Saturday, March 17, 2012

4th Putrajaya International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta

Finally the long-awaited fiesta is here! For 4 days, the whole Putrajaya is experiencing a massive traffic jam since early in the morning. Well, when else would it be so crowded?

I had no choice but to be really patient with the slow traffic, then fought for a parking space, and squeeze myself like a sardine along the street! 90% of the people there are holding the bulky cameras, trying their best for some good shots of the day. 


The map is generally useless, because the whole place is kinda small and well-guided by the volunteers.

At only RM10, you can get a ride in the hot air balloon, which brings you up to 4-storey height. I felt being cheated coz' I have always thought it can bring me high up to the sky.


Wanted to try riding on one like this? Then you have to be well-trained and obtain the license. 


Riding on colorful balloons can be interesting, despite of the hot weather. You can overlook the whole Putrajaya from here, which most of the scenery are elegant designs of various mosques and government buildings.


If you cannot stand such a height, then do go for some boat riding sessions. Go around the lake, while,(well, again) enjoying the scenery of the mosque.


Then this really attracts me because it gives me a chance to actually float on the water without getting myself wet. Well, forget this idea since I'm phobic of water.

Along the bazaar, there are lots of good foodstuff including KFC, Pizza Hut, burgers, goat's milk, pastries and my fave cupcakes! But under such scorching sun, I think drinks alone can satisfy me very much.

I see almost every kid there is holding one balloon like this. If they ever have one of Bunny design, then I'd probably get one.

Name keychains are sold @ RM5 each, I have gotten mine as I'd always go crazy with colorful stuff.
 

The last thing I've bought there is MEME T-SHIRT @ RM25 each! It is printed by Determined Chicken, and the one on the left is of Hobbit size, meaning S size, while the right one is a size of Human, indicating M size. How interesting, eh?

Other designs include:
  • "Forever Alone"
  • "LOL"
  • "Bitch Please"
  • "Me Gusta"


That's all for this year, and I promise I'd go there way earlier in the next year so that I can catch more scenes of beautiful hot air balloons. See you guys next year! :)

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  1. I been there two years ago.. I found there is nothing except for the hot balloon ride..

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    1. hi Nikel, well as for me this year the part I love most is the meme shirt

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  2. aww! such a nice event! wish i can attend too! :D

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    1. hi Xue Ren, one more day to go, be quick :)

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  3. Forever alone shirt!!? Oh God, I want it! ><

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  4. ah.. why don't they extend it till the end of march... I'm so gonna miss that experience on hot air balloon.

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    1. hi Anne, no worries, there'll always be next year :)

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  5. great treat to the eyes. I wish I was there capturing this.

    The balls on water look a lot of fun for kids, too.

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    1. Hello there, they're really fascinating, you should visit it before it ends :)

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  6. glad you managed to get some very nice photos of the balloons! :D

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    1. hi Sean, thanks for your compliment, I'd wish to have more pictures there too

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  7. Wahhh looked very crowded le... love all the colorful hot all balloons.. =D

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    1. Hello there, yes indeed it's even more crowded at night!

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  8. very intersting....
    well at least you could ride the hot air ballon..
    they should come out with trip to ipoh with hot air ballon...

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    1. Hi there, different location in each year would be good if they can ever find a strategic, wide place for this huge event

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  9. lol you should've asked or seen the others before going for the ride. so i wouldn't really considered that cheating hahaa!

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    1. hi Tony, I have heard everyone talking bout the ride, but I just didn't know it's like that lol

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  10. I have been there too! Love NZ hot air balloon :D

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    1. hi Su Fang, aww I didn't get to see many varieties there :(

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  11. I've never been to such fiesta leh! So jakun :P

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    1. hi Hayley, quick, todae is the last day or you shall wait for the next year :)

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  12. Looks like you had great weather for the day. Blue skies and bright balloons.

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    1. Hi there, it was early in the morning with mighty sun!

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  13. Y U NO PLAY THE FLOATING BALL?! LOL

    i didnt know there's such thing over there either! lol u should really try! =p

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    1. hi Henry, I'm a water-resistant fish, that's why :P

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  14. Nice photos ! Too bad its too far for me to go =(

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    1. hi Ken, hope the fiesta goes around malaysia next year

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  15. I love that cake balloon - how cool. What a wonderful festival!

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    1. hi Maureen, same goes to me, a fan of colorful balloon of various designs

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  16. Saw this in a few blogs already and the complaints are all the same - terrible jam and hard to find parking. It's good to have this every year or else PutraJaya seems like a haunted town - especially at night...so deserted.

    They held this event in the Philippines first before coming here so I did see it being featured by some Filipino bloggers too.

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    1. hi Arthur, thanks for your comment, and I don't hope to see traffic congestions around Putrajaya too as I stay near there. Seems like I have to browse through some Philippines blog, hoping to see more exciting pictures :)

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  17. Thats so cool! I d love to ride one of those coloreful baloons!

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    1. hi Helene, it's a good experience, come over to Malaysia next year!

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    1. hi Mireia, yes indeed! Join the fun next year!

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  19. Thanks for dropping by. I live in Putrajaya. That is why I can go there all day long. I guess you were there on Saturday morning by looking at some of the photos as I got the same balloons configuration that morning

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    1. hi Falcon, you're right, I was there on last Saturdae, with not much varieties of ballons in the morning :(

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  20. wow this looks like a fun day. Thanks for stopping by!

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    1. hi Christine, it's a great sunny morning with lots of excitement :D

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  21. Nice photos....Looks quite fun..Hmm..hopefully next year I able to lift my butt off my bed and be there early! hahah :-p

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    1. hi Mel, perhaps you can experience the night scenery there, with fireworks! :)

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  22. Wow at least you rode it :)
    My friend said he arrived at 8am+ but already got more than 300 ppl in the queue so he gave up lol

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    1. hi Charmaine, 8am was considered quite late, coz i heard people queueing up since 5 or 6am!

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    1. Hi Foodie, it's okay, there's always next year :D

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  24. Thanks for dropping by my blog always :) The balloons are so colourful. I heard of the festival but didn't go to Putrajaya to view them :)

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    1. hi there, perhaps someday you should experience it yourself :)

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  25. Sigh we went yesterday for the evening launch of the balloons at 5pm. By 7pm, only four had launched! We gave up :( (Although, maybe it was a blessing in disguise, cause camera also ran out of battery at that point lol)

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    1. hi Wendy, aww sorry to hear that, but you can stay till late night for the firework performance! :)

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  26. Wow...it was so much of fun! And we miss it...sobs**

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  27. I missed out on this event almost every year T_T

    Oh man... it looks really fun.

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    1. hi Daniel, the day which you'd be able to go will arrive soon, be patient!

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  28. Wow! Besides the hot balloon, there are so many activities going on too. Not bad oo this fiesta. I thought u more prefer to buy balloon with fish design. Hehehe..

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    1. hi Diana, i'd wish to see some in fish design too! :)

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  29. Hey, this is so fun! I've always wanted to try Hot Air Balloon during my trips to Australia & NZ but never got the chance due to the weather. Mmmm.... wonder if it's safe in Msia. Great review! Lucky u :)

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    1. hi Shirley, it's under safe conditions with many pilots around the event that day.

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  30. i have missed this >.< have to wait for next year :(

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    1. hi Caro, keep that in your calendar for next year :P

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    1. Hi Camy, of course you should :) Meet the balloons next year!

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  32. I also blogged about it.:) But I was disappointed that I couldn't ride on the hot air balloon. Tickets were sold out by the time I arrived..:(

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    1. hi Carolyn, aww too bad then, you can be as early as possible next year! :)

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  33. Omigosh, how nice. I was missed it this year, so looking forward to it. Quite like the infor. in your blog, Link you!~

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    1. hi Karen, thanks for your compliment, don't miss it next year! :)

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  34. The festival looks so colourful and wonderful - bet it would have been a blast :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  35. That carnival sounds so much fun! I would have gone up north if I know about this festival, instead I was in Melaka with my family. For your info, the air force open house is held almost yearly at Paya Lebar army airport, in Singapore. That was the first time I went there, too crowded!

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    1. hi Jama, glad to hear that, and you should book your time to come over to Putrajaya next year :)

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  36. We have the same festival here in the Philippines. Hot air balloons and other floating things fill the sky of Clark (Pampanga Province) every February or March. I am yet to visit the Philippine version of the hot air balloon.

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    1. hi Ishmael, wow it sounds like there's a bigger carnival around Phillipines, share the fun if you happen to go there someday:)

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  37. from your photo it seem like got Doraemon hot air balloon....wuuhuu so sad, I saw too little balloon as I was going late...sad jor...

    I wrote about my thought of hot air balloon in my blog too
    http://mush4crazy.blogspot.com/

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  38. Will try to bring my kids up one year, they will be shouting and pointing at all their favorite cartoons :)

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    1. hi Andy, then you have to be really early to catch more beautifully-looking balloons :) Good luck!

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  39. wow! looks like such a fun time!

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    1. Hello there, indeed an exhilarating experience there :)

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  40. Love those balloons! But yes, going up just 4 storeys high isn't that great right? : D

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    1. hi Foong, yes how I'd wish to experience the flying effect :P

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  41. I like the balls float on the water,although I'm phobic of water too;p

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    1. hi Aud, they look fun, don't they? :) any chance to try?

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  42. Wow! You attended it. I was thinking to attend when I heard of it. Unfortunately, it's slightly far for me.

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    1. hi Luporti, since it's a once-a-year event, so I must grab the chance and attend it^^

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    2. Oh. I miss the chance. :(

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    3. Hi, no worries, there will always be next year :)

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  43. Hehe. Then hope I can go next year. Hehe.

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  44. I found this type information and you share some nice information about the international hot air balloon festival in this blog. I love hot air balloon rides. Great fun has surrounded me after reading the blog. Thanks for sharing it.
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  45. Nice post! This blog has given me a better understanding. Thanks a lot for such an informative blog post. Cheers!
    Ryan Levin

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