I’m really excited to be launching my 2nd book (first on Amazon) on my 34th birthday today! This year has been the best one of my life, and I expect next year to be even better than this. So to celebrate, I have listed my second book, Destination China, on Amazon for free! As part of the KDP (Kindle Select) Program I can give it away free there for 5 days. It’s my first experience on Amazon and already some problems – its 2:41pm in China on April 2nd, but still it isn’t listed as free on Amazon- I think … Continue reading Happy Birthday – Launching my 2nd Book – Free on Amazon For You
Writing this up on a Sunday morning, trying to write every morning and on Sundays I want to keep it a bit lighter – as I’m normally writing about business and I don’t want to get so dry. This is also “raw” and unedited on the blog here. Being a new father has been quite the journey – really way cooler than I expected, and one of the biggest benefits is I get to re-live my childhood memories though Miles (my son). Reading Different Dr Suess Books Each Morning My parents and sister mailed us a ton of different Dr … Continue reading Reliving My Old Childhood as I Raise My Kid
Trying out this video blogging, been blogging on http://mikesblog.com since 2007 and think now I gotta step it up and talk on video! Here I discuss how I am regularly going to Hong Kong from Shenzhen, China to do business, but have my family asking me to carry back certain goods – a bit more extreme than the father in USA asked to stop by Walmart on his way back from work. Let me know what you think!
Been so appreciative to be a father and a husband. Living the mixed life of a Westerner and a “Local Chinese”, but feel a bit more local Chinese lately. As with everything I have noticed in my life, it is best to embrace than resist. My son Miles now has passed 3 months (born on May 25th) and that first month, as some of you may have read, was a living nightmare for me and the rest of the family with him in the ICU. But it makes us just so much more appreciative to have reached this landmark. What … Continue reading A Chinese Milestone: Miles Reaches 100 Days
Happy Sunday everyone. I’ve been hanging at home with the family almost the whole weekend. Even after just a couple months I have witnessed my son grow bigger and heavier. I can only imagine how fast he will grow up. And like many say – I appreciate my parents so much now – I think it isn’t until we have children of our own that we realize how much our own parents went through! So I have been researching online on “how to be a good father” and I was told by a friend this great 4 point that I … Continue reading Following these 4 Points to be a good father “PCPF”
I think everyone knows becoming a parent is a life changer. I knew it as well going into this. Today i am sharing some of my experience and inspirations after 6 weeks of being a daddy. I have to say, i never knew when i would be ready to become a husband and a father. I knew I wanted to be a father, just never knew when I would be ready. In life, we learn as we go. and we should embrace it. I remember being in high school and afraid to have a girlfriend because I thought she would … Continue reading 5 Reflection Points After 6 weeks In as an American daddy in China
About a month and a half in as a new daddy, and have had friends asking me if they can help me by bringing in things from Hong Kong when they are coming in to China. So I will make this a blog post for a quick reference to send people who ask me, as well as share why this is even an issue. The deal If you can buy these for me, I will pay you back in cash (preferably Chinese Yuan, RMB) when I meet you. I can also transfer USD via paypal. And if you’re cool enough, … Continue reading Need Help Bringing Baby Milk Powder & Diapers from Hong Kong into China
This is what makes life living for. I promise it is one of the last “baby update” blogs for a while and I’ll get back on track. But really, this blog has always been titled “Happiness in Pursuit” and right now, this is a major milestone. After 26 days since my first born son, Miles, was born, I finally got to hold him in my arms. The photo in today’s post is literally the first minute after I held him for the first time….the feeling – words cannot describe. This is my new life’s journey. He needs me and my … Continue reading That Feeling You Get When You Hold Your Baby for the First Time (w/ video)
Been pretty actively getting questions, comments, and phone calls from friends about how I filed a USA passport for my 2 week old son that was born in China. While my baby was born in China, this process is the same for anywhere outside of the United States of America. It’s a rather straight forward process. The main thing to keep in mind is, what nationality do you want your newborn baby to be? If my son had been born in Hong Kong, he could have been both Hong Kong and USA. But by being in China, he could not … Continue reading How I Filed a USA Passport for my Baby Born in China
I’ve been unusually quiet on this blog, I have been waiting for the right time to post an update – as just about 4 days ago I become a father to a newly born baby, Miles. I shared the joy on my social media as soon as he was born, but sadly it has been a complicated delivery and he has an infection in his lungs – I have yet to hold him, and he is currently in an ICU in Shenzhen Children’s hospital as I write this. Would like to sugar coat it – but honestly this is one … Continue reading Life is beautiful, life is precious, life is short, life is fragile – Appreciate Life!
So the Chinese in-laws are here to help. Seems in Chinese culture, that the whole Chinese family works together to support each other. May as well embrace it Continue reading 5 Experiences Living with my Chinese Family in Law
No big birthday party this year – I’m maturing. I’m focused. I’m executing. I see a path. I have great friends who support me, and give me great advice when I’m in need. I may be under some of the greatest stress I’ve ever been – but good friends are stepping up giving me amazing ideas and straight feedback for my business and my life. And I’ve been all open ears. The last year was an amazing ride – marriage to a strong and supportive wife, baby on the way, and a developing business Social Agent. 33 years old, I’ll … Continue reading Turning 33 – Focused, Determined, & Family-Man to be
I remember the beginning thought process of marrying Wangxia, and this blog post is more about the “logistics” of the process rather than the “love story” – hope this blog title isn’t too deceiving. I had asked around some of my American friends who were married to Mainland Chinese women about what the process is to “make it official”. Love is love Marriage is more “government” related to make it “official”. Asking For Friend’s Advice I was hearing from my American friends that it is hard to get married in Mainland China as the Chinese government requires that you prove … Continue reading Process of Marriage between an American (Westerner) Marrying a Mainland Chinese
Finally arrived in Florida – some have asked why I waited so long in this USA roadtrip to get to Florida – well, I have been booking my China / international flights to the West Coast to save a few hundred dollars and then (in other trips) use my airline points to fly domestically in US. This time, the domestic flights transformed into a road trip (after booking the international flights) and this was just how it worked out – Florida is on the opposite corner of the country! Driving down from Washington, DC to Florida we tried to do … Continue reading Finally in Florida, Visiting Parent’s after almost 3 years
This effects from this blog continues to amaze me and influence my life! Last Friday afternoon I received a call from an unknown number in New York. He said he is my long lost uncle on my Russian grandmother’s side – I have to admit, as much as I try to be open minded, I was a bit skeptical – but he did mention some facts that made sense. He was in New York city and said that he has been reading over my blog and sees that I will be in New York this weekend and wanted to meet … Continue reading Meeting Long Lost Family in New York City!