2015 Review

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Waddup People!

Today I’m writing about my experiences in year 2015. What I had gone through. What I learnt and my mistake . It’s 2015 recap.

2015. The year that I moved to Singapore (not permanently) for work. My aunt let me stay at her place in Clementi for the first few weeks. After about a month,  I moved to Tampines with Jake and Kiat (They got job offer from GEASO as well). No longer waking up at 5am after that.  Missed my aunty cooking lah especially the homemade MEE PO . Brief explanation of what I do, I work as a component inspector in GE (General Electric) aircraft engine services Singapore. Work scope range from inspecting aircraft engine blades, dealing with paperwork and running airflow test. Working on various shifts. Met plenty of nice colleagues and engineers here. Many are from Malaysia, India and China.

May 2015, I went back home for a surprise visit. It was my sisters 19th birthday. They did not know that I was on my way home and Wui Gin fetched me from the airport. I asked my brother to leave the key at the side door so that I can sneak in without their knowledge. They did not realised I was already inside my room until their friend came over to surprise them that night. First ever homecoming surprise success!

July 2015, my family came to visit Nina and her family in Johore. We have everyone there. Yes, everyone! Daddy, Mummy, Inek, Kelvin, Sharon, Alicia, Nina, Nicholas and Grace. Perfect family moment. We went to Kluang. Mostly sight-seeing around town and have local delicacies. It was really short. I do wished for more time together like this. This is a necessity especially when you get older and time with family is limited.

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Nicholas Took This Photo I guessed. Tea Break at Kluang Station

Then, TGL (The Gang Lair) venture into Road to Ultra Singapore at Marina Bay Sands. We get to watched Skrillex spin live and also I found my next favourite DJ. DJ Mija. It was fun and packed. First time ever raving indoor so its pretty chill and I really glad it was indoor because Singapore heat has no mercy.

Check out the full experience here Road to Ultra Singapore

Late October, we visited Universal Studio Singapore with Zhan Zhi, Jake and MBX. Had hella fun! Stayed at Five foot inn. We took 2 days fake medical leave for this. So that we can get our weekday off. However, our visit to the clinic made us waited for about two -three hours of waiting time. Hot weather did not stopped us from having fun! We did the mummy ride 3 times and it was super worth it!

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The Fam Nilai in USS. Credits to Zhan Zhi friend for the discounted tickets. 

Check out the full experience here Universal Studio Singapore (Part 1)

November 2015, company bi-annually event, Family Day held at Garden By The Bay. We woke up really early for this just wanted to qualify for early bird lucky draw. Unfortunately, we went to the other side of Garden By the Bay and it’s about 30-50 mins walking distance. We all ended up with a cab ride and of course, we missed the early bird lucky draw. Weather hot 99 (Extremely Hot and Humid). Great event with multiple activities going all at once hence everyone kinda spread out. Everyone were waiting anxiously for the lucky draw. Hundreds prizes to be won. We all really wanted that Macbook and GoPro prize draw. Luckily, I got the 11th prize. I did not see that coming and it was Xbox. I really love this! First time ever got a lucky draw and it’s FREAKING XBOX SIAAAA!

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Jake. Adli. Kiat.Lionel. GE Jumpshot. 

December 2015, it’s the last month of the year already.  Spent my first December weekend in Penang. Played at the annually held Penang Hat. Definitely not prepared for this. Mentally and physically. Bought  the wrong sized cleats caused me to lost one of my toe nail. I played so badly that I’m really ashamed of my game. The real disappointment was when you know what’s your potential is and you just can’t play like what you used to because of your lack of commitment. However, this tourney really open up my mind in term of sportsmanship and how to actually have that adrenaline going even if you drained.

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Jake. Sunrise. At Padang Polo. 

Check out the full experience here First Frisbee Hat Tourney

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Dinner with Gong Gong. 

Then, before I can settle down, it was christmas already. Honestly, I dont really feel it this year. I just dont know why. Disconnected. That what I felt. I tried. Got home pretty late. Flight got delayed. Xbox got unexpected duty charge. After minutes of argument with the custom officer I got 6% instead of 30%. This year my family decided to have a family potrait with all my aunties and uncles. We had a huge family gathering (My father side). It was perfect. We never had this, like everyone in the picture. However, my brother was not around this christmas. Job Duty Call. We got him photoshopped into the big family potrait. Spent time with my cousins, aunties and uncles. Well spent. Proper chat with them during supper and we all went to Christmas Eve Mass together. It’s nice cause we all seldom meet and hardly know about each other life and I barely know their name. That’s bad. I know.

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Father and Sons

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Father, Daughters and Daughters-in-Law

My sisters doing their part time now and I’m really proud of them. I was still spending my parents money during college. They doing so much better. Spent a lot of time with my gang. Realised that we spent most time at local coffee shop or home. Chill and Talk. We played Xbox and PS4. That’s something new in our gang. We had lot of fun. I really love spending time like this. We had Christmas gathering at Michelle’s house. Lesser headcount this year but still perfectly awesome! Lots of snapchat and videos. Kenny won our first new year resolution promise. He got like 6/10.  I just got 2.5/10. We did our gang annually charity gave away. Very less homeless people this year, we gave out only one and one more  for a duty security guard who was still sleeping. Got job Kuching! I believe people are getting better now. We did fed stray dogs and cats. Kenyalang Dogs, you puffs need to behave.

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Chrismassssy @ Michelle’s Crib  

Check out our experience here Coming Back Home For Christmas &  The Gang Lair X’mas

2015. It’s the awkward year. I finished college in late 2014. Started to work in March 2015. Official working year. Official financial cut off from parents. Official end of college life. Many regrets this year. I turned down many getaways and trips because of work. Gained weights. Been really lazy and way too many excuses of why I shouldn’t work harder in what I love to do. I admit i turned into a very demotivated and lazy person that year. I made empty promises. Spent most of my time chasing wealth and stuff. I had the resources but did not make  full use of it.

It gotta end there. I do not want to bring that attitude to 2016. This year gotta be the year that I keep my promise. Do it and no excuses. This year I gotta have more fun and less fear. Many times I always afraid of what and how people will think or look at me. It does not help. I do not want to meet people expectation. Because I was not happy that way. I want to meet my own expectation. The one that had the right to judge, is Him. Him alone. Hopefully I can keep up with myself. 2016. Fun.  And more Fun!

Viper Challenge 2014 (Asia’s Biggest Obstacles Challenge)

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30 Nov 2014, Sunday

Today, I’m gonna share my experience during the Viper Challenge 2014 which was held on 1st Nov 2014 earlier this month. So, here’s a brief introduction what a Viper Challenge is all about,

Jake and I with our “U cool Bro’ T-Shirt (TheFam)

Viper Challenge is a 20km route course that’s filled with over 20 men made obstacles that physically and mentally challenge us. They are the pioneer of the obstacle challenge event in Asia and still remains the biggest. Viper challenge is based on a wave format, participants are released into the Viper arena for every 20 minutes. Participants can expect to complete all the obstacles between 3 – 5 hours. This challenge can be completed as an individual participant or as a team. This year, it was held at Sepang International Circuit, Selangor, Malaysia. Viper challenge will surely feed those hungry adrenaline junkies that are starving for adventure. This event only started last year, they gonna go BIG! REALLY BIG! LIKE MASSIVE BIG in the future!

My friends and I were lucky enough to secure our slot for the very first time for this event. We got a 6am slot on the first day of the event. Awesome! We had purchased our slots about 7 months earlier because we heard the news that their tickets sold like mad hot mouth-watering butter cakes and plus their official video was on the Facebook news feeds almost every time I logged in during that period. Prior to the Viper Challenge, we had trained very little, I would say. My friends were very busy with their career and I busy at lazing. Oh, lazy me. No jokes.

So, the night before, we had a small discussion on what to wear, where shall we gather, which Mamaks shall we go to, our strategy (Leave no man behind.. Haha) and many more. Since, we all are mostly from different places, so that night we chatted for quite some time, just to catch up with each other about life. We ended up in bed around midnight, and we plan to wake up at 2am. Four men two single beds, yeah, I can sleep like a baby pig, snoring like no tomorrow, HELL NO! We mostly got about 30 minutes nap the most. After that, we got to freshened up and get ourself some breakfast. By then, I just realized, the GoPro was not switched off from last night and ran out of battery. Sun on the beach! Luckily we were up early, so there was plenty of time to charge and thanks to today technology for the invention of USB cables, I was able to charge the GoPro inside the car. We went to McD drive-thru and then fetched the only girl in our team, Miss Lim. Finally, headed off to Sepang Circuit, It was about 4am when we arrived and there already plenty numbers of participants.

After breakfast, we got ourself registered and went into the circuit entrance zone, checking out the booth, wandering around with other participants, snapped some selfies with the awesome wristband, showing off our cool T-shirts and I don’t know what. We saw the big ramp like the ramp we watched in the American Ninja series. What?!! How on earth we gonna climb that ramp?! (Later see lah) However, the DJ was already up early to spin his track to atmosphere-ing the event with some cool tunes! After we left our bags at the ‘lockers’ area, we did some stretching to warm ourself up and also released the inner water element inside of us before it started. For the first time in my life, I witnessed the longest men toilet queue. About 20 to 30 people queued outside the washroom.

All of us gathered at the starting point and filled with excitement and adrenaline, could not wait any longer to run this obstacles challenge. We were so blessed to be in the first wave. When the emcee announced the countdown, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1……. YAY!! RELEASE THE BEAST!!! Smokes, dark skies, flashlights from cameras, what a great way to start this obstacles run!

Throughout the course, there were about 20 obstacles challenge, started off with Tires Challenge, loads of tires, followed by Ice Bunk Challenge, it was freaking freezing. It was six in the morning and we had an ice bath. How cold is that?! Our body were shivering. Then move on to Underground Crawling MudWater, Wooden Railed Hand Grip, Barbed Wire Crawl, Dried Grass Climb, Mud Multiple Mountain Climb, The Inferno Jump into Mud Water, Rope Climb, Eletrical Fences, Slanting Wall, Taller and Bigger Slanting Wall, Multiple Wall Run, Vertical Wall Climb, Monkey Swing, Lake Crossing, Floats Run, Netting Jump and The Giant Ramp. ( I just made all these names because I forgot what they called it but you can use your IMAGINATION or just checked out my first person view video of the obstacles below, so much easier, You don’t have to read all these boring explanation.Do subscribe to my YouTube channel if you love to watch more video like this.)

This run was truly amadzing! Definitely depends on teamwork to finish it off and if you are participating alone, do not worry a single bit because other participants will certainly help you to get through those obstacles. Especially during the slanting wall climb, vertical wall climb and the giant ramp, it requires more support from your fellow mates. Unless you are super strong and there are participants that can finish it off by themselves. These challenging obstacles normally located at the few last kilometer routes so by that time, you probably already exhausted.

I failed some of the obstacles that were required much upper body strength. I weighted about 80kg, so I dipped myself into the pool of mud most of the time. (Boooo!!!)  The netting jump requires some techniques, remember not to sprint towards it if they had it again next year, or you will gotten slammed into that net like I did and sprained my shoulder, just few feet jog and then jumps towards it, grabbed the net, never let go, and pull yourself up, we saw many people just ‘accidentally’ jumped into the mud pool. It was so fun to watch tho. Beside that, there are routes that are only long distances muddy road through the palm estate. It was exhausting but do not give up, keep going!

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We did it! We survived Viper Challenge 2014! TheFam!

Tips for Viper Challenge

1. Train your upper body strength (Yes, train it like your life depend on it, most of the obstacles required upper body strength).

2. Watched viper challenge video on YouTube ( there are a lot of them, so that you have a sneak peek of how the course would look like).

3. Do train your stamina.

4. Eat well of course (You gotta need help at some point of the obstacles and you might need people to pull or lift you, so lose that chubby tummy so that they don’t die fighting for your life)

5. Have enough rest and sleep at least a day before. (We hate zombies but if you look like baby panda, they may huddle with you).

6. Please eat your breakfast. (You definitely need the energy for later even if you are not hungry at all, at least swallow that banana please).

7.Have something sweet or isotonic drinks before you start the race (They do provide, but due to long distances route,  they had mostly waters at the water station and only some water station provide isotonic drinks and bananas plus the first aid-er do not provide any cramp stop spray at the course. They only provide ice. We did saw a lot of leg cramps, A LOADS of CRAMP,  like a cramping game at some point).

8.Do some stretching or warm yourself up before starting the run.

9. If you are able to get yourself the earliest slot, that’s the best choice ever (from my point of view) because those obstacles are still in great condition, you can avoid the blinding sun rays, you have more time to complete the course and get yourself some good parking slots too.

Gear Tips

1. Be light & carry less (You’ll be like Ninja)

2. If you plan to bring your Smartphone along, please bring a waterproof bag or casing. (It’s gonna be super muddy and wet)

3.If you are not Mr or Mrs Sunshine, do wear sun protective gear or long tights and long sleeve tights and perhaps a cap for your head (You might want to cover yourself with mud too)

4. GoPro or others adventurous cam user, do record when you are at the obstacles or you saw a unicorn climbing the wall because GoPro had limited battery power and probably can last for about 2 to 3 hours (Correct me if I’m wrong). Thanks to my buddy Jaynis for borrowing me her GoPro for this event! (No DSLR, unless you are part of the media crew).

5. Appropriate comfortable shoes (Please do not wear brand new shoes unless you do not mind your shoes falling in love with muddy)

6. Appropriate comfortable sports wear (If you are in a team, it’s best if you guys have own custom team t-shirt, the photographer loves it).

7.Gloves (Optional, if you wanted to keep your palm soft like baby skin)

8. Knee pad (Optional, some crawling might give you cuts and bruises tho)

9. Watch (Just to make sure that you are on track, you will be escorted out from the arena if you have not completed 50% if the course by 2pm, this is not good for those who are in the last few wave)

*These all are only suggestions based on self experience. It varies.

The best feelings is when you finished the race together with your mates! The sense of achievement was so overwhelming! We were all in this together like one big family and had to work together to complete the challenge. At some point of the race when you felt that you could not finish the challenge, you might need some physical or mental boost to finish it off. The excitement when you finish off the challenge till the finishing line and eventually claim the finisher medal. This event definitely test our endurance and perseverance and it took so much commitment to conquer the ultimate test.This just proved that when we work as a united team, we can complete the impossible! This event also brought all of us much closer than before. We were so blessed to be able to participate this year and could not wait for the next run. Thank you Amadzing Viper Challenge 2014!

With great teamwork, we can achieve the impossible!

This event definitely one of the must attend event in Malaysia! Super duper Recommended! Big hats off to the amazing team of organizer and volunteer. They had put so much works and thoughts in this event! Perfectly executed.

TheFam

That’s us, The Family from Nilai

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