Earth Hour: 10 things to do in the dark
In conjunction with Earth Hour, Cheng Sim flips the switch and tests out 10 things you can do in the dark.
1. Candlelight picnic
If you haven't make up for a forgotten Valentine's date, this is an eco-friendly way to get your romance back on track. Spread a picnic mat at the park or a neighbourhood playground and gaze at the stars with champagne and strawberries for two.
2. Murder Mystery game night
Gasp! Who murdered Colonel Mustard? Just like Cluedo, 'Mystery Murder' is an interactive version where you and your party guests will play fictional characters and solve a fictitious murder together. Amp up the mystery by limiting the deadline within the Earth Hour. Remember, you don't have the help of lights.
3. Star Wars Lightsaber duel
Remember when Luke Skywalker engaged in a sword fight with evil Darth Vader? Perform a reenactment of 'Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back' in your living room. Regardless of what your favourite Star Wars scuffles are, take on the dark side for an hour of light saber swinging. Now, where's Darth hiding?
4. Survive Thirteen Horror
Whether or not 'Thirteen Horror' leans more towards silly rather than scary, we won't risk this for the faint of hearts. Among the book that is listed under its name is 'The Magic' where a reader needs to follow a two-page instruction for a self-inflicted spook fest - one that asks you to shut the door while asking several questions in the dark. As of today, these books can be downloaded from Amazon with a fee. We suggest reading its review beforehand before clicking 'buy'.
5. Private Earth Hour concert
Rearrange your living room and make some space for an acoustic Earth Hour jam. If you don't have a musical instrument or two lying around, make use of household items to create unique beats and sounds. For an opening act, you can start off with various 'go green' soundtracks such as Michael Jackson's 'Heal the World', Jason Mraz's 'Only Human' or Cake's 'Carbon Monoxide'.
Cake's Carbon Monoxide
6. Pub crawl challenge
Try to hit as many bars as you can in an hour. Get your group together and come up with a solid game plan complete with target bars, promotions and drink challenge. We suggest bar-hopping at Upper Penang Road. Just remember to assign a designated driver and recycle those empty beer bottles.
7. Walk your dog
When was the last time you get to spend a quality walk with your 'best friend'? Now that the sitcom on television, 'Ben & Kate', is plugged out and your Facebook is shut for an hour, take a nice walk amidst semi-lit streets and do a count of neighbours who have their lights off.
8. Dining in the dark
Here's a fresh uplift to an otherwise mundane family dinner. Lay various food on the table, switch off the lights and feel your dinner with your bare hands before tasting. Take it up a notch further by suggesting the lowest scorer do the dishes. Prepare dishes that are easy on the palate and hands with a strict no-no to food with fine bones and tough-to-break shells.
9. Alone time
If you're exhausted from your week spent with others, enjoy me-time at home. Set up a bubble bath, pop your favourite music in the player, light a candle or two and take pleasure in an hour of relaxation minus the electronics and people.
10. Blind wine tasting
Throw a blind wine tasting party with your friends. Ask each to bring a bottle, cover the label of each wine bottle and enjoy a guessing game over glasses of three or four mysterious wines. This will not only hone your palate but also rekindle friendships over delicious vino.
Earth Hour is a global drive to raise awareness on climate change and global warming. Penang will share their support by switching off non-essential lights from 8.30pm-9.30pm on Mar 23 (Saturday).