Tuesday, November 17, 2009

do we...?

Last Friday, I attended my company’s (group level) Annual Leadership Conference.

Like every year, there were colleagues coming from various subsidiary companies, located at different parts of the country, as well as from a number of oversea countries. There were a total of 366 participants this year.

Like every year, there’s a theme, or a focus for the Group’s direction. Presentations were made by different subsidiaries on the achievements, strategies, and plans based on the theme. And like the past Leadership Conferences, I’m impressed and blessed with the group’s achievements.

Unlike every year, there is no book of note (based on the theme) to bring home this time.

But like every year, yummy food was abundant:
- buffet breakfast from as early as 7.00am to 8.30am.
- tea break from 10.00am – 10.30am.
- lunch from 1.00pm – 2.00pm.
- tea break from 4.00pm – 4.30pm.
- Luckily there’s no dinner involved this year.

With all the yummy spread of food, it’s hard to decline. There was not a single moment I was hungry in the conference (whereas on normal working days, I am often hungry and frequently munching on snacks).

It’s a norm, isn’t it? Every conference/ seminar/ course that I attend, I am sure to be bombarded with food. Do we really need to eat so frequent? And so much? I mean food takes quite awhile to be digested. I wonder if this is a normal Malaysian practice or is this happening at other parts of the world as well?

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smallkucing said...

That's why so many people doze off during conference. Tummy full best thing to do is zzz. My former company's seminar or course also like dat, breakfast, teatime, lunch, tea time and if you are from outstation and stay at the hostel, you will also get free dinner.

reanaclaire said...

4 times is a norm.. when we go on course outstation, one day 6 meals ah...!!! till supper also got... crazy...hahaa..

BoeyJoey said...

I think it's crazy lor... wantan mee, satay, dim sum, murtabak for tea? And that's 1.5 hour after a full breakfast *pening* And I can see hotel staffs keep topping up!

If tea breaks are meant for socialising/ mingle around, I think having juice, coffee, tea and mint will be sufficient lo... Reduce waste and reduce waistline...

Mummy Gwen said...

I want to be in your position..hahaha.

wenn said...

it always like that when I went for courses too..never ever hungry..

A Mom's Diary said...

Wah, which hotel serves sooo much "heavy" food for tea? Next time I will organise my meetings there :-) I find that Asian hotels normally serve heavier food for tea, whereas most European and American hotels will only have tea/coffee and maybe some cookies, pastries and sandwiches. But then again, it's typical of Asian culture to use food for social bonding :-)

BoeyJoey said...

A Mom's Diary: Heavy huh? Don't know whether it's because we're under the same group of companies, so tea is that "heavy". Not sure if the hotel provides same heavy tea for every other seminars :-). Breakfast and lunch are taken at the restaurants (also same group of companies).

Looked like everyone is more busy eating than doing anything else :-).


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