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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.

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.


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.

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.

(Note: SayBasic Promotional Products is your online resource for promotional items and corporate giveaways. Please visit www.saybasic.com)

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.