equestrianism · archery · survival · kayaking · cycling · caving · mountaineering · diving · sailing


Equestrianism

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Horseback archery

I practice traditional barebow archery, with instinctive aiming and equal proficiency in left and right-handed shooting. I use a Taegeuk horn bow made by Korean master bowyer Cho Young-Seok, feather-fletched bamboo arrows, and thumb rings made of brass and of buffalo horn. My inspiration comes not from Legolas, Matt Damon, Lara Croft or Jennifer Lawrence, but from Hua Mulan.

Jungle survival

Improvising a bow and arrow out of a branch of Dillenia suffruticosa in the tropical southeast Asian jungle. I used a knife to work the wood with the aid of a wedge and baton scavenged from the forest floor. This was just a proof of concept so I didn't completely tiller the limbs or thin down the shaft of the arrow, but the arrow had a nock and rudimentary leaf fletching. It fired straight.

Expedition kayaking

Memorable experiences include being swept towards a naval base by high winds and waves and warned off by the military, and an excursion up a fast-flowing, crystal-clear mangrove creek at the base of a towering peak of pristine tropical rainforest shrouded by rolling mist on a remote, uninhabited island somewhere in the Malay Archipelago.

Long-distance cycling

Notable rides: Singapore to Kuantan via the east coast trunk road; complete traverse of the East-West Highway which climbs to 1100m above sea level on the Titiwangsa range in northern peninsular Malaysia.

Caving


Negotiating the Plunge Pool en route to the Sarawak Chamber, Gunung Mulu National Park.
Long exposure of Kodak Tri-X film with a Nikon F.
Photo: Lin Yangchen

Mountaineering and bouldering


On the summit of Gunung Mulu (2376m), with Gunung Api (1710m) in the distance.
Photo by my Penan guide Anthony.


Following my climbing mentor Wilfred Tok at 3900m on Mount Kinabalu.


With the Singapore Adventurers' Club on the Himalayan summit of Shitidhar (5289m).

My Hunza mountain guide Basharat on the approach march to K2 (8611m) via the Godwin-Austen Glacier. The snowy peak at far left is Chongtar Kangri (7315m).

View from the caldera rim of Tambora (2850m), where the most powerful volcanic eruption in recorded history took place in 1815. The summit is visible at upper right.


Learning top rope climbing at Dairy Farm Quarry in the early 2000s.
Photo: Angeline Teo

Scuba diving

I am trained in the line intercept transect for surveying coral reefs, with research dives in the Singapore Strait and South China Sea.

Sailing

I served as a crew-in-training on a voyage from Jakarta to Pontianak (Borneo) via the Belitung and Karimata islands on the schooner Four Friends under the command of Captain Warren Blake.
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