Plan B at Putrajaya

So a few months back, I was surfing the net and I came across pictures taken from the Putrajaya International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta and I thought, "Man, I wished I had that big snazzy camera to capture those fantastic looking pictures" and then I left it at that. Few months down the line, I became the lucky owner of one.

It was around a month ago when the idea came back to me. This time was different as I had everything I needed;
DSLR - check
own transport - check
free time to snap pics - check!
research on the location, itinerary etc - check!
friends to drag bring along for company - check!

Perfect! Everything's in order. All I needed to do now was to mark my calender.

So at 3p.m., I reconfirmed everything and made sure all preparations were complete.

After planning the outing for months, how's a slight drizzle at 5p.m. going to affect the outcome right? Boy was I wrong! That drizzle turned out to be a torrential rain... for a full 30 minutes. With the sun peeking out of the clouds, I headed to pick up my friends and head for the venue.

On the way there, we missed a turning and ended up heading to Holland. Thankfully we took the nearest exit but got stuck in a bumper to bumper crawl somewhere in PJ. When we finally got to Putrajaya, it was already night and the hot air balloons were long gone. What rotten luck huh? 3 months of planning went up in smoke.

It didn't help that there was a slight drizzle by the time we got there which persisted throughout pretty much of the night.

Even so, we were determined to make the best of it and immediately went looking for the scenic spots in Putrajaya. Looking for the Seri Wawasan bridge wasn't difficult. Finding a good location to capture the bridge was.

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Initial spot.

So being adventurous, we continued exploring Putrajaya despite the rain although on hindsight it would've been better to have worn slippers that night as it was so dark, we were basically stepping into every puddle of water on the ground.

Seri Wawasan Bridge
The Seri Wawasan Bridge taken from another vantage point.

Putra Mosque.

Although we had intended to travel around Putrajaya further, our plans were cut short due to the sudden heavy rain. Since it was getting late, we decided to head back to KL for dinner.

Dinner was at Murni's in SS2. Determined to have their signature XXL curry puff for dinner, I ordered their Dragon Pizza (its a misnomer if you ask me) which took 30 mins to arrive. :( But the wait was well worth it as I've been longing to order/eat it.

Dragon Pizza
Dragon Pizza

The XXL curry puff wasn't too bad although it was a tad salty. It was stuffed with meat and scrambled eggs topped with some pasta sauce. Be warned that the XXL curry puff is larger than it looks and can easily substitute your dinner especially when you've downed half a glass of their laichee special beforehand while waiting for the food to arrive. :D

Laichee Special
Laichee Special

Prisms II

More prisms!

Leaning tower of Pisa
Leaning tower of Pisa.



Pizza Hut's online delivery system works like a charm. There's no need to ring them up either. All you need is a pc and a credit card/ maybank2u and 30 minutes later, your pizza is served right at your doorstep. Talk about convenience!

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Ordered the perennial favourite, the Super supreme; hardly ever fails to deliver and when it does, you know never to visit that outlet again. :P

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Hawaiian chicken on the so called thin crust. Wasn't too my liking as it felt like eating brittle bread. :/

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For all those Canon enthusiast out there, I present to you THE MUG to rule them all:

Apparently you can get them here

And if 24-105mm lacks oomph, how about 70-200mm?

The 70-200mm picture is from here

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