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Back To Business In Saigon

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Back To  Business in Saigon Just can’t seem to stop hearing about this place Things are booming in Saigon, Vietnam! Mike’s Blog 170 Less than a year ago I took my first trip to Saigon, aka HCMC and this place is growing like crazy. Got an early bird ticket to DCxSGN a few months ago and honestly forgot about the …

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Enjoy a Night Out With The Fam

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Who needs a reason to go out and stay in a nice hotel with the family? Mike’s Blog 169 mikesblog.com/familynightout Pretty much this is great timing. I need a night out – and as always – mixing family and business. Hard Rock Cafe (and hotel) is opening up in Shenzhen and invited us over. Thanks Matt from Shenzhenparty.com for the …

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How Do You Deal With Overwhelm?

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How Do You Deal With Overwhelm? Mike’s blog 168 Chinese New Year is OVER – and there is like a floodgates being opened. Mostly in Wechat (as everyone in China basically lives in Wechat). Imagine its around Jan 1 (well let’s say Jan 3) and everyone is excited for new ideas and projects they were thinking about over the holiday …

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Back in Asia! Both New Years are Over. What is Up?

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Back in Asia – Both New Years Are Over – What Is Up! So we are in 2018 and in the Chinese New Year of the Dog – finally a full “new year” I’m getting over jet lag – pro tip – don’t take kids on international flights. Make adults travel, not kids! Actually Maggie is still not fully adjusted …

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Preparing to Return to China

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Preparing to Return to China Wow, that was fast – well – not really! Mike’s Blog 166 Mikesblog.com/chinareturn2018 Its that time again – time to board the flight and fly to the other side of the world – to China. This time I am ready to go back more than ever. The trip served the main purpose – kids to …

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Hello Colombia – Business Expansion Trip

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Hello Colombia – Business Expansion Trip Yes, on top of all this madness – I’m going to Colombia for a couple days. Mike’s Blog 165 Mikesblog.com/visitcolombia While planning this USA trip, I have been in discussions in Global From Asia expanding to Colombia and South America. Claudia which helped out with the China business workshop in Florida is a podcast …

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Road trip with the Kids

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Road trip with the Kids On the road again…. Mike’s Blog 164 https://mikesblog.com/kidsroadtrip We are on the road. Sticking in Florida – China Business Workshop just wrapped up a bit ago and time to enjoy the weekend. No more bugging my parents for a ride, rented a car for the rest of the trip. Nancy my sister in law took …

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Appreciate the Cards You Are Dealt

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Appreciate the Cards You Are Dealt Mike’s Blog 162 Well, been a few days now in Florida – and already missing Wendy, my wife. Still a big shocker on that hard decision to have to leave her by herself in Hong Kong International Airport and separate her from her kids for a few weeks. Sure, we can harp on this …

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Ready for Takeoff and Leaving Wife Behind?

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Update- So many people messaging me about the 10 year visa renewal – I had to link to it here – https://www.cbp.gov/travel/international-visitors/electronic-visa-update-system-evus/frequently-asked-questions Here’s the gist: What is the Electronic Visa Update System (EVUS)? EVUS is the online system used by nationals of China holding a 10-year B1/B2, B1 or B2 (visitor) visa periodically to update basic biographic information to facilitate …

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Sometimes Doing Things You Don’t Like to Do

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Sometimes Doing Things You Don’t Like to Do Woke up at 4:30am today – which is early even for me (I’m a 5:30am riser). Set the alarm on my watch (still using a Pebble!) as well as asked the hotel receptionist to call me. A bit nervous. Mike’s Blog 158 You know that feeling, when you wake up and the …

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Being a Foreign Dad in China

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Being a Foreign Dad in China A foreigner in China is one thing, a foreign dad is a whole new level Mike’s Blog 159 Happy birthday to my sweet baby girl, Maggie. Just turning 2 years old now. Had the pleasure to share it with my friend Meir – who is also a father of 2. The crazy and amazing …

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Team Development

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Team Development It is all about the team. Mike’s Blog 157 Damon commented on a recent video blog (the stress vlog) that it is all about collaboration. I totally agree there – and community – and team. Today, while here in Cebu, I spent time with team development. Making sure people have the tools and knowledge is critical, and a …

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Back in Good Ol’ Philippines

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Back in Good Ol’ Philippines Mike’s Blog 156 Welcome back (insert sound clip of the Welcome back pop song). Philippines is always a nice place to come back to. Well – I think most would agree the traffic is not the best part – and unfortunately something you need to accept and deal with as soon as you leave the …