Tuesday, April 30, 2013

E/// Teambuilding: Island Land Expedition on Day 2

Day two in Sibu Island started off with breakfast at Lumba-Lumba Coffee House. It has a fair choice of breakfast menu. Apart from the English breakfast set plus waffles and Omelets, the buffet breakfast mainly includes Malaysian food such as Nasi Lemak, Roti Canai, Roti Telur, Kuew Tiaw, Fried Mee and Bubur with condiments. But one meal that caught my eyes was this...

Boiled Tapioca! Johorian's typical kind of breakfast. My Tok Mak loves to make this for breakfast or tea-time. And this hotel served it with all the combinations! Nyums! Of course I did not have ONLY this, I actually had this after my Nasi Lemak. Muahaha! I need a lot of energy that morning because I want to join an activity that requires a lot of energy (errr...was it?! :P).

Most of my male colleagues decided to go snorkeling at a nearby Island that morning but I decided not to join them. As much as I wanted to try out snorkeling, I am afraid simply because I don't know how to swim. Tak confident kot :P Wouldn't mind to try it out if my husband was around tho, cause I know he can swim and he loves me...in case something happen, I have my hero.  Hihi :P

The snorkeling team...photo taken from our internal website. hik hik

My pick for that morning activity was Jungle Trekking. What's interesting about this jungle tracking activity was that we were going to explore 4 beaches on this island through the jungle. The activity is called Island Expedition and it took us 180 minutes. The trail started at the back of our chalets,  as we climbed up the hill and went deep into the jungle...

Jom masuk hutan! :D

At first, we thought the jungle trekking was pretty much a straightforward journey  inside the forest...but we were wrong. There were times that the path were too steep and dangerous, but with the guidance of the instructor and the help of the rope across the path we managed through. I failed to snap photos in between our journey because I need to concentrate (safety came first ;). I need to be in focus! *Ececeh :P 

However, I managed to find some of the photos, credit to google and azriaziz85.fotopages.com to show you some of the trails that we've gone through :)

In between the journey, we came across a lot of fascinating flora and fauna inside the jungle. That includes this famous "Tongkat Ali" plant. I came across of it quite often in this jungle. It's everywhere! :)

Pokok Tongkat Ali

After 20 minutes walking, we arrived at checkpoint no.2 where Beach 2 situated.  It is actually situated near to the honeymoon suite of Sibu Island Resort. According to the instructor, this beach is very rocky, thus it is not suitable for swimming activity. The resort build huts at this beaches where honeymoon couples specifically (since it's near to the honeymoon suites) can sit there and enjoyed the scenery...such as when the ocean's wave slamming the rocks or simply watch the sunset in the evening. Romantic katanya! :P

We then continued our journey, to another "romantic" place, which is the hidden gem inside the forest. It's the Love Cave! Hihi. Obviously, this cave got it's name from the shape of it's opening - it is in the shape of a heart. Subhanallah... :)

Can you see the heart-shape? :)

Next, we had to walk through a pretty steep and and hilly slopes in order to reach the highest peak at Sibu Island. The instructor motivated us by telling us how beautiful and breathtaking the place is. It did worked on us, bersemangat masing-masing to get through to this peak, and alhamdulillah, all of us made it successfully :). 

It was indeed true, the panoramic from the top view is superb and too beautiful, subhanallah!! We were captivated! Let's the photos do most of the talking, afterall a picture says a 1000 words ;)

Everybody took the chance to capture the beautiful God's creation..

while I was busy listening to the instructor's story from the peak of the hill...

The beautiful view from the top...we can see other island as well. 

and down there, the beautiful blue sea water (view from the place I stood). Feel like jumping into the water!

For those who don't have the acrophobia syndrome (afraid of height) like me, you can stood at the edge of the hill's peak and posed with the awesome background. Hihi :)

Trying to give my best smile while the wind strongly blew on my face and the sun shine too brightly! :))

But if you are an acrophobia, fret not caused you can always strike a pose a bit further from the edge and still captured the scenery behind you :). Or, you can always took a group photo like all of us! :)

Us, the CPM, Line Managers and the Engineers of E/// :)

The view next to the place we stood. If you are lucky enough, you may able to see baby dolphin swimming at this area :)

Our next location was Beach 3 checkpoint. To go there, we have to climb down the steep hill but it was way easier than climbing up...hehe :P

Can you see the rocky area in the middle of this photo? That's where the Beach 3 is!

It was high tide when we arrived at Beach 3 and we got to see how the strong wind blew the sea water, which turned it into waves. The best part was to see the waves splashed over the rocky area...Since it was already 11 am at that time, the sun was shining very bright. At times we felt like jumping straight into the cool sea water! 

Gorgeous view! My favourite :)

Of course a pose is a must at beautiful places like this :P

After spending 10 minutes of our time here, we continued our journey to the last checkpoint; Beach 4. In order to reach there, we have to across the rocky area, sea water and the beach 4 itself! It was fun to see some of us was trying to across the area without wetting their sport shoes and also attire. It was hilarious because in the end...everybody was wet! :P

The path that we have to cross...

The (paya bakau ??) scenery while crossing this area

While walking back to the resort area at Beach 4, suddenly the instructor instructed us to stop. We were puzzled at first, until he showed us something on the sand....

If you look closely on this above photo, you can see the tracks of comodo dragon.  Yes, you can find this creature in Sibu Island, especially at Beach 4. Fascinating, but we were lucky not to have a face-to-face encounter with one of these comodo. Scary kot :P

Finally we have arrived. Jungle Trekking completed yay!! :)

The jungle trekking activity finally ended and despite of the sweat, dirt and tiredness, we brought back precious experience along this trip. It also builds up our friendship and teamwork among peers regardless of our positions ;)

Will share with you the rest of my activities on day 2, including the night activities in the next write up. Stay tuned ok? :)


Saturday, April 27, 2013

E/// Teambuilding: Archery and Leisuring on Day 1

I've done nothing much during our first day in Sibu Island. Mainly because it was already approaching 5pm, when we went out of our chalet (as we had to deal with some issue with our room after the briefing ended).

The main activity that Nini and I did on that day was archery. I have always wanted to try out archery after horse-riding activity since it's one of the activities that our beloved Prophet Muhammad SAW loves! Alhamdulillah, dapat jugak merasa. :) The best thing was, we can try as many tries as we want in these 3 days! yay!

To me, archery is not as easy as it looks. You need a pair of strong and stable hand, with of course a pair of sharp eyes ;) I was struggling to stretch back the arrow within the bow string, which cause my right hand to shiver! :P The instructor then gave me instructions and tips to be stable and focused. Apparently breathing is important too, ladies!

Me, while receiving instructions on how to correctly position my bow and arrow :D

and ready to shoot!! :D

My first shot??? It went off away from the target (it went way back of the target area). Hahaha! But with support from my peers, I tried and tried till I got this....

Not bad huh?! *Ehem* Hik Hik :D
Lepas ni confident sket nak ber-archery in Sunway Pyramid. Heeee :D

After finishing our arrows, me and Nini went for sight-seeing around the area. Here, in Sibu Island Resort most of the animals from their mini petting zoo are let free during the day time. It is a common scenario to have peacocks and turkey across the paths or near the swimming pool while the tame deer loves to "hang out" at the field in front of the resort's lobby area. 

The fierce turkey. Dia kejar saya tak pasal2 ok! hampeh! :P

A muster of peacock passing by...

My first attempt to be close to a herd of deer. Nervous! :P

The sight-seeing activity wouldn't complete without a visit to the beach. It was windy, and the high tide was slowly building up at that time. We took almost half an hour there, basically enjoying the wind and the scenary, and playing with the crystal clear water. Heaven!


There, I took the opportunity to connect with the outer world. FYI, for Maxis user only 2G coverage is available around the island (none for DiGi-ans, sorry :P and full 3G for Celcom's). I can only rely on the free wifi which was very2 slow but surprisingly was quite ok at a rocky area near the beach. Maka dapatlah update Istagram a bit and ber-whatsapp with loved ones..hihi.

Was busy looking at my cutie pies photos sent by hubby when they candid this. haha! Rindu woooo!

Soon, it was late evening. We went back to our room to freshen up, pray and then headed back to Lumba-Lumba Coffee House for Buffet Dinner! :).

The best thing I've done in Pulau Sibu was on day 2 staying there. Will share about it in the next entry, insyaAllah.

Till the fingers meet the keyboard again!


Thursday, April 25, 2013

E/// Teambuilding - The Journey To Sibu Island

Last two weeks, the company I am working with organized the annual team building. It's our division - Competence Domain Radio Access Network (CD RAN) team building to be specific. Compared to years before, this year the management decided on a place far, far away from Kuala Lumpur. The chosen place was Sibu Island, Johor. 

To be frank, I was quite excited when I heard that this year's team building will be held in an island I've never been before. However, I was a bit sad when I came to know that I have to leave my children for 3 days and 2 nights (usually our team building will only be 2 days and 1 nite, the max!). Since it's a compulsory to attend, I have no choice but to leave my cutie pies with their daddy...

My husband sent me to the office on that Thursday, 11th April 2013 at 5.45am. We both managed to perform our Subh prayers at E/// musolla before the bus departed from Cyberjaya at 6.15am. According to our secretary, we had to leave earlier so that we could arrived in time at the jetty later on.

Unfortunately for us, the bus took a longer route to Johor. Instead of using the highway, the driver used another route. We travelled across from Selangor- Negeri Sembilan - Pahang - Johor. Tell you it was hours of journey which made all of us restless to be seated in the bus! >.<

One of the nice shot while I kill my boredom in the bus, travelling through Endau-Rompin.
It's nothing to do with election (in case you are wondering :P)

Everybody almost jumped out of their seat when we finally arrived at the jetty - Tanjung Leman Jetty. Can you imagine we were stucked in the bus for almost 8 hours! A colleague even joked that if he were to travel by airplane he would have arrived in Narita Airport 2 hours earlier! :P haha! :))

You can see how tired we were.
Tidur - bangun -tidur - bangun tak sampai2 jugak :P

Signages at the lobby of the jetty

After queuing to get our ferry tickets and tags for the luggages, we proceed for the ferry ride. It took us another 30 minutes ride to reach the island but everyone seemed to be in a good mood this time. We have waited for 8 hours, 30 minutes was nothing I guess! :))

Me, all geared up to enjoy my ferry ride :)

Excited faces of us! :)

Alhamdulillah, the ferry ride was smooth. As soon as we arrived the jetty of Sibu Island Resort (SIR), we were greeted by the staff of SIR, with a song (live performance) and welcome drink. But all of us were too hungry that we rushed to the Lumba-Lumba Coffee House where lunch buffet was waiting for us. Lapar giler ok! :P

view as soon as we near to the jetty

Our team building banner greeted us :)

After filling up our stomach, we proceed to the meeting room where we had our CD RAN meeting, chaired by our Head of CD RAN, Ari Gentis. After the meeting, we had the briefing of the team building itinerary. That was the best part - they announced that this year, the team building activities were free and easy style! It means that we were free to use/join any activities available on the island according to our liking/preference. Everything has been paid by the company, and we only needed to gather during 3 sessions; the breakfast, lunch and dinner. How cool was that!! Semua orang menjerit hurray lah!! :))

Ari gave his welcoming speech...

me and Nini, my bestie in E///, while waiting for the briefing :D

After the meeting, all of us were given the room keys and proceed to our chalet. Since my room was situated far, and up the hill, the buggy car took us up to our room. Our luggages were waiting for us in front of our room (the hotel staff brought for us from the jetty itself).

On the way to our chalet. Taken from the buggy. Hehe

There are a lot of activities that you can do on this island; from land activities to sea sport activities. You just have to plan your time since some of the activities are only available on certain slot. I will share with you the activities I joined on my 3 day stays on this beautiful island. 

Stay tuned! :)


Wednesday, April 24, 2013

5 Minutes Management Course

Lesson 1

A man is getting into the shower just as his wife is finishing up her shower, when the doorbell rings.
The wife quickly wraps herself in a towel and runs downstairs.
When she opens the door, there stands Bob, the next-door neighbor..
Before she says a word, Bob says, 'I'll give you $800 to drop that towel.'
After thinking for a moment, the woman drops her towel and stands naked in front of Bob, after few seconds, Bob hands her $800 and leaves.
The woman wraps back up in the towel and goes back upstairs.
When she gets to the bathroom, her husband asks, 'Who was that?'
'It was Bob the next door neighbor,' she replies.
'Great,' the husband says, 'did he say anything about the $800 he owes me?'

Moral of the story: Lesson 1
If you share critical information pertaining to credit and risk with your shareholders in time, you may be in a position to prevent avoidable exposure.

Lesson 2

A sales rep, an administration clerk, and the manager are walking to lunch when they find an antique oil lamp.
They rub it and a Genie comes out.
The Genie says, 'I'll give each of you just one wish.'
'Me first! Me first!' says the admin clerk 'I want to be in the Bahamas , driving a speedboat, without a care in the world.'
Puff! She's gone.
'Me next! Me next!' says the sales rep. 'I want to be in Hawaii, relaxing on the beach with my personal masseuse, an endless supply of Pina Coladas and the love of my life.'
Puff! He's gone.
'OK, you're up,' the Genie says to the manager.
The manager says, 'I want those two back in the office after lunch'.

Moral of the story: Lesson 2
Always let your boss have the first say.

Lesson 3

An eagle was sitting on a tree resting, doing nothing.
A small rabbit saw the eagle and asked him, 'Can I also sit like you and do nothing?'
The eagle answered: 'Sure, why not.'
So, the rabbit sat on the ground below the eagle and rested. All of a sudden, a fox appeared, jumped on the rabbit and ate it.

Moral of the story: Lesson 3
To be sitting and doing nothing, you must be sitting very, very high up.

Lesson 4

A turkey was chatting with a bull.
'I would love to be able to get to the top of that tree' sighed the turkey, 'but I haven't got the energy.'
'Well, why don't you nibble on some of my droppings?' replied the bull. They're packed with nutrients..'
The turkey pecked at a lump of dung, and found it actually gave him enough strength to reach the lowest branch of the tree.
The next day, after eating some more dung, he reached the second branch..
Finally after a fourth night, the turkey was proudly perched at the top of the tree.
He was promptly spotted by a farmer, who shot him out of the tree.

Moral of the story: Lesson 4
Bull Shit might get you to the top, but it won't keep you there..

Lesson 5

A little bird was flying south for the winter. It was so cold the bird froze and fell to the ground into a large field.
While he was lying there, a cow came by and dropped some dung on him.
As the frozen bird lay there in the pile of cow dung, he began to realize how warm he was.
The dung was actually thawing him out!
He lay there all warm and happy, and soon began to sing for joy.
A passing cat heard the bird singing and came to investigate.
Following the sound, the cat discovered the bird under the pile of cow dung, and promptly dug him out and ate him.

Morals of the story: Lesson 5
(1) Not everyone who shits on you is your enemy...
(2) Not everyone who gets you out of shit is your friend.
(3) And when you're in deep shit, it's best to keep your mouth shut!

:) :) :)


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