Berjaya Times Square – in the heart of ‘Garden City of Lights’

Have had too many retreats at the beach? Looking for somewhere metropolitan? I have one place in mind and all it takes is a $20 one-way coach ticket! Oh, and the return ticket too.

Situated right in the heart of Kuala Lumpur City, also known as the ‘Garden City of Lights’, Berjaya Times Square Hotel is your one-stop venue for comfortable lodging, wonderful dining and entertainment experience, endless shopping and fun team building! Equipped with Asia’s largest indoor theme park & one of the biggest bowling centres in Malaysia, the adjoining 10-storey shopping mall is overflowing with fun-filled activities throughout the day and night! The mall also offers the largest 3D digital hall in town. If you stay in the square, you can be sure to be kept entertained!

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You would also be excited to know that Berjaya Times Square created and owns Malaysia’s first motion sensor Grand Musical Stairs, which was recently certified by the Malaysian Book of Records. Walking up the flight of stairs that resembles a classical piano keyboard truly sounds like an extraordinary experience, don’t you think? We’re sure it will bring you a whole new level of surprise and entertainment.

Berjaya Times Square is highly accessible, with monorails connecting all strategic locations right to its doorstep. It is located near the Golden Triangle – KL’s main shopping and nightlife district. If you’re looking for more adventure (and you’re not afraid of the sweltering weather), you can take a three-minute walk to Bukit Bintang, an area well-known for its ever bustling day life and ever busy night life. The area contains many of KL’s popular malls, tantalizing eateries and cafes, and live street concerts. A couple of minutes via the monorail would take you to Petronas Twin Tower (the tallest twin towers in the world) and KL Tower (world’s fifth tallest telecommunications tower).

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Being the 8th largest building in the world, this 48-storey hotel has facilities and venues that can accomodate both indoor and outdoor activities. It offers 10 function rooms and a pillar-less ballroom with capacity to accommodate 2000 persons! One year, we did our own version of amazing race within the shopping mall and it was great fun! From the smallest events to the largest of conventions, Berjaya Times Square Hotel is the perfect location for business and leisure!

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Hotel Re! – a themed hotel great for team building!

Hotel Re! – Meeting venue in Central Singapore

If you’re looking for a team building venue, that’s central, modern and with a fun twist, Hotel Re! a modern retro boutique hotel set at the base of Pearl’s hill, is a stone’s throw away from popular districts such as Chinatown, Clarke Quay and Orchard Road.

Fitted with theme hotel rooms, this makes a great offsite venue for a team building retreat. The theme runs throughout the hotel to their meeting rooms. From a ballroom that’s set in the lush outdoors, to intimate meeting rooms, Hotel Re! offers plenty of choices whether you have a small sized meeting or an event where everyone in the company is involved.

As our team building activities are usually games & fun activities, a venue like Hotel Re! play up the playful spirit of games, and team bonding with their bold colours on walls and furniture.

The meeting spaces require only a minimum of 10 pax, and can accommodate up to 200 pax in their ball room. Big and small places are both great for team building!

Seminar packages rates start from S$48++ for half-day and $68++ for full day

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Address: 175A Chin Swee Road Singapore 169879. Contact: +65 6827 8255

How to Plan a Team Building Event

Over the years, team building activities has been on a rise and more and more corporate companies are seeing the benefits of bringing a team together to bond, mull over common objectives and have a sense of togetherness as they strive towards their goals.

In the previous posts, we have listed down ideas, venues and some of the team building activities that are incorporated into a team building session. In this post, to help you plan for a team building program, we’d like to list down some pointers, as a form of a checklist to help you along. You may have gone through many years of team building sessions, or it may be the first time you’re planning for one, but we think it’s a good idea to  go through some mandatory pointers in the form of the 5 Ws and 1 H, but we’ll ask them in this order,

  1. Why
  2. Who
  3. When 
  4. Where 
  5. What
  6. How

1) Why – Setting objectives

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The birth of a company team building program starts off with the question Why. Why do you want a team building session? Why is there a need? There are various reasons for a team building session, which ranges between “just for fun team bonding”, to “resolving conflict” and everything in between from “addressing change management” to “improve communication”, and we have also assisted groups in conceiving their company’s mission and vision statements, and formulating core values together with the management team.

Know the reasons behind the cause for a team building session, be it a celebratory gathering to reward the team for the past months achievements, or a platform to bring across a point of improvement, the team building session would be a meaningful one having met it’s objectives.

2) Who – Who are the participants?

Whether you come from a large Multi-National Company (MNC) with various departments, or a SME with a growing number of employees, or a small local business, the common denominator in all businesses is that they’re run by human resources!. Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos, an American online store acquired by Amazon, has much to say about happy employees resulting in happy customers and in turn, making a better brand out of your company. You can take a look at an interview by Time magazine with Mr Hsieh on Youtube.

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Company team building, of course, takes time, and in some companies where daily production is required, stopping production for a period of time might not be wise, but rather, team building in teams or departments might be a more feasible option. We have done team building sessions for an entire company, and more commonly, on a department by department basis.

Take a look at the various departments, managerial team that make up the company, and make an assessment if a team building session would be helpful. More often than not, the answer is yes.

Businesses often forget about the culture, and ultimately, they suffer for it because you can’t deliver good service from unhappy employees.- Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos

3) When – Fixing a date

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There are many phases a company goes through in a year, and different departments have different deadlines to meet. For example, the Finance department may be the busiest during year-end or March/April when the financial year closes, the Sales team may have a certain month to close, and it may seem difficult to plan a common date, but we have seen it happen where various departments compromise on their own deadlines and schedules to meet together for a greater purpose in building the team up.

One of the learning values that come out of team building is little reminders that though each department is uniquely different, we help teams realize that they ultimately represent the same company, so a give-and-take approach especially in scheduling time to meet is a good start to experiencing that.

Fridays are popular days, to have an “off” day and carry out a team building session. The weekend after would set the mood and quickly relax the participants and get them to enjoy the day better. Sessions can range from a half day where it starts either from morning till lunch, or after lunch till evening, or an entire day from morning till evening. We believe in “replacing” a typical work day with a team building session, rather than having the workers fork out an extra day from their off days to gather, as a form of reward. Sometimes, team building sessions are part of many days-long conferences, and question most people ask if the session is to be held before or after the conference. A kick-off team building session can set the tone for the days of formal meetings ahead, and a closing team building session can wrap-up and bring the team back together after having gone through a week of meetings. Opinions differ, and we’re open to discuss about this with you.

If the budget allows, you might want to consider having an overseas retreat. We have gone to neighbouring places like Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand, and our Hong Kong office have explored parts of Hong Kong and China as requested by our clients.

4) Where – Deciding on the location

A company team building event can take place anywhere, from within the office premise, an outdoor park, a hotel function room, a club house. These are matter of preferences, and once the deciding committee comes to a consensus, there are various venues to consider right here in Singapore, or if you’d like, overseas.

Many hotels and club houses, are equipped to cater for business meetings and seminars. Most of them know the importance of such meetings and have dedicated Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Events (MICE) teams to assist groups on their needs.

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You can check out some suggested venues listed in this blog here :

http://www.singaporeteambuilding.com/blog/category/team-building/team-building-venues/

5) What – What kind of activities? What to include?

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Now that you have decided that you want a team building session for your group, now what? What do you expect? And what is there to do?

This is a matter of suitability, preferences and feasibility. As much as we hope that everyone is able to enjoy the same activities, we also know that people are wired differently. Decide on the non-negotiables, for example, the objectives of the team building, and the rest can be tweaked along, after giving much thought and some compromising on everyone’s part.

  • Would an outdoor program fit the majority?
  • What if it rains?
  • What is the physical fitness of the general group, would something sporty or low-key be better?
  • Any special-aided participants involved?
  • Should we cater for meals?
  • Should there be a dinner gathering?
  • How are people going to get to the venue? Do we provide transport for them?

These are some of the questions that you may want to ask as you decide on the type of programs. Anergy has list of programs that have been designed so that the majority of the group, if not all, is able to participate and enjoy the activities together.

6) How – How to get this going?

Planning a team building session is not an easy process, which is why, anergy fun engineers are dedicated specialists in providing services just for your team building needs.

Of course, there is much fulfillment in the creation of your own team building activities, from start to end, but we understand the constraints of ideas, and limitations as there are primary job functions which you need to fulfill on a daily basis.

If you’re toying with the idea of a team building session, but don’t know where to start, do drop us a note at enquiryATsingaporeteambuildingDOTcom and our friendly team building specialists are on hand to assist you.

We wish you all the best in your upcoming team building session!

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Luxurious Team Building venues (Part 2)

Here are some great indoor team building venues we have worked with in the past. They are all choice venues for any of our indoor team building activities. The following seminar packages are priced between S$105++ to S$120++ per pax for full day options.

1) The Fullerton Hotel

Originally the General Post Office, this historical building was converted into a hotel, with most of its special architectural features retained and restored. On top of the breathtaking architecture, the hotel overlooks the Singapore River, offering splendid views of Marina Bay. It is located in the heart of the Central Business District and within walking distance from Raffles Place MRT station. Choices may seem limited with only nine function rooms, but please be rest assured that every one is distinctively furnished and well-equipped to cater to your team building event needs, with the capacity of up to 304 participants.

Seminar packages rates are at S$90++ for half-day and S$105++ for full day.

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Address: 1 Fullerton Square Singapore 049178. Contact: 6877-8119

2) The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore

Set in the heart of Marina Centre and situated close to the Central Business District, Ritz-Carlton is surrounded by seven acres of lushly landscaped tropical gardens and it offers unobstructed views of the city skyline and Marina Bay. The hotel is adjcent to Promenade MRT station and it is within walking distance of the Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre (Suntec City) and the Singapore Arts Centre. Voted as the best meetings and incentives venue by industry publications, the award-winning hotel offers more than 35,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting rooms, with the capacity of maximum 1000 pax.

Seminar packages rates are at S$90++ for half-day and S$105++ for full day.

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Address: 7 Raffles Avenue Singapore 039799. Contact: 6434-5037/ 6337-8888

3) The St. Regis Singapore

Sitting at the fringe of Orchard Road, St. Regis is a landmark of exquisite ambience, housing one of Asia’s finest private art collections. Just a 10-minute stroll away, you can find the lush greeneries of the Singapore Botanic Gardens and the Orchid Garden. The hotel offers five luxuriously appointed meeting rooms, which are able to accomodate between 12 to 100 pax. These rooms can be configured to your team buillding needs and specifications, with the assistance of their event specialists.

Seminar packages rates are at S$95++ for half-day and S$120++ for full day.

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Address: 29 Tanglin Road, Singapore 247911. Contact: 6506-6820

Luxurious Team Building venues (Part 1)

The following seminar packages are priced between S$80++ to S$105++ per pax for full day options. These are great indoor team building venues you may consider and are all managed by reputable hotels.

1) Grand Copthorne Waterfront

Located ideally near the Central Business District, Waterfront Conference Centre has been a popular option among businesses based in the city area. It is situated along the historic Singapore River, at the corner of Havelock Road and Kim Seng Road, only a few minutes away from Orchard Road. This city hotel features 34 meeting rooms that can accommodate the varying needs of your team building events/ activities. For group sizes ranging between 10-900, this is one venue you can definitely consider.

Seminar packages rates are at S$80++ for half-day and $90++ for full day.

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Address: 392 Havelock Road Singapore 169663. Contact: 6233-1302

2) Mandarin Oriental Hotel

With a sensational view of Singapore, Mandarin Oriental, Singapore, is one of our highly recommended locations for your company retreat, especially for your overseas counterparts. It is centrally located on Marina Square and across from the Esplanade, allowing spectacular views of the Singapore skyline. Offering five different types of function rooms, each with its own style, flexibility and space, this luxury hotel is suitable for indoor team building activities conducted in group sizes ranging from 21 to 240 pax.

Seminar packages rates are at S$85++ for half-day and $105++ for full day.

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Address: 5 Raffles Ave, Marina Square, Singapore 039797. Contact: 6885-3529

Raffles Convention Centre

Strategically situated at the heart of Singapore, the Raffles City Convention Centre offers convenient access to public transportation and presents a good selection of meeting rooms for your workshops/ team building activities. Offering more than 70,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, the Raffles Convention Center is equipped with 27 meeting rooms that cater for a capacity of 10 to 1800 pax. It is most ideal for mid-sized workshops and large events. If you wish to spend the night out shopping with your colleagues, you can pop by Raffles City Shopping Mall, which is just next-door.

Seminar packages rates are at S$85++ for half-day and $105++ for full day.

Additional charges for screen and projector are + 80++ and + 1950++, respectively.

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Address: 80 Bras Basah Road Singapore 189560. Contact: 6431-5558

Team Building Venues in Fort Canning Park and Sentosa

The following seminar packages are priced between S$80++ to S$105++ per pax for full day options.

1) The Legends at Hotel Fort Canning

The Legends at Fort Canning is centrally located near Orchard Road, Singapore and is a short walk from Dhoby Gaut MRT station cutting through Park Mall.

Set adjacent to the boutique hotel Hotel Fort Canning, The Legends is a prestigious venue for conferences and meetings and especially team building events. Right next to Fort Canning Park, indoor team building activities can be carried out within the cool air-conditioned function rooms, and  the choice to go outdoors for some activities is but a walk away to Fort Canning Park,

Seminar packages rates are at S$70++ for half-day and $80++ for full day. Minimum group size is 10 pax and maximum is 460 pax

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Address : 11 Canning Walk, Singapore 178881. Contact : +65 6559 6785

2) Siloso Beach Resort

Set in the heart of Siloso Beach, the most happening beach out of 3 in Sentosa, Siloso Beach Resort offers a resort-style venue that caters to team building events with an island feel.

Easily accessible upon entering Sentosa, via the Beach Trams (Siloso Beach line), Siloso beach Resort offers function rooms that are walk able to the beach, which are perfect for team building programs which requires an indoor venue yet being close to the sun, sand and sea.

Seminar packages rates are at S$75++ for half-day and $85++ for full day. The venue can host up to a maximum of 350 pax

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Address : 51 Imbiah Walk Sentosa Singapore 099538. Contact : +65 6722 3356

3) Sentosa Golf Club

One of the most prestigious golf club in Singapore, Sentosa Golf Club located in the idyllic part of Sentosa island, offers private function rooms for a wide rang of events and team building events. From a minimum of 10 pax to a corporate function of 330 pax, the golf club offers a wide range of rooms and even an all-glass Sentosa Pavilion overlooking the commanding view of the Serapong Golf Course.

Having been a faithful partner of Anergy Fun Engineers for the past 10 years, Sentosa Golf club does not fail to impress as dedicated staff are on hand to meet any function requirements. Not forgetting to mention, their extensive choice of menus to satisfy hungry participants will keep bodies and minds going so that you can focus on the team building activities.

Seminar packages rates are at S$75++ for half-day and $85++ for full day. Minimum group size is 10 pax and maximum is 330 pax.

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Address : Sentosa Golf Club. 27 Bukit Manis Road Singapore 099892 Contact : +65 6373 7135

4) Shangri-La Rasa Sentosa

The beachfront line of the the Shangri-La brand of hotel needs little introduction. The only hotel with it’s own private beach in Singapore offers not just an amazing view of the sea, but a relaxing atmosphere perfect for team building activities.

From indoor team building activities held in their luxurious function rooms, to outdoor activities on their private beach, this is a venue that strives to meet your team building needs so you can focus on enjoying the day. Options for private themed-dinners by the beach or pool can also be arranged.

Seminar packages rates are at S$95++ for half-day and $105++ for full day. The venue can hosts up to a maximum of 380 pax.

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Address : 101 Siloso Road, Sentosa Singapore 098970. Contact : 6371 2959

Versatile Team building Venues

The following team building venues are priced between a minimum spend of S$3,000++ to S$10,000++ for venue rental & meals. The bookings are either private booking or a section will be closed for your group, depending on group size.

Verve Pizzeria at One North & Marina Bay Sands

An inviting & elegant restaurant that overlooks the lush greenery along Slim Barracks Rise, Verve Pizzeria One North serves up delicious Italian cuisine. Verve Pizza Bar at Marina Bay Sands offers an alfresco dining by the bay, overlooking the playful fountains at Marina Bay Sands.

Riding on their motto of  “simple things done right”, you can be treated to a fuss-free menu filled with homemade pastas, pizzas and the like.

The restaurants can be transformed seamlessly into a function venue for team building events, where the best of both worlds, i.e, a quiet retreat away from the busyness of the city pared with an exquisite meal can be found at the Verve.

With just a minimum of 20 pax, a section of the restaurant can be closed up for a private function. The entire restaurant can be closed off to sit a maximum of 140 pax. A minimum spend between S$3,000++ to S$10,000++ is required, depending on the number of people and area required.

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Address : Verve Pizzeria @ One North, 11 Slim Barracks Rise Singapore 138664 Contact : +65 9773 0267

Address : Verve Pizza Bar @ Marina Bay Sands, 11 Marina Boulevard Ground Floor Marina Bay City Gallery Singapore 018940 Contact : +65 9773 0267

More Team Building Venue Options

Here are a few more team building venues that with price range between S$50++ to S$98++ that you may consider.

Many of our indoor team programmes can be easily deployed at this venue (at additional charges). For example:

a) Brains, Brawn and Bucks – a indoor game show adapted from Dr Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences Theory
b) Wheel of Chaos – a hilarious team bonding sabotage game show
c) Paramount Conquest – a leadership strategic planning real-time board game
d) Restaurateur – our leadership, customer service & team building game.

1) Furama City Center @Eu Tong Sen Street

Furama City Center is a convenient meeting venue as it is located within 300m of Clarke Quay MRT Station and Chinatown MRT station. There is also a Hong Lim Park nearby which can be considered for outdoor activities.

Our team has also run many “Cultural Races” around that area (Chinatown, Bugis, LIttle India) with our clients through an adapted “Synergy Race” a highly popular team building activity which we have run at least 500 times at the time of this post since 2003.

Furama City Center is able to host 18 pax group size, as well as 500 pax in cluster style seating, making it  one of the few venues in Singapore that can host large group sizes. Half-day seminar packages start from S$62++ and full day packages start from S$70++ per pax.

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Address: 60 Eu Tong Sen Street Singapore 059804. Contact: +65 6533 3888

2) Clifton Training Facilities @Robinson Road

Clifton Training Facilities is located right inside town area along Robinson Road. Initially popular with computer training, with the recent increase in rental, they have been very successful in attracting other clients who do not have enough meeting rooms or training facilities.

Clifton Training Facilities is a well known international brand. Their seminar rooms in Singapore are well equipped and professionally run. Highly recommended if you want a venue that is within town. Full day seminar packages for 10 persons start from S$98++ per pax. Maximum capacity is 60 pax in cluster seating.

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Address: 108 Robinson Road Level 11 The Finexis Building Singapore 06890. Contact: +65 6591 7999

3) D’Kranji Farm Resort @Lim Chu Kang

If you are looking for a team bonding venue that is extraordinary, you may want to consider D’Kranji Farm Resort. With interesting team bonding activities like prawn fishing and farm tours, it’s as if you have just flown yourself a few hundred kilometers to a country side resort. Of course if you are looking for team building activities, we will be happy to assist you with it.

Many of our outdoor team building and indoor team building programmes will fit nicely at this interesting venue.

 

Address: 10 Neo Tiew Lane 2 #01-05, Singapore 718813. Contact: +65 6898 9228