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Sunday, May 20, 2018

Something I Have Learned From My Past Mistakes

I feel that I have to write this down since I have paused my feet to travel back in the Bicol Region. I've been tripping Bicol for the past two months and I felt that when I went back to Metro Manila sometime a week ago made feel a little bit zest. I was sickly and maybe because I had to adjust a very humid weather as we have the summer feel, adjust to going back and forth that imagine I had to go back every after week from Bicol to Manila and vice versa. Just the first week of May I had flu and at the same time got a lower back pain that I couldn't even walk and when I move my legs it felt the pain on my lower back and especially when I cough. So I had to see a doctor and I was given some medicines.  But now I felt quite recuperated and hopefully to fully recover so I could move forward on my plans.

This note is my first entry for this month and I would like to share my past experiences which I made to realize of who I am today.  It doesn't mean when I think about my past mistakes, I could not move on but I just want to write it down and see where I should be more focus on the present moment.

Past is past and mistakes in life had already happened, but everyone learns from their past mistakes.  It is just a matter of time that you get to realize those summarized mistakes happened in the past. 

I've trusted a lot of people and because of my trust came to a point that I was giving a lot and finally put me on a spot. Trust to people being I thought you can trust and be a friend, trust in giving opportunities to others and for monetary reasons came that I lost a lot!  Some are just good at using you.  Do I look like a runner? Do I look like an assistant? Do I look like I should always please someone.  I have learned to say a big NO, and do I even really care if I have offended them? Whatever they are getting at me, is just one way.

But I have few trusted ones who I would consider as real as that proves them to be right.  Should I say this is just only a "mema" but this proves me that I have some points.

My lesson? Never let someone use you and take advantage of your situation.



Wednesday, April 4, 2018

5 Reasons Why New Business Should Use Corporate Giveaways


Setting up a business takes time and the most crucial part of the business is within 6 months to one year of operation.  Considering the capital and operation expense, within the time frame period, it could be a make or a break.  We have seen some business grows and unfortunately some business failed.  This is the normal outcome based on what the inputs that spur in the business operation.  It is really time consuming but it is worth an effort once you have realized your business has grown.  There will always be a competition in a market niche which is already given regardless of what time of industry you are in.

This is where advertising comes into play, may it be in the social media, print ads, television or radio.  But advertising may be expensive if we take the cost into consideration.  Even social media advertising may be quite expensive especially if you have an existing website where products and services are rendered.

Small start up companies need a lot of exposure and this is why the business owner may think of what is best for their business.  This is where corporate giveaways may come into play.  Corporate giveaways have a lot of variation, names and synonymous to promotional products, promotional giveaways, trade show giveaways, promotional merchandise, corporate gifts, custom imprint products and there’s a lot more.  These terms are just part of the same roof at the ads specialties industry. 

Promotional products have been in the existence more than century ago and it is proven and effective method of advertising the business.  In fact, we have seen these products increases year after year.  As long as there are imprint messages or logo on these items, they are promotional items.  These will never go away because promotional merchandise will always play an important role in the business sectors.

Here, I have listed 5 reasons why new business should use corporate giveaways or promotional products.  There are several reasons why but I have trimmed them down to 5 and these are just my opinion so far:

1.       Promotional giveaways are a silent salesman.  With the logo or imprint message on it, they speak about your business on your behalf.  They tell something about your business, the moment when you pass it to a person.  Once handed to them, it can be seen and they may even get curiosity about your business.  Promotional items are easy to keep whether in your pocket, in a wall or in your office.  Promotional products range from personalized pens, key chains, lanyards, business cards, note pads, tumblers, and many more.  If you are a start up business, you are already stepping the game and can be ahead of the competition with the help of these custom imprint products.

2.       Corporate giveaways are cheap and easy to buy.  The good news is that, these corporate items are not expensive at all, for instance you can buy a pen with less than a dollar budget.  With the imprint message on the pens, it can be helpful to your business as giveaways.  If you will be participating in the events like the trade shows, promotional items can be good trade show giveaways.

3.       It is simple and easy to use.  For new companies, you can start a simple advertisement using some promotional products.  No need for complex and expensive ads.  Promotional products can add prestige to your business even if you use the simple and most affordable ones.  Promotional key chains with less than a dollar budget is great and simple giveaways and may drive traffic to your business.

4.       It will give clients a good impression about your business.  We know that big boys in the business have an edge towards competition because of their budget and they spent thousand of dollars just to get more exposure.  With promotional items, you can compete with the big businesses even without expensive ads.  It gives you prestige and good impression because promotional items have this purpose.  Promotional merchandise gives you prestige once they handed it to the prospective clients.  As long as you put a unique text imprint message can let your business impression last.

5.       Promotional products help to generate leads.  Yes, this is the good reason why you put up your business.  To generate leads and get more customers.  The good thing about the business giveaways is that this can be seen by your potential customers especially if they use them.  They can remember about your business and the first-hand information about it.  Consider the message, the name and the contact information of your business.

These are some of the reasons why there is a need for new business to use promotional items.  Whatever types of business that you have, advertisement is still important and one of them is using promotional products.  You don’t have to worry about your budget because promotional merchandise have a lots of products to offer base on the budget that the new business have.  Having a start up business is a struggle, and all you need is to have an edge in the market niche and this is where promotional products come into play.




Thursday, March 29, 2018

Exploring the Town of Caramoan

Photo courtesy of www.lakwatsero.com

Last March 23 I decided to go to Caramoan. Well I guess it was the usual thing that I do when I travel  - unplanned and lack of preparation.  I must admit it, most of my travel are not carefully planned, but If I take a look at the brighter side, when traveling is done immediately, it adds to excitement and the challenges that I have experienced was some kinda unique because expectation might be different from a well-planned and organized travel.  Just like what I have experienced in Caramoan, I had some hesitation if I would push through on this adventure.  So the last minute took place when I decided to go to the Central Bus Terminal in Naga City as early as 3 a.m. since Florencia bus leaves its first trip at 3:45 a,m.

At the beach in Caramoan

One of the beach resorts in Caramoan

When the bus left the terminal, I had about an hour sleep and the next thing that I saw when I woke up we were already in Lagonoy. It was raining and we had a stop over in one of the towns on the way to Caramoan.

Work shop house of the Survivor Reality TV Show game

Participating Country of the Survivor

You'll often experienced a zigzag road going to Caramoan that is steep and small.  By 8 a.m. we arrived at the bus terminal where its main market is located and the moment I got off the bus, one of the tricycle driver offered me to go to the beach for a fee of 100 pesos only.



The church in the town of Caramoan

me at the church

We passed through a tour operator on the way to the beach and was advised about the rate for the island tour.  Unfortunately, due to the bad weather condition, boats are not allowed to go to the island because of the bad weather.  The high light of Caramoan was about the island tours and this is the reason why the tourists want to go to this place because of the destination that it offers, the island tour.  Caramoan has been chosen by the reality TV show, Survivor as their shooting place and is being leased by the said reality show for several years.
Eddie Boy told me that his younger brother was sick and looking for his father who work in the church


Since I couldn't have an island tour, I decided to have a walk in the town for just some few hours/

At 12 noon I decided to ride the MRR bus going back to Naga.  There's also another bus operating vice versa and that is Raymond Bus. 

After all, you learned about your experience though I missed out the island tour. But there's always a next time around and I will know what to do next.

Tip when you are in Caramoan:

1. The tricycle going to beach will cost you 100 pesos only. Some might charge you 150 pesos but try to negotiate if you can.
2.  Since I learned that there is habal-habal going to the main town if you are at the beach, the fee will just only cost you 20 pesos. If you are alone, you can ride habal-habal instead of tricycle if you are in a tight budget. So it would mean that you can also ride habal-habal going to the beach if you are in the main town.
3. Boat rental ranges from 1200 - 1800 pesos.
4  If you are having your meal at some of the carinderia in the town, ask how much is the viand and rice and the total cost of your meal and count your change for the meal you have paid for.

Well I'll just go back to this place for an island tour.

Helpful Resource: https://www.lakwatsero.com/destinations/caramoan/#sthash.nLmryQFw.YritITNH.dpbs



Monday, March 19, 2018

Side Trip: Engkanto Falls

Five days I had a hard time to decide whether I go to Caramoan or Engkanto Falls. Engkanto falls is just an hour away from where I stayed in Pasacao, Camarines Sur and it is a perfect jump off point for me from crossing Pamplona to Libmanan, where Engkanto is just a few steps from the high way in Libmanan. Whereas, when you go to Caramoan, from Naga is about 4 to 5 hours traveling time, considering that buses to Caramoan has a limited time of leaving.  I was totally unprepared for the Caramoan trip so I decided to go to Engkanto Falls where I don't have to prepare that much.
Engkanto has multiple falls

one of the falls and there are still more when you go up

Engkanto falls has a cascade of water falls located in Baranggay Bikal in Libmanan town, Camarines Sur. Not far from Pamplona which is just about one town away or 20-30 minutes travel time from the national high way in Pamplona.
small road will take away 10-15 minutes walk to to the falls
you will pass this farm on the first jump off point
you will cross this wooden bride at the first jump off point

When you reach Libmanan, there are two jump off point which takes around 10-15 minutes walking distance from the high way.  The first one is before the main bridge of the high way which a small cemented path to walk crossing a stream with a small bridge built made of wood.  While the second one is after the bridge and getting to the falls has a wide road which lets the cars can pass through it and stop at the gate.  There is an entrance fee of 20 pesos but starting March 15, the entrance fee rises to 50 pesos.  Engkanto falls have cottages and to those who love to sing you and videoke is available for rent.

the main gate to the falls

Falls have a little trekking if you decide to go up but in my case I never went to the top to see more falls because I don't really like to go up, aside from the bag that I carry.

My mission was just to take some photos of the falls and that's all I want, and not something that I have to go up to the cliff.

Well I guess for me there's not much about this adventure so I decided to go back to Pasacao at past 2 p.m.



Saturday, March 3, 2018

Hottest Trade Show Giveaways That Work for 2018

Looking for some trade show giveaways for 2018?  This year, there’s a lot more products that is unique, new, cheap and yet it works.  The reason why business clients are looking for promotional products is to make sure that it is affordable and yet effective that they can use them as giveaways and in return giving them good promotions for their business.  As the trade show events are fast approaching, most exhibitors are looking for promotional items as early as March because these events will take place few months from now and will give them more time to prepare just to avoid rush.  And few months before their upcoming activities, they will have some choice which promotional products will work for them.

I have listed below some trade show giveaways idea that will work and these are just some of the suggested items I have gathered but in the end it’s up for the promotional buyers what to choose and buy and where to buy them.   Bear in mind that these custom products can be used as corporate giveaways for business use.

1.      
All Purpose Tote - these are versatile for promotional events, trade shows, groceries, etc.


2.       Camera shield microfiber screen cleaner – it gives full protection against spyware, viruses,  malware and surveillance. It is reusable thousand times.



3.       Sports squeeze stress balls -  create a promotional campaign that you can rely on this football stress ball.  It is great for sports fan but this is not intended for children or pets. It is handcrafted and vary in sizes. It goes with your logo and message imprints.


4.       Economy card case – this is not only unique and yet it is is one of the best sellers item. Used for school IDs, promotions, library cards.


5.       Glow stick with lanyard – Perfect for Halloween, new year, july 4, party favors and other events.  It is available in variety colors.



For more trade show giveaways idea, here’s a link to find more of them. New products, unique and yet effective: http://www.saybasic.com/p/trade-show-giveaways



Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Sunrise Cove Hideaway in Calatagan Batangas

This year I promise to bring more travel experience on the table. I have missed out a lot of travel opportunities for the past few years due to some circumstances that I needed to take care of.  Now I think this year is the best time for more travel and get some good hideaways, although budget may always something that I have to consider.
solid rocks at the moment when you walk to the right at Sunrise Cove

Sto Domingo de Silos is the landmark going to the resorts
The big cottage house has 3 rooms, kitchen and large veranda
some of the cottage houses of the resorts
some of the resort beds outside the cottage house

Last February 21, 2018 I was invited to go to Calatagan, Batangas for a 3-day getaway and photo shoots to a couple celebrating their 25 years of marriage, who came from Berlin, Germany.  I was informed through Facebook a few days before the traveling date.  So I did not hesitate because I know I do not have any other schedule within that week except for my nightly e-commerce business which I had to check my email every night, aside from the newsletters and promotion that I was doing.
sunrise romantic shot of my client and floating cottage can be seen
setting the bonfire at night
pillows in a small cottage
me relaxing


So I met the couple at Crowne Hotel in Ortigas Center at noon where the van was ready to pick up the couple and their German friends.
entrance to the cove

van owned by bro rene

Receiving area and office

Our first stop over was in Sta Rosa, Laguna where we had lunch at Jollibee.  We went via Sta Rosa en route to Tagaytay.  We had a few minutes stop-over in Tagaytay but our total traveling time from  Metro Manila to Calatagan took us about 6 hours since we left the hotel around 1pm already.

We passed through Lian, Batangas and if I was right, Calatagan is just at the tip-most part of Batangas.

boating

cottage house


If you have reached Calatagan, the landmark was a small church -Sto Domingo de Silos is approximately 30 minute drive going to the Sunrise Cove.

We arrived past six at the resort just good for preparing our dinner.  It is a resort made of wooden houses with amenities like floating cottage, karaoke, bar and cottages in the sand.  The receiving area is a small office right at the entrance of the resort. 

guests/tourists having a jump shot

In the morning lies the sunrise in the horizon which is a photographer's delight to take some photos during sunrise. 

They planned to go boating on the way to the white sand bar but I did not go with them and remain at the resort.

On our third day at Sunrise Cove, we packed up our things at noon and took them to the van.  We drove to Tagaytay for approximately 2 hours and stayed a while at the hotel for a lunch(I forgot the name...lol) and it has an overlooking scenery of Taal Lake. At past 2pm, Bro Rene, the owner of the van dropped me of in Rotonda where I took the bus going to Manila.  Our company remained in Tagaytay for 2 days before they went back to Sta. Rosa, Laguna.


Note: For van rentals, please message me and I will give Bro Rene's contact information.



Monday, February 26, 2018

Few Good Reasons to Use Promotional Giveaways in the Trade Shows

Promotional Products have been widely used in the trade shows as a token of appreciation to those who have visited the booth.  Perhaps, there may be similarities in these items used by the exhibitors but the only difference is just the message in the product, may be it in the imprint or logo, it creates a statement for the company.  It may have be some comparisons as far as the promotional giveaways are concerned, may it be pens, lanyards, key tags, wrist bands, etc., but you would find the difference on how the company use the statement that would focus on the message which probably will leave a potential customer a mark on their head.  This is what the job of the promotional products – and that creates awareness to the potential clients.

There are few good reasons why promotional giveaways are a must in the trade shows.  First, it helps a company a brand, to those who may have just started the business or an existing business that is small aiming to attract potential customers.  The struggle of being a start up or small business is how they can compete in the market niche, and this is the job of the trade show giveaways, to be able to attract future customers.  And when it is being given to the participants, that helps advertise their products and services.

Second,trade show giveaways need not to be expensive.  You don’t have to buy expensive promotional giveaways just to have a heads up to your potential customers.  It just depends on the presentation, the message imprints or logo that customers can easily remember your products and services.  Unless the exhibitor have a big budget for promotional giveaways, then it could be their choice, but not necessarily that you have to spend a lot.  I see the most common giveaways as pens, lanyards and key chains.  They are not expensive at all.


And lastly, bear in mind that promotional products always go with your business no matter what it is.  Consider business cards with your logo or text imprints are just part of the promotional items.  You give them your personalized business cards so they have something to keep about your business and services and your contact information.  So you get more business cards when it runs out of stocks, and that is the same thing with some of the promotional items that you think would serve with a purpose why you need something as giveaways to your customers.



Sunday, February 18, 2018

Digital Adventure at Art in Island


Araneta Center, Cubao has been my hub up to this day as this place was an accessible destination from where I live in Rizal Province. Not really my favorite place but when I think about hanging out, I simply think about the Gateway Mall.  It's all around 30-minute ride taking a jeepney and going down to LRT Station in Santolan was just 7 minutes away to the mall. Farmer's Plaza, SM, Ali Mall and Gateway are just walking distance at Araneta Center. Think about the foods and it's all there, from fast foods to fancy restaurants.  The shopping center had changed a lot and condominium like Manhattan Garden rose, the old New Frontier Cinema became Kia Theater, Shopwise formerly the Fiesta Carnival and there were lots of BPO or Business Process Outsourcing company in the said center. So basically the old center which was dark and scary had turned into light and interesting place to rusticate and now became 24 hour hub. 






Just a few years ago, it was surprising to see a digital museum built at 15th avenue, which is a 15 minute walking distance from Gateway mall LRT Station in Aurora Blvd. The Art in Island is a 3D museum that run since December 2014.






Last January 25, 2018, my cousin from Canada who were in vacation invited me to go The Art in Island. The entrance fee was 500 pesos and it featured some of the digital art painting of 14 Korean painters and they 180 art works which was finished in just 4 months.  It is a 2-storey building and aside from the 3D arts there's a restaurant at the second floor and a coffee shop at the back of the ground floor building.




It was fun though as you'll get to experience an adventure beyond your dreams and it seems that the fantasy is real.  It's like you're part of the 3D world where the adventure changes from time to time you'll go to see another different world. Although I'm not really into this digital, but I know those on it in the digital arts can easily relate.  Yes, I was able to relate quite a bit but the experience was something unique.  It was an adventure and more on fun because you'll become part of the digital world so you'll get some selfies using your cell phone.


We had spent 3 hour in the museum and had meal afterwards in the restaurant at the second floor.