Thursday, May 17, 2012

And then there was the time I fed cats in Loreland

Well hey, I'm back in Manila so that must mean randomly turning up at company events and taking pictures of things. I tagged along for a teambuilding weekend held in Loreland.

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I can't really describe how to get there, except that it involved a people carrier with about fifty people in it and a bunch of hills and stuff.

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The main function hall had an amazing karaoke machine inside, which played videos with no relevance whatsoever to the song at hand. Highlights included a female diver who kept putting a crab - or something - into her mouth while the Rolling Stones belted out Paint it Black and some sort of folky lovesong warbling "Hold me once more, darling" while a T-Rex mauled two other dinos.

Unfortunately I didn't get a shot of that, but here's a picture of some fish.

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Of course the room wasn't ready when we got there, so everybody else vanished while GUESS WHO stood around for half an hour in front of the industrial sized fan. It was worth the wait though.

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The bed did come with one unexpected vistor, in the shape of this guy.

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Believe me when I say there's nothing more terrifying than the prospect of Steve the funny bug thing plopping in your mouth at 2AM, but there we go. It was time to walk around and take pictures of things like a flower and some bunches of...uh....more things?

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In terms of structure, it reminds me of one of those old Japanese Samurai castles on top of the highest point of a hill, and everything else rolls down....and down some more.....until you end up at a big drop. What the pictures can't convey is the horribly intense heat coupled with the utterly brutal climb back up the endless oversized steps. That was not fun at all. And I'm pretty good at knowing when something isn't fun.

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If you fell off the edge here, you'd probably bounce quite a few times on the way down.

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Thankfully everything was made better by a collection of stray kittens that kept popping up for the duration of the stay.

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That, and a painful documentation of my complete inability to win a game of pool.

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I assure you, I'm crying on the inside.

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After that, it was time for the evening event. Some of the team put on a live band, others jumped around in a pool and the rest played various games while I continued taking pictures in a decidedly furtive fashion.

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I also inexplicably sat around for two hours under a flimsy parasol talking about work in the middle of a thunderstorm while sharp parasol spikes came tumbling down from the balcony directly above. However, random homeless kitten came back and brought a couple of friends, so they enjoyed numerous pieces of swiped chicken and other bits of meat. I've probably also caused them to spend the rest of their days aggressively attacking people for food, so it's a win all round really.

1 comment:

SoroSuub1 said...

What camera do you use?