Things that rise

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Although it was a sunny day, there was wind to make up for the heat. Although we arrived when the doggie hot air balloon has already taken off probably several minutes ago, we still were able to see many of the remaining ones from the car. Although we had to wait for a while before getting to enter, I was with two very good friends whom I have always enjoyed being with ever and learning from since we were young.

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While we watched the hot air balloons take off and witnessed the large crowd of people in cars and walking on the side of the road, I realized that we do love to watch things that rise.

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We are amazed at flight, the very action of drifting higher and higher, soaring above land. Balloons and kites and floating lanterns – gazing at these makes us hopeful, praying someday that we could fly too or be the one to make people rise.

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After we went around the venue and passed by food stalls, my two good friends and sisters Julie, Sarika, and I met with Sarika’s younger brother Amar and his girlfriend, Elaine. We had lunch at the famous Mila’s Tokwa’t Baboy and Special Sizzling Sisig in Angeles City, Pampanga (Thank you, Julie!). I enjoyed being with my friends and getting to listen to their stories. When we decided to not return to the venue anymore, we went to Marquee instead and walked around.

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All photos courtesy of Julie!

We wished that our friends Cleudine and Levi were with us too. There’s always next time at Lubao, Pampanga in April! Hoping we could see all the hot air balloons by then.

“The Guide says there is an art to flying”, said Ford, “or rather a knack. The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss.” – Douglas Adams, Life, the Universe, and Everything

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