Open your eyes to nature. Have you stopped questioning, because the grass has always been there, or you have always seen that but never bothered to find out what it’s name is?
Get in touch with the curious, childlike spirit within you, always jumping at opportunities for an adventure, eager to be fascinated, not with what is mundane but with what remains a mystery, not with answers but with possibilities-filled questions.
Are you ready to approach nature – and your life – with such spirit and mentality? Would you lower your barriers, forget the “known”, and really open your eyes – your senses of sight, smell, taste, sound and touch?
Lovely human beings, let us drop the societal conditioning and knowledge we have. Let our minds quieten. For once, when we come together, let our individual false identities be of less significance. How much do we really live our lives, chasing thoughts running around in our minds? Let us keep an open heart, and effortlessly enter the fullness of the present moment, and see and experience reality for how it just is.
See if we can appreciate the lush greenery, the colorful birds of various species, and the subtleties of different leaves, soil, roots, branches and rocks with enthusiasm, awe and wonder, as if we are seeing nature for the first time.
See if we can drop our demeanours, and be free, being ourselves.
See if we can greet every stranger we meet with a genuine smile, and enjoy human connection with no pressure and obligations.
Then we may begin to ask, Who Are We? Or rather, if you get there, you would ask, “Who Am I?”
That would kickstart a lifelong process of self-discovery.
Do join us- through fun-filled adventures together- on a journey where we ask deeper questions for ourselves, seek new possibilities and enjoy fulfilling times. Together, we embark on a journey to rediscover and revive our passion, and find our courage to create the lives we want. Let us discover how much fun we could have!
Dear Passion.Courage.Fun peeps! Two weeks ago, we embarked on a trip to the abandoned building where unusual “festivities” were said to be seen taking place @ night: Istana Woodneuk. To make it more exciting, we went in the evening, just before the sun set.
We began @ Farrer Park MRT and it was a 15 min walk before we reached a path we had to cross, that was near a bus stop.
In no time, we reached an olden guard house. It was interesting to see how an olden guardhouse looked like and what remained of it.
We stayed for a while, but moved on quickly, as we wanted to get to Istana Woodneuk before night fell.
Thick vegetation surrounded the remains of Istana Woodneuk.
The old mansion, built by Sultan Abu Bakar ibni Daing Ibrahim for his fourth wife Sultana Khadijah during 1890s, caught fire on 10 September 1905. The building was subsequently renovated by the Sultan’s son in the 1930s. During the Japanese invasion in World War II, 1942, it was used as a hospital for casualties. Unfortunately, the building became a target, and another fire broke out. 700 medical workers and soldiers were burnt to death.
We came to a clear path that led straight to Istana Woodneuk.
When we entered the building, we could feel the energy shift, and it was not a pleasant one. It was expected though, come to think of the history of this place and the suffering that the souls who once inhabited it had gone through. And since then, this very resting ground that housed so many had been simply abandoned, to date, for approximately 60 years. As far as improvement or development, nothing, from our knowledge, has ever been done to this building.
It felt surreal that a deserted and badly damaged building – Istana Woodneuk – was once where the royalty had lived, where festivities had taken place, where events had lighted up the place with colors and vibrancy. Finally, intrigued by the experiences of our senses thus far, we made our way up to the collapsed rooftop, using only a ladder to get up there.
Upon 7pm, we left Istana Woodneuk and made a move to Botanic Gardens. (Hope nothing followed us!)
And finally, we were embraced by the sights, sounds and scenery of the lovely Botanic Gardens in the night time.
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There is some kind of expectation and structure built into our lives, and for most people, “passion”, or pursuing their heart’s desires to do the things they love, is out of the picture. In such a hectic society where we were conditioned to already want the things we want, many of us seldom have the space for passion to be cultivated. Not many understand what it means to be fully in the moment and delivering your gifts in service to the world in the most authentic way possible, becoming a channel for the Divine Light to flow through.
What if it is possible earning a living while doing the things we love? What if living a passionate life is so fulfilling that you wouldn’t give it up for anything else, even comfort and stability? What if you discover that, through passion, you love and thrive on danger and adventures?
The inaction that is preventing us from living a passionate and fulfilling life, stems from the result of the lack of belief that the journey of discovering and pursuing our passion can actually bear fruits in creating the magical change in our lives, whether it’s fulfilment, joy, freedom or financial stability that we desire.
Therein lies the problem; our minds do not believe that such a life is possible. We’ve all come across the idea of “dreaming big” at some point, but more often than not, people engage the idea at a level of flirtation and fantasy, rather than real practical hard work. Ever heard of the best-selling book “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill? The same law of manifestation could be applied elsewhere. If we can create a financially abundant life from the thoughts of our mind, why wouldn’t we be able to create the lives we want when it comes to living in fulfilment, joy and freedom?
However, it is not unexpected that most people would settle once they have reached a certain level of stability and comfort. Why begin the hassle of being different, trying any new approach, and coming out of the energetic norm that is keeping our society in a unconscious slumber? The question, then, would be, “what are you living for”, and “what do you desire?” Many, in the recent years, have come across Alan Watt’s teaching, in his video titled “What if Money were no object?” These, are some thought-provoking ideas, that were introduced by Alan Watt’s:
If getting the money is the most important thing, you’ll spend your life completely wasting your time. You’ll be doing things you don’t like doing in order to keep on living that is to continue doing things you don’t like doing. Better to have a short life doing things you like doing than to spend a long life living in a miserable way.
The act of discovering and deciding what your passion is, is another issue people feel that it’s hard. And even if we discover it, it doesn’t mean we’ll become fantastic at it. Earl Nightingale wrote about finding first a river of interest, that is essentially a field whereby you can gladly throw yourself into with enthusiasm, and allowing that river to take you to your destination, rather than having to pin-point that thing you’re passionate in from the very beginning. He argues that success “comes to such people as inevitable as a sunrise”, because they get so good at the things they love doing that “their work becomes a magnet”.
After all, if it wasn’t for us following the call of passion, Passion.Courage.Fun would probably not have existed today.
Hi all 😀 After much trekking, climbing and bouncing on the trampoline, we were back to hiking! Our hiking events are usually anticipated and popular as we often explore unusual places that people hardly visit or know about. This time, by curiosity and with a thirst for adventure, we embarked on a trip to a forgotten area in Singapore – Tampines Quarry Park.
The challenge begins right from the beginning, where we had to make our way up a steep slope and bash through the thick vegetation. It is the only way we could get into Tampines Quarry Park. We were only warming up!
Tampines Quarry park is certainly not your usual neighbourhood park where the whole family could spend an evening out for a picnic; unless your entire family is made up of avid hikers. It is a wild, untamed, abandoned site with thick vegetation and inaccessible areas. There is a complete lack of man-made facilities that cater to the public. Dating back to the 60s and 80s, the quarry ponds have been formed due to the quarry activities back then. Being such an unadjusted, unique place, it is worth exploring if you haven’t been to such areas in Singapore- but it is undoubtedly not a fitting trip for the unfit and faint-hearted.
The terrains were uneven, and at some point we encountered a large hole in the ground.
We came to a steep slope where we found it almost impossible to maintain our balance walking down; only the skilled and experienced could manage this without support. The trick is to grab hold of the plants by the side (don’t worry, it is impossible to uproot them). Besides, sliding down the slope was loads of fun!!!
There were woods stacked up by illegal residents who stay in the quarry, but it is not too bad, if you are courageous enough you could stand on them and make some poses! Cheese! 😀 However, we had to be wary of the weight that the woods could withstand. (Thankfully, none of us had to swim in the quarry.)
There were many lalang leaves that blocked our paths, so if you intend to visit this place in the future, we recommend that you wear a pair of gloves to bash in.
We were surprised to see that Singapore has such impressive sand dunes. Guess this amount of sand can sustain in Singapore for many years.
Along the way, we found many fishermen fishing at the quarry ponds. Their captures were rather impressive!
As we went further into the Quarry park, we came to a ‘Secret Garden’. Wonder who created this Secret Garden? (It is for you to find out yourself!)
Here’re the potato leaves – the Hokkien people’s favourite 🙂
At the end of it all, it was nice to unwind by walking down the scenic Bedok Reservoir Park.
Many thanks to this bunch of awesome and amazing hikers who joined us to make this hiking trip full of fun and laughter.
We hope that we’ve inspired you in one way or another to live your life at a greater level of intensity. After all, that’s what Passion.Courage.Fun is about. Come and join us for a good, good, great experience!
Lastly, we appreciate what our guests had to say about us- do check us out on Facebook for more of Passion.Courage.Fun 🙂 :
It was my first hike today in ages and I’m really glad I did it with Passion.Courage.Fun! The trail was nicely thought out with ample opportunities for mingling and photo taking and the organizer kept our spirits up with her cheerfulness and enthusiasm. Thanks for the wonderful experience! I’ll definitely consider joining in future activities organized by your team. Hopefully you’ll consider organizing water activities too in future! Cheers and keep up the good work 😉
– Weng Yew
It is a fun experience meeting new people and visiting unexplored places. Sounds like an advertisement but I will definitely recommend to my friends !
Hello all! Our climbing events are back again! This time round we would like to proudly present you our Sport Climbing Level 1 Certified Course! Just so you know, sport climbing is getting popular in this region. It is a sport that you get to enjoy the fun and adrenaline rush in you as well as conquer your greatest enemy which is YOU. What attracts me is the immediate gratification of completing many difficult routes in a single outing. Perhaps, this is part of the reason more newcomers are taking up this sport! Knot tying rope is one of the important skills you will need to know if you are going for rock climbing or even the real mountain to climb! Belaying is another essential skill you will need to know if you want to be a certified climber. Belaying not only can save all the fuss of finding someone who are certified to belay you but also improve relationship with your climbing partners! It is because you’re going to put your life on his/her hands to make sure you can climb up/down safely. Belaying tips: Better belay someone who has around the same weight as or lighter than you due to safety reason. One thing good about joining Passion.Courage.Fun group for taking this course is that we have professional and experience instructor, Derek Yuen to not just teach us the climbing techniques but also climb with us as well as demostrate the climb to us! Here we go! Climb, climb, climb. Enjoy the sense of achievement!:)
You’ll get to enjoy swinging down like a spiderman! Once you finished the course , you’ll be rewarded with the Sport Climbing Level 1 Certification endorsed by Singapore National Climbing Standards (SNCS). With the Level 1 Certificate, you will get to officially belay someone in any climbing gym. It is also a proof that you are aware of the basic safety requirement for climbing.
Here’s the experience a participant had:
It was a great and fun-filled session. The instructor are very adept in this field. Both the trainer and organizer are very motivating! Thanks for organizing this wonderful activity 🙂
– Asilah, Educator
Do come and join us to get yourself certified and climb the real mountain with us!
Last week, we visited the Trampoline Park @ AMPED River Valley for a great workout with our friends. It had been a unique and exciting experience as it was the first time we held such an activity apart from our usual hikes and climbing activities. Due to the overwhelming response, we have decided to hold the next Trampoline event on 14 Jun 15. If you have missed it, do join us again for a great workout.
<<< To view more photos from our last trampoline event, click here to go to our Facebook page. >>>
Besides just having fun, let’s dive deeper than the surface level of things. To excel at any sport, we need to learn effectively the skills related to the sport. We also need to develop a certain character. In any activity, with awareness, we could learn lessons about ourselves.
Do you know that the trampoline workout is not only a great workout on its own, but also a great assessment of your fitness? In each of us, certain muscles are underutilized while others are overworked. To achieve greater overall fitness would mean stretching the overworked muscles while strengthening the underworked ones. In the trampoline workout, due to the way some of us fall that causes some sort of knee-jerk reaction, certain muscles that are underutilized or “dormant” for quite some time may suddenly be called into action, and this causes pain in those muscles as our body isn’t able to support this sudden force. Therefore, in a way, to experience such aches may not be a bad thing if you could view it from the perspective of having an opportunity to grow stronger with the body and intentionally re-training these muscles.
The trampoline workout provides us a great opportunity to break free from the clutter of our lives and the noises of our mind, to drop down into the realm of the body. You may not know this, but to be able to have fun in our body is a skill. Many of us can’t. Some of us are inhibited. We fear that we look stupid. We forget how to let go and let the body express itself through movement. Just like dance, to enable our body to freely express itself through movement on the trampoline requires a re-connection with our inner child, that is essentially our playful nature that just wants to create, express and love. This inner child may have been repressed over the years as we progressed from childhood to adulthood, for it may not have been encouraged/supported by our parents, the nature of our upbringing, our environment and the society. Thus, it may require us a fair bit of courage to let our bodies bounce its own dance on the trampoline, due to the profound letting go of the fear of judgement from others to allow more of our true nature to show and express itself.
Why is it important to re-establish the connection to our bodies? The body has a consciousness of its own. In our daily stresses, tension builds up in our bodies, almost inevitably. Over time, if tension is not released, our bodies fall ill. Many of our traumas get locked up in different areas of our bodies. By connecting with the body by letting it do its own movement, and realising how it would like to move, it is a form of healing and reconnection.
Lastly, I want to share with you a few ideas that could help you improve faster on the trampoline, if you are a beginner.
1. Choose specifically a few basic cool trampoline skills to begin with such as tuck jumps, pike jumps, straddle jumps, half and full twists, seat, front and back drops (basics moves could be taught by the instructors at AMPED). It would be a bonus to do your research so you know what moves you want to attempt. Be patient so you could get your fundamentals right, especially how you land and take off. (To learn more about the 4 phases of a bounce and the basic movements of arms and feet, click here.) Decide that you want to learn it well so that you could combine them at the end to form your cool masterpiece!
2. Know how to self-correct, by being mindful of your body and posture. Befriend your body and don’t get frustrated with it just because you can’t perform certain new skills. It may just mean you haven’t properly conditioned your body to function effectively in day-to-day life. Choose a few things that you can do to begin with and excel at those little things.
3. Remove barriers to practice. Such barriers may likely be fears of letting go, fears of being judged and the disbelief that you would become good at the sport eventually. These will only get in the way of learning.
*Remember, that if you realise you have these inhibitions while you’re learning trampoline, they do not just go away if you decide not to learn it. They would manifest in other areas of your life e.g. your career, education, as the way you do something in one area directly translates to how you would do other things in other aspects of your life. Thus, this turns into an opportunity for deeper introspection to eliminate these barriers within us, and more often than not it is courage that would break us free.
4. Practise! Don’t think about it. Just do it.
These tips are derived from the ideas and research of Josh Kaufman. According to Josh Kaufman, while learning a new skill, there are several steps to practise intelligently to make sure you invest your time in the most efficient way possible.
Greetings fellow PCF lovers! 😀 After Sungai Buloh, we’re all anticipating the next trip, eager to explore, expand and explode in joy and happiness while forging stronger connections. We’re in the midst of planning, which could take a few short weeks. In the meanwhile, we’re back to The Cliff!! And this isn’t for the faint-hearted!
The experienced instructor for our abseiling level one certified course is none other than Derek Yuen. With abseiling, there was guided rock climbing. While the photos speak for themselves, we’ve gone around to catch up with the participants. Let’s hear what they have to say… 🙂
First, we have Meha, from the US!
How was it like for you before and after?
I was rather scared before I did it, but the instructors were really supportive and encouraging. After, I felt very glad to have gotten over my fear. It was a good personal feeling. This allows us to get out of our comfort zone. It’s a really fun experience that every one should do.
Can you describe your experience?
Abseiling was scary when you’re at the start, when you had to push off from the tower, but the descending was very fun and technique is very good to learn. Climbing is harder as you kind of need to grab well.
Bill didn’t quite know what to expect, but he had great fun after all!
What is the hardest part?
Abseiling is hardest when you first lean back, and it is sort of scary to be supported by just a harness. Once you get the hang of it and start moving it’s easy, not very daunting.
What do you enjoy most?
It was exciting being that high up, looking down, it’s exhilarating.
Last but not least, we have Sindy, who’s really brave and adventurous herself 🙂
“I love sports and nature. I used to do rock climbing in secondary school, so it’s great to come back and do it again. Both abseiling and rock climbing aren’t that scary, unlike sky diving. It’s about technique. Rock climbing is harder but it’s more fun. It requires good footwork and good grip, and then the tiredness comes in… I had to keep myself moving!”
At the end of it all, we’re tired yet feeling fulfilled 😀 !! Last but not least, the Level 1 Abseiling Certification is presented to each of the participants by our instructor Derek. This certification is recognised in Southeast Asia, and is proof that one has gone through the training of basic abseiling. With it, one could move on to Level 2 abseiling courses, and it is recognised in our local gyms so that one does not have to pay to be assessed for certain qualifications.
In case you have missed our trip to Sungai Buloh Wetland Reserve last Saturday, we are giving you a peek into our amazing close encounters with the wildlife. 🙂
In spite of the high tide on the day, we managed to experience many fascinating moments of wildlife up close, and many of our participants kept stopping along the way to capture them in their camera phones!
If you aren’t careful, you might walk into spiderwebs hanging just above your head between the trees! Our camera man isn’t too keen to get too close to them!
We had fun stopping every now and then, spotting and observing mudskippers in the mangroves. A few gave us a pleasant surprise by skipping past us in the water at great speed! We even saw 2 mudskippers inches away from each other, motionless, staring at each other – like lovers or tensed enemies? – for the few minutes we’ve been there, but who knows how long they are already at it!
Tree-climbing crabs remain motionless on tree-trunks, as if they were lazing the morning away, undisturbed and completely serene. Yet, they are the destructive forces at work in the mangroves! More info here http://mangrove.nus.edu.sg/guidebooks/text/2049.htm
And of course, the monitor lizard was roaming about, going about its daily business. Fortunately or unfortunately, we did not encounter any crocodiles!
At the end of the day, there were questions to be answered and prizes to be given out!
To everyone who joined us on Saturday, a big THANK YOU to all for being such open and alacritous people. We are truly grateful to have you, as co-creators, to be part of a chapter of our journey, with hopefully countless more chapters to be written 🙂