I was at Porquerolles last week for a team-building exercise with the team in France. Porquerolles is an island off the southern French Mediterranean coast, the biggest of the three islands of Or in the Hyères gulf. It’s a beautiful island with fresh sea breeze and a simple idlyic quaintness to vilage and the port. The beaches are pretty in a pictureque sort of way and the sun sets lazily over the peaceful red dusk that lulls you into an easy sense of calm and tranquility. Holiday makers from all over France and Europe make their annual summer pilgrimage here, simply to lie on the beautiful sandy beaches of Plage d’Argent with a book in hand and suntan lotion on the back, with the more adventurous mountain biking the various trails leading across the island or sailing the sapphire blue seas with sailboats of all sizes.
The team-building exercises were interesting but what was more memorable was the short insight into a different lifestyle from the one I’m used to in Singapore. Maybe we do miss out on what really matters in life — to enjoy it and live it.