Thursday, July 12, 2012
Back from my department's Away Day and just in case anyone curious, it's Wells department - sometimes it's funny to see reaction of non oil-gas people coz it do sounds weird when I said I'm working in Wells, haha. Anyhow, it was a great, fantastic, mind-blowing day! Roughly, there were three sessions - morning was discussion related to work, afternoon was the sport activities and night, BBQ dinner (which we didn't do ourselves but the resort did all the BBQ, we just picked and ate, hehe). Morning and night, not too much to tell, I guess it was almost similar to any kind of activities of work-related and functions that I attended. But the afternoon part was the fun team activities! We did team building and obstacles.
Obstacles were running in-out tires that set on ground, climbed 7ft wall, crawling under mosquitoes-netting-like material (no barb wires), swinging from one to another across a pit (no rain so no water), climbed down a 12ft wall, climbed up and down a tires-hill and lastly, crawling under half rubber-like pipe. I did the climbing 7ft wall and tires wall and others. I wanted to try others but we agreed to let the guys do everything to finish faster and I only had the my t-shirt from morning to night, haha (there were five guys, three girls but most of time, only two girls as one couldn't do too much because of her health).
The team-building activities in the afternoon, there were three. I can't recall the full name so I just use what I remember, hehe. First, spider where we need to go through "web" of strings without touching the strings, whether with our hands, clothes, hair (my case, head scarves) and whatever that connected to our body. Four guys crawled on the hole at the bottom, one had to go through assisted in the middle hole because there wasn't any hole left for bottom (we only can use holes at the bottom and top once and middle holes can be used anytime). Us girls (only two of us) were also carried into the middle hole by those guys, like pushing a pencil through a rubber band. We tried 3 times with the other girl - 1st, her hair touched the string, 2nd, her hand were flying around, touched the string and 3rd, finally able to get through. Me, one try and I was focusing hard to keep still (thanks, Pilate, for helping me control my body!) and I barely able feel all those hands helping me to go through, no touching the important "parts", phew!
2nd team building activities, barrel where half of the team were moving together on top of the three barrels and the other half helped to move the barrels, forth and back. Going forth will be the 1st half of the team on the barrels then we switched so that 2nd half on top and other half moved the barrels. I was on the 1st half, I thought I would be partners with the other girl. But somehow I ended up with my ex-team colleague (ex coz our team has disbanded once the operation completed), I was relief that I got her because he was a strong-looking guy (I confess that I sometimes ogled at his bare arms and legs as he wore sleeveless shirt and shorts and he looks strong enough to carry me, hehe). Compare to the other guy who also on 1st half and I dunno if together with the shorter, slimmer girl (she probably less 50kg while I'm 58kg, less 3" than my height 5ft 2") we can balance together. I did feel guilty that I had to stand as close as possible with my partner on one barrel, holding his arms AND enjoyed it a bit, it's not something I'm used to do - I usually avoid touching other guys other than my dad, uncles by blood, grandpa and brother.
Third team building, toxic where we need to carry a container contained small balls (toxic) with long ropes. Those ropes were "couples", one couple is actually one rope that went through two holes so that each end made two ropes. One person by another, we need to release half of ropes that we hold. Say, one holds one couple rope, so when it's time to release, let go one end and quickly pull the other end so that the end that released not touching the ground. Oh, did I tell you that those ropes and the container can't touch the ground? So, after taking quite a long time to understand the game (we at first didn't understand the instruction, haha), we able to move the container and poured out the "toxic" into a pail, we managed to get almost everything, yay! According to the instructor, some team lost all balls to the ground so we did quite good :D
Oh, I forgot, there was another activity that I couldn't wait - boating! We competed with other team, in a boat of 4 people. The rule was half of the team rowed forth and back then switched the 2nd half. This time I was the 2nd half, I volunteered to be with the other guys and the other two girls be in same team so it was 1st half with 2 girls + 2 guys and 2nd half with 3 guys and 1 girl (me). I thought it was best for the girls to stick together as those girls are smaller than me (less than 50kg, maybe less than 5ft while I'm nearly 60kg and 5ft 2"). Not that I felt I'm fatter but logically, I thought those girls should be together in a team to be more balance :D It was so much fun rowing the boat, even though my arms felt like nearly out from sockets and I was a bit afraid of falling in the lake!
Tonight, it will be deep sleep, to get enough recover from those fantastic, sweaty activities and tomorrow (Friday), need to go to office, hope I will not falling asleep, haha. And I also hope that I will not lose my voice as I did lots of shouting, cheering for my team and other people. It was very, very loud shout and I've never done this voice level since I left school about 13 years ago! I guess I still have the loud voice, yay!