Sunday, April 28, 2013

PS&MIS Team Palawan Tour 2013: Day 1

MSI-ECS PS&MIS Teambuilding 2013
Puerto Princesa & El Nido, Palawan
April 12-14, 2013

Before it happened, we've gone through a series of meetings just to make this ambitious team building a reality. Spearheaded by our AVP, everyone agrees to join in the summer fun. It's not easy because firstly, it is expensive and secondly, with the compressed itinerary, it seems really exhausting. We had doubts but no matter what, we made it happen!

Behold, the convincing power of Sir Tom! =)
From rented Jeepney, Coaster, Bus...  now, a Plane!
The 41 of us took Zest Air, while the remaining 16 takes Air Phil.
There were delays on both flights due to runway/air traffic at the airport. But finally, we all touched down safely at Puerto Princesa! We traveled straight to El Nido. The road is dark and bumpy. And there sure are lots of curves! It's a roller coaster ride!

We gather up at Robinson's Palawan by around 10:30 PM.

We don't supposedly have an accommodation but at the last minute, our heads decided to rent a transient house. Thanks to our travel agent, we found one! But the challenge is, there are only 3 rooms and 1 CR! It's impossible to accommodate everyone but it's better than having nothing at all...

By 9:00 AM, we began our Island Tour. Our first destination: Small Lagoon. 
The rock formations are majestic and the water is calm and clear. It's better to rent a kayak when exploring the small lagoon.  

Our second destination: Big Lagoon

The Big Lagoon's exit...

Next up: The Secret Lagoon

You have to pass through a small hole to get inside the secret lagoon.
You might not get in if the tide is high.

We had our lunch at Shimizu Island, on the buffet table: rice, sliced tomato, cucumber and onions, buttered shrimp, chicken adobo, grilled fish (of different varieties), pinakbet, banana, sliced red and yellow watermelon.

We also shot some clips for our team building official video here. 

We spent the rest of the day snorkeling and bonding at the Helicopter Island
(the island can be seen at the end of the movie "Bourne Legacy")
Marvel the beauty of Helicopter Island!

Aqua shoes, snorkeling gear and underwater camera is a MUST-HAVE when you take a tour around El Nido's magnificent Islands =) Enjoy your visit!

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