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The Rich Jerk Mastermind and Party Event

Posted by Simon Leung in Gurus, Seminars, Travel, Updates on August 18th, 2007 | No Comments

Hello from Room 1709 of the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on Ave of the Stars at The Rich Jerk’s Mastermind and Party Event in Los Angeles, California!

This is an exciting trip because it will be the first time that all four members of my team in one of our companies will be present (Hey, we’re Internet Marketers – doing business with people you’ve never met before isn’t all that uncommon).

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 TUYU.com – Simon Leung, Sam Heyer, Lee Raito and Derek Iwasiuk

I arrived at LAX on Thursday afternoon from my quick flight from San Jose (SJC), just in time to meet up with my buddy and business partner, Sam Heyer, whose flight was just coming in from Minnesota.

As I waited for Sam near the baggage claim area, Harris Fellman shows up with his wife, Andrea, along with Jud Smith from PowerPay, and his assistant.

It was a cool surprise, and the funny thing was that neither Harris, Jud nor Sam were aware that they had shared the same flight to Los Angeles.

In any case, we all then shared a cab ride to the hotel here at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, where we checked into our rooms and settled in a bit.

Then, Sam and I decided to head downstairs to grab a bite and ran into Mike Filsaime, Tom Beal and Randy Charach, who were hanging out at the lobby and waiting for a couple other people to go to In and Out Burger.

We were then greeted by Harris and Andrea again, who preferred sushi over In and Out, so Sam and I decided to join them for some lunch there at the hotel, where we were then joined by Jason Moffat and Merlin Holmes as they made their way into the hotel.

After a little bit of mingling, we went back to our rooms to get ready to go to the Magic Castle, which is an exclusive club, and you are allowed entry only with members of the Magic Castle.

So then, we all met up at the hotel lobby with John Reese, Kevin Wilke, Jeff Mulligan, Mike Long, John Reel, Jeff Dedrick, Kevin Colon, Eric Rockefeller, Jud Smith, Wesley Williams, Tim Erway, Patric Chan and Magic Ryan Kaltman from The Rich Jerk Team and headed over to the Magic Castle to experience some insane close up and stage magic action.

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 Front View Of The Magic Castle

The next day, we had a private mastermind session with everyone from the Magic Castle, along with more people who joined us late, including Eben Pagan, David DeAngelo, Willie Crawford, Jason Potash, Dave Lakhani, Tom Bell, Joel Therien, IIona Therien, Dave Miz, Jason James and Mike Woo-Ming.

This was a great session as Eben Pagan took the stage to talk about business building strategies, followed by an interactive question and answer session where the audience wrote down their most burning questions on the wall, and experts take turn answering them.

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 Speaking At The Mastermind

As soon as the mastermind session was over, we all got ready for the highlight of the trip – A party at the Playboy Mansion!

The Playboy Mansion was spectacular – and entering the property itself was an entire military operation!

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 The Rich Jerk And I Making Our Red Carpet Entrance At The Playboy Mansion

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 Front View Of The Playboy Mansion

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 Hugh Hefner’s Bedroom Window At The Playboy Mansion

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 Hugh Hefner’s Star At The Playboy Mansion

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 The Party Tables At The Playboy Mansion

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 The Pool At The Playboy Mansion

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 The Famous Grotto At The Playboy Mansion

I had the chance to hang out with some of my other Internet Marketing friends there, including Anik Singal, Jason Oman, Rachel Rofe, Arnel Castro and TV Stars of A&E’s “Flip This House,” Armando Montelongo and Veronica Montelongo.

Speaking of stars, other celebrity sightings at the Playboy Mansion include Paulie Shore, Bobby Brown, Mad Mike, Mystery and Adam Mesh from Average Joe.

I will spare the details of The Rich Jerk’s Playboy Mansion Party to avoid offending anybody, but overall, everyone in our group had an incredible time and the mansion was simply amazing.

Later on today, David DiNucci, one of my best buddies from Google who moved down here to Newport Beach is going to swing by the hotel to pick me up, and we’re going to drive back up to the Bay Area together.

It will be a lot of fun as we haven’t hung out since his birthday party down in Newport Beach back in February, so it will be a great opportunity for us to spend some quality time together and catching up.

i5 Gold Cruise 2007

Posted by Simon Leung in Gurus, Travel, Updates on January 9th, 2007 | No Comments

Hello from Cabin 6228 aboard the Carnival Spirit somewhere in the Pacific Ocean!

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Front View of the Carnival Spirit

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Rear View of the Carnival Spirit

What a fun working vacation at sea it has been with other great marketers, including Mike Filsaime, Paulie Sabol, Tom Beal, Donna Fox, Deb and JP Micek, Armando Montelongo Jr., Veronica Montelongo, Sam Heyer, Joel Therien, IIona Therien, Keith Wellman, Danny Guspie, Heidi Nabert, Scott Paton, Alex Nghiem, and Barbara Drazga.

Not only have the cruise activities been a blast, but the land activities have also been phenomenal.

There are just countless things to do on the ship…

I’ve gotten the chance to experience a lot of them, but there’s just no way to accomplish all of them within just an 8 day cruise.

Some of these activities include dancing, singing, drinking, lounging, gambling, sun bathing, swimming, hot tubbing, golfing, exercising, massaging, watching live shows, not to mention all the food you can possibly eat!

As you can tell, I’m having a great time so far.

And that’s not all…

During the course of the cruise, we also made stops at Acapulco, Zihuatanejo/Ixtapa and Manzanillo.

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In Acapulco, we played it by ear and took a local tour around town and stopped by the beach, flea market and some sight seeing intermissions along the way.

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Overlooking the City and Port of Acapulco

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Night Out on the Town at Senor Frogs Acapulco

In Zihuatenejo/Ixtapa, we once again went with the flow and ran into a local who was willing to take us around town for whatever we were willing to tip him.

We agreed to his offer and enjoyed the day hanging out and jet skiing on the beach, flea market and sight seeing again.

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Enjoying the Food, Sun and Jet Skis on the Beach

In Manzanillo, we took the bus downtown and ultimately decided to take cabs to the beach to spend the day.

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Downtown Manzanillo Near the Port

Although we had a great time at the beach, we ran into a minor mishap when we missed our drivers, who were supposed to take us back to our ship.

Finding other cabs and other drivers were tough, but finally, in desperation, we convinced a nice couple to fit 18 of us in the back of his pick-up truck for a ride back to the main road.

It was quite an adventure, especially since we almost did not make it onto the truck.

In fact, I only had one of my legs in the truck the entire time, and the main road was ways away.

When we finally got back onto the main road, we had yet another challenge of finding enough taxis to take us back to the ship.

The port was a good 25 to 30 minutes away, and time was quickly slipping away.

We were lucky enough to accomplish the task of hailing multiple cabs to take us where we needed to go.

However, because our cab drivers did not want to go through customs, they dropped us off just short of there.

We ended up having to walk back to the ship, and barely made it back in time just as they were closing up the gates to the port!

From seeing celebrity homes and jetskiing around the huge Carnival ship to almost getting stranded in Mexico, it has definitely been an action packed vacation.

These past several days have given all of the marketers on the cruise a chance to get to know each other and building strong personal and business relationships.

Lots of new and stronger friendships were formed here, which will lead to many of us helping each other and even working with one another in the months to come.

It has definitely been a valuable and productive experience for me.

Thanks again to Paulie Sabol, Mike Filsaime, Donna Fox and Tom Beal for organizing such a fabulous vacation!

Here are some more memories from the awesome i5 Gold Cruise 2007…

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Mastermind Session in “Club Cool”

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Hotseat with Armando Montelongo Jr.

Hotseat with Deb and JP Micek

Formal Dinner Night

Casual Dinner Night

At the Club

At the Bar Lounge

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The Carnival Dancers

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Our Spectacular Waitress, Noemi Katai