I called myself a virgin during last year's SEx Tour Tres. This year, I'm a two-timer! But, of course I meant that in a non-traditional way. Well, although it was my second time, there were still a lot of "virgin" experiences.
SEx Tour 4.0 kicked off with a visit to Dole Plantation in Polomok, South Cotabato. Dole is considered the world's largest producer of high-quality fresh fruits and a variety of packaged foods.
We were ushered to the plantation field right after a delicious lunch.
|Dole Philippines Plantation Field|
in Polomok, South Cotabato
Dolefil (Dole Philippines, Inc.) was founded on June 26, 1963. To date, they have been the principal producer and exporter of fresh and processed pineapples. The plantation field was an overwhelming sight. Imagine a 14,000 hectare of land filled with pineapples! To top it all, South Cotabato's Mt. Matutum serves as the field's backdrop.
|A tractor is used to harvest the pineapples.|
Too bad I wasn't able to get a good shot of Mt. Matutum because it hid behind clouds. Perhaps I'd be lucky on my next visit.
Most employees of Dolefil resides within the complex. It provides housing facilities, hospital, school, and recreational facilities such as a golf course, tennis courts, and swimming pool. I find this commendable that Dolefil does not only ensure income stability to its employees, the company also provides other personal needs.
|Pineapple was served during lunch.|
The highlight of my visit to the Dolefil plantation field is when we were given a chance to harvest a pineapple. Well, I know that I am easy to please but the idea of experiencing something like that for myself is amazing. I was actually giggling the entire time because most of the time, I didn't know what I was doing.
As you know, I am a nail artist. I was worried that I'd be ruining my manicure or break a nail during the process so I was very careful handling the pineapple. I chose a relatively small one to harvest. Please take a moment to watch my goofy harvesting moment:
My pineapple moment!
Authorized representatives of Dole Philippines gave us a thorough background regarding the company and its operations. They were adept in answering our questions and most of all, they made sure that we simply had a good time.
|A Dolefil representative showed us how it is done!|
My attempt to go in the middle of the field to have my photo taken was a failure. I was wearing shorts and those pineapple leaves were surprisingly sharp! My wound on my leg is still healing but no regrets. I was happy to be there.
We were at the pineapple field quite awhile. Each one of us took our time to take pictures, to explore, to goof around, to pick a pineapple, and to EAT and eat and eat those sweet pineapples!
|Fresh pineapple slices from theDolefil plantation.|
I spend most of my time working in my mini art studio. It's my comfort zone. So, being able to travel and see a different place will always be welcoming to me.
It was the 1st day of SEx Tour 4 and even though we were given our itinerary, it was hard to imagine the adventure we were going to have. But after we left Dolefil, I thought that our visit there was a great start because its vastness aroused everyone's curiosity and gave us a glimpse on what was in stored for us in the next few days.