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Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year

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From Advertising to Corporate Admin to Banana Export

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After 11 years of working in a corporate company, I resigned in my post as Junior Officer because I believed that I already served my time and there is a better opportunity for me out there.  I am thirsty for growth in a new environment so I went to Singapore with high hopes that I will land in a more fruitful job there.  Unfortunately, what I envision did not materialized because I did not expect that I need more time when applying and I no longer want to land in the same type of work environment.   At the same time, I was not informed of the numerous calls from various companies I applied with because I am already back in the Philippines.  I only knew about it when the one who should relay the messages to me apologized around 3-4 years later while on her deathbed (my sister-in-law’s mother).

To make the story short, I move forward by following my heart’s desire –

COMMODITY TRADING.  Although I have nothing except experience and skills, I capitalize on what I have and concentrate on my strength — computer and the internet.

Start-up:  Not for the Fainted Heart

I never worked in Singapore but I took advantage of the seminars when I was still there that equipped me with much needed information which helped me with the online trading business that I have now.  I was mentored by a Singaporean that I worked with daily over the net.  It did not start smooth as I was exposed to all sorts of clients including scammers, cheaters and manipulators.  Even with limited resources, I pursued online commodity trading by initially registering my business as sole proprietorship which I named Sembawang Trading.  The word sembawang is a residential area I stayed and was first exposed to international culture and trading.  I started utilizing Alibaba, Tradekey and other known commodity trading sites.  I was first mentored in Crude Oil and Scrap trading but I later shifted to Cavendish Banana.  I instantly get an importer-buyer from Lebanon.  I easily adapted to the paper works and art requirement because I both have backgrounds in office work and creative advertising.  But I did not expect that my partner will manipulate what I work hard for and cheat both me and my buyer.  It resulted to legal issues because even the shipping company sued my partner.  Thank God I was not included.

I have to move forward so I continued.  One thing about me is I am an idea sponge. I was cheated but I make it a point to learn the ins and out of the business and was able to document some of the procedures and documents needed. Tough at first but I stood again and re-position my self and my company as temporary Agent-Company/Consulting firm.  Since then I was able to facilitate numerous export of cavendish banana and other agriculture products to these countries (latest downward):

- China (pending, awaiting for the new box and label I am introducing)

- Singapore

- Vladivostok Russia

- Bulgaria

- Iran

- Bahrain

- Egypt

- Saudi Arabia

- Dubai

- Dubai

I simultaneously did other task related to product sourcing, area survey, feasibility study and business plan maker, consultant, etc.

Last year I was given the chance to establish and Farm and Export Company for an American Holdings Firms.  My self and my wife literally establish everything from scratch.  The American Investor just provide the initial funds.  But when the company is already ready, there is no longer funds due issues the American has with his partners and his company.  My ready feasibility study and business plan and the photo documentation I captured has been used to raised funds.  I work-out an export deal to Kuwait that started the export.   The start-up was imperfect but it became the stepping stone of the company where it is right now.  Everything was so stressful that I don’t felt the Christmas spirit.  What makes it harder than expected is my wife’s breast cancer —  actively growing.  At the same time, we were told to take care of the house and family of the Filipina wife of the American.  Tough but I survive.

Balancing the equation, I decided to resign.  I chose my wife over the future earnings.   I decided to revive my company and now Sembawang Trading is on its feet again with high hopes and aspiration to elevate its status as Exporter from a mere agent-trading company.  The rest is history but I won’t deny the fact that I am now seeking an Investor to maximize its full potential.  Everybody knows that this business is a money making machine if given the funding for start-up and initial cash flow.

 EXPORT OPERATION 

Cavendish Banana Plantation area where harvest are done.  

I have people guarding and supervising  harvesters.  We call it “Live Cut”… a term we use which means our representative will  tell which area and bananas to harvest as there are technicalities involve and to avoid unfit bananas to be packed.
Transport of bananas from plantation are to processing/packing house via a railing system
Processing and Packing (Packing House) 
(should be done right after harvest)
As our loyalty is to our clients, we have Quality Inspectors at packing house who guard quality, sizes, weight and calibration.  We also assign Supervisors of Quality Inspectors and I check them.
 Hauling
(transporting of packed bananas to loading site where Container van are park waiting to be filled-in)
Sampling Inspection at Loading Site
Before we allow packed bananas to be carried inside the Container van, we undergo Random Sampling Inspection to counter check everything.  All are recorded and verified on site.
If packed bananas do not pass our Samplers’ Standard, we declassify or order the delivery truck to bring them back to farm (unfit to be delivered due to found reasons).
Loading Site
(There should be a facility other aside from parking and roof cover (e.g. uninterrupted  electrical plug in, temperature checker, loader crew, lighting and support food to stay-in workers).  Loading are commonly done
in the evening to be protected from effects of sunlight
Hustling, Transporting of Container van to designated Sea Port
(there should be cut-off time, proper seal lock and paper works coordination)
This business is undoubtedly a money making machine but it needs your investment to maximize its full potential.  It seek from US$3,000. to US$30,000. to invest on facility and required permits and licenses.  In a matter of months, it can pay ROI to investors as there is always buyers  and our system is low risk, simplified and cost-effective.  Just a few weeks ago, the proponent was invited to Macau China for a possible long term export deal.  Other clients are interested (e.g. Malaysian, Kuwaiti, German, etc.)
You may email the proponent directly at sembawangtrading.co@gmail.com

Images of my recent Macau trip

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They say it’s like Las Vegas in Asia. Maybe.

As I already been to Singapore and Malaysia, I easily adapt and blend to the culture and environment, especially that I am an Asian my self.  Not totally the same but there are similarities in many aspect of architecture, culture and how tourism is managed. The language and images of people’s faces are dominantly Chinese but the architecture seem to have strong European influences particularly the old homes and structures along residential areas.

Although the main purpose of my trip is business meetings, I obviously explore more the architectural structures.  Allow me to show the photographs I have taken:

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Grand Lisboa Hotel & Casino, view from the park

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Upper part of Grand Lisboa Hotel & Casino

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Grand Lisboa on the other side

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Upper part of Grand Lisboa Hotel & Casino in the evening

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Main entrance of Grand Lisboa Hotel Casino

Below are Grand Lisboa main hall wealthy grandeur interior

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All of the above are from Grand Lisboa Hotel Casino main Hall interior

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Old Lisboa Hotel main entrance

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Grand Lisboa building top portion

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Other side of Old Lisboa Hotel Casino

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Old Lisboa Hotel Casino top area in the evening

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Dancing Fountain in front of  Wynn Hotel Casino at the heart of Macau

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 One interior area of Wynn Hotel Casino

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One interior ceiling area of Wynn Hotel Casino

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At the side of Wynn Hotel Casino

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Wynn Hotel side view from the park

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Wynn Hotel front view, view from another side.

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Another view of Wynn Hotel Casino

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One spots inside Wynn

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Wynn in the evening

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Wynn Hotel again upon sun set

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One of the buildings near Grand Lisboa and Wynn

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View to the center Oval area near to Grand Lisboa and other Skyskapers

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Glass Sculpture Structure at the oval center area

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View of Grand Lisboa from other side

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Park area

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Underground walk way with glass sculptured structure entrance/exit

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Benches at the park view to Wynn and other skyskapers

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Above and below photos are the interior of Old Mansion, as the guard says

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Above and below photos are the interior of Old Mansion, as the guard says

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Below are various places, structure and other thing you can see in Macau:

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Below are various spots and areas in the famous Venetian Hotel Casinos (feast of the eye)

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Below are buildings, hotels and structures fronting Venetian

(City of Dreams)

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There’s more!  Macau is a feast to the eye and the camera lenses.

Craft and other Ideas that reminds the true meaning of Christmas

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Commercialism evolve so fast and most of the times, it hid reasons why a particular season or occasion exist.  Christmas is one perfect example.

Out of my curiosity, I was able to found some creative approach to Christmas… without sacrificing the meaning.

I am not against glitters and ornamental display but hope people will not forget that it is also important to include the things that reminds all of us especially the next generation what Christmas is really all about.  In spite of  Christmas commercialism, there are those who still display their beliefs.  Some even innovate and show their creativity.  Below are some I found that can serve as fuel for ideas:

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Note: The writer of this blog does claim ownership to the images.  Photos are excerpt from Google Images

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If you see Natural products, you can email me directly at sembawangtrading.co@gmail.com
 

Filipinos Resiliency in times of calamity

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Photos were excerpted from Google and Yahoo Images

 

 

IDEAS ON HOW TO HELP THE TYPHOON HAIYAN DEVASTED AREAS

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Myself and my family are fortunate that we are far from the path of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda), but still I can’t help asking, “Lord what can I do? for my countrymen”

I am very thankful for the overwhelming comfort messages over the internet from every walks of life from so many countries around world.  I have been hearing various nationalities arriving in the affected provinces offering relief packages.  Thank you for that.  Nonetheless, there is no other people should care first for our countrymen other than us Filipinos because we understand the place, the culture and feeling losses of lives and property.  Although we Filipinos eat calamity news for breakfast, this most recent devastation is incomparable.  I can’t just watch the news while my countrymen are in grief.  I have to do something, home someone out there will partner with me.  I lack the finances and resources but I have the experience and capabilities to support on a long term basis.  

Food, drinks, clothing, medical supplies and attention are undoubtedly the most immediate needs.  But seeing videos and photos on site, shelter is also a necessity especially that rainfall is continuously pouring on this cold season of the year.  Another important need on site are alternative source of food and herbs for alternative medications, school rooms and alternative source of power for lightnings even without traditional electricity and expensive  hard to maintain solar panels.   I have unsolicited suggestions:

First things first:

1. Moringa (or Malunggai) can prevent spread of diseases and strengthen immune system of the people in the typhoon devastated areas:

-  Best antibiotic and cure through intake of moringa juice from leaves

- Can clean and purify dirty water and eliminate bacteria causing diseases

- More nutritional value than any other food and easy to find

- Easy to plant and propagate and cheap to buy

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2. USED CONTAINER VANS for fast to built compartment mass houses and won’t cost much compare to traditional concrete homes:

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3. GREEN HOUSE FARMING BOTH FOR AGRI FARMING AND AQUA CULTURE

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If I will be supported or be recruited by an NGO, I can provide a research paper proposal for a genuine sustainable long term support and assistance to the people devastated by typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) in the Philippines.

Photos are excerpted from Google images

Human Nature – natural and organic

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is fascinatingly awesome!  Unlike most body products and household products in the market, this business has its roots in helping the less fortunate and has true care for the environment.  And if there is special about their product, theirs are natural and organic in nature.     Their products are for personal use, for the family, for laundry, etc.  Perfect gift as well during events and seasonal occasions.
The surname “Meloto” is synonymous to  care for the poor and social responsibility in the Philippines.  Who would have not known “Gawad Kalinga,” the housing village for the poor that was founded by Mr. Tony Meloto?  It seems the care is in the genes as his daughters Anna and Camille, in collaboration with Ana’s British entrepreneur husband Dylan,  They have founded another entrepreneurial foundation that brought a unique product lines that offer household, personal and pet care and organic natural items.  What makes the product unique are its raw materials and workers.  Most of them are house wives from  Gawad Kalinga who plants and produces most of the raw materials like Aloe Vera.

Home Care 

Tough Love Natural Dishwashing Liquid  Tough Love 100% Natural Powder Detergent Tough Love 100% Natural Liquid Detergent
Tough Love Natural                 Dish washing Liquid Tough Love 100% Natural Power Detergent Tough Love 100% Natural Liquid Detergent

Pet Care

Furry Kind Natural Cocomutt Shampoo
Furry Kind Natural Coconut Shampoo   

Featured Products

Natural Baby Wonder Oil 100% Natural Hand & Foot Salve Balancing Facial Wash JPG
Natural Baby Wonder Oil 100% Natural Hand & Foot Salve Balancing Facial Wash
Tough Love 100% Natural Powder Detergent 100% Natural Perfect Coverage Mineral Foundation Kids Natural Shampoo & Body Wash for Boys & for Girls
Tough Love 100% Natural Powder  Detergent 100% Natural Perfect Coverage Mineral Foundation Kids Natural Shampoo & Body Wash for Boys & for Girls
100% Natural Clarifying Shampoo Natural Hand Soap Sunflower Beauty Oil jpg
100% Natural Clarifying Shampoo Natural Hand Soap Sunflower Beauty Oil
 100% Natural Cleansing Bar
100% Natural Cleansing Bar  

Mineral Make-up

Perfect Glow Mineral Blush

 100% Natural Perfect Coverage Mineral Foundation 100% Natural Tinted Lip Balm
Perfect Glow Mineral Blush 100% Natural Perfect Coverage Mineral Foundation 100% Natural Tinted Lip Balm
100% Natural Perfect Coverage Mineral Foundation Refill FREE Lip Balm with any purchase of Mineral Powder FREE Lip Balm with any purchase of Mineral Powder Refill
100% Natural Perfect Coverage Mineral Foundation Refill  Mineral Powder Mineral Powder Refill
FREE Lip Balm with any purchase of Mineral Blush FREE Lip Balm with any purchase of Hydrating Lipstick FREE Lip Balm with any purchase of Lip Gloss
Mineral Blush  Hydrating Lipstick Lip Gloss
FREE Lip Balm with any purchase of Cleansing Oil
  Cleansing Oil

Prestige Skin Care

Overnight Elixir
Overnight Elixir 

Face & Lip Care

FREE Lip Balm with any purchase of Cleansing Oil Balancing Facial Wash JPG Balancing Face Toner
Cleansing Oil Balancing Facial Wash  Balancing Face Toner

 100% Natural Day Moisturizer

 100% Natural Moisturizing Day Fluid with 15 Vitamins & Minerals JPG

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Balancing Face Toner  100% Natural Day Moisturizer 100% Natural Moisturizing Day  Fluid Sunflower Beauty Oil
100% Natural Purifying Facial Scrub Nourishing Facial Wash JPG Nourishing Face Toner JPG
100% Natural Purifying Facial Scrub Nourishing Facial Wash             Nourishing Face Toner
Hydrating Creamy Wash jPG  Hydrating Face Toner JPG 100% Natural Moisturizing Night Cream with Plant Collagen jpg
Hydrating Creamy Wash              Hydrating Face Toner  100% Natural   Moisturizing  Night              Cream 
 100% Natural Lip Balms
100% Natural Lip Balms  

                                                    

Hair Care

100% Natural Smoothing Hair Serum

100% Natural Clarifying Shampoo

Natural Strengthening Conditioner - Cool Peppermint

100% Natural Smoothing                              Hair Serum  100% Natural Clarifying Shampoo Natural Strengthening Conditioner – Cool Peppermint
Natural Strengthening Shampoo  Natural Strengthening Conditioner - Soothing Aloe Natural Moisturizing Shampoo
Natural Strengthening Shampoo Natural Strengthening Conditioner – Soothing Aloe   Natural Moisturizing Shampoo
Natural Moisturizing Conditioner  Kids Natural Shampoo & Body Wash for Boys & for Girls Natural Intensive Hair Mask
Natural Moisturizing Conditioner Kids Natural Shampoo & Body Wash for Boys  & for Girls Natural Intensive Hair Mask

Soap

100% Natural Cleansing Bar Natural Hand Soap  100% Natural Kids Bath Soap - Chocolate Adventure
100% Natural Cleansing Bar Natural Hand Soap 100% Natural Kids Bath Soap – Chocolate Adventure
SAVE P10! Pure Strength Cleansing Bar for only P69.75 with every purchase of a Cleansing Bar  SET OFFER! Buy 2 Cleansing Bars for only P119.75 Pure Strength Black Diamond Cleansing Bar
Pure Strength Cleansing Bar Cleansing Bars Pure Strength Black Diamond Cleansing Bar

Feminine Care

Natural Feminine Wash - Powder Cool  Natural Feminine Wash - Chamomile Cool Natural Feminine Wash - Chamomile Fresh
Natural Feminine Wash – Powder Cool Natural Feminine                    Wash – Chamomite Cool Natural Feminine Wash – Chamomile Fresh

Body Care

100% Natural Healthy Lotion - Blossom Beauty 100% Natural Premium Deodorant 100% Natural Hand & Foot Salve

100% Natural Healthy Lotion – Blossom Beauty 100% Natural Premium Deodorant 100% Natural Hand & Foot Salve
100% Natural Healthy Lotion  100% Natural Massage Oil 100% Natural Body Butter Cream
100% Natural Healthy Lotion100% Natural  Massage  Oil 100% Natural Body Butter Cream
100% Natural Bamboo Body Scrub Natural Hand Soap SET OFFER! Get 95ml Massage Oil for only P180 with purchase of 195ml Massage Oil
100% Natural Bamboo Body Scrub Natural Hand Soap  Massage Oil

Baby Care

Natural Baby Wonder Oil Natural Baby Wash Natural Baby Lotion
Natural Baby Wonder Oil Natural Baby Wash Natural Baby Lotion

Kids Care

100% Natural Kids Bath Soap - Chocolate Adventure Kids Natural Shampoo & Body Wash for Boys & for Girls 100% Natural Bug Shield DEET-Free Lotion
100% Natural Kids Bath Soap – Chocolate Adventure Kids Natural Shampoo & Body Wash for Boys and Girls  100% Natural Bug Shield DEET – Free Lotion
Kids All Natural Spray Sanitizer 100% Natural Bug Shield DEET-Free Oil Kids Natural Shampoo & Body Wash
Kids All Natural Spray Sanitizer 100% Natural Bus Shield DEET – Free Oil Kids Natural Shampoo & Body Wash

Men’s Care

Pure Strength Black Diamond Cleansing Bar Pure Strength Black Diamond Natural Shampoo with Revitalizing Peppermint Pure Strength 100% Natural Oil-Fighting Face Wash
Pure Strength Black Diamond Cleansing Bar Pure Strength Black Diamond Natural Shampoo with Revitalizing Peppermint  Pure Strength 100% Natural Oil-Fighting Face Wash
Pure Strength 100% Natural Deodorant
Pure Strength 100% Natural Deodorant 
There’s more!
I can gladly assist you if you want any of the product mentioned.  Please email me directly.

COMMON STAGES IN CAVENDISH BANANA EXPORT OPERATION

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Below are sample photos of my past operations.  
 
Cavendish Banana Plantation area where harvest are done.  
I have people guarding and supervising  harvesters.  We call it “Live Cut”… a term we use which means our representative will  tell which area and bananas to harvest as there are technicalities involve and to avoid unfit bananas to be packed.
 
Transport of bananas from plantation are to processing/packing house via a railing system
 
Processing and Packing (Packing House) 
(should be done right after harvest)
As our loyalty is to you, we have Quality Inspectors at packing house who guard quality, sizes, weight and calibration.  We also assign Supervisors of Quality Inspectors and I check them.
 
Hauling
(transporting of packed bananas to loading site where Container van are park waiting to be filled-in)
 
Sampling Inspection at Loading Site
Before we allow packed bananas to be carried inside the Container van, we undergo Random Sampling Inspection to counter check everything.  All are recorded and verified on site.  
 
If packed bananas do not pass our Samplers’ Standard, we declassify or order the delivery truck to bring them back to farm (unfit to be delivered due to found reasons).
 
Loading Site
(There should be a facility other aside from parking and roof cover (e.g. uninterrupted  electrical plug in, temperature checker, loader crew, lighting and support food to stay-in workers).  Loading are commonly done 
in the evening to be protected from effects of sunlight
 
Hustling, Transporting of Container van to designated Sea Port
(there should be cut-off time, proper seal lock and paper works coordination)

Aside from Davao and Cavendish Banana

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I always mentioned Cavendish Banana and Davao in most of my email.  Incidentally, I don’t live there but in the main island called Luzon Philippines nearer to Manila.  Nonetheless, almost every month I am in Mindanao mostly in Davao due to my Cavendish banana trade and export business.I may already mentioned Davao and banana a hundred times.  Now, allow me to tell you something about my place.  Tagaytay City is around 2 hours travel from Manila airport.  Although both Davao and my place are both tourist favorite, Tagaytay is a place almost totally opposite of Davao in terms of climate, altitude, environment, residents, culture and the people.   Tagaytay is cooler, an urban living in a province setting, nature place with majestic view to one of top lakes in the world.  Tagaytay is perfect for any of the following purposes:  refreshing tour, long term stay and/or business venture.Tagaytay has the amenities, theme parks and with a feeling of Christmas all year round.  It is also a retirement home for most foreigners because of its elderly friendly environment. Everything you need can be found and bought nearby with less traffic and zero crime rate. View to majestic Taalvolcano lake

Occasionally foggy atmosphere

Cool High altitude environment

Urban living in a rural environment

Tagaytay’s Spots and Possibilities

Golf and other sports activityHorseback riding and trekking

Medical tourism and elderly care

Cheap Shopping

Wedding venues & other occasion

Boating along the lakeConference and Seminar venues

Abundant fresh tropical fruits

Jeepney ride

Authentic handcrafted furniture

Delicious seafoodCable car riding

Spa and relaxation

Zip line adventure ride

Visual Art appreciation and many more.

If you will visit Philippines, try to include Tagaytay in your itinerary among the places you intend to go.View to different type of accommodations and residences in Tagaytay City Philippines 
Cabin HouseApartment

Condo living

Swiss/European inspired housesConventional house

Transient houses

Cottage typeModern architecture

Mountain Hotel

House & Lot for Sale Lots for Sale  Units for Rent / Sale 

Most of the photos are excerpted at Google images