15 January 2017

Koh sam-more!

Why hello from Koh Samui! Vacation?! Nope, work. I'm on a cruise ship and we're docked at Koh Samui today for half the day, so I'm currently surrounded by 360 degrees of water. This is insane.

I was tempted to go out to look around but after waking up late (I have been lacking sleep for the last 3 days) I decided the ocean view was more than enough.

So how has 2017 been so far? It's been going well for me and I've been keeping quite well on track with all my resolutions except the "eat healthy" part. I'm eating healthy, but I'm also eating unhealthy at the same time, not to mention cruise gigs means buffets for the whole time I'm here. And buffets mean absolutely no-self control.

I don't know if my recent routine of meditating daily has been helping me but I can say I'm sleeping a lot better (well I do still wake up groggy on certain days, but once I'm up, I'm VERY alive), and I'm not sure if I'm able to focus even more than before, but I'm definitely more disciplined (except at the buffet). Also, my daily 1-video-watching at brainpump.net is fun but has yet to inspire any new comedy bits. But still, learned a lot of cool scientific facts and thoughts. Got a 11 minute video about Astronomy to watch in a short while.

Oh and Ive also been gaming a lot more than before, mostly because I am starting to love playing Mortal Kombat X because I'm getting better at the moves and stuff. Got to love the FATALITY kills in the end and their absolutely fantastic animations. I've got it loaded up on my laptop and even brought my gamepad (bwahahah wtf) with me on this trip, which means there will be gaming during these few days.

Oh and lastly before I go and get a little exercise on, if you haven't watched the show EMPIRE, go watch it. It gets really good and if you don't like the story, the music is fantastic. Highly recommended

05 January 2017

201777777777!!!!! What what waht?!

Hey everyone! It's 2017, can you believe it? I'm still getting used to typing that in my dates whenever I write anything, it's one of those weird new years quirks that annoys me until I get used to it, then I totally forget about it. Much like a tight shirt that is tough at first, and eventually your body somehow flows blood in a different way and it doesn't irritate you as much.

So how's all the new year's resolutions happening? So far so good for me, I feel like I'm gone a full circle with everything and now I find myself going back to my good ol' days of watching and learning on Lynda.com, making sure I get my exercise, reading as well as proper eating. Of course, this could go down the drain anytime, but so far so good with keeping track on www.dontbreakthechain.com :)

So this year I've started new things like meditating at nights (using headspace.com), making sure I get a daily stretch (thanks to romwod.com) and learning something new (using brainpump.net), so yeah, so far so good.

The good thing is right now, all this madness is seeming extra normal to me because I've kind of got a proper system down for everything. I've got ol' PLEX and NETFLIX there handling all my TV shows so whenever I find myself commuting for more than 5 minutes, I'm loading up a show to catch up on. Of course, if it's earlier on in the day, I'm usually catching up on reading either my articles/books or ooh la la, comic books!

Speaking of doing stuff while traveling, I'm still an avid follower of Bill Burr's podast and even though there are times I think to myself "shouldn't I listen to an audio book instead?" I find myself going back to his podcast just for a little fun crap to enjoy....

Well 2017 has started off with a real bang, it's a very big contrast to my life exactly 1 year ago and here's to keeping it that way. Got some big plans and things I need to do this year so hopefully, no definitely going to get that done and celebrate about it.

Oh and I finished DOOM and I have to say. Kick. Ass. Now I'm playing Mortal Kombat X ahahah.. trying to learn all the moves and work on my timing :P

And speaking of timing, time for me to get on with my day. Happy new year everyone!

24 December 2016

The year is done....kinda...

And that's a wrap for 2016 for me! Now that I'm in the last leg of the year where I have my final week to start my new habits (yeah I start it 1 - 2 weeks before 1 Jan so I'm already in the middle of the habit so it makes these new year resolutions easier to keep).
I am done with all my gigs and stuff and have a 4 day super long weekend to basicaly catch up on all my outstanding items for the year so 2017 isn't about "catch up" but more about "moving forward".

Well I just went nuts and bought like US$200 worth of comics now that Comixology is having a mad sale, all those stories I read when I was growing up in novel form (because I couldn't afford to buy the comic books, so I'd borrow the novels from the library) are in my collection so I can feel like a kid again. I got a tonne of video games to still play (namely Doom to finish) and a heck of a lot of TV shows and Netflix stuff to catch up on.

So yeah, this is usually my favorite time of the year as I close shop and count things off as I count down to a new year. So much has changed since 365 days ago and chances are if you told me about my present to my 1 year ago self, I'd have a hard time believing it (although I'd be super duper excited about it).

So here you go, happy what's left of 2016 and see you in 2017!

15 December 2016

The end of the year, let's make next year awesome feeling

Hello everyone. So we're nearing the end of 2016 and I'm going through this "oh let's end with a bang and start with an even bigger bang" mood. Got to say, I've learned something new about myself this year -- when I have too many loose ends in my life, if they don't get tied up within say a month, I lose a lot of motivation to deal with them and that item that wasn't finished, now becomes an item in my to do list graveyard. I bet a lot of people have something similar, but for me it's an conscious decision to throw away that item mostly because I have my never-ending to do list and eventually the value of that particular thing I wanted to do fades away as new things replace it.

I've also come to realize that it's really myself that plays the biggest role in what I do. I mean, this year has had me go through some rough patches, some new territory and a lot of burn out moments. To the point I still haven't figured out when it is I'm nearing burn out, but I have figured out when I am burnt out. Like last night, when I got home, literally everything felt like a chore. But good thing is, I realized this and knew the only thing I could do is wait it out and also take those items that were burning me out and either deal with them or throw them away. In this case, it was my messy room. Over the last few weeks, after building my new rig, my room was a haven for boxes because I needed to go through the packaging, manuals, etc. and sort them out.

Finally, after using this mess as a perfect outlet for me to vent out my burnt out mood, my room is back to 90% normal.

So I guess every now and then, you just got to acknowledge your situation and either back off or face it head on, rather than just feel helpless/hopeless.

Speaking of situations, I got featured in a recent infographic.

So hey, check it out if you're looking for a little inspiration or end of the year ideas. Otherwise play where's wally and see if you can find my little quote :)
The graphic was created by the folks at Invoice2go.

Either way, happy holidays!

13 December 2016

Doom Quake 2 Doom

First, stop everything and listen to this
If you know me, you would know the opening Doom track is one of my favorite (after BFG Division) and the middle Quake 2 track is also my favorite quake 2 track.....and to top things off, Mick ends it with....BFG Division.

Yes, that's me totally geeking out big time. Oh and I finally started playing Doom on my brand spanking new rig. So when Doom came out, I had promised myself I would only play that game on a brand new rig at the highest settings. My current computer is around 5 years old, it's having issues here and there where the CPU overheats now and then and the motherboard has to reset stuff...oh and my 2 trusty 20" monitors are totally dying but they're like 8 - 10 years old so they've served their purpose.

All in all, I am playing Doom on a 25" screen at the absolute highest setting I can get it on with some kick ass headphones (simply because I wanted to make sure I totally dived into the game).

Now comes the problem. I'm still busy with my work and all my gigs/work only die down by the 23rd of December, which means I'm really just slipping in a few sessions of Doom to keep me going without totally crashing into "I don't care anymore, I'm going to play all day" and regretting it at night when I look at the clock spitting out 5AM in my face.

Otherwise, there we go, 2nd last entry for 2016 and boy this year has been a wild one. Bad times, good times, crazy times and scary times. The good thing is, just like every single year, somehow I survive it and that's become my motto in life now. One way or another I'll get through it. And that's also the motto I'm living now as I count down my gigs and get ready for the 1 week of the year when I do zero work and just enjoy myself guilt-free.

So hey, it's time to make all those resolutions you never got to happen because you still got a solid 2 weeks! And if you're not motivated, check out the video above. If that doesn't work, check out the Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 sound track
It's totally become a sound track I listen to when I need a little pumping up.

And when you're ready to go listen to this.
If you're not ready to rock, then chances are you hate your work :P

Alright, now that I'm all powered up to get stuff done, time to make the most of it!

Happy 10 days!

30 November 2016

busybusybusy

Woah, I've been so busy I don't even have time to use spaces in my title (insert canned laughter here).
Well it's that time of the year when my madness begins. Though I'll admit, I love the crazy time, but I'm also going to admit that I'm getting old. Oh man, after sitting here all day getting back on track and working on things non stop from 11am, at around 8pm, my brain was fried.

Have I finished everything? Nope.

Can I leave the rest to tomorrow? Double nope.

How am I going to survive? By realizing survival is not an option, it's mandatory :P

So I had to send in my Surfacebook for repair and basically reload a lot of the stuff I had, luckily things are quite streamlined so I could get it up and running fairly quickly (not to mention using remote dekstop, synchronized keyboard/mouse makes things a heck of a lot faster.

And while I was at it, I have decided it's time I replaced my current computer and also my current monitors with brand spanking new ones. First of all my monitors have works very, very well for me. They had a heft price tag before but man did they last long. One of them is nearing 10 years old!

And my computer is reaching the 5 year mark and well, it's still very functional but I could use the upgrade so I figured why the hell not. It's time.

Speaking of "it's time", I have a fight event in 2 days and I'm just recovering from a bad case of flu/sore throat..still quite flemmy, but man I hope I'm better within 48 hours. Mostly because I hate messing up fight night events, and because this time it's going to be televised as well so an extra yikes to add to the mix!

On another note, thanks to black friday and cyber monday, I am the proud owner of many new games (which I plan on playing during Christmas once things are over for me for the year!) and one of them is my long awaited DOOM. I don't even want to start it because if I'm making a new set up, I'm going to load it up so I can play Doom at its maximum quality settings. It's all-or-nothing baby!

So yeah, now begins the count down of ticking through my to-do list and getting through my gigs. Have to say, this year's gigs have been all going very well, just got 2 tough ones because I'm struggling a bit working out the comedy element into those, otherwise, hopefully 2016 will end with a kick ass bang as compared to the tough start it gave me.

Anyhoo, happy last month of the year everyone! Power through and party on!

18 November 2016

Vroom!

So I'm typing this as I'm zooming (or vroom-ing if you may) to Macau in preparation for the Macau Grand Prix this weekend. Well not realy "in preparation" but to work at. Every year I work at the press room helping out with the press conferences where I try my level best to translate what the drivers said. The challenge really isn't the translation but keeping up with what they said and also writing it down as they're saying it. I'm not translating as I hear it, I'm translating after they're done. Yikes!
Oh and did I mention that I'll be awake at 5:15am daily? Yeah, you heard me right. The guy who dreads waking up before 10am will be awake and kicking before the sun comes out for the next 3 days. Double yikes!

So this week has been quite tough work-wise because I've been trying my best to balance things out as I have my sister in town so I wanted to make sure we could spend time together. Yet, no matter how hard I try to schedule things properly or accept/reject jobs, somehow things will always slam together at the same time. A week ago I agreed to do some filming stuff with a programme on Viu.TV and just yesterday someone contacted me to perform on the morning of that same day. It fits my schedule but seriously?! How is this timing so tightly?!

Well I've had to come to the conclusion that instead of fighting this and trying to "somehow make my schedule work for me", I'm better off accepting this and powering through this month so I can breath easy in mid to end of December..

The cool thing is from all the previous years' experience. I know this madness has to end eventually and at least this crazy super early morning routine will only last 3 (brutal) days. So I guess, see you in 10 days.. if I make it...
MWAHAHAHAHAAH!!! *lightning and thunder*

(PS. I wrote this on the ferry, but only uploaded this the next day when I had some decent wifi...)