19 February 2018

3 comedy + 2 improv shows...Kung Hei Fat Choi?!

Well first of all, it's Chinese New Year weekend! The one time Hong Kong totally slows down and people are in happy spirits to give away money!
Each year we try to do a special Cantonese comedy show around this time, last year it was the last day of the new year and we got a full house, this year it was the 3rd day of the New Year (the day where arguments are supposed to happen) and we managed to put together a string of 5 shows back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back! The longest Cantonese-only comedy show streak we've done ever! Not to mention, 2 of those shows were 1 hour full improv comedy shows, a milestone we've worked really hard at trying to make possible.

The cool thing is, each show bring a different vibe of an audience. You've got the family-oriented audience that already comes in with a smile. You've got the rebels who come in leaning back against the chair looking around thinking "hmm...what should I expect?" and you've got our favourite, the audience who's been here, enjoyed themselves so much, they brought a friend to come enjoy it again with them. Sometimes that makes us feel the best, that someone felt our shows were good enough to act as a volunteer salesperson and sell it to their friends. Word of mouth is powerful.

Well it's CNY and down to the 4th day now, it's the last day of a string of public holidays. It's been a good few days, as usual, time always zooms by way too fast, but I've caught up a lot on my work. I head out to India in a few days for a string of shows there but otherwise, February is pretty much "over" for me. I'll be in India for the rest of that, before returning to HK and boarding on a cruise ship for a week, come back and head over to Melbourne for the comedy festival.

Poof! Time is totally going to ZOOM by for the first half of this year!! WOAH!

The cool thing is, comedy is picking up which is great, the bad thing is so is my appetite for junk..oh man, the shirts are getting tighter, the food portions are getting bigger lol.

Well I guess in Asian culture it's good to be a little chubby, showing you have wealth to eat...so here's wishing everyone a fantastic year of the dog! Woot woot,....er... I mean woof woof! My year! Have a great 10 days and I'll speak to you when I'm in India!

07 February 2018

Well 2018, you're here already?!

So it's February of 2018 and I have to admit, this year has been zooming by so fast I can't believe we're 1 month into the new year...so much has happened in just the last month, my life has gone upside down, back to normal, spinning etc... I hope it's been kinder to you.

Well I've kind of settled that this is the year I close up my web business and dedicate the rest of my time (which was around 10% left in my web stuff) to comedy and developing both my career and the comedy scene in Hong Kong. The whole of Asia is exploding and I'd hate to see Hong Kong get left behind.

But other than that, it's been the same ol' madness as usual. Just that everything for some reason became super urgent at all times. If you know this chart:

you'll know that the worst thing to happen is to have things that are urgent and important at the same time.. that pretty much summarized most of my January. I've been trying to force myself to just go away from my work by gaming since I knew once I get the ball rolling I'd let my brain get engrossed in the game for a whole hour...but man this is crazy that I have to force myself to game.

But the good news is, we're in the final throws of all the madness, but the bad news is I'm going to be traveling quite a lot starting the end of February...got a tour of shows in India, then a cruise ship week, then a whole month in Melbourne for their comedy festival. So the next time I get to sit at home and go "no plans on leaving here" is literally May. We're just starting Feb!

Oh don't get me wrong, this isn't me complaining, I wouldn't have it any other way, it's more like me taking a step back and going woah..this...is...quite a ride.

So how is your ride so far for 2018? I hope those resolutions, if not all, at least haven't completely faded out. I'm getting back on track with things and I'm trying to work out my diet so I don't end up fueling myself badly and affecting everything down the line. When I'm stressed, I forget how much food can influence my day, energy and mood and it kind of hurts me back when I end up being tired and grumpy because I didn't have enough energy and motivation to do what I needed to do.
The vicious cycle.

I guess it's quite interesting because the more I do my thing and the more I get challenged to maintain this optimum condition, the more I realize how I'm where I am because of years of training and discipline, not just a matter of "I work hard". It's one thing having that mindset, but it's a whole different thing implementing that mindset in the real world, especially when you work for yourself, the sky's the limit and you have to realize that you ain't never going to reach the sky, but the point is to have it as your goal.

Well here's to everyone going towards their goals even if they don't reach it...anytime soon. I got a lot of great things in store for this year and I just need to make sure I don't let the tarpit that is reality pull me down and slow me into a ditch. Well, let's see, maybe by the time May comes by, I'll miss my time on a plane and out of Hong Kong?

28 January 2018

Hmm 2018, anyone there?

Somehow 2018 has started off...weird. We're almost 1 month into the year and for some reason nothing feels special. It might be that I'm pretty burnt out today but in general the whole year feels like it could be any other month. That it's the new year! Let's do this feeling isn't there for some reason. Perhaps I've done this new year thing like 35 times so I get it?

I can sense I'm burnt out simply because when I stared at my list of games (Wolfenstein 2 being one of them), all I could think was "ah I don't have the mental capacity right now to deal with this".... what?! It's Wolfenstein! Thankfully I didn't feel that when Doom came out around a year ago! Phew!

So today I finally got to sleep in a bit and had the day to basically catch up on things. It's been a wild last 2 weeks but one thing that anyone knows me will know I hate -- stale items on my to do list. I hate it when items are more than 1 week old. By then I just get so fed up with the item I prefer to just wipe it off my list altogether. Of course, that can't happen because it still needs to get done...and now...ever more urgently!

So how has the year been for you so far? Exciting? Same ol' or a real challenge? I've got a lot of exciting plans in my list but I need to power through all these other things on the surface before I can get to it. The good thing is some of my comedy clips and those of my other fellow comedians have kind of gone viral so it's pushed our comedy positions in a good direction! The wave is on and we need to ride it right! Good thing is we've been preparing for this day for a while so it's time!

I've got quite a packed schedule lined up till May 2018! Is that insane or what?! But that also means I need to get my stuff together so I can make the most of everything I've got going on. I'm super pumped about learning how to do proper video editing and also getting a bit more gaming in my life. I haven't played Street Fighter 5 for the last 2 weeks and heck even my workouts have been on and off a lot simply because of all the workload involved.

So I hope 2018 has at least been smooth sailing if not exciting for everyone out there. We're 1 month into it already !!!!!!! $@!$!%@Q$?!!!!!??! So yeah 11 more to go, can ya believe it! Well time to make the most of January at least :)

Have a good next 10 days and I'll see you soon!

08 January 2018

Body combat or come back?

Happy new year everyone! How you all doing? How are all those new year's resolutions coming along? And how many of them have you come to terms with that they're just not going to happen?
So far things are kind of OK. I'm struggling again with work backlog (already!) but otherwise same ol' same ol'. I've been taking a bunch of Yoga classes which have been interesting. The 1st one I took was quite relaxing, but the 2nd one was like a hot room with a series of poses and for 90 mins! So that was some intense endurance both physically and mentally....but it set the bar high for me and every other class I've taken feels a bit sub-par to what I was expecting. Quite interesting I must say. I've never been a group class guy but it's a different game where you go in for the class and just follow. I do sometimes find myself trying to understand why I'm doing certain things but at the same time I tell myself to give it a chance and see what happens afterwards, how I feel.
So far it's only that HOT room class that has made me go woooooooooooo after the class.
OK Woo mostly because my cold shake felt so extra good! Ahaha

Otherwise, if you don't already know, one of my new hobbies is playing fighting games and so far it's been Street Fighter V. Enjoying it but I have a long, long way to go to be anywhere good enough to play against seasoned gamers.

But so far 2018 has started off... OK. Like I can't say it's been OMG SMOOTH!! But not like omg, really, this is really happening to me?!?%@%!Q?$!Q%! But more like hmm it's a new year? Feels like the ship is just sailing as usual.

I've got a whole bunch of plans to take my comedy life to a new level this year and so far a video I uploaded of one of my bits about English Listening exams in Hong Kong has gone viral, so I suppose that's a good start to the year in a way?

But heck, I usually try to avoid getting too excited because honestly, a new year is more a mental thing than an actual thing. It's another day, we just write 2018 instead of 2017 :P And heck, I've experienced a new year 35 times already, so I suppose I kind of get it.

Well here's too a great start to everyone or at least a smooth sailing for the next 10 days. I'll catch you later!

28 December 2017

Ack sick at the wrong time

So last night, ol' yours truly decided to enjoy some old pizza + ice cream before sleeping just because and woke up this morning puking his lungs out. I'm still half awake and dizzy in the head from all this and everything I try to eat seems to slip right through me into the toilet bowl. And out of all the days, I had a packed day today...ah crap. I even have my first night of our Facebook live crossover with booom.hk and well I have to somehow peel myself out of my bed and go there..ack.

Well good before-the-year-ends lesson for me: Don't think I'm invincible (Especially my stomach!). Better getting sick now than on 1 Jan! :p

17 December 2017

The final count down!!

Well here we are, the last leg of 2017! Man it's the end of the year already?!
Ah who am I kidding, 2017 has been packed for me, a lot has happened and I can't help but think "man so much has happened this year!" which is exactly how I like it!

So how is the run up to everyone's 2018? I've got myself in motion with all my routines and things I want to get kick started for 2018 so hopefully by 1 Jan it'll be "another day of good ol' habits" rather than "OK I hope this one sticks in 2018!"

One new thing I've added to my arsenal of habits is my daily Street Fighter 5 gaming/practice. Yes, yes, I know you're thinking "this doesn't qualify as a good habit/routine, otherwise I could just add brush teeth as an accomplishment". Well it's not exactly easy for me to pull myself away from work and just game, but when I twist it and consider it as a form of self-growth (trust me, it's been a week since I started this and seeing my progress of hitting fireballs each time vs. struggling a week ago is very satisfying). I guess that's the thing with me, I don't like doing things unless I know it's creating a positive value in my life. Perhaps it's overkill but I like the idea that everything I do each day is adding value to my life. It's a double-edge sword because when things happen and I feel I'm wasting my time, or my time is being wasted, it bugs me even more now since I actually have better things to do with my time...

2017 has seen me travel with comedy, grow with comedy and also seen HK experience its first ever Cantonese comedy festival so those were great points for career this year.

It's seen me move and re-start my whole life from ground zero with renovations and re-shaping my workspace.

It's been a year where I've been fit, then unfit, then fit, then unfit and now hopefully on my way back to getting fit again. Oh it's also been a year for me to accept my limitations in many ways (still struggling with this part). Like I used to have this big fitness goal but now instead of getting annoyed that I was getting stuck, I find that if I'm able to stick to a fitness regime within my schedule, that's good enough and once I have that going for me, I'll automatically add a new challenge like going back to my olympic lifting work. I thoroughly enjoy that and I think ultimately I enjoy a technical challenge. Which is why Street Fighter 5 is so fascinating to me. I could be just a basic gamer and play the game, or I could do daily practice routines and then combine that with some casual gaming. It changes it completely for me because every time I get whopped in casual online matches (let's jsut say it's 90% of the time now), all I can think is OK let's get back to training and then come back!

So here's to the next 10 days of 2017 and by the next entry, I should have my 2018 ready to rock and hopefully by then I'll be getting my ass handed to me only 89% of the time :P

07 December 2017

Round 1...FIGHT!

Today officially begins my diving into Street Fighter V! Oh I remember the days when I was obsessed with Street Fighter 2 but couldn't afford to actually play the game but found myself in arcades just watching people burn up $1 coins playing the game. Oh man, I won't forget those days. I used to mimick the voice of the guy saying stuff like "Round 1 fight!!" and today I find myself often in the middle of fight events doing just that!

So for those of you who don't know, one of my new found obsessions is watch SFV matches on Youtube of all the game Gods playing and man I absolutely love it. Like this is the same feeling I have when I watch other drummers. I'm both admiring and also trying to digest what is going on. I realize I love stuff that is both entertaining, technical and simply authentic. As in you can't get a big advantage even if you have all the money in the world.

The difference between me now and say 20 years ago is now I have the ability to afford to actually play the game and with the internet, I can fight against real players online! Woot woot! Time to make up for all those lost games in my youthful years.

I'm currently playing Darksiders 2 and it's quite a fun button-bashing game which is perfect for the times when I want to just game without any real discipline.

However, the obsession I have often drives me crazy where I want to learn every single thing about what I'm doing, frame frame data to every move and what each combo is called. Yes, I like going extreme like this. The challenge is always both mental energy and available time. This is always my bottleneck in life. My motivation and obsession always seems to get fired up but the clock has no mercy and I often find myself sitting at my PC at 2am or my brain is shutting off at 9pm when I want to learn more.

Anyway, it's near the end of the year and I'm looking forward to pre-gaming my new year's resolutions.. it's quite interesting how I do this every year and December always feels like a "time to reboot" period of my life.

This time last year I built my new PC and man it is absolutely kick butt. I sit here daily doing my work and it has played extremely kindly to my needs. I've come to learn that when it comes to things I use very, very frequently (eg. back pack, shoes, etc.) compromise is not acceptable. When it comes to extra accessories, then I'm good with what works. For example, my printer is dying when it comes to actually printing, but the scanner works perfectly fine. Sure I really should have a functioning printer for the times I need to print something in color, but I've come to realize I haven't printed anything in color in almost a year, so I think I'll do just fine. Heck I have a black-and-white laser printer anyway, that is sufficient.

I was tempted to get a new router so I could get all my house and devices connected at blazingly fast speeds, but I finally (after like 5 hours of research lol) decided against it. I realize there's always room for improvement, but improving for the sake of improvement can lead me down to a very dark (and expensive, not to mention wasteful) path. So when it comes to all my gadgets, my goal this year is to see how I can optimize rather than upgrade, how I can squeeze every drop of usefulness out of things (another one of my obsessions, to get the best bang for my buck in everything lol).

So I technically have 23 days left to the year and my goal is to not only do all my gigs perfectly but to squeeze every minute out of each day so by the time 1 Jan is happening, I am not starting anything, the wheels are already turning and there's momentum to everything I do.

Happy next 10 days guys!