So here I am. My very own blog. And all for what. Adventure.
I was introduced to blogging by my brother Terence, after much talking about my dreams and all, he convinced me that I should start writing and showing to the world where I’m been and also what I’ve climbed. So here I am.
This was me. Young and brittle. But looking for an experience unlike no other.
I was a member of the National Cadet Corps also an active Student Councillor during my Secondary School days in Yishun Town Sec. But I guess that wasn’t enough. I was looking for more.
Then in Secondary Four, I had the chance to go for a school-initiated Mount Kinabalu trip. I jumped at the opportunity. And guessed what. I loved it. The cold breeze on my face, the numbness within my fingers and cold water when it touched my lips. It was such a different experience that I felt that I needed to repeat. And finally, there was the scenery at the summit.
So, lets just say after that trip to Kinabalu, I decided that adventure was something that I liked and maybe it was worth exploring. After my Os, I got 12 points for my L1R4. I could either go the J.C way or there was also the Polytechnic way. I considered going to Innova J.C, Architecture at Singapore Polytechnic and the least likeliest of choices, a pioneer Diploma in Outdoor and Adventure at Republic Polytechnic.
Well, I gave it some thought and then in my first of twelve choices, I chose Adventure. Honestly if you asked me, nobody with my results would go there and waste their future in such a new diploma right? But it never occured to me. Maybe I was still blinded by that Kinabalu Experience but like what others have said, the only way to see if things work out is to jump in with both feet.
So there I went.
In addition to all the climbing and trekking that I immersed myself into, I also did adventure races which really was pretty exhilarating. Tired though with all the cycling, running, navigation and rock-climbing. But one hell of an experience.
So, I was done with school. Whats next? What every Singaporean Son has to go through. National Service. Spent a long time in there and I would have to say, it wasn’t easy. Skipping many ranks from a recruit in Tekong to finally….
Okay, back to where we should be… Finally…
After Commissioning, I was posted to Pasir Laba Camp as a Recce Officer Instructor.
So thats my life till now. Back then, I was 21 years of age. For now, you have seen the normal side of me, the studious adventurous side of me. But I’ve been through much transformation for the past few years.
Currently, I’m married with two lovely children but I’m still looking to complete some crazy climbing adventures. In the years to come, I am planning to complete the 7 Summits of the world (I have climbed Mount Everest, Kilimanjaro and Kosziousko and I’m left with Aconcagua, Denali, Elbrus and Vinson). Stay tuned for more mountain adventures!
I'm an aspiring climber from the tiny island of Singapore looking constantly at different places of the world, looking for places to exploit and fill up my adventure gauge which is always hanging in the balance.
I graduated from Republic Polytechnic with a Diploma in Outdoor And Adventure Learning and I believe that I'm a true advocate of the outdoors.
The first trip that I did was to Mount Ophir, standing at 1276 metres in Johor Bahru. The feeling of being immersed within nature and actually climbing to the top was just rejuvenating. From then since, I've climbed a total of 41 mountains around the world, highest being Mount Everest South Summit at 8700m and two 7000m peaks called Lenin Peak and Peak Korzhenescaya.
Currently, I'm managing sales and marketing at a rock-climbing company and forming my own adventure company, JTrace, focusing on adventure trips consultation, training clients for their own Everest, corporate team building, inspirational speaking sessions and brand ambassadorship.
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Nice to read of your adventures – how blogging and digital photos have changed the way we access the experiences of others.! might be interested to look up my own expeditions pages ( sadly mostly from 2000 onwards only) http://www.everest.org.sg – there’s a little Bolivia adventure page too