Here’s to Work and Play
Jul08

Here’s to Work and Play

  It’s mid-year travel time in the emirates, as we downshift to a slower pace with the incoming summer hiatus.  For those who are not in a holiday mood, especially entrepreneurs like me, the quieter season is a welcome respite giving us time to review and plan for the busy months ahead.   So, just like our month of contrast where one foot’s into rest and recreation, and the other one’s on staying put and continuing the...

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Power to the Pinoy: Lessons Filipinos need to master to get ahead
Aug29

Power to the Pinoy: Lessons Filipinos need to master to get ahead

By Lalaine Chu-Benitez     Ninety eight percent literacy rate, English proficiency that’s praised the world over, commendable work ethics and a sunny disposition that can’t be beat – do we Pinoys need anything more to succeed in work and life?   As a matter of fact, yes.  Most of the time, we are so hooked on getting diplomas and criticizing our other kababayans’ English grammar, that we miss the value of other softer...

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A Funky Asian Party in Bur Dubai? Illustrado Got It SceneZoned at Miss Wáng
Jul18

A Funky Asian Party in Bur Dubai? Illustrado Got It SceneZoned at Miss Wáng

A Funky Asian Party in Bur Dubai? Illustrado Got It SceneZoned at Miss Wáng.   We found a totally unexpected new funky hangout spot just in the middle of Bur Dubai and it was amazing!   When you think about the Mankhool area, the first thing that probably goes to your head is “Old Dubai” where residents sit down until the wee hours to sip a milk heavy cup of karak chai and smoke shisha. But the place has a lot more to offer!...

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FEME Branding Forum for Filipino Entrepreneurs
May14

FEME Branding Forum for Filipino Entrepreneurs

FEME Branding Forum for Filipino Entrepreneurs Photos by Chris Calumberan Three branding experts were the guests at the second FEME Forum held last April 29 where more than 50 Filipino entrepreneurs, professionals and community leaders benefited from their presentations and insights. The forum was held at Fiesta Pinoy in Deira. Giordano Middle East (FZE) CEO and Managing Director Ishwar Chugani explained: “Brands determine in more...

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Love thy Kabayan?
Apr04

Love thy Kabayan?

By Lalaine Chu-Benitez In the harsh glare of rampant barrio politics, crab mentality and unnervingly presumptuous behavior within the Filipino expat community, do we still have enough reason to love our kabayan? There is nothing like being abroad to strengthen one’s “Filipino-ness.”  It is out here, where we exist in contrast with other cultures, that we really get to see, appreciate and sometimes even hate, the nuances that make us...

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