One of the things that has always been on my bucket list is Bungy Jumping.
Maybe I’m crazy but the adrenaline that I imagined getting from Bungee-ing has been something that is always on my mind. Even with reports of the dangers of Bungee-ing, I still knew I had to tick that item off the bucket list one day.
With that done, maybe I’ll want to advance to higher levels of Bungy Jumping in the future (maybe the Macau Tower? heehee).
The large part of my trip to Chiang Mai revolved around this very activity. Fong Wa & I both kinda agreed that apart from us getting closer, the main highlight of the trip had to be the bungy jumping.
Aware of all the dangers associated with the sport, I did my research on X-Centre, the company that does all sorts of extreme activities in Chiang Mai. Set-up by a New Zealander who is registered as a jump master and with the company boasting an excellent safety record, Fong Wa & I felt pretty much at ease. Afterall, it was a mere 50m drop – nothing compared to the one from the Macau Tower!
Due to the fact that we went to Chiang Mai in March, which is the off-peak season, we were the only two jumpers of the day. That meant that I was Fong Wa’s supporter & she was mine. Also, it meant that we had the luxury of choosing who could go first. Fong Wa went first as she was afraid that if I jumped first, it’d be harder for her to jump later.
The whole procedure was very careful. The guys took our weight, strapped us into the leg guards, put the rope on, snapped shut the carabiners, went through several routine checks, and sent us (one after the other) off to ascend the crane. The feeling while going up was so surreal. It felt like I was going to fulfil my childhood dream or something along those lines haha. The guy who went up with me asked me if I was scared of heights. When my response was a negative, he excitedly told me to look down. WOW. I’d never have expected him to ask me to do that. But of course, I had no qualms about doing it heh.
Looking down made the whole thing slightly more scary and even more surreal. I imagined how it was like for Fong Wa who had jumped before me, wondering whether I’d be gutsy and just take that leap of faith and jump off, or stand there weighing my options of whether to jump or not. When we were at the top, the instructor told me to stand at the edge, and then release myself, head first.
What really surprised me was how I was able to count and shout out to Fong Wa that I was going to jump at that very moment. That really made me wonder if there was something wrong with my brain. How was I so calm and composed at a moment where I was jumping off a 50m high platform?! Then I did it. I swept up all my courage and jumped.
But I jumped wrongly.
So the instructor had said head first. I was supposed to be diving in air. Instead, I had leapt off legs first. HUGE mistake. I couldn’t scream for the first few seconds as I went forward. Thankfully, my brain was alert and I was able to recall all the techniques that RAG Cheer had taught me and locked myself at the right time to prevent my back from screwing itself up. Once I was flipped the right way, I screamed my lungs out in happiness that I was safe, alive and more importantly, fulfilling one of the must-do’s on my bucket list.
Seriously, I cannot even begin to describe how exhilarating the feeling of bungy jumping is.
If you’re one who isn’t afraid of heights, I’d say GO FOR IT!
Perhaps next up on my list: Verzasca Dam in Switzerland – beautiful scenery & 220m (just four times) high, what could be better?
Well that brings me to the close of my highlight of the trip. I’ll be back with more updates about my first day in Chiang Mai soon!