KLM On Assignment – contest for photographers and writers

After last year’s successful photography competition in partnership with Digital Photography Philippines and Lonely Planet Philippines, KLM On Assignment is back.  This time, along with two photographers, we will also send a travel writer to fly to Le Ville Rose (The Pink City) in Toulouse, France, in September, for an exclusive travel article to be published in Lonely Planet Philippines’ December 2012 issue.

For more details please check out www.onassignment.ph.

FAQs: Dreamboarding workshop (now on September 22, 2012)

What are the general details of the workshop?
What: Dreamboarding: A workshop on creative visualization
When: September 22 (Saturday), 1:00-4:00PM
Where: U-View, Fully Booked, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City

Dreamboarding: a workshop on creative visualization by Writer's Block Philippines | September 22, 2012, Fully Booked High Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

What are the general details of the workshop?

What:             Dreamboarding: A workshop on creative visualization

When:             September 22 (Saturday), 1:00-4:00PM

Where:           U-View, Fully Booked, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City

Fee:                 P1,200, inclusive of materials and snacks

A sample dreamboard (c/o NTZ, 2010)
A sample dreamboard (c/o NTZ, 2010)

What is a dreamboard?

A dreamboard, also called a “vision board”, is a collage of images that are meant to creatively visualize and connect you to your life goals. Some people like creating digital versions of their dreamboards, but we recommend the “analog” cut-and-paste version to allow serendipity to fully work its magic into the process. 

What exactly is a “Dreamboarding” workshop?

“Dreamboarding” is a three-hour creativity session where participants will be asked to take part in a visualization exercise, make their own dreamboards, and process the contents of their dreamboards to better understand their goals, priorities, and motivations. There are no right or wrong answers, and nobody will be forced to share details that they wish to keep to themselves.

 Is the “Dreamboarding” workshop only for writers?

The “Dreamboarding” workshop is open to writers and non-writers alike, both young and old. Even teenagers may attend the event!

 How many are the expected participants?

 We can only accommodate a maximum of 20 participants for this event.

 How I can benefit from the activity?

 At the very least, making a dreamboard can help you visualize your goals. (And what you can visualize, you can more easily achieve!) On a deeper level, the regular practice of dreamboarding can help you better see underlying patterns in your life, understand your priorities and motivations, and be more inspired to take charge of your own future.

How much is the registration fee? And what does it cover?

The fee is P1,200, inclusive of workshop materials and light snacks. (Regular discounts apply for WBP members. Please include your membership card number when emailing us your deposit slip and details.)

How can I reserve and pay for my slot?

Just email us your name and contact details to reserve. To secure your slot to the workshop, you may pay the fee via deposit to our bank account. Details are as follows:

Bank: BPI

Bank account name: Writer’s Block Training Services

Account number: Savings account 1759-0377-11

Once you have made the deposit, please send us a scanned image of the deposit slip to our email address,writersblock.ph@gmail.com. Please also include your full name and mobile number so we can get in touch with you for any urgent communication.

Will you be accepting walk-ins for this class?

Since we will need to prepare materials before this workshop, we’re afraid that we cannot accept walk-ins. Also, we will have only 20 slots for this workshop, so we encourage you to reserve and make your payments early.

 Is there anything else that I will need to do or bring before the workshop?

Like any other workshop that you may have already attended, the Dreamboarding workshop will only be as effective as you make it. You get what you put into it. That said, the main ingredients for “success” in this workshop are: an open mind and an attitude of genuine learning and sharing. We shall provide the materials that you will use for this exercise, but if you’d like to bring your own magazines and art supplies, feel free to do so.

Who can I contact for more information?

You may reach us at (0927) 850 8280 or email writersblock.ph@gmail.com.

Dreamboarding workshop now moved to September 22 (Saturday)

The Dreamboarding workshop that was originally scheduled for July 21 (but which had to be postponed due to inclement weather and flooding) will now be held on September 22 (Saturday).

Dreamboarding: A workshop on creative visualization by Writer's Block Philippines | September 22 (Saturday) 1-4PM, Fully Booked High Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig | Email writersblock.ph@gmail.com for more details
Dreamboarding: A workshop on creative visualization by Writer's Block Philippines | September 22 (Saturday) 1-4PM, Fully Booked High Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig | Email writersblock.ph@gmail.com for more details. You may also click on the link to view our FAQs

The Dreamboarding workshop that was originally scheduled for July 21 (but which had to be postponed due to inclement weather and flooding) will now be held on September 22 (Saturday). It will still be held from 1:00 to 4:00 PM at Fully Booked Bonifacio High Street.

All those who had earlier registered and paid for their seats are automatically registered for this workshop. To those who want to claim our last few open slots, please email writersblock.ph@gmail.com or call/text (+63 927) 850 8280.

For any other questions and concerns regarding the new schedule, kindly drop us a line.

REMEMBER: All card-bearing, updated members of Writer’s Block Philippines get an automatic 10% discount to this workshop. You may also purchase WBP gift certificates to give a friend or loved one the gift of writing–and, in this case, Dreamboarding! 🙂

 

Cocktails and Heels

Cocktails & Heels”, an event to celebrate Sapato Manila‘s 7th year anniversary to be held on July 26, 2012, from 4pm to 6pm at Sapato Manila 2nd floor Archaeology, Power Plant Mall Rockwell.

Owners Jennifer Sarmiento, Joyce Mendoza, Tess Santos and Nikki de Guzman will open the doors of Sapato Manila with a new line of shoes designed by five of Sapato Manila’s loyal customers. Five women, with distinct personalities, styles, and Sapato Manila stories express their individuality through shoes.

Every Sapato Manila woman was carefully handpicked by the owners to give them the privilege to share their style to every woman. Chary Mercado, Monique Borja, Marga Espiritu, Charisse Tinio, and Hirene Lopez are the Sapato Manila Women. Although they represent different facets of womanhood, there is a bond that ties them together – their love for Sapato Manila. So it is but proper to hand them the design pad of Sapato Manila and bring a twist to the brand.

Chary is a writer who loves unstructured designs. The surprising play in materials Sapato Manila offers always feeds her interest.

Monique is a yoga practitioner. She is into casual, light and fresh designs. She admits that Sapato Manila is her go-to-place for a happy afternoon and never leaves the store without a fix.

Marga is a furniture designer of Bungalow300, prefers things simple and practical. She loves her Sapato Manila shoes because they can adapt well in any occasion.

Charisse is an entrepreneur, a wife, a mother, a traveler, an artist just to name a few. She has an exquisite taste and a meticulous eye for details. And the shoes that keep her going are from Sapato Manila.

Hirene Lopez is the epitome of a classy and sophisticated career woman. She admits that she wears Sapato Manila shoes everyday in the office, meetings, and just about anywhere.

Let us all be surprised with what each lady has designed. Based on their different fashion and lifestyle we can only make a guess.

Proceeds of the sales from this line will be awarded to Museo Pambata’s Mobile Library. As mothers themselves, the owners believe that allowing every child to read will make a big difference. They want every child to read stories, widen their vocabulary, and learn new things with the help of Museo Pambata’s Mobile Library.

So when you buy the fabulous shoes designed by the Sapato Manila Women, you not only get great shoes, but you get to help bring books to children who haven’t read one.

URGENT: Dreamboarding workshop is POSTPONED due to inclement weather and flooding

A note from Ana, Nikka & Nina of Writer’s Block Philippines:

A note from Ana, Nikka & Nina of Writer’s Block Philippines:

Due to inclement weather and flooding, Writer’s Block Philippines is postponing the Dreamboarding workshop to a more conducive date.

We apologize for the inconvenience, and we hope you’ll have a safe, flood-free Saturday. We’ll send updates as soon as the new schedule is available.

Thanks, and stay safe, everyone!

~ Ana, Nikka, Nina

Job openings in Travelite Magazine

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We are looking for creative, articulate writers with a passion for travel and lifestyle.

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Travelite is a quarterly travel magazine for elite travellers. The magazine has an international circulation focused on the Asia-Pacific region. Our readers are discerning individuals who are passionate about travelling in style and sophistication.

We are looking for creative, articulate writers with a passion for travel and lifestyle.

Job Description

The writer is responsible for researching and writing articles for the magazine and the website. Duties also include proofreading and editing all print and online contents, as well as assisting the Editor with all editorial-related activities.

Qualifications

  • Graduate of a Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Journalism, Creative Writing or equivalent
  • Excellent English reading, writing and proofreading skills
  • Proficiency in MS Word and Excel
  • Fast learner and a good team player
  • Publishing experience a plus

Status: 2 Full-time positions open

Location: Quezon City, Philippines

To Apply: Send your resumes and writing portfolio to info@travelitemagazine.com

Dreamboarding and “The Power of Cut-and-Paste”

In the movie The Secret, based on a book by the same title by best-selling author Rhonda Byrne, a man relayed his astonishment when he realized that the new house he had just bought was the same one whose image he had clipped from a magazine and tacked on a corkboard several years earlier.

In Chicken Soup for the Soul, actor Jim Carrey was said to have written a multi-million dollar check to himself as a way of affirming his aspirations to someday be wealthy. This was years before he achieved superstar status in no less than Hollywood.

Many inspirational and self-help books around the world attest to the power of positive, creative visualization. Some suggest writing lists; others recommend reciting daily positive affirmations to oneself—but one of the most powerful methods for affirming and visualizing one’s goals, by far, is using “the power of cut-and-paste” through Dreamboarding.

What is dreamboarding?

Dreamboarding is a creative process of putting together images in a collage to manifest one’s aspirations and intentions. On the surface, it looks easy enough because all it seems to involve are some magazines, a board and glue, and some art materials. But the internalization process in a Dreamboarding session can be quite powerful and can help today’s busy, multi-tasking individuals de-clutter and see what truly matters to them.

“When we conducted a corporate Dreamboarding session early this year, we were surprised to see that participants hardly showed anything work-related,” shares Nikka Sarthou of Writer’s Block Philippines. “Some of them made collages of travels that they wanted to embark on, others assembled images of goals for their families. One executive surprised the group by putting together images of babies and saying that she was already excited to be a grandmother—and her son wasn’t even married yet!”

“Dreamboarding allows us to get in touch with ourselves again and connect with that side of ourselves that is often buried underneath deadlines, multiple roles, and a long list of expectations,” says Niña Terol-Zialcita of Writer’s Block Philippines, who facilitates the group’s dreamboarding sessions. “When I was much younger, I created dreamboards and ‘vision walls’ to express my goals and aspirations. Now that I wear multiple hats and often have to deal with competing needs and wants, I use dreamboarding to process and prioritize what really matters to me at a particular point in time.”

According to Martha Beck, who has written on vision boards in Oprah Winfrey’s O Magazine,” When you start assembling pictures that appeal to [your] deep self, you unleash one of the most powerful forces on our planet: human imagination… The board itself doesn’t impact reality; what changes your life is the process of creating the images—combinations of objects and events that will stick in your subconscious mind and steer your choices toward making the vision real.”

Aside from helping people fulfill personal goals, dreamboarding also unleashes creativity and helps people think laterally and in images rather than in words, bullet points, and linear methods. According to Ana Santos of Writer’s Block Philippines, one corporate client uses dreamboards (also called “inspiration boards”) to get employees to think out of the box and see connections in seemingly contrasting elements. “After seeing the results of an initial dreamboarding session, one CEO mandated that, henceforth, presentations were to be done via dreamboards than by boring Powerpoint presentations. There’s a lot more creative energy that’s unleashed when a team works on ‘analog’ materials than when they use familiar technology, such as presentation slides.”

The “power of cut-and-paste”

And, indeed, the “power of cut-and-paste” works not only to unleash creative energy, but—more importantly—to make dreams come true.

When the ladies of Writer’s Block Philippines made their own dreamboards in January, the major themes that emerged were: financial rewards for one, international recognition for another, and the “white picket fence dream” for another. Just six months after that exercise, one lady had already surpassed her financial targets, another is on her way to New York to speak at an international women’s conference, and another got engaged within a few weeks of the dreamboarding exercise.

Other Dreamboarding participants have likewise attested to the “power of cut-and-paste”—whether it was in getting that much-coveted Rolex, the dream project, or even a satisfying relationship.

“Your dreamboard is by no means a magic pill that will make everything happen for you,” Terol-Zialcita cautions. “But it will keep on reminding you of what your goals are and, therefore, how you should focus your time, energy, and resources.”

On September 22, 2012 (Saturday), Writer’s Block Philippines will open a public Dreamboarding session for individuals of all ages and backgrounds. The three-hour session will take place at U-View in Fully Booked Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, from 1 to 4PM. A registration fee of Php1,200 covers all materials and snacks for the afternoon.

“The first step to achieving your dreams is to visualize them,” says Sarthou.

Meanwhile, Santos says, “Anytime is a good time to start making your dreams come true. Who knows? Some of those New Year’s Resolutions that you’ve already given up on just might get a new lease on life when you make your own dreamboard.”

Writer’s Block Philippines leverages their combined experience of over 20 years in conducting writing and creativity workshops for aspiring writers, creative communicators, and corporate communicators. To reserve a slot for Dreamboarding, or to inquire about other workshops and services, interested parties may email writersblock.ph@gmail.com or call (0927) 850 8280. More information is also found in <www.writersblockphilippines.com>.