Monday, February 23, 2009

What it's like to be a Skywalker

It's good to try something extreme once in your lifetime. You might never know what the adventure brings unless you try it. Despite having fear of heights, this doesn't stop me from trying the amazing sky walk adventure!

It was a cloudy day and local news reported a low pressure in the area, but that did not stop us from our much awaited sky walk adventure.

Crown Regency Hotel and Tower is said to be the tallest building in all of Cebu -- with its 38-storey, you get to see the whole of it with your naked eye (almost). Paying around $15 for the tickets (1 for the entrance and 1 for the sky walk), we started ascending the 19th floor where we gave the ticket for the entrance and were then ushered to the 37th floor where the sky walk adventure awaits.

Sky walkers (that's us) were asked to sign a waiver before anything else. We were also asked to remove all jeweleries, accessories and the like. They got this numbered scanner-locker where you get to put all your belongings safely. Upon giving the remaining ticket, we were then ushered to the dressing area. Orange jumpsuits were hanging on a rack and so with white pairs of sneakers. It reminded us of those astronauts from the movie Armageddon. For sky walkers who were wearing slippers (that's me), I was asked to buy a pair of socks which costs me less than a dollar. I then get to wear those white sneakers.

Wearing the harness started me sweating. Indeed, a heavy piece of rope and metal combine. Another set of instructions were given after we settled with our harness. One of which is the "no pushing" policy which makes a lot of sense.

Anticipation rose higher when we stepped on the edge of the building and started our sky walk adventure. Some of my buddies went shouting, just to release the tension and nervousness. Cold wind whipped my hair and face. I was even shaking a little -- it's as if the wind is knocking me off. But all of which vanished when we saw the view below. It was tremendously amazing -- coastline, buildings, houses, streets, cars, mountains... everything! We even got to witnessed a fire from one of the building down the area where thick, black smoke started rising and fire trucks pushing through the traffic.

The entire walk around the building's edge was an amazing experience. We were even goofing around while their official photographer was taking pictures on us. Every penny was worth it. The experience was concluded with a huge bite of sandwich down at their snack bar.