TBEX Manila, Philippines 2016

I Popped my TBEX Cherry & it Felt so Good! (Plus Tips for Newbies)

Each year, TBEX is held in a host country in North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific regions, bringing the travel industry’s most creative minds together to learn, network, and do business.

What is TBEX? I asked myself after stumbling upon it over a Google search for best practices in blogging. I was the curious cat, looking at its website and after discovering more and more details about the event, it turns out that the largest gathering of travel bloggers in this planet is happening in a week! And for the first time ever, it will be held in Manila, the Philippines, my hometown! Meaning I don’t need to buy plane tickets just to get to the event!

All i know is that the awesomest creatures in this planet are attending and I should be there, too. Continue reading

Why is it more fun in the Philippines?

Travel Bloggers Say Why It’s More Fun in the Philippines

Ever since the Philippine Department of Tourism’s campaign “It’s More Fun in the Philippines” was launched back in 2012, it went insanely viral which helped promote the beautiful islands and the vibrant cities, and no doubt this campaign was a clear winner that most Filipinos would be proud of.

The slogan is easily relatable especially to locals, and it also showed images that are truly Filipino, so it wasn’t really that hard to mention the slogan when bragging about their Philippine travels on social media.

Even foreigners delved into the rave, with visitors agreeing without a doubt that it is indeed ‘more fun in the Philippines’, so I asked fellow travel bloggers to share their experiences and on why they think it is more fun in the islands. These are what they have to say. Continue reading

discover-opportunities at the PHILSME 2016

Discover Opportunities at the Philippine SME Business Expo this October

Thinking of finally launching that business idea that has been bugging you all this time? It may be wise to make a stop-over at the Philippine SME Business Expo [PHILSME] this October to gain valuable insights on how the various SME industries are doing in the Philippine set-up.

This is also our chance to meet with business leaders, company owners, senior level executives, decision makers and build new business relationships amongst SME’s in the Philippines.

The expo, which is known to be the Philippines’ Largest Business-2-Business Expo, Conference & Networking Event for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) will launch its 4th run this October 21-22, 2016 at the SMX Convention Center Hall 3, Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City. Continue reading

How to pay for your travels with Freelance Writing

How to Pay for All Your Overseas Adventures with Freelance Writing

This is a guest post from Kevin Casey, The Jet-setting Copywriter from Australia. He explains to us how he travels all over the globe – and pays for it all with his writing business. Know more about him in his guest blogger profile at the end of this post. Thanks by the way Kevin, for sharing your inspiring story with us.

I just had my most lucrative year ever as a freelance writer, which was awesome – and I only had to work two-thirds of the year to do it. I spent the rest of the year travelling.

I played digital nomad in South America for 5 weeks, snorkelled with mantas on the Great Barrier Reef, rented a penthouse apartment in Milan for a while and enjoyed summer weather in Portugal and Spain. I also explored Tasmania and spent a month in the Bolivian jungle tracking and photographing wildlife with an indigenous guide.

The profits from my freelance writing business pay for three distinct types of trips – part-time digital nomad adventures in interesting foreign cities (when I write a lot), normal holidays (when I write very little) and serious wilderness explorations (when I leave the laptop at home). I enjoy a truly location-dependent lifestyle – I can work from my home in Australia or travel for as long as I like whenever I feel the urge. Continue reading


Event Wrap-up: COL’s Investing Summit Advocates Financial Literacy Among Filipinos

Well, that was fast! Three weeks ago I announced in a blog post about COL’s Smart Investing Summit to help spread the word to fellow Filipinos, and now here I am writing about the exciting and educationally fulfilling event after a press release by its organizers.

COL Financial (which is currently the Philippines’ largest online stock broker), in partnership with SM Investment Corporation, has just successfully concluded their nationwide financial literacy summit called SMart Investing – COL’s 2016 Wealth Building Summit for the Filipino Investor. The summit aimed to educate Filipinos so they can better understand how investing and the stock market works. Continue reading

Is it worth the rent at weekend markets-Inspiring merchants share their stories

Is it Worth Renting at Weekend Markets? Inspiring Merchants Share Their Stories

Although it’s not only exclusive to budding businesses, weekend markets make for a great venue to take your entrepreneurial skills out for a test drive.

Why not? I mean, weekend markets are great places to showcase your products in a trendy consumer-centric setting, allowing you to directly get feedback from customers and gain exposure for your brand, and at the same time find out how your products fare against other businesses in the venue.

And since weekend markets are mostly done during weekends (of course), it gives flexibility to business owners who don’t have the financial resources to rent out a place for longer periods and subsequently having to build a physical store, instead allowing them to pay for rent only during weekends when consumers are out and about. Continue reading

COL SMart Investing Summit 2016

COL’s SMart Investing Summit: the Free Event in Manila is Here!

Everyone’s invited!

Organized by one of the Philippines’ most trusted names in stock broking, COL Financial, together with its partners SM Investments Corporation, ATRAM, BPI Investment Management Inc, First Metro Asset Management, Philam Asset Management, PhilEquity, and Sun Life Asset Management, is holding COL’s 2016 Wealth Building Summit for the Filipino Investor at the SMX Convention Center in Taguig this September.

COL’s investor education roadshow will gather stock market and investment experts to discuss successful wealth building for both new and experienced investors.

This is a free event that aims to enlighten interested Filipinos on what to expect when they invest, what the process is, and also to help them realize that investing is not only for the rich and privileged. Continue reading

The 5 Effective Ways to Make Money From Your Blog (Plus Valuable Tips)

5 Effective Ways to Make Money From Your Blog (Plus Valuable Tips)

Whether you’re blogging just for fun or you’re doing it seriously as a personal “business”, there’s no doubt that it’s most exciting when earnings start flowing in.

It is a milestone. And it defines that you’re somehow already “made” as a blogger.

For new bloggers and for those who are just thinking of trying out blogging as a means to earn a living, the question is, “How exactly do I earn from my blog?”

There are many ways to make money from your blog, and there are also tons of options (e.g. different advertising companies) to do so.

This often makes it harder for a blogger who’s thinking of monetizing his/her blog to pick and establish a set of money making strategy that’s well suited to his/her blog.

Let me present to you the many ways you can earn a stream of income from your blog based on what I’ve learned from trying to do so. Continue reading

5 SignsYou’re Not Doing Well Financially

5 Signs You’re Not Doing Well Financially

Let’s welcome guest blogger Kyle Kam’s contribution below – see his author profile at the end of this article.

The day-to-day management of your finances is a challenge all on its own. You can never predict when something might happen to negatively impact your finances, especially when you don’t have savings or when your emergency fund won’t be enough to cover everything.

This could be one of the many signs that you aren’t doing well financially. While you could argue that you’re pretty much set in your ways when it comes to the way you handle your money, it’s something that you can change, and is worth changing.

Here are some of the signs you need to look out for. Continue reading


How to Pick a Profitable Niche & Make a Living Out of Blogging

As per Google search, a ‘niche’ is a specialized but profitable corner of the market. In the world of blogging, it means that your writing has to focus on something that incrementally makes you an expert on that topic and makes you the go to blog for such topic. It doesn’t end there – your blog’s focus must also be profitable.

It only makes sense.

I mean, who would want to write on such topic that generates zero return? Unless you’re writing solely for passion and personal (non-profit) reasons, choosing a particular niche before starting helps you plan out on what you should write about and how you would eventually earn from it, giving you a sense of direction for your blog, among many other things.

Starting your own blog from zero experience can be an intimidating and tricky task, especially if you do not know what to write about in the first place. Continue reading