafting activity the prank really made my day. 

5. Trekking
The most challenging climb I've ever done so far is conquering Mount Kota Kinabalu. It is considered as the highest mountain in Malaysia and the third highest mountain in Southeast Asia. It may seem easy for others but we're all different. My friend had altitude sickness before we've even reached the summit, some climbers were not able to get through the cut-off time and were force to descend early, so far it's not that easy as people say. It's  one of those moments when you you have to keep moving or you'll never get what you want. I wanted to reach the summit and not just that I want to be at the peak to see it all. Fighting exhaustion and the cold air is such a great ordeal. A perfect combination for failure. This is where mind motivation comes in the picture, its not just about physical strength but mental preparedness too.  

6. Base Jumping
My first taste of adrenaline and life-threatening adventure happened at Bohol, Philippines. They call it the "Plunge" , a canyon swing experience where in you'll be suspended to a 200 meter high platform, free fall for 5 seconds and then swing freely like a pendulum in a 300 meter wide gorge. It was the most addicting feeling I've ever had, I just got hooked to it and I wanted more of it. They have this board posted before you get to the ride's platform it says there "You're not paying for the ride, you're paying for the experience." Well said guys, It was totally worth it.

7.  Paragliding
I have an intense fascination with flying, maybe I was a flying creature in my past life. There are just things that can't explained, it has to be experienced. This is one of those moments. Paragliding is about riding the wind and hoping for the greater good. You jump off from a high cliff at a specific range of wind speed while relying on a fabric wing suspended on a harness, the strong wind and your partners passion for flying. The wind humming in the air gives you the goosebumps and thus making you scream like a wild bear. Every time the glider faces a wind bump, my stomach would twist like when I'm in a roller coaster ride in Universal Studios. I just can't get used to it during the flight. It seems like passing through rough roads  on a range rover road trip while making its way through big boulders and you just can't help utter the words "woohh" , waaahh" and "eeehh" in a scream type of way. I believe I loss consciousness for split seconds up there, my hands started to feel like a jelly, lightweight and cold, then snap the wind blew in my face like a big explosion of fart and I was back to reality. Crazy as it may sound I just love that feeling!

The latest heart-pumping, mind-blowing, crazy adventure I did was in Indonesia. It was suppose to be just a short relaxing getaway instead it turned to a very exciting trip. I've never been inside a small plane before and especially one that is totally bare naked. There were no glass panel, no small door , it just looked like an unfinished plane in someone's garage. Strangely, this made me even more happier thou it does not make me feel safe. I ponder on the fact that people have done this before, my pilot does this for a living so I shouldn't be worried as everything should go according to plan. The plan was to fly on a sunny day yet the weather didn't permit that all the way. It was a great experience thou to see an upcoming storm up close, frightening yet really exciting. You don't see that everyday which makes it more worthwhile. 

My first taste of water sports mixed with air adventure is in the island of Boracay. A two or three seater ride with an open parachute towed to a motor boat. My sister and cousin join me in this fun craze as we glide up in the air. We even asked the skipper to add some more excitement to it by dipping us in the water during the ride. I believe without the water action it wouldn't be that satisfying, I'm glad everyone was up for challenge.  

This is was one daring adventure I've done in Hualien, Taiwan. The interesting thing about this one is that we were jumping on cold waters. The adrenaline is over empowering as I take the last step on top of the cliff. It got even more intense when I've had to run to the edge and jump off from the cliff. The freedom of letting go, the force of allowing yourself to jump, the courage it takes to take that leap off from the ground is something I find outrageously fulfilling. I would definitely do it again!

11. Upside down Zip line
It is known as the longest and tallest zip line in Philippines. It happened a day after my birthday, the crew was lovingly friendly and offered me a free zip line ride as a gift. I accepted the offer graciously. My mum came along with me, it was her first zip line ever and take note she's afraid of heights. She did it anyway, I couldn't be more proud of her. However it's not my most memorable zipline, the most daring zip line stunt I've ever did was hanging upside down. This guy who assisted me was so confused why on earth would a girl want to be hanged that way, he's a sport about it and just let me get away with it. The world looked totally different as the blood fills up my entire head with too much oxygen. I got a glimpse of what it's like to go for a bungee jumping experience. Let's consider that one as a window for my future adventure. 

12. Snorkeling
Malapascua Island in Cebu, Philippines gave me the most unforgettable snorkeling experience of all time. The water is crystal clear, the fishes and the corals were vibrant like canvas colors on a painting. It was like watching a 4D aquarium, everything was clear blue and I bet Nemo and Dory is down there getting lost again. 

It was suppose to be a relaxing weekend, then my friends and I decided to add some twist to it by doing wakeboarding. They said it's like skateboarding on water. I've never done skateboarding before so it was an exciting fun way to try it. Wait! Now that I've thought about it I did it once and I fell hard on the cement floor. Great thing about this is you don't fall hard on something, the water catches you like a baby which makes the impact totally bearable. I was able to stand on my own, did a few fall stunts and face dive exhibitions. All of my friends including me of course went home triumphantly with flying colors, and that made it more memorable. Bonding with old friends is a cherished moment, it's like tasting an old bottle of wine you've been waiting for too long. 

14. Surfing
My first surfing lesson was in the waters of Sri Lanka. It was awesome! I was pretty scared because it reminded me of a traumatic snorkeling experience I had long time ago. The thought of it still lingers clearly in my memory bank. It was a perfect, sunny day for a swim in the open waters, the sea was calm and the underwater scenery was spectacular. Then suddenly I was rocking back and forth, waves started to build up and with no life jacket on hand I struggled to get back to the boat. I'm thankful for surfing it taught me how to ride the waves, not to fight it and just go with the flow. Now every time I see waves I see an opportunity to ride it with a surf board. I still have the uneasy feeling thou crawling through my veins but I see the experience differently now. 

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