Things To Do In The Dark

If you know hoots about Earth Hour, then you should be kicking yourself in the butt for not participating in it last year. You bad person! But guess what? You still have a chance this Saturday to make amends for last year’s light fest you had in your pad. We have a few ideas on what you can do while the lights are out.

Earth Hour FYI, is an international quest organised by WWF to fight global warming. All you have to do is switch off all household lights for one whole hour from 8.30pm to 9.30pm on 28 March 09 – no matter which part of the world you’re in. In Malaysia, several landmarks have already pledged their duties to Earth Hour – KLCC, Starhill, KL Tower, Penang Bridge, Dataran Merdeka and more counting. Even 8TV and radio station Fly FM are switching off for an hour.  You can also take it a step further by shutting down everything. That means no air-conditioning, TV, radio, computer, hair dryer, blender or any gadget that requires electricity to power up.

Since we’re asking so much from you, we’ve decided to come up with a list of things to do to keep you occupied sans electricity.

Wayang kulit
First, draw a caricature on a piece of recycled paper. Cut-out the figure, paste it on a satay stick like a lolly and make it dance in front of a lit candle while facing a blank wall for your own shadow puppet show. Singing is optional.

Blind eating
Cook a great meal beforehand – if you’re culinary incompetent, we suggest you order takeouts (in enviromentally-friendly packaging). During Earth Hour, have your meal and explore newfound tastes with your enhanced taste buds.

Indoor bon-lighting
Without having to produce more hazardous smoke, indoor camping would only include an Ikea candle placed in the middle, while you and your friends gather around it and spook each other out with ghost stories.

Spend some QT (quality time) with a love one and get to know each other better in the dark. After all everyone looks good without the lights on. Snigger.

Hide and seek
It’s the best time to play games which requires a person to be blindfolded, and also games like hide-and-seek and guess who?

Star gazing
Join a group of people and watch the stars. Without light pollution, you can spot twinkly stars you never knew visibly from the city.

Blackout parties
Several hangout spots are having their own EH party like Urbanattic, Palate Palette and more, but you can make your own blackout party too. Find a nice hill and bring along some candles, a huge blanket, guitar, friends and some snack food, the rest is up to you.

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