Oh No! Heading Back to Manila, Philippines!

In philippines business by Michael Michelini4 Comments

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 the last 2 weeks until …

Most People Are a Direct Reflection of Their Peers

In motivation by Michael Michelini0 Comments

I love this quote by Tony Robbins: Most people are direct reflections of their peer group, Just another great quote I found on twitter, nice (yes, I keep showing people why I love twitter! just keeps inspiring me)! But yes, we become who we surround ourselves with…..what we hear each day, the news we listen to, the perspective and experiences …

I Haven’t Changed Much Since University

In family friends by Michael Michelini2 Comments

Wrapped things up with my old friend hasan, he is heading up to beijing tomorrow from hong kong, and i returned back to shenzhen. Its been at least 4 or 5 years since i had seen him, we had gone to Stevens Tech together, were in the same fraternity (Delta Tau Delta) and then were roommate 1 year in New …

Back in Hong Kong, Hasan Visiting From Pakistan

In business, travel by Michael Michelini8 Comments

Finally Hasan has made it out to visit me in Hong Kong. We spent lots of emails back and forth about when he would be visiting….making it a bit difficult to arrange my philippines trip before going to usa, but it ended up working out ok. He is only 1 of a handful to come visit me from my USA …

Buy, Sell, Wheel, Deal, Hustle. Becoming a new-age social media salesman

In business, motivation by Michael Michelini4 Comments

I have always loved the hustle. That’s what attracted me to Wall Street, to New York. To China. to wholesale markets. Life is going faster then ever….I’m running between 4 or 5 countries in a couple months. Have alliances, offices throughout China (shanghai, fujian, shenzhen), Philippines, USA. I’m getting phone calls from India, speaking bad chinese to phone call salesman. …

Maybe Do Social Media From Phuket, Thailand?

In motivation, travel by Michael Michelini6 Comments

Paul Chong from a wufantuan startup met up with me tonight and mentioned this social media posting in Phuket, Thailand! People have been noticing when I stop twittering! Awesome, social media is all about being a LIVE PERSON. A living, breathing human being. Not some RSS feed machine. And even if a human is actually writing it….don’t just talk professionally …

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

In china business, philippines business by Michael Michelini28 Comments

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 potential political issues between Philippines …

Movie About Dreams – Inception

In motivation by Michael Michelini4 Comments

Today spent some time with andy blahnik in hong kong to see the new movie inception. I had no idea what the movie was about going in, but man i is highly recommend you see it if you like action with a mix of abstract multi-thread stories simultaneously happening. I dont want to ruin the story for those who have …

Differences Between Hong Kong + Mainland China

In china business by Michael Michelini10 Comments

Been in Hong Kong again these past few days, and always a bit of a touchy subject, depending on who you ask,either a person from hong kong or a person from mainland china. define hong kong as a special political and economic zone, so for those who have never been to china or hong kong, lets start with the basics: …

Maybe China is Right to Make It Difficult For Foreigners?

In china seo by Michael Michelini0 Comments

When people complain or talk about why chinese government is filtering or blocking internet websites, the topic is always about censorship + control of information, but i believe its not just for filtering, but to allow their own chinese internet companies compete vs global or american brands….. I have had this talk with some chinese internet friends as well, and …

Busy Networking in Shenzhen, China

In china business by Michael Michelini0 Comments

Been back in china for a week now after a month in Philippines, what so many people think is im traveling like its vacation! Just when I blogged about how often I blog, I don’t update this for a few days….jeez…. Hahah, this is not a holiday! I guess because im mainly working on a budget (bootstrapping) i always gotta …

How I Keep Up With Blogging

In travel by Michael Michelini5 Comments

I have always enjoyed reflecting and recording what I do. As I have said before, since high school I have kept a journal, and putting things down on “paper” (physical, or virtual – but I actually do prefer writing something down on a piece of paper, as it feels like I have physically created something) has helped destress myself, and …

Visit to a LED Factory in Shenzhen

In china business by Michael Michelini3 Comments

Being Friday the 13th – i know a bit superstitious, but anyway i went out to visit a factory of LED for the electrapour LED pour spout. Have been using various sources to find the best quality (brightness, focus) at the best price. Took a trip out this afternoon to a LED factory in Luo Ho district. While I am …

Learning A Lot about People Even Without a Common Language

In business by Michael Michelini0 Comments

I’ll admit… I have never been interested or skilled at learning other languages. I’m another “stereotypical American” that thinks Why doesn’t everyone just speak English? Over the past few years, my Chinese has improved….while I did expect it to better then it is, I have never taken any formal classes, some quick tutoring and listening to others while traveling and …

Maximizing The Cards We Are Dealt In Life

In business by Michael Michelini1 Comment

When i travel, sure i travel in beat up clothes…..I like to stay low key, when i left the training center interviews yesterday, i was dressed up more then usual……and man i could tell….beggars, kids on the street, all staring at me and im like a magnet for people looking for handouts. But when I’m wearing old, casual clothes, people …