Sunday, May 30, 2010

A Taste of Bali

I wish it were the real Bali! Early this morning, we headed up to Tagaytay, a mountain city south of Manila. It was our company's annual team building, and despite my initial (strong) misgivings, I went anyway.

The venue is called Bali Village Hotel, and as the name implies, it is patterned after Balinese architecture. There are slight similarities, as you can see from the photos below.

Tagaytay is known for being windy and its cool atmosphere - it was a tad windy, and a bit cool, but it wasn't the same. The hotel premises were pretty nice, though.
That's the ceiling of the pavilion where our main activities were held. I thought the lamps were pretty cool.That's the pool - no it wasn't that dark. I just don't know how to adjust the light settings! I didn't bring my suit with me so I had to be content with being dry all day.

I want a house with a yard like this.
Oh yes, there was beer - lots of it!
An afternoon of good company and SML...what more can you ask for? Ahhh, but there's more to come, for we went to this nice little coffee shop on the way home (that's for another post).

I was just thinking...I am glad that I went to the team building even if I didn't really want to (I don't normally go to these things). I realized that I am indeed taking a gigantic step in the next couple of weeks, yet it is one of those things that you just have to do.

I've worked in the business-education sector for the last 6 or 7 years, and I have learned so much. I don't think I can ever forget the experiences I've gone through. From ESL to EFL to lsat prep to tutoring kids - these experiences are things that I'll keep for the rest of my life.

There comes a time, though, when you realize that you have to let go and move on to the next wild adventure that awaits you. Yeah, I am scared, but heck, I am also excited. As that song from Wicked says:

Too late for second-guessing
Too late to go back to sleep
It's time to trust my instincts
Close my eyes: and leap!

Yep - I am defying gravity, and a taste of Bali helped reinforce that just a little bit!

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