Wednesday, February 13, 2013

SM and Singapore Airlines launch a campaign. And what difference will you make in your life today?

Photo from the Hyatt Regency website

Today I traipsed across town to have lunch at LiLi, the Chinese restaurant of the Hyatt Regency Manila, with Hyatt GM Richard Simmons and his very charming wife Eva.

In this very big and wonderful, but also very small world, Richard and I have a couple of mutual friends in different countries.

Meanwhile, Eva comes from as international and cosmopolitan a background as you can ever imagine, so I really enjoy talking to her.

Photo from the Hyatt Regency website

LiLi is considered among the best Chinese restaurants in town, by the way.

And today we had a very nice assortment of dim sum and restaurant specialties.



I ordered the scallops and spinach soup, which is one of my favorites at LiLi, and a plate of shrimp dim sum.

And then it ended with a huge portion of the chilled mango pudding.

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AN ORIGINAL MANGO DESSERT

Almost every good Chinese restaurant in Manila has their version of mango sago because it's so popular.

But at LiLi, they serve mango as a pudding that's prepared right in front of you, on a wagon tray.

The waiter pours cold cream onto it and tops it with a sweet sesame barquillos.

It's absolutely delicious.

FUN CONVERSATION
WITH A GREAT COUPLE

We had a very lively conversation about travel and the art of living -- and because they're such a nice couple, I found myself telling them way more about myself than I usually do at a social lunch.

It was truly an enjoyable lunch in a busy week that started by the Indian Ocean at the Galle Face Hotel in Colombo, and that ends somewhere cold and snowy. Yes, hot and cold in the same week, and Manila and the Travel Expo coming up at SMX in between.

That's a never-ending Travelife for you.

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A PARTNERSHIP 
BETWEEN SM & SINGAPORE AIRLINES

Then it was back to the office to work already on the April-May issue, and to attend a big event at SM Makati that was organized by Singapore Airlines to launch its promotions with SM.



Lots of important people were there, a testament to the drawing power of SM and Singapore Airlines.

The Singapore Airlines VP for Asia Pacific was also present, and he gave a moving speech.



Of course, SM's Big Boss Tessie Coson was there, and her executive team was in full attendance. I also spotted several ambassadors in the crowd.

TEAM BUILDING AT TRAVELIFE MAGAZINE

Unfortunately, I couldn't stay at SM very long because we'd organized a life coaching seminar for the entire team at Travelife Magazine; so we had a Japanese dinner and a life coach from the United States waiting at the office.



THE DIFFERENCE IN YOUR LIFE

When I returned to the office, there was a large easel set up in one of our common areas, and it had a very provocative statement written on it:

"What difference will you make in your life today?"


This simple question began a series of stimulating and enlightening conversations on love, productivity, setting personal goals, and making money.

A former policeman and SWAT team member from Hawaii, Tony Martinez Jr. was a dynamic speaker who really motivated our Travelife team to maximize their talents and resources for greater productivity.

Takeaways from our inhouse seminar tonight:

"Time is the most precious commodity and wisdom is how we use it."

"Everything starts and ends with us. We have to be responsible for ourselves."

"Don't let anyone stop you from your greatness."




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