Veteran Singapore explorer Khoo Swee Chiow: It's more important to come back alive

One might think that reaching the summit is the ultimate goal every time Khoo Swee Chiow scales a mountain. Not anymore, says the veteran mountain climber.

As part of Singapore's first expedition to Mount Everest, Khoo Swee Chiow was one of the only two who made it to the summit on May 25, 1998.

Since then, he has quit his job in IT to become a full-time adventurer, and completed the adventure grand slam which includes reaching the North and South poles and scaling the highest summit in each of the seven continents.

However, life now is not about outdoing others and completing remarkable feats, says Khoo.

The 52-year-old sees life in a different light now, after having overcome setbacks in various multitudes.

On the last episode of The Newsmaker, Singapore's very own first adventurer Khoo Swee Chiow speaks about the lessons he has learnt in life.

About "The Newsmaker":

"The Newsmaker" (封面人物) is one of 10 SPH-produced short form digital video series as part of a pilot Public Service Broadcast initiative. In this 13-part series, people who have made news headlines in the past share with the host Fred Lai (Content Producer, Chinese Media Group Digital) how the news events changed their lives and how they have been coping since then. All episodes come with English subtitles.

This series is also available on the website and mobile app.