Chinese New Year Celebration and Games Night - Feb 20 2010.
The evening of fun and games kicked off with a Lion Dance. The mystery dancers impressed us with their fancy footwork and skillful manipulation of the eyes, ears and mouth of the lion head. The beat for the lion dance was supplied by our resident drummer, Ben.
After the Lion dance, it was time for the best dressed competition. The three people judged to be the best dressed of the evening were Zac, Nic and Laura...congratulation to the three of you!
The games nighted started in earnest with the crowd favourite 'On the Bus'. The game was played at a fast and furious pace with little quarter given despite age or size.
Next up was the sliding chair, the aim is to deny the person standing in the middle of the circle of chairs a seat by moving into the empty seat. Sounds simple but was a lot harder than many anticipated. Tim has to be congratulated for his enthusiasm in trying to get a seat, he literally threw his body into the game and came close to knocking a few participants off their chairs!
For a change of pace and in recognition of Chinese New Year, it was time for the rice and chopstick competition. 3 teams were challenged to use a pair of chopsticks to pick up raw rice and put it into a cup. Of the three teams, one was disqualified for cheating (better luck next time Danny), one got about 3 grains of rice in their cup and the winning team had about 30 grains of rice in their cup.
The pace was quickened again with the bat and balloon game. The competitive juices were running high and more and more restrictions had to be introduced to curb the violence and rough play (try anger management classes Michael). The orange team wiped the floor with the white team, easily defeating them. The score will remain a secret to minimise the humiliation.
A new category of games was introduced. It was time for PT (Physical Training). The first game involved endurance and the ability to fight through the pain. Ben demonstrated a Pilates position and the winner is the person who can hold the position the longest. There was some stiff competition but people started dropping out after about a minute and the only serious contenders left were Jessica and Ron. His years of military training became evident as he never wavered from the pilates position and was rock solid. Ron held this position for over three minutes. He even got a congratulatory kiss from Aileen.
The final test was the push up competition. Everyone started well but most were out by the 10th push up. At the 40 mark there were only 2 serious competitiors left, Rod and Zac! Zac was the eventual winner with 51 pushups and Rod finished with a highly commendable 45 pushups...who said surgeons were wimps? (Ben).
The evening finished with the balloon stomping game and Ron cleaned up in this event as well!
What a great evening, can't wait for the next one!
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