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White People Need More….Things….

In philippines business, travel by Michael Michelini6 Comments

I started drafting this on my mobile as i sat front seat in a jeepnee heading back from the beach……maybe its the way white people are raised….but i think its true….i need more things to be comfortable then my friends around me in the philippines, maybe because I grew up with more “Extra” things in life, I became too accustomed …

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Welcome to the Philippines – Felt Like a Local This Weekend….

In philippines business, travel by Michael Michelini13 Comments

man, I am trying to submerse myself into the culture to learn how people live….but this past weekend took it to extremes! Marie, Jennifer, Analou and myself went on a weekend trip to Batangas. After night shift on friday night, we left around 7am, packing up light backpacks with swimsuits and a change of clothes, it was exciting! Unfortunately, we …

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Is There Enough Money + Resources In The World Today?

In business by Michael Michelini9 Comments

Reading the world news here in the philippines, watching people from the window hustle to make 1 peso (45 pesos to 1 us dollar, so do the math) commission for bringing a customer on the jeepnee (public bus kinda…) while in the news im reading about the first ice cream truck for DOGS thats in the UK!! The red, white, …

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Living Life as a Minimalist

In motivation, travel by Michael Michelini19 Comments

my buddy James Song thought of me when he got this email and passed it along – I definitely think it fits my current lifestyle and objectives these days. Its about just OWNING what we really need in life. Not to be attached to personal goods. I took a quick snapshot of me right now, I’m hanging out in flipflops …

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Self Motivation, Landed in Manila

In motivation, philippines business by Michael Michelini9 Comments

Arrived in Manila late last night (no typhoon while I was flying, so I’m here safe!) just 1 hour delay. Each time I’ve been coming here (3rd time this year) I’m always maxing out the allowed “free” amount of luggage on the plane (15 kilos). I really feel like a Filipino when I’m doing this, as the lines checking in …

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Good Luck In Your Next Country

In china business by Michael Michelini3 Comments

Today is my last day in Shenzhen for a bit, in Hong Kong airport now typing this out. Recently I had an interesting quick QQ chat i had with my friend Lucy……she was talking about my move to the philippines, contained the typical chat sequence of events, the 5 W’s – who, what, when, where, why, blah blah… But during …

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When Online Friends Die or Dissappear

In family friends by Michael Michelini7 Comments

I was spending some time yesterday with Raine Liu, who is starting up her own trading company of electronics accessories and as she was helping me move some things in from 1 office to another office (awesome, she has a car!) + changing my internet and shipping some products to USA – she mentioned a story about her “online friend …

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Getting Things Done in China

In china business by Michael Michelini17 Comments

As I scramble to make things clear and smooth before I depart on Thursday, as always, a few speedbumps come my way…..I get a call today from the real estate agent who I rented this location from, and he is speaking to me in Chinese (so I try my best, but have to pass the phone off to my friend, …

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Who To Trust While I’m Outside China

In china business by Michael Michelini4 Comments

Since day 1 in china its been this issue – TRUST, I remember when I first came to visit China in 2007, I was meeting everyone I could, seeing what I thought of the place, the opportunity, the trust factor….Sure I knew it was difficult, intense, insane, THAT IS WHY I LIKE IT IN CHINA. I want a challenge. I …

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Travel Plan The Next 4 Months

In china business, travel by Michael Michelini13 Comments

Been getting tweets, phone calls, emails since I blogged I am leaving Shenzhen. I feel the love! Its not that I am leaving FOREVER – but probably won’t be here to much these next few months. Maybe back in late November. I am not sure if I have blogged it yet, but put on facebook and twitter feeds that I …