UP, UP AND AWAY!
EVER WONDERED WHAT WAS THE HYPE ABOUT HOT AIR BALLOONS? VASENTA SELVANAYAGAM REVEALS HOW THIS HOUR-LONG RIDE MADE HER SEE AND EXPERIENCE A WHOLE NEW SIDE OF KLANG VALLEY THAT SHE NEVER COULD IMAGINE SEEING.
“As writers, a common question that gets thrown to us is where do we get our inspiration from to write a new article every month? The truth is, just like you, we have our downtime too and just as I had completely run out of ideas nearing to my deadline, I got an invitation from MyBalloon Adventure to try out a hot air balloon ride. Despite having to wake up early to be at the gathering point (University Putra Malaysia) at 6.50am, I have no regrets at all as this ride helped me see the natural beauty that can be found in my own country.
Being the first company to receive an Air Operating Certificate (AOC) to operate commercial hot air balloon rides, MyBalloon Adventure only operates three days once (depending on demand) and only in the mornings as the weather conditions in the afternoons are usually not safe. Each basket of the ride can fit a minimum of two people, and up to eight. Upon arriving, (Tammy Chan, myself and two other passengers) were greeted by Captain Atiqah Khairudin and Akmal Firdaus who took us through some bumpy roads that landed us at the lake where our flight would take off from. In total, there were four of us and the captain in the basket.
An interesting fact about hot air balloons is that no one can determine what we are bound to see because the direction the balloon flies to depends solely on on the wind. A few minutes after take off, the balloon flew above the farm of UPM and we got a chance to soak in the beauty that nature has to offer us with the lush greenery that surrounds the university. The combination of that and the herd of goats that were running to escape the sound of the fire of the balloon and the blue skies that we were fortunate enough to have that morning was indeed a great way to fully re-energise ourselves! This balloon ride also taught me how to completely let go and see how things eventually fall into place when you aren’t trying too hard.
The hour-long ride didn’t just cover lush greenery as the wind was kind enough to let us get a glimpse of how Kuala Lumpur looked like from about 305 metres above the ground, the misty clouds between the blue skies that were hovering over the Titiwangsa Mountains. When it was time for us to land, the captain had to make sure that we were right above a park before pulling the ropes to lower the balloon down. Upon landing, we were treated to some sparkling wine before heading off to Cyberview Lodge (about 15 minutes away from where we landed) for a scrumptious buffet breakfast. It was here that Captain Atiqah handed us our certificates. In a nutshell, for the price it is offered at (RM1,000/pax), I’d say that it is 100 per cent worth it as I didn’t only go home feeling rejuvenated but I also made some new friends and got to see a different side of Klang Valley.”
THIS BALLOON RIDE TAUGHT ME HOW TO COMPLETELY LET GO AND LET THINGS FALL INTO PLACE. – Vasenta Selvanayagam
UP IN THE AIR!
THE OTHER CAPTAIN OF THIS FLIGHT, CAPTAIN IZZATI KHAIRUDIN
THE STUNNING VIEW OF UPM FROM ABOVE
PROUDLY HOLDING OUR CERTIFICATES AFTER BREAKFAST