okay, here comes the second day of the trip, to welcome and host our frens from Chiang Mai. In the first day, we brought them for Chap Goh Mei festival in dong chan si temple in Jenjarom, there is some light exhibition over that area. So here comes the second day, we met each other in the afternoon, after a short lunch with Chee Cheong Fun  in Serdang area, we went for a short tour in UPM, then went to Putrajaya, meeting up with Kelly and her family~ Honestly, I have no idea how many days have I been to Putrajaya within this year, LOL

Group photo together with the landmark of UPM in front of the Dewan Besar~ 
this place was crazily hot as usual. I came here like... once a year during my senior buddies' convocation? haha anyway this is a place that should not be missed out in UPM

there is a small fountain in front of Dewan Besar

Then we drove to the farm ( ladang) not far away from the main campus. At first, we wish to enter the farm area to look for the famous tree ( so famous in MVs and drama, especially ghost drama I have no idea why), but the fence was locked up so we ended up to visit the ladang ternakan with cows

Hi Mr.Cow, how is ur day today, do you feel good? 
and I saw u shit everywhere haha. Honestly the environment condition was quite for us ( not sure if they clean it up daily or nt) every cow has their own labels

becoz the smell was so bad so someone rather to stand under the big hot sun

with our cheerful girls in UPM farm zone~ miss the girls so much!! 

and we drove all the way back to our faculty~ Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences for some photo shooting and introduce them place that we study. Okay, theirs one is obviously much better than ours. This faculty.... honestly.... suck =..= 
With the faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences ( one of the latest building in UPM, aged around 10 years old). From far the building looks nice, but when we look closer, we can see algae everywhere and our dear administration group does not have any effort to improve the condition. They once implement the " program ceria K17" but please, it was a epic failure. 
back to topic, after short visit in UPM, we then drove to IOI city mall for MAGNUM ice cream!! 

Magnum hot plate REd Velvet ~ about RM30 include tax
the red velvet is really sweet, and with the chocolate, woolllaaa I got a toothache attack actually =..= the ice cream still as delicious as it always do. Erp, a bit luxurious la for this plate of ice cream but who cares? need a good and nice treat once in a while ma. arr, CNY macam baru pass hor? 

then we got the hot plate of ice cream with brownie again, ignore the dirty spoon I forgot to crop it and I just too lazy to edit it again. The best seller in Magnum cafe cost us about RM30 too. This one is really worth it, because the brownie is aint a normal one, it was coated with chocolate inside! Felt like living in the heaven again 

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Okay here comes the real part~ A half day trip in Putrajaya. I think my previous post on RM1 tour to Putrajaya made a better job la but here I just wanna write another post about half day trip to Putrajaya. First of all, do not expect too much for food in Putrajaya. They got like nothing for serious, the nearest food that we can hardly grab is Secret Recipe in Dataran Putrajaya with some Malay food, and everything is closed at night WTF.  so for those who wish to have a good trip in Putrajaya, plz kindly grab ur food before you tour around. There is 2 shopping malls nearby, Alamanda and IOI city mall. Alamanda shopping centre just about 5 minutes driving journey away from the main street of Putrajaya. 

Okay back to topic. So we drove for 30 minutes like that from IOI city mall to Putrajaya International Convention Centre to meet up with Kelly and her family. Here I really appreciate help from Kelly and her family for making this trip a superb one. Without her help I have really no idea to bring 4 of my frens tour around with a super kecil viva. And thanks to Patricia for 'bertahan' with my bad tempered during drive ( I am sooo impatient when I got stuck in traffic jam). 

The aerial view of Putrajaya from Putrajaya International Convention Centre ( PICC). this place is free of charge for parking, actually I park my car there illegally. I have no idea where is the parking lot and since there is spaces in front of the main lobby, I just park lo. 
okay actually I know there is a public parking down there but Imma too lazy to walk up here 

So our frens from Chiang Mai, bebe, Je, Pode and Ploy, together with Kelly had a good time in PICC. First met with Kelly in Malaysia after 8 months time haha

2nd station: Seri Gemilang Bridge
There is a beautiful park that should not be missed out for photo shooting. On the right side of the Seri Gemilang bridge face to PICC. 

the gorgeous Seri Gemilang Bridge in the daytime. 

The girls with the beautiful bridge once again. The day was quite cloudy actually, so not really bloody hot for the weather la. 

3rd stop: Bulatan Seri Gemilang

Just a very huge roundabout with the 3 landmark building of Putrajaya as the background. 

Station 4: Perbadanan Putrajaya

We parked around the Perbadanan Putrajaya and walked around. Again, I showed the world how bad my side parking was =..= with a viva auto power steering, I spent around 10 minutes for a side parking.
The view of the Palace of Justice, the high court in Putrajaya. I wonder which famous cases were being judged over here. 

The Perbadanan Putrajaya
One of the spot for flash mob of 1600 Panda Invasion in Malaysia last year. 

Cheer girls!!
we missed out the mosque behind the building of Perbadanan Putrajaya =..=

The Prime Minister Office of Malaysia and Dataran Putrajaya. This is the first time I stopped down and looked at this building seriously. My every visit here was like a touch and go. 

Girls with the Pink Mosque
In Friday, the Muslims have to pray 5 times a day in the mosque so there is a difference of visiting hour of pink mosque as compared to usual days. In Friday evening,we can visit the pink mosque from 5.30pm to 6pm only. Check more in their website. 

Malaysia's Jalur Gemilang, together with 13 states and 3 Federal territories. Spot Penang flag?? 

Ploy with the Prime Minister Office. 

The girls with the Love in Putrajaya, the Intelligence City

After much waiting and we entered the mosque after 5pm ( we entered it earlier) 
here is the visiting hour of pink mosque from the website:
Visiting Hours are:
Saturday-Thursday: 9am-12.30pm, 2-4pm, 5.30-6pm
Friday: 3-4pm, 5.30-6pm

There is no admission fees but non-muslims are permitted to visit the mosque only after the prayer time. as a form of respect to Muslim religious. 

my frens with the red robe. Free of charge for rent at the counter near the entrance. And we have to remove our shoes before we stepped onto the walkway in the mosque. 

Together with the guard in traditional Malay attire in the pink mosque, all of us are "shoeless!" haha

Interior view of the pink mosque main prayer hall. can accommodate up to ten thousand worshipper at a time. Well, this scene only happens during Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Hari Raya Haji. 

View of Putrajaya Lake and Seri Wawasan Bridge from the pink mosque. 

View of Putra bridge which connect the main street of Putrajaya to Dataran Putrajaya

and we met another cute foreigner who photobomb us during the shooting! Hi and Welcome haha
Pink mosque and the sunset. 

After pink mosque, we then drove to Broga for a heavenly fabulous dinner with Steamed fish

here is the fish~ Thanks to Kelly's father for the treat
the fish was cooked in the bamboo, with salt only, so everything is so fresh and the fish soup taste really awesome! In short, we get nearly the original taste of fish without much spice. thumbs up!

The the finale of the daytrip~ group photo together!! 

such a long long post X..x haha

so here comes again the Putrajaya Hot Air Balloon festival from 12th-15th March. I went it once 2 years ago ( missed it out last year due to professional exam 2), and this year, here I come again together with him. To make it special, I booked the night glow ticket on 15th March a month before the festival. The night glow session is limited to 300 people per session, and the price is RM20 per person. There is 2 sessions available on Sat and Sun night from 6pm to 10pm. 

The location of hot air balloon festival is still the same place like 2 years ago in Monumen Alaf Baru, Precinct 2, Putrajaya. And this time, we went there by car. Shit the horrible traffic jam we stucked in the jam for about 30 minutes ( yupp im so inpatient and irritable VERY EASILY in traffic jam). One thing about the issues here is the irresponsible manner from the drivers who park their cars on the roadside and blocked the road badly. This has become a very terrible tradition in Malaysia especially when there is a happening around. Hope that the authority can give some attention in this issues, perhaps more frequent shuttle bus service from Putrajaya Sentral or provide more parking space. Actually I think this event need traffic control the most LOL

okay back to topic

Tadaaa!! these were the hot air balloons for exhibition at the launching field. if im not mistaken, there were around 10 in total, but only 4 of them into the air. the penguin hot air balloon is the focus of the day! 

So we went there around 5pm ( after traffic jam, about 5.30pm). we were given a time slot from 4pm-6pm to redeem our tickets from the merchant counter near the entrance of the launching field. The launching field is in the blue zone, while the merchant counter is in the red zone. There is 7 zones in total, which are: 

Purple Zone for food and beverage. 
There were plenty varieties of food truck available in this zone with limited seats, such as KFC, Kenny Rogers, pizza hut etc. We had 2 pastas ( aglio olio and bolognese) at RM5 each and a kebab. drinks are available too but quite pricey as compared to outside. So, no worries for dinner 

Get myself a photo with the board of food truck valley. We seldom have the chance to see food truck around us don we?

and the other zones are: 
  • red zone    -   myballoonfiesta center
  • orange zone- helicopter joy ride ( RM 150 per ride, with 6 seater chopper) 
  • yellow zone- bazaar zone ( most crowded zone to me) 
  • pink zone - picnic area ( RM30 for an adult is available to have breakfast and view the hot air balloon, and pick a beanbag of the choice) 
  • green zone - for extreme games, list of games and price will be listed later
Last but not least~ 

The Blue Zone, which include the launching area and cold inflation area. 
As we bought the night glow ticket, we can enter the launching area at 6pm and had a great view on how the balloon were inflated before they set into the air, met with the balloonist, took picture and had a close contact with any balloon, and most importantly, some of the balloonists do allow us to get into the big basket and try out the burner! it sounds so awesome to us with the price of RM20 only. 

launching field access is avaible for morning session too from 7am till 9am with RM12, priority to the first 300 visitors for each session. erm, sounds too early to me haha. 

The burner heat up the balloon
So how the hot air balloon actually works? here is some information I got from google: 

The burner uses propane gas to heat up the air in the envelope to move the balloon off the ground and into the air. The pilot must keep firing the burner at regular intervals throughout the flight to ensure that the balloon continues to be stable. Naturally, the hot air will not escape from the hole at the very bottom of the envelope as firstly, hot air rises and secondly, the buoyancy keeps it moving up. 

I really wish I get the chance to ride a hot air balloon this coming June T..T

Here we are with the hot air balloon~ 
Dating in a shopping mall is just too ordinary and we look for stg special haha. Thanks for being my companion of the day

And we can touch the hot air balloon ( when it is partially inflated with cold inflation)
Don worry, the staff will stop us to do so when they felt it is dangerous to the public. We had to keep a distance from the hot air balloon when it was ready to rise

there is a lot of hot air balloons joined the event!
however, most of the hot air balloons were in the traditional shape and decoration, not really as special as I thought it will be. 

Roar the fire!! the burner was heating up the so the envelope of hot air balloon can rise up 
Ps:: hot air balloon can only rise when the weather is cold ( not freezing cold, what I meant was early morning or late in the evening when the weather is not so bloodily hot) becoz the hot air balloon works when the warmer air rises in the cooler air. This is because the hot air is lighter than the cool air. So do come here early in the morning or late in the evening after 5pm, no people will inflate a hot air balloon in the afternoon. 

To inflate a hot air balloon, teamwork is very essential. A balloonist cant set a hot air balloon into the air on his own effort. 

we need to put on the blue wristband after we redeemed our tickets at the counter to prove that we bought the night glow ticket. The security will check on the wristband before letting us go into the launching field. Multiple entries is allowed. for those who do not have the blue wristband, they have to squeeze themselves outside the fence to grab a good spot for hot air balloon like sardin. Luckily we bought the tickets =..= we can enjoy the view freely in the launching field haha

here it is!! Some of the hot air balloon rise in the air! everyone in the blue zone cheered and applause when each of the hot air balloon launched into the air
they wont landed in the launching field so we went out for a dinner in the purple zone for a short break before we get into the launching area for night glow session

another balloon in the air! 
wonder how is it feel like to be in the air~ will try it out someday
I actually did some homework for best spot to ride a hot air balloon, and here is some of the place that i want to ride hot air balloon in future~ 
Yarra Valley in Melbourne ( vintage view), Cappadocia ( star war shooting scene) and Dubai ( the incredible city and desert view). 

the hot air balloon is just sooooo big!! Im so excited to get myself so close to hot air balloon. Was late for the launching session during my last visit to hot air balloon fiesta. 

The cute giant penguin which used up about 30 minutes just for the cold inflation! 
the cute outlook of this adorable hot air balloon just grab everyone heart and it is so popular

Together with him~and lots of hot air balloon as the beautiful background

which one is ur favorite? 
can see how crowded the place was from this picture, I meant from the fence. 

guess how does this hot air balloon look like after the inflation? 

they arranged the hot air balloon nicely first before they inflated it up. 

Guess who I met in the event? Little Joyce!! 
actually I knew I will meet her there becoz we talked about this event a day before haha

let's have a photo together with the colourful hot air balloons

another unique hot air balloon for exhibition in the launching field~ the Man face

this is how the balloon looked like after it was inflated
however this balloon did not stay long~ it did not set into the air, just for exhibition

a happy pose before the day end! I meant the evening session, night glow is coming up next! 

the night glow started at 9pm. The balloonist started to inflate and rise the hot air balloon from 8pm. So what is the night glow? 
night glow is the highlight of every hot air balloon fiesta, it gives visitors the opportunity to see hot air balloon being light up at night as the pilots ignite their burners and transform the launching are into a psychedelic giant light bulbs in the sky, all synchronised to the sound of music and topped off with spectacular fireworks finale

well, do not put too much high expectation for it, becoz it just did not amazed me as it should. 

The balloonist ignite the burner at night. It looked more striking in the dark. 
It was so challenging to take picture at night, while I was using a Nikon compact camera

the giant light bulb in the sky

yeah you!! i waited for this hot air balloon for such a long time and finally it appeared at night! 
again, it became the focus of the night becoz of its unique appearance as compared to the traditional hot air balloon. 

this hot air balloon looked more stunning with its rainbow colour at night than day time

this is how the hot air balloon looked after inflated. another giant light bulb

Meet with the balloonist and take picture with them!
they can ignite the burner so we can take picture with it, thank you so much haha
BTW, it was really hot to stay so close with the burner, but it was fun! 

not much description, photos will explain the story then.
the balloons should actually 'danced' according to the song, but I could not see the pattern of synchronisation of the balloons with the music. every balloon just ignite the fire on their own preference. whatever, as long as it looked pretty.  

and the fireworks pushed the atmosphere to a peak! 
not very impressive but who dont love fireworks? haha

the fireworks just lasted for about.... arrr..... less than 5 minutes? even shorter than the other festival celebration LOL. 

Goodbye Putrajaya Hot Air Balloon fiesta 2015 and see you next year again before I graduate! 
next time, I will take public transport to get here becoz im enuf with the horrible traffic jam here. 

FYI, Penang just had it first international hot air balloon fiesta too during Chinese New Year~ 

Additional information about the green zone extreme games area price list ( just some of it) : 
  • outdoor laser tag RM15 for 2 games
  • paintball RM10 for 50 pallets
  • roller orb RM 15 for adult, RM10 for kids
  • hamster roll Rm15 for adult
  • wind chamber RM20 for 5 mins
  • kids inflatable park RM 5 for 20 mins
There is another activity in blue zone which is the COLD INFLATION, cost RM 5 for a 3 minutes walk into a gigantic balloon envelope, open to all from 9am to 12pm, and 3pm to 6pm with shoes off

Thanks for reading and look forward for more interesting event in future~ 

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