Two girls survive a real-life horror story.
Note to everyone – be careful what you boast about, especially when your colleagues might ask you to prove it.
What started out as a simple comment about how we could easily live out of a car turned into a real life horror story when Audrey and myself had to spend a night in a car parked in the middle of nowhere. The worse part – we had no form of communication with the outside world.
AUDREY (RIGHT) AND MYSELF FINDING OUT WE WERE BEING THROWN INTO THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE.
Coming into the office for what we thought was a normal day of work, we were given a "survival kit" and left to fend for ourselves for 14 hours in the middle of nowhere, with only the safety of a five-seater Volkswagen to protect us from probably more than 3,000 hungry mosquitos and the rain.
As the car pulled up into the unknown location (which turned out to be somewhere in Kranji), all we could see were rundown shacks, flesh-biting dogs barking at us, and no form of human life.
ITEMS IN THE "SURVIVAL KIT" THEY LEFT US WITH. THIS INCLUDED A
PORTABLE TOILET (IN THE FORM OF A BAG) AND PRICKLY HEAT.
What followed was a Wednesday night I'll not soon forget (and not because it's ladies' night). Here are three things I learnt from spending a night stuck in the middle of nowhere:
1. No phone? No problem.
I'm that friend that Snapchats everything. So for the first hour, I found myself exclaiming: "Oh my god, let me Snapchat this! Oh wait…"
For the next hour, I was anxious because I felt disconnected from the world.
But as the night grew on us, I started to forget about the lack of technology and started to appreciate the things around me…such as Audrey (and obviously not the mosquitoes).
Even though I sit next to Audrey at work, our conversations have never touched on our families and personal lives until I was separated from my phone for the night.
I ALSO BONDED WITH AUDREY WHILE USING THE PORTABLE TOILET…
So, by the time our 14 hours were up, I didn't even feel like I needed my phone anymore! #accomplished
2. Safety is in numbers.
Though we had the car to protect us from the elements, I couldn't help but feel wary about what could be lurking in the darkness, like a serial killer coming after us with a machete.
Sometime in the middle of the night, Audrey and I woke up to a knocking coming from outside the car.
It sounded just like a person knocking on a door…only that there was no one possibly within a 100-metre radius. It was darkness for miles.
If I was alone, I may have lost my mind. But thankfully I had Audrey who had the right mind to check that the doors were locked, protecting us from disaster.
THANK GOD I WASN'T ALONE.
3. There's nothing to fear but fear itself.
Camping out in a car was more terrifying than my solo camping trip in the middle of Pulau Ubin, basically because here there were no instructors on standby to save me this time.
Being thrown into this unexpected challenge felt a little like being thrown into choppy waters and being told to stay afloat and swim.
But as we drove back into civilisation the next morning, I realised that the night turned out fine and our fears were just a result of us urban girls overthinking.
I learnt the key to surviving any uncomfortable situation is: Don't panic, because honestly, there's nothing to fear but fear itself. #MajorKey
LITERALLY, THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE.
PHOTO CREDITS: YOUTH.SG/RONNEY POH
So would I do it again?
Yes, because it made me realise that I am capable of so much more than I thought. But hopefully next time it's without the mosquitoes.