Old Fashioned Miniature Houses and Wood crafts

My arts is non-traditional.  This time, I am desiring for a craft that is also a potential business:

  • Birds House
  • Miniature Toy House
  • Cabinet House
  • Other related

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They maybe old fashioned but this kind of craft are close to the heart of people, especially the children and promote values.  As such, there is a market for these and if given the fund grant, it will take a long way in terms of income and return on investment.

Yes, machine made Christmas decors from China are cheaper but handcrafted are still prefer by many as they are natural and heartwarming.  If given the chance, I intend to establish a store for such soon.  If I will be supported by a grantee or investor, online shop is also possible.

I do not claim ownership to the actual designs and photos.  Images are excerpted.

 

 

People will still buy Philippine Cavendish Bananas no matter what

Packing14Can’t believe the crazy pricing and fluctuation in Cavendish Banana import-export industry.  Buyer still buy even price is crazy high.

We now seek new long term buyers.  Interested buyers can email me directly at sembawangtrading.co@gmail.com for further details.  See below for actual operation video clips

 

 

 

 

Cheap Creative Services

Help me help youI am more of an entrepreneur now than an artist.  Come to think of it, I was able to 1nestablished an export-trading business through just capitalizing on my skills and experience in the arts, corporate admin and basic international exposure.  I am willing to offer my services to those who need it:

  • Feasibility Study (my work has been requested in Asia, African countries and selected European countries for years now)
  • Business Plan
  • Product Sourcing
  • Business Registration (Preferably in the Philippines)
  • Creative Sales or Services (e.g. basic website development, brochures, pamphlet, logo, company profile, Trademark, Letterhead, other related)
  • Sales Support or List of Buyers for a particular products
  • Brand/Trademark design and/or Registration
  • Boosting of Sales through online Sales through online Trade Sites (e.g. Alibaba, tradekey, etc.)
  • Finding buyers from China and other countries
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Critical Areas in Business Losses Prevention
  • I do the sales myself most of the time.
  • Export Sales List and Mapping to counter cheating and non-compliance to agreement
  • Presentation or Video clip.
  • Investment opportunities
  • Others (you may mention your requirement; I will reply if workable on my part)

“Help me help you!”

You may inquire at sembawangtrading.co@gmail.com

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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You can email us directly for your quote and questions

email:  sembawangtrading.co@gmail.com

 

 

We Seek New Long Term Buyers

We are capable to deliver Fresh Quality Cavendish Banana.

email us directly at sembawangtrading.co@gmail.com

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.

 

Children’s Church Empowerment

I was able to support a number of less fortunate Christian Churches through Free Practical Vacation Manuals and it was well requested from North to South (Philippines), from rural and urban areas and to far location I could not believe I can reach out.  Below are just some photos as I  cannot upload it all:

I myself could not believe that my offered materials were requested even to as far as Zimbabwe, Oman, Taiwan, Israel, USA (missionaries to Vietnam and Philippines), and other countries.

It’s just not teacher’s manuals are not enough.  I desire to empower the workers and volunteers with ready tool box equip with school supplies and stocks of needed basic materials priority Philippines, as follows: boxes of pencils, crayons, chalk, portable block board, art/craft papers, scissors, boards, pens, coloring books, notebooks, attendance record notebook, first aid kit, Children’s Bibles, etc.

We seek donors or grantors… we can give the mailing address of the church or you can allow us to purchase the items and we will just deliver the kits to them via local courier.  You may donate either through Paypal or Xoom.com or Western Union or though TT Bank to Bank.

I am personally in support of Christian projects though Children and Youth Ministry since 1986 and continue to support till to this day.  We will email donors with scanned photos of the donated items with receipts.

Below is one of the free latest materials I offered for free:

Below was the 2011 offer:

Below is the up coming offer (for Youth):

Investors and New Importers eyeing Philippine Bananas

I have been entertaining investors since last year and the most recent are from UK and Asia Pacific.  They are not interested to see the corporate scenes in Makati.  They rather see Davao.  They asked me to accompany them in Davao Philippines. Inspite of flight delays, humid climate and inconvenient location, they enjured all the hassles just to see the banana plantations in Davao, packing facility and export potential.  Upon seing it, they abruptly said, “WOW!”   I was asked, “how come we  found out about you and the banana plantation only now? ” They were amazed how big the plantation was, as big as a country.
And last week they returned in spite of the negative issues raised by a giant country to Philippine banana industry.   It’s a mistake that many fruit growers only now realized that dealing to this nation is a big risk.  Although many banana growers are losing hope because of the effects of the negative news brought about by rejection of a giant nation incidentally claiming part of Philippines as its territory.  Believe it or not, the investors see differently with enthusiasm and big hopes for Philippine banana industry.  They  said I need to open my eyes and widen my horizon.
With the negative news being thrown to Philippine banana industry, I am receiving more buy inquiries now than before. They are mostly from Europe, Middle East, Asia Pacific and a few from South Indies, and some of them are investment proposals.  They don’t see pest rather they see big opportunities and big return on investment.  Philippine banana industry is still standing and I see a future in it.
It’s not a secret that Japan is the biggest importer of Philippine bananas and it is a fact that Japan is one of the strictiest importer.  Japan should be the first to reject Philippine bananas if the pest issue is rampant and United Nation or World Health Organization should be the first to announce it, as what they did when they discover “sars” and “bird flu” in China and HK.
American and Japanese brand firms controlled and operate most of the plantation of bananas in the Philippines (e.g. Del Monte, Dole, Chiquita, Sumifru, etc.).  These firms are in control of the industry since the early 1900.  We know for a fact how strict US and Japan are and if you can visit, you won’t even be allowed to enter the plantation without being quarantined. These plantations is one of the well managed plantation in the world that is why Philippine bananas is more expensive than what you can get in South America, India and Africa.  European clients told me the difference is found in taste and quality… Philippine bananas are proven deliciously sweeter and the quality is better.
Allow me to share my answer to one of my buyer’s question, …”how can you prove the other clients that the bananas have not been infected?”
1.  No plantation in the world have zero pest that’s why the government in cooperation with big brand firms and growers are in partnership as prevention is better than cure.  
But since banana plantation in the Philippines are majority controlled by American and Japanese firms, they put investments to make sure that pest are controlled.  And if there is, I can assure you that it is just an isolated case and the government has identified where it is.  We are all warned of the location so we don’t get our supplies on those pinpointed region.
2. Identified safe zone and reputable farms passes through regular inspection and will not be granted cerfitication if they do not pass criteria:

a. All banana trees have label or tag for inventory.  Growers and Inspectors know easily if there is pest or disease because it passes regular inspection and the records are put on a database including test results, soil condition, history, number of times treated, number of times it was fertilized, records of defects if any, totality of banana tree from roots to stem to leaves, who is the owner, who is the people involve, etc.
b. All fruits have label or tag and area all recorded in a database to quickly identify if one has disease or pest or not.
c. International Quarantine standards are practice and no outsider can come in without passing through the procedure.
d. If the plantation did not pass quarantine or was identified under unsafe zone, it won’t be given Accreditation from Philippine Banana Growers and Exporters.
e.  No exporters are awarded with Export License without its farm supplier passes the inspection of Quarantine Division of Philippine Department of Agriculture.
3. Banana fruits has cover for protection against insects and pests.
4. We assigned quality inspector/look out in the field to make sure that the bananas are freshly harvested at right age and passed international quality standards.
5. We are in partnership with a number of selected credible farms and packing house.  Our packing procedure are under big brands quality standard… 
…and our workers immediately reject banana fingers or bunch with found reject qualities.
 
6. Bananas are again inspected at loading site even they are already in boxes (Sampling process and counter checking of banana quality)

…sensor test (special container)
container provider’s specialist supports testing on bananas
8. Phytosanitary certificate is a must.  We will not be issued with Phytosanitary certificate if inspector found rejects at farms on boxes inside the contianer.
9.  We formulate our own packing and loading report for buyer’s assurance that we are checking every step of the way. 
10.  Buyer/Consignee are protected by a contract.
Below are the kind of defects we not allow to be packed:

PIT MARKS

BROKEN NECK

MALFORMED

KNIFE CUTS

NIPPLE END

POOR FRUIT

PUSED FINGER

DIRTY FINGERS

FINGER ROT

FALSE RIPE

FRUIT ROT

OTHER FUNGUS

SCALE INSECTS

MEALY BUGS

BLACK BUGS

CHEMICAL RESIDUE

DIAMOND HEAD FRUIT SPOT

MATURITY STAIN

CHEMICAL BURN

SCABS (BROWN)

SUNBURN

SPLIT PEEL

Note:  There is so much cheating in this business and the ones who do not make sure who they deal with before the spot buy are the common victims of cheating in many form.   

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