Amazing Business Developments in Cebu, Philippines

Typing this up on my Cebu Pacific flight back to Hong Kong, bright and early on Saturday morning. Riding a high, even though I only had 4 hours of sleep! Though sometimes those nights you don’t get much sleep you have this sudden burst of energy. That is me right now. Why do people sleep on flights? This is when …

Going to Cebu, Philippines in July!

I’m really excited to be going to the Philippines after a couple years! I’ll be going right after July 4th, on Sunday morning July 5th from Hong Kong. Heck, I haven’t left China in so long, never mind going to the Philippines – I am looking forward to a change of pace. When I’ll be in Philippines I’m flying from …

Teambuilding Sunday With Philippines E-Commerce Support Team

Extended my Manila, Philippines trip a couple more days to wait for Leon to get back from Australia, and to have a teambuilding meeting with the e-commerce support team we have been building up here in Manila for a couple years. There have been a few hiccups along the way, due to my traveling and doing too much, personal staff …

Great times meeting Filipino Ecommerce experts at #ecom2012 DigitalFilipino

About 100 people there mostly dealing with domestic filipino internet and ecommerce businesses. Again, like the manila coworking space I saw last night, I wish I knew about these networking groups and entrepreneuer spaces back in 2010 when I was investigating doing business in the Philippines. I love networking, and learning alongside other creative, hard working people. I believe that …

Visit to Manila Philippines’s Coworking Space

Been back in the Philippines a bit over a day now, and been jammed with meetings to see the customer service agents helping the company here, as well as e-commerce logistics partner companies. Leon has been down in Manila for a month or so, and though he’s currently in training in Australia, he connected me with a new coworking space …

Preparing for Philippines Trip, SEO Conference, Feb 22 – 25

Being as open I can be about my life, business, etc….I’m writing this post about my Philippines trip per my buddy Leon’s request to make plans around it. There are so many upcoming events! Next week is social media week Hong Kong and I’m going on Monday, Tuesday, maybe even Wednesday. Have Hero Meets Hero China ecommerce meetings, a China …

Latest on the Philippines Drama…

As a followup to the post opening up about staff problem in the Philippines where it was rumored a staff, the scholar, was hiding her pregnancy from us….and she has been missing a few weeks now, and while there aren’t any comments on the post, I received a lot of private feedback from business associates, other staff, friends, and mentors. …

Making the Best From a Lose-Lose Situation.

Been holding back on this blog post, but seems now is the time to really “let it out” and tell everyone this one burning issue I’ve had the past couple weeks, as I felt the world falling down on top of me….my customer service trusted

Mixing Together Chinese + Filipino Staff, Cultural Differences Highlighted

Today had lunch at Marie’s house, saw her baby Carlos, met her auntie Malou (he first time to China, normally I meet her in Manila!) and also had Amy join us (Amy is my Chinese assistant). So it would be a time to see Carlos again, now at day 9, before seeing her at “day 0” and day 1 of …

Single Moms In The Philippines

As I bounce around Philippines, Hong Kong, and China, I so constantly run into single Filipino mothers working to support their children and family. I think its the biggest problem in the Philippines, and its a deep rooted problem that I wonder if I am even qualified enough to blog about…I will try my best to explain my perspective. During …

The Aftermath After Vacation While Running Your Own Business

Really did my best to de-stress…but the emails and “wired” self that I am I couldn’t help but try to reply to urgent emails and monitor emails as they flowed in. Being an open, social media, blogger dude, I would openly tell people I’m trying to take a vacation. Most of the time people would understand…but I have a feeling …

Tropical MBA – Spent a Couple Days at the First One!

Attending this tropicalmba event was a big reason for my trip down to the Philippines (I have been meaning to get down here for months), to find + network with like-minded internet entrepreneurs. The event is the first of its kind, to be a month long networking / community / sharing session for internet entrepreneurs to get together, learn and …

Outlining My Philippines Schedule, Mix of Business + Pleasure

Spent most of this Sunday, FATHER’S DAY (miss you dad….), traveling between Hong Kong to Manila. Hour delay on the plane (not so bad) and had my “Philippines family” to greet me at the airport (technically Marie’s family, but heck, I love em!) Her aunt Malou and brother Roc Roc (in the photos) as well as another friend I just …

On the Road Again, Heading Back to the Philippines

Sure, I have been traveling a lot between Hong Kong, Shenzhen, and Dongguan a lot the past six months, but I don’t really consider it traveling…as my friend Marshall put it, its basically commuting! I just can’t seem to stop working and traveling on the road,constant traveling since maybe March last year. Its addicting, and once you create a work …

Focusing + Organizing Upcoming Week: Shenzhen, Dongguan, Hong Kong, Philippines

Maybe its insanity to say this, but bouncing around these places is getting to be normal life for me. I did take a break last week and “stay in Hong Kong” for 7 solid days straight. The chaos is being tamed….or I’m just getting used to it. I’m taking the weekend in Shenzhen now, been trying to cut down meetings …