Angkor Wat is one of the places that I really want to visit. My curiosity was piqued when I heard a rumor that they will close down the UNESCO World Heritage Site to the public. I swore to myself that I will visit the place before this will happen. I was fortunate enough to visit the Angkor Wat twice. I was excited when I first set foot on Cambodia way back in 2010 and I still am excited on my second visit to the country. The place still amazes me. Below are some of the pictures I took of the Angkor Wat and the surrounding temples.
Every time February comes, I see hearts all over. Not that I feel all giddy with love but its what you see every time you go to the mall or on the billboards. Aside from that, you get to listen to all the mushy love songs on the radio and love stories on the television.
Well, you won’t see any hearts on my pictures hehe. I spent the month doing loads of school stuff and a bit of traveling here and there. I also did get to see a friend I haven’t seen for the last 10 years and we had fun reminiscing about the good ol’ times and catching up on each others lives. True friendship remains even when you are apart.
Okay, I admit. Food and travel make my heart flutter and I guess my month is full of hearts after all. ♥
I have always wanted to ride a hot air balloon. My curiosity started with shows on TV and movies where they get to ride one. For me, it’s like riding a kite only that it’s strong enough to carry me
My dream came true when I get to ride one last February. My sister and I went to the 17th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta at Clark Airfield, Pampanga. We woke up early so we can go to the airfield at 5:00am since it’s a first come, first serve basis. We waited for the in-charge to arrive and waited for the balloon assignment.
Finally, we met the hot air balloon pilots also known as balloonists and went out to the field for the ride. My pilot’s name is Wolf and his assistant is Suzy, his wife.
Each balloon is assigned a chase crew. Yes, that’s the name and yes, they do chase the balloon. Well, they also prepare the balloon and assist the pilot.
The hot air balloons and the pilots came from different countries like Germany, Sweden, USA, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Finland, Hungary, Japan, South Korea and Thailand. There were more than 20 balloons that went up and fly.
Finally, our balloon was going up in the air! I wanted to jump up and down but it’s gonna shake the balloon up so I just kept the excitement inside (huge grin on the face).
I felt a bit dizzy as we were going up and my body adjusting to the air pressure. We were up a few thousand feet. The view is spectacular!
We were traveling on a speed of less than 10mph and the hot air inside the balloon controls the altitude at which we were traveling.
As all good things come to an end, We finally found a nice place to land safely. The balloon is equipped with GPS that allows the chase crew to locate us.
It felt so surreal riding a hot air balloon. It was a lot of fun looking at the world in a different view. It should be on everybody’s bucket list. Well, only to those who are not afraid of heights.