- The line at the airport was too long. Patience was never my virtue.
- I tried going into the city to find a sim but there was a strike at the telco provider I was eyeing at. True story, no joke, here’s proof:
- I couldn’t find a telco I liked that had an unlimited data plan.
Go unli or go home!
- I budgeted for data roaming anyway when I planned my trip.
I might as well push through with it!I have no regrets and here’s why:
1. Maps: makes you healthy, keeps you safe
In Barcelona, pedestrians are the kings of the road. I took that crown of glory everywhere along with my trusty map on my smartphone. If my map calculated 30 minutes on foot, I’d save my train money and go off on that walk. The exercise did me well, especially between all those beers and tapas. Maps also make you light years braver. Getting lost was a non-issue. I had a panic button in the form of a Google Maps icon. Nothing could stop me! (Nothing except lowbatt problems)
2. No tour guide, no problem! Google it!
I was too cheap to get a tour guide hence the constant Googling of nearly everything. Of course you can ask real people around you for information—but at 2am on a Thursday night? I think I’ll go with asking the Internet first.
3. A cure to loneliness in this digital age
4. Sometimes, idiocy happens.
I needed the Internet to save me from my own stupidity when (1) I locked myself out of my apartment and (2) when I lost the contact details of another accommodation where I left all my laundry. Again, thank you Internet for saving me from myself.
5. This is worth pointing out—my mother did not regret my data roaming.
“Buy me this and that but make sure you take a photo and show it to me first”
“I emailed the store and they said it’s available. Call me on Viber before you buy it, I might change my mind”
“Did you really go to mass?”
*sends photo of mass schedule*
6. I’m not flooding your feed, I’m saving my memories
I couldn’t help it, when social media called, I answered— in real time! The Internet world had no choice but to lay witness to my avalanche of photos.
I’m sorry, it just had to happen. Please don’t hate me, but please check out these cool Instagrams!
A special mention goes out to the magical Primavera event app! It had schedules, show time notifications, artist information, Spotify integration, and so much more. Words do not give this app justice and neither would a lack of Internet. Imagine if I went to the festival without a connection! The horror!
7. And since we’re talking about music, I have two words for you: MUSICSTREAMING
Music streaming was my go-to catnip for long train rides and epic hikes. It also eased the loneliness of my solo room (#feels). Thank god Globe data roaming supported streaming on Spotify. Thank god again it was unlimited. *fist pump*
8. Remember how I made friends? An Internet connection helped me keep them.
Questions like “where are you” and “what band are you watching” were thrown around in WhatsApp and Facebook throughout the three days of the entire festival. I thought I’d be watching the shows alone but no, I found company! Real people! Oh Internet you truly are the key to a modern day, twenty-first century friendship.
By: Marenz Salomon
Setting up meetings can be a monumental task. Syncing the schedules of the attendees, finding an agreeable venue with parking and security, ensuring the place has fast and reliable Net connectivity, among others. Most important of all, it should serve good food.
Our team combed the city for some of the best and some still under-the-radar restaurants that not only are joys to the palate but are also congenial to meetings.
Early morning meetings anyone? Sometimes client only has that early morning free and it’s best to grab that opportunity. Try setting it up at Single Origin in High Street, BGC because they’re open already at 7 am. No need to worry for early morning parking challenges because you can surely score that slot near Santi’s or at The Fort Strip which is only a few steps away from the restaurant.
Why we love this place? Fast wi-fi for quick email checks and good coffee that can satisfy your client’s caffeine fix. You can sit next to the bar tables to have a little privacy and focus on the things that you have to get done for the week.
A gem in the middle of the busy streets of Makati. This place deserves a spot for having a very reliable wi-fi connection and accessibility for clients along Ayala-Valero area (aka the ones in LKG Tower, Philam Tower, and Smart Tower). Parking can be a little bit tricky but you can always find a spot along the side streets.
Crepe Amelie is perfect for lunch meetings because they have a quiet area near the cashier so you can concentrate on the agenda even if the rest of the restaurant is busy during the lunch hour.
Worth the mention: their Wi-fi won’t let you down during lunch peaks so you can still receive urgent IMs and emails without worries.
A restaurant with a heart. This “social enterprise café” is perfect for that merienda catch up with your client or a good thank-you merienda session with media friends at TV 5 and Bloomberg. Located along Sheridan, this quaint café serves delicious home cooked meals and specialty coffee that fills your stomach while supporting the community in La Trinidad Benguet.
They also have a function room that can accommodate up to 25 guests that is good for small group media briefings or a more private meeting.
Quick note: Their wi-fi connection is no doubt one of the fastest among the list but you can only access it for FREE for 1 hour. You have to pay Php 30.00 per hour if you need to extend. (HONESTLY, this is totally ok since the productive meetings should not last more than an hour, right?)
For parking, they have their own lot just across the building.
An accessible but not-so-usual meeting place is Karen’s Kitchen in Mandaluyong. Located just at the next block of Ynares Stadium/Estancia properties, this themed restaurant is the home of delicious pastries and home cooked meals in Mandaluyong.
Since the popularity of old houses turned restaurants came about, Karen’s Kitchen stepped up the food game by introducing healthy meal alternatives such as Quinoa bowls! The inner “tita” in you and your clients will surely come out when you visit Karen’s Kitchen.
What’s more special: They have a good themed function room that can accommodate up to 40 guests that is perfect for media briefings for lifestyle brands.
We all have that one client that really squeezes us in their schedule but is later in the evening. If you’re in the north, make sure to book Vanderlust Patisserie + Bistro for your evening meeting.
Located along Tomas Morato, Vanderlust’s second floor is perfect for discussing client updates while munching yummy European eats (and if you’re a little playful, a good sip of wine).
This restaurant is very generous when it comes to sockets! When you’ve finally exhausted your powerbank’s energy, you’ll surely get a free plug when you have your meeting here.
What to order: If you’re just too frustrated for the day and need to release, order their schneeball dessert. Schneeball is a German dessert shaped like a snow ball that you have to place inside a bag and hit with a mallet before you can eat it. This is because if you eat it as is, it’s just too hard. Get rid of all the tension that happened that day with a good smacking and a lot of munching.
Vanderlust’s second floor is relaxing and instagrammable. What a perfect way to wrap up your busy yet productive day with a good IG post!
There are many variables to consider when choosing a good venue for a meeting but one way to get it right is to assure your client that you’ll be able to adjust to their schedules- time and venue wise.
Make sure to stay tuned as we list more venue options per city.
Remember, you might not have been be able to get that yes today but you were able to give your client a memorable and filling meeting instead. Good luck with your pitch!
Do check out these two restaurants that are also worth considering!