12 June 2017

No new toys record.

Well I come with news that even though I have regularly kept updated on newest toys that are being released and also visited a few toy stores during my spare time. I have maintained a ZERO-NEW-TOY record so far. On the other hand, I have increased the amount of mess on my table to the point I'm getting used to it (yikes!).

So how has everything been? I come with good news that I'm finally back to my old cardio level but have yet to hit my strength records as before. Sadly that's not because my progress hasn't been happening, but that I've genuinely been so busy I barely have time to get a proper workout. It's hit that point that I have to squeeze gym time nowadays. But it's all for a good cause, a lot has happened in just the last 10 days and hopefully if all the cards go right, a lot of big plans I've had will happen in the next few months.

On the other hand, I'm currently watching the latest Orange is the New Black now that I've finished watching F is for Family, and both shows are fantastic. They are exactly what I need after I've totally smashed my brain with a day's worth of work. Not to mention Hasan Minhaj's netflix special: Homecoming King. That my friends, that is a fantastic way to tell a great story. I have to say, that's one of those things that I thought I'd watch over many 15 minute segments but couldn't switch off until I finished the whole thing. Bravo dude.

Also, I'm on the last level of Mark of the Ninja. After getting into it, I've really gotten to like this puzzle solving game..they've got just the right amount of challenge to keep it fun but not exhausting.

Lastly, thanks to today's E3 press conference, I am super excited about Doom VFR (although I don't plan on getting a VR device anytime soon) but wahoo!! DOOM in VR DUDE!! THAT IS INSANE!!!!


Which also lead me to make it a day of Doom sound track while I ran around town getting my stuff done before Typhoon #8 hits and everything shuts down. Lucky me I got back home just in time.
Sadly I had to miss my workout because the gym was closed. Oh well, 1st world problems.

And now, I have 20 mins to finish a few more items on my to do list before I take my break and hopefully finish the last level of Mark of the Ninja. Who knows? This typhoon might have come in handy after all.

31 May 2017

Where is the time hiding?

First, it's been 10 days already?! WHAT?! Got to say, the last 10 days have ZOOMED BY!
But all in all, very productive and so was today! Happy dragonboat festival to everyone! I guess you all got a good dose of lovely sunshine and a lot of paddling (either with oars or with beers?)

I did my usual catching up today and I am quite happy with all the work I did.
However, I do have to confess, this need to zero inbox does drive me nuts at times because my work never feels complete until I don't know what to do lol...

Speaking of not knowing what to do, well in the last entry, I said I should stop tempting myself with toys and figures, well I managed to avoid a lot of cool stuff like this very cool Japnese-ish-joker from Play Arts




But I do have to confess, I caved when I realized they are coming out with the 2nd edition of the Killing Joke Statue.

So I caved and ordered it. Oh and also some guy was selling his whole series of Adventures of Spawn on eBay and well.. at like US$100 I had to get it. It's spawn after all.... but now I'm satisfied and definitely no more toys for a long while.. or at least until I figure out how I'm going to properly honor and display them :)

Well we're hitting the halfway point of 2017 and I got to say, it's been an awesome year so far. Basically the usual madness but always ends up with something good.. no matter how dark or painful or stressful it is, eventually I survive and come out stronger, so I have to say I'm very, very grateful for that.




On the other hand, the last 10 days, as productive as they are, reminded me of 2 years ago when I was so busy that i didn't know what was going on, I was just on auto-pilot mode and basically powering through each day. Heh, guess I'm getting better at dealing with this.

Speaking of dealing with stuff, I got booked for a gig that I thought would be the usual stand up comedy gig, but the organizer of the event has one of these crazy obsessions with making sure I hit on certain key "messages" of the night during my act. I kept trying to explain to her that my job is like a little break/recess for the night so my job was to make people laugh more than actually deliver anything in what I say, but no matter how I tried, she just wasn't buying it.

It reminded me of those clients that hire a designer and they keep banning ideas until the designer basically goes with the design (no matter how bad) this client had in his/her head..ahah oh I remember those brutal days.
Anyway, all in the life of a comedian, you're bound to meet these people, well I'll do my best and hopefully get the crowd laughing so even if she's mad at me for not sticking to any of her "key words", the people will still be entertained. Just sad to have to deal with this, when you know it's better they give you your space to do your thing.

Well here we go, last day of May and this is it. Going to be filming on a tram tomorrow, so that should be quite fun, otherwise, it's back to the grindstone and make magic happen as usual.

Enjoy the next 10 days guys and hopefully I won't come back with another new toy I've caved to getting.....lol #1stWorldProblems.


21 May 2017

Sometimes, it's as simple as this

Well, we're hitting the end of May and time is zooming by as usual. However, it's been a very crazy yet very fruitful last few weeks. It's pretty much been extremely productive ever since I came back to HK from my trip to Melbourne and Kuala Lumpur for a string of shows.

It's always good to have that one day to just slow down (and play catch up generally). I treated myself to watch the Lego Batman movie,

and now I'm watching Part 2 of The Dark Knight Returns. Got to say, it's so cool watching all these different storylines of batman and joker. Heck, nothing beats my favorite The Killing Joke. Speaking of which, did I tell you I got me both the comic book cover as well as the classic HAAHHA scene posters? Ready for my wall some time soon!

Yummy!
Otherwise, I've been unnecessarily tempting myself by looking at different action figures, etc. online...ahh well, enough's enough!

On the other hand, I'm finally getting back into my fitness routine after pretty much missing out for a month and boy oh boy, 1 month of no training feels like I fell back 3 months! RAT#$@%!#Q4%~!
Ah well, lesson learned. It's been a while since I didn't train for so long and totally lost it with my diet (don't blame me, food in Melbourne and Kuala Lumpur is fantastic!)

Well, by the time I write my next entry, we'll be in June and at the halfway mark of the year. Yowzers! I hope things have been going very well for you all, and if it hasn't well you have a chance to turn it around! For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction right? :P


02 May 2017

Toys galore

So i was recently reminded by fellow comedian Dr. Jason Leong that I'm 34 years old. Why? Because I was in Kuala Lumpur for the Crackhouse Carnival celebrating their 3rd anniversary and found myself hanging out with super duper funny comedian GB Labrador at AmCorp mall where they have stalls of toys for sale, from 2nd hand toys from collectors who needed the cash to guys who just wanted to clear off their mint condition toys for some money. And well, yours truly had a very, very hard time holding himself back and already got himself a bunch of jokers such as the PlayArts joker:
and a few other random ones from the Arkham Asylum/Suicide Squad series

not to mention my crazy, crazy shopping while in Melbourne of like a bunch of Greg Capullo Joker
and others. So yeah. I am pretty damn satisfied except I just saw this one last one:
The Arkham Origins limited edition figure where the TV screens light up. OMG!

Anyway, suffice it to say I got a tonne of toys to go crazy about :) Now if only I can find the space...

On the other hand, the run of shows in Melbourne was fantastic and we're definitely going to go back for a series of Cantonese shows there and hopefully connect to Sydney after that and Kuala Lumpur as well. Heck, why not right?

But now that I'm back in HK, a month of eating like nuts (literally a tub of ice cream each day) and I can feel my clothes tighten as well as my body weaken. Walking up the stairs to my place and I was like "OK, legs are not responding". So I'm determined to get back to the gym from today onwards and am giving myself 10 days to get back on track to normality and then kick some butt.

So if you're feeling sloppy, give yourself the next 10 days and make it awesome. We're reaching the half-way mark of the year! Don't let it slip by!

13 April 2017

Mellie

Hello from Melbourne! Well we're 2 days into our show with our 3rd show up tonight. So far we sold out our first show which was fantastic! A great start to the whole run of shows for me and Tim. Tickets are looking pretty good so all the crazy hard work of running around suburbs, asking cafes and restaurants if it's OK for us to stick our posters and also going on radio station after radio station for the "Cantonese show" slot is paying off now!

So if you're in Melbourne and you understand Cantonese, check out our Cantonese Comedy Adventure show! I'm really happy with the show so far and worked out a small kink I had in my set from before (On the first night, I thought I ran out of time so I swapped my closing bit with another closing bit I have that is shorter)...but figured ah I want to keep all my shows consistent so I've kept the little adjustment I made on the first night so now it's part of the run of these shows! :P

On the other hand, I've been toy shopping a lot, got me some FUNKO toys such as the Killing Joke edition of the Joker toy.

Yummy! Along with like 4 other posters (3 joker posters and 1 breaking bad poster just because) lol.
I also got the DOOM Puzzle (got 2 because they had a crazy promotion where buying 2 was cheaper than buying 1 puzzle ahaha wtf).
Why a puzzle you ask? Because it was the DOOM Fight Like Hell  poster that I love!
Yummy!!!
Anyway, I have 2 hours before tonight's show and so far I've used today as a bit of a wind down and also catchup on all my work. I'm kind of falling totally behind with my work so I need to pick it up again before I lose my mind at the end of April. Otherwise, Melbourne is awesome as usual! But I kind of already miss Hong Kong ahha, this is insane. I guess I just like my usual routine I have back home and the pace of Hong Kong. Melbourne is way slower and it's nice, but after a while you're like "my day's over?!" ahahah.

Anyway, here's to a killer 10 days ahead and a killer 10 shows ahead as well!
Have a good one....mate!


26 March 2017

Time to rock it out

so we're down to the last 1 week before I head out to Melbourne then go to Kuala Lumpur for shows for a whole month! This stuff excites me but also makes me try to pre-plan 1 month ahead which is really, really draining.

So last night we had an awesome Viveknfriends Cantonese comedy show with our brand spanking new audio and light set up. Other than a few issues here and there (thank you ToaBao lights for breaking down on me), it was a very high quality production I must say.

Other than with my band guys and our band room, this has to be the highest production I've done Audio and Visual-wise ever in terms of shows.

And to give you a sense of how fun our show was, here's a 360 degree photo courtesy of fellow comedian Seamus Yim:




And with that, I can only say, in the next 10 days, I'll be in Melbourne!
And in case it doesn't load for you, here's a direct link.  So let's see how much madness I can get through before I get to treat myself to a nice crepe before hustling the crap out of myself to get people to watch our show!

Have fun!

15 March 2017

Then last mile begins

Well, it's time. I'm down to my last 2 weeks in Hong Kong before heading off to Melbourne for the comedy festival and plunging into the super high risk world of having Cantonese comedy shows nightly for 2 weeks.
That means I have to do every single thing I need to physically be present at done or else everything will have to wait for a month before it can happen (at least still having me involved that is).

The cool thing is, having done this a few years, I know pretty much what to expect and can be pretty well prepared for it, but it still is tough being out of Hong Kong for 3 whole weeks.

On the other hand, a lot of progress this year. My fitness has improved (yay finally!) and I'm snatching 40kgs (ie. 10kg plates on each side) which again is a record for me and probably a warm up for others...ahah.

My work is going well, got a few projects I need to sort out, but comedy-wise, we just invested in the Yamaha DBR-10s so we no longer have to be limited by whatever crappy speakers venues have. A huge investment in both money and also figuring out how the hell I'm going to store it as well as move it to the shows each time lol.

Otherwise, I literally have nothing to say (maybe I'm just a bit mentally exhausted...)

Well enjoy your next 10 days!