Balloon Festival

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A travel adventure my kids would remember for a long time – the Balloon Festival. We are going to spend a long weekend at Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga to watch (for the first time) the 18th Balloon Festival.  I am excited, I know my kids are, too.  This trip will be a great weekend for them.  Ten (10) more sleeps to go. Yehey! 

Unfortunately, we have to commute by bus because I can’t drive our car and our personal driver (their father) is not around to drive for us. He is working his bones off overseas for the love of us, poor him. We are not used to travelling out of town without him, but anyway, I know we will all enjoy this field trip, and we are all looking forward to a long, bumpy ride ahead of us.

This is one good thing about homeschooling. We can be flexible. My kids can go anywhere without worrying about their daily lessons – as this is actually part of their lessons in Science, Social Studies, Physical Education, Music, Math, English and Filipino. Obviously this event would enhance my children’s knowledge on the what’s, how’s and why’s in math and science (I am not a science enthusiast but my kids are, and I don’t know why).  My kids’ first time to be going for a long trip with me.  I know my kids will enjoy their tour in Angeles City – on their own, learning the culture, food preference and food specialties, people and their dialects, etc. which is (the way I see it) will be an unforgettable, hands-on learning experience for their Filipino and Social Studies subjects. Of course, Physical Education will definitely be actually physical (obviously) – what with the walks and the runs.  I wonder if they also intend to “fly” at one time!?!

I imagine my kids going be up and about, wibbling and wobbling, the whole day to watch and enjoy all of the days’ events,  but I’ll let them be.  As for myself, I can only manage to watch some (that is, if my foot cooperates – my left foot hurts so much I could not use is to walk more than three hours) so I just listed a couple of events that, which seemed to me, are interesting to watch:  

  • Hot Air Balloon Flights 6:30
  • Breitling Jet Team Aerobatic Exhibition 8:30
  • Tandem Sky diving exhibition 9:45
  • ACFC Ultralight/Microlight aircraft formation flights and flour bombing 10:30
  • Philippine Coast Guard Rescue Demonstration 12:00
  • Glider flight 1:15
  • KAP / KTP Kite Flying Demonstration 2:00
  • Skydiving Exhibition 4:30
  • RP / Malaysia / Spain / Australia Paragliding Exhibition 5:00
  • Hot Air Balloon Night Glow, RC Night flyers (on Saturday) 5:30

“I am often amazed at how much more capability and enthusiasm for science there is among elementary school youngsters than among college students.” – Carl Sagan

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