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New York is Still The Center of The World

We can’t predict how our lives will turn out, and we shouldn’t force ourselves to be bound to what we think should happen. Coming into New York City last week, I thought I would spend a couple weeks here, travel around, meet friends, customers, potential deals, and then go to west coast and back to China / Philippines. Each day here, more and more reasons to stay came up…..maybe will open a retail store for New York Bar Store. also some SEO consulting deals. May do some part time lecturing at Stevens Tech. All of this requires more time to … Continue reading New York is Still The Center of The World

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Weekend in Hoboken, New Jersey

After the wedding Friday night in Chinatown, came over to Hoboken, new jersey to spend some time with friends and see my university, Stevens Institute of Technology. Because everyone keeps asking me when I can meet them, I quickly setup a facebook event for Saturday – I didn’t have time to call people and invite one by one. Hustling back to josh’s place after the Chinatown wedding, took the PATH train to Hoboken. It seemed pretty much the same as I had left it a few years ago, except that the waterfront was built up with a W hotel and … Continue reading Weekend in Hoboken, New Jersey

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In New York Chinatown For a Chinese + Filipino Wedding!

Back in america for 3 days and my friend Sarah thought it would be funny to have me go to a wedding where theres a chinese guy marrying a filipino girl – as those are the 2 places im frequenting these years…. The wedding took place in chinatown, obviously…and it had been my first time down in chinatown since back in new york. It was actually really cool….i looked into the chinatown bus network for future trips to washington dc and virginia. I talked to the chinatown cell phone shops…complaining about the american cell phone networks and comparing it to … Continue reading In New York Chinatown For a Chinese + Filipino Wedding!

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The New York Hustle – Memory Lane

Doesnt feel like its been 2 and a half years since ive been here…..spending the past couple days here it feels like i just left yesterday…… Since i am jet lagged (strange because im used to switching from day to night shift so often) i have been waking up early around 630am and not able to get back to sleep so i walk around…. I stopped by my first new york apartment i rented back in 2003 after graduating stevens tech – a small studio apartment on 24th street between 2nd and 3rd avenue…..didnt go upstairs, but saw my good … Continue reading The New York Hustle – Memory Lane

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5 Ways I Stay Motivated

I think one of the most critical parts of running your own small business is to STAY MOTIVATED. It is definitely an emotional roller coaster….riding the highs of a great sales day, having everything fit perfectly and operations moving smoothly…..to the opposite side of the spectrum when you’re losing sales, staff issues, and times when nothing seems to go right or smoothly. I believe I am not alone when we have these emotional INTERNAL conflicts. We want to give up, we want to say that’s it, maybe I should just walk away and give up. But this is exactly the … Continue reading 5 Ways I Stay Motivated

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Welcome Back To NEW YORK CITY!!

Haha, im back to USA! What a trip…..in the back of a jumbo jet with 4 huge chinese families…..kids running around, babies testing their new vocal cords…..so much for getting sleep on the plane. Arriving in nyc…..45 min late……the customs line was outrageous….like a circus, literally – there must have been a plane from italy arriving at the same time……tons of chinese and italians confused as to which customs line to enter – EVERYTHING WAS IN ENGLISH ONLY:…….some chinese translator started helping to split up the mob of confused chinese ……and then i was able to access the us citizen … Continue reading Welcome Back To NEW YORK CITY!!

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Remembering Sept 11, 2001

seeing various tweets (messages on twitter) reminding me about the days of September 11 – and I thought I would take some time to share what I saw and experienced and felt that day. I was a junior in university at Stevens Tech, in hoboken, new jersey – which is right on the hudson river overlooking the manhattan skyline which at that time had the twin towers of the World trade center. It was a tuesday, and I had my first class at 11am, so I liked to wake up that day around 8am, shower and get a good breakfast … Continue reading Remembering Sept 11, 2001

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How I Ended Up Where I Am – More Reflections

Every so often I have to reflect, and I’m stressed as well as reflecting on things, so I may as well blog while I have this sleepless time. I always wanted to start my own business, international business just seemed more dynamic and intriguing and challenging, I blogged a few times about past few years – and things started really monumentally changing end of last year, maybe September 2009…..well i went back independent august last year bit power struggle and culture differences between Americans and Europeans which was rather emotional as i had to leave staff behind and in a … Continue reading How I Ended Up Where I Am – More Reflections

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Getting Excited + Nervous – USA Trip Next Week

Man, its almost here……1 more week (next Wednesday) and I’ll be back inside US borders. Wonder what the US customs official is gonna see when he sees my last date of entry was June 2008! A little nervous, its been so long. to see friends, family, customers, potential customers, online friends I have never met… Hope I can get everything in, will be spending most of this next week just making plans…….filling up my calendar now. Facebook and twitter will also help me communicate quickly with people, on the go (I hate e-mail!) Sept 15 – Sept 23 – NYC … Continue reading Getting Excited + Nervous – USA Trip Next Week

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The New Internet – Being A HUMAN BEING

Kinda been on a rampage tonight…..I want my beating heart out there online! I think more of us have to open up and be HUMAN BEINGS on the internet, not robots (like this Terminator in the post) I’m kinda tired about hearing / seeing: On twitter people with 10,000 followers and they are only following 50 people. Come on….and then most of their tweets are BROADCASTS, like once a day, from a blog post. That is not SOCIAL MEDIA. I don’t care….Social Media is about INTERACTING, talking to people, FOLLOWING BACK. Listening, not broadcasting. And it kinda scares me to … Continue reading The New Internet – Being A HUMAN BEING

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Feeling It – Flying Up In The Air

Its been a few days since I have been blogging…kinda off track as I’m getting more and more negative energy from people about why I blog, and why I blog here for free. and how people who I may not want to read it, read it. and how it may negatively effect my business having staff, customers, and competitors reading into my thoughts and feelings….but I’m gonna keep on going. Its 5am sunday night (monday morning) and i’m hanging out on mike morelos couch….he is sleeping for work tomorrow, and I am on night schedule so I’m keeping on track … Continue reading Feeling It – Flying Up In The Air

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Teaching American Culture, Makes Me Think

Just landed in Manila today, unpacked, and am now working USA schedule, from 10am to 7pm. Have 3 new workers to train, and have prepared more powerpoint training seminars (feel like a powerpoint machine lately…training, ebooks, etc). We went over ecommerce in USA, Shadstone company introduction, and my favorite one so far Understanding American Culture: Dealing with American customers for an ecommerce business The agenda is rather interesting: •Understanding American background •Independent thinkers •Freedom is very important •Understanding Different Regions of USA •Northeast USA (New York) •Southeast USA (Florida, Georgia) •West Coast USA (California, Washington State) •Central USA (Chicago, Michigan) … Continue reading Teaching American Culture, Makes Me Think

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Back in Hong Kong, Hasan Visiting From Pakistan

Finally Hasan has made it out to visit me in Hong Kong. We spent lots of emails back and forth about when he would be visiting….making it a bit difficult to arrange my philippines trip before going to usa, but it ended up working out ok. He is only 1 of a handful to come visit me from my USA friends, like Jon Conte back at the end of last year. Larry salibra came out with us the first night and day, as he’s really been spending a lot of time in hong kong as he explores expansion outside his … Continue reading Back in Hong Kong, Hasan Visiting From Pakistan

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Buy, Sell, Wheel, Deal, Hustle. Becoming a new-age social media salesman

I have always loved the hustle. That’s what attracted me to Wall Street, to New York. To China. to wholesale markets. Life is going faster then ever….I’m running between 4 or 5 countries in a couple months. Have alliances, offices throughout China (shanghai, fujian, shenzhen), Philippines, USA. I’m getting phone calls from India, speaking bad chinese to phone call salesman. Blood is flowing. Making things work. Deadlines approach. I remember many times hearing “How is Mike gonna get outta this one this time”? Locked out of an office, phone battery dead. Supplier withholding product. Customer Service Manager out on holiday … Continue reading Buy, Sell, Wheel, Deal, Hustle. Becoming a new-age social media salesman

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Learning A Lot about People Even Without a Common Language

I’ll admit… I have never been interested or skilled at learning other languages. I’m another “stereotypical American” that thinks Why doesn’t everyone just speak English? Over the past few years, my Chinese has improved….while I did expect it to better then it is, I have never taken any formal classes, some quick tutoring and listening to others while traveling and at bars. I can get by in traveling and restaurants for the most part. But as I learn to travel to different countries, I do learn its not just language, but BODY language…..facial expressions, body positions, smile, etc that I … Continue reading Learning A Lot about People Even Without a Common Language