Tuesday, August 25, 2009

I.E Acquaintance Party '09

Last August 22, 2009, Saturday, the IE students of the University of San Carlos had their Acquaintance Party at Costabella Tropical Beach Hotel located at Lapu-lapu Cebu. And unfortunately, I'm one of the organizers and being one is laborious . You will be a planner, budget minister,coordinator, facilitator, a servant and even a runner. To prove you these, I'll share to you my experiences in making this event a successful one.

It was around the middle of June when we started talking about our acquaintance party. Where will it be, when and what are the things needed to make the party possible . Though at that time we never discussed it seriously. After 2 weeks or so, we started looking for a resort which we think that it would be the first and best thing to do . By good luck, we found a resort right away.From then, we took the next steps which is to contact the buses, for the sound system,set a budget and plan for the program. These are just the highlights among the things needed. As time draw nearer, the more I became worried (though I never showed it to the other officers for i don't want them to feel the same way too) but one thing I couldn't hide was my excitement.

Then the most awaited day came. It was around 8:30 in the morning when I arrived at the Bennie's eatery where I had to pay and get the food we ordered days before. The food was for those who will set up things in the resort before the party. At around 11 o'clock in the morning, I and Aimee went to the school and waited for the 3 Villahermosa buses that will serve as transporation of those students who couldn't bring or don't have their cars. As usual, one of the 3 buses had a problem and the other 2 buses were late.And the school guards were so inconsiderate. They were also very "BANGA" in giving instructions. So I have to run from one place to another. And take note, USC-TC, haller,bukid jud ka ha nah..Anyway, at exactly 1:30 p.m., the last bus drove off.

When we arrived at the place,I felt exhausted...But the place was so nice that it cast away my weary.It's really a White party with plain white decorations,tables covered with white cloth and stuff like that.And one thing I love the most about the place is that it was like we exclusively rented it...

The first part was the registration, it was so organized and I'm so proud of my co-officers, they did a good job.

It was followed by a mass officiated by Rev. Fr. Nestor H. Ubalde, SVD .Then we had our games facilitated by Nonah and company.

At around 6:00 p.m. we had our dinner.The type of food was Accents of Asia.

It was great but I have no appetite at that time. I don't know maybe because I was thinking if the food would be enough since the management of Costa didn't commit the agreement regarding serving the food. What we had agreed was, there will be personnel who will assist but at that time they don't have enough crew. But luckily, the food was more than enough.While eating, 2 bands ,the 3rd years and 4th years, had the time to show off their talent in music.After an hour, the program proper begun.

First we had the Crush ng I.E which was incorporated together with the raffle draw. It was fun. I had lots of laughs at that time.

It was really entertaining. In the raffle draw the first prize was a cellphone ( N5000), second prize was a Samsung MP3, then the third prize was a Skechers watch. The 3 consolation prizes were all Gift Certificates,from National Bookstore,Metro Gaisano and Yellow Cab all worth 500 each. But badly, I didn't won any in the raffle draw, even consolation prizes..hehehehe. Well anyway, congratulations to those who won the raffle draw.

The next part was the presentation of each batch. The first to present were the first years, followed by the second years and so on. The last to present were the faculty members. They had a band where Sir Donn as the vocalist and Sir Ritche in the guitar. They played together with some of the 5th years.

Because we enjoyed the party very much, I didn't notice that it was already almost 10 p.m..And the people staying in the resort were already complaining about the noise. But the students were still eager to have a band showdown. And
basically, we never got the chance to have the jamming time. We fail to budget the time properly.
In the contract, we only have until 10 o'clock in the evening so we really have to pack up things. But we tried to ask the management if we could extend a little while, but we never got the luck.

After packing up, we then proceeded home. But on our way, some of the 5th years called up Mikyu. They were grouching because they were left by the buses. They said that they went out of the resort the time we stated that the buses will go and that is 10:30 p.m. Mikyu explained to them that the buses were already full so even if they got the buses on sight, they still cant get in for they were already too late. But they were so angry and they even asked for a refund. So Mikyu granted them. They were 29 with 12.50 pesos each as a refund which will be given the following week.

It was almost 11 o'clock when I arrived at my apartment. Freshen up, watched tv for about 15 minutes then cope some z's.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Exploring the Pride of Oslob

Last Saturday, August 1, I and some of the CBS (Cebu Blogger Society) members discovered fun and adventure. Wondering where that discovery is?!..Well it's an astonishing and magnificent island located in the Southeastern tip of Cebu - the Sumilon Bluewater Island Resort.

It was around 5:35 when Jessa and I arrived at SM Cebu (meeting place). While waiting for the others to come, we just took pictures and had some small talks. Timely, when the team was almost complete, 3 vans arrived which would serve as our transpo from SM to our Destination... I, Jessa, Aimee and Mikyu rode at the first van since there were only 6 of them in it. At first I was hesitant to talk because I don't know the other 6 I'm with at that time. I was reluctant to show my stupidity and mischievous behavior then but moments later I became a little bit comfortable with them for they let me feel that I'm very much welcome. I then started to talk with Mark and AJ, I enjoyed chatting with them for I can somehow relate myself in.

When we arrived in Car-Car, the team had to stop over in a fast food chain to take breakfast. After filling our stomach in we continued our trip.

Instead of doing nothing and just wait for us to arrive, we let ourselves be entertained with some talks and throwing jokes to each other even to the one driving.. Minutes later, we can now perceive with our eyes the hidden paradise we had been enthusiastically longing for hours. It was around 10:30 a.m. I think when we arrived at the place -where we had to ride a pump boat which would normally take for about 15 minutes from the mainland to the island resort but unexpectedly, sir Ruben, the man behind this great discovery, gave us a tour around the island. I was so thrilled and excited thinking how adventurous would it be.. After having a short tour we then got off the boat and was welcome with great smiles by the staffs with Sir Greg P. Perral-Resident Manager. They were so accommodating. Felt like I'm a VIP at that time. hahahahahaha..

We then went to their Pavilion which is so solemn and relaxing. They then fed us with clubhouse sandwiches and fries or something.

We were eating while Sir Greg was telling something about the wonders of Sumilon Bluewater Island Resort. I was so delighted realizing how lucky I am that I got the chance to be there and witnessed the beauty of the place.. After that, we then got the opportunity to explore the exquisiteness of the island and uncover the secret behind its simple yet elegant ambiance.

At around 11:30 a.m. or so, we went back to the Pavilion to take our lunch. ...Waaaaaaah, it was a buffet and the food was soooooooooo mouth watering. I ate a lot that it made my day more colorful..hahahaha...After that we continued taking pictures,Vanity Reigns...hahahahahhaha....and then we went kayaking. It was so fun,fun,fun. We then went to the Sandbar, my favorite part of the trip. There I experienced sandstorm , hahahahahaha, it made me realized that even how small that thing is, it still can hurt. There, I played with the big, enraged waves and trying to defeat them..hahahahaha..

And again, we headed back to the Pavilion. Others went swimming at the pool while others went to freshen up. A while later, snacks were then served. It was a pasta carbonara, it was very satisfying.

And it was almost 6:00 pm already when we drove back to the city.

It was 8:45 p.m. when I reached home. I was so burned out that I got to sleep right away.