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The Forgotten Temple Review

Have you ever played any escape games before?

If not, you should! In boring old Singapore, it is one of the activities that breaks the mould of watching movies / singing karaoke / bowling and blah blah blah.

Escape games started out as digital games, either online or on portable devices. Basically, you are locked in a room and you will have to find clues and tools to aid you from escaping.

I first found out about real escape games when ‘The Real Escape Game’ came by. But that involves mostly sitting in a room with others and solving puzzles one after another with minimal movements.

That was when I craved for real escape game ala the ones like you played online, being locked in a room and having to scrounge for tools to break out.

Then one day, by chance, at Clarke Quay, I was handed a flyer by an employee of the newly opened LockDown.sg. I was ecstatic in finding out that they provides THE REAL escapes games I was looking for!

And I never turned back.
Or return to ‘The Real Escape Game’.

After breaking 5 of their rooms, only 1 of which I failed at breaking out (with only the 2 of us, we made it until the very end till our lack of music talent betrayed us), I completed all of their games and was on other companies escapes games, trying to find one of which matches the calibre of LockDown.sg rooms.

One thing about LockDown.sg is that their rooms are always not what they seems. The answer to solving some of the puzzles may be just right in front of you (I learned that the hard way) so it teaches us to think out of the boxes.
You also get to solve multiple puzzles at any one time instead of a linear format in which you have to solve puzzles one by one.
And there are always hidden rooms. ALWAYS. (Well… Apart from 1 room..)

So when they announced that they are adding rooms and changing up the old rooms and having new games, imagine my joy!

Which finally brings us to the main point of this post.

The Forgotten Temple is one of the newest room made available to LockDown.sg.

Taken from LockDown.sg site :
Archaeologists claimed to have discovered an ancient temple that has been forgotten for centuries. All the tomb raiders are now trying to locate it but you seem to be the first to find it after a long search. Will you be able to find any treasures before the others reach?

I rate the difficulty level to be around 3 – 3.5 stars depending on your experiences in playing in escape games.

Suitable for 3 – 8 players but I would recommend around 4 -5 players as too many cooks will spoilt the broth. The room is not too big so having too many players around will only hinder one another. The puzzles are not to the level where you would need more then 3 brains to solve.

We solved it with a group of 4 with 2 calls for hints.
(Only 1 call was really a cry for help, the other was just a misunderstanding on our part)

The first thing you would think once you step into the room is that it is beautifully designed! The walls, the flooring, the furniture are all close to the theme of an archaeology dig site or a forgotten temple, even if it’s a bit of a modern one.

They had also incorporate new gameplay that uses technology in way that amazes me! I had not had so much fun in playing an escape game in such a long time!

It’s not just puzzles, you need to use some strength and also there are things that test your coordination and memory as well.

Being an escape room, obviously I can’t spoilt you with details but rest assured that this is one room you need to experience!

It also seals the fact the LockDown.sg has some of the best escape rooms ever!

Check them out now : http://lockdown.sg/

2015 Trip to Japan : Day 4

Welcome to the last part of the Travelogue!

Sorry for putting this off for about… I’m going out on a limb and say 6 months.

It is cause this last part is so choke full of activities that is going to take a while to write and that turns me off a little.

But having the trip up in about 2 months forces me to complete this otherwise I cant start on the newest one and I promised you that it is going to be a BLAST.

Oh and I am going to Japan to study for a year in April 2017.

 

Fuji San, Berries pickings & more!

This is the day of activities after the mild last 3 days.
It was the day to do all those things they wanted and just so happens that the places of activities are within train distance of each other.

We woke up nice and early and started making our way towards Fuji San, a place my dad really wanted to visit. Apparently its the only thing he heard about Japan.

And to get there we have to head to Otsuki to change to Fuji San station.

At the time of planning, I showed my dad a few trains to Mt.Fuji and he became fixated on this old rustic looking train called Fuji Tozen Densha. So, in order to fulfill his wish of riding it, I reserved 3 seats beforehand (you would need to do this to secure a seat otherwise one might not be available). So my dad is really looking forward to this trip.

We got to Shinjuku and got ourselves some breakfast before taking the rapid train.

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Our train!

I brought along onigiris as snacks to much on.

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Yum.

There were slight panic as I thought we overshot but it just turns out to be a rare occasion where the train is behind it’s schedule.

We got off and was hurried along by the crowd, all whom were heading towards the same destination, to the boarding platform of our next train.

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My dad and his dream train.

It was quite pretty inside.

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Special tickets.

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Train Station Master in action.

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The feels of the interior!

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Best shot of the controls without sneaking in.

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Laying around for everyone.

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There’s even a Thomas themed train!

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On along our merry way

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Brought some souvenirs. The drink’s just ramune.

A guide will be explaining but its all in Japanese so I don’t remember much since I lost focus to the gorgeous scenery outside.
She’ll also bring along a photo board with the day’s date for a photo-op for everyone onboard.

Annnnnnnnd……

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FUJI SAN.

God is being kind to us! Fuji San can be seen clearly from all 360!

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They stopped at Mitsutouge for photo-taking. Since we took plenty of Fuji San, we decided to take the train instead!

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Cheese! The train station master took that for us.

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So we took one of him!

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And it’s time to get off.

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We spotted this baby and decided to take this over to Kawakuchiko after our berry picking.

Strawberry Picking!!

I reserved over the phone and the person-in-charged said that it would be easier to reach by car so we grab a taxi to go!

Once we reached the area, the taxi driver is kind enough to ask if we need a ride back as well. It was a rather deserted area so we said yes. He looked happy, must have been a slow day.

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After a slight briefing, we were shown the row allocated for us to pick and with our scissors in hand, we charged!

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All your bases are belong to us!!.

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Tools for war.

There were about 7 kinds of strawberries and you definately can spot them in either terms of looks or taste, though almost of them tastes quite mild.

The taxi came right on time when it’s the time for us to leave.
And yes, God is looking out for us!
The next train to Kawakuchiko is the train we wanted to ride!

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This is almost becoming a theme pack. Everything’s Fuji San!

We are heading towards the Kachi Kachi Ropeway so we boarded the retro bus, a cute looking small red/yellow bus that loops around the entire area. Do pay attention to the timings though!

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In we go!

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Here!

The reason I choose the ropeway is so that we can have a nice and unblocked view of Fuji San. And that who can resist climbing up Kachi Kachi mountain!

Seriously, those that have not read that folk tale should read it now. It’s macabre in a cute way.

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The only way left is up.

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Tanuki: My..My mudboat is sinking!!
Rabbit: MUHAHAHAHAHAHA. Serves you right!

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Our Tram!

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The Top

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You would think it’s high enough. Apparently not.

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View coming soon!

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I did say I got the correct spot for Fuji San watching.

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Rabbit: You’re hurt, aren’t you? No worries, just let me put some smoothing balm on you…
Tanuki: IT BURNSSSSS!!!!!

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And there is actually a shrine for this revenge-seeking rabbit…

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2 Stone rabbits guarding their shrine. Don’t anger them..Or else you’re the next Tanuki!

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Another shine for fate.

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They are selling these dangos and I can’t resist!

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Look! They even stamped Fuji San onto the dangos!

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Where I got my dangos.

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Remember the ‘Fate’ shrine? You can get 2 stones for ¥100 and if you can throw those stones into the middle of the loop, something will happen I guess…

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Tanuki: What’s that ‘kachi kachi’ sound?
Rabbit: Oh that? That’s the Kachi Kachi mountain! If you heard the sounds, it meant that the mountain is near!
*Continue striking the rocks to set fire*

After that bit of sight-seeing, we headed down the mountain once again and waited for the retro bus to take us back home.

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Since we’re waiting anyways, we went inside and got some omiyages. They sells cookies based on Fuji San.

What did I tell you about the theme park likeness?

After waiting for a while (REALLY. Pay close attention to the time-table), the bus came and we begin to head back to Tokyo.

CRABS

My parents wanted crabs so I have to find them some. We went to Kani Doroku, a crab chain restaurant.

I’ll let the food speak for themselves.

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It’s kani miso.

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THIS IS SO GOOD.

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Thought I would show the signboard.

After that really really really scrumptious dinner, we walked around to burn it all off.

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That’s it really.

What’s left is only to travel back to Narita Airport the next day and say a teary good-bye to Japan.

But no worries, I’ll be back soon this year in July!
DISNEYSEA, HERE I COME!!

And I’ll sign off with one last picture.

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My delicious meal on the train heading towards Narita.