It's all about experiencing mental and physical challenge amidst the wonderful backdraft of majestic mountain view, the windmills of Pagudpod, Baguio's high altitude winding roads, rappelling through mountains, buildings and walls, even biking through the busy street of the metro to go from one check point to the other.
I haven't been hearing much about Adventure Racing lately, so, imagine my surprise when Scribe, the event sponsor of the Planner Community that I am in, suddenly decided to do a Scavenger Hunt / Adventure Race in the mall we were in (SM Aura).
We were given one map per team, a yellow envelope with a clue that leads us to the first CP (checkpoint) and were instructed to bring our notebook / journal, The Hobonichi Techo.
|The team showcasing the Traveling Hobonichi PH's first entry.|
2) Doddle of each members and characteristics
3) A team mantra
What a way to document the day! I also am keeping the map we used.
It may not be The Marauder's Map, but this took us to places unexpected, challenging us to go beyond ourselves to complete the task as a team!
|First ever entry for the Traveling Hobonichi PH|
This is the end product of the team that weaved through the weekend Aura crowd, and security checks as we hunted for clues
|Not quite Check point 1 LOL|
The first challenge was to the place where we started and look for something colorful.
Initially, we all thought, it was the registration booth.
After seconds of hunting, we realized that, we have to move on and find it elsewhere -- we were required to do a selfie in each stop -- here, was the "Colorful" Koi / Zig table attempt, still not the right one -- off to the next!
|Check point 1|
CP # 1
We were required to make a team logo using ALL 5 COLORS.
|Check point 2|
The team figured, it's the escalator -- we did not expect it to be the next level up, and the escalator was full.. so.. we ran up the stairs!
First shot was a fail, since the admin was not included... but here goes.. (Yup! we ran up THOSE stairs)
|Check point 2 with Helen|
We were tasked to create and write a quote about travel in our Hobonichi.
"Traveling is fun with friends" was quickly scribbled and off we went to the next!
|Checkpoint 3 with Rej and Ellie|
We were running down the stairs to look for the next checkpoint, when we realized that the "place where children play" is actually in the opposite direction!
The Skypark, the mall's rooftop garden, was the next CP. Admin Rej and Ellie.
|Check point 4 with Karen|
From the rooftop, the next clue was to go to a place where you can find the smallest mammal with biggest eyes.
Admin Karen was waiting for us.
We were tasked to create a Team Mantra, write it down in the Hobonichi and shout it out "NO HOARDING, JUST USING" , doesn't make sense?
Well, after going up and down the stairs (instead of the escalator), evading security guards and doing all these crazy stuff, what does?
|Not quite Check point 5|
From ground floor, we ran up the stairs to Aura's 3rd Level back to the event area.
Admin Michelle was wondering what the fuss is about, when, suddenly, a realization came.
One more level, and we're bringing home the bacon!
After the final task, as documented here. We were tasked to deliver a box to the event grounds.
What's in the box?
You guessed it -- The Traveling Hobonichi!
We were then tasked to design the first page as a team -- that kicked-off the launch of the first ever Traveling Hobonichi, Philippine Edition <3
The experience had most of us realize what we need to improve on for ourselves.
For me, I need to be more consistent with my workouts. For others, they realized that they need to find ways to go back.
We all realized the importance of how teamwork can bring us together to reach a goal (Congratulations to the team!), and how important it is for us to be equipped for the role entrusted to us.
It's all all about knowing what's important to you.