February 13-14 2016

We went to Clark before lunch and arrived at Holiday Inn at around 2pm. Nag-ambagan kami ng PhP500 each para sa gasolina at toll fee papuntang Clark.

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Thank you kay Jello for our free accommodation. Price would range from PhP5,000 to 10,000 per night sa Holiday Inn and depende pa kung peak season rate plus PhP2,000 deposit in case of damages. Additional PhP900 if you want breakfast. Medyo pricey, so I suggest mag Agoda.com para makakuha ng mas murang room. But if you want quality hotel, then go for Holiday Inn. Good din siya for those who want staycation lang dahil sa dami ng amenities.

DCIM101GOPROYou may opt to swim before or after going to the hot air balloon fiesta. Sayang ang amenities kung hindi gagamitin. Meron din silang darts, billiards, and gym. We don’t really have time to explore kasi yung festival talaga pinunta namin. Pwede naman kayo pumunta ng sobrang maaga para abutan niyo yung lipad ng mga balloons after sunrise para hindi na gumastos sa hotel.

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That day, since hapon na kami nakarating ng Clark, hindi na namin inabutan yung paglipad ng mga balloons after sunrise. So, nanood na lang kami ng drift show which costs PhP50. Na hindi na rin namin inabutan kasi yung lecheng driver ng coaster, na pipick up at maghahatid sa viewers papuntang runway kung saan yung drift show, ay nanonood din. May napanood naman kami kaso nag-alisan na yung mga hi-end cars pagdating namin.

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And here’s our consolation prize para sa binayad namin! Chevrolet Camaro for drag racing. It’s not as exciting as drift though. Hindi mo naman kasi makita kung sino panalo kasi ang layo ng finish line.

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Here’s another consolation prize! View of the night glow. Namemesmerize ako sa mga ilaw at high-contrast ‘thingy’. Ako lang siguro yung masaya kasi tinawag na nila ko para umalis. Hahaha!

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Bumili na rin kami ng tickets that night for the next day which costs PhP300 each for one day pass. Hindi inclusive ang sakay sa hot air balloon, sky diving, etc. Entrance lang binayaran mo. Kung nagtitipid talaga, pwede sa labas, kasi makikita mo rin naman yung mga balloons, manalig ka lang na dumaan sa lugar mo.

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The next day, yung mga balloons pinalipad after sunrise. Yung picture ko, medyo gilid yan para hindi makita yung araw.

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Yung time na lumipad sila against the light yung mga balloons. Siguro ang sabi nung nakaisip ng event na ‘to, “Itapat natin ng sunrise para pangit lahat ng pictures nila at hindi makita ang mga detalye ng balloons at nagpaparaglide!”  Cute yung mga balloons kaso after nila magsilipad, nakatunganga ka na lang? May ibang activities naman sa loob parang hindi sayang yung PhP300, pero mahal pa rin siya. May kainan sa loob, may usual fastfood. Pero sa dami ng tao, expect mo na walang quality kasi wala din namang lutuan na maganda.

fighter planes

Pwede ka umikot sa Clark field para makita yung mga display units ng Philippine Air Force. Syempre yung mga pinapagalaw lang nila sa tao, yung mga hindi na gumagana. For photo-op purposes only.

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Eto gumagana pa yan, medyo malayo sa mga tao at hindi mo malalapitan kasi may harang yung runway. Yan yung isa sa ginagamit nila for exhibition.

May mga tiangge para sa mga souvenirs like hot air balloon toys na isa lang nagtitinda at ang haba ng pila. Oo maraming tao, sobrang dami ng tao. Kung claustrophobic ka, ‘wag ka na pumunta.

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Meron dalawang anchored hot air balloons na pwedeng lapitan para maramdaman mo yung init ng torch niya kapag bumubuga ng apoy. Tsaka for instagram-selfie purposes. Hahaha!

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May archery din that time na sinubukan namin. Dahil nga sa sobrang dami ng tao, queuing ang archery. PhP100 lang kasi ang 15 arrows kasama ang instructor, not bad. Ang pulpol ko lang sa first attempt ko sa archery.

After namin sa festival, dumiretso kami sa Tarlac para mag GoKart. (Click here to read blog post)

Paano kung commute?

From Cubao

Take a bus: Victory Liner, Partas, Dagupan Bus

Cost: PhP130-200

Alight at Dau Bus Terminal, Mabalacat, Pampanga. Then you’ll ride a jeep going to SM Clark Pampanga which costs PhP7 then you shall walk from SM to Clark Freeport and vice versa.

Rough estimate. Expenses could go down if you opt not to avail the optional items.

Expenses Amount PhP
2-way Bus and jeep/ Gas and toll share 274-500
Car show (optional) 50
Entrance (optional) 300
Accommodation (optional) 400-1,250
Food 300-500
Archery (optional) 100
Total 1,424-2,700

*Photos are taken with Samsung S6 Edge and GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition

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Holiday Inn Clark

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