BIG FAT YES!! I ticked off my number 1 in my bucket list after 24 freaking years, and I must say it was the scariest, most thrilling experience of my life. I was low key panicking for a week before my skydive. You have no clue how I was counting down the days and hours before my death. HAHAHA. My sisters went skydiving when I was 13 (that was 12 years ago!) and I wasn’t able to try it then since they allowed 14 years old and up to skydive, but now was my chance!
So anyhoo, it was the 1st of November. You see, it was All Saints Day and I was thinking why the hell did I ever book it on that day. It could’ve been my death anniversary! Haha. So yes, I asked my sisters for tips on what I would feel but then you gotta face what you’ve gotta face. Hahaha.
That morning I skipped breakfast. I remember thinking I might throw up mid air once I get thrown off the plane at 14,000 ft above sea level. I don’t want it raining pancakes and bacon. I know I’ve got 60 seconds to feel the adrenaline rush aka free fall ride. I must say free fall rides in theme parks are my favorite. I always go for it even when I get panic attacks. But in this case, jumping out of the plane when I have no assurance if the parachute would open, or if my harness was safely secured, or if my plane wasn’t gonna crash was definitely nerve wrecking!!
Anyhoo, my cousins were supposed to skydive with me, however, their schedules got mixed up and they had school and work and since I already paid for a downpayment online, there’s no choice but to push through with it right? I had to own it and do it alone if I should. Lol. So anyway, we were asked if I could make it to Picton before 11 (my initial schedule was 2 PM) to get a full refund of the excess downpayment of my cousins (so imagine how shocked I was that my ETA to hell was hours earlier)! HAHA. Anyway, so we made it before 11 and my sister was forced to skydive with me. She had 0 hrs preparation for this! Hahaha.
We were trained for a bit on what to do before we jump and after we jump.
Us trying to look as chill as possible, but that doens’t look convincing to you, does it? The last photo was my mentor being mean to a shorty like me.
Off we go!!! We boarded the smallest plane I have seen. It was like about 4 meters long?! Couldn’t believe it can fit 6 people + a pilot inside. It. was. so. small.
(Excuse my “nganga” photos, these photos are from my actual video) Ooooh and check out the one I’m seated beside with who looks like Justin Bieber, only older and chubbier. Lol.
When the plane took off, believe it or not, my feelings shut down. It’s like I embraced my fate. It felt as if death was inevitable (it sure is, but I was so convinced I was gonna die that day!) and there’s no way I’d be alive 20 minutes later. I kept looking outside this tiny window, and thought that the view was spectacular and I kept seeing small houses look smaller and tinier as we take flight. Then I hear the pilot say, “3 minutes before you jump!” and my tandem who was seated right behind me buckled me up to his harness, making sure I was fully strapped on (I hope he made sure we had parachute), and the buckles in my shoulder that were loose at first suddenly became tight and I thought that if I was going to fall and die that day, my tandem would have to die with me. Lol.
I asked my tandem one last time if we could be the first one to jump out of the plane before my sister so I wouldn’t have to see her disappear first. Lol thank God he agreed. I always make sure I go first every single time I get nervous. Maybe because it was the fastest way to get over it. Hahaha.
How funny is that we waited for 2 more independent skydivers to go jump out before us, and Justin look-a-like was there hanging outside the plane, clinging on to the plane’s wing about 10 seconds before he let go! It looked like American Ninja Warrior but up in the clouds! Lol. Before we jumped out, I sat on the stair of the plane and rested my feet on the platform for about 10 seconds. The cold wind was blowing too hard, I could feel my cheeks wiggling. Before I could think of anything else, he threw me out of the plane.
Imagine turning 360 degrees and seeing your plane where you jumped off?! Crazy.
My sisters told me not to open my mouth and try not to scream as the harsh wind would dry up my throat. I tried but obviously did not succeed. Hahaha. It felt as if I committed suicide at first but it felt like I was flying too. The free fall was the best 60 seconds of my life.
Michael, my tandem, removed my safety glasses (?) so maybe I could get a better look at the view, but the whole time I was thinking about my eyelash extensions and if they’d all be gone once I land. Hahahaha. To my surprise, they were still intact!
I got my certificate too and my usb with photos and a video of how I jumped off at 14,000 ft. Haha.
SO YES, I made it alive!!!!! Haha. It was crazy, fun, nerve wrecking, mind blowing and surreal experience. I’d do this again, but probably in Dubai where the view is 100x more spectacular and maybe a 100x more expensive too! Lol. 2016 was full of adventures, and I couldn’t be more happy that I got to experience this! 🙂