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How I Transformed My Passion into a Digital Online Business?!

Most people would ask me how I was able to quit my day job as a CIO of a multinational corporation and become a digitalpreneur with a leading food and travel media company in the Philippines.

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Ten years ago today, I resigned from P&G. I remember routing my resignation checklist for my separation pay and having doubts if I made the right decision, leaving a lucrative career and all.

Here are 10 tips that helped me transform my passion for food & travel into a successful business venture:

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#Philippines, Bacolod

VIANELLAS: Chic Flip-Flops to Wear on the Beach!

Negros’ favorite beach resort threw a beach festival and they did it in style!

Summer is over! But for the ladies who are still chasing that sun-kissed and Instagram-worthy photos on the beach, Vianellas has got you covered.

VIANELLAS, is a local flip-flop brand focused on simple, chic, and affordable beachwear by Negreñse designer Tanya Gonzales. The name itself has a witty meaning, “Viaje” a Spanish word referring to ‘travel’ and “Tsinelas” meaning ‘slippers’. This links closely to their philosophy of sharing the love for travel and the beach.

Their trendy designs are inspired by various famous beaches from around the world, such as Santorini, Santa Monica, Legzira, and Anzio.

Choosing the right sandals are a vital part of your travel wardrobe, and here’s why Vianellas would look good on our cute summer dress or even bikini.

VIANELLAS
Lakawon, Cadiz Viejo, Negros Occidental
Facebook: @vianellas
Instagram: @vianellas

LAKAWON ISLAND RESORTS & SPA
Lakawon, Cadiz Viejo, Negros Occidental
Website: www.lakawon.com.ph/
Facebook: @lakawonisland
Instagram: @lakawon
Email: reservations@lakawon.ph
Contact: +63 917 555 6979

Related Post: LAKAWON: Negros’ Secret Paradise Retreat & TawHai Floating Bar! @LakawonIsland

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#Restaurants

La Cabrera Manila: Steak and Wine Pairing (and Buenos Aires’ Signature 40% off)

Read First: LA CABRERA MANILA Argentinian Steakhouse at 6750 (A Review)
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La Cabrera Manila is the first restaurant of Parilla La Cabrera by Gaston Riveira in Asia.

It is known for its authentic Argentinian steaks in Buenos Aires and acclaimed as one of the top 50 restaurants in South America.

In Buenos Aires, they have a popular happy hour promo—the entire menu at 40% off—and this is now being offered in Manila on weekdays from 5.00 pm to 6.30 pm.

Here are some tips on how to plan an awesome dining experience at La Cabrera:

 

LA CABRERA MANILA by Gaston Riveira
6750, Ayala Avenue, Makati
Operating Hours: 11.00 am – 11.00 pm
Telephone: +632 833-8946
Mobile: +63 905 290-0703
Email: lacabreramanila@gmail.com
Facebook@lacabreramanila
Instagram@lacabreramanila
Websitehttp://lacabrera.com.ar

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#Philippines

Asia’s Largest Cruise Ship ‘Ovation of The Seas’ Makes Double Maiden Call at Subic Bay and Manila! @RoyalCaribbean

Royal Caribbean made a double historic ship call in the Philippines last June 8 in Subic and June 9 in Manila. Ovation of the Seas is the largest cruise ship and the first ship of its kind with the highest number of guests (4,700) from around the world to call in any Filipino port.

Ovation of the Seas is Asia’s largest and most revolutionary cruise ship. The 1,138 feet long behemoth of a floating destination—equipped with 2,091 staterooms, 18 restaurants and 8 pools—can host 4,905 guests and carry 1,500 crew members for a total of 6,405 people!

The high-tech ship also boasts of exciting features that include North Star, a 300-ft high viewing capsule with roller skating, bumper cars, skydiving & surfing simulators and robotic bartenders at the Bionic Bar.

ARPAN AIR, INC.
International Representative – Philippines
Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises & Azamara Club Cruises
Telephone: +632 892 2701 to 03
Mobile: +63 955 213 3579
Email: rylcaribbean@arpanair.com.ph
Facebook: Royal Caribbean Philippines
Website: www.royalcaribbean.com

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Events

MenhirSalento Wines: Chef Jessie Sincioco x Chef Musaro Rocco Roberto Dinner

There’s a booming appreciation for fine wines in Manila, a growing hunger among Manileños to know more about wines from the winemakers themselves. In the case of Menhir Salento, they introduced their Italian wines via a 4 hands wine pairing dinner with Chef Jessie Sincioco and Chef Musaro Rocco Roberto.

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Vini Menhir Salento S.r.l., founded by Gaetano Marangelli in 2005, showcases the terroir of the Southern part of the Puglia Region in the extreme southeastern tip of Italy, specifically the Minervino di Lecce-Maglie-Otranto area.

Chef Roberto transports us to Puglia with a taste of Origano Osteria restaurant, owned by the Menhir Salento winery, in Minervino di Lecce.

Italian wines are designed for food pairing. Menhir Salento makes it both interesting and delightful to savor the authentic flavors of the Italian region where a particular wine was produced.

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#Hotels, Staycation

Shangri-La at the Fort: Why it is the Best Family Staycation in BGC?!

We’ve tried a lot of hotel staycations in Manila with the family and Shangri-La at the Fort is one of our favorites.

They opened the Shangri-La Residences which is 97 serviced apartments (Levels 9-17) for long staying guests and for their Stay & Play Family Staycation Package.

Here’s why Shangri-La at the Fort continues to provide the best staycation experience in BGC ever since they opened …

Shangri-La at the Fort
30th Street corner 5th Avenue Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City, Philippines
Telephone: +632 820-0888
WebsiteStay and Play: A Family Staycation

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Events

Repoblacion ng Pilipinas: A Rainy Toast to our 120th Independence Day!

Repoblacion ng Pilipinas, the first Independence Day Salubong Street Food Fiesta hosted by Agimat x Alamat and Z hostel has come to a successful close!

Despite the torrential downpour that lasted almost the whole night, crowds of people still went and raised a toast to celebrate our country’s independence.

Related Blog Post: Hunyo 12: Repoblacion ng Pilipinas! (Insider Guide)

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#Restaurants

NAMARI: The Best Japanese Teppanyaki We had in Pampanga!

Namari, by Chef Chris Oronce, is a Japanese Bistro in Pampanga that features a Teppanyaki Omakase and an Izakaya-inspired Japanese bar.

Namari is Japanese for lead, a very sturdy metal—a name reflecting the Chef’s successful career despite all the odds.

For Chef Chris, giving back to his native Pampanga meant opening twin restaurants: Namari Japanese Bistro and Cactus Jack American Steakhouse in the new Best Western Hotel Metro Clark (the old Saver’s Mall).

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We love the food by Chef Chris Oronce, who worked at the renowned Nobu restaurants in Las Vegas, New York and Shibuya in Japan.

When he returned to Manila, he held the the executive chef position at Wafu in Greenhills, where we had a taste of his teppanyaki omakase. Currently, he is the executive chef of the successful Wolfgang Steakhouse franchise in Manila.

The chef’s new Namari offers Japanese Teppanyaki Omakase experience that’s worth the drive all the way to Pampanga.

 

NAMARI JAPANESE BISTRO
G/F Best Western Hotel Metro Clark (Saver’s Mall), Mc Arthur Highway, Balibago, Angeles City
Operating Hours: 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Facebook: NamariJapaneseBistro
Telephone: +63 999 227-7935
Email: namarijapanesebistro@gmail.com

Related Blog Posts:
WAFU: Teppanyaki Omakase Buffet! (@WAFUgreenhills kicks off the Teppanyaki Craze in Manila?!)
WOLFGANG’S STEAKHOUSE: Best Dry-Aged Porterhouse Steak now in Manila! @rwmanila

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Events, Manila Life

Monkey Eagle x Privatus Private Dining: Craft Beer & Food Pairing 101

Privatus Private Dining, a Manila-based premium catering business, and Monkey Eagle Brewery, a microbrewery that makes world-class beers, team up for an afternoon of beer appreciation and superb fare. The well-curated 5-course menu features Privatus Private Dining’s culinary creations paired with Monkey Eagle Brewery’s flagship craft beers.

Privatus Private Dining
Address: #8 F. Legaspi St., Brgy. Maybunga, Pasig
Telephone: +63 917 629 7453, +63 2 907 5457
Email: info@privatusprivatedining.com
Facebook: Privatus Private Dining
Instagram: @privatusmanila

Monkey Eagle Brewery
Address: Tagaytay City, Philippines
Email: info@monkeyeagle.com
Facebook: Monkey Eagle Brewery
Instagram: @monkeyeagleph

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