26 October 2012

Sleeping Dogs

For anyone who has an addictive personality and a lack of time, absolutely do not try out the game Sleeping Dogs.Why? Because that game is freaking awesome. Especially if you live in Hong Kong and speak Cantonese, it just makes the game that much better because the story in based in Hong Kong and you hear Cantonese being thrown around within the game all the time.

Oh and the game itself is a lot of fun! After my addiction with Batman Arkham Asylum and Batman Arkham City, I guess I didn't learn my lesson. Well I did, but Sleeping Dogs is really good. OK this is just me making up excuses to justify my behavior!

The last few days have seen me struggle with the flu, mental burn out and somehow bounce back so I stay afloat with everything. Poof! I've been trying to re-think (again) the way I work on my comedy as I've found after a few weeks, I have to actually change my environment or else my brain no longer looks forward to or gets excited about writing comedy. For example, recently I've been struggling with my writing at my desk which faces the lovely window (which faces a building, but still better than a wall). I decided to take myself to a cafe to work and at first, the same problem seemed to come about, but as my ears were stuffed with my music, my eyes were treated to people walking around, cars driving by and a lot of other things that seemed to kick-start my mind. The funny thing is, the combination I seem to need is not to be in a busy environment, but to see a busy environment but be in my own little corner. Very......odd. I feel like the best way for me to write is to be in my room but have a wall of CCTV camera feeds so I just watch what is going on around me without people noticing.

Speaking of watching screens, the movie $upercapitalist is out in HK and I have a cameo role in it :) I couldn't make it to the premier for I'm hoping to catch it while it's in HK next week. I had a small role but what the heck, I get to see myself blown up on a big screen, not something that happens to me everyday (nor my ego ;)).

Well, it's Friday and I'm trying my hardest to get through my work so I can go out and find a space to write. I guess now that my workload isn't overwhelming, I'm actually looking forward to challenging myself with more writing and rewarding myself for a week's worth of good, hard work with a nice weekend of good, hard gaming...well ok some gaming.

07 October 2012

I am finally calm

Well the last few days have been extremely intense for me, schedule-wise because they have been packed to the top! But all for the right reasons. Last night finally marked the end to the Comedy Festival with the English Competition Finals where the competition was fierce. Everyone brought their A-game and so did I when I got my 5 minute guest spot at the end of the show. Congratulations to Rishi Budhrani for winning the competition and bagging himself bragging rights for being the funniest person in Hong Kong... while he goes home to Singapore.

A day before that, I got to watch Dayo Wong Chi Wah's show at the HK Coliseum and my hats off to him for a great show! A total of 3 hours with him on stage speaking for 2:20hrs was very impressive because I wasn't at any point feeling like the show was tedious. Sure my body was a bit uncomfortable near the end but I blame the seats rather than the show.

A day before that was the Chinese competition seeing previous winner Fab bag himself the title again this year. A fun show by all the comedians and it's interesting to see everyone get into the competition mode and right after the winner is announced, everyone's first thought was "Dinner on Fab!" :P (yes, even my mind thought that ahahah).

A day before that... ok you get the point, there was a lot going on.

On a brighter note, today has finally been a day where I could sit and be focused on myself and my work. I was offered to perform at MGM as an opener for the funny Ruben Paul but I had to decline because I knew I'd regret it when Monday came along and my workload keeps piling up.

I've been experimenting ever more with my daily schedule, trying to find the optimum time when my mind is juiced up for comedy writing, when it's excited to play some drums and when it's ready to work on my web design work. I've found that the best way for me to get about taking care of everything is to literally have a full plan the night before. I've been planning what time I do everything the night before and it's been working out very well.
Previously, I would write my daily schedule out and have blocks for different things. Like I would put 12:30 - 1:20 is drumming. It would be a block of time dedicated to drum practice. However, now I've gone and planned out what to do in that block the night before, which basically leaves me to just do the monkey work so I don't need to think about what to do, but just do. Then after a day's work and feeling good about what I've accomplished, I'm psyched at night to plan the next day's schedule and decide what I do in each chunk of time. So far so good it's seen me stay consistent and I've proudly logged my progress with 42goals.com (yes the need to log is in my DNA).

So far after having turned 30, I've had a struggle trying to stay afloat with work and everything, but at least I've come to terms that I'm not superman and hey, as long as I did more than I didn't do, I'm a happy man now. Well....for now.