|Something is not right? suicide? rope tied on neck? what?|
It was hard to tell if my Korean colleague B said bungee jump. Inside my head this is just another lost in translation moment. To prove his point, he said his students enjoyed the experience a lot and even added that the students would like to go back to the park any given day to try it again and again. There was not a single photo I could see to check on the veracity of what he said.
|scared written all over her face! photography: RV ESCAT|
I've never heard, in fact, that there's even a bungee jumping experience anywhere in the Philippines!
|relaks. readying, ready na! photography: RV ESCAT|
Fast forward >> Three weeks later, here I am standing on a metal platform 50 or so story-high above a gorge with a mocha-colored river snaking though the valley below. Half a kilometer across me is the other half of the canyon. The same height but quieter with an occasional scream that dies faster than when it started and pretty soon blends with the roaring rapids of the river.
|say your prayers lady!|
Five. Four. Three. Two. One. Bombs Away! What's with those magic numbers? Every time somebody takes the plunge, the crew holler them like an orasyon! Laway at tot-ho na lang ang kulang at kompleto na ang ritwal. Split-seconds later, I hear a splitting scream of what used to be a dignified-looking woman in the platform a few minutes earlier. She is now hanging on the rope for dear life! Her forehead trying to meet the hinge in front of her. She bounces off like a ball and then hovers above the thick foliage in the gorge. Her feet actually seem to step on the treetops as she moves like a pendulum. She screams again. In contrast to when she started off, her scream this time is blasted with pride and achievement!
|photography: RV ESCAT|
Take the Plunge!
What in the world is plunge? According to EAT Danao Adventure Park website:
Plunge: a canyon swing adventure attraction mounted over a 200 meter high and 300 meter wide gorge. A person would have to do a 45 meters free fall before being launched on a pendulum swing measuring to a hundred meter diameter. Cable has a maximum working load of 5 tons. Now longer (70 meters) more fear some.
“The Plunge” is the best “fear factor” experience among other adventure activities on offer. One has to literally plunge to an open air where about two seconds, the plunger will all be defenseless, feel nothing and left all alone.
This experience is one great way to de-stress and even make one appreciate life the more.
It can accommodate 50 pax in a day. Total experience will just take around 10min.
Rate: Php 700
So, it isn't a bungee jump after all but very close to it with the few seconds free fall!
I feel a throbbing lump on my throat getting faster by the minute! It's my turn already! I think I'm going to throw up. In the meantime, do you know of any bungee jumping sites in the Philippines? Would be awesome also if you share links to your bungee jumping experience in Macao or elsewhere.
Five. Four. Three. Two. One. Bombs away!