9th MyBalloonFiesta | location: Desa ParkCity, Kuala Lumpur | dates: 10th-12th march 2017
here are some scenes from our evening spent with the hot air balloons in Desa ParkCity, yesterday. i've been looking forward to this since i discovered it's an annual line-up, set to fill the skies with more than 20 normal & uniquely shape balloons from 12 different countries. for some reason, i was always a little too late to check it out. i've heard lots of good things about it when it was held in Putrajaya over the past years! this year though, i made sure Ken & i joined in the fun :)
my messy hair aside—we went for the evening session with the General Admission pass. there were no flying balloons, only tethered ones—but it was a joy to see regardless. i suppose due to the recent weather all flights are scheduled early in the mornings over the course of 3 days, taking off from Putrajaya, the festival's previous location. an exclusive pass (known as MyBalloonClub pass) was sold for the morning sessions, prior to the event, where premium tethered rides are offered, with gourmet breakfast in a private lounge, along with a jazz performance. sounds fancy!
still, i had access to the balloon field to view the balloons up-close, chat with the balloonists (everyone seemed so happy and it was a joy to see) as they fired up the burner to fill the balloons with hot air, and sort of 'hop' from one spot to another, around the arena. the balloons were inflated in sequence and i liked how they filled the sky when the sun was setting. despite the grumpy weather (we were walking in a muddy field because it rained!) NO ONE seemed to be bothered except for us who came unprepared-should've had boots in backpacks, just in case. we could've also stayed on the road where the food trucks are and see everything from a 100-metres away—but how can we not be adventurous :)
i've got to say Wonderful Indonesia is a wonderful sponsor. at arrival we were welcomed by this man dressed in a beautiful Indonesian-themed outfit, while he walked among the food-hunting crowd in the 'Foodgasm Fest' area. we did missed out on a few more as i'm told there were more performances if we'd come earlier, maybe next time! this one was quite intriguing.
after the sun sets, the area was filled with people, moving closer to the balloons. the highlight of the night was the 'Night Glow Show' event - the balloons were lit up following a series of rhythmic music playing in the background. the teams of balloonists were really fired-up and kids were running around having so much fun. party time! i loved how they lit up the sky.
there was also a fireworks display but i missed a tiny bit of it while we were walking back to the car. still, i caught a glimpse and it was great. i do look forward to next year, definitely, because if there's one thing i regret, is for not viewing the early morning's mass ascension from Putrajaya where all the balloons took off. i'd be sure to catch that next year. i wish i could've seen the rooster and octopus-shaped balloons! weird shapes aside, i've always been fascinated by the science of hot air ballooning—the oldest form of aviation—the first human flight back in the 1700s—that brought us to where we are today, in the sky. yes i'm a nerd.
if you're in KL, today's the last day to join in the fun and i highly recommend going. the weather looks mighty fine this morning! more info here. tickets are sold on-site and gates open at 3.30pm. if not, there's always next year :)
note: this post is in-collaboration with the MyBalloonFiesta's media team, and i am grateful for the chance to share my own experience! Ken & i had such a good time—and i would've write about it regardless :) see you guys again next year! i sure need to catch the morning flights.