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Thursday, May 5, 2016

How Can I Make My Next Business Trip Productive And Profitable?

If you're planning a big business trip and want it to be as productive and profitable as possible, now is the time to access strategies that will promote optimal success. You can use some or all of the techniques outlined below to get as much as you can out of your next business trip:

1. Finalize Everything At The Office.

One strategy you should definitely implement as you start planning your business trip is to finalize everything at the office. If you fail to take this step, you will likely find yourself worrying about whether things are still going well or if everything has fallen into a state of chaos. Moreover, things actually may fall apart if you don't finalize projects, delegate authority, and ensure that all of your equipment is functioning properly. If you have any equipment that is on the verge of death or disarray, make sure you replace it so you don't run the risk of disrupting the company's daily operations while you're gone. If your company makes use of aerospace metal alloys, you can obtain new products from businesses such as Hurlen King.

2. Locate The Ideal Hotel.

In addition to finalizing things at the office, make sure that you locate the ideal hotel. One thing you should consider is how close the hotel is to the place where networking functions and business meetings will be held. You should also think about the pricing. While you may be led to believe you have to break the bank to get an excellent hotel, you can oftentimes attain great deals by booking early. You can use www.expedia.com to start shopping for the ideal hotel right now.

3. Implement Good Health Practices.

One final strategy you can implement to optimize your next business trip is implementing good health practices. This strategy will help you maintain the elevated mood and high energy levels necessary to work effectively and network with power. With all of this in mind, make sure that you stay in a hotel that features a gym so you can work out regularly. Also be sure that you always have a wide range of healthy food options available to you.

Conclusion

If you're getting ready to go out of town for business and want the venture to be successful, now is the time to start implementing success strategies. You can use some or all of the planning tips outlined above to ensure that your business trip is as productive and positive as possible.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Sabreen's Seafood Market: Live Seafood Delights (Malate Manila Philippines)

The Philippines has always been known as a rich and abundant tropical island.  One simply cannot fully bask into its delightful wonders without trying out live-cooked seafood which locals know as "Paluto"  which simply means to have it cooked.  With more than 29 years of experience and equipped with skillful chefs, Sabreen's Seafood Market is one of the top choices for your paluto experience.

sabreens seafood market
The centerpiece is set to be the largest seafood aquarium in Manila
Sabreen's is very spacious, well-decorated and more importantly clean.

sabreens seafood market
The first step in your paluto dining experience is to choose the seafood ingredients.

sabreens seafood market
Sabreen's has the widest seafood selections. 

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The selections are live, fresh and frozen.

sabreens seafood market
Of course, if you want to fully enjoy, choose the live ones.

sabreens seafood market
Other ingredients that will go with your intended dish is also for sale.

sabreens seafood market
It's like going on a super neat supermarket except the ingredients are live and fresh!

sabreens seafood market
They also have fruits for juices and as a dessert.

sabreens seafood market
Ingredients will be weight for billing. 

Food
Unlike other paluto restaurants, they do not charge for cooking. 

sabreens seafood market
Clams Ginger Soup
sabreens seafood market
Sauteed Crab with Sweet Chili Sauce
sabreens seafood market
Grilled Salmon with Lemon Butter

sabreens seafood market
Fried Shrimp with Chili Sauce

sabreens seafood market
Salt and Pepper Squid
sabreens seafood market
Baked Scallop
sabreens seafood market
Steamed Lapu-Lapu (live-cooked)
My favorite is the Steamed Lapu-Lapu.  Being live-cooked, it was filled with the natural sweetness of the sea.  It was cooked with precision too so it was so tender but not mashed.

sabreens seafood market
Mixed Vegetables with Oyster Sauce
sabreens seafood market
Pineapple Fried Rice Small (380 php)
The ones we tried are just some of their many cooking styles you can choose from.

sabreens seafood market
Fresh Mango Shake (135 php)
Travel Tripsters Verdict

Sabreen's Seafood Market offers a whole new experience that will surely make you appreciate the natural sweet bountiful flavors of the sea.

Sabreen's Seafood Market
Address 1190 J. Bocobo Street, Malate, Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines
Budget Per Person 500 php-2,000php Sabreen's Seafood Market Map
Payment Options Cash

Operating Hours 8am-10pm
Reservation Required No
Contact  (632) 521-4351 |
sabreen_seafoodrestaurant@yahoo.com

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Valentino Resort & Spa: Great Group Weekend Getaway (San Jose Batangas)

Summer is the best time to go out of town.  I'm so lucky that my mentors brought me along to Valentino Resort & Spa.

valentino resort and spa
To be honest, this is the first time I've encountered this resort.  The name Valentino has a romantic connotation don't you agree?

valentino resort and spa
As soon as we got there, we registered and got our keys from their Information Office.

valentino resort and spa
To my surprise, the place is huge!  They have a mediterranean-themed restaurant.

valentino resort and spa
I was too preoccupied with the pools that I forgot to try the spa.

valentino resort and spa
a pavilion for functions and so much more.

valentino resort and spa
We stayed in their extension called Valentino Place which was designed to cater to big groups for team buildings and the like.   The landscape is well-maintained and it has a tranquil atmosphere.  There's a bench by the pond where I enjoyed chilling out.

valentino resort and spa
There are different kinds of villa which different in capacity.

valentino resort and spa
We stayed at the South Wing with 3 rooms.  It costs 11,000 php per night and has a maximum capacity of 20 persons.  The rates didn't include breakfast but they allowed food to be brought.  Some of my companions are from Batangas so they had food brought in for us.

valentino resort and spa
The intercoms aren't working.

valentino resort and spa
So there's bunker beds, television, cabinets and an air-conditioner.

valentino resort and spa
As you can see, everything looks clean despite the lack of interior design.

valentino resort and spa
They supplied fresh and clean towels, soap, shampoo, toothpaste and toothbrush.

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The rest rooms are all clean.

valentino resort and spa
Just beside the South Wing is an adult pool with an adjacent kiddie pool.  Being nearby, this is where we enjoyed our night swim.  The pool is surrounded with cabanas.  If you're not renting rooms, they charge for the cabanas as well as entrance fees for the pool.

valentino resort and spa
Because the vicinity is so big, they offered a free cart ride to the main Valentino Resort & Spa whenever you please.  You can just text them or approach any of their staff as they are all equipped with radio transmitters.  All the staffs are very courteous and happy to assist.

valentino resort and spa
They have their very own tunnel that goes under the main street so you don't need to go out and cross the street to go to the Valentino Resort & Spa from the Valentino Place and vice versa.


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valentino resort and spa
So if you go under the tunnel, you'll eventually turn up in the opposite side of that gate.

valentino resort and spa
They have a lot of amenities like a basketball court, tennis court, badminton court, volleyball court and fitness center.

valentino resort and spa
This is the biggest pool.  And, it has a jacuzzi beside it.   The pool is just right next to the building where the Italian and Modern Villas, Junior Suites and some rooms are.

valentino resort and spa
There's another adult pool with man-made waterfall and a kiddie pool also adjacent to it.

valentino resort and spa
From this hanging bridge, you can view all 3 pools and Mt. Maculot behind the pavillion.  Unfortunately, we didn't see it because it was drizzling during our stay.

Travel Tripsters Verdict
Valentino Resort & Spa is a superb resort.  It was a fun and memorable stay!  Their rates are very reasonable.  And, it's ideal for a couple stay, family outing and even corporate getaways.  Perhaps, this place just needs a bit of a marketing push because I really can't see why you shouldn't consider it on your next weekend getaway.  It's even accessible by public transport. 
 
Valentino Resort & Spa
Hotel Address Baranga Pinagtung-ulan, San Jose Batangas, Philippines
Contact (632) 435-3545 Reservation Required No
Payment Options   Cash Directions Private Vehicle:
  • Take STAR Tollway and exit at Lipa
  • Take a left going to Barangay Banay-Banay
  • You will pass by Fernando Airbase on your right
  • Once you reach a fork in the road (about 15mins) take a right towards Cuenca
  • You will see a sign of the resort on your left (about 10mins)
  • If you reach Patroil gas station on your left, you have passed the entrance to the resort
  • Take a left at the sign, the main entrance to the resort is on your right (about 5mins)
Bus-Tricycle:
  • Take bus to San Jose Batangas
  • Ride tricycle - instruct to go near San Rafael Church (10-minute ride)
Room Types Room Amenities Price
Villas

4,650 php + 600 php/person
Junior Suite Rooms

3,250 php + 600 php/person
Deluxe Room

3,000 php + 600 php/person
Standard Room

2,500 php + 600 php/person
General Amenities •3 Adult Pools 
2 Kiddie Pools
•1 Jacuzzi
•Fitness Center
Spa
•View Deck
Parking Yes
Travel Tripsters Hotel Review Rating Valentino Resort & Spa Map
Location
Room Comfort
Cleanliness
Service
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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Waterfront Insular Hotel Davao: 5-Star Hotel with Beach Front (Lanang Davao City)

Waterfront Insular Hotel Davao was our home during our three days and  two nights stay in Davao City.

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If you're looking for a solemn refreshing spacious resort hotel type of accommodation in Davao City, this is the best one there is!

waterfront insular hotel davao
The air is so fresh and the landscape garden is well-maintained.  The pathways are wide making it great for morning jogs.  At night, some parts are not well-lit so jogging may not be viable.

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La Parilla
There are a lot of dining places as well as function rooms.

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Pizza Lolo
waterfront insular hotel davao

There's another cafe by the pool side.  I'll share more about our dining experiences on a separate post.  

waterfront insular hotel davao
The pool is open from 7 am to  8 pm.

waterfront insular hotel davao
Although the hotel is big, there weren't many guest who had the time to swim during our stay.

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Cuckatoo
Beside the pool, there's a caged Cuckatoo.

waterfront insular hotel davao
It has a Parrot companion which didn't talk.

waterfront insular hotel davao
There are complete in amenities like this roofed stadium, souvenir shops, business center, gym, massage center, function rooms and clinic.

waterfront insular hotel davao
As much as possible, I'd suggest picking a room with a beachfront view.

waterfront insular hotel davao
The beach is a bit rocky and seaweed layden so I don't recommend swimming in it.  But, they do allow beachline swimming from 6 am to 6 pm.  There's a reminder to take precaution as they do not have any lifeguard at duty.  I walked up 100 meters from the shore line and the water was just knee deep.  According to my friends who are locals, Samal Island is just a boat ride away from Waterfront Hotel.  So a lot of guests at Waterfront head there for superior beach experience.  In Vicente Hizon Road (street in between Jollibee and Petron Gasoline Station), you can have a boat transfer to Samal Island.  A day tour to Samal Island is only 250 php.  Unfortunately for us, our itinerary was so full that we didn't have the time to go there.

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Let's now go to my room... 

waterfront insular hotel davao
Each building had two floors.

waterfront insular hotel davao
The corridors are also air-conditioned.

Deluxe Room
waterfront insular hotel davao
2 Single Beds, Cable TV, Desk and Balcony
Everything was flawlessly clean.

Mini Bar and Mini Fridge

Closet with Safety Deposit Box

waterfront insular hotel davao
My deluxe room had a tub.  According to my friends who stayed in other buildings, theirs didn't have any.

waterfront insular hotel davao
Complete Toiletries
And, this is my balcony view.

Travel Tripster Remarks
Overall, I'm very happy with my stay at Waterfront Insular Hotel Davao.  The place was relaxing, the food is good and the staffs are very courteous and quick and eager to assist.  The WiFi is fast and reliable.  The only downside is that it is roughly around 30-minutes away from the center of Davao City.

Waterfront Insular Hotel Davao
Hotel Address Lanang Davao City Davao Del Sur, Philippines
Contact (6382) 233-2881 |
wihd@waterfronthotels.net |
waterfronthotels.com.ph
Reservation Required Yes
Payment Options   Cash Public Transport Jeep, Taxi
Room Types Room Amenities Estimated Price
Deluxe Room
•38 sqm.
2 Single Beds or 1 King Bed
LCD Cable Television
With balcony 
International direct-dialing telephone connection 
Safety Deposit Box
Complete Mini-bar
24-Hour Room Service
Free WiFi internet access
Complimentary access to pool
Air-condition with individual thermostat control 
Complete bathroom fixtures and amenities including phone extension
2,700 php
Deluxe Premium Room
•38 sqm.
2 Single Beds or 1 King Bed
LCD Cable Television
With balcony with view of the beach or pool
International direct-dialing telephone connection 
Safety Deposit Box
Complete Mini-bar
24-Hour Room Service
Free WiFi internet access
Complimentary access to pool
Air-condition with individual thermostat control 
Complete bathroom fixtures and amenities including phone extension
2,800 php
Junior Suite
57 sqm.
1 King Bed with 300 count bed linen (in a separate bed room)
dining and receiving area
LCD Cable Television
With balcony with view of the beach or pool
International direct-dialing telephone connection 
Safety Deposit Box
Complete Mini-bar
24-Hour Room Service
Free WiFi internet access
Complimentary access to pool
Air-condition with individual thermostat control 
Complete bathroom fixtures and amenities including phone extension

Executive Suite
133 sqm.
1 King Bed with 300 count bed linen (in a separate bed room)
dining and receiving area
LCD Cable Television
With balcony with view of the beach or pool
International direct-dialing telephone connection 
Safety Deposit Box
Complete Mini-bar
24-Hour Room Service
Free WiFi internet access
Complimentary access to pool
Air-condition with individual thermostat control 
Complete bathroom fixtures and amenities including phone extension

Presidential Suite
133 sqm.
3 room suites with 3 balconies with view of the garden, pool, beach and samal island (1 bed room with  King-sized Bed with 300 count bed linen)
dining and receiving area
LCD Cable Television
International direct-dialing telephone connection 
Safety Deposit Box
Complete Mini-bar
24-Hour Room Service
Free WiFi internet access
Complimentary access to pool
Air-condition with individual thermostat control 
Complete bathroom fixtures and amenities including phone extension
30,000 php
General Amenities •Pool
•Gym
Parking Yes
Travel Tripsters Hotel Review Rating Waterfront Insular Hotel Davao Map
Location
Room Comfort
Cleanliness
Service
Price