It's been like 5 weeks or so since I got back from Asia… Time flies by so fast… it's nice to be back home in Los Angeles for awhile. The first thing I noticed when I got back from Asia (Hong Kong and Philippines) was how “clean” the air was in Los Angeles! Yes… you Americans will laugh since Los Angeles is known for its dirty air but compared to Asia, the air here in Los Angeles was nice and refreshing! I guess that is because I came from one of the top 5 most polluted cities in the world, (Manila) and also from Hong Kong. (another most polluted due to all the pollution blowing in from the China factories).
It was nice to be back and Kelly and I got to see Obi again. We really really missed him when we were in Asia. Every day we would look at pics of him. My parents in NYC took good care of Obi and my dad would even take pictures of him and email us every day.
In mid October, I went down to South Carolina for a few days to spend time with my leaders Scott McGee and Laura Sterling. Both are Silver Directors and they got some good stuff going on. It was my first time in South Carolina and it was nice to get some good southern hospitality! We drove all the way down to St. Petersburg, Florida to attend Integritas Unplugged Prospecting training event. I also got to spend some time with Leslie Hickey (who did all the driving) and Dr. Sam Young. The training event was good.
Back home… I was debating on getting a new bike. I got my eyes set on Cannondale's urban Bad Boy Solo. It ranged from $1100 to $1550 USD. But instead of getting a new bike, I ended up getting my old one totally revamped and fixed up.
Been listening to a lot of good audio books:
1) Take on the Street by Adam Levitt (some good stuff but very long and boring)
2) Made to Stick by Chip Health and Dan Health (great book… I went to buy the hardcover to read again)
3) Becoming a Millionaire God's Way by Dr. Thomas Anderson – good to read a Christian perspective
4) Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser – everyone needs to read this. Stay away from fast food! It kills you and also does a lot of other harm to animals, communities and society that you are probably not aware of
I'm currently listening to “Winning” by Jack and Suzy Welch and it is REALLY GOOD. It is a must read for anyone that wants to climb the corporate ladder or in a leadership position. The leadership lessons he gives there can be applied to my business and I thought this was one of the better leadership books I've read in awhile
In terms of reading, I am currently reading “Getting Things Done” by David Allen. It is a time management book… so far so good. Now I have to apply it and see how well it works. This was highly recommended to me by many people.
Finally, how about those NY Yankees! I used to be a HUGE HUGE DIE HARD Yankee fans back in the 80s and then got disillusioned by baseball (strike in 94 had to do with it… and so did fantasy baseball)… but after a few years off, I was really back into it this year. I guess it's another one of those things that brings back memories of my childhood. And no; I am NOT a bandwagon fan… I'll name more Yanks than you can even name and I've even got old yearbooks back home (82..83… etc) to prove it! It was great watching the Yanks win this one. The only thing I could have wish for more was to be in NYC to celebrate!
For those in the USA, have a safe Thanksgiving holiday!