13 February 2010

Happy New Year! (again!)

And here we are! One day away from the Chinese New Year! I very much enjoy this time of the year because it really allows me to stop. Well it doesn't allow, it kind of forces me to stop. Heck, I can stand in front of shops and other things all I want, they're going to stay closed for a few days no matter how hard I try!

It's interesting how Hong Kong kind of gets 2 new years because the whole 31 Dec/1 Jan thing is kind of like a dress rehearsal at times and it gives you a few weeks to refine things and then Chinese New Year comes and boom! This is the real deal! Then again, it's really hard to get into the "let's things with a bang this year" if everything around you is closed :P But I guess everyone needs a break after all.

So we're hitting the year of the tiger and well, to be honest, whatever year it is, in my opinion doesn't make much of a difference really. It's all in our minds if you ask me. I was watching George Carlin's It's Bad for Ya HBO special. I can't say it's his best work but for a guy who's 70 and to be doing stand up comedy is definitely something worth applauding. At least while watching it it was good to know that when I'm 70, this is still definitely possible! I also rewatched Bill Cosby's Himself and boy did I laugh. Seriously, I'm not a big loud laugh-er at stuff but this one got me good :) Pure genius. Now that I've done stand up comedy, I've learned to appreciate it at such a different level! The way he presents everything, to a certain extent is nothing but a story being told, a story about himself, but the way he presents it you cannot help but laugh. And the fact that there was absolutely no cursing deserves an extra star. Seriously, I've learned to appreciate the lack of cursing so much more now. Especially after watching Wali Collins live and also speaking to him in person. Did you know he plays drums too!? :) Seeing these great comics perform perfectly without having to resort to cursing really re-enforced my love for clean comedy.

It definitely inspired me to take my stand up comedy to a whole new level. Now I use my best efforts to dedicate 2pm - 3pm daily as comedy writing time. Every now and then I allow myself a day of rest to let the information I have digest before I try squeeze our every ounce of the funnies I can find in all the silly things I think of. Not to mention the application Ommwriter is freaking awesome. It totally switches my mind from any other mode to "ok, let's write some magic" once I use that!

I was talking to my building's youngest security guard and we were talking about how many people kind of frown upon our lifestyles. He's 26 but he's a building security guard. A job usually left for old folk but the more I spoke to him, the more I learned he was thinking like me. He was using this job as a period of time to allow him to think of bigger plans. His argument is that instead of sitting at home alone with no pay, he might as well come here, get paid to sit but use his brain for thinking instead. Brilliant! Exactly what I thought of as well! People always get confused when he tells them he's a security guard because they all feel he's just lazy, but after looking at it from his perspective, you'd realize he's being smarter than you think! :D I was talking to him about how greedy I am with my passions that sometimes it's hard to keep up with it, for example, I'm trying to maintain writing everyday while alternating days of going for a work out and practicing drums. Not to mention I still have to fit in my freelance web design work and also balance comedy shows. That is tougher than I thought! But it's a rewarding feeling when you end your day and can check of everything on your to do list. It's fun adding a tick to my calendar on rootein.com :)

So here's to a new year with new fortune and fun times awaiting everyone who has worked their butts off and deserve it! And for those who don't deserve it, well I hope you get lucky and still get rewarded :) As the saying goes, if you turn off someone else's light so that your light shines a bit brighter, you just made the whole world a dimmer place, so let's all be happy! :D

Before I let you go, if you've never heard of this, check out ynevano.com, it's a motivational site created by Wali Collins. I have a wrist band to keep reminding me that You Never Know unless you give it a shot :)

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Blogger Vivek Mahbubani said...

Ho Kwok Wing, oh man that'd be a good movie. Imagine 2 of us in say San Francisco and no one speaks Cantonese like us :P We end up opening our own school and stuff :P

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