The Retirement City of the Philippines

The Retirement City of the Philippines

Dumaguete is the capital and largest city in the Philippines province of Negros Oriental. It is named as one of the best places in the world to retire in, as per Forbes, Internation living, Overseers Index and many more. Dumaguete is one of the most peaceful City in the Philippines. It is also named “the city of gentle people”. The Philippine Retirement Authority scored 87.48 percent to Dumaguete which make it the number one Retirement City in the Philippines.

As a travel blogger, I did not miss the chance to witness how beautiful Dumaguete City is. That’s why I traveled to Dumaguete riding my motorcycle last January of 2017.

It was a very awesome experience going to Dumaguete from the province of Cebu. I traveled 2 hours going to Liloan Port, Santander, Cebu. I departed around 10pm and we arrived at our destination past midnight. It was my 1st time so I was a bit shocked when I heard that it will only cost you 300 pesos bringing your motorcycle in Dumaguete and take note that is back and fort already. The people from Cebu port Authorities were also very approachable and kind. They will help you with your questions and will give you directions if it is your first time going to Negros or Dumaguete. Maayo Shipping Line was also very accommodating to their passengers and people who have vehicles with them. I definitely recommend them and would love to go back there if I will be given a chance.

It was already January of 2017 but the cold breeze and the presence of Christmas from 2016 was still covering the whole province of Negros and Dumaguete City. I witnessed how beautiful the City was during the night. It was totally different from all the other provinces in the Philippines. The lights and traffic signs are all over the province. You will never experience or feel any danger in traveling to Dumaguete.

It took us another 2 hours from the port of San Jose, Negros Oriental going to Dumaguete City because we enjoyed the view and we took a lot of pictures. It was around 1am the beautiful City of Sibulan was bright like a star in the night. Witness yourself how beautiful and safe Negros Oriental at Night.

It was around 2am when we arrive at Dumaguete City. We love the cold ocean breeze. There were vendors at the boulevard and people are safely and freely walking around the City. You will witness how safe and happy the people of Dumaguete living a simple but prosperous life.

One of the best parts of this travel was the food. Street food in the boulevard is awesome. They have the best ever streetfoods in the whole Philippines. And there are a lot, tempura, halo-halo, baked-rice, quail eggs, and the best ever Sans Rival and Sylvanas. The food is delicious and cheap. 

My overall experience in Dumaguete and the Province of Negros Oriental was amazing. This was the only place I went were I never experience and feel danger walking or driving my bike. I will defitely go back here on 2019 since I’ve missed a lot of place like The 4 watch towers, marine sanctuary, and the very beautiful apo island.

I’ll just share some of the photos here. I hope you guys enjoyed my story as much as I enjoyed Dumaguete City.

Credits to my travel buddy : Larae

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photos and videos of our dumaguete trip

Our next Destinations once we go back to Dumaguete are the following:

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Apo Island credits to: The bella Travelista
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Source: Mizpah Calomadre

Effective Business Presentation Tips

Effective business presentation tips

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For more leads and sales, better learners’ retention, or for whatever reason you may have, it is a must to have the best and most effective presentation. In business, it is critical to prepare and have an effective delivery, for it may lead to more sales, close important deals, and higher revenue. Below are some important notes to take in order to give an effective business presentation:

Connect with your audience

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Your presentation must fit your audience and the occasion. Formal for high profile clients and lighter when presenting to friends, students and the like. To best connect with your audience, you can animate your presentation by putting in popular quotes and recent viral news. You can also engage your audience by asking them questions. Personalize your presentation that would best fit to the interests of your audience.

Frame a story and paint a picture

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Pick the best images and visuals, especially those recent online viral pictures in your presentation. Connect those great images to your story about your business, products and or services. It will leave a longer impression to the minds of your audience. Visuals are great and easily shared in any of our social media platforms. Convey your thoughts clearly by putting relevant content in your presentation. Create a flow in your audience’s mind: Opening (get audience attention), Body (substance and purpose) and Closing (main points and highlights).

Great content

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Put all content that matters in your presentation, but be concise and not too wordy. Make sure content will appear to your audience’s interests and engagement. When you present, do emphasize, ask questions and elaborate more on the topic discussed. To give more emphasis, you can use charts and graphs based on historical data and statistics. Ensure it is align to the purpose of your presentation. Make all words, information and graphs easy to understand by your audience.

You are the presentation

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You are the subject matter expert here, so stand up straight and sound confident in your presentation. Be mindful of your body language so that you will convey expertise and confidence to your audience.
Practice if need be, either in front of your mirror or with someone. Be knowledgeable of the subject, information and data that you will be presenting. And when you are presenting, dress appropriately, have a clear voice, pleasant tone and put emphasis on the most important topics.

How to Improve Time Management to be Successful

Self-Improvement tips on time management to be more successful

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To be successful, one of the skills you should have is effective time management. To be able to reach your goals, you need to manage time well, please see below for some easy tips:
Plan ahead
It is so much easier to optimize and prioritize tasks if you plan your time in advance. Depending on your need and personality, you can do it daily, weekly or even longer time management plans. Better to create your daily planner or simple to do list in advance, like a day before you start your shift.

Don’t procrastinate

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Whether the reason is poor self-care or psychological factors, procrastination is a result of poor time management. Once you have the action items laid out, act on it without any delay. It requires a conscious effort to do all the things you can today and say no to activities that is just a waste of your time and drag down your productivity.

Set your priorities

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Set priorities ahead of time, not everything needs to be done right away. Identify your priorities, start with what’s more important and urgent and then work your way down to the least urgent and important.

The art of delegation

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Once you’re done prioritizing, you can start delegating some tasks that don’t need that much attention and or tasks that require skill sets you do not possess. Also, please set proper expectations and clear instructions to the person who will be working on those assigned tasks.

Monitor your time

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Time and motion will always give us analytics on how productive and how much productivity was lost or gain, pointing patterns and opportunities that you can work on right away to gear away from lost time.

Time is a great equalizer of time. We all have the same amount of time as the next person, regardless of race, religion, economic status etc. It’s not how much time you do have but it’s how effectively you manage your time. Use it wisely.

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