Friday, June 16, 2017

Zashgal's Tandem Sky Dive

Well Well Well.. It was a dream I had for two years ever since I saw my friend's friend jumping out of a plane. My friend said she got a free chance to jump as a part of a fund raising campaign. I watched that video more than 10 times dreaming to jump one day.

Afterwards, I checked online how much is the package to jump in Dubai over the palm islands. Ooh my God! It was $555 at that time. Had to give up the idea as I was doing my very first job and could not afford. Also tickets cannot be purchased over the counter. You have to book in advance and usually you get a date almost after 30 to 40 days. So yes there is a waiting period and have to plan the tour accordingly.

Right after two years, I got an opportunity to do a short term assignment in UAE, which offered me the chance to live there for 3 months. Very first thing I did was booking my tickets to SkyDive. I didn't tell my family about this as they were dead against it. 

I landed in Dubai on the 19th January 2016, booked my tickets and the due date was 13th February 2016. I was really excited as it was a dream come true. 
I was counting days for this and on the day before 13th February, I had this weird feeling and nightmares of me dying. I started watching SkyDive accidents. I recorded videos on my phone saying my family I am sorry. I sent around messages to all my friends. It was a sleepless night.

My SkyDive was a Tandem SkyDive which means I am attached to the front of an instructor using a special full-body harness. Four attachment points ensure I am stuck to him like glue.

My SkyDive was scheduled at 10.30 am, so I have to travel for 1 hours time from the hotel I stay. Easiest way to travel in Dubai is to take the Metro. Although it stops at all the stations, we can easily predict the time we arrive at a destination. So I took the metro and was not so sure about the exact location. Google maps helped me to reach the destination.

Image may contain: 1 person, smilingWeather was nice and I am alone. Most of the Sky Divers were with their friends or family. I didn't care about it. I went to the SkyDive Product merchandising shop and bought myself a T-Shirt. I was excited looking at people landing by parachute. I went to the cashier and got my coupon for the day and sat in the waiting area to see who is my instructor. 

The plane number and instructor's name was displayed on the TV screen in the waiting area. I got mine. Yellow Plane and my instructor was Mic. 

After fifteen minutes, he called my name louder. I walked to him and greeted. He gave me my gear and helped me to wear it. He instructed on how to float up in the sky. How to keep my feet and hands.

We waited for another ten minutes for others to prepare. In a flight they take 4 divers, 4 instructors and 4 photographers. 

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The plane is pretty small with horizontal seating. For a moment I felt like I am going to battle as I have seen those kind of plane rides only in movies. 

I think all of the divers were first timers and they were excited too. Its not only excitement, its a moment between life and death. The door shuts. It is not a usual flight and it was extremely loud. As we climbed towards the clouds I saw Dubai Marina Skyline gets smaller. More buildings revealed themselves across the ocean below.

Maybe 10 minutes into the flight, Mic asked me to sit on his lap. It was bit awkward. I gave him a look with a smirk. He explained, it’s not personal, strictly business and he laughed. We must link together and tighten down all the straps before the big jump.

Photographer started recording from that moment onwards. He asked me, do you have anything to tell. I said, I can tick off this task from my bucket list and I love you all. :D 
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15 minutes after takeoff we’re finally at 15,000 feet. The pilot signals that he’s in position. Oh shit. It’s all happening a bit too fast.
Do I lean my head back and then cross my arms? Or is it the other way around? I can’t remember if it matters or not. The door is open. This is actually going to happen.
Image may contain: 2 peopleI’ve been pretty calm up until this point. Suddenly adrenaline is rushing through my veins. Wind is whipping around the cabin. I can’t hear anything.
Mic yells for me to stick my feet outside the aircraft. I do what he says. There’s a tiny metal step outside, barely big enough for both of my feet to rest on.

For the first few seconds we tumbled through the sky in a weightless front flip. I can’t tell which way is up. The earth spins. I was completely disoriented.

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Gravity is pulling us downward faster and faster. My mouth is open, and the air quickly dries it out completely. With no hair on my head, my goggles start to slip off.

It’s difficult to process what’s happening though. My mind can’t handle the sensory overload. It’s never experienced these sensations before.
Image may contain: 1 person, skyWe’re still falling, but I can feel air pressure building up beneath us.

It was the moment, floating up in the air having a fantastic view of the Dubai Palm Island. Buildings are so tiny and it was an amazing view. I felt like I am a kite. It was amazing

Image may contain: sky and outdoorSuddenly the free-fall experience stops with a jolt. Tony has pulled the ripcord, unleashing a massive parachute that quickly slows us. 

The jump isn’t over yet though…
Hanging at either side of me are a pair of steering lines. We can control our direction with them, pulling right to turn right, left to turn left. Pulling hard on one side creates a fast downward spiral.
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We glide towards the Earth like this for another 7 minutes. Soon I spot the landing zone. It was so much fun and our photographer landed first and started to take picture of us landing. It was amazing. I couldn't feel my feet for 3 seconds and couldn't stand up on my feet. I still don't know why.

That was ones in lifetime experience and I think I can proudly talk about it throughout my life. 

Sunday, January 1, 2017

1st Day of 2017

I always have this unclassified feeling on the 1st day of the year. I really cannot say what it is because I get this feeling every year on 1st of January. Weird right? May be not... 

I think its the excitement I have towards a new beginning, excitement of being fresh and I always believe I can do better and be a new person on this day. I am sure most of you would have the same feeling and it fades away with time and with all the busy schedules. 

So I was thinking how to feel the same throughout the year. How to be fresh and maintain the excitement. I hope this tip will help you in someway to keep the excitement up especially if you get bored very soon.

If you have a bigger task to do, always have smaller milestone so this will keep you on track as well as it will give you the feeling of accomplishment. A simple example is your target is to learn to play the guitar. Set a target --> within two weeks I will learn the basic 3 chords and practice everyday one hour. By the end of two weeks, you can evaluate your own performance and if you have sticked to your plan, definitely you will be happy and you will feel that you have accomplished. Smaller goals help you to reach the bigger target effectively.

All you need to do this is your own commitment, or you can ask help of someone who is living with you, just to keep track of what you are doing and motivate you. This can be a family member, a friend, a corewvorker, girlfriend, boyfriend etc. I believe then these tasks will be more easier.

So good luck.. 

I am excited, I have listed so many things for this year. Will see how it goes.. 

Friday, December 30, 2016

Zashgal's 2016

2016 is of course a great year. Ticked off so many things which was due in my bucket list.. Just to mention few, skydived, gallivanted across Europe, visited few wonders of the world, lived alone far away from family, And it is great with almighty's help I can now happily tick off one more task which was inspired by a movie, Ek Villan, (If you haven't watched, please watch). The task is "Change someone's life into something great"

I was doing it for the past 3 years and while doing it, had to face so many challenges, tears and heartbreaks but I never gave up because I had only one good objective. Now I was able to do something extremely big just to make it extremely grand and tick off my task from my to do list.

I learnt the biggest lesson and I think almighty God wanted me to learn this greatest lesson because I was a lazy bum giving up on things very fast.. heehee. :D ,
So the lesson is you should not give up trying when you fail and keep on believing in yourself. Inspiration is the unlimited love I have towards this person and it gave me so much strength to believe in myself and also to believe that I can do anything for this person just to make this person's life beautiful.

I wish if I can write about this more, but I prefer to keep quiet because, doing good is a business with almighty God and myself.

But the happiness and the satisfaction of achieving something great and changing someone's life completely is a great feeling and I am sure God will bless me and pour his love, affection and guidance. Also I believe God wanted me to approach this person because he truly wanted to bless and make all the dreams come true. So I was his agent and nothing more than that.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Mighty Oak

Stand tall oh mighty oak, for all the world to see,
your strength and undying beauty forever amazes me.
Though storm clouds hover above you,
your branches span the sky,
in search of the radiant sunlight you
count on to survive.
When the winds are high and restless and 
you lose a limb or two,
it only makes you stronger, we
could learn so much from you.
Though generations have come and gone
and brought about such change,
quietly you've watched them all yet still
remained the same.
I only pray God give to me the strength he's 
given you,
to face each day with hope, whether 
skies are black or blue,
Life on earth is truly a gift
every moment we must treasure,
it's the simple things we take for granted
that become our ultimate pleasures.

Source: #FamilyFriendPoems

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Blinking Stars

Loads of stars up in the sky
Just together blinking alike
Each of them has a very own story
Light years away all lonely

Blinking Stars

Loads of stars up in the sky
Just together blinking alike
But each one of them has their own story
Light years away all lonely...

Saturday, August 13, 2016

චංචල සිතිවිලි

කවි පෙළක් ලීවෙමි කොලය පුරා
ඉරි ඇඳ කැපුවෙමි දෙවරක් නොසිතා
ලීවෙමි ආයෙත් කවිය මුල සිට පද ගොතා
ගුලි කර විසි කලෙමි නැවතත් කොලය ඉරා

ලෙංගතු සිත ගැන පබඳින්න තරම්
හයියක් නැත මක්කැයි මම නොදනිම්
කැඩපත දනී මගේ සිත් තැවුල්
නුඹ දකිනා මුව යට සැඟවුණු වියවුල්

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