Village Singapura: Team Building Activities in Singapore for L’Oréal Lancôme
On 2nd February 2016, participants from L’Oréal Lancôme were absorbed in an exciting Village Singapura experience, against the backdrop of a relaxing retreat amidst lush greenery, The Swiss Club. Along the journey back to 1890s Singapore, participants not only relieved nostalgic moments, strong bonds were forged and they were brought closer to one another in the process.
1. The Swiss Club, Singapore
Established in 1871 by Mr Otto Alder and his friends, The Swiss Club is one of the most historic clubs in Singapore, and one of the oldest here. When the Club just started, it was called the Swiss Rifle Shooting Club of Singapore, a place where shooting enthusiasts gathered with their rifles for shooting practices in the forest at Balestier Road. Not only the Club was a place for shooting, it was also home to many people, and also a meeting point where friendships were forged.
Having a rich cultural heritage and active social life, the Swiss Club encompasses people from all over the world, and is also home to the German, the Dutch and many others.
At such a wonderful and relaxing location, the Village Singapura experience now begins!
1. At the Indian Spice Store
Back in the olden days, Singapore was an important trading port on the spice trade route where Indian traders brought over highly sought-after spices such as turmeric, cumin and other Indian spices. Till now, these spices are still used extensively in many cuisines due to their significant taste and smell.
At this station, Villagers got the chance to feel and smell the various types of Indian spices such as cumin and cinnamon, common in Indian dishes and even other cuisines. Also, at this Indian spice store, participants got to create recipes using these fragrant spices.
2. Be a Chapteh superstar!
Similar to China’s Jianzi (毽子), chapteh dates back to 5th century BC China and was used to train men in the military, as well as for Shaolin monks in the Tang Dynasty. Locally, “Chapteh” is thought to be of either Malay or Hokkien origin and is also known as “Sepak Bulu Ayam”, translating to “Chicken Feather Football” in English.
At this station, Villagers were first taught simple techniques to kick the chapteh and there after, were left to try out kicking on their own. The Villagers soon realized that it was easier said than done, as it was challenging to constantly kick the chapteh and prevent it from hitting the ground. However, after much perseverance and excellent team work, the Villagers overcome this challenge and got the hang of kicking the chapteh. The Villagers sure had a lot of fun playing this simple game and it certainly brought back many childhood memories!
3. Make Chinese Paper-cutting
Chinese paper cutting has always been a symbol of good wishes and good hopes for health, longevity and happiness. They are also referred to as “chuang hua (窗花)”, which means “Window Flower”.
During this mission, Villages were taught how to cut out Chinese characters “shuang xi (囍)”, meaning double happiness in English. Such paper cuttings are common in weddings as they are believed to be auspicious, bringing eternal happiness and bliss to the families of the bride and groom. Great team work was exemplified as Villagers patiently helped to guide one another with the cuttings, to ensure that intricate patterns of the paper-cutting were properly created.
3. Village Drama-Mama
In this highly anticipated segment, Villagers had to brainstorm for ideas and come up with a 1-2 minute skit, acting out a scene of setting up a mama-shop back in the olden days Singapore. Cards with information about Singapore’s history were also given out to participants for them to have a better understanding of Singapore’s past so as to better create their plot for their skit. It was definitely a fresh and fun experience as participants came up with creative story lines and dressed each other up as famous historical characters such as Sang Nila Utama and Sir Stamford Raffles. Also, each team had to come up with a one-of-a-kind Village pose for a group photo. Villagers were totally immersed in their characters from the skit and they sure had fun experimenting with creative poses together as well!
As the event drew to a close, participants of L’Oréal Lancôme were drawn closer to each other. Happy memories were created through this Village Singapura experience and strong bonds were fostered. It definitely was an unforgettable experience for the participants!
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