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September 1, 2017

Bucket List | Ride a Hot Air Balloon


Bucket List | Ride a Hot Air Balloon 

I always see riding a hot air balloon as a romantic thing to do. 
When I got the chance to ride one, it was actually unplanned. I was just informed 30 minutes before the take off that there was a balloon waiting for me.

No. It was not a fairy tale story. There was no marriage proposal, no bottle of champagne or bouquet of roses. Just amazing view.




I was torn between excitement and scare.But since I have mastered the art of faking confidence, I faked it after saying a short prayer.Funny how we thought we can all go on one balloon and we can take photos together - but that didn't happen. One wicker basket can only accommodate 3 to 4 pax.It was a struggle to get inside the wicker basket and much more struggling to stand properly because I am tall and the burner was just on top of my head.
(continue reading here my first hot air balloon experience). 

Bucket List | Ride a Hot Air Balloon
Bucket List | Ride a Hot Air Balloon
Bucket List | Ride a Hot Air Balloon
Bucket List | Ride a Hot Air Balloon
Hot Air Balloon  Peter Dutneall
Bucket List | Ride a Hot Air Balloon


I got the chance to fly once again during this year's Lubao International Balloon Festival. It was a totally different experience. I got to fly with Peter Dutneall and his son Mathew Dutneall from Australia.

Hot Air Balloon  Peter Dutneall
Hot Air Balloon  Peter Dutneall
Bucket List | Ride a Hot Air Balloon
Bucket List | Ride a Hot Air Balloon
Bucket List | Ride a Hot Air Balloon
Bucket List | Ride a Hot Air Balloon
Bucket List | Ride a Hot Air Balloon
Bucket List | Ride a Hot Air Balloon
Bucket List | Ride a Hot Air Balloon
Bucket List | Ride a Hot Air Balloon


It was a beautiful sight from above and a more beautiful sight to witness a different father and son bonding. 

What makes my second hot air balloon experience a lot more memorable was the people I was with. Peter and Mathew decided to land on a field where most of the kids were waiting.

Ride a Hot Air Balloon Peter Dutneall
Ride a Hot Air Balloon Peter Dutneall
Ride a Hot Air Balloon Peter Dutneall



It was like a homecoming event as every one was all smiles - kids and parents. They took endless photos. We took countless photos.

Ride a Hot Air Balloon Peter Dutneall


Peter was so sweet to treat the kids to a teetering ride. The kids seemed afraid at first but I reassured them that it would be a fun ride. It was such a joy to see them all happy. They kept on thanking us for bringing such joy to them. I felt so little. I only have a supporting role. 

Truly, we rise by lifting others.

Lubao Hot Air Balloon Peter Dutneall
Lubao Hot Air Balloon Peter Dutneall
Lubao Hot Air Balloon Peter Dutneall
Lubao Hot Air Balloon Peter Dutneall


Riding a hot air balloon is a must-things to do before you die. Take the ride, with or without a lover. Just bring a nice camera and take many photos.


Some Tips When Riding a Hot Air Balloon

1. Wear Comfortable Clothes - it may be a bit tricky to wear a skirt because the basket has no doors and you have to climb up to get inside :D Wear comfortable shoes as the ride is "standing room only".
2. It gets really hot on top - so wear sunscreen.
3. Make sure that you use the toilet before you fly - the ride takes around 40 minutes.
4. Secure your gadgets with neckstraps and lanyards :)
5. The flight is generally peaceful and relaxing. Just always listen to the pilot.
6. The landing may be a bit tricky, but always listen to the pilot for instuctions. Always think, safe first.
7. Just enjoy the view and take many photos!

Next post, I will share photos from Coron, Palawan - voted the best island in the world and truly a must visit in the Philippines. If you are planning to visit,  check out http://www.philippinestravelpackage.com/coron for tours and packages.


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