I didn't know what I got myself into at that moment. I couldn't quit, so I just shouted, "OH MY GOD!," as I jumped off the cliff.
Let's take a step back to the events before that epic jump...
I invited my friends, Cristine and Feiling, to join me on another trip to Bali. And because I've been there several times, and mostly for surfing and eating, I convinced them to do some paragliding. I don't know how I did it, but my friends agreed! Maybe I offered to cook or bake for them? I forgot. Hahaha!
A week before our trip, I requested Feiling, who is Indonesian, if she could book (and even negotiate) our Paragliding activity with a local company. She was able to find a good instructor and company for us!
So the day came for our paragliding...
Our driver picked us from our hotel to bring us to the starting point. He kept on telling us that the wind was really good, and that we would enjoy it.
In the car, I kept asking myself why I came across with this stupid idea of paragliding. I secretly wanted to back out, but there was no turning back as I saw the entire crew waiting for us.
At the moment we stepped out of the car, the crew asked us on who wanted to go first. And yes, both my friends looked at me and said in chorus, "Mary!"
Bloody hell! I was going first - meaning I would be the sacrificial lamb.
After a minute, I saw myself strapped next to the instructor. There were no instructions, only voices telling me to run.
"Run! Run!," the instructor and the rest of the crew commanded.
Oh-kay, I ran as fast as I could.
"You need to jump off that cliff,"
My heart was racing, and I panicked, "What do you mean jump?"
The instructor again said, "Jump! Now! Jump!"
So, friends, here is the video of our paragliding (and surfing) weekend in Bali:
IncrediBALI from Lani Sara on Vimeo.
It was absolutely one of the most awesome experiences I've ever had. Imagine running off the cliff and seeing the Indian Ocean below you. Unbelievable!
Will I do it again? Yes! I'm even planning to try something more extreme. But I have not found the courage to skydive. I've been trying to find excuses not to do it for quite a long time now. :-( I know, I'm a chicken...
** With the special participation of my friend, Melody, who joined us in Kuta.