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Sunday, 23 June 2019

Gone to sin city for work | Las Vegas business trip | Nevada USA

Never in my life that I imagined myself going here for business purposes or work lol! Since I was onboard at my first ever employer, of course, this has been my first ever business trip abroad too. I was so privileged to be part of the 3-man crew sent for this trip as I did not know there was such a thing in the company (or I forgot there was). I don't even have any idea what to expect, but I effort-ly prepared for it. I practiced speaking in English for like two straight months, even in our own house for this HAHA! Not to discount the research I needed to do to cover a scope that was not originally part of my main project focus. Consciously thinking of what may happen there, whether good or the not-so-good ones.. It was a mix of the emotion of nervousness, uncertainty, and excitement building up as the date of the trip goes nearer and nearer. It will not be my first time going to Vegas since we recently visited the place a few years back before this, but going there for business purposes is a totally different ball game.

McCarran International Airport
Slot machine in McCarran International Airport

Curious about what are we going to do there? Try to take a few guesses with your mind before reading on.. It will be difficult to hit, but trying won't do you any harm.

And so we flew thousands of miles to get there with the company of the airplane's entertainment system.. Man, I cannot describe how tiring it is to experience several darknesses (morning darkness and night darkness) in a single flight but it was, really. We arrived at 8:00 PM there and the sun is still up like it is 10 in the morning, so cool haha!

We even had time to take this picture initiated by our manager (haha!) while waiting for our hotel key.. 

Excalibur hotel photo op
Ze crew (Glen, Carlo and a photobomber lol)

Yes, we stayed at Excalibur hotel as per it is the most efficient location with our main goal which is to try to take the sword from King Arthur. Too bad Merlin had other plans.. (Kidding aside)

We were given a spacious room that had an awesome view. There were bibles in our drawers! I just don't know if every drawer has it or someone just left it there intentionally, but it was great to see some there. We were digging all the perks really! 

Excalibur hotel room at Las Vegas
We are happy, our faces just doesn't express well haha!

Excalibur hotel room view
A view from our hotel room

Okay, are you ready with your guesses with our task there? If you guessed that we will be gambling there, well.. it's not that you are wrong since we admittedly tried to grow each of our $20 (Carlo and me) on the casino below Excalibur.. But we were there to man the company's booth who were manufacturing portable power supplies, specially made for photographers who shoot outdoors. Well it's not limited to that purpose, but it basically allows you to bring power on location. For more information, you may visit www.innovatronix.com directly for further queries regarding their product line.


Tronix Explorer 500Li
Tronix Explorer 500 Lithium

It was personally interesting for me to meet some of our clients in the flesh, whom I exchange emails with the past days to even months for some. It's like having an "eyeball" meeting or having the same concept of "blind date" but for dealing and transaction purposes haha! An experience to learn from really.

Our main exhibit is to happen in the grand conference center of the MGM Grand but we had two side exhibits before that which are on the following photos:


Professional School Photographers Association International &
Sports Photographers Association of America Annual Conferences
The Renaissance Las Vegas
The Renaissance

Pre-launch of the main exhibit which is the Wedding Portrait and Photography International
At Studio Room of MGM Grand
Studio Room of MGM Grand

So after those twin days of warm-ups, we directly headed to battle for another 3 straight days for the main exhibit at the MGM Grand Conference Center.

Day 1 of WPPI exhibit - Innovatronix
Day 1

The conference center is humongous. We have to walk it off every day from our hotel room.. Our routine was to wake up early, walk outside the freezing street of Vegas, eat breakfast at McDonald's inside the center (where I discovered that iced coffee tastes great lol) and be ready for basically the whole day at the booth.

Day 2 of WPPI exhibit - Innovatronix
Day 2

Some of my favorite parts were doing the demo for the guests and discovering how cool our clients were! Not that I am belittling Asian English, but American and European accents are just way easier to understand and refreshing to hear haha! In the first place, they must since it's their mother tongue. They are more confident using it that is why it is louder too I guess..

We always have a different dinner each night and we very much look forward to it since we only eat twice a day as per our availability schedule. We always are eager for it that we don't have a single group photo eating aside from the last day. Funny!

Day 3 of WPPI exhibit - Innovatronix
Day 3

Ending the exhibit still with full smiles and happy clients of course! And behind those faces are excited men because of its free day tomorrow!! Man, the feeling of relief is unexplainable. We were actually successful in hitting the on-site targets that were set during the trip and some of the tasks that were given by Sir Glen - which some of them were important to be done before the exhibit ends.

One last thing that we needed to do was egressing from the site as to we can skip that part and now tackle the must-see areas in the Las Vegas strip.

So Basically the Las Vegas strip is popularly known / locally called "The Strip" because it is a single line where all the main attractions and famous sites are. If you are looking for more affordable products to shop at, go outside the strip. But if you want the Vegas experience - walk the strip first from end to end, you'll be pretty surprised how long you'll go here as you'll forget you're tired while sightseeing on all the things the area can give you.

Arc de Triomphe replica in Vegas
Arc de Triomphe replica

Aside from the world-famous tourist spot replicas, you can find here, some of the must-see attractions FOR ME are the following: (Selected a few)


-In no particular order-

1. Bellagio's water fountain show - free

Bellagio hotel in Vegas


2. Mirage's erupting volcano show and its secret garden - free

Secret Garden in Vegas


3. Miracle Mile shops at Planet Hollywood - free
(Find your way to the 24/7 night area)

Miracle Mile shops at Planet Hollywood - Vegas


4. Ride the roller-coaster around the New York New York hotel

New York New York hotel and Roller coaster in Vegas


5. Bungee Jump at the Stratosphere Tower

Stratosphere in Vegas
Tsinelas tayo syempre! Haha!

We journeyed a part of the strip and visited a few local shops in the morning all together before eating at a Filipino fast-food restaurant there for lunch. They said that there were many Filipinos in the area that is why they are doing great there. So cool to see some of the foreigners in there too eating our own delicacies.. In here I saw the most expensive Filipino junk foods (or "sitsirya") that cost a dollar to a dollar and a half for a single pack which normally only cost around $0.25 (dollar converted) when in our country. They explained that delivery and taxes are already included in there which explains the price.

Kapit Bahay Filipino Fast Food in Vegas
Kapit Bahay Filipino Fast Food

After this, we agreed to just meet up at a certain place and time when we're done doing our personal shopping. Sir Glen temporarily parted from us while we (with Carlo) did our thing together. Not very long that we all saw each other again at Bellagio (I think - since a water show was going on) and walked through the strip again for the second time since its near night time.

Do make sure to experience both walking the strip on a morning and a night as they are a totally different experience.


Night at Las Vegas
Night at Las Vegas

This city is one of the most unique cities I have ever seen so far (both the good and the bad). The streets are full of talents, things to do, thrilling sights to see, etc. but on the other hand.. gambling, prostitution, and alcohol come with it. They are just everywhere and is literally a grab away if you want. Thinking that the whole place is in the middle of a dessert is just mind-blowing.

What happened in Vegas stays in Vegas? Well, I already broke this statement just by writing this post lol. Want to hear a piece of even better news though? After a year, I had my second out of the country exhibit experience.. and it is in the Big Apple, the city that never sleeps: New York City! Stay tuned for that post as I discover if the city really does not sleep! Going on that trip cost me something, well not monetary but it is for you to find out. I hope to see you when it gets published. See you and I hope you liked this Vegas post!


128 comments:

  1. You seems like having a fantastic time over there! I wish I can go to Vegas next time, but it will cost me a lot of money. I need to save up more now lol

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    1. So much things to do.. Your money here will be drained lol

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  2. I lived in Vegas for 6 years. It was amazing! I think I am biased to everything and know all the little local deals!

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    1. Oh wow, can I know one of the coolest deals you got?

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  3. Looks like a fun trip, even if for work! I have always wanted to go to Las Vegas.

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    1. True. But can't help to feel some other things too haha! Crazy!

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  4. I've wanted to go to Las Vegas. I think it would be so much fun!

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  5. I've never been to vegas - for work or play. Thanks for sharing your experience. I like knowing what's going on out there in the world lol. Hopefully I'll have a chance to check vegas out one day.

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  6. It looks like you had a fantastic time in Las Vegas! What an awesome trip you got to do through work :)

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  7. We just spent a week in Vegas not too long ago, and still didn't have the time to do everything we wanted to do! We left broke and happy!

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  8. Kristine Nicole Alessandra25 June 2019 at 06:53

    I have relatives who live very close to Las Vegas. I will have to ask them to take me there when I go and visit them sometime next year. Love your photos! You look like you really had an awesome time there.

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    1. We had some relatives too living there. I bet our relatives live in the same community.

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  9. Looks like you had a blast there! I ahve been to Vegas several times, it usually takes about 2 hour flight to get there. And I agree, the conference center is really big!

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  10. Glad you had fun with the business trip. It's good that you were able to have fun.

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  11. I feel a lot of excitement while reading your article. Las Vegas is really a nice place to visit and you are such a lucky man going not only for work but also for having fun.

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    1. On point. So blessed. Appreciated it all.

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  12. This looks like such a fun trip, especially since it was a work trip rather than a holiday. Glad you had a great time and it looks like the conference was a success too!

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    1. They do it yearly. So glad to be part of it

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  13. Looks like you had a great time in Vegas.

    I can feel the thrill, excitement reading your post, very nicely written.

    Keep the posts coming!

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  14. Oh wow, what an absolutely cool work trip! I would love to go to Las Vegas the hotel looks great.

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    1. One of the pioneering hotel there I guess

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  15. Cool post and I love Vegas.

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  16. Wow, it looked like you had so much to do there! Sounds like you had a great time too! Would love to visit Vegas one day.

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  17. Wow, you are so lucky to have been sent to the US! I have been working for 14 years and the farthest I have been sent for work is General Santos City.

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    1. The thing here is that I was not even thinking of that and it was given to me.. Galing ni Lord haha

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  18. Looks like you had a great time in Vegas. O yes I too would love to be there sometime.

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    1. This is where sight-seeing is already worth it!

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  19. Wow, this was full of surprises. I never considered Vegas, but it honestly sounds like the perfect place for me and my friends. It’s so beautiful

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    1. Haha! Fun but hopefully not too much of it eh ;)

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  20. Very good article. I definitely love this website.
    Thanks!

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  21. Vegas is on my list of places to go! Since it was in no particular order, if you had to choose 1 thing to do first in Vegas (of the things you did)...which would you recommend??

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    1. Go and see the Belagio water fountain show. Its free lol -

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  22. Sounds like a fun event to meet new people and also tour las vegas! I still haven't been to vegas but I am planning on.. maybe next year!

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  23. Now I'm jealous! You had succchhhh a great time along with work. Cool pics too!!

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  24. Glad to hear your conference went really well! And Vegas is definitely a city I love to see one day, it really looks like how you see in the movies!! And so cool they have Filipino fat food place too

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  25. Looks like you had a great trip Michael! My old job used to take me to Vegas every February for a trade show. They were definitely 'work had, play hard' trips. That is the only part about that job I miss. I haven't made it back to Vegas since the kids were born but hopefully soon

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    1. Glad to know and yes, they are that kind of jobs really. ;) Thanks man! Appreciate you sharing some experience too

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  26. Seems like you had a great time even if it was primarily for work! I visited a few years ago too and had a blast. I'm hoping to make another trip with the hubby soon.

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    1. Exciting times! Going with your family makes it more great!

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  27. Ah nice. I have always wanted to visit Las Vegas. Maybe I will get the chance to do so when the kids are older.

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  28. Mama Maggie's Kitchen26 June 2019 at 06:14

    Wow! This sounds like a fun trip! Hope you're having a great time!

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  29. Awesome post.

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  30. I have never been to Vegas, but I've heard it's beautiful. I bet it would be an interesting place to work at!

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    1. The most interesting city yet I have ever been

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  31. twinspirational26 June 2019 at 10:37

    Oh it seems like you really enjoyed the business trip in there, haven't been to Vegas but hopefully someday.

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    1. Looking for that day you can actually visit the place too!

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  32. I know about the Eiffel tower replica, but they have the Pyramid du Louvre and Arc du Triomphe as well ?! Really have to see them in person one day ! =)

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    1. I don't know all of them but it would be interesting if you know most of them. That is if you have been traveling enough or searched the net.

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  33. Wow, this place looks incredible. There’s so much to do and see there! Looks like a brilliant place to take the whole squad!

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    1. Visiting with your squad sounds an incredible experience.

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  34. At this time I am ready to do my breakfast, after having my breakfast coming yet
    again to read further news.

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  35. What a fun experience you had there. The long travel was well compensated. Looking forward for your next post.

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  36. Looks very fun! I love Vegas! -Sondra Barker @cuisineandtravel.com

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  37. Geraline Batarra26 June 2019 at 18:32

    Vegas is such an amazing place, I've always seen it in movies, I would definitely love to visit here someday

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  38. Geraline Batarra26 June 2019 at 22:45

    The pictures are so great..! I bet tou really had a blast there, Las Vegas is so fantastic..!

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  39. I love Vegas! I want to go back for my birthday.

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    1. What are you planning to do when you get there?

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  40. Wow, it looks and sounds like you had a really great time in Vegas! How cool to be sent to Vegas for work!!

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  41. It's great that you had enjoyed so much being there.. The pictures are so good.
    Thanks for sharing your experience.. 😊

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  42. Happy to know you had a great time. Enjoyed reading your post. Ramdam ko yung excitement mo. (Haha!) The photo with Hany made me laugh.

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  43. Cool trip! I would love to go to a conference like this for work!

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  44. Looks like so much fun. It's always nice to travel as part of work and get to know new places while working at the same time.

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  45. Looks like you guys had a great time Micheal! Much better than being in the office😉

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    1. Being a blogger can though has so much opportunities dont you think?

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  46. i am so jealous. I always want to go to Sin City and I have not gotten the chance to. Mmmh haha looks like you had fun though

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  47. It's always good to combine business and pleasure as long as you know where to draw the line. I personally love working travels.

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  48. Seems like a fun city to visit for work. There seems lot of fun things to do x

    Laura
    https://pinkfrenzymissl.blogspot.com/

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  49. Thanks for sharing your experience in Vegas. I would love to visit sin city soon.

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  50. I love, love Vegas!!! It's one of my favorite vacations. There is so much to do and see and, I don't even gamble. There is always a convention going on, always some great shows and the sight seem is awesome. It look like you had a blast meeting some of your customers face to face. Can't wait to hear about the Big Apple.

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    1. Thanks a loot. Your support is very much appreciated

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  51. Are you sure you went to Vegas for work lmao!!! Just kidding! This is amazing, I am so happy for you.

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  52. Wow working in Vegas would be so exciting! Lots of wild stories to tell I’m sure... too wild for here maybe lol

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  53. Las Vegas is SOOOOO not my scene, but it looks like you had a lot of fun, so I'm happy for ya!

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    1. Not a fan of the city too really but it all changed when I got there.

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    it 10.

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  56. I always find business trips to be exciting and traveling to Las Vegas for business seems especially so!

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  57. Looks like you had quite the time there even if it was only supposed to be a business trip. Glad it all worked out in Vegas. I think i would have been nervous going there for a first time as well.

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    1. Haha! It seems having a rollercoaster of emotions has its perks too

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  58. Looks like you had a great time. I've only been once and I was just passing through. I'll have to go back one day and explore.

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    1. I had this exp too at Seoul, great thing that we visited the city recently.. Spending more time exploring a city is really a different thing than just passing it by. Just sharing =)

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  59. Great you found time to enjoy too along with your work. You did the bungee jump. I would die before I even strapped up.

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    1. I love heights but unfortunately our time was limited (we had many things to check out) so we skipped on trying the bungee itself. I just was a person do it from a far. It was way super cool.

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  60. Look like you had a great time on your business trips. I wish my business trips would be as fun.

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  61. Looks like you managed to mix business with pleasure rather well. It's always a great thing when you can it makes work feel a lot less like the daily grind!

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  62. Vegas is fun
    HOPE you enjoyed yourself

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  63. Las Vegas is absolutely stunning especially at night!I would also love to watch the fountain show. Anyway,you did feel nervous about the event but the exhibition turned out so great,right?

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    1. It did and so much learnings! I miss it actually.

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  64. Nice view of Las Vegas, it was a great experience for a first timer surely.

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    1. First times are either the best or the worst lol

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