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We are so proud of our new team name that this blog post is dedicated to helping to provide you with the full NATAS SWET experience.
You would already have seen the chinese article through the link in the prior blog posting.
The launch of the NATAS SWET partnership was announced over a press conference at Campers’ Corner located at Capitol Building. We basically extended the shop all the way into the back alley by connecting several tents together. Throughout the shop, there were NATAS SWET photoboards, video, photos, standees displayed together with the merchandise.
It was a most interesting experience for guests of the event since they could even do a bit of window shopping. It was also a most fitting location for team events since we covert almost all the outdoor gear and apparels stocked in the shop.
The event was succinct. NATAS CEO, Robert Khoo and Team leader, Jane Lee both gave a speech on their thoughts on the partnership and sealed the sponsorship by planting an ice axe, bearing the new NATAS SWET logo into a block of ice.
Then came the news reports
Taken from my paper, 27th Nov 08
From ST online, 27th Nov 08
Radio – 938live, 27th Nov 08
Razor TV, 27th Nov 08
What do members of SWET do on a sunny Saturday afternoon? Besides the usual Bukit Timah weekend treks, SWET embarked on something very new last week. We went cycling with our friends round the eastern coastal park connectors.
If you haven’t already learned about the new park connector, it is a 42-km network, built at a cost of $22 million, which links up the popular East Coast Park, Changi Beach Park and Pasir Ris Park, and other parks in the east, such as Bedok Reservoir Park.
Jane and myself started from my house to Macs at ECP where we met Esther, Yi Hui, Marzuki, Jaspal, Chu, Simon and Sze Wei. I must say that it was a really leisurely and enjoyable ride. (except for some who had to cycle on $6/hr bikes with gears which were virtually impossible to switch and seats which were too impossibly huge)
The entire route was extremely scenic except for some parts where we had to go through the town centres and weave through the crowd. ( That really reminded me of the time we were cycling in Chengdu, China to get to the panda reserve after our ice climbing) Apart from that and a few minutes of getting lost around Expo area, the entire ride was extremely smooth. We even got to stop at Changi Village Hawker Centre for refreshments.
Personally, I do not cycle around the roads in Singapore much. Namely because of the number of accidents pp keep warning me about. But this cycling trip has boosted my interest in using biking as a means of getting round the country instead of simply as a leisure activity.
I read this line by Ted Turner in the papers recently about the inefficient use of resources: We have a 200 pound person driving a 4000 pound car to get a quarter pound hamburger.
Isn’t it so true? Aren’t we guilty of wasting resources/energy just to make things easier for ourselves? So this cycling trip has in some way influenced me to bike, walk and take public transport more in a small bid to do a part for the environment.
Now what’s next in our SWET leisure calender, you ask? That will have to be blading round the park connectors.
It’s been a week since we got back from ice climbing. To say that we are not suffering withdrawal symptoms would be a lie.
Just today at Bukit timah, Yihui thought Esther was front pointing at the steps. Going up and down the stairs felt like we were on the circuit on the ice falls.
Ice climbing was a good wake up call to how difficult Lotse Face is going to be. Already, we were panting up and down the ice falls in Xuang Qiao Valley. And that was only one quarter of the actual climb on Everest. And in Xuang Qiao Valley, the altitude was only 3000m, less than half of what we would be experiencing on everest.
But it was good to be back using our gear. Brand new black diamond helmets (thanks to Campers Corner), Smith Shades and goggles, Mountaineering boots, Crampons, Marmot jkts and pants…..It was good to use them all once again.
Basically, we set up a 400m long circuit (200m up, 200m down) and basically spent the 4 days cramponing up and down the icefalls while attached to the ropes. We deliberately played out the actual scenario on Everest where there will be pp ascending and descending on the same ropes, deliberately walked down the slopes instead of abseiling off each slope.
After that, we ended the trip with some gear shopping and a great night at Shamrock irish pub. Of course, there were numerous feasts since we were eating the same dishes at the lodge in the valley for breakfast lunch and dinner.
Oh and Sim’s cozy guesthouse has a new address. They now have two HUGE black pigs ready for new year and the new guesthouse is just as cozy and friendly as the old one. Rooms were bigger and just as homely. Truly felt like home……
THIS was on someone’s blog…..and I saw it only after I went shopping..
I just learnt that:
1. Americans make up 5% of the world’s population and yet they consume 30% of the world’s resources.
2. My computer is spoilt because of an insidious plan called planned obsolesence… Deliberate reduction of shelf life to create forced sales.
3. many products contain BFR (brominized Falme Retardents) and they are neurotoxins. I remember staring at my tent every morning cos it has a tag saying its treated for flame retardent….arghhhhh
4. The amazon forest is disappearing at a rate of 7 football fields PER MINUTE
5. 99% of the things americans consumer end up in the waste within 6 months.
6. Advertisements make u buy things you don’t need..food for thought for a Copywriter…
7. Goverments should be by the people, for the people.
8. Breastmilk contains toxins too….food for thought for a breast milk PHD student
9. We’re on a constant treadmill of work, go home and watch commercials telling us to buy new things, going to buy new things and going back to work again to sustain the purchase.
10. Our world would be happier if there were more thrift values and became less comsumeristic
make me a farmer’s wife anytime…..
Anyone who is vaguely tuned to the media would know that there has been a lot of emphasis placed on global warming and environmental awareness. Some congress or meting of sorts just passed in Bali not too long ago…
But I maintain that we are all still hypocrites in our approach to environmental protection.
I saw pictures of the Orchard road lightup being highlighted in the papers. The entire fountain was ‘wrapped’ in LED lights, shopping centres are still decorating themselved with loads of lights. And this has and will be going on for more than a month, every single night. All in the name of tourism.
Just think of it. Such futile use of electricity. and we say we are trying to do something for the environment. If the govt were really trying, then I say they should declare a DIMMER christmas this year. Then they would really be catching the attention of the public, not to mention the world. Be done with they silly concerts, I say this is more effective.
I have the same sentiments when I visited the National museum recently. There were these huge oscillating pendulums covered in red lights. They were a rather fresh sight and a quirky contrast in the midst of the white washed interior of the museum. However, it’s again another example highlighting the futile use of electricity isn’t it. Just that this time its in the name of art.
I used to be really irked by wastefullness. But as I grew older, time constraint and effectiveness took over my concerns. Thus I am as much a hypocrite in the issue of being green. I drive, I get lost, I waste more fuel. I print stuff simply cos they are easier to refer to when printed. I discard reusable things on a daily basis. I buy a lot of things I do not need thus contributing to the production of more useless things. I on the lights at home cos I like bright places.I have a HP, PDA, Laptop, IPOD and Ishuffle which all require charging.
It’s a vicious cycle
Grrrrr my legs are really aching more than they ever did in my entire three years of running marathons.
I attribute it to the my goal this year of running without walking…..Anyway even though everyone seems to do thhat effortlessly, I maintain that it is detrimental to me. At the 32km, my legs were so sore from the repetitive action of striding and pounding that they felt like a different part of me if I lifted it too high or strided further than what I ad been doing…..that was when I had this thought…Maybe I should stretch…but thhen I struggled internally since stretching involved stopping which was against my goal this year.
SO anyway I went and did it anyways. It felt so good to stretch. But sadly I was not much faster after….and then at the 39km mark, I walkedfor like 150m….yes I am so ashamed of myself for not keeping to my goal of the day…but i just needed my legs to bedoing something different after so long…and that was when I concluded that I cannot make it back before 5hrs…..so disappointing.
I was hoping to be one of those who never train and yet clock a FOURhrs something….GRRRRR so annyway my timing was about 5hrs and 10min…lousylousylousy..
the upside is I met quite a lot of pp….Chenyu, Mike, Xavier, Joyce, Colleen, Ronghui
But I din get to see Seeling and Weibin =(
and I wanna complain!!!!! they wouldn’t give me 2 powergels….I was kinda irritated cos it’s not like I was intending to store them at home for future use. and I mean they could jjust donate more powergels in future if they wanted to have a station giving out powergels. I don’t even care if its near expiry…GRRRRR
and the few things which tickled me
1. man on left: arrow pointing to right, she had one briight idea
woman on right: I had one lousy idea
2. I am running so I hhave a valid reason to take mc tomorrow.
3. Man in straw hat and jjap wraparound top says I am japannese and i ran marathons 304 times
4. Man with a keep running, chase me if u can message on his bib and he was WALKING.
6. balloon woman
and i had this sudden epiphany…maybe i should go and pierce my nose. yes yes yes,….despite my veryy flat and non flattering chinese nose.
and i have somehting to addd wrt esther’s pic from abc….no matter how many times we take pics of mountain ranges they always manage to look so alluring
Must be the dark chocs loaded with coffee beans I ate after today’s team meeting. I am WIDE AWAKE now at two am. I am so gonna die tomorrow morning (the story of my life every morning) and I am dreading stairs….Stairs are the most dreadful….
Not only do you look really unglam, you actually look ludricrous with the big bag and the ankle weights while dripping buckets onto the lift floor while pretending to be so into the music from your ipod shuffle that you’re not bothered when the other occupants in the lifts are wondering if you’re half crazy.
Was looking at old pics… Saw this pre Cho Oyu shot which looked vaguely humane…
I haven’t been updating my blog as often…….Did you think its because I’ve got too busy a social life to sit in front of the comp and type out my thoughts and stuff? Nah quite the contrary… I’ve been busy no doubt but I have also been lazy…
Let’s see….I woke up on sunday at twelve even though I slept at ten on sat. (and I can hear you go ‘HUH??? ten on a sat night???? ‘) So anyway I got terrible stomach ache and I mistakenly ate anarex instead of panadol and thus had to cancel on dinner with Kai and come home and writh in agony….and yeah that was also another failed opportunity to eat the ‘damm good foood and at damm good price’ botak Jones. I have not eaten there YET!!! despite all the hype and adverts and tv features…
Yeah so sunday…I woke up and then I realised that the marathon is in a week’s time (thanks to weibin who messaged me to ask who i’m running with and then refuse to run with me!!!)
I started to freak out since the longest run I did was on monday at ECP about 16-18km??? (oh and I met aloysius on the run…most coincidental since its been years since I last met him….we actually went on a north to south backpacking trip in vietnam when I was in uni year 2.)
Yeah so I decided to go gym and runfor hour and half and spin for another hour. IN the end I only did an hour and like ten min run and spining. Spinning was a surprise though since this is the first time i’m going to adeline’s class…annd she is actually pretty good at getting the class hyped up…and It feels kinda good when everyone’s going yeah woo hoo ra ra kind of thing. So that was a good spin though I was a wee bit tired so I din really push all that hard at all the intervals….But I sure pedaled when we were doing the breakaway….so Adeline…you go gal….and she was nice enough to buy 2 copies of the calender at my office that day….YAY!!! and she still said she would buy another from esther…..
Annd after that very fruitful gym workout, I got a stussy steal…singlet at 70% off….woo hoo…
and I actually allowed myself to be ripped by spinelli…six buxks for their smoothie…I din remember it being so ex in the past…and I sure know what goes into the smoothie since I worked there before…..hrumph….six bucks…
And I have also succumbed to the donut hype….I am ashamed to say…I went to donut factory and bought like 12 donuts…and I finished 3 on the walk home and 2 at home..so in all I ate 5 donuts as my post workout nourishment….and I wonder why I am putting on weight….hur hur hur…
Although I maintain that krispy kreme donuts are still TO DIE FOR!!!
I hhave a donut test…it’s the sugar glazed donut that you have to try to decide whether the donuts are worth your while….Krispy kreme totally melts in your mouth…I still remember eating it in london at harrods….eating it in sydney during my zhuo boh free trip from sia….It’s so heavenly and chewy and yet its not that heavy…So anyway donut test, donut factory is nnot bad, muchy is BAD. but surprisingly, the assorted ones at munchy is actually better than the donut factory.
Well tim hortons has pretty good boston creme…they are utterly sinful…I remember my first was in….ok I don’t remember which town but it was while me howard and mary were doing the buus across canada thing and it was in this small town….shucks I cannot remember liao…anyway boston creme…they are chocolate coated and they have like damn rich creme or custurd filling and everything just oozes out when you bite into it…I remember it being really good….but in retrospect, custurd doesn’t sound too enticing.
And the best part of sunday was that I finally finished Jane’s book – nice work…and she’s right. I do like it. It’s not one of those books which just tells a story. This one uses a story to illustrate other ideas, politics, criticisms and even have a literary discussion. and it is realistic…academics really do have no knowledge of the industrial world and hence they may be more idealistic than practical or realistic. They may not be governed by mere capital gains. But you cannot discount either since both are important. and we do need ideals and we need culture and we also need to be realistic….the book also discusses different hierachy systems in the academic world and the coporate world which I find interesting. Talks about left wing ideals, about feminist theories etc..in fact, writing these down, I suddenly realise what a huge effort the book has been, trying to incorporate all the theories and ideals and examples so seamlessly into the novel which not only makes it an interesting read but one which makes you think back and marvel…. I especially like the silk cut cigarettes example of how a very simple advertisement can be prejudiced against women….
and gosh..I am freakin long winded…and that was just about ONE day. I haven;t even gotten on to the highlight of TODAY.
Thanks to seeling and her last min invitation to a MBA session by University of Michigan, I decided at seven that I will go with her to the american club for the session. It was a real eye opener. ok..not that big an eye opener but it got me thinking…talking to the professors there, looking at the school curriculum and program, I think getting into business school is going to be my next short term goal after everest. Maybe I can study for gmath during everest. how cool is that. doing math in hypoxic conditions, I wonder if it;ll train my brain to function better at sea levels….
My only limiting factor is money. same with everest. it’s always money huh…. Sure I can take a loan for business school… but its like easily 200k. I will be bonded forever…and I am not good with commitments. I don’t like the idea of being commited to something. Even if I earn 100k per annum, it’ll still take three four years to repay my debts.
But it does sound like an exciting time. if it really delivers what it promises. If the interaction with the students and profs are really so stimulating. But gosh, I will live my student life to the fullest if I really do get into biz school… get involved in the student groups, pioneer some student club etc etc…
The last highlight – Gary is back from london!!!(again) and he and hweeling are coming to the marmot festival on 15th Dec… 6 days after my birthday!!!! heh….So unexpected but so cool…it’ll be fun. That made me think that maybe I shall go and invite Nam and maybe even Xavier…
and man are the strawberries sweet today….