Tahan I: At the Top We Fly

“You can wear slippers or sandals for today’s climb.” There were a lot of river crossings, Vincent translated for Atan our mountain-guide, so it didn’t make sense to wet your feet on just the first day. We exchanged looks of disbelief and puzzlement. Sandals? This went against everything we had been taught. We’d also been […]

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Tahan Zero: The End of the Beginning

Mountain-climbing is not easy. It involves a lot of blood, sweat and tears (the latter sometimes to your backpack). It involves many weekends of training. Early mornings. Rice-laden backpacks. Endless staircases. Endless slopes. Coordinating schedules. Planning. Liaising. Poring over logistics over and over again. And that’s before you even cross the Causeway. Once you’re actually […]

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Mount Endurance: We Did It!

“Others say we’re crazy, but we say we’re so lucky” | CJC ODAC song Hello readers! As mentioned previously, and in case you were wondering if I had vanished, I’ve been away the past week on a mountain trek in the Malaysian state of Pahang. The 7 of us from CJC ODAC Batch 12 were […]

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Why Do We Climb?

There are seven of us, and we are going to climb a mountain. At 2187m, Gunung Tahan is the highest point in peninsular Malaysia. Over the course of this six months, I’ve realised not many people have heard of this venerable mountain. There is a puzzled stare, or an amused chuckle (“hurhur Tahan, so you all […]

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Magma

Today’s entry is a little lighter. In part, it’s because I am feeling like I’ve been unleashing heavy salvoes of words in the past few days. I thought I’d share one of the poems I wrote for a SingPoWriMo 2016 prompt, which was to “Write a poem inspired by a memorable character from a movie. […]

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Reflections at Dien Bien Phu

As befitting one of the most well-known battlefields in modern Vietnamese history, Dien Bien Phu has its fair share of towering museums, monuments and men. The battle of Dien Bien Phu began in March 1954, and lasted 1 month, 3 weeks and 3 days, between the forces of the French Union and the Viet Minh. […]

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