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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On Emotional Intelligence

© 1997 Miramax Pictures- all rights reserved

© 1997 Miramax Pictures- all rights reserved

I feel like we talk less about getting through a bad day. Life actually passes by one day at a time. We interact with people and even ourselves all the time.

Focusing mostly on the big picture, our system teaches us more about skills to be productive, but less on how to build a good relationship or find out what we want.

Some people have a hard time connecting with people and themselves. Like Professor Sean Maguire said, it’s not your fault. He can say it a million times; It’s not your fault. So it should be okay to take your time, but the real world doesn’t wait for anyone.  The system is tailored mainly for extroverts and resilient people.

What school never teaches us is how to grow emotionally and to digest life slowly one day at a time. I guess, this is why it took so long for everyone to actually notice the importance of emotional intelligence.

Emotional intelligence is composed of being aware of your emotions and using what you are aware of to navigate the way you act. It also consists of understanding emotions of other people and using what you picked up to effectively interact with them, according to Travis Bradberry.

Unlike your ability to learn which mainly stays constant throughout your life, you can enhance emotional intelligence with practice. Emotional intelligence helps us in our professional life.

An experiment by TalentSmart found out that emotional intelligence is the strongest indicator of performance, out of 33 other job skills. It accounted for a full 58% of success in all types of career.

It is something that influences your every day. The study shows that 90 percent of the top performers were emotionally intelligent. The study claims that people who are highly intelligent in this area make much more money than those who aren’t– an average of $29,000 more annually.

So how do different people boost their emotional intelligence? I asked a few of my friends who are all in the startup scene.

“College was exciting because you could be friends with anyone! I spent a lot of my time meeting people and just talk. I would then talk about myself too. I think this is how I understood myself better.”

“I watched a lot of movies and read a lot of books. It’s a way to learn new culture and mindset and it really gives you time to reflect on yourself and others.”

“My mother. She was a nurse so she spent a lot of her time with people. I would complain to her about work and relationships. She would always give me the best advice ever.”

“I ask a lot of questions to my colleagues at work. I would make suggestions and ask their advice. They would tell me what they wanted and thought and I always asked, ‘Why?’ It helps.”

“My relationship with my parents and teachers from school since young played an important part. They were always understanding and considerate.”

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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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More business with same fleet size

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Think Big

Competition motivates companies to improve, but we also need cooperation to bring balance that creates strategic synergy. At the end of the day, cooperation substantially can bring better results. There should be days when you don’t have to sleep with one eye open. Let’s live a little, shall we?

We have created soon-to-be-launched Easishare Management System, or EMS, that allows rental car companies to be committed to a win-win sense of mission.

EMS allows rental car companies to track, manage and assign drivers and vehicle to serve orders. It’s basically a tool to make their daily duties easy.

There’s a gem hidden inside, you see.

You can add your partnering supplier and when there is an order that you can’t serve, you can simply toss it to your trustworthy partnering supplier and gain commission. It’s borrowing their available resources when you are out of supply. How can you say no to extra cash?

Exchanging orders enable rental car companies to serve more orders without increasing their fleet size.

In China, such exchange happen on a daily basis. In the time of need, rental car companies help each other out. Dispatchers reach their competitors-slash-cooperators to seek available cars and drivers through WeChat.

All we did was bring this norm to an integrated platform where trading order is only few clicks away. Plus, the monetary issues can be taken care of digitally. No pen and paper needed.

We believe such a union of small- and mid-sized rental companies can cooperate to gain momentum in China’s car-booking market dominated by heavyweights.

What these rental companies are offering is quality service. Booked a ride? Their drivers will pick you up at your requested time and place. The rides? They are kept in pristine quality. And what we at Easi6 Limited are doing is connecting these service providers with other providers, their hired proffessional drivers and valued customers. Bookings can be made through Easiway app.

We have heard their voices. They feel like they have no chance in winning. They are barely keeping their faces above water. We want the providers to join this union and create bigger business by working together.

We believe that the balance of competition and cooperation will make a healthier market.

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Easiway all the way

A new year is upon us. The air is fresher, the sky is bluer and the night is dreamier.

We hope your holidays were splendid.

Some of us at Easiway spent it winning on a Netflix marathon or diving into the warm bosom of our living room couch. Others were more out there on diamond shores of Vietnam or hunting the northern lights in Iceland.

2017’s finally here and Easiway is more than ready to ride with you.

We will continue to help you to move as planned on your schedule seamlessly.

With our cross-border shuttle service, we want you to get home to your families in time for dinner because you can book tickets ahead and save a seat.

Not only that, we want you to commute across the border between Hong Kong and Shenzhen at an affordable price with ticket prices starting from 38 CNY.

On our premium chauffeured rides, we want you to stay focused on business until you arrive. Just so you know, we offer rides that cross the border and those that don’t.

After a long flight, we want you to transfer to your hotel hassle free with the help of Easiway’s professional chauffeurs.

We want everyone to travel Hong Kong and Shenzhen area easily even if you are not a fluent Chinese speaker. Our services are available in English, Korean and Chinese.

We will continue to make your travel better and seek solutions. We are currently building a platform aimed at connecting transport operators so our pool of rides will grow for you.

It will take a while, but we are getting there. Taking small steps at a time, we will look back and see how much we have accomplished soon enough.

Since it’s a new year, we are allowed to say something cheesy. So here it goes:

 

Dear valued customers,

Thank you for sticking around.

There is no Easiway if there is no you. We won’t forget that. EVER!

This year will be great for us and it will be marvelous for you, too. We just can feel it in our bones.

Your feedback is always welcomed. Ride with us and we will help you get there.

We can’t say this enough: Thank you. Thank you. Thank you!

Faithfully yours,
Easiway team

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Easiway is the thing with feathers

by Lindsey Bieda (https://flic.kr/p/4XpXsV)

By Lindsey Bieda (https://flic.kr/p/4XpXsV)

That hopefully perches in the soul of our customers,
And drives the tune without the words,
And never stops at all.

What do you think of when you see a bird?

We think of freedom, absence of barrier, speed, easiness, friendliness and movement. Everything that defines Easiway.

To make things even better, we added the vibrant color of green mint in our logo to exude the delight of freshness and lightness.

And, voila!

Easiway Logo

Easiway makes your ground travel a seamless one on your schedule, even across the border between Hong Kong and Shenzhen. We offer premium chauffeured rides and cross-border shuttles that travel in the two regions.

Select time, date, locations and you’re good to go. Easy as 1-2-3. Also, our service is available in Chinese, English, Korean and Japanese so travelling is more approachable. We understand that China can be challenging especially for foreign travelers.

The idea of a bird flew into our minds when one of Easiway’s earliest members gave a beautiful ceramic bird to Kay, our CEO, as a token of “Let’s make this new business fly!” It’s funny how a small act of appreciation can lead to a brand.

The bird’s still dangling in our office window as we speak. It may be small, but it symbolizes why we started this business. We want to make people move as planned. 

Easiway Bird

This logo not only represents the product, but also the culture that its makers breathe in.

It doesn’t matter how old you are, where you’re from or when you joined the team. We love how anyone can bring new ideas to the table and no one will make it seem less important.

It’s lovely how we can also build  a new culture of a company aimed at bettering a travelling solution for our customers.

We listen. We share. We communicate. We try hard to keep this culture alive.

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