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.
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)
- Vladivostok Russia
- Saudi Arabia
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.
Cavendish Banana Plantation area where harvest are done.
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.
Grand Lisboa Hotel & Casino, view from the park
Upper part of Grand Lisboa Hotel & Casino
Grand Lisboa on the other side
Upper part of Grand Lisboa Hotel & Casino in the evening
Main entrance of Grand Lisboa Hotel Casino
Below are Grand Lisboa main hall wealthy grandeur interior
All of the above are from Grand Lisboa Hotel Casino main Hall interior
Old Lisboa Hotel main entrance
Grand Lisboa building top portion
Other side of Old Lisboa Hotel Casino
Old Lisboa Hotel Casino top area in the evening
Dancing Fountain in front of Wynn Hotel Casino at the heart of Macau
One interior area of Wynn Hotel Casino
One interior ceiling area of Wynn Hotel Casino
At the side of Wynn Hotel Casino
Wynn Hotel side view from the park
Wynn Hotel front view, view from another side.
Another view of Wynn Hotel Casino
One spots inside Wynn
Wynn in the evening
Wynn Hotel again upon sun set
One of the buildings near Grand Lisboa and Wynn
View to the center Oval area near to Grand Lisboa and other Skyskapers
Glass Sculpture Structure at the oval center area
View of Grand Lisboa from other side
Underground walk way with glass sculptured structure entrance/exit
Benches at the park view to Wynn and other skyskapers
Above and below photos are the interior of Old Mansion, as the guard says
Below are various places, structure and other thing you can see in Macau:
Below are various spots and areas in the famous Venetian Hotel Casinos (feast of the eye)
Below are buildings, hotels and structures fronting Venetian
(City of Dreams)
There’s more! Macau is a feast to the eye and the camera lenses.
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:
Note: The writer of this blog does claim ownership to the images. Photos are excerpt from Google Images
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:
- 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
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
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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
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