Archive for January, 2010

Mike Filsaime’s Affiliate Appreciation Weekend

Posted by Simon Leung in Gurus, Seminars, Travel, Updates on January 24th, 2010 | No Comments

Hello from the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino, the site of Mike Filsaime’s incredible Affiliate Appreciation Weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada!

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Mike Filsaime at Affiliate Appreciation Weekend

I still remember being a part of Mike Filsaime’s original Affiliate Appreciation Weekend back in November 2006, but this one definitely tops the other event, or any other event I’ve attended, for that matter!

For this networking extravaganza, Mike Filsaime has specifically invited his 200 top affiliates for a two-day networking bash in appreciation for their support.

And you can leave it to Mike Filsaime to bring the world’s top Internet Marketing leaders all in one room…

That’s right – John Reese, Jeff Johnson, Brad Fallon, Jeff Walker, Russell Brunson, Andy Jenkins, Jason Potash, Howie Schwartz, Jeff Mulligan, Tom Beal, Harris Fellman, Sterling Valentine, Jeff Dedrick, Ross Goldberg, Dr. Mike Woo-Ming, Jeff Mills, Glen Hopkins, Gary Ambrose, Jason Moffatt, Jon Walker, “Big Jason” Henderson, Shoemoney, Jason James, Keith Wellman, Joel Therien, Brian Koz, Joe Jablonski, Erik Stafford, Rich Cook, Andy Huang, James Lee and more were “in da house” at Affiliate Appreciation Weekend!

Needless to say, Affiliate Appreciation Weekend was a tremendously insane two days of power networking… especially when all of the top players in the industry were right there, ready to exchange business cards.

In fact, in only a matter of a few hours, I not only accrued five new projects for 2010, but I also secured several additional speaking engagements for this year, including seminars all across the United States, as well as UK, Dubai and Spain.

However, that’s not all…

At the private “no cameras allowed” party that closed off Affiliate Appreciation Weekend, Mike Filsaime pulled out all the stops with the top-of-the-line VIP bash at Lavo Nightclub!

In addition to the beautiful ladies of Internet Marketing, including “CoachDeb” Deborah Micek, Joanna Kinsman, Jaime Mintun, Donna Fox, Michelle Galvin, Stacy Makdad, Liz Tomey and Shelby Larson…

Mike Filsaime invited 50 more models to party with us at our VIP area!

Yes, it was the party of all parties…

In respect to the “no cameras allowed” policy, I did not personally take any photos at this private VIP bash at Lavo.

However, I *will* say that photos were indeed taken, and you may be able to see some of the ones that have been allowed to be posted on my Facebook page (that’s if they’re still up!).

All in all, I definitely have to thank my good friend, Mike Filsaime, for putting on the most fun and productive two days I have ever been a part of – Thanks, Mike, and I look forward to another amazing Affiliate Appreciation Weekend in the future!

Internet Marketers Dream Cruise 2010

Posted by Simon Leung in Gurus, Travel, Updates on January 18th, 2010 | No Comments

Hello from Cabin 2279 aboard the Carnival Dream, our latest and largest ship yet for Mike Filsaime’s annual Internet Marketers Cruise!

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Internet Marketers Cruise 2010 (Click on photo to enlarge)

Every year since 2006, I have been cruising with Mike Filsaime and a group of our best Internet Marketing buddies, starting with just about a dozen or two of our closest inner circle friends and growing that to 436 Internet Marketers that cruised with us this year!

(You can learn more about how you can join us for Internet Marketers Cruise 2011 at the end of this post…)

As always, the Internet Marketers Cruise was organized by “Captain Lou” Edwards, and along with Mike Filsaime, Tom Beal and Donna Fox, I personally had an amazing time creating my own million-dollar mastermind vacation with my team – Andy Huang, James Lee, James Delong and Lasse Rouhiainen.

And what better way to kick off 2010 than a cruise to the Exotic Caribbeans, setting sail from Port Canaveral in Orlando to Cozumel, Roatan, Belize City and Costa Maya in Mexico.

This year on the Internet Marketers Cruise, we reunited with many of our previous cruising buddies, including Deborah Micek, JP Micek, Armando Montelongo, Veronica Montelongo, Joel Therien, Illona Therien, Mike Morgan, Holly Morgan, Jeff Dedrick, Frank Rumbauskas, Dana Rumbauskas, Ross Goldberg, Bob “the Teacher” Jenkins, Howard Tiano, Cynthia Tiano, Jennie Armato, Tom Bell, Adam Gilad, Max Action, Eelco de Boer, Gary Byrne, Michelle Galvin, Alex Nghiem, Frank Sousa, Robert Puddy, Adam Lowe, Tina Truong, Reed Floren, Chris Zavadowski, Odinn Sorensen, Tracy Repchuk, Willliam Lee, Vince Mitchell, Kelly Mitchell, Mike Deiure, Wendy Joy Hart, Sharon Worsley, Jon Benson, Scott Hall, Cindy Battye, Phyllis Eskow and Martyne Lo Russo.

Then, there are the hundreds of new Internet Marketers Cruise faces that I can’t possibly all mention, but we did get to meet and spend some quality time with fellow Internet Marketers Kirt Christensen, Jon Walker, Matt Bacak, Kevin Wilke, David Frey, Brent Hodgson, Mike Evans, Caleb Jennings, Rhonda Cort, Shelby Larson, Heather Sneed, Lucius Kern, Jimmy Sweeny, Jeff Siegel, Louise Puddy, Nick Reese, Simon Hedley, Dustin Struckman, Frank Bennett, Joel Peterson, “Big Jason” Henderson, Rex Richard, Noah Auspitz, Hollis Carter, Suhail Kahn, Bernadetta Sperrazza, Vanessa Stewart, Katie Joy, Taibi Mastelse, Christina Batten, Maurice Castle, Sherrie Rose, and Kim Huong.

Over the course of the week, Internet Marketers Cruise guests enjoyed networking parties, mastermind sessions, fine dining and plenty of fun in the sun excursions while on the Caribbean islands.

Here are some of my favorite memories from Internet Marketers Cruise 2010…

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Internet Marketers 2010 Cruise Ship – Carnival Dream

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Internet Marketers Cruise Host – Mike Filsaime

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Golf Cart in Costa Maya with the “A-Team” – Andy Huang, James Lee and Jimmy Delong

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Informal Dinner with Jimmy Delong, Max Action, Donna Fox, Rhonda Cort, Andy Huang, James Lee, Bernadette Sperrazza and Vanessa Stewart

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Formal Dinner with Rhonda Cort, Lasse Rouhiainen, James Lee, Jimmy Delong, Roxie Boyd and Odinn Sorensen

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Cruise Bar with Matt Bacak, Andy Huang, Kevin Wilke and Ross Goldberg

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Cruise Club with Lucius Kern, Bernadette Sperrazza, Mike Filsaime, Vanessa Stewart, Donna Fox, Michelle Galvin and Noah Auspitz

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Cigar Bar with Deborah Micek, Dana Rumbauskas, Veronica Montelongo, Rhonda Cort, Joel Therien, Armando Montelongo and JP Micek

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Cruise Lounge with Bernadette Sperrazza, Paulie Sabol, Vanessa Stewart and Ross Goldberg

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Roatan Beach Party Lunch with Kevin Wilke, Kim Truong, Andy Huang, Adam Lowe, Tina Huong and Half of James Lee’s Head

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Mohagany Bay in Roatan with Andy Huang, James Lee, Rhonda Cort and Jimmy Delong

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Playa Paradise (Paradise Beach) in Cozumel with Rhonda Cort, Heather Sneed, Ross Goldberg, Shelby Larson, James Delong and James Lee

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Boat Transport to Belize City with Andy Huang, Caleb Jennings and James Lee

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Belize City Port with James Lee, Caleb Jennings, Andy Huang, JP Micek, Deb Micek, Frank Rumbauskas, Dana Rumbauskas, Joel Therien, Illona Therien, Armando Montelongo, Veronica Montelongo and Kids

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Cave Tubing in Belize with Caleb Jennings, Andy Huang, James Lee and Others

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Costa Maya Beach with the “A-Team” – Jimmy Delong, James Lee and Andy Huang

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Internet Marketers Cruise Toast with Mike Filsaime, Donna Fox, Tom Beal and Team

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Making Videos with Lasse Rouhiainen, James Lee and Camera Man, Jimmy Delong

There are so many more fun memories captured on camera from Internet Marketers Cruise 2010 that I cannot possibly post all of them here, otherwise this page will take even longer to load.

However, I would encourage you to visit my Facebook page to see all the photos posted from fellow cruisers of this amazing vacation…

Now, If you would like to join us next year on Internet Marketers Cruise and experience this million-dollar mastermind vacation of a lifetime for yourself, look no further!

That’s right – Internet Marketers Cruise 2011 is now open for registrations!

How would you like to join us next year when we set sail to visit the beautiful and exotic Caribbean Islands of Grand Turk, Catalina Island, Curacao and Aruba?

Even though this last Internet Marketers Cruise has just concluded, I know the next one will be coming up very fast, and the cabins will sell out even faster!

Every year, the Internet Marketers Cruise gets bigger and better than ever, with more and more top notch Internet Marketers joining us for this experience.

We would very much love for you to join the Internet Marketers Cruise family and experience this vacation for yourself – There’s nothing like this and you’ll finally understand why I come back every year :)

Click Here To Reserve Your Cabin For Internet Marketers Cruise 2011 And Experience The Million Dollar Mastermind Vacation Of A Lifetime!

 

Haiti Earthquake Disaster Donations

Posted by Simon Leung in Personal, Updates on January 17th, 2010 | No Comments

I’ve just returned from my annual Internet Marketers Cruise with some of my best Internet Marketing buddies.

However, unlike every other year where we were able to fully enjoy ourselves with fun and productivity, we were struck with the news of the horrible tragedy that happened in Haiti.

None of us could stop feeling the wrath, glued to the television as they reported on the aftermath, and discussing about how we can assist with the Haiti relief.

In fact, we were quite anxious to get off the cruise ship so we can access the Internet and help make a difference.

As a victim of a previous big earthquake, this disaster really hits home…

You see, when the big quake hit San Francisco in October 1989, I was lucky to have survived it.

My family and I had been on a road trip to Los Angeles, and we had crossed the Bay Bridge less than 30 minutes before it collapsed into the water beneath, crushing the vehicles below.

Having escaped personal tragedy by mere minutes really changes your outlook on life, and I can’t help but think what would’ve happened if any of the small things hadn’t, which led to us crossing that bridge just in the nick of time.

Actually, I do know – I would not be here today…

Even though the earthquake destroyed a lot of our possessions and even damaged our property, we were able to recover thanks to all the gracious donations from kind strangers from all around the country and around the world.

Now, it’s our turn.

Whenever tragedy strikes, especially natural disasters, it is now in our hands to take back control and make sure we take care of one another.

I have personally made my own donation to aid this relief, and I am now reaching out to you, as my friend, to do the same.

If you have been keeping up with the news, you know that they need all the help they can get.

The following charities have been recommended as exceptional sources of helping in the relief effort.

Please click one of these links and make a donation of any amount, and remember, every dollar helps, regardless of how small or how large your contribution.

American Red Cross
http://Simonizer.com/haiti-redcross

Care
http://Simonizer.com/haiti-care

Habitat for Humanity
http://Simonizer.com/haiti-humanity

World Concern
http://Simonizer.com/haiti-worldconcern

AmeriCares
http://Simonizer.com/haiti-americares

Please note that the above is a simply a recommended list of charities that have been verified as being ethical.

Also, because I’m based in the U.S., the charities above are U.S. based, as well.

However, the bottom line is, it really doesn’t matter care what verified charity you donate to – the important thing is that you DO donate.

So, if you prefer to donate through a charity that isn’t listed here, please feel free to do so, as long as they are verified (we don’t want any of your donations going into the wrong hands).

In life and in business, results come from taking action.

I encourage you to take action now.

If a similar disaster happens to your family, your friends, or even YOU – I’m sure you would appreciate the same.

Happy 2010 – New Year And New Decade Resolutions

Posted by Simon Leung in Occasions, Personal, Travel, Updates on January 1st, 2010 | No Comments

It’s 2010 – Happy New Year from Hong Kong and welcome to the beginning of a new decade!

As with every new year, most people are making New Year Resolutions for themselves, whether it is meant to improve their lives personally or professionally.

However, 2010 is different because not only is it a New Year, it is also a New Decade…

When it comes to making your resolutions this time around, you must think bigger picture in terms of what you want to achieve not just for this year, but for the next 10 years!

I know, I know… making goals for the next 10 years seems to be somewhat of a stretch…

This was exactly what I thought the last time I renewed my passport (In the United States, passports expire every 10 years).

I thought to myself, “Wow – I won’t need to renew my passport for another 10 years… That’s PLENTY of time!”

Guess what? I just finished renewing my passport again several weeks ago… :)

The point I’m trying to make is not just that I’m getting old and that time can fly right by you before you know it, but also that you need to set the appropriate goals for yourself and make sure you use this time to achieve what is important to you.

Back in 2000, I was a broke college student struggling to finish my Bachelor degree, eating ramen and soy sauce over rice with every meal, with dreams of finding success and traveling the world.

When I received my renewed passport in the mail, the first thing I did (after getting over how unsatisfied I was with my passport photo) was set a goal for myself to fill up every page of that passport before it was due to expire in 10 years.

For a college student who averaged maybe one trip to Hong Kong every year or two to visit family, this was a pretty tall order.

Before I knew it, a year has gone by, two years, five years, eight years, and I had barely made a dent on my passport, continuing to average maybe one or two International flights a year, filling up only a quarter or so of my passport pages.

When I realized my time was running out, I decided to kick my business into high gear and began expanding my company overseas.

Within the course of about a year, I managed to expand my business from just within the United States to Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand and China.

I’ve also had the chance to take personal and business vacations to places like Mexico, Caribbeans, Nova Scotia, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Japan, Macau and of course, right here in my hometown of Hong Kong.

Needless to say, these International trips (most places I visited multiple times) resulted in many additional stamps on my passport, and I actually filled up every single one of these pages an entire year before my passport was due to expire.

The moral of the story is that every year, we make New Year Resolutions for ourselves, generic ones like make more money, eat more healthy, quit smoking, work out more, lose weight and spend less money.

Many of our resolutions, if not most or all, are almost never achieved and even die away within a day or two after you have set them.

Well this year, since 2010 marks the beginning of a new decade, why not be a little different?

Why not set a goal for yourself that is higher than what you would normally set, and more specific than what you would normally declare?

How about something that is not “achieved” by doing once, like going to the gym or refraining from eating a greasy burger?

Push yourself to the point where you know what your own limits are, and then surpassing them because you have set a higher goal for yourself.

Success does not happen overnight – You must work hard at it every day and strive to reach the point in which you would consider it successful.

Yes, it may take you up to ten years to achieve it, whatever it may be – To max out your passport with travels, to build a seven or eight figure business from scratch, to attain financial freedom for your family, or whatever that goal might be.

And let me tell you, once you complete these goals and raise your arms in victory, there is no better feeling – especially if you found that you have done it in less than 10 years :)

Happy New Year and don’t just make 2010 your year – Make This Your Decade!