Caleruega Retreat

As one of the requirements to graduate from our school, students have to attend a spiritual retreat, usually held at Caleruega in Nasugbu, Batangas. This retreat venue is owned by the Dominican Order. Uhm, just saying. Call time was 10AM but I left our house at 9:30AM (2-hour travel to school, YOLO) because I was busy packing stuff that apparently I didn’t need. The bus has this nifty shiz. I remember riding this bus on our field trips but I don’t remember them having this.

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Overclock: Going Beyond the Limits (TomWeb team building 2011)

The most awaited TomWeb sem break event ever! So for the first time in TomWeb’s 4  years of existence, we will be having such a big off-campus team building activity! The past ones were just for the core group, but now, we included members as well. Being a senior member (darn it, I hate saying that lol), I was one of the facilitators in this activity. This is a two-day and one-night activity, most of which were held at Loreland Farm Resort in Antipolo.

We started off with a talk about personality development lead by the very awesome Kuya Dunn and the basics of leadership by Ms. Maryfe, a guidance counselor from the Faculty of Arts and Letters.

Wasn’t able to listen to these talks because my co-faci and I were cramming the ID cards. Gave it to the participants, warm and fresh from the laminating machine.

So we boarded this shiny new UST coaster to Antipolo. First of all, we paid for the rent of this little shiny bastard and IT REALLY COSTS A  LOT. We were able to use the bus only in going to Antipolo, because other than we can’t afford its rental fee anymore, it is not available for the next day.

That’s the pack when we arrived in Loreland. It’s a perfect place for this activity actually, too bad due to the absence of expressways to Antipolo, we took so much time going here. Anyway, Loreland is a nice place with all the nature stuff and its breathtaking view of the land below Antipolo. I’ve been seeing this view since I can remember but it still never fails to amaze me. Also, I really think what we paid for is really worth it, I’ve been in a certain camp once and I paid almost the same price, but there are fewer pools and less comfortable beds (sleeping on matresses which are on the floor, ftl. I can’t breathe easily when I sleep on the floor so yeah, pretty disturbing experience). We also had a much bigger place for the talks. So anyway, after going to our rooms we ate our lunch, which is honey frickin chicken. Oh my god. The first time I tasted a sweet fried chicken. It was awesome. After which we proceeded to the talk about business letter writing by our very supportive adviser, Ma’am Gie.

And then comes the very tasty merienda, arroz caldo! Matched with a perfect black gulaman. Ah, heaven indeed. Anyway, we prepared a little challenge for this merienda.

Can you guess what it is? Oh well, just this:

LOL. They have to choose their partner who will assist them in eating the arroz caldo. XD

Many thanks to Loreland’s WiFi (which, I must say, is pretty fast) we were able to do a live stream of the event through UStream.

After the merienda, we then had our amazing race. JC and I were in-charge of the blind man’s trail, which made us literally blind because darkness approached while we’re on it. :/

After that, we had our sharing of the lessons learned in the activity and had our dinner at Loreland’s ambient resto.

Our president, Marian, gave a talk about the basics of choosing a project and project proposals that evening while I was busy cramming some stuff hahaha.

We also had some ice breaker games…

After the talk, the participants were given free time while waiting for their turn to be on the hot seat for the interview with the facilitators. I was not able to be part of the interviews because my throat is killing me, and I was worried that I might not be able to do my talk about marketing the next day. Also, I was not able to swim in the pools. 🙁

We stayed at nice rooms, though the girls didn’t get to enjoy the rooms much because their’s was smaller that the rooms for the facilitators and the guys. XD Anyway, each room has a TV and a ref in it. Marian and Bea spent some time watching Pure Love. XD

So the next day, we woke up at around 6am,and found interesting people who would prefer doing this for sleep’s sake:

LOL, kidding. That’s our photog head, Melo, who has always been a sleepyhead (that came from his older brother, lol).

After breakfast I headed the talk about marketing and public relations. Then, we had our project presentation of the groups’ project proposals.

After which, we had a closed-door meeting of the core group while the others swam around or prepared for their variety show. It was not really fun, lol. Maybe because they were not given much time and resources for it.

After the show, the facilitators had their sharing of TW experiences. Which can be viewed in our saved videos at UStream.

It was a very successful and fun activity! Can’t wait what the next batch of core group will come up with. XD