It’s been more than a month now working for GE Digital and it has been a mixed bag experience. The positive and the best thing happened to me here is meeting few bunch of crazy, fun-filled, easy-going friends. I’m an introvert and had a setback on how would I make friends being new in the company, would I be comfortable? etc. but everything faded in couple of days. Our’s is a group of 6 people which includes Venu, Kamal, Swati, Unni Krishnan, Navin and myself. One thing which is diverse in our group is that all of them belong to different states yet have a very good understanding among ourselves .
A small introduction about my friends. Let me start with VENUPRAKASH, from Telangana, has macho body and tells “Baigaan” often. Next comes, KAMAL, he is from Indore who is dirty at mind but clean from heart. Anything you say to him, it gets converted into adult talk, such are his thoughts😀. In comes SWATI, who laughs more than smiling budha. She is very jolly in nature and works as security. I meant security engineer 😉. UNNI KRISHNAN is Business Analyst by profession but financial advisor for us. Last but not least, NAVIN is chilled out guy ready to get hitched (no offense bro😊).
We have been planning for a day out but I played spoil sport there to which I was given proper smack. This time, they planned for a dinner and I had no say in it and rather imposed with a condition, to tag along my wife for diner. After lots of discussion, we decided to dine at PUNJABI Grill, Koramangala and book the table at 8.30 pm. As usual we reached the Rendezvous 15mins late but friends being friends came an hour late. I had ordered in the time span they arrived and the laughter started. These guys brought a bouquet for us, which was so thoughtful and nice of them.
We ordered our food and the laughter time started which seems never ending. By the time we checked our watch it was 11.40 pm. We came out of the restaurant and took few clicks and parted our ways. It was refreshing to have dinner with them after such a boring week of training (which was hardly of any use). Many of people who saw us that we know each other’s from long time but the fact was it was merely a month that we friends met and got jelled easily. One quote which I happen to read earlier by some poet/author which says something like this into this situation is:
“The great thing about new friends is that they bring new energy to your soul“
It’s been not even a month now in the IT industry and I have been to the first company outing toWONDER LA. I have heard about the amusement park earlier through my friends but never been there. I had been to one such amusement park when I was studying back in Hyderabad (Ocean Park). Keeping my experiences in-check with amusement park, I was not so thrilled nor so excited about the outing.
It’s been a week (13-July, 2011) now that we have been to Wonder La. It was organized by the company to only RnD department and we (Interns & Contractors) were also taken into consideration for the outing. As it was still early days in the office and there weren’t many friends made so we sticked to the smaller group- of IT Admin’s and Facility manager. The first ride on entering the amusement park was the “WONDER SPLASH” which kick started our fun.
Then we went to play at WAVE POOL. This pool is one of the happening places in Wonder La. People of all ages come here and try to get the taste of the waves which keeps on increasing for certain time window. There will be photographers who will be taking pictures of your moments and give you tags (which will ensure you get back your cherished moments back). The waves are triggered only for certain time and after that it’s just swimming pool. We took pictures there and moved to water rides. You will find different kinds of water rides such as dry and wet rides. They vary from kinds of rides to the height of the slide.
The Group @ Wave Pool
underwater pic @ Wave Pool
We did try many water rides such as boomerang, Harakiri, Uphill Racer, Water Pendulum, Wavy and vertical Fall etc. The rides tire you easily but the adrenalin which pumps through the ride brings back all the energy and urges for one more ride. After a while, we were tired so went to have our lunch in the restaurant inside the amusement park.
Me & Pradeep @ Boomerang
Bala @ Boomerang
Me & Venkat @ Water Pendulum
After having our lunch, we opted for “High Thrill rides” which brought our gut to the mouth. Few rides which we tried were such as Flash tower, Insanity, Y-scream, Maverick etc. When we checked the time, it was quarter past four and there was many many games to played but we couldn’t manage as we need to gather around the main gate at 5 PM as informed earlier. There was disappointment that we couldn’t cover other games and rides but at the same time, happiness that we were able to enjoy nicely. I promised myself that I would visit again and cover the other games and rides.