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My first out of the country in 2014 is all about work…
We fly directly to KL via Malaysia Airlines, it’s my first time with MAL. Take note, the week after this, when Malaysia Airlines Flight from KL to Beijing was found missing. IS/Sustex workshop is my first regional meeting in Syngenta. Being part of Regional Sustainable Excellence team, working as regional BPA in Syngenat allows me to work with colleagues from different countries. Some I regularly worked with over Telecon, some I already met in Singapore and Philippines, and some are really new faces. The workshop was held last February 24-28, 2014 in Pullman, Putrajaya Malaysia.
Pullman Putrajaya has 4 wings, Jasmine Wing, Rafflesia Wing, Bunga Tanjung Wing and Lotus Wing, each wing was differentiated by it’s themed interiors . I was assigned to stay in Bunga Tanjung wing, which has traditional Malay interiors, while friends were assigned in Jasmine Wing (Indian Architecture) and Lotus Wing (Chinese Architecture).
My room size is just right, I think it’s a modern Malay architecture rather than traditional.
I got a good view right here
They prepared a welcome dinner cruise on our first day, we enjoyed the night cruise around Pullman Putrajaya Lakeside.
Second night is a free time, so the team went to Kuala Lumpur for dinner,
and to see the famous Petronas Towers lighten up at night. With me are fellow BPAs Ros, Liberty, Yijing and Jenny.
After a long day meeting on the third day, the team gathered us for African Drumming lesson. Syempre lahat excited pumalo, so maingay lang… Then when the two instructors from Singapore started the lesson, konting practice, and we finally got to beat it right! Perfect!
Of course, teambuilding ito, so may lesson pa rin applicable to work. It’s all about teamwork. Everyone in the team should get into the same boat so we can produce a great harmonious sound. Everyone should listen and learn to be sensitive to other members of the team and not work on his own because if someone do that, it might prevent the team in achieving our goals.
And on our last day, we had the chance to drive a Go-Kart at Sepang International Circuit. This circuit was being used by F1 drivers, naks! Feeling F1 agad… I’m really excited to drive again, kasi naman, my first and last is 7 years ago in Subic during Kimberly Clark Teambuilding. Hindi pa ko driver nun pero naka-drive naman, kasi pangarap ko talagang maging driver. Excited ako ngayon, kase driver na ko, so I want to challenge myself, how fast can I go?! (may ganun, lol)
I was teamed up with Rosanne, my colleague in Philippines and Cris, an IS guy from Australia. Surprisingly, Cris, drives a motorbike, so he’s really good at speed driving. Bilang competitive kame, we end up in 3rd place, and it’s all because of Cris. Siguro, if Rosanne and I didn’t drive, kame na ang winner!
During our meeting, we are surprised by this noised outside our meeting rooms. We found out, na ang mga rich kid from Singapore, has grand touring from Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Sarawak. Drivers and their girls, checked-in Pullman, so they park their cars right outside our meeting room. Ayun, naging instant car show agad-agad. Syempre, tuwang-tuwa ang mga boys sa mga sports car. Ang gwapo lang ng auto!
I definitely enjoyed the 4 day conference with Sysngenta’s IS/Sustex team. Though I know, this workshop is all about transitioning us to the new business model. I’m still thankful for this opportunity. I will always be grateful that my jobs brought me to different cities, check-in to various hotels, fed me with scrumptious meals, introduce me to people of different race and culture, and allow me to new and exciting experiences.
Love your job, but never fall in love with your company, because you never know when the company stops loving you.
After spending our 5 working days in Singapore, Rosanne and I, spent weekend in Batam, Indonesia. Batam is an island, a free trade zone part of Indonesia-Singapore-Malaysia Growth Triangle it is located 20km South coast of Singapore, or 45 minutes travel via Ferry. We actually purchased 2 days 1 night Batam Island Package Tour from Holiday Guru for SGD60. Included in the package are the following:
- 2 way return ferry ticket by SINDO FERRY
- 1 night hotel stay with breakfast
- 8-course sea food lunch at Golden Prawn 933
- Fully guided city & shopping tour, Shopping vouchers worth RP50,000
- 1 hour traditional massage
- All land transfer as per itinerary
- Mandarin/English Guide assist
Ferry Terminal going to Batam is located in Harbourfront, Singapore.
It’s a quick smooth Sindoferry Ride.
First stop is a Buddhist temple called Maha Vihara Buddha Maitreya/ Tua Pek Kong Temple.
Then, we visited one of many Polo Ralph Laurent Boutique.
Quick stop at Home Cottage Kue Lapis (Layer Cake), I wonder why tourist buy this stuff, nothing good about it, we didn’t buy.
We have a simple lunch at Golden Prawn 933, para syang dampa sa Pilipinas. In fairness, masarap naman ang food.
In the afternoon, we headed to Golden City, where you can see Indonesia Houses Miniature Park, Flying Fox, and experience Paint Ball and Go Kart.
Then finally they we headed at at Batiq Factory Outlet and finally to a small shopping mall, where we also have KFC for dinner. Before heading to hotel, we had our 1 hour Balinese Body Massage.
Finally, we checked-in Pacific Palace Hotel.
There’s nothing much to see in Batam. We’re quite disappointed 😦 but it’s okay, we’ll just charge it to experience. We should have spend our money for an overnight stay in Sentosa or luxurious dinner in Marina Bay Sands.
“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” ― Gustave Flaubert