I have been scaling the rock walls since 2002 and ever since my first climbing experience with the rock wall at Pulau Ubin Adventure Centre, I totally fell in love with the sport.
It was through climbing that I overcame my fear of heights and when I first started climbing, I had the impression that my strong arm power would get me to the top of the wall but I was wrong. I later learned that in order for me to climb faster and more efficiently, I have to make full use of my leg muscles as well.

I can still remember my first official rock-climbing competition in 2006 that was organised by the National Cadet Corps as part of the Annual Challenge Quest Competition and together with my fellow teammates, we conquered the walls as fast as we could and emerged as Champions for the rock-climbing competition. Even till today, I still climb and I will enjoy doing it for as long as I am able to.

Apart from rock-climbing, I was quite a sporty student and I participated in a couple of swimming and running competitions during my schooling days. Yes, I was even part of my school’s soccer team back then.

Today, things have certainly taken a turn and though I am now bogged down with work and probably tons of excuses, I still try to keep an active lifestyle by going for a 5-KM run once a week and participate in local running events.

As a matter of fact, both Jacqueline and I will be doing a 10-KM run on 26 April 2014 for RUN 350.

Now what about you?

Are you having a healthy and active lifestyle or have you been procrastinating too much to start on that gym workout?

Why not start the ball rolling by gathering some of your buddies and participate in the Community Games and Community Sports Festival 2014 where there are sports like Netball, Sepak Takraw, Netball, Table Tennis, Bowling, Badminton, and even Football!

The Community Games is a multi-sports competition held across the island, bringing the Games to the heart of the community and connecting residents of different ages, races and living across estates.

Organised by the People’s Association, Community Sports Club Council and Community Sports Clubs [with support from the National Sports Associations], the objectives of the Community Games are to develop a strong and inclusive sporting culture with passion and enthusiasm from all walks of life; and to enhance social cohesion and community bonding, linking people through mass participation and involvement.

Even if you are not into team sports like me, you can still be inspired by the stories of countless individuals whom have gotten into the habit of leading an active and healthy lifestyle!

To find out more about how you can participate in the Community Sports Festival 2014, do check out the Community Sports Festival’s Facebook Page and the Community Sports Festival’s Website!


Melvin is an Entrepreneur, Life Coach, and Chinese Metaphysics Practitioner. He holds an EMBA and he is a passionate and engaging teacher, known for his unique combination of science, research, and spirituality.

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