Tuesday, February 02, 2010
Antactica... Here We Come!
I started getting excited about the Elysium Epic expedition since I first heard about it from Emory Kristof -- the National Geographic photographer who discovered the Titanic.
Explorer & deep-sea diver Emory Kristof: Stan & I call him our "Santa Claus"!
And when we chatted with renowned underwater photographers Michael Aw & Mikael Jigmo some months later about their photography exhibition and discovered they were involved in this landmark expedition to Antarctica, it was pure anticipation for me till the day I got them on our coach! *LOL*
The brainchild of Michael Aw, this expedition will see a dream team of 57 experts -- comprising the world's best wildlife & underwater photographers, film makers, marine scientists -- create a visual library of the impact of climate change on this remote region.
In fact, this expedition is in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of Sir Shackleton's expedition in 1914. So the team is all set to retrace his treacherous footsteps through the harsh terrain.
Sailing route of the Elysium Epic expedition.
We had Michael Aw on the line with us from Australia, as well as the expedition's Chief Medical Officer Dr Saw Huat Seng (a cardiothoracic surgeon), contributing photographer Mikael Jigmo, and production assistant, Chris Chan.
Chris, being the rose among the thorns, only took up diving in April 2008 and currently works in a property development company in KL. It's her very first expedition and a dream come true. In fact, she responded to an ad in a scuba diving magazine!
This made me think ANYONE can do this! I wish I had applied earlier too... Oh, such a once-in-a-lifetime experience! Perhaps Michael will allow me to tag along and broadcast 'live' from Antarctica? *wrings hands in anticipation*
Part of the Singapore contingent to Antarctica: [L to R] Mikael, Dr Saw, Chris and we had Michael Aw on the line too!
Well, we may just be having conversations with them from Antarctica via satellite in The Living Room soon. I can't wait! In the meantime, you can follow their journey 'live' from their website: www.elysiumepic.org.