Friday, February 18, 2011

Sky-watching at the Hot Air Balloon Fiesta

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We were in Clark on Sunday for the Hot Air Balloon Fiesta.  Left Manila around 4 am but the traffic started to crawl as soon as we get past the Angeles exit.  All roads lead to Clark on Sunday morning.  

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Vehicles were parked on both sides of the main road, many were trying to get closer to the venue and it created a huge traffic jam. We decided to park and walked the remaining 2 kilometers to the venue.  The morning breezes were cooler while we were walking but by 11 am, the heat became almost unbearable.  Aside from the huge tents put up by organizers, spectators [except us] brought their own tents, hats, and umbrellas.  We only had sunblock.:p

We missed the early launching of the other hot air balloons.  Good thing these three remained  in the field.  Colorful kites, light aircrafts and paragliders mesmerized and delighted aviation enthusiasts and sky-watchers.


Booths selling food and drinks and souvenirs were all over the venue.  All the major fast-food chains were present.  Aviation schools, kite associations, Canon, and resorts had booths as well.

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The Hot Air Balloon Fiesta is a 4-day event happening every February in Clark Freeport Zone, a former US air base in Angeles City, Pampanga.

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Posted for Sky-Watch Friday

34 comments:

EG Wow said...

What a fun fiesta! I would have loved to have been there with you. :)

AL said...

Don't tell me we're just beside each other when you took that! Look at mine!

Sylvia K said...

I was able to take a balloon ride several years ago in California while visiting my daughter. Your terrific photos brought back lots of fun memories!! Looks like a fun time and I, too, wish I could have been there with you!! Have a great weekend, Miranda!

Sylvia

Lakshmi said...

aounds like a lot of fun..would love to do this sometime

forgetmenot said...

Could you have taken more colorful pictures---I don't think so!!!! They are all great. Mickie

Lina Gustina said...

Awesome shots, Luna. I envy you; as I really wanna see hot air balloons by myself...
I still haven't got a chance. When the similar event happened here, I can't reach the place as the traffic jam was very bad :(

Thanks for dropping by, have a great Friday...

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ladyfi said...

What delightful and colourful shots!

Mridula said...

What a pretty sight! I have done hot air ballooning once but it was a single balloon taking off but what incredible fun it is!

Regina said...

Colorful and fun!
Great captures Miranda.
Happy SWF.
Regards.
Regina

Vrinda said...

Nice capture!

Thanks for stopping by.

Vrinda

Indrani said...

'Fun'tastic series. :)

Andy said...

Looks like it was a fun day. Great photos.

Jidhu Jose said...

nice shots

magiceye said...

superb captures!

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Greyscale Territory said...

This must have been a wonderful experience seeing all these colours floating around! Interesting photos!

Greyscale Territory said...

This must have been a wonderful experience watching these colours floating in the sky! Great shots!

Antonina said...

Thanks for sharing the photos.
Enjoy the weekend.

Gabriela Abalo said...

Gorgeous shots!!

Have a great weekend.

cheers from Uruguay :)

From The Heart said...

Beautiful pictures! I have so enjoyed looking at your blog!
Shirley

nuts said...

i saw photos of this event in other blogs and only wish I could attend too..wow!

JamericanSpice said...

These are always so beautiful when I see photos. I'd love to go sometime.

Glad you had a great time.

Kim, USA said...

Beautiful shots!! One of the things I like to do is ride on a hot air balloon and here it cost like $350.00, that makes me think for years now hehehehe!

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Rajesh said...

Beautiful and colorful images against blue sky.

Spiderdama said...

Wonderful and colorful! Great pictures.
Wish you a happy weekend

sceneoftranquility said...

Nice balloon shots,i always missed those at my place.

Robin said...

What a fun festival, despite the heat, and a wonderful photo opp too.

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Genie said...

Your festival shots are just the best. Those balloons are bourgeois. We have a festival here every 4th of July with lots and lots of hot air balloons, and for my husband’s 50th birthday I gave him a weekend away and our own hot air balloon ride. It was fantastic. Love your post. It is happy and colorful...just the perfect entry into a warm weekend out hiking with the old camera.

SandyCarlson said...

These are really beautiful.

Photo Cache said...

your shots are amazing. i am so happy you were able to attend this. it seems to be a big happening. would love to see something like this too.

btw, i heart your header iamge.

Al said...

Wonderful! We have a large balloon festival in my town the first weekend every September, and I love to make it down at least one of the days.

Y. Ikeda said...

Fantastic capture!
I love seeing balloon floating in the sky. My wife and I went to the balloon fest that took place in our area last year. It was our first time but we had a lot of fun!
Have a wonderful weekend.
Yoshi

Sally in WA said...

Fabulous shots! I love festivals like this. The bright colors against a blue sky make for great photographs.

Andrea said...

Wow, those are wonderful shots. My friend was also very lucky to be flying in one balloon, for free!