The annual car rally was held this date. But this time round luck wasn’t on my team’s side as we were pulled down by ‘not being loyalty’ towards the end.
As usual we had to finish up the 500ml of mineral water plus a snack (swiss roll this time) before we can start off to our 1st pt.
This 1st pt seemed to be a same start pt for all as everyone was dashing towards Chinese Garden. “Pagodas in the West” seemed pretty obvious to link to Chinese Garden but we overlooked on the “s” in “Pagodas”. Luckily the only carpark is at the main entrance instead of the entrance from the mrt, and so here we were at the correct TWINS pagoda … together with our ‘twin’ team grp 🙂
2 members of the team were to climb up to the top of the pagoda before we were given another clue which led us to another spot in the chinese garden. Luckily it was a spot where I took pix few times and roughly know the exact location.
I thought everything ended here before we can proceed on to the next checkpt. Upon receving the next clue, we then know tat there is such a Water Venture facilities at jurong lake which is just next to the main entrance of Chinese Garden. And the task here is non other than the Kayaking.
Though all 8 of us were fast enough in the beginning, but the luck dun seems to be on us cos it started to drizzle when we arrived at Chinese Garden. And it got even heavier at the water venture pt. Due to safety reasons, we were not allow to kayak until 20mins later when the rain gets much smaller.
By the time we completed our task, another team arrived. And off we dashed to our next pt with this clue. Given the Dalhousie Lane clue on the pix, we started heading off to Little India.
Upon arriving at the spot where the pix was, there was no committee member in sight until she appeared infront of us. The task where we were to carry out was actually located on level 2 opposite. We were to thread the jasmine flowers into a wristlet and take pix together one of the members who will be wearing the indian clothes (looks like baju kurung to me).
Obviously I was the one wearing it. And luckily we were the 1st grp to arrive at this pt, if not imagine no. of members who arrived sweatily and wear it … :S
Just the nite before, BT and I was trying to spot places tat might be selected and museums were among our discussion. Being not ‘creative’ enough and still tagging on the nonya craze, of the many more challenging museums, they chose Peranakan Museum. Talking about this museum, I should try making a visit here one day.
One thing to mention here, we were trying to get someone to take a grp pix for us and we approached a indian lady security guard of the museum who rejected us down flatly cos she was rushing to clock her time for exchange of duty then. It doesn’t really take much time to shoot a grp pix. Imagine if there are REAL TOURISTS around asking for similar help. Isn’t it very embarrassing for such an unfriendly encounter when it’s happened in a tourist spot.
Our grp pix was ended up taken with the help of a friendly lady who happened to be there introducing her foreign guest to this museum.
“make a Statement and Be Heard” … tat’s led us to the Speaker Corner @ Chinatown. This is the only pt with creative tasks to fulfil. Those committee members here must have been ‘brainwashed’ by taiwan variety shows. Each team had to guess the 5 sauces correctly and to complete all 4 actions plus scripts-reading in 100sec before we were given the next clue. We had taken up quite some times here as our hands were too wobble to grip out 10 tiny beans from the bowl using a pair of rounded aluminium chopsticks and thus had to repeat the whole process again after failing to complete them in 100sec 😦
We thought they were referring to the bullock cart at bottle tree park or even chinatown since it was named after this … we were too creative 😛 Anyway on simplest thought, we decided to head off to Malay Village. I only remembered seeing such bullock cart there during my sec 3 excusion 😉
We were hold 10mins by the previous team. Good time for a toilet break too 😉
We were rather hungry by then and ‘good enough’, we were given malay snacks to finish before we can obtain the next clue. I almost choked on kueh lapis 😛 … luckily SY had bottles of drink from his car for us to wash down the dry food 😀
Everything was going smooth and well until this last round. We had to find our company ‘sign’ on the road. This is where we wasted our 20mins for search in vain … while the rest were all quite lucky to spot it along the way and therefore could head straight back to our start pt.
We lost the game to our luck then our speed. Though it was fun every yr, but I doubt I will join again next yr. It wasn’t becos we had lost this time, in actual fact I had opted out of it this yr but were ‘begged’ back :P, it was rather due to my poor stamina. Wat added on was the committee refusal to be more transparent with all our clocked time ‘angered’ us in some way.