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Enjoy summer without the burn!

Summer just arrived and it can be scorching hot not only outside but inside your home.

If you’re like me who easily gets dehydrated during the summer, fear not! There are ways to cope despite the excruciatingly hot weeks to follow.

Drink more water during the summer. Since sunburn draws fluid to the skin’s surface and away from the rest of the body, drinking extra water when you are sunburned helps prevent dehydration.

Stay indoors from 10AM to 4PM. The sun’s rays are strongest during these hours. If you can’t stay indoors during that block of time, at least stick to shady spots.

Hats are in vogue! When you have to be outdoors, wear sun-protective clothing, such as a broad-brimmed hat, long-sleeved shirt and pants. This includes wearing sunscreen to protect your skin from both UVA and UVB rays.

Take frequent showers to help relieve the pain. Make sure to gently pat yourself dry after a cold shower and apply moisturizer to trap the water in your skin.

The heat can be bearable if approached with caution. Aside from the above, make sure to bring a camera with you and safely make the most of the sunnier days we have in this tropical paradise we call the Philippines!

Beating the Heat
In image left to right: No. 1 – Drink lots of water to avoid dehydration, No. 2 – Avoid the Sun from 10AM to 4PM, No. 3 – Wear wide brimmed hats for protection, and No. 4 – Take cold showers to combat the pain of sunburn.

 

References:
“This Summer keep Sunburn at Bay”. 17 April 2017. Yahoo! News. https://in.news.yahoo.com/summer-keep-sunburn-bay-025144759.html
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An Epic Fail for Pub Crawl Event

Last Saturday evening, I was invited to this event called Pub Crawl.

A friend said it was an event where a group of people would rendezvous at a particular point and then hop from one pub to the next. Thinking that we would be pub hopping to new finds around Makati City, I agreed. Who wouldn’t want to know the newest pubs in the place where I live right? Also, knowing what a decent pub was, I figured there was a little bit of English elegance to it. Boy, was I wrong.

In my line of work, I meet a lot of people. Most, if not all, are business owners and/or are high caliber professionals in the industries I am involved in. I do not exaggerate. I attend so many events and are involved with so many groups, projects and companies, networking has become second nature to me.

Part of the success of my networking experience is that in every event, or group I get involved in, there has always been common ground. It’s either we have common friends, or is connected some way to my family, or we come from the same industry, or we’ve worked on a project together in the past — friends introduce me to their friends who they think could add value to each other’s professions and businesses. People adding value to one another.

There was nothing of value from the event I attended last Saturday night. In fact, I was so embarrassed to be around the group I refused to have my picture taken. It was that bad.

The profile of the group was young, their background – unknown. Obviously, it was not the crowd for someone who talks to so many high-caliber professionals on a day to day basis. I was so angry at myself for letting my friend talk me into it, I was seriously fuming on my way home. I have never been so humiliated and embarrassed in my life.

Upon arrival at Z Hostel (why Rommel and his team would cater to events such as this is beyond me), I immediately asked for the agenda: What pubs we were going to, etc. No one could provide me with concrete information. In fact, one of the organizers said it was a secret. A surprise.

My initial thought was: A secret? A surprise? As a paying customer, wouldn’t I want to know where I was being taken to? What if this was an organized attempt to profile and eventually kidnap their customers? (I’m exaggerating but you get the drift). As I looked around the room, I found a lot of sleazily dressed women with thick layers of make-up puffing on their cigarettes and drinking cheap beer. “What you are, you attract” couldn’t have been more true at this stage. From that point on, I knew I wasn’t going to enjoy the rest of the evening.

Second, they made us wear these awful, awful, awful yellow shirts. They didn’t even buy decent name tags to go with those shirts. To cut costs, one of the organizers wrote on my Php 500 brand new shirt with a marker. They should have written “desperate” on each of the participants forehead while they were at it! Just thinking about this particular incident makes me cringe.

The event had the feel of a school field trip except there was no principal or teacher. The event was immensely juvenile. To put it subtly, it was a hook-up joint. A twist to the usual networking-masked-as-speed-dating-events you hear about.

My gut was right from the start. I should have listened to it. But the good news was that, after my walk out, I gave my shirt to our houseboy in my building. It fit him like a glove.

Pope Francis on Power Play cover, features Solaire’s Sky Tower and Theatre

Gracing the cover of Power Play Philippines, Pope Francis provides a ‘fresher perspective’ on faith.

“Pope Francis is taking a different road towards the same destination. His is more people-centric, more leadership-by-example; in modern parlance, the Pope “keeps it real.” – Lester Gopela Hallig

Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio aka Pope Francis graces the cover of Power Play Magazine's issue 1, volume 2.
Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio aka Pope Francis graces the cover of Power Play Magazine’s issue 1, volume 2.

Also inside this issue are two of Solaire’s most-talked about developments in the leisure and luxury lifestyle industry: the Sky Tower and the Theater.

Get a glimpse of what transpired during the last quarter of 2014 and why the Philippines could be the next gaming and tourist mecca.  For an excerpt of the stories, please click on the pictures below.

In line with becoming an integrated resort, Solaire Resorts and Casino invited international act and Broadway sensation Chicago to open their much anticipated Theater. For more of this story, please click on this image to direct you to the full excerpt. For any suggestions or verification of data, please get in touch with the journalist responsible for this story. http://powerplayphilippines.com/powerplay-sexy-satire/
In line with becoming an integrated resort, Solaire Resorts and Casino invited international act and Broadway sensation Chicago to open their much anticipated Theater. For more of this story, please click on this image to direct you to the full excerpt. For any suggestions or verification of data, please get in touch with the journalist responsible for this story. http://powerplayphilippines.com/powerplay-sexy-satire/
“The Sky Tower elevates Solaire yet another step higher into the very top tier of world-class integrated resorts, and is a tremendous game-changer in providing best-in-class guest experience,” Mr. Thomas Arasi, Bloomberry Resorts Corp. (BRC) President and CEO. For more of this story, please click on this image to direct you to the full excerpt. For any suggestions or verification of data, please get in touch with the journalist responsible for this story. http://powerplayphilippines.com/powerplay-reach-for-the-sky/
“The Sky Tower elevates Solaire yet another step higher into the very top tier of world-class integrated resorts, and is a tremendous game-changer in providing best-in-class guest experience,” Mr. Thomas Arasi, Bloomberry Resorts Corp. (BRC) President and CEO. For more of this story, please click on this image to direct you to the full excerpt. For any suggestions or verification of data, please get in touch with the journalist responsible for this story. http://powerplayphilippines.com/powerplay-reach-for-the-sky/

Now available at all leading bookstores nationwide, this issue can also be downloaded at all your favorite mobile devices: Mac iOS, Android, Amazon, Windows8 and Samsung.

Solaire Eyes International Gambler through Integrated Resort

After the huge and much talked about opening a year ago and being the first new property in Entertainment City, Solaire Resorts and Casino has experienced a year of overwhelming popularity, adding to this growing popularity is its recent October 16-28 2014 World Poker Tournament®.

In a mutually beneficial five-year relationship with World Poker Tournament®, Solaire Resorts and Casino will be playing hostess for a country long regarded as one of Asia’s poker hotbeds, the Philippines. With a destination designed to match international luxury resorts across the globe with world-class gaming facilities, Solaire Resorts and Casino’s recent World Poker Tournament® was a smashing success with over 58 Million Pesos awarded during its two week Poker festival.

Solaire’s Senior Vice President for Casino Marketing, Cyrus Sherafat recounts what went on during the festival, who Solaire is eyeing to play on the felt and what Solaire will be in the following months to come.

Solaire Hosts 1st World Poker Tour in the Philippines,  Eyeing to Attract International Gamblers through Integrated Resort
Solaire Hosts 1st World Poker Tour in the Philippines, eyeing to Attract International Gamblers through Integrated Resort

For more of my interview, please grab a copy of Power Play Magazine’s December 2014 issue with Rustan’s Chief, Amb. Bienvenido R. Tantoco, Sr. on the cover.

Out now on all leading bookstores nationwide.

Featuring the legendary and iconic Rustan's,
Featuring the legendary and iconic Rustan’s Chief, Ambassador Bienvenido R. Tantoco, Sr

For more information about the magazine, please check out their online properties below.
Power Play Magazine Official Website: http://www.powerplayphilippines.com.
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