18th Festival Layang Layang Pasir Gudang 2013

Olli and Volker participated in the 18th Festival Layang Layang Antarabangsa Sedunia Pasir Gudang (Pasir Gudang international Kite Festival).
After meeting at Paris Charles de Gaulle, Olli and Volker arrived just in time for the kite fliers briefing in Hotel Selesa in Pasir Gudang.
Volker joined this festival in 2003 and most following years, and Olli joined in 2006 already.
The first flying day was warm as usual, a bit more than 30°C. Luckily, there was no rain, and until lunchtime, the kites had more airtime than during the whole festival 2012.
After having a buffet like lunch, we met with other members of the International Kite Fliers TEH TAREK Group. This group was founded some years ago to celebrate the regional speciality, Teh Tarek: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1cvH8bCl14Y
The day continued with better than usual, but still a bit changing winds, supported by the warm suppport of the sun.
On Saturday, the Sultan of Johor gave his annual visit to the kitefestival. When the official part was over, we took the chance to show our kites to the Sultan of Johor. Luckily, the wind was on our side this year.

So we kept flying the kites until we had to leave for dinner.

When dinner was finished, we went back to the kitefield to equip a white 8m pilot kite with LEDs and launched it in the middle of the crowd. Some 10000s spectaters where in the kitefield, having picknik, listening to a live concert, and off course, enjoying kites.

On sunday, the kitefield for the internationals was extended into the area where the national competitions took place earlier. That gave us and everybody else more space to fly even more kites than the days before.

In the evening, the closing ceremony took place in the stadium. Olli won a 2nd prize in the category „Creative kites“. The prize honoured the Mainzelmännchen kites

Monday 25th, the kitefliers had the opportunity to join a guided tour. We left the hotel in 3 buses and the first stop was Nasuha Organic Natural Herbs: http://www.nasuhaherbsparadise.com/. Here we had our lunch, a tea testing and a short introduction into the malay flora.
We continued to Muar where we had another lunch, prepared to have a bicycle ride on very coulourful bicycles. The bicycle ride was followed by a 30min boat trip on the Sungai Muar. Before leaving to the hotel, we had some food, i.e. Saté BBQ with delicious peanut sauce.
Back at the hotel, we had dinner. Including some snacks, we had six meals this day...
The next morning, we had to leave the hotel at 7:00 to go to the airport Changi/ Singapore. There, we started our second trip to Satun, but that is a different story => click here

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