It was my teammate Ajay’s last day yesterday, and I realized that I had never blogged about the fun quarterly team outing that we had in Chinatown way back in March. #bloggerfail
So I’m doing it now!
We had a bunch of activities lined up, but the first one up was Breakout real life escape game.
What is that, you wonder? Below is the description from the BreakOut official website:
BreakOut is a Real Life Escape Game provider in Singapore, offering themed rooms to players who enjoy the challenge of playing escape games in a physical environment. Real Life Escape Game is the latest global phenomenon that has taken the gaming world by storm, with more and more players experiencing the simple thrills of escaping from beautifully designed concept rooms.
Taking on the role of the main characters in the story, you and your teammates have to work together to find clues, solve puzzles and navigate yourself out of a locked room that you are trapped in, while beating the clock!
BreakOut’s themed rooms are for everyone. You don’t have to be a puzzle geek to play! At BreakOut, we do not believe in testing your IQ with out-of-the-world MENSA puzzles, but rather, we use everyday items to challenge players to be observant of surroundings and to think out of the box. Our mission is to make this alternative form of entertainment the perfect way for you to have some excitement and fun with your friends, family and loved ones. Our themed rooms are also great for corporate teambuilding events.
BreakOut has 3 themed rooms of varying difficulty – Forever Young(4.5).,The Scientist(4) and Magician’s Secret (5*). We cater to both newcomers and seasoned gamers. You may book online via the booking system, or feel free to call us at 6226 2688 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for any booking enquiries.
We chose the Forever Young room. I don’t have pictures of the room itself because we were asked to lock our bags and stuff in a locker before going in. Cellphones and cameras were not allowed inside.
We were led into a small dark room decorated like a nursery room. A guy went in with inside and gave us a briefing, telling us that should we get super stumped, we could use the phone to ask for clues.
I have to confess that I was really terrible at deciphering clues. I am a mystery book buff and I love solving simple puzzles, but this was somehow beyond me. My teammates managed to crack some clues, but it still wasn’t enough, so I begged to phone for help. We did this for two or three times LOL.
The funny thing was, when we got to the end, we had already unlocked the door three times without even knowing it, until we called for help and they told us. Haha.
It was fun!
After that, we found Healthy Organic Vegetarian Food where we had early dinner.
Our SVP is vegetarian, hence the choice. Some of the food was delicious, despite being vegetarian. I mean, I’m a meat lover, so usually I don’t enjoy meals with no meat in it at all, but I liked their food.
My only gripe was that whenever you asked the owner some questions about their food, he would take offence and say, “We have been here for 10 million years! We have good food!” He didn’t really say 10 million, I forgot what the exact number was by now, but he always acted like we were insulting him with our questions when we were not! Geez!
After that we walked into the Ten Dollar Club for some pool and KTV!
The funny thing about my team is that we have different citizenships – Singaporean, British, Australian, Indian, Filipino. So I suggested singing some songs in our own native languages, which all happened to be available in the diverse catalog. It’s weirdly magical.
We sang for four hours, then decided to transfer to yet another place for drinks and light bites.
We had lots of fun conversations in this place.
This was probably the most activity-packed and most fun team outing I have had in Singapore. But if I had fun, it wasn’t really the activities, but the company. I love my team! Best team I’ve had in this company so far!