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Fri
30
Jan '09

Day 10 – Koh Samui


We had a little stopover in Koh Samui, so what better than to go Bungee Jumping!!

Bungee jumping was something I had been dying to do forever and this was the perfect opportunity. I have to admit I was a little nervous but it was one of those things I decided before the trip that I was going to do no matter what so the thought of backing out never crossed my mind. The sign on the wall that said “Dump before you jump!” made me laugh and put me at ease.

The bungee seemed really tall but I’m not sure exactly how many meters it was, it was basically a huge crane suspended over a little swimming pool. We had the option to stop above the water or have our heads dunked in… I went with the dunking option to get the full experience.

Once you're strapped in you need to hop to the lift

Once you're strapped in you need to hop to the lift

After getting strapped in the tension began to build as I was slowly raised into the air. I didn’t look down all that much on the way up but when I finally got to the top looking over the edge was quite shocking. The once large swimming pool had turned into a tiny little cup of water! The thought that I might actually miss the water all together actually came into mind. I stood on the edge ready for the countdown… it went something like “3….. 2…. Devin don’t do it you’re gonna die!!… 1…. Go!!” and I went. I just kept my feet still and leaned forward.

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

I had gone skydiving before but I have to admit that Bungee jumping is far more freighting and intense. While you feel as if your flying when you skydive, when you bungee jump you know your falling straight towards the ground really really fast. If you’ve ever played the game Mirrors Edge, they do a great job of simulating what its like to fall off something so high. The wind blowing past your face is surprisingly loud and intense, your vision shakes with fury and the falling feeling you have is way more intense than a roller coaster drop. All you can do is yell for your life. But then right before you reach your certain death you slow down quickly and smoothly and as you bounce back up the realization of how incredibly awesome the experience was floods into you. It’s then fun to bounce up and down and spin around for a while before they attempt to fish you down with a long pole. Bouncing up and down like this does cause a lot of blood to rush to your head and your vision gets pretty blurry but it goes away shortly after you’re back on ground. After being fished down from the experience I had to chill out lying on the ground for a bit to catch my breath and check another accomplishment off my mental things to do before I die list. 😀

After watching and cheering for a few other friends who also made the jump we headed back to hang out for a while. That night after dinner however we decide to check out something Thailand is famous for the lady boy shows!

I wasn’t exactly sure what a lady boy looked like, and I have to say they come in… all different shapes and sizes… :O

Before the show we took some pictures with them on the street. Some of them are clearly lady boys, but others are incredibly realistic, in another setting you’d never guess they used to be a boy!

Ryan, myself and 2 boy-ahem girls.

Ryan, myself and 2 boy-ahem girls.

Outdoor promotions before the show

Outdoor promotions before the show

She looked incredibly feminine!

She looked incredibly feminine!

At first I was scared that the lady boy show would be slightly similar to the pingpong show, but it’s actually a totally family appropriate show full of singing and dancing. Most of the acts involved girls who used to be guys and guys who used to be girls doing choreographed dance moves and lip singing to music like destinies child. It was pretty well done and entertaining.

Quite the body for a former man!

Quite the body for a former man!

Dancing to 'Jump Jump Jump!'

Dancing to 'Jump Jump Jump!'

A very cool thing is the amount of acceptance the people have in Thailand. There is so much pointless persecution and hate towards people who are different in the world that it’s insane. Although this seems to be getting better and better every year in most places, it can still affect one’s life in smaller ways. Judging others with dislike even for less obvious things such as social status, weight, whether they smoke or not, or anything like that is all pointless. American History X had a good quote about persecuting others… and it was “Has anything you’ve done actually made your own life better?” Cultivating or encouraging a dislike for others can’t make your own life better, it can only create negativity. The more you accept the choices of others the more you can focus on your own happiness.

The performer who stood out the most was one who had the left half her body done up as a man with a moustache and a suit, and the right half done up as a woman with makeup and a dress! He/she sang a male/female duet all by him/herself!

That last sentence was intense…

Half Girl...

Half Girl...

and half guy

and half guy

After the show we all went out to party it up on the streets. The area we were in had a bunch of outdoor bars / clubs. I went to McDonalds grabbed two cheeseburgers and with one in each hand did a delicious cheeseburger dance at the club!!

Just another action packed adventure in the land of smiles!

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