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The Strategist II


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This post wraps up my experience joining the reality show, The Strategist II, produced by Exquisite Magazine.

Had a glimpse into the real working world. Things really get dirty, they don't seem as nice. People can be 2-faces, they are straightforward and in-your-face. Whether you can take it or not and whether you survive, it's up to you, what I would call the survival of the fittest. Amazingly, I would comment that really, your fate is really in your own hands. Thanks for these 3days of 'human grilling' by our reputable clients/sponsors as well as our 2 business consultants. They have guided us and gave us critical comments. Critical, I repeat. Because they are not nice neither are they very bad. It just helps us improve and I can tell that they are really telling us the truth.

It seems like, day after day, it has became a routine - 3days of starting the day meeting our respective day's clients at their headoffice, heading over to one of our schools to brainstorm ideas and more like solutions with the team(s), basically having to come up with marketing campaign & ending off the day with a sales pitch/client presentation. After the 3 days, we rested 1 day and the following day, we met up again, this time at Raffles Place right a 8am in the morning, for our full group introduction shoot, coupled with prize presentation shoot on the exact same day. Whoa! Worldwind I would say...

Nevertheless, sooooo glad that I've been part of this production, alongside with my favourite team members. Feels good to be able to work together again, ever since Year 1 after we spilt course. To think, we would never ever be able to be in the same group for a presentation. Now, the wish has been granted! So different compared to how we worked in Year 1. Guess we all matured & grew up; Lived & Learnt as the years pass.

Show Briefing @ Lawry's
Where it all started
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Classy. Sweet. Lovely
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They served us sumptuous food snacks, this is what I particularly loved! Could totally pop like 10 in my mouth at a go!
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Jane
Meetup with the Team

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Met them for dinner one of the nights. Bugis, Soup Spoon.
Took 2hours just to come up with a Groupname -.- ohmygod.

We have it,
GUTTZ!
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Samantha & Friends! (New Age Cartoon Series)
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Day 1: On Cheong Jewerelly

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filming starts!

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Client Briefing in the morning

Day 1 - On Cheong
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Head Office, Chinatown

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Heading down to Singapore Poly, first day, for brainstorming and presentation


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Heaps of Fries! :>
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Lunch Break, Brain food Brain juice to keep us awake


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Speech Preparations
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Thankgod for huge whiteboards like this, it makes team brainstorming process much much easier!


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Formal!

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YAY, We conquered Day 1 & even, won the Challenge!

Honestly, all of us felt it was one of the worst presentations we've ever done. Never in my life would I ever do such a presentation. Guess TP trained us well, even with such a 'cui' state ppt, we managed to win. ThankGod, really! It came as a surprise to ALL of us in the group! The win was a huge encouragement for us. We thought 'TP really trained us well. Our bad standard also can win, really not bad alr'...

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Dinner at Bugis Canteen (sucks!) ; Dessert from J-Co.
There's just something special about their yogurt, different from the others. Feels light and very refreshing. I like it!


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Cabbed home with Nicholas in such a stylish cab...
Check out this super cool Taxi figurines' collection! Massive!
I just had to take a picture of it!

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Home Sweet Home!
Day 2: Manulife Financial - Infiniti

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Bras Basah, Head Office

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Early Morning!
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Outside the briefing room
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Inside
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While Waiting...

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#ootd #floral

Today, we headed down to NYP for brainstorming and presentation session...
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Nic & I just had to walk ard their big big school so we took a mini schooltour... of their canteens. & mygod! They have really nice food offerings!

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old school delights!

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waffle hotdog, one of my fav pasar malan snacks!
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Lok Lok! Glad for rainy days...

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Chicken Potato Pie
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Chicken Rice Lunch @ NYP
+ Nic & I physically toured the school & their canteens. Practically went on a 'foodtrail' and bought a feast back

Brainstorming Process...

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My love, whiteboards! Good for writing down big ideas and the whole team can see and contribute more ideas, yay!

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working really hard on the chio ppt slides!

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Before-Presentation Jitters!
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Presentation Setting in LT!
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w Mr Wilson Neo, Director of Infiniti

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time for the results!
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YAY DONE WITH DAY 2!
Didn't win, NYP won. But it's ok it's alright! (; #expected anyways! NYP was good!

Headed down to AMK Hub for dinner. One of my few times at AMK...
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Fish & Co. for dinner!

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the guys :>

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the girls :>

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something like their kids meal. Okay, it's a good sized portion for me. I managed to finish it all up. But really, not worth it. And, I find Mensa's dory fish much nicer. Mensa's way cheaper too. hahaha! #schoolfoodstillthebest!

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Day 3: SingPost



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EAST EAST EAST!
everyday, it gets closer to home. Great! then again, everyday's meeting time gets earlier. thankgod it's in the east or god knows what time I have to wake up!

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filming in process!

The catch to today's challenge: NYP won yesterday's so their advantage is to swoop members of the TP & SP team whereas their team can remain the same!

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somehow we know that we confirm going to split... so I suggested camwhoring first!
#True Enough! #True Story!
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while they were deciding who to swoop, we went down to have waffles for breakfast!

I felt their advantage to be much better than ours, ours was to cut off 8mins from an opponent team. Any normal saint human being would realise that it wasn't any advantage to us man, it's just like being a bitch and being mean to the others like giving them a disadvantage. tsk, so I felt that NYP's advantage was much better la! Then again, it's just a game, in name of fun, so doesn't really matter. #justsaying

The final verdict: So anyways, I got swooped with Lester. I went over to the SP team. I was fine with the swoop, just that... I was really looking forward to presenting with my TP team because today is homeground and it feels better to present with TP team in TP itself, you know that feeling! +plus Jane was saying: 'AH I thought could present with you once agin in TP before we graduate.' So true man! Ever since Year 1 we split, we have never ever presented together as a group in TP anymore.

Having said that, the swoop was a blessing in disguise... (;

& as mentioned, today, it's BACK TO SCHOOL! Feels good to be 'back home', back to TP for the brainstorming session and presentation.

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with the SP guys team...
Wasn't awkward cause at least for the past 2days, we have been talking as friends already. Very friendly competition this time round, which is good!
We could work quite well together. The guys have the academic structure, whereas I have the ideas. My ideas combined with their add-ons, we were really good to go! Very Very Excited to present that day, I swear!

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Mensa for lunch, just had to!

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Check out the cute black ribbons on it. My first time wearing cause for formal presentation in school at stake, I didn't want to risk my marks - getting marked down for the ribbons. haha

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What a coincidence, we wore almost the same colour clothings!

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#aftermath

Dinner opposite school, finally TP can play host to the rest!
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Dinner with the other teams afterwards, opposite school

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Back in Action on Friday,

OPENING INTRO & CLOSING VIDEO + PRIZE PRESENTATION CEREMONY

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Raffles Place, Corporate Theme Shoot

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Professional Makeup, did it right smack in the middle of busy Raffles Place! Throwface, but whatever. #onceinalifetimeexperience

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Different Faces!

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Headed down to Cine for lunch with the entire group...

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After lunch, the guys went to watch the Titans movie...

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Jane & I went shopping as well as to decorate a 'Thankyou' cake from The Icing Room!

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Reception & Mingling

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Served with wonderful yummy snacks & desserts, sponsored by Lawry's

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TP & SP

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Prize Presentation!
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Presented the Cake...

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everyone wants a shot of it! yay!
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& finally, the official Cake-Cutting ceremony...

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To all who have made this possible,

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Mr Eren Cheng, Producer

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Consultant
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Host, Edmund Chen
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Sponsor, Infiniti Group

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Sponsor, Singapore Post

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Michelle, Make up Artiste

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Ms Boots + Ms Flower~
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The Girls!

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The whole group!


YAY OUR BIG PRIZES!!!

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Dinner @ Canto Paradise Inn

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Ending Shot

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