13 March 2018

Let's set sail!

Ahoy matey! So this blog entry comes to you in the middle of the ocean! I'm onboard a cruise ship and ta-da, I came in yesterday and already did my show! I was this close to being able to disembark immediately and basically stay in Hong Kong but the cruise director decided let's have a bit more comedy! So I'll be doing another set later on the cruise ship. Heck, I get to enjoy the sound of the ocean at least while typing this! So that's pretty cool!

How is everyone? How has your week been? I've been traveling so much, I'm actually ready to just stay put in my room and on land. After I return to Hong Kong, I have approximately 2 weeks before I head out to Melbourne for a month for the comedy festival there! Super excited about it but not really looking forward to the overnight flight I have to take to get to Australia. Man I hate red eye flights, somehow I just crash and burn hard when I lack one night's sleep. My kryptonite!

So I've started watching this show called Stranger Things on Netflix and very, very cool! I love this crazy stuff with a mix of horror and madness...reminds me of all the Stephen King books I read growing up. Man I love those books, I've forgotten half of the details but still remember the general story line.

Otherwise, I'm trying to get myself back on track with my fitness regime. After being in India for 2 weeks and experiencing a food coma 3 times a day after 3 meals a day, I'm ready to get my life back on track.

Basically, in 2 months' time, once I'm back in Hong Kong and May arrives, I can finally "enjoy" 2018. Yes, 5 months into the year is when my 2018 actually begins.

However, I've got a whole bunch of stuff lined up for 2018 comedy-wise and I can't wait to execute them. It's going to be yet another roller coaster ride of doing new stuff, figuring things out, running around and border-line losing my mind, but the cool tihng is, just like the Laugh Festival we had last year, once we do it, then it sets a blue print for the future and opens up a lot of new doors for the wohle comedy scene in Hong Kong and the rest of Asia.

Anyway, the wifi on this ship may be free but it's crazy slow! So I have to stay calm while I'm working and basically try to work while I load other pages lol... crazy multi-tasking so I can make the most of whatever bandwidth I get. Man I wish my home internet that is lightning fast. I guess it's times like these that you become extra grateful for whatever you have. When people come to my place and see my room and go "man it's tiny", all I can think is "trust me, this is just right for me". Heck, if you gave me a massive room I'd actually be less satisfied, simply because I love the idea that every thing is like 1 step away from me and I have to be extra efficient in the way I organize myself not because I love to be efficient bugt I don't have much room for wastage :P At least having a tiny room and no space has stopped me from buying any more toys! Win!

Anyway, going to go get my dinner before catching the show at the theater tonight, it's a world-class musical act so I hope I gain some extra culture and sophistication :P

01 March 2018

This blog has lasted 11 years...er....how?

Hello, hello, hello! I am shocked myself that this blog was started 11 years ago! Every major entry I write (ie. every 6 months), it's crazy to see how my life has changed.
So I write this right after dong a session of Ultimate Yogi - Balance.

The Ultimate Yogi w/ Travis Eliot - Balance Power Yoga Class from The Ultimate Yogi on Vimeo.
I'll be honest, I've been doing this yoga stuff for a while but I never followed the full schedule. So this balance class was my first attempt and yep, lots of shaking and falling for me but heck, pretty cool to try something new....while I'm in Delhi, India! So yeah! I've been performing in India for the last week and started off in Mumbai, headed to Delhi and been doing shows in Noida...tonight onwards I do shows in Gurgaon and it's pretty fascinating. Their rooms here are insanely beautiful! Like mind blowingly beautiful!

This is their room in Noida! They have everything, a smoke machine, warm spotlights, killer sound and a fantastic atmosphere! OMG!
Man I am always so grateful that I get to go travel the world doing stand up comedy. Good thing is, all my experience on cruise ships have paid off where I can travel globally and my material works most of the time. Not to mention I wrote some new material just for the Indian audience here and they like my local jokes :) Phew!

So the last major entry had me working out the 5 things that pretty much summarize my life:
  1. Comedy
  2. Web design
  3. Fitness
  4. Gaming
  5. Drumming
Well check this out, at my new place, I finally decided I have to give drumming up. Simply because it wasn't going to happen, not just the fact that I barely practice but the idea that that spare corner had to keep turning into a spare room for guests just turned things completely upside down. I mean it was pointless if I could practice and then had to stop and stuff... I'd lose all motivation and it'll turn into frustration. Also I've decided that as of 2018, my web design needs to close down. I really want to focus 100% on comedy and also work as hard as I can in growing the scene, myself and my goals. So #2 and #5 are gone. Gaming is still alive and fun. Fitness is... well it's been tough. I've been traveling and man it's tough to stay healthy while traveling. I mean I can get my workouts, it's the eating part that is tough.
Not to mention the food here is fantastic!!!! WOAH!!
But otherwise, comedy has been doing quite well, I've locked down gigs for when I get back to Hong Kong and the Indian scene is quite mind blowing really, to see their establishments totally blows what we have in Hong Kong or elsewhere out the water! And they have enough of a market that their own comics are making Amazon Prime specials etc. Man, I'm so jealous of their opportunities, but heck it's a fantastic incentive to work things out on my end. Nothing's stopping me from making something from nothing!

Well 2018 has started off quite crazy for me, lot of stuff happening including the passing of my 91 year old grandmother, which basically shook up my whole January and I've been busy the whole year. We're at March now and it feels like I was just writing down my new year's resolutions a few days ago. I have no idea where the last 2 months have gone but I do know a lot has happened, changed and will keep changing.

Oh did I tell you, I've got my hands on a Canon EOS M6 camera and the ZhiYun Crane 2 stabilizer. On my way to India, I was a very good boy and read through the manuals for all my devices, the Zoom H4N, Sennheiser clip mics, Canon camera, Crane 2 stabilizer and GoPro.. I can proudly say I pretty much know how to use them all inside out. At least I know all their functions and stuff. I've been filming my shows here and taking pictures just to learn and man it feels so good to know my tools properly. All I have left is to properly learn Adobe Premier and I'll get on with editing video myself and stuff. Can't wait to get this as part of my arsenal. It's always been something I wanted to do but decided I'll leave it to later but I have all these ideas I want to do and it takes too long to wait for someone else to help me do it.

On another note, we're heading to Melbourne in a month's time for the comedy festival there! Fingers crossed we sell our tickets, I am quite worried but at the same time excited to be there since a lot more Asian comedians are heading down so we can all meet up there and hang out! I love how the community of us are close knit like that.

As for fitness, I got myself a Manduka Eko Superlite mat which I'm loving because now I can travel with it easily and do my yoga in my hotel room. I no longer get limited by what is available at the gym or a towel for that matter. I still need to figure out how to work out my post-workout shakes because I really do see an impact on my performance if I have my shakes right after my workout vs. a meal right after. The good thing is with all this traveling now, I'm getting better at organizing my fitness time while I'm away so I try my best to balance things so I get some sort of workout daily. It's been tough the last week as I was with family in Mumbai and when I got to Delhi I pretty much got in, had like 2 hours before having to head out to the shows...otherwise I've been doing yoga/workout each day :) Although I'll admit, yesterday my workout had my heart pounding like crazy and yes it has everything to do with the greasy yummy food I've been having :)

So I'm in my new place, properly settled in. Our Laugh Festival was a success and we've been doing well so far with Cantonese shows. One of my Cantonese videos went viral so that helped sell tickets for our shows which was good income for us to buy more equipment (the crane 2, a drone, etc.) in preparation for whatever video work we can do. Man I can't wait to learn to edit videos easily like I can with poster design and just slap stuff out every other day :P

Finally, the goals for this year are simple, I just want to have a healthy life where I'm back to my fit conditions like I was 2 years ago (man I was in my best shape ever!) and have the energy to get through my days as well as pursue a much bigger comedy goal, with the festival, travels and hopefully have enough material for a proper 1 hour special. It's great to see so many others filming their specials on netflix, I think it's time Hong Kong does the same.

Well, there we have it, 3 main focuses on my life:
  1. Comedy
  2. Fitness
  3. Gaming (well not really a focus)
And with that, here's to another awesome 6 months and who knows where it'll take me, heck I never would have thought I'd be in India doing shows but that happened. Maybe in 6 months I'm busy reading through paperwork for my specials? Why not :)