looking down from the view area and seeing the depth gravity would take me should a freak accident occur, i was, of course, hesitant to try danao adventure park’s suislide, which, according to my research, is the country’s tallest and longest zip line as of december 2008. it’s about half a kilometer long, which is crazy because i can’t even imagine one full kilometer and then i have to divide that imaginary line up!
wait, let me figure out the damn unit first. i didn’t memorize the unit conversion table for nothing! lol.
1 km = 1000 m
1 m = 100 cm
1cm = okay, scratch that. this is getting ridiculous.
anyhow, let me give you a very graphic measurement of the zip line’s length — it’s very, very long. like you have to cross from one mountain to another. mountains separated by a river, for crying out loud! i don’t mean to exaggerate but i honestly can’t describe “half a kilometer” in a way that would make you understand without me giving you a run-down on how to convert units of length using the conversion table. so let’s just put it at that.
to give you the official definition of suislide, it’s basically a zip-line consisting of a pulley suspended on a cable mounted on an incline cliff. Suislide is the local version for zipline, a sky ride or a slide for life. Sui-slide is coined from the word, “Suis“ (the sound of the cable ride once you get to slide) and “slide”. It could also mean for some who is so much petrified with heights to be a suicidal slide. oh, yeah, and it costs Php350. two way. if you want another go, you can get it at a discounted rate. really worth it.ü check out their website: http://www.eatdanao.com.
my sis and i decided to do it together because we wanted to pose together for the camera while in the middle of our ‘flight.” but i opted not to post the official 50-peso photo here because, to put it gently, i looked like a fucking retard. these photos here taken by my dad would just have to suffice.
the 45-second ride while i was strapped to that harness was probably one of the greatest thrills of my life (like i had any other! lol.). i have to admit i was kind of scared at first but then i saw kids — kids! — so eager to take their turn that i was almost ashamed of my fear. but other than that stupid fear, i promised ram i’d take that first zip line experience with him so it made me feel guilty for about 3 seconds. give or take 2.
of course i held on to my harness the first 8 seconds but then later on, i was spreading out my arms that my sis and i had to fight for “arm territory” because she wanted to spread her arms too. i was like, “samoka ana imong kamot oi!” and she was like, “imong kamot samok!” at first she was screaming “i’m afraid of heights!” and i was like, “hilom oi!” lol. it was funny. but we really had fun. we even sang ♪i’m like a bird, i only fly away♪ in the middle of it all. i loved watching the river below us and the mountains around us, with the cool wind on our faces. it was awesome! seriously. i would definitely do it again. hopefully, with ram na ‘coz i can’t keep screwing up my promises na jud. maybe then we could try “the plunge,” a variation of bungee jumping. wee!!! =)
i don’t know this guy personally, apart from seeing him in youtube, but i uploaded his video right here so you would know what suislide feels like. or at least you’d get an idea.