Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Cambodia Hot Air Balloon Crash Accident Part 1

it took me awhile to share what really happened during our hot air balloon accident in Siem Reap Cambodia last March 26,2013 more so because i'm not yet totally healed physically, emotionally and mentally...physically because i'm still undergoing my therapy, emotionally and mentally because up to this day, flights, heights, travel still fears me each time...so why now? after praying and so much praying, today, December 17, 2013, is our flight back to Siem Reap again...maybe if i go back, all the fears will be address...i know, satan is on attack thru our minds, telling us not to go, deceiving us that something not good will happen, and the like...but Han decided to push our plan by trusting God that He is sovereign, He is powerful, He is all knowing and He is in control of our life :-)

we just had finished our Thailand trip last March, and trip will end in Vietnam after Cambodia...here in Thailand, Cambodia border...



checked-in in this backpacker guesthouse...

upon arrival, while resting in the lobby, Hani saw this flyer at the front desk...


and some in the group joined Han to ride in a hot air balloon at 4 pm that day...after resting of more than 2 hours, the group bound to the meeting point of the ride...why did i said, "the group joined Han to ride in a hot air balloon"? i was not included. period. i was supposed to be the official photographer of the said group....why i don't like joining? obviously because ever since, my entire life, i am not a fan of such adventurous activity, especially if it concern heights...

noticed, there are two hot air balloon that was being prepared...


the group who ride the hot air balloon...

 
but event turn out differently...i was pushed, bribe and convinced by Han to ride but with a heavy heart
the owner asked us which color of the balloon are we going to choose, we chose the yellow, the white one was used by the other group, all foreigners...the white balloon was the first to go up, about 5 mins ahead of us...noticed too that there are a number of person holding the base, that's how big and heavy the balloon was...and it scares me seeing it that time...i already asking that if they are having a hard time putting us up, how can we go down then?

up in the air...everyone seems happy, even fooling myself that i am too, but inside i'm trembling...


i even heard Miko (the guy on my right wearing black shirt) said, "I'm fulfilling one of my bucket list"...

noticed again how high the balloon is now...




this moment was the last happy minute of my life when we saw the other white balloon crashing down ahead of us...i even said, " buti nalang hindi yung white balloon pinili natin"...who would think, our yellow hot air balloon will soon follow the crash!!!
then suddenly, the pilot whose with us announced that we were about to land...no explanation followed...but that landing we were expecting was worst than we taught...we are gonna crashed land too...
watched this video...from Jet's iphone...

how i wish, i have this man's courage to fly by himself...







to be continued...

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