Before last weekend, I was already invited to Hillsta Amazing Race twice. But because I couldn’t make it on both days, I thought I would miss this out. In the end, it still worked out for me coz’ the race was postponed haha. I LOVE amazing races!!
Alien came with me for this event (since we have to work in groups). The venue was a tad bit far for the both of us, so we were still drowsy when we reached the Hillsta Sales Gallery:
We were so happy to know that they served us breakfast!!! Hot coffee x tea is a MUST for us these days… And knowing we’ll be running around completing tasks, we really needed that energy boost.
Bloggers were asked to work in teams of two and choose a name for themselves. We’re Alienheads, haha. Each team were then given a survival kit consisting of Oreo cookies, bottled water, packet drinks, game card, Hillsta’s mailer and site map.
We hit the roads at 11.30am!
They kit really did come in handy, especially for traveling around the area and replenishing the fluids in our bodies. There were 6 stations in total. Although teams do not have to complete all stations, but the more stations you cover, it’ll earn you more Hillsta Dollars and thereby a higher chance of winning.
Hillsta Dollars is what we’re given as points for this Amazing Race. Based on each team’s performance at different stations, teams will be awarded different amount of Hillsta Dollars. The team with the most Hillsta Dollars at the end of the race will win $1,500 worth of Orchard Central Shopping Vouchers.
The 6 stations are –
Bukit Panjang LRT
Bukit Panjang Plaza
Teck Whye Food Centre
*Bonus station (which turns out to be the bus stop outside Hillsta)
The challenges are –
1) Crossword puzzle of vendors within Junction 10
2) Spot the differences (difficult!!!)
3) Figuring out number sequence in different languages
4) Reading a passage about Hillsta for 1 min, and having to rearrange the sentences of the passage (tricky!)
5) Find adjectives from Hillsta’s mailer within 2 mins
6) Mental calculation of all the bus stop numbers
Oh haiz, Alien and I worked very hard to earn Hillsta Dollars, but we didn’t win anything at the end. We were even the first team to complete ALL stations and got back to the sales gallery before everyone else.
We had time to walk about in the sales gallery so we went to check out the showrooms.
There are three towers in Hillsta with residential types of Condos, SOHOs and Townhouses. I am loving the pools within the vicinity. Besides the townhouses having their individual pools, there are also many different types of swimming pools and facilities for the residents.
That, is how a Townhouse looks like. Basement garage, individual pool, sun deck, four spacious rooms, two storeys and even a balcony!
I really like the concept of the Townhouse, and I wonder if I’ll ever get to live in a home like that in my lifetime. Haha.
Alien, on the other hand, preferred the SOHO.
SOHO are typically used as offices but Alien is loving the high ceilings. He also especially liked the second floor bedroom concept.
The creative use of interior space has converted the bomb shelter into a photography room.
Plenty of full-length mirrors for camwhoring + creating illusion of a longer body. Lol.
The showroom was very well designed, cozy setting, making us all feel at home.
From what we can tell, Hillsta is really a luxurious hillside residence, suited for those who seek a comfortable and opulent lifestyle.
Hillsta is inspired by the concept of Satoyama – a Japanese term for the bio-verse area on the mountain foothills where people lived in harmony with nature
It is also surrounded by a myriad of entertainment and leisure options – during the race, we walked/ran to all the malls/stations.
For nature lovers, you can visit the nearby Bukit Timah reserve, Bukit Batok Nature Park and Bukit Batok Town Park (aka Little Guilin).
A group photo after the race! And no, the winning team is NOT even in this picture. They left almost immediately after taking the vouchers. Dafuq? They also refused to perform for us (all teams thought of special performances to try to get more bonus Hillsta Dollars), and we witnessed the girl in the winning team being rude to her team mate. Whutttt.
Hillsta Condo is located at Choa Chu Kang, with the sales gallery along Phoenix and CCK road. You can check out their Facebook page for ongoing contests and promotions!
You can also find out more about Hillsta at http://www.fareast.com.sg/hillsta.