It is not only fine feathers that make fine birds

After three consecutive rainy days, I look out the window to see trees which look greener. There are always some birds sitting in these trees and I believe they live there.

I always wonder why birds stay in the same place when they can fly anywhere on the earth. Then I ask myself the same question.

I still remember how my boss asked me to stay here two years ago.

“Birds go wherever the food is and stay where the food is.” He spoke to me anxiously. I understood that he was worried about my decision.

“We are birds in flight, searching the skies for dreams.” I told him.

“Not every tree is a home for every bird.” He said.

“Birds born in a cage think flying is an illness.” I told him.

“At some point we all play by the rules, whether it’s the rules of all mankind, the rules of the Father who is time, or the rules of nature who is mother.” He signed and I could feel his sadness. He didn’t want me to leave.

“Anyway, keep in touch, my dear.” He looked at me and looked in my eyes.

“Will do.”

“Protectionism. One day you will understand the rules. This is only one thing more painful than learning from experience and this is not learning from experience.” He said sincerely.

I nodded.

I was not so sure. And I am not so sure.

Is stagflation coming?

“Property market is going bananas around the world.” He says after his morning coffee.

It’s always his show time in the morning at his office.

“How come the housing demand is still strong during the pandemic. Property market should start to cool on its own when unemployment rates is going up and ecomony is hit by lockdowns.” I complain.

“It can be a good sign of ecomony is covering or a sign of something bad.” He said

“bad thing? What would that be?” I doubt

“The thing that every government dosen’t want to see it.” he contiues.

“Stagflation.” He states.

I wait for his explanation.

“Stagflation will happen in the situation which the inflation rate is high, the economic growth rate slows and unemployment remains steadily high. As young as you may not know that stagflation is a catastrophic for countries. It happened at U.S. in 1970 before.”

I google it simutaneously while he is talking.

“But not everybody will lose during stagflation. It will further widen intergenrational inequality.” He explains more.

“What can we do now?”I ask.

“Not WE, just YOU.” he laughs.

“Use your creation to generate more income as fast as you could. Within crisis, are the seeds of opportunity.” He shares.

That is the most difficult part. Everything is easier said than done. Wanting something is easy. Saying something is easy. The challenge and the reward are in the doing.

Covid-19 will reshape our world

“Covid-19 will reshape our world. We don’t yet know when the crisis will end. But we can be sure that by the time it does, our world will look very different.” one said.

My job duties are totally different when I am back to office. It makes me realize how the current pandemic changes our world in all perspectives.

“Pandemic is a war. It makes people losing their jobs, losing their homes, losing their lives, and losing their minds.” My boss says when he sips his cup of coffee.

“Yup, but it just affects the grass-roots the most. The riches are still rich.” I joke and wipe my working desk up at the meantime.

“Life is really not fair. Deal with it.” he is holding his coffee cup and walking next to me.

“Wealth inequality and social mobility are global issues. I cannot deal with them personally.” I look at him and answer.

“School doesn’t teach you how to be a wolf. It will teach you how to be a sheep. School won’t teach you how to be a leader. It will teach you how to obey to leaders.” He says.

“Don’t give up easily. I believe interruptions generate opportunities.” He gives me a smile.

“Alright.” I smile and then I said, “but please don’t forget keeping social distancing in working environment.”

He giggles and walks away.

#pandemic #covid-19 #tradewar #war #money #passiveincome

The most stupid thing Didi did: Chose US stock market for its USD 4.4
billion IPO.

Just after Didi raised its IPO which valued nearly USD 68 billion in US stock marking on June 30 2021, Chinese government and Chinese Regulators blocked Didi on Chinese App stores and Chinese Market. It made Didi Global Inc. plunged below IPO price.

Didi is a Chinese ride-hailing company in Chinese and bases in Beijing which provide Chinese customers with taxi hailing, private car hailing and social ride-sharing services. Didi currently has around 550 million users and around 10 millions of registered drives over 400 Chinese cities.

Some analysts believe the crackdown of Didi in its home country means that Chinese government wants more control on Chinese big data as well as a new battlegrounds of US-China trade wars.

Didi is now facing scrutiny over its data security by Chinese regulators. This cybersecurity probe by Chinese regulators also bring out a very strong message to other China’s tech giants: Do not even think about listing in stock market outside China and Hong Kong, especially in US stock market.

For those Tech Giants business owners in China, running the whole business not just needs to be given business consideration, but also a nation security consideration and patriotism consideration.

#China #US #Didi #IPO #USstockmarket # Techgiants #money #economy #stockmarket #banking #listing #tradewar #USChinatradewar

The network

My boss is weird. He doesn’t like playing social media very much. As first, I thought it might just because he didn’t know how to use smart phone.

“How do you know what’s happening around the world?” He said.

“Everyone shares news on twitter, Facebook or IG. Technology makes information exchange faster.” I said and kept typing my email.

“So, if there’s no network, there’s nothing.” He said.

Then, I stopped typing.

“We can only source information from one single way, that’s wired.” He kept saying.

“But network is so important now. People are all talking about 5G.” I insisted.

“You source information or you are spoon-fed?” He asked.

I know. I know what he said.

He is absolutely a weird boss.

What did I sell to them?

“Don’t believe what a businessman says as well as a politician.” My boss was standing next to my working desk, holding his cup of espresso and commenting on the recent news of Mr. President.

“You’re a businessman but you’re my boss. And I believe what my boss says.” I smiled and replied.

“Businessmen and politicians are just buying what they want from the poor and benefiting the rich.”

“Then, what did the poor sell to them?” I asked.

“You’ve sold something to them but you don’t know what you’ve sold, do you?” He asked.

“Information and privacy?” I guessed.

“When the rich make war, it’s the poor that die.” He said but he didn’t answer me straight.

“Patriotism?” I guessed again.

He smiled at me and drank his cup of coffee.

What a strange boss.

Facts or emotions?

“Are you still angry about the news?” My boss asked me.

It was a peaceful morning and I was having my simple breakfast in the office. I did greet my boss when I was back to office. However, I didn’t give him a sunny smile as usual.

“You know what I am thinking.” I did believe that he was asking the question which he had known the answer already.

He smiled and he said, “let ask yourself, what make you angry? The news, the people or the social media?”

“Who is controlling your emotions? Yourself or something else?” He kept asking me.

I looked at him and remained silent.

“I believe you know the answer now.” He concluded and then he drank his cup of black coffee.

People don’t share facts, they share emotions.

And I know that black coffee is bitter.

The two sides

It was a terrible morning and I was reading the news in my office about the trade war talks between China and the US, the impeachment about Mr. President and the unrested protest in Hong Kong.

The conclusion about all these news would be: the growth of the economy is slowing down.

“There are usually two sides to every story. The economic environment is getting worse, and the government just tried to make up some reasons.” said my Boss. And he was just having his cup of black coffee and expressed his indifference about all these news.

“But the protests in Hong Kong is nothing about economy, it’s a political issue!” I totally disagreed with his view of point and I was quite worried about my friends in Hong Kong.

“Don’t trust everything you see. Even salt looks like sugar. Go as far as you can to see. When you get there, you’ll see further.” He replied.

“Why you always think that everything is about money?” I asked and I always doubted him about it.

“You’re too young to understand. Money is the root of all evil.” He answered and he went out of his office.

Unhappy news, evil money, my “apathetic” boss. What a terrible morning.

Does anyone know the recession is coming?

Here is the story of me and my boss.

I work in a strange company that my boss suggests stopping facebook and Instagram sharing of your daily life. At first, It’s hard for me as I used to share my life in social media. However, the more time I work for him, the more I know for his rigorous control.

Anyway, working for him is lovely.

‘Knock-Knock’

‘Come in’

I come to office at 9 a.m. but my boss will always be earlier than me.

‘Please tell me your instincts, will you believe the recession is coming?’

‘Pardon me?’ He always asks unusual questions, but he not always ask them in the early of the morning.

‘Tell me, who will be the last one to realise the recession?’

‘It must be the working class, like me.’

He let out a belly-laugh.

‘Why rich people don’t let them know when recession is coming? They have families as well.’ I want to express my feeling about riches always forget the poor.

‘You should ask, why government doesn’t want to let them know.’

Sometimes he asks me powerful questions that makes me blank.

‘Recession, when you see it, it will be too late. We should say ‘thank you’ to the poor because they always pay the costs for our society.’

Yes, it’s sad but true.