BEST THINGS TO DO ON A BUDGET: ABSEILING OFF HDB BLOCKS

Always wanted to try cool experiences with your friends, but not willing to break your wallet? Here’s something cool you could do and the best part about this experience is that it’s completely free!

What is Urban Abseiling?

West Coast Community Centre (CC), Youth Executive Committee (YEC) has taken literally community bonding to the next level. Now anyone can feel like spider man for a day! All you gotta do is to sign up for their Urban Abseiling event that happens on the second Sunday of every month from 9am-12pm! What’s Urban Abseiling you might ask? Well, it’s basically the same as normal abseiling just that you’ll be doing it off a HDB block! As long as you’re able to fit the harness, you’ll be able to join in the fun! The best part about this is that it’s completely free! Say goodbye to having a huge hole in your wallet after having tons of fun!

The Experience:

Thrilling. That’s the word I would use to describe my experience at Urban Abseiling. If you know me, you’d know I love pushing myself out of my comfort zone and testing the limits. But I’ve got to admit the first step off the ledge of the HDB block felt a little scary and wrong at the same time.

Growing up, you’re parents would always tell you not to lean off the edge of the HDB block, so doing exactly that just felt so wrong. With everything, the first step is always the hardest and scariest. Once you’re off that ledge there’s nothing stopping you. I felt like I was a secret agent or like a secret spy making a quick exit off a building! Even if you aren’t a daredevil, it’s something that you should try at least once.

While I was waiting for my turn to abseil down, I had a chat with a few other participants and they had a fear of heights but they were willing to give Urban Abseiling a chance. I love how the event isn’t purely about abseiling but it’s also about interacting with the community.

Everyone who came had such an open mindset about meeting new people and conversing. While abseiling down the different levels I even had a short interaction with an old Chinese lady living on the fifth floor, she looked out her window and saw me abseiling. She must have either thought I was crazy or worried I’d knock her plants off the shelf because she told me in Chinese to be careful. These are the small moments and interactions I live for because it’s these little memories that last a lifetime.

Even if you’ve tried it once, every month West Coast CC YEC makes an effort to choose a different block to abseil off. “We’ve got blocks with character,” says, Murali Rao, West Coast CC YEC, Vice-Chairman. The West Coast district is quite big stretching across the west coast to Clementi.

There are many blocks with different colors, designs and there’s even a block to stretches across 50 units which is super long! So don’t worry there’s always going to be a new and interesting block for you to abseil off! Not to mention you can also get a super cool looking shot for your Instagram feed!

HOW CAN YOU SIGN UP? : 

You can find updates on the event as West Coast CC YEC’s Facebook or Instagram page.

Sign Up form: www.tinyurl.com/WCabseiltime 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/westcoastccyec/ 

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Writer: @tiffany.quek

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