Monthly Archives: April 2010

An Unique Compensation System

People respond to incentives, said Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner of Freakonomics and SuperFreakonomics. How does a company incentivize people to stay loyal and align with the company’s goals? A Chinese company figured this out. This unique system is probably … Continue reading

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To Seattle, with Link

The best way to come in town is via the Link Light Rail system, if you can drag your luggage through about 600 meters or so paved and sheltered path. That’s less than half a mile. After you get leave … Continue reading

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City Slicker

Sunday, 8am, woke up hungry. The refrigerator was empty, like the rest of the apartment. I needed to feed. Internet showed the way. So I braved into Seattle’s cool morning and find Bauhaus Books and Coffee. The street sign said, … Continue reading

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Boot Camp

“Stop, or I am going to fall,” I commanded my legs that had gone independent. They are moving roughly according to my will, but not exactly. I willed them to move in sync to the way my weight was shifting, … Continue reading

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Emerald City

Had I not live in Beijing for three years, I wouldn’t have dared to re-pot myself again. Five years ago, I had an anxiety attack on that final “one-way-trip” to Beijing with the entire family in tow. I was leaping … Continue reading

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A 148-Day Learning

It is easy to be the boss in a Chinese firm. In this authoritarian civilization, everyone agrees with you and seeks your approval. What you uttered becomes gospel. People quote and obey you. It is the toughest thing to be … Continue reading

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Home Plumbing

Before Wife woke up, I started the coffee and readied for the well planned 15-minute project. I fantasized the victory breakfast, bacon and pancake, as I was fishing for the white Teflon tape. When the J-pipe, the hooked pipe that’s … Continue reading

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