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#Blog 3 - Good times + Crazy friends = Amazing memories

posted 14 Dec 2015, 05:08 by Zhe Loong Benjamin Ho   [ updated 14 Dec 2015, 05:39 ]
Sat 8th November,

Today is the day where we start to test the system of idea in stages. As our platform is not up yet, we continued to test our operations of the company and services through offline means. During this trip we would be assessing various components of our ideas, this would also affirm our beliefs in the demand for our company's social movement.

Today we assess how comfortable and easy it is for the exchange students to meet the host at a dedicated location in Singapore. This would allow us to understand how much assistance or initiative an exchange individual is willing to make for such a paid trip. For this section, we arranged to meet our clients at Serangoon food market directly for dinner. The meeting up took alittle longer due to the wet weather and delay in transportation. There were no other hiccups. 

The dinner spot we hosted was at a public place however we had made prior arrangement with the hawker stall owner thus we had our food priority and it came right after we had ordered, eventhough there were alot of people and the hawker centre was packed. We had fun making friends, jokes and interacting. There was an individual who is slightly more reserve. We engaged him through sharing our local stories thence him sharing his share of local intricacies. Dinner was a breeze. One thing to consider in the future is to ensure that all individuals are able to take spicy food. This in particular a consideration for the Caucasians. 

We then took public transportation to Wala Wala Bar in Clarke Quay. Here, we were trying to find out if the clients are able to direct themselves there if needed. We broke up into 2 groups and departed to the Bar in Clarke Quay. One group was there with no issues, however the other took the bus in a wrong direction and ended up slightly further. They eventually hailed a cab back to the bar. Getting a Taxi was a breeze with the assistance of the new booking apps such as grab taxi. We can consider to collaborate with such service providers in the future to better our service to our clients. 

At the bar, we shared stories over beer and left back to the hostels in our separate ways. We tested the 2 main concepts we were trying to drive at and it was a success.

The next trip would be hosted to understand if the exchange students are comfortable to pay upfront which also included the extra charges for our platform and hosting services.

-Benjamin

*We had a good time with all of them! #MemoriesNeverDies
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Zhe Loong Benjamin Ho,
14 Dec 2015, 05:08
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Zhe Loong Benjamin Ho,
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