23 July 2015

Rain rain go away...

... come again another day.

The common thing I used to say when I was a child whenever it would be summer holidays and the day was gloomy, just like today.

On a brighter note, at least the rain pushes the temperature down, after a crazy hot weekend, it's much better now, though soaking wet socks isn't too comfy either.

So for everyone who knows I'm an avid GTD believer, I had a moment this weekend where I hit the golden zero inbox. In other words, I had a moment where I had no more to do's or emails to process. I finally allowed myself to game a bit and the lucky game was Assassin's Creed. At first the game began a bit slow, but that's the nature of all games as you learn it. My game controller made things even more complicated (I've always been a keyboard + mouse gamer) but after playing it for a while, thing have started to get intense and I developed a slight addiction to the game. Well, worry not because work always is able to pull me away from such addictions and well it's a week into this and I don't feel the need to play the game like I did over the weekend. Don't get me wrong, I want to play the game, but if I don't, I won't be itching myself later on with cold sweats all over.

However, my joy of playing Magic: The Gathering from my secondary school days still remains as I find myself always slipping in a game or two at the end of the day. Nope, I'm not playing the card game with the man in the mirror, but vs. artificial intelligence, which works just as well I'd say since I find myself winning and losing 50/50 of the time.

So I guess even if it's raining outside, I've got enough to do on my plate as well as enough to play on my system (thanks to Steam) to keep me going.
So rain, stay, go, it's your choice. But seriously, just keep out of my socks, no one likes that.

02 July 2015

The 6.5 year recap

So I figured I might as well share this.
Just yesterday, South China Morning Post had an article in their LIFE section about me. It took the angle of my going to different schools and different centres giving talks and sharing about my growing up in Hong Kong as an ethnic minority. Interestingly, the article was written by the same author who wrote a big piece about me 6.5 years ago when my comedy career had barely started.

The most interesting part was really seeing all the growth and changes involved (along with how I've aged/matured depending on you see it heh). Heck, all the things I'm doing now related to comedy were definitely not even ideas I had back then!

On another note, seeing as I had been hitting 5000 friends for a while on my Facebook profile page, I finally set up my Official Vivek Mahbubani (comedian) Facebook page. For all the social media freaks out there, I know you're thinking, "A, about time, B, twitter? C only facebook!?" hahah..baby steps people. I seriously find it hard to constantly generate ideas, keep up with the 573492057207 things happening on facebook as well as get stuff done... but hey, I guess now that I've got this ball rolling, it's just a matter of time :)

So er, if you haven't already....like it please?

Anyway, so like I said earlier this year, my goal for 2015 comedy-wise was really hitting up a lot of festivals and so far so good. But now that we're halfway through, it's time I look ahead at 2016 and work out the kinks to what I plan on doing then. I guess clearly, festivals will be on the to-do list, but I've been doing a lot of thinking about how I've grown and the way I should start writing my material. I don't mean the content or the sense of humor, but my method of writing. I've noticed that over time, I've slowly evolved into using things that work in my sharing sessions into my comedy routine! Oddly it's one of these weird things where I've flipped things around and what I find people seem to enjoy talking or laughing about, I start to put those discussions into my routine. At the same time, I've totally got more involved in social matters and less about my life, but more about how society is affecting me now. Very interesting transformation but a common one amongst comics when they hit a certain milestone where their history runs dry of funny stories.

Also, I have locked myself down for an English one-man show this year on 11 Sept 2015 (the date was purely coincidental), so it's time I get crackin' with material... so inspiration, you got 10 days to excite me. Otherwise, I'm comin' to get ya!