Avara : A Not-for-everyone Maldivian-themed Resort in Taytay, Palawan

Aside from the villas and casitas, Avara members will also have an exclusive access to a two-bedroom yacht with crew for an overnight stay or for cruising around the island and nearby areas.

Imagine this: The sound of waves crashing on the shore and the sunlight peeking through the window wake you up on a lazy Saturday morning. You slowly open your eyes, afraid that you’re just in the middle of a dream. But you’re not. You stand up as you feel the gentle sea breeze touch your face. You go out of the porch and look at the horizon. You take your time to enjoy the beauty of the blue skies and the deep sea. The yacht will be waiting for you whenever you’re ready, anyway. That’s the promise of Avara Nature & Yacht Club—the easy life of the seaside. 

Established by the Seaside Premier Development Corporation, Avara is the first of its kind nature and yacht club located at Calauag Bay in Taytay, which was Palawan’s first capital.

The plan for the exclusive resort was formally unveiled at the Grand Hyatt Manila led by its President and CEO Ms. Veronica C. Young, Nov. 13, 2018. 

“After many months of sailing and voyaging aboard bangkas and riding waves, we found the perfect island in Taytay, Palawan to be the home of our pioneering project. It is with a great pleasure to present to you tonight, Avara Nature and Yacht Club – the first of its kind in the Philippines, bridging the middle class to the lifestyle of the rich and famous. As Seaside Premier Development Corporation’s flagship project, we aim to redefine seaside living, where nature meets luxury,” she said in her opening remarks. 

Coastal living redefined 

Avara, which means Sunshine Island, is an eco-luxurious resort that use solar panels as a source of renewable energy, utilize a recycled water treatment system, maximize a hydroponic garden, and take advantage of other eco-materials available.

Its accommodation is inspired by the Maldivian architecture. Members can choose to stay in a one-bedroom Water Villa with jacuzzi, two-bedroom Water Villa with private infinity pool, or one- or two-bedroom Beach Casitas. 

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Aside from the villas and casitas, Avara members will also have an exclusive access to a two-bedroom yacht with crew for an overnight stay or for cruising around the island and nearby areas. Avara’s yacht features two cabins and a family room in the lower deck; a living room, a kitchen and dining area, and a plunge pool in the main deck; and an open dining space and a sun deck in the fly bridge. 

The Avara Island has nothing but the best facilities for its members. Guests will first experience the Avara service upon their arrival at the dock or the harbor. But the ultra-luxurious resort also has a helipad for those who will be coming in by air. VIPs also have the option to skip the reception and go straight to their accommodation.  

There will also be a boardwalk open for development to the entrepreneurial Avara members. Meaning, Avara members can also be concessionaires to open their own business—it could be a coffee shop, a grocery store, a bakery, a souvenir stop, and similar ventures. As support to the member-concessionaires, Avara will ensure that the business will be the island’s lone supplier for the specific product. 

The island can also accommodate as many as 100 guests at their main dining area and at the grill restaurant. But guests will have more dining options since Avara includes a poolside bar, a seaside bar and lounge, picnic areas, and private dining venues. 

Avara is fully equipped with a gym, a water sports center, a tennis court, and a golf course to those who want to keep up with their fitness routine. 

The island also has a playroom and nursery, spa and massage cabanas, a bonfire area, a clinic with an in-house doctor and nurse, and a gaming area for the enjoyment of the Avara members.  

At any given time, Avara will host up to 300 members to ensure quality service.

As a promised paradise for those who love the beach, Avara offers a myriad of water action such as diving, snorkeling, kayaking, jet-skiing, banana boat riding, stand-up paddle boarding, wind surfing, scuba diving, island hopping, and fishing in coordination with neighbor islands. The resort also provides options for on land activities like trekking, biking, and vegetable picking.

There are also a lot of activities that Avara members can enjoy outside its vicinity. After all, Taytay, Palawan boasts of picturesque sites like the Canique Waterfalls, the Lake Manguao, the Irrawaddy Dolphins in Malampaya Sound, the Fuerza de Santa Isabel, and the Church of Santa Monica. Taytay is also hope to a paradise-like hidden valley that gives tourists a bird’s eye view of the pristine, idyllic coastal areas of the municipality. 

Board of advisors

To ensure nothing but the best of services and facilities at Avara, Seaside Premier Development Corporation tapped some of the industry’s most respected personalities for the resort.

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Its board of advisors include the following: 

• National Coast Watch Center Executive Director Rear Admiral Joel S. Garcia for Coastal and Marine Management

• Philippine Army’s 7CMO Battalion Commanding Officer Col. Eugene Osias for Security Affairs

• Cebu Port Authority Commissioner for the Shipping Sector Ms. Regina Barleta for Port Management and Shipping

• Incoming Manila Board of Realtors, Inc. President Ma. Teresa R. Bigornia for Marketing

• Motivational speaker John Anthony Calub for Sales

• The Manor’s Le Chef Executive Chef William “Billy” King for Culinary Arts

“We thank these distinguished personalities for believing in our idea. We can’t wait to show you the beauty of Avara,” Ms. Young said. 

Avara Nature & Yacht Club will formally open its shores in the summer of 2020. # 


About Avara Nature & Yacht Club 

Avara Nature and Yacht Club redefines seaside lifestyle by combining beach living and seafaring. It is the first harbor-front town in Palawan as launched by the Seaside Premier Development Corporation. It offers access to a world-class resort with customized yachts. 

Visit the Avara website (http://avaraisland.com/) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/avaraisland), Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/avaraisland/), and Twitter (https://twitter.com/avaraisland/) to learn more. 

About Seaside Premier Development Corporation 

Luxury seaside community developer Seaside Premier Development Corporation was established in 2018. It kickstarted its year by launching its flagship project, the Avara Nature & Yacht Club in Taytay, Palawan. It plans to develop harbor-front townships in the different seaside areas in the Philippines to bring the best beaches and coastal living to every Filipino’s doorstep.

Vivo’s High Capacity Battery-equipped Smartphone for your Christmas 2018 Memories

Vivo as expected, empathizes the need of its loyal users to own a smartphone this Holidays with a bigger battery capacity bundled to its very own “world’s first” features. Thus, the Vivo Y91 is now available on shelves just in time for Christmas.

The Christmas Rush is getting more demanding. You might have started listing the groceries for the Christmas gatherings with the family or have looked for your evening wear for the several Christmas socials at work. You might even have began buying items too for your loved ones’ Christmas presents. Well, we all know that these are just yet half of the Yuletide 2018 memories you are about to create until January. Amidst these Christmas bustles, be reminded that this requires a longer lasting version of yourself and of your smartphone. For what is the essence of the Yuletide moments without you and the things your smartphone can do to create memories of the most wonderful time of the year.

Vivo as expected, empathizes the need of its loyal users to own a smartphone this Holidays with a bigger battery capacity bundled to its very own “world’s first” features. Thus, the Vivo Y91 is now available on shelves just in time for Christmas.

Vivo Y91 is available on Lazada and Shopee for only P9,999

The latest Y-series unit assures a memorable 2018 Holidays with these features.

Futuristic design

The Vivo Y91 has a trendy 6.22-inc Halo FullView™ Display with its 88.6% screen-to-body ratio. The 3D curves fit the palm perfectly, for an experience that’s truly irresistible. In addition to a smart design, the Y91 has smart hand gesture controls that make the large display effortless to handle.

The smartphone also has a color gradient that dazzles as the brand continues to expand its design. The Y91 adopts the trendy back-cover gloss painting process that intricately blending hues invoke the colors of the universe in Starry Black and Ocean Blue.

Smarter photography capabilities

The Y91 also has a sharp, 8-megapixel front-camera that captures more facial details. Its AI algorithm detects your gender, age, skin tone, skin texture, and lighting environment, further enhanced by the AI Face Beauty capabilities. The smartphone also delivers a fresher selfie experience with the AR Stickers that add flair to any shot.

Vivo’s newest offering also has an AI-powered dual rear camera with the 13MP + 2MP sensors that optimize depth-of-field information at par with professional-grade bokeh shots.

Powerful performance

Even with the bigger 4030mAh battery capacity, Vivo further improved the performance of the Y91 is its

exclusive, smart-energy power management system. Moreover, it has a 3GB RAM, and octa-core processor with a 12nm design. It has a 32GB of storage space expandable up to 256GB that gives users the freedom to download whatever apps they want.

To make unlocking convenient, the Vivo Y91 has given users two ways to access their smartphones—through the rear fingerprint scanner and the Face Access.

More seamless user experience

The Y91 is powered by the Jovi Smart Assistant that can turn the smartphone into anyone’s best buddy. It can count the daily steps and calories, tell the results of the games of the user’s favorite sports teams, notify users about weather updates, and advise users take a rest who are working late into the night.

It also supports Vivo’s thumbprint Smart Split functions. A simple, three-fingered swipe splits the 6.22-inch screen in two so users can chat with their friends while simultaneously watching videos. It supports s Facebook, Line, Messages, Viber, WeChat, WhatsApp, BBM, Play Movies & TV, YouTube, Video, MX Player, VLC for Android, Google Maps, WPS Office, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Chrome, Gmail, and more.

Indeed, Christmas is the most celebrated occasion in the Philippines. It is even in fact also the longest being observed. May it be greeting your loved ones who are afar through text messages or phone calls or even documenting the happiest memories of gatherings after gatherings through photos and videos, the Vivo Y91 is your choice of a longer lasting battery-equipped smartphone. The Vivo Y91 is available on Lazada and Shopee for only P9,999.


About Vivo

A global smartphone brand focused on introducing perfect sound quality and ultimate photography with cutting-edge technology, Vivo develops innovative and stylish products for young people. We now have over two hundred million users and are one of the preferred brands of young people around the world. As an Official Sponsor of the FIFA World Cup™, Vivo believes in the importance of encouraging young people to embrace self-expression and an energetic lifestyle.  In the Philippines, Vivo is the top 3 smartphone brand in terms of market share with 1.5 million users nationwide.

For inquiries about Vivo, visit the Vivo website at vivoglobal.ph or check out their Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/vivophil), Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/vivo_philippines/), and Twitter (https://twitter.com/vivo_phil) accounts.

Timeless Tidiness

My Selling garb which has stayed glorious and has been my drape for the most defining deals of my Selling profession – The White Collar Dress Shirt. #TimelessStyle #ElectroluxFashionCare 

Styling your Corporate Wear is challenging. It is about following the company’s dress code while at the same time asserting your own stroke of fashion, fortified with your exemplary work performance. What I mean is, it is not merely dressing up sharply. It is about being known to do so, accompanied with your workmates’ admiration of  you being second to none in achieving your work goals. 

For almost eight years in Selling, the work wear fashion has really been changing – colors, patterns, fit and kind of fabric. Being someone who believes that I should dress according to how I want to be addressed, my office wear style has also bent with the blow of the corporate fashion wind. However after all those years when most of the work wear trend just passed by and now are gone, a timeless tidy piece remained. My Selling garb which has stayed glorious and has been my drape for the most defining deals of my Selling profession – The White Collar Dress Shirt. 

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The “cleanliness” of White reflects credibility and conscientiousness. This sends an assuring idea to the person you interact with that you know what you are doing and that you are doing it right. #TimelessStyle  

White in Selling

White as a color, owns a strategic appeal in dealing with people to begin with. Preserving its timeless tidy “whiteness” means preserving this appeal to keep you best in dealing with your prospects, towards winning new accounts. 

White is simple and smart which denotes a non-judgmental appeal. It assures the person you are meeting with that they are not prejudged in terms of the capacity of buying either the lowest or the highest tag in the display. That is the most apprehensive and annoying lurking a possible buyer should not ever feel. The pleasantness of White makes the prospect feel great spending time with you. Hence, enhancing your agreeability and engaging presence.

The “cleanliness” of White reflects credibility and conscientiousness too. This sends an assuring idea to the person you interact with that you know what you are doing and that you are doing it right. #TimelessStyle

 

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White is simple and smart which denotes a non-judgmental appeal. #TimelessStyle

How to keep a timeless tidy White Shirt

  1. CHOOSE THE COMFORTABLE FABRIC. Wearing white gives you that mild anxiety of being stained. That is part of the choice of wearing a tidy office wear. An ease from this is to choose a fabric that gives you comfort while in White. Choose those which are light and breathable like Linen and incorporated Cotton like the Oxford. Choose also those which are easier or do not need ironing. Recent offerings in the market now are those which are “super non iron”, “easy iron” and “wrinkle resistant”.
  2. OWN TWO OR EVEN MORE OF THE SAME STYLE. One of the style tricks Don Draper of Mad Men taught me is to own a lot of white corporate shirts and stock these both at the office and at your closet at home. White never sends the idea that you repeatedly wore the same shirt when you have properly took care of its “same as new” whiteness. Thus, it is ideal to own more even of the same style.
  3. TREAT STAINS FIRST. May it be a blood stain from a scratch, a pen’s ink or even that stain from after work eat out or booze, I always see to it to soak it with water and detergent as soon as I got home, before finally washing it.
  4. SORT THE TYPES OF FABRIC WHEN WASHING. Group properly the types of clothes you are washing so that when it comes to drying, the garments are not damaged and still keep their shape. NEVER MIX white shirts with colored garments when washing. Some colored garments may not stain but their strands/ lint may still stick to the white shirt when dried. Removing these can be both time and emotionally consuming.
  5. DOUBLE CHECK. Check the papers left in pockets especially those which stains when wet like the colored calling card and colored post-its. Check also for candy wrappers. Be sure to also remove the collar sticks and other office supplies made from metal or any ink that might lead to staining or tear when washing. 
  6. SKIP IRONING or at least de-wrinkle as natural as possible. When I wear it with a blazer, I choose not to press iron it at all. Pressing contributes discoloration to the white shirt base on my perception especially when you are not oriented with the ideal temperature of the electric iron for a specific white piece.

    Choosing a washing machine with a Technology that alleviates the wrinkling of garments is a big help too. The Vapour Care feature of Electrolux is a helpful consideration when owning a new washing machine. The vapour action dewrinkles your clothes by relaxing the fibres. It does this with the vapour generated by heating your shirts with a small quantity of water.

  7. DO NOT SCRATCH ITCHY SKIN WITH YOUR FINGERNAILS. I am talking about unknowingly staining your White with your own blood from skin scratching. I used to be a victim of this and I learned that rubbing can be a substitute to ease from itch without a potential new opening in your skin (that results to blood staining). Being extra hygienic while washing your clothes goes a long a way too.  The Vapour Care feature of Electrolux ensures that after wash, your clothes come out 99.9% allergen free. This is especially good for those with allergies or sensitive skin as well as for those with soft, gentle skin. #ElectroluxFashionCare 6B9F0AB3-4157-482C-98EF-7178928FC0ED

Own your Electrolux washing machine with big savings this holidays with the Electrolux Amazing Holideals. TAP TO BROWSE HERE.

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Classic Wear: My Selling garb which has stayed glorious and has been my drape for the most defining deals of my Selling profession – The White Collar Dress Shirt. #TimelessStyle #ElectroluxFashionCare 

Preserving your White’s timeless tidy version, means preserving White’s classic strategic effect in dealing with people. Anyone can wear white. Yes. But not all who wears it can keep the timeless tidy white. You can name only some. 

“Yaaas to Work-Life Good Vibes!” -Make Your Own Havaianas 2018

A customized flip-flop brings you to places with a spectrum of pure positive vibes. This year, explore the Wilderness of Joy!

The Corporate Sole Code : Your footwear is made of leather polished with passion and determination towards winning. But what if it is time to reward your self? When you win the account and it is time to celebrate and relax? Won’t you let those feet have a wildly great time? How wild do you want it? As wild as you want through a customized flip-flop!

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Yaaas to Work-Life good vibes!

Make Your Own Havaianas (MYOH) 2018 in Davao 

Departing from the usual summer schedule, the MYOH in Davao is happening just weeks before the most wonderful season of all. Turn your Havaianas espadrilles into wild wearable works of art on November 16 – 20 at All Flip-Flops Abreeza and on November 22 – 25 at SM Lanang Premier. 

This year, Havaianas is bringing only good vibes amidst the demanding work-life equation by taking you to the Wilderness of Joy! 

Pins of Positivity

Finish your unique sole and strap combination with a variety of pins that make you smile – A “smiley face”, under a “palm tree” with a “slice of pizza”, imagine that! This year’s commemorative pin is the “Rainbow”. A part of the proceeds goes to Save The Children. It is a non- profit organization that provides relief and support to children in developing countries. 

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A “smiley face”, under a “palm tree” with a “slice of pizza”, imagine that!

Sole – Strap Combo of Fun 

Happiness abounds with hundreds of options to customize your own pair. MYOH 2018 debuts a commemorative slim strap. Covered in the same print as the sole, it can be matched with multitude of colors for an electrifying look of positivity and good vibes! This year’s commemorative sole features a re-imagined version of the camo pattern with banana leaves against a deep blue background. Fun and dramatic all in one! 

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This year, expect the MYOH at the Shangri-La Plaza Mall, and shop your fave flip-flops plus an exclusive selection of customizable Havaianas shoes.

 

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When you can not make it to the MYOH venues in Davao, you can create your unique pair ONLINE!

A customized flip-flop brings you to places with a spectrum of pure positive vibes. This year, explore the Wilderness of Joy. Leave the pending work deliverables for a while, celebrate the already won project and just let your unique pair of Havaianas espadrille be a collateral of your next big success. Be positive! 

 

***For more information, follow @havaianasphilippines on Facebook and @Havaianasphils on Instagram and Twitter.

3 Sales Movies That Make You Laugh Despite An Impending Sales Slump

Set aside the books, the manuals and your worries. Treat yourself to some belly laugh while learning some sales tips at the same time. 

The fiscal year is about to end. But you are not even halfway yet to beat your own volume from last year’s ranking. You meet with qualified prospects, try new Closing approaches and ask your mentor for coaching. Yet, there is still no sale (not even a worksheet). You might be too stiff of being creative. Try to laugh, loosen up and be crazy. 

“The guy at the bottom can go from Zero to a Hero in a day.” – Reggie, Suckers (2001)

Yes! Take it easy with some 87-minute comedy sales movies. Set aside the books, the manuals and your worries. Treat yourself to some belly laugh while learning some sales tips at the same time. 

Suckers, 2001

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Reggie motivating his Car Sales Team. Scenes from this office make you laugh and nod. (Screen shot from the film Suckers, 2001)

If Glengarry Glen Ross (1992) holds the best Classic sales movie trophy for me, Suckers (2001) on the other hand is thus far the best Comedy sales movie ever written. This film gets me rolling and laughing on the floor inside the sales deck (after office hours) every time I replay it when the team is going through days of sales drought.

Though not really the ideal protagonist in a movie, Daniel Benzali portraying “Reggie” is just the perfect figure of how crazy yet creative Closers should be in real life. The office meetings are scenes worth waiting for motivation, overcoming objections and negotiation, all weaved in satirical yet relatable jokes.

Why, why, why. Always ask Why? – Reggie, Suckers (2001)

The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard, 2009

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This is exactly why this film is on this watchlist. Nuff said. (Screen shot from the movie The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard, 2009)

Redeeming yourself from an impending sales slump should be fun. This film inspires you how to do that over a weekend. Don Ready, portrayed by Jeremy Piven shows you how Compliment, “Deal Sweeteners”, Benefit Sizzles and Anchoring History and Trivia to your sales spiels, help you to resurrect those obese deals.

Let them tell you what to play, they lose respect for you. When they lose respect for you, you lose control. -Deejay, The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard (2009)

The film on this list which has the most hilarious jokes and naturally humorous cast. Watch this film over again because you might have missed other sales tips interwoven in silly jokes. Some of such are left unnoticed because this film is exactly loaded with multi-dimensional comedies. Mind you, Ving Rhames, Kathryn Hahn and David Koechner, three exceptional comedians are here. 

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Never Again! (Screen shot from the film The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard, 2009)

Thank You For Smoking, 2006

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Aaron Eckhart as lobbyist for giant tobacco companies, Nick Naylor. (Screen shot from the film Thank You For Smoking, 2006)

Closers, just like Nick Naylor are lobbyists. It is our job to be always right about the benefits of the account we are selling. Or shall I say, artfully highlight the positive side of an imperfect product. The film shows how to prove that your opponent is wrong while being not necessarily right. Thus, If you argue correctly, you are never wrong. 

The dialogues between Nick and his son Joey are stuffed with logic and humor. David Koechner is here to join the fun of spinning facts as Bobby Jay Bliss. William H. Macy who splendidly portrayed Bill Porter in one of the best sales documentaries, Door To Door is Eckhart’s rival here. This is based on the novel by Christopher Buckley.

If you argue correctly, you are never wrong. – Nick Naylor, Thank You For Smoking (2006)

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Joey Naylor, Debater of the Year! Listen and laugh to the lines of this kiddo. (Screen shot from the movie Than You For Smoking, 2006)

Closers are persons who know how to have fun. Do not lose that attitude which ever rank you land. Sales slump or sales surge, we lead our emotions so well, as much as we manage the emotions of every prospect we encounter very well. Laugh and learn. Kidding aside, Tomorrow is another day.