Friday, 15 August 2008

Hot Air Balloon Fest 2008

Yes, welcome again to hot air balloon fest 2008. This is our third time attending the event, as the venue of the festival, the race course, is merely in front of our doorstep. However, we saw that the festival participant were not as big as the year before or even 2 years before, lets blame the monetary crisis and council charge (balloon fest used to be free in 2006!)When we arrived on the ground, at 6pm (running late as we so carried away on our church BBQ) there is one hot air balloon getting ready to set off. However, from this stage to the moment it's flying, it can take about 10 min. Meanwhile the DJ has to do some talking... like, he trying to explain what is hot air balloon, and then he said that hot air balloon and gas balloon (helium) is not the same.A bit more background I found on Wikipedia : A hot air balloon consists of a bag called the envelope that is capable of containing heated air. Suspended beneath is the gondola or wicker basket (in some long-distance or high-altitude balloons, a capsule) which carries the passengers and a source of heat. The heated air inside the envelope makes it buoyant since it has a lower density than the relatively cold air outside the envelope. Unlike gas balloons, the envelope does not have to be sealed at the bottom since the air near the bottom of the envelope is at the same pressure as the surrounding air.
In today's sport balloons the envelope is generally made from nylon fabric and the mouth of the balloon (closest to the burner flame) is made from fire resistant material such as Nomex.Recently, balloon envelopes have been made in all kinds of shapes, such as hot dogs, rocket ships, and the shapes of commercial products. Hot air balloons that can be propelled through the air rather than just being pushed along by the wind are known as airships or, more specifically, thermal airships.Finally, the very first hot air balloon took its flight. Josiah was so excited, just like any other kids, he loves to see floating object like ballon and buble, especially when they are THIS big!!!The balloon getting further and further away from the festival ground.Wind is one of the main determining factor whether or not the balloon flight should taken place. A strong wind is a bad indication.Though most of the air balloon are a means of advertisement, it's still an interesting thing to watch. However, we spotted sloggi balloon, which is full of 5m tall semi-naked women printed all around it.Let's go for our first ride! Unfortunately most of the rides where too big for Josiah. He keep on looking on the car-carrousel next to us (as you can see on this picture) but we didn't think he will dare enough to sit alone on the car while it's moving. However, none of us thinking it's a good idea to squeeze into a 0.5m tall fire engine. I think my head will be glued to its ceiling by the end of the ride.Some random picture...And I spotted rainbow on the sky. Strange enough because it hasn't been raining at all today. But you can spot a bit of rainbow on the picture above. The weather has been great today, not too windy and the sky is spotless blue (I must admit, it doesn't look as good without the help of GIMP!)
I simply love this picture of Yusdi holding Josiah... even though there is a passer by nose accidentally get snapped in the process *ups*
Josiah so absorb looking at those huge floating thing.Yusdi in front of a bunch of ready-to-fly balloon. There are more to come!Josiah said "Mom, I want that ONE!!! Can I? Can I?"And finally, by nearly 8pm the sky is decorated with many colorful hot air balloon.And suddenly something catched Josiah's attention. Something more facinating than big balloon floating in the air. What is that something??

Josiah is contemplating whether or not to drive..... and.....he did!
Look at him on the front line.
And this is the strange one. We are already walking out of the race course to eat our dinner (planning to go back later at 10pm for the fireworks). And lo and behold, suddenly we spotted a weird looking hot air balloon ever...On the night we did watch the fireworks, however... we are too lazy to bring the tripod around. So, sorry, there is no picture!


Parlin & Artha said...

Wow the real hot balloon ride...we took the fake one in Lotte world, and it was quite scary because of the height, I wonder what it likes to ride the real one...

J.H said...

I don't think I dare (imagining the height, and how much impact it will cause on my "pocket") to ride the real hot air balloon! Just quite satisfied watching it from down below.
But if you are free sometime next year, Northampton Hot Air Balloon fest is held at second week/third week of August every year :-) Not sure how much to ride them though!