Happy Thanksgiving!

To all subscribers and folks who liked my posting!

Happy Thanksgiving 

and thank you so much for connecting and following or liking my posts.  I have been following a great coach for my business 2nd half of this year and it has helped me change how I look at being seen, liked and trusted. 

On one of the recent coaching calls, she introduced a speaker Kevin Clayson who wrote a book called ‘FILP the Gratitude Switch’, and it seems appropriate to share with you.  His website is here: https://kevinclayson.com/books  May all your life stages be filled with gratitude and we all continuously learn to be better person, and in the process creating value and wealth for those around us.

Michael Chu

Recreational Hikes

In deed, during the lock down or stay at home in the past year, gyms/clubs closed, restaurants closed, most other entertainment venues closed, bars/gathering places closed, no/very little travel, so even if you had money, there weren’t many places for people to go to. Gyms had to be brought back in home, and on-line fitness classes saw a huge increase in popularity as (I hope) all of us tried to stay fit physically. But of course, we are all feeling semi-depressed since we can only have very limited contact to the outside world.

So for some, like myself, taking hikes became a way to be social and get out of the house and hopefully out of the madness for a short while to reset. My brother-in-law has been coming to meet with us once a week on weekends to go hiking and afterwards dinner at home. I am happy to say that in Northern California (Bay Area), we see weather where almost all year round hiking is possible. We are surrounding by plenty of hill & mountain ranges to have many great hiking trails. It does feel good to be on the trail to enjoy better air and sometimes we don’t even need the mask if the trail is free of other hikers. A good 2 – 4 hours spent in hiking and getting there/back gives us good appetite for the dinner, whatever we happen to cook. It is usually a therapeutic experience and helps to reset our mind. It is a bit pathetic that this is the only activity we can come up with that is still safe, gets us out the house, and good exercise while resetting our psyche. I could just refer to these hikes as recreational. And while these hikes are great, I look forward to one day we can start engaging in other activities as being fun and recreational. What are some of your activities you look forward to once Covid subsides? Please comment, like or follow. Thanks

Zenji Net

Zenji (善事)means good deeds in Japanese.  I have been contemplating how I can help others lately.  Being unemployed, I have joined a FB group which supports many who are on unemployment.  I have seen so many folks that are dependent on the UI payment from the CA and Fed government.  It pains me and I really want to reach out and help each person and family in a bad or less than ideal situation.  Of course, I realized that I myself, as one person, there are very limited things I can do to help.  

But I don’t think it is just me, many of us would like to have a place to do good deeds to others, paying our gratitude and good fortune forward.  In budhaist belief, this is one way to build happiness for one’s current and future life.  And in the western thinking, as the golden rule says “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” So Zenji Net can be a place where many contributors do good by helping those with less resources, which may not be limited to financial help, but perhaps more on helping with how to see things and learn various topics in arriving at financial prosperity (and Independence), health and happiness.  I think organizing around the concept of doing good deeds everyday can be my contribution, my good deed towards others.  Whether you would like to contribute/help, or you may want to learn about financial independence, health and happiness, I hope you will join us and refer people in your sphere to Zenji net. Let’s help each other to a better world! Thanks!


Hi this is Michael Chu, and thanks for joining me.  I was reminded recently that people have common goals: becoming financially independent so they can do whatever they want in life (and many have wanted to make it a better world), companionship (since no one to share is not a fun life) and healthy, energetic body & mind.  It’s a befitting reminder to start off in 2021, since those happen to be my personal goals in life as well, and I will address my blogs on these common themes.  Won’t you join me?

So who is Michael? I came from a middle class family who fled communist China and settled in Taiwan, and due to my mom’s work, traveled to Kuwait and Japan before 12.  An opportunity to come to the United States came up and of course I took that chance to change my life.  Got through college at SJSU and started working in the Silicon Valley high tech industry, and worked hard to advance.  Being creative in business solutions and love to work with people, I moved from corporate finance into SW engineering and finally marketing & biz dev.  

Taiwan is a beautiful island, people are generally nice and has lots of great produce. Temperature is mild to hot and air is moist. And home to most advanced semiconductor production in the world.

I saw an opportunity to start my own business and that was a great experience.  Took a long time to take shape but Triteck helped Seiko successfully sell into the largest account in the US and then took Toshiba to establish China market entry.  I had a lot of fun while the contract with the sellers lasted.  Then it was time to contemplate what to do next and I definitely wanted to go into the new tech (AI, autonomous driving, green energy, etc.)  and I joined an AI company for almost a couple of years when COVID hit and in a large round of layoff, I am back on my own again.  

Real estate is my passion, my pastime used to be going to all the open houses in the area and I had a few rental properties.  So I will be spending more time now to help myself and my like-minded friends to use real estate investing to achieve financial independence.  For that reason, I would like to be known as the cashflow realtor.  More to come….