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Everest Base Camp Trek Briefing

Thursday, January 8th, 2009

Keen to have a glimpse of the world’s highest peak?

How do you prepare yourself for the 18-day journey into home of Everest?

What is the attire and gear that you would require?

What is HAPE and HACE?

Find out all this and more at our Everest Base Camp trek briefing

Date: 9 January 2009
Time: 7.30pm
Venue: Campers Corner


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.

Have you?

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

What is the underlying unease that fills us up whenever we are bored or in a state of doing nothing?
What is the gnawing feeling that I know I can do better than what I am doing now?
What is this sense of lack of fulfillment in spite of all the achievements I have received?

Have you ever wondered?

Have you ever wanted to find out more about yourself?

Have you ever thought that there is a part of you awaiting to be uncovered?

The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials.

Let SWET show you how…

the Call

Tuesday, May 6th, 2008

I confess that I was a closeted life-voyeur.

Seeking gratification from reading people’s life adventures from the stories that they posted on their blog.

Preferred to stay at the sidelines and observe.

Gaining a sense of what the world is through someone’s eyes.

Not pausing to think for awhile what does it mean if I were the one in the thick of the action.

Not stopping to think that perhaps, I could create experiences too in my life.

Perhaps, other priorities have taken over; such as career aspirations, or perhaps, the need to take care our families – an elderly parent, a school-going child or the less fortunate family member that pushes our own plans further and further away.

If we are able to fulfill our obligations and be free to pursue our own inner calling, what would it be?

When the call comes knocking, do we hear it?

When we hear it, do we answer it?

“Will we have the fearlessness to leave what is familiar and secure? Will we finally set out on a venture of the heart that will change us to our very roots?”
– Harry R. Moody “The Five Stages of the Soul”

u+ i

Tuesday, April 1st, 2008

A conversation with Esther set me off thinking.

She remarked: ‘If not for Everest, we would not have known each other.”

And that started off when we were talking about the different clubbing crowd in both Zouk and St James, and that I would have been classified as the ‘unglam’ party, a group that would probably not mixed with her ‘cool’ party.

Well, it is kind of strange how people of different shapes and sizes and personalities got together because of one mountain.

Is it a mountain or the passion to make a dream come true that brought the six of us together?

Working in a team of such diverse backgrounds is not easy, especially when all of us are equally self opinionated and hold very strong opinions of certain issues. Heated discussions are getting more regular with each important decision to be made.

Over the years, I was able to experience the shifts in our team dynamics, following the Bruce Tuckman description of group development. Forming-Storming-Norming-Performing, how our group started off being civil to each other 4 years ago and now that we can express our dissatisfactions at each other, yet at the end of it, know that we can still count on each other to see the team through.

Still remembered when I made a mistake in the team, and after receiving all the chiding from my team mates, Joanne ended her scolding with a sms: “We still love you.” And Lihui was gracious enough to forgive for my blunder. Their gestures truly warmed my heart.

From Storming Stage, we moved on to our Norming Stage where we set ground rules on communications and expression of views amongst others. It is kind of interesting that my team gave me the feedback that I should not stop trying to convince them until all of them understand what I am trying to say. A tall order for someone who is quite taciturn in nature but I guess that if good quality decisions have to be made, a certain level of good quality conversations would have to take place.

What does it mean to be part of this high performing team? Is it just to come together, raise enough funds, climb the mountain and call it quits?

I think what held us together is more than just a mountain, more than the passion to make our individuals’ dream come true, but rather the quiet acknowledgment that a team has the power to move and change things. Our unity brought the best and worst out of us as we stay in close quarters under extreme conditions in the mountains and at sea level, the constant balance between work, training and fund raising.

Margaret Meade said “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

Indeed, that is what our team believed and till date, we have engaged the youth through our school talks and sharing our journey, in the hope that they would climb their own Everest. The power to change the world comes from the power within.


Tuesday, April 1st, 2008

It’s a mad rush of meetings and meetings and meetings of late.

Meeting sponsors, meeting potential leads, team meetings, at one stage, we are seeing one another everyday of the week.

It’s crazy but necessary.

In a way, our postponement is a bit of blessing in disguise.

Especially, with all the hubba over the closure of the northern route up Everest and now with the northern expeditions spilling over to the southern side. I can imagine that it can be quite a traffic jam up the ice fall and enroute to the summit.

Nevertheless, a brief respite came about when we saw ourselves on TV in episode 2 of ‘My Secret Sports Identity’. Debe (the producer/ director) and Lau (our cameraman) went to Sichuan to film us in action. Both of them were quite professional in the way that they immersed in their work, trying to understand our kind of training and what it entailed. Despite her first time ice climbing, Debe performed beyond expectations, front pointing her way up effortlessly on the iced waterfall. Lau, similarly inexperienced on ice, gamely anchored himself on a top anchor rope and filmed us.

Debe and Lau in Action
Debe and Lau in Action

Yihui being Interviewed
Yihui being Interviewed

Lau on his way up, with Kim Boon supporting him all the way.
Lau on his way up, with Kim Boon supporting him all the way

We also had an appearance in Rouge in the month of March. Rouge showcasing all the inspirational women in the community. It’s inspiring to listen to all the stories: challenges of all sorts from sickness, to parenting, to disabled community, old age and entrepreneurship. Our team is privileged to be seated among these great women.

Survivors - The Pink Paddlers
Survivors – The Pink Paddlers

What it meant to lead a meaningful life – Mrs Denise Phua
What it meant to lead a meaningful life – Mrs Denise Phua

Who says age defines what we can do - Lady Rocker
Who says age defines what we can do – Lady Rocker

Eye Candy Hunks
Eye Candy Hunks

Ever Charming Eunice
Ever Charming Eunice

Give Life Intention

Tuesday, January 1st, 2008

29 December 2007
A day of giving thanks and setting intentions for the new year ahead
A meaningful event that Barney and Agnes started at Minds Transformation and I am very glad to be part of it.
To be in a community of people who are taking the step forward to change themselves and to develop themselves to the fullest of their potential.
The power to change oneself is the same as the power to change the world.

I give thanks to these people whom have been part of my journey in climbing Everest, giving their unwavering support and contributions to our cause,
my family who has been there for every of our public events and fund raising initiatives,
my friends who rallied behind me lending their voice and hands in spreading the message,
my superiors and colleagues who bore the gap and held the fort while I was away in the mountains and
my good fortune that I have managed to stay mishap free through all these mountaineering expeditions.

Is climbing Everest a selfish sport, a sport that only a few enjoy?
Or in my case, a bout of suffering of cold, fatigue, headaches and breathlessness.
So much so, I have been mulling over this for years and wonder why did I continue on this journey?
The purpose of it has not really hit me until that afternoon when Barney asked me to share my story.
In which, a few people came up to me and shared that they were inspired to pursue their own dreams after listening to my story of climbing Everest.
To run their 5km run or to begin their exercise regime.
To climb their own Everest.

It is only on this path that I embarked on the road of self-discovery, that I found that I had the capacity to do so much more.
That I start to uncover this innate confidence to overcome any seemingly fearful challenges and insane lifestyle that I would not usually start on.
Wake up at 4am for a run, crazy, run a full marathon, insane, yet, these are the ‘new’ stuff that I’ve been pushing the boundaries.

When is the last time that we do something impossible?
Take the step forward, find your dream and climb your own Everest.

Can I be more than what I am now?

Wednesday, December 19th, 2007

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?”

– Marianne Williamson

All of us have fears.

What do we do with our fears?

Do we allow it to manipulate us?

Do we flee from it and let it continue to haunt us?

Or do we face up to it and give our best shot?

So far, my way of handling is to stand up to it.

No matter how badly hurt I know that I may be, I will still want to face up to it.

It is the only way to be free of these shackles of uncertainty, of the deep unknown, of the deep-seated self doubts.

Can I really climb Everest?

It is this uncertainty that drives me to take on this challenge.

Can I be more than what I am now?

My first full marathon

Sunday, December 2nd, 2007


For someone who hated running and ran 20km once only before this, I am quite pleased that I managed to complete a full marathon today. If not for the free running pass, I don’t think that I will ever pay to run 42km..and I did it without walking throughout the distance. Which my friend said that I might have performed better if I walked a bit, so that the lactic acid can dissipate…..duh.

I enjoyed the first 30km, listening to the drum beats, the cheering by the motivators, the school band performance and feeling the cool breeze against my face while running through Shenton Way, Marina Bay and East Coast Park. Met a few colleagues and was pretty amused by the various reasons that people had for running. One of my favourite was from a very petite person: ‘Who says size matters?’ A true celebration of the human spirit.

The last 12km was a bit agonising as the strain on my right inner thigh worsened. Was damn worried that it will cramp up and I cannot run back to the finishing line. Along the way, I kept lathering on the deep heat rub cream and rehydrate at every water station to prevent it from cramping.

With the finishing line in sight, supporters cheering away and upbeat music blaring in the distance, my feet automatically picked up speed to race all the way back.

Pure satisfaction. 🙂


Saturday, November 24th, 2007

Freedom does not come easy.

A life rooted in the past will not bring forth any change to the present outcome.

I need to move forward, to live in the now and to look to the future.