Empires, Pizza, Castles And Heart-Wrenching Opera – Naples Has It All
Aug09

Empires, Pizza, Castles And Heart-Wrenching Opera – Naples Has It All

 Pronounced ‘Na-po-li’ by the locals, it’s the city that blends the old with the new. It’s where kings and paupers have lived side by side for centuries. A great getaway, It’s also where the dawn of the Italian Renaissance began. All through the city, there are stone sculptures that look down upon the passersby; some with glee and some with glare. The city still has the ruins of the Roman Empire laden all over the city. Naples is the little-known birthplace of the pizza that we love and enjoy. It was originally peasants who made an open pie because they needed it to cool quickly so that they could eat on the move. The city is adorned with skyscrapers, yet the buildings from the Middle Ages still stand strong and have been opened to the public as viewing galleries and museums. There’s only so much you can do if you’re staying for a short while, so here are the best activities you can enjoy. Cooking Class Contrary to popular belief, some of the best Italian cooks in the world were born in Naples, Italy. They may have traveled to Rome to make good of their talent in gastronomy, but their families taught them first and taught them well. A Florence cooking class will teach you the Neapolitan technique of making pizza. Simplicity is the key, after all, it is a food that comes from the poor peasant farmers who still to this day live in the hills surrounding the city. The classic, passata, mozzarella, and basil leaves pizza by far the best in the country. The quality of ingredients are unsurpassed even by the capital. You’ll also learn the humble version of ice cream, known as gelato. Silky smooth, but thick and rich, this is the treat every wants at the end of a meal. You’ll learn just how carefully the milk needs to be treated, and how fine the flavors needs to be ground and purified. It’s an art in itself, but you’ll have great teachers to help you. Pompeii’s Ruins The world will never forget the might of the Roman Empire. Despite all it went through, it lasted over 1500 years, which has no doubt left its mark on the city of Pompeii. It’s thoroughly Roman; the people are hardy, the rocks that were laid all those years ago, are still tough as they ever were. The UNESCO World Heritage site that is situated just outside of Naples takes customers from the outskirts of the city by bus and train. From this site, you’ll be able to witness the Mount Vesuvius volcano. You’ll then travel down to...

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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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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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WebCityGirls On The Move REVEALED!!!
Jul12

WebCityGirls On The Move REVEALED!!!

  Mi Gente, Today begins a new journey returning back to my roots, to the place that made me who I am today, Puerto Rico. I am proud to return with vast knowledge, experience, joy and creativity to empower the entire island. Expanding WebCityGirls in the enchanting island of Puerto Rico comes with tons of positive energy that will allow us to integrate impactful ideas with the potential to help others. Seeing opportunities where they may not be so obvious is important to creating change, and I strongly believe that well thought out and clever ideas inspired by a fresh new vision will foster prosperity for many. Puerto Rico is evolving and an emerging entrepreneurship economy is growing. Having WebCityGirls in the mix developing impactful content and backing innovation in the island is truly a dream come true. Expect live videos, content and online events related to #UnstoppableLATINASEntrepreneurship Platform, International Influencer Collaborations, Social Good from Brands, Entertainment Content and so much more!!! I am eager to expand the WebCityGirls brand into Puerto Rico and commence this new journey expressing positive points of views of the best that Puerto Rico and its people have to offer the world. Please follow @webcitygirls + @ponderful on Twitter + @webcitygirls on Instagram + Facebook + webcitygirls.com for a NEW and wonderful experience to inspire others. Thank you so much for your support. Lynn Ponder Founder...

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