Blogging

My Biggest Learning from TBEX Finger Lakes (and My Big Hairy One-Year Goal)

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This is a travel blogger collaboration post on our biggest learnings from TBEX Finger Lakes and our collective big hairy audacious goals that we aspire to accomplish before the next TBEX North America conference in Montana.

This is also a sort of social experiment on publicly declaring your goals and how many will be able to achieve theirs in one year’s time.

The learnings and goals are classified into: YouTube Goals, Blogging Goals and SEO Goals. I shared my awesome goal at the end of the post.

 

YOUTUBE GOALS

The Jet Sisters

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What is your Biggest Learning from TBEX Finger Lakes:

We learned so much at TBEX about how to grow our fledgling YouTube channel where we focus on our adventures as jet-setting sisters. We’re not new to creating written content as we’ve been running AngieAway.com for eight years already, but success on a video platform has been a challenge for us. And we had two key takeaways from the sessions:post video content consistently and DONE is better than PERFECT.

My Big Hairy Audacious 1-Year Goal:

Our content is well executed and tons of fun, so we’re hopeful if we post more often, we’ll be able to hit at least 2,500 subscribers by the next TBEX.

Angie Orth of AngieAway.com | YouTube: The Jet Sisters

 


Deanna Troy Travels

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What is your Biggest Learning from TBEX Finger Lakes:

My biggest learning from TBEX Finger Lakes was from the seminar, “Video First Blogging”, by Anton Diaz. In his talk, I learned about the four “travel moments”—dreaming, planning, booking and experiencing. When discussing these moments, Diaz pointed out that the majority of travelers use YouTube, Facebook and Instagram to fulfill their “dreaming” moments. Up until this point, my YouTube channel, Deanna Troy Travels, has focused mostly on the planning, booking and experiencing moments. My videos showcase what I did, who I met and what I learned.

Related Post: TBEX 2018 – Newbie Tips!

My Big Hairy Audacious 1-Year Goal:

In order to target the dreaming moments, I will produce more videos with beautiful scenery montages, romantic music and dream-like destinations. Over the next year, I want to really focus on addressing all four travel moments in order to grow the reach of my channel.

Deanna Troy of Deanna Troy Travels

 


The Mamuchos

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What is your Biggest Learning from TBEX Finger Lakes:

We had two things for takeaways. The first one was about the importance of branding. People need to recognize you by something, whether it’s a type of photo or a specific thing you provide them with., i.e. checklist for smarter traveling, cheapest tour lists, etc. The second thing was about finding the right music. Music not only guides your story, but it also expresses the emotions you want your audience to feel.

Our favorite part was the number of great people we met. We never imagined (as first timers) that we would meet so many kind people. We felt extremely welcomed and learned from everyone we met.

Related Post: Welcome Party at TBEX Fingerlakes (Video)

My Big Hairy Audacious 1-Year Goal:

We started this journey 8 months ago and currently have a little over 200 subscribers that we are extremely grateful for. In the next year, our goal is to have 10k subscribers with consistent engagement on our channel.

Indhira (Maria) and Bryan (Lieles) of Youtube: The Mamuchos 

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#Travel, Hongkong

10 Tips for Conquering Hong Kong Disneyland this Christmas!

Christmas is a wonderful time of the year. It’s even better when you can spend it at the happiest place on earth!

Especially when Hong Kong Disneyland Resort (HKDL) takes the celebration to new heights as it commemorates a Disney Christmas along with Mickey Mouse’s 90th anniversary with the World’s Biggest Mouse Party!

The park will be transformed into magical winter wonderland, immersing guests in the festive mood with your favorite Disney characters dressed in their Christmas outfits, yuletide carols, seasonal treats, and must-have souvenirs, with plenty of eye-popping decorations like the unmissable new Christmas tree at Main Street U.S.A. Did I mention there will be magical snowflakes falling day and night?

 

HKDL 2018

Just imagine a whole day of fun and laughter as your kids explore the Christmasfied (Yup, I’m making up words) HK Disneyland, conquering rides, meeting their favorite Disney characters in holiday costumes, and taking memorable photos!

Hong Kong Disneyland Resort is kicking off its winter holidays with a nearly two-month celebration beginning Thursday, November 15 and continuing through January 1.

So make sure to check out our top 10 Holiday picks, plus special discounts up for grabs for Pinoy guests joining HKDL this holiday season…

 

HONG KONG DISNEYLAND
Lantau Island, Hong Kong
Websitehttp://www.hongkongdisneyland.com/
Facebook Pagehttps://www.facebook.com/hkdisneyland.pa/

Related Blog Posts:
• Hong Kong: Family Fun in the City! (Travel Guide)
• Hong Kong: Family Fun in the Outlying Islands of HK! (Travel Guide)
• Hong Kong Food Trip Guide like a Local! (24H Itinerary)

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#Restaurants, Food

RAMEN NAGI: Opens First Concept Store with Truffle King Ramen!

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Truffle fans rejoice! Ramen Nagi is bringing back their Truffle King Ramen that will only be available at the newly opened RAMEN NAGI CONCEPT STORE in BGC for a limited time (until December).

RAMEN NAGI is one of my favorite go-to ramen joints in Manila, known for their rich and bolder flavors where you can customize your ramen to your liking. Today, they recently launched the Ramen Nagi Concept store that offers the same classic menu but with a more modern and chic interior perfect for the working crowd of BGC.

Here’s what to expect at the first Ramen Nagi Concept Store…

 

Ramen Nagi Concept Store
2/F One Bonifacio High Street,
5th Av corner 28th st, Taguig
(beside the new PSE building)
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: Ramen Nagi Manila

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#Travel

TAITUNG: 5 Reasons to Visit on your next trip to Taiwan

Located on the Southeast of Taiwan, Taitung literally translates to “East of Taiwan.” Taitung makes up for 10% of Taiwan’s total land area, but only holds 1% of the country’s total population.

Taitung doesn’t seem all that popular when people talk of Taiwan. It’s always Taipei, Kaohsiung, Keelung, or Taichung. If your idea of a great vacation involves relaxing hotels and easy, outdoor activities, then Taitung just might be the one for you.Read more

Manila Life

La Petite Parisienne Guide to Food and Wine Pairing

La Petite Parisienne is a wine cellar, deli, pizzeria, and events place all rolled into one. Offering some of the widest selection of classic and premium wines directly imported from France to Manila, it is only apt that they also take part in educating interested parties in the intricacies of wine and the best ways to enjoy it.

La Petite Parisienne offers a multitude of classes about wine, one of them being the Wine and Food Pairing. I don’t claim to know a lot about wine. In fact, I just go for a Moscato or a Rosé without thinking twice whether they match my food or not.

Here’s what I learned at the Wine and Food Pairing Class at La Petite Parisienne

La Petite Parisienne
Le Village Lifestyle Park, E. Rodriguez Sr. Avenue Corner Cordillera Street, Tatalon, Quezon City
Operating Hours: 4PM – 1AM
Telephone: +63 998 593 7605
Email: [email protected]
FacebookLa Petite Parisienne Manila
Instagram: @lapetiteparisiennemnl

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#Restaurants

PEPPER TREE: A Taste of Indian Filipino Fusion at The Pop Up Katipunan

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PEPPER TREE is an Indian Filipino Fusion restaurant by Hiro, who retired from his BPO career to pursue his goal of opening an Indian restaurant.

The Indian food is quite good because it is based on their family recipes, and they import their own spices so as not to compromise on flavor.

Here’s what to expect at the go-to place to eat in the newly opened mini-mall at The Pop Up Katipunan…

 

PEPPER TREE FOODS
The Pop Up, Xavierville corner Katipunan Avenues, Loyola Heights, Diliman, Quezon City
Telephone: +63 2 296 1690
Mobile: +63 917 587 7433
Email[email protected]
Facebook: Pepper Tree Foods
Instagram: @peppertreefoods
Website: www.peppertreefoods.com

Operating Hours:
Tuesday – Saturday, 10.00am – midnight
Sunday, 10.00am – 10.00pm
Monday, Closed

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#Restaurants

THOMSON ROAD: A Modern Chinese Bistro Surprise in Molito, Alabang

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Thomson Road is a Modern Chinese Bistro, a fusion of Singaporean, Cantonese and Filipino cuisines by head cook and owner, Johanne Wee. Its name is inspired by and some of its dishes are influenced by the famous Thomson Road in Singapore.

From the outside, it is unassuming, and you would think it is just another one of those fusion restos. We tried it with the family because we simply love everything Chinese. And we were in for a surprise…

 

THOMSON ROAD CHINESE BISTRO
Molito 3 Complex, G/F Unit 5-6, Madrigal Ave. corner Alabang Zapote Road, Alabang
Telephone: +63917 160-8722
Email: 
[email protected]
Facebook
: Thomson Road Chinese Bistro
Instagram: @thmsonroadcb
Operating Hours: 11.30 am to 10.00 pm

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#Restaurants

ICHIRO RAMEN: Your Friendly BF Neighborhood Ramen

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Ichiro Ramen is your BF neighborhood ramen house by George Kho of Burger Geek fame. The name which means firstborn son in Japanese is a tribute to his father and his firstborn son.

Set beside La Chinesca along the famed Aguirre Food Street, its ramen is comparable to the creamy quality of Yushoken but at a more affordable price.

Here’s what we think of Ichiro Ramen…

ICHIRO RAMEN
248 Aguirre Ave. BF Homes, Parañaque
Facebook: Ichiro Ramen
Instagram
: @ichiro.ramen

Operating Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 5.00pm – 11.00pm; Monday, closed.

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#Hotels, Staycation

OKADA Manila: How to Experience the Best Family Staycation Ever @OkadaManila

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We love staycations in Manila, and this is our best staycation experience of 2018 so far!

Dubbed as “Manila’s Grand Icon,” OKADA Manila in Entertainment City is a 44-hectare oceanfront Japanese Integrated Resort with a steel and glass facade.

It’s the flagship Okada Manila resort and the largest integrated resort in Manila, integrating a 993-room Y-shaped hotel, 10 restaurants, 4522 square meters of ballroom and function rooms, Asia’s largest ultra-luxury indoor beach club and the world’s largest multicolor dancing water feature in one massive complex.

We celebrated Yugi’s 4th birthday weekend at Okada and here’s how to organize your own awesome family staycation:

OKADA MANILA
New Seaside Drive, Entertainment City, Parañaque City
Telephone: +632 880 7555
Email[email protected]
FacebookOkada Manila
Instagram@okadamanila
Website: www.okadamanila.com

These are the current prices of the rooms we stayed in during the staycation:
• Okada Deluxe Twin Room (1550) –  ₱ 14,000/night
Executive Suite Room (1565) – ₱ 25,000/night
Premium Double (1565) – ₱ 30,000/night

Pricing changes based on day and availability so best to check out Okada Manila’s low rates and availability here.

OKADA Blog Series:
• OKADA MANILA: How to Experience the Best Staycation Ever?! @OkadaManila
• LA PIAZZA: Your Next Italian Romantic Date with an Awesome View of The Fountain @OkadaManila!
• COVE MANILA: Southeast Asia’s Biggest Beach Club & Nightclub! @OkadaManila

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Food

Culinaria: A Night of European Gastronomy (Photo Essay)

European Culinary Week is a celebration of European Cuisine, featuring award-winning and Michelin-starred chefs. Part of the European Culinary Week’s mission is to spark interest in European cuisine, showcase European products, and work and meet with established European chefs.

Among the events lined up for the said week is Culinaria. Culinaria showcases the creations of the award-winning European chefs in an open kitchen style and provides a high-end European gastronomic experience by way of a walk-through dinner.

Here’s our experience at Culinaria… Read more

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