Yes, I'm on my way to Manila soon (with a short Singapore stop-over). And, with the help of my sister (and I'm sure she's getting help from other folks too), we've arranged to have two blogging meet-ups while I'm there on a working holiday.
The first one will be held on the 29th of November (Thursday PM), which is going to be a b5media meet-up. A chance to catch-up and meet some of our wonderful bloggers and Channel Editors who are based in the Philippines.
The second meet-up will be on the 30th of November (Friday PM), which is going to be a general meet-up of Bloggers in Manila. Yes, if you're a blogger based in Manila (or willing to come and meet us), YOU'RE INVITED to the party.
The details of the meet-ups are still being sorted (the time, venue, etc.). I will let you know as soon as I find out more.
The meet-ups will be mostly informal get-togethers. But, 'm also happy to look at "talking business/shop", if anyone's interested. I'm still looking in to the budget, so I don't know yet IF I can offer any party perks. However, I do KNOW that there will be some b5media schwag giveaway. And, I might be able to part with a handful of prints (and if I get the chance, maybe a couple of blank art journals) on the day too.
Anyway, I'm really looking forward to these meet-ups. I'm especially excited to meet folks that I've known online for a while now, but never have had the chance to meet in person. And maybe, even get the chance to meet new friends too!
So, if you want to come and say HI, please let me know. Leave a comment here or email me at shaicoggins AT gmail DOT com. If there's enough interest, I might be able to convince some sponsors to give away a few more things, just for fun. That's why if you're based in Manila or you have Filipino blog readers/friends in Manila, feel free to tell them about the 30th November meet-up too. Just make sure to keep me posted if you know anyone who might like to join, just so I can estimate how many people we're expecting.
If it's going to be a more intimate get-together, that's cool too. :coolhmm:
In any case, I'm just happy that I'll be able to visit Manila again. Looking forward to all the meet-ups, the food, the goss, and the shopping, among other things.
UPDATE: Just created an Event Page for the Bloggers' Meet-up in Manila via Facebook. A great place to let us know you're joining. Will also be posting videos, photos and updates there.
Photo by Arlene (canlasa)
Shai has been managing and blogging here at ShaiCoggins.com for 17 years. Here, she writes about creativity, productivity, and how to recharge for a better, happier lifestyle. She is the author of Today: Life Journal, Colour Bliss: Kaleidoscopes, and a little known children's book. A serial entrepreneur, Shai also currently runs Vervely.com, a boutique digital media agency offering online content, community, and conversion marketing services. Her blogging experience and digital work have been featured in various media, including being listed in Fast Company's "Most Influential Women in Technology" list. Originally from Manila, Shai lived in Singapore and the USA before moving to Australia with her British husband. They have two children, a pet bunny, and a rambunctious rescue Labrador.