Thursday, May 01, 2014

Macau July 2013 (Part III): Jumping off Macau Tower!

Every time I travel overseas, I have a guilty feeling knowing that I will spend a wad of my hard-earned income away. But travelling is one passion that keeps me excited about life. Excited about discovering new things. New culture. New perspectives. So, despite all these criticisms about me spending so much money and work leave on travelling, I will just continue doing what I want to do. If there is anything I learned is the fact that I should live the life that I want to live, not the life that others want me to live. It is my life anyway.

But I will still take to heart the advice and try to keep a better budget and save more money before I start making holiday plans.

On another note, I have finally decided to write the finale of my Macau trip. The highlight of my HK/Macau trip. The highlight of 2013: My first experience with bungy jump from Macau Tower.

Actually it was something I had been thinking about doing. I first got the idea from Running Man (my most favourite show ever) episode 133 where they had to perform missions at Macau Tower, they had to choose between bungy jump, tower climb or skywalk.

pic credited to owner
pic credited to owner
pic credited to owner
Had to insert a little Monday Couple moment there.
Song Ji-hyo made it look so cool and easy. Not long after that, my friends asked me to travel with them to HK and Macau in July. So out of curiosity, I browsed through the website to learn more about the activities offered on Macau Tower.

I was a little disappointed as I saw how expensive it was. It is a known fact that working as a government pharmacist doesn't give you much money. Do I really want to throw away all those money just for a few minutes of fun?

But the idea never left my head. Up until when we reach Macau Tower. I then think, this is it. It is highly unlikely I will get this opportunity again, to visit Macau Tower. It was also our last day in Macau. So I told my friends I wanted to try the bungy jump. They got a shock but was nevertheless supportive. However, they didn't want to "risk their lives" with me.

So I paid the money, and the lady kindly warned informed me that no refunds are allowed in case I decided not to jump lol. I then proceeded to their observation deck where I kept my belongings inside a locker (including my phone and camera so no pics could be taken T.T). They took my weight, gave me a T-shirt and a set of shoes because I was wearing my Fitflops at that time.

I swear, waiting for my turn was the most excruciating one. AJ Hackett uses a system which is weight-based so each time they need to look for someone of similiar weight before you can jump. Not sure I understood it much but you can google about it more if you want. During the whole waiting time, I was so bored alone but the funny thing is I was not nervous at all, just sleepy and bored.

Finally it was my turn! Since I didn't have any camera or phone with me, I bought the photos and video package from AJ Hackett. 

The people from AJ Hackett were really friendly and they came all kinds of nationalities. When I told them I was from Malaysia, suddenly one of their staffs (the photographer), an Indonesian said, "Apa khabar?"

My face, which was so sleepy from all the waiting and also because it was the last day of our trip. And that is my printed pants from Bangkok. My friends said that it was because of my pants that they knew it was me jumping lol.

It looks like I was nervous? Nah, at that moment I was still okay. The British guy before me said that it was his second time jumping and he did a tumbling jump from the tower. OMG I was pretty impressed~!

Still not nervous...

...until this moment! Okay, when my feet were halfway between the ledge and the air, I was freaked out. What in the world was I doing here? What did I do? I was so scared I didn't realized I was holding the staff's hand so tightly that he said, "Ma'am, please don't hold me (since I was about to jump)" lol.

The best advice I got from Song Ji-hyo? DON'T THINK! So I cleared my mind of all doubts and took the plunge. Off I go...

During that free-falling moment, I was so scared but afterwards when it stop, I was so so so happy because I finally did it! Random people started clapping hands when they saw me. Even one Chinese man said, "Ni hao yong kan". 

My whole life, I am always scared of everything. Scared of trying new things. Scared of making decisions. Scared of my future. But in that moment, I was so proud of myself for doing something no one would ever thought that I would do. This kind of thing I can only do when I am young and reckless, don't think I can do this again when I am fourty or fifty years old lol.

Because of the waiting time which took so long, we did not get to go to Fisherman's Wharf (another Running Man location). We headed back to the hotel to get our luggage and left for the airport.

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