A Trip to Isabela, Puerto Rico
Aug14

A Trip to Isabela, Puerto Rico

 This past weekend I got invited by some friends to a discovery trip of beach town Isabela, on the northwest side of the island known for impressive beaches. The purpose of this trip was mainly to search for beach properties that could be a good fit to turn into an Airbnb. Isabela has a chill vibe, and you can sense a soft calmness through a delightful sound from the nearby ocean. Easy to fall in love with this beautiful beach town feeling the warmth of its people. A fun fact is that as we drove through the town, people would would wave to us. Several fun stops at local restaurant and bars followed, easily connecting with friendly and kind people from Isabela. We saw lots of properties for sale, this town is hurting by the recession, but I feel that with investors catching on and a great marketing campaign, Isabela can be on its way to become the new IT PLACE! There are some truly spectacular beaches and beautiful properties. A remarkable property that requires a post within itself, and an overnight stay plus interview with the owners is a magical place called Royal Isabela. I think this could be the most stunning and beautiful experience while visiting Puerto Rico and I feel it is a secret to the world.  Need to come back and capture original content for my LIVE Show in the FALL: “WebCityGirls LIVE from Puerto Rico”. Stay tuned Check out the Royal Isabela video story and some pics:...

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Gala Centenaria Antiguo Casino de Puerto Rico
Aug10

Gala Centenaria Antiguo Casino de Puerto Rico

 La primera dama de Puerto Rico, Beatriz Rosselló, junto al director ejecutivo de la Autoridad del Distrito de Convenciones, Lcdo. Omar Marrero, dan comienzo al gran evento de conmemoración del Antiguo Casino, un ejemplo de historia en Puerto Rico. El evento se llevo a cabo en el propio Casino, localizado en el Viejo San Juan, inspirado en los años 20 y los fondos recaudados irán a beneficio de la iniciativa “Fortaleza para ti“. Wilo Benet, Beatriz Rossello y Wayne Michaelson “Para mi es un honor ser parte de la celebración de los 100 años del Antiguo Casino de Puerto Rico. Agradezco el apoyo que le brindan a nuestra iniciativa Fortaleza para Ti. Esta iniciativa que crea alianzas y colaboraciones, continúa por todo Puerto Rico y este apoyo nos ayuda a seguir tocando corazones en nuestra isla”, expresó Beatriz Rosselló. Wayne, Lcdo. Omar Marrero, Beatriz Rosselló Para esta festividad, el chef ejecutivo del Centro de Convenciones de Puerto Rico y el Antiguo Casino, Wayne Michaelson, diseñaron un menú inspirado en las delicias de la época. Michaelson, junto a Wilo Benet, en calidad de colaborador, llevararon a los asistentes en un viaje culinario a través de diferentes estaciones de comida. Durante la noche, los asistentes disfrutararon de los detalles que predominaban para el año 1917, cuando el Antiguo Casino abrió sus puertas por primera vez al público. La música estuvo a cargo del maestro Cuco Peña y su orquesta....

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An Enchanting Island: Vieques, Puerto Rico
Aug03

An Enchanting Island: Vieques, Puerto Rico

 Vieques is an enchanting island–municipality of Puerto Rico in the northeastern Caribbean with stunning beaches. Vieques has a long-history with the U.S. Navy, who arrived in 1941 and was ordered by President, George Bush to leave by May 2003. The Navy created infrastructure throughout the Island, but also took possession of some of the most beautiful beaches and land. You will find different articles about this subject as “Viequenses” have mix feelings about the transition departing the island. A population of 9, 000 claims more has to be done clearing munitions and toxic contaminants from the three-quarters of island once occupied by the military. In case you plan to invest in the enchanting island of Vieques taking advantage of tax incentives through Puerto Rico Laws 2o and 22, please know that the economic survival of the island depends on construction, tourism, fishing and the largest employer is General Electric. Vieques is only six miles away from the main island, and to get there you can choose among local airline services, private charters or a ferry that departs from Fajardo. Our weekend getaway to Martineau Belle Playa Villa began with a 25 minute flight from Isla Grande Airport with viequesairlink.com. A round-trip ticket will cost you $150.00. Lucky me just two weeks into my new life in Puerto Rico, got invited to this fabulous getaway by wonderful couple Rene and Zulma, who have invested in the island and own the beautiful Martineau Belle Playa Villa within the property of the 5-star W Martineau Retreat and Spa. The Villa made me feel like the rich and famous, but most importantly the kindness of each one of the ten people staying together for a family weekend touched my heart. We truly had a wonderful time in what beachfront luxury is all about! The access to the private residence begins at the entrance of the W Martineau Retreat a short walking distance from the Martineau Belle Playa Villa which includes its own private beach. The Villa is for rent throughout the year, and I heard that Daddy Yankee and some Hollywood a-lister have rented the home. Please visit this link for more details: homeaway.com/vacation-rental and start planning your dream trip to paradise! We spent a half-day touring the island and discovered the hixislandhouse.com a quaint place for nature lovers and visited local restaurants, galleries and even some shopping time! Vieques offers other choices to stay depending on your budget and adventurous lifestyle. Visit Vieques Insider an awesome guide to Sea, Sand and Sun!!! We are planning our next discovery trip for labor day weekend to Rincón a beautiful town on Puerto Rico’s west coast, known for its beaches. We are looking to stay at another friends villa rental, stay tuned!!!...

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Bilingual Education in the United States via Puerto Rico!
Jul18

Bilingual Education in the United States via Puerto Rico!

  I was two days away of a life changing experience expanding my brand and platforms to San Juan, PR, when I got invited to tour the newest university branch campus in the United States, Ana G. Mendez a private school born 70 years ago in Puerto Rico. Blown away by the fact that this University System has a unique bilingual program in the U.S. Imagine how many students from Latin America and other spanish speaking countries can benefit and succeed with this program. AMAZING!!!! Ana G. Mendez University System is unique and the only university in the nation that offers a Discipline-Based Dual Language Immersion Model”® growing and expanding actually in five cities in the United States: Orlando Sur de la Florida (Miami Lakes) Tampa Dallas Maryland -with a School of Culinary Arts in Washington DC Truly fortunate to exclusive access to share empowering content that I am confident will make Puerto Ricans in the island and living abroad proud. It would be so appreciated, if you share this blog post with all your Latin American friends, as studying a bilingual career can open doors to bigger and better opportunities. You would truly be helping others! Please check out the short engaging Spanish YouTube video interview above from the 51,200-square-foot facility and meet the President, José F. Méndez Méndez a passionate advocate for education from Puerto Rico. For more details please click here: http://ac.suagm.edu/en  Gracias por visitar el blog y Saludos afectuosos a todos desde Puerto Rico!!!  ...

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Despacito Sets Record For Most Streamed Song Of All Time!!!
Jul16

Despacito Sets Record For Most Streamed Song Of All Time!!!

 Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito,” from Universal Music Latin Entertainment, has officially become the most streamed track of all time, just six months after its release.  Already shaping up to be the biggest hit of 2017, the song and accompanying remix featuring Justin Bieber (UMLE/RBMG/Def Jam/Republic Records), now have combined global streams in excess of 4.6 billion plays across leading streaming platforms.  With “Despacito,” Justin Bieber surpasses his own record that he previously set with “Sorry” and its associated remixes, which to date have accumulated 4.38 billion plays. After dominating radio, streaming, and music videos during the past six months, “Despacito” shows no signs of slowing, with a long line of industry accolades, achievements and records eclipsed on its unprecedented ascent to the top of the global charts.  Commenting on the milestone, Luis Fonsi said, “Streaming is a connector for audiences worldwide and it has helped my music reach every corner of the planet. It is truly an honor that ‘Despacito’ is now the most streamed song in history.”  “Streaming has democratized music consumption, it has made Latin music increasingly relevant on the charts and it has amplified our songs and videos to a world stage,” said Jesús Lopez, Chairman & CEO of Universal Music Latin America & Iberian Peninsula. “‘Despacito’ has broken every record thanks to Luis Fonsi’s talent and creativity, which have positioned him as a pillar of Latin music for the past 20 years. I also congratulate Erika Ender, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber for their valuable contributions, as well as the different teams involved in the success of this song.”...

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9 Business Learning from MassMutual Webinar
Jul13

9 Business Learning from MassMutual Webinar

 Mi Gente I am always looking ways to create impactful content, reason why I was grateful MassMutual hired me to spread the word via @webcitygirls and @ponderful to the online community about a free webinar for business owners. Business owners are the engines that drive the United States economy and we are proud of all the women business owners — they are truly unstoppable!!! The hour-long event was moderated by Brian Trzckinski, MassMutual’s Director of Business Markets, who began the webinar sharing key points from MassMutual’s 2015 Business Owner Perspectives Study, and closed the webinar leading a panel of small business experts talking about employee loyalty and engagement. Panelists Monica Villalobos, VP Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (loved her), Paul Sessions Director, Center for Family Business, University of New Haven and Rich Brooks Founder/President, Flyte New Media were on-point and gave countless insights for business owners. Distinguished @MassMutual Webinar Panel: Rich Brooks, Pauls Sessions, Monica Villalobos and Moderated by Brian Trzcinski #RealBusiness #ad pic.twitter.com/ixzDNJrKPd — Lynn Ponder (@Ponderful) June 20, 2017 The world is constantly changing and business owners need to be mindful of employee’s mindset. Keeping key employees loyal to the business is the top most business planning issue for small business owners, yet few offer more than health insurance and a generous salary. Webinar @MassMutual happening now: What are the motivations business owners have for taking action and plans in place? #RealBusiness #ad pic.twitter.com/Jw23ExtiqL — Lynn Ponder (@Ponderful) June 20, 2017 Top 9 Business Learnings from MassMutual #RealBusiness Webinar: In order to protect the business and the family, business owners need to have succession agreements/plans in place and need to be comfortable having the “what if” conversation with family or business partners. Employees are motivated by three things autonomy, mastery and purpose. Business owners can keep employees loyal by listening, engaging in an open communication, and encouraging diversity within the company to reflect the employees and customers. Business Owners need to build-up their social media channels like Linkedln, Twitter and Facebook to echo what the company stands for, in order to attract the type of employees desired. When interviewing candidates, business owners should get interviewees engaged in discussing their passions and really listening without any pre-conceived notions. As a business owner, the more you give your employees a voice and a seat at the table, the more loyal the will be. Business owners should network with other business owners that are facing some of the same challenges and share knowledge to find collective solutions. Business owners can take advantage of free resources like the Chamber of Commerce, SCORE, Mastermind and Small Business Development Centers. There has to be a real...

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