GEMS Road Trip
My parents never limited me as i grow up. They never doubted my abilities. They taught me what was right and reminded me when needed. They left the rest to Him.. At 17, He gave me one ultimate challenge which then became my weapon, my drive. I now know why He put me through dat trauma.
Outside of home, i faced many…
“You cannot do tis”
“You will never achieve dat”
Because you are too small, too short, too weak, too Malay, too Muslim, too woman
With His will, i used my weapon which He bestowed me to overcome all their limiting beliefs. I am what i am today because of that traumatic experience. Stronger.
I am awfully saddened when i hear other women limiting themselves, saying “I can’t do this. I can’t do that” even before they tried. Often, age, sickness or poor health will take away any chance of them achieving their own dreams.
With my partner, @ayfaahmad ‘s support and encouragement, we started GEMS – Grundy+Popwow Empowering Me Series. A series of experiential learning programmes to empower women with parallel life skills through challenges across different elements. To face their fears, to race against themselves. Alhamdulillah we are at our 2nd run of GEMS and we see more empowered women.
What started with 11pax burst into 38 men, women and kids abseiling down Tengkil Waterfall at Gunung Muntahak. With 2x Starex and 2x MPVs, we started our journey at 4am. We met our guide Saufi from SAS Adventure along Jalan Petri Jaya where we loaded up a lorry towards the base of the mountain. The 10km lorry ride was actually enough excitement for the day!
We were ready for the pacats! Clothes soaked overnite in dettol and endless sprays of insect repellants but there were none!
After a short brief and stretching conducted by Guide Hafiz, we started to ascend to the base of the fall. It took us about 45mins. Lo and behold the sight of the majestic fall was magnificient Allahu Akbar.
I started to get a bit worried though but all was well when everyone took up the challenge and descended with no problems. The weather was just right Alhamdulillah. 2 lanes, soaking wet and about 5 hours later, we all came out like champions. The kids had their fun plunging into the cold pool while mummies and daddies fought with their own fear and cascading water upon their faces.
The hike down was more difficult as it was quite steep. The lorry journey back was more fun as we travelled again through the beautiful plantations and mountains against an impending storm. Rain poured as soon as we reached the mosque to change and make Asr. His timing for us was perfect. If the rain came any sooner, our lorry would not have made it back. We end the day with dinner at Paradigm Mall. Thank u so much for making this day a memorable one. Not that we need to abseil in our daily life but that new found confidence, strength and sense of achievement will last a lifetime.
It was an awesome adventure thanks to the professionalism of the staff from SAS Adventure. Bro Saufi entertained my 1536324 questions for the last few months. Equipment was top notched and execution was perfect. The guides was well trained, helpful and very patient especially with all the makcik2 ?. Best part is… No PACAT!!
Thank u so much! We will definitely come back for more. Nak island hopping pulak. Nak ikut?
We hope to continue this movement and pray that He will continue to bless this effort with health and ability to empower more women…
Because empowered women empower all
La hawlawala quwwata Illahbillah
We return repentant to our Lord
Worshipping our Lord and praising our Lord
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