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Ortigas CBD: Your Guide to Work-Life Balance

Ortigas Center

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Located on the boundary line of three major cities in the Philippines, Ortigas is one of the most important business districts and financial centers in the country. The 100-hectare urban development area is home to many office buildings, shopping malls, condominiums, bars, restaurants, and entertainment centers.

Some of the biggest companies in the country can be found here. It can be overwhelming at first, but once you’ve explored the ins and outs of the area, you’ll be surprised that it’s got a lot to offer aside from great career opportunities.

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Marina Bay: Your Guide to Work-Life Balance

Planning to forge a career in Singapore? What the country may lack in size, it makes up for with countless opportunities for you to seek your dream job and to be able to find a balance between your career and your personal life in the city-state. Singapore is one of the most progressive economies not only in Asia, but around the world. The ease of doing business here has provided startups with greater chances to launch their companies and find success in the region. The labor force in Singapore has been touted as one of the best anywhere in the world, with their specialized skills and strong work ethic.

 

Marina Bay at Night

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Regus: Revolutionizing Workspaces for Google, Apple, and PH Tech Startups

Now more than ever, technology has become accessible to almost everyone in the world. It is embedded in every aspect of our lives, thanks to the growing tech industry and their quest for innovation. Tech startups are being launched left and right, offering unique and creative solutions for day-to-day problems our world faces. But until they hit the big time, most of these companies are fledgling startups with modest capital. To be able to operate effectively, they rely on flexible workspace solutions to build up their company.

 

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Marco Polo, Regus Business Center in Ortigas

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Makati CBD: Your guide to work-life balance

 

Dubbed as the financial capital of the Philippines, Makati is the premier destination for professionals looking to forge their career paths and companies that want to establish their businesses. This highly urbanized city is home to over 60,000 business enterprises ranging from financial institutions, retail and food establishments, real estate, manufacturing, I.T., BPO offices, and startups, among others.  

 

But being in Makati is not all work and hustle. It’s also a hub for a plethora of things you can do once you’ve clocked out of the office. You don’t need to go far to feed your passion and interests, find a place to hang out and drink with your friends and colleagues after work, or lift some weights to de-stress after a busy day.

 

Makati has everything you need to create and maintain a work-life balance. Need a little more convincing? Here are six good reasons why this city is an excellent place to build your career.

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Coworking in South East Asia: The Future of Office Spaces

The landscape of the traditional workplace is currently changing and the usual cubicle-clad offices we’ve become accustomed to are being reimagined as a collaborative environment where professionals and small businesses co-exist, collaborate and build a new type of community. Welcome to coworking, the future of office spaces.

 

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Cowerkz King George’s Avenue, Singapore

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7 Types of Workspaces You Can Rent for Your Business

Co-working has become increasingly popular in other parts of the world. Now it is gaining momentum in Asia through FlySpaces, an online marketplace offering short term rentals for work and event spaces in the Philippines and Singapore. Co-working is a solution for entrepreneurs, freelancers, startups and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) who don’t want to sign long term leases for office spaces at sky high prices. With FlySpaces, you now have access to spaces that work for your business.

Empower your business with these short term workspace options offered by FlySpaces:

 

Co-working Spaces

Co-working spaces are shared offices that offer a creative and diverse work environment for people who are looking for an alternative to the traditional corporate setup. In an open space rather than a closed workstation, you have the opportunity to meet and collaborate with people from different industries and backgrounds in a place that promotes a fast-paced, productive and casual atmosphere.

 

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Bitspace, Makati City, Philippines

P400/day, inclusive of Wi-Fi, a socket for every seat, complimentary water and coffee, access to their library, meeting rooms, and training rooms. Other amenities include a projector and projector screen, printing and photocopying services, and fax and phone calls.

 

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6 Modern Co-working Spaces for Young and Creative Entrepreneurs

When searching for an office to house your growing startup, it’s important that the work environment that you immerse yourself in every day inspires a positive, creative and collaborative atmosphere for you and your team. These six cool co-working spaces exude the right vibes to encourage productivity and growth for your business.

 

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Cowerkz King George’s Avenue, Singapore

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6 Unique Venues You Should Consider for Your Upcoming Event

Looking for a venue to house your next event? With everything you have to deliberate, choosing the right location can make or break the success of your event. Site selection is often the most challenging part of the event planning process. Researching for places and negotiating with venues can be time consuming too. But with FlySpaces, you can search and pick the perfect venue for your event on your laptop or smartphone.

 

From corporate functions to PR launches, FlySpaces is your convenient guide in finding the best location for any type of event you’re organizing. Here are a couple of cool and functional venues you should consider booking for your next event.    

 

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Citigroup’s New Office Plan: No Offices Bank adopts open layout in new headquarter.

 

FROM THE WORLD STREET JOURNAL WEBSITE.

The layout at the new headquarters is minimalist and more egalitarian. Because most desks aren’t assigned, employees must lock up their family photos and personal tchotchkes each night. Everyone gets a window view—but no one gets complete privacy.

Mr. Corbat, who started his career on the cacophonous Salomon Brothers trading floor in 1983, pushed for the new design even though he knows it won’t be universally popular among the staff.

“There probably is the occasional person who says, ‘I’ve spent most of my career in an office and I don’t want to change that now,’ ” said Mr. Corbat. “But weighing that against the benefits to the rest of the organization, that’s a risk we’re comfortable taking.”

While researchers disagree about whetheropen offices foster communication or encourage distraction, Mr. Corbat is in the former camp. He says he was inspired by another Salomon alumnus— Michael Bloomberg, who as New York City mayorworked from a desk in the middle of City Hall.

The wall-less workspace is meant to flatten hierarchies, something banks have traditionally been built on. Former Citigroup CEO Sandy Weill had a fireplace in his office when he ran Shearson Loeb Rhoades from atop the World Trade Center. Mr. Corbat’s current Park Avenue office, at more than 600 square feet, is larger than many Manhattan apartments.

Mr. Corbat said he wants to encourage communication among employees who typically might not talk to one another, and is particularly excited about a “town square” area on the ground floor.

“You’re going to be forced to bump into people,” Mr. Corbat said. “I want people interacting around our business and ideas.”

Mr. Corbat’s new workspace, which measures about 360 square feet, won’t have walls or a door. Instead it features glass dividers, about 7 feet tall, to provide what the bank calls “seated privacy.” Other executives get semiprivate spaces of about 180 square feet.

When Mr. Corbat announced his plans, he made an offer that most workers considered rhetorical: Anyone who has a problem with the design can come talk to me. Ray McGuire, who runs the firm’s corporate and investment bank and its army of highly paid deal makers, actually took him up on it. Mr. McGuire says he feared his staff would be uncomfortable in the new setup, and that could affect how they serve clients.

“When you are in an industry that is reluctant to change, and you manage a group of people who have been successful, a new idea can be difficult to adopt,” Mr. McGuire said. He said Mr. Corbat helped convince him that the new setup will help the bank best serve clients, by fostering collaboration and attracting young talent. Besides, Mr. McGuire added, “A lot of people are out meeting with clients anyway.”

Other financial firms have adopted elements of modern design, but even banks that have incorporated some open spaces have kept private offices for almost all of their senior executives. As part of its research, Citigroup toured the New York offices of rivals such asGoldman Sachs Group Inc., as well as  Facebook Inc. in Silicon Valley.

Only the top three floors at Citigroup’s Tribeca headquarters will be fully renovated when the executives move in next month. Changes to the rest of the building will be rolled out over roughly the next four years. When complete, the skyscraper will have capacity for about 12,500 employees, up from the current 9,000.

The bank says it carefully considered its employees’ concerns. The design—from white-noise generators to walls and ceilings that absorb sound—is meant to minimize the distraction of nearby conversations. Each floor will have multiple conference rooms and small phone rooms for private conversations. The bank is considering “instant fog” for some of those glass-walled rooms. Employees have been told that they’ll adapt by wearing headphones and talking more quietly.

“If you look at the history of trading floors there is an extremely high level of productivity,” said Don Callahan, who runs Citigroup’s operations and technology and is overseeing the renovation. “If we can adapt that to a nontrading floor environment, we’re going to be in great shape.”

Write to Christina Rexrode at christina.rexrode@wsj.com

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Where to Go for Sumptuous Festive Dining in Manila

Manila may not be the best Filipino destination if you want to have the best dining experience but it has a number of great places where you can enjoy sumptuous dining for whatever occasion.

The following are some of the top picks you should consider.

Casa Roces

Offering Spanish, Asian, and Filipino dishes, Casa Roces is one of the highly-rated restaurants in Manila. It is located in 1153 JP Laurel corner Aguado Street. San Miguel, Manila. Its wooden interiors and cozy atmosphere present a warm welcome to every diner. Full bar service is available. Casa Roces is famous for its Malacañang frozen soufflé, choritos en balsamico, loacker milk hazelnut torte, fabada ala Casa Roces, and crispy lengua. The restaurant is open from 10AM to 10PM daily.

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