That Knee-Shaking Leap

I just realized that cliff jumping has never been part of the things I wanted to do.  Unlike the Bungy Jumping that I even gave myself a target of “before I reach 30”.

But despite not having it in my imaginary list, I’m glad I did that Cliff Jump.   Not going to lie, I got really scared.  I may know how to swim, but I’m not very good with it. Somehow you can call it a “survival skill” only.  I tend to get scared with deep water despite me knowing how to float.  I tend to panic to be exact.

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When we arrived Salagdoong Beach, I was really excited.  I know for sure that I wanted to try this adventure since it was part of the plan. My mind was set to it. As we sat for a while to rest, I finally got that chance to be “upclose” with the beach in Siquijor.  It was gorgeous.

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Then, we made our way where majority of the crowd were headed.  The Cliff Jump spot!

But with view like this, there’s no way I’m going to miss my poses.

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So before my looks became haggard, I had to do my before –jump photo first

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A clip from the video, now that definitely showed how scared I was, it was high!

Then at one corner, we changed into our rash guards. We didn’t rent any cottage, so we had to put our things at one corner.  And instead of walking our way to the toilet to change, we managed to change in that same corner.  Good thing I was wearing my sports bra, and I was already wearing my board shorts.

Finally, my turn

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I guess, it’s human instinct to always check the height.  To look down as they say.  I was contemplating and trying to convince myself that it wasn’t that high.

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Then, I had to check how high it was, AGAIN.  As if checking from a different position would make a difference.

As they say, the struggle was real!  But I told myself – I CAN DO THIS!  And so I did.

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Very often, the level of fear (well if there’s leveling with fear) on the first attempt would be the extreme.  In my abnormal case, my knees were shaking on my second jump.  Yes, seriously you read that right.

The first one, when my friend told me – “Okay Zee, your turn”.  When I replied Okay, I wrapped the lace of my gopro monopod to my wrist.  It was my first time to do an activity with my gopro at hand.  I can’t lose it, that’s my only camera, so I made sure it was secure.  Once I felt that it was okay, I ran and jumped.

But frustrated me, ended up with these shots: (still photos from the video I took)

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Oh Yes, that curly hair was mine.  Really, the best I can take?
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Really? How can I own a GoPro and not know how to properly use it? Frustrating indeed!

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Then, I was at the water!

Well, I envy Marx he even managed to smile
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How could you do this to me Marx?

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On my second attempt I left the camera with Marx.  Asked him to take a video instead while I jump since I cant take a decent selfie video – but it was more of, I had a hard time swimming while holding the selfie pod. You know, “survival skills” only!

Maybe the gopro made me comfortable since I was not that scared on my first jump losing it on the second time made my knees-shake before I decided to make that leap.

Now, as I look back, this experience is not very glamorous at all. Why?
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That’s how I looked like coming out of the water! – so unglam!

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Okay, I cannot portray a mermaid role if I become an actress. This shall prove it!

To end this, just like Canyoneering, this adventure is not for everyone.  But  as an advice, you need to be extra careful when trying activities like this. I fell on the water wrongly; it caused the back of my thighs to bruise badly. Safety is your responsibility and not anyone from that resort.

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But this experience paid my excitement well.   I know I will still be scared of deep water, I will still be scared of heights but I also know that I will always be adventurous and I will always try to overcome that state of “being scared” – even for a short time.

Now, it was impossible for us to leave the beach without enjoying the water. And that’s how this experience ended.

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