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2013 Bloggers’ Community Party @ The AirAsia Training Academy

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Flight Attendants, disarm all doors and Cross Check.. Flight Attendants, be seated for take-off – Two commands I mentioned a minute before take-off. Being the first blogger among the 40 participants to do the aircraft simulation activity gave me goosebumps. It seemed surreal and it was also a dream come true.

Melo Villareal inside Airbus A-320 Simulator at AirAsia Training Academy
Melo Villareal inside Airbus A-320 Simulator at AirAsia Training Academy

At first, I really felt that the experience was just out of touch with reality when we entered the flight deck. I volunteered to be the first to tryout the simulation and to my surprise, Its really feels like operating an actual aircraft in real time situation. From take-off to smooth landing with the help of my co-pilot, we really felt like our most recent flight to KL was realistically replicated.

Airasia Bloggers Community Party in AirAsia Training Academy
With Singapore Travel and Lifestyle Bloggers (photo courtesy of Adrian)


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That was probably the activity that I enjoyed most last weekend during the AirAsia’ Inaugural Bloggers Community Party which was held at the AirAsia Training Academy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. During the event, 40 influential travel and lifestyle bloggers were invited from various countries like the Philippines, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia  and Malaysia.

AirAsia Bloggers Community
AirAsia Bloggers Community

Before the adventure race started, we had more than an hour of introducing ourselves with the flight attendants, AirAsia social media team and fellow travel and lifestyle bloggers from different parts of Asia.

AirAsia Bloggers Party
Airasia Bloggers Community Party in AirAsia Training Academy

I finally met Sy Yuan, a travel blogger friend from Singapore and I also saw some familiar faces too like Adrian and Becky whom I met before in my previous Singapore and Malaysia trip.

More than just a Happy Camper
More than just Happy Campers

I also met new travel blogger friends like Mae and Frank (Philippines), Bubba Mama, Jason Goh (Singapore), Love Andaman (Thailand), Mohd Redzuan, Christoper Tock, Emily Lowe (Malaysia) and many others.

Malaysian Food Nomnomnom
Malaysian Food Nomnomnom

Bloggers were divided into 5 groups and each group has to complete a task available in different pit stops named Chiang Mai, Clark, Yangon, Siem Reap and Kuala Lumpur. Once completed, a stamp will be given and then we can proceed to the next pit stop.

AirAsia Premium Items
AirAsia Premium Items

Within the lounge up to the vicinity of each pit stops, colored papers with ABC (AirAsia Bloggers Community) logo were hidden purposely for us to find. I was lucky to find one blue colored paper within the pillars of the main lobby and for that piece of paper, I won a complimentary ticket for two to Lombok Indonesia. Yay!

Pinoy Bloggers with AirAsia Philippines
Pinoy Bloggers with AirAsia Philippines

The task at the Yangon Pit Stop was quite challenging for me since Im not really a huge fan of puzzle building. We eventually sang two songs just to get our stamps so we can proceed to the next pit stop.

First Finisher.. The Black Team
First Finisher.. The Black Team

We also enjoyed our visit to Clark station where we were required to creatively demonstrate the safety features of the aircraft and assist the passengers in the emergency evacuation.

Bloggers Party in Kuala Lumpur
Bloggers Party in Kuala Lumpur

Our team (Black Team) was the first to finish all the task but (Red Team) won the race for having 39 stamps – the most number of stamps gathered by a single team.

Airasia Bloggers Community Party
Airasia Bloggers Community Party

That was short but I really enjoyed the event. We may not have won the major price but meeting new friends and being part of AirAsia Bloggers Community is really really priceless. At the end of the programme, Aziz announced that we will be all going home with a Pearl Mini – a budget friendly mid-range Ninetology smart phone.

Siem Reap Task
Siem Reap Task

Now Boarding
Now Boarding

We Won We Won!
We Won We Won!

AirAsia Awesome Bloggers


AirAsia Bloggers Community Party Youtube Video

AirAsia Awesome Bloggers

Some of the photos are courtesy of AirAsia:)

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