Summer Trippin’

3 weeks of madness and randomness. of course many things were gone unrecorded, but these are some snippets of what happened :D

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OWD

it stands for OPEN WATER DIVE!!! whooooooo!!!!

I KNOW!!! Finally another tick from my bucket list (even though now Advanced Open Water Dive has been added to the list ;p) I am sooo so so grateful for this year, that I get to do so many interesting things that are not related with school… xp

IMG_2874So, after postponing it for ages, I decided to get myself into that underwater world :) I have always wanted to dive, but many things kept holding me back. Things like “no one to go with”, “it’s so scary”, “it looks so difficult and dangerous”, and all other kinds of what-ifs (you know what I mean!)

Things changed last year, when I was so lucky to meet this lady in her 60s, whom I admire so much! I met through CouchSurfing in Dresden! (yea, CouchSurfing!!!) She told me that she just did her OWD course in 2011! I was so ashamed seeing how she’s way more energetic and ‘younger’ than I am. She went rock climbing just a few years ago (!!!) and she climbed the tree in her garden to pick up the cherries (because she doesn’t have any ladder, she said) and she cycles to work everyday… Can you imagine now what kind of woman we are dealing with here? and you still dare to say that you’re young and lively and adventurous? think again!! ;)

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I’m falling with a style!

Another tick on my bucketlist! I was so grateful that to have the chance to skydive. The feeling was just incredible. For some reason, you don’t actually feel that ‘wooossh’ feeling in your stomach (like when you ride a rollercoaster). I LOVE IT!!!

It was in Taupo, North Island – New Zealand. Was so lucky to actually experience going inside the cloud!!! aarrrhhhh I felt and tasted the cloud!!! It’s cold and damp… I’ve always wanted to know how it feels to be on/inside a cloud (if you read Doraemon, i bet you will have this curiosity too!) and the view was just amazingggg! it kinda distracts you from the fact that you’re actually free-falling!

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the X factor

Dresden is one of the best impromptu weekend getaways I’ve ever done til now. Thanks to dum who suddenly told me that she’s going to dresden over the weekend while I was in Berlin and had settled the accommodation (thanks to CouchSurfing!) and thanks to mitfahrgelegenheit for existing and making this trip possible too! Decided to go only the day before the trip means I had no time to do any single research about dresden and whatnots! All I know is that I’ve heard people telling me that Dresden is a nice city (but again, there are sooooo many NICE cities in germany…) and I leave the rest to dum :D the only clue I’ve got about dresden came from my sommerkurs teacher. He mentioned “Altstadt, Neustadt, und Blaue Wunder”. And so I embarked on this life changing journey.

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rafting THE nile!

Rafting in the Nile has never been in my to-do list. Not because I didn’t want to do it, but because I had never thought I would go to Africa any time soon. Well, not until last Feb or Mar after I joined AIESEC NUS.

In short, after finally successfully convinced my parents that Africa is safe, Uganda it is. And it was a right choice too!

One of the best things there is the fact that the town where I stayed is the place where the Nile starts, or commonly called “The Source of the Nile” – a name that always sounds mystical to me! That also then makes Jinja a very touristy town.

White water rafting on the Nile is one of the best things ever!

the whole thing took the one afternoon. from morning we gathered at their meeting point near town, get our breakfast, and went to the river (which is about almost one hour away from Jinja) and start our adventure down the nile river. there are quite a number of rapids, ranging from grade 3-5. there was one grade 6 rapid that cant be passed through using a raft, so we had to alight and walked along the river bank and got back into our boat after that. haha. we also had the best pineapple on the raft during the lunch break.

i wouldn’t mind at all to go for another trip down the river!

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you can visit http://raftafrica.com/ for more info on the package.