Travel Forever

Jokulsarlon in Iceland taken by Huawei P9

You travel once, you travel forever because you relive the wandering moments every day.

I’m not complaining, but working at a startup is darn hard. You are constantly brainstorming and figuring it out.

Then you lose you.

Business is all about building a relationship with partners and customers. Character is what moves a person. But if you lose yourself, your business has no personality. There’s no fun it that.

Business is growing. That’s great. To make it grow even bigger, you have to find yourself.

So just go.

Unknown location in Bruges taken by Huawei P9

Let It Go
Walking along the endless canal of Bruges, I looked up and all was blue. I spotted a jet up in the sky. Time flew, but the plane could not go far because the sky was forever.

God! I felt free and it was heavenly. Since I work in a small company, there is always fear that your mistake will turn into something big. It’s difficult to forgive yourself for the flaws.

But the sky told me to be more forgiving to myself and also others so I can move on quickly. No more overthinking. No more putting too much meaning into everything.

I agreed.

Be Fearless
Walk. Explore. Talk to people. Walk some more. Take chances. Be fluent in being alone.

None of my travels were planned and I was travelling solo. This made me fearless.

I started talking to new people who had good ideas of where I should head to and that’s where I would be the next day.

Being alone allowed me to go anywhere on a whim and it was daring. The bolder I was, I was able to see more.

There were times when I hit a snag. I had to go to Antwerp from Brussels but I did not have my ticket printed and the machines at the print shops were all broken. I was amazing at how much I stayed calm and carefully looked for solutions. Luckily, I made it to Antwerp and had the best tiramisu that Europe can offer.

Central Station in Amsterdam taken by Huawei P9

In the moment
Leaving your hectic life behind allows you to appreciate the world more. I wanted to live in the moment to the fullest so I paid attention to everything big and small.

Time and money will never be enough in travelling. The list of places to go never ends. I will always feel like I could add one more stop.

But everything is nothing.

So I decided to believe where I am now is the best place and who I am with now is the best person in the world.

Unknown location in Iceland taken by Huawei P9

Whether we’re chasing the northern lights in Iceland or our dreams in reality, we are always travelling. But to make this journey beautiful, we have to remember to say focused, independent, fearless, calm and easy-going.

So let’s go.

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3 films that deal with repression, lethargy, restlessness

Let’s talk about the elephant in the room.

The startup world mostly talks about the blitz and glamour. They talk about how ‘cool’ it is to have beer or a pool table in the office. They go on and on about their flexible working hours and how they will be the next ‘Uber’ of something.

Yeah, that’s all great. But what gets you through are the dark parts. It is full of sleepless nights where the question of “Did I make the right choice?” echoes in your head. We are only human. Things are going great, but there are other times that are difficult.

You are not always in the position of power and there are so many ways to find your rock. Sparing two to three hours for a good old film can really help you through the day. It sure works for me.

Here are three brilliant films that explore the feeling of repression, lethargy and restlessness.

  1. Repression: Carrie, 1976
Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images - © 2011 Getty Images

Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images – © 2011 Getty Images

Rage is actually a good mechanism to protect yourself. We think too much of what others feel that it makes us blind to realize how much we get hurt. Sometimes we want to explode and scream on the top of our lungs, “What’s going on!” It’s okay to be angry at the world when things don’t work out. But we can’t go crazy uncontrollably. We have our social life to keep.

Let Carrie do that for you. Based on the Stephen King’s beloved novel, this movie tells a story about a repressed fragile girl. She is abused by her disturbed mother and treated poorly by the other kids. They are so cruel they dump a bucket of pig’s blood on her at the prom after they maliciously vote her as prom queen. Then she goes telekinetically psycho on everyone.

It’s so pleasing and rewarding that the anger and stress mounted inside of you are cleansed out when the credits are rolling. The King himself loved this film so much that when he was asked what he thought about the upcoming 2013 remake, he said, “The real question is why, when the original was so good?”

  1. Lethargy: While We’re Young, 2014
Photo by Jon Pack

Photo by Jon Pack

We have to stop living in the past. That way we are forever young.

This comedy takes a look into a childless couple Josh and Cornelia, brilliantly played by Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts, who are in their forties and can’t remember the last time they had a ‘fun, spontaneous’ night out. The real stories begin after the two meet a young couple in their mid-twenties. The two are so spirited and energetic the older couple wants to spend more time together doing silly stuff like wearing a hippie hat or attending a hip-hop dance class.

The film compares one vibrant couple to another couple who clings onto youth as if it has gone away. But I like how Josh and Cornelia come to realize that youth is here to stay and the past time they have spent being ‘adults’ has given them wisdom. The balance in everything is always the key.

As George Bernard Shaw perfectly puts it, “We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” So let’s keep playing.

  1. Restlessness: Take Shelter, 2013
© 2011 - Sony Pictures Classics

© 2011 – Sony Pictures Classics

You feel like no one believes you, but your guts tell you otherwise. You know you are right, but it’s hard to explain why. You are restless. You need just one person to believe in you and tell you that you are good enough. These emotions are explored in this movie.

The main character Curtis, beautifully portrayed by Michael Shannon, has these bad, vivid dreams: The storm destroys his home or his car is attacked by a horde of unknown people who eventually snatches his daughter away from him. He takes his warnings seriously and does what he can to guard his family. He goes far lengths to build a shelter in his backyard and people start to talk about how unstable he has become.

The very talented director Jeff Nichols subtly builds suspense slowly throughout the film leaving audiences at the edge of their seats. The story is so driven with the power of love, belief, commitment, terror and dread.

The film ends with an ambiguous ending which were interpreted in many different ways. The master of storytelling Nichols reflected that he had a “strict idea of what the end of Take Shelter was.” But the ‘beautiful part’ is that the audiences are “also telling you something about themselves too through their reactions.”

Have you watched this film? How did you react?

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Easiway’s epicenter

It's a metaphor.

It’s a metaphor.

 

Let’s say you want to run a kick-ass hot dog stand. The hot dogs are your epicenter. Your hot dog stand is not a hot dog stand without the hot dogs. You may not have ketchup, mustard, relishes or crunchy onions, but it will still be a hot dog stand with those hot dogs.

So what would Easiway’s hot dog be?

When customers book a ride, professional drivers pick them up at their requested time and date. We want to get them where they need to go on their schedule. Delivering this simple, assuring experience is Easiway’s hot dog.

We roll up our sleeves and interact with each vendors that provide such services. We spend days or even months to make sure they will handle each order seriously.

There are no tricks involved. It’s the tone that comes from us.

Okay. We got the vendors on board. So how do we make sure they will continue to provide good service? Our answer is the soon-to-be-launched Easishare Management System, or EMS.

Simply put, it is a fleet management system customized for rental car companies in China.

With it, ride managers know which driver and vehicle are the best match to serve your order.

They know where the drivers are real-time to make sure they are punctual.

They can easily get available drivers from their trusting partners to serve your order when their drivers are all booked.

They can monitor if additional charges are transparently requested to customers.

They track the status of vehicles and driver’s rating to maintain quality service for customers.

So yeah, we can proudly say we are working to keep our hot dogs juicy. Better yet, this effort will keep going on. We have a long way to go. But we want all the players in this market to be happy.

Happy riding. Happy serving.

(This content is inspired by Rework. Thank you, 37singals team, for the wonders your book do.)

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How immigration check works between Hong Kong, Shenzhen?

Easiway No Hassle

We get it. It’s your first time to cross the border between Hong Kong and Shenzhen. You’re worried. It’s only natural.

So which Easiway service are you planning to use?

Thank you, Google Map.

Thank you, Google Map.

Easiway Chauffeured Rides
You will either pass through Shenzhen Bay or Huanggang Port. Which control point you will pass through is determined by what time your trip is and how many passengers are riding, among other reasons.

Don’t worry. The process is similar.

When you get on the cross-border van, the driver will ask for your passports and immigration documents. You need to fill in these documents for both ways, Hong Kong to Shenzhen and Shenzhen to Hong Kong. These forms will be given by the driver. Of course, you need valid travel documents, including Chinese Visa, to get immigration checks without having to get off.

At the border, the vehicle will go through a gate that looks similar to tollgates. At the gate, the driver will hand over your passport to the person in charge and open the doors so the person can match your face to the given documents.

This process will happen twice on the Hong Kong and Shenzhen side, respectively.

For chauffeured rides, you can get on and off at your selected locations.


Easiway Shuttle Map

Shuttle Buses
Shuttle bus rides pass through Shenzhen Bay or Man Kam to Control Points. Both immigration checks will take place by foot.

After you get on at your selected shuttle stop, you will have to get off at the control point with all your belongings.

At Shenzhen Bay, two rounds of immigration checks will take place in one building.

At the Man Kam to Control Point, get off for the first immigration check. Re-ride the bus to head to the second one. You will pass by this control point if you start from Hong Kong Airport on a shuttle bus.

After your second check is over, you will get on the shuttle bus again to go to your final destination. If the control point is your final destination, you can take off from there.

Shuttle Vans
The shuttle vans pass through Shenzhen Bay.

After you get on the van at your selected starting point, you do not have to get off until your drop off stop. Both immigration will take place in the vehicle.

When you hop on, the driver will ask for your passports and immigration documents. You need to fill in these documents for both ways, Hong Kong to Shenzhen and Shenzhen to Hong Kong.

At the border, the vehicle will go through a gate that looks like tollgates. Here, the driver will hand over your passports to the person in charge and open the doors so the person can match your face to the given documents.

This process will happen twice on the Hong Kong and Shenzhen, respectively.

Depending on what travel documents you are holding, the process may differ. But on normal circumstances, these are how the immigration checks are carried out.

For foreign travelers to Hong Kong, you need to fill in this document:

Immigration paperFor foreign travelers to China, you need to write down this one:

Arrival and Departure Card

Get iOS app here or Android app there. Want to learn more about Easiway? Come by our website or drop us a line at support@easi-way.com

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A room of one’s own for females at startups

Easiway

Step inside our office. I’m easy to spot because the only girl there is me. Yeah, you guessed right. I’m not a developer.

What’s that like?
Well, at first you do a little feel left out when everyone else is hustling each other on the Play Station, being guys! But soon enough, you find yourself joining the game and doing not bad.

You also get to feel less guilty for being too full to finish your lunch because someone will take it. FACT: Men eat more than women. ….Well okay, most of the time.

You’re flattered when not one, but THREE brainy developers go out their way to help you just to get your new desktop up and running. It’s super fast and the most high-end program I regularly use is Microsoft’s Excel. It’s just awesome. I have the best computer in the world.

It’s not always rainbows and butterflies
Developers are creators every day and as the log knows it, there’s always evidence. But for marketers and PR specialists like myself, we build relationships and our effort doesn’t always meet the eyes.

It’s a bummer, but sometimes we feel like we are not contributing enough.

While talking to a bunch of people at startup networking events, I realized that the majority of those who battle with this feeling are women. It’s no secret that women account for a very small percentage of the world’s software developers. Many of them are pressured to prove something like the developers do.

It also a bummer that being a girl means that it’s sometimes harder to get attention.

Last year, I was in charge of a booth at a startup conference. One of our developers was kind enough to help out with the heavy lifting. I was supposed to do most of the talking but whenever he contributed to the conversation (which I have no problem with), I just could feel all of the visitors’ attention getting locked to him. Their body would gradually turned away from me. He is a buff, tall and older guy. That’s everything I’m not.

So, so what!
The real demon reveals its face if you let it bother you. It’s easier said than done. But if your team believes in you, the battle is won.

Communicate. Then, your boss and teammates will understand that your efforts takes its time to surface. Share what you have been doing and why simply over lunch or coffee. Those who matter will value you and your work.

Well, if your team doesn’t? Something’s terribly wrong.

How do you make your team believe in you?
Public Relations was the only area I was familiar with when I stepped foot in this company. But in the beginning, there was nothing to talk about to the press or public. The aforementioned OH-MY-GOD-I-AM-SO-WORTHLESS phase took me away.

Resenting the defeat, I started testing our Easiway app hundreds of times, constantly showering the developers with questions. Because the app allows users to book cross-border rides between Hong Kong and China, it’s quite complicated, especially for first timers. Complex immigration check regulations, visa issue and so much more are involved.

I was devoted to understand the whole picture and help users to feel at ease during the booking and traveling process. Many of our customers are foreigners and they tend to get dazed and confused by the border crossing. So was I.

It was a tedious process, but I was determined. I have helped customers so many times that they shared constructive feedback. I voiced it to the developers and they would listen and reflect it on the product. I found myself contributing to our business every day.

And, now I have evolved into a service designer. Thanks to my passion for this service and our customers, all the things that needed to be done by a service designer came naturally to me.

With confidence, I can say that my teammates believe in me as I do in them. With their support, I am growing and making a difference and gender has nothing to do with it.

Written and photo by: Euna Lee, Communicator of Easiway

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Easiway Bus Wrapped in Beauty

Being in a startup has its perks. One thing is that you appreciate everything around you. No matter how small that thing is.

Last Monday, our team members gathered around to see one of our buses getting wrapped up into a beauty. It was late, but everyone was jumping up and down with excitement. We really can’t help ourselves.

Beautiful smiles? Check!

Beautiful smiles? Check!

The job went on until 4 am the next morning. The wrapping had to be done at night because it’s sunny in China. It was a long work and we really appreciate the master hands and their dexterity.  (Thank you again and again.)

Easiway Bus

Easiway Bus

The master hands had to meticulously stick the large pieces in sync and poke holes to get rid of the air bubbles one by one. There were a lot of sticking and un-sticking all night.

Annnnd, finally VOILA!

Easiway Bus

The beauty has spread it wings! And, it looks even better in the sunlight.

Easiway Bus

This marks yet another new beginning of Easiway’s drive to ease the tedious commute between Hong Kong and Shenzhen.

For those of you who do not understand Chinese, the bus says “Spend Less, Get More” and “Book shuttle buses and vans that cross the border between Hong Kong and Shenzhen.”

Book a ticket cashless on the Easiway app and save a seat. You don’t have to wait for the next bus in case the closest one is full. The app shows where to get the tickets printed and where to board the ride. It’s in English, Korean and Chinese so everyone can enjoy.

Want to see Easiway’s next move? Stay tuned!

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Is working at a startup as my first job a good idea?-‘Abosolutely’- Part 2

By Jonathan Kos-Read

No one can answer that question for you, but you can always take people’s different view on it into consideration.

The next post is written by our staff from the CS team. This company is her first and she says “Absolutely!”

The previous post was written by our staff from the marketing team. easi6 Limited is not the first company she worked for and her answer is closer to a “No.”

Note that this post will be helpful for commerce students new seeking opportunities.

Absolutely!
Creating a new culture in a company brings me a great sense of accomplishment. The company and I are both at the starting line. We are growing and making a new culture together so this company means a lot to me. This connect I have with this company helps it grow strong bringing change.

Just out of college, my mind is fresh and unbiased and everyone expects new idea from me. I am passionate and love facing new challenges. Many say it will be hard because I have no experience, but this is actually a great motivation to learn and I can test out what I learned right away. I feel like everything I do is not only for the company, but also for ME. And, I really like that.

Startup is where people of various background come together to help each other out. I don’t have experience, but my co-worker does so he helps me. A lot, actually. In return, I know how to communicate online to garner social media attention. It’s just the start for me, but this company gives me great responsibility which really makes me think I am really doing something.

People ask me why I joined a startup as my first job. Honestly, I do not know what the difference between a startup and a big corporate is. You chose a company if you believe in their product and value. I believe in Easiway because it makes it easier for commuters between Hong Kong and Shenzhen. My confidence in this business acts as a rock even when things get shaky.

I love what I do and that’s the most important part of a job.

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