“Has anybody died from bungy jumping here?” – I had to bluntly ask the attendant at the lobby of the Macau Tower.
“No sir, if there had been an accident, all of our AJ Hackett locations would’ve closed down.” – I liked the frank response.
It's been 10 days after I bungy jumped from the Macau Tower, but the incident is still fresh in my mind. All the way from Cebu to Hong Kong to Macau, I never imagined I could do this, well I did; but I didn't think it would come too soon.
Check out my video of bungy jumping from the world’s highest bungy. I initially planned on editing it in order to save whatever dignity I had left but I changed my mind. What the heck, right?
September 04, 2010
Bungy Jumping from the Macau Tower
We booked flights from Cebu to Hongkong using Cebu Pacific's piso fare some time in November last year. Part of our itinerary was to check out Macau and its tourist places. My friend who's already been there said that I should bungy jump from the Macau Tower as it's a once in a lifetime experience — she's a woman at that! With the way she relayed her story to me, I felt like I was in her shoes; pretending to be there which got me all excited to do it once I had the chance. When I did, I started saving money.
Macau Tower is the world’s highest bungy at 234 meters
Price Rates of the Bungy Jump based on AJHackett.com
Standard Bungy – MOP 1888 – around 11,328 Php (from 6 Php conversion)
Photos and Video – MOP 498 – around 3000 Php
I expected the standard bungee rate but not the rate for the photos and the video. The total price would cost me about 15,000 Php including minor fees!
Bungy jumping or shopping? Most people would prefer the former if they didn't know the price that came with the bungy. When I told them about the rates, they immediately switched their minds to shopping. Only in my case, this was a rare opportunity and I was there for the experience — boy what an experience it was!
at the lobby with Pinay staff, Joyce. other Macao tower activities such as the skywalk
Blood was rushing through my head, my smile was stuck to a certain position because I couldn't stop grinning. My legs were trembling and I couldn't believe the moment when the bungy cord was attached and set up for me. It was the day that I was going to jump from the world's highest bungy! The feeling was surreal and at the back of my mind, I kept slapping my face to ensure that I was still awake.
Suiting up and weighing in – 69 kilos
I was interviewed before I jumped and I tried to keep cool as possible but I couldn't fake the nervousness since this is after all, the world's highest bungee. They advised me how I should pull the latch off my left leg after the first bounce to change to an upright position, lest I wanted to stay upside-down.
friends, Cindy & Logan and
I was told to step on the plank. Slowly moving to the edge, I raised my hands and looked at my right which I didn't know why. Then did I realize that it was a signal for me to have my picture taken which I regretted immensely because I looked like a doofus, trembling and preoccupied when I saw the finished product. Without further notice, the crew said "Here we go!" and it all went by fast.
I had to scream cause I told them I wasn't prepared. "Wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, wuwuwuwuwait!"
I didn't even get to prepare a speech and they didn't even ask me if I had other questions. There were people before me which explained the rush and I guess they wanted to make sure that I would not have any apprehensions. For sure, I would never back out cause I don't want to waste fifteen thousand bucks and quit like a pussy.
I felt the pressure when I heard a staff talk to his team member over a walky-talky, "First attempt FAILED." I had to make sure I wouldn't screw up the second one. There was no turning back and having another failed attempt would mean that I was a wuss.
legs bent, obviously trembling.
and so I jumped… or fell, or whatever you call it. I stepped off the plank! I did my best to keep a straight face but my soul felt like it was ready to burst that I had to scream.
After about 5 seconds, the fall wasn’t over, I had to take a deep breath and I had to scream again.
I’m superman, not.
When I finally reached the maximum point and started to bounce back, I tried to pull the latch off my left leg according to what was instructed to me. But I didn't have any strength anymore. I kept on trying countless times that's why once you see the video, it seems like I've been bitten by a case of epilepsy. I gave up after realizing that I was just stressing myself out and relished the moment of being suspended upside-down.
15 seconds of adrenaline rush
I kept laughing, I screamed again, and I laughed — yes, like a hyena. There was less motion since the jump was already over so there was no point of acting crazy.
The crew below greeted me and removed my harness. I realized that most of the assistants were teenagers. I started to talk to a Filipina who grew up in Macau and she couldn't believe that my knees were still shaking. But I didn't care how I looked anymore because I did it! I jumped from a height of 233 Meters!
I went up still feeling the adrenaline and rush of the air on my face as I descended to the ground. My upper and lower lips started to numb and later on, there was a red lining which made me think that it got burned because of the speed from falling.
getting my souvenirs from the bungee
I like trying out extreme adventures while I'm still alive in order to make the most of living. Despite this activity being a fast-paced one, it has become a reflective moment for me that when you just put your mind and heart into your goal, you can definitely reach it.
I have a board at home where I jot down my plans for the year. Bungy jumping was one of them, seeing it being scratched off was a great feeling. When you envision yourself to be where you want to be, and you just keep doing things right while setting your eyes on the target; you can't explain the emotion when you've achieved it out of your own hard work. This made me realize that anything is possible so long as you don't lose focus. I hope this inspires people to list down goals and get out of that comfort zone as life is too short to be living inside a bubble.
when your plans come to life
I received a lifetime membership which gives me a lesser rate on my second and third jumps, the fourth one is free. Do I want to do it again? Hell yeah! This time I'll be more subtle.
I would like to thank Cindy and Logan for putting up with my craziness while I was there anticipating my turn. This experience is one list scratched from my bucket, baby!
Note: This post was updated to be included as part of the entries of R.O.X. Philippines' contest wherein they're giving away a backpack from Mountain Hardwear. The theme is about your most memorable Outdoor adventure for 2010. Hands down this is the best moment for me as I conquered my fear of heights and I achieved one of my goals that I planned for over a year.
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UPDATE: I won the contest! Here's my story: Won a Mountain Hardwear Scrambler Backpack from R.O.X. Philippines
Check out my other posts on our Macau Side Trip:
- Macau Side Trip: Venetian Hotel, City of Dreams, Grand Lisboa
- Macau Side Trip: Senado Square and Ruins of St. Paul
- Prosperity Tree and Dragon Show at Wynn Hotel
- Macau Side Trip: Macau Tower and Fisherman’s Wharf
- My Bungy Jumping Experience at the Macau Tower
- Thoughts and Tips on My Trip to Macau
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