Still around

I've disappeared off this blog for a while. Many things are happening in my life right now, most of which I have not been able to bring myself to blog about just yet.

But I'm well and good, and recently organised a department retreat for around 70 people. It was a whole day event, and a massive task - made more challenging by the huge cut in budget we had to make do with year.

I love the concept we have though. In this tradition, a day is set aside for the management team to appreciate the rest of the staff, and for everyone to appreciate their colleagues. It is a celebration of individuals in the department for the job well done the previous year.

We started off the day with the management team making real fruit juices for everyone. Orders were taken a couple of days before for requested juice mixes, so we bought the stuff beforehand. I also ran a Breakfast Iron Chef competition, where teams were given some ingredients, and had to barter for other ones to compete to make the best breakfasts.
In the afternoon, we took everyone out for a surprise vist to 2 farms. One was a little organic farm, where we were treated to a tour and health talk, and learnt how to make different types of salads. Many colleagues were really keen on the health benefits of certain plants, and took home a couple of leaves.
We ended off the day with a visit to a fish farm. Everyone got to experience 'longkang' fishing, and take home fish. I was a little apprehensive that this would be too childish a thing to do, but to my surprise, everything plunged into it with much fervour, with a mini competition building up to see who caught more fish!

After days of planning, checking out places, and shopping for the various required items, PLUS the heat of the actual day, I was completely conked out that evening. I had to nap in my office cubicle (!) that evening before driving home. I didn't trust myself to drive in such tiredess.

10 comments:

~tif;fany* said...

you are missed, sharon!! =)

Candice said...

good to hear from you again! was wondering what happened to you..

moo said...

Sounds really fun! and well-planned. and glad you're back.

celcilia_tjioe said...

Welcome back to the blogsphere..! =) Glad to observe yor new post after decades of disappearance.. Hehe.

BeanBean said...

hey, was wondering about you. good to see you blogging again. hope you've recovered -- it sounded like you had a hectic day!

poiema said...

think everyone got a bit worried cos u usually blog so regularly! Hope all is well and take good care. Hugs.

Jacinta said...

I brought the kids to the fish farm/area before! Haha.

Missed your updates. :)

corsage said...

tiffany: Awwww ok I'll try to pop back in more often. Hope you are doing ok!

candice: Thanks :) I'll share more soon.

moo: Yay! It was fun - but I was soooo drained after that.

celcilia: Hahaha, 'decades'?!! Thanks for the warm welcome!

beanbean: Yes it was really hectic. I'm still hanging in there now!

poiema: Thanks dear - I'm ok, no worries :) You take good care too and enjoy the break.

jacinta: Haha, I'm sure they enjoyed themselves! We had no time to try the fish spa. They had really HUGE fishes in there!

Little Miss Snooze said...

Sounds like a great dept retreat! I like the Brekkie Iron Chef Idea.

corsage said...

lms: Yay! We loved that idea too. It helped us save money in catering breakfast and morning tea. PLUS was a good activity that everyone enjoyed.