Another company seminar, another summer spin!
What I love about these seminar/workshops is they always take you on a special trip to a special venue which is usually out of town and – all expenses paid. Trouble is, I find it hard to mix business with pleasure. So I always stayed more on the pool than in the function hall. Like in the just concluded Wonder Island Resort powwow, I spent more time roaming the place than listening to the blahs of the resource speaker. Pardon me, but I was just seizing the day. I always do.
The island resort (owned and managed by the Pua clan of Calamba) is just a two-hour drive from Manila inclusive of the crawling traffic of Calamba city’s narrow and tricycle-packed arteries. Add to that the brief but breathtaking 5-minute mini-boat ride from the pantalan to the haven. Never mind the murky waters, and at least they have demolished the silly fish pens away.
A refreshing tea for a welcome drink and the alluring sight of sparkling pools empty of bathers.
An uphill walk (or a golf cart ride) from the pool area leads to other amenities such as the Chapel, Convention Hall and the hotel rooms wherein one can have a spectacular view of the Talim Island from the veranda. In fact, the resort has a 360-degree view of the whole of Laguna and Rizal province. Across the chapel is the Function hall for seminar/conferences, and just above it is the Game room complete with billiard tables, dartboards and table tennis. A stroll further down along the bougainvilla-adorned pathway ends in a camping ground and a couple of idle helipads. Needless to mention is the crisp gusty winds on the hill that’s all day long.