Archive for October, 2008


Monday, October 20th, 2008

there are some things in the world we’d rather not have lots of: parking fines, white hairs, bird shit splatters and body fat (the last isn’t true of my dear yihui by the way).

then again, there are some things which we simply can’t have too much of: chocolates, hunky male athletes, good hair days, money and of course…

Stuff from SWET to show just how much of a great supporter you are! =D

Us at SWET, we love our logo so much (seeing how pink and cool it is with its mountain graphic and all) that we can’t help wanting to see it everywhere. Plus, we think pink-haters are such repressed souls that they are screaming out to be enlightened by having their sights constantly bombarded by said colour.

We are on a mission to pink-ify the planet with our uber-gorgeous SWET mountain logo, so have you done your bit yet?

Our merchandize!

Seriously though, with our Everest climb less than 6 months away and the fundraising clock ticking madly, we need all your support! No amount is too small and you can start by purchasing our SWET merchandize! All proceeds go directly to the team to help offset our costs!

Imagine, your purchase today could help pay for part of a life-saving oxygen bottle, the salary of our climbing sherpa or the rice we eat at base camp all the way at Mount Everest. Isn’t this the coolest way to “stretch your dollar” or what?

Friends of SWET: Newsletter Issue 2

Monday, October 6th, 2008

Run with us at the Marathon!
The Singapore Women’s Everest Team will be taking part in the upcoming marathon organized by Standard Chartered bank. But we’re not aiming to win – we’ll be entering the race with the objective of spreading the message about our Everest journey to more people. Register for the full marathon and run with us wearing the ‘I Support SWET’ t-shirt (details on how to buy the t-shirt can be found in this newsletter). You can also get our sticker to paste on your runner’s tag to show support for us. We’ll need all the support we can get!

Trek to Everest Base Camp
Our expedition will be a milestone for Singapore and you can be part of this historic event. Embark on the Everest Base Camp trek – your journey will include a one-night stay at Everest base camp (5400m above sea level), something exclusive to members of this trek.

When? Travel period: Two departures – Sat, 4 April to Tue, 21 April 2009 and Sat, 18 April to Tue, 5 May 2009
Trek briefing and registration: Wed, 19 November 2008 at 7pm (location to be confirmed)
Participants need to commit to training – staircase climbs and Bukit Timah Hill trail walks. Training commences Jan/Feb 2009. More details can be found in our website from Nov onwards.

Community Outreach

SWET Launches “Aspiring Mountaineers’ Programme”

The Aspiring Mountaineers’ Programme (AMP) was launched in Aug over 2 days with resounding success.

AMP is a community initiative by the team, using our climbing experience as motivational story to inspire today’s youth to climb their own “Everests”.

On the first day, we shared our stirring Everest journey at the National Library with close to 100 students from Tanjong Katong Secondary, Hwa Chong Institution, Christ Church Secondary, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Millenia Institute, and Chung Cheng High School.

Besides being inspired by the talk, the students experienced a “Death Zone” experience of climbing at high-altitude, simulated with a hypoxicator which reduces the body’s oxygen intake. They also had hands-on experience with some high-altitude mountaineering equipment at the gear display tent.

On the 2nd day, the students were challenged to a mini ‘Everest’ experience where they underwent ice-climbing, rope ascending and abseiling at SAFRA Adventure Sports Centre. Through these physical feats, students gained confidence and self-belief as key to achieving their ‘Everests’ in life.

We will continue to bring AMP to schools who’re interested from now till Nov, after which the programme will resume after we return from our Everest climb in mid 2009. Email us at for details on AMP.

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank our friends for taking their personal time to assist us at the AMP launch on both days!

3 minutes with…

Joanne Soo, Member of the Singapore Women’s Everest Team


10 years ago I was:
In a 9 to 5 job, and weighing 73kg.
I wouldn’t dare to eat in the hawker centre all by myself.

5 years ago I was:
Contemplating if I should continue in the adventure business on my own. And I discovered that friends are the greatest gift I have given myself.

1 year ago I was
Eating at a food centre alone, I did my 1st ultra marathon. I was still very interested in the adventure business, and I caught up with my secondary school mates.

Some things on my to-do list:
1. Climb Everest and more…
2. Build my dream home
3. Write a book

If I were a billionaire I would:
Set up a foundation focused on adventure based activities. It would provide more opportunities for children/youth who are poor or come from disadvantaged backgrounds.

5 people I’d want to have lunch with:
1. My dad (deceased)
2. My mum
3. My dream guy
4. Reinhold Messener
5. Alison Hargreaves (deceased)

Some jobs I’ve had:
1. Selling Otak Otak at HDB blocks when
I was 8yrs old
2. Crew with McDonald’s
3. Costing Officer with a construction firm

Lee Peh Gee, Member of the Singapore Women’s Everest Team


10 years ago I was:
An idealistic strong headed “pit-bull” fighter.

5 years ago I was:
A dream maker making the first step to scale the highest peak.

1 year ago I was
A dream creator in the midst of finding the peace and harmony within.

Some things on my to-do list:
1. Find the peace within
2. Be happy with what I am
3. Provide for my family
4. Make a difference in the lives I meet
5. Enjoy my time on earth

If I were a billionaire I would:
Give 50% to a trust fund set up for philanthropic causes. Give 45% to my family. Keep 5% for my fantasies that include buying an island to swim in and travel to the remotest area and meditate.

5 people I’d want to have lunch with:
1) Mahatma Gandhi
2) Leonardo da Vinci
3) Albert Schweitzer
4) Barack Obama
* Since the first 3 people are in netherworld and the 4th is halfway round the globe, I would want to have lunch by myself. yeah, so the last person is myself.

Some jobs I’ve had:
– Bookworm mugger
– Baby diaper changer
– Fumbling climber
– Defender of the nation
– Professional slacker

If you like what you are reading and wish to find out more about the Everest Base Camp trek, you may wish to email us at for the full version of the newsletter.