Sunday, September 13, 2015

Just Between Us Freelancers

If you're on the inside looking out, you'd think these independent creative workers roaming the outskirts of your precious industry must all be wild, desperate humanoids who stab backs and feed on each others' young.

You'd be surprised because we're not like that. Well, most of the time.
Freelancers actually have good relationships with their like-minded peers. People who are supposed to be our arch nemesis are also our valuable allies. I guess our flexibility has mellowed us down into a fun, friendly community.

A great way to illustrate is through a pitch...

1. We Compete and Cuddle.
In contrast to the corporate culture, we don't jump into a business pitch thinking that a pay increase, a promotion, or an award on a mantel is on the line. We think of a pitch as a chance to catch up with old industry friends who have also gone Indie. Wiping them off the face of the business is only an extra perk.

2. We Connect and Contribute.
Freelancers are big on networking and sharing --from new gadget options to project leads. We're not so competitive that we go greedy. When our plate is full and another project comes in, the first thing we do is refer a colleague who's usually our professional rival whom we know can do epic work on the job.

3. We Co-work and Collab.
Freelancers don't always work alone. When projects are big, we get together and form a dream team. Now this kind of dynamic does not always happen in the corporate world. An ad agency working with another ad agency is just unheard of. Well, not in the crazy world that is Freelancing.

4. We Coffee and Cope.
Only Freelancers get what Freelancers are going through. And so, at the end of a gruelling day, we get together for coffee and rant about life. We cry and then we laugh. And then we live to compete with each other another day. It's routine. And we love it.

5. We Conform to the Code.
We do not dip into the client pool of a co-Indie's unless invited to. No snakes in the grass here. It's an unspoken rule and an unwritten code that every member of the free work force knows about and abides by. Whoever won the biz owns that shizz.

6. We Collect and Celebrate
Come payday (which isn't your regular, run-of-the-mill payday), we party up our spoils with people who know how hard it was to get that production cost approved. Usually, with partners who will easily be our competitors at the next pitch. Usually, over squid balls, barbecue, Kropek, and beer.

Freelancing is hard. We do bare our claws when needed. But we also keep in mind that we are still a small, tight little bunch that would rather co-exist than battle it out with fists. I guess freedom does give you a different perspective on things. Not everything has to be a war.
If you yourself have been on the inside looking out, and are now on the outside looking in, you'll know what I mean.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Perfect Home with Property24: A Dream Sequence

I'm probably the youngest home dreamer that ever walked this planet. While kids my age dreamed about rainbow unicorns and Prince Charming, I was sitting on our porch thinking "Someday, I'm gonna live in the most rockin' house ever!"

Back then, my choices relied largely on Location, location, location. But as I grew older, and my needs grew by the ton, my options for dream housing have also gone broader. Whittling that down to a fine selection, I have Property24 to thank.

Property24 is a home-hunting site that's incredibly beefed up with the best listings there is! For example…

I'm a workaholic freelance writer. Which means I'll need to be at the heart of the action at all times to get more work done. What fits the bill? The Proscenium. A swanky condo situated right smack in Rockwell. Since most of my business transactions happen in the Central Business District, I can easily jump from one meeting to another and even have time for coffee in between.

I'm also big on socialising because it opens the gates for networking. Yup, that's how much of a workaholic I am. So if I were to dream, I'd do the Bruce Wayne thing and own a luxurious property in Tagaytay Highlands. With its many rooms embraced with a backdrop of woods and nature, Aspenhills is perfect!

Of course, most days I'd like my me time as well. And that's where this exclusive beachfront paradise in Aklan comes in. Palm Ville sits alone in this private, sandy stretch where I can whip out my J.K. Rowling persona and write bestselling novels. Uh-huh. Who doesn't dream to be that mysterious writer who culls inspiration from the balcony of her very own beach house?

I can't be a workaholic forever though. There would be times when all I want to do is escape. And, really, the best escape for me is to drop everything work-related and be with family. If we lived in a beach resort, even better! Tambuli Resort in Maribago, Cebu has spacious 2-bedroom condos that give the comforts of home plus the amenities of a seaside haven.

Okay, okay… if that dream sequence is too much of a tall order, there's always this quaint, Zen Asian-inspired beauty in McKinley Hill, Taguig. Sure, it doesn't have the resort amenities, the exclusive beach, the hustle and bustle of city life, and the opulence of a mansion in the middle of the woods. But it has peace, a breezy aura, and it's in the neighbourhood of fun, health-loving people. A dreamy place I'd like my kids to grow up in.

I can add so much more to this wish list. But now, it's your turn. See all your dream houses come to life at Property24 today. I have. And it's like being a kid again getting all the goodies she wants at Christmas morn.
Hey, a girl can dream! is the fastest growing property portal in the Philippines.  They provide an effective online platform for leading Real Estate Developers, Agencies and Brokers that allows them to showcase their property listings to a wider audience of qualified prospective Buyers.
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Thursday, September 3, 2015

I want Exotic. And make it OpenSnap Snappy!

"Uh, what do you want for OT dinner?"

"Uh, I dunno. You?"

"Uh, I dunno either. You?"


Sounds familiar? When you burn the midnight oil as regularly as I do, chances are, your brain would be too fried to make a sane decision on sustenance. At one point, every kind of food seems the same. At one point, you find yourself asking, "Isn't there anything more exhilarating, more exotic, to re-animate my mind, my body, my soul, my taste buds?"

OpenSnap says there is!

OpenSnap is the Ultimate Photo Dining Guide that virtually takes you to every restaurant in the metro according to your distinct whim. With just a few taps on this app, I found the exotic food treasure trove that is Nicholas Restaurant. In Pasay. Who knew?! This was the best, quickest food place discovery I've ever made and I didn't even have to go out of town!

Completely unassuming, Nicholas Restaurant has the snap-worthy, spice-up-your-dindin Tinapang Usa.

The photogenic, yummygenic Tinapang Baboy Ramo.

The picture perfect and perfectly enticing Adobong Buwaya

And to cap the night, there's the camera-ready Kapeng Civet --ready to fuel me for the rest of my insane working hours.

Nothing re-energises quite like stimulating food and amazing discoveries in a snap. The next time I get another totally different craving, you'll definitely find me OpenSnapping! You should, too!

For more restaurants and food finds, download OpenSnap app from App Store or Google Play.