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  • Play Lah! Celebrating Singapore's 51st birthday

    This year NDP occasion was highlighted with the Play Lah! Celebration at the Singapore EXPO- an event full of fun and frolic. The event was organised from 6th to 9th August of 2016.

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    About the event

    The sprightful event kicked off in a jolly manner with loads of things to enjoy. It was suited for all age groups and above all entry was free. The organisers made sure that families have one of the best experiences of the year. In fact, the overall aim of the event was to contribute towards family and society bonding. It not only had games and fashion events but also showcased the journey of Singapore to the place it holds today in the world.

    Play Lah! The event was summarised primarily by four zones namely Play Zone, Learn Zone, Eat Zone and Bond Zone.

    The Temporary Tattoo booth

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    Gumtoo is a pioneer in the field of temporary tattoos for events. Our company was honoured with an opportunity to create temporary tattoos for the celebration. The tattoo booth targeted both adults and children.

    The designs were selective. Adults had the option to choose from three henna designs whereas children had two options to choose from. The kids, as well as adults, were quite engaged with the proceedings of the tattoo booth activities.

    The henna tattoo designs customised for adults were fine art. It had an ethnic and classy look and people did flaunt them with subtle confidence. They wore the temporary tattoo on arms , backside of palm and neck  etc.

    The designs exhibited for kids were simple, one was a depiction of the national flag and another one with Play Lah written on it.

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    Image - Stepahine Jennifer from www.everythingis-art.com

    This event was organised under Bond Zone where kids helped their parents apply these tattoos and adults helped the children. Tattoos were primarily applied on arms, hands and cheeks. Kids donned their tattoos with pride and exuberance. The celebration spirit of the people was worth complimenting.

    Other attractions at the event

    Play Zone of 2016 Play Lah! Was bigger than 2015 consisting of sports events like F1 racing, kampong Village, Bounty Castle, Western Train etc. Bounty Castle, Western Train etc. Children were quite enthusiastic and chirpy enjoying these games.

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    Learn Zone was yet another interesting section which aimed at giving interesting knowledge to the people and kids. The national heritage Board and PA water venue are some of the many institutions involved in this interactive learning session.

    Eat Zone gave the visitors a treat of special food picked from the local streets of Singapore. The food was by all heart Singaporean, delightful and cherishable. Children were all in glee and happy with the food and parents were delighted that kids came more near to Singaporean food culture.

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    Bond Zone was the most special event of Play Lah! It focussed on activities which polish the family and society bonding thereby teaching kids to be empathic and humane. Apart from the temporary tattoo booth this zone also featured face painting, craft and recycling activities. The theme of this section was activities’ which kids and adults could do together.

    Overall, Play Lah! Amplified the spirits of family and friends bonding taking the all of us to a new level of fun. The Play Lah! has grown to a larger than life perception and returns every year with much higher expectations and of course the favourite Gumtoo temporary tattoo booth.

    Stay tuned Singapore!

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  • Jingle All the Way: 7 Interesting Ways to Engage Your Employees at Work this Christmas

    This is the season of giving and receiving, of plum cakes and wine and of celebrating the birth of Christ; why then should you not treat your employees to a little holiday cheer at work. Keep them motivated for the next year that would arrive in a week, and show them who the big daddy is? The big daddy cares, and hence a little fun at work with these seven fun activities can do wonders!

    Seven best ideas to choose from

    They aren’t only ideas for fun, but ideas that would help employees think out of the box and help with marketing promos and ideas for your companies’ products and services too. The idea is to treat each employee as a customer; internal customers kept happy, and they would bring in more customers from outside!

    Play Sign up

    Begin now and speak to your IT team at work to set up a small portal (intranet enabled) for the office staff only. Open up a page of HACKS, which educates your employees about the products and services your company makes, and how it could help them shop, save and enjoy a better Christmas. Throw in daily deals and alerts, and encourage them to sign up too. Announce freebies and coupons at the end of the season, and let the rest keep waiting with baited breath for the bumper prize on Christmas.

    Hide Christmas stockings around nooks and corners

    Not a word to mention, but do get your housekeeping team to fill in stockings with notes (small chits which has prizes quoted on them). Hang these precious stockings in various colours across the workplace- at lunch when most are unaware and for 5 minutes only, announce a competition where the employees would have to find a note which says “Santa Claus is coming to town”- the team that finds the stocking first, gets the bumper prize.

    Wrapping lines

    Form two teams at work and make them stand in two snakes lines each. Place two tables for each team. The idea is to watch team work and to encourage team building. Place scissors, glue, paper and marbles on each table. Give each team 20 seconds (per person) to create a paper box with the props given, in which they would fill in 10 marbles (seems impossible). Each box with marbles needs to be delivered to the boss’s cubicle. The box with less than ten marbles would be rejected!

    Play word find

    Use Christmassy tags around the work place- some too big, some too small and some very tiny- place them around the cubicle, the workstation, the cafeteria and the water-drinking area too. Now send out an email with a subtle hint to what you want them to find. The team or individual who gets all ten right, wins a hamper.

    Pose like a diva

    Organize a photo session or a photo booth and ask your team to use props like temporary tattoos and to pose with them. The most creative, whackiest and funniest snapshot goes live and wins a hamper!

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    Christmas memory game

    Divide the office into as many teams as possible and ask them to chant out the number of products or services impromptu your company brought out to the market, acquired or is in the pipeline for 2015! Give them no time to prepare!

    Bake a plum cake game

    Organize two teams and ask them to bake two large enough plum cakes at work (raw materials and resources provided by you) emulating the company’s products and services. The winning team gets a hamper!

    It is but a jolly good season to be engaged and to engage others around in a little pokey fun! While doing so, remember you not only would keep your staff motivated, but would help them think out of the box and market your brand too!

     

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  • 5 Interesting Ways You Can Enchant Your Office Colleagues

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    ‘FUN AT WORK’, who wouldn’t want their little dose of witticisms and plenty of laughter around, while crunching numbers and meeting deadlines! Every self-respecting employee across the world would raise their hands to this idea. And with that being said, as an owner of a prestigious venture or a boss leading a team, keeping your sheep happy, brings in more wool. Here are five funny games that you could play at work, which resonate with team building and interpersonal relationships at work. Read and apply dear boss!

    Who stole my sheep?

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    This is a fairly relative new game which has just started doing the rounds, where there would be two teams respectively. The aim is to create team building while enjoying a BBQ on the office terrace one Friday evening after work- helps bond employees closer. Grab a box of woolen bales, glue sticks and accessories for the eyes, the nose and the tail. Each team in less than five minutes would have to create as many sheep as possible (they are allowed to rob from the other team a finished sheep too) and submit it at the customers’ corner (the boss’s table). Since the woolen bales would be of the same colour, even when robbed there is no telling who robbed how many. The aim is to coordinate and count while production happens, and keep an eye on the miscreant competitor’s ways too.

    Haute couture at work

    Divide the office staff into three or four teams, and hand out old newspaper sheets, cardboard boxes, glue sticks, pins and colorful ribbons. The aim is to dole out stylish gowns to the boss for his daughters first prom. Each team would have a gown each made from the props given and submitted in ten minutes to the boss. Believe us when we say, this is one team building exercise that wouldn’t want to stop.

    Bake a mud cake

    For this you would need plenty of nursery mud, a few earthen pots, plastic hand-shovels and a couple of colorful leaves made from plastic to use as embellishments. Think it is easy to make a mud cake; no it isn’t! Not when it is DRY MUD. The challenge here is to make a DRY MUD CAKE, sans moisture in it and with colorful toppings. Seems impossible but the client’s demands have to be met!

    Play bridal doll up

    Divide the office staff in groups of four, and hand over a box of skin-friendly cosmetic paints to them. Show them four to five exotic bridal make-up photographs of your choice from ethnic pages online and across the world. The models would only be the women in the team, while the challenge falls on the men, and without a word spoken and the women blindfolded, the women would guide the men with hand gestures on applying the motifs and makeup on their face. Time limit would be five minutes per team- impress the boss.

    Lady GaGa at work

    While the party is on, set a theme to that of Lady GaGa and ask every team to speak and communicate with the customer (the boss) only in a song chosen by him or her. Whatever they wish to tell you or ask from you, should be in a line or two from the song chosen by you (only Lady GaGa songs). The idea is to communicate effectively, even though a real-life client may not understand jargons and yet needs your services.

    Here were five funny games that haven’t been played before but would become hits for sure, when everyone indulges in them. The winning team obviously would be honoured with gifts and prizes; mementos galore. And when all is well and happy, there is more productivity too! Have fun!

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  • Corporate Fund Raising Events Need Not Be Boring: 5 Fun Ways to Bring in The Dough

    Hats off and salute to the noble cause of charity and fund raising. While ventures across the world spin trillion and gazillion of green bills each year as a turnover, their commitment to the society at large is well seen and honored. This is why most companies – big and small, indulge in corporate fund raising events and sagas. Should you too plan to do the same, and if your staff isn’t showing much interest- here are five fun ways to get them involved.

    Will style and doll up for fund raising

    The idea is to have corporate employees engage and market various salon services and products to team members they feel never ever like visiting parlors or salons. For a nominal fee, each team can market their services and products (salon based, spa, manicures and pedicures) at the fund raising event to bring in more money for the fund raising! Give them half a day and a counter each to set up their stalls- the more customers they get through their convincing marketing strategies and price points mentioned, the more they earn. The boss gets to check on the earnings and also motivates the team to do better.

    Will cook and bake for the hungry

    Everyone at work or maybe some of us at work are adept with baking and cooking. No wonder during lunch hours Henry and Julie’s tables are a thronging zone for the gang to bask at- their food is the yummiest little present from heaven to relish and talk about. Throw open a baking or a cooking competition; something light and easy which everyone would like to taste. The more food bought by other teams from a particular team, the more money they earn for charity. As a boss, you get to sample and savor each dish and announce the winner!

    Will auction for charity

    We all have knick-knacks and clothing or shoes and accessories at home or in the closet which wouldn’t be en vogue or of any functional use; instead of throwing them off, a good polishing or a touch up would be the best thing to do. Finally have an auction table, and on the lines of a luxe garage sale sell off what is displayed. The proceeds of the same would go to charity. Oh yes, each time the highest bid is given per auction, the team gets into a tizzy and dances to a peppy number.

    Will sing and dance for charity

    So you think you can dance like a swan and sing like a nightingale? It is time to flaunt those talents and in a quirky way, enacting a scene from a horror movie (yes, that is the twist). To watch each of these shows, a nominal fee would be charged- in addition to that, a couple of coupons have to be bought for drinks on the house and a plate of munchies to enjoy. Give this a night, and watch how the money rolls in- gather the families and friends too, make it public!

    Will paper dance for charity

    Paper dance with your favorite colleague, and your boss wouldn’t mind you getting a little cozy with someone special at work as well. Each couple though would have to place a bid. If they lose their predicting bid and are voted out before they assumed they would- the money they placed on the bid would be forfeited and sent into the charity box.

    Here were five fundraising event ideas that are quite fun and nice. The winning team or members would be given a bumper prize, and this is a great way to market your own products and services of the brand or company you represent too!

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  • 7 Quirky Halloween Party Ideas to Keep Your Employees At Work Happily Spooked

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    Who wouldn’t love to work for Ellen DeGeneres ? While most of us do not have the pleasure of being part of the team Ellen heads, let’s be grateful for the lovely bosses and companies we work under and for. So if you are a boss and would like to earn that gratitude, it is time to spook your crazy whacko employees with a little Halloween fun! We don’t really need to explain what Halloween is all about- who doesn’t know about this wonderful holiday. Bring out the ghouls and ghosts, and keep the employees tickled with our seven party ideas!

    7 Halloween spooked up games to play with your colleagues

    Ready or not here we begin!

    1. Play dress up

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    Divide the staff into teams and with names tagged to each team, allowing your employees to forget the suited-booted notes they wear each day and to work as usual with the funniest themed get-ups they can find. You would notice an assortment of characters come to life- Ghostbusters to Charlie’s Angels, Tin Man to Pocahontas, Jack the Ripper to Dr. Who as well, and who knows if Marilyn Monroe would make an appearance or not- an after work fashion party can be held too, with rewards and luxe gifts given to the best!

    2. Play explore the haunt!

    Should you feel your colleagues haven’t appreciated your invitation on dressing up for Halloween or the décor around, send out an IMPORTANT EMAIL announcing a treasure hunt amongst the decorations put up; watch how they scurry and reach out to the deepest darkest corners to find the bounty!

    3. Guess the creature

    At regular intervals, have your MAN FRIDAY send out Halloween Hardcore notes- a note that subtly describes a certain creature, ghost, alien movie, Hollywood celebrity etc, and keep the employees guessing for the next one. The first who answers at least a minimum of 5 from 10, wins a goodie hamper!

    4. Spooky quotes

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    Send out spooky quotes the night before the Halloween work day to all employees via email, and stay quiet about the same. When they arrive, each of them would be given clues to your where about (you shouldn’t be at the workstation areas at all). The first one to reach you in person, sans the use of technological help, wins a hamper!

    5. Blair Witch tapes

    Ask your colleagues to create individual replicas of the Blair Witch tapes using their smartphones. Allocate with the help of the IT team a folder where they could upload their videos. Throw it open to the staff to vote for the best- the winner takes it all!

    6. Play the head waiter

    The idea is to spook the living daylights out of the employees, so ask your catering team to serve their guests with a severed head mask stitched to their shirts and shut the lights off at lunch time in the cafeteria, draw the curtains too. At lunch, let no one stay in the cafeteria (no one from the catering team). Announce a free lunch and gather your employees at the cafeteria, and do as said- watch the fun!

    7. Forbidden words

    As the boss, send out an email that forbids anyone to talk anything about Halloween. Keep your spies around (choose from amongst the colleagues). Make two teams and spies from both teams should help you catch people floundering the rules. Culprits get a bloody-red star pasted on their forehead- the team with the least stars, wins a hamper.

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    We so hope you enjoyed these seven fun games for Halloween, as much as we enjoyed researching and bringing them to you. Do share your ideas too, we love hearing what our readers enjoy! And yes, we can do better than you dear Ellen!

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