Last Saturday my sister and I booked a table for the Dubai Flea Market in the lovely Safa Park to raise funds for the Philippines.
We woke up around 5.30am to prepare for a 8am market start!
We had about 10 huge super heavy jam packed bags. (My shoulders are still aching! haha)
Now when the doors open, the place is crazy. People are grabbing items, pleading for AED.10 on an item you planned to sell for AED.50… At first we started with items around AED.20-30 and ended up doing a AED.1 sale at the end to flog the items left!
Highlights of the market include selling a donated Justin Beiber biography (a friends joke secret santa gift!) to a very very happy little girl. and a fully covered older woman rushing to buy my spiky gold stage bra from New york… !
Woohoooo that moment after 7.5 hours of selling items that we sold it ALL! =D
In the end we raised an impressive AED.4000! Not bad for a days work hey?!
We would like to say a huge THANK-YOU to Haruka, Mary, Pauline & David, Elina, Lucy & Joe, Mustafa for your amazing donated items, you guys rock!!!! :D
The money raise will be going to the completion of the GOFUND ME REBUILDING PROJECT for our cousin’s home, RISE ABOVE CEBU & SOUL AMMO!
More news to come on how those various projects are making a difference! =)
There was always that paranoid voice in the back of my head either saying, ‘what if you’re too chicken?’ or ‘what if the parachute malfunctions and you … DIE!!!’ (a few dark nights lately ;))
BUT surprisingly I was quite relaxed and confident about it when the time came! (At least more than I thought I would be.)
I avoided coffee in the morning, (decided any kind of laxative would be a bad idea), had a few spoonfuls of good ol’ oats. (a good way to start the day) and made my way to Sky-dive Dubai.
Upon arrival the first thing I had to do was ‘sign my life away’ as the instructor told me. and that did basically consist of signing my name about 20 times on a few sheets of paper to promise that I accept responsibility that I might die (nice.)
Anyway, soon loosened up as we all joked around about what we leave in each other wills in such an instance.
I felt reassured by my pro-sky diver taking me on the tandem jump, as he’s done over 4000 jumps in the last 10 years. That is more than 1 jump a day for the last decade. Great record. So, if he was to mess up now, that would be VERY unfortunate.
So off we went up in a tiny plane, to the inhuman height of 13, 000ft. The plane only fit about 10 of us in the back… I felt like we were off to war or something!
But I must admit, I love being high up and the world looks so beautiful from up in the sky..
So I was excited! We were right above the impressively mad made Palm Jumeirah island.. about to take the plunge off this plane! NUTS!!!
Then there was the big test- the jump off the plane…
Actually for tandem its kinda easy, you put your legs back and let him do the jumping..
and now…what I cannot describe is the sudden feeling as you launch into the air and start to fall very fast with loads of air around you (the air is LOUD!) thats the crazy scary and fun part!! ;)
One whole minute of freefall with no parachute!
And, as mentioned before, this was all for a good cause too.
I’ve been asking for contributions towards an amazing project in the Philippines called “Rise above”, in aid of helping them to build a new school for kids.
All details here: http://riseabovecebu.wordpress.com/category/request-for-donations/
Peace and sunshine! =D
..I think I’ll do the ironing and watch some DVD’s tonight. nothings really gonna top that today ;)