Five Ways To Finding Great Restaurants During A Trip

“If you’re 22, physically fit, hungry to learn and be better, I urge you to travel – as far and as widely as possible. Sleep on floors if you have to. Find out how other people live and eat and cook. Learn from them – wherever you go.” –Anthony Bourdain

It is not just the adventure you’ve experienced that makes traveling worth remembering. It is also the food you’ve eaten that leaves a lasting impression. 

How to Find Great Restaurants During a Trip

Finding a great restaurant to dine in can be quite a struggle especially if you’re new in the place. Here is a quick guide to help you overcome that.

1.       Consult a guidebook. Most city and tourist destinations have dedicated magazines or special publication issues that contain its “Best Of” list. They either itemize the top places to dine in or enumerate their delicacies that are available either in specialty stores or by the road. Use this to gather ideas on where to head on to whenever you want to fulfill your cravings.

2.       Visit their website. Find the online portal of your destination and you’ll most likely see the recommended restaurants to go to, including specific directions on how to drive and get to it. Their contact information is probably posted there as well so you can easily call to inquire about the menu or the cost of a specific meal.

3.       Check blogs and online reviews. Online media has never been so powerful since the birth of blogs and reviews. A simple Google search can give numerous results to various recommendations from people who have been to where you are at now. Read their insights, weigh its pros and cons so you will be guided on what to order in case you decide to check the restaurant out.

4.       Leave your place and ask around. The trick lies in leaving your comfort zone and taking a risk. Supposing you are in a Makati City hotel for a business conference and you’d like to try out the best restaurants in the Philippines around the area. Eating on the same accommodation may result in a five-star treatment, true, but it shouldn’t end there. Get up and move, talk to the local folks and explore your options.

5.       Follow the trail. The last secret is being observant and checking where the crowd is. If it is full-packed with people, they must have something good to offer.


Seven Basic Tips on How to Become Productive at Work

Productivity in the workplace can make or break a company. Having highly productive employees often translates to the success in the business while keeping unproductive workers frequently results in minimal output and lower profits. Needless to say, it plays a huge role in maintaining a good and stress-free work environment.

How To Be Productive At Work

Learn some tricks on how to greet and balance your daily work to produce positive and desirable outcomes. Here are seven tips to show you how.

1.       Start early. The secret to getting a lot of things done lies in starting with your tasks ahead of the rest of your workforce. Get up at 5 in the morning. Ignore the summons of getting back to your bed. Stretch those muscles and do a few warm-up exercises to boost brain function. Eat heavy breakfast and go straight to your office. Chances are, the earlier you leave, the lesser the chance you’ll encounter traffic and the higher the possibility that you’ll be the first one to arrive at your workplace. This means no distractions and bigger opportunity to focus more on your to-dos.

2.       Setup your workstation. Organize your area so that it attracts positive vibes and energy. Keep it clean and clutter free so that no time is wasted when you need to pull up a file or two. Get rid of the items that you do not use. Post your goals prominently on your desk for encouragement. Create a to-do list and utilize calendars for easy scheduling.

3.       Prioritize. Browse through your checklist and tackle the most important ones that generate the highest ROI (return on investment). Do remember that setting priorities is a habit that every person should employ.

4.       Deal with emails, phone calls and meetings strategically.

  • Email. Avoid checking your inbox as soon as you arrive at your desk. Do them in the middle of the day when you have completed the majority of the urgent tasks. Refrain from viewing your messages every time you hear a notification.
  • Phone. Talking to the phone eats a lot of time, therefore, you should return calls at the end of the day. Employ a calling habit like standing up while on call so you are more likely to get to the point of the conversation right away.
  • Meeting. Keep them at its minimum and do not schedule them all at the same time. 

5.       Handle distractions smartly. Check Facebook and Twitter only during your breaks. Do not encourage any type of procrastination – visiting websites that require a good amount of reading, answering every question that a colleague asks or assigning a distracting message alert tone on your mobile.

6.       Take a break. Do not allow yourself to be imprisoned by the walls of your office. A short 5-minute walk does wonders to your mind and body. For instance, if you work in Makati City, consider eating out nearby commercial spaces in Makati instead of having your lunch delivered to your desk. Drink water every now and then. Get up. Step away from your tasks and take ten-minute breathers.

7.       Set deadlines. Knowing that you have a deadline helps you focus on the things that are needed to be done. Hence, always make sure that everything you do has a deadline.