Thursday, December 15, 2011

Company's Retreat at Malaysia, Desaru

This is a scheduled post.

Back to updating backdated entries yet again.

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In my many years of blogging, I've neither written or post a gazillion photos about my ex company's annual team building event

I'm not sure why but I just did not think of sharing them here. I've always have a love-hate relationship with team building events. While I love the team-related activities a lot, I hated the emotional ones coz I never fail to shed tears at those activities that ripped the flesh of our hearts and broke us down. Added to that fact is that I don't snap lots of pictures on my camera during team building events.

This year is my last year as a full time staff at my ex company and as I'm writing this post, I'm reminiscing on the good old days. How I miss so many of my colleagues.

For this year, some changes were made. Instead of calling it a team building event, it was termed as a company retreat. In addition, it was the first time the two-day event was held out of the country.

It was anything but a retreat though. The activities were mentally and physically exhausting. Though I would say, gimme the latter any time.


On our way to Malaysia, Desaru via the coach.

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We settled down for buffet lunch before the activities began.

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Some activities that took place during the two days.

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Buffet dinner was a grand feast with seafood like crabs and fresh oysters. The oysters were really not bad. I'm one who is very picky about oysters and I must say they were really quite fresh.

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Rooms were assigned according to departments. Here's taking a peek into my department's room.

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I spent the night with the Math Department.

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By sun rise, I was back with my lovely English Department. Sigh... I'm already missing them while I'm typing this.

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The ground was bathed in rain from the wee hours.
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Day 2 consisted of some forest adventure and so we needed loads of carb for energy.

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Group S.

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We were the first group to complete the forest tasks which included building a raft, constructing jungle survivor stuff from raw materials, overcoming our phobia for heights by walking on obstacles high above the ground and peeling coconuts.

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The obligatory shot with the company's banner. Did you really think the banner depicted smiley faces? I was blotting out my ex company's name.

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12 comments:

  1. wow looked like a major event, looked like a lot of fun and educational, Jo!

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  2. looks like such an amazing time!!! so much delicious food & the hotel is gorgeous!

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  3. hi Jo! =) i love team buildings, one of my fave events in a company. just curious about Math and English dept, are you a school teacher? =)

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  4. Jo, I think this is so awesome girl! I use to love going to retreats. It was a time of reflection and thoughts. The one you went to was fabulous. Ours was a little more low key. Thanks for sharing this.
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  5. WoooooW!!! Is your old job still available? I would like a change of scenery.

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  6. awww looks like so much fun ^^
    xC.

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  7. LOL at the smileys! i recognize those from photoscape. :)

    jo!!!! your posts always make me hungry. it looks like you had tons of fun with everyone. =)

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  8. Thanx all for your comments. I won't be replying to all of you individually tho I always appreciate it when people take the time to read and leave me a note. =)

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    MACY,
    I'm a teacher but not in a formal school. ;) Are you a teacher too?

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    C,
    Welcome here! Love seeing newcomers around!

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    sugar sugar,
    Yes! Photoscape. lol

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  9. Hi Jo,I'm not a teacher but i truly adore teachers, i think it's a very fun job!

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  10. I've never been on a company retreat or these team building events, but it looks like a lot of fun. Plus it's a good way for all the employees to get to know each other better. I get the impression that these retreats seem to be very popular among Asian companies. Most American companies usually only have their employees go out to out-of-town conferences and seminars for training :P

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  11. Macy,
    Wow! Refreshing to hear that! Usually the too cool for school kids all hate teachers. Haha. Thanx for making my day!

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    Rinny,
    I'm not sure about the cultural difference across the globe but I'm always happy to be equipped with new knowledge. =)

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  12. Macy,
    Wow! Refreshing to hear that! Usually the too cool for school kids all hate teachers. Haha. Thanx for making my day!

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    Rinny,
    I'm not sure about the cultural difference across the globe but I'm always happy to be equipped with new knowledge. =)

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