Learn as you go

I AM proud of everything that we have and are having right now because of the technology and internet. It seems all can be achieved in an instant and people appear to have more short-term goals than long ones, particularly on moving around.

Maybe it’s the reason why this generation has been mocked for being too impulsive on spending money. The minute their bank message them of their added balance, their hands have already booked a flight abroad.

And as a financial planner in one of those conferences said, “We tend to be ambitious yet impatient and impulsive. Sometimes, we wanted to get things in just a snap. This impulsiveness would just result to temporary happiness and will not prosper to long term stability.”

Who wouldn’t be tempted? If we have the means, then, we get to decide what to do about it, right? But it would be nicer to think on a bigger scale, if we are spending this much to go to these beautiful places, progressive cities with enormous pools on top of the building, huge and concrete gardens that are just too good for your social media accounts- might as well, take something that will enrich ourselves.

Sometimes, we have all these energy to travel but lack the initiative to pick up some learning as we go. We forget that it’s actually possible.

We have, for example, three Filipinos who have taken the journey to Singapore and came back with so much enthusiasm to start good things that they’ve observed from the beautiful country and decided to bring it in the Philippines too.

Travel vlogger and celebrity, Mikael Daez, and Filipino entrepreneurs Nicco Santos and Andre Chanco, at the Singapore Travel Showcase event at the SM Megamall Fashion Hall last September 15 were present to share how travelling to Singapore made such positive impacts into their lives.

Owner of Hey Handsome, Your Local, and Any Any, Nicco talked about how he discovered his love for culinary through Singapore cuisine, which continues to inspire the flavors of his 3 restaurants today. Andre, on the other hand, shared how his humble beginnings as a barista at one of Singapore’s premiere specialty coffee shops, led him to start his own coffee journey that paved the way for Yardstick, a b2b enterprise and café. Mikael shared a vlog of his latest trip to Singapore as he talked about his passion for food and adventure, and his favorite spots in Singapore.

Specially-designed “Passion Zones” and their unique attractions made the event an even more engaging experience for visitors to the Singapore Travel Showcase.

Gourmands enjoyed free taste of some of the Lion City’s signature dishes like Chicken Rice and Kaya Toast at the Foodies Zone, which transported them to Singapore’s famed hawker centers. Those with a passion for fashion and shopping got to learn more about Singapore’s local brands such as Benjamin Barker, Naiise and Irvins at the Collectors Zone. Kids were also treated to fun games and activities at the Explorers Zone, which featured a miniature version of the famed Supertrees from Gardens by the Bay, and the Singapore Botanic Gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Singapore Tourism Board Area Director for the Philippines, Lael Loh, said “We are very excited to be holding our very own Singapore Travel Showcase for the first time here in the Philippines.

The Singapore Tourism Board introduced to the Philippines its latest destination brand, Passion Made Possible at the Singapore Travel Showcase.

Drawing on the qualities that represent Singapore, the new brand Passion Made Possible captures the spirit of the nation, and reflects an authenticity and character that allows it to build stronger connections with global travelers and businesses. It projects the Lion City as a place that enables its visitors to ignite, discover and pursue their passions.

Passion Made Possible was first launched in Singapore in August 2017, then rolled out to more than 16 markets worldwide, including China, India, Indonesia, Australia, United Kingdom, and the United States, through a series of consumer launches, trade events, and industry partnerships.

“Passion Made Possible is not just a tourism brand; it is a reflection of who we are. We believe Singapore is a place where new possibilities can be discovered and fiery passions can be pursued,” noted Edward Koh, Singapore Tourism Board Executive Director for Southeast Asia, in his welcome remarks during the event.
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