Today, I'm getting ready to fly off to Bacolod for the next leg of my work trip here in the Philippines. Then, I'd be off to Cebu before heading back home to Adelaide.
But, before I start my speaking engagements at the Microsoft NGO connection days, I've been hanging out with my mom and sis over the weekend for something I'd like to refer to as my "mini weekend holiday break" here in Manila.
And yes, it has been fun!
Even though it can be a challenge to go on overseas business trips, especially with a young family back in Adelaide, and a huge task list both back in the office and at home... I knew that I intended to make the most out of my mini break by:
1. Wearing a "no worries" attitude. It's hot, humid, plenty of traffic, chaotic in some places... But hey, I'm on a weekend break and I'm not going to stress about what's not going the way I would like them to.
2. Remembering that while plans are cool, being flexible is even better. There are places I want to see and things I want to do, but if I can't get there and do them, well... just remember Rule No. 1. 😉
3. Allowing myself to indulge - within reason. With food tripping, shopping, pampering, and more on offer... Who am I to resist too much when it comes to trying to contribute to the country's economy? 🙂
But, of course, even though the temptation is way too high, especially with AU$ and PHP exchange rates, I still have to remember to reign it in a bit.
Well, that's after I've had a good fill too, yes?!
4. Trying something new! Whether it's a visiting new place, checking out a different restaurant, giving a new dish a go, or experiencing something you've never done before... It's all part of the fun!
Some new things I've tried so far: checking out C2 restaurant at a place called Rockwell (yum!), getting hair coloured and highlighted (!), and hanging out more at Greenhills and not Alabang. Next stop: Visiting Bacolod for the first time.
5. Doing the stuff I love. Of course, other than the new stuff, we gotta do the stuff we always look forward to, right? Food tripping with fave foods and restaurants (yes, including going to Jollibee!), visiting our local salon, hanging out at Starbucks (good for free wifi), and more. I would include catching up with good friends and family here, but unfortunately, the nature of my quick mini break doesn't give me a lot of time to organise meetups and such.
6. Opening up to opportunities. Though I was shopping for swim suits at one stage, I found out that the business owner of the shop is also involved in a local NGO. When I gave her my business card, we managed to chat a bit about the work my organisations does with nonprofits and charities. And, we talked about blogging too. So, that was pretty cool. I think I even managed to get extra discounts on my new bathers in the process. Heh.
7. Keeping safe. 'Nuff said.
8. Recording the memories for posterity. Write, take pictures, blog, Tweet, share on FB... Spreading the fun makes it all even better.
9. Not worrying about too many other rules.
Well, what else can I say? 🙂
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.