The Rime of the Ancient Mariner/ The Flight of the Valkyries

Sea. Air. It’s like yin and yang, two polar opposites of this great chunk of rock we call Earth. I’ve been to both extremes of the horizon my 28 odd years here. I’m an avid traveler, novelty hunter and thrill seeker so I have a natural affinity to new experiences. Nothing rocks my boat (pardon the pun) more than travelling the world and the seven seas.


I’ve been deep sea fishing off the coast of Kota Kinabalu. Spending three days on a fishing boat with no showers and the smell of fish permeating everything is certainly an experience which…I’ve repeated several times. Heh! There’s just something about being in the open seas doing some honest backbreaking toil (jigging for tuna is hard work, okay).


I also enjoy hitting the beaches. The sun on my back, the sea in the horizon and the wind on my face…it’s paradise!


I’ve also been known to go au natural during my beach excursions. πŸ˜‰


Going a little higher in altitude, I’ve been snowboarding and skiing in Melbourne. Nothing beats hitting the slopes in winter when the weather is all gloomy and depressing.


Moving further up the stratosphere, I’ve bungee jumped, skydived and done all sorts of aerial acrobatics…such as this ride in Genting. SkyVenture is a “vertical wind tunnel” that does a pretty good simulation of the free fall experience of skydiving…short of jumping out a plane 4 kilometers up.

I’ve always felt that something was missing though…something important.

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It just didn’t feel…extreme enough. It felt too common, for a lack of a better word.

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I’ve been trying to top my experiences every single time. I like going to weird, out-of-place destinations like Sri Lanka.

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There are two places which I feel are rare destinations, one more so than the other. Antarctica requires at least RM 40,000 for the trip but comes with significant boasting rights. Not many people have been down down under.


The other is of course the “final frontier” – space. This group is so elite that only a handful of private citizens have actually gone into the great beyond. I’ve been following the Ansari X PRIZE with some anticipation…it’s a step in the right direction. One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind stuff.


I was pleased when Richard Branson’s Virgin group launched Virgin Galactic for an out of this world (literally!) experience, dubbed space tourism. As an avid traveler, you have no idea what appendages (and perhaps even dangly bits) I would give to have a go.


I was at the Guinness 250th Anniversary Global Contest launch at Aquaria, KLCC and I am pleased to announce that you (yes, you) will have a chance to do this and more! The launch was very well orchestrated, with divers unveiling a banner and consuming bottles of Guinness Foreign Extra Stout underwater.


In a nutshell, Guinness is giving away three unforgettable experiences:

Guinness Space Experience
The winner and a friend will fly to Virgin Galactic’s home at Spaceport America, New Mexico for training before going into space for a zero gravity experience.

Guinness Sea Experience
The winner and two friends get a unique opportunity to board the first ever Guinness deep sea bar off the islands of Norway. The four day trip to Lofoten Islands includes the experience of enjoying a pint (or six) 70 meters below sea level!

Guinness Studio Experience
The winner and two friends will get to see an exclusive live performance by The Black Eyed Peas at a recording studio as part of their forthcoming world tour! You’ll also get to spend some time hanging out with the band.

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Sea, space or stars (Black Eyed Peas la). No matter what, you’ll be getting one hell of an experience!


Learn more about the Guinness 20th Anniversary Global Contest here.

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31 thoughts on “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner/ The Flight of the Valkyries”

  1. Applicable to my mate, HB…..
    The Three Tests
    A fellow walks into a bar, notices a very large jar on the counter, and sees that it’s filled to the brim with $10 bills. He guesses there must be more than ten thousand dollars in it. He approaches the bartender and asks, “What’s with the money in the jar?”
    “Well, you pay $10 and, if you pass three tests, you get all the money and the keys to a brand new Lexus.”
    The man certainly isn’t going to pass this up. So, he asks, “What are the three tests?”
    “You must pay first — those are the rules,” says the bartender.
    So, after thinking it over a while, the man gives the bartender the $10 and the bartender drops it into the jar.
    “Okay,” says the bartender. “Here’s what you need to do:
    “First, you have to drink a whole quart of tequila, in a minute or less, and you can’t make a face while doing it.
    “Second, there’s a pit bull chained in the back with a bad tooth. You have to remove that tooth with your bare hands.
    “Third, there’s a lady upstairs who has never had sex … You have to take care of that problem!”
    The man is stunned. “I know I paid my $10, but I’m not an idiot! I won’t do it! You’d have to be nuts to drink a quart of tequila and do all those other things …”
    “Your call,” says the bartender …”but your money stays where it is.”
    As time goes on, the man has a few more drinks. Finally he says, “Where’s the damn tequila?”
    He grabs the bottle with both hands and drinks it as fast as he can. Tears stream down both cheeks, but he doesn’t make a face, and he did it in 58 seconds!
    Next, he staggers out the back door, where he sees the bit bull chained to a pole. Soon, the people inside the bar hear growling, biting, and screaming sounds … then nothing but silence. Just when they think the man surely must be dead, he staggers back into the bar, his shirt ripped open and he is bleeding from scratches and bites all over his body.
    Using the back of his hand to wipe some blood off the corner of his mouth, he looks around the bar and says, “Now, where’s that woman with the bad tooth?”
    The moral to the story:
    Listen carefully to the directions, and don’t trust your judgment after a few drinks

  2. DYMM_Tuanku: Haha! I’ve read this before but it’s still hilarious. πŸ™‚
    Jac: Alas! I’m planning on winning the trip to space (or at least the Norway deep sea experience). πŸ™‚
    Dave: Yeah, met the Master Brewer himself. Poured a perfect pint and got a cert too. πŸ™‚

  3. crappy booze: Haha! I’ll love to but I already promised someone I’ll bring her if I won the space trip. πŸ™‚
    I kinda owe her my life (can’t explain) so it’s the least I can do. πŸ˜‰

  4. Simon Seow: Me too actually. I won’t mind a pint (or three) of the black stuff right about now. Not FES, draft Guinness. πŸ™‚

  5. omg you lucky bastard this deffinitly goes in the cool thread section. i always wanted to do that and can you imagine being on exctasy and do that god damn you luck piec of dog shit. and blink 184 music what the fuck is up with that, ehat are we? in junoir high? at least throw in some nofx btw nice speedos no wonder you get all the chicks.

  6. WEEN: Heh! I missed your colorful language. πŸ˜‰
    Hey, I used to listen to Blink 182 back in college. Anyway, you can, there’s a huge one in Florida (I think) which the military uses for practice. πŸ™‚

  7. peekabooz: Yeah, and I learned something interesting during that night with Fergal (not this one, there’s another dinner thing). Guinness draft has a much lower alcohol content than FES (even after the latest reduction to 6.8%). Interesting right? I always subjectively felt the draft Guinness to be qualitatively stronger. πŸ™‚

  8. superwilson: I didn’t see you, sorry about that! Which one? The Fergal Murray dinner or the Aquaria KLCC launch?
    eiling: Haha! Must be young at heart. πŸ˜‰

  9. cindy khor: Yeah, it is! πŸ™‚
    I forgot, I also went on a helicopter ride, should have put that in as part of the air experience too. Heh!

  10. Purchasing Vs. Leasing
    The math on the Paul McCartney-Healther Mills divorce is as follows: After 5 years of marriage, he paid her $49 million. Assuming he got sex every night during their five-year relationship, it ended up costing him $26,849 per time.
    On the other hand, then New York Governor Elliot Spitzer’s hooker, Kristen, an absolute stunner with a body like no other, charges $4,000 an hour … for anything!
    If Paul McCartney had “employed” Kristen for 5 years, he would have paid $7.3 million for an hour of sex every night for five years — a $41.7 million savings! Value-added benefits are: a 22-year-old hot babe with two legs, no begging, no coaxing, never a headache, plays all requests, no bitching and complaining or “honey-do” lists. Best of all, she leaves when you’re done, and comes back when asked — all at one-seventh the cost. And NO legal fees!


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