Part 2 of my Macau trip is up!
Carousel, Catch Me If You Can, Chamber of Secrets, falling chandelier, Fort Canning, high tea buffet, Killiney Kopitiam, National Museum of Singapore, Plaza Singapura, Royal Plaza on Scott, Singapore History Gallery, Singapore Living Galleries, Xcape Sg
A day of fun, excitement and close call…
Our department had the annual department retreat today. Our itinerary was:
8.45am – meet at McDonald’s at Plaza Singapura for breakfast
9.45am – head to Singapore National Museum
12.45pm – move to Xcape to play mystery game
3.45pm – high tea at Carousel, Royal Plaza on Scott
5.30pm – home sweet home
So the morning started off with a little panic. I forgot my shoes were green/white. Me and a few female colleagues were going to wear our past year’s retreat t-shirt which is red in colour. I thought it wouldn’t match so I Whatsapped two of them for a little SOS opinion. They said it was ok, so here are my shoes 😛
Then it was off to meet TK at the CCK MRT where we took 190, direct bus to Plaza Singapura (PS). Traffic was a breeze despite the morning rush hour and we got there in good time.
– Sculptures outside Plaza Singapore
Colleagues slowly trickled into the meeting place but instead of McDonald’s, we ended up eating breakfast at the KFC next door.
After that it was a brief 15 – 20 minutes walk to the National Museum…
We stood at Fort Canning Park and deliberated on which way to go. In the end we took the footpath by the road.
Found it! Singapore National Museum…
We were too early for the museum so we sat outside the History Gallery until we were allowed in.
We were given Audio Visual Guides, some handheld devices that provide information on the exhibits, before entering the gallery. Since the museum were expecting big groups of visitors (there were many student groups), we were told to share the device, 2:1.
– TK staring at the exhibit.
– KL clowning around in the Singapore Living Galleries
I took quite a few photos of the exhibits so that will go into the Gallery instead of here.
Here are some pictures of the gang…
First, the conformists (those wearing the department t-shirts 😛 )… Can you spot a Diva in there? 😉
Next, the non-conformists…
The whole gang…
Deepavali Open House displays being set up by the lady…
On our way out of the museum for some mystery fun…
– Part of the facade of the museum
Passing the Singapore Art Museum on our way to Xcape at Purvis Street…
After another 20-30 minutes of walking we were there…http://www.xcape.sg/ It’s a place where you play an escape game which requires you to solve mysteries and clues in order to escape the room within an hour. I was in the group that took the Catch Me If You Can room (http://www.xcape.sg/catch-me-if-you-can/), the other group took the Chamber of Secrets (not Harry Potter) room (http://www.xcape.sg/chamber-of-secrets/) .
– Display on the table at the reception room.
The place is surprisingly quite small, situated on the 4th story of a shophouse. The room we were taken to was upstairs and it was dark and small. We stood inside what looked like tunnel, with metal gate at the entrance and another one at the end of the tunnel. Below our feet were metal grilles with ‘skeletons’ in the dungeon below. We were briefed inside here by one of the staff. Basically all items found inside the room are clues but first, we had to open the combination lock on the other gate at the end of the tunnel to get into the room.
Needless to say we couldn’t solve the puzzle which was on the wall that we felt would provide us with the combination lock numbers. 20 minutes into the game we had to flash one of 2 bonus cards we found at the CCTV to get help. The staff came in from the other side to guide us on how to get the correct numbers out of the numbers we saw on the jigsaw puzzle. The gate was opened and we had to jump down into the room.
Inside the main room was a dungeon to one side (with all the skeletons) and a closet on the other. There was also a lock on the gate of the dungeon. There were alphabets and numbers written on the wall and a stack of documents on top of the closet. 6 heads couldn’t crack the number lock on the dungeon gate where some clues were hidden. Time was ticking. We managed to piece the sequence of events presented by a stack of pictures but couldn’t find the number for the lock. Nor did the writing on the wall helped. The 2nd bonus card was used to get help.
With that help, the dungeon gate was opened and that set off the laser beams. Someone had to switch off the laser beams by pressing two buttons on the other side of the wall simultaneously. At first we thought two people had to go through to the other side in order for the buttons to be pressed at the same time because one button was set high up on the wall and the other at the bottom. But RL couldn’t get through the beams without setting it off. Being the smallest built in the group, I had to try.
So right leg over the first beam, then right arm over, all the time I was crouched low trying to avoid touching the beam on top and below me. Then the other set of limps got over the first hurdle. Phew! Another repeat of the first action for the second set of beams and the last set required me to belly crawl. Success! Luckily I could reach both buttons by stretching both my arms. Took me a few tries before the beams got switched off because I had to really press the buttons together at the same time. Slight deviation wasn’t tolerated. That was my only contribution 😛
Despite switching off the beams and getting help twice, we were still unable to solve the mystery and in the end, the staff came back to help us out because time was running out.
– Catch Me If You Can team
– Chamber of Secrets team
After the game, we had a little tea break at Killiney coffeeshop opposite since we didn’t take lunch and high tea was still more than an hour away.
We took 2 buses to reach the Royal Plaza on Scotts hotel. We were too early for high tea so we sat around in the hotel lobby.
– Wax sculpture at the lobby
Some pictures of the food at Carousel, the restaurant. Didn’t take many pictures of food because we were distracted by something more serious…
This is what happened. A chandelier at one side of the dining hall fell right in front of my colleague ACB, then another fell behind him within seconds of the first one. It was a miracle that he came out of it unscathed, not even a tiny cut from the flying shards. A young girl wasn’t that fortunate though because she was taken to a nearby hospital. It wasn’t serious though, from what we heard. Another lady had the cut on her leg treated in the restaurant by the staff.
The hotel staff and manager went around talking to guests, especially those who were directly affected by the accident. They didn’t know what happened, wasn’t sure if it had anything to do with the renovation that was going on at the facade of the hotel. The manager said the renovation had stopped 3 days ago so it’s hard to say if that was the cause.
Anyway, they quickly went around telling the guests that their meals are on the house. The remaining 4 chandeliers were taken off as precautionary measure. The police were called. CCTV footage viewed showed clearly that the first chandelier really did fall right in front of ACB.
Before we left the restaurant, the manager spoke with him and offered him another meal ‘with his family’. So immediately, we were elevated to family status with him LOL The manager said it doesn’t matter if we were all of different family names since the restaurant doesn’t check guests’ ID’s LOL
ACB said he wasn’t traumatized and was just trying to figure out what caused the chandeliers to fall. Well, he could be having delayed reaction. We’ll see if he turns up for work on Monday 😛
My boss bought t-shirts for our department retreat this Friday. We are allowed to decide on the name and numbers to print at the back. As a die-hard Il Divo fan, of course I have to be Diva 😉 As for the number 56, hubby picked it cos it sounds like ‘Got Luck’ in local dialect. Think I’m gonna get lucky with this Thursday’s lottery… LOL
That’s right, Hubby. Yesterday you were given a chance to shine and you did. I’m so proud of you 🙂 You showed them what you’re made of and you told them good! I’m so glad you didn’t let your mouth run away with your thoughts. You spoke clearly and convincingly with eye contact, and you even captured the audience’s attention with a good opening line. You actually listened to me LOL
You know, I always knew you’re better than the bunch of people leading you, you just needed a little shove in the right direction and a little luck too, and last night you got the shove you needed. No luck was involved there so you did it all on your own. I am not sure I would be able to do what you did, being painfully shy and having a bad case of stage fright; I don’t think I could stand on a stage and deliver that speech like you did. So I’ll cut you a deal…I’ll be your advisor and you’ll be my hero 😉 Deal? Deal!
Do you know when Secretary Week is? I don’t, even though I always got treated to a meal by my ex-boss when I was working for him. Last year my current boss gave me a treat too, and this year, she bought long-stemmed roses and chocolates for all the administrative staff in our office. How nice is that?
I need a vase, please…
No, I didn’t burn or try to burn down the office again. It’s just me struggling with the oven toaster again and making a huge mess out of eating something as simple as ham and eggs sandwiches!
How do you toast a sandwich to a perfect crispy brown on the outside and tenderly warm on the inside? I mean, a sandwich is supposed to be a simple meal right? Not so for me! I bought the 2 sandwiches this morning for lunch, stacked them up and wrapped them on a piece of aluminum foil before popping them into the toaster oven to toast for 10 minutes. Sounds simple enough…So I stood and waited, not trusting myself to not start a fire. Ding! It was done! No mishap there. Phew!
Brought the almost burning hot sandwiches still in the foil to my desk and guess what? The middle part and the fillings were still cold but the top and bottom slices were browned! Back to the toaster they went, this time the 2 sandwiches sitting side by side, the cold side up. I made sure they were nicely browned on the top before removing them. Also made sure no fire was started (this has become a huge concern of mine).
Now came the most difficult part…prying the bottom slice of the bread off the aluminium foil! Ugh! It got stuck there with some of the egg filling spilling out onto the foil. It was an ugly sight by the time I managed to pry it off the foil. Almost lost my appetite at the sight. Look!
But that’s not all…The big mess came when I tried to bite into it. All the eggs (well, not all, but bits) fell out and some landed on the carpet. UGH! I’m such a terrible eater! Who would marry a girl like me? Oh, wait, I’m already married 😛 I am so glad nobody, not even the nosey bosses, walked by at this moment. Terrible me, I had to pick up the bits of eggs from the carpet and put them on to the foil and remember not to eat them (!!!) I have somehow lost my enjoyment of the sandwiches that I’d been so looking forward to eating this morning. All because of the mess they created…or was it me who created the mess?
If anyone has any good suggestions on how to toast a perfect sandwich without setting fires to the kitchen, without burning the bread on the outside and still manage to have the insides cold, on how to eat sandwiches with egg fillings without them dropping all over the desk and carpet,…please tell me. I need lesson 101 on how to have a stress-free lunch at work. In the meantime, I need to go apply for my leave for tomorrow. This is getting to be too stressful…I need a day away from my office kitchen…
Oh, btw, did I tell you I spilled strawberry jam onto my belt this morning as I was eating my strawberry jam sandwich? 😛 And no, please don’t tell me to just bring cold salad…it won’t fill my tummy!
What do you do when your lunch broke out in a fire??? Blow it out, of course!
This was what happened to me this afternoon when I put a McDonald’s Saugage McMuffin into the toaster oven to heat up. Instead of removing the wrapper before toasting, I simply open it up and put the whole burger + wrapper into the oven to toast. Stupidly I thought if I kept watch it should be ok but no, the thin wrapper immediately caught fire!
Strangely the thought that the office pantry was going to turn into a towering inferno wasn’t the top most concern in my mind. Instead, I was more worried that all the staff in the same office were going to witness me setting the office pantry alight. Luckily, only 2 ladies sitting near the open pantry and an Indian colleague who was headed for the washroom were there to witness the fire.
So what did I do? As calmly and as coolly as I could, I opened the oven door and switched off the power. Kudos to the 2 ladies, they didn’t run out the office screaming ‘Fire! Fire!’ even as they saw the flames licking at the burger inside the oven. Instead, they asked if everything was ok as I huffed and puffed and finally blew out the fire. The Indian guy made an exclamation (can’t remember what he said) and then headed straight for the washroom when he saw that I had put out fire with my mouth.
Funnily, instead of being flustered, I managed to laugh it off with the 2 ladies while I hurriedly wipe away the ashes of the burnt wrapper, determined not to leave a trace of the accident even though there was nothing I could do about the burning smell.
Thank goodness the wrapper was thin which was why it burnt itself out pretty quick! And even more so, thank goodness I had the presence of mind to stay and watch over my lunch! My burger was left unscarred and unscathed, which seemed to be the main concern of one of the ladies who kept saying ‘what a waste!’ when she thought my lunch had gone to waste. But when some other colleagues walked into the office and asked if I had burnt my lunch, I just said yes. Couldn’t let them know I nearly evacuated the whole office building, could I???
And did I ever tell you I had a hard-boiled egg explode in the microwave oven in the same pantry???
It is Friday! It’s a day of non-productivity since people are generally more sluggish by the time Friday rolls around, perhaps stressed out by the days preceeding it or already in a ‘weekend mood’. Perhaps they should just declare Friday a weekend like Saturday and Sunday since most people are just mucking around in the office… But then if Friday becomes a public holiday, then soon Thursday will be too cos it’s the last day of the week and everyone’s in weekend mood, then Wednesday, Tuesday and gradually we won’t be working on Monday either…Hmmm…
I always tell my friends whoever invented the system whereby you need to work to earn a living ought to be shot. Why can’t we live be simple life like in the days of barter trade…you trade what you have for what you want, hence only working for what you need? Why do we need so many things that are really just excesses to make us feel good but that we can life without? Why can’t we go back to the simple life? Why?
It’s hard to look busy when you always get your job done in a jiffy. Maybe it would help if I grow a pair of eyes at the back of my head to see who’s walking up behind me…
Need to come up with ideas on how to counter nosey bosses.
Now, where did I put that mirror…