Friday, June 12, 2009

Great Singapore Sales Challenge

I reached Singapore on the 28Th May 2009 (Friday). After taking a short rest, I went for an interview with the Singapore's New Paper.

Then on the Second day, teams from more than 20 countries arrived. Each group consisted of two members. My partner, Mee Suan,which was a reporter from Malaysia' China Press arrived as well. On the same day, we went for briefing and also a tour around Singapore. This briefing was really important as we need to start to observe and plan our route for the competition.

The rules for this competition was : Each group will consist of 2 members and each group will be given a credit card which worth Singapore Dollar $1000. We were suppose to shop at 4 malls and 1 cultural street. Also, additional $50 will be given for transportation fees. We need to complete the competition within 3 hours. Besides that, there will be a chaperon for each group . The chaperons were not suppose to help us but just to monitor us. At the same time, we will be given a book to stamp. We have to complete certain task at each stop and also to buy at least one item. Also, we must purchase all the 7 categories of items which was listed by the organizers (I.E: Jewellery, Beauty Products, Clothes, House Applicants, stationary, Electrical stuff and products with the "Get Singapore" Sign. The team with the greatest Saving will win $10,000.( I.E: Total difference of normal price and discounted price, for example a watch's normal price is $400 then after discount is $100, so you will save $300).

On the competition day, we all gathered at Marriott Ball Room and there was another briefing. There were 2 categories, one was the international category which consisted of 20 groups from from China, Vietnam, India, UK, Australia and etc. Some of them were super models, medias, actors and actress. The 2Nd category was the local group which consisted of 10 teams from Singapore.

My Group:( Chaperon, Mua and Mee Suan)

With 2 Vietnam's Super Models

After the Briefing, everyone was standing by at the starting point

Taking some pictures before starting

All the medias were busy snapping pictures. As the clock struck 3pm, the competition started.

The 1st mall we decided to go was Wisma Atria. We bought a bag which cost $365 ( Original price: $1080). Then we took a taxi to Vivo City. After that, we took MRT to China town. Then we headed towards Centre Point and Marina Square. (Oh ya, i bought this Diamond ring which cost $400( Original price $1400) in Marina Square.Then from Centre Point we run back to Wisma Atria. ( The video camera man and photographers had to run with us as well.)

One of the task that we have to perform was to calculate the given item's total savings.

In China town, we have to get a traditional chinese wear and wore it throughout the competition.

It was a hot day and undoubtedly we were all sweating like crazy. My partner and I managed to reach back Wisma Atria about 45 minutes before the competition ended. So we decided to use up the rest of the money by buying some clothes which cost $50( Original price $500). However, we faced some difficulties while footing the bill as we over estimated the amount of money inside the credit card. After settling the bill, we quickly rushed towards the end point of the competition. We reached there about 5 minutes before the competition ended. Only 15 teams managed to come back before the game ended. Some teams did not plan to win the competition, hence, they spent their sweet time shopping slowly for the goods that they wanted. Well, my team utilized $1000 and we saved $3500.

After the competition, there was a free massage booth for us to relax.

Around 9pm, the result was announced. The UK team won. They just used $600 and saved $20,000. Really amazing and unbelievable. Being curious, I went to ask them what did they buy. They told me that they bought 10 clothes which cost $50 each and with an original price of $2000 . They even told me that actually one of them was the winner of 2007 Donald Trump Reality show: The Apprentice, whereas the other one was the winner of an Entrepreneur show in the UK. Besides that, they spent one day doing research and planning till 2am. They even came out with a research report which consisted of plan A and Plan B for every outcome that they will face. They proudly told me that they came here to win 1st and not 2nd or even 3rd. I wholeheartedly think that they really deserved to win the competition.

Well, although we didn't win this competition, we still get to keep all the goods we bought.( Hehe, i get to keep the diamond ring=)!!!)


Anonymous said...

excuse me. it's DONALD TRUMP instead of DONALD TRIUMP!!!!!!

Sirius B said...

For someone who studied Law and errr has an MBA, your English is peppered with grammar mistakes. I am totally amazed.

Cindy Khor said...

take it easy sirius and anony, its her blog and people could make mistakes, not every one is perfect. i think it would be great fun to shop around with given cash. and that's a lot of savings you'd made there already.

beauty queen said...

Sirius B I am so sorry, I did not read back and check as I was really tired.I am terribly sorry. Next time, I will be more careful. Thanks for pointing out ya. And Cindy Khor, thanks so much for being so understanding.

Moe Nasrul said...

S'pore aye :D