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Visual Ally Team Building

May 9, 2012 1 comment

This week and last week has been very busy for me. I had the opportunity to spend time with the team last weekend and go over our goals and objectives as well as discuss important updates from our CEO, Jamella Santos. The annual company retreat held at the Boat House in Sto. Nino in Mindoro provided a much needed time for us to go back and review what happened in the last year for Visual Ally. I feel so blessed working with a dedicated team of individuals who have in one way or another changed the way I look at my work.

On the way to Batangas

On the way to Batangas

The trip to the island was amazing and fun to say the least. The van picked us up from Ortigas going to the Batangas. We had a pit-stop at a local wet market and had the chance to see how life really is in the province. We then got picked up by a private boat going to the island which in itself was such an experience. The water was calm and relaxing and provides a majestic view of the islands of Mindoro.

Boatman on our way to Mindoro

Boatman on our way to Mindoro

When we reached the resort an hour later, we were welcomed to this huge villa nestled within the mangroves. The place was just magical with a wonderful view of the ocean and the smaller islets around the cove.

Our home away from home

Our home away from home

The view of the cove

The view of the cove

The view of the cove from my room

The view of the cove from my room

My room

My room

The management team also took the opportunity to discuss company policies and systems and discuss issues that affect the work environment in between videoke sessions, kayaking, and island hopping. The exercise definitely was very much-needed for our company to be able to promote a culture that promotes the idea of “what you can give not what you can take”.

HR Talk

HR Talk

Over-all, the experience was a humbling as well as encouraging for me as I look at the past struggles and milestones our company went through to get to where we are today. Cheers to the Visual Ally Team! Can’t wait for our next company retreat 🙂

On our way back home

On our way back home

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>Things I learned from my first Holy Week in Galera

March 12, 2008 Leave a comment

>*** I should have ditched work in exchange for this a long time ago!
*** It doesn’t matter if ur staying in a hotel or a rundown lodge as long as you’re with your friends
*** You can never get enough sleep once you’re there
*** Do not try to be who you’re not… just be yourself and enjoy
*** The masseuse are not so good… but it helps when your body aches from all that walking and swimming
*** Don’t forget to put sunblock! It’s so hard to sleep at night when you have sunburn all over
*** Here, your values will be tested… dami temptations… learn to say “NO” because at the end of the day that makes you different from the rest
*** If you wanna run away from the chaos of Manila, this is not the place for you!
*** If you wanna save money bring a friend who knows how to cook and get a place with a kitchen
*** Mag-ingat sa mga magnanakaw! I know so many people who lost their mobile phones, cameras, iPods while partying
*** Everywhere you turn you’ll see so many beautiful people… although I’m not as beautiful as they are, I’m lucky cause I look better than most…
*** If you happen to already have a partner, treasure and love him/her… if he/she is not with you always keep in touch and say how much you love him/her
*** After a long vacation being home is still the best

*** and 12:30 in the afternoon is way to early too start drinking!

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