Very early morning on 1st May 2008, Leena banged on my grill. If not, tak bangun la haku. so, tada-tada-tada, reached office bout 6.30am. wow!! at least 10 pax were there. malu seyy..hehe. OC sampai later. All was going well, one by one participant arrived. i could say, almost 90% arrived early. anyhow, we departed later than expected (30 minutes later!!!). Lucky i told em we'll depart at 6.45. oww ok. headcount begun by Nafisah as Day 1 planner and only Nava wasn't there. I was about to say we shall give her 10 minutes when *poof* there she was. Then, we departed. ooppssss..those who parked their car inside or outside the office compound were required to leave their key with Mr Guna (our very own office guardian). Semua beres? let's gooo..As early as it was, some people fell into sleeping mode till we had to stop at Esso station for some people already screaming for caffeine break. Quizzes followed and gifts were given away. I made most of the Q and the 1st Q won by Haryati Azlin was "Give me the full name of the Admin Staff in ECO". aha! everybody knows her name - Noraini- but not many remembers her full name - Noraini Binti Setofa-. hehe. easy Q , wasn't it?
Our 1st stop is Lata Kinjang waterfall that can be seen from the North-south highway. Nafisah and Lee na scouted for the best central offical lepak area and we decided to crash at the most lapang place we could find. Nice. clean. and so natural. so, ok. Let the peeps go up ahead and mandi2 whatever not while waiting for the packed lunch.
I was amazed by the beauty of the waterfall and i was more amazed by Mr Kandasamy's gentlemanliness. He guided me to the nice photo taking spot, took care that me and few others didn't fall down (yes, very2 slippery). I begun to see the positive side of this trip. I always thought he ...well, just ordinary guy. i could say he was exceptionally helpful. who said this trip is not beneficial? I could see people were enjoying the company of others and not to mention the nature. Ohhh...this trip is a JV of Valve-Operation (admin, logistics, order entry) team building trip. We always work closely and it only logical that we have this trip together. to forge better relationship. to understand each other. and to make my life miserable for a few weeks as OC waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa... then, the food arrived and good choice Lee Na (my F & B Manager).
It was here that i called up all the Group captains - Santhi, Peter, Carine, Khairul Anuar.
Ribbons (1 colour each group) were given out and it's up to them to take care of the ribbons till end of trip. yes, points will be taken and i did asked to to take care of balloons which also would be collected at the end of the trip. Yes, points will be deducted for those who lost em as a group.
About noon, we departed for hotel and everybody was quite exceited as they hadn't know who will be their roommates. surprise!!! I read outloud ho will be mates and i could see, people were quite surprised. We did mixed em up but restricted to working relationship. For instance, Susan, Carine, Nafisah and Sivanes are always interacting with each other on work matters and hence they were put in the same room.
The room rates in Grand Kampar Hotel is affordable and the hotel itself is a nice place to crash. We took family suite (1 double bed, 2 singles)and the peak season rate is only RM250.00. Well, who knows, maybe i could haggle for more discounts after this.The twin sharing is only RM150.00 at peak. it should be around there.The Wi-Fi is FOC except i still need to use cable since the signal is to weak at 4th floor. haha. Wi-fi with cables?????? My room mates were santhi, badma and Lin and too bad i was too occupied to actually have a slumber party with em. One thing for sure,they're a bunch of early riser and could take their own sweet time to melawa2, whatever not. Why? they were the last ones to arrive at the next agenda.
Then, we proceed with the motivational talk at 2.30pm. I was among the early birds as announced by Ms Kong. I had to as i was the OC. we had the Personality-character talk and it was a nice presentation from Ms Kong, Rose and VJ. I liked the essence of the talk in which we have to understand each other's personality to create a good teamwork. Notice i monetion team? not group? Because group is a group of people who don't have a common goal and collected means to achieve it. Team is vice-versa. so, think, whether we belong to a team or a group?
Another important point is we are who we think we are. Our thinking will create our character and our personality is the result of our character. Personality can change overtime when our character or belief system changes.
Next, is the Survival game scenario where we were supposed to plane-crashed in Alaska and the nearest town is some 40miles away. Out of ten, pick the most important stuff in sequence. Basically, all groups had it right except it didn't go in sequence. it was a group discussion or a heated discussion i would say -for some group- we were hailed as the most peaceful group except when it came to presentation time, Maha was such a joker by asking us to answer for him. Well, considering his position as a Manager, i didn't want to make a comment on that. Instead, as usual, i chose to say "ooww..everything is ok" when my bosses could actually read that i was lying. anyway, the above pix, leena and i managed to persuade Sales Manager - Ms Alus- to provide a cake complimentary of the hotel - deducted from the sum that was supposed to be refunded to us- and voilda, all those who were born in May were celebrated. Veni was celebrating her birthday on the 1st May itself. and i wonder, why la Hafizee didn't join? his bday is on 7th May what. malu katanya...cheh..
Came to dinner, apparently, my roomates learned a lesson and were among the 1st ones to reach lobby. We had dinner at Kampar Club and the moment we sat down, food and drinks were served. Wow!!! that was fast. Again, good choice on the food Leena. Makan2 and karaoke was also available. As usual, i would be the first one to sing as "warm-up". I delivered a number by P.Ramlee and Leena and Veni were sportingly danced to it. Good job!!!
We had good chat and let the people migled around Apparently, there are a bunch of good singers from Kampar and i mean GOOD!! We were also joined by YB Lee Chee Leong and he could sing!! Maybe they always frequent this joint and that's why the uncle MC looks so familiar with them.
Called it a night around 11pm. cant' wait for tomorrow. Nafisah handover the walkie talkie to Jay as he was the Planner for Day 2. Good luck.