It is essential for you to occasionally cease from striving at work and get some time to celebrate life with friends or family in the ambiance of nature. Remember to rest because work and rest have symbiotic relationship. One cannot exist without another. The quality of your work is determined by the quality of your investment to rest.
Since I started in the Bacolod Real Estate Sales industry, we have had regular times for team building in different places from the vicinity of Bacolod City. I grabe these opportunities so I can enjoy nature and rest.
This time, around 16 members of our sales team had an overnight camp in St. Francis Eco-Park in Don Salvador Benedicto, Negros Occidental.
The camping site can be considered as a mountain resort itself. It is very accessible because it’s located beside the provincial road. It took us around 1.5 hours to travel to the location from Bacolod City. Across the street from the resort was the stopping site of Ceres Liners- a bus company- with passengers travelling to and from Bacolod, San Carlos, Dumaguete, Cebu and Don Salvador. Cold air starts the moment you go up from Pandanon area. I think the air in St. Francis is colder.
At the center flat portion of the resort, there is a swimming pool with cold natural waters springing up from the nearby spring. The waters will be chilling at first, but you’ll get used to it especially if your group will play water games. Near the pool is a big bahay-kubo cottage good for 20-30 people. A group of 7 friends went overnight there bringing tents and inflatable sleeping bags.
Surrounding the swimming pool were hills with government-protected trees and small cottages. One cottage was for fishing from a nearby fishpond, and another was for small group fellowship. There were some eagles that occasionally fly above the site.
We set up our tents on a cottage above a small hill, just beside the steward’s house. Just below us is a flat grassland where we had our team-building activity for the day.
We brought our own preliminary foods, utensils and tents. At night, we grilled our own marinated pork. The site has available grilling tools and the steward even lent us some of their kitchen utensils. In case you miss to bring some food, there was a steady supply from the eatery / store beneath the resort because the bus stop overs did not seem to stop. There were occasional local vendors also who would offer us their native delicacies at cheap prices.
The next day, we went a short hiking just above the cottage where we stayed. We had a guide transacted by the steward. We had around 1.5 hours of walk, picture-taking and chatting. Few minutes walk from the site, there was a hidden garden filled with flowers beside a creek. It has a concrete cottage that could contain around 15 people. Further walk led us to more scenic views, mountain-top experiences and mini-forest treads. Before we went home, we paid the steward a total of 2,000 pesos for the 28 hours of stay of 16 people. We think it’s a good deal.
Overall, we had a good experience and we went home refreshed and renewed.