Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf's Brunch Series features Randell Tiongson

Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf recently launched a new concept "Out with the old and in with the new" through a new brunch series - Small Talks for Big Changes. And its very first expert guest speaker was none other than my friend, Randell Tiongson, Director of Registered Financial Planners of the Philippines.

About two months ago, I spent a whole day in a financial planning workshop, "Steps to Financial Peace" where Randell and some of his friends spoke. My post on that can be found HERE.

At this first-of-three brunch series attended by people from all walks of life, Randell once again pursued his advocacy to improve people's lives by changing their financial habits. His easy-to-grasp, personal style that included personal stories, aimed to empower people through a more conscious approach to their finances.

It never ceases to amaze me when Randell presents startling statistics about savings in the Asian region. Countries like China, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand average about 30% savings while the Philippines does not even reach 20%. And even if we do save, it is often not enough to provide for us when we retire. Randell is hoping that through his talks and workshops, more people will learn to get a grip on their lives and map out an effective financial plan that will adequately provide for them and their families.

This series is part of CBTL's Great Exchange program, an ongoing trade event that highlights its Single Serve Beverage System which coffee aficionados have dubbed as the future of coffee and tea.

While listening to Randell from the back, I actually got to see how the Single Serve Beverage System works. The barista had me pick out my kind of coffee (or tea) from over 70 varieties and he was able to brew me my very own single serve coffee in no time at all. Nice. I think I want one for Christmas! I can have my very own cappuccino any time of the day.

Catch the last of the series on November 19 at Shangri-la Mall where Preview Magazine's Associate Editor, Eunice Lucero, leads a fashion talk and make-over session.

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