2 New Fun-Courses for the 25th Batch: Mcdonald’s is looking for Kiddie Crew!

As this year marks the silver batch of McDonald’s Kiddie Crew Workshop, your little ones will surely enjoy the daily sessions through new courses, “Make-Your-Own-Dessert” and the McDelivery Game which reinforce the teaching of McDonald’s time-tested values of team work and discipline.

imageChem volunteered to take this pic while we were walking through on “make your own cheeseburger” activity. It’s obvious I’m elated preparing one of my favorite offerings from McDonald’s. Just after the take, she then asked “How’s your burger? I said, “Almost done!” Then she said in a sweet yet smart tone, “Ang service time ha.”

What a jab! Chem leaving me with that reminder startled my memory while at the same time shifted my euphoria to a surging sense of efficiency. It refreshed me of one of the books by New York Times bestselling author, John Maxwell. “I knew I have already known about McDonald’s Speed Service System!” I deciphered.

On the first part of the book – Leadership  101, Maxwell narrated the infant years of McDonald’s to strengthen his discourse about the context of that chapter.

“By 1948, They also created what they called the Speedy Service System. Their kitchen became like an assembly line, where each person focused on service with speed. Their goal was to fill each customer’s order in thirty seconds or less. And they succeeded. By the mid-1950s, annual revenue hit $350,000, and by then, Dick and Maurice split net profits of about $100,000 each year”

“Theirs was one of the most profitable restaurant enterprises in the country and their genius was in customer service and kitchen organization, which led to a new system of food and beverage service. In fact, their talent was so widely known in food service circles that people from all over the country wanted to learn more about their methods. At one point, they received as many as three hundred calls and letters every month. That led them to the idea of marketing the McDonald’s concept”


For any adult who has 6-12 year old loved-one, knowing such snippet from McDonald’s history is a smack-dab reason why to enroll the family’s kids. Activities during the 5-day course of McDo Kiddie Crew is basically leaning about McDonald’s time-tested values of teamwork, hard work, discipline, responsibility, and sharing with the sprinklings of fun and friendship.

You know that your kids just love to act like grown ups right? Thus, all-time favorite sessions, “Make-Your-Own Cheeseburger” and on-floor, drive-thru, and front counter trainings are still there to convert their curiousity to learning new valuable life skills.

As this year marks the silver batch of McDonald’s Kiddie Crew Workshop, your little ones will surely enjoy the daily sessions by learning more with fun while satisfying their sweet tooth through “Make-Your-Own-Dessert”. Furthermore, the segment on how to prepare customers’ orders through the McDelivery Game will also reinforce the teaching of McDonald’s classic values in service. “Ronald Dance” will also be introduced to channel their active cells into arts and healthy lifestyle.

Indeed, not everything is learnt inside the classroom. Let your kids learn more inside any of the 500 participating McDonald’s restaurant in the Philippines. Lent just ended. Start then another week of educative summer memories for you kids. Week 4 to Week 10 sections are still open. Register not later than April 30, 2017 for 650PhP.

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Let us know about you and your kid’s daily McDo Kiddie Crew memories with the hashtag #McDoKiddieCrew in your social media accounts. Ultimately, see you with Ronald Mcdonald and the Gang in May 20-21 for the Grand Graduation day happening in Metro Manila, Pampanga, Batangas, Laguna, Cavite, Cebu, Cagayan De Oro, and in Davao City which will be in Philippine Women’s College campus.


Chemaima “Chem” Belleza is McDonald’s Local Store Marketing Coordinator.


*This is John’s McDo Cheeseburger! #McDoKiddieCrew 


*My squad from Padre Pio’s Home for Children during the Media Launch Event. McDonald’s Bajada, Davao City. #McDoKiddieCrew

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See you!

Eight First-to-try Eateries in Davao

Davao is home of eateries with Michelin caliber. These are home-grown food houses which serve palatable delicacies. Their delectable dishes qualify for a worldwide food recognition based from the length of daily queues and the stories of satiety since they started serving for their first diner-turned-patron.

Street eateries from Hong Kong (HK), Macau and Singapore (SG) received nods from Michelin last year. In fact, two hawkers in SG even garnered the elusive “one star” recognition.

READ ALSO: HUNTING HAWKERS: Michelin Starred Street-foods Singapore 2016

Spending most of my 2016 trips hunting for such award-winning street food made me create a set of criteria why one dish is worth for the Michelin mention. Such is my basis enumerating the following as the first worth-to-try food in Davao. A list of eight (8) for the city’s 80th Charter Day celebration.

Davao Famous Restaurant and Cecil’s have been serving for almost 50 years like Ying Kee in San Po Kong. Lachi’s, Em’s, Kuilan’s and Aling Foping’s serve pastries and desserts which are as Michelin-mention-worthy as that of Kwan Kee in Sham Shui Po and Kei Tsui and Joyful Dessert House in Mongkok. Lyndon’s, as ironic as it termed its specialty is indeed one of the best pork rib versions in the coty. It is grilled and sauced savorily like that of my top favorite Satay served by Lan Ying in Kowloon City. Ultimately, the braised Carabao meat served by Bulca Chong is a dainty endemic dish, inducing that distinctly Davao redolence even years after completing this gastronomic itinerary.

*Download DAVAO GUIDE APP in your phone to weave these eateries in your itinerary. It is “smart” to visit Davao in March-May (Summer, Araw ng Davao – 2rd week of March), August (Kadayawan Festival) and December (New Year’s countdown with the Torotot Festival)

READ ALSO: Smart App to Digitize Tourism Experience in Davao



Davao Famous Restaurant (HYSIAN SATEME)


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Partaking endemic meals with locals has always been my travel fetish. Thus, I would recommend having your lunch or dinner here to enthrall your appetite dining with Davaoeno families. For shorter queue though, be here as early as 6:30 am. “Tanan man” (All), that is what typically the server’s answer when you ask for the specialty. A matter of fact since 1968 when it started as “Davao First Restaurant”image. The Hysian Sateme (Seafood Sateme) is my favorite in the menu. You will love the chunks of fish and squid giving variations as you chew with the noodles. Cinnamon – Soy tandem makes that sauce a bomb. Its spiciness teases you too. A reception area where queuing family could wait is set-up when they opened the renovated part.

SERVICE: 6:30 am – 9:30 pm  I  BILL: 195p (Sateme serving for 2)  I  TRY: Gulami I QUEUE: Long in Lunch and Dinner, Branches in Magsaysay, Matina and Obrero, Serving for 49 years. I LANDMARK: Chinese Archway in Acacia Street, Hop in to a Route 10 jeepney.

READ ALSO: SIGNS TO SPOT Michelin Street-Food Outlets Hong Kong


Kuilan’s Foodhaus (SIOPAO)


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These steamed buns with meat (pork or chicken) are perfect for breakfast or heavy afternoon snack. Come here by 6:30 to 8am. You will love munching these buns as your first meal for the day when the Davaoeno “grannies-in-SUVs” will be your meal mates. Try eating these with a local 3-in-1 coffee like them, eavesdrop and act like a local! I love that kind of immersion. The whole stretch of Dacudao St. where Kuilan’s main branch is located, is arrayed with venerable trees blowing the most freshening air among Davao streets. Reeeelaxing.

Be come later than 2pm since they run out of Siopao late in the afternoon when most of those who queue are just up for take-out. I usually bring my guests here to take these buns as pasalubong since these meat breads could be stored in the fridge until a week. The road going to the flyover just as you go out from Kuilan’s is leading to the airport.

imageSERVICE: 6:30 am – 6:30 pm  I  BILL: 15p/Bun, sold by box too.  I  TRY: Cutchinta, Empanada  I  QUEUE: Long during snack time, 9am, 3pm. With several branches, serving for 16 years. I LANDMARK: Buhangin-Dacudao Flyover, Take a taxi.

*APP TIP: Navigate to “Places”. Scroll  to “Heritage”. Then “Chinatown”. Either from Davao Famous Restaurant or Kuilan’s, it’s near towards the city’s Chinatown district. Affordable shopping or merely immersing yourself to the locals while strolling around – Just dissociate. “Kublai Art Gallery” is also within the Chinatown district, the last street towards the Chinese Archway facing Magsaysay Park. You could also “Eat Durian” after all the strolling, just in front of the Magsaysay Park. The Sta Ana Wharf which will be your departing point when you want to explore Samal Island, is just beside the park. Hop in a “Route 10” jeepney if you’re from Davao Famous and notify the driver to hop you off in Uyanguren (Chinatown). It is best to take the taxi when you are going to Kuilan’s in Dacudao. Same as from Kuilan’s to the Chinatown.


Lyndon’s World’s Worst Rib and Awful Chicken (GRILLED PORK RIBS)


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Meat is so tender. It seem programmed to auto-shred from the ribs just before your cutlery lands on it. Literally melts in your mouth. Get the 350G, an additionl rice and a serving of Lumpia Shanghai. I love eating this with a local beer within the bizarro wall paintings inside like your eating with Charlie Chaplin, Jonny Bravo and the Men in Black. Here’s a tip, when the portions you want isn’t anymore available, imagethere’s “Lyndon Dos” (other branch) just two blocks away, still along Roxas Street.

SERVICE: 10:30 am – 10:30 pm  I  BILL: 185p/350G to 270p (600G)  I  TRY: Kalderetang Kambing  I  QUEUE: Long during dinner time. Roxas St turns to a street market by 6pm. Expect the local bustles you would love to get lost in. With 1 other branch nearby, serving for 8 years. I LANDMARK: Roxas Avenue, Ateneo de Davao University (AdDU), Almost all jeepneys passes by AdDU.

*APP TIP:  Walk a bit going left once you’re out from Lyndon’s until you reach the end of Roxas St. Hop in to a Route 4 jeepney going to San Pedro Church. Hop Off  where there is an overpass near the San Pedro Police Headquarters, “D’ Bone Collector” is just on the other side of the overpass. 


Cecil’s Snack Inn and Bakeshoppe Inc. (SPECIAL BATCHOY)


imageCecil’s has been serving the Davaoenos since 1963. This famous dish from the  Visayas is one of their specialties. One of the two restaurants on the list which when a server is asked for their imagespecialty, they seem to recite all that is written in their menu, “Tanan man Sir.” You will love seeing families share their portions here while talking about their day. A dining table away from home. Dad takes few dipper of Batchoy, school-aged daughter samples a bit of the Choco moist cake while mom nibbles some of the egg pie. Then, take turns who is to eat the next morsel from which serving.

SERVICE: 8:30 am – 6:30 pm  I  BILL: 90p/bowl  I  TRY: Mami, Pancit loglog, Chocomoist cake, Egg pie  I  QUEUE: Long during snack time and after 5pm, serving for 54 years with 10 other branches. I LANDMARK: University of Mindanao (UM) Bolton Campus, CAP Auditorium, Hop in to any jeepney which passes by UM Bolton. Hop off and ask locals where’s CAP auditorium near Cecil’s.

*APP TIP: Walk two blocks away left where the oldest church of the city’s found, the San Pedro Cathedral. Take a “heritage walk” which you can start with other tourists in Museo Dabawenyo.


Bulca Chong (BRAISED CARABAO)


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I am sure I am getting the cheers of the boozing public when they see this here! The only which serves 24 hours in this list. Bulca Chong indeed is the most native food among the eight. You will love this dish. Period. Then you will love it most after 2 AM when the gang just finished the last round of beer ending the night. (Davao has been imposing a liquor ban after 2 AM. Bars and shops are allowed imageto sell alcohol only until 1am.). Best with the throat stabbing ice cold colaaah!

SERVICE: 24hours  I  BILL: 95p/bowl  I  TRY: Balbacua  I QUEUE: Long during dinner time and after 2am, serving for 19 years with another branch in Sandawa area. I LANDMARK: Gaisano Mall Illustre, Davao Doctors Hospital. Hop in to jeepneys which pass by Quirino St. Hop off to Davao Doctors Hospital. Cross the street towards KFC fastfood. Walk left towards the next block. Walk right till you reach Bulca Chong.

*APP TIP: Walk left to People’s Park, Pasalubong Center, Tourism Office, Cinemateque

READ ALSO: PHOTO BLOG, Michelin Street Eateries Hong Kong


Lachi’s Sans Rival ATBP. (SANS RIVAL)


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Tasted the French dessert, Dacquoise? Sans Rival is the Philippines’ version. Lachi’s by far has the most ambrosial layers in Davao. You will love spending time here. Choose those couch beside the glass windows so you imagecould feel the neighborhood cafe charisma of the location while nibbling portions of Sans Rival (It is located inside a subdivision).

SERVICE: 11am – 8pm  I  BILL: 72p/slice  I TRY: Five chocolate torte, all cakes  I QUEUE: Long during snack time and after school hours, serving for 15 years with only one branch with rice meals in Marfori and a cake-only branch in Tulip Drive, Matina. I LANDMARK: Marfori Heights Subdivision. This is the farthest from the city proper among listed, so better to take taxi. You could take a tricycle alternatively from Davao Doctors Hospital in Quirino or from Davao Wisdom Academy in Torres to the Davao National High School (DNHS). Then from DNHS to Lachi’s in Marfori Heights. Seven (7) pesos per tricycle route.


Ems Pasta and Rolls (BAKED SPAGHETTI) 


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Can you just scroll up again and look at those almost golden cheese roofing those pasta? Get your first bite the soonest this is served while those cheese are still hot fresh from the oven. You will love it as almost crispy. If Lachi’s gets the authority for Sans Rival, Ems gets for pasta dishes.  After trying the “Primera” Spaghetti, you will be torn between it and the “Baked” the next time. Ems started in Cotabato City in early 2000s. In fact, its imagefront signage still has Cotabato before the “Ems”. The family decided to transfer in Davao and the Davaoenos since then are thankful for such exodus. Recite it with me, “Mille Grazie!”

SERVICE: 8:30am – 8:30pm  I  BILL: 70p/serving  I  TRY: Lasagna  I  QUEUE: Long during snack time, lunch time and after school hours. Serving for 13 years with only one branch which is now in reconstruction for a second floor. By Summer, Ems will be branching out among NCCC Malls. “Bravo!”


Aling Foping’s Halo-halo ATBP. (HALO-HALO)


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Davao’s version of a Philippine dessert rock star. It is like a sherbet. Look for that quarter size paper with the checklist to customize your portion with 6 ingredients, from cubed gelatin to sweetened Saba. Write your name. Pay and wait. Be in the Matina Town Square (MTS) branch by 9pm when you wanted to enjoy more the place and the crowd with imageband performances and array of bars inside the premises.

SERVICE: 1pm – 12mn  I  BILL: 60p/”petite”  I  TRY: Durian Halo-Halo, Chili con Carne  I QUEUE: Long during after school and office hours in the MTS branch. Most of your queue mates are students from nearby schools and young professionals. Serving for 12 years with other branches in SM Lanang (MALL) and Eden Paradise Resort I LANDMARK: Ateneo de Davao High School campus, Matina Town Square (MTS)

*APP TIP: Take a taxi and instruct driver to hop you off at President Duterte’s Residence. Visit earlier than 5PM. Download DAVAO GUIDE App to travel SMART. Manga-un na ta?!



Unbox the Fun: Choosing a daily Work-Life Fun

No matter how it’s wrapped, there’s always that emotional twitch as your hands get nearer to anything that’s covered.

Love the launching phrase to begin with. Such a grabber! – “Unbox the Fun”. During the launching event in fact, it seemed like I’m seeing a gigantic box slowly being lowered from the ceiling as the program nears to the divulgence of the intriguing new fun products. I have to say the phrase is such a stimulant, opportune for a launching event. My speculations thrilled me segment after segment that night. It’s always been exciting to open a box. No matter how it’s wrapped, there’s always that emotional twitch as your hands get nearer to anything that’s covered.

After leaving a fun hangover in Palawan, Mister Donut’s “Unbox the Fun” groundbursts in Davao, March 16 at the Duterte street branch, Quirino Avenue, bringing more festivities to the city’s 80th Charter Day.

It’s always been exciting to open a box. No matter how it’s wrapped, there’s always that emotional twitch as your hands get nearer to anything that’s covered.


UNBOXING A WICKED BOX


imageFor hot food predators like me, this is a new fun prey! Mister Donut’s first fried-on-spot donuts served in their dine shops, the WICKED PUFFS. May it be a day of stressful board room discussions or a smooth close of a deal, let the sprinklings manage those buds to revitalize your working mood. Sprinkle, top, or swirl sweet and vibrant choices of Hazelnut, Belgian chocolates and Strawberries and cream. I don’t want to suggest that this is a perfect post shift therapy  (and gastronomy!) to relieve some tensions out for that another hassle the next day. Ask you work buddy after 5 and have fun 35PhP for 6!


UNBOXING A FREEZING BOX


imageExhibit events, site visits or any out-from-desk deliverables can be a total exhaustion. Not to mention, the summer sun is now slowly scorching our integuments which piles a reason more of impatience at times especially if the work day isn’t that so smooth. A super quencher which you could indulge handy for your on-the-go kind of day or a short break venting-out inside the cozier Mister Donut cafes, the world’s best brew is given with a freezing touch, Mister Donut’s BREWZEES. For 70PhP, this doesn’t hurt your frugal millennial pocket turning the occasional to a habitual frozen coffee ritual. Not the bad work day, just the frozen coffee ritual. Habitual.


UNBOXING THE BIGGER BOX


imageWe may have differences with our team mates but it’s always been therapeutic to spend a work break with them. After all, methods and personality may vary, but we are in unison with our team goal. Initiate this office fellowship with the bigger portions of our all time favorite Bavarian and Choco Cake donuts.  With the same then price, a box would surely lubricate the team’s determination with a fun touch still at 18PhP a piece.

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May it be selling a product to a prospect, a system to the share holders or simply your idea to your head and the team, Doughnut-Coffee tandem will always be a power sales tool morsel in and outside the pitch room. The sweetness of these dough, ringed or filled just tastefully complement with the coffee. Work is work but you could make it fun. Unbox that closer in you who persuades for the elusive choice of daily work-life fun.

DAVAO GUIDE: A Smart App to Digitize Tourism Experience in Davao

Talking about revolutionary mechanism, newly-installed site markers containing quick response codes and near-field communications stickers have been deployed in select areas within the city. The markers trigger the download of tourism and historical information via phone scanning.

Technology continues to revolutionize aspects of our life and Tourism isn’t exempted from this.

Launched in celebration of the city’s 80th Charter Day March 15 ,”Davao Guide” – the phone application for everyone who wants to discover the city which bylines the most powerful man now in the Philippines, is now free to download.

Created by InnoPub Media in partnership with the Davao City government and wireless leader – Smart Communications (Smart), the app sets to amp up the trotting experience of the growing 1.7 M tourists (2015) who wont just be enjoying the city’s lauded orderliness and civil calmness but from now on with this app, are “tourism connected” along with the 1.63M Davaoenos, 2,444 sq km wide. Congruently, Smart have already transformed their network in Davao, providing high-speed mobile access to digital services and information via LTE.

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QR codes like this will be installed in Davao City Hall and Francisco Bangoy Int’l Airport.. Tap for Tourism Info! (Photo: Smart.com.ph)

Talking about revolutionary mechanism, newly-installed site markers containing quick response codes and near-field communications stickers have been deployed in select areas within the city. The markers trigger the download of tourism and historical information via phone scanning.

“The project is consistent with two of the City Government’s priority sectors which are tourism and education. We are happy that Smart and InnoPub are helping us create a digital platform to push tourism and education not only to the Davaoenos but also to the local and international tourists. Through the Davao Guide app, the public would know about the people of Davao, our history, culture and what the city can offer in terms of tourism and investment” said Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte.

imagePaleolithic trots require us both compass and maps. Now, it will be just your smartphone with a TRAVEL SMART App.  Go to the APP STORE of your phone. Search for the app “Davao Guide” Then Tap “INSTALL” for FREE. The app will soon be available for Apple App Store. Keep connected, Travel Smart!

How to Arouse Emotions for a Surefire “IT’S-A-YES!” Proposal

The more emotions strategically triggered, the more relevance the offer inflicts to the prospect’s life. Thus, the more value they place to your package. Value which then dictates not anymore as to whether or not they’ll avail your offer, but rather the quality of their paying arrangements to your proposal.

When a novice is weaned from the mock pitch to the first actual sales table battle, I often suggest to treat the whole sales experience as a courtship. Prospects are wooed by a suitor who isn’t servile, without affectation and knows his and his package’s worth.

1. Tease the Hot Button – Identify their passion the soonest you can. Drive the pre-pitch pep talks to the mood which make them verbalize their hobby or the non-work related association they are in. One’s passion is an affect booster. It is the core matter in the warm up.

☝🏼️motivation, advocacy, stuff they cant live without, things they collect.

2. Whisper the Opportune Words – Choose your words so strategically. Hoard a pre set of words for your pitch which then you’ll pick from to be the most suitable to your guest’s profile. There is a specific term in every intensity of an emotion dependent in every shade of behavior.

☝🏼️synonyms, superlatives, words of positive association, connotations, jargons, colloquial terms, technicalities.

READ: Sales Strategies from Reading Crime Novels

3. Pant the Metaphors – This enhances involvement, clarity, agreeability and empathy. Articulate the benefits of the offer with comparisons to things which are familiar to the prospects. This calibrates how relatable the pitch is.

☝🏼️ Simile, symbolism, personification, reckon, equate, compare

4. Indulge in Sizzles – Describe experience by appealing to the human senses. The kind which startlingly creates imagery. When the brain starts to visualize, One’s behavior (choices) stretches to turn the imagination into reality or at least nearest to what’s real.

☝🏼 detail, customize, articulate, pause, gestures, voice, facial expression, eye dynamics, motion.

5. Foreplay with Sob Story – Identification is powerful. It assures the ego of being safe and correct. Making someone see their selves in you increases affinity. It makes them nod. It makes the meeting feels so right. People love their selves and so as someone whom they see their selves like.

☝🏼️ Turning points, similarity, defining moments, coping, common grounds.

READ: Boost Charisma through Sob-Credibility Story

6. Be kinky with Hypotheticals – It’s like a spot psyche quiz so you would know the philosophical facets of the prospect. Dissect and use the answers of the following to intensify effect of emotional triggers. “What if”, “If you were”, “given the chance” “if you could just choose between… Why?,  “If you could go back to that time when…”.

☝🏼️Fears, frustrations, austerity, delayed gratification, morals, logic, frugality, survival instincts, defense mechanism.


There is a specific term in every intensity of an emotion dependent in every shade of behavior.


Emotions are denominations of every relationship. The more emotions strategically triggered, the more relevance the offer inflicts to the prospect’s life. Thus, the more value they place to your package. Value which then dictates not anymore as to whether or not they’ll avail your offer, but rather the quality of their paying arrangements to your proposal. Done deal!

READ: How Saying “I LOVE YOU” to Your Prospects Leads to a Sale

5 Classic Sales Movies that Coach You Hard to Close More Sales

Strategically, a watchlist every sales person should replay per year-start.

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Your first handshake during the meet and greet is like the director saying “Ahaaaaaction!” It warrants a specific version of yourself who is of course still natural and spontaneous but versatile to the distinctness of the personality of the prospects you are about to make an emotional encounter with. Right then and there, the prospects become both your audience and your co actor. The encounter becomes a movie where you are an actor (A), the writer (W) and the director (D) in one body of a true master Closer. Such, lead me to look for more Sales Tip resources aside from books.

I love reading books. However, a motion picture which graphically shows how specific remarks are executed would be a booster from the spiels you read from texts. The following movies are ranked according to the weight of sales insights I personally appreciated after watching.


5 – THE PRIME GIG, 2000

 CLOSER-ACTORS: Ed Harris, Vince Vaughn (D) Gregory Mosher (W) William Wheeler

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Penn’s pitch to Evelyn is too involving that their conversation via phone seems like an in person encounter.

I always fantasize a movie that depicts the sales industry I am in; the one-call close selling of Timeshares. This film is the closest to my field thus far. Penny’s (V. Vaughn) first sales career in the early scenes was in a vacation coupon telesales where lines are something every Timeshare closer can relate to.

The main reason though, why this is on this watchlist, is because of how excellently Sob-Credibility story is filmed. Replay the Evelyn Feller Close and this is a perfect case example on how to master using Sob Story to close your deal.

READ ALSO: HOW TO: Boost Charisma Quotient through SOB-CRED STORY

Remember: On WEALTH.

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4- TWO FOR THE MONEY, 2005

CLOSER-ACTORS: Al Pacino, Matthew McConaughey (D) D.J. Caruso (W) Dan Gilroy

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Rewind to this scene, Brandon Lang (McConaughey) closing a bet through a Pina colada.

Take note how the Pina Colada Close is executed here. Learn how knowing your prospect’s favorite stuff drives you towards a smooth sale. Involvement!

This is the only on this list which is  almost a Biopic film since some scenes are inspired from true events. The movie does not actually convince me to be worth listing here if Walter’s role is not portrayed by Pacino. His acting prowess makes the coaching more effective to the viewers as he delivers his lines weaved with pitch spiels and winning mindset.

 Remember: ON PERSISTENCE
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3- WALL STREET, 1987

CLOSER-ACTORS: Michael Douglas, Charlie Sheen (D) Oliver Stone (W) Stanley Weiser, Oliver Stone

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Replay this scene and learn how to make negotiation sounds like you are making a favor to you prospect and win the haggle. Coined this as “You-brought-my-mother-into-it” Close.

The most awarded film on the list. Douglas’ performance is indeed worth an Academy Best Actor here. His character Gordon Gekko, is 24th in American Film Institute’s 100 Years, 100 Heroes and Villains while his line about Greed is also listed 57th in AFI’s 100 Years, 100 Movie Quotes.

Scenes which dramatize sales techniques from Sun Tzu’s Art of War are also entertaining and stimuli for rewinds. Sheen acts perfectly like he is Robin and Douglas is Batman. The only reason why this is not on the 1st rank is, the next two movies have more prospect-closer scenes which Closers would really appreciate. But then with emphasis, this film is with great acting and sales content.
Remember: ON GREED
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2- BOILER ROOM, 2000

CLOSER-ACTORS: Giovanni Ribisi, Vin Diesel (D) Ben Younger (W) Ben Younger

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That rebuttal for “I have to ask my wife first”.
Tagged as the Wall Street (1987) counterpart of the 2000s (Millennium), Boiler Room perfectly depicts the sales deck scenes of hard selling and overcoming objections.
This film truly shows several scenes which Closers could identify and learn from. You smirk when you recognize a tactic you already did to a prospect while you nod when you learn something new to use on your next pitch. Lots of scenes to rewind. From Vin Diesel’s Benadryl Take Away to Ribisi’s Captain Crunch “I have to ask my wife” rebuttal.
Remember: ON BEING A CLOSER
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1-GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS, 1992

CLOSER-ACTORS: Al Pacino, Alec Baldwin, Jack Lemmon (D) James Foley (W) David Mamet

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The James Lingk – Opportunity Close monologue by Ricky (Al Pacino) was the most persuasive spiel this sales film had.

The second Pacino-starred movie on the list. Baldwin’s cameo will never be in oblivion. Scenes owned by Lemmon will always be compelling. Ed Harris, who is in the 5th film, Prime Gig did another splendid antagonist Closer role here.

This is a motion picture version of a play script by David Mamet that won the Pulitzer Prize in 1984. Script is based on Mamet’s experience being previously in a sales workplace, which makes this production appeal so realistic to sales persons specifically to real estate agents. From handling slump, honing a positive mindset, competition, red leads, handling cancellations, undoubtedly, a topnotch in both cinematography and sales coaching material. For me, the most classic among all classic sales films so far.

I’m going to tell you something. Your life is your own. You have a contract with your wife? You have certain things you do jointly? Bond there. And there are other things, and those things are yours. And you needn’t feel ashamed, you needn’t feel that you’re being untrue. Or that *she* would abandon you if she knew. This is *your* life.

Ricky Roma’s haggling spiels after James Lingk declared cancellation of his purchase the day after he signed the dotted line because of his wife’s disapproval. Use this when you overcome a one-legged attendee’s can’t decide objection. 

Remember: ON TACTFULNESS

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These films serve to me as reinforcements. Concepts from your readings when demonstrated like in the movie scenes turn you to be an effective doer in real life. Flawlessly portray your role in every sales table you have to close a deal on. Be a hall of fame Academy Best Actor throughout the befriending-pitch-objection-rebuttal-closing performance.


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HUNTING HAWKERS: Michelin Starred Street-foods Singapore 2016, Short cuts, Side trips

You want to spend shorter time queueing to explore nearby attractions after an unforgettable chowing down of Michelin starred street meal? Hunt!

This year’s guide for Singapore isn’t actually the first which the North Star for restaurants appreciated an Asian Street-food for its prestigious guide. November 2015, Michelin enumerated 23 outlets for Hong Kong and 12 stalls for Macau for the first ever Street-food section of the guide in its 2016 edition.

However, these stalls don’t have stars. “We did include street foods for the first time but they don’t have stars. We include street food for the simple reason that Street food is very much a part of the Hong Kong culinary scene. Hong Kong has fantastic gastronomy everywhere but Hong Kong is a city that never stops; it never sleeps. People are out and about all the time and street food has always been a very big part of Hong Kong culture, so we thought it would make sense…” Michael Ellis, International Director for the Michelin Guide clarified to the CNBC’s Squawk Box.

READ :REAL GUIDE to the 2016 MICHELIN StreetFood Outlets Hong Kong, PHOTOBLOG

What’s then actually monumental for these two Singapore based street food outlets is, this time they got the elusive STAR. Even before the Michelin inspectors rated these hawkers, their food has always been preyed by patiently queueing curve-eyed predators. Asians are such unconditional patrons. Reminiscing the struts I had in Hong Kong prepared myself that queues would always be part of the experience. What off guarded me though for Singapore’s starred hawkers is, I did not expect the length. The queue was lengthy, meandering and transcultural. The food? Here’s my take.


Liao Fan’s Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle

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The wallet friendliest Michelin Meal to date, 2SGD Chicken Rice plus 2.50SGD Chicken Noodle. All at 160 PhP!

Two SGD for a Chicken rice is actually cheap in Singapore. Chicken rice meals like I had in mall food courts actually range 5-7SGD, without second thought I opted not to choose one between the noodle or the rice, I ingested it both!

A local couple preceded me stressed that “Aside from its taste (It wont be starred if it isn’t savory of course), Liao Fan’s portioning is actually one of the most generous inside (the complex)” which I agree. Seems like they are serving almost half part of a chicken in a meal. They bought about five plastic bags of varied meals and chopped of two whole soya sauce chicken. They could just actually eat somewhere else but like me, they also waited almost three hours — for a take out. I was even starving already when I was 5th from the one being served (bring with you some crackers and water. Not flavored drink, just water)

Cooked just right that it is still soft, juicy and easier to shread from the bones. Chicken skin is uniquely savory with the soya sauce still palatably evident as the main marinade, perfect in your spoon with the rice steamed with chicken broth. Noodle was also tendered just perfectly right to stimulate your chewing when it is already inside your mouth housepartying while the sauce flavor-jockying your tastebuds with intermittent sweet, salty and Hongkie spiciness.

Worth a take out or else you’ll queue again. Bring home a whole chicken. Drooling!

“partaking the food in a shared table with the bustles of the sidewalk as the background music, sensing how sated they are evident from how contagious to me their appetite as I observe how they eat the food, which we all spent not just minutes but hours to be served. Those just boost my satiety to a higher, subjectively distinct level. Those appraise more the value of every Asian currency I handed to the hawkers as I received my portions.”

Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle

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Minced meat noodle at 6SGD serving. You’ll never know how those dried fish and pork liver blends the soury spicy nature of the noodle sauce. 5, 8 and 10SGD serving choices are also available.

The serving includes the plate with the noodles and a sauce and a separate bowl with soup. I was actually looking at the other tables how they eat it. Should I or not mix the soup with the noodle. I mixed it and it was better for my buds.

The food house is like a neighborhood (Barangay) noodle house where when you’re starving after playing with your neighbors back in your childhood, you could just sit and eat with familiar faces in the next tables. It is like a refuge noodle house when you came from a stressful workshift. Moments between chews felt like I was partaking a soup prepped by my mom when I skip from work or school because of sickness. You could feel the portions were served with thoughtfulness while you eat it. Whether you’ll consume those pieces in chunks or by bit, the whole serving is just steamy and spicy redeeming! Sharing actually the sensations I felt eating it rather than the food feature itself since being exceptionally delicious is generally a default when you got a Michelin star.

I could just chow down back here. I don’t care about another queue. I wish Tai Hwa is just stairs down from our flat (few steps from our house).


SHORTEST ROUTES

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MEANDERING and TRANSCULTURAL. There are at least 8 more people from my back. Then the line changes angle with those westerners. Then from that lad with the yellow shirt, the line tails until the left wing of the Chinatown Complex which is joint to a commercial space – residential building. It pays to know short cuts!

Started queueing at 10:15am. Got my turn by 12:50 and had my first chunk of the Michelin starrred chicken by 1:02pm. Not all of them actually have known about the Michelin Star earned by Liao Fan. The group of Indonesian friends next to me told “We just fell in line thinking that this stall might be serving the best meal inside the complex since it has the longest queue. We wanted some local foods after strolling around the Street Market. Something that’s memorable to our appetite from this trip.”

I repeat, It pays to know short cuts! You are all welcome for these alt routes I have known the shortest versus the Mobile Map, thus far.

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Chinatown Station for Liao Fan. Lavender Station for Tai Hwa. Exit on Exit A for both. Fares vary from your starting point. Borrowed a reloadable card from uncle so I just loaded it with 30SGD for my whole 5days trip. Still has around 7SGD when I left. One way tickets are available in the stations though. Chinatown. Lavender. Exit A.

📍 Way to Liao Fan:

1. Chinatown Exit A. Just go straight through Pagoda Street, a street market but don’t be tempted yet to look around and buy stuffs. Do that after!

2. Turn Right when you reach the corner resto Chinatown Seafood house with a porch.

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Corner signage points the Chinatown Complex!

3. Straight until you’ll reach the left side of the Chinatown Complex – the cradle of Liao Fan 😂!

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The facade. Facing it, proceed to left.

4. Facing the facade, proceed to your left. Don’t use the main entrance! You’ll be lost with the maze of food stalls. Just dont!

5. When you’ll arrive late, you’ll see this when you reach the right side of the complex (your left facing the complex). Yes they are queing for Laio Fan.

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Take the stairs below this overpass.

6. Take the stairs below this bridge and on the next floor you’ll might already see the tail of the queue.

7. Enjoy the queue. What could you possibly do while falling in line? I’ll blogpost about that. Stay tuned.

📍 Way to Hill Street Tai Hwa

1. Lavender Station. Exit A.

2. Proceed walking left. That is a wide parking lot in Kallang Walk (Road for pedestrian). Look for the pedestrian bridge traversing Rochor River on your right. Take that bridge.

OR

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This will also be your landmark when you want to do a side trip to Arab Street and Hadji Lane. Famous for hipster vibes with neighborhoods of quirky streel murals and quaint coffee shops and boutiques. Remember Asia’s Next Top Model.

2. From Lavender station, Just go straight through Victoria Street. When you’ll reach a bridge. You’ll see this hotel. On your left, you’ll see a bridge for pedestrians which connects from the parking lot of  the Immigration office to a residential space. Victoria street would be your landmark when you want the Side trip to Arab Street and Haji Lane after your chow.Take the stairs down from the bridge, and pave your way across to the pedestrian bridge.

4. Get throught the compound to reach the sidewalks of North Bridge Road. Walk throught two more residential buildings then you’ll reach Crawford lane.

5. Start queueing. Tell the person next to you (or front of you) that you’ll be back.  Ask the counter first because at times they have this token system to make the queueing more organize. Ask for it when they are implementing it on that day. When I had my visit, they were just few in line so it wasn’t applied.


I’ve never been the kind who is for shopping, theme parks and adventures. Since I started traversing Asia, I have always been a foodie for endemic food stalls. It has always been a fetish to me to immerse with the locals. The sensation of being like one by queueing next to them, eavesdropping their usual small talks about life and partaking the food in a shared table with the bustles of the sidewalk as the background music, sensing how sated they are evident from how contagious to me their appetite as I observe how they eat the food, which we all spent not just minutes but hours to be served. Those just boost my satiety to a higher, subjectively distinct level. Those appraise more the value of every Asian currency I handed to the hawkers as I received my portions.  The moment I have consumed all what’s inside the bowl, though I can’t really use the chopsticks well, due to lack for a better word, is an orgasm. A wander orgasm, an addictive meal-driven dissociation which I’ll always be urged to travel for, uniquely in every destination.

Michelin has its criteria of course to classify these starred carts. Their taxonomy has been the gold standard for eateries, but those triggers above which you and every other eater could experience, just make the food even more delicious than how it palatably appeals. I know their inspectors couldn’t agree with me more. Hunt!

Let's eat?!

The moment I have consumed all what’s inside the bowl (though I can’t really use the chopsticks well), due to lack for a better word, is an orgasm for me. A Wander orgasm, an addictive meal-driven dissociation which I’ll always be urged to travel for, uniquely in every destination. HUNT!



SIDE TRIPS:

AFTER LIAO FAN

☝🏼️ Souvenir Shopping through Chinatown Heritage Center. The oldest Hindu temple in SG could also be found at the mouth of the Pagoda Street.

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Affordable souvenirs, heritage-themed snaps along Pagoda Street!

AFTER TAI HWA

☝🏼️ Stroll through Victoria Street, Haji Lane and Arab Street.

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Mural along Victoria Street. This child is Gigantic. Sneak so you wont awaken that wild cat! lol