1) Firstly, i adopted the name Leon, from a bowling session with my friends, who left out the "G", and since that session, people have been calling me "Leon". I got a few names as well, some call me "cheehong" (please don't get the wrong idea) haha, some call my chinese name "zhikang". People has wonder how come my name and chinese name is a bit different, that because "cheehong" is a cantonese name.
2)I'm born in Kampar, perak, Malaysia. A small little town in malaysia, pretty famous for its "chicken biscuits" i'm not sure if anyone have eaten any? It is an awesome snack though is a little "heaty". Most of my childhood are spend in the little town, i spend 7 years there before moving to Singapore to search for greener pasture. Is it really greener? I'm still finding the answer. I'm a singaporen now, not because i choose to be one, my parents decided for me when i'm in secondary 2. Though i'm a singaporean, but i still love my "root", malaysia. I guess my blood running is still a malaysian blood.
3)I can play musical instrument beside the recorder! haha..i played cornet back in my secondary school days. I wasn't in school band, but i was in the Boys' Brigade brass band. Not sure if anyone from BB or GB? I have attach a picture as an evidence. Please do not laugh, i know i look like a noob! It is my first performance.
4)I enjoy backpacking, i love to immerse myself into another culture. I'm a very budget traveller, because i'm still a student with little money. I got my funding from freelance work and from a small printing firm set up by my friends and me, wookie n co. I travel mostly asian countries, because i can only afford that.
5)Lastly, i shall talk about climbing. I started climbing when i was in poly, and i joined SPRC. Everyday eat sleep climb, skip lecture to climb, skip anything to climb. I paused my climbing after serious fingers inflamation at begining of year 3. Since then, i haven't been climbing really hard. In climbing, i enjoy the friendships i have make, i enjoy the nature i have been and i enjoy the challenges of the routes. I attached a picture of my friends and me in Krabi.
Junior climber's after dinner recreation seems to be taking walks around old KR to observe the animals in their natural habitats.
Various species spotted include kingkongs (dragonboaters) and the smaller but much more intelligent spider monkeys (us). In this large spider monkey community, some are social creatures and flock together in groups on level3. They sometimes eat and bathe together. Some others due to their dirty habits and minds have been outcast by this clan and hence rarely spotted by humans as they live in seclusion on level5 (zx and vince).
These creatures seem to have developed a complicated social hierachy based on the shiny items that they steal/horde. At the very top must be pengyang who owns a much coveted digital weighing machine. At the bottom must be adrian who owns nothing but textbooks. He often helps the other members to scratch their bottoms/backs.
If you are lucky, you may sometimes see cute wild dogs(white with long pointy ears) who live in the forest.
5 things about Khairul (that's my picture up there)
#1: For those whom haven’t already known, I’m not totally Malay. I’m mixed 50% Malay, 50% Chinese…So if anyone has ever confused me for a Chinese before, it’s cool. I’ve been getting that since I was young. My mom has sent me for Chinese lessons since young too and although I can’t speak a word of it (silly story about a class I once took), I can understand a few simple words and sentences.
#2: I’m an only child, which means I’m pretty spoilt. Haha. Doesn’t look too good on my repertoire though does it? Hahaha
#3: I eat A LOT, on average at least 4 meals a day. That’s why my msn status has never changed from ’out to lunch’. (On a related issue, I’m actually pretty fat I think) Anyway, I especially love desserts, from the classy ice-cream-and-waffles or tiramisu down to the street-shops ice kachang and chendol.
#4: Climbing is my first sport ever! I don’t even like soccer, much less any other sports. From primary school to secondary school to JC, I’ve always been in Computer Club. It’s the slackest CCA ever, no responsibilities (none that I care for anyway), and access to internet and Lan gaming. Anyway I fell in love with climbing in year 1 NUS and have been at it since then.
#5: Umm…lastly, I’m a big chicken. I’m pretty afraid of the dark still, and there’s no chance in hell anyone can watch me get dragged into a horror flick where I don’t hide behind something or someone. I remembered watching ‘Gothika’ when it got released many years ago and I screamed at a scary scene. I got the attention of the whole row of ladies that sat in front of me. THAT was embarrassing. Hahaha. Crap, again, this isn’t making me look too good huh?Ooops..
Woohoo. Our weekly lunch meeting! (just started one week back) Feel like being part of the photo? Join us for a stress-relieving session every friday 12-2pm. Contact Regina (the coordinator)!
PS: oh and i wanna add! u wont imagine how happy i am to see this weekly lunch thingy being established. i'm always stranded on fridays 12 to 2. didnt know there are so many lost souls out there too! LOL. share my joy and please comment! (must hit at least 20)
since ocktober fest is just around the corner, i shall blog about Germany! Germany is one of the many beautiful cities in Europe that alvin and i visited on our eurotrip!
a few photos to whet the appetite. Classic german pork knuckle, sauerkraut, and of course the ultimante climbers' vice - BEER! thats Florian, our German couchsuf friend in the picture. Couchsufing is essentially a network where travellers offer up their place to host strangers from all over the world, in the process we get to do cultural exchange and make friends from all over! and we were really lucky that we found florian on the network. His apartment was cosy and he was just this super cool german dude interested in philosophy...is learning chinese...likes chinese kungfu..asian arts..etc. The girl in the picture is Dan, another couchsurfer from hongkong he was hosting at the same time as well. We spent most days scooting around on his skatescooter that he affectionately names "xiao ma" (little horse)
we were also up in munich where Wilson was (the juniors may not know him, but hes a super pro dino of ours! ), and so had the honour of staying at his luxurious apartment! Wilson was a great host, he baked yummilicious muffins for us in the morning, and this is one of the meals he whipped up for us! Chef Wilson at work! He plated the pasta so nicely with the tomatoes and cucumber that we couldnt bear to eat it!
Like alvin mentioned before, Germany is home to the best climbing gym in Europe. Massive Outdoor walls Massive indoor walls Look at her setting routes, so pro, using crane! Dont have to climb up yourselves lugging bags of tiles and allenkeys! Another really cool thing is the fact that these climber mums and dads would bring their whole family there just to picnic and hang out while they climb. Babies..toddlers..prams...dogs...all in tow! there were 2 cute little babies in basket cots right behind me on one occasion when i was belaying alvin, i was so afraid he'd fall on them!
photos of more clmbing gyms...
Europe was so beautiful and there was natural landscape all over. Every corner u turn , theres some rock face tempting u to climb it!
Germany has the freshest and sweetest strawberries blueberries raspberries boysenberries ever!! we would buy a punnet from one of the many fruit stalls lining the pretty streets, and just sit on the park benches devouring them. yummy and healthy! best of all, really cheappppppp!!!
okay since we're on the topic of food, i couldnt resist posting this up! its not in Germany but in Paris, home of sweets, breads and pastries! Even when we were in Font, I'd trek half an hour just to buy a pain du chocolat from the pastry shops in town!
Besides climbing, the Germans love all kinds of sports. This is like the hugest and most gorgeous indoor public pool ive ever seen!
Even though it was really cold and i was like wrapped in 3 layer, there was still a huge group of really pro surfers, doing stunts under this bridge on this famous river where the surfers hung out.
Yixiang, this is for you!!! I can almost imagine u driving this with a subway sandwich in ur hand! haha. and if u guys noticed, it just so happened that when i took this shot, another subway lorry was passing by in the background!
And last shot to ring in halloween as well. delicious caramel apples, all the rage in the food markets there!
Not to forget, the famous Norschweinstein Castle, the castle that inspired waltz disney. It actually means swan castle, built by this king who was obsessed about the graceful creature, but it was so lavish (he had the workers to build the piping such that fresh mineral water from the surrounding mountains would run directly to the tap in his room! ) it took so long to complete, the king died before its completion and it was never finished.
Germany is one of our favourite Eurotrip places, both for climbing, the scenery, as well as the culture and modernity. i certainly wouldnt mind going back!
ok here goes from Bertrand..first up a pic..Heres at equator hostel in KL on a climbing trip with my cousin and some friends. Id recommend this place to anyone going up to batu caves.Its a pretty comfortable place and cheap too..
Well then, the 5 things..
1. I love building things. Stuff like impossible bottles, suitcase computers, a cannon that shoots potatoes, etc. Haha sounds weird but its my hobby. Im very into computer modding, that is , doing stuff to your pc casing to make it look nicer..Guess thats why i chose mechanical engineering as my course of study. This is my pc at home :
And one of the impossible bottles :
2. Food! my other hobby is eating. I guess ive a high metabolic rate, so i tend to splurge on food. I dont mind going to a fair bit of inconvenience to find good places to eat. Then il blog about it. Food blogs give me an endless supply of food places to visit..
3. Musically im not too inclined..but i do play the drums because you hardly have to learn notes and i think its one of the most interesting instruments. That aside, i listen to music from most genres. Anything from country to gothic metal.
4.On language again i can consider myself effectively monolingual, due to being a complete failure in the chinese language. Im quite a bad excuse for a chinese, but i guess its not in my blood.So if anyone speaks to me in chinese, pardon me if i dont seem to respond:P Daffodil wonder if you rival me in this area..haha..
5. Strange very random things.I write poems often.I dislike taking the mrt but love buses. I think theyre relaxing and you get seats most of the time. For me Ipod + Long bus ride = relaxation. I wore braces for 13 years.
Forgive me if these arent the most interesting facts but its all i got for now.
It's been quite some time since anyone posted a climbing video. Just want to share my favourite video, one which I can watch everyday and still be amazed and inspired by the sheer tenacity of the route. Enjoy.
<---This photo was taken by weimin. Indeed, the worst technique makes for the best photos. how ironic? (i fell soon after) I also like this photo where the light seems almost rainbow like
I think the best thing about Frankenjura are the small quaint towns which dot the climbing area. They're just so pretty and rustic!! Many local tourists go there just for weekend holidays and to visit the churches.
The surrounding area is also outstandingly beautiful. Ponds and small streams (we saw baby ducklings) run near the climbing areas and we made several long treks through cool forest paths from our campsite to town (for food).
The towns are quite sparsely settled. Near the edge of the settlements are farms beside large fields of wheat and oat. There are also grazing horses behind electric fences. (i found out the hard and shocking way) Then towards the centre it usually gets quite touristy and the local food,wine and beer are so good!
And this is Wilson our shifu demonstrating what 'body tension' means. Without him to bring us there, it is indeed DAMN difficult to get from Munich to Frankenjura. We had to change trains several times and take a bus
This is the best climbing gym in Germany as declared by their local climbing mag. Large and high indoor walls bigger than camp 5(with mega roof) PLUS outdoor wall larger than Yishun PLUS bouldering gym bigger than climb asia!