Happiness Isn’t Enough, I Demand Euphoria!

Written by: Jo Yeoul (19-A2) and Chong Tien Ee (19-E3)

Designed by: Jo Yeoul (19-A2)

For this edition of Euphoria, our team set out to play some games and take note of some very memorable events and record them down as a digital reminder of the things which happened on that day. To kick this article off, we have some game reviews which our very own members have rated and given their own personal opinions on. Let’s have a look, shall we?

Game 👏 reviews 👏

Game #1. Tic-Tac-Toe Relay

This particular game was the first pit stop for my class as it gave us a first taste of what Euphoria would bring for us. Its creators took a rather rudimentary game and turned it into an intense face- off against our fellow classmates. Tic-Tac-Toe, a game that usually involves strategy and is a rather slow-paced game, has been evolved into speedy rounds that require speed as well as quick-thinking in order to outsmart your opponents. The gauntlet has been thrown as as a twist has been added to the game – one is able to swap out their own piece with their another of their own. Overall, a clever addition to the list of games played in Euphoria.

Difficulty: 3/10

Creativity: 6/10

Enjoyment: 6/10

Practice for shuttle run: 4/10

Game #2. Dog and Bone

Picture this: twenty teenagers flopping about in a shelter in Labrador Park, all quite determined to fetch a slippery water balloon all whilst looking rather dignified. Were you able to? Well, I certainly could not. The participants of the Dog and Bone game must have been a sight to behold to onlookers but that did not deter them from having a load of fun!

Difficulty: 3/10

Creativity: 6/10

Enjoyment: 7/10

The Occasional Slapstick :10/10

Game #3. Alphabet Train

A flock of students brisk walk and sometimes break into a jog. They carefully scrutinise the menus of the various food stalls in the hawker centre. The customers of the hawker centre think these students must be rather hungry and are on the hunt for their next meal as they quietly observe from afar. A student stops, eyes scan the menu of a particular food stall before urgently gesturing to her friend. The pair take a step closer to the stall, appearing as if they are about to order food before… spinning away and racing in the opposite direction of their meal.

Ah . . . it appears that these students are playing the “Alphabet Train” game. The game is played in pairs and the first pair is expected to find a name of a food that starts with the alphabet the facilitator gives them. The second pair then has to find a food that starts with the last letter of the previous pair’s food. The game carries on until everyone has played, hence the name “Alphabet Train”.

Difficulty: 4/10

Creativity: 7/10

Enjoyment: 6/10

Knowing your ABCs: 3/10

Game #4. Say Cheese!

Have you ever looked at a cool photo while scrolling through Instagram and thought, “Wow, that looks really cool, but I don’t have enough people around me to take such photos,”? Well, this game provided us introverts with the chance to take unusual group photos with our classmates as we made flimsy attempts to recreate popular pictures which were being circulated online. As cheesy as it may sound, it was important for us to not lose focus while playing this game!

Difficulty: 4/10

Creativity: 7/10

Enjoyment: 6/10

Coming into contact with peers: 7/10

Whoo! New photo for Instagram!: 7/10

Game #5. Starchy-Face

If you have ever participated in any of the orientation games as a Eunoian, it should be acknowledged that corn starch seems to be a common favourite among the game planners in our school. Imagine having to crawl on your bare palms as your friend grabs hold of both your legs, only to plummet your entire face into a mountain of cornstarch as you bite your way through to chomp on pieces of hard crackers and bitter gourd! Well, you know what they say, nothing is impossible on this earth – and so was this game.

Difficulty: 8/10

Creativity: 7/10

Enjoyment: 4/10

Enjoyment for those not playing: 8.5/10

Messiness: 8/10

Team work: 9/10

Knees weak, arms are heavy, there is cornstarch on his shirt already: 10/10

Game #6. Awkward Twister

Ah, not much description is required for this universally recognised game! Except, this version had a rather wet surprise for us as the game masters ruthlessly sprayed us with plastic water guns while shouting out, “Right elbow on green! No sitting down!”, and all of us sort of slipped around the rather cramped game mat to find an unoccupied green circle.

Difficulty: 8.5/10

Creativity: 3/10

Enjoyment: 5/10

Flexibility required: 9/10

Sweatiness: 7/10

Game #7. Farmer’s Dilemma

Unlike the popular riddle where we question ourselves, “did the chicken or the egg come first?”, this required us to rack our brains to figure out which animal or vegetable the farmer is supposed to carry over to the river first, while completely ignoring the fact that really, what was this man going to do with a goat, a single head of cabbage, and a wolf..? Apart from that, this game required some students to channel their inner acting skills to take on the roles of a farmer, a goat, a wolf, some cabbage and two single-seater boats.

Difficulty: 5/10

Creativity: 4/10

Enjoyment: 7/10

Googling speed: 8/10

Do you even lift?: 7/10

Game #8 . Unstable Sandcastle

The Unstable Sandcastle was the game which we were about to play one last time before the much anticipated rave-session during Euphoria. Armed with colourful plastic pails, some empty and some filled with salt water, our classmates had to build half-hazardous sandcastles to hide a single paper card in the depths of the sand grains. Shortly after, we had to run around to pull out strips of plastic from the waistbands of our peers to eliminate them and kick away recklessly to tear down the several sandcastles which others have spent minutes building.

Difficulty: 3/10

Creativity: 7/10

Enjoyment: 7/10

Sand in my Sandals (SIMs): 10/10

Although these games were fun and all, we should never forget to be always inspired to be life-long learners and find the educational aspects in everything we do. Hence, here is a bipolar survey which was conducted during the last part of Euphoria in Sentosa.
(Note: A bipolar survey is where a set of criteria is rated on a scale of -3 to 3)

tableTotal score: +1

 

Other comments: Truly, Euphoria lived up to its name, One (+1) Last Time!

All in all, it is safe to say that Euphoria 2019 was a brilliant way for the batch of J1s to get together as an entire cohort to bond with each other for the last time before saying goodbye to 2019, and welcoming the brand new year which lies ahead of us. As crazy as it may sound, another 365 collective days have passed us once more in a blink of an eye. As such, The Origin* hopes that Eunoians were able to put their books and assignments aside, and made some unforgettable memories with friends through this event. With that, enjoy your holiday, and we hope to meet you all again, all fresh and re-energized for 2020!

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