Archive for October, 2007

Run & Trek

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007

The GE 10k Run

Took place on 21st Oct, Sunday

My race actually started from the car park next to the old ACM.  After securing a lot, I dashed my way towards the Padang.  I was relieved to see many ladies still strolling into Padang and was thinking “wow, these ladies are late too?” Then I got to realise, they were in for the 5km run to be flag-off at 8.30am :p

At the start line, the time clock was already reading 3:23 … I was late for the 7.30am flag-off.  Hurriedly, I ran passed the start line, pinned up my number tag, took big strike hoping to catch up with the main pack of the runners.  That morning had been raining,  the rain stop in time for us, hence the weather was quite cooling. 

Along the way, I met Nisah and Julie (both are avid adventure racers).  The duo were enjoying their run when I greeted them.  Amazing ladies they are, they could sing and run at the same time, which they would normally do so too at adventure races. I wondered what the other runners were thinking while they were grasping for air to keep in pace, the two big lungs ladies were singing in tune with a steady strike *grin* 🙂

My watch read 18mins ++ when I witnessed the two leading runners zoom passed me after they U-turned at the junction of Mountbatten Road.  When the Kenyan lady finished at 33:44, I was probably still struggling at the 5th km! LOL

My run time: Gun time: 1:06: 24hr / Chip time: 1:02:47hr … there’s room for improvement

The people I met at the end point … Loyce (with OBS) who gave me water to drink at the finishing :); Jasmine, the petit & pretty adventure racer; Ros, a teacher also an adventure racer; Mike who busied ushering runners to return the Champion chips; Mrs Leong (my ex-boss’ wife) & friend; Raymond the runner/tri-athlete, he introduced me to his wife – Joanna; Nisah & Julie, the funning duo were queuing at the Osim booth; Jinella Chua (mother of one!) who left OBS for a teaching career; Wilfred of NYP (also formerly from OBS), the friendly students from ARC (Ngee Ann Poly) volunteering their time as officials even after organising an adventure race the day before …

Belumut Trek

Went to Belumut (1010m a.s.l.) today.  I really miss the tropical jungle treks in Malaysia.  I bet the leeches miss me too.  I got two leeches leech-ed to my legs, one on my left ankle, another on my right knee (they can crawl that high even with me wearing trek pants!)

Leech                                                    That blood sucker leech!

leeches                                                        The bloody stain!

Kluang                                                     At Kluang Railway Station waiting for the delayed scheduled train

Look forward to my next tropical trek, hopefully soon! Anyone keen?

World’s Longest Journey on Skates

Thursday, October 18th, 2007

Two days ago, I met Swee Chiow at East Coast Park.  He had just completed his final training on skates, while I was preparing to start my long distance run. 

I am excited for him, as he is going to embark on another adventure journey.  He will attempt to break the Guiness World Record of the Longest Journey on Skates.  The current record is 4,175km.

Swee Chiow’s route, from Hanoi, Vietnam to Singapore, is approximately 6,000km.  He plans to do it in 100 days.  He is using this expedition to convey the environmental message of energy conservation.

Swee Chiow left for Hanoi this morning.

Swee Chiow                                                                          Swee with his two kids Sheng Feng (left) and Sheng En (right)

Wee Leng                                                                        Wee Leng (aka Mrs Khoo) with daughter Sheng En < wee leng will be joining swee chiow in Hanoi to give him her fullest support:) >

Joanne                                                                            A photo with Swee Chiow

Supporters of Swee Chiow can track his daily progress throughout the 100-day journey by visiting his website at www.daretodream.com.sg

I wish him best of luck and a safe journey.

Back to basic

Wednesday, October 17th, 2007

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Feeling blue today. 

My laptop failed on me!

Our life is such that we depended so much on all these electronic devices, that we became so reliant on it.  PCs, laptops, mobile phones, PDAs … once it fall sick, we have to nurse it before it decided to call it quit. Then we found portable hard disk, backup datas with it. Be a little more kiasu, backup hard disk with another hard disk… Then you realised the backup datas are not at all up to date LOL :p

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Upgraded!

Monday, October 15th, 2007

I have been upgraded to a Sport Climbing Category II instructor. Yay! With this upgrade, I can now conduct Wall Supervisor Course and Instructor Training Course (ITC), while a Cateogory I instructor only conducts Sport Climbing Level 1 & 2 courses.

Last weekend, I co-conducted my first ITC course (as a Category II instructor) with Kim Boon, Chee Mun & Philip. 

What exactly do you learn in the ITC?  Here it is:

1. Set up anchors, practice multi-pitch climb 

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2. Setup a releasable Abseil line with a belay rope

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 3. Introduce to methods on escaping from system

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4. Classroom session on anchors, knots, method of instructions, risk assessment management and etc

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Group photo of ITC (10/07) participants

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With Philip (aka “andy lau” 🙂 )

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Celebration with SAC

Friday, October 12th, 2007

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With Chee Yeong and Karen

Happy to meet fellow committee members from the SAFRA Adventure Club (SAC).  We met for steamboat buffet at Paradiz Centre.

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Thiam Huat serving us food

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Thanks Mike for the dinner! It’s finger licking good for Munn

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Catherine & Siyi … the iron ladies

The team organised yet another successful adventure race – The Coastal Challenge on 9th Sept.  Organising a race is no easy feat, let alone an adventure race.  Kudos to the team.  

Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is Success.

Are you dreaming big enough?

Thursday, October 11th, 2007

Many people may be afraid to dream big.  They are reluctant to hope for too much because they do not want to be disappointed.  As a result, they settled for the mundane.

It doesn’t have to be so.   Even if you suspect that you do not have the talent or resources to accomplish your goals, or your wildest dreams, you don’t have to give them up.  You just need to change your strategy.  Instead of working alone, be part of a team.  Teams are incredible things.  No task is too great, no accomplishment too grand, no dream too far-fetched for a team.  It takes teamwork to make a dream work!

Teams come in all shapes and sizes.  If you are married, you and your spouse are a team, if you are employed, you and your colleagues are a team.  The question is not about whether will you participate in something that involves others, I’ll ask will your involvement with others be successful?

Mountain climbing is not for the faint hearted because the world’s highest peaks are some of the most inhospitable places on earth.  Everest is remote.  At 8850m, the altitude incapacitates all and the weather is ruthlessly unforgiving.  Only someone who has climbed a great mountain knows what it takes to make it to the top.

Tenzing Norgay, the first sherpa to arrive at the summit of Everest in 1953 was quoted: “You do not climb a mountain like Everest by trying to race ahead on your own, or by competing with your comrades.  You do it slowly and carefully, by unselfish teamwork.  Certainly I wanted to reach the top myself; it was the thing I had dreamed of all my life.  But if the lot fell to some one else I would take it like a man, and not a crybaby.  For that is the mountain way.” Ullman, James Ramsey. Man of Everest: The Autobiography of Tenzing. London: George G. Harrap and Co., Ltd., 1955, 178.

Could Tenzing Norgay & Edmund Hillary have made it alone? Could they have made it without a great team? The answers are no.  Because it takes teamwork to make the dream work.  If you want to climb a great mountain, you cannot do it alone!

I have came across a quote, I copied it (do not know who quoted it):

“One person seeking glory doesn’t accomplish much.  Success is the result of people pulling together to meet common goals”

Glad that I am with a great team.  Cho Oyu was a great success, and the team had a good strategy, good team manager, good team doctor, and a great sherpa team!  I am many steps closer to my dream…

team-of-sherpas-at-bc.JPG  Our team of helpful and caring sherpas (at base camp)