Saturday morning as I type this up. Been waiting a few days for the baby to come. Second baby so I should be used to this right? Nope. Still. Nerve racking as the first. This one is a bit of a different situation, it is more of a slow process. Trying To Still Keep On Work Track Doing your own business while having kids is a big challenge. From my own experience as well as that from others in my network. I want to play with my kid Miles, but I need to write up a blog post or reply … Continue reading Anxiously Awaiting Baby Maggie…!!
Hope you have a great one with your family and loved ones! Always think back to the first time I came to China- never would have let anyone convince me I’d still be in China 8 years later, crazy!
The year of 2015, which still has over a month left, has been an amazing one. No new babies or family changes. Work is about the same. What is really exciting is my level of discipline that has developed. Still a work in progress, but I am definitely on a roll – and want to share with you today some of the things I have witnessed as I have grown this discipline. Started With Learning to Write Books How did this discipline start? I was working on writing my first book, and thus, reading online articles and books on how … Continue reading The Year of 2015 Was The Year of Discipline
Been a hermit lately. While not much of a Thanksgiving holiday here in China (I had beans, beef, and salad for thanksgiving dinner, heh!) it is a quiet time from the normal workflow to get some projects done. The latest is my third book! Insane when I think about it – it was a bit over a year ago when I released my first book – Hong Kong Supercharged and I was so exhausted afterwards. Bit more of a textbook, its jam packed with all the knowledge I have on starting and operating a Hong Kong limited company. But I … Continue reading Book 3 Coming – China Tech Startup Experiences
Being a parent has been one of the most challenging things for me. I believe this is true for most parents. You grow up, experience life, try your best to master everything. Then, suddenly, you have a mini-me pulling at your pants looking up to you expecting you to take care of them and have all the answers. I think I had a bit of an advantage to most parents. Surviving in China for all these years. The Stress From The First Few Years in Chinese Business Looking back at the first couple years when I moved to China, man … Continue reading Being in China These Years Has Taught Me To Be A Better Parent
Life is good. I’m so fortunate to know this amazing woman, love ya!
Been back in Asia now for a few days. Still catching my breath from the US. Life is a beautiful thing. Having a family is a beautiful thing. Having family spread across the globe is a complicated thing! This trip was mostly a personal trip, to have my family back home meet my son for the first time. Miles can still fly free at this age, so trying to take advantage of that. Though a lap seat is a tough job for a parent! A good tip I learned from a friend Nicky is make friends around you and try … Continue reading Settling Back In China, My Long Term “Home”?
Freaking out as I type this – but we’re ready to announce – we’ll be having another kid! About a month ago Wendy was feeling it and we got it checked and it’s confirmed. I am so excited, and love being a daddy. I think having another kid with Miles will be great, and they’ll be a bit less than 2 years apart – which I think is perfect. Funny thing is we’ll be traveling in USA again when she’s pregnant, and at about the same time in the pregnancy (4- 5 months). Heck ya, another kid. But of course … Continue reading Miles is going to have a sister (or brother?) – We’re Expecting Our 2nd Baby!
I love being a dad! I was so hesitant and afraid to become a father. Yet I always did want to have a child to share my life knowledge and experience with – to nurture and grow. This is my second year as a father – but last year didn’t yet get to even hold my son as he was still in an incubator. So I will consider this my first year celebrating being a dad We were planning to take a day trip to Hong Kong – wife, kid, mom and dad in-laws, and me. But early in the … Continue reading Happy Father’s Day!
Happy Sunday morning! Sneaking some time away from family this morning to update about the newest addition to my home here in Shenzhen – my mother in law moved in last Sunday. She came down from Shenyang and we have been discussing this for months. After Miles was born, a lot of the family went back to hometown, leaving my father in law, Miles, Wendy, and I at home here in Shenzhen. It has been a lot of work for Mr Wang (my father in law) to stay at home since Wendy went back to work in April and I’m … Continue reading The Full Chinese Family Here
I’m typing today’s blog post up with Miles crawling around at my feet in my home office. Keeps tugging at the wires and so I am constantly taking a pause from writing to prevent him from pulling the laptop off the desk or ripping a power cord out. The new complexities of working from home Last night we celebrated Miles’s first birthday. Just a small thing with Wendy, grandpa, and me. We decided to skip a big birthday celebration. Life is moving so fast. Think Back To 1 Year Ago Now I know how my mom feels when my birthday … Continue reading Happy 1st Birthday Miles!
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