A quest to conquer!!!


I believe a saying known as “a blessing in disguise” cause I have experienced it for a few times now. In March, I have only one wedding assignment and for the rest of the entire month, my schedule is empty during weekends. At this point, my third sister said to me “Hey, wanna climb Mount KK and help us raise some fund for charity? It’s for children with cardiac disease.” I was quite reluctant at first, thinking that can I manage to climb Mount KK since I seldom exercise. And another thought was what if suddenly I get some bookings. So after much consideration and some pushing from my sister, I finally agreed to her and will be becoming the official photographer for the event as well.

Saying yes is easy, now the other part is to train myself and get ready for the climb. I will need to carry not just my own weight but my gears as well. Also, I will need the stamina to click the shutter, haha! So, according to my sister, all I need to do is to climb the 21 floors of stairs at the place, 3-4 times daily for 3-4 days a week! WOWEE!! Anna-Rina, I know, it’s too simple for you, hehe. Well, this is a challenge for me as well as the challenge to climb Mount KK. How good is this blessing, to be able to climb the highest peak of South East Asia while doing charity at the same time! So, this is therefore, one of a huge challenge for year 2009!

And now, this is for you readers! Besides climbing, I will have to raise RM 10,000 for the charity. At first, I was telling my sister, I can’t possibly do that in such short time (sometimes I am the pessimist) but my sister told me she raised RM8k plus last year in TEN days, easily! OKAY…I will try my best then. So readers – fellow photogs, clients, friends, whoerver you are, you have been put to a challenge! All you need to do is to donate couple of hundred dollars for this charity! Don’t try to click away now! HAHA! Just kidding, but if not how am I to raise such a fund?!! OKAY, back to serious business, I would really appreciate it, on behalf of those children with cardiac disease, any sum will do that if you are interested in donating to them, please contact me and I will tell you how to do it. You can also log onto the hospital’s website at www.pah.com.my and browse around their site. They have done plenty of charities to help raise fund for their patients. So, now, it’s your turn to do a bit and help me help them.

The collection period as shown in the poster above is from Jan 15th till March 15th, 2009. Hoping to hear from you guys and you might get something in return…yeah, a blessing in disguise! But hey, we never do charity hoping to get something for return, right??!! 😉

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  • Jenny SunFebruary 6, 2009 - 5:15 am

    What a great way to give back Zach! I love seeing it when other photographers extend their hand of generosity! Hope you do really well 🙂 Kudos!

  • Anna-RinaFebruary 15, 2009 - 5:30 pm

    Good on ya Zach! Was thinking of helping out initially but after checking out the flight ticket back, I think I’ll just contribute to your fund raising efforts instead :p If you need help with the training, gimme a buzz la. Can go jog at TTDI!

    Good luck!

  • Grace TanFebruary 16, 2009 - 1:56 am

    Hi Zach, I climbed Mt Kinabalu 2 years ago, with my camera gear as well! Don’t worry, once you see the beautiful scenery and the wonderful photo opportunities, you will get distracted! But do train for it, it will determine how long your muscles ache after that! Hahaha…

  • Andy LimFebruary 23, 2009 - 9:39 am

    Hi Zach, I carried a point and shoot camera (and videocam as well) when I went up the mountain in 2003. The toughest part is the 2nd leg (from Laban Rata to summit, where the air is really thin). You can see some of the photos along with descriptions of the trail on my website: http://www.andylim.com/kinabalu
    All the best!

  • AoiMarch 3, 2009 - 6:23 pm

    I climbed Mount Kinabalu once in 2007, and again last year. Mount K and the big hearted local dusuns are so endearing;I’d go back if I could. Good for you that you signed up,this is really one great opportunity to witness the grandeur of nature(the night climb was surreal) and contribute to charity at the same time:)
    You said you’d be carrying you own gear as well, but, since you said you hardly excercise, may I suggest, that you hire a porter, and reserve your energy.
    A walking stick is also highly recommended. Feel free to ask if there’s anything you’d like to know 🙂
    Slow and steady does it. You will be truly rewarded 4095m asl. 🙂 Ganbatte!

  • CCApril 1, 2009 - 6:20 am

    where are the photos?