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went to this year’s hot air balloon fiesta, and i had to battle hordes of zombies err… the lines were so terrible (as compared to the previous years’) i’d probably get trampled on before my brains get eaten in the event of a zombie apocalypse, hahaha! anyhoo i found a spot near the fence, laid my trusty old lagu blanket and sat there until the program started.

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paragliders carried the philippine flag and there was a balloon that’s made to look like our flag (which is owned by an american per the commentators) which is coincidentally the hare balloon for the day and they made that one go up first… i gave it a small salute.

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they set off one balloon after another, some i’ve already seen, and some are new, but what stood out to me was the little boy and little girl balloons, it was valentine’s day that day and those balloons were sort of going out on a date, i think. haha.

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there were lots of vendors during the fest, there were fast food but i geared towards the sellers that sold, well, home-cooked style-ish.

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i settled for good old tocino though and i had the egg removed since i’m not the biggest egg fan but the seller was so kind she gave me vegetables instead. also, this came with the softest rice ever, just the way i like it! i bought sago too.

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i roamed around after eating all that rice and there are always still a lot to see… you can get some toys around the bazaars, ogle warplanes, buy souvenirs, evade obstacles… lol. i bought a few stuff for pasalubong and then our tour group headed home by ten am. i had fun yo!

yun lang.

♥ melai

i forced asked maki to come with me to the balloon fest this year. that meant waking up in the middle of the night plus traveling at 2:00 am in the morning equals one grumpy bestfriend, hahaha. but after finding our tour group in the middle of ortigas, and trying to sleep in a chartered bus, complete with a screaming kid, we made it to lubao, pampanga, where the philippine international festival 2014 was held.

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it was still dark when we arrived but we were greeted by mini kites, giant beer, and stalls selling hot air balloon lanterns and kites.

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we had some free time before they launched the balloons so i decided to have pork adobo binalot for breakfast because my stomach was grumbling. it was good, it had been a long time since i had salted duck eggs for breakfast. also, the stall was being manned by one whole happy family who joked around with me while they were preparing my food. thought that was cute.

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while waiting for the balloons, i still had the chance to photograph my travel factor id. it was pink this time for the girls, i had a blue one for our baguio trip before, so i was pleased. also very pleased with the coordinators this time, they were polite and made sure we were comfortable, except for the screaming kid in the bus, nyahaha!

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my old chucks are becoming my new travel shoes. also, there was a grass field where we could sit on unlike the last balloon fest.

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found more stalls that sell miniature hot air balloons like pancakes, and finally…

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a poor skinny optimus prime asking for donations. didn’t get to take a pixxor of bumblebee and iron man though.

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this pixxor was taken by nyles, from work. maki is smiling in this pixxor. wait, what? hahaha! anyhoo, we headed towards the front to see the balloons…

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oha oha! my favorite hot air balloons are the yamaha motorcycle, the caraco ice cream, and the giant blue jug. the good thing is that they didn’t do a race this year, instead they made the balloons fly and hover around, even the latecomers were able to see them.

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the balloons in midair look pretty ozumm and no, the beer ones do not float, hehe. aside from ogling balloons there were other things you can do at the festival…

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there were paragliders to watch out for…

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or you can play with the non-screaming kids…

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there were so many food stalls and food trucks as well… all those food smells and good drinks! maki treated me with onion rings from bk!

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we also lounged around in the grassy area where they set up a giant screen showing one of manny pacquio’s previous fights. thought that was a good way to keep the people entertained.

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maki and i got souvenir shirts too! these were silk screened on the spot. mine’s blue with red and i wore it when i got home.

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there were other things that were good for pasalubong… i bought pianono rolls, which were really good, i wish i’d bought some more and an oregano herb, it’s the dominican kind i think. yes, for some reason they sold plants during the fest, i hope i find cherry tomatoes next year! over-all i really had a blast, special thanks to my best friend maki who’s willing to endure my quirks every now and then.

yun lang

♥ melai

i’ve been wanting to go to this even for a long time… buti nalang ang bait ni maki at sumama siya sakin sa malayong kaharian ng pampanga. hahaha! sumakay kami sa flying bus and we’re off to…
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the 18th philippine international hot air balloon fiesta … it was a good thing i wasn’t able to find tickets at the mall because they were just those regular tickets printed out like in the movies. the tickets at the gate were the large ones you could keep as a souvenir. hihi. also, since we had a bit of time before the program, i bought a…

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tee shirt … which is kind of oversized because all they have are those giant guy shirts. felt bad a bit because maki wasn’t able to get one, mas maliit siya sakin ee. anyhoo, will use for jogging, hehe. tapos, there were lots of kids hurling

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kites around in the hopes of making them fly. hehe. one of them was able to fly this rainbow colored one. after a while, whoever was in charge started

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inflating the hot air balloons. yehey! nakakaamaze lang kasi para silang bumabangon galing sa tulog, tapos hot air yung coffee. lol.

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paraglider … this one carried our flag and went in loops over the field while the national anthem was playing. afterwhich, the

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hare balloon started the race. they called it hare because hares do start races, although it would have been better if it was really shaped like a bunny. hehehe. and then the rest of the

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kooky hot air balloons followed. i thought the tulip bouquet one was pretty but my personal favorite is the space shuttle one… i kind of like how the way it looks like a killer whale plus its pilots were the most cheerful.

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fly … it was really ozumm watching these balloons fly and the view is better when they’re flying together. we milled around for an hour or until the breitling jets did their heart stopping air show. guess who had fun the entire time?

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these girls of course. here’s a shout out to shane, miming, david, and max, maybe we can go next time naman… more pixxors here. some of the shots were maki’s. hihi.

yun lang.

♥ melai


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