Tuesday, January 6, 2009

New Year Celebrations

Before I start this post, I'd like to wish all of you a very happy new year :)

I have been itching to write a post on all that we did but wanted to wait for the pictures as well. Yes my camera ditched me so waiting to collect them from my friends. And I don't know how much longer I have to wait so I have decided to write about it anyways.
We started from Dubai on 31st afternoon and reached the desert camp by early evening. Since it was our first time there (the rest of the group went there for the last 2 years), we were warned that the place has very basic facilities and we should not expect much. But we were pleasantly surprised to find a huge area just for our use, with 10 very neat and clean chalets (all ours). There was a Majlis where we would be partying in the night and a dining hall (for all the meals and tea). There was a swimming pool which we obviously couldn't use because of the cold weather and then there was a separate area for team building activities like a spider web, wall climbing, skiing etc.

Chalets were lined up on one end of the property

The vast area had some well highlighted trees


The Majlis was our playground for all games, fun and frolic

Most of the evening was spent talking with friends, setting up the projector and sound system in the Majlis and general chit chat. This was followed by a barbeque and then dinner. After dinner we all were supposed to get dressed and assemble in the Majlis for our skits!

Much as I was excited about the skit, hubby ditched me last moment :(. He refused to do the skit and well so I just did a karaoke song to cover up. He had had a bad day and I didn't feel it right to push him too much. Rest of the group did some funny stuff. One couple danced on a song, one family did the Gujju thingy in Kal Ho Na Ho (G-U-J-J-U...Gujju...something - it was hilarious!), one family did the Jay Leno show where the wife became Jay, the hubby a guest (as SRK and then as Gabbar Singh) and the son was a rock legend and played guitar. One family did jokes the Goodness Gracious style and the other did mimicry of all famous stars as to how they would record their voice message. Then we all danced and welcomed the new year. This was followed by a bon fire which lasted till the next morning.

1st morning was very relaxed with most people getting up late. Then it was time for the guys at the property to take over. They divided our team into 2 groups (all couples were separated) and each team was taken to play one game. By the time we finished both the games it was evening and I need not mention the amount of rivalries that were created! But in the end, both teams scored equal. Evening again was chilled out with most of the time in the majlis doing karaoke, playing roulette and recollecting the previous day's performances. But the highlight was a quiz organised by one friend. The teams were in action once again and the quiz master had to take care of a lot of accusations ;)! By the end of the day, one team was leading by 2 points.

Next morning was devoted to 2 more games - one was a race on wooden skis which was a lot of fun. We had 5 people on each ski, who needed to coordinate their leg movements in order to lift and move forward. So one person would shout orders left right left right, and the rest would follow. We had to cross a particular path and reach the finish line. The other game was more creative. Each chalet was given a set of 8 captions. We needed to click pictures for these captions in one hour and submit. To give you an idea, here are some captions:

  1. A thumbs up to 2009!
  2. Look overhead
  3. Hum hain rahi pyar ke
  4. Pool dude
  5. If you were attacked by the terrorists

This was great fun not only while shooting but even to review everyone's pictures and voting on the best ones. After all the fun and frolic, we parted finally only after a group photograph!

PS: I will try and update this post with some more pictures as soon as I lay my hands on them.

9 You Spoke:

Cosmic Treehouse said...

It sounds great!!! And a happy 2009 to you too. Can't wait to see the pictures :-)

Renu said...

wow:) what a grand entertainment idea. loved evry bit of it.

Shalom said...

Happy New Year.....may you have a blessed year ahead!!!

The party sounds like great fun....lucky you!

Mumbai Diva said...

oh boy! sounds like loads of fun.

hope 2009 is equally joyous for you.

Reflections said...

So had lots of fun huh...but what happened to the fancy dress stuff u were going to put up....oh the skit & the fancy dress programn is the same thing????

And....Happy New Year!!!!!

p.s: Have I wished u before also- been wishing everybody left, right & centre that I cant remember any more:-P????

Just call me 'A' said...

You sing you sing..wow..i envy anyone who can sing. seems like you had a loads of fun.
happy new year. more more more pictures

Goofy Mumma said...

Wow! Sounds like an amazing time you had. way to go DD. I wonder how I missed this post, since i was so eagerly waiting for it. Please do put up the pics. The games sounded so good. Please do tell me where is this place and what it is all about if you can. A great fun way to start your new year must say.

DeeplyDip said...

@Cosmic Treehouse:Thanks. Have got some pics today so will hopefully update it by tomorrow. BTW I have been unable to access your blog for sometime now. I keep getting an error message...

@Renu: Yes it was good :)

@Shalom: Thanks! This was one of the best New Years we've had in Dubai...

@Mumbai Diva: Thanks and an excellent year ahead for you too:)

@Reflections: Yes wwe had to dress up and then perform a skit...while most people skipped the dressing bit, everyone did a skit for sure...
HNY to you too :). I know even I have been wishing everyone and lost the count! But well a wish is always welcomed...so you can wish me lots of happiness anytime ;)

Yes I do...but how good/bad is for others to judge ;) HNY to you too and more pics coming up in a day or two...

Goofy Mumma: The place is called Tadrib and you can visit their website on www.tadrib.ae. It's a team building location where companies send their people to enjoy and bond with their team members. It was great fun. You must go there in a group if you get a chance...

Mampi said...

wow,
absolute fun..
Great to know you had such wonderful time at the New Year.
May your new year be filled with more fun..

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