A luxurious residence neatly tucked away amidst lush greenery, scrumptious Thai delicacies and picturesque beaches – Mutant’s offsite trip to Phuket in February turned out to be simply “unphugettable”.
After an eventful 2018, Mutants from our Singapore and Malaysia offices convened in Thailand to conclude the year – and kick off 2019 – with some fun and games, inward reflection, and forward-planning activities.
Our vast private villa in Nai Harn afforded us some incredibly serene views of vast mountain stretches, just minutes from the beach. But while we admired the views and had fun with our private pool (and pool bar!), we also got down to work:
Shark Tank goes to Phuket
This was our first mini-challenge of the weekend, and one of the fastest! Split into teams, we had to choose an everyday object from the villa and pitch it to a board of ‘esteemed judges’ (our senior directors). With only 15 minutes to find and prep for our presentation, this challenge was designed to test our ability to think on our feet and work together.
It was a race against time to find an object, brand it, formulate a target audience, create a tagline, and pull together an entertaining elevator pitch. From toilet rolls to beach towels, the Mutants exalted these basic commodities to Insta-worthy must-haves. Team “Lifeline” emerged as the winner with their “customisable” toilet roll, leaving everyone’s sides split with their humorous presentation and comic timing.
“I got to know so much about my colleagues in this casual setting, and it was great to be teamed up with people that I usually don’t get to work with in office,” said Alyson, our Senior Account Executive.
Mutant’s Storytelling Challenge
On the second day of our Phuket getaway came the main highlight of the trip – the Mutant Storytelling Challenge. We were tasked with selecting an off-beat haunt in the locality, documenting our adventures and conjuring up a short video convincing people why they should visit the chosen location. Over about 5 hours, we had to head out, write scripts, capture all our footage and then head back to the villa to edit our videos and record any voice-overs. Everything had to be condensed into a 2-minute piece, edited to suit a specific audience and presented to all. It wasn’t easy, but our teams got creative and came up with the following:
- Team 1: Get your massage on: Thailand is renowned for its relaxing massages, so what better way to showcase this experience than to go out there and actually get a massage for yourself? While we’re convinced Team 1 chose this in order to nab some massages instead of ‘working’ (yeah, we were onto you guys!) their video from Nai Harn beach and at another massage studio in a strip mall taught us all about the benefits of a traditional Thai massage. The takeaway? You don’t need to go to a fancy resort to experience high-quality relaxation.
- Team 2: Alive with history: Team 2 choose the Baan Chinpracha Museum in Old Phuket Town as their destination of choice, which was one of the last few strongholds of Chinese culture in Phuket. Housed in an ornate century-old property, the museum was unique because of the way it preserved the way Chinese people lived their lives in the heart of Phuket.
- Team 3: #TeamBasic : Team 3 went full-blown hipster with their street focus along Old Town Phuket, dropping into trendy cafes, shopping at off-beat clothing stores and showcasing some Insta-worthy snacks for tourists who want to live their entire holiday via Instagram. Funny and informative, Team 3’s video was a true Millennial masterpiece.
- Team 4: Patong by Day: Patong is one of Phuket’s most notorious haunts each night, but by day the sexy strip paints a very different picture. Through their travels and interesting finds, Team 4 revealed that Patong’s daytime avatar held as much as charm as its nighttime one.
“This collaborative storytelling challenge really tested our soft skills like no other. Some of us approached this challenge from a lifestyle point of view, while others are knee-deep in data, so when we came together to tell a common story, it was bound to be a success,’ said Ian, our Account Manager.
Putting the “treat” in “retreat”
After a day and a half of frenetic activity, plenty of good food and drinks were the only way we could replenish and rejuvenate our weary souls. We bonded over a sumptuous spread of various Thai delicacies, desserts, and cold beers (of course) to wash it all down. Work stresses and hectic schedules were all momentarily cast aside amidst the many, many impromptu pool sessions and late-evening snack-runs.
“We know how to work hard and play hard as well. It was time well-spent,” said Claire, our Graphic Designer.
But alas, it was time to head back to our offices in Singapore and Malaysia. While sad to leave, we departed with great memories of fragrant green curries and sandy beaches with blue skies.
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