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!