When I first heard about the launch of Dinner In The Sky (DITS) in Malaysia in 2015, I didn’t think much of it. To have a meal while being suspended high up in the air is not my cup of tea. If you have been following my blog, you would have known by now that I have fear of heights. My phobia is not to the extent of feeling dizzy or throwing up but I tend to just freeze and not move an inch for fear that I am going to fall. As a result, I was never interested in this DITS concept.
I have been working to gradually overcome my fear of heights. I learnt to climb hilly terrain at a slower pace. I try not to be influenced by my dare-devil companions who are braver and fitter than me, climbing heights at a faster pace with not a care in the world. However, I had to face my fears when I was invited to enjoy – not dinner – but dessert in the sky by Tourism Malaysia as part of the #AboutKL 2.0 Bloggers Engagement Program during the last week of December 2016.
The DITS experience was set up at an empty parking lot next to Malaysia Tourism Centre (MATIC) on Jalan Ampang in Kuala Lumpur. When we arrived at the site, I saw a large rectangular table, chairs that looked like automotive racing seats, and a hydraulic crane that held the table which was supported with cables. Because I never really thought much about DITS, I didn’t know that it was that ugly-looking crane that was going to hoist us up in the sky!
After securing our personal belongings in the lockers provided inside an air-conditioned marquee (no bags, wallets and purses are allowed up in the sky), we were ushered one by one to the table. Once we were seated comfortably, the safety personnel strapped us in. When all twenty-two of us were triple-checked to ensure that we were fastened securely in our seats, we were lifted off the ground.
The ascent was very smooth. I was feeling okay. The table was held up rather stable. But as usual, when we were elevated further up in the sky, everyone at the table was commenting, “Oh my god, this is scary!”, “Oh shit!”, “Oh no, please don’t look down!” Well, the moment someone says “do not look down”, automatically one does the opposite and yup, I looked down and saw my feet dangling in the air. That was when I freaked out…a little bit.
When we were about 50 metres above the ground, the crane stopped and there we were, high up in the sky, surrounded by skycrapers including the Petronas Twin Towers. The chef and his team served us dessert and by this time, we were happily (or rather nervously) taking photos and videos of the amazing lights of KL city. I could not take either a selfie or photos properly for I was holding on tightly to the side of the table. As such, I asked one of the crew members to take a photo of me and my nervous smile with the Petronas Twin Towers behind me 🙂
Just when I was trying to relax, and wanting to enjoy my dessert, the captain announced that we could swivel or recline our chairs! No way, Jose! Shortly after, the table slowly spun around so that everyone got different views of the city. I saw a guy standing at the balcony of his condominium – the view of DITS every night from his condo must be so common to him!
While it felt like a long time up in the sky, the entire experience was only 45 minutes. Fortunately, it didn’t rain that night but unfortunately, I couldn’t finish eating my tiramisu – obviously, I was too nervous.
So what’s the verdict?
Aside from my nervousness, there is nothing to be worried about in terms of safety and stability. The design and equipment used are top-notch European technology and standards.
Because of the obsession with safety and the potential liability that comes along with it, the one-hour, three-course dinner experience in the sky costs MYR229 on weeknights and MYR249 on weekends. Try not to expect a fine-dining gourmet meal within an hour but it’s certainly a once-in-a-lifetime experience that you wouldn’t mind paying for. I wasn’t a nervous wreck albeit a little anxious but I can proudly say to people that I have done it, I have experienced DITS 🙂
The best part was this experience happened on the eve of my birthday. It was the best birthday gift to remember for many years to come!
For more information about Dinner In the Sky Malaysia (#DITSMalaysia), check out their website: http://www.dinnerinthesky.my/
Dinner In The Sky experience was complimentary by Tourism Malaysia as part of the #AboutKL 2.0 Things To Know About Kuala Lumpur And Beyond. Opinions expressed in this post are my own.
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