Recalling Laiya

One year in the making yet I haven’t still talked about our office’s team building last year. It  was a two-day activity  held in Blue Coral Beach Resort in Laiya, Batangas. I could barely remember what happened except for the fact that our team won the games! Ha!

Blue Coral's beach front.

Blue Coral’s beach front.


Having a pool works to the resort's advantage.

Having a pool works to the resort’s advantage.

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Summer Kickoff at White Rock Waterpark and Beach Resort!

Last March 30-31, 2012, our office held its annual teambuilding at White Rock Waterpark and Beach Hotel inSubic, Zambales. The place is ideal for companies and organizations that are looking for summer getaway without the hassles of long road travels.

White Rock shoreline.

How to Get There

Since it was an office activity, we had no problems getting there courtesy of the bus arranged by the Transportation Committee. (Side note: We have committees every time there’s a big office event. I’ve been a part of the venue committee for the office’s past two teambuildings). The group left Bicutan at around 8 AM. We arrived at Puregold in SBMA proper at around 12 NN already due to the heavy traffic we encountered in EDSA.

Front lobby.

If you are going there via public transportation, all you have to do is a board a Victory Liner bus going to Olongapo. Travel time is about four to five hours depending on the traffic. From the Olongapo terminal, you have to walk a bit to the main highway then board a “red” jeepney. White Rock will be situated on your left just after the strip of beaches in barangay Baretto.

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The Caliraya Experience

I can finally breathe. Our office team building was so successful thanks to the help of my co-members in the venue and program committee. I would have not done it without you guys! Of course, we owe majority of our success to our awesome venue, the Caliraya Resort Club, Inc.

How to Get There

Caliraya is about 2-3 hours drive away from Manila. If you are coming via a private car, take the Calamba exit at SLEX and follow the main highway that will take you to LB, Bay, Sta. Cruz, Pagsanjan, and finally Lumban. Upon reaching Lumban Church, turn left until you see a Y road. The right road will lead you Caliraya. You can’t miss the resort because they have signages all over Laguna.

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Should I Open a Travel Agency?


Lol. What a title. My whole day passed like a whirlwind. I probably contacted several resorts and hotels and also looked at the outskirts of the Internet to search for transportation services. You see… effective today, I’m already a travel agent.

Nah. Just kiddin. I was assigned to be one of  lead in organizing our office’s teambuilding and it’s not a joke. >_> I already organized a strategic planning before in Tagaytay and I almost died. I promised myself that I’d never do that again but look here I am trying to killl myself again. I have no issues with trying to find a venue as long as there’s still enough time. Our teambuilding is scheduled on May 5-6, so good to luck to me on finding a decent place for 50-60 people.

I and some of my high school friends are also planning a trip this May. While finding a hotel or resort was easy, transportation was totally a different story. Thankfully, my researching skills didn’t fail me and now I’m trying to haggle with a travel agency for car rental services. 😀

Oh well. Good luck to me and to my travel arrangement activities. I hope everything will turn out well.