“Happy Birthday to you, Lily!” says a message that pops onto my cell phone screen while jogging in Putrajaya on a beautiful Saturday morning. Not sure who it was, I pressed the button to check it out. To my surprise, the name that appeared on the phone was- KHOO SWEE CHIOW. For those who don’t know, Swee Chiow is a well-known adventurer, author and motivational speaker whom can be read about from many Google searches. He is the first South East Asian person and the fourth person in the world to complete The Explorers Grand Slam, which is a trek that reaches the South Pole, the North Pole and the Seven Summits. I was stunned for a few minutes and thought about how to respond to this great man. [Read more…]
“Sky Cave in the Upper Mustang and its capital, Lo Mantang.”
By Lily Ho, Malaysia
Mustang – some call it “The loss of Kingdom”, others call it “the desert of Nepal”. This place is located within the world’s highest mountain range and is to the south of Tibet Autonomous Region. It is widely believed that Mustang is one of those places where traditional Tibetan culture still remains intact and untouched. This was the main reason for me to visit this remote Kingdom of Mustang. The old-style of Tibetan culture remains after Tibetans had escaped away from their homeland via the Himalayas due to persecution. This culture may not be found easily in the Tibet Autonomous Region today. [Read more…]
Christmas is a time of joy today, but it did not start that way. The story of Christmas is birthed out of a tale of desperation. A journey which began over 2,000 years ago is one we are still struggling to apply in our own unique way to this day. Even those who attempt to change the world for the better face the issue of criticism.
It is simply impossible to please everyone in this world all of the time. Even when you give your utmost to the cause, there will be a voice from the crowd who demands you to give even more. This can cause one to doubt themselves, doubt their actions, and even doubt their personal faith.
The holiday season has meaning for all. It is one of the few moments in time when humanity truly becomes one even though we each celebrate the holidays in our own unique way.
This was my goal for Trek For Hope this year: to extend this holiday oneness beyond just a few weeks out of the year. [Read more…]
Being an adventurer can sometimes be a lonely existence. Sure – you throw on your gear, hit the trail, and meet others who are on a quest to find something new just like you. Yet, at the end of the day, even in the midst of good friends, you wind up feeling all alone.
Finding a significant other while following the dreams of being an adventurer is difficult. Difficult, however, does not mean it is impossible. You have some wonderful traits that are incredibly attractive to others. Instead of feeling despair, consider these reasons why someone may just fall in love with your adventurous spirit one day. [Read more…]
By Team Sri Lanka 2015
“You, ok?” That must be the 10th time he asked. I showed him a thumb up. A broad grin spreads across his face and off he goes again, disappearing into the mist engulfed steps.
Yogaraja knows Adam’s Peak well. He’s been going up and down this beautiful mountain for three years, at least once a day. He may be 49 years old and a father of three, but don’t let this fool you, he is an absolute beast when it comes to the hiking trail. [Read more…]
Hiking Gunung Ulu Sepat is no walk in the park. Standing as the 7th highest mountain (2161 masl) in Peninsula Malaysia , the terrain to the top can be treacherous amongst mud and thick vegetation. Hikers carefully climb over rivers, balance on logs and try to keep themselves warm in the late evenings. Wilderness isn’t all they face, they must learn to get along as a team and to be understanding of the people they meet in local villages along the way.
The hikers all set out on the path for different reasons. Maybe to test their own physical fitness, prove that they can finish something that they started or to take an opportunity to get close to nature. Despite what got them on the trail, when they reach their goal, they have all learned lessons that will affect them once they return to their lives. When we asked some of these hikers what lessons really stood out to them, here’s how they responded. [Read more…]
The Inca Trail is South America’s most famous walk and is popular with hikers. Though it is only 26 miles long, there are some beautiful views for hikers to enjoy along the way. The trail’s final destination is Machu Picchu, which in English translates to the Lost City of the Incas. [Read more…]
Being a traveler and taking time off of work can sometimes reflect poorly on your future employment applications. Yet, it can also be one of the most important attributes an employer is seeking to find. People with an inner need to constantly explore are often some of the best employees. They have international experiences, a thirst to improve that is never really satisfied, and the outcome is a happy boss because your sense of adventure has made the company become better today than it was yesterday.
Here are 5 more reasons why being an adventurer in practice and at heart can make you more competitive for any job application. [Read more…]
Hiking through the Markha Valley allows individuals to have the experience of climbing India’s Himalayas. The valley is found in Ladakh, which is filled with interesting people and beautiful landscaping, making it a truly unique and refreshing experience for many. Ladakh is a desert located at a high altitude. Many hikers find this an appealing aspect of participating in this particular trek. The remote location of the desert peaks the curiosity of hikers coming from all over the world.
Memoir of Langtang Trekking May 2014
By Lum YL
I am not sure if Nepal is one place where many people have on their bucket list. A year ago when I was between jobs, I signed up for a 10 days Langtang Trail trek which included the summit of Kyangjin Rii at 4,773 masl. The trek leader was a close lady friend and career partner of mine for many years. For years I observed that adventurous persons like her, typically have a great sense of persistence and determination. They are also inspirational and good team players. I am not exaggerating when i say that trekking at Nepal is a life-changing affair. Like how I would approach any new ventures in life, I tell myself – “what the heck right?” Just do it, for the sake of change. [Read more…]