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Anton Diaz

#Philippines

A La Cabrera Anniversary at the Best Steak House in Mandaluyong! @EdsaShangriLa

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A traditional Argentinian steakhouse grill by Gastón Riveira in Buenos Aires, Argentina, La Cabrera is recognized as one of Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants in 2017. It opened its flagship store in Asia at 6750 Ayala Avenue Office Tower in 2014 and the second branch at the Edsa Shangri-La Hotel end of 2018.

It’s one of our favorite steakhouses in Manila because of their charcoal-grilled steaks cooked over a traditional parrilla (iron grill). The best steak house in Mandaluyong City, it is the perfect place to celebrate our 16th wedding anniversary!

Here are some tips on how to organize your own awesome celebrations at La Cabrera at Edsa Shangri-La…

 

LA CABRERA MANILA by Gaston Riveira
Mezzanine Level, Tower Wing, Edsa Shangri-La, Manila
1 Garden Way, Ortigas Centre, Mandaluyong City
Operating Hours: 11.00 am – 2.30 pm for lunch, 6.00 – 10.30 pm for dinner
Telephone: +63(967) 236-7940
Email: [email protected]
Facebook@lacabreramanila
Instagram@lacabreramanila
Websitehttp://lacabrera.com.ar

La Cabrera Manila Series in Our Awesome Planet:
• A La Cabrera Anniversary in the Best Steak House in Mandaluyong! @EdsaShangriLa (2019)
• La Cabrera Manila: Steak and Wine Pairing (and Buenos Aires’ Signature 40% off) (2018)
• LA CABRERA MANILA Argentinian Steakhouse at 6750 (A Review)

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#Philippines, #Restaurants

YOKI’S FARM: The Biggest Hydroponics and Coolest Zoo with All-Day Breakfast Restaurant!

After 10 years, we were able to go back, with the boys this time, to Yoki’s—now the biggest hydroponics farm in the Calabarzon area, the coolest zoo in the vicinity of Tagaytay and a bed & breakfast with all-day breakfast dining restaurant as well.

It was 2008 when we first discovered Yoki’s Farm and its Treasures during our Ultimate Tagaytay tours. It was only Aidan who we were able to bring with us.

Here’s why you should visit Yoki’s Farm on your next trip to Tagaytay’s Mendez area.

 

YOKI’S FARM 
Mendez, Cavite (Founded in 1996)
Telephone: +63 917 807 9588
Operating Hours: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: Yoki’s Farm

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#Restaurants

Dr. Wine Sunday Brunch: Best French Seafood Brunch in Manila! (2019)

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One of our most memorable brunch experiences in Paris was eating out in a neighborhood French seafood bistro in Le Marais with our friend Jen and her partner. I have always cherished that memory because of the “honest” conversations over Chablis and French oysters and really good seafood simply cooked with butter.

Did you know that, here in Manila, Dr. Wine serves the best French seafood experience? They usually open at night except on Sundays when they open at 12 noon, and that’s when you can have a lazy seafood brunch with the family.

Here’s what to expect and how to organize your own awesome French seafood brunch experience at Dr. Wine.

 

First Things First

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Dr. Wine is the best French wine bistro in the hip neighborhood of Brgy. Poblacion which is like the hip Le Marais neighborhood in Paris.

DR. WINE 
Ground Floor, 5921 Algier Street, Brgy. Poblacion
Facebook: @dr.winemanila
Instagram: @dr.winemanila
Reservations:
+63 917 567-8811 (available from 10 to 3pm)
+63 917 563-8811 (available from 3pm to 12mn)
Opening Hours:
Sunday 12.00 PM – 2.00 AM
Monday to Saturday 5.00 PM – 2.00 AM

Related Blog Post:  DR. WINE Manila: The 3rd Floor Inaugural Wine Dinner!

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#Restaurants

DESAYUNO by Barcino: A Spanish Late Breakfast in Manila!

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DESAYUNO is Barcino’s tribute to the Spanish breakfast tradition in Manila featuring classic Spanish breakfast favorites and introducing Spanish-inspired Filipino breakfast creations. It’s a popular breakfast in the Barcino Santolan branch, recently introduced in Barcino Uptown Parade—a great place to have a morning meeting in the BGC/Uptown Bonifacio Area where you can enjoy cava for breakfast. 🙂

Eating late breakfasts, which is quite the norm in Spain, is becoming popular in Manila as well because of the intermittent fasting trend.

We had a brunch-out with the boys, and here are some tips on how to organize your own awesome Desayuno experience…

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#Hotels, Staycation

B HOTEL QC: The Best Staycation in Timog/Tomas Morato Area!

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Living in the south, we always wanted to have a staycation in the middle of the foodie area of Tomas Morato/Timog Area.

We celebrated Joshua’s birthday with a B Hotel QC Steakcation, and here are some tips on how to have an awesome staycation with the family at this modern hotel in the northern part of the metro.

 

First Things First

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B Hotel QC is a bit hidden. Located in the mixed residential and commercial neighborhood of Sct. Rallos, it’s literally walking distance to the best places in the area.

B-Hotel Quezon City
4 Sct. Rallos St, Diliman, Quezon City, 1103 Metro Manila
Telephone: +632 990-5000
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: B Hotel Quezon City
Instagram: @bhotelqc
Twitter: @bhotelqc
Website: www.bhotelqc.com

 

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#Philippines

Have an Awesome New Year 2019! (and 2018 Rewind)

Dear Our Awesome Planet friends,

An Awesome and Prosperous New Year to you and your family!

We are excited for 2019 but before everyone officially goes back to work, here’s a look back at some of the best experiences that made 2018 awesome!

We are excited for more awesome collaborations this year. If you are interested to work with Our Awesome Planet on content campaigns, please don’t hesitate to email [email protected] or contact her directly +63 917 531-8949.

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#Philippines

Hard Rock Cafe Manila Reopens in S Maison!

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I still remember when the first Hard Rock Cafe opened in Glorietta just across our P&G 6750 office. We used to go rockin’ there every time there was a celebration, and we always looked forward to dancing to the music of the live rock band.

Fast forward to the end of 2018, Hard Rock Cafe—now run by Bistro, one of the best restaurant groups in the country—finds a new home at S Maison.

Here’s what happened during the special Bistro sneak preview last night before its official soft opening tonight…

 

HARD ROCK CAFE MANILA
Level 2, S Maison at Conrad Manila, Seaside Boulevard, Coral Way, Pasay, Philippines
Telephone: +632 836-7141
Email[email protected]
Facebook: Hard Rock Cafe Manila
Websitehttps://www.hardrock.com/cafes/manila/

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Digital Marketing and Entrepreneurship Masterclass Manila by Anton Diaz: Level Up your Digital Game to Kickoff 2019!

⚡️May 2, 2019 Update: 📣Announcing… Digital Masterclass by Anton Diaz (Batch 2 – Now Open!)

Dear Our Awesome Planet friends,

An awesome and exciting New Year to you all!

2019 is the year when digital marketing just becomes marketing because by default all marketing activities are digital. It is the year when nobody watches TV but everybody is binge-watching on Netflix, Amazon, and Youtube. This is the time when the social media capital of the world for consuming content becomes the capital of online content production. This will be the era of kid influencers and when our Gen Z kids enter the social media influence scene.

You are not ready for this. While you are still stuck debating with old management to invest in digital marketing or not, the world moves on to disrupt your business.

Our schools and other educational institutions don’t teach “digital marketing” because they teach by sharing case studies that worked 6 months or so ago. I cringe every time I see a digital marketing case study example from 2017 and below showcasing how it worked for them at that time. The supposed digital marketing “guru” who are not actual practitioners but just a spokesperson for the digital marketing company or millennial influencers who starts a digital marketing agency but markets like old-school marketers.

To succeed in the digital marketing landscape of 2019, you have to be on top of trends, predict algorithm changes, and future-proof your marketing. You have to unlearn years of marketing training that does not work in the new digital order. You need to discern where and to whom to learn from.

Digital marketing is not about doing a PR event for the launch of your business and expects people to go because of a one-time event. It is all about winning one digital native one at a time and building loyalty over a sustainable period of time.

I’m blogging since 2005 when my first son Aidan was born, and quit my day job as the CIO of P&G Philippines in 2008 to blog professionally since. Online marketing is a marathon and a commitment to over-deliver on expectations of your audience on a 1-on-1 basis but using a scalable digital infrastructure. I miss teaching during my Maven Secrets days in Asian Institute of Management and wanted to help more people this 2019.

I learn best when I teach and students learn from real live examples from digital practitioners and how they think about it. In partnership with SMX Academix, we are launching the inaugural Digital Marketing Masterclass and Digital Entrepreneurship Masterclass at SMX Aura, Taguig in the city of passionate people.

The masterclasses are designed as 6 weekly sessions of 3-hours each and the class becomes a mastermind group to learn from each other in their digital journey. I’m looking for 25 people to kick off the first ever masterclass and to be the founding mastermind members. Here is how to choose which masterclass to join:

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#Philippines, Boracay Island

Orient Beach: Glamping on Boracay Island!

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What comes to mind when you hear Orient Beach’s tagline, “The only glamping in the paradise island of Boracay?”

Images of a tent, roughing it out and nature flash in my mind as I try to imagine what a glamorous camping experience it would be.

If glamping is your thing, read this post on our glamping villa experience at Orient Beach Boracay.

ORIENT BEACH BORACAY
Hagdan, Yapac, Boracay Island. Malay, Aklan., Boracay, 5608
Telephone: +63 908 892 7543
Website: Boracay Glamping Villa 3 AC Rooms with POOL ★★★★★

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#Philippines

A Christmas Morning Reflection: Lessons from a Brutal 2018 Disruption

 

Dear Our Awesome Planet Friends,

A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and your family!

2018 was brutal in terms of disruptions in the social media capital of the world. Magazines closed, billboard placements dropped by 50% and agencies collapsed as the media playing field transitioned to digital publishing. E-commerce boomed with logistics innovation with more players providing an online solution so that you no longer have to brave the traffic. Entertainment shifted to Netflix, Amazon Prime, Youtube and Gaming, moving away from traditional TV channels. Most of the bloggers we started with in 2005, blogged less, moved to micro-blogging or social media or quit blogging altogether. Our kids future is now being threatened by Chinese economic invasion, bugbog or dignidad bullies and the looming 2022 presidential elections.

Amidst all the noise, I learned to focus on what’s important in business and in life.

Who are your Friends and Family?

I learned painfully that your business partners are not your friends, especially where money is involved. Your friendships don’t flourish automatically if you don’t work and set aside time to meet and build the relationship. Your family loves you no matter what, so they deserve your time. They are the people to build new traditions with.

Your friends are those people who you want to become your family because you respect their values and you become a better person with their association. So you have to build this friendship over time by making sure that you meet regularly in the present, share part of your past lives to learn from and build a future together with them in it.

Your family deserves your time, and we need to teach our kids the value of family. We have to make sure that we are together during birthdays, special milestone celebrations and, most importantly, Christmas and New Year.

 

Cash Flow vs. ROE (Return on Ego).

We had a sort of mid-life crisis this year because I let the temptation of ROE overtake ongoing cashflow in the digital business.  We spent too much time on travel that did not return any cash flow, and we neglected building new cash flow to help us survive the digital disruption.

At one time, I hated agencies, especially government offices, that didn’t care enough to pay small and business enterprises on time. Cash flow is the lifeblood of a digital enterprise, and now I know why serial entrepreneurs start a new business every time to balance out their cash flow portfolio in order to be ready for any disruption.

It’s instagram cool to be sponsored for travel and experiences, but older generations frown upon digital media getting paid. We always promote monetizing on the things one is passionate about, but I also need to learn to balance it out with stories that matter without monetization in mind.

 

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