Are you tired of your boring day to day routine? Well, I have good news for you! Give your day a twist of adventure with SandBox Pampanga at Alviera Subdivision.
Before we went to SandBox, I didn’t know what to expect. I’d seen videos of the Giant Swing and a few other activities, and that’s it. I thought SandBox was like one of those theme parks. Never in my wildest dreams would I think that I’ll forever remember my time here.
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SandBox Pampanga is an outdoor attraction that provides several activities for all ages.
Here’s a quick trivia. Did you know that SandBox Pampanga has the tallest giant swing in the country and the first roller coaster zip line in Asia?
Whether you are traveling solo, as a pair, or a group, SandBox in Alviera has attractions for you. There’s the archery, all-terrain vehicle (ATV), as well as a Splash Tub for all you Wipeout fans.
I got the chance to go to SandBox with my coworkers during our 4-day ELS team conference and chose Package A.
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To start, we picked Aerial Walk as our first activity and boy did we regret it. The adventure course starts easily with you balancing and walking through ropes. You’ll be provided with full gear including two special hooks which will help support you and ensure your safety.
After some rope and net walkways, you will slowly go up where the real challenge begins. Despite the hot sun, we had no choice but to finish the course so we can go down. I was terrified of the walkway where you had to balance yourself on a rope and walk while holding onto hanging ropes. I tried so hard not to look down because by then I was too scared.
The ropes wobbled, and my knees trembled but the only way down was to keep going. Now, if that wasn’t scary, the last three courses included zip lines.
You might be thinking, “Ooh ziplines. That’s easy.” But na-ah. It would have been pretty simple if all you had to do was enjoy the view. The worst part is that nobody is going to be there to fix your harness and attach the hooks to the cable. It’s all DIY.
I didn’t have any trust in my skills but seeing as the one before me made it alive to the other side, all I could do was fix the hooks and pray I don’t die. YOLO!
All would have been good. I just had to hold onto the dangling rope on the other side arrive at my destination. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen. I bounced back, and before I knew it, I was hanging in mid-air with one of my shoes on the ground.
The staff had to give me a rope to hold onto and pull me to the other side. While I was hanging, the only thing on my mind was “I could get used to this as long as I don’t have to do the rest of the course.” Sue me, but I was happy just hanging around and looking at the view.
But nooo, I had to push and finish the Aerial Walk.
By the time I was done, I was doing everything in my power not to go and be emotional. I wanted to kiss the ground, lie down, and never get up.
“Aaaah. Soil! How I’ve missed you, my old friend.”
Next up on our list is the Rollercoaster Zipline. After experiencing the DIY zip line at the Aerial Walk, I thought the Rollercoaster Zipline was a walk in the park.
But it had to have a twist. It’s not called a rollercoaster for no reason, after all. Sure, I rode the Hair Raiser in Oceanpark alone at Hong Kong, but I didn’t care.
Looking at all the curves at the zip line made me want to curse and ask God for forgiveness for all the bad things I’ve done. I felt like a prisoner on the death row list just waiting for her time to come.
Regardless of all my thoughts, I toughened up and screamed my lungs out while I zipped through all the bumps and turns.
Now, the nightmare wasn’t over. Free Fall was up next, and I wasn’t ready. The staff briefed us on how it was going to be.
First, he would hook us to the cable then once the gate is opened, take one step. Easy peasy. NOT.
If I was a man and I had balls, I bet they would shrink from looking at how high we were and thinking about how one step is gonna be the end of me. OMG. But I had to. This was already paid for, and no way in hell am I gonna miss out on experiencing something exhilarating such as this.
One by one, my friends did the Free Fall and before I knew it, it was my turn.
Hook. Good. Gate opens. Ok. One step. FREAKING AAAAAAH.
Yup. I was surprised I didn’t lose my voice with how loud I screamed.
It was fine, I guess. I felt dizzy after the Free Fall. I can’t even remember the time when I was falling. It happened so fast. It was as if I was Goku and got teleported to the ground in one second. That would have been pretty cool.
Next is the wall climbing. I’ve been typing away on my laptop for more than a year and never thought of exercising, so I wasn’t surprised when I gave up halfway.
I’d like to think I reached half. Yup. Half. 50%. Point 5.
This is probably my favorite. It’s a bit scary at first since you’re so far up but here is a tip. Whatever you do, Don’t. Look. DOWN. And you’ll be fine. I loved every bit of it and felt like Spiderman bending my knees, kicking, and loosening the rope.
Last on the list is the Giant Swing. I’ve loved swings ever since I was a kid so I was thinking this would be a piece of cake.
The only problem is, this one’s gigantic! To start, the staff will pull you up as high as the swing can go and without any warning, they’ll let you go.
Have you ever tried the Anchors Away in the Enchanted Kingdom? It’s a bit similar. The only difference is that you’re swinging with your feet hanging.
You can watch Drew Arellano’s video of the giant swing.
How To Get There
Via Private Car:
Address: Alviera, Porac Municipality, Pampanga
(Take the Porac Access Road from NLEX-SCTEX.)
- Ride a bus heading to Pampanga and alight at the Dau Terminal.
- Ride a tricycle going to SandBox Pampanga in Alviera Subdivision.
For more details, you can check out “How To Get To There” by Alviera .ph.
Travel Tip: You can book your bus tickets to Pampanga here:
SandBox Pampanga Details
Operating Hours: Wednesdays – Sundays 9:00am to 5:00pm
Tel. Nos.: 0917-8033099 / (045) 4320014
Tips and Reminders
You don’t need it, but I’ll let you in on some of my secrets.
- Tip 1. SCREAM. It helps relieve stress and makes you feel less scared. Trust me.
- Tip 2. Bring your own bottle of water. It’s expensive here.
- Tip 3. Think once, twice and thrice before choosing your package. It’s a life and death decision. Kidding.
- Tip 4. Expect the staff to go on lunch breaks so you might wait for a bit for them.
- Tip 5. Hold on tight.
- Tip 6. Don’t look down.
- Tip 7. If you’re looking for a place to stay, you can book villas in pampanga or choose Airbnb. Get your P2,200 ($44) Airbnb discount here!
Additional Tips From My Friends
- One of my companions had to stay behind to take care of her baby. These are her words not mine. Haha. “Very young kids will ruin your adventure excitement, so don’t bring them. “
- Rides are not for all ages.
- Wear proper footwear, *clears throat* rubber shoes preferably. I was told a couple ended-up complaining from the ‘aerial walk’ post as they are not wearing proper attire (they’re both wearing open sporty sandals). They went to the screener/cashier and requested to have their money refunded, made a scene? Slight! Haha. Tickets are not refundable, sooo.. the rest is history.
- If you underwent a major surgery/operation (e.g. cs delivery), wait until a year (12 mos) to pass before you can enjoy some of the rides.
We are survivors!
And that’s about it. Do you have any questions? Let me know in the comments below.
Our Camera Gear
- Mirrorless Camera: Fujifilm XT3
- Lenses: Fujifilm Fujinon kit lens (18-55mm) | Fujinon 35mm f2 | Fujinon 50mm f2
- Drone: DJI Mavic Pro 2
- GoPro: GoPro Hero Black 7
- Power Bank: Romoss Powerbank
- Camera Backpack: Case Logic Camera and Laptop Backpack
- Monopod: Ifootage Cobra 2 a180
- Mic: Rode VideoMicro
- Gimbal: Zhiyun Weebill-S
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