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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.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

What Is The Edge of Using Promotional Products

Any advertising ideas help you to connect with prospective clients, whether on prints, radio, or television. This helps them entice to buy products or services offered by advertisers who wish that their business become more competitive. And we all know that competition is something that business owners cannot be ignored regardless of any types of industry. Without ads, your business will be out in the competition, because there are so many big giants dominating in the market niche. As a business owner, you won't probably allow that your competitors take off and possibly you'll have to do something on it before it's too late.

Big business has already an edge because some can afford to put their advertisement on television, newspaper and magazine, or on the radio. While as a small business owner, you don't like your business to become less competitive. You think out of the box and will not rely only on your existing clients. You may also want to consider acquiring some promotional products so you can nest your business with this kind of mean. Giving away promotional items can actually help multiply your ads because it can be passed from person to person. With a logo or imprint on your promotional products, it is possible that it would help you connect with these potential customers, as they might probably need something in the future. Seeing those imprints or logo, it would help them remember your business and that could possibly make them aware about what you can offer them. Unlike print ads, the cons it that, they might only see you once; and the information may not always be viable for them. Promotional items as giveaways are affordable, whether it is a pen, key chains, note pads or umbrella because of the unique benefits that one can get from these items. With promotional products, information is very convenient and viable.

Now it's really hard to argue some of the points between promotional products and traditional print ads. Statistics are facts and of course as a business owner, you would not like to spend hundred dollars that ads are run only once and then soon enough these are just only thrown away or put it in the cabinet. It is also a fact that most people are not going to cut a print ad out and then carry it with them every day. With Promotional products, it can be carried anywhere they go and these can be used every day. For example a simple key chain with a name or imprint on it displaying company information can be carried everyday by a user. Promotional items are a lot of more savings for a customer own perspective.

Promotional products are actually lead generator which allows to capture some potential customers and eventually buy your products and services. It is described as a silent salesman which the imprints or logo are the first hand information that customers would keep in mind. Promotional products last very long and it works more than the print ads do.

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Friday, February 9, 2018

Cheap and Effective Trade Show Giveaways Idea

Setting up a booth in the trade show may find it expensive to pay for the rental if you choose to participate in the event.  In that way you build the brand of your business as part of your awareness scheme to be able for the audience to get to know more about your products and services.  Every trade show has a theme that organizers choose and the venue may vary.  In my experience, I have attended several trade shows already, either walk-in or registered.  The event is interesting as you get to see a lot of booth participants where you see what their business is. 

The first trade show I attended was in Macao and that was April 2008 where you get to see more than 200 booths displayed at the venue, Venetian Macao.  In my experience, several products are displayed, ranging from flash drives, shirts, lanyards, pens, etc.  You are given a bag where you can place the flyers and luckily some suppliers will give you samples and that was interesting.

The second international trade show I participated as promotional products buyer happened at Javit Center in New York and that was March 2009. It was hosted by ASI or Advertising Specialty Institute where you can see some suppliers and they too give samples.  Here we can see that sample products are interesting as you get to see them first before you buy them.

Going back to marketing and advertising as far as the trade show giveaways are concerned, trade shows are an interesting event to participate if you are business owners who decide to get a booth.  But the budget can always be the issue to those who are just starting up their business or to those who have small business. 

If a business owner decides to participate in the trade show, some giveaways may be needed as this would help you find prospective clients because of the information of your business can be found in the imprinted promotional products, with the name and contact information on it.
In my experience attending trade shows event, there were some promotional items given to those who visit the booth.  It’s normal to see giveaways items that are cheap; it doesn’t have to be expensive at all.

Here are some of the affordable promotional products given away to those who go to the booths and according to the booth participants, they are very much effective:

1.       Promotional Pens – the most common giveaway items that we can see in every trade show as you can buy them below $1.  Pens are cheap and effective and with the logo or imprint on it, it gives a lasting impression to your business.

2.       Lanyards – the good thing about the promotional lanyards is that it’s easy to carry and you can put it on your neck.  Lanyards can be hanged on your wall and could also bring a lasting impression to prospective clients.

3.       Wristbands – I can find the wristbands as cheap and yet wearable especially if the event is about awareness.

4.       Sticky Notepads -  what I love about the sticky notepads is small and you can stick it on your wall.  With the business information imprinted on it, it can be seen as always and with a short note on it as reminders written on the note pads, readers may be able to see the business information.

5.       Key Chains – I find it effective because when I was given promotional key chains, it’s very useful because I always carry it with the keys that I have.  I don’t have to put all the keys on my bag or pocket, but once you have a key chains you can put all the keys in one bundle.

So these are the promotional products which I think that is cheap and popular for those who participate in the booth but need an inexpensive giveaway items.  But promotional products don’t really have to be expensive as your giveaways to prospective clients.

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Thursday, February 1, 2018

Affordable Way of Promoting A Business

Running a company may be tough especially to a start up business.  The struggle of setting up is the first step to achieve on how the business is going to run.  You put a lot of effort in one basket and sometimes you may not know if the business would run successful.  But of course there’s always a risk involve.

If the business is already working, the first six months may be crucial.  The life of the company would depend on sales as this becomes the very foundation and generating an income.  The marketing supports the sales.

But if you a running a small business, chances are you as an owner will be the one doing the sales and marketing, bookkeeping and accounting.  That means you have 4 or 5 heads in a company.
To lessen the burden, you need an idea that will work on your behalf and that’s the work of the marketing that will create advertising and promotions.  And of course, there is always a budget involve. It happens to know that marketing is the brain of the business, not just only it creates a brand, but also it creates awareness to potential clients which becomes the buyer later on.  And sales will offer the product to their customers.

If advertising is your problem on how you can promote your business, then there are promotional products.  As most successful business knows, it is used as trade show giveaways in the events, conference and corporate meetings.  This is where promotional products play an important role.  If your budget is tight, promotional items can help because there are products that are not expensive and you can bus it less than $200 like pens, note pads, key chains, lanyards, business cards and many more.  These can help you in your marketing and will act as a silent salesman. 

I have known a lot of companies that used corporate giveways and found their campaign very successful.

Try promotional products and how it’s going to work for your business.  This is affordable but it creates great impact to your company.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Revisiting Some of the Tourist Spots in Baguio

My self photo in the mirror while riding a jeepney from Mines View to The Mansion
This is going to be my first blog entry for the year 2018. Time flies fast that I first purchased my domain name in 2006 and it was discontinued a year after. My blog was resurrected in 2009 when I was in California.  I would hope for more travel opportunities for this year as this would give a little bit more idea about the places that I am going to travel.

First up is my travel for this year in Baguio. Just last week, my former co-employee in the BPO Industry messaged me in my Facebook and asked me if I could join him in Baguio for a day tour. We had no plans of going overnight, just a day tour so that at the same time I could guide him to some of the tourist destination in Baguio as this was going to be the first time visiting the place.
Finally our short plan took place last Saturday night and we met at McDonald’s in Kia Theater, formerly the New Frontier in Cubao.

 I recall in 2011 I went twice in Baguio. I  was looking for a provider of customized scarf for our clients in promotional products perhaps they use them as trade show giveaways.

We decided to walk to the Victory Liner Bus in Edsa as this was just a distance away from Araneta Center. We took the 10 p.m. bus.  The travel time was fast, it only took us 5 hours to reach Baguio and wow, that was 3 a.m.  We stayed at the Petron Mini Mart just near the Seven-Eleven store.  At around past 4 am we decided to walk to the city but decided to take the taxi because we realized that we can’t catch our breath walking. It was dark and the road is going up.

Fast forward, we stayed at KFC in Session Road until it was already 6 a.m. 
Our first destination was Burnham Park, it was cool and breezy and a lot of people walking and jogging already and there were some groups doing the exercises.

Using my 50mm lens to Uly

looking back as I walked and focus the camera to me

The sun was up and we decided to go to Strawberry Farm in La Trinidad. We went down to the plantation and afterwards, we had breakfast.  We went back to session road and took at rest in Jollibee.

strawberry picking at Strawberry Farm in La Trinidad

me with an empty strawberry container

We went to Wright Park.   If you want horse-back riding, this is the right place that you can go. 

After our lunch break we went to Mines ‘ View Park. It was crowded as usual and it happened to be Sunday. 
Uly in an Igorot costume at Strawberry Farm
You will see this at the Wright Park when you go up stair.
The Summer Capital sign

Then we visited to famous “The Mansion”  and we had some few pictorials there.

Tourists in Igorot Costume
The scenic Mines View Park

The Mansion

Around 3 pm we decided to go to the SM City Baguio as our last stop and had coffee in Starbucks before we went our early dinner in Jollibee Session Road.

Well that was a short day stint in Baguio where we have visited some of the famous tourist spots of the place.  Finally at 7pm we rode the bus back to Cubao.

Friday, December 29, 2017

I Still Believe in Karma

I've been running my head back in the old days of my Facebook memories "On This Day" and that helps remind me of my past memories, some of the goods and bad times and some of the "shout out" which until now are things that I remember.  I think I have learned a lot from all of these, the lessons and perhaps the BIG LESSON I have learned and now ready to face a new chapter ahead coming up.  Two more days and then it is 2018.

Talking about the lesson I have learned, I think I was too nice, I was too true and I did not know that just because I was being of myself - perhaps not the best version.  I was just being too humane that some might have been abused me until I have realized it. Some of the maltreatment when you were empty-handed. Some of the people taking advantage of my weakness just because of my situation. Yeah, these are the things from the past.  And these are the things I have learned that made me who I am today.

I remember these things.  Nice people when you have, but not nice when you already don't have, Nice people treating you nicely but you will see their true colors when you get to know them better. Nice people and yet they treat you like a "servant" of a master.

People who use you to grasp something in their end. And some are nice but they are just one way.

I believe I am just being more humane but I did not know the outcome of being too nice.

I lost a lot of resources.

But these are some of things from the past.

I still believe in karma, no matter what things work in mysterious ways.  Good or bad, we gotta pay for what we have done.

You will never know when karma strikes but being on guard all the time helps us trace what we have done.

After all we all have karma to reap, whether we do good or bad.

Bad things has its own time and way that is going to be repaid.  We won't know.

But this time I have learned my lessons the hardest way.  I have learned who I should trust and never to allow to happen again.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

November Update

I almost forgot that I have a blog that needs to be updated. The last post that I had was four months ago and that was quite long already.  Maybe because I was busy on different endeavor and I think now is the right time to update this blog.

Yesterday I decided to make a hopia, a delicacy that originated in China. I is stuffed with monggo filling.  Hopia is one of my favorite delicacy to eat and it's good as snacks especially when your stomach is empty and when you eat them, it's like you had already your meal.  So yesterday since I was not busy at all and I don't like going out when it is Friday, I made some hopia.

Last Sunday was a busy day for me since I had an event at La Salle Greenhills for photo shoots on orchestra concert.  The week was quite busy because I had a model portrait shoot done earlier last week.

I also went for a landscape/seascape shoot during the first week of this month at Harbor Bay in Manila.

There were few times that I went to Quiapo and Binondo this month.

I guess this is all for now and I will still give some updates before the year ends.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

An Overnight Experience at Club Balai Isabel in Talisay, Batangas

About two months ago a fellow colleague who I used to work with in a cruise line invited me to a birthday event set on July 22, 2017.  It was her son's 7th Birthday held at Club Isabel Balai in Talisay, Batangas.  And then came the day that I had to attend the birthday which travel time was more than 4 hours coming from our house in Rizal Province to Cubao, and took the Lucena-bound bus and got off to Sto Thomas, Batangas then took a jeep ride to Tanauan.   At the back of Mcdonald's Tanauan, there's a jeepney terminal that travel to Talisay which took me 30 minutes ride to get into my destination in Talisay.

photo credit to Lourna

Photo credit to Lourna

Photo by Lourna

Photo credit to Lourna

Honestly speaking I have no idea about this resort but according to one of the staff of the resort, the land are is 14 hectares wide. The resort has villas and hotel rooms and when you enter the gate, it's like you are inside the subdivision and you feel homely at the same time the sight-seeing experience on Taal Lake and Taal Volcano is a relaxing as this is a nature-inspired getaway. It has a wide water sports too, to those enthusiast who want to the water activities.

Photo by Lourna

Photo by Lourna

One of their unit is conveniently located in the Terraza Cafe alongside with a pool area where our breakfast was served.

I enjoyed staying at one of their units in Balai Mabini, it's like you are staying in a 4-storey luxurious condo that has an attic.  The unit has two toilets, kitchen, dining space, terrace, refrigerator, stove, aircondition, wifi internet connection and a cable television.
Unit at Balai Mabini photo courtesy of Lourna

Photo by Lourna

The short stint was enjoyable as it gave me time to relax and meet some new friends that have the same hobby as me - in photography and travel.  We checked out at 10 am and I took a ride on a car with Lourna and Donna and they dropped me off to Magallanes.

Thanks to Lourna for letting me post some of the pictures she photographed in Club Balai Isabel.

For rates, accommodation, team-building and other events,  here's the website of Club Balai Isabel:


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

SayBasic Promotional Products Now on its 10th Year

2017-Jul-11 — /EPR Network/ — SayBasic Promotional Products, provider of promotional merchandise and corporate giveaways mark its 10th year anniversary.   SayBasic started operating in May 15, 2007 as distributor of promotional products.  From then, it continues to serve business clients and end consumers.  As part of the ads specialties industry, it aims to grow big serving not only U.S. customers but as well as other countries like Canada and part of the Far East.  It strives hard to continue the legacy of doing business providing promotional items in trade shows, events, corporate meetings, small, and medium to large business.  The company has proven its capacity to serve and provide some promotional giveaways for 10 years.
As part of its 10th year anniversary, the company is offering business clients some special discounts and all they have to do is to visit the website at http://www.saybasic.com and once they have registered, they have the opportunity to get discounted prices.  This will be an all year round and the offer expires in May 2018.
There’s a reason to be a part of SayBasic Promotional Products as it continues to serve business clients and consumers and the company has widen its experience through giving the best customer service experience. For more information and inquiries, SayBasic can be reached through info@saybasic.com or they can register on the company website.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

I Still Believe Promotional Items Work

It has been ages since the last time I wrote something about promotional items and we know the importance of branding when you have a business to grow.  It is no longer a secret that these promotional merchandise will always continue because social media nowadays is the trend to promoting these items, most specifically in the business sector.

I believe that the promotional industry will never die as long as there is business, as long as there are trade shows and events.  Both promotional products and social media are equally important, they work together to promote the business.

In spite of what happened during the past few years when promotional industry decline, but now it is up again and continue its legacy.

Let's see what would gonna happen in the next few years as we keep an eye to this sector on the promotional items and see how it is going to continue to grow.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Revisiting Liliw, Laguna

I have been looking for a cheap getaway online and I have been eyeing Sta Cruz and Liliw, Laguna for the past few weeks.  I remember, the last time that I was in Liliw was almost 20 years ago,and  it was my friend Benjie who took me to this spot and I can still recall that we ate at the carinderia which Sta. Cruz  has to offer a famous Binalot -A rice, a viand of adobo or fish and a red egg wrapped in banana leaf.  That was before we proceeded to Liliw, Laguna.  I can’t remember all the details since the stint was just short for us to stay in both towns.  But one thing I couldn’t forget was the red church in Liliw, The St. John the Baptist church.

Front view of St. John the Baptist Church

Few days ago I read about the Tsinelas Festival and saw some photos where colorful umbrellas were hang-stringed on the posts which made me more attracted to visit Liliw.
Yesterday, April 23, 2017 was a perfect day to go to Sta Cruz knowing that Sunday is the only day without traffic and I left home around 8 in the morning.  There are buses along Edsa in Ortigas going to Sta. Cruz.  It was a two and a half ride to this town and from there, and approximately 30 minutes to Liliw via jeepney ride.

Umbrellas and footwear stringed atop for Tsinelas Festival

On the side where tsinelas boutique can be found

Liliw was a laid back town, and if you want a quiet and a relaxing place, I think this town is simply perfect and beautiful.

I walk at the streets and surprisingly and I saw a lot of visitors having some photo opt including some bike riders, there were also some people which they wore the same shirt designs which indicate they are indeed in one group.  I saw some posters that Tsinelas Festival starts April 26.

Hanged footwears as part of the festivity

White House Restaurant

One thing I noticed is the vendor selling fruits on a bike and I met Mang Romeo who sells a wild berry it is called Liputi or Lipote.  I tasted both the fruit and the wine and that was really an experience to reckon in this place.  In some corner were vendors selling some pasalubong and I happened to buy a binuro na santol.

Liputi or Lipote Wildberry

Me testing the lipote wine

Romeo the fruit vendor

Lipote Wine

Binuro na Satol

But along the streets were some boutiques which they sell slippers or “tsinelas” and footwear and this was the place that was famous of.

And who can forget the red church, St. John the Baptist which is the landmark of Liliw.  So I took some photos of the church outside but I couldn’t go inside because there was a funeral mass service.
Liliw is situated at the foot of Mt. Banahaw and it is one of the highland town forming the southern extremity of the province.

Well as for my experience, Liliw is one of the places that is worth visiting for when you love the road trip and my travel one so timely since we are celebrating the “Earth Day.” It remains unspoiled, unpolluted and very simple living.  It is closed to Nagcarlan, and it’s just 2 kilometers away travel distance.

I will definitely come back in this place and would recommend to my friends about its serenity,  and the simplicity of this town.