Weekly Photo Challenge: From Above

in this age of facebook and instagram, everybody seems to be enjoying ‘foodtography’ as much as i do. most of the time, i’m guilty of not saying the graces before meals and instead…i take pictures of the food i eat. oh well. :-| so here’s a yummy photo entry for this week’s photo challengepenne al pesto and salmon, which i ate when i traveled to sydney, australia. i’m not good at cooking pasta and i wish i can cook something as delicious as this one.

above

Weekly Photo Challenge: Up

up, up and away…jumping out at 12000 feet. my bucket list turned reality…

skydiving

skydiving. :)

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Colors

it’s weekend again and it means, it’s weekly photo challenge time. thanks to wordpress dailypost community for the good ideas (^_^). and so, this week’s theme is about colors. here’s my photo entry for the week. (to be honest, i’m just lazy to blog and all i want to do is sleep, eat and relax in this cold weather…hihihi)

colorssouvenirs at asakusa 

this picture was taken at one of the souvenir shops at asakusa in tokyo, japan. as you can see, tourists are not allowed to take pictures of them (you should buy it!!!)…but i was able to sneak one shot. one.naughty.bad.ass.

i wish to be able to go back to japan again someday, perhaps in kyoto or osaka so i can see the beautiful sakura blossoms during the spring.next time, there’s always a next time. ;)

Skydiving ✔

yahoo!!! one major personal project ticked off from my bucket list. (^________^)

i was able to push through with my skydiving plan, finally! i’ve been thinking about this for some time now but no chance of doing it. i was supposed to do it during the sydney trip last year but was cancelled on the day due to the bad weather.

i traveled all the way down to queenstown for a long weekend and never did realize that i went to the adventure city. this was very unexpected. i woke up early yesterday to catch a glimpse of sunrise which is a very good time for photography. then as i was walking around the block, i passed by the nzone skydiving office. you know, that feeling when the office is luring you to go inside and pulling you like a magnet. hehe!

to make the story short, right then and there i booked my slot for the day. haha! i was lucky because there are few slots left for the first jump at 8am.

after reservation, i filled up the registration form and sign the waiver. haha! do it at your own risk. the staff gave us some orientation and let us watch a video so we know what to expect for the activity. after that, the driver picked us up and brought to the drop zone, which is 20 minutes away from the main office.

ok din talaga yung hindi pinaplano at least natutuloy. to be honest, i feel nervous and scared a bit which is NORMAL i guess. haha! i was in the 2nd batch of jumpers and i was introduced to my tandem partner and photographer/videographer. pogi ang mga staff wahahaha! ehem husband loyalty check. the weather was very good yesterday — no winds and the sky is clear. we were given jumpsuits, helmet, gloves and goggles to wear. after that, we boarded the  small cessna aircrat which can hold as much as 21 people.

i was more nervous waiting at the drop zone than boarding the plane itself. as soon as we started to ascend, i feel more relax and excited. no backing out! almost halfway, my tandem master showed me the altitude device signaling me we’re almost halfway so he started strapping me to himself and he put on my helmet, gloves and goggles. my tandem master and photographer were trying to make me feel relax by constantly talking to me and giving me high fives. syet mga kuya sige lang chikahin nyo ko nalulurkey na ako sa kaba pero di na ako maka atras. nyahaha!

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i was the 3rd to jump and it all happened so fast. the free fall experience was different compared to my bungy jumping experience. bungy jumping was actually more scary because you can feel that ‘falling’ moment unlike in skydiving wherein you just feel like floating in a big vacuum of air and the wind blowing on your face is like that in a very fast-moving car with windows open.

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at 6k feet, the tandem master opened the parachute and i felt the tug as we started to move up a bit. i enjoyed the 5-10 minutes of view from up there overlooking the beautiful queenstown. as we slowly descent, he instructed me to do a sitting position to prepare for landing. after i landed, we all had high fives and i had a last picture with my tandem master, signs of life photo from the jump. :)

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in span of 3 hrs, i successfully survived my skydiving experience. no broken bones, no damage limbs, all perfect and still good for a next jump. hahaha! this is one of my most memorable and favorite life experience which i will never ever forget. jumping 12k feet was never a joke. happy is an understatement. :)

will i do it again? i know myself that i can do it again. but i guess one experience is already enough. i still have many other things in my bucket list which i need to do so i’ll concentrate on those. and besides, i have to think about my carefree lifestyle now that i’m tied up to someone. nyahaha! :)

[usapan as how i recall it]

me: uy beh mag skydive ako ah. kelangan ko sya gawin habang wala pa tayong anak. may mangyari man sa akin wala akong iiwanang anak.

beh: eh anong tingin mo sa akin, san ako pupulutin? pauuwiin ako sa pinas?

hahaha. ok, no more selfishness moments from now on.

Sydney: On Beach and Theme Park

i almost forgot to write a follow-up post on my 2nd day at sydney. it’s been a crazy busy week as usual — project release left and right and me working on a 1-man testing team. spell k-a-l-o-r-k-e-y!

anyhoo, as part of my oz ‘bucket list’ trip…can i miss out on the bondi beach trip? haha. you know that show ‘bondi rescue’ where they feature the yummy looking lifeguards? haha. so hayun, kelangan maka tour sa bondi beach para makapag sightings ng pogi!  <3 haha!

i rode the train (yes marunong na ako mag train on the 2nd day) bound for bondi junction then after that, rode a bus directly going to the beach.

sydney railway system

since sydney is 3-hrs advance compared to singapore, i always wake up late everyday. i normally wake up around 7-ish and so do the math…that’s almost 10am there. wala na tanghali na!

totoo nga ang “the early bird catches the worm” and since i’m late, i didn’t get to see much of the good-looking papeys and instead, i ended up seeing only thundercats. #fail

hi bondi!

it’s a happy experience strolling along the beach coast. the white sandy beach with blue crystal waters and surfer dudes pa, beach bumming sight-seeing was a success!

sun, sea and sand

…and walking along the streets in bikini is normal. :)

beach mode

after my bondi beach tour, i went back to circular quay area and had my late lunch while waiting for reg. i chose the place because of the wi-fi connection. hahaha!

creamy salmon pesto 

fast forward around 5pm, at last! reg finally arrived. our itinerary for that day is to go to luna park, which is an old school theme park. the sydney harbour bridge has a very nice view from that side. it’s late afternoon too, almost sunset time.

luna park

before sunset

hahaha! there’s this crazy ride called ‘wild mouse’ which we really enjoyed. sobrang exciting kasi parang matatapon ka sa tubigan any time! hehehe. tignan nyo naman, scaffolding lang ang support! LOL

wild mouse (-_-‘)

good night sydney! kapagod tumawa sa wild mouse, buwis buhay experience yung roller coaster! i super enjoyed the day with mader, feeling bagets sa rides. pati sa ferry’s wheel kabado pa. haha!  :)

good night! :)

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