Am I Addicted To Traveling? Or Just Running Away?

In family friends, travel by Michael Michelini11 Comments

Especially since last weekend’s wedding, I have been in a different state every other day. Then announcing I am going back to China, not losing my return ticket – and going to Los Angeles this Thursday. Mike, my Russian friend in New York saying “I couldn’t travel as much as you”, how can I live like this, I need to …

Staying ahead of technology. Timezones. Workflows

In travel by Michael Michelini2 Comments

Been back in USA a bit over 2 weeks now, and being Sunday, its always my “planning and strategy day” no matter where I am in the world, Sunday is the most “calm” day, the least amount of new incoming emails, and a chance for me to catch up, reflect, and think ahead. Timezones: In just 2 weeks so many …

Welcome Back To NEW YORK CITY!!

In usa by Michael Michelini11 Comments

Haha, im back to USA! What a trip…..in the back of a jumbo jet with 4 huge chinese families…..kids running around, babies testing their new vocal cords…..so much for getting sleep on the plane. Arriving in nyc…..45 min late……the customs line was outrageous….like a circus, literally – there must have been a plane from italy arriving at the same time……tons …

Getting Excited + Nervous – USA Trip Next Week

In travel, usa by Michael Michelini6 Comments

Man, its almost here……1 more week (next Wednesday) and I’ll be back inside US borders. Wonder what the US customs official is gonna see when he sees my last date of entry was June 2008! A little nervous, its been so long. to see friends, family, customers, potential customers, online friends I have never met… Hope I can get everything …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Does International Business Make Us More Racist, or More Aware?

In travel by Michael Michelini9 Comments

Coming back from Philippines to China, and just passed the border into hong kong and its always a sight….its kinda sad, but i don’t get in the line where there are africans or middle eastern….because almost definitely they are going to take longer to process…and almost 75% of the time have to be interrogated by border patrol supervisors, being my …

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

In philippines business by Michael Michelini31 Comments

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 ready to hatch inside….isn’t that …

Issue of “Mixing” different types of friends

In family friends by Michael Michelini15 Comments

This title may be a bit strange, but it has come up a few times to me privately. I like to think of myself as a pretty approachable and friendly guy, an open networker. Because of this, I often introduce various friends to other groups of friends. As my contacts are sometimes of various extremes, in either financial, cultural, or …

Comparing Asian To Western Child Upbringing

In family friends by Michael Michelini5 Comments

hey, i’m DEFINITELY not an expert or have any experience in raising a child (god willing, hope to one day) but I thought I would just reflect on what I’ve noticed the past few years in China and now in Philippines about child upbringing to what I know and have experienced in America and heard from friends in most of …

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 …