Wednesday, September 22, 2010

What is a Lounge Bar?

A lounge bar is quite different from a regular bar or club. In a lounge bar, sandwiches, light snacks, as well as a wide choice of beverages are served to the guests or customers. A lounge bar is more quiet compared to regular, noisy bars, and is the ideal place to hang out and have fun while enjoying a few drinks without the noise and the crowds.

Most adults especially those who work in an office prefer to hang out in a lounge bar rather than the noisy pubs, because in such places they can sit back and relax while enjoying their drink. Most lounge bars also offer plenty of amusement options, like TV's, live music, a pool table, and many others.

In Shenzhen, Suzy's Late Night Lounge Bar has to be my favorite lounge bar. It incorporates all of the points stated above, and is additionally a place where those who want to spend a relaxing evening coming from a hard day's work prefer to go to. This bar in Shenzhen is also very easy to find, as it is near the Kempinski Hotel. If you are interested to find out more about this bar, you can find more information here:

120 Coastal City
East Block
Wenxin 6th Road (off Haide 3rd Ave)
Nanshan, Shenzhen
(next to the Kempinski Hotel)

Follow them on Twitter @Suzys_LoungeBar

Monday, September 13, 2010

More on Suzy's Lounge Bar in Shenzhen, China

I am so raving about Suzy's Lounge Bar in Shenzhen! They are giving away the second drink free for any new customer who stops by for a visit! If you don't know where it is, here's a map to help you find your way:

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Finding Suzy's Lounge Bar in Shenzhen shouldn't be hard though. The bar is near the Kempinski Hotel as you can see on the map. So if you're looking for a bar in Shenzhen to enjoy and experience the Shenzhen nightlife in, stop by Suzy's Lounge Bar. And, if this is your first time to visit, you get your second drink free! Cheers!

Suzy’s Late Night Lounge Bar
120 Coastal City East Block, Wexin 6th Road, Nanshan District, Shenzhen
Tel. No.: 0755-86290169
Mobile No.: 13590213422

Monday, September 6, 2010

Why A Lot of People Don't Succeed in oDesk

I was reading the comments on oDesk's FaceBook page, and I got really disheartened by some of them. I am sad to hear that there are a lot of providers/contractors out there having a hard time landing jobs, and because of that a lot of them resort to calling oDesk a scam. Believe me, oDesk has been my main income source, and a good one at that. My whole month's salary from working in a call center doesn't even come close to the amount I earn in a week's full of work.

One of the things I noticed is the fact that they complained about something similar - how hard it was to start. Well, nothing's easy at the beginning and I clearly recall how I almost gave up on oDesk myself last year, because all of the jobs I applied for got declined. I knew I couldn't beat other people who had great feedback and built their reputation already, so the only edge I had while I applied for article writing jobs was to make great examples of my work to submit to clients during my application. True enough, one buyer liked my sample and hired me. I gave my best on that first job and eagerly awaited my first feedback, which was 5 out of 5 stars. From then on, she kept re-hiring me for other projects of hers and I built my feedback from there and applied to other jobs too. Now, with over 1,000 oDesk hours and over 40 assignments, I am turning offers down because they do not fit my current work schedule. Plus, I have also retained clients whom I've been working with close to a year now.

Another thing I read which was one of their complaints was the pay. I know there are a lot of providers who charge even less than a dollar per hour, and it is but natural for any client to want to save as much as they can when paying wages. When I started out, I accepted articles of 500 words in length for $1. I saw this as a way for me to prove my writing skills and to build feedback which will help me in the long run, and it did. Now, I get paid $1/100 words, and that's not so bad. Think of oDesk like any other job in the office - you have to start somewhere, and you're not automatically the next CEO upon joining. As you prove your worth to your clients, you can ask for a raise or even bonuses along the way. One of my clients gave me a whopping $500 as a birthday bonus, and even gave me the day off, too!

A blank profile will not get you anywhere. One of the things clients do when going over their list of applicants is to check out your profile. If all that's in there is your name, your hourly rate, and maybe a picture of you, then that's not going to get you anywhere. Take as many oDesk tests you can (don't forget the oDesk Readiness Test so you can apply to 20 jobs a week), and attach relevant samples of your work to your profile. Fill it up with as many pertinent information as you can and when applying, include samples of your work even if the client doesn't ask for it. 

One thing I can say is that oDesk is definitely not a place for the lazy. If you really want to succeed, then you have to make sure you apply for jobs which are relevant to your skill, have patience and perseverance, and see the declined applications as a challenge. It isn't easy but it does get a whole lot better with time and hard work. Trust me, I know. I make 5 figures in a week.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

BidZinga - Is it a scam?

While on FaceBook, I came across an auction site called BidZinga and since I really did not have any intentions of bidding on items seriously and I just wanted to see and check the site out, I created an account with them. The usuals are included - your name, email address, shipping address, etc. etc. no credit card information was taken (I don't have one anyway, lol!). So after looking around at the items for auction and how cheap they were, I tried to Google for reviews and other information I could about the site. Surprisingly, there wasn't anything I could pull up that wasn't from the website itself.

Funny thing is, there's also a Testimonials tab in there, but it's currently empty. So I used the free bids I got when I created my account and bid on some products but got outbid in them. For the reason that I cannot find anyone who says they received the product they ordered from this website my question still remains - is BidZinga a scam?
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