Throwing In A Skydive With The Unpacking

The Saturday a fortnight ago was special. We had just moved into our new apartment for two days, workmen were still fixing up stuff here and there, and I scooted off to Sentosa because iFly was doing a never-before (and likely never again) schedule of real tandem skydives over the island, and I had been invited to jump out of a helicopter as the passenger of a tandem instructor with 6,000 jumps under his belt.

It was the most exhilarating experience anyone could possibly have over Sentosa or over Singapore for that matter. I mean, who gets to take a break from unpacking boxes of household effects by jumping out of a helicopter from 10,000 feet? For that, I have to thank Lawrence Koh of iFly for planning and convincing what must’ve been 20 odd government agencies like the Civil Aviation Authority, NEA, STB, MDA (make sure Miyagi doesn’t say “fucking cheebye” when he jumps or else we will have to censor him) to allow for such an historic event.

Mr Ashley Smith, my tandem instructor from Darwin, was a great pair-up for keeping me relaxed and not overloaded with repetitive instructions. For 45 seconds of freefall and the ensuing dunnohowmany minutes of parachuting down to Palawan Beach I had the best view of Singapore and the Riau Islands. Landing on Palawan also meant I could strip off my gear and run to the carpark to rush home to unpack some more before Naomi got too upset at my little ‘chute break.

Helicopter, or fixed wing aircraft jumps for that matter are hard to come by in Singapore, unless you’re an airborne trooper in the Army. Even then you’re looking at jumping overseas. So for a fraction of the price and time, you can still experience the thrill of flying at iFly’s world’s biggest vertical wind tunnel at Sentosa. I did it once last year, and strongly recommend everyone give it a go. You may like it enough to make it a regular sport and compete like the flyers did at the World Championships last fortnight.

"Once you're ready to let go of the helicopter, we can jump, mate!"
“Once you’re ready to let go of the helicopter, we can jump, mate!”
Stepping out
Stepping out
Hello sky!
Hello sky!
That's the helicopter above us
That’s the helicopter above us
Tried to scream but no sound came out
Tried to scream but no sound came out
And this is how I looked AFTER I composed myself
And this is how I looked AFTER I composed myself
Best facelift treatment ever!
Best facelift treatment in Singapore ever!
...and some say Batam
…and some say Batam
There's no ERP here. Thumbs up!
There’s no ERP here. Thumbs up!

Merry Christmas From A New Home

It feels really good to be in a new home, and one that is long term and free from the whims of landlords and ever-increasing rents.

Without actually giving away our address, we’re happy we’re in relative seclusion where night time temperatures are actually several degrees cooler than the rest of the island, and where WE HAVE MONKEYS!

Lone Ranger
Lone Ranger
From our kitchen window a couple of days ago, we saw a lone monkey – our security guard says he’s a lone ranger – climb into two terrace houses via open bathroom windows, roll around on sofas, carpets, and come out onto a balcony with a pack of cigarettes, sampling each one (chewing, not lighting up) before throwing them all over the place. The windows of all the houses were shut the next day. So were ours, because when I went to the bathroom the day before, that same monkey had startled me so much with his silhouette on the frosted bathroom window I had forgotten that I had needed to use the toilet.

There’s still some unpacking and figuring out storage to do, but from our new real home, Kai, Naomi and I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and peace, love and happiness for the new year.