On the 20th of September, we hosted a fantastic event: Charity and PR.
Charity is voluntarily giving to those in need, basically working to give someone help and happiness. Collaborating with bigger and more well-known companies can give your PR a boost, especially when working in a smaller charity.
Charities and public sector organizations are different businesses with different missions. They have a core purpose where they help people in need. Their communication and missions are meant to have greater meaning- usually for a very good cause. These organizations exist and thrive because of their difference and communications.
It has been inspiring listening to amazing entrepreneurs and their strong voices such as our guest speaker:
Jack Everett – PR Manager at UnicefUK with over eight years experience in the PR and Media industry
Jamie Bettles – Managing Director at Pagoda Projects
About Jack Everett:
After completing a three-month internship with InternChina/Pagoda Projects in Zhuhai, Jack joined a consumer PR agency working with a range of brands and businesses across the UK. During this time, he worked on a number of integrated PR and marketing campaigns that involved orchestrating high profile print, online, and broadcast interviews, managing photo shoots, writing copy for press releases, websites, and magazine features. After three years on the agency-side, Jack joined the UK’s largest dementia charity, Alzheimer Society, working as a Media Officer for two years promoting the organization’s fundraising and policy work. Today, he works for UNICEF UK as a PR Manager. His work includes communicating with the charity’s high profile supporters and ambassadors, corporate partners, and international colleagues to manage flagship fundraising events such as soccer aid for UNICEF- and supports the organization’s mission to ensure the safety of every child, especially in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
General advice about working in the charity sector. If you’re looking for a profession that really makes a difference in people’s lives, finding a job in charity and fundraising could be your key to career happiness. There are lots of reasons why you should work in the charity sector but some of the highlights are a sense of fulfillment, meeting a wide range of people, job stability, job satisfaction and much more…
“It is so important to kind of know that you are not necessarily going to step straight into your dream job, it might be that you kind of have to go down a little bit and do something you’re less interested in, or what you can be quite clear is about identifying what do you need to have in terms of experience to get that dream job.” – Jack Everett
“Social media is a great way of engaging people for charities now.” – Jack Everett
There is no doubt that a career in the third sector can be both rewarding and stimulating, and can offer employees the chance not only to make the present a better place but to also be part of shaping the future. It’s an equally valuable route – and potentially a better one if you want to build up a particular area of expertise.
“Charity brings to life again those who are spiritually dead.” – Thomas Aquinas
Pagoda Projects is the bridge between interns and host companies- we provide you the best service and program support in the field and help you achieve your career goals. Today we hope to bring you the benefits you will receieve during your internship.
1- The Experience
Pagoda Projects will provide you the experience that you have dreamed of. While it is true that internships are meant to be professional, they don’t have to be boring! We not only build an experience that introduces you to the business world, but also one that involves an engaging new cultural experience as well.
Our program branches take place in 4 different countries… and is still growing! We will guarantee you the right internship placement based on your field of study, and also help you to experience a whole new country with new friends. From our group day trips to airport pick-ups, you will have full support from the Pagoda Projects team throughout your internship.
2- The Team
The Pagoda Projects team is a tight-knit and passionate community- they care about and communicate with each and every one of our participants! The team will be with you until the last minute of your internship for your safety, enjoyment, and comfort.
The application process is very easy: after you submit your application, one of our teammates will reach you out with an information package containing every detail about your destination and program. Then after some careful consideration, we will try to connect you with some of the best host companies that suit your internship interests.
3- The Finance
Pagoda Projects will help you to get your best experience for the lowest prices. You could intern in your dream country while getting paid, depending on the internship. We also have lots of funding and scholarship options that will help you to cover travel and program costs. Depending on your destination and program- we will work to find the best funding option for you!
4- Perks During and After Your Internship
We host events, organizations, workshops, online skill courses, cultural mentorship programs, day trips and much more… We will help you to maximize every second of your internship.
You will get to travel during your day off with our trips, be informed about your program during orientation week, get full support during your application process, and join our events both online and offline from quiz nights to scavenger hunts!
We also provide career development training to help you succeed not only in your internship but in your career decisions down the road. After your internship you will receive a recommendation letter from your host company and also certificate from us.
5- Interning from everywhere
Yes, you heard it right. During these challenging times it is understanble that interning remotely is a popular option and Pagoda Projects will provide you this. You can intern with our online system from your laptop from anywhere in the world if you wish you can move from your room to kitchen which will make the process shorter. During your remote internship you will still get to experience our webinars online events, cultural mentorship programs and also deep attention from our team.
Overall, There is no better way to prove why we are best in the business and help you throughout the whole process. It is important to start your career dreams earlier and take the action. Click here and find out more to submit your application!
Thursday, 20th October 2020, we hosted a fantastic event: Leadership and Management.
People often assume that leadership and management are in the same category, but they are not. During our webinar this main topic was closely observed. The discussion revolved around this topic: leaders make people want to follow them, leader has empathy with their team and are adaptable while managers simply manage the people who work for them.
”The important thing is to manage what is inside the box.” – Philip Chang
The main focus of developing leadership skills is to inspire people, while management is all about planning.
It has been inspiring listening to these amazing entrepreneurs and their strong voices as the our guest speakers:
Paul Smith – Founder of successful profitable businesses in the software technology, media, distribution and outsourcing sectors with three exits. Paul uses his visionary ability to help CEOs and organisations to embrace change, adopt fresh approaches, and look deeper to find imaginative solutions.
Philip Chang – Strategic Finance and International Business Operations. He is an expert in analytical thinking, problem solving, cross-cultural communication, the ability to work across business units, and project management.
Programme Manager at InternVietnam (part of Pagoda Projects)
The discussion came out as, leaders makes people want to follow them and managers simply manage the people who work for them. Leaders have a tendency to praise success and drive people. You must think of one without the other to truly see the differences that exist between them. Management without leadership controls resources to maintain the status quo or ensure things happen according to already-established plans. During the webinar, we discussed and suggested proposals on how to help people achieve their goal by managing them.
This latest webinar covers the importance of why we should differentiate them from one another.
‘’Recruiting people that have got real talent and not being able to afraid to have someone who can do the job better than you has a lot of benefits.’’ – Paul Smith
‘’People should look at it the other way round and recruit somebody that can replace them.’’ – Paul Smith
‘’It is that psychological area where leadership is pushing really hard to make sure that people who work from home don’t feel isolated and are part of a team.’’ – Philip Chang
Managers execute, and leaders lead.
So many people find themselves managing people but not leading- because to effectively guide your team on any difficult path, people should feel empowered by you. This comes from both leading your team and managing your own professional development well.
‘’ Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.” —Warren Bennis’
Further readings: Leadership and management by Next Generation
What are soft skills?
Soft skills are the more intangible and non-technical abilities that are sought from candidates.
Why are soft skills important?
Every recruiter identifies the candidates as the new leaders and soft skills are expected just as much as technical skills. Employers value soft skills because they enable people to function and thrive in teams and organisations as a whole. A healthy organisation needs space where relationships based on trust can grow and to trust each other, employees need to have good communication, teamwork and leadership skills.
So what are the top soft skills that you will improve during your internship with Pagoda Projects?
Communication is one of the most important soft skills because it is the bridge between a client and a product. No matter which sector you want to become an expert in, if you don’t have clear communication skills, there is a possibility that your achievements will be limited.
The first thing you know is that to communicate, you should always listen first. Good listeners always have better ways of paying attention and reaching the solution faster. With verbal and non-verbal skills, although they are both categorised with the same importance, verbal communication builds more productive relationships. Today’s businesses run online so we also need to work on our non-verbal communication skills, an easy example of this is when we use email marketing, we need to use the right language to attract an audience.
During your internship with Pagoda Projects, you’ll practice communication with your supervisor and teammates as well as your cultural mentor, fellow participants and the Pagoda team! Through this, you’ll improve not only your communication skills but your intercultural communication skills also.
Leadership is a vital skill to have when entering the graduate job market and something all employers will be looking for.
Being a good leader proves that we also have good decision-making skills as well as communication, self-motivation and organisation skills! Remember, you can practice these skills on all projects, however big or small, and all experience is.. experience!
Problem-solving is the process of observing what is going on in your environment, identifying things that could be changed or improved and diagnosing why the current state is the way it is and the factors and forces that influence it.
During an internship, both in-person and remote, you’re sure to come face-to-face with challenges and problems. You’ll be able to improve your problem-solving skills with the support of your supervisor and Pagoda team to practice this is real-time through real business situations.
Decision-making skills show your ability to process information and assess the best option whilst taking responsibility and showing awareness. Overall, it’s important to identify processes that help you make the right decision on behalf of the organisation and make a concerted effort to uncover biases that may affect the outcome of it.
Overall, completing a Pagoda Projects internship will provide you with the soft skills needed to combat all aspects of your life, not only in business. You will be supported throughout your programme and after to ensure you get the most from this amazing opportunity!
“It is not the strongest or most intelligent who will survive but those who can best manage change.” – Charles Darwin, scientist
Due to Covid-19 almost every sector has been affected, with education being impacted greatly. Although staying at home can initially sound a bit frustrating, thanks to Pagoda remote internships, it doesn’t mean that you can’t make the most out of it.
Through our remote internship platform, remote interns have spent their summer months communicating within their growing network, interacting with internationally based colleagues and building on their current skillset. Through virtual meetings and online classes, working from home and remote internships have become extremely popular and this growing popularity is not only due to this being a much safer option, but by far a more comfortable option!
For most of us, spending the extra 3-4 hours getting ready for work and using public transport every day can become a huge slog, taking up a large part of our days, so a remote experience gives the perfect opportunity to stay home and intern from home. The hot topic of ‘remote working’ and the ability to use digital tools effectively is only growing and it is becoming an ever-important skill to have and the online sessions with guest speakers, cultural mentor scheme and online language classes that are on offer during a Pagoda remote programme are allowing us to gain these skills.
The reputation of internships is constantly evolving, and these remote opportunities are increasing in popularity and worth due to the barriers being much smaller than in-person programmes and the international business world is much more accessible.
Why you should experience a remote internship?
The first thing to consider when it comes to remote interning is your ideal work environment and how you get the most out of your productivity and there are so many benefits to remote programmes that make this the ideal opportunity.
The Pagoda Projects team were amazing throughout the internship and I always felt that if I ever needed anything they were always their to help me. -Miles Vellozzo, Remote intern in Qingdao
The 8 Key Benefits of a Pagoda Remote Internship
1- No Commute
How much time do you spend on getting ready and going to work? On an average day, it can take 2-3 hours from waking up to arriving at work which works against your daily productivity. With remote internships, you can have a structured schedule with no time wasted on the metro or city bus and the minutes of your working day are controlled by you and your daily tasks.
2- The Perfect Workspace
Of course, with in-person internships, you’ll always have your desk space, however, during a busy day, it isn’t always likely that you’ll be able to enjoy this space. With a remote internship, you’ll never have to leave your comfort zone if you have a stable internet connection; it can be anywhere you like, somewhere you’ve been inspired to work even. Our current Pagoda intern loves to sit on her balcony and enjoy a cup of tea and the cool breeze whilst remote working on a hot summer day.
3- Gain Competency Skills
In today’s working world, when looking at your CV, companies will now always look at your digital skills. From video editing to digital marketing and online networking, a Pagoda remote internship allows you to practice each of these skills separately to find your strengths and learn the basics of a variety of skills. You’ll also have access to our skills courses focusing on intercultural communication, employability and digital competency, everything you need when preparing for the working world. What’s more, you’ll receive a certificate on completion to shout about!
4- Experience a New Culture
An in-person programme limits your new connections to just one area but during your remote internship, you’ll chat with your manager in China through an online conference without even leaving your room. On top of this, you’ll take part in the cultural mentor programme which allows you to exchange cultural knowledge with your personal cultural mentor; from this, you’ll learn even more about our host company’s culture and country and make a new friend outside of your professional network.
5- Join Our Global Network
We all know networking can do wonders for opening opportunities and remote internships allow you to network through online events including Q&A sessions and workshops with guest speakers to social events such as cooking classes and quizzes.
6- APP based – Carry your Internship in your Pocket
Another benefit that Pagoda Projects provides is a mobile app. This means you have access to communications and resources not just from your laptop but also from your phone. You can sign up for your next cultural mentorship session, our online events and join personal development groups that take place on the app, such as leadership, cultural mentorship, problem-solving and much more… It’s so easy to use!
7- Internship with Trusted Companies
Pagoda Projects not only provides you with an internship, but we also provide the best internship to fit your skills, interest and studies. There is no limit on sectors which gives participants the perfect opportunity to improve themselves or gain experience in a brand-new field. This also allows you to move out of your comfort zone and begin something new!
8- Personalised Support from The Pagoda Team
Our team is focused on providing the best experience for you. During every step of your application, our team members will provide the assistance you need to ensure we find the perfect placement for you. With a remote internship it can be very tricky when applying as you won’t meet your company face-to-face but thanks to Pagoda, we will build the bridge between the participant and the host company.
All the members have been very useful and are easy to contact. They have also been very good at engaging us in other activities, both educational and social activities! -Andrae Fegalquin, Remote intern in Qingdao
The management was great, all the staff were wonderful to talk to and very supportive. -Arlin Mathew, Remote intern in HCMC
In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity!
Thursday, 13th August 2020, we hosted a fantastic event: Fireside Chat with Global Sports Brand – Hummel
Introduction of the event
Founded in 1923, Hummel is a Danish footwear and sportswear brand with deep roots in football and handball. Hummel is one of the oldest, most dedicated team sport brands in the business.
It is amazing to discuss and learn how businesses have reacted through a global pandemic and it’s been inspiring listening to their strategies and future plans during and after Covid-19.
Liam O’Dwyer – Hummel UK Country Sales Manager, is now dedicated to improving his success and becoming a role model for the younger generation.
Stephen Mckiernan – Hummel UK Country Sales Manager, a highly determined, conscientious, and commercially-minded sales professional with a proven ability to deliver superior results within the wholesale fashion industry.
Moderator of Pagoda Projects:
Jamie Bettles – Pagoda Projects Managing Director
This webinar covered a variety of topics. We heard about Hummel’s key strategy of ensuring they stay with their key partners during this period as you can’t expect to gain new business right now due to a lot of key accounts pushing back and cancelling orders. We observed that the Covid situation has had both positive and negative effects as well as how important marketing is to a company and the challenges of establishing the brand in UK.
‘’You have to find a gap that’s the most important, something that is not out there already or you have to be an entrepreneur in the fact and see the bigger picture on things… just go for it and if you fail it’s not the end of the world you do it again or you win’’ – Liam O’Dwyer
‘’The marketing side is something that is important to any business and it’s something I feel that we haven’t quite got involved at the moment’’ – Stephen Mc Kiernan
‘’ The main challenge is how to build the brand and build the exposure (from the different channels on social media) because it wasn’t there initially.’’ – Liam O’Dwyer
Any Company, any factor, any organization seeks to achieve success but to achieve the success hard work comes first which Hummel proved that with their success.
Being on Top requires, Team work ,Time management, Responsibility and Hummel discussed and gave tips about all three of these skills during our Webinar. What the companies should focus on is what they need, Recognition, Higher Sales Records, Managements? The bottom line of the marketing is knowing your customer and provide them what they need. That’ s a win!
Anybody who’s starting his business from scratch is very brave, it’s all about having the believe on what you do and having a positive strength.
On the 11th of August, we hosted a fantastic event: Women in Business – Entrepreneurship.
Introduction of the event
Even though there has been a lot of progress regarding Women in Business, there’s still a lot to do. According to the statistics, the percentage of women in senior management positions is growing, but there is still a lot of disparity between men and women (Catalyst, Quick Take: Women in Management, August 11, 2020).
“It’s important to think about female leadership on a global scale. In the UK, of course, there are still problems but there are far fewer than our counterparts in the developing world”. Harriett Sheffer
It is always good to hear the perspective of women who are pursuing their dreams and achieving great goals.
It has been insightful and rewarding listening to the experiences and the thoughts of three truly inspiring female entrepreneur guest-speakers:
Adina Deacu – Environmental Psychologist at “Tianmei’s World” Environmental Psychology Consultancy. She is now on a mission to change how people view education and turn the world into one big classroom through all the research projects and workshops she designs and delivers.
Harriett Sheffer – Founder and Design Director at Studio Hu. She is a design strategist that seeks to bridge the gap between strategy conceived and strategy executed. She is passionate about new frontier start-up environments, community building, and is the Co-Founder and Program Director of the Chengdu Women in Business Network.
Lydia Jones – Founder and CEO at Housemates whose mission it is to make student travel frictionless. She described herself as “obsessed with building products that solve real problems”.
Meeting chair of Pagoda Projects:
Pauline Barba, Qingdao Branch Manager.
The topics of discussion have been many. We heard how diversity makes teams more innovative, as well as what the current trends and challenges of being a woman running a business nowadays are. We listened to how the current global situation has given these women a real opportunity to innovate and test their flexibility as start-ups in their sectors. They also discussed the crisis of leadership and thinking of a new way forward, and even what sets you apart from the competition in your market. On top of this, a hot topic was the importance of building a support network.
“Entrepreneurship is identifying a problem and thinking about how to provide a better solution to that.” Lydia
“My mission is to surround myself with people who know more than me in all given areas. We all live in a digital world, there are lots of podcasts out there with female founders and it’s how you use the content out there to your advantage. Everything is feedback and it’s having the confidence to go out and speak to people and understanding what to listen to.” – Lydia
“Diversity needs to start from the top level of management. If your board isn’t diverse, I think you’re at a disadvantage.” – Lydia
“For me, what matters, is the ultimate goal that I have and when I couldn’t find a platform for the problems I wanted to solve, I created one.” – Adina
“Diversity moves things forward and it’s about that curiosity and wanting to know what other people think as this is what gives you personal growth. For anyone, a willingness to grow is a mandatory part and if you’re not willing to grow, you can’t go very far, and diversity gives you that. People are afraid of diversity and disagreements… I’m happy to see younger generations are trying to break out of that and it’s great to have companies like Pagoda Projects who are trying to do this.” – Adina
“Having women on your board, they represent over half of the world, leading you to see industries that you haven’t seen before.” – Harriett
“Not just for women but for everybody, the disadvantage comes early on in our confidence. As young people in an increasingly weird workplace, always be positive and confident and take every opportunity you can. You will learn something from everything you do and don’t be put off by doing things that don’t sound like ‘what you thought you’d do’.” – Harriett
Sometimes the drive to achieve goals comes from a strong will, from a lack of resources in the current market, or from the need to find a solution to a question.
Entrepreneurship is a challenge that leads to personal and professional growth and allows you to gain versatile skills that can be applied to many types of jobs. It means having decision-making autonomy but also critical thinking and relying on those who know more than you in certain fields. It is also about making the most of the worst situations and demonstrating flexibility and agility by turning a period of crisis into opportunity.
What matters is to grasp the lessons from all experiences however big or small, never stop at the first result, and always look for improvements. Furthermore, what is a huge plus in a company is diversity. It is vital, as it brings competitive advantage and it gives the opportunity to see things from different perspectives and to have challenging conversations that lead to innovation.
Further readings: Women in Business – 2020 Trends, by Guidant Financial.
Remote working has become more and more popular these years, especially during the pandemic (in 2020, in case you read this blog in 3030). And, you may have the possibility of working from home, or maybe an internship remotely. In any case, here, we have some advice for you to be more effective for your next remote working experience!
1 Get your remote office
- Try to allocate a specific place in your house to work. Ideally, somewhere calm that you can leave at the end of your workday. Avoid working in the middle of your living room or even worse, in your bed.
- While working from home make sure to finish off on time. Just because you are working from home, it doesn’t mean that you’re available 24/7!
2 Stay organised
- Working from home, without someone telling you what to do, when to do it, can be difficult. Establish your strategy and plan your daily schedule: Breaks, deep working sessions, allocate time for your tasks and projects, and do not forget to exercise!
- Prioritize your tasks: the fewer switches in a day, the more effective you’ll be. Better to start with the more urgent and high demanding tasks. Fix yourself daily or weekly goals on longer projects to keep continuing rather than hurrying in the last week.
3 Stay focused
- Deep working can also be a good way to stay focused! Let your colleagues know that you will not be reachable for an hour or two. That you’ll check their messages after, to avoid being distracted. This is also a great way to let others know what you’re focusing on. Doing so, they know where you are in your work.
- Do not wait to ask for help or express your struggles. The earlier the better, this principle works as much when you’re in the office as at home.
4 Stay connected
- Especially with your coworkers, not only for work matters but also for social interactions. Chatting with your coworkers is also part of the experience! It will definitely help you to not feel isolated.
- Communication is not only sending emails. It’s necessary to replicate in-person communication even when there are thousands of kilometers between you and colleagues, try Whatsapp, Zoom,Skype. Why not have a lunch break together on skype?
5 Keep Networking
- Join Webinars & online events
- Have weekly meetings with your teammates
- Search for online/real events outside of work (Meetup.com) that can be related to your career objectives, acquiring knowledge, … Or, just joining people with some common interests like drawing, movies, or language exchange meetings!
The experience of our PP interns!
How has been your experience as a remote intern so far?
“When I started I didn’t know what was expected of me, but I have to say that so far it has been a great experience! Even though you have to be very independent and plan your daily schedule very well, working remotely also allows you to be less stressed and to be able to interact and work with people placed in different countries. That’s a side of the remote working that I love!“
What was the most challenging part of your remote internship?
“The most challenging part of my remote internship is loneliness, even if I like working in autonomy I think that as a human we all need to have real interactions and it might be hard sometimes because you are alone. Even though we communicate a lot with my colleagues and people I’m working with, I think it’s not the same as having face-to-face interactions with them and you can’t see them.“
“One of the most challenging things about being a remote intern was, for me, being located in Mexico when the rest of the team were in Asia or Europe, so sometimes in the afternoon, if I didn’t know how to do something or I had a lot of questions then I couldn’t ask. So I would ask them but I had to wait until the next day for them to reply because it was really late for them. And even though sometimes they would just go out of their schedule and reply to me at 12 or 1am, it would not always be the case so my work was slowed down a little bit but during the time we were on the same schedule, the morning for me and the evening for them, they were always asking me if I needed any more help. They were great, it was just the afternoon period that I had to kind of like learn how to do things by myself sometimes. But other than that, they were amazing.“
What is the main advantage of your remote internship?
“One of the main advantages of working from home is that you get a better life balance, it’s a great opportunity to blend your personal and professional life as I’m living with my family, I can spend more time with them whether it’s for breakfast or lunch. I see them more often which is something really nice! Another great advantage is that you don’t have to spend time on transportation or being stuck in traffic – you don’t need to think about it anymore. There’s no stress and you are saving your money and your time as well. You can get extra time sleeping in the morning, or having more time for breakfast“
“One of the advantages of working remotely, for me, was definitely that I didn’t have to wake 1h30 earlier to get to work. If people know Mexico City, it’s the city with the most traffic in the world! It would take me an hour to get to work. No gas expenses, no car expenses, so definitely that expense went down. Then I was able to sleep a little bit longer and be more ready to start working. I was also able to just pause every like one to two hours to walk around, grab a coffee, grab a snack and then get back to work. And I was able to get a schedule, that I was always starting at 9 in the morning, around 2pm I would eat lunch and then do exercise and then get back to work. Because that lunch and exercise period was 2h30 so I was able to clear my mind and by the time I got back to work, I was ready to start again and it’s been great for me. I love working remotely, and I would definitely want to work remotely again.“
Do you think working from home helped you develop different skills from office working?
“I’d say autonomy and organisation. Because, there is no one behind you to remind you what you should be doing every single time, basically. You’re not in the office. So yeah…
Maybe also confidence because after sending 10 questions to your mentors you may not want to bother them with simple things so you just end up searching for answers or trying your own way and sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn’t. But it doesn’t matter because if it doesn’t work then you just learn so it’s nice too.“
What is your advice for future interns?
“One thing that I learned while working from home and that I’d like to give as advice for future interns is that you don’t need to be afraid to ask questions. This is very important because communication is crucial in working remotely; there needs to be very good communication between colleagues to work efficiently.
If you are new in a company, it’s normal that you don’t know many things, so don’t be afraid to ask for advice, to ask for suggestions, to ask questions, because people are willing to help and they really want you to fit well into the company. So never be afraid to introduce yourself and reach out when you need it. No need to struggle, you just need to ask, like if you were there on-place. They may be busy sometimes or not able to answer your questions at first, but just be patient and you’ll see that your job is going to be way easier.“
Will you look for other remote working opportunities?
“Definitely yes! I’m graduating in Foreign Languages and International Trade, so I was and will be looking for internships abroad basically. But, with the current pandemic, it was almost impossible to find as it was almost impossible to travel. So, remote internships are, in my opinion, the easiest way now to get a job with a foreign company, to work with people from other countries. So yes!
And also, it’s really convenient, I’m living in the countryside so I don’t have to commute to the nearest city every day. I used to commute to go to uni and it almost took me three hours per day so working from home is really nice!“
Traveling the globe has always been my passion, I have discovered amazing and unique destinations and I would not change those experiences for anything in the world, but looking back at the past few years I realize that I know more places from other continents than from my own country. A few months back I decided to grab my backpack, a couple of friends and explore the land I grew up in, so I am going to show you my favourite 7 spots to backpack in Mexico.
7. Puerto Morelos
Located in between two of the most famous beaches in Mexico, Puerto Morelos has a unique feel that will not compare to Cancun or Playa del Carmen. If you are looking to relax at one of the most beautiful beaches in Mexico with a smaller budget, and you want to experience real Mexican culture, then Puerto Morelos is the place for you. Just one hour away from this peaceful spot you can also find Tulum and Cobá, two of the most incredible tourist attractions of the whole country, full of history and amazing views. But be careful, you could end up falling completely in love with this place.
6. Zacatlán de las Manzanas
This “magic town” is located in Puebla. Just a three hour drive from Mexico city you can find the beautiful town of Zacatlan de las Manzanas, well known for having a distinct taste due to all the apples that grow there; making their apple pies, apple soda and apple liquor unique. Zacatlán is also known for being the home of watches and clocks in Mexico. There is a watch Museum, along with a clock sculpture in the main plaza. The colors, the food, the people and all the other attractions just outside this magical place will make you want to extend your visit at least a couple more days.
Located in Yucatan, Merida is an emerging city with just over 777,000 habitants, and a wide range of cultural heritage. Its peacefulness, food, architecture and weather will win your heart over and will make you want to stay forever. On top of that, to the East you will find Chichen Itza, to the north Progreso, to the west the beautiful beaches of Celestun, and to the south Uxmal. Merida was named the American Capital of Culture by Lonely Planet, and let me tell you that they were named it for a reason, definitely a place you don’t want to miss the next time you are in Mexico.
4. Grutas Tolantongo
A place I could never have imagined existing in Mexico. A canyon located in Hidalgo with over 500 meter-tall cliffs and a 15 meter wide valley, this place is paradise. The best part is that it only costs $120 pesos for the whole day. Tolantongo Caves has more than 30 warm mineral pools next to a paradise resort owned by over 112 families that want to preserve these amazing natural resources. It is certainly not something you see everyday.
3. La Huasteca Potosina
La huasteca Potosina, located in San Luis Potosí, has been on my list since I was little, it has always amazed me in pictures and my dream was to visit this place. Fortunately a couple months ago I was finally able to and it did not disappoint me at all. This place will transport you to another planet and help you reconnect with nature.
Just under 5 hours drive from Mexico City, you will find this amazing, unique place that will take your breath away. Make sure you bring your bathing suit, a friend and a new memory card for your camera because you will want to capture every moment.
Tequila, Jalisco will put in practice your drinking and cultural skills and make sure you have a great time with friends and meeting new people. Many tequila companies have tequila tours that you can take, that provide unlimited tequila and food to make sure you live a fun-filled experience. A great way to discover our culture, as well as to learn how tequila has been made over generations and has become a big part of our heritage and tradition.
Located close to Nayarit, Marietas Island are two empty islands own by the government to protect its natural resources. In the past few years the government has implemented a campaign to prevent the ecosystem in this islands from dying so now only a limited amount of tourist can go into the islands per day. If you are lucky enough or plan you trip in advance you will be able to visit this incredible and unique place. In my experiences this has been the most amazing and relaxing place I have every been, placing Marietas Islands as my number 1 destination in Mexico.
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As a Mexican that has experienced culture and life in China, it was really hard to come back to my own country and forget about life over there, and their amazing food, culture, traditions and people. When I came back to Mexico City, the first thing on my list was to find the best Chinese food in town. Due to business, cultural interest and technology, Mexico City has become a multicultural city in the past few years, and luckily it has a few good options!
This city is known for its diverse choices in food, traditions, people and places and in the last few years Chinese culture has become one of many new cultures in Mexico. With nearly 25 million people living in Mexico City we can find something for everyone, so I am going to show you the top 6 most delicious Chinese restaurants in this enormous and fascinating city.
6. Restaurant Tong Fung.
Located in ChinaTown, Mexico City, this place has a unique vibe that will transport you back to a local restaurant in China during Chinese New Year. Full of decor and Chinese flavor we mark Tong Fung as our option number 6.
5. Oriental Bar Restaurant
If you ever want to experience Chinese food the way Mexicans do, then this is the place for you. Oriental Bar bring out the best of the Chinese cuisines and adds some Mexican flavour to it. Definitely a place you want to try if you stay in Mexico City long enough.
4. Hong King
Just a few blocks away from the Pagoda Projects Mexico offices we find Hong King. If you want to experience a more cantonese flavour from Hong Kong, don’t hesitate to try out Hong King. Served in a traditional Chinese way, with the best flavors of canton, we rank Hong King as our number 4 favorite place.
3. Ka Won Seng
If you want tradicional, accessible and delicious Chinese food, then Ka Won Seng is the place for you. With accessible prices and delicious food, Ka Wong Seng will give you a full experience of what is like to eat in a local restaurant in China.
2. Asian Bay
If you want to experience a glamorous evening, then Asian Bay is the place for you. You will experience the true flavors of Asia, focusing on Chinese cuisine most of all. During the day you can have a relaxing and delicious meal, and during the night this place will transport you back to China, with spectacular shows that will blow your mind. This is a perfect place to have a fun evening.
1. YI Ping You
We have been talking mostly about traditional Chinese food, but there is nothing like a good touch of spicy Sichuan flavor in your food. This place is known for being traditional and authentic, and some even say it is the best place for Sichuan food in all of Mexico. Yi Ping You places as our favorite and number 1 Chinese restaurant in Mexico City.
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