Archive for January, 2008

the need to put on weight

Tuesday, January 15th, 2008

to put the headline in context, each member in the team loses about 4-8kg each time we come back from any mountaineering expedition (that’s about 5-7% of our body weight).

so in the face of everest in less than 3mths, we all need to bulk up. here’re some ideas/suggestions given:

– drink oil (literally)
– eat mayonnaise (1kg every day for 10 consecutive days can gain you quite a bit)
– eat one tub of ice-cream everyday for 2 weeks, just before we sleep
– drink those GNC weight-gainers
– wolf down one snickers bar every night before we sleep
– for tea breaks, consume about 5 donuts

we’re not skinny. trust me, none of us in this team can be described as skinny. and we already eat A LOT (i believe during our Cho Oyu expedition, we scared the chinese waitresses with our immense appetite. before she could bring out the next dish on the table, all the plates were already cleared – into our stomachs).

so much as this is a happy problem for us to solve, we’re finding it a tad difficult to stomach all that extra food, on top of our already pretty full-on diet. especially so when we’re training like mad, so those extra calories are hard to stay on.

we thought about having a weekly buffet session for the team, but then we already see one another more than we meet our families, so that’s a no-go.

well, this eating/weight-gaining issue is going to be yet another obstacle we shall have to overcome. so excuse me while i go for my millionth donut…

the passing of a hero

Friday, January 11th, 2008


Sir Edmund Percival Hillary (20 July 1919 – 11 January 2008) was a New Zealand mountaineer and explorer. On 29 May 1953, he and Sherpa mountaineer Tenzing Norgay became the first climbers known to have reached the summit of Mount Everest. They were part of the ninth British expedition to Everest, led by John Hunt. (from wiki)

The Singapore Women’s Everest Team mourns the passing of the legendary Sir Edmund Hillary…

one of those… since it’s the new year

Thursday, January 10th, 2008

three names you go by:
1. es
2. seeri
3. mr tan

three physical things you like about yourself:
1. collarbone
2. shoulders
3. erm, that i am physically well?

three physical things you don’t like about yourself:
1. thunder tighs
2. uneven skin tone
3. not enough reserves, need to fatten up for everest

three things that scare you:
1. lead climbing
2. graphic deaths
3. lizards

three of your favorite musical artists:
1. death cab
2. joni mitchell
3. camera obscura

three of your favorite songs:
1. i’ll follow you into the dark (death cab)
2. a case of you (joni mitchell)
3. angel (sarah)

three things you want in a relationship:
1. love
2. committment
3. a dose of drama

three lies:
1. i remember most things
2. i always feel comfortable in social settings
3. i’m never going to get drunk again

three truths:
1. i’m training to climb everest
2. words are dangerous
3. i have few friends, but good ones

three physical things about the opposite sex that appeals to you:
1. shoulders
2. jawline
3. sense of humor, ok that’s not physical

three of your favorite hobbies:
1. reading
2. climbing
3. drooling over cookbooks

three things you want to do really badly now:
1. lead climb well
2. get rid of the bloated feeling in my stomach
3. teleport myself to the party

three careers you’ve considered:
1. writer
2. poet
3. hermit

three places you want to go on vacation:
1. the alps
2. africa
3. greenland, just to know it really exists

three kids names you like:
1. sarah
2. nebekenezzer, ha
3. (?)

three things you want to do before you die:
1. climb everest
2. publish a story
3. be comfortable with who i am

three ways that you are stereotypically a boy:
1. most of my free time is taken up by sports
2. i don’t change after i rock climb
3. i don’t own any decent heels

three ways that you are stereotypically a girl:
1. i can’t make up my mind
2. i write in a diary
3. i cry in movies