Every beginning of the year, I would look back and ask myself what I had achieved in the past 12 months. Year 2013 had been a great year for Mr Baker as a whole. We developed specialty muffins under Muffins&Co., collaborating with Brunei’s Health Promotion Centre on their healthy restaurant program and months of products development with an international franchise establishment landed us a deal which is going to keep our production line busy for a good period of time. However, my greatest moment in 2013 is none other than reaching the summit of Mount Kinabalu on 18th December 2013.
I started training for #MountKK2013 in August last year after the month of Ramadhan. Most of my training was at Bukit Shahbandar. The first attempt was a nightmare as I could barely catch my breath right after the first concrete steps. If you are a regular of Shahbandar, you would know exactly which concrete steps I am referring to. It was then I realized that I had to work harder in order to reach the summit as I know there isn’t going to be any easy way. I was pretty much determined (and disciplined) that I literally set a 90-day #MountKK Challenge on my personal Facebook account and monitored the progress on daily basis.
Day 1 of 90-Day #MountKK Challenge. This is the day that I finally realized the prerequisite for a healthy lifestyle is not only the diet we need to watch out for but fitness through regular physical exercise as well.
Training with my other Mount Kinabalu teammates. From Left to Right ~ Brunei’s famous food blogger Thanis, Jan, myself and our group leader Cyril. The four of us (together with another 3) made it to the summit.
Jan has been a big part of my training without whom I wouldn’t be who I am today (referring to my love for hiking).
What’s more meaningful than celebrating Mr Baker’s 5th Anniversary the healthy way ~ a group hike at Bukit Shahbandar with the management, staffs and family members .
Day 60 of 90-Day #MountKK Challenge.
I personally feel that “Shahbandar 14 Hills” is a very good training ground for Mount Kinabalu as the entire route covers approximately 7KM with a duration of 4hours hike (my speed). The total distance from Kinabalu Park to the peak of Mount Kinabalu is 8.5KM.
The big day has finally come. There was only one thought in my mind at that very moment i.e. to make it to the peak.
This is the first part of the climb i.e. from Kinabalu Park to Laban Rata which was challenging in terms of long distance (about 6.5hours my speed) and slopes.
A few hours later, I had to rely on the stick as my legs started to feel sore (You can tell from my facial expression).
Finally reached Laban Rata 6.5hours later at around 3:30PM. We had our dinner early, slept for few hours before the alarm sets off at 1AM.
We started the 2nd part of the climb at around 2:30AM after taking our super early breakfast. The rope climbing is definitely not my favorite.
I was the last one in our group to reach the summit but I am very proud of myself nonetheless.
My dream of becoming one of the “top baker” in South East Asia finally came true LOL.
To read more about our Mount Kinabalu unforgettable experience, do visit Cyril’s blog HERE.