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!

26 November 2017

Insight into the unknown

Going to have to say this, but I've spent the last 24 hours trying to think, look into and wrap my head around a lot of new things in my life. I've hit a point where I noticed I was sinking into my old ways of going crazy with work and work only and feeling worried about how time is slipping by and took the day today to think it through in my head.

Let's just say, when you become a workaholic, you end up thinking of your whole life as a to do list and time and time again I've had to catch myself in this position and remind myself that I need to stop and smell the roses as well, not just constantly plant and maintain them.

So how has life been treating you all so far? I spent a few hours today locking myself down and gaming. Yes, I know this seems insane that I have to force myself to game but it actually does happen to me. I genuinely love my work but it also drives me up the wall because I forget when to stop. Then the Steam sales come around and I thihnk "ooh I want to play this" and of course, 2 months later, the game is still in my library untouched. Well, the good thing is, I've accepted that even free time/fun time needs to be scheduled for me. I can't expect myself to "once I finish this stuff, I'll be free" because time and time again, this is not the case.

Oh and for everyone who has been following me, you'll know the end of November is when I start my pre-new year's resolution and figure out what I want in the next year. Well this year it's going to have to be delayed by 10 days till my line of gigs finish. I love the fact that I'm so busy but I also hate the fact that I'm getting a bit too busy for my own sanity because I can feel I'm bordering on burn out at many times (which is why I had to just make myself game and get my mind off of reality lol).

Well we're 20 minutes before midnight and I'm hoping to get most of my life sorted by midnight so I can lay in bed and play me some Darksiders 2. I'm also playing The Wolf Among Us because after playing Batman - The Telltale adventures, which absolutely blew my mind with how much I loved being Bruce Wayne for a change, I just got back my love for adventure/story games like these. Oh how I miss those days of Monkey Island and sitting for hours trying to figure out a puzzle.

Fear not, the kid in me is still  alive, but hopefully it won't let the adult me drown it out with work and responsibilities.... well 19 minutes to go, so enjoy your next 10 days! Lots ahead for me so the next entry hopefully I'll either be totally cuckoo or have achieved zen :)

16 November 2017

Vr vr vr vrooom!

It's that time of year again, the Macau Grand Prix and I'm back here tending to the press conferences! I have to say, it's bizarre seeing familiar faces a whole year later and watching how we've changed (read: how I'm balding).
The good thing is I'm not too sleepy/tired even though it's been crazy early mornings so far but I think it's the fact that my body and mind are thinking "we've done this before...so...whatever you're worried about, you don't need to be..."
Tomorrow begins the real madness for me but time flies so fast at the Grand Prix, before I know, it's Sunday and the cars have finished zooming around the circuit.

It's a really weird feeling sometimes when i see familiar faces at familiar events, much like when I'm the ring announcer at fights, I see frequent fans, fighters and refs. I guess that's how human nature is, once we work with a team/people and they get the job done, there isn't really a push or need to find newer ways or improve. I mean, don't get me wrong, I love what I do, but it's just I'm constantly trying to find newer and better ways to do the same thing so my brain is constantly thinking "how can this be done better?" and then when I come back and see things the same way, it makes me wonder why no one thinks the same as me.

One good thing with all this racing is I'm sure everyone in the city wakes up super early because the engine sounds are LOUD. I'm talking LOUD. Like OMG rock n roll loud stadium concert loud. And when you stand close to the road, you feel the vibration as the cars zoom by you in those split seconds. It's a whole different experience when you actually see them zoom by you and realize how fast they really are going as compared to what you see on TV and think they're pretty fast.

So we're hitting the last legs of the year and man I got my list of things to tend to and get done before we close out 2017! I'm kind of on track, kind of because I'm currently in Macau and there are items that need to be done when I'm in HK so it's still in limbo till I get back next week.

Anyway, if you've never experienced race car events, I strongly suggest you go online and check out some videos and just listen to the sound with headphones to imagine how crazy that is having it right next to you in person.

Oh speaking of right next to you in person, my comedy crew started our own weekly facebook live video stream and episode #1 done. The interesting thing is, it was easier than I expected, I suppose since we're all comedians and we've hung out together for years so things just flow, there just happens to be a camera recording the situation.

If you're up for it, it's on tonight at 9:30pm Hong Kong time (every Thur 9:30pm HK time). I'm in Macau so I won't be on, but I'll be there next week again ready to whip up 45 mins of total nonsensical fun with the gang.

Until then, enjoy your week!

06 November 2017

Back to normal

Oh man, so after a total chaotic last few weeks, I finally find myself drawing the line and deciding, enough is enough. I've eaten enough junk food, skipped enough routines and also missed enough workouts.
So hopefully starting from today, I pick up my routines again and get back on track so by the end of 2017, my life and all my systems are back on track.

But speaking of systems. I got me a Google Home and man it's a heck of a lot of fun! The fact that we're not in USA means a few features are difficult to set up or missing but otherwise, it's made my life a lot easier, especially since I could finally connect it to all my smart devices etc.
Now I know a lot of you may think oh man, there goes your privacy...yes, I agree there's that risk, but honestly, my life is pretty damn bland that chances are any marketing team is going to think "yeah, he's not our target demographic...

So how have things been? I have to say, the weather turning cooler is absolutely awesome, but my clothes starting to get tight for me is not. It's hilarious watching certain clothes I normally wear suddenly fit....differently. The craziest thing is exactly 1 year ago, I was in the best shape of my life lol.

Ah well, so much can happen in a year's time. Anyway, if you haven't noticed, everywhere in HK is starting to get Christmas-festive...we just finished halloween so the next big consumer festival is christmas and people are getting ready for everything.

So if for some reason I get side tracked, fall of my systems or simply go nuts, Merry Christmas and I hope the last quarter of the year is awesome for you.

Until then, enjoy!