Venue for team building

Working as an employee for 7 years, I have participated several strategic planning and team building activities. J&J, Phils brought me to Subic Yacht Club resort, Litton mills brought me to Punta Fuego, PNOC-EDC made me experience Fort Ilocandia and Pagudpod the first time, I played paintball at Antipolo c/o ICTSI… among others. I am thankful to the facilitators for ensuring that we learned as much as we had fun.

Relatively, I know that these facilitators (mostly from the HR department) are running out of unique ideas for a venue, not to mention dealing with a tighter budget. That is why I thought of recommending this place I’ve been to just recently. Yats Clear Water resort in Clark Pampanga is just approximately 3 hours away from Manila. It offers a man-made beach with white sand, beside it is a pool and lake good for boating and fishing. Their rooms are spacious and offer a country side ambiance. It has tv, bathtub, aircon and ref. To be honest, I think that the management could have done a better job in maintaining the resort but still it is worth a try. The 13 hectares of picnic grounds is so big that it is believable when you tell your boss that you lost your track when if fact you just don’t want to join the physically challenging games. (Just kidding :D ). See for yourself.

Starting the year right

My bulging tummy was my last straw to finally enrol myself (tagging along Gary) to the gym. Not that I used to have a flat belly to flaunt but neither it was this big. I did not mind the membership and admin fee, monthly fee, personal trainer’s fee and all the other expenses associated with it because I just thought of it as an investment. Gary and I don’t have any form of exercise and day by day it’s making us fatter, weaker and more stressed. We decided to get personal trainer because I know we both need someone to motivate us to go to the gym regularly and push harder during workout (obviously, we can’t rely on each other). During the first day, I learned that my body consists of almost 30% fat and that I am dehydrated. It was an eye opener… at the same time alarming. My goal is to lose 8 kilos of fat at the minimum for 3 months. I don’t really aspire for a fabulous, perfectly toned sexy body in time for summer (though I wouldn’t mind if I get that :D ), I just want to lose the excess fat, be healthy, look younger and be strong.

Each day at the gym gets more interesting while the workout becomes harder. Believe me, exercise is no joke. I am usually dead tired at the end of the day. The irony of it is that my body aches most of the time but the feeling is awesome. So far so good… I hope this lasts for good as well.