I received an email invite from Viviamo! Inc. last week to pre-register at the 5th Belle De Jour Power Planner Fair and join the scavenger hunt this year. Chelsea from the BDJ Team reminded in the follow-up email that participants must arrive 15 minutes before the start of the event at 10AM.
Every Bella was anticipating the coming of this day! Belle De Jour Power Planner Fair and Scavenger Hunt 2013 was held at the SM Mall of Asia Music Hall. Activities posted were: the launching of the 2013 Belle de Jour Power Planner, Navi, Forget-Me-Not notebooks, and the newest Everything is Possible Planner. Other than booths for planners, circling the vicinity were the bungee jumping station, wall climbing station, and booths of other participating brands that gave away freebies to promote their products/services.
2014 BDJ Power Planner
BDJ Brand Partners
BDJ Fair 2013 Map
There were many girls already in queue at the entrance, and I had overheard many conversations about experiences of other girls who joined the scavenger hunt in the previous years. It took half an hour for our pre-listed names to be checked, and we were told to proceed to the briefing area.
On the night before, I researched online to have an idea on how the game works. However, I found scarce resources and so I just prepared myself to be surprised for anything sporty and adventurous. I wore comfortable outfit (T-shirt, pants and rubber shoes), put on minimal make-up and tied my hair up in a ponytail. I left my bag to my mom to avoid hassles; the only thing I carried was my phone (with camera attached).
Belle De Jour Power Planner Fair and Scavenger Hunt 2013
During the briefing, the BDJ staff told us to group into five – either with friends or strangers. I didn’t know anyone so I teamed up with four other bellas who, like me, were first-timers in the BDJ scavenger hunt. We got one another’s names and formed a line. Later, the BDJ staff asked us to count 1-10. All 1’s, 2’s, 3’s and so on had to form a team respectively. So it turned out that the former grouping was just to break the ice, get us organized and meet new people.
I was placed in the fourth group and we were called Team D accordingly. Again, we introduced ourselves before the start of the game and listened intently to the requirements of the challenge.
There was a list defining all the specific instructions that had to be completed in each of the 10 stations. Participants had to perform tasks as specified on the paper and keep the paper until the end of the game. A signature by the BDJ facilitator must be secured after completion of each goal. To set the ball rolling, we had to come up with a team cheer, tie our right feet and left feet together with a yarn and walk toward the first station while yelling the cheer.
Station 1: Follow the leader!
This is a shagidi shagidi shapopo game. Members should fall in line between entrance and photo wall. The faci will give list of steps that the leader should do. 2nd person in line must follow the steps whatever the leader does after the song. The third person in line will follow and so on. If one girl missed out the steps, the group will start from the top.
I volunteered to be the leader and performed random steps such as clapping, jumping, etc. The goal was for everyone in the group to perfectly do the steps and we finished this quickly.
Station 2: Where’d Gertie the Goat Go?
Participants will have to locate Gertie the Goat (a paper-mache) in a booth, take a photo with it, and upload the photo on Instagram with the caption “I love dessert for the skin!” and hash tags #TheCreamFactory and #WheresGertie.
The Wi-Fi Internet connection in the mall was too slow so we had to wait a while for the photo to be uploaded online and show it to the faci.
Station 3: Make me a masterpiece!
Pick a card from the faci. Make a picture of the scene you picked and shout “We would love to go to the Subic Grand Seas Resort” while freezing for up to 10 seconds for the tableau.
We picked the Jet Ski card. Some of us posted as the seawater waves and others acted as if they were riding on a jet ski.
Station 4: Think backwards.
Participants must recite the alphabet backwards and shout “ZA” once done.
There were only two of us who recited Z-A but our performance was accepted anyway.
Station 5: Let’s share happiness.
Look for a happy group of friends (minimum of three people) and bring them to the BDJ Timeline area. Have a group picture with the happy group you bring and give the balloons tied in your hair to them while saying “Let’s share happiness. Make it happen this 2014!”
So we went to the registration area not far from the BDJ Timeline area and convinced three girls to come with us to accomplish the goal. Luckily, they were also supportive of us and we thanked them afterwards.
Station 6: Be part of our community.
One member from your team should create or update his/her account in the BDJ community/BDJ Planner Site in the liking booth. While updating, remaining members of the team should yell their cheers facing the booths continuously until updating of account is done.
OMG. Internet connected really sucked. There were so many steps in creating an account and we didn’t know what to update in the account. The faci ended up telling us that liking their FB page was okay.
Station 7: You’re more beautiful when you’re wearing it.
Pop five balloons by sitting on them to find a paper inside. Read the riddle aloud and tell your answer to the faci. Draw the correct answer on the balloons placed on your head using sharpie markers.
I’m terrified of popping balloons even when I was a kid. So definitely, I could not contribute to the task except for answering the question. It was something like the thing that brightens a day: smile. We wrote personal messages on the commitment wall and proceeded to the next station.
Station 8: Play with me!
Assemble the hula hoop pieces. When done, two members from the group will do the hula hoop challenge while the facilitator will ask you three questions. The group must answer the BDJ questions correctly. If the hula hoop fell on the ground and you haven’t given the answer yet, five members from your team must perfectly do a five-second hula-hooping.
I do hula hooping as a great workout for my abs regularly at home, so I instantly came forward to be one of the two hula-hoopers to help the team. Because the hula hoop was made out of plastic (not the heavy-duty one I’m accustomed with), I had to put more focus on the spinning and rhythm of the hoops.
Station 9: We are all connected!
Make 2 Roxy bracelets for your team and take a group picture showing your bracelets. All participants from the group must pass under the limbo rock bar.
Instead of bracelets, we made key chains as the instruction was changed a bit. It was hard to insert the beads into the string to create a fun piece of accessory! 😯
Station 10: Give happiness!
Invite 3-5 shoppers or persons outside the fair area that will complete the pledge “I will share happiness this 2014!” and take a photo at the commitment wall.
We ran outside the fair and persuaded five people to get inside the BDJ activity area to pull off this second to the last task. And we were down to the last one…
Team must yell your cheer then shout “Let’s make it happen…BDJ Fair 2013” and take a last group picture at the photo wall.
We were finally done in 1.5 hours. We didn’t win the scavenger hunt and actually landed on the eighth place, but we had tons of fun. Consolation prizes given consisted of a BDJ Forget-Me-Not journal, a pink pen, some fliers and beauty product samples in a loot bag. Unexpectedly, I didn’t get tired at all but got perspired. And that was a good thing. Whew! 😛
All BDJ fair attendees got first dibs on the Belle De Jour Event Planner 2014 for only PHp 480 (SRP PHp 589). Mom and I visited the booths and won prizes as well. We left at lunchtime and did not anymore attended the talks in the afternoon.
I would love to join again next year. See you, maybe! 😛
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