6.16.2012

Blissful Oblivion at Angeles City Flying Club

I was 900 feet above the ground, clasping nervously on the ultralight metal stilts and savoring the cool air slapping on my face and body. Yes, I was atop the ground... flying... soaring higher and higher... gliding above the golden fields, houses and mango trees looking like a bonsai from afar.


With an ultralight plane piloted by Art Azcuna, I too experienced such adventure which most will salivate and desire to explore enviably.




My friends who are all wheelchair-bound and I excitedly planned this trip. Aside from our excitement and eagerness to ride and enjoy this hobby of our friend, we all managed to have a barbecue party complete with the swarm of flies from a poultry nearby and everything still tasted so good! From time immemorial, Art was engrossed with extreme sports like the most recent, being a 4x4 enthusiast irrespective of his injury. When he was still able-bodied, he was engaged in motocross, hunting and jet-skiing.


Liza, Joon, Doc Jun and Jericho, together with Yahoo (Liza's daughter) and the many personal assistants (PAs) enjoyed this wonderful and peculiar experience. The sun was extremely at it's peak while beads of perspiration continued to trickle on our faces. Our spirits were never daunted though it started to drizzle later on in the afternoon. However, the feeling of being on top of everything though brief is simply liberating despite our inability to walk. We flew... releasing our thoughts from our worries, escaping momentarily from the reality, oblivious to our physical limitations and enjoying the flying moment at the Angeles City Flying Club in Pampanga!



 

Postscript:
We used to be able-bodied once in our lives. We use the wheelchair full time due to spinal cord injury caused by either vehicular accident, gunshot, and swimming pool accident.

109 comments :

  1. Girl, you are brave! I don't think I could do that. I don't even like flying in a big plane.

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  2. Oh... I like the new background, too!

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  3. How wonderful!!!
    So happy that you were able to fly, like birds in the sky.
    The freedom, the joy...all of this was conveyed in your post. Thank you!

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed reading the post. You are welcome!

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  4. Oh my, what an incredible experience. So glad you posted about it. I've often wondered if I would enjoy doing this. Looks like you had a lot of fun. Looks like an amazing group of friends!! Nice looking group!

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    1. Yes, we had so much fun though the wind was really slapping hard on my bare face :D

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  5. What a wonderful experience! And how brave you all are.

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  6. I think this is wonderful - love seeing it. sandie

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  7. It looked like a wonderful time! You are so much more braver than I would have been (I don't like heights :)

    betty

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    1. It was a rare experience I'd like to revel at over and over again :D

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  8. Omg interesting I've never tried it there :o AND I WANNA TRY ITTTTT hahahaha! It's kinda scary though it's a risky adventure! xx Forever Nineteen

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    1. Try it! It's not really risky though it looks like it.

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  9. Aaaahhh I wanna try it but a part of me's scared! :)) xx Forever Nineteen

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  10. You guys are much braver then me....:)

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    1. We did it to have fun and enjoyed the experience Ms Dee :D

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  11. gosh...that was a wonderful experience for you!
    its so nice that you share to us your adventures

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  12. Wow, this is a really inspiring read. I have always loved the sky but never really thought of actually going on air like this. Will definitely put this on my life list!

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    1. The thrill of being up there is really fun. I hope you experience it also :)

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  13. I love extreme adventures and this one is truly exciting. Is this ride also available for general public? I really wish I could also experience flying in that lightweight plane.

    I salute your support group! Nothing really should hinder enjoying this wonderful life! You're so inspiring!

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    1. I'm not sure if this is open for the public. You can always inquire, Ate Beng and the place is highlighted in red.

      Thank you for your kind words :D

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  14. Wow, it is nice to see j high spirited individual like you. keep believing.

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  15. Looks scary, but I would love to try it, if I could. hehehe.

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  16. Ang galing, to think not all very able-bodied people will have the courage to do this.

    If I save enough money, I'm trying this!

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  17. I want to try that too. Masha'Allah for your wonderful group. Keep it up dear.

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    1. I don't know what masha allah means, but thank you. I tried to google it but the result seem to be not the one I want to know.

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  18. wow i wish i had the courage to ride a small plane! i wanna try it though... and your support group was amazing, very inspiring :)

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  19. Some brave and adventurous souls. Looks like fun for all. Great support group.

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  20. I envy your arial experience. I've been very ambitious lately daydreaming about skydiving, and yet I've never had this sort of plane ride.

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    1. That skydiving dream may be a reality if you pursue it :D

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  21. I want to try that too. It mustt be liberating. I admire your braveness and your positive outlook in life. :)

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  22. I would love to TRY that out! I chicken out on rollercoasters, but adventures like this one, I am not scared.

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  23. You are so brave indeed! I am so afraid with heights and I salute individual who can do like this.
    Hope you can visit me back too. (www.iconnectworld.com)

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  24. It looks fun and exhilarating, oh maybe a little nerve-wracking for first timers but it's something I'd be willing to try.

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  25. what an experience, I wonder if I can do it..:) and it looks like you guys had a great day..

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    1. Yes, we had a great day and anyone who has the courage to try can surely experience it :)

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  26. double wow, to be able to do those things and be able to inspire...

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  27. I am from Pampanga, and just a few minutes away from the AC Flying Club, but I still haven't got the chance to take a ride above the clouds! *envy much* Haha! Glad to hear you had a wonderful time!

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  28. That is awesome. I am so glad that you all did that... You had to have been very brave in order to do that... Thanks for sharing.
    Hugs
    Betsy

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  29. I salute you! I don't have the courage to do such an activity! But I'm sure that it was indeed a wonderful experience for you! :)

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  30. when i read the first part, i was thinking how brave you are, since i would not fly in this thing, but by the time i got to the end of your wonderful and heart touching story, I know why you did it. I did not realize you are in a wheel chair, is that you in the orange shirt? what a wonderful way to become free in the air. i am so happy for you that you had this opportunity with your friends, even the flies with the good food. that is what happens here when we eat outside, bugs come flying to torment us. great post Farida

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  31. Farida, I so enjoyed reading of your soaring experience with your friends. Excellent adventure and writing. blessings ~ tanna

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  32. this is awesome indeed!!

    what a fantastic experience! i don't think i would try that out...i'm so afraid with heights.
    you're my hero!

    thanks for this post:)

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  33. First of all thank you so much for your always lovely comments on my blog! Glad to have you stop by and visit. This post was amazing and so uplifting. How wonderful to have such an experience with your friends. I could feel your happiness and joy!!

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  34. You are such an inspiration! God bless you more!

    Loved your blog site Farida! :)

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  35. Oh to be up in the clouds, looking down from an open glider like this would be a thrill of a lifetime. Color me green with envy.

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  36. You are much braver than I am! I'm not a lover of high places. but I'm so glad you were able to experience it!

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    1. Thank you. I'm glad our friend invited us to join him :)

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  37. Wheelchair bound or not it's such a great experience! You're so brave!

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  38. That seems to be a very exciting experience. I bet all you guys had fun.

    This post made ma remember something I should blog about. Will write about it soon.

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    1. Yes, the fun and experience will be remembered forever! :)

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  39. Galing nyo, so daring! I'm not sure I'll have the nerve to do this.:)

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  40. You're ohh so right! I so envy you right now! I really wanna try that, but I don't know, I'm a bit scared, plus is so expensive as well.. I've already tried parasailing and this is next to my list.. =) You're all so brave!

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  41. Very inspiring! You guys are so brave! Nalulula na ako sa mataas na building, ito pa kaya? I wish you more fun adventures ahead! God bless!

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  42. AMAZING! This is inspiring! I'm glad that with or without wings, you guys are determined to soar high. You aren't disabled, you were enabled to believe and inspire.I truly admire all of you.

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  43. i agree with verna that this is indeed inspiring, you didn't let your situation ruin your outlook in life and you are still having fun.

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  44. This is fun and exciting but I do not know if I can do that...am so scared :-) hope that you have a wonderful time :-)

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  45. wow that was awesome I'm gonna vomit if I ride that

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  46. Wow, you are so brave, i doubt if i can do that!

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  47. oh how fun!! lucky you!! I would be scared!

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  48. That's great! you are really brave :)

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  49. looks like a really happy ride, ooh, how i wish i can experience this too.

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    1. I'm sure you will experience this if you pursue it :)

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  50. It must have been wonderful to feel so free flying in the air like that. My husband was able to try the ultralights early this year and he also had a blast during the flight.

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    1. Your husband and I may have the same sentiments on this thrilling experience :)

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  51. i would love to try that! i think it will also be perfect here when the sky is clear and it is windy.

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  52. that's a very exciting experience. :)

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  53. Wow! This is too awesome! Wish I can try this too in the near future.. :D

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  54. Awesome and exciting experience, I wish I can experience this ride someday.



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    1. Yes to both and hope you experience this too in the future :)

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  55. How did it feel to fly? Parang takot ako! But it looks like a fun and wonderful experience.

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  56. Oh, you experienced flying na? I envy you Ms. Farida. You are such a brave lady.

    Mommy Maye2

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