A Real Vacation, Trip to Boracay, But a Struggle To Get There + Back!

Posted by Michael Michelini | Jun 28 2011 | Comments (2)

I believe everyone realizes I am past due on a vacation…and finally I got one, whether I wanted it or not! Spent the whole day saturday traveling from Puerto Galera to Boracay, just for the record: Full day of traveling on Saturday: 6:30am wake up in Muelle pier, Puerto Galera. Boat leaves ON time 7am, […]


Delayed Departure May Have Been Worth It

Posted by Michael Michelini | Jun 25 2011 | Comments (5)

Writing this from the bus in Batangas, finally able to “escape” the island of Puerto Galera. Over 2 days delayed from leaving due to typhoon missing my friend Bas’s birthday in Dau, and a few other tropical MBA attendees missing their flights tio thailand and korea….and I really hope I don’t miss my flight today […]


Converting Philippines Office into Clear Cafe Internet Cyber Cafe!

Posted by Michael Michelini | Jan 06 2011 | Comments (4)

Tonight had a rather long meeting with my Philippines accountant and Marie about converting the startup office into an internet cyber cafe “CyberCafe.com Inc”. For the most of 2010 I have been “dabbling” with doing business in the Philippines…..having home based workers, leasing a small startup office, training programs, interviews at Philippines government centers, and […]


My Goddaughter, Charlotte’s 2nd year Birthday

Posted by Michael Michelini | Dec 20 2010 | Comments (4)

Its also bee good timing for me to be in the Philippines, as my goddaughter, Charlotte’s birthday was just this weekend. Seeing Charlotte, with her parent’s Bas and Maritess, make me think of my first time back in the Philippines for her baby christening in Feb 2009. Charlotte has been over to Shenzhen a couple […]


Daily Life, Daily Struggle in Manila Philippines

Posted by Michael Michelini | Dec 07 2010 | Comments (12)

Maybe its not just Philippines, but Asia, or the insanity….the chaos. I see life like a beating heart….and the struggle for a human to create something out of one’s existence. To find themselves. I have blogged in April about the frustrations of Filipinos, today its a bit of the same, with more of a Manila […]


Back in the Philippines

Posted by Michael Michelini | Dec 04 2010 | Comments (8)

Arrived yesterday afternoon. Been an exhausting week, just so many developments in business…on top of traveling from Shenzhen, China to Dongguan, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, and then Manila Philippines… But I am ready to rock next year in 2011! 2010 has been a crazy…exhausting year for me to get outside (I was pretty much 100% in […]


Social Media Growing – Facebook Seen As Important to Business

Posted by Michael Michelini | Nov 29 2010 | Comments (2)

Guess I am in the right zone…or just following what people are demanding – but more and more people want help promoting the facebook pages, their twitter accounts, improving their reputation online….and building a brand. I am perfectly positioned to do this in the Philippines, and have been working on a more standard package for […]


Where to base operations under today’s economic conditions?

Posted by Michael Michelini | Nov 23 2010 | Comments (16)

So, its quite obvious I’ve been exploring where to base myself this year of 2010, and while many are jealous I am so free and have so many choices to make freely, it is kind of mind boggling. In the past for some reason, my location has always seemed obvious….I was born in Connecticut, USA […]


Taking That Return Flight to Hong Kong…

Posted by Michael Michelini | Oct 27 2010 | Comments (9)

Maybe my friends reading this are getting a bit frustrated with me….but now I have decided to take the flight back to Hong Kong (ie China / Philippines) I have been thinking about this since the wedding this weekend…and I guess I have a lot of explaining to do! When I first landed in new […]


How I Ended Up Where I Am – More Reflections

Posted by Michael Michelini | Sep 09 2010 | Comments (0)

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 […]


Manila Taxi Drivers Rip You Off! A Cabbie’s Perspective

Posted by Michael Michelini | Sep 02 2010 | Comments (5)

In Manila, locals and foreigners agree – CAB DRIVERS RIP YOU OFF! There are so many stories about getting ripped off by taxis here, lets hit a few points: Won’t Use the Meter – They say its broken, or that they don’t want to use it. Some kind of story every time. Choose who they […]


Oh No! Heading Back to Manila, Philippines!

Posted by Michael Michelini | Aug 31 2010 | Comments (4)

Yeap, in Hong Kong airport, going BACK to Philippines. Keep getting the tweets and the texts / calls about how its too dangerous to go, I’m going to be kidnapped, held hostage, blah blah. But really, to be honest, this wasn’t in the agenda, returning to the Philippines, I was planning to stay in China […]


Not Gonna Be Good For China / Philippines Relations…..

Posted by Michael Michelini | Aug 23 2010 | Comments (28)

Started getting twitter and SMS messages about 10 hours ago about a hostage situation in the city of Manila in Philippines, involving about 15 Hong Kong people…..so obviously I’m smack in the middle of the political ramifications of this….so I looked deeper. I’m seeing tons of news coverage of it, but this article shows the […]


Visit to Philippines Training Center, So many great interviews!

Posted by Michael Michelini | Aug 09 2010 | Comments (14)

For my last day on this current Philippines visit, I paid a visit to a local Quezon City job training center. I had visited a couple weeks ago and was invited to come back towards the end of this term’s semester to do evaluations and test them on their english and job interview skills, as […]


Finally Did It, Ate BALUT (18 day old chicken eggs)

Posted by Michael Michelini | Aug 07 2010 | Comments (28)

Its taken me almost a month to get the courage to eat this….and man…..I usually can eat anything. The staff and the friends in Philippines I have met here keep pushing me to try it, its a streetside dish called “BALUT” in filipino. Basically, its 18 day old chicken eggs that have a baby chicken […]


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