My Kids Are Speaking More Chinese Than Me, already!

So I have been really trying lately to improve my Chinese. At least 30 minutes of study each morning, for over a year and a half now. In the middle of HSK 3 studies for those who know the system. But my 2 year old son is still out-speaking me in Chinese at home! I have video calls to my …

Longest Trip Ever – Being Away from Wife and Kids

Typing this up from my friend’s office in Prague. He worked in my coworking space when he was visiting Shenzhen and now is returning the favor. So fortunate to have good friends around the world. But friends aren’t the same as family – especially when you are a new dad and have a 2 year old and a 5 month …

Will I Live in China For The Rest of My Life?

As I am in Europe, people always perk their ears up when they hear I have been living in China for about 10 years now. The next logical question is – will you live in China for the rest of your life? Or, how long do you plan to live in China. When they hear I’m married with 2 kids, …

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Considering Homeschooling For My Kids

My son Miles is turning 2 years old this month. Insane how fast life is going! And now that he’s reaching 2 – the beginning of school is on the horizon. This is the big challenge for foreigners in China. He’s not local Chinese, so he can’t go to the public schools. And the private schools are insane expensive. Where …

Another Year, Another Birthday – I’m 35 Years Old!

Thank you everyone for being awesome. Life is good. Each year keeps getting better and better. The last year was a bit of a roller coaster. But one thing is for sure – I am pushing myself harder than ever. Not sure how to explain it. Just feel like that maybe the stoic books I am reading is setting in. …

Anxiously Awaiting Baby Maggie…!!

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 …

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Merry Christmas From Shenzhen, China!

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 Was The Year of Discipline

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 …

Book 3 Coming – China Tech Startup Experiences

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 …

Being in China These Years Has Taught Me To Be A Better Parent

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 …

Settling Back In China, My Long Term “Home”?

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 …

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Happy Father’s Day!

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 …

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The Full Chinese Family Here

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 …