Monday, March 31, 2014

Putrajaya's 6th International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta


Last Saturday, I managed to went to the yearly event in Putrajaya which is the event that  people are waiting for. What event this is? It's the Hot Air Balloon Fiesta located in Presint 2, Putrajaya. The four-day event was surely not enough to feel the excitements of seeing the balloons float in the air.  I would prefer if it was a week-long, so that I can managed to ride the Tethered Hot Air Balloon.

Went there at a round noon, and people already crowding the area especially the balloons rides. Trust me, it was longer than the iphone's launching. With the purchase of RM20, you can ride it at an average of 5-7 minutes for 50-80 feet height.No wonder people Q as early as they can. Coz it is cheap !

With a total of 18 balloonist joining this fiesta, it will surely be a great view to be seen in the sky. But, unluckily, the day that I came only three balloons were released. A bit disappointed I must say, but couldn't blame them. It just the weather is not very allowing. Raining and strong wind, just make it difficult for the crew to even started to flame it.

While waiting, I managed to interview one of the balloonist from New Zealand, Andrew Parker, which represent UNICEF with the slogan 'Flying High For Kids'. This was his first time attending Putrajaya's event, but been flying the balloon for almost 14 years and counting. He managed to travel many countries in order to gain awareness on World Hunger program. He went to schools like in African, those places where education is somehow difficult to expand. So hoping that through this, the awareness can be achieved.

Then, I managed to have a small talk with another balloonist named, Peter Dutneall from Australia. He said that flying the balloon was actually easy, because I asked him, looking at the way crew trying to flame it up seems hard. In this event, the balloon are only allowable to flew at about 500 meter only as more than that, they might just bump into some of the planes from KLIA. But he said that the highest he had flew was about 3km high, well that is surely one hell of a ride !

The "Night Glow" was the cherry on top of this event every year, but this year due to unstable weather, only three balloons were light up, and others were only in their basket playing with the flames according to the rhythm-ish coloured lights. I was wishing to see all the 18 balloons line up in two lines. But, not my luck, maybe next year.


They are trying to flame up the largest balloon which is the Motorcycle from United Kingdom, 
but due to the rain, no Motorcycle balloon :'(


The crew 'happy' faces while working.


The Ice Cream balloon from Belgium.


Willy Balloon also from Belgium.


Yours truly, Malaysia mari :D


The funny moment where the crew lay down and roll to the end for the 
purposes of letting out the air in the balloon.


My crazy partner :P


The one who is overly exited on being a Media people.


The "Night Glow" without the balloon. *Sad*


The handsome Andrew. Atul's crush. Haha.


Hello, there Peter.

 Surely next year, I will be coming again, and will get my ticket early on the Tethered Hot Air Balloon, and the Breakfast & Balloon package. See you next year !

Friday, March 28, 2014

PNB Ilham Resort, Port Dickson

The phrase "The best of both worlds" should be the nicknamed for PNB Ilham Resort where it is located on the border of Tanjung Tuan, which overlooks the beautiful Straits of Malacca with only 18 km from Port Dickson. Among the interesting features of the building PNB Ilham Resort can be seen in the architectural sculpture in which it highlights the traditional carvings of stone staircaseof Malacca and the beauty of Port Dickson's beaches. PNB Ilham Resort is not only open for guests' holiday session only, but it can also be used as a place for team building activities.

The fully architectural concept of the Malacca Sultanate infusing with the modern facilities, the image of the beautiful buildings will surely stick in your minds. Did you know, that this resort actually had been stood for almost 20 years? Once, it was only for the PNB Ilham staffs for team building purposes but now, after a high demands from local and foreigners, it is now open for public.

Recently on 12th and 13th of March, me and some of the media friends were invited to stay for two days one night at PNB Ilham Resort. The warmness can be seen from the smile that they gave as we reached at their doorstep. Adding with delicious orange juice to relieve our thirst. My eyes stop at the colourful glass windows where you can usually see at kampung houses. The decorations is more on wooden stuff like chairs and tables but to top if off, the throw and pillows used were very colourful that brings out the best on the wooden furniture.

By lunch time, we were served with traditional foods which was the specialities at PNB Ilham resort. Menu such as Kari Kambing Gearbox - which is the main dish that being served as it is the special menu by Chef Zam Zam. Continued by Ayam masak Asam Boi, Daging Dendeng, and some ulam-ulaman or salads that names and types are very rare to find in the city like Daun Burung Tenggek and Daun mamat.

The rooms given were apartments with 3-bedrooms complete with dining table, television, attached bathrooms, and good view balcony. Which surely makes you feel at home.As I mentioned earlier on team building activities, well here we managed to challenged ourselves on some of the activities like sea rafting, canopy walk, abselling and jungle tracking.

Sea rafting is a wet activities means it involves with water. Two teams consisting of 6 people were given the instruction to built a small raft by only using eight (8) PVC rods, four (4) rubber floats and ropes. after that, it is needed to use in the sea to collect a flag at about 1km from the beach, not only once, but twice ! Imagine the energy needed to paddle to the flag located.

Abseiling is basically going down from a height of  7th floor by using a safety rope. Trust me, it was not easy but as you go down, it was surely one hell of an experienced. Jungle tracking is located at the front of PNB Ilhan resort, which know as Taman Rekreasi Tanjung Tuan, where the famous Tanjung Tuan Light House is located at the top of the hill. You need to walk at about 800 metres inside to reach it. So, sound interesting enough? What are you waiting for? Pack up your stuff now and head down to PD this weekend !



Assistant Resident Manager, Encik Raja Azukri Raja Adam


Sea Rafting activity


In front of Taman Rekreasi Tanjung Tuan


The stone staircase inspired by the Malacca Sultanate


The top view of PNB Ilham Resort


The Media
For more information, 
PNB Ilham Resort
Batu 10, Tanjung Biru,
71050, Port Dickson,
Negeri Sembilan Darul Khusus, Malaysia

Tel : (606) 662 6800
Fax : (606) 662 5646

Email : sales@ilhamresort.com / reservation@ilhamresort.com

HINO New XZU720L1 Mini Bus


Yesterday (27th March 2014) was the launching of Hino's new Mini Bus XZU720L1 located at The Roulette Restaurant Bar, Oasisi Square, Ara Damnsara.With the media registration at 11 in the morning, followed by the opening speech by Ethan Wong from Roots Asia Pacific. Welcoming the media for their new launches.

By 11.30 in the morning, the event starts with welcoming speech by the Managing Director, Mr. Nobuyuki Tanaka and by the Product Engineer, Mr. Suffian Affendy.

Hino Motors Sales (Malaysia ) Sdn Bhd as the company is determined to provide the best solutions for the urban population every day . Targeting large-scale transport users such as municipalities , corporations , tourism and public transport , XZU720L1 Mini Bus has been designed with a high-powered engine 156PS ( 115kW ) Japan with its built-in fuel savings by -6 -Speed ​​Manual Transmission , 4 x Brake Disc front and rear as well as the "Anti - Lock Braking " ( ABS ) that can provide peace of driving while on the road , suspension Resilient & Flexibility with tires without tubes ( tube-less) low-profile ( 215/75R17.5 ) which able to prevent leakage and lower chassis to facilitate passenger boarding. Pengarah Hino Motors Sales (Malaysia ) Sdn . Limited . , Mr. Nobuyuki Tanaka expecting Hino to continues to advance and maximize the user experience and work best in terms of safety.


 Mr. Nobuyuki Tanaka briefing on about Hino Malaysia


Mr. Suffian Affendy explaining the benefits and the safety 
that being implement in the new Mini Bus XZU720L1


 Tadaaa ! Hino's New XZU720L1 Mini Bus !


The people in-charge accompanied by two beautiful models.


The inside view of the bus. Specification of 25-31 seats available. 


Ain't it cute?

For additional information and assistance, please contact:


HINO MOTORS SALES (MALAYSIA) SDN. BHD.
ROOTS ASIA PACIFIC SDN. BHD.
ANDREW LEE
TEL: +603 7957 5199

ROSY ARIFF
TEL: +603 7957 5199
ETHAN WONG
TEL: +603 7494 0292

SHARI ELIS JAFFRI
TEL: +603 7494 0292