“A true hero isn’t measured by the size of his strength, but by the strength of his heart.” – Hercules
For the love of exploration, we walk into the busy grounds of Roxas Boulevard, Luneta Park and Intramuros. This happens for 5-days of which attending a seminar in the morning and 5-days of exploring Manila in the afternoon (5 PM-onward). This is a part of the 5-Days Manila Challenge.
After the seminar, we wanted to go home early for some tasks to be done needed for tomorrow. But how do you stop your feet from finding its way to good and exciting places?
We ended up walking again in Luneta Park and saw the Children’s Playground… and said to each other, let’s just be quick. LOL!
This place is recommended for the whole family and for picnics. There are free tables and chairs, no fees no need for reservation, and first-come-first-served basis only.
Well, you can also buy outside the playground vicinity like here in this violet food box, they are all over the alleys of the park.
A zip-line or also known as zip wire, aerial runway, aerial and ropeslide, consists of a pulley suspended on a cable. It is designed to propel and accelerate by gravity to travel from the top to the bottom of the inclined cable. It’s one of the extreme adventures in the Philippines to-date.
Violet is a girl who wish to try anything and everything under the sun. Adventure is her game and extreme is her last name. One day, she just realized she wanted to jump, let go and simply fly. Here are the list of zip lines I did tried:
La Mesa Ecopark Zip-line in Quezon City (2009 and 2011)
It was my very first attempt, has a length of 110 m. I was thinking that if the cable will snap I will fall into the water, and would still be alive, so I must try it. It was short 10 seconds ride and I feel the adrenaline rushing through my veins. It cost two hundred (200) pesos back-and-forth ride
Soar in Loreland Antipolo (2010)
This zip line is way much longer than what I’ve tried in Ecopark. They’re equiiped with pulleys and lots of knots going on.
We have to climbed stairs (into the soar tower) and there’s not much for an orientation, just sit and relax.
The flight is exciting because if the cables will snap, you might be kissing the dirt of the dry land. LOL! Then, I saw plenty of trees around the area and some of my friends who are still in the pool, even though I am spinning (as I was seated in the straps).
The worst part of the adrenaline ride is the walk back to where we came from. It was only a single-ride zip which cost one hundred fifty (150) pesos and which means I have to carry myself back on the slope, but by foot this time. I have good shots here photographed by Marvin. Please excuse the fats and bellies (what do you expect? I was tied up)!
Ugong Rock Adventure Zip-line @ Tagbinet, Puerto Princesa, Palawan (Nov. 2012)
Here is a shot of my travel buddy -Ate Fishy as she descend into the rice fields. She has this fear heights but when she became my friend (2010), and convinced her to do zip line (which she does in 2011) in La Mesa Ecopark,she would dare to go for lots of zip lines now.
This was a side trip for our Puerto Princesa Underground River tour, together with my other travel buddies, JC, Divina and Badet. But before you go down this zipline, you have to work your way up to the ugong caves (spelunking), first.
Ugong Rock is a 75-foot limestone formation in the midst of farmlands in Barangay Tagabinet. “Ugong” stands for the reverberating sound from the rocks (similar to a bell) when you hit or pounded with the knuckles.
We did all squeeze into a small opening. The cost of the spelunking (or caving) is two hundred fifty (250) pesos.
We all had a successful flight. I wish to post the beauty queen zip line pose I have but I am hesitant for I am the Face-Hidden-Wanderlust. Now, for this photo, forgive me but give me a chance to put a little portion of my face. LOL!
Anyways, what I love about this Ugong Rock Zip line, it was run by a village cooperative where locals are trained to operate the adventure park. Tourism as a way of helping people improve their way of living and providing employment for native Palawenos.
Suislide @ Danao, Bohol (Jan. 2012)
Danao Adventure Park with E.A.T. Danao or Extreme/Eco/Educational Adventure Tour, as an eco-tourism site to benefit the Municipality of Danao, Bohol and its people. This is what I usually like about my travels, I enjoy and I also help in improving others’ lives.
Here are my girls all set for a suislide. It has two lines, going forth and back. Coined from the word, “Suis“ (the sound of the cable ride once you get to slide) and “slide”. It could also mean a suicidal slide. It traverses around half a kilometer from one mountain to another, which costs three hundred fifty (350) pesos.
It was less than a minute ride but here’s a cue, when I screamed then I had already stopped (due to lack of air) but still the ride goes on. LOL! What if you fall? Kiss the world goodbye! This is what awaits you it’s a 50-meter free fall drop from the top of the 200-meter high cliff.
Tower Zip & Sky Lift @ Sky Experience Adventure, Crown Regency Hotel and Towers, Cebu City (Jan. 2012)
After the sky-walk and edge coaster, another adrenaline rush. Here is my partner for tower zip -Daisy. Yeah, that’s me as her background. LOL! Do you see my face? if you do, tell me so I could remove it immediately (Face-Hidden-Wanderlust).
What’s up with the zip tower? It was scary. If we fall, cemented roads awaits, lucky if not to be smashed by cars or much with a truck. Yeah, all is well, we survived it. But it was scary to be hanged in the middle of the cable! Why do they have to stop the engine as they lift us? I can’t remember any view, it was already 11PM when we tried this. Costs is One thousand (1000) pesos. Package of tower zip and sky lift, edge coaster and sky-walk.
Macahambus Zip-line @ Cagayan de Oro (Oct. 2012)
Here is my uncle who tour me in this adventure park. It was also his first time in the adventure park.
It was a short distance zip line but a little bit scary as well. Why? It was a rocking zip line, as you transverse to the other edge, they will rock the cable then you will feel that pull of the rope upward then downward, I though my pulley would be released from its grasps on the cable.Then, a large tree branch is along the zip, what could had been if I smashed on the branch? Well, I would just fall into the forest grounds just maybe 5-15 meters deep. Treetop adventure, zipline and tree rappelling costs only five hundred (500) pesos. Warning: do not wear your wedges like i did. Wear shoes that is suited for adventures like this. 🙂
Camp Sabros Zip-line @ Digos City, Davao del Sur
It was getting dark when we arrived and since my friends, do not wish to try anything but the tandem ride on the 380 meters zipline and cable lift, so I agreed on it heavy-heartedly.
It was not a long ride, but it was freaking scary because of its height from the ground but it has the most fascinating view of the forest an the coolest breeze I could remember. I feel like Bella (Twilight vampire character) for the pine trees pass by so quickly in my view. Here is an image of it. I shall return to this place, I swear!
I want to collect memories like this. I am not going to be young forever, right? So, better do this while my heart is healthy and my body is strong. But I wish even in my 50’s I could still do this. May the odds be ever in my favor! And I wish that others would try it, too.
I have never thought I can do all this crazy things. How about you?
I am just so proud of myself. That once in my life I did try to conquer my fears.