Attempting to create Malaysia’s biggest Christmas-themed maze of balloons
By Jude Toyat
Boulevard Shopping Mall created another milestone in the Malaysia Book of Records (MyBOR) December 10 with the ‘Biggest Christmas Themed Maze of Balloons’.
In 2013, Boulevard Enterprise (Kuching) Sdn Bhd earned a spot in the MyBOR by producing the ‘Biggest Christmas Themed Balloon Landscape’ of 40 meters long and 16 meters wide.
This year, they collaborated with De Jackie Inspiration once more to create a gigantic balloon sculpture in the form of a maze, breaking their own record by another six meters – 46.1 meters in length and 18.1 meters in width.
“Balloons are symbols to happiness and today we see balloons as an innovative art craft and an interesting educational tool. Through the creations of sculptures with its beauty and colours, balloons can also change the concept of learning especially for pre-school children.
“As mayor, I am happy that people in Kuching and the non-governmental organisations here are able to work closely with each other especially in event like this. I hope that this achievement will inspire our people in Sarawak to aim for more new records in the Malaysia Book of Records,” said Kuching City South Council (MBKS) mayor Datuk James Chan in his officiating remarks at the opening ceremony of Boulevard Christmas in Balloon Fairyland 2016 here yesterday (Dec 10).
Chan congratulated the joint organisers, Boulevard Enterprise (Kuching) Sdn Bhd and De Jackie Inspiration for attempting the feat with such strong conviction that it can be achieved.
“Congratulations also to participants who came from near and far to take part in this record-breaking event – biggest Christmas themed maze of balloons. I do look forward to many occasions where balloons will take centre stage to bring life and joy to all,” said Chan, adding that the event is one of the major highlights in the year end happenings in the state and an occasion where all Sarawakians should be proud of.
The unprecedented balloon maze was created by a total of 42 balloonists from eight different countries including Japan, Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore and Malaysia to achieve the record-breaking feat.
The production of the balloon maze started on Dec 5 and completed on Dec 10 at 4pm. It was officially opened to the public from Dec 10 and be open daily at 10am to 10pm until Dec 26.
Chan also encouraged the participants to take their time and look around the city of Kuching which has recently been listed among TripAdvisor’s Top 10 Destinations on the Rise for Asia.
“I am proud to note that Kuching is one of the top tourist destinations in Asia, and placed at eight spot, finishing above Kota Kinabalu and Georgetown in Penang – the three Malaysia cities listed in TripAdvisor’s Top 10 Destinations on the Rise for Asia. This is something that we must cherish.
“I wish to encourage all of you, especially foreign visitors and participants of this record breaking feat to go and look around the city. I am sure that you will love the clean air and not to mention, Kuching people are the best,” he said.
The record was certified by Malaysia Book of Records senior research journalist Nurasyikin Ramli.
The feat was held in conjunction with the Boulevard Christmas in Balloon Fairyland 2016, an event displaying colourful designs of balloon sculptures with renowned fairy tale characters theme that can also be found in the balloon maze at Boulevard Shopping Mall Kuching Ground Floor, New Wing.
Little Monsters Pet Station is also taking part in the event by organising a mini zoo. They will be exhibiting reptiles including iguanas, frogs, snakes, lizards, turtles and mammal animals such as hamsters, sugar gliders, mice and many more at the mall.
Apart from marking their name in the MyBOR, Boulevard Enterprise (Kuching) Sdn Bhd functions and marketing manager Chin Sze King said that the event is also a great opportunity for them to give back to the community.
“We will be donating part of the proceeds from the sales of tickets to charitable bodies as we hope that we will be able to share our joy and happiness with the less fortunate,” he said.
The three charitable bodies include CHKMUS (Chia Hia Khor Moral Uplifting Society) – MASS Medicare Charity Dialysis Centre, Wishesland, and the Sarawak Society for The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SSPCA).
Chin added that the general public can also lend their helping hands in donating to charity bodies by purchasing balloons at a price of RM5 each through the ‘Balloon for Hope’ campaign held throughout the 17-day programme.
During the opening ceremony, the balloonists also showcased their unique and eye-catching balloon dresses in the balloon dress competition. The team from Thailand emerged as champion and first runner-up went to China.
Entry tickets are priced at RM5 each.
De Jackie Inspiration is also holding balloon workshops which are divided into three sessions, for individual and family.
The first individual balloon workshop will take place on Dec 16 from 7.30pm to 9pm, while the second workshop will be held on Dec 24 from 4pm to 5.30pm. Registration fee for the individual category is RM15 per entry and limited to only one to two persons, preferably a child (above 5 years old) with their mother, father or sibling.
As for the family or team workshop, it will be held on Dec 17 from 6pm to 7.30pm. The entry fee is RM120 and limited to three to five persons in a team. Participants will learn to make various Christmas-related balloon sculptures and the workshops can accommodate not more than 30 participants (individual) and 10 teams (family).
Other activities to be held throughout this festive season in conjunction with the Boulevard Christmas in Balloon Fairyland 2016 are carolling programmes by Keepers Club, Blessed Sacrament Church and The High Priest Church, and the Young Malaysians Movement (YMM) singing contest.
Also present to celebrate the success were De Jackie Inspirations chief executive officer Jackie Tan, as well as representatives from sponsors Ogawa and Twinny Two and charitable bodies.