One of the favourite foreigner spots in Qingdao – The Canvas – recently held a charity event to raise money for a local children’s hospital. This is the same restaurant where we went for the Mexican Party in September, so as you can tell, it’s a pretty fun place! For 100 yuan we were invited to attend and take part in a “Minute to Win It” challenge. It was a pretty decent price for a buffet dinner, a complimentary drink, and lots of fun and games. Each team consisted of four people – our was the Essers and Mosbys united under the team name of “Uptron” (Don’t ask – we had just played a story-making game and that was where this wacky made-up name came from). Justin and I had worked that day so we thought we might miss the start of the action, but when we got there we still had plenty time to eat, relax, and settle in before the games began.
We kept returning to the buffet table to get more plates of food which we ended up putting in the middle of the table and sharing. It was mostly finger foods, but all of it was super delicious, and being pregnant and all I was disappointed when the buffet started to run out of supplies. Hahaha!
We played some card and dice games at our table, all while wearing these super awesome reindeer headbands. We sure were taking every opportunity to get into the party mood, and it was fun having such a good laugh with friends. I had been sick at home for over two months, so it was fantastic getting out of our apartment and not feeling nauseous.
Let the games begin…
We paired up for most of the games, working with our partner to complete the challenge as quickly as we could. There were points for finishing first, and also points for simply completing the challenge in under 3 minutes. In one of the first games I had to balance a cookie on my forehead and then move it down my face, and into my mouth – it looked easier than it was! I really rushed the cookie challenge and only realised later I should have taken my time and at least got the completion points. Oh well – it was fun anyway! We weren’t thinking much about winning, but as the night progressed we noticed that our team’s points were starting to build so Heather and I went to check out the prizes. Third prize was the one we really wanted since it would be easiest, and most enjoyable, for us to share.
We were in for a lucky night – and we won just what we wanted – the third place prize: a bottle of red wine, and four burgers at The Canvas. We made a great team, and had a lot of fun on this evening. Even better than that, we got to be a part of raising money for the local children’s hospital! We haven’t gone to enjoy those burgers yet, but I’m sure we will when we all get back from our winter vacation travels.
We borrowed some of these pictures from the Mosby’s blog, so go have a look at some of their blog posts when you have a chance: The Mosby’s in China.