Every now and then it is nice to unwind and enjoy a piece of the world and the company of one’s friends. In the midst of the summer season, KSearch decided to beat the heat in Canyon Cove Resort in Nasugbu, Batangas on May 11, 2013. Taking a break from the cold calls, phone screening and interviews, the KSearch family took this chance to refresh and rejuvinate. And of course, no outing would be complete without the (sadistic) Admin planning some recreational activities to test teamwork, wits and physical strength (which were actually torturous contraptions designed to induce heat stroke and bone-related injuries).
The Admin divided the KSearch family into Yellow and Green teams. The Yellow team was composed of Ross, Mia, Cathie, Karla, Mina, Joyce, Clyde and Dave. The Green team comprised of Erwyn, Rubi Ann, Kuya Ferds, Evie, Heidi, Pat, Inah and Raine. The two teams slugged it out in a cheering competition first with the Yellow team opting for their tweaked version of Shakira’s Waka-Waka. The Green Team went with their routine that was reminiscent of UAAP Cheering Competitions. According to the Admin, it was a very close fight, but the Green Team’s cheer proved to be better.
Immediately afterwards, the teams were subjected to grueling contests under the summer sun (the kinds that could only originate from the darkest recesses of the human psyche) that would test their teamwork and memory. In the first contest, the teams must memorize a list of KSearch clients, overcome a hula hoop exercise, run a tire obstacle course, dance the limbo rock and struggle in a sack race. Then each team member was ordered to find and eat a chocolate gold coin from a flour-covered tray. They then proceeded back to their teams doing the same routine in reverse by each member of the team. When every team member was done, the teams must rush back to the Admin and then enumerate the KSearch clients that they memorized earlier. Initially, the Green team took the lead. But with each Yellow team member determined to avenge their loss earlier, they were able to catch up and gpt even.
In the second contest, the teams must fill a bucket with water using only a sponge. The water comes from another bucket at the other end of a very slippery tarpaulin. The teams must navigate their way through the tarpaulin, dip their sponge into the water-filled bucket and get back to fill the other bucket and then relay the sponge to their teammates.The team which collected the most water in 5 minutes wins. Both teams struggled to walk across the tarpaulin, some even slipped. But in the end, the Yellow team emerged victorious. The winning team was awarded with gold medals (and bragging rights).
After the games, everyone took their time enjoying the place, the summer sun and the sea breeze. In the relaxing atmosphere, the KSearch family recharged and rejuvinated. The trip ended with us having a taste of the famous Bulalo soup and other Tagaytay dishes while enjoying the view of the Taal Volcano. We went home feeling revitalized and ready to take on new challenges in the workplace.
- David Bien Paje
KSearch summer outing for 2013 in Canyon Cove, Batangas was very much worth the trip. Since I am practically a newbie in the company and I only had the chance to talk and meet a few people. It was a good experience to bond and get to know the team better. Teamwork, loyalty and understanding of teammates are critical in the growth of an organization. As team leader, I had the chance to get to know better my teammates and could already identify their strengths that can be utilized in the work place. I look forward to more of this in 2013 and the years to come.
- Erwyn Keith Lejano