For the past couple of weeks I have gone through the craziest time of my life. If my parents were here, they would only say ONE WORD…….MADNESS!!! Having said that, they will make me drink lots of chicken tonic soup.
The very day I came back from travelling, I had badminton competition the next day. Many companies took part. My husband’s company sent out 2 leagues, 6 teams in all. Overall, we got 1st runner-up…..yippee! I won 2 out of 4 games, playing women’s doubles instead of mixed doubles. It was a last minute arrangement for the sake of the whole team to give us a higher chance of winning. So, I must say my partner and I did very well. We were all very pleased with our performance……*smiling*
And before my tiredness was over, I went for a church weekend team building retreat at Abernethy Adventure Centre In Scotland. Gosh…I am still suffering from the pain and tiredness. I feel like I have been put through the washing machine and all my bones and joints had been jolted out of place. About 40 of us went through a few hours of gruelling, challenging activities in a day……in the name of TEAM BUILDING! What a way to learn about team work, getting out of our comfort zones and daring to do what we would never dream of doing. Did I regret it? No, of course not. It was one of the best retreats that I had been….worth all the pain, cuts, scratches, bruises or blisters!
The journey there was wonderful…..beautiful sceneries all the way. Half way, we saw some horses in the field and stopped to watch. The horses came running to us and allowed us to stroke them. That’s so cool! I have never touched a horse before. These horses are just so friendly.
At the retreat centre, I shared a room with a friend. Awww……. I just love her. She is 59 years old but so full of life and energy. We chatted late into the night. She is totally inspirational, very excited about what she is doing. I was so delighted when she said she didn’t mind sleeping on the upper bunker….phew…what a huge relief! I would have freaked out completely to sleep so high up! I would probably come ‘flying’ down onto the floor in the middle of the night…haha.
Now the exciting part…the challenges! Here are just some photos of a few of the many challenges. Would be too many to put up. Looking at the pictures, I just can’t believe that I did it all. I’m not too sure how many times my heart almost stopped beating….haha.
There were 4 teams. A professional coach was assigned to each team just to make sure we did not do silly stuff and kill ourselves! No! He is there to see that we don’t cheat….haha. Of course he was there to take us running around to the different challenges. Otherwise I’m sure all of us will be lost in the forest….haha.
This is the first challenge. Ever imagine myself getting over this high wall? Never in a million years! I almost chicken out…haha. But I did it….yeah. I just had to trust those 2 strong men there not to drop me! The sun was very bright that day which explains that white ring at the top.
Now this is total madness. Each one in our team (10 of us) has to pass through the holes of this big spider web, without repetition and without touching the ropes. If anyone touches the rope, all of us have to start all over again. It happened once….*sigh*. But finally all of us managed to get through from one side to the other side. Guess which hole I passed through? You probably can’t guess right. It’s the one on the furthest right against the tree at ground level. It’s so small!! I can touch the tree but not the rope. I managed that…..yeah!!! Thank God for my small frame….*wink* Some have to be carried through the holes with tender loving care…haha….as the holes were higher up.
My gosh…this is crazy! Everyone had to go through the hanging tyre from one side of the net to the other side. Again I am so thankful I am small size. So happy all of us managed to get through…big or small, short or tall……..lalalalalalala! By the way, that’s not me in the picture here!
This is the final morning challenge between the 4 teams. It’s a whole long stretch of different challenges between 2 teams at a time. It’s like a fight for dear life to win! There was the ground balancing beam, getting over a wall, jumping through tyres on the ground, another wall to climb over, a very long black tube to pass through, another balancing beam, holding onto a rope and swinging over a small pond to the other side, climb up the net and down again, crawl through a long section held down by net and run back to starting point as a team. We were all breathless by the time we reached the end and ran back to the starting point….half dead! Our team got 1st runner-up…..yeah!!
Here’s a few pictures of the exhausting fun that we had:
Oh dear, I felt too big to go through this long, black tube….black, dirty and gloomy inside. I had to crawl through, upward until the middle when the tube lost balance and tilted downward to the other end…….arrrrrgggghhhh….I felt like falling and sliding off!!!
And then…WHAM….I hit the mat and fell out, much to the amusement of everyone around! I thought I saw moon and stars…haha. Well, I had to quickly gather myself up and run to the next challenge.
This one is scary. You have to swing across to the net on the other side. If you can’t get over, you will drop into the dirty water. A few fell in. I held onto the rope for dear life and gave a good jump with my legs curled up. Once you hit the net, quickly let go of the rope and cling onto the net. Phew …I did it!!
With everyone cheering around, I climbed up the net as fast as I could and down the other side. Not bad huh!
Oh no…more nets! Climbing and crawling never seem to end. This last one is really challenging, crawling on muddy ground, tied down by a net. You can’t look up. You just have to look down and keep crawling like a baby! I crawled so fast as if chased by tigers….haha
Phew…finally I reached the end…so happy…not caught by tigers….haha!!!!
Well, is that all? NO! We had a simple lunch and then we got to choose another challenge…the final one. This one is not a competition but more for fun. I chose dry skiing. I have never tried skiing so thougt it would be fun. Well, I soon came to realise that this one is for the daring and the tough ones. It was dangerous actually. Once you fall, the ski continues to slide off, dragging you along. I fell a couple of times and hurt my shoulder and ankle so I decided to stop. I can’t afford any injury because I don’t want to miss my badminton. It was fun looking at others ski, too. Many fell like me. We were true baby skiers…..*smiling*….but some grew fast!
To sum it all up, it was an awesome retreat. I would love to go again if there’s a chance. It’s a great place to learn to work together as a team and do stuff that you would be too afraid to do on your own. I had learned a lot. It’s all worth the pain. Above it all, I met a lot of new friends and get to know others better.
How true to say, ‘Winners Don’t Quit and Quitters Don’t Win!” We are winners! Also, the strength of a team is just as strong as the weakest one. We need others and help one another to achieve.
On top of that, the food served were very delicious. The best was the lasagna served with garlic bread and salad followed by apple pie with ice cream before we headed home (first picture above).
I hope all of you have fun every weekend.
Keep Learning Keep Smiling