I refuse to take shortcuts.

Part 1 (Live-cut Harvest Area)

Cavendish Banana Export is one of the top export earners in the Philippines.  But it is not as easy as it sound.  There is no short-cut if you want to succeed in it whether you are a grower-farmer, an exporter-trader or an importer.  I am facilitating this business since 2007, many do not survive as it is not for the painted-heart.  I’ve seen a lot of hopeful business people of all sorts.  Most of us who remain standing learn the hard way.  The process could not be learn from books and from articles written in the internet.  There is no other way but to dive and immerse to the real thing.  You can either lean as a group/company or as individual entrepreneur willing to face the challenges and pitfalls.

I was in the corporate sector with well-rounded experience in admin and corporate services, and an awardee for work excellence … my experience is not enough.  I have earlier background in Advertising and creative arts to support my sales … not enough.  My long years in e-commerce and B2B is not a guarantee that I can easily land a deal nor a safeguard from scams and cheaters.  One could not believe that so many are very good in cheating and scamming, and the ones who are sincere are taken for granted or doubted.  Let me tour you to the basic process in image presentation:

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The center of the center in Cavendish Banana plantation in the Philippines is Davao region.  It expands to other provinces across Mindanao.  Too huge, as far as the eye can seDelicious Sweet Banana from Davao Philipinese and one week is not enough to tour the plantation.  Where in fact, I can say that the plantation total dimension is bigger than a small country like Singapore.

It took me years to find what I am looking for:  Cooperative Well Administer Plantation that can supply according to our standard and tolerance.

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Plantation Area should have quarantined entrance-exit points with guard.  Not all plantation are reliable as not all growers have ample capitalization for a well maintained, well sprayed and well fertilize banana plantation.  Till to this day I am still learning even though I already facilitated export to a number of countries since 2007:  China, Vladivostok Russia, Kuwait, Bulgaria, Iran, Egypt, Jeddah Saudi Arabia, Dubai, etc.

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Good Plant stand with 5 leaves up.

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Professionally Coded both by colored ribbon and markings

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Export quality inspected inside-out, with regular report

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Live-cut harvest (harvest will not start unless our representative supervisor approve what tree to harvest).

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Very careful handling from harvested tree to Aerial Tractor (transport of banana bunches from harvest area to packing-processing plant.

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Please continue to part 2 (Packing Operation)

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We Seek New Long Term Buyers

We are capable to deliver Fresh Quality Cavendish Banana.

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Pineapples

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Interested buyer/importer can email me directly at sembawangtrading.co@gmail.com

Cav Banana, et al

We export all-in pack

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You can email me directly at sembawangtrading.co@gmail.com

We also offer Banana Chips, Coconurt  Sugar, Banana Chips, Pineapples, etc.

Size does matter in Cavendish Bananas

 

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Davao Philippines’Cavendish Bananas is known deliciously sweet.

  • Philippine is now the 2nd Largest Exporter of Bananas in the world.
  • The majority of these shipments are destined for the growing regional markets of China, the Middle East and, to a lesser extent, Russia to satisfy their demand for fresh produce
  • Exports of Philippine bananas for the last quarter of this year are expected to rise following China’s lifting of restrictions on Philippine exports early this month.
  • Below are the 15 countries that accounted for the highest dollar value worth of bananas exported from the Philippines during 2015:
  1. Japan: US$176.9 million (40.2% of total bananas imports)
  2. China: $109.2 million (24.8%)
  3. South Korea: $51.6 million (11.7%)
  4. Iran: $33.8 million (7.7%)
  5. United Arab Emirates: $19.2 million (4.4%)
  6. Saudi Arabia: $12.9 million (2.9%)
  7. Kuwait: $8.7 million (2%)
  8. New Zealand: $6.5 million (1.5%)
  9. Hong Kong: $5.2 million (1.2%)
  10. Singapore: $5.1 million (1.2%)
  11. Malaysia: $2.3 million (0.5%)
  12. Taiwan: $2.1 million (0.5%)
  13. North Korea: $1.7 million (0.4%)
  14. Bahrain: $1.1 million (0.2%)
  15. Qatar: $912,000 (0.2%)
  • Among the above countries, the fastest-growing consumers of Philippine bananas exports since 2011 were: Bahrain (up 822.2% in value), Saudi Arabia (up 638.1%), Malaysia (up 312.3%) and Kuwait (up 195.4%).Production system ranges from backyard to highly integrated operation with the latter catering to the export market.
  • Weak demand in the EU.
  • Total import of fruit by the Philippines from 2008 till 2013. The highest volume of imports occurred in 2012 reaching 240,477MT while the lowest was in 2008 to 187,265MT. The average annual growth rate was 3.68% during this time period.
  • Philippine farms produced a total of 8.65m tonnes of bananas valued at P117.15bn ($2.6bn) in 2013, down from a peak of 9.23m tonnes worth P108.13bn ($2.4bn) the previous year, according to PSA data. Concerted efforts over the past two decades to expand banana production have led to the commodity becoming the country’s most valuable crop as well as its most profitable agricultural export.
  • The past years, the yield dramatically been reduced due to destruction brought about by the strong typhoons that hit the country particularly the major producing areas in Mindanao. Another calamity was the most recent “El Nino.”  Nevertheless, these are not typical and Mindanao is not a typhoon belt.
  • Overall, the average annual growth rate was 0.26% and 16%, respectively for production and area for the six-year time period.
  • The farms are generally small in size (1-5 ha) with minimal care resulting to low yield.
  • Big farms are typically managed by Cooperatives, Organizations and Investment Companies

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This business walk an extra mile for its clients.  It literally exist to assist.

Interested importers can email us directly at sembawangtrading.co@gmail.com for further details.

 

Julie & Julia is an Inspiring Movie

It was only yesterday that I was able to view the film, “Julie and Julia” starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams. It was such a nice movie and truly inspiring.  Somehow I could relate to the character portrayed by Ms. Amy Adams as it is not that easy to be a blogger due to various reasons and obstacles.   Both of them are exceptional on their acting especially Ms. Streep.  On the contrary, I find Ms. Amy Adams as very natural on her role as if I knew her.  She is so charming especially with her short hair and simple looks – natural beauty.  I’ve seen many movies already but this is different and unique.

“bon appetit”

movie poster image is excerpt from Google images

EXTRAORDINARY MEASURES is an EXTRAORDINARY MOVIE

This movie is trully remarkable and extra ordinary one.    I could compare this to 90’s movie “The Awakening”  starring Robbin Williams and De Niro.  More than the active and entertainment value, this movie is a reminder that business and innovation exist not just for profit and power, but it has its duty to humanity and the less fortunate.  

I applaude Mr. Harrison Ford as the Executive Producer.   Such kind of film may not be as money making as to his other blockbuster films (Starwars, Indiana Jones, The Patriot Games, The Fugitive, etc.) .   But film as this will make investors and visionaries to think again of their duty to society and the world, above selfish ambision and profiteering.  Beyond entertainment value, this film exhale hope and conscience to viewing public.

More than two thumbs up for the cast and crew!!!

Poster is excerpt from Google Images.

Not-the-Usual Valentine Ideas for Dummies

For a change, you can try conceptualizing the not-the-usual thing for your valentine date.  

The key word is “plan” ahead.  To some people as my self, ideas come into my mind while I am on my way to work or after office while on my way home.  We may be different.  It doesn’t matter as long as you plan in advance.    Below are some common suggestions (the best is something you think and plan yourself because no one knows how to please your partner better than you):

  1. Better to think of a “tesear” type of gift before your valentine’s date.  One suggestion is to give her a romantic novel as Nicholas Sparks pocketbook or the like… a day before your date.
  2. Choose a not-the-usual venue where you plan to dine or whatever you are planning to do that evening.  It’s up to you if you want to do it in the comfort of your home or somewhere different.  It need not be expensive and extravagant, though I see nothing wrong about it if you can afford.
  3. Better to exert some effort like you yourself will cook, write a poem… you think what is the best thing to do (conceptualize).
  4. Expect heavy traffic in most commercial areas during that day, so better plan your route.  It’s up to you if you want to celebrate on the 14th or do it before/after.
  5. There are romantic secrets your partner wishes you knew.  Most partners are not comfortable telling it so you better find his/her secrets.
  6. Appreciate and thank your partner for all the thing he/she has done for you and the relationship.  Pray for her.
  7. Make her smile.  Make her laugh.
  8. Give a not-the-usual gift.   Same with what I said at number 2, It need not be expensive and extravagant, though I see nothing wrong about it if you can afford.
  9. Flowers and chocolates are still effective but you can give it in a more creative manner, for a change.

10.  There’s more but you should research it yourself before the said date.  You can also learn from other suggestions but analyze if it fits in your relationship. 

Please do not depend too much on what you can get from the internet, Hollywood movies or articles.  You know your partner and your relationship better so plan what you think is best for your relationship.  Pray for wisdom and use your common sense. 

Dear John knocks Avatar

Who would have thought that Dear John would have beaten Avatar from the first chart? There were reports from Sony Pictures distributor that “Dear John” made a $32.4 million opening in the U.S. and Canada, against Avatar who only made $23.6 million.

Records shows that “Dear John” was the biggest debut for a movie and it overtake “Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds,” which started with $31.1 million in 2008.

Photo is excerpt from Google Images

Love Quotes

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud…” –The Bible.

“Grow old along with me!” –Robert Browning

“Where there is love, there is life” — Mahatma Gandhi  

“You don’t love a woman because she is beautiful, but she is beautiful because you love her.” — Anonymous 

“Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get, it’s what you are expected to give — which is everything.” Anonymous 

“If you love something, set it free; if it comes backs it’s yours, if it doesn’t, it never was.” — Richard Bach 

“The best proof of love is trust.” — Dr. Joyce Brothers 

“Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye.” — H. Jackson Brown Jr. 

“Happiness comes more from loving than being loved; and often when our affection seems wounded it is only our vanity bleeding. To love, and to be hurt often, and to love again – this is the brave and happy life.” — J.E. Buckrose 

“You may conquer with the sword, But you are conquered by a kiss” –Daniel Heinsius 

“If music be the food of love, play on” –Shakespeare 

“Love reckons hours for months, and days for years; and every little absence is an age.” –John Dryden.

“Like music on the waters is they sweet voice to me.” –Lord Byron

“Love is the true means by which the world is enjoyed: our love to others, and others’ love to us.” — Thomas Trahern.

“Never close your lips to those whom you have opened your heart.” –Charles Dickens

“Nothing takes the taste out of peanut butter quite like unrequited love.” –Charlie Brown.

“How do I love thee? Let me count the ways…” –Elizabeth Barrett Browning

“The hottest love has the coldest end.” –Socrates.

“If you judge people, you have no time to love them.” — Mother Teresa

“True love is a discipline in which each divines the secret self of the other and refuses to believe in the mere daily self.” –William Butler Yeats.

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