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.

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“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

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