Hello! It’s been long since I wrote something about travels. I occassionaly write before, but during my tumblr and blogspot days. And since I have my wordpress account already, I might as well write often, I do hope I had tone of time to do it.
So, for years I always wanted to watch the Hot Air Balloon Festival. I guess, God really delayed it so I can go there with my love.
Me and my workmates planned everything but as usual travel, not everything that was planned happened.
We arranged it thru travel agency, it was cheap, for only PHP 800, we can avail, Van for roundtrip to Pampangga + Entrance Fee to Hot Air Balloon and Sandbox + Side trip to Sky Ranch.
The original IT was, meet at SM Bacoor by 11pm. But the agency failed to meet us and said that the van they rented has back out. So thankfully, our officemate had a contact for a van rental, so we proceed. Also thankfully, we had our tickets by us already a week before.
We arrived Pampangga by 2am. It was a quick travel, but the gate was still closed. By 3am, we were lined up. And believe me, if you are trying to go there with a baby, or child, back out from that plan. There were too many people, it was almost stampede. We get in by 4am, and the show starts by 5:30, sunrise. So we had the chance to sleep first.
Since we were too early, we got the front seat and we really enjoy the watch because it was too close.
There was a DJ announcing of what is happening there, I learned that Hot Air Ballons really depends on the air, the best time to take off is before sunrise, wind is calm and everything is perfect for the hot air. But some hot air balloons didn’t have the chance to take off, they encountered problems because of the wind. There are international hot air balloons that came to PH just for this festival.
The whole festival was fun, you can really enjoy it if you have long patience because of too many people.
I hope I can show you all the photos, but I can just upload my phone and action cam photos. Photos from my Nikon cam were not still copied.
After the balloons had been take off, we decided to go out and proceed to the next stop, the Sandbox. But I am really telling you, our path to exit was not easy. Dust. Stampede. Shoulder to shoulder. It came to the point that I don’t need to walk anymore, I can just go on with flow. Plus, portalets are horrible. My officemate took 45mins in line just to pee.
So there, on our way to Sandbox, we were exhausted. We are about to eat lunch, but we don’t want to end up by eating at Jollibee, so we decided to find something else while on our way to Sandbox.
A place of people fallung in line for everything. We fall in line for the entrance, for the CR, for food, and all.
And here, we end up going back, retreating from Sandbox. And eat in a Korean Restaurant.
I am not a fan of Kfood, but yes, it became my favorite now.
We had it for only 250php, unli samgyupsal already. Unli pork, unli sidedish, unli icetea, plus an icecream for dessert. It’s all worth it.
I thank my boyfriend for being expert in these kind of food. He was born in Japan, and learned for to use chopstick first before spoon and fork.
A shot of soju, of course. You wouldn’t want to eat in Krestau without trying their drink. This thing has been my favorite since then.
And this, this was my sight after soju drink. Hahaha. Kidding. It was just blur from the camera.
And we went home already.
If you think this was a boring trip, NO.
All may not happened according to the plan, buuuut, I enjoyed it with good collegues and with my love. It was memorable because February was love month, and our anniversary month.
I will surely upload all for photo dump of the Pampangga Trip 2017!!