By JADE CHANjade@thestar.com.myPHOTOS by GLENN GUAN
Four took up a tough and unique challenge. It involves living in a box for one week without showering and having everyone else outside the box watching them all day long.
Living in a Box contest by mix fm will see the four having to eat, sleep and perform their daily activities within a clear Perspex box at The Curve, Mutiara Damansara.
J. Siva Shanker, Thevagi Sandrasecra, Shane Yee Ai Shan and Tan Hsien-hu were short-listed from the 200 who registered, and the winner will receive RM50,000 courtesy of CIMB Bank.
From 2pm on Nov 4, until 6pm on Nov 10, these four will be living inside the box with four 3.03m x 3.03m rooms for each and a 3.64m x 3.64m common room, with the latter equipped with a computer and Internet connection.
The main aim of the contest is for the participants to creatively build their dream home with the limited resources they have.
Each participant will start off with RM300 to buy food and other items they plan to use to create their dream home within their boxes.
There will also be daily challenges and tasks for them.
Each time they win, they will be rewarded with more cash to spend or a luxury treat like fine dining, a full bed, or a chance to shower.
They get a 10-minute bathroom break every two hours, 45 minutes per day to shop, and 30 minutes per day to buy food.
At the end of the seven days, a panel will determine the most creative home.
The winner will have RM50,000 deposited into his/her CIMB Bank account.
mix fm programme manager Mesh Nair said there will be updates on the contest at www.mix.fm and the participants will be able to interact with the public via the website’s message box and their blogs.
“The best part of the contest is that they aren’t allowed to shower, brush teeth, shave, or keep their handphones for a week,” he said jokingly.
CIMB Bank head of retail banking Peter England said the contest is held in conjunction with the CIMB Bank Dream Home Campaign.
Customers with loans approved under the campaign stand a chance to win over RM500,000 worth of prizes including a grand prize package comprising a home makeover worth RM100,000, a holiday package worth RM10,000 with RM5,000 cash, and free loan instalment for three years.
“I spent the week leading up to the contest by mapping out the shops around The Curve and the surrounding malls, and buying a lot of books on interior designing including one titled Interior Design for Dummies.
“I plan to build something out of the box by making my space not look like a box. My concept is a fun and funky private area I can retreat to,” said Siva, 27.
The fitness consultant said his job could give him an edge in terms of being able to carry heavy furniture, but it could also be a turnaround as he is a messy person by nature.
Thevagi, 28, said it would be a wait-and-see situation for her as she has some ideas but will observe what the others will do.
“I think girls have an edge because of our creativity. I’ll be working on a genie in a bottle theme, but how I work out the idea will be based on what I win during the contest.
“The worst part will be the no showering or no brushing teeth rule. I should be fine so long as I don’t smell the others,” said the marketing executive.
Tan, 32, found out that he is a finalist for the contest while he was backpacking in Vietnam.
“I got back in time for the contest’s briefing, rushed back to Kuantan (his hometown) to settle things and rushed back to KL for the contest,” he said.
“I haven’t had proper sleep for the past night, so it’ll be a challenge. But I’ll still have energy so long as I have my coffee, which is about three or four cups a day.
“I want to do something the others are not doing – something simplistic and Zen,” said the chemist.
Yee said her concept would be a mix of Balinese and Moroccan, though according to an interior design friend, that concept is suicide as they're both very different elements and will be a total clash.
“But that’s what I like my ideal house concept to have,” said the 29-year-old systems support engineer.
Yee said she did do her homework by getting together with friends to brainstorm for ideas, buying interior design books and walking around The Curve to see “the shops' whereabouts.”