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Outventure Office and Shop – How We Put Everything Together

Entrepreneurship, Palawan, Travel By March 27, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , 4 Comments

Outventure was DTI-registered in July 2013. Though I have been doing bookings as early as March 2013 for friends, it was under a different company. Outventure had its soft opening on November 10 but was only open for a week. Lia and I had to go to Manila for some important errands, and we went back to El Nido on the first week of December. Outventure officially opened the office and shop in December 11. These photos were taken then.

Because we get our items from different parts of the country: Baguio, Sagada, Bacolod, La Union, Manila, Albay, to name a few; and we have to deal with shipping from these places to Manila then loading them on a cargo boat to El Nido, we change our items often. When items are sold out, it takes a while to replenish, if we do at all. Shipping is a tedious, time-consuming, and expensive process that involves at least 7 people every time.

When we opened, I had some left over stocks from Kikayism like knitted bikinis and clothes by Chizza. Most of the clothes have been sold out in January and most probably, there would be no new stocks until next season. I also had the tapis dresses from Agos Pilipinas and they were sold out some time during Chinese New Year. My goal really is just to keep the shop always filled with items on display even if that is not really our main line of business.

Outventure is an office. It is where we process our pre-booked guests and voucher holders. In the Outventure office, we provide tourist maps and information kits. It is a one-stop shop where one can book anything: rooms, flights, land transfers, tours in Puerto Princesa and El Nido, as well as other activities like camping, fishing, and diving. We also offer services like laundry, massage, and rentals of motorbikes and kayaks. Just come in and let us know what you need and want to do, and we can arrange anything for you. The Outventure website is unfinished though and work on it is ongoing with a web developer friend of mine based in Cebu.

Outventure also processes credit card payments. The goal of Outventure is to be of assistance to travelers, even with just information. Yes, we provide free information as well, if the tourism office is closed. 😉

What one will see, hear, and feel in the Outventure office and shop, is a mix of our interests and passion. If anything, it is a space filled with vibrant colors and positive energy. Outventure, with its white walls, and solid bold bright colors, is truly one of its kind in El Nido. It stands out (or at least hopes to) in everything it does – from online bookings, payments, Filipino-made items, and above all, service. I am very proud of what Outventure is. Some people come in and say it is such a hippie/hipster place. Maybe it is, maybe we are; but nonetheless, we are proud of it.

We are on the left side of Serena St., if coming from the main road that is Rizal, after La Bodega and Sealand Venture on the left side and The Alternative Inn and Restaurant and Seadog Diving, both on the right.

We are on the right side of the street if coming from the port/pier after Artcafe and Shipwreck Pension on the right side, and La Salangane and Pura Vida, both on the left.

Outventure, El Nido, Palawan

I fell in love with What If Handmade‘s products the moment I saw them. I sent them a message on Facebook and placed my orders. I arranged to pick up the items at the Global Pinoy Bazaar 2014 in Rockwell Tent, Makati. We carry their items because we love and believe in what they do. People come into the shop and they go crazy over the travel blankets, towels, and wind chis. The book ends/door stoppers are heavy, so even if a lot of people love them and would like to buy them, they are limited by their luggage allowance with the airlines as well as luggage inspections. Me, I love having them around! The owl and the kitty cat are absolutely charming.

Outventure, El Nido, Palawan

Since everything is handmade, I usually have to wait at least a month for them to complete my orders, depending on season as well, and then we deal with shipping, which takes some time from 1 to 2 weeks.

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Outventure Office and Shop – The Partners

Advocacy, Entrepreneurship, Friends and their Interests, Life in El Nido, Music and Arts, Outventure, Palawan By February 25, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , 4 Comments

When I started looking for a space to lease in January 2013, I was really looking for a place to put the milk tea shop and the booking/ticketing office slash travel agency. (Outventure was not really supposed to be a travel agency, it is supposed to be a payment services outfit, but I found out that in El Nido, there is no distinction among booking office, ticketing office, travel agency, and/or tour operator – they are all the same). I was looking for a space to put the Outventure office because I needed a business permit and physical address. I started looking in January 2013 for a place in a not-so-busy area of El Nido where rent was reasonable. It took me nearly a year and 4 potential spaces before I found one some time in September 2013. Serena Street is probably the third busiest street in El Nido but it was what I found. I had a personal deadline and  it seemed I was running out of time and choices.

So I found a space and it was bigger than what I intended. I needed to fill it up. And that’s when I decided to fill it up with items from my micro-entrepreneur friends. Friends that I have found when I still had Kikayism – an online reseller; and participated in and supported the Global Pinoy/Yabang Pinoy advocacy. I still believe in and support that advocacy. In the Outventure shop, all the items we sell are made in the Philippines.

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Yabang Pinoy is a Filipino pride movement which envisions every Filipino being proud to be Filipino.
Mission

Yabang Pinoy encourages its volunteers to live happy, passionate, and meaningful Filipino lives by effecting positive social change. The organization hopes every Filipino will realize the greatness in bearing the citizenship.

If Filipinos will be conscious of the small great changes they can do, they will understand the purchasing power of P1. For every foreign product in the market, there are comparable local options. If Filipinos continue to look more to them for consumption, demand will make better the economy.

Yabang Pinoy also hopes its volunteers will influence their own social circles to spread the word about thinking Filipino. To be infectious, they must always be ready to address negative comments or news about the Philippines and the Filipino people.

Company Overview

Its advocates and volunteers are the young and idealistic Filipinos who spearheaded change in the mindsets of their countrymen. They want to convert “closet” Pinoys into Shouting Proud Pinoys, Filipinos who share the impassioned spirit and love for their country with fellow Filipinos and people from around the world. This change, they believe, will happen because they are starting it now. We are the change we want to be.

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Yabang Pinoy is a Filipino pride movement which envisions every Filipino being proud to be Filipino, believing in fellow Filipinos, and patronizing Filipino ideas, concepts and services.
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I tapped into my network and partnered with entrepreneur friends who were willing to lend me their items, without paying for them outright. I was minimizing my start-up costs and my friends were very supportive. Now, the Outventure office and shop carries these items, on display and on sale.

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Palamuti by PJ Valenciano 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/palamutibypjvalenciano
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Website: http://www.palamutishop.com/us/

Description

Palamuti by PJ Valenciano (Palamuti Storytelling Jewels) are made by a woman who was inspired to create from the complexities of women, which transcends to accessories for every woman. Behind every piece is a vision of creating customized and original costume jewelry for today’s modern woman using different materials, mainly incorporating an element that is proudly Filipino. All handmade Palamuti costume jewelries and accessories are products which are painstakingly improved through a continuous process of learning and refining techniques that fuse both modern and traditional methods, and are guaranteed to be one of a kind. Each individual piece is not only an expression of art, beauty, and style, they are interwoven with the stories of the wonderful women who have been inspirationally instrumental to the birth of these pieces.

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At the Global Pinoy Bazaar 2012 – Rockwell Tent, Makati

Design, Entrepreneurship, Friends and their Interests, Other Events By November 17, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , 3 Comments

Every year, I make it a point to go to the Global Pinoy Bazaar, held every second week of November at the Rockwell Tent Makati, and showcases Filipino products made with 100% Filipino love and pride. “At Global Pinoy Bazaar 2012” seems like such a boring blog title when it really should be more aptly titled “Lia Goes to the Global Pinoy Bazaar 2012 (And Has A Field Day)”. Indeed, my annual visit to the Global Pinoy Bazaar has documented my journey of motherhood. From being a harassed new mother to a harassed full-fledged mother to a toddler, Global Pinoy Bazaar has seen it through. When I used to buy baby clothes and toys, and things for myself like clothing, shoes, accessories, bags, and make-up, my purchases this year were for toddlers alone. My toddler was too caught up with so many things that we didn’t get to stay long enough to look at other things, much more buy any. Lia wanted to know the names of everything we saw, “What’s this?” “What’s that?” and she wanted to check out things I didn’t want to check out and she wasn’t interested in the things I wanted to look at – except if it was food. We got hungry from all the taste testing we did.

After going around all the booths quickly, Lia and I went back to the booths we liked. Lia absolutely loved this booth selling felt finger puppets and funky hats. She entertained other shoppers while there.

Global Pinoy Bazaar 2012

Global Pinoy Bazaar 2012
This row had all the booths selling items for kids, which weren’t a lot, and right next to it was the booth of “Likhang ArteSana“, and they had books, journals and other crafts items.

Global Pinoy Bazaar 2012

Global Pinoy Bazaar 2012

I was told by the owner who was manning the booth that their items are also being sold at Powerbooks. How I love the items at Powerbooks!

Likhang ArteSana, Inc.
17 P.Gomez St. Pasig City
Cellphone: +63.917.836.2250
Telefax: +632.641.0201
Email: info.artesana@gmail.com

Lia fell in love with the “Fun Artivity Book” and though I thought it was a bit complicated for her age, she didn’t want to let go of it anymore, so we brought her one.

Global Pinoy Bazaar 2012

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My Favorite Brands at the Global Pinoy Bazaar 2012

Design, Entrepreneurship, Friends and their Interests, Other Events By November 7, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , 1 Comment

PHMADE PRODUCTS WORTH BUYING FOR

The Yabang Pinoy Filipino Pride movement celebrates its 8th year by celebrating PHmade products worth buying, at the 8th Global Pinoy Bazaar on November 10-11 at the Rockwell Tent, Makati City.

Global Pinoy Bazaar 2012 will feature a lineup of brands and products made with 100 percent Filipino Love and Pride: in ladies’, men’s, and children’s apparel, accessories, jewelry, bags and shoes, beachwear, travel accessories, home décor, home and wellness products, as well as Filipino art and design.

I absolutely love Global Pinoy Bazaar. I have been actively promoting and participating in it since 2009 with the exception of 2011 when I was based in Naga City and busy with the bar.

Check out the blogs:
A Day at the Global Pinoy Bazaar (2009)
What You Missed at the Global Pinoy Bazaar 2010

Here are my favorite local brands:

Yabang Pinoy Home Brand: Agos Pilipinas

‘Agos Pilipinas is a brand fit for the active yet laidback philosophy of the eager outdoor addict. Agos brings out the passion for the tropilokal spots through its shirts, sandos, barabags and rashguards. Agos is more than just a label. Its the outdoor instinct. It’s a lifestyle.’

Website: http://www.agospilipinas.com/

I first saw their booth at the Global Pinoy Bazaar 2009 and bought myself a CamSur wallet. I also wanted their surfing shirts and rash guards and absolutely loved their barabags! I bought two barabags from them – that we use to carry our snorkel and fins about. I blogged about the barabags here but the photos are missing because they were embedded from their Facebook account. Note to self: download and have own copies of photos so they don’t go missing. My barabag is by the way stuck at our house in Pili, Cam Sur because I brought my stuff there earlier this year when I was planning to go see and swim with the Butandings of Sorsogon. They have new stuff this weekend and I’m raring to check them out.

New wallet with the Agos peeps

 

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Yabang Pinoy Home Brand: Punchdrunk Panda 

They are a team of Filipinos that ‘funkifies’ the world with passionate, like-minded people through functional graphic-designed products and happiness-inducing events.

Now, Punchdrunk Panda carries ladies’ and men’s footwear, camera straps and other fun stuff.

Website: http://www.punchdrunkpanda.com/

I have their Paper Cranes laptop sleeve. And its my mac’s best friend. Photo below was taken at Pukka Bar, El Nido, Palawan last July. (Click here for the blog.)

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PROMO ALERT!

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Thirsty Thirty at B-Side Makati May 31, 2012

B-Side, Music, Music and Arts, Personal, Theater By May 28, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

Because I’m 3 plus 0!

Thanks again for everyone who has made this event possible. Thank you B-Side Makati, Anna and Juela, for accommodating.

Thanks Che Santos of On-Air Studio for all the help. It could’ve been Cubao X coz you know how much I love that place but here we are now!

Thanks to all the artists who will make the time and effort and everything else to be there. I appreciate it with all my heart.

Thanks to all my friends who will be giving away stuff, hosting, doing the documentation, and all that jazz.

Big shout out to my friends from the U.P. Repertory Company, Dax Carnay, Albert Cruz and Marvin Salazar of http://madmacarta.wordpress.com/ who will be our hosts for the night.

And for those who will be coming, let’s all have a really great time!

See you there!

Here is the Facebook event page: http://www.facebook.com/events/456986694327978/

Here’s the link to the first-released blog and poster.

B-Side is in Makati, check out their website at http://www.bsidemanila.com/ and their Facebook page here.  Map is here.


Tingnan ang Mas Malaking Mapa

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Agos Pilipinas Barabags!

Friends and their Interests By March 27, 2011 Tags: , , , No Comments

I first caught a glimpse of the Barabags at the Agos Pilipinas booth at the Global Pinoy Bazaar 2010 last November. I saw them, asked about them but didn’t really think about how useful they were — until I saw a photo of it with fins inside! I love my fins. I got them from El Nido Resorts in 2005 and have been toting it with me everywhere since. It came with a plastic bag but it’s been years and the bag has long since been ripped in all its travels. I was in search of a bag for my beloved fins and the Barabags came in just at the right time!

Except that when I realized it, the stocks, or more like the color I wanted, which was black of course, had long been sold out.

So when I saw the Agos Pilipinas tweet about the Barabags for Summer, I wasted no time in ordering and paying! I just had to get one this time! Well, especially this time that I’m flying and zipping around the country and the world at odd schedules (bara-barang lakad talaga!)

Barabags para sa mas bara-barang lakad!

How can I resist these? They look absolutely adorable!

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