Living in Jakarta, the kids get less and less exposed to triathlon. I would say almost no triathlon is organised for kids here. We have to put more effort for them to participate in races overseas before they slowly losing that sporty competitive spirit.
Here’s a couple of shots of them finishing the swimming leg during Aquathlon, which is part of Metasprint Series in Singapore on 8 February.
All are shot with Canon 50D, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L
On this day, which is well-known all over the world as Valentine’s day, AquaDragons, the swimming team to which my kids belong, organised a charity event, whereby the kids have to look for sponsors, who will be committed to donate money for every meter they swim. The money raised will be forwarded to Habitat for Humanity, which is currently aiming to build 2 more houses in the area they have been supporting.
Swimming non-stop for an hour, my eldest one managed to cover 2050 meter and raised more than 3 million rupiah. My youngest son, the better swimmer, swam 2750 meter and raised more than 4 million rupiah.
I am proud of them for being happily committed to this cause. I personally think of it as a great way to celebrate the day of love, by going deeper than just flowers and chocolates.
Shot with GoPro Hero 4 Silver, shot @ f/2.8, ISO 100
As we walked down in the warmth of the morning sun, I said to myself, if I ever, ever climb this mountain again, I would start the 2nd leg just before sunrise, reaching this area around sunrise and just sit there to enjoy the view.The colour of the sky is just divine. The view looking down is equally gorgeous. I would bring my ‘real’ camera, so I can get better pictures of the surroundings.
In this post, I share pictures of my little one, who took his time and really enjoyed the trip going down. He kept requesting us to slow down so that he can better enjoy where he was.
All are shot with iPhone 4S
After the sunrise, everything seems easier for us. When the sun shines brightly, accompanied by gorgeous blue sky and warmer temperature, walking down was definitely easier than our journey of climbing up.
This granite surface seems beautiful in the picture (well, it IS beautiful), but when one has to climb it in the cold, in total darkness, with strong wind blowing from all directions, it WAS indeed tough.
Shot with GoPro Hero 4 Silver, shot @ 1/664, f/2.8, ISO 100
After few hours of sleep at Laban Rata Rest House, we woke up around 2 am the following morning. We had a quick light breakfast and left at 2.45am to attempt to reach the summit.
The hike started smoothly, until the kids had altitude sickness. As a mom, my heart was torn, questioning myself whether this journey is actually too hard for them, or, just to push them beyond their limits. They started vomiting and I could see the tears in their eyes. But they kept going.
When we reached km 7 or so, the terrain changed to complete plain granite, which can only be passed by holding on to ropes, in total darkness. The wind was blowing very, very strongly from all directions. Our guide said that the wind is unusually strong that morning, reaching minus 2 degrees centigrade on the summit. We prepared ourselves for the cold, but we didn’t prepare ourselves for the strong wind.
My heart bleed when my little one, in the midst of vomiting said, “I don’t want to give up, mama, but I just want to sit down and rest”. Unfortunately, resting was not an option, as there were no single place that could protect us from the strong wind. We just kept encouraging them to keep going, walking slowly to the top.
We finally reached the top at 5.30am, just before the sunrise. We tried to enjoy the beautiful sunrise, but the kids were just too cold to enjoy it. After a quick family photo snap, which was done by our guide, we descended the mountain, following the kids’ pace.
All are shot with GoPro Hero 4 Silver
On 5th of January, to kick start the new year of 2015, we decided on a rather ambitious journey of climbing the 4095m height Mount Kinabalu in Sabah, East Malaysia.
On the first day, accompanied by an accredited guide, which is part of this national park regulations, we started our climb at 8.45am. We needed to sign at Mesilau Gate, which is the starting point of the climb.
Our 9 and 10 year-old sons were super excited about this adventure, they didn’t complain of being tired, etc. Unless, of course, when they were hungry :-). Following their pace, we climbed slowly while enjoying the nature and had few break whenever the kids needed to.
So here are some pictures of our first day climb.
All are shot with GoPro Hero 4 Silver and iPhone 4S
On this last Sunday of 2014, we had our weekly ritual of horseback riding. I love this particular shot, as it comes out so clear, yet the action still could be seen from the dust / sand flying around, left by the horses legs.
My little one insisted on wearing his GoPro Camera (on his helmet), a gift from his grandparents from his last birthday 3 weeks ago.
Shot with Canon 50D, Canon EF 50mm f1.8 II, shot in AV @ 1/2500, f/1.8, ISO 500